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Best of Late Night TV: Jimmy Kimmel's Proposal and Lady Gaga's Advice From A Stripper (Video)

17 December 2014 10:15 PM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.

Is anyone else wondering how Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett started working together? We're right there with you. This unlikely duo hit up "The Tonight Show" for a quick performance, and then Lady Gaga explained how a stripper inspired her to get old school with her act. Priceless!

The Sony hack has taken a turn for the completely crazy, but David Letterman still has a sense of humor about the situation, and decided to read some hacked emails on "Late Show." There's an jingle, there are a few LOLs, and there are a bunch of completely hilarious (fake!) notes like "Nicholas Cage says the script's terrible and he's in. »

- Mehera Bonner

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Film Review: ‘Seventh Son’

17 December 2014 5:13 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Legend has is that the seventh son of a seventh son is born with certain special powers, which, in Joseph Delaney’s “Wardstone Chronicles” fantasy-lit series, include the ability to see supernatural beings and, potentially, to kill witches. But given the unusually long gestation period for Universal’s film adaptation, “Seventh Son” — which opens in the U.S. on Feb. 6, nearly a year later than originally planned — one shouldn’t be all that surprised to discover some pretty significant birth defects, among them a tired plot, some very unspecial effects, and a pair of grotesquely uneven performances from Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore.

Considering that Universal was still licking its wounds from the pricey Keanu Reeves debacle “47 Ronin” (like this project, an extravagant vfx-driven tentpole from a Russian director ill suited for Hollywood) when “Seventh Son” was supposed to open last February, it makes sense that the distributor opted to »

- Peter Debruge

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Saban Buying U.S. Rights to Pierce Brosnan’s ‘How to Make Love Like an Englishman’

15 December 2014 12:45 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Saban Films is in exclusive negotiations to acquire the U.S. distribution rights to romantic comedy “How to Make Love Like an Englishman,” starring Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba.

It’s the sixth acquisition for Saban, which launched in the spring and bought awards contender “The Homesman” as its first release.

How to Make Love Like an Englishman” is directed by Tom Vaughan from Matthew Newman’s script. Brosnan plays a Cambridge University professor who’s forced to re-evaluate his life of hedonistic excess after he manages to get a graduate student, played by Alba, pregnant.

Bill Bromiley and Ness Saban negotiated on behalf of Saban Films and CAA on behalf of the producers. The Solution Entertainment Group is handling international sales.

Southpaw Entertainment’s Richard B. Lewis and Irish DreamTime’s Beau St.Clair produced alongside PalmStar Media Capital’s Kevin Frakes and Raj Brinder Singh, Remington Chase, »

- Dave McNary

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Trailers From Hell on 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High'

12 December 2014 9:24 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Amy Heckerling’s raucous 1982 high school comedy based on screenwriter Cameron Crowe’s book is a virtual template for the dozens of teen flicks produced in its wake. Co-starring longtime character actor Ray Walston as the strait-laced history teacher engaged in a one-sided war with Spicoli, the modern day Maynard G. Krebs (a reference that may fly over the heads of those under 50), the film served as a launching pad for a slew of young actors who went on to become some of the mainstays of the last few decades including Sean Penn as Spicoli, Nicolas Cage (billed as Nicolas Coppola), Forest Whittaker, Eric Stoltz and Jennifer Jason Leigh. »

- Trailers From Hell

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Gerry Anderson's Terrahawks: Christmas episode now online

11 December 2014 2:01 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Remember 80s series Terrahawks? The Christmas special has appeared on the Gerry Anderson YouTube channel...

Terrahawks may not be as famous as Gerry Anderson's other TV shows, such as Thunderbirds or Stingray, but some readers (British ones especially) are likely to have fond memories of the 80s sci-fi adventure series. Featuring some quite advanced (for the time) marionettes, Terrahawks saw a task force led by Doctor Ninestein clash with a race of alien androids headed up by the cackling Zelda.

It was all good, clean - if occasionally quite grotesque - fun, and we seem to recall that the toys which emerged in the series' wake were really nicely done.

At any rate, the festive episode A Christmas Miracle has appeared on the Gerry Anderson YouTube channel. For some of us, it's the first time we've seen this notoriously hard to track down series in ages, and while it's inevitably looking its age, »

- ryanlambie

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After the Fall Is Sincere Malickian Character Study

9 December 2014 9:00 PM, PST | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

The absurdly wrong poster for After the Fall — which shows Wes Bentley toting a gun in front of the American flag, a scar visible on his left cheek — promises a tacky VOD actioner in the Nicolas Cage mode. In truth, however, the movie is a sincere, dialed-in character study — light on shoot-'em-ups, heavy on moral and emotional reflection. Some context explains this discrepancy: First-time co-writer/director Saar Klein is a veteran editor whose résumé includes two Terrence Malick films (The Thin Red Line and The New World). Malick receives a "special thanks" credit here, and rightfully so — his fingerprints (or at least the influence of them) are all over this movie. When insurance agent Bill Scanlon (Ben »

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How Have Movies Imagined What Movies Will Look Like?

9 December 2014 2:00 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

With this week's Sound and Visions series, Vulture explores the future of movies and the movie industry. We hope you’ll plug us directly into your cerebral cortex. The comedians at College Humor inadvertently made a fantastic joke about the future of fillmmaking in "Nicolas Cage's Agent," a sketch that makes fun of Nicolas Cage's oft-terrible career choices. In the bit, Cage's agent tries to trick his client into finally turning down a role by making up an impossibly unviable role, complete with "real, unsimulated sex with a dolphin." The kicker to this throwaway gag? "And it's not going to be shot on film, but on Fruit by the Foot!" That joke made us wonder: If Fruit by the Foot is the future of filmmaking, what's the future of watching movies going to be like? For answers, Vulture turned to some of our favorite science-fiction films to see »

- Simon Abrams

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Martin Campbell to Direct ‘Sebastian X’ for Nicolas Chartier, Gale Anne Hurd (Exclusive)

9 December 2014 6:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Voltage Films, Valhalla Motion Pictures and publisher Humanoids are teaming to adapt the graphic novel “Sebastian X” as a movie with Martin Campbell (“Casino Royale”) directing.

Voltage’s Nicolas Chartier and Craig J. Flores will produce alongside Valhalla’s Gale Anne Hurd and Humanoids’ Pierre Spengler and Fabrice Giger.

Bill Marsilii has been tapped to the write the screenplay. The graphic novel by Michelangelo La Neve centers on an elite cop who, after a near-fatal injury, is implanted with the memories of the world’s most notorious terrorist — Sebastian X — in order to infiltrate his group before their next attack.

Dominic Rustam and Babacar Diene are overseeing the project on behalf of Voltage with Phillip Kobylanski overseeing on the Valhalla side. Matthew Miller, Jason Miller and Bobby Sabelhaus are executive producing.

Voltage Pictures will handle worldwide distribution.

Voltage Films is finishing post-production on “Fathers and Daughters,” directed by Gabriele Muccino »

- Dave McNary

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Nicolas Cage in New Thriller – Dying of the Light

8 December 2014 7:24 PM, PST | Horror News | See recent Horror News news »

Nicolas Cage stars in the action-packed thriller Dying of the Light, arriving on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD February 17 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage (Best Actor in a Leading Role, Leaving Las Vegas, 1995) ignites a powder keg of action in the electrifying cloak-and-dagger thriller Dying of the Light, arriving on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD February 17th from Lionsgate … Continue reading → »


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Idris Elba Talks About His New Album, mi Mandela

8 December 2014 12:20 PM, PST | | See recent news »

You're probably familiar with Idris Elba, the actor. But are you familiar with Idris Elba the DJ? The guitarist? The house music buff? Elba, 42, just released his first album, mi Mandela, which he wrote and produced in collaboration with musicians from South Africa and the U.K. as a tribute to both Nelson Mandela and Elba's father, Winston. Recorded in Johannesburg, London and Mali by a cast of musicians that includes Mumford & Sons and James Blake, it's available now via Elba's label, 7wallace and Parlophone records. "I made this album to express how it was to play Nelson Mandela, because »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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Exclusive UK Quad For Nicolas Cage Thriller ‘Dying Of The Light’

8 December 2014 5:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The non-stop Nicolas Cage has teamed up with Taxi Driver scribe Paul Schrader, who here writes and directs, for the first thriller of 2015 when Dying Of The Light opens in the UK on 2nd January 2015 and we’ve got the UK exclusive Quad to share with you.

Cage takes on the role of Evan Lake, a desk-bound Langley CIA agent, forced into retirement by signs of early onset dementia. In that ‘one last job’ adage, he discovers that his former nemesis, Jihadist Muhhamed Banir (Alexander Karim), is not dead as assumed but alive and receiving experimental medical treatment. Even though this might be echoing Homeland for a few people, it still could be a decent thriller for Cage who recently found some of that historic form in The Frozen Ground.

Interestingly, this is also backed by Nicolas Winding Refn as an executive producer and so there’s a positive inkling »

- Dan Bullock

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Sequels abandoned after the film before them struggled

7 December 2014 12:00 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From Green Lantern 2 and Terminator: Salvation 2, to a Cat In The Hat sequel and Batman Triumphant: sequels killed by the earlier film...

Earlier this year, it was revealed that a sequel was in the early stages for the new Pierce Brosnan action thriller, The November Man. Remember it? Probably not: The November Man would go on to flop in the Us, grossing just $25m in the Us, and when it finally made it to British cinemas, it was released on just one screen (presumably to fill a contractual obligation somewhere along the line).

There's been no word yet on the fate of The November Man 2, but the outlook does not seem favourable. It wouldn't be the first time though that a sequel had been loudly mooted before even a first film was released, only to be quietly abandoned when something - usually related to box office takings - didn't go to plan. »

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‘Dying of the Light’ Review: Nicolas Cage Almost Saves This Mess

5 December 2014 3:00 PM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

With Taxi Driver, American Gigolo, The Last Temptation of Christ and more, screenwriter Paul Schrader is responsible for a handful of classics. As a director though, he hasn’t made a great film since 2002’s Auto Focus. His last directorial effort, The Canyons, wasn’t half as interesting as the gossip surrounding the project. The same can almost be said for his latest picture, Dying of the Light, a movie that was taken away from Schrader — scored, mixed, and re-cut without him. The troubled production is apparent in the final product. Written by Schrader, Dying of the Light is centered around a veteran CIA agent, Evan Lake (Nicolas Cage), who’s displeased with his current position. The former field operative wasn’t meant to be stuck in an office, but his superiors are wary of his obsession that began 22 years prior with Lake being tortured by a terrorist, Muhammad Banir (Alexander Karim). The terrorist is presumed dead »

- Jack Giroux

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Details Of What Was Reportedly Cut & Changed In Paul Schrader's 'Dying Of The Light' Revealed

5 December 2014 12:47 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Today, Paul Schrader's "The Dying Of The Light" opens in cinemas, but here's the thing — he doesn't want you to see it. He has claimed he was locked out of the editing room and unable to deliver the cut he wanted, yet the film is going out with Schrader's name but not his support. Is this a case of an auteur's vision being egregiously wrestled away from him or differences of opinion on details of structure and style? It would appear it's more the latter than the former. In their review of the film published today, Film Comment has the unique perspective of having seen both the released version of the movie and apparently Schrader's workprint cut. What of changes made? Well first, let's recap the basic premise: starring Nicolas Cage, Anton Yelchin and Irene Jacob, the film follows a veteran CIA agent Evan Lake, who is fighting dementia and is forced into retirement. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Dying of the Light | Review

5 December 2014 9:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Does Not Go Quietly: Schrader’s Latest Tampered Product

Veteran film director and screenwriter Paul Schrader just can’t seem to catch a break. Much like the fate of his 2003 Exorcist prequel, his latest directorial effort, Dying of the Light has also been reedited, scored and mixed without his approval, which led to a quiet movement of protest via social media where Schrader asked audiences to avoid this studio product, which also included the support of stars Nicolas Cage and Anton Yelchin. However, it’s just the kind of publicity that would perhaps enliven interest for a film that would otherwise have flown under the radar (and one thinks Cage should have asked audiences the same request of this year’s earlier release of Left Behind, instead). Rife with a series of awkward developments and bizarrely presented characters that are grimly determined to maintain an aura of stilted seriousness that »

- Nicholas Bell

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Film Review: ‘Dying of the Light’

5 December 2014 1:34 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Few filmmakers of late have seemed less willing to go gentle into that good night than Paul Schrader: No stranger to clashing with others over creative differences, the writer-director made headlines months ago by parting ways with the producers of “Dying of the Light,” his moody espionage thriller about a terminally ill CIA operative in pursuit of an old enemy, as well as a noble end to his three-decade career. The film maudit that has emerged bearing Schrader’s name — although edited without his input or approval, and disavowed by him and many of the key talents involved — is a weirdly misshapen, fitfully intriguing depiction of one man’s wayward quest for justice, plainly compromised in ways that only a director’s cut could properly illuminate. With even Nicolas Cage’s trademark bizarro tics straitjacketed by the editorial patch-up job, this fanfare-free Lionsgate release looks to fade much more »

- Justin Chang

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Exclusive Cool Video: Top 10 Craziest Nicolas Cage Moments!

4 December 2014 5:08 PM, PST | | See recent JoBlo news »

With a long and varied career, Nicolas Cage has given us a number of memorable performances, even taking home an Oscar for one of them. However, what comes to mind most often when referencing Nic Cage is the absolute batshit craziness that can spew from him at the turn of a dime. He can go from zero to nutso in a second and it almost always results in either intentional or unintentional hilarity - sometimes only Cage knows the truth. Be it spewing some tough guy lines usually reserved for »

- Paul Shirey

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Witherspoon’s ‘Wild’ Released Into Specialty Theaters This Weekend

4 December 2014 4:26 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Following the success of last year’s Dallas Buyers Club, director Jean-Marc Vallée returns with another high profile title and a big Hollywood star that should easily be this week’s Specialty Box Office go-getter, Wild. Starring Reese Witherspoon, who also produces with Bruna Papandrea under their Pacific Standard label, the Fox Searchlight title will open in a comparatively wider release by this weekend (it opened in NY and La Wednesday) than some of its more recent high-profile brethren including last week’s The Imitation Game or last month’s Foxcatcher. Liv Ullmann returns to the director’s chair after a long absence with her take on Strindberg’s Miss Julie with Jessica Chastain, Collin Farrell and Samantha Morton via Wrekin Hill Entertainment. IFC Films and Magnolia Pictures will each open features Comet and Life Partners respectively which have at their center two people in an intense relationship. And two »

- Brian Brooks

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'Dying of the Light' Clip Starring Nicolas Cage | Exclusive

4 December 2014 3:42 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With the release of Dying of the Light in theaters and on VOD coming up tomorrow, December 5, we have an exclusive clip featuring stars Nicolas Cage and Anton Yelchin, following our exclusive photos from last month. Nicolas Cage stars as Evan Lake, a veteran CIA agent who has been ordered to retire. But when his prot&#233g&#233 (Anton Yelchin) uncovers evidence that Lake's nemesis, the terrorist Banir (Alexander Karim), has resurfaced, Lake goes rogue, embarking on a perilous, intercontinental mission to eliminate his sworn enemy.

Written and directed by Paul Schrader, Dying of the Light also stars Alexander Karim, Ir&#232ne Jacob, Adetomiwa Edun, Aymen Hamdouchi, Claudius Peters and Robert G. Slade. This clip features Evan trying to work through the case in his head, as his young partner tries to help him with the logistics of planning this international mission into a dangerous land. Will they be able to pull off this seemingly-impossible operation? »

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18 Films to See in December

4 December 2014 10:00 AM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

What better way to close out a solid 2014 than with some amazing films? Coming up this month are films like “Selma,” the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic; new work from Tim Burton and Nicolas Cage; Reese Witherspoon in her most transformative role to date; a stage-to-screen adaptation of one of the theater’s most beloved composers and lyricists; and a contemporary reboot to a musical classic.  “Wild,” Dec. 3Starring Reese Witherspoon in her rawest role yet, “Wild” follows the story of the real-life Cheryl Strayed, who decides to hike on the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada when her life begins to fall apart. The film, directed by “Dallas Buyers Club” helmer Jean-Marc Vallée and based on Strayed’s memoir, sees Witherspoon (also a producer) thrust into the outdoors while audiences bear witness to the actor’s and character’s remarkable journey. Laura Dern plays a supporting role as Witherspoon’s mother. »

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