By James Whittington, Monday 19th February 2018
The 1980s were a boom time for the all-action tough-guys in cinema. From Arnie to Sly they packed out theatres and took our breaths away with more punches per minute than Ali in his prime. To celebrate our very own action-packed nights Fridays at 11pm, here’s our very own tough guy top 5.
5. Jean-Claude Van Damme
"The Muscles from Brussels", the man with the most famous mullet of all time, JCVD, or to give him his full name Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg, is a martial arts master who brought his magic to the big screen with the help of Chuck Norris who got him a small role in Missing In Action in 1984. The rest is history. His signature 360 kick lead to a roster of high-octane flicks including Cyborg (1989), Double Impact (1991) and teamed up with Dolph Lundgren for Universal Soldier in 1992. Though after a turn on Friends saw his career dive a bit he’s made a subtle comeback with films such as JCVD (2008) and Pound Of flesh in 2015.
4. Mel Gibson
Hollywood’s most famous Ozzie (even though he was born in New York) Mel Gibson’s career has had more ups and downs than a kangaroo being chased by a rather large dingo and battled many inner demons. But concentrating on his screen achievements he has been in some of the best action movies of the last 39 years or so. It's his second feature, Mad Max in 1979 which catapulted him into the limelight and really hit the big time starring alongside Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon in 1987. Though he soon journeyed into family films and directing he still dips his toes into the action genre now and again such as in The Expendables 3 in 2014.
3. Harrison Ford
Everyone’s favourite carpenter, Harrison Ford is the no nonsense actor who doesn’t suffer fools on and off the screen. His resume is a list of celluloid heroes from Han Solo in the Star Wars Saga to the continuing adventures of Indiana Jones, Ford brought a lot of brains rather than brawn to his films but could use his fists when needed. Blade Runner (1982), Patriot Games (1992) and Air Force One (1997) gave him the chance to flex his muscles and with another Indiana Jones in the pipeline, he shows no sign of slowing down!
2. Sylvester Stallone
Actor, director and writer, Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone, Sly to his friends, Mr Stallone to you and I, has been behind some of the biggest action franchises ever. Catapulted into the spotlight in Rocky in 1976 (which he also wrote) Sylvester also helped bring David Morrell’s anti-hero John Rambo to life in First Blood in 1982. He went on to star in loads more movies such as the very underrated Over The Top (1987), Cliffhanger (1993), Get Carter (2000) and The Expendables series of movies which started in 2010.
1. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Once known as the Austrian Oak, this former body building champ dominated the box-office for years, often earning pay days bigger than his biceps. From The Terminator in 1984 to Predator in 1987 he trampled on the competition with a wry smile and knowing glint in his eye. Let’s not forget his other work though Raw Deal in 1986 is a prime example of how to do action movies as well as The Running Man in 1987 and True Lies in 1994. Though his time as Governor of California kept him away from the cameras he returned to the big screen in The Expendables in 2010. We, he did say he would be back!
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Posted on Saturday 2nd June 2018
Did you miss Scorpion first time around? Don't panic as you can catch up weekdays at 5pm.
Inspired by a true story, Scorpion is a high-octane drama about eccentric genius Walter O’Brien and his team of brilliant misfits, who are the last line of defense against complex, high-tech threats of the modern age.
As Homeland Security’s new think tank, O’Brien’s Team Scorpion includes Toby Curtis an expert behaviorist who can read anyone; Happy Quinn, a mechanical prodigy; and Sylvester Dodd, a statistics guru.
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Posted on Saturday 2nd June 2018
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In Season 3, Walker confronts two feuding gangs in an effort to bring peace to a divided neighbourhood at Christmas; when the coach of a local high school football team is killed, Walker and Trivette investigate; and Walker’s river rafting vacation rapidly turns deadly when a member in the group is murdered.
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Posted on Tuesday 24th April 2018
Marshall Matt Dillon is responsible for bringing law and respectability to Dodge City in the classic western action-drama, Gunsmoke which became one of the longest running prime time drama series in television history.
In season 14, Dillon finds himself in the revengeful hands of a half-crazed widower who plans to hunt Dillon down and kill him to revenge the death of his son, a wanted murderer; Dillon is captured and held for ransom by five bank robbers he has been pursuing; and Doc and pretty saloon owner Lyla Ross find themselves virtual slaves when they are kidnapped by a band of former Confederate officers-turned-outlaws.
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Posted on Sunday 22nd April 2018
When your favourite TV series is deemed a success by the networks they usually get a spin off series and every now and again, even a big screen version. These are now few and very far between so Hollywood has looked to TV hits from the past to re-invent or as they like to say, re-imagine these classics and bring the idea to a new audience.
Here’s out top movies that were inspired by TV shows. Do you have a favourite and which classic shows would you like to see given a new lease of life in the cinema?
5: The Avengers
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Posted on Saturday 7th April 2018
With its combination of Cold War villains and James Bond-like techno-gadgets, Mission: Impossible was an instant hit when it premiered on September 17, 1966.
This month you get the chance to see the series in its prime with both Seasons 3 and 4 showing.
In season 3, working against time lest their man break under questioning, Jim Phelps and his crew attack from within by having Cinnamon pose as head of the prison system. Meanwhile, Barney and Willy let themselves be imprisoned to seek a way around the security safeguards devised by the ruthless prison commandant (Lloyd Bochner).
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Posted on Sunday 18th March 2018
Yeeeehaaaaaa! Howdy pardners and welcome to my list of them thar greatest TV western serials of all time!! Ahem, sorry about that!
TV in the early days was a goldmine for fans of the western genre. There were so many families to choose from that were battling the elements of the wild, wild west that it was hard to choose a favourite. Let us help you…
5: The Little House on the Prairie
OK, not the most hard-hitting, gun-slinging series of all time (initially), but this gentle reminder of days gone by based on the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder about her childhood in the late 1800s had us tuning in in our millions. Running from 1974 to 1983 Melissa Gilbert won the key...
Posted on Tuesday 27th February 2018
March, a time for changes as the nights get longer ad the days warmer. But the more things change the more it stays the same and that's just how we like it here at CBS Action as we continue to bring you some of the best action-packed drama the USA has to offer.
Let's first look to Horatio and his team at The Miami-Dade Crime Scene Investigators, known to us as CSI: Miami. Season 5 starts weekdays at 5pm from March 13th where Horatio and Delko go to Brazil to avenge Marisol's death. Also the CSIs enter the high stakes world of modelling when a male model is murdered, and a celebrity murder during an A-list party leads the CSIs to uncover a counterfeit ring producing hundred dollar bills.
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Posted on Wednesday 24th January 2018
NCIS: LA is a drama about the high-stakes world of a division of NCIS that is charged with apprehending dangerous and elusive criminals, who pose a threat to the nation’s security. By assuming false identities and utilising the most advanced technology, this team of highly trained agents goes deep undercover, putting their lives on the line in the field to bring down their targets.
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At the close of the second season, Hetty had mysteriously disappeared, and the team had uncovered her whereabouts. Season 3 begins with a rescue attempt that ultimately reveals information about Callen and his family.
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Posted on Wednesday 24th January 2018
David Caruso is back with his suit and shades as Horatio Caine in the nerve-shredding series CSI: Miami throughout February. Yes, when the heat is on and the bullets fly, Caine keeps his cool behind his trademark eye-wear and style.
The Miami-Dade Crime Scene Investigators also consist of ballistics expert Calleigh Duquesne (Emily Procter), cocky-yet-disarming investigator Tim Speedle (Rory Cochrane), underwater recovery expert Eric Delko (Adam Rodriguez), no-nonsense medical examiner Alexx Woods (Khandi Alexander), and Lt. Yelina Salas (Sofia Milos).
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