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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USS Indianapolis Trailer

Over the past few years, Nicolas Cage hasn’t been making very good choices when it comes to the movies in which he chooses to star. It’s a bummer that the man who starred in the likes of Leaving Las Vegas, The Rock, Raising Arizona and Face/Off has stooped so low as to star in a pandering adaptation of Left Behind, not to mention the countless other forgettable action thrillers.

Sadly, USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage doesn’t look like a huge step up from his recent disappointing work, but at the very least, it’s inspired the the true story of some real courageous men in the American Navy during World War II. The first trailer for this movie paints a tearjerker of a war drama, bordering on melodrama, but it’s hard to really hate on the movie when it’s about real heroes.

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Nicolas Cage directing

Nicolas Cage hasn’t directed a feature film in almost 14 years. Cage’s directorial debut, Sonny, which stars James Franco and features a score from Clint Mansell (Moon), made slightly over $17,000 at the box office. It was a small film, so it wasn’t a disaster, but it wasn’t exactly a hit with audiences or critics.

After spending a while away from the director’s chair, Nicolas Cage is directing Vengeance: A Love Story, which he’ll also star in.

Learn more about the project below.

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the trust trailer

The film festival circuit is littered with the corpses of “bumbling idiots try to be criminals” movies that never managed to go anywhere. It’s one of the default subgenres for filmmakers working on a modest scale – you don’t need too much money or a particularly large scope to tell the story of idiot criminals.

Fortunately, The Trust, which is set to screen at this year’s SXSW, looks like it could be one of the good ones and the presence of Elijah Wood and Nicolas Cage in the lead roles certainly helps. It’s one of those duos that actually makes a lot of sense, as the boyish innocence of Wood looks like it’ll play quite well when placed alongside a particularly unhinged Cage. If nothing else, this new trailer hints at a movie that will soon provide the world with an abundance of new Cage GIFs.

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8mm

This year marks the 20th anniversary of director David Fincher‘s (The Social Network) breakout film, Se7en. The thriller not only launched Fincher’s feature filmmaking career, but it also made Andrew Kevin Walker an in-demand writer. Walker’s followup, 8MM, made less of a cultural, critical, and box-office impact. Director Joel Schumacher (Tigerland) turned his hot spec script into a so-so thriller. Walker, personally, wouldn’t mind seeing a 8mm remake. Learn why after the jump.

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