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In the mid-1980s, Belgian martial artist Jean-Claude Van Damme arrived in America with dreams of stardom. Possessing a finely-honed physique, thanks to years of training in (among other things) karate, kickboxing and ballet, he was ambitious and brimming with self-belief.
The acting bug bit Van Damme while he was still in his teens: he played “a bad guy with all the knives” in the 1984 French gangster movie Rue Barbare and, determined to further his goal of becoming an actor, hopped on a plane to Los Angeles. His first few years in America were, however, tough. He slept in a rental car for two weeks, and made money money by teaching aerobics and martial arts, delivering pizzas, and working as a doorman at a restaurant belonging to Chuck Norris. »
Now playing in theaters is director Jason Reitman’s (Up in the Air) latest feature, Men, Women & Children. Starring Ansel Elgort, Dean Norris, Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, Judy Greer, J.K. Simmons, Elena Kampouris, Timothée Chalamet, Olivia Crocicchia, Dennis Haysbert, and the voice of Emma Thompson, the drama follows the loosely connected stories of a group of teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate life in the digital age. Loaded with great performances and a smart script, Men, Women & Children is able to tap into the zeitgeist of our tech-obsessed culture yet it doesn’t feel pedantic or forced. It was definitely one of my favorite films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. For more on Men, Women & Children, read Matt’s review, watch some clips or the trailer, or click here for all our previous coverage. Recently I landed an exclusive phone interview with Dean Norris. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
It goes without saying that Michael Ironside is a genre icon of the highest order. He’s been entertaining audiences worldwide for years now with his indelibly menacing voice in hundreds of films and TV shows and shows no sign of slowing down. He’s appeared in memorable films like Scanners (1981), Visiting Hours (1982), Spacehunter: Adventures In The Forbidden Zone (1983), Extreme Prejudice (1987), Watchers (1988), Total Recall (1990), Free Willy (1993), Starship Troopers … Continue reading →
- The Black Saint
So, Ghostbusters, a much-beloved franchise of TV and film, is to be rebooted. The director, Paul Feig (Freaks And Geeks, Bridesmaids, The Heat) has announced his intention to cast women in the main roles. It's hard to say which one people are more annoyed over, but it's worth making the distinction between the aspects of this film that people are complaining about.
The following are legitimate complaints:
• That Ghostbusters is to be rebooted
The latter is one of those things, really, that happens in entertainment. It's pretty hard to argue against a studio's logic in hiring Paul Feig, based on his critical and commercial record ($288 million box office for Bridesmaids, $230 million for The Heat, good to »
For his 2004 movie "The Machinist," Christian Bale lost a whopping 63 pounds to end up at a weight of only 120 pounds. He accomplished this on a diet of one can of tuna and an apple per day, and was willing to lose even more weight until producers and doctors had to step in to stop him. Now, Bale's co-star Michael Ironside (Total Recall) revealed just how disturbing his weight-loss really was. He said: "I remember on 'The Machinist,' I came to work one day, and we were shooting in Barcelona, Spain, and our trailers were these little Spanish 2-wheeled cabanas that were parked in front of this actual working machine shop. And I heard 'pssst... Michael!' from behind one of the cabanas. I went over, and it was Chris. And he said, 'Can you look at this?' And he turned and dropped his overalls, which he was naked under. »
Directed by Chuck Russell
I’m not sure there is a single line in the history of slasher films that had more of an impact on the future of the genre than this line from A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. For the first two and a half films of this series, and the first few films from the other major slasher series of the day, there was a lo-fi authenticity to the films. Michael Myers stalking through the house in Halloween, the creepy intensity of Ms. Voorhees in Friday the 13th, Freddy’s claws coming through the walls in an unreal but significantly unsettling way in the original nightmare. Even when a little kitsch seeped through it was more creepy than funny. And all of that changed in Dream Warriors. »
- Mynt Marsellus
When there are no more original ideas in Hollywood, the spirits of 80s movies will rise up from the dead and take over our screens. Which is to say, lately a lot of the attention has been turned on classic 80s action sci-fi movies, with Total Recall, RoboCop and Escape From New York all getting the remake treatment – but really, no piece of nostalgia is truly safe, nowadays.
A few years ago Twentieth Century Fox was reportedly looking to 1988 Tom Hanks comedy Big for inspiration, buying a pitch for a movie called Premature Maturation that was described as Big meets The Hangover. The main difference was that instead of one kid getting transformed into an ...
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- H. Shaw-Williams
Actress Lycia Naff would like to forget her role as a three-breasted prostitute in the 1990 film Total Recall, but one woman has reinvented herself as the character from the sci-fi film. Confirming that people will do anything for their 15 minutes of fame is 21-year-old "Jasmine Tridevil," who reportedly augmented her breasts with, well, a third. The Florida resident apparently spent $20,000 on the plastic surgery. What kind of doctor would do such a thing? Apparently Tridevil met with 50 doctors before one would agree to perform the bizarre surgery (taking skin from her abdomen to graft the extra breast. And what compelled Tridevil to get the surgery? She stated it was an attempt to appear less attractive to men. “I don't want to date...
- Alison Nastasi
The medical community is chiming in on the third-breasted lady.
Is the three-breasted lady just a hoax to promote American Horror Story: Freak Show, or did Jasmine Tridevil actually get the tri-cleavage surgery that she says she did? According to doctors, it's all a lie.
The Daily Dot asked Dr. Matthew Schulman M.D., "a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City who has performed thousands of breast augmentation and reconstruction surgeries", what he thought of the Total Recall-inspired breasts.
“[I] believe 100% that this is a hoax that everyone is falling for,” he said. “I would be happy to go on record claiming that this is a falsified story and essentially not possible.”
Photos: Hollywood's Most Voluptuous Vixens
Dr. Schulman and other doctors interviewed by the website do admit that adding a third breast is "theoretically possible," but that it would "not give the results that are shown in [Tridevil's] photos."
"This technique »
The first episode of the all new season of FX's 'American Horror Story: Freak Show' kicks off on 8 October with 'Monsters Among Us'. The fourth season stars Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Michael Chiklis, Evan Peters, Frances Conroy, Denis O'Hare, Emma Roberts, Wes Bentley and Finn Wittrock, all whom feature in this selection of 11 new character posters. Characters that range from a bearded lady to a two-headed woman, and from a strong man to a triple-breasted female ala 'Total Recall'. Check them all out now below. »
No, this isn't a hoax thanks to some clever make-up effects or Photoshop! Jasmine Tridevil (that's not her real name, Fyi) has undergone a risky procedure in order to add a third breast to the two she already had!* The young woman had to contact over 50 doctors before finally finding a surgeon willing to perform the operation and even then he made her sign a non-disclosure in fear of possibly getting sued somewhere down the line. However, it doesn't appear as if being the world's #1 fan of Total Recall (which received an underwhelmng remake in 2012) is the reason for this as Tridevil has been quoted in an interview as saying that she made this addition because she, "wanted to make [herself] unattractive to men. Because I don’t want to date anymore." Uh...ok? Anyway, if you'd like to see more of her new addition, she's hoping to star in her »
It amazes me to see the things people will do for fame. 21-year-old Jasmine Tridevil went through surgery to have a third breast added to her body like the alien chick in Total Recall. Why would she do something like this? Because she hopes that it will help her score a reality television show. Her parents didn't seem to take it very well:
"My mum ran out of the door. She won't talk to me. She won't let my sister talk to me. My dad... he really isn't happy. He is kind of ashamed of me but he accepted it."
The surgery cost her $20,000, and in case you were wondering, that included a "nipple" implant with an areole tattoo. She also claims to have contacted more than 50 doctors before one agreed to do it.
“It was really hard finding someone that would do it too because they’re breaking the code of ethics. »
- Joey Paur
Hollywood, listen up: stop remaking good movies. Start remaking the bad ones. Look, we really didn't need another "RoboCop," or another "Total Recall," or another "Halloween." Those movies were all perfectly fine in the first place! But there are plenty of not-so-great movies that could use an update, and we've put together a list of 13 (all from the '90s and early '00s) that deserve another go at the silver screen. From "Catwoman" to "Wild, Wild West" to - yes - "The Avengers" (ok, not the one you're thinking of), all of these titles deserve another shot at multiplex glory. So which bad movies do you think deserve a remake? After scrolling through the gallery below, let us know in the comments. »
- Katie Hasty, Donna Dickens, Chris Eggertsen, Dave Lewis, Kristopher Tapley, Chris Eggertsen, Josh Lasser
American college student Maiko (Total Recall's Kaitlyn Leeb), who is studying in Japan, heads into the notorious Aokigahara Forest - the legendary wood where poor unfortunates head to commit suicide - in a bid to save the spirit of her dead mother, who killed herself among its trees. Joining her are best buddy Amber (Cassi Thomson), who is going to document the trip with her film crew Terry (Dejan Loyola) and cameraman Kyle (Graham Warlde). Directed by Steven R Monroe, who is best known for the I Spit On Your Grave remake. »
Grave Encounters directors The Vicious Brothers debut their new trailer for Extraterrestrial, which comes with the bold words “the definitive close encounter”. 2011’s Grave Encounters was some very cheesy fun, but Extraterrestrial looks like it is attempting to take itself a little more serious, or at that’s what the trailer seems to be selling. It has Scanners and Total Recall star Michael Ironside, which is a big plus. It does look like a combo of Fire in the Sky and last year’s Dark Skies, but Extraterrestrial might end up being a decent little film. The film hits theaters in limited release on November 21st.
- Max Molinaro
Cinema has long held a fascination with memories, from the different ways they can be manipulated (Inception, Total Recall) to how crucial they can be in defining who we are (Memento, The Bourne Identity). Before I Go to Sleep slots into the latter grouping; As directed by Rowan Joffé it’s a well-performed and solidly engaging thriller, but it won’t be joining the distinguished pantheon the aforementioned films reside in any time soon.
Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by S.J. Watson Before I Go to Sleep focuses on Christine Lucas (Nicole Kidman), who wakes up with no memory of her existence beyond her early 20’s after she was involved in an accident. She is told this and more information about her life every morning by her weary husband Ben (Colin Firth, reuniting with his The Railway Man co-star). She is also called each day by Dr. »
- Amon Warmann
Scream Factory recently gifted us genre fans a double dose of creature feature terrors with their Blu-ray releases of the killer rat flick Deadly Eyes and George P. Cosmatos’ hugely underrated deep sea horror film Leviathan. While both films aren’t necessarily well-known amongst more casual fans, it’s great to see Scream put such great effort into their presentations for each of these cult classics.
For those who haven’t seen it before, Deadly Eyes (or Rats)is a rather ridiculous (but wonderfully so) early ‘80s nature-run-amok story that plays up the concerns and dangers of modern urban society by way of roided-out killer rat infestations that have a penchant for human flesh. The film takes its premise very seriously, but it’s the use of Daschunds in rat costumes that has given Deadly Eyes something of an unintentional comedic spin, making for a rather uneven horror film.
- Heather Wixson
On the 5th September Before I Go To Sleep will jump from the pages of S.J. Watson’s novel to the big screen. The film tells the story of Chrissie (Nicole Kidman), who remembers nothing as a result of a traumatic accident. Each day she is forced to piece together and make sense of her life, only for it all to be forgotten when she awakens each morning. That is until one day, when terrifying truths emerge forcing her to question everyone around her.
The fragility of memory is a common theme used in various film plots. Thn previously covered a list of Top Ten Memory Loss Movies, in which we remember some much loved classics such as Memento and Total Recall. Not to repeat ourselves, we have decided to put together a list of forgotten films about forgotten memories. In celebration of Before I Go To Sleep we remember 7 forgotten amnesia/memory loss movies. »
- Ciham Messouki
Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.
Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »
- Brian Welk
Following in the footsteps of Sylvester Stallone and John Travolta, movie legend Arnold Schwarzenegger will take to the stage in London later this year in a special Q+A and movie retrospective, hosted by chat show host/ comedian Jonathan Ross. According to the press release we’ve just received, the qudience will also get the chance to purchase tickets for a one to one photo opportunity and a very select and private meet and greet session. Arnie will also take part in a black tie dinner event at The Grand Pavillion, Leeds.
“For once I won’t have a publicist saying, ‘Don’t ask him about his private life, don’t ask him how much money he makes, how much is in the bank,’ all that kind of stuff,” he said of the UK dates. “England really was the country that gave me the biggest break in my career. I »
- Paul Heath
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