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Film Feature: HollywoodChicago.com Tackles Pro Football Films

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Chicago – It’s the opening Sunday of the NFL, and what better time to celebrate the films that celebrate the sport that celebrate the ballers. Film history has a steroid-free stack of pro football films in all categories. Patrick McDonald, Jon Lennon Espino and Spike Walters of HollywoodChicago.com take on three prime examples.

Da Boyz! James Caan and Billy Dee Williams Bear Down in ‘Brian’s Song’

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The earliest known footage of a football game was a 1903 match-up between powerhouses Princeton and Yale, filmed by Thomas Edison. The earliest narrative films dealt with the college game, from Harold Lloyd’s “The Freshman” (1925) to the Marx Brothers in “Horse Feathers” (1932). An early example of a pro football movie is “The Cowboy Quarterback” (1939), which involves a scout for the “Chicago Packers” (gee, even in olden days screenwriters were lazy as shit).

The backfield in motion and HollywoodChicago.
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Former NFL Star and DWTS Contestant Lawrence Taylor Pleads Guilty to DUI

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Former NFL Star and DWTS Contestant Lawrence Taylor Pleads Guilty to DUI
Former NFL star and Dancing with the Stars contestant Lawrence Taylor pleaded guilty Monday to driving under the influence last September in Florida, People confirms.

According to an arrest report obtained by People, Taylor, 58, hit a stopped police car while driving on the Florida Turnpike in Palm Beach County.

Five hours after the crash, his blood alcohol levels were .082 and .084, according tot he arrest report.

Taylor had been smoking cigars and smelled of alcohol, and had bloodshot, watery eyes and was unsteady on his feet. When asked by an officer if he’d been drinking, Taylor replied, “Apparently too much.
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Pomeranz gears up for chat with "intimidating" Oliver Stone at Vivid Sydney

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Margaret Pomeranz.

Oliver Stone is coming to Australia.

The director will appear at Vivid Sydney with Margaret Pomeranz to talk about his career behind the camera on films such as Platoon, Wall Street, JFK, Born on the Fourth of July and Any Given Sunday.

Pomeranz tells If she.s .doing a hell of a lot of research. in preparation for the chat.

.He.s such an interesting filmmaker,. she says. .Politics is embedded in his films and I think he does reflect the zeitgeist of his times like no-one else..

.I.m interested in the fact that so many of his characters are real-life characters, and in the fact he was brought up in a very conservative, privileged environment and has over the years become enormously critical of the United States, especially its foreign policy. With a focus on what America has does in Central and South America..

Pomeranz, who
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You Can Finally Watch Le’veon Bell Rap in an Abandoned Steel Factory

While I don’t think anyone can ever top the fictional rap video from Any Given Sunday featuring none other than Qb Willie Beamen, I’m not going to lie when I say that the rap debut of Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’veon Bell isn’t half bad. No, seriously, it’s pretty decent. Bell is arguably the best running back in the NFL but it turns out he’s got some decent skills on the mic as well. Bell, who raps under the name Juice, may not be Kendrick Lamar, or even Damian Lillard, he doesn’t completely embarrass himself on “Machine.” Check out his

You Can Finally Watch Le’veon Bell Rap in an Abandoned Steel Factory
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The Poignant, Romantic and Bleak Snowden: Jim Hemphill’s Home Video Recommendation

One of the best films of 2016 begins streaming this week, as Oliver Stone’s Snowden drops on iTunes and Amazon. Stone has long been one of our most versatile directors, having made horror flicks (Seizure, The Hand), a Vietnam trilogy (Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Heaven & Earth), a musical (The Doors), historical epics (Alexander, Nixon), a sports film (Any Given Sunday), a love story (World Trade Center), business movies (the two Wall Street movies), and three audacious and darkly funny crime pictures (Natural Born Killers, U-Turn, Savages). With Snowden, Stone synthesizes all of his strengths in one […]
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Watch This: Any Given Sunday makes pro football look downright Shakespearean

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One week a month, Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by the week’s new releases or premieres. This week: In honor of Kenneth Lonergan’s magnificent Manchester By The Sea, we’re giving a standing ovation to other movies written and/or directed by playwrights.

Any Given Sunday (1999)

Oliver Stone employs his hyper-stylized aesthetics for a titanic, from-all-angles portrait of professional football in Any Given Sunday, an all-star 1999 film that brazenly strives for Shakespearean grandeur, thanks in part to the scripting of playwright-turned-screenwriter John Logan. At the center of this gladiatorial gridiron epic is Tony D’Amato (Al Pacino), wearied championship coach of the Miami Sharks, who’s grappling with numerous dilemmas, from the disloyalty of owner Christina Pagniacci (Cameron Diaz) to his lovelorn loneliness to—most crucially of all—a severe injury to his veteran quarterback Cap Rooney (Dennis Quaid). The last of those problems manifests ...
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Blu-ray Review – 52 Pick-Up (1986)

52 Pick-Up, 1986.

Directed by John Frankenheimer.

Starring Roy Scheider, Ann-Margret, Vanity, Kelly Preston, John Glover, Robert Trebor, Clarence Williams III, Kelly Preston.

Synopsis:

A cheating husband is blackmailed by a gang who threaten to publicly reveal his affair, thwarting his politically ambitious wife’s plans and forcing him to take matters into his own hands.

In 52 Pick-Up, Roy Scheider (Jaws/The French Connection) plays Harry ‘Mitch’ Mitchell, a successful businessman with a nice house, an immaculate Jaguar Xk-e that he has lovingly restored and a politically ambitious wife about to make a big splash campaigning with the local governor candidate. Everything seems rosy for Mitch until one day when he is shown a video of himself and his mistress during private time by three masked men who blackmail him for the sum of $105,000. Fearing the repercussions, Mitch confesses the affair to his wife Barbara (Ann-MargretAny Given Sunday) and
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‘Playback’: Aaron Eckhart on ‘Sully,’ ‘Bleed for This’ and Working With Legends (Listen)

‘Playback’: Aaron Eckhart on ‘Sully,’ ‘Bleed for This’ and Working With Legends (Listen)
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast.

On today’s episode Jenelle Riley and I discuss this year’s crop of 10 Actors to Watch, being honored at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation” is also opening this weekend, amid a torrent of controversy and a 60 Minutes special that appeared to just make things worse. And Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” is around the corner, its formerly embattled director looking to find purchase within the industry after his own highly publicized controversies.

Later on I’m talking to Aaron Eckhart, who has a pair of films in theaters this fall: Clint Eastwood’s “Sully” and Ben Younger’s “Bleed For This.” Both movies saw their world premieres at the Telluride Film Festival, which Eckhart attended and adored, and both projects see him taking on real-life characters. In “Sully” he stars as Chesley Sullenberger’s unsung co-pilot Jeff Skiles,
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Matt Zoller Seitz on ‘The Oliver Stone Experience’ and the Decline of American Cinema

It’s safe to say Oliver Stone isn’t exactly fashionable these days, a matter apparent in how the trailer for Snowden instantly became a punching bag on this writer’s Twitter feed. Yet film critic Matt Zoller Seitz’s behemoth of a book, The Oliver Stone Experience, should, with any luck, shift the conversation. Framed as a series of interviews with Stone conducted over the past half-decade or so and interspersed with everything from personal photos to studio-executive notes to archival reviews, this feels like the definitive text on someone once at the center of American cinema. It might not change anyone’s mind on Stone’s films, but with the man being such a raconteur, you’ll still find yourself tearing through it.

We were lucky enough to chat with Seitz over the phone about his undertaking, as well as some thoughts on American politics and cinema in general.
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Newswire: Here’s what’s coming to Amazon Prime in September

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Next month brings an avalanche of original series to Amazon Prime. Should you be so inclined you can watch new offerings from Tig Notaro, whose One Mississippi debuts September 9, or (sigh) Woody Allen, whose Crisis In Six Scenes emerges on September 30. There’s also Fleabag, an acidic comedy imported from Britain, as well as new episodes of the streaming service’s beloved Transparent. And if that doesn’t keep you busy enough, there’s a plethora of movies popping up, as well. Those include Todd Solondz’s Wiener-Dog, an Amazon Original that debuted at Sundance earlier this year, and Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario. Meanwhile, you can also pay tribute to Michael Cimino by taking in Heaven’s Gate or spend some time with classics like Roman Holiday and Full Metal Jacket. The full list is below.

September 1

1984 (1984)

2001 Maniacs

Any Given Sunday (1999)

Apollo 13 ...
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12 Shocking Behind-the-Scenes Confessions That Will Change the Way You See Your Favorite Movies

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12 Shocking Behind-the-Scenes Confessions That Will Change the Way You See Your Favorite Movies
The Notebook, Knocked Up and Magic Mike will never be the same again. Moviegoers might be shocked to learn that some of their favorite films have almost been overshadowed by on-set drama between cast and crew members - but the reality of it is: it's more common than one would think. Here are some of the most memorable moments in movie history. 1. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Called Out Less-than-stellar Fast 8 Co-stars A photo posted by therock (@therock) on Aug 5, 2016 at 6:37am Pdt As is the norm in Hollywood, Johnson took to social media - specifically Instagram
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Working with Genius by Anne-Katrin Titze

A Scott Berg, Michael Grandage, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, John Logan and Jude Law Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions hosted a Museum of Modern Art premiere for Michael Grandage's Genius with Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney, written by John Logan (Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday, Sam Mendes' Spectre and Skyfall), based on Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, by A Scott Berg. Dominic West as Ernest Hemingway, Guy Pearce as F Scott Fitzgerald and Vanessa Kirby as Zelda Fitzgerald round out their literary world.

John Logan on Scott Berg's Katharine Hepburn for Cate Blanchett: 'He absolutely offered some insight' Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze Angela Ashton, Joel Grey, Martha Plimpton, Oren Moverman, Kathleen Turner, Keith Urban, Spotlight screenwriter Josh Singer, Tom Wolfe, Zach Grenier, Elena Kampouris, Lilly Englert, Elena Rusconi, Laura Michelle Kelly, Tommy Tonge, Nan and Gay Talese,
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Dolph Lundgren Struggles To Get A Handle On Classroom Chaos In First Kindergarten Cop 2 Trailer

Taking up classroom duties from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “I’m a cop, you idiot!” John Kimble, Expendables co-star Dolph Lundgren struggles to get a handle on the situation in the first trailer for Kindergarten Cop 2.

Yes, the long-rumored comedy sequel to Schwarzenegger’s 1990 cult favorite is finally closing in on its direct-to-dvd launch, with Entertainment Weekly debuting the clip along with a new synopsis to introduce Lundgren’s Agent Reed.

In Kindergarten Cop 2, Lundgren plays Agent Reed, who goes undercover as a kindergarten teacher, this time to recover a flash drive with sensitive information that was stolen from the Witness Protection Program. However, in addition to dealing with a handful of students, Reed also faces problems with the school’s “politically correct environment.

Bill Bellamy (Any Given Sunday, TV’s Hot in Cleveland) will star alongside Lundgren’s undercover cop, who enlists to supervise young children badly in
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Beautiful Girls 20 Years Later: Where Is the Cast Now?

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Beautiful Girls 20 Years Later: Where Is the Cast Now?
Twenty years ago this week - Feb. 9, 1996 - the romcom-dramedy Beautiful Girls first opened in theaters. The film centers around Willie (Timothy Hutton), who returns home for his high school reunion in a small Massachusetts town. It's funny, it's heartwarming, and it features one of the better ensemble casts of the 1990s. In honor of the film's 20th anniversary, we're pulling out the yearbook and looking up the film's cast to what they've been up to over the past 20 years. Timothy HuttonHutton won Best Supporting Actor in 1981 for Ordinary People when he was only 20. To this day he's the youngest-ever
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Team Spirit: Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick, Adam DeVine & James Corden Act Out the Greatest Sports Movies in Seven Minutes

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Team Spirit: Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick, Adam DeVine & James Corden Act Out the Greatest Sports Movies in Seven Minutes
Who needs the Super Bowl when you can watch every sports movie ever made in seven minutes? Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick and Adam DeVine stopped by The Late Late Show on Sunday night to help host James Corden reenact scenes from beloved sports movies in under seven minutes - and it was glorious, to say the least. The crew took the stage in front of a green screen to act out some of the greatest moments in sports movies, complete with outfit changes, various accents and of course, a ton of chaos. Getting ready for @latelateshow with @zacefron and @andybovine
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Brr, It's Cold in Here! James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Zac Efron and Adam DeVine Recreate Every Sports Movie Ever

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Brr, It's Cold in Here! James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Zac Efron and Adam DeVine Recreate Every Sports Movie Ever
If you've ever fantasized about James Corden wearing nothing but a whipped cream bikini, you're in luck. For the Late Late Show's post-Super Bowl episode Sunday night, the host got actors Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick and Adam DeVine to help him recreate the best cinematic tributes to athleticism in a skit called "History of Sports Movies in 7 Minutes" - including Ali Larter's sweet seduction scene from 1999's Varsity Blues. "Uh ... we cut this bit," Efron, 28, said as Corden, 37, sauntered in front of the green screen in a blonde wig (and not much else). "Right. It's still a treat for the ladies,
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LL Cool J Goes From Mc to Emcee as a Proven TV Host

LL Cool J Goes From Mc to Emcee as a Proven TV Host
For three of the four big kudocasts, every year prompts a fresh round of speculation as to who will host the next installment, followed by intense scrutiny of the host’s various failings. For the past few Grammys, however, the hosting dilemma has been resolved: LL Cool J, who has been tapped for the Feb. 15 kudofest.

How did LL manage to succeed where so many other comedians, actors, and media personalities have failed? Per the rapper, being aware of his limited role in proceedings has proven to be the key.

“I’m not delusional,” he says. “I don’t think I’m Billy Crystal. I don’t think I’m Ellen (DeGeneres) or Whoopi (Goldberg). So I approach it with a place of humility, where I know the show isn’t about me, it’s about the artists and them having a great moment, and I’m there as a fan enjoying the ride.
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Dolph Lundgren Learns That There Is No Bathroom In Latest Images For Kindergarten Cop 2

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In celebrating the 25th anniversary of the original film, About.com has released a trio of new images for Kindergarten Cop 2, which find Dolph Lundgren in the title role made famous by Arnold Schwarzenegger all those years ago.

Releasing straight to home video, Universal 1440 Entertainment’s long-rumored sequel dumps Lundgren in the thick of it as Agent Reed, a musclebound operative who must pose as a kindergarten teacher in order to accrue information deemed vital to his mission. It is, essentially, the same set-up as the beloved original, though the studio has teased a few surprises still to come. Starring opposite Lundgren in the feature is Bill Bellamy (Any Given Sunday, TV’s Hot in Cleveland).

Behind the lens is Don Michael Paul, who has become something of a cult sequel expert following Jarhead 2 and Tremors 5, who will be hoping that the fish out of
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Composer Michael Brook Discusses Scoring John Crowley’s Understated ‘Brooklyn’

Michael Brook is a Golden Globe and Grammy-nominated composer, producer and recording artist recognized for his unique style of composition that traverses ambient, world, Americana, electronic and orchestral territories. His work often contains unusual combinations of instruments, sounds and moods that create a powerful, unique and emotional impact.

Brook’s music career began as a recording artist, guitar player, producer and collaborator, working with artists such as Brian Eno, David Sylvian, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, The Pogues, on ground breaking labels such as 4Ad and Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records. As his music began to be licensed in films such as Heat and Any Given Sunday, he developed an interest in composing for film and moved to Los Angeles from the UK in 1999. Among the more than 40 films that he has scored are The Perks of Being A Wallflower, The Fighter, Into the Wild, Chavez, An Inconvenient Truth. and the Oscar-winning documentary Undefeated.
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Nerd Alert: Star Wars Honest Trailer, Hunger Games 90s Remix and More

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Nerd Alert: Star Wars Honest Trailer, Hunger Games 90s Remix and More
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this wonderful Wednesday? Learn how to make your own version of Katniss' bow from The Hunger Games, a look at movies you didn't know were based on true stories and we have a supercut of sports movie speeches. But wait, there's more! Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope gets an honest trailer and watch a remix of The Hunger Games, envisioned as a 90s action movie! Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope Honest Trailer

Earlier this month, the Screen Junkies team skewered Star Wars: The Force Awakens with an Honest Trailer. Today they're going back to the franchise's roots by
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