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Review: 'Homefront' Starring Jason Statham, James Franco, Kate Bosworth And Winona Ryder

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 26, 2013 10:07 AM
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The craft of the B-picture has been lost. It’s been lost in a sea of audiences trained by awards shows and armchair critics to thumb their nose at straight action films, the kind of entertainment that used to be the audience’s bread-and-butter. It used to mean that you threw cash at the screen to make an action film in order to simulate larger-than-life actors going at each other in exotic locales. Computers changed all that, and altered audience’s expectations: the old magic just wouldn’t stand anymore, and action films needed to be buoyed by ridiculous computer effects (the ones that turned Tobey Maguire and Matt Damon into Schwarzenegger and Stallone) in order to create that enhanced un-reality. Simply kicking a guy in the head was no longer enough, despite the wonderful talent and inventiveness of some of the kickers, like Wesley Snipes, Jackie Chan or any of the slew of analog action heroes who have suffered in the digital age.

Review: 'Escape Plan' Starring Sylvester Stallone And Arnold Schwarzenegger

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 17, 2013 9:00 AM
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Escape Plan
If this were 1988, the world would stop for “Escape Plan,” which finally pairs Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger as above-the-title talents. The duo haven’t been able to keep themselves from looking backwards in recent films: both seem in denial of their advanced ages, with Schwarzenegger taking on roles fit for someone two decades younger, and Stallone content to play his greatest hits, sometimes in duet form with the “Expendables” movies. Appropriately, “Escape Plan” also doesn’t feel as if it’s made for this era, but amusingly seems like a relic of the early aughts, when Stallone was fronting dubious direct-to-video schlock, Schwarzenegger was a declining attraction, and getting 50 Cent in a supporting role seemed like a major coup.

Watch: 2 Clips, B-Roll & Lots Of New Pics From 'Escape Plan' With Arnold Schwarzenegger & Sylvester Stallone

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • October 3, 2013 10:39 AM
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Seeing as how both their solo movies (“The Last Stand,” “Bullet to the Head”) fizzled at the box office earlier this year, it’s only natural that Stallone and Schwarzenegger would try to team up for an action movie. They've done just that in the upcoming “Escape Plan” and it’s the action pairing we always wanted… 25 years ago. Even so, maybe putting them together when they’re pushing 70 could actually be fun? It can be our generation’s “Grumpy Old Men,” but set in prison and with much more violence. How fitting. Still, the question remains, can a Stallone-Schwarzenegger pairing be enough to get the audiences’ butts in the seats or will they only find success in the action hero ensemble 'Expendables' franchise? Perhaps a few more clips from “Escape Plan” can help people decide.

Watch: Arnold Schwarzenegger & Sylvester Stallone Fight In Clip From 'Escape Plan' Plus New Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 20, 2013 12:47 PM
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Escape Plan
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone fighting is pretty much the single selling point of the otherwise bland-looking "Escape Plan," which features a title that's practically straight-to-video-bin ready. Considering these guys can barely muster a hit outside of "The Expendables" lately, they are likely hoping that combined, they find some greater success.

Watch: Sylvester Stallone & Robert De Niro Punch Each Other In First Trailer For 'Grudge Match'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 12, 2013 7:58 PM
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Grudge Match, De Niro, Stallone, Kevin Hart
Well, we'll give the trailer for "Grudge Match" this much credit: for a premise that could so easily devolve into Rocky vs. Jake LaMotta gags, there's only one direct reference to Sylvester Stallone's franchise and it's actually tolerable and tasteful. So kudos. As for the rest?

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!

'Rambo' TV Series In The Works And Yes Sylvester Stallone Will Be Involved

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 21, 2013 12:43 PM
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If there is one man who knows how to keep franchises not only viable, but continually growing, it's Sylvester Stallone. It was just last month, we learned that "Rocky" would be getting in the ring again, this time as the spinoff "Creed," with "Fruitvale Station" director and star, Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan involved, along with Sly himself. And now, another one of Stallone's brands is getting dusted off and instead of heading to the multiplex, it's going to the small screen.

Sylvester Stallone Is Mad At Bruce Willis Over $1 Million Dollars

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 8, 2013 10:33 AM
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What's a million dollars between friends (or colleagues)? Apparently, a lot. As you might remember, the cinematic world did a collective HUH? when it was announced earlier this week that Harrison Ford was stepping into "The Expendables 3," while Bruce Willis was exiting. But the news was made all the more fascinating when in a tweet, Stallone called John McClane "greedy" and "lazy." Now it seems the story behind that animosity has surfaced.

Watch: 40-Minute Master Class With Sylvester Stallone From The 2008 Zurich Film Festival

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 30, 2013 2:42 PM
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At the Zurich Film Festival back in 2008, they had muscle-bound multi-hyphenate Sylvester Stallone as special guest to talk about his career as an actor, writer and director. After a couple of seconds of cheesy photo-ops (with Stallone striking some Rocky-esque) poses, it becomes a thoughtful look at his career and about the filmmaking process in general, with the host, claiming that Stallone exists in a small fraternity of writer/director/actors who have had as long and varied a career (among them Orson Welles and Laurence Olivier).

‘Fruitvale Station’ Director & Star Ryan Coogler & Michael B. Jordan Making ‘Rocky’ Spinoff ‘Creed’ With Sylvester Stallone

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 24, 2013 12:32 PM
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To be certain, the "Fruitvale Station" team of director Ryan Coogler and star Michael B. Jordan spent some considerable time wrapped up in the devastating true story that anchored their Sundance and Cannes selected film. And with the recent outcome of the George Zimmerman trial following the death of Trayvon Martin, it once again brought up those issues of race and class as the duo were out promoting the film. So perhaps something lighter isn't exactly surprising, but you may be taken aback by the upcoming project's shape.

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