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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.

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.

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