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Grateful Dead Documentary ‘Long Strange Trip’ Premiering at Sundance Before Amazon Prime Release

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Martin Scorsese agreed to serve as producer for an official Grateful Dead documentary back in October 2014. The Dead’s 50th anniversary was coming up the following year, and filmmakers wanted to have the project ready for the celebration. Unfortunately that didn’t happen, and the landmark event was ultimately celebrated with a massive 3-day concert over the 4th of July weekend in Chicago’s Soldier Field. Original members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, and Phil Lesh reunited on-stage for the event, which proved a huge success, despite the absence of Jerry Garcia, who died in 1995. Now, however, the 6-part documentary, appropriately titled Long Strange Trip from director Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story, Happy Valley), is set to premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival before being released on Amazon Prime this May. Continue reading

Scorsese Says ‘Devil in the White City’ Is Now Underway

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Having just completed his latest project, Silence, Martin Scorsese is getting back to work on his next, highly anticipated project that will reunite him with Leonardo DiCaprio. The Oscar-winner purchased the rights to Erik Larson’s book The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America back in 2010. Due to scheduling issues between the two film veterans, however, production has been delayed. Now that Silence is finished, Scorsese is ready to get production on this new film underway. As of now, a script is still in the works, but may require more extensive work and research. Continue reading

Leonardo DiCaprio To Star In Martin Scorsese’s Upcoming ‘Devil In The White City’

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H.H. Holmes, electrical appliances, Hershey’s Mile Chocolate, and the world’s first Ferris Wheel (pictured above) were some of the highlights of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese (Taxi Driver, Goodfellas) will once again be teaming up with his Wolf of Wall Street and The Departed star Leonardo DiCaprio for an upcoming adaptation of author Erik Larson‘s The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America. The book tells the story of “America’s first serial killer,” H.H. Holmes, who during the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair is believed to be responsible for the murders of at least 27 people. Holmes was hanged in 1896 for his crimes of building a hotel (now famously known as The Murder Castle) in which he would prey and torture his ‘guests’ before finally killing them, all the while disguising himself as a doctor. Although he confessed to 27 murders, the actual total is believed to be in the hundreds. During his trial, Holmes stated that he could not help his position in life as a serial killer, and that the “Evil One” was present at the bedside when he was born and stuck with and influenced him for the rest of his life. DiCaprio actually acquired the rights to the book/film six years ago, and since then production has been on hold until a solid director and writer could come onboard to fully adapt the project. Screenwriter Billy Ray (The Hunger Games, Captain Phillips) is expected to adapt the book for the big screen. Stay tuned for further news updates!

The Grateful Dead Reunite This Friday At Soldier Field For Final Concert Series

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The Grateful Dead.

This Friday you will probably be able to see a solid cloud of weed-smoke coming out of Soldier Field, as ‘Deadheads’ will be pouring in from all around to see the final performances of The Grateful Dead. The band kicked off their final farewell concert series in Santa Clara, CA on June 27th, drawing crowds of 80,000 people each night. Fans in the Mid-west will be able to see the final shows this weekend at Chicago’s Soldier Field, which also marks a special location for the Dead: the group’s final performance with original member Jerry Garcia took place at Soldier Field nearly 20 years ago. For this final farewell, original members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart will be performing with guitarist Trey Anastasio of Phish, and the performance is expected to be recorded and released as part of a special collection later this year. Deadheads should also keep an eye out for further news of the upcoming Grateful Dead documentary from executive producer Martin Scorsese (The Last Waltz, George Harrison: Living in the Material World) and director Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story, Happy Valley) that is also expected out later this year. If you weren’t able to secure a ticket, or would just like to see the performance, several venues across the city will be showing a live broadcast of the concerts: Park West in the Lincoln Park neighborhood will be displaying the Friday and Saturday concerts for $32.50 (a live acoustic band is also included for the intermission) and City Winery in the West Loop will be displaying all three shows on a large projection screen for $18, so be sure to check these out if you really want to see them play! Enjoy!

Tribeca Film Festival Closes 2015 Celebration With ‘Goodfellas’ Showing And Cast Reunion

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Actors Robert DeNiro (Left), Ray Liotta (Center), and Paul Sorvino (Right) were all present to celebrate the Goodfellas anniversary.

This year the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City closed it’s curtains with a special showing of Martin Scorsese‘s 1990 mobster classic, Goodfellas. The film was shown in a new remastered 4K print, and to celebrate the 25th Anniversary, members of the cast, including Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Robert DeNiro (The Godfather Part II, Casino), Ray Liotta (Hannibal, Identity), Lorraine Bracco (The Basketball Diaries, The Sopranos), Paul Sorvino (The Gambler, Romeo + Juliet), and Debi Mazar (Batman Forever, Entourage) reunited at the Beacon Theatre for the special showing. Robert DeNiro introduced the film with a brief speech, noting that Joe Pesci (Home Alone, My Cousin Vinny), who won the 1990 Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Tommy, could not be in attendance. Director Martin Scorsese (The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street) and producer Irwin Winkler (Rocky, Raging Bull) were also absent, but the audience was able to view special video messages they had sent, as well as a live conversation (hosted by The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart) with the present cast members, who discussed their personal memories of the film. But the anniversary of the film is only part of the celebration; Goodfellas was filmed (and takes place) in and around New York City, complimenting Robert DeNiro’s goal of celebrating the film heritage of New York City by founding the Tribeca Film Festival. Needless to say I think he’ll have a hard time topping himself next year!

First Trailer For Upcoming Whitey Bulger Film ‘Black Mass’ With Johnny Depp


We finally have a new trailer for the long-anticipated Whitey Bulger project featuring Oscar-nominee Johnny Depp (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Blow), titled Black Mass. The film comes from director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace) working from a script adaptation of Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill‘s novel of the same name by screenwriters Jez Butterworth (Edge of Tomorrow, Get On Up) and Mark Mallouk (Rush, A Walk Among The Tombstones). Depp will star as real-life Boston gangster Whitey Bulger (whose life was also the premise for Martin Scorsese‘s 2004 hit The Departed), the most notorious violent criminal in Boston’s history, who along with his former childhood friend John Connolly, now working for the FBI, brought on a violent crime-spree in 1970s Boston as they attempted to wipe out Bulger’s mafia-competition in the city. Also starring in the film are actors Dakota Johnson (21 Jump Street, 50 Shades of Grey), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Imitation Game), Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Exodus: Gods and Kings), Kevin Bacon (Footloose, Hollow-Man), and Adam Scott (Step Brothers, Parks & Recreation). The new trailer is here on MADE; look for the movie in theaters this September 18, 2015.

2015 Celebrates 25 Years Of Classic Cinema…1990 Movie Anniversaries

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2015 is going to be a very big year for movies. An unprecedented number of blockbuster sequels will be opening on the big screen this year, including Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Fast and Furious 7, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road, Jurassic World, Ted 2, Terminator: Genisys, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But an equally impressive number of films will also be celebrating their 25th anniversaries this year, including several big-name films that have become cinematic classics. At the top of the list are Martin Scorsese‘s Goodfellas and Francis Ford Coppola‘s The Godfather Part III. Oscar-winner Robert DeNiro lead Scorsese’s dramatic adaptation of Nicholas Pileggi’s biographical novel of mafia hoodlums hustling in the streets of New York with co-stars Ray Liota and Joe Pesci, while Oscar-winner-to-be Al Pacino returned to reprise his role as New York crime-boss Michael Corleone in Coppola’s final installment in his epic-mafia trilogy. Diane Keaton and Talia Shire both returned for their respective roles, as well as newcomer Andy Garcia, who had been seen in Brian DePalma’s 1987 Chicago-mafia hit The Untouchables. Joe Pesci also has his name on another 1990 classic: writer John Hughes’ Home Alone, with MaCaulay Culkin and Daniel Stern. Also making the list is Tim Burton and Johnny Depp‘s dramatic-fantasy classic Edward Scissorhands, and Kevin Costner’s Academy Award-winning drama Dances With Wolves. Other classics that made 1990 a great cinematic year were releases like Warren Beatty’s comic-strip parody Dick Tracy with Madonna and Al Pacino, director Frank Marshall’s creepy-critter-thriller Arachnophobia, Stephen King‘s suspense-tale Misery with James Caan, the live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall, Whoopi Goldberg’s haunting by Patrick Swayze in Ghost, Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin in The Hunt For Red October, and finally, John McTiernan’s action-sequel Die Hard 2 and Michael J. Fox‘s final round as Marty McFly in Back To The Future Part III. Happy 25th Anniversary to all these features, and if you haven’t seen any of these movies, you should definitely add them to your Must-See list… Enjoy!

MADE Review: ‘A Most Violent Year’


If you haven’t had a chance to go and see A Most Violent Year yet, you should be aware of what you’re walking into before you go. While the movie, itself, is really well done, and, in my opinion is a very good movie, if you’re expecting a big violent mafia flick, you’re going to be extremely disappointed. Writer/director J.C. Chandor‘s screenplay was very well written; he conveys the themes of the movie very clearly and the plot allows for a refreshing look of the hardworking American immigrant and the belief in strong family values. But as far as violence goes, the movie is definitely lacking, especially considering the title is A Most Violent Year, which really only relates to 1981 when the story takes place, one of New York City’s most violent years on record. Other than that it felt like the same story could have been put into modern times and it still would have made sense. All that aside, the acting performances by Golden Globe nominees Oscar Isaac (Robin Hood, Inside Llewyn Davis) and Jessica Chastain (The Help, Interstellar), and also that of supporting cast members Albert Brooks (Taxi Driver, Drive) and David Oyelowo (Lincoln, Selma) are outstanding, and Chandor’s filmmaking is exceptional and well deserved of recognition. So if you go in expecting more of a Coppola (The Godfather)-like movie as opposed to a Scorsese (Mean Streets, Goodfellas) or DePalma (Scarface, The Untouchables)-like movie, I think you’ll really enjoy it. Here’s the trailer one more time.

Will Smith And Margot Robbie Will Co-Star In ‘Focus’ Next Month


Margot Robbie was an immediate star the minute she hit the screen in Martin Scorsese‘s 2013 hit The Wolf of Wall Street, and now the young actress will be seen opposite Oscar-nominee Will Smith in next month’s comedy-thriller Focus. The film comes from writing and directing duo Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (I Love You Phillip Morris, Crazy Stupid Love) and follows Margot as Jess Barrett, a young woman who becomes the student of con-man Nicky (Smith), but things take a complete turn when the two become romantically involved and emotions start to interfere with business. Actors Rodrigo Santoro (Love Actually, 300) and Gerald McRaney (The Never Ending Story, House of Cards) also star in the film. You’ve probably noticed some TV-shorts going on, but the full trailer is here on MADE. Look for it in theaters February 27th.

Mark Wahlberg Eyeing Martin Scorsese To Direct Feature-Film Adaptation Of ‘Boardwalk Empire’

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Now that the popular HBO gangster-drama Boardwalk Empire has come to an end, producer Mark Wahlberg is looking to take the material to the big screen. In a recent interview, Wahlberg expressed interest in having Empire’s producer Martin Scorsese direct a film adaptation of the series, the only question is would Scorsese be interested? The legendary filmmaker already trying to balance a full schedule; he is currently filming a rock n’ roll series for HBO, wrapping up production on an upcoming Bill Clinton documentary, and is also expecting to produce and direct a biopic about actor/singer Frank Sinatra, so needless to say he is quite busy. Considering the way that Boardwalk ended on HBO (I won’t give anything away), a film adaptation would most likely involve a different perspective on the already existing story, or a continuation of the story after the fact. Whatever the case we’ll have to wait to see if this gets picked up. Mark Wahlberg currently has a new season of Wahlburgers coming out, and the film-adaptation of his other popular series, Entourage, with original actors Adrian Grenier, Jeremy Piven, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, and Kevin Dillon, is expected in theaters on June 5, 2015. Stay tuned.