7 items from 2013
Looks like Ethan Hawke might make the cut for the next season of "My Crazy Obsession." Weirder than a pig obsession or wanting to be a merman, Ethan Hawke has come out and said he has an obsession with Nicolas Cage. This is pretty bizarre. After thinking for a few seconds, the only explanation has to be that since Ethan's last name is "Hawke," and hawks are often kept trapt in cages, maybe Ethan Hawke has some sort of Stockholm syndrome affection for the star of "Bangkok Dangerous."
- Todd Van Luling
Director: Simon West.
Running Time: 96 minutes.
Synopsis: A recently released thief trying to go straight frantically searches for his missing teenage daughter who has been kidnapped and locked in the trunk of a taxi by a former criminal partner.
In many people’s eyes, it’s difficult to know where it all went wrong for Nicolas Cage. The Oscar-winner may still be a box-office draw when in the right project and gives genuine oomph to many roles, but he’s been involved in more guff than greats. Cage’s latest effort sees him reunite with his Con Air director Simon West, and while the duo’s 1997 all-star action spectacle is a massive guilty pleasure, the fact Stolen went straight-to-dvd in the States suggests it may be better to “put the bunny back in the box” and »
- Craig Hunter
Nicolas Cage has played some pretty insane characters in his day, which is why we guess it makes sense that Dreamworks honcho Jeffrey Katzenberg asked him to provide voice to Shrek, the lovable green ogre in the film of the same name. But amazingly for a guy who has made The Wicker Man, Con-Air, The Rock, and Bangkok Dangerous (we could go on), Nic turned him down!
The character is so heavily identified with Mike Myers, but Nic was actually the first choice for the role. Sadly seems like Nic has some self esteem issues, because the thought of playing an ugly monster proved a little too much for him. “We were talking about Shrek and I just didn’t want to look like an ogre,” he told the Daily Mail during the red carpet premiere of The Croods. “Maybe I should have done it looking back.” Errr, considering the »
- Jordan Runtagh
Thanks to his losses to the Bernie Madoff scheme, we've been given a long stream of major Nicolas Cage performances in the last few years, good (Kick-Ass) and bad (The Wicker Man, Bangkok Dangerous, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Next, Knowing, take your pick, really). A screenshot for one of his newest films has been released, and it only really has one memorable feature: what might be the fakest beard seen onscreen in recent history. »
- Get The Big Picture
Toronto - The 3D phenomenon has Lionsgate pacting with Samsung Electronics to make theatrical 3D titles available in the home entertainment market. The Consumer Electronics Show announcement will see the indie studio use Samsung's proprietary 3D image processing technology to deliver new 3D versions of Lionsgate action films like Gamer, Crank and Bangkok Dangerous. Other theatrical titles will also be put in the pipeline for 3D conversion and release on DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Est and VOD platforms. "The home entertainment market is ripe for a premium technology like 3D, and consumers have consistently demonstrated their willingness to pay for added
- Etan Vlessing
Lionsgate will convert a number of its movies to 3D for DVD and other home entertainment platforms as part of a new partnership with Samsung to expand 3D viewing at home. The studio will convert already released action films "Gamer," "Crank," "Bangkok Dangerous" and horror film "The Descent" to 3D for DVD, Blu-ray, electronic sell-through and video-on-demand. Several of the studio's upcoming films will also be converted to 3D before their theatrical release, ensuring a steady stream of new 3D titles for the home entertainment space. "The home entertainment market is ripe »
- Lucas Shaw
Consumers aren’t going to buy many 3D TV sets unless they have more content to watch on them. The independent studio said at the International CES confab in Las Vegas today that it will help the cause by using Samsung’s image processing technology to create 3D home video versions of action films Gamer, Crank, and Bangkok Dangerous as well as horror film The Descent. Lionsgate says that it has “a number of additional theatrical titles in the pipeline for the next wave of conversions” starting with “library titles that have already demonstrated success on DVD, Blu-ray, [electronic sell through] and VOD platforms.” Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television and Digital Distribution Jim Packer says that consumers “have consistently demonstrated their willingness to pay for added value.” Samsung Svp Kyungshik Lee says that the partnership “will provide the best 3D viewing experiences to Samsung Smart TV consumers.” »
- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor
7 items from 2013
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