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Parker’s ‘The Birth of a Nation’ Stirring Just As Much Controversy as the 1915 Original

Writer, director, and lead actor Nate Parker (The Great Debaters, Red Tails)’s The Birth of a Nation is now playing in theaters across the country, but not in the light the young filmmaker was hoping for. The film struggled to reach $7 million in domestic box office sales in its opening weekend. Several factors could have contributed to the surprising low, but the most likely cause of the low turn out is Parker’s 1999 rape allegations during his time at Penn State. Although Parker was exonerated, news that his alleged victim committed suicide in 2012 and his handling of the case back in 1999 have caused a great controversy that has women’s rights and sexual assault advocate groups shouting boycott all across the country.

While Parker’s film may be controversial in its own right, the original Birth of a Nation, which was a silent movie released in 1915, was just as controversial, if not more so. The original Birth of a Nation is remembered for its blatantly racial undertones and simultaneous impressive contributions to filmmaking. Continue reading

Toronto International Film Festival Headliners ‘Trumbo’ and ‘Spotlight’ Opening In Theaters This Friday


Movie-goers will have no shortage of great movies to see this weekend. Friday will not only have the chance to see The Peanuts Movie and the new James Bond installment, Spectre, but fans of festival-circuit films will also be able to see two major picks from this years’ Toronto International Film Festival. The first is the biographical drama from director Jay Roach (Meet the Parents, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery) with Golden Globe winner Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Godzilla) titled Trumbo. The film follows the famous screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who along with 300 other writers and filmmakers in Hollywood was blacklisted by the federal government during the Red Scare era of the American 1950s. Trumbo is, perhaps, one of the more interesting cases; he continued to write scripts under anonymous surnames while he was blacklisted and even won Oscars for his work on Roman Holiday (1953) and The Brave One (1956). Making up the supporting cast are actors Diane Lane (Unfaithful, Man of Steel), Helen Mirren (The Queen, The Hundred-Foot Journey), Louis C.K. (Louie, American Hustle), Elle Fanning (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Maleficent), John Goodman (The Big Lebowski, Argo), and Michael Stuhlbarg (Pawn Sacrifice, Steve Jobs), in a script adpated by John McNamara (Jericho, Aquarius) from the book Dalton Trumbo by author Bruce Cook. Continue reading

‘Trumbo’, ‘The Martian’, and ‘Black Mass’ Will Appear At This Fall’s Toronto International Film Festival

Every year the Toronto International Film Festival serves as one of the major international film festivals that close out the fiscal year, and this year’s festival is sure to feature an excellent celebration of Oscar-worthy filmmaking. Toronto’s film festival is usually filled with entries seen earlier in the year at festivals like Sundance and Cannes, but it also brings its own special line-up to its audience. This year several highly anticipated films will have the honor of being shown during the festivities, most notably the Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass with Johnny Depp, Matt Damon‘s next space adventure following Interstellar titled The Martian, and one I personally am really excited to see, another biopic called Trumbo with Emmy-winner Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Godzilla) in the title role of McCarthy-era screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, whose film credits were published under various pseudonyms over the years after he was blacklisted during Senator McCarthy’s famous Communist-trials in the 1950s. Continue reading

‘Black Mass’ Opening In Theaters This September

Oscar-nominee Johnny Depp (Blow, Public Enemies) has recently been working on new installments for the Pirates of the Caribbean and Alice in Wonderland franchises, plus dealing with his girlfriend being locked up in Australia for smuggling canine’s into the country. But his next big project with director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace) is currently gearing up for the big screen this September. Black Mass, which we’ve been following for some time now, stars Depp as Whitey Bulger, perhaps the most violent and notorious gangster in the history of South Boston. The film comes from the book Black Mass: The Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob by Boston Globe reporters Dick Lehr and Gerald O’Neill and chronicles Bulger’s partnership with FBI agent John Connolly, who long delayed the bureau’s capture of Bulger by focusing his attention on Bulger’s competitors. The movie has undergone several changes over the last year, including director Barry Levinson and actor Tom Hardy being attached at various points in the production. Making up the final supporting cast include actors Dakota Johnson (21 Jump Street, Fifty Shades of Grey), Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Exodus: Gods and Kings), Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek: Into Darkness, The Imitation Game), Kevin Bacon (Apollo 13, Mystic River), Adam Scott (Step Brothers, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), and Peter Sarsgaard (Jarhead, Flightplan). The book by Lehr and O’Neill was adapted for the big screen by Jez Butterworth (Edge of Tomorrow, Get On Up) and Mark Mallouk (Rush, A Walk Among The Tombstones). Watch the full-length trailer here on MADE, and be sure to mark your calendars for September 18th!

‘Beetlejuice 2′ May Begin Filming By The End Of The Year, Pending Filmmakers’ Schedules

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There was a lot of excitement going on around Hollywood when Tim Burton announced there may be a sequel to his 1988 classic Beetlejuice, but since then we haven’t really heard anything definitive regarding production on the new project. Burton just saw his latest film, Big Eyes, open in theaters during the Holiday season, and he is currently serving as producer for the upcoming Alice in Wonderland: Through The Looking Glass, while also getting ready to shoot his next directorial project Miss Peregine’s Home For Peculiar Children, based on the novel by Ransom Riggs. Michael Keaton has also been keeping himself pretty busy; he just won a Golden Globe and earned an Oscar-nomination for his role in Birdman, and will next be seen in Thomas McCarthy’s upcoming drama Spotlight with Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo about the child molestation scandal in the Catholic Church that was uncovered by the Boston Globe. Screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith, however, seems all ready to go, which seems appropriate considering you need a script before you can film anything, but in a recent interview, the writer reported that everything for the film is ready to go as soon as Burton and Keaton are both finally available. The concern, of course, is that that could end up being a while if Burton is still prepping for Peregine and Keaton’s schedule may not stay open for very long with an Oscar-nod and Golden Globe under his belt. Grahame-Smith also confirmed that Winona Rider would be returning for the sequel as well, which he hopes will begin filming before this year is out, but we’ll see what happens. Stay tuned.

Latrell James – The Button (Video)


A couple of days ago, we received a track all the way from Boston featuring Latrell James. We’ve posted some of the kid’s previous work, and we’re excited to share another gem from his vault. With the release of his next project, Twelve, due out in early 2015; Latrell’s single, “The Button”, definitely has us interested in what’s to come. The track is down to earth, yet Latrell’s bravado provides flair adding to the record’s appeal. If this is just a glimpse of what’s next, you can bet Twelve will be another solid effort.

Downtown Throwdown: Boston 2014 (Recap)


Last year Minneapolis hosted the annual “Downtown Throwdown”, passing the torch to Boston for this year’s event. With sponsors like Adidas, LIB Tech and Snow Boarder the contest continues to grow year after year. Minnesota was definitely in the building as Ryan Paul and Jesse Paul (both Minnesotans) took 1st & 2nd respectively with Ted Borland placing 3rd. With Ryan taking home the $20,000, you can expect to see him making a few moves heading into the snowboarding season. Check out the video above and stay tuned for more.

Zoo York Welcomes Gavin Nolan


Boston skater Gavin Nolan has been picked up by Zoo York and they’re celebrating with his official “Welcoming” clip. The kid’s tre-flip is icey to say the least and his bag of tricks is extensive. Check out the clip above, you can expect to see a lot more from Gavin Nolan in the future.

Julian Tryba – Boston Layer-Lapse

The young photographer, Julian Tryba, recently won over Kessler University’s attention with his latest submission to the University. The self taught photographer has taken time lapse to a whole new level with the release of these visuals. While time lapse photography continues to trend upward, its safe to say Julian wins with his creativity on this submission. With his work on the Boston Layer-Lapse, It is hard to imagine how much time and effort when into capturing each photo. Once you count all the endless hours of editing, I’m sure this took over a good portion of his life to finish. Some serious skill matched with a Canon 6D, CineDrive Tracking and countless hours to work through the day… one can only imagine.

If you want to read the extensive article on Julian Tryba, visit:

http://www.kessleru.com/2014/10/what-drives-you/

Liam Neeson And John Slattery Will Take Roles In Seth McFarlane’s ‘Ted 2’

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Seth MacFarlane is currently in Boston filming his upcoming comedy sequel Ted 2, but news of some new cast members has just recently hit the Hollywood web-scene. Following their collaboration on A Million Ways To Die In The West last year, MacFarlane has confirmed that actor Liam Neeson will be playing a small part in the movie, joining actors Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, and Morgan Freeman. Entertainment Weekly also reported recently that John Slattery of AMC’s Mad Men will also be making an appearance in the film. Although there is no official word on the plot, Morgan Freeman has stated that he will appear as Ted’s civil rights lawyer who helps him out with some legal troubles, but thus far that’s really all we’ve heard. The movie is scheduled to hit theaters next June, so stay tuned for more news!