This has been a big month for comic-based TV. In addition to the debut of ABC’s S.H.I.E.L.D. and news of a Gotham series at Fox, NBC is working on a Constantine show based on Vertigo and DC’s Hellblazer comics. John Constantine’s one of the most interesting and dark characters in comics, but how will that translate to TV? [via Deadline]
If you’re interested in checking out a ton of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire pics, you’re in luck. [via Collider]
Sideshow‘s Battle Damaged Terminator 2 statue is all kinds of awesome. Half-destroyed Arnold Schwarzenegger has never looked so good! The Sideshow exclusive version even comes with a mini Thumbs Up statue sticking out of the lava!
Bryce Dallas Howard (Terminator Salvation) is in talks to star in the fourth Jurassic Park film, now called Jurassic World. Production was postponed so director and co-writer Colin Trevorrow could polish it up with Derek Connolly. The movie’s scheduled for a June 12, 2015 release, so they better get those contracts signed quick. [via Variety]
TNT has an untitled show in the works that’s described as a mix of Bourne Identity and National Treasure. Yes, more of that! [via Deadline]
WB is working on a new Tarzan movie directed by David Yates (Harry Potter & The Deathly Hollows) starring Alexander Skarsgard as the title character. He’ll be facing off against Inglourious Basterds bad guy Christoph Waltz as the villain. Margot Robbie (Focus) and Emma Stone have been mentioned to play Jane, but nothing’s finalized yet. [via Variety]
Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan is being looked at to star in Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day 2. No offers have been made or deals signed, but that’s the word right now. [via TheWrap]
Finally, feast your eyes on this seriously accurate Hugh Jackman action figure based on his appearance in The Wolverine. [via Hot Toys]
As we’ve come to expect, Dwayne Johnson’s Twitter account has been a treasure trove of information and images about Hercules, the film he’s currently shooting with Brett Ratner. Based on the Radical comic Hercules: The Thracian War, the movie removes the supernatural elements from the Hercules myth, pitting the warrior and his crew against a very dangerous, but very human threat.
The man also known as The Rock recently revealed the trio of images seen above. The largest features a battle scene and the message, “A fine day for battle. #MyKindOfWeekend #HERCULESMovie” He also heaped praise on his co-stars with, “Academy Awards & BAFTA’s. Honor to work w/ brilliant actors Joseph Fiennes & John Hurt. #MasterClass #HERCULESMovie” And finally, he wrote “’22 inches of heaven buddy’ Daily 4 hour make up & hair transformation. #SillyAF #HERCULESMovie” along with a behind-the-scenes look at the hair and make-up process for the film.
Brett Ratner’s Hercules is scheduled for a July 25th, 2014 release.
Fox scored a series called Gotham, focusing on a young James Gordon from Warner Bros. TV. The series will join DC’s other shows Arrow and the incredibly-likely spinoff Flash. [via Deadline]
Hot Toys’ Batman 66
Hot Toys’ Robin 66
Hot Toys’ Dark Knight Rises Batman
Speaking of Batman, Hot Toys has three figures based on the long running franchise that are pretty amazing. In addition to Adam West and Burt Ward toys based on the 60s Batman TV show, they’ve also got the final look at The Dark Knight Rises version of the character. [via Facebook, Facebook & Facebook]
The CW ordered a sci-fi western pilot called Red from the guys who created and produced The Mentalist. [via Deadline]Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) has officially signed on to direct the Ben-Hur remake at MGM. Now the big question is who can fill Charleton Heston’s mighty sandals? [via Deadline]
Hong Kong has put up The Grandmaster for consideration in the Best Foreign Language Category. [via THR]
Have you ever wondered would it would be like to watch Dwayne Johnson at the end of the world? Wonder no more, just go and download the Rockapocalypse game for iOS and Android! [via Facebook]
Fast & Furious 7 is heading into its third week of filming. How do we know that for sure? Vin Diesel told us on his Facebook page. That’s also where we saw both of these images. The above is of himself, Paul Walker and Kurt Russell shooting a scene. This confirms reports from earlier this month of Russell’s involvement in the picture. He also revealed the following one which seems to have been from the same scene as the first image he unveiled.Meanwhile, Ludacris got in on the Fast 7 social media reveals by posting a video on Instagram featuring some of the cars that will wind up in the film. You’ll have to follow the link to check it out because our sites don’t always play well with each other. The opens on July 11th, 2014, so prepare yourself for a lot more posts like this.
As everyone knowns by now, Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. debuted on ABC last night at the 8:00 PM spot. We here at Explosions Are Rad don’t cover too much in the way of comic book news because plenty of other sites do it incredibly well, but there aren’t too many shows out there that fall into the action vein. We were stoked to see a new comic book-based show on the air and figured we’d give it a watch and then give you, gentle reader, a few paragraphs of our thoughts. SPOILERS FOLLOW.
This week’s biggest release is none other than Iron Man 3 (Two-Disc Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy), the latest Marvel Studios film to hit home video complete with all kinds of special features for you to comb through until Thor: The Dark World comes out.
On the other side of the comic book movie side of the fence, Warner Bros. unleashed their The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition [Blu-ray] which includes Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises as well as plenty of previously unseen special features.
What are the odds that two Explosions Are Rad favorites not only have straight to video movies debuting on the same day, but also feature the same word in both titles? Apparently pretty good as Jason Statham’s latest Redemption (also known as Hummingbird in the UK) dropped today…
As did Dolph Lundgren’s clunkily titled Blood of Redemption. This one also stars Billie Zane and sometimes-Statham collaborator Vinnie Jones. So many connections!
Dollman starring Tim Thomerson and directed by Albert Pyun (Cyborg) isn’t exactly a lost classic, but we’d definitely be interested in checking out the recently released Blu-ray from Full Moon.
War movie buffs will jazzed to hear that Shout and Timeless Media have Movies 4 You – Timeless Military Film Collection available now. The set includes Hell Raiders, Lost Battalion, Tank Battalion and Go For Broke.
Summer Glau & Stephen Amell
Manu Bennett as Slade
Summer Glau as Isabel Rochev
Colton Haynes as Roy Harper
The CW has big plans for the upcoming season Arrow. Not only have the show’s writers upped the ante when it comes to bringing in more characters from the DC Universe, but they’re also looking to expand into new shows thanks to a three episode arc featuring Barry Allen/The Flash that will work as a backdoor pilot. But, before all that, we’ve got to check out the first episode of the second season which premieres on October 9th at 8:00 PM EST.
Called “City Of Heroes,” the first episode features returning cast members like Stephen Amell, Karie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Willa Holland, Colton Haynes, Paul Blackthorne and new addition Summer Glau as Isabel Rochev. Between the images above and the clips below, you can get a pretty good idea of where the characters are picking up after the first season finale.
Here’s the latest clip for the new season:
And here’s one featuring a few words from Amell about this new season:
Finally, if you haven’t watched the finale in a while, this video should help catch you back up:
Of course, just as soon as we posted about the most recent clips from Machete Kills yesterday we did some more looking around and found even more clips and some brand new images. But, since we don’t want to overload you with Robert Rodriguez and Danny Trejo craziness, we figured saving some specialness for the weekend would make sense. Above you can see Amber Heard playing Q to Machete’s James Bond as she sets him up with an arsenal of weapons. Meanwhile, below, check out 10 new images from the film featuring Trejo, Heard, Michelle Rodriguez, Antonio Banderas, Alexa Vega, Sofia Vergara and more, many of which look like shots from scenes we’ve already seen in various forms.
Sofia Vergara, Alexa Vega & The Ladies
Machete Wielding His Namesake
Alexa Vega Ready To Rock
Amber Heard’s Weapon Wall
Antonio Banderas, Cowboy
Sofia Vergara & Robert Rodriguez
Machete Takes The Call
Robert Rodriguez Behind The Camera
Machete Kills opens October 11th.
*Friday Night Fights presents crazy fight and battle scenes from movies with little-to-no context. If you haven’t seen the movie, you’ll probably want to skip the clip. *
It might be hard to remember now, but there was once a time where we didn’t want to see Mel Gibson get his ass handed to him. In fact, when Lethal Weapon came out back in 1987 he was a bonafide hero. The film, written by Shane Black and directed by Richard Donner is still an action classic, thanks in no small part to this knock-down, drag-out fight. In the rain. With Busey. It’s just fantastic.
You’ve already been warned, but this IS the end of the movie, so if you’ve somehow never seen Lethal Weapon, this is SPOILER-tastic. Seriously though, how have you never seen Lethal Weapon?
Director Mikael Håfström (1402, The Rite) has a pretty interesting project in Escape Plan. Not only does the film sport a fairly high concept — a prison designer gets locked up in a super-high-tech prison he designed — but it also stars Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. As you can see in the clip above, two of the most titanic presences in action history beat on each other at least once in the film. Collider posted that clip as well as the following images which mostly feature Stallone, with Schwarzenegger only in one. We threw in the film’s poster as well because we haven’t shown it off before yet.
Sylvester Stallone, A Free Man
Stallone Vs. Schwarzenegger
Don’t Leave Stallone Hanging
Here’s the official synopsis:
Escape Plan follows Ray Breslin (Stallone) who is the world’s foremost authority on structural security. He’s analyzed every high security prison and has gained a vast array of survival skills. But all Ray’s ingenuity and knowledge are about to be put to work in the most challenging test he’s ever faced: escaping from the master prison of his own design.
Schwarzenegger, in the role of Church, plays a complex inmate with multiple shades of grey. He’s the guy who fights to keep the prisoners from losing their humanity in their darkest hour as they struggle together to stay alive.
Escape Plan bows on October 18th.