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The single greatest aspect of the wide expansion and adoption of blu-ray on home video is that underseen films like The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958) are reborn for a new generation looking as good or better than they ever did in cinemas. The Inn of the Sixth Happiness is an epic biography of Gladys Aylward (Ingrid Bergman) and her joyfully tenacious attraction to missionary work in China in the early half of the 20th century. While it is not a masterpiece, it is a thoroughly pleasant film that will appeal to many, whether fans of Bergman, historical epics, exotic travel, or plain old classics. Most plot summaries describe the long trek Gladys undertook to bring children out of harm's way, but there is a great deal more to it than that. It is a film like many others--South Pacific (1958), The King and I (1956), Dances with Wolves »
- Jason Ratigan
In Draft Day, on the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver Jr. (Kevin Costner) has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL. Recently, Wamg sat down with Kevin Costner in a press conference where he spoke to members of the media about his new role in Draft Day, Field Of Dreams, and how affected he was by Rock Hudson in Giant. Check it out below!
There’s a line in the movie where you say, “What do you want?!” Is this a direct reference to Field Of Dreams where you at one point said, “What do you want? »
- Melissa Howland
Each week, through my Somewhere in Time column, I hop in my DeLorean Gif and travel back to a moment in our pop-culture past to reevaluate just what we as a nation thought was good. This time out, we use Kevin Costner’s Draft Day as an excuse to take a jaunt back to July 28, 1995 to survey the landscape circa the project that you and I both know was his creative peak. (Talk to me when you have your own stunt spectacular at Universal Studios Hollywood, Dances With Wolves.) Let's count down the top ten music videos of Waterworld premiere week, according to VH1. Why VH1? Because you just know Costner was a VH1 kind of guy.10. Blessid Union of Souls, “I Believe” I hate to start the countdown off this way, I really do. And it’s impossible to know what’s least palatable about this song: The eighth-grade-poetry-assignment »
- Dave Holmes
Directed by: Ivan Reitman Written by: Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman Main Cast: Kevin Costner, Chadwick Boseman, Jennifer Garner, Frank Langella, Denis Leary, Tom Welling, and many others Past Oscar relations: Ivan Reitman was nominated for co-producing Up in the Air and Kevin Costner won Best Picture and Best Director Oscars for Dances with Wolves Here now we have the next article in this series on 2014 contenders hoping to compete for Oscar attention at the 2015 ceremony. Next up is Ivan Reitman’s Draft Day, which hopes to essentially be the next Moneyball, just with the NFL Draft as its focus. That film was a bit of an aberration, but this one has a bit in common with it, so perhaps the Academy is more open to sports movies than they have been in the past? Reitman has sports film icon Kevin Costner in the lead role, so that’s certainly a plus, »
- Joey Magidson
Here we go with another installment of my Spotlight on the Stars series. Each week, I’ll look at an actor/actress/filmmaker that I’d like to celebrate in some kind of a way. It could be due to something of theirs coming out that weekend (like last week and this week, for example) or just because I feel they deserve to have a moment in the sun, but each time it’ll be a bit of positivity about someone who I’d like to pay tribute to. For this week’s piece (number three overall so far), I wanted to take a look at our first male actor…Kevin Costner. Some see him as a bit of a has been, but I disagree and not only still see a movie star, but an underrated actor as well. Costner is a throwback to an older generation of actor. Very »
- Joey Magidson
Full disclosure: I'm not the biggest fan of sports movies.
In fact, I'm not a big fan of sports in general, except maybe baseball. But put Kevin Costner in a movie about one of America's many pastimes and my story changes. After all, this is the guy who starred in two of the best baseball movies of all time: "Bull Durham" and "Field of Dreams." I even liked the third part of his unofficial "baseball trilogy," "For the Love of the Game."
Now, the actor is tackling (pun intended) football in "Draft Day" as the general manager of the NFL's Cleveland Browns, the man in the unenviable position of making the team's first-round draft pick. He's also dealing with a girlfriend (Jennifer Garner) who's got some big news, a coach (Denis Leary) who wants his job, and an owner (Frank Langella) who wants his hide. Hell, even his mother (Ellen Burstyn) kicks him around. »
- Don Kaye
Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, Heaven Is For Real brings to the screen the true story that has inspired millions across the globe – that of a little boy’s extraordinary, life-changing experience, and his father’s search for the courage and conviction to share his son’s discovery with the world.
Academy Award® nominee and Emmy® Award-winner Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine) stars as Todd Burpo, a small-town businessman, volunteer firefighter and pastor struggling to make ends meet in a tough year for his family. After his bright young son Colton (newcomer Connor Corum in his feature film debut) is rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery, Todd and his wife Sonja (Kelly Reilly, Flight, Sherlock Holmes) are overjoyed by his miraculous survival. But they are wholly unprepared for what happens next — Colton starts to matter-of-factly recount what he says was an amazing journey to heaven and back. »
- Movie Geeks
When I was preparing yesterday morning for the "Draft Day" press day, it hit me that in the seventeen years I've been doing this, I've never interviewed Kevin Costner before. I am a big fan of his work in front of the camera and behind it as well, and in particular, I think his affinity for Westerns is pretty great. A four-minute interview is hardly the way to get to know someone, and I'm not sure Costner's the kind of guy who would ever want to sit down for an in-depth chat about his full filmography. I'd love to do that, but that wasn't what was on the table for Sunday. Instead, we talked a little bit about the authenticity of "Draft Day," the new Ivan Reitman film where Costner plays the general manager of the Cleveland Browns. Before we started rolling, though, I explained the Film Nerd 2.0 column to him, »
- Drew McWeeny
If there's one thing Kevin Costner hasn't lacked in his career, it's ambition. Hitting his stride in the director's chair the first time out with "Dances With Wolves" (which won 7 Oscars), his next two efforts were high concept failures: "Waterworld" (where his work was uncredited on the troubled production) and "The Postman" (which is all his). The failure of the latter meant a six year-wait until his next, the much more modest western "Open Range." And the genre is a favorite of Costner's either as an actor and director and it looks like he wants to get back in the saddle, with a rather huge plan. Chatting with Collider, Costner revealed he's kicking around an idea for Western quadrilogy, with three of the movies coming out in the same year on major holidays, with a fourth to follow afterward. Take that Marvel! Here's what Costner had to say: “I’ve »
- Kevin Jagernauth
There are, essentially, two different worlds in cinema. In one, it is about art and original storytelling – the expression of unique ideas and voices for the purpose of thought-provoking entertainment. In the other, it is specifically designed to make money. The former gives us films such as Donnie Darko, Whip It and Being John Malkovich. The latter gives us Transformers: Age of Extinction.
Occasionally, a rare individual demonstrates the possibility of crossing that divide, and participates in projects that – sometimes - have feet in both camps. Alfonso Cuaron can do it. The Coen Brothers can do it. Tom Hanks can do it. And sometimes, believe it or not, Kevin Costner can do it, too.
There are some less than fragrant titles on Kevin Costner’s resume – as you would expect from an actor whose breakout role happened almost thirty years ago, in Silverado. The difference between Costner and most other long-serving filmmakers, »
- Sarah Myles
Whilst making the promotional rounds for the forthcoming football drama Draft Day at CinemaCon, actor and occasional director Kevin Costner had the time to sit down for an interview with Collider (via The Dissolve) and revealed hopes for an ambitious plan to get back behind the camera. It's been 11 years since Costner helmed Open Range in 2003 and before that he was at the helm of The Postman and the Best Picture winning Dances with Wolves, which also landed him Best Director. So you can imagine that some might be eager for Costner to sit in the director's chair again, but it sounds like that might be a bit difficult. Here's what Costner said about a hopeful, future directing project: “I’ve got this Western that I think I could make. I actually have this idea to make them all at once and release one on Memorial Day, one on Thanksgiving, »
- Ethan Anderton
Welcome to the third and concluding portion of the long interview I did with Dan Harmon a couple of weeks ago in Los Angeles. In part 1, Harmon discussed the initial process of his return to “Community” and the beginning and end of his feud with Chevy Chase. In part 2, he talked about some of the specific goals of “Community” season 5 and the non-impossibility of a season 6 (and a movie). In part 3, our focus mostly shifts away from “Community” to deal with Harmon’s other show of the moment, the Adult Swim animated sci-fi comedy “Rick and Morty,” a kind of dark, twisted spin on the Doc Brown/Marty McFly relationship from “Back to the Future,” only where Rick is an alcoholic sociopath and Morty is the learning disabled grandson he takes horrific advantage of. (I reviewed it earlier this year.) We talk at times about the differences and similarities between the two shows, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Let’s get one thing out of the way first: Princess Tiger Lily is not a real person. Tiger Lily lives in Neverland (also not real).
Tiger Lily is also Native American.
So, when news broke that Patrician-featured actress Rooney Mara would be playing the character in Joe Wright’s live-action Peter Pan re-telling, Pan, the whitewashing accusations started to fly (particularly in our comments section).
Out of all of Hollywood’s sins, their egregious history of offensive portraits of Native Americans on film is one of the more shameful — a sore spot that is only exaggerated when caucasian actors »
- Lindsey Bahr
Kevin Costner, whose career is showing new signs of life, will receive the “2014 Cinema Icon Award” at CinemaCon this month. The annual show-and-tell finds studios hawking their upcoming slates to theater owners and unfolds in Las Vegas. Costner won an Oscar for directing “Dances with Wolves” and was one of the biggest stars in the world thanks to such hits as “The Untouchables” and “Bull Durham.” Also read: Andy Serkis to Receive Vanguard Award at CinemaCon His career went into decline following box office disappointments such as “Waterworld” and “The Postman.” However, he recently scored a small screen hit and won. »
- Brent Lang
The star of the recent 3 Days To Kill and the upcoming Draft Day will receive the 2014 Cinema Icon Award in Las Vegas on March 27.
“With over four decades both on screen and behind the camera, Kevin Costner has entertained audiences with memorable performances and mesmerised them with his exceptional filmmaking ability,” said CinemaCon managing director Mitch Neuhauser.
CinemaCon is scheduled to run from March 24-27.
Neighbors will screen on March 25 at the convention. Universal releases the comedy on May 9. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Limp thriller is not Kev's finest hour, while Pompeii blows up – in the wrong way, leaving The Lego Movie to carry on building
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Kevin Costner's waning appeal
He had a small but significant role in last summer's hit Man of Steel, but Kevin Costner has shown that these days he cannot be relied upon to carry a movie. The last time he headlined a movie was in 2008, with the lighthearted drama Swing Vote, which earned $16.3m (£9.72m) at the box office. That same year Costner starred in The New Daughter. What? Exactly. So it came as little surprise to see Costner's latest, 3 Days to Kill, debuted at No 2 on $12.3m (£7.38m). Suddenly the $55m (£33m) final gross of seafaring action-adventure The Guardian, which was hardly a massive achievement back in 2006, begins to look relatively impressive. Historically Costner headline movies have never opened strongly, »
- Jeremy Kay
We’re getting closer to Hollywood’s night to shine – the Oscars. This year’s nominations are a bevy of brilliant films, performances and crafts, the motion picture industry at its best.
The Academy Awards is the gold standard by which every other awards show is measured, because when it comes to the biggest night in film, nobody does it better than Oscar!
In anticipation of the star-studded night at the Dolby Theatre, the gang at Wamg has chosen their favorite nominees – from the Best Picture and Best Acting categories to the technical categories, here’s a close-up look at our Top 10 Favorite nominees.
Best Picture – American Hustle
By Jim Batts
The Best Picture Oscar usually goes to the film that shines a light on a social injustice, a historical event, or individuals battling injury or disease. The most wildly entertaining (sorry Marty and Leo, but three hours of arrogant »
- Movie Geeks
No one expected much from this weekend's new thriller "3 Days to Kill." With "The Lego Movie" still unstoppable and last week's "About Last Night" and "RoboCop" still going strong, "3 Days" was expected to battle fellow newcomer "Pompeii" for fifth place -- and lose. For the spy tale, starring the 59-year-old Kevin Costner in the sort of role that he'd have had a much easier time selling 15 or 20 years ago, pundits predicted a debut as low as $8 million.
As it turns out, however, the movie opened in second place, above "Pompeii," with an estimated $12.3 million. Considering the movie's low-by-Hollywood-standards budget (a reported $28 million), "3 Days" is well on its way toward becoming a modest hit. (No doubt it will do even better overseas.)
Between "3 Days" and the six-week-old "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" (which has earned $123.9 million worldwide), Costner has two movies in the current top 20. And that's just the beginning of what »
- Gary Susman
"3 Days to Kill" is a heart pounding action-thriller!Kevin Costner is a dangerous international spy, who is determined to give up his high stakes life to finally build a closer relationship with his estranged wife and daughter, whom he's previously kept at arm's length to keep out of danger. But first, he must complete one last mission- even if it means juggling the two toughest assignments yet: hunting down the world's most ruthless terrorist and looking after his teenage daughter for the first time in ten years, while his wife is out of town. One (1) lucky toofab fan will win a "3 Days to Kill" Prize Pack including the following items: - T-Shirt- Pair of Sunglasses- Tin of Mints In addition, the winner will receive a Kevin Costner Blu-ray prize pack, including the following films: - Dances With Wolves- Hatfields & McCoys - Field of Dreams - Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves »
- tooFab Staff
Kevin Costner is the "All-American Man" and the world loves him for it.
From "Dances with Wolves" to "The Untouchables" to "JFK," one simply needs to watch Costner's filmography to capture the essence of America and understand its past. Let's face it, the man stars in Westerns and baseball-related movies like he's contractually obligated.
It all started over 30 years ago, when Costner got his first break in Lawrence Kasdan's "The Big Chill" and, while his part was eventually cut, the director didn't forget him. After getting cast in Kasdan's next project, "Silverado" -- a Western, of course -- the actor's career took off and helped make him the international talent he is today.
Even if you're familiar with Costner's work, there's still some mystery about the well-established actor. From his surreal encounter with Richard Burton to his musical endeavors, here are 17 things you probably don't know about Kevin Costner. »
- Jonny Black
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