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"You're our anchor Danny, and not just because you're fat." Following Million Dollar Arm this year, Walt Disney Pictures has another traditional inspiring sports drama coming to theaters early next year. McFarland, USA stars Kevin Costner and tells the true story of a group of amateur Hispannic runners in a small, struggling California farm town who try to overcome the odds and build a winning cross country team under the guidance of the town's newcomer Jim White (Costner). This looks just as cheesy as you would expect with messages about class and race not being subtle at all. But maybe it'll be all right? Watch! Here's the first trailer for Niki Caro's McFarland, USA, originally from Yahoo: McFarland, USA is directed by Niki Caro (North Country, The Whale Rider) and written by Bettina Gilois (Glory Road). A group of novice runners from an economically challenged town in California's farm-rich »
- Ethan Anderton
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
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
new to stream
Glory Road: based on a true story about the first interracial college basketball team, this predictable sports drama succeeds mainly thanks to its engaging cast, including Josh Lucas as the coach [at Netflix] A Hijacking (Kapringen): harrowing Danish drama of modern-day piracy as a sort of illicit corporate takeover; riveting and exhausting [my review] [at Netflix] Love Is All You Need: charming and wise, this is a delightful romantic dramedy about making the most of whatever life throws at you [my review] [at Netflix]
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
Ender’s Game: the Big Sf Ideas of this strange mashup of Starship Troopers and Harry Potter — gifted kids go to fascist military school! — seem positive only if your heart is made of stone [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
Oscar noms I caught up with
The Broken Circle Breakdown: heartbreaking melodrama about »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Mandalay Sports Media has acquired Roadside Entertainment, a sports and entertainment production company based in New York City and founded by veteran producers Ron Yassen and John Hirsch. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Roadside and its staff will operate under the Mandalay Sports Media banner and Yassen and Hirsch will become exec veeps of production for Mandalay Sports. The acquisition establishes an east coast hub for Mandalay Sports.
Launched in 2004, Roadside produces programming for television, digital platforms and in branded entertainment, in both long and short form formats. Its portfolio includes TV series and specials for Espn, IFC, ABC, VH1, Bet, the Sundance Channel, the NFL Network, CBS, and Showtime. The company also creates branded entertainment and commercial projects for advertisers including Reebok, Microsoft, EA Sports, The Honest Company, and Unilever. Yassen and Hirsch were co-founders, along with Cash Warren and Baron Davis, of Noc, a sports network »
- Brian Steinberg
4 items from 2014
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