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VILLAIN., An epithet used to cast contempt and contumely on the person to whom it is applied.
     2. To call a man a villain in a letter written to a third person, will entitle him to an action without proof of special damages. 1 Bos. & Pull. 331.

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A SADLY Van Cleef, one of the great movie villains, is no longer with us.
So many images we associate with concealed faces are negative - terrorists, criminals, hoodies, even horror movie villains - perhaps we suffer from an emotional response that is so indelibly ingrained on our psyche that it will be an issue that stands in the way of rebuilding trust between Muslims and non-Muslims.
If we don't want our children admiring TV or movie villains, maybe we should set a better example--at home and abroad.
Serial killer Hannibal Lecter, played by Anthony Hopkins in three films, is No1 on a list of movie villains released by the American Film Institute to mark their centenary.
And the new stuff was great - high octane, much of it very dance orientated, all of it trowelled on with the trademark sleaze and excess you'd expect from Marc Almond, seeming more and more like a magical hybrid of Marlene Dietrich, black and white movie villains and Satan himself.
Despite such changes - done, the filmmakers claim, to avoid then-stereotypical, though now genuinely frightening, extremist Muslim movie villains - the film still hits mighty close to home.
But A History of Violence also unmasks the audience cheering Tom on as he slaughters a platoon of movie villains.
Saturday was barbecue day for the Wild Bunch, a loose group of bikers/actors/entertainers whose tattoos and body art provide Hollywood with a healthy supply of movie villains and wackos.
That was until local police did what movie villains failed to do - and stopped it in its tracks Spokesman Harry Mitchell droned: "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang does not have a valid MoT certificate and therefore breaches regulations.
He should have known this kind of smoochy carry-on is a red rag to movie villains.
Feuer said Monday that he has drafted a motion, to be introduced to the City Council today, that would amend the ordinance so the film industry's big guns don't run out of ammo while mixing it up on screen with movie villains.