Reports are now confirmed that actor Bill Paxton passed away this Oscar-weekend at the age of 61 due to complications from surgery. Paxton began his career in Hollywood doing art department and background work before he was cast in a small cameo in The Terminator by director James Cameron in 1984. Since then, Paxton has gone on to star in many roles in an impressive number of iconic films. He again teamed up with Cameron for Aliens as Private Hudson in 1986, and has starred in blockbusters like Tombstone (1993), True Lies (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), Twister (1996), Titanic (1997), U-571 (2000), Vertical Limit (2000), Edge of Tomorrow (2014), and Nightcrawler (2014). His most recent project was the lead in a television adaptation of director Antione Fuqua’s 2001 cop-drama Training Day.
In addition to acting, Paxton also directed a number of pictures. He directed himself and co-stars Matthew McConaughey and Powers Boothe in the violent FBI drama Frailty (2001), and Shia LaBeouf in The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005). His final role will be in a film called The Circle, opposite Emma Watson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Beauty and the Beast), Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Big Short), and Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump, Bridge of Spies). His contribution to film throughout the years will surely be missed in the years to come. Thanks Bill for all of your great work. Our thoughts are with your family and friends. Continue reading →
Next week on July 21-24, the 47th Annual Comic Con International will take place at the San Diego Convention Center. This year will play host to an impressive line-up of films, both new and old. The festival features a series of discussions, forums, and film showings. This year’s special guests include Stan Lee, Christopher James Priest, J. Michael Straczynski, G. Willow Wilson, Jason Aaron, Michael Barrier, and Allen Bellman. Some of this year’s movie highlights include Labyrinth (1986), Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940), Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979), Battlestar Galactica (1978), Highlander (1986), Flash Gordon (1980), Batman the Movie (1966), Top Gun (1986), Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), Deadpool (2016), and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). Click here to see the full schedule at the Comic Con 2016 website.
2015 will mark the years legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone makes his return to the western film genre after a 40-year absence. Quentin Tarantino‘s upcoming western The Hateful Eight, out in theaters this December, will feature an original composition by Morricone, who has composed scores for such westerns as A Fistful of Dollars (1964), The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (1966), Once Upon A Time in the West (1968), Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970), and A Genius, Two Partners, and a Dupe (1975). Morricone will be following up his western composition with the long-awaited drama Voyage of Time from writer/director Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life). Malick’s film features actors Brad Pitt (Fightclub, Inglorious Basterds) and Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth, Blue Jasmine) as narrators as he takes the audience on a visual and musical journey to examine the universe. Continue reading →
The creators behind The Matrix trilogy and Cloud Atlas are returning next month with a new project titled Jupiter Ascending, starring Mila Kunis (Black Swan, Ted), Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street, White House Down), and Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables, The Theory of Everything). The film takes place in a futuristic world in which the Queen of the Universe elects a young human woman for assassination in an effort to ensure her Reign will continue. The movie is written and directed by filmmaking siblings Andy and Lana Wachowski, and like The Matrix and Cloud Atlas, the visual effects look outstanding. As for how great a movie it will be as a whole, however, I’m not so sure. The Matrix movies were all pretty great, but Cloud Atlas wasn’t particularly well received by audiences owing to the fact that the story jumped around a lot and was harder to follow at times, but maybe this one will have a much smoother flow to it. We’ll find out February 6th. In the meantime you can watch the trailer here on MADE.
Actress Margot Robbie stole the screen last December alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, and now the actress will be taking a lead role in a new film adaptation from director David Ayer (Training Day, The Fast and the Furious). Robbie will appear as Harley Quinn in the big screen adaptation of Suicide Squad, which follows a group of supervillains in the DC Comic universe that receive commuted prison sentences in exchange for performing black ops missions for the federal government. Actors Tom Hardy (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises), Jai Courtney (A Good Day To Die Hard, Divergent), Will Smith (Independence Day, Men in Black), and Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Now You See Me) are also rumored to be joining the cast. Justin Marks (The Stranger, Rewind) will adapt the screenplay from the comic books by Ross Andru, Robert Kanigher, and John Ostrander. The film has been scheduled for release in August 2016.
It seems I spoke too soon when I said I hadn’t heard of any upcoming independent Wonder Woman project in the midst of all the crazy Avengers and Justice League news that has been coming out from Marvel and DC Comics. Apparently there is a solo movie featuring Wonder Woman is in the works from Warner Bros. studios that will feature Gal Gadot carrying her role over from Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), and that project has already been given a release date of June 23, 2017. While Batman Vs. Superman is obviously already in the works with director Zack Snyder, the studio is quite not looking to Snyder to direct this independent project. Instead they are on the hunt for a female director to take on the film, and some names already being tossed around the grapevine (specifically from Forbes Magazine) include Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty), Catherine Hardwicke (Lords of Dogtown, Twilight), Julie Taymor (Titus, Across The Universe), Michelle MacLaren (Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones), and Tricia Brock (Killer Diller, The Walking Dead). While a decision has yet to be made on the matter of directing, the screenplay is already being worked out by writers Michael Goldenberg (Contact, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), Matthew Jennison, William M. Marston (Wonder Woman-1979), and Brent Strickland. Gadot is the only confirmed cast member at this point. Stay tuned for more news.
If you want a reason to support your local and underground artists like we make a point of doing here on MADE, here’s another you can add to your list. Fifty years ago a guy named Paul McCartney formed a rock n’ roll band with John Lennon that called themselves The Beatles, and wrote a catalogue of songs that would set and influence record sales for the remainder of the twentieth century. John Lennon was killed in 1980, at which time McCartney became the only living composer of the majority of The Beatles music, but since 1985 the singer/songwriter has seen virtually no revenue from sales, covers, or modernized use of Beatle music ranging from The Beatles Rock Band to director Julie Taymor’s psychedelic-60s musical Across The Universe. That’s because the rights to most of those songs were purchased by pop star Michael Jackson in 1985, when he paid $47.5 million for the Associated Television Corporation‘s backlog of record music, including countless Beatles songs. The kicker is that the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976 stipulates that the rights to all songs written before 1978 (those that are copyrighted by a record label at least) will go back to the songwriters after a period of 56 years, so even though he went through a fairly bitter feud with Jackson over the rights to the music (which lead to an ultimate falling out), McCartney would still most likely not have been able to acquire the rights to his music before 2018 anyway. Sony Music purchased half of the rights from the Michael Jackson Estate in 2005 for $95 million, so they have and will continue to cash in on them until that time, but 2018 is only four years away now, so McCartney is about to really cash-in. The point is, record companies have been corporately running the major music industry since the time of The Beatles, and they continue to turn an otherwise great industry that has the power to bring popular art to the masses into a financial prison fenced in by clauses in contracts that turns otherwise great collaborators into business adversaries. We are here to support the artists who have found a way of sharing and promoting their work without the restraints and bullshit financial bickering that has ruined so many great musical acts in the past Keep supporting our local artists here on MADE!
Universal is currently looking to actress Rose Byrne to take a leading role in their new comedy The Something, following a group of astronauts who get lost in space. Byrne just appeared alongside Seth Rogen and Zac Efron in Neighbors, and has also appeared in movies including Get Him To The Greek and X-Men: First Class. The Something will be produced by Seth Rogen and Grey Point Productions as well as Good Universe, who also produced Neighbors and Last Vegas, and will feature Rodney Rothman in his first project as director. Rothman is known best for his work on The Late Show with David Letterman, but he also recently wrote the screenplay for 22 Jump Street and has served as producer on movies like The Five-Year Engagement, Get Him To The Greek, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. It is unclear whether or not Seth Rogen will actually appear on camera for this one and there is currently no release date for the film.
We’re not going to lie, it isn’t like we are ever out in Milan very often (or ever). What matters is that the guys from DGT Architects have designed an amazing installation for the Citizen Watch Company. The installation consists of 80,000 lit up watch based-plates at Milan’s La Triennale Design Museum in Italy. The spacy exhibit is absolutely insane and looks as if it is straight from a sci fi movie.