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Chris Hemsworth, brother of Liam Hemsworth who starred in “The Expandables 2” and most well known as Thor, said in a recent interview he’d like to see Jean-Claude Van Damme in “The Avengers 2”. Now JCVD has responded and said not only would he be up for a role, he has some ideas in mind: Silver Surfer and Doc Savage. First, in NO WAY could I see him as Silver Surfer. Second, the rights belong to Fox, not Disney and Marvel. Second, Doc Savage is only a slightly more realistic role I could see him in. I’d say someone like Punisher (Frank Castle) would be more suited for him, but I’d rather see Thomas Jane return to the role.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

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“A Good Day to Die Hard”, which once again stars Bruce Willis, is about to hit theaters. And while “Live Free or Die Hard” was a financial hit, could this installment be in some big trouble? Normally I’d say no. It’s an iconic franchise whose popularity hasn’t waned. And yet, in the wake of Sylvester Stallone’s “Bullet to the Head” and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “The Last Stand” both tanking, one has to wonder: Are audiences fed up with aging action stars?

I know that “The Expendables” and “The Expendables 2” were both successful. But even the sequel, though it earned $85 million, was quite a bit off from the first film. And as Arnold and Sly showed, perhaps action stars who are older making quips about their age are just not the way to go these days. The one exception to this rule seems to be Liam Neeson with hits like “Taken”. But if you think about it, Neeson doesn’t bring up his age in any of his films. And we accept him in his role, I think, because we can see him as an experienced person who has acquired a lot of skills through the years.

This leads me to “A Good Day to Die Hard”. Willis is an action star, there’s no question. But bringing in a younger character usually doesn’t work out in a series. And frankly, Willis is getting up there in age, almost to the point where audiences think, really? He can still do all that? It also doesn’t help that the films are essentially live action cartoons these days. At least “Taken” worked as a believable thriller to a degree. After three straight action film bombs, one has to wonder if the new Die Hard film will suffer a similar fate? With younger action stars like Vin Diesel and the Rock and even Channing Tatum to a degree heating up the screen and comic book films still dominating the box office every year, perhaps the old model of a straight up action flick with a big name just doesn’t sell anymore. People don’t want to see forgettable films like that anymore. They want an experience, something big, bold and grand and with actors that people don’t think should be thinking about social security instead of kicking some butt.

The true test of whether audiences are growing tired of this will be with “A Good Day to Die Hard”. If it fails, or shows some significant signs of fatigue, it could be a big sign that audiences want more than just an aging star cracking age jokes and trying to be like they were in their 30s.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“The Expendables 2” added Jean Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris and others. Now, Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li and company will be joined by a new cast member, and possibly three more as well. Stallone said Nic Cage is confirmed for the next film. Stallone also said that they are going after Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes and Mickey Rourke (who played Tool in the first film).

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Jason Statham is already set to star in the remake of “Heat”. But, don’t worry. This isn’t a remake of the Michael Mann film that saw Robert De Niro and Al Pacino together for one intense scene. No, this will be a remake of the 1986 Burt Reynolds film. Simon West (“Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life”) is set to take over as director. The film is written by William Goldman, who wrote the original film. Goldman also is the writer of “The Princess Bride”, “All the President’s Men” and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Adi Shankar is developing a female Expendables, already casting Gina Carano (“Haywire”) and Katee Sackhoff. Looks like we have a bit of an arms race, so to speak.

Millennium films, the company behind “The Expendables” is creating its own female expendables. I kid you not, the title will be “The ExpendaBelles”.

Even more odd news, they’ve hired Karen Lutz and Kristen Smith. Their credits include “10 Things I hate About You”, “Ella Enchanted”, “She’s The Man”, “The House Bunny”, “The Ugly Truth” and “Legally Blonde”.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

 

“The Expendables 2” repeated as box office champ with just $13.5 million, for a total of $52.3 million. It’s the first R-rated to repeat since the first Expendables in 2010.

That means, of course, the new movies all tanked. “Premium Rush” opened in seventh place with $6.3 million. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt. “Hit and Run” starring Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell opened on Wednesday and made $4.7 million to finish in 10th place last weekend. The horror film “The Apparition” opened in 12th.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

When “The Expendables” came out touting Sylvester Stallone, Mickey Rourke, Jason Statham, Jet Li and more, it looked to be a testosterone fueled blast. With its sequel Arnold, Bruce Willis, Jean Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris entered the fray. Now, the producer of “The Expendables” movies said there’s a few names they want for a possible third film. Those names are Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford and Nicolas Cage. That would certainly up the ante on the insanity. But, talk about overload.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Here’s the newest trailer for “The Expendables 2”!

The sequel brings even more action stars both past and present together and stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Liam Hemsworth, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

I thought the first one was ok. There’s somewhat of a novelty factor in the sequel adding in so many aging action stars. But, I don’t know if I’m as pumped for this one as I was before the first one came out.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.