The truth is still out there! Fans of one of the most successful science-fiction series in history, The X-Files, can rejoice. Original writer/creator Chris Carter is bringing the series back to Fox for a 6-episode season that will air on January 24th. Returning from the original series are actors David Duchovny (Evolution, Californication) and Gillian Anderson (The Last King of Scotland, Closure) as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, with supporting cast members Mitch Pileggi (Basic Instinct, Sons of Anarchy) and William B. Davis (Numb, The Messengers) returning to reprise their roles as Walter Skinner and the ‘Smoking Man,’ respectively. This will be the first installation in the series since 2008’s The X-Files: I Want To Believe feature-length film, which found Mulder and Scully years after the show’s conclusion after the two had gone into hiding. Other cast members appearing in the new mini-series are Joel McHale (Community, Ted) and Robbie Amell (The Tomorrow People, Max). It is not yet clear whether or not there will be pending additional seasons after this one, but it has been labeled a ‘reboot’ season, so maybe there will be more X-Files in the near future. The original X-Files series is available on Netflix, so if you want to do some refreshing, consider watching some of the more important episodes. You can find a list of these on Wikipedia, and remember the first film takes place between seasons 5 and 6. Stay tuned.
A new comedy from Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Bandits) is opening in theaters this week. Titled Rock the Kabash, the film stars comedy veteran Bill Murray (Ghostbusters, Lost in Translation) as a music-industry manager who discovers the voice of a young talent while on tour in Afghanistan and accompanies her to Kabul to participate in Afghan Star, a popular talent-reality show in the Middle East. Screenwriter Mitch Glazer (Scrooged, The Recruit) is behind the script, which features Leem Lubany (Omar, From A to B), Zooey Deschanel (Elf, Yes Man), Bruce Willis (Die Hard, Pulp Fiction), Kate Hudson (Almost Famous, The Skeleton Key), and Danny McBride (Pineapple Express, This Is The End). This will be Levinson’s first directorial release since 2014’s The Humbling with Al Pacino (The Godfather, Scarface). The trailer is available here on MADE. Enjoy!
This weekend, alongside Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck with Bill Hader and Woody Allen’s Irrational Man with Joaquin Phoenix, movie-goers will also be able to see a literary icon return to the big screen in the form of director Bill Condon‘s new drama Mr. Holmes. Condon (Gods and Monsters, The Fifth Estate) directs Oscar-nominee Ian McKellen (X-Men, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers) in an adaptation of Mitch Cullin’s A Slight Trick of the Mind, that finds a retired Sherlock Holmes toying over an unsolved case involving a beautiful woman and a confrontation with an angry husband. Fellow Oscar-nominee Laura Linney (The Truman Show, Mystic River) and Hiroyuki Sanada (Rush Hour 3, The Wolverine) make up the supporting cast. The trailer is available here on MADE. Enjoy the weekend line-up!
Sir Ian McKellen has played some pretty iconic characters in his career as an actor, especially in modern cinema, portraying mythical characters like Gandalf, the wizard, and Magneto in the X-Men film franchise, to historical figures like Richard III, Hamlet, and David Copperfield. 2015 will now see the two-time Oscar-nominee take on another literary legend in the form of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. The film will be titled Mr. Homlmes, and will find the famous inspector an old man living with his son and housekeeper in Sussex and reflecting on his life’s work while still trying to grapple with an unsolved case he encountered 50 years earlier. Included in the supporting cast is Academy Award-nominee Laura Linney (The Truman Show, Mystic River), Hattie Morahan (The Bank Job, Summer In February), Patrick Kennedy (Atonement, War Horse), and Hiroyuki Sanada (The Last Samurai, The Wolverine). The script comes screenwriter Jeffery Hatcher (Casanova, The Duchess) and is an adaptation of the novel A Slight Trick of the Mind by author Mitch Cullen, with director Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, The Fifth Estate) behind the camera. Check out the new trailer here on MADE. The film is expected to hit theaters this summer.
Even with the extreme disappointment that was the fourth season of Arrested Development, Netflix content officier Ted Sarandos now says that we will be seeing more from the unconventional Bluth family, it is simply a matter of “when.” The fourth season, which was produced by Netflix after the show had been off the air for seven years, brought back all of the original actors, but due to issues with coordinating everybody’s schedules, the characters were rarely seen on screen together, and were forced, instead, to follow their own individual subplots. The reboot not only lacked the comical drive behind the family members’ interactions with each other, but because the story lines were so personalized, the overall story of the family situation was extremely difficult to follow, and frankly nobody really cared by the end because we were worn out from trying to keep everybody’s individual issues in order. Production with the 5th season is now facing the same problem, but show creator Mitch Hurwitz is confident the Bluths will be back in one way or another. Hurwtiz has expressed interest in making an Arrested Development movie before trying to make a whole new season for television, but nothing is set in stone yet, which means we will probably have to wait at least a year for anything to really get going on either a film or a new season. Either way, let’s hope the writers/creators do a better job this time than the nightmare that was season four; personally I don’t think the series will survive another season of mediocre subplots, so maybe a movie would be a better approach after all.
Along with the second installation of The Hobbit and a reprisal of his role as Magneto in next summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, Ian McKellen is no stranger to modern cinema or popular culture. Like his co-star Hugh Jackman, who has played the Wolverine a total of 5 times, McKellen will have played the role of Gandalf in a total of six films by the time the third Hobbit film is released. It may be around that time that he will also be appearing as none other than a retired Sherlock Holmes in a new film by director Bill Condon. Condon directed McKellen in 1998’s Gods and Monsters, which earned the actor an Oscar nomination, and is currently at the Toronto Film Festival for the premiere of his new movie The Fifth Estate. The new Holmes movie is titled A Slight Trick of the Mind and will be based on the novel by Mitch Cullin in which Holmes is living with his maid, coping with dementia and dealing with old age. While another Sherlock Holmes movie may seem like overkill, it might just be really redeeming to see a veteran actor take on the role with some sincerity that credits the original characteristics of Sherlock Holmes, and not a modern day Beavis and Butthead duo like Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law who are picked just to draw a crowd. With shooting about to get underway for X-Men it may still be a while before we see the movie in theaters, but McKellen knows how to deliver a performance worth waiting for, so we’ll just have to be patient.