It’s awards season; that time of year when the Super Bowl is the one thing strong enough to interrupt Hollywood’s narcissistic red-carpet events and fancy afterparties. The Golden Globes aired just a few weeks ago, with much of the attention focused on the #MeToo Movement that swept the film industry after Harvey Weinstein and dozens of others were accused of sexual harassment, and even rape by an astonishing number of women working in Hollywood. Last nights Screen Actors Guild Awards, however, saw a more typical type of awards show than what we saw at the Golden Globes. Continue reading →
A new drama based on the life of identical twin gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Krey titled Legned is seeing a limited release in theaters this week. The film was written and directed by Oscar-winning screenwriter Brian Helgeland (Mystic River, LA Confidential), based on the novel by John Pearson, and stars Tom Hardy (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises) in the double-role of Reggie and Ronnie, who run their empire of organized crime among the streets of East London in the 1960s. Also starring in the film are actors Emily Browning (Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Pompeii), Taron Egerton (Testament of Youth, Kingsman: The Secret Service), and Sam Spruell (K-19: The Widowmaker, The Hurt Locker), and Chaz Palminteri (A Bronx Tale, The Usual Suspects), in what should be a riveting and action-packed drama from the looks of the trailer. Keep your eyes out for a nationwide expansion sometime in the next few months. The trailer is available here on MADE.
This Friday movie audiences can get a taste of 1960s spy-era television with a big-screen adaptation of the classic series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Penned for the screen and directed by Guy Ritchie (Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch), the story centers on an American and Russian spy who join forces during the Cold War era to seek out a secret organization attempting to acquire and set of nuclear weapons. Starring in the film are actors Henry Cavill (The Cold Light of Day, Man of Steel), Armie Hammer (The Social Network, The Lone Ranger), Alicia Vikander (A Royal Affair, Ex Machina), Elizabeth Debicki (A Few Best Men, The Great Gatsby), and Hugh Grant (About A Boy, Love Actually). The original series aired on NBC from 1964-1968, one of many spy series of the time including I Spy and, of course, author Ian Fleming’s James Bond series with Sean Connery. Creator Sam Rolfe actually approached Fleming to help write the series. The acronym U.N.C.L.E. stands for United Network Command for Law and Enforcement, and the show won the Golden Globe in 1966 for Best Television Series. The trailer is available here on MADE, and if you’re a fan of espionage movies or the James Bond films, be sure to see it on the big screen this Friday!
Netflix subscribers and fans of House of Cards are already catching up on the third season of the hit original series. Starring Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey (LA Confidential, American Beauty) and Golden Globe winner Robin Wright (Forrest Gump, A Most Wanted Man) as political-power couple Francis and Claire Underwood, the series follows the two characters as they manipulate the US political system and its members in their quest to attain the Office of the US Presidency. Picking up 6-months into his term (having taken over for the former President at the conclusion of the previous season), Frank finds himself facing low approval ratings and tense foreign affairs with Russia as he attempts to push his solution to the American economic crisis through Congress, with opposition from both political parties. The series won both Wright and Spacey Golden Globe awards for their performances in 2014 and 2015 respectively, and the series has won Emmy’s for Outstanding Casting (Laray Mayfield, Julie Schubert), Outstanding Director (David Fincher), and Outstanding Cinematography (Eigil Bryld), plus nominations for Outstanding Series, Outstanding Writing, and Outstanding Art Direction for a Contemporary/Fantasy Series. Also starring in the series are actors Michael Kelly (Changeling, The Adjustment Bureau), Nathan Darrow (Ambrose Bierce:Civil War Stories, Rigged), Mahershala Ali (Benjamin Button, The Place Beyond the Pines), and Rachel Brosnahan (The Unborn, Beautiful Creatures). You can watch the series now on Netflix, and if you missed the first two seasons, be sure to check them out too!
Director Quentin Tarantino has revealed at the Cannes Film Festival this year that he has about 90 minutes of extra footage from his western epic, Django Unchained, that he would like to release, but he hasn’t decided on how to do it. Something he is apparently seriously considering is to split his entire catalogue of footage into four parts for a cable miniseries, each part running an hour long for a total of four hours of film. The director commented that he was hesitant to release an ‘uncut’ or extended version of Django because people “roll their eyes at a four-hour movie,” but that miniseries are really popular among the general public right now. Tarantino also celebrated the 20th anniversary of Pulp Fiction while he was at Cannes. Pulp Fiction won the award for Best Picture at Cannes back in 1994, introducing Uma Thurman to the Hollywood big screen and bringing John Travolta new recognition as an actor. How the Django footage will actually be released has yet to be officially determined, but it would be pretty cool to see Tarantino’s additional footage anyway, but we’ll see what happens.
Besides being a serious photographer, Jeff Friesen also works on a LEGO series called the Brick Fantastic. In this series, he depicts provinces in Canada and also all 50 states, which lead to his eventual release of the Bricksy series. While it started out only as a fun hobby of his, major news outlets such as Wired, HuffingtonPost and ABCNews, had all picked up his work to write about it. We personally felt that the Bricksy series was a cool concept as it combines two dope platforms together.
Back in February, the Japanese company, Sigma, announced their latest series of cameras to the public, and they look stunning. The latest news on the camera, is that it will soon be released to the US, as they are shooting for a Summer release date. The new dp series uses a 29 megapixel CMOS foveon X3 direct image sensor to capture RGBs like never before.
Depending on which version you chose to go with, they both feature a generous 3″ LCD screen for viewing pleasures. The dp 1 and dp3 versions use a 19mm wide-angle lens and 50mm telephoto optics, while the dp 2 uses a 30mm f/2.8 lens.
Two days ago this video surfaced on the web. Last September, a few guys decided to base jump off 1 World Trade Center and eventually get arrested. Even though they don’t show this in the video, you do see just how insane these guys are. I just can’t imagine being the car slamming on his breaks seeing this happen. Is it a heist? Terrorists? Or all around badasses?
Reminder – Airing a Second Time Tonight @ 9pm CST – NatGeo
Yesterday, the rebirth of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos aired live on Fox. We will be biased by saying, this is one of the only shows you should watch on television. We never post about shows, TV, or any of that. This show is for real and it needs the support of others for it to further exist.
If you are not familiar with the original series, YouTube or Netflix it, or feel free to start fresh tonight and learn about our existence as beings. It’s healthy, trust us. The show aims to educate the importance of learning what is outside of our solar system, that being, what is our existence and why do we exist?
This epic trailer was just released for the upcoming series, Cosmos, which will air March 9th. The series is a continuation of the great astronomer, Carl Sagen’s Cosmos, which is one of the greatest series to ever be made. If you are not familiar with the series, go onto Netflix and start watching and learn about some real deep scientific facts about our existence. . . I mean it’s deeper than deep. Lets just hope this series sticks to its roots and isn’t a flop.