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John Malkovich to star as Roman philosopher Seneca (exclusive)

John Malkovich to star as Roman philosopher Seneca (exclusive)
German director Robert Schwentke is directing the English-language project.

John Malkovich has signed to star as Roman philosopher Seneca in Robert Schwentke’s English-language feature project Seneca – On The Creation Of Earthquakes. The film will explore Seneca’s relationship with the infamous Emperor Nero who he mentored since childhood.

Malkovich previously starred in Schwentke’s action comedy Red in 2010.

Seneca – On The Creation Of Earthquakes is being produced by Berlin-based producer Frieder Schlaich of Filmgalerie 451. The film has already secured backing from the cultural production funding programme of State Minister for Culture and Media, and the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, and broadcaster Zdf/Arte.
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The Hit Points are bringing bluegrass to your favourite games

Often when an album is announced which talks of re-imaginings of classic gaming music pieces, from titles such as Skyrim, Legend of Zelda and Journey (to name but a few), you’d expect epic orchestra’s backing reworked scores, or perhaps an ethereal piano player and solitary string companion. What you’ve possibly never really expected to hear is epic pieces from games like Chrono Trigger, Castlevania and Final Fantasy VII delivered from a rather excellent bluegrass band called The Hit Points.

Materia Collective is pleased to present The Hit Points and their debut self-titled album that offers a unique blend of live high-energy bluegrass and soothing acoustic arrangements of fan-favorite videogame music. Featuring bluegrass performers Eli Bishop and Matt Menefee and a number of guest artists and soloists, The Hit Points brings listeners the bluegrass game music album they never knew they needed.

The full track list is as
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Nicolas Cage is a Bored Peeping Tom in VOD Bait ‘Looking Glass’ — Review

Nicolas Cage is a Bored Peeping Tom in VOD Bait ‘Looking Glass’ — Review
Nicolas Cage stumbles through “Looking Glass” wearing an awkward goatee and a dazed expression, so disinterested in this subpar, proto-Hitchcockian thriller he seems as though he might wander out of frame at any moment. This is the cross the actor has to bear in this rather peculiar stage of his career, when his currency as a VOD star mandates his output more than anything else. At times, a modern-day Cage vehicle can elevate campy material to transcendental silliness; here, he just sags into the whole mediocre package.

As “Looking Glass” hits a few theaters and digital markets in mid-February, it’s already the third Cage performance in circulation this year, which started out on a high note: In Sundance sensation “Mandy” (which has yet to land U.S. distribution), Cage delivers a terrifically unhinged performance as a furious logger seeking revenge for the murder of his wife in a mesmerizing,
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Review: ‘Looking Glass’ is a Laboriously Generic Thriller

I can’t stop going back to an old Variety report from 2016 that contained a Braxton Pope quote about producing Looking Glass as what was then to be music video director Dori Oskowitz’s feature length debut. He spoke about how excited he was to partner with the artist in bringing a “remarkable story of voyeurism and grief to the screen.” I read that statement and wonder where it all could have gone wrong since the finished piece now directed by Tim Hunter from a script solely credited to Jerry Rapp (Matthew Wilder was also involved at one point) fails to fulfill its promise. Voyeurism and grief are both included, but neither is meaningful in the context of what proves little more than a generic thriller built from confusion.

Grief arrives with the tragic off-screen death of Ray (Nicolas Cage) and Maggie’s (Robin Tunney) young daughter. We see glimpses
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Nicolas Cage is a voyeur wrapped in an enigma in Looking Glass trailer

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Shortly after Ray (Nicolas Cage) and Maggie (Robin Tunney) purchase a desert motel, they find that a series of bizarre and mysterious events are occurring deep within its walls. Directed by Tim Hunter (Hannibal, Wayard Pines) and written by Jerry Rapp and Matthew Wilder, Looking Glass looks to be sending a voyeuristic Cage to a place where pleasures of the flesh and murder make for strange bedfellows. I... Read More...
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First Trailer For Nicolas Cage's Looking Glass Looks Intense

Nicolas Cage has a new film out in a couple weeks, and it looks interesting. Looking Glass is about a couple who purchases a hotel in the desert, only for Ray to discover there's a secret corridor that allows them to watch guests without them knowing. Check out the full synopsis below and continue reading:

Ray and his wife look to start over by buying an old motel in the middle of the desert. Things take a turn for the worse however when Ray witnesses a murder through a two-way mirror. As they struggle to escape, they discover more and more gruesome secrets involving the hotel and its visitors. Looking Glassis directed by American filmmaker Tim Hunter, of the films TexSylvesterRiver's EdgePaint It BlackThe Saint of Fort WashingtonThe Maker, The Failures, Control, and The Far Side of Jericho previously. The screenplay is written by Jerry Rapp and Matthew Wilder.
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Watch three clips from Paul Schrader’s Dog Eat Dog starring Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe

Ahead of its UK release this Friday, three clips have arrived online from director Paul Schrader’s new thriller Dog Eat Dog starring Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe; check them out below….

Directed by visionary filmmaker Paul Schrader, Dog Eat Dog is the story of three ex-cons attempting to adapt themselves to civilian life following extended stints in jail. Life is tough, until they are offered a job by an eccentric mob boss (played by Paul Schrader himself) with a payoff too rich to turn down, and enough dough to buy their way out of their criminal lives and start over. All they have to do is kidnap a baby, the child of a colleague who’s ripping the mob boss off. With the ‘three strikes’ law for life sentences looming over each of them and in the midst of battling their own personal demons, the smart money would be on rejecting the offer…
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Watch an exclusive clip from Paul Schrader’s new film Dog Eat Dog starring Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe

To celebrate the release of the bizarre and brilliant thriller Dog Eat Dog by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull), which stars both Willem Dafoe and Nicolas Cage, we have an exclusive clip below from the upcoming film – released on the 18th November – which introduces the characters of Troy (Cage) and Mad Dog (Dafoe).

Directed by visionary filmmaker Paul Schrader, Dog Eat Dog is the story of three ex-cons attempting to adapt themselves to civilian life following extended stints in jail. Life is tough, until they are offered a job by an eccentric mob boss (played by Paul Schrader himself) with a payoff too rich to turn down, and enough dough to buy their way out of their criminal lives and start over. All they have to do is kidnap a baby, the child of a colleague who’s ripping the mob boss off. With the ‘three strikes’ law for
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Dog Eat Dog Review

Dog Eat Dog aims to be your next pulpy criminal obsession, but falls short upon feeling forced into underworld seediness. There’s inherent fun thanks to magnificent character actors like Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe, yet director Paul Schrader struggles to temper depravity with meaning. Audiences find themselves stuck in a cyclical circle of prisoner’s lament, where the worst of the worst happens just because. Look no farther than Schrader’s introduction – the double murder of a mother and her moody teen. Why? “Because That’S The Kind Of Movie This Is, Motherf(#Ker” is what Schrader’s tone conveys – sometimes for the best, but never without pause.

Nic Cage stars as Troy Cameron, a low-budget criminal who’s sick of tiny scores. After yet another good-enough win, he’s offered a $750K payday by Grecco The Greek (Paul Schrader). The job is simple – kidnap a baby until the father pays his debts,
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‘Dog Eat Dog’ review [Lff 2016]

Dog Eat Dog review: Paul Schrader delivers a surprising, completely bonkers crime comedy/ drama which contains material that is so out there, you won’t know whether to wince or wet yourself laughing.

Dog Eat Dog review by Paul Heath, Lff 2016.

Paul Schrader directs and briefly stars in this completely ‘out there’ crime drama/ supreme black comedy, a weird, mind-bending piece that if his name hadn’t been plastered across the opening credits, you wouldn’t have quite believed that this it comes from the guy responsible for the likes of Taxi Driver and Raging Bull.

Schrader continues his relationship in working with lead Nicolas Cage following their last turn with The Dying Of The Light in 2014 with this deeply dark piece revolving around three ex cons, Troy (Cage), Mad Dog (Willem Dafoe) and Diesel (Christopher Matthew Cook). Matthew Wilder‘s screenplay has the three kooky, very off-beat characters employed
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Apa Signs ‘Dog Eat Dog’ Screenwriter

Apa Signs ‘Dog Eat Dog’ Screenwriter
Screenwriter Matthew Wilder, whose recent feature film Dog Eat Dog premiered at this year's Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals, has signed with Apa. The film stars Nicolas Cage, William Dafoe and Christopher Matthew Cook, and is based on the 1995 novel by ex-criminal Edward Bunker. Directed by writer/director Paul Schrader, the story centers on irredeemable ex-cons 'Troy' (Cage), 'Mad Dog' (Dafoe) and their heavy hitter 'Diesel' (Cook) who take on the terrible task of…
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Nicolas Cage to star in thriller Looking Glass

Variety is reporting that Nicolas Cage has signed on to star in the indie thriller Looking Glass, which is being helmed by music video and commercials director Dori Oskowitz from a script by Jerry Rapp (Mojave Phone Booth) and Matthew Wilder (Dog Eat Dog).

The film will follow a couple “who, after experiencing a tragic loss, purchases a desert motel only to discover a series of disturbing, unexplained events that take place within one of the frequently requested rooms.”

“After partnering with Dori early in his career, I am thrilled to bring this remarkable story of voyeurism and grief to the screen with my partners at Highland and Prettybird,” said producer Braxton Pope. “The opportunity to work with Nicolas Cage again, one of our very finest actors, is incredibly exciting.”

Cage can currently be seen alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Oliver Stone’s Snowden, and has several films incoming, including the aforementioned Dog Eat Dog,
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Dog Eat Dog trailer, starring Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe

Joseph Baxter Sep 20, 2016

Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe star in Paul Schrader's new movie, Dog Eat Dog. Here's the trailer...

Based on the 1995 novel of the same name by real-life ex-criminal Edward Bunker, the Cleveland-set Dog Eat Dog centres on utterly irredeemable ne’er-do-well ex-cons Troy (Nicolas Cage), Mad Dog (Willem Dafoe) and their heavy hitter Diesel (The Walking Dead's Christopher Matthew Cook) who take on the terrible task of kidnapping a dangerous gangster’s one-year-old baby! However, unlike with Cage’s signature (also ex-con) role in the Coen Brothers’ Raising Arizona, said infant abduction does not at all go as planned, resulting in our repugnant protagonists going on the run from the law and from the gangster baby-daddy in question. What ensues is a wanton spree of brutal bloodletting and body-dropping.

In the director’s chair for Dog Eat Dog (that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival) is Paul Schrader,
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Film Acquisition Rundown: Rlj Grabs ‘Dog Eat Dog,’ FilmRise Picks Up SXSW Drama ‘From Nowhere’ and More

Film Acquisition Rundown: Rlj Grabs ‘Dog Eat Dog,’ FilmRise Picks Up SXSW Drama ‘From Nowhere’ and More
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

Rlj Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to Paul Schrader’s action thriller “Dog Eat Dog.” Based on the novel by Edward Bunker, the film was written by Matthew Wilder and stars Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe and Christopher Matthew Cook. The film first premiered at the 69th Cannes Film Festival and will have its North American premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival in September.

The film “tells the story of three ex-cons who botch a kidnapping. They not only lose a rich payoff, but they get on the wrong side of the mob and become the city’s most wanted fugitives. Vowing to stay out of prison at all costs, things get completely out of
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Dog Eat Dog: Rlj Entertainment Grabs North American Rights For Paul Schrader's Kindnapping Flick

Ahead of it's North American premiere here in Toronto next month Rlj Entertainment has acquired the North American rights for Paul Schrader's Dog Eat Dog starring Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe. As you will read in the press announcement excerpt below Rlj plans to release the film in cinemas and On Demand in November. I presume there will be a hard copy release shortly after that.    Rlj Entertainment (Nasdaq: Rlje) has acquired all North American rights to the highly anticipated action thriller Dog Eat Dog.  Based on the novel by Edward Bunker, Dog Eat Dog was written by Matthew Wilder (Your Name Here) and directed by Paul Schrader (Affliction, American Gigolo, Taxi Driver).  The film stars Nicolas Cage (Snowden, Leaving Las Vegas), Willem Dafoe...

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Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe Thriller ‘Dog Eat Dog’ Picked Up by Rlj Entertainment

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Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe Thriller ‘Dog Eat Dog’ Picked Up by Rlj Entertainment
The North American rights to the Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe action thriller “Dog Eat Dog” have been acquired by Rlj Entertainment, the company announced Wednesday. Based on the novel by Edward Bunker, “Dog Eat Dog” was written by Matthew Wilder and was directed by Paul Schrader. Also starring Christopher Matthew Cook, the film first premiered at Cannes Film Festival and will make its North American premiere at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival next month. See Video: Nicolas Cage Caught Screaming at Vince Neil in Las Vegas The film tells the story of three ex-cons who mess up a kidnapping. They lose a big.
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Paul Schrader’s ‘Dog Eat Dog’ Acquired By Rlj Entertainment

Paul Schrader’s ‘Dog Eat Dog’ Acquired By Rlj Entertainment
Rlj Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to Paul Schrader-helmed Dog Eat Dog, starring Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe and Christopher Matthew Cook. The company plans to release the pic theatrically and on VOD in November. Based on the novel by Edward Bunker and written by Matthew Wilder, Dog Eat Dog tells the story of three ex-cons who botch a kidnapping. They not only lose a rich payoff, but they get on the wrong side of the mob and become the city's most…
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Rlj Entertainment picks up 'Dog Eat Dog'

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Rlj Entertainment picks up 'Dog Eat Dog'
Paul Schrader’s action thriller has found a home in the run-up to its North American premiere in Toronto next month.

Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe and Christopher Matthew Cook star in Dog Eat Dog, which is based on the novel by Edward Bunker and written by screenwriter Matthew Wilder.

Dog Eat Dog premiered in Cannes and centres on a botched kidnapping in which three ex-cons get on the wrong side of the Mob. The first Toronto screening is September 8.

Rlj entertainment negotiated the deal with Adme and plans a theatrical and VOD release in November.

Mark Earl Burman, Gary Hamilton, Brian Beckmann and David Hillary produced and Jeremy Rosen, Jeff Caperton, Barney Burman, Ray Mansfield, Shaun Redick, Donald Rivers, Michael McClung and Tim Peternel served as executive producers.

Jeanne Fields acted as executor of the Edward Bunker estate.
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Interview: Paul Schrader & Matthew Wilder Talk ‘Dog Eat Dog,’ Praise From Michael Haneke & Pushing The Edge Of Final Cut

It’s a weekend night at the Cannes Film Festival. My schedule informs me that I am supposed to meet Matthew Wilder, screenwriter of Paul Schrader‘s “Dog Eat Dog,” at the Carlton Hotel for drinks. As I make my way to the entrance, I can’t help but notice the glitz and glamour scene going on in […]

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[Cannes Review] Dog Eat Dog

Paul Schrader might want to consider expanding his thematic scope a little. Decade after decade, film after film, regardless of whether he’s been writing scripts for others (Martin Scorsese, first and foremost), or sitting in the director’s chair himself, the erstwhile Calvinist has come back to the theme of redemption with obstinate persistence. His protagonists are almost always men, they’re almost always amoral sinners of some ilk or other, and they almost always yearn to break out of the wicked, vicious cycles on which their lives have been relentlessly spinning. Not an unfruitful theme by any means, considering it has given rise to many a masterpiece across the history of cinema – of all arts, really – but Dog Eat Dog suggests that, as far his own filmmaking is concerned, Schrader may have exhausted its potential.

Things actually look promising at first. Taking the trashy gusto exhibited in The Canyons to whole new extremes,
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