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The Expendables 2 snags No. 1 box-office spot for second-straight weekend - 26th August 2012

Sylvester Stallone's "The Expendables 2" snagged the No. 1 box-office spot for the second-straight weekend with $13.5 million. Released by Lionsgate, the film raised its domestic total to $52.3 million after two weekends.

Holdover movies easily led the weekend box office again, as "The Bourne Legacy" landed in second place with $9.3 million, followed by "ParaNorman" with $8.5 million.

Hollywood may have run out of summer hits, but an anti-Obama documentary is helping to fill the gap.

The weekend's new wide releases were overshadowed by "2016: Obama's America," which expanded from limited to nationwide release and took in $6.2 million to finish at No. 8.

The documentary is a conservative critique of what the country would look like four years from now if President Barack Obama is re-elected.

Released by Rocky Mountain Pictures, "Obama's America" nearly matched the $6.3 million debut of the No. 7 movie, Joseph Gordon-Levitt's action tale "Premium Rush," a Sony release that played in more than twice as many theaters as the Obama documentary.

The weekend's other new wide releases opened weakly. Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell's road-chase comedy "Hit & Run," released by Open Road Films, debuted at No. 10 with $4.7 million, and the Warner Bros. fright flick "The Apparition" opened at No. 12 with $3 million.

The weak openings are typical of late August, a dumping ground for movies without much audience appeal as the summer blockbuster season winds down and young viewers switch to back-to-school mode.

But with less competition from Hollywood releases, it also opens the door for surprise successes such as "Obama's America."

"Obama's America" is based on the book "The Roots of Obama's Rage," written by Dinesh D'Souza, who co-directed the movie with John Sullivan.

The documentary now has climbed to a $9.1 million domestic total, with prospects for strong business as the Republican National Convention unfolds over the next few days. (U.S report)

 

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The Expendables 2 slapped with R rating for extreme violence...

Action star-laden sequel The Expendables 2 has been given an R rating for its violent and sexual content in the US.

Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and co will even be throwing some bad language into the mix as they bat off hostile attackers in this follow-up to the 2010 action-packed extravaganza.

Lionsgate was rumoured to have been considering a PG-13 rating for the film, which is due for release in the States on August 17th.

Once again, Stallone assembles his hardened team of old-school mercenaries for a special mission - taking revenge after one of their squad is murdered on the job.

Director Simon West was never in any doubt that the film would receive such a high rating, given the 'very hard' violence and language perpetrated by the all-star cast throughout the film.

'I'm sure there were some financial people who wanted it to be PG-13 because they thought it would somehow make more money or have a broader audience, but there was no way,' he told wegotthiscovered.com.

'When you get these guys on the set, they can't say a line without putting the F-bomb in it, and they can't pick up a gun without blowing several limbs off.' (Metro)

 

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Expendables 2 stuntman killed in Bulgaria; Follows Australian stunt Hangover in Bangkok, by Greg Tingle - 30th October 2011

A fatal accident on the set of the action star-packed action sequel "The Expendables 2" killed one stuntman and left another seriously injured Thursday night, stirring the industry memories of Australian stunty Scott McLean going into a coma last November while doing 'The Hangover Part II' near Bangkok, Thailand.

The Expendables 2 accident occurred while shooting at the Ognyanovo reservoir in Bulgaria at about 7 p.m., when an explosion went off. The injured stunty is now reportedly in stable condition.

"It is with great regret that we confirm this unfortunate accident," a representative for the film's studio, Nu Image/Millennium Films, said in a statement "Our hearts go out to the families and those on the production affected by this tragedy. The filmmakers are working closely with the authorities in responding to and investigating this accident."

The identities of the killed and injured stuntmen have not yet been released.

The film's stars, which include Sylvester Stallone, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis and Chuck Norris, were not present during the accident.

This is the most recent tragic accident to occur on an overseas film set.

The accident on the set of 'The Hangover Part II in Thailand saw an oncoming car slid into a truck. Wet weather that left the roads slick was believed to have played a significant part in the accident.

Australia's Media Man agency who has managed and worked with stuntmen and actors such as Colin Handley, John 'Vulcan' Seru and Paul 'Maxx-G' Bennett quizzed some of their talent on the dangers of working in stunts.

Handley, who also runs Australian Stunt Academy and has worked with Stallone and Schwarzenegger offered "Safety is our main priority".

Seru, also a professional wrestler and gym owner / operator of 'Gladiators' and 'James Bond' fame said "Working as a stunt man or as a pro wrestler is extremely dangerous. Injuries occur more often that people realise".

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The Expendables

The Expendables is an upcoming 2010 action film directed and written by Sylvester Stallone and is set for release in 2010. Filming began on March 28, 2009 in Brazil, New Orleans and Los Angeles and is expected to be released on April 23, 2010.

Plot

A team of mercenaries head to South America on a mission to stop a dictator who has caused destruction for the last 20 years. The government sets to plan the assassination to put an end to the violence.

Production

Production began on March 3, 2009 and filming has started on March 28 and will complete in June. Filming locations include Brazil, Los Angeles, California and New Orleans, Louisiana.

Casting

Jean-Claude Van Damme was personally offered a role by Stallone, but turned it down. This reportedly lead to Dolph Lundgren being cast instead. Kurt Russell also turned down the role of Mr. Church, the man who hires the expendables. The role accepted by Forest Whitaker was originally conceived as a role for Wesley Snipes but later rewritten for Whitaker. Due to a scheduling conflict prior to filming, Forest Whitaker was replaced by Curtis Jackson for the role of Hale Caesar, who was then in turn replaced by former NFL player Terry Crews due to negative fan reaction on Aint it cool News.

Stallone wanted Sandra Bullock to play the role of Agent Diane Lickson yet Bullock's schedule did not work with the film, and she could not participate.
Ben Kingsley was offered the role of Monroe before Eric Roberts was cast. The Role may be combined with that of Agent Will Sands.

The role of the man who hires the Expendables, Mr. Church, has been very difficult to cast. Initially offered to Schwarzenegger, he declined in favor of a smaller cameo in respects to his political career. The role was then offered to Kurt Russell whose agent replied that he was not interested in "Ensemble acting at the moment." Currently Stallone is looking covertly to find a big action name to Cameo as Mr. Church with rumors suggesting that the role has been offered to friend and fellow former Planet Hollywood Co-Owner Bruce Willis.

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Sylvester Stallone as Barney Ross a.k.a. "The Schizo", a long-time Expendable and the leader of the team

Mickey Rourke as Tool, an arms dealer who helps the Expendables also was a former long-time expendable himself

Jason Statham as Lee Christmas, a British American Expendable second in command

Jet Li as Kong Bao, a Chinese American Expendable who was a former mercenary in China

Dolph Lundgren as Gunnar Jensen, a German Expendable

Terry Crews as Hale Caeser, an Expendable

Steve Austin as Daniel "Dan" Paine, a bodyguard and a former marine

Charisma Carpenter as Lacy, Lee Christmas's fiancee

Brittany Murphy as Amy, Tool's girlfriend and a singer

Eric Roberts as Monroe, a rogue C.I.A. agent

Danny Trejo as Emanuel, a South American contact who helps the Expendables


Randy Couture as Toll Road, an Expendable

Arnold Schwarzenegger in a cameo role

David Zayas as General Garza, the Dictator

Giselle Itié as Sandra, a native young woman

Gary Daniels as The Brit, a former Expendable who is General Garza's main henchman

The Nogueira Brothers as Garza's henchmen (Credit: Wikipedia)


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Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone (born July 6, 1946), nicknamed Sly Stallone, is an American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. One of the biggest box office draws in the world from the 1970s to the 1990s, Stallone is an icon of machismo and Hollywood action heroism. He has played two characters who have become a part of the American cultural lexicon: Rocky Balboa, the boxer who overcame all odds to fight for love and glory, and John Rambo, a courageous soldier who specialized in very violent rescue and revenge missions.

During the 1980s, he enjoyed phenomenal popularity and was one of the biggest movie stars in the world with the Rocky and Rambo franchises. Stallone's culturally influential films changed pop culture history and he has largely enjoyed a career on the Hollywood A list for over 30 years.

Stallone's use of the front entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Rocky series led the area to be nicknamed the Rocky Steps. His popularity in Philadelphia has led to a statue of his Rocky character being placed permanently near the museum as a cultural landmark. Stallone's film Rocky has also been inducted into the National Film Registry as well as having its film props placed in the Smithsonian Museum as a national treasure.

He is part of the generation of movie action hero actors (including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, Steven Seagal and sometimes Mel Gibson) who were featured in many of the Hollywood blockbuster action films of the late 1980s and 1990s. (Credit: Wikipedia).

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