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Watch: It's Statham Vs. Franco In First Trailer For 'Homefront' Written & Produced By Sylvester Stallone

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 12, 2013 1:48 PM
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James Franco has done many, many things in his career as an artist/writer/actor/director, but he's yet to cross action movie villain off his list. Well, until now. Finally, the definitive answer who is tougher—Franco or Jason Statham—will be answered in "Homefront," which boasts Sylvester Stallone as both writer and producer. You've been warned.

First Photos Debut From Sylvester Stallone-Penned Action Movie 'Homefront' Starring Jason Statham And James Franco

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 10, 2013 12:31 PM
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Homefront
"Homefront," a movie we had no idea even existed until literally fifteen minutes ago, sounds kind of enjoyable in a junky, nothing-else-is-playing kind of way. It stars Jason Statham, king of B-grade action movies, as a former DEA agent who returns to his home down only to get hassled by a drug kingpin named gator (James Franco, of course). And if all of that wasn't enough to get your tough guy appreciation levels up, the movie was written by none other than Sylvester Stallone, whose script is based on a novel by Chuck Hogan ("The Town"). And now the first photos from the November release have debuted courtesy of USA Today. Testosterone-y!

Wishful Thinking? Jason Statham Would Like To Work With Christopher Nolan & Martin Scorsese

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 3, 2013 11:23 AM
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Let's face it, Jason Statham's catalog isn't exactly a deep well of varied, nuanced performances in films of varied subtext and substance. As he says quite candidly to This Is Lancashire, "I make a lot of films that don't have much depth to them - they're more like popcorn movies." Very true. But last week Statham showed a bit more actorly muscle in "Redemption" (our review), playing a ex-military solider, and emotionally damaged homeless man, and he's been greeted with good reviews for his work which required less punching than usual (though there still is punching). Could he be setting his sights higher for future gigs? Seems so.

Review: 'Redemption' Starring Jason Statham

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 28, 2013 1:14 PM
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Redemption, Jason Statham,
In recent years Jason Statham, with his stocky frame, bald head and gravelly voice that makes him sound like he’s always gnawing on broken glass, has become a kind of one-man wrecking crew, and not just because of his appearance in the “Crank,” “Transporter” and “Expendables” franchises. A rough, sexually viable action star in the mold of Charles Bronson, Statham is an actor whose mere presence in a movie almost guarantees mass destruction and piles of bloodied, bruised, and beaten bodies. But as he proved in last year’s criminally underrated “Safe” and again in this week’s weirdly buried “Redemption,” it’s when he’s quiet that Statham is the most powerfully devastating, like an undetonated bomb in a church square. The promise of violence is its own kind of allure.

Michelle Rodriguez Confirms Jason Statham For 'Fast & Furious 7'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 7, 2013 8:59 AM
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Going into "Fast & Furious 6" in a couple of weeks time, you'll already know that a sequel has the green light and is already in pre-production for release next summer, with James Wan directing. As far back as 2011, rumors have been swirling that the sixth and seventh chapters in the 'Furious' saga would be telling one massive, linked story. Then as "Fast & Furious 6" started gearing up in earnest, Jason Statham was heavily touted to join, only for him to reportedly turn down the movie. But the rumors persisted, and earlier this year a mega-spoiler arrived indicating that Statham would be in the franchise, but for "Fast & Furious 7." That's all we'll say (click the link to get the full dirt).

Watch: Jason Statham Shows His Acting Chops In Trailer For Steven Knight's 'Hummingbird'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 22, 2013 1:21 PM
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Jason Statham's known for pretty much one thing: cracking heads. From "The Transporter" to his most recent film "Parker," if you see his big bald mug on the poster, you can be pretty sure that the film's going to involve the actor kicking seven shades of shit out of anyone and everyone that crosses his path (with the possible exception of "Gnomeo & Juliet."). If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Or ideally, hit it with an iron pipe until it's broke.

'Modern Family' Star Sofia Vergara Teams With Jason Statham For 'Heat'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • March 8, 2013 1:29 PM
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While she may be best known for her role in the successful ABC sitcom “Modern Family,” it appears Sofia Vergara’s looking to make her mark on the big screen as well. Yesterday we saw her featured in this character one sheet for Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete Kills” and if you thought that was enough, now she will be joining Jason Statham in “Heat,” a remake of the 1986 Burt Reynolds-lead film.

Box Office: 'Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters' Tops Slow Weekend

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 27, 2013 11:53 AM
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So, did the big fairy tale boom happen? “Alice In Wonderland” burst out of the gate with a billion dollar gross, leading the way for two Snow White movies that performed respectably, if not powerfully. And here in January, we have another, the R-rated “Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters.” The fact that it was this weekend’s number one box office attraction still clouds the question as to whether the fairy tale movement actually happened, is happening, or was nipped in the bud: this was a January dump, and it’s doubtful the picture’s going to have legs at all. But hey, for three days, they’re number one!

Review: 'Parker' Is A Visually Indistinguishable, Punishingly Violent, And Painfully Inert Pulp Trifle

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 25, 2013 12:01 AM
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The character of Parker is one of those icons of hard-boiled pulp fiction – a smart alecky bruiser created by legendary novelist Donald Westlake (under his Richard Stark nom de plume), who appeared in over a dozen novels, a handful of cinematic adaptations (most notably portrayed by Lee Marvin in "Point Blank"), and a number of cross-media platforms (like the recent beautifully realized comic books written and drawn by Darwyn Cooke). In the novels, Parker wasn't a superhero – he was a criminal who would take a beating or bite a bullet but keep on chugging; an unstoppable everyman.

Bad Disguises, Bad Accent & Michael Chiklis: It's The Trailer For Jason Statham's 'Parker'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 3, 2012 12:48 PM
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If you're a professional thief, living outside the law, you'd think that if you're going to wear a disguise it would be more than putting on a pair of glasses or wearing a cowboy hat. But then again, when it comes to Jason Statham, he breaks all the rules. The first trailer for "Parker" is here and well...it's a Jason Statham movie.

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