Harry Dean Stanton, the legendary character-actor who’s appeared in countless Hollywood productions, passed away on September 15th at the age of 91. Stanton got his start taking small roles in television productions like Bonanza, Rawhide, The Fugitive, and Gunsmoke in the 1950s and ’60s. He has since appeared in more than 100 films, including Cool Hand Luke, Kelly’s Heros, The Godfather Part II, Alien, Escape From New York, Repo Man, Pretty in Pink, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and The Green Mile. Now fans will have one more chance to see him in his first (and last) leading role since 1984’s Paris, Texas in what should prove to be a touching tribute.
Lucky is a drama from actor-turned-director John Carrol Lynch (Gran Torino, The Founder) that follows Lucky, a chain-smoking atheist and World War II veteran who must come to grips with his own mortality. The script comes from screenwriters Logan Sparks and Drago Sumonja, and reunites Stanton with Twin Peaks creator David Lynch. Also appearing in the film are actors Ron Livingston (Office Space, Band of Brothers), Tom Skerritt (Top Gun, Steel Magnolias), James Darren (Gidget, The Guns of Navarone), and Yvonne Huff. Check your local listings for showings in your area, and if you’re not in the mood for killer clowns or Tom Cruise, make this one your go-to for the weekend. And of course, rest in peace Mr. Stanton!
Sundance 2017 proved a huge success yet again. This year a number of impressive entries from a broad array of categories caught our attention, including Wind River, The Discovery, I Am Not Your Negro, Mudbound, and the outlandish comedy Wilson with Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern. Now that the celebration is over and everyone in Hollywood is looking forward to the Oscars at the end of the month, here are a few more mentionable entries you should look for in theaters in the coming months. Continue reading →
A new drama starring Oscar-winner Michael Keaton (Batman, Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) titled The Founder is coming to theaters this August, which follows the life of Ray Kroc, the entrepreneurial salesman who took the McDonald brother’s small-time burger shack and turned it into the international conglomerate known today as McDonalds. The movie comes from director John Lee Hancock (The Alamo, Saving Mr. Banks) and screenwriter Robert D. Siegel (The Wrestler, Turbo), and co-stars actors Linda Cardellini (Grandma’s Boy, Avengers: Age of Ultron), Patrick Wilson (Watchman, The Conjuring), Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation, 21 Jump Street), and Laura Dern (Jurassic Park, October Sky). Check out the new trailer here on MADE. The movie will be out in theaters this summer.
Steve Jobs (right) and Steve Wozniak (left) in Los Altos, CA, 1976.
Since being picked up by Universal Pictures, the new biopic of Apple founder Steve Jobs is starting to gain momentum, with production already getting underway in Silicon Valley, CA. Written by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, Moneyball) and starring Michael Fassbender (X-Men:First Class, 12 Years A Slave) as Steve Jobs and Seth Rogen (Superbad, The Interview) in the role of Steve Wozniak, the story chronicles several high-points in the co-founders’ careers, beginning with the 1984 Macintosh computer and spanning all the way to the iPod in 2001. Production has already begun at Steve Jobs’ old garage in Los Altos, where he and Wozniak co-founded Apple in 1976. Director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) is sitting behind the camera for the project, which also features Katherine Waterson (Michael Clayton, Inherent Vice), Kate Winslet (Titanic, The Life of David Gale), Michael Stuhlbarg (Hugo, Men in Black 3), and Jeff Daniels (Speed, Dumb and Dumber To) in the supporting cast. Stay tuned for more news.
The original McDonald’s location, opened on April 15, 1955 in Des Plaines, IL.
In case you’re not aware, the internationally-known fast food franchise, McDonald’s, which first showed up in Des Plaines, Illinois in 1955, was the product of salesman Ray Kroc, who took the revolutionary drive-thru restaurant concept of Dick and Mac McDonald and turned it into a worldwide phenomenon. Now a biographical drama titled The Founder is in the works revolving around Kroc’s life and work and his relationship with the McDonald brothers in a new film with Oscar-nominee Michael Keaton (Mr. Mom, Birdman) in the title role. Director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, Saving Mr. Banks) has also already signed on to helm the project, with screenwriter Robert D. Siegel(The Wrestler, Big Fan) providing the script. This one is still very early in production but we’ll keep an eye out for more news as the supporting cast is filled out.
The biographical pic Jobs, starring Ashton Kutcher as the late computer innovator, opened in theaters across the country this week to some harsh reviews but decent box office scores. The movie has so far secured $2 million in nationwide ticket sales, coming in 6th this week behind The Butler (which has already made $8 million!), Kick-Ass 2, We’re The Millers, Elysium, and Planes. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, however, was not impressed with the movie and said that despite its entertaining quality, he wouldn’t personally recommend the film to anybody. According to Wozniak (who refused to collaborate on the film because a script had already been written), the film, and Ashton Kutcher, portrayed Jobs to be a naturally gifted genius, without the need for personal growth and development that lead up to his breakthrough technology that was the iPod.
Harsh words, but I guess Wozniak would be the most appropriate person to criticize considering Jobs played a crucial part in his life. He did maintain, however, that the movie held his attention and was entertaining to an extent, so if you’re an Ashton Kutcher or Steve Jobs fan it might still be worth your time to go see it anyway; just know you’re about to be told a story that may not be entirely accurate. There is supposedly another Jobs movie that will be coming out in which Wozniak is said to be providing some personal input, and then another film that rumors are flying around about, but for now this is the only publicity Steve Jobs will be getting for the immediate future. The Butler is projected to the top contender this week, having already made $8 million (excluding Saturday and Sunday sales) followed by Kick-Ass 2 which is already pushing $6 million.