This week will see a whole collection of independent limited releases happening across the country. First on the list is The Big Short from director Adam McKay (Anchorman, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby), starring Christian Bale (The Dark Knight, American Hustle), Steve Carell (The Office, Seeking A Friend for the End of the World), Ryan Gosling (Drive, The Place Beyond the Pines), and Brad Pitt (Babel, By The Sea). The film, based on the novel by Michael Lewis, follows four friends who predicted the housing market collapse in the mid 2000s and bet against the odds with the national banks, becoming nearly instant millionaires. The film was last seen at the AFI Film Festival in LA earlier this year, and a further nationwide expansion is still expected for 2016. Continue reading →
We were all pretty surprised to see that Liam Neeson would be appearing in a sequel to his 2008 action thriller Taken, but seeing as they made a 2nd I guess they may as well go ahead and make a 3rd. Yes, a 3rd. Liam Neeson will grace the screen one more time this January as ex-CIA agent Bryan Mills, who has a wife and daughter that, for some reason, always seem to be the target of a kidnapping plot. This time out Mills finds himself framed for the murder of his ex-wife, and must ensue on a new mission to clear his name by finding the true killer before the authorities track him down. Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker (Phone Booth, Lee Daniel’s The Butler) will be joining the supporting cast along with Maggie Grace (Taken, The Fog) and Famke Janssen (GoldenEye, X-Men) returning as daughter Kim and ex-wife Lenore. Screenwriting/directing duo Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen (Leon: The Professional, The Fifth Element), who wrote both Taken and Taken 2, penned the new script for director Olivier Megaton (Transporter 3, Taken 2). Check out the new trailer here on MADE; the new movie comes out January 9th. Also opening on January 9th is director Paul Thomas Anderson‘s upcoming LA-noir drama Inherent Vice with Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin, as well as Ava DuVernay’s Civil Rights drama Selma with David Oyelowo and Tim Roth, so be sure to mark your calendar for January 9!
After five years of waiting for a sequel to the 2009 action/comedy, fans of Zombieland are getting excited about news from Deadline of a sequel with original director Ruben Fleischer being back in the works. Although Fleischer does not have an actual contract on the table at this time, screenwriter Dave Callaham is going to be working on a script for the project, fresh off his work on this summer’s blockbuster Godzilla from Legendary Pictures. While this is all good news, it is not clear as to whether or not the cast of the original will be available at this time, particularly Jesse Eisenberg, who is set to play Lex Luther in the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and will most likely return for the Justice League movie after that. Emma Stone is also scheduled to appear in two upcoming projects, one with Cameron Crowe and the other with Woody Allen, while Woody Harrelson is wrapping up work on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2, and will also be appearing in the upcoming sequel Now You See Me 2 (2016). Abigail Breslin will also be appearing in Maggie (2015) alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, which also revolves around a zombie-apocalypse plot but from a much more dramatic perspective, as a father comforts his daughter through her transformation from human to zombie. We’ll keep an ear out for more news about Zombieland 2. Stay tuned.
Fans of the FX motorgang drama Sons of Anarchy are gearing up for the final season premiere this September 9th. The series first aired back in 2008 and was the first major role for Charlie Hunnam. Actors Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior, Tommy Flanagan, Maggie Siff, and Ron Perlman also had starring roles on the show. Kurt Sutter created and writes the show, and even takes a small supporting role as Otto Delaney, the Son serving a life sentence who works information for the club from inside prison. Sutter also wrote for and served as executive producer on The Shield with Michael Chiklis from 2005-2008 before going on to create SoA. If you’re a fan of the show and know what’s going on, I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how crazy this season will be, especially since it will be the last!
Last night, Sons of Anarchy left fans of the motorcycle drama with one of the biggest cliff hanger episodes ever! Not only was Jax (Charlie Hunnam) supposed to be going away to prison for what will potentially be 25 years, Jemma (Katey Sagal) finally snapped and killed Tara (Jax’s wife, played by Maggie Siff for those who don’t follow the show)!!! While it was believed by everybody that Tara was going to rat on the whole club, Jax ultimately knew that it was he who had to turn himself in in order to honor his word to himself and to his wife to get their sons away from the motorcycle club that had so ruined Jaxs’ life and his father’s before him. Jemma, of course, was not aware of such goings on and murdered Tara in a graphic, bloody rage (masterfully filmed by creator Kurt Sutter). With Tara dead and Jax, who may or may not be blamed for Tara’s murder by the enthusiastic DA, set to go to prison for a long time, the filmmakers have plenty of questions left to answer, and apparently plenty of time to prep for it seeing as the new season won’t come out for another 9 and a half months! Season 7 has thus far been reported as the final season in the franchise from Kurt Sutter, so it should make for an action packed finale. If you missed out on Season 6, you’ll have to wait for the DVD release, but the first 5 seasons are available to watch on Netflix, so I would definitely get caught up if I were you!!