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The Killing was an American remake from AMC based on the nordic noir show popularised over here by showings on BBC 4. The Us version moved things to Seattle where it rained constantly and revolved around the murder of Rosie Larson. Unfairly compared to Twin Peaks when it debuted, it was nonetheless something of a hit on Channel 4 for at least two seasons. I lost track of it around the mid-point of season two, not because I didn’t like it, I enjoyed it lots despite its grimness but it became impossible to keep up with the weekly scheduled showings and 4Od was, and still is not very good. From what I hear season two wrapped up the murder of Larson and season three moved on to a new mystery which was just as gripping.
The reason I mention this anyway is that like Arrested Development, Netflix has picked up »
- Chris Holt
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
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Happy Christmas: compulsively watchable; Joe Swanberg is a master of the subtlest of dramatic observation, and his films are unlike anything other filmmakers are giving us right now [my review] [iTunes UK]
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Divergent: it’s not wildly different than other science fiction, hero’s journey, and adventure movies; sometimes we call such stories archetypal… mythic, even [my review] [iTunes UK] The Double: painfully funny odyssey of personal ineffectualness that is bitterly wonderful in how it revels in the decrepit horror of the everyday world [my review] [iTunes UK] Muppets Most Wanted: Kermit the Frog takes on his biggest challenge yet: dual roles… and truly puts the villain in vaudevillian [my review] [iTunes UK] Starred Up: could be the most realistic depiction of the horribleness and the ineffectiveness of institutional incarceration — on levels that »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The Death Of Superman Lives
There’s a long and storied history of the movies that Nic Cage almost ruined, and the two that tend to rank highest on the red alert list are when he almost played the Scarecrow for Joel Schumacher’s thankfully cancelled Batman Triumphant and the time he was almost cast as a long-haired Superman for Tim Burton’s Superman Lives.
Despite the sighs of relief that came in hindsight with the death of both projects, both still hold a good deal of intrigue – it would have been brilliant to see an unhinged Cage in full flow as Scarecrow for instance, and the very idea of a Superman movie written by Kevin Smith, directed by Burton and starring a muscular Cage as a the Man Of Steel is perversely beautiful.
We’ve already seen images of Cage in the potential Supes outfit he might have worn, »
- Simon Gallagher
Every time we upload a new Left Behind poster, I can feel Foywonder checking movie showtimes in anticipation. This weekend, the hype machine rolls on with a pensive-looking Mr. Cage standing amidst the flames. Oh, how I cannot wait!
The forthcoming $15 million reboot stars Nicolas Cage, Ashley Tisdale, Chad Michael Murray, Nicky Whelan, Lea Thompson, and Jordin Sparks. According to producer Paul Lalonde, the flick aims to be more mainstream in its sensibilities by weaving End Times “Rapture porn” with traditional disaster movie tropes.
Left Behind hits theaters on October 3rd, but will anyone care? From the overtly Knowing-ish aesthetic of this poster, to the well-worn territory this one travels, it's hard to imagine anyone but our beloved Foy showing up for this one. Unless I decide to take a road trip and join him for a viewing.
An airborne 747 is heading to London when, without any warning, »
- Matt Serafini
Nicolas Cage’s “Superman Lives” never got the chance to hit the big screen, but director/producer Jon Schnepp has released a full trailer for documentary, “The Death of ‘Superman Lives’: What Happened?,” in an effort to raise the finishing funds for post-production.
Burton was attached to direct the film in 1997 but then dropped off the troubled project in 2000 because he got tired of both waiting and producer Jon Peters.
“I basically wasted a year,” Burton said of the experience. “A year is a long time to be working with somebody that you don’t really want to be working with (Peters).”
Originally budgeted at $190 million, “Superman Lives” reportedly cost Warner Bros. $30 million in development costs.
There’s no sign of Cage, »
- Nikara Johns
A full trailer has been released for the documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? The movie explores Tim Burton's failed Superman Lives production that was supposed to star Nicolas Cage in the lead role. The trailer features bits of interviews with all the people that were involved with the project and also offers some never-before-seen concept art from the film that thankfully never happened.
- Joey Paur
I’m not going to rehash the story of when I met Kevin Smith while working a movie theater box office in the mid ’90s and how he told me about the experience of writing a Superman movie (those days filmmakers didn’t have to be guarded about things being easily spread on the Internet after chatting with fans). You can read what he said then in a piece I wrote early last year on the Kickstarter campaign for The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened? Now it’s time to see what Smith says now, in the first trailer for the documentary, which is about the failed project. Also in this trailer are a lot of other prominent people who worked on Superman Lives, including director Tim Burton (who is nearly driven to suicide talking about the sad fate of the film on camera), Lorenzo di Bonaventura (then the Warner Bros. exec who greenlit the »
- Christopher Campbell
A new trailer was recently released for an unfinished documentary about a scrapped Nicolas Cage Superman movie that never made it to the big screen. In an attempt to raise money to finish the full-length documentary, filmmakers of The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? released a 2:45 clip about the 1990s flick Superman Lives, which was cancelled and never made into a feature film. The new trailer, which was made by filmmaker Jon Schnepp, features footage of Cage in a very unique Superman suit as well as interviews with Superman Lives screenplay writer Kevin Smith and director Tim Burton. "Six more months before we see Ben Affleck in the Batsuit, but you can get an early look at a story about »
Superman Lives is one of the great (or not-so-great) lost movies of Hollywood. Back in the mid-90’s Tim Burton came onboard the project alongside star Nicolas Cage and screenwriter Kevin Smith. They actually got pretty far along in development (you’ve no doubt seen Cage’s infamous photo in the costume) before the whole thing fell apart. Now, filmmaker Jon Schnepp is attempting to brave the waters and figure out what happened with his upcoming documentary, The Death of Superman Lives; What Happened? The trailer for the film was unveiled last night at the San Diego Comic-Con and is actually pretty great, featuring many of the key players (no Cage though) in the debacle. Hit the jump for the The Death of Superman Lives; What Happened trailer and to find out more on how this intriguing film can become a reality. As you can see, Superman Lives was going »
- Evan Dickson
Nicolas Cage may have survived the Rapture, but now he faces the apocalypse alone, while his daughter searches for him in another part of the country. Stoney Lake Entertainment has launched the latest Left Behind poster, featuring the star as airline pilot Rayford Steele, who stands before an erupting cityscape that will soon be fraught with thousands of terrified men and women who will look to him as a possible savior. In theatres this fall.
Left Behind follows Rayford Steele who is piloting a commercial airliner just hours after the Rapture when millions of people around the globe simply vanish. Thirty thousand feet over the Atlantic, Rayford is faced with a damaged plane, terrified passengers, and a desperate desire to get back to his family. On the ground, his daughter, Chloe Steele is among those left behind, forced to navigate a world of madness as she searches for her lost mother and brother. »
During the '90s, years before Superman Returns, Warner Bros. tried to make a Superman movie with Kevin Smith attached to write the script, Tim Burton attached to direct, and Nicolas Cage attached to play Superman. Obviously, this movie never happened. But from the ashes arose a documentary. The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? tells the story of the film's ups and downs and downs and features interviews with many people involved in the picture, including Burton and Smith. However, its original round of crowdsourced funding fell a bit short of what it actually needed, so director Jon Schnepp is asking for another $85,000 on FanBacked.com. To entice people, he released a full trailer. Watch below, and then spend your weekend just thinking about Nic Cage flying around without a care in the world. »
- Jesse David Fox
Week in Review rounds up the best of the rest of film and TV news hitting the web this week. Check out the rest of the Sos Blog for more news updates.
Unless your name is Edgar Wright, it’s hard to imagine a superhero movie of any caliber and pedigree not somehow getting made in today’s day and age.
And yet in 1997, that’s exactly what happened. Tim Burton, many years after the success of his original Batman, was attached to direct Superman Lives, originally starring none other than Nicolas Cage as everyone’s favorite Kryptonian and adapted from a screenplay by Kevin Smith.
Just how in God’s green Earth did this brilliant, strange mash-up of talents in a movie never come to light is the question behind a documentary currently in production, The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?
The film is being directed by Jon Schnepp, »
- Brian Welk
You don't have to be a hardcore Superman fan to enjoy this trailer for The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, about the Nicolas Cage Superman movie that never was. Filmmaker Jon Schnepp interviewed writer Kevin Smith and would-be director Tim Burton about why the 1996 film never came to fruition, despite its A-list star. This trailer gives a peek at what could have been, from Superman's bizarre suit to the spider creature he would have been fighting. Check it out, and take solace in the fact that at least we get to look forward to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. »
- Maggie Pehanick
Produced and directed by Jon Schnepp here's the trailer for the upcoming documentary The Death of Superman Lives; What Happenedc taking a look at the abandoned Superman movie with a screenplay by Kevin Smith to be directed by Tim Burton. And this isn't just some fanboy documentary, this actually has the participation of Burton, Smith and several others that were involved with the production including production designer Rick Heinrichs, screenwriter Wesley Strick, costume designer Colleen Atwood and more. The film, as this trailer shows, got quite far into pre-production as Nicolas Cage was set to star as Superman, in which he would have a mullet and a regenerative suit. Batman was set to cameo, Brainiac was going to be the villain and there was going to be a Doomsday battle set in an underground subway. Plenty of behind-the-scenes footage and art is included and it looks to be incredibly fascinating. »
- Brad Brevet
Anyone who loves Superman knows that director Tim Burton almost followed up his successful adaptation of Batman by bringing The Big Blue Boy Scout to the big screen as well. Nicolas Cage was once meant to play the superhero with a script from fanboy favorite filmmaker Kevin Smith. It was a weird production with the likes of Chris Rock playing Jimmy Olsen and Kevin Spacey once on board as Lex Luthor, way before Superman Returns came knocking at his door for the same role. Now the documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? (which we featured as a Kickstarter film in the beginning of 2013) explores what went wrong with the film, and we have the first trailer. Watch it below! Here's the first trailer for The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? from Jon Schnepp: The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? is directed by Jon Schnepp and »
- Ethan Anderton
Remember that time Nicolas Cage was going to be Superman?
In the long period between 1987’s Superman IV: The Quest for Peace and 2006’s Superman Returns, the Man of Steel was stuck in development hell, with several projects failing to launch. Of those projects, one of the strangest was 1996’s Superman Lives!, an adaptation of the Death and Return of Superman written by Kevin Smith (who has talked about this project before) and directed by Tim Burton.
Filmmaker Jon Schnepp has spent the past year making a Kickstarter-funded documentary on the failed project. In an effort to raise more funds »
- Joshua Rivera
"Are you kidding me, man?!" composer Angelo Badalamenti howls jokingly when Rolling Stone asks him what he thought of Twin Peaks, the TV series he scored in the early Nineties. "It was really off the wall. I thought it was either going to sink violently down the drain or, hopefully, capture the intrigue of enthusiastic people conversing by the office water cooler on a Monday morning."
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As it turned out, Twin Peaks was an instant hit when it premiered on April 8th, »
“Jodorowksy’s Dune”—which, of course, focused on Alejandro Jodorowsky’s doomed “Dune” adaptation—was a riotous revelation that we instantly fell in love with (and ranked in our Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far). Following in its footsteps is the Kickstarter-funded “The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?” and the documentary’s first trailer premiered at Comic-Con and is now available to watch in the comfort of your own home. The Jon Schnepp-directed doc delves into the origins—and ultimate failure—of Tim Burton’s infamous Nicolas Cage-starring “Superman Lives” (check out our full feature on 5 Superman Movies That Were Never Made). Before shutting down, Burton’s film boasted the likes of Chris Rock (as Jimmy Olsen) and Kevin Smith (purely as the screenwriter), who looks to figure prominently in the documentary alongside Burton himself and other key members of the crew and production team. While the visual style of. »
- Cain Rodriguez
Superman Lives remains one of the industry's great what-ifs. At the very least, had it been released in the late nineties, it would have changed the entire genre of superhero filmmaking that we know today. But the production eventually petered out, leaving behind a sea of what-ifs and how-coulds. Filmmaker Jon Schnepp, however, isn't going to take "how could" for an answer! The trailer has been released for his documentary The Death Of Superman Lives: What Happened? and it presents a load of goodies for any Superman fan. It was the nineties when Warner Bros., emboldened by the success of the Death of Superman comics, decided to bring the man of steel to the big screen. Their heavy hitter was Tim Burton, who had previously resurrected Batman for Warner Bros., and he'd be bringing along recent Oscar-winner Nicolas Cage. That wasn't nearly enough to bring the project to fruition, and »
Ever heard of the tale of Nicolas Cage (The Rock) playing Superman? While some of us have seen the photos of Cage in his suit, and heard Kevin Smith’s hilarious take on the film during his An Evening With Kevin Smith DVD, many are still unaware that there was almost another Superman movie before Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns.
But now, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, documentary filmmaker Jon Schnepp has investigated the true story behind the aborted film in The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, which has had its first trailer debut online.
Superman Lives was set for release back in 1998/1999, and was going to be directed by Tim Burton (Batman), with Cage in the title role and Chris Rock (Lethal Weapon 4) as Jimmy Olsen. While some artwork and designs, and indeed a teaser poster have appeared online over the years, it seems as though everyone involved with the film, »
- Scott Davis
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