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Oscar Contender ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Is Now Playing In Theaters

Writer/director Martin McDonagh’s latest dramatic dark-comedy, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri drew mass acclaim on the film festival circuit this season, winning awards at BIFA, and the Venice Film and Toronto International Film Festivals. McDonagh, along with lead cast members Frances McDormand (Fargo, Almost Famous) and Woody Harrelson (No Country For Old Men, Zombieland) are already expected to receive Oscar nominations for their telling of a mid-Western mother (Mildred Hayes) who abruptly calls out the local sheriffs department for failing to resolve their investigation into her daughter’s brutal murder. Supporting actor Sam Rockwell (The Green Mile, Moon) is also being praised for his role as second-in-command Officer Dixon, in a film Woody Harrelson describes in the Hollywood Reporter as, “Super Troopers meets Seven Psychopaths,” (the latter another of McDonagh’s feature films).

Three Billboards was a huge hit at the British Independent Film Awards, winning for Best Music and Best Editing and receiving nominations for Best Director, Best Actress (McDormand), Best Supporting Actor (Harrelson and Rockwell), Best Screenplay, and Best Cinematography. Additionally, Three Billboards won the Feature Film award at the Denver International Film Festival, as well as Best Screenplay (Venice Film Festival), Gala/Special Presentations for McDonagh (TIFF), Overall Winner (Leeds), and Supporting Actor of the Year for Rockwell (Hollywood Film Awards). The trailer is nothing short of mesmerizing, and all bets say this one will be one of the top contenders of the Holiday season, so be sure to see it on the big screen before all the theaters are teeming with Star Wars fanatics.

Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien: Covenant’ Now Playing In Theaters


Fans of director Ridley Scott‘s original sci-fi thriller Alien (1979) were less than disappointed by his 2012 prequel Prometheus. Not only did it lack suspense, but it seemed that most movie-goers failed to even realize that the film was related to the famous flick. But today Scott is making amends to appease fans of the series. Alien: Covenant not only brings back the series title, but reviews say movie-goers can expect a truly horrifying thriller that lives up to the original. Taking place 20 years before Alien, the film follows the crew of the colony ship Covenant as they embark on a mission to a supposedly uncharted planet. There they encounter David, the android survivor of the Prometheus expedition, who unleashes a terrifying threat upon the crew and forces them to attempt a daring escape from otherwise certain doom. Michael Fassbender (Inglorious Basterds, 12 Years A Slave) reprises his role as David (now called Walter), along with an all-new cast that includes Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice, Steve Jobs) and Billy Crudup (Almost Famous, Big Fish). This is definitely one to see on the big screen, so if you’re planning on a movie this weekend, I’d keep this one in mind!

New Comedy With Bill Murray ‘Rock the Kabash’ Opening In Theaters This Friday October 23rd

A new comedy from Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Bandits) is opening in theaters this week. Titled Rock the Kabash, the film stars comedy veteran Bill Murray (Ghostbusters, Lost in Translation) as a music-industry manager who discovers the voice of a young talent while on tour in Afghanistan and accompanies her to Kabul to participate in Afghan Star, a popular talent-reality show in the Middle East. Screenwriter Mitch Glazer (Scrooged, The Recruit) is behind the script, which features Leem Lubany (Omar, From A to B), Zooey Deschanel (Elf, Yes Man), Bruce Willis (Die Hard, Pulp Fiction), Kate Hudson (Almost Famous, The Skeleton Key), and Danny McBride (Pineapple Express, This Is The End). This will be Levinson’s first directorial release since 2014’s The Humbling with Al Pacino (The Godfather, Scarface). The trailer is available here on MADE. Enjoy!

Kevin Smith Discusses Progress On Script For New ‘Mallrats’ Sequel

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Writer/director Kevin Smith (Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Tusk) seems to be making some solid progress on his announced upcoming sequel to Mallrats. Smith tweeted on May 11th that he has completed a 113-page draft for Mallbrats (the new title for the project) and will be dedicating it to original Mallrats producer Jim Jacks (Raising Arizona, The Mummy), who passed away just last year. Production on Clerks 3 has also been pushed back while the Mallbrats crew works on the set-production in the currently empty mall that will be used for filming. Returning for the new movie are original actors Jeremy London (Breaking Free, Levitation), Claire Forlani (The Rock, Meet Joe Black), Ethan Suplee (My Name is Earl, The Wolf of Wall Street), Joey Lauren Adams (Dazed and Confused, Big Daddy), Brian O’Halloran (Clerks, Dogma), Sven-Ole Thorsen (Lethal Weapon, Gladiator), Renee Humphrey (French Kiss, The Sex Monster), as well as Smith’s long time collaborator, actor/producer Scott Mosier (Chasing Amy, Good Will Hunting). Thus far there is no news as to whether or not Jason Lee (Almost Famous, Dreamcatcher) or Ben Affleck (Argo, Gone Girl) will return to reprise their roles, but we’ll keep you posted. Stay tuned!

New Documentary ‘Misery Loves Comedy’ Coming To Tribeca Film Festival


Do you have to be miserable to be funny? That’s the premise of a new documentary from writer/director Kevin Pollak (Casino, The Usual Suspects) and co-writer John Vorhaus (The Sentinel, Save Angel Hope) that is now available online. The documentary, titled Misery Loves Comedy, has already been awarded an Official Sundance Selection and will also see a big-screen release at New York City’s Tribeca Film Festival on April 24th, but you can also find it currently available online. Comedians Amy Schumer (Amy Schumer: Mostly Sex Stuff, Trainwreck), Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats), Jimmy Fallon (Almost Famous, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon), Martin Short (Mars Attacks, Father of the Bride Part 2), Whoopi Golberg (Ghost, Sister Act), Jim Gaffigan (Away We Go, It’s Kind of a Funny Story), Nick Swardson (Grandma’s Boy, Just Go With It), Bob Saget (Full House, Entourage) and many more are featured in the film that is being dedicated to the memory of Robin Williams (Mrs. Doutbfire, Good Will Hunting). The trailer is available here on MADE.

Eddie Murphy To Join Upcoming Richard Pryor Biopic From Director Lee Daniels

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Comedians Eddie Murphy (left) and Richard Pryor (right).

Director Lee Daniels (Precious, The Butler) is currently working on getting a biographical drama focusing on Richard Pryor underway, and some news regarding the supporting cast has now surfaced from THR. Comedy-veteran Eddie Murphy (Beverly Hills Cop, Coming To America) is now set to portray Pryor’s abusive, alcoholic father, a period that proved incredibly influential on the comedian’s work and only added to his comedic-legacy. Also included on the cast list is comedic-actor Mike Epps (Next Friday, The Hangover) and Oscar-nominee Kate Hudson (Almost Famous, Something Borrowed). Thus far there is no scheduled release date and Daniels has yet to develop a script or find a screenwriter, but with the cast filling out we should see that get underway relatively quickly. Stay tuned for more news.

New Suspense-Thriller ‘The Loft’ Now Playing In Theaters


Director Erik Van Looy‘s new suspenseful thriller The Loft is now playing in theaters this weekend. Starring Karl Urban (The Lord of the Rings:The Two Towers, The Bourne Supremacy), James Marsden (X-Men, Lee Daniel’s The Butler), Wentworth Miller (Prison Break, Underworld), Eric Stonestreet (Almost Famous, Bad Teacher), and Mattias Schoenaerts (Blackbook, Bullhead), the film comes from a script by Bart De Pauw and Wesley Strick about five friends who buy a loft to carry out their illustrious affairs away from their wives, but when a woman turns up dead in the loft, all hell breaks out and no one knows who to trust. You can see the trailer here on MADE. The Loft opens Friday, January 30th.

‘The Loft’ Scheduled To Close Out The Month With January 30th Release-Date


January 2015 will close out with a new thriller from director Erik Van Looy (Shades, The Memory of a Killer) titled The Loft. The film is a new Americanized version of Looy’s 2008 foreign thriller Loft, written by screenwriter Bart De Pauw (Team Spirit, The Mole), who co-wrote the new adaptation with fellow screenwriter Wesley Strick (Cape Fear, Final Analysis). Leading the cast are actors Karl Urban (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Bourne Supremacy), James Marsden (X2:X-Men United, Superman Returns), Wentworth Miller (Underworld, Prison Break), Eric Stonestreet (Almost Famous, Identity Thief), and Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead, Rust and Bone) as five friends who go-in together on a secret loft where they can have their elicit affairs and outlandish indulgences. The plot turns, however, when the friends find a dead woman in the loft and begin to suspect each other of the crime. The trailer is here on MADE. Check it out in theater next Friday, January 30th.

Actor Billy Crudup Joining Cast Of Catholic Church Child-Scandal Drama ‘Spotlight’

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Director Thomas McCarthy is currently working on his upcoming church-sex-scandal drama Spotlight, which follows the story of the Boston Globe reporters who uncovered the case of child molestation reports in the Catholic Church that had been covered up for decades in Boston, Massachusetts. The team won a Pulitzer-Prize for their work in uncovering the state-wide conspiracy that has since left the Catholic Church in increasingly lacking popularity. McCarthy already has an impressive line-up of actors set to portray the real life reporters and others involved in the case, including Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber, and Rachel McAdams, but now a new cast member has been added to the line up. Almost Famous and Big Fish star Billy Crudup is now set to take the role of Eric MacLeish, a high ranking lawyer in Boston. Other real-life individuals surrounding the case that will be depicted in the film are Boston Globe editor Marty Baron, Spotlight Team editor Walter Robinson, projects editor Ben Bradlee Jr., and investigators Michael Rezendes, Sacha Pfeiffer, and Matt Carroll. McCarthy is co-writing the script with Josh Singer, but there is still no word on a release date and some of the major roles still have to be filled by the production team, so we’ll look for more news as it comes along.

Oscar Winner Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead At 46

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Yesterday the film industry was struck by another terrible tragedy. Just two months following the sudden death of Paul Walker, Oscar winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his apartment in New York City yesterday from what is believed to be a drug overdose. The 46 year old actor leaves behind a legacy of characters including a spoiled prep student in Scent of a Woman, a mistrusted priest in Doubt, the Rock n Roll critic Lester Bangs in Almost Famous, the smart yet energetic clown Dusty in Twister, and the troubled writer Truman Capote in Bennett Miller’s oscar-winning biopic. Hoffman won an Oscar and Golden Globe for his portrayal of Truman Capote in 2006, and has been nominated for a total of four Oscars and four Globes for his roles in Doubt, Charlie Wilson’s War, The Savages, and his most recent picture, The Master in 2012. The actor has also played parts in Punch-Drunk Love, The Big Lebowski, Patch Adams, Along Came Polly, and Mission: Impossible 3. His most recent projects included two selections at this years Sundance Festival: A Most Wanted Man and God’s Pocket. The actor also played a part in the latest installment of The Hunger Games series, Catching Fire. The role is expected to be a part of the third film, so along with several other in-development roles Hoffman was expected to take, the studios/filmmakers will have to find other actors to take his place. Hoffman is succeeded by his three children, Cooper, Tallulah, and Willa with longtime girlfriend Mimi O’Donnell. Hoffman’s contribution to film, as well as his personal talent and admiration for his art will truly be missed in the future.