Today (May 26th) marks the 50th anniversary celebration of The Beatle’s revolutionary album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The LP was the first released by the band following their retirement from touring after their final performance at Candlestick Park in 1966. Although The Beatles had already begun a steady transition from being a more traditional pop-rock group with albums like Rubber Soul and Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s has been hailed as their ultimate creative masterpiece, followed closely perhaps by 1969’s Abbey Road. Released at the beginning of the Summer of Love, it set a new precedent for what a rock and roll record could be. The concept behind the album began following the exhaustion the group experienced after the whirlwind of Beatlemania. Paul McCartney came to Lennon, Starr, and Harrison with an idea that they would record an all new album under an alternative persona, which would free them from the weight of being the Beatles and usher in a fresh wave of musical creativity. Sgt. Pepper’s not only ushered in a new era for the Beatles; it also marked the beginning of the psychedelic rock movement that would see new groups like The Doors, Pink Floyd, and Jefferson Airplane begin to climb the pop music charts. Now, 50 years later, Sgt. Pepper’s is known not only for its conception and importance to 60s rock (and music in general), but also for the history of its production. Continue reading →
Audiences received a horrifying treat this week at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards. The latest trailer for director Andres Muschietti’s new adaptation of author Stephen King’s infamous fright novel, It premiered at the ceremony. Taking place in the small town of Derry, Maine, It begins when several local children begin disappearing, leaving only gruesome evidence behind. As the townspeople continue to be terrorized by the strange occurrences, a group of local kids decide to join forces after realizing the culprit of the events is a demonic, evil clown called Pennywise. Fearing for their lives (and those of the entire town), they vow to hunt down and kill the nameless demon. Continue reading →
The new boxing drama Southpaw from The Shield and Sons of Anarchy writer/director Kurt Sutter is opening in theaters this Friday, July 24th. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Equalizer), the film stars Oscar-nominee Jake Gyllenhaal (October Sky, Prisoners) as boxer Billy Hope, who looks to boxing-trainer Tick Willis (portrayed by fellow Oscar-nominee Forest Whitaker) to help him train for a fight after the death of his wife and loss of his daughter to child services. Also starring in the film are actors Rachel McAdams (Wedding Crashers, A Most Wanted Man), Oona Laurence (Penny Dreadful, Lamb), and Naomie Harris (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Skyfall). The trailer is here on MADE. See it on the big screen this Friday!
One of Disney‘s iconic animated features, 1977’s Pete’s Dragon, is getting a modernized update and recent news has Bryce Dallas Howard (The Village, The Help) joining the cast lineup. Pete’s Dragon followed an orphan boy, Pete, who is guided and protected by a giant green dragon named Elliot as they pass from town to town trying to evade the abusive family who adopted Pete after his parents died. The film is known for it’s use of animation and live-action film as well as the popular single from the film’s score, Candle on the Water. Sean Marshall, Helen Reddy, Mickey Rooney, and Shelley Winters lead the original cast, and the film received two Oscar nominations for Best Score and Best Original Song (Candle on the Water). The new film will be helmed by director David Lowery (Pioneer, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) and feature Howard as part of a cast that already includes Robert Redford (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting), Oona Laurence (Penny Dreadful, American Gladiators), and Oakes Fegley (Fort Bliss, This Is Where I Leave You) as Pete. While the original took place in a New England fishing town and featured a musical-style soundtrack, the new film will take place in a tree-logging town and not feature any musical numbers, save the actual score that plays along with the film. Filming is scheduled for this January in New Zealand at Stone Street Studios.
After already delaying the project to wait for director Sam Mendes to return to the series, Eon Productions Ltd. is again facing a delay on the 24th Bond film due to script rewrites from Neal Purvis and Robert Wayde. The two writers took over the responsibility from Skyfall writer John Logan, who will lend a hand on the rewrites. And while producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli still have to cast a villain and leading lady (or ladies considering Bond always has more than one), filming may have to be pushed back to December, even though the release is still scheduled for November 2015. Daniel Craig and Ralph Fiennes are still expected to return to the series, and hopefully Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris will both be reprising Q and MoneyPenny, but thus far that’s all we know. Stay tuned.
After much speculation as to who would take over directing duties for the next Bond film after Skyfall director Sam Mendes initially said he would not be returning for another installment, fans of the franchise will be excited to hear that Mendes has decided to direct the next movie after all. Mendes was skeptical about returning at first because the plan was to make another two-part movie, much like Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace were made as a two-part story line. Mendes brought the original franchise characters of M, Moneypenny, and Q back to their origins in Skyfall, and now the chance to continue their stories has brought Mendes a newfound interest in returning to the series. The next film will be a solitary story line following these timeless characters and is currently scheduled for theatrical release in November 2015. Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, and Ben Whishaw will all reprise their roles, so it should make for a modern Bond film with a twist of original character development all in one movie!
Actor Ralph Fiennes recently announced that filming on the next Bond film is expected to begin later this year. Fiennes will appear in the film as ‘M,’ as well as Daniel Craig reprising the role of Bond, and Sam Mendes will also return to the series to direct the new project, which as-of-now has not been given a title. The last installment, Skyfall, also featured Naomi Harris in the role of Moneypenny and Ben Whishaw as Q, and now the producers are looking to cast Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave, Children of Men) for the role of the new villain. Skyfall also featured Oscar winning actor Javier Bardem as the villain, so Ejiofor would be an appropriate choice for the new role. The film is being penned by screenwriter John Logan but no details on the plot are known at this point. Bond 24 is scheduled for release in November 2015, so we should be hearing more news coming out soon.
Oscar nominated actor Ralph Fiennes recently announced that the next installment in the long-running James Bond film franchise will be in production, and hopefully be filming this fall. There is no word yet as to what the story will be, but there are rumors that the plot will lead in to the 25th film. Director Sam Mendes will be returning to the series after some speculation that his schedule would not allow him to direct the project, and he may also return for the next one, but we’ll see how that turns out. The script is being penned by Skyfall writer John Logan, who must nearly finished seeing as the movie is scheduled for release in November of next year. Fiennes took over the role of ‘M’ in Skyfall, so he’ll almost definitely be back for this new film, as well as Ben Whishaw as Q and Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, and, of course, Daniel Craig will most likely return as Bond. Stay tuned for more news.
Earlier in the week grainy images of the Air Jordan 1 Mid “Orlando Magics” surfaced and it seems we’ve got a detailed look sooner than we presumed. As of now the “Formidable Foes” pack will also include the Seattle Supersonics and the Phoenix Suns, both of which also took tough playoff loses to the Chicago Bulls during their championship run in the 90s. No release date has been set at the moment, but we’ll have more info along with images of the Suns & Sonics kicks when they surface.