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There have been many TV bios of Elvis Presley but Elvis, The Movie, the once-elusive 1979 feature starring Kurt Russell, was the first and is still the best. An 18-minute condensed version of Elvis The Movie on Super-8 sound film will be screened at Super-8 Marlon Brando Movie Madness on November 4th at The Way Out Club – (yes, we’re aware that Elvis, The Movie has nothing to do with Marlon Brando, but it’s the variety that makes it the madness!)
When Elvis died August 16 1978 at age 42, it sent shock waves around the world, comparable to the deaths of Princess Diana or Michael Jackson in later decades. A carnival atmosphere developed in Memphis as thousands of mourners gathered around the gates of Graceland and sales of Elvis’ music skyrocketed. The 3-hour epic Elvis The Movie, produced by Dick Clark for the ABC network premiered 18 months later on February 11 1979 and, despite »
- Tom Stockman
Filmmaker Richard Linklater is indeed planning on next directing his “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused, a baseball-themed film called That’s What I’m Talking About. Linklater has been discussing making the college-set project for years now, and coming off the massive success of Boyhood (and after dropping out of The Incredible Mr. Limpet), it appears that the time has finally come. The filmmaker previously said the pic was hard to put together because he didn’t want to cast “stars” in the film—much like Dazed and Confused—and indeed, a report has surfaced that offers for three leads have gone out to Wyatt Russell (22 Jump Street), Blake Jenner (Glee), and Tyler Hoechlin (Teen Wolf). More after the jump. The story of That’s What I’m Talking About takes place in the 1980s and will revolve around freshmen as they navigate through the first year of college »
- Adam Chitwood
One of the best documentaries I've seen this year is the Netflix original The Battered Bastards of Baseball. Directed by brothers Chapman Way and Maclain Way, the doc premiered at Sundance back in January where Matt gave it a glowing review and debuted on Netflix last month where you can still instant stream it today. The film follows the Portland Mavericks, an independent baseball team created by actor and lifelong baseball enthusiast Bing Russell in 1973. In addition to being the only professional team in America to operate without a Major League affiliate at the time, the Mavericks held open tryouts and built a roster that was made up almost entirely of players who had long been forgotten by the world of organized baseball. The result was a team that played with a supreme chip on their shoulder that not only lead to wins but also record setting attendance numbers that stand to this day. »
- Jason Barr
There was a terrible span where Quentin Tarantino's proposed western The Hateful Eight looked like it'd be shelved forever, mostly out of spite. But thankfully, Tarantino has forgiven fans for their voracious nature, and The Hateful Eight is poised to ride after all! And production could start early 2015, so says one of its slated stars Kurt Russell. The former baseball player turned beloved actor who previously collaborated with Quentin Tarantino on Death Proof was talking about his involvement in the new to Netflix documentary The Battered Bastards of Baseball on the Fox affiliate out of Philadelphia. But First Showing tipped us to The Hateful Eight update Russell dropped amid talk of his dad, Portland Mavericks owner Bing Russell, and baseball. Speaking about what's next for the still hotly sought performer, Kurt Russell said: "There's a Tarantino project called The Hateful Eight that looks like it may go somewhere around »
In a canny move surprising few, Amazon have gone and echoed a pattern Netflix began around a year ago and nabbed a series from the Us where they will add an episode each week the day after its Us broadcast. This practice worked well with Breaking Bad and From Dusk Till Dawn in the past year and the publicity it got could well be the reason why you might encounter so many people who are only now making their way through five seasons of Breaking Bad via Netflix. So the show in question which be all exclusive up in here is the new Steven Spielberg/Halle Berry joint called Extant.
I knew nothing about this show going in and that is perhaps the best way to view it. I’m not going to claim this is the new Lost or whatever at this point but the first episode was ‘promising »
- Chris Holt
A mere 10 minutes of The Battered Bastards of Baseball will have you convinced that its namesake, a ragtag minor league team named the Portland Mavericks active in the '70s, must have served as the inspiration for the Bad News Bears.
A celebratory family affair to a fault, the film was directed by team owner Bing Russell's grandsons Chapman and Maclain Way. It also features interviews from his son Kurt, whom you may know as the star of such entertainments as Overboard and Sky High.
The result is true to the rough-around-the-edges spirit of the team itself — which is to say, vibrant, rebellious, and fun as all hell — if also utterly biased. The Brothers Way aren't as innovative behind the camera as their subjects were on the field, but t »
At the beginning of (and throughout) every month, Netflix Streaming adds new movies and TV shows to its library. Here is a quick list of several that you might be interested in. Some of these were added halfway through or near the end of June, but we're going to include them in this roundup anyway, since you may have missed them. Some of these may also have previously been on Netflix, only to have been removed and then added back. Feel free to note anything we've left out in the comments below.The Battered Bastards of Baseball (Available July 11)One of the major home-runs from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, this minor-league baseball documentary was scooped up by Netflix to premiere exclusively on the streaming site. Battered Bastards charts the creation and lifespan of the Portland Mavericks, an independent baseball team founded by Bing Russell, father to actor Kurt Russell. It's »
- Matt Patches
The Battered Bastards of Baseball, a documentary from Chapman Way and Maclain Way, tells the incredible true story of actor Bing Russell's (father of Kurt Russell) Minor League Baseball team the Portland Mavericks.
The Battered Bastards of Baseball premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January to rave reviews, and will air exclusively through Netflix on July 11.
A narrative feature based on the story is currently in the works with Fast & Furious filmmaker Justin Lin attached to direct. »
The story of the Portland Mavericks, an independent minor-league baseball team that ruled the Pacific Northwest in the ’70s, is almost too good to be true. Founded by actor Bing Russell, the team counted his son, Kurt Russell, as a member, and brought together a bunch of hopeful oddballs from all over the country. The […]
The post ‘The Battered Bastards of Baseball’ Trailer: When Determined Misfits Ruled the Game appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
Following a debut at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, the documentary The Battered Bastards of Baseball will make its debut exclusively on Netflix next month, and the first trailer has just arrived. The documentary tells the true story of the Portland Mavericks, a scrappy, independent baseball team of underdogs started by actor Bing Russell in the 1970s. In fact, you probably know one of the many players, because Kurt Russell is Bing's son. As someone who doesn't enjoy watching sports, there's just something that is inexplicably appealing about sports documentaries and dramas, and this looks like a treat. Watch! Here's the first trailer for The Battered Bastards of Baseball from Netflix: When Portland, Oregon, lost its longtime minor-league affiliate, Bing Russell bought the territory and formed a single-a team. When they took the field in 1973, the Mavericks—the only independent team in America—started with two strikes against them. What did »
- Ethan Anderton
While some less sophisticated folks might proclaim that watching soccer is "boring," we'd argue your average baseball game is like watching paint dry. At least at the major league level. But get down the minors, and you see the lively spirit of the game in its purest form, and there were none more mighty that the beloved Portland Mavericks. They existed for a brief shining moment in the 1970s, the only independently owned Class A team in the Northwest League and they were a sensation. And now they have a movie to tell their tale. The wonderfully titled "The Battered Bastards Of Baseball" recounts how Bing Russell (yep, father of Kurt Russell) threw his hat in the ring for a baseball franchise after the Portland Beavers left for Spokane. And once he got the rights, he put together a team the only way he knew how: by having a lot of fun. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
"The Battered Bastards of Baseball," a Netflix-exclusive documentary about the independent baseball team created by actor Bing Russell, has just received its first trailer. Read More: Sundance Review: Baseball Maven (And Kurt Russell's Dad) Bing Russell Saluted By His Grandsons In 'The Battered Bastards of Baseball' The film takes a look at the creation of the Portland Mavericks, which was founded by the veteran actor, and features interviews with his son Kurt Russell and actor/director Todd Field ("Little Children) -- both who played for the team. "The Battered Bastards of Baseball" is directed by Bing's grandsons Maclain and Chapman Way, and will premiere on Netflix July 11th. Check out the trailer below. »
- Eric Eidelstein
Netflix has released The Battered Bastards of Baseball trailer online. Directed by Chapman Way and Maclain Way, the film chronicles Bonanza actor Bing Russell’s formation of the independent baseball team the Portland Mavericks and the ensuing confrontation with organized baseball. I caught the film at Sundance, and it was a blast, and I'm glad it's coming to Netflix since it will give plenty of people the opportunity to see it. Whether you're a sports fan or not, you can still connect to the rebel spirit of the team and how a bunch of misfits can win the heart of a city. Hit the jump to check out The Battered Bastards of Baseball trailer. The documentary will be available on Netflix on July 11th. Via EW.
The post The Battered Bastards Of Baseball Trailer: Sundance Documentary Celebrates Indie Baseball Team the Portland Mavericks appeared first on Collider. »
- Matt Goldberg
Kevin Costner’s Durham Bulls. Charlie Sheen’s Cleveland Indians. Walter Matthau’s Bad News Bears. Wildly rambunctious baseball teams that became beloved cinematic all-stars. But they were no Portland Mavericks, the real-deal franchise that grabbed minor-league baseball by the short hairs in the mid 1970s.
In the Netflix documentary, The Battered Bastards of Baseball, directors Chapman and Maclain Way turn back the clock to 1973, when their grandfather, Hollywood actor Bing Russell (Bonanza), purchased the Class A Portland franchise and fielded a completely independent team against a league of teams stocked with Major League Baseball prospects. He held open tryouts »
- Jeff Labrecque
One of the year’s most fascinating documentaries, The Battered Bastards of Baseball, is coming exclusively to Netflix on July 11. Directed by Chapman Way and Maclain Way, it tells the story of the Portland Mavericks, an independent minor league baseball team created by Kurt Russell‘s father, Bing Russell. That’s Kurt above, by the way; he was on the […]
The post ‘The Battered Bastards of Baseball’ Coming to Netflix July 11; Poster Revealed appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
Kurt Russell avoided telling his father's story for years. Bing Russell, famous for portraying Deputy Clem Foste on the hit TV show “Bonanza,” founded his own baseball team in the 1970s, the Portland Mavericks. It was the only independent baseball team in the United States at the time, and it counted Kurt Russell, already an established actor in his own right, as one of its original players and later as a designated hitter. “Over the years a lot of people have said to me ‘why don't you do the Mavericks story?,'” Russell told TheWrap. “It's a great tale; it »
- Lucas Shaw
Netflix has acquired the exclusive rights to three new documentaries, including two that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January. “The Battered Bastards of Baseball” chronicles actor Bing Russell and the creation of the Portland Mavericks, the only independent baseball team in America at the time. Russell's grandchildren Chapman Way and Maclain Way directed the film, which includes an interview with another famous actor — Kurt Russell, Bing's son. It will premiere on Netflix July 11. Also read: Netflix Gets Back Into the Movie Business: Big Deal, Little Deal or No Deal? “E-Team,” directed by Oscar winner Ross Kauffman and Katy Cheivgny, »
- Lucas Shaw
Netflix plans to debut three original documentaries over the next few months. First up is The Battered Bastards Of Baseball. It chronicles how in 1973 Bonanza actor Bing Russell formed what at the time was America’s sole independent baseball team. Seen as a real-life version of the Bad News Bears, the Mavericks lasted three years before they were pushed out of Portland by the return of the major-league-backed Portland Beavers. The pic was co-directed by Chapman Way and Maclain Way, produced by Juliana Lembi, exec produced by Nancy Schafer and includes cast members Kurt Russell (Bing Russell’s son) and Todd Fields. It’s set to premiere July 11 on Netflix. Also on the slate is Mission Blue. It tells the story of legendary oceanographer, marine biologist, environmentalist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle and her impassioned campaign to save the world’s oceans from modern threats like climate change, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Netflix has another Oscar hopeful in its quiver.
The streaming-video service has acquired worldwide rights to “E-Team,” a documentary about four Human Rights Watch workers who are the first-responders on the scene investigating abuse allegations in Syria and Libya, one of five docus Netflix has recently picked up.
“E-Team” is directed by two notable documentary filmmakers, Katy Chevigny (“Deadline,” “Election Day”) and Ross Kauffman (Academy Award winner for “Born into Brothels”). The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the cinematography award in the docu category.
The documentary is expected to debut on Netflix in the fall of 2014. The streamer also will show “E-Team” in theaters in select U.S. cities, in order to qualify for Academy Awards consideration.
The filmmakers went into Sundance without a distribution deal. “I was frightened to go to Sundance without a deal,” Kauffman told Variety in an exclusive interview. “You never »
- Todd Spangler
The New York Knicks are one of basketball’s most storied franchises but they haven’t won an NBA title since 1973. Celebrity fans like Spike Lee, Woody Allen, and screenwriter William Goldman worshipped the star-studded — but team-first — Knicks teams of that championship era, and a generation of aging sportswriters refuse to let those hardwood legends die. Actor Michael Rapaport was only three years old when the Knicks won their last title, but he’s turned his yearning for those glory years into a documentary, When the Garden was Eden.
Rapaport’s movie, which is also part of Espn’s “30 for 30″ series, »
- Jeff Labrecque
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