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Nicolas Cage Opens Up About Playing Two Nicolas Cages, Reenacting Old Scenes for New Film

Nicolas Cage Opens Up About Playing Two Nicolas Cages, Reenacting Old Scenes for New Film
Nicolas Cage turned in some of the best work of his career playing a double role in Spike Jonze’s “Adaptation,” and he’s set to try something similar in his upcoming project “The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent.” The meta drama from writer-director Tom Gormican casts Nicolas Cage as two fictionalized versions of himself. The first is a downtrodden actor struggling to return to his glory days. The second is a younger doppelgänger of the actor from when he was a big star who haunts his older self for throwing his career away. The two get in way over their heads after the strapped-for-cash older actor accepts a $1 million gig to attend the birthday of a Mexican billionaire super-fan.

“It’s a stylised version of me, and the fact I even have to refer to myself in the third person makes me extremely uncomfortable,” Cage recently told Empire magazine
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Nicolas Cage Once Hired Someone to Be His "Drinking Coach" for a Role

Nicolas Cage Once Hired Someone to Be His
Nicolas Cage goes the extra mile for his characters.  The Oscar winner has had plenty of unforgettable roles in the course of his multi-decade career and, thanks to a video for GQ, Cage has revealed some of the more unique ways he channeled those men for the silver screen.  When it came time for his Oscar-winning performance as suicidal alcoholic Ben Sanderson in Leaving Las Vegas, the actor explained that he studied past alcohol performances by other actors and drew inspiration from those characters. However, upon a suggestion from his cousin Roman Coppola, he hired Tony Dingman, a poet who Cage said was "at that time very drunk," to be his "drinking coach." The...
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Muscles, mullets and Malkovich: has Con Air got even weirder with age?

When Hollywood strapped Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich and a host of bad guys into a plane and crashed it on Vegas, what was the result? An action hit that was half prison flick, half rock video – and is, 20 years on, still dangerous

A ridiculous movie when it was released in June 1997, Nicolas Cage’s bumpy flight Con Air only seems more absurd 20 years later. The debut of UK director Simon West, it is a thundering action blowout so loud, haywire and sentimental that – in perhaps the ultimate backhanded compliment – it is often misidentified as a Michael Bay movie. Certainly it feels like a natural bridge between two of Bay’s pre-Transformers hits: 1996’s The Rock, where Cage first seemed to get a real taste for being an action star, and 1998’s Armageddon, another high-concept blockbuster hip to the benefits of recruiting an overqualified ensemble. All three movies bear the glossy,
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The Return Of Xander Cage is 2017’s First Essential Film

A love letter to Vin Diesel’s extreme sports heroism.

The cinema of Rob Cohen peaked in the years 2001 and 2002 with the release of The Fast and the Furious, and, as an alternative to a Fast/Furious sequel, the extreme-sports cash-in xXx, starring once and future Fastest and most Furious of all, Vin Diesel. Before getting to xXx (it is no longer necessary to get to The Fast and the Furious, it having long since ascended to pop legend) as a whole it’s necessary to talk about Cohen as a filmmaker, which isn’t possible to do in a positive sense without grappling with some large contradictions. The first, and biggest, is that he’s a director whose strong points are the very things his detractors foreground as faults: his cinema is big and often unwieldy, favoring force over grace, and requires the panacea of adrenaline to counteract the host of elements that fold under rational
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The xXx: Return of Xander Cage Trailer Goes Back to the Franchise’s Roots

Charismatic Cardboard & Xander CagexXx: Return of Xander Cage is brings the series back to its B-movie roots.

After years of playing video games at friends’ houses, my family got a GameCube in 2002. Finally I could play all the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 that my nine year-old heart desired, though I honestly played way more Pro Skater 4. Too uncoordinated (and too afraid) to skateboard, I had a Razor Scooter. The time I didn’t spend outside was split between games, television, and movies. I was the target audience for xXx.

Thirteen years and a little maturity later, I am stoked for xXx: Return of Xander Cage.

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Sure, the first film had its fair share of flaws. Some articles, like this retrospective from The Dissolve (Rip), note that the film failed to deliver on its promise of the James Bond of the 21st century. The
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1989

From a crazy early Nic Cage role to a lesser-known film starring Robert De Niro, here's our pick of 25 underappreciated films from 1989...

Ah, 1989. The year the Berlin Wall came down and Yugoslavia won the Eurovision Song Contest. It was also a big year for film, with Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade topping the box office and Batman dominating the summer with its inescapable marketing blitz.

Outside the top 10 highest-grossing list, which included Back To The Future II, Dead Poets Society and Honey I Shrunk The Kids, 1989 also included a plethora of less commonly-appreciated films. Some were big in their native countries but only received a limited release in the Us and UK. Others were poorly received but have since been reassessed as cult items.

From comedies to thrillers, here's our pick of 25 underappreciated films from the end of the 80s...

25. An Innocent Man

Disney, through its Touchstone banner, had high hopes for this thriller,
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Con Air at 20: the 90s action film that remains unmatched

Simon Brew Jun 7, 2017

Here's our tribute to one of the best action movies ever made: a story of Nicolas Cage, a plane and a toy bunny...

"Break out the fine china, chill the lemonade, tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree. Cos this boy's coming home to his ladies. Coming home forever."

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Action cinema changed in 1999. The release of The Matrix unleashed a torrent of imitators, but also altered fundamentally the editing of movies in the genre. This came with a price. Action sequences became harder to follow. Character was relegated. The old style idea of pitting a movie star against some peril in extraordinary circumstances was seemingly less tempting. The Matrix had started something.

Well, that, or everyone just watched Con Air, and figured they couldn't top it. Because in truth, how could they?
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Con Air: the 90s action film that remains unmatched

Here's our tribute to one of the best action movies ever made: a story of Nicolas Cage, a plane and a toy bunny...

"Break out the fine china, chill the lemonade, tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree. Cos this boy's coming home to his ladies. Coming home forever."

Action cinema changed in 1999. The release of The Matrix unleashed a torrent of imitators, but also altered fundamentally the editing of movies in the genre. This came with a price. Action sequences became harder to follow. Character was relegated. The old style idea of pitting a movie star against some peril in extraordinary circumstances was seemingly less tempting. The Matrix had started something.

Well, that, or everyone just watched Con Air, and figured they couldn't top it. Because in truth, how could they? One of the most quotable, enjoyable and wildly entertaining blockbusters of the 1990s, I can't think
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The underrated film acting performances of 2014

From Gone Girl and Interstellar to The Babadook and RoboCop, some of 2014's more underrated acting performances...

For once, this upcoming awards season looks set to recognise some of the bright young things in movies, rather than the usual suspects, even if the type of movie that's considered “worthy” remain the same.

Biopics loom large, with Benedict Cumberbatch, Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne and David Oyelowo all considered locks for their first nominations for roles in films such as The Imitation Game, The Theory Of Everything and Selma. Plus, from the advance buzz on the true story movie Foxcatcher, it seems like we're going to have to get used to the phrase “Academy Award Nominee Channing Tatum” pretty soon.

Even the old guard potentials are pleasingly off-beat, with Michael Keaton tipped for his first nomination, for playing a former superhero actor in Birdman and Patricia Arquette almost a dead cert to
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Five Essential Airplane Movies

Luke Graham with five essential airplane movies…

To celebrate the recent release of Liam Neeson’s Non-Stop on DVD, Blu-Ray and limited edition steelbox, let’s take a look at some other must-see movies that take high up in the sky…

Disney’s Planes (2013)

This spin-off from Pixar’s Cars is definitely a must-see…

Or not. I’m joking. It’s actually pretty unpopular, at least with critics, although it did manage to gross over $200 million. Did you know it’s getting a sequel?

5. Flightplan (2005)

Now this is actually worth seeing. Jodie Foster plays Kyle Pratt, an engineer who must frantically search for her daughter who goes missing during a flight, but everyone on the plane denies the daughter exists! This twisty thriller is an exciting watch.

4. Con Air (1997)

This mad-cap, over-the-top action film from producer Jerry Bruckheimer is hugely entertaining, and one of Nicolas Cage’s better films. It
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Nicolas Cage and the 90s Action Film

As much credit as we give to the 80s for canonizing overkill in action films, we don’t give enough recognition to the 90s for producing some of the most out-and-out insane premises to action films that you can’t make today. In the center of it all was Nicolas Cage. Cage has made a career out of not being pinned down, and his turn from Oscar Winning actor for Leaving Las Vegas to following it up with a string of action films certainly displays that. In 1996-1997 Cage made 3 films in a row as Hollywood’s 2nd most bankable action star (Will Smith being the only one to top him both years) of the time that looking back, really define a lot of the characteristics that made the 90s action film distinct from other decades. It was a wonderful time to be Nicolas Cage. How did someone like him
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Graham’s Trailer Roundup! The Green Inferno, Dinosaur 13, Clouds of Sils Maria, Left Behind, Very Good Girls

Everyone loves movie trailers; we can’t get enough of them here in The City of Films. It’s an art form that stands alone from the film itself and has a remarkable power to move us. Trailers can give us chills, laughs, goose bumps and sometimes even anger us. We can’t always post them all, so here’s where we play catch up; it’s Graham’s Trailer Roundup!

This Roundup Includes: The Green Inferno, Dinosaur 13, Clouds of Sils Maria, Left Behind, Very Good Girls

The Green Inferno

Synopsis: A group of student activists travel from New York City to the Amazon to save a dying tribe. Unfortunately, they crash in the jungle and are taken hostage by the very natives they protected.

Starring: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Daryl Sabara

Release: September 5, 2014

Trailer Analysis: Some people are going to eat other people, what’s not to like?
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Special Features - The must-see straight-to-video action films of 2014

Tom Jolliffe on the must-see straight-to-video action films of 2014...

If you’re a little fed up of the never ending stream of remakes, kid friendly PG13 (12A or 15 here) CGI heavy theatrics and Marvel/DC action films that fill up the multiplexes, or you’re no stranger to the unrepentant, simple delights of a bit of straight to video (or Netflix) action, then here is a list of the best to look out for this year.

As big screen action caters more and more for younger audiences, straight to video still largely offers a bit more adult entertainment. What it might lack in big budget thrills it makes up for with F-bombs and gallons of blood (if that’s your thing). As for myself, alongside a steady upbringing of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sly Stallone and Bruce Willis in the late 80’s and 90’s, I’ve also had more than my share
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What to Watch: Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2014

We’re back! After a week off in Park City, What to Watch is back with 8 movies for you to check out at your local Blu-ray shop or download on your favorite streaming service. Some great variety this week, including a fantastic On Demand debut starring Elijah Wood & John Cusack, a few classics, and a couple of current Oscar nominees.

Grand Piano

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Grand Piano

We’re going to try and lead each What to Watch with the most interesting new film available exclusively On Demand and this week’s is a gem for all of you who wish Brian De Palma made more movies like he did in the ’70s and ’80s. Elijah Wood plays a famous pianist doing a tribute show to his deceased mentor. He sees a note on his sheet music that if he misses a key, he’ll be shot by a sniper
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10 funny instances of actors playing themselves in movies

Feature Mark Harrison 5 Jul 2013 - 06:31

This Is The End doesn't have the monopoly on actors playing themselves in movies. Just check this lot out...

Last week saw the UK release of This Is The End, in which members of Judd Apatow's comedy troupe wind up trapped in James Franco's house, post-Rapture. Most of the world's population has been Raptured into the next life, or otherwise fallen into a great big hole in Franco's lawn.

The film is adapted from a 2007 sketch called Jay & Seth Vs The Apocalypse, which featured Jay Baruchel and Seth Rogen squabbling with each other in a living room. Both reprise their roles here, as exaggerated versions of themselves. You know how Rogen is often criticised for playing himself in movies? Well, he literally plays himself in this one, to a certain degree. Elsewhere, Michael Cera plays a drug-addled dickhole, Emma Watson is a
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Sofia Vergara's Machete Kills Poster and Nicolas Cage's Frozen Ground Poster

Today we have Sofia Vergara's character poster for "Machete Kills," as well as the poster for the upcoming "Frozen Ground" thriller, starring Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, Vanessa Hudgens and 50 Cent. Check everything out below. Machete Kills: Danny Trejo returns as ex-Federale agent Machete, who is recruited by the President of the United States (Charlie Sheen) for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man - he must take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer (Mel Gibson) who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet. Frozen Ground: The story follows Alaskan detective Glenn Flothe (Cage) as he sets out to end the murderous rampage of Robert Hansen (Cusack), a serial killer who has gone unnoticed for thirteen years. As the bodies of street girls start to add up in Anchorage, fear strikes a chord with the public. Risking his life,
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Cage's Honeymoon In Vegas Heading To Broadway?

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Cage's Honeymoon In Vegas Heading To Broadway?
Nicolas Cage's movie Honeymoon In Vegas is set for the Broadway musical treatment.

Andrew Bergman, who wrote the popular 1992 comedy, has penned the new show's script and casting is underway with former Grey's Anatomy star T.R. Knight, Tony Danza and singer Mary Faber set to lead the cast, according to the New York Post.

In the hit film Cage and Sarah Jessica Parker played a couple planning a Las Vegas wedding celebration - and resisting temptation offered by James Caan's rich gambler.

Composer Jason Robert Brown will produce the score for the musical, which is set for a late 2012 release.

News Shorts: August 20th 2011

Photos of Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Glenn Close and Aaron Johnson in Albert Noobs, Tahar Rahim in Free Men, and Nic Cage and Idris Elba Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.

There's also Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson in We Bought a Zoo, several new stills from Happy Feet Two, and the first shot of Jack Black, Owen Wilson and Steve Martin in The Big Year.

Promo images from The Amazing Spider-Man, and posters for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Contagion, Melancholia, Abduction, Red Tails, Colombiana and Coriolanus.

Finally set photos from World War Z show off Brad Pitt, while distant photos from Man of Steel show the crater of Superman's crazed spacecraft and a distant shot of Henry Cavill in his Superman outfit from behind.
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365 Days, 100 Films #34 - Machete (2010)

Machete, 2010.

Directed by Ethan Maniquis and Robert Rodriguez.

Starring Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Lindsay Lohan, Jeff Fahey, Cheech Marin, Steven Seagal, Don Johnson and Tom Savini.

Synopsis:

Machete has been betrayed after a drugs bust in Mexico. Now an illegal immigrant in America, he is forced to confront those who left him for dead.

Machete was once a trailer, fudged between the edited versions of Robert Rodriguez’s Planet Terror and Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof. I was lucky enough to see this Grindhouse project at the cinema. It was ambitious and deliriously fun. Both cut down versions were better than their separate, longer theatrical releases. It’s the same with Machete.

It wasn’t even the best trailer. Edgar Wright’s Don’t had the best use of a voice over man, whilst Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving had the best line delivery (a detective
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95 movie sequels currently in the works

If you had any doubt that Hollywood was reliant on big movie franchises, let them be eradicated right about now...

As has long been the case, sequels are a reliable way of making plenty of cash from recognisable names. They've been a part of the Hollywood filmmaking process for decades, and as this list of 95 sequels currently in the works proves, will continue to be so for as long as we stump up the cash to go and see them.

We've been doing this list annually for a couple of years now, and this year's collection is, perhaps unsurprising, the longest round-up of upcoming sequels that we've done. Still, given that there are nearly a hundred sequels listed below, we're a little sad to see that Hollywood's people in suits couldn't find room for a belated return to Mac And Me...

Here's what you've got to look forward to...

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