8 items from 2014
Undoubtedly one of the biggest -- and unique -- actors of his generation, Nicolas Cage got his start in 1982's "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" in a part so small if you blink you'd miss it. Then, after changing his name from Coppola to Cage, the actor's career took off and he's been a leading man ever since.
This week, Cage stars in David Gordon Green's "Joe," as a hot-tempered, but protective ex-con in a role that has critics raving about the actor's restrained performance. Whether or not you're a fan of the intense star, there's no denying he's a cinematic force to be reckoned with.
1. Born Nicolas Coppola, the actor chose Cage as his stage name to honor comic book superhero Luke Cage.
2. Inspired by Superman's birth name, »
- Moviefone Staff
This story of a surly ex-con whose encounter with an almost-teenage version of himself is a return to more modest roots for men in front of and behind the camera in this new release. The star of Joe (in case you’re wondering, this is not a remake of the 1970 urban revenge thriller that starred Peter Boyle as the title character) is Nicolas Cage, who has often become an internet punchline (“Is he a vampire?” and endless “maniac, freak-out” montages) recently. After establishing himself as an off-beat character actor through the 1980′s , he won an Oscar as a boozing writer on a march toward death in Leaving Las Vegas. This lead to a series of big-budget action films with only an occasional foray into the unusual (Adaptation, Matchstick Men). He even entered the Marvel movie universe, starring in two Ghost Rider flicks. But with this new role, he’s squarely »
- Jim Batts
So as promised I watched the first episode of From Dusk Till Dawn the series and….pretty damn good actually. It starts off with a scene that will come to mean more as the series wears on and which calls back to the second straight to DVD From Dusk Till Dawn sequel Hangman’s Daughter which dealt with the origins of Salma Hayek’s Santanico Pandemonium head vampire character. After this we are back in sort of familiar territory with Don Johnson playing a suitably grizzled and weary Texas Ranger Earl McGraw on the look out for the Gecko Brothers who are on the lam and headed for Mexico.
Basically when it comes down to it, From Dusk Till Dawn is like a faithful adaptation of the original novel that the first film was based on if that were the case and it wasn’t an early Tarantino script. So »
- Chris Holt
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
8 items from 2014
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