The 67th Berlin Film Festival, better known as Berlinale, kicks off each year shortly after the Sundance Film Festival ends, and continues with an impressive line-up of independent films, ranging from comedy to drama and even science fiction. This year the festival closed with the premiere of James Mangold‘s R-rated comic entry Logan, which will see the last outing of Hugh Jackman as the immortal and tormented Wolverine, opposite Patrick Stewart reprising the role of Professor Charles Xavier. In addition, director Danny Boyle‘s long-anticipated follow-up to Trainspotting also debuted at the festival, and saw the original cast return for a look at how the characters are dealing with the realities of life 20-years after the drug-induced original. The festival also played host to a solid line-up of independent films. Unfortunately we’re not able to afford the trip (or take the time off) to make it to Berlin for the 10-day celebration, so this all based on reviews and speculation, but here are just a few noteworthy entries we figured were worth mentioning… Continue reading →
A new trailer has just been released for the new X-Men sequel/independent-stand-alone feature Logan, once again starring Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables, Prisoners) as the Wolverine. This may very well be Jackson’s last outing with the character. Logan appears to take place in a distant, grim-looking future, where his mutation is failing and he plays guardian for Charles Xavier, now suffering from Alzheimers Disease. While the two cope with the loss of the mutants and the X-Men, Wolverine must battle a corporate conglomerate whose only goal seems to be to destroy the world. Just as the two mutants reach the verge of losing hope, they discover a young girl, or clone, who possesses Logan’s same gift of regeneration, and who may very-well-be their only hope of defeating Essex.
Patrick Stewart reprises his role as Charles Xavier, joining Jackman under the direction of The Wolverine director James Mangold (Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma). Mangold assisted in writing the project with screenwriters David James Kelly and Michael Green (Alien: Covenant, Blade Runner 2049), both newcomers to the X-Men movie universe. Boyd Holbrook (Milk, Gone Girl), Stephan Merchant (Hall Pass, The Big Bang Theory), Richard E. Grant (Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Corpse Bride), and Dafne Keen (The Refugees) all appear in the supporting cast. Sadly, no other familiar faces in terms of X-Men or mutants in general are expected to be seen in the film. Continue reading →
A new war drama from director Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Ender’s Game) titled Eye in the Sky is opening in theaters nationwide this Friday, March 11th. The film is led by Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren (The Queen, The Hundred-Foot Journey) and features an ensemble of stars including Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad, Exodus: Gods and Kings), Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips, Hawaii Five-O) and Phoebe Fox (One Day, A Poet in New York), as well as the late Alan Rickman (Die Hard, Love Actually), who died just last month. Screenwriter Guy Hibbert (Five Minutes of Heaven, A United Kingdom) wrote the script about a military colonel commanding a drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya, who becomes enthralled in an international debate over the morality, and the implications of modern warfare when a young girl enters the Kenyan kill zone where the operation is taking place. Although this will be his last full-length feature appearing in the flesh, Alan Rickman’s last official film will be the upcoming sequel to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, titled Alice Through the Looking Glass, expected in theaters this coming May. The trailer for Eye in the Sky is available here on MADE. Check it out in theaters this Friday.
Ryan Reynolds in full costume as Wade Wilson/Deadpool.
After a successful panel at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego, we now have a full-length trailer for the upcoming comic-action movie Deadpool, which unlike many of the comic films these days, will be rated R. The film stars Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern, Self/less) in the title role of Wade Wilson/Deadpool, a former Special Forces operative who undergoes an unconventional experiment that provides him with accelerated tissue regeneration (like a Frankenstein version of Wolverine) and vows to seek out those who nearly took his life. Director Tim Miller (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Mass Effect 2) helmed the project from a script by writing-team Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland, The Joe Schmo Show). Starring alongside Reynolds are actors T.J. Miller (Big Hero 6, Silicon Valley), Gina Carano (Haywire, Fast & Furious 6), Brianna Hildebrand (Prism, First Girl I Loved), Morena Baccarin (Homeland, Spy), and Ed Skrein (Game of Thrones, The Transporter Refueled). The movie is expected to open in theaters in February 2016. Check out the new trailer at the link below, which aired on Conan this week, and stay tuned for more forthcoming news!
This weekend, alongside Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck with Bill Hader and Woody Allen’s Irrational Man with Joaquin Phoenix, movie-goers will also be able to see a literary icon return to the big screen in the form of director Bill Condon‘s new drama Mr. Holmes. Condon (Gods and Monsters, The Fifth Estate) directs Oscar-nominee Ian McKellen (X-Men, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers) in an adaptation of Mitch Cullin’s A Slight Trick of the Mind, that finds a retired Sherlock Holmes toying over an unsolved case involving a beautiful woman and a confrontation with an angry husband. Fellow Oscar-nominee Laura Linney (The Truman Show, Mystic River) and Hiroyuki Sanada (Rush Hour 3, The Wolverine) make up the supporting cast. The trailer is available here on MADE. Enjoy the weekend line-up!
A Comic-Con celebration would hardly be complete without an X-Men panel of sorts, and this year definitely had plenty of news to appease fans. First up, original X-Men director Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie) along with actors Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables, Prisoners), Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle, The Hunger Games), Michael Fassbender (Inglorious Basterds, 12 Years A Slave), and Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, A Most Violent Year) displayed an unexpected trailer for the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse movie. The film will pick up in the 1980s, after the conclusion of X-Men: Days of Future Past and although the story details are still pretty murky, the mutants and Professor Xavier will come face-to-face with the ancient mutant Apocalypse, who has been around since the dawn of time and is intent on founding a new civilization from the ashes of the one we know. Joining the mutant cast include Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler, Alexandra Shipp as Storm, and Nickolas Hoult as Beast. The trailer should be available for public viewing at some point soon, so we’ll keep an eye out for that. Hugh Jackman was in attendance for the Apocalypse panel although Wolverine is not expected to be in the movie, but Jackman will take up the role one last time in a new solo Wolverine movie. Two other mutants are also expected to make their independent film debuts: Channing Tatum is expected to appear in an independent Gambit movie and Ryan Reynolds will also be appearing in a solo Deadpool movie. Keep an eye out for further news on these two projects. The full panel is available here on MADE.
Sir Ian McKellen has played some pretty iconic characters in his career as an actor, especially in modern cinema, portraying mythical characters like Gandalf, the wizard, and Magneto in the X-Men film franchise, to historical figures like Richard III, Hamlet, and David Copperfield. 2015 will now see the two-time Oscar-nominee take on another literary legend in the form of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. The film will be titled Mr. Homlmes, and will find the famous inspector an old man living with his son and housekeeper in Sussex and reflecting on his life’s work while still trying to grapple with an unsolved case he encountered 50 years earlier. Included in the supporting cast is Academy Award-nominee Laura Linney (The Truman Show, Mystic River), Hattie Morahan (The Bank Job, Summer In February), Patrick Kennedy (Atonement, War Horse), and Hiroyuki Sanada (The Last Samurai, The Wolverine). The script comes screenwriter Jeffery Hatcher (Casanova, The Duchess) and is an adaptation of the novel A Slight Trick of the Mind by author Mitch Cullen, with director Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, The Fifth Estate) behind the camera. Check out the new trailer here on MADE. The film is expected to hit theaters this summer.
Oscar-nominated writer/director Neill Blomkamp‘s upcoming sci-fi thriller Chappie will be opening in theaters this March 6th, and if you are at all familiar with his work on District 9 and Elysium, I would definitely put this one in your calendar. Starring Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine, Les Miserables) and Sigourney Weaver (Alien, Avatar), the film takes place in a future where the police-force is run by robotic-officers who use brute force against the citizens. Things take a turn, however, when Chappie is captured and reprogrammed to have independent thought, posing a threat to the established order, who begin attempts to ensure Chappie is the last of his kind. Blomkamp co-wrote the project with screenwriter Terri Tatchell (Adicolor Yellow, District 9). Check out the trailer now available on MADE.
On top of the great weather in the forecast for this weekend, and SoundSet happening on Sunday in Minneapolis, what else could make this Memorial Day weekend even more memorable? How about the return of the X-Men to the big screen! Today (Friday) will see Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, and Halle Berry returning to theaters for their long-awaited return to the X-Men universe in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Director Bryan Singer, who directed the original X-Men film, along with X2: X-Men United, has brought back his original cast, as well as the cast of X-Men: First Class, which includes Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, and Jennifer Lawrence, into one big X-Men bash that revolves around a time-traveling plot for the purposes of preventing the war of mutants against humanity. While it is the return for Singer, the plot does include details of the characters that we have seen in previous X-Men installments, including the most recent The Wolverine and X-Men: First Class, so you may want to catch up on some of the details before you go and see this one. Either way, it should make for a great movie-going experience. Happy Memorial Day, and as always….Enjoy!
With The Amazing Spider-Man 2 coming to theaters this May, there is a lot of buzz going on around Hollywood about director Marc Webb and actor Andrew Garfield and whether or not they will be involved in both the third and fourth installments of the series. Sony Pictures has already set release dates for the next two movies, the third movie being set for release in June, 2016 and the fourth film set for 2018. Variety recently reaffirmed that both Webb and Garfield would be returning for the third film, but beyond that everything is still in the air seeing as there is no official contract. Nevertheless the two will be very busy in the next several years. Sony also recently announced that the Spider-Man franchise would bring to theaters several spin-offs over the next few years, much like the X-Men series has done with Wolverine. There is no telling whether or not Webb will direct any of these, but in the meantime Andrew Garfield will be busy working on a number of dramas between his superhero duties. The actor will be taking a role in Martin Scorsese’s next picture, Silence, as well as 99 Houses, and The Woman in Gold with Helen Mirren, which follows a similar story to George Clooney’s Monuments Men, but from a courtroom perspective. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters this May; check out the trailer here on MADE.