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Casting Net: Peter Fonda to play Nicolas Cage's father; Plus Ken Jeong, more

• Peter Fonda is set to play Nicolas Cage‘s father in The Runner, a political drama about a New Orleans congressman whose career is in turmoil following a sex scandal and the 2010 BP oil spill. Connie Nielsen (Gladiator) has also boarded the project as Cage’s character’s wife, while The Wire‘s Wendell Piece will play his chief of staff. Indie producer Austin Stark (Infinitely Polar Bear) wrote and will direct the pic. [THR] READ FULL STORY

Nicolas Cage unleashes 'Rage' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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If you’ve seen enough of Nicolas Cage’s less prestigious work, you’re probably familiar with a phenomenon known as Cage Rage — bombastic, almost operatic outrage and violence that can be easily dismissed or analyzed from an academic perspective. I’m talking about movies like Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call — New Orleans, The Wicker Man, and Drive Angry, to say nothing of the cartoon-y Ghost Rider movies. So kudos to the crew that simply titled his next movie Rage.

In a script that heavily evokes the recent spate of Liam Neeson revenge thrillers, Cage plays a man with a dark and violent history who gets pulled back into that world after his daughter is kidnapped. In the exclusive clip below, the Oscar winner cuts loose and becomes… Nicolas Rage. READ FULL STORY

'Left Behind' trailer: Nicolas Cage faces the Rapture -- VIDEO

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As if we needed another movie to make us scared of flying: In the new trailer for Left Behind, passengers mysteriously disappear mid-flight as the pilot struggles to land. At least he isn’t wasted?

Left Behind, starring Nicolas Cage, is based on the bestselling book series about the chaos that erupts when the Rapture comes — and, without warning, people start to disappear . Judging by the trailer, Cage didn’t make Jesus’s shortlist. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Daniel Radcliffe runs toward 'You Shall Know Our Velocity'; Plus, Bradley Cooper, more

• Daniel Radcliffe is attached to star in You Shall Know Our Velocity, based on Dave Eggers‘ best-seller, which tells the story of a a pair of friends — one bookish and awkward and one who fancies himself a ladies man — who resolve to scatter their friend’s ashes among the pyramids. They also decide to give away the $32K insurance payout that they got after their friend was killed to anyone in need. Peter Sollett (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) is set to direct the pic, which is eyeing a spring 2015 shoot. Author Wells Tower adapted the script. [THR] READ FULL STORY

Nicolas Cage in 'Rage' trailer: Give him back his daughter! -- VIDEO

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In his latest VOD spectacular, Nicolas Cage plays a man with a particular set of skills whose daughter is kidnapped. If that makes it sound like Rage is a cheap rip-off of Taken, well, you’re missing the point. Because while Liam Neeson is the current master of the revenge genre, any such movie is 215 percent better — or at least different — with Cage at his hyper-operatic peak.

In the trailer, Cage’s businessman has a shady past. (I pieced this together because the movie’s tagline is “The Past Never Stays Dead.” Clever.) When some Russian-accented baddies kidnap his daughter, Cage has to get his hands dirty again — even though, as he yells at his old crew, “We swore not to talk about it!”

Do you know what else the trailer for Rage should swear not to talk about? That Oscar for Leaving Las Vegas.

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'Joe' star Nicolas Cage 'could handle a venomous cottonmouth snake without protection' -- EXCLUSIVE POSTER

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Nicolas Cage is a force; you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who would deny that. But the prolific actor has been toeing the line of self-parody in the past few decades with his larger-than-life characters. In the Southern gothic Joe, director David Gordon Green gave Cage the opportunity to lose himself in a serious performance again as an impetuous, selfish ex-con who surprises himself when he becomes protective of a hard-luck kid he hires for lumber work, played by Mud‘s Tye Sheridan.

It was a somewhat unconventional choice, but, it seems to have been an inspired one as well. Cage got raves for his performance after the film premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

Green always knew he would be perfect for Joe Ransom. “He had tremendous masculinity. He’s just in incredible shape and intimidating in stature. He also has great dramatic range as an actor. He can be in Con-Air and he can be in Leaving Las Vegas. And just for me, personally, and the manner in which I like to work…he’s a funny guy,” Green told EW.  “I like to have a good time when I’m making movies, and he seemed like a guy who would agree.”

So he invited Cage to Austin, where they drove around and talked for a few days about the role. Cage even helped Green scout locations for Prince Avalanche, which Green was about to begin production on at the time. Cage, Green said, “was so eager to reinvent himself. It felt like a great opportunity to me.” READ FULL STORY

Nicolas Cage takes Tye Sheridan under his wing in 'Joe' trailer -- VIDEO

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Nicolas Cage dials it back — slightly — in David Gordon Green’s Joe, a dark and gritty Southern gothic indie based on Larry Brown’s 1992 novel. Cage plays Joe, an ex-con who sticks out his neck for the poor kid (Mud‘s Tye Sheridan) who joins his tree-chopping work crew. The boy has promise, but his father, a vile degenerate played by the late Gary Poulter, threatens to smother all that is innocent.

The film played the Venice and Toronto film festivals, and though it still doesn’t have a U.S. release date (Roadside Attractions is planning a 2014 release), the European trailer is now available. Watch it below, and then read about Poulter’s tragic story. READ FULL STORY

Toronto: The sad, tragic story of the homeless-man scene-stealer in Nicolas Cage's movie, 'Joe'

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It’s not every day that a homeless person gets to star in a movie opposite an Oscar winner. In David Gordon Green’s dark Southern gothic indie, Joe, Nicolas Cage stars as a good-intentioned but self-destructive ex-con who can’t resist helping his dirt-poor protege, Gary (Mud‘s Tye Sheridan), the product of a broken home. The desperate teen turns to Cage’s Joe for a job, and when the kid shows up the first day with his dear-ol’ dad in tow, it’s apparent to Joe that Gary is in a hopeless situation.

Gary’s father, Wade, is an alkie degenerate who’s quickly fired for his laziness, but it soon becomes clear that it’s not safe to turn your back on him. He beats Gary for his day’s earnings, he pimps out his own daughter for booze money, and woe to the fellow drunk who’s savoring one last sip in his bottle when Wade craves a toot. It’s a haunting portrayal of ugliness and depravity from an actor you’ve never seen before but will likely have a hard time forgetting.

Gary Poulter was living on the streets of Austin, Tex., when a casting director recruited him to audition for Joe. He’d never really acted before, and decades of addiction had laid waste to his appearance, if not his spirit. “He just had this personality and charisma that you can’t find, that you can’t access with an actor who hasn’t lived it,” says Green. “There’s a look in his eye and a texture of his skin, and he’s missing half an ear. There’s just some beautiful qualities in him that for our purposes, brought out an authenticity of the role.”

At the Toronto Film Festival this week, Green and his two Hollywood stars were present after screenings to take bows and answer questions about Joe. Gary Poulter, however, wasn’t there to bask in the applause that he certainly deserved. He wasn’t back in Austin either, trying to find a safe shelter to spend the night. Gary Poulter was dead. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: 'The Giver' gets its Jonas; Plus, 'Veep' star heads to 'Inherent Vice,' more

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• It’s been a while since we’ve heard any news about the film adaptation of Lois Lowry’s dystopian novel The Giver, but things are moving forward. Jeff Bridges has been attached to the project for over a year to play the Giver, and now, Brenton Thwaites has been cast as Jonas, the young boy chosen to be trained by the Giver.  Thwaites has appeared on a number of Australian televisions show and is also portraying the Young Prince in Maleficent. Fans of the book will remember we meet Jonas just as he’s about to turn 12. Thwaites is already in his 20s. Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games) is set to direct the project for The Weinstein Company. Filming will commence in South Africa this fall. [Deadline]

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'The Frozen Ground' trailer: John Cusack vs. Nicolas Cage -- VIDEO

There’s nothing more ominous in a movie than an authority figure saying, “[Insert killer's name here] is an upstanding citizen.”

In The Frozen Ground, John Cusack plays serial killer Robert Hansen and Nicolas Cage is Jack Halcombe, the Alaska state trooper trying to catch and convict him. When Cindy Paulson (Vanessa Hudgens) escapes from Hansen, her testimony could be a break in the case. However, given her job description (the Disney alum is seen pole-dancing in the trailer), the cops aren’t sure her testimony will hold water. The movie is based on true events, which you probably shouldn’t read up on if you want to sleep soundly tonight.

Yahoo! has the exclusive trailer, which you can watch below:
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