There were a lot of raise-your-eyebrow commercials at this year’s Super Bowl, and sadly they were much more memorable than any of the traditional, so-called “hilarious” Super Bowl entries. The most controversial entries was the lengthy 84 Lumber commercial where mother and daughter encounter a giant concrete wall on the US border, and the American Petroleum Institutes praise-spot for Big Oil. In addition to the barrage of propagandized TV spots and beer commercials were a number of upcoming blockbuster movie trailers. Among them were those for The Fate of the Furious, Baywatch, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, John Wick: Chapter 2, and Transformers: The Last Knight. The most impressive movie trailer, however, came from up-and-coming director Daniel Espinosa‘s Life with Jake Gyllenhaal (Prisoners, Nightcrawler), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, The Girl on the Train), and Ryan Reynolds (Waiting, Safe House). Continue reading →
A new thriller from writer/director Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Exodus: Gods and Kings) called The Gift is opening in theaters this August 7th. Following married couple, Simon and Robyn, the plot takes a turn when an acquaintance from Simon’s past shows up with a box and a secret that’s been buried for 20 years. Starring in the film is Jason Bateman (Arrested Development, Horrible Bosses), Rebecca Hall (The Prestige, The Town), Busy Philipps (Freaks and Geeks, E.R.), and director Joel Edgerton. The trailer is available here on MADE, and if you’re a scary-movie fanatic this one looks like it will be worth your time. Enjoy!
Tom Cruise (Top Gun, War of the Worlds) is back on the big screen this week in yet another outing as Impossible Mission Force leader Ethan Hunt in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. This is the fifth installment in the MI series that started back in 1996 with director Brian De Palma (Scarface, The Untouchables) and screenwriter David Koepp‘s (Jurassic Park, Spider-Man) big screen adaptation of the popular TV series. Since then directors like John Woo, J.J. Abrams, and Brad Bird have stepped in to helm additional sequels, and now Rogue Nation is playing in theaters nationwide from Oscar-winning writer/director Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Jack Reacher). Joining Cruise in the supporting cast are actors Jeremy Renner (The Avengers, The Bourne Legacy), Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol), Rebecca Ferguson (The White Queen, Hercules), and Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction, Con Air). This time out Hunt and company must take on the Syndicate, a rogue international group of special agents that are out to kill all the members of IMF. Reviews have been pretty positive thus far; fans of the series report lots of action, but you don’t need to have seen the previous films necessarily to enjoy it. Anyway, check it out on the big screen today!
Haifaa Al-Mansour, fresh off her breakthrough film Wadjda, will be moving closer into the Hollywood spotlight with a new project from writer Emma Jensen, titled A Storm In The Stars. The story follows the relationship between poet Percy Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft, who would later go down in history as Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, the author of Frankenstein. Elle Fanning will be starring in the film as Wollstonecraft, which will be produced by Amy Baer under Gidden Media with executive producers Joannie Burstein and Rebecca Miller. Fanning just appeared in Disney’s summer release Maleficent opposite Angelina Jolie, and should be a good fit for the character considering she was only 17 at the time. Filming should begin sometime in 2015, and the producers are still searching for a distributor, but with a writer, director, and star already attached, we may see filming begin even earlier than expected. Stay tuned.