Movie-goers will have no shortage of great movies to see this weekend. Friday will not only have the chance to see The Peanuts Movie and the new James Bond installment, Spectre, but fans of festival-circuit films will also be able to see two major picks from this years’ Toronto International Film Festival. The first is the biographical drama from director Jay Roach (Meet the Parents, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery) with Golden Globe winner Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Godzilla) titled Trumbo. The film follows the famous screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who along with 300 other writers and filmmakers in Hollywood was blacklisted by the federal government during the Red Scare era of the American 1950s. Trumbo is, perhaps, one of the more interesting cases; he continued to write scripts under anonymous surnames while he was blacklisted and even won Oscars for his work on Roman Holiday (1953) and The Brave One (1956). Making up the supporting cast are actors Diane Lane (Unfaithful, Man of Steel), Helen Mirren (The Queen, The Hundred-Foot Journey), Louis C.K. (Louie, American Hustle), Elle Fanning (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Maleficent), John Goodman (The Big Lebowski, Argo), and Michael Stuhlbarg (Pawn Sacrifice, Steve Jobs), in a script adpated by John McNamara (Jericho, Aquarius) from the book Dalton Trumbo by author Bruce Cook. Continue reading
At last we have the first big blockbuster release for 2015. Avengers: Age of Ultron is now playing in theaters nationwide, and with the huge success the film saw during its European release two weeks ago, it should be an even bigger hit here in the US. Robert Downey Jr (Good Night and Good Luck, The Judge), Chris Evans (Captain America: The First Avenger, Unstoppable), Scarlett Johansson (Lost in Translation, The Spirit), Chris Hemsworth (Thor: The Dark World, Rush), Mark Ruffalo (Shutter Island, Now You See Me), Jeremy Renner (The Bourne Legacy, American Hustle), and Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Django: Unchained) are all back to reprise their roles as the Avengers, with Golden Globe nominee James Spader (The Blacklist, Lincoln) providing the voice of Ultron. Oscar-nominated writer/director Joss Whedon (Toy Story, The Avengers) also returned to lead the project. Here’s the trailer one more time, now go see it on the big screen!!
The follow-up to 2012’s Avengers (excluding solo projects we’ve seen released in-between like Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Iron Man 3) is coming to theaters this May 1st. Reuniting for the film are actors Robert Downey Jr. (The Soloist, The Judge), Scarlett Johansson (We Bought A Zoo, Lucy), Chris Hemsworth (Thor: The Dark World, Rush), Chris Evans (Fantastic Four, Snowpiercer), Mark Ruffalo (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Shutter Island), and Jeremy Renner (The Bourne Legacy, American Hustle) as the Avengers, who this time out must join forces against the evil Ultron, who emerges with the intent of carrying out his destructive plans over planet Earth. Also back to write the script and direct the film is Oscar-nominee Joss Whedon (Toy Story, The Cabin in the Woods), as well as supporting cast members Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Snakes on a Plane), Cobie Smulders (Delivery Man, The Lego Movie), Tom Hiddleston (War Horse, Thor: The Dark World), and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass 2, Godzilla). You can see the trailer here on MADE; the original Avengers movie grossed more than $200 million in the opening weekend, so we’ll be sure to watch if this sequel can break that record.
There was a lot of excitement going on around Hollywood when Tim Burton announced there may be a sequel to his 1988 classic Beetlejuice, but since then we haven’t really heard anything definitive regarding production on the new project. Burton just saw his latest film, Big Eyes, open in theaters during the Holiday season, and he is currently serving as producer for the upcoming Alice in Wonderland: Through The Looking Glass, while also getting ready to shoot his next directorial project Miss Peregine’s Home For Peculiar Children, based on the novel by Ransom Riggs. Michael Keaton has also been keeping himself pretty busy; he just won a Golden Globe and earned an Oscar-nomination for his role in Birdman, and will next be seen in Thomas McCarthy’s upcoming drama Spotlight with Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo about the child molestation scandal in the Catholic Church that was uncovered by the Boston Globe. Screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith, however, seems all ready to go, which seems appropriate considering you need a script before you can film anything, but in a recent interview, the writer reported that everything for the film is ready to go as soon as Burton and Keaton are both finally available. The concern, of course, is that that could end up being a while if Burton is still prepping for Peregine and Keaton’s schedule may not stay open for very long with an Oscar-nod and Golden Globe under his belt. Grahame-Smith also confirmed that Winona Rider would be returning for the sequel as well, which he hopes will begin filming before this year is out, but we’ll see what happens. Stay tuned.
Director Adam McKay on the set of Anchorman 2: The Legend of Ron Burgandy.
Director Adam McKay is more popularly known for his work on films like Anchorman, Talladega Nights, and Step-Brothers, and fans will see more of his comedic approach in the upcoming comic-adaptation of Ant-Man with Paul Rudd in the title role, but the director has more on his upcoming schedule than just a couple of outlandish comedies. This week it was announced that actors Christian Bale (The Dark Knight, Exodus: Gods and Kings), Ryan Gosling (Drive, The Ides of March), Brad Pitt (Fight Club, Ocean’s Eleven), and McKay-movie regular Steve Carell (Little Miss Sunshine, Anchorman) will be taking roles in McKay’s upcoming financial drama The Big Short. The film comes from an adaptation of the book by author Michael Lewis, which follows the collapse of the financial industry in relation to the real-estate markets and unregulated stock and bond trades. Lewis is also the author of Moneyball, which was adapted for the big screen back in 2011 by director Bennett Miller (The Cruise, Capote) and also starred Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, and Robin Wright. Miller also just paired up with Steve Carell in 2014 for the biographical-drama Foxcatcher, which now has three Golden Globe nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor (Carell) and Best Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo). Seeing as the remainder of the supporting cast for The Big Short has yet to be filled and the project has no official release date, it may be a while before we see it in theaters, but we’ll keep an eye out for more news.
With all the news about upcoming comic-book movie releases that Warner Bros. and Universal have been putting out lately, a lot of attention seems to have diverted away from a sequel that is actually coming out this summer! Avengers: Age of Ultron is scheduled to open in theaters on May 1, 2015 and will see the cast of the original Avengers reunited on screen. Included from the original cast are Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, and Samuel L. Jackson, with Cobie Smulders returning as Maria Hill and newcomers Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen joining the cast as well. The film is written and directed by Joss Whedon, who also wrote and directed the original Avengers, and who is also behind the ongoing television show Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. on ABC. Check out the new trailer here on MADE!
Recently we found out that Harry Potter actor Danielle Radcliffe would be taking a role alongside Brie Larson and Ben Kingsley in director Douglas McGrath’s upcoming drama Brooklyn Bridge, and now it seems he will also take a supporting role in the sequel to 2013’s big blockbuster Now You See Me. Radcliffe is rumored to be appearing as fellow British actor Michael Caine’s son in the film that is thus far scheduled for release in June 2016 and will reunite Caine with cast members Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, and Dave Franco. While this is pretty good news, it also comes with a hint of bad news. Michael Caine has recently stated in an interview with Newsnight that he may be looking to retire from acting after this movie is completed. The 81-year-old actor has been appearing in films and television series since the 1950s, taking roles in such films as Alfie (1966), The Italian Job (1969), A Bridge Too Far (1977), The Cider House Rules (1999), Children of Men (2006), The Prestige (2006), The Dark Knight (2008), and Inception (2010), and unless a new script comes along before he is finished filming in December, he may walk away from acting for good. Caine has won two Oscars over the course of his career, one for Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and another for The Cider House Rules (1999), and it would definitely be a loss to the industry if he were to retire, but until we hear something finite, we’ll take it for what it is at the moment: a possibility. Stay tuned.
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 production on The Avengers: Age of Ultron currently in full speed, fans are growing more and more eager to see the sequel to one of the most anticipated comic movies ever. Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Robert Downey Jr., Jeremy Renner, and Mark Ruffalo are all reprising their comic hero counterparts for the Age of Ultron, which is once again being written and directed by Joss Whedon (Toy Story, Alien: Resurrection). Along with other supporting cast members like Samuel L. Jackson and Don Cheadle, actor Mark Ruffalo, who is reprising the role of Hulk, will be receiving some help on his character from actors Lou Ferrigno and Andy Serkis. Ferrigno, if you are not aware, portrayed the Hulk in the 1970s TV series The Incredible Hulk, and Serkis is the experienced mime-actor behind Gollum in The Lord of the Rings and Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Ferrigno will provide some voice-overs for the Hulk when he is big and green, and Serkis will be coaching Ruffalo with some motion-capture techniques for the new movie. Age of Ultron is scheduled for release in May 2015, so we’ll have to wait to see the two actors’ contributions, but it will most likely be worth it.
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.