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Hot Damn Van Damme – video


Hot Damme! Look what 53-year-old Jean-Claude Van Damme can do! That is Jean-Claude in the pic above with his legs spread out between two semi-trailer trucks. Performing this “epic split” is a trick Jean-Claude often does in his movies, but generally he does it at ground level. The stunt takes on a much more impressive perspective when performed between the side mirrors of two semis.

Van Damme’s movies are generally not much more than martial arts flicks, which is fine if you like fight films. But Jean-Claude cleverly garners some impressive publicity with this stunt, making me wonder if I should reconsider checking out Mr “Muscles from Brussels” next flick.

Also impressive in the video is the ability of the semi drivers to maintain the necessary distance between the two trucks while driving backward in the stunt. Anyone who has ever driven a truck knows that driving any truck backward like this is no small feat, let alone doing it with an 18 wheeler.

If I were in the market to buy a semi, Volvo would certainly be tops on my list after seeing this stunt, which is undoubtedly just what Volvo wanted when they set up the video.

Zac Efron Talks Hollywood at ‘New Year’s Eve’ Premiere

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Zac Efron at ‘New Year’s Eve’ Premiere

Zac Efron, the former star of Disney’s series of High School Musical flicks and still a constant tween heartthrob, stood still long enough at the premiere of the movie, New Year’s Eve, to be interviewed by The Los Angeles premiere of the film took place at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

The following is a portion of the Zac Efron interview:

Zac is but one of a menagerie of Hollywood’s Who’s Who appearing in the flick including in no particular order, Halle Berry, Robert DeNiro, Jon Bon Jovi, Katherine Heigl, Hillary Swank, Jessica Biel, Ashton Kutchar, Michelle Pfeiffer, Alyssa Milano, Seth Meyers, Sofia Vergara, Lea Michele, Jim Belushi, Sarah Jessica Parker, Josh Duhamel, Joey McIntyre from New Kids on the Block, Penny Marshall, Ludacris, Hector Elizondo, Ryan Seacrest, Michael Bloomberg, Matthew Broderick, John Lithgow, and many, many others.

New Year’s Eve Trailer, which is hosted by Daily Motion, so it unfortunately includes a 30 second commercial. Sorry, but what can you do?:

Ashley Tisdale Dishes on High School Musical 3 Senior Year – Video

Ashley Tisdale plays the arrogant, domineering drama queen, Sharpay Evans, in High School Musical 3: Senior Year, which is still drawing the teens and tweens in droves to the movie theaters.

The Disney produced film has so far earned $209.8 million worldwide as of 11/23/2008 as the film continues to captivate its young audiences.

Ashley recently dropped her blonde bombshell look for a more serious brunette style. In this video interview, she chats about working for the Disney Channel and about her friendship with co-stars Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, who portray Troy Bolton and Gabriella Montez in the film.

Ashley also dishes about her Hollywood neighbors, the Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus.

Watch the Ashley Tisdale interview now:

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Maggie Gyllenhaal – Much More than a Dark Knight Add On

Maggie Gyllenhaal plays Rachel Dawes in the latest Batman flick, The Dark Knight, a film that is transforming the film industry’s concept of the term blockbuster hit.

The movie has already generated over $455 million in ticket sales since it was released on July 18, 2008. (editor’s note: reports that the worldwide gross had reached over $1 billion as of November, 2010.)

That pushed it to third on the US all time money making list for blockbuster films.

Gyllenhaal’s character, Rachel Dawes, grew up with Bruce Wayne, Batman’s alter ego, and in this film we find her in the district attorney’s office as a lawyer fighting crime .

The film’s plot pits super hero and crime fighter, Batman, played by Christian Bale, against the Joker, a super criminal played by the recently deceased Heath Ledger.

Because much of the film manifests the adversarial relationship between Batman and the Joker along with displaying all of their remarkable “gadgets,” the equally remarkable Gyllenhaal receives much less screen time than she deserves.

Although slightly shy of 31 years of age, Maggie tallies an impressive number of movies and TV shows to her credit. She can thank her father, director Stephen Gyllenhaal, for that since he directed her in her first six films beginning with Waterland in 1992.

She believes in performing in films that make a statement, either politically or intellectually, which explains why she chose to star in SherryBaby in 2006.

Said Maggie, “I do seem to have a bit of a predilection for movies that say something transgressive…I find myself more and more interested only in roles which move the world forward.”

Her role in SherryBaby bears the quintessence of the roles that she seeks. She stars as Sherry Swanson, a young mother who has recently returned from serving three years in prison.

Maggie’s character, Sherry, a recovering heroin addict, desperately tries to reestablish her mother-daughter relationship with her daughter, Alexis, played by Ryan Simpkins.

Maggie’s portrayal of the ex-convict, Sherry, lays bare for all to see the monumental hurdles that an ex-con must surmount to return to motherhood and society.

Maggie has said, “I want roles that challenge people to question where they are in life,” which certainly explains why she jumped at the opportunity to play Sherry Swanson in SherryBaby.

At the same time Maggie’s appetite for roles and films that send a message engenders the question, why did she opt for the Rachel Dawes role in The Dark Knight, which clearly bears the entertainment movie tag?

Perhaps she made a strategic decision to nudge her personna into the lime light. Blockbuster movies will sometimes spiral actors’ salaries into the stratosphere. Considering Dark Knight‘s success, logic dictates that Gyllenhaal will discover juicier roles passing her way more frequently now.

That may just motivate Ms. Gyllenhaal to settle for an entertainment flick every now and then.

The following video is the trailer for “SherryBaby” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal:

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