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    For better or worse, Nicolas Cage is a living legend. The 50-year-old movie star makes his long awaited return to serious drama this weekend in “Joe,” the latest film from director David Gordon Green (“Pineapple Express,” “Prince Avalanche”). Cage plays Joe, a rural Texas man trying to outrun his troubled past. A hard-working guy with a temper, Joe's finds himself becoming an unlikely role model to a young teen at a crossroads (played by up-and-comer Tye Sheridan).

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    In contrast to many of Cage's more recent, straight-to-video calibre roles (see flops like "Bangkok Dangerous," "Stolen," etc.), his performance in "Joe" has garnered near universal critical praise. The Wall Street Journal called the film a "stirring portrait of a violence-prone man" andL.A. Weeklysaid the film is Cage's "reminder that he's one of his generation's great talents."

    To mark the Oscar winner's triumphant return to the world of respectable film acting, we thought this would be a good time to

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  • Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner in "Draft Day." (Lionsgate)

    Everyone loves a good comeback, and Kevin Costner has been trying to stage his own for a while now. With this weekend's release of Costner's latest film "Draft Day," are audiences ready to forgive him for his past mistakes?

    "Draft Day" puts Costner in the role of Sonny Weaver, a football general manager who trades his No. 1 pick on draft day for the chance to rebuild his struggling team from the ground up. The sports dramedy is one of Costner's first starring roles since his Hollywood comeback began in earnest with a supporting part in 2013's "Man of Steel."

    Believe it or not, but there was a time when Costner was the undisputed king of Hollywood. A string of major critical and financial hits in the late '80s and early '90s -- including classics like “The Untouchables” (1987), “Field of Dreams” (1989), “Dances with Wolves” (1990), “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” (1991) “JFK” (1991), and “The Bodyguard” (1992) -- helped transform the actor into the biggest movie star of his day. In

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  • Every week through the remainder of 2014, Yahoo Movies is counting down Hollywood's 50 very best working actors and actresses. Come back to Yahoo Movies every Thursday to see who makes the cut.

    Greatest Actor Alive (No. 39): Sally Field

    Age: 67

    Stating the Case: "And I can't deny the fact that you like me! Right now! You like me!" So said Sally Field when she accepted the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in "Places in the Heart." It was true then, and it goes double today.

    Field has been bringing her quirky but powerful persona to some of the most memorable movie characters since her turn as excitable settler Mercy McBee in the Kirk Douglas vehicle "The Way West" (1967). She's a shining presence in goofy comedies like "Smokey and the Bandit" (1977) and "The End" (1978) (both co-starring her one-time beau, Burt Reynolds), a force to be reckoned with in hard-hitting dramas like "Norma Rae" (1979) and "Places in the Heart" (1984), a standout in ensemble pieces like

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  • Since launching in 2008, the Disney Corporation's "Disneynature" line has released four of the five highest grossing nature films in history. Hitting theaters each year for Earth Day, their movies "Earth," "Oceans," "African Cats" and "Chimpanzee" have brought compelling animal and eco stories and stunning imagery to the big screen. Next week brings "Bears," the label's fifth film, but the studio is already looking ahead to its 2015 release: "Monkey Kingdom."

    The film documents the lives of a mother monkey and her newborn child within the social structure of the Temple Troop, a large group living in ancient ruins deep in the South Asian jungle. The little family unit has to navigate their way through the strict hierarchy and avoid the many dangers inside and outside of their group.

    'Monkey Kingdom' (Disneynature)

    "Monkey Kingdom" comes from director Mark Linfield and co-director Alastair Fothergill, who previously collaborated on Disneynature's "Chimpanzee." As in the earlier film, "Monkey Kingdom" focuses on a

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  • Coinciding with the 10-year anniversary of "Garden State," Zach Braff is debuting his sophomore directorial effort "Wish I Was Here." And its first trailer, featuring a track from the Shins, is here.

    The film, which Braff launched with a Kickstarter campaign, has much in common with 2004 counterpart.

    Braff Stars (and Directs): Check.
    In "Garden State," Braff got an earful of cheer and cool music from Natalie Portman. This time he's getting his cheer from Kate Hudson, who plays his wife — and who also provides her meager paycheck for their family. (Braff plays a struggling actor named Aiden. And they have two kids to raise while money is tight.)

    Kate Hudson and Zach Braff in 'Wish I Was Here' (Focus Features)
    Death: Check.
    The tragedy that spurs all of that 20-something late-night, beer-fueled philosophizing (set to awesome music) in "Garden State" is the death of Andrew's (Braff's) mom. This time it's Aidan's dad, played by Mandy Patinkin, who is at death's door as his cancer has come back.

    Transcending the Melancholy: Check.
    Kind of like when Braff

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  • Remember the game Simon? Remember how fun it was testing your memory as the electronic device lit up with increasingly difficult patterns of red, green, yellow, and blue?

    Now, imagine how much less fun it would have been if Simon was possessed.

    Unless you can think of some other reason Simon would be chirping sans batteries, demonic possession seems to be at play in our exclusive clip above from "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones," the inner-city spinoff of the found-footage horror franchise that's made over $800 million around the globe.

    To celebrate yesterday's Blu-ray of the extended unrated cut, we're giving away an electronic game console far cooler and far-more demon-proof than Simon: one lucky Yahoo Movies Twitter follower will win an Xbox One and a digital download of "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones." And since we're feeling possessed with benevolence, four runners up will each receive a Blu-ray of the film.

    Here's how to enter:

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  • Kevin Costner in 'Draft Day' (Summit)

    Is Kevin Costner officially Mr. Sports Movie?

    This week's behind-the-scenes look at the NFL draft, "Draft Day," makes for Costner's fifth sports-themed movie, following "Bull Durham" (1988), "Field of Dreams" (1989), "Tin Cup" (1996) and "For Love of the Game" (1999). With such an impressive roster, we're comparing scores and begging the question: Has any thespian-athlete appeared in more sports movie roles, or come close to that amount?

    The answer is: Oh yes. In fact, Costner's score is only about mid-range when it comes to sports figures on the resume. Here are the actors who have played the most ball in cinema.

    (Note: Considering we're looking at versatility of sports roles, we're tallying the number of different characters they played, so a franchise with sequels, such as "Rocky," only counts once.)

    3 ROLES (7-WAY TIE)

    Jamie Foxx in 'Any Given Sunday' (Warner Bros.)- Jamie Foxx: This summer's villainous Electro played flamboyant boxing manager Hassan El Ruk'n in the comedy "The Great White Hype" (1996); up-and-coming Miami

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  • In "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," the webslinger has more than his share of trouble to handle, with supervillains Electro, Green Goblin, and the Rhino terrorizing New York City. But there are plenty of other threats to the Big Apple, and the Daily Bugle covers them all.

    In the comics, the Daily Bugle is the newspaper where Peter Parker is a photographer under editor-in-chief and noted Spider-Man hater J. Jonah Jameson. But on the Web, TheDailyBugle.tumblr.com has been posting stories that both set the stage for the "Amazing Spider-Man" sequel and drop hints about who we might see in the planned villain-centric spin-offs.

    [Related: Bring On the Baddies! ‘Spider-Man’ Spins Off ‘Venom,’ ‘Sinister Six’]

    Here's your exclusive first look at the Daily Bugle's next scoop, featuring a few names that should be very familiar to Spider-Man's true believers.

    TheDailyBugle.tumblr.com

    KILLER KASADY CAUGHT
    By Eddie Brock

    The greater New York tri-state area got a whole lot safer yesterday.  Captured late last night, Cletus

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  • Jamie Foxx as Electro in 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' (Columbia Pictures)

    Critics are already weighing in on "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" and its mob of villains more than three weeks from its U.S. release.

    The Story
    "The plot gets itself tangled up in multiple villain strands," notes Leslie Felperin at The Hollywood Reporter," sharing a common gripe among early reviewers. Mark Adams at ScreenDaily agrees, saying the film "comes close to losing its way due to its overly-plotted baddies," resulting in "a rather unwieldy sense to its structure as characters slug it out for screen time."

    As far as the villains themselves, Jamie Foxx is receiving mixed reactions for his portrayal of Max Dillon/Electro, while Dane DeHaan ("Chronicle," "Kill Your Darlings") is getting almost unanimous praise for his sly turn as Harry Osborn/The Green Goblin. And Paul Giamatti's Aleksei Sytsevich/The Rhino? Well, there's just not a whole lot to say on his role because it's pretty small.

    Jaime Foxx
    THR's Felperin is one of Foxx's defenders, saying the Oscar-winning actor, "even under

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  • Like Angelina Jolie, Annie Parker has the BRCA1 gene mutation known to cause breast and ovarian cancer. She was among the first women to test positive for it in the early '90s.

    While some have openly questioned Jolie's choice to undergo a preventive double mastectomy last year, the actress has Parker's full support. Characterized as an unnecessary drastic measure by Jolie's detractors, the Oscar winner saw it as a way "to minimize the risk as much I could."

    "I'm the Angelina Jolie of 30 years ago," Annie Parker, 63, tells Yahoo Movies.

    If she were diagnosed now, Parker says she would do the same as Jolie and have the elective surgeries. "That's exactly the approach that I would take today," she says, adding that she projects Jolie will have her ovaries removed, too.

    [Related: TV Host Samantha Harris Diagnosed With Breast Cancer]

    Annie Parker at last year's Hamptons International Film Festival (Monica Schipper/Getty Images)Parker's real-life story of survival is the subject of the new film "Decoding Annie Parker," starring Samantha Morton as Parker. (See the new trailer above.)

    Read More »from 'Decoding Annie Parker' Trailer: Real-Life Survivor Is the 'Angelina Jolie of 30 Years Ago'

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