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Review: 'Killing Season' Starring Robert De Niro & John Travolta

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 12, 2013 9:05 AM
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The deadening inevitability of “Killing Season” is that, for all its bluster and violence, the picture’s going to end on a ponderous note it can’t quite deliver convincingly. This barebones time-killer from the ruthlessly frugal folks at Millennium Films announces its intentions from the title on, and its two stars—Robert De Niro and John Travolta—seem glumly game to scowl their way through the proceedings with the professionalism of a mercenary, and the passion of one as well.

Watch: John Travolta Hunts Robert De Niro In Trailer For 'Killing Season'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 7, 2013 10:22 AM
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For a movie that has been in the works for a while, at one time set to re-team "Face/Off" duo Nicolas Cage and John Travolta with John McTiernan directing, the final result here is pretty dismal. Cage was swapped with Robert De Niro (which these days hardly means anything since they both choose awful projects), and the director's chair was vacated by McTiernan and filled with Mark Steven Johnson -- aka the guy behind "Daredevil" and "Ghost Rider" -- and so now we have...this....

Hilary Swank Goes Sci-Fi With 'Shrapnel'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2011 3:02 AM
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Hilary Swank usually tends to play biographical characters such as transsexual Brandon Teena in “Boys Don't Cry,” aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart in “Amelia” and lawyer Betty Anne Waters in “Conviction.” She also dabbled a bit in the romantic drama genre in “P.S: I Love You” and did ill-advised stints in horror with "The Resident" and "The Reaping" but according to Variety, the actress has been looking for some time for a new genre, so how about sci-fi?. Radical Pictures have announced that Swank will produce and star in the big-screen adaptation of the graphic novel “Shrapnel,” written by Nick Sagan (yes, the son of Carl Sagan) and M. Zachary Sherman, and originally created by Sagan and Mark Long. (And not to be confused with the John McTiernan project of the same name).

John McTiernan's 'Shrapnel' Moving Forward As Financing Lines Up, But Without Nicolas Cage

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2011 1:20 AM
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Update: The Wrap has heard back from reps for Cage who say he's dropped out of the movie. Moreover, while a fall start is being eyed, it's not quite a sure thing just yet.

'Face/Off' Duo Nicolas Cage & John Travolta Looking To Reunite On A Pair Of Projects

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 25, 2011 2:00 AM
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Let's face it. Nicolas Cage isn't so much a movie star anymore as a continual riff on his own persona, selling movie after movie on his crazy-wigged eccentricity and personality. The idea of him playing characters has long gone out the window as these days, he pretty much just plays Nic Cage whether in a medieval flick like "Season Of The Witch" or a 3D throwaway B-movie like "Drive Angry." Meanwhile, John Travolta has been vacillating between dumb family fare like "Wild Hogs" or "Old Dogs" while trying to scowl convincingly as a bad guy in action flicks like "The Taking Of Pelham 1 2 3" and "From Paris With Love." Wherever their careers are now, the duo teamed up to deliver one of the great, big dumb, yet totally awesome action flicks of the 1990s, John Woo's "Face/Off" so it's a little exciting (in a nostalgic sort of way) that the two are looking team up again.

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