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Toronto International Film Festival 2017 Kicks Off September 7th

One of our favorite film festivals here at MADE, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), is kicking off its 2017 festivities this week. Known for its wide range of genres, independent films, and documentaries, TIFF is the unofficial audition for the annual film-awards season that wraps with the Academy Awards celebrations every February. This years entries are no exception. Some of the more anticipated showings are documentaries surrounding Grace Jones (Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami), Barack Obama (The Final Year), and Lady Gaga (Gaga: Five Foot Two), as well as an under-the-radar entry from comedian Louis CK (I Love You, Daddy) that will appear in black and white. As always there is a plethora of noteworthy entries, so many, in fact, that it seems impossible to filter out a ‘most anticipated’ list.

A full schedule of entries and festival events for TIFF 2017 can be found on the festival website. Personally I am really looking forward to Darkest Hour, Hostiles, and Kings. Continue reading

Check Your Local Listings For This Week’s Limited Releases In Theaters Near You

This week will see a whole collection of independent limited releases happening across the country. First on the list is The Big Short from director Adam McKay (Anchorman, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby), starring Christian Bale (The Dark Knight, American Hustle), Steve Carell (The Office, Seeking A Friend for the End of the World), Ryan Gosling (Drive, The Place Beyond the Pines), and Brad Pitt (Babel, By The Sea). The film, based on the novel by Michael Lewis, follows four friends who predicted the housing market collapse in the mid 2000s and bet against the odds with the national banks, becoming nearly instant millionaires. The film was last seen at the AFI Film Festival in LA earlier this year, and a further nationwide expansion is still expected for 2016. Number 2 on the list is a big screen adaptation of the Alan Bennett‘s successful stage play The Lady in the Van. Oscar-winning stage and film actress Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) will be reprising her role of Miss Shepard from the acclaimed stage adaptation about a woman who lives in her van that’s parked in an unsuspecting playwright’s driveway, portrayed in the new film by Alex Jennings (The Wings of the Dove, The Queen). The film is director Nicholas Hytner (The Madness of King George, The Crucible). Next up is writer/director Jared Hess‘s (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre) new comedy Don Verdean, starring Sam Rockwell (The Green Mile, Matchstick Men), Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone, Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Will Forte (Nebraska, The Last Man on Earth), Danny McBride (Pineapple Express, Eastbound & Down), and Jemaine Clement (Dinner For Schmucks, Men in Black 3). The film essentially pokes fun at the agents of organized religion, as the main character, a self-proclaimed religious archeologist, begins bending truths in order to keep his followers faithful to their belief system. Finally, director Ale Abreu‘s new animated family film The Boy and the World and director Diane Bell‘s dramatic thriller Bleeding Heart with Jessica Biel (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Illusionist) will also be seeing limited releases this weekend. I can’t say definitively whether or not all of these selections will be good, but the first three definitely look like they’ll be worth checking out. Be sure to check your local theaters for showtimes, and as always, enjoy!

Director Adam McKay’s Next Film ‘The Big Short’ Set For December Release

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From left to right: actors Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, and Ryan Gosling will co-star in The Big Short.

Writer/director Adam McKay just released news that his upcoming project, The Big Short, has been given a release date for Christmas Day 2015. The release is expected to be held at the conclusion of the Los Angeles AFI Film Festival, but I’m pretty sure a nationwide release will be happening later on in 2016. The film is based on Michael Lewis’ novel of the same name, which focuses on a group of guys who made millions when they bet against the collateralized debt obligation bubble after predicting the economic crash of 2008. Making up the all-star cast are actors Brad Pitt (Inglorious Basterds, Fury), Christian Bale (The Dark Knight, Out of the Furnace), Karen Gillan (Doctor Who, Guardians of the Galaxy), Ryan Gosling (Drive, The Place Beyond the Pines), Steve Carell (The 40-Year Old Virgin, Little Miss Sunshine), Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny, The Lincoln Lawyer), and Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Prisoners). Selena Gomez will also be appearing in the movie as one of the supporting characters. Director McKay co-wrote the script with screenwriter Charles Randolph (The Life of David Gale, The Interpreter). We’ll keep an eye out for a new trailer, which should be coming soon.

New Trailer For ‘Batman Vs. Superman’ Debuted At Comic-Con 2015


A lot of news was revealed at the annual Comic-Con event in San Diego this year; so much, in fact, that we’ll probably be telling you about it all week. One of the highlights of the event was the Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice panel, which featured actors Henry Cavill (The Cold Light of Day, Immortals), Ben Affleck (The Town, Argo), Gal Gadot (Entourage, Furious Seven), and Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Zombieland) discussing the movie and the new (much extended) trailer that was unveiled for fans. The movie has a lot of weight resting on its shoulders. Not only will Batman be re-introduced to the big-screen after Christian Bale’s Dark Knight series ended, but Wonder Woman will also make her big-screen debut and (if DC gets their shit together and starts coordinating their superhero movie plots) will lay the groundwork for the upcoming Justice League movies. Wonder Woman is also expected to have her own independent movie coming into production and Ben Affleck has signed on for both the Justice League movies and additional independent Batman movies. Talk about milking the cow! Anyway the new trailer for Batman Vs. Superman, which is expected in theaters March 24th, 2016, is here on MADE. Enjoy!

‘Terminator Genisys’ Opening In Theaters Nationwide This July 1st, 2015


You have probably noticed all of the new TV-spots for the upcoming Terminator Genisys movie, the long-awaited 5th installment in the series that began with writer/director James Cameron (Titanic, Avatar) in 1984. While we did just see an installment several years ago with Christian Bale (The Dark Knight, The Prestige), the big appeal for this Terminator movie is that it will bring the series back to the familiarity of the story-line: futuristic cyborg (reprogrammed by the resistance) is sent back in time to ensure the survival of Sarah Connor, whose son, John, is the leader of the human race against intelligent machines after Judgement Day. It will also see series veteran Arnold Schwarzenegger (Predator, Total Recall) back in his original role as the cyborg-assassin, but this won’t be simply a case of re-making the original. Instead, director Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones, Thor: The Dark World) and writers Laeta Kalogridis (Alexander, Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (Scream, Drive Angry) will follow the terminator and Kyle Reese as they venture along a parallel time-line to Cameron’s original film (think Back to the Future: Part 2, but with Arnold instead of Marty McFly!). You may have noticed that modern-day Arnold gets into a hardcore fist-fight with his younger self at the end of the trailer…pretty cool shit! The supporting cast will see Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones, Dom Hemingway) as Sarah Connor, Jai Courtney (A Good Day To Die Hard, Divergent) as Kyle Reese, and Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, The Great Gatsby) as John Connor, with Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man, Whiplash) also making an appearance. The trailer is here on MADE, be sure to catch this one on the big screen on July 1st!

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!

See The New Trailer For Upcoming Thriller ‘True Story’ With Jonah Hill And James Franco


Comedy pals Jonah Hill (Superbad, The Wolf of Wall Street) and James Franco (127 Hours, Pineapple Express) will next appear on the big screen in the upcoming dramatic-thriller True Story. The two will star as former New York Times journalist Michael Finkel and FBI-Most-Wanted-List member Christian Longo, in a film by director Rupert Goold (Great Performances, The Hollow Crown), who adapted the script from Finkel’s memoir. True Story tells an enthralling tale about how Finkel came to meet Christian Longo after being informed by the FBI that Longo had, in fact, been using his identity while on the run, and the relationship the two forged while Longo was awaiting trial for murdering his family. The film first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival back in January and will see a limited release this April 17th. You can see the new trailer here on MADE. Enjoy!

Comedy Director Adam McKay Filling In Cast For Upcoming Drama ‘The Big Short’

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Director Adam McKay on the set of Anchorman 2: The Legend of Ron Burgandy.

Director Adam McKay is more popularly known for his work on films like Anchorman, Talladega Nights, and Step-Brothers, and fans will see more of his comedic approach in the upcoming comic-adaptation of Ant-Man with Paul Rudd in the title role, but the director has more on his upcoming schedule than just a couple of outlandish comedies. This week it was announced that actors Christian Bale (The Dark Knight, Exodus: Gods and Kings), Ryan Gosling (Drive, The Ides of March), Brad Pitt (Fight Club, Ocean’s Eleven), and McKay-movie regular Steve Carell (Little Miss Sunshine, Anchorman) will be taking roles in McKay’s upcoming financial drama The Big Short. The film comes from an adaptation of the book by author Michael Lewis, which follows the collapse of the financial industry in relation to the real-estate markets and unregulated stock and bond trades. Lewis is also the author of Moneyball, which was adapted for the big screen back in 2011 by director Bennett Miller (The Cruise, Capote) and also starred Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, and Robin Wright. Miller also just paired up with Steve Carell in 2014 for the biographical-drama Foxcatcher, which now has three Golden Globe nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor (Carell) and Best Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo). Seeing as the remainder of the supporting cast for The Big Short has yet to be filled and the project has no official release date, it may be a while before we see it in theaters, but we’ll keep an eye out for more news.

‘Exodus: Gods And Kings’ In Theaters December 12th

The new Biblical epic from director Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Gladiator) is scheduled to open in theaters on December 12th. Featuring an all-star cast lead by Christian Bale (The Dark Knight Rises, Terminator: Salvation), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad, Need For Speed), Joel Edgerton (Warrior, The Great Gatsby), Sigourney Weaver (Alien, Avatar), Ben Kinglsey (Schindler’s List, Shutter Island), and John Turturro (O Brother Where Art Thou, Transformers), the film chronicles the story of Moses and his plight to lead the enslaved Jewish people against the cruel Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses. Check out the trailer here on MADE.

Oscar-Nominated Actor Jackie Earle Haley Will Join Cast Of ‘London Has Fallen’

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With pretty much all of the original cast returning from the blockbuster hit Olympus Has Fallen, including Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman, there is a chance that the upcoming sequel London Has Fallen will be at least as action-packed as the original, but any kind of a story the writers try to produce already seems automatically cliche. Olympus Has Fallen was released in 2013 and was praised for it’s action sequences and visual effects, but the story wasn’t necessarily anything you haven’t heard before. The new movie will also bring back original actors Melissa Leo, Angela Bassett, and Radha Mitchell, who will also be joined by Oscar-nominated actor Jackie Earle Haley. Haley is most widely known by younger audiences for portraying the masked hero Rorschach in Zack Snyder’s Watchmen (2009), but his Academy Award-nomination came from his supporting role in director Todd Field’s Little Children (2006). The actor has also appeared in All The King’s Men (2006), Semi-Pro (2008), Shutter Island (2010), Lincoln (2012), and the recent remake of RoboCop earlier this year from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The plot will apparently involve an assassination plot that will take place at the funeral of Prime Minister, but it reads to me like this series is turning into a modern-day Escape From New York/Escape From LA sequel series: just a similar story taking place in a new location, but I guess we’ll see when it hits theaters in 2015. The film will be directed by Babak Nanafi from a script by Olympus Has Fallen writers Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt and new team member Christian Gudegast.