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Special 40th Anniversary Screenings of ‘Grease’ Open In Theaters This April

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Director Randal Kleiser’s big-screen adaptation of the Broadway hit Grease is celebrating its 40th anniversary this April. To celebrate the occasion, TCM Big Screen Classics Presents and Fathom Events are hosting special screenings of the Oscar-nominated film in theaters across the country. Although Jim Jacob’s and Warren Casey’s original Broadway production received seven Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, Best Choreography (Birch), Best Actor (Barry Bostwick), and Best Costume Design, it was Kleiser’s film adaptation that would go down in history as an American pop-culture icon, with John Travolta (Pulp Fiction, Face/Off) and Olivia Newton-John (Xanadu, Two of a Kind) in the roles of greaser Danny Zuko and good-girl Sandy Olsson. The film received several Golden Globe nominations, including Best Picture (Musical/Comedy), Best Actor (Travolta), Best Actress (Newton-John), and Best Original Song for Frankie Valli’s “Grease” and John Farrar’s “You’re The One That I Want,” neither of which is featured in the original musical. John Farrar’s “Hopelessly Devoted To You” also earned the film an Oscar-nomination for Best Original Song. For the anniversary event, special screenings will be played at select theaters on April 8th, April 11th, and April 14th. To find showings near you, visit Fathom Events at the link below and enter your Zip Code on your preferred date, and enjoy the show!

TCM Big Screen Classics Presents and Fathom Events

Sundance Film Festival Entries We’re Looking Forward To Seeing In Theaters

Every year, the Sundance Film Festival hosts an impressive number of independent films, documentaries, and short films from all around the world. Titles like The Usual Suspects, Memento, Reservoir Dogs, Clerks, Napoleon Dynamite, Super-Size Me, Saw, and Little Miss Sunshine have all found success at the world-renowned festival. So it’s no surprise that this years line-up is definitely keeping with that reputation. A number of documentaries, including the Amir Bar-Lev’s Grateful Dead tribute Long Strange Trip and Jeff Orlowski’s follow-up to his 2012 Chasing Ice feature, Chasing Coral, have already premiered to great praise from festival attendees and critics alike. At the same time, a number of films have already been purchased for distribution, including Patti Cake$ by former doorman-turned-filmmaker Wass Stevens, which sold to Fox Searchlight for $10.5 million! Here are a few of the festival entries that have caught our eye for expanded release. We’ll post more information about domestic releases as we get further into the year. Continue reading

MADE – Most Historically Accurate Films To Date

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Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis as President Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.

Today we decided to take a look at some of the more accurate historical films ever seen on the big screen. Historical accuracy tends to be one of the staples of a great period picture, and God knows there’s plenty of historically inaccurate movies out there. So check out our list here on MADE of most historically accurate films and be sure to scratch some off your list if you haven’t seen any of the selections. You might even learn a thing or two in the process! Continue reading

Kevin Smith Discusses Progress On Script For New ‘Mallrats’ Sequel

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Writer/director Kevin Smith (Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Tusk) seems to be making some solid progress on his announced upcoming sequel to Mallrats. Smith tweeted on May 11th that he has completed a 113-page draft for Mallbrats (the new title for the project) and will be dedicating it to original Mallrats producer Jim Jacks (Raising Arizona, The Mummy), who passed away just last year. Production on Clerks 3 has also been pushed back while the Mallbrats crew works on the set-production in the currently empty mall that will be used for filming. Returning for the new movie are original actors Jeremy London (Breaking Free, Levitation), Claire Forlani (The Rock, Meet Joe Black), Ethan Suplee (My Name is Earl, The Wolf of Wall Street), Joey Lauren Adams (Dazed and Confused, Big Daddy), Brian O’Halloran (Clerks, Dogma), Sven-Ole Thorsen (Lethal Weapon, Gladiator), Renee Humphrey (French Kiss, The Sex Monster), as well as Smith’s long time collaborator, actor/producer Scott Mosier (Chasing Amy, Good Will Hunting). Thus far there is no news as to whether or not Jason Lee (Almost Famous, Dreamcatcher) or Ben Affleck (Argo, Gone Girl) will return to reprise their roles, but we’ll keep you posted. Stay tuned!

New Documentary ‘I Am Big Bird: The Carroll Spinney Story’ Coming Soon


A new documentary from the collaborative team of writer/director Dave LaMattina (Brownstones To Red Dirt, Kei) and co-director Chad N. Walker (Kei, We Must Go) is coming this May. The film is titled I Am Big Bird: The Carroll Spinney Story, and follows the life of Carroll Spinney, who has appeared on Sesame Street as both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969. Lending interviews to the footage include puppeteers Frank Oz (Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Muppets Treasure Island), and Sesame Street “muppeteers” Jim Henson, Sonia Manzano, Emilio Delgado, and Jerry Nelson, among others. I Am Big Bird first premiered last May at the Montclair and Seattle International Film festivals, and will be showing on screens in New York City this May 6th. We’ll keep an eye out for a nationwide release date.

New Documentary ‘Misery Loves Comedy’ Coming To Tribeca Film Festival


Do you have to be miserable to be funny? That’s the premise of a new documentary from writer/director Kevin Pollak (Casino, The Usual Suspects) and co-writer John Vorhaus (The Sentinel, Save Angel Hope) that is now available online. The documentary, titled Misery Loves Comedy, has already been awarded an Official Sundance Selection and will also see a big-screen release at New York City’s Tribeca Film Festival on April 24th, but you can also find it currently available online. Comedians Amy Schumer (Amy Schumer: Mostly Sex Stuff, Trainwreck), Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats), Jimmy Fallon (Almost Famous, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon), Martin Short (Mars Attacks, Father of the Bride Part 2), Whoopi Golberg (Ghost, Sister Act), Jim Gaffigan (Away We Go, It’s Kind of a Funny Story), Nick Swardson (Grandma’s Boy, Just Go With It), Bob Saget (Full House, Entourage) and many more are featured in the film that is being dedicated to the memory of Robin Williams (Mrs. Doutbfire, Good Will Hunting). The trailer is available here on MADE.

Writer/Director Kevin Smith Confirms Production On ‘Mallrats 2’ While ‘Clerks 3’ Films In May


Comedy veteran Kevin Smith seems to be caught up in the sequel-binge that’s happening in Hollywood right now. The director is not only preparing to begin filming Clerks 3 in Philadelphia this May, but now he has also confirmed he is working on a sequel to his 1995 comedy flop Mallrats. Clerks 3 will bring back Smith and Jason Mewes as Jay and Silent Bob, as well as Brian O’Halloran and Jeff Anderson as clerks Dante and Randal, plus Clerks 2 star Rosario Dawson, and Marilyn Ghigliotti (Clerks, Starship:Rising) as Veronica. While fans of Smith and his View-Askewniverse characters will be probably welcome the Clerks crew back to the big screen, many are surprised to hear that he is returning to Mallrats. The movie virtually flopped at the box office when it was released in ’95 (it was Smith’s first release since Clerks a year earlier), but Smith has said he will make the movie in a long-delayed honor of Mallrats producer Jim Jack, who always supported Smith over the years and died with an unrelenting desire to see Mallrats 2 on the big screen. Whatever the reason, Smith already has half of the script completed and if all goes well principle photography should begin as early as May 2016. In the meantime, check out this 1995 trailer for Mallrats, and if you haven’t seen it you should definitely make a point to.

‘Dumb & Dumber To’ Opening In Theaters This November 14th


The long-awaited sequel to 1994’s classic hit comedy Dumb & Dumber is finally coming to theaters this month, and just in time for the original’s 20th Anniversary celebration! Dumb & Dumber To will reunite comedic geniuses Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels on another wacky adventure as Lloyd and Harry, along with new castmembers Laurie Holden (The X-Files, The Walking Dead) and Kathleen Turner (Romancing the Stone, The Virgin Suicides). The film is directed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly (There’s Something About Mary, Shallow Hal). You can see the trailer again here on MADE.

This October Marks 15-Year Anniversary For Director David Fincher’s ‘Fight Club’

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Director David Fincher is currently watching his latest hit Gone Girl hold the top spot at the box office two weeks in a row, but this year also marks another milestone for the veteran director. October 15th was the 15-year anniversary of Fincher’s psychologically-driven thriller Fight Club, starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. Based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk and adapted for the screen by Jim Uhls (Jumper, Sweet Talk), the film follows an insomniac who finds a way to cope with his inner demons by forming an underground fight club with mysterious soap-maker Tyler Burden. The film also starred Helena Bonham Carter and received an Oscar nomination for Best Sound Effect Editing for Ren Klyce (The Social Network, Zodiac) and Richard Hymns (Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Saving Private Ryan). This was director Fincher’s second collaboration with Brad Pitt. The two had worked together four years earlier on Fincher’s breakthrough film Seven, also starring Morgan Freeman. Since Seven and Fight Club the director has gone on to direct such projects as Panic Room (2002), Zodiac (2007), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), The Social Network (2010), and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011). If you haven’t seen the movie I won’t give away any spoilers, but you definitely need to make an effort to see this one. Fans of Fincher can also still see Gone Girl in theaters now.

Rupert Wyatt’s ‘The Gambler’ With Mark Wahlberg Will Now Be Released This December

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Variety recently reported that director Rupert Wyatt’s upcoming remake of the 1974 James Caan classic The Gambler has been moved up to a December 19th release date. While the initial release will be limited to certain cities and then expand nationwide on New Year’s Day, it will qualify the film for the next awards season. Mark Wahlberg will be leading the cast as Jim Bennett, a degenerate gambler who, after borrowing money from his girlfriend and mother, must save his loved ones from the gangsters he is now indebted to. The cast also features Brie Larson, Jessica Lange, and John Goodman and comes from a script written by William Monahan (The Departed, Kingdom of Heaven). James Caan, who had received an Oscar nomination for his role in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather just two years earlier, received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in 1974 for The Gambler, and both Wahlberg and Monahan received Oscar nods for their work on The Departed, so maybe this remake will do the original justice, but we’ll have to wait for December or January to find out.