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Will 'The Expendables 2' Be PG-13 Thanks To The Demands Of Chuck Norris?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 18, 2012 9:20 AM
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Rounding up a stable of old school action stars, "The Expendables" was touted as a macho return to old school action moviemaking, and came stamped with an R-rating, delivering all the explosions and cussing (though strangely, none of the gratuitous nudity) of classic shoot 'em ups. And so, for the "The Expendables 2," Sylvester Stallone raised the stakes. He rounded up even more faces (including Jean-Claude Van Damme) some young talent (Liam Hemsworth) and snagged Simon West, director of "Con Air" fame, to shoot the thing. But will the demands of Chuck Norris actually find the testosterone-filled movie holding itself back?

Writer Graham Yost Says 'Major Matt Mason' With Tom Hanks Will Be A Space Survival Tale Set On The Moon

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 18, 2012 9:00 AM
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Last night brought excellent news for television fans, with the return of the Elmore Leonard-inspired series "Justified." Now in its third season, the show, which stars Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins, has gone from strength to strength, so much so that we named it our fourth favorite series of the last TV season. Graham Yost is the man behind it, but he's also a veteran screenwriter, with credits like "Speed" and "Broken Arrow" to his name, and he's working on making a return to the big screen for a fairly major project.

Review: 'The Grey' Pits Stock Characters Against Cartoon Wolves

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 17, 2012 10:08 PM
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It wasn’t long ago that Liam Neeson was considered a prestigious name in film. Though his early career was peppered with genre roles, “Schindler’s List” put him on the map as an awards-friendly leading man. But in the past few years, Neeson has reinvented himself once again, into the hardest of men, a proud warrior who will throw down with any on-comer. You no longer need exposition in a Liam Neeson movie, only his weathered, battered face.

Tilda Swinton & Jamie Bell In Talks To Join Bong Joon-Ho's 'Snow Piercer' With Star Chris Evans

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 17, 2012 6:29 PM
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You may not know who filmmaker Bong Joon-ho is, but clearly, the world of discerning A-list actors do. And perhaps that milieu have rather discerning taste as well. The South Korean auteur, known for thrilling international works like "The Host" and the police procedural "Memories of Murder" (which many of us feel is superior to "Zodiac"), is mounting his first English-language feature, and so far a little guy named Chris Evans is pegged to lead the picture.

Watch: International Trailers For '21 Jump Street' & 'American Reunion' Bring New Scenes, More Raunch

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 17, 2012 5:20 PM
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One TV show-turned-movie and another sequel. That pretty much speaks to the cinematic climate these days, but at least one of them looks like it's going to be a ton of fun.

Tommy Lee Jones Will Rule Japan As General Douglas MacArthur In 'Emperor'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 17, 2012 4:53 PM
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Need someone who can act and bring the right amount of dignity and crankiness to a role? You call up Tommy Lee Jones. Dude can growl with the best of them, and now he's going to take on one of the most famous generals in American military history.

'Drive' Composer Cliff Martinez Reteams With Nicolas Winding Refn To Score 'Only God Forgives'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 17, 2012 4:15 PM
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Nicolas Winding Refn, currently riding high on BAFTA nods for "Drive" and a Best Director award from Cannes, is not changing the creative formula too much for his next outing, "Only God Forgives." He's re-upped with his bro for life, Ryan Gosling, who takes the lead in the movie and this afternoon it's been confirmed that Cliff Martinez will be back to provide the score.

Werner Herzog's Doc 'Into The Abyss' Spawns Investigation Discovery Series 'On Death Row'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 17, 2012 3:33 PM
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Though it starts with squirrels and ends with hummingbirds, Werner Herzog's latest documentary effort "Into The Abyss" is easily the most straightforward of his career, but is no less powerful as a result. The film investigates a triple homicide from all angles, with Herzog not only interviewing the perpetrators including the charismatic Michael Perry, but also the relatives of the victims, and surprisingly, the wife of one of the three charged with the crime who only met her husband after he landed in jail. Well, there's going to be lots more to come.

George Lucas Says 'Red Tails' Is His Last "Blockbuster"; Plans To Focus On Personal & Experimental Films For The Rest Of His Career

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 17, 2012 2:29 PM
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Is George Lucas leaving "Star Wars" behind? It sure seems that way, as the writer, producer and director behind the biggest sci-fi franchise of all time and -- no matter what you think of him -- a massive influence on a generation of filmmakers and pop culture in general, is ready to draw down and take some risks.

'I Can't Imagine Doing Another Action Movie:' Steven Soderbergh Discusses The Fights, Music & Influences Of 'Haywire'

  • By The Playlist
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  • January 17, 2012 2:03 PM
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Steven Soderbergh has tried his hand in many things over the years including a relationship drama, coming-of-age tales, crime capers, retro post-war noir, Spanish-language epics, and most recently, a disaster movie. But one thing he'd never really taken on before? The action movie. There had been some slick set pieces in the "Ocean's Eleven" trilogy, but nothing else that really qualifies. Until now, that is. Friday sees the release of "Haywire," the director's first full-on actioner, and the first of four films set to be released ahead of his hiatus from filmmaking.

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