Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

The Playlist

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

  • By Edward Davis
  • |
  • March 9, 2013 9:25 AM
  • |
  • 12 Comments
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.

Armond White Says 'Ghost Rider 2' & 'Taken 2' Are Better Than 'Zero Dark Thirty' In 2012 Wrap Up

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • January 11, 2013 9:22 AM
  • |
  • 9 Comments
2013 is barely two weeks old, an Armond White is being his Armond-iest. In case you missed it, the cantankerous, contrarian film critic heckled Michael Moore at the the New York Film Critics Circle awards ceremony this week. In presenting the award for Best First Film to David France for the now Oscar nominated “How to Survive a Plague,” Moore reflected that “the Cardinal couldn’t get through Mass at St. Patrick’s,” citing the film's coverage of the ACT UP protests who interrupted Christmas mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in the '80s. And this set off Armond.

Weekend Box Office: 'The Vow' And 'Safe House' Tussling Again For First Place; 'Ghost Rider' Does Less Than Half Of Predecessor

  • By Gabe Toro
  • |
  • February 19, 2012 12:37 PM
  • |
  • 2 Comments
Love is in the air, but "Safe House" ain't hearin' it. In weekend two, the film surpassed last week's champ, "The Vow," if only barely. While the film hasn’t done quite the same weekday business as the Tatum-McAdams romancer so far, it’s outperformed its modest programmer aspirations and should easily leapfrog $100 million. Amusingly enough, this would give Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds both four $100 million domestic earners on their resume. Sometimes the line separating a star and a journeyman can be very thin, though to Denzel’s credit, he’s never really been the type to command massive $200 million budgets. Though, yeah, he probably would have been a good “Green Lantern.” Now that that’s been brought up in conversation, let us ignore it forever. Apologies.

In Theaters: 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance' Declares 'This Means War'

  • By Katie Walsh
  • |
  • February 17, 2012 4:28 PM
  • |
  • 1 Comment
YEAH! Are you ready for some Cage's Festival of Wigs (TM)??? A wig made of FIRE perhaps? That is right, people. Nicolas Cage is BACK as that motorcycle madman from hell (nope this is not "Drive Angry 2") as the GHOST RIDER in "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance." And that's it, no other movies to see this week. KIDDING, there's like some Oscar nominated documentaries and foreign films and shit. And Tom Hardy debasing himself in "This Means War" with Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine. But really, it's all about the Cage this week. When is it not?

Review: 'Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance' Is A Metal Album In Cinematic Form

  • By Gabe Toro
  • |
  • February 17, 2012 7:39 AM
  • |
  • 11 Comments
The Marvel Comics character of Ghost Rider has always been more than a little alternative. Considerably darker and more haunted that contemporaries like Spider-Man and the Hulk, the demonic creation of trio Roy Thomas, Gary Friedrich and Mike Ploog found himself starring in more horror-centric stories, only ocassionally clashing with sunnier heroes in sales-boosting stunts. While the comic creation existed on the fringe of the industry, Mark Steven Johnson's 2007 adaptation "Ghost Rider" was a far more generic, populist attempt to appeal to the masses. It was, by design, a pop song, except it viewed itself as a catchier Massive Attack track when it was more of an O-Town b-side. Bring the kiddies.

Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor Talk African Tribal Dancing, Mimicking Pink Floyd & Making 'Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance'

  • By Gabe Toro
  • |
  • February 15, 2012 2:00 PM
  • |
  • 1 Comment
Coming from the grimier, gonzo world of "Crank," it was something of a surprise to see directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor take the helm of Sony blockbuster "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance." While the first film was a $228 million hit, Sony definitely wanted to take this prospective franchise in a different direction. And fortunately for the hands-on duo, who also shoot all their second unit footage themselves, they were given free reign by Marvel Studios to put their stamp on the film.

Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor Say There's Already Talks About A 'Ghost Rider 3'; Still Considering 'Crank 3D'

  • By Gabe Toro
  • |
  • February 13, 2012 4:41 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments
There is no doubt when watching a movie directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, that it was made by anybody else. The pair made their name with kinetic and electric "Crank" films, and recently graduated to comic tenptoles, helming the upcoming "Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance." Known for their unorthodox methods -- which includes strapping on roller blades, and grabbing a camera so they can get right into the action -- the film they make are distinctly their own, and comic book movies have never quite looked the way 'Vengeance' does. And while they haven't yet decided on what their next project will be, if things go well, they could be working with Nicolas Cage again very soon.

Watch: 'Battleship,' 'John Carter,' 'The Avengers' & Clint Eastwood Lead Super Bowl Ads

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • February 5, 2012 11:06 PM
  • |
  • 4 Comments
The greatest advertising opportunity of the year aka the Super Bowl, is over, and one highly priced team of players beat another highly priced team of players. But as always, it's the ads everyone is talking about anyway, and this year, Hollywood dropped a bunch of cash hoping to lure football lovers to theaters over the next few months.

Watch: Nic Cage Embraces His Power In New Trailer For 'Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • December 15, 2011 1:33 PM
  • |
  • 3 Comments
We can only imagine how deflated the Sony marketing department must have felt when the very geek crowd they had hoped to lure for "Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance" pretty much roundly rejected it at Harry Knowles' Butt-Numb-A-Thon last weekend. If they couldn't please those fanboys, getting everyone else interested is going to be a herculean task.

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

  • By Simon Dang
  • |
  • December 14, 2011 9:45 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments
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.

Email Updates

Recent Comments