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Jean-Claude Van Damme Hates Not Working

Jean-Claude Van DammeJean-Claude Van Damme gets "depressed" when he isn't working.

The Expendables 2 actor even hates having down time between scenes because it makes him "cranky and bored," but says the unhappiness is worth it because he comes alive in front of a camera.

"I get depressed between the shoots. When it's finished, when you are a bad guy in the movie, with that type of entity in your mind, you go back to your hotel and make faces. I'm very cranky, I get bored, I look at my table for hours and then when I get called for the movie I'm still bored in my trailer. But when the director says 'action' that's where I'm supposed to be. I want that experience. To be an actor it's hard unless you can come in and come out. I cannot do that, it's got to be all the way for me."

Jean-Claude credits the film, and its writer, Sylvester Stallone - who also stars in the movie - for resurrecting his career and helping him become a better actor.

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Liam Hemsworth Joins Expendables Sequel

Liam HemsworthMiley Cyrus' ex Actor Liam Hemsworth has joined the cast of The Expendables 2. The Hunger Games actor will play a sniper in the forthcoming blockbuster sequel, though no other details of his exact role in the film have yet been revealed.

Liam is the latest in a long line of stars to be confirmed for the cast of the action film, which will be directed by Simon West. Sylvester Stallone heads the movie, reprising his role as team leader Barney Ross, with Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews and Randy Couture also returning. In addition, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis, who made cameo appearances in the original 2010 movie, will also return, but with their roles expanded.

Other newcomers to the series include Jean-Claude Van Damme, Nicolas Cage, John Travolta and Chuck Norris. "We'll have a big showdown between me and Van Damme, which has been anticipated for a long time, so it should be a good one. We've got Chuck Norris. I think Nic Cage. We're trying to work out different scenarios. I like using people that had a moment and then maybe have fallen on some hard times and give them another shot," Stallone said.

The Expendables 2 is due in cinemas in August 2012.


This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: November 23, 2010

Eat Pray Love DVDHere are some of the options available this week:

  • Beauty and the Beast (Two-Disc Diamond Edition): DVD
  • Diary of a Mad Black Woman: Blu-ray
  • The Disappearance of Alice Creed: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Eat Pray Love: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Expendables: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Family that Preys: Blu-ray
  • The Hunting Party: Blu-ray
  • I'm Still Here: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Metropolis: Blu-ray
  • Strictly Ballroom (Special Edition): DVD
  • Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion: Blu-ray
  • Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail: Blu-ray
  • Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married: Blu-ray
  • The Winning Season: DVD

Make sure to also check out the options for this week.

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Box Office Breakdown: Evil Takes Up Residence at Number One

Resident Evil: Afterlife

Who says the third time’s the charm?

—the fourth movie in that sci-fi series—topped the box office this weekend with franchise-breaking numbers. The movie, which was offered in 3D, had the best Evil debut to date. (Yes - higher ticket prices did play into this.) Afterlife‘s $26.7 million take surpassed the bar set by Resident Evil: Extinction in 2007. (That outing opened to $23.7 million.)

Since Resident was the only new wide release, the other notable events occurred outside the Top Ten. , starring Katie Holmes and Josh Duhamel, opened in limited release with a $45,527 debut. More importantly, the movie averaged $22,764 per theater—the best number for all films over the weekend. In comparison, I’m Still Here—featuring a disheveled Joaquin Phoenix—only had a $5,087 per screen average.

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Box Office Breakdown: The American Defeats Machete

The American

Although it lacked Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan and Robert De Niro, did have two things Machete didn’t: George Clooney and a box office win.

Despite only grossing $13.2 million over the weekend ($16.3 million since Wednesday), the Focus Features entry hit its target. The movie - which was produced for approximately $20 million - managed to top the Robert Rodriguez-actioner by less than $2 million. The American also became Clooney’s best opener - outside of any Brad Pitt-related project - since The Perfect Storm in 2000.

, based on a trailer included in the film Grindhouse, came very close to matching the earlier movie. The Danny Trejo starrer debuted to a modest $11.4 million—about $200,000 short of Grindhouse‘s premiere in 2007.

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Box Office Breakdown: Takers Takes the (Close) Win

Takers movie

Although early reports had in first place this weekend, the final numbers told a different story. When the dust finally settled on Monday, Lionsgate’s had squeaked out a slim lead. (Less than $200,000 separated the two films.)

Exorcism, though, did not walk away a loser. The movie “documenting” a priest’s final exorcism earned just over $20 million—and it only cost $1.8 million to produce. The PG-13 flick also surpassed The Unborn‘s 2009 debut ($19.8 million), though it did fall short of The Exorcism of Emily Rose. (That 2005 release opened to $30 million.)

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Box Office Breakdown: The Switch Fails to Light Up

The Switch

Maybe a quick trip to Cougar Town is something Jennifer Aniston could use right now.

Days after blurting out the R-word on television, Aniston is dealing with another ding in her career: the box office disappointment. The Switch, co-starring Jason Bateman, produced only $8.4 million over the past three days while narrowly escaping eighth place. The good news? The movie raised slightly more than Jen’s Love Happens did back in September. The bad news? The comedy earned about $4 million less than Jennifer Lopez’s baby movie, The Back-Up Plan, did in April.

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Box Office Breakdown: Expendables Team Up Against Julia Roberts

The Expendables

For some people, eating, praying and loving is the way to go. For others, shooting and fighting is the preferred course of action.

, directed and co-written by Sylvester Stallone, overpowered the competition this weekend with a $34.8 million finish. The combined star power of the cast – which included Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, and Jason Statham – helped land the actioner in first place while awarding Stallone his biggest debut to date.

Although fell in second with its $23.1 million take, the movie was by no means a disappointment. The Julia Roberts vehicle premiered on par with Julie & Julia’s $20 million kickoff last August. Meanwhile, Roberts earned her best opening numbers in 10 years (outside of the Oceans franchise).

Unfortunately for Michael Cera, it appears the world was simply working against The $60 million comic book adaptation only raked in $10.6 million over the past three days.

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In Theaters This Weekend: August 13, 2010


Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Eat Pray Love (PG-13): starring Julia Roberts, James Franco, Billy Crudup (directed by Ryan Murphy)
  • The Expendables (R): starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li (directed by Sylvester Stallone)
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (PG-13): starring Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin, Mary Elizabeth Winstead (directed by Edgar Wright)

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Mickey Rourke Attached to Expendables, In Talks for Iron Man 2

Mickey RourkeEven though the Golden Globes are still days away, is already in high demand. In just 24 hours, The Wrestler star has had his named mentioned for two different projects.

Late yesterday, it was announced that the 52-year-old would be joining Sylvester Stallone’s next directorial project. In The Expendables, Rourke will play an arms dealer who assists a group of mercenaries aiming to take down a South American dictator. Mickey will join Sly, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Randy Couture, Dolph Lungdren in the project. Stallone, who worked with Rourke in Get Carter, also wrote the film.

Now less than 24 hours later, Variety is reporting that Rourke is being considered for . If talks go well, he would star as villain Crimson Dynamo, a Russian arms dealer who fights with a nuclear-powered suit of armor.

Rourke, a likely Oscar contender for Wrestler, is currently nominated for a Golden Globe. The latter ceremony can be seen this Sunday, January 11th on NBC.

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