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Ranking the Top Action Stars, from McQueen to Neeson

Grantland's Bill Simmons should get a bonus for what will likely be one of their most viral stories ("The Action Hero Championship Belt"), his ranking of the top action stars since the first prototype of the modern model, Steve McQueen. Simmons cleverly narrows his focus to define what an action star is: see how he deftly eliminates mere movie actors who star in action movies and sideswipes westerns, although Clint Eastwood has his day.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 27, 2014 1:19 PM
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'The Right Stuff' 30th Anniversary Blu-ray Celebrates Superheroes of a Bygone Age

Chuck Yeager and the other "flyboys" of the Space Race wore no capes, carried no hammers, hid no secret identities. But writer-director Philip Kaufman's classic adventure "The Right Stuff," celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, leaves no room for doubt. These guys were superheroes.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • November 7, 2013 12:53 PM
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Women in Hollywood, from Tough Rodriguez, Studio Chief Pascal, to 'Expendabelles' (VIDEO)

Sylvester Stallone has put out a call on Twitter, presumably with his latest iteration of "The Expendables" in mind: "A young Sigorney Weaver anywhere out there?" The misspelling of her name aside, Weaver became one of Hollywood's few female action stars because Ridley Scott cast her as androgynous astronaut Ripley in "Alien," and another director who likes strong women, James Cameron, encouraged her to kick ass in the sequel "Aliens," at which point he passed the baton to David Fincher, who continued the tradition in "Alien 3."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 24, 2013 4:29 PM
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Tom Hardy Gets An Action Franchise, Will Star in New Regency & Ubisoft's 'Splinter Cell' Adaptation [UPDATED]

New Regency has come on board to develop the "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell" with Ubisoft. Tom Hardy is set to star.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 6, 2012 2:35 PM
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Berg's SEAL Team 10 Drama 'Lone Survivor' Now Shooting with Wahlberg, Bana, Foster, Kitsch & Hirsch; Herrick Producing

Norton Herrick has come on board to share producing duties with director Peter Berg and star Mark Wahlberg for "Lone Survivor," which is currently shooting in New Mexico with co-stars Eric Bana, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch and Taylor Kitsch...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 14, 2012 3:54 PM
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Now and Then: 'Looper' and the Future of Sci Fi

Deep into "Looper" we meet Sara (Emily Blunt), a young mother and cane farmer in the year 2044. The moment, for science fiction, is riskily quiet — in the first blush of dusk she mimes lighting a cigarette, taking a slow drag on imagined bliss. It's also, for all the film's nodding at the genre's past, a glimpse of where sci fi is going.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • October 2, 2012 11:59 AM
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Trailers from Hell: 'Point Break' is First Up for Kathryn Bigelow Week

It's Kathryn Bigelow week at Trailers from Hell! First up, it's Karyn Kusama discussing the trailer for 1991's "Point Break."
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  • August 6, 2012 1:54 PM
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FIRST LOOK: 'The Expendables 2' Stars Stallone and Schwarzenegger Charm the Con, Bring Back Male Pattern Baldness (Video)

Wily action lions Sly Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger first met as fierce rivals back at the 1976 Golden Globes, when "Rocky" won best director and film, on its way to a best picture Oscar, while Schwarzenegger won Best Newcomer. Stallone threw flowers on a muscleman he expected to exit the scene...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 13, 2012 6:06 AM
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Now and Then: Hitchcock's First Classic, and an Underrated Modern Descendant

Alfred Hitchcock had been working as a director for more than a decade when he made "The 39 Steps" (1935), a film that's half trench coats, street lamps, and foreign agents. The other half is English wit, a marriage plot, and a MacGuffin: the first proof, long before his later masterworks, that he was a maestro of the unbalancing act.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • June 26, 2012 2:53 AM
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Career Watch: Will Smith, Still on His Throne?

Music-TV-film superstar Will Smith did not mark his return to the box office (after a four year hiatus) with a bang, but it wasn't a crash either. "Men in Black III" knocked "The Avengers" off its top spot, and while it's no disaster, it finished the weekend short of expectations. It's better than expected, but only because the bar with "MIB2" had been set so low. While the landscape has changed and movie stardom doesn't mean what it once did, it's undeniable that Smith is one of our last remaining beloved stars, with a string of successful dramas, comedies, action movies and thrillers. He's been in the public eye for the majority of his life, and has yet to dance on Oprah's couch. Does anyone not love Will Smith?
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 29, 2012 4:22 PM
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