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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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It's actually Christoph Waltz as Colonel Hans Landa who is the star, creating a complex Nazi character that is one for the cannon of great movie villains - there is already talk of him getting an Oscar nomination.
This animated take on the evil scientist/pitiful sidekick to the horror movie villains is still a top 10 favourite.
All major movie villains are covered, along with a general horror history in this in-depth survey discussing content, form and presentation.
Evans' Zauis should be included in a list for the 20 most memorable movie villains of all times.
The man who played one of the most famous movie villains of all time gave a fascinating, insightful talk about his career, including the ups and downs of appearing on the Star Wars set.
Strangely enough, Anthony Hopkins reckons he's only played two true movie villains in his distinguished acting career: some guy who eats people and Ted Crawford, the brilliant engineer who plots the perfect murder alibi in the new suspenser "Fracture.
When the Cold War ended and nobody wanted to see thrillers about Russian spies or KGB agents, international terrorists and drug dealers became our two favorite movie villains, and after 9/11 both Washington and Hollywood decided to make terrorists public enemy No.
A league is formed to fight The Phantom (Richard Roxburgh), one of the flimsiest movie villains you're ever likely to encounter.
And the 60-year-old star, noted for his movie villains, took a broadside at writers and the whole of London's West End in an interview with English language paper The Cyprus Weekly.
Building upon the intense movie storyline, players assume the role of James Bond and must progress through a series of challenging mission-based levels, while confronting treacherous movie villains like Electra and Renard.
Voted number one movie villains of all time in "Maxim Magazine" in 2005, Herbert "Cowboy" Coward and Bill McKinney scared audiences with their mountain man delivery that struck fear in millions of movie-goers.