A new documentary centered around the youngest actor to portray British agent James Bond 007 (and for only one film) is coming to Hulu this May 20th. George Lazenby, a car salesman from Australia, famously conned his way into the role by going to meet with producer Albert R. Broccoli, securing an audition by claiming he had acting experience in his native Australia, which wasn’t true. He was, however, able to pull off an audition that was good enough to convince fellow producer Harry Saltzman of his worthiness for the part, and thus On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) became the first Bond film without original actor Sean Connery appearing in the title role. Although audiences and critics had mixed reviews upon its release, OHMSS has, over the years, became one of the more favored entries in the Bond franchise. Incidentally, Lazenby is also the only actor to have received major recognition for his portrayal of the character, earning a Golden Globe nomination in 1970 for Most Promising Newcomer/Best New Star. Continue reading →
A new documentary called A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story opening in theaters across the country today. The film has been featured at the SXSW Film Festival, the Newport Beach Film Festival and the Lower East Side Film Festival, receiving critical acclaim from fans and critics alike, and securing awards at each festival. A Brave Heart tells the story of Lizzie Velasquez, who has an extremely rare condition that doesn’t allow her body to properly store fat. Lizzie was termed the World’s Ugliest Woman at the age of 17, when an unknown YouTube subscriber uploaded a video of her and set off a storm of social media comments, some going so far as to suggest that she kill herself and “do society a favor”. Lizzie was suddenly faced with a choice: run and hide, or stand and fight. Since the video was uploaded, Lizzie has become a worldwide icon against bullying and has given herself a mission of empowering a more positive online environment for all. The film was scripted by documentary writer/producer Michael Campo (Child 31, The Human Experience) and will be the directorial debut for producer/marketing specialist Sara Hirsh Bordo. It features interviews from Lizzie, herself, as well as others like sociology professor Robert Faris (PhD) and Rep. Linda Sanchez (38th District). The trailer is available here on MADE. Enjoy the weekend!
Actor and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney is best known for the acclaimed The Brother/Sister Plays trilogy and studied theater at Chicago’s DePaul University.
Writer/director Barry Jenkins (Medicine For Melancholy, Futurestates) will begin filming his own adaptation of the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney in Miami this fall. Simply titled Moonlight, the film follows a young man, Chiron, in 1980s Miami during the War on Drugs at three important moments in his life as he deals with a rough home-life and his developing sexuality. Additional casting for the film is currently underway and Indie film production company A24, which is also behind this year’s Ex Machina and Amy, will be teaming up with Brad Pitt’s Plan B Productions to finance the project. Adele Romanski (Bad Milo, War Story) will also serve as the film’s producer. This will be the second major production for director Jenkins, whose Medicine For Melancholy received much critical praise in 2008 when it was first seen at the SXSW Film Festival in 2008. Actor and playwright Terell Alvin McCraney was born in Miami, Florida in 1980 and attended the Theater School at Chicago’s DePaul University, graduating with a BFA in acting and receiving the Sarah Siddons Award in 2003. We’ll keep an eye out for additional news.
Directing brothers Ben and Joshua Safdie (The Black Baloon, Lenny Cooke) will see their dramatic 2014 hit Heaven Knows What opening in theaters this May 29th. The film received recognition at the Venice Film Festival last year and was also shown at this year’s SXSW Festival. Adapted by Joshua and fellow screenwriter Ronald Bronstein (Frownland, Go Get Some Rosemary) from a book by Arielle Holmes (Winter’s Dream), the story follows Harley and Ilya (played by author Arielle Holmes), the latter of whom struggles with heroin addiction, but who, at Harley’s request to prove her love, slits her wrists to save herself and their relationship in this intense psychological drama. Holmes based the book and character on her real-life experiences as a heroin addict and the lengths she and her fellow users would go to in order to get their fix. Making up the supporting cast are actors Caleb Landry Jones (No Country For Old Men, X-Men: First Class), and Eleanore Hendricks (A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints, Nancy Please). The movie opens in theaters nationwide this May 29th, and from the looks of the trailer it will be pretty intense. The trailer alone will take you back to 2000’s hard-hitting drug-drama Requiem For A Dream. Check it out here on MADE!
Places + Faces returns with episode 8 featuring a healthy dose of SXSW action. Whoever this kid is, he managed to hit some of the most anticipated showcases while down in Austin. This episode features performances and cameos from Two-9, Mike Will Made It, Rae Sremmurd, Travi$ Scott, Young Thug, Metro Boomin and Danny Seth among others. Check out episode 8 above and stay tuned for the next installment.
Ryan Gosling will see his directorial debut open in just 3 theaters this weekend. His new film, Lost River, has received nothing but negative reviews from critics, although it was shown last year at the Cannes Film Festival in France, and again just a few weeks ago at SXSW Festival. Working from his own screenplay, Gosling tells the story of a mother in a fairy-tale future who must venture into a dark, deserted underworld that now rests below ours in order to save her sons and hold her family together. Despite all of the harsh criticism, Gosling did manage to put together a pretty impressive ensemble to bring his fantasy to life, including Christina Hendricks (Mad Men, Drive), Iain De Caestecker (Not Another Happy Ending, Filth), Saoirse Ronan (Hanna, The Grand Budapest Hotel), Matt Smith (Doctor Who, Womb), Ben Mendelsohn (Killing Them Softly, The Dark Knight Rises), and Eva Mendes (Training Day, 2 Fast 2 Furious). Unfortunately most of us won’t be able to see this one on a big screen release, but you can still see the trailer here on MADE! Enjoy!
Nardwuar was all business during this year’s SXSW Music Festival interviewing a wide range of up and coming artists. During the fest, the Human Serviette was able to meet up with Father & Awful Records for a quick interview. Nardwuar of course did his research showering his guests with extraordinary gifts. Father & crew play along well resulting in another good interview for Nard’s collection. Check out the interview above and keep an eye out for more from Nardwuar.
Location: 617 E 7th Street, Austin (TX) When: Friday, March 20th @ 11:30AM
First Avenue, Majestic & Metro have joined forces to bring together the Midwest Day Party at SXSW. The event sports a long list of artists from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois including Allan Kingdom, Prof, deM atlaS, Mike Mictlan, Hippo Campus, The O’My’s, and Lili K among others. There’s no badge (FREE) needed for the show so there’s no reason you shouldn’t stop by, click the link below for more info.
Location: 218 E 6th Street, Austin (TX) When: Friday, March 20th // 7PM-2AM
Minnesota will be heavy at Chris Webby’s upcoming showcase at SXSW. For those making the trip down to Austin, you’ll be seeing your fair amount of Minnesota representation across genres. Tonight, The Rotation, Lenerd, D. Glove and Baby Shel will open up the night along with a large lineup of artists. With so many events and parties going on it might be hard to choose, make your way to the Bat Bar and make sure to have a good time.
Director Denny Tedesco‘s The Wrecking Crew was originally released at SXSW in March 2008, followed by the Nashville Film and Seattle International Film Festival. The film then saw various releases at festivals around the world following the rest of 2008 and into 2009, but never actually saw a mass release for reasons unknown, although the unofficial assumption is that, given the content of the project, the rights to most of the songs were tied-up until now. Centering on The Wrecking Crew, a group of musicians who played for such acts as The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, and Sonny and Cher, the film contains archival footage and recordings of the musicians, plus interviews with the members including Lou Adler and Herb Alpert. Check your local theater listings for showtimes near you.