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In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Suicide Squad, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman, Superman Lives, Justice League Mortal, Arrow, Static Shock, Gotham, Supergirl, Lego DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom!, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, Daredevil, A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool, Gambit, Fantastic Four, Heroes Reborn and more…
Well, Suicide Squad just added another couple of hundred million to its box office haul, with the latest set photos from the film confirming once and for all that The Dark Knight is set to feature in next year’s DC supervillain ensemble. We’ll not get into any detail here for fear of minor spoilers, but you can check out the Bat-related set photos and video here, »
- Gary Collinson
From the makers of Valhalla Rising comes this brutal and bloody action epic, which sees a young Norman prince take vengeance upon the evil tyrant who murdered his father! Like an almighty clash between Hammer of the Gods and Game of Thrones, this is a must-see movie for fans of swords, Saxons, and medieval savagery!
Sword of Vengeance is in cinemas and available to download 29th May before coming to DVD 1st June and we have one copy of the DVD to give away.
To win a copy of Sword of Vengeance on DVD, just answer the following question:
c) Nicolas Cage
Email your answer to NerdlyComps@gmail.com, making sure to include your name and address. You can also leave your answer on our Facebook page, »
- Phil Wheat
We're rounding up news on some of the more projects in the works announced during the Cannes Film Festival: Lucrecia Martel's Zama, Olivier Assayas’s Personal Shopper with Kristen Stewart, Abel Ferrara's Siberia with Willem Dafoe, Carlos Reygadas's "cowboy story," Todd Haynes's Wonderstruck, Andrew Haigh's Lean on Pete, Bertrand Bonello's Paris Is Happening and Stéphane Brizé's Une Vie. Plus: Nicolas Cage is re-teaming with Paul Schrader and Mike Figgis and more on forthcoming films from Marjane Satrapi, Wim Wenders, Paolo Sorrentino, Pablo Larraín, Nicole Holofcener, Mike Mills, Per Fly, Shinji Aoyama, Taika Waititi, Jared Hess, Peter Ho-sun Chan, Yoji Yamada and more. » - David Hudson »
Following its premiere and screenings at the McM London Comic-Con this weekend, a batch of images and a new clip have arrived online for the documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, which delves into the infamous Superman Lives – an aborted DC project from director Tim Burton, which would have starred Nicolas Cage as the Man of Steel. Take a look here, and check back soon for our interview with director Jon Schnepp…
The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? is set for a worldwide digital release on July 9th at www.tdoslwh.com.
- Gary Collinson
Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders' The Croods had a rather impressive voice cast full of stars - but the sequel is evidently going even bigger. How do we know? Because all of the lead cast members will be back, and this time around joined by Leslie Mann and Kat Dennings. The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop that the two very funny ladies will be joining the ensemble of The Croods 2. As things stand, the rest of the cast includes Nicolas Cage (as Grug), Emma Stone (as Eep), Ryan Reynolds (as Guy), Catherine Keener (as Ugga) and Clark Duke (as Thunk). Weirdly there still aren't any plot details available, but the trade does have word on the roles that Mann and Dennings will be playing. It seems that part of the plot of The Croods 2 will involve the titular family meeting another prehistoric clan, and competing in some fashion. »
Mann will voice the matriarch of a rival family to the Croods, while Dennings will feature as the new family's daughter whose instinct to hunt is being suppressed, The Hollywood Reporter reveals.
DreamWorks Animation is expanding the voice cast for The Croods 2, its upcoming sequel to the 2013 animated hit, with news that Leslie Mann (This is 40) and Kat Dennings (Thor: The Dark World) will lend their voices to new characters.
Mann will portray the matriarch of an upscale family that winds up in a rivalry with the titular caveman family and their human companion. Dennings, meanwhile, will play the frustrated daughter of that new family, who yearns to hunt but is consistently suppressed by her “civilized” parents.
The key players are all back for this follow-up, including Nicolas Cage as the Croods’ patriarch Grug, Catherine Kenner as mother Ugga, feisty daughter Eep (Emma Stone), luggish son Thunk (Clark Duke), ferocious grandma Gran (Cloris Leachman) and Ryan Reynolds as human companion Guy. Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders are once again writing and directing.
- Isaac Feldberg
DreamWorks Animation announced in April 2013 that it was working on a sequel to caveman family comedy The Croods, but given how long it takes to produce CG films generally, it’s not a shock to have to wait for updates. But we do at least now know that Kat Dennings and Leslie Mann will be part of the voice cast for the follow-up.The sequel, which is once more from writing/directing team Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders, picks up with the prehistoric family (including Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Clark Duke, Catherine Keener and Ryan Reynolds as human pal Guy), settling into life in a community. But this time, they’ll have to deal with snooty upscale neighbours who want to compete with them. Mann will play the matriarch of this new family, with Dennings as the daughter, who has had her hunting instincts suppressed.Mann, last seen in The Other Woman, »
According to THR, Thor alum Kat Dennings and This is 40 star Leslie Mann have jumped on board the film, as members of a new upscale family that competes against the titular cro magnons. Mann will play the matriarch of the family, while Dennings will take on the role of her daughter, whose “instinct to hunt is being suppressed.”
- James Garcia
You wouldn't have expected a recent movie starring Nicolas Cage and Ryan Reynolds to have been a box office hit with their recent track records, but 2013's The Croods grossed almost $600 million worldwide, thereby guaranteeing a sequel. Now, The Croods 2 has found two new voice actors for to compete with the prehistoric clan. The Hollywood Reporter has Kat Dennings and Leslie Mann joining the original cast of The Croods, including Nicolas Cage, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke, »
- Alex Maidy
The Young Pope
Jude Law is set to star in Italian director Paolo Sorrentino's TV series "The Young Pope" at HBO, Sky and Canal Plus. The story deals with an imaginary conservative American pontiff who is the first Italian-American pope in history and has been recruited by a Vatican fed up with liberals. Trouble is, they're not ready for how hard-line he is.
Production on the eight-episode series is set to begin this summer with filming to take place predominantly in Italy with additional locations in the United States, Africa and Puerto Rico. Sorrentino will helm all eight episodes and penned the scripts with the help of Tony Grisoni, Umberto Contarello and Stefano Rulli. [Source: Variety]
The Belko Experiment
John Gallagher ("The Newsroom") is set to star in Greg McLean's thriller "The Belko Experiment" at MGM Studios. James Gunn will produce and penned the script with filming to begin shortly in Bogota, »
- Garth Franklin
Based on the acclaimed book by Eddie Bunker, Schrader will co-write and direct the film with Cage starring.
The synopsis for the novel reads: “Dog Eat Dog follows Troy Cameron, a reformatory graduate like Bunker. A terrifying and brutal narrative, the novel tracks his lawless spree in the company of two other reform school alumni, Diesel Carson and Mad Dog Cain.”
Meanwhile, Schrader has posted a message on his official Facebook page, stating that – unlike Dying of the Light – he has final cut, and is looking forward to reuniting with Cage:
Dog Eat Dog is set to film soon for a 2016 release.
- Scott J. Davis
Much like Robert De Niro, it feels as though it's been a while since we last saw Al Pacino give a performance on par with his best work. Manglehorn, which premiered at Tiff last year, is being touted as containing "the finest performance Pacino has delivered in years." Director David Gordon Green managed to coax a wonderful performance out of Nicolas Cage in Joe, has he managed to do the same for Al Pacino? Check out the trailer below and decide for yourself. »
- Kevin Fraser
Saban Films is on board to distribute.
Mario Van Peebles will direct from a script by Cam Cannon and Hannibal Classics principal Richard Rionda Del Castro. Producers are Rionda Del Castro and Michael Mendelsohn of Patriot Pictures, which is financing “Men of Courage” with Hannibal Classics.
Cage, who starred in “Tokarev” for Hannibal, will take on the role of Capt. Charles Butler McVay, whose ship was torpedoed in the South Pacific in July 1945, after delivering parts for the first atomic bombs. Their mission was classified, so the Indianapolis was not reported missing until four days later.
Of 1,196 crewmen aboard, approximately 300 went down with the ship, while the rest faced exposure, »
- Justin Kroll
Paul Schrader wrote and directed The Dying of the Light, released in 2014, with Nicolas Cage in the lead role (above). But things went bad for the film, with Schrader and the producers falling into disagreement and the producers ultimately releasing a re-edited version of the film that is reportedly far from Schrader’s original conception. Whether […]
- Russ Fischer
Taken away from Paul Schrader, and recut, scored and mixed without any of his involvement, the final product of last year's "The Dying Of The Light" with Nicolas Cage was a total mess (though I'm not quite convinced a director's cut would fix any of the film's issues). But the filmmaker and actor are giving it a second kick at the can, with Schrader being given the authority of having final cut. Read More: Paul Schrader Talks "Bad People" Behind 'Dying Of The Light,' Says Push For 35Mm Projection Is "Claptrap" Deadline reports that the duo will reteam for "Dog Eat Dog." Based on the crime novel by Eddie Bunker, Scrader will co-write the script with Matt Wilder about a trio of ex-cons who are hired for a kidnapping that goes out of control. Here's the book synopsis: Dog Eat Dog, Bunker's fourth novel, follows Troy Cameron, a reformatory graduate like Bunker. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Freestyle Releasing has acquired all North American rights to animated comedy “Hell and Back” and set a Sept. 25 release date.
Tom Gianas (“Saturday Night Live”) and Ross Shuman (“Robot Chicken”) directed the story of two best friends who must rescue their buddy after he’s accidentally dragged to hell. Producers are Corey Campodonico, Alexander Bulkey and Eric Blyler, all of “Robot Chicken.”
Freestyle’s top performer has been the faith-based drama “God’s Not Dead” with $60 million in U.S. grosses. It also has released Nicolas Cage’s “Left Behind” and Rob Reiner’s “And So It Goes,” starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton.
- Dave McNary
The last time Nicolas Cage and director Mike Figgis worked together, the result was Leaving Las Vegas, which scored four Oscar nominations and saw the actor go home with a Best Actor gong. So you can see why he might be eager to reunite with the director, signing on to star in an ensemble film called Exit 147.Travis Milloy wrote the script, which weaves together different narratives, including a police officer with a warped sense of justice (Cage), a women escaping her abusive partner and said man, whom Cage ends up arresting. They all become embroiled in a series of sadistic mind games.“This is the kind of story that turns up once in a blue moon," Figgis tells Variety. "It is the perfect vehicle for Nicolas, and I am excited to be back in business with this great actor. I love this combination of dark and scary balanced with edgy humour. »
The distributor has acquired North American rights from Yari Film Group to Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police, which screens in the Cannes market today.
The documentary, based on guitarist Andy Summers’ memoir One Train Later, recounts the story of the UK band’s rise to fame, their break-up and 2007 reunion tour.
Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police screens at 8.30pm at the Palais – Bory. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Nicolas Cage: You know him for his hair, his good movies, his bad movies, and that infectious, often insidious laugh. Last year Cage teamed up with Taxi Driver and Raging Bull scribe Paul Schrader for The Dying of the Light, a film written and directed by Schrader that was allegedly butchered by producers and consequently disowned by both Schrader and Cage. Now Variety reports that Cage has re-teamed with Schrader for Dog Eat Dog. Even better news: Deadline reports that Schrader will have complete creative control, something he hasn’t had in a long while. Schrader, pulling no punches, posted on Facebook: Schrader describes the film as a crime thriller. “Ed Bunker is the crime writer’s crime writer… He’s in the pantheon and one of the main people who define modern crime writing. He lived the life and lived to tell the story. Dog Eat Dog is Bunker at his best. »
- Greg Cwik
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