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'Bad Lieutenant"[The original] movie was a result of Judeo-Christian programming. This one is much more existential."

So said Nicolas Cage in the fall of 2008, shortly after wrapping "The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans," the Werner Herzog-directed reworking of the 1992 original. Even now, we're not entirely sure what Cage meant, but we're willing to go with it because a) that sounds kind of amazing and b) it doesn't seem wise to nitpick the guy.

And honestly, "The Bad Lieutenant" is nothing if not wise and amazing. Cage plays Terence McDonagh, a rogue cop with a cornucopia of drug addictions and a twisted sense of moral obligation that keeps him pursuing a murder investigation in post-Katrina New Orleans. Cage has gone dark and jittery on camera before, but never with such manic gusto. It's quite a sight to behold.

To mark the arrival of "Bad Lieutenant" on DVD (out April 6), Cage gave MTV News a call to talk about his history of playing demon-haunted characters, his working relationship with the notoriously loony Herzog, and the movie they tried but failed to make together. Read More...

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Yeah, we all know that the movies are just “Indiana Jones” rip-offs. And they’re preposterous in every way possible, from the kidnapping of the President to secret messages on the Declaration of Independence to the fact that Justin Bartha’s bumbling comic relief somehow hasn’t been killed. But dammit, there’s just something about those “National Treasure” flicks that makes two hours vanish in a non-threatening haze, leaving you with a smile on your face and the vague feeling you’ve been entertained.

Not too long ago, I was at the massive Disney D23 conference when Studio Chairman Dick Cook surprised everyone by bringing Nicolas Cage onstage. The actor said he was on board for a third turn as adventurer Ben Gates. But now that Cook has been fired, Cage has developed some nasty money problems and various stars are expressing concern over Disney’s turnover, who can say what will be? Cage, that's who. I asked him recently if he was still on board for a third “National Treasure” flick, and here's what he had to say. Read More...

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It should be understood that the new film "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" is not technically a remake. Filmmaker Werner Herzog has supposedly never even seen Abel Ferrara's original 1992 film, simply titled "Bad Lieutenant," and the only connections are the title and the fact that both films' protagonists are indeed bad police lieutenants.

Now, according to statements made to the Los Angeles Times in a piece about the second picture, producers Alan and Gabe Polsky hope to continue the "Bad Lieutenant" name as an ongoing franchise. Read More...

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'Bad Lieutenant'When Werner Herzog’s retooled “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” enters theaters later this year, don’t expect to see a tuned-in retelling of director Abel Ferrara’s original “Bad Lieutenant.” In fact, expect Nicholas Cage and Eva Mendes to be doing something completely different.

“I haven’t seen [‘Bad Lieutenant’],” Herzog told MTV News outside the Academy Awards this year. “So I can’t compare it. It has nothing to do with it.”

Herzog clarified that his film is its own story, and though this edition of “Bad Lieutenant” may share a name with its predecessor, it’s going to be a cop noir all of its own making. He went as far as to say that his film will reinvent the genre. Read More...

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Rebuking all the early talk about "Bad Lieutenant: Port of New Orleans," being a remake, star Nicolas Cage recently compared his character to James Bond.

All fine and good – but even James Bond never had a woman like this: "I play a character who is Nicholas Cage's love interest, and she is a working girl, she is a prostitute who is very damaged," Eva Mendes said of her hitherto secret character in the film. "I'm a prostitute so I'm a criminal in that sense, but it's kinda hard to explain. There's actually a very sweet love story between Nic's character and mine, in a very warped and dark, dark world." Read More...

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Nicolas CageCall “Bad Lieutenant: Port of New Orleans” what you will -- a head-scratcher, a leap of faith, a, gulp, bad idea – just don’t call it a remake, star Nicolas Cage said, quite literally echoing statements director Werner Herzog told Defamer this past June.

“It’s a new version of ‘Bad Lieutenant’ in a whole new place. [Herzog] connects it to Bond - like there was more than one Bond,” Cage told MTV News. “[I play] a whole new character. He’s nothing like Harvey [Keitel’s] character.”

Herzog has gone on record as saying that one of the things which most attracted him to the project was a chance to dabble a little in film noir. But while the style might be somewhat new for the legendary director, the underlying themes and questions will be anything but, Cage insisted. Read More...

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