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“Don’t Think Twice” is a candid film about the division between enthusiasm and talent, the unbridled passion for an art form versus one’s actual ability. Within Mike Birbiglia‘s latest moving and tender directorial effort, the art in question is improvisational comedy. True to the comedy scenes scattered across the country today, gifts within this fictional troupe vary. Birbiglia plays Miles, the ringleader of the group that had two seconds of fame a decade prior when he auditioned for “Weekend Live.” Like Kevin Costner in “Bull Durham” regaling his fellow minor-league teammates with tales from the Mlb, Miles touts how he. »
- Sam Fragoso
Not since 2003’s Hollywood Homicide have the Oscar-winning duo shared the screen, but that all changes with this bankable FBI romp. Penned by Ron Shelton (Bull Durham, White Men Can’t Jump), Villa Capri revolves around an ex-fbi agent and ex-mob boss, two sworn enemies from the get-go, who in a fit of panic are forced to place old rivalries on the back-burner after they’re targeted by the mob while shooting a round of golf.
THR didn’t disclose which roles Freeman and Jones are linked to, but the latter’s gruff, taciturn demeanour ought to make for some rip-roaring entertainment opposite Freeman. Citing Midnight Run as inspiration, Ron Shelton is also attached to helm Villa Capri, as Sierra »
- Michael Briers
This past weekend, Hollywood celebrated the 7th annual Turner Classic Movie Film Festival, and this year’s slate of films did not disappoint.
Shown over 4 days and in multiple theaters along Hollywood Boulevard, the festival continues to draw bigger and bigger crowds each year.
With so many films showing, its hard to choose what to see, but Wamg attended a few of the classics, along with some special presentations.
Field Of Dreams (1989)
The story goes that while Kevin Costner was filming Bull Durham (1988) he came across the script for Field of Dreams. Producers weren’t holding out for him because they assumed he wouldn’t want to do 2 “baseball movies” in a row. And thank god they were wrong. »
- Melissa Thompson
No Way Out has been one of my favorite thrillers since first seeing it in the late ’80s, and it’s a film I happily re-watch whenever the opportunity arises. Kevin Costner was at his prime here, sandwiched between the likes of Silverado, The Untouchables, Bull Durham, and Field of Dreams, and he delivers a terrifically layered performance as a man at the center of a rushed conspiracy. It’s a suspenseful, fast-moving thriller strengthened by sharp writing, great performances, and a stellar foot chase. The film has been absent on Blu-ray, but now thanks to the fine folks at Shout! Factory we can finally enjoy it in HD. I’m sure it’s no coincidence that the film made my list of 10 Movies We Demand on Blu-ray, or Else! last year, but I don’t need accolades — this classic on Blu-ray is thank you enough. The only special feature on the disc is a new commentary »
- Rob Hunter
In the midst of March Madness and with the Kentucky Derby around the corner, the first pitch of baseball season is almost here.
A quote from Field Of Dreams best describes America’s national pastime, “The one constant throughout the years has been baseball.”
To mark the start of the 2016 season, here’s our list of the Best Baseball movies.
Considered by some to be the best baseball movie ever, the film celebrates its 40th anniversary this month (April 7, 1976). In an article from the NY Daily News, one line reads, “It is a movie that someone like the late Philip Seymour Hoffman called his favorite, and one which resonates on many levels today, with all different generations.”
Who are we to argue with greatness?
- Movie Geeks
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- TMZ Staff
A baseball documentary for old-timers and young analytics acolytes alike, “Fastball” sets out, as its nominal goal, to deduce who threw history’s all-time fastest pitch. That intention, however, is merely the pretext for an alternately mythologizing and scientific inquiry into the art of pitching — a seemingly simple act that, over the course of baseball’s century-plus lifespan, has taken on legendary status. That’s especially true of those blessed with velocity at which to marvel — not always easy an easy task, at least for those ensconced in the batter’s box. With an all-star lineup of hall-of-famers waxing nostalgic and poetic about their time on the diamond, writer-director Jonathan Hock’s documentary has a thrilling pop that should help it strike a competitive chord with anyone even remotely enchanted by our national pastime.
- Nick Schager
The most respected and feared pitch in baseball is definitely the fastball.
Every major league pitcher strives to perfect the fastball and every pitcher has the fastball pitch in their repertoire. Only a few can have the bragging rights to throw more than 100 miles per hour or even to have the fastest fastball ever.
In Jonathan Hock’s documentary Fastball, it explores baseball’s favorite pitch by attempting on who may have the fastest fastball in history from the perspective of the scientific community and the past/present famous baseballs players who tried to hit or to throw that pitch.
Some of the interviews include Justin Verlander, David Price, Derek Jeter, Hank Aaron, Nolan Ryan, Bob Gibson and more great players trying to push their perspective on the fastball. The documentary is narrated by Kevin Costner.
Fastball will be in select theaters and on-demand this Friday, March 25. Also check out »
- Gig Patta
The companies have already been teaming on the March 25 release of baseball documentary “Fastball,” narrated by Kevin Costner (“Field of Dreams,” “Bull Durham”), with appearances by Hank Aaron, Nolan Ryan, Bob Gibson, Goose Gossage, Derek Jeter and the late Tony Gwynn. Jonathan Hock directed, with Legendary Entertainment topper Thomas Tull exec producing with Jack Selby.
Tull and Legendary brought in Incognito to facilitate the distribution. Fans will be able to schedule “Fastball” screenings through the Tugg platform on March 24.
Incognito Pictures has established a “Film Finishing Fund” for independent films and documentaries in need of completion and distribution. It will use the the funds to acquire and complete the projects while Gravitas will release these films in theaters and/or VOD.
The companies did not indicate how many films the agreement will cover. »
- Dave McNary
A huge advocate of baseball himself – no thanks to appearances in Chasing Dreams, Bull Durham and Field of Dreams among others – Costner’s narration lends a sense of gravitas to today’s debut trailer.
Hock, the filmmaker behind such efforts as Of Miracles and Men, Survive and Advance, and The Best That Never Was, is set to shine a spotlight on the greatest players to ever grace the sport, and the “primal battle between the pitcher and the batter.”
The essence of baseball is the primal battle between the pitcher and batter, »
- Michael Briers
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
11 items from 2016
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