Avi Lerner Saves His ‘ExpendaBelles’ News For Bulgaria

By | Friday October 25, 2013 @ 9:29am PDT
Mike Fleming

For some reason, Millennium Films chief Avi Lerner likes to drop scoops in the Bulgarian press. That might mean that his revelation to the Standart that he is negotiating with Meryl Streep, Cameron Diaz and Milla Jovovich to … Read More »

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Lawsuit Filed Over Stuntman’s Death During ‘Expendables 2′

By | Thursday July 26, 2012 @ 5:39pm PDT

The parents of a stuntman killed last year in an explosion on a 2nd unit location for The Expendables 2 in Bulgaria have filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court against NuImage, Millennium Films and … Read More »

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Young Bulgarian Filmmakers Tell The Story Of “Lost” Generation In ‘Tilt’

By | Saturday December 10, 2011 @ 2:37am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Twenty-two years after the fall of communism, the cataclysmic events and their aftermath continue to be on the mind of Eastern European filmmakers. Latest case in point: Bulgaria’s Oscar entry for foreign language film Tilt, a teen love story set … Read More »

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‘The Expendables 2′ Fined For Damaging Protected Bat Habitat In Bulgaria

By | Wednesday November 16, 2011 @ 1:13am PST
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE 10 AM: I have now learned that it was a contractor hired by The Expendables crew to trim the shrubbery in front of Bulgaria’s Devetashka Cave that was fined and not the production itself. As for the movie’s producers, … Read More »

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UPDATE: Stuntmen In ‘Expendables 2′ Fatal Accident Identified

By | Monday October 31, 2011 @ 4:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE, 4 PM: NuImage/Millennium Films released an update today on the accident that killed one stuntman and seriously injured another last week during filming on a 2nd Unit location for The Expendables 2 on Lake Ognyanovo, Bulgaria. Those men are now identified, and other information is clarified in the statement below.

“Our deepest condolences go to the family of Kun Lieu. His passing is tragic.  Our sympathies also go to Nuo Sun who was seriously injured as a result of the same explosion.  We have been informed his condition has stabilized. He has been transported to Munich, Germany, where he is receiving top medical care from the best specialists,” said Nu Image/Millennium Films.

Regrettably, Bulgarian language newspapers have incorrectly reported that stunt doubles for Jet Li and Sylvester Stallone were involved in the accident.  This is absolutely false and inaccurate.  At the time of the accident neither Li’s or Stallone’s stuntmen were on or near the Second Unit set, nor were any of the film’s main actors, director Simon West or any of the Main Unit crew.

Only Second Unit filming has been temporarily suspended and will resume shortly. The filmmakers continue to work with authorities investigating this accident. Main Unit production has not been interrupted and continues as scheduled.

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