Face Off

“I am tired of myself tonight. I should like to be somebody else.” — Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

We are hardwired to see faces. Through the phenomenon of pareidolia, we’re able to glimpse a collection of shapes in a rock, or a cloud, or an oil spill, and imagine we can spot a face within. Our brains are always searching for something to identify; something to relate to. We judge emotions through the facial features of others – we see entire worlds of possibilities in the raising of an eyebrow, or the downturning of a mouth.

Our own faces remain out of sight, save for when we catch them reflected in a mirror, or in a selfie, or ghost-like and shadowy in the screens of cellphones and laptops. Yet even when we’re not looking at our own faces, we tend to have an image in our minds of how we look. It may be idealized or depreciated, but it’s there. Our faces reflect who we are – without them, we might lose our identity. What might happen then if we gazed into a mirror and discovered a completely different person staring back at us. Worse than that – what if it was the reflection of someone we despised. Someone who had caused us irreparable harm. The face of a mortal enemy.

That’s the premise of Face/Off, John Woo’s glorious and deranged action film from 1997. It was not the first Hollywood movie Woo would direct, but it would ultimately be the best, the only film during the filmmakers’ sojourn in America that truly captured his unmatched style.

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The Rock

Michael Bay directed three Transformers movies about Sam Witwicky, and two about Cade Yaeger, but only one about maybe his most likable action heroes, Stanley Goodspeed (Nicolas Cage) and John Patrick Mason (Sean Connery). Over 20 years after The Rock opened in theaters, sadly Bay isn’t attempting to reunite Cage and a retired Connery, but he did have an idea for how to get them back together. The Rock sequel would’ve picked up where the first movie left off, with Goodspeed and Carla (Vanessa Marcil) hitting the road with government secrets in hand.

Below, learn more about Bay’s idea for The Rock sequel.

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Nicolas Cage Marathon Appearance

Nicolas Cage is undoubtedly one of the most unique talents working in Hollywood today. Sadly, he’s been spending his time making some pretty terrible movies as of late. At the very least those movies feature Nicolas Cage bringing his eccentric acting style to the screen, and sometimes that’s entertaining enough.

The folks at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX have been paying tribute to Nicolas Cage for a few years now with their C4GED marathon celebrating the actor’s birth month with a batch of his movies on the big screen. Each year they invite Nicolas Cage so they can sing “Happy Birthday” to him, but he never showed up. But that changed this year at C4GED 4-EVER, the fourth and final iteration of the event.

Watch Nicolas Cage marathon appearance below. Read More »

Arsenal Trailer - Nicolas Cage

Adrien Grenier is best known for starring in the HBO series Entourage as movie star Vincent Chase. Throughout the series, we’re treated to teases of the movies Grenier’s character has made during his career. Now a trailer for a new action thriller looks like it came straight out of the world of Entourage, complete with a role for Adrian Grenier.

Arsenal follows two brothers (Adrian Grenier and Johnathon Schaech) as they get caught up in the wild antics of a ruthless crime boss — one that just so happens to be played by Nicolas Cage, reprising his character from the 1993 film Deadfall, directed by Cage’s brother Christopher Coppola. Yes, somehow, this is a real movie.

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superman lives animated film

The history of Tim Burton‘s squashed Superman film, Superman Lives, has been well documented. Just last year there was Jon Schnepp‘s documentary, The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened?, which featured writer-director Kevin Smith discussing his time on the comic book movie. Now, Smith says he still wouldn’t mind seeing the script he wrote realized, at least in animation.

Below, learn more about Kevin Smith’s hopes for a Superman Lives script.

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army of one trailer

During a recent Q & A for Paul Schrader‘s Dog Eat DogNicolas Cage said he wanted to play the film’s often unhinged, coke-snorting, Humphrey Bogart-quoting, baby-napper crook because, to paraphrase, he was exhausted from playing wacky characters. That should give you some idea of what to expect from his high-energy performance in director Larry Charles‘ (BrunoArmy of One, in which he plays a modern-day Don Quixote hunting Osama Bin Laden.

Below, watch the Army of One trailer.
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Dog Eat Dog

So far Paul Schrader and Nicolas Cage‘s second collaboration, Dog Eat Dog, has divided critics, but they’ve still been kinder to the duo’s latest film than they were to Dying of the Light, a butchered movie that got ripped out of Schrader’s hands. That unfortunate experience for the director helped bring him and Cage to Dog Eat Dog. For their second film, Schrader was intent on making it under the right circumstances, so he secured final cut for this comedic crime thriller. Also starring is Willem Dafoe, who’s no stranger to working with Schrader, having starred in Light Sleeper and Auto Focus.

Below, watch the promising Dog Eat Dog trailer.

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Interview: Jean-Claude Van Johnson Director Peter Atencio

Amazon’s pilot for Jean-Claude Van Johnson not only seems like Jean-Claude Van Damme’s guaranteed comeback, but it is a love letter to JCVD’s loyal fans for decades. With references to his splits, his movies from Bloodsport to Timecop and even a twin, Jean-Claude Van Johnson leaves fans wanting more. It will be up to the fans whether or not Amazon orders a full series, as they can vote on Amazon’s pilot season.

Van Johnson stars Van Damme as himself, a retired actor who comes back not only to Hollywood but to his true job as an undercover agent. Thanks to his agent Jane (Phylicia Rashad), Van Damme takes a role on the action-packed Huckleberry Finn reboot Huck as a cover for his latest mission. We spoke with the pilot’s director and potential series executive producer Peter Atencio about where Jean-Claude Van Johnson could go and how he made the ultimate Van Damme movie in the pilot. Hit the jump to read our interview with Interview: Jean-Claude Van Johnson director Peter Atencio.

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uss indianapolis men of courage trailer

The story of the USS Indianapolis is one of those inherently dramatic World War II stories that feels ripe for cinema. It has just about everything you’d want out of a motion picture: world-changing drama, incredible acts of courage, the possibility for big action scenes, and sharks. Lots and lots of sharks. On paper, USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage sounds terrific, a must-see dramatization of one of the most harrowing tales to emerge from WWII.

But as the mere presence of the decidedly un-picky Nicolas Cage suggests, this film looks…well, let’s just let the new international trailer speak for itself.

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Dog Eat Dog trailer

Paul Schrader and Nicolas Cage‘s previous collaboration didn’t go so well. The Cold Dying of the Light was taken from the director, butchered and then dumped into theaters. Schrader and Cage disowned the film, a mess that actually features a pretty good performance from Cage. To avoid repeating the same experience twice, they made sure to make their next film under the right circumstances. With Dog Eat Dog, Schrader has final cut, so, unlike The Cold Dying of the Light, this darkly comedic crime thriller is a genuine Paul Schrader film.

Below, watch the Dog Eat Dog international trailer.

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