13 items from 2013
Vulture's TV critic, Matt Zoller Seitz, will be watching and evaluating the early clips and concepts of each of the new shows unveiled at this year's upfronts. Here are his thoughts on ABC's shows — you can watch trailers for the dramas here and the comedies here. Back in the GameThe gist: Maggie Lawson plays Terry Gannon Jr., a former pro-softball player and mom who divorces her husband and moves back in with her dad, Terry “The Cannon” Gannon (James Caan), a retired baseball player turned coach. When her son gets cut from his Little League team, she volunteers to build a new, competing team from all the castoff kids, and suddenly we’re looking at The Bad News Bears, the series.Gut reaction: Lawson is utterly convincing as a Rosalind Russell/Karen Allen-style tomboy babe who’s twice as tough as most guys but still a woman through-and-through. And »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
When Jeff Bridges was making Starman in 1984, Karen Allen saw some of his photographs and suggested he combine them with unti photographer Sidney Baldwin’s work to create an album. He did, and continued to make those collections for different film sets, giving them away as gifts to the casts and crews along the way. Now, The International Center of Photography is celebrating Bridges’ talents behind the camera at their Infinity Awards. The New York Times spoke with Bridges for a fantastic article on his photography (and his “fickle mistress” of a camera), and one thing is clear: the guy has gotten really good at self-portraits. There’s a natural drama imbued in what he’s capturing because he has access to the deepest recesses of film sets, but even without the famous faces and iconography, he’s captured some stunningly high-contrast visuals. Here’s a sampling (from Iron Man, True Grit »
- Scott Beggs
Chicago – 1993 will be nostalgically remembered by many members of my generation as the summer of “Jurassic Park” and the spring of “The Sandlot.” If you were a movie-loving kid during this year, it’s highly likely both of these films occupied a corner of your imagination. I clearly remember how the junkyard dog, dubbed by neighborhood pals in “The Sandlot” as “the Beast,” seemed as terrifying as any T-Rex.
Since I was seven years old in 1993, my parents wouldn’t allow me to be traumatized by Spielberg’s monster movie (I later saw it on VHS during a snow day, and was absolutely spellbound). But I did see “The Sandlot,” and prided myself on being able to handle the gleefully scary scenes where a group of boys attempts to snatch a prized baseball from the jaws of the Beast. Viewed 20 years later, I now see why it was so effortless »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The Sandlot makes its debut on Blu-ray in celebration of its 20th anniversary this week. James Earl Jones, Denis Leary, Karen Allen, star alongside nine talented young actors in the 1993 classic about a group of neighbors who band together on the baseball diamond. We have a contest lined up where fans can take home the Blu-ray to enjoy. Take a look at how you can win below.
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Read on for details about special screenings going on all spring at ballparks across the country.
Warwick Davis has been a part of our lives as movie fans for three decades, starring as Wicket the Ewok in "Return of the Jedi" and later as the title character in "Willow" before starring in the "Leprechaun" movies and in every "Harry Potter" film in the franchise. Quite the career!
The following mini-biography marks a few significant dates in Davis' life, complete with fun facts that you may not have known about the esteemed English thespian.
February 3, 1970: Born to narcissist parents Warren and Harwick Davis in Epsom, Surrey, UK.
April 25, 1977: Sees "Star Wars" for the first time with his older brother, Meriweather. During the show, he allegedly points to the screen and whispers something to Meriweather that would seem to have amazingly prophesied his future: "One day, Meriweather, I'm going to play a murderous leprechaun in a film franchise that will launch the career of a promising young actress named Jennifer Aniston. »
- Nick Blake
Joss Whedon probably wasn’t intending to make a provocative statement when he dropped an opinion on Disney’s plans for its Star Wars sequel. With evidence mounting that original trilogy actors Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill will appear in Episode VII, The Avengers writer-director said, “You know, I wouldn’t go back, I’d go forward. I would want to create characters that would resonate the way that they did.”
Other Star Wars fans have posted similar thoughts over the past week. A Forbes writer argued, “There’s a big risk here that the awkwardness of these »
- James Hibberd
It’s almost spring and we’re suckers for the promise Spring Training brings, so we were thrilled to see that The Sandlot¸ starring genre faves James Earl Jones, Karen Allen, and a bunch of kids, is finally coming out on Blu-ray. Here are the details: Los Angeles, (February 27, 2013) – “You’re Killing Me Smalls!” A film that still captures the hearts of baseball fans young and old, The Sandlot debuts on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack March 26 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment in celebration of the beloved film’s 20th anniversary. “A charming and whimsical comedy about boys and baseball and a Great Bigdog” (“Siskel & Ebert”), The Sandlot ranked in the Top 40 as one of the best sports movies ever. With memorable performances from nine terrific young actors and supporting appearances from Honorary Academy Award® winner James Earl Jones (Field of Dreams, Star Wars Franchise), Denis Leary (Rescue Me, The Ref »
- ComicMix Staff
"You're Killing Me Smalls!" A film that still captures the hearts of baseball fans young and old, The Sandlot debuts on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack March 26 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment in celebration of the beloved film's 20th anniversary. "A charming and whimsical comedy about boys and baseball and a Great Bigdog" ("Siskel & Ebert"), The Sandlot ranked in the Top 40 as one of the best sports movies ever.
With memorable performances from nine terrific young actors and supporting appearances from Honorary Academy Award winner James Earl Jones (Field of Dreams, Star Wars Franchise), Denis Leary (Rescue Me, The Ref) and Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Starman), The Sandlot 20th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack includes limited edition packaging and 10 collectible cast baseball cards.
It's early 1960s and fifth-grader Scotty Smalls has just moved into town with his folks. Kids call him a dork - he can't even throw a baseball! »
Cannes Fest gets Lincoln director to preside jury Steven Spielberg may have lost the Best Director Academy Award last Sunday evening, but he has won the presidency of the jury of this year's upcoming Cannes Film Festival. Following on the footsteps of Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti, who headed last year's jury that awarded Michael Haneke's drama Amour the coveted Palme d'Or, Spielberg will preside the jury at the next Cannes Film Festival, which runs from May 15 to 26. (Pictured above: Steven Spielberg looking straight at the camera.) So far, Spielberg has won only one award at the Cannes Fest: as one of the writers (along with Matthew Robbins and Hal Barwood) of the 1974 drama The Sugarland Express, starring Goldie Hawn and William Atherton, and which Spielberg himself directed. Also, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial had its world premiere at Cannes as the closing-night gala film in 1982, while the melodrama The Color Purple »
- Zac Gille
Directed by: Sam Mendes
Running Time: 2 hrs 23 mins
Release Date: November 9, 2012
Plot: British Secret Agent James Bond’s (Craig) trust in M (Dench) is tested as a past agent (Bardem) comes back to haunt her. MI6 is under attack, and Bond must track down and destroy the enemy.
Who’S It For? Have you ever liked a Bond movie? Do you think the Bourne films are better? These are the two main reasons to see this film.
Finally, on the 23rd try, James Bond gave me exactly what I was looking for. I’ve liked plenty of Bond movies throughout the years, but it’s really only the idea of James Bond that I have loved. Tough, suave, smart and lucky. Never once have I said, “You must see [insert James Bond movie here] in the theater!” Until now that is, »
- Jeff Bayer
Steven Soderbergh became the poster child for new American independent cinema in the 90′s, after winning the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for his debut feature Sex, Lies, & Videotape. Soderbergh spent the better part of the ensuing decade, directing small idiosyncratic films, and often wearing many hats including producer, screenwriter, cinematographer and editor. Eventually the director entered into a period that saw him make commercially satisfying films; most notably Ocean’s Eleven, Erin Brockovich and Traffic, the latter of which earned him an Oscar for Best Director. Despite his box office success, Steven Sodberergh continued to experiment with such films as the ensemble piece Full Frontal, the smart and ambiguous Solaris, the low-budget Bubble and the four hour long epic, Che. There are very few filmmakers who are able to keep their feet firmly planted in the commercial world, while conserving their independent spirit. With his last »
Do you have those moments when you’re watching a film you swear blind you’d seen before but then realised that you didn’t? This happens very occasionally with me, but this was a big one. Chilled monkey brains, hearts being ripped out, a constantly screaming heroine, these were all moments I knew but upon watching Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom, it quickly became apparent that I hadn’t seen the entire thing and that the most famous moments had just lodged themselves in my pop-culture addled brain!
Temple of Doom was before 2008′s Kingdom of the Crystal Skull the red-headed stepchild of the Indiana Jones franchise. With the much loved first and third parts bookending this, Temple of Doom is a film which pushes its family audience remit to the very limit, it’s famously the film which caused the creation of the PG-13 and was a »
- Ian Loring
Director Jeff Nichols (Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter, Mud) has explored dynamic family relationships and blue collars with a Southern backdrop in each of his films, but might be leaning towards genre territory for one of his next projects. In a recent interview for Mud, Nichols talked about his upcoming projects: the genre-slanted Midnight Special and an untitled work-in-progress that hits closer to his previous works. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland, Nichols' Mud opens April 26th. Hit the jump to see what the director had to say about his next projects. In an interview with Movie Mezzanine (via The Film Stage), Nichols commented on Midnight Special as follows: Right now I’m working on this one called Midnight Special. I won’t talk too much about it now, other than to say I kind of want to make a 1980s John Carpenter movie. If I had to choose »
- Dave Trumbore
13 items from 2013
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