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Long before Zack Snyder resurrected Superman from the ashes for Man of Steel, Tim Burton came dangerously close to bringing his own spin on Kal-El for a project known as Superman Lives. One of the many drafts for Superman Lives was written by Dan Gilroy, a talented screenwriter who.s currently making the rounds promoting his directorial debut . the spectacular Nightcrawler. But what would his Superman story have been like? He finally explains. Dan Gilroy spoke about his draft for Superman Lives with IndieWire, and says that the major difference he would have brought to the story was "therapy." According to his take, Kal-El never tells his son, Jor-El, where he came from. So we have this man on Earth with superhuman powers (who would have been played by Nicolas Cage), but no idea where they came from. As Gilroy explains it: His biggest fear is that he's an alien. »
When you're in the mood for an action movie, Netflix has plenty to stream. Great, except that so many of their action titles are no-name, forgettable schlock. So we've done some of the heavy lifting by highlighting the best of the best currently available in the genre. Who do you want to see duke it out? Take your pick, from gangsters to gladiators, robots to ninjas, schoolkids to superheroes.
Cue that suiting-up pre-battle montage and start streaming, because here are some of the best action movies Netflix has to offer. (Availability subject to change.)
1. "13 Assassins" (2010) R
2. "48 Hrs."(1982) R
3. "Assault on Precinct 13" (1976) R
- Sharon Knolle
With movies like the revenge-via-circular-saw High Tension and the skin-shredding Piranha remake, director Alexandre Aja has memorably dunked his characters in the blood bucket. But Aja’s next project, an adaptation of The 9th Life of Louis Drax, is more a supernatural thriller than a blood-and-bones picture, and principal photography on the film has now begun.
“Vancouver and London, October 27, 2014 – Miramax, the global film and television producer and distributor, along with the film’s producers AntColony Films and Brightlight Pictures announced today the start of principal photography on the supernatural thriller The 9th Life of Louis Drax starring Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey, The Fall), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad, Need for Speed, Triple Nine) and Sarah Gadon (Dracula Untold, The Amazing Spider-man 2).
- Derek Anderson
Long gone are the days of a Nicolas Cage movie breaking $100 million at the box office. In fact, even when he tries to make a religious-themed movie like Left Behind that should cater to an audience thirsty for films in their spiritual wheelhouse, he still manages to barely register as a blip on the charts. Left Behind has grossed just $13 million domestically, still $3 million shy of it's $16 million budget. But, apparently the international grosses are making the movie worth the effort. »
- Alex Maidy
As silly as Tim Burton and Nicolas Cage's Superman Lives movie probably would have been, I still kind of wish we could have seen how is would have turned out, especially after everything I've learned about the production over the years. There's going to be a lot more to learn about it in a documentary currently in development called The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? wihch is being made by filmmaker Jon Schnepp. You can watch the trailer for that here.
We don't have to wait for that to be released to be filled in on some additional information about the film though. Movies.com talked to one of the screenwriters who worked on Superman Lives, Dan Gilroy, who recently wrote the script for the upcoming film Nightcrawler. During the interview, the writer was asked about his favorite script that he worked on that never made it to the screen, »
- Joey Paur
Cloaked in hooded robes, hell-bent on destruction and ready to sacrifice innocents to please their master- worshipers of the Devil are an easy bunch to stereotype in popular portrayals. Ranked from worst to best, the extent to which they work with or against cliché and manage to be entertaining on film is profiled in the following list. This discussion does contain some spoilers!
The Last Exorcism (2010)
The Last Exorcism builds upon the skepticism of its main character, a man who performs exorcisms to give religious zealots peace of mind and as a social service to prevent any real harm to people accused of being possessed. The alleged possession and abuse of a timid country girl occupies most of the film, with a cult showing up in its final frenzied moments. Keeping the characters involved with this cult a secret, it can still be said »
- Lane Scarberry
These so-bad-they're-great horror movies are perfect for gorehounds and comedy fans.
Halloween is arguably the greatest of all holidays. First off, as an adult, Halloween is the perfect excuse to marathon-watch the scariest, goriest, most pants-soiling horror movies available. Secondly, adults can buy their own candy, and none of it will be an eraser, gum or three dirty pennies.
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But what if you don't like being scared, and would rather watch a violent, gory scream-fest that makes you laugh? Well, you might be a crazy serial killer, in which case, we can't help you. But if that's not the case, check out our list of 13 awful horror movies that are so wonderfully terrible you can't help but love them.
13. Jason X
The legendary Friday The 13th franchise follows -- for the most part -- an unstoppable killer named Jason who uses a machete to murder sexy teens while wearing »
Okay, if Doctor Who will insist on hanging around 21st-century Earth, and will insist on putting the planet and human civilization in mortal danger, and will insist on having the Doctor “explain” that even though we’ve seen lots of futures for humans and Earth it really is all going to end now, Doctor Who is actually going to have to follow through on destroying — or at least badly damaging — Earth and human civilization and the show’s pre-established timelines at some point if we’re going to feel the slightest bit of threat when a planet- and civilization-threatening menace pops up like this.
What we have here is basically the same overall idea that “Kill the Moon” hoped to make us feel suspense over: “Ooo, Earth might really be in danger this time!… Oh no, false alarm, it’s fine.” You might get away with that once, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
A few years ago, hot off the back of Bronson and Valhalla Rising, Nicolas Winding Refn was in Hollywood developing a film with Harrison Ford. Disagreements over the ending meant neither Ford nor Winding Refn remained attached the film. The upside was that Ford gave the Dane some very strong pills for the flu he was suffering from. While under the influence of these tablets, he had a meeting with the star of The Notebook and Lars and the Real Girl, and because he was not firing on all cylinders, he ended the meeting early and asked the actor to drive him home. Flicking through radio stations on the drive back to his hotel, Winding Refn said that this is what he wanted to make a film about; a guy driving round La listening to electropop. »
- Oliver Davis
Directed by Stiles White.
A group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board.
What else can be said about the current state of mainstream that hasn’t already been said? You can probably copy and paste the majority of my review for Annabelle into this one for Ouija and my work would be done. The only thing setting Ouija apart from other horror films is the fact that it is based on the board game made popular by Hasbro; and I don’t know about you, but personally I find it depressing that Hollywood is now turning them into movies. Battleship was a piece of garbage, but hey, it made money, so who gives a s***. Sadly, Ouija will probably be »
- Robert Kojder
As many of you are no doubt aware, Tim Burton was set to foll0w-up his two Batman movies in the mid-90s with a reboot of the Superman franchise entitled Superman Lives, which would have seen Nicolas Cage starring as the Man of Steel. Burton spent several years – and a fortune of Warner Bros.’ money – developing the movie before it was abandoned, and now screenwriter Dan Gilroy has spoken about his work on the project during a promotional interview for his directorial debut Nightcrawler.
“I spent a year working with Tim Burton on his Superman Lives movie and the day they pulled the plug on that was very, very disappointing. It was disappointing for all of us: for me, for Tim, for Nic Cage, for Jon Peters. We were very far along and Warner Bros. had gone through a cycle where nothing they were making was connecting and they »
- Gary Collinson
Tim Burton's Superman Lives is one of the great "What Ifs" of film history. While today the concept of Tim Burton directing a Superman movie starring Nicolas Cage seems insane, keep in mind that around the time the movie was planning to shoot in 1998, Burton hadn't descended into self-parody and Cage was riding a wave of action film hits (The Rock, Con Air, and Face/Off) following his 1995 Oscar for Best Actor. Also, the superhero movie landscape was very different, and while a film like Batman Forever would be soundly rejected today, it was the 2nd-highest grossing film of 1995. We've seen costume sculpts, screen tests, and concept art for the toys, and there's even a documentary, The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, on the way. Now, with his excellent debut feature Nightcrawler opening October 31st, we got to speak with writer-director Dan Gilroy, who was the screenwriter on Superman Lives. »
- Matt Goldberg
By now many of you are well aware, filmmaker Jon Schnepp is currently working on his Kickstarter-funded documentary, "The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?", which focuses on Tim Burton's Superman movie that was close to being made in the '90s that would've starred Nicolas Cage ("Left Behind"). When the project first began, even before Tim Burton ("Big Eyes") was involved, Kevin Smith ("Clerks") wrote the first draft, but when Burton signed on he ditched it. During the long process of making Superman Lives Burton brought in screenwriter Wesley Strick to write his vision and then later on Warner Bros. hired screenwriter Dan Gilroy to rework the script so that the budget could be more manageable. Movies.com recently chatted with Gilroy about that film. Movies.com: Is there a favorite script of yours that never came to be? Gilroy: I had some pretty high-profile ones. You know, »
[Dan Gilroy directing on the set of Nightcrawler] In the late '90s, Warner Bros. was very keen to make a new Superman movie. An up-and-coming screenwriter named Dan Gilroy, whose big calling card at the time was the 1992 sci-fi movie Freejack, was hired to write a script that would be directed by Tim Burton and would star Nicolas Cage as the Man of Steel. It was a dream job for Gilroy and he spent a year pouring everything he had into the movie, right on up to the moment that Warner Bros. pulled the plug on the whole thing. A decade-and-a-half later, Gilroy has made his directorial debut with the truly fantastic thriller Nightcrawler, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as an ambitious but disturbed man named Lou who takes on a rather grizzly line of work that involves filming...
- Peter Hall
It’s the rare Hasbro/Michael Bay production that may actually dissuade audiences from buying the product it’s selling, but aside from that rather charming distinction, “Ouija” is fairly routine stuff. A tale of two teenage sisters, their very expendable friends and the creepy board game that just won’t leave them alone, this silly but straight-faced supernatural thriller manages to elicit an occasional shudder in between cheap jolts and false scares, emerging as a feat of competent direction (by debuting helmer Stiles White) over derivative scripting (by White and writing partner Juliet Snowden). Friendly box office spirits are already smiling upon Universal’s Oct. 24 release, and should continue to hover at least through Halloween weekend.
“Calm down, it’s only a game,” whispers young Debbie (Claire Beale) as she introduces her terrified friend, Laine (Afra Tully), to the mysteries of Ouija, using a heart-shaped planchette and an ornate »
- Justin Chang
IFC Films is taking U.S. rights to Manglehorn, the Al Pacino starrer helmed by David Gordon Green that premiered last month in Venice and Toronto. Pacino stars along with Holly Hunter, Harmony Korine, and Chris Messina in the drama about a reclusive small town locksmith (Pacino) torn between mourning the love of his life and moving on via a new cautious friendship with a local woman.
Manglehorn was one of the hot titles left unbought at the close of Tiff, where CAA was repping sales. The Worldview Entertainment and Dreambridge Films production is produced by Green, Lisa Muskat, and Derrick Tseng and executive produced by Melissa Coolidge, Brad Coolidge, Todd J. Labarowski, Danny McBride and Jody Hill.
Green, who’s known to veer between character-driven dramas (All The Real Girls, George Washington) and lower-brow comedies (Pineapple Express, Your Highness, The Sitter), most recently directed the indie dramedy Prince Avalanche »
- Jen Yamato
It is seldom that the director, actors, and executive producer of a film beg the public to refuse to go see their movie. But in the case of Dying of the Light, this is neither a publicity stunt nor a weird request: Paul Schrader, Nicolas Cage, Anton Yelchin, and Nicolas Winding Refn have an apparently good reason for wishing audiences to boycott their latest film.
According to a recent Facebook post by Dying of the Light helmer Paul Schrader, the film was “taken away from me, edited, scored, and mixed” without the director’s input. This has resulted in Schrader, Cage, Yelchin, and Winding Refn deciding to make their annoyance known, down to wearing “non-disparagement” t-shirts that indicate they’re not allowed to say anything against the film.
The producer, Gary Hirsch, has claimed that the film was taken away from Schrader after he refused to make what were considered »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Manuel here bringing you what’s surely the weirdest buzz surrounding an upcoming project you didn’t know existed.
Paul Schrader’s (or rather, not-Schrader’s) new film Dying of the Light, set to open this December, is currently embroiled in one of the oddest bits of director/producer spats we’ve seen in a while. While the pic got a new trailer this week, Schrader, along with co-stars Nicolas Cage and Anton Yelchin (as well as exec producer Nicolas Winding Refn) has begun a tacit non-disparaging disparaging campaign against the film itself. In Schrader’s own words:
We lost the battle. Dying of the Light, a film I wrote and directed, was taken away from me, redited, scored and mixed without my imput. Yesterday Grindstone (a division of Lionsgate) released the poster and the trailer. They are available on line. Here we are, Nick Cage, Anton Yelchin, Nic Refn and myself, »
- Manuel Betancourt
Nicolas Cage has been, on average, in three movies a year over the last decade, espionage thriller Dying of the Light is just one of them and I bet you already know exactly what it’s going to be about. If you answered “veteran CIA agent suffering of dementia is forced to retire”, then you must […]
Paul Schrader, the Taxi Driver screenwriter and director of last year's Lindsey Lohan un-comeback The Canyons, has lost his battle to release his version of Dying of the Light. A trailer for the action thriller—which stars Nicolas Cage as a CIA veteran who's diagnosed with dementia but remains determined to hunt down the terrorist he thought he'd killed years ago—debuted on Wednesday, and it's officially slated for release on Dec. 5. The trailer proudly advertises itself as a Paul Schrader film, but he claims that the producers took the film away from him during the editing process. Despite being »
- Jeff Labrecque
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