Nicolas Cage gets fired up in new “Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance” pics

Nicolas Cage gets fired up in new “Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance” pics (photo)

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Nicolas Cage obviously has a fire in his belly for the “Ghost Rider” franchise. The first film hit theaters way back in 2007, but his follow-up, “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance,” finally has some photos to show off. And this time, it looks like Ghost Rider’s skull is starting to feel the burn.

New images featuring Cage, as well as his co-star Idris Elba, hit the Internet today via Empire Online, and they offer a few hints about what we can expect to see in the film.

Ghost Rider, first of all, looks like he’s been hitting the tanning salon since we last saw him. His white skull and metallic elements from his outfit all appear as though they’ve been overcooked. Perhaps that’s just part of the aging process when you ride around on fire all the time, though.

Directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor must have darker things in mind for Johnny Blaze, who travels to Eastern Europe to fight the devil in “Spirit of Vengeance.” Cage still cleans up nice when he’s not on fire, however. He appears to be delivering a very serious line (perhaps about his nice haircut) in one of the three photos that were released.

Elba, meanwhile, makes his debut as a warrior monk looking just as intense as you would expect him to. It’s unclear who the guy in the background is, but Elba dodges gunfire like pro.

Then there is Ghost Rider’s motorcycle, which may be even less street legal than it was under the direction of Mark Steven Johnson. All of that clean-burning hellfire now produces a lot more black smoke. When you’re tracking down the devil, reducing the size of your carbon footprint evidently isn’t a major priority in the Marvel Universe.

Idris Elba in “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance”

Nicolas Cage in “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance”

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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