by Jason Barr Posted: February 18th, 2012 at 1:33 pm
I generally don’t like to check out extended clips of footage from films ahead of their release. Call me old fashioned but, similar to how I try and avoid cherry picking music singles before listening to the entire album, I like to think of records and movies as complete bodies of work. Of course, I say all of this only to preface breaking my own general rule. I implore you to watch the first 12 minutes of writer/director/actress Brit Marling’s Sound of My Voice. I did, I don’t regret a single moment of it, and now I can’t wait to check out the entire film as soon as possible.
All self-contradiction aside, in this week’s “Top 5″ installment you’ll find Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance interviews with talent like Nicolas Cage, Idris Elba, Johnny Whitworth, and directors Neveldine/Taylor, a recap of our 21 Jump Street set visit, trailers and a featurette for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Transformers 4 news, and Avengers, Star Wars, and G.I. Joe: Retaliation toy images from the 2012 Toy Fair. Check out a brief recap and link to each after the jump.
With Neveldine/Taylor’s Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance opening today, I recently interviewed a lot of the cast in New York City. In the sequel, Johnny Blaze (Cage) is hiding out in Eastern Europe when a motor-cycle riding warrior monk (Idris Elba) recruits him to save a young boy (Fergus Riordan) from the Devil (Ciaran Hinds). The film also stars Violante Placido, Anthony Head, Christopher Lambert and Johnny Whitworth. For more on Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeace, here’s my Romania set visit, on set interviews, new images, five movie clips, and 12 minutes of behind the scenes footage from when the production was filming in Europe.
During my exclusive video interview with Mark Neveldine and Brain Taylor, we talked about how they got involved in the project, working with Nic Cage, the stunts and action sequences, deleted scenes, test screenings, what will be on the eventual Blu-ray/DVD, filming in Eastern Europe, and so much more. If you’re a fan of Neveldine/Taylor, you’re going to love the interview. Hit the jump to watch.
With Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance opening next weekend, Sony has just released the EPK (electronic press kit) and it’s loaded with cool stuff from the film. Just a little while ago we posted five clips, and now we’ve got around twelve minutes of behind the scenes footage from when the production was filming in Romania and across Eastern Europe.
In addition, for fans of directors Neveldine/Taylor, the footage features the two doing some crazy stunts to get a shot, and it’s also got the entire cast (Nicolas Cage , Violante Placido, Fergus Riordan, Ciaran Hinds, Idris Elba, Christopher Lambert, Anthony Head, and Johnny Whitworth) filming stunts and acting crazy on the set. Hit the jump to watch and look for my exclusive video interviews with the cast next week.
Last night’s Scream Awards gave a sneak peek at some upcoming films and one of the movies on the list was Neveldine/Taylor’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. The movie has Nicolas Cage reprising his role as damned biker Johnny Blaze but Neveldine/Taylor is promising a complete 180 from the bland, forgettable first movie. So re-introductions are in order and this clip from last night’s Scream Awards (regrettably taped off a TV, but hopefully a higher-quality version will be along soon) has Ghost Rider making a grand entrance as he comes to save the day. Saving the day isn’t worthwhile if you blow the entrance. Ghost Rider is all about showmanship.
Hit the jump to check out the clip. The film also stars Idris Elba and Ciaran Hinds. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance opens February 17, 2012.
A few days ago, I got to sit down with director Brian Taylor for an exclusive interview on Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. With a February 17, 2012 release date fast approaching, Taylor is currently in post-production finishing up the movie. However, while the movie is still almost five months from getting released, they already have a few deleted scenes and Taylor says the sequel will be 90 minutes (the original was 114).
During the interview we talked about where they are in the editing process, the experience of post converting to 3D and his thoughts on 3D, what to expect from Idris Elba and Nicolas Cage in the film, the deleted scenes, the run time, what will be on the DVD/Blu-ray (they captured thousands of hours of footage: interviews, features, behind-the-scenes stuff), what it was like to film in Eastern Europe (he tells some crazy stories), will there be other Marvel characters in the sequel, the full trailer, and a lot more. Trust me, if you’re a fan of Neveldine/Taylor and have been looking forward to Ghost Rider 2, you’re going to like this interview. Hit the jump to watch.
A few days ago we showed you some scanned images from Neveldine/Taylor’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Now higher-quality versions of those images have gone online. As I previously mentioned, judging by what I saw at Comic-Con, the sequel has the potential to be so silly that it’s fun. Or it could just remind us all that Ghost Rider is an uninteresting character, but I think when your sizzle real shows the character pissing flames, you’re on the right track.
Hit the jump to check out the images, click here for our recap of the Comic-Con panel, and click here for our interviews with Nicolas Cage, Idris Elba, and Neveldine/Taylor. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance opens in 3D on February 17, 2012.
Sony packed the house in Hall H today, and opening the panel was our first look at Neveldine/Taylor’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. The sequel stars Nicolas Cage, Ciaran Hinds, Idris Elba, Johnny Whitworth, and James Remar. While some may be a bit skeptical of the sequel, let me assure that this is a very different movie. Seriously, this panel was a bit insane: at the end of the trailer Ghost Rider literally pissed fire. Hit the jump for my recap of the panel, which included our first look at footage from the film in 3D as well as a featurette showcasing the death-defying nature of Neveldine/Taylor’s directing style.
Yesterday, we reported that The Amazing Spider-Man would be swinging into the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con. Today, directors Neveldine/Taylor (Crank) have tweeted that their new film, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance will also be rolling into this year’s con. Of course, Spider-Man has built up tons of good will over the past decade and has always been a beloved character. Ghost Rider is a biker tattoo that became comic book character who then got a crummy movie. Neveldine/Taylor will have to convince a skeptical audience that even though the sequel still stars Nicolas Cage, this is a different beast than the last Ghost Rider. The duo also tweeted:
not sure where the last one came from, but this GR comes from nightmares.
And I’m not sure what that means, but I’m eager to see a film that wants to be as different from the last Ghost Rider as possible. The 2011 San Diego Comic-Con runs from July 21 – 24th. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance opens February 17, 2012.
Earlier today I got to interview Jason Statham as CBS Films is junketing his next movie The Mechanic (which is a welcome addition to Statham’s ass kicking resume) here in Los Angeles. As a fan of his work over the past decade, it was really cool to finally ask him some questions about how he chooses his projects and just to hear him talk about making movies. And while I’ll have the entire conversation online the week of release (January 28), I wanted to post two highlights tonight: what he said about Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables 2 and if he thinks a Crank 3 will ever happen. Hit the jump for what he had to say:
It looked touch-and-go there for a second, but Nicolas Cage confirmed he will reprise his role in the sequel to Ghost Rider. Per Box Office Mojo, Sony has set a date for Cage’s return: Ghost Rider 2 hits 3D theaters on February 17, 2012, five years and a day after the original hit on 02/16/07.
I know, I know — you weren’t clamoring for a sequel. But the studio entrusted Ghost Rider 2 to Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. The unapologetically bonkers minds behind the Crank series. If you want to make a fun movie about a flaming skeleton biker, you hand the keys to Neveldine/Taylor. Done deal. For more information on the film, check out Steve’s interview with producer Mike De Luca.
Nicolas Cage is set to light his skull on fire once more. Collider reader “Joseph” gave us a heads-up that on tonight’s episode of The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Cage revealed he had just signed the deal to return to star in Ghost Rider 2. The actor also confirmed that Neveldine/Taylor (Crank) will direct. While I couldn’t care less about Ghost Rider as a character, having Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor behind the camera raises my interest since I doubt they’re going to serve up a pile of bland like director Mark Steven Johnson did with the first one.
In April, there was doubt as to whether or not Cage would return or if he would go to do National Treasure 3. It looks like Cage has decided to hop back on the motorcycle and burst into flames. Click here to read Steve’s interview with producer Mike de Luca back in January about the sequel, which is tentatively titled Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. [Update: After the jump you can check out video of Cage talking about the movie.]
The summer movie season is at an end and, as usual, it is going out with a whimper instead of a bang. Despite the fact that the studios gave audiences three fresh choices at the multiplex, the film that eked out the best numbers as of Sunday continued to be last weekend’s 3D horror-hit “The Final Destination”… sick of hearing me talk about those “higher ticket prices” yet? Though only five thousand dollars separated “Destination” and “All About Steve” on Friday, the fact that the Sandra Bullock/Bradley Cooper comedy received some of the worst reviews of the summer (a feat in itself) helped that gap widen as the weekend progressed. Neither of our other newcomers, “Gamer” and “Extract”, built any real momentum which left “Steve” looking a bit like a hit… standards are a lot lower on Labor Day.
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||All About Steve
||Julie & Julia
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If you read Collider, you know how I feel about Neveldine/Taylor’s movies. As the writer-director’s behind “Crank” and “Crank: High Voltage”, I think these two are absolutely pushing the boundaries of mainstream movies and I love it. So it gives me great pleasure to say they have a new movie opening tomorrow called “Gamer”. Like there two previous films, it’s loaded with action and total mayhem. But while “Crank” had Jason Statham as the lead, “Gamer” has Gerard Butler, and it’s his first full on action movie since “300″!
Anyway, to help promote the film, I was able to sit down with Mark and Brian (Neveldine/Taylor) to talk about making “Gamer” and a lot more. During our conversation they revealed Gerard Butler was almost the lead in “Crank”, “Gamer” has 1000 effects shots, they only had $1 million dollars for effects in “Gamer”! They also talked about what’s on the “Gamer” Blu-ray, what they are currently working on, and a lot more. It’s a great interview so take a look!
If you watch “Dexter”, or used to watch “Six Feet Under”, you know who Michael C. Hall is. But for people without cable, Michael is an excellent actor that has now stared in two fantastic shows. However, no actor wants to be pigeonholed in one area, so he’s slowly making his way into movies…like Neveldine/Taylor’s new movie “Gamer”. In the film, Michael plays a reclusive billionaire who creates a game that has addicted millions. It’s sort of what he’s done to me with “Dexter”….
Anyway, at this year’s Comic-Con, I got to speak with Michael about not only “Gamer”, but what’s coming up this season on “Dexter”. We also talked about how he got into acting and a lot more. It’s a great interview so take a look:
Over the past few months, I have professed my love at the altar of Neveldine/Taylor many times. As the writer/directors behind “Crank” and “Crank: High Voltage”, I think they’re maniacs behind the camera and they make movies unlike anyone else. This is a good thing. So to say I’m excited to see their new movie “Gamer” is an understatement. Also, it’s the first action flick Gerard Butler has done since “300″ and I’ve been patiently waiting for him to make another…
Anyway, the reason I’m going on like this is I was just provided with 20 all new images from “Gamer” and they’re after the jump so check them out! Also, if you missed my video interviews with Terry Crews, Chris Bridges or Milo Ventimiglia, just click the links. And look for an in depth interview with Neveldine/Taylor tomorrow night! “Gamer” attacks theaters this weekend.