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A quarter-century ago, Kevin Costner hit a double-play, following up "Bull Durham" with "Field of Dreams" and becoming king of the sports movie. Twenty-five years later, as "Field of Dreams" marks its 25th anniversary (it was released on April 21, 1989), Costner is back with "Draft Day." The movie's about football, not baseball, and Costner's character plays in the executive suite, not on the field, but his mere presence still offers a reminder of great sports movies past.
And after all, isn't nostalgia a key element of sports movies? "Field of Dreams" makes this explicit -- we long for the sports heroes of our childhood, for a supposed long-gone golden age of our preferred sport, as a way of connecting with our past and bridging the generational divide that separates us as adults from our parents. Sports movies offer more than just the drama of winners and losers, or the journey from dream to achievement, »
- Gary Susman
A film about a 1980s proto-riot grrrl band is a boisterous pleasure
Sweden's Lukas Moodysson scored a likable crossover hit with his 2000 comedy Together, about 1970s commune living, but later veered off into dark, experimental realms so confrontationally outre that they made Lars von Trier look like Ron Howard. In We Are the Best!, he unexpectedly rediscovers his sense of fun, with a teen-feminist tale set in Stockholm in 1982, about three girls two of them 12, one slightly older who form a punk band, with just one song to their name. It's a good one, though, a cri de coeur against sport with lyrics that, in translation, demonstrate the glory of the subtitler's art: "The atomic bombs blow up our cities, yet you want more tennis committees!"
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- Jonathan Romney
Apollo 13 (1995)
Director: Ron Howard
Entertainment grade: B
History grade: A
Apollo 13 was a 1970 moon landing mission mounted by Nasa's Apollo Space Program, which ran from 1961 until 1972. It ran into trouble after an oxygen tank exploded, leaving crucial systems damaged.
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- Alex von Tunzelmann
8 p.m.-midnight April 15
New York Filmmaker Party
Local filmmakers to kick off the festival before everyone comes to town; City Hall
7:30 p.m. April 16
6:30 p.m. April 17
Opening Night – Documentary Competition
Tribeca/Espn Sports Film Festival Gala
Tribeca Interactive & Interlude
A Music Film Challenge in Collaboration with the Lincoln Motor Co., with a performance by Damon Albarn; Highline Ballroom
3 p.m. April 18
- Variety Staff
Jennifer Lawrence may star in not just one but two movies adapted from John Steinbeck’s 1952 novel East of Eden, writer-director Gary Ross said April 12. Ross helped launch Lawrence into global stardom with The Hunger Games. “It may be two films,” he said. “We may break it in half, into one generation and the next. And that’s what we’re talking about now.” The picture is in development at Brian Grazer's and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment, with no start date yet set. Just when it shoots will depend on her crammed schedule and also Ross’s, as he
- Tim Appelo
After getting involved with co-producing Rush (2013) directed by Ron Howard, Double Negative is expanding its movie aspirations into the realm of animation with the help of former DreamWorks Associate Producer Tom Jacomb.
“Animated Feature Films are an exciting next step in the development of Double Negative,” stated DNeg co-founder and CEO Matt Holben. “We recognise that whilst there are synergies with VFX it requires a different approach. We are thrilled that Tom Jacomb has joined us to develop our new division. We are excited by the long-term potential of feature animation and are determined to build a sustainable pipeline of work.”
The newly appointed Managing Director of Animated Features served as an Associate Producer on Oscar nominated Puss in Boots (2011) and Rise of the Guardians (2012). “I am incredibly excited to be coming back to London, with all the incredible animation talent here, to build a top quality feature studio with Double Negative, »
- Trevor Hogg
Some remarkable child performers have very brief moments in the spotlight -- Carrie Henn in Aliens is a great example. Others fizzle around the time they reach adulthood, often through unfortunate circumstances like drug addiction. Then there are people like Ron Howard, Jodie Foster, Christian Bale, Leonardo DiCaprio, Neil Patrick Harris, Sidney Lumet, Jackie Cooper, Elizabeth Taylor ... The list can go on and on and on (especially if we're counting those who switched roles in Hollywood like Howard and Lumet). We should also include the ones who had missteps during the transition to adulthood but made comebacks, like Drew Barrymore and Jason Bateman. But nobody today, certainly not the younger generation of talents like Natalie Portman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, can be...
- Christopher Campbell
Well, Well, here we are. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the number one movie in America and the shockwave it’s third act sends through the unified universe is affecting Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC. It’s unprecedented for something to happen at this level, though it has been previously discussed, specifically when Ron Howard was pitching his grand Dark Tower adaptation as three movies with TV series in-between to fill in the narrative gaps provided by flashback.
While Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a fine film, the most interesting parts of it, culturally, are it’s place in the world’s biggest megafranchise. Yes, poor Harry Potter was dethroned by Captain America, poor Potter who kicked the sh*t out of James Bond and vaulted over Star Wars.
Marvel Cinematic Universe (9) – $2,463.3 billion
Harry Potter (8) – $2,390.1 billion
Star Wars (7) – $1,918.0 billion
James Bond (24) – $1,912.8 billion
Batman (8) $1,897.8 billion
It’s unprecedented how »
It’s produced by Grammy Award-winning artist Jay-z and stars him alongside side the likes of Kanye West, Rita Ora, Pearl Jam, Run-dmc, Santigold, Jill Scott, Janelle Monae, Skrillex, Odd Future, The Hives, Passion Pit, D’Angelo and Gary Clark Jr, it was filmed in 2012 during a two-day set in Philadelphia featuring a host of music’s heavyweights.
The event is put together by Budweiser for their ‘Made in America Festival‘, which is an annual event held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and launched in September 2012. Sponsored by Anheuser–Busch, the festival features several stages that continuously host live music from a wide range of genres including hip hop, rock, pop, R&B, and Edm.
The great Ron Howard made his directorial debut »
- Dan Bullock
Eddie Murphy steals every scene and redeems this role-reversal comedy, with its toe-curling scenes of blacking-up, a cliched tart with a heart, and gorilla-human rape
I am of the very firm opinion that, unless what you like causes actual harm to others or yourself, you should never feel guilty for liking anything. This motto for life will come as no surprise to anyone who's ever seen my DVD collection (which proudly includes the Ron Howard slushfest, Parenthood) and music collection (yes, that Is a Four Non-Blondes album you're holding there, what's your point?), both of which are unashamedly forced on any visitor who makes the mistake of stopping by. But even I can admit to some pangs of conscience for loving one particular film: Trading Places.
Trading Places is, by some measure, one of the funniest films ever made, and certainly one of my absolute favourite movies of all time but it is also, »
- Hadley Freeman
And Donner has also revealed that all of the original cast from the cult 1985 movie will "hopefully" be reprising their roles. Relieve your childhood by taking a fond look back at the young stars from the adventure movie - and find out what they have gone on to do since below:
Sean Astin played the slightly dorky yet bright, braces-clad Mikey - who attempts to leads his fellow adventurers to One-Eyed Willy's hidden fortune upon his discovery of an old treasure map.
The 43-year-old actor has continued to enjoy movie success with his role as Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Astin also played Lynn McGill in hit Fox TV series 24, provides the voice of Raphael in Nickelodeon's TV version »
In this week’s podcast, Deadline’s executive editor David Lieberman and host David Bloom wrap up the latest in the big Aereo case before the U.S. Supreme Court later this month, including briefs from an unexpected collection of supporters and financial backer Barry Diller’s comments on the TV service’s future if it loses. The two Davids also weigh Amazon’s rather tardy arrival as a purveyor of video-streaming devices with this week’s launch of the Amazon Fire TV; the Tribune Co.’s evolution as its digital wing buys one TV-oriented data company and relaunches another; and Discovery’s latest in a flurry of deals, as it launches a digital studio in partnership with two big-name Hollywood veterans, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. Listen to the podcast in your choice of audio formats here: Deadline Big Media podcast 79 (.MP3 version) Deadline Big Media podcast 79 (.M4A »
- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Financial Editor
This was a subtle contrast to last year when the company also highlighted scripted fare and trotted out a parade of celebrities including Mariel Hemingway, Morgan Freeman, William Hurt, Latoya Jackson, and Nascar’s Jeff Gordon. Filmmaker Ron Howard was perhaps the biggest new name showing up this year: He told Discovery advertisers that New Form — the online content production venture he and Brian Grazer are launching with the pay TV company — expects to “generate great scripted programming for today’s digital viewers.” They’re already weighing “several series” as they delve into “shortform content and all its possibilities.” Howard also intends to encourage other creative types to “bring their talent to New Form.” Oprah Winfrey returned, of course, to promote Own. With its recent ratings success, “no one is happier than we are right now about what is happening to Own.” She says the network is heading toward its »
- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Financial Editor
Discovery Communications execs opened the cable group’s upfront presentation at Jazz at Lincoln Center with a pitch about how keenly engaged viewers are in the range of programs that air across its 14 networks.
“Our super fans are like no others. What sets Discovery apart is a curiosity effect,” said ad sales topper Joe Abruzzesse. “Our audiences are more likely to engage with your message and purchase your product because we make our talent your talent.”
Discovery, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery and Own unveiled a tidal wave of fresh series and specials for the coming season in advance of Thursday’s presentation. The upfront presentation marked a parade of stars and executives touting the strength of the individual brands with distinct demographic groups.
- Addie Morfoot
1. Movie Piracy App Alive and Well (for Now): Popcorn Time's Argentina-based developers shut down in March following legal threats, but the site that makes movie piracy as easy as watching Netflix refuses to die. This week, a new website cropped up — Popcorn-time.tv — which says the open-source app is developed by “a bunch of geeks from All Around The World." In an email from email@example.com, one of the anonymous members running the new site said it was launched Wednesday "after we lost contact with the developer managing our previous website. We cannot tell you where it is hosted." Go to Variety for more. 2. Ron Howard/Brian Grazer to Launch Digital Studio: Howard and Grazer are teaming up with Discovery Communications to launch New Form, which will create programming outside the traditional molds of TV and movies where Discovery and Imagine Entertainment, the shingle run by Grazer and Howard, »
- Max O'Connell
Longtime Imagine Entertainment spearheads Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are partnering with Maryland-based nonfiction media company Discovery Communications to launch a new digital studio called New Form. Howard and Grazer have long been engaged with new media and tech--they founded website Pop.com before the world was ready for it. The studio will focus on content outside the traditional media models of film and television, Variety reports in an interview with producer Grazer, writer/director/producer Howard and Discovery CEO David Zaslav. This is yet another example of Hollywood A-listers facing dwindling returns in their old movie space--and these guys are at the top of the Hollywood pyramid. They made "Rush" as an indie-funded European film for Working Title. Zaslav told Variety that Howard, who cut his teeth in television, and Grazer, who produced Howard's Oscar winner "A Beautiful Mind," are "two of the best scripted storytellers of our generation. »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
One of the most prolific directors of the past 20 years wants to get his hands dirty in the digital space. Ron Howard has teamed up with longtime collaborator Brian Grazer and Discovery Communications to create New Form, a digital studio. New Form's creations will include both scripted and unscripted content, which will be produced for a variety of outlets. It will be helmed by Kathleen Grace, who will serve as Chief Creative Officer and brings a wealth of online video experience to New Form. Grace was involved with Next New Networks, the web video company that worked with emerging talent. After Next New Networks was acquired by YouTube, Grace became the head of creative at YouTube Space La, continuing her close work with the YouTube community. New Form is co-created by Discovery, which has established a bustling online video presence through networks like Revision3, TestTube, and Animalist. “We are excited »
- Sam Gutelle
Discovery has partnered with director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer to launch New Form, a digital studio that will produce short-form videos for the web. New Form is an independent venture backed by financing from Discovery, Howard, Grazer, former William Morris chief Jim Wiatt, CAA attorney Craig Jacobson, former Tribune Broadcasting president Ed Wilson and Michael Rosenberg. Rosenberg is co-chairman of Imagine Entertainment, the production company Grazer and Howard founded 28 years ago. Imagine has produced award-winning films and television shows such as “A Beautiful Mind,” “Apollo 13,” 24” and “Arrested Development.” Also read: Imagine's Michael Rosenberg Promoted to Co-Chairman With. »
- Lucas Shaw
Apollo 13 meets Here Comes Honey Boo Boo? Hard to say yet what might come from the venture, called New Form, that unites the Hollywood creative team — plus lawyer Craig Jacobson, TV exec Ed Wilson, agent Jim Wiatt, film exec Michael Rosenberg and CAA — with pay TV’s leading producer of non-fiction programming. There’s no word on terms of the arrangements, including how much cash is behind New Form. Kathleen Grace will be chief creative officer of the La-based operation. Her mission, the companies say, is to develop “high-quality, scripted and unscripted programming for today’s digital viewers” — and to create alliances with “key distribution partners and brands.” Digital productions typically have low budgets, and generate low revenues on the Internet, but the ones from New Form have a “possibility of expanded distribution across Discovery and partner platforms globally.” The announcement comes ahead of Discovery’s upfront presentation today in NYC, »
- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Financial Editor
Discovery Communications is teaming with Imagine's Brian Grazer and Ron Howard to launch digital studio New Form. The new studio will be lead by chief creative officer Kathleen Grace, formerly head of creative development at YouTube Space La, and will make scripted programming for Discovery's online networks. The studio will receive less than $5 million in funding a year, according to a report from the New York Times. Discovery has built up a roster of digital properties. It acquired San Francisco network Revision3 in 2012 for $35 million and launched science-themed TestTube and humor site Animalist in 2013. "We are excited and proud to
- Natalie Jarvey
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