Movie News: Nicolas Cage May Go Darker, Funnier; Trailers for Ryan Reynolds in 'Turbo' and Kevin Hart in 'Ride Along'

Movie News: Nicolas Cage May Go Darker, Funnier; Trailers for Ryan Reynolds in 'Turbo' and Kevin Hart in 'Ride Along'

Jul 02, 2013


Lost Melody: Nicolas Cage, who likes to stay busy, is in talks to star in Lost Melody, described as a "darkly funny drama in the tradition of such classics as The Blue Angel and Sunset Boulevard." Terry Zwigoff (Ghost World, Bad Santa) cowrote the script and will direct. If negotations are successful, Cage would portray an unhappily married man who falls in love with a prostitute. If he and Zwigoff could make that premise painfully funny, we could be in for a weird winner, like 2010's Kick-Ass, pictured above. [The Wrap]

The Butler: We've heard quite a bit about Lee Daniels' drama The Butler, starring Forest Whitaker as a real-life butler who served under eight presidents at the White House. The movie's scheduled for release from the Weinstein Co. on August 16, but suddenly Warner Bros. has claimed that it has the rights to the title, thanks to a 1916 comedy short that is a part of its library. The title sounds pretty generic to us, but what do we know, we're not highly paid Hollywood lawyers. [Deadline]

Turbo Trailer: Racing into theaters on July 17, Turbo features an impressive voice cast, led by Ryan Reynolds as a snail with a need for speed, Samuel L. Jackson as a trainer of some sort, and Ken Jeong (The Hangover) as… a little old lady. The newest trailer features that surprise, along with exciting racing footage -- the snail competes in the Indy 500 -- and plenty of one-liners. [Yahoo! Movies]

Ride Along Trailer: Kevin Hart and Ice Cube star in the comedy Ride Along, due in theaters on January 17, 2014. The fast and funny first teaser establishes the premise: Hart has one day to prove to his girlfriend's tough-as-nails police officer brother that he's worthy of her hand in marriage -- and also to prove that his acceptance to the police academy is no fluke. Tim Story, who directed Hart to great success in 2012's Think Like a Man, helmed this one as well; the cast includes John Leguizamo and Laurence Fishburne. [YouTube]

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