Cutting Room for August 3

• If you want to find an overly testosterone-d, oddly puffy, former action movie icon in the next few months, you’ll have to book a trip to Bulgaria. The Expendables 2 is shooting, and the rumor mill has dropped some steaming casting news on the sidewalk. Supposedly, Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews, Jet Li and Bruce Willis will now be joined by John Travolta, Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme. Be still my steroid-infused heart! If you want to seek out the sure-to-be-hidden set, just let your nose follow the overpowering scent of Ben Gay and former fame.

• Staying beneath the 1980s action umbrella, Die Hard 5 now has a plot! I should say “has what passes for a plot.” Actually, scratch all of that, it just has a location: Russia. That’s right, if anyone knows how to say “Yippie-ki-yay” in Russian, your services are needed. Oh, and can I suggest a subtitle: Die Hard 5: For a Few Rubles More or even better, Die Hard 5: Bolshevik Blow-out!

• Talking at the San Diego Comic-Con, Danny DeVito said he’d be open to Twins 2. It seems like it would just be easier to wear a shirt that says “Kill me before I destroy what’s left of America’s dignity.”

• The media has recently unearthed a study by psychology professor Robert W. Levenson that concludes a scene from the movie The Champ is the saddest movie clip of all time. Of course, the study ended in 1995, which means it’s possible a tear-jerking moment from the last 16 years has supplanted it. Someone should invest another near decade of time and financial resources to find out. That, or they could cure some sick people.

Cutting Room provides breaking local and national movie news … complete with added sarcasm. Send any relevant information to film@thereader.com. Check out Ryan on Movieha!, a weekly half-hour movie podcast (movieha.libsyn.com/rss), and also catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 (cd1059.com) on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).

posted at 10:13 am
on Wednesday, August 03rd, 2011

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