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Film Review: ‘Draft Day’ is Daft, Except as an NFL Infomercial

11 April 2014 2:41 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Kevin Costner has defined a career in sports themed movies. From the Iowa farmer building a baseball diamond in “Field of Dreams,” to “Bull Durham,” to “For the Love of the Game,” he exemplified game day heroics. Yet being an NFL executive in “Draft Day” isn’t quite as exciting.

Rating: 2.5/5.0

The problem with this film’s story is like the problem with the NFL – they’ve gotten so rich and powerful they lose perspective on “it’s just a game.” By creating a domestic drama centered around an over zealous day of drafting college players, they’ve gone as far away from the tradition of tough guys like Vince Lombardi as a 90 yard field goal attempt. It’s no good! Note: I have a slavish devotion to the sport as entertainment – Go Bears! – I just didn’t like the film.

Sonny Weaver Jr. (Kevin Costner) is the general manager of the Cleveland Browns, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Movie Review: Draft Day Knows That Any Good Sports Movie’s Gotta Have Heart

11 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Ivan Reitman has always worked best with a charismatic front man. Back when he had Bill Murray star in his films (Ghostbusters, Stripes, Meatballs), sloppy timing and bantamweight premises were part of the charm: There are worse directorial strategies than “get out of Murray’s way and let him do his magic.” But such an approach falters when, say, a lumbering Arnold Schwarzenegger is the star (Kindergarten Cop). And though Kevin Costner could have been the right guy to work with Reitman during the actor's Bull Durham era, these days his famous lopsided smile has been supplanted by an omnipresent scowl. And that does not a good Reitman movie make.Draft Day boasts a certain charm anyway — if only because its real star is football, a game with enough appeal to go around. Costner is Sonny Weaver Jr., a fictional Cleveland Browns’ general manager, and you can blame his petulant »

- Lisa Rosman

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Draft Day | Review

11 April 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Final Draft: Reitman’s By the Numbers Sports Drama

Director Ivan Reitman leaves behind the realm of rom-com for a masculine about-face with the football drama, Draft Day, which, as you can rightfully assume, takes place on the eponymous day, its clock kicking off thirteen hours before the grand finale. Screenwriters Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph takes deliberate pains in dumbing down the behind-the-scenes process that goes on, which will certainly help engage complete strangers to the realm, though this is hardly a realistic inside look at anything more than your conventional sports drama about a down-on-his-luck dude who manages to outsmart everyone despite dubious popular opinion.

The countdown to Draft Day has begun, and this year, Seattle holds the number one pick as well as the current top star, quarterback Bo Callahan (Josh Pence). However, the Seattle manager, Tom Michaels (Patrick St. Espirit) thinks he can oversell Callahan to a desperate team, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Draft Day

10 April 2014 9:06 PM, PDT | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

If you read an outline of Draft Day it might strike you as formulaic and overlong, because it is…yet somehow it still works. Director Ivan Reitman—the same man who gave us Ghostbusters thirty years ago—steers an expert cast through its paces, with Kevin Costner in a tailor-made leading role. The actor has had good luck with sports stories dating back to Bull Durham and Field of Dreams, and this one continues his overall winning streak in the genre. Costner plays the much-abused general manager of the Cleveland Browns whose standing with fans and continued employment are in jeopardy on the day of the NFL draft pick. His father, a beloved coach, has just died, and his girlfriend...

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- Leonard Maltin

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Forecast: 'Rio 2,' 'Captain America' Could Both Reach $40 Million This Weekend

10 April 2014 5:28 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Animated sequel Rio 2 could cruise to around $40 million this weekend, which would put it in a close race for first place against Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Meanwhile, Draft Day and Oculus are targeting more modest debuts.Captain America: The Winter Soldier set an April record last weekend with $95 million. Most comic book movies fall hard in their second weekends: similar movies Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World fell 58 percent and 57 percent, respectively. Captain America has better reviews and stronger word-of-mouth, though it would still be surprising if it dropped less than 50 percent. Playing at 3,948 locations, Rio 2 could give the Captain a run for its money. The first Rio opened to $39.2 million around the same time in 2011, and ultimately closed with a solid $143.6 million. While it was well-liked enough, its reputation doesn't seem to suggest a huge bump for the sequel.Rio 2 shifts the action »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Watch Kevin Costner Play Catch With Himself

10 April 2014 11:14 AM, PDT | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

Kevin Costner loves sports. The star, who plays a football general manager in the new movie "Draft Day," has long been a staple in sports movies. While we're sure he likes football, it's clear his greatest love of all is baseball. After all, he starred in "Field of Dreams," "Bull Durham" and "For Love of the Game." So naturally, we wondered: What would it be like if all of his baseball-playing characters had a catch? ...

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Watch Kevin Costner Play Catch With Himself

10 April 2014 10:20 AM, PDT | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

Kevin Costner loves sports. The star, who plays a football general manager in the new movie "Draft Day," has long been a staple in sports movies. While we're sure he likes football, it's clear his greatest love of all is baseball. After all, he starred in "Field of Dreams," "Bull Durham" and "For Love of the Game." So naturally, we wondered: What would it be like if all of his baseball-playing characters had a catch? ...

By Craig Flaster »

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'Bull Durham' vs. 'Field of Dreams': What's Kevin Costner's Best Sports Movie?

9 April 2014 10:31 AM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

It wouldn't be a proper Kevin Costner renaissance without a sports movie on his docket, and fortunately there's one such addition to the actor's resume opening this Friday.  Following his turns in superhero and action movies in the past year, Draft Day puts Costner in an NFL-set drama. Outside of conversations his characters have in Swing Vote and Three Days to Kill, this is actually his first foray into football territory. Mostly he's known for baseball movies, with two in particular being the fan favorites: Bull Durham and Field of Dreams. Released a year apart, they're quite different in spite of their shared pasttime, the former a love story and the latter a fantasy. When we polled users on Twitter for the answer to which is the best, though, Durham...

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Spotlight on the Stars: Kevin Costner

8 April 2014 4:08 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Here we go with another installment of my Spotlight on the Stars series. Each week, I’ll look at an actor/actress/filmmaker that I’d like to celebrate in some kind of a way. It could be due to something of theirs coming out that weekend (like last week and this week, for example) or just because I feel they deserve to have a moment in the sun, but each time it’ll be a bit of positivity about someone who I’d like to pay tribute to. For this week’s piece (number three overall so far), I wanted to take a look at our first male actor…Kevin Costner. Some see him as a bit of a has been, but I disagree and not only still see a movie star, but an underrated actor as well. Costner is a throwback to an older generation of actor. Very »

- Joey Magidson

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Kevin Costner on 'Draft Day,' His Sports Movie Legacy, and Getting Back Behind the Camera

7 April 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Full disclosure: I'm not the biggest fan of sports movies.

In fact, I'm not a big fan of sports in general, except maybe baseball. But put Kevin Costner in a movie about one of America's many pastimes and my story changes. After all, this is the guy who starred in two of the best baseball movies of all time: "Bull Durham" and "Field of Dreams." I even liked the third part of his unofficial "baseball trilogy," "For the Love of the Game."

Now, the actor is tackling (pun intended) football in "Draft Day" as the general manager of the NFL's Cleveland Browns, the man in the unenviable position of making the team's first-round draft pick. He's also dealing with a girlfriend (Jennifer Garner) who's got some big news, a coach (Denis Leary) who wants his job, and an owner (Frank Langella) who wants his hide. Hell, even his mother (Ellen Burstyn) kicks him around. »

- Don Kaye

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Can These 7 Stars' Careers Be Saved by April Movies?

5 April 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

April is the cruelest month, and not just for T.S. Eliot.

At the multiplex, throughout April, we're in for a brutal, Darwinian survival test for several A-list stars of yesteryear -- from Kevin Costner to Nicole Kidman to Jude Law -- all of whom are currently on the comeback trail. Some of them may end the month on their way back to their former glory, and some will see their careers shredded even further.

Here are our best guesses as to who will thrive and who will starve.

Nicolas Cage

Last Big Hit: 2013 cartoon "The Croods" (starring voice role); 2009 drama "Knowing" (leading role)

Comeback Effort: Drama "Joe" (April 11)

Prospects: Cage is earning the kind of acclaim he hasn't seen in years for delivering a real, non-cartoonish performance in this rural drama as the title ex-con, who becomes the unlikely mentor to a teen (Tye Sheridan) in need of adult guidance. »

- Gary Susman

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Kevin Costner Talks Western Film Series Plans

29 March 2014 5:16 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

There are, essentially, two different worlds in cinema. In one, it is about art and original storytelling – the expression of unique ideas and voices for the purpose of thought-provoking entertainment. In the other, it is specifically designed to make money. The former gives us films such as Donnie Darko, Whip It and Being John Malkovich. The latter gives us Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Occasionally, a rare individual demonstrates the possibility of crossing that divide, and participates in projects that – sometimes - have feet in both camps. Alfonso Cuaron can do it. The Coen Brothers can do it. Tom Hanks can do it. And sometimes, believe it or not, Kevin Costner can do it, too.

There are some less than fragrant titles on Kevin Costner’s resume – as you would expect from an actor whose breakout role happened almost thirty years ago, in Silverado. The difference between Costner and most other long-serving filmmakers, »

- Sarah Myles

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Throwback Thursday: Kevin Costner Hits Box-Office Home Runs With 'Bull Durham,' 'Field of Dreams'

27 March 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This story first appeared in the April 4 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Kevin Costner has done much better with baseball onscreen than he did with it in college. At Cal State Fullerton during the 1970s, he had a try-out but didn’t make the team. However, he had a hit with 1988’s Bull Durham as a minor-league catcher, and when he agreed to do 1989’s Field of Dreams, he gave a production that had spent eight years in development a boost. Video: 'Draft Day' Super Bowl Ad, Kevin Costner Wants to Make a Deal  “Nobody got the story,”

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- Bill Higgins

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Kevin Costner to Receive CinemaCon Icon Award

5 March 2014 11:10 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Kevin Costner, whose career is showing new signs of life, will receive the “2014 Cinema Icon Award” at CinemaCon this month. The annual show-and-tell finds studios hawking their upcoming slates to theater owners and unfolds in Las Vegas. Costner won an Oscar for directing “Dances with Wolves” and was one of the biggest stars in the world thanks to such hits as “The Untouchables” and “Bull Durham.” Also read: Andy Serkis to Receive Vanguard Award at CinemaCon His career went into decline following box office disappointments such as “Waterworld” and “The Postman.” However, he recently scored a small screen hit and won. »

- Brent Lang

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CinemaCon honour for Kevin Costner

5 March 2014 10:32 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The star of the recent 3 Days To Kill and the upcoming Draft Day will receive the 2014 Cinema Icon Award in Las Vegas on March 27.

“With over four decades both on screen and behind the camera, Kevin Costner has entertained audiences with memorable performances and mesmerised them with his exceptional filmmaking ability,” said CinemaCon managing director Mitch Neuhauser.

“With films like The Untouchables, Bull Durham, Field Of Dreams, Dances With Wolves, Open Range, Man Of Steel and Jack Ryan, Costner’s contribution to the movie-going experience is unparalleled.”

CinemaCon is scheduled to run from March 24-27.

Neighbors will screen on March 25 at the convention. Universal releases the comedy on May 9. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Box Office: Is Kevin Costner Making a Comeback?

24 February 2014 5:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

No one expected much from this weekend's new thriller "3 Days to Kill." With "The Lego Movie" still unstoppable and last week's "About Last Night" and "RoboCop" still going strong, "3 Days" was expected to battle fellow newcomer "Pompeii" for fifth place -- and lose. For the spy tale, starring the 59-year-old Kevin Costner in the sort of role that he'd have had a much easier time selling 15 or 20 years ago, pundits predicted a debut as low as $8 million.

As it turns out, however, the movie opened in second place, above "Pompeii," with an estimated $12.3 million. Considering the movie's low-by-Hollywood-standards budget (a reported $28 million), "3 Days" is well on its way toward becoming a modest hit. (No doubt it will do even better overseas.)

Between "3 Days" and the six-week-old "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" (which has earned $123.9 million worldwide), Costner has two movies in the current top 20. And that's just the beginning of what »

- Gary Susman

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Kevin Costner Facts: 17 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the '3 Days to Kill' Star

21 February 2014 2:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Kevin Costner is the "All-American Man" and the world loves him for it.

From "Dances with Wolves" to "The Untouchables" to "JFK," one simply needs to watch Costner's filmography to capture the essence of America and understand its past. Let's face it, the man stars in Westerns and baseball-related movies like he's contractually obligated.

It all started over 30 years ago, when Costner got his first break in Lawrence Kasdan's "The Big Chill" and, while his part was eventually cut, the director didn't forget him. After getting cast in Kasdan's next project, "Silverado" -- a Western, of course -- the actor's career took off and helped make him the international talent he is today.

Even if you're familiar with Costner's work, there's still some mystery about the well-established actor. From his surreal encounter with Richard Burton to his musical endeavors, here are 17 things you probably don't know about Kevin Costner. »

- Jonny Black

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Exclusive 1:1 Interview: 3 Days to Kill Star Kevin Costner!

16 February 2014 4:41 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Kevin Costner is one of those actors who you tend to forget has been a part of some truly remarkable films. From Dances With Wolves to Bull Durham and even JFK, the man has an impressive career. With his strong performance in last year’s Man Of Steel, it is great to see that the actor is back in the spotlight. And with this weeks 3 Days To Kill, he plays a hired killer who must take on one last job to save his own life. Sitting across from this iconic actor/director was a »

- JimmyO

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The Definitive Romantic Comedies: 30-21

26 January 2014 9:05 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

We’ve reached the near mid-point of this Definitive List; 20 down, 30 to go. As we move forward, the story of “boy meets girl” becomes more complicated, as plenty of stumbling blocks stand in the way: lack of experience, insecurity, unsupportive parents, and, as in most cases, ego. So, when we watch all these films, what do we learn? Hundreds of romantic comedies end happily, but none end in the same way. Perhaps there’s a method to the madness, but the more we tread through these highlights, the more it’s clear that to make an impact, you have to change the game or perfect the existing one.

#30. Bull Durham (1988)

Baseball movies had worn out their welcome a bit in the mid-80s and audiences weren’t clamoring for a romantic comedy based around the national pastime. Enter writer/director Ron Shelton, who decided to write a film based on »

- Joshua Gaul

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Sundance 2014: 'Ping Pong Summer' parties like it's 1985

24 January 2014 6:04 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The mid-’80s are an easy source of comedy. Boomboxes the size of Samsonites. John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band. Pac Man Fever. White teens trying to moonwalk. All of these sonic and visual punchlines get a workout in writer-director Michael Tully’s Ping Pong Summer — a fun-but-slight coming-of-age story about an awkward Maryland teenager who becomes, well, not a man exactly, but a slightly more comfortable teenager, on a family vacation during the magical summer of 1985.

If that description sounds familiar, that’s probably because Ping Pong Summer has the misfortune of coming after two similar — and better »

- Chris Nashawaty

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