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4 'Superman' Movies That Never Took Flight

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 12, 2013 1:49 PM
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5 Versions of Superman feature
This weekend, "Man of Steel" finally takes flight. An ambitious, massively expensive project devised by "The Dark Knight" director Christopher Nolan (serving in a story writer/producer role), writer David S. Goyer, and directed by "Watchmen" filmmaker Zack Snyder, the film, while flawed, is an epic rejuvenation of the Superman mythos, encapsulating everything from the destruction of Krypton to the very human feelings of isolation and dread on Earth (you can read our non-spoilery review here).

Review: Animated 'The Croods' Sacrifices Story & Character On Altar Of Impressive 3D Visuals

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • March 20, 2013 6:21 PM
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We suspect our reaction may be out of step with the general consensus of press at our Berlin Film Festival screening of the "The Croods" (where we first saw the film back in February) if the guffaws and applause were anything to go by, but really that had us kind of baffled. The DreamWorks film, from writer/directors Chris Sanders ("How to Train Your Dragon," "Lilo & Stitch") and Kirk Di Micco ("Space Chimps"), features a starry voice cast in Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman and Clark Duke, and an appropriately high concept: the Croods are a family of cavemen who have to evolve suddenly when faced with cataclysmic natural disasters and the arrival of a young Homo Sapiens with the ability to make fire.

Nicolas Cage Says 'I Am Wrath' With William Friedkin Is Not Happening, Reveals Dream Project With Roger Corman

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 19, 2013 11:04 AM
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While his decision making process still remains somewhat inscrutable, the undeniably talented Nicolas Cage always defies expectation. Undoubtedly, we're excited for his pairing with David Gordon Green on the thriller "Joe," which the director told us at Sundance was "a slow-burn, dark, heavy movie." And last fall, when he signed up for the awesomely titled "I Am Wrath" with William Friedkin slated to direct, it was another project that showed that the actor was perhaps returning to the kind of material of his early career highlights.

Nicolas Cage Hunts 'Tokarev,' Sam Rockwell Boxes As Billy Miske, Adrien Brody Heads To 'Cannes' & More

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 14, 2013 1:46 PM
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Here's a little casting roundup of some leading men who have come aboard new projects in the past few days...

Nicolas Cage & Richard Kelly Together At Last (In True Crime Thriller 'Amicus')

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 26, 2012 10:53 PM
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A match made in heaven? One could say filmmaker Richard Kelly has been leading up to this moment for a long time. The "Donnie Darko" director is teaming up with Nicolas Cage for a true-crime thriller called "Amicus" that he will not not only helm, but write and produce as well alongside Laura Bickford ("Traffic," "Che") and Cage's agent Mike Nilon.  According to Variety, the picture will be Kelly's next feature and Cage will play Rodney A. Smolla, an award-winning author and one of the most influential First Amendment scholars of the past two decades. A January start date is being eyed.

Nic Cage Revenge Movie 'Seeking Justice' Finally Picked Up By Anchor Bay, Set For March 16th Release

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 14, 2011 6:30 PM
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Nicolas Cage is about this far away from being an exclusively direct-to-video actor.

New Poster For 'Crank' Duo Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor's 'Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance' Unveiled

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 14, 2011 9:45 AM
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With "Crank" directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor taking on the "Ghost Rider" franchise/Nicolas Cage vehicle, we had originally thought there might some crazy B-film genius to be had. Add to that new cast members like Idris Elba and Ciaran Hinds and things seem to be going in the right direction, right? Well, the movie debuted recently at AICN's Butt-Numb-A-Thon, and it looks like it's simply more of the same from the Marvel character.

Well, That Backfired: Geek Audience At Harry Knowles' Butt-Numb-A-Thon Reject 'Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 12, 2011 12:35 PM
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It probably seemed like a sure thing: grant a clamoring, genre-friendly, comic book-reading audience at Harry Knowles' 24-hour film festival/endurance test Butt-Numb-A-Thon, an early look at a heavily hyped superhero reboot. But while the likes of "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol," "Cabin in the Woods" and "The Grey" all picked up good buzz from the sleep-deprived crowd, when Sony decided to show the crowd at BNAT13 an early (but seemingly all-but-finished) cut of the reboot/sequel "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance," they probably weren't prepared for the outspoken geek hate for the movie, which many felt was even worse than the god awful Mark Steven Johnson movie from the 2007. Ouch!

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