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It may not be the biggest hit at the box office this weekend, but Escape Plan could wind up a cult favorite. As our review states, it’s “entertaining” and “gloriously silly.” And truth be told, it’s the first movie for either Arnold Schwarzenegger or Sylvester Stallone in about 20 years that deserves a sequel. Or needs one, because personally I found the team-up of these two 1980s action heroes a little less fun than I’d hoped. Honestly, I dozed off a bit in the middle. But Escape Plan 2 could be bigger and even more entertaining and much sillier in an even more glorious way. For starters, I’d like to see a follow-up where the actors are actually equal, dual protagonists rather than seeing Arnie as a sidekick along for another one of Sly’s adventures. Maybe the sequel could instead reverse the premise and have it be Schwarzenegger’s character’s story. Instead of coming up with original ideas to pitch to the makers of Escape Plan, and potentially just have them stolen, I’ve selected 10 plots that already exist in other movies, which could be remade for Escape Plan 2, Escape Plan 3, etc. And the good thing is many of these titles are already in line to be remade. Just tweak the scripts with some one-liners referencing both stars’ past hits, and you’re good to go!

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The 1967 film Cool Hand Luke helped galvanize Paul Newman’s career as a box office draw. The film tells the story of a man in prison for vandalism who refuses to be a cog in the wheel of the system. At first, he’s at odds with his fellow prisoners, but soon he earns their respect by demonstrating abilities of leadership and albumen-based endurance. One of these feats of endurance comes when he claims to be able to eat 50 hard-boiled eggs within an hour. This leads to massive betting among the prisoners and guards, making him the focus of the workhouse. Swallowing the final egg with a second to spare, he wins the respect of his peers and becomes a legend not just in the jail but in movie history. This got us to thinking: we like eggs, and we like eating. Would it be possible for a man to really eat 50 eggs in less than an hour?

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Every day, come rain or shine or internet tubes breaking, Film School Rejects showcases a trailer from the past. There was absolutely a failure to communicate going on here because one of the best prison movies of all time gets one of the worst, most convoluted, most disjointed trailers of the 60s. Fortunately, Paul Newman is either drunk or stuffed with eggs for most of it. Check out the trailer for yourself:

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The world has lost a cinematic rule-breaker. What’s your favorite Dennis Hopper film?

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You might want to play it over and over. A quick video of some iconic movie titles delivered by the movies themselves.

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DVDs I Bought This Week!

Brian Gibson loves to buy DVDs. Come with him on his weekly journey into the depths of credit card debt as he tells you what to buy, rent and avoid.

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His crime: nonconformity. His sentence: the chain gang. Paul Newman plays one of his best-loved roles as Cool Hand Luke, the loner who won’t –- or can’t -– bend to the arbitrary rules of his captivity.

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Rose McGowin on the cover of Maxim

Because my stereotype of Maxim readers as unhip, Neanderthal frat boys wasn’t enough, they had to go and prove themselves cinematically illiterate. As if it were something to celebrate, Maxim posted up its list of the 25 Most Watched Movies as tabulated by a poll of their readers, and the results are depressing.

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