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When Pauline Kael wrote “movies are so rarely great art, that if we can’t appreciate great trash, there is little reason for us to go,” she may as well have been describing some of the films on this list. Combining elements of high and lowbrow art with varying degrees of success, these ten titles make up for in verve, goofiness and style what they lack in depth.
Despite its tepid love story, this tale of a doomed civilization perched on the edge of a CGI volcano was the most unabashedly enjoyable sword-and-sandal movie of the year. Weightier than both Hercules adventures, Paul W.S. Anderson’s “Pompeii” took itself far less seriously than the Biblical epics “Noah” and “Exodus: Gods and Kings.” And while the 3D eruption of Mount Vesuvius was indeed stunning, it’s Kiefer Sutherland’s wonderfully hammy turn as a villainous Roman Senator that stole the show. »
- Matthew Chernov
You know you’ve made it when they make a onesie in your honour. Rocky’s is iconically straightforward: it is black with a red hood, it shows a pair of red gloves hanging around the neck, and across the shoulders the word ‘Rocky’ is displayed in typically solid white capitals. There is something so simple and straightforward about the whole Rocky franchise that makes it irresistible – but there is more to the story than just the commercialisation.
In truth, Sylvester Stallone’s eponymous hero was a merchandising man’s dream – or to put it another way, Stallone captured something of the American dream in his humble, heart-as-big-as-a-lion hero: American dreams have always been in fashion.
- Kyle Reese
A week ago we learned that Jean-Claude Van Damme had been cast in the upcoming Kickboxer remake, in which he will play an updated version of the original film’s Master Chow. It's now being reported that former Mma fighter Gina Carano has joined the martial arts production.
The film has an all-star cast of badasses that Carano will be joining, such as Dave Bautista from Guardians of the Galaxy, stunt performer-turned-actor Alain Moussi from X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Ufc welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, who played Batroc in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Carano is a great addition to the cast. It's always fun to see her in action.
John Stockwell is directing the movie, and the story follows Kurt Sloane (Moussi), "a talented martial artist who travels to Thailand, where he must learn the secrets of the kickboxer to avenge his brother's death at the hands »
- Joey Paur
25 years ago, the original Kickboxer was the film that put Jean Claude Van Damme on the map for good. With the athletic prowess he was known for, as well as the acting talents he was starting to develop at that time, Van Damme turned what could have simply been an 80's B-movie starring someone like Chuck Norris into a film that is well regarded piece of greatness. In fact, people like it so much it has led to a modern remake that seems to be logging ass kicker after ass kicker onto its roster. As if this cast couldn't get anymore prestigious, another actor of physical prowess and noted acting abilities is joining up for a film that could practically be renamed "Team Badass" at this point. The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Gina Carano, star of Haywire and the Fast And Furious franchise, has been added to the Kickboxer »
The former mixed martial artist is set to join the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Dave Bautista and Jean-Claude Van Damme, who will be returning to a franchise that he helped create in a mentor role. Directed by John Stockwell, the revamped version will once again follow Kurt Sloan (played here by Alain Moussi in lieu of Van Damme), who is described as “a talented martial artist who travels to Thailand where he must learn the secrets of the kickboxer to avenge his brother’s death at the hands of Tong Po.”
As you’ve probably already guessed, Bautista will play the role of the adversary in this new take, which will no doubt lead to a muscle-straining showdown between him and Moussi’s protagonist. As for Carano, »
- Michael Briers
Looks like this Kickboxer remake is hoping to make a splash when it comes out. Last week, it was announced that Jean-Claude Van Damme- the star of the original- was onboard to play the lead character's mentor. We all ready know that Dave Bautista is signed on, he of Guardians of The Galaxy and soon-to-be Spectre fame. Now The Hollywood Reporter has announced that former Mma star turned actress Gina Carano has joined the cast.
Carano 's profile has been rising steadily over the last few years, between being handpicked by Stephen Soderbergh to star in Haywire and appearing in the extremely lucrative Fast & Furious series. She even sat atop the wish lists of many fans when it came time to cast Wonder Woman in WB/DC's new cinematic universe- and that wasn't just because she was dating "Superman" Henry Cavill at the time. Carano looks the part and »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
After taking a surprising turn in Fast & Furious 6, mix martial artist turned actress Gina Carano will bring her acting skills into the fighting arena this time. THR reports Carano has joined the cast of Kickboxer, a reboot/remake of the original 1989 martial arts flick which just landed Jean-Claude Van Damme to return in a mentor role. This time the story follows Kurt Sloane (Alain Moussi, a Ufc welterweight champion), a talented martial artist who travels to Thailand, where he must learn the secrets of the kickboxer to avenge his brother's death at the hands of Tong Po (Dave Bautista). So what's Carano doing in the film? Read on! Well, it turns out she may not do much fighting, since she's playing a fight promoter. But maybe she'll have a moment where she gets to show off her trademark toughness. If not, she's also rather beautiful, so she won't have »
- Ethan Anderton
Kickboxer, the 1989 movie that helped launch the career of action star Jean-Claude Van Damme, has been slated to be remade for a while now. Featuring former Ufc star Georges St. Pierre, who recently appeared as Bartroc the Leaper in Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and WWE star Bautista, coming off a much-talked about turn as Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy (and having just been announced as part of the new Bond movie), the flick already had some serious heavyweights from the fighting world.
Well, add one more – the former face of women’s Mma Gina Carano. Carano, per The Hollywood reporter, is playing a fight promoter in the film that follows a kickboxer heading to Thailand to avenge his brother’s death. Bautsita plays the antagonist of the piece; Jean-Claude Van Damme also returns. Alain Moussi, a stunt performer turned actor who worked on X-Men: Days of Future Past, »
- Jay Anderson
Kickboxer centres around martial artist Kurt Sloane (Moussi) who travels to Thailand to improve his fighting skills and avenge his brother's murder.
Carano will take on the role of a fight promoter in the John Stockwell-directed film.
She will next be seen with Bautista in hijack thriller Bus 657.
Kickboxer is expected to arrive in 2015. »
Following on from the news that Jean-Claude Van Damme has joined the cast of the Kickboxer remake as Master Chow, producers Radar Films has now announced that Mma star Gina Carano (Haywire, Fast & Furious 6) has signed on to play the film’s female fight promoter.
“It will be fun to watch Gina as the sneaky and dangerous temptress, a boa constrictor of this fighting jungle,” states producer Ted Field. “Watch out kickboxers!”
Kickboxer is being directed by Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero) and also stars Alain Moussi (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), George St. Pierre (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Thai supermodel Sara Malakul Lane.
The film follows Kurt Sloan (Moussi), a talented martial artist who travels to Thailand where he must learn the secrets of the kickboxer to avenge his brother’s death at the hands of Tong Po (Bautista).
- Gary Collinson
Production is underway on the Kickboxer remake, and Radar Films has announced Haywire star and mixed martial artist Gina Carano has been cast in the film. Carano will play a fight promoter, and will star alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dave Bautista (Guardians Of The Galaxy), Georges St. Pierre (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Alain Moussi and Thai model Sara Malakul Lane in the remake. Radar Films' Ted Fields on Gina Carano joining the project: It will be fun to watch »
- Jesse Giroux
The Mma star is going to play a fight promoter in the new film, building on her previous movie credits that include Fast & Furious 6 and Steven Soderbergh's Haywire. We can't see her sitting behind a desk for much of the film though, and Ted Field of Radar Films has certainly suggested that won't be the case. "It will be fun to watch Gina as the sneaky and dangerous temptress, a boa constrictor of this fighting jungle", he said. "Watch out kickboxers!"
The new film is being directed by John Stockwell, and it was confirmed last week »
Directed by John Stockwell ("Cat Run"), the story follows Kurt Sloane (Alain Moussi), a gifted martial artist who travels to Thailand where he must learn kickboxing secrets to avenge the death of his brother at the hands of the villainous Tong Po (Dave Bautista).
Jean-Claude Van Damme plays Master Chow who teaches Kurt how to take on Tong Po. Carrion will portray a fight promoter. Filming is currently underway in New Orleans and Thailand.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Kickboxer remake director John Stockwell recently scored a big get, as Jean-Claude Van Damme agreed to step in and take on the role of a martial arts mentor in the new take on one of the films that launched his career. Stockwell is now adding Gina Carano into the mix.Carano will play a fight promoter, though her Ufc skills mean she’ll fit right in to a cast that already includes Van Damme, stuntman and actor Alain Moussi, former WWE wrestler/Guardians Of The Galaxy actor Dave Bautista and Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s Georges St. Pierre. Sara Malakul Lane has also joined the cast as the woman who catches Moussi’s eye.Moussi takes over the leading mantle as Kurt Sloane, a talented fighter who heads to Thailand intending to learn the secrets of advanced kickboxing mostly so he can confront Tong Po (Bautista), the man who killed his brother. »
Mixed martial arts fighter and actress Gina Carano has signed on to star in the Kickboxer remake. The actress will portray a fight promoter, alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dave Bautista and Alain Moussi. The remake is currently filming in New Orleans.
The story follows Kurt Sloane (Alain Moussi), a gifted martial artist who travels to Thailand where he must learn kickboxing secrets to avenge the death of his brother. Dave Bautista is playing the villainous Tong Po, who killed Kurt's brother. Jean-Claude Van Damme, who played Kurt Sloane in the original 1989 film Kickboxer, signed on last week to portray Master Chow, replacing the initially-attached Tony Jaa. The cast also includes Georges St. Pierre, Scott Adkins and Sara Malakul Lane, who is playing Kurt's love interest.
Last week we learned the joyous news that Jean-Claude Van Damme had been cast in the Kickboxer remake. The movie has quite a cast, many of them drawn from the world of martial arts. Stunt man/martial artist Alain Moussi (X-Men: Days of Future Past) is playing the lead (Van Damme is playing more of a mentor this time out) alongside George St. Pierre (Bartoc from Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Dave Bautista (Riddick, Guardians of the Galaxy). And now we've got word that Mma fighter and Haywire star Gina Carano has joined the film. Hit the jump for more details on her role, which is something of a break from the archetype one might expect her to play. The Kickboxer remake is currently shooting in New Orleans before moving onto Thailand. John Stockwell is directing. In what's being called a "gender-bender twist from the original", Carano is playing »
- Evan Dickson
• Edgar Ramirez is in final talks for Joy. David O. Russell is directing the biopic, which also stars Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro. The film is based on the true story of Joy Mangano (Lawrence), the inventor/entrepreneur behind the Miracle Mop. De Niro will play Mangano's father, with Ramirez as her then husband, Tony. Annie Mumolo wrote the script for the film. [THR] • Natalie Portman has left discussions for the female lead in Universal's Steve Jobs biopic, Jobs. Danny Boyle is directing the film. Aaron Sorkin adapted Walter Isaacson's biography for the screen. It stars Michael Fassbender as »
- C. Molly Smith
Gina Carano has joined the cast of Kickboxer, Radar Pictures’ remake of the 1989 martial artist actioner. John Stockwell is directing the movie, which is shooting in New Orleans. Carano will make up part of the muscle-glistening roll call that includes Guardians of the Galaxy star and newly minted James Bond villain Dave Bautista, X-Men: Days of Future Past stunt performer-turned-actor Alain Moussi, Ufc welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre (who played Batroc in Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Jean-Claude Van Damme, who is returning to the franchise that helped launch his career Model-turned-actress
- Borys Kit
The Important News The title of the next James Bond movie is Spectre. And Monica Belluci is one of its "Bond girls." Speaking of which, Stephen Hawking wants to be a Bond villain. Suicide Squad was confirmed to star Jared Leto, Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Tom Hardy and more as DC supervillains. Benedict Cumberbatch was confirmed for Dr. Strange. Ryan Reynolds was confirmed for Deadpool. And Krysten Ritter was cast as Jessica Jones. Frozen 2 is unofficially in the works. And there's going to be a new Frozen short called Frozen Fever. Source Code 2 is officially in the works with a new director. Jean-Claude Van Damme will appear in the remake of his hit movie Kickboxer. Chris Pratt might...
- Christopher Campbell
Plenty of exciting things went down this week in the world of entertainment news, and The Recap is back from our holiday hiatus to break it all down, discuss what's happening, and remind you of anything you may have missed. Come inside to check out the biggest stories that have had the community buzzing!
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