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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 →
Seeing as tomorrow's Oscar column is (perhaps refreshingly) not focused on the precursor awards, I figured I would get a few thoughts out on how things have gone so far. And if you're a supporter of "Boyhood," they've gone very, very well. With the Lafca Best Picture win today, Richard Linklater's film joins a select group of movies that won top honors from both the Los Angeles and New York elite critics organizations. Those films are: "The Social Network," "The Hurt Locker," "Sideways," "Saving Private Ryan," "L.A. Confidential," "Leaving Las Vegas," "Schindler's List," "Goodfellas" and "Terms of Endearment." Of immediate note: this isn't particularly helpful for Oscar prospects it seems, as only three of those eight films went on to win the Best Picture Oscar. Why is that? A good possibility might be the tendency for saturation. Last year the La and NY critics might have done "12 Years »
- Kristopher Tapley
Last Monday, the New York Film Critics Circle went with "Boyhood" for Best Picture and this Sunday its West Coast counterpart, the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn., went against its tradition of being contrary and endorsed this decision. (See complete list of winners here.) -Break- Related: Complete list of New York Film Critics Circle Awards winners These two groups of movie critics rarely agree. The L.A. scribes began handing out awards in 1975 but it took till 1979 till they went with the same film -- eventual Oscar champ "Kramer vs. Kramer" -- as the New York crowd, which was formed in 1935. They have agreed 10 more times since: "Terms of Endearment' (1983), "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986), "Goodfellas" (1990), "Schindler's List" (1993), "Leaving Las Vegas" (1996), "L.A. Confidential" (1997), "Saving Private Ryan" (1998), "Sideways" (2004), &q..." »
On Monday, the New York Film Critics Circle went with "Boyhood" for Best Picture. Will its West Coast counterpart, the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn., endorse this decision on Sunday when its members meet to decide on the best of the year? -Break- Related: Complete list of New York Film Critics Circle Awards winners The two groups of movie scribes rarely agree. The La critics began handing out awards in 1975 but it took till 1979 till they went with the same film -- eventual Oscar champ "Kramer vs. Kramer" -- as the New York crowd, which was formed in 1935. They have agreed 10 more times since: "Terms of Endearment' (1983), "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986), "Goodfellas" (1990), "Schindler's List" (1993), "Leaving Las Vegas" (1996), "L.A. Confidential" (1997), "Saving Private Ryan" (1998), "Sideways" (2004), "Brokeback Mountain" (2005) and &q..." »
Howard Hughes movies (photo: Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes in 'The Aviator') Turner Classic Movies will be showing the Howard Hughes-produced, John Farrow-directed, Baja California-set gangster drama His Kind of Woman, starring Robert Mitchum, Hughes discovery Jane Russell, and Vincent Price, at 3 a.m. Pt / 6 a.m. Et on Saturday, November 8, 2014. Hughes produced a couple of dozen movies. (More on that below.) But what about "Howard Hughes movies"? Or rather, movies -- whether big-screen or made-for-television efforts -- featuring the visionary, eccentric, hypochondriac, compulsive-obsessive, all-American billionaire as a character? Besides Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays a dashing if somewhat unbalanced Hughes in Martin Scorsese's 2004 Best Picture Academy Award-nominated The Aviator, other actors who have played Howard Hughes on film include the following: Tommy Lee Jones in William A. Graham's television movie The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977), with Lee Purcell as silent film star Billie Dove, Tovah Feldshuh as Katharine Hepburn, »
- Andre Soares
Nicolas Cage’s mysterious life often seems like a … Book of Secrets (sorry, we had to). The Oscar-winning actor, 50, has made some of the oddest, wide-ranging career choices in Hollywood history, from starring in critically-acclaimed films like 1995’s Leaving Las Vegas and 1987’s Moonstruck to ridiculous box office flops like 2011’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and Drive Angry. In a rare new interview with Britain’s The Times Magazine, the always-viral Cage opened up about his life, his critics, and his seemingly bizarre oeuvre. “I’m proud of [...] »
Nicolas Cage is so much more than a man; he's a legend. This is in part because of his long list of iconic movie credits, from Leaving Las Vegas to National Treasure, Moonstruck to Kick-Ass. It's in part because of his outrageous performance style, and crazy Cage eyes. But it's also because of all those stranger-than-fiction true tidbits about his life that pop up--like that he named his son after Superman, or that he bought himself a pyramid. You hear stories like these, and think, "Well, of course he did. He's Nic Cage!" Well, thanks to Idris Elba, we've got a new one to add to ever-expanding encyclopedia of inexplicable Cage behavior. As part of his continued efforts to promote his latest thriller No Good Deed, Idris Elba took to Reddit to offer up an Ama. Amid answering questions about The Wire and Luther, Elba shared a story from the »
Nic Cage sports interesting hair and waves a sword in the trailer for his latest action opus, Outcast...
You could quite easily play Nic Cage Action Bingo with the trailer for his latest film, Outcast. Weird hairdo? Check. A pot-boiling plot with lots of blood and fire? Check. Cage getting to utter memorable lines in a slightly odd way as only he can? That's Nic Cage Action Bingo!
Outcasts sees Cage play an outlaw who joins Hayden Christensen in a fight against bad guys in medieval China. How did Cage and former the former Skywalker get to China in the first place? The trailer doesn't tell us. Instead, there's lots of swordplay and angry staring, like us when we get the electricity bill through the door.
We'll go out on a limb and predict that this won't be a Cage film in the vein of his acclaimed ones like Adaptation or Leaving Las Vegas. »
Confession: I think Nicolas Cage is a great actor. And not just because of Oscar-quality performances like those in Adaptation and Leaving Las Vegas. No, the movie that introduced me to Cage’s gifts was National Treasure. And while Cage did return to the big screen for a sequel, the series deserves to become an even bigger franchise.
The National Treasure movies were made in the wake of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, an immensely popular, thrilling, if not particularly well-written novel about conspiracy theories and mini-art history lessons. National Treasure is the American Da Vinci Code—and »
- Jacob Shamsian
Nicolas Cage has done a great job choosing roles lately, with great turns in films like David Gordon Green’s Joe and the Paco Cabezas revenge film, Rage (formerly titled Tokarev). The latter, an exceptionally written and directed take on how one’s past can and most likely Will catch up with them is set to hit DVD/Bluray this August 12th, via Image Entertainment. Having seen the film earlier this year, on its VOD run (here), we can definitely vouch for this one, as it’s a pretty intense and emotional, tough as nails thriller. If Cage keeps putting out films like these, then the internet meme persona he’s unfortunately acquired in recent years can finally fade away, making people realize that he’s an exceptional actor (you’re lying if you say that you’re not a fan of Raising Arizona, and his Oscar-winning performance in Leaving Las Vegas »
- Jerry Smith
Paco Cabezas' action thriller Rage is now available on VOD and iTunes; and the theatrical run began last Friday. We have a clip from the film to share with you. In it, Nicolas Cage has brought in some friends from his past. One of them has a question. To which, Nicolas answers with another question. If this were primary school, he would get a wrap on the knuckles for that. But this is Nicolas Cage! His daughter is missing and he don't give a hoot about conversational etiquette. Paul Maguire (Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage, Leaving Las Vegas) is a respectable businessman and loving father living a peaceful life...until his violent past comes back to haunt him. When his teenage daughter is taken from their home, Paul...
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Alcoholism in the movies have been played for both dramatic and comical effect. In fact some of the binge drinking done on the big screen have garnered considerable praise and pathos resulting in many performers winning Oscars and Oscar nominations based on this very serious addiction.
The alcoholic in cinema is larger in life because it is a societal reflection of the demons and destruction that affect millions of people globally. Film allows for the liberty to use creative licenses to highlight the physical and psychological pain and false feelings of pleasure to convey the true face of alcoholism and its hold on fictional characterizations that are bound by the poisonous allure of the bottle. However heavy-handed or hearty it may seem in portraying the detached drinker or happy drunk one thing is for certain…the depth and dimensional range of the chronic cinema sipper has never disappointed in giving »
- Frank Ochieng
We think of Nicolas Cage nowadays as an actor who takes crazy parts in crazy movies, but once upon a time, this guy could act. Occasionally, he still can; this April’s Joe proved that. But gone, it seems, is the range of the man who once did Raising Arizona, Leaving Las Vegas, Adaptation, even Con Air. For all the supercut-friendly looniness of some of his recent parts, all too often the prevailing mood one gets from him is of a skin-deep glower — morose, but soulless. Which is a shame when you see a movie like Rage, which could have greatly benefited from the presence of that other, earlier, more engaged Nicolas Cage.At first glance, Rage seems like it might be another cut-rate attempt to reestablish the actor as a middle-aged action star — to Liam Neesonize him, perhaps. Cage plays Paul Maguire, former gangster, now a respectable family man with a legit construction business. »
- Bilge Ebiri
As much credit as we give to the 80s for canonizing overkill in action films, we don’t give enough recognition to the 90s for producing some of the most out-and-out insane premises to action films that you can’t make today. In the center of it all was Nicolas Cage. Cage has made a career out of not being pinned down, and his turn from Oscar Winning actor for Leaving Las Vegas to following it up with a string of action films certainly displays that. In 1996-1997 Cage made 3 films in a row as Hollywood’s 2nd most bankable action star (Will Smith being the only one to top him both years) of the time that looking back, really define a lot of the characteristics that made the 90s action film distinct from other decades. It was a wonderful time to be Nicolas Cage. How did someone like him »
- Dylan Griffin
Yes, this time around I’ll be tackling one of the biggest of the big eight categories in an effort not to save them all for very last, much like with last week. This one is arguably the second biggest of them all…the Best Actor field. This is as prestigious a category as there is ladies and gentlemen. I could go on and on in preparation right now, but at this point I know how the game works here. You all mostly just want to see the lists that I do anyhow, so I have no problem obliging you good people there in that particular regard once again. All you have to do is just be patient over the next paragraph or so and you’ll get the goods front and center… This time around, I’m once again going with the ever popular overview route for the discussion as you might have guessed. »
- Joey Magidson
Bona fide '80s classic The Karate Kid celebrates its 30th anniversary today (June 22), but what ever happened to the cast of this uplifting martial arts film? Digital Spy goes then and now with the film's lead stars to find out what they did after starring in the original and best Karate Kid.
Ralph Macchio became an instant '80s icon thanks to his role as The Karate Kid's fresh-faced Daniel Larusso. Prior to The Karate Kid's release, he starred in Francis Ford Coppola's The Outsiders alongside Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe and Tom Cruise. After that, he played Danny again in two Karate Kid sequels. He also starred in My Cousin Vinny (yes, the film that won Marisa Tomei an Oscar) and more recently appeared in Entourage, Ugly Betty and Dancing with the Stars.
Pat Morita was already a veteran screen »
Despite all his Rage, he’s still just Nicolas Cage. And so, anyone puts down a few bucks to see this movie probably knows what they’re getting themselves into. Unfortunately for even the so-bad-he’s-brilliant actor’s most undemanding fans, however, this latest bargain-bin offering (previously titled Tokarev, after the make of a gun that winds up being integral to the story) is the worst thing that he’s ever been associated with. Not even the promise of more bizarre line readings and hilariously weird facial expressions to add to Cage’s already impressive collection of Wtf moments is enough to make Rage worth your time.
With a movie as completely devoid of merit as Rage, I’m not even sure where to start. As written by Jim Agnew and Sean Keller, the film is essentially a series of loosely connected action sequences, every one somehow less compelling than the last. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Interview with the Vampire star Christian Slater, who was last seen in Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, has signed on to join James Franco and Amber Heard in Pamela Romanowsky’s adaptation of The Adderall Diaries, a memoir by Stephen Elliot. Franco plays Elliot, a writer who becomes obsessed with a sensational murder case and decides to write a book about it.
Publishers Weekly described Elliot’s memoir as follows:
As a writer stymied by past success, writers block, substance abuse, relationship problems and a serious set of father issues, Elliott’s cracked-out chronicle of a bizarre murder trial amounts to less than the sum of its parts. Not long into the 2007 trial of programmer Hans Reiser, accused of murdering his wife, the defendant’s friend Sean Sturgeon obliquely confessed to several murders (though not the murder of Reiser’s wife). Elliott, caught up in the film-ready twist and his »
- Isaac Feldberg
While cleaning out an old barn in New Hampshire recently, a man named Peter Massie discovered an old silent film projector and seven reels of nitrate films hidden in the shadows of a corner of the structure. Among these old reels was a 30-minute 1913 film titled When Lincoln Paid starring Francis Ford (older brother of director John Ford). It was one of six silent films, all presumed lost, in which Ford played Abraham Lincoln. It is stories like this that give hope to silent film fans. 75 per cent of movies from the silent era have been lost to decay or neglect, but when it comes to the over 200 movies that St. Louis native King Baggot acted in between 1909 and 1921, that number is closer to 100%. Here’s a look at Absinthe, a lost film from 100 years ago that I wish someone would find.
Absinthe is a distilled, highly alcoholic (90-148 proof »
- Tom Stockman
Oh Nicolas Cage… why have you resorted to making these kinds of movies? You used to make really fun flicks like The Rock and Con Air, and you even won an Academy Award for Leaving Las Vegas! What the hell?!
Stoney Lake Entertainment has released a teaser trailer for his new film Left Behind, and it looks terrible. Cage isn't even trying to act. It is based on the New York Times bestselling book series of the same name, co-authored by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim Lahaye.
Left Behind follows Rayford Steele (Nicolas Cage) who is piloting a commercial airliner just hours after the Rapture when millions of people around the globe simply vanish. Thirty thousand feet over the Atlantic, Rayford is faced with a damaged plane, terrified passengers, and a desperate desire to get back to his family. On the ground, his daughter, Chloe Steele (Cassi Thomson) is among those left behind, »
- Joey Paur
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