For those growing up in the 80s and 90s, the action movie genre was a wellspring of incredible stars duking it out on the big screen. Two of the greatest action stars of the era got together for Universal Soldier as well as its sequels and though they worked constantly since that movie premiered in 1992, they didn’t share the screen again until The Expendables 2 in 2012. Now it’s time for Dolph Lundgren and Jean-Claude Van Damme to pair up once again for the upcoming action-thriller,Black Water. (more…)
1980’s action flicks were truly their own genre. Generally, these movies focused more on flash than substance and the movie-going public ate them up like candy. There is still quite an audience for this type of film and every year, it seems that audiences flock to movies that pack a punch but don’t seem to have the story to last ten rounds. One franchise that has never been ashamed to advertise this strategy, in fact, one that truly used the public’s love for 80’s action flicks to its advantage, is The Expendables franchise. The 80’s throwback series has hit the big screen with three entries so far and it appears that another explosion-fest may be on the horizon, and now we have word as to who may be playing the villain. If he is to be believed, Hulk Hogan may be joining the 4thExpendables outing. (more…)
This summer will be a testosterone overflow as Hollywood’s ancient action heroes Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews and Arnold Schwarzenegger return to their roles to do some major ass-kicking in The Expendables 3. Also joining the all-star cast this year is Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Kelsey Grammar, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Kellan Lutz, MMA star Ronda Rousey, welterweight boxing champion Victor Ortiz and Glen Powell. The most hardcore cast in movie history is officially back and ready for action! Can’t wait until next summer? Meet the gang NOW in the brand-new teaser trailer.
Everyone’s favorite radio shrink is joining the cast of director Patrick Hughes’The Expendables 3. Well, Kelsey Grammer is, not Frasier Crane, but now that I think about it, seeing the Crane brothers in an Expendables movie would be a hoot. For those of you thinking that Grammer can’t play the tough guy, go check out Starz’s series Boss. Grammer can bring the malevolent heat with the best of them.
Grammer’s handlers are in the final stages to close the deal that would have Grammer play Bonaparte, an ex-mercenary who helps the Expendables in their mission.That was the role Stallone originally wanted Nicolas Cage to play. That means Cage is out and Grammer is in.
That’s not the only hard-hitting role we’ll see Grammer in. He’s playing the human villain in Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction.
The Expendables 3 cast now includes Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terry Crews, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren and Wesley Snipes.
The Expendables 3 hits theater screens on August 15th, 2014.
Things seem to be moving swiftly with Adi Shankar and 1984 Private Defense Contractors‘ all-female spin-off of The Expendables as Variety is reporting Katee Sackoff (Battlestar Galatica) has joined the production. She and Gina Carano are the only two ladies we know of thus far but the article adds, “several prominent actresses affiliated with the action genre continue to circle the project,” so expect more casting announcements soon.
Shankar told Variety,
If you spend five minutes with Katee it becomes blatantly obvious that she would pwn (sic) most male action stars.
And I believe anyone who’s familiar with Sackoff as Starbuck would wholeheartedly agree.
So far no director has been attached to the project and it seems strange to have prominent actresses signing on for a picture they don’t know who’s directing yet. Maybe a directer has been chosen but for whatever reason they’ve chosen not to make it public. Who would you like to see direct this flick? Would it benefit from also have a woman director?
We cast our own version of an all-female Expendables a few months back, and sadly, none of our casting choices have yet made the cut. But there’s still time! Though it appears this movie isn’t looking to bring back older action stars like they do in The Expendables franchise for men, but rather choosing younger woman associated with the genre. Which I’m completely cool with and am now excited to hear who they announce next! No longer am I expecting Sigourney Weaver or Linda Hamilton to play large roles, but I hope they at least are given good cameos.
What do you think of the team they’re assembling for the all-female Expendables?
Dolph Lundgren is enjoying new career heights as one of The Expendables, but he once enjoyed a measure of fame for the many he-man roles in the 80s, including the actual He-Man, muscle-bound protector of Eternia and the most powerful man in the universe. The master even. But to borrow from another franchise, there can only be one, and Lundgren was recently asked by The Huffington Post who he’d like to see step into the loincloth as He-Man.
It came out this week that there might be a new Masters of the Universe movie. Who would you pick to take over as He-Man?
“Well, let’s see. You need somebody who’s well built and charming, I suppose. And he can deliver a couple of lines of dialogue, I guess more than I had [laughs]. I mean, Channing Tatum? I don’t know. I don’t know that many young actors. But he’s got a pretty good body. He’s got a naturally athletic body, which you need, unless you make the guy wear a suit, like Batman. But if you need real muscles, you need somebody who is built.”
He’s right about that, but as the interviewer suggests next, isn’t there someone out there a bit more obviously right for the part?
What about Chris Hemsworth?
“Yeah! That’s a good idea. That’s a cool idea, yeah.”
So you’re on board?
“I’m on board. I second that opinion.”
Asking someone to fill the shoes of both Thor and He-Man seems like a tall order, but then again Hemsworth is 6’3″.
Masters of the Universe is currently in development under the direction of Jon M. Chu, the filmmaker behind Step Up 2, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never and G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
Lionsgate is looking into milking the franchises that have done it for them by turning some of their more successful films into TV series. To be honest, I think this is a horrendous idea that compromises any kind of creative integrity that the films had (if they were the sort of films that had integrity in the first place).
With that rant aside, let’s look into the films they’re considering whoring out.
Two of the options are big ensemble action flicks that allow the filmmakers an opportunity to create spin-off shows if they can’t get the main cast on board for a TV gig: The Expendables and Red.
There aren’t any details beyond that, so this is all just speculation at the moment.
What do you guys think about films-turned-television? How do you think these two films might turn out if they go down that road?
Here it is, the trailer for Expendables II. This NerdBastard has to say that it is kind of refreshing to have a movie that promises simple things and delivers.
You want old action stars, you gott’um.
The Expendables II have all the bells and wistles that any 80’s action movie could want. One liners, crazy explosions, silent guys that shoot shit, inside jokes galore, The Expendables II has it.
But now we’ve got an actual trailer, with actual footage showing some of what happens when you put Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham,Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, Liam Hemsworth, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the same movie.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon made $1.9 billion dollars, which lead to it being the fourth highest-grossing movie of all time. The numbers speak for themselves… people love the Transformers franchise. *sigh*
If you haven’t heard, there has been big Transformers talk this week, with rumors circulating over director Michael Bay possibly directing yet another film for the Autobots. While his return is in question, two more movies are indeed planned. The intention is to shoot them back-to-back, for money making efficiency.
Maybe three movies is enough for Shia Labeouf, or maybe it was the massive ass kicking he received the other night, but it can be confirmed that the he won’t be returning.
That’s whereTransporterand Expendables star Jason Statham comes in, giving the franchise the much needed action star it actually deserves. Too bad Statham is denying everything about it, decepticon in disguise perhaps?
Jason recently spoke with MTV about these rumors, he’s what he had to say: