16 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
Exclusive: France’s Atlantique Productions is set to premiere footage from the second season of Transporter – The Series here in Cannes tomorrow, with showrunner Frank Spotnitz on hand. Based on Luc Besson’s Transporter film franchise, the series stars Chris Vance as professional transporter Frank Martin, who can always be counted on to get the job done — discreetly. Joining Vance is Italian actress Violante Placido who will play Caterina Boldieu, a former French intelligence officer who first met Frank when he rescued her from captivity in North Africa. Two years on, the brilliant strategist has come to work for him. Placido, repped by Apa and The Lasher Group, broke out at home in L’Anima Gemella in 2002 and was nominated for a David di Donatello Best Actress award for Gianni Veronesi’s 2004 Che Ne Sarà Di Noi? Her feature Hollywood credits include Anton Corbijn’s George Clooney-starrer The American »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
Nicolas Cage has earned a recent reputation for picking up paycheck roles, of imbuing his wild energy into projects not entirely deserving of his skills, such as Drive Angry or Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. That's why his back-to-basics turn in David Gordon Green's Joe comes as such a relief: The actor seems energized by his role in the indie, and he delivers a highly praised performance that's unambiguously his best work in years. Cage plays an ex-con who strikes up an unexpectedly paternal bond with young teen Tye Sheridan, and you can see that relationship start to take shape in this exclusive scene where Cage recruits the boy to join his band of "tree poisoners," a gig that will earn Sheridan the money that his drunk father can't be counted on to supply himself. Press play for a look at the film, out April 11. »
- Kyle Buchanan
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Captain Marvel, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, Gotham, Arrow, Son of Batman, Powers, Bananaman and more...
Here in the UK we're just five days away from the start of the 2014 superhero season as Marvel Studios continues Phase Two of its Cinematic Universe with the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The review embargo for Chris Evans' second solo outing lifted on Thursday evening, and it looks like Marvel has knocked it out of the park once again; you can listen to the thoughts of Luke Owen and Scott Davis in the latest Flickering Myth Podcast, and here's an excerpt from Luke's review:
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a movie where everything gels. »
- Gary Collinson
When it comes to superhero adaptations, you'll be hard pressed to find someone with more experience in the genre than David S. Goyer, whose credits include Blade, Blade II, Blade: Trinity, Blade: The Series, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Man of Steel, Batman vs. Superman and the upcoming Constantine TV series. Oh, and there's also Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., the 90s TV movie starring David Hasselhoff. Speaking to Comic Book Resources, Goyer has discussed comic book movie fans, and whether he pays any attention to their expectations when it comes to bringing these characters to the screen...
"You’re dealing with an incredibly vocal but incredibly tiny sort of [group]. That’s a mistake that I think a lot of sometimes networks and movie studios make is sort of listening too much to [them]. I mean, it »
- Gary Collinson
(Cbr) If you thought "Agent 47" needed some extra gravitas, look no further than today’s casting news. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ciaran Hinds has joined the ensemble behind "Agent 47", the latest attempt to adapt the "Hitman" video game franchise. Exact details of his role are unknown, except that he’s part of “a pivotal event involving a scientist.” He joins Rupert Friend as the titular assassin, with Zachary Quinto and Thomas Kretschmann both on board as lead villains. Hinds’ face and body of work are well known to fans, even if his name doesn’t ring immediate bells. He played Julius Caesar on HBO’s "Rome" and currently portrays Wildling leader Mance Rayder on "Game of Thrones". He was also in "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance", but I imagine many of you have burned that memory from your brain faster than you can pee out fire. »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
From our review of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance: “There's no place for ironic love in movie stardom. If someone is a movie star, you want to see them perform based on that star power; nobody watches Brad Pitt ironically. Yet, here's the place Cage finds himself in in 2012 -- he's half-man, half-Internet meme. The fact that there may be no turning back for Cage, that the audience already sees him as a bit of a joke, is maddening." It’s a couple of years later, and public perception of Cage hasn’t changed much. It wasn’t that long ago that Quentin Tarantino once singled out Cage as his favorite working actor, and noted that his career was built on being routinely miscast then rising to the occasion. Now, more ink has been spent on the...
- John Gholson
With Joseph Gordon-Levitt attached to star, produce and possibly direct the upcoming adaptation of the brilliant comic series Sandman, now the time has come to give him a script to work from. Warner Bros. is getting busy with that very task, as writer Jack Thorne has come aboard the project to pen the screenplay. According to Deadline, Thorne will be working from a pitch designed by David S. Goyer, whose previous comic book credits include The Dark Knight trilogy, the Blade trilogy, and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Based on the Neil Gaiman comics that began in 1989, Sandman follows the story of Morpheus, the personification of dreams, who finds himself imprisoned by an occult ritual for 70 years. After managing to escape, he both takes vengeance against the people who kept him in chains and works to rebuild the empire that has crumbled in his absence. Gordon-Levitt will be taking the »
‘RoboCop’ 2014 movie: Full-fledged flop at domestic box office (photo: Joel Kinnaman in ‘RoboCop’ 2014) Directed by José Padilha, and starring Joel Kinnaman and Abbie Cornish, Sony Pictures’ $100 million-budgeted RoboCop 2014 remake opened with disappointing numbers on Wednesday, February 12, 2014. Things improved a bit over the weekend, but there’s no denying that RoboCop 2014 will become a major domestic box office bomb. (See also: José Padilha hates ‘RoboCop’ 2014 filmmaking process.) According to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo, Padilha’s remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 "classic" (as mentioned elsewhere on this site, just about anything made before 2003 is considered a classic these days) landed in third place this extended Presidents Day Weekend, February 14-17, trailing both Warner Bros.’ overwhelmingly well-received The Lego Movie and Sony Pictures / ScreenGems’ low-budget romantic comedy About Last Night. Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street), and featuring the voices of Chris Pratt, »
- Zac Gille
The President’s Day Weekend box office was a big one for 80’s remakes, but it was only really big for one particular 1980’s reboot. Unfortunately for the new RoboCop, that reboot was About Last Night.
MGM’s controversial remake of the 1987 classic RoboCop tried to get a jump on the Valentine’s (Fri)Day openings of romantic reboots of About Last Night and Endless Love by bowing on Wednesday, February 12th, only to be met with considerably less than enthusiastic box office. The numbers got a little better as the weekend played out.
The good news for the remake is that the international box office has been strong (it was No. 1 in 15 out of 24 markets). But here in America all the $100 million redux could muster was a third place, $21.5 million opening weekend. To put that into perspective, that’s half a million less than the 2012 President’s Day weekend »
With its strong date night appeal, About Last Night opened strong on Valentine's Day and wound up ahead of fellow 80s remakes RoboCop and Endless Love this weekend. Still, it was no match for The Lego Movie, which easily led the box office over President's Day weekend.In its second outing, The Lego Movie added $49.8 million. That's a very light 28 percent drop, which is way ahead of most comparable titles (for example, The Lorax fell 45 percent in its second weekend). For the four-day frame, Lego earned $62.5 million, which ranks second all-time for President's Day weekend. So far, Lego has earned $142.8 million, and remains on track to easily surpass $200 million.Playing at 2,253 locations, the About Last Night remake opened to $25.6 million. That's the best opening for a romantic comedy since 2012's Think Like a Man ($33.6 million), which also featured Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy and Regina Hall. It is noticeably lower than »
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Nicolas Cage continues his shift away from B-movie action back to more dramatic, well-received roles this year with the release of Joe, director David Gordon Green's (Prince Avalance) adaptation of Larry Brown's 1991 novel of the same name. Ahead of its arrival in the Spring, Cage has been speaking to Red Bull'sRed Bulletin about his career for a feature that's set to land in next week's edition of the news app, and we've got an exclusive excerpt here where the Oscar-winner talks about reinventing himself as an actor, and whether he regrets any of his recent roles:
Joe is a far cry from the bizarre action spectacles you did in the recent past...
Nicolas Cage: That’s true, I am in the process of reinventing myself in terms of the movies I want to do. I am returning to my roots, which is independently spirited, dramatic characters. Before Joe, »
- Gary Collinson
Feature James Hunt 30 Jan 2014 - 06:25
Comic book movies are solid blockbuster fare now, but there are plenty of adaptations that didn't get the love they deserved...
You might argue that fans of comic book adaptations have had a pretty good decade or so. Between The Avengers movies, the Dark Knight trilogy, and multiple Spider-Man and X-Men films, some of the biggest-grossing action movies of all time have been based on comics. Not bad when you consider that only recently, the medium was considered the preserve of dateless man-children alone.
But here's the thing: not every comic book adaptation lends itself to being a summer tentpole CGI-fest, and just as many get overlooked or forgotten completely by the time the next one comes out. Comic adaptations are coming out thick and fast, and with so much forward momentum it's sometimes worth taking a moment to look back on what's come before. »
Welcome to the 6th annual superhero showdown....
Revisiting Last Year's Predictions...
As always, we'll get things underway with a recap of the past year, as Warner Bros. rebooted Superman and kicked off its DC Movie Universe with Man of Steel, Marvel Studios got Phase Two of the Cinematic Universe underway with Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World, 20th Century Fox banished the ghost of X-Men Origins: Wolverine with The Wolverine, and Universal Pictures found itself struggling in the crowded marketplace with Kick-Ass 2...
Last Year's Prediction - "Kick-Ass 2 has no chance against the big boys, but it should go on to roughly match its predecessor with a global haul of around $75-$80m, while The Wolverine will benefit from the added 3D surcharge to pull in around $350m, which is on par with X-Men: First Class and about average for the franchise. Now that the character is firmly established, »
- Gary Collinson
• 2014 in film preview: sequels
Prepare yourself for the attack of the colons. A week ago, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones came to a cinema near you, and in 2014 you can look forward to Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, 300: Rise of an Empire, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey?, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, The Hobbit: There and Back Again – all of them episodes in ongoing franchises, and all of them with a colon in the middle of the title.
If that weren't dizzying enough, there are three more films released in January alone that use a colon, but which aren't part of a series. »
- Nicholas Barber
Top 10 Mark Harrison 6 Jan 2014 - 06:29
As ever, some spectacular performances were overlooked in last year's rush of movie releases. Here's Mark's pick of the most underrated...
Here on Den Of Geek, It's become something of a tradition that when the end of the year rolls around, and the big awards bodies almost determinedly overlook genre cinema, and that we compile a list of the underrated and underappreciated performances by actors in the last cinematic year.
We've tried to pick out turns that either went unnoticed in most reviews, or simply should have gotten more praise. It's less about the great performances that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences are sure to overlook, than it is about giving praise where it's due.
It's unusual that this is either the most wide-open race in a while, or there aren't nearly enough people talking about who will definitely win »
16 items from 2014
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