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Exclusive: As The New Republic turns 100 years old, Sony Pictures and Escape Artists have made a pre-emptive acquisition of “The Year Of The Pigskin,” a just-published feature by Christopher Beam about the unlikely success of the Chongqing Dockers, one of the first teams in the very first American football league to form in China. The catalyst was a 26-year-old American, the son of police detectives whose pro football dreams were dashed after a shoulder injury incurred while he was a star player at the University of Michigan. He became the team’s coach and star player. The feature is a template for a Bad News Bears-like film that will be shot in China, as the Dockers and its players with names like Fat Baby, Bobo, and Weezy get molded from undisciplined players afraid to hit one another into a group of warriors that battled for the championship against archrival Shanghai Warriors. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Earlier this month, Avengers: Age of Ultron producer Kevin Feige revealed that both Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) will have bigger roles in this Marvel Phase Two sequel, since neither characters has had a stand-alone movie. During an interview with Variety, Jeremy Renner confirmed this expanded screen time, though he wouldn't offer any specific details. He also offered insight on his new costume.
The actor has been shooting in Northern Italy, under the direction of Joss Whedon, with production shifting to South Korea next week, and then it's off to London. When asked about his expanded role in this Marvel Phase Two sequel, Jeremy Renner couldn't say much.
"I can't give you any details, but yeah, there seems to be more to do this time. I'm excited about that."
We also reported this week that Hawkeye gets a new costume in this sequel. The actor reveals that he »
Jeremy Renner started to wield Hawkeye’s bow in 2012′s “Avengers,” a role he reprises in April when filming begins on the sequel “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” With “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” opening next weekend, Renner spoke to Variety about working with Chris Evans and joining the Marvel universe.
Do you have any funny Chris Evans stories?
Oh dude, I have the funniest one. I don’t know if I can say. When I think about it every time, I love it. The coda scene that happens at the end of “The Avengers,” we shot it at the premiere, when we were all together. A year had gone by, and Chris was in the middle of doing another movie, where he had a full beard and he couldn’t shave it off.
They had to do all these prosthetics over his face. The poor guy, he was »
- Ramin Setoodeh
There’s no escaping Captain America — especially for the actor behind the blue mask. That’s not just a career assessment. It’s a physical reality. To gear up as the iconic Marvel superhero, Chris Evans, the star of the upcoming “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” once again dons his trademark patriotic suit, which requires the actor to wear a snug latex undergarment that keeps the uniform from clinging to his sculpted muscles.
Given the confines of the zip-from-the-back costume, Evans jokes that there’s one thing audiences won’t see Captain America do — head to the bathroom. “Not to get too graphic,” he says, “but you’d better hope you’re on a nice schedule in that thing. There are all these zippers and buttons.” And he only sheds the suit with the help of a wardrobe entourage. “You could fight all day; you’re not getting out of it. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
The wait is over, true believers. The first trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy is here. Guardians star Chris Pratt was onhand during Tuesday's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which premiered the trailer for the Marvel Studios tentpole. Aliens, spaceships and hijinks dominate the footage. Photos: 35 of 2014's Most Anticipated Movies "The Guardians of the Galaxy are a group of misfits who are brought together to win a baseball game. They use a trick play," Pratt joked to Jimmy Kimmel, before admitting he was describing the Bad News Bears. In addition to Pratt, Guardians of the Galaxy also stars Zoe
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The Hollywood actor on the success of the boisterous documentary about his father's ramshackle baseball team, which debuted to wild applause at Sundance – and why he's delighted to be preserving Russell Sr's maverick legacy
Bing Russell was a B-movie actor in the 50s and 60s who estimated he had been shot dead 127 times in Hollywood westerns and played the deputy sheriff through 13 seasons of Bonanza. But his most lasting legacy came thanks to his role as the founder and frontman of the Portland Mavericks, an independent baseball team inhabited by no-hopers and has-beens and a pitcher whose hat fell off each time he threw the ball. Incredibly, the Mavericks went on to break attendance records and posed a serious threat to their major league rivals.
This forgotten nugget of sporting history has now been unearthed in a boisterous documentary, The Battered Bastards of Baseball, which debuted to wild applause at the Sundance film festival. »
- Xan Brooks
It’s funny how things start to pair up over festivals. You’ll notice themes across at least two films, maybe more. Could just be the exhaustion. The six films I’ve seen since I last filed a diary definitely partner nicely and yet one can also trace through lines through them, despite their completely different genres. Let’s get going…
The first pair are related by being so completely distinct in the history of film. There’s Steve James’ “Life Itself”, a documentary about the most important film critic of all time, and Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood”, a film with a production process like no other. These films represent a pair of experiences that I’ve never had before and likely will never have again. My personal connection to “Life Itself” made the world premiere an emotional, powerful night, and “Boyhood” the next morning took 12 years to make. The »
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7 items from 2014
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