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10 sequels that ignored previous films

26 February 2015 8:15 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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 »

- ryanlambie

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Jean-Claude Van Damme wants his kidney back in Pound of Flesh trailer

21 February 2015 10:45 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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…

Pound of Flesh is directed by Ernie Barbarash, and features a cast that also includes John Ralston, Darren Shahlavi, Aki Aleong, Marsha Yuan, Jason Tobin, Andrew Ng and Charlotte Peters.

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- Gary Collinson

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Review: Kung Fu Elliot, Canada's First Action Hero

19 February 2015 11:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

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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'Holy Motors' director Leos Carax and Sparks develop movie musical together

17 February 2015 12:45 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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‘Kickboxer’ Crew Members Receive Pay 2 Months Late

10 February 2015 6:54 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

About 180 union crew members on the remake of Jean-Claude Van Damme’s “Kickboxer” have received their pay — two months after the wrap of filming in New Orleans.

Producer Dimitri Logothetis and production accountant Jenna Thornsberry told Variety that all the employees paid as of last week.

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.

Other producers are Ted Field of Radar Films and Nick Celozzi. Mike Weber and Peter Meyer are executive producing. »

- Dave McNary

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Link: The Director's Cut

5 February 2015 2:00 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

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

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Watch: Jean-Claude Van Damme Will Star in Your Movie for Free

4 February 2015 2:40 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

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

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Jean-Claude Van Damme is Offering Free Green Screen Footage of Himself to the World!

4 February 2015 2:30 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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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Watch: Jean-Claude Van Damme's Glorious Green Screen Footage Free To Use For Your Own Movie

4 February 2015 1:14 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There are some actors who fall into unknowing self-parody, and then there are others who have the self-awareness to own it. Jean-Claude Van Damme is in the latter camp. Never much of a thespian, the "Muscles from Brussels" had a good run of enjoyable B-grade (at best) action flicks, before settling into a career that includes lots of riffing on his glory days. He's a pretty good sport when it comes to poking fun at his image, and this might be the most fun he's had at his own expense ever. The actor has cut together a bunch of hilarious action green screen that's free for folks to download, share, remix, and do whatever they want with. Do you need a shot of Jcvd shooting a machine gun with glee? You got it. Standing stoically and shaking his head, "no"? Yep, it's in there. Diving and shooting a gun at the same time? »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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John Wick, Ouija, Dracula Untold – best Us DVD and Blu-ray releases out today!

3 February 2015 12:40 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It’s Tuesday time! Which also means ‘loadsa new DVD and Blu-ray releases’ time for those lucky folk in the Us. Here are our Top 3 out today:

John Wick

…An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.

Because: Our own Robert Kojder said it was “like watching an action film from the 80s or 90s starring Arnold Schwarzenegger or Jean-Claude Van Damme. It’s pure mindless fun with an obscenely high body count,” which means ‘damn fine’ in our books.

Ouija

…a group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board.

Because: As Ridley Scott’s Monopoly adaptation has been stuck in development hell for some time, here’s the next best thing.

Dracula Untold

…the origin story of the man who became the enduring legend of Dracula is told in Dracula Untold, »

- Oli Davis

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2014 was Record Year for U.S and Asian Productions Shooting in France

2 February 2015 12:24 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris: France hosted an unprecedented number of major Hollywood productions in France in 2014, including “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay,” “Bastille Day” and NBC mini-series “Rosemary’s Baby.” The number of high-budget Asian productions also rose.

Foreign shoots confirmed in France in 2015 include Keith Parner’s “The Penrose Affair,” according to information disclosed by France’s national cinema agency, the Cnc. 

Parner is prepping an action thriller about a French detective in Paris, combining influences from Hitchcock and Pierre Morel’s “Taken,” and reportedly to star Jean-Claude Van Damme.  The pic will be produced by Film Invaders, which also produced his previous Van Damme-starrer, “Swelter.”

Tax Rebate for International Production (Trip) financing for animation films currently in production include three projects from Universal set up at Illumination Mac Guff – “The Secret Life of Pets” by Chris Renaud (“Despicable Me”), Untitled (Img 6) Project by Garth Jennings (“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the »

- Martin Dale

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Chuck Norris vs Communism | 2015 Sundance Film Festival Review

31 January 2015 3:24 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

VHS Revolution: Calugareanu Shoots For Docu-Thrills

Much of the time, American imperialism is a culture destroying force that denigrates through sheer, unwieldy bloat, but in the case of Nicolae Ceausescu’s Romania of the 80s, the underground circulation of American films, especially action films starring the likes of Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme, proved to be the catalyst that brought the brutal communist leader’s reign to an end. Thanks to a trio of brave souls and an army of bribed government officials, crudely dubbed VHS copies of American films of all sorts found their way into the packed living rooms of Romanians throughout the country, enlightening the masses to the oppressive state in which they unknowingly lived. Employing a strikingly lensed docudrama format that blends in lively interviews with those involved and many of those affected, director Ilinca Calugareanu elegantly recreates the cultural revelations of Romania still under »

- Jordan M. Smith

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Van Damme Wants His Kidney Back. Watch The Pound Of Flesh Teaser Now.

30 January 2015 2:00 PM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

One thing is certain: If you're damn fool enough to steal Jean Claude Van Damme's kidney he's going to want it back. And what Van Damme wants he generally gets. And he gets it with a kick to the face. Welcome to the world of Ernie Barbarash's Pound of Flesh.In China to donate his kidney to his dying niece, Deacon (Van Damme), an former black-ops agent, 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 - brothels, fight clubs, back-alley black markets, and elite billionaire estates. The clock is ticking...

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Is Alain Moussi In The Running For Marvel's Iron Fist?

27 January 2015 7:30 PM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Alain Moussi posted the below image to his Facebook page. Now obviously there's every chance he's simply pulling a Tyrese Gibson and trying to drum up the support he needs to be in with a shot of playing Danny Rand in Marvel's Iron Fist series, but it is also possible he has had some discussions about it and is genuinely researching the character for that reason. Moussi is an actor and stuntman, who's worked on a great many movies and TV shows over the years. He will next star as Kurt Sloane in the reboot of Kickboxer, which will feature the original Sloane, Jean-Claude Van Damme, as his mentor. It definitely makes sense for Marvel to hire a prolific martial artist for this role, though I suppose it's not really an absolute necessity if they decide to go with a bigger name. Plus, if Moussi actually was in the running, »

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Automatic heads to Efm with Goddess Of Love

25 January 2015 1:47 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Automatic Entertainment will introduce Berlin buyers next month to a slate that includes the thriller Goddess Of Love.

Jon Knautz directed the story of a troubled dancer who descends into madness when she suspects her lover is having an affair.

The Automatic Entertainment roster includes comedy zombie parody The Walking Deceased that Arc Entertainment plans to distribute theatrically in the Us in March.

Automatic chiefs Michael Lurie and Jeffrey Giles will also show a teaser from the faith-based action title David And Goliath and a promo for Jean-Claude Van Damme starrer Pound Of Flesh.

eOne plans a North American release in May, while Splendid handles for Germany, Scandinavia, Benelux and Switzerland, Leda for Latin America, Daro for Eastern Europe, Cis and South Africa, Ace for France and UK and Klockworx for Japan.

Aqua Group holds rights in Turkey, FrontRow in Middle East, United King in Israel, Eagle Entertainment in Australia and Tot Media in Spain.

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Mortal Kombat martial artist Darren Shahlavi dies, aged 42

20 January 2015 3:54 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Martial artist Darren Shahlavi has died at the age of 42.

The acting fighter had appeared in such films as Mortal Kombat: Legacy, Watchmen and The CW series Arrow.

Shahlavi passed away last week (January 14) unexpectedly in his sleep. The cause of his death is unknown at this time.

On Tuesday, Arrow star Stephen Amell took to Twitter to share the news of Shahlavi's death.

Rip Darren Shahlavi. 1st guy I ever fought on Arrow. He was a great dude & a patient, thoughtful partner. Fight looked good because of him.

Stephen Amell (@amellywood) January 20, 2015

"Rip Darren Shahlavi. 1st guy I ever fought on Arrow. He was a great dude & a patient, thoughtful partner. Fight looked good because of him," wrote Amell.

Shahlavi recently finished filming opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme in the upcoming 2015 drama Pound of Flesh.

His additional acting credits include Ip Man 2, 300 and Alone in the Dark. »

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‘Mortal Kombat’, ‘Ip Man 2′ Actor Darren Shahlavi Dead At 42

20 January 2015 2:50 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

English actor and martial artist Darren Shahlavi, whose screen credits include Donnie Yen’s Ip Man 2, Machinima’s Mortal Kombat: Legacy, and the upcoming Jean-Claude Van Damme film Pound Of Flesh, has died. He was 42. Shahlavi was found unresponsive at his La home on January 14, according to La County coroner’s office spokesman Ed Winter.  The death was reported as a possible accident and the cause is pending the results of toxicological tests, said Winter.

The lifelong martial arts fan had trained since childhood in multiple disciplines before moving to Hong Kong in the 1990s to do film stuntwork, where legendary director and fight choreographer Yuen Woo Ping gave him his big break in 1996’s Tai Chi 2. Shahlavi segued into a Hollywood career as both stuntman and actor with the Eddie Murphy-Owen Wilson action-comedy I, Spy and followed with roles in a range of films from The Final Cut »

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Darren Shahlavi, Martial Artist in ‘Mortal Kombat’ and ‘Arrow,’ Dies at 42

20 January 2015 12:00 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Darren Shahlavi, a martial artist who appeared fighting in such works as the “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” TV series and “Arrow,” has died, his agent has confirmed. He was 42.

According to his agent, Shahlavi died in his sleep Jan. 14. A cause of death was not revealed.

Shahlavi recently finished shooting on “Pound of Flesh” with Jean-Claude Van Damme, and is also known for his work in “Ip Man 2″ (2010), “Watchmen” (2009), “300” (2006) and “Alone in the Dark” (2005).

Shahlavi began martial arts training when he was 7 years old in Manchester, England. He cut his teeth by moving to Hong Kong in the early ’90s and becoming a stuntman in kung fu films, before he was discovered by director Yuen Woo Ping, who cast him as the villain in kung fu film “Tai Chi Chuan.”

Shahlavi then broke into Hollywood, scoring supporting roles as a boxer fighting Eddie Murphy in 2002’s “I Spy” and 2004’s »

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Darren Shahlavi, Martial Artist in ‘Mortal Kombat’ and ‘Arrow,’ Dies at 42

20 January 2015 12:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Darren Shahlavi, a martial artist who appeared fighting in such works as the “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” TV series and “Arrow,” has died, his agent has confirmed. He was 42.

According to his agent, Shahlavi died in his sleep Jan. 14. A cause of death was not revealed.

Shahlavi recently finished shooting on “Pound of Flesh” with Jean-Claude Van Damme, and is also known for his work in “Ip Man 2,” (2010) “Watchmen,” (2009) “300,” (2006) and “Alone in the Dark.” (2005)

Shahlavi began martial arts training at a young age, starting when he was 7 years old in Manchester, England. He cut his teeth by moving to Hong Kong in the early ’90s and becoming a stuntman in Kung Fu films, before he was discovered by director Yuen Woo Ping, who cast him as the villain in Kung Fu film “Tai Chi Chuan.”

Shahlavi then broke into Hollywood, scoring supporting roles as a boxer fighting Eddie Murphy in »

- Alex Stedman

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Films Boutique Acquires Berlin Competition Player Sabu’s ‘Chasuke’s Journey’ From Backup (Exclusive)

19 January 2015 9:08 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– In the run-up to its competition unspooling at Berlin, arthouse shingle Films Boutique has snatched up international sales rights to critically aclaimed Japanese helmer Sabu’s “Chasuke’s Journey” from Paris-based Backup.

Sabu is no stranger to Berlin. But while he has presented eight movies at the festival, it will be his first venture in competition.    Sabu said he was particularly happy to finally nab a competition slot without having “to bend his sense of humor.” He added that his “partners (encouraged him) to prioritize his artistic values during the making” of the movie.    Pic tells the tale of an angel who comes to Earth to save a woman after accidentally causing her death.    “Sabu is one of today’s more daring and innovative filmmakers, and ‘Chasuke’s Journey’ is a film that could please both arthouse and genre-film lovers. It’s rare to see a film mixing fantasy, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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