On September 6, 1967, a documentary titled Don’t Look Back opened at an old ramshackle theater in San Francisco. It was hard to imagine why this old pornographic movie theater had a line of people extending out the door and around the corner, but once you found out it was about Bob Dylan, it was no surprise at all. The September 6th release was the first large-scale screening of the film that documented Bob Dylan and company’s whirlwind 1965 European tour. Joining him on tour were the likes of artists like Joan Baez, Donovan, and Allen Ginsberg, along with the standard parade of press, crew, police, fans, and everything else that came to epitomize Rock n’ Roll in the 1960s.
Bob Dylan, in particular, was an iconic figure in his own right. He had risen to fame in the early-60’s folk scene in New York City’s Greenwich Village, developing his own songwriting skills and capturing fans around the world with songs like Blowin’ in the Wind, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall, and The Times They Are A-Changin,’ his so-called early “protest era” catalogue. Continue reading →
Same-subject movies coming out at the same time aren’t necessarily unheard of; Deep Impact and Armageddon (May and July, 1998), Dante’s Peak and Volcano (February and April 1997), Mission to Mars and Red Planet (March and November 2000), The Illusionist and The Prestige (August and October 2006). Now a new pair of movies will be joining the list, focused around the life of famous murder-mystery author Agatha Christie. Paramount has signed Oscar-nominee Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man, Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) to star as Christie during her 11 day disappearance in 1926. Sony, however, has signed Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Danish Girl) to star in Sony’s production, which focuses on the author’s youthful days as a pro-feminist supporter. Continue reading →
A new documentary titled De Palma is seeing release this week from directors Jake Paltrow (The Good Night, Boardwalk Empire) and Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, Greenberg). The film is a chronicle of the life and work of acclaimed director Brian De Palma, whose major body of work has spanned from the 1970s to the present with films like Carrie (1976), a Stephen King novel, Scarface (1983) with Al Pacino (The Godfather, Scent of a Woman) and Michelle Pfeiffer (The Fabulous Baker Boys, Batman Returns), and The Untouchables (1987) with Kevin Costner (Waterworld, Dances with Wolves), Robert De Niro (Goodfellas, Casino), and Sean Connery (Diamonds are Forever, The Hunt for Red October). Despite all of the acclaim and success earned by these films, De Palma is one of the many artists who has never been recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Untouchables saw Sean Connery win his first Oscar in 1988, Continue reading →
Do you have to be miserable to be funny? That’s the premise of a new documentary from writer/director Kevin Pollak (Casino, The Usual Suspects) and co-writer John Vorhaus (The Sentinel, Save Angel Hope) that is now available online. The documentary, titled Misery Loves Comedy, has already been awarded an Official Sundance Selection and will also see a big-screen release at New York City’s Tribeca Film Festival on April 24th, but you can also find it currently available online. Comedians Amy Schumer (Amy Schumer: Mostly Sex Stuff, Trainwreck), Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats), Jimmy Fallon (Almost Famous, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon), Martin Short (Mars Attacks, Father of the Bride Part 2), Whoopi Golberg (Ghost, Sister Act), Jim Gaffigan (Away We Go, It’s Kind of a Funny Story), Nick Swardson (Grandma’s Boy, Just Go With It), Bob Saget (Full House, Entourage) and many more are featured in the film that is being dedicated to the memory of Robin Williams (Mrs. Doutbfire, Good Will Hunting). The trailer is available here on MADE.
I find myself wondering what it’d be like to live in the “future” say, the year 2115. I imagine cars, buildings, and life in general would be drastically different. In this futuristic vision, I imagine speakers would look something like this. Only thing is you can buy this speaker NOW! It’s a levitating Hi-Fi speaker called MARS. Allen Zhang the founder of CrazyBaby and lead designer of MARS brought to life something I honestly couldn’t imagine. Although the speaker only levitates while above the cylindrical looking subwoofer, which also has usb ports, it is made to take with you on the go. MARS is made from aluminum grade aluminum and it’s magnetic, so when listening to music outside the house, you can just stick it to something metal. Another cool feature the speaker has is that it will adjust the volume based on how close or far you are to the speaker. The company definitely has vision, can’t wait to see if they make any other products. Check out their website and pre-order for only $189.00!
It seems like it’s been a while since we’ve seen Oscar-winner Al Pacino grace the screen in a lead role, but next year’s directorial debut for writer/director Dan Fogelman (Cars, Crazy, Stupid Love) will see the veteran actor in just that. Pacino will appear as Danny Collins, an aging rock star who, still living his sex, drugs, and alcohol-fueld rock-n-roll lifestyle, receives a 40-year old undelivered letter from his manager that was written to him by John Lennon. Inspired by Lennon’s words, Collins sets out to make amends with his family and loved ones and begin a new period in his life. Based on a true story, the film co-stars Annette Bening (Mars Attacks!, American Beauty), Jennifer Garner (Pearl Harbor, Dallas Buyer’s Club), Bobby Cannavale (The Station Agent, Chef), and Christopher Plummer (The Sound of Music, A Beautiful Mind) as Collins’ agent. Not necessarily Scarface-material, but I’m sure Pacino will make it worth watching. You can watch the trailer here on MADE, stay tuned for an exact release date.
With the release of Dumb and Dumber To drawing nearer as we approach the holidays, and the final season of HBO’s The Newsroom airing this fall, Jeff Daniels has had to fill his schedule for the upcoming 2015 calendar, and his new project seems a pretty good choice. Daniels will appear as the director of NASA alongside Matt Damon in director Ridley Scott’s upcoming space drama The Martian, which is scheduled for release next November. The story follows Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars and his mission to survive until a rescue mission is sent to bring him back to Earth. Although this seems somewhat reminiscent of Brian DePalma’s Mission To Mars (2000), it should still make for a good watch. Scott is behind such films as Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982), Gladiator (2000), Matchstick Men (2003), American Gangster (2007), Robin Hood (2010), and The Counselor (2013), and Jeff Daniels and Matt Damon are both highly versatile actors, with Daniels being known as much for his dramatic abilities as his comedic skills. Other names attached to the project include Jessica Chastain (The Help, Zero Dark Thirty), Kate Mara (House of Cards, Transcendence), Kristen Wiig (The Brothers Solomon, Despicable Me), and Michael Pena (The Lincoln Lawyer, American Hustle). We’ll look out for more news.
Having just appeared in Elysium with Jodie Foster in 2012, Matt Damon will be getting behind the camera for another space adventure with director Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator) for The Martian. Coming from a script that was adapted by Drew Goddard from Andy Weir’s book, the story follows an astronaut who ends up stranded on Mars and must play the survival game until he can find a means to get back to Earth. Goddard was originally set to write and direct the project, but his earlier commitment to direct The Sinister Six for Sony Pictures has Scott now in talks to direct, even though Scott is currently finishing up Exodus for release later this year and also has Prometheus 2 scheduled for a March 2016 release. Warner Bros. pictures has also recently announced that a sequel to Scott’s 1982 blockbuster Blade Runner is going to be in the works with Harrison Ford reprising his role as Rick Deckard. According to Alcon Entertainment, who co-produced/financed the first Blade Runner, the screenplay will be written by original writers Hampton Fancher and Michael Green and will, if all goes according to plan, follow Ford’s character several decades after the conclusion of the first film, with Scott once again directing. Considering all of the projects Scott is also involved with as producer, it seems his plate is filling up pretty quickly, but we’ll see how all of this pans out. The Martian will most likely be the first step after Prometheus 2 is finished (assuming Scott does decide to direct), and then Blade Runner will follow that (also assuming it doesn’t conflict with his new Star Wars commitments!).