Nicolas Cage to base movie performance on outlandish chat show appearance

Nicolas Cage is to draw on his infamous ’90s British chat show appearance when playing himself in his new film The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.Writer/director Tom Gormican’s meta-movie features two warring versions of Cage – a present-day and a…

Nicolas Cage is to draw on his infamous ’90s British chat show appearance when playing himself in his new film The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.

Writer/director Tom Gormican’s meta-movie features two warring versions of Cage – a present-day and a younger one – as he attempts to extricate himself from an adventure with a billionaire Mexican superfan by living out some of his most famous roles.

In an interview with Empire magazine, Cage revealed the younger version of himself will be based on an infamous 1990 appearance on Terry Wogan’s BBC chat show, in which he opened by somersaulting into the studio, karate-kicking, and throwing cash into the audience.

“Remember that talk show I went on, Wogan, when I was promoting Wild at Heart?” he said. “Young Nic Cage (in the film) will be that guy. But this is a very stylised version of me. It’s definitely just me ‘taking the p**s’, as they say, out of myself.”

Details about the plot are not entirely clear, but Cage shared that it will feature the two versions of himself arguing with each other.

“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,” the 56-year-old added. “There are many scenes in the movie where modern or contemporary – here we go – ‘Nic Cage’ and then young ‘Nic Cage’ are colliding and arguing and battling it out. It’s an acrobatic approach to acting.”

The eccentric actor went on to describe how the new movie will force him to look back at some of his most famous roles.

“I don’t like to look back,” he explained. “But this movie kind of pushes it all back in my face. I’m probably going to have to look at a couple of the movies from the past again, because I think we’re gonna have to re-enact some of those sequences. It’s like walking through a (German silent horror movie) Cabinet of Dr. Caligari version of Con Air and Face/Off.”

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is due to begin production soon.

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Jennifer Lawrence to star in Adam McKay’s Don’t Look Up

Jennifer Lawrence has joined Adam McKay’s new Netflix comedy, Don’t Look Up.In the movie, the Oscar-winning actress will play a low-level astronomer who goes on a giant media tour with a fellow stargazer to warn mankind of a fast-approaching asteroid t…

Jennifer Lawrence has joined Adam McKay’s new Netflix comedy, Don’t Look Up.

In the movie, the Oscar-winning actress will play a low-level astronomer who goes on a giant media tour with a fellow stargazer to warn mankind of a fast-approaching asteroid that is set to destroy Earth.

McKay, who has written the script, will direct and produce under his Hyperobject Industries banner with Kevin Messick.

And The Big Short filmmaker is excited to be working with the 29-year-old for the first time.

“I’m so thrilled to make this movie with Jen Lawrence. She’s what folks in the 17th century used to call ‘a dynamite act,” he said. “And the fact that Netflix sees this movie as a worldwide comedy sets the bar high for me and my team in an exciting and motivating way.”

Production will begin in April, with Don’t Look Up to be released later this year.

Scott Stuber, head of film at Netflix, added that he was thrilled to welcome McKay to the streaming service.

“Adam has always had great timing when it comes to making smart, relevant and irreverent films that depict our culture. Even if he somehow ends up predicting planet Earth’s imminent demise, we’re excited to add this to our slate before it all comes to an end,” he shared.

Lawrence is also working on another project with McKay – a biographical thriller titled Bad Blood. In the flick, she will portray Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of controversial blood-testing company Theranos.

Meanwhile, the star recently wrapped production on Lila Neugebauer’s untitled film for studio A24 and is also set to appear in Mob Girl, directed by Paolo Sorrentino.

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Liam Neeson to star in action thriller Memory

Liam Neeson is to play an expert assassin in action crime thriller Memory.The actor, who has become known for playing action men ever since he first portrayed Bryan Mills in 2008’s Taken, will continue to show off his fighting skills with Memory. In t…

Liam Neeson is to play an expert assassin in action crime thriller Memory.

The actor, who has become known for playing action men ever since he first portrayed Bryan Mills in 2008’s Taken, will continue to show off his fighting skills with Memory.

In the film, he will take on the part of Alex Lewis, an expert assassin who becomes a target when he refuses to complete a job for a dangerous criminal organisation.

Lewis, who is suffering from severe memory loss, must go on the hunt for those who want him dead and use his skills to stay one step ahead of the FBI agents on his tail.

Memory will be directed by Casino Royale’s Martin Campbell from a script by Dario Scardapane, who has written the English-language remake of 2003 Dutch film The Memory of a Killer.

“Memory is an exceptional high-concept script, and we could not be more excited to have Liam on board to star,” said John Friedberg, president of STXinternational. “Martin is a true expert in elevating the genre and will make an explosive version of this compelling and pulse-racing story.”

STX executives, who have secured the international rights, will present the concept to buyers at the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin, Germany.

The film, which is being executive produced by Teddy Schwarzman, Michael Heimler, and Ben Stillman, is scheduled to start shooting in August.

Neeson, 67, previously displayed his action skills in the Taken franchise, Non-Stop, The Commuter, and Run All Night, among other projects.

Last year, he was seen in revenge thriller Cold Pursuit, Men in Black: International, as well as romance drama Ordinary Love, and most recently completed filming crime thriller Honest Thief and the comedy Made in Italy.

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Julie Walters: ‘The Secret Garden might be my last movie role’

Julie Walters has admitted The Secret Garden could “possibly” be her last movie appearance following her recent health battle. The Educating Rita actress was on set filming the latest movie adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic novel in spri…

Julie Walters has admitted The Secret Garden could “possibly” be her last movie appearance following her recent health battle.

The Educating Rita actress was on set filming the latest movie adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic novel in spring 2018 when she received a call from a specialist who told her an abnormality had been discovered in her intestine, and she was later diagnosed with stage three bowel cancer.

Walters, who had to be cut from certain scenes from the film due to her recovery, is doing well and is all clear following surgery and chemotherapy, but her health crisis has made her realise she has to scale back on her work commitments.

When asked by the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire if The Secret Garden could be her last film, the 69-year-old said it was possible, even though she isn’t planning to retire.

“It’s possible, yeah, it’s possible. It would have to be something I’m really engaged with that didn’t have a killing schedule,” she commented. “I’m not saying I’ll never act again. But I don’t think I can go back to (a film that requires working) six days a week, five days a week, five in the morning till seven o’clock at night, with a big part, with having to learn lines, and the stress of it.”

The Mamma Mia! star confessed that she felt a “huge relief” being able to get off the “merry-go-round” of starring in films and on television, which was enjoyable but stressful and all-consuming.

“I was due to do two big series… and there were two films. And I just didn’t have to do any of it. And that was wonderful,” Walters added.

The Secret Garden, also starring Colin Firth and newcomer Dixie Egerickx, is set to be released in April.

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Mulan becomes first Disney live-action remake to get PG-13 rating in America

Niki Caro’s Mulan has become the first-ever Disney live-action remake to land a PG-13 rating in the U.S.Officials at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPA) decided that the movie, which stars newcomer Liu Yifei as a young Chinese woman who dis…

Niki Caro’s Mulan has become the first-ever Disney live-action remake to land a PG-13 rating in the U.S.

Officials at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPA) decided that the movie, which stars newcomer Liu Yifei as a young Chinese woman who disguises herself as a male warrior and joins the army to save her ailing father, should be more restrictive than other remakes due to “sequences of violence”.

The studio’s recent live-action remakes, such as Aladdin, The Lion King and The Jungle Book, were all handed PG ratings by the MPA, and the last Disney film to receive a PG-13 rating, similar to the 12A rating in the U.K., was Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales back in 2017.

Director Caro has taken a more realistic direction with the Mulan remake and has scrapped all of the original songs from the 1998 animated classic, including Reflection, I’ll Make a Man Out of You, and A Girl Worth Fighting For.

Some of the characters from the much-loved movie have also been ditched, including Mulan’s dragon companion Mushu, who was voiced by Eddie Murphy.

Caro recently spoke out about not including the dragon in her upcoming movie and said a version of the spiritual guardian would be featured in her remake instead.

“I think we can all appreciate that Mushu is irreplaceable,” she stated, before adding that there will be a different creature that serves as the representation of Mulan’s ancestors.

The movie, also starring Donnie Yen, Jet Li, and Jason Scott Lee, will be in cinemas from March.

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Ana de Armas thrilled to play Marilyn Monroe in ‘groundbreaking’ film

Ana de Armas has described her upcoming performance as Marilyn Monroe in biopic Blonde as “groundbreaking”.The Cuban actress will appear as the Hollywood icon in the Andrew Dominik-directed flick, and accordingly, she can’t believe her luck at being ca…

Ana de Armas has described her upcoming performance as Marilyn Monroe in biopic Blonde as “groundbreaking”.

The Cuban actress will appear as the Hollywood icon in the Andrew Dominik-directed flick, and accordingly, she can’t believe her luck at being cast in the role.

“I only had to audition for Marilyn once and Andrew said, ‘It’s you,’ but I had to audition for everyone else. The producers. The money people. I always have people I needed to convince. But I knew I could do it. Playing Marilyn was groundbreaking. A Cuban playing Marilyn Monroe. I wanted it so badly,” she told Vanity Fair. “I have never worked more closely with a director than I worked with Andrew. Yes, I have had collaborative relationships, but to get phone calls at midnight because he has an idea and he can’t sleep and all of a sudden you can’t sleep for the same reason.”

Ana grew up in Havana and only learned to speak English a few years ago – mastering the language in just four months.

“People ask, ‘How did you learn English so quickly?’ I’m like, ‘Because my life depended on it’,” the 31-year-old explained.

She’s since gone on to land roles in thriller Deep Water alongside Ben Affleck, The Night Clerk with Helen Hunt, and will appear alongside Daniel Craig’s James Bond in No Time to Die. But Ana insisted her success is all down to hard work.

“I’ve never had an agenda. All I want to do is work,” she added. “All I want to do is get something challenging and prove to myself that I can do it.”

Blonde, also starring Adrien Brody and Bobby Cannavale, is due to be released later this year.

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Tom Holland has no plans to appear in Back to the Future remake

Tom Holland has ruled out appearing in a remake of Back to the Future as it’s already a “perfect movie”.The Spider-Man: Homecoming actor was recently at the centre of a viral “deepfake” video reimagining the 1985 time-travel comedy, with the clip using…

Tom Holland has ruled out appearing in a remake of Back to the Future as it’s already a “perfect movie”.

The Spider-Man: Homecoming actor was recently at the centre of a viral “deepfake” video reimagining the 1985 time-travel comedy, with the clip using digital technology to map Holland’s face onto Michael J. Fox’s Marty McFly and Robert Downey Jr.’s face onto Christopher Lloyd’s Doc Brown.

While the clip sparked a renewed interest in a revival, Holland has now insisted he’s not pursuing the idea.

“I would not be interested because that is a perfect movie,” he told Entertainment Tonight.

The British star went on to explain that playing the character would also be redundant considering his own body of work.

“When I first got Spider-Man, my goal was to be my generation’s Marty McFly,” the 23-year-old explained. “When I was on the press tour, a journalist said to me, ‘You realise you’re like Marty McFly in this movie?’ And I was like, ‘(OK!) Done.'”

The increased interest in the franchise comes ahead of the launch of Back to the Future the Musical at the Manchester Opera House in the U.K. on Thursday.

Following a 12-year journey to bring it to the stage, producers are hoping to take the musical to London’s West End and perhaps even Broadway.

Holland is currently in the post-production phases of The Devil All the Time, Cherry, and Chaos Walking, and is about to start work on Ruben Fleischer’s adaptation of video game Uncharted, in which he will play treasure hunter Nathan Drake.

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Daniel Craig is ‘really involved’ in picking Bond theme

Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas O’Connell have revealed Daniel Craig is heavily involved in choosing the theme song for his James Bond movies.The Grammy Award-winning singer wrote No Time to Die, the theme song for the upcoming Bond movie of the …

Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas O’Connell have revealed Daniel Craig is heavily involved in choosing the theme song for his James Bond movies.

The Grammy Award-winning singer wrote No Time to Die, the theme song for the upcoming Bond movie of the same name, with the help of her songwriting partner and brother O’Connell, with her making the history books as the youngest artist ever to record a Bond theme.

In an interview with BBC Breakfast, the duo revealed they wouldn’t have landed the coveted job if Craig didn’t like the song they created.

“He has a big say in it,” the Bad Guy hitmaker said. “He’s really involved. We haven’t met him but he’s got to like it before they move on.”

“He had to like it,” Finneas added. “If Daniel doesn’t like it then you don’t get the job.”

The new Bond theme, which was written and recorded “on a tour bus in Texas” in three days, was performed by the duo for the first time at the BRIT Awards in London on Tuesday night.

Finneas also revealed that he and his younger sister managed to score a sneak peek of the film’s script to give them inspiration for their lyrics.

The 22-year-old recently told Good Morning America that he managed to persuade producers to let them have a read through of some of the script to make sure their track reflected the storyline of the upcoming film.

“We didn’t want to go in blind, so we asked if we could have any of the script and we were given a scene of the script to read and that informed all the lyrics,” Finneas shared.

Craig makes his fifth and final appearance as 007 in No Time to Die, which hits cinemas in April.

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Christoph Waltz and Guy Pearce teaming up for Jim Henson fantasy comedy

Christoph Waltz and Guy Pearce are teaming up for a fantasy comedy produced by The Jim Henson Company.The pair will star in The Portable Door, a film about a young man who lands a job at a magical firm whose owners may have darker motives, which is bei…

Christoph Waltz and Guy Pearce are teaming up for a fantasy comedy produced by The Jim Henson Company.

The pair will star in The Portable Door, a film about a young man who lands a job at a magical firm whose owners may have darker motives, which is being made by the studio behind The Muppets.

Australian actor-turned-director Jeffrey Walker and screenwriter Leon Ford are adapting the film from author Tom Holt’s popular six-book fantasy series.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Waltz will play the charismatic head of the firm J.W. Wells & Co., which is disrupting the world of magic by bringing in modern corporate practices.

Pearce, meanwhile, will play shape-shifting goblin Dennis Tanner, who is trapped in a middle-management role at the company.

The lead role of Paul Carpenter, an intern who discovers the organisation’s shady aims, will be played by Tolkien actor Patrick Gibson.

Announcing the new film, The Jim Henson Company chief executive officer Lisa Henson said: “We were especially drawn to the crowd-pleasing franchise potential of The Portable Door, with its relatable, gritty humour made popular in shows like The Office, and its rich, Harry Potter-like, high-fantasy setting.

“Once we were able to entice accomplished and versatile director Jeffrey Walker to join the project, we knew we had someone perfectly suited to pull together this unique tone and ground the film for its audience.”

A potential release date has not yet been announced.

Waltz most recently completed filming on James Bond film No Time to Die, in which he reprised his role as Blofeld. He will next be seen in The French Dispatch and Rifkin’s Festival.

Pearce has finished filming on Disturbing the Peace, Bloodshot, and Zone 414, and is currently working on The Seventh Day and TV series Alantown.

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Dexter Fletcher to direct The Saint

Dexter Fletcher has signed on to direct a remake of The Saint.The actor-turned-filmmaker, who has previously helmed musical biopics Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman, has reportedly been handed control of the latest adaptation of author Leslie Charteris’…

Dexter Fletcher has signed on to direct a remake of The Saint.

The actor-turned-filmmaker, who has previously helmed musical biopics Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman, has reportedly been handed control of the latest adaptation of author Leslie Charteris’ 1920s novel series about thief-for-hire Simon Templar, also known as The Saint.

Val Kilmer was the last man to play The Saint on the big screen in 1997, while Ian Ogilvy and Roger Moore portrayed Templar and his alter ego in British TV shows in the 1960s and ’70s.

Guardians of the Galaxy’s Chris Pratt had reportedly been in talks to star as Templar, but he passed on the project last year.

Seth Grahame-Smith has penned the script, and Lorenzo Di Bonaventura is producing along with Brad Krevoy and the late Robert Evans.

According to editors at Variety, Fletcher was tapped to helm The Saint reboot after his huge success with 2019’s Rocketman, the musical biopic based on the life of Elton John.

The movie has won a series of awards, with leading man Taron Egerton scooping a Golden Globe for his portrayal of the iconic musician and John winning the Best Original Song with songwriting partner Bernie Taupin at the Oscars earlier this month.

Fletcher recently signed on to direct Universal’s monster movie Renfield, a modern-day interpretation of the story of fictional character, R.M. Renfield, an inmate at a lunatic asylum who serves as a helper for mythical vampire Dracula.

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