18 items from 2010
To all those agents who secretly dream of directing... I can't think of a Hollywood journey like Tony Krantz's. The son of Beverly Hills novelist Judith Krantz, he went from head of primetime packaging at CAA (where he helped put together ER, The West Wing, Twin Peaks, Beverly Hills 90210) and then CEO of Imagine Television (where he exec produced Felicity and 24 among other shows with Jj Abrams, Peter Berg, Aaron Sorkin, and David Lynch) to directing 3 1/2 years ago. Since then, he's helmed 3 films. The first two, Sublime (a surreal horror flicks) and Otis (a horror comedy), were put out by Warner Bros Home Video under the Raw Feed genre label. Now he's wrapped directing his first theatrical which has just landed distribution with Anchor Bay after a competitive bidding situation. Titled The Big Bang, the stylish noir indie was produced by Richard Rionda's Hannibal Pictures and Krantz's own Flame Ventures »
- NIKKI FINKE
Kevin Costner has dismissed speculation that he will take on a regular role in a forthcoming television series. The Dances with Wolves star told Entertainment Weekly that he was not interested in reuniting with Bull Durham writer and director Ron Shelton on new TBS pilot Hound Dogs. "I would work with Ron again in a second," he said. "Being able to go off to make a movie with him would be one thing [but] being attached to a series is not something I would want to do at this point. The workload of being involved with something like [that] would probably overshadow some of the things that I'm doing myself." (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
Tonight in Nashville, Kevin Costner will host the inaugural Cmt Artists of the Year concert celebrating Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, and Zac Brown Band — some of whom have chosen to perform their own songs, some of whom will leave that up to the likes of Adele and Maroon 5. (The 90-minute special airs Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. Et.) Chatting with EW earlier this month, Costner admitted he turned down the gig a couple of times. “I didn’t feel like this was the natural place for me to be, but they disagreed,” he said. Costner and his band, »
- Mandi Bierly
DVD Playhouse—November 2010
By Allen Gardner
Paths Of Glory (Criterion) Stanley Kubrick’s 1957 antiwar classic put him on the map as a major filmmaker. Kirk Douglas stars in a true story about a French officer in Ww I who locks horns with the military’s top brass after his men are court-martialed for failing to carry out an obvious suicide mission. A perfect film, across the board, with fine support from George Macready as one of the most despicable martinet’s ever captured on film, Ralph Meeker, and Adolphe Menjou, all oily charm as a conniving General. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Audio commentary by critic Gary Giddins; Excerpt from 1966 audio interview with Kubrick; 1979 interview with Douglas; New interviews with Jan Harlan, Christiane Kubrick, and producer James B. Harris; French television documentary on real-life case which inspired the film; Trailer. Widescreen. Dolby 1.0 mono.
Winter’S Bone (Lionsgate) After her deadbeat father disappears, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Kevin Costner is intrigued that one of his first leading ladies is about to go "Skating."
The actor shared a hugely memorable limo ride with Sean Young in the 1987 melodrama "No Way Out," so it comes as interesting news to him that she'll be among the contenders when ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" spinoff "Skating With the Stars" premieres Monday, Nov. 22.
"I didn't know she had that skill set," Costner tells Zap2it. "You'd better have it for something like that, because you can't even fake that. I've played baseball in movies ('Bull Durham,' 'Field of Dreams,' 'For Love of the Game'), but I'd never do a hockey movie. I could never pull that off."
TBS has announced that it has picked up two new hour-long pilots. Deadline reports that both Hound Dogs and The Wedding Band will enter production soon. Set in the world of minor league baseball, Hound Dogs was created by Bull Durham writer and director Ron Shelton and will focus on a struggling baseball team. Shelton will executive produce the project alongside Michele Weisler, Andra Buchanan and Todd DeLorenzo. (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
TBS continues its shift to hourlong comedies with the pickup of 2 more one-hour pilots: Hound Dogs and The Wedding Band. Hound Dogs, from feature writer/ director Ron Shelton (Bull Durham) and Sony Pictures TV, draws from his experience as a baseball player and is set in the world of minor league baseball. It centers on a minor league team and its general manager as they try to handle life’s ups and downs, both in and out of the locker room. In addition to writing, Shelton serves as executive producer with Michele Weisler, Andrea Buchanan and Todd DeLorenzo. The Wedding Band, from writers-executive producers Josh Lobis and Darin Moiselle (South Park), FremantleMedia and Mike Tollin's Tollin Prods., follows a group of guys anchored by 2 lifelong best friends – a perennial bachelor and a married father of two – who try to escape the stress and craziness of their lives by performing in a wedding band. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Actress Susan Sarandon continued to promote her role opposite Michael Douglas in “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” but she made news by discussing her unexpected split with longtime partner Tim Robbins. According to London’s “The Telegraph,” Sarandon said the split caught her off guard. “People were coming up to me in the street and saying, ‘I cried and cried when I heard,’” Sarandon said. “Well, I was sadder! I didn’t think it would ever happen, either.” Together since meeting on the set of the 1987 film “Bull Durham,” partners of films like “Dead Man Walking” and “Cradle Will Rock,” the parents of two grown sons, Jack, 21, and Miles, 18, Sarandon remained philosophical about the break with Robbins. »
Before they broke up last year, many people figured Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins would beat the odds and make their Hollywood relationship last a lifetime. And that includes Sarandon herself. "People were coming up to me in the street and saying, 'I cried and cried when I heard,' " the actress tells Britain's Telegraph. "Well, I was sadder! I didn't think it would ever happen, either." Sarandon says the love affair, which began in 1987 on the set of Bull Durham, had just run its course. "You bring people into your life at certain times," she says. "Maybe you have a relationship to have children, »
- Tim Nudd
Filed under: On the Scene
On shopworn minor-league catcher Crash Davis' list of things he believes in: the small of a woman's back, the hanging curveball, good scotch, outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter, and the sweet spot.
Atop many critics' lists as one of the best sports flicks of all time, 'Bull Durham,' the 1988 box-office home run, catapulted its stars' careers into the majors and sparked a national resurgence for minor-league baseball -- so much so that the historic Durham Athletic Park, where much of the movie was shot, was abandoned by the real-life Durham Bulls just a few years later for a shiny, new stadium down the road.
Kevin Costner stars as Crash Davis, who's knocked around the minors for a dozen years before being sent to groom the Bulls' hotshot, dumb-as-rocks pitcher Ebby Laloosh (Tim Robbins) for an anticipated major-league career. Mentoring Ebby off-field is »
- Rose Martelli
It occurred to me a few weeks ago that I'd never mentioned Alfonso Cuarón's upcoming sci-fi epic Gravity. And here's a worrisome opportunity to do so. According to Chud Angelina Jolie has passed on the big budget project for a second time. That type of a "no" can often doom an expensive project.
Gravity sans Jolie. What will they do?
Who will Alfonso Cuarón find to handle the heavy duty film-carrying demands of the role? The film concerns a man and a woman who are stranded in a space station. Or at least the woman iss (details are kind of unclear) The rest of the crew is dead. Robert Downey Jr has the principal male role but for whatever reason, it's a supporting gig. Gravity will rest on the female lead's shoulders. Most exciting from a filmmaking perspective is not, for me, the abundant groundbreaking CGI (as much as »
- NATHANIEL R
DVD Playhouse—August 2010
Black Orpheus (Criterion) Winner of the 1959 Best Foreign Film Oscar and that same year’s Palme d’Or at Cannes, Black Orpheus is a modern-day update of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice reset in 20th century Brazil during Carnival in Rio. Director Marcel Camus offers up a visual feast with some of the decade’s most ravishing color cinematography. A classic. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Archival interviews with Camus and actress Marpessa Dawn; Interviews with Brazilian cinema scholar Robert Stam, jazz historian Gary Giddins, and Brazilian author Ruy Castro; Documentary on the film; Trailer. Full screen. Dolby 1.0 mono.
The Last Song (Touchstone) Sentimental adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ (by Sparks and Jeff Van Wie) sentimental novel about a father and daughter attempting to repair their damaged relationship. Greg Kinnear, as the dad in question, comes off best, while tween sensation Miley Cyrus »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
It’s been more than 20 years since Ron Shelton wrote and directed “Bull Durham,” the definitive movie about minor league baseball and perhaps the definitive movie about baseball, period. And at least once a year at the start of baseball season, I put that movie on (first on VHS, then on DVD, and perhaps one day via the chip in my brain) to relive moments like veteran catcher Crash Davis teaching wild pitcher Nuke Laloosh the words to “Try a Little Tenderness,” or manager Joe Riggins tearing into his team for being a bunch of lollygaggers. So when Espn first announced »
- Alan Sepinwall
Writer-director Ron Shelton’s Bull Durham still resonates, twenty-two years after its release, as the baseball movie to hold all others up to. Veteran Catcher and minor-league veteran Crash Davis (Kevin Costner) finds his contract bought out, placing him with the Durham Bulls. The Bulls’ star player is Pitcher Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh (Tim Robbins), an empty-headed hotshot who dreams of nothing more than making it to “the show,” (the major league, in layman’s terms). And the team’s hope is that Crash will be able to impart some wisdom on Laloosh to better prep him for that career leap. Meanwhile, a hardball devotee named Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon), a local who chooses one player per season as a personal “project”, selects Laloosh as flavor of the season. But it’s Crash who steals her heart and the movie quickly becomes as much about human emotions as it does baseball. »
- Gil Kellerman
I’m a day late, but I’m sure you all don’t mind. These DVD and Blu-rays are still sitting on the shelves. Check out what I recommend below.
Grab Em’ Right Away:
Un Prophete/A Prophet
Directed by: Jacques Audiard
Why should you buy this film? It’s the best French film I’ve seen from last year. It somehow didn’t win the Best Foreign Film award last year; and as much as I’d like to say it deserved it more than the film that did win the award I can’t – since I haven’t actually seen the film that did win it, The Secret in Their Eyes. This film is the mob film of this generation. When we talk about mobster movies everyone likes to jump immediately to The Godfather but that movie »
- Andrew Robinson
Who doesn’t like Steve Carell, or Paul Rudd, for that matter? Two of the coolest guys in comedy are back this Friday, July 30th in a new movie called Dinner For Schmucks, directed by Jay Roach. The movie also stars Zack Galafinakis, who’s also cool, in his own “wolf pack of one” sort of way. Not heard of it? Schmuck! But, no… seriously, the movie looks incredibly funny. So, we’ve decided to honor the cinematic schmucks, the best of them have made our Top Ten Tuesday list this week.
Honorable Mention: Kent Dorfman – Animal House
The story is simple enough… A freshman in college seeks to join a fraternity. The stumble upon the Delta Tau Chi house, and the rest is history! Nicknamed “Flounder”, Kent is clumsy, idiotic, and quite frankly… a big lug! Put him in a house with the rest of the Delta Tau Chi »
- Movie Geeks
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The April Fool Oscar predictions are coming right along. I call them April Fool not because I'm joking but because who the hell knows. It's a foolish practice. Yet foolish can be fun. If you're curious about how well I do before any of the films are seen you can see the past year scores below the predictions. I do pretty well just by imagining what might come to pass. Everyone is good at predicting right before the Oscars (we've seen months of winnowing down and precursors to study) but it's a much tougher game before you even fully know the players.
Costumes by Louise Frogley, still waiting for Oscar nomination #1
- NATHANIEL R
It's been almost seven years since Kevin Costner directed his last film (Open Range) and about fourteen years since I saw him in a film that I actually enjoyed (Tin Cup). It's a shame, because I grew up really liking him in films like Field of Dreams and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and then as I got older, I discovered his great performances in The Untouchables, Dances with Wolves and Bull Durham as well. Now he might get a chance to shine on both fronts again as Variety reports that Costner will direct and star in A Little War of Our Own, which centers on a sheriff who has to try and keep a town from exploding into violence. Armyan Berstein will be producing through Beacon Pictures (the fourth time he has done so with Costner, and the first since Open Range) and says it's been a real passion »
- Ethan Anderton
18 items from 2010
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