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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
4 items from 2015
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