The nominations for the 90th Annual Academy Awards were released last week and met with mixed reactions. Some were ecstatic, others were disappointed, but how many were surprised? The Academy has been attempting to present itself in a new light in the years since a slew of all-white nominees was presented in the Best Actor category at the 2015 ceremony. Despite the #OscarsSoWhite movement that followed, the same thing happened the next year, sending organizers into a furor that found them completely revamping the membership list in the hopes of getting more diversified nominations. Although the 89th ceremony saw some changes in terms of the voting body, it seemed more like a desperate attempt to show change rather than a legitimate attempt to actually change. Now, in the age of #MeToo, this year’s nominees also fell shy of expectations. Continue reading →
Last year’s Annual Academy Awards ceremony was less than glamorous. In fact, it was downright uncomfortable. You might remember Chris Rock being asked to host the #OscarsSoWhite last January, and although he made some good points and was able to put a good spin on it, the show was ultimately kind of a bust. The final announcement of Leonardo DiCaprio winning the Best Actor Oscar was just one more punch to the face of film-lovers before the ceremony was ended. Don’t get me wrong, Leonardo DiCaprio is definitely worthy of an Oscar, but like Denzel Washington and Al Pacino before him, he was given the award for the wrong role, and at a point way too far into his career. But hey, that’s Hollywood for you. Continue reading →
The upcoming 69th Annual Writers Guild of America Awards is scheduled to air this February 19th, 2017. The awards recognize the best writers from 2016 in the categories of film, television, radio, and video-game writing. This year’s event will be hosted at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Once again, La La Land, Manchester by the Sea, and Moonlight are among the top contenders for the Original Screenplay Award. Denzel Washington‘s Fences is up for Best Adapted Screenplay, along with Hidden Figures and Arrival. Other highlights in television and radio nominees include Game of Thrones, Strange Things, Westworld, Chernobyl: 30 Years Later, and Muhammed Ali: A Tribute to Greatness. The list of film nominees is provided below. Follow the link to see the full list of Writers Guild nominees for 2017. Continue reading →
Last night the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards were held at the Beverly Hilton. Jimmy Falon hosted the event which was filled with surprises, including a politically-driven speech from Meryl Streep. But perhaps the most impressive part of the evening was the new musical from Whiplash director Damien Chazelle, La La Land, which set a new record with 7 Golden Globe awards, including Best Picture – Musical or Comedy. Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine, The Big Short) and Emma Stone (The Help, Birdman) both took home the Globe for Best Actor/Actress in a Musical or Comedy, and Chazelle won the Globe for Best Director. La La Land also won for Best Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Best Original Song. Congratulations to all the winners! The full list of winners is provided below. Continue reading →
Happy Halloween! October is traditionally known for the fall season and for hosting Halloween on the last day of the month. Likewise film distributors tend to look at October as a good time to release horror and slasher films for Halloween on fight-seeking audiences across the country, and around the world. October, however, has a long history of major motion picture releases that is not strictly limited to the horror genre. Read on to see our list of impressive October releases, and enjoy your Halloween Weekend! Continue reading →
We first heard about a film adaptation of Captain Chelsey Sullenberger‘s miraculous 2009 landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River back in June of 2015. Now a year later, we have a full-length trailer for the upcoming drama, affectionately titled Sully, from director Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino, American Sniper). Based on the book co-authored by Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow, the film takes a look at the political and procedural implications surrounding Sullenberger’s miraculous effort that ended up saving all 155 passengers on board, although the trailer is reminiscent of the 2012 drama Flight with Denzel Washington. Starring as Sullenberger is Oscar-winner Tom Hanks (Saving Private Ryan, Bridge of Spies), who is joined onscreen by Anna Gunn (Enemy of the State, Breaking Bad), Aaron Eckhart (Thank You For Smoking, The Dark Knight), Sam Huntington (Detroit Rock City, Superman Returns), and Laura Linney (Mystic River, The Exorcism of Emily Rose). The film is scheduled for release this September 16th. Check out the trailer here on MADE…and enjoy the 4th of July weekend!
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 →
Director Antoine Fuqua‘s film adaptation of The Equalizer with Denzel Washington is coming to theaters this September 26th. The film is based on the 1980s TV series by screenwriter Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim and follows a retired Robert McCall (Washington) as he goes to the aid of a girl under the control of the Russian mafia. Denzel is joined on screen by Marton Csokas (Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Bourne Supremacy), Chloe Grace Moretz (Hugo, Carrie), and Bill Pullman (Spaceballs, Independence Day) among others, but the film adaptation has received mixed reviews thus far. Some are criticizing the character differences between Denzel’s strong-minded McCall and Edward Woodward’s addicted down-on-your-luck private detective, but overall the critics seem pleased and Antoine Fuqua has received positive praise for his directing efforts on the film. But considering Denzel Washington won his Oscar for Best Actor working with Fuqua on Training Day back in 2001, that should really come as no surprise, and based on what we’ve seen in the trailers, it looks like it will be a really fun watch. You can watch the trailer here on MADE, but be sure to mark September 26th on your calender!
El Secreto de Sus Ojos (translated “the secret in their eyes”) first came to theaters in 2009 from Spanish director Juan Jose Campanella and won the Oscar in 2010 for Best Foreign Language Film. Since then writer/director Billy Ray (The Hunger Games, Breach), who received an Oscar nomination last year for his screenplay for Captain Phillips, has been trying to get a remake, or rather an English-speaking version of the film made. Denzel Washington was due to take a role in the film with Warner Bros. at one point in 2011, but that has since fallen through and now there is word from Deadline that Chiwetel Ejiofor and Gwyneth Paltrow may be taking on roles in the film. El Secreto de Sus Ojos followed the story of a former legal counselor, who, haunted by unresolved casework and a forbidden love with a superior, writes a novel to cope with his unresolved affairs. The English/American version would follow the same general story but the character would be adapted to an MI-5 agent and would take place in Boston. Billy Ray is thus far set to write the script and direct the project as well, with production beginning this Fall.
The Equalizer was a popular crime-drama from 1985 to 1989, which starred Edward Woodward in his Golden Globe winning role as private detective Robert McCall. Sony Pictures is currently wrapping up production on a film adaptation of the series, this time starring Denzel Washington as a retired McCall who is called back to action to rescue a young woman from Russian gangsters, and the studio may already be consider a sequel for the project. Screenwriter Richard Wenk, who wrote the script for the upcoming film, will return to script the sequel, but neither Washington or director Antoine Fuqua are currently signed on for a second movie. If The Equalizer does well when it hits theaters this Fall, however, maybe the studio will be quicker to draw up some new contracts.