The Tom Hanks company Playtone is putting together Game Change, in which Julianne Moore will play Sarah Palin under the direction of Jay Roach (Austin Powers). The film follows the 2008 Presidential election, and Ed Harris plays John McCain. Now Ron Livingston has been cast as Mark Wallace, senior advisor to the McCain-Palin ticket. In other words, he gets to play the guy who coached Sarah Palin for her debates, and so his scenes with Julianne Moore could be gold. And, no, this movie is not a comedy. At least, I don’t think it is. [Deadline]

Next up is casting for an action/revenge film called Recoil. These two casting announcements couldn’t be more different, but how great would it be to combine them into one film? Anyway, more Recoil news after the break. Read More »

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Comic Con: The Expendables Panel

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Having spent formative years watching films starring Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Bruce Willis and more, there’s something a bit awe-inspiring about looking up at a table packed with all those guys. I’m not talking about anything like hero worship. But when you can stare straight at a bunch of performers who have managed to carve out and maintain a very specific type of career, it’s an impressive thing.

Stallone assembled this crew for The Expendables, and they hit the San Diego Comic Con en masse to promote the film. No shocking news came out of their panel, and the footage was very much in line with what we’ve seen from the film. But the conversation was fun for action movie lovers. And hell, watching an entire audience grow chest hair simply by virtue of proximity to this collection of men is quite a thing to behold. Read More »

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Lionsgate has just released what I might call an outrageously confident trailer for Sylvester Stallone‘s new film The Expendables.

Why confident? Because one of the selling points for the film has been that it unites not just all the guys in the primary cast — Stallone, Statham, Li, Rourke, and many more — but that it finally puts the ’80s action movie trifecta of Stallone, Willis and Schwarzenegger in the same film. And there’s their scene, right in the trailer. Which means the rest of the movie must be much more awesome, right? Because otherwise all the fans could just watch this clip and be done.

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First Official Photos from The Expendables

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Update: A Third photo of Stallone has been added after the jump.

The unofficial-looking official blog for Sylvester Stallone‘s The Expendables has released the first photos from the film. The cropped photo above features Eric Roberts and Stone Cold Steve Austin flying through the air with a giant explosion in the background. Roberts commented on the day of shooting:

Today I was attacked by Jason Statham firing a machine gun from a dive-bombing fighter plane, nearly burned alive by napalm and had to leap into the freezing Bay of Mangaratiba to save my ass.  And how was your day???

It looks like this might have been shot on the same dock that Stallone what photographed shooting last week. Check out the full photo after the jump. Also, after the jump, a photo of Sylvester Stallone as Barney Ross and Jason Statham as Lee Christmas.

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Steve Austin

Stone Cold Steve Austin isn’t going to make any crappy movie. The retired pro wrestler told /Film that he actually turned down The Marine, which was later made starring John Cena.

We’ve been talking about doing movies forever, towards the end of my career. And the first one that I was going to was going to be The Marine. I got the script to The Marine, and I didn’t really like it too much, so I passed,” Austin told /Film. “But The Condemned seemed like a cool story, cool concept, a lot of it outdoors, and just seemed like, I don’t know, for some reason it grabbed me. It was something I saw myself doing, and people would expect me to be in, and it seemed like the right thing to do. If you compare The Marine to The Condemned, this is a way better movie. It is.”

The Condemned was the first movie in a three film deal with WWE Films.

“Yeah, we haven’t found anything, but I read about probably 10 or 15 [scripts already] – but we just can’t find the one that’s going to be the one, so we can’t make a decision yet.”

Austin told us that the next project will most likely be more of a solo project, although they are also considering the buddy action movie genre.

Movie Review: The Comdemned

The CondemnedWhat happened to all the bad action movies from the late 1980′s and early 1990′s? You know, the ones with Jean-Claude Van Damme, Steven Seagal and Chuck Norris. The Condemned is the closest thing I’ve seen to those b-action classics in the last few years. And watching The Condemned I felt myself yearning for those type of films. But sadly The Condemned is not. Although it came very close.

The film stars former pro wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin as Joe Conrad, one of 10 inmates on death row who is chosen to be part of a real life Survivor. The show, which is being illegally broadcast on the internet, pits 10 condemned killers from all corners of the world up against each other. Nine will die, and the sole survivor will be given the gift of freedom. Imagine Battle Royale meets The Running Man, but on a lower budget and scale.
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The Condemned Poster, Movie Trailer and Stills Revealed

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WWE won’t give up. They have their mind set on making a genre classic with a WWE wrestler in the lead role. Too bad, their track record has been pretty bad: See No Evil, a bloody horror/thriller starring Kane, and The Marine, an action thriller starring John Cena. Now comes a film starring the man that started the second wrestling revolution, Stone Cold Steve Austin. Check out the movie poster, stills, and a trailer after the jump.
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