On December 1, 1983, director Brian de Palma (The Untouchables, Carlito’s Way) released his modernized version of Ben Hecht and Howard Hawks’ 1930s gangster drama, Scarface. While the original followed a charismatic Chicago mobster in the Prohibition era, de Palma’s version took the character to violent world of the 1980s drug trade in Miami, Florida. Fueled by Al Pacino‘s riveting performance and backed by an outstanding supporting cast that included Michelle Pfeiffer (What Lies Beneath, Batman Returns), Steven Bauer (Raising Cain, Primal Fear), Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (The Abyss, The Perfect Storm) and Robert Loggia (Big, Independence Day), Scarface ushered in a new era of gangster movies far darker than Francis Coppola’s The Godfather series just a decade before. One of the primary reasons is because of de Palma’s direction. Continue reading →
We first heard about a film adaptation of Captain Chelsey Sullenberger‘s miraculous 2009 landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River back in June of 2015. Now a year later, we have a full-length trailer for the upcoming drama, affectionately titled Sully, from director Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino, American Sniper). Based on the book co-authored by Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow, the film takes a look at the political and procedural implications surrounding Sullenberger’s miraculous effort that ended up saving all 155 passengers on board, although the trailer is reminiscent of the 2012 drama Flight with Denzel Washington. Starring as Sullenberger is Oscar-winner Tom Hanks (Saving Private Ryan, Bridge of Spies), who is joined onscreen by Anna Gunn (Enemy of the State, Breaking Bad), Aaron Eckhart (Thank You For Smoking, The Dark Knight), Sam Huntington (Detroit Rock City, Superman Returns), and Laura Linney (Mystic River, The Exorcism of Emily Rose). The film is scheduled for release this September 16th. Check out the trailer here on MADE…and enjoy the 4th of July weekend!
A new documentary titled De Palma is seeing release this week from directors Jake Paltrow (The Good Night, Boardwalk Empire) and Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, Greenberg). The film is a chronicle of the life and work of acclaimed director Brian De Palma, whose major body of work has spanned from the 1970s to the present with films like Carrie (1976), a Stephen King novel, Scarface (1983) with Al Pacino (The Godfather, Scent of a Woman) and Michelle Pfeiffer (The Fabulous Baker Boys, Batman Returns), and The Untouchables (1987) with Kevin Costner (Waterworld, Dances with Wolves), Robert De Niro (Goodfellas, Casino), and Sean Connery (Diamonds are Forever, The Hunt for Red October). Despite all of the acclaim and success earned by these films, De Palma is one of the many artists who has never been recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Untouchables saw Sean Connery win his first Oscar in 1988, Continue reading →
The final trailer has arrived for director Bryan Singer‘s upcoming X-Men feature, Apocalypse. If you haven’t been following, the last X-Men movie was Days of Future Past, which found Wolverine going back in time to alter the timeline of the X-Men movies to prevent the end of the world. This new timeline picks up in what I’m guessing would be at least the the late 1980s, and finds Mystique responsible for training the new generation of X-Men to fight Apocalypse, the world’s first and most powerful mutant, who happens to be immortal. Apocalypse awakes after thousands of years and begins amassing power; having seen what humanity has become, he recruits a team of powerful mutants (including Magneto) to cleanse mankind and create a new world order. Screenwriter Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes, Fantastic Four) wrote the script from a story written by himself and director Bryan Singer (X2: X-Men United, X-Men: Days of Future Past), as well as writers Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris (Superman Returns, Krampus). Continue reading →
Last week we caught the first full length trailer for DC Comics’ upcoming Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. This week, however, Marvel has just rolled out a new trailer for Bryan Singer‘s new (and potentially last) installment in the X-Men film series, subtitled Apocalypse. The film follows the new timeline that was established at the conclusion of Days of Future Past, and finds the young generation of X-Men facing an ancient mutant known as Apocalypse, who has the power to destroy civilization as we know it. Original X-Men director Bryan Singer, who also directed X2: X-Men United and Days of Future Past, returned to direct and co-write the screenplay with Simon Kinberg (X-Men: The Last Stand, Sherlock Holmes), along with help from Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris (X2: X-Men United, Superman Returns). Actors James McAvoy (Wanted, X-Men: First Class), Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs, Macbeth), Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle), and Nicholas Hoult (About A Boy, Mad Max: Fury Road) are all returning to reprise their roles from Days of Future Past, and will be joined on screen by newcomers Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones, Barely Lethal), Tye Sheridan (Mud, The Tree of Life), Rose Byrne (Get Him To The Greek, Neighbors), who is reprising her role as CIA agent Moira MacTaggert from Days of Future Past, and Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, A Most Violent Year) in the role of Apocalypse. The film is expected out in theaters Memorial Day weekend 2016. Enjoy the trailer here on MADE.
January 2015 will close out with a new thriller from director Erik Van Looy (Shades, The Memory of a Killer) titled The Loft. The film is a new Americanized version of Looy’s 2008 foreign thriller Loft, written by screenwriter Bart De Pauw (Team Spirit, The Mole), who co-wrote the new adaptation with fellow screenwriter Wesley Strick (Cape Fear, Final Analysis). Leading the cast are actors Karl Urban (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Bourne Supremacy), James Marsden (X2:X-Men United, Superman Returns), Wentworth Miller (Underworld, Prison Break), Eric Stonestreet (Almost Famous, Identity Thief), and Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead, Rust and Bone) as five friends who go-in together on a secret loft where they can have their elicit affairs and outlandish indulgences. The plot turns, however, when the friends find a dead woman in the loft and begin to suspect each other of the crime. The trailer is here on MADE. Check it out in theater next Friday, January 30th.
Tim Burton is once again working with Michael Keaton to on the long awaited sequel to Beetlejuice. While the movie is still very early in production, Burton and Keaton will also be celebrating one of their other collaborations. The two worked together with Jack Nicholson in 1989 on Batman, the first modern take on the comic book series since Adam West in the 1960s. The two also went on to make a sequel two years later which also starred Danny Devito and Michelle Pfeiffer. Also celebrating their 25 years this year are The Abyss, Field of Dreams, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Major League, Glory, and Born on the Fourth of July. If you get any free time be sure to check some of these out, and stay tuned for more news on Burton’s Beetlejuice sequel.
Finally we can put a decisive end to this onslaught of gossip and rumors that’s been hitting Hollywood and the web like spam since the Comic Con announcement of a Batman-vs-Superman movie. Man of Steel 2, which has been scheduled for release July 17, 2015, will feature a Batman-vs-Superman plot loosely based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns, and will feature Ben Affleck as Batman! Affleck will be joining a long list of actors that have played the part, including George Clooney, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, Adam West, and most recently Christian Bale. Henry Cavill will be reprising the role of Superman, along with Amy Adams as Louis Lane and Diane Lane as Mrs. Kent. Director Zack Snyder will also be returning for the film which is being distributed by Warner Bros. Ben Affleck is an interesting choice for Batman. He is a seasoned actor who will be taking on an older character that must retain both Bruce Wayne’s misguiding demeanor and Batman’s passion for justice.
On a personal note, though, I think Superman is getting jipped! If you want to make a Batman-vs-Superman movie then by all means make it, but at least let Superman have his own sequel! Even Iron Man got individual second and third installments while also featuring the same actor (Robert Downey Jr.) in The Avengers movie, so why would you rob Superman fans of a legitimate Superman story, like the rise of Lex Luther or something? I don’t know, just fuel for thought. Affleck’s next movie release is Runner Runner, which co-stars Justin Timberlake and is directed by Brad Furman, who also in the production stages for The Ballad of Pablo Escobar. Escobar is supposed to come out sometime in 2014 and will star Oscar Isaac (Robin Hood, The Bourne Legacy) in the lead role. I’m pretty excited about this one so keep an eye out for updates!
Earlier this year, Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, and Woody Harrelson starred in the magician bank heist movie Now You See Me. The movie was released Memorial Day weekend and gained an impressive reception of more than $230 million in worldwide ticket sales. Now Summit Entertainment is talking about making a sequel based on the box office success of the film. This kind of planning, however, has a track record of movies that have done very well and then sequels that turn out horrendous. Caddyshack 2, Indian Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, all of the new Star Wars sequels, Batman and Robin, Superman Returns, Rocky 5, and Grease 2 are just a few that have had horrible receptions with audiences. Movie sequels that are actually written well and made correctly, however, have proven time and again to do as well as their predecessors. Sequels to Spiderman, The Godfather, Clerks, and The Dark Knight have all made amazing box office sales, and stand by themselves as individual films and not just sequels. If the movie is done the right way and they convince the original cast to come back with a good script, maybe they could pull off a pretty cool sequel. This being the era of movie sequels, however, it may just be another number on an already very long list that includes Dumb and Dumber, Independence Day, and Star Wars.