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Briefly: Quentin Tarantino has the primary players locked down for his anti-slavery 'southern' Django Unchained. Jamie Foxx plays the freed slave Django; Christoph Waltz plays Dr. King Schultz, the bounty hunter who frees him; and Leonardo DiCaprio plays Calvin Candie, the plantation owner and slave runner that Django and Schultze have to go through to find Django's wife  Broomhilda (Kerry Washington). But a few small roles are still being cast. Todd Allen has signed on, and just a bit later it was announced that James Remar, Tom Wopat, and James Russo have joined, too. Deadline  reveals that Todd Allen (Friday Night Lights, The Apostle) has joined the cast; he'll play plantation overseer Dollar Bill. And Jonah Hill tells MTV  that he would have been in the film, except that he already had other work booked: "I got offered the new Quentin Tarantino movie, and I can't do it because of my schedule. »
- Russ Fischer
Simon salutes the sterling work of Kevin Costner in a list of the 10 best films of his career so far. “Let’s do some good”…
It’s a topic we seem to return to on an annual basis at Den Of Geek, and we’re firm believers with an ‘on with the tradition’ philosophy here. But, of all the movie stars who have risen and fallen over the past few decades, have any had quite as much of an eye for a good risk, or taking a chance, as Kevin Costner?
It’s testament to his body of work just going through some of his quality films that didn’t make the following run-down of his top ten movies. For Love Of The Game is a woefully underrated baseball movie, for instance, while there’s a lot to like in Mr Brooks, too. And you’ll notice the almost-criminal omission »
Kevin Costner hasn’t worked as much as he should have since his career faltered during the late 90s (around the time The Postman was released to a frankly astonishing amount of bilious criticism), and yet for a while, during that decade mostly, he cemented his position as one of the most genuinely likeable leading men. The ability is still there – more recent films like Open Range and particularly Mr Brooks confirm as much, and his work has also included under-rated films like 3000 Miles to Graceland, 13 Days and The Guardian – and some in Hollywood are still clearly willing to give him a chance. Hopefully Man of Steel will reannounce Costner as a viable Hollywood commodity, and not a relic of fifteen years ago.
- Simon Gallagher
Sam Shepard returns to the screen as Butch Cassidy in this thrilling new Western, in cinemas October 7th
Coming to select theaters this Friday, October 7th, is the thrilling new Western Blackthorn, from director Mateo Gil. Living legend Sam Shepard returns to the silver screen as the long-thought dead Butch Cassidy, who has been quietly living out the end of his life under the false name James Blackthorn in a secluded Bolivian village. Hoping to see his family one last time before he dies, Cassidy sets out for the Us, but a young criminal derails his plans to break exile, unexpectedly dragging him into one last adventure that will rival his glory days running with the Sundance Kid.
We recently caught up with director Mateo Gil to chat about this throw back to the Westerns of yesteryear. Here is our conversation.
Every year, Hollywood will cry that the Western is dead. »
The mini-series chronicles the historical hostilities between the Hatfield clan in West Virginia and the McCoys across the Tug River in Kentucky following the Civil War, according to TV Guide magazine.
Costner will be among the project's producers.
History announced today additional casting for its new scripted miniseries, The Hatfields & McCoys. The Golden Globe nominated actor, Bill Paxton (Big Love, Tombstone, True Lies, Apollo 13, Twister, and Titanic), will play the role of Randall McCoy. He joins previously announced Academy Award winner Kevin Costner (The Untouchables, Field of Dreams, Dances with Wolves, The Bodyguard and Open Range) who will play the role of "Devil" Anse Hatfield. The announcement was made by Nancy Dubuc, President & General Manager, History.
Kevin Reynolds (Red Dawn, The Count Of Monte Cristo, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves) has signed on to direct the project. The miniseries, to be produced by Leslie Greif's production company, Thinkfactory Media, and Kevin Costner as producing partner, will chronicle the bloody hostilities between two clans that escalated to the point of near war between two states. Sony Pictures Television distributes The Hatfields & McCoys.
The Hatfield-McCoy saga begins with »
Many genres that Hollywood used to rely on for lots of hits have long since fallen by the wayside. Zoe finds out what happened to them…
Hollywood, the world's entertainment factory, has, for the past one hundred years, been producing films that have been enjoyed by audiences around the world. And in that time, a lot has changed, society, technology, fashions, tastes, and lifestyles, all of which Hollywood has continued to accommodate.
It's come a long way from its humble beginnings in the days of melodramatic, black and white, silent films with somewhat crude production methods. Hollywood has evolved into something more sophisticated and streamlined. But with so much change in such a fast paced industry, have some genres fallen behind? Or is it the case that these too have simply evolved into something more sophisticated and subtle?
The musical is arguably the most uplifting and escapist genre to »
This time, he's set to play Ace Woody, who Deadline describes as "the sadistic trainer of the male fighting slaves who entertain the white patrons of Candyland, as well as the female slaves who are forced to be prostitutes." It's a rare villainous role for Costner, although it's not entirely uncharted territory, »
Whenever there.s a Western being made somewhere in Hollywood, it.s a sure bet that Kevin Costner wants to be in it. He.s responsible for one of the best westerns of the past decade in Open Range and his obsession with the genre is all but legendary. So maybe we shouldn.t be surprised to learn that he.s found his way into Quentin Tarantino.s upcoming Spaghetti Western, Django Unchained. What.s more surprising is that Costner is dropping his traditional nice guy persona to be a part of it. Deadline says Quentin has cast him to play against type as a sadistic trainer of male fighting slaves. The slaves entertain the patrons of Candyland, the entertainment venue and den of prostitution around which much of the movie.s plot revolves. Kevin Costner.s character is called .Ace Woody. and he.s known for killing slaves who »
One of Hollywood’s most famous and yet unfairly remembered stars of recent generations has to be Mr. Kevin Costner. Despite a prolific first decade or so to his career, riddled with true classics and sterling performances (let’s not forget Bull Durham, The Bodyguard, and Wyatt Earp, all of which didn’t make my list), his name was forever blackened by the legendary failure that was the diabolical mega-flop Waterworld (at the time – the most expensive movie ever made) followed swiftly by the similarly epic but disastrous The Postman in 1997. Despite a few notable roles and films under his belt since then (Mr. Brooks, Swing Vote, The Company Men are all worthy films that couldn’t fit into the Top 10) he still can’t seem to shake off the image those unfortunate movies left him with.
But I remember him for his great achievements and below I’ve comprised »
- Al White
Mexican actor Diego Luna is in negotiations with Sony Pictures Entertainment to play a role in the science fiction film “Elysium.” The film’s cast already includes Matt Damon (“Good Will Hunting”), Sharlto Copley (“District 9”), Jodie Foster (“The Silence of the Lambs”), William Fichtner (“Black Hawk Down”), Alice Braga (“I Am Legend,” “City of God”) and Wagner Moura (“Elite Squad”). The story revolves around aliens doing battle with humans on Earth. Luna would play Julio, the best friend of Damon’s character. Luna was best known for his role in 2001’s “Y Tu Mama Tambien.” He also appeared in films such as “Frida,” “Open Range,” “The Terminal,” and “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights.” The film is written and directed by Neill Blomkamp. Blomkamp made his feature directorial debut with science fiction film “District 9” in 2009. The production will begin this summer with a theatrical release date of March 1st in »
Another person is going to know the secrets of Neill Blomkamp's next movie before we do.
We know that "Elysium," Blomkamp's ultra-secret follow-up to his stunning debut, "District 9," has to do with some struggle between humans and aliens. And one of those humans will be played by Diego Luna, according to Variety.
And that's about all we know. Curses!
Diego Luna is probably best known for his role as Tenoch, one of the teenagers given an unexpected sexual awakening by a terminally ill older woman, in Alfonso Cuaron's hot and heavy "Y Tu Mama Tambien." Luna has also appeared in "Open Range," "Frida" and "Milk."
"Elysium" begins shooting this summer but won't hit theaters until March 1, 2013. That's »
- Bryan Enk
History announced today that the network has green-lighted production of a new scripted miniseries, The Hatfields and The McCoys, to premiere on History in 2012, coinciding with the 150th anniversary of America's most infamous family feud. Academy Award winner Kevin Costner (The Untouchables, Field of Dreams, Dances with Wolves, The Bodyguard and Open Range) will star, playing the role "Devil" Anse Hatfield. The announcement was made by , President & General Manager, History.
The miniseries, to be produced by Leslie Greif's production company, Thinkfactory Media, and Kevin Costner as producing partner, will chronicle the bloody hostilities between two clans that escalated to the point of near war between two states.
"The Hatfields and The McCoys is a classic tale of American history. These are names that are widely recognized, yet few people know the real story that made them famous. We are thrilled that Kevin Costner, one of the most iconic American actors of our time, »
The History Channel is getting its knees wet with scripted miniseries as it just finished greenlighting The Hatfields and McCoys and it will star Oscar-winning actor, Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves). The miniseries will premiere in 2012 and mark the 10th anniversary of the legendary American feud. This is the second scripted miniseries by History. Their first venture was The Kennedys which was eventually dropped by History and picked up by Reelz.
Costner will star as Devil Anse Hatfield, the key member on the Hatfield side of the feud who was friends with and fought beside Randall McCoy in the Civil War. When the two men returned to their homes, one in Kentucky and the other in neighboring West Virginia. A series of misunderstandings, and years of resentment ignited a war separated by the Tug River. The history of the tension between both families includes love affairs, murders, and politicians.
- Ernie Estrella
He seemed the epitome of the All-American Good Guy: Kevin Costner was the original King of the World in 1989, when he put his career on the line to make an (ugh) Western. A three-hour (ugh) Western at that, and not just to star in: he was directing for the first time. He gambled, won and became our new Gary Cooper. But what happened? When he’s not flitting in and out of marriages, he keeps showing up in the most random B-pictures (Mr. Brooks? The Guardian? Seriously? Were these supposed to be comebacks?), along with doing his part to clean the Bp Gulf spill with ocean-cleaning technology he’s been pouring money into for a decade.
Where’s the Kevin Costner we grew up with? Let’s take a look at his career.
- Anthony Vieira
After he plays a hero to the Gods on Mount Olympus in The Immortals, Henry Cavill will don the red cape and tights as the new Superman in Zack Snyder’s Superman: Man of Steel. Cavill broke out from Immortals talk briefly to speak about Superman at WonderCon 2011.
Cavill lit up when asked about playing one of DC’s flagship characters and arguably their most recognizable entity. The cast boasts an all-star lineup including Kevin Costner (JFK, Open Range), Diane Lane (The Perfect Storm, Unfaithful) and Amy Adams (The Fighter, Doubt) as Lois Lane. The British actor was humbled to be in such good company on the Snyder reboot.
“It’s fantastic, absolutely amazing. I think (Adams) is a great actress (to play Lois), all of them. The opportunity for an actor of my experience, only ten years, to be a part of that cast and be leading it is »
- Ernie Estrella
In the DC comic’s universe, Jonathan and his wife Martha (Under the Tuscan Sun‘s Diane Lane) discover the infant Kryptonian refugee when his spaceship crash lands on our planet. The Kents take in the young Superman, (to be played by Henry Cavill), name him Clark Kent, and serve as the core of Superman’s moral beliefs. “Ma” and “Pa” Kent’s integrity help Superman discover his calling – his powers on Earth allow him to become our greatest hero. Zack Snyder said the following regarding the casting:
- Anthony Vieira
If you were visiting the cinema between 1987 and 1994, you had the opportunity to witness the 7 solid years of Kevin Costner’s acting career. Starting with The Untouchables and continuing to Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, Dances with Wolves, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, JFK, The Bodyguard, and finally ending with Wyatt Earp, Kevin Costner made a name for himself as a solid respectable actor with a penchant for playing the loner that made women swoon and men cry (assuming it’s Field of Dreams). These films represent the pinnacle of his career and are the successes he tried to repeat over and over again in the 17 years that followed his golden streak’s end. Though he has since made another great western in recent memory (Open Range), Dances with Wolves and Wyatt Earp are the two westerns for which he’ll be remembered.
Of those two, Dances with Wolves seems to hold the highest regard. »
- Lex Walker
Annette Bening (top); Cate Blanchett (bottom) Annette Bening, Cate Blanchett, and Javier Bardem are three more presenters at the 2011 Oscar ceremony. Academy governor Annette Bening is also a Best Actress nominee this year for Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right. She received her first nomination for her supporting role in The Grifters (1990); additionally, Bening was nominated in the Best Actress category for American Beauty (1999) and Being Julia (2004). Her other film credits include Valmont, The Women, Open Range, In Dreams, Richard III and Regarding Henry. Cate Blanchett is a five-time Academy Award nominee who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2004 for her performance as Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator. Blanchett also received supporting actress nominations for Notes on a Scandal and I’m Not There in 2006 and 2007, respectively. Besides, she was a Best Actress nominee for her portrayals of Queen Elizabeth I in [...] »
- Anna Robinson
Back during the early 1990s Kevin Costner was one of the biggest movie stars you could land to lead the cast in your movie. Films like Dances With Wolves, The Bodyguard and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves were all box office successes and the actor/director was even taking home Oscars. In recent years, however, his fortune hasn't be so strong. Averaging only about one film per year, his most successful movie in the last decade was Open Range, which only pulled in an average sum of $58 million. Should he choose to sign on, however, he could be headed back to $100 million blockbusters very soon. Deadline reports that Zack Snyder has a "heightened interest" in casting Costner to play a lead role in the upcoming Superman reboot. The article makes no mention and has no guesses regarding who the actor might play in the comic book film. Set to go »
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