The General's Daughter (1999)
To the people who had been requested a remake of The Blob? Someone out there, whoever you are, has granted your wish.
Producers Richard Saperstein and Brian Witten are behind this one, and they've hired Simon West to direct the movie. West remains best known for the mighty Con Air, although he's also directed the likes of The Expendables 2, The General's Daughter and The Mechanic.
Production begins this summer on the new film, which Goldcrest Films is backing. West has said, in a slightly worrying statement, that "with modern CGI we can now fully realise the potential of The Blob". Hmmm.
The rest of his statement reads: "The world I create will be totally believable, immersive and emotionally satisfying. It’s a thrill to introduce an enduring icon to
With his latest film, Stolen, out now, director Simon West talks to us about Con Air, Jason Statham, Expendables 2, Rick Astley, and more...
Although it's always a pleasure to talk to a filmmaker about their work, it's not often you get half-an-hour or so to really go into a more detailed conversation about their career to date. It was a real treat, then, to be able to talk to director Simon West about such a huge range of topics, from working with Nicolas Cage and Jason Statham to his transition from working in commercials to making the 90s summer blockbuster Con Air for producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
Throughout, West was generous, funny and full of great stories, and he didn't even mind when we brought up the subject of his music video for Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up - an 80s chart
"Stolen" was written by David Guggenheim, who has sold a number of buzzy scripts in the past few months, including this past spring's drab Denzel Washington/Ryan Reynolds actioner "Safe House" and "Narco Sub," about a drug running via submarine that at least has a tenuous attachment from Tony Scott. "Stolen" concerns a former thief (Cage) racing to save his daughter who has been kidnapped and (wait for it) stashed away in the trunk of a taxi cab. Now we're cooking! The film co-stars Malin Akerman, Danny Huston
These are the things that should be popping into your head (and the head of whoever insures the production) when you think of "The Expendables," Sylvester Stallone's sly nod to the cheesifying action films of his '80s heyday.
Last year's bone-crushing, bad-guy impaling trip down memory lane proved that wicked old action stars can still kick it like they used to as long as people dig seeing big, beefy Republicans punch and shoot at each other (we do). Now the inevitable sequel is coming down the pike, and according to The Playlist more aging icons may prove the easy accessibility of steroids.
John Travolta and Chuck Norris are the latest shuffleboarders to potentially cast their crutches to the side and strap on their Uzis for "The Expendables 2," which will begin lensing shortly in Bulgaria for an August 2012 release. They'll be joining surviving vets Stallone,
According to Deadline, Simon West just signed on to direct The Expendables 2, the sequel to Sylvester Stallone’s 2010 action pic. Not only did the geriatric-on-‘roids actioner warrant a sequel, but the pick of West comes after a long and laborious search. After Sly made it known that he would not be directing the sequel himself, a supposed list of top directors went into the vetting. West wins out, and it's far from bad news for the film. West has some great action pics under his belt, like Con Air, The Mechanic, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and The General's Daughter.
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The long running comedy panel series, Have I Got News For You, which began in 1990, returns for its forty-first series of goes at politicians and the more bizarre aspects of news and life tonight, Friday, April 8th at 9:00pm on BBC1. Team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton return to their chairs and the premiering guest host is the cheery Jack Dee, in the first of nine episodes in this latest series.
Also tonight, Friday, April 8th, but a little later at 11:25pm on 5Usa, is the series 2 finale of the excellent Breaking Bad. We haven't heard when series 3 might reach us, but if you have any plans to watch when it does, you'll want to be sure
Nicolas Cage plays a former master thief who has only a few hours to find his daughter when she is kidnapped and locked in the trunk of a New York taxi cab. Details on Huston’s role have not yet emerged.
David Guggenheim (”Safe House”) penned the script while Simon West ("Con Air," "The General's Daughter") will direct. Shooting kicks off mid-March in New Orleans.
Photo: Columbia Pictures With Battle: Los Angeles screenwriter Christopher Bertolini (The General's Daughter) and director Jonathan Liebesman (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning) have created a video game of a war film by mashing together Black Hawk Down and District 9 with an invasion to match War of the Worlds. Does that mean it's good? I enjoyed it for what it was, but I wouldn't necessarily call it good.
This film can't match the intensity of Black Hawk Down despite trying to be as chaotic and fast paced. It doesn't delve into the politics or morals of District 9 even though desperately clinging to the idea of what it means to be human. And it doesn't reach the scope of War of the Worlds as it turns into another film hell bent on destroying and saving Los Angeles as the rest of the world
Written by Christopher Bertolini (The General's Daughter), Battle: Los Angeles is inspired by the 1942 "attack" on Los Angeles and centers around a group of Marines who lead the fight against an alien invasion. In this new preview clip, a squad of Marines led by Staff Sergeant Michael Nantz (Aaron Eckhart) enounter the aliens in their subterranean den beneath the streets of L.A. in a scene eerily similar to the first engagement between Colonial Marines and the xenomorphs in James Cameron's Aliens.
Next Showing: Battle: Los Angeles opens March 11
Battle Los Angeles - Based on a True Story
Nicolas Cage plays a former master thief who has only a few hours to find his daughter when she is kidnapped and locked in the trunk of a New York taxi cab.
Akerman will play Cage's former girlfriend and a former bank robber who agrees to help him save his daughter.
Shooting will kick off mid-March in New Orleans. Simon West ("Con Air," "The General's Daughter") will direct.
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