The long anticipated Ghostbusters reboot with Melissa McCarthy (The Heat, Spy), Kristen Wiig (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Martian), Kate McKinnon (Ted 2, Finding Dory), and Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live, Trainwreck) is now playing in theaters nationwide. Director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) has faced some harsh opposition to rebooting the series, but the film is still expected to earn a large haul at this weekend’s box office. Picking up 30 years after the last installment, a new female crew of ‘busters reopens the original location and works to rid New York of its paranormal residents. Original actors Bill Murray (Caddyshack, Stripes), Dan Aykroyd (The Blue Brothers, Tommy Boy), Ernie Hudson (Joy of Sex, The Crow), Sigourney Weaver (Alien, Avatar), and Annie Potts (Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Toy Story) are all expected to make cameo appearances throughout the film, so it should be a pretty fun summer blockbuster. Also opening in theaters this weekend is a new drama from director Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer, Runner Runner) called The Infiltrator. Continue reading →
Movie-goers will have no shortage of great movies to see this weekend. Friday will not only have the chance to see The Peanuts Movie and the new James Bond installment, Spectre, but fans of festival-circuit films will also be able to see two major picks from this years’ Toronto International Film Festival. The first is the biographical drama from director Jay Roach (Meet the Parents, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery) with Golden Globe winner Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Godzilla) titled Trumbo. The film follows the famous screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who along with 300 other writers and filmmakers in Hollywood was blacklisted by the federal government during the Red Scare era of the American 1950s. Trumbo is, perhaps, one of the more interesting cases; he continued to write scripts under anonymous surnames while he was blacklisted and even won Oscars for his work on Roman Holiday (1953) and The Brave One (1956). Making up the supporting cast are actors Diane Lane (Unfaithful, Man of Steel), Helen Mirren (The Queen, The Hundred-Foot Journey), Louis C.K. (Louie, American Hustle), Elle Fanning (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Maleficent), John Goodman (The Big Lebowski, Argo), and Michael Stuhlbarg (Pawn Sacrifice, Steve Jobs), in a script adpated by John McNamara (Jericho, Aquarius) from the book Dalton Trumbo by author Bruce Cook. Continue reading →
Every year the Toronto International Film Festival serves as one of the major international film festivals that close out the fiscal year, and this year’s festival is sure to feature an excellent celebration of Oscar-worthy filmmaking. Toronto’s film festival is usually filled with entries seen earlier in the year at festivals like Sundance and Cannes, but it also brings its own special line-up to its audience. This year several highly anticipated films will have the honor of being shown during the festivities, most notably the Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass with Johnny Depp, Matt Damon‘s next space adventure following Interstellar titled The Martian, and one I personally am really excited to see, another biopic called Trumbo with Emmy-winner Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Godzilla) in the title role of McCarthy-era screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, whose film credits were published under various pseudonyms over the years after he was blacklisted during Senator McCarthy’s famous Communist-trials in the 1950s. Continue reading →
With Oscar-winner Helen Mirren already attached to star as Hedda Hopper, director Jay Roach is filling in the cast for his upcoming Cold War-drama Trumbo. The film tells the story of Dalton Trumbo, who was blacklisted in Hollywood after being found in contempt to Congress in a hearing with HUAC after refusing to give any information about Communist influence in Hollywood. When the 1960s came around and blacklisting was ended, Trumbo came back to the public eye and it was revealed that he was behind the screenplays for popular films like Spartacus (1960) and Exodus (1960) while he was working under pseudonyms and false names. Roach is now looking to add John Goodman (Argo, O Brother! Where Art Thou) and Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Godzilla) to his roster, but deals have yet to be officially sealed with either actors. This should turn out to be a pretty great movie, but we’ll have to wait and see how Roach approaches the story content. We’ll keep an eye out for an official cast list.
Director Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla re-boot hit theaters this weekend, and thus far the reviews have been nothing but positive. Starring Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Elizabeth Olsen, the new film has, according to Mark Kermode of The Guardian, remained incredibly “appreciative” to the story telling of Ishiro Honda’s original 1954 Gojira/Godzilla film. This new take on the classic story definitely brings its own uniqueness to the classic tale, especially with the modern-day visual effects that are available to present-day filmmakers, but there is also a sense of loyalty to the original filmmaker’s vision for the characters and the historical implications of the story. Also currently in theaters is Seth Rogen and Zac Efron’s Neighbors, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (which has opened to mixed reviews from critics and comic-book fanatics), and Million Dollar Arm with Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm and Oscar winner Alan Arkin. Here’s the trailer for Godzilla, just in case you need anymore convincing to go see it! Enjoy!
Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo was a Hollywood icon during the 1950s, when he was blacklisted during the Red Scare period of the 1950s and was consequently sent to prison by HUAC (House UnAmerican Activities Committee). Upon his release he continued to write projects for the big screen using several pseudonyms, and even won two Oscars for his work, all the while continuing his work as an active voice against HUAC and the Communist-paranoid government of America at the time. Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Argo) and Oscar winner Helen Mirren (The Queen, Hitchcock) will lead the cast as Trumbo and his wife, Cleo, in a script that will revolve around Trumbo’s blacklisting and its effects on him and his family. The film will be directed by Jay Roach (Austin Powers, Meet the Parents).
I would write a whole splurge about this trailer and how exciting it is, and about how this is Bryan Cranston’s first big project since Breaking Bad ended on AMC, but there is really no need. This one speaks for itself. The film is directed by Gareth Edwards and was written by Dave Callaham and screenwriter Max Borenstein and is scheduled to hit theaters this May. Cranston’s costars include Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Judging from the trailer I’m sure this will be in IMAX and 3D, but don’t take my word for it. Just check this shit out…
Breaking Bad not only made Bryan Cranston a huge star, it also introduced Hollywood to the talents of his costar Aaron Paul. Paul won 2 Emmys and was nominated for a total of 4 for his role as Jesse Pinkman, Walter White’s young associate and former student. Since the series finale he has received a lot of offers for various roles from many A-list names. He is currently working on Ridley Scott’s upcoming biblical epic Exodus, in which Paul plays the role of Joshua, the apprentice to Moses (Christian Bale) who played a big role in the exodus of the Jews from Egypt. Exodus is scheduled to come out next December, but before that Paul will be seen in 3 movies throughout the course of the year. The comedy/drama from director Pascal Chaumeil, A Long Way Down, will costar Toni Collette and Rosamund Pike, as well as writer/director Kat Candler’s drama Hellion, in which Paul plays a father who must clean up his act in order to regain custody of his son. Paul will also appear in the action-packed street racing drama Need For Speed, which is being directed by Scott Waugh (Bruce Almighty, Last of the Mohicans) and is scheduled to come out in March. You can watch the new trailer for the movie right here on MADE. For more news on Aaron Paul, just stay tuned; I doubt it will be difficult to hear some news regarding his career over the course of the new year.
Tonight marks the end of the series that has become so popular, the Chicago White Sox felt the need to borrow its logo to try to get viewers to watch their season-closer instead! Breaking Bad became a smash hit when it aired on AMC back in 2008 with one of the most memorable series openings ever filmed. The story of a dying chemistry teacher who turns Meth-chef in order to provide for his family after he dies drew us in the minute we saw a man in a dress shirt, underwear, and a gas mask frantically driving an RV with two dead bodies in the back and an unconscious passenger through the middle of the desert. Even more engrossing is the progression of Walter White’s greed and self-consumption in his ability to cook the purest Meth in the southwestern United States.
The show has earned Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and Anna Gunn Emmy awards for their performances as Walter, Jesse, and Skylar and has secured many other awards and nominations, including three Golden Globes and the 2013 Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. The series opening scene even won Lynne Willingham the 2008 Emmy for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series! This show will surely go down as one of the most memorable and intense dramas that television has ever seen. The award winning writers have done an excellent job bringing Walter White’s story to the screen with such suspense and intensity, and such an epic could not have ended any better way, with all loose ends tied, and Walter’s mission to leave his money behind accomplished (I won’t say anymore in case you haven’t watched it yet!). To fill in the gap that is now your Sunday evening, be sure to catch up on the last season of AMC’s The Walking Dead, and watch the fourth season opener on Sunday, October 13th at 9/8c.
Bryan Cranston has spent the last several years portraying the turbulent life of chemistry-teacher-turned-drug-kingpin Walter White on AMC’s Breaking Bad, but with the final season of Breaking Bad wrapping up, Cranston will now be moving on to bigger projects. He is currently taking a role in director Gareth Edwards’ upcoming film Godzilla, which is scheduled for release May 16, 2014. According to new reports, Cranston will also be collaborating with director Jay Roach (Meet the Parents, Austin Powers) on a dramatic film based on the life of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Trumbo was blacklisted and did time in prison following questioning by the House UnAmerican Activities Committee (HUAC) during the Red Scare era. Despite being blacklisted, Trumbo still managed to write several films under false names, even winning numerous awards. There has not been any specifics released regarding the plot or supporting cast but Roach and Cranston rarely fail to deliver something worth watching, so let’s wait and see.