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Nicolas Cage On His ‘Super-8 Feeling’, The Oscar, & Those Cage Rage Memes [Transilvania]

This weekend saw the launch of the 2019 Transilvania International Film Festival which is taking place down here in Cluj in the northwestern area of Romania. The growing festival is now in its 18th year and this edition looks like it could be the biggest yet.

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Proceedings kicked off in style over the weekend with one of Hollywood’s biggest players in attendance, none other than Nicolas Cage, here to receive the Transilvania Trophy for Special Contribution to World Cinema, as well as introduce two of his films, his balletic 1997 action movie Face/Off, as well as last year’s bonkers-though-brilliant horror film, Mandy.

“[Television] has been excellent and it has really been a renaissance. I chose independent cinema and video on demand instead of long-form television,” Cage said.

“I was a little bit nervous about television because I like to be nimble, I like to move around. I didn
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Somewhere over the Rainbow, bullets fly – Why Face/Off is the Best Action Movie of All Time

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On June 27th 1997, John Woo, director of Hong Kong action classics such as Hard Boiled (1992) and A Better Tomorrow (1986), released his third Hollywood film, following the relative success of Van-Damme vehicle Hard Target (1993), and nuclear-weapon-nonsense, Broken Arrow (1996). It was called Face/Off, and featured the twin-handed heavyweights of Oscar winner-come-blockbuster action hero Nicolas Cage, and Vincent Vega comeback kid, John Travolta, in a high-concept thriller so ridiculously brilliant, that any subsequent serpents on planes, or Jason Statham dicky-ticker actioners, feel tame by comparison.

To celebrate its premiere this Friday, the 19th of April on the Sony Movie Channel UK we look back at the two-faced legendary action movie.

Time appears to have consigned Face/Off to the so-bad-its-good section of the VHS library, which is the kind of dastardly act that Caster Troy would approve of. However, contextualising it for the ground-breaking genre film that it was, is important in underlining
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Why Cinema Needs Nicolas Cage Cranked Up to 11

Tom Jolliffe on why Nicolas Cage at his wildest is a gift to cinema…

To say Nic Cage is a divisive character would be quite the understatement. Likewise, as an actor. You could say, with great understatement, that he’s an oddball. As an actor, you could also say he tends to be most known for theatrical performances over quiet restraint.

When Cage (real name Nicolas Coppola) broke through as an actor, there was a cynical reaction in some film critic corners that nepotism was the key factor in his sudden emergence. For those who don’t know, Cage is the nephew of legendary director Francis Ford Coppola. Early roles for Cage included a supporting part in Coppola’s vastly underrated, Rumble Fish. By the mid 1990’s, Cage was thoroughly well established with a CV or predominately critical acclaim. He’d had Golden Globe nominations for Moonstruck and Honeymoon In Vegas,
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Seymour Cassel, Frequent John Cassavetes and Wes Anderson Actor, Dies at 84

Seymour Cassel, Frequent John Cassavetes and Wes Anderson Actor, Dies at 84
Actor Seymour Cassel has passed away. He was 84-years old. Cassel died Sunday, April 7th in Los Angeles of complications from Alzheimer's disease, according to his son, Matt.

The actor was best-known for appearing in several John Cassavetes projects over the years and worked with Wes Anderson on Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. Cassel was also known for being a versatile talent that made him an admired character actor in the entertainment industry.

Seymour Cassel got his start in acting after studying with Stella Adler at Carnegie Hall. It was there he saw an ad for "Free Scholarships - John Cassavetes Workshop, Variety Arts Building," which changed his life forever. He went and met up with Cassavetes, spoke to him for an hour, and then went to the set to watch the iconic director work and ended up with a job as a cameraman.
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Seymour Cassel, Wes Anderson and John Cassavetes Actor, Dead at 84

Seymour Cassel, Wes Anderson and John Cassavetes Actor, Dead at 84
Seymour Cassel, the veteran character actor known for his work with directors John Cassavetes and Wes Anderson, has died at the age of 84.

Cassel died Sunday in Los Angeles, Variety reported, adding that the actor suffered from Alzheimer’s disease in recent years.

A longtime character actor with over 200 credits on his resume, Cassel first appeared onscreen in Cassavetes’ 1958 directorial debut Shadows, with Cassel serving as both actor and crewmember on the independent production.

The film was the first in a nearly 30-year-long collaboration and friendship between Cassavetes and Cassel,
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Seymour Cassel Dies: Oscar-Nominated Actor In John Cassavetes & Wes Anderson Pics Was 84

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Seymour Cassel Dies: Oscar-Nominated Actor In John Cassavetes & Wes Anderson Pics Was 84
Seymour Cassel, an Oscar-nominated longtime actor whose 200-plus screen credits include several John Cassavetes movies and three for Wes Anderson, died Sunday of Alzheimer’s complications in Los Angeles. He was 84.

Cassel scored a Supporting Actor Oscar nom for Cassavetes’ 1968 film Faces, a role that also earned him a trophy from the National Society of Film Critics. He appeared in about a half-dozen of Cassavetes’ films and also acted opposite him in a few others. Anderson cast Cassel in his films The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) and Rushmore (1998).

Cassel also was active in pre-merger SAG politics, running for national president in 2007 and 2009.

Born on January 22, 1935, in Detroit, Cassel’s film debut was an uncredited role in Cassavetes’ Shadows (1958). We would co-star alongside the filmmaker-actor in the early-’60s movies The Webster Boy, Too Late Blues — which Cassavetes also helmed — and The Killers, which was Ronald Reagan’s last movie.
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Seymour Cassel, Actor in John Cassavetes and Wes Anderson Films, Dies at 84

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Seymour Cassel, Actor in John Cassavetes and Wes Anderson Films, Dies at 84
Prolific actor Seymour Cassel, who received an Academy Award nomination for “Faces” and appeared in Wes Anderson films including “Rushmore,” died Sunday in Los Angeles of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 84.

Cassel was a veteran of dozens of independent films, appearing in multiple roles in films directed by John Cassavetes and Anderson. In addition to playing Bert Fischer in “Rushmore,” he appeared in “The Royal Tenenbaums” and “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.”

Cassel was born in Detroit on Jan. 22, 1935. His early career was tied to Cassavetes and he made his movie debut in an uncredited role in Cassavetes’ first film, “Shadows,” in 1958 and became an associate producer on the project. He co-starred with Cassavetes in “Too Late Blues” and “The Webster Boy” and appeared on “The Lloyd Bridges Show” in the episode “A Pair of Boots” directed by Cassavetes. His early TV credits included “Twelve O’Clock High,” “Combat!,
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Seymour Cassel, ‘Rushmore’ and ‘Minnie and Moskowitz’ Actor, Dead at 84

Seymour Cassel, ‘Rushmore’ and ‘Minnie and Moskowitz’ Actor, Dead at 84
Seymour Cassel, a revered actor beloved by cinephiles for his frequent collaborations with John Cassavetes and Wes Anderson, has died. The actor was 84. An Oscar nominee for his performance in “Faces,” his third of seven films with Cassavetes, Cassel worked with Anderson on “Rushmore,” “The Royal Tenenbaums,” and “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.”

The thespian had more than 200 acting credits to his name throughout his nearly 60-year career, which began with a role in Cassavetes’ “Shadows.” He wasn’t confined to independent productions, however, with roles in films like “Dick Tracy,” “Indecent Proposal,” and “Tin Men” balancing his more arthouse-inclined fare. Even so, he made it clear in a 1997 discussion with IndieWire where his allegiance was: “Independent film is film that has thought in it. There’s no independent thought in studio films. It’s collective thought,” he said.

“With independent film, simply because they don’t have the
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Barry Malkin, Oscar-Nominated Editor and Longtime Francis Ford Coppola Collaborator, Dies at 80

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Barry Malkin, Oscar-Nominated Editor and Longtime Francis Ford Coppola Collaborator, Dies at 80
Film editor Barry Malkin, a two-time Oscar nominee best known for his many collaborations with Francis Ford Coppola, died Thursday. He was 80.

Malkin began his career in 1963 as an apprentice to Dede Allen on Elia Kazan’s “America America.” He was first credited as an editor for his work on “The Patty Duke Show.” Through his friendship with editor and director Aram Avakian, Malkin was introduced to Francis Ford Coppola, and was hired to edit Coppola’s 1969 film “The Rain People.”

The Rain People” began a long collaboration between the director and editor. Malkin would work either by himself or as part of the editing team on eight additional Coppola productions. Most significantly, Malkin worked on three “Godfather” projects: “The Godfather, Part II” alongside Richard Marks and Peter Zinner in 1974; “The Godfather Saga,” which edited “The Godfather” parts one and two into a chronological TV miniseries featuring scenes not included in the theatrical releases,
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Barry Malkin Dies: Oscar-Nominated Editor & Longtime Coppola Collaborator Was 80

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Barry Malkin Dies: Oscar-Nominated Editor & Longtime Coppola Collaborator Was 80
Film editor Barry Malkin, a two-time editing Oscar nominee for The Godfather: Part III and The Cotton Club, has died. He was 80.

Malkin worked on more than 30 films in his lifetime and was a longtime collaborator with Godfather trilogy director Francis Ford Coppola, who he teamed with on 11 feature films.

Malkin began his career as an apprentice to Dede Allen on the 1962 film America America, directed by Elia Kazan. There he met editor Aram Avakian, and went on to become his assistant editor on 1964’s Lilith. His first full credits as an editor came on TV’s The Patty Duke Show.

The Coppola connection came through Avakian, and the director hired Malkin to edit his The Rain People (1969).

It was the start of a long association, and Malkin earned a BAFTA nomination for best film editing for The Godfather: Part II.

Malkin also had editing credits on such films as
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Barry Malkin, Francis Ford Coppola's Film Editor and Two-Time Oscar Nominee, Dies at 80

Barry Malkin, Francis Ford Coppola's Film Editor and Two-Time Oscar Nominee, Dies at 80
Barry Malkin, the film editor who collaborated with director Francis Ford Coppola on 11 features, earning Oscar nominations for The Godfather: Part III and The Cotton Club, has died. He was 80.

Malkin died Thursday at his longtime home on Central Park West in New York City, a family spokeswoman told The Hollywood Reporter.

Malkin also collaborated with director Andrew Bergman on four films: The Freshman (1990) starring Marlon Brando; Honeymoon in Vegas (1992); It Could Happen to You (1994); and Isn't She Great (2000).

After working as an apprentice to famed editor Dede Allen, Malkin — a boyhood ...
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Barry Malkin, ‘The Godfather: Part II’ Editor, Dies at 80

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Barry Malkin, ‘The Godfather: Part II’ Editor, Dies at 80
Film editor Barry Malkin, who was nominated for two Oscars for Francis Ford Coppola films “The Godfather: Part III” and “The Cotton Club,” died Thursday. He was 80.

Malkin’s career in film editing last more than 40 years, and he is credited for working on more than 30 films in his lifetime. Most notably, he teamed up with Coppola on 11 of his feature films.

He first worked as an apprentice to Dede Allen, one of the pioneers of auteur film editing on Elia Kazan’s “America America” in 1963. He grew up in the same Queens neighborhood as Coppola, a fact the two realized when Malkin worked with the famed director on “The Rain People” in 1969. He came on board the “Godfather” saga with “Part II” in 1974, then went on to edit “Part III” and “The Godfather Trilogy,” a TV miniseries that combined the three films. He also served as film editor on Coppola’s “Rumble Fish,
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Tony Danza To Be Honored At Adapt Leadership Awards Gala

Edward R. Matthews, CEO of Adapt Community Network, has announced that Tony Danza will be honored with the Hausman Humanitarian Award at the 2019 Adapt Leadership Awards Gala to take place on Thursday, March 14th, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.

Tony Danza to be honored with the Hausman Humanitarian Award

The Adapt Leadership Awards honor the accomplishments of extraordinary individuals and corporations who have made an impact on people with disabilities and have inspired others through their professional and charitable endeavors. The gala benefits the important ongoing programs and services of Adapt Community Network.

The Hausman Family is the founding family of this organization. The Hausman Humanitarian Award recognizes exceptional humanitarian contributions that give back to the community.

In addition to Tony Danza, the previously announced 2019 Adapt Leadership Awards Honorees are: David Muir, Anchor & Managing Editor, ABC World News Tonight with David Muir; Tamron Hall, Journalist, TV host,
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Amusing Video Breaks Down The Top 10 Nicolas Cage Freakout Movie Moments

As you know, Nicolas Cage’s best work comes from the role where he is given the opportunity to go absolutely insane and completely freak out.

In honor of Nic Cage constantly going crazy, Mojo has released a fun video that breaks down the Top 10 movie freak out moments from the actor.

He’s the king of unintentional comedy. For this list, we’re taking a look at the times Nic went full-Cage for a role. Whether he’s happy, sad or smoking crack with gangsters, these are the ultimate Nic Cage freakouts.. Our list includes scenes from “Ghost Rider” (2007), “National Treasure: Book of Secrets” (2007), “The Wicker Man” (2006), “Matchstick Men” (2003), “Honeymoon in Vegas” (1992), and more! Join WatchMojo as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Nic Cage Freakouts.

One of my favorite most recent films that features Cage going ballistic was Mandy. That movie was insane in all the most awesome of ways.
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Prop Master Barry Bedig Really Brought $2 Million to ‘The Brink’s Job’ Set

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Prop master Barry Bedig was literally born into the biz. Yet despite being the son of storied special effects man Sass Bedig, Barry’s youth was largely unaffected by Tinseltown’s glare. Infrequent studio visits with Dad produced understated memories. “I got to ride [Roy Rogers’ horse] Trigger once,” he deadpans.

Obtaining union status at 25 in 1964 at 20th Century Fox after a stint in the U.S. Navy, Bedig was one of the youngest prop masters in the history of Iatse Local 44, having gained the prerequisite 2,000 hours for membership, then passed the daunting written exam.

He hit the big time in 1972 when he was called for Woody Allen’s “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex but Were Afraid to Ask.” Bedig’s contributions to the seven-segment film would become his career trademark: detail. He was tasked with creating the Jester’s wand for the “Do Aphrodisiacs Work?” sequence — a
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Nicolas Cage movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Leaving Las Vegas,’ ‘Raising Arizona,’ ‘National Treasure’

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Nicolas Cage movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Leaving Las Vegas,’ ‘Raising Arizona,’ ‘National Treasure’
Nicolas Cage comes from one of film’s most esteemed families. His uncle is Francis Ford Coppola (“The Godfather”) and his aunt is actress Talia Shire. Not wanting to appear like his career was the productive of nepotism, when he started acting he took the name Cage from one of his favorite comic book characters, Marvel’s Luke Cage.

Cage’s film career started off quite auspiciously with a small role in the popular comedy “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” when he was just 18 years old. He followed that up with a lead role in the cult classic “Valley Girl.” Both films interestingly dealt with the life of teenagers in the Los Angeles suburbs of the San Fernando Valley.

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For his third film Cage would finally agree to work with his uncle when he appeared in Coppola’s “Rumble Fish,
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Nicolas Cage movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Nicolas Cage movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Nicolas Cage comes from one of film’s most esteemed families. His uncle is Francis Ford Coppola (“The Godfather”) and his aunt is actress Talia Shire. Not wanting to appear like his career was the productive of nepotism, when he started acting he took the name Cage from one of his favorite comic book characters, Marvel’s Luke Cage.

Cage’s film career started off quite auspiciously with a small role in the popular comedy “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” when he was just 18 years old. He followed that up with a lead role in the cult classic “Valley Girl.” Both films interestingly dealt with the life of teenagers in the Los Angeles suburbs of the San Fernando Valley.

For his third film Cage would finally agree to work with his uncle when he appeared in Coppola’s “Rumble Fish,” followed the following year by Coppola’s “The Cotton Club.
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Sarah Jessica Parker on Footloose, Sex And The City, and the life-changing role that came in between

The actor: Sarah Jessica Parker has had a tremendous career, starting out on Broadway in the title role of Annie, then working her way up in movies like Footloose, L.A. Story, and Honeymoon In Vegas before landing her iconic role as Carrie Bradshaw in the landmark HBO comedy Sex And The City. Now Parker is a mogul in…
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Pre-Broadway ‘Beetlejuice’ Completes Casting: Kerry Butler, Rob McClure As Ghostly Couple

Complete casting for the pre-Broadway production of Beetlejuice The Musical is set, with Tony Award nominees Kerry Butler (Mean Girls) and Rob McClure (Something Rotten!) nabbing the ghostly roles immortalized by Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin in Tim Burton’s 1988 movie.

Butler and McClure join the previously announced Alex Brightman and Sophia Anne Caruso, who’ll play the title character and Lydia, respectively. The characters were played by Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder in the film.

Rounding out the musical’s principal cast (not including the large ensemble) are Adam Dannheisser as Charles; Leslie Kritzer as Delia; Jill Abramovitz as Maxine Dean; Danny Rutigliano as Maxie Dean; and Kelvin Moon Loh as Otho.

The pre-Broadway run of Beetlejuice begins performances in Washington D.C. at the National Theatre on Sunday, October 14, with an official opening on Sunday, November 4.

The casting announcement was made today by producers Warner Bros. Theatre
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Tribeca 2018: Sarah Jessica Parker Shines in ‘Blue Night’

New York City – Although many people will never think of Sarah Jessica Parker in any other role than Carrie Bradshaw of “Sex and the City,” the actor makes a major breakout with her new film, “Blue Night,” which premiered (naturally for her) at the 17th Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on April 19th, 2018.

Sarah Jessica Parker of ‘Blue Night’ on the Red Carpet at 2018 Tribeca

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Blue Night” is set in New York City, and can be reasonable described as “Carrie Bradshaw through the looking glass.” Parker portrays Vivienne, a jazz singer whose career has always taken precedent over her life. She receives some devastating news, and because she is estranged from her mother, daughter and ex-husband, she has few resources to turn towards. The film follows her character through 24 hours as she processes her news, which includes a guest vocal at an NYC jazz club.
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