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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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Casting Net: 'Doctor Who' actress Karen Gillan joins 'Guardians of the Galaxy'; Plus Nic Cage, more

Doctor Who alum Karen Gillan is bound for more space adventures in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, but this time not as a sidekick for the good guys. The Scottish actress will play a villain in the comic book-based movie — no more details have been revealed about her character. Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies) and Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead) will also play villains. Chris Pratt (Zero Dark Thirty) is set to play the lead, Star Lord. Prepping for a late June production start, Guardians of the Galaxy is scheduled for an Aug. 1, 2014 release date. [THR] READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Robert Downey, Jr. re-teams with 'Iron Man' co-star; Plus, Kate Winslet, more

• If Jon Favreau’s Chef was ever in danger of receiving adequate financing, he can probably breathe easy now. Robert Downey Jr. has signed on to join the independent comedy. Downey Jr. and Favreau have worked together for years on the Iron Man franchise. Favreau plays the role of Happy Hogan, and also directed the first two films. In Chef, which Favreau wrote — and will direct and star in — a recently fired chef tries to regain control of his craft by opening a food truck. Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara is also set to star. [Deadline]

• Kate Winslet will star in the period film, The Dressmaker, about a woman who returns to the town that ostracized her as a child. After charming everyone with ideas of couture and women’s liberation, she begins to exact revenge. Based on Rosalie Ham’s novel, Jocelyn Moorhouse (How to Make an American Quilt) will direct the project. [Screen Daily]

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Casting Net: Albert Brooks joins 'Finding Nemo 2'; Plus Nicolas Cage and Dan Stevens

• Albert Brooks is set to reprise his role as the cranky but loving father Marlin in Finding Nemo 2. Even though Andrew Stanton had already signed on to direct and Ellen DeGeneres had agreed to return, Brooks was reportedly a hold out for the sequel. Still, we’re excited that he’s officially joined the cast. It wouldn’t be the same without his voice. Now Brooks just needs to write and direct another film of his own. [Deadline]

• Nicolas Cage will star in Paco Cabezas’ (Neon Flesh) thriller Tokarev. The film will tell the story of former crook Paul Maguire (Cage) who must revert to his old ways when he discovers that the Russian mob has kidnapped his daughter. Cage can be seen next in the animated DreamWorks film The Croods, a prehistoric road trip comedy where he voices Emma Stone’s caveman father.  [Deadline]

Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens is currently in talks to join Liam Neeson in the noir crime thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones. Between this and the WikiLeaks film The Fifth Estate with Benedict Cumberbatch, Stevens seems eager to leave the period pieces behind, though we’ll certainly miss Cousin Matthew. [Variety]

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News of Nicolas Cage signing on for 'The Expendables 3' is premature, says manager

There has been talk of Nicolas Cage joining the cast of the third Expendables movie, but it’s not a done deal. “He’s interested, but we’re waiting for it to come together,” Cage’s manager tells EW.com. A Sunday post on a Sylvester Stallone Facebook page that is attributed to Stallone says Cage’s casting has been “confirmed.” A rep for Stallone could not verify who runs that page.

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Casting Net: Ben Affleck coming into 'Focus.' Plus: Beyonce leaves 'A Star is Born'

• Not so much a casting “net” as a casting “release” item: Beyoncé has bowed out of Clint Eastwood‘s long-gestating remake of A Star is Born due to scheduling difficulties and the lack of a male star. About an up-and-comer who falls for a dimming male star, the film was put on hold after Beyoncé became pregnant. Will Fetters had penned the latest version of the script. The first version of the film was released in 1937, with Janet Gaynor and Fredic March; then again in 1954, with Judy Garland and James Mason; and finally in 1976, with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. [Variety] “I was looking forward to the production of A Star Is Born and the opportunity to work with Clint Eastwood,” said Beyoncé in a statement Tuesday evening to EW.com. “For months we tried to coordinate our schedules to bring this remake to life but it was just not possible. Hopefully in the future we will get a chance to work together.”

Ralph Fiennes is in talks to join the ensemble of writer-director Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel, playing the concierge of the eponymous establishment with the Wes-Anderson-y name of M. Gustave. [Variety]

Ryan Reynolds is in initial talks to star in the psychological thriller The Voices, about a man who works at a bathtub factory who owns a talking cat (that’s evil, obvs) and a talking dog (that’s good, of course). Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis, Chicken with Plums) will direct from a Black List script by Michael R. Perry (Paranormal Activity). [Deadline]

Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen will star in Outcast, a period action pic set in medieval China. Veteran stunt man Nick Powell will make his feature directorial debut from a script by James Dormer (Cinemax’s Strike Back). [TheWrap]

-Solvej Schou contributed to this report.

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