The 70th Cannes Film Festival wrapped up this year with several big surprises. The Killing of a Sacred Deer and You Were Never Really Here both tied for the best screenplay award. Sofia Coppola became the first female director to win the Best Director award at Cannes in 56 years for The Beguiled, an adaptation of Thomas Cullinan’s Civil War novel about a wounded soldier who takes refuge among the inhabitants of a girls’ school in Virginia. Joaquin Phoenix and Diane Kruger were awarded best actor awards for their respective roles in You Were Never Really Here and In The Fade, the latter of which featured Kruger speaking in her native German. Additionally, Nicole Kidman received a special award for her appearances in four of this year’s festival entries, including The Beguiled, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, How to Talk to Girls at Parties, and Top of the Lake. Other noteworthy entries include BPM (Beats Per Minute), a drama focused around the French gay-rights movement in the early 90s that earned this year’s Grand Prix, and Ruben Östlund’s The Square, about a high-class museum curator who is forced to mingle with lower class members when he is pick-pocketed on the street. A full list of this year’s winners is provided below…. Continue reading →
This week’s Memorable Movie Moment takes us back to director John Sturges‘ 1963 war-era classic, The Great Escape. Set in a POW camp in Nazi Germany, the film follows the true story of a group of Allied prisoners who sought to accomplish the biggest jail break ever conceived, scattering more than 200 Allied troops across the country in an effort to divert Nazi war efforts on finding and re-capturing the escaped soldiers. The Great Escape is famous for a number of reasons. It featured an all-star cast including Steve McQueen (The Cincinnati Kid, The Sand Pebbles), James Garner (The Rockford Files, The Notebook), Richard Attenborough (Jurassic Park, Elizabeth), Charles Bronson (Once Upon A Time In The West, Death Wish), Donald Pleasance (Halloween, Escape From New York), and James Coburn (The Muppet Movie, In Like Flint), several of which were actual POWs with the Allied Forces during World War II. It also set and broke a number of on-screen records, ranging from the scale of the production (an entire replica of a real-life German POW camp was built in which to shoot the film) to the impressive array of stunts. Continue reading →
Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis as President Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.
Today we decided to take a look at some of the more accurate historical films ever seen on the big screen. Historical accuracy tends to be one of the staples of a great period picture, and God knows there’s plenty of historically inaccurate movies out there. So check out our list here on MADE of most historically accurate films and be sure to scratch some off your list if you haven’t seen any of the selections. You might even learn a thing or two in the process! Continue reading →
A new biopic from Oscar-winning director Edward Zwick (Blood Diamond, Love & Other Drugs), titled Pawn Sacrifice, is now playing in theaters nationwide. The script was penned by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Steven Knight (Locke, The Hundred-Foot Journey), and follows the life of American Chess champion Bobby Fischer as he prepares to face-off against the reigning Russian champion Boris Spassky. Starring in the film are actors Toby MacGuire (Spider-Man, Seabuscuit), Liev Schreiber (Scream, The Painted Veil), Robin Weigert (The Good German, Sons of Anarchy), Lily Rabe (No Reservations, All Good Things), and Peter Sarsgaard (Flightplan, Jarhead). The film is expected to be mainly a character study, but the match that the story is based on took place in 1972 during the height of the Cold War, which, all together, should make for a pretty impressive watch. The trailer is available here on MADE. Enjoy!
Milla Jovovich as Alice in Resident Evil: Extinction (2007).
Author George R.R. Martin‘s Game of Thrones is currently awaiting it’s fifth season on HBO this April, but some another series of his titled In The Lost Lands, is currently on the drawing boards for a big-screen adaptation with actress Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element, Resident Evil). The film will follow a trio of three interconnected short-stories by Martin that will be scripted and directed by German filmmaker Constantin Werner (Dead Leaves, The Pagan Queen), and also feature actor Justin Chatwin (Shameless, War of the Worlds) in one of the supporting roles. Jovovich plays a sorceress who is sent to the Lost Lands to obtain the power of shape-shifting, and her primary plot-line comes to directly affect the other two stories that take place across time. No word on when we can expect to see this one in theaters, but considering the enormous success Game of Thrones has experienced with audiences, we’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for progress on this one.
With the Geneva Motor Show right around the corner, Mercedes has decided to unveil their latest special edition model. To commemorate their many wins at Italy’s “Mille Miglia” race (1,000 mi) in the original SL 300, Mercedes will release an all new vehicle in two models; the SL400 & SL500. The SL400 will feature a V6, while the upgraded SL500 will feature a 455hp V8 engine. A clean car that hopes to uphold Mercedes’ long legacy of fine auto making. Check out a few pics above and stay tuned for more information after the Geneva Motor Show.
BMW recently unveiled photos and specs for their new 2015 M6 Coupe. The vehicle is impressive no doubt, equipped with a turbocharged 4.4 liter V8, this baby is able to hit 0-60mph in just over 4 seconds. If the 560 horses aren’t fast enough for you, you may need to re-evaluate your concept of speed. BMW’s M6 Coupe will make it’s official debut at next month’s Detroit Auto Show, check out the pics above for now and be on the look out for more.
Variety recently reported that director Roger Donaldson has been approached by Radar Pictures to direct a modern-day adaptation of the classic Erich Maria Remarque novel All Quiet On The Western Front. The book chronicles the story of a group of German soldiers stationed in the trenches at the German frontline during World War I and their transformations from innocent youth to hardened men by means of the violence and life-changing experiences of warfare. Originally made into a film in 1930 by director Lewis Milestone with actors Lew Ayers (Advice and Consent, Battle for the Planet of the Apes), Louis Wolheim (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Danger Lights), and John Wray (The Death Kiss, Mr. Deeds Goes To Town), it was also adapted for film again in 1979 with actors Richard Thomas, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, and Ian Holm. The original film won two Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director (Milestone) in 1930. Donaldson just directed Pierce Brosnan in The November Man and is also behind such films as Cocktail (1988), Species (1995), Dante’s Peak (1997), and The Recruit (2003). We don’t have any word yet as to who will be cast in this new film, but the release date has already been set for December 30, 2015, so we should see production really getting underway soon.
Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the highly anticipated 2015 S63 AMG 4Matic Coupe, the next addition to a long line of amazing cars. These are no ordinary Benz’s, these boast hand built 5.5L V8 biturbo engines that allow 577 horses. These hit 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds and top out at 186mph with a 7 speed. Needless to say, these will quickly fly off of the show room floors when they land later this year. Stay tuned for more info after the New York Auto Show.
BMW recently unveiled the new 2015 4 series along with the above hatchback version. Dubbed the Gran Coupe, this new beamer will come in 2 models; the 428i & the 435i. The 435i will come equipped with a turbocharged six-cylinder engine as well as all wheel drive; all of which will not be available on the 428i. Peep the pics above and keep an eye out for the Geneva Motor show next month.