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Cannes: 'The Expendables 3' Hits the Croisette

In the annals of Cannes PR-stunt hilarity, the sight of Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Ford, Gibson, Statham et al trundling down the Croisette in two tanks will be hard to beat this year.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • May 18, 2014 1:15 PM
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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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WATCH: Highlights from a Very John Goodman Christmas SNL (VIDEO)

Not even John Goodman's jovial versatility and past hosting experience (this is his 13th time around) could revive this paltry set of sketches.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • December 15, 2013 12:04 PM
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Sylvester Stallone Takes to Kickstarter After Investor Pulls $250K from 'Reach Me' (VIDEO)

Sylvester Stallone's "Reach Me," directed by John Herzfeld ("2 Days in the Valley"), recently hit a snag when one of its investors pulled $250K worth of funding out of the picture. And so -- ta da! -- Stallone, Herzfeld and producer Cassian Elwes are now on Kickstarter to crowdfund the rest of the film. Watch their pitch video, below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • August 22, 2013 1:03 PM
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'The Expendables 3' Lays Cash on Aging Acting Stars, Starts Production in Bulgaria

Final casting on Lionsgate and Millennium Films' "The Expendables 3," which started filming August 19 on location in Bulgaria and at Nu Boyana Studios in Sofia, reveals the depth of the Aging Action Star Demographic. There was a time when some of these guys commanded $20 million a picture, and co-starring in a sprawling ensemble like this marks one of their last available big upfront cash paydays. You know that Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford aren't fantasizing about doing this kind of grinding work any more than is Bruce Willis. He famously exited the series, demanding even more than the $3 million he was offered for four days work.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 19, 2013 2:25 PM
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