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Pilot for Jcvd's Ridiculously Farcical Action Comedy Jean-claude Van Johnson is a Giant Leap Forward in the Actor's Career. Watch and Vote!

19 August 2016 11:30 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

"Maybe you’ve seen TimeCop, which is like Looper, starring Bruce Willis but like a million times better." Guess who's back? Back again.  It’s no secret I’m the biggest Jean-Claude Van Damme fan in the world. If you think you have a one-up on me, meet me at the Kumite. (Caveat: Must be under 5’5’’ and weight less than 140 pounds.)  Jcvd has seen glory and hell in his lifetime, and over the last few years, approaching his golden years, he’s having the time of his life.  He gained critical acclaimed for his honest, poignant portrayal of himself in the terrific Jcvd (that monologue, man. Deep.) This film blew fans and critics alike away — to date, he’s the only action star to acknowledge his faults on film and...

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Amazon Pilot Reviews: ‘The Tick,’ Jill Soloway’s ‘I Love Dick’ & ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson,’ Ranked

19 August 2016 8:19 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Jean-Claude Van Johnson

“’Timecop’ is like ‘Looper’ with Bruce Willis, but a million times better,” is just one of the gems spoken in “Jean-Claude Van Johnson” which is as gloriously ridiculous as its title.

What the Amazon pilot lacks in plot — action star Jean-Claude Van Damme comes out of retirement to act as a private contractor specializing in kicking ass and doing the splits — it makes up for with indiscriminate jabs at everything and anyone, including its star, Hollywood, pretentious foodies and even America’s Undulating Beefcake, Channing Tatum. A surprising appearance by Phylicia Rashad, who gamely plays Jean-Claude’s agent, is a comic revelation. She delivers the most absurd movie pitches with such enthusiasm that we’re ready to sign up for the “P.F. Chang’s” biopic ourselves.

The only real disappointment is the lackluster treatment of Jean-Claude’s love interest Vanessa (Kat Foster), who isn’t given much to work with story-wise. »

- Ben Travers, Liz Shannon Miller and Hanh Nguyen

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Amazon Pilot Reviews: ‘The Tick,’ Jill Soloway’s ‘I Love Dick’ & ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson,’ Ranked

19 August 2016 8:19 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Jean-Claude Van Johnson

“’Timecop’ is like ‘Looper’ with Bruce Willis, but a million times better,” is just one of the gems spoken in “Jean-Claude Van Johnson” which is as gloriously ridiculous as its title.

What the Amazon pilot lacks in plot — action star Jean-Claude Van Damme comes out of retirement to act as a private contractor specializing in kicking ass and doing the splits — it makes up for with indiscriminate jabs at everything and anyone, including its star, Hollywood, pretentious foodies and even America’s Undulating Beefcake, Channing Tatum. A surprising appearance by Phylicia Rashad, who gamely plays Jean-Claude’s agent, is a comic revelation. She delivers the most absurd movie pitches with such enthusiasm that we’re ready to sign up for the “P.F. Chang’s” biopic ourselves.

The only real disappointment is the lackluster treatment of Jean-Claude’s love interest Vanessa (Kat Foster), who isn’t given much to work with story-wise. »

- Ben Travers, Liz Shannon Miller and Hanh Nguyen

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Interview: The Mind’S Eye Writer/Director Joe Begos on the Importance of Making Movies He Wants to See & More

4 August 2016 12:25 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

With just two features under his directorial belt, writer/director Joe Begos has quickly established himself as one of the most exciting genre filmmakers working on the independent level. His directorial debut, Almost Human, was a stunning sci-fi shocker and his newest project, The Mind’s Eye, is a balls-out telekinetic war that features some insane practical effects and performances from the likes of Graham Skipper (Almost Human, Tales of Halloween), Lauren Ashley Carter (Jug Face, Darling), Noah Segan (Looper, Starry Eyes), Larry Fessenden (We Are Still Here, Late Phases), and Jeremy Gardner (The Battery, Spring).

Daily Dead recently spoke with Begos about his approach to The Mind’s Eye, and the filmmaker discussed what inspired his second feature, the importance of working with the right people and making movies that he wants to see as a genre fan, why he’ll always champion practical effects, and more.

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- Heather Wixson

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Rian Johnson had his cast watch these 6 films before shooting Episode VIII

19 July 2016 10:37 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

There's no doubts that The Force Awakens was very reminiscent of the original Star Wars, for better and for worse, and I think it's safe to say that fans are really looking forward to Rian Johnson (Looper) bringing something different to the saga. While great films inspire all filmmakers, Johnson seems to have a very specific vibe he's aiming for with his Episode VIII. He recently revealed a list of six films that he... Read More »

- Sean Wist

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Alden Ehrenreich to play young Han Solo in Star Wars prequel

18 July 2016 9:44 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Alden Ehrenreich to play young Han Solo in Star Wars prequelAlden Ehrenreich to play young Han Solo in Star Wars prequelJason Gorber7/18/2016 11:44:00 Am

In what even co-directors Phillip Lord and Chris Miller referred to as the “worst kept secret in Hollywood”, the Disney certified, official reveal of the actor to play the young Han Solo in the upcoming standalone Star Wars film occurred on the final day of the Star Wars Celebration fan event in London, England.

Dubbed “future filmmakers”, the event saw the directors of The Lego Movie (Lord and Miller) flanked by Episode 8 helmer Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper) as they brought Alden Enrenreich on stage to rapturous applause!

Ehrenreich was discovered by Francis Ford Coppola for 2009’s Tetro and has since made appearances in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine and Park Chan-wook’s Stoker but is most recognized for his last role as the bumbling Hobie »

- Jason Gorber

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Star Wars Celebration 2016: What we learned

18 July 2016 8:45 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

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Back when George Lucas announced that he was selling his company to Disney and entrusting his vision to a new generation of filmmakers, the director who I initially championed to have a crack at a Star Wars film was Rian Johnson. His film Looper proves to be a wonderful example of how to balance sophisticated narrative, swashbuckling adventure and wry, sardonic humour all in one gloriously visual package.

Johnson’s previous films like Brick gained him a cult following among enthusiasts, but perhaps his most watched work are the several "Breaking Bad" episodes he directed to great acclaim, including “Fly”, a memorable, Hitchcockian episode where an errant pest disrupts the protagonists as they cook up their illicit goods. John Boyega described the shoot as “Rian doing an indie movie within a franchise”, and »

- Jason Gorber

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‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Director Rian Johnson Explains How He’s Put Aside Nostalgia To Make His Film

17 July 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The final day of this year’s Star Wars Celebration closed out on Sunday afternoon in London with the much-anticipated Future Filmmakers panel, centered on the future of the “Star Wars” franchise as guided by Lucasfilm leaders Kathleen Kennedy and Kiri Hart.

The forward-focused panel promised to deliver all kinds of goods about the franchise’s still-untitled “Episode VIII” and their Han Solo standalone film, featuring appearances from “Episode VIII” director Rian Johnson and Han Solo helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

Read More: Star Wars Celebration: Mark Hamill Isn’t A Fan Of Production Secrecy Either

In introducing Johnson to the crowd, Kennedy told the Celebration stage audience that when it came time to pick a director for “Episode VIII,” the “Looper” and “Brick” filmmaker was “way at the top of the list right away.”

And the Lucasfilm president certainly doesn’t seem disappointed with what Johnson brought to the table, »

- Kate Erbland

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Rian Johnson Shares ‘Star Wars: Episode 8’ Set Photos as Actors Begin to Wrap Filming

8 July 2016 9:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

One of the great pleasures in keeping an eye on the production of Star Wars: Episode 8 over the past few months has been watching director Rian Johnson remain his usual self despite the gargantuan size of his latest film. This may be the biggest film he’s made yet, dwarfing the likes of Looper, Brick, and The Brothers […]

The post Rian Johnson Shares ‘Star Wars: Episode 8’ Set Photos as Actors Begin to Wrap Filming appeared first on /Film. »

- Jacob Hall

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Precious Cargo review: “A brave but uneventful romp…”

8 July 2016 1:10 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Precious Cargo review: Zack Morris and John McClane together at last in this direct-to-dvd film that has snuck into cinemas. Precious Cargo review

Bruce Willis! How do you feel about that name? It’s one that has changed its meaning and sound throughout the years. From sitcom star to unexpected action hero, to taking on challenging prestige roles in the late 90s, Willis hasn’t exactly become stale. Recently however he has given his name to small budget action films, showed up, read his lines, and seen them go straight to DVD or streaming. This isn’t surprising however as the movie star as we know it is pretty much dead. Willis still impresses when he gets into original and challenging material such as Moonrise Kingdom, or Looper, but why not earn a buck on the side?

Precious Cargo isn’t exactly the dream outing anybody was waiting for. Mark-Paul Gosselaar, »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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The top 25 films of Jeff Daniels

5 July 2016 3:16 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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From Dumb & Dumber and The Martian, through to Arachnophobia and Steve Jobs - we salute the screen work of Jeff Daniels...

They say that when you play the Game of Thrones, “you win or you die”. The Game of Jeff Daniels, however, is an undeniably different beast and for the most part is a definite “you win or you win”. After viewing dozens of Jeff Daniels movies and spending many, many hours with his on-screen personas, it’s fair to say that the maxim has been sorely tested but guess what? It still holds true. This list has been carefully curated to celebrate the veteran actor’s talent, versatility and wit and no matter which (if any) of these movies you decide to revisit or check out for the first time, Jeff is guaranteed to give you something to love in each and every one.

25. Dumb And Dumber To (2014)

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'Star Wars Episode VIII': Director Rian Johnson Commemorates "Home Stretch" With Set Photo

8 June 2016 6:46 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Star Wars: The Force Awakens set the world on fire when it hit theaters last December. Over its first weekend, the film secured its place in the box office record books with the most successful domestic opening of any film ever. Its success also carried on in the overseas market, and by the end of its run (which, interestingly enough, only officially finished a couple days ago), it broke $2 billion worldwide, coming in at number three worldwide, behind only James Cameron's Titanic and Avatar.

What's more, the film managed to please a great majority of hardcore Star Wars fans out there, many of whom lost faith in the series during the theatrical run of the prequel trilogy back in the 2000s. Director J.J. Abrams managed to accomplish the impossible, and brought back the spirit of the series that many feared would never get back to its former glory (and yes, »

- Joseph Medina

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Dark Sky Films and Snowfort Pictures Announce the Start of Filming on Ted Geoghegan’s Mohawk

7 June 2016 10:40 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Ted Geoghegan took horror fans inside a haunted house in We Are Still Here, and he’ll bring them into the wilderness for his upcoming action horror film, Mohawk. Reuniting Geoghegan with Dark Sky Films and Snowfort Pictures, Mohawk began filming today in upstate New York:

Press Release: Dark Sky Films and Snowfort Pictures have announced they will reteam and continue their multi-picture deal with writer-director Ted Geoghegan on Mohawk, the follow-up to his critical and commercial horror hit We Are Still Here. The film is set to star Tiio Horn (Hemlock Grove, Blank Paige), a Mohawk native herself. Principle photography begins today in upstate New York.

The new project reteams Geoghegan with We Are Still Here producer Travis Stevens, producer Greg Newman and co-screenwriter Grady Hendrix, best-selling author of Horrorstör.

Kaniehtiio Horn (Hemlock Grove, Blank Paige) stars in Mohawk, an intense horror and action tale. After one of her »

- Derek Anderson

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WWE Star Luke Harper Cast in Horror Movie ‘Mohawk’

7 June 2016 9:45 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

WWE star Luke Harper has been cast in the horror movie “Mohawk,” directed by Ted Geoghegan. Dark Sky Films and Snowfort Pictures will reteam on the project following the last fright flick that they made with Geoghegan, “We Are Still Here.” Along with Harper — whose real name is Jon Huber — “Hemlock Grove” actress Kaniehtiio Horn, who is Mohawk herself, will also star in the film. “Twilight’s” Justin Rain, “Looper” star Noah Segan, Ian Colletti, Robert Longstreet, Sheri Foster, Ezra Buzzington and Andrew Sensenig will costar. Also Read: WWE Superstar Brock Lesnar Reveals His Ufc 200 Opponent (Video) “Mohawk” is a horror and. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Bruce Willis: examining his recent straight-to-dvd movies

6 June 2016 7:22 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Most Bruce Willis movies right now seem to head to DVD almost immediately. We've gone through them, in search of a gem...

It’s not exactly clear when Bruce Willis went from being a big star whose name filled seats and sold tickets to being a guy whose name you see on the cover of so many direct-to-dvd and VOD outings (albeit ones that sometimes get a week or two in a cinema, in essence to promote the VOD release), but I’d like to go out on a limb here and say that Kevin Smith’s mouth might be to blame.

During one of his filmed Q&A sessions that ended up winging its way to eager fanboys and girls like myself on DVD back in the late oughts, Smith talked at length about what it was like to work on the much-anticipated fourth instalment of the Die Hard franchise, »

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‘Marauders’ Trailer: Bruce Willis Is at the Center of a Bank Robbery Conspiracy

1 June 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

In recent years, Bruce Willis has been sleepwalking his way through a lot of action thrillers. That’s truly a shame since we know he’s still capable of doing great work in movies like Looper and Moonrise Kingdom. Sadly, a new bank heist movie called Marauders doesn’t appear to be one of his better choices, even […]

The post ‘Marauders’ Trailer: Bruce Willis Is at the Center of a Bank Robbery Conspiracy appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Oscar Isaac Holds Up Star Wars: Episode VIII As The “Dark Second Chapter”

19 May 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When the credits rolled on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and John Williams’ unmistakable score blared through the speakers, it was clear that J.J. Abrams had teed up the beginning of a journey – one to be told across three mainline Episodes.

With Rogue One primed to spin off from Disney’s core arc later this year, it is Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper) that will steering fans back to the future with the release of Star Wars: Episode VIII in 2017, and it looks as though testing times lie ahead for Rey, Finn, Poe and the rest of the heroes (Bb-8 included).

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That’s according to Oscar Isaac, who spoke to Rolling Stone magazine in anticipation of the imminent X-Men: Apocalypse. Unsurprisingly, talk soon turned to the stars, where Isaac held up Episode VIII as the “dark second chapter” of Disney and Lucasfilm’s rebooted juggernaut.

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- Michael Briers

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Why Focus Features Ditched Horror Flicks and Returned to Its Indie Roots

14 May 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Three months after a dramatic overhaul swept out one regime and replaced it with another, Focus Features is out in force at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The company is premiering Oscar-hopeful “Loving,” snapping up international distribution rights to “American Honey” with Shia Labeouf, and is reintroducing itself as a maker of indie films after a failed foray into genre and horror pictures. Under chairman Peter Kujawski, what’s old is new again.

“We’re really going back to what people still associate Focus’ name and brand with and what Focus had originally been doing, which is being a specialty company,” Kujawski told Variety.

That means leaving the films like “Sinister” and “London Has Fallen” to studio parent, Universal Pictures, and doubling down on prestige and filmmaker-driven fare such as “The Theory of Everything” or the upcoming spy thriller “The Coldest City” with Charlize Theron and James McAvoy.

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- Brent Lang

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Cannes: Distant Horizon Wins China’s ‘League of Gods’

14 May 2016 10:53 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

South Africa’s Distant Horizon has picked up international sales rights to big-budget Chinese fantasy action movie “League of Gods.”

The film has a starry cast headed by Jet Li, Fan Bingbing, Louis Koo, Angelababy, Andy On and Xu Qing (“Looper”.)

It features a group of unique super-heroes with special powers in a story based on the ancient novel “Fengshen Bang.”

Direction is by VFX ace Koan Xu. Production is by Charles Heung and Tiffany Chen’s China Star.

“We have been tracking ‘League of Gods’ from development stage. What has emerged is an action packed visual spectacle that combines China’s best talent with an award-winning international creative team,” said Distant Horizon chairman Anant Singh. “‘League of Gods’ has global appeal and has attracted a great deal of interest already, and following on the success of ‘The Mermaid,’ we are confident of its prospects internationally and are certain that »

- Patrick Frater

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Why Alden Ehrenreich Is the Perfect Young Han Solo

11 May 2016 4:23 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After more than 2,000 auditions and months of rumors and hearsay, Disney and Lucasfilm have finally found their brand new scruffy looking nerf herder in Alden Ehrenreich. Yes, the Hail Caesar! actor will be playing a young version of Han Solo in the Phil Lord and Chris Miller directed Star Wars spinoff tentatively titled Han Solo: A Star Wars Story. And it's hard to agrue that this casting isn't nearly perfect. Especially considering some of the other choices that have been teased over the earlier part of this year.

Though Disney has yet to release an official statement on the casting, Deadline has reported that Ehrenreich is in final negotiations to pilot the Millennium Falcon. The studio brought in seemingly every actor in Hollywood who maybe would fit the role and Ehrenreich beat out the likes of Kingsman star Taron Egerton, Transformers: Age of Extinction star Jack Reynor and even Dave Franco, »

- MovieWeb

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