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‘Mom and Dad’ Review: Nicolas Cage Just Wants to Murder His Children

Anyone who appreciated the batshit insanity that Brian Taylor (alongside his former filmmaking partner Mark Neveldine) brought to the Crank series should be excited about his latest movie based purely on the premise and headlining cast member. It’s about a world where parents suddenly and inexplicably start murderin’ they children. It stars Nicolas Cage as the primary poppa with bloodlust. That means Mom and Dad has the potential for both the filmmaker and star to do what they do best: deliriously fly over-the-top with a bad taste premise for the sake of sick laughs and B-movie …
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The Most Unhinged Nicolas Cage Movie Moment in Years

The Most Unhinged Nicolas Cage Movie Moment in Years
Forty five minutes into filmmaker Brian Taylor’s new film Mom and Dad, Nicolas Cage (playing rampaging dad Brent Ryan) picks up a sledgehammer and starts smashing a pool table while singing “The Hokey Pokey.” This was just minutes after we'd seen him knock out a teenage boy (Robert T. Cunningham) with his bare hands and chase his daughter Carly (Anne Winters) and son Josh (Zackary Arthur) around a cookie cutter suburban oasis in a murderous rage.

Not long after the pool table incident, he’s at it again, finagling ways of flushing his children out of the basement so he and his wife Kendall...
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‘Mom and Dad’ Film Review: Nicolas Cage Is Crazy for His Kids in Horror-Comedy

‘Mom and Dad’ Film Review: Nicolas Cage Is Crazy for His Kids in Horror-Comedy
The idea of a movie called “Mom and Dad” starring Nicolas Cage surely doesn’t conjure something warm and sentimental about hearth, home and parental love. If we’re honest, that base level of information doesn’t even make immediately clear which of the two roles Cage would play. A stronger impression of what lies in store might come from learning that the writer-director is Brian Taylor, half of the duo (credited as Neveldine/Taylor) who steered the Oscar-winner-turned-paycheck-punchline through “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance,” not to mention a handful of other hyperventilating action exercises (“Crank,” “Gamer”) steeped in the vernacular of genre junkiness. The...
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No Retreat, No Surrender and Kill ‘Em All! – Why You Should Give a Damme About Jean-Claude

Author: Matt Rodgers

Jcvd returns this week in Peter Malota‘s Kill ‘Em All, a fiery shoot ’em up which sees the man himself return to form as a one-man killing machine caught up in the crossfire between an international criminal gang and an increasingly desperate FBI investigation. It is a ridiculously fun throwback to the Van Damme days of glory with well suited henchmen being reworked internally by the the muscles from Brussels. A wonderfully-bearded Peter Stomare and another key 80s action star Maria Conchita Alonso (who partnered The Running Man and took the alien to task in Predator 2) join in the fun. Take a look at the trailer, and you’ll know exactly what we mean…

Kill ‘Em All Movie Trailer

Now Matt Rodgers takes us all the way back, to remind us why Jean-Claude was such a big hit…

For an entire generation Jean-Claude Camille François
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Review: If Loving Mom And Dad is Wrong, This Writer Doesn’t Want to Be Right

As someone who revels in the unabashed ridiculousness and wrongness of the Crank films, Mom and Dad was just the kind of anarchic cinema I was hoping to experience from writer/director Brian Taylor (who helmed the aforementioned Crank films alongside Mark Neveldine). A mix of survival/pandemic horror with a steady flow of pitch-black comedy coursing through its wonderfully nasty veins, Mom and Dad is just the right amount of wrong for this writer, and I enjoyed that Taylor—as expected—doesn’t pull any punches with his latest over-the-top endeavor.

In Mom and Dad, we meet struggling parents Brent (Nicolas Cage) and Kendall (Selma Blair), who are having difficulties in their marriage, as the stresses of creating two children (Anne Winters, Zackary Arthur) and all the responsibilities that come along with parenthood have seemed to rob the couple’s very existences of any kind of joy. Amidst their
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Den of Thieves Review: Gerard Butler Goes Full on Nicolas Cage

Den of Thieves Review: Gerard Butler Goes Full on Nicolas Cage
Heist movies are a tricky thing to execute well. If the heist isn't cool, complex and at least somewhat believable, the movie is going to fall apart pretty quickly. It's in this respect that Den of Thieves succeeds and that's what makes it a surprisingly fun, but definitely not great, heist movie. You can tell that everyone involved wanted this movie to be Heat, and while there are certainly parallels, it never quite gets there. And that's not even really a knock. Nothing is likely to ever top Heat in the crime thriller genre. That aside, I feel like Den of Thieves may surprise some people.

Den of Thieves takes place in Los Angeles, California, as so many of these robbery movies do. The movie follows two different groups of people; an elite unit of the La County Sheriff's Dept. and the state's most successful bank robbery crew. Following an elaborate yet puzzling heist,
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‘Mom and Dad’ Review: Fans of Nicolas Cage Going Crazy Will Be Pleased

‘Mom and Dad’ Review: Fans of Nicolas Cage Going Crazy Will Be Pleased
Note: This Mom and Dad review is as spoiler-free as possible, but some minor spoilers do pop up. At this point in his career, Nicolas Cage has become meme-ified to the point where it’s hard to know where the real Cage ends and his pop-eyed, shrill-screaming on-screen persona begins. This isn’t to call Cage a bad […]

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Check Out the Amazing Poster for Panos Cosmatos’ Mandy Starring Nicolas Cage

Truth be told I have not heard one thing about the upcoming Nic Cage period action-thriller Mandy until today. That’s not to say I’m not totally intrigued by the film, which is directed by Panos Cosmatos who helmed the gorgeous mind-trip Beyond the Black Rainbow a few years back. It has just slipped under my […]

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Why Andrea Riseborough Could Be the Breakout Star of Sundance

Why Andrea Riseborough Could Be the Breakout Star of Sundance
With four films debuting during the opening weekend of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Andrea Riseborough is bracing for a whirlwind trip to the mountains.

“I just looked at my schedule, and it’s completely bananas,” she told Variety on the eve of the festival. “I’m not going to be able to pee for three days.”

Over the past decade, Riseborough has built up an impressive resume of work in the likes of “Battle of the Sexes” and “W.E.” without ever becoming a household name. That may be changing. At the very least, this year’s Sundance will close with the actress’ profile significantly enhanced thanks to a buzzy set of performances.

There’s “The Death of Stalin,” a savage political satire from “Veep” creator Armando Iannucci, in which Riseborough plays Josef Stalin’s daughter. Then she stars opposite Nicolas Cage in “Mandy,” a gonzo thriller that combines romance, carnage, and supernatural creatures.
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IndieWire Announces Our First-Ever IndieWire Studio at Sundance

IndieWire is proud to announce the inaugural IndieWire Studio at Sundance, presented by Dropbox, on Park City’s Main Street. With daily video interviews at its exclusive studio, it will serve as a destination for scores of actors, directors, producers, screenwriters, composers and documentary subjects.

From from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, January 19 through Monday, January 22, IndieWire will sit down with approximately 100 entertainment luminaries at 625 Main Street. Among those scheduled are Aubrey Plaza (“An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn”),Chloë Grace Moretz (“The Miseducation Of Cameron Post”), Chloë Sevigny (“Lizzie”), Chris O’Dowd and Rose Byrne (“Juliet, Naked”), Daveed Diggs (“Blindspotting”), Elle Fanning, Peter Dinklage, and Reed Morano (“I Think We’re Alone Now”), Ethan Hawke (“Blaze” and “Juliet, Naked”), Idris Elba (“Yardie”), Gus Van Sant (“Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot”), Maggie Gyllenhaal (“The Kindergarten Teacher”), Joan Jett (“Bad Reputation”), Keira Knightley (“Colette
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Interview: Writer/Director Brian Taylor on the Controversial Nature of Mom And Dad and Developing the New Series Happy!

When I first heard that filmmaker Brian Taylor (the Crank films, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance) was teaming up with Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair for a brand new pitch black comedy called Mom and Dad, in which parents are desperately trying to kill their offspring, I was immediately all in (and thankfully, it did not disappoint—but more on that later this week).

Daily Dead recently caught up with Taylor, and he discussed making Mom and Dad and handling the more controversial aspects of the film’s story, using dark humor to confront the conflicting nature of parental responsibilities, and re-teaming with Cage. Taylor also briefly chatted about his new series Happy!, which currently airs on Syfy on Wednesday nights (and is absolutely worth your time).

Look for Mom and Dad in theaters and on digital platforms this Friday, January 19th, courtesy of Momentum Pictures.

Congrats on the film,
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15 Movies We’re Excited to See at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival

It’s hard to believe, but another year of the Sundance Film Festival is nearly upon us. Kicking off this Thursday, Sundance will be running until January 28th in Park City, Utah, and Daily Dead will be on-hand to check out an assortment of genre-related offerings. That being said, there’s a handful of films that immediately caught this writer’s attention as soon as they were announced for Sundance 2018, and here’s a look at what has me excited from this year’s festival lineup:

You Were Never Really Here: When I heard that We Need to Talk About Kevin writer/director Lynne Ramsay was teaming up with Joaquin Phoenix for her follow-up feature, that’s all I needed to hear for me to be 100 percent on board for You Were Never Really Here. I’m so ready for Ramsay to screw with my sensibilities once again, and Phoenix
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Variety Studio at Sundance Sets Interviews With Top Festival Stars

Variety has unveiled a full program for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. In addition to being one of the festival’s official media sponsors, the entertainment news outlet will once again present the Variety Studio, featuring video interviews of top festival talent.

The Variety Studio, in collaboration with At&T and DirecTV, will be housed in the DirecTV Lodge presented by At&T and will include interviews with the Gloria Allred (“Seeing Allred”), Nicolas Cage (“Mandy”), Claire Danes (“A Kid Like Jake”), Idris Elba (“Yardie”), Elle Fanning (“I Think We’re Alone Now”), Jane Fonda (“Jane Fonda in Five Acts”), Jake Gyllenhaal (“Wildlife”), Jon Hamm (“Beirut”), Armie Hammer (“Sorry to Bother You”), Jennifer Hudson (“Monster”), Keira Knightley (“Colette”), Danny McBride (“Arizona”), Robert Pattinson (“Damsel”), Jason Segel (“Come Sunday”) and Tessa Thompson (“Sorry to Bother You”).

The video interviews will be posted on Variety.com during the festival.

Variety, along with At&T and DirecTV, will host a
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Nicolas Cage’s ‘Humanity Bureau’ Set for Theatrical, Virtual Reality Releases (Exclusive)

Nicolas Cage’s ‘Humanity Bureau’ Set for Theatrical, Virtual Reality Releases (Exclusive)
Nicolas Cage’s sci-fi action-thriller “The Humanity Bureau” has been set for a March 2 release as a standalone episodic virtual reality series “The Humanity Bureau VRevolution.”

The film, set in the near future with global warming wreaking havoc in parts of the American Midwest, will be released in standard theatrical theaters, Barco Escape format theaters and Premium Video On Demand on April 6. The title takes its name from a government agency that exiles members of society deemed unproductive and banishes them to a colony known as New Eden.

“We shot the film in three different formats, including standard theatrical, 3-screen Barco Escape theatrical, and cinematic virtual reality to provide multiple avenues for audiences to engage with and experience the story’s universe,” said producer Kevin DeWalt. “We hope to give viewers more options for alternative content within today’s new media.”

Cage plays an ambitious and impartial caseworker who sets out to save the lives of a woman
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Police Academy Director Hugh Wilson Dies at 74

When Police Academy arrived in 1984, it was a phenomenon. And it went onto spawn a huge comedy franchise. Sadly, the man behind making the original a true classic has passed away. Director Hugh Wilson died from unknown causes. He was 74 years old at the time of his death.

Not only is Hugh Wilson responsible for dropping Police Academy on the world, he also created the classic sitcom Wkrp in Cincinnati, which debuted in 1978. And he helmed the popular comedy movie The First Wives Club. The filmmaker and TV producer died this past weekend in Albemarle County.

Hugh Wilson got his comedy start writing for TV in the 1970s. He first worked on The Bob Newhart Show and the Tony Randall Show before creating Wkrp in Cincinnati. The show aired for four successful seasons on CBS between 1978 and 1982, and still lives on in syndication. The series followed the ups and downs of a struggling radio station,
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Review: ‘Mom and Dad’ Takes Suburban Horror to a Depraved New Level

I have to imagine every parent at some point wonders where their life could have gone if they didn’t have children. This doesn’t make them bad people — only those who actually act on the urge by abandoning their families without so much as a goodbye fall under that label. It just proves they’re human. It’s merely a manifestation of fatigue and frustration as the late-night parties and carefree, irresponsible attitudes necessary to let loose disappear. Gone are the dreams you can try and fail at knowing you don’t have a spouse and two kids to help feed, cloth, and shelter. Maybe you remember the past and long for its excess or perhaps you look towards the future, confident you wouldn’t be going to bed at 9:00pm without them.

Well, Brian Taylor’s Mom and Dad (his first foray as director without Mark Neveldine
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Hugh Wilson, ‘Police Academy’ Director and ‘Wkrp in Cincinnati’ Creator, Dies at 74

Hugh Wilson, ‘Police Academy’ Director and ‘Wkrp in Cincinnati’ Creator, Dies at 74
Hugh Wilson, creator of the CBS comedies “Wkrp in Cincinnati” and “Frank’s Place” and writer-director of the first “Police Academy” movie, died Jan. 14 in Charlottesville, Va. He was 74.

Wilson was a writer for the “Bob Newhart Show” and “The Tony Randall Show” and won an Emmy for best comedy writing in 1988 for “Frank’s Place.” He received Emmy nominations for his work on “The Famous Teddy Z” and “Wkrp in Cincinnati.” He was twice awarded the Humanitas Prize, given for television and film writing that promotes meaning and human dignity.

Wilson excelled as a creator of ensemble comedies with enduring appeal. “Wkrp,” which ran from 1978-1982, revolved around a motley group of characters at a run-down Cincinnati radio station. “Frank’s Place,” which lasted only one season in 1987-88, was set a restaurant in New Orleans. Both shows are often cited among TV’s all-time best comedies.

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The ‘Mandy’ Poster Features Nicolas Cage in a Chainsaw Fight

The ‘Mandy’ Poster Features Nicolas Cage in a Chainsaw Fight
Mandy will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in a few days, and it will bring with it a scene where Nicolas Cage fights someone with a chainsaw. At least, that’s what the very cool new Mandy poster hints at. The new film from Beyond the Black Rainbow director Panos Cosmatos stars Cage and Andrea Riseborough. What’s better than a […]

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The ‘Mandy’ Poster Promises a Nicolas Cage Chainsaw Battle!

The ‘Mandy’ Poster Promises a Nicolas Cage Chainsaw Battle!
Panos Cosmatos, the director of the incredibly underrated Beyond the Black Rainbow is finally back and teaming with, get this, Nicolas Cage! EW shares the official festival poster of for the upcoming action-thriller Mandy, which will have its World Premiere at this week’s Sundance Film Festival. One thing stands out: there’s going to be a chainsaw battle! “Set in 1983, Cage […]
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Hugh Wilson, Creator of 'Wkrp in Cincinnati' and Director of 'Police Academy,' Dies at 74

Hugh Wilson, who created the acclaimed sitcom Wkrp in Cincinnati and directed and co-wrote the first Police Academy movie, launching a Warner Bros. franchise, has died. He was 74.

An Emmy winner and seven-time nominee, Wilson died Sunday at his home in Charlottesville, Virginia, his family announced. No cause of death was revealed.

Wilson also directed The First Wives Club (1996), starring Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton as women seeking revenge on their ex-husbands, and co-wrote and helmed Guarding Tess (1994), featuring Shirley MacLaine as a first lady and Nicolas Cage as a...
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