Sylvester Stallone set up a successful franchise for himself and his fellow aging action stars with 2010's The Expendables, adding even more elder ass-kickers for The Expendables 2, which arrived on DVD and Blu-Ray this week. The success of the Expendables sequel has made an Expendables 3 a near certainty, but, while Stallone and his crew stretch and take their Motrin in preparation for their next assignment, an even older group of warriors is entering theaters this weekend in Rise of the Guardians.
Based on William Joyce's The Guardians of Childhood book series, Rise of the Guardians follows the centuries-old team of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman and new recruit Jack Frost as they protect the children of the world against the nefarious Boogeyman. With both movies arriving this week, we put the two oldest teams up against one another. Will Arnold Schwarzenegger terminate Jack Frost? Will Jason Statham transport Santa and his sleigh into hell? Who will die hard against Bruce Willis? Only you can decide the fate of these puns in our character cage match! check out the teams' strengths and weaknesses before weighing in on our poll >> Posted 11.23.12 by Ryan
"I'm gonna fight like a man and I'm gonna make you man up."
Experience your childhood fantasy of seeing all of your favorite he-man action heroes of yesteryear bashing brains, exchanging quips and blowing things up in one bombastic movie...again. man up! >> Posted 11.14.12 by BrentJS
Like Charlie's Angels, but dangerous!
Even though the The Expendables 2 was a bit redundant and perhaps too self-aware at times, it was still an entertaining action movie with all-star cast appeal. A sequel is already in development, with Wesley Snipes, Nicolas Cage, Harrison Ford and Clint Eastwood all being courted to join the cast. Noticeably absent from that list are the names of any female action movie stars. We say, if the gimmick of the franchise is surprising new cast additions, why not push it further than bringing in Indy by bringing in Ripley or The Bride.
Or, better yet, how about a stand-alone movie with an all-female cast of female action heroes from yesterday and today? Just think of the possibilities!
Imagine a revenge movie written and directed by Quentin Tarantino about an all-female super-spy team run by Sigourney Weaver, with members that include: Uma Thurman as the knife expert; Gina Carano as the pugilist/demolitions expert; Jada Pinkett Smith as the animal/gun expert; Kate Beckinsale as the poison expert/seductress; Chloë Moretz as the trainee (Fox Force Five!). But, enough about our fantasy she-woman action movie. We want to know what you think: Which female action movie stars of yesterday and today do you think could make the line-up in an all-female Expendables-style movie?
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Posted 10.13.12 by BrentJS
Arnie wasn't lying when he said, "I'll be back."
The Austrian Oak, Arnie, the Governator, Ah-nuld, ...whatever you call him, Arnold Schwarzenegger is in a class all to himself. Born in Thal, Austria, in 1947, Schwarzenegger rose up from his humble background as the rebellious son of a local police chief in post-War Europe to dominate the world of professional body-building — three Mr. Universe and seven Mr. Olympia titles between 1968 and 1980 — and then he set his sights on Hollywood. Despite one mouthful of a last name and a thick accent, Schwarzenegger tackled Hollywood with the same zeal he put into bodybuilding, becoming Sylvester Stallone's chief competitor for the title of '80s action mega-star, starring in a string of monster hits that, all told, have earned over $3.8 billion at the worldwide box office.
After climbing as high as he could in U.S. politics (limited by the fact that he was born overseas), Schwarzenegger is once again in the entertainment business, popping up in a cameo role in Stallone's ode to he-man action movies, The Expendables, before playing a more significant role in The Expendables 2. Schwarzenegger will team up with Stallone again in the action-thriller The Tomb, take on Mexican drug lords as an aging small-town cop in The Last Stand and is rumored to be involved in some way with a planned fifth movie in The Terminator franchise. Whether Schwarzenegger's second act in Hollywood has a hope of matching his first remains to be seen, but let's look back on the movies that made him great and pick the best ones.
Rate the Top 10 Arnold Schwarzenegger Movies >> Posted 10.07.12 by BrentJS
A crippled hero rises to save his city one last time. A team of scientists seeking God in the depths of space instead discover pure evil. A fairy tale princess becomes a warrior and saves herself. A foul-mouthed teddy bear plays the white trash name game. This summer's selection of movie releases were filled with triumphant, terrifying, inspiring and hilarious moments.
The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises obliterated the popular myth that the superhero action genre had run its course. Ted proved that Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is even funnier when he doesn't have to censor himself. Moonrise Kindom cemented Wes Anderson as the indie king of whimsical, witty comedies with a heart. Each of these movies were fantastic in their own ways, but how do they stack up against each other? Help us rate the Top 10 Best Movies of the 2012 summer movie season.
Rate the Top 10 Best Movies >> Posted 09.26.12 by BrentJS
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The Expendables might have won the box office but it's nothing to brag about. Sly Stallone and Co. grossed $13.5M in its second weekend but traffic at the box office was slow. In fact this past weekend was the slowest weekend of 2012 so far. The conservative documentary 2016: Obama's America did better than all of the new wide releases (Premium Rush, Hit and Run, The Apparition). 2016, which has grossed $9.6M, is now the highest-grossing conservative documentary ever.
Five days after taking his own life, director Tony Scott was laid to rest at a private funeral in L.A. Scott's older brother, Ridely Scott, were among those who attended the service at L.A.'s Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Scott jumped to his death Sunday from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro. Scott left behind notes intended for close family and friends. Police said the notes did not contain references to any medical conditions Scott may have had.
Two of the members of the punk band Pussy Riot have fled Russia following the sentencing of their band members for "hooliganism" charges. The group announced on Twitter that two members have successfully gotten out of the country. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich have each been sentenced to two years in prison for the group's February protest inside Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior, where members of the feminist group staged a performance-art raid tied to their song "Mother of God, Drive Putin Out." Posted 08.27.12 by reelz
Movie studios are constantly hunger for the next comic book, 'tween novel, or Harry Potter-esque franchise to exploit for box office success, but it seems that audiences on the other end of the age spectrum are also getting studio attention. Fox Searchlight scored a $131 million hit in May with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which followed Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and five other elder English actors as they moved to a retirement hotel in India, while Hope Springs also found success as it followed Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones as a long-married couple that enters couples therapy to rekindle their romance. Most recently, Sylvester Stallone and his (mostly) AARP card-carrying band of mercenaries blew up the box office with the sequel The Expendables 2. And it looks like it's only the beginning of studios targeting Baby Boomer audiences. more on Hollywood's aging trend >> Posted 08.24.12 by Ryan
For The Expendables 2, only a lone female was added to the (previously) all-male group of new and returning action stars — Chinese actress Yu Nan. But with The Expendables 2 taking the top slot at last weekend's box office, it seems only a matter of time before The Expendables 3 becomes an inevitability. Hollywood Dailies caught up with the cast to see which actresses they feel could make it as a mercenary in the Expendables crew. who might be in Expendables 3? >> Posted 08.23.12 by Ryan
|Title ||Weekend ||Total ||Analysis |
|The Expendables 2 ||$28.8M ||28.8M ||Despite bigger marquee names like Schwarzenegger and Willis, failed to match the opening numbers of the original |
|The Bourne Legacy ||$17M ||$69.6M ||Dropped 55% in its second weekend; slightly ahead of The Bourne Identity's numbers after two weeks |
|Paranorman ||$14M ||$14M ||Opened lower than Coraline despite an impressive theater count |
|The Campaign ||$13.4M ||$51.7M ||Modestly budgeted comedy on its way to becoming a hit for Warner Bros. |
|Sparkle ||$12M ||$12M ||Whitney Houston fans didn't necessarily rush out to see her final movie but given its relatively small budget ($14M), still a hit |
Posted 08.20.12 by reelz
Unlike some actors who feel the need to distance themselves from the action hero roles that made them famous by appearing in romantic comedies — we're looking at you, Gerard Butler — British tough-guy Jason Statham has never strayed very far from the roles that have been his bread and butter since first appearing as Bacon in Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. But, just because Statham has made a name for himself playing surly ass-kickers, that doesn't mean that his characters are all one-dimensional. Case in point: Statham is one of the few tough-guys in The Expendables 2 who actually has a love interest (Charisma Carpenter), which allowed him to reveal his tender side.
Statham recently sat down to discuss returning as "tender" Lee Christmas in the sequel to The Expendables with our very own Jeremy Parsons. An action movie aficionado as well as an action icon in his own right, Statham revealed that he is a "massive Bruce Lee fan" and that he could watch Enter the Dragon "ten times a day" and "never tire" of watching it. more about The Expendables 2 >> Posted 08.17.12 by BrentJS