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Nicolas Cage May Lead John McTiernan’s ‘Red Squad,’ Director Says He's Penned 'Thomas Crown Affair' Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 28, 2014 5:44 PM
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Kick-Ass, Nicholas Cage
Action director John McTiernan's trouble with the law may soon be ending (read all about it here) which means he'll soon be able to get back to work. And earlier this year, his first post-prison project "Red Squad" made some headlines, but not much has been heard since. But if all goes well, it looks like he's found a leading man.

The Films Of Nicolas Cage: A Retrospective

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • April 10, 2014 2:00 PM
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Joe, Nicolas Cage
Yes, the career of Nicolas Cage has taken what one can argue is a serious nosedive in recent years. His frightening hairline has become the butt of endless jokes, his personal life is always a mess (he named his son Kal-El after Superman and he's on his third wife), and his take-a-paycheck career choices of late (seemingly endless riffs on "Taken" that barely get theatrical releases, things like "Seeking Justice," "Stolen," "Trespass," and on the way, a reboot of the bonkers Biblical apocalypse flick "Left Behind") have made him an even bigger laughing stock (maybe the tax problems and reported ridiculous spending habits explain these terrible tendencies).

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.”

Watch: First Trailer For David Gordon Green's Gritty 'Joe' Starring Nicolas Cage & Tye Sheridan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 28, 2014 10:06 AM
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One of 21 Best Films Of 2014 We've Already Seen, things have been pretty quiet around "Joe" even after a good festival run last year. But that's about to change; the film is rolling out overseas and the first trailer is here, and it's unlike anything we've seen from either director David Gordon Green or star Nicolas Cage in a long, long time.

Watch: Nicolas Cage Tries To Bury The Hurt In Trailer For 'Tokarev' With Danny Glover & Peter Stormare

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 10, 2013 4:13 PM
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Nicolas Cage Tokarev
We're not sure what language "Tokarev" comes from, but we can only guess that translated into English it means, "collecting a pay check." Boasting low budgets and a pretty wheezy storyline, it's a reminder that for every decent movie Nicolas Cage does—like David Gordon Green's upcoming "Joe"—he's got about five more of these bargain bin efforts in the can.

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

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 30, 2013 4:39 PM
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“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.

Stream This: 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints,' 'A Single Shot,' Films From Wong Kar-Wai & More On VOD This Week

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • August 23, 2013 5:25 PM
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Stream This: Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Single Shot, more
Hello, streamers! Our picks for this week should prove to be nostalgic and contemporary, reflective and forward thinking, a look to the inspirational works of the past with a glance at what they've rendered since. Two films debuting in theaters are also new to VOD, while the release of Destin Cretton's much hailed "Short Term 12" encouraged us to take a look at his last feature. And with the opening of Wong Kar-wai's tenth feature film this weekend, we decided to feature the Chinese director quite prominently: some works—"Happy Together," "In the Mood for Love," and "Chungking Express"—are already well known, so we're offering a curated assortment from his early days of writing and directing that you may be a little less familiar with. The Criterion Collection's special presentation of remastered films (care of Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Foundation) on Hulu deserves similar attention, and we have an overview of two of our favorites from that group. Bet you can't wait to find out what they are! Let's get going.

Gritty, Bloody New Images From David Gordon Green's 'Joe' Starring Nicolas Cage & Tye Sheridan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2013 11:24 AM
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As always, David Gordon Green is zigging instead of zagging, side-stepping any expectations of the career choices he "should" be making and following his passions wherever it takes him. With "Prince Avalanche" now in theaters, and the upcoming "Manglehorn" starring Al Pacino gearing up to shoot this fall, Green will take a pit stop between those two efforts in Venice and Toronto to present his latest, "Joe." And both director and star Nicolas Cage, are very excited about this one turned out.

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.

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.

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