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  • The Expendables Plot Move to Small Screen

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    Sylvester Stallone on set of The ExpendablesAfter three films and tapping seemingly every action movie star in the universe, one could be forgiven for thinking that The Expendables had finally run out of steam. But alas, there are still plenty of aging TV action stars out there and today they can be heard thanking their patron saint Sylvester Stallone, who will be bringing the franchise to the small screen for Fox, which he’ll also be executive producing.

    While no cast has yet to be announced, entertainment news outlets have already begun speculating about potential candidates, such as 24‘s Kiefer Sutherland, Walker Texas Ranger‘s Chuck Norris (who has already starred in the films), Magnum P.I.‘s Tom Selleck, and Xena‘s Lucy Lawless.

    The show will be written and executive produced by writing duo Greg Coolidge, who penned last year’s hit Ride Along, and Kirk Ward, along with Shane Brennan of NCIS who will also be serving as showrunner.

    The project comes from Lionsgate TV, the small screen sibling of the powerhouse feature film studio. Analysts are speculating that adapting The Expendables for the small screen will be the first of many Lionsgate properties that will get the TV treatment, as the studio has reportedly been eying the many blockbusters in its libraries for television, having first floated the idea for an Expendables television show back in 2012.

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    March 6, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 4110

  • New York Film Academy Welcomes “Rocky” Director John G. Avildsen

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    Oscar-winning director John G. Avildsen joined students at New York Film Academy for a Q&A following a screening of his film, Rocky. The excited students filled the theater to capacity, and cheered when the opening credits started rolling.

    john avildsenDuring his on-stage interview, Avildsen spoke about the film, saying, “When I first heard about it, I said, ‘Boxing is really dumb.’ But it’s a beautiful love story – a great character study. He’s a very engaging guy. The boxing is the background. It’s about a guy and a girl, and it’s a delightful story…. You have to have a great story.”

    He talked to students about his long career, and his films that helped launch the careers of Sylvester Stallone, Peter Boyle, and Susan Sarandon. He also gushed about working with Jack Lemmon on 1973’s Save the Tiger, for which Lemmon won the Academy Award.

    The energetic director offered up advice to his gathering of young filmmakers, saying, “The audience is very smart and they have nothing else to do but sit there an judge [your film]. Make sure you have your bases covered and make sure they believe it. When you do, they get their money’s worth.”

    When asked why he chose to become a filmmaker, Avildsen responded, “It’s not work. I’ve worked. I’ve been behind a desk and punched clocks. It’s make believe with all of these creative people. They hang lights up, and try to find strange little props. They’ll find you a great jacket, better than anything you could have thought of. People laugh, they cry, and respond to things, and it’s amazing.”

    Avildsen was extremely generous with his time, and stuck around after the event to sign autographs, pose for pictures, and give advice to eager students.

     

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    April 9, 2012 • Cinematography, Filmmaking • Views: 5219