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Watch: Jean-Claude Van Damme Tries On The Original 'Predator' Costume

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • April 9, 2014 11:17 AM
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Predator
Fans of the "Predator" series will no doubt know that not only was the original design of the iconic extraterrestrial monster lacking in the terrifying department—the original head look had yellow eyes and lacked the famous mandible mouth—but no less than the Muscles from Brussels himself was tipped to be the man inside the rubber suit. Of course, the match-up between Jean-Claude Van Damme and Arnold Schwarzenegger never came to be and an interview with FX legend Steve Johnson that surfaced online gives us some insight on how we missed on what could have been a momentous event in 80s pop culture.

Miles Teller Will Be Dan Aykroyd In Belushi Biopic; Margot Robbie Is Jane In 'Tarzan' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 20, 2014 11:47 AM
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Miles Teller
While Sundance is currently teeming with celebs, agents, managers and more, all maxing out expense accounts, back in Hollywood, the grind continues, with actors and projects coming together. So here's a rundown of what's been happening in casting news the past few days...

Watch: Jean-Claude Van Damme Kicks Comedy In The Face In Trailer & 2 Clips For ‘Welcome To The Jungle’

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 26, 2013 12:46 PM
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Welcome To The Jungle Jean-Claude Van Damme
By now you’ve likely seen the splits-tastic Jean-Claude Van Damme Volvo spot and the just-as-amusing Channing Tatum parody that it inspired. However, one matter that may have come up while watching is simply Van Damme’s varied cinematic output. Recently, “JCVD” and “Universal Soldier: Regeneration” have shown a performer willing to reach for some fantastically bizarre, self-aware moments, but now a new film hopes to take that self-parody to a new level, and we’ve got the trailer and a few clips to gauge its early promise.

First Look At Jean-Claude Van Damme In 'Swelter'

Jean-Claude Van Damme Swelter
When he's not doing epic splits, Jean-Claude Van Damme is also making movies, and his latest, "Swelter," might get you hot under the collar. And certainly the heat is coming off this first image. He stars alongside Alfred Molina, Lennie James, Catalina Sandino Moreno and Freya Tingley in the thriller which has just left the American Film Market having pretty much sold out around the world. Read More »

Watch: Stupidly Awesome Trailer For Jean-Claude Van Damme's 'Enemies Closer'

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • July 16, 2013 11:45 AM
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Enemies Closer Jean Claude Van Damme Tom Everett Scott
There are two things that can be said about the trailer for Jean-Claude Van Damme’s “Enemies Closer.” First of all, his hair is absolutely fabulous, somehow managing to perfectly capture the essence of his smug-crazy-drug dealer character. Secondly, it has Orlando Jones and that’s notable for the fact that we haven’t seen Orlando Jones in years. (Those Sprite commercials used to light up our lives, it’s a shame he hasn’t been as prolific as we thought he’d be.) But don't take our word for it, journey down below to check out the incredible trailer for “Enemies Closer.”

Review: 'Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning' Combines Art House Intentions & Strong Action In A Franchise Return To Form

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 28, 2012 7:58 PM
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The first “Universal Soldier,” a tacky studio star vehicle that introduced us to director Roland Emmerich, debuted to the public as a Clinton-era signifier. It featured two resurrected soldiers eternally at war, products of a system that would allow them to kill and kill again over the years, brought back to be the new world‘s attack dog heroes. An ending to that film assured us that these war-like tendencies could be either deprogrammed or eliminated entirely, as one heroic fighter (Luc Deveraux, as played by Jean-Claude Van Damme) learned to love, and one villainous antagonist (Andrew Scott, as played by Dolph Lundgren) learned to accept dismemberment. Context was the key, context which was essentially eliminated in two dirt-cheap cable sequels and a quickie theatrical follow-up, but not direct-to-DVD installment, “Universal Soldier: Regeneration.”

Review: Jean-Claude Van Damme Shines In The Moronically Irresistible Entertainment Of ‘Expendables 2’

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • August 14, 2012 8:00 AM
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“The Expendables 2” is one of the very few films that gets better as it gets dumber. Serviceably directed, horribly written and barely acted at all except for a standout performance by (of all people) Jean-Claude Van Damme, it mostly delivers in the way that the original failed to, which is by enabling action stars to charm their way through an incredibly hackneyed and conventional storyline. Nevertheless an irresistibly fun alternative to the so-called grown-up fare that has attempted to replace the escapism of '80s and ‘90s blockbusters, “The Expendables 2” offers a welcome roundup of action stars who simultaneously – and satisfyingly – celebrate and send up their former glories.

25th Anniversary: 5 Things You Might Not Know About 'Predator'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 12, 2012 11:00 AM
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On June 12th, 1987, audiences around the country got their first look at that (to borrow one of the more quotable bits from the movie) ugly motherfucker that is "Predator." It heralded a number of promising new stars – most notably Arnold Schwarzenegger finally getting a bona fide blockbuster after sleeper hits like "The Terminator" and "Conan The Barbarian" – and director John McTiernan would emerge as one of the freshest, most stylish voices in action filmmaking since John Ford.

Review: Jean Claude Van Damme & Cung Le Pic 'Dragon Eyes' Features Impressive Action, Empty Story

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 14, 2012 12:01 PM
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Hong, the lead character in “Dragon Eyes,” might as well be a Man Without A Name when he wanders into the small town of St. Jude. He seeks a second chance, an opportunity to atone for past violent misdeeds seen in fuzzy flashback. It doesn’t take long for the viewer to realize this means a lot of people are about to be kicked in the face. One of the marquee titles from After Dark Action -- the new action imprint from Dark Castle and After Dark -- “Dragon Eyes” at least delivers on this aspect.

Watch: Beverly Hills Retirement Home Holds Paintball Contest In Teaser Trailer For 'The Expendables 2'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 14, 2011 7:34 PM
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Listen. Carefully. On the wind. Can you hear something? A creak of bone. A distant cough. Someone complaining that they haven't taken their pills, asking if you remembered to record "NCIS," and saying how their grandkids are going to show them how to use the Google. That's right, Sylvester Stallone and his buddies are rolling back into town.

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