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Even Jason Statham Has His Limits, Turns Down 'Fast Six'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 12, 2012 3:06 PM
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Way back last fall, right around the time there was rumors that Paramount wanted him for their inevitable "Transformers" sequel(s), it was revealed that Jason Statham was the latest piece of man meat being sought to join the sweaty, armpit-stained cast of "Fast Six." But for fans hoping for a hot man sandwich of Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, those dreams have been shattered.

Jason Statham & Jennifer Lopez's 'Parker' Bumped To January 25, 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 20, 2012 10:19 AM
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You know, this was going to be a snarkier post but then we dug up this set photo of Jason Statham wearing a goddamn cowboy hat, and "Parker" is now our most anticipated movie of 2013. Jason Statham has done a lot things in his career -- most of them variations on the same theme -- but we have never seen him wear a ten gallon hat, and dude pulls it off. If the rest of his warddrobe for "Parker" is this outlandish, we simply can't wait.

Theft Of Nicolas Cage's Action Comics #1 Will Now Be Turned Into A Movie That Doesn't Star Nicolas Cage

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 9, 2012 9:37 AM
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"The Sorcerer's Apprentice," "Season of the Witch," "Drive Angry," "Seeking Justice," "Trespass," "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance." Is that it? Is Nicolas Cage finally done paying that tax bill? Can he go back to making interesting movies in-between the action pay-days again? Sadly, we doubt it, but here's a project that should make Cage a chunk of change without having to lift a finger.

Brian DePalma, Jason Statham And William Goldman Team Up To Remake Burt Reynolds Vehicle 'Heat'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 8, 2012 12:04 PM
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There's something curiously old-fashioned about Jason Statham as a movie star. He rarely, if ever, toplines tentpoles or mega-hits, plenty of his films tank badly, and he basically plays the same role every time. But he knocks out two, three, even four movies a year, bringing in a steady, reliable audience, and that's more than most movie stars can say in this day and age. The Stath is heading for a particularly busy year with "Safe," "The Expendables 2" and "Parker" all on the way, but he's just signed on for a new project, one that sees him working with a pair of Hollywood greats who haven't been heard of much lately.

Watch: Beverly Hills Retirement Home Holds Paintball Contest In Teaser Trailer For 'The Expendables 2'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 14, 2011 7:34 PM
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Listen. Carefully. On the wind. Can you hear something? A creak of bone. A distant cough. Someone complaining that they haven't taken their pills, asking if you remembered to record "NCIS," and saying how their grandkids are going to show them how to use the Google. That's right, Sylvester Stallone and his buddies are rolling back into town.

Jason Statham Is A 'Hummingbird' In Directorial Debut Of 'Eastern Promises' Writer Steven Knight

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2011 7:18 AM
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"Hummingbird"? Is Jason Statham getting all soft on us? Nah, bro. Just get him a towel, and we'll explain.

Review: '13' Remake Proves To Be One Unlucky Number (To Put It Mildly)

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 27, 2011 8:21 AM
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It’s unfortunate, but there’s a Movie Content Hierarchy. Great filmmakers don’t pretend this exists -- Darren Aronofsky makes a horror movie and genre-hating critics love it, and former Fangoria mainstay David Cronenberg maintains his integrity and themes of perversion and body modification while becoming a boutique festival filmmaker. But more often than not, directors, screenwriter and producers are beholden to the unimaginative thought of “this is how it is meant to be done.” More specifically, films from other parts of the world, particularly smaller ones, have their own vocabulary, their own rhythms and idiosyncrasies. Gela Babluani’s “13 Tzameti” is one of those films, a slow burn thriller from France shot in stark black and white and featuring minimal accoutrement in terms of score, outsized performances, or onscreen violence. It’s a picture that aims low but with laser-sharp precision, to the point where you felt that Babluani was a major storytelling talent with little affection for sentimentality or empty showmanship.

Michael Bay & Jason Statham Both Say They Aren't Involved In Any 'Transformers' Sequels Right Now

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 19, 2011 9:33 AM
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Looks like everyone jumped the gun a little bit on those "Transformers" sequels reported a couple of days ago. With Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner claiming he was already talking to Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay about sequels, and with trade reports buzzing that "Transformers 4" and "Transformers 5" would potentially shoot back-to-back with Jason Statham being eyed as the new lead, the news appears to have put the cart in front of the horse. Or something. As it turns out, both Bay and Statham have flat out denied their involvement in any forthcoming films.

'Transformers 4 & 5' May Shoot Back-To-Back, Jason Statham Being Eyed As New Lead

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2011 2:06 AM
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Michael Bay May Come Back To DirectWhen it was reported earlier today that Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner was already talking to Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg about an (inevitable) "Transformers 4" details were vague, but some new intel has cropped up and clearly, neither the toymaker or the studio are fucking around.

Jason Statham Reaches His Destiny, Sought For Two Future 'Fast & Furious' Sequels

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 4, 2011 1:20 AM
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'Fast Six' And 'Fast Seven' May Be Shot Back-To-Back In EuropeFranchises, generally speaking, are more like fruit than cheese (bear with us, we are going somewhere with this). They might need a film to ripen to their full potential -- sequels generally outgross their predecessors -- but in the main they run their course by the third or fourth film, as opposed to, say, maturing and finding greater audiences and creative highs with each new installment. So we were as surprised as you were that not only was "Fast Five" the the highest grossing (over $600 million now, nearly double the haul of its "Fast and Furious" predecessors) entry of the series so far, but it was also by far the most fun.

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