This week’s Memorable Movie Moment takes us back to 1962 and director Robert Mulligan‘s big screen adaptation of author Harper Lee‘s To Kill a Mockingbird. The story of Mockingbird goes even further back to the Depression-era South, and finds white attorney Atticus Finch defending a black man accused of beating a white woman. Atticus Finch has become a name synonymous with racial justice in twentieth-century America. The book was published in 1960 and became an instant best-seller, earning author Lee a Pulitzer Prize. It is regularly read among high school literature classes and has become one of the most famous and successful novels ever written. After publishing Mockingbird, Lee never wrote another book. She did assist author Truman Capote with research for his famous novel In Cold Blood, and the character of Dill is said to be based on Capote, who was a childhood friend of the authors. Lee’s estate also published the original manuscript for Mockingbird titled Go Set a Watchman earlier this year, but the release remains somewhat controversial as Lee’s health was deteriorating and questions arose regarding whether it was her idea to publish the novel or not. Continue reading →
I will admit I was pretty skeptical about seeing the first Hot Tub Time Machine when it hit theaters in 2010, but when the credits came on I found myself pleasantly surprised at how hilarious it actually was. Now a second installment is scheduled to open in theaters this Friday, reuniting original cast members Rob Corddry (Semi-Pro, Harold and Kumar: Escape From Guantanamo Bay), Craig Robinson (Pineapple Express, This Is The End), and Clark Duke (Greek, Kick-Ass) with new cast members Adam Scott (Step-Brothers, Parks and Recreation), Thomas Lennon (I Love You Man, We’re The Millers), and comedy-veteran Chevy Chase (National Lampoon’s Vacation, Caddyshack). The last time we saw the comedic bunch they had returned from the 1980s to find their friend Lou (Corddry) has made himself the creator of “Louggle” and also the lead of “Motley Lou” among other endeavors that had turned all their lives completely around. This new feature will see Jacob (Duke) and Nick (Robinson) having to go back in time to prevent Lou from being shot by a mysterious assailant. The original film’s writing/directing collaborators Josh Heald and Steve Pink (Accepted, About Last Night) are both back for the new film. Only original lead actor John Cusack is not returning for the new film. The full-length trailer is here on MADE. See the movie in theaters this weekend!
Director Thomas McCarthy is currently working on his upcoming church-sex-scandal drama Spotlight, which follows the story of the Boston Globe reporters who uncovered the case of child molestation reports in the Catholic Church that had been covered up for decades in Boston, Massachusetts. The team won a Pulitzer-Prize for their work in uncovering the state-wide conspiracy that has since left the Catholic Church in increasingly lacking popularity. McCarthy already has an impressive line-up of actors set to portray the real life reporters and others involved in the case, including Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber, and Rachel McAdams, but now a new cast member has been added to the line up. Almost Famous and Big Fish star Billy Crudup is now set to take the role of Eric MacLeish, a high ranking lawyer in Boston. Other real-life individuals surrounding the case that will be depicted in the film are Boston Globe editor Marty Baron, Spotlight Team editor Walter Robinson, projects editor Ben Bradlee Jr., and investigators Michael Rezendes, Sacha Pfeiffer, and Matt Carroll. McCarthy is co-writing the script with Josh Singer, but there is still no word on a release date and some of the major roles still have to be filled by the production team, so we’ll look for more news as it comes along.
With 2015 quickly drawing nearer, and the list of film franchises that will return to the big screen constantly growing, then shrinking, then growing again, two movies seem to be moving along at a steady pace. Independence Day and Jurassic Park are those two movies, and all reports are that pre-production is going quite well, especially as far as casting is concerned. Jeff Goldblum, who played the part of Ian Malcolm in the original Jurassic Park (1993) and the first sequel, The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) will not return for director Colin Trevorrow’s reboot of the series, Jurassic World. The new film is being produced by Steven Spielberg, who directed the original film, and thus far has an impressive cast which includes Bryce Dallas Howard, Christ Pratt, Jake Johnson, Nick Robinson, and Ty Simpkins, and according to new reports from Deadline, Vincent D’Onofrio. While Goldblum will not be appearing in the new film, he recently confirmed that he will be back for director Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day 2, which like Jurassic World is still awaiting a completed script. Universal has set the release for Jurassic World for next June, and Twentieth Century Fox is looking to release Independence Day 2 a month later. Let’s hope they stay on schedule with production!
In a world where digital technology is taking over more than just the movie industry, there are a few old fashioned filmmakers out there who still like to keep things old school! Director Colin Trevorrow recently tweeted that he would begin filming the Jurassic Park reboot/sequel this coming April with cinematographer John Schwartzman using both 35mm and IMAX-size 65mm film. Schwartzman was nominated for an Oscar in 2004 for his work on Seabiscuit, and has also done cinematography for several other big name projects in Hollywood, including Pearl Harbor (2001), Armageddon (1998), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), and most recently, Saving Mr. Banks (2013). Jurassic World, which is supposedly set to take place on an island with a completed amusement park sometime after the original disaster (details are still being kept locked up), will star Bryce Dallas Howard (The Village, The Help) and Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie, Parks and Recreation) in two of the leading roles, as well as Jake Johnson and Nick Robinson, and is scheduled for theater release on June 12, 2015.
Pepsi and Kyrie Irving are back at it again with the third installment of their popular “Uncle Drew” commercials. This time around they’ve enlisted the help of Nate Robinson & Maya Moore in their best episode yet. Follow Uncle Drew as he hits up Chicago in search of his old point guard “Lights” proceeding to get buckets.
We have already heard that Bryce Dallas Howard (The Village, The Help) was the first actress to take on a lead role in the upcoming sequel to Jurassic Park. Now more casting slots have been filled, and the movie seems to be taking shape, despite the fact that details on the plot are still being kept on the hush-hush. Up and coming actor Nick Robinson, who impressed audiences with his performance in Kings of Summer earlier this year, has joined the Jurassic cast, along with child star Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3), who is reportedly playing Robinson’s younger brother in the movie. The movie is being directed by Colin Trevorrow, who is also writing the screenplay, which means if he maintains control over his project, it may still be some time before we know how the film will play out. Stay tuned for details!