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This Week In Movie History…

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On September 20, 1956, director William Wyler‘s Friendly Persuasion was released in theaters in the United States. Based on the book by Jessamyn West, the story revolves around a Quaker family in 1862, whose faith and belief in non-violence is tested when Confederate troops come sweeping through their land and the family must decide whether to fight or to remain complacent. The film was written by screenwriter Michael Wilson (A Place in the Sun, Planet of the Apes), and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenwriting. It wasn’t until 2002, however, that Wilson would receive legitimate recognition for his work on the film. Continue reading

Final Trailer For Bryan Singer’s Upcoming ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Now Available

The final trailer has arrived for director Bryan Singer‘s upcoming X-Men feature, Apocalypse. If you haven’t been following, the last X-Men movie was Days of Future Past, which found Wolverine going back in time to alter the timeline of the X-Men movies to prevent the end of the world. This new timeline picks up in what I’m guessing would be at least the the late 1980s, and finds Mystique responsible for training the new generation of X-Men to fight Apocalypse, the world’s first and most powerful mutant, who happens to be immortal. Apocalypse awakes after thousands of years and begins amassing power; having seen what humanity has become, he recruits a team of powerful mutants (including Magneto) to cleanse mankind and create a new world order. Screenwriter Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes, Fantastic Four) wrote the script from a story written by himself and director Bryan Singer (X2: X-Men United, X-Men: Days of Future Past), as well as writers Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris (Superman Returns, Krampus). Continue reading

New Comedy ‘The Boss’ Opening In Theaters This Friday

Comedy power-couple Melissa McCarthy (The Heat, Spy) and writer/director Ben Falcone (Bridesmaids, Enough Said) will be back on big screens this Friday with a new comedy called The Boss. The two co-wrote the screenplay with longtime collaborator Steve Mallory (Tammy, Identity Thief) about an industry titan who is sent to prison for insider training and runs into some old colleagues who haven’t so quickly forgotten how she screwed them over. Starring alongside McCarthy are actors Kristen Bell (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Frozen), Peter Dinklage (The Station Agent, Game of Thrones), Ella Anderson (The Giant Mechanical Man, Unfinished Business), Tyler Labine (Tucker and Dale vs Evil, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), and Kathy Bates (Misery, Titanic). Although McCarthy comedies tend to be either hit or miss, this one will still make a fun date night for the weekend, so see it on the big screen starting this Friday, April 8th.

New Drama ‘Yosemite’ With James Franco Seeing Limited Release This Friday

A new drama from writer/director Gabrielle Demeestere (The Last Cigarette, The Color of Time) will be seeing a limited release in theaters this Friday. Based on the book A California Childhood by James Franco, the film follows three 5th grade friends in 1985, whose life stories begin to unfold as the town as the threat of a loose mountain lion looms over the community of Palo Alto, California. Starring in the lead is original writer James Franco (127 Hours, The Interview), who shares the screen with actors Everett Meckler (Emily and Billy), Alec Mansky, and Steven Wiig (Into the Wild, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes). The film was an official selection winner at this years Nashville Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Provincetown International Film Festival, and Slamdance Film Festival(s) this year. This is also Demeestere’s second outing with Franco; the two worked previously together on the 2012 biographical drama The Color of Time. Watch the trailer here on MADE, and if it’s playing in a theater near you this weekend, definitely keep this one on the list of possibilities. Enjoy!

New Big-Screen Adaptation of Moby Dick Titled ‘In The Heart of the Sea’ Opening In Theaters This December 11th

A modern big screen adaptation of Herman Melville’s epic adventure Moby Dick titled In The Heart of the Sea is opening in theaters this Friday, December 11th. Written for the screen by Charles Leavitt (K-PAX, Blood Diamond) and writing team Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Jurassic World), the film takes the classic tale, based on a real-life maritime disaster in the West Pacific in 1820, to new heights, utilizing stunning visual effects to show the initial series of confrontations leading up to the whale’s sinking of the Essex and the aftermath the crew had to endure in the open sea, with no ship, no food, and no fresh water. While trying to survive, the crew members begin to question both the morality of their trade and the value of life, as captain and first mate collide on their efforts to either survive, or kill the vengeance-driven whale. Starring in the film are actors Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Avengers), Benjamin Walker (Flags of Our Fathers, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), Cillian Murphy (28 Days Later, Inception), Brendan Gleeson (Gangs of New York, Cold Mountain), and Ben Whishaw (I’m Not There, Spectre), working under the direction of Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard (Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind). Although Melville’s tale is more publicly recognized as the source material for the film, In The Heart of the Sea is actually a real book by Nathaniel Philbrick, drawing on further details regarding the sinking of the Nantucket-based Essex and the survival of the crew members after the ship sank. Out of 21 who initially entered the water after the ship went down, only 8 would live to recount the event. I would definitely give this one some consideration, especially with a great director like Howard tackling such time-tested material. The trailer is available here on MADE. Enjoy!

New Full Length Trailer For ‘Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens’ Now Available

With the release date for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens drawing ever nearer, fans and movie-buffs alike are jumping for joy with the release of the new full-length trailer. Written by director J.J. Abrams (Armageddon, Super 8) and Oscar-winning screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan (Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back) and Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3), the film picks up 30 years after the fall of the Galactic Empire in Return of the Jedi (1983) and finds the heros of the Rebellion facing a new evil that has risen again. Starring in the film are original Star Wars actors Mark Hamill (Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Kingsman: The Secret Service), Carrie Fisher (The Blues Brothers, When Harry Met Sally), Harrison Ford (Blade Runner, The Temple of Doom), Peter Mayhew (A New Hope, Revenge of the Sith) as Chewbacca, Kenny Baker (The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones) as R2D2, and Anthony Daniels (Droids, I Bought A Vampire Motorcycle) as C-3P0, who will be joining a new generation of actors including Domhnall Gleeson (Unbroken, Ex Machina), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, A Most Violent Year), Gwendoline Christie (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay), Daisy Ridley (Blue Season, Scrawl), Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Adam Driver (What If, This Is Where I Leave You), and John Boyega (Junkhearts, Imperial Dreams). The movie is due out in theaters this December 18th. Enjoy the new trailer!

Josh Trank’s New ‘Fantastic Four’ Movie Now Playing In Theaters

Today the comic world will get the chance to redeem a classic comic film adaptation that was all but ruined with the original attempts 10 years ago with Jessica Alba and Michael Chiklis. The all new Fantastic Four film from director Josh Trank (The Kill Point, Chronicle) is now playing in theaters, and fans everywhere are in high hopes that the new film will redeem the popularity of the series after a sequel to 2007’s Rise of the Silver Surfer never made it to the big screen. Making up the new group of heros are actors Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now, Divergent), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station, That Awkward Moment), Kate Mara (Iron Man 2, Transcendence), and Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot, King Kong), with Reg E. Cathey (American Psycho, House of Cards), Toby Kebbell (Wrath of the Titans, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and Tim Blake Nelson (Oh Brother Where Art Thou?, Lincoln) joining the supporting cast. Director Trank wrote the screenplay for the new film with writers Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes, X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Jeremy Slater (The Lazarus Effect), which sees the group of youngsters transported to an alternate dimension, strangely altering their physical compositions and providing them with abilities they will need to save the world from a former friend-turned-enemy after he followed them through the dimensional shift. The trailer is available here on MADE. Enjoy!

Director Colin Trevorrow’s ‘Jurassic World’ Opening In Theaters This Friday June 12th


After months and months of anticipation for the long-awaited sequel to Steven Spielberg‘s 1993 classic, Jurassic World is finally opening in theaters this Friday, June 12th. Directed by Colin Trevorrow (Reality Show, Safety Not Guaranteed) from a script by himself and fellow screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (The Relic, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and Derek Connolly (Safety Not Guaranteed, Monster Trucks), the film picks up on Isla Nublar 22 years after the disaster of the original movie with a new fully-functioning park that after 10 years of successful operation is losing visitors and whose directors decide to put a new attraction in-place to draw more crowds with horrific and “unforseen” consequences. Starring in the film are actors Chris Pratt (Parks & Recreation, Guardians of the Galaxy), Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help, 50/50), Ty Simpkins (Insidious, Iron Man 3), Nick Robinson (Melissa & Joey, The Kings of Summer), Jake Johnson (21 Jump Street, Let’s Be Cops), Omar Sy (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Mood Indigo), and DB Wong (Executive Decision, Jurassic Park). While the special effects look pretty interesting, after having seen the latest TV-spot with Chris Pratt, the story is at risk of being extremely weak, not at all living up to the standards of the original, but I won’t jump to judge it before seeing it. You can see the full length trailer again here on MADE, then catch it on the big screen June 12th.

New Thriller ‘True Story’ With James Franco And Jonah Hill Now Playing In Theaters


This week will see James Franco (Pineapple Express, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Jonah Hill (Superbad, The Wolf of Wall Street)’s new film, True Story, opening in theaters nationwide. The film comes from an adaptation of former New York Times reporter Michael Finkel (portrayed by Hill) by screenwriter Rupert Goold, and tells of Finkel’s relationship with one Christian Longo (Franco), a man awaiting trial in prison for the charge of murdering his entire family who had been reportedly hiding under Finkel’s identity. Goold is also in the director’s chair for this project, which also stars Oscar-nominee Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Theory of Everything). Watch the trailer one more time on MADE, then catch it in theaters this weekend!

Colin Trevorrow’s Dinosaur Sequel ‘Jurassic World’ Opens In Theaters This June 15th

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With May being only a few days away, the June 15th release date for director Colin Trevorrow‘s upcoming dinosaur-thriller Jurassic World is also just around the corner. This new film takes place 22 years after the original Jurassic Park events, with a fully-functioning theme park operating on Isla Nublar in which tourists come to see the dinosaur inhabitants John Hammond (the late David Attenborough) originally envisioned for the island. Screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) penned the story and wrote the script with director Trevorrow (Reality Show, Making Revolution) and his Safety Not Guaranteed co-writer Derek Connolly. Leading the cast are actors Chris Pratt (Parks & Recreation, Guardians of the Galaxy) and Golden Globe nominee Bryce Dallas Howard (50/50, The Help), plus Ty Simpkins (Insidious, Iron Man 3), Jake Johnson (New Girl, Let’s Be Cops), Nick Robinson (Boardwalk Empire, The Kings of Summer), Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi, The Amazing Spider-Man), Omar Sy (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Samba), Vincent D’Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket, The Judge) and DB Wong (Men of War, Executive Decision), who is returning to portray Henry Wu from the original Jurassic Park. June 15th is coming up soon, so be sure to mark your calendars!