Today’s Memorable Movie Moment takes us back to 1978, for the excellent cinematography in a film called Days of Heaven. Written and directed by 3x Oscar nominee Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life), Days of Heaven is an American epic that follows a young couple, Bill and Abby, during the Expansionist era in 1916. Moving from Chicago to Texas in search of work, the two become involved in a scheme to have Abby marry a wealthy farmer who is close to death in order to gain his fortune. This, of course doesn’t go according to plan and so a dramatic conflict of jealousy and deceit ensues, loosely based on a backstory that first appeared in Alexander Dumas‘ The Three Musketeers.
Starring Richard Gere (An Officer and a Gentlemen, Pretty Woman), Brooke Adams (Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Dead Zone), and Sam Shepard (Swordfish, Black Hawk Down), the film received Oscar nominations for Best Costume Design, Best Sound, and Best Music – Original Score. Although it failed to win any of these awards, Days of Heaven did receive the Oscar for Best Cinematography for Nestor Almendros. Continue reading →
The highly anticipated sequel to director Roland Emmerich‘s 1996 blockbuster Independence Day 2: Resurgence is now playing in theaters nationwide. Despite a failed effort to bring back Will Smith, who played one of the lead roles in the original film, the new sequel has gained much anticipation from fans of the original, who no doubt are excited to see veteran actors Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Bill Pullman (Spaceballs, While You Were Sleeping) reunite onscreen to fight aliens! Also returning from the original film are actors Vivica A. Fox (Juwanna Man, Kill Bill: Vol 1), Brent Spiner (The Aviator, Star Trek: The Next Generation), and Judd Hirsch (Ordinary People, A Beautiful Mind), who are joined by new lead Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games, Paranoia), and actors Jessie T. Usher (When The Game Stands Tall, Survivor’s Remorse), Joey King (Crazy Stupid Love, The Conjuring), Maika Monroe (Labor Day, It Follows), Sela Ward (The Day After Tomorrow, Gone Girl), and William Fichtner (Armageddon, Black Hawk Down). Despite popularity among fans, the film has not received good reviews from critics, who have called it “boring” and “loaded down with ’90s cheesiness.” Not sure how audiences will react or if they will agree with the critics, but I guess we’ll find out this weekend. Enjoy!
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally opening in theaters this week, movie-goers are starting to look to the New Year to get their blockbuster fix. Over the last week we have seen new, full-length trailers for Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice and X-Men: Apocalypse, which will bring the comic-movie circuit back to life after the Star Wars bubble finally bursts. This week, however, we have a new trailer for another sequel we have been keeping our eyes on, in the form of Independence Day: Resurgence. Original ID director Roland Emmerich (The Day After Tomorrow, 2012) is back with returning veteran actors Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, The Grand Budapest Hotel), Bill Pullman (Spaceballs, Lake Placid), Vivica A. Fox (Juwanna Mann, Kill Bill Vol. 1), and Oscar-winner Judd Hirsch (Ordinary People, A Beautiful Mind), leading a new generation of actors including Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games, Paranoia), Joey King (Crazy Stupid Love, The Conjuring), Maika Monroe (Labor Day, It Follows), and William Fichtner (Heat, Black Hawk Down). Picking up 20 years after the events of the original film, we find scientist David Levinson (Goldblum) and former President James Whitmore (Pullman) facing a new insurgence of alien visitors that will test the world’s new defense systems that were developed using the technology of the original invaders. Unfortunately for fans of the original, Will Smith will not be reprising his role, and instead the plot will focus on a new-generation fighter pilot (played by Hemsworth) named Morrison, but other than that the rest of the story looks (on the surface) pretty legitimate. As always, we’ll have to wait for the final product to know for sure. Stay tuned for further updates.
Although it has been confirmed that Johnny Depp will be reprising his role as Captain Jack Sparrow for a fifth (and hopefully final) installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, and that Keith Richards will also return as Jack’s father Captain Teague, we haven’t really had anymore solid news on the project in terms of supporting cast members, at least until now! Recent reports indicate that original Pirates trilogy actor Orlando Bloom may reunite with Depp for the new project, which is being titled Dead Men Tell No Tales. The film will be directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg and is currently set to hit theaters in July 2017. Bloom, who recently returned to his other famous role of Legolas in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, has been seen in a number of films outside of the Pirates and Lord of the Rings franchises, including Black Hawk Down (2001), Troy (2004), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), and The Three Musketeers (2011), the actor has never really struck a chord with critics and audiences outside of his two famous roles, so maybe stepping back into familiar territory is not such a bad idea. The film is still early in production at this point, with a recent bid from Australia for the filmmakers to shoot the project there, but nothing is set in stone yet, and with more than two years still to go until the release date, I can’t imagine anything being rushed this early on, so we’ll just do what we do and keep our ears open for now.
Hans Zimmer has composed some of the most memorable film scores in Hollywood, working on projects that include The Lion King, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Dark Knight, Inception, Black Hawk Down, The DaVinci Code, Face/Off, I Am Sam, and Gladiator to name just a few. The composer is also currently working on director Chris Nolan’s upcoming space-epic, Interstellar, which is set to come out later this year, but his next project may be a return to the comic-book genre with Zack Snyder’s upcoming sequel to Man of Steel, which is still only known as Batman vs. Superman. The project is scheduled to be released sometime in 2016, but Zimmer is still not positive he will want to work on the new project, especially given his past work with Nolan and the Batman character in The Dark Knight series, but he has not officially ruled it out yet either. One can understand his hesitation: it would be a huge responsibility to compose a score that brings new themes to a character that you have already spent a great deal of time with. That being said, the Oscar winner, given his talent and track record, would undoubtedly be a great contribution to the new film, which Zimmer hopes will be totally separate from Nolan’s trilogy. Let’s hope that he decides to take the job!
Asphalt Yacht Club has just released a dope video featuring the teams trip down to sunny Miami in search of the city’s best spots to shred. Lead by Stevie Williams; the asphalt yacht club is packed with some of the skate worlds top riders. The above video is a good representation of what’s to come, Riley Hawk, Blake Carpenter and Nyjah Huston absolutely murder Miami showing that the young guns can go toe to toe with some of the older pros on the squad. Check out the video and stay tuned for more from AYC as they round out the year.
Ridley Scott has been making ground-breaking blockbusters and cinematic icons for the last forty years. Going as far back as Alien, his catalogue has grown to include such classics as Thelma and Louise, Gladiator, Matchstick Men, Black Hawk Down, American Gangster, and Robin Hood. The director has also been nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Director for Thelma and Louise, Gladiator, and Black Hawk Down. With The Counselor hitting theaters this fall, Scott will now be looking to future projects, beginning with an adaptation of the Biblical story Exodus, which could potentially begin shooting right around the time of The Counselor‘s release.
Recent news has reported that Joel Edgerton will be taking the role of Ramses opposite Christian Bale, who has the lead role of Moses. Despite the fact that the Exodus story has been told time and again, perhaps most famously by Charlton Heston in The Ten Commandments, a fresh, dramatic take on the story could be just the thing for a director like Ridley Scott. This would also be a huge career push for both Joel Edgerton and Christian Bale, whose most recent and famous role has been as Batman in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. Bale is currently facing huge rumors revolving around a $50 million offer to play Batman in the next Man of Steel movie, but this is all just wild speculation considering neither Bale or the studios have confirmed anything. Fans of Scott will be counting on a good delivery, especially since Prometheus didn’t meet well with audiences last year. A sequel for Prometheus is in the early production stages, but for now Scott’s more pressing matter will be getting this Moses project (which has been floating around since 2009) off of the shelves and onto the screen. The Counselor is set to hit theaters October 25th.
Philly native and legendary skater Stevie Williams is preparing to launch his latest clothing brand in the form of Asphalt Yacht Club. The line up includes Stevie, Stefan Janoski, Nyjah Huston, Derrick Wilson, Riley Hawk (Yes Tony’s son) and Justin Figueroa among others; making for a team to be reckoned with. I’m not so sure about the name, but if the guys continue skating the way they are in the video; i guess the sky’s the limit. Asphalt Yacht Club is set to debut on the 15th of August so keep an eye out for a full look book soon.