Foreign action movie villains have given us a lot over the years. So when news came down the transom yesterday that Werner Herzog was joining the illustrious accented fraternity (opposite Tom Cruise, no less), we couldn’t resist a quick tour of the most memorable (and most accented) villains the movies have to offer. They seem to favor designer suits…
Hitting the Books: In honor of collegiate weather, the RL chaps take a tour through the newly renovated New York Public Library in Bryant Park. [Rugby Blog]
The Car Makes the Man: On Friday, Sotheby’s is auctioning off James Bond’s Goldfinger-era Aston Martin, tire-destroying hubcaps and all. It’s poised to become the most expensive film vehicle ever sold at auction...but don’t let that stop you. [Word of Mouth]
Good and Evil in New Orleans: The true story of Banksy and his nemesis, the Gray Ghost, in a struggle to control the empty walls of New Orleans. [Web Urbanist]
The Modern Fairy Tale: I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there, I’ll tell you how Werner Herzog saved Joaquin Phoenix’s life by pulling him from a gasoline-soaked car wreck. [Movieline]
Mark Your Calendars: The latest Terry Richardson-lensed Pirelli Calendar just went out through the mail—but unless you’re a subscriber, you’ll have to make do with teaser shots like this one. [Fashion Copious]
The Big Thirteen: Esky gets its MacArthur on, naming thirteen renegades currently changing the world. [Esquire]
Bad Lieutenant! Bad!: Werner Herzog talks about coaxing the crazy out of Nicolas Cage for the upcoming Bad Lieutenant. We’re a little excited, if you couldn’t tell. [Movieline]
We’re All Cousins, Aren’t We?: Vampire Weekend’s latest single is actually kind of badass. [BlackBook]
1991’s Bad Lieutenant is notorious in New York film circles as one of the tawdriest movies ever made, so the prospect of a polished Hollywood remake is enough to get our interest up. And since it’s the brainchild of German New Cinema vet Werner Herzog—who’s been on quitearoll lately—we’re more than a little excited.
The trailer just landed, and the best news is the brilliant and inexplicably bankable Nicolas Cage. He’s at his best when he’s at his craziest, so the chance to play a drug-addled, rapidly disintegrating cop is something he can really sink his teeth into. He’s in full Pacino-mode for just about the whole trailer, and the hallucinated iguanas in the trailer suggest nobody’s playing this one for subtlety.
At the very least, it’ll tide us over until National Treasure 3.