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New Biographical Drama ‘Truth’ Opening In Theaters This Friday

The new biographical drama Truth, which details the 60 Minutes episode in 2004 that investigated President George W. Bush’s military service, and the subsequent criticism that led to news anchor Dan Rather and his producer Mary Mapes loosing their jobs and effectively ending their careers, is opening in theaters this Friday, October 16th. Screenwriter James Vanderbilt (Zodiac, The Amazing Spider-Man) will be making his directorial debut with Truth, which he also adapted from Mary Mapes book. Starring in the two title roles are Oscar winners Robert Redford (All The President’s Men, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) and Cate Blanchett (The Aviator, Blue Jasmine), with Topher Grace (In Good Company, Interstellar), Dennis Quaid (Vantage Point, The Day After Tomorrow), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men, Get Him To The Greek), Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek, I Robot), and Dermont Mulroney (About Schmidt, The Grey). The trailer is available here on MADE. Given the talent backing up this screenplay I would expect that this will definitely be worth seeing. Enjoy!

Oliver Stone’s New Biopic ‘Snowden’ With Joseph Gordon-Levitt Now Filming

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Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden in upcoming Oliver Stone biopic Snowden (2015).

Director Oliver Stone has presented some pretty controversial biographical films in his career, JFK, Nixon, and W. just to name a few. His latest project, again simply titled Snowden, about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is now filming with actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises) in the lead role. More specifically, the plot follows Snowden from his time in the US Army in 2004 to his groundbreaking interview in Hong Kong with documentarian Laura Poitras (whose documentary film, Citizenfour, about that very interview, just won an Oscar for Best Documentary), during which he exposed top-secret NSA documents before fleeing to Russia for asylum. The script comes from two primary sources: author Luke Harding’s The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man and Anatoly Kucherena’s Time of the Octopus (Kucherena is Snowden’s Russian attorney), which were adapted for the film by Stone and screenwriter Kieran Fitzgerald. Included in the supporting cast are actors Shailene Woodley (Divergent, The Fault in our Stars), Scott Eastwood (Texas Chainsaw 3D, Fury), Nicholas Cage (Face-Off, Matchstick Men), Timothy Olyphant (Live Free or Die Hard, Justified), Zachary Quinto (American Horror Story, Star Trek Into Darkness), and Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton, The Exorcism of Emily Rose). The film is scheduled for release Christmas Day 2015. Stay tuned for more news.

New Comedy ‘Top Five’ With Chris Rock Coming To Theaters This December


Comedian Chris Rock will be seen on the big screen this holiday season with a new comedy that he wrote and directed himself. The film is called Top Five and follows the story of a comedian who, having lost his comedic edge, tries to make it as an actor when his fiance, a reality-TV star, suggests having their wedding on her show. Rock will be joined on screen by an all-star cast made up of fellow comedian/actors Adam Sandler, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Seinfeld, Romany Malco, Tracy Morgan, and Cedric The Entertainer. Rock’s previous writing/directing project was I Think I Love My Wife with co-star Kerry Washington in 2007, but he also appeared in Grown Ups 2 in 2013, and has recently been writing and serving as producer for Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. Long-time collaborator Adam Sandler will also be appearing in the upcoming comedy/action flick Pixels from director Chris Columbus (Mrs. Doubtfire, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) on July 24, 2015. Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, and Sean Bean will also appear in that film, which is currently in the filming process. You can check out the trailer for Top Five here on MADE, then maybe add it to your holiday-movie list.

WWII Drama ‘Fury’ With Brad Pitt Opens In Theaters October 17th

The upcoming World War II drama Fury from writer/director David Ayer is due in theaters this October 17th, and considering Ayer’s track record I think we’ll definitely be in for a great movie. Ayer is the writing genius behind such projects as U-571 (2000), The Fast and the Furious (2001), Training Day (2001), S.W.A.T. (2003), and End of Watch (2012), and began his career in directing in 2005 with the South Central LA crime-drama Harsh Times. On top of Ayer’s excellent record, Fury also features a big star cast including Brad Pitt (who seems to do well in WWII movies…#ingloriousbastards?), Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Scott Eastwood, Jon Bernthal, and Jason Isaacs. The movie follows an Allied army sergeant, Wardaddy, who leads his five-man Sherman-tank crew on a dangerous mission into Nazi territory in April 1945. You can watch the trailer here on MADE, then be sure to catch it in theaters this October 17th.

‘Saturday Night Live’ Documentary From Director James Franco Will Be Released On HULU

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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!

Lakeith Lee Stanfield Set To Star As Snoop Dogg In Upcoming N.W.A Biopic ‘Straight Outta Compton’

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We first reported that last month that a biopic about iconic rap group NWA titled Straight Outta Compton (in reference to their first album) was in the works at Universal and that O’Shea Jackson Jr. would potentially be cast to portray Ice Cube in the movie. As far as we can tell that still appears to be accurate, but now we also have news that Lakeith Lee Stanfield (Memoria, The Purge: Anarchy) has been chosen to play the role of Calvin Broadus Jr., otherwise known as Snoop Dog (or Snoop Lion as of last year), who first appeared on the rap-scene around the same time as NWA. That means he and Jackson Jr. will be joining a cast of relatively unknown actors, including Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, Jason Mitchell as Easy-E, Aldis Hodge as MC Ren, and Neil Brown Jr. as DJ Yella. Other cast members include Paul Giamatti as Jerry Heller, NWA’s manager, and Carra Patterson as Tomica Woods. The film will be directed by F. Gary Gray (Friday, The Italian Job), but this is just another project on Stanfield’s list of upcoming movies. The actor is also scheduled to appear in the upcoming Miles Davis biopic with Don Cheadle, Miles Ahead, and Oprah Winfrey’s upcoming Civil Rights drama Selma, which centers on the marches between Selma and Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. Now that the cast is pretty much all in place, filming on this new biopic should begin soon, but we’ll keep an eye out for an official start and potential release date.

O’Shea Jackson Jr. To Play His Father Ice Cube In ‘Straight Outta Compton’

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Iconic rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube has convinced Universal Pictures to cast his son, O’Shea Jackson Jr., in the role of his father in an upcoming film about the rap group N.W.A called Straight Outta Compton (named after the group’s debut album). N.W.A. was formed in Compton, California, a city south of Los Angeles, in 1986 by original members Ice Cube, Arabian Prince, DJ Yella, Dr. Dre, and Eazy-E. Viewed by many as pioneers of the ‘gangsta rap’ genre, the group became the subject of much controversy due to their explicit lyrics, leading the group to be accused of praising and encouraging violent crime and drug use/distribution. Ice Cube is working with Dr. Dre and Tomica Woods-Wright as producers for the upcoming film, which will apparently be a heavy drama encompassing everything from the emergence of Parental Advisory stickers to the LAPD and feuds within the group itself. More information should be coming out soon, so be sure to keep an eye out.

Radius-TWC Sets June Release For ‘Snowpiercer’

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After more than a year in post-production, with newly edited cuts and a delayed release, Snowpiercer is finally being set for release in June. The director’s cut has finally been approved for limited release by Radius-TWC, and the film will appear in select theaters June 27, 2014. Starring Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, and Ed Harris, the story follows a group of survivors on board a train that travels around the globe after a global-warming experiment whipped out almost all life on Earth. Chris Evans will first appear in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which hits theaters next month.

Universal Eyeing Ron Howard To Direct Drug Trafficking Drama ‘Mena’

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Universal Studios has recently acquired a script from up-and-coming screenwriter Gary Spinelli. The studio beat out Sony Pictures for the script at auction for $1 million and now the studio execs are looking to Ron Howard to direct the project. The title comes from Mena, Arkansas, the small town used by pilot Barry Seal to traffic drugs and weapons for both the CIA and the Medeillin drug cartels during the Reagan and H. W. Bush administrations in the 1980s. Howard, who is behind such films as The DaVinci Code, A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Backdraft, and Cocoon, will be taking on a bit of a challenge for this film. The director is known for his real-life dramas, earning the Best Directing Oscar in 2002 for A Beautiful Mind and a nomination in the same category in 2009 for Frost/Nixon, but unlike the his other historic projects like Frost/Nixon and Apollo 13, Mena follows a darker, more violent character study than Howard’s previous films, which should make seeing how he approaches the new project all the more interesting. The project is still very early in the pre-production stages, but we’ll keep an eye out for more details.