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Arnold Schwarzenegger announced yesterday that he would be returning to The Terminator franchise.  Rumor is that he would play a human character.  Arnold also revealed his plans to also star in the new Conan the Barbarian movie as well as a new Twins movie. Terminator 5 will start shooting in January.

Today comes news that Arnold would return to The Expendables 3.  Other Casting rumors for the new Expendables movie have Mel Gibson as the villain and Jackie Chan, Nicolas Cage, Wesley Snipes, and Milla Jovovich joining the cast.  Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, and Mickey Rourke are rumored to be reprising their roles from earlier movies. The Expendables 3 begins shooting in August.

Release Date: November 11, 2011
Studio: Relativity Media
Director: Tarsem Singh (The Cell)
Starring: Henry Cavill (The Tudors), Mickey Rourke (Iron Man 2), John Hurt (Incredible Hulk), Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), Stephen Dorff (Public Enemies)
Plot: As a power-mad king razes ancient Greece and threatens to destroy mankind, a heroic young villager rises up against him in a thrilling quest as timeless as it is powerful.

The brutal and bloodthirsty King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) and his murderous army are rampaging across Greece, demolishing everything in their wake with ruthless efficiency. Village after village falls to Hyperion’s legions and each victory takes him one step closer to his goal: unleashing the power of the sleeping Titans to vanquish both the Gods of Olympus and all of humankind.

It seems nothing will stop the evil king’s mission to become the undisputed master of the world, until a stonemason named Theseus (Henry Cavill) vows to avenge the death of his mother in one of Hyperion’s raids. When Theseus meets the Sibylline Oracle, Phaedra (Freida Pinto), her disturbing visions of the young man’s future convince her that he is the key to stopping the destruction. With her help, Theseus assembles a small band of followers and embraces his destiny in a final desperate battle for the future of humanity.

Thoughts: At first I just dismissed Immortals as a 300 rip off, but the latest trailer got me a little more interested in the movie and the fact that it stars the future Superman Henry Cavill makes me hope that it is good. The supporting cast is top notch with John Hurt, Mickey Rourke, and Freida Pinto, but how many movies have great casts that end up completely lackluster. The script is the debut feature by the pair of Charley and Vlas Parlapanides. With an endless ocean of scripts there must have been something special about it, which made it stand out and led to a studio pumping 75 million dollars in the idea. I wasn’t a fan of Tarsem Singh’s The Cell, but a lot can change in 11 years. The footage of Immortals screams 300, but who is to say that another film can’t share that style and also be awesome? I’m going to give it the benefit of the doubt. Lets hope I don’t regret it.

I very rarely post new images from upcoming movies – I mean, there is an endless supply and it gets really boring – but one of the new images from Relativity Media’s upcoming  Immortals features the future “Man of Steel” Henry Cavill.

The first image is of Cavill as Theseus, the future king of Athens.

The second image features Ironman 2 and The Wrestler‘s Mickey Rourke as King Hyperion.

The fantasy epic was directed by Tarsem Singh, who helmed The Cell and will be taking on The Brothers Grimm: Snow White next year. It also stars John Hurt, Kellan Lutz, Stephen Dorff, and Freida Pinto. It hits theaters on November 11th, 2011.

Posted on March 10th, 2011 by ThePit | Comments Off on New Images from Immortals
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A new poster for Iron Man 2 has been released! The poster mimics the original’s final poster, but with the obvious additions of War Machine, Whiplash and Black Widow.

ironman2-poster

I like it, what do you think?

This year this category is full of very strong contenders with no clear front runner.

Prediction:

Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

Mickey Rourke. There’s the chance that Sean Penn could upset this as he’s gotten a lot of praise for his Harvey Milk, and Langella is the dark horse here, but everyone has just adored Rourke this awards season. He’s quirky, he gives crazy acceptance speeches, and above all, he freaking deserves it. I think the Academy will do the right thing here.

Who Should Win:
Mickey by a mile.

I saw this film at the AFI Festival back in November. It was actually a pretty cool experience- I’ve been to AFI galas before, but this one was at the Chinese theater in Hollywood and I had to walk the red carpet on my way in. It was a lot of fun that night, plus I saw the movie over a month before it was released in theaters.

The Wrestler with Micky Rourke

Mickey Rourke plays Randy “The Ram” Robinson, a professional wrestler whose glory days are far behind him. He spends his weekends as a local legend- the last act of the night at small time gigs and doing signing appearances that attract few. On the weekdays he works in the warehouse of Acme and frequents the local strip joint. After a health scare, the doctors tell him he needs to quit wrestling, causing him to take a good look at his life outside of the ring. He pursues a relationship with Cassidy (Marisa Tomei), an older stripper at the club, and upon her advice seeks out his estranged daughter (Evan Rachel Wood). I wonder if I had seen this film amongst all of the other nominees this year if things would have been different, but the fact is that I loved this film so much that it set my standards for the year, a standard that no other film I’ve seen since has met. Mickey Rourke fully embodies The Ram and Aronofsky captures every moment be it glorious, gritty, embarrassing, or desperate. A lot of the film literally follows The Ram from behind, tracking his every movement from behind Rourke’s head- it’s so real and introspective that I felt as though I was watching a documentary of this man’s fall from fame.

Nominations:

Best Actor – Mickey Rourke
I have no doubt in my mind that Rourke deserves this Oscar more than anyone else this year. Yes, Langella is astounding as Nixon and Penn does a fantastic job as Milk, but I’ve never felt so engrossed in a character than Rourke’s Randy the Ram.

Best Supporting Actress – Marisa Tomei
She’s great in this role- I’d say it’s one of her best performances, but her competition here is very steep. And let’s face it, this is really Mickey’s film.

Snubbed?
I could talk a lot here about how it got snubbed for a ton of awards (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Song), but instead I’ll just implore everyone to see it and form your own opinions, since mine appears to be in the minority. This was my favorite film of the year and that’s enough for me.

*****

Best Picture

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Frost/Nixon
  • The Reader
  • Milk
  • Slumdog Millionaire

Best Director

  • David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
  • Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon
  • Gus van Sant, Milk
  • Stephen Daldry, The Reader

Continue reading to check out the full list of 2009 Oscar Nominees! And keep checking back with the site as Phasekitty watches and takes a look at all of the nominees as we march towards the awards show.

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