Alone in Berlin and 13 Minutes, both dramas centered upon characters living in WWII Germany, have new trailers available for their upcoming US releases. Alone in Berlin, which tells the story of real-life Nazi-protestors Otto and Elise Hampel, received mixed reviews at last year’s Berlin Film Festival. Although the story of Hampel, named Quangel in the film, is both amazing and inspiring, critics have come down hard on director Vincent Perez having the actors speak in English, but use German accents and because of overwhelmingly amateur and obviously staged set and camera work. The ending is also reportedly horrible and undeserving of such a powerful story. Had the project been in the hands of a more experienced, or dedicated filmmaker, it might have really done well, especially considering the material. Continue reading →
Sunday night saw a decent amount of new movie trailers played during the 50th celebration of America’s favorite athletic pastime, the Super Bowl. One of these new trailers was a new preview for the upcoming Jason Bourne installment that will reunite director Paul Greengrass (United 93, Captain Phillips) with original actor Matt Damon (The Departed, The Martian) in what will simply be titled Jason Bourne. The two will share writing credits with screenwriter Christopher Rouse (The Italian Job, Greenzone), who has also worked on The Bourne Supremacy (2004) and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007). Also returning from the original film series is actress Julia Stiles (The Omen, Silver Linings Playbook), who is joined by newcomers Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Man from UNCLE), Tommy Lee Jones (No Country For Old Men, Lincoln), Vincent Cassel (Ocean’s Twelve, Black Swan), Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler, Star Wars: Rogue One), and Ato Essandoh (Blood Diamond, Django Unchained). No details are yet available on the plot, except that Tommy Lee Jones plays the new CIA station chief attempting to track down Jason Bourne, who disappeared at the conclusion of The Bourne Ultimatum. The movie is expected in theaters on July 29th. Check out the new trailer here on MADE.
Filmmaker Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Equalizer) is currently working on principle photography for his upcoming remake of the classic 1960 western The Magnificent Seven. The original film was directed by legendary director John Sturges (The Great Escape, Joe Kidd) and featured an all-star cast that included Yul Brynner (The Ten Commandments), Eli Wallach (The Good The Bad and the Ugly), Steve McQueen (Bullitt), Charles Bronson (Death Wish), Robert Vaughn (Julius Caesar), Brad Dexter (Run Silent Run Deep), and James Coburn (Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid). Composer Elmer Bernstein received an Oscar-nomination for Best Musical Score (Drama/Comedy) for his work on the picture, and the film was selected for the National Film Registry by the National Film Preservation Board in 2013. Continue reading →
The new action-thriller with star Liam Neeson (Taken 3, A Walk Among The Tombstones) is opening in theaters tomorrow from director Juame Collet-Serra (House of Wax, Orphan). The two filmmakers have worked on several previous projects together, including Unknown (2011) and last year’s Non-Stop; this time out Neeson stars as mob-hitman Jimmy Conlon, who is approached by his long-time friend and mob-boss, Shawn MaGuire, when the former kills the latter’s son and wants to exact justice in a game of you-killed-my-son-so-I’m-gonna-kill-yours. The story comes from screenwriter Brad Ingelsby (The Dynamiter, Out of the Furnace) and co-stars Oscar-nominee Ed Harris (The Abyss, Apollo 13), Joel Kinnaman (Safe House, RoboCop), Boyd Holbrook (The Skeleton Twins, Gone Girl), Bruce McGill (Cinderella Man, Lincoln), and Vincent D’Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket, Men In Black). Check out the trailer here on MADE, then see it in theaters this Friday.
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!
Ever since fictional actor Vincent Chase appeared on the set of Nine Brave Souls in HBO’s Entourage, audiences have been wondering whether or not a real movie based on wildfire firefighters would ever actually appear on the big screen. Now it seems that writer/director Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace, Crazy Heart) is preparing to set up a project based on the Granite Mountain Hotshots crew who lost 19 members in a wildfire blaze at Yarnell Hill last summer. Although the director is about to begin filming his Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass with Johnny Depp, Hotshots could potentially be his next project. The tragedy was the greatest loss of firefighters in a wildfire in 80 years, and now Brendan McDonough, the only survivor, will provide his account of the event tp screenwriter Ken Nolan, who will write the script for Cooper and producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mike Menchel. Family and friends of the victims are also being approached by the filmmakers for details in order to paint a more accurate and loyal picture of the men. We’ll definitely keep you updated on this one.
Check out these two images from director Colin Trevorrow’s upcoming sequel/reboot to Steven Spielberg’s 1993 Blockbuster, Jurassic World. The film takes place on Isla Nublar, the same island that housed the original park built by industrialist John Hammond, 20 years following the disaster in the first film. This time, however, the park is fully functional and open to the public, when, of course, something unexpected happens and all hell breaks loose. These two images give us some insight as to what we may see in the new movie. The park looks completely modernized, far greater in scale than John Hammond’s original, which means the actors will have plenty of room to run and hide from dinosaurs with! The movie is scheduled for release in June, 2015, and features Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Vincent D’Onofrio, and BD Wong, who played Dr. Henry Wu in the original film. The next step is the trailer, which I’m getting excited to see!
With 2015 quickly drawing nearer, and the list of film franchises that will return to the big screen constantly growing, then shrinking, then growing again, two movies seem to be moving along at a steady pace. Independence Day and Jurassic Park are those two movies, and all reports are that pre-production is going quite well, especially as far as casting is concerned. Jeff Goldblum, who played the part of Ian Malcolm in the original Jurassic Park (1993) and the first sequel, The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) will not return for director Colin Trevorrow’s reboot of the series, Jurassic World. The new film is being produced by Steven Spielberg, who directed the original film, and thus far has an impressive cast which includes Bryce Dallas Howard, Christ Pratt, Jake Johnson, Nick Robinson, and Ty Simpkins, and according to new reports from Deadline, Vincent D’Onofrio. While Goldblum will not be appearing in the new film, he recently confirmed that he will be back for director Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day 2, which like Jurassic World is still awaiting a completed script. Universal has set the release for Jurassic World for next June, and Twentieth Century Fox is looking to release Independence Day 2 a month later. Let’s hope they stay on schedule with production!
After almost five years of delays and postponements, a film adaptation of the HBO series Entourage is finally underway and shooting began earlier this week in Los Angeles with Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferarra and Jeremy Pivon reuniting in their respective roles. The script was written and is being directed by Doug Ellen, who originally created the series, and picks up several years after the series ended, with Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) shooting an adaptation of Dracula. The film has Billy Bob Thornton joining the cast as the Dracula financier, whose son, played by Haley Joel Osment, is sent to LA to oversee the project. Series producer Mark Wahlberg will be joining Ellen for the film’s production responsibilities, along with Stephen Levinson and Wayne Carmona. Supporting cast members also returning for the film include Emmanuelle Chriqui (Sloan), Rhys Coiro (Billy Walsh), Rex Lee (Ari’s assistant Lloyd), Perrey Reeves (Ari’s wife), and Debi Mazar (Vince’s publicist). Stay tuned for more news.
Audiences have been waiting for the anticipated feature-length adaptation of the HBO series Entourage since the series ended over a year ago. Filming was supposed to have begun back in May, but that has been delayed indefinitely because the cast members are holding out for more money on their contracts. Jeremy Piven has signed on to reprise his role as Ari in the film, which will pick up where the series left off with Ari potentially running his own studio and hiring Vinny for a part in one of his movies. That being said, Adrian Grenier (Vinny) has yet to sign on for the project. Jerry Ferrara (Turtle) is also holding out on finalizing a deal, but reports have indicated that Kevin Connolly (Eric) has signed on. Let’s see how greedy Grenier and Ferrara get before they finally decide to go ahead with the project, because we all know an Entourage movie without their presence would pretty much be a box office fail.