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Undoubtedly one of the biggest -- and unique -- actors of his generation, Nicolas Cage got his start in 1982's "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" in a part so small if you blink you'd miss it. Then, after changing his name from Coppola to Cage, the actor's career took off and he's been a leading man ever since.
This week, Cage stars in David Gordon Green's "Joe," as a hot-tempered, but protective ex-con in a role that has critics raving about the actor's restrained performance. Whether or not you're a fan of the intense star, there's no denying he's a cinematic force to be reckoned with.
1. Born Nicolas Coppola, the actor chose Cage as his stage name to honor comic book superhero Luke Cage.
2. Inspired by Superman's birth name, »
- Moviefone Staff
It may be a formulaic knockabout comedy, but beneath the surface of this early Jim Carrey outing lurks a compelling honesty and an important life lesson
Courtrooms and curses: two anchoring Hollywood notions. Audiences love a courtroom drama. And they'll buy in to a curse any curse, from a body swap to a distasteful compulsion or an unwanted power as long as there's an adorable kid involved in its conception or application.
I like to think that when screenwriters Paul Guay and Stephen Mazur first sketched out Liar Liar, they'd just emerged from back-to-back screenings of To Kill a Mockingbird and Big, or maybe Twelve Angry Men and Vice Versa (a film from 1988, should you be unfamiliar with it, in which Fred Savage, with the help of a magical Buddhist skull, curses Judge Reinhold to spend a week as a preteen). Guay and Mazur saw a curse and a courtroom »
- Tom Lamont
1. Vice Versa exists. This film sadly got lost in the crowd between the more well-known Dudley Moore/Kirk Cameron switcheroo Like Father, Like Son, which came out in late 1987, and the appropriately beloved Big, which came out in the summer of ’88. And it is sad because Vice Versa, “a comedy about not acting your age,” is a cute little film, and a good showcase for Judge Reinhold and a pre-Wonder Years Fred Savage. 2. The film has a classy pedigree. How many light ’80s comedies can you name based on 19th century comic novels? …That’s what I thought. Well, now you can name at least one, because Vice Versa is based on an 1882 novel of the same name by Thomas Antsey Guthrie (under the pseudonym F. Anstey, which he used for his funny books). 3. It doesn’t hide the ball. Vice Versa has balls, man. A lot of other body switch films hide the actual change up »
- Seth Freilich
At night, best friends played by Zac Efron, Miles Teller, and Michael B. Jordan — aka the player, the goof, and the romantic — pop Viagra and head to the bar. In the mornings, they discuss their conquests over brunch. They never say the names Samantha, Carrie, and Charlotte, but they've gotta see the parallels. After all, they're so pop culture-obsessed they quote Jerry Maguire and insult each other with zingers like "What are you, Bridget Jones?" and the funny but flummoxing "You're like the Judge Reinhold of Beverly Hills Cop about not getting in a relationship, except y »
4 items from 2014
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