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‘Red Penguins’ Review: A Fun Doc About the Hockey Team that Almost Reconciled America and Russia

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‘Red Penguins’ Review: A Fun Doc About the Hockey Team that Almost Reconciled America and Russia
When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 on the day after Christmas, American speculators were presented with the ultimate gift: An opportunity to sell capitalism to one of the largest untapped markets in the history of time. For Russians, however, the shift away from communism was hesitant and fraught with uncertainty, and some of the country’s proudest institutions began to languish without the state-funded support that had allowed them to thrive behind the Iron Curtain. Business relations between the two superpowers were tantalizing in theory, but difficult to make real, and the ice was slower to thaw than many people on either side might have hoped. Of course, that wasn’t a problem for anyone who knew how to skate.

An amusing sequel of sorts to his 2014 documentary “Red Army,” , and some of the most visionary and/or foolish executives of the American sports arena tried to swoop in and save it.
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Video: 41 Moments That Prove Street Fighter is a Perfect Movie

We’ve got a fun video from Vulture for you to check out today that runs through the best scenes in the Jean-Claude Van Damme classic, Street Fighter. The video boasts that the 41 best scenes chronicled in these scenes conclude to any viewer that Street Fighter is the perfect movie. I’m not 100% convinced, but I’m very close, as I absolutely adore Raul Julia, even when he is giving total crazy eyes, and Van Damme’s bulging bicep with an American flag on it is enough to make this girl sing God Bless America. Check it out below, and maybe give Street Fighter a rewatch sometime soon. Enjoy!
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Trailer, poster and images for We Die Young starring Jean-Claude Van Damme

Ahead of its home entertainment release, a trailer, poster and images have arrived online for the upcoming action thriller We Die Young. Written and directed by Lior Geller, the film stars Jean-Claude Van Damme as a troubled war veteran who helps two young boys get revenge against a gang leader who forced them to work as drug runners; take a look here…

Sudden Death meets Sicario in this gritty Mexican-set gang land thriller starring action legend Jean Claud Van Damme. When ruthless drug lord Rincon recruits 10-year-old boy Lucas to work as a runner, his older brother Lucas is desperate to keep him safe at all costs. The boys soon flee for their lives and are rescued by a troubled war veteran named Daniel (Van Damme). Daniel, who suffers with Ptsd, is consumed in helping the boys to find their revenge against the violent Ms-13 gang leader, in the only way he knows how.
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‘Barry’ video interviews: Henry Winkler, Stephen Root, Anthony Carrigan and more exclusive chats [Watch]

HBO’s “Barry” had a killer second season at the Emmys, earning 17 nominations including Best Comedy Series. Gold Derby recently spoke with several of the show’s contenders, including stars Henry Winkler, Stephen Root and Anthony Carrigan and composer David Wingo. Scroll down and click on any name below to be taken to their full interview.

See Bill Hader gunning to be the 11th person to snag consecutive Best Comedy Actor Emmys

TV legend Winkler won his first Emmy last year for playing Gene Cousineau, an acting coach teaching a highly-trained assassin (Bill Hader) how to kill it with monologues. “It really is a lovely thing,” he explains when reflecting on the victory. “It doesn’t define you, it doesn’t make you better, I’m not better than anybody else in my category. All I did was win the statue,” which, he adds with a smile, “is now on my dining room table,
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‘Sudden Death’ Remake With a “Comedic Twist” is Headed to Netflix

‘Sudden Death’ Remake With a “Comedic Twist” is Headed to Netflix
Remember Sudden Death? It was a 1995 Die Hard knock-off set in an arena during a hockey game. Jean-Claude Van Damme played a firefighter who has to take on a group of terrorist – lead by Powers Boothe! – holding the entire arena hostage. Oh, and the Vice President is at the hockey game, too. It was pretty damn […]

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Welcome To Sudden Death: Dallas Jackson And Michael Jai White Reboot 1995 Jcvd Film

Dallas Jackson and Michael Jai White have begun production on Welcome to Sudden Death, a reboot of the 1995 action flick Sudden Death. This time around Mjw will be joined by comedian Gary Owen to add a buddy-action flick element to the reboot.    The original film starred Jean-Claude Van Damme who played a former fireman who took on a group of terrorists holding the Vice President hostage during game seven of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Basically it took the Igloo in Pittsburgh and turned it into the Nakatomi building. But if featured ice hockey so for us Canadians that was pretty... uh... cool. They are also filming this new version in Winnipeg which is a pretty mental hockey town. All our hockey towns are...

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Universal rebooting Sudden Death as buddy comedy with Michael Jai White and Gary Owen

Universal 1140 has announced that Michael Jai White is set to star in Welcome to Sudden Death, a reboot of the original 1995 movie Sudden Death from director Peter Hyams and star Jean-Claude Van Damme.

The reboot is being directed by Dallas Jackson (Thriller), and will put a comedic twist on the plot of the original, which saw Jcvd as an ex-fireman battling terrorists who have kidnapped the Vice President in an arena during the final game of the NHL Stanley Cup.

White will star in the new film alongside comedian and actor Gary Owen, with production set to begin in Winnipeg, Canada this week.

“I’m such a huge fan of martial-arts films I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to reboot this cult classic with Universal 1440,” said director Jackson. “Michael Jai White and Gary Owen are both at the top of their game right now and an on-screen dream team.
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Netflix is Producing a Remake of Sudden Death With a Comedic Twist Called Welcome To Sudden Death

Jean-Claude Van Damme’s classic 1995 film Sudden Death is getting a remake thanks to Netflix and writer and director Dallas Jackson (Thriller). The film will be called Welcome to Sudden Death and it’s described as being “martial arts heavy …with a comedic twist.”

Michael Jai White (Black Dynamite, Tyson) and comedian Gary Owen (Daddy Day Care, Get Hard) are set to star in the film and it’s obviously taking a new spin on the subject matter.

There’s no word on what the story will entail, but the original film featured Van Damme as a fireman “who interceded when terrorists snatch the U.S. Vice President during the seventh game of the NHL Stanley Cup.” I assume the new film will tell the same story, but in a more comedic way.

Netflix has scheduled the film for June 2020 release. What do you think about Sudden Death getting a comedic remake?
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‘Sudden Death’ Remake: Dallas Jackson & Netflix Seek “New Spin” On Jcvd film

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‘Sudden Death’ Remake: Dallas Jackson & Netflix Seek “New Spin” On Jcvd film
Dallas Jackson, best known as writer-director-producer of Blumhouse’s urban slasher Thriller (2018), begins filming his sophomore project this week in Winnipeg as production begins on Welcome to Sudden Death for Universal 1140 and Netflix. Netflix has scheduled the film for a June 2020 release.

Michael Jai White and comedian Gary Owen lead the cast in a feature described as “martial arts heavy …with a comedic twist.” Welcome to Sudden Death will be a “new spin” remake of Sudden Death (1995), which starred Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Van Damme portrayed a fireman who interceded when terrorists snatch the U.S. Vice President during the seventh game of the NHL Stanley Cup. The 1995 film was produced and written by Howard Baldwin and Karen Elise Baldwin, the owners of the Pittsburgh Penguins at the time.

The 103rd season of the National Hockey League will culminate with the Stanley Cup Finals,
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Class of 1989: Cyborg – Heaven and Hell, Cyberpunk Surfer Villains, and Van Dammage

[We're celebrating some of the most memorable horror and sci-fi movies of 1989 this month in Daily Dead's Class of 89 retrospective series! Check back on Daily Dead throughout the rest of August for more special features celebrating the 30th anniversaries of a wide range of horror and sci-fi films!]

If you are old enough, I’m sure you miss the video store days. Those wonderful Friday nights at the local movie rental palace, with row after row of potential mind-expanding, mind-exploding cinema. From the experimental to the exploitive and even the exalted works in beautiful genre-identified, alphabetized sections with a recommendation wall where Godard’s Pierrot le fou could live comfortably next to Gordon’s From Beyond. It was an exceptional time and place for a cinephile to wander, sometimes aimlessly, into an interesting Friday night movie.

In my neighborhood, we had all the rental chains and a few “mom and pop” shops, but the best place in my neck of the woods to find the strangest cataloging of movies was at this local grocery store that had the videos right next to the bakery. The grouping of movies ranged from “Clint Eastwood Westerns” to “Non-Clint Eastwood Westerns,” “Scary
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'Hard Target': THR's 1993 Review

On Aug. 20, 1993, Universal unveiled John Woo's R-rated action thriller Hard Target, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, in theaters. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below.

If the body count at the box office for Hard Target equals the body count on the screen, Universal will have a hit with this Jean-Claude Van Damme/John Woo action blaster. The combo is an incendiary mix: Woo unleashes all barrels in vintage Hong Kong action style while Van Damme delivers not only his martial-arts prowess but some well-developed acting skills as well. Universal should nail some nifty end-of-summer numbers among the ...
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10 Immortal Jean-Claude Van Damme Movie Quotes

Jean-Claude Van Damme, as a movie star, is more known for his spinning kicks and splits than for his one-liners, which is a shame. Van Damme is not only insanely quotable in real life, he also holds his own on screen. Arnold may be the absolute king of quotes, but Jcvd is not far behind. They both have great delivery, as well as an unmistakable accent, but Van Damme’s filmography was often made on a noticeably smaller budget. His career did not reach the same heights as other action stars, so his best moments have often been lost to time. So here’s a look at the most unforgettable lines ever uttered on screen by The Muscles from Brussels. If we all memorize them, maybe the man can ingrain his own “I’ll be back” into the collective consciousness.

Related: Arnold's 10 Best One-Liners, Ranked
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Die Hard on a Shoestring: The Low Budget Die Hard Clones

Tom Jolliffe takes a look at some low budget Die Hard clones…

It may not have been the first of its kind, but when Die Hard came out, from the moment Bruce Willis entered the Nakatomi plaza, a new sub-genre all of its own was launched – ‘The Die Hard Movie’. None have compared, whether it was the sequels to the original, or big budget escapades like Under Siege (Dh on a boat), The Rock (on Alcatraz), Executive Decision, Passenger 57 and Airforce One (Dh on Planes), Sudden Death (at an ice hockey stadium) or Skyscraper (Dh…back in a Skycraper…) to name a few.

There have been innumerable big screen riffs. At the same time, through the video era up until now, many a B movie god, or even Sean Astin (IcebreakerDie Hard at a Ski resort against a villanous Bruce Campbell) have delved into McClane’s territory. Die Hard on a shoe-string.
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August's Must See Movies

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August's Must See Movies
Kids may be gearing up to head back to school but the box office boom doesn't stop in August. In fact, August has proven to be a coveted calendar spot in recent years, with huge opening weekends for movies like Suicide Squad (2016) and Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). This year should be no exception given the blockbusters on the horizon.

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw will punch its way onto the wonderfully crowded movie theater marquee on August 2, joining lingering critical and commercial smashes like the Avengers: Endgame palette cleanser Spider-Man: Far From Home and Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 4 and this week's loud-roaring arrival, The Lion King.

We know you'll want to see as many of next month's movies as you can, but don't feel overwhelmed! We've got you covered. Not only have we assembled this handy list of August's Must See Movies, but we've got all
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The 9 Greatest Stunts From Jean-Claude Van Damme Movies (& 1 Crazy Rattlesnake Moment)

Though most cinephiles look at Jean-Claude Van Damme as the martial arts guy with the funny accent, Jcvd represents more to many action movie aficionados. His filmography starts by representing the excesses of the 80s and 90s, only to become more self-aware in its later years, finally becoming comfortable in its cheesiness.

Related: The Ultimate '80s Movie Gift Guide

A Van Damme movie might not always be art-house cinema, but it’s always exciting. So instead of focusing on what it isn’t, let’s celebrate its exciting extravagance by taking a look at the ten greatest stunts and set pieces ever filmed by the Muscles from Brussels.
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‘The Raid’s’ Joe Taslim to Star in ‘Mortal Kombat’ for New Line

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‘The Raid’s’ Joe Taslim to Star in ‘Mortal Kombat’ for New Line
Joe Taslim has signed on to star as Sub-Zero in “Mortal Kombat” for New Line Cinema.

Taslim broke out in the 2011 Indonesian actioner “The Raid.” He appeared in “Fast and Furious 6” and “The Night Comes for Us,” and currently stars in the Cinemax series “Warrior.”

New Line noted that the video game “Mortal Kombat 11” was released in April and has become the most successful launch in franchise history. While it was critically panned, New Line’s 1995 “Mortal Kombat” movie grossed over $120 million worldwide and its sequel, “Mortal Kombat: Annihilation,” took in $50 million two years later.

Sub-Zero was one of the original characters featured in the Midway game, which debuted in 1992 with a story focusing on the monk Liu Kang working to save Earth from an evil sorcerer. The development of the first game was originally based on an idea that Ed Boon and John Tobias had of making a video game starring Jean-Claude Van Damme,
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‘Triple Threat’ DVD Review

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Stars: Tony Jaa, Tiger Hu Chen, Iko Uwais, Scott Adkins, Celina Jade, Michael Jai White, Michael Bisping, JeeJa Yanin, Dominiquie Vandenberg, Ron Smoorenburg, Monica Siu-Kei Mok | Written by Joey O’Bryan, Fangjin Song, Paul Staheli | Directed by Jesse V. Johnson

Growing up action movies were, for me, second only to horror flicks as my go to genre. I used to scour the pages of Impact for news on the latest films and then pre-order the VHS at my local video shop – because yes, back in the day you could actually pre-order a video rental and I Always had to be first to rent my most-anticipated flicks! I mention this only because it was back in that era that the action movie star was king. Starting out with the likes of Stallone and Schwarzenegger, the VHS era gave birth to a myriad of action movie superstars: guys like Jean-Claude Van Damme,
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90s Video Action Stars Rampage Part I – Lorenzo Lamas, Olivier Gruner, Roddy Piper, Billy Blanks and Frank Zagarino

Tom Jolliffe takes a time machine back to the booming straight to video action era of the 90s, and looks at some of the headliners…

Call me sentimental but the idea of a VHS player whirring away in its machine, having been carefully picked from the local video shop gets me all misty eyed. In the grand pantheon of film perusing, the long distant days of the video shop were probably the most enjoyable experience for film fans, something that will never be matched by modern streaming.

In my formative film years the video shop offered a candy store worthy array of wondrous possibilities and before the internet could advise me otherwise, the only thing I had to go on was the recognition of all the biggies I knew of, or the video covers. Artwork these days is often uninspired, lacking the eye catching majesty of 80’s and 90’s video
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Movie Review – Avengement (2019)

Avengement, 2019.

Directed by Jesse V. Johnson.

Starring Scott Adkins, Craig Fairbrass, Thomas Turgoose, Nick Moran, Louis Mandylor, Terence Maynard, and Kierston Wareing.

Synopsis:

An escaped convict seeks revenge on the people that put him in prison, including his own brother.

One look at the blurb for Avengement tells you pretty much all you need to know about what you are going to get for 87 minutes – Scott Adkins (fighting), Craig Fairbrass and Nick Moran (geezers), the London setting (more geezers) and a revenge-driven plot (nothing new there). However, Scott Adkins and director Jesse V. Johnson have forged something of a successful creative partnership over the past few years and that partnership has gathered some momentum, resulting in Avengement being a bit slicker and more inventive than the average Mockney gangster crime movie.

Adkins plays Cain Burgess, a highly dangerous prisoner let out for a few hours with armed guards to visit
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Jean-claude Van Damme's Double Impact Gets a Special Edition Blu-ray with Tons of Extras

Jean-claude Van Damme's Double Impact Gets a Special Edition Blu-ray with Tons of Extras
Following last year's Mvd Rewind Collection branded Collector's Editions of classic Van Damme films Black Eagle and Lionheart, Mvd continues its love for the legendary action star with a fully loaded blu-ray of Double Impact, a favorite among fans of the kickboxing action hero.

90s action movies were the best. And what could be better than Jean-Claude Van Damme in an explosively entertaining action extravaganza? Two of him! There's twice the excitement, twice the mayhem and twice the fun in this turbo-charged adventure that pushes the thrills into overdrive from co-writer and director Sheldon Lettich and Co-Producer Michael Douglas along with co-stars Geoffrey Lewis (The Devil's Rejects), Bolo Yeung (Bloodsport), Alonna Shaw (King Of New York) and Cory Everson (Natural Born Killers).

Van Damme leaps into the dual roles of Chad and Alex Wagner, twin brothers who were separated after their parents' brutal murder. Years later, the two couldn't be
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