Archive for May, 2009

I was kinda bitchy today

May 29, 2009

 and man a couple of people were in the line of fire…don’t know if it was having a way too long weekend or the heat humidity bugs and mold (and yes I am talking about the weather again people) at Fort McComb that got to me but whatever it was I am glad it is gone – I was one crazy bitch today…sorry everyone. ok enough about me…Charisma Carpenter was on set today and she is pretty cool – and beautiful – and nice.  I haven’t seen her since Buffy…my bad.  I’m now a fan…again.   She plays Lacy, Lee Christmas’  girlfriend.  I’m thinkin there’s going to be some chemistry there…from a woman’s perspective I would vaporize if a cool looking british accented badass pulled up to my house on a Ducati with a bottle of champagne.  Indeed.  Today we were in the dreaded palace tunnels where a big battle takes place between the Expendables and Garza’s red beret guards.  Some of the guards have warrior like paint on their faces.  Kind of freaky and pretty intense. Sly Jason Jet Randy Terry Steve Austin and Gary Daniels worked today.  The Expendables were in their swat garb…sweet. Sly handed out crew t-shirts today – black with the Expendables logo on the back (the entire back of th shirt is a huge raven and skull) and on the front left…tomorrow we head back to mid-city to shoot Lacy’s apartment – Monday we’re at City Park.

so Church…there is a scheduling conflict that is being worked out.   The script went through a re-write and Brittany Murphy’s character was deleted.  there’s no teaser trailer yet but we do have 60 seconds of BTS footage I was hoping to post but there is some debate as to whether that helps or hurts the marketing and publicity plan by peaking interest too early.  I don’t understand that thought process – I see it differently…but I don’t call the shots.  So we shall see or rather you shall see, hopefully.

Hanging out at Fort McComb

May 20, 2009

shooting all week at Fort McComb off Chef Menteur Highway about 30 minutes from the center of NOLA.  The fort was built in 1822 and used by the Confederate army for about a year at the start of the Civil War before being retaken by the Union army.  Lots of catacombs and tunnels but I cant go too far inside or I have a sneeze attack from all the mold and god knows what else.  Interesting place – haven’t seen any gators which I hear are all around but we do have snakes and 6 pygmy goats who work for the state of Louisiana as self contained lawnmowers.  I love that! It’s here where we shoot some major battle  scenes and the aforementioned water boarding scene.  That scene literally left us all gagging.  it was intense and could be one of the most effective scenes in the film.  But then again there are so many of those moments in this film and we are just getting into the meaty stuff. Sly, Jason, Jet, Randy, Steve etc insist on doing their own stunts…even the actor (or was it an actress) who got water boarded didn’t use a stunt person…yesterday we had the Nogueira twins on set – sheesh those guys are humongous!  A little trivia –  Rodrigo Nogueira fights Randy Couture in August in Portland so the dynamic between those two is pretty interesting.  So far today Jason has done a hammer time on a few unsuspecting lookouts while Jet kicked his way through some walls.  All while Sly was releasing himself from a stranglehold and Randy was flipping and puttingthe hurt on another goon. After lunch Sly and Steve Austin mix it up again and this time they go in for the kill so to speak.  Next week we shoot a big car chase sequence near Esplanade and N. Claiborne…should be nuts…

I finally got my reward…Mickey Rourke, Jason, Sly, Jet, Randy, Dolph, Terry

May 18, 2009

we finished week 1 of a 7 week shoot here in NOLA and I gotta tell ya it was a freakin amazing week.  Seriously I know I’m a publicist but I am also a lucky fan who scored the perfect job…Friday night/Saturday morning I was standing in the middle of South Peters Street at 5:30am watching Sly Jason Mickey Dolph and the guys roar out of Tool’s garage on indescribable choppers (Jason rode a Ducati) that were loud…seriously loud…like vrrrooom vvrrrooooom LOUD so apologies to the neighborhood – but it was do damn exciting.  Total bummer we only had Mick for 2 days – he had to get back to Iron Man 2…but he and his character brought a vibe to the set that was just the element needed to bond the whole cast together.  Seeing the expendables sitiing around Tools tattoo parlor plotting, planning and just being guys kind of blew me away…the p’araazi finally revealed hemselves on Friday on rooftop and hanging out of windows and we had lots of fans who definitely saw some action.  Today we are at Fort McComb…not sure where exactly that is even though I drove here but it is beautiful and quite peaceful out hre.  Just the place for a torture scene…

I know you are anxious to hear who’s playing Church and I am anxious to reveal it but the deal is still not sealed…you’ve been very patient!

oh what a lucky man he was….

May 14, 2009

yes I am obsessing with song lyrics but hey I had an amazing day yesterday.  Shooting in a machine shop on South Peters here in NOLA – first shot was with Sly, jason, jet, Randy & Terry…then we moved into the scene with Sly and Dolph that for me was a real cinematic moment.  Aside from their history let me tell you they have amazing chemistry.  Jeffrey Kimball’s lighting for that scene added just the right dramatic touch…it was very cool.  And the folks staying at the hotel across the street got a real treat as Sly and Dolph hung around video village which was in the middle of South Peters street.  We wrapped around midnight.  Today we started at 3pm – tomorrow around 6pm…that’s when we finally have ALL of them together including Mickey and Dolph…I’m gonna so excited I will be chasing my tail just like Miss Sadie ..

a little sneak peek at Hale Caesar

May 13, 2009

Terry Crews as Hale Caesar

We won’t get fooled again…

May 13, 2009

awesome posters – turns out Sly did see these…they look bold and big just like the movie

Cannes poster

found some photos from Cannes

May 13, 2009

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Slammin new photo

May 12, 2009

me again…just gave aintitcool the exclusive on this rockin shot of Sly…enjoy…and I didn’t say it was Bruce Willis as Church…also Sands, Lickson, Emmanuel and Richard characters are out…

kick ass photo

And we’re rolling…

May 12, 2009

cameras rolled yesterday with Jason and Sly doing some pretty cool stuff.  The sets Franco Carbone built on stage look great. today we have David Zayas, Giselle Itie and Eric Roberts.  Dolph Lundgren stopped by for a wardrobe fitting and the guy is in excellent shape – don’t believe the p’razzi shots you see  – the guy is fit.  Jet Li is also now in NoLa – Mickey Rourke arrives tomorrow and will work on Thursday and Friday.  We’ve been on stage at the Louisiana Film Studios in Harahan – tomorrow we move to South Peters Street for 3 days where THE EXPENDABLES will finally all be together.  should be freakin great.

I will be releasing an exclusive shot hopefully tonight…it’s a cool shot of Sly taken yesterday during a stunt. sure wish the studio had better internet access (wireless please!!) so I could do it from set…but that is my only complaint about the place…so far. Oh and the women’s bathroom is kinda funky…

I’m also adding a photo of an outrageously righteous beyond customized motorcycle Sly bought at the biker convention or Biker Week or whatever the heck it’s called.  all I know is there were a lot of crazy ass bikes..my faves are still the ones Jesse James does but the guy who spent five years building the bike Smajor kudos…I need to get that guy’s name to give him his props…

Ok as for Church – some of you have it right but I can’t release the name until the deal is absolutely finalized.  I’m not trying to tease  you I am trying to cover my ass so bear with me…you won’t be disapoointed..at least most of you won’t.

as for Arnold…how much time he can devote to his “cameo” depends on what is happening in Cali… but Sly promises every minute of Arnold’s screen time will deliver.  Since I worked with Arnold for 13 years it will be fun to be back on a set with him…and Sly…and Church 🙂

that’s t for now…hey if any of you are in the DC area check out the photo exhibit at the Smithsonian – the one featuring work from the official Obama inauguration.  Our unit photog, Karen Ballard, is prominently feautred in the book and in the Smithsonian exhibit along with other great photogs like David Kennerly…

that’s it for now..me and my rented Kia will be heading across the mighty Mississippi with the Ragin Cajun turned up really loud…

 

 

kick ass bike

All revved up…

May 8, 2009

ok now that I found my wallet, had a beignet and some jambalaya and found a space in the production office I am ready to roll.  The cast, with the exception of Sly, arrives in NoLa over the next few days.  Next Friday we have all the boys on one set -Sly, Jason, jet, randy, Dolph,Terry and Mickey – should be pretty cool  Mickey works for 2 days.  Arnold will shoot his scene in LA on a date TBD. We start shooting on Monday at the Louisiana Film Studios in Harahan – pretty impressive I must say.  And while many of our locations are practical (in and around NoLa’s central business district) we have several days of stage work as well. Yesterday Sly was on Canal Street where he took possession of his newest baby – a 2006 tricked out to the max Ford Mustang GT convertible.  Sweeet is an understatement.  Some of the folks passing by were shocked when they realized it was Sly standing there admiring his new wheels.  Pretty cool.  I spoke to WWL a local radio station and told them how excited we are to be here in the Big Easy…and we are.  Other than that I am counting the hours til Monday.  Hopefully by then I can release the name of the actor playing Church.  Off to a production meeting then I gotta see Star Trek tonight!!!  oh BTW…Terry Crews character name has reverted to the original – Hale Cesear…bye bye Jazz Gumbo.  And Jet Li’s character name is not Ping Pong…whew.