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Weeknights after the movies Posted 10.24.12 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
We're sticking with Alice. Posted 09.10.12 by reelz
Actress Michelle Rodriguez first broke onto the scene as a troubled young woman who channels her anger and aggression into training to be a boxer in the 2000 indie drama Girlfight. The role won her several awards and nominations and launched her career as an actress, but it was also somewhat prophetic as Rodriguez would end up battling all through the '00s, continually dogged by legal troubles, relationship woes and invasive inquiries about her sexuality.
Now in her second decade as an actress, Rodriguez has emerged as one of the go-to actresses in the action movie genre, with a resume that includes such hits as Avatar, Machete, Fast Five and Battle: Los Angeles. Rodriguez will next appear in Resident Evil: Retribution, the lastest installment in the movie franchise based on the Capcom video game series that she helped to launch with Resident Evil in 2002. In a recent roundtable interview in support of the movie held during the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con, Rodriguez revealed that she is "really psyched" for the new movie, but that she was just as surprised as most fans that she was asked to return as Rain Ocampo, especially considering the character took a bullet to the head in the first movie. Rodriguez also dished about her reputation as a "c*nty bitch" and about how female actresses "can be sexy and be strong at the same time." what did rodriguez say? >> Posted 07.16.12 by BrentJS
Sony Pictures' panel at the San Diego Comic-Con was preceded by subsidiary Sony Screen Gems' panel for Resident Evil: Retribution, the fifth installment in the Resident Evil franchise. Writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson was joined by cast members Mika Nakashima, Boris Kodjoe, Oded Fehr, Michelle Rodriguez and, of course, Milla Jovovich. Before bringing out the cast, Anderson came out first and talked about what to expect in Retribution.
more of our panel coverage >> Posted 07.16.12 by Ryan
We really wanted to blow out the franchise and make it much bigger for fans that have been sticking with us. It's been a long journey for us so far, and we really feel that this franchise is reaching a climax and we really wanted to make this an epic movie. I wanted to try and make this first truly, post-apocalyptic epic film and, to that end, we went all around the world to make this global event. We shot in Red Square in Moscow, we shot the center of Tokyo, we shot in Washington D.C., we destroyed the White House — not for real, but we did build a post-apocalyptic version of it — we shot in Times Square in New York City. So this movie really goes above and beyond any of the Resident Evil movies so far.
We tried to make the movie as big as possible in terms of scale and action, but then also (we made) it as small as possible and as intimate as possible in terms of the Milla character and I think you'll see a side of the character in the movie that you've never seen. You'll see that she has a child, she has a husband, and so Milla gets to play that kind of real, suburban character that you've never seen in the Resident Evil franchise. That gave me the opportunity to really deliver some of the best and the most terrifying scares in the franchise. Because she's not super-powered, she has no training, she has no machine guns; it's just her versus the horror.
Even if some fans are growing tired of the Fast and the Furious franchise, it's not studio policy to quit while a franchise is hot — and 2011's Fast Five was the most successful installment yet. With over $600 million in worldwide gross, there's clearly a sizeable audience ready for Fast Six, already scheduled for a 2013 release date.
Plot details on the sixth installment are being kept "secret," but anyone who saw Fast Five (or has a working knowledge of the franchise) knows that Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and the rest of their crew of franchise co-stars will face off against a new adversary while being chased by DSS Agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson). MMA-fighter-turned-action-star Gina Carano recently joined the cast of Fast Six as one of Hobbs' team of Diesel-hunters, prompting outlets to think the sequel would be The Expendables of the Fast and Furious franchise... And to spread conflicting rumors about who will play the sequel's villain. evans or rihanna? plus, rodriguez to rev up (again) >> Posted 05.02.12 by Ryan
Director Robert Rodriguez has long had an affinity for casting aging action stars no longer as prominent in the public eye. For example, Rodriguez helped Mickey Rourke spark a comeback by casting him as Marv in his 2005 adaptation of Sin City. In Rodriguez's 2010 fake-trailer-turned-movie Machete, he brought in Don Johnson and Steven Seagal for key roles. For that movie's sequel, Machete Kills, Rodriguez has wanted actor-writer-director and tabloid favorite Mel Gibson for a role. Now he has him.
Deadline reports that Gibson is in serious discussions for a supporting role in the sequel, which will follow its title character (Danny Trejo) as he is recruited by the US government to stop a Mexican drug cartel leader and a billionaire arms dealer. While the report doesn't specify which character Gibson will play, it's likely that it could be the arms dealer. The casting has to be a welcome distraction for Gibson, who has spent most of this month being involved in a "he said, he said" public dispute with screenwriter Joe Eszterhaus. more about Machete kills >> Posted 04.24.12 by Ryan
Earlier this month, the official synopsis was released for Resident Evil: Retribution, the the upcoming fifth installment in the Resident Evil franchise. The synopsis didn't offer much about the movie's plot, besides revealing that franchise star Milla Jovovich will be back as Alice and that she will once more try to bring down the evil Umbrella Corporation that started the entire T-Virus mess back in the 2002 original. That would be obvious to anyone that has watched a Resident Evil movie before, so writer-director (and Jovovich's husband) Paul W.S. Anderson explained to ShockTillYouDrop why the plot is being kept so secret.
It's hard for me to explain [the plot] without giving away the twists and the movie. They are inspired by the video game, but I think it should be a very surprising narrative. I'm excited to put the whole thing together.
While Anderson works to "put the whole thing together," Sony Screen Gems has finally released the teaser trailer for Retribution, a day later than promised. While the plot remains a secret, Anderson does find a way to also advertise some of parent company Sony's new technology. watch the trailer >> Posted 01.19.12 by Ryan
A little over a week ago, it was announced that Denzel Washington was cast in director Robert Zemeckis' Flight, the first live-action movie for Zemeckis (Back to the Future) since 2000's Castaway. More cast members have reportedly booked their ticket.
According to Moviehole, Don Cheadle (Iron Man 2) and Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek) have joined the cast of the upcoming thriller, which sees Washington as a pilot who saves most of the passengers on a commercial airline flight after a malfunction but is eventually investigated after it is discovered that he drank the night before the flight. Cheadle and Greenwood's roles are unspecified at this time.
John Gatins (Real Steel) wrote the script for Flight, which goes into production in Atlanta this October. Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes) is already set to play a drug addict who befriends Washington as they both battle their dependency issues. Casey Affleck to fight for Paradise Lost and Michelle Rodriguez joins latest Resident Evil sequel >> Posted 09.24.11 by Ryan
Today's Challenge: Red Riding Hood and Battle: Los Angeles both open nationwide today. Can you link their two leading ladies?
Our first Facebook movie game, ClusterFlick, plays off that old "six degrees of separation" theory — you know, the one that has a certain Kevin at the center of the Hollywood universe. It's easy to play, but not so easy to win. The goal is to use the major cast of movies to get from Point A to Point B in the smallest number of moves.
Play ClusterFlick >> Posted 03.11.11 by reelz