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Running with the Devil Trailer Teams Nicolas Cage & Laurence Fishburne in Cocaine Thriller

  • MovieWeb
Quiver Distribution dropped the trailer for the Nicolas Cage-led thriller Running with the Devil today. The National Treasure actor stars alongside the Matrix's Laurence Fishburne in the drug trafficking flick where, "From the fields to the streets, everyone is running with the devil."

When a cocaine shipment is compromised, the drug cartel's CEO, known as The Boss (Crawl's Barry Pepper) orders his most trusted henchman, Cage's The Cook, to audit the company's supply chain. Or as Nicolas Cage says in the trailer, he has "administrative issues [he has] to attend to." Joining him on the dangerous journey is a master drug trafficker known as The Man (Academy Award Nominee Laurence Fishburne).

The drugs are making their "perilous trek across international borders past gangsters, refiners, and couriers," but they're also being tracked by Federal Agents under The Agent in Charge played by Leslie Bibb (Iron Man) who, the trailer tells us,
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‘Love, Antosha’ Is A Moving, Poignant Tribute To Anton Yelchin [Review]

A poignant tribute to the late Anton Yelchin, Garret Price’s documentary “Love, Antosha” filters the young actor’s life through interviews with his collaborators and family. Narrated, in part, by Yelchin’s “Dying of the Light” collaborator, Nicholas Cage and produced by his “Like Crazy” director Drake Doremus (whom Price has served as an editor for), the documentary serves as an encapsulation of the profound impact Yelchin made during his all too short time as an actor.

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‘Love, Antosha’ Filmmakers on Celebrating the Life of Anton Yelchin

From international stardom with Star Trek to roles in films from Jeremy Saulnier, Paul Schrader, and Joe Dante, Garret Price’s new documentary Love, Antosha, covers all sides of Anton Yelchin, an actor taken too soon. We spoke with Price and producer Drake Doremus, who collaborated with the actor in Like Crazy, at the Sundance Film Festival about making their documentary shortly after Yelchin’s death. We also discussed the ethics of sharing his private diaries and erotic photos he took, along with industry-wide contributions of Yelchin material for the project.

The Film Stage: Why tell Anton’s story now?

Garret Price: I think Martin Landau said it best: we live in a world that moves on very quickly. We didn’t want Anton to be forgotten. We wanted to get it out as soon as possible.

How did Nicholas Cage get involved in narrating Anton’s diaries?

Price: As
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Paul Schrader Talks Favorite Films He Directed & Why He Released The Director’s Cut Of ‘Dying Of The Light’ On Torrent Sites

In 2018, filmmaker Paul Schrader had a bit of a comeback year. After toiling around in much of the 21st century with films that were either not well received or flew completely under the radar, last year saw the writer-director release what many say might be his best film to date – “First Reformed.” Finding its way on many Best of 2018 lists, “First Reformed” shot Schrader back into the spotlight, and gave film fans even more opportunity to hear the filmmaker’s thoughts on the current state of cinema.

Continue reading Paul Schrader Talks Favorite Films He Directed & Why He Released The Director’s Cut Of ‘Dying Of The Light’ On Torrent Sites at The Playlist.
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‘Nightflyers’ Team Talks Melantha Casting and Blending Genres for Syfy Series

  • Variety
The epic fantasy novel series “A Song of Ice and Fire” and its mega-popular HBO adaptation “Game of Thrones” may have made author George R.R. Martin a pop culture superstar, but it was “Nightflyers,” a 1980 novella mashing up horror and sci-fi and the 1987 film adaption that followed, that Martin believes saved his life and career during a low point. Now, that story has been adapted for the small screen for Syfy, as well — though Martin’s contractual commitments to HBO preclude him from having any formal involvement in it.

“HBO owns me, body and soul,” he tells Variety with a laugh. Instead, Martin considers himself an “interested observer” in the Syfy series, especially because it restored one of his earliest visions — that the character of Melantha Jhirl be an African-American woman.

Martin originally envisioned Melantha that way in his 23,000-word novella written in 1980, but when it was published, she was whitewashed on the cover.
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Sundance London: ‘First Reformed’ Review: Dir. Paul Schrader (2018)

First Reformed review: Paul Schrader steps behind the camera for a film which may or may not be his last. If it is, this is a remarkable way to end his legendary Hollywood career.

First Reformed review by Paul Heath.

First Reformed review

Paul Schrader is the man behind the words of Taxi Driver, American Gigolo and Raging Bull. In more recent times he’s teamed with Nicolas Cage to write and also direct the likes of Dying of the Light and the ‘way out there’ Dog Eat Dog, a film we lapped up here on the site a couple of years back, though not everyone necessarily agreed with us on that one. His latest, which sees him return to religion, is also a return to form, complete with a career-defining performance from Ethan Hawke.

Hawke plays the role of Father Toller, a priest of a small ‘tourist church’, the
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‘The Adventures Of Jurassic Pet’ Lands At Grindstone Entertainment In U.S. & Kew Media In UK – Cannes

Exclusive: Lionsgate-affiliated Grindstone Entertainment Group has taken U.S. rights to teen drama The Adventures of Jurassic Pet.

The company, which specializes in action titles with recognizable stars such as Nic Cage’s Dying of the Light and Bruce WillisVice as well as family films including Bark Ranger and Pups United, will release the film in winter 2018.

Elsewhere, France Television has boarded, while Kew Media has taken UK and Irish rights to the film, which stars Kyler Charles Beck (Dude Perfect Show), David Fletcher-Hall (Murder Made Me Famous) and Ben Hall (The Posthuman Project).

The Adventures of Jurassic Pet is the fourth film from The Jurassic Games director Ryan Bellgardt, a Never Ending Story-meets-Jurassic Park-style drama, which sees an adventurous teenager who summons the courage to help a friendly dinosaur escape from the clutches of a mad scientist who wants to use him for experimentations. Chris Hoyt,
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Paul Schrader: Masterclass and Shows His Latest ‘First Reformed’

Paul Schrader: Masterclass and Shows His Latest ‘First Reformed’
Taken from the Rotterdam (Iffr) Blog.Paul Schrader has always been exceptional, Though he is of the period of the first independent filmmakers, Coppola, De Palma, Lucas, Spielberg, he fits into no category. His screenplays and the films he directed are proof of this.Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried and Pau Schrader at a First Reformed event.

His strict Calvinist parents refused to allow him to see a film until he was 18. And what is perfect for his attending Rotterdam, is that his ancestors come from the Dutch.

He came Iffr with First Reformed, starring Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, and Cedric the Entertainer, a (kind of) spiritual follow-up to his screenplay for Taxi Driver, and in a masterclass he conjured up a cinematic resurrection of a troubled Nic Cage pic. As always with Schrader, the devil is in the detail.

The house was packed with an audience — most of whom hadn
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Rotterdam Film Festival opens with message of support for #MeToo

Rotterdam Film Festival opens with message of support for #MeToo
Bero Beyer speech kicks off 47th edition.

Source: Iffr

Iffr director Bero Beyer

The International Film Festival Rotterdam kicked off its 47th edition last night (Jan 24) with an impassioned speech from festival director Bero Beyer.

Beyer addressed what he described as the “pattern of widespread abuse and often quite criminal sexual misconduct, committed almost exclusively by white middle-aged heterosexual men of power or status in the film industry.”

“It’s hard to say what’s more disturbing: The fact that anyone ever considered this behaviour to be acceptable, that so many were willing to look the other way and pretend it wasn’t going on,” Bero commented of the recent spate of industry scandals.

“It matters who tells the story and it matters who we see on our many screens. Too often history is written by the so-called winners, but mostly by bullies and mostly by men. So, if Iffr is part of the film industry: Who should
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Paul Schrader’s Secret New Movie: How the Director Resurrected a Wild Nicolas Cage Performance Without Permission

Paul Schrader’s Secret New Movie: How the Director Resurrected a Wild Nicolas Cage Performance Without Permission
In September 2014, veteran filmmaker Paul Schrader was livid. He had recently directed “Dying of the Light,” a grim thriller starring Nicolas Cage as CIA agent Evan Lake, who obsesses over tracking terrorists while suffering from a brain disease and losing his mind. The movie’s financiers wanted a more conventional espionage thriller than Schrader’s experimental, subjective narrative, so they took the movie away from Schrader, who sent an email explaining the conundrum to Cage. The actor struck a note or resignation.

“The unfortunate aspect to my having had so many careers in so many genres is that they can make a case to put me in box b instead of box a for money’s sake,” Cage wrote, in an email shared with IndieWire years later.

Schrader could relate. “Dying of the Light” arrived nearly 40 years after Schrader catapulted to fame with his screenplay for “Taxi Driver” and maintained
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Capstone Group boards 'Double Trouble'

Exclusive: Musical comedy finds its star. Christian Mercuri to introduce project to international buyers in Toronto.

Double Trouble executive producer Christian Mercuri’s company Capstone Group has been brought on to handle international rights and will introduce the project to buyers at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.

Newcomer Calli Taylor has been chosen to headline the musical comedy following an intensive worldwide search. Scott Clayton’s Oceanside Media is producing the feature, while TinRes Entertainment is fully financing.

Written and to be directed by David Grovic, Double Trouble centres on a charismatic young girl with high hopes of becoming a top-billing star and the obstacles she encounters while trying to get a start in the entertainment industry.

Principal photography is scheduled to begin early next year on location in New York. Clayton serves as producer, while David Haring is on board as executive producer alongside Mercuri.

Grovic’s film credits include the crime thriller The Bag Man (pictured
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Consider With Reservations: The Stars of Quantity Over Quality Cinema

The stars of yesterday now are making three films a year you never knew existed until they show up on Netflix.^ Real Movie ^

In my prior life as a script reader, I certainly read a lot of bad scripts, but at times, an even more common occurrence was a script that seemed to do a great many things right, but somehow fell just short of being something you wanted to champion as a movie. As draining as the terrible scripts were, there’s something pure about clear-cut bad. It takes little effort to explain why they’re unfit.

The real challenges were the scripts that had kind of a decent premise, kind of an okay twist or two, and a lead character who wasn’t bad so much as he or she was just… there. The raw materials are there for what Could be a script. They just happen to be assembled in the least compelling way
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Wamg Giveaway – Win the Arsenal Bu-ray – Stars John Cusack and Nicolas Cage

A man sets out on a mission to rescue his brother from a formidable mobster when the thriller Arsenal arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD and Digital HD March 28 from Lionsgate. The film is currently available On Demand. Directed by Steven C. Miller (Marauders, Extraction), the action-packed movie features an all-star cast including Adrian Grenier, Johnathon Schaech, Lydia Hull, Academy Award Winner Nicolas Cage (Best Actor in a Leading Role, Leaving Las Vegas, 1995), and Golden Globe Nominee John Cusack (Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, High Fidelity, 2001).

Now, you can own the Arsenal Blu-ray. Wamg has three copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie co-starring John Cusack? (mine is The Grifters!). It’s so easy!

Good Luck!

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John Cusack and Nicolas Cage in Arsenal Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD March 28th

A man sets out on a mission to rescue his brother from a formidable mobster when the thriller Arsenal arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD and Digital HD March 28 from Lionsgate. The film is currently available On Demand. Directed by Steven C. Miller (Marauders, Extraction), the action-packed movie features an all-star cast including Adrian Grenier, Johnathon Schaech, Lydia Hull, Academy Award Winner Nicolas Cage (Best Actor in a Leading Role, Leaving Las Vegas, 1995), and Golden Globe Nominee John Cusack (Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, High Fidelity, 2001). From the producers of Lone Survivor, the Arsenal Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.

Official Synopsis

Family loyalty is tested in this ferocious thriller about a successful businessman (Adrian Grenier) willing to do anything for his deadbeat brother (Johnathon Schaech) – including tracking down the vicious mobster (Nicolas Cage) holding him hostage.
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Film Review: Dog Eat Dog

  • CineVue
★★☆☆☆ There is an alternate universe in which Paul Schrader's Dog Eat Dog - a brazenly disreputable and vicious crime caper - is a high watermark of postmodern American genre cinema. The veteran director has confessed that the film is a throwaway affair, a reunion with Nicholas Cage in reaction to their 2014 psychological thriller, Dying of the Light, which both disowned after a meddling studio edit. That hasn't stopped him throwing the kitchen sink at a familiar yarn in the hope of injecting some fresh blood (and there's plenty of that on show) into old veins. The result is trashy, unhinged, and as complete a mess as you're likely to see this year.
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Paul Schrader interview: Dog Eat Dog, Cage, Pryor

Wil Jones Nov 15, 2016

Paul Schrader chats to us about Dog Eat Dog, working with Nicolas Cage, Richard Pryor, and Taxi Driver...

Paul Schrader’s place in film history is assured, just for the fact that he wrote Taxi Driver and Raging Bull. But to only remember him for those two Martin Scorsese movies would be ignoring a nearly 30 year directing career.

From his brilliant 1978 debut movie Blue Collar - starring Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel and Yaphet Kotto as Detroit auto workers planning to rob a union boss - he has never shied away from controversy, both on screen and behind the scenes. All the way from Blue Collar, which had a notoriously racially-charged atmosphere on set, all the way through to 2013’s infamous Lindsay Lohan-starring The Canyons, the stories behind his movies have often been as interesting as the films themselves.

And despite turning 70 this year, he doesn’t
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Paul Schrader’s Last Stand: How a 70-Year-Old Titan of American Cinema Is Fighting to Stay Relevant

Paul Schrader’s Last Stand: How a 70-Year-Old Titan of American Cinema Is Fighting to Stay Relevant
Paul Schrader has the outsized personality of a cigar-chomping studio mogul, the soul of a cinephile, and the Diy filmmaking ethos of a millennial. His career stretches back decades, but he never stops living in the moment.

He wrote “Taxi Driver” 40 years ago, kickstarting a collaborating with Martin Scorsese that continued with “Raging Bull,” “The Last Temptation of Christ,” and “Bringing Out the Dead.” The former film critic also has forged his own path as a director, with seminal portraits of intense masculinity like “American Gigolo,” “Affliction” and the astonishing epic “Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters.” He’s never really slowed down.

His latest movie, “Dog Eat Dog,” might not look like the work of a veteran director. A wacky, discursive adaptation of Eddie Bunker’s 1995 novel (scripted by Matthew David Wilder), it takes the elements of a grimy heist movie and turns them inside out.

Read More: ‘Dog Eat Dog
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‘Dog Eat Dog’ Review: Willem Dafoe and Nicolas Cage Pioneer New Levels of Crazy in Paul Schrader’s Insane New Crime Drama

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‘Dog Eat Dog’ Review: Willem Dafoe and Nicolas Cage Pioneer New Levels of Crazy in Paul Schrader’s Insane New Crime Drama
Paul Schrader has made no secret of his frustrations about interference from the studios or moneymen that fund his films, going so far as to openly protest the release of 2014’s “The Dying of the Light” with a Facebook post in which he declared that the project “Was taken away from me, reedited, scored, and mixed without my input.” Of course, that was hardly Schrader’s first rodeo. A pugnacious poet-warrior whose screenwriting credits includes the likes of “Taxi Driver” and “The Last Temptation of Christ” (and whose occasionally transcendent directorial efforts make those movies look commercial by comparison), he’s never been a big fan of playing things safe. With the bawdy and intoxicatingly batshit “Dog Eat Dog,” Schrader is off the leash once and for all.

And, um, he doesn’t waste any time making that clear. “Dog Eat Dog,” which might be most coherently interpreted as a
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‘Dog Eat Dog’ Review: Nicolas Cage, Paul Schrader Reteam for Empty Crime Drama

  • The Wrap
‘Dog Eat Dog’ Review: Nicolas Cage, Paul Schrader Reteam for Empty Crime Drama
Supposedly, after Paul Schrader’s last film (the terrorism saga “Dying of the Light,” starring Nicolas Cage) was taken away from him and re-assembled, he was going to leave moviemaking behind for web series. But hey, cinema, it seems your dark overlord of mottled masculinity couldn’t quit you, and so we have the quasi-colorful, if mildly stale and ultimately inconsequential, crime saga “Dog Eat Dog.” The story’s veteran lowlifes — a trio of prison-hardened, homicidal thieves played by Cage, Willem Dafoe and Christopher Matthew Cook — could readily be taken as stand-ins for Schrader himself as he, like they, tries to squeeze.
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Paul Schrader on Shaking Up Nicolas Cage and the Capitalism of Cinema

While still best-known for his screenwriting collaborations with Martin Scorsese (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and The Last Temptation of Christ), Paul Schrader has carved out a long, not entirely consistent, endlessly fascinating directorial career, the highlights of which include American Gigolo, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, and Light Sleeper — not to mention his delirious, Bruckheimer-produced Cat People remake. His latest — the “film of a free man,” so to speak — is Dog Eat Dog, whose ostentatious nihilism and political incorrectness may seem like a relic of the post-Pulp Fiction quirky-crime-film boom, but by the time it seemingly homages Seijun Suzuki in its finale, you know you’re in the hands of a pro.

In Toronto for the North American premiere, Schrader sat down with us to discuss the making of the film, the changing industry, and, of course, Nicolas Cage.

The Film Stage: Going into this festival, there were all these pieces,
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