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Read more of our Fantastic Fest 2015 coverage here. 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 »
- Rob Hunter
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
Morgan Creek Productions is planning to sell the domestic rights to its library of 78 films and has hired investment banking group Houlihan Lokey to handle the sale, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The production company, overseen by James Robinson, said that it is currently debt-free but plans to use proceeds from the sale to fund future production such as its Tupac biopic, which is scheduled to go into production in December or January. The library consists of such comedies as Major League and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, as well as titles like Kevin Costner's Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and the Quentin Tarantino-
- Gregg Kilday
Everybody loves a good villain. When it comes down to it, a good villain is simply more fun — or at the very least, more memorable — than the hero. It’s why we remember Robert De Niro’s Al Capone more than Kevin Costner’s Elliott Ness in “The Untouchables,” or why Heath Ledger’s vicious Joker is forever burned into our minds. What’s the fun in doing good and saving the world when you can exude evil in style? The definition of the “villain” in popular entertainment has changed considerably in the wake of what many call Golden Age of Television. Many shows, from “The Sopranos” to “Breaking Bad,” to “Game of Thrones” and “Hannibal,” seek to imbue their titular antiheroes with shades of ambiguity and sometimes — gasp — real human behavior. This is true in films as well — shades of good and evil are no longer painted in black and white, »
- Nicholas Laskin
Exclusive: Morgan Creek Productions has hired investment banking group Houlihan Lokey to sell domestic rights to its library of 78 films that includes such comedy classics as the Major League and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective series, the gritty True Romance from Tony Scott and Quentin Tarantino, the Daniel Day Lewis-starrer The Last Of The Mohicans, and the Kevin Costner-starring Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves. The advantage of their film library is that it is loaded with a… »
Disney are the absolute masters at heart-warming sports-drama. Following the success of last year’s Million Dollar Arm, which was pretty decent, and previous efforts like Cool Runnings (brilliant), Invincible (okay) and even Remember The Titans with Denzel Washington (decent), the studio presents McFarland, a film named after one of the poorest towns in California, situated just north of Los Angeles. In this true story, Kevin Costner plays the role of Jim White, a shamed football coach who has to relocate his family due to an incident with one of the students at a former school. Things aren’t great at the new, much smaller school, and White chooses to switch sports and coach a young group of Latino kids in cross-country running, »
- Paul Heath
McFarland, USA is another identikit sports movie in the actor’s repertoire but, aside from a few worthy exceptions, the mediocre is where he seems most comfortable
Kevin Costner deserves my sincerest congratulations: for over three decades now he has been boring me, irritating me and pissing me off. For the first 10 years of his career, I used to joke that his finest performance was as the corpse in Lawrence Kasdan’s odious boomer nostalgia-orgy The Big Chill. Then he won the best director Oscar for Dances With Wolves over Scorsese and Goodfellas and my enmity quadrupled, especially since those same acclaimed helming skills later gave us The Postman.
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- John Patterson
Read More: Kevin Costner's 7 Best Performances Peter Anthony's fiction-documentary hybrid features the untold story of "true, real-life hero" Peter Stanislav, whose life-altering decision proved to have implications that stretched across the world. According to the official synopsis, "On September 26th, 1983, an alarm sounded to indicate that five American nuclear missiles had been launched against the Soviet Union. Russian Lt. Colonel Stanislav Petrov defied military protocol, ignoring the incoming attack and declaring it a false alarm. His decision spared the world a nuclear holocaust. Decades later, this forgotten hero travels to the United States to accept an award from the United Nations and finally receives acknowledgement for his historical act. 'The Man Who Saved the World' melds together non-fiction and narrative filmmaking depicting the actual events that took place more than thirty years ago. Featuring Kevin Costner with appearances by »
- Aubrey Page
In danger of setting itself up for a fall with pun-happy critics if it doesn’t land well, a new action thriller with Adrien Brody attached as the lead comes bearing the title Expiration. And if the concept feels a tad familiar, that’s because it’s a spin on an idea that has been tackled before – the tough guy with a ticking time clock, last seen, in some version at least, with Kevin Costner and 3 Days To Kill. Expiration, which has a script from Broken City’s Brian Tucker, finds Brody as a rogue former CIA agent who has turned to the life of a hitman. Because that sort of career switch rarely works out well for anyone in film, he wakes up in hospital after a failed assassination attempt that was supposed to seal his retirement from his killer career with his veins pulsing in the grip of poison. »
How did this sneak by? It's a combo escapist spy story, engrossing soap opera, and historically accurate Cold War flashback to the time of Duran Duran and Blondie, produced in Germany with a great cast of young and/or unfamiliar actors. Sure, the expected unlikelihoods are there, but so is an essential authenticity. Great fun! Deutschland 83 DVD (Season 1) Kino Lorber 2015 / Color / 1:78 enhanced widescreen / 336 min. / Street Date September 29, 2015 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Jonas Nay, Maria Schrader, Sonja Gerhardt, Ulrich Noethen, Ludwig Trepte, Sylvester Groth, Alexander Beyer, Nikola Kastner, Errol Trotman Harewood, Godehard Giese. Cinematography Philipp Haberlandt, Frank Küpper Music Reinhold Heil Written by Anna Winger Produced by Joerg Winger, Nico Hoffman, Henriette Lippold Small>Directed by Edward Berger, Samira Radsi
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
This is something extraordinary, an exciting TV serial about the misadventures of an East German spy during the Cold War's '80s high point, »
- Glenn Erickson
It’s a little surprising the makers of Canadian-soldiers-in-Afghanistan drama “Hyena Road” didn’t opt for the more obvious title “Canadian Sniper,” but maybe it’s because the sniper in question reps only half the story in this Hollywood-style war picture. Alternately detailed and derivative, thesp-filmmaker Paul Gross’ third feature has a relatively offbeat point of view that only partially masks its formulaic characters and narrative twists. Production values are slick enough for worldwide distribution, but the film is destined to play best on home turf following its Toronto fest gala premiere.
Opening with a sequence that could’ve been plucked directly from Clint Eastwood’s megahit “American Sniper,” adept military shooter Ryan Sanders (Rossif Sutherland) takes out a Taliban rebel planting an Ied in the middle of a frequently traveled desert road. The modest victory leads to Sanders and his three man team on the run from an opposition horde. »
- Geoff Berkshire
After winning the bidding war on the Brian Duffield spec script “The Babysitter,” McG’s Wonderland Sound and Vision has set the project up at New Line with the “Charlie’s Angels” helmer on board to direct.
The film follows a twelve-year old boy and his babysitter on a night when things take an unexpected turn for the worst. McG was originally set to produce but decided to add directing to his duties on the project in order to realize his vision for the script.
McG has been very »
- Justin Kroll
Start with the title: Clown Car! may sound like the movie someone will inevitably make about the 2016 presidential campaign, but how about evoking those great Seventies wacky-journey films like Death Race 2000, Vanishing Point or Smokey and the Bandit?
When I raised the question on Twitter, suggestions included All the President's Wanna-Bes, Every Which Way But Left, Cannonball Rug, A Kochwork Orange and the subtly appropriate Hair.
All excellent ideas, and we may have to put the movie name to a separate vote. Right now, though, the more pressing question is »
Chicago – The anchoring presence of actress Patricia Clarkson has been familiar to movie audiences for the last three decades. From her debut role as Elliott Ness’s wife in “The Untouchables,” to her role currently as a just-divorced New Yorker in “Learning to Drive,” Clarkson brings depth and character to all of her roles.
“Learning to Drive” is a transition story for the two main characters. Patricia Clarkson is Wendy, a successful book critic in New York City. whose husband has just walked out on her and seeks a divorce. Devastated, she looks to resume her life, and part of it means finally learning to drive. Darwan (Sir Ben Kingsley) is her driving instructor, a Sikh from India going through a transition of his own. The two disparate souls help each other in essential ways, and at the same time weather the storm of some extreme life changes.
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Action icon Scott Adkins is a one-man wrecking machine, taking out numerous enemies in our exclusive clip from Wolf Warrior. There is certainly no shortage of fighting scenes in this action-thriller, as you can see in our clip where Scott Adkins' Tom Cat uses his extensive martial arts skills, even as he's out-numbered. This new film debuts on Blu-ray and DVD September 1 from Well Go USA.
The action-packed war drama Wolf Warrior marks Jacky Wu's second film as a director, following Legendary Assassin. In addition to his directing duties, Jacky Wu (Badges of Fury, Shaolin) also stars as a Chinese Special Forces soldier with extraordinary marksmanship who is expelled from the army and joins a mysterious troupe of insurgents known as the Wolf Warrior. Nan Yu (The Expendables 2, The Taking of Tiger Mountain) plays the formidable female captain of the insurgents, while British martial arts sensation Scott Adkins (Zero Dark Thirty, »
'Mr. Robot' with Rami Malek. USA cable network postpones 'Mr. Robot' season finale following deadly Virginia shootings on live TV The day after a gun-toting 14-year-old male held hostage 29 students and a teacher at West Virginia's Philip Barbour high school, on Aug. 26, '15, journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward of the Roanoke, Virginia, Wdbj-tv station were shot dead on live television. The murderer – who shot himself after being pursued by police – was identified as former Wbdj journalist Bryce Williams (aka Vester L. Flanagan II). As a result of the double murder on live TV – which, although the circumstances were different, brings to mind Sidney Lumet and Paddy Chayefsky's Network – the USA cable network has decided to postpone the showing of this season's final episode of the series Mr. Robot. According to a statement issued by USA, a similar incident takes place in the show. The statement reads in part: »
- Anna Robinson
West. Kilmer. Keaton. Clooney. Bale. Affleck. Brosnan? Speaking in an interview with Details, former 007 Pierce Brosnan revealed that he was once offered the chance to play The Caped Crusader for Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman film.
At the time, Pierce Brosnan was one of a number of stars in line for the coveted part, rubbing shoulders with Mel Gibson – fresh off the Mad Max trilogy – Tom Selleck, Charlie Sheen, Kevin Costner and Bill Murray. Ultimately, though, it was a role that never really caught the actor’s attention, and here he reveals exactly why he passed up the chance.
“It was the beginning of these huge movies, and I just thought, Batman? Batman held such an indelible place in my own childhood, but I said something flippant to Tim Burton like, ‘Any guy who wears his underpants outside his trousers cannot be taken seriously.’ So, yeah.”
Low and behold, it was »
- Michael Briers
Last year, Pierce Brosnan revealed that he’d turned down the opportunity to play Batman in Tim Burton’s 1989 reinvention of The Dark Knight, and now the former 007 has spoken about his decision in an interview with Details.
“It was the beginning of these huge movies, and I just thought, Batman?” states Brosnan. “Batman held such an indelible place in my own childhood, but I said something flippant to Tim Burton, like, ‘Any guy who wears his underpants outside his trousers cannot be taken seriously.’ So yeah.”
Brosnan was one of a number of actors considered for Batman, with the likes of Mel Gibson, Tom Selleck, Charlie Sheen, Kevin Costner and Bill Murray all in the frame at one point or another. The role of course went on to be filled by Michael Keaton, who also reprised the role for 1992’s Batman Returns before hanging up the cape and cowl. »
- Gary Collinson
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