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So as promised I watched the first episode of From Dusk Till Dawn the series and….pretty damn good actually. It starts off with a scene that will come to mean more as the series wears on and which calls back to the second straight to DVD From Dusk Till Dawn sequel Hangman’s Daughter which dealt with the origins of Salma Hayek’s Santanico Pandemonium head vampire character. After this we are back in sort of familiar territory with Don Johnson playing a suitably grizzled and weary Texas Ranger Earl McGraw on the look out for the Gecko Brothers who are on the lam and headed for Mexico.
Basically when it comes down to it, From Dusk Till Dawn is like a faithful adaptation of the original novel that the first film was based on if that were the case and it wasn’t an early Tarantino script. So »
- Chris Holt
While speaking to an audience of journalists, Nicolas Cage said that "it really sucks to be famous right now," referring to how some critics tend to review his films not based on the quality of the film, but on his personal life. "The critic who reviewed 'Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call . New Orleans,' incorporated how many homes I bought or sold into the review," he said. "What the hell does Lindsay Lohan's personal life have to do with her performance in 'The Canyons'? It should always be about the work itself. In my opinion, I don't want to see personal aspects of someone's life eclipse [their] work." Cage continued: "I started acting because I wanted to be James Dean. I saw him in 'Rebel Without a Cause,' 'East of Eden.' Nothing affected me . no rock song, no classical music . the way Dean affected in 'Eden. »
For this week’s random assortment of Thinking Out Loud ideas, I wanted to start by focusing in on the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII casting rumors briefly. Specifically, how J.J. Abrams and company have recently seemed to be honing in on Oscar nominees and winners for the cast. I’ll have some other small things below as well, but that’s the main bent that the column will have today. Anyway, let’s get started! -Star Wars loves awards darlings, that much seems to be true. Just look at the names being mentioned for roles in the sequel…Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Saoirse Ronan to name a few. What do all of them have in common? With the exception of Cumberbatch and Jordan, they’re all Oscar nominees, and in the case of Nyong’o, she’s »
- Joey Magidson
Between the craziness that is SXSW and a bunch of other great news items, this week has been pretty eventful. Nicolas Cage and Tilda Swinton, two of Hollywood's most bizarre stars, spoke at SXSW. David Gordon Green called Cage "mysterious and magical" and Swinton spoke of the power of film. Lean Dunham also spoke, recalling her journey, crediting SXSW where her film "Tiny Furniture" first showed, and the need for change in the industry in regards to women. Outside of SXSW, a new trailer for the fourth season of "Game of Thrones" arrived and it looks just as good as ever. Director Robert Rodriguez also announced that he's getting rid of executives, revolutionizing television. Take a look at all of these stories and more below as we take a look at the ten most viewed news, interviews, and features from this week at Indiewire: 1. Here Are the Best Things Nicolas Cage »
- Eric Eidelstein
After starring in critically acclaimed indies like Mud with Matthew McConaughey and Joe with Nicolas Cage, young actor Tye Sheridan is getting a big studio movie of his own. THR reports the breakout star will take the lead role in Scouts vs. Zombies, the horror comedy taken over by Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones director Christopher Landon last fall. The film follows three high school Boy Scouts who must use their skills to fight off zombies after their small town begins getting ravaged by the undead. But there's also a great coming-of-age angle, so this isn't a weak version of Shaun of the Dead with some boy scouts. Sheridan's character is a budding honors student who is handsome and athletic but doesn't know it yet, as he is shy to talk to the girl he likes. Surely his bravery in facing zombies will help bring out his confidence. The original »
- Ethan Anderton
The company is keen to adapt feature films such as the 1973 horror movie for the small screen, after being acquired by Studio Canal last year.
"This is one part of a fairly substantial expansion ambition that we have while keeping our domestic projects going."
The movie gained a cult following after its release in the '70s and spawned a 2006 remake starring Nicolas Cage. »
Nicolas Cage has become notorious in recent years for his oddball behavior both on and off the screen, but his latest interaction with a fan proves that behind that bizarre nature lies a big heart.
A Reddit user who attended a panel at SXSW honoring Cage's film career recounted a touching story about the actor, who spent 40 minutes answering fan questions -- far longer than the standard 15 -- once the session had wrapped. While Cage was "interesting, candid, and extremely kind to everyone who asked a question," wrote Redditor TheFanslator, it was the actor's response to one fan in particular that stood out.
"Nearing the end of the session, a woman stepped up to the microphone and said that she was one of his biggest fans," TheFanslator wrote. "She said she purchased every version of all of his movies whenever they came out. She even said she missed her flight »
- Katie Roberts
Joshua Budich’s “Time Is A Flat Circle” illustrated poster for True Detective.
Creator Nic Pizzolatto on happy endings, season 2, and the future of Cohle and Hart:
“True Detective wrapped its celebrated, intensely parsed first season last night with a finale that has invited a wide variety of reactions. Your opinion might hinge on whether or not you found the revelation of The Yellow King — Errol Childress, aka The Lawnmower Man — and his evil to be interesting and a surprisingly uplifting, optimistic ending for Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson) to be the correct call for the series. The man behind the madness stands behind his choices, although the writer (best known before this for the crime novel Galveston) sounds a bit relieved that the roller coaster ride of his first major work for television has reached its conclusion. ”Our long national nightmare is over!” laughs Nic Pizzolatto, »
Nicolas Cage has said that it "sucks" to be famous.
The 50-year-old actor has also hit out at celebrities who are "famous for famous's sake".
Speaking at SXSW, Cage said that he wanted to be an actor after seeing James Dean in Eden.
"It blew my mind. I was like, 'That's what I want to do'," explained the star. "This was before everyone had a thing called a smartphone, and before the advent of the celebutard - just being famous for famous's sake.
"I'm not complaining, but it really sucks to be famous right now."
Cage, who recently said that he didn't regret his movie role choices, added: "Now even the art of film criticism… now in the La Times, the critic who reviewed Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans incorporated how many homes I bought or sold into the review.
"What the hell does Lindsay Lohan's personal »
Editor’s note: Our review of Joe originally ran during last year’s Tiff, but we’re re-posting it for its SXSW premiere. Our long national nightmare is finally over – director David Gordon Green has returned to making the types of films that put the indie filmmaker on the map in the early aughts with his Joe. Combined with this year’s earlier effort, the drily amusing Prince Avalanche, Green has successfully managed to put the memory of his broad comedy busts like The Sitter and Your Highness behind him, and fans of vintage Green should be quite satisfied with his latest Southern gothic. Starring Nicolas Cage as the eponymous Joe, an ex-con who makes his living by poisoning whole forests so that they can be deemed sick and subsequently be cleared for the replanting of heartier, more sellable trees. Joe employs a large crew of locals, all of whom seem to like him very much, and »
- Kate Erbland
My SXSW Film schedule has kept me moving around a lot more this year than usual. My first day involved a trip to Austin Convention Center for check-in, then to the Mondo Gallery for their Disney exhibition "Nothing's Impossible," back downtown for interviews with the cast of Premature, and then across the river to shoot red-carpet photos for Bad Words.
I thought it would be a good time to try out Car2Go, so I found one of their ubiquitous little cars and checked in for my very first trip. Unfortunately, I found out the hard way that when downtown during the fest, you can save a lot of money and shave off a lot of time by walking a couple of extra blocks instead of grabbing the nearest Car2Go. I managed to land in a one-way traffic hell as I was forced to circle the convention center garage »
- Mike Saulters
In introducing his "Joe" star Nicolas Cage to the stage at a SXSW panel held in the actor's honor, director David Grodon Green called the Oscar-winner a "mysterious and magical man." His words couldn't have been more apt. Over the course of the hour-long "fireside chit-chat" (per Green), the idiosyncratic icon did not disappoint, answering every question posed by Green and his well-prepared fanbase in attendance with a mix of gusto and humility. He even at one point offered to buy a fan a flight home after learning that she had missed hers to make his talk. The highlights gleamed from the conversation are a must-read for any Cage fan. Below he talks about a crazy day out with old bud Johnny Depp, reveals what his two favorite roles are (the answer is sure to surprise you), explains why it "sucks to be famous right now," and much, much more. »
- Nigel M Smith
Title: Joe Directed By: David Gordon Green Starring: Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Gary Poulter, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Adriene Mishler, Sue Rock Screened at SXSW 2014 “Joe” may not be a particularly pleasurable watch, but David Gordon Green certainly earns your time, attention and emotion by constructing a palpable reality with two thoughtful characters at its core. We begin with Gary (Tye Sheridan), a 15-year-old kid stuck living alongside his abusive drunk of a father, Wade (Gary Poulter). They’ve got a roof over their heads but only because they pulled the boards off a condemned house. Even though Gary seems to have a good head on his shoulders and the drive [ Read More ]
The post SXSW 2014: Joe Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Perri Nemiroff
Michael McIntyre made his chatshow debut on BBC1 last night, scampering around and breaking the fourth wall – but he still respected the golden rules of presenting. So what makes a truly great host?
Michael McIntyre made his hosting debut with The Michael McIntyre Chat Show on BBC One last night, and he didn't suck. I'm not a fan of his standup, and I expected his excitable squeaking and faux-confusion about daily life to be at odds with the cool, calm control needed to front one of these shows. But somehow, appearing like a kid let loose in his dad's workplace, he made it work, and checked off many of the following rules for successful chatshow presenting.
Don't be the star
Arguably the best example of a UK chatsmith is Michael Parkinson. For decades, Parky was shorthand for an unruffled command of chat and a firm hand on the tiller; a »
- Julia Raeside
Actor bemoans era of the 'celebutard' and slams critics for focusing on actors' personal lives instead of their acting
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Nicolas Cage has said film critics must try harder to ignore an actor's fame when reviewing movies, or risk contributing to a culture where artists are known only for their celebrity and not their work in front of the camera.
Speaking at the SXSW festival in Austin, Cage lamented his own notoriety and the way it affected how his films are perceived. The actors who inspired him to learn his art, he suggested, didn't face the same indignity.
"I started acting because I wanted to be James Dean," Cage told an audience of journalists. "I saw him in Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden. Nothing affected me – no rock song, no classical music – the way Dean affected in 'Eden'. »
- Ben Child
During the hour-long session, Cage talked about how his desire to become an actor stemmed from watching James Dean in “East of Eden” and “Rebel Without a Cause.” He then proceeded to discuss eloquently how film criticism has deteriorated and why it “sucks to be famous” nowadays.
Here are his quotes in full from the interactive festival:
“I started acting because I wanted to be James Dean. I saw him in “Rebel Without a Cause,” “East of Eden.” Nothing affected me — no rock song, no classical music — the way Dean affected in “Eden.” It blew my mind. I was like, “That’s what I want to do.” This was before everyone had a thing called a Smartphone, and before »
- Francesca Bacardi
A gripping mix of friendship, violence and redemption erupts in the contemporary South in this adaptation of Larry Brown's novel, celebrated at once for its grit and its deeply moving core. Directed by David Gordon Green (Prince Avalanche, Pineapple Express, Undertow, All The Real Girls), the film brings Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage back to his indie roots in the title role as the hard-living, hot-tempered, ex-con Joe Ransom, who is just trying to dodge his instincts for trouble – until he meets a hard-luck kid played by Tye Sheridan (Mud, Tree Of Life) who awakens in him a fierce and tender-hearted protector. From a screenplay by Gary Hawkins (The Rough South Of Larry Brown), Joe is based on the novel by the late Larry Brown (Big Bad Love, Facing the Moon), the former Mississippi firefighter renowned for his powerful, gothic storytelling and universal themes of honor, desperation and moral rectitude. »
- Dave Campbell
Nicolas Cage made an appearance at SXSW today for an hour-long discussion moderated by his "Joe" writer-director David Gordon Green, and as expected from an actor as idiosyncratic as the Oscar-winner, the talk didn't disappoint. We'll be publishing a full run-down of the lively event shortly, but wanted to share this quote first. In it, Cage rails eloquently about why it "sucks to be famous right now," and how film criticism is negatively affected by our society's fixation with celebrities. Below is the full quote from Cage: I started acting because I wanted to be James Dean. I saw him in "Rebel Without a Cause," "East of Eden." Nothing affected me -- no rock song, no classical music -- the way Dean affected in "Eden." It blew my mind. I was like, "That's what I want to do." This was before everyone had a thing called a Smartphone, and before »
- Nigel M Smith
When it comes to scary, it’s not the monsters or ghosts that do it for me. The most terrifying thing is an individual who can convince an entire group of people to follow one belief. Even more terrifying than the leader are the people within the group, whose views are so extreme that they are willing to do whatever it takes to fulfill a prophecy. Recently, cults have made their way back onto our screens with the hit HBO series True Detective and the upcoming Ti West horror feature The Sacrament. In honor of my cult fascination, I take a look at some of the creepiest cults in the horror genre, and learn that evil always prevails. To the Devil…a Daughter (1976) When a father is trying to save his daughter from Satanists, naturally he would seek help from a writer who specializes in the occult. Author John Verney »
- Amanda Tullos
Perhaps the only news of note this week is that in a move echoing what they did with Breaking Bad, Netflix has swooped in and gained rights to the TV series of From Dusk Til Dawn made in the states for Robert Rodriguez’s new El Rey network cable channel. Netflix will stream the episodes the day after they air in the states every week, curiously they are still billing this as ‘A Netflix Original’ when this isn’t the case necessarily. I have no idea as to the quality of this, the film From Dusk Til Dawn was one of my favourites when I was a teenager but how you drag that out into a ten part TV show I don’t know, let alone a possible second series. I watched the trailer and it looks solid and well-made as opposed to a cheap cash in and features Don Johnson »
- Chris Holt
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