For those who are boycotting Hollywood’s ‘Re-make Era’ or simply have no interest in sitting in a jam-packed theater this Friday night with a bunch of kids and teenagers trying to see the new Star Wars feature, a new comedy with Golden Globe co-hosts Tina Fey (Mean Girls, 30 Rock) and Amy Poehler (Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation) titled Sisters can offer you the perfect alternative! Working with director Jason Moore (Everwood, Pitch Perfect) from a script by Emmy winner Paula Pell (Saturday Night Live, The Oscars), the comedy vets pose as sisters (appropriately) who decide to throw one last party in their old family home before their parents finally sell it. Also making appearances in the film are actors Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids, Inherent Vice), Ike Barinholtz (Disaster Movie, Neighbors), James Brolin (Traffic, Catch Me If You Can), Diane Wiest (The Lost Boys, I Am Sam), John Cena (The Marine, Trainwreck), and John Leguizamo (The Lincoln Lawyer, Chef). I wouldn’t really expect this one to be fall-on-your-ass comedy, but Fey and Poehler are excellent comedic vets and work really well together, so if you’re not in the long line to see The Force Awakens, I would definitely give this one some consideration. Enjoy!
A new film adaptation of Into The Woods is opening in theaters this Christmas Day, and the movie features an all-star cast that is lead by Anna Kendrick (End of Watch, Pitch Perfect), Johnny Depp (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Alice in Wonderland), Chris Pine (Star Trek, Unstoppable), Emily Blunt (The Adjustment Bureau, Edge of Tomorrow), and Meryl Streep (The Hours, Doubt). James Lapine adapted the screenplay for the film from the musical by himself and Stephen Sondheim, which opened on Broadway in 1987. The story follows several fairy-tale characters that intertwined as a father and daughter go to barter with a witch who has put a curse on their family tree. Director Rob Marshall (Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha) helmed the project for Walt Disney Pictures. You can watch the trailer here on MADE, then add it to your list of movies to choose from on Christmas Day.
Vin Diesel is currently wrapping up the next installment in the Fast and the Furious franchise, with an eighth installment also seeing rumors flying about in Hollywood, and The Last Witch Hunter already lined up as his next project. That being said, the actor has not completely walked away from Xander Cage, the character that was dubbed the American version of James Bond when he first hit theaters back in 2002, and even though the second installment with Ice Cube was not nearly as memorable, Diesel still plans to reprise the role in The Return of Xander Cage (title pending of course). Although there is no set schedule for production to begin on XXX 3, Diesel has already reported that part of the project will be filmed in the Phillippines, which may indicate that the production has been moving further along than we are being lead to believe, but at this point this is all just speculation. Maybe Diesel can bring some legitimate credibility back to the franchise that, along with The Fast and the Furious and Pitch Black, helped boost him to celebrity status in Hollywood, but we’ll just have to sit tight and wait to hear for more news on this one.