Film Notes: 'Expendables 2' co-stars giving grief-stricken Stallone some space


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The cast of "The Expendables 2" say they're giving co-star and writer Sylvester Stallone space after the death of his son last month.

Mr. Stallone's 36-year-old son, Sage, died on July 13 in his Los Angeles home -- a day after Mr. Stallone was joined by Arnold Schwarzenegger and other "Expendables" stars at Comic-Con in San Diego.

"Something like that is so severe. You can't really do anything. I sent him a handwritten note. I contributed to a charity for his kid," said Dolph Lundgren, one of a number of aging action stars featured in the film, which opens next Friday.

"He knows we're thinking about him," Mr. Lundgren said at a recent media event for the film. "He knows us. He knows our prayers go out to him. But what are you going to do? I have two kids. And all you can do is hug your kids and go thank God it didn't happen to you."

Mr. Stallone has not made any public appearances since the death. His publicist said in a statement that the star was "devastated and grief-stricken." No cause of death has been announced.

Sage Moonblood Stallone was the oldest of Sylvester Stallone's children and co-starred with his father in two films: 1990's "Rocky V" and 1996's "Daylight."

Mixed-martial-arts veteran turned actor Randy Couture said the cast was missing Mr. Stallone during promotion of the film, which includes a European trip and next week's Los Angeles premiere.

"He is the leader of this group, both onscreen and offscreen. And so we miss him here," Mr. Couture said. "But we understand. We're parents. We have kids. We can't really imagine what he's going through now. But what do you say? ... So we're giving him space." (Ryan Pearson, Associated Press)

Day-Lewis looks presidential

The first official image of Daniel Day-Lewis as President Abraham Lincoln was released this week. He stars in Steven Spielberg's film "Lincoln" and looks remarkably like the 16th president of the United States.

The movie, scheduled for mid-November, also stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Robert Todd Lincoln; Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens; Jackie Earle Haley as Alexander Stephens; Jared Harris as Ulysses S. Grant; Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln; and David Strathairn as Secretary of State William Seward. (Barbara Vancheri, PG movie editor)

Mark your calendars

"Perks of Being a Wallflower" now has an official opening date in Pittsburgh: Sept. 28.

No word yet on where the made-in-Pittsburgh movie will play. "Perks" stars Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller and Mae Whitman, among others, and is based on the Stephen Chbosky novel of the same name. He also wrote the screenplay and directed the film about a shy, sensitive teenager trying to navigate high school and life, family and otherwise. (Vancheri)

'Avengers 2' advances

Variety reports that Joss Whedon will write and direct "The Avengers 2" and bring a Marvel-themed show to ABC. The trade publication said Disney's Bob Iger made the announcement during an earnings call with analysts.

"Marvel's The Avengers" has been a slam-dunk success since its May 4 opening, bringing in nearly $1.5 billion worldwide.

In related news, Variety reports Warner Bros. is talking to Ben Affleck ("The Town") about directing "The Justice League," uniting DC Comics characters. (Vancheri)

In brief

• Alan Ritchson, Bruno Gunn and Meta Golding have joined the cast of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." Mr. Ritchson will play Gloss, Mr. Gunn is Brutus and Ms. Golding, Enobaria, in the second movie, scheduled for release Nov. 22, 2013.

• Bob Hoskins is retiring from acting so he can deal with his Parkinson's disease and spend more time with family, vulture.com reported this week. Mr. Hoskins, most recently a dwarf in "Snow White and the Huntsman," was nominated for an Oscar for his leading role in 1986's "Mona Lisa." He lost to Paul Newman, for "The Color of Money."

• You can see "Rhino Resurrected" for free at 2:30 and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont in conjunction with Vinyl Record Day, featuring music and vinyl art vendors. Admission to Vinyl Record Day, 2:30-5:30 p.m., is free. At 7 p.m. Sunday, "Empire Records" will be shown. Regular $7 admission will apply.

Pittsburgh native Keith Shapiro, an Allderdice and Penn State University graduate, made the documentary "Rhino Resurrected." He spoke with Scott Mervis for an Aug. 2 story in the Post-Gazette, which you can find online at post-gazette.com. (Vancheri)

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First Published August 10, 2012 4:00 AM


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