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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.

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?

Review: 'Drive Angry 3D' Is a Hellzapoppin' Blast Of B-Movie Ridiculousness

  • By Leah Zak
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  • February 26, 2011 6:20 AM
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"Drive Angry 3D" is everything it wants to be. And slightly more. If one wonders to what extent filmmakers have NOT been using 3D, director Patrick Lussier answers with this picture, a crazy, bad dudes-and-fast-cars camp classic in the making. Shocking, grotesque, and completely ridiculous, audiences will get what they paid for. Or at least what they sneak in for using their leftover 3D glasses from "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never." Between this and his surprisingly satisfying remake of "My Bloody Valentine," Lussier might be shaping up to be the first genuine post-millennial 3D exploitation auteur... or something.

Everyone Loves Neil Diamond & More Things We Learned From The Filmmakers Of 'Drive Angry 3D'

  • By Leah Zak
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  • February 25, 2011 6:09 AM
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Patrick Lussier & Todd Farmer Call Amber Heard The "Anti-Damsel In Distress" & Espouse The Emotional Impact Of 3DExclusive: We recently had the opportunity to sit down for an interview with “Drive Angry 3D” director Patrick Lussier (henceforth occasionally referred to as PL) and writer Todd Farmer (henceforth occasionally referred to as TF). We reported on what they had to say regarding their some upcoming new projects yesterday, but we learned a few more things during the chat that we thought you should know. Read on for more on the emotional impact of 3D, William Fichtner’s embodiment of a truly odd antagonist and Amber Heard’s anti-Damsel in Distress character.

Watch: Red Band 'Drive Angry 3D' Teaser Promises Boobs, Blood & F-Bombs This Awards Season

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2011 7:34 AM
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What is it about Nicolas Cage and his fabulous festival of wigs that makes us want to sit through whatever shitty movie he cranks out to support castle buying and IRS debt payments? We have no idea but dammit all, as dumb as it looks, we still want to see "Drive Angry 3D." At the very least, it looks like 10 times more fun than "Sanctum."

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