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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 now 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 location is unknown »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Quite frankly, it's shocking that Mark Duplass had time to film a lead role in this weekend's supernatural shocker "The Lazarus Effect." After all, he stars in a well-regarded cable show ("The League") and writes, directs, and stars in his own series for HBO ("Togetherness"), while appearing in or co-directing or producing one out of every three movies that debuts at Sundance or South by Southwest (things like "Safety Not Guaranteed," "The One I Love," "Creep," etc.) and filming bits in high profile studio movies (everything from "Zero Dark Thirty" to "Tammy"). Homeboy is busy.
In "The Lazarus Effect," though, he plays a character who might have even more on his mind than Duplass himself, as a grad school scientist working on a new serum that can bring people back from the dead. When his wife and fellow scientist (played by Olivia Wilde) is killed during an experiment, he makes »
- Drew Taylor
Excuse us if we go out on a limb here, but something tells us the collective brain trust at The Academy is glad this awards season has mercifully come to an end. After an incredibly diverse 86th Academy Awards ceremony, where "12 Years a Slave" took Best Picture, a Mexican filmmaker won Best Director, Lupita Nyong'o earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar and John Ridley won Best Adapted Screenplay, the Oscars appeared to take a step back in 2015. It wasn't just that "Selma" was snubbed in a number of major categories. The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag became a historical footnote that will haunt the Academy for years (and, trust, it will be back again if the public wills it). But it had more to do with all white nominees in the acting categories than just "Selma" itself. This also brought to light that it was yet another year without a female nominee in the Best Director category, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Sc International Pictures will finance and produce.
Production companies are Sc International Pictures in association with Link Entertainment and 2Dux2. Producers are Forster, Craig Baumgarten, Michael Selby and Jillian Kugler; Brian Wilkins, Ron Perlman and Renee Wolfe will exec produce.
Lively will star as a blind woman who regains her sight, and Clarke will portray her husband. With her sight restored, the couple begin to discover previously unseen and disturbing details about themselves, their marriage and their lives.
“Blake is an amazing actress with a huge onscreen presence who I know will bring enormous talent to the role, and Jason is captivating, strong and fearless in his work, »
- Dave McNary
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
There’s a version of this article that tries to argue that Chris Pratt is the secret Mvp of the Parks and Recreations universe, combing through all the previous hours of the series to show just how Pratt’s performance as Andy Dwyer provided it energy and jokes that flushed out the show’s comic tone better than almost any other character. The article would then end with an impassioned plea for Hollywood to take notice and not waste this clearly singular comic talent. That article doesn’t exist because Chris Pratt did the unthinkable and went and made himself a big ol’ movie star.
The notion that a relatively low-performing sitcom airing on broadcast television could have within its stable of stars two McU superheroes (Ant-Man, coming this summer) is relatively ridiculous, even given that one of those stars is Paul Rudd. But Chris Pratt has spent seven seasons »
- Jj Perkins
Lost in the Pacific
Brandon Routh ("Superman Returns") and Zhang YuQi ("White Deer Plain") are set to topline the cast of Vincent Zhou's multinational sci-fi thriller "Lost in the Pacific" at Arclight Films. Filming begins shortly at the Pinewood Malaysia Studios ahead of a 3D release around year's end.
Set in 2020, the story follows a group of elite passengers on board the inaugural luxury, transoceanic flight of a "futuristic Titanic in the sky". [Source: Variety]
Ferrell will play a husband who joins with his neighbors to start an illegal casino in his basement after he and his wife blow their daughter’s college fund. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
Details on Chastain’s role are unfortunately vague, so we don’t know if she’ll be on the Huntsman’s side, or if she’ll join forces with Blunt, whose character the Ice Queen is seeking revenge for the death of Theron’s evil queen in Snow White and the Huntsman.
- James Garcia
Golden Globe-winning Zero Dark Thirty star Chastain has been cast as the Huntsman's (Hemsworth) love interest in the spinoff.
The prequel was originally supposed to be directed by Frank Darabont, but he quit the project in January.
The Snow White And The Huntsman spinoff has just added two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain (The Help, Zero Dark Thirty) to its cast, finally making it worthy of putting on your radar. Her specific role has not yet been revealed; just that she joins the returning Chris Hemsworth as his love interest. Charlize Theron returns as well and Emily Blunt will play the films villain. Last month we told you that Frank Darabont had left The Huntsman due to creative differences and we know »
- Graham McMorrow
Three Variety critics agree to disagree about Oscar winners and losers both onscreen and on the Dolby stage.
Peter Debruge: Last year, the Academy made a statement in giving the best picture award to “12 Years a Slave.” This time around, over the course of a spread-the-wealth evening, it was the winners’ turn to speak their minds, and they did so in force, using Hollywood’s prom as a podium to demand equal rights — for women (“Boyhood’s” only winner, Patricia Arquette), for African-Americans (Common and John Legend, accepting “Selma’s” only win), for gays (“The Imitation Game” writer Graham Moore, urging young Lgbt viewers to “stay weird, stay different” as he collected the film’s lone statue), for those with disabilities (both Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne turned the spotlight on talents who achieved while coping with Als), and for immigrants (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, offering a plea on behalf of »
- Peter Debruge, Justin Chang and Scott Foundas
London — Director Asif Kapadia has started to shoot “Ali & Nino,” which is produced by Kris Thykier, and adapted from Kurban Said’s novel by Christopher Hampton. Im Global is handling international sales.
Adam Bakri (“Omar”) and Maria Valverde (Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings”) will star as the titular star-crossed lovers, and will be joined by a cast that includes Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland,” “Criminal Minds,” “The Princess Bride”) and Connie Nielsen (“Nymphomaniac,” “Gladiator”), playing Nino’s parents Gregor and Tamar Kipiani.
Other cast include Riccardo Scamarcio (“Loose Canons,” “My Brother Is an Only Child”), Homayoun Ershadi (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Kite Runner”), Fakhraddin Manafov (“Try Not to Breathe,” “Good Bye, Southern City”), Assaad Bouab (“Days of Glory,” “Whatever Lola Wants”), Numan Acar (“Homeland”) and Halit Ergenc (“1001 Nights”).
Ali Khan and Nino Kipiani live in Baku, the cosmopolitan, oil-rich capital of Azerbaijan, which, at the beginning of the 20h century, »
- Leo Barraclough
As 23 of our Oscar Experts predicted, "American Sniper" won Best Sound Editing on Sunday night. Champs Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman also recently took top honors with the Motion Picture Sound Editors for this Clint Eastwood film. -Break- War-themed films have done well in this category recently, with "U-571" (2000), "Letters from Iwo Jima" (2006), "The Hurt Locker" (2009), and "Zero Dark Thirty" (2012) all prevailing this century. "American Sniper" was the 3/10 favorite backed by 23 Experts: Thelma Adams (ZEALnyc), Kyle Buchanan (Vulture), Edward Douglas (Coming Soon), Scott Feinberg (Hollywood Reporter), Pete Hammond (Deadline), Michael Hogan (Vanity Fair), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), Mary Milliken (Reuters), Michael Musto (Out.com), Tom O'Neil (Gold Derby), Steve Pond (The Wrap), Claudia Puig (USA Today), Jenelle Riley (Variety), Christopher Rosen (Huffing...' »
Based on the George Jonas’ novel Vengeance, Steven Spielberg’s 2005 drama Munich centers on a covert hit squad that was commissioned by the Israeli government to assassinate the 11 individuals suspected of planning the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre.
Leading the group is Avner Kaufmann (Eric Bana), a Mossad agent named handpicked by Israel Minister Golda Meir (Lynn Cohen) to lead the team. The diverse group includes a driven South African mercenary named Steve (Daniel Craig); Robert (Mathieu Kassovitz), a Belgian toy maker who also makes bombs, an expert forger named Hans (Hanns Zischler) and Carl (Ciaran Hinds), the person responsible for making sure the targets are clean and collateral damage will not become an issue. Despite the denial of their existence by the Israeli government, Avner occasionally reports to a hard line official named Ephraim (Geoffrey Rush).
For a while, the mission is a success as one by one, the targets are found and taken out. »
“The reasons why people make films here in France are very different from the reasons why people make movies in Hollywood, and I prefer it here a little bit,” Stewart said backstage about the courage of French filmmakers. She also revealed she will star in another French film but declined to reveal any further details.
“Timbuktu” won best film over Olivier Assayas’ “Sils Maria,” Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint Laurent,” Thomas Cailley’s “Love at First Fight,” Robin Campillo’s “Eastern Boys,” Eric Lartigau’s “The Belier Family” and Thomas Lilti’s “Hippocrate.”
In his acceptance speech, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Not every movie can be a winner. And not every actor can be Meryl Streep.
Even Oscar nominees make bad movies and sometimes, in an unfortunate twist of fate and bad timing, that bomb, that dud, that total and complete flop, comes out at the same time as some of the best work of their life. Here are 11 times that happened in the past 10 years:
1. Eddie Redmayne (2015)
Losing Role: Jupiter Ascending. This totally effing bonkers Wachowski sci-fi flick came out just before Oscar voting started. And once you see Redmayne as Bowie-esque space prince Balem Abrasax, it cannot be unseen.
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2. Jennifer Lawrence (2013)
Winning Role: Silver Linings Playbook. Lawrence took home Best Actress for her turn as a trouble townie named Tiffany in this dark spin on a rom-com »
While 18 of our Oscar Experts predict that "American Sniper," which took top honors with the Motion Picture Sound Editors, will win Best Sound Editing, six expect "Interstellar" to prevail. And two of our Oscarologists are predicting that the Mpse winner for music, "Birdman," will pull off an upset. -Break- War-themed films have done well in this category recently, with "U-571" (2000), "Letters from Iwo Jima" (2006), "The Hurt Locker" (2009), and "Zero Dark Thirty" (2012) all prevailing this century. And "American Sniper" is just behind "Whiplash" for Best Sound Mixing. If it does claim both categories, it will be the sixth such double champ in eight years, following "The Bourne Ultimatum" (2007), "The Hurt Locker" (2009), "Inception" (2010), "Hugo" (2011), and "Gravity" (2013). Updat »
Paris– Thomas Litli’s “Hippocrate” won the Chopard Prize of MyFrenchFilmFestival, the online festival put together by Paris-based promo org UniFrance.
A critically-aclaimed dramedy set in the medical world, “Hippocrate” was chosen by a filmmakers’ jury presided by French helmer Michel Gondry (“Be Kind Rewinds”) with Belgian director Joachim Lafosse (“Our Children”) and Israeli helmer Nadav Lapid (“Policeman”).
“Hippocrate,” which world-premiered at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight, turns on the unlikely friendship between Vincent Lacoste (“The French Kissers”) and Reda Kateb (“Zero Dark Thirty”), two hospital interns who come from opposite worlds.
The festival was created five years ago by UniFrance to test the VOD market and expand the worldwide auds for French movies beyond arthouse circuits.
Melanie Laurent’s sophomore outing “Breathe,” another Directors’ Fortnight alumni, nabbed the international press award; while Fabienne Godet’s drama “A Place on Earth” with Benoit Poelvoorde snatched up the Lacoste audience kudo.
“A Town Called Panic: The Christmas Log, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Taylor Kinney is the man who went gaga for Lady Gaga, but there's a lot more to the smoldering actor than the pop star he is engaged to. Here are five things you should know about the man who stole Lady Gaga's heart: 1. He looks good in a uniform.The former Vampire Diaries actor, 33, played a paramedic on NBC's short-lived Trauma and a U.S. Navy Seal in the Academy Award-nominated Zero Dark Thirty and currently stars as Lt. Kelly Severide on NBC's Chicago Fire. Kinney told People in 2013 that firefighters are "likened to a modern-day hero. These people »
- Patrick Gomez, @PatrickGomezLA
Taylor Kinney is hot, hot, hot - and not only because he plays a supersexy firefighter on TV. The Chicago Fire actor smolders both on screen and off, and following news that Taylor and Lady Gaga are engaged, the handsome star is making headlines this week. He first hit the Hollywood scene back in 2006, and in recent years, he's had roles in everything from The Vampire Diaries to Zero Dark Thirty to 2014's The Other Woman. To celebrate his latest role as Lady Gaga's husband-to-be, take a look at some of the all-time sexiest snaps of Taylor, including memorable red carpet smolders, striking photo shoots, and his hottest moments on Chicago Fire. »
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