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It is not too shabby in what the Northeast (New England) part of the United States has produced in terms of past and present actors/actresses making their show business dreams come true. Film careers can be a lot like ice cubes–they start out solid and cool but if you sit around in stagnation your efforts and hard work can melt away before one’s very eyes. Certainly no one can accuse this talented crop of thespians of being one-hit wonders on the big screen. After all, one does not become a recipient of an Academy Award by just sheer luck and charitable fortune.
As a native Bostonian and life long New Englander, I felt compelled to spotlight those Massachusetts-born and bred actors from the same region that had ultimate success on the big screen in winning the Oscar for their acting achievement and contribution to the motion picture industry. »
- Frank Ochieng
Tom Hanks. Jimmy Dugan may not have recognized their potential immediately, but the roster for the Rockford Peaches is, in fact, comprised of ballplayers. It features some great hitters, some great fielders and even a few good arms. Of course, it.s also filled with criers, beauty school rejects and women who can.t hit the cut-off man, but it.s hard to find a roster, even among professional baseball teams, that isn.t filled with at least a few holes and few players with glaring weaknesses. And A League Of Their Own does a great job of presenting that. You see, avid sports fan Penny Marshall didn.t simply cast the best actresses. She made every single Hollywood starlet who wanted a role in the film spend a few days actually playing baseball. Among those who were actually athletes, she then whittled down the group to find the right »
Oscar winning Composer Hans Zimmer has been in the film industry for 30 years churning out classic soundtrack after classic soundtrack. He may not be a name you’d recognise but his music most definitely will be having been responsible for movie scores which include Rain Man in the late 80s, Bird on a Wire, Days of Thunder, Thelma & Louise, A League of Their Own, Backdraft, Muppet Treasure Island, The Rock (my personal favourite) in the 90s and more recently he’s worked on scores which include Gladiator, Pearl Harbor, Black Hawk Down, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Lion King, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Inception, Man of Steel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Intersteller. The list is literally endless with classic score after classic score.
Zimmer has never done a concert before in his 30 years of working…. until now. Thanks to our friends at Collider, we »
- David Sztypuljak
Geena Davis doesn't just play strong women onscreen in films like "Thelma & Louise" and "A League of Their Own" -- she also helps them succeed in real life, through her Institute on Gender in Media, which is behind some of the most thorough research on the media's depictions of gender and sex. Writing in The Hollywood Reporter for its Women in Entertainment Power 100 issue, David shares the research of USC's Dr. Stacy Smith, who found that for every single female speaking character in family-rated films (i.e., not R-rated), there are three male characters, and that crowd scenes in such films contain only 17 percent female characters. Shockingly, the ratio of male to female characters, according to the study, has stayed the same since 1946. As Davis puts it, "We are in effect enculturating kids from the very beginning to see women and girls as not taking up half of the space. »
- Jacob Combs
In honor of Independence Day, we're taking a look at the most patriotic movies ever made. From war movies to sports flicks to biopics, there are a whole slew of genres that incorporate patriotic themes. But which flick best represents the spirit of America? It's up to you to decide. Put your top ten on the list, and see which movie comes out on top.
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Link | Posted 6/26/2014 by Mandy
Captain America: The First Avenger | National Treasure | Top Gun | Rocky IV | Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde | Independence Day | A League of Their Own | Patriot Games | Forrest Gump | Lincoln | Miracle | 1776 | Glory | Saving Private Ryan | The Patriot »
- Mandy McAdoo
The Awl "The Tortured History of Entertainment Weekly" - god I was so in love with that magazine when it debuted in the 1990s. The first issue I remember buying was #5 with Jamie Lee Curtis on the cover for Kathryn Bigelow's Blue Steel
Pixar Times Pixar teases the first five minutes of Inside Out their June 2015 release
Theater Mania Laura Benanti auditions for Peter Pan Live!
Kenneth in the (212) teases a new stage production with the music of the The Go-Gos?
Comics Alliance a giant statue of Spider-Man in Korea is causing a stir thanks to its Spider-Manhood
Empire there's a new trailer for The Boxtrolls
Variety expects crazy ladies to dominate the Guest Actress race at the Emmys
- NATHANIEL R
We are very eager to go see Million Dollar Arm when it opens this weekend because we love baseball! How could we not? And, check out the reviews from other kids! It is America's favorite past time, so of course we know we are going to love the newest baseball-themed flick. However, it is not the first baseball related movie we've fallen for. In honor of the newest baseball movie and #ThrowbackThursday, we wanted to share our five favorite baseball-themed flicks of all time.
5. The Sandlot. A young kid finds himself learning to play baseball in order to be able to fit in with the other boys in his neighborhood. A bond is soon built between the group of kids who share the same passion - baseball. It might be the commonality they all share, but it is the memories they have on that baseball field that bond them together forever. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Nicole P.)
The nominations for best comedy at this year's Baftas look seriously underwhelming they include A League of Their Own if you need more proof. So who is missing from the shortlists?
When it comes to The Comedy and Comedy Entertainment category of this year's Baftas, the nominees err very firmly on the side of entertainment. The Graham Norton Show isn't strictly a comedy, Would I Lie To You is an amusing entertainment format and dear old A League of Their Own being essentially an extended Jacamo commercial about a stag night gone miserably wrong has managed to somehow scrape in even though it's never actually been even slightly funny or entertaining.
And that leaves BBC Three's The Revolution Will Be Televised which admittedly more out of logic than anything else deserves to win. It's not a scripted comedy destined to stand the test of time. It's not particularly beloved. And, »
- Stuart Heritage
[Editor's Note: In the interest of keeping things fresh, we aren't doing the traditional "May Flowers" series this year but this spin-off, spearheaded by abstew (who you just heard on the podcast) though I'll also be chiming in, featuring characters named that way. - Nathaniel.]
Full Name: Mae Mordabito aka "All the Way Mae". It's not just a name, it's an attitude.
Film She Starred In: A League of Their Own (1992) The hit film from director Penny Marshall (Laverne!) about the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Co-stars include Geena Davis as Dottie, Tom Hanks (There's no crying in baseball!) as the drunken manager Tommy Dugan, a pre-Tank Girl Lori Petty as Dottie's sister Kit, Rosie O'Donnell as Mae's best friend Doris, and David Strathairn.
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A quarter-century ago, Kevin Costner hit a double-play, following up "Bull Durham" with "Field of Dreams" and becoming king of the sports movie. Twenty-five years later, as "Field of Dreams" marks its 25th anniversary (it was released on April 21, 1989), Costner is back with "Draft Day." The movie's about football, not baseball, and Costner's character plays in the executive suite, not on the field, but his mere presence still offers a reminder of great sports movies past.
And after all, isn't nostalgia a key element of sports movies? "Field of Dreams" makes this explicit -- we long for the sports heroes of our childhood, for a supposed long-gone golden age of our preferred sport, as a way of connecting with our past and bridging the generational divide that separates us as adults from our parents. Sports movies offer more than just the drama of winners and losers, or the journey from dream to achievement, »
- Gary Susman
Though Tom Hanks had been around the block several times before Big hit, it’s the movie that really launched him into a top spot in the cultural consciousness. The awesome, but short-lived, Bosom Buddies managed to get Hanks some guest spots on shows like Family Ties, and 1984 kicked off a string off films that, while perhaps loved by some, didn’t exactly serve to rocket anyone to stardom – Splash, Bachelor Party, The Man with One Red Shoe, Volunteers, The Money Pit. 1988′s Big put Hanks on the map in a big way, and audiences were taken by the charm, depth, and overall impressive abilities Hanks displayed in the film. This carried him through a few years of what we have to now hope were contractual obligation films (Joe vs. The Volcano, The ‘Burbs, Turner & Hooch), to the point that Hanks managed A League of Their Own, Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, »
- Marc Eastman
Netflix, our one true love and the one object that'll never disappoint us, has announced new additions to its streaming service for the month of April. And there are some movies and TV shows coming to Netflix that we should all be very excited about. The problem is, you might feel overwhelmed by all the new choices. And we sympathize. Nay, we empathize. We get it. So we've put together a quick guide for the best of the new stuff coming to Netflix, complete with when you should be watching certain films and TV shows. Because when it comes to Netflix, it's all about what mood you're in… Title: A League of Their Own Watch It When: Girl power! Or whenever you feel like Marlo »
Curious to know what movies and TV shows are coming to Netflix Watch Instantly over the next few weeks? Get a head start and mark your calendars using the list below, just released to us by Netflix. Avail 4/1 A League of Their Own (1992) Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, Lori Petty, Rosie O'Donnell, Jon Lovitz, David Strathairn Two small-town sisters join an all-female baseball league formed when World War II brings professional baseball to a standstill. As their team hits the road with its drunken coach, the siblings find troubles and triumphs on and off the field. Amistad (1997) Morgan Freeman, Nigel Hawthorne, Anthony Hopkins, Matthew McConaughey, Chiwetel Ejiofor ...
Arsenio Hall is celebrating his 58th birthday in style on Wednesday (Feb. 12). He's back on TV with a late night talk show and returning to greatness. After the first version of "The Arsenio Hall Show" went off the air in 1994, it was almost two decades until it returned in 2013.
What many might not remember is just how important many of Hall's interviews were on the original show. From Magic Johnson's first public appearance after announcing he was HIV-positive, to Vanilla Ice defending himself against detractors, Hall wasn't afraid to talk about the controversial topics the public was curious about. And, of course, he got then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton to play the saxophone on TV.
He was also the rare host that didn't mind treating his guests in a slightly hostile manner to get to the root of an issue, if that was needed. To celebrate Hall's birthday, take a »
Exclusive: Management 360 has signed Geena Davis, who’s one of those actors you could see getting a second career wind. Davis, who at last blush was vying to shoot arrows for her country as an Olympics archer, won her Oscar for The Accidental Tourist, and her other credits include Thelma And Louise, A League Of Their Own, Beetlejuice, The Fly and Stuart Little. Things went awry with Cutthroat Island and Long Kiss Goodnight, though the latter was a pretty darn good B-movie from a $4 million Shane Black script. She was most recently seen in the Lake Bell-directed In A World, and the Australian indie Accidents Happen. She remains with CAA. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Is Litchfield getting a new inmate?
We won’t know for sure until the second season of Orange Is the New Black hits Netflix — but either way, here’s one thing that’s certain: EW has confirmed that Tank Girl Lori Petty will appear in at least one episode of the prison-set dramedy. (TVLine first reported the news.)
The streaming service won’t say who Petty is playing, or even how many episodes will feature her. Still, this should be welcome news for anyone who’s a fan of the actress’s work as surfer girl Tyler in Point Break, »
- Hillary Busis
While the report doesn't offer any additional details about Petty's character or the extent of her role, the versatile actress seems like a logical fit for the show, which focuses on a group of disparate inmates and their dense, often mysterious backstories. Along with the 1995 cult comedy Tank Girl, »
To celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release of Rush this week, we’ve taken a look back at sports in the movies to bring you the Ten Best Sports Biopics…
Brian’s Song (1971)
A weepie isn’t something you always associate with a sports biopic, but Brian’s Song does such an extraordinary job in portraying two teammates and friends. American football players Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers butt heads when they both compete for a starting spot on the Chicago Bears. They ultimately become buddies, yet their friendship is cut short when Brian is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Try to hold back the tears at the end of the film … just try.
Raging Bull (1980)
The argument continues to rage amongst scholars and everyday moviegoers as to what director Martin Scorsese’s best film actually is, but any conversation about it has to include his knockout boxing biopic Raging Bull. »
- Phil Wheat
After multiple buyers circled the Sundance documentary The Battered Bastards of Baseball, Justin Lin has acquired narrative remake rights of the film and will self-finance via his Perfect Storm banner. Lin, who will produce, beat out several pursuers for remake rights, including Columbia Pictures, Fox Searchlight and DreamWorks. The film, directed by Chapman Way and Maclain Way, is ripe for a big-screen redo given the feel-good nature of the story that hearkens long-forgotten baseball stories like A League of Their Own. Sundance 2014: Exclusive Portraits of Aaron Paul, Kristen Stewart, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana and More in
- Tatiana Siegel
Garry Marshall — the man behind “Happy Days,” “Laverne & Shirley” and “Mork & Mindy” — will receive the Writers Guild of America West’s 2014 Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement.
The honor will be presented at the Writers Guild Awards’ West Coast ceremony on Feb. 1 at the Jw Marriott Los Angeles.
“Garry Marshall’s filmography – from ‘The Joey Bishop Show’ to ‘Happy Days’ – is a virtual history of American television comedy,” said WGA West president Christopher Keyser. “Both of-their-time and timeless, his shows are a gentle, generous, comic mirror held up to late mid-century America. And no one is a finer or funnier chronicler of friendship – male or female (or alien) – than Garry Marshall.”
Marshall created or co-created and executive produced “Happy Days” (1974-84), “Laverne & Shirley” (1976-83), “Joanie Loves Chachi,” “Mork & Mindy,” “Angie,” “Makin’ It,” “The Brian Keith Show,” and “Hey, Landlord!”
He also developed “The New Odd Couple.” His other »
- Dave McNary
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