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We don't know the ins and outs of his contract with the producers, but it seems that Paul Schrader is skirting the line of not disparaging "Dying Of The Light." As you might recall, the director contends that the film was taken away from him and re-edited, leading to Schrader, producer Nicolas Winding Refn, and stars Nicolas Cage and Anton Yelchin to boycoot the film. But the terms of their contract state they can't bad mouth the movie, so they've found a way around it with some clever t-shirts. But speaking with Slate, the filmmaker didn't talk about the movie exactly, so much as the folks behind it, and his words are fairly candid. "I fell in with some bad people. It happens. Because film directors are such personalities, you think, 'Put me in the cage with the lions. I know how to treat the lions. I’ll have them all sitting on their stools. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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
Angelina Jolie’s penetrating eyes are filling with tears. “I don’t want to cry, and I’m not going to cry in front of you,” she vows, quickly regaining her composure.
Zamperini, a former Olympic runner, was on a World War II search-and-rescue mission when his plane went down in the Pacific. He was lost at sea for 47 days before being sent to a Japanese prison camp. Over his two years there, he was starved, beaten and faced an adversary known as the Bird — a Japanese officer named Mutsuhiro Watanabe, who singled him out for torture. Zamperini returned home a haunted man, but overcame alcoholism to become an inspirational speaker. His life was »
- Jenelle Riley
Arnold Schwarzenegger treated fans to a very special Q&A session in London last night (November 15).
The true Hollywood heavyweight answered questions from Jonathan Ross at the Lancaster London Hotel for 'An Evening With...', in which he discussed his careers in bodybuilding, movies and politics.
Arnie was on top form as he spoke passionately about Terminator, his unsupportive father, crashing tanks and Nicolas Cage nicking his roles. Digital Spy presents just eight of the evening's highlights.
1. He was quite clumsy in the military
"I was 18 years old and suddenly I was responsible for this 15-tonne tank. I was checking my gauges, and all of a sudden the tank was shaking, and I thought, 'What the hell is going on? This engine isn't running very well'. I totally forgot that the gear was in reverse and the tank was slowly going backwards, through the walls, and pipes were bursting and people were running! »
Lionsgate is set to debut the new thriller Dying of the Light in theaters and On Demand December 5. In anticipation of this release, we have a series of exclusive photos featuring the film's two leads, Nicolas Cage and Anton Yelchin.
Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage ignites a powder keg of action in this electrifying cloak-and-dagger thriller. He stars as Evan Lake, a veteran CIA agent, has been ordered to retire. But when his protégé (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.
Exclusive: Benelux distributor inks string of hot titles.
Fledgling Benelux distributor Remain in Light has secured a string of hot titles from the American Film Market.
The all-rights acquisitions include Fortitude duo The Runner, starring Nicolas Cage as an idealistic but flawed politician who is forced to confront his dysfunctional life after his career is destroyed in a sex scandal, and James Ponsoldt drama The End of the Tour, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel in the story of a magazine reporter who recounts his travels and conversations with iconic author David Foster Wallace.
Also new to the slate is Joshua Marston’s buzzed-about untitled drama with Michael Shannon and Rachel Weisz from Protagonist, and Jean Marc Vallee’s anticipated comedy-drama Demolition with Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts from Sierra/Affinity.
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
In the newly released poster for Insurgent, we see a brave, stoic Shailene Woodley standing on top of a cube-shaped building which is on fire. It's also floating in mid-air through the middle of a post-apocalyptic cityscape, but that's beside the point.
While admittedly the poster is a bit surreal and a tad confusing (although, a lot is explained by Insurgent's teaser trailer… sort of), what really seems to set the tone is the blazing inferno raging beneath Woodley's feet, pouring out of the windows.
It's almost as if the poster designers were worried that the strange image of a warrior woman on a floating building wouldn't be eye-catching enough. However, like sex and the color red, fire is used all the time by poster designers for a whole multitude of reasons – and with an equally large variety of insane results.
Photos: Summer Movies: The 10 Best Posters -- and Why!
Sometimes, the fire »
It’s the film that the director, stars, and executive producer do not want you to see, but that’s not going to stop the studio marketing machine from showing us clips, posters, and trailers for Paul Schrader’s CIA thriller Dying of the Light.
Protests from the director and stars Nicolas Cage and Anton Yelchin are due to the producers taking over the film after Schrader offered a less than stellar cut – and although they are required by their contracts to not disparage the film, they have nonetheless made their objections very known. Though what the public sees will unlikely be Schrader’s cut, we are still going to see something – and the first clip gives us a bit of a taste.
Nicolas Cage is Lake, a veteran CIA operative who has been forced to retire, an event we catch our first glimpse of in this clip. When his »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
The poster touts “from the writer of ‘Taxi Driver’ and co-writer of ‘Raging Bull’,” but in case you haven’t paid attention, director Paul Schrader —who the poster is referring to— does not want you to see his latest movie “Dying Of The Light.” Its stars Nicolas Cage and Anton Yelchin don’t really want you to see it either, nor does the executive producer filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn. Why? In short, the producers on the film took the film away from Schrader; at least he alleges as much. Their take is that Schrader quit after they asked for certain changes, whereas he contends he was forced out of the editing room and the producers took over. Schrader, Cage, Refn and Yelchin then took to Facebook to mount a silent protest. Under the terms of their contract, they are not allowed to disparage the film or the producers. So instead, »
- Edward Davis
The Santa Clause is 20 years old today—and while the series spawned a trilogy of family-friendly holiday films, we can't forget the franchise's dark origins. Tim Allen's Scott Calvin becomes Santa Claus by accidentally causing the original St. Nick to fall to his doom. Sure, the film pushes a "seeing is believing" message and includes plenty of warm and fuzzy holiday cheer—but it still starts off with the death of Santa Claus. The Santa Clause isn't the only movie to put a dark spin on the holiday season; there's a long and storied cinematic history of strange, bleak, »
- Jonathon Dornbush
Highland Film Group today announced the closing of major territory sales, including: Us, UK, France, Australia and more, on Brian K. Roberts’ Christmas heart-warmer Shelby, starring Chevy Chase (Caddyshack, Community), John Paul Ruttan (Robocop), Tom Arnold (True Lies), and the vocal talents of Rob Schneider (Grown Ups) as the mischievous dog.
The U.S. rights have been acquired by Starz Media with home video distribution via Anchor Bay Entertainment. In addition to the following territories and respective distributors have been secured: Signature Entertainment in the UK; Jigsaw in Australia/New Zealand; Just Bridge in Benelux; Zylo in France; Falcon in the Middle East; TV Joj in Slovakia; Fox Asia for PanAsia TV; Padora in Ex Yugo; and Profile Media in Turkey.
Shelby is an uplifting Christmas tale of a down-on-his-luck orphaned dog (voiced by Schneider), who escapes from the local pound and finds himself in the home of a young »
- Michelle McCue
This Tuesday on The Flash (The CW, 8/7c), Barry and the S.T.A.R. Labs team meet Bette Sans Souci, a metahuman who is not innately villainous, but whose “explosive” talent is at risk of being weaponized by the very military she once served.
Explaining her character’s origin, Kelly Frye (Rake, The Mentalist) tells TVLine, “Bette was in Iraq defusing roadside bombs when an explosion left shrapnel inside her body.” The war vet was then transported back to the States… just as S.T.A.R. Labs’ particle accelerator began accidentally (?) going haywire. As a result, “The same »
The American Film Market is currently underway, which means production companies and filmmakers are seeking financing for projects or trying to sell international rights for finished films. Promotion artwork can help them do that, although I'm not sure how much this Dragon Blade poster will accomplish. We saw some more neutral posters last week for the film, which is about "a missing legion of Roman soldiers that traveled into China in 48 B.C." Those posters did not show us John Cusack dressed as a Roman soldier. I have trouble buying Cusack as anyone who lived before 1980, and I also have trouble understanding why he continues to take such laughable roles. His presence in schlock has become almost as ubiquitous as Nicolas Cage, but without the charming insanity. It's a shame because Cusack can still do good work when he tries such as his recent performance as Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy. »
- Matt Goldberg
Saban Capital Group just announced that it acquired North American distribution rights to Nicolas Cage's upcoming "The Trust" crime thriller, which is currently in pre-production. Plot: The story centers on two crooked cops who discover a hidden safe, the contents of which will lead them down a deadly road of corruption. With each shocking twist, and every deadly turn, the pair are left fighting for their lives, with no one left to trust. Not even themselves. "The script for 'The Trust' was incredibly captivating and tells such a riveting story," said Saban. "Audiences everywhere will love Nicolas Cage in this role and it's a great addition to the Saban Films portfolio." The plan is to soon begin filming shooting in Las Vegas and have the film in theaters in 2015. »
Smit-McPhee plays an emotionally troubled boy whose connections with a mysterious kid (Ross) and a fellow patient of his shrink’s (Fuhrman) help him wrestle with the death of his father.
The story follows around two jaded crusaders who wander east, »
- Garth Franklin
China’s Huace Media group and Arclight’s Easternlight division have partnered up on the latest major East-West co-production “Lights Out.”
To be directed by Xavier Gens, it’s an action picture about a young blind girl who hits back at a group of Russian gangsters who have killed her father and invaded her home.
Casting is under way and a leading Chinese actress is expected to be hired as the star. “It is a unique role that shows how a blind character is able to use her heightened senses to become a hero,” Gens said.
Huace is packaging alongside Easternlight, “This is the beginning of a longstanding relationship between Easternlight and Huace,” said Ying Ye, m.d. of Easternlight. Established nearly a decade ago, Huace has grown to become one of China’s largest TV producers and is listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.
As part of its expansion »
- Patrick Frater
Who got signed, promoted, hired or fired? The Hollywood Reporter’s Rep Sheet rounds up the week in representation news. To submit announcements for consideration, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. A post-Resolution resurrection The Walking Dead alum Sarah Wayne Callies has signed with ICM. She was previously at Resolution, where she was repped by Joey Stanton, who joined CAA earlier this week. Callies recently starred in Warner Bros.’ tornado pic Into the Storm and is shooting Voltage thriller Pay the Ghost opposite Nicolas Cage. The former Prison Break star also landed the female lead in USA’s Carlton Cuse alien drama
- Rebecca Sun
No one quite mixes drama and comedy in quite the same thick black concoction as John Michael McDonagh, so we'll be watching whatever "The Guard" and "Calvary" writer/director does next. Which will be "War On Everyone," which now has Garrett Hedlund and Michael Pena slated to star (no word yet on Guy Pearce, who was also in talks at one point but we presume he's moved on). The film will follow "two corrupt cops in New Mexico who frequently blackmail criminals. They run into trouble when they take on an outlaw more dangerous than they are." That sounds great to us, and cameras will roll next spring in New Mexico. [Screen Daily] Speaking of movies about pairs of corrupt boys in blue, Nicolas Cage is making another probably mediocre movie: this time it's called "The Trust." Ben Brewer and Adam Hirsch co-wrote and will co-direct a story about "two crooked cops who discover a hidden safe, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
At the American Film Market (Afm), Midnight Kitchen Productions is promoting its upcoming "Pay the Ghost" supernatural thriller, starring Nicolas Cage. And now, we have a photo of the poster. Check it out below. Plot: The story starts on Halloween night, when a couple's young son is mysteriously abducted. A year later, they begin to sense his presence in frightening ways. A string of terrifying clues draws them to search for the boy throughout New York, where they uncover ancient secrets and discover a vicious, vengeful spirit. The new movie is directed by Uli Edel and co-stars Sarah Wayne Callies ("The Walking Dead") and Lyriq Bent (Saw). It's currently in post-production. Poster: (click to enlarge) »
Haim Saban, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Saban Capital Group, Inc. ("Scg"), announced today that the company has acquired the North American distribution rights to the crime thriller The Trust starring Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage.
The Trust centers on two crooked cops who discover a hidden safe, the contents of which will lead them down a deadly road of corruption.  With each shocking twist, and every deadly turn, the pair are left fighting for their lives, with no one left to trust. Not even themselves.
Said Saban President Bill Bromiley:
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