CS! berichtet über die US-Einspielerergebnisse...
[...] After one of the busiest Presidents' Day weekends at the box office ever, things settled down despite the release of five new movies in wide release. Even so, Sony's Ghost Rider, starring Nicolas Cage, was able to hold its place as the #1 movie at the box office for a second weekend with $19.7 million, despite taking a hard plunge from its record-setting opening. In ten days, it has grossed $78.6 million. [...]
IFMagazine.com sprach mit dem Regisseur Mark Steven Johnson, u.a. über eine mögliche Fortsetzung...
iF: [...] Now that GHOST RIDER is a success, does a sequel look like a possibility and
would you be involved?
JOHNSON: I'm really happy about the success of GHOST RIDER. I really just wanted to make something fun and different, something that didn't take itself too seriously. It's a really weird movie and we didn't know if anybody would even show up in the first place. So the fact that we're breaking records, not just in the U.S., but also around the world, is a real kick. I'd love to do another one. But that's really up to Sony now. I'd like to see what Mephisto has in store for Johnny down the road. Safe to say, that things are going to get worse for Johnny before they get better!
Heute startet "Ghost Rider" in den deutschen Kinos... Spiegel.de berichtet über die US-Kinocharts...
CS! berichtet über die US-Einspielerergebnisse...
Sony Pictures and Mark Steven Johnson's adaptation of Marvel Comics Ghost Rider, starring Nicolas Cage and Eva Mendes, rode home with an estimated $15.9 million its opening Friday, about $600,000 more than Johnson's Daredevil opened with over President's Day weekend four years ago. With that impressive of an opening, Ghost Rider is looking likely to set a new record for a President's Day weekend opener if it hold up well enough to make over $45.1 million over the four-day weekend. Either way, it's likely to become Nicolas Cage's biggest opening movie to date by topping his 2004 hit National Treasure. [...]
Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik von Harry Knowles... Ausserdem gibt es bei AICN eine Kritik von Massawyrm...
[...] Ghost Rider is a total mess practically from start to finish, a giant flaming turd racing down the highway at 200 MPH. But worry not. This ain’t X-Men 3. This isn’t The Punisher. This isn’t going to be one of my fevered rants about the failure to get this right. No, this is more of a defeated sigh. Because while I certainly won’t compare it to X3, I will invoke Fantastic Four. Really, when all is said and done, that’s exactly what this is. They get as much right as they get wrong - but all the while, they never manage to make anything resembling a good movie. [...]
Bei CS! gibt es ein Video-Interview mit Nicolas Cage und Eva Mendes...
CHUD widmet sich der Tatsache, dass keine Vorabvorführungen von "Ghost Rider" stattfinden... Derweil berichtet MovieWeb über die mögliche Fortsetzung...
At a press-event for Sony Pictures and Marvel Entertainment's Ghost Rider, producer Avi Arad announced that talks are now underway to develop a sequel to the action-packed superhero movie starring Nicolas Cage and Eva Mendes.
Cage would once again portray stunt cyclist Johnny Blaze who has sold his soul to the devil. By day, Johnny is a die-hard stunt rider... but at night, in the presence of evil, he becomes the Ghost Rider, a bounty hunter of rogue demons, forced to do the devil's bidding.
Ghost Rider is one of Nicholas Cage's favorite comics; he is very passionate about playing the character and would be eager to come back for future installments.
Arad said that the crew spent a year tweaking the Ghost Rider graphics technology. We were able to see the film at a special press-screening - the first time the audience gets to see Johnny Blaze transform into the Ghost Rider, it is a mind-blowing experience ... the effects are that incredible! [...]
Bei CS! gibt es ein Interview mit Nicolas Cage und Eva Mendes...
CS/SHH!: Nic, when we talked to you last, you said you weren't sure you wanted to continue on with this series. Mark said there have been some talks since then. Can you see yourself now in "Ghost Rider 2"?
Cage: Well, it depends upon the reaction from the movie going audiences if they are enthusiastic about it and if there is a good script. I would say of all the characters I've played, my interests coincide with where this particular character could go. I am interested in the metaphysical nature of Ghost Rider and his world. I am a man with an open mind. I really don't know anything, but I'm very interested in the spiritual and the material. And this is the one superhero who walks between both worlds. I think it's pretty exciting because he's new and there is a lot of room for adventure with this guy. [...]
Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik zum Film...
[...] In short, I really liked the movie. The effects were great. Nic Cage was hilarious. I would have like to see more fights/bigger sequences, but that is minor compared to what I liked. Also, I really loved the score by Christopher Young, one of my favorite composers who did the music for the Hellraiser movies. Ghost Rider was a pleasant surprise and a return to form for Nicolas Cage. [...]
Bei DemoNews gibt es Screenshots und GamePlay-Videos aus der PS2-Version des kommenden "Ghost Rider" Videospiels...... Und Moviehole sprach mit Nicholas Cage...
Bei YouTube.com gibt es "AMC's First Look at Ghost Rider", inkl. neuem Material aus dem Film, sowie Interviews mit Nicolas Cage und Mark Steven Johnson...
Bei Freewebs gibt es einen TV-Spot...
Bei AICN gibt es ein kurzes Flash-Video zur Realisierung der "Ghost Rider"-Transformation...
Das Offizielle Movie Blog präsentiert ein neues Poster... Und JoBlo.com sprach mit Nicolas Cage...
[...] How much of the tone did you set for this project?
I was with the project when Steve Norrington was still attached to it and that was a much darker interpretation. David Goyer wrote that script and it was a good script, and I'm sure that Norrington would've done an amazing job, but I think that when Mark [Steven Johnson] came onboard and he wrote this version I think that it opened up the character to a wider audience. I wanted the kids to go see the movie. So, yeah, there are some scary moments in it, but more scary like a 1950's Vincent Price B-movie which is fun. I didn't want them to be too scared.
So, the spirit of it is that I wanted to be very playful. There's a lot of humor in the movie. This character is absurd. He's an absurdist character and I think that's a good thing because that gives me a chance to bring comedy to it as well. He's not a chain smoking, hard drinking bad ass. What I wanted to contribute was that Johnny was trying to keep the devil away because he really is in trouble with the devil. So if that's the case then why bring him in. So he's trying to deflect and stay relaxed by listening to Karen Carpenter and eating jelly beans out of a martini glass and just trying to stay calm because he knows at any moment it can creep up on him. [...]
Die Offizielle Website wurde relaunched...
SHH! berichtet über den "Ghost Rider" Preview-Event...
Bei AICN gibt es eine detaillierte Beschreibung von Filmszenen, die auf der Wizard World Texas gezeigt wurden... SPOILER !!! Und ein Interview mit dem Regisseur Mark Steven Johnson...
[...] In order to give expression to a faceless character, they use the color, shape, and movement of his flames to show you how he is feeling.
There will be an extended cut of Ghost Rider on DVD, and he is very excited about it. He is happy with the current theatrical cut, as he has had no outside interference while editing, but there are many cut scenes that he hated to lose that he will have inserted back into the extended edition. [...]
Das Offizielle Movie Blog zeigt wie sich Blaze in Ghost Rider verwandelt...
Bei JoBlo.com kann man weitere Poster begutachten...
Der neue "Ghost Rider" Trailer ist online !!!
Bei Moviefone kann man einen Blick auf ein neues Poster werfen...
CS! berichtet über die Präsentation auf der Comic-Con 2006, wo kurze Szenen aus dem Film gezeigt wurden...
Die Offizielle Website bietet neues Material... Und CS! zeigt ein Promo-Poster von der Comic-Con 2006 !!!
[...] although there were some reshoots in the last few weeks for Ghost Rider, it's now complete and Cage is finished with the project.
"They were just tweaking certain things towards the end," he explained. "The reason the movie was delayed, I know that's been on people's minds. There were some effects that finally got authorized by the studio which [writer-director] Mark [Steven Johnson] really wanted and they're pretty big and it took time to put them together and design them. So we had to delay it and I think it's good because it's something we really wanted to fight for with Ghost Rider going into battle with a helicopter."
Cage, who is a big comic book fan, is really excited about the movie and said he thinks the audience will love his character.
"I mean, of all the characters I feel like that's the one we haven't seen anything quite like yet. It's new terrority because it deals with the spiritual as well as the physical world and that's pretty complex stuff for a comic book character. Also he's a lot of fun. The character of Johnny Blaze, the way we've kind of all designed him, he's a fun character. I wanted to bring a little humor to it as well."
As for a sequel, don't expect him to be in one if there is another one, or any sequel for that matter.
"I'm not contractually obligated to sequels on anything. I'll never say never, but I am happy that I haven't made any sequels to this point. If I do do a sequel, I'm going to have to know for sure that the script is better than the original. So I'm going to be very careful about that because I'm not eager to repeat myself." [...]
Bei Marvel.com gibt es ein paar neue Bilder...
Bei Apple.com gibt es den "Ghost Rider" Teaser-Trailer !!!
Bei AICN-Downunder gibt es ein paar Insider-Infos...
[...] Scooper "LuckyWan" has been snooping around Fox Studios in Sydney, and came across some pretty cool stuff relating to that GHOST RIDER flick they filmed in Melbourne a year or so back. You know -- the one with the impossibly tight security allowing practically no info to get out whatsoever. Here's what our man had to say:
The villain in Blackheart played by Wes Bently (the kid obsessed with plastic bags in American Beauty) and he seemed to be a very over-the- top villain. His cronies are all evil versions of the elements. One is made of dirt and worms, another seems like liquid while another is a ghost or air. They are all very comic book like as well. Blackheart sent his cronies to get the Ghost Rider and steal something back so they could have all the souls on Earth and Mephisto could get none. In one scene, he takes down a whole biker bar by himself. Reminded me much of Terminator's opening scene.
Now, Ghost Rider is freaking awesome. They really nailed the look, sound and tone of this. Much better efforts than Daredevil. The flaming skull was unbelievable looking and they were still months from finishing all the effects on the film. His bike is even cooler and responds when he whistles for it. Of coarse it leaves a line of fire wherever he rides since the wheels are on fire. His weapon of choice is his chain that he wraps around his jacket. Think Indiana Jones, except that he ignites it on fire and kills ghosts instead of Nazis. One scene I saw has Ghost Rider roll up looking for Abigor (Ghost crony). This guy flies around like a cloud of black smoke. Its very cool looking. He knocks the shit out of Ghost Rider picks him up and slams him into a car. What really struck me was the way Ghost Rider got off the car. It looked like that very cheesy over-acting with the body that they use in Power Rangers and even in points of Daredevil. But they aren't going for Batman Begins here.
I watched another scene in which they meet Ghost Rider in a depot. He shows up and kicks some ass. They drive a semi into him, obviously thinking he's dead. He reappears naturally and grabs one of the baddies. He says "Look into my eyes", for all you who don't know, Ghost Rider's eye sockets allow you to relive every horrible sin you've ever committed. The voice effects on Ghost Rider were again PERFECT. It doesn't sound like it came from this world. It doesn't sound like Nick Cage. He makes the bad guy scream so horrifically, you almost have sympathy for him when Ghost Rider fire chains his ass apart.
If you liked Nick Cage in Con Air, you'll love him in Ghost Rider. I personally don't care for Mr. Cage's southern texas, cajun drawl. But! The only scene I saw with Nick as Johnny Blaze was in a police interrogation room. They police couldn't figure out how all these criminals were being incinerated while Johnny's tire tracks were there. They can't pin anything on him and it seems like Johnny himself doesn't remember becoming Ghost Rider. A cop lights a cigarrette and the flame extends a few inches, away from Johnny. They look at him and replies with something like "That was wierd." its a pretty funny scene. My only gripe with Nick Cage as Johnny Blaze is his age. He's not a late 20's or early 30's guy. He is still trying to be, with his gelled hair and leather jacket. The overall vibe was that he didn't fit the role as others might have.
The word around the office is that GHOST RIDER's trailer will be attached to X3. [...]
Bei GameSpot gibt es Impressionen zum kommenden "Ghost Rider" Videospiel...
2K Games gibt bekannt, dass man eine Vertriebsvereinbarung mit Marvel Entertainment getroffen hat: Demnach wird 2K Games das Videospiel Ghost Rider vertreiben, das auf dem gleichnamigen Comic von Marvel und dem Kinofilm mit Nicolas Cage von Columbia Pictures basiert.
Ghost Rider entsteht bei der Climax Group und soll parallel mit dem Film im Februar 2007 in den USA erscheinen; Plattformen wurden noch nicht genannt. In dem Streifen geht es um den Motorrad-Stunt-Fahrer Johnny Blaze, der seine Seele an den teuflischen Mephistopheles verliert.
Blaze fährt ab sofort jede Nacht als Ghost Rider durch die Nacht. Das Spiel greift die Handlung des Films auf: Als Johnny Blaze kämpft man mit seinen Ghost Rider-Superkräften gegen das Böse.
Das Geschehen erlebt man aus einer Verfolgerperspektive. 2K Games verspricht zahlreiche Nahkämpfe und Hochgeschwindigkeits-Action mit dem Motorrad.
Bei SHH! kann man exklusives Artwork bestaunen...
Bei SHH! gibt es einen sehenswerten SFX-Clip (Quicktime)...
Die Offizielle Website bietet einen Blick auf den bewegten "Ghost Rider"...
Sony Pictures' $120 million Nicolas Cage-starrer Ghost Rider, based on the Marvel comic book, has been bumped from its July 14, 2006, release date to President's Day weekend (Feb. 16) 2007.
Variety says that the move likely won't be the last for Sony, which still has six other films to release during the upcoming summer months. The studio has 28 movies lined up for 2006 from its five divisions (Columbia, Screen Gems, TriStar, Revolution and MGM). [...]
Bei TheCrazyHunters.de gibt es einen Teaser...
Bei AICN kann man einen Blick auf den überarbeiteten "Ghost Rider" riskieren...
Bei Cinematical gibt es ein erstes Bild von Wes Bentley als Blackheart...
Bei ScreenUsed gibt es sehenswerte Hellcycle-Bilder...
CS! berichtet über die "Ghost Rider"-Präsentation auf der Comic-Con...
[...] The teaser was for Comic-Con only and reportedly won't be online.
It starts out showing Nicolas Cage as Johnny Blaze preparing to jump a line of trucks on a motorcycle at a football field. Intercut with it are scenes of Mendes interviewing Blaze before the stunt for TV. Then, of course, things turn dark. We see various shots of Peter Fonda as Mephisto, Wes Bentley as Blackheart, and a variety of other bad guys with sharp teeth. Sam Elliot is also shown mentoring Johnny Blaze. In one amusing scene, Elliot asks Blaze if he's alright. Blaze responds, "I'm fine but I feel like my skull's on fire." That line got laughs from the audience. Other memorable scenes include a shot of Johnny stumbling along as fire seems form on his feet. The teaser concludes with a shot of a motorcycle cop clocking with a radar gun at the Texas state line. As Ghost Rider approaches, the radar clocks him at 999 mph, then the cop is blown away as the Spirit of Vengeance passes. Ghost Rider himself was never really shown and a brief glimpse given amid a bunch of quick shots was just test footage used for this temporary teaser. [...]
Majesco Entertainment gibt die Entwicklung von Ghost Rider (Xbox, PS2, PSP) bekannt, dass auf der gleichnamigen Comic-Serie von Marvel basiert. Das Spiel soll zeitgleich mit dem Film im Sommer 2006 in den USA erscheinen, in dem Nicolas Cage die Hauptrolle übernehmen wird.
Die Entwicklung wird vom britischen Studio Climax übernommen. Die Handlung stammt von den Autoren Garth Ennis und Jimmy Palmiotti und soll nach den Ereignissen des Kinofilms stattfinden.
Bei CS! gibt es ein erstes Bild von Ghost Rider, dem Alter-Ego von Johnny Blaze !!!
MTV.com sprach mit Avi Arad...
[...] The film faces the huge challenge of making a fiery, murderous, flaming-skull-headed creature sympathetic to audiences. Arad says it will have a PG-13 rating and a "Southern rock" soundtrack and ethos, and that one scene will feature the motorcycle-riding protagonist facing the unlikely challenge of a tidal wave.
"I remember seeing 'The Perfect Storm,' how the whole wave was CGI. You're going to see something [similar] in 'Ghost Rider.' " While he reveals that Ghost Rider will, at some point, be entirely submerged, Arad vows that the infamous grinning skull will continue to flame on. "Nothing can extinguish it," he smiles. "It's hellfire." [..]
Bei Internapse gibt es einen Videobeitrag aus "Entertainment Tonight", sowie eine Galerie mit Bildern aus dem "Hinter den Kulissen"-Bericht...
Bei CS! gibt es ein Interview mit Nicolas Cage...
[...] Are you signed on for sequels?
Cage: That remains to be seen. I'd have to see the movie and see how it comes together. [...]
Bei IGNFF gibt es ein Interview mit Eva Mendes...
[..] Is the film purely a 'fun action film' or does it function on a deeper level than other movies?
MENDES: I'm not sure. It feels like a fun action film, but it has a lot of heart and it has a love story, which is something I loved about Spider-Man. One of the reasons I loved Spider-Man was that it was true to its love story, and I think this is similar in that way that it's true to its love story - it's not just about some dude with a flaming skull. It's about relationships and what you do for love and where that takes you and how one little decision can affect the rest of your life forever. [...]
Bei SciFi.com gibt es ein Interview mit Nicolas Cage...
[...] Although the subject matter deals with serious themes, Cage said he has tried to inject some lighter moments into the film that weren't in the script. "We've managed to really put a great deal of humor [in it]," he said. "That came naturally to me. I think that heavy material is inherently - I know this is going to sound strange - but it can lend itself very easily to humor. Because I think people, when they're in heavy occupations, you look at paramedics or cops, they have the blackest humor. But it's a way of coping with the situation."
Cage, a longtime fan of the comic, said the character has always appealed to him because he stood out from typical comic-book heroes. "It was dealing with very complicated spiritual issues," Cage said. "And for a comic book, that, to me, seemed different than all the others. I have a line in the movie that we worked on where I say, 'I'm the only one that can walk in both worlds.' And Ghost Rider really is that, when you think about it. Spider-Man doesn't go into the supernatural or the spiritual world. Superman doesn't. Batman doesn't. But Ghost Rider really walks this dimension between two different worlds, and to me that is interesting." [...]
Bei Latino Review gibt es ein Interview mit dem Regisseur Mark Steven Johnson, sowie einen Set-Bericht...
[...] Movie is extremely faithful to the comic but the one thing I did do is I took the best - I hope the best of Johnny Blaze and Danny Ketch - They are the two story lines cause even though I like the Johnny Blaze stuff for me but I like the art work and I like some of the villains and stuff that came out of the Danny Ketch era of the comic. So I was able to take Johnny Blaze, stunt driver all the stuff that I use to love as a kid but the villain is Black Heart, which is the Danny Ketch villain, Caretaker is a Danny Ketch character. So I got to take my favorites from both, Mephistopheles and what not. [...]
Bei ComicBookMovie.com gibt es Bilder von einem SFX-Test eines brennenden Totenschädels...
Bei Internapse gibt es über 150 Bilder vom Set !!!
Bei SHH! gibt es ein paar sehenswerte Bilder vom Set...
Bei CS! gibt es ein erstes Bild von Nicolas Cage als Johnny Blaze !!!
Bei SHH! gibt es einen Set-Bericht...
Bei CS! gibt es ein erstes Bild des Hellcycles...
Bei TNMC gibt es eine Kritik zu einem Drehbuch-Entwurf von David Goyer...