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There was a time when the name Nicolas Cage conjured notions of respectability and Oscar wins. How the mighty have fallen. He’s now a byword for bad big-budget films like the remake of The Wicker Man or the confusing Season of the Witch. But there might be some sun among the clouds of Nicolas Cage’s career.
The Playlist reports that William Friedkin has potentially been attached to Cage’s latest thriller I Am Wrath. The film purports to be the tale of a man whose wife is murdered, driving him to seek vengeance against corrupt cops and nasty killers. Pretty much par for the course for a Nicolas Cage vehicle.
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- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
The filmography of celebrated director William Friedkin is a colorful one indeed. First-year film buffs will, of course, point to classics like The French Connection (1971) and The Exorcist (1973), while the more seasoned of the celluloid-obsessed will rattle off titles like Sorcerer (1971), Cruising (1980), To Live and Die in L.A. (1985), Blue Chips (1994), Rules of Engagement (2000), and Bug (2006) -- and the hardcore completists will also cite The Boys in the Band (1970), The Brink's Job (1978), Rampage (1987), and The Hunted (2003). Hell, I even saw the guy's 1990 arbor-related horror flick The Guardian! Like, love or hate the individual films, but there's no denying that, as a whole, they represent a rather eclectic storyteller. Most directors find a »
Oscar-winning director William Friedkin has signed with ICM Partners. Friedkin won the Academy Award for best director for The French Connection, the 1971 cop thriller that starred Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider. Friedkin also directed The Exorcist (1973) and was nominated for another Oscar for his work on the iconic horror film. His other directing credits include Sorcerer (1977), Blue Chips (1994), Rules of Engagement (2000) and The Hunted (2003). Friedkin, who is married to former Paramount Pictures head Sherry Lansing, recently directed Killer Joe. The Nc-17 black comedy was released in July and stars Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch
- Daniel Miller
Madrid – Tommy Lee Jones will receive a Donostia Lifetime Achievement at the 60th San Sebastian International Film Festival, organizers announced Thursday, calling the actor "one of the most acclaimed and accomplished actors in Hollywood." Texan-born Jones’ career began with his 1970 debut in Love Story and boasts a slew of hits, including Coal Miners Daughter—for which he received his first Golden Globe nomination—Natural Born Killers, Batman Forever, Men in Black, Rules of Engagement, The Hunted and his Oscar-winning role as the uncompromising Marshal Sam Gerard in the 1994 box office hit The Fugitive. Film Review:
- Pamela Rolfe
MIB3: Will Smith, Men in Black 3 Will Smith / Tommy Lee Jones’ Men In Black 3 Box Office: Badly Trails Men In Black, Men In Black II Why the underwhelming (estimated) Men in Black 3 opening-weekend performance at the domestic box-office? Barry Sonnenfeld’s film has an acceptable 73% approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes‘ top critics (with a so-so average rating of 6.3/10). In any case, movies such as Men in Black 3 are review-proof because people who go to big action / horror / trademarked movies / franchises on the first weekend usually don’t bother reading reviews. What then? Well, as mentioned in a previous article, one possibility is that Will Smith hasn’t made a movie in four years. And Smith’s pre-MIB3 release, the Gabriele Muccino-directed $55m-budgeted Seven Pounds, was a major box-office disappointment, grossing only $69.95m in North America. (Internationally, Seven Pounds performed better — though without reaching blockbuster status: $98.21m. »
- Zac Gille
Men in Black 3: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones The summer season at the North American box office isn’t exactly opening with a bang. Men in Black III debuted with hardly outstanding figures in the Us/Canada on Friday. Directed by Men in Black / Men in Black II‘s Barry Sonnenfeld, and starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, the action / comedy / sci-fier will undoubtedly be this weekend’s top-grossing movie — which means that after three weekends on top, The Avengers‘ reign at the domestic box office has ended. On the other hand, there’s no denying that MIB3‘s Friday performance fell below expectations, especially for a 3D movie budgeted at somewhere between $225m-$300m. Men in Black 3 collected $18m-$20m (including $1.55m from Thursday midnight screenings) at 4,248 theaters on Friday according to early, rough estimates found at Deadline.com. As per Deadline, that means a »
- Zac Gille
William Friedkin is pretty damn legendary, with quite the prolific output in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, though you’d be hard-pressed to keep up with his recent works. The last movie of his that I saw was 2003′s “The Hunted”, one of those films that could have been really, really good, but I think got really butchered during editing. As it stands, it’s still pretty awesome if you like your action served with a great big helping of knife fighting. His most famous film remains “The Exorcist”, but that was a really long time ago. 2011 finds Friedkin hopping back into the saddle with the action-comedy “Killer Joe”. Unfortunately the film was completed in 2011 and has been sitting on the shelves since, and recently, it’s been slapped with an Nc-17 rating. Check out the first trailer for “Killer Joe”, about a crazy cop being hired to kill the mother of some kids, »
With a string a box-office hits under his belt with the likes of 300 and Law Abiding Citizen, as well as acclaimed performances in last years Coriolanus and Machine Gun Preacher, Gerard Butler is set for another action-packed effort. The Scot is in advanced talks to headline director Breck Eisner’s cat-and-mouse thriller Manhunt, which will begin shooting at the end of the year.
The plot will center on a team of specialist FBI agents sent to the North Carolina wilderness to hunt the FBI’s most wanted man, terrorist and survivalist James Tollan. After evading capture with the help of the locals after attacks on the unpopular government, the FBI look for the help of a reluctant bear hunter. Once the team enters the woods, the hunters become the hunted as Tollan becomes hell-bent on surviving and defending his territory.
It is unclear as-yet whether Butler will play villain Tollan, »
- Craig Hunter
Boy, does that Gerard Butler put his name on a lot of projects. Let’s just go down the current list as a quick refresher: Motor City, Olympus Has Fallen, Hunter Killer, and Afterburn — all of which are, realistically, supposed to shoot in 2012. It’s now time to add one more to that list, as Deadline pegs him to be in advanced negotiations for Manhunt, an actioner currently slated for Breck Eisner (The Crazies) to direct.
Scripted by Mark Fergus and Hawk Otsby (Children of Men, Iron Man), the picture revolves around a group of FBI agents in North Carolina, tasked with capturing their #1 target, “domestic terrorist and survivalist James Tollan.” Despite the help of an ever-versatile bear hunter, however, they’re faced with some grave danger when Tollan, as a survivalist, uses his knowledge of the land to fight back. But you can bet that bear hunter also knows a thing or two! »
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They may not be household names like their A-list colleagues, but the actors on this list have appeared in some of our all-time favourite geek movies...
Some actors dabble in sci-fi; others dip their toe into fantasy; some may even make an appearance in the odd horror film - all before returning to the safety of the genres in which they feel more comfortable - perhaps a nice, award-chasing period drama, or a well-paid romantic comedy.
A-listers may see the geeky films that we on this site enjoy and celebrate as fun little side-projects, but there are actors out there who commit full-time to these types of movies. It is high time, therefore, that we credited these individuals with the recognition they deserve.
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10 items from 2012
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