Patrick Hughes

Lionsgate

A routine assignment to capture a rogue arms dealer leaves Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and his team of immortal but highly moral mercenaries beaten and diminished. Worried his personal vendetta will put his men in danger (?) Barney shelves his Expendables and hires a new team of dispensable youngsters who more properly fit the definition of “expendable.” Can he corral these upstarts long enough to capture the villainous Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), or will the more seasoned ex-expendables need to suit up once again? This is a rhetorical question. The Expendables 3 is a film at odds with itself. It’s an action film filled with dull, instantly forgettable action sequences. It’s a massive ensemble picture where the talent too frequently couldn’t be bothered to shoot scenes together. It’s meant as a loving ode to the tough, ass-kicking action films and stars of the past but has its bloodless hands tied with a PG-13 rating and an abundance of shoddy CGI. And it’s the third film in a franchise but still manages to be the best of the three. To put that last one in perspective though, Ebola is the best disease when grouped together with HIV and malaria.

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Universal Pictures

Hey, remember that time in 2012 when Taylor Kitsch was poised to become the next great Hollywood leading man? And then he saw two $200M+ films tank in the span of two months and was flung into the depths of Failed Leading Man Hell to rot for all eternity? It turns out eternity isn’t as long as we expected, and instead it appears he was just biding his time in Failed Leading Man Purgatory. Now that he’s served his time, Kitsch is back, baby, to try this Hollywood star thing all over again. He’s working hard to secure a part in the second season of True Detective – a lofty goal sure, but it’s not quite “leading man” material — but who knows if Kitsch is even capable enough to wrench the spotlight away from folks like Colin Farrell or Elisabeth Moss. What he needs is to look at the big picture… with an action picture. Something medium-sized would do — high-profile enough to give Kitsch’s career some oomph, while not being so gargantuan that if he accidentally John Carters it, a major studio won’t be going belly-up. Something like that American redo of The Raid.

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Lionsgate

After months of teasers offering little more than onscreen font telling us the names of all fifty four actors starring in the film, we’ve finally gotten a proper trailer for The Expendables 3. And it looks… okay? The first two films certainly have their fans as evidenced by the (world-wide) box office for each installment more than tripling its budget, but in addition to adding sixty three more characters to the ensemble the third go around will also be rated PG-13 for the first time. Will that matter? Doubtful. It’s the cast that counts, and on that front the film is swinging for the fences. Just a small sampling of the eighty seven main cast members in The Expendables 3 includes returning veterans Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews and Randy Couture alongside newcomers Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas and Kelsey Grammer. And those are only the names I recognize. Check out the first full trailer for The Expendables 3 below.

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The Expendables 3

Who isn’t in The Expendables 3? It’s a fair question, and with a cast this bloated — sometimes literally — it’s one well worth considering. Who isn’t in The Expendables 3? Anyone who doesn’t pop up in this roll call-themed trailer (well, most likely, we wouldn’t put it past this team to CGI in someone special, just for laughs). How many stars can you name before we get going? 15? 56? Keep going. There will be more. There will always be more. The massive cast includes returning stars (Sylvester Stallone, Terry Crews, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Randy Couture), fresh faces (Kellen Lutz, Ronda Roussey, Victor Ortiz, Glen Powell) and some other old dudes looking for some quick cash (Harrison Ford, Kelsey Grammer, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson). They’re all here! How long can this gag possibly last?

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The FSR crew got a chance to see Red Hill at Fantastic Fest, and the film is now seeing the darkness of theaters in Austin, New York, and Los Angeles on November 5th (that’s tomorrow (and, seriously, go buy a calander)). With all that money you’re spending on calendars, you won’t be able to afford a poster for the film. That’s a shame. Fortunately, we’ve got three of them that happen to be signed by star Ryan Kwanten and director Patrick Hughes. Three posters means three lucky winners. Find out what you can do to win inside.

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Let me set the scene for you. Majestic Australia. True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten. Modern Western. Revenge. If you’ve become slightly aroused or entirely interested in Red Hill, no one’s blaming you. In fact, I’m right there with you, which is why I slipped myself into a screening of writer/director Patrick Hughes’ debut feature as soon as possible. In Red Hill, Ryan Kwanten stars as Shane Cooper, a young police constable who moves to the small town of Red Hill, Australia, with his wife, looking for peace and quiet. What he finds is a surly police Captain in “Old Bill,” a no non-sense law enforcer and town patriarch who doesn’t take a shine to the fresh faced Cooper. After a slow moving morning that involves horses and a potential panther attack, the sleepy town wakes up in a panic when former resident bad boy and convicted murderer Jimmy Conway escapes prison and sets his sights on vengeance.

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True Blood stud and rising star Ryan Kwanten‘s newest film, the Australian revenge flick Red Hill, premiered during Fantastic Fest giving us the opportunity to sit down with the star and writer/director Patrick Hughes. We managed to keep our questions serious for nineteen of our twenty minutes before grilling Kwanten about his ab routine (at Cole Abaius’ insistence), but before things went sexily downhill, we scored up a bit of news.

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