There are few interesting indie releases opening in local theaters this weekend, alongside Jordan Peele’s directorial horror debut Get Out. The first is a war-drama titled Bitter Harvest, starring Max Irons (The Host, Woman in Gold) and Samantha Barks (Les Miserables, The Christmas Candle) as lovers facing the oncoming Ukraine Genocide of 1932-1933 under Joseph Stalin. The film comes from director George Mendeluk and follows a young artists (Irons) as he works to save his love, Natalka (Barks), from being rounded up and executed as part of the death-by-starvation camps that would be made all the more famous during Hitler’s time in Nazi Germany during World War II. The script comes from writer Richard Bachynsky Hoover and co-stars Terence Stamp (Superman, Young Guns) and Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile). Continue reading →
According to Deadline, actor Alden Ehrenreich (Blue Jasmine, Hail Caesar!) has officially signed on to star as young Captain Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars spin-off from Walt Disney Pictures. Ehrenreich beat out a number of A-list names for the role, including Miles Teller, Dave Franco, Jack Reynor, Scott Eastwood, and Emory Cohen. As with all upcoming releases from Disney/Lucasfilm, no actual details have been released on the plot, and no news about supporting cast members is yet available. The script will be written by Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon Kasdan (In the Land of Women, The First Time). Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (21 Jump Street, The Lego Movie) are expected to direct the feature. We’ll be bringing you further news as it emerges. If you can’t wait for a new space movie to see, check out the third installment in the new Star Trek series, Beyond, starring Chris Pine (Unstoppable, Into the Woods) and Zachary Quinto (Tallulah, Snowden). Enjoy the weekend!
The new comedy with Will Ferrell (Superstar, Old School) and Kevin Hart (Think Like A Man, Ride Along) will be opening in theaters this March 27th. Comedy screenwriter Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder, Men In Black 3) is in the director’s chair for this project, working from a script by himself, Jay Martel and Ian Roberts, which was adapted from a story by Martel, Roberts, and comedy-writer/director Adam McKay (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Step-Brothers). The story follows millionaire James King (Ferrell), who turns to Darnell Lewis (Hart) to teach him how to survive in prison when he is convicted of fraud and sentenced to San Quentin Prison. Making up the supporting cast are actors Alison Brie (Community, The Five-Year Engagement), T.I. (Step Up, Fast and Furious 6), and Taryn Terrell (The Campaign, Now You See Me). You can see the full trailer here on MADE. The movie opens in theaters this March 27th. Enjoy!
Universal Pictures has announced that a sequel to their worldwide box-office hit Neighbors has been given a green-light and has been set for release on May 13th, 2016. The sequel will bring back original cast members Seth Rogen (Knocked Up, The Interview), Rose Byrne (X-Men:First Class, Get Him To The Greek), and Zac Efron (Parkland, That Awkward Moment), as well as director Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Five-Year Engagement) and original writers Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien, who thus far will only serve as executive producers. The project is still early in production, and a script or even a screenwriter has yet to be found, but I’m sure many would just as soon not see a sequel made at all. Given the context and originality of the first film it’s going to be difficult to come up with a sequel that’s actually worth making, but if Universal thinks they can rake in another $250 million by making a sequel, then that’s exactly what they’ll do. Stay tuned.
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.
Patrick Swayze was one of the premiere action stars of the 1980s, and also a regular appearance in romance movies like Ghost (1990) and Dirty Dancing (1987). The action side of his career include movies like Red Dawn (1984) and Point Break</em (1991), and another classic that’s about to be remade with director Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious, XXX), Road House (1989). Though the original film seems still relatively recent, the story of a tough bar bouncer in Missouri who gets mixed up with some suspect characters is getting a full-fledged remake with Joel Silver in the producer’s chair. There is no word yet as to who will reprise Swayze’s role in the original, but casting has yet to take place, so we’ll watch out for further details.