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Mixed Reviews For ‘The Disaster Artist’ As Film Receives Theatrical Expansion

As Variety’s Peter Debruge hails The Disaster Artist as James Franco achieving “what could become his most iconic role,” others like The New Yorker’s Richard Brody have claimed it’s a good movie, but Franco missed the mark; The Room is a better movie. Truth be told, reviews are always mixed for any movie, but when you compare a new theatrical film to what’s become known as the worst movie ever made, that’s saying something. The Disaster Artist, which is directed by, and stars James Franco, along with his brother Dave and long time collaborator Seth Rogan, follows the making of The Room, known to many as the worst movie ever made. The Room was a production-disaster-turned-cult-classic that was the lifeblood of two aspiring filmmakers, Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero. The two met and, realizing their dreams of filmmaking, decided to go to Hollywood to make their masterpiece. A $6 billion bill, countless horrendous reviews, and an opening weekend of only 200 ticket sales, however, seemed to literally spell disaster for the young filmmakers. But sometime after the initial release, something unexpected began to happen. Continue reading

The Boiler Room

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Location: 1830 3rd Avenue S, Minneapolis
Hours: Mon-Fri: 6:30AM-8PM, Sat-Sun: 7AM-8PM

When people living in Minneapolis think of where to get a good cup of coffee in a comfortable setting, most would probably name one of the numerous shops in Uptown or the Northeast neighborhoods. Nestled in the Stevens Square neighborhood sits one of the city’s best kept secrets, the Boiler Room. Situated on 3rd Avenue near 19th street, the Boiler Room is slowly establishing itself as the areas “go to” coffee shop. Providing 3 house blends along with a plethora of other drinks including mochas, espressos and a variety of teas; I’ve found the Boiler Room to be much better than your average Starbucks or Caribou. They also serve up some awesome waffles, rice crispy treats, brownies, cookies and amazing muffins; the chocolate chip banana nut being a favorite. Free Wi-Fi (of course) and a homey atmosphere like your best friend’s basement will have you wondering where the last 4 hours went. If you’re ever near 3rd ave or the Stevens Square neighborhood make sure to stop in for a cup of Joe, you wont be disappointed.

The Legacy of James Baldwin Lives in New Documentary ‘I Am Not Your Negro’

James Baldwin‘s (1924-1987) life and legacy can now speak to modern audiences in a new documentary called I Am Not Your Negro. The film is finally getting a long overdue theatrical release from Magnolia Pictures this February 3rd after wowing audiences at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. I Am Not Your Negro is a film from Haitian director Raoul Peck that envisions Baldwin’s final, albeit incomplete novel Remember This House as an uncompromising and complete narrative of race in America. The unfinished memoir focuses on the authors personal memories and relationships with three enduring Civil Rights leaders: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers, and Malcolm X. Peck was allowed access to the entire Baldwin archives and composed the film over a period of 10 years, drawing from the incomplete manuscript and Baldwin’s own personal notes. It won the People’s Choice Documentary Award and, like Baldwin himself, is sure to stand as a vital testament to race in America today. Continue reading

73rd Annual Golden Globe Winners Announced

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The 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards were held last night, and it produced a finals list that was definitely deserving, and in some cases very surprising, particularly Sylvester Stallone winning the Best Supporting Actor award for his Oscar-nominated role of Rocky Balboa. Here are the winners for all of the film categories:

Best Picture-Drama: The Revenant
Best Actress-Drama: Brie Larson – The Room
Best Actor-Drama: Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant

Best Picture-Music/Comedy: The Martian
Best Actress-Music/Comedy: Jennifer Lawrence – Joy
Best Actor-Music/comedy: Matt Damon – The Martian

Best Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs
Best Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone – Creed

Best Director: Alejandro G. Inarritu – The Revenant

Best Animated Film: Inside Out

Best Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul

Best Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin – Steve Jobs

Best Original Score: Ennio Morricone – The Hateful Eight

Director Danny Boyle’s New Steve Jobs Biopic Opening In New York & LA This Week

Although a nationwide theatrical expansion is not expected until the end of October, the new biographical drama from Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) titled Steve Jobs is opening to audiences in New York City and Los Angeles this week. The new film is based on the book of the same title by author Walter Isaacson, adapted for the screen by Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (Charlie Wilson’s War, The Social Network), focusing not only on three pivotal points in Jobs’ career as a modern technological entrepreneur, but also on the affects it had on his personal and family life, as well as his health. Leading the cast as Jobs and his Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak are actors Michael Fassbender (Inglorious Basterds, 12 Years A Slave) and Seth Rogen (The Interview, Neighbors), with Oscar-winner Kate Winslet (Titanic, The Reader), Jeff Daniels (Speed, The Newsroom), Katherine Waterston (Michael Clayton, Inherent Vice), and Michael Stuhlbarg (Boardwalk Empire, Trumbo) making up the supporting cast. From the looks of the trailer, it looks to be a more brutally honest depiction of Jobs’ life and work and hopefully will have more success than the 2013 flop Jobs with Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad as Jobs and Wazniak, but we’ll have to wait and see how audiences respond. Look for the movie in a theater near you this October 23rd.

New Western ‘The Keeping Room’ Opening In Theaters September 25th

A new Western-drama from Oscar-winning director Daniel Barber (The Tonto Woman, Harry Brown) titled The Keeping Room will be opening in theaters this September 25th. Written by actress-turned-screenwriter Julia Hart (Tuck Everlasting), the film centers around three Southern women (two sisters and an African American slave) in the final days of the American Civil War who must defend themselves and their land from rogue Union soldiers while the Union Army draws ever nearer to their location. Starring in the lead roles are actresses Brit Marling (Sound of My Voice, I Origins), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit, Ender’s Game), and Muna Otaru (Syriana, Lions for Lambs), with Sam Worthington (Terminator Salvation, Avatar), Kyle Soller (Anna Karenina, Fury), and Ned Dennehy (King Arthur, Sherlock Holmes) making up the supporting cast. The film originally aired at the London and Stockholm Film Festival, receiving a nomination for Best Film and the Bronze Horse award, and was also an Official Selection at the Toronto International Film Festival. The trailer is available here on MADE. We’ll keep you posted as the release date draws closer. Enjoy!

This October Marks 15-Year Anniversary For Director David Fincher’s ‘Fight Club’

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Director David Fincher is currently watching his latest hit Gone Girl hold the top spot at the box office two weeks in a row, but this year also marks another milestone for the veteran director. October 15th was the 15-year anniversary of Fincher’s psychologically-driven thriller Fight Club, starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. Based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk and adapted for the screen by Jim Uhls (Jumper, Sweet Talk), the film follows an insomniac who finds a way to cope with his inner demons by forming an underground fight club with mysterious soap-maker Tyler Burden. The film also starred Helena Bonham Carter and received an Oscar nomination for Best Sound Effect Editing for Ren Klyce (The Social Network, Zodiac) and Richard Hymns (Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Saving Private Ryan). This was director Fincher’s second collaboration with Brad Pitt. The two had worked together four years earlier on Fincher’s breakthrough film Seven, also starring Morgan Freeman. Since Seven and Fight Club the director has gone on to direct such projects as Panic Room (2002), Zodiac (2007), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), The Social Network (2010), and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011). If you haven’t seen the movie I won’t give away any spoilers, but you definitely need to make an effort to see this one. Fans of Fincher can also still see Gone Girl in theaters now.

James Franco Will Direct Greg Sestero Novel On Making Of ‘The Room’

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Last year, author Greg Sestero and co-writer/journalist Tom Bissell published their memoir-novel The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made. The book follows the making of the cult classic, The Room, of which Sestero co-wrote and co-starred alongside director Tommy Wiseau, in what has become known by many as the worst movie ever made. The Room was released back in 2003 after being plagued by problem after problem in production, including countless actors and crew members being brought on and fired during filming. The movie made a total of $1800 at the box office from a budget of $6 million, becoming one of the biggest flops the film industry has ever seen. Now, actor/director James Franco has decided to adapt the book for the big screen, and will be taking on directing and co-producing roles with Point Grey Productions. Franco and his brother may even be taking on the leading roles, but that has yet to be officially announced. Stay tuned for more updates.

Where The Hell Is Bradley w/ 2nd City Citizens & Tomorrow Kings

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Location: 2447 N Halsted Street, Chicago
When: Friday, January 31st @ 8PM

The Roof Life guys are holding a pretty dope show at Tonic Room tonight. The show will feature 2nd City Citizens, Tomorrow Kings, Supreme Regime, Black Matt & Supa BWE; and the event will be hosted by Dook Breeze. They’ll be asking for a $6 cover at the door and if you remember Cody DeCamry’s b-day, they’ll be hooking up free Bacardi for a limited time once again. If you’re in the Chicago area tonight, you should definitely stop by this one; only if you like dope music and booz that is.

#Rooflife Holiday Party

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Location: 2447 N Halsted Street, Chicago
When: Thursday, December 26th @ 8:00PM

The homie Cody DeCamry & the Rooflife guys will be holding a holiday party tomorrow. The event is going down at Tonic Room starting at 8PM with free Bacardi for partygoers between 8:30PM & 9:30PM. As far as music goes the line up is packed with Second City Citizens, Chris Crack & The New Deal Crew, MC Everest & Raps Instant Obsession all taking the stage among others. This one’s most likely going to be 21+ (sorry kids), if you’re in the CHI make sure to get out for this one and party with Cody DeCamry for his b-day.