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Nicolas Cage Says 'I'm Done' Making 'Ghost Rider' Movies


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[From MTV Splash Page"Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" is very much a movie for me. As a fan of co-directors Mark Neveldine and Bryan Taylor well before their Marvel adaptation, and as a fan of Nicolas Cage's signature brand of over-the-top performances, "Spirit of Vengeance" was a movie that worked for me on every level — or, at least, on the important ones.

That said, I am the first to admit that it's not a movie for everyone. Its 17% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes says it, too. With that statistic in mind, perhaps it's not surprising to hear that Cage is done making "Ghost Rider" movies.

"I think the ship has sailed on that one," Cage told MTV News at the recent press junket for "The Croods," his new animated movie from Fox and DreamWorks Animation. "At least with me involved."

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Filed Under: Movie News | Source: MTV Splash Page

New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows' and More

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Warner Bros.

This week: After the blockbuster success of the first film, it was elementary that Robert Downey Jr. would return as the world's greatest sleuth and master of disguise in "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," costarring Jude Law, Noomi Rapace and Jared Evans.

Also new this week is Nicolas Cage's return as Johnny Blaze in "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance," Thandie Newton in "Tyler Perry's Good Deeds," the harrowing World War II foreign drama "In Darkness," and the Blu-ray debut of "Meatballs" with Bill Murray. Get More »

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Get In Shape with 'Ghost Rider' Star Idris Elba

You know that Idris Elba is the star of "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance." But did you also know that he's an ambassador for the upcoming London Olympics?

Elba takes his position of ambassador very seriously and believes in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. He's also been concerned about all of the "fat journalists" who ask "lazy questions" that he's been encountering while doing publicity for both "Ghost Rider" and the Olympics -- enough that he's taken it on himself to start a hardcore workout and training program especially for people like MTV's own Josh Horowitz.

It's not easy to train with Idris Elba. Watch as he pushes Josh to his physical, emotional and mental limits in sprinting, wrestling and fencing on MTV After Hours.

Filed Under: Movie News Video | Source: MTV

Box Office Gridlock: Three Films In Virtual Tie For First

Safe House

This week's box office winner is still up in the air thanks to a three way virtual tie for first place, with "The Vow," "Safe House" and "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" battling it out for the top spot.

Holdovers "Safe House" ($23.9 million) and "The Vow" ($23.6 million) appeared to have a slight edge over newcomer "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" ($22 million), but with the figures still being estimates at this point, any one of the three could emerge victorious when all is said and done.

For the full weekend report, including strong showings from "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" and "This Means War," head to

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Q&A: 'Ghost Rider 2' Directors Totally Think Nic Cage Is a Vampire

Filmmakers Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor know all about pumping up the voltage, having helmed "Crank" and its sequel "Crank: High Voltage." But directing Nicolas Cage in "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" was a new experience altogether, because they got to play with fire. Lots of it.

We caught up with Neveldine and Taylor at New York Comic Con, where they revealed just how many bodily orifices can emit flames, as well as those pesky "Nicolas Cage is a vampire" rumors and which Journey songs inspired their flame-filled shoot.

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The 'Spirit of Vengeance' Is With These 5 'Ghost Rider' Clips

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
Columbia Pictures

Dynamic directorial duo Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor are known for Rollerblading through action scenes with disposable consumer-grade camcorders, and now they're applied that extreme DIY spirit to the world of big-budget comic book movies with "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance."

Nicolas Cage is back with another wackadoo performance in a weird haircut, and the footage promises to take things up a notch or two from the last outing of the possessed hero. Get More »

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Nicolas Cage: Ultimate Fanboy

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
Columbia Pictures

This weekend, "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" is motorcycling to multiplexes across the country. Along with flaming asphalt, it will no doubt leave great controversy in the geekazoid community. Is it a fun B-picture offering a heavy dose of Crazy Nic Cage and frenzied Neveldine/Taylor camerawork? Or is a mess on wheels that makes the first "Ghost Rider" look like "Iron Man"?

I leave it to you to hammer this argument out, but there's one thing that's absolutely for certain: Nicolas Cage's fanboy cred.

The two-time Johnny Blaze doesn't just own an Academy Award statuette; he's got the heart of an unrepentant comic-book nerd, and he doesn't care who knows it. In case you weren't aware, let us detail the ways in which Nic Cage is Hollywood's A-list dork. Get More »

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Neveldine/Taylor Could Burn More Rubber With 'Ghost Rider 3'

Columbia Pictures

Over-the-top directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor have got the spirit inside them … the "Spirit of Vengance," that is.

Notoriously quick on their feet, these guys are just now dropping the "Ghost Rider" sequel and they're already talking about a third one. They sure can "Crank" 'em out, can't they?

The team known simply as Neveldine/Taylor, prone to strapping on rollerblades, grabbing a camcorder and getting into the action themselves, have told The Playlist that discussions are already underway for more flaming insanity. Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: The Playlist

Next Factor: 'Ghost Rider' Star Violante Placido

Violante Placido
Getty Images

It's impossible not to notice Italian actress Violante Placido. She possesses the kind of stunning beauty that makes men forget their names, particularly if she's showing off her considerable natural gifts in a movie like "The American."

After her scene-stealing performance opposite George Clooney, it's no wonder Hollywood came calling again to offer her a sexy role in the action sequel "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance." Placido plays the kind of fiercely protective mother who would gladly put a bullet in you if it meant saving her kid. With her alluring charm and acting pedigree, Placido should be a household name in no time. Get More »

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Nicolas Cage Is Sexy and He Knows It

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
Columbia Pictures

You know Nicolas Cage the actor. But do you know Nicolas Cage the one-man cover band?

The "Seeking Justice" star recently appeared on Capital Breakfast, a show on UK radio station 95-106 Capital FM, and ended up treating the hosts and listeners to his own a cappella version of "Sexy and I Know It," the hit single by electro-rap duo LMFAO (and what BuzzFeed calls "one of the most popular/annoying songs of the millennium"). Get More »

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