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10 Actors Who Rejected Marvel Superhero Roles

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10 Actors Who Rejected Marvel Superhero Roles
Marvel movies are big business, from the Avengers franchise and all of the interconnected heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on screens both big and small, to Fox's ever-expanding world of the X-Men and Deadpool, to the Sony steered Spider-man movies, going all the way back to Sam Raimi's original trilogy. But that doesn't mean every big name actor and A list talent in Hollywood wants to be associated with these characters. Some heavyweight actors have straight up said no way when Marvel came knocking. So, who would do such a thing?

Since becoming its own studio, which was later acquired by Disney in one of the biggest studio deals this side of Lucasfilm, Marvel has had no problem attracting top-tier A-list talent to its roster; the talent who commands major ticket grosses and critical acclaim alike. Who doesn't want to suit up as a one of Marvel's Merry Mutants,
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Veteran Russian Actor Oleg Vidov Dies at 73

Veteran Russian Actor Oleg Vidov Dies at 73
Russian actor Oleg Vidov, who appeared in more than 50 films including 1967’s “Hagbard and Signe” (“The Red Mantle”), has died. He was 73.

The veteran performer died on Monday in Westlake Village, Calif. from cancer-related complications, according to an official release.

Vidov’s film credits include “Battle of Neretva,” “Waterloo,” where he worked alongside Rod Steiger, Christopher Plummer and Orson Wells, and “The Red Mantle,” which played in competition at Cannes. For his work in “The Red Mantle,” Vidov traveled to Denmark, although Soviet actors were typically not permitted to work abroad at the time.

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Vidov moved to the United States in 1985, residing in Los Angeles. He returned to Russia many times after the fall of the Ussr.

His Hollywood film credits include “Red Heat,” “Wild Orchid,” and “Love Affair.”

In addition to his film career, Vidov also appeared in the HBO TV movies “The Immortals
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Oleg Vidov, Russian Actor in 'Red Heat' and 'Wild Orchid,' Dies at 73

Oleg Vidov, Russian Actor in 'Red Heat' and 'Wild Orchid,' Dies at 73
Oleg Vidov, a box-office star in the Soviet Union who defected to the U.S. and appeared in Red Heat with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Wild Orchid opposite Mickey Rourke, has died. He was 73.

Vidov died Monday from cancer-related complications in Westlake Village, Calif., his friend Kathy Jura announced.

Born in Filimonki on the outskirts of Moscow, Vidov was the son of a schoolteacher and a Finance Ministry deputy. He graduated from the acting and directing departments of Vgik, the Ussr's acclaimed film school, and appeared in several features in his native land, including The Headless Horseman (1972).

Although Soviet actors...
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Oleg Vidov, Russian Actor in 'Red Heat' and 'Wild Orchid,' Dies at 73

Oleg Vidov, a box-office star in the Soviet Union who defected to the U.S. and appeared in Red Heat with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Wild Orchid opposite Mickey Rourke, has died. He was 73.

Vidov died Monday from cancer-related complications in Westlake Village, Calif., his friend Kathy Jura announced.

Born in Filimonki on the outskirts of Moscow, Vidov was the son of a schoolteacher and a Finance Ministry deputy. He graduated from the acting and directing departments of Vgik, the Ussr's acclaimed film school, and appeared in several features in his native land, including The Headless Horseman (1972).

Although Soviet actors...
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Exclusive interview with Black Rose star Alexander Nevsky

david j. moore chats with Black Rose star Alexander Nevsky

Western Audiences may not be familiar with bodybuilder-turned action star Alexander Nevsky, but in Russia he’s a bona fide star. Nevsky has been quietly creating his own projects to star in, starting with the surprisingly earnest and stellar film Moscow Heat, which emulated the Walter Hill actioner Red Heat, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Speaking of Schwarzenegger, Nevsky’s build, voice, and demeanor are a striking ringer for Arnold, and Nevsky knows this and plays it to his benefit. Nevsky’s other films include the also quite entertaining genre hybrid mashup Treasure Raiders, which combined the best ingredients of The Fast and the Furious and National Treasure, and he’s back with this year’s serial killer thriller/action film Black Rose, co-starring Kristanna Loken, and a little later in the year with the Expendables-type action flick Showdown in Manila, which
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World exclusive clip from Tomboy, starring Michelle Rodriguez

To celebrate the release of Walter Hill’s Tomboy, which is available on digital download now and on DVD from April 3rd from Precision Pictures, we have a very interesting, world exclusive clip to share with you.

Frank Kitchen is an assassin at the top of his game. When he’s double-crossed by a group of ruthless gangsters he falls into the hands of a rogue surgeon, known only as The Doctor, who transforms him into a woman against his will. Aided by a nurse with her own set of secrets, Frank the hitman becomes Tomboy the hit-woman and revenge is the first thing on her mind…

Starring action cinema’s star du jour Michelle Rodriguez (Furious 7, Machete Kills) as Frank/Tomboy and featuring celluloid royalty in the form of Sigourney Weaver (Alien, Avatar) as The Doctor, Tomboy is an action adventure you’ll never forget.

Also starring Anthony Lapaglia
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The Terminator Franchise Has Been Terminated

The New York Daily News is reporting that Paramount Pictures has declined the chance to make a follow up to Terminator: Genisys, the last film in the Terminator franchise. While the film made money at the box office, the critical drubbing the film received made the prospects of another sequel daunting to say the least. Add to that the fact that Arnold Schwarzenegger is in his 70's and the chance anyone had of striking gold again with this series has gone the way of the dodo.

The first two films in the series are classics. The rest are mediocre at best. To me, the franchise suffered simply because the people in charge of the various sequels not named James Cameron didn't really understand the source material and tried to add depth to a story that didn't really need it. Terminator 2: Judgement Day was a perfect capstone for the series.
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Win Tomboy on DVD

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To mark the release of Tomboy on 3rd April, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD.

Frank Kitchen is an assassin at the top of his game. When he’s double-crossed by a group of ruthless gangsters he falls into the hands of a rogue surgeon, known only as The Doctor, who transforms him into a woman against his will. Aided by a nurse with her own set of secrets, Frank the hitman becomes Tomboy the hitwoman and revenge is the first thing on her mind…

Starring action cinema’s star du jour Michelle Rodriguez (Furious 7, Machete Kills) as Frank/Tomboy and featuring celluloid royalty in the form of Sigourney Weaver (Alien, Avatar) as The Doctor, Tomboy is an action adventure you’ll never forget.

Also starring Anthony Lapaglia (TV’s Without A Trace, The Eichmann Show) and Tony Shaloub (TV’s Monk, Spy Kids
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The Assignment Trailer: Michelle Rodriguez Used to Be One Killer Dude

The Assignment Trailer: Michelle Rodriguez Used to Be One Killer Dude
Saban Films and Lionsgate have released the first trailer for The Assignment, which puts a unique twist on the assassin thriller genre. Sigourney Weaver and Michelle Rodriguez lead a diverse and impressive cast in this thriller, which also includes Tony Shalhoub, Anthony Lapaglia and Caitlin Gerard. If that wasn't enough, we also have the first poster for The Assignment, which you can check out below the trailer.

Legendary director Walter Hill (The Warriors) gives the revenge film a modern neo-noir twist with this electrifying thriller. Hitman Frank Kitchen (Michelle Rodriguez) is given a lethal assignment, but after being double-crossed, he discovers he's not the man he thought he was, he's been surgically altered and now has the body of a woman. Seeking vengeance, Frank heads for a showdown with the person (Sigourney Weaver) who transformed him, a brilliant surgeon with a chilling agenda of her own. The hitman, now a hitwoman,
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Blu-ray Review – Cohen & Tate (1988)

Cohen & Tate, 1988.

Directed by Eric Red.

Starring Roy Scheider, Adam Baldwin, Harley Cross, Suzanne Savoy, Cooper Huckabee and Kenneth McCabe.

Synopsis:

Two hitmen kidnap a young boy to take back to their mob bosses for questioning about a murder but the boy plays the mismatched pair off against each other.

Coming from the golden era of the buddy road movie, 1988s Cohen & Tate does the mismatched couple thing but in a slightly different way, playing with the conventions of the style and proving itself to be a rather unique and underrated gem. Upon its original release the film only made around $65,000 at the Us box office but thanks to Arrow Video it will hopefully perform a little better now we are far enough away from the context of the more traditional buddy movies like Lethal Weapon, Red Heat and Tango & Cash that were more successful at the time.

In the movie,
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Preview of Walter Hill’s Triggerman #1 from Titan and Hard Case Crime

Titan Comics is set to launch its new Hard Case Crime imprint next month with the release of Triggerman #1, penned by legendary screenwriter and director Walter Hill (The Warriors, Red Heat, Last Man Standing) and French writer Matz (The Killer), with art from Hill’s trusted collaborator Jef. Check out a preview of the issue here…

Locked up for a life of murder, Roy Nash never thought he’d walk the mean streets of Chicago again… let alone rescue his beloved, Lena. But when the city’s Mafia elite spring the notorious gun-for-hire to handle one last assignment, Roy once again finds himself thrown headfirst into a life of bloodshed and bullets as he sprints a breathless race to save the girl he left behind.

Triggerman #1 goes on sale on October 5th, priced $3.99.
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Blu-ray Review – Dragnet (1987)

Dragnet, 1987.

Directed by Tom Mankiewicz.

Starring Dan Aykroyd, Tom Hanks, Christopher Plummer, Alexandra Paul, Jack O’Halloran, Harry Morgan, Elizabeth Ashley and Debney Coleman.

Synopsis:

Police Sergeant Joe Friday and his new partner Pep Streebeck investigate a pagan cult causing havoc in Los Angeles.

It was the 1980s and buddy cop movies were coming at you left, right and centre. But for every Lethal Weapon, Red Heat or Tango & Cash that meshed together witty banter and extreme violence you also got a whole bunch that were lighter in tone and went straight for the belly laughs. Some were great, some were awful, and 1987’s Dragnet falls somewhere in the middle (but closer to the great end of the spectrum).

Dan Aykroyd (Ghostbusters/The Blues Brothers) plays Sergeant Joe Friday, a straight-laced, no-nonsense cop (and nephew of the Joe Friday from the original Dragnet TV series) who takes pride in his
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Castle season 8 episodes 10 & 11 review: Witness For The Prosecution & Dead Red

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After a disappointing first half to Castle season 8, things are looking up. Could Castle finally be getting its old groove back?

This review contains spoilers.

8.10 Witness For The Prosecution & 8.11 Dead Red

Last week, we Castle diehards finally caught a real break. Not only did we get back-to-back episodes, but the episodes we got were largely what we love about the show: a good mystery, a little spice, and most importantly, the gang together and firing on all cylinders… even when they don’t.

The “when they don’t” come in early in Witness For The Prosecution when we find out that Rick witnessed a murder a few months before and is set to testify as the one eyewitness in what seems a slamdunk case. It’s the morning of, and Beckett is in her familiar role of trying to rein Castle in, explaining to him that his
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Castle: Spartacus' Nick Tarabay Brings Heat — Plus, Meet Beckett's Mentee

Castle: Spartacus' Nick Tarabay Brings Heat — Plus, Meet Beckett's Mentee
As revealed in TVLine’s Winter Preview special, ABC’s Castle this winter/spring will be butting heads with a Russian as well as paying a visit to the police academy where Beckett trained. And now we have two faces to put to those episodes.

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TVLine has confirmed that Spartacus vet Nick E. Tarabay will guest-star in an upcoming episode as Vasily Zhirov, an agent with the Russian Diplomatic Security Service.

“We get a little Red Heat action,” co-showrunner Alex Hawley told TVLine, referring to the 1988 culture-clash comedy
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New Man From U.N.C.L.E. Character Posters Land

New Man From U.N.C.L.E. Character Posters Land
The svelte spy types of Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. look a lot more like they were born for this character poster business than, say, the Minions. Sure enough, their moment has arrived. Here’s five fashion-forward one-sheets to help us soak up all the pretty. Click to enlarge them. The five poster-ees are Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill), Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer), Alicia Vikander’s Gaby Teller, Elizabeth Debicki as Victoria Vinciguerra and Hugh Grant’s mysterious Mr. Waverly. Between Solo and Kuryakin - and there’s bound to be the odd character curveball – bubbles the kind of tension that comes with having to cross the Iron Curtain to tackle a common enemy. As those great ideological warriors, Red Heat’s Ivan Danko and Art Ridzik, would tell them, sometimes you just gotta get on with it.Transplanting the 1960s spy series to the big screen and boosting the budget,
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Titanic Composer James Horner Dies in Plane Crash

James Horner, the film composer known for his work on "Titanic," "Braveheart" and "Field of Dreams," died on Monday in a plane crash near Santa Barbara. He was 61 years old. Horner was piloting the small aircraft when it crashed into a remote area about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara. An earlier report noted that the plane, which was registered to the composer, had gone down, but the pilot had not been identified. For his work on the 1997 Best Picture winner "Titanic," directed by James Cameron, Horner won the Oscar for original dramatic score, and he took another Academy Award for original song for "My Heart Will Go On," performed by Celine Dion. His score for "Titanic" sold a whopping 27 million copies worldwide. His relationship with Cameron also got him Oscar nomination for "Aliens" and "Avatar." The pair were also working on the "Avatar" sequels." Horner's 158-film resume also includes "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
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Titanic Composer James Horner Dies In Plane Crash

It has now been confirmed that James Horner, the 2-time Oscar winning composer of Titanic and countless other Hollywood blockbusters, was killed when the small plane he was piloting crashed Monday morning in a remote area north of Santa Barbara. He was 61 years old.In a career spanning five decades, Horner had composer credits on over 150 films and TV shows, including some of the most memorable scores in recent memory. Horner worked with some of the industry's most respected directors, including James CameronTerrence MalickRon Howard, Mel Gibson, Walter Hill and many many more. Horner was also responsible for scoring the likes of Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, 48Hrs, Commando, Aliens, WillowRed Heat, Field Of Dreams, Glory and The Rocketeer, to name just a few....

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Punching the Numbers: Where Liam Neeson Lies in the History of “Hollywood’s Most Bankable Action Star” Runs

Liam Neeson is Hollywood’s most bankable action star. That’s a statement of fact, but how do we know it is fact? How much more bankable is he than others? First off, we take a look at the box office returns for his action films and match them against the budgets and see what sort of averages and trends pop up.

1st Disclosure: I am not a sabermetrics genius, I’m just a guy that likes to write about action movies. If somebody out there who is a sabermetrics genius saw this and said “There’s a better way to do this.”, it would only bring me joy to see my amateur work improved upon.

2nd Disclosure: I won’t be including results of The Grey and A Walk Among the Tombstones in this pool of data, while both were marketed as action vehicles and have moments of action in them,
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1988

Our look at underappreciated films of the 80s continues, as we head back to 1988...

Either in terms of ticket sales or critical acclaim, 1988 was dominated by the likes of Rain Man, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Coming To America. It was the year Bruce Willis made the jump from TV to action star with Die Hard, and became a star in the process.

It was the year Leslie Nielsen made his own jump from the small to silver screen with Police Squad spin-off The Naked Gun, which sparked a hugely popular franchise of its own. Elsewhere, the eccentric Tim Burton scored one of the biggest hits of the year with Beetlejuice, the success of which would result in the birth of Batman a year later. And then there was Tom Cruise, who managed to make a drama about a student-turned-barman into a $170m hit, back when $170m was still an
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The Rise and Spectacular Fall of the Terminator Franchise

Luke Owen looks back at the Terminator franchise…

30 years ago, the brilliant mind and visionary genius of James Cameron gave birth to a cinema icon – Cyberdyne Systems Model 101, the T-800, The Terminator. It was a movie that blended science fiction, action and horror and helped launched the career of Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Terminator was tense, it was thrilling and, above all, it was perfectly executed.

Set in 1984, The Terminator sees bright-eyed and bushy-haired Sarah Conner being targeted for termination by a machine entity called Skynet, a system from the future who have managed to wipe out human existence thanks to its army of Terminator cyborgs. However, there is a human resistance that is rising up – and it looks like they are about to win thanks in part to the leadership of Sarah’s son John. Skynet’s plan is simple: send a Terminator back to a time before John Conner
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