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Taylor Lautner, Nicolas Cage & Christian Slater, Reportedly On 'The Expendables 2' Wishlist

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 26, 2011 12:56 PM
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'80s Action Star Christopher Lambert Reportedly Sought For Sequel As WellSince nearly everyone and his mother was linked to casting rumors for the first installment of "The Expendables," it only makes sense that there would be a whole new list of potential recruits for the sequel. Moviehole confirms that previously suggested names like Chuck Norris, John Travolta and Donnie Yen are indeed being mentioned as possibilities, with Yen even receiving an offer But wait, there's more, as those names are just the tip of the iceberg because the folks at Nu Image, as well as director Simon West and star Sylvester Stallone, have reportedly drafted a pretty gaudy wishlist of potential players.

Joel Schumacher Tries To Pull Off His Best Michael Haneke Impression In New 'Tresspass' Photos

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 16, 2011 4:54 AM
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Oh, Joel Schumacher, with your patchiest of patchy careers ever (though some Playlisters will outright call it an awful one). There is some interesting work in your flawed ouevre oeuvre, including "Tigerland," and "Falling Down," but so-so efforts ("Veronica Guerin") are usually overcome by the ungood ("Phone Booth," "The Number 23," "Twelve"). Pitched somewhere between a B-movie director with good intentions and poor execution and a thoughtless Hollywood A-list director without much vision whose best days are far behind him (think of the days when his career was big enough to score him two "Batman" films, even if he did kill the franchise until Nolan came around), Schumacher's career is a bit of a head-scratcher. Regardless, he's back this year with "Tresspass," what appears to be a B-movie thriller starring Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman -- two of the biggest stars he's worked with in some time -- and it's playing at the Toronto International Film Festival this year.

John Cusack & Nicolas Cage To Star In Serial Killer Pic 'The Frozen Ground'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 26, 2011 12:55 PM
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Well, here's something different. A new Nicolas Cage where he isn't the crazy person.

Comic-Con '11: 'Ghost Rider 2' Boasts It Will "Fuck Up Your Shit" Come February 2012

  • By The Playlist
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  • July 23, 2011 2:05 AM
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'Spirit Of Vengeance' Co-Star Idris Elba Says He Would Love To Play 'Power Man' Character Luke CageBookended by a title card that read “fucking your shit up in 3D February 2012,” the "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" footage showcased co-directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor's particularly physical style of filmmaking. Both filmmakers ran cameras simultaneously in certain shots, Taylor held on to moving motorcycles wearing only rollerblades as he filmed the action, and the two of them generally disregarded their personal safety as they shot some fairly epic action sequences. When asked whether they’ve ever been hurt, Neveldine knocked on the table and said, “Nope – and we would never ask stunt men or actors to do anything we wouldn’t do.” They added that they always try to include any shots where stunt men injure themselves, as a tribute to their efforts: “You will see real bones breaking in this movie,” Taylor said.

Steve Carell, Jack Black & Nicolas Cage Sign On For Charlie Kaufman's 'Frank Or Francis'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2011 6:55 AM
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Sorry Comic-Con (and the currently ongoing "Tintin" panel), you just got served. At least for now.

John McTiernan's 'Shrapnel' Moving Forward As Financing Lines Up, But Without Nicolas Cage

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2011 1:20 AM
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Update: The Wrap has heard back from reps for Cage who say he's dropped out of the movie. Moreover, while a fall start is being eyed, it's not quite a sure thing just yet.

Nic Cage Totally Went Method Plus 7 Things We Learned From Kevin Smith Introducing 'Valley Girl'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • June 13, 2011 10:03 AM
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Judd Nelson's Near Involvement, Atlantic Releasing's Silly Demands & More Learned From Film Linc Conversation With FilmmakersIt's no secret that a majority of us probably grew up with the charming and always enjoyable collection of teen-comedies from the 1980s. Whether you were that age or just catching the reruns in the early ‘90s, there's a lot of us who hold a special place in our hearts for the John Hughes and John Cusack worlds, with some of us even able to name lesser-known ones such as "Just One Of The Guys" and "Three O'Clock High" as part of a regular Saturday/Sunday afternoon rotation.

'Face/Off' Duo Nicolas Cage & John Travolta Looking To Reunite On A Pair Of Projects

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 25, 2011 2:00 AM
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Let's face it. Nicolas Cage isn't so much a movie star anymore as a continual riff on his own persona, selling movie after movie on his crazy-wigged eccentricity and personality. The idea of him playing characters has long gone out the window as these days, he pretty much just plays Nic Cage whether in a medieval flick like "Season Of The Witch" or a 3D throwaway B-movie like "Drive Angry." Meanwhile, John Travolta has been vacillating between dumb family fare like "Wild Hogs" or "Old Dogs" while trying to scowl convincingly as a bad guy in action flicks like "The Taking Of Pelham 1 2 3" and "From Paris With Love." Wherever their careers are now, the duo teamed up to deliver one of the great, big dumb, yet totally awesome action flicks of the 1990s, John Woo's "Face/Off" so it's a little exciting (in a nostalgic sort of way) that the two are looking team up again.

Malin Akerman Joins Nicolas Cage In Shiny Thriller 'Medallion'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2011 2:54 AM
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Audiences seem to be cooling on wig-wearing, "I'll-do-anything-just-send-me-a-script" Nicolas Cage. His medieval flick "Season Of The Witch" opened at number three, and over the weekend, "Drive Angry 3D" arrived with an empty tank opening way down the list at number nine. But Cage, for whatever it's worth, is still a name that gets lower-budgeted action fare moving and certainly dinosaur bones and castles don't pay for themselves. Just before the end of the year, Cage signed on to the thriller "Medallion," and things are still moving forward on the project despite his dodgy box office prospects these days.

Weekend Box Office: 'Gnomeo' Leapfrogs 'Hall Pass,' Audiences Not 'Angry' Enough To 'Drive'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 27, 2011 5:51 AM
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Rats off to ya, “Gnomeo And Juliet.” After two weeks in release, the ‘toon has vaulted into first place, generating $14 million this weekend on its way to a 3D-boosted $100 million+ gross. The Disney Touchstone release, populated almost entirely by British actors, is something of a surprise hit, since it looked like a throwaway purchase along the lines of “Planet 51” or “Hoodwinked.” Consider this something of an anomaly: who knew animated lawn gnomes would generate such business?

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