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Thursday
Aug192010

Why JCVD and Seagal didn't appear in The Expendables, and a kill count poster

The Expendables has a huge cast of action stars in it. Unfortunately, like the Uncanny Valley, the closer one movie gets to having all the greats, the more we notice those who are missing--notably Jean-Claude Van Damme and Steven Seagal. Did Stallone not want them in the movie? Did they say no? As it turns out, they might not have been ready to play ball.

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Monday
Aug162010

The Expendables debuts decently, Scott Pilgrim is in for a fight (box office) 

It seems that collecting every major action star and having them shoot shit for an hour and a half will get you $35 million. It's a far cry from today's biggest releases, but puts the movie well on its way to breaking its $70 million budget. At 64, Sylvester Stallone is officially an action star again. Julia Roberts ate, prayed, and loved her way to number two. The full Top 10 is below.

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Sunday
Aug082010

Sylvester Stallone destroys YouTube in this trailer

When Scott Pilgrim decided to vs. the World and release an interactive trailer and fake posters on the internet, I don't think he realized that Sylvester Stallone is also releasing a film on 8/13/2010. In this awesome non-interactive, explosive interview, Stallone breaks YouTube with a bazooka. Very fun to watch. It's good to see films taking advantage of the net in new ways.

>> Watch the interview here

Friday
Jul302010

Ouch! New featurette shows Stallone's mounting injuries during Expendables filming (video)

Sly has got to be juicing. He's made an unholy pact with something, because he is doing his own stunts at 64 years old, and doing them well. This is the fourth of five behind-the-scenes featurettes released on iTunes. This one covers Stallone's fight with Steve Austin and the injuries that resulted. Warning: it gets a tiny bit graphic. Have fun. 

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Tuesday
Jul132010

Awesome: An Expendables trailer made by a fan who hates chick flicks and loves Andrew W.K. (who doesn't)

It's time to party hard, fellas. There's one guy who thinks that romantic comedies are edging out the guns and violence. I tend to disagree, though 2010 is a very polarizing year for men and women. The Expendables is opening on August 13 against Eat. Pray. Love. starring Julia Roberts. However, it's also opening up against Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, a very guy-oriented movie. So guys are in trouble here. If half of them go see each of these two films and every woman sees Eat. Pray. Love., men will lose. Dilemma. Anyway, watch the trailer below, which features music by the ultimate rock god: Andrew W.K.

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Thursday
May202010

Hollywood Copies Itself Again: THE EXPENDABLES vs THE A-TEAM vs THE LOSERS

I've been studying the summer movie releases coming up in 2010 and I've noticed that a lot of Hollywood releases are, well, copies of one another. We've seen it time and again. For every original movie, there are a host of copycats. Sometimes, however, we have to put up with more than a few copied scenes and cliche lines. Remember Finding Nemo and Shark Tale? Deep Impact and Armageddon? Hollywood is known to produce formulaic, unoriginal movies, but....come on guys? Did we really need Volcano and Dante's Peak

In this edition, I'll cover one of the biggest trends of the summer: teams of mercenaries exacting vigilante justice. 

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Wednesday
Mar242010

THE EXPENDABLES trailer is packed full of 80s action

We've been hearing about Sylvester Stallone's big 80s action return for a while, but now the trailer is finally here. The Expendables stars Stallone and a huge cast of action stars including Jet Li, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews, Steve Austin, and the immortal Dolph Lundgren. Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger also make short appearances in the film.

Watching the trailer, I can't help but feel nostalgic. Like the recently released Ninja Assassin, The Expendables seems to take pride in its ludicrous nature. Its villains are 80s stereotypes, its explosions are huge, and its premise is entirely unwarranted. It hits theaters August 13. Thanks to my friends at Filmonic for the link.