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It took prolific producer Ashok Amritraj and his Hyde Park Entertainment and Image Nation Abu Dhabi under their long standing joint venture’s to fully finance the drama about the U.S. foreclosure crisis, which cost less than $10 million.
“99 Homes,” which premiered at Venice and played at Telluride and Toronto, will screen at Afm this week, after selling U.S. rights to new distributor Broad Green Pictures for $3 million in September. The film, co-written and directed by Ramin Bahrani (“Chop Shop”), tells the story of a single dad (Garfield) evicted from his Florida home by an unscrupulous real estate agent (Michael Shannon).
Amritraj describes a difficult atmosphere now in the film business, where the studios are unlikely to bankroll small dramas. “I think it’s up to us to get these movies made, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Nicolas Cage’s mysterious life often seems like a … Book of Secrets (sorry, we had to). The Oscar-winning actor, 50, has made some of the oddest, wide-ranging career choices in Hollywood history, from starring in critically-acclaimed films like 1995’s Leaving Las Vegas and 1987’s Moonstruck to ridiculous box office flops like 2011’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and Drive Angry. In a rare new interview with Britain’s The Times Magazine, the always-viral Cage opened up about his life, his critics, and his seemingly bizarre oeuvre. “I’m proud of [...] »
Idris Elba's Reddit Ama provided a few key facts about Elba's career. He would totally play James Bond, and he loves Mary Poppins, but perhaps most importantly, it added a crucial detail to the ever-expanding web that is The Nicolas Cage Mythos. Elba talked about an odd incident that occurred while the two were shooting Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance together in Romania in 2010. In Elba's own words: "… Nic Cage came back one day on set … and he looked a little bit tired, a little bit - kind of like he'd been up all night. So I was like, »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
DreamWorks has been developing a live-action Ghost in the Shell adaptation for several years. Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) signed on to direct in January. The Wrap reports Margot Robbie is now in early talks to star. The report does not specify the role, but the lead protagonist in the original manga by Masamune Shirow is Major Motoko Kusanagi, the leader of a covert ops unit that fights cyber-terrorists. Motoko has a fully synthetic cyborg body but retains her human essence/soul or “ghost.” After a couple notable supporting roles in About Time and The Wolf on Wall Street, studio executives clearly believe Robbie can carry a big production. In addition to the Ghost in the Shell possibility, Robbie stars opposite Will Smith in Focus (February 27, 2015) and is currently shooting Tarzan (July 1, 2016). William Wheeler (The Cape) scripted the adaptation. Avi Arad (The Amazing Spider-Man), Steven Paul (Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance »
- Brendan Bettinger
With more superhero films being greenlit every hour, Wesley Snipes is reportedly about to commit to making Blade 4. Rumors of another Blade sequel have been floating for a few years, but things stalled when Blade 3 unperformed critically and financially.
In a recent interview with MTV, Snipes was asked about the prospect of returning to the character.
“I'd be open to it,” Snipes said. “I think we've got some stones left unturned and there's some latitude left for us to build on and I'd love to get back in the suit again and do some things I've learned how to do now that I didn't know how to do then.”
The Blade Trilogy
The first three Blade movies were released in 1998, 2002 and 2004. David S. Goyer wrote all three films (along with Batman Begins, Man of Steel and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance). The first movie, »
Callies will play Nicolas Cage's estranged wife who must work together with Cage's character to save their missing son from a supernatural ghost, reports Deadline.
Callies is best known for playing Lori Grimes on AMC's zombies series The Walking Dead. The actress left the series on third season.
Callies also previously appeared in Prison break and House.
Confession: I think Nicolas Cage is a great actor. And not just because of Oscar-quality performances like those in Adaptation and Leaving Las Vegas. No, the movie that introduced me to Cage’s gifts was National Treasure. And while Cage did return to the big screen for a sequel, the series deserves to become an even bigger franchise.
The National Treasure movies were made in the wake of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, an immensely popular, thrilling, if not particularly well-written novel about conspiracy theories and mini-art history lessons. National Treasure is the American Da Vinci Code—and »
- Jacob Shamsian
These are the people the Dccu is being founded on. I'm sorry to all those that are offended by these facts, but you can't take a bunch of rotten tomatoes and throw them in a basket... and then magically get a fresh tomato. And no, Marvel isn't paying off Rt, Warners Brothers Runs The Site. Last 3 movies Zack Snyder has directed: Man of Steel - 56% Rotten Sucker Punch - 23% Rotten Legend of the Guardians - 50% Rotten Every movie David Goyer has ever written that wasn't directed by Christopher Nolan: Man of Steel - 56% Rotten Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance - 18% Rotten The Unborn - 11% Rotten Jumper - 16% Rotten Ghost Rider - 26% Rotten The Invisible - 20% Rotten Blade Trinity - 26% Rotten Zigzag - 40% Rotten Blade II - 59% Rotten Dark City - 74% Fresh! Blade - 55% Rotten On Deadly Ground - »
Marvel’s got a new star (or five) in its roster: Guardians of the Galaxy launched to an estimated $94 million this weekend in 4,080 theaters, setting a new record for an August debut. (The previous winner was 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum, with $69.3 million.) That’s the third biggest opening of 2014 so far, behind Transformers: Age of Extinction ($100 million) and Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($95 million). It’s also the seventh best opening in history for a non-sequel (or sixth if you count Marvel’s The Avengers as a mega-sequel), outpacing other superhero series debuts such as 2011’s Thor ($65.7 million »
- Adam Markovitz
For this week’s quiz we were going to tie in to the release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes by keeping it simple with one question: what the hell happened at the end of the 2001 reboot? But hey, even Tim Burton couldn’t answer that one, so instead, with the San Diego Comic Con-International on the horizon we’ve decided it’s high time we tested your knowledge of superhero movies. So, if you’re feeling confident, take the quiz below and see how many of the 25 superhero movies you can name – and don’t forget to share your score for all to see…
Question 2 Watchmen Minutemen Justice League
Question 5 The Fantastic Four Fantastic Four Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Question 6 Superman: The Movie »
- Gary Collinson
When the Vatican brings out the heavy artillery and officially sends two priests to handle an exorcism, you know they mean business… and so does the demon they’ve been sent to face. This latest spiritual showdown is at the center of director Mark Neveldine’s upcoming film, The Vatican Tapes, which just received a release date.
Neveldine announced via Twitter that The Vatican Tapes will hit theaters on February 27th, 2015. A frequent collaborator with filmmaker Brian Taylor (they co-directed Crank, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, and two other films) Neveldine makes his solo directing debut with The Vatican Tapes. Here’s the synopsis (courtesy of ComingSoon.net):
“The Vatican Tapes follows the haunting tale of 27-year-old Angela Holmes, played by Dudley, an ordinary girl who begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close to her, causing serious injury and death. The local priest, Father Lozano (Peña), examines »
- Derek Anderson
Two new release dates were announced today: Summit scheduled Child 44 starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, and Joel Kinnaman for release on April 17, 2015. Director Mark Neveldine (Crank) announced his next feature The Vatican Tapes opens February 27, 2015. More on both projects after the jump. Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) directed the adaptation of the Tom Rob Smith novel, Child 44. Vincent Cassel, Paddy Considine, Jason Clarke, Josef Altin, Sam Spruell, Ned Dennehy, Dev Patel, and Nikolaj Lie Kaas co-star. Here's the official synopsis: Based on the first novel in author Tom Rob Smith’s best-selling trilogy, Child 44 tells the story of a man fighting to reclaim his humanity from a system that requires him to sacrifice it in order to survive. Michael Peña, Djimon Hounsou, Dougray Scott, Kathleen Robertson, Peter Andersson, Olivia Dudley, John Patrick Amedori, Cas Anvar, and Alex Sparrow star in The Vatican Tapes. The story centers »
- Brendan Bettinger
Director Mark Neveldine took to Twitter this evening to tell the world that his next film, The Vatican Tapes, is going to hit theaters on February 27, 2015. Michael Peña, Academy Djimon Hounsou, Dougray Scott, Kathleen Robertson, Peter Andersson, Olivia Dudley, John Patrick Amedori, Cas Anvar and Alex Sparrow. This is Neveldine's first solo feature. He previously helmed the Crank films, Gamer and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance with Brian Taylor.
The post ‘The Vatican Tapes’ Gets a 2015 Release Date appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
After over sixty years of ups and downs, Marvel was poised to begin building its film empire right at the start of the new millennium. Blade had released in 1999 and showed that a Marvel character could be successful on screen for the first time, and Marvel Studios was licensing its characters to production companies after their comic book successes in the 90s. At that point, no one knew what a huge success Marvel movies would be and few companies were willing to give a Marvel property the budget it needed to be done well. No one would have believed that in a little over a decade, Marvel would be at the forefront of Hollywood. Today we’ll look at the movies Marvel released from 2000 on and analyze what it took to build an empire.
Movies are changing, and Marvel is at the helm. Join us for part 2 of a four »
- email@example.com (Nick Vollmer)
Ever since his Academy Award-winning turn in Raising Arizona, Nicolas Cage has taken on a few decent roles (including in Adaptation. and Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans) and lots of bizarre ones (including in meritless pieces of dreck like Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and the upcoming Rage). However, he may be in for a career resurgence thanks to his amazing performance in Joe, which is no doubt one of the best films the actor has ever been associated with. And as the film prepares to hit Blu-Ray and DVD on June 17th, we’re pleased to be able to exclusively share with you a clip from “The Making of Joe” featurette.
In the film, from director David Gordon Green, Cage gives a tour-de-force performance as the titular character, an ex-convict who takes a young boy (Tye Sheridan) under his wing and is eventually faced with a »
- Isaac Feldberg
The directors of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance have joked that they want their movie to be erased by the time-travelling X-Men.
X-Men: Days of Future Past sees Wolverine head back in time to change the history of the mutant race.
Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, who directed the Ghost Rider sequel, tweeted from their joint account, saying: "vaughn xmen change the future to eradicate ratner universe, could they eradicate all ghost rider universes while they're at it?"
vaughn xmen change the future to eradicate ratner universe, could they eradicate all ghost rider universes while they're at it?
— neveldine/taylor (@neveldinetaylor) May 28, 2014
‘Batman vs. Superman’ movie: Batsuit, Batmobile revealed — Will the world ever be the same again?? (photo: Brooding Ben Affleck as Batman in ‘Batman vs. Superman’) Batman vs. Superman director Zack Snyder has used his Twitter account to post a couple of monochrome shots taken on the set of his upcoming DC Comics flick, ahem, epic. One, posted yesterday (May 12, 2014), shows a half-covered Batmobile, featuring the accompanying tweet: "Could be time to pull the tarp … Tomorrow?" Oh, the suspense! The Internet is on fire. Comic book nerds are having Twitter orgasms. Since yesterday morning, Snyder’s Batmobile tweet has been retweeted 16,150 times and favorited another 9,733 times. For comparison’s sake: In the last four hours, the New York Times‘ tweet linking to a report about the Syrian government using chlorine gas in attacks has been retweeted all of 47 times. Even more pressing news such as "Alec Baldwin Arrested After Biking the »
- Andre Soares
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
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