Nicolas Cage Lord of the Rings

It seems like Nicolas Cage doesn’t turn down anything nowadays. From Left Behind to Season of the Witch, the last five years haven’t been full of Cage’s best decisions. However, there was one point when Cage was a little more choosy, and he turned down what could have been one of the biggest roles of his career.

In a recent interview, Cage revealed that he was offered a lead role in Lord of the Rings, but he ended up turning it down. So which Nicolas Cage Lord of the Rings pairing almost happened? Read More »


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Steven Spielberg‘s Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies is out in a few weeks, but while promoting it he revealed there’s another historical story he’s been itching to tell. The director confessed he’s “always wanted” to do a project about Orville and Wilbur Wright, credited with inventing the first airplane at the turn of the 20th century. Find out why after the jump.  Read More »

Jack Nicholson and Matt Damon in The Departed

A few years back, there were multiple Whitey Bulger biopics in development. We all know how the Johnny Depp one turned out, of course, since Black Mass hit theaters a couple weeks ago. But Matt Damon, who had planned to star in one of the other projects, has now revealed a bit more about what his take on the story would’ve been — and could still be, if it ever gets back off the ground.

Read all about the Matt Damon Whitey Bulger movie that never was after the jump.  Read More »

Nicolas Cage in Left Behind

Nicolas Cage is a worker. Sometimes I wonder if him and Samuel L. Jackson have a bet on which one of them can appear in the most movies in a year. Of course there’s nothing wrong with liking to work. Sometimes working at that rate just means a filmography becomes more about quantity than quality, which has been the case with Cage’s career over the past few years. Don’t bother worrying about the actor, though, because Nicolas Cage has no regrets. The only regret might be never working with director Quentin Tarantino — but will a Nicolas Cage Quentin Tarantino collaboration ever happen?

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final Fast and Furious trilogy

Just last week, a report detailing some trouble behind the scenes of Furious 8 revealed that Universal Pictures was having trouble locking down a director, and there was even some chatter about producer and franchise star Vin Diesel being difficult to work with on set in the recent sequels, being heavily involved in the writing process, almost to a frustrating level.

However, Diesel himself has taken to Facebook, seemingly in an attempt to clear up some of the gossip about the production of the next sequel in the franchise, to explain what the hold up is in development. In addition, he’s confirmed that Universal is planning Furious 9 and Furious 10 for one final Fast and Furious trilogy that will begin with Furious 8. Read More »

quentin tarantino netflix

Earlier this week we ran a trailer and information about a new book titled I Lost It At The Video Store. The book by Tom Roston features a compilation of interviews with filmmakers such as John Sayles, Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Darren Aronofsky, David O. Russell giving an oral history of the video store era of cinema history.

The Playlist published an excerpt from the book, but I wanted to highlight a few quotes from Pulp Fiction/Django Unchained filmmaker Quentin Tarantino and Requiem for a Dream/Noah director Darren Aronofsky talking about their relationships with streaming services like Netflix and the process of editing a film to be watched on an iPhone. Hit the jump to read the Quentin Tarantino Netflix comments and more.

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Bourne 5 story details

Production on Bourne 5, the next installment of the action thriller franchise that began with The Bourne Identity in 2002, is currently underway. The story of the titular character, a former covert operative named Jason Bourne, seemed to end in 2007, though the universe was expanded with The Bourne Legacy starring Jeremy Renner in 2012.

But now Matt Damon is back in the role for another round, along with The Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass, and he’s divulged some more Bourne 5 story details for fans to absorb. Read More »

Independence Day 2 trailer release

Over the summer, a live streaming press conference introduced everyone to the cast of Independence Day 2, officially titled Independence Day: Resurgence (or IDR for those who were a fan of the ID4 shorthand for the original 1996 blockbuster). In that little event, we also learned some key details about the setting for the sequel, but with regards to the plot, we’re still largely in the dark.

But hopefully we’ll learn a little more about IDR this winter as director Roland Emmerich recently revealed in an interview that the Independence Day 2 trailer release will be right around Christmas. But that’s not all the director had to say about the sequel. Read More »

Deadpool trailer commentary

Fans have been waiting for a Deadpool movie for over a decade. Ryan Reynolds became attached to play the Merc with a Mouth as far back as 2004 when a solo film about the meta mercenary was in the works at New Line Cinema, but he didn’t end up playing the character until a bastardized version of him arrived in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

After the disappointing spin-off mistreated the character on the big screen, rumors of a solo film persisted and finally came closer to reality after a pitch reel was made by visual effects wizard Tim Miller. Thankfully the pitch reel was leaked and fan reaction was finally enough to convince 20th Century Fox to make the movie.

Now that the film is in post-production, Ryan Reynolds talks Deadpool, opening up a bit about the thrill of finally getting to make this movie after 10 years and why now is the perfect time to make it happen. Read More »