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In The Expendables 3, Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables -- but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet.
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The sullen critical reaction to the latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is unsurprising, but the box office intake for the Michael Bay-produced feature's opening weekend might warrant a double take: early numbers indicate that Turtles took in $65 million, a sum that allowed the flick to trounce expectations by 20 grand, top Guardians of the Galaxy by a similar figure, and — perhaps worst of all — spawn a sequel. Via the Los Angeles Times, Paramount is moving forward with a second Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, already scheduled for 2016.
Considering the fact that Turtles was hardly the worst thing we've seen this year (perhaps not even the worst thing to come from Michael Bay, in fact), we don't want to write off the newly developing follow-up just yet. There might be a way to save this '16-bound film, but it'll entail a few major changes to the process that brought us this year's Turtle movie:
1) Clean up the Turtles' lookThe choice to make the Turtle brothers look darker, grittier, and more "real" this time around is a particularly confusing one considering how broad and silly the film goes with its material. The grotesque appearance of the foursome doesn't mesh whatsoever with the tone of the movie, nor is it at all pleasant to look at. A dramatic redesign might not be necessary, but something smoother, cleaner, and altogether sillier would benefit future audiences. Splinter, on the other hand, could use a complete makeover.
2) Replace Jonathan Liebesman as directorLiebesman proved with Turtles that he is still developing his directorial skill set. A filmmaker with an established understanding of how to harmonize action and comedy would serve the second feature well.
3) More time on the shelled foursomeWith so much ground to cover in regards to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' nonsensical plot, too much time was spent away from the Turtles themselves. Although they might not be the work of comic genius, they were more or less endearing in the grand scheme of things. More Turtles, less everything else. Oh, and for that matter...
4) Simply, simplify, simplify!Whoever it was that demanded this movie's premise to be more tiered and complicated than A Most Wanted Man does not understand the appeal of the Ninja Turtles. Keep things light, simple, and straightforward. We don't need several dozen conspiracies, puppet regimes, and plot twists. Oh, and for THAT matter...
5) Enough with that one sci-fi contrivance that seems to be popping up in every big movie this year.If you don't know what I'm talking about (I'm being coy for fear of spoilers) check out Mike Ryan's excellent diatribe against the phenomenon.
6) Oust Will Arnett's characterWill Arnett is an adroit comic actor, but his character in Turtles is about as pointless as a pastel bandit mask on the face of a gigantic reptilian vigilante. If April O'Neil had her own car, Arnett's character's contribution would have been instantly nullified.
7) Encourage an actual performance out of Megan FoxWhile Turtles can get rid of Arnett without missing a beat, it's unlikely that Fox can be dismissed so easily (although there Bay-universe is precedent for such banishment). If we're stuck with her, then let's at least try to get her invested in the story and character this time; all she does in this latest Turtles entry is babble flat exposition and grimace in ambiguous dread.
8) Make Michelangelo less creepyAn innocent crush on April O'Neil would be fine, but Michelangelo's character was full on sexual deviant with his obsessive come-ons and offhand erection jokes.
9) Stop destroying New York CityWe've seen it. We're sick of it. It weighs hard on those of us who actually live here. Enough.
10) Krang!His big screen debut is long overdue.
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Miley Cyrus has thrown her support behind Nicki Minaj by revealing a mock-up of the rapper's infamous revealing artwork for her new single Anaconda.
Last month (Jul14), the Superbass star hit headlines when she debuted the risque cover art for the track, which features the voluptuous Minaj crouching down with her back towards the camera, wearing only a pink sports bra, blue running shoes, and a barely-there thong, exposing her butt.
The photo quickly took the Internet by storm, and many fans used the image to recreate their own art, such as placing it on a white T-shirt and reimagining the Google logo, perfectly aligning her bottom to replace the two 'Os'.
On Sunday (10Aug14), Cyrus joined in the fun by superimposing her own face on Minaj's and posting the finished product on Instagram.com.
She added the caption, "#dontwantnoneunlessyougotbunzhun @nickiminaj", referring to the lyrics of Anaconda.
Minaj took note and re-posted the picture, writing, "Give me one good reason why Miley made this her twitter avi (avatar)", along with laughing emoticons.
Billy Joel reunited with his ex-wife Christie Brinkley at his concert on Thursday night (07Aug14) by singing his hit song Uptown Girl to the woman who starred in his video more than 30 years ago. The supermodel had front row seats to Joel's concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden and during his encore, he sang his 1983 hit single, which was inspired by Brinkley.
In a video posted on YouTube.com, Joel is seen calling on the camera crew to get a shot of Brinkley dancing and singing along to her ex-husband while he performed the track, and at the song's end, Brinkley is shown on the jumbo screens behind Joel with a huge grin on her face.
The blonde beauty later took to Instagram.com to post a photo of herself with daughter Sailor enjoying the gig from their prime seats, and added the caption, "He's still got it."
Brinkley and Joel divorced in 1994 after a nine-year marriage and have one daughter together, singer Alexa Ray Joel.
The West Wing star Janel Moloney used her first aid skills to help a woman who passed out on New York City's subway system. The actress has been hailed a heroine for stepping in after the female passenger collapsed on the train.
Moloney made the woman comfortable and stayed with her until paramedics arrived on the scene.
She tells the New York Daily News, "A young woman passed out in train and then stumbled off the train and collapsed on a platform. I had just taken an emergency first aid class, so I kind of summoned up my list of Things To Do and Not Do! She passed out, probably due to the heat.
"She was breathing fine. I just sat with her until she came to and talked to her until help arrived. People kept wanting to pour water on her face and I told them that would just make her wet. I felt like I was the person there who was responsible for her somehow. I was really happy I could help."
Sir Elton John is turning sports coach to lead a team of tennis professionals in a charity match in London. The Rocket Man hitmaker will face off against a group led by former tennis champion Billie Jean King at the Royal Albert Hall, turning the prestigious concert venue into a sports arena for one night only on 7 December (14).
The longtime pals will coach teams featuring the likes of Kim Clijsters, John McEnroe, Tim Henman and last year's (13) Wimbledon Ladies' Singles finalist Sabine Lisicki at the Kings' World Team Tennis Smash Hits event.
Proceeds from the sporting extravaganza will benefit the singer's Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Model-turned-actress Brooke Shields has teamed up with MAC cosmetics bosses to create her own make-up collection. The Blue Lagoon star, 49, landed the project after a chance run-in with the firm's senior vice president and creative director James Gager, and now her Icon range will hit retailers in October (14).
Shields, who is famous for her styled brows, really got involved in the research and development process to ensure the products, which include eyeshadows, lipsticks, nail polishes and mascaras, were something she would want to purchase for herself.
She tells WWD.com, "I went through all of my make-up, opened it all up, looked at it all and started to decide what of each product I loved - whether it was from MAC or some obscure brand I got on a shoot in Japan. So many times you get asked to 'create' something, but it ends up being, 'Put your face on this'. I got to run with this, and I loved every detail of it."
Shields isn't the first celebrity to launch her own MAC range - Lady Gaga, Lorde, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna have all worked with the company on their own collections in recent years.
"There is also this pressure in Hollywood to be ageless. I think what I have been witness to, is seeing women trying to stay ageless with what they are doing to themselves. I am grateful to learn from their mistakes, because I am not injecting s**t into my face. I also have a fiance, who will put a gun to my head if I touch my face in any way."
Jennifer Aniston has no intention of risking the wrath of her fiance Justin Theroux by undergoing cosmetic surgery.
"My dad is 100 per cent Greek; he turned 81 and he barely has a wrinkle. And neither did my grandmother, who was 95 when she died. But it's also just water, drinking a lot of water, using really nice good products for your face... Getting proper sleep is always important." Jennifer Aniston credits her genes and good skincare for her youthful looks at the age of 45.
When you make your name in a huge, international film franchise it can be difficult to get audiences to see you in a different light. When that franchise happens to be as incredibly divisive as the Twilight series, it’s going to be even harder to shake the vampire sparkles from your screen persona. It’s no surprise then that since wrapping the final film Kristen Stewart has stuck primarily with small, indie films in order to add some variety to her resume and find the chance to leave Bella Swan behind for good. And even if her latest film, Camp X-Ray, doesn’t quite manage to do that, it will likely mark a start in a different stage of her career.
In the film, which premiered to positive reviews at Sundance, Stewart plays Private Amy Cole, young guard at Guantanamo Bay who builds a relationship with one of the prisoners that forces her to question both her job and her beliefs. It’s a difficult, complex subject – in fact, it might be one of the few topics that cause just as many divided Internet comments at the Twilight series – and based on the trailer it appears as if neither the film nor the cast will be shying away from portraying a lot of those complexities. Stewart in particular seems to bear the bulk of those complicated elements, and the trailer hints at an interestingly subtle performance. Of course, since of the major criticisms of the Twilight series was the stiff, wooden acting that might not sound like a compliment but in Camp X-Ray, Stewart appears to be making deliberately restrained choices, allowing her face to do the majority of the acting. Choosing a part that requires so much focus on what goes unsaid is a risky choice for her, but if it succeeds, it could be exactly what she needs to build a great career.
Amy is a completely different character than anything we’ve seen Stewart play so far. Having spent most of her career playing teenagers with various degrees of angst, it will be interesting to see her step into a more adult role as a character with a great deal of responsibilities, baggage and conflicting feelings. She’s dealing with questions of right and wrong and international law rather than the issues that come with dating a vampire, and she’s doing it all in a situation where she’s not free to outwardly question authority. Audiences need to see Stewart play complex characters like this in order to finally let go of the awkward, sullen girl they’re familiar with, and indies are the best way for her to build up a resume of roles like Amy.
A major studio film is likely going to want to bank of Stewart’s fan base in order to produce the next iteration of the Twilight Saga and make absurd amounts of money. Even if she gravitates towards more serious, dramatic films, studios are still going to be hesitant to market her in a role that’s completely against-type. After all, audiences know and love Bella Swan, so why change things up? Indies like Camp X-Ray and Clouds of Sils Maria, however, are less likely to force Stewart into any particular role, as just her presence in the film would be a big enough boost in terms of attention and marketing. Therefore, they’re offering her a wider variety of characters that will challenge her as an actress and challenge the audiences’ perceptions. They also offer less risk if the final product isn’t well-received, as the film probably won’t be on most moviegoer’s radar.
Stewart’s already lined up an impressive slate of films, acting opposite actors like Julianne Moore, Glenn Close and Juliette Binoche. If even one of those films does well enough to garner a decent amount of press attention, it could help audiences take a chance on seeing her in a different light, which will help her move away from Twilight and the baggage that comes with it. They’re also likely to help her gain the attention of major directors and producers, who would then be more likely to cast her in a prestigious film, which would also go a long way into changing the way the public sees her. It might even get her some awards attention (hey, Jonah Hill’s an Oscar nominee. You never know.)
Even if she doesn’t ever make it into the Oscar conversation, films like Camp X-Ray are the best way for her to build a solid, varied career, and that’s what tends to keep actors working, and working in great projects. The film might be a complete disaster, but the choices she’s making will still be enough to keep her moving towards new characters, new projects and hopefully, new fans. In the end, that’s really all an actor needs to build an admirable career.
Camp X-Ray opens in theaters on October 17.