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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
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
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:
…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.
…a group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board.
…the origin story of the man who became the enduring legend of Dracula is told in Dracula Untold, »
- Oli Davis
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
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
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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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, »
Jon Knautz directed the story of a troubled dancer who descends into madness when she suspects her lover is having an affair.
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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