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 →
On December 1, 1983, director Brian de Palma (The Untouchables, Carlito’s Way) released his modernized version of Ben Hecht and Howard Hawks’ 1930s gangster drama, Scarface. While the original followed a charismatic Chicago mobster in the Prohibition era, de Palma’s version took the character to violent world of the 1980s drug trade in Miami, Florida. Fueled by Al Pacino‘s riveting performance and backed by an outstanding supporting cast that included Michelle Pfeiffer (What Lies Beneath, Batman Returns), Steven Bauer (Raising Cain, Primal Fear), Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (The Abyss, The Perfect Storm) and Robert Loggia (Big, Independence Day), Scarface ushered in a new era of gangster movies far darker than Francis Coppola’s The Godfather series just a decade before. One of the primary reasons is because of de Palma’s direction. Continue reading →
Disney is continuing to replenish its classic animated line-up with a new live-action adaptation of the 1977 feature Pete’s Dragon. Co-written and directed by David Lowery (Pioneer, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints), the new film is led by Oakes Fegley (This Is Where I Leave You, The Truth About Lies) as the young orphan Pete, whose best friend just so happens to be a big green dragon named Elliot. Leading the rest of the cast is The Help and Jurassic World star Bryce Dallas Howard, who is joined on screen by Karl Urban (The Bourne Supremacy, Star Trek), Wes Bentley (American Beauty, Interstellar), Oona Laurence (Southpaw, Lamb), and Oscar-winner Robert Redford (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All The President’s Men). Screenwriter Toby Halbrooks, who has worked on a number of projects with director Lowery, co-wrote the film, which doesn’t appear to feature the all-too-memorable Gogans or the crazed and crooked Dr. Terminus. The trailer looks like it’s going to turn into a really heavy, emotional movie, like Disney tends to do these days, but I’d say it will probably still be worth the watch. The new movie opens in theaters this August 12th. Watch the trailer here on MADE!
William Monahan (The Departed, Body of Lies) is taking his second jab at directing his own script with a new thriller called Mojave. Starring Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Garret Hedlund (Four Brothers, Tron: Legacy), the film follows a rich, suicidal artist as he ventures into the Mojave Desert, only to encounter his doppelganger: a homicidal drifter. Appearing in the supporting cast are actors Walton Goggins (Shield, Sons of Anarchy), Mark Wahlberg (The Fighter, Lone Survivor), Dania Ramirez (X-Men: The Last Stand, American Reunion), and Matt Jones (Breaking Bad, Red State). Monahan’s last writing/directing project was a film called London Boulevard in 2010, but since The Departed opened in theaters in 2004 the writer has really failed to attain a solid following in terms of highly popular projects, like Edge of Darkness (2010) and the remake of The Gambler in 2014. The trailer does look pretty wild, though, making the film read more like a modern Western thriller with a plot of cat and mouse cowboys. Hopefully it will be enough to get Monahan back on the Oscar-worthy list, but we’ll see. The trailer is here on MADE. Enjoy!
On top of all the music, ribs, and firework festivals that occurred over the 4th of July weekend, movie-goers were still flocking to the cinemas to see the new breed of dinosaurs in Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World. The film brought in another $30.9 million over the holiday weekend, beating out Pixar’s Inside Out with Amy Pohler (Parks and Recreation, Saturday Night Live) and Terminator: Genisys with Arnold Schwarzenegger (Predator, True Lies) and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones, Dom Hemingway). Thus far the film has grossed $558 million worldwide, and with nothing too impressive coming out this week (Self/Less does look interesting, but I doubt a lot of people will pay money to see it in theaters), I wouldn’t be surprised if it holds the top spot for another week, and potentially another after that. If you haven’t seen it yet, it might be time to consider catching a matinee, and if you are wondering about how the film plays out, feel free to check out World’s MADE-Review at the link below. Enjoy!
Today marks the opening of the 5th installment in the Terminator series, Terminator: Genisys. This time lead by director Alan Taylor (Palookaville, Thor: The Dark World), Genisys brings back original series veteran Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Predator, True Lies) as the futuristic cyborg originally sent back in time to murder Sarah Connor and prevent the birth of John Connor, who would lead the human resistance in war against the machine race after Judgement Day. Starring as Sarah Connor is Emilia Clarke (Dom Hemingway, Game of Thrones), with Jai Courtney (Divergent, A Good Day To Die Hard), Jason Clarke (Lawless, The Great Gatsby), and JK Simmons (I Love You Man, Whiplash) making up the supporting cast. This time out Kyle Reese is sent back in time to protect Sarah Connor and ensure John Connor’s existence when an unexpected new series of events creates a ripple in time and Kyle and Sarah must work to ‘reset’ the future. The trailer is here again on MADE…but be sure to check this one out on the big screen. It should be a lot of fun!
Finally we have a trailer for the upcoming installment in the Terminator series with returning veteran actor Arnold Schwarzenegger (True Lies, Batman & Robin). The new film is titled Terminator Genisys and will find Kyle Reese and Sarah Connor following an alternate time-line parallel to the original film when they team up with the aging cyborg (Schwarzenegger) to try and prevent Judgement Day. Leading the cast are actors Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones, Dom Hemingway) and Jai Courtney (Divergent, A Good Day To Die Hard), as well as Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man, Whiplash), Matt Smith (Womb, Lost River), and Jason Clarke (Public Enemies, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as John Connor. The script comes from Laeta Kalogridis (Avatar, Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (Dracula 2000, Drive Angry), with Alan Taylor (The Sopranos, Thor: The Dark World) taking up the directing duties. The film is due in theaters this July 1st, so we should see additional trailers out before then, but for now, enjoy the latest!