That’s a Wrap: The Week in Movies

twins_ver3Can you imagine Christian Bale as Dick Cheney? Variety reports that Bale will re-team with his Big Short director Adam McKay in an untitled project about the former Vice-President. Steve Carell would play Donald Rumsfeld in the film, while Amy Adams would star as Lynne Cheney.

Get ready for a sequel nearly two decades in the making. Arnold Schwarzenegger has stated that he’s positive about the prospects for Triplets, a sequel to the 1988 comedy Twins. The original starred Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito, who both would reportedly return, while Eddie Murphy would join in as well, and Ivan Reitman would return as director.

According to Deadline, Sly Stallone has decided to bow out of The Expendables franchise. Even though he was due a large payday, the actor exited after he and Nu Image / Millennium could not come to an agreement on the director and script.

Is it Bat vs. Rock? The Walking Dead‘s Jeffrey Dean Morgan will star opposite Dwayne Johnson in the upcoming monster movie Rampage. The film, which also stars Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Joe Manganiello, Jake Lacy and Marley Shelton, is expected to be released on April 20, 2018. Morgan will play a government division chief while Johnson is the soldier tasked with stopping the giant monsters.

Jeremy Renner and Hannibal Buress are in talks to join the Ed Helms-led comedy Tag. Variety reports that the film is based on the true story of a group of friends who have been playing a no-holds-barred version of the children’s game Tag for over 30 years.

Director Barry Levinson and comedy great Billy Crystal have joined the new comedy Revival. The film centers on a once great Broadway director who gets stuck writing jingles after a bitter divorce. Deadline reports that Crystal would play the composer, who finds out a nearby high school is staging his most famous musical and becomes obsessed with shutting it down.

If you liked Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander in The Man From U.N.C.L.E., they’re about to team up again in the Ben Wheatley-directed film Freakshift. The action thriller centers on a group of misfit cops who hunt and kill nocturnal underground monsters.

Speaking of on-screen reunions, Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church are reuniting for the indie comedy Shriver. Church stars as the titular depressed and frequently inebriated loner who is mistaken for a reclusive author with the same name. Collette is an English professor who takes a liking to Shriver.

The cast for Ridley Scott‘s drama on the Getty kidnapping is coming together. Deadline reports that Michelle Williams is circling the role of Gail Harris, Kevin Spacey is in talks for the role of J Paul Getty and Mark Wahlberg is circling another major role in the film, which is titled All the Money in the World. In other Ridley Scott news, the director reportedly has interest in helming the war epic Battle of Britain.

Jackie director Pablo Larrain has signed on to direct The True American, starring Tom Hardy. The movie is set in Texas in the days after 9/11 and follows a Muslim immigrant and Bangladesh Air Force vet who narrowly survives a killing spree that claimed two other immigrants.

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will reportedly write, direct and produce the feature film Invincible based on the comic series from Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Ryan Ottley and Cory Walker. The film comes from Kirkman’s deal with Universal Pictures. The movie centers on a normal high school student whose father is the most powerful superhero on the planet.

The Reese Witherspoon-starring film Home Again has been given a Sept. 8 release date. The film, directed and written by Hallie Meyers-Shyer, follows a recently separated mother of two whose new life in L.A. is turned upside down when she takes in three charismatic guys who become her unconventional family. According to Deadline, the cast also includes Nat Woff, Jon Rudnitsky, Pico Alexander, Michael Sheen, Candice Bergen and Lake Bell.

Amy Madigan and Peter Fonda have joined the cast of The Last Pull Measure. Deadline reports the project is based on the true story of a young Pentagon investigator (Sebastian Stan) who unravels what really happened in a bloody Vietnam War battle that led to fight to persuade Congress to award the Medal of Honor to an Air Force Pararescue Jumper. Lisa Gay Hamilton, Robert Pine, Samuel L. Jackson, William Hurt, Christopher Plummer, Bradley Whitford, Grant Gustin, Michael Imperioli, Linus Roache and Alison Sudol also star.

Deadline reports that John Travolta has signed on to star in Speed Kills, a John Luessenhop-directed drama based on the life of speedboat racing champ Don Aronow.

Simon Pegg has signed on to star in Katharine O’Brien‘s Lost Transmissions. O’Brien will direct the film which is based on her own script about a shy songwriter who discovers that her friend Theo, a respected record producer, has lapsed in his medication for schizophrenia. Hannah and her friends then try to catch up to Theo and have him committed while he flees following his delusions through the streets of L.A.

When Schwarzenegger & Stallone Get Together, You Can ‘Plan’ on Sparks Flying

22Once upon a time, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone were the muscle-bound kings of the action movie genre, headlining hits like Rambo, Rocky, Predator, and The Terminator. Their comparable proportions and competing franchises fostered a friendly rivalry between the two, eventually culminating in a business partnership when they and fellow action icon Bruce Willis opened the museum-restaurant chain Planet Hollywood in 1991.

But it wasn’t until 2010, when Schwarzenegger made cameo in Stallone’s manly action revival The Expendables, that we got to glimpse the two titans sharing the silver screen.  He would next be seen taking a holiday from his political day job to film an expanded role in 2012’s The Expendables 2, and now that the curtain has lowered on Arnie’s greatest acting feat of all — playing the Governor of California for eight years! — the stage is set for the gnarliest, most eagerly anticipated cinematic showdown since Pacino and DeNiro sat down for a cup of coffee in Heat!

Bring the pain, Arnie!! (Click on the media bar below to hear Arnold Schwarzenegger)

“Isn’t that sweet? But lest ye worry it’s all hearts and snuggles for the two beat-em-up icons, rest assured — the old rivalry ain’t dead. (Click on the media bar below to hear Arnold Schwarzenegger)

You can watch all those injuries as works-in-progress when Escape Plan is now playing in theaters.

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New To Blu: Old Timers Come Back For More Action In ‘The Expendables 2’

theexpendables2-blu-ray-boxhedAvailable today on DVD and Blu-ray, THE EXPENDABLES 2 is a highly combustible, testosterone-driven action/adventure that reunites the team of former mercenaries from the first film in a story of murder and revenge set deep in enemy territory. Directed by SIMON WEST from a script co-written by star SYLVESTER STALLONE, the film features a crazy cast of famous film heroes that includes STALLONE, JET-LI, DOLPH LUNDGREN, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, BRUCE WILLIS, JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME, JASON STATHAM and CHUCK NORRIS. We spoke with WILLIS at the time of the film’s theatrical release and he admitted that doing an action-packed film is just another day at the office. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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THE EXPENDABLES 2 is available today on DVD and Blu-ray

‘Expendables 2’ Star Sylvester Stallone Promises A Vicarious Thrill-Ride

expendables-2Opening in theaters later this summer, THE EXPENDABLES 2 is a testosterone driven adventure that reunites the team of mercenaries from the first film in a story of murder and revenge set deep in enemy territory. Directed by SIMON WEST from a script co-written by star SYLVESTER STALLONE, the film features a crazy cast of famous film heroes that includes STALLONE, JET-LI, DOLPH LUNDGREN, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, BRUCE WILLIS, JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME, JASON STATHAM and CHUCK NORRIS. We spoke with STALLONE recently and he admitted that, while movie stunts seem to be getting easier, this will still be a vicarious thrill-ride. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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THE EXPENDABLES opens in theaters 8/17

‘I’LL BE BACK,’ SCHWARZENEGGER SAYS ABOUT NEW MOVIE CAREER

Arnold Schwarzenegger Attribution: Dale Frost of the Port of San Diego

Arnold Schwarzenegger Attribution: Dale Frost of the Port of San Diego

“Exciting news…My friends at CAA have been asking me for 7 years when they can take offers seriously. Gave them the green light today,” Arnold Schwarzenegger Tweeted yesterday.

Schwarzenegger left the California governor’s mansion on January 3.  One door closes, another one opens.

While he was governor, Arnold made cameo roles in various projects, including The Expendables with his pals Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis.

It will be instructive to see how CGI magic can make the 63-year old action hero young again.