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Some quick news is coming in from the Cannes Film Market that must be music to both Lionsgate's and Lakeshore Entertainment's ears. It sounds as if The Vatican Tapes is poised to be a rather hot property at the big dance!
From the Press Release
Lakeshore Entertainment’s horror thriller The Vatican Tapes will be written and directed by Mark Neveldine (Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance, Crank) and will be distributed in the Us by Lionsgate with a fall 2014 release. Lakeshore will be starting principal photography in Los Angeles in July. The film is off to a fast start before the opening of the Cannes festival this week, with sales to eOne in Canada, eOne/Hopscotch in Australia, Universum in Germany, Jaguar Film International Distribution in the Middle East, Ipa Asia Pacific in Thailand, D Productions in Turkey, and Sun Distribution Group S.A. in Latin America. Lakeshore and Sierra »
- Uncle Creepy
Lakeshore Entertainment's horror thriller The Vatican Tapes will be written and directed by Mark Neveldine ( Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance , Crank ) and will be distributed in the U.S. by Lionsgate with a fall 2014 release. Lakeshore will be starting principal photography in Los Angeles in July. The film is off to a fast start before the opening of the Cannes festival this week, with sales to eOne in Canada, eOne/Hopscotch in Australia, Universum in Germany, Jaguar Film International Distribution in the Middle East, Ipa Asia Pacific in Thailand; D Productions in Turkey, and Sun Distribution Group S.A. in Latin America. Lakeshore and Sierra Affinity are formally introducing the film to international buyers in Cannes this week. The Vatican Tapes marks Lakeshore's third »
In the latter part of his acting career it seems Nicolas Cage ('Season of the Witch', 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance') more often than not gets attracted towards movies with a slight unusualness to them. Projects with a supernatural/sci-fi theme built in definitely appear to appeal to him. That definitely goes for Kellie Madison's ('Dear Mr Gacy') new upcoming project 'Hotel 33'. Cage (below)has signed up to star in the new mystery thriller project based on a true story which Madison will both write and direct. The project is a co-production between Foresight Unlimited, Envision Entertainment and Emmett/Furla Films with Open Road Films set to distribute. Head below to check out the plot details. »
He added that the reversion did not mean that the studio would necessarily put a Ghost Rider film into development.
"Whenever a character comes back to us, it's usually because the other studios don't want to make the movies anymore - and that usually means the [previous] movies may not have been particularly well received," he said.
"They all have potential, but we're not going to say, 'We got it back - make it!'"
Cage has said that he will not return to the role of Johnny Blaze for a third time.
Feige also confirmed recently that 20th Century Fox's rights to Daredevil had expired, »
News Simon Brew 3 May 2013 - 05:40
It was a sad moment last year when the rights to make Daredevil movies reverted back to Marvel from Fox. Sad, because director Joe Carnahan had put together some work that seemed close to nailing the character for a new big screen interpretation, but was beaten by the clock. A real pity.
A new piece at Entertainment Weekly meanwhile has confirmed that a few more properties are back in Marvel hands. It was already widely assumed that Blade and The Punisher were back in house, although we don't recall seeing anything absolutely official on that. It's definite now. But what is news is that Ghost Rider has reverted back to Marvel Studios too.
That, unsurprisingly, brings to an end Nicolas Cage's tenure in the title role, »
At age 31, Cinematographer Brandon Trost is still considered a youngster in a racket that consists mostly of older men with flowing gray hair and/or unkempt artistic temperaments.
With over 70 titles on IMDb, the young cinematographer has paid more than his share of dues, working on gonzo film sets with gonzo talent (Crank: High Voltage, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance). On each film, or at least once he climbed out of the indie trenches with the Crank sequel, Trost has added his own distinctive look to each film he has touched, regardless of the quality of source material. With the upcoming Townies and This Is the End, Trost is quickly becoming the go-to guy in Hollywood for cream of the crop talent in multiple genres, forging lasting friendships with directors and actors alike. One of the more fruitful relationships he’s forged is with writer/director Rob Zombie, a dream »
- Wayne Gale
Usually films have a beginning, middle and end. That is pretty much the way it works. But sometimes films know they have a sequel coming, or are just the first part of a grander story to tell. This leaves room for those irritating, tantalising twists at the end, the type of endings that leave you wanting more. Obviously the main objective of this is to pile as many viewers into the cinema for the next installment, but when done well can leave the weary audience shocked or exciting.
These endings can kill off a character, change up the facts and leave a burning question in ours minds: What happens next? In recent times, where certain franchises are safe for another sequel, cliffhanger endings have become a more common sight, so for this list we’re taking a look at post-2000 films and their ingenious ending.
- Jordan Wicks
While it should come as no surprise, AMC officially announced today that Talking Dead will return for a third season. Hosted by Chris Hardwick, the series made some changes during the second season, including expanding the show to a one-hour format.
It hasn’t been confirmed what changes will be seen in the third season of Talking Dead, but we’ll have more details later this year. Based on the success of the show, we expect that the one-hour format will continue and that the show will follow the first airing of The Walking Dead.
*Note: We saw a few comments from confused readers, and wanted to confirm that Talking Dead didn’t start until The Walking Dead Season 2 aired. That is why Talking Dead is returning for a third season, while The Walking Dead will be on its fourth.
The cast & crew of The Walking Dead will return to »
- Jonathan James
Superhero movies have quickly went from a niche market to the most successful films in the world. In 2012 there were five big superhero movies, excluding the comic book inspired Men in Black III and straight-to-dvd releases like Punisher: Dirty Laundry. The five movies were The Amazing Spider-Man, The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and Dredd 3D. The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises alone made over $2.5 billion combined. I want to examine how this previously nerdy genre suddenly caught fire and exploded into mainstream popularity.
Superhero movies are nothing new, the first can be traced back to Superman and the Mole Men in 1951. The first successful superhero movie was the 1966 Batman, based on the 1960’s television series starring Adam West. Then, of course, the hugely successful Superman movies arrived in the 1970’s and made Christopher Reeve a household name. The Superman movie warranted three sequels »
- Curtis Dillon
Greetings from the apocalypse! The spring equinox is upon us, and even though we know what it looks like from space what's more important is how it looks from Miami, Florida … bikinis and big booties, yo! This weekend there's lots in store for all my party peeps, unless you're on the east coast, in which case it might snow again. Spring Break, Y'all!
Friday, March 22
Pow! In Theaters
There's a cinematic grudge match happening this year between Roland Emmerich's big budget "White House Down" and this week's solid B-movie rip-off "Olympus Has Fallen," which is somehow hitting screens first. Despite a bravura attack sequence that will leave you genuinely shaken (and possibly xenophobic towards North Koreans), "Olympus" eventually descends into another carbon »
- Max Evry
Considering he named one of his sons Kal-El, it's pretty obvious Nicolas Cage is a big Superman fan, so it must have been a dream come true for him back in the mid-90s when he signed on to portray the Man of Steel in Batman director Tim Burton's reboot Superman Lives. Sadly for Cage, the project fell apart amid ballooning costs after spending a year in pre-production, and after remaining virtually silent on the project in the years following its collapse, the actor has now shared a few thoughts on the ill-fated reboot.
"The fact that Tim and I were pretty far down the road designing [Superman Lives], and I know that with Tim and where I was going to go, we would have done something really special," Cage tells MTV Splash Page. "At least it's out there in the ether that that could have happened, but we don't have to make the movie. »
- Flickering Myth
No rest for the Witch Hunters.
The power of international box office continues to make surprise hits out of films that otherwise flopped here in the States as Paramount has announced a sequel to "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" is officially in development, according to Deadline.
The revisionist fairy tale stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as super-sexy grown-up versions of the hapless brother and sister who ran afoul of a witch and almost ended up as witch food. Now they wander the Earth bringing death to all those who would dare conjure a poisonous brew or cast a dastardly spell.
The film cost at least $50 million and made only a little over $54 million domestically, though it scored a whopping $151 million in international dollars. Paramount is going forward with a sequel since apparently somebody out there likes it, even though us dumb Americans apparently don't know quality when we see it (or, »
- Bryan Enk
Hyde Park-Image Nation and Troika Pictures have announced that actor-singer Nick Jonas will star as the male lead opposite Isabel Lucas in the edgy thriller Careful What You Wish For. The film is directed by Elizabeth Allen (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Aquamarine”) and written by Chris Frisina and Gregg Hurwitz. Careful What You Wish For will be the Grammy-nominated musician’s first lead acting role in a feature film.
In the story, Doug (Jonas) gets more than he bargained for when he starts having an affair with Lena (Lucas), the young wife of an investment banker renting the lake house next door for the summer. The husband’s suspicious death reveals a substantial life insurance policy.
- Michelle McCue
The Walking Dead‘s third season hasn’t finished airing, but the bulk of filming was completed last year and the focus is now on development of the fourth season. With Scott M. Gimple taking over as showrunner of series, it’s being reported that a few new writers are joining the team.
According to THR, Curtis Gwinn (Death Valley), Channing Powell (White Collar), and Matt Negrete (White Collar) will be working in the writers’ room along with Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, and a number of other writers who contributed to the past seasons.
As for what we can expect from the upcoming season, we’ll have more details after the season 3 finale airs. Until then, here are some quotes from a recent Comic Book Resources interview at PaleyFest:
Robert Kirkman: “We’ve always been sort of moving in and out of the comic book, and I think »
- Jonathan James
For those of you who have been hoping to never see another Ghost Rider movie starring Nicolas Cage, today is your lucky day because he's done with it! I enjoyed Mark Neveldine and Bryan Taylor's Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance more than most people. Regardless of how stupid it was, I liked the over-the-top ridiculousness, and I was entertained. Here's what Cage had to say,
I think the ship has sailed on that one. At least with me involved.... Personally, I'm done, I've done what I had to do with that part. You never say never, but right now, today, I would say that I'm done.
I wouldn't be too disappointed if I never saw Cage star in another Ghost Rider movie. Now, I would actually like to see another vision of the comic book character on the big screen, he's such a badass, we just need a writer »
- Joey Paur
Movie News - A stuntman who crashed a motorcycle while performing a stunt is suing the producers of 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance' for over $1 million in damages. Michael 'Crazy Mike' Gaboff has brought a lawsuit against the bosses of the comic book film - which stars Nicolas Cage as the titular character - after a promotional stunt went wrong and left him with life-threatening injuries. Gaboff was left with a broken back, collapsed lungs and second-degree burns after he drove a motorbike into a lake while on fire in an attempt to recreate the flaming skulled anti-hero's antics. He claims producers Break Media, Sony Pictures and Next Point, Inc. were negligent in the execution of the stunt in April 2012 - which was organised to promote the DVD release of the movie - and his lawsuit states the producers showed ''a conscious disregard of the safety of those observing the activity''. »
Mark Steven Johnson's first film in 2007 made $228million globally on a $110million budget and accrued a feeble 26 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Attempting to give it a more gritty style and hold on to the screen rights, Sony brought in directing duo Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor for the semi-reboot Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, which had a lower budget of $57million but made even less at the box office ($132million) than the first outing and was even less popular with critics (17 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes).
Not surprisingly, Cage says he's finished with the franchise - though he insists Spirit of Vengeance was a success in its own way.
He told MTV: "Personally, I'm done. I've done what I had to do with that part. You never say never, but right now, »
- David Bentley
Last year's "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" pulled in a meagre $132 million worldwide. Shot on a fairly modest $57 million, it made a profit but wasn't enough that Sony Pictures isn't keen on pursuing another.
I think the ship has sailed on that one. At least with me involved. I've done what I had to do with that part. You never say never, but right now, today, I would say that I'm done."
In fact, Cage says he'd find it interesting if they moved forward with a female Ghost Rider. The comments come as Sony has been slapped with a lawsuit by a stuntman for a DVD promo gone wrong.
Source: MTV News »
- Garth Franklin
The Croods actor said that he has no plans to reprise his role following 2011's poorly-received Spirit of Vengeance sequel.
"I think the ship has sailed on that one," he told MTV News.
Cage acknowledged the negative press surrounding the most recent outing but said that he was proud of the film.
"Contrary to whatever the perception is, that was an enormously successful movie," he said. "We made it for, like, $47 or $48 million dollars, and it approached $200 million. I view that as a success.
He said that a further instalment could happen, and that "it would be »
News Simon Brew 11 Mar 2013 - 06:11
The commercial success of the first Ghost Rider movie, which saw Nicolas Cage take on the role of Johnny Blaze, didn't lead to a follow-up anywhere near as quickly as some would have expected. Thus, when last year's Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance was released five years on, it bore few ties to the original film, and it spluttered at the box office. Its $132m worldwide take wasn't bad, but it was a good deal less than the first Ghost Rider took.
That said, Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance was also a much cheaper film to make, and as such, it didn't necessarily mark the end of the cinematic series. However, a new interview with Nicolas Cage suggests that he and Johnny Blaze are through.
Chatting to Collider, Cage said of »
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