Here’s a bit of news sure to please anyone who grew up cheering braindead action movies from the '80s and '90s. Sylvester Stallone revealed today that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis will return for “substantial roles” in The Expendables 2.
How “substantial” these roles turn out to be won’t be clear until the film is released, but anything would be better than the single scene they shared in the first film that was prominently featured in the trailers and even on the poster.
This announcement should guarantee at least one incredible action scene between the aging stars involving a who-dropped-the-ball-on-Planet Hollywood argument that quickly turns into a massive shoot-out in a retirement home.
Ok, so that won’t happen, but with Sly stepping out of the director’s chair for this sequel in favor of Con Air’s (a comedy classic as far as I’m concerned) Simon West, hopefully the ludicrous action spectacle won’t be taken as seriously as the first chapter and it will feature some more winking humor.
After all, this franchise is pretty ridiculous and that’s why people are buying tickets. They may as well acknowledge that fact and have some fun. No one will show up to Expendables 2 for the story, I can guarantee that.
Chris Tucker Is Comin' Back!
After virtually retiring from acting for ten years to focus
on Christianity, Rush Hour sequels, and
the occasional high profile speeding ticket, it appears that Chris Tucker will
finally be making a comeback. The high pitched,
high energy comedian recently got some attention for being in the running for a
role in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and now it appears that he’ll officially be coming
out of his self-imposed retirement to star in David O. Russell’s The
Silver Linings Playbook.
Tucker will play a mental patient and “spirited friend” (whatever that means) of a depressed high school teacher played by Bradley Cooper. As if that weren’t enough, Tucker will also co-star with the likes of Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill in Neighborhood Watch, a film about a group of suburban fathers who accidentally discover an alien invasion plot while running a Neighborhood Watch program.
Tucker’s always been a pretty underrated comedic actor who slays in movies like Friday, so it’ll actually be nice to see him scream and squeal his way into the public’s hearts once again. It’s been quite a while, but we’ll finally get to hear this delightful sound again:
The 2011 Summer Box Office Breaks Records
You know how every now and then we hear about how movies aren’t making as much money as they used to and we should be worried about the industry? Yeah, that’s nonsense. This morning the National Summer Of Theater Owners revealed that 2011 summer box office set an all time records by raking in $4.4 billion domestically.
That’s a whopping $546 million more than last year and the 5th consecutive summer season that brought in over $4 billion. Sadly, that probably means that there will be more Transformers sequels and a seemingly endless stream of superhero movies coming out every summer until you die. I hope you’re happy America. Whatever comes next will be your fault.
Toronto International Film Festival
Just so all you fine readers know, The Movie Spew will be shifting gears for the next 10 days. I will be at The Toronto International Film Festival, so look for a few daily reviews of the (hopefully) fantastic films appearing at the festival over the next two weeks. Don’t worry, I’ll be back to slinging around movie news soon. This is but a brief break from our regularly scheduled programming.