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Superman Lives is the ultimate superhero movie “What If?” A Tim Burton-directed, Nicolas Cage-starring reboot of the franchise adapting The Death Of Superman, it’s a bizarre film that languished in development hell mere years before the modern comic book resurgence began.
The thing is, what most people know about the film begins and ends with that single photo of Cage mid-blink at a costume-fitting. The cause of endless derision across the internet, it’s actually a pretty inaccurate representation of what Burton and co. were cooking up.
Jon Schnepp attempts to shed some light on the famed troubled production with his lovingly and exhaustively researched documentary, The Death Of Superman Lives: What Happened? What he reveals is that, far from being an obvious disaster waiting to happen, Lives was an incredibly exciting project, with a unique, well-defined vision. Whether it would have been any »
- Alex Leadbeater
The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill takes a back seat to the sticky personal and career complications of an idealistic Louisiana Congressman in “The Runner,” an earnest but lifeless political drama that makes an average hour of C-span seem like “House of Cards” by comparison. One of the innumerable low-budget indies Nicolas Cage has turned to in a combined move toward career revitalization and tax-debt payback, this uninspired directing debut for producer Austin Stark (“Happythankyoumoreplease,” “Infinitely Polar Bear”) features solid work by its star but is far too staid and familiar to earn either arthouse prestige or the kind of cult that flocked to Cage’s 2009 Bayou State romp, “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans.”
Cage reveals the same general desire to be taken seriously as an actor again here that was already on display in the recent “Joe” and “The Dying of the Light,” right from an early scene »
- Scott Foundas
Garcia later »
The Runner Alchemy Reviewed by: Tami Smith, Guest Reviewer for Shockya. Grade: B- Director: Austin Stark Screenwriter: Austin Stark Cast: Nicolas Cage, Connie Nielsen, Sarah Paulson, Peter Fonda Release date: August 7, 2015 What makes a successful politician? Take Collin Price (Nicolas Cage) a congressman representing the second district of New Orleans. His father Rayne (Peter Fonda) was a politician, he married “well” to Deborah (Connie Nielsen) a talented lawyer, and has some lofty ideas about clean and green environment. And did I mention? He runs every day with a timer strapped on his arm. Following the Bp oil spill that lasted from April to July 2010, Collin sees an [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Plot: An idealistic politician (Nicolas Cage) trying desperately to secure aid for his state following the 2010 Bp oil finds his career in tatters after his philandering goes public. Review: The Runner is a mild step in the right direction for Nicolas Cage. While his filmography has been littered with low-rent Dtv potboilers as of late (barring the occasional gem like Joe or intriguing misfire like The... Read More »
- Chris Bumbray
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Justice League, Wonder Woman, Superman Lives, Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, Vixen, Supergirl, Batman: The Killing Joke, Justice League: Gods and Monsters, Fantastic Four, Fantastic Four 2, Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse, Wolverine 3, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Daredevil, The Punisher, Jessica Jones, Thunderbolts, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Avengers Assemble, Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors, Guardians of the Galaxy, Gods and Secrets and more…
We got another peek at Warner Bros.’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice this week with the release of some new stills featuring the likes of Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg), Lois Lane (Amy Adams), Perry White (Laurence Fishburne), Alfred Pennyworth (Jeremy Irons) and Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) [see here, here and here], while some new rumours emerged regarding the possibility identities »
- Gary Collinson
Nicolas Cage has cast a positive light on the fact that his Superman Lives movie was never made.
The actor was attached to the project in the 1990s under the directorship of Tim Burton.
The pair even got as far as testing footage of Cage wearing one of the tightest Spandex suits you've ever seen, shown recently in the documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?.
In conversation with Yahoo Movies, Cage said: "I had great belief in that movie and in what Tim Burton's vision was going to be for that movie. I would've loved to have seen it, but I feel that in many ways, it was sort of a win/win because of the power of the imagination.
"I think people can actually see the movie in their minds now and imagine it and in many ways that might resonate more deeply than the finished project. »
Tim Burton's Superman film that almost was, Superman Lives, was the subject of the recently released documentary by Jon Schnepp by the name of The Death Of Superman Lives: What Happened?. Sadly one of the few people who Schnepp was unable to talk to was the man who would have played the Man of Steel himself, Nicolas Cage. During an interview with Yahoo Movies, Nicolas Cage was asked about his... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Long before Bryan Singer made Superman Returns, it was going to be Tim Burton who brought the Man of Steel back to the big screen, the director signing Nicolas Cage to star in Superman Lives. That project wound up not getting made due to multiple factors, but it turns out that Cage actually doesn't have a problem with that, given that he thinks the movie is better off existing in all of our individual imaginations. Cage recently sat down with Yahoo! in promotion of his new movie Runner, and it was during their conversation that the subject of the doomed Superman Lives came up. The actor was asked about the documentary that was recently released about the project, titled The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, and while he didn't really have anything incredibly specific to say about the movie, he did express a lack of regrets regarding the project's »
This month we got a peek into Tim Burton’s aborted 90s take on the Man of Steel with the release of director Jon Schnepp’s documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? [read our review here], although sadly Schnepp was unable to secure the participation of Nicolas Cage, who would have led the cast as Kal-El.
See Also: A huge batch of concept art from Tim Burton’s Superman Lives
Well, during an interview this week for his new film The Runner, Yahoo! Movies did manage to get a few words out of Cage, although he was reluctant to go into much detail, save for praising Burton’s vision for the character.
“The only thing I’ll say about that — because that is such a lighting rod hot topic and if I say anything at all it just seems to snowball — but I will say that I had great belief in that »
- Gary Collinson
My initial response to 2011's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol was to marvel at the stunt work and spectacle, but I felt a bit letdown by the villain and what seemed like a script overly reliant on silliness. Since then, however, I've come to enjoy Ghost Protocol more and more, but as an unabashed fan of not only the Mission franchise (yes, including Mission: Impossible II), but its star, Tom Cruise, perhaps that clouds my vision. I don't know. Either way, I have no such initial qualms when it comes to the franchise's fifth installment, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. Kicking off with one of three massive stunt pieces, Rogue Nation includes a villain with shades of Bond's Blofeld (though consider that only a mild comparison, not an outright apples-to-apples), just the right touch of comedy and the impressively awesome addition of Rebecca Ferguson. In fact, I wouldn't mind seeing »
- Brad Brevet
Herbert Ross’s 1975 film The Sunshine Boys, which stars Walter Matthau, George Burns, and Richard Benjamin, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The Royale Laemmle Theater in Los Angeles will be holding a special one-night-only showing of the 111-minute film on Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 at 7:00 pm. Actor Richard Benjamin is scheduled to appear at the screening and is due to partake in a Q & A and discussion on the making of the film.
From the press release:
Fortieth anniversary screening of The Sunshine Boys (1975), Tuesday, August 4 at 7 Pm at the Royal.
Walter Matthau, George Burns, and Richard Benjamin star in the film version of Neil Simon's hit Broadway comedy about a pair of feuding vaudeville stars who are pressured to reunite for a TV special. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, and Burns won the Oscar for his first significant film role since Honolulu in 1939. The »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
'Everest' 2015, with Jake Gyllenhaal at the Venice Film Festival. What global warming? Venice Film Festival 2015 jury: Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón president The 2015 Venice Film Festival, to be held Sept. 2–12, has announced the members of its three main juries: Venezia 72, Horizons, and the Luigi De Laurentiis Award for Best Debut Film. In case you're wondering, “Why Venezia 72”? Well, the simple answer is that this is the 72nd edition of the festival. Looking at the lists below, you'll notice that, as usual, Europeans dominate the award juries. The only two countries from the Americas represented are the U.S. and Mexico, and here and there you'll find a sprinkling of Asian film talent. Golden Lion jury The Golden Lion – Venezia 72 Competition – jury is comprised by the following: Jury President Alfonso Cuarón, the first Mexican national to take home the Best Director Academy Award (for the Sandra Bullock-George Clooney »
- Anna Robinson
The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, 2015.
Directed by Jon Schnepp.
A documentary about the proposed 1998 Superman Lives feature film that would have starred Nicolas Cage.
Despite never making it to the screen, Superman Lives is a project which it seems will live forever in infamy. Directed by Tim Burton, and with Nicolas Cage set to lead the cast as Superman, it spent several years in development before Warner Bros. decided to pull the plug just weeks before cameras started rolling, leaving fans to forever wonder ‘what might have been’. Well, thankfully we now have writer-director Jon Schnepp’s documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? to peel back the curtain on Burton’s offbeat take on the Man of Steel as it attempts to answer that very question.
For fans of comic book movies, »
- Gary Collinson
Netflix taketh, and Netflix giveth back. Kind of. Every month the streaming site sends out an update of what content will be disappearing from streaming, and what movies and TV shows will be added. It's an announcement we've come to expect, but this time around the swap out is kind of...weird. Or awesome, depending on your feelings about Nicolas Cage. First let us explain. There are some seriously good picks leaving Netflix in just a matter of days— titles like Driving Miss Daisy, Family Ties, Kiss The Girls and Jiro Dreams of Sushi. And who could forget Titanic? Everyone's favorite version of Leonardo DiCaprio (get out of here, Great Gatsby fans!) is no longer going to be »
Put a group of movie lovers in a pub, give them a few beers and one topic that will inevitably come up is speculation about films that were never made, and top of that list is usually Tim Burton’s infamous Superman movie.
As something of a more than casual Superman fan, I have to admit that my personal preference for the best portrayal of the Man of Steel on screen, whether big or small, is Christopher Reeve’s iconic take in Richard Donner’s Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980). I’ve got nothing particularly against Richard Lester’s version of the sequel, but Donner’s more than nails it for me.
That said, I can’t help but wonder, and have on many an occasion in the afore mentioned alcohol fuelled debates with my cinephile friends, just what Superman would have looked like if played by Nicolas Cage and directed by Tim Burton. »
See Also: Watch the first ten minutes of The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?
The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? is available now via www.tdoslwh.com.
- Gary Collinson
Read More: Ezra Miller and Michael Angarano on the Dark Side of Human Nature in 'The Stanford Prison Experiment' At 18 years old, Tye Sheridan has a career that would make even the most accomplished actor jealous. In the four years since making his acting debut opposite Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain in Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life," Sheridan has continued to work with some of the biggest and most acclaimed names in the business, including Jeff Nichols and Matthew McConaughey on "Mud," David Gordon Green and Nicolas Cage on "Joe," Rodrigo Garcia and Ewan McGregor on "Last Days in the Desert" and more. Joining Indiewire over the phone from the Montreal set of another envious project -- Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Apocalypse," where he's taking on the role of a young Cyclops -- Sheridan spoke about working on his latest heralded indie, "The Stanford Prison Experiment, »
- Zack Sharf
It’s hard to figure out who these religious themed horror films are made for. Director Mark Neveldine, stepping out on his own for the first time following four co-directed efforts with Brian Taylor (the team behind the Crank films and that Nicolas Cage sequel Ghost Rider), can’t seem to provide an answer with this derivative hunk of spiritually solicited scares, yanking plot points from ye classic films of yonder, like The Omen and The Exorcist, but whittled down to a palatable PG-13 rating for the kiddies. Those who are actually religious find these forays into devilish mayhem blasphemous or exploitational, while an increasing number of staunch non-believers need a bit more than the run-of-the-mill possession flick to be goaded into the thrill of a fantasy they don’t believe in anyway.
- Nicholas Bell
Cook teamed with partner David Weisberg for the scripts for 1996’s “The Rock,” 1999’s “Double Jeopardy” and the upcoming thriller “Criminal.” The duo shared screenplay credit with Mark Rosner on “The Rock,” starring Nicolas Cage.
Cook was represented by Gersh and Benderspink. Services are pending.
— Brian Lynch (@BrianLynch) July 20, 2015
- Dave McNary
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