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Nick Park Discusses His Return to Directing With Aardman’s Stop-Motion ‘Early Man’

Nick Park Discusses His Return to Directing With Aardman’s Stop-Motion ‘Early Man’
Four-time Oscar winner Nick Park is back on the big screen with Aardman Animations’ “Early Man,” his first directing effort in a while, which opens wide in the U.S. on Friday.

The tale of a peaceful band of valley-dwelling Stone Agers who must fight to win back their verdant home from the more advanced Bronze Age humans in a high-stakes soccer match is Park’s first feature-length solo directing effort and one of his few projects that don’t star his beloved Wallace & Gromit characters. It features the voices of Eddie Redmayne as the good-natured cave man Dug; Maisie Williams as Goona, a Bronze Age girl with her own soccer aspirations; and Tom Hiddleston as Lord Nooth, the pompous Bronze Age governor who is bent on turning the tribe’s beloved valley into his latest mine.

Park first came up for the idea of a cave man character almost a decade ago. “I think I
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Michael Mantenuto Dies: Co-Star Of Olympic Hockey Movie ‘Miracle’ Was 35

Michael Mantenuto Dies: Co-Star Of Olympic Hockey Movie ‘Miracle’ Was 35
Michael Mantenuto, who co-starred in Disney’s Miracle about the U.S. hockey team’s “Miracle on Ice” win over the Soviets in the 1980 Olympics, has died. He was 35. Police is Des Moines, Wa, say they found Mantenuto dead Monday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His death was announced by Col. Guillaume Beaurpere, commander of the Army Special Forces unit in which Mantenuto served after his brief acting career. “Those of you that knew Mike will remember him for his…
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Disney’s ‘Miracle’ Actor Michael Mantenuto Found Dead at 35

Disney’s ‘Miracle’ Actor Michael Mantenuto Found Dead at 35
Michael Mantenuto, an actor and hockey player who starred in Disney’s 2004 film “Miracle,” has died. He was 35.

Mantenuto died on Monday of an apparent suicide, according to TMZ, and was found in his car by police in Des Moines, Wash. TMZ reports that the actor died by shooting himself.

Miracle” tells the story of the U.S. men’s hockey team that won the gold medal at the 1980 Winter Olympics. The American’s victory over the heavily favored Soviet team was dubbed the “Miracle on Ice.” The U.S. would go on to beat Finland to win gold. Mantenuto played Jack O’Callahan, a member of the U.S. team who injures his knee, but returns to the rink to take on the Soviets ,and makes a key shot that leads to a U.S. goal. Kurt Russell and Patricia Clarkson also star in the movie.

Mantenuto’s Hollywood career was limited apart from “Miracle.” He did, however appear in the 2006 TV movie “Dirtbags” and 2008’s “Surfer, Dude.”

After his acting career, Mantenuto joined the military. In a news release announcing Mantenuto’s death, Col. Guillaume Beaurpere wrote, “Those of you that knew Mike will remember him for his passionate love for his family and his commitment to the health of the force.”
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Sports Illustrated Counts Down Top 100 Greatest Sports Moments With New Web Series

Sports Illustrated has recently devoted a significant share of its resources to video production, and the publication’s latest project spans 100 videos. With the help of a specially-designed landing page, viewers can join Si in counting down the 100 greatest moments in sports history.

Each moment in Si’s list is commemorated with its own short video. While a handful of short clips add flavor to the videos, the real star of the show is Si’s famous photography, which viewers can admire as it slowly pans across the screen. Through these pictures, as well as some steady and even narration, sports fans can experience more than a century of history. The list culminates with the game Si chose for the #1 slot: The United States Olympic hockey team’s famous upset of the Soviet Union in the 1980 Olympics, referred to as the “Miracle on Ice.”

Si’s list is obviously subjective,
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Lil Wayne Re-created a Bunch of Historic Sports Calls for Espn’s First Take — Next Up, Full-Time Job?

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Lil Wayne Re-created a Bunch of Historic Sports Calls for Espn’s First Take — Next Up, Full-Time Job?
In another life, Lil Wayne probably would've been a sports commentator. But because he's Weezy, he kind of already is, with his regular appearances on ESPN2's talk show First Take — where he constantly has to defend his allegiance to the Green Bay Packers. He previously freestyled over the SportsCenter theme song, and now Espn had him (hopefully) audition for a full-time job by re-creating famous sports calls. Ever wondered how different the Miracle on Ice would've sounded with Wayne announcing it? Really? Why? In any case, here it is.
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Red Army – The Review

Anyone over the age of 40 remembers one of sports’ most famous moments, the “Miracle on Ice” – when the United States Men’s Hockey Team beat the Soviet Union in a breathtaking upset at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, NY.

Knocking out the Soviets led the U.S. team to the Gold medal round against Finland, where they triumphed and relegated the Soviet Union to second place and the Silver medal.

The Silver medal was definitely not what the Soviet team was expecting, and it marked the end of what had been the Soviet Red Army hockey dynasty – the most successful dynasty in sports history.

Told through the eyes of team captain Slava Fetisov, Red Army is a gripping tale of both sports and politics in the former Soviet Union. For them, hockey was everything. Parents would send their sons (some as young as 5 years old) to the yearly tryouts
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NBC Sports Celebrates USA Hockey’s ‘Miracle on Ice’ With 35th Anniversary Special (Exclusive Video)

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NBC Sports Celebrates USA Hockey’s ‘Miracle on Ice’ With 35th Anniversary Special (Exclusive Video)
The Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks are getting ready to take the action on the ice outdoors on Saturday, but as the players prepare to lace up their skates, NBC and Nbcsn are remembering one of the most influential games in hockey history with coverage both before and after the NHL Stadium Series matchup. The 35th anniversary of the “Miracle on Ice” between the USA and Ussr that captivated fans during the 1980 Winter Olympics will be the focus of an “NHL Live” special as the show goes on the road to Lake Placid, New York, where the medal-round game took place,
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“30 for 30: Of Miracles and Men”: The Soviet side of the Miracle on Ice

Americans know the USA’s 1980 Winter Olympics hockey “Miracle on Ice” win over the Soviet Union as one of the great Cinderella stories in all of sports. Espn’s new 30 for 30 documentary “Of Miracles and Men,” (Sunday, Feb. 8, at 9pm Et) however, looks at the Miracle on Ice from the perspective of the seemingly unbeatable Soviet team before, during and after the seminal game. Director Jonathan Hock says: “Of all the 30 For 30 films I’ve directed, ‘Of Miracles and Men’ is the most ambitious. I was raised in the 1970’s on the notion that Soviet hockey players were robots, … Continue reading →

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Film Review: Life, Geopolitics & Hockey in Excellent ‘Red Army’

Chicago – How often can we learn life lessons from the most unlikely of sources? The documentary “Red Army” is one such source, as director Gabe Polsky tells the story of the Soviet Union hockey team, which expands to the the very parameters of human nature and competition.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

There is something poetic about the way the leadership in the Soviet hockey program conducted their vision, and Polsky was able to capture all the poetics within the development, nurturing and victories that the teams experienced – from the 1950s through the 1980s – and the psychology of it all. If this sounds strange it’s supposed to be. It was like delving into a prism, and the closer the introspection became, the more complexity and truth was revealed. The fall of the Soviet Union also had a profound impact on the foundation of the team, as the purpose of performing for nationalism is
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Tsr Exclusive: ‘Red Army’ Interview with Director Gabe Polsky

Americans know very well that we beat the Soviet Union hockey team in the 1980 Olympics. It is a celebrated, symbolic victory that we have nicknamed the “Miracle on Ice,” which inspired the 2004 film Miracle with Kurt Russell. What Americans may not know is Russia’s side, which boasts an incredible story about elite hockey players chiseled from a regimented government and training system. The skill and power of these athletes who deserve a universal due is presented in director Gabe Polsky’s documentary Red Army. Informative, thrilling, and unbelievable, the film is far more than a sports doc, as it explores the rise and fall of the Soviet Union through the treatment of star players like Viacheslov Fetisov and Alexei Kasatonov.

I previously interviewed Gabe and his brother Alan for their Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff drama The Motel Life, which was presented by Werner Herzog, and played at the
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Sony Classics Strikes Deal With BitTorrent Centered On Soviet Hockey Documentary

BitTorrent is continuing to use significant content partnerships to shake its reputation as a haven for illegal file sharing. The torrenting service has teamed up with Sony Pictures to distribute Red Army, a documentary about the national hockey team of the Soviet Union.

Red Army is available via BitTorrent Bundle, a service that also has plans to distribute sci-fi series Children of the Machine and David Cross' Hits. Users who access Red Army's official Bundle page can download the film for free or pay extra for a premium offering that includes bonus features and added content. Users are required to install the BitTorrent client before they can download the film.

Red Army explores the rise and fall of the Soviet squad, which famously lost to the United States during the "Miracle on Ice" in 1980. Strangely enough, Red Army is one of two recent documentaries exploring this topic. Espn's
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TV Review: Espn’s ‘Of Miracles and Men’

TV Review: Espn’s ‘Of Miracles and Men’
Offering a fascinating window into the other side of the so-called “Miracle on Ice,” Espn’s “30 for 30” outdoes itself with “Of Miracles and Men,” which looks at the astonishing 1980 Olympic upset in Lake Placid not from the perspective of the U.S. team but rather that of the seemingly unbeatable Soviet juggernaut. Essentially a protracted history of hockey within the Soviet Union – and by extension, the importance of sports under the regime – it’s a story replete with remarkable subplots and intriguing characters. Given how rarely Espn adorns itself with journalistic honor, these gold-worthy docs remain their own minor miracle.

Although it’s 35 years later, those involved recall events as if they happened yesterday. Narrated by Jeff Daniels and directed by Jonathan Hock, the doc sets up a dichotomy between the two coaches of the Soviet hockey machine: Anatoli Tarasov, an emotional fellow who built and devised the enterprise, virtually
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Interview: Director Gabe Polsky on Superb Documentary ‘Red Army’

Chicago – Every red-blooded American has been told the story of the “Miracle on Ice,” the 1980 Winter Olympic upset of the mighty Soviet Union hockey team by Team USA. But who were the Soviet players? Why were they the best in the world? Director Gabe Polsky explores these questions in the documentary “Red Army.”

What makes “Red Army” such an exceptional film is the morality of it. The Soviet hockey team was playing for more in virtually every category. They had more pride, more skill, more strategy, more love-of-nationalism and more focus than any other team in the world. The story of these “mores” is magnificently told by Gabe Polsky, a filmmaker whose parents emigrated from Russia. The story also, interestingly enough, tells of the collapse of the Soviet Union, and what that meant for those hockey players, who were now stuck in a different performance mode and world.

Part of
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Did You Root for the Americans During the ‘Miracle on Ice’? Red Army Will Make You Sympathize With the Other Side

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Did You Root for the Americans During the ‘Miracle on Ice’? Red Army Will Make You Sympathize With the Other Side
Even some of us non-hockey fans find the story of the “Miracle on Ice” deeply moving. We've certainly heard it recounted many, many times — how a scrappy, underdog U.S. team made up of amateurs and college kids defeated the seeming indestructible Soviets at the Lake Placid Olympics in 1980, injecting a much-needed dose of pride to a beaten-down American public and helping popularize hockey overnight. (The event was valorized memorably in the misty Kurt Russell movie Miracle.) Gabe Polsky's ingenious, touching documentary Red Army looks at the other side of this myth, the seemingly faceless, allegedly robotic players who made up the Soviet team. There, Polsky finds a story even more epic and powerful than the Miracle on Ice.The film covers the whole swath of Soviet hockey in the 20th century. The Ussr saw in the sport an opportunity both to prove dominance on the international stage and
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Ciff Day 2: Documentaries ‘Algren’ and ‘Red Army’

Audience Q&As at a film festival can be a mixed bag. At the World Premiere screening for Tuesday night’s Algren, a man waved at Director Michael Caplan, who recognized the man from a coffee shop earlier in the day. During the Q&A for Red Army, Director Gabe Polsky charmingly asked his grandmother (correction: Babushka), in Russian, what she thought of his movie.

On the other side of the coin, they can result in tedious questions (and even more tedious answers) about getting licensing for archival material or audience members outright interrupting and berating the director, like a man who asked about the “sociology” behind Russian athletics. Sometimes people just like to hear themselves talk.

In fairness, it takes finesse to ask the right questions and tailor the right answers so you can tell a good story. This holds true for the two documentaries I watched Tuesday night at Ciff.
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Exclusive Interview With Director Gabe Polsky On Red Army

Red Army may be a film about the rise of the Soviet Union’s hockey team in the 1980s, but do not tell its director, Gabe Polsky, that it is a hockey movie. He wants his critically acclaimed Tiff selection – you can check out our review here – to be a timeless film that isn’t quartered into a designated genre. Thankfully, the doc is insightful and supremely entertaining, even if you rarely tune into Espn.

Due in theatres on January 22, Red Army was a passion project for the director, who played hockey for Yale before launching his career in film. One of his first projects was for the Nicholas Cage drama Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, where he became friends with the film’s director, Werner Herzog. Another doc that Polsky produced was My Way, about the life of legendary Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub. Polsky must have had
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Red Army Review | Tiff 2014

When it comes to American sports, we love our individual figures: Babe Ruth, Joe Montana, Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky. It’s part of the individualistic nature of county, and while we’re not against teams, we prefer legends. There’s an entire movie set around 1980’s “Miracle on Ice”, but with Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell) at the center. These sports legends reinforce our notions of what we aspire to be. “History is written by the victors”, Churchill said, but sometimes the more interesting stories come from the defeated. Gabe Polsky’s superb sports documentary Red Army crosses the Atlantic to explore how hockey was viewed in Russia, and how their culture affected their play and their players. Filled with terrific mini-narratives within its larger context, Red Army is deeply insightful and constantly entertaining. Using celebrated player Viacheslav Fetisov as the backbone of the film but expanding to other figures as well,
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Nyff 2014. Main Slate

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Opening Night – World Premiere

Gone Girl

David Fincher, USA, 2014, Dcp, 150m

David Fincher’s film version of Gillian Flynn’s phenomenally successful best seller (adapted by the author) is one wild cinematic ride, a perfectly cast and intensely compressed portrait of a recession-era marriage contained within a devastating depiction of celebrity/media culture, shifting gears as smoothly as a Maserati 250F. Ben Affleck is Nick Dunne, whose wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) goes missing on the day of their fifth anniversary. Neil Patrick Harris is Amy’s old boyfriend Desi, Carrie Coon (who played Honey in Tracy Letts’s acclaimed production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) is Nick’s sister Margo, Kim Dickens (Treme, Friday Night Lights) is Detective Rhonda Boney, and Tyler Perry is Nick’s superstar lawyer Tanner Bolt. At once a grand panoramic vision of middle America, a uniquely disturbing exploration of the fault lines in a marriage,
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Film Review: ‘Red Army’

Film Review: ‘Red Army’
Russia’s recent return to its adversarial ways may well boost the cultural and commercial profile of “Red Army,” a terrifically engaging flashback to the glory days of the Soviet national ice hockey team, whose enviable performance on the ice was designed to project an image of great socialist strength at the height of the Cold War. Topical resonance, however, is hardly the sole virtue of Gabe Polsky’s moving and incisive documentary, which spins a bittersweet account of the price these world-class athletes paid for fame — and ultimately, for freedom, when many faced major resistance at home after they sought to defect to the National Hockey League. Blending insightful interviews and fine archival footage over the course of a swift, absorbing 85 minutes, the Sony Classics acquisition should skate deftly through theaters en route to a rich smallscreen career.

Black-and-white film clips and expert testimonials establish at the outset that
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Cannes 2014 review: Red Army - the cold war, on ice

Gabe Polsky's puckish ice hockey documentary revisits the Russian team who smashed through the iron curtain to secure global victory and finds them as well-drilled in defence as ever

Cultures clash on and off the ice in Gabe Polsky's documentary about the Soviet Union's dominance of ice hockey during the cold war, and its former stars' place in modern Russia.

The Red Army ice hockey team were the Soviet Union's proof that socialism worked. They played as a collective. No one player was the star, instead they scored goals communally, pushing the puck around their team before shooting with power and deadly accuracy.

Hockey was propaganda. Players were bred to beat the west, with young children selected by Soviet officials to enter intensive bootcamps. One such player Viacheslav Fetisov is at the heart of Polsky's story. A Red Army recruit from the age of 8, Fetisov's playing career spanned
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