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New World War II Drama ‘Darkest Hour’ Brings Churchill’s Perseverance and Leadership To Modern Audiences

Despite the new World War II drama Darkest Hour now playing in theaters nationwide, “Who was Winston Churchill?” still sounds like a question you’re likely to find on one of those ‘the dumbing down of America has happened’ videos. While Churchill may not have been American, himself, his influence and importance in the events of the mid-20th Century cannot be overstated. Winston Churchill was elected Britain’s Prime Minister in 1940, a position he held throughout the remainder of World War II and again from 1951 to 1955. Before his career in politics he had worked as a writer and served as a member of the British Army. His election in 1940 came at a time when Britain’s, and indeed the future of the whole of Western Europe was uncertain. Hitler had been elected Chancellor of Germany in 1933 and, by the time of Churchill’s election, was already marching across France, pushing British forces to the shores of the English Channel, where the famous evacuation at Dunkirk took place (if you haven’t seen Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, I highly recommend it!).

With the United States still hesitant to enter the war effort in either Europe or the Pacific, the newly appointed Prime Minister was faced with the choice of either regrouping and rallying national support to continue the war effort against Nazi Germany, or agreeing to sign a peace accord with Hitler and the Axis Powers. As the United Kingdom stood at the brink of invasion, it was up to Churchill to persuade Parliament, King George VI, and the people of Britain that the war could be won and that it was worth fighting, an extremely difficult prospect considering the ever-growing influence of Nazi Germany and the reluctance of the United States to enter the war. Continue reading

‘A United Kingdom’ With David Oyelowo Seeing Limited Release This Weekend

Director Amma Asante’s latest project, A United Kingdom, is seeing a limited theatrical release this weekend after premiering at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. Starring David Oyelowo (A Most Violent Year, Selma) and Rosamund Pike (Die Another Day, Gone Girl), the film tells the story of Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana, who caused an international controversy when he married a white Englishwoman in the late 1940s. Their marriage was met with criticism and persecution in both South Africa, which borders Botswana, and Seretse’s family and local Bamangwato chieftaincy elders. At the time, interracial marriage was illegal in South Africa. To complicate things further, Botswana (then Bechuanaland) was a British protectorate, and England was still recovering from World War II, and so relied heavily on supplies imported from South Africa. As a result, the British government declared Seretse unfit to serve as chieftain and exiled him and his wife, Ruth Williams, from Botswana in 1951. Continue reading

New Dramatic War-Thriller ‘Eye in the Sky’ Opening In Theaters This Friday

A new war drama from director Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Ender’s Game) titled Eye in the Sky is opening in theaters nationwide this Friday, March 11th. The film is led by Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren (The Queen, The Hundred-Foot Journey) and features an ensemble of stars including Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad, Exodus: Gods and Kings), Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips, Hawaii Five-O) and Phoebe Fox (One Day, A Poet in New York), as well as the late Alan Rickman (Die Hard, Love Actually), who died just last month. Screenwriter Guy Hibbert (Five Minutes of Heaven, A United Kingdom) wrote the script about a military colonel commanding a drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya, who becomes enthralled in an international debate over the morality, and the implications of modern warfare when a young girl enters the Kenyan kill zone where the operation is taking place. Although this will be his last full-length feature appearing in the flesh, Alan Rickman’s last official film will be the upcoming sequel to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, titled Alice Through the Looking Glass, expected in theaters this coming May. The trailer for Eye in the Sky is available here on MADE. Check it out in theaters this Friday.

‘Entourage’ Opening In Theaters This Friday, June 5th, 2015


At long last fans will be able to see the next chapter in Vince, E, Turtle, and Drama’s epic conquest of Hollywood. Picking up 5 years after the series ended, Entourage finds Vince moving into uncharted territory with his directorial debut with the help of his now studio-head agent Ari Gold. Series creator Doug Ellin (Phat Beach, Kissing A Fool) returned to write and direct the film with returning cast members Adrian Grenier (A.I., Hart’s War), Kevin Connolly (John Q, The Notebook), Jeremy Piven (Smokin Aces, The Kingdom), Kevin Dillon (Platoon, The Doors), and Jerry Ferrara (Think Like A Man, Lone Survivor), as well as supporting cast members Emmanuelle Chriqui (Detroit Rock City, Wrong Turn), Debi Mazar (Goodfellas, Collateral), Rex Lee (Suburgatory, Young & Hungry), Perry Reeves (Old School, Mr. and Mrs. Smith), and Rhys Coiro (MacGruber, Straw Dogs). Check out the trailer here on MADE, then be sure to see it on the big screen this Friday!

Producer Kennedy Confirms New Indiana Jones Project At Walt Disney Pictures

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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.

Early Draft Of Next Bond Installment ‘S.P.E.C.T.R.E.’ Leaked In Sony Pictures Hack

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Earlier in the month we found out that private files, including film scripts, reels, and documents including emails between company employees and executives, were stolen from Sony Pictures by a group of computer hackers that call themselves the Guardians of Peace. The group has threatened to “ruin” the company if their upcoming James Franco and Seth Rogen comedy, The Interview, is not pulled from release this coming Christmas Day. The G.O.P. has already released a number of documents including emails between executives at the company covering everything from upcoming movie plans, celebrity secrets, medical records, racial slurs, and unbalanced pay between actors and their female counterparts. Sony discovered Monday that an early version of the screenplay for their next James Bond installment with Eon Productions Ltd., S.P.E.C.T.R.E., was among the material stolen and leaked in the cyberattack, and they were quick to give the public a friendly warning about copyright infringement. This statement was posted on the James Bond website Saturday, December 13th, by Eon Productions Ltd:

EON PRODUCTIONS, the producers of the James Bond films, learned this morning that an early version of the screenplay for the new Bond film SPECTRE is amongst the material stolen and illegally made public by hackers who infiltrated the Sony Pictures Entertainment computer system. Eon Productions is concerned that third parties who have received the stolen screenplay may seek to publish it or its contents. The screenplay for SPECTRE is the confidential information of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Danjaq, LLC, and is protected by the laws of copyright in the United Kingdom and around the world. It may not (in whole or in part) be published, reproduced, disseminated or otherwise utilised by anyone who obtains a copy of it. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Danjaq LLC will take all necessary steps to protect their rights against the persons who stole the screenplay, and against anyone who makes infringing uses of it or attempts to take commercial advantage of confidential property it knows to be stolen.”

Pretty serious shit. Principle photography for the new movie began on December 8th with Daniel Craig returning as Bond, and the movie is scheduled for theatrical release this November 6, 2015. We’ll keep you updated on anymore leaked information.

Orlando Bloom May Reunite With Johnny Depp For ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean 5’

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Although it has been confirmed that Johnny Depp will be reprising his role as Captain Jack Sparrow for a fifth (and hopefully final) installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, and that Keith Richards will also return as Jack’s father Captain Teague, we haven’t really had anymore solid news on the project in terms of supporting cast members, at least until now! Recent reports indicate that original Pirates trilogy actor Orlando Bloom may reunite with Depp for the new project, which is being titled Dead Men Tell No Tales. The film will be directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg and is currently set to hit theaters in July 2017. Bloom, who recently returned to his other famous role of Legolas in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, has been seen in a number of films outside of the Pirates and Lord of the Rings franchises, including Black Hawk Down (2001), Troy (2004), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), and The Three Musketeers (2011), the actor has never really struck a chord with critics and audiences outside of his two famous roles, so maybe stepping back into familiar territory is not such a bad idea. The film is still early in production at this point, with a recent bid from Australia for the filmmakers to shoot the project there, but nothing is set in stone yet, and with more than two years still to go until the release date, I can’t imagine anything being rushed this early on, so we’ll just do what we do and keep our ears open for 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.

Allan Kingdom – Souls (Video)

Allan Kingdom recently released his fresh new visuals for “Souls” from his latest EP, Future Memoirs.  If you still haven’t listed to the album fully…then do it. The video, which is directed and edited by Ben Hughes Studios, offers something fresh and new to match Allan’s music. Everything from top to bottom is top notch and everyone needs to continue to stay tuned to where Allan is headed, because right now he is the man to watch in the Twin Cities.

 

Indiana Jones Reboot With Bradley Cooper Possibly In The Works

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With the last entry in the Indiana Jones film series hitting theaters to such disappointment, and Harrison Ford preparing to bring Han Solo back to the big screen, audiences have been keeping their hopes in check about seeing a fifth installment in the action-adventure series. Recent rumors, however, have brought the whip-slinging action hero back to the public eye and some interesting speculation as to the fate of Indiana Jones has surfaced on the Hollywood scene. Now that Disney has taken over Lucasfilm Productions and already launched a new Star Wars trilogy with J.J. Abrams, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg’s heroic archeologist is the next project to consider, and there are a couple of ideas being thrown around as to how to proceed. One such idea is to bring Jones back to the screen in a James Bond style, with different actors taking up the helm to play the part for various film installments. One such actor on that list is Bradley Cooper, who just received an Oscar nominee for his role in American Hustle. While Cooper is the top choice for a Harrison Ford replacement in the series, Ford, himself, hasn’t been ruled out to return to the role either. While the actor’s age is a definite factor, the studio still has a set amount of time to get a project going that would allow Ford to take up the role one more time, and hopefully redeem his portrayal of the character from that of the dismal Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls. Frank Darabont may also be on board to writer the project, but all of this is simply speculation and no official word has yet been released to the press. We’ll definitely keep an eye out for news on this one.