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Nic Cage's House Too Weird to Sell

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 8, 2010 at 10:13AM

At a time when the entire state of California seems about to implode, it's tough to feel sorry for the rich and famous who can't manage to live within their magnificent means. Photographer Annie Leibowitz is back in financial trouble. And now Nic Cage----the fifth-ranked movie star on Forbes list with earnings of $40 million last year--has lost one of his many homes.
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Thompson on Hollywood

At a time when the entire state of California seems about to implode, it's tough to feel sorry for the rich and famous who can't manage to live within their magnificent means. Photographer Annie Leibowitz is back in financial trouble. And now Nic Cage----the fifth-ranked movie star on Forbes list with earnings of $40 million last year--has lost one of his many homes.

The LAT broke the story Thursday about the Bad Lieutenant star losing his Tudor house in Bel Air, which was once owned by Dean Martin, to foreclosure. Cage took six loans totaling $18 million against the mansion, which cost him $35 million. It failed to sell at auction Wednesday, mainly because the interior was too weird, with elevated miniature train tracks running through several rooms and hundreds of framed comic book covers. Cage is suing his former business manager, who accuses him of indulging in a "spending binge of epic proportions," reports the LAT.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.