Reports are now confirmed that actor Bill Paxton passed away this Oscar-weekend at the age of 61 due to complications from surgery. Paxton began his career in Hollywood doing art department and background work before he was cast in a small cameo in The Terminator by director James Cameron in 1984. Since then, Paxton has gone on to star in many roles in an impressive number of iconic films. He again teamed up with Cameron for Aliens as Private Hudson in 1986, and has starred in blockbusters like Tombstone (1993), True Lies (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), Twister (1996), Titanic (1997), U-571 (2000), Vertical Limit (2000), Edge of Tomorrow (2014), and Nightcrawler (2014). His most recent project was the lead in a television adaptation of director Antione Fuqua’s 2001 cop-drama Training Day.
In addition to acting, Paxton also directed a number of pictures. He directed himself and co-stars Matthew McConaughey and Powers Boothe in the violent FBI drama Frailty (2001), and Shia LaBeouf in The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005). His final role will be in a film called The Circle, opposite Emma Watson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Beauty and the Beast), Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Big Short), and Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump, Bridge of Spies). His contribution to film throughout the years will surely be missed in the years to come. Thanks Bill for all of your great work. Our thoughts are with your family and friends. Continue reading →
A new independent drama from Oscar-winning writer/director Andrea Arnold (Red Road, Fish Tank) is opening in select theaters across the country this weekend. The film, called American Honey, follows a teenage girl as she joins a group of misfits, or “traveling salesmen” and gets swept up in a life of alcohol, drugs, crime, young love, and all the drama that comes with it while hitchhiking their way across the Midwestern United States. Starring in the lead role is newcomer Sasha Lane, who is supported onscreen by Shia LaBeouf (Lawless, Fury), Riley Keough (The Good Doctor, Mad Max: Fury Road), McCaul Lombardi (Age of the Moon, Mindless), Arielle Holmes (Heaven Knows What, 2307: Winter’s Dream), and Isaiah Stone (Winter’s Bone). American Honey stole the show at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, winning the Jury Prize and securing a Palme d’Or nomination for director Andrea Arnold, whose acclaimed independent films have earned her a big name among the industry. The trailer for American Honey is available here on MADE. If you get a chance, I would definitely put it on your movie list for this weekend. Enjoy!
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.
The new World War II drama, Fury, with Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf opened last weekend and effectively knocked Ben Affleck’s Gone Girl from the top-spot to a close second. The film hit theater audiences with just under $24 million in opening weekend box-office sales alone, and the pace doesn’t seem to be slowing down. The highly advertised, but apparently unpopular animated feature The Book of Life with Channing Tatum only brought in $17 million, also falling behind Gone Girl‘s third week of release. This week will see another set of uninteresting features, including the Keanu Reeves action flick John Wick (no rhyme intended), and the new horror movie Ouija. There are some pretty interesting projects coming out, however, that will unfortunately only see limited releases. One of these include director Greg Araki‘s dramatic thriller White Bird in a Blizzard with Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, and Christopher Meloni, but the more intriguing release is the documentary Citizenfour, which features interviews with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong with documentarian and reporters Laura Poitras, Glen Greenwald, and Ewen MacAskill. “Citizenfour” was the alias used by Snowden when he contacted Poitras in 2013 via encrypted emails containing Snowden’s evidence of the NSA’s covert surveillance program. Wiki-leaks founder Julian Assange is also featured in the documentary. So if you don’t want to waste your money on another terrible movie about ghosts or featuring Keanu Reeves, put these down on your list. Other limited features to look out for include writer/director Justin Simien’s dramatic comedy Dear White People, the high school football drama 23 Blast, and directors Wai-keung Lau and Andrew Loo’s Revenge of the Green Dragons, a crime-drama following young men involved with the Chinese mafia in 1980s New York City. Enjoy!
The upcoming World War II drama Fury from writer/director David Ayer is due in theaters this October 17th, and considering Ayer’s track record I think we’ll definitely be in for a great movie. Ayer is the writing genius behind such projects as U-571 (2000), The Fast and the Furious (2001), Training Day (2001), S.W.A.T. (2003), and End of Watch (2012), and began his career in directing in 2005 with the South Central LA crime-drama Harsh Times. On top of Ayer’s excellent record, Fury also features a big star cast including Brad Pitt (who seems to do well in WWII movies…#ingloriousbastards?), Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Scott Eastwood, Jon Bernthal, and Jason Isaacs. The movie follows an Allied army sergeant, Wardaddy, who leads his five-man Sherman-tank crew on a dangerous mission into Nazi territory in April 1945. You can watch the trailer here on MADE, then be sure to catch it in theaters this October 17th.
Having already been screened at the Berlin and Venice film festivals earlier this year, director Lars von Trier is prepping his new five and a half hour Director’s Cut of Nymphomaniac at Fantastic Fest later this month. The Oscar-nominated director released the film in two parts this year (Volumes 1 and 2) and while the two films together run a total of about 4 hours, Trier has added even more uncut footage for the 5.5-hour cut. Volumes 1 and 2 are currently available on Netflix, but is scheduled to hit shelves on VOD this October 2nd. Nymphomaniac follows the story of a woman named Joe who recounts the details of her almost countless explicit and sexual experiences with men since she was a teenager to Seligman, who finds her beaten in an ally in the opening of the film, with Volume 2 drawing on more details from Volume 1 as Joe comes into adulthood. The film is helmed by Charlotte
Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Willam Dafoe and Uma Thurman. If you feel you can muster a five and half hour movie in one sitting (pending an intermission), definitely check it out on the festival scene, or you can wait for the VOD release or go in Netflix and split it in half. Whatever floats your boat really, but it’s definitely worth the watch.
Tom Hardy is currently in talks to play twin brothers, and infamous gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray in an upcoming film called Legend, which follows the pair through their wild crime streak during the 1950s and 60s. Although no contract has been signed for Hardy to star yet, the film is set to be both written and directed by Brian Helgeland (A Knight’s Tale, 42). The script will be a study on the relationship between the two brothers and how they adapt and cope with each other throughout their reign of crime with their gang called The Firm. As I mentioned before, Hardy has not officially signed on to star, but it sounds like it would be a really cool project, and Hardy has already delved into the renegade character in John Hillcoat’s Lawless with Shia LaBeouf and Guy Pearce, so he would definitely have some seasoned experience to bring to the characters.
Director Michael Bay will once again take us into the world of Transformers this summer with a brand new cast and story-line than we saw in the first three movies. While the Transformers back story that was set up in the first three films will still apply, Shia LaBeouf will not be appearing in the upcoming movie, nor will Megan Fox or her replacement, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. The film will instead follow a father and daughter pair who end up right in the middle of another Autobot vs. Decepticon adventure. Mark Wahlberg and Nicola Peltz will be leading the new cast of the film, which will only reference the first three movies, particularly the amazing showdown in Dark of the Moon, in which downtown Chicago was completely obliterated with Academy Award nominated visual effects and sound engineering. Fans have been kept waiting for any sign of visual representations for the movie, but their appetites will finally be satisfied this February as the first trailer for Transformers: Age of Extinction will be shown during SuperBowl XLVIII. Be sure to keep an eye out during the commercial breaks for this one. We’ll be sure to post the trailer here on MADE following the game.