BREAKING MOVIE NEWS
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
For better or worse, the family road trip is an institution that is as old as time. So, it's fitting that The Croods, the latest animated adventure from DreamWorks, goes back to the land before time to tell the tale of a family of Neanderthals forced to leave the comfort of their cramped but safe cave behind and set forth to places unknown!
The film will tell the story of Lawrence Horn, a former executive in the music industry who hired a hitman named James Perry to kill his “his wife, quadriplegic son and the wealthy family's overnight nurse at their suburban home in Silver Spring, Maryland.” Horn was motivated to set up the crime because his son had been the victim of medical malpractice and won a $2 million trust that Horn couldn’t collect on unless his son was dead (aka this guy was a true blue dirt bag).
We all love it when Nicolas Cage is allowed to go a little crazy. Sure, he may make some truly terrible script choices, but whenever he is let off the chain and allowed to play angry/strange the results couldn't be more entertaining. Hence why we are very pleased to see that the actor is joining a movie where the plot allows him to do just that.
David Gordon Green has spent the last few years making silly comedies like Pineapple Express, Your Highness and The Sitter (not to mention episodes of the HBO series Eastbound & Down), but now the George Washington filmmaker is heading back into more serious material. He's currently in the midst of developing a remake of Dario Argento's Suspiria and now he's found a star for his gritty, southern drama Joe.
Prior to the release of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, one thing that star Nicolas Cage remarked was different about the sequel from the original was that in the new movie he would actually be playing The Rider, and not some stunt double. What you may not know, however, is that before the visual effects were applied Cage had his face painted like a skull and wore a bunch of glow-sticks on his head. True story.
Nicolas Cage is back in action this fall, starring in Simon West's thriller Stolen, which arrives in theaters next month. The trailer for the film gives us a look at what Cage's character Will Montgomery is up against as he's tasked with trying to rescue his daughter from the clutches of his old partner.
I remember when the posters first came out for The Expendables boasting names like Stallone, Statham, Li, Lundgren, Couture, Austin, Crews, Rourke, Willis. It seemed a dizzying dream to have an action movie so overstuffed with unapologetically burly and badass stars. And the resulting movie was as insane as it was enjoyable.
Nicolas Cage, Juno Temple and Johnny Knoxville have all signed on for parts in Wild Side, the new film from writer/director Jesse Baget (Stefania Moscato is credited as a co-writer). Temple will star as Lila Belle Clyde, a former beauty queen on the run and Cage will play the villain, a man named Odel who the source calls a "self-described wolf." The site doesn't say who Knoxville will be playing.
Nicolas Cage is a huge comic book nerd. In fact his stage name (he was born Nicolas Coppola) comes from the Marvel comics character Luke Cage a.k.a. Power Man. Cage even once owned a copy of Action Comics #1 - the first comic book to feature the character of Superman - and it was eventually recovered, at one point the comic was actually stolen.
Clay Weiner, a successful director of TV commercials who also directed Nickelodeon’s Fred: The Movie, has been chosen by Paramount and MGM to helm their planned musical remake of the 1983 movie Valley Girl, a largely forgettable comedy that helped launch Nicolas Cage’s career. Deadline, which breaks the story, says Weiner won the job over “a number of well-established helmers who wanted the job.”
This is Nicolas Cage being completely self-aware about the bad movies he has made, yes? He's surely seen or read the intense criticisms of Neil LaBute's disaster, right? Unless he's legitimately crazy - and believe me when I say that I'm not taking that option of the table - this is probably a joke, but part of me wishes that it wasn't. Sure, no studio would ever even consider making a Wicker Man 2 set in Japan with Nicolas Cage as a ghost...
Even though the original film was pretty much forgotten the moment it came out, the sequel Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance has been heavily promoted for months now. With Nicolas Cage returning as the flame-skulled Johnny Blaze, there's really only one key difference this time: Brian Neveldine and Mark Taylor, the duo behind the Crank films
When Christopher Nolan opted to prominently feature The Scarecrow in his Caped Crusader reboot, Batman Begins, fans were scratching their heads wondering why the storyteller didn’t go with more a more recognizable foe from the hero’s canon, be it The Joker, The Penguin, The Riddler or Catwoman. We now know that Nolan would use some of those antagonist’s in subsequent films...
Just a little over an hour ago about the new Charlie Kaufman project Frank or Francis. While the story revealed the subject of the movie - online film critics - one key piece of information the story lacked was who will actually be starring in the movie. As I mentioned, Nicolas Cage, Jack Black and Steve Carell have had their names connected to the project, but it was unknown if they would actually be doing it.