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October’s Long History of Historical Film Releases

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

Memorable Movie Moments…

This week’s Memorable Movie Moment takes us back to Steven Spielberg‘s shark-attack nightmare: 1975’s Jaws. This movie is the reason why all of our parents are afraid to go into the water. Jaws was Steven Spielberg’s breakout movie. It won 3 Oscars for Best Sound, Best Film Editing, and Best Music, and was also nominated for Best Picture. All that, however, came with an extremely stressful production and a brutal film schedule that ended up expanding from 55 to 155 days. Needless to say some recognition from the Academy was definitely warranted.

One of the biggest problems was actor Robert Shaw (From Russia with Love, The Sting). Though he was respected as an actor, he was in a heavy battle with alcoholism. This caused high tensions on the set, especially with fellow actor Richard Dreyfuss (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Mr. Holland’s Opus). Shaw would have a drink between takes, but according to lead actor Roy Scheider (The French Connection, All That Jazz) it only took one before he was already off the wall. This caused him to totally flop the initial take of the USS Indianapolis scene, which is today’s Memorable Movie Moment.

During the scene, Quint (Shaw) describes the events surrounding the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in 1945, which carried the first operational atomic bomb for the invasion of Japan. In the initial take, Shaw decided that, since the scene was at night and the men were supposed to be drunk anyway, he would drink and do the scene. Unfortunately he was so drunk that nothing in the performance could be used. The story goes that Shaw was so ashamed he went to Spielberg to ask for another take, and the next day he delivered this stunning performance sober, and all in one take. Continue reading

New Sci-Fi Project ‘Valerian’ From Writer/Director Luc Besson In The Works

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Writer/director Luc Besson at work behind the camera.

French filmmaker Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, The Transporter) is currently in production on his new sci-fi project titled Valerian. Besson is still working on the full cast list, as well as his own script adaptation, based on the comic books by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres, but thus far actors Cara Delevingne (Anna Karenina, Suicide Squad) and Dane DeHaan (Lincoln, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) have both been signed on for the film. The full working title for the project is Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, and will follow the time-traveler Valerian and his sidekick Laureline on an all new adventure. We still have some time before we actually see this one in theaters, but a tentative French release is scheduled for 2017. We’ll bring you more details as they unfold over the next few months. Stay tuned!

Kevin Smith Discusses Progress On Script For New ‘Mallrats’ Sequel

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Writer/director Kevin Smith (Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Tusk) seems to be making some solid progress on his announced upcoming sequel to Mallrats. Smith tweeted on May 11th that he has completed a 113-page draft for Mallbrats (the new title for the project) and will be dedicating it to original Mallrats producer Jim Jacks (Raising Arizona, The Mummy), who passed away just last year. Production on Clerks 3 has also been pushed back while the Mallbrats crew works on the set-production in the currently empty mall that will be used for filming. Returning for the new movie are original actors Jeremy London (Breaking Free, Levitation), Claire Forlani (The Rock, Meet Joe Black), Ethan Suplee (My Name is Earl, The Wolf of Wall Street), Joey Lauren Adams (Dazed and Confused, Big Daddy), Brian O’Halloran (Clerks, Dogma), Sven-Ole Thorsen (Lethal Weapon, Gladiator), Renee Humphrey (French Kiss, The Sex Monster), as well as Smith’s long time collaborator, actor/producer Scott Mosier (Chasing Amy, Good Will Hunting). Thus far there is no news as to whether or not Jason Lee (Almost Famous, Dreamcatcher) or Ben Affleck (Argo, Gone Girl) will return to reprise their roles, but we’ll keep you posted. Stay tuned!

Producers Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey Prepare For ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ Release This August

If you have seen the new trailer for The Hundred-Foot Journey, you may be a bit skeptical about going to see it in theaters, but with Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey in the producers’ chairs, it’s probably safe to say the film has great cinematic value. The new film is based on the book by Richard C. Morais and takes place in southern France, where an Indian family opens a new restaurant across the street from a French eatery and stirs up a little family feud between the two establishments. The book was adapted to a screenplay by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises, Locke) and directed by Lasse Hallstrom (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, The Cider House Rules), and features Academy Award winner Helen Mirren (The Queen, Hitchcok) at the head of the cast. Spielberg and Winfrey recently released a featurette on the film in which the two producers discuss the project and what initially drew them to it. You can watch the trailer for The Hundred-Foot Journey and the new featurette right here on MADE. The movie hits theaters on August 8th.

Rialto Pictures Re-Releasing Hiroshima Mon Amour On Big Screen This October

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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.

20syl – Kodama


The French producer 20syl  from C2C and Hocus Pocus, put out this video for his record “Kodoma”. The video features some swift editing while 20syl mixes “Kodama” from a variety of instruments, including some keyboards, beatpads and even a rubik’s cube. This record is heavily influenced from hip-hop and jazz, as well some some new age electro-hop. Make sure sure to peep this video from 20syl, as it brings something fresh to our rainy week ahead.

‘True Detective’ Director Cary Fukunaga To Adapt ‘The Black Count’

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Director Cary Funkunaga, having just wrapped up the first season of HBO’s True Detective, will be moving on to his next project, an adaptation of Tom Reiss’ novel The Black Count. The story follows that of General Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, the esteemed black general who fought under Napoleon Bonaparte in the French military, and whose son (Alexandre Dumas) would go on to write the world famous novels The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo. Stepping into the producer’s role will be none other than iconic musician John Legend and his production company Get Lifted Film Co., as well as Sony Pictures. The role of Dumas has yet to be determined, and Fukunaga will first be adapting another novel for the big screen before this one really gets rolling. Stay tuned for more updates.

Nigel Sylvester “Ridin’ With That Work”


Bronx native Nigel Sylvester has been killing the street BMX scene for a couple years and running now. Here’s a new video featuring Nigel dropping some insanely difficult tricks with ease over a French Montana record (French makes a cameo). Check out Nigel’s new vid and expect to see him at the X-Games this summer tearing up BMX Street.