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Stephen King Adaptation ‘The Dark Tower’ Opening In Theaters This August

Author Stephen King is making a big cinematic comeback in 2017. A new adaptation of his 1986 horror-classic It is opening in theaters this September, and is expected to be a two-part installation with the second film following soon after. Before It hits theaters, however, another Stephen King adaptation will see a nationwide release in the form of The Dark Tower. Based on the final novel in his eight-part series, The Dark Tower, the film follows a man named Roland Deschain, the Last Gunslinger, who faces off with the Man in Black, Walter O’Dim, in an effort to stop him from destroying the Dark Tower, a mystical building that serves as the center of all universes. In writing the series, King drew inspiration from several sources, including the Arthurian Legend, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, and the American West. Continue reading

Actor Bill Paxton Has Passed Away At The Age of 61 Among More Oscar Controversy

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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

New Indie Biographical Drama ‘Free State of Jones’ Now Playing In Theaters

A new drama from writer/director Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, The Hunger Games) titled Free State of Jones is now playing in theaters. The film follows the true story of Newton Knight, a farmer in Civil-War era Mississippi who abandoned the Confederate Army and formed a militia consisting of both white farmers and African-Americans who took over and declared Jones County an independent state. Ross adapted the screenplay from author Victoria Bynum’s The Free State of Jones: Mississippi’s Longest Civil War, although there are numerous publications of Knight’s stance in Jones County. Appearing as Newton Knight is Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar, Dallas Buyer’s Club), who is joined onscreen by Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Concussion, Jupiter Ascending), Mahershala Ali (House of Cards, The Place Beyond the Pines), Keri Russell (The Americans, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Christopher Berry (Django Unchained, 12 Years a Slave), and Jacob Lofland (Mud, The Scorch Trials). This is definitely a lesser-known portion of American history, but one that is definitely intriguing, although I will say that the trailer reads a bit like The Patriot. If you’re looking for an evening out this week, keep this one on your list. The trailer is available here on MADE.

Amy Adams’ Janis Joplin Biopic Brings Director Jean March-Vallee Onboard

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Actress Amy Adams (American Hustle, Man of Steel) has been trying to get a biopic about iconic blues/rock singer Janis Joplin onto the big screen for a number of years now, and now some news regarding a new director has surfaced from Deadline. Jean March-Vallee, who just directed Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyer’s Club last year, has been brought on to helm the movie, which will come from an untitled script by Ron and Theresa Terry. Joplin died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27, but during the mid 1960s, she and The Big Brother Holding Company released several blues/rock albums with songs like Piece Of My Heart, Cry Baby, and Me And Bobby McGee, and played at the famous Woodstock Music Festival in 1969, making Joplin a figure of rock legend. I’d actually be pretty interested if this one got underway, especially given Adams’ track record and passion for the singer’s life, but we’ll keep an eye out for further news or additional casting.

Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ Opens In Theaters This Friday


We’ve been following this release date for some time now, and the day is finally here! The next project from writer/director Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Inception), Interstellar, is opening in theaters this Friday to great anticipation of Nolan’s IMAX sequences that will be available on the big screen. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Michael Caine in an epic adventure that finds mankind searching for our next place of inhabitance as Earth is finally drained of all its resources. Watch the trailer here on MADE, then go see it this weekend…and I would definitely recommend the IMAX experience for this one!

Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ Opens In Theaters November 7th 2014


Earlier this year we caught our first look at The Dark Knight and Inception director Christopher Nolan‘s upcoming space adventure Interstellar starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway and now the release date is only a few weeks away! Coming from a script from Christopher and Jonathan Nolan, who have worked together on several projects from Memento (2000) to The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Interstellar follows a group of astronauts who embark on a journey through a newly discovered wormhole to explore the vastness of the universe and find a new home for the human race once our resources on Earth have been exhausted. The supporting cast includes Jessica Chastin, Wes Bentley, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, and Christopher Nolan regular Michael Caine. This will be director Nolan’s first film since The Dark Knight Rises in 2012, but he also lent a hand to the script for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel and is also serving as executive producer for the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which is currently in the filming process. Interstellar is set to hit theaters this November 7th, so be sure to make an effort to go and see this one.

Jared Leto Possibly Taking Role In ‘Brilliance’ With Noomi Rapace

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Actor Jared Leto has a lot on his plate since he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor alongside Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club last year. The actor is in talks to take the lead role in Marvel’s Dr. Strange, and he may also take the lead in Brilliance at Legendary and Universal Pictures. Actress Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) is already attached the project, which was adapted by David Koepp from the novel by Marcus Sakey. The story follows a federal agent who is also a ‘brilliant’ because of his superhuman powers, who sets out to stop another ‘brilliant’ from starting a Civil War. Sounds pretty interesting, but I might want to read this one before I wait a few years to see it in theaters. If Leto takes both jobs his schedule is going to grow extremely tight, but we’ll see what happens.

Michelle Monaghan Joins Cast Of ‘Pixels’ With Adam Sandler

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Last week we told you that Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage would be joining the cast of Adam Sandler’s upcoming comedy adventure, Pixels, from director Chris Columbus (Harry Potter 1 & 2, Home Alone). The film will follow a group of experts who are recruited to protect New York City from a group of invading 1980’s video-game characters. Adam Sandler and Kevin James will be part of the cast, plus Dinklage and Josh Gad, and now it has also been announced that actress Michelle Monaghan (Eagle Eye, Gone Baby Gone) will also be joining the cast. Monaghan has just wrapped up the premiere season of True Detective on HBO with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, and is currently filming The Best of Me with director Michael Hoffman. Pixels is still in the pre-production period and is expected to be released some time in 2015. We’ll keep an eye out for more cast members as they fill in further in production.

McConaughey Continues Hot Streak With New HBO Drama ‘True Detective’

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Matthew McConaughey is making a pretty impressive comeback in Hollywood these days. The 45 year old actor has appeared in several major films in the last couple years, one of which has now earned him a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. McConaughey began taking on more challenging roles back in 2011 with The Lincoln Lawyer from director Brad Furman. The actor then appeared in director Jeff Nichols’ Mud (2012), in which he plays an escaped prisoner who evades law enforcement with the help of two young boys. His most recent appearances, however, have been his most popular projects of his career. McConaughey played a small part in Martin Scorsese’s new film The Wolf of Wall Street, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill. Wall Street has already received five Oscar nominations and earned Leonardo DiCaprio a Golden Globe for Best Actor. Although McConaughey’s role in the film was very small, his next lead project would bring him to a new level on Hollywood’s list of A-list actors. Dallas Buyers Club follows the story of Ron Woodroof (McConaughey), an electrician who begins hustling illegal AIDS medication over the US/Mexican border after he, himself, is diagnosed with the disease. Dallas has already earned McConaughey and Jared Leto Golden Globes for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, and has also been nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor (McConaughey), and Best Supporting Actor (Jared Leto).

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With the Academy Awards coming up soon, Hollywood is waiting to see if McConaughey will join the ranks of the Oscar-winners, the actor’s next project is already well underway on HBO. True Detective, which aired on HBO earlier this month, follows two Louisiana detectives as they recount the details of a homicide case they worked together in 1995. The show was created by Nic Pizzolatto, who won a Writers Guild of America award for AMC’s crime drama The Killing, and co-stars Woody Harrelson and Michelle Monaghan. There haven’t been any talks of award nominations or anything like that as of yet, but with the first season already six episodes in, the screenwriting has proven superbly written, and McConaughey is delivering a performance few in Hollywood thought he had ten years ago when he was appearing in movies like How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days (2003), Sahara (2005), and Failure To Launch (2006). If he keeps this up, McConaughey could very well continue to rise up as a veteran actor in Hollywood. The actor will next be appearing in The Dark Knight and Inception director Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film Interstellar, which is due out in November and co-stars Anne Hathaway, Casey Affleck, and Michael Caine. You can catch up on True Detective, and continue with the new series on HBO.

The Mummy, Dazed and Confused Producer James Jacks Dies At 66

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Veteran film producer James Jacks, who helped Universal Studios revamp one of their oldest horror icons, died Monday of a heart attack at the age of 66. James Jacks first made a name for himself in Hollywood with the well deserved, but somewhat unexpected success of Dazed and Confused back in 1993. The film has since become a cultural classic, reflecting on high school popularity, alcohol, weed, and rock legends of the 1970s. It was also the first big project for actor Matthew McConaughey, who this year won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in Dallas Buyers Club, and was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in the same movie. Jacks went on to produce such films as Mallrats (1995), Michael (1996), The Mummy (1999), and Rat Race (2001), and has worked with numerous directors ranging from Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused), Kevin Smith (Mallrats, Clerks), and Joel and Ethan Coen (Intolerable Cruelty, O Brother Where Art Thou).