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Bjiff: Oliver Stone slams co-productions

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Oliver Stone was characteristically outspoken on the second day of the Beijing International Film Festival (Bjiff), challenging China to rethink international co-productions and start making films that examine its past.

Speaking at the Sino-Foreign Film Co-production Forum, Stone said, “most international co-productions are bullshit”, due to their bad acting and casting, as expecting actors to use a second language usually doesn’t work.

“The international ballgame has gotten bigger and bigger with films like Iron Man 3 and Transformers,” Stone said, referring to the trend of incorporating Chinese elements into studio pictures. “I hope they use China well. But using Chinese actors in the background because you want money is not an artistic approach.”

Stone also said he’s “run into a wall” three times trying to make films in China about Mao Tse-tung, the Cultural Revolution and a documentary around the Beijing Olympics. “Three times I’ve made real efforts to coproduce and come up short »

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Producer Jeremy Bolt Announces Fall 2014 Release for Outcast Starring Nicolas Cage; Already Planning Outcast 2

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There is just one article in the Collider archives on Outcast.  The casting announcement revealed Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen play two 12th century European crusaders who travel to China to find redemption.  Producer Jeremy Bolt (Pompeii) has bigger plans for the feature than we anticipated.  You see, Outcast is a co-production with China's Yunnan Film Group, and China is an increasingly important international market.  Bolt is confident enough in the property to promise Outcast 2: "Outcast has been acclaimed by buyers, and we are determined to make a sequel."  Backing up, Bolt also announced the Outcast release schedule [via Variety]: “We are planning a worldwide release, including the Us and China, in September and October this year." Outcast is the directorial debut of stunt coordinator Nick Powell (Resident Evil: Retribution).  It sounds like the perfect Nicolas Cage vehicle at this stage in his career.  Yifei Liu, Fernando Chien, Andy On, »

- Brendan Bettinger

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Nicolas Cage’s China-Set ‘Outcast’ Gets Plans for a Sequel

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Beijing – Period action film “Outcast,” starring Nicolas Cage, is being tipped for sequel treatments, even though the first picture is some five months from release.

Resident Evil” producer Jeremy Bolt announced plans for a sequel in Beijing on Thursday ahead of a high profile seminar on Chinese-international co-production.

Outcast,” a tale of two 12th century European crusaders who voyage to China, where they find redemption, is set up as a Chinese-French-Canadian joint venture. China’s Yunnan Film Group is financier and co-producer. U.S.-Australian sales and finance outfit Arclight Films is handling international sales.

“We are planning a worldwide release, including the U.S. and China, in September and October this year,” said Bolt.

“’Outcast’ has been acclaimed by buyers, and we are determined to make a sequel,” Bolt said at a public ceremony for the signing of an “Outcast 2” memorandum of understanding.


- Patrick Frater

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'X-Men: Days of Future Past' trailer: A deep dive into the final 'X' preview

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Even though it can sometimes feel like all of human existence is just an extended teaser-trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past, the latest trailer for the super-sequel actually contains a few new pieces of information, mostly focused on previously-unfinished special effects and the always-controversial Quicksilver factor. Check out the trailer here, and now let’s dive deep into the last tantalizing piece of promotion until the movie finally arrives and human existence becomes an extended teaser-trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse.

First of all, we need to talk about Young Professor X. In First Class, James McAvoy played the ’60s-era Charles Xavier as a dashing academic. »

- Darren Franich

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Prince William Shares Sweet Memories of Princess Diana

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Prince William remembers Princess Diana on the royal tour - Us Weekly Miley Cyrus shares an inside look from the hospital - Et Has Taye Diggs moved on from Idina Menzel? - People Dita Von Teese looks sexy and incredible at 41 - HuffPost Celebrity Big news for Gwen Stefani - Lainey Gossip Leonardo DiCaprio wrestles a man at Coachella - BuzzFeed What do Beyoncé and Khloé Kardashian have in common? - Gossip Girl Are Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas back together? - TooFab Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie are still in close touch - YourTango Here's why Aaron Carter missed Nick Carter's wedding - Wonderwall The View's 11 past and present cohosts will be in one episode - Hollywood Reporter Watch Nicolas Cage face off against poisonous snakes - Rotten Tomatoes Source: Getty / Chris Jackson »

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Nicolas Cage’s Dumb Yet Fascinating ‘Trouble in Louisiana’ Trilogy

15 April 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Every few years, Nicolas Cage reminds us what a compelling screen performer he is and can be. While such reminders seem fewer and further between, the utter expendability of much of his recent filmography make strong performances like his brooding lead in David Gordon Green’s Joe all the more powerful – not because we forgot about Cage’s talents, but because we’re afraid that he might have. Joe has been deemed (by this site and others) to be a “return to form” for Cage. It’s easy to declare with a handful of titles what form Cage is returning to. In celebrated roles like Adaptation, Leaving Las Vegas, and Bringing Out the Dead Cage has displayed an uncanny ability to balance pathological self-destruction with varying undertones of dark comedy. He is the actor of choice for men who struggle outside the norms of society, yet wouldn’t feel comfortable anywhere else. But »

- Landon Palmer

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier Remains Box Office Champ

14 April 2014 6:38 PM, PDT | | See recent Worst Previews news »

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" was able to keep the top spot at the domestic box office for the second week in a row by grossing another $41 million to bring its worldwide total to $477 million. The film already earned back its $170 million budget and surpassed the global earnings of the first installment ($370 million). "Rio 2" had to settle for second place with $39.3 million, which is the exact opening numbers of the first installment. The new animated film was expected to take the top spot with $45 million, but fell short. Thanks to foreign markets, however, it's worldwide total is already $164.2 million. "Rio 2" cost $103 million to make and has a RottenTomatoes fresh rating of 49%. Taking third place was the horror film "Oculus," which cost under $5 million to make and has already earned $12 million in its first weekend. It has a 72% fresh rating. The other new wide release was "Draft Day," starring Kevin Costner. »

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Film Face-off: Kevin Costner vs. Nicolas Cage

14 April 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Kevin Costner's Draft Day opened wide this past weekend, and Nicolas Cage's Joe is currently in limited release. Both of their last names start with a "c." Both men are in their 50s (Costner is 59 years old, Cage is 50). Most importantly, these guys normally fall into a love and/or hate category with audiences. Let's see what happens when they fight to the death in this week's Film Face-off. Box Office Kevin Costner Costner's films have earned a total of $1.8 billion in America, and averaged $55 million. Four of those films have made more than $100 million. Nicolas Cage Cage's movies have earned $2.4 billion in America, and averaged $44 million. He's had eight...

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Review: Joe

14 April 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Filmmaker David Gordon Green has shot two films in Central Texas now (well, three, but only two are out yet), and he gets it. He really does. For both Prince Avalanche and now Joe, he took stories that could be set anywhere and ground them in local rural settings, with characters played by residents who weren't previously professional actors. The most affecting scene in Prince Avalanche was the one in the ruins with Joyce Payne.

In Joe, I felt like I could drive 30 miles and find the unnamed town in which the film was set, with all its characters intact. In such a setting, the lead actors fit in and feel like characters, not stars. Even Nicolas Cage

Cage plays the title character, whose job is leading a team of laborers to clear a forest for development -- hacking at trees with axes that contain poisonous liquids. He's approached by »

- Jette Kernion

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Nicolas Cage worried about personal texts going public after losing cell phone

14 April 2014 12:34 AM, PDT | | See recent RealBollywood news »

New York, Apr.14: Nicolas Cage is reportedly anxious that his personal information, including his private text messages, may get leaked into public domain after he lost his cell phone.

The 'National Treasure' star who will be seen in new movie 'Joe' was recently spotted using his friend's cell phone whilst dining out with co-star Tye Sheridan and director David Gordon Green, the New York Post reported.

Diners in the restaurant overheard the Academy Award winner telling his group that there was one text message that he would hate to see get out.

An insider said that Cage's pals excitedly waited to hear what. »

- Leon David

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My guilty pleasure: The Rock

13 April 2014 11:30 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

There's not an original idea in the entire film, but Nicolas Cage is Michael Bay's lethal weapon in this 90s prison action movie

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If you take film seriously, there's one certainty: Michael Bay is the enemy. Loud, brash and without an engaging character in sight, Bay's films are held up time and again as exercises in shamelessly deplorable film-making. They take place in an unreconstructed adolescent dream world where men are toughened warriors and women are an eye-candy bettered only by an exploding public transport vehicle. Hackneyed stereotypes are as commonplace as they are offensive. He is to vulgarity as a fish is to water a living, breathing, profiteering manifestation of all that's wrong with Hollywood today.

The Rock, a Bay-helmed actioner from 1996, emphatically ticks all its director's boxes. And yet no film has brought me anywhere near as much joy.

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- Alex Hess

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The Definitive Religious Movies: 20-11

13 April 2014 9:41 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

We move into the top 20 now, where the films become incredibly spiritual. One major component seen in many of these religious films: the overtones meant to instill a sense of mystery and wonder. You see it in films set in both sweeping landscapes and intimate settings. Whether or not any of the films on this list are condoning the acceptance or rejection of faith and religion is almost beside the point. The real point is that it is so influential on our culture that movies will always be made about it.

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20. Babette’s Feast (1987)

Directed by Gabriel Axel

The 1987 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner (beating Au Revoir Les Enfants), Babette’s Feast is the story of two devout Christian sisters whose father – the leader of a small Christian sect in Denmark – has died. Unfortunately, Martine (Birgitte Federspiel) and Philippa (Bodjil Kjer) find they have no way to gain new members, »

- Joshua Gaul

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"Captain America" Squashes The "Rio" Birds

13 April 2014 10:20 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

You can't keep "Captain America" down. Defying early estimates on Friday, "The Winter Soldier" ended up beating the animated sequel "Rio 2" at the U.S. box-office over the weened.

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" leapt ahead of the CG-animated blue birds with a second weekend haul of $41.3 million, bringing its domestic total to an impressive $159 million after ten days.

Chuck in the film's several week run already in many international territories and its already sitting on a whopping $476 million worldwide.

"Rio 2" ended up in second place with $39 million, essentially equalling the original film's debut back in 2011. The film also opened worldwide in various markets this weekend where it shot to number one in many territories - bringing the film's global haul to $125.2 million so far.

The low-budget horror tale "Oculus," made for just $5 million and with the only star being a former "Doctor Who" companion and Australian soap hunk, »

- Garth Franklin

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Movie Review – Joe (2013)

13 April 2014 2:22 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Joe, 2013.

Directed by David Gordon Green.

Starring Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Gary Poulter, Ronnie Gene Blevins and Adriene Mishler.


An ex-con, who is the unlikeliest of role models, meets a 15-year-old boy and is faced with the choice of redemption or ruin.

The back woods of Austin, Texas. A place devastated by poverty, homelessness, and filled with an anger which can no longer be restrained. This is the setting for David Gordon Green’s naturalistic and excellent Joe, a film sadly tucked away on VOD but one which deserves a wide audience.

Gary (Ty Sheridan), a 15 year old boy, lives in an abandoned and condemned house with his mother, mute sister, and Wade, his abusive, drunk father. Gary is quickly becoming a man, leaving the innocence of youth far behind him as he looks for any work he can find to support his family and make something of himself. »

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12 April 2014 7:08 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »


Directed by: David Gordon Green

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Gary Poulter

Running Time: 1 hr 58 mins

Rating: R

Release Date: April 11, 2014

Plot: An ex-con-turned-day-laborer-boss (Cage) takes a homeless boy (Sheridan) under his wing.

Who’S It For? Those ready for something completely different (and great) from Cage, and director David Gordon Green.


As the movie’s spirit animal, Nicolas Cage keeps the primal film charged and unpredictable. This is a performance narrowed in on his potential, unhinged and huge all at once, but marking the return of taking his drama seriously. Unmistakably, he continues to be proud of the maniac he has always been, but plays this character with a grand sense of authority.

Cage appears opposite a group of supporting men who are vivid in their raw qualities. The young Tye Sheridan, after having expressed age in films from Terrence Malick and Jeff Nichols, »

- Nick Allen

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Film Review: Captivating Tale of Primal Manhood in David Gordon Green’s ‘Joe’

12 April 2014 2:05 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – This week in movies about men we have “Joe”, a wild drama about Texas males at their most primal. It is the newest film from director David Gordon Green, and features Nicolas Cage in some of his finest work.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

The film’s leading man is the title character played by Cage, a boss to a group of day laborers, and man with his own troubled past of fighting (against local lunatic Willie-Russell, played by Ronnie Gene Blevins). When working on the job with his men, Joe encounters a young man named Gary (Tye Sheridan), who lives in a condemned house with his alcoholic father Wade (Gary Poulter) and his mother and sister. Under Joe’s wisdom, Gary tries to understand the notion of honest living, while Wade abandons the family in search of food and alcohol. The two men take their own paths, leading to a climax that »

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Exclusive: Director David Gordon Green Talks Joe, Terrence Malick Impressions

12 April 2014 8:55 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

He’s not yet 40, but director David Gordon Green has successfully juggled an interesting collection of studio comedies like “Pineapple Express,” “The Sitter” and “Your Highness” with more esoteric and independent fare like “All the Real Girls” and “Prince Avalanche.” His 10th feature film, “Joe,” is an adaptation of Larry Brown’s novel of the same name, and stars 17-year-old Tye Sheridan as Gary Jones, an impressionable kid who, desperate for some adult guidance and attention, kinds an unlikely mentor in the form of Nicolas Cage’s ex-con title character. Brent Simon, for ShockYa, recently had a chance to speak to Green one-on-one, about the film, casting and working with non-professional actors, the keys to  [ Read More ]

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The Secret to His Success: David Gordon Green Cinematographer Tim Orr and Finding Beauty in the Brutal 'Joe'

12 April 2014 4:55 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Director David Gordon Green has collaborated with cinematographer Tim Orr since they were classmates at North Carolina School of the Arts. (Their first film was a documentary on the artificial insemination of cattle.) Orr shot Green's feature debut "George Washington" in 2000, launching both men on successful careers. Since then the pair has collaborated on "Undertow," "All the Real Girls," "Pineapple Express" and "Snow Angels," among other projects. In "Joe," about one tormented man (Nicolas Cage) who struggles to be good -- and finds redemption in a paternal relationship with a troubled teenager (Tye Sheridan). We recently caught up with Orr to talk about his collaboration with Green and how he managed to find glimmers of beauty in the darkness of "Joe." How did you get your start in the business? David Gordon Green and I went to school together and we were in the same class, but we didn't work together that much in school. »

- Paula Bernstein

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Film Reviews: Opening This Week (April 7-11, 2014)

11 April 2014 5:03 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rio 2

(20th Century Fox)

A rather misleading title is just one reason to be slightly suspicious of “Rio 2” an eye-popping, ear-tickling animated sequel that labors to fold a cheeky family sitcom, an earnest environmental primer, an exotic jungle tour, a broad survey of popular music and an avian remake of “Meet the Parents” into one bright and noisy package. Mining an unwieldy number of domestic and ecological dramas from the continuing saga of a rare Brazilian blue macaw, here venturing with his new family into the perilous Amazon rainforest, this hyperactive toon extravaganza has color, flair and energy to burn. But it’s the sort of relentless juggling act that finally proves more exhausting than exhilarating as it lectures you about respecting Mother Nature one minute, knocks you over with a Gloria Gaynor cover the next, and squeezes in a lot of questionable comic relief in between.

— Justin »

- Variety Staff

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See This/Skip That: From Nicolas Cage's Comeback Role in Joe to a Colorful Rio 2

11 April 2014 2:45 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Kevin Costner makes a solid football movie with Draft Day, but it's Nicolas Cage who steals the show with his comeback role in Joe. Here's a list of what to see and skip this weekend at the movies. See ThisJoe var brightcovevideoid = '3457058788001'; It's always nice to discover that you've been rooting for someone. Here, in fact, is the Nicolas Cage comeback I didn't know I wanted - and gosh, does it feel good to write that. Cage summons a rangy, soulful performance to play Joe, an ex-con trying to stay straight with the law. (Well, as straight as »

- Alynda Wheat, PEOPLE Movie Critic

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