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 →
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 →
George Clooney and Matt Damon’s latest project, The Monuments Men, which hit theaters back in February, followed a group of soldiers during WW2 that were commissioned to steal priceless works of art to protect them from Hitler and the Nazi regime. The film received mixed reviews but it was interesting to see Clooney and Damon on the other side of a heist movie since their work together in the Ocean’s 11 trilogy. Now Ryan Reynolds (Safe House, Green Lantern) will be joining Academy Award winner Helen Mirren (The Queen, Hitchcock) and Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man, The Social Network) in a new film that revolves around an extremely similar plot as Monuments Men. Unlike Monuments Men, however, this new project, entitled Woman In Gold (or The Golden Lady), will be a bit more on the legal side, as it follows Maria Altmann and attorney Randol Schoenberg in a courtroom battle to recover stolen art works from Altmann’s family from Nazi Germany. Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn) will be directing the project, which will be released by The Weinstein Company and will also costar Daniel Bruhl as Reynold’s opposing attorney. I’m not really sure what the obsession is with WW2 art all of a sudden, but if it makes a good movie then what the hell right? Stay tuned.
With The Amazing Spider-Man 2 coming to theaters this May, there is a lot of buzz going on around Hollywood about director Marc Webb and actor Andrew Garfield and whether or not they will be involved in both the third and fourth installments of the series. Sony Pictures has already set release dates for the next two movies, the third movie being set for release in June, 2016 and the fourth film set for 2018. Variety recently reaffirmed that both Webb and Garfield would be returning for the third film, but beyond that everything is still in the air seeing as there is no official contract. Nevertheless the two will be very busy in the next several years. Sony also recently announced that the Spider-Man franchise would bring to theaters several spin-offs over the next few years, much like the X-Men series has done with Wolverine. There is no telling whether or not Webb will direct any of these, but in the meantime Andrew Garfield will be busy working on a number of dramas between his superhero duties. The actor will be taking a role in Martin Scorsese’s next picture, Silence, as well as 99 Houses, and The Woman in Gold with Helen Mirren, which follows a similar story to George Clooney’s Monuments Men, but from a courtroom perspective. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters this May; check out the trailer here on MADE.
Director Martin Scorsese has been very busy the last year trying to get his new project The Wolf of Wall Street into the theaters and onto his trophy shelf. The film experienced several problems during production, including cuts that had to be made for both time and content, but it was all worth the wait. Wall Street has already been nominated for five Oscars and also won Leonardo DiCaprio a Golden Globe for Best Actor. Now the director is moving on to his next project Silence, a film based on the novel of the same name by Shusaku Endo. The story follows a pair of Jesuit priests in the 17th century persecution-era of Christianity, who travel to Japan to spread their faith and to search for their friend and mentor. According to Deadline Hollywood, actors Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider Man) and Liam Neeson (Taken, Nell) will be leading the cast, along with Adam Driver and Ken Watanabe. The film is scheduled for release in 2015, and is supposed to begin shooting in Taiwan later this year.