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Review: 'Enemies Closer' Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 23, 2014 12:33 PM
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Enemies Closer
Why are action movies ashamed to be action movies? It’s as if one day, Hollywood figured they could teach actors how to kick better than they could teach martial artists how to act, turning a legion of would-be dramatic leading men into shit-kickers. The era of Schwarzenegger, Stallone and Willis is over, replaced by the legion of Harry Potters and Percy Jacksons who can stand still as computer generated effects fly from their hands, or the Jason Bournes who can flail and wave their arms around as the camera shakes to create the illusion of violence. In that spirit, there is this weekend’s “Enemies Closer,” which twenty years ago would have starred Jean-Claude Van Damme. The good news is, he’s still in it. The bad news: the movie stars Tom Everett Scott.

Watch: Jean-Claude Van Damme Does The Most Epic Of Splits In New Volvo Ad

Jean-Claude Van Damme, Volvo
“Is this the best commercial you’ll see on the Internet all day? We thought that Gravity/IKEA thing was funny, but this Volvo Trucks ad starring action star Jean-Claude Van Damme is amazing, hilarious, beautiful and kind of insane. Read More »

Adam Brody To Star In Neil LaBute Penned & Produced 'Some Girls'; Lands 'Welcome To The Jungle'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • January 17, 2012 1:20 PM
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Former “The O.C.” heartthrob Adam Brody has come a long way from his days of covering for bad boy buddy Ryan Atwood in the privileged California community. Since his breakout turn in the Fox drama, he’s stolen the show in everything from big budget blockbusters like “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” to the Jason Reitman-directed “Thank You For Smoking,” and most recently has been carving out a niche for himself in independent drama and comedies like the forthcoming “The Oranges,” and Whit Stillman’s “Damsels in Distress,” and was recently cast in the long-gestating Linda Lovelace biopic “Lovelace.” It certainly seems like his days as Seth Cohen are far behind him.

Stallone Says He Might Get Nic Cage & John Travolta For 'The Expendables 2' If Schedules Permit

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 13, 2011 9:47 AM
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Chuck Norris & Jean-Claude Van Damme Confirmed, Are Michael Biehn And Michael Pare In The Mix Too?"The Expendables" having proven successful enough in its collection of elderly ass-kickers to get a sequel green-lit, it was clear that creator/writer/star Sylvester Stallone would have to raise his game for the second go-round. First of all, with not all the stars returning (it looks like Jet Li won't be back, for one), it would help to draft in a few more action icons to help make up the numbers. And secondly, with the first film being somewhat subpar, and the less than amazing Simon West ("Con Air," "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider") replacing Stallone in the director's chair, it'd need something special to get all but the least discerning action fans excited about a sequel.

Arnold Schwarzenegger & Bruce Willis Will Take "Substantial Roles" In 'Expendables 2'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 6, 2011 10:38 AM
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Update: In a profile of the film as it gears up to start shooting Bulgaria, Company Town confirms that Chuck Norris, John Travolta and Jean Claude Van Damme are also on board for "The Expendables 2."

Have Jean-Claude Van Damme & Chuck Norris Officially Joined 'Expendables 2'?

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 4, 2011 2:21 AM
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Duo Listed In 'The Expendables 2' Cast On Millenium Films' WebsiteCasting rumors have long been circulating for "The Expendables 2," with names like John Travolta, Donnie Yen and Taylor Lautner among those being linked to the action sequel. While none of these have been confirmed, the website for Millennium Films has posted a cast list for the high testosterone actioner, slated for release next August, and in addition to the returning cast, the two new names are ones we've heard about several times already: Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Review: 'Assassination Games' Presents Direct-To-DVD Action On The Big Screen

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 29, 2011 4:56 AM
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Inexplicably hustling into (limited) theaters this weekend is “Assassination Games,” a hitman actioner the likes of which you’ve seen before. Jean-Claude Van Damme is the big name attached, but the “star” is martial artist Scott Adkins. Together the two cinematic pugilists have been cutting a swath through the world of direct-to-DVD action, though Van Damme has dabbled in the mainstream a bit more as of late. So, to some, this is a momentous match-up.

Watch: Jean-Claude Van Damme Has A Problem With His Pants In U.K. Coors Light Commercial

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 17, 2011 9:41 AM
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Did you have a tough week at work? Problems with the girlfriend? Or perhaps you need a breather after perusing our exhaustive look at Terrence Malick's "The Thin Red Line"?

Matté! Phillip Noyce Reaches Career Trough As Director Signs To Remake 'Bloodsport'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 17, 2011 2:00 AM
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Director Phillip Noyce has always embodied the word "workmanlike." Not quiet an auteur, but not a faceless hack either, Noyce has succeeded in making above-average or at least financially successful studio fare like "Patriot Games," "Salt," "Clear And Present Danger" and "The Bone Collector." Every now and then he'll do a prestige pic like "The Quiet American" or "Rabbit Proof Fence" to mixed results. And while lately he's circled the time travel pic "Timeless," the thriller "Hunter Killer" and the true life nature conservancy story "Our Wild Life," we didn't think things were this bad.

'Expendables 2' Releases Promo Poster And Fake Synopsis, While JCVD Rumors Persist

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 12, 2011 6:20 AM
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You asked for it: Sly and the gang are suiting up for "The Expendables 2." As the last film made a killing in international pre-sales, so will this one, as Nu Image is shopping the yet-to-be-shot actioner in Cannes with this brand new poster. Yes, it reeks of cheese, but it's also a mock-up probably done by one lowly intern on his lunch break, merely an announcement that "this movie exists." It does seem telling that, unlike last time, there isn't a giant list of names all over this thing, as shooting is very tenuously planned for the fall despite the likelihood that cast members from the first film may be busy.

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