The Expendables series has shown diminishing returns both for fans and execs. The third movie diverted its focus away from the aging action heroes that were the driving force behind the series to begin with, and also fell vicim to pre-release piracy. (The industry is still debating the effect that leak had on the box office.) The Expendables 3 was also PG-13, and the downgraded level of intense action that followed that ratings change wasn’t viewed well by fans. Sylvester Stallone seems to get it, however, and says that the attempt to broaden the series’ appeal was “a horrible miscalculation” that will be rectified in the future. Will an R-Rated Expendables 4 be the course correct the series needs? Read More »
Despite being as good, if not better, than its previous two incarnations, The Expendables 3 didn’t light a fire at the domestic box office. After the first two films grossed $103 million and $85 million respectively, the third film only did $39 million (Internationally it did a respectable $206 million, but that was still a franchise low).
There are plenty of reasons why The Expendables 3 under-performed, but it certainly wasn’t for lack of star power. Original stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and others were joined by Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Kelsey Grammar, Antonio Banderas and Wesley Snipes as well as a whole team of young soldiers, including Kellen Lutz and Ronda Rousey.
You can see all those stars and more on the Blu-ray, which is released November 25. One example of the extras on the disc are a funny Expendables 3 gag reel, which features Ford and Gibson hamming it up on set, cursing, it’s good stuff. Check out the Expendables 3 gag reel below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, September 22nd, 2014 by Angie Han
Amber Heard and Jada Pinkett-Smith will also star in Magic Mike XXL, despite being rather ill-equipped to play male strippers. Plus, see a new photo from behind the scenes of Magic Mike XXL. And also after the jump:
- Star Trek 3 is reportedly shooting in mid-February
- … and Simon Pegg says J.J. Abrams is “all over it”
- Expendables 3 downloaders are being told to pay up
- Justin Long wants more Galaxy Quest and Zack & Miri
- Elizabeth Banks drops more hints about Pitch Perfect 2
- Amityville: The Awakening loses its release date
- Get a load of the new poster for V/H/S: Viral
- The Insidious Chapter 3 poster involves a lot of reading
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The Expendables 3 is a mostly successful blend of the franchise’s first two films. It’s filled with the wanton mayhem and destruction of the second film, but also plenty of terrible dialogue and overall cheesiness of the first movie. Despite those flaws, the Patrick Hughes sequel works because it’s constantly fun and features a story that builds off the fact the franchise was in danger of getting stale, leading it into a new era. Read the rest of our Expendables 3 review below. Read More »
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I’m just going to assume that you didn’t download the leak of The Expendables 3, and that if you’re waiting to see the film you can hang on for two more weeks. Here’s one final Expendables 3 trailer to make the wait easier, and this clip has plenty of action from Patrick Hughes’ sequel. Sylvester Stallone returns as the leader of a paramilitary gang, and this time the crew stares down a one-time comrade turned arms dealer played by Mel Gibson. It’s all action, and the roster of stars old and new is so huge that the returning cast members barely fit in the trailer. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by Angie Han
Just because Comic-Con is happening doesn’t mean the world of sequels have stopped turning. After the jump:
- Zoe Saldana pleads ignorance about Trek 3 and Avatar 2
- Roberto Orci teases some new discoveries in Star Trek 3
- Zachary Quinto wants to direct, but not a Star Trek movie
- CBS Films plots another trip to Last Vegas… in Brooklyn
- Universal saves the date for The Best Man Wedding
- Focus Features sets a release date for Sinister 2
- Flip through some colorful new posters for Expendables 3
- A Pitch Perfect 2 set photo hints at a Bellas slumber party
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Posted on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 by Angie Han
Get to know The Expendables 3‘s new recruits and new mission in two new TV spots. Also after the jump:
- Roberto Orci isn’t 100% set for Star Trek 3 just yet
- Zachary Quinto drops some Star Trek 3 plot hints
- Dawn of the Planet of the Apes writers talk sequels
- Katherine Heigl wants a 27 Dresses sequel
- Douglas Smith joins the new Terminator movie
- The next Hobbit gets a new official synopsis
- Will we get big Godzilla 2 news at Comic-Con?
- How to Train Your Dragon 2 is flying to China
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Normally, the rating of a film isn’t particularly important. In fact, ratings can totally fail to represent the content of a film. When the Motion Picture Association of America gives a sweet movie like Boyhood an R and a huge, destructive movie like Transformers: Age of Extinction a PG-13, it’s obvious the association’s judgement is questionable. But every once in a while a rating indicates something significant about a film. Now another big summer franchise is about to go through a potentially telling ratings change.
After part one and two were rated R for “strong bloody violence,” The Expendables 3 has been rated PG-13, which suggests the franchise known for being so brutal might have been toned down. Read More »
Steven Seagal will probably never become expendable. While this morning brought a new trailer for The Expendables 3 — the third installment of Sylvester Stallone’s cavalcade of action all-stars — one big name remains absent from the ever-expanding roster. That’s Seagal, who explains in a new interview that he isn’t likely to ever show up for that group duty. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 by Angie Han
From James Gray’s The Immigrant to Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, there’s no shortage of thoughtful, nuanced pictures out this summer. But sometimes, you don’t want thoughtful and nuanced. Sometimes, you just want to turn your brain off for a couple hours and watch famous people blow stuff up real good.
That’s where The Expendables 3 comes in. The latest entry in the summer blockbuster franchise brings together Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, and so many more for a noisy adventure that involves big-ass guns, expensive explosions, gravity-defying motorcycle stunts, and, well, pretty much everything else we’ve come to expect from an Expendables movie. Watch the Expendables 3 trailer after the jump.
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