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August 20, 1991 | DAVID WALLACE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a year that has seen would-be action heroes Jeff Speakman and Brian Bosworth make well-orchestrated attempts to muscle their way into the action-adventure movie arena, Columbia Pictures is clearly betting that Jean-Claude Van Damme could be the next Chuck Norris, Steven Seagal--or even Arnold Schwarzenegger. "Double Impact," the $15-million action film in which Van Damme plays dual roles, opened well Aug. 9 and has grossed $15.
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February 6, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Jean-Claude Van Damme - don't! Don't go into the jungle! No matter what the title says, there is no welcome waiting for you. Before the nonsensical "Welcome to the Jungle" is barely underway, the "Universal Soldier" goes sadly soft; Van Damme's Storm is reduced to a whimpering shower. There is no "Double Impact" where he is concerned, or really any impact. BEST MOVIES OF 2013: Turan | Sharkey | Olsen The former black-ops hero he plays is now a corporate consultant brought in to run a weekend team-building retreat for a packaging-design company whose main client appears to be toilet paper.
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December 27, 1994 | RICHARD NATALE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With Christmas Eve falling on a Saturday and more than half a dozen movies premiering on Christmas Day, the only clear winners for the somewhat confusing weekend were two summer-style entertainments--"Dumb and Dumber" starring Jim Carrey and "Streetfighter," the video-game-turned-movie featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme. "Dumb" took in an estimated $15.7 million for the four days and has grossed $41 million in its first 11 days. "Streetfighter," which opened Friday, earned about $11.8 million.
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November 15, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
Jean-Claude Van Damme stars in the latest stunt video from Volvo Trucks -- the "Epic Split. " Volvo's billing this as the "boldest" of its six stunt videos, but I'm not sure. Epic, yes. As of Friday morning, it was nearing 8 million views on YouTube. You may admire the 53-year-old Van Damme in a whole new way after watching him stretch himself into a split over thin air, each foot on the side mirror of a moving commercial vehicle.   PHOTOS: Van Damme on the set But as for boldest, I'm voting for "The Hook," in which Volvo Trucks' president, Claes Nilsson, stands on the front panel of a construction truck poised 66 feet above the ocean . A spokesman told the Los Angeles Times that was the beginning and the end of Nilsson's career as a stuntman.
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November 11, 1998
A jury has cleared actor Jean-Claude Van Damme of breach of contract allegations in a lawsuit filed against him by martial arts expert Frank Dux, who had claimed he should share the profits from the action star's 1991 movie "The Quest." The panel decided late Monday that Van Damme did not break his word to Dux, who claimed that the movie was similar to a manuscript he co-wrote called "Enter the New Dragon."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1999
Action movie star Jean Claude Van Damme was booked on suspicion of drunk driving early Thursday and held for more than four hours, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Van Damme, 39, was seen driving erratically at 3:40 a.m. in the 8700 block of Sunset Boulevard, Sgt. George Ducoulombier said. Two passengers in the car were not arrested. Arraignment for Van Damme was set for Nov. 20 in Beverly Hills court.
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January 15, 1993 | From Associated Press
Actor Jean Claude Van Damme has lost his effort to dismiss a lawsuit that claims he "willfully" injured a man during the filming of a fight scene. The ruling clears the way for a possible trial in February. Jason (Rock) Pinckney of Fayetteville filed a lawsuit in July, 1991, claiming Van Damme struck him in the left eye with a sword during a fight scene for the movie, "Cyborg." The suit, which seeks more than $10,000, says Pinckney suffered permanent eyesight loss in the eye.
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November 10, 1995 | BILL HIGGINS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Scene: Wednesday's premiere of Warner Bros. and Morgan Creek's "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls" at Westwood's Village and Bruin theaters. It was quite the glamour spectacular. The intersection of Broxton and Weyburn avenues was barricaded, the moon and klieg lights made the scene daytime-bright, bleachers were erected for screaming fans, KROQ DJs introduced arriving celebrities, and 35 film crews covered the event. (E! broadcast it live.) "Do not worship me!"
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September 11, 1989 | CHRIS WILLMAN
In lieu of John Cusack mastering the art of kickboxing over in England in "Say Anything II," which may not be forthcoming for a while, alas, fans of the brutal sport have to make do for now with Jean-Claude Van Damme kicking some nasty Thailand booty in the egregiously dull "Kickboxer" (citywide, MPAA-rated R). This may not be the dumbest action picture of the year, but it's not for lack of trying.
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September 7, 1998 | By KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Knock Off"--that's what TriStar would seem to be doing in opening this high-energy, high-spirited thriller Friday without press previews. The irony is that this is the kind of action adventure with real crossover appeal: It's fast, light and funny and not top-heavy with special effects and epic-scale destruction. It's a much tighter, far less outre film than Jean-Claude Van Damme and director Tsui Hark's last outing, "Double Team"--and no Dennis Rodman or Mickey Rourke on hand this time.
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May 11, 2012 | By Mark Olsen, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The folks who brought you the After Dark Horrorfest - a collection of eight scary movies playing as a collective - turn their sights to the gritty no-nonsense action picture with five films bundled under the banner "After Dark Action. " The movies aren't connected in any way except that they're being released together, yet taken as a whole, patterns do emerge - mysterious strangers new to town, bags of mislaid cash, the unexpected cameo by a slightly tarnished star, punches thrown, shots fired and feisty, capable women dressed in tank tops relegated to supporting roles.
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November 14, 2008 | Sam Adams, Adams is a freelance writer.
Art-house patrons who'd never dream of sullying their eyeballs with the likes of "Timecop" and "Bloodsport" may find themselves in the strange position of eagerly awaiting the new Jean-Claude Van Damme movie. The limber, compact action star known for his lethal kicks has long since disappeared to direct-to-video purgatory, but in "JCVD" he is reborn, playing a role he has never previously essayed: himself, or at least a fictional facsimile thereof.
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May 21, 2000 | AMY WALLACE, Amy Wallace is a Times staff writer
It was just another sweaty morning in the Carlton Hotel gym, where the many worlds that make up the Cannes Film Festival collide. Look one way and there's 20th Century Fox chief Bill Mechanic sitting on a chaise longue applying sun block and independent producer Mario Kassar jogging on a treadmill. Look another and there are four fresh-faced actresses who hope pumping iron will help in their quest to become famous.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1999
Action movie star Jean Claude Van Damme was booked on suspicion of drunk driving early Thursday and held for more than four hours, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Van Damme, 39, was seen driving erratically at 3:40 a.m. in the 8700 block of Sunset Boulevard, Sgt. George Ducoulombier said. Two passengers in the car were not arrested. Arraignment for Van Damme was set for Nov. 20 in Beverly Hills court.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 11, 1998
A jury has cleared actor Jean-Claude Van Damme of breach of contract allegations in a lawsuit filed against him by martial arts expert Frank Dux, who had claimed he should share the profits from the action star's 1991 movie "The Quest." The panel decided late Monday that Van Damme did not break his word to Dux, who claimed that the movie was similar to a manuscript he co-wrote called "Enter the New Dragon."
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September 7, 1998 | By KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Knock Off"--that's what TriStar would seem to be doing in opening this high-energy, high-spirited thriller Friday without press previews. The irony is that this is the kind of action adventure with real crossover appeal: It's fast, light and funny and not top-heavy with special effects and epic-scale destruction. It's a much tighter, far less outre film than Jean-Claude Van Damme and director Tsui Hark's last outing, "Double Team"--and no Dennis Rodman or Mickey Rourke on hand this time.
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September 25, 1988 | LEONARD KLADY
Jean-Claude Van Damme will be cloning around when he takes on the dual leads in Cannon Entertainment's updating of "The Corsican Brothers," to film in Paris and Corsica next January. Van Damme's co-writer, Sheldon Lettich ("Bloodsport," "Rambo III"), makes his directing debut. The script pits brothers, separated at birth, against each other--this version features martial arts in a climactic death struggle; if you saw Van Damme in "Bloodsport," you know martial arts are his specialty . . . .
NEWS
January 19, 1996
In the news: It's been months since federal employees in Washington had to go to work. First the shutdown, then the snowstorm, then the King Day holiday. Argus Hamilton worries that if this drags on any longer, they're gonna miss their vacations. Why not try a flat tax? asks Charles Reinke. "After all, it'll go to a government that's flat broke." Thousands of autographed copies of Hillary Clinton's book were actually signed by a machine.
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November 10, 1995 | BILL HIGGINS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Scene: Wednesday's premiere of Warner Bros. and Morgan Creek's "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls" at Westwood's Village and Bruin theaters. It was quite the glamour spectacular. The intersection of Broxton and Weyburn avenues was barricaded, the moon and klieg lights made the scene daytime-bright, bleachers were erected for screaming fans, KROQ DJs introduced arriving celebrities, and 35 film crews covered the event. (E! broadcast it live.) "Do not worship me!"
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