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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. »
- email@example.com (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
In 1990, the same year that Kevin Costner released the massive global hit Dances with Wolves, a curious thing happened in France. The name Kevin became the country's most popular for new babies, a Gaelic moniker edging out national stalwarts like Antoine and Jules. Imagine if everyone in America suddenly named their son Pierre. During the stretch where Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and The Bodyguard conquered the world -- each making more abroad than they did at home -- one in 10 petits hommes was christened Kevin. Which means that while Americans have forgotten they once loved Kevin Costner, the French never can. Knowing that, it makes sense that Costner's latest, 3 Days to Kill, takes place in Paris. Costner plays Ethan Renner, a worn »
Scott Bowles looks back over Oscar history at the 10 biggest upsets for Best Picture. His list and discussion includes "How Green Was My Valley" over "Citizen Kane" (1941), "Rocky" over "Taxi Driver" (1976), "Ordinary People" over "Raging Bull" (1980), "Chariots of Fire" over "Reds" (1981), "Dances with Wolves" over "Goodfellas" (1990), "Forrest Gump" over "Pulp Fiction" (1994), "Braveheart" over "Apollo 13" (1995), "The English Patient" over "Fargo" (1996), "Shakespeare in Love" over "Saving Private Ryan" (1998), and "Crash" over "Brokeback Mountain" (2005). USA Today. Lupita Nyong'o steals the show on the BAFTA red carpet. Other highlights are Angelina Jolie in a custom-made Saint Laurent tuxedo, similar to the one worn by her husband Brad Pitt, the winning producer of BAFTA&# »
Kevin Costner is one of those actors who you tend to forget has been a part of some truly remarkable films. From Dances With Wolves to Bull Durham and even JFK, the man has an impressive career. With his strong performance in last year’s Man Of Steel, it is great to see that the actor is back in the spotlight. And with this weeks 3 Days To Kill, he plays a hired killer who must take on one last job to save his own life. Sitting across from this iconic actor/director was a »
In this new featurette, actor Christian Kane talks about his character (Mark Allen) in the upcoming 50 To 1. Based on Mine That Bird, the underdog racehorse that won the 2009 Kentucky Derby, the film opens in theaters March 21, 2014.
Two songs from Kane’s The House Rules (2010) album – “Something’s Gotta’ Give” and “Whiskey in Mind” – are featured in the 50 To 1 soundtrack.
The cast and filmmakers of 50 To 1 will hit the road rock-star style on a cross-country tour beginning March 17 to promote the major motion picture’s release.
Cast members set for the tour are Skeet Ulrich, Christian Kane, Todd Lowe and Hugo Perez.Also on tour will be filmmakers Jim Wilson and Faith Conroy. As a very special treat – the real Mine That Bird will make special appearances along the way.
Email your request to:
Include in the subject line:
50 to 1 Movie Tour – First and Last Name, Town, »
- Michelle McCue
I’ve covered market research, test marketing, advertising, promotions, since the 1980s and every once in a while something comes along to warrant attention. In the early 1990s, it was a little-known company known as Marketcast and a man named Joseph Helfgot who had launched an alternative to the all-powerful (and monopolistic) market research company, Nrg. After I introduced Helfgot’s research methodology to Hollywood through a story about Orion Pictures, Nrg’s head Joe Farrell called, furious at me. He also called my bosses to try to discredit my reporting. The problem wasn’t the story itself, but that we brought attention to an outsider encroaching on Nrg’s territory. But I knew Helfgot was onto something: he was applying positioning studies long used on corporate brands … to movies. And, what’s more, he did it successfully — with Orion Pictures’ Dances With Wolves and The Silence Of the Lambs. »
- ANITA BUSCH
The ridiculous styles immortalised in American Hustle are a cause for laughter now, but we must remember that a major part of fashion is about having fun
Having just seen American Hustle, I feel compelled to ask, did people actually dress like that in 1978?
Jon, by email
Sure they did. Just as people in the 90s dressed like characters in Clueless and people in the 21st century dress like characters in a Wes Anderson film. This is simply a scientific fact.
But these incontrovertible truths aside, it is interesting to note that while people often rib films for being hilariously bad at predicting the future (you've got one year to get a hoverboard out, Back to the Future Part II – one year!), they are often even worse at depicting the past. Sure, movies should be fun and a great deal of the fun – indeed, I would go so far as »
- Hadley Freeman
Feature Den Of Geek 24 Jan 2014 - 06:00
In Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Kevin Costner plays high-ranking CIA operative Thomas Harper, the handler responsible for recruiting and looking after young agent-to-be Jack Ryan (Chris Pine). The role marks the start of a busy year or so for Costner, who'll soon be appearing in 3 Days To Kill, Draft Day, Black And White and McFarland.
For an actor whose pace has slowed in recent years, it marks a fresh period of work, and we're hoping it'll build to another directorial gig for Costner, who hasn't been behind the camera since 2003's acclaimed Open Range.
Costner talks a little bit about his directing plans in the round-table interview below, which took place while Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit was still filming last year. The »
People rarely describe Oscar voters as edgy or daring, citing the best-picture victories of “nice” films like “American in Paris” over “Streetcar Named Desire” or “Dances With Wolves” over “Goodfellas.”
This year, however, it’s Oscar gone wild, with the nine best-film contenders bold in subject matter, execution and/or marketing.
While all were distributed by the major studios, seven relied on independent financing to get made. As studios continue to obsess over sequels, prequels and new franchises, filmmakers are forging alternative routes for production on their riskier pictures. And thanks to the deep pockets and artistic sensibilities of hungry new film financiers and producers like Megan Ellison, whose pictures “American Hustle,” “Her” and “The Grandmaster” picked up 17 nominations, 2013 was daring in its bonanza of movie offerings.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Jan. 16 nominations also serve notice on the Hollywood old guard. Not too long ago, veterans Tom Hanks, »
- Tim Gray
In the second of our on set interviews with the cast and crew of Jack Ryan we talk to Kevin Costner, a man whose all-American aura he readily admits to. As an actor he has quietened of late as he spends more time with his young family away from the spotlight, picking and choosing his roles in front of the camera carefully. When we meet him he is open, candid and incredibly personable, completely aware of his place in his industry and keen to use it for his own ends as a director.
His character in Kenneth Brangh’s film is our first topic of conversation, earlier indications suggested that he was a mentor of sorts to Chris Pine’s Jack Ryan. As an actor who was asked to be Ryan as the Hunt for Red October was getting underway it is almost a passing of the torch to a »
- Jon Lyus
Interview Simon Brew 22 Jan 2014 - 05:47
It's a very quiet, calm, polite and considered Kenneth Branagh we meet in the midst of a posh hotel in London. Outside the door of the allotted room there's a buzz of activity. Behind it? There's Branagh, hours away from the premiere of his latest movie, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, enjoying the simple pleasure of a cup of tea. Which is when we hit him with our bombshell...
I fear somebody didn't give you the handover notes when doing a Jack Ryan movie and playing a Russian character. That you either have to approach it by getting in Sean Connery, and not bother with the accent at all, or you have to get in someone like the late Richard Marner from 'Allo 'Allo. »
Ahead of Friday’s release, Thn were lucky enough to be invited to a rather intimate press conference for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. In attendance were producers David Barron, and Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, director Kenneth Branagh, and stars Keira Knightley, and Chris Pine.
All spoke very highly of each other and their experience, Knightley was every bit the English rose that she’s portrayed as, Sir Kenneth Branagh is exceptionally chatty and well spoken, and Chris Pine is one handsome specimen of a man.
Here’s how the conference went down:
David and Lorenzo, you said that you felt Chris and Ken had breathed new life into this character, I wondered what it was that had you all in for with this new incarnation of Tom Clancy’s most famous character?
Di Bonaventura: The opportunity that we had, doing an origin story, was something that hadn’t been done before. »
- Kat Smith
Year after year, we complain about the Academy Awards for various reasons. There may have been a movie that undeservedly won Best Picture or an actor that winds up winning an Oscar because of their popularity and not for the merit of their performance. We have these conversations all the time, especially around this time of the year. In today’s world, where social media too often dictates the conversation, it’s almost better to lose. The more attention a movie gets, the more backlash it receives. It’s inevitable.
While these people who constantly bicker back and forth about the Oscars may have legitimate reasons for doing so, it may be important to offer a little perspective on the matter. Whether it’s Dances With Wolves winning over Goodfellas, Brokeback Mountain winning over Crash—-no matter how much you may have disliked the films that received such Oscar glory, »
- Ken Guidry
Can you believe Kevin Costner is almost 60 years old?!The actor has definitely aged well -- Costner still looks like the spitting image of Ray Kinsella in "Field of Dreams."Since finding fame with his hit movie "Bull Durham" in 1988, Kevin has gone on to steal the screen in flicks like "Dances With Wolves," "The Bodyguard" and "Waterworld."He also melted women's hearts around the world in the 1999 romance "Message in a Bottle," and thoroughly creeped us out playing a serial killer in 2007's "Mr. Brooks." Costner's been pretty successful in his personal life as well! Kevin has three beautiful children with his ex-wife Cindy Costner and married blonde bombshell Christine Baumgartner 2004. Kevin and Christine have three adorable kiddies together, too. We can't wait to see the actor's latest blockbuster "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" where he'll star alongside hottie Chris Pine!How do you think Kevin has aged? Tell toofab in the comment section below, »
- tooFab Staff
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