HOLLYWOOD — When Sylvester Stallone dropped Bruce Willis from “The Expendables 3” because he said he was “greedy and lazy,” he pulled out an ace by landing Harrison Ford. In addition, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Steven Segal are out. The cast of “used to be action heroes” reads: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, Jason Stratham, Jet Li, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Mickey Rourke and Nicolas Cage. Stallone wanted to add some “20-somethings” to the cast, signing Milla Jovich, Kellan Lutz (the new Tarzan and Hercules, as well as a “Twilight Saga” star) and handsome Glenn Powell, the 24-year-old actor from “The Dark Knight Rises,” to fill the void left by Liam Hensworth, who’s doing “The Hunger Games 3” instead.
Don’t worry, Bruce Willis isn’t crying in his beer (he used to be a bartender). He’s already got “Sin City: A Dance to Kill For,” with Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Rosario Dawson, Joseph-Gordon-Levitt and Mickey Rourke, being released next August. Sounds like he chose to hang around with a younger crowd, instead of the “Over the Hill Gang.”
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Apparently, Honda wants to save the traditional drive-in movie genre. When the major studios announced they’d no longer provide 35 millimeter prints for drive-in theaters, hundreds of drive-ins made plans to close down by the end of the year. “Project Drive-In,” being sponsored by Honda, aims to save as many drive-ins as it can by providing digital projectors. So far, it’s provided five drive-ins with the new equipment. To raise awareness, Honda plans to launch pop-up drive-ins at 1,000 Honda dealerships across the country by having free screenings of “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.” So if you want to save a drive-in in your neck of the woods, get involved, go online or call Honda to see what you can do.
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Producer Frank Marshall has been trying to get Matt Damon to join Jeremy Renner in another “Bourne” sequel. But Damon says he won’t do the film without his “Bourne” director, Paul Greengrass, who just finished directing Tom Hanks in “Captain Phillips” for an October release. If they want Matt badly enough, Universal will cave in and hire his director. Stay tuned.
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Alec Baldwin isn’t sitting around waiting for the birth of his new baby. He’s signed to do an as-yet-untitled Cameron Crowe film, with Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams and Danny McBride. It’s a love story along the lines of Crowe’s “Jerry Maguire” and “Almost Famous.” Between a new film, a Broadway show and those commercials for that horrible credit-card company, we know what will be in his wallet … baby pictures and big bucks!
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