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A Progressive American West? Scott Cooper’s ‘Hostiles’ Paints A Portrait Of The Old West For Modern Times

The trailers for Oscar-winning director Scott Cooper’s new western-drama, Hostiles, makes a point of showcasing Masanobu Takayanagi’s stunning cinematography. Reactions to the film in general, however, have left some scratching their heads. Written and directed by Cooper from a manuscript by the late Donald E. Stewart, whose wife happened upon it in 2012, Hostiles follows US Army Captain Joseph Blockler as he escorts a Cheyenne war chief and his family home to their tribal lands in Montana from Fort Berringer, New Mexico in 1892. Blocker is portrayed by Oscar-winner Christian Bale in his third outing with Cooper, and is supported onscreen by Rosamund Pike, Rory Cochrane, Jonathan Majors, Adam Beach, David Midthunder, and Wes Studi as Chief Yellow Hawk. While Pike’s performance is certainly impressing critics, others claim the film inappropriately boasts its own brilliance. Continue reading

New Trailer For X-Men Sequel ‘Logan’ Leaves Future of Series in Question

A new trailer has just been released for the new X-Men sequel/independent-stand-alone feature Logan, once again starring Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables, Prisoners) as the Wolverine. This may very well be Jackson’s last outing with the character. Logan appears to take place in a distant, grim-looking future, where his mutation is failing and he plays guardian for Charles Xavier, now suffering from Alzheimers Disease. While the two cope with the loss of the mutants and the X-Men, Wolverine must battle a corporate conglomerate whose only goal seems to be to destroy the world. Just as the two mutants reach the verge of losing hope, they discover a young girl, or clone, who possesses Logan’s same gift of regeneration, and who may very-well-be their only hope of defeating Essex.

Patrick Stewart reprises his role as Charles Xavier, joining Jackman under the direction of The Wolverine director James Mangold (Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma). Mangold assisted in writing the project with screenwriters David James Kelly and Michael Green (Alien: Covenant, Blade Runner 2049), both newcomers to the X-Men movie universe. Boyd Holbrook (Milk, Gone Girl), Stephan Merchant (Hall Pass, The Big Bang Theory), Richard E. Grant (Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Corpse Bride), and Dafne Keen (The Refugees) all appear in the supporting cast. Sadly, no other familiar faces in terms of X-Men or mutants in general are expected to be seen in the film. Continue reading

Movie News/Independent Highlight

This week will see a number of indie projects open on select screens across the country. We mentioned the Kristen Stewart (Twilight, Snow White and the Huntsmen) drama Equals opening this Friday, about a couple who falls in love as the result of a disease in a futuristic utopia that is devoid of feeling and emotion, and the tension it causes between them and their society. Co-starring with Stewart is Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road, X-Men: Apocalypse), who are led by director Drake Doremus (Like Crazy, Breathe In).

Also opening on the indie circuit this week is a new animated movie called Phantom Boy, which takes place in the 1940s-50s and follows a young boy with superpowers who helps a wheelchair-bound policeman in his efforts to take down a notorious mob boss. The film comes from Oscar-nominated filmmakers Loup Felicioli & Alain Gagnol (A Cat in Paris) and stars French actors Edouard Baer (Chicken with Plums), Jean-Pierre Marielle (Coup de torchon, The DaVinci Code), and Audrey Tautou (A Very Long Engagement, Amelie).

Finally on the indie film circuit for this week is a new comedy called Undrafted Continue reading

New Woody Allen Dramedy ‘Cafe Society’ Opening In Theaters This Friday

Writer/director Woody Allen (Annie Hall, Manhattan) has had a pretty solid streak since Midnight in Paris and Blue Jasmine both won Oscar awards. His latest project is a dramatic comedy following a young Bronx native who moves to 1930s Hollywood to follow his successful uncle, who is a Hollywood agent. Instead, he falls in love with his uncle’s secretary and upon returning to New York, becomes engulfed in the high-society night club scene in Manhattan. The film features an all-star cast, including Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Zombieland), Kristen Stewart (Twilight, Snow White and the Huntsman), Steve Carell (Foxcatcher, The Big Short), and Blake Lively (The Town, The Age of Adaline). Continue reading

Warner Bros. Announces ‘Miracle On The Hudson’ Project With Director Clint Eastwood

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Warner Bros. studios recently announced that director Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino, J. Edgar) will be leading a new drama about Captain Chelsey Sullenberger and his miraculous and heroic landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in New York’s Hudson River in 2009. Eastwood will be working with producers Frank Marshall (Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Back to the Future) and Allyn Stewart (Man of the House, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) from an adaptation of Sullenberger’s memoir Highest Duty: My Search For What Really Matters by screenwriter Todd Komarnicki (Elf, Meet Dave). Details as to who will be appearing in the film are still unavailable (likely seeing as the film was just announced) but we will be keeping an ear out for upcoming news. Stay tuned!

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!

John Stewart’s New Drama ‘Rosewater’ Hits Theaters Friday


The infamous host of The Daily Show, John Stewart, will see his first theatrical project open on big screens across America this Friday. Rosewater follows the story of Maziar Bahari, an Iranian-Canadian author and journalist, who was detained and tortured in Iran for four months in 2009 under the assumption that he was in contact with an American spy. Bahari had participated in an interview on Stewart’s Daily Show earlier that year that covered the upcoming Iranian presidential election, and so his imprisonment was based on the assumption that he was keeping tabs on Iran’s political leaders and then leaking the information. Since his release, Bahari has written a memoir about the ordeal titled Then They Came For Me, which has now been adapted for the big screen by Stewart and will open in theaters this weekend. The title Rosewater comes from one of Bahari’s torturers, who Bahari never actually saw but remembered that the man smelled of rosewater. Bahari is portrayed in the film by Gael Garcia Bernal (Amores Perros, The Motorcycle Diaries), and Kim Bodnia (Pusher, Bleeder) as Rosewater, with Dimitri Leonidas and Haluk Bilginer also among the supporting cast. Check out the trailer here on MADE, then go check it out this weekend!

Bryan Singer Will Return To Direct ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

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Even though word of X-Men: Apocalypse was released well before we saw the latest X-Men installation, Days of Future Past, hit theaters this summer, word on whether or not director Bryan Singer would stay on to do Apocalypse was still not clear. Singer directed Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, and Patrick Stewart in the original X-Men blockbuster in 1999, and stayed on to direct X2: X-Men United in 2002, but his involvement with the franchise had since then been nonexistent until he finally returned with the original cast to direct Days of Future Past this year, and according to recent news reports, he has also agreed to stay on and direct Apocalypse as well. Days of Future Past not only included Singer’s original cast, but also the cast of X-Men: First Class, which explored the origins or the relationship between Charles Xavier and Eric Lehnsherr as they formed the group of original X-Men and included such big names as James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence. Although the plot details are not set in stone at this point, judging by the preliminary cast listings, I think it’s safe to say that we won’t see as much of the original cast this time, with the exception of Hugh Jackman, who will appear on film as the Wolverine for the seventh time. Singer is currently working on the script for Apocalypse with X2 writers Dan Harris and Mike Dougherty, as well as writer Simon Kinberg, and the movie is already set for release on May 27, 2016, so we should be getting more news coming out soon. Stay tuned.

Summit Entertainment Getting Behind Ken Jeong Comedy ‘International Incident’

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Summit Entertainment recently picked up a script from The Daily Show with John Stewart writer David Javerbaum entitled International Incident. The film apparently already has The Hangover star Ken Jeong set to take the lead role in the script, which follows five U.N. delegates who go on a whacky road trip adventure to find one of their members’ lost loves. This would be the first time Jeong will be the lead star in a feature film. His characters in The Hangover and Community have definitely improved these titles, but never featured him as the key element of the story, which this picture is apparently going to do. Steve Carell is also being courted to produce the movie under his company Carousel Productions, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be making an appearance at the moment. A release date for the project has not been released at this time.

‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ In Theaters This Weekend

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On top of the great weather in the forecast for this weekend, and SoundSet happening on Sunday in Minneapolis, what else could make this Memorial Day weekend even more memorable? How about the return of the X-Men to the big screen! Today (Friday) will see Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, and Halle Berry returning to theaters for their long-awaited return to the X-Men universe in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Director Bryan Singer, who directed the original X-Men film, along with X2: X-Men United, has brought back his original cast, as well as the cast of X-Men: First Class, which includes Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, and Jennifer Lawrence, into one big X-Men bash that revolves around a time-traveling plot for the purposes of preventing the war of mutants against humanity. While it is the return for Singer, the plot does include details of the characters that we have seen in previous X-Men installments, including the most recent The Wolverine and X-Men: First Class, so you may want to catch up on some of the details before you go and see this one. Either way, it should make for a great movie-going experience. Happy Memorial Day, and as always….Enjoy!