It seems like just about every aging actor is angling for their own action franchise nowadays, whether it’s the geriatric warriors of the Expendables and Red films, Liam Neeson in the Taken movies, Bruce Willis in the ongoing Die Hard saga, or Kevin Costner with the upcoming Jack Ryan reboot. But we probably wouldn’t have guessed that Sean Penn would be one of them.

Penn has entered negotiations for Prone Gunman, an action thriller envisioned as the first in a potential series. This is still Penn we’re talking about, however, so Prone Gunman isn’t just another mindless pulse-pounder. It’s an adaptation of a novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette, a French noir writer with an interest in leftist politics and the human condition. More details after the jump.

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Dredd, the new Judge Dredd film from director Pete Travis and writer/producer Alex Garland, is still something of a mystery. We’ve seen a few photos from the movie, but no footage as of yet. Producers and the US distributor Lionsgate are keeping a tight rein on things until we get a bit closer to the film’s September 21 release date.

Today we’ve got four new photos, however. One might be the best look yet at Karl Urban as Judge Dredd, the cop/judge/executioner who patrols a beat in the ultra-violent Mega-City One. Another shows his associate Judge Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) either delivering a point-blank headshot, or trying to pin down a perp as someone else delivers a killing shot. So this film will definitely be more hardcore than the 1995 Judge Dredd? It would seem so. Read More »

This is what happens when a production spaces the reveal of a baker’s dozen major characters over the span of a week: the head honcho doesn’t even get his own post. We’ve seen five photos showing ten of the dwarf company that treks from the Shire to the Misty Mountain in Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and now here’s the first look at Richard Armitage as the dwarf leader, Thorin Oakenshield. (The others: Dori, Nori & Ori; Oin & Gloin; Fili & Kili, Bofur, Bombur & Bifur; Balin & Dwalin.)

Along with that, we’ve got the first official image of another authoritative figure: Judge Dredd, played by Karl Urban in the appropriately-titled Dredd. Read More »