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A great sports movie should also appeal to those who have no particular interest in sports. Accordingly, some of the best baseball movies could just as easily slot into other genres – they're comedies like The Bad News Bears, historical dramas like Eight Men Out, weepies, biopics, coming-of-age dramas and everything in between.
With this week's release of based-on-a-true-story feel-good drama Million Dollar Arm, Digital Spy takes a look at the ten best baseball movies.
1. Eight Men Out (1988)
John Sayles' 1988 drama tackles Major League Baseball's Black Sox scandal, in which eight underpaid members of the Chicago White Sox (including 'Shoeless' Joe Jackson) conspired with gamblers to intentionally lose the 1919 World Series. Sayles' terrific script perfectly captures the time and place and does a superb job of dramatising several elements of a complex story, with impressive attention to detail.
Very much an ensemble piece, the eclectic cast includes John Cusack (as »
Malek Akkad has spent decades involved with the Halloween franchise (his father, Moustapha helped bring audiences the original and their sequels until his untimely passing in 2005) and while he still has a hand in that series, Malek is set to bring horror fans his directorial debut with Free Fall, a film that aims to make people scared of elevators (its press release mentioned wanting to do to elevators what Psycho did to showers). Dealing with a woman finding out some corporate secrets and having to escape a killer assigned to kill her, Free Fall is set to be released this fall, when Anchor Bay releases the film to Bluray/DVD on October 28th, just in time for well,…Halloween. Free Fall stars Sarah Butler (I Spit On Your Grave remake, The Demented), D.B. Sweeney (Taken 2, A Fire In The Sky), Ian Gomez (TV’s “Cougar Town“) and Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, »
- Jerry Smith
Fans are anxiously awaiting the September release of the Halloween Complete Collection Blu-ray set, which will contain all new bonus features. While the full list of special features have not yet been revealed and are still being finalized, it has been announced that Jamie Lee Curtis and Steve Miner got together for a brand new Halloween H20 commentary track:
“Work continues on the Halloween Complete Collection Blu-ray set. Bonus features continue to be added on a daily basis, and an announcement is forthcoming outlining all the great newly produced interviews, featurettes, behind-the-scenes footage and more that will be included in the 15-disc Deluxe Edition.
So, as we near our nation’s birthday, please enjoy the attached behind-the-scenes photo of the actress who helped launched the historic franchise — Jamie Lee Curtis, as she sat down with Halloween H20 director Steve Miner (r) and moderator Sean Clark (c) for a new commentary »
- Jonathan James
The final chapter of the “Atlas Shrugged” film trilogy is on its way to theaters, and it will feature the acting debut of Ron Paul. The former congressman and presidential candidate will appear in a special cameo, alongside conservative commentators Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity. Hannity also appeared in “Part II.” See video: Jon Stewart Admits ‘Hannity’ Obsession, Fires Back Paul will take on the role of a television commentator, working alongside Beck and Hannity. They'll be covering a speech by John Galt, portrayed in this film by Kristoffer Paloha. He follows Paul Johansson and D.B. Sweeney, who portrayed him in Parts. »
- Jason Hughes
Get ready for a lightbulb moment! We are shining the spotlight on a famous face that has been working behind the scenes at the Oprah Winfrey Network, albeit not quietly. For years, veteran actor D.B. Sweeney has been lending his booming celebrity voice to various Own promotional packages during commercial breaks. The New York native—who calls on viewers to tune into brand new shows, season premieres, and other programming—orginally got his start on Broadway, but is best known for his lead role in the early '90s rom-com The Cutting Edge. As the thesp-turned-voiceover talent explains in the clip above, he never thought he'd work in voiceover due to his "very strong Long »
Scream Factory and Anchor Bay recently announced that they’ve teamed up for Halloween The Complete Collection Blu-ray box set. The 15-disc collection that includes all of the Halloween movies together for the first time, including the rare producer’s cut of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, and we now have a look at the new artwork created for the set:
“Beverly Hills, CA – Last year, the horror classic Halloween celebrated 35 years of terror for those willing to partake in its vision of unrelenting horror. But that was only the beginning of the celebration. What producers Moustapha Akkad, Debra Hill and Irwin Yablans, writer/director John Carpenter and stars Jamie Lee Curtis & Donald Pleasence started in 1978 has transformed into one of the most durable, iconic – and copiously studied — horror film franchises ever created. Before Jason, before Freddy, and before Jigsaw, there was…Michael. Over the years, audiences have lived »
- Jonathan James
“Oprah: Where Are They Now?” comes back this weekend (Sun. June 8 at 9:00 p.m. Et on Own) with the reunion you never knew you wanted to see: the cast of that epic '80s cheesefest "The Love Boat." Ted Lange, Cynthia Lauren Tewes and Jill Whelan reunite and reminisce about life aboard The Pacific Princess, which was probably less fabulous than it looked on our TV screens. Then, in a rare interview at her Beverly Hills home, the one and only Latin music sensation Charo talks about success and the real meaning of her catchphrase “Cuchi-Cuchi.” We can only hope she talks about why she does not seem to have aged since 1982. Next, Dave Coulier, who played Uncle Joey on the popular sitcom “Full House,” talks about his real-life relationships with former co-stars Bob Saget and John Stamos and the truth about those Alanis Morissette rumors. Plus, actor D.B. Sweeney, »
- Liane Bonin Starr
Back in 2003, Leo and Jan Sears traveled from their home on the Big Island of Hawaii to neighboring Maui to attend the Maui Film Festival. That’s where they became inspired to start a film festival of their own.
“We were sitting with the film commissioner from the Big Island and we said to her, ‘We really need something like this,’” Jan recalls.
“The commissioner answered, ‘Well, all it takes is someone to do it.’ Now, you don’t just say something like that to Leo. We’ve organized lots of events before. So we figured we’d start small and see what happens.”
After two years of planning, the duo launched the Big Island Film Festival in 2006; 600 people attended.
Nine years later, the fest’s latest edition is expected to draw up to 2,400 people. Leo is the event’s executive director; Jan is producer. Officially dubbed Big Island Film »
- Peter Caranicas
While the secret was spoiled by Amazon over the weekend, it is still nice to get all the official details of the Halloween: The Complete Collection Blu-Ray Set. Read below for the official release. After you get done with that, be sure to read our post on why this collection will still be missing important footage.
The press release states that “Artwork and bonus features to be announced in the next couple of months” so we will update this as soon as we have it.
From the Press Release
Last year, the horror classic Halloween celebrated 35 years of terror for those willing to partake in its vision of unrelenting horror. But that was only the beginning of the celebration. What producers Moustapha Akkad, Debra Hill and Irwin Yablans, writer/director John Carpenter and stars Jamie Lee Curtis & Donald Pleasence started in 1978 has transformed into one of the most durable, »
- Andy Triefenbach
In recent years, we’ve seen Halloween II and III on Blu-ray from Scream Factory, with Anchor Bay releasing Halloween, Halloween 4, and Halloween 5 on Blu-ray. Now, both companies have teamed up for Halloween The Complete Collection Blu-ray box set, a 15-disc collection that includes all of the Halloween movies together for the first time:
“Beverly Hills, CA – Last year, the horror classic Halloween celebrated 35 years of terror for those willing to partake in its vision of unrelenting horror. But that was only the beginning of the celebration. What producers Moustapha Akkad, Debra Hill and Irwin Yablans, writer/director John Carpenter and stars Jamie Lee Curtis & Donald Pleasence started in 1978 has transformed into one of the most durable, iconic – and copiously studied — horror film franchises ever created. Before Jason, before Freddy, and before Jigsaw, there was…Michael. Over the years, audiences have lived and relived the terrors of Michael Myers through ten feature films, »
- Jonathan James
Brad Paisley makes a guest appearance on the Two and a Half Men season finale Thursday, May 8, at 9:01pm Et/Pt. Also See: 2014 TV season finale calendar In the Two and a Half Men 11th season finale, “Oh Wald-e, Good Times Ahead,” Alan (Jon Cryer) confesses his true identity to Larry (D.B. Sweeney) and has to face the consequences. Also, Kimberly Williams-Paisley returns as Gretchen, Alan’s fiancée. Williams-Paisley’s real-life husband, Brad Paisley, makes a cameo appearance as Derek. The Two and a Half Men season finale airs on CBS Thursday, May 8, at 9:01 Et/Pt. Photo: ©2014 Wbei. All … Continue reading →
- Ryan Berenz
Freestyle Digital Media (Fdm) and Freestyle Releasing announce today that they have acquired the film, and set February 28th as the release date for Bottled Up, the moving family indie that stars Academy Award-winning actress Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Winter's Bone), Josh Hamilton (J. Edgar, American Horror Story) and Marin Ireland (Side Effects, I Am Legend).
Written and directed by Enid Zentelis (Evergreen), the film was produced by Zentelis, Amanda Beckner, Anthony Brandonisio, , Erik Weigel, and Executive Produced by Leslie Urdang and Dean Vanech of Olympus Pictures - the production company behind Rabbit Hole and Beginners. The film is slated for both a national theatrical and VOD release.
Leo plays hopelessly hopeful Fay, mother to Sylvie (Ireland), who, many months after a car accident, continues to complain of back pain. After refusing physical therapy, it becomes clear to everyone but Fay that her daughter is addicted to pain killers. When »
In honor of the Sochi Games, PopWatch is taking a look back at a few of our favorite Winter Olympics-themed movies. First up: The Cutting Edge, the classic 1992 “hockey player meets figure skater” romantic comedy. We talked to star D.B. Sweeney — who played cocky ex-hockey star Doug Dorsey, opposite Moira Kelly’s snooty ice queen Kate Moseley — about the making of the film, the impossible physics of its climactic bounce-spin-throw (the “Pamchenko”), and its truly wretched sequels. Toe pick!
Entertainment Weekly: First of all: Do you resent people still asking you about The Cutting Edge?
D.B. Sweeney: No, it’s great. »
- Hillary Busis
Well, that was fast! Just a few weeks after getting [Spoiler Alert!] killed off of ABC's Nashville in a much-hyped, cliffhanger-resolution death, Kimberly Paisley-Williams is coming back to TV in a plum role on CBS' Two and a Half Men. She will play Gretchen, a new love interest for Alan (Jon Cryer) and sister to his pal Larry (D.B. Sweeney). The casting reunites Mrs. Brad Paisley with her fellow According to Jim co-star Courtney Thorne-Smith, who has been playing Larry's girlfriend (and Alan's ex).Her first episode will air March 6 and she is currently contracted for two episodes with the possibility of more. Two and a Half Men has not yet been picked up for the 2014-15 season, however, its »
While former “Two and a Half Men” star Charlie Sheen spars with current “Two and a Half Men” star Ashton Kutcher, the show has made an addition to the cast. “According to Jim” alum Kimberly Williams-Paisley has been added to the CBS series in a recurring role. Also read: Charlie Sheen Threatens to Put Ashton Kutcher ‘On a Hospital Food Diet’ Just 2 Hours After Apology Williams-Paisley, who recently appeared on the ABC drama “Nashville,” will play Gretchen, a new love interest for Jon Cryer’s Alan Harper character, who’s also the sister of Harper’s pal Larry (played by D.B. Sweeney). Williams-Paisley is currently. »
- Tim Kenneally
Exclusive: After recently wrapping her major arc on ABC drama Nashville, Kimberly Williams-Paisley has been tapped for another recurring gig, this time on the comedy side. The According To Jim alumna is set for a multi-episode arc on veteran CBS series Two And A Half Men. She will play Gretchen, a new love interest for Alan (Jon Cryer) and sister to his friend Larry (D.B. Sweeney). In addition to returning to her sitcom roots, Williams-Paisley will reunite with her According To Jim co-star Courtney Thorne-Smith who has been recurring on Men as Alan’s now former girlfriend who is dating Larry. Williams-Paisley, repped by Gersh and Klwgn, begins filming this week, with her first episode slated to air March 6. Related: Ashton Kutcher To Charlie Sheen: “Shut The F*** Up”! (Video) »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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