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Casting is a vital part in making a movie work; it doesn’t matter if it has a great script or director, if the cast is wrong it can ruin the whole thing. This can even happen to big name stars, especially when they’re cast for their stardom instead of their suitability for a part.
So while a name actor being fired from a high-profile movie is rare, it does happen. There are a few potential reasons for this; they clash with the director, they argue over their salary or maybe their personal lives start affecting their work. Whenever this happens it isn’t pretty, as their departure often casts a cloud over the resulting movie.
Here are a few examples of name actors being cast for a role with great fanfare, only to suddenly bow out in the name of “creative differences.” (aka they were totally fired »
- Padraig Cotter
Close Range, 2015.
Directed by Isaac Florentine.
A rogue soldier turned outlaw is thrust into a relentless fight with a corrupt sheriff, his obedient deputies, and a dangerous drug cartel in order to protect his sister and her young daughter.
The kicks and fisticuffs get started right away in director Isaac Florentine’s latest action film Close Range, starring underrated action star Scott Adkins from Florentine’s films Special Forces, The Shepherd: Border Patrol, Undisputed II, Undisputed III: Redemption, Ninja, and Ninja II: Shadow of a Tear. They’ve already shot their next film Boyka: Undisputed IV, so it’s more than obvious that these two guys are a match made in “B” movie heaven. It’s almost criminal that Adkins hasn’t been able to reach beyond his core, niche audience, and the same »
- Amie Cranswick
The show - entitled Jean-Claude Van Johnson - is set in a world much like ours, where Jean-Claude Van Damme is a famous action-movie star. Little does the general public know, though, that Jcvd is also ‘Johnson, the most dangerous undercover private contractor in the world,’ on the side.
The show is envisioned as a string of half hour episodes, and is placed very much in the comedy genre. Dave Callaham – who wrote the screenplays for The Expendables and Doom, and the story for 2014’s Godzilla – will write and executive produce the series. At the moment, »
The dramatic use of actors playing multiple characters is a bold and rather theatrical device that has its ups and downs. It goes at least as far back as Captain Hook being played by the same actor who plays the Darling children's father in stage productions of Peter Pan, a technique largely adopted in film adaptations of the story, too (hello to Jason Isaacs).
It's used a lot in cinema too. Done well, it's impressive, but when it's bad, it's Jack & Jill. Whether used in comedy or drama or outright horror, there are countless examples of actors delivering terrific performances in more than one role at once, and that's before we even get past Cloud Atlas. Still, we've had a go at totting up 25 of the best. »
The official Twitter site for the upcoming Kickboxer reboot Kickboxer Vengeance has debuted the first promo images from the film, featuring Alain Moussi as Kurt Sloane, Jean-Claude Van Damme as Master Durand, and Dave Bautista as Tong Po…
Eric and Kurt Sloane are the descendants of a well-known Venice, California-based family of martial artists. Kurt has always been in older brother, Eric’s shadow, as he lacks the instincts needed to become a champion. Against Kurt’s concerns, Eric accepts a paid offer and travels to Thailand to challenge the Muay Thai champion Tong Po and fails with dire consequences. Kurt sets out for revenge. He trains with his brother’s mentor, Durand, for a Muay Thai fight against the merciless champion, Tong Po. Durand first thinks Kurt is impossible to train, but through a series of spiritual exercises and tests, Durand discovers that Kurt has a deeper strength that »
- Gary Collinson
Just hours ago, we showed you the very first photos from the anticipated action reboot Kickboxer Vengeance. These gave us a sneak peek at Dave Bautista as killer Tong Po. Now, we get our first look at Jean-Claude Van Damme, who plays Master Durand. We're also introduced to newcomer Alain Moussi, who takes over the role of Kurt Sloane.
Kickboxer Vengeance is a reboot of the popular Kickboxer saga that debuted in 1989. Jean-Claude Van Damme made a name for himself with this brutal and honest look at the world of kick boxing and underground martial arts. Since then, there have been four other sequels. But Jean-Claude never returned as Kurt Sloane. Now, that role is being played by Alain Moussi while Van Damme takes on a character completely new to the franchise.
No plot details have been revealed for Kickboxer Vengeance, but the tagline included on the poster released earlier »
Tong Po is definitely someone you don't want to mess around with. The first official photos from Kickboxer Vengeance have arrived. They give us a first look at Dave Bautista as this deadly killer. Sadly, we don't get to learn any facts about his training background or his style as a fighter. But we do get to stare on at that amazing body in fear and amazement. He definitely looks like a major ass-kicker.
Kickboxer Vengeance is a reboot of the popular Kickboxer saga that kicked off in 1989 and was headlined by Jean-Claude Van Damme. Since then, there have been four other sequels, none of which saw Jean-Claude Van Damme returning as Kurt Sloane, who started out life as a cornerman for his brother Eric before becoming a master kick boxer himself. This new movie is a true reboot, and has Dave Bautista taking over the role of Tong Po. »
There are a couple of hard and fast rules in Hollywood these days. Every property ever created will be rebooted regardless of how obscure it is. And, Dave Bautista breaking your face is another. When these two indisputable laws combine you get Dave Bautista as Tong Po in the reboot of Kickboxer, called Kickboxer: Vengeance, looking like he.s going to hurt you very, very badly. A couple images have now been released of the wrestler turned actor in his role and he looks ready to hurt everybody. Meet Tong Po, @DaveBautista in #KickboxerVengeance pic.twitter.com/tWJbFib3Xl. Kickboxer Vengeance (@Kickboxermovie) November 2, 2015 The original Kickboxer starred Jean-Claude Van-Damme, fresh off the cult success of Bloodsport as a man who trains to become a fighter after his brother is killed in the ring by the ruthless Tong Po. The role of the vicious monster will now be played by Bautista »
Dave Bautista has been a busy man as of late. The former WWE Superstar has gone from the squared circle to the big screen, back and forth, a couple of times now. After his brief return to the squared circle, he went back to Hollywood to film his role as Mr. Hinx in Spectre, we also know he'll be reprising Drax in the next Guardians of The Galaxy, and he's also set to star in Kickboxer: Vengeance.
The American-born Filipino and Greek grappler is set to play Tong Po when Kickboxer: Vengeance comes out next year. The film will find Jean-Claude Van Damme returning to one of the series that launched his career back in 80s, but this time in a new role. Now, thanks to twitter, we can get our first real look at Bautista as Tong Po:
Meet Tong Po, @DaveBautista in #KickboxerVengeance pic.twitter.com/tWJbFib3Xl »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Ralph Macchio's birthday -- he turns 54 on November 4 -- reminds us that, not only do we love the Karate Kid, but we love even more a training montage.
You know, that staple of feel-good, fist-pumping, sweat-exuding movies, especially from the aerobicized '80s, that shows rapid-cut clips of the star getting in shape or mastering some arcane fighting technique, usually set to some inspirational, synth-heavy anthem.
By the end of that decade, the training montage had become such an overblown cliché that it fell out of favor, which is why we cherish the few new ones that come along and relish the old ones that still make us feel like slackers. So cue up Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger," raise a glass of raw eggs, and drink a toast to the best training montages ever.
11. 'G.I. Jane' (1997)
Training to become the first female Navy Seal, Demi Moore's Lt. »
- Gary Susman
Manly Movie is reporting that British action star Scott Adkins is set for the lead role in the upcoming sequel to John Woo’s Hollywood debut Hard Target. The site posted the following image of Adkins in Thailand alonsgide stunt coordinator Master Seng of the Seng Stunt Team.
- Gary Collinson
Kickboxer: Vengeance is the latest movie and remake by Jean Claude Van Damme of his 1989 classic “Kickboxer“. The movie is Directed by John Stockwell and will feature Alain Moussi in the role originally played by Van Damme.
Darren Shahlavi was originally on board to play the character of Eric Sloane, but due to his sad death in Janurary this year, the movie will be dedicated to Darren and his family. It will be sad to see them scenes with darren in, but we should celebrate his life and what joy he brings to many people around the world with his amazing presence on screen.
The film follows Eric and Kurt Sloan, the descendants of a California dynasty of champions. After Eric wins the Karate World Championship, a promoter lures him to Hong Kong despite his brother’s protests. When Eric dies, Kurt turns to his former mentor Master Durand »
From ‘October third’ to ‘May the fourth’, certain calendar dates have come to be synonymous with particular films. But are any of them worth celebrating?
Celebrating specific days purely because they were mentioned in a film is fruitless. Take Wednesday, for example. As anyone who grew up watching the Back to the Future films knows, on 21 October 2015 the world was supposed to be full of flying cars and hoverboards. But it isn’t. Instead, it’s full of millions of idiots complaining about the lack of hoverboards via handheld communication devices that are connected to the sum total of the history of human knowledge. That’s nowhere near as good.
The same thing happened on 12 January 1992, when Hal wasn’t invented as predicted in 2001: A Space Odyssey. And I can clearly remember the disappointment on 24 July 2004 when, contrary to the plot of Terminator 3, Skynet didn’t gain sentience and »
- Stuart Heritage
If you thought a compilation of all of Jason Statham's punches was impressive, just wait until you see this.
YouTube user Benjamin Combes has gone to the painstaking task of putting together every single one of Jean-Claude Van Damme's screen kills into one awesome video - and we're so glad he did.
It takes a whole half-hour to relive every one of the actor's kills to date, but it's totally worth a watch the see the martial arts master in action.
The clip also sticks to a set of rules, which are listed as follows:
1. Guns, blades and projectiles always kill unless otherwise depicted.
2. Close proximity explosions kill unless otherwise depicted.
3. Indirect kills as a result of an explicit action by Jcvd count.
4. Kills must occur on screen.
5. Dream sequences, »
For fans of trashy, low-budget action films, Cannon Films defined the 1980s. The company was revitalized, after a decade-long rocky start, by director Menahem Golan and producer Yoram Globus, Israeli cousins now seen by many as the dollar-store precursor to the Weinstein brothers. As tasteless as they were unscrupulous, Golan and Globus are responsible for a flood of Charles Bronson, Chuck Norris, and Jean-Claude Van Damme films, not to mention cheapy ninja-sploitation films, eccentric art-house films (including Jean-Luc Godard's King Lear and John Cassavetes's Love Streams), and, uh, Lou Ferrigno as Hercules. This week, Warner Brothers collected a ten-film DVD/Blu-Ray box set to coincide with and bolster the release of Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films, director Mark Hartley's funny, informative documentary. In the spirit of Hartley's inclusive doc, we present a list of the ten most Cannon-y moments included in the box set. »
- Simon Abrams
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this phenomenal Friday? Big Hero 6 gets an alternate ending, Straight Outta Compton's Jason Mitchell portrays the first black person in a Nancy Meyers movie and everything wrong with Interstellar, featuring Neil DeGrasse Tyson. But first, just in time for Halloween, we have a 10-foot tall Hulkbuster costume from Avengers: Age of Ultron and every Jean-Claude Van Damme kill ever! Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Every Jean-Claude Van Damme Kill
Youtuber Benjamin Combes has taken it upon himself to comb through Jean-Claude Van Damme's extensive filmography and find every single kill scene for one epic 30-minute video. Can you guess how many movie kills his characters have been »
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Movie Summary of the Day: You could buy Avengers: Age of Ultron on Blu-ray this week, or you could just watch the sequel summed up in two minutes in Lego form: Murderous Montage of the Day: See every kill made by a Jean-Claude Van Damme character in this career-spanning supercut (via Geek Tyrant): Custom Toys of the Day: Hopefully Warner Bros. has room in its busy release schedule to produce a movie based on these custom action figures of medieval Dungeons and Dragons-like versions of the Justice League (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and Green Lantern) by artist Sillof (via Geek Tyrant): Cocktail of the Day: Drunk Disney Libation Studios...
- Christopher Campbell
Meet some of the best directors working today, who haven't gone down the blockbuster movie route...
Ever find it a bit lame when the same big name directors get kicked around for every high profile project? Christopher Nolan, Jj Abrams, maybe the Russo Brothers? With so much focus on blockbuster films these days, getting a major franchise job seems like the main acknowledgement of success for a filmmaker. And yes, both the financial and creative rewards can be great. But there are plenty of other directors out there, doing their own thing, from art house auteurs to Dtv action specialists.
Here are 25 examples.
Even if you don’t know his name, you’ve probably seen Lee Hardcastle’s ultraviolent claymations shared on social media. He first started getting noticed for his two-minute remake of The Thing, starring the famous stop motion penguin Pingu. Far from just a cheap one-joke mash-up, »
In the recent rush to acclaim Tom Cruise as the world's greatest living movie star (hot on the heels Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation), one phase of his career has been conspicuously overlooked. That's the brief interlude between 1983's Risky Business and 1986's Top Gun, during which he briefly acquired flowing rockstar locks and starred in Ridley Scott's fairytale flop Legend.
Not only has the 1985 film been wiped from Cruise's CV, it's also rarely spoken of when discussing Scott's career. All this despite arriving right after the director's stone-cold classics Alien and Blade Runner, and in the midst of the '80s swords and sorcery craze that gave us Arnie punching a camel and Dolph Lundgren as He-Man.
Why does Scott's last fantastical excursion until Prometheus continue to languish in obscurity? On one level the answer is simple: it was a huge box office bomb on release and only »
“I’m very pleased to officially welcome Suraj on board as president,” said CEO Kirk Shaw. “In addition to adding his vision and expertise, Suraj and I have a decade long proven working relationship and, although this announcement may seem sudden, we have been collaborating on Odyssey’s future direction for the past year.”
Gohill will head up Odyssey’s further expansion from its Los Angeles offices. He has been attending the Toronto Film Festival.
Gohill recently served as chief financial officer at Ivanhoe Pictures, where he was involved in creating an alliance with Blumhouse and India-based Phantom to produce local language genre films in Asia.
He was also a senior VP at Cit. Gohill has worked on nearly 100 slate financings with major studios and independent production companies, »
- Dave McNary
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