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Report: Nicolas Cage confirmed for “Expendables 3”, they finally got him!!!

Sly has been trying to get actor Nicolas Cage, for the first two “Expendables” movies, but Nic Cage kept turning them down. Well, Nic is finally available, and is a go for “Expendables 3”. They don’t say what character Cage will be playing, whether a hero or a villain, but in my opinion, Cage should play the villain. He would make a great badguy for these movies.

Sly says, he wants Mickey Rourke back for the third one. They are also interested in Harrison Ford, and Wesley Snipes.

Deadline, reports.

Hopefully, they’ll get Kurt Russell soon.

Kev

Report: Gina Carano, joins the first ever all female “Expendables” like action film…

It was only a matter of time that Hollywood is going to start stealing ideas from Stallone’s, “The Expendables”, movies. Private Defense Contractors, a film company, is planning to set up an all female version of “The Expendables”, and the gorgeous MMA fighter turned actress, Gina Carano, is on board to star in the film. The film plans on hiring several more iconic actresses in action movies, to fit the similar idea of “The Expendables”.

More on the story, here.

Sounds like a nice idea! Who else do I think should be added to the cast? I would say: Kate Beckinsale, Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodrigues, Carrie Ann Moss, Charlize Theron, and Michelle Yeoh, maybe?

On top of this, Gina Carano, herself should have been casted for the “The Expendables” film itself.

Kev

Film Review: The Expendables 2

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Chuck Norris, and Jean Claude Van Damme
Directed by: Simon West

Earlier today, I just saw “The Expendables 2”. I did do a little shopping today, the only thing I picked up was, the “Jaws” Blu Ray which I’m looking forward to checking out. I’ve seen Spielberg’s “Jaws” too many times, but I’m just curious on how the film would look and sound on Blu. The “Jaws” Blu is pretty popular and selling fast, so I was curious on it. It is a classic Spielberg movie and one of his best. Now on with my review of “The Expendables 2”

Plot/synopsis: Mr. Church (Willis) reunites, “The Expendables” team, where he puts them on a mission that they need to retrieve an item from a safe that was on an airplane that was shot down in Albania. The Expendables team, gets two new recruits to join their group Billy (Hemsworth), and Maggie (Yu-Nan, a Chinese actress). While the team successfully gets the item from the plane, Billy is kidnapped by Jean Vilain (Van Damme). Without giving spoilers, one of the Expendables group is killed, so the rest of the Expendables do a mission of their own. To hunt down Jean Vilain and kill him.

When the first movie came out in 2010, the film got mixed reviews. You either loved the first one or hated it. Well it seems that Sly listened to the reviews. So he said, “Ah, to hell with it. I’m not going to direct the next one, I’ll pass the torch to someone else”. Sly just wanted to see if someone else could make the next film better… and surprisingly enough, the film was better. A MUCH BETTER FILM, than the last one.

As the movie opens, the action will start right off the bat. Kicking you in the ass hard, and the movie will immediately put you on the edge of your seat. The action was a lot more violent than the last one. The action scenes lasted longer too! Once an action scene starts it can go on for a good 20 to 30 minutes or more. It was indeed a thrill ride of an action movie. You can tell it was done the old school way. It clearly reminded me of those action films you see from the 80’s. That’s the whole point of “The Expendables” movies. They wanted a true action movie, that won’t be a CGI fest like most movies are nowadays.

The writing is definitely better than the last one. This one was more of an action/comedy, I had a few laughs at some of the jokes during the film. Especially the scene when Chuck Norris was first introduced. Did you know that they actually used one of his Chuck Norris facts (HINT: King Cobra)? It was great to finally see Chuck Norris in a big movie on the big screen after years of making straight to video films. The same can be said for Jean Claude Van Damme. It was finally great to see him on the big screen too. I thought Van Damme’s character, Jean Vilain, was one of the greatest movie villains I’ve seen in a long time. Van Damme did a great job in that role. I’m also happy to see Arnold back on the big screen in a major way. It’s nice to finally see him shooting machine guns again!

Of course, the character that continues to impress me the most is Dolph’s character, Gunner. He is a pretty special character and he’s the one that you would want to pay attention to the most out of the entire group. The first movie, Dolph misbehaved pretty badly, but now he’s a good guy in this one, obviously. In all honesty, Dolph’s character over the two films was never looked at as a villain, in my opinion. I think he was just confused on who he really is. My only complaint about this movie, is that I wished they used Jet Li more. He got lesser screen time in this one. Yes, Jet Li did get into a few good fight scenes, but his character is so cool. Just like the first movie, they didn’t use him much either. I also think they needed to do more with Randy Couture as well. Of course, with so many iconic action stars in one movie, it’s hard to give each guy a lot of screen time, so they try to give everyone a chance to shine as much as they can.

With all this being said, this was a thrill ride of an action movie. It was pretty breathtaking and will kick your ass. I had a smile on my face during the big gun battle toward the end of the film, when Arnold and Bruce both got into the action. Sly was real good in it too, of course. His fight scene with Jean Claude at the end of the film, was just epic.

This was indeed a major improvement than the last one, and I’m already looking forward to “EXP3”. So far, “EXP2” is one of the best films of 2012.

Score for “The Expendables 2” = **** (4 stars as in “excellent”)

Kev

Edit to add: Got the name of the director wrong, corrected it…

Who should be added to the casting of “Expendables 3”??? Here are my picks…

I haven’t seen “Expendables 2” yet, but I’m gonna go and see it on Monday. I get to see this movie for free ’cause I got a free movie ticket out of those Reward Zone cards.

With the possible recent additions to Nicolas Cage, Clint Eastwood and Harrison Ford may join “EXP3”, what other cast additions that should be included for the next one? I can think of a few:

  • Kurt Russell – They’ve been trying to get him for the last two films but he declined every offer. Hopefully they actually get him for the next one!
  • Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – I am surprised they haven’t gotten the Rock yet, he would be a good addition. Hopefully for EXP3.
  • Tom Cruise – Love him or hate him, the man is an icon in the action genre. I could easily see Cruise being part of the Expendables group.
  • Liam Neeson – He would be a great bad guy!
  • Tom Hardy – He’s a pretty muscular dude and he’s been in some action movies himself, he would make a good fit.
  • Henry Cavill – He’s been in a few action movies here and there, especially a “Cold Light of Day” directed by JCVD, and he’ll be in the upcoming Superman flick. I think Henry would make a pretty cool addition.

As for female leads, how about Angelina Jolie? She’s been in a handful of action flicks over the years and she’s iconic enough that would be a good enough fit for the Expendables. Either Michelle Rodriguez or Kate Beckinsale would be pretty cool too.

Kev

Cool Video: “The Expendables 2” trailer is finally here with an introduction by Sylvester Stallone!

I’m hoping, the sequel to the “Expendables” will be much better than the first one, like everyone else. I did like the first, “Expendables” movie, but I’ll admit that the first film did have some problems. Hopefully, the sequel will be an improvement. What I enjoy most about the “Expendables”, is the character of Dolph, he’s probably my favorite character out of the group. Dolph does the best acting out of the cast, in my opinion, I just want the movies to do more with him. Hopefully, the sequel will have more Dolph screen time.

The trailer is full of 80’s action stars I grew up watching over the years. Arnold made an announcement in the trailer saying, “I’m back”, which is what he means that he’s back in the movies. This is Arnold’s first big screen movie since after his governor run.

While I’m a huge fan of Sly, I don’t like his look in this movie though, the mustache kind of bothers me. I’m hoping this film will be good. I’m pretty excited about the film, but I’m more excited to see, “The Avengers”, and “The Dark Knight: Rises”.

Kev

Cool Photo: “Expendables 2” poster is here!!!!

It’s a GREAT poster, however, I feel there is a huge mistake on it. I think it’s advertised wrong. How? It’s got Jet Li’s name on the poster, but he’s not on it. Instead you see this Asian person who looks like a woman. That’s not Jet Li. That is a Chinese actress named, Yu Nan. If you’re going to put Yu Nan on the poster, at least put her name on the poster. Jet Li needs to be included on there also. Other than this little error, the poster looks great.

Arnold and Bruce holding guns, is a hint that they are going to be kicking ass and getting into action this time around.

I hope this is a much better than movie than the first one. I’ll be seeing this one in theater for sure. So “Rocky”, and “Rambo”, are Sly’s two big movie franchises, so, “Expendables”, will be his third major franchise.

Van Damme is the main villain in this movie, so it’s gonna be good.

Kev

Report: Liam Hemsworth officially joins, “The Expendables” sequel…

The young, Liam Hemsworth, officially joins the cast of, “The Expendables 2”. Liam can be seen in movies such as, “Knowing”, and, “The Last Song”. He will also have a role in the upcoming film, “The Hunger Games”.

Liam originally was going to have a role to play along side with Sylvester Stallone, in the first, “Expendables” film, but Sly wrote him out of the movie. I guess Sly wanted to put him in the sequel to make up for it.

Deadline, reports.

Well, Liam is a pretty muscular guy and he’s a superstar, so he’s the right fit. The point of the Expendables, is having of bunch of muscle guys who are icons all in one film.

Another addition that would be pretty cool to add to this cast is Jason Mamoa, who is famous for “Game of Thrones” and “Conan, The Barbarian” remake. After seeing the movie, “Warrior”, Kurt Angle would also be a good addition.

Kev

 

Thought: Steven Seagal for “The Expendables” sequel???

When the “Expendables” film franchise is being discussed in movie forums and blogs, Steven Seagal’s name is always brought up. A lot of fans of these movies, want Seagal to join the cast.

I might of posted about this before a long time ago but I think I’ll post it again. I agree it would be cool as hell if Seagal would join the Expendables cast, but it’s NEVER going to happen anytime soon. Why?

Because Avi Lerner and Seagal don’t get along. They hate each other, I think. They had a fallen out over some movie deal a few years back. Do your research and google it yourself. Seagal vowed to never work with Lerner again. “The Expendables” franchise is being produced by Millennium studios which is owned/founded by, Lerner. If the “Expendables” was being made through a different movie company, then yes, I’m sure Seagal would be on board then, but as long as Avi Lerner is working with them, no chance.

Sly even tried to get Seagal for the first movie but he failed. Seagal must patch things up and bury the hatchet with Lerner, if they ever want to work together again, but I don’t see it happening anytime soon. Their feud is pretty heated and not very nice.

It is interesting how Seagal’s name keeps coming up when it comes to, “The Expendables”. I’m sure he respects Sly as an actor, Seagal has no bad blood against Sly at all, it’s Avi Lerner he doesn’t like. I’m sure Seagal wants to be a part of these movies, but he can’t.

I like Steven Seagal movies, the earlier ones. He was a good action hero back in the day.

Kev

BREAKING NEWS: Sly Stallone, the man himself, finally confirms JCVD and Chuck Norris are in, “The Expendables”, sequel!!!!

For a long while now, it’s been long rumored that Jean Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris could possibly star, in “The Expendables” sequel. Well, Sly Stallone the man himself, confirms to “Entertainment Weekly”, that the two action stars are indeed in the film.

Chuck Norris, has been on a Hollywood hiatus lately, as he hasn’t done anything since his direct to video movie, “The Cutter“, in 2005.

Sly reveals that he’s in a major fight scene with Jean Claude in, “The Expendables”, so this means, Jean Claude is a bad guy? That’s what it’s sounding like!!!

Sly also adds that Nicolas Cage, and John Travolta also has roles, possibly.

Read the full story, here.

Nice! Hope this movie will be much better than the first one. What UFC and WWE stars will they get for this movie? It wouldn’t surprise me if they go after Dwayne Johnson or Triple H. I would rather see Triple H in this movie, than Dwayne though. I can definitely see Triple H in the Expendables group.

Kev

Report: John Travolta, Jean Claude Van Damme, and Chuck Norris rumored castings for “The Expendables” sequel…

The filming for the next “Expendables’ movie will start filming this Sept. Yes, the original cast you see in the picture above is expected to reprise their roles (except for Steve Austin who was killed in the first one). Arnold and Bruce are expected to return but everyone is expecting Bruce and Arnold to have longer roles, not just cameos.

Of course, the film will add some more big name tough guys and there was a few more names brought up who are rumored to be part of the sequel. Those actors are: John Travolta, Jean Claude Van Damme, and Chuck Norris. These are just rumors so don’t believe them as of yet.

Read the full story, here.

Van Damme is definitely a possibility, so I can see Van Damme in the film. John Travolta is a possibility too ’cause Sly and Travolta have been friends for years (they already worked together in “Staying Alive”, Sly directed that movie, John starred in it). I’m not so sure about Chuck Norris.

I hope the Chuck Norris rumor is true ’cause he hasn’t done any acting in years, I hope he makes a huge comeback. If Chuck is in the movie, I can see him being one of the villains, not the Expendables team. It would be great to see Chuck back in Hollywood, I enjoyed his action movies in the 80’s. Especially films like “Firewalker”, “The Octagon”, “Forced Vengeance”, “The Missing In Action” trilogy, etc. Loved all of his flicks in the 80’s.

Kev