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New Comedy ‘Vacation’ Opening In Theaters This Friday, July 31st


It’s finally here! The new Vacation movie is opening on big screens across the country this Friday, July 31st. Directed by comedy acting/writing duo John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Horrible Bosses 2), the movie pays homage to the original National Lampoon classic as now-grown-up Rusty Griswold takes his family on a new cross-country road trip to Walley World, full of its own hilarious twists and turns. Leading the cast are actors Ed Helms (The Hangover, We’re The Millers), Christina Applegate (Married…With Children, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy), Chris Hemsworth (Thor, Rush), Leslie Mann (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up), and original Vacation actors Chevy Chase (Christmas Vacation, Caddyshack) and Beverly D’Angelo (European Vacation, Entourage). Check out the trailer here on MADE, then be sure to add this to your weekend plans!

New Showtime Documentary ‘Listen To Me Marlon’ Opening Nationwide This Fall


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.

Watch The New Trailer For ‘Vacation’ With Ed Helm And Christina Applegate

After hearing about a revamped Vacation update after the National Lampoon classic with Chevy Chase (National Lampoon’s Vacation, CaddyShack) and Beverly D’Angelo (American History X, Entourage), trailers are finally starting to turn up as we approach the July 29th release-date. The film comes from writing/directing team John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (Horrible Bosses, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone), and follows Rusty Griswold (portrayed in the original by Anthony Michael Hall) and his wife Debbie on a new family vacation enroute to Walley World. Starring in the film are actors Ed Helms (The Hangover, We’re The Millers), Christina Applegate (Anchorman, Hall Pass), Regina Hall (Law Abiding Citizen, Think Like A Man), Nick Kroll (I Love You Man, Date Night), Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, The Lego Movie), and Leslie Mann (Funny People, This Is 40) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Avengers) as Audrey Griswold and her husband Stone Crandall. The movie will be out in theaters this July 29th; check out the new trailer here on MADE!

New Poster Available For Upcoming Steven Spielberg Drama ‘Bridge of Spies’ With Tom Hanks

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The upcoming drama from Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan, Lincoln) and Walt Disney Pictures titled Bridge of Spies has just released a new poster to prep audiences for the upcoming October release. Working from a script that was revised for the final cut by Joel and Ethan Coen (The Big Lebowski, No Country For Old Men), Spielberg directs leading man Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump, The DaVinci Code) in the story of James Donovan, who negotiated the release of downed U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers, who was being held under suspicion of espionage by the KGB in 1960. Also appearing in the film are actors Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone, Birdman), Mark Rylance (The Other Boleyn Girl, Blitz), Austin Stowell (Love and Honor, Whiplash), and Alan Alda (MASH, The Aviator). With a poster already out and seeing as we’re this far into post-production we should see a trailer release sometime in the near future. My biggest concern is that this is pretty adult-content subject matter for Disney to be covering… hopefully they’re letting Spielberg have most of the artistic control on this one. Stay tuned.

John Williams Will Score New Spielberg Drama ‘Bridge of Spies’ With Tom Hanks

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Composer John Williams (left) and director Steven Spielberg (right) have worked together on more than 25 projects, including Jaws, Indiana Jones, E.T., Hook, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, and War of the Worlds.

The latest project from acclaimed director Steven Spielberg (Jaws, Saving Private Ryan) seems to be getting closer to completion as we approach it’s October release date. Now titled Bridge of Spies, the movie stars Oscar-winner Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump, Road to Perdition) as attorney James Donovan, who negotiated the release of KGB-held U-2 spy-plane pilot Francis Gary Powers after he was captured flying over Soviet airspace and imprisoned for espionage in the 1960s. The film’s title actually refers to a real bridge located in West Berlin that served as an exchange of captured spies by the various US and Soviet intelligence agencies. Making up the supporting cast includes actors Amy Rylan (Gone Baby Gone, Birdman), Mark Rylance (The Other Boelyn Girl, Blitz), Alan Alda (MASH, The Aviator), and Austin Stowell (Behind The Candelabra, Whiplash) in a script by Matt Charman and treatments by Joel and Ethan Coen (Fargo, No Country For Old Men). It was also recently announced that Oscar-winning composer John Williams (Star Wars, Schindler’s List) will be composing the score for the new drama, which will be Steven Spielberg’s first directorial release since Lincoln in 2012. Lincoln received a Best Picture nomination and won Daniel Day Lewis a third Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role, but no pressure on Spielberg or Hanks! All in all, it sounds like we’ve got a pretty great movie to look forward to in the fall, so stay tuned for an upcoming trailer.

2015 Celebrates 25 Years Of Classic Cinema…1990 Movie Anniversaries

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2015 is going to be a very big year for movies. An unprecedented number of blockbuster sequels will be opening on the big screen this year, including Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Fast and Furious 7, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road, Jurassic World, Ted 2, Terminator: Genisys, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But an equally impressive number of films will also be celebrating their 25th anniversaries this year, including several big-name films that have become cinematic classics. At the top of the list are Martin Scorsese‘s Goodfellas and Francis Ford Coppola‘s The Godfather Part III. Oscar-winner Robert DeNiro lead Scorsese’s dramatic adaptation of Nicholas Pileggi’s biographical novel of mafia hoodlums hustling in the streets of New York with co-stars Ray Liota and Joe Pesci, while Oscar-winner-to-be Al Pacino returned to reprise his role as New York crime-boss Michael Corleone in Coppola’s final installment in his epic-mafia trilogy. Diane Keaton and Talia Shire both returned for their respective roles, as well as newcomer Andy Garcia, who had been seen in Brian DePalma’s 1987 Chicago-mafia hit The Untouchables. Joe Pesci also has his name on another 1990 classic: writer John Hughes’ Home Alone, with MaCaulay Culkin and Daniel Stern. Also making the list is Tim Burton and Johnny Depp‘s dramatic-fantasy classic Edward Scissorhands, and Kevin Costner’s Academy Award-winning drama Dances With Wolves. Other classics that made 1990 a great cinematic year were releases like Warren Beatty’s comic-strip parody Dick Tracy with Madonna and Al Pacino, director Frank Marshall’s creepy-critter-thriller Arachnophobia, Stephen King‘s suspense-tale Misery with James Caan, the live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall, Whoopi Goldberg’s haunting by Patrick Swayze in Ghost, Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin in The Hunt For Red October, and finally, John McTiernan’s action-sequel Die Hard 2 and Michael J. Fox‘s final round as Marty McFly in Back To The Future Part III. Happy 25th Anniversary to all these features, and if you haven’t seen any of these movies, you should definitely add them to your Must-See list… Enjoy!

‘The Hunger Games: MockingJay-Part 2’ To Be Released In 3D-IMAX

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Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games (2012).

The Hunger Games film franchise will be wrapping up this November with Mockingjay-Part 2, and for the first time in the whole series, movie-goers will be able to see it in IMAX 3D. While the first two installments, The Hunger Games and Catching Fire saw release on IMAX screens, last year’s Mockingjay-Part 1 was not released on IMAX or 3D, at least not in the United States. Audiences in China, however, were able to see Mockingjay-Part 1 in 3D, and since the response was so positive, Lionsgate has decided to release Part 2 in 3D as well, so director Francis Lawrence has added another task to his post-production checklist, according to Lawrence the new format will only help to improve the quality of the movie, but I guess it will be up to the fans to decide whether or not it improves upon the earlier films or not. Mockingjay-Part 2 opens in theaters this November 20th, and stars Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle), Josh Hutcherson (Bridge To Terabithia, Escobar: Paradise Lost), Liam Hemsworth (Empire State, Paranoia), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote, A Most Wanted Man), and Woody Harrelson (No Country For Old Men, Zombieland).

‘Vacation’ Sequel/Reboot Adds More Cast Members As Production Continues

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The upcoming reboot of the comedy classic from National Lampoon, Vacation, is already well into production, but Variety has reported that four new cast members have just been added to the line-up. Comedic talents Tim Heidecker (Tim & Eric, Awesome Show, Great Work), Nick Kroll (The League, Kroll Show), Michael Pena (End of Watch, American Hustle), and Kaitlin Olson (It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia) are all set to appear in the upcoming film that already has Ed Helms and Christina Applegate leading the cast. Chris Hemsworth and Leslie Mann are also expected to appear in the film, along with Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo, who appeared as Clark and Ellen Griswold in the original 1983 classic. Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley will be co-directing behind the camera. The movie is expected in theaters on October 9, 2015.

‘Vacation’ Sequel/Reboot Will Feature Brief ‘Freaks & Geeks’ Reunion

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A few weeks back we were following the development of a sequel/reboot of the classic National Lampoon‘s Vacation from writers Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, and that Leslie Mann would be joining a cast that includes Chris Hemsworth, Christina Applegate, Charlie Day, and Ed Helms, and original actors Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo. With filming already underway, a cool little bit of news came out of writer/director John Francis Daley in a recent interview with Vulture. Daley was a cast member on director Judd Apatow‘s 1999 TV series Freaks and Geeks, and he may be joining former cast-members Samm Levine and Martin Starr in a brief cameo in the Vacation reboot. We’re at least hoping that they will all three appear at the same time; he really only indicated that they all had roles in the film. It is also awfully coincidental or flat out intentional that Leslie Mann was added to the cast, seeing as her husband is director Judd Apatow! Crazy shit right? Vacation is scheduled to be released in theaters on October 9, 2015, so we’ve got another year before we get to see if the reunion actually happens on screen. Sit tight!

‘Vacation’ Re-Boot From New Line Cinema Filling Out Remaining Cast Openings

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New Line Cinema is currently filling out the cast members for their upcoming reboot of the classic National Lampoon’s Vacation, and some big names are starting to fill those empty cast slots. The new film will be directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who will also take on the writing responsibilities for the film, and will follow now-grown-up Rusty Griswold as he takes his young family on a new vacation adventure. Thus far the cast consists of Ed Helms (The Office, The Hangover) in the role of Rusty, Leslie Mann (Knocked Up, This Is 40) as Audrey Griswold, Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth, Charlie Day, and special appearances by both Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo, who reprise their roles as Clark and Ellen from the original Lampoon classic. While I anticipate that Applegate will be playing the role of Rusty’s wife, Leslie Mann’s Audrey will apparently be married to Chris Hemsworth’s character, anchorman Stone Crandall, but the plot details are still lacking at this point in the production, so we’ll have to keep an eye out for clarification on that. Stay tuned.