The Expendables

July 09, 2012 | 12:39 p.m.

Comic-Con: Stallone and Schwarzenegger target Hall H

Sly Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. And Terry Crews and Randy Couture. And Dolph Lundgren. And Jean-Claude Van Damme. You can almost smell the cordite, can’t you?  That’s the announced panel for “The Expendables 2”; it will convene late Thursday afternoon at Comic-Con International. The panelists will be sitting on the dais in Hall H but, really, shouldn’t this collective gather in a Texas steel cage? Or a bunker with a bare-bones weight room and an oak and brass cigar bar? At right is the first look at the collectors poster that Lionsgate will be handing out (while supplies last) at the San Diego pop culture expo. The original is an oil on canvas piece, which was used to create the poster as well as 250 limited-edition prints on specialty canvas paper, to be distributed at Comic Con and signed by the cast. […]
Jan. 28, 2011 | 4:54 p.m.

‘The Mechanic’: Jason Statham walks ‘in Bronson’s boots’

Bill Chartoff and David Winkler were knee-high to a grasshopper when their fathers began striking Hollywood gold, producing films as “Raging Bull” and “Rocky.” Though Robert Chartoff’s clan lived in New York and Irwin Winkler’s lived in California, the two families were close — often spending Jewish holidays together, and even vacationing in Africa. Eventually, the sons –- who are about a year apart in age — followed their fathers into Hollywood filmmaking careers of their own, producing and directing movies. Though they’ve pursued solo projects, they are also bound by their fathers’ legacies. In 2006, the second generation teamed up as producers on “Rocky Balboa,” essentially the sixth movie in their fathers’ Sylvester Stallone boxing franchise. But it’s perhaps more fitting that the two men have now teamed up to produce a remake of their fathers’ film “The Mechanic”: […]
Sept. 09, 2010 | 8:19 a.m.

When Stallone met Schwarzenegger in 1977–Sly says he went absolutely ‘Jersey Shore’

  Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger share the screen in “The Expendables,” and they are forever linked in the public mind by their 1980s-era rivalry as box-office action stars. But their history, according to Stallone, goes back to a glittery night in January 1977 when the two Hollywood newcomers shared a table at the 34th Golden Globes, and each walked away with a trophy. Other winners that night included Barbra Streisand, Laurence Olivier and Robert Redford. Here’s how Stallone remembers that first meeting of future Hollywood titans: “We were the outsiders, believe me. People were looking at us. I think that was the very first time we met, if I remember right. We were seated at the same table, and I remember thinking, ‘Who is this guy?’ I had heard of him, but I didn’t know what he was all about. I’m there for ‘Rocky,’ and he […]
Aug. 11, 2010 | 1:53 p.m.

‘Expendables’ star Terry Crews calls out Rampage Jackson

Sly Stallone’s “The Expendables” opens this week and one of the stars is Terry Crews, the former NFL player who has putting together one of the most unlikely careers in Hollywood. This is a longer version of my recent cover story on him for the Los Angeles Times Calendar section. Former NFL defensive end Terry Crews has made 30 movies in the last decade and he has his own television series now with “Are We There Yet?” on TBS, but as he was munching on a steak salad at a Pasadena diner on a recent afternoon, he explained that fame is a fickle thing. “The people that recognize me, the ones that stop me on the sidewalk, it’s because of that Old Spice commercial. I didn’t know the meaning of viral before those commercials came out. I can’t get away […]
Aug. 04, 2010 | 8:38 p.m.

VIDEO: ‘The Expendables’ premiere and the ‘genius’ of Sly Stallone

Los Angeles Times film reporter Amy Kaufman, embedded among some of action’s elite stars, brings us this report from the Hollywood “black carpet” premiere of “The Expendables.” There were tough guys aplenty at Tuesday’s Hollywood premiere of “The Expendables,” where renowned action stars and bulky athletes gathered to promote Sylvester Stallone’s testosterone-fueled new film. But on the black carpet, the film’s cast of macho men got downright mushy as they extolled the virtues of their director and costar. Many of the actors said they were so eager to work with Stallone that they barely knew anything about the movie before signing onto the project. “I didn’t even read the script. I said yeah, I’ll be there. Thank God it was a good script,” said Eric Roberts, who recently wrapped filming VH1’s “Celebrity Rehab,” on which he battled a medical marijuana […]
Aug. 04, 2010 | 6:00 p.m.

Bruce Willis on ‘Unbreakable,’ vodka and the enduring appeal of ‘Jaws’

Los Angeles Times blogs editor Tony Pierce sat down with Bruce Willis last week at the Roosevelt Hotel to discuss “The Expendables,” the 10th anniversary of “Unbreakable” and the actor’s new vodka brand. Willis also compared the thrill of having a star on Hollywood Boulevard to being a lyric in a Beastie Boys song. “Pulp Fiction.” “The Sixth Sense.” “Die Hard.” “Twelve Monkeys.” “Sin City.” Bruce Willis has put together a fascinating and unpredictable film career since he caught America’s eye on the 1980s television hit “Moonlighting.” The latest chapter: “The Expendables,” which reunites him with old Planet Hollywood pals Sly Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Willis says he appeared in “Expendables” for free but that’s not the case when it comes to the booze venture. The interview above was set up by the team promoting that new vodka, Sobieski, named for the 17th century Polish king Jan Sobieski III, whose military […]
July 30, 2010 | 4:46 p.m.

Schwarzenegger: Stallone’s 63-year-old six-pack is ‘just unbelievable’

Arnold Schwarzenegger had plenty to tell us about old friends and new projects for our in-depth feature on Sly Stallone and “The Expendables,” but there was one quote that didn’t make it in; turns out the governor has a great gut feeling about the 63-year-old Stallone. “It is a great inspiration for people to see someone at his age still at the top of his game — acting, writing, directing, doing his own stunts and fight scenes — I mean, what an amazing talent. And for him to still be so athletic and be able to rip off his shirt and have a six-pack is just unbelievable.” — Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED: Stallone: Velcro muscles made old-school stars expendable 24 FRAMES: Guess which movie Stallone says is his worst? Schwarzenegger reloads with “Expendables” ZEITCHIK: Hollywood ponders Arnold’s future McG: “We’re bringing credibility back” to […]
July 27, 2010 | 3:05 a.m.

COMIC-CON 2010: Movie prospects, pitfalls and payoffs

Sure, every movie feels like a hit when it’s promoted in the celebratory climate of Comic-Con’s Hall H. But there’s cheering and there’s cheering; some movies preview at Comic-Con and begin their journey to serious bank, while others start down a lonely road from which they’ll never return. On Hero Complex’s sister blog 24 Frames, The Times’ Steven Zeitchik takes a look at the winners, losers and tweeners at this year’s fan extravaganza. RECENT AND RELATED The ‘Sucker Punch’ trailer and its liquid calamity COMIC-CON 2010: Check out our full coverage Harrison Ford gives ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ an otherwordly feel Slowly but surely, ‘Let Me In’ builds some goodwill PHOTO GALLERY: Scenes from Comic-Con 2010 Stallone, locked and loaded in “old-school way” “Scott Pilgrim” in San Diego…with jet-packs Jeff Bridges, old and new, plugs in “Tron: Legacy” “Sucker Punch” amps […]
July 23, 2010 | 1:43 a.m.

COMIC-CON 2010: At panel for Sylvester Stallone’s ‘Expendables,’ world’s testosterone shortage is remedied

 “The Expendables” may be one of the most old-school action movies to be shown at this year’s Comic-Con, but it could have gone in a very different direction. “I thought it would be great to a live-action 3-D movie,” director and star Sylvester Stallone told Hall H on Thursday afternoon, describing his thought process before he began shooting the ensemble shoot-’em-up. “I was tempted.” But the star said he felt it would have constricted movement of the camera. “So I thought, ‘Why not not just do it old school, in a classical way?’ “ The panel featured plenty of unbridled testosterone — the proceedings kicked off when costar Terry Crews burst onto the stage and ripped his shirt off while he made his pecs move and went from there — as Stallone and his cast described plenty of the rough […]
July 18, 2010 | 3:54 p.m.

COMIC-CON 2010: Stallone says ‘Velcro muscles’ made old-school stars expendable

This is a longer version of my cover story in the Sunday Calendar section of the Los Angeles Times. The lights were down low in Sylvester Stallone’s Beverly Hills office on a recent afternoon, so it was impossible to see the 64-year-old movie star’s eyes behind his plum-tinted sunglasses. His snug Italian suit emphasized his still-muscular frame as he sat ramrod straight. His face doesn’t move much. So he seemed like a statue, until he started recounting the moment when he knew he was becoming expendable. “It was that first Batman movie,” he said, referring to the 1989 film starring Michael Keaton, an actor never known for biceps. “The action movies changed radically when it became possible to Velcro your muscles on. It was the beginning of a new era. The visual took over. The special effects became more important than […]
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