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In a case of life imitating art, the Cleveland Browns made some ambitious draft-day trades in May to land a college football star who they hope can turn around their franchise. Heisman trophy winner Johnny Manziel will be holding a clipboard when the real Browns open their season next week, but he’s already been anointed a savior by a city that hasn’t won an NFL title since 1964. In Ivan Reitman’s movie, Draft Day, Kevin Costner stars as Sonny Weaver Jr., the Browns’ embattled general manager faced with a make-or-break draft to reverse the team’s losing fortunes and save his job. »
- Jeff Labrecque
This month on Blu-ray and DVD, Optimus Prime and company cause $210 million worth of damage in in Transformers: Age Of Extinction, the shield is wielded again in Captain America: Winter Soldier, Godzilla unleashes terror on San Francisco, Shailene Woodley reveals The Fault In Our Stars, Seth Rogen and Zac Efron make for bad Neighbors, Kevin Costner prepares for Draft Day, God.S Pocket features one of Philip Seymour Hoffman.s last performances, Michael Myers slashes up quite the body count in »
- Mathew Plale
When Michael Haffner reviewed Draft Day here at We Are Movie Geeks, he wrote: “Draft Day still serves as a carefree way to get through a Sunday afternoon until the 2014 football season kicks off. A few late in the game twists will make audiences cheer and seeing Costner act as a capable leader for the whole team makes Draft Day an easy win for football fans.” – read all of Michael’s review Here)
I missed Draft Day on the big screen but just caught up with it on Blu-ray courtesy of the folks at Lionsgate. I was less enthused than Michael. The title doesn’t lie. This film is all about the NFL draft and draft day to a mind-numbing degree. It’s a real ‘inside baseball’ look at the process but I suspect most folks who are not fans of the NFL will find their eyes just glazing over early on. »
- Tom Stockman
A great sports movie should also appeal to those who have no particular interest in sports. Accordingly, some of the best baseball movies could just as easily slot into other genres – they're comedies like The Bad News Bears, historical dramas like Eight Men Out, weepies, biopics, coming-of-age dramas and everything in between.
With this week's release of based-on-a-true-story feel-good drama Million Dollar Arm, Digital Spy takes a look at the ten best baseball movies.
1. Eight Men Out (1988)
John Sayles' 1988 drama tackles Major League Baseball's Black Sox scandal, in which eight underpaid members of the Chicago White Sox (including 'Shoeless' Joe Jackson) conspired with gamblers to intentionally lose the 1919 World Series. Sayles' terrific script perfectly captures the time and place and does a superb job of dramatising several elements of a complex story, with impressive attention to detail.
Very much an ensemble piece, the eclectic cast includes John Cusack (as »
Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? We analyzed this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is laid out in the appendix below) over the seven days leading up to their release, when marketing campaigns should be at their peak.
“As Above, So Below” Universal, Legendary
The summer has been hard on Hollywood and 2014 has been even harsher on horror in particular, with most movies hovering around $10 million opening weekends. Only “Purge: Anarchy” really broke out, capitalizing on the success of the 2013 iteration to slash its way to $29.8 million on opening. “As Above, So Below” delves into the Paris catacombs for its scares and looks set to be the next horror movie to land around that $10 million mark for the three-day weekend.
“As Above, »
- Tobias Bauckhage
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
Three-day weekends are an excuse to be lazy, kick back with a glass of wine (or five), and meander around the home in a constant state of bliss. Then again, that’s the life of a Real Housewife everyday of the week.
For the plebes of the world with a few days off from toil, this Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to catch up on the marathon of shows playing on television, that range from gross (Botched) to fecund (19 Kids and Counting) to a marathon that’s finally coming to an end (The Simpsons). EW has compiled a »
- Teresa Jue
What's that? Pierce Brosnan needs a new action franchise now, 12 years after his James Bond stint ended? There's a series of novels ripe for the action genre taking that would suit him perfectly? Let's make that deal. But The November Man, from the novels by Bill Granger, ends up being more than a run-of-the-mill spy thriller. Aided by some superb action directing from Roger Donaldson and a nice turn from its charismatic lead, the film trumps most of the recently standard "old guy in an action flick" turns we've gotten. Brosnan joins the ranks of Liam Neeson and Kevin Costner, and the former 007 prevails. Brosnan plays Peter Devereaux, a former CIA operative who has left his days taking out the bad guys for the good guys long behind him. He's enjoying a peaceful life by a lake in Switzerland when he's called back into the field. What begins as a »
- Jeremy Kirk
It's almost September, which means a whole new slew of titles on Netflix! August proved pretty lucrative on the quality title front, but it looks as though September it's going to blow the rundown out of the water.
TV takes spotlight this month, with the latest full seasons of "The Walking Dead," "New Girl," "The League," "The Blacklist," "Arrow," "Bones," and "Parks and Recreation" primed and ready for streaming before their fall premieres. And fans still mourning the loss of "How I Met Your Mother" (in more ways than one) can rewatch the ninth and final season to their heart's content. Ah, memories. Showtime's recently departed "Californication" can be seen in its entirety (Seasons 1 -7) as well, starting September 1. That's a lot of TV.
- Tim Hayne
Each week HeyUGuys will take a primary focus on the site. This could be a genre of movie, an aspect of the industry, a specific person or part of the movie making process we want to explore further. This week our focus is the divisive issue of film censorship. We began with a debate of the necessity of the BBFC, continued with Beth Webb’s exploration of the censorial milestones we have passed so far. Today Cai Ross lists the scenes which caused the censors a headache, from Eisenstein to The Exorcist. Tomorrow we’ll close out the week looking forward to the future of film censorship.
In 1903, a 49 second long documentary called Cheese Mites became the first film to be banned in Great Britain. UK cheesemakers (blessed as they were) feared that this microscopically-shot image of grubby-looking mites going about their filthy business upon a wedge of stilton, would »
- Cai Ross
One of the absolute best spy thrillers of the past three decades is the Kevin Costner-led No Way Out. Seriously. If you haven’t seen it, or haven’t seen it in a while, go watch it again and marvel at its sharp script, fantastic action set-pieces and electric performances from all involved. Plus Iman! Director Roger Donaldson has returned to the genre on occasion since ’87, but while he’s yet to capture that same magic it hasn’t stopped him from trying. Which brings us to The November Man. Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan, himself no stranger to the cinematic spy game) is retired and living the peaceful life of a single parent and shopkeeper when an old friend visits to ask a favor. He needs help with an ex-filtration, and the woman in desperate need of escaping Moscow is someone very close to Peter’s heart and past. He »
- Rob Hunter
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Blended (comedy; Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore; rated PG-13) Draft Day (football drama; Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner; rated PG-13) The Two Faces of January (thriller, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortenson, Oscar Isaac; pretheatrical release premieres 8/28 rated PG-13) Life of Crime (comedy; Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes; premieres 8/29 on Mod and in theaters; rated R) Streaming/Digital Download: Rent from $4-$7 or own from $13-$20 (HD...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
In an episode of Breaking Bad, which by the way cleaned up at the 66th Annual Emmy Awards earlier tonight in its swan song appearance, Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) recounts a moment in his past when he successfully pulled off convincing a woman he was Kevin Costner. He didn't accomplish this unlikely feat because he looks or sounds anything like Mr. Costner. Saul's reasoning is it worked because he truly believed he was Kevin Costner, and thus the poor woman picked up on his vibe.
This scene tells us that not only is Saul's back story incredibly intriguing, but he has experience in roleplaying to suit a purpose. It's no mystery that Saul Goodman will return in Better Call Saul in February 2015, but is Saul Goodman really his name? The answer is absolutely not.
Several new photos worth a look today including Samuel L. Jackson in Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service, David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr. in the potential Oscar contender Selma, and shots of Liam Neeson and Dan Stevens in A Walk Among the Tombstones.
In an unexpected and extremely rare move, Radius-twc has announced both the limited theatrical revenue And the VOD revenue for its indie release "The One I Love". The film opened on eight screens with a $55,126 weekend haul, and has also made just over $500,000 on VOD where it has been available on demand since August 1st.
The company also announced that Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer" has racked up over $6 million on VOD alone compared to its $4.4 million theatrical gross. [Source: Deadline]
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- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: In a bid to drive acquisitions, Toronto top brass are understood to be collaborating with select sales agents to allow festival staff and volunteers to attend four early-stage private buyers screenings.
Screendaily has learned the move is being orchestrated to replicate the buoyant atmosphere of public screenings in an effort to stir up sales.
The timing of the move is dictated by a growing recognition that most decision-makers at distribution companies will have left town by the time these films officially premiere in the second week, despite Toronto’s efforts to spread its riches across the duration of the festival.
That strategy was informed in part by the festival’s new and well documented policy of holding back until the second week premieres of anticipated films that will receive their actual world premiere in Telluride.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
“McFarland USA,” based on a true story, centers on a coach in a predominantly Hispanic California town who creates a high school track team that overcomes social and physical hurdles to become champions during the 1980s.
Two other films have already been dated for Feb. 20 — Relativity’s “Jane Got A Gun,” starring Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman, and Open Road’s “The Gunman,” starring Sean Penn, Javier Bardem and Idris Elba.
Costner recently starred in another sports drama — Lionsgate’s “Draft Day,” which delivered middling returns with about $29 million domestically.
- Dave McNary
Disney is moving McFarland USA, the sports biopic starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello, out of Thanksgiving weekend and into a slot early next year. McFarland, whose title has been lengthened to McFarland USA, moves out of the Hunger Games: Mockingjay weekend (not that the demos compete for it) and moves to February 20, 2015 — a weekend populated by two films with the word gun in their titles: Relativity’s Jane’s Got A Gun starring Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman and Open Road’s The Gunman starring Sean Penn, Javier Bardem and Idris Elba.
McFarland is about high school track and field coach Jim “Blanco” White and his wife who nurtured a bunch of poor, immigrant kids with short legs and turned them into running champions. It was produced by Mayhem Pictures
- Anita Busch
The Austin Film Festival has announced its first wave of film screenings, including Centerpiece Film Black and White (directed by Mike Binder and starring Kevin Costner), documentary 21 Years: Richard Linklater, and Dawn Patrol, directed by Aff regular Daniel Petrie Jr. This initial list is a mix of world and regional premieres and provides glimpses of a diverse program; among other things, festivalgoers will have the chance to see a Texas-based political documentary, a pioneer drama with an all-star cast, and Benedict Cumberbatch playing the role of Alan Turing.
The writer-focused festival runs Oct. 23-30 and includes feature films, short films, film competitions and conference panels. See below for a list of the titles announced so far, and find out more about attending Aff here.
If you're ready to get festival season started already, don't forget that the 27th Anniversary Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival (aGLIFF) takes place in »
- Caitlin Moore
Pierce Brosnan may be best known for playing suave secret agent James Bond, but the dapper Irish actor almost filled the shoes of another famous fictional hero: Batman. Unsurprisingly, Brosnan admitted during a Reddit Ama this week that he regrets turning down an offer to star as the Caped Crusader in Tim Burton's 1989 smash hit. The "November Man" star was one of several big names -- including Mel Gibson, Kevin Costner and Bill Murray (!) up for the role that ultimately went to Michael Keaton. "I went and met with Tim Burton for the role of Batman," Brosnan revealed. "But I just couldn't really take it seriously, any man who wears his underpants outside his pants just cannot be taken seriously. That was my foolish take on it. It was a joke, I thought. But how wrong was I? Don't get me wrong, because I love Batman, and I grew up on Batman. »
- Dave Lewis
50 to 1
Directed by Jim Wilson
Imagine, if you will, a horse race that starts and finishes in a blink of an eye. We see your choice winner bucking behind the starting gate. His chances of winning are slim to none, fifty to one in fact. You may not know anything about the horse, but you like the sound of his name on the program, and figure you can make some nice cash from a long shot. The gate opens and your horse bellows out the door. Immediately cut to the first bend and he is trailing behind the team. Now, immediately cut to the last and he strides to the finish line by a large margin. Victory is yours, but to what fulfillment? Sure you’re happy that your horse won, and heck, you might have made a serious winning. You probably »
- Christopher Clemente
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