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First Trailer and Poster Revealed For IFC Midnight’s ‘Welcome To Willits’

First Trailer and Poster Revealed For IFC Midnight’s ‘Welcome To Willits’

IFC Midnight has unveiled the official trailer and poster for the release of WELCOME TO WILLITS. Directed by Trevor Ryan, the film is coming to select theaters, VOD, and via digital platforms in the U.S. on SEPTEMBER 22, 2017!

Synopsis: Aliens, burnouts, and clueless campers collide in this bloody and bonkers slasher freak-out. Deep in the woods of Northern California lies the off-the-grid town of Willits, a haven for marijuana growers, meth addicts, and conspiracy theorists. When a gaggle of vacationing friends unknowingly set up their campsite on the property of Willits’ most disturbed resident—a psychotic, drug-addled pot farmer convinced extraterrestrials are out to get him—they’re in for one hell of a bad time. The feature debut from director Trevor Ryan is a no-holds-barred pileup of carnage, twisted comedy, and pure crazy starring Bill Sage, Garrett Clayton, Chris Zylka, Thomas Dekker, and Dolph Lundgren.

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THE EXPENDABLES 3: San Diego Comic Con Posters Unveiled

THE EXPENDABLES 3: San Diego Comic Con Posters Unveiled

In celebration of this week’s San Diego Comic Con, and the most fun action film of the summer: THE EXPENDABLES 3, we have BRAND NEW Comic Con posters and a kick-ass behind-the-scenes featurette! Make sure you take a look at all your favorite action heroes in the stunning Comic Con posters below and join the fun when it hits theaters this AUGUST 15! 

THE EXPENDABLES 3 team includes your favorite action heroes – Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, and Terry Crews …and a new generation of badasses – Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Kelsey Grammar, Harrison Ford, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, and Glen Powell.

 

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THE EXPENDABLES 3: Brand New Motion Poster Unleashed!

THE EXPENDABLES 3: Brand New Motion Poster Unleashed!

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Get ready for this summer’s BIGGEST and MOST FUN action film: THE EXPENDABLES 3! This August, watch the ultimate team battle it out against Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson) in the most exciting and kickass event of this summer. In anticipation of the film’s release, we’re excited to share an incredible new motion poster starring the badass who started it all – Sylvester Stallone – along with a BRAND NEW poster below!

THE EXPENDABLES 3 team includes original action heroes – Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, and Terry Crews …plus brand new badasses – Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Kelsey Grammar, Harrison Ford, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, and Glen Powell.

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THE EXPENDABLES 3: Check Out An Explosive New Trailer This Summer’s Biggest Action Event!

THE EXPENDABLES 3: Check Out An Explosive New Trailer This Summer’s Biggest Action Event!

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Brace yourself for non-stop action as Lionsgate has just unleashed a brand new trailer for ‘The Expendables 3. New Team. New Attitude. New Mission.

Our favorite tough guys are rolling into theaters for the most FUN event of the summer…and we have an explosive new trailer and banner to share! Featuring the largest ensemble of action stars ever, THE EXPENDABLES 3 team includes original action heroes – Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, and Terry Crews …plus brand new badasses – Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Kelsey Grammar, Harrison Ford, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, and Glen Powell.
THE EXPENDABLES 3 will be rolling into theaters this AUGUST 15, 2014!

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THE EXPENDABLES 3: Check Out 16 High-Intensity Character Posters!

THE EXPENDABLES 3: Check Out 16 High-Intensity Character Posters!

Hang on for…ONE. LAST. RIDE. In anticipation of the biggest, baddest, and most FUN action film of the year, Lionsgate has just released THE EXPENDABLES 3 ROLL CALL and 16 CHARACTER POSTERS! It’s time to check out the greatest collection of action stars on the silver screen…ever.  Check them out in the gallery below!
THE EXPENDABLES 3 involves a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet. Check out all 16 character posters and watch the roll call below to witness your favorite action heroes and original badasses (Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews and Arnold Schwarzenegger) join all-star additions (Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Kelsey Grammar, Harrison Ford, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, and Glen Powell)…and see what they’re up against when they come face to face with the ruthless Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson)! Be sure to watch this star-studded cast in all their ass-kicking glory when it hits theaters August 15, 2014.
SYNOPSIS: In THE EXPENDABLES 3, Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet.
Cast (Character): Sylvester Stallone (Barney Ross), Jason Statham (Lee Christmas), Antonio Banderas (Galgo), Jet Li (Yin Yang), Wesley Snipes (Doc), Dolph Lundgren (Gunnar Jensen), Kelsey Grammer (Bonaparte), Terry Crews (Hale Caesar), Randy Couture (Toll Road), Kellan Lutz (John Smilee), Ronda  Rousey (Luna),  Glen Powell (Thorn), Victor Ortiz (Mars), Robert Davi (Vata), with Mel Gibson (Conrad Stonebanks), with Harrison Ford (Drummer), and Arnold Schwarzenegger (Trench)

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The Expendables 3: Official Teaser Trailer Unleashed!

The Expendables 3: Official Teaser Trailer Unleashed!

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This summer, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Kelsey Grammar, Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford will join the cast of THE EXPENDABLES 3! Your favorite living legends and original badasses Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews and Arnold Schwarzenegger return to their roles to do some major ass-kicking

Also joining the all-star cast this year is Kellan Lutz, MMA star Ronda Rousey, welterweight boxing champion Victor Ortiz and Glen Powell.This action hero dream team is officially BACK and READY FOR ACTION! Can’t wait until next summer? Meet the gang NOW in the brand-new TEASER TRAILER that just debuted directly to the Expendables fans across the film’s official social media accounts.

THE EXPENDABLES 3 will be BOOMING into theaters everywhere August 15, 2014.

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Scott Adkins Discusses ‘Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning’ And Much More!

Scott Adkins Discusses ‘Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning’ And Much More!

Scott Adkins is the most dynamic and exciting performer working in action cinema today. In fact, his work is so good that not only did it garner him a spot in the prestigious lineup of action stars in ‘The Expendables 2’ but has awarded him the opportunity to take the reigns of a beloved cult franchise. In ‘Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning’, Adkins has taken over the protagonist role in the series with the blessing of Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren, who co-star in the film. ‘Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning’ ups the ante in the Universal Soldier series, giving you more hard-hitting, bloody, no-holds-barred fighting action.

The story focuses on John (Adkins) as he awakens from a coma after his wife and daughter were slaughtered in a brutal home invasion. Haunted by images of the attack, he vows to kill the man responsible, Luc Deveraux (Van Damme).  While John tries to piece his reality back together, things get more complicated when he is pursued by a relentless UniSol (Former UFC Heavyweight and ‘Universal Soldier: Regeneration star) Andrei Arlovski. As John gets closer to Deveraux and the rouge army of genetically enhanced warriors led by back-from-the-dead leader Andrew Scott (Lundgren), John discovers more about himself and begins to call into question everything he believed to be true. 

As one of the action cinema’s brightest stars, Scott Adkins breathes new life into the Universal Soldier franchise, while taking it in a grittier and darker direction. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with Scott Adkins to discuss his journey in one of Hollywood’s most currently underappreciated genres, the making of ‘Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning’, working with his childhood idols, the challenges of working in 3D and much more! 

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We like to get a little insight into a person’s past. How did you initially get involved with martial arts?

I was 10 years old and my father and brother both went to the local judo club. I felt as if I was missing out, so I went along with those guys one day. Over time, they dropped out but I continued to train. I fell in love with it at an early age. I think I was naturally very good at it. Of course, when you are good at something, you tend to enjoy it that much more. I was always a big fan of Bruce Lee. I would always stay up late and watch “Enter The Dragon” and he had a huge impact on my life. I really enjoyed the physical guys like Jackie Chan, Donnie Yen and Tony Jaa. Those guys really inspired me and martial arts was a way for me to do the same thing they did.

When did you start considering making the jump from martial artist to actor using martial arts as a tool?

I always had my eye on it, to be honest. It was something that was in the back of my head from the time I was 12. I had two passions in life — martial arts and films! It just made sense to mix the two together, so I always trained with the idea of one day getting into the movies.

Your latest project is “Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning.” What attracted you to this project?

It was the director, John Hyams. I had seen the previous film, “Universal Soldier: Regeneration,” which he had directed. I was blown away by it. I remember putting it in the DVD player and not expecting much. When I saw the opening sequence with the car chase, I thought, “Wow! This guy really knows what he is doing! This is a great film.” I loved the way that the story unfolded and he documented these Universal Soldiers going through their days doing obscene, crazy stuff but it didn’t have a cheesiness to it. It was very real and came across as very serious. The fight sequences were also really brutal and gripping. I was really excited to potentially work with John after seeing that, so I contacted him and said, “Congratulations on that film! Whatever you are going to do in the future, just keep me in mind because I would really love to work with you!” The rest is history!

This is your first 3D film. What was that experience like for you as a performer? What are the pros and cons?

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As an actor, it doesn’t really change anything but as a martial arts performer it changes things because of the depth perception. You have to get even closer with your technique — your kicks and punches have to be right next to the guy’s face and vice versa. I had to let Andrei Arlovski, ex-UFC champion, throw punches at my face that are very close to hitting me! [laughs] Luckily for me, he had great control because they were coming very close! There are scenes in the film where we are doing crazy stuff, like working with real baseball bats and axes at times. It was really hardcore, to be honest! That was a bit of a shock to the system!

Your movies are very physical and very intense. How do you prep for a typical role before you hit the set, be it physically or mentally?

I am always in pretty good shape. For this particular film though, I had just torn my ACL in my left knee six weeks before we started shooting. I wasn’t exactly firing on all cylinders! However, when you watch the film, you can’t really tell that! In preparation, I was just nursing the worst injury I have ever had in my life and praying I could get through it. I ended up hurting my knee even more during the making of the movie but that is what it’s all about, you just have to push through. The show must go on! For any normal film, I keep myself in good shape, as I said, but you kind of have to get used to the endurance of being thrown around everyday. You have to continue to train and get your body used to the aches and pains because that is what it is. Every morning you get out of bed and you feel a wave of excruciating pain come over your body!

Well, as you said, you can’t tell in the finished product!

Yeah! And I am really glad about that!

What do you consider the biggest challenge for you on this film? [Possible spoilers ahead … ]

It is a very emotional performance. The character, from the very opening of the film, is in a lot of pain emotionally. It was important to try and convey an element. Also, we are dealing with a guy, and I don’t want to give too much away, but he gets his fingers chopped off and he thinks he is a normal bloke but it didn’t really hurt as much as it should have hurt. He is talking to this girl who he hooks up with and she is expecting the fact that this guy has no fingers. You have this whole element of how much do we play up the fact that my fingers have been shot off because he doesn’t know he is a Universal Solider. He discovers this as the story goes on, so it was playing those little bits and trying to keep it realistic that were the most challenging, even though given the nature of the movie, it is a bit of escapism. Those bits were definitely tricky.

You mentioned seeking out director John Hyams. Any chance we will see you two collaborating again in the future, either on another “Universal Soldier” film or something completely different?

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Absolutely! I believe that John is a really smart director. He has taken this franchise in a completely different direction. He has been very brave in what he is trying to do and I commend him for that. I think he is a true artist and I would drop anything to work with him again! If he wants to work with me, I will be ready go!

One of the coolest things about this film is you take on two of the biggest names in the action genre — Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren.

This was the first time I had worked with Dolph. I worked with him on this, then on “The Expendables 2” and then another film. However, this film was my third time working with Jean-Claude and we know each other quite well. It is very much like when I was on the set of “The Expendables 2,” these are the guys who inspired me. I get a massive kick out of being able to share the screen with these guys and hold my own with them. It’s living the dream, isn’t it? It is really great and they are both terrific to work with.

As you said, you have been afforded the opportunity to work with some of action cinema’s greatest stars. I was curious to know if anyone has given you advice in regard to your career or longevity?

Pretty much all of them have told me to take it easy when it comes to the fights and try not to do all of your own stunts because that stuff does catch up with you. I am 36 now and I am definitely starting to feel the aches and pains. I can definitely understand where they are all coming from as I was a young whippersnapper trying to do everything! You have to try and be a bit smarter. But yeah, they are all very supportive of me. Just them being OK with me being in a film with them is a big seal of approval. For Dolph and Jean-Claude to allow me to take over the protagonist role in “Universal Soldier” and also for Stallone, Arnold [Schwarzenegger] and the rest of them to invite me into the club for “The Expendables” — it’s a beautiful thing! It is great to be with all of those guys.

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Do you think it is easier or harder today to make an action film than the period which established those iconic action heroes?

It is easier to do these computer generated films where you have a stuntman in a motion capture suit. For me, when I watch a film like “First Blood,” I always think about the stuntman who jumped off that cliff and went through the trees. Now, you know he is going to land in an airbag but at the same time, you are seeing something being done for real and there is an emotional experience that comes from that, more so than when you see amazing CGI that is technically advanced and brilliant but, at the end of the day, you know it is not real. When you see a stunt performer do something for real, even though you know he is landing on mats or whatever, it gives you more of a kick. When you see these action stars with the muscles and the attitude, doing it right and taking people on, to me it is more satisfying. That is something that will never go away but it is not en vogue at the moment but it seems to be coming back a little bit more. I am happy to fight the fight and do my part!

How have you evolved as an actor and a martial arts performer? Are you aware of your evolution?

Yeah, definitely. I get better with every film. I am always trying to better myself. I started out as a martial artist and a stuntman and with each project I get better. I am never resting on my laurels and always trying to improve. I always give it 110%.

Is there a role or genre you haven’t tackled yet you would like to take a stab at in the future?

I would love to be in some sort of medieval, Knights of The Roundtable, King Arthur sort of thing or a fantasy film like “Conan” or “Gladiator.” I love those kind of films and would really enjoy being a part of one.

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What is the biggest misconception about yourself which film-going audiences may have?

A lot of people know me as this crazy Russian character Yuri Boyka from the “Undisputed” films and they think I am Russian because that character is so popular. I think the biggest thing people are surprised about is when they meet me they discover I am a soft spoken guy and not as villainous as I appear in most of my films! [laughs]

Your on screen fight work is top notch. If you had the opportunity to put something spectacular together, what would you consider your dream fight?

I don’t know. I have worked with some really incredible people. I would love to work with some of the Hong Kong guys. I guess the big guy at the moment is Donnie Yen. I would love to have a great fight with him done Hong Kong style because they really do pay attention to it over there. They spend weeks and weeks getting it exactly right. Although I have worked with Jackie Chan and Jet Li before, I have never really gotten that great one-on-one Hong Kong style fight scene. We will see! But if it doesn’t happen, I think I have done some pretty great fights already. It can’t really get much better than “Undisputed 3.”

Do you aspire to step behind the camera and explore directing at some point?

I definitely have an interest in these action scenes. I have many more ideas about angles and film beats than I do about choreography and such. I can certainly see myself step behind the camera to direct my own fight scenes and then moving onto action scenes. I wouldn’t rule out
directing in the future. I am a student of film. I just love film in general and I do have a lot of ideas I would like to share with people.

Thanks for your time today, Scott! We will spread the word on all of your projects!

Thank you, Jason! I really appreciate it! Thanks a lot!

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Official Trailer For ‘Universal Solider: Day of Reckoning’ Unleashed!

Official Trailer For ‘Universal Solider: Day of Reckoning’ Unleashed!

They’re Back!

Action fans take note! The official trailer for “Universal Solider: Day of Reckoning” has arrived and it packs quite a punch!

The franchise (curiously) continues to grow and once again teams the dynamic duo of Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren, along with Scott Adkins. All three actors also appear in “The Expendables 2”.

The film follows surviving Unisols Luc Deveraux (Jean-Claude Van Damme) and Andrew Scott (Dolph Lundgren) who must battle anarchy and build a new order ruled by Unisols without government oversight. They are weeding out the weak and constantly testing their strongest warriors in brutal, life-and-death combat. Luc has emerged operating the Unisol Church of Eventualism, a self-help organization that takes in wayward Unisols whom the government has been secretly operating as remote-controlled sleeper agents. His mission is to liberate these Unisols from the implanted memories and the lies the government has inserted in them.

“Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning (3D),” the fourth installment in the franchise, is set for theaters on November 30th. Be sure to check out the official Facebook page for the film at www.facebook.com/UniversalSoldier4Official.

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Sylvester Stallone’s ‘The Expendables’ Explodes Onto Blu-ray and DVD!

Sylvester Stallone’s ‘The Expendables’ Explodes Onto Blu-ray and DVD!

It was a feat that many said couldn’t be done. The mission? To gather an all-star cast consisting of the biggest names in action movie history and put the into one explosive flick that oozes testosterone! It was an action movie fans’ wet dream but questions still remained: Could it be done and who could pull it off? As it turns out, there was only one man was brave enough to take on this ultimate challenge. A man who wasn’t afraid to take it to the edge and beyond. That man is none other than the iconic Sylvester Stallone. One of the most influential action heroes of all time, Stallone teamed with writer David Callaham to lay the ground work for The Expendables. Once the ball was rolling, Stallone made calls to the biggest names in action cinema and the rest was history! Answering Stallone’s call to arms for the over-the-top action that the fans have been craving a were a mix the hottest action stars from today and yesteryear, such as Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Terry Crews and Mickey Rourke. To round out the cast, Sly even managed to wrangle two cameos from sliver screen superpowers Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis.

The story begins simply enough, a group of mercenaries are hired for a mission that no one else is brave enough to tackle: Infiltrate a small South American country and overthrow it’s diabolical dictator. The story focuses mainly on Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), who are the real deal when it comes to a modern day action duos. Once the mission is underway, the mercs realize things aren’t exactly what they seem and all hell breaks loose — much to the delight of action junkies worldwide! Outgunned and outnumbered Ross and Christmas scramble back to The States to assemble their team, only to return to the island and dish out piping hot servings of street justice!

For me, The Expendables not only offers a nostalgic gaze back to the films that I discovered in the mom and pop video stores of my suburban youth. At it’s core, The Expendables is a triumphant return to the classic action cinema of the mid-to-late 80s that made icons out of Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Having been raised on the work of many of the actors involved, it was a dream come true to see the finally united onscreen. Not only does the film fill an obvious void in action cinema, I found the film serves as an homage to the films of my father’s youth that featured iconic casts, such as The Wild Bunch, The Magnificent Seven and The Dirty Dozen. While it won’t win any awards for it’s plot, the movie has it where it counts when it comes to action and wastes no time getting down to the nitty gritty. The film is a knock-down, drag out, over the top 80s throwback action blast that represents some of the best qualities of the 80s action flicks on which star/director Sylvester Stallone cut his teeth. Guns, muscles, car chases, explosions, martial arts, beautiful women and a plethora of one lines, The Expendables has it all! Hopefully, we won’t have to wait another decade to see these superpowers re-team!

Rated: 4.5 out of 5

The Expendables explodes onto Blu-Ray Combo Pack, DVD, Digital Download and On Demand on November 23rd!

Visit the official site for the film at www.expendablesthemovie.com or join the fight on Facebook at www.facebook.com/expendablesmovie.

BLU-RAY DISC SPECIAL FEATURES:

DISC ONE

The Expendables: Ultimate Recon Mode” in-movie BonusView feature (Blu-ray Exclusive)

“Comic Con 2010 Panel”  (Blu-ray Exclusive)

Audio Commentary with Sylvester Stallone

“Inferno” feature-length “making of” documentary (Blu-ray Exclusive)

“From the Ashes” Post Production documentary (Blu-ray Exclusive)

Deleted Scene

Gag Reel

Marketing Archive including Trailers and TV spots

Metamenu Remote and BD Touch enabled

D-BOX Motion Control Enabled

DISC TWO

Standard Definition DVD Copy of the feature film

DISC THREE

Standard Definition Digital Copy of the feature film

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*

Audio Commentary with Sylvester Stallone

“Before the Battle” featurette

Deleted Scene

Gag Reel

Marketing Archive including Trailers and TV spots

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Masters of The Universe: Reboot Gets A Pair of New Writers

Masters of The Universe: Reboot Gets A Pair of New Writers

hemanScreenwriters Mike Finch and Alex Litvak, the pair who penned the highly anticipated film ‘Predators’, have been hired by Columbia Pictures to pen a script for  “Masters of the Universe“. The duo’s involvement is the first news on the project since Columbia acquired the rights to the project last fall. Mattel will have final approval over the story.

He-Man is a brawny prince who transforms into a warrior who becomes the last hope for a magical land called Eternia, which is being ravaged by technology and the evil Skeletor.

The Mattel property became iconic by way of the 1980s cartoon series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, and the property was previously turned into a campy flop by Cannon Films in 1987, with Dolph Lungdren as He-Man and Frost/Nixon star Frank Langella as the villainous Skeletor.

Source: THR

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