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
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
As the saying goes: If at first you don't succeed, try again with Vin Diesel.
Earlier this year, the action thriller Haywire introduced former MMA fighter Gina Carano as an action star, something critics embraced, but audiences mostly did not. For her next movie, Carano has decided to join a well-established action franchise with Fast Six. The sixth installment will continue the adventures of Diesel's Dom Toretto and Paul Walker's Brian 0'Conner while Dwayne Johnson's DSS Agent Hobbs will again be in pursuit of the franchise's anti-heroes. THR reports that Carano is in talks to play a member of Johnson's team. more about Fast six >> Posted 04.24.12 by Ryan
The recent action movie Haywire hasn't fared as well at the box office as it did with critics (though it has made back its budget), but its star, MMA fighter-turned-actress Gina Carano, has already lined up another action project.
THR reports that Carano has joined the cast of the action-thriller In the Blood for director John Stockwell (Blue Crush, the upcoming Dark Tide). Carano will play a wife whose husband disappears while vacationing in the Caribbean, so she recklessly pursues the men she thinks are responsible. "This role will showcase not only Gina’s fighting skills, but also her acting abilities as her character struggles to reign in her violent past," said Stockwell.
In the Blood was written by Bennett Yellin and James Robert Johnston (Joy Ride 2). Production is set to start in Puerto Rico in early spring or summer. Carano's Haywire stunt team is in discussions to reteam with her on In the Blood. more cast for Oblivion and 300: Battle of Artemisia >> Posted 02.15.12 by Ryan
Those that enjoyed Sylvester Stallone's 2010 action-star filled The Expendables were likely disappointed by Stallone's confirmation that the upcoming sequel, The Expendables 2, was going to end up with a PG-13 rating. Now another disappointment: Gina Carano, the MMA fighter-turned-star of the current action movie Haywire, was considered for the sequel, but won't appear in the movie.
Den of Geek recently interviewed Carano and asked her about whether she might appear in a possible Expendables 3, but, since The Expendables 2 won't open until November, there's no way to know if the sequel will duplicate the $274 million worldwide box office of the original and earn a third installment. Still, the question prompted Carano to reveal that, at one point, she was considered for The Expendables 2. read carano's comments >> Posted 02.06.12 by Ryan
When documentary filmmaker Pete McCormack last focused his camera lens on the life of a man who used his physical prowess and gift for gab to transcend athleticism, break down social barriers and become an icon, his subject was "The Greatest" boxer, Muhammad Ali. In his follow-up to Facing Ali, McCormack's subject is martial arts pioneer, physical fitness advocate and movie legend Bruce Lee, who was voted one of the most important people of the 20th Century in Time Magazine's Time 100.
Scheduled for a limited theatrical release on February 9th, I Am Bruce Lee, explores Lee's life and philosophy, with commentary from such notable celebrities as actor Mickey Rourke (Immortals), MMA fighter-turned-actress Gina Carano (Haywire), the L.A. Lakers' Kobe Bryant, WBO Welterweight Champion Manny Pacquiao and Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas. watch the trailer >> Posted 01.24.12 by BrentJS
Former MMA fighter Gina Carano is making her acting debut this weekend in the action flick Haywire, which sees Carano play a freelance covert operative who is double crossed and seeks revenge. Director Steven Soderbergh has discussed the movie's "realistic" action scenes, which were certainly something she was already familiar with. In an interview with Vulture, Carano admitted that it was the kissing scenes that made her nervous instead of the fighting scenes.
carano would like to play a "believeable" wonder woman >> Posted 01.22.12 by Ryan
This wasn't in the script originally, but he kissed me! Michael [Fassbender] came up to me, and he said, 'If we're pretending to be husband and wife [for our cover in an operation], I should kiss you.' And I was like, 'Are you kidding?' This is my first day of filming, this is my first kiss of my entire career, and I was like, 'I've never had a kiss on camera before!' My whole mouth, my face was completely shaking, and I was going, 'Oh my god, Oh my god, Oh my god!' But it was nice. It was nice just to be present with him, and he was so genuine, and so beautiful.
Steven Soderbergh's highly anticipated action movie, Haywire, hits theaters this weekend and all the buzz surrounding it reassures viewers it's just as badass as the clips imply. At a recent press conference regarding the movie, Eric Eisenberg of cinemablend.com had the opportunity to sit in and hear what the actors had to say about working with Soderberg and shooting fighting scenes with an actual MMA fighter.
Gina Carano, professional fighter-turned-actress, talked about her "audition process."
My agent called me and he said that this director wanted to meet me, and I didn’t know who he was. I don’t know anything about Hollywood really, still. I’m still learning... We had a four hour lunch and at the end of it he offered me a movie. So, there was no auditioning. I don’t know what that is like yet.
Channing Tatum, no stranger to the action film genre, plays one of the many men Carano beats up and he was more than impressed.
Find a girl that you think can whip my butt and I’ll go to her movie. And then they did. And I wanted to be in the movie, like yes it’s for real. She can really do this stuff. There’s no faking it. She only fakes it, because she has too. It was fun. What did Ewan mcGregor say about working with Gina Carano? >> Posted 01.21.12 by reelz
From his 1989 indie debut of Sex, Lies and Videotape to last fall's viral thriller Contagion, director Steven Soderbergh's movies have always tried to blend an extraordinary story with a sense of realism (often even working with non-actors) and his latest movie, the upcoming Haywire, is no different. The action-thriller follows a freelance covert operative Mallory Kane (MMA fighter Gina Carano) who is double crossed and seeks revenge on the person who betrayed her. Last week, Soderbergh revealed that he wanted the fight scenes in the movie to feel "realistic," avoiding action movie conventions such as wirework. "Nothing that you couldn't actually do," said Soderbergh at the time.
During an interview with Vulture, the director again spoke about the movie's action, calling it a "gamble" to allow the actors to actually do the action sequences.
soderbergh on Carano's voice, Magic Mike and his sabbatical from movies >> Posted 01.14.12 by Ryan
Look, I like to be entertained, but I know when I'm being cheated, and I didn't want that. What I was trying to do was stage sequences where we wouldn't have to resort to trickery. But it was a gamble, because the stakes in these sorts of things are usually so crazy, in the scale of the action, and with the quick-cut Bourne shots. I wanted a human scale, with looser shots, longer shots, with the camera in lockdown.
It's official. In the first five minutes of director Steven Soderbergh's Haywire, Gina Carano proves she's the first female action star fans will actually believe is able to kick Channing Tatum's ass.
Don't believe us? You can now watch those first five minutes online. Check out Carano and Tatum's altercation at a diner — a scene that features heavily in already released trailers and clips. More Bourne than Salt, the fight scene is close and brutal, with Carano showing her physicality and taking as much as she gives. Watch the first 5 minutes of Haywire >> Posted 01.10.12 by Jud