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10 People Who Need to Appear in The Expendables

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The Expendables franchise has been full of ridiculous action and the return of tons of 80’s and 90’s action stars but there’s still a ton of actors we’d love to see in the next entry (if it hopefully happens) and beyond.  So here are 12 picks, in no particular order, of who should pick up a machine gun and blast away along with Sly and the gang.

Christopher Lambert

Action Claims to Fame: Highlander, Mortal Kombat

Christopher Lambert is probably best known for his turn as the immortal Connor McLeod in the Highlander series and playing Raiden in arguably the greatest video game movie of all time, Mortal Kombat.  Lambert also appeared in a slew of action movies in the 80’s and 90’s that frequently show up in those “10 Movie Action Collection” DVDs that show up at Wal-Mart, like The Road Killers, where he plays the father of a family stalked by a crazed biker gang.  Lambert’s biggest recent role was a recurring guest role on NCIS: Los Angeles.  I could definitely see Lambert filling in the void left by JCVD’s Jean Villain.

Michael Dudikoff

Action Claim to Fame: American Ninja, Avenging Force

Michael Dudikoff arrived on the scene at the peak of 80’s “ninja madness” and starred in American Ninja 1, 2 and 4 along with a bunch of other direct to video action movies like Bounty Hunters.  He’s been kind of quiet since the late 90’s but he did recently dip his toe back in to old school action by appearing uncredited in Olympus Has Fallen.  I could see him slotting in somewhere similar to Scott Adkins from EX2.

Tony Jaa

Action Claim to Fame: Ong Bak, Furious 7, The Protector

After coming back to his senses after almost going insane during the Ong Bak sequels, Tony Jaa is back with a vengeance, appearing in a sequel to The Protector, fighting Paul Walker in Furious 7 and, most important to The Expendables franchise, he teamed up with Dolph Lundgren in the movie Skin Trade.  With Jet Li seemingly not having any time for the sequels, Tony Jaa could easily take his place on the team as their resident marital arts expert.

Danny Trejo

Action Claim to Fame: Machete, Con Air, Heat, From Dusk Till Dawn

The fact that Danny Trejo isn’t already in The Expendables is baffling, since he’s made it known he will appear in almost any movie, even student films to help them out, and he’s the perfect match for The Expendables brand of crazy.  If Trejo showed up in an Expendables movie literally as Machete, no one would question it.  The only thing is that we might reach peak knife expert levels as we already have Statham, Mickey Rourke and Wesley Snipes established as knife experts but machetes aren’t really knives, right?

Cynthia Rothrock

Action Claim to Fame: Undefeatable, Righting Wrongs, Rage and Honor

The Asylum is usually playing catch up when they make their Mockbuster rip-offs of the various summer blockbusters but they were bizarrely on point for their take on Expendables, Mercenaries, casting Cynthia Rothrock as an Amanda Walleresque commander of a female mercenary team that included Zoe Bell, Kristanna Loken and Vivica A. Fox.  Back in the 80’s and 90’s, Rothrock was basically the female Van Damme, using her marital arts skills in a ton of ridiculous action movies (including one that had the greatest fight scene in cinema history).   We got Ronda Rousey in Expendables 3 but she’s not really true to the spirit of old school action like someone like Rothrock would bring.

Steven Seagal

Action Claim to Fame: Under Siege, Above the Law, Hard to Kill, Marked for Death, etc.

The elephant in the room for The Expendables franchise, Seagal is the person everyone wants the most but whether because of his ego or because he’s been filming 30 movies in Bulgaria, it just can’t seem to come together.  We’ve had some incredible action movie fanservice, especially in the airport shootout of Expendables 2, but the franchise won’t feel complete until Seagal is Akidoing someone alongside Sly and Arnold.

Carl Weathers

Action Claim to Fame: Predator, Rocky, Action Jackson

Just like Danny Trejo, it’s shocking that Carl Weathers has not appeared in any of The Expendables movies.  Working with both Sly and Arnold, Carl Weathers also got the chance to show his solo action chops with the classic Action Jackson (his character’s name is literally Action, c’mon!).  He’s appeared most recently in more comedy roles, like his self-deprecating turn in Arrested Development but we need Apollo Creed back in action, if only to blow action fan’s minds by doing the Predator handshake with Sly.

Robert Patrick

Action Claim to Fame: Terminator 2, The Marine, Zero Tolerance

The Expendables has had some fun turning action heroes into villains, with turns by Eric Roberts, Van Damme and Mel Gibson, but they need one of the greatest action movie villains of all time for the next entry, Robert Patrick.  Obviously best known as playing the T-1000 in Terminator 2, Patrick has been an absolute workhorse for the last 20 years, appearing on TV in The X-Files, Last Resort and more and movies like The Marine, which is very much on the level of wonderful insanity that The Expendables movies operate on.

Michael Biehn

Action Claim to Fame: Aliens, Terminator, The Rock, Tombstone

Michael Biehn has been part of some of the greatest action movies of the 80’s and 90’s but for some reason, he never really got the chance to break out as a solo action star.  He seems like he’s got the perfect self-aware attitude to bring to The Expendables as he appeared in both the Planet Terror portion of Grindhouse and voiced one of the greatest video game characters in recent memory with Rex “Power” Colt in Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, which feels like what would happen if you set an Expendables movie in the future.

Sigourney Weaver

Action Claim to Fame: Alien, Aliens, Copycat

One of the greatest female action heroes of all time, it’s been rumored that Sly has been trying to get Sigourney Weaver into The Expendables but we need it to happen.  Weaver has been appearing in what seems like every other movie in recent years and also a wide range of movies, everything from Paul to Cabin in the Woods to Cedar Rapids and I could see Weaver in almost any role in a new Expendables.  She could be a bad ass mercenary acquaintance of the team, the next CIA liaison for the team or even the team’s first female adversary.  That “Expendabelles” spin-off thing will probably never happen but Weaver deserves to be in the franchise proper.

 

From Dusk Till Dawn Season 2 Trailer

The main reason to check out El Ray Network is back this August with From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series returning for it’s second season.  Going through most of the major bits of the first movie while expanding the mythology, season 2 kicks off with Seth Gecko (DJ Cotrona) and Katie Fuller (Madison Davenport) surviving a night in hell at the Titty Twister and trying to lay low while Richie Gecko (Zane Holtz) has become the prince to vampire queen Santanico (Eiza Gonzalez) and the pair are going to war with the vampire lords.  Danny Trejo, Briana Evigan and Esai Morales join the show and the new season begins on August 25th, check out the trailer below.

Review: L.A. Slasher

Taking aim at the vapid celebrities and reality TV stars who have sprung up in recent years is the new slasher/satire movie, LA Slasher.

The LA Slasher takes it upon himself to “clean up” Los Angeles and starts killing and kidnapping the worst offenders, including a rich heiress, a celebrity stripper, a socialite, a pop star and more, all the while tweeting and live streaming his crimes to a surprisingly enthusiastic audience.  The commentary about reality TV feels like it doesn’t really go as far as it could have and outside of their inane tweets, you don’t really get enough of the victims horridness to see what set the Slasher off.  The closest analogue I can think of is Bobcat Goldthwait’s “God Bless America”, which was so over the top that, at least for me, you felt Frank was justified in his crazy rampage.  Here, it’s obvious who the analogues are in the real world but they aren’t really exaggerated or commented on.  For example, there’s a Paris Hilton substitute but besides calling her “the heiress” and her mentioning money, there’s nothing else really commented on, it’s like just making the comparison is enough for the movie. The “punishments” by the Slasher are also pretty inconsistent and there’s only two that seem like they are directly related to the “sins” of the victim. The social media commentary is much sharper and the movie does a great job of copying the absolute bullshit that is spewed on most celebrity twitter feeds and there’s some solid stuff from the local news and their man on the street interviews with regular Los Angelinos and the TMZesque show called C Buzz that is commenting on the Slasher’s crimes.

The cast of LA Slasher is an extremely eclectic mix including Misha Barton, porn star Tori Black, Eric Roberts, Dave Bautista, Drake Bell, Danny Trejo and Andy Dick as the voice of the Slasher.  That last one is pretty bizarre and while hearing Andy Dick while getting tortured would be pretty disturbing, I can’t help but think the Slasher would be a much creepier and effective villain if he was silent and just saw his tweets and blog posts.  His look is great, with a full white suit and a Michael Myersesque mask and he also has completely white axes and machetes to use on his victims.  Dave Bautista and Danny Trejo are lots of fun as a pair of drug dealers but they feel like they are off in a completely different movie and their storyline ends super abruptly, which you can also say about the whole movie as well.

The movie has a great sense of style and reminded me at times of something akin to Nicholas Winding Refn while other times it felt like an interesting music video, like a sequence where “The Heiress” is high during a dinner party, and there’s a fun animated sequence for the credits.  The soundtrack is fantastic, full of 80’s gems like “The Look of Love” by ABC and “King of Wishful Thinking” by Go West.

LA Slasher has some interesting ideas but it doesn’t feel like it attacks them as hard as it thinks it is.  The look of the movie and the actual Slasher are great and there’s some fun casting choices but it doesn’t quite work as a full on slasher movie or a social satire.

(L.A. SLASHER will open in Los Angeles (Citywalk Stadium 19, AMC Atlantic Times Square 14), Atlanta (Southlake Pavilion 24), Miami (Sunset Place 24), Denver (Westminster Promenade 24) and Houston (Katy Mills 20 AMC) this Friday, June 26, 2015)

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Everything Actioncast Ep 251 “Solid Stathaming”

This week on the podcast, Zach and Chris talk about the increasing insanity of Gotham, American Horror Story and the new Suspiria TV series, Machete in space, the worst Schwarzenegger movie, the champion of Action Madness and much more.

  • News: Survivor trailer, Gotham adding more supervillains next season, Suspiria and Django TV series are in the works, Ernie Hudson may be T’Chaka in Black Panther, Olivia Wilde and Garret Hedlund back for Tron 3, 17 new episodes of Arrested Development coming to Netflix, Lord and Miller rumored to be in talks for both The Flash movie and Channing Tatum Ghostbusters, ABC may be rebooting The Muppet Show and Machete Kills Again…In Space filming this year.
  • Action Madness 2015 Final
  • Show and Tell: Chris is trying to catch up on House of Cards and Spartacus and Zach watched the premiere of Mad Men, the season finale of Better Call Saul, Birdman, Whiplash, Atari: Game Over, Collateral Damage, Wild Card and Furious 7.

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Throwdown Trailer

Vinnie Jones, Danny Trejo and Luke Goss star in the thriller Throwdown, which is actually out right now (October 14th) on DVD and On Demand.  The official plot synopsis is below:

A young criminal defense attorney struggles with a homicide case that is not as cut-and-dried as it appears once the mob gets involved, and he quickly realizes that to keep himself and his client alive, he must work outside of the law.

Mischa Barton and Timothy Woodward Jr. co-star (with Woodward Jr also directing).  It seems like Jones and Trejo are in their usual roles of dueling crime kingpins while Goss seems to be a corrupt cop and they are all seemingly after Woodward Jr, who is the defense attorney on major case.  Check out the trailer below and then, as mentioned, you can check it out immediately On Demand or on video.

Musical Montage: Train “Angel in Blue Jeans”

Think of everyone who you would think would star in a Train music video and Danny Trejo is probably at the bottom of that list but, nonetheless, Machete himself stars in the music video for Train’s “Angel in Blue Jeans”.  After Train, who are playing corrupt federales, kidnaps his girl and leaves him in the desert, Trejo is constantly on the search for his “angel in blue jeans” (played by Hannah Simone) and, by sheer coincidence, they arrive at the same saloon where Trejo proceeds to put the hurt on Train lead singer, Pat Monahan.  Perhaps the craziest part of this music video is when Trejo lip syncs to the entire opening verse, but then never does that again for the rest of the song.

Reach Me Trailer

Tom Berenger, Sly Stallone, Tom Jane, Danny Trejo, Terry Crews, Kelsey Grammar; it sounds like the next Expendables line up but instead, it’s just part of the cast of an incredibly bizarre looking drama coming later this year, Reach Me.  Taking a page from something like *shudder* Crash *shudder*, the movie follows a group of people who are tangentially connected through a popular self-help book, coincidentally called “Reach Me”, written by a reclusive former football coach.  Stallone is some sort of artist(?), Tom Berenger may be the author, Kevin Connolly seems to be Berenger’s son, Kyra Sedgwick is a woman just released from prison and, probably most strangely, Tom Jane is a gun slinging cop who is, like, addicted to killing people?  There’s also Lauren Cohan, Nelly, David O’Hara and Danny Aiello.  Funding for the movie ran out about halfway though the production so it was first brought to Kickstarter but that campaign was cancelled in favor of an indiegogo campaign that completed with $180 thousand+ donated.  The movie is out in October and you can try to decipher the trailer below.

The Book of Life Trailer

Coming just in time for Halloween is producer Guillermo Del Toro and director Jorge Guitterez’s vision of the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday with The Book of Life.  When two suitors vie for the lovely Maria, two gods make a wager on the outcome.  When it appears like the charming Manolo will win, he’s bitten by a poisonous snake and sent to the Land of the Dead, where he must complete three tasks in order to see Maria again.  Diego Luna stars as Manolo, Channing Tatum is his rival, Joaquin and Zoe Saldana plays Maria.  Ron Perlman, Danny Trejo, Christina Applegate and Ice Cube also co-star.  The animation style is incredibly unique, with everyone looking like wooden puppets and it calls to mind games like Grim Fandango and Guacamelee, both of which also used the Day of Dead motif.  The movie is out on October 17th and you can check out the trailer below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCdhAr3VBBc