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This Week In Movie History…

August 15th is a very significant date in the history of film…for two reasons. We’ll cover them here in order by date, but both are, no doubt, some of the most memorable advances in movies and storytelling.

On August 15, 1934, director Christy Cabanne (The Mummy’s Hand, Scared to Death) released the first audio-visual film adaptation of Charlotte Bronte‘s famous novel Jane Eyre. Excluding the popularity of the novel, the film was part of a series of classic-literary adaptations produced by Monogram Pictures between 1933-1934. Four classic 19th-century novels were all made into big-screen adaptations that featured sound, a new technology for the era. The novels were Oliver Twist, Black Beauty, Jane Eyre, and The Moonstone. Cabanne was well-known at the time as a silent film director, but was also beginning to indulge in sound-projects. For the movie, which only runs a total of 62 minutes, the studio recruited actors Colin Clive, best known for the role of Dr. Frankenstein in the original 1931 James Whales’ classic, and newcomer Virginia Bruce (Born to Dance, The Invisible Woman) to star as Jane Eyre. Oscar-nominated screenwriter Adele Comandini (Beyond Tomorrow, Three Smart Girls) to adapt Bronte’s novel for the film (which admittedly must have been a challenge considering Jane Eyre runs for a total of 38 chapters with 400+ pages in most publications).

Also on August 15th, but in 1979, Oscar-winning director Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather, The Conversation) released his world-renowned masterpiece, Apocalypse Now. The film is famous not only for its cinematic brilliance, but also for its whirlwind of a production Continue reading

Seth MacFarlane’s ‘Ted 2’ Opening In Theaters June 26th, 2015


Everybody’s favorite potty-mouth/pot-smoking/beer-guzzling teddy bear will be back on the big screen this June 26th. Ted 2 will find Ted (voiced by writer/director Seth MacFarlane) and his new bride Tami-Lynn trying to have a baby, but hindered by the courts, who argue that Ted (as a teddy-bear and not a person) does not qualify to be a parent. Ted then enlists his friend John to help him find a way to win his civil-rights court case and become the parent he wants to be. Returning for the new movie is Mark Wahlberg (Four Brothers, Entourage), Jessica Barth (Next, Get Smart),Patrick Warburton (Family Guy, Rules of Engagement), along with new cast-members Amanda Seyfried (Les Miserables, Mamma Mia!), Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List, Taken), and Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption, Seven). Director MacFarlane co-wrote the new film with long time collaborating writing-team Alan Sulkin and Wellesley Wild (Ted, A Million Ways To Die In The West). The full-length trailer is available here on MADE. Catch the new movie in theaters this June 26th.

Original ‘Star Trek’ Actor Leonard Nimoy Passes At Age 83

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Leonard Nimoy as Spock in the original Star Trek television series.

Actor Leonard Nimoy, who portrayed Spock in the original Star Trek television series in the 1960s, died this week at the age of 83 in Los Angeles. Nimoy began his career as a regular guest on popular TV shows in the 1950s and early 60s, including The Untouchables, Get Smart, and The Twilight Zone. His breakthrough role came when he was noticed on an episode of The Lieutenant, which earned him the role of Spock in Star Trek, which he would be bound to for the rest of his life. Nimoy portrayed the character of Spock virtually for the rest of his career; he starred in the original TV series and the motion-picture series, even directing the third and fourth films, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. The actor was also an avid photographer and studied at UCLA, later publishing several controversial photography collections titled The Shekhina Project and another called The Full Body Project. His final acting role was as scientist William Bell on the Fox-network drama Fringe, but he also made a special appearance in director J.J. Abrams‘ 2009 re-boot film Star Trek, and again in Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013). Nimoy leaves behind his wife Susan and his son and daughter Adam and Julie; may he rest in peace.