Despite the new World War II drama Darkest Hour now playing in theaters nationwide, “Who was Winston Churchill?” still sounds like a question you’re likely to find on one of those ‘the dumbing down of America has happened’ videos. While Churchill may not have been American, himself, his influence and importance in the events of the mid-20th Century cannot be overstated. Winston Churchill was elected Britain’s Prime Minister in 1940, a position he held throughout the remainder of World War II and again from 1951 to 1955. Before his career in politics he had worked as a writer and served as a member of the British Army. His election in 1940 came at a time when Britain’s, and indeed the future of the whole of Western Europe was uncertain. Hitler had been elected Chancellor of Germany in 1933 and, by the time of Churchill’s election, was already marching across France, pushing British forces to the shores of the English Channel, where the famous evacuation at Dunkirk took place (if you haven’t seen Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, I highly recommend it!).
With the United States still hesitant to enter the war effort in either Europe or the Pacific, the newly appointed Prime Minister was faced with the choice of either regrouping and rallying national support to continue the war effort against Nazi Germany, or agreeing to sign a peace accord with Hitler and the Axis Powers. As the United Kingdom stood at the brink of invasion, it was up to Churchill to persuade Parliament, King George VI, and the people of Britain that the war could be won and that it was worth fighting, an extremely difficult prospect considering the ever-growing influence of Nazi Germany and the reluctance of the United States to enter the war. Continue reading →
In the wake of one of the most highly anticipated sequels ever made (Star Wars: The Force Awakens…duh!) comes a new documentary from writer/video documentarian Jon Spira (Suityman, Anyone Can Play Guitar) called Elstree 1976. The film is an assemblage of archive footage and interviews with extras who were present on the set of the original Star Wars film, Episode IV: A New Hope (although, at the time, it was simply titled Star Wars) in 1976. The film features the actors reminiscing about their personal memories against the backdrop of archival footage, and about how being in the film forever affected their lives and careers. Actors including David Prowse (A Clockwork Orange, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi), who starred as Darth Vader in the original film trilogy (although Vader was voiced by James Earl Jones (Field of Dreams, The Lion King)), Garrick Hagon (Mission Impossible, Spy Game), who starred as Biggs in the originals, and Angus MacInnes (Witness, Captain Phillips), who starred as the Gold group squadron leader, all make appearances in the film. If this one is in a theater near you, I would definitely consider checking it out this weekend. Watch the trailer here on MADE.
Back during the Holiday 2014 season director J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Super 8) released a teaser trailer for his upcoming and long-awaited sequel to Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Now with production well underway and the Christmas 2015 release date slowly (but surely) approaching, Abrams has graced us with a new trailer, revealing some impressive cinematic backdrops linking this sequel to George Lucas‘ original series, and bringing back some familiar series-faces to the screen. Making cameo’s in the new trailer is the droid, R2-D2 (who has appeared in every Star Wars film since the original in 1977), and Han Solo and his Wookie companion, Chewbacca, portrayed once again by Harrison Ford (Blade Runner, Clear and Present Danger) and Peter Mayhew (Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back). Actor Kenny Baker (The Elephant Man, Time Bandits) is also back to play R2-D2, along with Mark Hamill (Slipstream, Midnight Ride), Carrie Fisher (The Blues Brothers, When Harry Met Sally), and Anthony Daniels (Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith). Abrams co-wrote the new film with screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan (Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Bodyguard) for Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm Ltd. Fans will have to wait until December 18th, but I’m sure there will be plenty of trailers released before then to appease their appetites!
Jordan Brand is looking to make 2014 the year of the “VI” with several releases for that model due soon. As rumors regarding a complete OG re-release for the year continue, the above “Sport Blue” 6s are a sign that these “rumors” may be coming true after all. The Air Jordan VI “Sport Blue” is set to hit retailers on August 30th at a price of $170, if you’re looking to cop, you should get start getting your game plan set.
Jordan Brand is about to turn things into full gear as we get closer to the 4th quarter. Pictures are now surfacing of a new VI named the “1st Championship”, which features a simply yet super clean colorway. These will surely be sought after, but for now you can dream, because there is no official release date yet. Peep the pics above and keep an eye out for that release date.
Jordan Brand is planning for a big 4th quarter, so in anticipation they’ve decided to drop something new. The Air Jordan VI is getting the Spizike treatment with an upcoming release about a week away. The kicks take pieces from the 3,4,5,6 and 9s respectively resulting in a hybrid of sorts. The fusion Jay’s have always gotten a bad rap, but these aren’t too bad. These will hit shelves August 9th so if you’re interested in copping, check in with your local retailer or click the link below.
Tomorrow, Jordan brand will release the “Brazil” pack as the World Cup moves gets rolling. The pack will consist of the above Air Jordan VIs & the Jordan CP3 VII AE, both of which take colors from Brazil’s popular flag. The pack is supposed to be a limited drop with only 2,000 pairs rumored for release, if that wasn’t enough; they will retail for $500 adding an extra loop for those looking to cop. June 21st is the official drop date, if you’re trying to grab these you should definitely get a game plan set.
Jordan Brand has planned a big year for the Air Jordan VI as various colorways continue to drop. With the latest release, Nike has crept up with the “Celebration Collection” commemorating MJs 6 championships. These will be extremely rare and will only be available via Nike.com’s online raffle system and select stores today. The raffle begins at 9AM (CST) and retail is $250 (each), re-sellers are going to be ALL over these; so if you want a pair for your collection; you should RSVP as soon as possible. Click the link below for more info and to RSVP.
Jordan brand plans to turn up the heat with the summer season right around the corner. As previewed earlier this year, the Air Jordan VI “Carmine” will be dropping this Saturday, May 24th. The new version has a blue-ice sole, which is a tad different from some of the versions in the past, although the kicks still look pretty nice. These will retail for $170 and will be a general release, this means you should be able to find them with relative ease.
Jordan brand has been pretty quiet as of late, but with the summer nearly upon us; you can expect all of that to change very soon. As the World Cup approaches, they’ve decided to pay homage to the games by designing a pair of VIs. A lot of people are speculating whether these are in fact modeled after Brazil’s colors or if they just decided to have fun, we don’t have the answers; but they are a pretty nice pair of kicks. No word on a release date, but you can expect these to drop sometime before the World Cup in June.