This week will see a number of indie projects open in select theaters across the country. The 9th Life of Louis Drax is a mystery thriller from horror director Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha 3D) surrounding a psychologist working with a boy young boy who suffers after a near-fatal fall. The film was penned by actor Max Minghella (The Social Network, The Ides of March), whose late father Anthony was an Oscar-winning screenwriter responsible for such gems as The English Patient and The Talented Mr. Ripley. Jamie Dornan (Marie Antionette, Fifty Shades of Grey), Aiden Longworth (Cut Bank, Hector and the Search for Happiness), Sarah Gadon (The Amazing Spider-Man, Enemy), and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad, Exodus: Gods and Kings) star in the film, which is based on a novel by Liz Jensen. Continue reading →
A new adaptation of author Patricia Highsmith’s times-testing novel, The Price of Salt, is seeing a limited release this Friday, November 20th in the form of a new drama titled Carol. Screenwriter Phyllis Nagy (Mrs. Harris) penned the script for the project, which was directed by Oscar-nominee Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven, I’m Not There) and stars Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett (Robin Hood, The Monuments Men) and Oscar-nominee Rooney Mara (The Social Network, Her) as an older, married woman and a department store clerk, respectively, who enter into an unconventional love affair in 1950s Manhattan. Along with the culture and societal norms of the times, their relationship becomes even more strained as Carol deals with possibly separating from her husband, and furthermore, loosing her daughter. Also starring in the film are actors Kyle Chandler (Zero Dark Thirty, The Wolf of Wall Street) and Sarah Paulson (Mud, 12 Years A Slave). The earned big nods at the Cannes Film Festival, winning selections for Best Film and Best Actress, and will see a limited theatrical release this Friday, with an expanded release possibly happening sometime in 2016. This one will be more of the more artfully crafted dramas from the looks of the trailer, and pretty intense subject matter, but if you’re in the mood for that with all this rain it’ll make for the perfect date movie. Keep an eye out for upcoming TV spots and a potential further release date. The trailer is available here on MADE. Enjoy!
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.
Comedian Chris Rock will be seen on the big screen this holiday season with a new comedy that he wrote and directed himself. The film is called Top Five and follows the story of a comedian who, having lost his comedic edge, tries to make it as an actor when his fiance, a reality-TV star, suggests having their wedding on her show. Rock will be joined on screen by an all-star cast made up of fellow comedian/actors Adam Sandler, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Seinfeld, Romany Malco, Tracy Morgan, and Cedric The Entertainer. Rock’s previous writing/directing project was I Think I Love My Wife with co-star Kerry Washington in 2007, but he also appeared in Grown Ups 2 in 2013, and has recently been writing and serving as producer for Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. Long-time collaborator Adam Sandler will also be appearing in the upcoming comedy/action flick Pixels from director Chris Columbus (Mrs. Doubtfire, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) on July 24, 2015. Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, and Sean Bean will also appear in that film, which is currently in the filming process. You can check out the trailer for Top Five here on MADE, then maybe add it to your holiday-movie list.
Everybody’s favorite Lannister will be returning for the upcoming season of the HBO series Game of Thrones this Spring, but Peter Dinklage will be doing more this year than just portraying the calculative dwarf judged only by his size and not his intelligence. Dinklage will be joining comedy veteran Adam Sandler in a sci-fi adventure called Pixels. The film follows a group of video gamers who are recruited to deal with video-game villains from the 1980s who are attacking New York City. Dinklage and Sandler, as well as Kevin James and Josh Gad will all be taking a role as one of the experts recruited to deal with the situation. The film is being produced by Sandler under Happy Madison Productions and will be released by Sony Pictures. Screenwriter Tim Dowling (This Means War) has written the project from an original script by Tim Herlihy (Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy), and Chris Columbus (Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire, Harry Potter 1 & 2) is set to direct the film. No word on a release date or additional cast members, but we’ll keep an eye out.