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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

Lionsgate sues anonymous online leakers of 'The Expendables 3'

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John Doe picked the wrong cast to mess with.

Lionsgate has filed a lawsuit against 10 anonymous individuals who shared an advance copy of the upcoming action sequel The Expendables 3starring Sylvester Stallone, Mel Gibson, and just about every other muscular action star. But this isn’t your everyday online bootleg. On July 24 Lionsgate learned that a digital file containing a high-quality reproduction of the film had been stolen and uploaded to the internet; it has since been downloaded more than a million times. The lawsuit against “John Does 1-10″ lists URLs like limetorrents.com and billionuploads.com as the only way to identify the suspects. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news.

The lawsuit claims Lionsgate sent demand letters to the operators of all the torrent sites with no response. The lawsuit further explains, “By downloading one of these ‘torrent’ files associated with the Stolen Film from limetorrents.com, users join a ‘swarm’ where they download parts of the Stolen Film from many different users and also upload to other users parts of the Stolen Film they have already received, until eventually they have reproduced the entire Stolen Film on their own hard drives and in most cases have also uploaded all or a substantial part of the Stolen Film to others.”

Lionsgate’s demands are pretty tough. Not only do they seek a temporary restraining order and injunctions that would prevent the operators from further profiting off the advance copies of Expendables 3, they also request that the anonymous defendants be prohibited from operating any of the websites and orders them to “take all steps necessary to recall and recover all copies of the Stolen Film or any portion thereof that they have distributed.”

The original Expendables film was also the victim of torrent users—production company Nu Image went after more than 23,000 alleged online pirates back in 2011. The Expendables 3 is still scheduled to be released (officially) August 15.

'Expendables 3' leaks online 3 weeks before theatrical release

A copy of The Expendables 3—the latest in a series of all-star action movies starring major Hollywood figures like Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford, and Jason Statham, among others—leaked online Wednesday on various BitTorrent piracy websites. The film has been downloaded nearly 200,000 times since it leaked, according to Variety.

Movies frequently leak online, but the Expendables 3 scenario is a big deal for two reasons. First of all, it leaked before the movie hit theaters—three weeks before its scheduled premiere, to be exact. And secondly, the quality of the leak is unusually high. The earliest movie leaks are usually “cam” copies, recorded via cameras snuck into screenings, then uploaded online. The Expendables 3 copy, however, is taken from a DVD screener—a format usually produced by the movie’s distributor and given to media figures ahead of theatrical release. 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

'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

Ranking the happiness in the 'Expendables 3' character posters (plus new trailer!)

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The Expendables 3 hits theaters Aug. 15, but in the meantime, there are 16 character portraits to entertain you. The only thing that would make their message clearer — think of this as the ultimate summer popcorn movie! — is if there were a Real Genius-level explosion behind each of them. Who’s happiest in these posters? Let’s see. Then check out the new “roll call” trailer. 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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Casting Net: Kirsten Dunst goes for a 'Midnight Special'; Plus Charlotte Gainsbourg, Mel Gibson, more

• Kirsten Dunst has been acting for most of her life, and recently it seems she’s turning to more director-driven projects. These have seen varying degrees of critical and box office success, including Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia and Walter Salles’ On The Road, as well as the occasional raunchy comedy (Bachelorette) and cameo role (Anchorman: The Legend Continues). Now, Dunst is set to join director Jeff Nichols (Mud), as he re-teams with his Take Shelter star Michael Shannon in Midnight Special, about a father and son on the run. Details are scarce, but the report says that along the way, they discover that the 8-year-old son has some kind of special powers. Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby) also stars. [Deadline]

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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

'Expendables 3' update: Harrison Ford is in, Bruce Willis may be out, and Sylvester Stallone is cranky

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In further proof that the Expendables franchise is essentially a multimillion-dollar version of the box your parents threw all your old action figures into when they decided to turn your childhood bedroom into a study, Sylvester Stallone has tweeted that Harrison Ford is joining Expendables 3. Ford’s representatives confirm that the busy actor has joined the threequel’s ensemble cast, presumably as a character from Indiana who explicitly prefers to work “solo” and is secretly an android riding a unicorn, because nostalgia.
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