Fans of the Divergent films, which are based on the books by author Veronica Roth, finally get to see the last chapter of the series on the big screen this weekend, or at least half of the last chapter. Like so many series-films have all done since the filmmakers behind Harry Potter split the final book into two movies, this final chapter, Allegiant, will also be split into Parts 1 and 2, with the second installment expected in theaters next year. Allegiant – Part 1 picks up after the conclusion of Insurgent, and finds the protagonist Tris Prior and Four trying to escape over the wall surrounding futuristic Chicago in order to discover what is hidden behind the other side. Insurgent director Robert Schwentke (FlightPlan, Red) returned to direct the new installment, working from a screen adaptation by Noah Oppenheim (The Maze Runner, Jackie), Adam Cooper and Bill Collage (Accepted, Exodus: Gods and Kings). Starring in the series are actors Shailene Woodley (The Descendants, White Bird in a Blizzard), Theo James (The In-between Movie, Underworld: Awakening), Naomi Watts (King Kong, J. Edgar), Octavia Spencer (The Help, Fruitvale Station), Jeff Daniels (Dumb and Dumber, The Martian), and Zoe Kravitz (Dope, Mad Max: Fury Road). Watch the trailer one more time before you see the movie in theaters, and have a safe Saint Patrick’s Day weekend!
Oscar-winning writer/director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel, Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is following up his fantastic work on Birdman with a new dramatic western of love, survival, and revenge titled The Revenant. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio (The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street), Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, Lawless), Domhnall Gleeson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Will Poulter (We’re The Millers, The Maze Runner), and Forrest Goodluck (Gaming), the film follows a frontiersman who is brutally attacked by a grizzly bear while on an expedition in the 1820s Rockies, and is left for dead by members of his team. Against all odds, he survives the attack and sets out for revenge against the men who killed his son. The story is inspired by true events that appear in the book by author Michael Punke. Continue reading →
It seems that Westerns are continuing to make a comeback to big screen productions. The last decade has seen titles like 3:10 to Yuma, The Lone Ranger, True Grit, No Country For Old Men, Django Unchained, and Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Christmas release The Hateful Eight bring in big hauls at the box office, and now 3x Oscar-winning writer and director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel, Birdman) will be releasing his latest feature this January. The film is titled The Revenant and is based on the novel by Michael Punke about real-life frontiersman Hugh Glass, who was abandoned and left for dead by members of his own team after being mauled by a bear, and set out on a mission of survival and vengeance across the uncharted American wilderness during the 1820s. Starring in the lead role is Oscar-nominee Leonardo DiCaprio (Titanic, The Wolf of Wall Street), with Tom Hardy (Lawless, Mad Max: Fury Road), Will Poulter (We’re The Millers, The Maze Runner), and Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina, Unbroken) making up the supporting cast. A new trailer is now available here on MADE. The film will see a limited theatrical release this Christmas Day, with a nationwide extension supposedly happening in January. Given the cast and the writer/director behind the project, I think this will probably be one of the year’s best releases, so mark this one down on your Must-See list.
Location: Grant Park, Chicago Time: 11am-9pm Wednesday-Friday, 10am-9pm Saturday/Sunday Admission: FREE!! (Food tickets must be purchased inside park)
Today marks the opening of the 35th Annual Taste of Chicago in Grant Park. The feast will run for 5 days (July 8th-12th) and features local Chicago favorites from 60 different vendors, including 5 food trucks and 8 pop-up restaurants. Several special events, including a 3-course meal at Buckingham Fountain and seating to see Weezer (who his headlining tonight) must be purchased online in-advance. Other music acts that will be appearing include The Chieftains, Spoon, and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. This year’s vendors that will be participating at the event all 5 days include Billy Goat Tavern & Grill, Chicago’s Dog House, Kasia’s Deli, Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, Miller’s Pub, and Robinson’s No. 1 Ribs, among many others. So if you are in Chicago be sure to keep the Taste in mind for this weekend! A full list of vendors and entertainment acts can be found at the link below. Enjoy!
Woooooweeeeee! Bring back the funk and the Weekend Classics! For round number 6 of the weekend classics, we bring you Maze.
Maze, the funky-soul band was established in San Francisco, in the early-mid 70s, with Frankie Beverly as the Lead man. As it always seems, Marvin Gaye played a huge roll in the bands early success, featuring them as his opening act in 1976. Back then, the band was formerly known as Raw Soul, before changing it to Maze. After the name change the group immediately signed with Capitol Records and released their debut album, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, in 1977. The first album happened to hit Gold, giving them a decent following. The group has released a number of albums since then, including Silky Soul andBack to Basics in 1993, which both hit Gold. Maze continues to tour to this day, so if you want to see them, check your local venues to see if they happen to be in town.