The new World War II drama, Fury, with Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf opened last weekend and effectively knocked Ben Affleck’s Gone Girl from the top-spot to a close second. The film hit theater audiences with just under $24 million in opening weekend box-office sales alone, and the pace doesn’t seem to be slowing down. The highly advertised, but apparently unpopular animated feature The Book of Life with Channing Tatum only brought in $17 million, also falling behind Gone Girl‘s third week of release. This week will see another set of uninteresting features, including the Keanu Reeves action flick John Wick (no rhyme intended), and the new horror movie Ouija. There are some pretty interesting projects coming out, however, that will unfortunately only see limited releases. One of these include director Greg Araki‘s dramatic thriller White Bird in a Blizzard with Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, and Christopher Meloni, but the more intriguing release is the documentary Citizenfour, which features interviews with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong with documentarian and reporters Laura Poitras, Glen Greenwald, and Ewen MacAskill. “Citizenfour” was the alias used by Snowden when he contacted Poitras in 2013 via encrypted emails containing Snowden’s evidence of the NSA’s covert surveillance program. Wiki-leaks founder Julian Assange is also featured in the documentary. So if you don’t want to waste your money on another terrible movie about ghosts or featuring Keanu Reeves, put these down on your list. Other limited features to look out for include writer/director Justin Simien’s dramatic comedy Dear White People, the high school football drama 23 Blast, and directors Wai-keung Lau and Andrew Loo’s Revenge of the Green Dragons, a crime-drama following young men involved with the Chinese mafia in 1980s New York City. Enjoy!
The next chapter in the Planet of the Apes reboot project from Twentieth Century Fox is coming to theaters this Friday, once again featuring motion-capture master Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) in the role of Caesar. Rise of the Planet of the Apes came out in 2011 and ended with a mutated virus spreading across the globe and beginning to wipe out mankind from existence. Now in the years after the breakout, a band of humans lead by Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight, Leon: The Professional) are heading out to wage war against Caesar and reclaim their dominant-species status on Earth. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes also features Keri Russell (August Rush, Mission: Impossible 3) and is directed by Matt Reeves (Let Me In, Cloverfield) from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, and Mark Bomback. Check out the trailer here on MADE, then go and see it on the big screen this weekend!
The follow up to 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes is coming out this July and the new trailer is here to get us even more excited. Picking up ten years after Rise took place, Caesar and his band of intelligent apes have been living peacefully isolated without human interference until a band of survivors of the virus that spread globally at the end of Rise decides to wage war against them. The new film is directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield), who took over the responsibility from Rise director Rupert Wyatt, and also stars Oscar nominee Gary Oldman (Leon The Professional, The Dark Knight) and Golden Globe nominee Andy Serkis (The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings). Both Dawn and Rise are set as modern-day prequels to the original Planet of the Apes which first hit theaters back in 1968 and starred Charlton Heston as an astronaut who returns to Earth in the distant future (unbeknownst to him until the end) and finds a planet where intelligent apes are the dominant species and humans a primitive race. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards, receiving an honorary award for Achievement in Make-Up effects, and went on to have four sequels with Roddy McDowall, who played both Cornelius in the first three movies and then his son Caesar (yes, the same Caesar character as the new films) in Conquest (1972) and Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973). You can watch the new official trailer right here on MADE!
The Wachowski brothers revolutionized science-fiction movies with their 1999 blockbuster The Matrix. Set in a grim future where human beings are grown for fuel and energy by an intelligent race of machines that mankind, itself, created, the film brought about not only technological advances in filmmaking, but also a philosophical analysis of our technical world and pursuit of modern luxuries and advanced science. The original brought about two sequels that took the surface story of Neo (Keanu Reeves) as The One to an epic battle between the mind of man and machine, but the finale came with a bit of disappointment with an ultimately predictable ending. Following the film series, the Wachowski’s produced an animated series called The Animatrix, which followed separate story lines revolving around the Matrix world. Now the brothers may be in early talks with Warner Bros. on a new trilogy of films that would potentially revolve around the origins of the Matrix. No word yet on when the series will really get going, but we’ll keep an eye out. As long as they don’t re-make the original story with a new set of characters, it should be pretty interesting.
After almost five years of delays and postponements, a film adaptation of the HBO series Entourage is finally underway and shooting began earlier this week in Los Angeles with Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferarra and Jeremy Pivon reuniting in their respective roles. The script was written and is being directed by Doug Ellen, who originally created the series, and picks up several years after the series ended, with Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) shooting an adaptation of Dracula. The film has Billy Bob Thornton joining the cast as the Dracula financier, whose son, played by Haley Joel Osment, is sent to LA to oversee the project. Series producer Mark Wahlberg will be joining Ellen for the film’s production responsibilities, along with Stephen Levinson and Wayne Carmona. Supporting cast members also returning for the film include Emmanuelle Chriqui (Sloan), Rhys Coiro (Billy Walsh), Rex Lee (Ari’s assistant Lloyd), Perrey Reeves (Ari’s wife), and Debi Mazar (Vince’s publicist). Stay tuned for more news.
This December saw the release of Anchorman 2, American Hustle, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and The Wolf of Wall Street, just to name a few. Another movie that snuck into the theaters was 47 Ronin, a film about an elite group of Samurai who are banished from their service their Lord by a witch and opposing tyrant who must fight to reclaim their honor. The movie stars Keanu Reeves in the role of a white man who somehow ended up in ancient Japan and was taken in as a child by the local Lord, but who grew up not trusted by his Lord’s men. He does manage to learn the art of Samurai and fall in love with the Lord’s daughter, however, before he is banished with the Samurai while an enemy Lord takes over the land. The movie was altogether pretty disappointing. The acting is all you can really expect from a Keanu Reeves movie, the script was not extremely well written and the honesty of the story was lost with the presence of a witch who turned into a dragon and Keanu Reeves teleporting himself while fighting with a Samurai sword. Admittedly the best part of the whole thing was the costume and set designs, and the cinematography. In the end I think you’ll find a much better movie to spend your money on, but if you’re a Keanu Reeves fan then by all means, indulge.
Cashinova & Reeves Junya have been building quite the rapport in preparation for their collab project “Them”. Entitled “999”, Reeves & Cash go in on the track displaying pound for pound bars over the Trillyanz production. Peep the record above and keep an eye out for “Them” as they prepare for it’s release.
Location: 917 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis Doors: 9PM
TDE’s own Ab-Soul will be live in concert in a couple of weeks at The Cabooze; his opening line up is pretty stacked and includes: Metasota, Audio Perm, Cashinova & the kid Reeves Junya. No word on if Ab is planning on bringing any other members of Top Dawg with him but it should still be a dope show either way. The doors are set to open at 9PM and the show is 18+ which means an extra amount of thirsty fans who will definitely be there early. If you plan on attending the show i suggest you do the same or click the link below and grab your tickets now.
Despite the enormous payroll World War Z experienced at the box office this weekend, the movie itself was a huge disappointment. Filled with zombie effects that have been run into the ground with movies like I Am Legend and a story line that throws together 28 Days Later and Contagion, the movie just drags on for 2 hours and ends with the biggest flop you could ever imagine for this kind of movie. Brad Pitt didn’t provide much relief either. Evidently taking no time to separate his character from his regular bum-look, the actor just reads through the lines and serves the same purpose as Keanu Reeves in The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008): he provides an A-list name to sell the movie. It’s time for Hollywood to get over the whole zombie apocalypse/world-ends-in-cataclysmic-destruction spell they’ve been under and start producing some originality.