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‘Pitch’ Review: The First Female Professional Baseball Player Is Nearly Undone By Her Emotions

22 September 2016 7:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

We are approaching a milestone in America: Hillary Clinton is on pace to become the first female President of the United States. It’s a landmark achievement thats weight has somehow been trumped by our need to avoid the end of the world (pun intended), but the far-reaching impact of a woman holding our nation’s highest office will be felt long beyond the lives of anyone reading these words. Not only is it historic — it’s significant.

Now, comparing that achievement with America’s first female professional baseball player may seem like a stretch. Even more so considering this ballplayer only exists on television, within the fictional world of “Pitch” created by Dan Fogelman and Rick Singer. Yet the connection is made within the series itself, as one of the first images we see is a vase of flowers delivered to freshly called-up San Diego Padres pitcher Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury, »

- Ben Travers

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‘Pitch’ Review: The First Female Professional Baseball Player Is Nearly Undone By Her Emotions

22 September 2016 7:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

We are approaching a milestone in America: Hillary Clinton is on pace to become the first female President of the United States. It’s a landmark achievement thats weight has somehow been trumped by our need to avoid the end of the world (pun intended), but the far-reaching impact of a woman holding our nation’s highest office will be felt long beyond the lives of anyone reading these words. Not only is it historic — it’s significant.

Now, comparing that achievement with America’s first female professional baseball player may seem like a stretch. Even more so considering this ballplayer only exists on television, within the fictional world of “Pitch” created by Dan Fogelman and Rick Singer. Yet the connection is made within the series itself, as one of the first images we see is a vase of flowers delivered to freshly called-up San Diego Padres pitcher Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury, »

- Ben Travers

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4 things to know about Fox's new baseball drama 'Pitch'

22 September 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Fox PR promised to make the second and third episodes of Pitch available to critics in advance of tonight's premiere, but something fell through and they're not coming until next week. Since I prefer having more material to judge before writing a review when possible, I'm going to hold off on a more elaborate piece on the show, and instead tell you four things about the pilot of a show about the first woman (Kylie Bunbury) to play Major League Baseball: 1. It's probably the best broadcast network pilot of this fall. The only other contenders are either Speechless or Pitch co-creator Dan Fogelman's other new series, This Is Us. The pilot, which begins on the morning of Ginny Baker's first start in the majors, moves briskly and confidently, with great direction from Emmy winner Paris Barclay. Between the show's partnership with Mlb and Fox's own TV sports properties, the »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Field of Dreams returns to the big screen this fall

8 September 2016 7:39 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Field of Dreams returns to the big screen this fallField of Dreams returns to the big screen this fallIngrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine9/8/2016 9:39:00 Am

One of the best movies about baseball, fathers and sons, following your dreams and the metaphysical nature of corn, Field of Dreams (1989) touches all the bases.

Based on Canadian author W.P. Kinsella’s novel "Shoeless Joe", the film finds Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) hearing a voice that says, “If you build it, he will come,” which compels him to build a baseball diamond in his cornfield.

He is also compelled to find reclusive writer Terence Mann (James Earl Jones), seek out the ghost of dead baseball player-turned-doctor Archie “Moonlight” Graham (Burt Lancaster) and finally make peace with his deceased dad.

It’s a sentimental film, but in the best way possible, and that’s why Costner wanted to be part of the »

- Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine

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What happened to 1990's 10 most promising movie executives?

31 August 2016 2:31 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Sep 2, 2016

Premiere magazine highlighted 10 movie executives to watch in 1990. So what happened to them?

In its May 1990 issue, the sadly-missed Us version of Premiere magazine published an article, highlighting ten young movie executives, and suggesting that these were people with very big futures ahead of them in the industry.

Given that much is written about movie executives, without actually digging much deeper to find out who they actually are, I thought it was worth tracing what happened to these ten, and – 26 years later – whether Premiere was correct in saluting them as the future of the industry. So, er, I did...

Lance Young

Senior production VP, Paramount Pictures

Pictured in the article on an office swivel chair with some snazzy purple socks, Lance Young, Premiere wrote, had been “groomed for big things since joining Paramount at the age of 23”. He was 30 at the time the article was published, and »

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‘Don’t Think Twice’ Review: Mike Birbiglia Charms on Both Sides of the Camera

21 July 2016 4:44 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“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

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Action Comedy Villa Capri Adds Morgan Freeman And Tommy Lee Jones

11 May 2016 8:48 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Hollywood veterans Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones are primed for a reunion with Villa Capri, the action comedy in the works at Sierra/Affinity, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

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

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2016 TCM Film Festival – Field Of Dreams And One Flew Over The Cuckoo’S Nest

3 May 2016 8:22 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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.

This year’s festival treated classic film fans to over 70 movies and special guests, including Angela Lansbury, Faye Dunaway, Rita Moreno, Francis Ford Coppola, and Carl Reiner – just to name a few.

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

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27 Things We Learned from Roger Donaldson’s No Way Out Commentary

6 April 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

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

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Best Baseball Movies

3 April 2016 9:01 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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.

The Bad News Bears

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?

After skewering all-American subjects such as politics (The Candidate) and beauty pageants (Smile), director Michael Ritchie naturally set his sights on the »

- Movie Geeks

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Kevin Costner -- Praised By Compton Rapper ... For His Worst Sports Movie

1 April 2016 4:20 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

[[tmz:video id="0_mltzwr6t"]] There are two very Shocking revelations we learned when we got Compton rapper Problem out in L.A. earlier this week. 1. Kevin Costner is from Compton. 2. Somebody in the world (Problem) thinks "Draft Day" is better than "Bull Durham," "Field of Dreams" and "Tin Cup." We got Problem leaving House of Macau in Hollywood and asked who he thought was the most famous person in the history of C-o-m-p-t-o-n is. He answered Dr. Dre and »

- TMZ Staff

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Film Review: ‘Fastball’

24 March 2016 10:23 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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.

Narrated by Kevin Costner in a reverent “Field of Dreams”-style tone, Hock’s film divides itself into chapters, »

- Nick Schager

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Exclusive Interview with Director Jonathan Hock for ‘Fastball’

21 March 2016 2:11 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

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

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Gravitas Partnering With Incognito for North American Releases

24 February 2016 5:29 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Independent releasing specialist Gravitas Ventures and Incognito Pictures have signed a licensing agreement for North American distribution, Variety has learned exclusively.

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

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Kevin Costner Plays Fastball In First Trailer For Baseball Documentary

23 February 2016 7:19 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Pull up a chair, folks, Kevin Costner is primed to open up the historic archives of baseball with Jonathan Hock’s upcoming sports documentary, Fastball.

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.”

Fans of the sport will no doubt have spotted the likes of Hank Aaron, Nolan Ryan & Derek Jeter in today’s snippet, and the official synopsis for Hock’s latest can be found below.

The essence of baseball is the primal battle between the pitcher and batter, »

- Michael Briers

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The Definitive Romantic Comedies: 30-21

9 January 2016 4:05 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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