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Sofia Coppola And Others Win Top Prizes As 70th Cannes Film Festival Wraps

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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

The Legacy of James Baldwin Lives in New Documentary ‘I Am Not Your Negro’

James Baldwin‘s (1924-1987) life and legacy can now speak to modern audiences in a new documentary called I Am Not Your Negro. The film is finally getting a long overdue theatrical release from Magnolia Pictures this February 3rd after wowing audiences at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. I Am Not Your Negro is a film from Haitian director Raoul Peck that envisions Baldwin’s final, albeit incomplete novel Remember This House as an uncompromising and complete narrative of race in America. The unfinished memoir focuses on the authors personal memories and relationships with three enduring Civil Rights leaders: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers, and Malcolm X. Peck was allowed access to the entire Baldwin archives and composed the film over a period of 10 years, drawing from the incomplete manuscript and Baldwin’s own personal notes. It won the People’s Choice Documentary Award and, like Baldwin himself, is sure to stand as a vital testament to race in America today. Continue reading

Director Spike Lee’s New Drama ‘Chi-Raq’ Opening In Theaters Today

Director Spike Lee‘s update of Aristophanes’ play Lysistrata set in the violent streets of modern-day Chicago titled Chi-Raq is opening in theaters today. Set primarily in Chicago’s Southside, the film utilizes modern gang violence to tell Aristophanes’ tale of a group of women who decide to keep sex from their male counterparts in order to encourage them to stop the street violence that is destroying their homes and families. Lee adapted the screenplay with writer Kevin Willmott (The Battle for Bunker Hill, Jayhawkers), which features actors Nick Cannon (Bobby, Day of the Dead), Teyonah Parris (How Do You Know, They Came Together), Wesley Snipes (Blade, Demolition Man), Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers, Unbreakable), John Cusack (The Raven, Hot Tub Time Machine), and Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls, Lullaby). For Hudson, the film carries a unique weight: she has lost three family members to the gun-violence dividing the streets of Chicago. Comedy veteran Dave Chappelle (The Chappelle Show, The Nutty Professor) is also expected to make an appearance. The trailer is here on MADE; check it out in theaters today.

New Dramatic Adaptation Of ‘Macbeth’ Opening In Theaters This Friday

Director Justin Kurzel‘s new adaptation of William Shakespeare‘s Macbeth is opening in theaters this Friday, December 4th. The film features Oscar-nominated actor Michael Fassbender (Inglorious Basterds, 12 Years A Slave) in the role of Macbeth, Shakespeare’s tragic Scottish Thane who murders his king in order to come into his kingdom and then watches his new empire unravel before his eyes. Co-starring as Macbeth’s ambitious wife is fellow Oscar-nominee Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises, Midnight in Paris), with Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby, The Man from UNCLE), Sean Harris (Deliver Us From Evil, Mission Impossible-Rogue Nation), and David Thewlis (The Omen, The Theory of Everything) appearing in the supporting cast. Screenwriters Jacob Koskoff (The Marc Pease Experience), Michael Lesslie (Airlock or How To Say Goodbye In Space, Skirt), and Todd Louiso (Jerry Maguire, Thank You For Smoking). The trailer is available here on MADE. Enjoy!

New Dramatic Adaptation of ‘Macbeth’ Opening In Theaters December 4th, 2015

This holiday season is sure to be full of enough big releases to keep you busy until next Spring, especially with the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Before Star Wars mania overtakes the holidays, however, there are a number of feature releases that will definitely be worth your time to go and see. One such release comes in the first week of December, a new dramatic war-adaptation of William Shakespeare‘s Macbeth from director Justin Kurzel (The Snowtown Murders, The Turning). The classic tragedy of Macbeth, a Scottish Thane who kills his king after three witches prophesize his taking the thrown but who then becomes divided by his own ambition and paranoia, was adapted for the screen by writers Jacob Koskoff (The Marc Pease Experience), Michael Lesslie (Airlock or How to Say Goodbye in Space, Skirt), and actor-turned-writer Todd Louiso (Jerry Maguire, Thank You For Smoking). Starring in the lead as Macbeth is Oscar-nominee Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave, The Counselor), with Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises, Midnight In Paris), Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby, The Man From UNCLE), Sean Harris (Deliver Us From Evil, Mission:Impossible-Rogue Nation), and David Thewlis (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, The Theory of Everything) included in the supporting cast. The movie will be opening in theaters this December 4th. Check out the trailer here on MADE.

Actor David Henrie Cast To Play Young Ronald Reagan In New Biopic

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Last week The Hollywood Reporter released word that Disney Channel actor David Henrie would be starring in a new biographical drama about former President Ronald Reagan. Henrie, who has appeared mainly in TV shows like Wizards of Waverly Place, That’s So Raven, and How I Met Your Mother, will be playing Reagan in his youthful days before he went off to Hollywood to become a film actor. This will likely be only a small portion of the script which was penned by Howard Klausner (Space Cowboys, The Grace Card), but as of yet Henrie is the only definitive cast member that has been announced. A $25 million budget has been approved for the Indie film, which is being credited as the first legitimate biographical film about Ronald Reagan, who died after a long battle with Alzheimer’s in 2004. We’ll keep an eye on who is assigned to direct this one, as well as additional cast members.

McConaughey Continues Hot Streak With New HBO Drama ‘True Detective’

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Matthew McConaughey is making a pretty impressive comeback in Hollywood these days. The 45 year old actor has appeared in several major films in the last couple years, one of which has now earned him a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. McConaughey began taking on more challenging roles back in 2011 with The Lincoln Lawyer from director Brad Furman. The actor then appeared in director Jeff Nichols’ Mud (2012), in which he plays an escaped prisoner who evades law enforcement with the help of two young boys. His most recent appearances, however, have been his most popular projects of his career. McConaughey played a small part in Martin Scorsese’s new film The Wolf of Wall Street, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill. Wall Street has already received five Oscar nominations and earned Leonardo DiCaprio a Golden Globe for Best Actor. Although McConaughey’s role in the film was very small, his next lead project would bring him to a new level on Hollywood’s list of A-list actors. Dallas Buyers Club follows the story of Ron Woodroof (McConaughey), an electrician who begins hustling illegal AIDS medication over the US/Mexican border after he, himself, is diagnosed with the disease. Dallas has already earned McConaughey and Jared Leto Golden Globes for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, and has also been nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor (McConaughey), and Best Supporting Actor (Jared Leto).

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With the Academy Awards coming up soon, Hollywood is waiting to see if McConaughey will join the ranks of the Oscar-winners, the actor’s next project is already well underway on HBO. True Detective, which aired on HBO earlier this month, follows two Louisiana detectives as they recount the details of a homicide case they worked together in 1995. The show was created by Nic Pizzolatto, who won a Writers Guild of America award for AMC’s crime drama The Killing, and co-stars Woody Harrelson and Michelle Monaghan. There haven’t been any talks of award nominations or anything like that as of yet, but with the first season already six episodes in, the screenwriting has proven superbly written, and McConaughey is delivering a performance few in Hollywood thought he had ten years ago when he was appearing in movies like How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days (2003), Sahara (2005), and Failure To Launch (2006). If he keeps this up, McConaughey could very well continue to rise up as a veteran actor in Hollywood. The actor will next be appearing in The Dark Knight and Inception director Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film Interstellar, which is due out in November and co-stars Anne Hathaway, Casey Affleck, and Michael Caine. You can catch up on True Detective, and continue with the new series on HBO.