With one movie, 2001′s Donnie Darko, Richard Kelly immediately announced himself as a filmmaker to watch. Since then he’s only directed two films, neither of which managed to reach the heights of his debut, but each are almost unfathomably ambitious. His next film was thought to be Corpus Christi but it seems that’s now hit the back burner in favor of something much more interesting. Something with real Richard Kelly ambition.

Kelly will write and direct Amicus, a true life crime thriller starring Nicolas Cage. Cage will play Rodney Smolla, a first Amendment lawyer who found himself in the middle of a complicated yet disturbing case involving Lawrence Horn, a legendary Motown record producer who hired a hitman to murder his family. And that’s not the half of it. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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Just days after he boarded the David Gordon Green drama Joe, the very busy Nicolas Cage has signed on for yet another new project. And unlike Green’s gritty literary drama, this one puts Cage back in the thriller genre where he’s apparently most comfortable.

Emmett/Furla Films, which was also behind Cage’s recently wrapped The Frozen Ground, is re-teaming with the actor for I Am Wrath, a crime thriller scripted by Paul Sloan. If there’s anything about the project that gives us hope it’ll rise above recent Cage duds like Seeking Justice and Trespass, though, it’s the involvement of William Friedkin. The 77-year-old filmmaker is reportedly eyeing I Am Wrath as his follow-up to this year’s Killer Joe. 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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Next year, you’ll be able to see Nicolas Cage playing a caveman. And by “see” I mean “hear.” He’s the star of The Croods, a brand new 3D animated film from DreamWorks Animation. The film, directed by Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco, is about a prehistoric family traversing a wild environment looking for a new cave to call home. In addition to Cage, Ryan ReynoldsEmma StoneCatherine KeenerClark Duke, and Cloris Leachman all lend their voices. The scheduled release date is March 22, 2013.

After the jump, check out a brand new image from the film that offers the best look at the family yet. Read More »

OK, so while the idea of the guys behind Crank making a Ghost Rider film seemed like a good idea on paper, it didn’t quite work out that way. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance has a few good sequences, sure, but most of it is fairly dire.

But there is a bit more entertainment to be had from the production. A set of deleted scenes and behind the scenes clips gives us a bit more footage of Nicolas Cage as he plays a man in the throes of demonic possession. The best part is that some of this material has unfinished effects, so we get to see the kooky light rig and makeup that Cage wore on set as he played Ghost Rider. Read More »

The trailer for the Nicolas Cage / John Cusack serial killer move The Frozen Ground starts with quite a one-two punch: a Bible verse followed by the tag “based on actual events.” So you know this is serious. And, sure, this is serious subject matter, as Cusack plays a version of real-life killer Robert Hansen, and Cage is the weary detective on his trail. In fact, Cage’s current over-exposure and general sense of weariness are fairly perfect for this sort of “tired cop” role.

Yet as Vanessa Hudgens grinds away her Disney image on a stripper stage and everyone else stumbles around to the tune of ‘All Along the Watchtower,’ the production looks terribly flat and barely appealing. Hopefully that’s just the way the trailer is cut; make your own guess after watching below.

And note: while this seems to be more like a sales trailer than anything else, with some rough cuts, low audio and a bit of R-rated language, it isn’t quite a red-band edit. But it might not be quite office-safe, either. Read More »

Look out, bad-film fans: Josh Lucas might be making a play to be the new Nicolas Cage, and he’s doing it from within a Nic Cage movie! Stolen reunites Cage and his Con Air director Simon West (who also helmed last weekend’s The Expendables 2) in a film about a criminal (Cage) whose former partner (Lucas) wants a payout from an old job. To get it, he kidnaps Cage’s daughter (Sami Gayle) and drives around town with her held in his cab as Cage frantically tries to track her down with the aid of an old associate (Malin Akerman).

If that doesn’t tell you everything you need to know, the header photo should help out. Check out the trailer below, and be ready to see Josh Lucas chewing scenery with his mouth wide open. Read More »

The Expendables 2 is about to hit theaters, and it sees the action all-star roster of the first film bolstered with new additions such as Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme, and bigger roles for Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Producers are already cooking up plans for a third film, and in an interview to promote the first sequel producer Avi Lerner threw out some names that we might expect to see in the next old-age go around. Nicolas Cage is reportedly set for a role, and Lerner is trying to lock down some much bigger names, like Clint Eastwood and Harrison Ford. Read More »

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