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Biz Break: Nic Cage Has A Terrible Beard And The Grinch Gets A Makeover.

By Jodi Clager | Trade News | February 8, 2013 | Comments ()


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Good news, everyone! The "Zombieland" series for Amazon has cast Little Rock and Columbus! Tyler Ross (Milkshake) will take over for Jesse Eisenberg and Izabela Vidovic ("Raising Hope", "Up All Night") will be playing Abigail Breslin playing Little Rock. My first thought is that, damn, these kids seem a lot younger than their movie counterparts. I'm sh*t at guessing ages, but Vidovic looks 10 or something and Ross looks 16? Maybe? I don't know. I'll take a wait and see attitude since Eli Craig (Tucker and Dale vs. Evil) is directing the pilot and Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (OG Zombieland) are writing.

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Do you remember how Nic Cage had that ridiculous hair in the Ghost Rider movies? And we all laughed and laughed about it? Cage is in Joe, a movie about an ex-con that meets a 15-year-old boy that changes his life. That's not the good part. The good part is the beard Cage sports in the movie. It looks like it was cultivated in a lab, carefully removed from the back of the mouse they used to grow it, and then glued onto Cage's face with two-sided tape and a sacrifice to the movie gods. It looks just that amazing.

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Stay golden, Pony Cage. Stay golden. Could anything be more glorious? YES. We've got another photo from Behind the Candelabra, the Liberace movie HBO has been making with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. Unlike the last photo, you can't see Damon's lip gloss.

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Dr. Seuss's How The Grinch Stole Christmas is getting a remake from Universal and Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me). No, not a rubber-faced goofball in a costume live-action remake. An animated one. Does that make it better or worse? Pete Candeland (Balto, Gorillaz videos) will direct and Seuss' widow Audrey Geisel will oversee things as executive producer. Thankfully, I am numb to feeling feelings about this.

Why yes, it is a slow news week! However did you guess? I leave you with this trailer for Chris O'Dowd's upcoming movie The Sapphires.



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  • Sapphires = upcoming?! No, indeed, Ms Clager. It has been through successful cinema, DVD and digital release over here in its homeland, Australia. And has also taken out a healthy swag of awards.

    Lots of it won't make sense historically to anyone without a perspective on both Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War as well as the terrible racism faced (and still faced) by our aboriginal population. However, if you've the slightest inkling of that period in Australian history, The Sapphires is both a nice, albeit not terribly accurate, look into the entertainers sent over to keep the troops slightly less drunk, as well as an "aboriginal girl group makes it" feel good story of the week.

    It's full of all the expected tropes of Australian cinema - foreigner fish out of water; laconic, tough parents with a heart of gold; feisty lead girl, etc. etc.

    It's also worth noting that while Chris O'Dowd is the male lead in this, he's most certainly not the star, but has equal billing with Debra Mailman (one of the stalwarts of Australian indigenous acting) and Jessica Mauboy (an up-and-comer who was an Idol runner-up on our version).

  • Siege

    I feel quite certain The Boyfriend will not let me have a Nicolas Cage lap-blanket. It's a shame, because that really would be the perfect Valentine's day gift.

  • John W

    Nic Cage. The Gift that keeps on giving.

  • BWeaves

    Michael Douglas and Matt Damon look glorious. Strangely enough, I think Douglas looks too tame and too much like himself, and Damon looks like Farrah Fawcett-Majors.

  • You're all wrong. That's a leftover stunt-beard from the Red Green Show.

  • Mrs. Julien

    So it's held on with duct tape?

  • BWeaves

    Win-Win.

  • lonolove

    I can't help but feel that the reason the beard looks so ungodly and awful is because we can still see that horrid oil slick on top of his head. If you block out the dye job on top it looks....still pretty bad. *gulp*

  • Mrs. Julien

    I love the Liberace stills, but somehow they feel neither conspicuous-consumptiony, nor insanely excessive plastic surgery choices-y. Even Michael Douglas' own altered face (because it's his body and he can do what he wants with it) seems insufficient.

  • Afferbeck

    That beard is not natty. He's been working out with the Rock and taking beardroids in order to grow that unnatural thing.

  • BendinIntheWind

    Every new still I see from Liberace is like a 100CC injection of LIFE, directly into my veins.

  • TheReinaG

    The me from another time covets that hair on Damon. COVETS.

  • Kballs

    Come on. That is obviously a well-shorn shag rug left over from Boogie Nights (which I'm sure Cage was considered for the lead role because he seems to be considered for EVERYTHING in hindsight).

    And look at that kid's face. He wants to shoot that beard sooooooo bad.

  • KatSings

    STAHP MAKING REMAKES OF THE GRINCH. Seriously. When your original is not just perfect, but a GODDAMN HOLIDAY CLASSIC - leave it alone. Just let it be, and bask in it's glory.

  • BWeaves

    NOBODY can replace Boris Karloff's and Thurl Arthur Ravenscroft's voices. NOBODY, YOU HEAR!

  • Seriously. This, to an infinite degree.

  • That beard was not grown. That beard was shot. That picture is a warning to other surviving members of whatever species of mythical animal the lad in the background just shot and pasted onto Cage's face.

  • Bert_McGurt

    That beard makes Cage's face look a bit like a wingtip. The shoe, I mean.

  • Mrs. Julien

    You give me such joy, plus I LOVE wingtips.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Well, I've been told I aim to please! Which is better than being told to aim, please.

    And I HAVE been looking for a good pair of wingtips lately. Or at least a good pair of brogues. I figure since I'm 30 in a week, it's time to class these feets up a bit.

  • Mrs. Julien

    OH MY GOD, I LOVE BROGUES TOO! I tried to find a nice pair this year and couldn't.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    I've never seen Mrs Julien so giddy before.

  • BWeaves

    Good Gotopus, you people have a shoe fetish.

  • Bert_McGurt

    No kidding. I thought this backwater burg was moving up in the world but it looks like I may have to go the internet route. As long as they offer free returns.

  • Ted Zancha

    Two Questions:
    1. Is that a Nic Cage beach towel?
    2. If so, why do I not have 12 of them?

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Even more exciting (or horrifying), I think it might be a bed sheet.

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