Not all superpowers are created equal.
When it comes to super powers, most people would probably want to be able to fly or become invisible or maybe teleport from place to place, but there are some other superpowers that are less desirable. In 2012 there was no shortage of those less popular superpowers on display at movie theaters nationwide. We have nominated the top five kooky superpowers from this year's movies to compete for the Best Quirky Super Power Reelzie Award. Vote for your favorite >> Posted 12.29.12 by Mandy
Now that Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is in theaters, those moviegoers who saw the first movie but haven't been following news about the latest chapter in Columbia Pictures' franchise based on Marvel Comics' demonic anti-hero might be a little confused, and rightfully so. After all, Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage returns as Johnny Blaze, a man cursed to share his soul with the entity known as the Ghost Rider, but just about everything else is different, from Ghost Rider's origin to his look and his powers. What's up with that?
In a recent interview with GeekChicDaily, daredevil directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (Crank movies) explained how Spirit of Vengeance is a "re-quel" and not a sequel or complete reboot, discussed the Rider's new look and revealed that Cage performed in skull-face to get into character and intimidate "the hell out of the other actors." what did neveldine & taylor say? >> Posted 02.18.12 by BrentJS
Writer-directors Brian Taylor and Mark Neveldine are known for creating eccentric and visually strange action movies (see the Crank movies for proof), which is why Columbia brought them on board to helm the upcoming sequel Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. With Nicolas Cage back as the demonic anti-hero, Spirit of Vengeance will see if Taylor and Neveldine can succeed at winning over the comic book character's fans — something 2007's Ghost Rider failed to do. One thing's for sure, Neveldine told io9, the duo's signature "punk rock" approach to making movies hasn't changed.
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The perception is that we're these guys who always do these f**ked-up movies, and now we're working with a big studio and a Marvel Comics character. People think, "Oh, it's the big time now!" No, this is about as punk rock as any shoot we've ever done, and more so in a lot of ways. We had times where major stunts would go completely wrong, but they failed so spectacularly. You don't have the time and money to do it again, so you have to rewrite the scene on the fly.
To get the word out about Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Columbia Pictures has been peppering the airwaves with multiple TV spots and now the studio has released a series of preview clips from the movie that offers more footage of the new-and-improved Ghost Rider (Nicolas Cage) and showcases the sort of adrenaline-fueled filmmaking that directors Brian Taylor and Mark Neveldine (Crank movies) bring to the franchise.
Though not a direct sequel to 2007's Ghost Rider — the demonic anti-hero's origin is retold and his look and powers are slightly different — Spirit of Vengeance catches up with Johnny Blaze (Cage) five years after the events in the first movie, living in Eastern Europe in self-imposed exile to prevent his match-headed alter-ego from resurfacing. But, when the devil (Ciarán Hinds) attempts to possess a 10-year-old boy (Fergus Riordan), Blaze comes out of retirement to help Moreau (Idris Elba) save the boy and send the devil and his minion, Blackout (Johnny Whitworth), back to hell. watch the new preview clips >> Posted 02.12.12 by BrentJS
Three new TV spots for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance are now available for viewing online, offering new footage from the movie not seen in the previous TV spot or trailers. Not quite a reboot, but not fully a sequel to 2007's Ghost Rider, Spirit of Vengeance retains Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage as Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider, but reboots everything else, from the Marvel Comics character's origin and look to his powers.
Set five years after the events in the first movie, Spirit of Vengeance finds Blaze in self-imposed exile in Eastern Europe, where he struggles to keep the demon within himself from re-emerging. However, Blaze is forced to relinquish control to the Ghost Rider after being recruited by a secret sect of the church to save the soul of a young boy named Danny (Fergus Riordan) from the devil (Ciarán Hinds). Of particular interest to comic book fans is the fact that Danny's last name was recently revealed to be "Ketch," as in Blaze's successor as Ghost Rider in Marvel Comics lore, which could mean that Columbia Pictures is already making plans for the franchise to continue post-Cage. watch the new TV spots >> Posted 02.11.12 by BrentJS
Whereas most promotional campaigns for comic-based movies focus on the celebrity actor playing the superhero or the special effects and CGI used to empower the superhero, Columbia Pictures has chosen to spotlight the directing team of Brian Taylor and Mark Neveldine (Crank movies) in the studio's latest releases about Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. A couple of weeks ago, a batch of new set photos and still images were released that included more shots of the duo directing than it did of title star Nicolas Cage acting. Now, a new featurette has appeared online that pretty much makes the directors look like the movie's real superheroes as they repeatedly risk their lives to capture what promises to be some of the most incredible shots in a superhero movie in recent memory.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance was written Scott M. Gimple, Seth Hoffman and David S. Goyer, from a story by Goyer. Idris Elba, Christopher Lambert, Violante Placido. Fergus Riordan, Johnny Whitworth and Ciarán Hinds also star. MORE >> Posted 01.25.12 by BrentJS
In an interview conducted during the beginning of principal photography on Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance — a non-sequel sequel to Ghost Rider that takes place five years after the first movie — title star Nicolas Cage spoke very highly of the directing team of Brian Taylor and Mark Neveldine (Crank movies). He called Taylor a "knowledgeable" filmmaker and credited him with inspiring him to return as Johnny Blaze, the damned superhero possessed by the "Spirit of Vengeance." Cage said that Neveldine was "doing things [he had] never seen a director do before," from "filming on roller blades" to "hanging on wires," describing him as a "stunt man, camera operator and director all in one."
A batch of new photos from the set of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance have just been released that perfectly illustrate what Cage was talking about, with one showing Taylor putting his knowledge to work as he instructs Violante Placido in the proper way to hold a gun and two other amazing photos showing Neveldine being pulled behind a motorcyle on rollerblades and hanging from a wire to catch the perfect shots. In addition, a new still image from the movie has been released that shows what you need to fight The Devil (Ciarán Hinds) if you don't have the "Spirit of Vengeance" living inside of you the way Blaze does: Guns. Lots and lots of guns. see the set photos and new still image >> Posted 01.08.12 by BrentJS
There are plenty of comic book movies lined up for 2012, but the first to make an appearance is Columbia Pictures' (and Marvel's) Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (a federal judge recently ruled that Marvel owns the rights to the character and not its creator, writer Gary Friedrich, but Columbia owns the movie rights).
Spirit of Vengeance finds Johnny Blaze, aka Ghost Rider (Nicolas Cage), in a different place in his life than in 2007's Ghost Rider. Living in self-imposed exile in Eastern Europe and ignoring his curse as the devil's bounty hunter, Blaze embraces his dark side once more in order to save the life of a 10-year-old boy named Danny (Fergus Riordan) and his mother (Violante Placido) from the devil himself (Ciarán Hinds).
Impressive enough, this time around Ghost Rider can spit bullets and urinate flames (as seen in the sequel's teaser trailer). The first TV spot for the sequel ignores the latter, but does include the spitting bullets part. watch the TV spot >> Posted 01.04.12 by Ryan
With less than two months to go before its theatrical debut, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance has finally spawned an official movie site. Directed by Brian Taylor and Mark Neveldine (Crank movies), Spirit of Vengeance is a strange sort of sequel. It keeps Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage as Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider from 2007's Ghost Rider, but reboots everything else, including Ghost Rider's origin, look and powers. While the videos and still images on the new site are nothing new, there are a number of cool downloads, including wallpapers, animated GIF images, icons and Twitter skins, with a game and 3D video stunt listed as "coming soon." more about Spirit of Vengeance >> Posted 12.29.11 by BrentJS
Last time we saw footage from the sequel Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Nicolas Cage was urinating fire at the end of the teaser trailer that was released in August.
Things get far more serious in the just-released feature trailer, which focuses more on the sequel's story as it follows Johnny Blaze, aka Ghost Rider (Cage), living in self-imposed exile in Eastern Europe. In order to save the life of a 10-year-old boy named Danny (Fergus Riordan) and his mother (Violante Placido), Blaze decides to embrace his dark side once more to keep the devil (Ciarán Hinds) from using the boy to help him become more powerful than ever.
While the trailer provides plenty of action and fiery chain-work from the Rider himself, there's also a pretty entertaining line from Cage that we feel will rival his "I feel like my skull's on fire" quote that accompanied almost every TV spot and trailer for 2007's Ghost Rider. See if you can spot it. watch the trailer >> Posted 12.15.11 by Ryan