Today’s Memorable Movie Moment takes us back to 1978, for the excellent cinematography in a film called Days of Heaven. Written and directed by 3x Oscar nominee Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life), Days of Heaven is an American epic that follows a young couple, Bill and Abby, during the Expansionist era in 1916. Moving from Chicago to Texas in search of work, the two become involved in a scheme to have Abby marry a wealthy farmer who is close to death in order to gain his fortune. This, of course doesn’t go according to plan and so a dramatic conflict of jealousy and deceit ensues, loosely based on a backstory that first appeared in Alexander Dumas‘ The Three Musketeers.
Starring Richard Gere (An Officer and a Gentlemen, Pretty Woman), Brooke Adams (Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Dead Zone), and Sam Shepard (Swordfish, Black Hawk Down), the film received Oscar nominations for Best Costume Design, Best Sound, and Best Music – Original Score. Although it failed to win any of these awards, Days of Heaven did receive the Oscar for Best Cinematography for Nestor Almendros. Continue reading →
After nine years away, Jason Bourne is returning to the big screen in the fifth installment in the Bourne series. The new film is simply titled Jason Bourne and reunites original lead Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting, The Departed) with Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass (United 93, Captain Phillips). Julia Stiles (10 Things I Hate About You, Silver Linings Playbook) is also rejoining the cast as CIA operative Nicky Parsons. She and Damon will be joined on screen by an all-star cast, including Oscar winners Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Danish Girl) and Tommy Lee Jones (The Fugitive, No Country For Old Men). Actors Riz Ahmed (The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Nightcrawler), Ato Essandoh (Blood Diamond, Django Unchained), and Scott Sheperd (Side Effects, Bridge of Spies) are also starring in the new adventure that seeks to uncover the true history behind Bourne’s (aka David Webb) mysterious past. 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.
Leonard Nimoy as Spock in the original Star Trek television series.
Actor Leonard Nimoy, who portrayed Spock in the original Star Trek television series in the 1960s, died this week at the age of 83 in Los Angeles. Nimoy began his career as a regular guest on popular TV shows in the 1950s and early 60s, including The Untouchables, Get Smart, and The Twilight Zone. His breakthrough role came when he was noticed on an episode of The Lieutenant, which earned him the role of Spock in Star Trek, which he would be bound to for the rest of his life. Nimoy portrayed the character of Spock virtually for the rest of his career; he starred in the original TV series and the motion-picture series, even directing the third and fourth films, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. The actor was also an avid photographer and studied at UCLA, later publishing several controversial photography collections titled The Shekhina Project and another called The Full Body Project. His final acting role was as scientist William Bell on the Fox-network drama Fringe, but he also made a special appearance in director J.J. Abrams‘ 2009 re-boot film Star Trek, and again in Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013). Nimoy leaves behind his wife Susan and his son and daughter Adam and Julie; may he rest in peace.
Twentieth Century Fox recently moved their upcoming sequel to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes from July 2016 to the next July in 2017. With this move, the vacated release-spot has been filled by Universal Pictures, moving their upcoming Jason Bourne sequel that will reunite Matt Damon (The Departed, Interstellar) with director Paul Greengrass (Green Zone, Captain Phillips) into this date instead. This will push the Bourne release back by a couple of weeks, but also provide virtually no competition for that opening weekend, so it could turn out to be a really profitable switch. Damon and Greengrass are currently writing the screenplay for the film with producer Christopher Rouse, but there is no word yet as to whether or not the movie will follow the previous installment, The Bourne Legacy, with series newcomer Jeremy Renner (The Avengers, American Hustle). The Bourne Legacy was directed by series screenwriter Tony Gilroy, taking over for Greengrass who directed Damon in both the preceding movies The Bourne Supremacy (2004) and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), but now Greengrass is back on board to direct and Gilroy has, as of now, fallen away from the series. Stay tuned for more news.
Director Paul Greengrass with Matt Damon on the set of The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
Matt Damon recently announced that he and director Paul Greengrass would be reuniting for another Jason Bourne adventure, but the director has more on his upcoming schedule than another endeavor into familiar territory. Greengrass (Green Zone, Captain Phillips) is in talks at Sony Pictures to direct a new adaptation of George Orwell’s frighteningly predictive novel 1984. The book was published in 1948 and takes place in the midst of a futuristic war where surveillance technology is virtually unavoidable to the general public, very appropriate in our modern world where surveillance is a constant subject of controversy and federal agencies are under high scrutiny for surveillance methods that may or may not be morally sound. Greengrass will direct the project from a screen adaptation by James Graham, and Scott Rudin, who worked with Greengrass on Captain Phillips in 2013, will produce the project at Sony. Thus far there are no actors attached to the film. Stay tuned.
Although Jeremy Renner did a pretty good job expanding our insight into the Jason Bourne universe as fellow Treadstone agent Aaron Cross, The Bourne Legacy was still lacking in the excitement and suspense that Paul Greengrass brought to The Bourne Supremacy and Ultimatum films with veteran actor Matt Damon. But now news from Deadline reports that Greengrass and Damon will be reuniting for a fourth installment in the original Jason Bourne storyline from Universal Pictures, and the release date for the film will now take the place of the planned sequel to Renner’s Bourne Legacy (July 2016). There is no official news release on the new plotline, but the rumors about what it could be are already starting to hit the web, with a lot of speculation as to whether Renner’s Aaron Cross and Damon’s Bourne will cross paths or if the film will only focus on Bourne. In The Bourne Legacy we saw how Renner’s story was running parallel to Jason Bourne’s expeditions in The Bourne Ultimatum, but whether or not Greengrass will want to cross the two plots is, again, still uncertain. Since Ultimatum was released (and Damon refused to make another Bourne unless Greengrass was signed on to direct), the two filmmakers have worked on a number of projects, with Greengrass releasing Captain Phillips with Tom Hanks last year, and Damon appearing in films like Contagion, Elysium, and The Monuments Men, the two did work together on Green Zone in 2010, so it only seems appropriate that they should be reunited under the Bourne banner once again. Damon is scheduled to begin filming The Martian with director Ridley Scott by the end of this year for a November 2015 release, and will also make an uncredited cameo in Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar at the end of this year. We’ll keep an eye out for more updates.
With a title that’s been around since the 1960s and has always inferred a sense of eerie happenings and strange phenomenon, fans may not be too eager to see another movie revolving around the realm of The Twilight Zone. Nevertheless a director has finally been chosen to take on the Warner Bros. project that has been waiting for a director since last year. Joseph Kosinski, whose credits include Tron: Legacy and Oblivion, is reportedly in talks with Warner to direct the film. Leonardo DeCaprio, who is currently starring and co-producing the upcoming Scorsese flick The Wolf of Wall Street, and Jennifer Davisson Killoran are producing the film, which is still far from gaining momentum as far as actual shooting is concerned, but which may become a priority with a director now attached to it. There are no details related to the plot, but there are rumors that the new movie would stand on its own as a strange science-fiction film and have no connection to the original series accept in name only. We’ll have to wait and see what happens once the whole cast and crew is finalized, but it seems Leonardo DeCaprio rarely gets behind a project that will be entertaining if nothing else.