Slap Shot (1977)
Thus began Aardman’s first prehistoric underdog sports movie in stop-motion, and Park’s first feature since the Oscar-winning “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” (2005). Only this time, he decided to direct solo without partner Peter Lord or animator Steve Box.
“Cavemen are well covered now with ‘The Croods’ [which began at Aardman before DreamWorks took it over] and ‘The Flintstones,’ but I was looking for a quirky Aardman angle, and soccer became the hook,” said Park, who pitched “Early Man” as “Gladiator” meets “Dodgeball.”
“This could have legs: a group of idiotic, lovable cavemen who only know how to fight and use weapons,
Back as hockey star Doug Glatt, Scott is supported here with cast that includes Liev Schreiber (Spotlight) and Alison Pill (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), reprising their roles from the first film, Elisha Cuthbert (24) and Callum Keith Rennie (Californication), with 22 Jump Street’s Wyatt Russell as Glatt’s nemesis, and Deadpool’s T. J. Miller on scene-stealing form as inappropriate sports commentator Chad Bailey.
From the press release:
An assured feature directing debut from comedy star Jay Baruchel (This Is The End, Knocked Up, How To Train Your Dragon), this is a film you can’t help but love – crass but charming, packed with eccentric and loveable characters, and just the right balance of sports carnage and comedy
It's an understandable impulse, of course. (Who doesn't love Afros or piles of cocaine?) But taking such a superficial approach to the seventies means glossing over the grittier,
But in October 1974, Costas was a wet-behind-the-ears student at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. It was then he landed a plum gig as the play-by-play announcer for the American Basketball Assn.’s Spirits of St. Louis at radio giant Kmox, a move that would set his celebrated career on course. The gig was his first mention in Variety, on Oct. 23, 1974.
How did you score such a prestigious gig at such a young age?
I was actually past what would have been my senior year. I got a job in Syracuse on Wsyr broadcasting minor-league hockey
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All excellent ideas, and we may have to put the movie name to a separate vote. Right now, though, the more pressing question is
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