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It looks like Belgian movie legend Jean-Claude Van Damme is back on the scene (in China, specifically). He’s lending his extremely flexible physique to what appears to be a quirky and fun superhero action-packed comedy entitled Jian Bing Man, which delightfully translates to “Pancake Man.” Van Damme is only playing a supporting role in the film, but fans will surely be intrigued by his footage in the trailer (he’s clad in a white suit fighting a man in a cape and spandex, I dare you not to be intrigued). While the trailer only displays Van Damme in one scene, some behind the scenes footage shows Van Damme appearing to have a grand old time.
The film is directed by and stars Da Peng, who plays a street vendor that mysteriously obtains super powers (plot details are not in high volume, but it obviously has something to do with »
Part and parcel of The Expendables‘ appeal is the series’ star-studded cast of has-beens, with everyone from Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren and band leader Sylvester Stallone dusting off their action gear for another stint in the limelight. And despite the third installment being met with middling reviews not to mention a franchise low $40 million at the domestic box office, The Expendables 4 is all but a given thanks to the series’ appeal overseas.
Without a production start date to call its own, there’s still a lot of negotiations before filming begins in earnest, but someone who wants in on the bombastic action is WWE superstar Hulk Hogan, which could potentially pave the way for an unofficial Rocky III reunion.
Speaking to Movieweb, the fan favorite personality – real name Terry Gene Bollea – revealed that he has had talks with Stallone about a potential role in the unannounced sequel, where he »
- Michael Briers
The muscles from Brussels, Jean-Claude Van Damme returns to China, to play a supporting role in Da Peng's superhero comedy Jian Bing Man...literally translated as "Pancake Man".The film is being lined up for a big summer release in the mainland, and is set to hit screens on 17 July. Actor-director Da Peng has gathered a host of local stars together for the film, including Hong Kong comedy favourites Eric Tsang and Sandra Ng. It tells the rather preposterous story of a lowly street vendor who magically acquires super powers harnessed from the tasty breakfast crepes he sells.Van Damme appears to be playing the villain of the piece, but details of his role in the plot are somewhat scarce at this point. However, we have found...
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Dolph Lundgren is a hard action star to pin down. It's not because he's been in less movies than, say, Jean-Claude Van Damme. It's not because he's had fewer hits than Steven Seagal. It's because while peers like Stallone and Schwarzengger were off making sequel after sequel, Lundgren, who has a master's degree in chemical engineering, was happy to start a family and take on a few movies here and there. When Lundgren does take on a movie, it's almost always something that stands on its own independent of a big franchise. And the latest project to fit that bill is Skin Trade, an intense action movie set in the very real world of human trafficking. Lundgren wrote and produced Skin Trade (available now on Video On Demand), which finds him playing a...
- Peter Hall
Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Harrison Page, Deborah Rennard, Lisa Pelikan, Ashley Johnson. Brian Thompson, Voyo Goric, Michel Qissi, George McDaniel, Eric Karson, Ash Adams, William T. Amos, Roz Bosley, Dennis Rucker, Billy Blanks | Written by Sheldon Lettich, Jean-Claude Van Damme | Directed by Sheldon Lettich
When looking at eighties action heroes Jean-Claude Van Damme managed to make a name for himself in a genre built upon already big names and even bigger egos. Although A.W.O.L. (aka Lionheart) was released in 1990 I think it is fair to still class it as an eighties movie, the fashions shown on-screen pretty much confirm it (they are bad). Released this week on Blu-ray as part of 101 Films Cult Movie Collection it stands as a perfect example of everything that made Van Damme a star of the action genre.
When Lyon Gaultier discovers his brother is injured and the Foreign Legion with which »
- Paul Metcalf
Provided by ListenFirst Media, Dar – TV measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube and Wikipedia combined. For more on the methodology behind Dar – TV, scroll to the bottom of the article.
Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) – TV Broadcast Monday May 11, 2015 – Sunday May 17, 2015 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 The Voice 16,479 2 – Supergirl 8,886 3 7 American Idol 5,241 4 3 Glee 4,337 5 2 America’s Got Talent 4,193 6 – Legends of Tomorrow 3,879 7 5 Dancing With The Stars 3,739 8 6 Empire 3,132 9 9 The Flash 2,452 10 – The Simpsons 2,116 –
Cable/Streaming Monday May 11, 2015 – Sunday May 17, 2015 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 Lip Sync Battle 7,120 2 – Orange Is the New Black 4,116 3 4 Top Gear 3,304 4 5 Game of Thrones 3,286 5 3 Inside Amy Schumer 3,259 6 7 Pretty Little Liars 3,175 7 – True Detective 3,000 8 2 Key and Peele 2,346 9 – Fake Off 1,797 10 9 Dance Moms 1,607 –
Late Night Monday May 11, 2015 – Sunday May 17, 2015 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 39,032 2 5 Conan 18,498 3 2 Jimmy Kimmel Live! 14,477 4 3 Late Show With David Letterman 12,507 5 – The Late Late Show with James Corden 7,747 –
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- Jason Klein
Senior Staff Writer and Blu-ray nut Scott Davis takes his weekly look at what’s new and hot in the world of Blu-ray…
In this week’s UK edition, we have Steve Carell and Channing Tatum wrestling in Foxcatcher, lots of singing in the woods with Meryl Streep and Anna Kendrick in Into The Woods, and arguably the best film of 2015 so far, A Most Violent Year, starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain…
One of the outstanding films of 2015 so far, J.C. Chandor’s magnificent epic stars Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola and Albert Brooks and is set in 1981, New York City’s most violent year ever.
See Also: Read our review of A Most Violent Year here
Acclaimed with a huge standing ovation at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, director Bennett Miller’s excellent sports drama was not as successful »
- Scott J. Davis
Directed by Sheldon Lettich.
A French Foreign Legion deserter takes to street fighting to help pay his murdered brother’s wife’s debts whilst trying to avoid capture.
Sandwiched between the classic Kickboxer and the largely under-appreciated Death Warrant, A.W.O.L. (or Lionheart if you’re in the Us) sees Jean-Claude Van Damme on fine form as Lyon Gaultier, a soldier in the French Foreign Legion who receives a letter saying that his brother has been set on fire by drug dealers and is lying in a Los Angeles hospital with not a lot of hope for recovery. Escaping from his camp after being refused leave by his oddly angry superior officer, Lyon stows away on a ship to America but ends up in New York so, »
- Gary Collinson
Jean-Claude Van Damme continues to explore and embrace his darker side in this modest Asian action thriller, as a kidnap & rescue specialist who falls foul of organ traffickers in the Philippines. Sadly, budgetary constraints and a lack of interesting action beats make Pound Of Flesh as sloppy and indigestible as its title might suggest.Shortly after arriving in Manila, Deacon (Van Damme) comes to the aid of a young woman, Ana (Charlotte Peters), being manhandled by an overbearing suitor, Drake (Darren Shahlavi). But no sooner has he agreed to a "thank you" drink, Deacon wakes up to find himself in a bathtub full of ice, and his kidney missing. As if this wasn't reason to get mad on its own, Deacon was actually in town...
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Expanding Thai mini-studio Benetone Films has picked up rights to “Wishing For A Dream,” a drama set for release later this year. The film stars Sara Malakul Lane, a Thai-British model turned actress.
Written and directed by Jared Cohn, the film’s story follows the ups and downs of a young woman trying to make her way in the Hollywood entertainment scene. It is told in raw documentary style.
Production is by Gabriel Campisi, Judy Kim, and John Mehrer through Los Angeles-based Traplight Media. “Dream” will release theatrically in Thailand, and on VoD in the Us in the last quarter of the year.
Benetone, is one of the leading production services companies in Thailand and recently announced horror title “Pernicious” as the first release to go out its newly-minted film distribution arm. Directed by James Cullen Bressack, Thailand-set “Pernicious” was produced by Benetone principals Rachvin Narula, Kulthep Narula, and Daemon Hillin. »
- Patrick Frater
Plot: Deacon (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is an ex-special forces soldier in the Philippines to donate a kidney to his dying niece. After a drunken one-night stand, he wakes up in a bathtub full of ice, discovering that his kidney.s been stolen by black marketers. In order to retrieve his kidney while it.s still viable, Deacon teams up with his estranged brother and the woman who set him up to get back his .pound of flesh.. Review: Jean-Claude Van Damme is one of those aging action heroes I »
- Chris Bumbray
Unlike Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, Jean-Claude Van Damme has never been known to have a charismatic, larger-than-life on-screen presence. He never had the memorable quotes or the classic movie roles. What set Van Damme apart from the rest of the pack was how he was able to use his martial arts background to create entertaining fight sequences. We remember him for his splits, his spinning heel kicks, but less so for his acting talents. However, as he proved in 2008’s “Jcvd,” an old, broken-down, beaten-up Jean-Claude Van Damme is actually quite compelling to watch. In “Pound of Flesh,” we get to see Van Damme tap into the darker, more grounded side of his persona once again, but it’s unfortunately stuck in this third-rate, run-of-the-mill actioner, which, for some reason, was edited to look like an episode of “CSI.” Read More: Jean-Claude Van Damme Joins Remake Of 'Kickboxer' Now, »
- Ken Guidry
Jean-Claude Van Dame is one of the world’s most treasured action stars. The muscles from Brussels made it big during the 1980’s with roles in Kickboxer and Universal Soldier and he hasn’t stopped working since. In between his search for a truly refreshing experience he has managed to squeeze in yet another film Pound Of Flesh.
Directed for a third time by Ernie Barbarash, Pound Of Flesh sees Van Dame’s Deacon fall foul to that organ-stealing urban legend; you know the one where you wake up in a bath tub with internal bits and pieces missing. This being a Van Dame movie Deacon is obviously the wrong man to steal from and he sets out to track down his missing organ. The full synopsis is thus:
In China to donate his kidney to his dying niece, Deacon (Jean-Claude Van Damme), a former black-ops agent, awakes the day »
- Kat Smith
Jean-Claude Van Damme is known for kicking serious ass on-screen, but one of his finest cinematic moments happened on the dance floor. At the prompting of Conan O'Brien during Tuesday night's episode of Conan, the actor recreated his infamous, dorky moves from the 1989 martial arts classic Kickboxer.
O'Brien sets up the dance in the above clip, telling his guest that it's one of his favorite movie scenes. He then rolls the footage, which features Van Damme decked out in a black tank-top and khakis, grooving to Beau Williams' "Feeling »
Real comedy still happens on late night, we can prove it. If you like Conan comedy gold, Fallon friendliness, cutesy Corden, list-making Letterman, kneedy Kimmel, and all the rest, I hope you’ll enjoy this column too.
Last night on late night, Don Rickles and Howard Stern were on Late Show, Louis Ck spoke with Seth Meyers about working for Conan, James Corden worked in an La juice bar, Conan parodied Guy Fieri, and we take a look at the sub-optimal broadcasting of two British gentlemen on a messianic quest to bring “football” to America.
The “trick or treat hairdo” joke. Classic stuff. “No need to get pissed off — we’re just talking” Rickles will be at the Nycb theatre in New »
- Max Wood
"I got the moves," the actor replied, before leaping to the Conan studio floor to cut a rug.
In the movie, it wasn't long before the scene turned violent, but Van Damme was more than ready to re-create a few of Kickboxer's signature kicks as well.
It was surely a night that action movie fans will never forget!
Conan airs Mondays through Thursdays on TBS in the Us. Tru TV airs the series in the UK. »
While I was pretty indifferent towards the concept of a Kickboxer remake, the involvement of Jean-Claude Van Damme finally tossed some interest my way. With the addition of Dave Bautista (Spectre) and Gina Carano (Deadpool), the movie automatically jumped onto my must-see radar. I don't think any of the classic cheese of the original will make it into this iteration, but leave it up to Conan O'Brien to remind audiences of it and actually include Van Damme. Behold the classic Kickboxing dance scene re-imagined for a live audience. The Kickboxer remake will most likely hit sometime in 2015. »
- Sean Wist
Age ain't nothin' but a number, as proven by Jean-Claude Van Damme!
The legendary martial artist/actor recreated his iconic dance from 1989's "Kickboxer" during an appearance on "Conan" on Monday night.
"Can you still dance like that?" Conan asked Jean-Claude. "Do you still have those dance moves? If we gave you some music right now could you do it?"
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"I still got the moves," Jcvd replied, before standing up and starting to dance.
The Muscles from Brussels, who will turn 55 in October, managed to pull off just about ...
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Access Hollywood)
WellGo USA has acquired North American rights to “Wild City,” a noir gangster thriller by Ringo Lam.
Lam is one of Hong Kong’s most celebrated directors, but has not headlined a feature in more than seven years.
WellGo, which earlier this week pounced on Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Cannes competition film “The Assassin,” says that it will give “City” a stateside release to coincide with its July 31 release in China and Hong Kong.
International sales are by Distribution Workshop. Local release in greater China is by Bravos Entertainment, the distribution, marketing and sales entity formed a year ago by former Media Asia executive Ricky Tse with backing from mainland Chinese financier Sun Entertainment.
The film is co-produced by Hong Kong’s »
- Patrick Frater
This Friday, Jean-Claude Van Damme reruns to the big screen in his latest action epic Pound of Flesh. And in a move to promote the movie, he made an appearance on last night's Conan. It was here that the host convinced the action icon and living legend to recreate one of his most infamous scenes. Yes, that's right! Wearing dark sunglasses and a ball cap as if in incognito, Jean-Claude Van Damme busted out his dance moves from the 1989 classic Kickboxer.
What many people forget or do not realize is that before he was a black belt karate and bodybuilding champion, Jean-Claude Van Damme was a classically trained ballerina who studied ballet for more than 5 years. He put those skills to good use in his breakout role as Kurt Sloane in Kickboxer, which brought the star to acclaim, and made him on of the biggest action mainstays of the 1990s. »
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