Expendables 3 Expands Cast, Bruce Willis Outed in Bizarre Fashion – Sylvester Stallone’s tough-guy franchise The Expendables has done it’s best to wrangle all the biggest action stars in the world and unite them under one camera. One of those names is Bruce Willis, who has been kicking ass since Die Hard in 1988. Willis appeared in both of the first two Expendables, but last week word came that he would not be back for the third. What was most surprising about the news was the way it was announced: two overjoyed tweets from Sylvester Stallone. “WILLIS OUT…HARRISON FORD IN!!!! GREAT NEWS!!!!! Been waiting years for this!!!!!” tweeted Stallone, which was immediately followed by: “GREEDY AND LAZY….A SURE FORMULA FOR CAREER FAILURE.”
Bruce Willis’ adversarial behavior with directors has been well noted in the past, and it appears it is the reason he was booted from the new film. Willis apparently demanded $1 million per day of work (for four days). Reports say that Stallone offered Willis $3 million, but I guess that wasn’t enough.
As you can see from Stallone’s tweet, Harrison Ford will step in to the franchise (though no confirmation has been made outside of the tweet). Also joining are Mel Gibson and Antonio Banderas.
Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer Blame Critics for Lone Ranger Failure - The Lone Ranger sucked. It was awful. Really, really awful. Sometimes, movies (even ones with big names and heavy marketing) fail at the box office because of poor word-of-mouth and general disinterest. In the case of The Lone Ranger, it was both of those factors. But stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer think that the reason the movie was a flop was because of the negative reaction of film critics.
“They decided to slit the jugular of our movie,” says Hammer. “I think it was the popular thing when the movie hit rocky terrain they jumped on the bandwagon to try and bash it. They tried to do the same thing with ‘World War Z’, it didn’t work, that movie was successful.” This statement is ill-informed as World War Z has a modest 67% on RottenTomatoes and 63 on MetaCritic, against The Lone Ranger‘s 30% and 37, respectively.
Depp, who considered The Lone Ranger a passion project, says “I think the reviews were written 7-8 months before we released the film. I think the reviews were written when they heard Gore [Verbinski] and Jerry [Bruckheimer] and me were going to do ‘The Lone Ranger’. They had expectations that it must be a blockbuster. I didn’t have any expectations of that. I never do.”
I have no idea what Depp is talking about in the above statement, as it is incredibly obvious The Lone Ranger was meant to be a blockbuster. You don’t spend over $200 million on a movie and not expect it to be a blockbuster. Looks like Depp and Hammer are looking to blame anyone but the hand that feeds.
Box Office: Film Title (Weekend Gross/Cumulative Gross)
1) Elysium ($30.4 mil/$30.4 mil)
2) We’re the Millers ($26.6 mil/$38 mil)
3) Planes ($22.5 mil/$22.5 mil)
4) Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters ($14.6 mil/$23.5 mil)
5) 2 Guns ($11.1 mil/$48.5 mil)
6) The SMurfs 2 ($9.5 mil/$46.6 mil)
7) The Wolverine ($8 mil/$112 mil)
8) The Conjuring ($6.7 mil/$121 mil)
9) Despicable Me 2 ($5.75 mil/$338 mil)
10) Grown Ups 2 ($3.7 mil/$124 mil)