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Movie News/Independent Highlight

This week will see a number of indie projects open on select screens across the country. We mentioned the Kristen Stewart (Twilight, Snow White and the Huntsmen) drama Equals opening this Friday, about a couple who falls in love as the result of a disease in a futuristic utopia that is devoid of feeling and emotion, and the tension it causes between them and their society. Co-starring with Stewart is Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road, X-Men: Apocalypse), who are led by director Drake Doremus (Like Crazy, Breathe In).

Also opening on the indie circuit this week is a new animated movie called Phantom Boy, which takes place in the 1940s-50s and follows a young boy with superpowers who helps a wheelchair-bound policeman in his efforts to take down a notorious mob boss. The film comes from Oscar-nominated filmmakers Loup Felicioli & Alain Gagnol (A Cat in Paris) and stars French actors Edouard Baer (Chicken with Plums), Jean-Pierre Marielle (Coup de torchon, The DaVinci Code), and Audrey Tautou (A Very Long Engagement, Amelie).

Finally on the indie film circuit for this week is a new comedy called Undrafted Continue reading

Director Luc Besson Announces New Pablo Escobar Biopic With Javier Bardem And Penelope Cruz

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French filmmaker Luc Besson.

Director Luc Besson (The 5th Element, Taken) recently announced at the Cannes Film Festival that his production company, EuropaCorp, is currently working on developing a new Pablo Escobar biopic with Oscar-winners Javier Bardem (No Country For Old Men, Skyfall) and Penelope Cruz (Blow, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides). Titled Escobar, the screenplay will be based on the book Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar by author Virginia Vallejo, but the movie is still extremely early in production (which is not really a bad thing considering Benicio Del Toro’s Escobar: Paradise Lost is still awaiting worldwide release) and Besson will not be directly involved with this project himself. He is currently in the process of getting Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets off the ground while also serving as producer on Warrior’s Gate (2015) and The Lake (2016), so writing and directing duties for Escobar are expected to fall on Fernando Leon Aranoa (A Perfect Day, Familia). Stay tuned for more news.

‘Insurgent’ And ‘The Gunman’ Opening In Theaters March 20th


Opening on the big screen this week is the second installment in the Divergent series titled Insurgent, based on the book series by Veronica Roth. Insurgent continues to follow Tris Prior and her fellow ‘Divergents’ in their struggle against the alliance, reuniting cast members Shailene Woodley (The Descendants, The Fault in Our Stars), Theo James (You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, Underworld: Awakening), Jai Courtney (A Good Day To Die Hard, Unbroken), Zoe Kravitz (It’s Kind of a Funny Story, X-Men: First Class), Kate Winslet (Titanic, The Life of David Gale), and Ashley Judd (Double Jeopardy, High Crimes), among others. One crew member that is not returning, however, is director Neil Burger, who has been replaced by Robert Schwentke (Flightplan, RED) working from a script by Brian Duffield, Akiva Goldsman, and Mark Bomback. Also opening is a new action flick a little more grounded in reality; The Gunman stars Oscar-winners Sean Penn (Mystic River, Milk) and Javier Bardem (No Country For Old Men, Skyfall), as well as Golden Globe-winner Idris Elba (American Gangster, Prometheus). Vantage Point director Pete Travis adapted the screenplay from Jean-Patrick Manchette’s novel, with Taken director Pierre Morel heading the project. Both features open in theaters March 20th; if you haven’t seen Divergent, be sure to check it out before you go and see Insurgent. The trailer for Insurgent is here, but you can also see The Gunman trailer on our earlier post:

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‘The Gunman’ Opening In Theaters March 6, 2015


A new drama with Oscar-winners Sean Penn (The Interpreter, Mystic River) and Javier Bardem (No Country For Old Men, Skyfall) titled The Gunman is opening in theaters this March 6th. The film is an adaptation of author Jean-Patrick Manchette’s novel from director Pierre Morel (The Transporter, Taken) and screenwriters Pete Travis (The Jury, Vantage Point) and Don MacPherson (The Avengers, Fleming). Penn stars as a former Specials Forces operative who must go on the run across Europe to clear his name of a horrid crime in order to be with his estranged lover. Also starring in the film are actors Idris Elba (American Gangster, Prometheus), Ray Winstone (The Departed, Hugo), and Mark Rylance (The Other Boleyn Girl, Days and Nights). Watch the trailer here on MADE. The movie opens in theaters March 6, 2015.

Oscar Winner Javier Bardem May Be Taking Villain Role In ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean 5’

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Javier Bardem seems to be gaining a reputation in Hollywood as the go-to movie villain. His portrayal of bounty hunter Anton Chigurh in No Country For Old Men won him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 2008, and he also brought the most originality to a James Bond villain in Skyfall (2012) than audiences have seen since perhaps Robert Davi portrayed drug-lord Franz Sanchez in License To Kill (1989) opposite Timothy Dalton. But now there is word from The Wrap that Bardem may be taking the villain role in the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which will once again star Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow and Keith Richards as Jack’s father Captain Teague. Actors Geoffrey Rush and Orlando Bloom are also rumored to be returning to the franchise as Captain Barbosa and Will Turner, although this has not been officially confirmed. Bardem would be playing the ghost pirate Captain Brand, who is seeking a supernatural object that will aid him in his quest to get revenge on Sparrow for killing his brother. The new movie will be directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg and is expected to begin filming this coming February in Australia (apparently after some reported incentives from the Australian government) and has received a new release date from Disney for July 7, 2017. That is still a very long way away, and even now Pirates of the Caribbean seems like a distant memory of the early 2000s, but maybe Disney will actually pull something decent out of their ever-growing well. I guess we’ll find out in a few years’ time.

Oscar Nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor Eyed For Villain In Bond 24

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Actor Ralph Fiennes recently announced that filming on the next Bond film is expected to begin later this year. Fiennes will appear in the film as ‘M,’ as well as Daniel Craig reprising the role of Bond, and Sam Mendes will also return to the series to direct the new project, which as-of-now has not been given a title. The last installment, Skyfall, also featured Naomi Harris in the role of Moneypenny and Ben Whishaw as Q, and now the producers are looking to cast Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave, Children of Men) for the role of the new villain. Skyfall also featured Oscar winning actor Javier Bardem as the villain, so Ejiofor would be an appropriate choice for the new role. The film is being penned by screenwriter John Logan but no details on the plot are known at this point. Bond 24 is scheduled for release in November 2015, so we should be hearing more news coming out soon.

Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul Joins Ridley Scott’s Exodus

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With the final season of Breaking Bad winding down on AMC, Emmy award winner Aaron Paul is moving on to bigger and better projects! Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton have taken the lead roles as Moses and Ramses in Ridley Scott’s upcoming epic Exodus, and now Aaron Paul will be joining the cast, along with A-listers Sigourney Weaver, John Turturro, and Sir Ben Kingsley. Paul is slated to play Joshua, the young Hebrew who is given the task of leading the people into the Promised Land by Moses. Turturro and Weaver have been given the roles of Ramses parents, while Kingsley has thus far been been rumored to be playing a Hebrew scholar. Scott’s next film, The Counselor, will be hitting theaters this October, and also has a star-studded cast including Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, and Javier Bardem. Be sure to stay caught up with the final season of Breaking Bad, Sunday nights at 9/8c on AMC.

The Counselor Trailer

Although I’ve already had enough of Brad Pitt this year with the bombshell disappointment that is World War Z, the actor does play a big part in the upcoming Ridley Scott movie The Counselor. The movie revolves around an attorney who gets involved in drug trafficking and is director Ridley Scott’s first feature-length release since Prometheus in 2012. In addition to Pitt, Scott is directing an all-star cast for the flick including Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diez, Michael Fassbender, and John Leguizamo. Check out the teaser trailer here on MADE! The movie is set for release October 25th.