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Casting: Nicolas Cage, Samuel L. Jackson, Jean Dujardin & More Sign Up For New Projects

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 13, 2013 4:22 PM
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There's been a flurry of actors signing onto projects in recent days, with indie projects, tentpoles and European productions all in the mix, here's a quick rundown of who signed onto what.

Nicolas Cage Says A 'Ghost Rider 3' May Happen, But He Won't Be Involved

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 9, 2013 9:25 AM
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Nicolas Cage Says A "Ghost Rider 3" May Happen, But He Won't Be Involved
Despite grossing $228 million worldwide, no one seemed to like Columbia's "Ghost Rider," including critics, audiences and star Nicolas Cage. So much so that when it came time for "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance," the studio started over and hired the gonzo action-directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, known for the crazy "Crank" films. The story essentially presupposed the first film didn't even exist and they began with a type of soft reboot. But despite Cage's enthusiasm for this new version, audiences cared even less. Shockingly so. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" grossed a pitiful $51 million domestically and only $132 million worldwide, effectively killing the franchise.

Berlin Interview: Nicolas Cage Explains Why 'Wicker Man' Is Misunderstood, His Career Choices & More

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 20, 2013 12:23 PM
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With “The Croods,” an animated family film from DreamWorks (our review here), premiering at the Berlin International Film Festival, lead voice actor Nicolas Cage was in town over the weekend, and we got to speak with him in a small group of journalists. About the experience of working on the film itself (“It’s like ‘Avatar’ meets ‘Yellow Submarine’ with these people who look like Neanderthals” he summed up) he had nothing but good things to say: “I feel like this is the best chance I’ve had to perform in an animated movie.” But he was also frank and forthcoming about other areas of his working life.

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

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 15, 2013 2:00 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" today, 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.

First Look: Nicolas Cage & Tye Sheridan In David Gordon Green's 'Joe'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2013 7:29 AM
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With Steven Soderbergh stepping away from the director's chair, we'd argue that David Gordon Green is one of only a few American filmmakers who share his spirit of cinematic adventure. He's helmed everything from no-budget indie dramas to big, mainstream studio comedies. Last month, Green hit the Sundance Film Festival with his latest, "Prince Avalanche," a remake of an Icelandic movie no one has heard of. And for his followup? A gritty Southern drama with Nicolas Cage and "The Tree Of Life" star Tye Shreridan.

David Gordon Green Talks The Free-Spirited 'Prince Avalanche,' Working With Nicolas Cage & 'Suspiria'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 29, 2013 3:02 PM
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Filmmaker David Gordon Green has had a deeply eclectic career of omnivorous tastes thus far. To perhaps best demonstrate the polar extremes, the 37-year-old director (who has already made nine features) has had films produced by Terrence Malick ("Undertow") and Judd Apatow ("Pineapple Express"). His body of work thus far has covered intimate indie dramas featuring children ("George Washington"), broad comedies ("The Sitter"), adult dramas ("Snow Angels"), and high concept absurdist swords and sorcerer pictures ("Your Highness"). His oeuvre has run the gamut of styles, tones and genres.

Dolph Lundgren Says 'The Expendables 3' Aiming To Shoot This Fall With Wesley Snipes Eyed To Join Cast

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 24, 2013 1:42 PM
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While the buzz on "The Expendables 2" was fairly muted and the domestic gross lagged behind that of the first film, the blockbuster action sequel still netted a cool $300 million worldwide. Given that making these movies doesn't break the bank, it's not a surprise to learn that a third iteration is in the works. While no director is attached, and the script has yet to be written, Dolph Lundgren confirms he'll return for the musclebound action franchise's third outing, which could even begin shooting this year.

Eddie Murphy Is The Most Overpaid Actor In Hollywood According To Forbes

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 5, 2012 9:41 AM
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Once seen as a series of soaring precedents afforded to Hollywood's best and brightest, the massive paychecks given to high-profile actors and directors today have since grown smaller with the film industry's cost-cutting measures. However, for an elite group of individuals, their price tag remains as high as it ever was, but now a recent list has revealed a slow reversal has begun for those once deemed financially golden.

Sylvester Stallone Says 'The Expendables 3' May Not Be The Last One

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 5, 2012 11:12 AM
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Update: Oops, turns out that Stallone/Cage casting confirmation has been debunked by Deadline. Although produce Avi Lerner himself talked up Cage this summer. So, we'll see.

Nicolas Cage Pulls The Ultimate Nicolas Cage, Will Reboot Kirk Cameron's Christian Drama 'Left Behind'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 19, 2012 3:58 PM
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Well, we all just got Cage'd. Just when you though the career of Nicolas Cage couldn't possibly get more bizarre or outlandish, there comes this news, which confirms he's fully gone off the reservation or he needs a new agent.

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