Kate Winslet in negotiations for the Steve Jobs Biopic

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Universal Pictures is wasting no time in getting this Steve Jobs biopic set for production. After obtaining the rights from Sony Pictures a few weeks ago, the Danny Boyle directed project looks to add a female lead to join the cast, which includes Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs and Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak There’s great news for all the Kate Winslet fans out there, as the Oscar wining actress is in negotiations to join the biopic as the lead.

The report comes from Variety, and should this casting become official it’ll be a major step forward for a project that had major problems putting a cast together. It would have been very interesting to have her and Leonardo DiCaprio together again for a script written by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network). DiCaprio eventually parted ways from the project, and a more than worthy replacement in Michael Fassbender will be playing Steve Jobs.

Should Kate Winslet officially sign on, the expectations will be enormous for a project that also involves the names above. Here’s to hoping all works out so we can finally see a Steve Jobs biopic done right.

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Every Generation has their own unique love for movies

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Films fans from every generation grew up loving movies from their time. I find it truly amazing when I discover a movie that a person from a generation same or different recommended to me, and I end up loving the movie just as he or she did. We now share a common love for a particular movie and can enjoy talking about it.

That being said, every now and then I’ll come across a certain individual who is older than me and learns that I’m a film fan who hopes to one day write about movies. They’ll bring up a question like “Have you seen this movie? What did you think about it?” and it’ll be a movie from the 70’s for example and my reply will be “No I haven’t had a chance to watch it, but I’ll check it out”. All of a sudden they’ll freak out and start questioning me and my love for films. These types of people don’t understand that for one, the movie was before my time, second everybody has a certain genre of preference, and third someone’s love for films is not measured by the amount of movies they have seen.

People my age are labeled under “Generation Y” as in from the 80’s to the early 00’s of people born, according to estimations. I grew up watching (for example) many Action movies from the 80’s and 90’s (The macho era). Names like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean Claude Van Dame, and Sylvester Stallone are no strangers to me. If you were to ask me about John Wayne or Sidney Poitier, I cannot honestly say I’ve seen a majority of their movies, but I’ll say my favorites would be The Quiet Man and To Sir with Love.

All I’m trying to say is that films fans who are older shouldn’t criticize the younger fans. Recommend a movie and give them time. People tell me to check this movie out or that movie, and I’ll get around to it. Once I do, I’ll get back to them and then the fun of talking movies happens.

Feel free to share some movies you grew up watching, and to recommend any ones we should check out!

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‘The Divergent Series: Insurgent’- Official Trailer Thoughts

With the success  of the “young adult” genre in the past half-decade or so, we have seen a mixture of some horrible films (Twilight Series) and some very good-to-great films (The Hunger Games Series). So far I would call the Divergent Series the middle ground of the genre, without much to go off of since there has only been one movie released thus far. I was not a big fan of the first Divergent film, and that’s partially because it is not my demographic, but I also did not hate the movie either. I thought it set up a really interesting universe and it had some really good things going for it.

Regardless of my opinion though, it did surprisingly well at the box office pulling in over 280 million dollars worldwide on an 85 million dollar budget. Those numbers automatically gave the studio confidence to move forward with the series, which they would’ve done anyway unless Divergent bombed horrifically. The second installment in the franchise, Insurgent, will be released March 20, 2015 and the official trailer was recently released (see above).

I’ve got to say, while I think the concept of these movies are cheesy to begin with, I think this franchise can improve with each movie as it moves forward. Like I mentioned earlier, I think the first movie set up a cool world which they could expand on in future films and this trailer shows that they are going bigger, and hopefully better, with the sequel Insurgent. I’ve never read the novels, nor am I personally invested in this franchise so when I see the films or the trailers I’m basing it off of my uninformed opinion when it comes to the content. It looks like they are showing us a lot more action in this film rather than setting up the tone and the type of world they are in. One of my skepticisms of the first movie was that I did not think that Shailene Woodley’s character Tris was believable as a tough fighter that could hold her own in battle. This trailer changed my mind and I now take her character more seriously. You can sense that this character has been through a lot and she is ready take on any responsibilities that may lie ahead of her. Also, I like that all of the “Divergents” are joining together to fight against the government (not sure what the bad guys are called) lead by Kate Winslet’s character.

With that being said, just like the first movie, I thought this trailer was a little cheesy BUT I saw some really cool things in it that caught my interest and maybe have even convinced me to see it in theaters. Is that weird? Maybe I’ll take my younger cousin who is a huge fan of the books and movie so I’m not the only adult without a kid in the theater.

Check out the trailer for yourself and let me know what you guys think? Does it have any promise or has this franchise already lost you with the first movie? Express yourself in the comment section.

The Divergent Series: Insurgent stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller and Kate Winslet while being directed by Robert Schwentke and will hit theaters March 20,2015.

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Its an exciting time for Fans of Boxing Films – 2015

Early one morning I was tuning in to ESPN, and the network was discussing a possible Boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. During that segment I started thinking about Boxing movies and realized there’s a handful coming our way soon. I did some research on upcoming boxing films and found four films that fans of film and boxing should be excited about. I’m a Boxing fan myself and I’m excited for what’s to come in the next 1-2 years.

1. Tyson Biopic

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The announcement that an actual biopic about “The Baddest Man on the Planet” was finally happening was exciting to hear. For one, any sports fan whether its Football, Baseball, Hockey, or Nascar has heard of Iron Mike Tyson. He was the youngest heavyweight champion in the history of boxing and packed one the most powerful punches ever. He was also known for his bad behavior outside of the ring, which I’m sure this biopic will include. Second, the actor who will be playing Mike Tyson is Oscar winner Jamie Foxx. I remember watching an interview on Foxx a few years ago and he expressed how much he truly wanted to play the boxing legend. During the interview he even did Tyson’s persona including his famous lisp.

The biopic is in its early stages with no Director, Script, or Production Co. announced. However, I expect all that to change by mid next year considering the potential for a film telling Tyson’s story and having Jamie Foxx attached. My estimation is that filming on the biopic will begin as soon as Fall 2015.

2. Southpaw

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Southpaw is a fictional boxing drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Billy “The Great” Hope, a junior middleweight champion fighter who fights for redemption, while his life outside the ring is falling apart. The film is Directed by Antoine Fuqua who is coming off his latest hit film The Equalizer. There is plenty to be excited about just by looking at who is involved in the film. Jake Gyllenhaal is on fire right now with his Oscar buzz performance in this year’s Nightcrawler. He showed no less effort preparing for this role, having trained at Floyd Mayweather’s Atlanta Boxing Gym with professional boxers. This film also boasts a recognizable and talented cast in Forest Whitaker, Naomie Harris, Victor Ortiz, Rachael McAdams, and 50 Cent.

Southpaw is already in post production stages. No trailer has yet to been released, but a release date will be sometime in 2015.

3. Hands of Stone

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Hands of Stone is labeled as a biographical action film that follows the boxing lives of Boxing legend Roberto Duran and his trainer Ray Arcel. The film is written and directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz, and co stars Robert DeNiro as the boxing legend’s trainer. What made me look twice about this film is that R&B Singer Usher Raymond will star as Boxing Legend Sugar Ray Leonard. That’s a casting that I find curious and want to see the end result. In June 1980, Roberto Duran defeated Sugar Ray Leonard to capture the WBC welterweight title, but shocked the boxing world by returning to his corner in the November rematch, saying ‘No Más’. Playing Roberto Duran is actor Edgar Ramirez who has starred in films such as The Counselor and Zero Dark Thirty.

Hands of Stone is currently in the post production stages and has an official release date for December 11, 2015.

4. Creed (Rocky Spin-Off)

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Rocky Balboa ended the Rocky franchise on such a perfect note that there was no reason to ever bring the character back. However, this upcoming Rocky spin-off is a brilliant idea and most definitely needs to include the Rocky Balboa character. The film Creed focuses on the grandson of Rocky’s longtime rival and later good friend, Apollo Creed. Recognizing that Apollo’s grandson Adonis Creed, played by (Michael B. Jordan) has incredible talent for boxing, Rocky takes him under his wing as his trainer. Directing this film is Ryan Coogler who worked with Michael B. Jordan on last year’s Fruitvale Station.

For any fans of the Rocky films, I don’t know how you can’t be excited about this film, especially seeing Sylvester Stallone in a trainer’s role. I’m looking forward to seeing the relationship between Adonis Creed and Rocky Balboa, considering Rocky could have saved Apollo’s life if he had thrown in the towel in the fight against the Russian (Rocky IV). Also starring in Creed is actress Tessa Thompson and real life boxers Tony Bellew and Andre Ward.

Creed is set to begin production in Philadelphia on February of 2015, with an estimated release around the holidays later next year.

Which film are you most looking forward to see?

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Mark Wahlberg signed on for Transformers 5, and 6?

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A couple months ago I called Transformers: Age of Extinction the worst thing to happen to blockbusters since the Sam Raimi directed Spider-Man 3 (or Green Lantern, take your pick). There’s no doubt that the film was a financial success, taking in over $1 billion dollars worldwide, with $841 million coming internationally. Now Paramount Pictures is moving forward with Transformers 5 and while the only hiccup in the process is whether Michael Bay will return to direct a fifth film in the installment or not, its confirmed that their lead from the previous film in Mark Wahlberg  is returning.

“I committed to doing a couple more.  I can’t speak for Mr. Bay but something tells me we’ll be on the set soon.” (MTV)
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I’m a fan of Mark Wahlberg as an actor. In films like The Fighter and Lone Survivor I thought he brought it, performance wise. Even this year’s The Gambler is looking good, but I was hoping he’d leave the Transformers franchise behind after one film. Look, Age of Extinction at one point prior to its release was looking like a game changer for the franchise after Dark of the Moon, but it wasn’t. The film instead cemented fan speculation that the studio doesn’t care about the property or making a good film, and just wants to sell toys and make a lazy blockbuster using tricks we seen time and time again. If I had to choose between Mark Wahlberg doing another Transformers movie or a sequel to Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes…. I’d probably go with Transformers, but we’re not talking about that here.
My only two hopes are that they’re paying Marky Mark a ton of money since the last film made a ton of money, and that Michael Bay doesn’t return to direct. I already stated in the past, the only thing I want to see from Bay is a Bad Boys 3. Looking closely at Mark’s statement though, it looks like the two just might be re-teaming up again for a fifth film. Hail Hydra.
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You’ve heard my rant about this news, I’m curious to hear your opinion.
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“True Story” – Jonah Hill and James Franco starring in a Drama based on real events.

The first trailer for True Story starring Jonah Hill and James Franco has released (Yahoo Movies). The Sundance Festival selected film is based on a true story about a New York Times reporter Michael Finkel (Hill) who is down on his luck. After losing his job, Michael receives a call informing him that an accused killer named Christian Longo (Franco) has taken his identity upon arrest. As Michael investigates Christian, he is sent on an troubling pursuit to find out the truth.

I liked the trailer and am looking forward to seeing the film. Both Jonah Hill and James Franco are comedic actors who have proven themselves to be quality actors in dramatic roles. Therefore, seeing these two in a film that isn’t a comedy shouldn’t be a distraction to anyone. The story of Michael Finkel is also said to be a compelling one, and having a two time Oscar nominee in Jonah Hill in the lead role should elevate the film.

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Directing True Story is Rupert Goold who is making his feature film directorial debut, and also stars the beautiful Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2).

True Story opens in theaters on April 10, 2015

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‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’- Movie Review

6.8 out of 10

Director Ridley Scott has not been on his game lately. With the failure of last years The Counselor, which had a stellar cast but ended up being critically despised, and the year before that Prometheus having mixed reviews, people are no longer giving Scott the benefit-of-the-doubt and rightfully so. That could explain why there wasn’t a lot of buzz leading up to the release of Exodus: Gods and Kings. Also, the negative critic reviews thus far have impacted people’s preexisting perception of whether the movie will be good or not. Regardless of that, Exodus still won the weekend box office at about 25 million it’s opening weekend. That’s not bad but still not what a studio would expect from a high budget Ridley Scott film starring Christian Bale.

With all that being said, after seeing Exodus: Gods and Kings, I recognize why it’s building up so much negativity; it’s a horrible movie. I didn’t have high expectations at all and I still came out very disappointed. Although, there were some redeemable aspects to the film. I found myself fascinated with the second act. But other than that I cannot understand what was going on when this script was written and how this movie was made.

On paper, it sounded like an extraordinarily interesting mixture of pieces that could’ve led to a very special film. You had Ridley Scott, while although his recent work had not been beloved, he’s still a proven director and could possibly make a great movie. The two leads alone, Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton (I don’t mind the “white washing” of the characters who are supposed to be Egyptian or Muslim), are academy level performers and the supporting cast was formidable as well. With all that going for it you would assume that a great, epic, event film was on it’s way. But it ended up being a lazily put together movie that was nothing but frustrating to watch. The major problems lie within the script and story and even with an all-star cast, that can be unforgivable.

Like I mentioned earlier, there were some things that I liked about this movie even though my overall impression was negative. In the first thirty minutes of the film I thought to myself, “Here goes another sword and sandle war movie with huge battles that I’ve seen before.” But as the movie went on there were less battles and it focused more on the back and forth emotional struggle between Moses and Ramses. It also focused on God’s role in the story and how God uses nature to punish civilizations to bring order. All of this fascinated me, especially since I’m not familiar with the original content or the religious aspect of the Moses story.

Those were about the only positive things I could say about this movie. I was sort of looking forward to it and it ultimately disappointed me. Ridley Scott’s next film, The Martian has another intriguing premise and stars Matt Damon. Hopefully he can redeem himself with this one or he might find trouble getting studios to back his larger than life, big budget movies.

Have you guy’s seen Exodus: Gods and Kings? If so, what did you think? Was it as bad as I made it sound or am I being too negative? Let us know in the comment section.

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