8 items from 2017
By David Kozlowski | 4 August 2017
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- David Kozlowski
Believe it or not, 1987’s “Predator” could have been even more badass. Seriously, even with the already macho team-up of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Bill Duke, and Jesse Ventura, there actually was going to be one more person that would have made it even better – Jean-Claude Van Damme. That’s right, Jcvd was actually originally cast as the Predator.
- Charles Dean
If you’re anything like me and are a fan of film trivia, then you love to ponder and discuss what could have been throughout the annals of cinema. So, if you’re of that ilk, you’re well aware that in some parallel dimension none other than Jean-Claude Van Damme was cast as the Predator and gave Arnold Schwarzenegger a run for his stogie back in the 1980’s.
But, as fate would have it, we never saw this cut, something director John McTiernan recently touched on when speaking with Cinema Blend:
“We never shot anything with him. It was a complete screw up with his agent, trying to hustle him into a job and didn’t know what the movie was. It’s silly. It was really silly.”
It’s hard to entirely extrapolate the context of that, but it could be assumed that Jcvd’s agent thought something »
- Eric Joseph
The Hollywood community is in mourning once again after another beloved performer was lost this weekend. Powers Boothe, an Emmy-winning character actor with several diverse roles to his credit, passed away at the age of 68 on Sunday. The actor's death was first announced online in a tweet from actor Beau Bridges, and was later confirmed by his rep, Karen Samfilippo. The rep confirmed that he died in his sleep from apparent natural causes.
The Entertainment Weekly report doesn't reveal if there will be an autopsy performed or not. The actor was born June 1, 1948 in Snyder, Texas, USA, the son of a sharecropper who spent his youth chopping cotton and became the first member of his family to attend a university, receiving a fellowship to Southern Methodist University to study acting, where he received a degree in Fine Arts. After performing in Oregon, Connecticut and Philadelphia, the actor arrived in New »
The hook here is simple, kids: Black Water is Jean Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren teaming up on a submarine and right there you already know whether you want to see this film. And, really, if you're one of those who - like me - cut your teeth on the action films of the late eighties this is pretty much a must. A CIA operative (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is imprisoned in a secret black site on board a nuclear submarine. With the help of a new ally (Lundgren) he must make his escape and clear his name before he disappears forever. Both Lundgren and Jcvd have been experiencing something of a late career renaissance in recent years with films that may not always be...
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There was a time when you could count on action movies to have cheeky, playfully-on-the-nose titles. Jean-Claude Van Damme, in particular, was the king in this arena, with classics - yes, classics! - like Sudden Death (terrorists take over a hockey rink during the Stanley Cup finals), Double Impact (where Jcvd plays his own twin brother), and Timecop (about a time traveling police officer). But these days action movies have forgotten how to have fun with their titles. Everything is either a character's name (John Wick, Jack Reacher, Jason Bourne) or a generic noun (The Accountant, Criminal, The Gunman). But one actor is still keeping their self-aware action movie title game strong. We are of course talking about Liam Neeson. Sure, Taken 1-3 may be generic, but...
- Peter Hall
Simon Brew Jan 9, 2017
There’s a spoiler for The Expendables 2 ahead.
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The fourth and final movie in The Expendables series, cunningly going by the title of The Expendables 4 so far, is expected to see many familiar faces return. It’s a fair bet that alongside Sylvester Stallone will be Dolph Lundgren, The Statham and Arnold Schwarzenegger for a start. But also comes a report that suggests Jean-Claude Van Damme is returning to the series.
Tony Sokol Jan 5, 2017
Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren will be on the same side for the first time in their action filled careers, with the two almost-iconic action stars will co-star in the upcoming action thriller Black Water. The screenplay was written by Chad Law and the search is on for a director to steer the project.
In it, Van Damme will play a deep-cover agent in deep waters: he's being held in a prison that the CIA runs on, of all places, a submarine. There's no word on Lundgren’s character, but we assume he'll be able to tread water.
Van Damme and Lundgren have, of course, appeared on screen together before, »
8 items from 2017
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