Walt Disney Pictures has come a long way from making full-length animated features like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, and Peter Pan. In the 21st century, the company has reinvented itself with live-action blockbusters like Pirates of the Caribbean, state-of-the-art computer animated films like Cars and Frozen, and adaptations of children’s literary classics like Roald Dahl’s The BFG and Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time (out in theaters this March). In recent years, Disney has expanded into more lucrative markets like comic book blockbusters (ie. Marvel comics) and, of course, the Star Wars franchise. The latest Star Wars entry, The Last Jedi, hit the $1 billion mark in worldwide box office sales barely three weeks after its US theatrical release. With a plethora of material to work with, and plenty of money coming in, one would think Disney is far passed its tipping point, but that might not be the case at all. Continue reading →
Kay Graham (portrayed by Meryl Streep in Spielberg’s film) was the acting publisher of The Washington Post at the time. She inherited the role of sole proprietor following her husband’s untimely death by suicide. Graham not only faced a board of all-male stock holders who were ready to oust her at any moment, but also a more hostile-than-friendly editor named Ben Bradlee (portrayed by Tom Hanks), who reportedly informed her that he’d give his left nut to run the Post, himself. Shortly after Graham came into her new position, Martin Weil (Better Call Saul‘s Bob Odenkirk) was sent to meet with Ellsberg to collect the top secret documents in Boston and transport them safely back to Washington. Continue reading →
Although a nationwide theatrical expansion is not expected until the end of October, the new biographical drama from Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) titled Steve Jobs is opening to audiences in New York City and Los Angeles this week. The new film is based on the book of the same title by author Walter Isaacson, adapted for the screen by Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (Charlie Wilson’s War, The Social Network), focusing not only on three pivotal points in Jobs’ career as a modern technological entrepreneur, but also on the affects it had on his personal and family life, as well as his health. Leading the cast as Jobs and his Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak are actors Michael Fassbender (Inglorious Basterds, 12 Years A Slave) and Seth Rogen (The Interview, Neighbors), with Oscar-winner Kate Winslet (Titanic, The Reader), Jeff Daniels (Speed, The Newsroom), Katherine Waterston (Michael Clayton, Inherent Vice), and Michael Stuhlbarg (Boardwalk Empire, Trumbo) making up the supporting cast. From the looks of the trailer, it looks to be a more brutally honest depiction of Jobs’ life and work and hopefully will have more success than the 2013 flop Jobs with Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad as Jobs and Wazniak, but we’ll have to wait and see how audiences respond. Look for the movie in a theater near you this October 23rd.
On July 28th, 1995, director Larry Clark‘s eye-opening drama Kids opened in theaters, and not without a storm of controversy. Following a group of teenagers living in New York City, the film paints a vivid portrait of their day-to-day activities, namely smoking weed, drinking, fucking with people, and then fucking each other (unprotected, of course). The movie was given an MC-17 rating for theatrical release, but an unrated version was later released for home video. The rating, however, was only one part of the controversy surrounding the film. Kids also received outraged accusations of child pornography and obscenity, and was a heated subject on major news outlets including CNN and Newsweek, although some critics and sociologists did come forth to protect the film’s merit as a wake-up call to the reality of modern life for teenagers in an urban setting. Kids was the first film by director Clark (Bully, Ken Park) and also the first film for screenwriter Harmony Korine (Gummo, Mister Lonely). It also introduced several stars to Hollywood including Leo Fitzpatrick (The Wire, Sons of Anarchy), Rosario Dawson (Clerks, Sin City), and Oscar-nominee Chloe Sevigny (American Psycho, Zodiac). You can still find copies of the DVD release in some smaller movie stores and there are likely bootleg versions online, but if you haven’t seen it you should be prepared going in. Regardless of the artistic merit of the movie, it is very graphic and was rated NC-17 for a reason. You can see one of the original theatrical trailers from 1995 here on MADE.
Recently we found out that Harry Potter actor Danielle Radcliffe would be taking a role alongside Brie Larson and Ben Kingsley in director Douglas McGrath’s upcoming drama Brooklyn Bridge, and now it seems he will also take a supporting role in the sequel to 2013’s big blockbuster Now You See Me. Radcliffe is rumored to be appearing as fellow British actor Michael Caine’s son in the film that is thus far scheduled for release in June 2016 and will reunite Caine with cast members Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, and Dave Franco. While this is pretty good news, it also comes with a hint of bad news. Michael Caine has recently stated in an interview with Newsnight that he may be looking to retire from acting after this movie is completed. The 81-year-old actor has been appearing in films and television series since the 1950s, taking roles in such films as Alfie (1966), The Italian Job (1969), A Bridge Too Far (1977), The Cider House Rules (1999), Children of Men (2006), The Prestige (2006), The Dark Knight (2008), and Inception (2010), and unless a new script comes along before he is finished filming in December, he may walk away from acting for good. Caine has won two Oscars over the course of his career, one for Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and another for The Cider House Rules (1999), and it would definitely be a loss to the industry if he were to retire, but until we hear something finite, we’ll take it for what it is at the moment: a possibility. Stay tuned.
Since his release from prison for tax evasion in April 2013, Wesley Snipes has been keeping a low profile on the Hollywood scene. Snipes had passively expressed interest in revamping his breakthrough vampire role, Blade, after the disappointment of Blade: Trinity (2004), but it hasn’t seemed like it’s something that he is really pushing. Just recently, however, the New York Daily News reported that Snipes is definitely set to appear in Blade 4 and that he will receive a $3 million paycheck, plus a certain percentage of the gross. While this is exciting news, the chances of it being true are relatively slim. The problem with making another Blade movie is that the rights to the films are still held by Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema, while the rights to the character have gone to Marvel (in the wake of the new comic-book era of film), which is owned by Disney. And the last time Walt Disney Pictures released a movie that had an R-rating attached to it was….oh yeah, never! I’m not saying that it wouldn’t be cool to see another Blade movie with Snipes reprising the role, but I also can’t imagine Disney selling the character rights in a time when comic-book movies with Marvel characters are the biggest money-makers in the industry. But we’ll wait and see. Maybe there is a chance that it will happen, but I’d also like to know the source the NY Daily News is quoting as well. Stay tuned.
Yesterday, we hopped across the river to St. Paul for what ended up being a great evening of music. Carnage the Executioner, Toki Wright and Big Cats all performed at the newly developed Mears Park in Lowertown. After dodging some scattered thunderstorms and ominous clouds, the evening went rather well in the park.
Carnage displayed his love for the community by inviting people up from the crowd to perform with him; the Carmmunity was perfect for the atmosphere, and some dope beats were mixed live on the spot. Shortly after, we received a nice set from Big Cats and Toki Wright to end the night right.
If you still haven’t listened to the latest from the above artists, make sure to check out more of each group’s work. Toki and Big Cats will be releasing their awaited album Pangea, on 9.23.14.
It seems as if things are constantly trending upward right now. Minneapolis has just won a bid to host the 2018 Super Bowl, which it hasn’t hosted since 1992. Yes, it seems like forever, especially for all the 90s babies out there. The decision was based off of the new $1 billion stadium and the additional millions of city renovations that are taking place around the facility. Now, maybe Zimmer and company can help take us there come February 2018.
Feel free to check out the somewhat lame approach that helped score them the winning bid.
We recently heard that Universal would be picking up production on Fast & Furious 7 this Spring, after the project was put on pause for several months following the unexpected death of Paul Walker. According to a source at the New York Daily News, director James Wan will be using a combination of CGI and hired body doubles to bring Walker back to the screen; actors will stand in Walker’s place and play the role for the camera, and then Walker’s face will be superimposed on the double’s face in post-production. This technique was also recently announced as being used in the latest Hunger Games installment, Mockingjay, following the death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman last month. Fast & Furious 7 still has a couple of months of filming on the schedule before the film can be ready for the editing room, and the release date has been pushed back to April, 2015. Let’s hope it turns out an appropriate homage to Walker’s life and work. It may well be the last Fast & Furious we see hit the big screen.
Robert Rodriguez & Frank Miller will once again be joining forces for an all new Sin City movie. Yet again the movie features an all-star cast with Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Powers Boothe, Mickey Rourke, and Bruce Willis all playing their original roles. If that wasn’t enough, they’ve added Eva Green, Josh Brolin, Jamie Chung, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dennis Haysbert, Marton Csokas, Julia Garner, Juno Temple, Ray Liotta, Stacy Keach, Christopher Meloni, Lady Gaga, Jeremy Piven and Crystal McCahill as newcomers. Peep the trailer above and keep an eye out for more as we get closer to it’s August 22nd release date.