These days, Scott Adkins is the worst-kept secret in the world of martial arts movies. The ass-kicking English actor flew under the radar for a few years in films like the Undisputed sequels before making enough of an impression on Hollywood to play supporting roles in mainstream films like Doctor Strange, Zero Dark Thirty, and The Bourne Ultimatum. But hardcore action movie fans know him from his low-budget, down and dirty action thrillers like Ninja: Shadow of a Tear and Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning.
Now he’s back in a new direct-to-video action film called Seized, which pits him against fellow B-movie star Mario Van Peebles and is sort of like his version of Taken meets John Wick. Those bad guys really should know better: when Scott Adkins’ son is kidnapped, asses are going to get kicked.
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In a couple of weeks, Black Panther will be hitting the big screen as the latest franchise in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Chadwick Boseman is playing the superhero, who was introduced in Captain America: Civil War, but his first big screen appearance almost happened over 25 years ago when DC Comics was dominating the superhero movie scene and leaving Marvel in the dust…and when Wesley Snipes was at the top of his game.
That’s right, the 1990s almost saw an adaptation of Black Panther that would have featured Wesley Snipes as a comic book character years before he became Marvel’s vampire hunter Blade. For the first time ever, Snipes recently opened up about the development of the project, who was on the shortlist to direct, and what drew him to the superhero in the first place.
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Over the past few years, Nicolas Cage hasn’t been making very good choices when it comes to the movies in which he chooses to star. It’s a bummer that the man who starred in the likes of Leaving Las Vegas, The Rock, Raising Arizona and Face/Off has stooped so low as to star in a pandering adaptation of Left Behind, not to mention the countless other forgettable action thrillers.
Sadly, USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage doesn’t look like a huge step up from his recent disappointing work, but at the very least, it’s inspired the the true story of some real courageous men in the American Navy during World War II. The first trailer for this movie paints a tearjerker of a war drama, bordering on melodrama, but it’s hard to really hate on the movie when it’s about real heroes.
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Posted on Thursday, January 5th, 2012 by Angie Han
Over a year and a half ago, the world got its first glimpse at a shockingly emaciated Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, who’d dropped nearly 60 pounds to play the lead role in a project called All Things Fall Apart. (Originally called just Things Fall Apart.) When the finished feature finally comes to DVD and Blu-ray next month, we’ll finally get to see what all the trouble was for.
Directed by Mario Van Peebles from a screenplay by Jackson and Brian A. Miller, the drama stars Jackson as a college football player who’s on the verge of joining the NFL when he’s sticken with cancer. We got an early peek at the film in the form of a sales trailer that hit around its little-noticed Miami Film Festival premiere last spring, but now that Image Entertainment is on board we finally have an official trailer as well. Take a look after the jump.
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Last year Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson took the low road to being taken seriously as an actor. No, not acting! That would be taking the high road. He lost a hell of a lot of weight and shaved his head to play a college football player stricken by cancer. The movie is Things Fall Apart, directed by and c0-starring Mario Van Peebles. Now there is an ‘unofficial’ trailer for the film, which looks like no more than a rough sales trailer. But even the best trailer ever cut might not be able to make this look like anything but an unintentional howler. Read More »
Mario Van Peebles is currently directing Curtis Jackson in Things Fall Apart and, based on Jackson’s past thespian efforts, that’s not terribly exciting. But now Ray Liotta is joining the cast, so that’s a positive turn. Jackson is playing “a star football running back…who faces a personal tragedy as well as his own mortality while in his senior year in college.” Liotta will now play his doctor, which will make a nice change from playing intimidating cops and the like, which Liotta gets all too often. [Variety]
After the break, Lone Scherfig (An Education) and Madonna get new talent for their next films. Read More »
The Farrelly Brothers start shooting their new film Hall Pass in Atlanta this week, and the cast just got an injection of additional talent. Stephen Merchant and J.B. Smoove will join Owen Wilson, Jenna Fischer and Jason Sudeikis in the film about two husbands (Wilson and Sudeikis) who are given a free pass to have extra-marital adventures for a week. Still don’t get why the title ‘Hall Pass’ applies, but no matter; Merchant and Smoove are great additions. [THR]
After the break, three actors join the indie thriller Retreat, and 50 Cent gets serious. Read More »