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David Koechner Joins Scouts Vs Zombies

17 April 2014 9:26 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Just when you thought nothing more could be done with the zombie movie sub-genre, along comes a group of boy scouts and suddenly, we’re heading back into battle. With Paramount putting his new horror-comedy – Scouts Vs Zombies – together, writer/director Christopher Landon will be hoping that the appearance of beloved comedy actor, David Koechner, will help set the kind of tone necessary to bring a new edge to this familiar concept.

Centring on a small American town, Scouts Vs Zombies sees a group of Boy Scouts try to defend their neighbourhood from a zombie attack. Joseph Morgan (The Vampire Diaries), Tye Sheridan (Mud) and Logan Miller (Growing Up Fisher) are already on board, and they will now joined by Koechner, as Scout Leader. No stranger to the horror-comedy arena, David Koechner featured in Piranha 3Dd in 2012, as well as being a well-known figure following his work on the Anchorman movies, »

- Sarah Myles

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David Koechner to Lead the Young Troops in 'Scouts vs. Zombies'

17 April 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Following a return as Champ Kind last year in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, comedian David Koechner (who can currently be seen in the acclaimed indie thriller Cheap Thrills) is getting into horror comedy mode next. Deadline reveals the frequent guest star on "The Office" and "American Dad!" has landed the role of Scout Leader Rogers in the aptly named Scouts vs. Zombies, about a group of young boy scouts who must defend their town against the undead. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones director Christopher Landon is at the helm, so this should be an interesting blend of horror and comedy. Previously, Mud and Joe star Tye Sheridan was added to the cast as the lead scout, a budding honors student who is handsome and athletic but doesn't know it yet, as he is shy to talk to the girl he likes. Meanwhile, Joseph Morgan and Logan Miller play two »

- Ethan Anderton

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Matthew McConaughey Has to return for 'Magic Mike' sequel

16 April 2014 9:04 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

The McConaissance was a wonderful thing for pop culture. It brought us Mud, and True Detective, and of course, culminated in Mr. Alright, Alright, Alright finally earning an Oscar for his work in Dallas Buyers Club.

But are fans of Matthew McConaughey about to experience a downside to the actor’s recent success? The Channing Tatum-penned Magic Mike sequel, Magic Mike Xxl, just received a release date of July 3, 2015. If things Work Out As They Should, it should be a wonderful two hours of G-strings, ’80s songs, and showcases of Tatum-created dance moves (ideally with less Alex Pettyfer and »

- Erin Strecker

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Movie Review – Joe (2013)

13 April 2014 2:22 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Joe, 2013.

Directed by David Gordon Green.

Starring Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Gary Poulter, Ronnie Gene Blevins and Adriene Mishler.

Synopsis:

An ex-con, who is the unlikeliest of role models, meets a 15-year-old boy and is faced with the choice of redemption or ruin.

The back woods of Austin, Texas. A place devastated by poverty, homelessness, and filled with an anger which can no longer be restrained. This is the setting for David Gordon Green’s naturalistic and excellent Joe, a film sadly tucked away on VOD but one which deserves a wide audience.

Gary (Ty Sheridan), a 15 year old boy, lives in an abandoned and condemned house with his mother, mute sister, and Wade, his abusive, drunk father. Gary is quickly becoming a man, leaving the innocence of youth far behind him as he looks for any work he can find to support his family and make something of himself. »

- Gary Collinson

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Joe

12 April 2014 7:08 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Joe

Directed by: David Gordon Green

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Gary Poulter

Running Time: 1 hr 58 mins

Rating: R

Release Date: April 11, 2014

Plot: An ex-con-turned-day-laborer-boss (Cage) takes a homeless boy (Sheridan) under his wing.

Who’S It For? Those ready for something completely different (and great) from Cage, and director David Gordon Green.

Overall

As the movie’s spirit animal, Nicolas Cage keeps the primal film charged and unpredictable. This is a performance narrowed in on his potential, unhinged and huge all at once, but marking the return of taking his drama seriously. Unmistakably, he continues to be proud of the maniac he has always been, but plays this character with a grand sense of authority.

Cage appears opposite a group of supporting men who are vivid in their raw qualities. The young Tye Sheridan, after having expressed age in films from Terrence Malick and Jeff Nichols, »

- Nick Allen

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See This/Skip That: From Nicolas Cage's Comeback Role in Joe to a Colorful Rio 2

11 April 2014 2:45 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Kevin Costner makes a solid football movie with Draft Day, but it's Nicolas Cage who steals the show with his comeback role in Joe. Here's a list of what to see and skip this weekend at the movies. See ThisJoe var brightcovevideoid = '3457058788001'; It's always nice to discover that you've been rooting for someone. Here, in fact, is the Nicolas Cage comeback I didn't know I wanted - and gosh, does it feel good to write that. Cage summons a rangy, soulful performance to play Joe, an ex-con trying to stay straight with the law. (Well, as straight as »

- Alynda Wheat, PEOPLE Movie Critic

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Review: Nicolas Cage Returns to His Naturalist Roots in 'Joe,' Directed by David Gordon Green

11 April 2014 11:57 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

David Gordon Green's "Joe" is a taxing viewing experience, a sluggish, slow-burn drama set in poverty-mired Mississippi about the bond that gradually builds between a drifter boy ("Mud"'s Tye Sheridan) and a simmering ex-con (Nicolas Cage). Struggling to muster a mood of impending eruption, "Joe" is weighed down by dramatic inertia and lethargic pacing, with scenes often grinding on far longer than they need to without enough justification in terms of character-building significance or absorbing dialogue. Cage is the titular Joe, a rough-edged bear of a man who runs an illegal tree-killing outfit (poisoning "the wood nobody wants" so lumber companies can sweep in to replant saleable pine). He's unfulfilled and drifting through life, boozing, whoring and trying to keep the lid on a vicious temper that once landed him in prison and now brings him into conflict with the local super-creep (Ronnie Gene Blevins). Into his sphere drifts 15-year-old Gary, »

- Matt Mueller

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Nicolas Cage Doesn’t Need a McConaissance

11 April 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Nic Cage returns to theaters this weekend in a shaggy beard, beat-up workman’s clothes, and with a bottle often by his side in Joe, a film whose premise — a southern ex-con of questionable trustworthiness and potential violence befriends, and becomes a surrogate paternal figure to, a young boy (Tye Sheridan) — recalls not only Clint Eastwood’s A Perfect World but, more closely still, last year’s Matthew McConaughey–headlined Mud. Directed by David Gordon Green with the sort of somber rural melancholy he brought to George Washington and Prince Avalanche, it’s a project that finds Cage back in more straightforward dramatic territory after a sharp detour, in the past several years, toward genre efforts and B-movies. In Joe, Cage largely sets aside his signature eccentricity to deliver a sturdy, soulful performance that’s cast in the same mold as McConaughey’s Mud turn. Which is fine, except that »

- Nick Schager

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Chatting with Nicolas Cage, David Gordon Green and the 'Joe' Cast

11 April 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

After a series of premieres across the country including SXSW and Dallas International Film Festival (Diff), Joe opens today in Austin at the Violet Crown Cinema and Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter. Based on the novel by Larry Brown, this dark drama reveals the raw and often brutal nature of an impoverished family and what happens when a damaged man becomes involved in the family drama.

The leads of Joe are veteran star Nicolas Cage in the title role and Texas' up-and-coming young actor Tye Sheridan (Tree of Life, Mud) as Gary. Cage, Sheridan and Austin-based director David Gordon Green (Prince Avalanche) spoke to members of the press at a conference during SXSW last month. I also spoke with several cast members at the recent Diff premiere.

Green said he was attracted to the script for Joe because it struck him as "a great contemporary western, a genre that I’ve always been drawn to. »

- Debbie Cerda

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'Joe' (2013) Movie Review

11 April 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

David Gordon Green's Joe mines backwoods, hick territory, finding a slight narrative kinship with Jeff Nichols' Mud combined with the tonal darkness of Winter's Bone. The strongest thread holding the three films together is obviously the focus on down-on-their-luck families with bad dental hygiene, drinking problems and poor living conditions, all of which are traits I typically loathe. Narrative's of this sort typically prey on the built in sadness that comes with seeing hard luck families scraping to survive rather than developing actual characters, but every so often a few rise above the rest. In this case Joe works and it doesn't. The tragic narrative has its hiccups along the way, but improves as it builds its story around two strong performances from Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan, elevating it slightly above similar exploitative white trash weepers. The exact location is unknown, but the film takes place in »

- Brad Brevet

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Interview: Director David Gordon Green, Tye Sheridan Talk ‘Joe’

10 April 2014 5:35 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – When traveling on a Nicolas Cage trip, it’s best to buckle up. Director David Gordon Green collaborated with Cage on the new film, “Joe,” and actor Tye Sheridan (“Tree of Life,” “Mud”) was Cage’s teenage co-star. Cage portrays the title character, a reformed hellraiser who can’t help but have sympathy for a lost soul.

Sheridan portrays Gary, a itinerant teen whose family life is pretty much destroyed. His father Wade (Gary Poulter) is an unapologetic drunk, and Gary turns to Joe to both get some employment and some guidance. The result from David Gordon Green (“George Washington,” “Snow Angels”) is a gritty story of accidental mentorship, contained in a simmering context that only Nicolas Cage can generate.

Tye Sheridan and Nicolas Cage in David Gordon Green’s ‘Joe’

Photo credit: Roseside Attractions

Both Green and Tye Sheridan came to Chicago for a press tour, and talked »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Joe (2014) – The Review

10 April 2014 3:09 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

This story of a surly ex-con whose encounter with an almost-teenage version of himself is a return to more modest roots for men in front of and behind the camera in this new release. The star of Joe (in case you’re wondering, this is not a remake of the 1970 urban revenge thriller that starred Peter Boyle as the title character) is Nicolas Cage, who has often become an internet punchline (“Is he a vampire?” and endless “maniac, freak-out” montages) recently. After establishing himself as an off-beat character actor through the 1980′s , he won an Oscar as a boozing writer on a march toward death in Leaving Las Vegas. This lead to a series of big-budget action films with only an occasional foray into the unusual (Adaptation, Matchstick Men). He even entered the Marvel movie universe, starring in two Ghost Rider flicks. But with this new role, he’s squarely »

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Nicolas Cage: Can ‘Joe’ Take Him From Meme Back to Movie Star?

10 April 2014 11:58 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After a string of mid-sized thriller box office disappointments, Nicolas Cage is sorely in need of his own McConaissance, the career resurgence coined for Matthew McConaughey, whose path to Oscar glory began in 2012 with low-budget hits “Mud” and “Magic Mike.”

For Cage, who earned his Oscar nearly two decades ago for “Leaving Las Vegas,” Roadside Attractions’ “Joe” — a Southern-set tale of redemption, which launches Friday — could be that necessary launchpad for renewed respect as an actor.

Outside each pic’s leading man, both of whom hit a rut at the B.O. previously, the comparisons between “Joe” and “Mud,” though mostly coincidental, provide interesting food for thought:

Both films were released by Roadside in April. “Mud” kickstarted its domestic run on April 26 and went on to become one of the highest-grossing indie releases that year, with more than $20 million Stateside. However, before their U.S. openings, each pic bowed at »

- Andrew Stewart

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Exclusive: Tye Sheridan Talks Joe, Terrence Malick Impressions and Tony Romo

10 April 2014 11:54 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Seventeen-year-old Tye Sheridan made his acting debut in Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life,” playing one of Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain’s sons in 1950s Texas. The next year, he co-starred opposite Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon in Jeff Nichols’ “Mud.” Now, in David Gordon Green’s “Joe,” adapted from a novel by Larry Brown, Sheridan adds another acting heavyweight to his roster of co-stars, starring opposite Nicolas Cage’s title character as Gary Jones, an eager-to-work kid looking for roots not provided by his itinerant family and alcoholic father (Gary Poulter). For ShockYa, Brent Simon recently had a chance to speak to Texas native Sheridan one-on-one, about his movie, the key  [ Read More ]

The post Exclusive: Tye Sheridan Talks Joe, Terrence Malick Impressions and Tony Romo appeared first on Shockya.com. »

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Where My Girls At? Brie Larson, Viola Davis, Kiki Dunst & More...

10 April 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

And now our semi-weekly check in with actresses we love. Where / What / Who are they up to?

Brie

Brie Larson has accepted an offer to star in the psychological horror drama as "Ma", about a woman who's trapped in her father's basement for years with her son. It's based on the novel by Emma Donoghue who also did the screenplay but the novel is narrated by the 5 year old child who's only ever known this one room so that one's going to be tricky to make breathe as a film. This seems a better fit for her dramatic gifts than that dumb Terminator reboot she lost out on. The actress is in demand now post Short Term 12 as well she should be. She's also got The Gambler remake and the comedy Trainwreck coming out. Room is not the only novel adaptation she's attached to. She'll probably co-star in The »

- NATHANIEL R

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Review: Joe Paints A Searing Portrait Of Rural Torment

10 April 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Nicolas Cage has enjoyed a varied career, to say the least. From big budget blockbusters to notable indies, many would call his decision making curious, if not downright bizarre. In a lot of ways, this echoes the directing choices of David Gordon Green, who started his career with well-respected artistic indies before moving on to pot-smoker comedies. In the drama Joe, these two iconoclasts come together to tell a searing story of a rural man just trying to do good. It's a brilliant film and a decision both men should be applauded for making. The story opens with a young boy Gary (played by Mud's Tye Sheridan) giving a dressing down to his drunk drifter father over the man's irresponsibility. This obviously dysfunctional relationship makes...

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At 17, Tye Sheridan Has Already Worked With Terrence Malick, Jeff Nichols and David Gordon Green. And He's Just Getting Started.

10 April 2014 7:18 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Tye Sheridan must be the envy of every teen actor in America. The Texan got his start in the business by working under the legendary Terrence Malick on "The Tree of Life," only to follow that up with films as acclaimed as his breakthrough, directed by filmmakers at top of their game: Jeff Nichols' "Mud," and David Gordon Green's intense "Joe" (out this Friday in theaters and On Demand). Remarkably enough, these three films mark the 17-year-old's only credits to date (though he's got a lot in the works). In "Joe," Sheridan takes on his most demanding role to date as an abused teen trying to get by in rural Texas who finds a fierce protector in his new employer, Joe (Nicolas Cage). Read More: Exclusive Video: David Gordon Green Explains Why He Populated 'Joe' With Non Actors Indiewire caught up with Sheridan to talk about working opposite Nicolas Cage, »

- Nigel M Smith

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Interview: David Gordon Green & Nicolas Cage Talk Flawed Father Figures Of ‘Joe,’ Evading Southern Clichés & More

9 April 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The genre-defying film “Joe” presents an unexpected yet engaging blend in its two central collaborators, director David Gordon Green and actor Nicolas Cage. Achieving a stunning handle on tone and naturalism from Green, it also breaks from what Cage calls “Western Kabuki” acting towards a more rugged, internal performance. The approach uniquely fits its premise: based on the novel by Larry Brown, the film follows Joe Ransom, a Deep South ex-con who attempts to help a drifter boy Gary (Tye Sheridan) escape the abuse of his alcoholic father (a fantastic Gary Poulter). In our Venice review we called it “a muscular and textured piece of work,” and that depth likely has to do with Green’s level of familiarity with the material. While studying at North Carolina School of the Arts, the “Prince Avalanche” director worked on a 2002 documentary about the Southern author Brown. Alongside “Mud” helmer Jeff Nichols, the crew included Dp Tim Orr, »

- Charlie Schmidlin

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Exclusive Video: David Gordon Green Explains Why He Populated 'Joe' With Non Actors

9 April 2014 8:40 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

David Gordon Green's new film "Joe" has been gaining steam since first premiering on the festival circuit last year -- namely for featuring Nicolas Cage's best performance in ages. And while yes, Cage is indeed awesome in the titular role, his co-stars in the film are equally as strong. As it turns out, most of them weren't actors before making "Joe." Read More: Why 'Joe' is a Comeback for Nicolas Cage and David Gordon Green In this exclusive featurette for the Roadside Attractions release that comes out in theaters and On Demand this Friday, Green explains why he cast non-actors in major supporting roles alongside Cage and in-demand newcomer Tye Sheridan ("The Tree of Life," "Mud"). Cage also weighs in on what it was like to work opposite real-life folk such as Gary Poulter, a homeless street performer Green discovered on the streets of Austin. Sadly, Poulter passed »

- Nigel M Smith

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18 Good Movies to Watch on Netflix in April 2014

2 April 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Ever find yourself itching with the desire to plant your ass on the couch all day, but facing the dilemma that you can’t find anything in the endlessly scrolling Netflix menu worth watching? We’ve all been there. They don’t make it easy on us, do they? There’s no need to worry though, because there are actually always plenty of movies on Netflix well worth watching, and here we have a list of 18 of them that have either been added or re-added to the service (these things do tend to come and go, don’t they?) in recent months. Click on the titles to be taken to the films’ Netflix pages, where they can be easily added to your queue. You’ll thank yourself next time the concept of leaving your house and interacting with other humans seems unthinkable. Pick of the Month: Mud (2013) By the time Mud was released last year, its »

- Nathan Adams

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