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‘Cagney & Lacey’ Reboot: Ving Rhames Joins Cast

‘Cagney & Lacey’ Reboot: Ving Rhames Joins Cast
Ving Rhames has been cast in CBS’ “Cagney & Lacey” reboot pilot.

Rhames will play police Capt. Stark, the Lapd homicide coordinator who is described as unflappable and a leader who inspires loyalty in everyone around him. His feature film credits include “Father Figures,” “Pulp Fiction.” “Con Air,” and the “Mission: Impossible” franchise. He joins Sarah Drew and Michelle Hurd, who last week were cast in the title roles.

Bridget Carpenter will serve as writer and executive producer for the pilot reboot. CBS Television Studios will produce alongside MGM Television. Hurd will play Lacey, an Lapd Detective. Athletic, polished, former high-school track and field champion.
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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Quiz: Every Glorious Nicolas Cage Movie Referenced on Sunday’s Episode

‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Quiz: Every Glorious Nicolas Cage Movie Referenced on Sunday’s Episode
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” episode “ Safe House.”]

Det. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) faced his most distressing challenge yet on Sunday’s episode: living in a safe house with Captain Holt’s husband Kevin (Marc Evan Jackson) for weeks without access to the internet or cable. Fortunately, Jake owns all of the movies starring Nicholas Cage – “only the greatest, most compelling actor of all time” – on DVD.

Unfortunately, Kevin – who is a professor and the head of the Classics department at Columbia University – prefers more refined entertainment and doesn’t seem to be interested in Cage’s more over-the-top action-adventure films. That doesn’t stop Jake from trying though, and the following includes some of the descriptions he uses to entice Kevin, who eventually gives in.

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Given that the descriptions are fairly straightforward, we thought it would
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7 hugely underrated Nicolas Cage films

Simon Reynolds Mar 2, 2018

Beyond Jerry Bruckheimer's The Rock and Con Air, here are a handful of Nicolas Cage films worth seeking out.

It’s very easy to get lost with Nicolas Cage. With ‘Cage Rage’ memes, the tales of celebrity eccentricity (remember when he turned on Bath’s Christmas lights?) and the continued fascination surrounding his unmade Superman film, you’d be forgiven for losing sight of the fact that he’s a bona fide, megawatt movie star. On March 9 he’s back with a new role in Brian Taylor’s Mom and Dad, playing a father who violently turns against his own offspring during an outbreak of parental mass hysteria.

In the hands of Crank co-director Taylor we get to see two sides of Cage: the understated everyman and the off-the-scale rage machine. It’s this kind of role, beyond the blockbuster carnage of The Rock and Con Air,
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Oscars 2018: 8 exclusive chats with nominated composers and songwriters including Mary J. Blige, Common & more [Watch]

Oscars 2018: 8 exclusive chats with nominated composers and songwriters including Mary J. Blige, Common & more [Watch]
That tune you can’t get out of your head might be from one of the nominated songs or scores by this year’s crop of Oscar contenders. A number of nominated songwriters and composers spoke with Gold Derby over the last few months about their awards-contending films. So in anticipation of the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, March 4, we offer up eight exclusive chats with some of the awards’ top names in music. Follow the links below to be taken to their full interview.

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Mary J. Blige (Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Song for “Mighty River” from “Mudbound”) contends for Dee Rees‘s period drama about two WWII veterans (Jason Mitchell and Garrett Hedlund) who must combat racism when they return home to the rural South.
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Songwriter Diane Warren: Looking back at all 9 Oscar nominations, from ‘I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing’ to ‘Stand Up for Something’

Songwriter Diane Warren: Looking back at all 9 Oscar nominations, from ‘I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing’ to ‘Stand Up for Something’
Songwriter Diane Warren is a musical chameleon who has written hits in genres from country to pop, to R&B, to rock. She has done much of her writing for film and just received her ninth Oscar nomination for Best Original Song: “Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall” (co-written with Common). But she’s never walked away with the trophy. What will it take for her to finally enter the winner’s circle? Take a tour of our gallery above of all of Warren’s nominations to find out which songs she contended for, who else was nominated, and who won.

Timing has always been one of Warren’s biggest problems as she’s faced behemoths in the Best Original Song category in some of the years she was nominated. She contended for “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” from “Mannequin” (1987) when she lost to “(I’ve Had) the Time
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Daniel Radcliffe Explains Why He Took So Many Strange Roles After Harry Potter

Child stars are notorious for turning into weird adults, which is perhaps unsurprising when your formative years were spent with the world watching your every move. So, it’s a small miracle that the three child stars of the Harry Potter franchise, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint have turned out pretty well-adjusted (well, as far as we know anyway). Of the three, though, it’s Radcliffe who’s been the busiest, obviously eager to prove that he’s not just a pair of glasses, a wand and a rather fetching scar.

His post-Potter roles have ranged from a critically acclaimed turn in The Woman in Black, playing Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, a guy cursed with devil horns in Horns and, uh, a fart-propelled corpse in Swiss Army Man.

Now, in an interview with Et, he explains his thinking behind these choices:

Directly after Potter, it was
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Diane Warren declares her Oscar-nominated song ‘Stand Up For Something’ is a ‘rallying cry, a call to action’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Diane Warren declares her Oscar-nominated song ‘Stand Up For Something’ is a ‘rallying cry, a call to action’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“I’m more excited about this song than any other song I have been nominated for ever,” reveals Diane Warren about “Stand Up For Something” from the film “Marshall.” She collaborated with co-nominee (and previous Oscar winner) Common for the tune. “It’s my most meaningful song, I think it’s my most important song,” she proclaims, adding that “not only does it fit this movie, but it really fits our times.”

As we chat via webcam (watch the exclusive video above), Warren explains how this song is special to her because of its timely social justice message. “It’s a rallying cry, a call to action to change the world,” she declares proudly. “The #MeToo and #TimesUp movement have embraced this song, the NAACP has embraced it, the Aclu, Stand Up to Cancer, CNN Heroes; so many have asked if this can be our song,” she explains. “What an
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Examining the many movie songs of Bryan Adams

Paul Childs Feb 12, 2018

After Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves - and that song! - hit big, the song work of Bryan Adams was in high demand at the movies...

Last month, this site ran an article about the power of feel good pop music to lighten our mood. As soon as I read it I rushed home and put on some Bryan Adams. This wasn’t just a sudden whim. I’ve been a huge fan of his ever since 'that bloke who sings about the best days of his life' released 'that song from that film'.

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Everything I Do (I Do It For You) was massive hit in 1991. It reigned over the pop charts for what felt like forever and became a fashionable choice for recessional music and first dances at weddings,
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‘Billions’ Season 3 Adds John Malkovich in Guest Role

‘Billions’ Season 3 Adds John Malkovich in Guest Role
John Malkovich has signed on for a guest starring role in Season 3 of the Showtime drama “Billions,” the premium cabler announced Wednesday.

Malkovich will play Russian billionaire Grigor Andolov. The role is certainly fitting considering that Malkovich previously played a Russian mobster named Teddy KGB in the movie “Rounders,” which was written by “Billions” co-creators David Levien and Brian Koppelman.

“John appeared in our first two films, ‘Rounders’ and ‘Knockaround Guys,’ and we have a long creative history together. We are ecstatic to be reunited with the man who played Teddy KGB once again,” said Koppelman and Levien.

Malkovich is an Emmy-winning and two-time Oscar nominated actor, director, producer and fashion designer. He received Oscar nominations for his roles in “Places in the Heart” and “In the Line of Fire.” In 1985, he appeared in the Broadway revival of “Death of a Salesman,” which would earn him an Emmy when it was made into a television film. He
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Movie Review – Gun Shy (2017)

Gun Shy, 2017.

Directed by Simon West.

Starring Antonio Banderas, Olga Kurylenko, Ben Cura, and Mark Valley.


An aging rock star’s wife is kidnapped while vacationing in Chile.

Antonio Banderas appears to be working non-stop at the moment. He’s popping up here, there and everywhere. Largely, we’re seeing him in straight to video action films. His role in The Expendables 3 seemed to re-ignite a connection to a genre he’d been drifting away from slightly.

Gun Shy is an odd mix of Spinal Tap (without the documentary aspect) and Taken. Very much played with tongue in cheek and for laughs, Banderas plays a washed up rocker on a pilgrimage to his native Chile alongside his wife, played by Olga Kurylenko. She gets kidnapped and it’s down to Banderas and his management company’s P.A to set about rescuing her from inept kidnappers. Veteran action specialist Simon West directs.
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Home Entertainment: ‘Gun Shy’ Digital Review

It can often be quite disheartening to see individuals in a film who you normally enjoy bring themselves down by starring in to, for lack of a better word, trash. Sure, there are mortgages and bills to pay, but it can still hurt to see talented individuals bring themselves to such a level. It is a sight that we have unfortunately started to become accustomed to when it comes to Antonio Banderas. Like many of his The Expendables 3 cast mate, Banderas has gone the route of the straight-to-dvd cheap thrill with the likes of Die Hard-wannabe Security and this latest offering Gun Shy, from the director of Con Air, Simon West. There’s a certain degree of action movie pedigree here, but you can hardly tell as Gun Shy proves to be a witless experience that I am sure all involved are going to want to quickly forget.
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John Malkovich joins Voltage’s 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, And Vile'

John Malkovich joins Voltage’s 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, And Vile'
Voltage fully finances; introduced thriller to Cannes buyers last summer.

John Malkovich has joined Zac Efron on the cast of Voltage’s Ted Bundy thriller Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, And Vile ahead of a January 18 production start.

Joe Berlinger will direct the true-crime thriller from a screenplay by Michael Werwie that won the Nicholl Fellowship first prize and was featured on the Black List.

Ara Keshishian and Voltage chief Nicolas Chartier are producing for the company, alongside Michael Costigan for Cota Entertainment, and Michael Simkin for Efron’s Ninjas Runnin Wild Productions. Voltage introduced the project in Cannes last summer and fully finances, with Jonathan Deckter and Ninjas Runnin Wild’s Jason Barrett on board as executive producers.

Malkovich will play Judge Edward Cowart, the Florida judge who presided over the 1979 trial of serial killer Ted Bundy. The televised trial was a media sensation and ultimately led to Bundy’s death, but not before
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Simon West Talks Immersing Himself in the Commando Lifestyle for ‘Stratton’

By Brad Gullickson

For his latest action film, Stratton, director Simon West plunged himself into the history and the future of British Special Forces. You don’t have to ask much to get Simon West going. He’s seen it all, he knows it all. Twenty years ago, he exploded onto the action film scene with Con Air, and since […]

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Film Review: ‘Stratton’

Film Review: ‘Stratton’
No intended franchise can recover from a dud launch, and “Stratton” is that kind of stillbirth: an action movie that feels as though collaborators lost heart before the cameras started rolling, perhaps in part because “SupermanHenry Cavill jumped ship just five days before shooting was scheduled to begin.

The resulting misfire certainly can’t be blamed on Dominic Cooper, who replaced him in the title role. Still, there’s definitely something dispirited and clock-punching about this flat actioner, adapted from the first in a series of eight espionage novels written by Duncan Falconer, an ex-operator for the Special Boats Services sector of Britain’s MI6. Adequately directed by “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” helmer Simon West, the U.K. production is limping into U.S. theaters during the post-holiday doldrums, having already opened last year in most territories.

The whole enterprise feels desultory from the jump, with dialogue that flatlines whether aiming for banter or urgent import
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Korea’s Gang Dong-won to Star in Simon West’s ‘Tsunami La’

Top Korean actor, Gang Dong-won will star in “Tsunami La,” a disaster action movie to be directed by Simon West (“Tomb Raider,” “Con Air”).

The film, featuring a massive tidal wave that hits Los Angeles, is to be produced on a budget of $55 million through Hannibal Classics and Foresight Unlimited. It is now in pre-production in the U.K. and will begin lensing in March, 2018. Release is set for 2019. Hannibal Classics and Foresight handle international sales.

Production is by Richard Rionda Del Castro (“USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage,” “Rage”), Moshe Diamant (“The Black Dahlia”), Michael Tadross, Jr. (“Gangster Squad”) and Mark Damon (“Lone Survivor”).

Gang starred in two of Korea’s top-grossing films of 2016: “Violent Prosecutor” and “Master” as well as 2015 hit “The Priests.” His acting awards include the Star of Asia prize at New York Asian Film Festival for his role in “Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned.”

“I found the
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Blu-ray Review – Animal Factory (2000)

Animal Factory, 2000.

Directed by Steve Buscemi.

Starring Willem Dafoe, Edward Furlong, Danny Trejo, Mickey Rourke, Tom Arnold, Mark Boone Junior, Edward Bunker, John Heard, and Steve Buscemi.


A privileged young man is sent to prison for drug dealing and falls under the wing of a lifer who takes a shine to him.

Sometimes the planets are in alignment, the right cards are drawn from the deck and there is a film that gets made with what seems to be the perfect collaboration of cast and crew that you know is going to produce something worthy of your time, and in 2000 Steve Buscemi (Reservoir Dogs/Con Air) directed Animal Factory, his second full-length feature. But what makes Animal Factory a little different from a lot of other prison dramas is that it was written by Edward Bunker, an ex-con-turned-actor (he played Mr. Blue in Reservoir Dogs and also pops up
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New Us Trailer for British Action Movie 'Stratton' with Dominic Cooper

"So what's the deal with Stratton? What's he like?" Momentum Pictures has debuted an official Us trailer for the British action movie titled Stratton, starring Dominic Cooper as a British Special Boat Service commando named Stratton who tracks down an international terrorist cell. From the director of Con Air and The Mechanic, this movie is also known as Stratton: First Into Action and opened in the UK back in September. The name "First Into Action" comes directly from the book that this is based on, a "Dramatic Personal Account of Life in the Sbs." The film's full cast includes Connie Nielsen, Tom Felton, Tyler Hoechlin, Gemma Chan, Thomas Kretschmann, Derek Jacobi, and Austin Stowell. It seems like Momentum is dumping this in January, and it doesn't look like it's really that good, mostly heavy on action. Here's the new official Us trailer (+ old UK poster) for Simon West's Stratton,
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Wamg Giveaway – Win the Gun Shy Blu-ray – Stars Antonio Banderas

The hilarious and exhilarating action-comedy, Gun Shy, rocks out on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD), DVD, and Digital HD on November 7 from Lionsgate. Currently available On Demand, the film stars three-time Golden Globe® nominee Antonio Banderas (Best Actor: Evita, 1997; The Mask of Zorro, 1999; And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself, 2004) as a spoiled and aging rock star whose wife is kidnapped while they are on vacation in Chile. With very few skills beyond playing bass and partying, he must pull himselftogether to save his wife from her hostile captors. From Simon West, the director of Con Air, The Expendables 2, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and The Mechanic, and written for the screen by Mark Haskell Smith and Toby Davies (based on the novel “Salty” by Smith), the Gun Shy Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.

Now you can own Gun Shy on Blu-ray. We
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Michael Bay’s 451 Media Group launching 9 graphic novels at New York Comic Con

Michael Bay’s 451 Media Group is set to debut nine brand new graphic novels at the New York Comic Con this week, which come from acclaimed creators such as George Pelecanos (The Deuce), Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious) and Scott Rosenberg (Con Air). Check out the titles here…

Bad Moon Rising – A wild smash up of The Wolfman and Sons of Anarchy from writer/producer Scott Rosenberg (Con Air, Gone in 60 Seconds, Jumanji 2, Welcome to the Jungle, and the CBS series Zoo).

ExMortis – An epic WWII action adventure from the minds of Paul + Pete Williams, VFX gurus behind Avatar, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Chronicles of Narnia.

Humbug – A masterly plotted merry and manic mash-up of Sherlock Holmes and Ghostbusters from A.J. Gentile, the writers and creators of Micronauts and Visionaries.

Nvrlnd – From the creative minds of the writing team, Stephanie Salyers and
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Trailer: John Cusack Hits The Wilderness For A Stash Of “Blood Money”

As a fan of B-level genre driven fare, Blood Money is the type of film I'll watch even if the actors were relatively unknown. One of the film's selling points, however, is that the antagonist is John Cusack (Con Air, Say Anything) and co-stars Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood), Willa Fitzgerald (Scream: The TV Series) and Jacob [...]
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