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Phil’s Last Stand

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Location: 2258 W Chicago Avenue, Chicago
Hours: Sun: 10:30AM-10PM, Mon-Tue: 10:30AM-Midnight, Wed: 10:30AM-2AM, Thur-Sat: 10:30AM-4AM

Chicago’s hot dog game is on another level; red hots, char-dogs, grilled or raw onions, Chicago style toppings or old school style, poppy seed bun or plain, NO KETCHUP; it is it’s own madness. Last weekend we were out late in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village neighborhood and decided to stop by Phil’s Last Stand to finally find out what all the hype’s about. {2:00am, Saturday}: Upon entering, the place was full of all sorts of Chicago’s finest, everyone from drunken college kids, fed up locals; and yes the odd bum or two. Classic atmosphere at any Chicago stand around bar close, the interior was packed but the picnic table filled patio was pleasantly vacant. Both the burgers and the hot dogs were awesome, and like my friend Blanco said, “This place doesn’t give a fuck about fries”; they literally filled the entire basket around the hot dogs. Phil’s easily earned it’s spot within my top 5 hot dog stands in the city, good food, decent prices and they offer more space than the average stand. If you’re ever in West Town or the Ukraine Village on an empty stomach, i’d highly recommend a stop here; you wont leave hungry.

Sundance Film Festival Entries We’re Looking Forward To Seeing In Theaters

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

October’s Long History of Historical Film Releases

Happy Halloween! October is traditionally known for the fall season and for hosting Halloween on the last day of the month. Likewise film distributors tend to look at October as a good time to release horror and slasher films for Halloween on fight-seeking audiences across the country, and around the world. October, however, has a long history of major motion picture releases that is not strictly limited to the horror genre. Read on to see our list of impressive October releases, and enjoy your Halloween Weekend! 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

Filmmaker Marc Abraham’s ‘I Saw The Light’ Seeing Limited Release This Friday

Last year, producer-turned-writer/director Marc Abraham (Air Force One, Children of Men) debuted his new biographical drama, I Saw The Light, at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film is a portrayal of the life of country music singer/songwriter Hank Williams Jr., and was adapted by Abraham from the book Hank Williams: The Biography by authors Colin Escott, George Merritt, and William MacEwen. Starring as Williams is actor Tom Hiddleston (Midnight in Paris, The Avengers), appearing alongside co-stars Elizabeth Olsen (Godzilla, Avengers: Age of Ultron), David Krumholtz (Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, This Is The End), Bradley Whitford (Scent of a Woman, Saving Mr. Banks), and Cherry Jones (Signs, The Village). Although the film has not been well received by critics, fans have praised the performances of both Hiddleston, and Elizabeth Olsen as his first wife Audrey Mae. Some movie-goers will be able to see it in theaters this weekend, but the trailer is available here on MADE. Check your local listings for showings this Friday.

Watch The New Trailer For Director Colin Trevorrow’s ‘Jurassic World’


Finally after months of waiting we have a trailer for the upcoming sequel/reboot Jurassic World from director Colin Trevorrow. The film features Chris Pratt (The 5-Year Engagement, Guardians of the Galaxy), Bryce Dallas Howard (The Village, The Help), Jake Johnson (Let’s Be Cops, 21 Jump Street), Judy Greer (Love & Other Drugs, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), and Vincent D’Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket, Men In Black). Picking up more than twenty years after the original film, the island that featured Jurassic Park is now a fully functional tourist attraction that brings visitors from all over the world to see the genetically-engineered dinosaurs, until, of course, a new disaster quickly arises on our cast members. The film is expected in theaters on June 12, 2015. Enjoy!

Disney Adds Bryce Dallas Howard To Cast Of ‘Pete’s Dragon’ Remake

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One of Disney‘s iconic animated features, 1977’s Pete’s Dragon, is getting a modernized update and recent news has Bryce Dallas Howard (The Village, The Help) joining the cast lineup. Pete’s Dragon followed an orphan boy, Pete, who is guided and protected by a giant green dragon named Elliot as they pass from town to town trying to evade the abusive family who adopted Pete after his parents died. The film is known for it’s use of animation and live-action film as well as the popular single from the film’s score, Candle on the Water. Sean Marshall, Helen Reddy, Mickey Rooney, and Shelley Winters lead the original cast, and the film received two Oscar nominations for Best Score and Best Original Song (Candle on the Water). The new film will be helmed by director David Lowery (Pioneer, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) and feature Howard as part of a cast that already includes Robert Redford (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting), Oona Laurence (Penny Dreadful, American Gladiators), and Oakes Fegley (Fort Bliss, This Is Where I Leave You) as Pete. While the original took place in a New England fishing town and featured a musical-style soundtrack, the new film will take place in a tree-logging town and not feature any musical numbers, save the actual score that plays along with the film. Filming is scheduled for this January in New Zealand at Stone Street Studios.

Djimon Hounsou Joins Cast Of Upcoming King Arthur Film ‘Knights Of The Roundtable’

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Variety recently reported that actor Djimon Hounsou (Gladiator, Blood Diamond) is set to join the cast of the upcoming King Arthur movie Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur. The film is expected to be the first in a series of six films that depict the story of Arthur, with a cast that will be lead by Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy, Pacific Rim), Astrid Burges-Frisbey (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, I Origins) as Guinevere, and Jude Law (Enemy at the Gates, Sherlock Holmes) as the primary antagonist. Guy Ritchie (Snatch, RocknRolla) will direct the film from a screenplay by Joby Harold (Awake, Edge of Tomorrow). Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures will distribute the movie, which is expected to hit theaters in 2016.

The Wolf of Wall Street, Secret Life of Walter Mitty In Theaters Christmas Day

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This December has already seen a swarm of new movies, and it’s not even Christmas day yet! Earlier in the month the Coen Brothers’ musical drama Inside Llewyn Davis came out to theaters starring Oscar Isaac, John Goodman and Justin Timberlake. The film follows a young singer/songwriter in the middle of the folk scene of 1960s Greenwich Village and has already received 3 Golden Globe nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor (Oscar Isaac), and Best Original Song. Also in theaters is the second installment of director Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, this one sub-titled The Desolation of Smaug. The film picks up where the first left off, and along with Ian McKellen and Cate Blanchett, also brings Orlando Bloom back to the Tolkien world from the original Lord of the Rings trilogy. Anchorman 2 and American Hustle both come out this week, and are most likely to be the big holiday hits for the 2013 season.

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Hustle is Christian Bale’s second film for this month following the violent crime-drama Out of the Furnace from director Scott Cooper and co-starring Woody Harrelson and Casey Affleck. Mary Poppins has also found her way back to the big screen this year in the form of Tom Hanks and Emma Watson’s new movie Saving Mr. Banks, which was highlighted at the major film festivals earlier this year and is finally being released to the public for the holiday season. The big Christmas Day releases this year, however, include the controversial new film from director Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street, which follows the life and crimes of Jordan Belfort, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which was directed by and stars Ben Stiller in the lead role of a man who goes on a global adventure after his job is threatened. Both these films are sure to do well at the box office, with Mitty already having received a nomination for Best Picture at the New York Film Festival and Wolf receiving Golden Globe nods for Best Actor (DiCaprio) and Best Picture.

With all this talk about film it almost makes you forget Christmas is coming, but if you have any time this holiday season, check out your local movie theater; there is guaranteed to be something you like showing!!!

Jurassic World Cast Developing

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We have already heard that Bryce Dallas Howard (The Village, The Help) was the first actress to take on a lead role in the upcoming sequel to Jurassic Park. Now more casting slots have been filled, and the movie seems to be taking shape, despite the fact that details on the plot are still being kept on the hush-hush. Up and coming actor Nick Robinson, who impressed audiences with his performance in Kings of Summer earlier this year, has joined the Jurassic cast, along with child star Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3), who is reportedly playing Robinson’s younger brother in the movie. The movie is being directed by Colin Trevorrow, who is also writing the screenplay, which means if he maintains control over his project, it may still be some time before we know how the film will play out. Stay tuned for details!