Every year, the Sundance Film Festival hosts an impressive number of independent films, documentaries, and short films from all around the world. Titles like The Usual Suspects, Memento, Reservoir Dogs, Clerks, Napoleon Dynamite, Super-Size Me, Saw, and Little Miss Sunshine have all found success at the world-renowned festival. So it’s no surprise that this years line-up is definitely keeping with that reputation. A number of documentaries, including the Amir Bar-Lev’s Grateful Dead tribute Long Strange Trip and Jeff Orlowski’s follow-up to his 2012 Chasing Ice feature, Chasing Coral, have already premiered to great praise from festival attendees and critics alike. At the same time, a number of films have already been purchased for distribution, including Patti Cake$ by former doorman-turned-filmmaker Wass Stevens, which sold to Fox Searchlight for $10.5 million! Here are a few of the festival entries that have caught our eye for expanded release. We’ll post more information about domestic releases as we get further into the year. Continue reading →
Happy Halloween! This October has already seen a new addition to the Paranormal Activity series (The Ghost Dimension), the return of AMC’s The Walking Dead and its spinoff series Fear The Walking Dead, and the comeback of R.L. Stine’s classic scary-tale series Goosebumps with Jack Black (Shallow Hal, School of Rock) at the helm. This week, and just in time for Halloween weekend, we get another Zombified movie experience from director Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity, Burning Palms) in the form of Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. Bringing back the fun-zombie feel of Zombieland (2009), this one follows three scouts who must use their experiences to ban together and save their hometown from a zombie outbreak. Actors Tye Sheridan (The Tree of Life, Mud), Logan Miller (I’m In The Band, +1), and newcomer Joey Morgan star in the lead roles, with Sarah Dumont (Don Jon, Playing It Cool), David Koechner (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby), and Cloris Leachman (Young Frankenstein, Beerfest) in the supporting cast. Director Landon co-wrote the screenplay with Lona Williams (Drop Dead Gorgeous, Shark Tale), Carrie Lee Wilson (Teamo Supremo, College Road Trip), and Emi Mochizuki (College Road Trip). Also still playing in theaters for your Halloween needs are Goosebumps and Crimson Peak. Enjoy the Halloween weekend, and be safe!
As we continued our drive north to San Francisco, we were persistent to find some amazing vista points. Each vista point featured an array of colors and unique aspects to them; whether it was the union pacific, high-bridges, cliffs, or straight up ocean – we were set to discover it all. With nothing but time on our side, edibles, and a chihuahua; we were in absolutely prepared to take as many stops as necessary.
Al Pacino‘s new film Danny Collins is now expanding to theaters across the country. Scripted and directed by Dan Fogelman (Crazy Stupid Love, The Guilt Trip), the film finds Pacino (The Godfather, Scarface) portraying aging rock star Danny Collins, who, still enraptured in his younger rock-n-roll lifestyle, receives a never delivered letter from his manager, addressed to Collins from former Beatle John Lennon. Having read and been inspired by Lennon’s comments on life, family and friends, Collins sets out on a mission to rediscover his own family and make some long-delayed amends. Co-starring in the film is 4-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (American Beauty, The Kids Are Alright), Golden Globe winner Jennifer Garner (Juno, Dallas Buyers Club), Bobby Cannavale (The Station Agent, Chef), and Oscar-winner Christopher Plummer (The Sound of Music, A Beautiful Mind). Check out the trailer here on MADE, then be sure to see it on the big screen!
Bradley Cooper as Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper (2015).
Although the upcoming novel, Orphan X, by author Gregg Hurwitz will not be on book shelves until next February, Oscar-nominee Bradley Cooper is already looking to produce the book for a big-screen adaptation with The Hangoverdirector Todd Phillips, and the actor may also be planning to star in the film as well. The plot of the book follows Evan “Nowhere Man” Smoak, a problem-solver of sorts, who helps people in need by pretty much any means necessary. Smoak’s new case finds him investigating an LAPD detective suspected of running an organization specializing in human slavery and trafficking. A full-on film production, however, is still a long ways away, especially since the book will not be published until next year, so we’ll have to wait to see if Cooper remains with the project and whether or not Phillips, who is known for comedies like Road Trip and Old School, will stay in the director’s chair. Stay tuned.
With The Expendables 3 now in theaters, many are wondering what the next step will be for the all-star cast of should-be-retired muscle heads, and it may include some help from everybody’s favorite martial artist! Jackie Chan had been approached to make an appearance in Expendables 2 and 3, but due to scheduling conflicts he was not able to get the days off required to shoot his scenes for the films. But Sylvester Stallone seems pretty set on getting Chan involved in the next installment, which means we have another Expendables to look forward to (lucky us?). Anyway, The Expendables is not the only sequel that Chan has been approached to make either. Apparently there are still efforts coming out of New Line Cinema for Chan to reunite with Chris Tucker for Rush Hour 4, but Chan is not very interested in a fourth movie. He is currently working on an upcoming project titled Skip Trace with co-star Sean William Scott (American Pie, Road Trip) from director Renny Harlin about an American gambler who teams up with a Hong Kong detective in a face-off against a Chinese gang-lord. Personally I agree with Chan about a fourth Rush Hour sequel. We all saw what happened with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. After that catastrophe I think leaving well-enough alone is a perfectly acceptable option for a lot of Hollywood projects right now. But if they’re going to go and make a fourth Expendables, Jackie Chan might as well be in it…they already have every other old man in Hollywood making appearances in those movies anyway, one more wouldn’t hurt right?
While being in LA last week, I was introduced to some phenomenal beers. This IPA, by San Diego’s Ale Smith Brewery, is the 3rd brew out of the 4 that were absolute standouts while visiting. *In case you missed last week’s click here.
This IPA by Ale Smith Brewery captured my attention with its simplistic label, while just sitting there on the shelf. After popping open a bomber style bottle, I immediately knew I was in for a real treat. This light gold color brew smells/tastes incredible. The brew offers a variety of sweet pineapple/mango notes with a light bitterness to it. Now when I think of drinking outdoors in sunny California, this brew will forever come to mind. Go tell your local liquor store to order it, because it is that good.
The fourth and final installment for our LA favorites is Firestone’s Union Jack IPA. Just like Ale Smith Brewery’s, this is not an IPA to just “skip-out on”. Both of these brews have rather similar attributes, as both are made to perfection.
This West Coast IPA is literally the sweet nectar of WC IPA’s. With a strong golden color, backed with a strong grapefruit taste, you can tell this bad boy has been dry hopped multiple times. Overall, this beer is as balanced as one can get. This is another beer that should be on the top of your must try IPA’s, guaranteed satisfaction.
Quentin Tarantino has been known to take the occasional cameo in his movies. He was Jimmy in Pulp Fiction, Mr. Brown in Reservoir Dogs, and he even blew himself up in Django Unchained! But now Tarantino will be taking on a full acting gig as movie producer Roger Corman in an upcoming biopic. Set to be directed by Joe Dante (Gremlins, Small Soldiers), the film will explore Corman’s work and career on films such as House of Usher (1960), The Terror (1963), and Death Race 2000 (1975). Corman will also be making an appearance in the film as one of the early producers who didn’t want him to make a film called The Trip about the LSD craze of the 1960s. Although this will be Tarantino’s first time taking on a lead role, he has always done a pretty decent job with the small parts. I definitely think this is a challenge he’ll rise to with ease. As a writer and director, he already has a nag for character development, so it’s just a matter of applying himself.