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Blu-ray Review: Vampire’s Kiss / High Spirits [Double Feature]
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Vampire's Kiss on Scream Factory Blu-ray

Vampire’s Kiss
Blu-ray
Director: Robert Bierman
Screenwriter: Joseph Minion
Cast: Nicolas Cage, María Conchita Alonso, Jennifer Beals
Scream Factory
Rated R | 103 Minutes
Release Date: February 10, 2015

Synopsis: Teetering on the edge of sanity, volatile literary agent Peter Loew (Nicolas Cage) tries to find purpose in his life through a cutthroat work ethic and a hedonistic night life. But when an encounter with a mysterious beauty leaves Loew convinced that he is turning into a vampire, his behavior turns positively outrageous.

Robert Bierman was originally scheduled to direct the 1986 remake of The Fly, but withdrew from the project after the death of his daughter. Instead, Bierman’s feature-length debut was the 1989 black comedy, Vampire’s Kiss.

Imagine if you will, a young Nicolas Cage (hot off Raising Arizona and Moonstruck) in a business suit and plastic vampire fangs, screaming, “I’m a vampire! I’m a vampire!” That pretty much sums up this bizarre, coked-out horror comedy. Even if you’ve never seen Bierman’s film, you probably know bits and pieces of it, thanks to YouTube’s impressive selection of “Nicolas Cage Losing His Shit” montages.

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Disney In Depth: 10 Reasons To Revisit ‘National Treasure’
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The surprise hit of the 2004 holiday season, National Treasure, Disney’s Jerry Bruckehimer production once destined as a Touchstone Pictures release, became an international sensation. Grossing nearly $350 million worldwide, inspiring a book series and sequel film, and re-launching Nicolas Cage‘s stardom, Treasure‘s name could not be more fitting.

How fast a decade goes by. National Treasure turns one decade old this November. That’s reason enough to determine 10 reasons to revisit the film.

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Disney In Depth: 1964, A Definitive Disney Year
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Brett Nachman   |  @   |  
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Anniversaries signify dates of a celebratory nature. We reflect on the past and the importance of a milestone. In the Disney universe, certain years warrant attention for the amount of quality content produce and momentous occasions held. Some might argue 1989 was Disney’s biggest year, launching the “Disney renaissance” with the release of The Little Mermaid and also the opening of Disney’s fifth theme park (Disney-MGM Studios). Others would consider 1928 (the debut of Mickey Mouse), 1937 (the release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), and 1955 (Disneyland’s opening) as equally significant. If we look into the future, 2015 may prove to be Disney’s most monumental year with new films from Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar and even a few major releases from Disney itself.

But how can anyone forget or dismiss 1964? This was the definitive Disney year in multiple realms. The events that took place during this 12-month period forever altered the landscape of The Walt Disney Company. 50 years later, I reason that the Disney we treasure today would not exist without the turning points that occurred in 1964.

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Watch The First Trailer For ‘The Death Of Superman Lives: What Happened?’
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Superman Lives

In January of last year Jon Schnepp, a Los Angeles-based director of the Adult Swim series Metalocalypse and The Venture Brothers as well as a contributor to the horror anthology feature The ABCs of Death, created a Kickstarter page to raise funds for a documentary he hoped to make about an aborted attempt to reboot the Superman franchise in the late 1990s. After raising the budget necessary to proceed Schnepp managed to secure interviews with several of the principal players and now The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? is very much a reality.

Schnepp has released the first trailer for the film, which you watch here below.

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Disney In Depth: Analyzing Disney Film Franchises
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Brett Nachman   |  @   |  
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Disney epitomizes branding at its best, using characters and stories across all types of platforms, from digital apps and toys to theme park attractions and virtual experiences. The company’s slate of films in the coming years reflect enhancing established properties and creating new ones in the process. Which Disney films are on their way to seeing sequels, and how can they continue the strength of the brand, as opposed to crippling the franchise?

Peter Pan would say that “faith, trust and pixie dust” would do the trick. We all know, though, that timing, effort and imagination are equally as important.

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Kelsey Grammer Cast In Nicolas Cage Role For ‘The Expendables 3’
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The Expendables

A while back, Nicolas Cage was said to be in the mix for a role in The Expendables 3, but nothing ever came of it. Instead, it’s being reported that Kelsey Grammer has joined the cast, and will be playing the role that Cage was rumored to be up for.

Grammer will be playing an ex-mercenary named Bonaparte who helps the Expendables with their mission. The actor also recently signed on to play the villain in Transformers 4.

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Behold Nicolas Cage Dressed As The Man Of Steel For The Unmade ‘Superman Lives’
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Superman Lives

Many years ago in the time known as “the late ’90s” – a dark and terrifying era where teenagers walked the streets in a daze chanting “MMMBop” and Republicans in Congress tried desperately to make the American people care only for a semen-stained blue dress – Warner Bros. green-lighted a new Superman motion picture to be directed by Tim Burton with then-recent Oscar honoree Nicolas Cage in the role of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster‘s Big Blue Boy Scout from Beyond the Stars. Tim Allen and Jim Carrey were on board to play the villains Lex Luthor and Brainiac (????), Hulk Hogan was being wooed to play Doomsday, and visions of skull-shaped spaceships and giant spiders were dancing in the coke-addled mind of past-his-prime über-producer Jon Peters.

But with the studio’s top execs still sitting on inflatable pillows after the epic reaming they received on account of Batman & Robin they feared allowing their other prized superhero movie property to become another atrocious camp spectacle and flush a reported $180 million right down the drain. The movie was cancelled and Superman Lives became another permanent denizen of Development Hell. That’s show business.

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You Can Help Fund ‘The Death Of Superman Lives’ Documentary On Kickstarter
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Superman Lives

People tend to forget, or have the memory surgically removed from their brains, that fifteen years ago we saw Superman battle Brainiac, Lex Luthor, and Doomsday on the big screen without the benefit of his trademark costume or even the ability to fly. The possibility that a universally adored icon of comic book heroics could have gone such a revisionist undertaking once is enough to send the most ardent Superman fans into therapy.

Had all the pieces fallen into place in the summer of 1998 Warner Bros. would have brought to the world the Last Son of Krypton’s biggest – and potentially strangest – movie adventure to date: Superman Lives, directed by Tim Burton from a screenplay credited to several different writers including independent filmmaker/geek icon/current critical pariah Kevin Smith and Wesley Strick (Martin Scorsese’s remake of Cape Fear), with no less than Nicolas Cage in the title role of the greatest hero of the DC Universe. Yes friends, this movie almost happened, except it didn’t happen.

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Disney In Depth: 10 Disney Movies That Deserve Theme Park Attractions (Part 2)
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Welcome back to Disney In Depth for the “top five” of a special two-part edition that explores the movies that deserve theme park attractions. Just in case you missed the previous edition, you can check it out here.

Before exploring the “most deserving” films, we cannot ignore the movies that would least work as attractions. Among them are great films and some bad ones, too.

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Netflix Review: Season of the Witch
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Geeks of Doom Netflix Streaming Review

Netflix Review: Season of the WitchSeason of the Witch
Netflix Streaming
DVD | Blu-ray
Directed by Dominic Sena
Starring Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman, Claire Foy, Stephen Campbell Moore, Stephen Graham, Christopher Lee
Rogue / Relativity Media
Originally Released: January 7, 2011

Lead us not into temptation…

Like the title says, this Dominic Sena movie is about a witch. Or is it?

Establishing itself during the middle ages, full of religious persecution, the Crusades, and the Plague, Season of the Witch (totally unrelated to the 1972 George Romero classic of the same name; or the third chapter of the Halloween franchise) is a journey movie, that is essentially a medieval (and tamer) homage of The Exorcist, taking influence from adventure films such as Lord of the Rings, National Treasure, and more.

…or is it?

With the grandiosity of the above description being fairly accurate, Season of the Witch actually falls short of the epic feel of the comparisons above. In fact, the movie has been critically panned since its release, rightful in some areas, but snubbing one particular element worth highlighting: While many areas of the film are a bit of a let-down, there is a fun aspect to the film that props it up, making it a movie worth checking out at least once.

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