DreamWorks just took a giant bath on Rise of the Guardians, but is soldiering on with the task of selling its upcoming slate. The next release from the company’s animation arm is The Croods, an Ice Age-style story about a prehistoric human family who daughter (voiced by Emma Stone) is desperate to explore the outside world. The Croods are forced out of their cave only to come face to face with a strapping young hero (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) willing to guide them away from the end of the world.
This new trailer isn’t as effective as the first teaser was, in part, I think, because it focuses on goofier lowbrow humor, rather than spectacle. But there’s an audience that will love this, I’m sure, so have a look below. Read More »
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UPDATE: Deadline reports Stallone denies making the below claims on Facebook, pointing to the fact it’s a fan page.
Time and again, Sylvester Stallone has proven he’s a man of the fans. From his legendary Q&As on Ain’t It Cool News to panels at San Diego Comic-Con, the Oscar-nominated action mega star has fully embraced new media and that’s how he chose to make his latest announcement.
Stallone took to Facebook to confirm Oscar-winner Nicolas Cage will be a part of The Expendables 3 and that producers are currently trying to add Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes and bring back Mickey Rourke. He said “We are preparing the film with the same passion and commitment as the previous two” and admitted the third film might not be the last one. Read Stallone’s statement and more after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, October 19th, 2012 by Angie Han
[UPDATE: THR reports that legendary stunt coordinator and second unit director Vic Armstrong is now in negotiations to direct. Armstrong’s previous director credits include episodes of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and the Dolph Lundgren movie Army of One.]
That Biblical epic trend sweeping over Hollywood isn’t stopping at the Old Testament, apparently. Planning has begun on a mainstream cinematic reboot of Left Behind, based on Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins‘ bestselling novels about the end times.
And to replace Kirk Cameron, who starred in the previous movie adaptation of the books, they’ve entered talks with Nicolas Cage. Even by the standards of Cage’s hyper-eclectic career, this is a rather unexpected career choice. More details after the jump.
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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 »
Posted on Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 by Angie Han
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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Posted on Friday, September 7th, 2012 by Angie Han
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 Brown. David 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 Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener, Clark 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 »