Watch: Nicolas Cage Surprises Drafthouse Audience at Nic Cage Marathon; Will Star in New Bank Heist Movie 211

Imagine showing up to an Alamo Drafthouse theater in Austin, Texas, with you and your friends all prepared to sit for twelve straight hours and watch a marathon of Nicolas Cage movies. It'd be pretty cool to find out that Cage himself chose which movies of his that you were going to watch that day, but it'd be straight-up legendary for Cage himself to appear in the flesh and randomly read Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" before sitting down and watching all five movies with you. That's exactly what happened yesterday at C4GED, Alamo Drafthouse's fourth annual Cage movie marathon celebration, and while we weren't in the room, there are some official videos that make us feel like we were.

Here's the full intro where Cage surprises the crowd:

Here's a long Q&A that includes some pretty amazing moments:

And in case you were wondering, here are the movies Cage chose for the day's festivities:

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LORD OF WAR

Amazing. What a cool experience that must have been for those who attended.

Before I wrap this up, I wanted to pass on word from Deadline about a new Nic Cage movie called 211, which is the police code for "robbery in progress." Cage will headline the film for director York Alec Shackleton, playing a cop attempting to stop the heist. Production begins in March in Bulgaria, and since this logline honestly sounds pretty bland, we're hoping that it contains another manic performance from the master so we can at least enjoy it on that level.

Rian Johnson Discusses STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Movie Influences and Filming

Director Rian Johnson is deep in the post-production process of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and is currently editing the film. In a recent interview with Empire, he said that the film is taking shape and that he's excited. I think every Star Wars fan is excited to see how this next chapter in the saga story comes together! 

The filmmaker went on to talk about some of the cinematic influences he had when directing The Last Jedi and also talked about his experiences developing and shooting the movie. When it comes to his influences, he mentioned three films and explained what each one of them brought to the table:

“‘Twelve O’Clock High’ was a big touchstone, for the feel and look of the aerial combat as well as the dynamic between the pilots. 'Three Outlaw Samurai’ for the feel of the sword-fighting, and the general sense of pulpy fun. And ‘To Catch A Thief’ was a great film to rewatch, for the romantic scale and grandeur.”

Aerial dogfights, swordplay, and romantic grandeur! Sounds like all of the things that help make a great Star Wars film. Johnson went on to talk about writing dialogue for the film. If you're familiar with Johnson's previous films, then you know the guy loves to right fun and quick-witted dialogue, which I hoped we would see in The Last Jedi. In regards to writing dialogue for the film he said:

"I found myself constantly wanting to push modern idioms into the dialogue, and sometimes that can work, but you have to be very careful. If you go too far you can break that Star Wars spell. The other challenge is the tech talk, which has to be simultaneously complex enough to sound real and conceptually simple enough to follow. The original films were brilliant at that."

Johnson also talked about his experience filming the movie and what the biggest surprise for him was:

“I guess the biggest surprise was the intimacy of the process. It’s huge, sure, and it’s filled with pressures great and small. But at the end of the day, it boils down to the same things as the smaller films we’ve made: telling a story we care about with a camera and some actors. And a Wookiee.”

I'm most excited for the full return of Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker. This is the chapter in the story where we see him back in full-on action, and the thought of that so freakin' cool! I can't wait to see his character's story arc play out over the course of the next two films. 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is scheduled for release in theaters on December 15, 2017.

Hugh Jackman Talks About His Early Struggles With Playing Wolverine

Wolverine was such a different character when he was introduced in Bryan Singer's X-Men. When you look back and see Hugh Jackman in that role, he just has a different feel. Over the years the character has been refined and has evolved into what we are about to see in Logan, which will be Jackman's final time playing Wolverine unless he surprises us and pops up in Deadpool 2.

During an interview with EOnline, Jackman talked about what it was like for him to play Wolverine 18 years ago and admits that it was a struggle for him. He explained: 

"I was kind of struggling, to be honest. It was the first movie I had ever done in America. I was pretty tight. I was nervous. I was average, to be honest, at best. No one was saying anything and I sort of thought I was getting away with it, but I wasn't."

He went on to talk about how studio executive Tom Rothman sat Jackman down a month into filming and pretty much told him he was blowing it. 

"He told me that he believed in me, that from the moment he'd seen my tape he had a gut feeling I was the guy, but watching my dailies was like watching someone put a lampshade over a light."

That would be so discouraging to hear as an actor! What a terrible experience that must've been, and it would have left such a horrible feeling if failure. I guess the talk worked, though, because Jackman has absolutely killed it in the role of Wolverine over the years, and Logan could end up being the best performance of Jackman's career! At least that's what it looks like to me judging from the trailers. 

Sundance Review: PATTI CAKE$ Was a Surprisingly Entertaining and Fantastic Film

A poor struggling white girl living in New Jersey with dreams of being a successful rap star? Nah. Patti Cake$ was a movie that didn't initially interest me. The premise just didn't seem like something I would be into, and I didn't plan on seeing it, but then the buzz at Sundance started to spread, everyone was talking about, and I was being told I had to see it.

Reluctantly, and with low expectations, I grudgingly walked into the theater and sat down hoping that I wasn't going to waste my time because time is precious.

Well, like the old saying goes, never judge a book by its cover because Patti Cake$ was fan-freakin'-tastic! This film was the shit, and it ended up being one of my favorite movies at Sundance this year. It was so much fun to watch, and from beginning to end it was hilariously entertaining. 

The best movie I could compare it to is 8 Mile, but this one was even better because it had a uniqueness about it with its amusing and fun characters, comedic and dramatic tone, and kick ass music. 

The movie follows a young woman named Patricia “Killa P” Dombrowski doing her best to survive in life by working two jobs and taking care of her mom and Nana and the medical bills that need to be paid. As a way to relieve the pressure she's under she raps, and she's good at it. She's a big white girl who grew up being called nasty nicknames, and it carried on into her adulthood where people still treat her like shit. She stands up for herself, though, and doesn't back down when she's challenged to a rap battle. She just rips into those people who tear her down.

As Killa P's journey in the story goes on, she forms a small group with musical talent to create a demo that will help get them noticed in hopes that it will lead them to fulfilling their dreams of making it big. 

This group forms a tight bond, but it isn't without its hard times. But they are able to push through those rough times and create some pretty spectacular music. The music is one of the main things that sells this film because it's just so damn entertaining and fun.

The actress who plays Killa P,  Danielle Macdonald, kills it in this role! She's awesome and she did such a great job spitting out the lyrics to the music. This is one wonderfully talented individual. 

The film tells a wonderful feel good story of never giving up and working hard and making sacrifices to fulfill your dreams. I think this is a movie that audiences will love if they give it a chance. It's definitely worth checking out so make sure to do that when it's released! 

Patricia “Killa P” Dombrowski drafts rhymes behind the bar at a dingy dive, trying to pay off her coarse but beloved Nana’s medical bills and support her hard-drinking mom, whose own musical aspirations failed long ago. Patti and her rap partner/best friend Jheri share dreams of fame, fortune, and escaping Dirty Jersey for good, but they haven’t found a producer with the "fire beats" they need. Unbroken by the taunts of local goons, she unexpectedly gravitates to a reclusive goth-metal musician named Basterd, a newcomer who just might be able to help Patti achieve hip-hop superstardom.

First Photo From OCEAN’S 8 Features the Team of Leading Ladies

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Warner Bros. has released the first official photo from director Gary Ross' Ocean's 8. This film is about an all-female team of criminals set in the world of Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's 11 trilogy.

The photo features a New York City subway setting and includes Sandra Bullock as Debbie Ocean; Cate Blanchette as Lou; Rihanna as Nine Ball; Mindy Kaling as Amita; Awkwafina as Constance; Helena Bonham Carter as Rose; Anne Hathaway as Daphne Kluger; and Sarah Paulson as Tammy.

The story centers around Debbie bringing this team together to attempt the heist of the century at New York City's star-studded annual Met Gala. I've always been a fan of this Ocean's franchise and I've got high hopes for this new latest film project in the franchise. It's got a talented team of actresses involved with bringing the story to life, so I'm hoping for the best. 

Ross directs from a screenplay he wrote with Olivia Milch, with Steven Soderbergh producing. Ocean's 8 is set to hit theaters in the summer of 2018.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY’S Mantis Confirmed for AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR

The list of characters that will be included in Avengers: Infinity War continues to grow with the addition of Mantis, who will make her MCU debut in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. I guess that means she end up becoming a core member of the team in Vol. 2. We already knew that Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot, Rocket, and Nebula would be in Infinity War, but the addition of Mantis is a pleasant surprise, and I'm sure there will be more surprises like this as the film continues production. 

The film started shooting last Monday in Atlanta, and Mantis' confirmation came from the actress who plays her, Pom Klementieff, who posted some images on Instagram, one of which was from the set of the film wearing an Infinity War beanie. She also posted a photo of the comic book cover of Avengers #123, which features a story that reveals the origin of Mantis to The Avengers. 

Infinity War will shoot back-to-back with Untitled Avengers 4. Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War is set to be released in theaters on May 4, 2018, with its follow-up set to open on May 3, 2019.

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Aquaman Premium Format Figure Review – Sideshow Collectibles

Heir to the throne of Atlantis, and King of the Seven Seas – all hail Aquaman! 

Sideshow Collectibles sent me one of their Aquaman Premium Format Figures to review, and this thing is freakin' kick ass! This is the first premium format figure from Sideshow that I've had the pleasure of handling. This thing is awesome, and I absolutely love the sculpt and design of the character. If you're a fan of Aquaman and you're looking for a great centerpiece to show off to your friends, this is a must own. 

The figure comes with two different Aquaman character designs. One features Aquaman’s classic clean shaven look with short cropped wavy blonde hair. The other version is his grizzled look from his later story arcs. He's sporting long hair, a shaggy beard and a badass prosthetic harpoon hand, which also doubles as a grappling hook. It's really easy switch out the heads and the hands as they are held in by just magnetics.

The artists that worked on this did an incredible job designing and sculpting the figure. The details are simply stunning. I did an unboxing review video that you can watch below, and I also included some photos that I took. 

If you like what you see and you want to order one of these bad boys for yourself, click here

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Gifted with extraordinary aquatic abilities, Arthur Curry rises from the depths wielding his mighty trident, a powerful enchanted weapon and symbol of sovereign authority. Striking a commanding pose in a regal gold and green incarnation of his iconic costume, the sworn protector of the planet swells with cool determination at the edge of the surf, as tumultuous waves break over the Atlantean themed base at his feet. Celebrating a rich comic book history, multiple display options give collectors the ability to choose between Aquaman’s classic look with short cropped wavy blonde hair, or his grizzled appearance from later story arcs, when he sports long hair, a shaggy beard and a prosthetic harpoon hand that doubles as a grappling hook. 

Perfectly capturing one of DC Comics’ most recognizable heroes, Sideshow’s Aquaman Premium Format™ Figure is a must-have for fans of the Justice League!
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James Cameron on the ALIEN Franchise – “I Don’t Think It’s Worked Out Terribly Well”

I think we can all agree that Ridley Scott’s Alien and James Cameron’s Aliens are incredible films in their own right. Every Alien film that’s been made since Cameron’s 1986 film has been mediocre at best. There have been opportunities to do great things with this franchise over the years, but filmmakers, including Scott, have dropped the ball.

Even Cameron hasn’t been impressed with any of the films since he released Aliens. While talking to Vulture, the filmmaker was asked how he feels about the upcoming film Alien: Covenant, and this is what he said: 

“The franchise has kind of wandered all over the map. Ridley [Scott] did the first film, and he inspired an entire generation of filmmakers and science-fiction fans with that one movie and there have been so many films that stylistically have derived from it, including my own Aliens, which was the legitimate sequel and, I think, the proper heir to his film. I sort of did it as a fanboy. I wanted to honor his film, but also say what I needed to say. After that, I don't take any responsibility.
“I don't think it's worked out terribly well. I think we've moved on beyond it. It's like, okay, we've got it, we've got the whole Freudian biomechanoid meme. I've seen it in 100 horror films since. I think both of those films stand at a certain point in time, as a reference point. But is there any validity to doing another one now? I don't know. Maybe. Let's see, jury's out. Let's see what Ridley comes up with. Let me just add to that — and don't cut this part off, please — I will stand in line for any Ridley Scott movie, even a not-so-great one, because he is such an artist, he's such a filmmaker. I always learn from him. And what he does with going back to his own franchise would be fascinating.”

I’ll stand in line and buy a ticket to see any Ridley Scott film too! Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean it’s going to be good. I was disappointed with Prometheus, but I’m excited about Alien: Covenant! It looks like it’s gonna be a wickedly terrifying film. I love that Scott is going back to his horror roots with this next chapter of the story.

The Coen Bros. Directed a Mercedes Super Bowl Commercial Called EASY RIDER, Check it Out!

Joel and Ethan Coen directed a great Super Bowl commercial for the Mercedes AMG GT roadster. It features Peter Fonda and Steppenwolf's classic song "Born to be Wild." The ad was obviously inspired by the classic 1969 film Easy Rider, which starred Fonda. The Coen Bros. are two of my favorite filmmakers working in Hollywood today, and it's pretty cool to see them jump in to make a Super Bowl ad like this. 

Riding on the open road with Steppenwolf's "Born to be Wild" playing in your head. How do you make this experience any better? Hint: The legendary Peter Fonda might have an idea. Watch Peter Fonda come back for one more epic ride – this time with The Coen Brothers.

I hope you enjoy what they've come up with for this.