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So, 'Rambo: The Last Stand' Might Happen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2011 5:14 AM
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"It's pretty well done; I'm about 99% sure there won't be any more. I'm very happy with the last Burmese episode, and another film might be misinterpreted as an unnecessary and mercenary gesture. I don't want that to happen," Sylvester Stallone told Empire last spring, but that was before the mega success of "The Expendables." With that film proving there was an audience who wanted to see the 65 year old blow stuff up, it seems that Sly has changed his mind about playing John Rambo one more time.

Renny Harlin Talks The Politics Of '5 Days Of War,' Says He Wants To Make 'Long Kiss Goodnight 2'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 19, 2011 3:27 AM
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It’s been quite a journey for Finnish filmmaker Renny Harlin. Once the director of “A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master ” (the highest-grossing entry in the series at the time) he moved on to the back-to-back onslaught of “The Adventures Of Ford Farlaine” and “Die Hard 2: Die Harder” that cemented him as one of Hollywood’s top action directors, a designation he carried all the way to the snakebitten “Cutthroat Island,” one of the biggest bombs in box office history.

Review: A Fat Man, Animals That Sound Like Sitcom Characters & The Terrible 'Zookeeper'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 7, 2011 5:17 AM
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Early on in “Zookeeper,” Sony’s latest commercially craven piece of garbage from Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison production company, an animal sees two bears fighting. Her response is, “They look like two bean bag chairs!” Ignoring the idea that this character, a giraffe, has probably never even seen a bean bag chair, this is a brilliant line -- mostly because it reveals the true instincts of the six (six!) writers tasked with bringing this story-less hook to the screen.

'Conan' Star Jason Momoa Cast As Bad Guy In Stallone/Walter Hill Actioner 'Headshot'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 22, 2011 1:24 AM
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"Game of Thrones" hasn't just been one of the best series of the just-finished TV seasons, one that improved week-on-week, but it also proved to be a big hit, increasing its audience by nearly 40% between its premiere and its finale on Sunday. The survivors are set to get going on a second season in July, but it's undoubtedly given a career boost to everyone involved, even those who were gruesomely dispatched across the first season.

Simon West Keeps Failing Upwards, Now Directing 'The Expendables 2'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 16, 2011 2:33 AM
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If you were to draw up a list of the ten worst directors currently working in Hollywood, you'd have to save space for Simon West, who came out swinging with the botched delirium of sub-Bay actioner "Con Air" and has only gone downhill from there. West's films are cacophonous noise tunnels where the human spirit is unwelcome, where cynicism and craven stupidity triumph over creativity and ingenuity. Each one of his films has either a ripe premise, a great cast, or a too-big budget, only to be squandered by his narrow vision and neanderthal caveman storytelling. Yet somehow, Sylvester Stallone, who normally has an ear for his dyed-in-the-wool fans on the internet, has picked Simon West to helm "The Expendables 2."

'Fast Five' Star Sung Kang To Join Untitled Sylvester Stallone-Walter Hill Collaboration

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 11, 2011 4:00 AM
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Joel Silver's Dark Castle Entertainment Producing; Film Begins Shooting Later This MonthIt seemed to make sense that Sylvester Stallone would reach out to Thomas Jane to co-star in the film formerly-titled "Headshot" as both were macho brawlers with a significant age difference. The thriller, from director Walter Hill, was to match Stallone as a professional killer with Jane the young cop who must collaborate with the hitman to solve a massive conspiracy. And then Dark Castle and superproducer Joel Silver got involved. And looks like Silver he threw his weight around, claiming a Dark Castle mandate for racially mixed lead cast members, so Jane is out, and the handsome, charismatic Sung Kang is in.

'Expendables 2' Releases Promo Poster And Fake Synopsis, While JCVD Rumors Persist

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 12, 2011 6:20 AM
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You asked for it: Sly and the gang are suiting up for "The Expendables 2." As the last film made a killing in international pre-sales, so will this one, as Nu Image is shopping the yet-to-be-shot actioner in Cannes with this brand new poster. Yes, it reeks of cheese, but it's also a mock-up probably done by one lowly intern on his lunch break, merely an announcement that "this movie exists." It does seem telling that, unlike last time, there isn't a giant list of names all over this thing, as shooting is very tenuously planned for the fall despite the likelihood that cast members from the first film may be busy.

Sly Confirms Walter Hill Directing Stallone Actioner 'Headshot'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 12, 2011 3:01 AM
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Old school action fans, Sylvester Stallone hears your pleas. Most likely he took criticism of his direction regarding "The Expendables" to heart, announcing he would not be directing the sequel. Now he's fulfilling their wishes by teaming up with one of the most respected action directors of all time. After a few early negotiations, Walter Hill will be directing Stallone in "Headshot."

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.

Sylvester Stallone Thriller 'Headshots' & Steve Carell Comedy 'Burt Wonderstone' Both Lose Directors

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 6, 2011 1:21 AM
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It's got to be hard for a director to walk away from a feature-directing gig. If you're lucky, you get to make a film once every couple of years, and, while some helmers are able to boost their income with rewrite work or commercials, or TV and music videos gigs, sometimes that one feature is your only income. But at the same time, you only get to make a certain number of movies in a career, and if the stars aren't aligning correctly, sometimes the only thing you can do is pack your bags. It's not an uncommon occurence -- Guillermo Del Toro leaving "The Hobbit" and Darren Aronofsky bailing on "The Wolverine" being two recent examples -- and it's just happened on another pair of A-lister-led projects.

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