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Weinstein Company Drama ‘Tulip Fever’ Pushed Back to 2017

Producer Harvey Weinstein of the Weinstein Company has pushed back national release of his long anticipated drama Tulip Fever, based on the popular novel by Deborah Moggach, to a February 2017 release. The film has already seen several release delays; it was filmed back in 2014 and has since made no debuts at any of the film festival circuits or limited releases here in the States or elsewhere. Now, however, Weinstein seems to have settled on a post-Valentine’s Day release, going up against God Particle from producer J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Sleepless with Jaimie Fox (Ray, Collateral) and Michelle Monaghan (Gone Baby Gone, True Detective). Starring Oscar winners Alicia Vikander (El Machina, The Danish Girl) and Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds, Django Unchained), the film follows an artist who falls for a married woman he is hired to paint in portrait in the midst of the tulip frenzy of 17th century Amsterdam. Continue reading

New Biographical Drama ‘Truth’ Opening In Theaters This Friday

The new biographical drama Truth, which details the 60 Minutes episode in 2004 that investigated President George W. Bush’s military service, and the subsequent criticism that led to news anchor Dan Rather and his producer Mary Mapes loosing their jobs and effectively ending their careers, is opening in theaters this Friday, October 16th. Screenwriter James Vanderbilt (Zodiac, The Amazing Spider-Man) will be making his directorial debut with Truth, which he also adapted from Mary Mapes book. Starring in the two title roles are Oscar winners Robert Redford (All The President’s Men, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) and Cate Blanchett (The Aviator, Blue Jasmine), with Topher Grace (In Good Company, Interstellar), Dennis Quaid (Vantage Point, The Day After Tomorrow), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men, Get Him To The Greek), Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek, I Robot), and Dermont Mulroney (About Schmidt, The Grey). The trailer is available here on MADE. Given the talent backing up this screenplay I would expect that this will definitely be worth seeing. Enjoy!

2010 Mystery-Drama ‘Shanghai’ Will See Limited Release This Friday

This week, a 2010 mystery-drama from the Weinstein Company will finally see a limited American release after having spent five years waiting on the studio shelves. Director Mikael Hafstrom (1408, The Rite) and producer Harvey Weinstein were set to begin principle photography on the film Shanghai in 2008 when the Chinese government suddenly pulled their permits, forcing the production to relocate to Thailand and England to complete filming. The film is a period piece, set in Japanese-occupied Shanghai in the 1940s just months before the attack on Pearl Harbor occurs, and follows an American who returns to probe the mysterious death of his friend. As the mystery begins to unfold, however, and as he falls into a personal romantic relationship, the truth behind his friend’s death begins to reveal a much larger conspiracy at work. Starring in the lead role is actor John Cusack (2012, Hot Tub Time Machine), who has worked with director Hafstrom on the suspense-thriller 1408 in 2007. Also in the supporting cast are actors Li Gong (Miami Vice, Hannibal Rising), Yun-Fat Chow (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Curse of the Golden Flower), and David Morse (The Green Mile, The Hurt Locker). We’re not entirely sure why Weinstein decided to hold the US release back for so long, but this isn’t the first film the company has withheld from the public for a number of years before releasing it. Whatever the case, the Weinstein Company is usually pretty good about investing in worthwhile features, and the trailer reads more like an action-thriller than a romantic drama. Either way it should be a great watch. Enjoy!

New Action Thriller ‘No Escape’ Now Playing In Theaters

A new action-thriller titled No Escape from writer/director John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine, As Above So Below) is now playing on big screens nationwide. Starring Owen Wilson (Wedding Crashers, Midnight in Paris) and Lake Bell (Million Dollar Arm, In A World…), the film centers on an American couple and their children living in a SE Asian country who must flee to the American Embassy when a war breaks out between the local military and radical protesters taking to the streets. Golden Globe nominee Pierce Brosnan (GoldenEye, Die Another Day) and actor/producer Sahajak Boonthanakit (Elephant White, Only God Forgives) also appear in the supporting cast. The film was originally slated for a February release under the name The Coup but was pushed back for a Fall release instead. Director Dowdle and his brother Drew (who lent a hand in writing the script) are also producing the project through their company Dowdle Brothers Productions, along with The Weinstein Company and Bold Films. The trailer is available here on MADE. Enjoy!

Catch This Week’s Limited Releases Opening In Theaters This Weekend

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Indie films hardly get the public recognition they deserve outside of the circle of internationally known film festivals, or national premieres outside of New York City or Los Angeles (the recently released Mr. Holmes with Sir Ian McKellen and Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence serve as perfect examples). But that’s not to say I wouldn’t recommend seeing any of these. This week several such projects will be seeing limited releases on big screens across the country. First on the list is Grandma from writer/director Paul Weitz (About A Boy, In Good Company), which follows a young teenager, Sage, as she goes to her grandmother, Elle Reid, for help when finding herself in a tight spot. The two embark on a day-long journey of self discovery and life reflection that brings both a sense of comfort and motivation to the audience. Actresses Lily Tomlin (Nine to Five, I Heart Huckabees), Julia Garner (Martha Marcy May Marlene, The Perks of Being a Wallflower), and Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River, Into The Wild) will be leading the cast on this one. Next on the list is The Last Picture Show director Peter Bogdanovich‘s She’s Funny That Way, starring Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later, Filth), Owen Wilson (Wedding Crashers, Midnight in Paris), Jennifer Aniston (Horrible Bosses, We’re The Millers), and Kathryn Hahn (Step Brothers, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty). Given the plot of this one revolves around a love-triangle on the set of a Broadway production in New York, I would recommend this one as a good date-night movie. Last, but not least, is another romantic comedy (you would think it’s Valentine’s Day weekend!) called Some Kind of Beautiful from director Tom Vaughn (What Happens in Vegas, Extraordinary Measures). Pierce Brosnan (GoldenEye, The Thomas Crown Affair), Salma Hayek (From Dusk Til Dawn, Desperado), Jessica Alba (Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Awake), and Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, The Artist) lead the cast in this tale of a Cambridge poetry professor who comes to a type of midlife crises when he begins to reevaluate his life. All three selections are rated R due to some pretty heavy content, but I think they are all definitely worth seeing, so be sure to check your local theater listings for showtimes in your area, and as always…Enjoy!!

Windy City Rib-Fest Happening This Fourth of July Weekend

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The Fourth of July is reason enough to go out and celebrate, but Chicagoans have a few extra reasons for going out this year. The Cubs and the White Sox are both in town this weekend, The Grateful Dead will be at Soldier Field Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night, and Windy City RibFest will be happening in Uptown at the Lawrence and Broadway intersection. RibFest will be open from 12pm-10pm Friday and Saturday, and 12pm-9pm on Sunday, and will feature some of the finest rib vendors around, including Aussom Aussie Australian BBQ, BBQ King Smokehouse, Chicago BBQ Company, and Porky Chicks BBQ. Music and festivities, including several local music acts and arts & crafts activities, will be available as well. There is a recommended donation amount of $5. Enjoy the weekend!

Amy Adams’ Janis Joplin Biopic Brings Director Jean March-Vallee Onboard

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Actress Amy Adams (American Hustle, Man of Steel) has been trying to get a biopic about iconic blues/rock singer Janis Joplin onto the big screen for a number of years now, and now some news regarding a new director has surfaced from Deadline. Jean March-Vallee, who just directed Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyer’s Club last year, has been brought on to helm the movie, which will come from an untitled script by Ron and Theresa Terry. Joplin died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27, but during the mid 1960s, she and The Big Brother Holding Company released several blues/rock albums with songs like Piece Of My Heart, Cry Baby, and Me And Bobby McGee, and played at the famous Woodstock Music Festival in 1969, making Joplin a figure of rock legend. I’d actually be pretty interested if this one got underway, especially given Adams’ track record and passion for the singer’s life, but we’ll keep an eye out for further news or additional casting.

Romare – ‘Projections’ Trailer

The UK producer released a teaser trailer to his debut album, Projections, where he showcases his collage skills (hence Romare). Romare recently signed with Ninja Tune Records, where he has marked February 23rd as his debut record release.

Abstract, one of a kind, experimental – call it what you want, but Romare continues to take electronic house music to a new level. With simplistic rhythms similar to those used in the early 2000’s, Romare leaves his mark on everything he touches – whether it’s unique instrumentation, catchy melodies or groovy bass lines, the guy continues to keep everyone’s attention. Romare has already made quite a name for himself, as he continues to play regularly in the UK. Make sure to stay locked for more.

Writers Paul And Chris Weitz To Script Japanese Remake ‘Like Father, Like Son’ For DreamWorks Pictures

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Japanese filmmaker Hirozaku Kore-Eda turned a lot of heads at the Cannes Film Festival with his movie Like Father, Like Son, including that of Oscar-winner Steven Spielberg, who bought the film with the intent of making an American version here in Hollywood. Now DreamWorks Pictures has hired screenwriters Chris and Paul Weitz to script the project, even though they have no director or producers attached to the film at this time. The two writers have worked independently on such films like In Good Company, Being Flynn, Little Fockers, and The Golden Compass, but some of their greatest successes have been their collaborations on American Pie and About a Boy, which have both seen a great amount of commercial success, with Pie now totaling three sequels. Like Father Like Son is an emotional drama revolving around a case of mistaken identity when a couple receives notice from the hospital that their child is not actually their child (the hospital gave them the wrong baby). Now that DreamWorks has a screenwriting team already at work on the script, we should start hearing some news about a potential director and cast coming out soon. Stay tuned!

Director Kevin Smith Talks Fate Of Final ‘Clerks’ Sequel

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Even though he was once considering retiring from filmmaking, director Kevin Smith is showing no signs of slowing down, and, in fact, seems to be taking on even more than one would expect from someone preparing for retirement. Smith is currently involved in a recent rumor that has him writing a ‘fake’ script for Warner Bros. upcoming Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice that was meant to conceal the actual script director Zack Snyder will be adapting for the film. He is also still prepping his upcoming horror movie Tusk for release along with a spin-off for that project which will follow several characters from Tusk in a more concentrated setting. To top it all off, fans are still waiting for Smith to get some momentum going on production for Clerks 3, which will most likely be the last installment in that series. The original Clerks was released twenty years ago this year and brought Smith into the Hollywood spotlight, while simultaneously kicking off his series of Askewniverse films revolving around the iconic characters Jay and Silent Bob. Clerks 3 has already been pushed back for Smith to produce Anti-Claus, and he is still looking for a way to finance the film since the Weinstein Company has only agreed to provide distribution. With the reputation of Smith and the Clerks franchise, I’m sure finding some financing for number three won’t be too difficult, but we’ll have to wait and see.