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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
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
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.
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- Patrick Frater
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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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!
Delta Force (1986)
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- Jerry Smith
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
“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
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
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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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Access Hollywood)
Read More: 5 Must-See Asian Films From the New York Asian Film Festival In 1987, up-and-coming Hong Kong filmmaker Ringo Lam directed a squalid crime film rife with violence and nebulous morality. "City on Fire," which is screening as part of the New York Asian Film Festival's special tribute to Lam, stars Chow Yun-fat and Danny Lee as an undercover cop and murderous thief who get chummy during the planning, execution, and fallout of a botched heist during which Chow kills an innocent person. In the end, Chow tells Lee the truth, and Lee shoots Chow in the head. (Moral of the story: don't be honest.) Two years later, John Woo released "The Killer," a milestone of Hong Kong cinema that reinvented action movies and introduced the world to a new way of rendering violence — with almost loving intimacy, without dulling the impact. Woo became an international sensation, Lam helmed a Jean-Claude Van Damme film that bombed, »
- Greg Cwik
I was wrong on a few fronts when I reviewed Netflix's "Sense8" after only three episodes. I suggested it would be a series that people would want to watch all at once, or not at all, when in fact I strung my viewing out over three weeks, only feeling a need to immediately jump to the next episode when I was nearing the season's end. And I thought the show's mythology would have to feel much less like gibberish for the full season to feel satisfying, when I ultimately enjoyed it even though I still couldn't tell you — nor did I really care — how these connections work. (Some minor spoilers follow, but if you're still just wondering if you should bother with "Sense8" at all, most of it should be safe to read, and I'll put in a warning before we get into more details.) These days, I hear more »
- Alan Sepinwall
As far as canine hero stories go, “Max” is a strangely mixed breed. A hodgepodge of corny coming-of-ager, inspirational boy-and-his-pup pablum, modern-day military tale and surprisingly violent PG-rated action thriller, it’s an all-around odd choice to release up against the big dogs of summer. Even if Warner Bros. hopes some of that “American Sniper” B.O. magic rubs off on a film ostensibly about a pooch overcoming Ptsd (“American Sniffer”?), woe be to the family-targeted movie competing with the likes of “Inside Out” and “Jurassic World.” Expect a bigger bite in ancillary.
Given the appeal of the Belgian Malinois (or, technically, six Belgian Malinois) playing the titular character, it’s almost a shame the film has to rely on generic bipeds to drive the action. That begins with Texan teen Justin Wincott (Josh Wiggins), who becomes Max’s de facto master after his older brother Kyle (Robbie Amell) is killed on an Afghanistan battlefield. »
- Geoff Berkshire
We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...
This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.
If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...
The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.
So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »
We take a look at the Wachowski's latest outing, the Netflix sci-fi drama Sense8. Spoilers lie ahead...
This is a spoiler-y review.
A collaboration between the Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski sounded almost too good to be true, but Netflix delivered last Friday with the release of the entire first season of Sense8. If Daredevil gave genre fans an incentive to subscribe to Netflix, Sense8 gave them a reason to stick around.
The first season of Sense8 may not pack the same entertainment power as Daredevil, but Sense8’s long drawn – some might even say overdrawn – character-driven moments and slowly unfolding plot make the series almost as worthy of binge watching.
The premise of the series sounds like rehash of material that has already been seen countless times in genre fiction over the past three decades. Who has any interest left for yet another psychic powers story? Yet, from its first moment, »
Title: Pound of Flesh eOne Entertainment Director: Ernie Barbarism Writer: Joshua James Cast: Jean-Claude Van Damme, John Ralston, Charlotte Peters, Aki Aleong Running time: 104 minutes, Rated R (Violence, Language, Sexuality) In Theaters And Available On VOD And iTunes: May 15, 2015 Jean-Claude Van Damme plays Deacon. A former French special ops in retirement whom travels to the Phillipines to give one of his kidneys to his dying 12 year old niece. He stops a guy from beating a girl in front of a club, and as a reward, she offers to buy him a drink – not something you should be doing the day before you give a kidney. [ Read More ]
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"Sense8" is a show that could only exist on Netflix (or another streaming service like it), because no human would have the patience to watch it weekly. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. Among its originals, Netflix has some great shows ("Orange Is the New Black" and "BoJack Horseman," to name two) and some lesser ones, but good or bad, the Netflix series only occasionally seem made with the Netflix distribution model in mind. Though they have serialized elements, most of them are structured in the exact same way as their counterparts that air in a traditional pattern on cable or broadcast TV. (Ditto most of Amazon's originals.) Previous attempts to design shows explicitly for the streaming/binge world — like Mitch Hurwitz's aborted plan to make "Arrested Development" season 4 viewable in any order — haven't worked out, and I'm still waiting for someone to find a way to explicitly »
- Alan Sepinwall
He's 54-years-old ... but Jean-Claude Van Damme is still in Ridiculous shape -- and now, he's telling TMZ Sports the Right Way to get shredded in the gym. Jcvd was leaving Gold's Gym in L.A. when he gave his best tips on how to get a body like his -- right down to the number of reps you should be doing on a specific exercise. There's more ... Van Damme also sounds off on weed, diet and the importance of form. »
- TMZ Staff
Jean-Claude Van Damme loses a kidney to organ traffickers but (naturally) exacts considerable revenge in the neatly titled “Pound of Flesh.” This Canadian-produced, Manila-set, largely China-shot actioner is conceptually pedestrian but decently handled in all departments. Plus of course it’s always fun to see the Muscles From Brussels back in the arse-whupping saddle, sinewy and limber as ever if looking rather gaunt here. It launched Stateside at theaters, on VOD and iTunes May 15; theatrically, star’s might may have dimmed in the U.S., but the pic should do decent biz internationally and in home formats.
Deacon (Van Damme), a mercenary of sorts specializing in “kidnap and rescue” missions, has just arrived in Manila when he spies a damsel in distress on the street. A few well-placed kicks later, her assailant skedaddles, and the attractive young Brit, Ana (Charlotte Peters), treats her savior to some drinks — and a one-night stand. »
- Dennis Harvey
Jean-Claude Van Damme's wife has had a change of heart, according to him, because he's no longer headed for divorce court. The awesome actor is all over the place in our video, explaining the reason for the reconciliation. First he suggests it's for the benefit of their kids, but then waxes poetic about his love for wife Gladys, who filed divorce docs back in March ... pulling the plug on their 15-year marriage. The Muscles »
- TMZ Staff
Welcome to the latest installment of Trailer Park, our (semi) regular look at the latest trailers to hit the interwebs. This weeks line-up features a bevy of the latest movie trailers including some of the most anticipated Summer blockbusters and more, including: Crimson Peak, The Intern, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Pixels, The Gallows, Point Break, Pound of Flesh, and Minions.
In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds…and remembers.
In “The Intern,” De Niro stars as Ben Whittaker, a 70-year-old widower who has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, »
- Phil Wheat
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