I want to like Bullet to the Head. I really do. It marks the return of Walter Hill, who has made films I love (producing Alien, and directing The Warriors, 48 Hours) and it features Sylvester Stallone in a tough but smartass action role, which is a zone in which he can be very comfortable. But this third trailer for the movie doesn’t do anything to make the film’s problems seem less pervasive.

The story features Stallone as a hitman who teams up with a cop from NYC (Sung Kang) to find and stop the guy (Jason Momoa) who killed the cop’s partner and took Stallone’s daughter (Sarah Shahi) hostage. The use of Saliva’s woefully simple-minded song ‘Badass’ underscores the routine-looking action and good guy/bad guy buddy interaction between Sly and Kang. There could be something hidden here that the trailers aren’t capturing, so check out the footage below and see if you can see a great action movie between the lines. Read More »

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Briefly: Audiences are now, officially, going to see Rocky Balboa fight Jake LaMotta. Warner Bros. has just greenlit the long gestating Grudge Match, directed by Peter Segal, which is a comedy about two over the hill boxers (Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro) who comeback for one last match. Kevin Hart has been cast as the fight’s promoter. Grudge Match was originally written by Tim Kelleher but Entourage creator Doug Ellin is credited with the most recent draft. Read more about the film here. Thanks to Deadline.

Here’s a new look at Walter Hill‘s graphic novel adaptation Bullet to the Head, starring Sylvester Stallone as a hit man who teams with a cop from Washington DC (Sung Kang) to take down the guy who killed each of their partners. The first US trailer we saw was… well, let’s just go with “dated,” for now. This UK version has a little more energy, but isn’t a lot better. I’m hoping that Walter Hill’s feature return plays a lot better than these trailers make it look so far, and we’ll find out early next year. For now, check out this new trailer below. Read More »

For those interested in a fifth Rambo movie from Sylvester Stallone, the name Hunter might sound familiar. It’s a novel by James Byron Huggins with a sci-fi premise, in which a specialized, elite hunter takes aim at a “half-human abomination created by a renegade agency” that is tearing through sparse areas north of the Arctic Circle.

Stallone has owned the rights to the novel for years, and has taken different approaches to potentially turn it into a film. One involved making it a fifth Rambo movie, which we reported on back in 2009. Now Stallone is back to working with the material, and looks ready to make the film at LionsGate. Read More »

‘The Expendables 2′ – What Did You Think?

The summer of 2012 — a summer that turned out to be rather a mixed bag, as so many hotly-anticipated movie seasons tend to — ends with a bang, or at least an explosion. The Expendables 2 is the Simon West-directed sequel to the Sylvester Stallone film that crammed together a whole bunch of aging action stars in one film.

For the sequel the roster has expanded, with Chuck Norris showing up, Jean-Claude Van Damme as the bad guy (and getting some of the best notes in reviews so far) and expanded roles for Bruce Willis and the post-political Arnold Schwarzenegger. Some of the action looks great, much of the script looks silly, and the guys are all ripped and grimacing, for most of the time, at least.

So how did The Expendables 2 turn out? Germain enjoyed it, with his review highlighting both the silliness and the fact that the film, unlike the first one, does most of what it promises. We’d like to know what you think, too. So sound off after the break, where spoiler comments are encouraged. Read More »

The Expendables 2 delivers on every single insane promise you can imagine. It is loud, stupid, funny, and filled with lots of over the top action. It lets some of the world’s most famous action actors chew the same pieces of scenery. The first film did some of that, but was mostly just boring, getting caught up in a bland story. In this sequel, directed by Simon West (Con Air), there’s definitely some of that bland story, and the dialogue is much worse than that of the first film. But when that is juxtaposed with gory, boisterous action set pieces that include exploding heads, flying knives, plane crashes, boat crashes and guns of all shapes and sizes, it’s forgivable and fun.

Adding to the success is a cast that’s even better this time around, as Chuck Norris and Jean Claude Van Damme join the already awesome line-up of Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Jet Li and Randy Couture. Oh, and Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s roles are expanded this time too. West hasn’t reinvented the wheel with The Expendables 2, he’s just shined it up real nice, put spikes and skulls on it and rolled it through the mud. So far, it’s the best action film of the year. Read More »

Arnold Schwarzenegger is getting back to work in a big way, having already shot a role in The Expendables 2, and the feature Last Stand. (A trailer for while should go online this week.) Now he’s shooting The Tomb, which puts him back on the screen with Expendables creator and former box-office rival Sylvester Stallone.

Stallone plays a security expert trapped in an unbreakable jail of his own design, while Arnie plays a prisoner in the jail who helps Sly escape. The film also features Jim Caviezel, Vincent D’Onofrio, Sam Neill, Vinnie Jones, Amy Ryan, and 50 CentMikael Håfström (1408, The Rite) directed, and that’s the first full image of the two leads, above. Read More »

That’s a new still from Riddick, above, which was recently shared by Vin Diesel. In addition to that, this Sequel Bits features the following stories:

  • Casino Royale title designer comes back to open Skyfall
  • Sly Stallone gets happy in a clip from The Expendables 2
  • Captain America 2 may follow Iron Man 3 to North Carolina
  • and Katy Perry wants to be one of Ridley Scott’s replicants.

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