/Filmcast Ep. 215 – The Last Stand


Dave, Devindra, and Adam discuss the solid John Dies at the End and lament/celebrate Kim Jee-Woon’s first American film, which coincides with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to the big screen.

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If the two Expendables movies were Arnold Schwarzenegger dipping his toe back into the acting pool, Kim Jee-woon‘s The Last Stand is him taking a cannonball dive back in. The former governor of California soaks in the spotlight as Ray Owens, a small-town sheriff who becomes the last guy standing between a ruthless cartel leader (Eduardo Noriega) and the Mexican border.

This being Arnold, of course that involves heavy-duty weaponry and some cheesy one-liners. The latest (and probably last) trailer earns a red-band rating for some gleeful violence and some naughty words. Watch it after the jump.

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We weren’t going to war, we were going for a ride and the top of the tank seemed like the place to be. When presented with the option of a comfortable seat or the wind sweeping through your hair as a 1950s Austrian tank zipped around the Melody Ranch Studio in California, I preferred to be outside. Unfortunately, when my turn came up, the top of the tank was already full. So I hopped into a little hole in the armored shell, and waiting there to greet me was the massive hand of action superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger. Little did I know this seat was right next to the actor, who would soon be driving the tank. I was his co-pilot and it was an experience I’ll never forget.

Schwarzenegger was the biggest star in the world in the late ’80s and early ’90s before riding that fame into politics. He always said he’d be back, though, and now he has returned. His first starring role is Kim Jee-woon‘s The Last Stand, opening January 18. To help raise awareness of the film, Lionsgate invited a small group of journalists to ride in Schwarzenegger’s personal tank. After the jump, read about the tank, see a bunch of photos and even a few videos of the event. Read More »

The final theatrical poster for Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s return to action star status, The Last Stand, has just been revealed and with it comes a big promise. Arnold will be handling a big-ass gun in an image reminiscent of Terminator 2: Judgement Day.

In The Last Stand, the English language debut of Kim-Jee Woon, Schwarzenegger plays a small-town sheriff who is forced to defend his borders against an escaping crime boss. It co-stars Johnny Knoxville, Rodrigo Santoro, Forest Whitaker, Peter Stormare, Eduardo Noriega, Zach Gilford, Jaimie Alexander and opens January 18. Check out the poster below. Read More »

‘The Last Stand’ Trailer: Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!

The first big film in Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s star comeback was The Expendables 2, which expanded on his appearance in The Expendables, but didn’t give Arnie a movie of his own to play with. He takes center stage, however, in The Last Stand, with South Korean director Kim Jee-woon (The Good, the Bad, the Weird; I Saw the Devil) making his English-language debut.

The film casts Arnie as an LA cop sent out to pasture as a small-town sheriff, who ends up being the last guy who can stop a cartel boss intent on fleeing south across the border. One trailer already played up the star’s age and the film’s action. Now a new trailer explains the setup in more detail, and shows off some of the moments in Schwarzenegger’s small-town life before the shit really starts to hit the fan. It also hints at a lot of action and thrills. There better be some payoff with that sword, is all I have to say.

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To hell with The Expendables, let’s move on to The Last Stand. South Korean director Kim Jee-woon (I Saw the Devil, The Good, the Bad, the Weird) makes his English-language debut directing Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s return to marquee-heading status. The straightforward action film features Arnie as a disgraced cop currently holding a small-town Sheriff post, who has to prevent a powerful drug lord (Eduardo Noriega) from escaping across the US-Mexico border.

Peter Stormare is the bad guy’s chief enforcer, but that’s OK; Arnie has Genesis Rodriguez, Luis Guzman, Jaimie Alexander, and, uh, Johnny Knoxville on his side. Read More »

Well, it looks a lot like Arnold Schwarzenegger on any typical Wednesday, but here’s an official shot of the returning action star as he appears in The Last Stand. The film is from South Korean director Kim Jee-Woon (I Saw the Devil; The Good, the Bad, the Weird) and features Arnie as a disgraced LA cop who has found a late-in-life gig as a small town sheriff in a border town.

When a drug lord is racing to cross the US-Mexico border, Arnie and a ragtag group are tasked with stopping him.

Update: Another image showed up, via Mr. Schwarzenegger’s official site. Find it below.

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Find it hard to keep up with what films are casting and which actors and actress are doing what? You’re not the only one. It’s all but impossible to keep up with everything, which is why we bring you Casting Bits. Today we’ve got a bunch of big names in smaller movies, a few studio productions sprinkled in and then a couple we missed in recent days. After the jump read about:

  • Miley Cyrus cast as Adam Sandler’s daughter in Hotel Transylvania
  • Rufus Sewell is confirmed to join Paradise Lost, as Lucifer’s buddy Samael
  • Clive Owen is an NSA agent in Recall, written by Paul Schrader
  • Elizabethtown co-stars Kirsten Dunst and Orlando Bloom team up again in Cities
  • Genesis Rodriguez is an FBI agent in The Last Stand
  • Comedians Tracy Morgan and Eddie Griffin are reportedly battling to play the Ol’ Dirty Bastard in a coming biopic
  • Alona Tal and Natalie Martinez will star alongside Mark Wahlberg in Albert Hughes’ Broken City

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Celebrity Twitter accounts make some first-look reveals pretty easy. I’m surprised it has taken this long for Arnold Schwarzenegger to tweet out a cast photo from his new action movie The Last Stand. And I’ll say this: in this pic at least, he looks the part of an aged lawman who has retreated to a sheriff post in a small down. That’s Jamie Alexander with Arnie in the header pic; see the full image below for a glimpse of Luis Guzman and Johnny Knoxville as well. Read More »

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Today Kim Jee-woon (The Good, the Bad, the Weird and I Saw the Devil) begins shooting his English language debut, The Last Stand. The film is notable for being the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to a starring role. Arnie plays a former LAPD officer now working as a small-town sheriff, who has to deal with a drug kingpin who is fleeing to Mexico and will pass right through his town.

The obligatory ‘start of production’ press release is below, complete with the same plot synopsis we’ve had for a while. Along with that is the announcement of a few actors who are part of the film, including Forest Whitaker, Johnny Knoxville, and one of my personal faves, Harry Dean Stanton. Read More »