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This Week in Movie History…

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On September 30, 1948, actor Robert Mitchum (Story of G.I. Joe, Cape Fear) was released from prison following his charge of marijuana possession. Mitchum was an up-and-coming star in Hollywood. He had received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor two years earlier for his role in Story of G.I. Joe, and appeared in four feature films in 1947, including Pursued, Crossfire, Desire Me, and Out of the Past. He also worked with director Robert Wise (The Day the Earth Stood Still, West Side Story) in a western film earlier in 1948 called Blood on the Moon. His recent string of success, however, only made his bust on September 1st that much worse.

Mitchum was found with actress Lila Leeds (Lady in the Lake, Wild Weed) and dancer Vicki Evans. With the 60s still more than a decade out, and public opinion towards marijuana still very much in the light of propaganda films like Reefer Madness (1936), the young actor feared the very public arrest would effectively end his acting career. It didn’t help that industry names like Howard Hughes (Scarface, The Outlaw), David O. Selznick (King Kong, Gone with the Wind), and the press constantly berated him during this period. But his famous bust that could have completely ended his career ended up doing just the opposite. Continue reading

This Week In Film History…

On September 6, 1967, a documentary titled Don’t Look Back opened at an old ramshackle theater in San Francisco. It was hard to imagine why this old pornographic movie theater had a line of people extending out the door and around the corner, but once you found out it was about Bob Dylan, it was no surprise at all. The September 6th release was the first large-scale screening of the film that documented Bob Dylan and company’s whirlwind 1965 European tour. Joining him on tour were the likes of artists like Joan Baez, Donovan, and Allen Ginsberg, along with the standard parade of press, crew, police, fans, and everything else that came to epitomize Rock n’ Roll in the 1960s.

Bob Dylan, in particular, was an iconic figure in his own right. He had risen to fame in the early-60’s folk scene in New York City’s Greenwich Village, developing his own songwriting skills and capturing fans around the world with songs like Blowin’ in the Wind, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall, and The Times They Are A-Changin,’ his so-called early “protest era” catalogue. Continue reading

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Director Wes Craven went down in cinematic history for his iconic career in the horror film industry. Craven is behind such famous franchises as A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th, which of course brought the unforgettable characters of Freddy Kruger and Jason Voorhees to movie-goers worldwide. This was not, however, the reaction upon the release of a much earlier and grittier horror film Craven got behind in the early ’70s. The Last House on the Left was released on August 30, 1972. It was one of Craven’s first pairings with horror producer Sean S. Cunningham, and serves as a staple of cult horror films typical of the era. The film’s harshly realistic and graphic subject matter surrounds a pair of teenage girls who are abducted by a gang of escaped convicts and are subjected to rape, disembowelment, castration, and much more. Continue reading

New Indie Drama ‘Captain Fantastic’ Seeing Limited Theatrical Release This Weekend

A new independent drama starring Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, A History of Violence) is seeing a limited theatrical release this Friday. Written and directed by Matt Ross (The Aviator, Silicon Valley), Captain Fantastic tells the story of a man who raises and home schools his six children in the countryside. After his wife commits suicide, however, they are forced to move into the city, and he soon discovers the children are not prepared for the realities of life in the city. The film won Un Certain Regard Award for directing at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and also took home the Golden Space Needle Award at the Seattle International Film Festival. Starring in the film are actors George McKay (Defiance, Pride), Samantha Isler (Sean Saves the World, Dig Two Graves), Annalise Besso (Standing Up, Oculus), Nicholas Hamilton (Long Shadows, Strangerland), Shree Crooks (Ray Donovan, American Horror Story), Charlie Shotwell (The Comedians, Shot Down), and comedic vets Steve Zahn (Saving Silverman, Sahara) and Kathryn Hahn (Step Brothers, Parks and Recreation). Continue reading

New Thriller ‘True Story’ With James Franco And Jonah Hill Now Playing In Theaters


This week will see James Franco (Pineapple Express, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Jonah Hill (Superbad, The Wolf of Wall Street)’s new film, True Story, opening in theaters nationwide. The film comes from an adaptation of former New York Times reporter Michael Finkel (portrayed by Hill) by screenwriter Rupert Goold, and tells of Finkel’s relationship with one Christian Longo (Franco), a man awaiting trial in prison for the charge of murdering his entire family who had been reportedly hiding under Finkel’s identity. Goold is also in the director’s chair for this project, which also stars Oscar-nominee Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Theory of Everything). Watch the trailer one more time on MADE, then catch it in theaters this weekend!

See The New Trailer For Upcoming Thriller ‘True Story’ With Jonah Hill And James Franco


Comedy pals Jonah Hill (Superbad, The Wolf of Wall Street) and James Franco (127 Hours, Pineapple Express) will next appear on the big screen in the upcoming dramatic-thriller True Story. The two will star as former New York Times journalist Michael Finkel and FBI-Most-Wanted-List member Christian Longo, in a film by director Rupert Goold (Great Performances, The Hollow Crown), who adapted the script from Finkel’s memoir. True Story tells an enthralling tale about how Finkel came to meet Christian Longo after being informed by the FBI that Longo had, in fact, been using his identity while on the run, and the relationship the two forged while Longo was awaiting trial for murdering his family. The film first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival back in January and will see a limited release this April 17th. You can see the new trailer here on MADE. Enjoy!

WWII Drama ‘Fury’ With Brad Pitt Opens In Theaters October 17th

The upcoming World War II drama Fury from writer/director David Ayer is due in theaters this October 17th, and considering Ayer’s track record I think we’ll definitely be in for a great movie. Ayer is the writing genius behind such projects as U-571 (2000), The Fast and the Furious (2001), Training Day (2001), S.W.A.T. (2003), and End of Watch (2012), and began his career in directing in 2005 with the South Central LA crime-drama Harsh Times. On top of Ayer’s excellent record, Fury also features a big star cast including Brad Pitt (who seems to do well in WWII movies…#ingloriousbastards?), Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Scott Eastwood, Jon Bernthal, and Jason Isaacs. The movie follows an Allied army sergeant, Wardaddy, who leads his five-man Sherman-tank crew on a dangerous mission into Nazi territory in April 1945. You can watch the trailer here on MADE, then be sure to catch it in theaters this October 17th.

Amanda Lindhout’s ‘A House In The Sky’ Being Produced At Annapurna Pictures

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Amanda Lindhout was abducted by a rebel terrorist group in Somalia back in 2008, and was held prisoner for 460 days before she successfully pulled off a risky escape attempt that involved converting to Islam and being prepped for an arranged marriage by her captors. She then wrote a book about her experience with co-author Sara Corbett called A House In The Sky, which made The New York Times Bestseller List and which will now be made into a feature film by Annapurna Pictures with Rooney Mara (The Social Network, Her) set to star in the film. Annapurna’s Megan Ellison will be producing the project, which is still without a writer or director, but with a star already involved in the production, it shouldn’t take long to fill these positions. Stay tuned for more!

Banksy “Better Out Than In” Day 27

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British street artist Banksy’s Day 27 piece might be taking shots at The New York Times. He originally planned to have his op-ed featured in the paper, however they declined (obviously) his submission. In response Banksy took his talents to the streets of Greenpoint, Brooklyn where he painted the above stencil regarding censorship. Not sure if this was all apart of the plan, it’ll be interesting to see what he cooks up for these final days; stay tuned.

Allen Ying x The New York Times

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If you didnt know, skateboarding is cool now; all sorts of companies are coming out of the wood work in order to get a piece of the new skate pie. The latest band wagon jumpers are indeed The New York Times, apparently they hooked up with skate photographer Allen Ying on a few photos capturing the essence of New York’s skate scene. Check out the snaps and stay tuned for more.