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This Week in Movie History…

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On September 30, 1948, actor Robert Mitchum (Story of G.I. Joe, Cape Fear) was released from prison following his charge of marijuana possession. Mitchum was an up-and-coming star in Hollywood. He had received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor two years earlier for his role in Story of G.I. Joe, and appeared in four feature films in 1947, including Pursued, Crossfire, Desire Me, and Out of the Past. He also worked with director Robert Wise (The Day the Earth Stood Still, West Side Story) in a western film earlier in 1948 called Blood on the Moon. His recent string of success, however, only made his bust on September 1st that much worse.

Mitchum was found with actress Lila Leeds (Lady in the Lake, Wild Weed) and dancer Vicki Evans. With the 60s still more than a decade out, and public opinion towards marijuana still very much in the light of propaganda films like Reefer Madness (1936), the young actor feared the very public arrest would effectively end his acting career. It didn’t help that industry names like Howard Hughes (Scarface, The Outlaw), David O. Selznick (King Kong, Gone with the Wind), and the press constantly berated him during this period. But his famous bust that could have completely ended his career ended up doing just the opposite. Continue reading

Steven Spielberg’s ‘Bridge of Spies’ Opening In Theaters October 16th


Steven Spielberg has been busy acting as producer to a number of projects since his last directorial feature Lincoln in 2012 with features like Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Hundred-Foot Journey, and Jurassic World. But fans will get to see his latest project featuring his Saving Private Ryan and Catch Me If You Can collaborating actor Tom Hanks open on big screens this October 16th. The film is titled Bridge of Spies and follows Hanks as attorney James Donovan, who was recruited to negotiate the release of Francis Gary Powers, a U-2 pilot who was shot down and held prisoner by the KGB under suspicion of espionage during the Cold War in 1960. Filmmaking brothers Joel and Ethan Coen (The Big Lebowski, No Country For Old Men) were brought on to rewrite the original screenplay before principle photography began on the film, which stars Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone, Birdman), Mark Rylance (The Other Boleyn Girl, Blitz), Austin Stowell (Love and Honor, Whiplash), and Alan Alda (MASH, The Aviator). Seeing as it was produced by Walt Disney Pictures, I think that Spielberg intentionally steered away from a lot of Restricted-content (and it did, in fact, receive a PG-13 rating), but with Hanks in the spotlight it should prove a solid endeavor all the same. Last time we heard about this one a poster had just become available via twitter, but now the full length trailer is available here on MADE! Enjoy!

New Poster Available For Upcoming Steven Spielberg Drama ‘Bridge of Spies’ With Tom Hanks

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The upcoming drama from Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan, Lincoln) and Walt Disney Pictures titled Bridge of Spies has just released a new poster to prep audiences for the upcoming October release. Working from a script that was revised for the final cut by Joel and Ethan Coen (The Big Lebowski, No Country For Old Men), Spielberg directs leading man Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump, The DaVinci Code) in the story of James Donovan, who negotiated the release of downed U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers, who was being held under suspicion of espionage by the KGB in 1960. Also appearing in the film are actors Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone, Birdman), Mark Rylance (The Other Boleyn Girl, Blitz), Austin Stowell (Love and Honor, Whiplash), and Alan Alda (MASH, The Aviator). With a poster already out and seeing as we’re this far into post-production we should see a trailer release sometime in the near future. My biggest concern is that this is pretty adult-content subject matter for Disney to be covering… hopefully they’re letting Spielberg have most of the artistic control on this one. Stay tuned.

Sam Raimi To Direct U.S./Afghanistan War Drama ‘The Outpost’

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Director Sam Raimi, who directed James Franco last year in Oz: The Great and Powerful, is currently involved in several different projects, including a video game adaptation of The Last of Us, and a reboot of The Grudge (which we all wish he wouldn’t do), but he may also be helming a new drama from writers Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson. The project is called The Outpost and is based on Jack Tapper’s non-fiction novel The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, which follows a group of 53 U.S. troops at a base in Eastern Afghanistan that was ambushed by more than 400 Taliban members. The small battle lasted an entire day and resulted in two of the U.S. troops receiving Medals of Honor, the first time since the Vietnam era that two soldiers from the same battle received the honor. Now Raimi is looking to produce a feature film about the incident and possibly direct it as well. Tamasy and Johnson received critical acclaim for The Fighter in 2010 with Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale, but this new project is still in very early pre-production and no word on who would be leading the cast has been released. We’ll keep an eye out for more news.

‘We’re The Millers’ Sequel In Early Production

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Director Rawson Marshall Thurber delivered a smash comedy hit last year with We’re The Millers, starring Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston. The movie made over $250 million worldwide and now New Line Cinema has a sequel in the works and screenwriter Adam Sztykiel has been hired to writer the project. Sztykiel’s track record includes the comedies Made of Honor (2008) and Due Date (2010) with Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis. No word yet on when the movie will be ready or scheduled for release.

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.