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First look at Nicolas Cage in David Gordon Green's Joe and Matt Damon and Michael Douglas in Behind the Candelabra

Feb. 7, 2013by: Paul Shirey
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We've got two first official looks today, one from director David Gordon Green's JOE, starring Nicolas Cage and the other from HBO's BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, starring Matt Damon and Michael Douglas.  First up is Cage's JOE, where he plays an ex-con who finds a role model in the form of a fifteen-year-old boy.  Green, who has previously directed ALL THE REAL GIRLS, PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, and the brilliant HBO series Eastbound and Down is at the helm, tapping into his more dramatic side, which will hopefully be a step in the right direction after the box office disappointments of YOUR HIGHNESS and THE SITTER.  His most recent film, PRINCE AVALANCHE, starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch debuted at Sundance with solid reviews, so the director may be on the upswing.

Here's the synopsis:

In the dirty unruly world of small-town Texas, ex-convict Joe Ransom (Cage) has tried to put his dark past behind him and to live a simple life. He works for a lumber company by day, drinks by night. But when 15-year-old Gary (Sheridan) - a kid trying to support his family - comes to town, desperate for work, Joe has found a way to atone for his sins - to finally be someone’s hero. As Joe tries to protect Gary, the pair will take the twisting road to redemption in the hope for a better life in this tough, hard-hitting but incredibly moving story.

Next up is Steven Soderbergh's adaptation of the autobiographical novel BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, which chronicles the six-year relationship between famed musician Liberace (Michael Douglas) and his lover, Scott Thorson (Matt Damon).  Soderbergh took the film all over Hollywood to get made, but it as deemed "too gay" by everyone, except HBO. 

"Nobody would make it, We went to everybody in town. They all said it was too gay. And this is after 'Brokeback Mountain,' by the way, which is not as funny as this movie. I was stunned. It made no sense to any of us."

We've seen some snippets of footage and a few set pics so far, but this is the first official image of the duo (ambiguously gay?) looking every bit their real-life counterparts.  I'm looking forward to seeing this, especially when it's a project that fought through the studio system to see the light of day. 

JOE will debut sometime in 2013, while BEHIND THE CANDELABRA is set for sometime in May, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: Cage seems like a perfect fit for David Gordon Green. I think he'd do well to work with directors who can tap into his crazy and harness it, rather than just film it going wild.

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9:16PM on 02/07/2013
Two movies so similar, it will be difficult to tell them apart.
Two movies so similar, it will be difficult to tell them apart.
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6:55PM on 02/07/2013
Man, I'm excited for JOE. It could be a return to form for Gordon Green and Cage. DGG's early films were incredible, but his detour into comedy has come off the fucking rails. I LOVE "stupid" comedies. I love Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Danny McBride and the numerous others that practice this art form. But Your Highness and The Sitter are two of the worst films I have seen in recent memory. They are flat out fucking awful. I can't imagine anyone taking that material and making worse movies.
Man, I'm excited for JOE. It could be a return to form for Gordon Green and Cage. DGG's early films were incredible, but his detour into comedy has come off the fucking rails. I LOVE "stupid" comedies. I love Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Danny McBride and the numerous others that practice this art form. But Your Highness and The Sitter are two of the worst films I have seen in recent memory. They are flat out fucking awful. I can't imagine anyone taking that material and making worse movies. Cage was a once great, if eccentric, actor. Now he is known only as the guy that takes every part in every film offered to him because he can't afford not to. It's a shame. I would love to see both of them get back to doing what they do best. Looks like this could be it.
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2:08PM on 02/07/2013

I want that Corvette Stingray!!!!!

Not as excited about Nic Cage because he's so hit-and-miss but the Liberace biopic looks good.
Not as excited about Nic Cage because he's so hit-and-miss but the Liberace biopic looks good.
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2:07PM on 02/07/2013

Money

The reason why every studio turned down BEHIND THE CANDELABRA is because of money. Who under the age of 30 has even heard of Liberace, let alone name one of his songs?
The reason why every studio turned down BEHIND THE CANDELABRA is because of money. Who under the age of 30 has even heard of Liberace, let alone name one of his songs?
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1:55PM on 02/07/2013
JOE looks like its going to be really good, and Cage is looking mighty badass.
I can't believe studios turned down a movie about Liberace! I thought biopics were oscar belt, take MILK for example. Anyways, both look like good times.
JOE looks like its going to be really good, and Cage is looking mighty badass.
I can't believe studios turned down a movie about Liberace! I thought biopics were oscar belt, take MILK for example. Anyways, both look like good times.
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1:23PM on 02/07/2013

Cage Rage

Man I can see Cage not satisfied with simply mastering the world of the ultimate hair-do has moved onto facial dominance!
There can be only one!
Damn sometimes you forget he is an academy award winning actor, sure looks it in that shot.
Man I can see Cage not satisfied with simply mastering the world of the ultimate hair-do has moved onto facial dominance!
There can be only one!
Damn sometimes you forget he is an academy award winning actor, sure looks it in that shot.
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12:53PM on 02/07/2013
Cage is back to looking like a bad ass.
Cage is back to looking like a bad ass.
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12:33PM on 02/07/2013
Such contrasting pics.... oh and Nic Cage looks freaking awesome!!!!!
Such contrasting pics.... oh and Nic Cage looks freaking awesome!!!!!
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