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March 10, 1996
In Claudia Puig's profile of Nicolas Cage ("He's Up. He's Down. He's Up. He's Down. He's Up for Good?" Feb. 4), she refers to his fee of $300,000" for "Leaving Las Vegas" as nominal. She goes on to say, referring to his fee for "The Rock," ". . . it must feel nice to be . . . taking home a paycheck this time around." Surely, she jests. Perhaps, by industry standards, $300,000 was a pitifully low wage for Cage's wonderful performance in "Vegas." But that only reflects the ever-escalating, insanely high sums paid to entertainers these days.
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April 10, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
For a while now, Nicolas Cage has seemed more punch line than artistic force. More memorable for stopping by "Saturday Night Live" in 2012 to join the "In the Cage" satire, a none too flattering impression perfected by the very funny Andy Samberg , than for dreadful films like "Ghost Rider" that inspired it. Classic Cage, the kind of performances that graced 1987's "Moonstruck" with such moody romantic charm, or 1995's "Leaving Las Vegas"...
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NEWS
July 23, 2010 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Nicolas Cage is mad as hell -- maybe because he just escaped from there. In Summit's upcoming thriller "Drive Angry 3D," Cage plays a father who returns from the dead to wreak vengeance on the man who killed his daughter and kidnapped her baby. (The film's title came during a brainstorming session director Patrick Lussier held on Groundhog Day several years ago -- he recalled one of the many memorable lines from the holiday-themed Bill Murray comedy: "Don't drive angry.") At a Friday morning Comic-Con panel in Hall H, Cage compared the role to "abstract art" or "improvisational jazz."
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Amid a rising tide of biblical movies this year, the Christian drama "Left Behind," starring Nicolas Cage, has been set for release Oct. 3 by Stoney Lake Entertainment, according to a Variety report. Based on the popular book series by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye, "Left Behind" is set on a commercial airliner in the immediate aftermath of the Rapture, in which millions of Christians have been transported to heaven while the rest of the world is plunged into chaos. Cage plays Ray Steele, a pilot trying to calm his hysterical passengers, land his damaged plane and get back to his family.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2013 | By Hector Becerra
The man who claimed he was abducted while walking his dog is now in police custody, along with his fiancee, on suspicion of burglarizing the home of Nicolas Cage's former girlfriend. Darwin Vela, 22, and Kelly McLaren, 24, were arrested in Inglewood on Monday and jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail each, said Los Angeles police Sgt. Cleon Joseph. They are suspected of breaking into the home of Christina Fulton in August, along with a man named Ricardo Orozco. Just last week, McLaren was using the media to ask the public's help in finding Vela after she said he never returned home while taking their chocolate Labrador out for a walk in South L.A. She said she discovered the dog outside "cowering" and noticed blood on its leash.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2014 | By Paresh Dave, This post has been corrected. See note below for details
A home repairman pleaded no contest Wednesday to allegations he stole and pawned an $8,000 Rolex Submariner watch from the Beverly Grove house of actor Nicolas Cage's ex-girlfriend. The watch belonged to Christina Fulton's son, and prosecutors said it was taken from his bedroom last April on a day when 39-year-old Ricardo Orozco was working there. Orozco is accused of pawning the watch the next day. Los Angeles police matched the watch to the one stolen through receipts and a serial number, prosecutors said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton
The Los Angeles man who vanished while walking his dog Tuesday night was scheduled to testify in a third-strike burglary case against a man accused of breaking into the home of actor Nicolas Cage's ex-girlfriend, officials confirmed. Darwin Vela, 22, was last seen about 9 p.m. Tuesday when he left his home in the 2900 block of South Redondo Boulevard to walk his dog, police said. The 90-pound chocolate Labrador retriever came back alone, Vela's fiancee told The Times, and had blood on his leash.
NEWS
June 29, 2006 | Barbara Serrano
Actor Nicolas Cage announced Wednesday that he's donating $2 million to support Amnesty International's efforts to rehabilitate child soldiers. The donation was announced in New York at a United Nations meeting on the issue. In a videotaped statement, Cage said he was making the contribution "to raise awareness" about the estimated 300,000 young soldiers who are recruited to fight in countries around the world, often on behalf of arms traffickers.
BUSINESS
April 8, 2010 | By Lauren Beale
Nicolas Cage is leaving Bel-Air. And not by choice. The fate of the sprawling Tudor mansion owned by the actor, who won an Oscar for his role in "Leaving Las Vegas," was decided Wednesday far from the baronial estate. It was up for auction Wednesday morning -- along with a handful of other foreclosed properties -- on the steps of the county courthouse in Pomona. After a rapid-fire spiel by the auctioneer, the bidding was opened at $10.4 million, far less than the $35 million that Cage had tried unsuccessfully to sell the house for. To put it mildly, the house, though impressive, was not to everyone's taste.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
For a while now, Nicolas Cage has seemed more punch line than artistic force. More memorable for stopping by "Saturday Night Live" in 2012 to join the "In the Cage" satire, a none too flattering impression perfected by the very funny Andy Samberg , than for dreadful films like "Ghost Rider" that inspired it. Classic Cage, the kind of performances that graced 1987's "Moonstruck" with such moody romantic charm, or 1995's "Leaving Las Vegas"...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2014 | By Paresh Dave, This post has been corrected. See note below for details
A home repairman pleaded no contest Wednesday to allegations he stole and pawned an $8,000 Rolex Submariner watch from the Beverly Grove house of actor Nicolas Cage's ex-girlfriend. The watch belonged to Christina Fulton's son, and prosecutors said it was taken from his bedroom last April on a day when 39-year-old Ricardo Orozco was working there. Orozco is accused of pawning the watch the next day. Los Angeles police matched the watch to the one stolen through receipts and a serial number, prosecutors said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2013 | By Hector Becerra
The man who claimed he was abducted while walking his dog is now in police custody, along with his fiancee, on suspicion of burglarizing the home of Nicolas Cage's former girlfriend. Darwin Vela, 22, and Kelly McLaren, 24, were arrested in Inglewood on Monday and jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail each, said Los Angeles police Sgt. Cleon Joseph. They are suspected of breaking into the home of Christina Fulton in August, along with a man named Ricardo Orozco. Just last week, McLaren was using the media to ask the public's help in finding Vela after she said he never returned home while taking their chocolate Labrador out for a walk in South L.A. She said she discovered the dog outside "cowering" and noticed blood on its leash.
HEALTH
November 23, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Kate Mather
Police are investigating the case of a man who says he was kidnapped and held prisoner days before he was set to testify in a criminal case. Darwin Vela went missing Tuesday while walking his dog. Police searched for Vela, who was scheduled to testify Thursday in the case of a convicted felon facing a "third-strike" conviction for allegedly breaking into the home of Nicolas Cage's ex-girlfriend. Thursday came and went with no sign of Vela. Then on Friday, Vela emerged on the Westside.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton
The mystery began four days ago when Darwin Vela took his chocolate Labrador for a walk in the West Adams district. Minutes later, Vela's fiancee found the dog whimpering outside with blood on his leash and no sign of the 22-year-old man. Police began looking in vain for Vela, who was set to testify Thursday in the case of a convicted felon facing a "third-strike" conviction for allegedly breaking into the home of Nicolas Cage's ex-girlfriend....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton
The Los Angeles man who vanished while walking his dog Tuesday night was scheduled to testify in a third-strike burglary case against a man accused of breaking into the home of actor Nicolas Cage's ex-girlfriend, officials confirmed. Darwin Vela, 22, was last seen about 9 p.m. Tuesday when he left his home in the 2900 block of South Redondo Boulevard to walk his dog, police said. The 90-pound chocolate Labrador retriever came back alone, Vela's fiancee told The Times, and had blood on his leash.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2013 | By Kate Mather
The Los Angeles man who vanished while walking his dog Tuesday night was found at the Los Angeles Police Department's Pacific station Friday afternoon, police said. Darwin Vela, 22, was last seen about 9 p.m. Tuesday when he left his home in the 2900 block of South Redondo Boulevard to walk his dog, police said. The 90-pound chocolate Labrador retriever came back alone, Vela's fiancee told the Los Angeles Times, and had blood on his leash. Authorities had no immediate information about how Vela turned up at the station or his condition.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 1988 | KRISTINE McKENNA
"I feel like there's a big, wet fish slapping itself against the inside of my head right now," confesses Nicolas Cage, the 24-year-old actor who's become an overnight heartthrob playing a brooding, working-class dreamer in the hit film "Moonstruck." "Things have changed quite a bit in the past three weeks and I don't know what to make of all the attention the film is receiving," he said, anxiously running his fingers through his hair.
BUSINESS
November 13, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Nicolas Cage, besides being one of the busiest actors in film, also famously blazed a trail losing properties across the country during his financial-woes period. One in Malibu that recently resold for $6.3 million centers on a 1,080-square-foot bungalow that sits on 320 acres not far from Pacific Coast Highway. The three-parcel property has views of the mountains, ocean and nearby islands. Other features include four seasonal waterfalls, lakes, an octagonal indoor garden, a caretaker's residence, a guesthouse and horse trails.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
Sandra Bullock is going to be very busy come the end of summer. The actress' film "Gravity" has just been chosen as the opening-night flick of the 70th Venice Film Festival, set for Aug. 28. This follows the news that the Alfonso Cuaron-directed film, also starring George Clooney, will screen at the Toronto Film Festival just a week later. James Franco's writer/director effort "Child of God," starring the multi-hyphenate and Tim Blake Nelson, will also bow at the Venice festival, screening in competition against such films as David Gordon Green's "Joe" starring Nicolas Cage, Stephen Frears' Judy Dench-starrer "Philomena" and Terry Gilliam's "The Zero Theorem," starring Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz and Tilda Swinton.
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