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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
DVD Release Date: June 17, 2014
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It’s 1918 and a war-weary American Major (Hackman) in the French Foreign Legion, with a ragtag squadron of young legionnaires, is assigned to a remote Moroccan outpost. Their mission is to secure a French government archaeological dig that is looting an ancient tomb of its Arab treasure. The troops’ presence is not at all welcome by the Arab chieftain El Krim (Holm), who vows to expel the French intruders at any cost. But the French steadfastly refuse to leave. After a series of skirmishes, the film concludes with an epic battle between the two forces.
Superman’s first big-screen outing convinced audiences and Hollywood bean counters alike that a man really could fly — and in that pre Comic-Con culture, Superman had the skies all to himself. There was no Spider-Man movie or Batman movie to hold fans over until Superman was ready to fly again, a full three years after the original. So when Superman II was finally released in the United States — a full six months after it had premiered in Australia and Europe (!) — it was like the second coming.
- Jeff Labrecque
A reader sent me a link to Timothy May's Intercut.net review of Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel and it's a treat of a read. After breaking down the particulars of the plot and characters, May gets deeper into the nuts and bolts of Anderson's filmmaking style as well as the similarities and, more importantly, differences between his lead characters over the course of time. In referring to Ralph Fiennes as M. Gustave and his penchant for honesty, which separates him from previous Anderson leads such as Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) in Rushmore and Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman) in The Royal Tenenbaums, who share a "singular notion of culture, class, and decorum", but the latter two are also liars. Why does this matterc Well it matters when it comes to what the character is fighting for and what he stands for as a man. May then writes: »
- Brad Brevet
The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “Why The Conversation Should Be Required Viewing At The Nsa” — Alexander Huls at The Atlantic intelligently stretches an article that could have read “Because Gene Hackman rules.” into a potent exploration of the resonant Francis Ford Coppola spy film. “The Hotel Manager from The Shining Was the First Actor to Play James Bond” — Alison Nastasi at Movies.com briefly shares some cross-over movie trivia. “Five movies that adapt classic literature in unusual ways” — Noel Murray at The Dissolve lists a decently broad array of older stories coming back in new clothing. It turns out that cribbing from Shakespeare might be the best way to make a high school movie bearable. “10 Things in the Cinematic Marvel Universe That Make No Damn Sense” — Rob Bricken at io9 recognizes the head-slappingly dumb things that found their »
- Scott Beggs
Jamie Foxx is a man of many talents: Oscar-winning actor, Grammy-winning musician, stand-up comic... but did you know he's also a pretty good impressionist?
Speaking to Digital Spy for his new animated film Rio 2, Foxx discussed finding an unlikely inspiration for his Amazing Spider-Man 2 villain Electro, and also shared his thoughts on Rio co-star Jesse Eisenberg's casting as Lex Luthor in Batman vs Superman.
Rio 2 opens in UK cinemas today (April 4) and will be released in the Us on April 11.
Additional reporting by Tom Mansell »
Every Wednesday, FM writers Simon Columb and Brogan Morris write two short reviews on Woody Allen films ... in the hope of watching all his films over the course of roughly 49 weeks. If you have been watching Woody's films and want to join in, feel free to comment with short reviews yourself! Next up is Another Woman & Hannah and Her Sisters...
Simon Columb on Another Woman...
Marion Post (Gena Rowlands) didn’t realise she was hated. An upper middle-class intellectual (like many of Woody Allen’s characters), she’s a professor of Philosophy who overhears a neighbour (Mia Farrow) revealing her private life to a psychiatrist. Self-disciplined and successful, Marion should be considered an inspiration – but alas, she lacks passion. Her husband (Ian Holm) mocks the idea of sex on the floorboards and the potential lover (Gene Hackman) that got away was rebuffed despite a mutual attraction. Bearing similarities to his latest film, »
- Gary Collinson
6.2. 9.9. 5.3. These aren't seismic readings. Those are the opening numbers, in millions, for the last three Arnold Schwarzenegger starring vehicles. The last one, this weekend's Sabotage, was his worst opening weekend since Red Sonja opened 29 years ago. Since his return from elected office, Arnold Schwarzenegger has only run into disinterest and apathy. It's easy to forget that, once upon a time, Schwarzenegger was one of the biggest stars in the world, running the table in the action world through the eighties and nineties. In case you haven't noticed, that was a long long time ago. Arnold Schwarzenegger is a legend in the way that Gene Hackman is a legend, in the way Sean Connery is a legend, in the way Robert Redford is a legend. And by that, I mean the current generation really has no idea who he is or what he does, and they only have a vague idea »
As a special guest, Parker will open the festival on June 6, and will give a lecture on film and a masterclass on the following day. He will also present “The Commitments,” his 1991 comedy-drama, while his full work – comprising 14 films — will screen at the festival’s Cinematek.
A screenwriter, helmer, composer and producer, Parker has directed many cult films that have shaped American popular culture. Some of his most famed pics include “Bugsy Malone” with Jodie Foster, Oliver Stone-penned “Midnight Express,” winner of two Oscars and four Golden Globes, the cult musical “Fame,” which won two Oscars, and the Gene Hackman-starrer “Mississippi Burning.” His last film, “The Life of David Gale” is a thriller starring Kevin Spacey as a prominent activist against the capital punishment »
- Elsa Keslassy
This weekend, "Need for Speed" barrels recklessly into theaters nationwide.
The adaptation of the popular video game series stars Aaron Paul as a man who was framed for murder and locked away. Once he gets out he plots his revenge, which of course involves taking part in a dangerous, cross-country road rally (as most post-prison revenge plots do).
The movie was directed by Scott Waugh, a former stuntman turned filmmaker who turned the low budget Navy Seal movie "Act of Valor" into a sleeper hit, and who was personally chosen for this gig by some guy named Steven Spielberg (never heard of him). Joining him on this four-wheeled free-for-all is stunt supervisor Lance Gilbert, who has been a part of so many amazing action movies (including one of the "Fast and Furious" joints) that his resume might be even more jaw-dropping than the things he's able to achieve on screen. »
- Drew Taylor
‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ review: Wes Anderson thrillingly expands his ‘thematic and visual palettes’ (photo: Ralph Fiennes in ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’) The mid-career winning streak of writer / director Wes Anderson continues with The Grand Budapest Hotel, a thrilling expansion of his thematic and visual palettes. With The Grand Budapest Hotel, those who dismiss Anderson as an emotionally detached ironist spinning drolly modern tales using obsessively detailed production design and arch performances are in for a surprise. Here’s Anderson indulging in a flight of whimsical, Eastern European fancy that works in murder, art thievery, ski chases, and a melancholy tip of the chapeau to a long-ago time when chivalry, courtesy, and Old World elegance were the norm. Anderson’s ambitions extend to the visuals, an endlessly flavorful bouillabaisse combining live action, miniatures, matte paintings, stop-motion animation, and plenty more. And it’s all anchored by Ralph Fiennes and his pitch-perfect reading of Gustave H. »
- Mark Keizer
• How the night unfolded
• Gravity pulls all night
• Full list of winners
• 10 things we learned
This year's Academy Awards was a very good year, pretty well a vintage year in fact, with excellent films of very different genres being recognised. For a critic it is gratifying to see them rewarded, though baffling in other ways to watch the spectacle of so many others being ignored. Well, that is what happens in this quasi-Superbowl. As ever, the Oscars revealed themselves to be purely enjoyable only for the observers, the journalists and the big winners with the majority of the actual participants undergoing what I suspect is a terrible ordeal and the majority going away under a cloud of disappointment. »
- Peter Bradshaw
Here we are again after the Golden Globes, Mike Fleming and Anita Busch taking on the task of play by play during the most wide-open Oscar race we can remember. Even on the party circuit, industry insiders who usually have a grasp of who’ll walk away with Oscars were evenly torn between Alfonso Cuaron’s 3D masterpiece Gravity and Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave. Then again, there were so many terrific films that got Best Picture nominations, and all of them have at least a puncher’s chance at an upset. Related: Oscars: Pete Hammond’s Absolute Final Predictions That includes American Hustle, where David O Russell co-wrote the Best Original Script nominee with Eric Warren Singer and got tour de force performances and nominations for Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Perfs so strong there was no room on the nomination roster for perennial Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
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6.91 Iron Man 3
6.16 Man Of Steel
6.14 Despicable Me 2
6.11 Fast & Furious 6
7.46 The World’S End
7.17 This Is The End
6.67 The Heat
6.66 We’Re The Millers
6.59 American Hustle
- Jeff Bayer
Cate Blanchett joined an exclusive club with her victory Sunday night becoming only the 40th person to win multiple Academy Awards for acting. And she got her second Oscar from one of the first 39 -- Daniel Day-Lewis, who won his third Best Actor prize last year for "Lincoln." Blanchett's first Oscar win was in 2004 in Best Supporting Actress for playing the all-time champ Katharine Hepburn in "The Aviator." Her win this year was for Best Actress in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine." Of the 39 other Oscar winners with multiple trophies, 22 are still living: Michael Caine, Daniel Day-Lewis, Olivia de Havilland, Robert De Niro, Sally Field, Jane Fonda, Jodie Foster, Gene Hackman, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Glenda Jackson, Jessica Lange, Jack Nicholson, Sean Penn, Luise Rainer, Maggie Smith, Kevin Spacey, Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank, Christoph Waltz, Denzel Washington, and Dianne Wiest. All of these but de Hav »
(Cbr) In the month since Jesse Eisenberg was announced as Lex Luthor in Warner Bros. and Zack Snyder’s sequel to "Man of Steel", the "Social Network" star has faced his fair share of detractors. However, he also has some surprising sources of support — namely, two actors who previously played Superman’s arch-nemesis. Ex-Lex Kevin Spacey, who played the character in Bryan Singer’s "Superman Returns", tells Empire that Eisenberg is “a remarkable actor. He’s just going to fucking own it. I think it’s a great idea and I wish him the best with it.” "Smallville" veteran Michael Rosenbaum, meanwhile, says Eisenberg doesn’t “need any advice from me, he’ll do his homework.” “Jesse’s a good actor. He’ll do it his own way and that’s the best way,” he said. “If you can do it your way, if you succeed or fail, you succeed because you are being original. »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
As much as we talk about the stats and trends of the Oscars, each year of the awards seems to present us with a new piece of history. This year, Dallas Buyers Club could make history as the first film to win both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in a film that did not receive a Best Director nomination. While Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto seem to be locked into their wins, this did provide an interesting jumping off point to look at the recent history of this category.
Here are the films in the past 25 years that have managed a Best Actor and Supporting Actor nomination:
1989: Driving Ms. Daisy – Morgan Freeman and Dan Ackroyd
1993: Schindler’s »
- Terence Johnson
Two previous Lex Luthors have just given their blessing to the latest iteration - Jesse Eisenberg.
He tells Empire: "First of all, I think [Jesse Eisenberg] is a remarkable actor. He's just going to [frick]ing own it. I think it's a great idea and I wish him the best with it."
"First off, I think he's a really good actor. I don't think he needs any advice from me, he'll do his homework. Do it your way. I'm sure Zack [Snyder] has an idea. He cast you for reason. Jesse's a good actor. He'll do it his own way and that's the best way. »
- Garth Franklin
To call the casting for Zack Snyder’s upcoming Man of Steel sequel (unofficially titled Batman vs. Superman) controversial would be a monumental understatement. First, the studio shocked (and enraged) audiences by announcing that Ben Affleck would be donning the Batsuit this time around. Then, they chose Fast and the Furious alum Gal Gadot for the part of Wonder Woman. It wasn’t long before the actress fell victim to a slew of internet hate, which has now turned its focus towards Jesse Eisenberg due to his casting as Lex Luthor. Though The Social Network actor (along with Affleck and Gadot) may prove to be an inspired choice, for now, the majority of fans are on the fence.
In an interview with Empire, »
- James Garcia
The veteran performer never considered another profession, yet remained a background fixture in films for years. Now, in her ninth decade, the Nebraska star is up for her first Oscar
"I've met Idris Elba," says June Squibb, an edge of giddiness in her voice. "I've met Lupita [Nyong'o] and now we're friends. She's so sweet, a darling girl. I went up to her at a party and said: 'I'm June Squibb and we're in this together so I thought I should introduce myself.' Julia Roberts came and introduced herself to me – she's up for supporting this time around for Osage County." The day before we meet, Squibb went to the nominees' lunch. "All 270 of us got our picture taken together. I was right by Steve McQueen!"
- John Patterson
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