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From Swashbucklers to Supermen: A Brief History of Action-Movie Heroes

1 September 2015 7:34 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

There’s a moment in Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation — Tom Cruise career-saver, franchise Mvp and the summer's best non-Imperator Furiosa action blockbuster — where the CIA director refers to the film's relentless hero as "the living manifestation of destiny." As a government official talking about an unpredictable agent, the line is patently (if knowingly) ridiculous. As Alec Baldwin talking about Tom Cruise, the dialogue sounds right on the money. That phrase could be dropped into the first sentence of his biography and nobody would think twice.

When the superstar first stepped »

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'X-Men: Apocalypse' Video Teases Psylocke's KickBoxing Skills

25 August 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

How soon will it be before we see Olivia Munn facing off against Ronda Rousey on the big screen? Probably sometime in the very near future, if the latest X-Men: Apocalypse video is any indication. It was announced yesterday by director Bryan Singer that X-Men: Apocalypse has officially wrapped first unit shooting. And then shortly after, Olivia Munn released yet another behind-the-scenes video of her intense martial arts training. Why is she still doing this?

It appears the former talk show host-turned-actress is continuing to define and perfect her kick-ass kickboxing skills for future superhero movies. While it was thought that all the main actors had wrapped, perhaps she is being called in for some second unit shooting? Or she already knows that she is required to return for reshoots at some point in the future. Maybe, just maybe, she is going to keep perfecting the skills she learned on the set of X-Men: Apocalypse, »

- MovieWeb

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Kristen Stewart on ‘American Ultra’ With Jesse Eisenberg: ‘We Could Do Something Funny, Sweet and Kinda Scary’

19 August 2015 1:05 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg led a bevy of stars at the red carpet world premiere of “American Ultra” at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, including Topher Grace, Connie Britton, Tony Hale and John Leguizamo.

Hale described writer Max Landis‘ film, directed by Nima Nourizadeh, as something utterly unique in the summer blockbuster lineup. “It’s kind of a stoned ‘Bourne Identity,'” said Hale.

“(Eisenberg) is not like a Jean-Claude Van Damme or like a Matt Damon; he’s just this quirky kid that can all of a sudden kill somebody with a spoon.”

Landis told Variety on the red carpet that while writing the film, he wanted to shed the rules of the genre and present the audience with a quality experience.

“People going in here expecting the same old stuff are going to be very surprised and horrified by it,” he said. »

- Mannie Holmes

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93 movie remakes and reboots currently in the works

19 August 2015 2:05 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From The Craft and The Birds to The Fugitive and She's All That, the many film reboots and remakes currently in the works...

Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.

Without further ado, here's what's coming up...


One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »

- simonbrew

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Ten Best: “Pop Culture” Documentaries

18 August 2015 10:04 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

In recent years there has been a real boom in documentaries surrounding popular culture. Films such as Electric Boogaloo, Video Nasties, The Search for Weng Weng and Adjust Your Tracking have captured the zeitgeist of fans across the globe, and in turn inspired more people to create their own documentaries about pop culture subjects that matter to them…

But not all these documentaries see the same success. Having been on something of a documentary kick lately, I thought I’d break down the ten of the best little-known, or better yet little-discussed, pop-culture documentaries from the many, many examples I have been watching. So here they are and, for once, they’re in order:

1) Slaughter Nick For President

There’s a good reason this film is at the top of my list. This is the documentary that kicked off my exploration of pop culture documentaries (eventually ending up at compliling this list) and, »

- Phil Wheat

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The 20 best Mortal Kombat characters ranked - but who scores a flawless victory?

18 August 2015 8:21 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

It's more violent than a kebab shop after the pubs kick out, and has caused more controversy than Katie Hopkins on an episode of This Morning. It's spawned a couple of movies, a TV show, comic books, techno albums and card games. It is, of course, Mortal Kombat.

As the franchise's first major motion picture prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary, now seems like as good a time as any to look back at the series' best brawlers.

From young pretenders like Cassie Cage and Erron Black to old favourites like Raiden and Sonya Blade, here are the top 20 Mortal Kombat kharacters characters.

Why Mortal Kombat is the greatest game movie ever made

20. Ferra/Torr

First appears in: Mortal Kombat X

There was a spell when new additions to the Mortal Kombat series were either masked ninja clones (Rain) or just a bit crap (Stryker). The development team made much »

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Two decades later, ‘Mortal Kombat’ is still one of the best cinematic adaptations of a video game

15 August 2015 11:23 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Mortal Kombat

Paul W.S. Anderson

Kevin Droney

1995, USA

After Street Fighter laid the groundwork for the fighting game, Mortal Kombat hit the scene, setting a high-water mark for realistic digitized graphics and pushing boundaries with its high levels of bloody violence, including, most notably, its Fatalities. It sparked so much controversy for its depiction of extreme violence and gore that it led to the creation of the Esrb (the video game rating system). The release of Mortal Kombat for home consoles by Acclaim Entertainment was one of the largest video game launches of all time, with a $10 million marketing campaign that dubbed the date “Mortal Monday.” No surprise, then, that a game this controversial and popular would pique the interest of money-hungry Hollywood executives looking to cash in. Mortal Kombat the movie enjoyed a 3-week run at the top of the Us box office, earning over $122 million worldwide. In addition to toys, »

- Ricky

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Thailand Poised to Establish Location Filming Incentives

12 August 2015 6:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Thailand’s military government this week approved plans to create financial incentives that are intended to help attract foreign films to shoot in the country.

At the same time the government denied that a release certificate had been turned down to Pierce Brosnan and Owen Wilson-starring film “No Escape” (previously “The Coup”). The John Erick Dowdle-directed film, which shot in Thailand, could have threatened the sensitivities of the current regime. It depicts the violent events of a government overthrow in Southeast Asia.

The cabinet gave approval in principle to a scheme under which a cash rebate would be paid at the rate of 15% of every 30 million baht ($860,000) spent in the country. Additional rebates could also be earned, worth 10% of spend, if the movie promoted a positive image of Thailand, and a further 5% if it also employed Thai performers.

The scheme would be capped at $2.86 million per year, though »

- Patrick Frater

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Brilliant but blatant movie product placements

7 August 2015 12:42 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

UK TV viewers are currently being treated to the sight of Arnold Schwarzenegger being blackmailed by two nattily-dressed Eastern European meerkats. Tied in with the release of Terminator: Genisys, this is an advert for car and home insurance – now the T-800 has popped up in some odd places, but lending itself to a company that helps you when your water pipes burst? That’s a whole new level of terror. As the star reaches pensionable age, so the endorsements get more staid and sensible.

What with Sylvester Stallone flogging sliced bread and Jean-Claude Van Damme karate’ing his way round his own ice palace for a popular beer brand, it seems Eighties action stars are really starting to build those nest eggs. It isn’t a great surprise to see these commercially-minded butt-breakers sign up for the big bucks – after all Schwarzenegger, Stallone and Bruce Willis made a hefty »

- Steve Palace

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Weekly Rushes. 5 August 2015

5 August 2015 1:05 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.Ace Hotel has several amazing photos by Stefanie Zoche and Sabine Haubitz of movie theatres in India. It sure makes us wish our neighborhood multiplex gave a damn about conjuring excitement for going out to the movies.We love Hou Hsiao Hsien's The Assassin, but it undoubtedly a difficult film to market. Most trailers have tried to pass of this contemplative drama as an action movie, but the above trailer gets the closest, so far, to the tone of the entire film.Speaking of trailers, we don't know what to say or think about the one for Michael Bay's 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, which seems to be combining the lean look of his great Pain & Gain with the "seriousness" of Pearl Harbor and his gross, overall »

- Notebook

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Tom Cruise wins over the haters

2 August 2015 5:42 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Anecdotal evidence suggests a segment of the Australian population hasn.t forgiven Tom Cruise for divorcing Nicole Kidman or his couch-jumping antics and his Scientology beliefs.

The anti-Cruise factor seems to have dissipated, at least among cinemagoers, judging by last weekend's opening for Mission: Impossible . Rogue Nation.

The $150 million Paramount/Skydance picture amassed $5.15 million, including $137,000 in previews, up 21% on the 2011 debut of Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

In 27 of 32 international markets, the action-adventure co-starring Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner registered the biggest opening of Cruise.s career. (His personal best here is still The War of the Worlds. $6.5 million in 2005).

Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie (who wrote Valkyrie, Edge Of Tomorrow and Jack Reacher, which he also directed), the fifth instalment of the franchise rang up $55.5 million in the Us and $64.5 million in the rest of the world.

Australian exhibitors were impressed with the opening, »

- Don Groves

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10 Film And TV Characters That Racked Up Massive Body Counts

29 July 2015 5:32 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


There has always been plenty of criticism surrounding the depiction of violence in both film and television, particularly when it comes to the supposed ‘glorification’ of some of these acts. Sometimes such graphic scenes serve to further the plot, develop characters and provide moments that get people talking, while other times its simply just a hell of a lot of fun to watch someone mow down an endless sea of interchangeable henchman before dropping a well-timed one-liner.

The action movie in particular is packed with actors who have built their entire brands on dishing out death, with the internet full of infographics depicting the exploits of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Steven Segal and Chuck Norris to name but a small few. However, outside of the over-muscled relics of the 1980’s there are also quite a number of small screen characters that have built up impressive body counts of their own. »

- Scott Campbell

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Round-Up: Bates Motel UK Blu-ray Box Set, Keith Arem Q&A, The Cherry On His Cigar Excerpt

28 July 2015 7:59 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Norman Bates is coming to the U.K., well, sort of. The Bates Motel Blu-ray Box Set will hit stores in the U.K. in October. Also in this round-up: a Q&A with Keith Arem from The Phoenix Incident and an excerpt from Julie Stevens' The Cherry on His Cigar.

Bates Motel UK Blu-ray Box Set: This box set consists of six discs which include all three seasons of the show, and will arrive in stores on October 12th:

From Blu-ray.com: "Bates Motel Season 1

From the producers of Lost and Friday Night Lights comes a modern day prequel to the iconic horror film, Psycho. After finding his father dead, teenager Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga), purchase a motel and move to White Pine Bay in search of a new life, but they soon discover this idyllic seaside town hides some deadly secrets. »

- Tamika Jones

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China Box Office: ‘Monster Hunt’ and ‘Pancake Man’ Keep a Lock on Second Weekend

27 July 2015 7:55 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The summer’s big three movies kept a lock on the Chinese box office.

Despite the arrival of five new entries into the box office chart – including “The Imitation Game” – the trio of “Monster Hunt,” “Pancake Man” and “Monkey King: Hero Is Back” held on to top three positions and broke records.

“Monster Hunt” added sold over 19 million tickets worth $113 million in its second frame, according to Entgroup. That pushed its cumulative total to $221 million after 11 days, a new record for a Chinese movie.

“Pancake Man” (aka “Jianbin Man”) a superhero spoof comedy with cameos by Jean-Claude van Damme, held equally strongly in second place. It grossed $70.12 million in the week, for a cumulative of $140 million after 10 days. That’s already the ninth highest Chinese film of all time.

“Monkey King” became the biggest animation with $32.3 million in its third week, giving it a 17 day total of $108 million.

Tang Wei »

- Patrick Frater

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Review: Wild City Welcomes The Return Of Ringo Lam

25 July 2015 11:10 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Ringo Lam's first feature in 12 years sees the Hong Kong director return to familiar territory, as a former cop and his tearaway younger brother take on a violent gang of Taiwanese thugs after their paths cross that of a beautiful mainland woman. Since the 2003 Jean Claude Van Damme actioner In Hell, Lam has been all but absent from the filmmaking scene, with only a segment in 2007's Triangle to his name in the interim. Wild City, which Lam also wrote, sees the helmer of City On Fire and Full Contact return to the bullet strewn streets of Hong Kong in typically assured fashion.Coming to the aid of a drunken patron, former-cop-turned-bar-owner T-Man (Louis Koo) takes the beautiful Yan (Tong Liya) to his mother's house but soon...

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Warner Bros. Putting Out 10-Disc Cannon Films DVD Collection This September!

23 July 2015 1:16 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Growing up, Cannon Films was where it was at, when it came to some of the most insane, exploitation-filled greatness. Trips to the theater to see films like Masters Of The Universe and Cobra, and VHS rentals of their other films made this writer an imagination-filled kid.

Well, thanks to the gang at WB, a 10-Disc Cannon Films collection is heading to stores and collection shelves this September 29th and boy, is it filled with good ones. Making the boxset even more appealing, is the addition of Mark Hartley’s Very entertaining documentary about the Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus-ran studio, Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story Of Cannon Films. For the complete rundown of the collection, read on!

Cobra (1986)

Sylvester Stallone is a one-man assault force who must protect a witness (Brigitte Nielsen) from an army of psychos bent on slashing their way to a “New Order.”

Delta Force (1986)

When a U. »

- Jerry Smith

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Jean-Claude Van Damme -- Breaks Up Fakest Fight Ever ... Between Real Fighters

11 July 2015 12:25 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Here's video of one of the best fake fighters of all-time breaking up a fight between two guys who do it for real ... but are clearly faking. The fake fighter is Jean-Claude Van Damme ... who was down in Thailand shooting a new Kickboxer movie (Awesome) when real-life Ufc stars Cain Velazquez and Fabricio Werdum seemed to have a confrontation. Check out the clip -- It's a scene right out of one of Jcvd's flicks »

- TMZ Staff

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Chinese Superhero Movie ‘Pancake Man’ Heads For U.S. Release (Exclusive)

10 July 2015 8:03 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Chinese superhero comedy “Pancake Man” (“Jian Bing Man”), which features cameos from Jean-Claude van Damme, is set to get a North American release on July 24.

“Pancake” and Hong Kong-made sports action picture “To the Fore” will both be distributed by Milt Barlow’s specialty company Asia Releasing on behalf of rights holder Magnum Films.

Jian Bing Man,” which is a Wanda Pictures release in China, is the tale of a street pancake vendor who gains superpowers from the breakfast dishes he serves. It is directed by Da Peng and stars Chinese actors Ada Liu (“Badges of Fury”) and Yuan Shanshan (“One Day”) and includes Hong Kong comedy favorites Eric Tsang and Sandra Ng.

“To the Fore,” backed by Emperor Motion Pictures, represents a shift in tone for well-known genre and thriller director Dante Lam. The cast includes Eddie Peng, Shawn Dou, and Siwon as competing cyclists, with Hong Kong’s »

- Patrick Frater

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Steven Paul Sets Good Times Film Venture With Thailand Property Mogul (Exclusive)

7 July 2015 8:09 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hollywood producer Steven Paul has teamed with Thai real estate mogul Pimol Srivikorn to launch movie production company Good Times Films.

The company will focus on film production in Thailand with annual output of 2 or 3 movies per year. All will be shot in English. Movies will be jointly financed by Paul and Srivikorn and be made with fully financed budgets of $3 million-$50 million. Some are likely to be structured as co-productions with Chinese companies, in which case Good Times would provide up to 20% of the budget.

Distribution, including in Thailand, will be effected through the multi-territory deal between Paul’s Sp International and Sony Pictures Releasing that was signed earlier this year.

First up will be the previously announced “Born to Be Ghosts,” which will shoot from early 2016 predominantly in China and partially in Thailand and be directed by Patrick Alessandrin (“District 13: Ultimatum”). “Born” is a $35 million thriller being »

- Patrick Frater

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Damon Debuts Ponytail!

2 July 2015 12:16 PM, PDT | Access Hollywood | See recent Access Hollywood news »

Matt Damon... we just don't know what to say except: long hair, don't care!

The 44-year-old actor stepped out in Beijing on Thursday with a new long and luxurious man-mane!

No word on why Matt has this ponytail (probably for a upcoming role) or where he got it... Matt, is that a weave?

His new look spawned a slew of comparisons online including "Jean-Claude Van Damme in 1993," "The art teacher that convinced you to follow your dreams and pursue that Bfa in photography" and "The Property Brother the rest of the Property Family doesn't talk ...

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- access.hollywood@nbcuni.com (Access Hollywood)

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