Directing brothers Ben and Joshua Safdie (The Black Baloon, Lenny Cooke) will see their dramatic 2014 hit Heaven Knows What opening in theaters this May 29th. The film received recognition at the Venice Film Festival last year and was also shown at this year’s SXSW Festival. Adapted by Joshua and fellow screenwriter Ronald Bronstein (Frownland, Go Get Some Rosemary) from a book by Arielle Holmes (Winter’s Dream), the story follows Harley and Ilya (played by author Arielle Holmes), the latter of whom struggles with heroin addiction, but who, at Harley’s request to prove her love, slits her wrists to save herself and their relationship in this intense psychological drama. Holmes based the book and character on her real-life experiences as a heroin addict and the lengths she and her fellow users would go to in order to get their fix. Making up the supporting cast are actors Caleb Landry Jones (No Country For Old Men, X-Men: First Class), and Eleanore Hendricks (A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints, Nancy Please). The movie opens in theaters nationwide this May 29th, and from the looks of the trailer it will be pretty intense. The trailer alone will take you back to 2000’s hard-hitting drug-drama Requiem For A Dream. Check it out here on MADE!
Base Camp by Johnston Architects // Ronald, Washington
Last week The Hollywood Reporter released word that Disney Channel actor David Henrie would be starring in a new biographical drama about former President Ronald Reagan. Henrie, who has appeared mainly in TV shows like Wizards of Waverly Place, That’s So Raven, and How I Met Your Mother, will be playing Reagan in his youthful days before he went off to Hollywood to become a film actor. This will likely be only a small portion of the script which was penned by Howard Klausner (Space Cowboys, The Grace Card), but as of yet Henrie is the only definitive cast member that has been announced. A $25 million budget has been approved for the Indie film, which is being credited as the first legitimate biographical film about Ronald Reagan, who died after a long battle with Alzheimer’s in 2004. We’ll keep an eye on who is assigned to direct this one, as well as additional cast members.
Tom Hardy is currently in talks to play twin brothers, and infamous gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray in an upcoming film called Legend, which follows the pair through their wild crime streak during the 1950s and 60s. Although no contract has been signed for Hardy to star yet, the film is set to be both written and directed by Brian Helgeland (A Knight’s Tale, 42). The script will be a study on the relationship between the two brothers and how they adapt and cope with each other throughout their reign of crime with their gang called The Firm. As I mentioned before, Hardy has not officially signed on to star, but it sounds like it would be a really cool project, and Hardy has already delved into the renegade character in John Hillcoat’s Lawless with Shia LaBeouf and Guy Pearce, so he would definitely have some seasoned experience to bring to the characters.
As Americans are we slaves to mega corporations? British artist Banksy sure seems to think so, the above sculpture is his day 16 piece for “Better Out Than In” and clearly illustrates the sentiment that we as the people; are now serving the corporations that once strived so hard to serve us. Another great piece from the now legendary street artist, this one can be found outside a McDonalds in the South Bronx; stay tuned for more of “Better Out Than In” as it continues through October.