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Posts Tagged ‘Nicolas Cage’

Bestselling Unbroken Tale Inching Towards the Big Screen

For those of us  who have had the thrilling pleasure of reading Unbroken, author Laura Hillenbrand‘s epic follow-up to Seabiscuit, there is an unending appetite for more info about the book’s remarkable real-life protagonist Louis Zamperini. Today, that desire can be satiated thanks to Daily Breeze reporter Donna Littlejohn.

Torrance native Zamperini, who lives in the Hollywood Hills, celebrated his 96th birthday last weekend and on Tuesday was honored with the dedication of a hometown sign for an airport bearing his name. At the corner of PCH and a street also named after the World War II survivor and one-time Olympian.

The notion of making a movie about Zamperini’s incredible life story has been kicking around Hollywood for more than a half-century, with Tony Curtis initially envisioned for an adaptation of Zamperini’s 1956 autobiography and more recently Nicolas Cage. Now, thanks to Hillenbrand’s pedigree and barn-burning narrative, there’s a new and most unlikely star attached:

Angelina Jolie, who could not be reached for an interview, beat out several others vying for director rights and is said to be passionate about the project.

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With Fallon and Michaels Officially TOLDJA-ed, Who Should Host Next Oscars?

Chalk up another TOLDJA! for Nikki Finke, from a beat she still pretty much owns (who, what, when, where and how each year’s Oscar broadcast is taking shape).

In this case, on the red carpet heels of an August 2 LA Times report that Jimmy Fallon and Lorne Michaels were in talks to handle 2013 broadcast chores, Finke quickly harpooned that notion, explaining that these efforts had begun and ended with exiting AMPAS president Tom Sherak. This past Wednesday, Fallon confirmed his non-participation during a Today Show interview from London and last night, Kim Masters added a Hollywood Reporter item that seemingly reconfirms Michaels will not be involved with any iteration of Sunday Night Live.

In the wake of all this, the question remains not so much who the Oscars should approach for the producing and hosting gigs, but rather who might actually say yes. Word is the list of those who regularly turn down AMPAS is long and illustrious. In her updated Sherak item, Finke for example noted that perfect A-list candidate Tom Hanks continues to pass.

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Critic Lets Loose with Rip-Roaring (Nicolas) Cage Match

There’s a wonderful essay in the February 2011 issue of GQ Magazine by Tom Carson. Titled “National Treasure”, it tackles the amorphous legacy of actor Nicolas Cage. Or, as the sub-headline more aptly puts it: “As Drive Angry arrives in theaters, the question must be asked: Can anything explain the lunatic career of Nicolas Cage?”

This is just flat out great writing. From the opening sentence referencing Xanax to the closing challenge of naming a truly boring Cage movie, Carson careens through the actor’s career at a gonzo pace in keeping with his manic subject’s on-screen demeanor. It’s tough to pick a favorite paragraph, as there are so many. But here’s one highlight:

Actors clutching a new Oscar acquire not only artistic clout but market value; the question is which bent they’ll indulge. Cage zeroed in on the second with a single-mindedness exceeded only by Denzel Washington‘s treatment of dumb thrillers as acting sinecures.

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Nicolas Cage’s Brother Happy to Be Known as ‘The DigiVangelist’

North Hollywood based freelance writer Jeff Favre profiles Christopher Coppola, nephew of Francis Ford and brother of Nicolas Cage, for The Daily Breeze. Just like his subject’s famous leading man sibling, Coppola now has his own alias – “The DigiVangelist” – coined for him by BoingBoing.net’s Xeni Jardin.

It’s such a good handle that it has also led to a same-named TV show on cable channel Reelz, in which he showcases the latest tools for a street-level digital entertainment revolution. You can catch the next episode tomorrow, Saturday December 4th, at 9:30 a.m. PT.

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Bernie Brillstein Dies at 77

Bernie Brillstein.jpgBernie Brillstein, one of the premiere manager/producers in the industry and the orchestrator behind the careers of John Belushi, Jim Henson and a slew of ‘Saturday Night Live’ stars, died this week from complications stemming from double-bypass heart surgery in February.

Brillstein ran the most successful management company in Hollywood in the 1980s and ’90s, repping such stars as Lorne Michaels, Gilda Radner, Dan Aykroyd, Brad Pitt, Adam Sandler, Geena Davis, Martin Short, Jim Belushi, Dabney Coleman, Dana Carvey, Dennis Miller, Nicolas Cage, Rob Lowe and Jay Tarses.Brillstein partnered with Brad Grey in 1991. After producing such shows with Brillstein as “The Sopranos,” “Just Shoot Me,” “NewsRadio” and “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher.” Grey went on to become the chairman and CEO for Paramount Pictures.

Brillstein was an outgoing, avuncular Santa Clause type who will be sorely missed.

Rosenberg and Cassel Slug It Out for SAG Top Job

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The hottest election these days in Hollywood is the dogfight erupting between Screen Actors Guild president Alan Rosenberg (known for his legal acumen on L.A. Law) and upstart angry-man challenger Seymour Cassel (known for such character roles as Robert Redford’s right-hand man-servant in Indecent Proposal).
Rosenberg, 56 and sounding like a street-wise Parliamentarian, echoes former SAG presidents and supporters Richard Masur, Ed Asner and Barry Gordon with his attention to detail for actors who need a strong voice in next year’s negotiations with the AMPTP (Alliance of Motion Picture and TV Producers).

“The difference between Seymour and me is that I’ve spent the last two years trying to unify this guild,” Rosenberg brags to FBLA. “I’ve traveled to 18 of 21 branches across the country trying to get New York and the regional branches to treat Hollywood issues as if they were their own.”
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Cassel, 72, alternatively hopes his 40 years in the movie business will carry some weight, especially with such tough-guy supporters as James Caan, Nicolas Cage and Dennis Hopper.

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