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Stallone, Lundgren reunite for Tunisia-bound Expendables 4

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The next “Expendables” sequel will shoot in Tunisia, local paper Tunisian daily La Presse said this week.

You can read a translated version of the original article below :

The two world stars of cinema, the American Sylvester Stallone and the Swede Dolph Lundgren will soon be in southern Tunisia to find their film “The Expendables 4”, reports the Tunisian daily La Presse in its Sunday edition.

The official invitation was addressed to the two stars by the Minister of Tourism and Handicrafts, René Trabelsi, during his visit February 27 in Hollywood, according to the same source.

Taking advantage of his friendship with the great Swedish actor Dolph Lundgren (the Russian boxer of Rocky 4), the world champion of karate, Sadok Kouka, took the initiative to invite his childhood friend for the 3rd time in Tunisia, writes the newspaper.

“Dolph has been my friend for 25 years. I was his captain at the Swedish karate team. He came twice to Tunisia to shoot two films “The Barbarian” in Tozeur and another detective film in Hammamet and Mahdia. We even came together for the casting of the film Rocky 4 in 1985. It was he who suggested me to participate by wanting to do me a service at the time. And I remember, to my great surprise, that there were 5,000 actors who appeared in front of Sylvester Stallone for the casting. But by spotting Dolph, he immediately called, proposing to embody the role of his opponent in the film, that of the Russian boxer “, we add the same source quoting the words of the champion Tunisian Karate.

“It’s official, then, these two sacred monsters of the American cinema will be, on March 25, in Kantaoui for two days, before moving to Tozeur to spot the places of shooting,” said Sadok Kouka, who, he produced and performed the film “The Samurai of the Desert” directed by Mokhtar Laajimi. A tribute will be paid to them, with, among other things, meetings with René Trabelsi, Minister of Tourism, and Mohamed Zine El Abidine, Minister of Cultural Affairs.

Thanks to ‘mcdsweet’ for the heads up.

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Comic-Con : Terminator : Dark Fate footage killed!

Arnold Schwarzenegger previews the new ‘Terminator’ at SDCC

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When the trailer for “Terminator : Dark Fate” recently hit, my initial reaction was ‘Huh? It looks like a rough draft’. The effects looked dreadfully unfinished, the beats fell flat, and the scale seemed squat. In short, it was underwhelming.

Colour me surprised then when an extended version of the ‘car chase’ sequence that featured so prominently in the trailer played for Comic-Con audiences today and absolutely killed. It was stellar. The effects looked golden, the villain not only threatening but imaginatively constructed, and the plot both thrilling and – as evident by the goose bumps on my arms throughout – stirring and moving. But more on that later.

On hand to assure audiences they were on hand for more than just ‘Terminator 6’ were director Tim Miller and the film’s cast (including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton). James Cameron, the film’s executive producer, beamed in from New Zealand where he’s shooting the new “Avatar” films. Cameron, who stressed how vital it was to have Schwarzenegger back for the film (and also revealed another returning cast member), said he saw the film three weeks ago and was blown away by it.

Schwarzenegger said he was onboard from the get-go. “I’m addicted to Terminator”, the Austrian bodybuilder turned actor said, noting that the 1984 film is essentially responsible for his movie career.

Miller said what he loves about the ‘Terminator’ universe is that there’s only timeline – so mess something up in the past, and something is changed in the future. In this film, we learn that Sarah’s actions in 1991’s “Terminator 2” have hurt her future. “She’s living with the consequences of that decision and we see how that rolls out 20 years later,” he said.

Hamilton, who took some convincing to come back (Cameron helped sway her decision), knows she’s older and knows she doesn’t have the body she had in “Judgement Day”. But knows she has something new to bring to the character -life experience.

“I can no longer worry about trying to be what I was, because I am so much more than I was. That was the moment I really wanted to be on board with this. The richness of my life experience is only going to enrich the character.”

Schwarzenegger – after taking the piss out of himself by referencing all his classic movie lines and mocking his own accent – threw to the footage.

The footage of the new evil Terminator (Gabriel Luna) chasing a good Terminator (Mackenzie Davis) – who is in fact ‘human’ but with enhancements – the next-would-be saviour (Natalia Reyes) and her brother (Diego Boneta) plays out the same – only with more visual detail and by golly, more surprises. Now, the villain emerging into some sort of liquid form looks less like something produced on iMovie in 2002 and more akin to something we usually expect from producer Cameron. Clearly, they’ve really polished and perfected this footage – something it doesn’t look like Miller had time to do before the trailer was delivered. Now, we see that the villain splits into two – turning from one rogue into two, a fleshy bad guy and a cyborg predator. We also get a look at Linda Hamilton’s introduction as Sarah Connor, which is absolutely fantastic – some effective use of the F bomb, beautiful sound design and power-packed arsenal. It’s an amazing sequence.

There’s also some great moments between Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character ‘Carl’ – who, despite nods to the ‘T2’ sunglasses, isn’t the same t-800 but another version of the same model –  and the long-suffering Sarah, that play both compelling and comically. “I’m never gonna call you Carl”, Connor states.

Numerous other quick flashes of action, including footage of ‘Carl’ and Sarah blowing away the villain on the back-end of an aircraft carrier, and a gun-fight with the villain, trapped in a sinking car, were crowd pleasers. Especially great to hear the classic ‘Terminator’ theme used again.

Also playing at the panel, a new featurette – which you can catch below.

“Terminator : Dark Fate” is back on my list of must-see 2019 movies after today’s footage and panel. Well done, all.

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Val Kilmer is Bluntman in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot trailer

Likely not the only major player to make a cameo in the film!

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The first trailer for Kevin Smith’s “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot” trailer has been released.

This first, Red Band-offering teases what’s to come October 15 when the film unspools in theaters

 

 

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Comic-Con : Tom Cruise surprises Hall H with Top Gun : Maverick trailer

Watch the breathtaking new trailer now!

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On the tail end of Paramount’s “Terminator : Dark Fate” panel today, Conan O’Brien quickly hurried out onto the Hall H stage to ask people to stick around for something extra… as presented by the biggest movie star in the world.

Tom Cruise  

Tom Cruise then walked out on stage to present the first trailer for “Top Gun : Maverick”, which, as you’ll see below, will definitely put a smile on the dial of every fan of the original.

Watch it below!

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