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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!

NYCC: Sony Debuts New Footage From 'Underworld: Awakening,' 'Total Recall' & 'Ghost Rider 2'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 16, 2011 3:16 AM
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On Saturday at the New York Comic-Con, Sony promised a panel dedicated to “Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance.” But in a bit of a surprise, they gave fans a first look at two other upcoming genre films on their slate. This being Comic-Con, people expected a glimpse of “The Amazing Spider-Man.” But aside from a stuffed mannequin hanging upside down on the showroom floor, promotion for the upcoming superhero tentpole was completely absent. Instead, Sony, gave us a Len Wiseman horror show.

NYCC: Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor Diss First Film, Say 'Ghost Rider' "Re-quel" Has Huge Body Count

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 16, 2011 2:58 AM
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Directors Say They've Thought About Direct-To-DVD Character Spinoffs For The 'Crank' SeriesSony had a superhero franchise on their hands in “Ghost Rider.” Curiously, though first film that turned a solid profit, but no one particularly fell in love with it, leaving them in a position to experiment with a second film about Johnny Blaze. So it only makes sense that they would turn to Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the architects of the gonzo, hard R-rated “Crank” series to recapture the magic of a beloved Marvel Comics’ “superhero.” We sat down and talked with Mark and Brian at the New York Comic Con to talk about the approach to “Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance,” their thoughts on their first movie, and how a PG-13 rating wasn't a hurdle to their usually risky brand of filmmaking.

Watch: Nic Cage Pees Fire In 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance' Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2011 4:33 AM
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Well, Ghost Rider is back and "Crank" directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor have answered the age old question: what happens when Johnny Blaze has to take a piss when he's on fire?

First Look At 'Ghost Rider 2'; Another 'Crank' Movie In The Works With Or Without Jason Statham

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 26, 2011 1:44 AM
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Bookending their Comic-Con presentation this weekend by a title that read “fucking your shit up in 3D February 2012,” the “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” co-directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor certainly aren't mincing words about the visual blitzkrieg they're planning for the upcoming comic sequel. Holding on to moving motorcycles wearing only rollerblades and generally disregarding their personal safety all in the name of capturing action sequences in their distinct visual style, if anything, 'Ghost Rider' promises -- for better or worse -- to be unlike any comic movie we've ever seen. But as anyone who has seen their "Crank" movies knows, trying to nail down what they do on film with a single still is pretty much impossible so don't get too bummed at static nature of these first look pics from the film.

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

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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.

Johnny Whitworth Confirms He'll Play Blackout In 'Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 17, 2011 4:32 AM
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Well, here's a movie we haven't been talking about much, but leave it one of the stars to get news on the film moving again. Last we heard, the Nic Cage-led sequel "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" was shooting in Eastern Europe with "Crank" writer/directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor strapping on roller skates and swinging from trees or doing whatever they do in shooting the film. Remarkably, the villain has been kept under wraps until now -- which probably speaks to geek curiosity around project (ie. none) -- but actor Johnny Whitworth finally spilled the beans.

Ron Perlman Out Of 'The Hobbit,' Nic Cage Talks "Abstract" 'Ghost Rider 2' & More Sequel News

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 2, 2010 5:57 AM
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Jeff Bridges Talks Sequel To 'The Last Picture Show'; 'American Pie 4' In The Works & More-Ron Perlman has confirmed that with the exit of Guillermo del Toro, he too will be skipping "The Hobbit." "I'm not doing [it]," he told ComingSoon. His giant forehead will next be seen in "Season of the Witch" and will probably be a candidate to show up in del Toro's "At The Mountains of Madness." -Nicolas Cage confirmed to io9 that "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" is more of a standalone story than an actual sequel to 2007's dodgy "Ghost Rider." "This one is completely reconceived," he says, comparing the original to a "fairy tale," adding, "It's not even connected to the first one, it's a different origin story. But I think it will be a brand new experience." Cage adds, "...we're getting into some really abstract stuff that I think will mess with people's minds." He also states that the involvement of directors Brian Taylor and Mark Neveldine were the reason he signed to do the project in the first place, which certainly makes it seem like he doesn't owe millions of dollars to the IRS. But hey, castles don't pay for themselves.

Nicolas Cage Will Be Playing Two Parts In 'Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance', But Won't Be Villain

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 29, 2010 12:48 PM
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One of your most eagerly-anticipated films of 2012, if you recently suffered a significant injury to the brain, or have only ever watched films with the words "Rider" and "Ghost" in the title, is probably "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance," the sequel to the disastrous 2008 Marvel Comics adaptation "Ghost Rider." Nicolas Cage will once again be playing stuntman Johnny Blaze, who makes a deal with the devil to become the fiery-headed demon-hunter Ghost Rider, and the plot will involve the hero in Europe, going up against his employer, who's trying to possess the body of a child.

'Ghost Rider 2' Gets Budget Slashed By $60 Million, Will Be Made For A Paltry $75 Million

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 27, 2010 8:11 AM
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Nicolas Cage Will Somehow Have To Survive With A $7 Million PaycheckIndustry analysts claim the recession ended in June 2009, but how can that be true if it still troubles our superheroes? It was just 2007 when Nicolas Cage was suited up to play Johnny Blaze in "Ghost Rider," a film budgeted north of $110 million. Cage received somewhere between $12 and $20 million upfront, and the film grossed $229 worldwide before a healthy DVD life. Mortgages were paid, Sony was flush with cash, and everyone was happy.

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