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The Friday Film News Roundup

Another week passes and another star is added to the cast of The Expendables 3, well, two stars to be precise. Mel Gibson has joined the cast as the big bad in the movie, while Antonio Banderas has also signed on. Banderas's role is still unspecified at this moment in time though. Source:EW

Staying with The Expendables theme for a moment, after being dropped by Sylvester Stallone last week for asking for $1 million a day to film his role, Bruce Willis has declared he is now bored of making action movies, although I'm sure he's not bored of earning extortionate amounts of money making them. In an interview with The Mirror he had the following to say: ""Explosions are one of the most boring parts of my job. When you have seen a few fireballs, its not exciting anymore. I know part of my audience enjoys the explosions, but to be honest, I’m a bit bored of it now.

I am very clear with who I am. I work in all sorts of films, but the action movies are the ones that generate the most revenue. I like to earn lots of money from those, but I do all types: small productions, megaprojects, medium sized, even science fiction." Source: The Mirror

An early draft of The Wolverine featured a cameo from another member of the X-Men. While talking to Creative ScreenWriting Mark Bomback revealed he wanted to fit Rogue into the film, as well as Famke Jansen's Jean Grey. Talking about his early script ideas, Bomback gave the following quote: "I was trying to do something with Rogue in the script. I even had a set of ideas that the old man possessed a version of Rogue’s power and that was going to be indicated by a white stripe in his hair.

Eventually it became very goofy, and I threw it out because I started realizing throughout the script that it became more problematic than cool. It’s no accident to me that in the first X-Men film the first two mutants that you really see who have a connection are Wolverine and Rogue." Source: Creative Screenwriting

Love them or hate them the Twilight film and book saga have a rabid following, and some fans probably won't ever let go of that world. Creator Stephenie Meyer is more prepared to step away from the series than most people it seems. Meyer told Variety: "I get further away every day. I am so over it. For me, it’s not a happy place to be. Would she ever come back to the franchise? "What I would probably do is three paragraphs on my blog saying which of the characters died. I’m interested in spending time in other worlds, like Middle Earth." Source: Variety

This isn't news as such, but I thought it was worth adding in here. The recent Star Trek Las Vegas convention let fans vote on their favourite films in the franchise, and there was one surprising result, they voted Into Darkness as the worst of the series. Wrath Of Kahn was voted in first, with First Contact coming in at second. JJ Abrams first Star Trek film held the middle ground with sixth, and oddly enough Galaxy Quest came in at seventh, and last time I checked that isn't even a Star Trek movie. Source: Screen Crush

Mark Wahlberg has revealed his desire to play a superhero to Yahoo Movies, more precisely he would love to be the next actor to play Iron Man. "I would like to take over the Iron Man franchise for Robert Downey. It's one of those things where I kind of like playing real people, I've never been asked." Source: Yahoo Movies

Star Trek

Debuting in 1966, Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek survived cancellation and returned with a series of films featuring Jame T Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise. It spawned four massively successes TV spin-offs and movies and ruled cult TV in the 1990s. After Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise, it spawned a film prequel / reboot under the guise of JJ Abrams but returned to its TV roots in 2017 with Star Trek: Discovery...

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