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Critical Mass: Most 'Expendables 3' reviews not in on the joke

The Expendables franchise still has some muscle, but its biggest challenge moving forward might be finding new recruits that can provide the same charge for fans of 1980s action movies. In the original film, the draw was the Big Three: Sly, Arnold, and Bruce Willis together, blowing things up old-school. This time around, they’re joined by Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, and Kelsey Grammer, among others. (Tom Selleck, limber up.)

But the latest Expendables adventure does have a secret weapon, a scenery-chewing villain who is worth a dirty dozen or more middle-aged action stars: Mel Gibson. “Whatever you might think of Gibson, let’s at least acknowledge that it’s a pretty inspired idea to cast him as a villain in a big, splashy summer movie,” writes EW‘s Chris Nashawaty, in his review. “The actor seems to understand this better than anyone and he plays up his sadistic, loose-cannon villainy like he’s on a Hawaiian vacation. He’s an unrepentant baddie tossing off manic arias of profanity and dishing out bareknuckle beat downs. In a way, he’s the perfect movie villain—someone we can all feel good about loathing. And for the record, he’s excellent.”

Expendables 3 knows its audience, and the team’s mission is clear. Sylvester Stallone’s ringleader is still shredded, Arnold still puffs on his stogie, and filling the absent Willis’s shoes—at least in nostalgia value—is Harrison Ford’s CIA fixer. The franchise is about creative destruction—or just destruction—and the old-school casting has single-handedly made the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game moot. Hmmm… Kevin Bacon would make a great Expendables 4 villain.

Read more from EW’s review, as well as a roundup of other notable critics, below.

Chris Nashawaty (Entertainment Weekly)
“Let me just say that this latest rah-rah red-meat installment is the biggest and best surprise of the series. It has its flaws, but it’s mostly a big, dumb, gruntingly monosyllabic hoot.”

Justin Chang (Variety) ▼
“You need The Expendables 3 like you need a kick in the crotch… It’s an obvious, half-hearted ploy to keep the beleaguered series going, when it would be far wiser to heed one character’s advice: ‘You know, I’m getting out of this business and so should you.'” READ FULL STORY

Sylvester Stallone will play hitman Gregory Scarpa in Brad Furman's 'Scarpa'

Sylvester Stallone is set to play hitman Gregory Scarpa in Brad Furman’s (The Lincoln Lawyer) upcoming film Scarpa.

The script was written by Nicholas Pileggi, who also wrote the Oscar nominated screenplay Goodfellas. This project will reunite Stallone with Rocky prodcuer Irwin Winkler, who is onboard to produce Scarpa along with Millennium Films’ Avi Lerner. READ FULL STORY

Warner Bros. plans to remake the 1981 soccer film 'Victory'

World Cup fever might be having an impact in Hollywood. Sources close to the project confirm The Hollywood Reporter‘s news that Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman is in talks with Warner Bros. to remake the 1981 soccer movie Victory, which starred Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone, and Pelé. Gavin O’Connor, who directed Miracle and Warrior, is writing the script for the remake, which tells the story of World War II Allied POWs who use a “friendly” match against the German national team to make their escape from Nazi-occupied Paris. READ FULL STORY

'The Expendables 3' trailer pins Stallone against Gibson -- VIDEO

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The boys are back and ready for action in The Expendables 3.

This time, Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and his team of Expendables must face (and inevitably fight) merciless arms dealer Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson). The twist: Stonebanks is the co-founder of the Expendables, and he is hell-bent on destroying them. Ahh, but why?

In the newly released trailer, Stonebanks explains that he and Ross used to be close once. “We started this whole Expendables thing together, but we had a falling out,” Stonebanks says, pointing a gun at Ross. Must have been some falling out. Inevitably, it would appear that there’s a bit of tension between these old pals. The result: explosions, gunfire, fistfights, and did we mention explosions?

“You were stupid enough to get yourself into this mess,” Lee Christmas (Jason Statham) says to Ross. “We’re the only ones crazy enough to get you out of it.” Find out how when the film comes out August 15. For now, get your high-flying, testosterone-infused action fix here, and keep an eye out for returning favorites: READ FULL STORY

'The Expendables 3' teaser trailer packs a punch -- VIDEO

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What this trailer lacks in actual action it makes up for in the sheer power of name recognition: Stallone, Statham, Li, Schwarzenegger, Banderas, Snipes, Gibson, Ford, and so on, and so on, forever and ever.

Set to the “Colonel Bogey March,” you’ve got to admit, this 56-second trailer packs a punch, and most of it is just a bunch of jacked dudes’ backs. Like Ocean’s Thirteen before it, an already stacked cast continues to expand exponentially in this third Expendables installment. You won’t find many plot clues in the trailer below, but given that it was only just filmed this summer, they’re moving along at a pretty steady pace.
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Jason Statham and James Franco face off in 'Homefront' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Sometimes, small quiet towns can turn out to be the most dangerous.

Jason Statham learns that the hard way in the new film Homefront. Statham plays an ex-DEA agent who moves to a rural town to take care of his 10-year-old daughter — and he may have picked the wrong town. James Franco also stars in this modern-day western, written and produced by Sylvester Stallone, as the guy trying to scare Statham off, by any means necessary. Silly James: Haven’t we learned anything from Statham’s previous films? This man can kick some serious ass. And that’s before you put a gun in his hands.

Check out the explosive behind the scenes look below:
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Box office report: 'Gravity' scores third weekend win with $31 million; 'Carrie' and 'Escape Plan' both underwhelm

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There’s no force strong enough to pull Warner Bros.’ $100 million smash Gravity back down to Earth. The film, which stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, easily maintained its perch atop the box office in its third weekend, dropping just 28 percent to $31 million — good for a $170.6 million total after just 17 days.

Gravity is already the tenth highest-grossing film of 2013 in the U.S. (it surpassed Bullock’s other vehicle, The Heat, this weekend), and appears to be headed for a finish of at least $250 million, which would put it ahead of director Alfonso Cuaron’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which grossed $249.5 million in 2004. Worldwide, Gravity has already earned $284.8 million.

Sony’s $55 million Tom Hanks drama Captain Phillips spent a second week in second place, dipping 33 percent to $17.3 million for a $53.3 million total after ten days. The well-reviewed film is playing well ahead of Argo, which had earned $43 million at the same point in its run last year en route to a $136 million finish. Captain Phillips will need some major awards attention in the following months to reach those heights, but thanks to great word-of-mouth, it should reach (or get close to) $100 million domestically. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Gravity' stays on top with $9.1 million, 'Carrie' off to disappointing start

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Gravity can not be stopped — not by a telekinetic teenager, not by a WikiLeaks hacker, not even by the hulking threat of Arnold Schwarznegger and Sylvester Stallone.

Warner Bros.’ $100 million drama starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney drew another $9.1 million on Friday, marking a scant 28 percent drop from last Friday. Gravity may pull in about $32 million over the weekend, which would bring its total to an incredible $171 million after just 17 days.

In second place, Screen Gems and MGM’s $30 million horror remake Carrie stumbled out of the gate with $6.6 million. Since horror movies are typically quite frontloaded, the film will likely finish the frame with about $16 million — well below predictions that had the film earning at least $20 million.

Captain Phillips finished in third place with $5.2 million, but it may surpass Carrie by Sunday night and finish the weekend in second place with about $17 million. Sony’s $55 million Tom Hanks drama will have accrued about $53 million after ten days.

Summit’s Stallone/Schwarznegger action entry, Escape Plan, which cost a reported $70 million to produce, only locked up $3.6 million on its opening day. The prison-escape movie could earn only $9.5 million in its opening weekend — joining the ranks of the stars’ recent flops Bullet to the Head and The Last Stand.

At least Escape Plan fared better than Benedict Cumberbatch’s WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate, which earned an anemic $587,000 from 1,769 theaters, yielding an awful $332 daily per theater average. The film may earn about $1.5 million total over the weekend. Ouch.

1. Gravity – $9.1 million
2. Carrie – $6.6 million
3. Captain Phillips – $5.2 million
4. Escape Plan – $3.6 million
5. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 – $2.6 million

Check back tomorrow for the full box office report.

'Grudge Match' poster: Stallone vs. De Niro vs. Photoshop

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Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro’s upcoming boxing movie — technically titled Grudge Match but actually titled Raging Bull 2 Meets Rocky Part 7 — has a new poster. It is an attention-grabber. It’s constructed to look a little like an old-fashioned boxing poster. It has the names of its two stars very big at the top, followed by a huge “GRUDGE MATCH” title.

And then your eyes are drawn to Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro. Who look…interesting. This isn’t quite Kevin-James-in-The-Dilemma-level bad Photoshop, fortunately, although the floating torso-heads of their co-stars don’t really help. Still, as the poster reminds you, this is coming out on Christmas Day and is guaranteed to make your dad cry. So, better keep an eye on this. Check out the full poster below:
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Mel Gibson confirmed as the bad guy in 'Expendables 3'

Bruce Willis may be out of The Expendables 3, but Sylvester Stallone continues to enlist reinforcements. In addition to adding Harrison Ford, Stallone confirmed today that Mel Gibson, who’d long been rumored to join the project, will in fact, play the bad guy in the upcoming sequel. Also coming aboard: Stallone’s Assassins co-star Antonio Banderas, who Stallone called “a consummate actor and a gentleman” in a statement announcing the news.

Gibson will also embrace the bad in the upcoming Machete Kills, in which he wears a cape and threatens Washington with missiles. Watch the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

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