A few months back we heard the first whisperings of an upcoming remake of the 1977 Walt Disney classic Pete’s Dragon, and now we have the first teaser trailer for the new movie, which is due out in August. Writer/director David Lowery (Pioneer, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) adapted the original S.S. Field story with co-screenwriter Toby Halbrooks (Robots Are Blue, Dig) about a young orphan named Pete who goes on extraordinary adventures with his friend, a giant dragon named Elliott. Leading the cast are actors Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help, Jurassic World), Robert Redford (All The President’s Men, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), Karl Urban (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Bourne Supremacy), Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games, Interstellar), Craig Hall (King Kong, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), and Oakes Fegley (This Is Where I Leave You, Prism) as young orphan Pete. This will be the third Disney remake that’s due out this year, at least that we’ve been watching. The first is the new adaptation of The Jungle Book from director Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Chef) coming out this April, and the second is the The Legend of Tarzan from director David Yates (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince), starring Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, Focus) and Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained, Inglorious Basterds), which is due out in July. The trailer for the new Pete’s Dragon is available here on MADE. Look for more updates on these three movies coming out soon.
Filmmaker Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Equalizer) is currently working on principle photography for his upcoming remake of the classic 1960 western The Magnificent Seven. The original film was directed by legendary director John Sturges (The Great Escape, Joe Kidd) and featured an all-star cast that included Yul Brynner (The Ten Commandments), Eli Wallach (The Good The Bad and the Ugly), Steve McQueen (Bullitt), Charles Bronson (Death Wish), Robert Vaughn (Julius Caesar), Brad Dexter (Run Silent Run Deep), and James Coburn (Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid). Composer Elmer Bernstein received an Oscar-nomination for Best Musical Score (Drama/Comedy) for his work on the picture, and the film was selected for the National Film Registry by the National Film Preservation Board in 2013. Continue reading →
There aren’t many shoes that can match the clean cut feel of a brand new pair of Vans in the summer. The legendary California shoe company recently released their Classic Era 59s dressed with cork and twill accents. The release comes in the form of 3 earthy colorways including Arabian spice, incense and dark shadow, the Arabian spice (dark red) easily capable of serving through fall. These are currently available via Vans website or at your local Vans retailer for $55, click the link to grab yours now.
Fans of classic rock, and more specifically of The Who, rejoice! The new documentary from film-cinematographer James D. Cooper (Kiss Daddy Goodnight, Brother’s Keeper) titled Lambert & Stamp is now playing in theaters. The film reveals how The Who was discovered by filmmaking duo Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp while they were searching for appropriate subject matter for their new movie, the goal being to reflect the social unrest of teenagers in post-World War II England. Instead of making that film, however, they ended up managers of one of the most famous bands of the infamous rock n’ roll British Invasion that also included The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Creme, Pink Floyd, and The Animals. The documentary comes just in time for The Who’s 50th Anniversary and will include archival footage of the group as well as new interviews with both Lambert and Stamp, and surviving band members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey. John Entwistle, The Who’s original bass player, famously died of a heart attack in 2002 on the night before the band was set to head out on a new American tour and was hastily replaced by Pino Palladino. Keith Moon died of an overdose of Heminevrin in 1978 while trying to overcome alcoholism; the drummer had gradually fallen further into drink during the progression of The Who’s career, causing increased tensions between himself and Pete Townshend, who already quarreled with Moon over his non-traditional style of playing. This one definitely looks like it will be worth the watch; be sure to check your local listings for showtimes near you!
Painter Frank Bernard Dicksee’s 1884 oil canvas Romeo and Juliet.
Just when we thought Hollywood couldn’t do anything more to ruin originality, we see headlines like these in the news and just want to lose all hope. THR recently reported that Sony Pictures has picked up a new film adaptation of William Shakespeare‘s Romeo and Juliet that will supposedly be imagined in the likings of director Zack Snyder‘s 300. The project is called Verona and is the first from writing duo Neil Widener and Gavin James. At the same time director Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) is also working on a new project at Thunder Road Pictures that will tell the story of King Arthur, Lancelot, and Guinivere in a Western-genre setting. This one is titled Man at War and comes from a script by writer Jeremy Lott, but we have yet to hear when this project will be released in relation to Guy Ritchie‘s upcoming movie Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur. I don’t know how fans of classic literature will take news of a 300-style Romeo and Juliet, or two King Arthur movies being made pretty much simultaneously, but with Disney and Marvel both busy popping out Star Wars and Avengers films for every consecutive year from now until God knows when, I can’t say this comes as very surprising news. Keep an eye out for further updates.
The UK manufacturers, Uban Truck, take classic models of Land Rover’s and put their own unique touch on them. If they like a particular model want to add something special to it, they will put their full effort into making this happen. For example, if you take the Ultimate RS and add a 500hp Corvette engine, this is what you shall receive. The company doesn’t stop there, as they literally remodeled and upgraded the interior, brakes, engine and transmission. For the full list of specs and other featured models, click the link below.
This weekend’s classics goes out to The Dramatics. The soul/R&B group out of Detroit, Michigan, is best known for their hit songs “Watcha See is Watcha Get” and “In The Rain”. While these songs were major hits, the group went on to record well over 10 albums of music.
The Dramatics, formed and started recording in 1964. For the next few years, the group released numerous songs with Wingate Records, which eventually led them to move on to Sport Records. With the move came their first hit single with “All Because of You”. By 1968, the group signed another deal, this time with Stax-Volt Records. It was here in where they had their first breakout single,”Whatcha See is Whatcha Get”.
After selling a million copies of their new hit record, the group continued to trend upwards in popularity. After losing band members William Howard and Elbert Wilkins, The Dramatics rebounded and were later featured on Soul Train; which preceded their #1 R&B hit “In the Rain” (which also sold a million plus records). Even though the group has lost a lot of its band members, the tradition continues and you can still find The Dramatics touring to this day.
Madlib will be releasing his second installment to his Rock Konducta series on July 15, 2014. If you aren’t familiar and didn’t catch Vol.1 of the Rock Konducta beats, make sure to get accustomed now. This latest installment to his “Beat Konducta” series focuses on the underground rock scenes from the 60s-80s. The album relies on Madlib’s unique ability to blend hip-hop with the classic psychedelic rock, which makes for a fresh experience from the producer. Make sure to get this on pre-order for those who collect wax, because Vol.1 sold out immediately.
Eddy Grant has been one of the hardest working musicians since the late 60s. The guitarist/singer-songwriter, has released over 15 studio albums spanning 20+ years of music making. We want to recognize the hard work and dedication by Eddy Grant and make him this week’s Weekend Classic.
Eddy Grant was born in Guyana and emigrated to London as a child. Grant already had seen success by 1968 while he was the lead guitarist and songwriter with The Equals, with their release of “Baby Come Back”. By 1982, Grant released his 7th studio album Killer on the Rampage, and had two major hits with “I Don’t Wanna Dance” and “Electric Avenue”. The album went on to be a Top Ten album selling over a million copies. A few years later he saw success with political protest songs such as “War Party” and “Living on the Front Line”. If want to hear more music from Eddy Grant, make sure to dig deep, as he has slew of hit records.
The New Orleans born singer, King Floyd, is this weeks Weekend Classic. Floyd is mostly known for his hit song “Groove Me”, which was released in 1970. After spending some time at the Sho-Bar on Bourbon Street, Floyd eventually made his way to California to begin recording.
It was in the early 70s where King Floyd began to see much of his success. With early recordings of “Groove Me” and “What Our Love Needs”, Floyd was able to start his career off with a bang. About a year later, they were picked up by Atlantic Records to take care of the distribution needs, landing Floyd #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. After selling over a million copies of his self titled album, Floyd began to work and record music full-time. Although he never saw the same success after the release of Think About It (1973) and Well Done (1975), he was able to maintain his popularity throughout the 70s.