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Briefly: Lionsgate/Summit has given new dates to two Sylvester Stallone films. The first is Sly’s latest team-up with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Once called The Tomb, the picture is now titled Escape Plan, and the studio has bounced it from September 13 of this year to October 18. On the new date, it will go up against are Carrie, Don Jon and Seventh Son.

Escape Plan is directed by Mikael Håfström, and follows a security expert (Stallone) who must escape a high-tech prison built to his own specifications. Schwarzenegger plays an inmate in the high-tech, secret facility, and the cast also features Jim Caviezel, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Vinnie Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio and Amy Ryan.

Meanwhile, we don’t know for certain whether or not Schwarzenegger will end up alongside Stallone, Jason Statham, Jackie Chan, Wesley Snipes, Nicolas Cage and Milla Jovovich in The Expendables 3, but we do know the release date: August 15, 2014. Patrick Hughes (Red Hill) will direct when the sequel goes into production late this summer.

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Just as The Expendables 2 is about to open, some of the key players from that movie are also starting to get the word out about their next films. Earlier today Arnold Schwarzenegger’s standalone film The Last Stand had its first trailer go online, and now we’ve got the first real look at Sylvester Stallone in Bullet to the Head, the graphic novel adaptation that pairs him with Sung Kang in the fight against Jason Momoa (Conan the Barbarian, Game of Thrones).

For many film fans, however, the debut of this trailer is key because it’s the first new directorial work from Walter Hill in some time. Hill, who made a couple films you might have heard of (The Warrriors, 48 Hours, Driver, Streets of Fire) replaced original director Wayne Kramer, at around the same time as Kang replaced Thomas Jane. How do things look? See for yourself below. Read More »

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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