With the more dumbed-down title Fast & Furious 8 outside of North America, this overcrowded franchise continues in its trajectory to provide mindlessly outrageous thrills involving muscly guys, tough girls and loud cars. This episode is marginally more grounded than the high-flying previous instalment, but it's still utterly preposterous. It's also a huge amount of fun, thanks to the snappy cast and far larger than life driving stunts.
We catch up with Dom and Letty (Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez) living in Havana and challenging the locals to some vroom-vroom racing antics. But their happy life is interrupted by the arrival of Cipher (Charlize Theron), a mysterious woman who has something on Dom and lures him to the dark side. To stop Cipher's nefarious plan, Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) is brought back into action by Mr Nobody (Kurt Russell) and his rookie colleague Eric (Scott Eastwood), who also draft in Letty and the team (Tyrese Gibson, Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges and Nathalie Emmanuel) before heading off to Berlin. Things don't go so well there, so they bring in hothead nemesis Deckard (Jason Statham) and chase Dom and Cipher to New York and Arctic Russia for even more outrageous vehicular mayhem.
New to the franchise, director F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) gives the film a gritty edge that sits surprisingly well with a stream of wry comedy running right through every scene. He also kicks off the action from the opening shot, then barely pauses for breath for a odd moment of plot exposition or emotion along the way. This is full-on action entertainment, riotously over-the-top and hilariously enjoyable, even if it's dumb as a post. And the action sequences are jaw-droppingly enormous.
Continue reading: The Fate Of The Furious Review
Just what does Dominic Toretto think he's doing? It seems the original team has disbanded, with Brian and Mia having retired from the fast life (literally) and the world of crime, and it seemed like Dom and Letty had a normal life ahead of them following their marriage. But that's just not the way life goes for Dom, whose love of danger seems to far outweigh his love for his friends and family. Just when you thought that their lives couldn't get anymore complicated, a mysterious woman walks in and threatens to dismantle everything, encouraging Dom to betray those he holds dear for one more adventure. Hobbs, meanwhile, isn't about to let Dom get away with it this time, and he and his team cross terrains of every kind from Cuba to the Arctic in a bid to take him down once and for all.
If you thought things had cooled down for the 'Fast and Furious' team in the last film, you were wrong. They compromised their amnesty over their past crimes with events in 'Furious 7', and now most fo the group has disbanded, Brian and Mia have retired from their street-racing-cum-crime careers and Dom (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are intending to follow a normal life following their honeymoon. Unfortunately, Dom's love of danger draws him to a mysterious stranger who enlists him into another crime-fuelled adventure which takes him everywhere from Cuba to New York to the Arctic. He ends up betraying his closest friends, people who have become more like family, as he embarks on a journey that will bring him challenges that he's never experience before.
Continue: Fast 8: The Fate of the Furious Trailer
Arthur Bishop was once one of the most sought after 'Mechanics' (assassins) but after being tricked into killing an innocent associate - and almost being killed in the process, Bishop now lives a more sedate life far away from the gangsters that he's spent his former years with.
As hard as he's tried to leave his old way of life behind him, there are still some people who suspect that Bishop is still alive and they'll go to extreme lengths to get him to carry out their diry work for them. Nowadays, Bishop spends his time with a beautiful woman named Gina in exotic locations and the ex-assassin has settled down but it seems that Gina is hiding secrets of her own from her beau.
As events unfold it appears Gina has been kidnapped by a man who requires the services of Bishop. In order to have Gina returned to safety he must perform three murders and make them look like an accident. Bishop must now find a way to remain one step ahead of his blackmailer in order to save the life of the woman he loves.
Continue: Mechanic 2: Resurrection Trailer
The Rock has laid the smackdown on some of his 'Fast 8' co-stars, saying he has 'zero tolerance for candy asses'.
Dwayne Johnson has called out some of his male co-stars on the upcoming Fast 8 movie in an angry post on social media. The nice guy pro wrestler-turned actor blasted the unprofessionalism he had experienced from some unnamed male stars on the film’s set, warning that he has ‘zero tolerance for candy asses.’
Continue reading: Dwayne Johnson Hits Out At Fast 8's Male Co-Stars In Facebook Rant
The 28 year old British actress and model was sporting a fetching engagement ring as they appeared on the red carpet at the 2016 Golden Globes.
The showbiz couple arrived at the prestigious red carpet event in Beverly Hills on Sunday night (January 10th), with 28 year old Rosie showing off an eye-catching diamond ring as she and her 48 year old fiancé posed for photographs outside the Hilton. A spokesperson for the pair later officially confirmed the engagement to E! News the following day.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley with Jason Statham in December 2015
Continue reading: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley And Jason Statham Confirm Engagement
Double the cast - double the fun?
Sylvester Stallone and his franchise for ageing action stars is back! Yes, the gang has nearly doubled for the latest Expendables adventure, stirring in big-named oldies along with fresh blood. The plot may not make any sense, and this one's been chopped down to a PG-13, but with a cast this beefy, you don't want to miss it.
Stallone returns as star and cowriter, along with previous cohorts Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Randy Couture and Terry Crews. The notable no-show this time is Bruce Willis, who is rumoured to have asked for $1 million per day to return, apparently prompting Stallone to tweet, "Greedy and lazy ...... a sure formula for career failure."
Continue reading: The Expendables 3 Reassembles The Troops
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The sun beamed down on a range of A-Z-list celebs last night (August 4) as The Expendables 3 enjoyed its world premiere in London.
As well as the film’s stars, like Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas and Kellan Lutz, a bunch of celebs trampled the red carpet ahead of the film's world premiere including Jonathan Ross, who made some seriously questionable fashion choices.
The all-out action film, currently enjoying a third outing, sees many of Hollywood’s favorite stars combine. At 68, you would think Stallone is coming to end of his stunt career. He, on the other hand, has different ideas.
Continue reading: The Expendables 3 World Premiere [Pictures]
Say what you want about the movies, but at least the actors know how to make a memorable entrance.
Tanks at Cannes – if anyone could pull it off, it had to be Sly Stallone and company. Stallone and Expendables 3 costars made their arrival, riding along the Croisette in the French city in two massive Soviet tanks. Sure, it didn’t do anything to help the already terrible traffic in Cannes around festival time, but it did contribute to the film’s eye-popping promotional bill of $2 million, spent over the course of the festival.
Sylvester Stallone shows his support for the efforts to rescue over 200 girls kidnapped by militants in Nigeria.
Besides the tank stunt, admittedly one of the better ideas to come out of a Hollywood promo team, the $2 million budget also included a promo of clips from the movie and a star-studded press conference at the Carlton hotel. The press conference featured almost all the stars of the film (and the tank stunt) including returning heroes Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dolph Lundgren, as well as new recruits Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson and Kelsey Grammar. Nu Image and Millenium Films must be working on a very liberal budget this time around.
Continue reading: Cast Of "Expendables 3" Tanks At Cannes. Literally.
Filth invades the UK, while Hanks' Captain Phillips and the Coens' Inside Llewyn Davis bow in New York. We also get a look at Statham's Homefront action and much more detail from The Hobbit 2...
Two big British films hit UK cinemas this week. After storming the Scottish box office last weekend and garnering rave reviews across the board, Filth arrives in the rest of the country this week. Based on the novel by Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting), the Edinburgh black comedy stars in a career-redefining role as a deeply nasty cop. Read our 'Filth' review here.
Meanwhile, Saoirse Ronan stars in the introspective thriller How I Live Now, set in a present-day Britain that's engulfed in war. Opening in the UK this weekend and in America next month, the film is directed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), and the cast includes rising stars George MacKay (Hunky Dory) and Tom Holland (The Impossible). We gave the film 4/5 you can read the 'How I Live Now' review here.
Sylvester Stallone announced Harrison Ford would be appearing in 'Expendables 3' but "greedy" but "lazy" Bruce Willis certainly will not.
Sylvester Stallone has made his feelings towards Bruce Willis crystal clear after tweeting about Expendables 3. The Rocky actor confirmed that Harrison Ford would be joining the Expendables cast, replacing Willis.
Sylvester Stallone at the New York premiere of Bullet to the Head.
Stallone described Bruce Willis as "greedy and "lazy" on Twitter shortly after confirming Harrison Ford will be replacing Willis in Expendables 3. In his first Tweet, Stallone claimed he'd "been waiting for years" for the news that "Willis out" and "Harrison in".
Jason Statham takes a darker role than usual in a gritty London drama that never quite seems sure of itself, as writer-turned-director Knight mashes several huge social issues with a hint of action and a rather awkward romance. It's always intriguing, and has several jaw-dropping moments along the way, but ultimately leaves us wondering why Knight made the film at all.
Statham plays Joey, an ex-soldier on the run from the military police. Living homeless in central London, he breaks into a sexy loft flat and discovers that the resident will be away for eight months. So he assumes his identity, borrows his bank account and starts his life over with a job in a Chinese restaurant. Then his bosses (Wong and Lee) notice how good he is in a fight, and give him a high-paying job as a mob goon. With his new wealth, he starts helping out Cristina (Buzek), the Polish-born nun who feeds the homeless in Covent Garden. As they begin a strange friendship, he also contacts his bitter ex-wife (McClure) and young daughter.
As he did in his scripts for Dirty Pretty Things and Eastern Promises, Knight reels off the social issues in London's underbelly: illegal immigrants, human trafficking, gang violence, desperate prostitution, post-traumatic stress. But the real story here is Joey's redemption, as pointedly symbolised by the hummingbirds that flit through his drug-detox dreams. As he tries to help Cristina in a variety of sometimes contrived ways, she responds by improbably falling for him. Meanwhile, he spends a lot of time searching for a missing friend (Bewick) while also trying to make things up to his ex.
Continue reading: Hummingbird [Redemption] Review
Joey Jones has been living on the streets for a while, but after receiving a particularly bad beating by some street thugs, he decides to re-build his life once and for all. Breaking into another person's home, he changes his identity and scrubs up (quite literally) in order to get a as a chef and security guard at a London restaurant. His help ridding the eatery of any problems they might have with his swift fighting skills motivates his boss to offer him a new job which leaves him more better off than he's ever been. He decides to set out on a mission to help the poverty stricken community in which he once lived, a decision that is dramatically increased by the murder of his best friend Isabel. However, as much as he wants to use his newfound money to help those in need, he wants more than anything to start a new life and finally get away from his past.
Continue: Redemption - Clip
Odds are in for the successor to Matt Smith's Doctor Who - who will become the next Doctor?
Matt Smith hasn't even given up his role as the Doctor in the BBC's Doctor Who yet but speculation is already rife over who will take over command of the TARDIS as the eleventh incarnation of the Doctor is set to step down this Christmas, having debuted in January 2010.
William Hill have drawn up a list of odds; the most favourable, surprisingly, is for the next Doctor to be played by a female actor.
The bookies current favourite, at 10/1, is 31 year-old Russell Tovey, best known for his roles as werewolf, George Sands, in BBC drama Being Human and the character, Rudge, in both the stage and screen adaptations of The History Boys. Tovey took to Twitter to lament the stepping down of Smith in a statement that has fuelled speculation he might be in talk to be the next Doctor: "Sad to hear of Matt Smith's doctor departure, he truly is a superb actor and made the Doc proper.. Who's next tho eh? Who's next.. Hmmm x" Rupert Grint, who played Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter franchise, jointly ranks alongside Tovey with 10/1 odds. William Hill spokesman, Rupert Adams says he thinks Grint, 24, would "be perfect for the role."
Continue reading: WHO Will Be Next Doctor Who? Place Your Bets Now!
The third installment in Stallone's franchise has found its director and is set to begin shooting later this year.
Australian director Patrick Hughes has been named by Sylvester Stallone to helm his newest writing endeavor, The Expendables 3. Nothing is official just yet though, as Hughes still has to win the approval of Millenium, the studio behind the Expendables franchise. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hughes will be flying in shortly to meet with studio heads, but the director is pretty much a shoe in for the gig.
Hughes is a newbie in the director’s seat, with one feature film on his record – a critically acclaimed 2010 thriller, which starred Ryan Kwanten as a city police officer on a thrill ride of a first day in a small country town. So, while he might be lacking in experience, Hughes isn’t exactly a wild card and Stallone probably knows what to expect of his work. It will be interesting to see how he handles the fast-paced action genre, though. However, with a cast this packed with famous action men, The Expendables can probably be carried on acting alone.
A lot of the stars of the previous two films are expected to return for The Expendables 3, including Jason Statham and Dolph Lundgren. Some rumored additions to the already star-studded cast include Wesley Snipes and Jackie Chan. Stallone is currently in the midst of penning the script, with shooting expected to commence sometime this summer.
Continue reading: Stallone Names Patrick Hughes As The Director For "The Expendables 3"
With critics hoping for more G.I. Joe action as per Rise of Cobra, they are in for a disappointment. A brand new World War Z trailer shows Brad Pitt and company in a couple of the movie's spectacular looking set pieces.
This week's biggest global release is G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and critics were on edge at press screenings earlier in the week, hoping against hope that the sequel maintained the entertaining ironic subversiveness of the 2009 original, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Alas, the news isn't good.
The week's other blockbuster is The Host, based on the novel by Twilight author Stephenie Meyers. Saoirse Ronan stars as Melanie, a young woman facing an alien force that's taking over humanity. In fine Twilight style, there are two leading men vying for her affections, played by rising-star hearthrobs Max Irons and Jake Abel. Despite good early word-of-mouth, the studio hasn't shown the film to critics.
The number one spot at the box office was easily claimed this weekend by new comer Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, with it relatively unimpressive $19 million takings easily beating it's closest competitors.
The Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton starring fairytale twist has been all but panned universally by critics, but this did little to dent it's chances at the box office with the closest competitor taking in a measly $7 million. The $7 mil newcomer in question is the new Jason Statham action Parker, which managed to pull in only $2 million more than the number three movie of the weekend, the ensemble comedy Movie 43.
According to Hollywood.com, total box office receipts in the U.S. and Canada were down by 13% from the same weekend a year ago, continuing a recent trend of cinema avoidance across the two nations. So who's to blame? Piracy? Exorbitant cinema prices? Or i it just that people were unwilling to leave their homes over the cold weekend to go to the cinema when they could watch films from the comfort of your own home. The answer is, there really is no clear answer, more of a merging of all these problems rolled into one. Still, movie insiders are beginning to worry that this trend might continue into the year and beyond, with that all too familiar question "is cinema dying" perpetually hanging over movie executive's heads.
Continue reading: Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters Leads Slow US Box Office Weekend
The movie industry is buzzing with excitement this week, as the Oscars move ever closer, news of the new Star Wars movies starts to break and the Sundance Film Festival is in full swing out there in Utah.
One of the biggest talking points of Sundance so far has been the movie jOBS. Starring Ashton Kutcher as Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, there’s been much debate over whether or not Kutcher’s lightweight acting style is going to be strong enough to lend jOBS any gravitas. A clip of the movie has been released, featuring Kutcher and Josh Gad (who plays co-founder Steve Wozniak) but no full trailer as yet. The movie opens today (January 25, 2013) and we’re predicting that the reviews are going to be a mixed bag. Gad insists that Kutcher’s performance in this movie is going to be the stuff that dreams are made of. We’ll wait and see what the experts think.
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Actress, singer, dancer and mother, you could be forgiven for thinking Jennifer Lopez is ready to settle down and enjoy the spoils of her illustrious career. However, after wrapping up her first world tour just last month, J-Lo is busy fronting this months Harper's Bazaare.
Talking to the fashion and lifestyle mag, she opened up on her relationship with Casper Smart, while he sat in on the interview with 4-year-old Max on his lap. "He's (Casper) fantastic; he's like my best friend," says Lopez. "I can tell him everything, when I'm feeling down, when I'm feeling good. He gives moral support, endless love and support." Part of the celebrity lifestyle inevitably involves a lot of travel, and that's something J-Lo embraces, and seems ready to continue doing. "I like the whole idea of traveling, of looking good, and doing it well," she says. "I make it as simple and as beautiful as I can because my life is kind of big. So I pack my luggage, or dress myself, or comb my kids' hair, pick up their clothes -- that makes our life beautiful, you know? There's something very elegant in that."
Jennifer's been busy with her Dance Again world tour alongside her three-year-old twins as well as boyfriend and head choreographer Casper. She's also been lending her voicing talents to the Ice Age franchise in both movie and videogame formats. Her next project sees her play Leslie in Parker, a crime thriller starring Jason Statham, due for release on March 8th, 2013.
Danny Bryce, an ex special ops agent who was considered one of the best in the world, is a retired member of Britain's Special Air Service (SAS). He is looking forward to spending his days not doing a lot, when he hears that his former mentor, Hunter, has been taken hostage by his arch enemy, Spike. As well as this, Spike has also dispatched three trained assassins - known as 'The Clinic' - to kill Danny, to stop him rescuing Hunter.
Continue: Killer Elite Trailer
Brant (Statham) is a bad-boy South East London detective always in trouble with the authorities. But he gets the job done, so his loyal chief (Rylance) protects him. His new challenge is to find a brazen psycho (Gillen) who's killing cops in cold blood. Working with new boss Nash (Considine), who's tormented for being gay, Brant starts bullishly breaking the rules to solve the case. Meanwhile, the killer is leaking information to a tabloid hack (Morrissey). And another of Brant's cop pals (Ashton) is struggling with returning to the job after her stint in rehab.
Continue reading: Blitz Review
Elite hitman Arthur (Statham) lives a solitary life in a New Orleans bayou with his stinking wealth and exquisite taste. But he's shocked when his boss (Goldwyn) gives him his next assignment: to kill his mentor Harry (Sutherland).
Arthur is a cool professional, but now he's also wracked with guilt. So he takes Harry's wastrel son Steve (Foster) under his wing, teaching him the assassination trade and letting him practice during a few jobs. But the work gets increasingly dangerous, and soon it becomes apparent that Harry was set up. Revenge is in the air.
Continue reading: The Mechanic Review
Some of the biggest criminals believe they're untouchable, it's Arthur Bishop's job to get to and kill anyone who's become a problem. Terrorists, cop killers and gang leaders are just some of the targets Arthur is assigned to take out quickly and efficiently.
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When a psychopathic man sets out on a vicious killing spree targeting police officers the police force bring in a hard hitting cop called Brant in to investigate and hunt down the man who calls himself Blitz. Knowing the rampage will not stop until the man is captured the Brant must use all his wits to stay one step ahead of the killer who seems to have an intricate knowledge of the local police station and how they operate.
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Some gardens just wouldn't be complete without the addition of a garden gnome or two. The gardens on Verona Drive are no exception; the owners of the houses are extremely fond of their little hat wearing friends. What the human residents don't realise is that when all's quiet and there are no humans around, their garden comes to life!
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Chaos immediately descends into doldrums, with Conners and extremely strange partner Shane (Ryan Phillippe) trying to figure out who Lorenz is and why he robbed a bank but didn't steal anything. Cat and mouse ensues, Seven style, until we figure out the truth that's been telegraphed since the very beginning. (And trust me, everything you need to fill in the pieces can be found in the last two paragraphs.)
Continue reading: Chaos (2005) Review
Lock, Stockis in fact, probably the best film since Pulp Fiction in which there are no really good guys. Pulp Fiction, Lock, Stockbegins with what would seem to be a simple story, that quickly careens out of control. In this case, four buddies; Tom, Eddie, Bacon, and Soap, pool their money together to back can't lose Eddie at an unbeknownst-to-them rigged game of cards. Of course they get fleeced, and end up in heavy debt to the local heavy. What follows is a madcap plan to recoup the money by intercepting a heist Eddie has fortuitously discovered his neighbor is carrying out. The interrelation of the problems with the original heist, along with the interception of it by Eddie's gang, and a couple of other local illegal activities result in a frantic circle of destruction.
Continue reading: Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels Review
It's a cold night in Manhattan when Syd (Chris Evans) decides to attend the going-away party of ex-girlfriend London (Jessica Biel) in the large loft of a friend (Isla Fisher, completely wasted). Before getting to the party, Syd stops to see his bartender friend, Mallory (Joy Bryant), and meets up with Bateman (Jason Statham), a man with a serious amount of cocaine but who refuses to be called a dealer. With Bateman and drugs in tow, Syd hits the party, doing more drugs and doing more alcohol that Hemingway, Carver and Sid Vicious combined. Bateman and Syd hole up in the bathroom talking about everything from S&M to the Almighty, and eventually Syd gets up the guts to talk to London.
Continue reading: London Review
"Cellular" has all the earmarks of a genuinely smart thriller rewritten by a studio-lapdog script doctor who was told it didn't have enough car chases and comic relief.
As originally conceived by Larry Cohen ("Phone Booth"), the film makes cunning use of the titular technology in its plot that follows an aimless beach dude (utterly bland buff-boy Chris Evans) whose cell phone is on the receiving end of a desperate call for help from a kidnapped woman (Kim Basinger). By tap-tap-tapping together the wires of a smashed old rotary phone, she's managed to dial his number at random from the attic where she's being held.
Disbelieving at first, Evans ("Not Another Teen Movie") is soon robbing a cell phone store for a charger (his battery is low) and stealing cars to drive like Andretti through downtown Los Angeles, trying to beat the bad guys to Basinger's son and husband (it's him they're really after) so he can save the day.
Continue reading: Cellular Review
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