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After disappearing from the screen for a few years, Will Smith and Kevin Costner have both been enjoying career resurgences recently. This year alone, Costner has already starred in two releases – Black or White and McFarland, USA – and Focus hit the big screen this weekend, marking Smith's return to movies for the first time since the disastrous release of his2013 sci-fi bomb After Earth.
So, with both stars in the middle of making powerful comebacks, and with films in theaters at the same time, what better way to see who the real star is than by pitting their careers against each other's in a brand-new installment of Et's Celebrity Showdown?!
Looking at seven unique criteria that weigh box-office earnings, critics' reviews and awards season gold, Celebrity Showdown examines the anatomy of both stars' careers to show who's really the best.
I cannot believe it has taken this long for Kevin Costner to combine two of his cinematic passions into one movie. The first is obvious: the sports film. Costner has a slate of sports films people hold in very high regard. Field of Dreams and Bull Durham, whether you like them or not, are entering "classic" territory. The other passion may not be a easily recognizable, but Costner is quite interested in race and culture relations. From his (undeserving) Best Picture winner Dances with Wolves to this year's mediocrely reviewed Black or White, Costner really wants to let people know he can coexist with people who aren't just white. So, McFarland, USA brings those two worlds together, and the result is about as cliched as you could possibly imagine. But is that really a surprisec This particular sports film comes to us courtesy of the mighty House of Mouse. They »
- Mike Shutt
The stars were out in St. Louis last night. One star anyway – none other than Oscar winner Kevin Costner, here hosting a sceening of his new movie Black Or White. In the film, produced by Costner and written and directed by Mike Binder, Costner plays a grieving widower is drawn into a custody battle over his half black granddaughter, whom he helped raise her entire life.
We Are Movie Geeks was at the screening and took these photos of Costner as he made his way down the red carpet at the Ronnies Cinema in South County. There he was interviewed by the local TV stations before stopping to saying hello and shake hands with We Are Movie Geeks. St. Louis baseball Cardinals legend Ozzie Smith was on hand and presented the actor with a Cards jersey with ‘Crash’ printed on it – a reference to the Crash Davis character he played in Bull Durham. »
- Tom Stockman
With Oscar ballots in the hands of voters, the crunch is on. And while there are so many great performances to choose from, there are always many that don’t get the buzz they deserved. There are always popular dark horses that could pop up — think Timothy Spall in “Mr. Turner” or Marion Cotillard in “Two Days, One Night”: Both are far from a sure thing but have clinched critics’ awards and have passionate fanbases. But then there are those who, for whatever reason, haven’t received the boosts they deserve. Below are 11 actors whose names deserved to be called on nomination morning.
The British thespian showed her range with two remarkable performances in 2014 that couldn’t be more different. In the period piece “Belle,” she played a mixed-race woman raised amongst nobility who refuses to settle for the life society deems appropriate for her. She »
- Jenelle Riley
We've been writing about Ava DuVernay's fantastic drama "Selma" since it first debuted at the AFI Film Festival on Nov. 11. While many have been able to catch the Best Picture player in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and other select cities since Christmas, the rest of the nation will finally get their chance to experience it on Friday. Paramount Pictures has provided HitFix with an exclusive clip which comes at a pivotal moment in the film. Early on audiences are introduced to three residents of the city, Cager Lee (Henry G. Sanders), his daughter Viola Jackson (Charity Jordan) and his grandson, Jimmie Lee Jackson (Keith Stanfield). They, like many African-American residents of the area, were peacefully protesting the fact that a civil rights leader was being held in county jail when they were attacked by police officers. Lee and his family sought refuge in a local restaurant when police found them and tragedy struck. »
- Gregory Ellwood
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
A version of this story appears in the The Hollywood Reporter’s January awards issue.
Kevin Costner, who has been one of Hollywood’s most popular leading men for the past 30 years — from Silverado, The Untouchables, Bull Durham and Field of Dreams to Dances with Wolves, JFK and The Bodyguard — will turn 60 in January, if you can believe it. But don’t for a second think that he’s slowing down: In addition to passion projects that range from financing and designing a machine to clean up oil spills to financing and co-authoring a series of family-friendly books, he has just completed a controversial new film, which he also bankrolled when others shied away from it.
- Anjelica Oswald
6 items from 2015
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