Three Days to Kill

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I, Frankenstein sure was something, eh? Why that movie wasn’t a bigger hit is beyond comprehension, but like most works of unheralded beauty, it will stand the test of time. January 2014 will forever be known as the month that didn’t recognize a good thing when it was sitting there in a cineplex the whole damn time. The same might be said for this February, with Jason Reitman’s Labor Day tanking alongside its Frankensteinian brethren. Which is a shame. Reitman’s movie is actually rather memorable. The film, albeit quite flawed, is refreshingly sincere, romantic, and is without any irony. While the last day of January didn’t do it any favors with poor reviews and a low audience turnout, make sure to see its beautiful cinematography and Josh Brolin‘s performance before it leaves theaters. And after you finally get around to Labor Day, make sure to checkout these five February releases as well:

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Jackie Chan

What is Casting Couch? It’s a column that has a lot of new casting news today, so settle in. Even after only two movies, the number of aged action stars who have yet to appear in Sylvester Stallone’s Expendables series has dwindled down to a select few. So, given his age, his lengthy resume, and the way he’s linked almost exclusively to the action genre, Jackie Chan has to be seen as one of the biggest fish out there that Stallone has yet to catch. It looks like that’s going to change in The Expendables 3, however, as Chan has told Cinema Online [via Coming Soon] that Stallone has invited him to join the cast of the film, and he has agreed to appear as long as it’s in a featured part and not just a cameo. Looks like we might finally get our chance to see Dolph Lundgren get beat up with a ladder.

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What is Casting Couch? It’s starting to wonder how many times Hugh Jackman can play Wolverine before his sideburns start to stick that way. Hot on the heels of the announcement that the original Professor X and Magneto, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, would be joining Bryan Singer’s X-Men: First Class sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past, comes word that yet another actor from the original X-Men trilogy, Hugh Jackman, is also negotiating. This makes sense, of course, because Jackman’s brief cameo in First Class was the first indication we got that Matthew Vaughn’s reboot and Singer’s original films might actually exist in the same universe. Now that Singer has Stewart, McKellen, and Jackman on board, the only other actors he needs to poach from those first X-Men movies is…well, no one. It’s kind of amazing how well those movies cast these three guys and how poorly they cast every single other character. Hopefully this is the end of the colliding of worlds. [THR]

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That Kevin Costner comeback that kicked off last summer with the rumor that the actor would co-star in Django Unchained (though that proved fruitless), which then carried over to his casting in Man of Steel, an Emmy-winning role in Hatfields & McCoys, and a major part in Jack Ryan just continues to reap huge benefits for the star. As had been rumored back in August, Costner has now officially signed on to star in director McG‘s next film, “a gripping action tale” that’s been penned by Luc Besson and Adi Hasak. Currently untitled, the film has previously been referred to as Three Days to Kill, though perhaps everyone decided that moniker was just a touch too spoilery and has decided to lay off on letting everyone know how long Costner will have to, you know, kill someone. A press release from Relativity Media describes the film as such: “the thriller explores a story about Secret Service Agent Ethan Runner who discovers he’s dying and decides to retire in order to reconnect with his estranged family. But when the Secret Service offers him access to an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for one last assignment, he soon finds himself trying to juggle his family, his mission, and the drug’s hallucinatory side-effects.” Wait, there are drugs involved in this? Is this The Bourne Legacy fan fiction? You can read the full release after the break, if you’re just that into Kevin Costner news.

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Kevin Costner, movie star. No, it is not 1994. It is still 2012 and Costner has finally shrugged off the twin failures of both Waterworld and The Postman to face what can only be seen as one hell of a career upswing. Deadline Hollywood reports (via /Film) that Costner is being eyed for both that Chris Pine-starring Jack Ryan  franchise reboot and the Luc Besson-penned Three Days to Kill, big action roles that would join his expanding schedule, which might also include a starring role in the Disney sports drama, McFarland (though reports are now emerging that Costner, who was considered set for the film, may be out). Costner has already been offered a “co-lead role” in Kenneth Branagh‘s Jack Ryan film, a role that is a “new creation, but a close cousin to the role of CIA bigwig Admiral Greer that was played by James Earl Jones in Patriot Games.” The new character would set Costner as Ryan’s mentor and that, coupled with the tantalizing “co-lead” descriptor, make it sound like a very big deal.

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