After a strong debut on Friday, Act of Valor went on to win the weekend with an estimated $24.7 million from 3,039 locations. Considering that this is an R-rated feature without any major stars, that’s a pretty remarkable start. Then again, with the fistfuls of cash Relativity devoted to marketing this Navy SEALs drama, anything less than first place would have felt un-American.
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Critically speaking, 2011 may have been Adam Sandler‘s worst year ever. His two main vehicles, Just Go With It and Jack & Jill, were panned. As a producer, his name is also on Zookeeper and (most damningly) Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star. The Razzies recognized his efforts with a record 11 nominations. For those keeping track, this shatters the record set by Eddie Murphy and his 5 nominations for Norbit in 2007. New Year’s Eve, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 join Jack & Jill and Bucky Larson as the 5 contenders for Worst Picture. Hit the jump for the full list.
There is an art to camp. It’s not enough to simply have the director wink to the audience and say “Yeah, we know this is terrible, but we’re having dumb fun so laugh god-dammit.“ Just because you’re making something trashy, doesn’t mean you have the license to give up quality filmmaking. Director Patrick Lussier understands the difference between trashy filmmaking and trashy fun and that’s the reason his film Drive Angry is such a delight. The script is unapologetically dumb, everything is cranked up to 11, and while everyone is clearly having a good time, no one is slacking off. That’s the art to Drive Angry and it’s why it will likely build a devoted cult following in the years to come.
The outrageous action-adventure flick Drive Angry arrives on DVD and Blu-ray in both 2D and 3D on May 31st, with bonus content the includes audio commentary with director Patrick Lussier and writer/actor Todd Farmer, deleted scenes, “Milton’s Mayhem,” through which viewers can track the trail of carnage throughout the film, and an “Access: Drive Angry” special feature (exclusive to the Blu-ray release).
During a recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Patrick Lussier talked about what fans will get to see on the DVD/Blu-ray, why he enjoys doing filmmaker commentaries, filming such epic car chases and fight sequences on a tight budget, and why bad-ass characters appeal to him. He also talked about how he and Todd Farmer are currently developing their take on Clive Barker’s Hellraiser for a remake, and said that they also hope to be able to do Halloween 3. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
With Patrick Lussier’s (My Bloody Valentine 3D) revenge thriller Drive Angry 3D getting released today, I was able to interview most of the cast earlier this week. Here’s Nicolas Cage & Amber Heard and Billy Burke. Since we’ve been covering the film since its inception, most of you know it’s about a felon (Cage) who is chasing the people who killed his daughter (Burke) and kidnapped her baby. The vendetta/rescue spins out of control and the chase gets bloodier by the mile, leaving bodies everywhere. Chasing Cage is someone called “the accountant”, and he’s played by William Fichtner who steals the movie with his performance.
During my interview with Fichtner, we talked about how the film compared to what he thought it would be, the action, filming in 3D and working with the cameras, what films/TV shows do people always want to talk to him about (I mentioned Contact and Go), and he told me a great story about how the suit he wears in the film is actually his that he brought to set. Hit the jump to watch:
With Patrick Lussier’s (My Bloody Valentine 3D) revenge thriller Drive Angry 3D getting released this weekend, I was able to interview most of the cast earlier today. Since we’ve been covering the film since its inception, most of you know it’s about a felon (Nicolas Cage) who is chasing the people who killed his daughter and kidnapped her baby. The vendetta/rescue spins out of control and the chase gets bloodier by the mile, leaving bodies everywhere. Along for the ride are Amber Heard, Billy Burke, David Morse and William Fichtner (who just about steals the movie as a character called “the accountant”).
During my interview with Cage and Heard, we talked about how the finished film compared to what they thought it would be when they signed on, working with the 3D cameras, the action scenes, and Heard told me about her Playboy TV pilot and Cage talked about what fans can look forward to in the Ghost Rider sequel called Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Hit the jump to watch:
Patrick Lussier’s (My Bloody Valentine 3D) revenge thriller Drive Angry 3D hits theaters this weekend, and Summit has sent over 5 clips from the film. The flick stars Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard, David Morse and William Fichtner and tells the story of a tough-as-nails criminal who breaks out of Hell on a quest for redemption. Hit the jump to check out the clips and you can click here for all our previous coverage which includes on set interviews and a lot more.
A new TV spot for Patrick Lussier’s (My Bloody Valentine 3D) revenge thriller Drive Angry 3D has been released. The film stars Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard (Zombieland), David Morse (Disturbia) and William Fichtner (Black Hawk Down). Also featured? Explosions, 3D, explosions, car chases, and of course, more explosions. The film hits theaters in 3D on February 25th. Hit the jump to check out the latest TV spot.
Until the Academy loosens up about bullets, boobs, and inexplicable Nicolas Cage hairpieces, we can only dream of a fantastical world where Drive Angry 3D has a shot at Best Picture nomination. Still, the marketing folks behind the movie decided to have a little laugh and give the movie a red-band trailer with all of the prestige of an Oscar film and none of the dignity.
Hit the jump to check out the NSFW red-band trailer. Drive Angry 3D also stars Amber Heard and William Fichtner. The film opens February 25th.
When he’s not busy punching women/screaming about bees, Nicolas Cage stars in movies. With each new Nicolas Cage movie, comes a new hairstyle. I’m sorry, did I say hairstyle? I meant awesome hairstyle. Next up for Cage is Patrick Lussier’s (My Bloody Valentine 3D) revenge thriller Drive Angry 3D, featuring a brand-new awesome hairstyle. The film stars Cage, Amber Heard (Zombieland), David Morse (Disturbia) and William Fichtner (Black Hawk Down).
We previously brought you the first images from the film, which look decidedly bad ass. Cage stars as Milton, the tough as nails criminal who breaks out of Hell on a quest for redemption. Fichtner plays a character simply named “The Accountant”, a mysterious demonic agent sent to retrieve Milton and return him to the fiery depths from which he came. Hit the jump to check out the full poster. Drive Angry 3D will be released on February 25th.
Today we have a new image plus a definitely-NSFW clip from the upcoming Nicolas Cage action flick Drive Angry 3D. The image is SFW unless your workplace doesn’t allow you to look at images of Amber Heard smiling at a bloodied-up Nicolas Cage. However, unless you work in a very lax environment, your bosses and co-workers will probably frown on you seeing a clip of Nicolas Cage having sex with a naked chick (even though he’s fully clothed) while he has a gunfight with folks coming to kill him. Watch the clip when you get home because it makes the movie look like a pile of trashy fun.
Hit the jump to check out image and the NSFW clip. Drive Angry 3D opens February 25th.
We earned enough tokens for a Drive Angry poster earlier today, and apparently have enough left over for a brand new trailer. The 3D revenge flick stars Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard, William Fichtner, Billy Burke, and David Morse, and serves as director Patrick Lussier’s follow-up to My Bloody Valentine. The film hits 3D theaters February 11, 2011; hit the jump to check out the trailer.
We have some new posters for you this morning. First up, we have a new poster for the gay romantic comedy I Love You Phillip Morris starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor. After suffering numerous delays, the film is finally set for December 3rd and I can’t wait to see it.
There are also two more posters for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1. One poster focuses on Death Eater Bellatrix Lestrange (played by Helena Bonham Carter) and another has Draco Malfoy (played by Tom Felton) cloaked in shadow. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is due out November 19th.
Finally, there’s the first poster for the upcoming action flick Drive Angry starring Nicolas Cage and Amber Heard. What’s interesting about this poster is that it says “Shot in 3D”. I don’t know if audiences know that means it’s better than a post-conversion. I’m curious to see if other films that were shot in 3D will add that note to their advertising or if Drive Angry is just using it because the word “shot” works nicely with the bullet-holes. Hit the jump to check out all the posters.
Drive Angry is the latest 3D action-adventure from director Patrick Lussier and starring Nicolas Cage as Milton, a hardened felon who has broken out of hell for one last chance at redemption. Intent on stopping a vicious cult, led by Jonah King (Billy Burke), who murdered his daughter, he has three days to stop them before they sacrifice her baby beneath a full moon.
During a press conference held after their Hall H panel at Comic-Con, co-stars Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard (who plays sexy, young waitress Piper) and William Fichtner (who plays an enigmatic killer known only as “The Accountant,” sent by the Devil to retrieve Milton) talked about the appeal of this project and what it was like to adjust their performance to the 3D technology while they were filming. Check out what they had to say after the jump:
An upcoming installment in Nicholas Cage’s current pulp period (the next is Season of the Witch) is Drive Angry, the 3D revenge/road film from Patrick Lussier (My Bloody Valentine 3D). For interviews and a behind-the-scenes look at the film’s production be sure to check out Steve’s set visit. In advance of its premiere at Comic-Con on Friday, the first official images of the film have gone online. One is of Cage as Milton, the tough as nails criminal who breaks out of Hell on a quest for redemption, and the other is of William Fichtner as The Accountant, a mysterious demonic agent sent to retrieve Milton and return him to the fiery depths from which he came. Drive Angry will open February 11, 2011. Hit the jump for the high resolution images as well as the official synopsis.