A new music-documentary from director Amy Berg (West of Memphis, An Open Secret) titled Janis: Little Girl Blue is opening in theaters this Friday, November 27th. The last we heard news of this project was back in October, when it was to be headlined (among other contenders like Trumbo, Black Mass, and Spotlight) at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it was an Offical Selection winner. The film also received Official Selection at this years Festival de Rio and BFI London Film Festival. Featuring Cat Power (V for Vendetta, Boyhood) as the narrator, the film takes a close look at the life of blues/rock-n-roll star Janis Joplin and her roll as a woman and key figure in the Rock-n-Roll movement through personal letters she wrote to friends, family, and fellow musicians. Continue reading →
With pretty much all of the original cast returning from the blockbuster hit Olympus Has Fallen, including Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman, there is a chance that the upcoming sequel London Has Fallen will be at least as action-packed as the original, but any kind of a story the writers try to produce already seems automatically cliche. Olympus Has Fallen was released in 2013 and was praised for it’s action sequences and visual effects, but the story wasn’t necessarily anything you haven’t heard before. The new movie will also bring back original actors Melissa Leo, Angela Bassett, and Radha Mitchell, who will also be joined by Oscar-nominated actor Jackie Earle Haley. Haley is most widely known by younger audiences for portraying the masked hero Rorschach in Zack Snyder’s Watchmen (2009), but his Academy Award-nomination came from his supporting role in director Todd Field’s Little Children (2006). The actor has also appeared in All The King’s Men (2006), Semi-Pro (2008), Shutter Island (2010), Lincoln (2012), and the recent remake of RoboCop earlier this year from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The plot will apparently involve an assassination plot that will take place at the funeral of Prime Minister, but it reads to me like this series is turning into a modern-day Escape From New York/Escape From LA sequel series: just a similar story taking place in a new location, but I guess we’ll see when it hits theaters in 2015. The film will be directed by Babak Nanafi from a script by Olympus Has Fallen writers Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt and new team member Christian Gudegast.
If you have seen the new trailer for The Hundred-Foot Journey, you may be a bit skeptical about going to see it in theaters, but with Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey in the producers’ chairs, it’s probably safe to say the film has great cinematic value. The new film is based on the book by Richard C. Morais and takes place in southern France, where an Indian family opens a new restaurant across the street from a French eatery and stirs up a little family feud between the two establishments. The book was adapted to a screenplay by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises, Locke) and directed by Lasse Hallstrom (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, The Cider House Rules), and features Academy Award winner Helen Mirren (The Queen, Hitchcok) at the head of the cast. Spielberg and Winfrey recently released a featurette on the film in which the two producers discuss the project and what initially drew them to it. You can watch the trailer for The Hundred-Foot Journey and the new featurette right here on MADE. The movie hits theaters on August 8th.
Once again this year marks another successful year at the St. Paul summer beer festival. The event featured over 100 breweries and thousands of drunk people breaking glass. After waiting out the initial 20 minute line to enter, the rest of the day went smoothly as we got away rain free with unlimited booze and live music. If you still haven’t been, make sure to mark this one down in your calendar next year (that is, if you like beer of course).
With over 100 breweries, it is always a tough choice deciding which ones to bounce between, because there is no way you are hitting them all. While their were many beers featured from Minnesota, it is a good day to expand your horizon and find out about new upcoming breweries.
New Upcoming favorites: Finch’s Beer Company and Tin Whisker’s Brewing Company. Finch’s beer company is only 3 weeks old and is located in Chicago, IL. With a variety of canned tallboys already for sale, Finch’s is already making a splash into the market; their Fascist Pig was delicious (Imperial Red IPA). Tin Whisker’s is a newly opened brewery out of St. Paul, which already features a solid lineup of brews at their taproom, all of which were on point.
St. Paul Summer Beer Fest Winner: Went out to MPLS’ Dangerous Man. The brewery is not shy of winning, since they just won the 2014 Winter Beer Dabbler.
George Clooney and Matt Damon’s latest project, The Monuments Men, which hit theaters back in February, followed a group of soldiers during WW2 that were commissioned to steal priceless works of art to protect them from Hitler and the Nazi regime. The film received mixed reviews but it was interesting to see Clooney and Damon on the other side of a heist movie since their work together in the Ocean’s 11 trilogy. Now Ryan Reynolds (Safe House, Green Lantern) will be joining Academy Award winner Helen Mirren (The Queen, Hitchcock) and Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man, The Social Network) in a new film that revolves around an extremely similar plot as Monuments Men. Unlike Monuments Men, however, this new project, entitled Woman In Gold (or The Golden Lady), will be a bit more on the legal side, as it follows Maria Altmann and attorney Randol Schoenberg in a courtroom battle to recover stolen art works from Altmann’s family from Nazi Germany. Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn) will be directing the project, which will be released by The Weinstein Company and will also costar Daniel Bruhl as Reynold’s opposing attorney. I’m not really sure what the obsession is with WW2 art all of a sudden, but if it makes a good movie then what the hell right? Stay tuned.
A few weeks back we posted Chicago spitter Hyype’s track entitled Winner and now it appears we have the visuals to match. 1 half of the duo The Contenders, Hyype’s been making moves as of late; peep the video above and keep an eye out for more.
Hyype of The Contenders (W$C) released some new sounds yesterday in the form of a single entitled “Winner”. Produced by Chris Jet$on, this is another dope record from the Chicago spitter. No word on any new projects, but we’re sure they’re cooking something up; stay tuned for more.