5 items from 2014
As a recent episode of NBC’s Community explored, Nicolas Cage is a very difficult actor to peg down. His career is filled with tremendous performances, from his Oscar-winning role in Leaving Las Vegas to bruisingly funny turns in Adaptation, Raising Arizona and Matchstick Men. At the same time, his filmography is filmed with oddities and schlock that could have wrecked any other actor’s career (need I say more than The Wicker Man remake?) Now, fans of Cage should be content that he is drawing raves once again, for David Gordon Green’s drama Joe, which received an overwhelmingly positive reception at 2013′s Venice and Toronto film festivals.
A new trailer for the film landed today and it gives a few peeks at the range that Cage can show when he really sinks his teeth into a role. If the wealth of praise shown near the trailer’s end is any indication, »
- Jordan Adler
Science fiction, man. I love it. But comic books make me want to hate it. I mean, I get that comic books aren’t really a literary medium. They can be, but they’re read mostly by people avoiding the commitment and sometimes challenge of a more rigorous, if still speculative, format, namely prose. Now I’m not going to pretend that prose Sf&F is always a step up from comics and, in fact, there’s pretty much an equal ratio of turds to gold (there’s some kind of law for this, I think). But so much more effort is put into the “science” part of science fiction in literature than it is in comics, and that seems to be an unfortunate result of the assumption (perhaps correctly) most comic book writers make that their audience isn’t interested in “harder” sci-fi or fantasy. But they try at it anyway sometimes, »
- Chris Melkus
The Autopsy of Jane Doe is produced by Fred Berger (Taking Chance) and Eric Garcia (Matchstick Men) under their Impostor Pictures banner alongside Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh of 42 (Welcome to the Punch, Monsters: Dark Continent). Goldcrest’s Nick Quested and Pascal Degove are serving as executive producers.
Set in a small-town, family-owned mortuary, the film follows father and son coroners who receive a mysterious homicide victim – a beautiful young “Jane Doe.” As they attempt to figure out how she died and who she is, »
- Uncle Creepy
Exclusive: Apocalypse Now star to lead cast on Goldcrest horror.
Goldcrest will be talking to buyers at the Efm about the 2013 Blacklist and Bloodlist project which is due to shoot this summer in London, with additional casting underway.
Based on an original screenplay by Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing, producers are Fred Berger (Taking Chance) and Eric Garcia (Matchstick Men) under their Impostor Pictures banner alongside Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh of 42 (Welcome to the Punch).
Goldcrest’s Nick Quested and Pascal Degove are executive producers with Goldcrest Post handling picture and sound post production. Sheen is repped by ICM.
Øvredal told Screen: »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
London — U.K. distrib Icon Film Distribution has unveiled its new slate following its re-launch last fall with the backing of New Sparta. Pics include “Kill the Trumpet Player,” Don Cheadle’s helming debut about jazz musician Miles Davis, and Lynn Shelton’s comedy “Laggies,” starring Keira Knightley.
As well as helming “Kill the Trumpet Player,” Cheadle (“Crash,” “Hotel Rwanda”) also stars in the project, playing Davis, alongside Ewan McGregor and Zoe Saldana. Cheadle co-wrote the script with Steven Baigelman (“Feeling Minnesota”).
It tells the story of a few dangerous days in the life of Davis as he bursts out of his silent period and conspires with a Rolling Stone writer (McGregor) to steal back his music.
The film, which is in pre-production, is being sold by Im Global. »
- Leo Barraclough
5 items from 2014
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