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Catch This Week’s Limited Releases Opening In Theaters This Weekend

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Indie films hardly get the public recognition they deserve outside of the circle of internationally known film festivals, or national premieres outside of New York City or Los Angeles (the recently released Mr. Holmes with Sir Ian McKellen and Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence serve as perfect examples). But that’s not to say I wouldn’t recommend seeing any of these. This week several such projects will be seeing limited releases on big screens across the country. First on the list is Grandma from writer/director Paul Weitz (About A Boy, In Good Company), which follows a young teenager, Sage, as she goes to her grandmother, Elle Reid, for help when finding herself in a tight spot. The two embark on a day-long journey of self discovery and life reflection that brings both a sense of comfort and motivation to the audience. Actresses Lily Tomlin (Nine to Five, I Heart Huckabees), Julia Garner (Martha Marcy May Marlene, The Perks of Being a Wallflower), and Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River, Into The Wild) will be leading the cast on this one. Next on the list is The Last Picture Show director Peter Bogdanovich‘s She’s Funny That Way, starring Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later, Filth), Owen Wilson (Wedding Crashers, Midnight in Paris), Jennifer Aniston (Horrible Bosses, We’re The Millers), and Kathryn Hahn (Step Brothers, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty). Given the plot of this one revolves around a love-triangle on the set of a Broadway production in New York, I would recommend this one as a good date-night movie. Last, but not least, is another romantic comedy (you would think it’s Valentine’s Day weekend!) called Some Kind of Beautiful from director Tom Vaughn (What Happens in Vegas, Extraordinary Measures). Pierce Brosnan (GoldenEye, The Thomas Crown Affair), Salma Hayek (From Dusk Til Dawn, Desperado), Jessica Alba (Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Awake), and Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, The Artist) lead the cast in this tale of a Cambridge poetry professor who comes to a type of midlife crises when he begins to reevaluate his life. All three selections are rated R due to some pretty heavy content, but I think they are all definitely worth seeing, so be sure to check your local theater listings for showtimes in your area, and as always…Enjoy!!

Final Installment In ‘Taken’ Series Opening This January 9th

We were all pretty surprised to see that Liam Neeson would be appearing in a sequel to his 2008 action thriller Taken, but seeing as they made a 2nd I guess they may as well go ahead and make a 3rd. Yes, a 3rd. Liam Neeson will grace the screen one more time this January as ex-CIA agent Bryan Mills, who has a wife and daughter that, for some reason, always seem to be the target of a kidnapping plot. This time out Mills finds himself framed for the murder of his ex-wife, and must ensue on a new mission to clear his name by finding the true killer before the authorities track him down. Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker (Phone Booth, Lee Daniel’s The Butler) will be joining the supporting cast along with Maggie Grace (Taken, The Fog) and Famke Janssen (GoldenEye, X-Men) returning as daughter Kim and ex-wife Lenore. Screenwriting/directing duo Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen (Leon: The Professional, The Fifth Element), who wrote both Taken and Taken 2, penned the new script for director Olivier Megaton (Transporter 3, Taken 2). Check out the new trailer here on MADE; the new movie comes out January 9th. Also opening on January 9th is director Paul Thomas Anderson‘s upcoming LA-noir drama Inherent Vice with Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin, as well as Ava DuVernay’s Civil Rights drama Selma with David Oyelowo and Tim Roth, so be sure to mark your calendar for January 9!

For Those That Didn’t Know…

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It recently came to my attention that my roommate was not aware that the Austin Powers film series is a parody of the Sean Connery James Bond films from the 1960s. Having discovered this I felt I had to write something about it and possibly inform others that may not be aware! Sean Connery was the first actor to portray James Bond in the film series from producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman. All of the films that were made with Connery came from the books and short stories of author Ian Fleming, whose first Bond novel, Casino Royale, had already been adapted into an unsuccessful film in the 1950s. Mike Myers and director Jay Roach made the first Austin Powers movie in 1997, two years after Pierce Brosnan had brought the Bond franchise into the 90s with GoldenEye. The movie contained a number of major references to the Bond series, some of which are listed below.

1. Dr. Evil and Ernst Stavro Blofeld

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In the original films, James Bond faced a series of obstacles that were all the work of one man: the director of the SPECTRE organization Ernst Stavro Blofeld. SPECTRE was an organization had expanded on the ideals of the Soviet organization SMERSH. The acronym stands for SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion, and as the films progressed so did the endeavors of SPECTRE to begin wars between international countries and acquire a massive amount of wealth by threatening the united world organizations. Blofeld was last seen in Connery’s last role as Bond, Diamonds Are Forever, and the character never appeared in any of Roger Moore’s Bond films.

2. Mini-Me and Diamonds Are Forever

Mini-Me first appeared in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. The title of the movie is a play on the Roger Moore Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me, which came out in 1977. While Mini-Me is a clone that is only an 1/8th the size of Dr. Evil, in Diamonds Are Forever, Ernst Blofeld produces several clones of himself by putting volunteers under plastic surgery and implanting a vocal chip in their throats.

3. Pussy Galore and Alotta Fagina

Pussy Galore was portrayed by Honor Blackman in the third Bond film Goldfinger (1964), the most successful installment in the series at the time. Although she was employed by Bond’s nemesis in the film, she comes to his aid in the end and helps Bond stop Goldfinger from robbing Fort Knox in Kentucky. Many characters in the Austin Powers series have been based around Pussy Galore, including Alotta Fagina and Ivwana Humpalot.

4. OddJob and Random Task

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In Goldfinger, James Bond must face a henchman by the name of OddJob. OddJob is a large Vietnamese man who throws a gentleman’s hat that has been fitted with a razor sharp blade around the brim. In the Austin Powers series, Dr. Evil has a henchman named Random Task, who throws a shoe rather than a hat to take out his enemies. You can see an image from the original scene from Goldfinger above.

5. Goldfinger and Goldmember

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The third Austin Powers movie is titled Goldmember, and has a villain of the same name. Both are a direct parody on the third Bond film Goldfinger, who is also the villain of the film. Both are obsessed with gold, although Mike Myers brought it to an unconventional level for the Austin Powers version, and both will stop at nothing to acquire as much gold as possible.

Ben Whishaw Being Eyed By Queen For Freddie Mercury Biopic

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Skyfall was one of the most successful films in the James Bond franchise, and marked a lot of firsts for modern Bond films. Ralph Fiennes brought a male actor back to the role of ‘M’ after Judi Dench’s character, who was the first to portray ‘M’ as a female alongside Pierce Brosnan in 1995’s Goldeneye, was killed off. The roots of Bond’s secretary, Moneypenny, were also explored in more detail for the first time in Bond history, spanning back to the 1950s when the first novel, Casino Royale, was published. Skyfall also marked the return of Bond’s Quartermaster, portrayed in almost every single film by the late Desmond Llewelyn, who made his first appearance as ‘Q’ with Sean Connery in From Russia With Love (1963), and his last with Brosnan in The World Is Not Enough (1999). The role of ‘Q’ was briefly taken over by John Cleese in Die Another Day (the character being given the initial ‘R’ in order to follow ‘Q’), but with Skyfall, a youthful and fresh face was called for to take on the character, and ended up going to actor Ben Whishaw. Whishaw has made appearances in such films as Layer Cake, I’m Not There (in which he portrayed a personality of Bob Dylan), and Cloud Atlas, and is now being eyed by British rock band Queen to play the part of their late lead-singer, Freddie Mercury, in an upcoming biopic.

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As of now there is only a script by Peter Morgan on the table, so details regarding production and a release date are still to be determined, but if the band members think Whishaw a good choice to portray Freddie, we may see him taking on his first major lead role. The actor is already in talks for another Bond film, and is currently filming a project titled Heart of the Sea, but if he agrees to take the Mercury role, we could see the film come out some time around 2016. Stay tuned to MADE for more details.