This week will see a number of indie projects open on select screens across the country. We mentioned the Kristen Stewart (Twilight, Snow White and the Huntsmen) drama Equals opening this Friday, about a couple who falls in love as the result of a disease in a futuristic utopia that is devoid of feeling and emotion, and the tension it causes between them and their society. Co-starring with Stewart is Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road, X-Men: Apocalypse), who are led by director Drake Doremus (Like Crazy, Breathe In).
Also opening on the indie circuit this week is a new animated movie called Phantom Boy, which takes place in the 1940s-50s and follows a young boy with superpowers who helps a wheelchair-bound policeman in his efforts to take down a notorious mob boss. The film comes from Oscar-nominated filmmakers Loup Felicioli & Alain Gagnol (A Cat in Paris) and stars French actors Edouard Baer (Chicken with Plums), Jean-Pierre Marielle (Coup de torchon, The DaVinci Code), and Audrey Tautou (A Very Long Engagement, Amelie).
A new indie “dramedy” titled Swiss Army Man with Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine, Prisoners) and Daniele Radcliffe (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Victor Frankenstein) is seeing a limited theatrical release this weekend before its nationwide release on July 1st. Written and directed by filmmakers Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (My Best Friend’s Wedding/My Best Friend’s Sweating, Interesting Ball), the movie follows a man stranded in the wilderness, hopeless, when he discovers and (here’s where it gets weird) befriends a dead body and sets out on an epic journey with the corpse on his back to somehow find a way home. Critics were a bit harsh on the film when it was shown at Sundance earlier this year, but it did manage to secure the Directing Award for Kwan and Scheinert. The trailer honestly looks like the most bizarre blend of human emotion, dark comedy, and epic adventure all wrapped up into one. Dano and Radcliffe also seem to show excellent performances, especially Radcliffe, who has taken on a rather interesting variety of films since hanging up his Hogwarts robes, so if this one is playing in a theater near you this weekend, I would definitely recommend checking it out. The trailer is here on MADE…Enjoy!
A new boxing drama titled Creed is opening in theaters today, just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Writer/director Ryan Coogler (The Sculptor, Fruitvale Station) pitched the script to Sylvester Stallone (Rambo, The Expendables) about a semi-sequel in the Rocky film series that finds former Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa mentoring the son of his old friend and rival Apollo Creed. Stallone will be reprising the role of Balboa alongside lead actor Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle, Fantastic Four) as Adonis Creed, with actors Tesse Thompson (When A Stranger Calls, Selma), Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show, Just Wright), and Ritchie Coster (American Gangster, The Dark Knight) appearing in the supporting cast. This will be the first time Stallone has reprised his Oscar-nominated role since 2006’s Rocky Balboa. Continue reading →
Director Paul McGuigan‘s Victor Frankenstein is opening in theaters nationwide this Friday. Starring Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Woman in Black) as Igor, the movie is a new take on the classic Mary Shelley story, told from the perspective of Igor and how he met Victor Frankenstein in medical school at a time of technological innovation, and how Frankenstein nearly drove himself to madness with his ambition to challenge science and test the bounds of life and death. Although the story looks like it might be pretty drawn out and exaggerated, it does look like it will be a pretty fun watch. James McAvoy (Wanted, X-Men: First Class) co-stars as Victor Von Frankenstein, with Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey, Winter’s Tale) and Andrew Scott (Locke, Spectre) included in the supporting cast. McGuigan (Wicker Park, Lucky Number Sleven) directed from a script by screenwriter Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra). The trailer is available here on MADE; you can decide for yourself how you think it will turn out. Let me know what you think. Enjoy!
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.
Danielle Radcliffe has been trying to take on more serious roles since he was relieved of his Harry Potter duties in 2011, and this next project seems like a perfect role to do just that. The twenty-five-year-old British actor will be working with director Douglas McGrath on his upcoming drama Brooklyn Bridge. Radcliffe will play the part of Washington Roebling, the young civil engineer and son of John Roebling, who was left with the responsibility of completing his father’s design for New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge in 1883. Thus far Radcliffe has been the only official name on the cast list, but now there is news that Sir Ben Kinglsey will join the film as John Roebling, and Brie Larson will be coming on to play Radcliffe’s wife. Given the subject matter it should make for a really great watch. Washington strained himself to the point of unhealthy obsession in his efforts to complete his father’s vision, and with a solid cast behind the camera it should turn out pretty well. We’ll keep you posted as more details emerge.
It’s been a while now since we’ve had to endure another terrible film adaptation from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Since the last installment in 2011 (The Deathly Hallows Part 2), the star of the Harry Potter franchise, Daniel Radcliffe, has been taking on more serious roles. Radcliffe’s first project following Harry Potter was the haunted-house thriller, The Woman in Black (2012), which did alright at the box office but was not an entirely impressive movie. His next few projects are, however, a bit more impressive, and his current film, Kill Your Darlings, received several positive reviews at the Sundance Film Festival this year. The actor is now signed on to star in Douglas McGrath’s new drama, Brooklyn Bridge, which will also be written by McGrath (Emma, Infamous). The movie will follow the life of Washington Roebling, an inexperienced engineer who is left to oversee the completed construction of the Brooklyn Bridge after his father unexpectedly passes away. The movie is scheduled to begin filming in August with Goldcrest financing the project with producer Christine Vachon (Boys Don’t Cry, I’m Not There). The supporting cast is currently being filled in, but a release date for the movie is still to be determined.