Tye Sheridan and Nicolas Cage in David Gordon Green's Joe

Having spent most of the past decade overacting in one cheapie thriller after another, Nicolas Cage sometimes draws more jeers than applause these days, even though his fanbase is probably bigger than ever. And on the all-too-rare occasion that he finds a project worthy of his talents, it becomes clear that he can still bring it when he wants to.

One such showcase is Joe, David Gordon Green‘s gritty drama about an ex-con (Cage) who strikes up an unlikely bond with a troubled teen (Tye Sheridan of Mud and Tree of Life). The film made the festival rounds last year, and is now gearing up for theatrical release. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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Grant Morrison / David Gordon Green

As Us Weekly‘s familiar refrain goes, celebrities are just like us! They, too, like to check out the summer’s big studio releases and then talk about their opinions afterward. The difference is that when the famous people in question are comic book writer Grant Morrison and filmmaker David Gordon Green, they’re weighing in as pop culture creators, not just consumers.

Morrison, whose works include the DC Comics series All-Star Superman, recently offered his ambivalent thoughts on Supes’ latest big-screen outing Man of Steel. Meanwhile, Green professed to liking Pacific Rim, though he had one major complaint. Hit the jump to see their comments.

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David Gordon Green goes back to super-low budget stories with Prince Avalanche, which features Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch as two guys painting lines on a highway in Texas. The film got a great response at Sundance (regrettably, I missed it there and at SXSW) and will hit theaters in August courtesy of Magnolia. We’ve seen one teaser, but this full trailer explores a bit more of the combative friendship between the two guys at the center of the film.  Read More »

Prince Avalanche

Though David Gordon Green broke out with quiet indie dramas like All the Real Girls, since 2008’s Pineapple Express he’s stuck mostly with studio comedy projects. But now he seems ready to transition back, with the indie Prince Avalanche as the first step. Funny but sweet, the film strikes a pleasing balance of both Green’s serious and goofy sides.

A remake of the Icelandic film Either Way, the film centers on two very different men, pensive Alvin (Paul Rudd) and his girlfriend’s dim brother Lance (Emile Hirsch), as they spend the summer together painting road lines in remote areas of Texas. Magnolia scooped it up shortly after its Sundance premiere in January and has now released a first trailer. Watch it after the jump.

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After a string of comedy projects that began with Pineapple Express, David Gordon Green is pivoting back into drama with Joe. Adapted by Gary Hawkins from the novel by Larry Brown, the film follows an ex-con (Nicolas Cage) who forges an unlikely bond with a troubled teen (Tye Sheridan of Tree of Life, and who was excellent in Mud) in a down-on-its-luck Texas town.

That’s a premise that could easily go mushy and sentimental, but what we’ve heard about the project so far suggests it leans more toward gritty and grim. A first-look photo has just hit in advance of the European Film Market, and you can check it out below.

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Now that David Gordon Green seems to be stepping away from comedies for a bit, he’s opening himself up to all sorts of interesting options. The long-gestating Suspiria remake appears to have been put back on the shelf for now, but he’s got the gritty Southern Nic Cage drama Joe coming up on his radar. And his next potential gig may be the most surprising one yet.

Green is in talks to direct Little House on the Prairie, a cinematic adaptation of Laura Ingalls Wilder‘s classic children’s book series, from a script by Shame writer Abi Morgan. Talk about a unexpected combination. More after the jump.

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Nicolas Cage tends to emphasize quantity over quality when it comes to his career choices, but he still comes across some truly good projects every once in a while — I’d say just often enough to remind us that he can bring it if he really wants to. And after a long streak of forgettable stinkers like Season of the Witch, Seeking Justice, and Trespass, he’s landed an especially promising new project in Joe.

Billed as a “gritty Southern drama,” Joe is being adapted by Gary Hawkins from the novel by Larry BrownDavid Gordon Green is set to direct, marking his return to drama after a string of comedies. There’s a catch, though — cameras on Joe are scheduled to roll this fall, which indicates that Green’s long-gestating Suspiria remake has been pushed back yet again. More after the jump.

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Once upon a time, there were plans for three seasons of the show Eastbound & Down, and three seasons only. That plan came to fruition and the show finished with a third season finale earlier this April. But Eastbound isn’t done, as HBO has ordered eight more episodes of the show. So there will be a few more hours of Kenny Powers and his fashion-forward hair for your enjoyment. (This is the part where fans of canceled series like Bored to Death and Deadwood get irritated, however.) Read More »

Sneaky, sneaky. While we’ve been wondering when David Gordon Green might return to the indie fare that earned him so much acclaim in his early days, it turns out Green himself has already done so in secret. Green, along with stars Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch, has just wrapped the low-budget road trip comedy Prince Avalanche, an Austin, TX-set remake of the Icelandic film Either Way (A annan veg). More details after the jump.

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