On July 18th, 1986, writer/director James Cameron (Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Avatar) brought director Ridley Scott‘s original characters back to the big screen in the first sequel to Alien, appropriately titled Aliens. Lead actress Sigourney Weaver (Ghostbusters, Working Girl) returned to reprise the role of Ellen Ripley, who after the original was discovered in cryogenic sleep in her escape craft and returned to Earth. After communication is lost with colonists investigating Ripley’s claim of aliens on the moon, she and a rescue crew are sent on a mission to investigate the moon and discover if there are any survivors, or if Ripley’s outrageous claims are true. Aliens would go on to win two Oscars, doing even better than its predecessor. The film won for Best Sound Effects and another for Best Visual Effects; it also received another four nominations for Best Actress (Weaver), Best Set Decoration, Best Sound, Best Film Editing, and Best Music. Appearing alongside Weaver are actors Carrie Penn, Michael Biehn (The Terminator, The Abyss), Paul Reiser (Beverley Hills Cop, Whiplash), Lance Henriksen (Damien: Omen II, Savage Dawn), and Bill Paxton (Twister, Apollo 13). Continue reading →
The first trailer for the upcoming Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez On Me is now available online. Co-written by Ed Gonzalez (Creating a Convincing Cop Story, Street Kings 2: Motor City) and Jeremy Haft (Grizzly Mountain, Empire), the film chronicles Tupac’s life from his childhood to the night of him untimely and highly controversial death that coincided with the murder of rival rapper Notorious B.I.G. six months later. Starring in the lead as Shakur is Demetrius Shipp Jr., who is making his debut appearance. Appearing in the supporting cast are The Walking Dead co-stars Danai Gurira (Mother of George, The Visitor), and Lauren Cohan (The Boy, Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice), as well as Kat Graham (Addicted, The Vampire Diaries), and Jamal Woolard as Biggie Smalls/Notorious. You might recognize Woolard from a previous biopic; the actor also portrayed Biggie in the 2009 biopic Notorious from director George Tillman Jr. All Eyez On Me is expected in theaters this November 11th, but we’ll definitely be seeing some additional trailers coming out soon. Enjoy the new trailer here on MADE.
Writer/director Chris Rock (right) with Rosario Dawson (left) in Top Five (2014).
Last year’s hit-comedy, Top Five, proved to be a major accomplishment for writer/director/actor Chris Rock, so much so that he is now being pressured by producer Scott Rudin to get a follow up in the theaters as soon as possible. Rock revealed to The Guardian in a recent interview that he and Rudin are having meetings on the subject on a weekly basis, and that he is planning on using a majority of the Top Five cast for the new project. Some names that have already been mentioned include Leslie Jones (The League, Workaholics), Tracy Morgan (30 Rock, Cop-Out), and Jerry Seinfeld (Seinfeld, Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee), but nothing as far as casting goes is set in stone, and Top Five had a huge repertoire of stars to write a sequel for, such as Gabrielle Union (Bad Boys 2, Cadillac Records), Rosario Dawson (Clerks 2, Sin City), Kevin Hart (Think Like A Man, Get Hard), Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost, Sister-Act), and Adam Sandler (Grown-Ups, Pixels). We’ll keep an eye out for further updates.
Comedians Eddie Murphy (left) and Richard Pryor (right).
Director Lee Daniels (Precious, The Butler) is currently working on getting a biographical drama focusing on Richard Pryor underway, and some news regarding the supporting cast has now surfaced from THR. Comedy-veteran Eddie Murphy (Beverly Hills Cop, Coming To America) is now set to portray Pryor’s abusive, alcoholic father, a period that proved incredibly influential on the comedian’s work and only added to his comedic-legacy. Also included on the cast list is comedic-actor Mike Epps (Next Friday, The Hangover) and Oscar-nominee Kate Hudson (Almost Famous, Something Borrowed). Thus far there is no scheduled release date and Daniels has yet to develop a script or find a screenwriter, but with the cast filling out we should see that get underway relatively quickly. Stay tuned for more news.
The new action-thriller with star Liam Neeson (Taken 3, A Walk Among The Tombstones) is opening in theaters tomorrow from director Juame Collet-Serra (House of Wax, Orphan). The two filmmakers have worked on several previous projects together, including Unknown (2011) and last year’s Non-Stop; this time out Neeson stars as mob-hitman Jimmy Conlon, who is approached by his long-time friend and mob-boss, Shawn MaGuire, when the former kills the latter’s son and wants to exact justice in a game of you-killed-my-son-so-I’m-gonna-kill-yours. The story comes from screenwriter Brad Ingelsby (The Dynamiter, Out of the Furnace) and co-stars Oscar-nominee Ed Harris (The Abyss, Apollo 13), Joel Kinnaman (Safe House, RoboCop), Boyd Holbrook (The Skeleton Twins, Gone Girl), Bruce McGill (Cinderella Man, Lincoln), and Vincent D’Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket, Men In Black). Check out the trailer here on MADE, then see it in theaters this Friday.
The new comedy from comedic writer/director Chris Rock will be opening in theaters on December 12th and critics are hailing the film as “Chris Rock’s ‘Annie Hall’,” (Jordan Hoffman, Vanity Fair Magazine). With an all-star cast that includes Adam Sandler (Happy Gilmore, Grown-Ups), Rosario Dawson (Men In Black 3, Sin City), Kevin Hart (This Is The End, Think Like A Man), Gabrielle Union (Bad Boys 2, Cadillac Records), Whoopi Goldberg (Sister Act, Ghost), Tracy Morgan (30 Rock, Cop Out), and Cedric The Entertainer (The Steve Harvey Show, Barbershop), the film follows a comedian trying to break into a serious acting career by taking advantage of his reality-TV-star fiancee’s idea to broadcast their wedding on live television. Watch the trailer here on MADE, then go check it out on December 12th.
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.
So it’s official. After more than a year of speculation, a series reboot of Beverly Hills Cop is finally moving forward and has been given a theatrical release date of March 25, 2016. The film will feature original star Eddie Murphy in his leading role and will be directed by Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, Red Dragon) from a screenplay by Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec. A reboot for the Beverly Hills Cop franchise has been planned for several years now, and Paramount will finally release the film with Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean, National Treasure) in the producer’s chair, but there is no word yet on how the plot will play out, especially with Murphy returning to reprise his role of Axel Foley.
RoboCop was a smash hit when it was first released to theaters back in 1987. The story involved a police officer in Detroit who was terminally wounded and transformed into the ultimate law enforcement cyborg. The film was directed by Paul Verhoeven (Starship Troopers, Total Recall) and written by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner, who also wrote both sequels. Peter Weller and Nancy Allen led the cast of the movie, with Kurtwood Smith (Red from That 70s Show) appearing as the main villain. The new movie has taken the story another 15 years into the future, taking place in a more futuristic 2028 Detroit, but still revolves around the same general story-line. The new movie is directed by Jose Padiha and stars Joel Kinnaman in the lead role, as well as Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight, Leon The Professional) and Michael Keaton (Batman, Beetlejuice). Also coming to theaters this February is the World War II drama/action flick The Monuments Men starring George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, John Goodman and Bill Murray. The film is based on the novel about a true story following a platoon that is tasked with the mission of saving priceless works of art from Nazi thieves and returning them to their owners. The book was written by Robert Edsel and Bret Witter and adapted for the screen by director and co-star George Clooney and Grant Heslov (Argo, Good Night and Good Luck). You can check out the trailers for both these movies right here on MADE, but you’ll have to wait another month to see them in theaters.
Jerry Bruckheimer has famously spent the last decade working for Walt Disney Pictures. His breakthrough film with Disney, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, was an instant classic when it was released in 2003, and brought Johnny Depp into a brand new era in his career after appearing in films like Blow and From Hell (both released in 2001), Chocolat (2000) and Sleepy Hollow (1999). Depp had yet to break into the family-friendly movie genre, but all that changed when he agreed to play pirate for director Gore Verbinski on Bruckheimer’s new project. Since then both Depp and Bruckheimer have experienced great success at Disney, but all that changed when they decided to push their limits and make a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean, and then thought it would be a good idea to take Depp’s pirate character and dress him up as Tonto for a remake of The Lone Ranger, which completely bombed at the box office this summer. Since the failure that was The Lone Ranger, Depp has agreed to make a fifth Pirates movie, but Bruckheimer’s employment with the production company has taken a turn for the worse, and the producer will no longer be taking on any future projects with Walt Disney Pictures.
This is not necessarily bad news for the producer, however, as Paramount Pictures has decided to draft a new contract with their old production partner, beginning with sequels to some of Bruckheimer’s most early successes: Top Gun (1986) and Beverly Hills Cop (1984). As of now, Eddie Murphy will be brought back to his original character in what may be a reboot of the series and which will be directed by Brett Ratner, but there are no official reports concerning the plot line. Top Gun is also on its way to a sequel with Tom Cruise, but a director for this film is yet to be determined, especially since original director Tony Scott committed suicide last year. While this is good news for Bruckheimer, fans of these Hollywood gems may be less enthused about further installments, especially with a thirty year gap for both and one of which already has several sequels. I guess I shouldn’t be so surprised to hear this. Bruckheimer could try surprising us with some fresh material instead of following the rest of Hollywood in their movie revival scheme, but if his main focus is keeping his job he may have to stay on the bandwagon for now. We’ll keep you posted.