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Occasionally, a movie villain will pause for a moment to deliver a brief story or anecdote. And often, these apparently incidental tales tell us a lot about an antagonist's state of mind, experiences or warped worldview.
We've compiled a selection of 20 here. Some of them are blackly funny. Many are disturbing. One or two are even moving. The first one's very strange. All of them bring something unique to each particular film in which they appear, and all of them are laced with a delicious hint of menace.
20. Xander - Enemies Closer (2013)
"When I was a little boy at my grandmama's place, she had a lovely goose. I named her Edith, after the French singer Edith Piaf..."
We begin with a delightfully weird story from Peter Hyams' 2013 thriller, »
Jean-Claude Van Damme is out for revenge in the action thriller Pound of Flesh's new trailer.
The action icon - dubbed the 'Muscles from Brussels' - is back on the big screen in Pound of Flesh as retired black-ops agent Deacon.
Jean-Claude Van Damme performs splits between two moving trucks - video
After Deacon becomes the victim of an organ theft while trying to donate a kidney to his dying niece, he swears revenge at all costs.
Deacon sets out on a mission of death across China to retrieve his stolen body part from the criminals who took it.
The movie will open in the Us on May 15, and is due for a UK Blu-ray and DVD release on June 22. »
A new poster and trailer have arrived online for Pound of Flesh, the latest Jean-Claude Van Damme actioner, which sees the Muscles from Brussels out for revenge after falling victim to a gang of organ harvesters who steal his kidney. Big mistake! Check them out here…
In China to donate his kidney to his dying niece, former black-ops agent Deacon awakes the day before the operation to find he is the latest victim of organ theft. Stitched up and pissed-off, Deacon descends from his opulent hotel in search of his stolen kidney and carves a blood-soaked path through the darkest corners of the city. The clock is ticking for his niece and with each step he loses blood.
- Gary Collinson
Directed by Peter Hyams
In 1994, on the day Washington police detective Max Walker (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is about to accept a new position as member of a secretive police squad that will employ time travel in order to stop criminals that have already set foot in the past to commit various illegal activities, his wife Melissa (Mia Sara) is brutally murdered by unknown thugs. Flash forward ten years later in 2004, and Walker is a seasoned member of the Tec, the Time Enforcement Commission, a police division managed by Eugene Matuzak (Bruce McGill). A mission to the early 1930s leads Max to believe that current presidential hopeful Senator Aaron McComb (Ron Silver) is using time travel to his own nefarious benefit, a plot that just might have even played a role in his wife’s demise.
- Edgar Chaput
Directed by Albert Pyun
In the future, a dangerous plague wipes out much of humanity, civilization crumbling away with it. Enter the pirates, gangs that reap barbaric pleasure out of rape and pillage. One such faction is led by the Goliath-like figure of Fender (Vincent Klyn), a psychotic individual seeking to intercept a female cyborg, Pearl (Dayle Haddon), traversing the United States to Atlanta and carrying the secret medicinal knowledge that will help the country’s few remaining doctors determine a cure to the deadly virus. Dayle cannot make the journey alone, requiring the help of tracker Gibson (Jean-Claude Van Damme) a man wrestling with his own demons and wanting to settle a score with the nefarious Fender.
Right from the opening minutes it is abundantly clear that the filmmakers wish to ape the general tone and aesthetic »
- Edgar Chaput
TwitchFilm has your first look at the key art for Pound of Flesh, starring international action icon Jean-Claude Van Damme. It abides with the ever popular orange and blue motif with a generous helping of floating ambers. As far as those cars in the background are concerned? Yeah, that will buff out. In China to donate his kidney to his dying niece, former black-ops agent Deacon awakes the day before the operation to find he is the latest victim of organ theft. Stitched up and pissed-off, Deacon descends from his opulent hotel in search of his stolen kidney and carves a blood-soaked path through the darkest corners of the city. The clock is ticking for his niece and with each step he loses blood.Pound of Flesh...
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Hong Kong filmmaker Ringo Lam has been an active fixture among action movie fans since his debut in 1983, working with the likes of Chow Yun-Fat, Jackie Chan, and Jean-Claude Van Damme on movies in both Cantonese and English. With films such as Maximum Risk and Twin Dragons under his belt, many were interested to learn that he was in the midst of working on a new feature, marking Lan’s first foray back into feature-length filmmaking since the release of In Hell and Looking for Mister Perfect in 2003. Titled Wild City, Lam’s newest film is once again in Cantonese, as he takes on both directing and screenwriting duties, working with a cast that includes Louis Koo, Shawn Yue, and Jack Kao. Variety describes the film as follows.
The big-budget action movie is a Cantonese-noir, with bystanders caught up in a maelstrom of gangsters, greed and betrayal.
Release dates for »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Ringo Lam, one of Hong Kong’s most celebrated directors, is now in post-production on “Wild City,” his first film in seven years.
The big-budget action movie is a Cantonese-noir, with bystanders caught up in a maelstrom of gangsters, greed and betrayal. The cast is headed by Louis Koo Tin-lok, Shawn Yue Man-lok, Tong Liya and Joseph Chang.
The film is co-produced by Hong Kong’s One Cool Film and mainland Chinese companies including Beijing East Light Film. Bravos Pictures will handle local distribution this summer, while international sales are overseen by Distribution Workshop.
Lam enjoyed huge success in the 1980s with Chow Yun-fat actioner “City on Fire” before transitioning to a Hollywood career that included Jean Claude van Damme starrers “Maximum Risk” and “Replicant.” He directed one of three elements in 2007’s “Triangle,” while his last Hong feature film was 2003 comedy “Looking for Mr. Perfect.”
- Shirley Lau
The Muscles From Brussels' marriage is over again. Jean-Claude Van Damme, 54, and wife Gladys are getting a divorce, almost 15 years after they remarried. She recently filed paperwork at a Los Angeles court to end their marriage for the second time. The divorce documents list the date of their separation as March 7 and irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. Van Damme's wife is seeking spousal support from him. The actor has not commented. The documents also list both of their legal names—Jean Claude Van Varenberg and Gladys Portugues Van Varenberg—and their addresses—her home in the Los Angeles area and Van Damme's residence in Hong Kong. The »
It's over for Jean-Claude Van Damme — again. The actor's wife Gladys Portugues has filed for divorce after 15 years of marriage, TMZ reports. According to court documents, Portugues is citing irreconcilable differences and is asking for spousal support. The pair were previously married from 1987 to 1992, and have two adult children. This is the fifth divorce for Van Damme, 54. The Expendables 2 star [nickname: Muscles from Brussels] was previously married to Maria Rodriguez for four years until their split in 1984, and Cynthia Derderian from 1985 [...] »
Jean-Claude Van Damme's wife, Gladys Portugues Van Varenberg, has filed for divorce, People has confirmed. Portugues, an actress and former professional bodybuilder, filed papers in Los Angeles on Wednesday, citing irreconcilable differences. The pair have been separated since March 7, and Portugues is seeking spousal support, according to the divorce filing. Van Damme, 54, and Portugues have been married for 15 years and have two adult children. The actor continues to star in action films, including a Kickboxer franchise film that is in post production. He also made a splash in 2013 with an extraordinary physical feat of doing the splits between two semi trucks. »
- Sheila Cosgrove Baylis, @sheilabot
If marriage is bloodsport, Jean-Claude Van Damme's wife is tapping out again -- filing to divorce the action star for a second time ... TMZ has learned. Jean-Claude's now estranged wife Gladys filed the divorce docs Wednesday in L.A. ... citing irreconcilable differences -- and pulling the plug on their 15 year marriage. According to the docs ... they separated on March 7. They have 2 adult children. The muscles from Brussels and Gladys -- who was a »
- TMZ Staff
In the wake of the Alien 5 news, here are 10 franchise sequels that also ignored at least one previous film.
We all have moments in our lives we'd prefer to forget, and so too do filmmakers. So what do you do when a movie franchise starts to go off the rails? Simple, just forget that the lesser films in the series never happened.
News recently broke that director Neill Blomkamp's taking this approach to the Alien universe. Recent interviews with both he and returning star Sigourney Weaver have revealed that Blomkamp's forthcoming sequel will not necessarily follow the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection, and pick up the story from Aliens instead (although he has since given a brief update on that).
Of course, we'll have to wait and see exactly how all this pans out. But it's by no means the first time in history that a film's »
The first trailer has been released for Jean-Claude Van Damme’s upcoming actioner Pound of Flesh, which sees the Muscles from Brussels out for revenge after falling victim to a gang of organ harvesters. Check it out…
- Gary Collinson
Yes. You read that right. Canada's first action hero. China has Jackie Chan and Jet Li. America has Arnold and Sly. Europe has Jean-Claude Van Damme. And if Elliot Scott has his way, Canada will have... Elliot "White Lightning" Scott. Filmmakers Jaret Belliveau and Matthew Bauckman come to Halifax, Nova Scotia to document what will be Elliot's third feature, Blood Fight, a no-budget martial arts B-movie. Just like his first two features, it has the potential to be a "great Saturday night movie to watch with a few beers and the buddies." Elliot tell us this, sitting on the floor, Chuck Norris and Jcvd DVDs spread out at his feet. He then follows that up with "I'm happy if people say stuff like that... or...
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Everyone gets excited about movies for different reasons. There are plenty of times that something is announced and I look at Twitter or Facebook and see that people are going nuts for it, and I'm left cold by the news. Sometimes it's because a nostalgia button's been pushed, sometimes it's because of the creative elements involved. And there are plenty of times I put up a piece of news here and I'm thrilled about it and there reaction from you guys is a sort of deafening silence. So when I say that this is the most exciting film news that I've heard so far in 2015, I accept that my own excitement level may be pitched somewhere different than yours. But there's no way I can downplay the dopamine rush I got when I read that Leos Carax is deep into development of a new movie musical that will feature music by Sparks. »
- Drew McWeeny
Logothetis said the producers, who paid over $500,000 in the late payments, had been surprised by a bridge lender pulling out in December. The failure to pay members of the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees provoked a strong response from Mike Miller, president of the union’s motion picture division.
Van Damme joined the reboot of “Kickboxer” after it began shooting in New Orleans, replacing Tony Jaa in the Master Chow role. Logothetis said the film, directed by John Stockwell, will shoot for two more weeks in Thailand this month.
- Dave McNary
The Film Stage talks to the team behind Tangerine, the iPhone shot movie that was my favorite from Sundance
Pajiba green screen Jean-Claude Van Damme clips for you to make your own movie with
T, The New York Times Style Magazine profiles Xavier Dolan
Entertainment Junkie looks at the visual effects Oscar race
The Dissolve The Voyage of Time Terrence Malick's forthcoming film will have two versions. One with Brad Pitt's voice and one with Cate Blanchett's. I'm getting tired of multiple versions of the same thing, I must admit. It seems so indecisive. But maybe I'm just smarting because today I learned that...
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday and I keep hearing conflicting things. Some say it has all three versions of the film and some say it just has "Them" (which from everything I've read is the disappointing »
- NATHANIEL R
Have you been hoping to land an iconic action star, but you just can't afford the paycheck that goes along with it? Well, look no further than this collection of footage from the YouTube channel Green Screen. Somehow they've gotten Jean-Claude Van Damme to star in three minutes of green screen footage that can be downloaded, edited, shared, remixed and more for whatever you require from the Muscles from Brussels himself. Do you need a Jcvd death scene? They've got it. Do you need him wielding a sword? No problem. Do you need him sneaking around stealthily with an assault rifle? You're in luck. Watch below! Here's the footage of Jean-Claude Van Damme in front of a green screen (via The Playlist): There's a goldmine of endless possibilities that can be done with this footage. Honestly, I'm just hoping that some indie filmmaker can incorporate it into a legitimate film production at some point, »
- Ethan Anderton
Update: In quite possibly the greatest bit of irony, the video has been taking down due to copyright claims by Funny or Die. They held a contest to insert the footage into people's own video projects, and now that contest is over. I guess that footage could only be free for that amount of time. Damn you! The original article is as follows: Jean-Claude Van Damme has never been one of my go-to 80s/90s stars for laughably bad action films. I do greatly enjoy films like Bloodsport and even Double Impact, but they aren't my favorites. They aren't, say, Commando. But, then again, what isc He did make Jcvd, which is a terrific film but far from the type of stuff I'm talking about. What I truly respect about Van Damme is he is 100% self aware of who he is and what people take away from his presence. So, »
- Mike Shutt
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