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Box Office: 'Captain America 2' Flies Over 'Rio 2' To Take Top Spot Again

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 13, 2014 12:01 PM
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Is was the battle of the sequels this weekend. With "Rio 2" arriving as the toughest competition to the behemoth that is "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," the question was whether or not the Marvel hero could off the family friendly newcomer. And it was a close battle, but Steve Rogers emerged victorious.

Watch: David Gordon Green Breaks Down A Scene From 'Joe' Starring Nicolas Cage

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • April 11, 2014 10:24 AM
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Joe
After spending a few years in the studio system with comedies like "Pineapple Express" and "Your Highness," David Gordon Green is firmly back in the indie world with the one-two punch of last year's "Prince Avalanche" and the newly released Nicolas Cage-starring "Joe." As the new film opens in select theaters this weekend, a new video from The New York Times has arrived online that finds Green breaking down one of the film's scenes.

David Gordon Green Talks ‘Joe’ & Reveals How He Convinced Nicolas Cage To Star In His Dark, Tiny Indie Drama

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 10, 2014 5:55 PM
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Joe, Nicolas Cage
While he stated early on that the eclectic careers of Danny Boyle, Steven Soderbergh and Gus Van Sant were the ones he strove to emulate, the career of David Gordon Green has nevertheless puzzled those who expected him to follow a singular track. Perhaps because he was touted as the heir apparent to Terrence Malick in his early indie filmmaking days a preconception was formed, but regardless, much has been made about Green's "about face" turn toward studio comedies (three in a row: "Pineapple Express," "Your Highness" and "The Sitter"). Perhaps settling into a pattern audiences and pundits alike are more comfortable with, Green has returned to his roots and quickly knocked out a succession of indie films. The latest is "Joe" a dark drama, but one that continues to defy genre and expectation.

Review: David Gordon Green's Muscular & Textured 'Joe' Starring Nicolas Cage & Tye Sheridan

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 10, 2014 5:05 PM
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Joe, Nicolas Cage
“Joe” unites a pair of talents somewhat on the comeback trail. David Gordon Green’s once-lofty critical reputation—the filmmaker was once lauded as a successor to Terrence Malick—took something of a hit after a left-turn into poorly-received studio comedies like “Your Highness” and "The Sitter," but this year’s “Prince Avalanche” seemed to mark a return to the lo-fi indies he made his name with. Meanwhile, Nicolas Cage’s status as a major star and as one of his generation’s most acclaimed actors has been threatened in recent years by a series of low-rent pictures, seemingly taken for the paycheck alone, which have seen the actor increasingly descend into either self-parody, or deep boredom.

Interview: David Gordon Green & Nicolas Cage Talk Flawed Father Figures Of ‘Joe,’ Evading Southern Clichés & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 9, 2014 12:00 PM
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David Gordon Green Nicolas Cage Joe
The genre-defying film “Joe” presents an unexpected yet engaging blend in its two central collaborators, director David Gordon Green and actor Nicolas Cage. Achieving a stunning handle on tone and naturalism from Green, it also breaks from what Cage calls “Western Kabuki” acting towards a more rugged, internal performance. The approach uniquely fits its premise: based on the novel by Larry Brown, the film follows Joe Ransom, a Deep South ex-con who attempts to help a drifter boy Gary (Tye Sheridan) escape the abuse of his alcoholic father (a fantastic Gary Poulter).

Stream: David Wingo & Jeff McIllwain's Complete Score To David Gordon Green's 'Joe'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 7, 2014 2:33 PM
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Joe
David Wingo and David Gordon Green roll pretty deep. The composer scored the director's first feature, "George Washington," and the pair have collaborated numerous times over the years on "All the Real Girls," "Snow Angels," "The Sitter" and last year's "Prince Avalanche." Their working relationship continues with the forthcoming "Joe," and before you see the movie this weekend, you can treat your ears to the music.

10 Movies To See In April

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • April 1, 2014 11:08 AM
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10 Movies To See In April
We’re inching ever close to the 2014 summer blockbuster season, but that’s not to say April is lacking its fair share of spectacle and bombast. This month’s ten movies to see ranges from Marvel’s latest to a mess of independent fare moving away from the festivals and into your local multiplex. It’s time to see what’s worth plunking down your dollars and cents for this month at the movies.

Watch: Nicolas Cage Hires Tye Sheridan In Clip From David Gordon Green's 'Joe' Plus Lots Of New Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 31, 2014 1:45 PM
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Joe
Well, here's a Nicolas Cage we don't see to often these days, giving a dialled down and controlled performance in the forthcoming "Joe." And we have to thank David Gordon Green for that, finding the actor within Cage that has been lost lately to bad movies that tend to play into his more hysterical tendencies as an actor.

Watch: 2 New Clips From David Gordon Green’s ‘Joe’ Starring Nicolas Cage, Plus New Photos

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 6, 2014 4:22 PM
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Joe, Nicolas Cage
“He could handle a venomous cottonmouth snake without protection. That showed me an actor that was fearless,” David Gordon Green said recently about his “Joe” star Nicolas Cage. “If it was appropriate for the role or his character, he would get in that mind-set and he could do anything — he would do anything. There’s a beauty to that.”

Watch: New Trailer For David Gordon Green's 'Joe' Starring Nicolas Cage

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 13, 2014 1:40 PM
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Joe, Nicolas Cage
Sometimes you're a little reluctant to work with a big named actor if you're an indie filmmaker. “When you get involved in a professional relationship with a movie star you never know what’s going to show up—whether or not he’s going to lock himself in his trailer,” David Gordon Green said. “With Nicolas Cage I was relieved to find a guy who knew everybody on the crew’s name and learned about their jobs from them and was involved in the process. He went the extra mile. He wasn’t just the actor sitting in front of a mirror memorizing lines.”

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