12 items from 2015
"We just don't recognise life's most significant moments while they're happening. Back then I thought, 'well there'll be other days'. I didn't realise that that was the only day."
It's a useful piece of advice that's given to writers, that you need to put something on the line if you want a piece to really work. That you need to put some, and ideally a lot, of yourself into it.
Brace yourselves, I'm afraid. I make no promises that the quality of what you're about to read is much cop. But I can tell you that Field Of Dreams is an immensely important and rich film to me, one that hits me, and hits me hard every time I watch it. I think that it reinforces too »
'JFK' movie with Kevin Costner as Jim Garrison 'JFK' assassination movie: Gripping political drama gives added meaning to 'Rewriting History' If it's an Oliver Stone film, it must be bombastic, sentimental, clunky, and controversial. With the exception of "clunky," JFK is all of the above. It is also riveting, earnest, dishonest, moving, irritating, paranoid, and, more frequently than one might expect, outright brilliant. In sum, Oliver Stone's 1991 political thriller about a determined district attorney's investigation of the assassination of U.S. president John F. Kennedy is a slick piece of propaganda that mostly works both dramatically and cinematically. If only some of the facts hadn't gotten trampled on the way to film illustriousness. With the exception of John Williams' overemphatic score – Oliver Stone films need anything but overemphasis – JFK's technical and artistic details are put in place to extraordinary effect. Joe Hutshing and Pietro Scalia's editing »
- Andre Soares
Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick, "Black and White," is available now On Demand. Need help finding a movie to watch? Let TWC find the best fit for your mood here. Kevin Costner has never been a blockbuster megastar, but through decades of critically-acclaimed performances in movies both big and small, his staunch, quiet reliability has emerged as his very appeal. After rising to prominence in Brian De Palma's "The Untouchables" and the baseball-themed successes "Bull Durham" and "Field of Dreams," Costner went on to win two Academy Awards out of three nominations for writing, directing and starring in "Dances with Wolves." But that film didn't launch Costner into super-stardom. Through the decades since, he has established himself as a different kind of leading man. He doesn't always attract much attention, and the. »
- David Canfield
Is it just me, or does there seem to be a sudden interest in the exploration of the lives of NBA athletes on both the big and small screens, whether scripted or non-fiction? In the last year alone, we've profiled projects that LeBron James, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Stephon Marbury, Baron Davis (to name a few) are attached to, each one based on or inspired the basketball player's real-life. There was also news of Showtime developing an hour-long scripted drama set in the world of professional basketball - specifically, it was to provide a behind-the-scenes look at how an NBA team is run, and hailed from Ron Shelton, who isn't a stranger to sports-related dramas after writing and directing "Bull Durham" and "White Men Can’t Jump." And there was also Hho's pick up of a pitch from Jeff Nathanson (screenwriter of "Catch Me if you Can" and the "Rush Hour" movies) and Gavin. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »
- Jordan Benesh
Is this heaven? Nope, it’s Opening Week.
It all started Sunday night with the Cardinals at the Cubs with St. Louis winning 3 to 0.
To celebrate the first pitch of Opening Week, here’s our list of the best Baseball movies.
One of the best baseball biopics to come along over the years, The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid, tells the true story of Jim Morris, a man who finally gets a shot at his lifelong dream-pitching in the big leagues. A high school science teacher/baseball coach, Morris’ players make a bet with him:if they win district, »
- Movie Geeks
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
12 items from 2015
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