A new biographical film titled Rebel in the Rye is seeing a limited release in theaters this weekend. The film follows the life of famed author J.D. Salinger as he achieves worldwide fame for his novel The Catcher in the Rye. Writer/director Danny Strong (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, Empire) penned the film from the book “J.D. Salinger: A Life” by Kenneth Slawenski. Salinger was born in New York, and attended several universities before he was drafted into the army to serve in World War II. He participated in both the D-Day Invasion at Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. During this period he continued to write, developing the story for what would become The Catcher in the Rye. Continue reading →
Tucked in the corner on one of Dinkytown’s busiest intersections, above the Kitty Kat Klub; lies one of Minneapolis’ best burger spots. At night the old school signs reading “Annie’s” in bright lights can’t be missed. Up the stairs and through the old parlor door, Annie’s interior looks as if it has never seen a makeover (in a good way). They have a decent variety of sandwiches, including a pretty good BLT; but everyone knows the burgers are the only way to go. No frills, no special sauces; just straight up hand/homemade burgers with lots and lots of cheese. Annie’s is a true parlor, they serve some of the city’s best malts and milkshakes to accompany any of the tasty burgers you decide to try. Overall this place is definitely the best spot for a classic “no nonsense” burger, the price is right and the service is fast; if you’re ever on campus make sure to stop in for a bite. You won’t regret it.
Director Sydney Lumet‘s 1973 undercover police drama Serpico earned Al Pacino his second Oscar nomination for Best Actor. While it was another in a long-running streak of Oscar nominations for Pacino that resulted in no wins until 1992’s Scent of a Woman, Serpico‘s other Oscar nomination was for Best Adapted Screenplay for screenwriters Waldo Salt (Midnight Cowboy, The Day of the Locust) and Norman Wexler (Saturday Night Fever, Staying Alive). Although Serpico proved to be the last Oscar-worthy project of Wexler’s, Waldo Salt had a much longer, and much darker story in Hollywood screenwriting history.
Waldo Salt was born on October 18, 1914 and grew up in Chicago an accomplished academic. He was so accomplished, in fact, that he graduated from Stanford University at the same time his friends were graduating from high school. Shortly thereafter, Salt was in Hollywood working as a screenwriter for MGM. There he worked on and assisted with various writing projects, but his first solo writing adaptation was with a 1937 film called The Bride Wore Red. The next year, Salt joined the American Communist Party, putting himself on the radar for the House Un-American Activities Committee during the Red Scare/McCarthy era 12 years later. Continue reading →
Along with Papa Hemingway in Cuba, there are some great limited releases hitting theaters this weekend. First off is a new drama from actor-turned-director Jason Bateman (Arrested Development, Horrible Bosses), Nicole Kidman (Eyes Wide Shut, The Interpreter), Christopher Walken (Pulp Fiction, Catch Me If You Can), and Catherine Hahn (Step Brothers, Parks and Recreation) titled The Family Fang, which is based on the book by Kevin Wilson. The film follows a brother and sister as they return home in search of their famous parents, who have gone missing. Seems fairly promising, but you can be the judge.
Next up is an Italian film titled The Wait (L’attesa) from director Piero Messina (La Porta, Terra) and starring internationally known actress Juliette Binoche (The English Patient, Godzilla) about a mother who unexpectedly meets her future daughter-in-law at a villa in Sicily and waits with her for her son to arrive, concealing some dark secret the entire time. Continue reading →
October may have slowed down in terms of big releases as we came closer to Halloween, but with November comes a new month of big releases, and this week will see no shortage of such films this Friday. The first new release on the list is the upcoming modern rework of Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and their gang of Peanuts, appropriately titled The Peanuts Movie. Coming Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky Animation, and from Horton Hears A Who and Ice Age: Continental Drift director Steve Martino, the new movie finds everyone’s favorite underdog Charlie Brown and his best pal Snoopy in an all new adventure, as Charlie tries to make a good impression on the new girl moving in next door, and Snoopy continues in his quest to shoot the Red Baron out of the sky. All of the timeless Peanuts characters from the mind of author Charles Schulz are back in new 3D fashion, with a touch of the classic anime-style that brought the Peanuts to our home television-screens growing up. An all new cast also provides voice-overs for the animated characters, including Noah Schnapp (Bridge of Spies) as Charlie Brown, Alexander Garfin (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) as Linus, Hadley Belle Miller (Branson the Sitcom) as Lucy, Noah Johnston (Monsters University) as Schroeder, and Peanuts veteran, Bill Melendez (A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, A Charlie Brown Christmas), returning to provide the voice of Snoopy. Given the production studio’s approach in remaining loyal to the classic Peanuts animation style, while simultaneously adapting it for modern filmmaking, I think fans of the Peanuts and those of the new generation will both be pleased by how this one turns out. The trailer is available here on MADE. Be sure to see it in 3D on big screens across the country this Friday, November 6th.
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.
Everybody knows that James Franco is basically Hollywood’s version of the Energizer Bunny, but it’s always interesting to hear what project the writer/actor/producer/director will decide to add to his To-Do list. Franco is currently filming Michael with director Justin Kelly, has several directing projects of his own lined up, and will also be adapting the 2008 novel Rant for the big screen. He is also now going to produce a new dramedy from a novel by David Gordon Green called Goat, which follows 19-year-old assault victim Brad as he follows his older brother to Clemson University and pledges the same fraternity only to suffer more despair and isolation as he and his brother grow apart and he must also deal with the pressures of college hazing and his traumatizing past ordeal. The story sounds like it definitely has great potential, but thus far Franco has only come out as being involved at the production level, and no plans to get him behind the camera have yet been announced from either Franco or director Andrew Neel.
Actor/director James Franco has had a behind-the-scenes documentary of the long-running comedy series Saturday Night Live ready for release for several years now, and according to a recent tweet by the director, the film is about to be released by Netflix competitor HULU. The film was part of Franco’s graduate work while he was attending New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and was even played for audiences at the SXSW festival in 2010, but then saw a transfer of ownership and has been held for release ever since. Now, however, HULU will be releasing the documentary film (titled Saturday Night) this Friday (September 26th), although I’m not positive as to whether or not you’ll be able to watch it if you’re not a HULU subscriber. The documentary itself follows the cast and crew of SNL as they prepare for a December 2008 episode that was hosted by John Malkovich. If you already have HULU Plus then you should be able to watch it with no problem; if you don’t then you may be shit-outta-luck for now!
Location: 1309 4th Street SE, Minneapolis Hours: Mon-Thur: 10AM-10PM, Fri-Sat: 10AM-11PM, Sun: 10AM-9PM
Mineapolis has had a long history of head shops that stand right up to the top shops in the country. Glass shops have come and gone (Green Monkey, Piecemakers), but one has stood the test of time at the top spot. The Hideaway Smoke Shop located in Minneapolis’ Dinkytown neighborhood has grown from a tiny shack into what many would call the “Wal-Mart of glass shops” (in a good way). With a wide variety of every type of smoking device at fair prices; one can only feel like a kid in a candy store upon entering. A purveyor of artisan pipes, The Hideaway features pieces from well known artists like Branden & Minnesota Legit; with a firm rotation set in place. The staff ain’t bad either, they provide swift and courteous assistance as if you were picking out jewelry for a special someone. If you can’t find anything you like within The Hideaway’s confines, your best bet is probably to go custom (yes they do that too). Any time you’re thinking of grabbing something new for your collection keep The Hideaway in mind.
Paramount Pictures has found a replacement director for their Civil Rights drama Selma after Lee Daniels (The Butler, Precious) backed away from the project. Ava DuVernay, who has served as publicity specialist on projects like The Help, Rush Hour 3, and Spider-Man 2, has taken the job after just directing her own episode of Scandal. The film revolves around the “Bloody Sunday” civil rights marches that happened in Selma and Montgomery, Alabama in 1965 and has Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs, The Incredible Hulk) set to star as Senator George Wallace, Tom Wilkinson (The Patriot, Michael Clayton) as President Lyndon Johnson, and David Oyelowo (The Last King of Scotland, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Senator George Wallace is famous for his extreme opposition to banishing segregation in the United States; he famously stood in front of the doors at the University of Alabama in an effort to block newly admitted black students from entering, and when the Selma marches began the politician ordered state troopers to stop the first waves of marchers by beating them, stirring national attention and building great support for desegregation. No word yet on when this one is expected to hit theaters, but we’ll keep you informed.