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Mickey Rourke Calls Martin McDonagh A "Jerkoff"; Bails On 'Seven Psychopaths'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 8, 2011 9:45 AM
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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.

Frank Miller Says 'Sin City 2' Has A New Story For Jessica Alba's Character To Tie 2 Films Together

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 24, 2011 10:36 AM
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It seems as if rumors/speculation have been kicking around forever about "Sin City 2," but this summer the long-awaited sequel received some major injections of good news. First, "The Departed" writer William Monahan was signed on to get the script across the finish line with Robert Rodriguez promising that it will go in front of cameras as soon as they have a screenplay to work with. With next spring now being eyed as a potential start date, Frank Miller has spilled a few more small details about what we can expect in the next chapter.

Antonio Banderas Says He Was Asked To Join 'The Expendables 2' But Didn't Have Time To Fit It In

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 21, 2011 6:02 AM
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Nicolas Cage Won't Be In It & Probably Not John Travolta EitherEven though the meat-head heavy "The Expendables 2" is already in front of cameras, with the Ben Gay-sponsored cast ripping it up for next summer's blockbuster, rumors have still been floating about possible appearances in the film. One rumor picking up heat in recent weeks was the possibility of Nicolas Cage and John Travolta joining the cast. Well, we heard from Cage's reps who told us he was not going to be in the film, and reportedly the folks at Think McFly Think have learned that Travolta is out too. Bummer. But they're not the only ones who have been on Sly Stallone's lengthy wishlist.

Mickey Rourke And Kellan Lutz To Co-Star In Indonesian Actioner 'Java Heat'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 10, 2011 5:01 AM
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There's a long history of Hollywood plundering Asian action stars for their own, from Bruce Lee to Jay Chou, but aside from the occasional exception (who could forget Paul Rudd in "Gen-Y Cops?" Answer: everyone), the exchange rarely works the other way. But with investment from China and elsewhere becoming more and more important, the balance is starting to tip a little. Kevin Spacey is starring in Chinese picture "Inseparable" and Christian Bale took the lead in Zhang Yimou's "The Flowers Of War," while Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling are heading East for the Bangkok-set "Only God Forgives."

Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken And Mickey Rourke Among 'Seven Psychopaths'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 12, 2011 11:28 AM
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Dream. Team.

Mickey Rourke Says 'Passion Play' & '13' Are "Terrible," Takes Back Nice Words About Megan Fox

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 13, 2011 5:41 AM
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Did someone forget to butter Mickey Rourke's popcorn at the "Scream 4" premiere last night? Or was he as disappointed as we were in the lacklustre horror sequel? Who knows, but when chatting with Vulture at the after-party, the actor decided to dispense with Hollywood courtesies and drop some truth bombs all over the place. Charlie Sheen, eat your heart out.

Grumpy Old Tough Guys: Walter Hill In Talks To Direct Sylvester Stallone In 'Headshot'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 6, 2011 8:51 AM
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Hard to believe that over the course of their red meat-eatin' action careers, Sylvester Stallone and Walter Hill never crossed paths. Hill has directed the likes of Eddie Murphy, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis and the immortal James Remar, but not once has he been associated with the headstrong star of "Rocky," "Rambo" and "The Expendables." That may change as Hill may be climbing aboard "Headshots," the action picture starring Stallone which was left orphaned after director Wayne Kramer exited over creative differences.

Update: Liam Neeson Confirmed For 'Taken 2'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 16, 2011 12:12 PM
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Update: Well that was fast. Deadline reports Liam Neeson and Luc Besson have made nice and the actor is closing a deal to reprise his role.

'Passion Play' With Mickey Rourke & Megan Fox Not Surprisingly Going Straight-To-DVD

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 10, 2011 9:02 AM
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To put it quite simply: "Passion Play," starring Mickey Rourke and Megan Fox, was the worst film we saw at TIFF last year (though Dustin Lance Black's "What's Wrong With Virginia" comes a close second). Our man on the ground called it "a cliche-riddled, risible and utterly painful experience that boasts hallmark sentiments and TV movie-of-the-week sensibilities mixed in a disastrous attempt to make a love story about unearned redemption." And most critics agreed with that sentiment. It was the directorial debut of screenwriter Mitch Glazer and it's sure to be his last time behind the camera for a long, long, while.

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