Season Of The Cage

For some reason, the prolific Nicolas Cage (Bangkok Dangerous) is reteaming with his Gone In 60 Seconds director Dominic Sena (Swordfish) for the supernatural medieval thriller Season Of The Witch.

Cage plays a 14th century knight transporting a girl suspected of being the witch behind the Black Plague. His compatriots help him bring the girl to an abbey of monks trained in exorcising demons.

Okaaay…Contrarily to a lot of people I think Nic Cage is a great actor, but this sounds seriously laughably bad. A cult classic in the making for sure, Season Of The Witch will start lensing this November in Austria and Hungary.

The only question is, will the trailer play to Donovan’s classic eponymous song?

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Cast member added to Kick-Ass

Clark Duke (ABC Family’s Greek) has joined the cast of Matthew Vaughn’s (Stardust) forthcoming independently-funded adaptation of Mark Millar’s (Wanted) comic book Kick-Ass. He will play Marty, the hero’s best friend.

About 17, a chubby Caucasian high school student who loves comic books. He is Dave’s funny best friend. Together with Dave and Todd, he loves to go to comic book stores, and checks out the latest issues, while talking about school, girls, the futility of teenaged life, and the exciting adventures of Myspace insta-celebrity Kickass. He never suspects that Kickass is in fact Dave Lizewski — and neither would you if you knew Dave.

Duke thus joins Aaron Johnson (Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging), Lyndsy Fonseca (ABC’s Desperate Housewives), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad), Nicolas Cage (Bangkok Dangerous) and Chloe Moretz (ABC’s Dirty Sexy Money) in the movie, set for 2009. See a side-by-side comparision of characters and actors here. Meanwhile, you can catch Duke in the funny-looking Sex Drive, premiering October 16th in the Netherlands (?) and a day later in the US.

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Burn After Reading wins weekend in the US

Four movies opened wide in the US last Friday, and all four of them went on to make decent money during the oh-so-critical weekend, ending a seven-week long box-office slump. Burn After Reading, the latest from the acclaimed Coen brothers Ethan and Joel (No Country For Old Men) took the top spot, followed by The Family That Preys, the latest from the incredibly prolific and popular Tyler Perry (Meet The Browns) who apparently made his best film yet…why don’t his films get released overseas? Finishing up the top 5 are the thriller Righteous Kill, the chick flick The Women and the apparently actually good The House Bunny, which is holding up very well in its fourth week of release. Last week’s number one however, Bangkok Dangerous, tumbled down to eighth place.

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13 Tzameti to be remade by original director

Following in the footsteps of Michael Haneke (Funny Games) and the Pang Brothers (Bangkok Dangerous), French-Georgian filmmaker Géla Babluani will remake his 2005 thriller 13 Tzameti in English because American companies can’t be bothered to release a foreign film wide in the US.

One of the most talked about films at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and the 62nd Venice Film Festival, 13 Tzameti follows a young man who steals an envelope cointaining instructions for someone else, which he decides to carry out anyway.

Sam Riley (Control) will portray the main character in the movie, imaginatively entitled 13, that, like the original, will be shot in black and white. You can watch the original movie’s tense subtitled trailer above.

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WTF? Ghost Rider to tour Europe, Da Vinci Code style!

While promoting his latest movie Bangkok Dangerous, Nicolas Cage also offered some updates on the status of cursed motorcylce-riding demon hunter sequel Ghost Rider 2:

“Yes, actually, had a nice meeting with the studio about 3-months ago,” Cage told Coming Soon, “and we talked about going international with that character. Taking him into Europe, having him go on a motorcycle tour through Europe, and he’s connected with the church, if you can believe that. So it sort of has elements to it that are very much in the zeitgeist, with The Da Vinci Code and things like that.”

I’m not too familiar with the comic book, but this sounds pretty weird. But hey, if they can make it work, why not? Ghost Rider is viewed by many (including myself) as being one of the worst comic book movies ever and was critically bashed senseless upon its release in early 2007, but that didn’t stop it from making a lot of dough.

I actually think that the character has a lot of potential and that the concept behind the first movie was very interesting, only poorly executed, and horribly acted by most (except Cage), so I’m willing to give the sequel a chance, hoping it will significantly improve from the original, like Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer.

Depending on where you live, you can check out Bangkok Dangerous right now in theaters. Ghost Rider 2 is expected to roll out in 2009 (is that possible?). No word on whether sexpot Eva Mendes will be back for another awful performance as Ghost Rider’s love interest Roxanne.

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Kristen Bell joins Astro Boy voice cast

28 year old Kristen Bell (NBC’s Heroes) has just been added to the voice cast of the forthcoming animated movie Astro Boy. Bell, who for some reason passes as every fanboy’s favorite twenty-something actress, thus joins Freddie Highmore (The Spiderwick Chronicles), Nicolas Cage (Bangkok Dangerous), Bill Nighy (Pirates Of The Caribbean 2 & 3), Donald Sutherland (Fool’s Gold), Eugene Levy (the American Pie films) and Nathan Lane (Swing Vote), among others.

The long-gestating movie is of course based on the manga by legendary artist/animator/doctor Osamu Tezuka (Metropolis), and is directed by David Bowers (Flushed Away) through Imagi Animation (TMNT). The story, adapted by Timothy Harris (Space Jam), goes like this according to Wikipedia:

Set in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy is a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist in the image of the son he has lost. Unable to fulfill the grieving man’s expectations, Astro Boy embarks on a journey in search of acceptance, experiencing betrayal and a netherworld of robot gladiators, before he returns to save Metro City and reconcile with the father who had rejected him.

Astro Boy is expected to release in 2009, but a date has yet to be set.

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