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This Week In Movie History…

On September 13, 1916, children’s author Roald Dahl was born in Cardiff, Wales. Although his career was focused mainly in print, Dahl’s career has made a significant contribution to popular film. The author is behind such classics as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The Witches, and Fantastic Mr. Fox, all which have seen big-screen adaptations. His career in the film industry includes several screenwriting endeavors. He wrote an early script for the 1967 James Bond film You Only Live Twice, and another for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, although both of these scripts were later reworked by other screenwriters. As if his scripts being thrown out and reworked wasn’t enough to make him steer clear of the film business, Dahl also wrote the initial script for the film adaptation of his book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Paramount Pictures, however, brought in a second screenwriter, David Seltzer, to write another version with the character focus falling on the magical chocolatier Willy Wonka instead of the young boy Charlie in Dahl’s novel. The title of the film was also changed to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory to reflect the importance of the character. Continue reading

New Dramatic War-Thriller ‘Eye in the Sky’ Opening In Theaters This Friday

A new war drama from director Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Ender’s Game) titled Eye in the Sky is opening in theaters nationwide this Friday, March 11th. The film is led by Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren (The Queen, The Hundred-Foot Journey) and features an ensemble of stars including Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad, Exodus: Gods and Kings), Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips, Hawaii Five-O) and Phoebe Fox (One Day, A Poet in New York), as well as the late Alan Rickman (Die Hard, Love Actually), who died just last month. Screenwriter Guy Hibbert (Five Minutes of Heaven, A United Kingdom) wrote the script about a military colonel commanding a drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya, who becomes enthralled in an international debate over the morality, and the implications of modern warfare when a young girl enters the Kenyan kill zone where the operation is taking place. Although this will be his last full-length feature appearing in the flesh, Alan Rickman’s last official film will be the upcoming sequel to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, titled Alice Through the Looking Glass, expected in theaters this coming May. The trailer for Eye in the Sky is available here on MADE. Check it out in theaters this Friday.

Veteran Actor Christopher Lee Dies At The Age Of 93 In London

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The chances of somebody never having seen Christopher Lee in a movie may be virtually impossible. The 93 year-old-actor, who died Sunday in London, was a veteran of the big screen, whose life achievements can easily be seen in his long repertoire of films. Lee covered all of the basics during his career. He appeared in classic stories like Dracula (1970) and The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), and he would carry his villainous streak over to such roles as James Bond‘s nemesis in The Man With The Golden Gun (1974) to Count Dooku in George Lucas’s latest Star Wars trilogy, to the dark-wizard Saruman in director Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings series. Some music fans may even recognize him on the cover of Paul McCartney’s most popular post-Beatles ablum Band on the Run alongside McCartney and Wings and actors James Coburn (The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven), and Kenny Lynch, among others. In later years Lee would also collaborate regularly with director Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns) on such films as Sleepy Hollow and Alice in Wonderland, and he was knighted in his home country of England in 2009. He leaves behind his wife of 50 years Birgit Kroencke and their daughter Christina. May he rest in peace.

2015 Celebrates 25 Years Of Classic Cinema…1990 Movie Anniversaries

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2015 is going to be a very big year for movies. An unprecedented number of blockbuster sequels will be opening on the big screen this year, including Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Fast and Furious 7, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road, Jurassic World, Ted 2, Terminator: Genisys, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But an equally impressive number of films will also be celebrating their 25th anniversaries this year, including several big-name films that have become cinematic classics. At the top of the list are Martin Scorsese‘s Goodfellas and Francis Ford Coppola‘s The Godfather Part III. Oscar-winner Robert DeNiro lead Scorsese’s dramatic adaptation of Nicholas Pileggi’s biographical novel of mafia hoodlums hustling in the streets of New York with co-stars Ray Liota and Joe Pesci, while Oscar-winner-to-be Al Pacino returned to reprise his role as New York crime-boss Michael Corleone in Coppola’s final installment in his epic-mafia trilogy. Diane Keaton and Talia Shire both returned for their respective roles, as well as newcomer Andy Garcia, who had been seen in Brian DePalma’s 1987 Chicago-mafia hit The Untouchables. Joe Pesci also has his name on another 1990 classic: writer John Hughes’ Home Alone, with MaCaulay Culkin and Daniel Stern. Also making the list is Tim Burton and Johnny Depp‘s dramatic-fantasy classic Edward Scissorhands, and Kevin Costner’s Academy Award-winning drama Dances With Wolves. Other classics that made 1990 a great cinematic year were releases like Warren Beatty’s comic-strip parody Dick Tracy with Madonna and Al Pacino, director Frank Marshall’s creepy-critter-thriller Arachnophobia, Stephen King‘s suspense-tale Misery with James Caan, the live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall, Whoopi Goldberg’s haunting by Patrick Swayze in Ghost, Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin in The Hunt For Red October, and finally, John McTiernan’s action-sequel Die Hard 2 and Michael J. Fox‘s final round as Marty McFly in Back To The Future Part III. Happy 25th Anniversary to all these features, and if you haven’t seen any of these movies, you should definitely add them to your Must-See list… Enjoy!

‘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.

List Of Christmas Day 2014 Releases

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I know we’ve been putting out a lot of upcoming releases for the holiday season. If you’re having trouble keeping any of it straight, here’s a list of release dates to help you out. Have a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year from MADE.

Christmas 2014 Releases:
1. Big Eyes-Directed by Tim Burton, starring Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams
2. Into The Woods-Directed by Rob Marshall starring Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp
3. Unbroken-Directed by Angelina Jolie, starring Jack O’Connell and Domhnall Gleeson
4. The Gambler-Directed by Rupert Wyatt, starring Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Jessica Lange
5. The Imitation Game-Directed by Morten Tyldum, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightly

New Years Eve Release:
1. A Most Violent Year-Directed by J.C. Chandor, starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain

Wishing everyone an enjoyable holiday season and we’ll see you in 2015!

Director Tim Burton’s ‘Big Eyes’ Opening This Christmas Day


Despite the fact that The Interview will no longer be showing in theaters this Christmas Day, movie-goers will still have plenty of flicks to choose from for their holiday-fix. Among the new releases is the latest film from iconic writer/director Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas), Big Eyes, starring Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Bastards, Django Unchained) and Amy Adams (Man of Steel, American Hustle). The film follows the story of American painter Margaret Keane. Keane is known for her use of “big eyes” in her portrayals of women and children, who often appear in a sad or depressed demeanor. Keane and her husband, Walter, had sold many of her paintings during the 1960s under Walter’s name, but following the couple’s divorce in 1965, Keane announced that she was the true artist, and the couple began a string of legal battles that eventually ended with a 3-week trial and Keane being awarded $4 million in damages. Screenwriting team Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (Ed Wood, Man on the Moon) wrote the story and penned the script for Burton. Check out the trailer here on MADE. The movie opens Christmas Day.

British Actor Mark Rylance Will Take A Role In Steven Spielberg’s Upcoming Cold War Thriller With Tom Hanks

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Tony-winning actor Mark Rylance (The Other Boleyn Girl, Blitz) is currently in talks to take a role in director Steven Spielberg’s next film project, a Cold War thriller that follows the real-life story of attorney James Donovan. Donovan is best known for negotiating the release of Gary Powers, a U-2 plane pilot who was imprisoned after being interrogated for espionage by the KGB. Rylance was up for the role of the Mad Hatter’s father in the upcoming sequel to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, but he has since moved on from that project, which will once again feature Johnny Depp as the Hatter. Spielberg’s new film, which has yet to be titled, will also feature Oscar-winner Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump, Captain Phillips) in the role of Donovan, and will be his fourth collaboration with the director Spielberg. The film is expected to begin production this fall, but is currently still awaiting a script re-write from writers/directors Joel and Ethan Coen (Oh Brother Where Art Thou, True Grit), so we’ll have to wait to hear more information on this as the details emerge. Stay tuned!

Sacha Baron Cohen Joins Alice In Wonderland Sequel

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It’s been a few years now since Tim Burton re-imagined Lewis Carroll’s classic tale Alice in Wonderland for the big screen, with Johnny Depp in the role of the Mad Hatter. Walt Disney Pictures has since been working on a sequel to Alice, which grossed over a billion dollars worldwide and brought Carroll’s surreal world to the big screen in 3D and IMAX. Screenwriter Linda Woolverton is currently working a script for Alice 2, with Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska both reprising their roles, but without Tim Burton directing the project. Instead, Muppets director James Bobin will be taking over for Burton, and Sacha Baron Cohen may be joining Depp and Wasikowska for the new movie. Cohen was last seen in Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables in 2012 and is presently working on several projects, including the action-comedy Grimsby (expected to go into production by the end of the year) and The Lesbian with Paramount Pictures. Depp is also signed on with Disney for a fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, and is currently filming Transcendence with director/cinematographer Wally Pfister. The new Alice project will be titled Through the Looking Glass (based on the book by Carroll) and is expected to be released in May 2016.

Tim Burton Celebrates 25 Years of Batman

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Tim Burton is once again working with Michael Keaton to on the long awaited sequel to Beetlejuice. While the movie is still very early in production, Burton and Keaton will also be celebrating one of their other collaborations. The two worked together with Jack Nicholson in 1989 on Batman, the first modern take on the comic book series since Adam West in the 1960s. The two also went on to make a sequel two years later which also starred Danny Devito and Michelle Pfeiffer. Also celebrating their 25 years this year are The Abyss, Field of Dreams, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Major League, Glory, and Born on the Fourth of July. If you get any free time be sure to check some of these out, and stay tuned for more news on Burton’s Beetlejuice sequel.