10 items from 2014
Action film executive produced by Nicolas Winding Refn.
The espionage thriller shot in Bucharest, Romania and Queensland, Australia, while the 2nd filmed in Africa and the Us. It marks the second collaboration between Schrader and Cage after the Martin Scorsese-directed Bringing Out the Dead.
Cage plays Evan Lake, a veteran CIA agent facing early retirement due to the onset of dementia. When intelligence surfaces hinting at the whereabouts of Lake’s old nemesis, he goes on a rogue global manhunt while struggling to control his behaviour as the symptoms mount.
Anton Yelchin (Star Trek: »
The Nicolas Cage-starring “Light” this week wrapped principal photography in Gold Coast, Australia, having previously shot extensively at the Castel Studios in Romania. Second unit work in Kenya and the U.S. remains.
The espionage thriller features Cage as a former CIA-operative embarking on a global manhunt for his long-standing nemesis, while simultaneously battling fronto-temporal dementia, an aggressive form of Alzheimer’s Disease. Anton Yelchin (“Star Trek: Into Darkness”) plays Cage’s protégé, while Swiss actress Irene Jacob (Three Colors: Red) plays his former lover.
“Fighting though unpredictable rain, careening into over time, principal photography is completed in Queensland,” said Schrader (pictured middle, with Yelchin left, and Cage, right) on Facebook.
It is the second time that Schrader and Cage have worked together, »
- Patrick Frater
Cage plays Evan Lake, a veteran CIA agent facing early retirement due to the onset of an aggressive Alzheimer.s-related disease. He embarks on a manhunt while struggling to control his behaviour as the symptoms mount.
The principal location was the Royal Pines Resort, which substituted for a resort in Kenya. Earlier the cast and crew spent several weeks filming in Bucharest, Romania.
The producers initially intended to film the resort scenes in Thailand but decided to look for another location »
- Don Groves
For years, the Oscars and Martin Scorsese just didn't seem to jibe. His films didn't resonate with that crowd. Maybe it was because he was an outsider. Maybe it was because he didn't trade in the breed of films that typically found footing with the Academy. Whatever the case, it became, for decades, a consistent note: How does Martin Scorsese not have an Oscar? Things began to change nearly three decades into his career. Until 2002, a Scorsese film registering with the group was not nearly the consistent occurrence it is today. Yet since "Gangs of New York," four of his last five films Have received Best Picture nominations and he finds himself a perennial fixture on the Oscar circuit, a circuit he has seen change drastically over the course of his career. With Oscar voting drawing to a close, I spoke with Scorsese recently about that very phenomenon, how zealous »
- Kristopher Tapley
Nicolas Cage is an acting veteran who has appeared in more than 70 films, winning a Best Actor Academy Award for his searing portrayal of a writer drinking himself to death in Leaving Las Vegas. He’s also famous for turning in wildly over-the-top, hammed to the hilt performances without breaking a sweat. His hardcore fans praise his best films (Adaptation, Red Rock West, Bringing Out The Dead) even as they adore his arguably terrible ones (Gone in Sixty Seconds, Drive Angry, The Wicker Man) just because he’s Nic Cage.
Still, with the exception of 2013′s successful animated feature The Croods – in which he voiced the patriarch of a family of cave-dwellers – his last real hit would be 2010′s Kick-Ass, and his last critically celebrated turn might date back to 2006′s World Trade Center. For the last few years Cage’s output has mainly consisted of a series ...
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- Anthony Vieira
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will open the 2014 edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival with the world premiere of a brand new restoration of the beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! (1955). TCM’s own Robert Osborne, who serves as official host for the festival, will introduce Oklahoma!, with the film’s star, Academy Award®-winner Shirley Jones, in attendance. Vanity Fair will also return for the fifth year as a festival partner and co-presenter of the opening night after-party. Marking its fifth year, the TCM Classic Film Festival will take place April 10-13, 2014, in Hollywood. The gathering will coincide withTCM’s 20th anniversary as a leading authority in classic film.
In addition, the festival has added several high-profile guests to this year’s lineup, including Oscar®-winning director William Friedkin, who will attend for the screening of the U.S. premiere restoration of his suspenseful cult classic Sorcerer (1977); Kim Novak, who »
- Melissa Thompson
Martin Scorsese fans have a few more reasons to be happy. Nearly a year and a half after producer Cecchi Gori sued Scorsese for not moving forward with "Silence," Scorsese has settled the suit and is now moving forward with the film as his next narrative feature. To back up a bit: Scorsese has had "Silence" on his docket for some time, and reportedly had a written agreement to make the film with Cecci Gori Pictures all the way back in 1990. The film is based on Shusaku Endo's novel about 17th century Portugese Jesuit missionaries investigating claims of torture of Christians by the Emperor of Japan, and keeps in line with the director's recurring interests in faith and spirituality. Scorsese was supposed to shoot the film following "Kundun" in 1997, but opted to make "Bringing Out the Dead" and "Gangs of New York" first. Over the past decade, the film has »
- Max O'Connell
Martin Scorsese is one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. The guy has made a ton of incredible films over the course of his career. Here's a great video tribute for the director that was edited together by Jo Causse.
I've included a full list of the films that Scorsese has directed. What are some of your favorites?
2010 Shutter Island
2006 The Departed
2004 The Aviator
2002 Gangs of New York
1993 The Age of Innocence
1991 Cape Fear
1986 The Color of Money
1985 After Hours
1982 The King of Comedy
1980 Raging Bull
1977 New York, New York
1976 Taxi Driver
1973 Mean Streets
1972 Boxcar Bertha
- Joey Paur
The Vampire Diaries’ upcoming 100th episode centers on our favorite evil vixen in what could be her final moments. After Katherine Pierce had a heart attack and fell down the Salvatores’ stairs in the mid-season finale, we’re scared that it might finally be time to say goodbye to the woman who once loved both Salvatore brothers but never loved anyone more than herself. So to honor what could potentially be the most memorable death (or near-death) scene in season 5, we’re reliving similar moments from the past four seasons.
Join me and my fellow Tvd-lover Mandi Bierly as we »
- Samantha Highfill
Outside of Martin Scorsese, there are very few clean slates in Hollywood – and even He has Bringing Out The Dead blotting his copybook (discuss…). The Coen brothers though, have created an unbroken conga-line of stunningly original movies, mixing and mastering genres, and even creating new ones.
If there was a bump in the road in 1994 time, it seems, has since been kind to The Hudsucker Proxy. A bigger budget (courtesy of ’80s alpha-producer Joel Silver) and an initially unresponsive family audience had it labelled as the Coen’s first flop, but watched now its pleasures are myriad and unmistakably Coenesque (including a great, late-vintage performance from Paul Newman).
The Coens announced themselves to the world in 1984 with the instant neo-noir classic, Blood Simple. Now, just mull the following subsequent film titles over in your mind like a mouthful of Chateau Petrus. Raising Arizona, Miller’s Crossing, Barton Fink, The Hudsucker Proxy, »
- Cai Ross
10 items from 2014