Posted on Thursday, September 1st, 2016 by Fred Topel
Jean-Claude Van Damme’s franchises had a rough go back in the day. Both Bloodsport and Kickboxer continued with straight-to-video sequels that not only did not star Van Damme, but featured completely new characters. Yet reigniting Universal Soldier decades later on video signaled a return to form for Van Damme and delivered that franchise’s two best entries. So rebooting Kickboxer, primarily for VOD and limited theatrical release, is a smart proposition. It elevates the franchise from it’s Van Damme-less phase and exemplifies the kind of fighting that today’s martial artists can do. Read More »
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In the later phase of his career, Jean-Claude Van Damme doesn’t really seem to care much anymore. He had a bit of a resurgence after making fun of himself in JCVD and he might get a chance to do that again with an Amazon series that would have the actor playing an exaggerated version of himself as an undercover spy posing as a washed up action star. But now he’s just doing all the bad things that older action stars do, by returning to their once successful franchise in a role that passes the torch to a younger star.
Kickboxer: Vengeance sees Jean-Claude Van Damme playing mentor to a man named Kurt Sloane (Alain Moussi) looking to get revenge on the fighter (Dave Bautista) who killed his brother in an underground kickboxing ring. That’s the same plot as the original movie, and you know exactly how it’s going to play out. But if you need confirmation, watch the Kickboxer Vengeance trailer after the jump. Read More »
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 if the story does have some intriguing elements to it.
Christopher Meloni (Law and Order: SVU), Adrian Grenier (Entourage) and Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) play the FBI agents investigating a recent bank robbery, and while evidence points to the bank’s owner (Bruce Willis) being involved, there’s much more to the case than meets the eye.
Watch the Marauders trailer after the jump. Read More »
Update From Editor Peter Sciretta: On April 2nd 2015, Dave Bautista posted a photo hinting that he may have joined the cast of the Blade Runner sequel. Now Warner Bros has sent out a press release confirming the tease.
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It’s been over a year since we heard about the return of the Kickboxer franchise that would bring back Jean-Cladue Van Damme as the mentor to a new fighter who heads to Thailand to avenge the death of his brother. But now we have word that RLJ Entertainment has picked up Kickboxer: Vengeance for release in theaters and on VOD sometime later this year. Along with the news comes the first teaser trailer for the movie, which looks Van Damme’s own attempt at making the Kickboxer version of Creed, but more than likely not as good. Read More »
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Though James Bond fans were excited to see what director Sam Mendes did with Spectre after knocking Skyfall out of the park back in 2012, plenty were disappointed when the film finally hit theaters last fall. While this writer didn’t find the film to be downright terrible, mostly enjoying the throwback elements of the story and villain being utilized, the film certainly lacked the kind of punch you hope to get from a 007 adventure.
Now, the Spectre Honest Trailer really sticks it to the movie, calling it “Bond-by-the-numbers,” which is pretty hard to argue with. Plus there’s a great reference to the Nintendo 64 video game Goldeneye. Read More »
Director James Gunn and the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy are already back at work down in Atlanta, preparing to shoot Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. However, it doesn’t look like shooting has begun just yet, because Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Michael Rooker are still on the rehearsal stage in some photos that Gunn posted to social media. Check out the photos below along with news of a comedian joining the cast of the sequel. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
One of the great strengths of Guardians of the Galaxy is how it just drops you into the deep end of this crazy, cosmic universe and expects you to keep up with it. Director James Gunn trusts the audience enough to just with roll every little weird thing that he throws their way. Here is a galaxy teeming with life and occupied with countless different species and cultures. The film doesn’t dwell on the details – it just builds a colorful world and drives you through it at full speed.
That’s why it felt totally okay that there was never a scene in the movie where Dave Bautista‘s hilariously literal Drax sat down and explained where all of the tattoos and carefully designed scars on his body came from. We don’t need that information! The look of the character and his body art tells us everything we need to know.
However, a newly revealed Guardians of the Galaxy deleted scene is literally a scene where Drax sits down and explains where all of the tattoos and carefully designed scars on his body came from.
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Marvel’s adaptation of Guardians of the Galaxy was a surprise hit, mostly because most mainstream audiences had no idea who this cosmic ragtag team of space criminals was. But it paid off in a big way, and it has become one of the favorites in Marvel Studios’ arsenal of comic book movies. And now you can see how two of its stars came to land their parts.
A new video showing off Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista auditioning for Star-Lord and Drax the Destroyer has surfaced, and it’s really cool to see an early version of a scene that ended up in the movie, albeit with some key changes. Watch the Guardians of the Galaxy audition video below! Read More »