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Cult favourite Nicolas Cage has carved out an eclectic and brilliant career spanning the decades and across genres, with forays into action, drama and comic book adaptations to name but a few. To celebrate the release of his latest film, Dying of the Light, out on Blu-ray and DVD from the 2nd March 2015 courtesy of Signature Entertainment, we take a look back at some of his greatest roles.
Dying of the Light (2015)
This brilliant thriller, directed by Paul Schrader and executive produced by cinematic wunderkind Nicolas Winding Refn, stars Cage as Evan Lake, a desk-bound Langley CIA agent, forced into retirement by signs of early onset dementia. At the same time he discovers that his former nemesis, Jihadist Muhhamed Banir (Alexander Karim – Zero Dark Thirty, TV’s Tyrant), is not dead as has been assumed for the last two decades, but alive and receiving experimental medical treatment. Banir’s exact »
- Phil Wheat
Evan Peters knows a thing or two about scaring you silly.
Peters has been a regular cast member of "American Horror Story" since it's groundbreaking first season, playing (in short order) a high school psychopath, an insane asylum inmate (who had a close encounter with extraterrestrials, mutants, and a serial killer), a frat-boy Frankenstein monster, and, most recently, a freak-show performer with lobster claws for hands. Scary right?
Well in this week's "The Lazarus Effect," the latest production by "Paranormal Activity" and "Insidious" mastermind Jason Blum, Peters is back in the oogey-boogey business, this time playing a grad student who is working, along with Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass, and Donald Glover, on a top secret project that could bring people back from the dead. What could go wrong, right? Riiiiiight.
We recently spoke to Peters about what he finds so appealing about the horror genre, whether or not he'll be »
- Drew Taylor
Anyone who has seen Kingsman: The Secret Service will know just how exhilarating and plain-old entertaining it is. Matthew Vaughn eschewed the modern trend of taking a mature approach to the blockbuster, and instead glittered it with over-the-top flair and visuals. The acclaim and box office that Kingsman has received suggests that audiences have been pining to return to this trend, too. But Matthew Vaughn didn.t reinvent the wheel with Kingsman. Far from it. In fact, Vaughn.s inspiration and influences were blasted across the screen, and it speaks volumes that despite these obvious tips of the hat, Kingsman: The Secret Service still felt fresh and original. But which directors clearly influenced Matthew Vaughn.s work on Kingsman: The Secret Service? Well, to start with, here are the six most obvious. Quentin Tarantino Quentin Tarantino.s influence on Matthew Vaughn has been apparent since Kick-Ass. However, while most impressionable »
An appearance from Nicolas Cage in a good film now seems as common as a unicorn sighting or finding a Freddo that’s still only 10p. Whilst we still await the other two occurrences with great anticipation, Deadline have revealed that Cage will be making a potential comeback, courtesy of the Edward Snowden biopic from Oliver Stone which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Based on Luke Harding’s book ’The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man’ and ‘Time of the Octopus’ by Anatoly Kucherena, Snowden will tell the story of the U.S. whistleblower who sought asylum in Russia after leaking classified files from the Nsa to the media in 2013. Levitt is set to star as the titular secret-spiller, whilst Cage is down to play a former U.S. Intelligence official.
The Oscar winning star (yeah, that happened once) is just the recent »
- Nicholas Staniforth
Michael Stevens for 'The Good' :
"Based on the 'graphic' graphic novel series by Mark Millar of "Kick-Ass" fame, director Matthew Vaughn's amusing take on the spy-film genre, takes delight in adapting the story of a gentlemen-run clandestine organization that recruits a 'Marty McFly'-like son (Taron Egerton) of a top field agent killed in the line of duty...
"...into a "My Fair Lady" transformative, ultra-competitive training program...
"...while a global threat emerges from a lisping, tech criminal named 'Valentine' (Samuel L. Jackson).
"Colin Firth as 'Agent Harry Hart' aka ''Galahad', steals most of the film's thunder...
"... as a slimmer, dapper version of brolly-swinging Brit super spy 'Steed' from the 1960's "Avengers" TV series...
"...with deadly gadgets and expert fighting skills, »
- Michael Stevens
Sneak Peek another new teaser trailer including "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" footage, put together by an ambitious fan in support of Marvel Studios' "Captain America: Civil War", currently in pre-production:
"We've been preparing for the movie since the last one debuted last year", said co-director Anthony Russo. "So, we've been working on it for a long time now.
"We're very happy how it's coming along. 'Captain America 3' is gonna' be called 'Captain America: Civil War' and it's going to star Chris Evans...
"The new element in this film," said Joe Russo, "is that 'Captain America' and 'Iron Man' get into a fight with each other."
With the working production title Sputnik", the new film will be based on the 2006–2007 Marvel Comics' crossover, »
- Michael Stevens
After a record-breaking berth last weekend due to Valentine’s Day and much upfront demand, Fifty Shades of Grey plummeted down to reality, but still finished in first place with an estimated $23.2 million. That is a 73% drop from its opening last weekend, which broke a record for the month of February. With mixed word-of-mouth and the lack of a romance-themed holiday boosting ticket sales, a large drop was expected. However, even when compared to female-skewing adaptations of popular books, it was steep. In comparison, the most a Twilight film fell in its sophomore weekend was 70%, while The Fault in Our Stars fell 69% last June. Valentine’s Day, which opened in the same frame five years ago, dropped 70% in its second weekend.
- Jordan Adler
Actress Scarlett Johansson will return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Russian agent 'Black Widow', with actor Daniel Brühl ("Inglourious Basterds") as a Marvel Comics' super-villain in Marvel Studios' third "Captain America" solo feature, "Captain America: Civil War":
Brühl will play Third Reich maniac 'Baron Zemo'.
The original Marvel Comics' 'Zemo' was one of the top scientists in the Third Reich, creating weapons of mass destruction, including a large-scale death ray cannon, a disintegration pistol and androids of considerable strength and invulnerability, resulting in Zemo becoming one of the most reviled figures throughout Europe.
In an attempt to regain a level of anonymity, Zemo began wearing a reddish-pink hood over his face as he continued to build weapons.
His scientific breakthroughs also included 'Adhesive X', which after a confrontation with Captain America, bonded to his face, quickly seeping inside and permanently attaching the hood to his flesh, »
- Michael Stevens
Haven’t seen Matthew Vaughn‘s R-rated action flick “Kingsman: The Secret Service” yet? Then you may want to click elsewhere, because a minor scene that has gotten everyone’s attention is about to get spoiled. Vaugh, who also directed “Kick-Ass” and “X-Men: First Class,” defended his decision to end the 20th Century Fox spy movie with a princess rewarding the hero for saving the world by offering him — wait, are you still here? Ok! Your choice. Also Read: Colin Firth’s ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ Cracks Box-Office Case With $41M Debut Anal sex. She offers the rookie Kingsman, named Eggsy (Taron Egerton), anal sex. »
- Greg Gilman
Written by Mark Millar
Art by Duncan Fegredo
Published by Image Comics
In Mph #5, Mark Millar and Duncan Fegredo turn to time travel to fix everyone’s problems and give every semi-likable character some semblance of a happy ending. The issue begins with Chevy, who seemed like the de facto hero for most the series, completely misusing his super speed powers and attack not only the government, but also his friends Rosa and Roscoe as well as random bystanders. However, the possible lesson of the corrupting power of wealth is all but brushed aside midway through the comic, and Chevy ends up looking like a one-dimensional psychopath, who makes even the jowly Fed Agent Cutler look like a sympathetic (and even cool) character.
Duncan Fegredo’s gritty, grimy art style fits the subject matter and ultraviolence of the first part of Mph »
- Logan Dalton
Kingsman: The Secret Service is, hopefully, a watershed moment for spy action movies. Much in the way The Bourne Identity did in 2002, Kingsman has such a fresh new take on the genre that it begs to be the new standard these films are compared to. Kingsman could have so easily been the lazy bit of satire I feared it would be in the run up to the movie and it avoided nearly all of the pitfalls that could have felled it. It did step in to one big pit and while it put a bit of a crimp in my enjoyment of the movie it was at least a spectacular and bold piece of failure and I suppose tasteless and vexing is always better than boring.
Matthew Vaughn directs action sequences in Kingsman that are nothing short of brilliant. He shoots action with wider angles and without cuts like they »
- Arthur Tebbel
“This is not that kind of movie,” the characters in the spy spoof “Kingsman: The Secret Service” repeatedly remind us. There is no denying, however, that it’s a breakout hit. The comic book adaptation starring Colin Firth and directed by Matthew Vaughn (“Kick-Ass”) is heading for a strong $41 million and second place at the box office over the Presidents Day weekend. Those aren’t 007-sized grosses, and they’re a little less than half of what the leader “Fifty Shades of Grey” brought in. But it’s about $10 million more than analysts and Twentieth Century Fox had projected for »
- Todd Cunningham
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More like 50 Shades of Green. The phenomenon Fifty Shades Of Grey became the motion-picture event for Valentine’s Day with an estimated $81 million at the holiday weekend box office and earned $239.7 million around the globe this weekend
Opening in 59 markets, the film brought in a massive $158 million overseas, ranks fifth all-time among R-rated movies and is the biggest debut ever for a female director.
The film adaptation that had been the subject of widespread speculation and boundless curiosity, whose first trailer became YouTube’s most-watched movie trailer last year, is on the big screen playing at 3,646 locations.
Read Michael Haffner’s review Here. »
- Movie Geeks
While promoting "Kingsman: The Secret Service," director Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass) spoke about "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and which direction he was planning to take the story. "I had a whole different idea of how 'X-Men' should go," he told MTV. "I thought 'Days of Future Past' should be the next one and be set in the '80s. So, when I wrote the treatment, I then wrote 'Kingsman' and got confused about which film I should direct next. The I said to Fox, 'Let me do 'Kingsman' now, get somebody else in and we'll do the '70s version, recast Wolverine, and then we do 'Days of Future Past' with the new Wolverine and Hugh [Jackman], and make it the biggest spectacle we've ever seen." From the first "X-Men" film, Wolverine has been played by Jackman. We saw the character as a child in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine, »
Playing at 3,646 locations, the big-screen adaptation of the insanely popular novel Fifty Shades of Grey opened to an estimated $30.2 million yesterday. That ranks fourth all-time among R-rated movies behind The Matrix Reloaded ($37.5 million), The Hangover Part II ($31.6 million) and American Sniper ($30.3 million).
It doesn't look quite as impressive when compared to past female-skewing book adaptations, though. The first Twilight movie took in $36 million on its first day*remember, that was before the series was a full-on phenomenon*while The Fault in our Stars opened to $26.1 million last June.
If Fifty Shades of Grey plays like those movies, it will wind up with less than $70 million over the four-day weekend. Universal isn't expecting it to do much better*their current forecast has it earning around $76 million.
At the same time, »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Filmmaker Matthew Vaughn's already well-established catalog (X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass) gains a new entry this week with the release of his comedy spy adventure and arguably best film to date, Kingsman: The Secret Service. This James Bond meets Attack the Block romp was scripted by Vaughn and frequent collaborator Jane Goldman, and is based on the comic The Secret Service by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons.
Taron Egerton stars as Eggsy, a study in wasted potential due to bad influences and an unsteady home environment who's recruited to a secret organization of upper-crust spies by Harry Hart, aka Galahad (Colin Firth). Only one recruit can complete the training, and Eggsy is at a disadvantage competing with his well-heeled rivals. This theme of class warfare is reflected in the larger story as quirky internet billionaire Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) carries out an evil world-wide plot that the Kingsmen must foil. »
- Mike Saulters
"Kingsman: The Secret Service" is a rousing new action film directed by Matthew Vaughn. It concerns the exploits of an order of British secret agents called the Kingsmen, who protect the world from all manner of evildoers. A Kingsman, code named Lancelot, has just died and the group must find a replacement for him. Colin Firth's character Harry Hart chooses a young street tough named Eggsy as his candidate for the job. Eggsy's dad was a Kingsman years ago and saved Hart's life, which Hart hopes to make up for by mentoring his son. There are quite a few other candidates as well, who all must go through a rigorous training process to see who might be worthy of the job. At the same time the selection process is going on, Firth's character investigates the kidnapping of a scientist, tracing the trail back to an internet mogul named Richmond Valentine. »
- Daniel W. Tafoya
Chicago – Part James Bond, part absurdist adventure, “Kingsman: The Secret Service” is nonetheless a romp, with Colin Firth handling the Brit spy role with a natural aplomb. If the notion of a super secret rogue spy agency under a London tailor shop is something that sounds intriguing, that doesn’t even begin to tell the tale.
This is an origin story adapted from a comic book, so the recruits have to be gathered, and the roots of the Kingsmen must be extrapolated, but that is as interesting as the main case. Colin Firth gets to kick some ass, which is appropriate because the director adapting the film is Matthew Vaughn, who directed the first “Kick-Ass” movie. As in the previous film there is graphic, cartoony violence and sharp cinematic work, and Vaughn revels in keeping the characters under his care a bit on edge. Even the old veteran Michael Caine – as the senior Kingsman, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Eddie Murphy, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Evans, Dakota Johnson, Jennifer Lopez, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Margot Robbie will be presenters at this year’s Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced on Thursday. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.
Murphy received an Oscar nomination for his supporting role in the 2006 film “Dreamgirls.” He has starred in such features as “Bowfinger” (1999), “The Nutty Professor” (1996), “Coming to America” (1988), “Beverly Hills Cop” (1984) and “48 Hrs.” (1982), and has lent his voice talents to all four of the “Shrek” animated features to date. He will next be seen in the independent drama “Cook.”
Ejiofor received his first Oscar nomination last year for his lead performance in “12 Years a Slave.” He previously appeared in such features as “Salt” (2010), “American Gangster” (2007), “Children of Men” (2006) and “Dirty Pretty Things” (2003). His upcoming films include “Z for Zachariah” and “Triple Nine. »
- Michelle McCue
The kind of action extravaganza only a truly fallen civilization can produce, Kingsman: The Secret Service will both entertain you and send you running to the shower. Adapted (loosely) from Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons's gleefully brutal 2012 comic book The Secret Service with in-your-face visual bravado by Matthew Vaughn (who also turned Millar's Kick-Ass into a similarly deranged and beautiful killfest), this tale of a young tough getting introduced into a clandestine espionage network takes a familiar setup and upends it with comically stylized brutality. The film knows its story is an obvious one. "Have you seen Trading Places, Nikita, Pretty Woman?" Colin Firth's Harry Hart (code name: Galahad) asks our hero Eggsy (Taron Egerton), a council estate kid with a chip on his shoulder. Eggsy hasn't heard of those films, but he has heard of My Fair Lady, one of Kingsman's less intuitive reference points. Due to »
- Bilge Ebiri
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