For some time now, there has been talk of an upcoming biographical drama surrounding the legendary rock band Queen, though no such film has shown up anywhere on the Hollywood film circuit. Now, however, it looks like fans will finally be able to enjoy a new biopic surrounding the events leading up to and including the band’s legendary rebirth at the Live Aid Festival in 1985. The performance was not expected to be anything special: Queen had lost a good deal of momentum by the early 1980s, and the band was just another group of performers scheduled alongside acts like Elton John, The Who, Dire Straights, Phil Collins, and Paul McCartney. But when Queen finally took the stage in-between U2 and David Bowie, the crowd had no idea they were about to witness rock-history in the making.
Lead singer Freddie Mercury, who later died of complications with AIDS, took command of the stage and delivered an awe-inspiring set that even his band mates had never imagined. Through 25 minutes, Mercury jumped from the piano, to the guitar, to front stage with his sawed-off mic-stand, leading the band through a suite of their musical catalogue that included older classics like “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions” to recent singles like “Hammer to Fall”. It was all backing members Brian May, John Deacon, and Roger Taylor could do to try and keep up with Mercury, whose passionate and energetic performance ignited the crowd and which is remembered as the definitive highlight of the Live Aid festival. Continue reading →
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!
A new documentary from Showtime Documentary Films, Listen To Me Marlon, will be opening in theaters nationwide this fall. As implied, the film takes a personal perspective on the life and career of 2-time Academy Award-winning actor Marlon Brando, narrated by Brando, himself, from hours of audio tapes from his personal archives. Writer/director Stevan Riley (Fire In Babylon, Everything Or Nothing) compiled Brando’s narrations along with hours of archival film footage of the actor with the help of co-writer Peter Ettedgui (Vigo: A Passion For Life, Everything Or Nothing). Brando is considered among many film historians and critics to be one of the greatest actors in history, give-or-take a few others. He is probably best known for his portrayal of the title role in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather, but his dynamic talents lead him to portray a vast array of characters throughout his career in films like A Street Car Named Desire (1951), Julius Caesar (1953), and On The Water Front (1955), the latter of which earned him his first Oscar. He won his second Oscar for The Godfather in 1972 but famously refused to show-up to accept it and instead sent a young Native American woman in his place, making a political protest against the persecution of Native Americans in the United States. Nevertheless Brando went on to star in such films as Superman (1978) and Apocalypse Now (1979), imbedding himself in American culture until his death in 2004. Listen To Me Marlon first premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival and is scheduled to be shown at the Film Forum on July 29th in New York City, and then 2-days later at LA’s Landmark Theater before the nationwide release in the fall. We’ll keep an eye out for an official release date.
Rialto Pictures is a distribution company founded by Bruce Goldstein in the late 1990s that has received critical recognition for re-releasing long lost classics to the big screen. Begininning in 2002, films like Murderous Maids (2000), Mafioso (1962), Lola Montes (1955), and Made in U.S.A. (1966) have all seen restoration and release to audiences on the modern big screen, and now a new film will be joining the list this year. Director Alain Resnais’ 1959 drama Hiroshima Mon Amour is now scheduled for a wide release after appearing at the Cannes and Locarno Film Festivals last year. The film starred Emmanuelle Riva and Eiji Okada as She, a French actress, and He, a Japanese architect, and their conversations over the span of 36 hours. Argos Films, Fondation Groupama Gan, Fondation Technicolor, and Cinetga Bologna are all contributing to the restoration process, and the film can be seen in theaters this October.
John Singleton came right into the spotlight of Hollywood in 1991 when Boyz N The Hood was released to audiences already enveloped in the turbulent grunge/rave scene of the early ’90s. The filmmaker attended USC immediately after graduating from high school in 1986. During his time at school he wrote the script for Boyz N The Hood which was then picked up by Columbia Pictures, who then financed the film and earned Singleton two Oscar nominations, one for Best Director and the other for Best Screenplay (written directly for the screen). Singleton has done an impressive body of work since then, going on to write/direct Poetic Justice (1993) and Shaft (2000), as well as direct films such as 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) and Four Brothers (2005). Now Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Singleton has signed on to re-write the screenplay and also produce and direct a film about the late rapper Tupac Shakur. A biopic about the artist was in the works a few years ago with Antoine Fuqua heading the project, but the director fell away from the movie, which will now be co-produced/financed by Morgan Creek Films and Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films. Tupac was a highly influential artist in the early 1990s, with his work consisting of themes involving social class systems and the economic hardships and conditions of inner city living to name a few. He also made several appearances as an actor, including a supporting role in John Singleton’s Poetic Justice, making the director’s involvement with this biopic all the more personal. Tupac was wounded in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996, and died at UMC Southern Nevada six days later at the age of 25. There is no word yet as to who will be taking on the role of Tupac.
Noisey’s 8 part documentary featuring Chicago’s underground hip hop scene continues with episode 3. Part 3 of “Welcome To Chiraq” starts right where part 2 left off, with the Global Gangsters talking about the issues plaguing the south side along with Peeda Pan of Glory Boys Entertainment. The rest of the episode is spent with Chief Keef as Noisey captures the events leading up to his show in New York City. Peep the video above and keep an eye out for the 4th installment.
The 5Boro crew took to vimeo last week to post a montage of their 2013 exploits. The video features the likes of Jordan Trahan, Willy Akers & Dan Pensyl among others as the crew shreds their home turf NYC. Peep the video above and stay tuned for more from 5Boro as we get into 2014.
Earlier in the day we posted the trailer for this video and now it seems we’ve got the full version. Novy linked up with Future Films on this video for his track “New Presidents”, peep the “Dead Presidents” sample rolling through. Check out the video and keep an eye out for Finding Novyon as we get into 2014.
A few days ago we at MADE received a submission via Twitter with the above video by Nick Travae. The flick was shot by Young Minded Films and features Nick & Von Von not giving no fucks. Not typically into the trappy sound, but it’s thirsy Thursday and it’s time to get buck. Check out the video above and stay tuned for more.
Yesterday we posted the trailer to Show’s long awaited video for his Stefan Ponce produced track “Girls, Nachos”; and today we have the full version. If you’re in Minneapolis make sure to get down to Cause Soundbar tomorrow night for Show’s set. Check out the dope visual and stay tuned for more from Show You Suck.