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25 years ago, the original Kickboxer was the film that put Jean Claude Van Damme on the map for good. With the athletic prowess he was known for, as well as the acting talents he was starting to develop at that time, Van Damme turned what could have simply been an 80's B-movie starring someone like Chuck Norris into a film that is well regarded piece of greatness. In fact, people like it so much it has led to a modern remake that seems to be logging ass kicker after ass kicker onto its roster. As if this cast couldn't get anymore prestigious, another actor of physical prowess and noted acting abilities is joining up for a film that could practically be renamed "Team Badass" at this point. The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Gina Carano, star of Haywire and the Fast And Furious franchise, has been added to the Kickboxer »
The former mixed martial artist is set to join the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Dave Bautista and Jean-Claude Van Damme, who will be returning to a franchise that he helped create in a mentor role. Directed by John Stockwell, the revamped version will once again follow Kurt Sloan (played here by Alain Moussi in lieu of Van Damme), who is described as “a talented martial artist who travels to Thailand where he must learn the secrets of the kickboxer to avenge his brother’s death at the hands of Tong Po.”
As you’ve probably already guessed, Bautista will play the role of the adversary in this new take, which will no doubt lead to a muscle-straining showdown between him and Moussi’s protagonist. As for Carano, »
- Michael Briers
Looks like this Kickboxer remake is hoping to make a splash when it comes out. Last week, it was announced that Jean-Claude Van Damme- the star of the original- was onboard to play the lead character's mentor. We all ready know that Dave Bautista is signed on, he of Guardians of The Galaxy and soon-to-be Spectre fame. Now The Hollywood Reporter has announced that former Mma star turned actress Gina Carano has joined the cast.
Carano 's profile has been rising steadily over the last few years, between being handpicked by Stephen Soderbergh to star in Haywire and appearing in the extremely lucrative Fast & Furious series. She even sat atop the wish lists of many fans when it came time to cast Wonder Woman in WB/DC's new cinematic universe- and that wasn't just because she was dating "Superman" Henry Cavill at the time. Carano looks the part and »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Kickboxer, the 1989 movie that helped launch the career of action star Jean-Claude Van Damme, has been slated to be remade for a while now. Featuring former Ufc star Georges St. Pierre, who recently appeared as Bartroc the Leaper in Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and WWE star Bautista, coming off a much-talked about turn as Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy (and having just been announced as part of the new Bond movie), the flick already had some serious heavyweights from the fighting world.
Well, add one more – the former face of women’s Mma Gina Carano. Carano, per The Hollywood reporter, is playing a fight promoter in the film that follows a kickboxer heading to Thailand to avenge his brother’s death. Bautsita plays the antagonist of the piece; Jean-Claude Van Damme also returns. Alain Moussi, a stunt performer turned actor who worked on X-Men: Days of Future Past, »
- Jay Anderson
Following on from the news that Jean-Claude Van Damme has joined the cast of the Kickboxer remake as Master Chow, producers Radar Films has now announced that Mma star Gina Carano (Haywire, Fast & Furious 6) has signed on to play the film’s female fight promoter.
“It will be fun to watch Gina as the sneaky and dangerous temptress, a boa constrictor of this fighting jungle,” states producer Ted Field. “Watch out kickboxers!”
Kickboxer is being directed by Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero) and also stars Alain Moussi (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), George St. Pierre (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Thai supermodel Sara Malakul Lane.
The film follows Kurt Sloan (Moussi), a talented martial artist who travels to Thailand where he must learn the secrets of the kickboxer to avenge his brother’s death at the hands of Tong Po (Bautista).
- Gary Collinson
Production is underway on the Kickboxer remake, and Radar Films has announced Haywire star and mixed martial artist Gina Carano has been cast in the film. Carano will play a fight promoter, and will star alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dave Bautista (Guardians Of The Galaxy), Georges St. Pierre (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Alain Moussi and Thai model Sara Malakul Lane in the remake. Radar Films' Ted Fields on Gina Carano joining the project: It will be fun to watch »
- Jesse Giroux
The Mma star is going to play a fight promoter in the new film, building on her previous movie credits that include Fast & Furious 6 and Steven Soderbergh's Haywire. We can't see her sitting behind a desk for much of the film though, and Ted Field of Radar Films has certainly suggested that won't be the case. "It will be fun to watch Gina as the sneaky and dangerous temptress, a boa constrictor of this fighting jungle", he said. "Watch out kickboxers!"
The new film is being directed by John Stockwell, and it was confirmed last week »
Directed by John Stockwell ("Cat Run"), the story follows Kurt Sloane (Alain Moussi), a gifted martial artist who travels to Thailand where he must learn kickboxing secrets to avenge the death of his brother at the hands of the villainous Tong Po (Dave Bautista).
Jean-Claude Van Damme plays Master Chow who teaches Kurt how to take on Tong Po. Carrion will portray a fight promoter. Filming is currently underway in New Orleans and Thailand.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Last week we learned the joyous news that Jean-Claude Van Damme had been cast in the Kickboxer remake. The movie has quite a cast, many of them drawn from the world of martial arts. Stunt man/martial artist Alain Moussi (X-Men: Days of Future Past) is playing the lead (Van Damme is playing more of a mentor this time out) alongside George St. Pierre (Bartoc from Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Dave Bautista (Riddick, Guardians of the Galaxy). And now we've got word that Mma fighter and Haywire star Gina Carano has joined the film. Hit the jump for more details on her role, which is something of a break from the archetype one might expect her to play. The Kickboxer remake is currently shooting in New Orleans before moving onto Thailand. John Stockwell is directing. In what's being called a "gender-bender twist from the original", Carano is playing »
- Evan Dickson
Bennett Miller is a filmmaker who knows a good true story when he sees one. The director, who got his start with the documentary "The Cruise," and then directed the critically adored, Oscar-strewn films "Capote" and "Moneyball," both of which were based on real life accounts of very different events (the making of Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood" and then something involving math and baseball). For his latest film, "Foxcatcher," Miller once again dips into the reservoir of real life tragedy to come up with his dramatic inspiration.
"Foxcatcher" is based on a famous incident in 1996 when John Du Pont (played in the film by Steve Carell), a multimillionaire weirdo, murdered Mark Schultz (played by Mark Ruffalo), an Olympic wrestler, on his vast estate (named Foxcatcher). Du Pont fancied himself a wrestling fanatic (and amateur coach) and wanted to will a team to Olympic glory basically through money and weird encouragement. »
- Drew Taylor
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When Foxcatcher arrives in theaters this weekend — the dark, true-life drama about the murder of Olympic wrestling champion Dave Schultz (played by Mark Ruffalo) — it may leave you with a looming question, “Wait, is that really Channing Tatum?” No, not just because Tatum — like his co-star Steve Carell (who plays eccentric millionaire and Schultz’s murderer, John du Pont) — is virtually unrecognizable due to the film’s stunning physical transformations. It’s because Tatum, as the tortured Olympic wrestler (and Dave’s brother) Mark Schultz, reaches staggering new heights as an actor.
The star of Step Up, White House Down, 21 Jump Street, and Magic Mike, among others, not only turns out one of this year’s most harrowing performances, but one of the very best. Even Tatum’s biggest naysayers (yes, they exist) will be blown away by the actor’s emotionally and physically daunting work in Foxcatcher. »
Most big-budget action movies these days are just cartoons directed by bad animators. Somewhere between The Matrix and The Bourne Identity, the whole genre lost its brawl. You've seen one superhero defend his city from an airship armada, you've seen every superhero defend his city from an airship armada. Then there's John Wick. Simple story, not-so-simple thrills. The story: Someone kills an assassin's dog, and the assassin (Keanu Reeves) wants vengeance. The thrills: The movie constructs action scenes with patience and delicacy, filming in steady shots that track the careful choreography of Reeves' punch-shoot rampages. John Wick was directed by a stuntman, »
- Darren Franich
These days, it seems hard for me to believe that there was a point where I did not like the work of Channing Tatum. For several of his early movies, I felt like he was a good looking guy with no chops at all, and it didn't seem to me like he was ever going to loosen up. He had some buzz around him when he was in "A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints," and he was certainly busy as the next few years unfolded, starring in films like "G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra," "Dear John," "The Eagle," and "Step Up 2: The Streets," but it wasn't until 2011 that I started to come around to what he was doing. "The Dilemma" is a fairly awful film, but Tatum shows up late in the movie and suddenly things start to come to life. Also that spring, "Haywire" came out, and »
- Drew McWeeny
"The Knick" has wrapped up its first season, and I have a review of the finale coming up just as soon as your colon has to go as well... "What have I done?" -Thack "Crutchfield" did a nice job of bringing the major stories of the season to a boil, mostly while linking them to the series' larger questions about scientific and social progress. "The Knick" is set in a time when modern medicine became, well, modern, and in some ways we can see how the work that Thack and Edwards (and, for that matter, Cornelia) are doing ties neatly with how medicine is practiced today. But this was an age of experimentation, which brought many, many misguided follies for every brilliant success, and we see that in action as so many of the characters' circumstances go from bad to worse. Most obvious of these is Thack being taken to »
- Alan Sepinwall
It may be a low-budget affair, but the $15 million film Bus 657 is attracting quite a cast. Deadline is reporting that, aside from all ready nabbing Robert De Niro, the cast will now also include Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen) and Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns). The film, which is set to start filming next month, will center on a heist and the subsequent hostage situation that ensues after it.
Morgan plays a desperate man with a sick daughter and seemingly no way to pay for her necessary treatment. When a greedy co-worker played by Dave Bautista (Guardians of The Galaxy) suggests that they rob a casino as a way to get the necessary cash, it sets a dangerous plan in motion that eventually includes the two men capturing a bus full of innocent people. De Niro plays the casino owner, and Bosworth is his estranged daughter. Last, but not least, Gina Carano »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 18, 2014; Digital Release Date: Oct. 18, 2014
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $40.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
The boys and their guns are back in 22 Jump Street.
After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Hill) and Jenko (Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don’t have to just crack the case – they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshman to real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them. »
A few weeks ago, in anticipation of Guardians of the Galaxy's theatrical release, I wrote about the Curse of Tor Johnson, named after the old-school wrestler (and Ed Wood muse) who may have also been responsible for 50 years of terrible performances from professional wrestlers.
Since I wrote for WWE's Monday Night Raw for about six months, I wondered if the presence of Dave Bautista, a former champion, would jinx Guardians' box-office mojo. Three weeks into its theatrical run (and more than $175 million in receipts later), it's safe to say the Curse has been broken. »
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Name That Film!
I am usually pretty good at investigating and finding obscure films and TV shows from my childhood. But this one eludes me. I can find no reference to it anywhere. I don’t know the title but I have vivid images of this possible film/teleplay in mind.
Black Widow, Catwoman, Gamora: handy in a fight, but how about a bit more variety in female supers of the DC and Marvel movie universes?
Excited about The Falcon getting to slip into Cap’s iconic stars and stripes? The female version of Thor swinging Mjolnir around? Batgirl stomping Gotham faces with those new heavy yellow Docs she’s got?
Marvel and DC’s recent moves to further equalise their superhero line-ups have meant swapping out a few of the standard lantern-jawed white-dude-types for women and people of colour, and costume upgrades for those who’d been struggling with lycra wedgies since their creation back in more female-fleshy times. Which is great on paper – comic book paper, that is. But we may have to wait before these changes go beyond the page and make the leap into DC and Marvel’s movies universes, too.
Think of the huge array of »
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