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In recent years, Nicolas Cage has earned a reputation of taking on pretty much any kind of new project - be it big or small. If new reports are to be believed, then his latest feature will most definitely fall into the former category, as it has some pretty massive special effects plans organized to help tell its story.
Nicolas Cage has come to be known as somewhat of a Hollywood eccentric over the years due to random claims like his hiring a voodoo priest to remove a curse from the set of the The Sorcerer's Apprentice and his practicing of "Nouveau Shamanic,” which involves Afro-Caribbean face paint, vibrations and mind trickery. Well, Cage's latest headlines may not be that weird, but they will probably strike Star Wars fans as a bit odd, to say the least.
The folks behind Zero Dark Thirty had better hold on tight to their accolades, because soon there’s going to be a new entry into the Osama Bin Laden-hunting genre of film; one that will star none other than the incomparable Nicolas Cage.
Instead of making Superman Lives, Tim Burton moved on to future projects, and Bryan Singer took a stab at the Man of Steel for Superman Returns.
Elba shared a story from the set of 2011's Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, in which he appeared opposite the one and only Nic Cage. It turns out the premise of many a hackneyed sitcom is just how Cage lives his life:
Outcast, helmed by first-time filmmaker Nick Powell, pairs Cage with Star Wars outcast Hayden Christensen (of course) on a quest for vengeance in a feudal, samurai, sword and sorcery epic. Nope. That is not a series of amazing typos.
The trailer is rough, admittedly, and relies on a lot of pretty snazzy exclusive interviews. Particularly with Burton, who seems oddly reticent to discuss it even though his involvement with the film was a sweet pay-or-play deal of $5 million that he collected despite the movie never happening (Cage signed the same deal, for $20 million).
Remember how we told you there were “Nic Cage” movies, and then there were “Nicolas Cage” movies? Well, that knowledge is going to come into practice now, as we've landed the new trailer for the latest Nic Cage film, Left Behind. Yes, it's based on the same books the Kirk Cameron ones were, but don't let that fool you. Judging by the look we've gotten in this trailer, we've got a good feeling that this is going to be something, well, rapturous.
McTiernan needs to get moving on current films in a hurry, and Red Squad has been a project linked to him for awhile. The movie focuses on a DEA investigation into a Mexican drug cartel, one that presumably gets way more violent and dangerous as it proceeds.
When it comes to pinpointing a trajectory for Nicolas Cage's career, your better off just sitting back and enjoying the madness. One day he's starring in a quiet, introspective drama; the next he's starring in a movie that will be lucky to attract viewers on basic cable. The fact is you're rolling the dice when you sit down to watch a Nicolas Cage movie.
Cage will play Marty “The Mule,” an ex-con recently released from prison and seeking revenge on his former boss, Frank. Not only did Frank roll over on him, but when Marty went to prison Frank unofficially adopted his son, raising him as his own. Vengeance won’t be that easy, however, as now Frank has become a notorious drug kingpin.
The producers of the latest in this epic saga have been sharing bits and pieces of the latest, and most mainstream Left Behind movie to date on Facebook, and they’ve just posted a short snippet of footage as well as a behind-the-scenes clip. The scene shows Cage as pilot Rayford Steele (RAYFORD STEELE!) with his daughter, played by Nicky Whelan, discussing how his wife left him for another man, than man being Jesus.
There's no word just yet on the return of the supporting cast, which included Catherine Keener, Clark Duke and Cloris Leachman, but I can’t imagine they’d all turn down this fairly easy paycheck. I still don’t understand why Clark Duke’s comedic gifts aren’t being used in every other movie at this point in his career, but every film counts, I guess.
You’d think this would be all about looking at Cage wearing women’s clothing – or in the case of The Little Mermaid's Ariel, a bra and tail – but it’s really all about picturing him within the situations that the films put their heroines through.
In Lost Melody, Cage will play a character whose marriage to a bitchy wife leads him to fall in love with a prostitute (not a hint of sexism layered into that sentence at all.) Sadly, there isn’t much else to go on as far as a plot description goes, and it doesn’t appear to have either children or teenagers involved, as Zwigoff’s other features have, (assuming the prostitute isn’t 16).
For a movie based on a real-life serial killer, The Frozen Ground’s trailer is amazingly bland and as colorless as the attractive snowy Alaskan backgrounds. Hudgens seems to be channeling her inner Brittany Murphy here, playing Cindy Paulson, a girl who escaped the clutches of killer Robert Hansen (Cusack).
All four actors have plenty of action genre cred that should help the four new stars fit in quite well with the rest of the ensemble cast. The question that remains, however, is how the four characters will be used. I'd personally want to see Chan, Snipes and Jovovich join up with the good guys and then cast Cage as a ridiculously over-the-top bad guy with plans for world domination. But what do you think?
The headline says it all, and if that didn't do it, the above image definitely did. Presented to the world via Film Drunk, and created by Brazilian Photoshop master Matheus Candido, this is the Iron Man 3 poster, with every human face replaced by Nicolas Cage. Here's the original poster below, for reference
The Berlin International Film Festival came to a close on Saturday, after showcasing foreign films seem to be of a higher caliber than the popcorn munching moneymakers that American companies are producing and distributing. But right now we want to focus on a Berlin movie that finally stars Nicolas Cage as a caveman. Let us rejoice
Whenever Nicolas Cage’s name is attached to a project, the film critic side of me sighs and shakes his head in discouragement - but the less snooty movie-watching part of me is jumping over the moon with joy. Regardless of the quality of the films he’s appeared in over the last decade or so, Cage’s performances have rarely failed to entertain on both ironic and non-ironic levels. It doesn’t look like his latest project will disappoint my unrefined side.
Fresh off a successful Sundance debut for his made-on-the-sly Prince Avalanche, David Gordon Green is once again stepping up to a festival with a film we'd barely heard about-- and this time, Nicolas Cage is involved. News broke last fall that Cage, along with The Tree of Life and Mud star Tye Sheridan
Those familiar with comic book movie lore likely know the tale of Tim Burton's failed Superman Lives. In the late 1990s the Batman director decided to try and take another stab at the superhero genre, and while his version of the Man of Steel never actually made it to theaters, it actually did make some serious progress in pre-production, most notably casting Nicolas Cage in the lead role and both designing and creating a new version of the suit.
The Expendables 2 added a number of big action star names to the franchise, including Jean-Claude Van Damme, Scott Adkins, and Chuck Norris (not to mention expanded roles for Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis). But where does the franchise go from there? Who else is left that the crew wants to see get involved? Today we learn that not only has one new cast member been confirmed, but that they are still going after three other big names.
Nicolas Cage, the Oscar winner and famous crazy person, has spent a solid 10 years of his career being completely unpredictable, taking on only the movies that seemed the most unlikely, the wildest, the most doomed for obscurity if it weren't for his name attached. But I truly, truly don't think he's ever surprised us as deeply as he has today