A new biographical film titled Rebel in the Rye is seeing a limited release in theaters this weekend. The film follows the life of famed author J.D. Salinger as he achieves worldwide fame for his novel The Catcher in the Rye. Writer/director Danny Strong (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, Empire) penned the film from the book “J.D. Salinger: A Life” by Kenneth Slawenski. Salinger was born in New York, and attended several universities before he was drafted into the army to serve in World War II. He participated in both the D-Day Invasion at Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. During this period he continued to write, developing the story for what would become The Catcher in the Rye. Continue reading →
Director Spike Lee‘s update of Aristophanes’ play Lysistrata set in the violent streets of modern-day Chicago titled Chi-Raq is opening in theaters today. Set primarily in Chicago’s Southside, the film utilizes modern gang violence to tell Aristophanes’ tale of a group of women who decide to keep sex from their male counterparts in order to encourage them to stop the street violence that is destroying their homes and families. Lee adapted the screenplay with writer Kevin Willmott (The Battle for Bunker Hill, Jayhawkers), which features actors Nick Cannon (Bobby, Day of the Dead), Teyonah Parris (How Do You Know, They Came Together), Wesley Snipes (Blade, Demolition Man), Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers, Unbreakable), John Cusack (The Raven, Hot Tub Time Machine), and Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls, Lullaby). For Hudson, the film carries a unique weight: she has lost three family members to the gun-violence dividing the streets of Chicago. Comedy veteran Dave Chappelle (The Chappelle Show, The Nutty Professor) is also expected to make an appearance. The trailer is here on MADE; check it out in theaters today.
The Oscar-winning composer behind such famous scores as Titanic, Field of Dreams, Apollo 13, and A Perfect Storm, James Horner, has died at the age of 61 in Santa Barbara, California. Horner was flying a small single-engine aircraft when the plane went down, killing him and potentially another passenger. Horner’s reputation in Hollywood was impeccable; he was a long-time collaborator with director James Cameron (Titanic, Avatar) and producer Roger Corman (The Lady in Red, Battle Beyond the Stars), and was nominated for 10 Academy Awards (winning 2 for Titanic) and also won 4 Grammy’s (from a total of 11 nominations) for his work on Celine Dion‘s My Heart Will Go On and Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram‘s Somewhere Out There. Horner’s most recent work include Antione Fuqua‘s upcoming boxing drama Southpaw with Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, and Naomie Harris, and The 33, a drama revolving around the coal-mining disaster in which 33 miners were trapped underground for 69 days. These will become Horner’s final projects; Southpaw is due out July 24th, while The 33 is expected in theaters November 13th, 2015. His work, his passion for music and his influence on film will be truly missed.
We finally have a new trailer for the long-anticipated Whitey Bulger project featuring Oscar-nominee Johnny Depp (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Blow), titled Black Mass. The film comes from director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace) working from a script adaptation of Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill‘s novel of the same name by screenwriters Jez Butterworth (Edge of Tomorrow, Get On Up) and Mark Mallouk (Rush, A Walk Among The Tombstones). Depp will star as real-life Boston gangster Whitey Bulger (whose life was also the premise for Martin Scorsese‘s 2004 hit The Departed), the most notorious violent criminal in Boston’s history, who along with his former childhood friend John Connolly, now working for the FBI, brought on a violent crime-spree in 1970s Boston as they attempted to wipe out Bulger’s mafia-competition in the city. Also starring in the film are actors Dakota Johnson (21 Jump Street, 50 Shades of Grey), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Imitation Game), Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Exodus: Gods and Kings), Kevin Bacon (Footloose, Hollow-Man), and Adam Scott (Step Brothers, Parks & Recreation). The new trailer is here on MADE; look for the movie in theaters this September 18, 2015.
Academy Award-winning actor Russell Crowe (Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind) will be making his feature-length directorial debut this month with his new war drama The Water Diviner. Working from a script by Andrew Knight (Siam Sunset, Cashburn) and Andrew Anastasios (The Broken Shore, Australia: The Story of Us), Crowe directed himself and actors Jai Courtney (Divergent, A Good Day To Die Hard), Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace, Oblivion), and Isabel Lucas (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Immortals) in the story of an Australian farmer who travels to Turkey in 1915 following the Battle of Gallipoli in an attempt to locate his missing sons. The film will see a limited release at the end of April following a premier at the Newport Beach International Film Festival on the 23rd. Check your local listings for showtimes in your area…meanwhile you can see the trailer here on MADE!
We first heard about comedian David Spade‘s upcoming sequel to his 2001 original hit back in the fall, and now with summer quickly approaching we have a new sequel to appease our curiosity! The new sequel, titled Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser, is being directed by original co-writer Fred Wolf (Strange Wilderness, The House Bunny) and was scripted by Spade (Tommy Boy, Grown Ups), himself, who also starred and co-wrote the original film. This time out we find Joe caught in a time warp that puts him on yet another epic quest across land (and time) to find the family he had just discovered at the conclusion of the first film. Returning to reprise their roles from the original are actors Brittany Daniel (White Chicks, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia), Golden Globe-nominee Adam Beach (Windtalkers, Flags of our Fathers), and Academy Award-winner Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter, Catch Me If You Can), plus a whole new ensemble of characters including Patrick Warburton (Family Guy, Ted) and Susie Abromeit (Sex Drive, Battle Los Angeles). Fans, however, will not likely be seeing this one show on the big screen; part of the deal in financing/making the film was that Spade would exclusively release it on the website Krackle, even though Happy Madison Productions is lending a hand in the production. So come July 16th you’ll have to go onto Krackle to see the new movie. For now, here’s the first trailer…Enjoy!
This December 19th will see the final installment of Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit series open in theaters, this one subtitled The Battle of the Five Armies. Following the conclusion of author J.R.R. Tolkein‘s book, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) come to an epic battle between the Dwarfs and the dragon Smaug. Actors Evangeline Lilly, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee, and Richard Armitage also appear in the film. Also opening on December 19th is the final installment of the Night At The Museum film series, this time subtitled Secret of the Tomb. Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, and Owen Wilson all return for the movie in their respective roles as Larry (the security guard), President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt, and outdoorsman, hunter, and trader Jedediah Smith. Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhane Wallis will also appear in the modern-update of Annie on the 19th, so mark your calenders and go check out this year’s Holiday movie line-up for yourself!
The third and final installment in Peter Jackson‘s new film trilogy The Hobbit is scheduled to open in theaters this December 17th. Subtitled The Battle of the Five Armies, the movie will close out the over-extended film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien‘s pre-Lord of the Rings adventure that follows the hobbit Bilbo Baggins after he is recruited by the wizard, Gandalf, to assist Thorin and his band of dwarfs in reclaiming a lost treasure from the ancient dragon Smaug. The first two installments were subtitled An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug, and brought back from Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy actors Ian McKellen (Gandalf-X2: X-Men United, The Da Vinci Code), Cate Blanchett (Galadriel-The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Elizabeth: The Golden Age), Orlando Bloom (Legolas-Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring), Christopher Lee (Saruman-Sleepy Hollow, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith), Hugo Weaving (Elrond-The Matrix, V for Vendetta), and Ian Holm (older Bilbo-Alien, The Fifth Element). Jackson adapted the screenplay for The Hobbit movies with returning Lord of the Rings collaborators Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, and writer/director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy). Some cinemas will be playing all three Hobbit films this holiday season to celebrate the Battle of the Five Armies release, and there are rumors flying around all over the web that a teaser trailer for J.J. Abrams upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be played during the previews for The Hobbit. So if you are a fan of Jackson or Tolkien by all means go and catch the final film on the big screen this holiday season. You can watch the trailer right here on MADE.
Variety recently reported that director Roger Donaldson has been approached by Radar Pictures to direct a modern-day adaptation of the classic Erich Maria Remarque novel All Quiet On The Western Front. The book chronicles the story of a group of German soldiers stationed in the trenches at the German frontline during World War I and their transformations from innocent youth to hardened men by means of the violence and life-changing experiences of warfare. Originally made into a film in 1930 by director Lewis Milestone with actors Lew Ayers (Advice and Consent, Battle for the Planet of the Apes), Louis Wolheim (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Danger Lights), and John Wray (The Death Kiss, Mr. Deeds Goes To Town), it was also adapted for film again in 1979 with actors Richard Thomas, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, and Ian Holm. The original film won two Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director (Milestone) in 1930. Donaldson just directed Pierce Brosnan in The November Man and is also behind such films as Cocktail (1988), Species (1995), Dante’s Peak (1997), and The Recruit (2003). We don’t have any word yet as to who will be cast in this new film, but the release date has already been set for December 30, 2015, so we should see production really getting underway soon.
The follow up to 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes is coming out this July and the new trailer is here to get us even more excited. Picking up ten years after Rise took place, Caesar and his band of intelligent apes have been living peacefully isolated without human interference until a band of survivors of the virus that spread globally at the end of Rise decides to wage war against them. The new film is directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield), who took over the responsibility from Rise director Rupert Wyatt, and also stars Oscar nominee Gary Oldman (Leon The Professional, The Dark Knight) and Golden Globe nominee Andy Serkis (The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings). Both Dawn and Rise are set as modern-day prequels to the original Planet of the Apes which first hit theaters back in 1968 and starred Charlton Heston as an astronaut who returns to Earth in the distant future (unbeknownst to him until the end) and finds a planet where intelligent apes are the dominant species and humans a primitive race. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards, receiving an honorary award for Achievement in Make-Up effects, and went on to have four sequels with Roddy McDowall, who played both Cornelius in the first three movies and then his son Caesar (yes, the same Caesar character as the new films) in Conquest (1972) and Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973). You can watch the new official trailer right here on MADE!