Anticipated Flix Updates: The Expendables’ new poster & Coriolanus’ Concept Art

The Expendables

Normally this isn’t my go-to genre, but hey I did grow up with 80s and 90s action flicks starring most of actors that make up the cast. I first heard about it earlier this year that I just had to blog about it, and now a new poster’s been released that is as clever as it is bad ass!! In fact, my husband quipped that it should’ve been called that. It’s one of the best looking poster I’ve seen in a while, it’s like the butterfly of death that you can’t take your eyes off. I like the tagline, too, it fits the visual perfectly. It’s brutally simple, in your face, subtlety be damned – which is what could be said about the movie.

Click poster for a larger version

Lionsgate also released the official plot details: The Expendables is a hard-hitting action/thriller about a group of mercenaries hired to infiltrate a South American country and overthrow its ruthless dictator. Once the mission begins, the men realize things aren’t quite as they appear, finding themselves caught in a dangerous web of deceit and betrayal. With their mission thwarted and an innocent life in danger, the men struggle with an even tougher challenge – one that threatens to destroy this band of brothers. (more official synopsis on SlashFilm)

I don’t see Arnie Schwarzenegger’s name on the poster, but Petter Sciretta of Slash Film saw the trailer at ShoWest Cinema Expo and has this to say: “It was incredibly cool, showcased all the big action star names that pack the cast. It even shows a clip from the scene with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis, which drew huge cheers from the crowd. If I have any complaint it is that the trailer was lighter on action than I would have expected.”

So I guess the Governator will be making a cameo? We’ll see if the trailer – and the flick itself for that matter – will be as awesome as the poster. I just might see this one on opening night come August 13.

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Coriolanus

Even as a fan of Gerry Butler, ‘psyched’ isn’t a word I’d use to describe my reaction to The Bounty Hunter‘s release. The single-digit Tomato-meter doesn’t help matter, it actually confirms my dread after seeing the trailer a few months back. The only thing the two leads should be relentlessly hunting down is a decent script, oh and a new agent while they’re at it! Alas, I’m actually going to see it tonight as my friend and I have planned this weeks ago (I’m not backing out, Prairiegirl!), if anything it’s ample material for an amusing review.

Enough about that one, there is a silver lining in Butler’s career – whom even Roger Ebert calls “… a hunk who can also act” in his double-thumbsdown review. One of them is Ralph Fiennes’ directing debut Coriolanus. I just found out via Twitter there’s a new blog dedicated for the film version of Shakespeare’s political tale, started by Fiennes’ personal friend.

Here’s what the British thespian (who’ll direct and star in the movie) revealed about the project:

“When I performed it theatrically, I knew there were nuances and visual aspects that could emerge more strongly on film. I want to bring out the biting political nature of the piece, and the story’s great panoramic potential. The People, for example, play such a leading role in Coriolanus. It’s hard to capture that sense of a clamoring multitude in the theater… It never left me that I wanted to see this play on film.”

As for his rationale for opting to make it contemporary, instead of the swords & sandal version:

Coriolanus is a strong, complicated, gritty piece,” Ralph explained. “I thought about whether it should be Roman with swords and sandals, or even 19th century. But ultimately, I believed it had to be set in today’s world. It should have a high momentum and earn its ability to suddenly be still for one or two key moments when the human element has to have space to breathe.”

Thanks to GB.net, I was able to view these hi-res concept arts and on-location photos in Serbia. Click the photo for a larger version.

Coriolanus Concept Art
Set location in Serbia

Film shoots already begun yesterday (March 17) in Belgrade. Can’t hardly wait for this one!

6 thoughts on “Anticipated Flix Updates: The Expendables’ new poster & Coriolanus’ Concept Art

  1. PrairieGirl

    Hey rtm , TBH is my treat tonight, and you’re a cheap date (I’d take you somewhere nicer than the food court, but you’d probably protest like you did last time), so what could be bad about that?! Except maybe the film, but so what, maybe, just maybe there will be a scene in it I can look forward to adding to my clip collection… :-))

    1. I am so psyched about the project, can’t you tell? I really admire RF and I do hope his amazing acting talent translate well to directing. So far he’s rounded up some real good cast and crew and the concept does sound awesome!

  2. The Expendables: Cool poster! Can’t wait for the movie. You know what you are going to get: a retro 80-90’s action movie 🙂

    Coriolanus: I watched Letterman on Wednesday(?) and Butler was the first guest. He is definitely a likable guy so I’m glad to see Butler attached to a more substantial movie and of course Fiennes in his directorial debut is intriguing. This is exactly how it should be done: There is nothing wrong with making run-of-the-mill movies. Take the paycheck but one has to strive to push him or herself as an actor and seek out more challenging and interesting movies and I’m happy to see Butler starting to get on that path.

    1. Hi Castor, I missed him on Letterman so I just saw the segment on Youtube last night. He is very charming, one of the reasons I’m a huge fan, but yeah, he definitely needs to challenge himself creatively like he did when he started. I’ve just posted my open letter to him that basically outline my hope & dreams for him… career-wise 🙂

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