Oct. 16, 2011 | 11:38 a.m.
The filmmaking team behind “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” are hoping for a redemption story both on and off the screen. Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the writing and directing tandem behind “Crank” and “Gamer,” have inherited the fiery Columbia Pictures franchise and their first challenges may be getting fans to forgive and forget the 2007 movie “Ghost Rider.” The pair came to New York Comic-Con to show footage to fans and assure them that, this time around, the fire-and-brimstone anti-hero will be presented in a dark tale that lives up to the tone and legacy in the pages of Marvel Comics. This will be a “darker, nastier, meaner” version of Johnny Blaze, a fellow who will not be throwing on tights and saving cats. “He will light the cat on fire though,” Neveldine said. “And that’s important.” Taylor cited […]
April 11, 2011 | 2:57 p.m.
The Associated Press reports… A rare and valuable comic featuring the debut of Superman that re-surfaced in a storage locker last week appears to be the same one stolen from Nicolas Cage more than a decade ago, police said. The mint copy of “Action Comics” No. 1 is now in police custody and an investigation into its theft and recovery is under way. Detective Don Hrycyk with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Art Theft Detail said Monday the comic has been authenticated and appears to be the one stolen from Cage in 2000. It is unclear whether the 1938 comic will be returned to the Oscar-winning actor. Hrycyk said Cage accepted an insurance payout after its theft and will have to work out the details with the company. Cage is an avid comic collector, and the Action Comics issue is […]
Jan. 15, 2011 | 7:36 a.m.
Marc Olsen sat through “Season of the Witch,” here’s an excerpt from his review for the Los Angeles Times… Directed by the perennially hollow Dominic Sena from a script by Bragi Schut, “Season of the Witch” is all seams. It never balances out its competing desires to be a rollicking medieval adventure, a thoughtful meditation on faith and even a buddy road movie. What’s most disappointing, though, is how Nicolas Cage seems to be sleepwalking through so much of it. He and Ron Perlman are such odd, idiosyncratic actors that they give any scene of the two of them just talking a freewheeling, offhanded energy, like outtakes from an unseen Hope and Crosby picture. But there are only occasional glimmers of Cage’s singularly eccentric line-readings or moments when he turns conventional reaction shots on their head. Mostly they crop up […]
July 23, 2010 | 9:17 p.m.
Nicolas Cage is mad as hell — maybe because he just escaped from there. In Summit’s upcoming thriller “Drive Angry 3D,” Cage plays a father who returns from the dead to wreak vengeance on the man who killed his daughter and kidnapped her baby. (The film’s title came during a brainstorming session director Patrick Lussier held on Groundhog Day several years ago — he recalled one of the many memorable lines from the holiday-themed Bill Murray comedy: “Don’t drive angry.”) At a Friday morning Comic-Con panel in Hall H, Cage compared the role to “abstract art” or “improvisational jazz.” “I am eclectic,” Cage said. “There are very few ways to open up in acting the same way people do with abstract art. One way to do that is to play characters who are high on drugs. Another way to do […]
July 16, 2010 | 1:37 p.m.
John Horn covers film and the film industry for the Los Angeles Times and Friday he looked at “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and Disney’s struggle to make magic with the film, which opened this week. When star Nicolas Cage, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Jon Turteltaub collaborate on movies about secret societies hidden in plain sight, the results have been remarkable: Their first two “National Treasure“ movies grossed more than $800 million combined around the world, and Disney is developing another sequel that could start filming early next year. But before the triumvirate commits to a third “National Treasure” film, they face the challenge of launching “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” a family-friendly adventure tale about a centuries-old magicians battle in modern-day Manhattan. While several PG-rated movies have performed exceptionally well this summer ( “The Karate Kid,” “Shrek Forever After” and, in its […]
July 14, 2010 | 2:59 a.m.
“Kick-Ass” is going the home invasion route. The film hits Blu-ray on Aug. 3 with a two-hour documentary — yes, that’s right, a two-hour documentary — on the making of the film. Above is an exclusive peek at a segment from the epic “A New Kind of Superhero: The Making of Kick-Ass.” It just occurred to me that we should do an edgy/fun midnight screening for next year’s Hero Complex Film Festival. Maybe “Kick-Ass”? Thoughts, requests? – Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED Matthew Vaughn: ‘Kick-Ass’ broke every rule Nic Cage baffled “Kick-Ass” cast with Adam West routine REVIEW: “Kick-Ass” hits the spot ‘Kick-Ass’ cheered in Austin, but one critic wonders why Adam West, back in the Batmobile 24 FRAMES: “Kick-Ass” may be a pop-culture moment VIDEO: “Kick-Ass” cast at Hero Complex screening Bryan Singer discusses his return to ‘X-Men’ Clicking on Green Links […]
April 18, 2010 | 8:02 p.m.
“Kick-Ass” has given Nicolas Cage one of the quirkier films roles of his career — and that’s saying something — but the 46-year-old actor brought plenty of his own to the part of Big Daddy, including the idea of imitating Adam West and his stiff, staccato version of superhero speak. Cage plays a revenge-crazed ex-cop whose life is destroyed when a local crime lord frames him for a crime that leads to hard time. After his release from the penitentiary, he dons a mask and costume and goes after the mob boss with a young sidekick — Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz), a sweet-looking 11-year-old who talks like a longshoreman and fights like a ninja. Cage arrived on the set of “Kick-Ass” with a plan to imitate the kooky diction of West, the star of “Batman,” the ABC series that practically defined 1960s […]
April 06, 2010 | 4:17 p.m.
This is a longer version of my cover story in today’s edition of the Los Angeles Times Calendar section. I flew up to the Bay Area to moderate some panels at WonderCon and between the time at the microphone I jotted down notes and wrote up this piece. It’s been updated with this intro, another photo and video. If there is anyone in Hollywood who shouldn’t be startled by loud noises, it’s Jerry Bruckheimer. Still, on Saturday, the producer behind thundering movies such as “Armageddon,” “The Rock” and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series looked positively startled by the crowd roar that greeted him at the Moscone Center during the event called WonderCon. After struggling to find his properly assigned seat on stage, Bruckheimer surveyed the 4,500 fans and blinked into the flares and flashes of hundreds of snapping cameras. “This […]