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 →
Just when we thought we thought it couldn’t get any worse, along comes Walt Disney. The major film studio, which is also now behind the Star Wars franchise and all of the upcoming sequels and “origins” installments, has just announced this week that director Steven Spielberg (Lincoln, Bridge of Spies) and actor Harrison Ford (The Fugitive, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will be reuniting for yet another Indiana Jones adventure. Indiana Jones franchise veterans Kathleen Kennedy (Back to the Future, Jurassic Park) and Frank Marshall (The Sixth Sensed, The Bourne Ultimatum) will also return to produce the film, which is scheduled for release on July 19th, 2019. There is no word yet as to whether or not Karen Allen (Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Arc, Animal House) and Shia LaBeouf (Lawless, Fury) will reprise their roles of Mrs. Jones and son, nor as to who will be coming on to pen the script, but we’ll keep you posted on further updates.
Actor Woody Harrelson in full make-up and costume on the set of LBJ.
Principle photography is currently underway on a new biographical drama from Oscar-nominee Rob Reiner (The Princess Bride, A Few Good Men), titled LBJ. Leading the film as President Johnson is fellow Oscar-nominee Woody Harrelson (Zombieland, True Detective), with Jennifer Jason Leigh (Road To Perdition, The Machinist), C. Thomas Howell (E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, The Amazing Spider-Man), Bill Pullman (Spaceballs, Independence Day), Jeffery Donovan (Changeling, Burn Notice), and Richard Jenkins (The Indian in the Cupboard, Step Brothers). The plot is expected to range from 1959 to 1964, covering Johnson’s time in the Senate, Vice-Presidency under John F. Kennedy, and his subsequent term as President after Kennedy’s assassination, coming from a script by Joey Hartstone (Project Runway). Johnson faced several large issues during his time as President, including the beginning of the Vietnam conflict and the Civil Rights Movement. We’ll keep an eye on this one as it progresses, but as of now the film does not have an exact release date. Stay tuned.
Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in The Temple of Doom (1984).
Although nothing has been set in stone, producer Kathleen Kennedy (Back to the Future, Jurassic Park) has confirmed through Vanity Fair that another Indiana Jones movie will eventually be in development at Walt Disney Pictures/Lucasfilm. Kennedy noted in the interview that she is not quite sure when the film will get underway, and said that a script hasn’t even been drafted yet, but it has definitely been on the discussion board. While this doesn’t necessarily come as surprising news, it will be so much worse if they decide to keep the story-line going from Kingdom of the Crystal Skull with Harrison Ford (Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Clear and Present Danger) and Shia LaBeouf (Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Fury). Rumors of a series reboot with a new leading actor such as Bradley Cooper (The Hangover, American Hustle) or Chris Pratt (Parks & Recreation, Guardians of the Galaxy) as Indiana Jones sounds much more promising, but with so much still up in the air in terms of production we’ll have to wait and see when a script is finally underway. Stay tuned.
Sir Ian McKellen has played some pretty iconic characters in his career as an actor, especially in modern cinema, portraying mythical characters like Gandalf, the wizard, and Magneto in the X-Men film franchise, to historical figures like Richard III, Hamlet, and David Copperfield. 2015 will now see the two-time Oscar-nominee take on another literary legend in the form of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. The film will be titled Mr. Homlmes, and will find the famous inspector an old man living with his son and housekeeper in Sussex and reflecting on his life’s work while still trying to grapple with an unsolved case he encountered 50 years earlier. Included in the supporting cast is Academy Award-nominee Laura Linney (The Truman Show, Mystic River), Hattie Morahan (The Bank Job, Summer In February), Patrick Kennedy (Atonement, War Horse), and Hiroyuki Sanada (The Last Samurai, The Wolverine). The script comes screenwriter Jeffery Hatcher (Casanova, The Duchess) and is an adaptation of the novel A Slight Trick of the Mind by author Mitch Cullen, with director Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, The Fifth Estate) behind the camera. Check out the new trailer here on MADE. The film is expected to hit theaters this summer.
Location: 3730 N Clark Street, Chicago When: Tuesday, February 4th @ 8PM
Cali spitter and all around cool ass dude, Dom Kennedy will be swinging through the city of wind in a couple of days. Last time we saw Dom in the Chi it was at Reggie’s Rock Club, this time around he’ll be taking the stage at the Metro. VIP tickets and Meet & Greet tickets ($50) are available for those that want to go the extra mile, but general admission tix are only $22. Last time Dom Kennedy didn’t disappoint so if you’re in the Chi on the 4th, make sure to hit this one up.
Location: 917 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis When: Monday, February 3rd @ 8:30PM
Dom Kennedy is making his way across the country on his “Get Home Safely” Tour, and will be stopping in Minneapolis one day before his show in Chicago. I’ve been a fan of Dom since “The 25th Hour” so if you know like I know, this should definitely be a good show. Tickets are only $15 in advance ($18 @ Door) and the event is 18+, The Cabooze will play host rounding out what should be a great time. If you haven’t yet, click the link below and cop your tickets NOW.
In preparation for the release of his upcoming mixtape “Get Home Safely”, Dom Kennedy shares a pretty dope track for all of our listening pleasure. Dom K has been a long time favorite (25th Hour) of mine so it’s only right that we give those who don’t know a shot to recognize. Good to see the big homie Dom hard at work again, “Get Home Safely” drops on October 15th; stay tuned for some visuals as we get closer to the release date.
The Venice Film Festival is already hosting an impressive number of films this year, including Gravity, Child of God, and The Zero Theorem. Peter Landesman will also be making his directorial debut during this year’s 70th Anniversary celebration with Parkland, a dramatic look at the immediate aftermath of President Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, after which he was rushed to Parkland Memorial Hospital. Landesman also wrote the screenplay for the movie, which is based on author Vincent Bugliosi’s book Four Days In November. Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti, Ron Livingston, Marcia Gay Harden, and Billy Bob Thornton all have roles in the film which is due out in the UK this November.
I was browsing skate clips the other day and came across one of my favorite skate team videos in Baker 3. The guys at Baker made skating look so fun back in the day, it’s a shame that some of the guys got lost in the life of drugs and partying. Take a look at the antics that Terry Kennedy and the Baker crew were getting into back in the day, word around town is that a new Baker video is on the way.