Nicolas Cage

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Nicolas Cage


Nicolas Cage (born Nicolas Kim Coppola; January 7, 1964) is an American actor, probably known for collaberating many times with film producer Jerry Bruckheimer. A high school dropout, Cage pursued acting as a career, making his debut on television in 1981. Cage has famously featured in numerous "bad boy" roles, even going as far as to knock out his front two teeth for the part he played in Birdy (1984). He has won numerous awards, beginning in 1989 with his Independent Spirit Award, and his most recent Toronto Film Critics Association Award in 2002. Cage has starred in over 70 films including Face Off (1997), Ghost Rider (2007), and National Treasure (2004). Cage's acting success has made him a very high paid actor, grossing over 4 million dollars per picture. Cage has married three times, once to Patricia Arquette, then to Lisa Marie Presley (the only daughter, and child, of Elvis Presley), and most recently to his current wife Alice Kim Cage who was 20 years old when they met and married.

Cage, born Nicolas Coppola, was born in Long Beach, California. His father, August Coppola, is a professor of literature, while Cage's mother, Joy Vogelsang, is a dancer and choreographer; the two divorced in 1976. Cage's mother is of German descent and his father is of Italian descent (his paternal great-grandparents were immigrants from Bernalda, Basilicata). His paternal grandparents are Carmine Coppola, a composer, and Italia Pennino, an actress. Through his father, Cage is the nephew of director Francis Ford Coppola and actress Talia Shire, as well as the cousin of directors Roman Coppola and Sofia Coppola and actors Robert Carmine and Jason Schwartzman. Cage's two brothers are Christopher Coppola, a director; and Marc "The Cope" Coppola, a New York radio personality. Cage was born into a Roman Catholic household and remains Catholic to this day, although he said in the mid-1990s that he was not religious.

Cage, who attended Beverly Hills High School (the same high school as fellow entertainers Albert Brooks, Angelina Jolie, Lenny Kravitz, Slash, Rob Reiner, Richard Dreyfuss, Bonnie Franklin and David Schwimmer), aspired to act from an early age. Cage also attended UCLA School of Theatre, Film, and Television. His first non-cinematic acting experience was in a school production of Golden Boy. He is also good friends with fellow actor Johnny Depp, whom he advised to get into acting.

In order to avoid the appearance of nepotism as the nephew of Francis Ford Coppola, he changed his name from Nicolas Coppola to Nicolas Cage early in his career. The assumed surname is inspired by Marvel Comics character Luke Cage, a streetwise superhero. Since his cameo feature film debut in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, with Sean Penn, Cage has appeared in a wide range of films, both mainstream and offbeat. He tried out for the role of Dallas Winston in his uncle's film The Outsiders, based on S.E. Hinton's novel, but lost to Matt Dillon. He was also in Coppola's films Rumble Fish and Peggy Sue Got Married.

Cage has been nominated twice for an Academy Award, and won once, for his performance as a suicidal alcoholic in Leaving Las Vegas. His other nomination was for his portrayal of real-life screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and Kaufman's fictional twin Donald in Adaptation. Despite these successes, most of his lower-profile films have performed poorly at the box office compared to his mainstream action/adventure roles. The suspense thriller 8mm (1999) was not a box office success, but is now considered a cult film. He took the lead role in the 2001 film Captain Corelli's Mandolin and learned to play the mandolin from scratch for the part. In 2005, two offbeat films he headlined, Lord of War and The Weather Man, failed to find a significant audience despite nationwide releases and good reviews for his acting in those roles. Poor reviews for The Wicker Man resulted in low box office sales. Ever since hie early acting roles, most notably 8 mm, Nick Cage has remained a role model for urban youth. The much criticized Ghost Rider (2007), based on the Marvel Comics character, was a significant hit, earning more than $45 million (the top earner) during its opening weekend and over $208 million worldwide through the weekend ending on 25 March 2007. Also in 2007, he starred in Next, which shares the concept of a glimpse into an alternate timeline with The Family Man (2000).

Most of Cage's movies that have achieved financial success were in the action/adventure genre. In his second-highest grossing film to date, National Treasure, he plays an eccentric historian who goes on a dangerous adventure to find treasure hidden by the Founding Fathers of the United States. Other action hits include The Rock, in which Cage plays a young FBI chemical weapons expert who infiltrates Alcatraz Island in hopes of neutralizing a terrorist threat, Face/Off, a John Woo film where he plays both a hero and a villain, and World Trade Center, director Oliver Stone's film regarding the September 11, 2001 attacks. He had a small but notable role as the Chinese criminal mastermind Dr. Fu Manchu in Rob Zombie's fake trailer Werewolf Women of the S.S. from the B-movie double feature Grindhouse.

In recent years, Cage made his directorial debut with Sonny, a low-budget drama starring James Franco as a male prostitute whose mother (Brenda Blethyn) serves as his pimp. Cage had a small role in the grim film, which received poor reviews and a short run in a limited number of theatres. Cage's producing career includes Shadow of the Vampire, the first film from Saturn Films, Cage is listed as the executive producer of the The Dresden Files on the Sci-Fi Channel.

In 2008 he appeared as Joe, a contract killer who undergoes a change of heart while on a work outing in Bangkok, in the film Bangkok Dangerous. The film is shot by the Pang Brothers and has a distinct South-East Asian flavor. Cage is the only Caucasian in the film.

In 2009, Cage starred in a sci-fi thriller titled Knowing directed by Alex Proyas. In the film, he plays a teacher who examines the contents of a time capsule unearthed at his son's elementary school. Startling predictions found inside the capsule that have already come true lead him to believe the world is going to end at the close of the week, and that he and his son are somehow involved in the destruction. The film mostly received very harsh reviews but was the box office winner opening weekend.

Cage will also star in the period piece "Season of the Witch", playing a 14th century knight transporting a girl accused of causing the Black Plague to a monastery, and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" in which he will play the sorcerer.

It is rumored that he will star in National Treasure 3, which has a possible release date as early as 2011. He would again take the role of Benjamin Gates, a cryptologist-turned-treasure hunter.

Some of Cage's overlooked roles include early appearances in the acclaimed 1987 romantic-comedy Moonstruck, which starred Cher, The Coen Brothers cult comedy Raising Arizona and David Lynch's 1990 offbeat film Wild at Heart and later lead roles in Martin Scorsese's 1999 New York City paramedic drama Bringing Out the Dead and Ridley Scott's 2003 quirky drama Matchstick Men in which he played an agoraphobic, mysophobic, obsessive-compulsive con artist with a tic disorder.

Despite such praise, Cage has his detractors. Cage is often criticized for choosing to star in thrillers and/or big-budget action-adventure movies. Many feel that, in recent years, he has abandoned altogether any desire to star in smaller character-driven dramas, the type of film that garnered him praise to begin with. For example, Entertainment Weekly critic Owen Gleiberman wrote an article accusing Cage of such 'selling out' in March 2009, after the debut of his film "Knowing". In the article, titled "Nicolas Cage: Artist or hack? The choice is his", Gleiberman calls Cage out to return to dramas as opposed to high-paying blockbusters. Others criticize Cage's acting approach all together, as Cage frequently plays different types of characters in the same, dead-pan voiced, aloof fashion.

Roger Ebert, in response to mixed reviews of Knowing and their focus on criticizing Cage, wrote an article in which he defends both Cage as an actor and the movie which, in stark contrast to other critics, Ebert gave 4/4 stars.

In his early 20s, he dated actress/singer Elizabeth Daily for two years, and was later involved with actress Uma Thurman. In 1988, Cage began dating Christina Fulton, mother of their son, Weston Coppola Cage (born December 26, 1990); Weston appeared in Cage's film Lord of War as Vladimir, a young Ukrainian mechanic who quickly disarms a Mil Mi-24 helicopter.

Cage has been married three times. His first wife was the actress Patricia Arquette (married on April 8, 1995 – divorce finalized on May 18, 2001).

Cage's second wife was singer/songwriter Lisa Marie Presley (married on August 10, 2002 and filed for divorce on November 25, 2002, after 108 days of marriage; their divorce was finalized on May 16, 2004. The divorce proceeding was actually longer than the marriage), the daughter of Elvis Presley, of whom Cage is a fan and who he based his performance in Wild at Heart on. He later said they were not married in the first place.

His third and current wife Alice Kim, a former waitress who previously worked at the Los Angeles restaurant Kabuki, met Cage at the Los Angeles-based Korean nightclub, Le Privé. She is the mother of his son, Kal-El (born October 3, 2005), named after Superman's birth name from the planet Krypton. Cage was once considered for the role of Superman in a film to be directed by Tim Burton. Alice had a minor role in the 2007 movie Next, which Cage produced. They were married at a private ranch in Northern California on July 30, 2004.

Cage had a Malibu home where he and Alice lived, but in 2004 he bought a property on Paradise Island, Bahamas. In 2005, he sold his Malibu home for $10 million. In May 2006, he bought a 40-acre (160,000 m2) island in the Exuma archipelago, some 85 miles (137 km) southeast of Nassau and close to a similar island owned by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.

He used to own the medieval castle of Schloss Neidstein in the Oberpfalz region in Germany, which he bought in 2006 and sold in 2009 for $2.5 million. His grandmother was German, living in Cochem an der Mosel.

In August 2007, Cage purchased a home in Middletown, Rhode Island. The 24,000-square-foot (2,200 m2), brick-and-stone country manor, on 26 secluded acres, has 12 bedrooms, 10 full bathrooms and sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean from its perch bordering the Norman Bird Sanctuary. The estate is called the "Grey Craig." The sale ranks among the state’s most expensive residential purchases, eclipsed by the $17.15 million sale last December of the Miramar mansion on Bellevue Avenue in Newport. Also in 2007, the actor purchased Midford Castle in Somerset, England.

According to Cage, he owns the "Most Haunted House in America", a home located in the Garden District of New Orleans, Louisiana. The home is known as the "The LaLaurie house" after its former owner Delphine LaLaurie.

Shortly after selling his German castle, Cage also put homes in Rhode Island, Lousiana, Nevada, and California--as well as a $7 million island in the Bahamas--up for sale.

Nicolas was director Sam Raimi's first choice to play Norman Osborn/Green Goblin in the movie Spider-Man. He has even created a comic book, with his son Weston, called Voodoo Child, which is published by Virgin Comics.

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Next (film)

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Next is a 2007 film, the original script is very loosely based on the science fiction short story The Golden Man by Philip K. Dick. The film is directed by Lee Tamahori and stars Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore and Jessica Biel. The film was released on April 27, 2007.

Cris Johnson (Nicholas Cage) has the power to see two minutes into his future and works as a magician in Las Vegas with this talent, along with some moderate amount of sleight of hand. He notes, however, that by the nature of seeing the future, every time he views it, it then changes. His ability is an innate talent he does not understand, but for a long time, Cris has been seeing a vision of a woman walking into a diner, far more than two minutes in his future. He knows the woman in his vision will arrive at 8:09, but does not know what day or if it is AM or PM, so he has been going to this diner twice a day every day to meet her and find out why he can see her further than two minutes in the future. After drawing the suspicion of a Las Vegas casino by winning ten thousand dollars in a series of small, coincidental hands, Cris slips by their frustrated security, thwarting a robbery on his way out. The following day, after evading a group of FBI agents led by FBI Agent Callie Ferris (who are attempting to bring him in to help with an anti-terror investigation), Cris finally sees Liz (Jessica Biel), the woman from his dream. After attempting to introduce himself repeatedly--each time seeing his advance fall flat, then changing his actions and thus the future--he charms her enough to get a ride from her to Flagstaff, Arizona. Cris is, of course, not headed there, but, thanks to his future sight, knows she is. When a road is washed out, they are forced to stay at a hotel on the edge of a cliff.

Agent Ferris tracks them and assembles a large team to bring Cris in. The terrorists, who have been watching the FBI, also follow, hoping to kill Cris before he can help the authorities. Agent Ferris confronts Liz while she is walking near the hotel and persuades her to drug Cris so that they can bring him in peacefully. Instead, Liz warns Cris, who tells her about his secret. When she asks why he will not help the FBI stop the terrorists, he tells her about the limitations of his ability. He can only see his future, and only two minutes in the future, but that he can see much further on matters concerning her. When Cris tries to escape, he is arrested, and the terrorists kidnap Liz.

In custody, Cris is strapped to a chair with his eyes held open and forced to watch television until he can have a vision that helps the FBI. When he sees a report of Liz being strapped to a wheelchair with explosives and blown up, Agent Ferris promises to help save her as long as Cris will help her.

Cris uses his future visions to find the terrorists and lead a tactical team on a raid to stop them. When they arrive, Cris is able to walk right up to the terrorist leader by seeing where the bullets will go and dodging them. After killing the terrorists and saving Liz, they realize that the bomb has already been moved. Agent Farris shows a seismograph to Cris hoping that he will see any tremors caused by explosions before they happen. Just then, he starts yelling that it is happening now, and in the distance, the bomb goes off, destroying everything around them.

Then we see Cris and Liz sleeping on a bed in the hotel. It is before Liz can go outside to be confronted by Agent Ferris. Cris is reflecting that "every time you look into the future, it changes... because you looked at it." Because the nuclear weapon the terrorists had could hurt Liz, Cris has been able to see a day into the future, and is, as he lies there, exploring different possible courses of action, doing what, he reveals to Liz, is his duty that he has evaded for a long time, using his power to save people, now that he, having found Liz and love, has the courage to do so.

Gary Goldman and Jason Koornick initially optioned the science fiction short story The Golden Man by Philip K. Dick. Goldman wrote a script treatment that he and Koornick presented to Nicolas Cage's production company, Saturn Films, but Goldman ended up writing the screenplay on spec.

The original story's protagonist was a feral, non-sapient golden-skinned mutant in a post-nuclear world.

This first draft had more similarities to the short story, detailing the efforts of a government agency to capture and contain a precognitive mutant.

To provide greater interaction between the opposing parties (as well as create a leading role), Cris was changed from a feral animal whose existence threatened humanity's into a more familiar and understandable social outcast. A romantic subplot was added: the character of Liz Cooper, who in this draft was not only destined to be the love of Cris's life, but a mutant as well (born in Love Canal) and the only woman he has ever met with whom he can have children, herself incapable of procreating with normal humans.

As the original short story had a distinct tone of racist paranoia, the motivation for the pursuit of Cris was changed from an ironclad policy of exterminating mutations to a manipulative Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agent's obsessive search for unconventional assets in the war on terror, though the DHS began exhibiting this paranoia as their efforts to control Cris prove increasingly inadequate.

To drive the point home, in comparison to the script's Machiavellian depiction of the DHS, Cris possesses a respect for life that even surprises the gentle and compassionate Liz. Though he nearly drives Liz away when he breaks a passing car's windshield with a rock, he does it anyway rather than let its reckless driver crash it through a baseball field filled with children. He is amazingly reluctant to respond to situations violently, doing everything he can to avoid confrontation and only using his abilities in increasingly potent ways to counter the authorities' increasingly extreme attempts to capture him. He never threatens them with any degree of harm throughout the pursuit, and does everything he can to prevent casualties even while he and Liz are trapped inside the fortified and fully staffed Las Vegas DHS.

However, his enemies are skilled tormentors, and eventually they drive him to the breaking point: when the DHS learns that Liz is pregnant with his child, they coldly decide to have her executed at a pre-determined time, thus pre-emptively proving to Cris their determination to possess him. Even then all his efforts are focused on securing Liz's safety: an objective which the DHS, though only with great difficulty, is able to prevent him from achieving. Then and only then does he make his first and only counterattack on those who have abused him so relentlessly and thoroughly. He demolishes the Las Vegas DHS headquarters with a barrel of C-4 agents had seized earlier in a warrant-less search. His abilities, of course, ensure that Liz and he are the only survivors.

But one constant throughout the script was the knowledge that Cris is running for his life. The script begins with Cris's seemingly infallible abilities informing him that the authorities will settle for nothing less than total control of his abilities. Cris thus constantly flees the DHS, sure that if he is captured he will be imprisoned for the rest of his life. This theory is never challenged: even as the film ends, Cris believes he is trading his freedom for the life of a son whom he will never know.

Saturn Films had the script extensively rewritten, and in the process almost completely eliminating its anti-authoritarian themes. Though Cris remained a meek social outcast, he is somewhat less sympathetic. The attitude with which he applies his abilities is almost arrogant at times, and though still relatively peaceful, he is far more prone to applying violent solutions. The DHS's role was replaced with the far less controversial Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Despite a somewhat disturbing scene in which Cris experiences his worst nightmare – strapped into a chair with his eyes wedged open with the possibility of spending his remaining life thus – the authorities are carefully portrayed as sympathetic, and Cris as uncooperative and belligerent. Their insistence on Cris's obedience was reduced to the point that the authorities were the ones offering their assistance in rescuing Liz (whom they neglected to arrest despite her efforts to sabotage Cris's capture) from the terrorists. This leads to the film's greatest variation from the script – a confrontation with the terrorists (who now speak with French or German accents) but still give no clue as to their motivations. During the confrontation, Cris willingly supports the FBI with his abilities in a series of sequences similar to those in the script, only with the authorities as allies instead of antagonists.

This was the script Saturn Films brought to the attention of Revolution Studios. Revolution Studios acquired the screenplay and in November 2004, Revolution Studios hired Lee Tamahori to direct the film, titled Next, with actor Nicolas Cage cast in the lead role as a man who has the ability to see into the future. Filming was to begin in Summer 2005. In December 2005, actress Julianne Moore was cast as the federal agent who seeks people to help prevent future terrorism and uncovers Cage's character as a potential candidate. In November 2005, Initial Entertainment Group negotiated for rights of international distribution of Next, which had a target release date of 2007. In February 2006, actress Jessica Biel was cast as the love interest of Cage's character.

In May 2006, Starz! Entertainment's 14-episode reality television miniseries, Looking for Stars, gave 200 contestants the opportunity to earn a speaking role in Next, which was won by actor Marcus Welch.

Next originally was to be distributed by Sony Pictures, set to be released on September 28, 2006, but that studio dumped it in January 2007, and Paramount Pictures subsequently picked it up and released the movie on April 27, 2007 . Paramount previously released another film adaptation of a Philip K. Dick short story, Paycheck, and owns the US rights to yet another, Minority Report, via its acquisition of DreamWorks.

The film opened at #3 at the U.S. box office, grossing $7.1 million in 2,725 theaters in its opening weekend. In its eight-week run in the United States, it grossed a total of $18 million and has a combined worldwide gross of $64.7 million. Compared to other films based on Philip K. Dick stories, Next grossed less than Minority Report, Total Recall, Paycheck and Blade Runner – but performed better than Impostor, Screamers and A Scanner Darkly.

Next received mixed reviews. As of September 10, 2007 on the review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, 30% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 108 reviews (32 "fresh", 76 "rotten"). On Metacritic, the film had an average score of 42 out of 100, based on 23 reviews.

The film was subject to the heckling of Bridget Jones Nelson and Michael J. Nelson in an October 2007 installment of Rifftrax.

Sections of the movie were filmed in the San Bernardino Mountains in California. Mountain Locations used in production of the movie included Crestline, Running Springs and Big Bear Lake. The hotel featured in the movie, "The Cliffhanger", is actually a restaurant in the Crestline area that has remained closed for some time. The restaurant, located on a cliff, overlooks the City of San Bernardino. In order to make the restaurant look more like a hotel, a facade was attached to the building. The facade is the section of the motel where Johnson and Liz Cooper were staying. Interior shots were filmed elsewhere. Following the end of production, the facade was removed. However, remnants of the signage placed and the paint works conducted remain intact. The property has been fenced off and a for sale sign has been posted. Running Springs served for scenes shot in the town. Scenes (in which a vehicle was rolled off the side of a cliff) shot in Big Bear Lake were shot at a campground. Due to the terrain located on the side of the cliff the Cliffhanger is located on, the producers decided to finish the scenes at the campground in Big Bear Lake.

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Ghost Rider (film)


Ghost Rider is a 2007 superhero film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character of the same name. The film is directed by Mark Steven Johnson and stars Nicolas Cage as Johnny Blaze / Ghost Rider.

In the American Old West, Mephistopheles (Peter Fonda) sends his bounty hunter of the damned, the Ghost Rider, to retrieve a contract for a thousand corrupt souls from the town of San Venganza. Because such a large amount of souls would cause Hell on Earth, the Rider refuses to give the contract and escapes Mephistopheles, later to hide the contract and himself.

A century and a half later, Mephistopheles reaches out to seventeen-year-old stunt motorcycle rider Johnny Blaze (Matt Long/Nicolas Cage), offering to cure his father's lung cancer in exchange for Johnny's soul. Johnny inadvertently signs the contract when a drop of his blood lands on it. His father's cancer is cured, but he dies that same day in a horrific bike crash. Johnny accuses Mephistopheles of causing his father's death, but Mephistopheles considers their contract fulfilled. Years later, Johnny has become a stunt rider famous for surviving disastrous feats.

Before a particularly dangerous new stunt, Johnny meets his childhood sweetheart Roxanne (Raquel Alessi/Eva Mendes), now a journalist, and holds a dinner date with her that evening. During the same time, Blackheart (Wes Bentley), Mephistopheles' son, comes to Earth to find the lost contract and use its power to overcome his father. To ensure himself allies, he enlists the fallen angels known as the Hidden, a trio of demon spirits who represent three of the four elements — the water-demon Wallow (Daniel Frederiksen), the earth-demon Gressil (Laurence Breuls), and the air-demon Abigor (Mathew Wilkinson). In response, Mephistopheles makes Johnny the new Ghost Rider, offering Johnny his soul in return for defeating Blackheart. Therefore Johnny confronts Blackheart at a train station where the contract was once buried and kills Gressil while the others escape. On his way out of the station he uses his 'Penance Stare', an ability to sear the pain felt by all whom a person has harmed into the wrongdoer's soul, on a mugger, leaving the man catatonic.

The next day, Johnny wakes in a cemetery chapel, where he meets a man called the Caretaker (Sam Elliott), who seems to know all the history of the Ghost Rider. When he arrives home, Johnny finds Roxanne and tries to explain his situation; but she disbelieves him. The police arrive and take Johnny into custody for his connection to the damage done to the city and the deaths caused by Blackheart. He transforms into Ghost Rider in the cell and escapes to track down Blackheart. He fights and kills Abigor, in full view of Roxanne and much of the police force. Observing the scene after obtaining the location of the contract, Blackheart realizes that Roxanne is Johnny's weakness.

Johnny goes for advice to the Caretaker, who tells him of his predecessor, Carter Slade, a Texas Ranger known as a man of honor before his greed became a reason for him to be sentenced to death. Slade made a deal with Mephistopheles to break free; in return, Slade became the Ghost Rider who hid the contract of San Venganza. The Caretaker then warns Johnny to stay away from those whom Blackheart and the fallen angels can use against him. Johnny then returns home to find that Blackheart already has Roxanne. During their resulting fight, Johnny finds that his Penance Stare has no effect on Blackheart, who has no (human) soul. Blackheart threatens to kill Roxanne if Johnny does not deliver the contract to him.

Johnny returns to the Caretaker to obtain the contract. Though reminded of the consequences, Johnny asks the Caretaker to trust him. The Caretaker then reveals that he is Carter Slade, having held on to his last bit of power in expectation of this moment. He speculates that Johnny has God on his side because he made his deal with Mephistopheles because of love rather than greed or desperation, and shows Johnny the way to San Venganza. They ride together into the desert, both in Ghost Rider form. They stop a short distance from the town, where Slade gives Johnny his shotgun and the warning to "stick to the shadows" before fading away.

After killing Wallow Johnny gives the contract to Blackheart. He quickly transforms into Ghost Rider in an effort to subdue Blackheart, but dawn comes and he is rendered powerless. Blackheart uses the contract to absorb the 1,000 souls into his body, taking the name "Legion". He attempts to kill Johnny, but is distracted when Roxanne uses Johnny's discarded shotgun to separate them. After she fails to destroy Legion, Johnny takes the gun and moves it into the shadows. This allows him to create a "hellfire shotgun" to blast Legion apart. Legion reforms, but Johnny moves in and uses his Penance Stare, made effective by the thousand souls inhabiting Legion's body, to render him catatonic. Johnny turns away from Roxanne, ashamed of his monstrous appearance; but she approaches him.

Mephistopheles appears and gives Johnny his soul, offering to terminate the burden of Ghost Rider. Johnny refuses, saying that he will use his power against Mephistopheles, and against all harm that comes to the innocent. Infuriated of being robbed of the power, Mephistopheles vows to make Johnny pay, to which Johnny in response recites his favorite saying: "You can't live in fear". Mephistopheles then disappears, taking Blackheart's body with him. Johnny and Roxanne share words and a kiss at a tree marked to symbolize their relationship, whereupon Johnny rides into the sunset. Slade's voice then acts as narrator to close the film.

In May 2000 at the Cannes Film Festival, Marvel Comics announced an agreement with Crystal Sky Entertainment to film Ghost Rider with actor Jon Voight attached as a producer. Production was scheduled to start in early 2001 with a budget of $75 million, with actor Johnny Depp expressing interest in the lead role.

In July 2000 Stax of IGN reviewed a draft script for Ghost Rider written by David Goyer. The script version is set in Louisiana. Stax felt that the revision was convoluted; he suggested that Goyer rewrite the plot and develop the characters.

The following August, Dimension Films joined Crystal Sky to co-finance the film, which would be written by David S. Goyer and directed by Stephen Norrington. In June 2001, actor Nicolas Cage entered talks to be cast into the lead role for Ghost Rider, and by July, had closed a deal with the studio. According to producer Steven Paul, Cage had found out about Depp being a possibility for the role and contacted the director to express his own interest, being an avid Ghost Rider fan.

In the following August, Norrington abandoned the project due to a scheduling conflict, leaving to film the action flick Tick Tock starring Jennifer Lopez. Cage eventually left the project as well. By May 2002, the studio Columbia Pictures sought to acquire rights to the film in turnaround from Dimension Films following the success of Spider-Man. In April 2003, under Columbia Pictures, director Mark Steven Johnson took over the helm for Ghost Rider with Cage returning for the lead role. Both had been drawn by a script written by screenwriter Shane Salerno. Johnson, rewriting Salerno's script, was set to begin production of Ghost Rider in late 2003 or early 2004. With production delayed into October 2003, Cage took a temporary leave of absence to film The Weather Man. Ghost Rider production was slated to tentatively begin in May or June 2004.

Ghost Rider had again been delayed to begin in late 2004, but the lack of a workable script continued to delay production. In January 2005, actor Wes Bentley was cast as the villain Blackheart, having been introduced to Johnson by Colin Farrell, who had worked with the director in Daredevil. Actress Eva Mendes was also cast opposite Cage as Roxanne Simpson. On February 14, 2005, Ghost Rider commenced filming in Australia at the Melbourne Docklands film studios. Then in March 2005, actor Peter Fonda (who starred in Easy Rider) was cast as the villain Mephistopheles. Johnson originally planned to film before an audience at the Telstra Dome, but instead opted to create a crowd using computer-generated imagery. The director also chose to film in the motorcycle district of Melbourne. By June 2005, principal photography had been completed for Ghost Rider, which was set for a summer 2006 release. In December 2005, musical composer Christopher Young was announced to score Ghost Rider. In addition, Spiderbait, a band that Johnson befriended during filming in Australia, performed a cover of "Ghost Riders in the Sky" for the end credits. In April 2006, the cast and crew performed last-minute reshoots in Vancouver. Ghost Rider was originally scheduled to release on August 4, 2006, but the date was moved three weeks earlier to July 14, 2006. Sony changed the film's release date once more to February 16, 2007 to help relieve the studio's crowded 2006 calendar.

Instead of a "hard drinking and smoking bad ass" Johnny Blaze, Nicolas Cage decided to give him more depth. "I'm playing him more as someone who... made this deal and he's trying to avoid confronting it, anything he can do to keep it away from him". Cage also explained that Blaze's stunt riding was a form of escape and a way to keep him connected to his deceased father, who taught him to ride. Cage rode a Buell motorcycle for Blaze's stunt cycle, and a heavily customized hardtail chopper named "Grace" which transforms into the "Hell Cycle". The Hell Cycle's wheels, made of pure flames in the comics, were changed to be solid tires covered in flames in order to give the motorcycle more weight onscreen.

Ghost Rider's skull flames were designed to become smaller and blue to display any emotion other than rage. The film's visual effects supervisor, Kevin Mack, and the visual effects team at Sony Pictures Imageworks handled the difficult task of creating computer-generated fire on a shot-by-shot basis. Ghost Rider's voice was manipulated by sound designer Dane Davis, who won an Academy Award for Sound Editing for The Matrix. Davis filtered Cage's line readings through three different kinds of animal growls that were played backwards and covered separate frequencies. Davis then amplified the dialogue through a mechanical volumizer. Director Johnson described the sound as a "deep, demonic, mechanical lion's roar".

In May 2005, Sony Pictures launched the official website for Ghost Rider.

The following July, the studio presented a Ghost Rider panel at Comic-Con International and screened a teaser for the audience. The teaser, which did not have finalized footage of the film, eventually leaked online. In the same month, Majesco Entertainment Company announced its deal with Marvel to acquire worldwide rights to produce the video game Ghost Rider for the PS2, PSP, and Game Boy Advance consoles.

In December 2005, the studio presented a first glimpse of Ghost Rider in a ten-second footage piece on the official site.

In April 2006, Sideshow Collectibles announced the sale of a Ghost Rider maquette based on the concept art of the film.

The following May, domestic and international teaser trailers for Ghost Rider were launched at Apple.

The Ghost Rider was also featured in a commercial for Jackson Hewitt Tax Services in which the character presented his income tax forms to a clerk for processing to receive a quick refund check.

On April 19, 2007, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment confirmed that in America the film will be issued on June 12, 2007 as a single-disc Theatrical Cut DVD, two-disc Extended Cut DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and UMD. Special features on the Extended Cut DVD include two commentary tracks, a comic book history feature, and a making of the film featurette.

A video game based on the film was developed by Climax Group and produced by 2K Games and was released for the PlayStation 2, PSP and Game Boy Advance in the United States, Europe, and Australia in July 2007. No versions were released in Japan. The game is based loosely on the movie, and features a storyline penned by Marvel Comics writers Garth Ennis and Jimmy Palmiotti. In all versions, players can play as Ghost Rider both on foot, or on the Hellcycle. The version released for PS2 and PSP is a third person action game that features gameplay reminiscent to that of God of War. The Game Boy Advance version is a beat 'em up sidescroller, with gameplay similar to Castlevania and Road Rash.

Ghost Rider was commercially released in the United States on February 16, 2007. The film grossed $15,420,123 on its opening day, while earning $45,388,836 for its opening weekend. The film earned $52,022,908 over the four-day President's Day weekend, with a per-theater average of $14,374 in 3,619 theaters. The film's total earnings were $115,802,596 domestically, and a worldwide total of $228,738,393.

Ghost Rider received mainly negative reviews from film critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, Ghost Rider has a 28% overall approval out of 122 reviews from critics. The results were mirrored in Metacritic reviews as well, displaying a ranking of 35 out of 100 based on 20 critical reviews. Additionally, Michael Ordoña of the Los Angeles Times and Jeannette Catsoulis of the New York Times expressed disappointment in the movie, with Ordoña citing the "satanic references" and "judgemental" elements of Cage's character, and Catsoulis denoting how Johnny Blaze is "more funny than frightening". Although Eric Alt of the Chicago Tribune praises the computer-generated effects of the film, he also criticizes it, calling it a "clumsy, lifeless outing".

On February 9, 2007, Marvel producer Avi Arad announced the development of Ghost Rider 2 at a press event. Peter Fonda has also expressed a desire to return as Mephistopheles. In early December, 2007, Nicolas Cage also has expressed interest to return in the lead role as Ghost Rider. Shortly after, in another interview he went on further to mention that he would enjoy seeing a darker story, adding, "He's not eating jelly beans anymore; he's getting drunk". He also suggested that the film could do with newly created villains. Also confirmed by Nicolas Cage, the movie will be about Johnny Blaze touring Europe.

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Face/Off is an Academy Award-nominated 1997 action film directed by John Woo, starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage. The two both play an FBI agent and a terrorist, sworn enemies who assume the physical appearance of one another.

The film exemplifies gun fu and heroic bloodshed action sequences, and has Travolta and Cage each playing two personalities. It was the first Hollywood film in which Woo was given complete creative control and was acclaimed by both audiences and critics as a result. Eventually grossing $245 million worldwide, Face/Off was a financial success.

Public enemy number one and freelance terrorist Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage) is being relentlessly pursued by FBI agent Sean Archer (John Travolta), whose little son, Michael Archer, was killed years earlier at an amusement park during an attempt by Troy to kill Archer, who barely survived with a chest wound. Castor is recorded in the FBI files to have a whole list of terrorism-related offences, including bombings and political assassinations. The FBI receives information that Castor's brother Pollux (Alessandro Nivola) has chartered a plane at a Los Angeles airport, and Archer knows the Troy brothers well enough to guess that Pollux "doesn't fly without big brother!" Archer leads an FBI team in chasing the plane down a runway and is able to shoot out one of the engines. Unable to take off, Castor kills both the pilot and one of Archer's agents, then crashes the plane into a hangar. In the ensuing chaos, which leaves several FBI agents wounded or dead, Pollux is captured by the Feds and Castor is knocked into a coma after bragging to Archer about a biological bomb that will destroy Los Angeles.

Archer initially believes Castor was bluffing, but after the FBI finds schematics for the bomb on a disk recovered from Pollux's briefcase, Archer realizes that the threat is genuine. Although he learns the date of the bombing from several of Castor's henchmen, including Castor's bomb supplier Dietrich Hassler (Nick Cassavetes), Archer is unable to find any information about the location of the bomb itself. Knowing that the only way to obtain the location is from Castor's brother, Pollux, Archer's colleagues, Tito and Miller, present him with a top-secret mission and convince him to undergo a surgical procedure to temporarily take Castor's face and pose as Castor in order to gain information about the bomb from Pollux. Though the time-period is never specified in the film and largely implied to be the present, the technology shown here and later in the prison is partially anachronistic, contrasting with the technology used in the rest of the film.

After the procedure, arrangements are made for Archer (as Castor) to be incarcerated with Pollux at the Erehwon Penitentiary (Erehwon being "nowhere" spelled backwards), where he convinces Pollux that he is Castor and learns the bomb's location. Meanwhile, Castor unexpectedly awakens from his coma (it is implied this is a result of shock from the trauma of the surgery) and, realizing what has happened, calls his men to kidnap Doctor Walsh (Colm Feore), the doctor who performed the surgery. He then forces Walsh to give him Archer's face.

Castor (as Archer) then visits Archer (as Castor) at Erehwon prison. Castor tells the shocked Archer about how he killed Walsh, Tito and Miller, how he destroyed all evidence of their face-swap, and his plan to abuse Archer's job and make love to his wife. Castor has the FBI negotiate a deal with Pollux for his release in return for revealing the bomb's location (which is at the Los Angeles Convention Center). Castor then proceeds to disarm the bomb and revels in praise from his colleagues and the media, having informed his brother that they are "going straight", meaning they will use Archer's identity and influence to their advantage and for their own purposes. Ironically, given Castor's gregarious, irreverent nature and off-beat sense of humor, he becomes more popular at work than the real Archer was — the impatient and bad tempered Archer having spoiled victory celebrations with reminders of the lives that they had cost.

After Castor's disarmament of the bomb, Archer escapes from Erehwon prison, which is revealed to be inside an offshore oil platform in the Pacific Ocean, and swims to shore. Some time later, Archer visits Dietrich and successfully fools him and the rest of Castor's men into thinking that he is the real Castor Troy. Archer then asks Dietrich for help killing Castor (as Archer).

By this point, both men have begun to see firsthand how their hatred for one another affects each other's close ones. As Archer, Castor revels in the praises of his co-workers, is more tender and affectionate with wife Eve (Joan Allen) than Sean was, and even reaches out to Archer's teenage daughter Jamie (Dominique Swain): Castor smokes cigarettes openly with her, gives her a balisong for protection, and even violently assaults a boy (played by Danny Masterson) who tries to force himself on Jamie.

Meanwhile, Archer (forced to play along with the part of Troy) finds himself having to take drugs and impress the terrorists with his knowledge about Sean Archer which even Castor never knew. Also present is Sasha Hassler (Gina Gershon), Dietrich's sister and Castor's ex-girlfriend, and her son Adam. Archer is told that Adam is Troy's son (one thing on Troy that he appears to have been unaware of) and sees a lot of his late son Michael in Adam. Earlier, when he was himself, Archer interrogated Sasha and threatened to put her son into care. He now comes to realise that she is in fact a devoted mother and feels sorry for what he did.

Pollux Troy is watching Dietrich's apartment and informs Castor of Archer's arrival. Castor sends an FBI team to kill Archer . There follows a brutal, lengthy gunfight, in which many FBI agents and terrorists are killed. Dietrich is killed by Castor as he tries to shield Sasha and Adam, and Archer manages to kill Pollux by kicking him through the apartment skylight. Archer escapes, and Sasha gets away separately with Adam. Castor is left distraught and almost suicidal over the death of his brother. When an FBI agent asks why he is shedding tears for the likes of Pollux Troy, Castor shoots him dead on the spot.

FBI Director Victor Lazarro (Harve Presnell) berates Castor (as Archer) for his unnecessary carnage with the terrorists and queries as to how he happens to suddenly know so much about their movements. Castor, still angry over the death of Pollux, confesses his true identity to Lazarro and kills him, blaming Lazarro's death on a heart attack. As a result, Castor becomes appointed as the new acting-FBI Director. Meanwhile, Archer returns to his suburban home and tries to explain the entire situation and convince his wife, Eve, that he is really Archer, but to no avail. After an analysis of Castor's blood type, Eve still does not believe, but after her husbands tells her the story of how they had their first kiss, she eventually realizes the truth.

Sasha and Archer track Castor to Lazarro's funeral, where Castor is holding Archer's wife and daughter Jamie hostage. With Eve caught in the middle cops and gangsters hold each other at gunpoint. A gunfight then ensues in which Sasha and all of Castor's minions are killed. Having taken a bullet to save Archer, Sasha begs him not to let Adam grow up to be a criminal.

Castor and Archer engage in both a gun battle and hand-to-hand fight, with Archer gaining the upper hand. Jamie finds a gun and shoots at Archer (as Castor), believing him to be the real Castor, and wounds him in the shoulder, allowing the real Castor to break free. Castor takes Jamie hostage but she gets him to let go by stabbing him in the leg — ironically a trick which he himself taught her earlier.

Castor manages to escape in a boat, pursued by Archer. After a lengthy chase both Archer and Castor's boats are destroyed and they are thrown ashore by an explosion resulting from their boats' collisions. The two engage in a final hand-to-hand confrontation which results in Archer eventually prevailing by killing Castor with a spear gun, (which leaves Castor in the same position as the statue shown earlier of Jesus on the cross) but not before Castor tries to destroy Archer's face (on himself) to prevent Archer reclaiming it.

Archer's wife is able to explain the entire situation to the FBI and successfully convince them of Archer's true identity. Archer is then taken to the hospital and his face is restored, with the exception of his chest scar — which served as a reminder of the loss of his son — as he doesn't "need it anymore", due to Castor's death.

Archer then brings Adam Hassler, Castor Troy's son, into his family, in order to fulfill his promise to Sasha of not allowing Adam to grow up to be a criminal.

Face/Off was a spec script which writers Mike Werb and Michael Colleary tried to sell to a studio from as early as 1990. It took numerous studios, producers and rewrites before John Woo became attached several years later.

Originally the film was to be set in the far future and was to star Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone in the lead roles. Another pairing that was considered was that of Harrison Ford and Michael Douglas. When the film was eventually made, Douglas was an executive producer. Werb and Colleary have cited White Heat (1949) and Seconds (1966) as influences on the plot.

John Woo was offered a chance to direct but declined unless the studio agreed to give him more creative control than he had received on his previous American films. Travolta had previously starred in Woo's Broken Arrow (Cage was later to star in another Woo film Windtalkers). Woo set the movie in the present so he could focus on the psychological elements of the story, such as how the feud between the two men affects those close to them — such as Sasha and Adam and Archer's family.

Costing $80 million to make, Face/Off made heavy use of action set pieces including several violent shootouts and a boat chase. It was filmed in the Los Angeles area. In line with Woo's style from his earlier films, many action scenes were filmed in slow motion.

The names Castor and Pollux come from a pair of brothers from Greek mythology which also features the city of Troy. The story itself, most notably the hatred between Archer and Troy, is very similar to that of Hector and Achilles, who fought against each other in the Trojan War.

Pollux is held at Erehwon prison, a secret jail for top terrorists. The inmates do not even know which part of the country they are in. "Erehwon" is "nowhere" in reverse.The reversal is taken from the title of an allegorical novel by Samuel Butler.

The battle in the church, which includes doves flying around and religious artifacts being destroyed, is similar to the final confrontation in Woo's classic 1989 Hong Kong film The Killer. Doves are a symbol of peace.

Face/Off was released in North America on June 27, 1997 and earned $23 million on its opening weekend. It went on to become the 11th highest domestic and 14th worldwide grossing film of 1997, earning a domestic total of $112,276,146 and $133,400,000 overseas for a total of worldwide gross of $245,676,146.

The Region 1 DVD of Face/Off was one of the first films to be released on the format on October 7, 1998. A 10th Anniversary Collectors Edition was released on DVD September 11th 2007 and HD DVD October 30th 2007 in the United States. The new DVD is a 2-disc set including 7 deleted scenes, an alternate ending and several featurettes.

The film was released on Blu-ray Disc in the United Kingdom on 1 October 2007 by Buena Vista, and was released in the United States on 20 May 2008 by Paramount Pictures.

Face/Off holds a 93% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes with 52 positive reviews out of a total 56 and a score of 82 on Metacritic with 25 reviews counted. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Sound Editing at the 70th Academy Awards, but lost to Titanic. Face/Off also won the Saturn Awards for Best Directing and Writing, and the MTV Movie Awards for Best Action Scene (the speedboat chase) and Best Duo for Travolta and Cage.

Face/Off was a Vekoma inverted face-to-face boomerang roller coaster at Paramount's King's Island theme park in Cincinnati, Ohio. After the sale of the Paramount Parks to theme park conglomerate Cedar Fair Entertainment Co., the Paramount movie names had to be removed, and the ride was renamed Invertigo.

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The Wicker Man (2006 film)


The Wicker Man is a 2006 German/American remake of the 1973 British film of the same title. It was written and directed by Neil LaBute, and stars Nicolas Cage and Ellen Burstyn.

The film received generally poor reception from critics, and Robin Hardy, co-creator and director of the original British film, dissassociated himself from it.

The film is dedicated to the deceased rockstar Johnny Ramone, who played the guitar in the legendary punk band The Ramones and was one of Nicolas Cage's closest friends.

The film follows the investigations of an American police officer, Edward Malus, into the disappearance of his daughter on the isolated island of Summersisle in Washington, whose inhabitants are members of a matriarchal pagan religion.

Edward Malus (Nicolas Cage), an American police officer, receives news from his ex-fiancée Willow (Kate Beahan) that her daughter Rowan (Erika-Shaye Gair) is missing. He persuades a seaplane pilot to take him to the mysterious Summersisle. He inquires about Rowan, but no one gives him a satisfactory answer about her. He also sees a man carrying a large bag dripping with a dark red liquid, but he cannot ascertain the bag's contents.

Visiting a café run by Sister Beech (Diane Delano), he continues his inquiries and it is revealed that he is allergic to bee stings. A few minutes later he meets Willow, who advises him not to believe the other islanders' answers about Rowan, and that they regard her (Willow) with suspicion.

That night he hears a girl crying and steers to the window to see a little girl running away. He climbs down the stairs and follows her into the woods, and then into a cow shed, but there is no sign of her.

The following morning, Malus discovers that there is a shortage of honey, the island's chief product. He also notes that a series of framed photographs of girls resembling Rowan ends with a broken frame and missing picture. Beech informs him that the pictures, taken at an annual festival, had been broken the previous night.

He then heads for a classroom and sees that all of the schoolgirls bear a close similarity to Rowan and many of them are twins, a trend later to be found common among the island women. The teacher, Sister Rose (Molly Parker), tries to stop him from seeing the class register, but he does, and sees that Rowan's name in the registrar is crossed through. When asked what happened to Rowan, Rose first tells Malus "she'll burn to death", before correcting herself to saying "she burned to death". He heads for the ruined church, and finds a fresh, unmarked grave - presumably Rowan's. Willow then reveals that Rowan is Malus' daughter.

Willow shows him Rowan's room, he looks around and under the desk he finds disturbing drawings. While confronting Willow about it he hears a plane coming to the isle and rushes to the window to see the same plane that brought him there. He runs off to use the radio, but when he finally gets to the shore, the plane is still on sea and there is no sign of the old pilot, after waiting a while he swims over to the plane and finds it empty and the radio has been destroyed.

Malus next calls on the local photographer, Doctor Moss (Frances Conroy). He finds the missing photograph. While leaving, he trips and falls in a field of beehives, goes into anaphylactic shock and passes out after being stung several times. When Malus wakes up, Doctor Moss informs him that they revived him the "old way".

Malus then meets Sister Summersisle (Burstyn), another elderly woman who apparently is treated like a goddess on the island. Before leaving, Malus asks her if he can dig up the grave where Rowan is presumed buried. However, the grave contains only a burned doll. Meanwhile in the churchyard, he finds Rowan's sweater, but fails to find her.

The next morning, Malus tells Willow everything that he found. In a scene now infamous for being used to mock the film, Malus also asks how the doll got burned, to which Willow replies she does not know.

As Malus is running through the woods, he stops Sister Rose as she is cycling downhill wearing a crow mask. She tells him that she is preparing for the ritual of Death and Rebirth. He then takes her bike at gunpoint and returns to his lodgings and commences a search for Rowan. He discovers that the pilot who brought him to the island is now dead with his eyes and teeth pulled out.

Suspecting that Rowan might be involved in the ritual, he disguises himself in a bear costume and follows a parade led by Sister Summersisle.

They arrive at the grounds and Malus sees Rowan tied to a large tree, about to be burnt. He unties her and they flee the pursuing sisters. Rowan leads Malus through the woods and returns to Summersisle where Malus sees her thanking Rowan for her help - everything had been planned from the beginning. Malus desperately tries to fend off the large crowd only to find that Willow had taken the rounds out of his gun. The crowd then assaults him, break his legs with a hammer, pours bees into a netting encasing his head, and imprisons him inside a giant Wicker Man. Malus' own daughter lights the fire in which they sacrifice him in order to bring back their honey harvest. As the giant shrine burns, with Malus and animals inside, the crowd stares on in wonderment.

In the final scene Willow and Sister Honey (Leelee Sobieski) go into a bar and talk with two men (James Franco and Jason Ritter) who are police officers. Eventually the women ask to go home with them, repeating the cycle that led Malus to be Rowan's father and sent him to the island.

The original film's director, Robin Hardy, had expressed skepticism over the Hollywood remake, and had his lawyers make Warner Bros remove his name from the remake's promotional material. According to Hardy, he was given writing credit for the screenplay, when he had not received any for the original.

Upon release, the film received mainly negative reviews from film critics; the film holds a 15 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. On At the Movies, the film received two thumbs down from Richard Roeper and Aisha Tyler. Locus Online critics Howard Waldrop and Lawrence Person said "What a great big mess of nothing at all. When you first see it, it doesn’t make sense, and the more you think about it, the less sense it makes. This can be easily classified as a learning book for any aspiring film maker".

The film garnered five Razzie Award nominations, for Worst Picture, Worst Actor (Cage), Worst Screenplay, Worst Remake, and Worst On-Screen Couple (Cage and his bearsuit).

However, a few film critics, such as Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly, saw the film in a more positive light, with Gleiberman saying that director Neil LaBute brought some "innovation" over the original film.

Over the years the film has achieved a cult status as an unintentional comedy, with several clips posted on video site Youtube boasting Nicolas Cage brutalizing various women throughout, a fake comedy trailer version of the movie, and more.

As of November 16, 2006, the worldwide box office receipts totaled $32,259,395 worldwide with $23,649,127 of the receipts earned in North America. Given that the film's budget was $35,000,000 the film can be considered a resounding failure both in terms of audience penetration and in terms of financial rate of return.

A DVD was released on December 19, 2006, with an unrated alternate ending included. In the alternate ending, Malus is held down and his legs are broken at the knee. A wire mesh helmet is placed over his head and live bees are poured in. After he passes out, the helmet is removed and he is revived with a shot of adrenaline in the neck from his med-kit. Throughout all this, he keeps asking how can he be a good sacrifice if he does not believe in their religion. The movie proceeds along the lines of the theatrical version except the credits begin after the wicker man's burning head falls off. The "6 months later" scene is missing. This ending is also the ending that is shown on the edition presented on Sky Movies channels.

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Bangkok Dangerous (2008 film)

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Bangkok Dangerous is a 2008 crime film written and directed by the Pang Brothers and starring Nicolas Cage. It is a remake of the Pangs' 1999 debut film of the same name, a Thai film for which Cage's production company, Saturn Films, purchased the remake rights. Known by its working title, Big Hit in Bangkok, and also as Time to Kill, it began filming in Bangkok in August 2006, with locations that include Soi Cowboy.

The film was financed by Initial Entertainment Group, with Lionsgate acquiring its North America distribution rights. The film was released in North America on September 5, 2008.

Hitman Joe (Nicolas Cage) goes to Bangkok for a month-long assignment, to kill four people for Bangkok ganglord Surat.

He hires pickpocket Kong (Shahkrit Yamnarm) as his go-between, a condition of the contract being that the gang will never meet Joe. Contracts from the Bangkok gangsters go through Kong via a nightclub dancer, Aom (Panward Hemmanee), who becomes romantically involved with Kong.

Joe's first execution is done in traffic with him riding a bike and stopping in front of the car. He then shoots the target with a machine pistol. His second target is a gangster/sexual predator. Joe sneaks into the penthouse and kills the target by drowning him in the pool.

Originally he plans to kill Kong before he leaves but after Kong gives him information about the second target he begins to train Kong. For the third execution Kong assists Joe, the kill does not go as planned, with the target nearly getting away before Joe catches him and shoots him after a chase in front of many shocked onlookers. Before the third kill the gang attempt to identify Joe, he warns them off.

His fourth target is the Prime Minister of Thailand. Joe is about to make the kill when he has second thoughts, is spotted, and escapes through a panicking crowd. Joe is now a target and is attacked at his house by four gang members. He manages to use explosives to take them out and is faced with the choice of rescuing Kong or leaving the country unharmed. Joe decides to rescue Kong, so he sets off to the gang's headquarters with one of the half-alive attackers who was injured in the explosion at Joe's safe house.

Joe goes to the gang's headquarters, kills most of the gang and saves Kong and Aom. The fearful gang leader flees to his car with three other accomplices. Joe spots him and shoots the gang members at the front of the car dead. After one of the gang in back of the car attempts to run to safety, Joe kills him. Joe gets into the back seat with Surat, the gang leader.

As the police arrive at the location, Joe is again in a difficult situation; he decides to use what is believed to be his last remaining bullet to kill himself by putting both his and Surat's heads together. Joe then puts the gun up to his temple and pulls the trigger, killing himself and Surat.

The original film's main character is a deaf-mute hitman whose disability makes him a fearless, unflinching gunman. That character has been changed in the remake. During production, doll hair was added to Nick Cage's real hair to produce his unique look.

As of December 13, the film has a 9% approval rating based on 86 reviews from critics at the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. At the website Metacritic, which utilizes a normalized rating system, the film earned a rating of 24/100 based on 16 reviews.

Bangkok Dangerous was released on DVD and Blu-ray on January 6th, 2009.

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