There were a lot of raise-your-eyebrow commercials at this year’s Super Bowl, and sadly they were much more memorable than any of the traditional, so-called “hilarious” Super Bowl entries. The most controversial entries was the lengthy 84 Lumber commercial where mother and daughter encounter a giant concrete wall on the US border, and the American Petroleum Institutes praise-spot for Big Oil. In addition to the barrage of propagandized TV spots and beer commercials were a number of upcoming blockbuster movie trailers. Among them were those for The Fate of the Furious, Baywatch, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, John Wick: Chapter 2, and Transformers: The Last Knight. The most impressive movie trailer, however, came from up-and-coming director Daniel Espinosa‘s Life with Jake Gyllenhaal (Prisoners, Nightcrawler), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, The Girl on the Train), and Ryan Reynolds (Waiting, Safe House). Continue reading →
Rumors have been flying around Hollywood for the last year or so regarding a potential third installment of Michael Bay’s Bad Boys film series with Will Smith (Men In Black, Independence Day) and Martin Lawrence (Life, Big Momma’s House), and now Sony Pictures has confirmed that a sequel is definitely happening. But it’s not only one sequel that fans can look forward to. According to Sony, Bad Boys 3 AND 4 now have official release dates for February 2017 and July 2019, in a list that also detailed release dates for a Jumanji reboot, a remake of the classic Magnificent Seven by director Antione Fuqua (Training Day, The Equalizer), and an adaptation of The Dark Tower from director Nikolaj Arcel (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, A Royal Affair). Original Bad Boys director Michael Bay (Armageddon, Pearl Harbor) is not currently attached to these new films, at least not in a directorial function. It has been rumored that Smokin’ Aces and The Grey director Joe Carnahan will be taking over the reigns for these new installments, as Bay is currently working on production of several new films, including Transformers 5, The Purge 3, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, and a Friday the 13th reboot. Stay tuned for more news.
I will admit I was pretty skeptical about seeing the first Hot Tub Time Machine when it hit theaters in 2010, but when the credits came on I found myself pleasantly surprised at how hilarious it actually was. Now a second installment is scheduled to open in theaters this Friday, reuniting original cast members Rob Corddry (Semi-Pro, Harold and Kumar: Escape From Guantanamo Bay), Craig Robinson (Pineapple Express, This Is The End), and Clark Duke (Greek, Kick-Ass) with new cast members Adam Scott (Step-Brothers, Parks and Recreation), Thomas Lennon (I Love You Man, We’re The Millers), and comedy-veteran Chevy Chase (National Lampoon’s Vacation, Caddyshack). The last time we saw the comedic bunch they had returned from the 1980s to find their friend Lou (Corddry) has made himself the creator of “Louggle” and also the lead of “Motley Lou” among other endeavors that had turned all their lives completely around. This new feature will see Jacob (Duke) and Nick (Robinson) having to go back in time to prevent Lou from being shot by a mysterious assailant. The original film’s writing/directing collaborators Josh Heald and Steve Pink (Accepted, About Last Night) are both back for the new film. Only original lead actor John Cusack is not returning for the new film. The full-length trailer is here on MADE. See the movie in theaters this weekend!
Actor/comedian Martin Lawrence appeared as a guest on Conan O’Brien’s late night series this week and when asked by the enigmatic host whether or not we can expect Bad Boys 3 anytime soon, Lawrence replied, “I believe so, yes!” Word about a possible third installment in the series from Michael Bay and producer Jerry Bruckheimer was announced by Variety last September, and now it seems that producer Bruckheimer is really working on getting the project going. According to Lawrence, Bruckheimer is currently waiting for a finished script, which is apparently not very far away. The actor was not able to say for sure if costar Will Smith would be returning for the third movie or not, and we don’t have any word from Michael Bay that he is returning either, so everything is pretty much still to-be-determined, but it looks as though there is light at the end of the tunnel! We’ll keep you posted.
The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie from producer Michael Bay and director Jonathan Liebesman opened last week to pretty big numbers. The movie made a net profit of $65 million, beating out Guardians of the Galaxy with Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana at just over $40 million. Despite the successful opening weekend, however, a lot of fans are not happy with the final product. Many have criticized the film for being too childish, following a plot that is lacking in layers and coming down on Megan Fox’s performance (or lack thereof) and the design of the completely animated Turtles. Personally I don’t expect too much from movies with Megan Fox, nor those that rely too heavily on computer animation. This one did both…point MADE.
Director Michael Bay will once again take us into the world of Transformers this summer with a brand new cast and story-line than we saw in the first three movies. While the Transformers back story that was set up in the first three films will still apply, Shia LaBeouf will not be appearing in the upcoming movie, nor will Megan Fox or her replacement, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. The film will instead follow a father and daughter pair who end up right in the middle of another Autobot vs. Decepticon adventure. Mark Wahlberg and Nicola Peltz will be leading the new cast of the film, which will only reference the first three movies, particularly the amazing showdown in Dark of the Moon, in which downtown Chicago was completely obliterated with Academy Award nominated visual effects and sound engineering. Fans have been kept waiting for any sign of visual representations for the movie, but their appetites will finally be satisfied this February as the first trailer for Transformers: Age of Extinction will be shown during SuperBowl XLVIII. Be sure to keep an eye out during the commercial breaks for this one. We’ll be sure to post the trailer here on MADE following the game.
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Veteran Bay Area rap duo Latyrx will be live at the Cabooze tomorrow. These guys have been doing their thing for quite some time now, they’ll be joined by Lyrics Born & Lateef The Truthspeaker as they continue their tour across the country. Minneapolis’ own Greg Grease & Phillip Morris will be opening up for the group, rounding out what should be an awesome night. This one’s 18+ and tickets are $15 ($18 at the door), if you’re looking for something fun to kick off this weekend; look no further. Click the link below for tickets.
Eddie Huang’s Fresh Off The Boat series continues with part 2 of his trip to the Bay Area. In the first episode, Eddie brought us hunting with the East Bay Rats motorcycle club; in part 2 he takes us to San Francisco for a Vietnamese “pop up”. Peep the video above and stay tuned for part 3 of Fresh Off The Boat: The Bay.
A couple of days ago, we finished part 3 of Fresh Off The Boat: London; now we’ve decided to throw up part 1 of The Bay area’s trilogy. In the above episode, Eddie Huang takes us rabbit hunting with the East Bay Rats motorcycle club. Anyone with a weak stomach should be warned, this episode has a couple of hard to watch scenes. The club shows the slaughtering process, in an effort to give people a feel for how disconnected we are from skinning and cleaning the animals we eat. Peep part 1 above and stay tuned for the next installment.
Yesterday Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) released a video which involves him undergoing the “standard procedure” for force feeding that Guantanamo Bay prisoners have to endure. Props to Mos, the procedure doesn’t look very forgiving, hopefully something can be done soon in regards to the hunger strike situation at Guantanamo.