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23 years ago today, Disney continued its renaissance with the release of “Aladdin,” and Abu, Aladdin, Jasmine, the magic carpet, and the Genie quickly found their way into Disney fans’ hearts. Part of an era for the House of Mouse that’s known as the Disney Renaissance, the movie that showed us a whole new world was released between 1991’s “Beauty and the Beast” and 1994’s “The Lion King.” It was the film that started the trend that continues to this day: Celebrities dominating voice acting in animated films. Before the late Robin Williams lent his winning energy to the Genie, voice acting was almost exclusively in the realm of people specifically trained to provide voices for animated characters. Though our favorite street rat-turned-prince got his name in the title, the Genie is the character audiences really responded to, and that continues today: He’s the most memorable part of the »
- Emily Rome
Kevin Costner will be giving voice to every wince, slap and ouch you see and will narrate The Hurt Business, a new documentary about the world of ultimate fighting that shines a light on the daily lives of some of the sport’s top fighters, as well as its controversial history and growing popularity. Directed and written by Vlad Yudin, the film follows light-heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones, former Ufc light-heavyweight champion Rashad "Suga" Evans, and Ronda Rousey… »
Hollywood Banker, directed by Frans Afman’s daughter Rozemyn, charts the bankers early days working with producer Dino De Laurentiis through to his fall out with Credit Lyonnais Nederland over the company’s financing of MGM to Giancarlo Parretti, which would result in both the bank and the studio’s bankruptcy.
It’s hard to believe that, before Afman, there really was no model for independent studios to “easily” finance their projects. Yet today Afman’s model of pre-sales and completion guarantees seems simple. It’s no wonder how easily Afman managed to make himself the go-to guy for filmmakers in the 80s. A prime example being Dino De Laurentiis’ King Kong remake, which was the first film to bring Afman’s financial nous to the attention of more than just the independent studios of the time. After all, the pre-sales model not only made it easier to finance movies »
- Phil Wheat
Turns out, Caitlyn Jenner's a big baseball fan -- or a big Kevin Costner fan -- 'cause she hit up the legendary "Field of Dreams" ball park in Iowa the other day ... and TMZ Sports has the pics. We've confirmed ... Jenner stopped by the park on Saturday with a bunch of her friends ... before she took the stage on Tuesday for an event at her alma mater Graceland University in Lamoni, Ia. Our sources »
- TMZ Staff
While this year’s Oscar season has yet to determine a frontrunner, twenty five years ago, Kevin Costner’s “Dances With Wolves” was released on November 21st, starting a campaign that would get the picture seven Oscars. It beat out “Goodfellas,” “Ghost,” “Awakenings,” and “The Godfather Part III” to take Best Picture and also won major prizes for Best Editing, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Director. Audiences lined up to the tune of over $420 million worldwide, and critics were largely taken with the the picture, including “Siskel & Ebert.” Roger Ebert called it a “sweeping, beautiful, romantic, exciting... epic western,” while Gene Siskel declares it a “great, great film.” Ebert in particular praises the film’s depiction of Native Americans. While there have been some criticisms of the movie in how it handles the portrait of the Sioux and Native language in the film, it’s worth remembering that this was Costner’s first directorial effort, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Brian De Palma has become the directorial litmus test of cinephiles everywhere. To supporters, he stands as a startling visual genius with a penchant for set pieces and lurid subject matter. To naysayers, he remains a lowbrow imitator who spends his studio budgets chasing the ghosts of Alfred Hitchcock and Jean-Luc Godard. Great director or high class hack? Inconsistent misogynist or Master of the Macabre? Much like his fractured narratives, the answer is never an easy one to attain.
Both sides provide ample support for their case. De Palma’s resume is riddled with enough hollow imitations (Sisters , Raising Cain ) and bloated commercial flops (The Bonfire of the Vanities , The Black Dahlia ) to sink any director. But even in misfires such as these, an undeniable attention to detail remains.
The split screen cover-up of Sisters or the heartbreaking screen tests of The Black Dahlia are breathtaking in scope and execution, »
- Danilo Castro
Possessing some of the flavor of “National Treasure,” “Agent X” takes the amusing step of investing the Vice President’s office with secret constitutional powers, all for the purpose of concocting a Yankee version of James Bond. And wonder of wonders, it mostly works, at least initially, combining a sense of playfulness with bountiful action and, less successfully, a sweeping conspiracy. Al Gore once joked about the VP being addressed as “Your Adequacy,” but this TNT drama – which feels like a throwback to around the time Gore was sworn in – is actually closer to “Your Pretty Goodness.”
Sharon Stone plays Vice President Natalie Maccabee, who shortly after being ushered to her new residence discovers a hidden passage. “You just beat Lyndon Johnson’s record,” she’s told by her steward, Malcolm Millar (Gerald McRaney), who actually presides over the “Agent X” program, which authorizes the VP to tackle threats foreign and domestic, »
- Brian Lowry
The passion project is as old as Hollywood itself.
Film icons like Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles and Steven Spielberg have all cashed in chits, mortgaged their prestige and wrung their last ounces of influence to bring their visions to the big screen. The results are often mixed, both artistically and commercially. For every “Dances With Wolves” that a driven actor like Kevin Costner can get made at the zenith of his power, raking in riches and Oscar glory in the process, there’s a “Waterworld” or “The Postman” that brings an actor’s star crashing back to earth.
Through it all, the calculus of “one for them and one for me” continues to guide many actors. Someone like Robert Downey Jr. will play Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes into retirement home age if it means getting to stretch his acting muscles in a talky drama like “The Judge.”
That exchange »
- Brent Lang
Hart, who hosted the series for 29 years, says, “What gets me today is people under the age of 35 don’t know that ‘Et’ was alone in this genre and created it, and that every time you see an entertainment news story anywhere today, it’s because we started there.”
The show is celebrating its 35th season milestone the entire month of November, kicking off a few days before with Hart stopping by on Oct. 29. Throughout the month, the show will look back on more than 10,000 episodes and 100,000 interviews, pulling up footage from the extensive archives starting in 1981, while also airing new interviews with stars who chime in about their first time on “Et,” including Tom Hanks, Anne Hathaway, Bradley Cooper, Kevin Costner, Kate Hudson, Jessica Simpson and more. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Ryan Reynolds (The Proposal, Woman In Gold) is in final negotiations to star in dramedy Truth In Advertising, to be directed by Roger Michell (Notting Hill, Hyde Park On Hudson, Changing Lanes), it was announced today by The Solution Entertainment Group’s co-founders and partners, Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel who are financing and producing the film alongside Lynn Hendee (Summit Entertainment’s Ender’S Game) and William Chartoff (Warner Bros.’ upcoming Creed).
The Solution is handling the international rights to Truth In Advertising, which is one of the most highly sought after properties in the independent film market, and will introduce the project to buyers at the upcoming American Film Market. Wme is representing North American rights and arranged the financing.
Set to start principal photography Q2 2016, the screenplay was written by John Kenney, who adapted the script from his critically acclaimed debut novel of the same name.
- Michelle McCue
I blame David Arquette. A film’s cast is only as strong as the script they’re bringing to life, but it’s difficult not to get excited when a strong ensemble comes together for an interesting project. The last time a cast announcement got me truly jazzed was the 2001 action/comedy 3000 Miles to Graceland — Kurt Russell and Kevin Costner in the same movie? Plus Kevin Pollak and Christian Slater? It turned out though that a fantastic cast is far from a guarantee of quality as the movie ended up being a tone-deaf disappointment. I promised myself I’d never again get preemptively excited for a film based on its casting. But then Bone Tomahawk came along. The cast shuffled a bit in the early days, but the final roster includes Russell, Richard Jenkins, Patrick Wilson, and Matthew Fox in a dark western about an attempt to rescue innocents from a tribe of cannibals in the Old »
- Rob Hunter
Story editor and independent producer Joan Liepman died Friday in her Los Angeles home after a three-year battle with lung cancer. She was 65.
Liepman began her career in the William Morris story department in 1979, where her observations drew the attention of agent Ed Limato. Over the years, she became the go-to person for many clients including Mel Gibson, Denzel Washington, Richard Gere, Kevin Costner, Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster and Michelle Pfeiffer. Her story ideas and script assessment helped shape movies like “Braveheart” and “Lethal Weapon.” Many referred to her as Limato’s “secret weapon.”
Limato and Liepman jumped all over Hollywood, from Wma to ICM and then back. She also landed an exclusive deal with Icon Productions.
She graduated a Phi Beta Kappa from Uc Berkeley and was a devout Buddhist.
Liepman is survived by her siblings Peter Liepman, Bob Liepman and Lise Liepman and nephews Robin and Peter Liepman. »
- Jacob Bryant
Joan Liepman, a behind-the-scenes story editor and analyst who was known as agent Ed Limato’s "secret weapon" at William Morris and ICM, has died. She was 65. Liepman, who later became an independent producer for Mel Gibson’s Icon Productions, died Oct. 16 at her home in Los Angeles after a three-year battle with lung cancer, her friend, Melissa Bemel, said. Liepman started in the story department at William Morris in 1979, where she attracted the attention of Limato. For years, she was the go-to-person for clients that included Gibson, Denzel Washington, Richard Gere, Kevin Costner, Anthony
- Mike Barnes
Rising star Eve Hewson is in negotations to play the key role of Maid Marian in the upcoming Robin Hood: Origins, according to Deadline. She gained notice because of her sterling performance as a fledgling nurse in the first season of The Knick, a medical show set during the early 20th century and directed by Steven Soderbergh. That excellent series will begin its second season on Cinemax this week. She also has a small role as Tom Hanks' oldest daughter in Bridge of Spies, which opens in theaters today. The movie is one of several competing projects that have been in development, all seeking to provide a 21st century perspective on the legendary outlaw. The last time this happened, back in the summer of 1991, Kevin Costner starred as the heroic British...
- Peter Martin
Black or White, 2014.
Directed by Mike Binder
Grieving widow fights for custody over his biracial granddaughter; in the midst are issues of race, class, and addiction.
Mike Binder is not afraid to deploy sensationalism for narrative purposes. One of the biggest issues many had with his prior film Reign Over Me was the usage of the 9/11 footage, and it’s irrevocable cultural and societal consequences, both on the micro and macro, as a trajectory for the fictional characters’ own narrative arcs. Binder’s Black or White uses alcoholism, drug addiction, racial prejudice, and socioeconomic divisions to shape the story of a widowed grandfather fighting for custody of his granddaughter. As one may be able to denote from the concerns surrounding his prior film, these themes are deployed in Black or White with little nuance or self-reflexivity. »
- Matthew Lee
Usually, a competing project is poison for a studio. Especially in the era now where a blockbuster costs the national budget of a small country to get out into the world, you don't want to be up against a film with similar subject matter.
Yet this keeps happening, time and time again. Even now, there are two live action Jungle Book movies in various stages of production, for example. And let us not forget when K-9 and Turner And Hooch once did battle...
But how have the movie showdowns of old turned out? And are there any instances where everyone's a winner?
Er, not many as it happens...
Let's start with two reasonably budgeted horror films, that both got wide releases. Jan De Bont »
“Momentum” is a confused, bland, and wholly unoriginal action/thriller that tries its best to ripoff the mid-budget international action formula of Luc Besson’s Europacorp productions. Releasing almost a double digit amount of modestly-budgeted-for-wide-release action movies every year, the Europacorp machine operates in two gears: 1) Take a respected actor in between middle and senior age and turn him into a stoic and effortlessly charismatic action star. This approach worked wonders with the twilight of Liam Neeson’s career. Sean Penn and Kevin Costner, not so much. 2) Take a talented, attractive, recently popularized female star who’s been relegated to supporting roles in giant-budget Hollywood films and give her a leading role as a badass action hero. Scarlet Johansson in “Lucy” and Zoe Saldana in “Colombiana” comes to mind. “Momentum” tries to duplicate the second approach by dropping the gorgeous and otherwise talented Olga Kurylenko into a wholly predictable and. »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
Film Friday is The Hollywood News‘ brand new weekly film show which will feature the week’s brand new releases in the UK, as well as looking at the pick of the pics currently showing at your local multiplex.
This week on Film Friday, we have the new Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon film 99 Homes (we also speak to the two actors), as well as Miss You Already with Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette, Dane Dehaan and Robert Pattinson in Life, and Kevin Costner in the Disney drama McFarland.
The Film Friday series will run every Friday at 12pm midday, UK time, so make sure that you subscribe to our YouTube channel to get the latest show delivered to your door each week. Otherwise, simply follow us on Twitter or Facebook where we’ll also be posting links each week.
Catch previous episodes at the end of the links below. »
- Paul Heath
This Disney-made sports movie, based on a true story, is one of those wholesome, inspirational yarns in which the underdogs overcome every hurdle placed in front of them. Kevin Costner plays Jim White, a sports coach whose habit of giving underperforming athletes the Fergie treatment costs him his job. (He throws a football shoe, which ricochets over the locker and bloodies one team-member's face.) »
Costner and Maria Bello star in this Disney-sponsored true-life sports movie from Whale Rider director
This year’s Disney-sponsored true-life sports movie marks an improvement on 2014’s Million Dollar Arm. Kevin Costner brings old-school movie-star authority to his role as a much-fired football coach making state-beating cross-country runners out of the titular outpost’s Latino kids; director Niki Caro displays the same sharp yet sensitive eye for Mexicana as she showed for Maori customs in Whale Rider (2002), fostering something subtly atmospheric amid the Californian heat and dust. That this genre remains chiefly a male domain is evident from the way the coach’s missus (Maria Bello) gets packed off to the salon, and everybody has to circumnavigate some on-the-nose scripting. (There are literal uphill struggles.). Yet Caro and Costner work hard and well with the youngsters: long before Coach’s big, white privilege-checking rallying speech, the film has generated the »
- Mike McCahill
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