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The Sandlot Turns 25: Memories That the Stars Will Remember For-Eh-Ver

The Sandlot Turns 25: Memories That the Stars Will Remember For-Eh-Ver
The '90s were an incredible decade for sports films. For those of us who grew up then, our childhoods are forever intertwined with classic moments from movies like The Mighty Ducks, Angels in the Outfield, Rookie of the Year, Little Big League and more. But there's perhaps no more beloved sports movie than The Sandlot. The insanely quotable movie introduced some of us to the concept of s'mores, convinced us to never try chewing tobacco (especially not at the carnival), made us long for summer days at the community pool and somehow had us all in love with the idea of playing baseball—especially if it meant we'd find a friend as cool as Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez. Set in the...
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The Sandlot Writer and Director has Written a New Baseball Movie

Anyone who’s ever played baseball as a kid or even been a kid, period would like the movie The Sandlot. It will always go down as a baseball classic but in my mind it’ll always go down as one of the most nostalgic films to ever remind me of my youth. While there were other kids baseball films in the 90s like Rookie of he Year and Little Big League, I don’t think anything encapsulated the beauty of baseball as seen through the eyes of kids as The Sandlot. Luckily for us the same writer and director that brought us

The Sandlot Writer and Director has Written a New Baseball Movie
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‘The Sandlot’ Writer/Director Has Written a New Baseball Movie

‘The Sandlot’ Writer/Director Has Written a New Baseball Movie
The 1990s were the heyday of kid-centric baseball films. This was back when movies like Rookie of the Year and Angels in the Outfield were making $50 million at the box office, and even something like Little Big League – which only pulled in $12 million domestically – could expect a healthy life on home video after it left […]

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Movies to Show My Son: ‘The Sandlot’

Today I begin a new series that combines my fondness for film with the joy I have of being a parent. Like most geek dads or dads in general I am eager to share the things I have a passion for with my son. Growing up I can remember my dad doing the same. As a proud Air Force veteran with a father who made his living working for the Rail Road my dad grew up with his own passions and hobbies. Some of my greatest memories as a child are the times I spent seeing my dad gushing at train museums, getting lost in amazement at air shows, or simply try to gather as much information as possible about World War II. Now as I am closing in on the two year mark of being a dad I am beginning to brainstorm on what movies are must sees for my son.
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Cool Videos: Daniel Stern reprises Rookie of the Year persona in new shorts

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There are a string of baseball movies that I grew up with; The Sandlot, Little Big League, Angels In The Outfield. The list goes on, but also includes Rookie Of The Year. Directed by Daniel Stern himself (of Home Alone fame), the movie also featured Stern in a role as a pitching coach for the Chicago Cubs. Well, wouldn't you know it? The Cubs are doing pretty well this year, so Stern decided to... Read More...
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Daniel Stern Revives His ‘Rookie of the Year’ Character in Support of the Cubs’ World Series Bid

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Daniel Stern Revives His ‘Rookie of the Year’ Character in Support of the Cubs’ World Series Bid
Having fulfilled the role of lovable losers for decades now, the Chicago Cubs have a lot of goodwill in their first World Series appearance since 1945. (They also have a one-game deficit to overcome, but let’s try not to think about that.) Among their celebrity fans is Daniel Stern, whom you might recognize as Phil Brickman from “Rookie of the Year” — a standout from the mid-’90s halcyon days of kids’ sports movies (see also: “Little Big League,” “Air Bud,” “Little Giants,” “The Big Green”) that he also directed.

Read More: World Series 2016: Hollywood Is Divided Over the Battle Between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians

Stern — who appeared in both “Home Alone” films and narrated “The Wonder Years” — has reprised his quirky role on both YouTube and Twitter in support of the Cubbies, who haven’t won the World Series since 1908. He’s posted a number of videos
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Brad Pitt – “Moneyball”: The Best Baseball Films of All Time

Play ball! With Baseball season coming next week, I wanted to do something a little bit fun and look at not just the best sports movies, but the best baseball movies ever made. There’s more than a few to choose from, with a solid handful starring Kevin Costner, I might add. I’m even going to make some potentially controversial choices, as you’ll see below. It’s all in good fun though, and as I get set to spend another year getting my heart broken by the New York Mets, I wanted to put this out there for you all. Enjoy and get ready for baseball… Here are the ten best baseball movies of all time: 10. Rookie of the Year – Perhaps a lot of this is nostalgia fueling the pick, but I have a real soft spot for the story of a kid who winds up pitching for the Chicago Cubs.
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Flashback: Fred Savage & Jenny Lewis In Cult Classic 'The Wizard,' Aka 1989's Biggest Nintendo Ad

Flashback: Fred Savage & Jenny Lewis In Cult Classic 'The Wizard,' Aka 1989's Biggest Nintendo Ad
Twenty-five years ago this week, kids were finalizing their holiday wish lists, which probably included a Nintendo home gaming system or the company's brand new handheld device, the Game Boy.

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They were also gearing up to see The Wizard, a brand new movie about -- what else? -- Nintendo.

Older generations may not recall The Wizard, but I do, since it was aimed right at my demographic. For one thing, it starred Fred Savage, a kid my age I saw each week on The Wonder Years. For another, it offered our first peek at Nintendo's highly anticipated new game, Super Mario Bros. 3. And even though I wasn't a serious gamer, that still sounded fairly interesting.

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The Wizard follows two runaway brothers, Corey and Jimmy (Savage and Luke Edwards) on a cross-country trip to compete in a Nintendo tournament. Savage is chatty and a quick thinker, but Jimmy hasn't
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"The Wizard" Turns 25 -- See The Child Stars Now!

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25 years ago today, one of the best films about video games hit theaters -- and made Everyone want a Power Glove.Yep, we're talking about "The Wizard."The film is about a mute kid (Luke Edwards) who travels with his brother (Fred Savage) and a runaway (Jenny Lewis) across the country to compete in a video game competition. While the 1989 movie wasn't exactly a smash hit, it became a cult classic -- and popularized both "Super Mario Bros. 3" and the aforementioned glove.In the flick, video game pro Lucas Barton (Jackey Vinson) wields the special controller while saying the movie's most infamous line: "I love the Power Glove, it's so bad."You really just have to watch him do it:But what happened to the film's stars in the last 25 years?Savage would continue starring on "The Wonder Years" until it went off the air in 1993. While he continued to act,
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Biblical Epics seem to be in this year…what cinematic trend could be up next?

Every single year we seem to get some sort of trend in the movies. Sometimes it’s Oscar themed (remember how many 2013 prestige releases were about survival of some sort?), while sometimes it’s a specific sort of a disaster movie, or even a particular type of genre outing, like how the apocalypse has been in of late. 2014 looks to be the year that the Biblical Epic returns to the screen, with both Darren Aronofsky’s Noah and Ridley Scott’s Exodus looking for awards attention (and just this past weekend Son of God opened, though that’s basically just an expansion of that TV series The Bible, so it’s hardly an epic in my eyes). That got me thinking about what other trend could be next… Personally, I never mind if we get two astroid movies in one year or something like that, as long as they each offer something different.
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What Was the Worst Summer Movie Weekend of the Past 20 Years?

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What Was the Worst Summer Movie Weekend of the Past 20 Years?
Summer's over, everyone! Especially at the box office. One of this weekend's wide releases, Getaway, currently has a Rotten Tomatoes rating south of 5 percent. Five percent! Another one is a concert documentary about the boy band One Direction. Slim pickings. But it could be worse. It honestly could be so much worse. We've taken a look at every summer weekend from the past twenty years and picked eight that are strong contenders for rock bottom. (We're talking qualitatively here — box office wasn't really a factor in these choices.) Please offer up your own suggestions.July 1, 1994* The Shadow * Blown Away* I Love Trouble* Baby's Day Out* Little Big League These days, the Fourth of July weekend is sacrosanct for Hollywood. Though there were several prior examples of blockbuster early-July weekends (Terminator 2), 1996’s Independence Day, which established Will Smith as the king of that weekend for a time,
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R.I.P. Dennis Farina

Film and TV actor Dennis Farina has passed away at the age of 69 in Arizona. The cause of his death has not been released at this time.

Farina came late to the acting game, working as a cop for eighteen years before turning to acting at 37 years old.

Throughout the late 1980s and all of the 1990s, the actor was rarely out of work thanks to various feature film supporting roles.

His earliest roles included FBI chief Jack Crawford in Michael Mann's "Manhunter," playing a detective in the Chuck Norris action film "Code of Silence," and the memorably foul-mouthed Jimmy Serrano in "Midnight Run".

Key roles in films like "Get Shorty," "Another Stakeout," "Striking Distance," "Little Big League," "The Mod Squad," "Out of Sight," "Saving Private Ryan," "Snatch," "Reindeer Games," "Bottle Shock," and "What Happens in Vegas" followed.

He was also a regular and/or recurring guest star on shows like "Crime Story,
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Dennis Farina Passes Away at Age 69

Dennis Farina Passes Away at Age 69
Film and television star Dennis Farina passed away at the age of 69 in Arizona. The actor's publicist confirmed his death, but an exact cause has not been released at this time.

Born in Chicago in 1944, Dennis Farina served as a Chicago police officer for 18 years before he started acting at the age of 37. His former law enforcement partner Chuck Adamson created the series Crime Story in 1986, which Dennis Farina starred in as Lt. Mike Torello throughout its two-season run.

He then moved to film roles such as Midnight Run, Another Stakeout, Little Big League, Get Shorty, Saving Private Ryan, Snatch, and many more. He starred as Detective Joe Fontana on NBC's Law & Order from 2004 to 2006.

Most recently, the actor starred in a two-episode arc of the hit Fox sitcom New Girl, where he played the father of Jake Johnson's character, who ironically passed away last season. He is survived by three sons,
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From 'Mad Men' To Jane Austen

From 'Mad Men' To Jane Austen
New York — To find their Mr. Darcy, the Guthrie Theater in Minnesota has turned to a Mad Man.

Vincent Kartheiser, who plays the malcontent Pete Campbell on AMC's "Mad Men," will star this summer in a new Guthrie production of "Pride and Prejudice" as the brooding hero of Jane Austen's most famous novel.

"It's interesting playing a character that people have such strong feelings about before I've even begun playing him," he said Friday by phone from Los Angeles. "I don't have a lot of experience playing famous characters and it's an interesting expectation that lays on my head."

Kartheiser is a native of Minneapolis and first appeared at the Guthrie in 1986 at age 7 as Tiny Tim in "A Christmas Carol." He returned to play small roles in the company's 1990 productions of "Henry V" and "Henry IV."

"I think my biggest scene I was being carried around dead," he joked.
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Guess Who?

Guess Who?
Long before they were co-workers at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, "Mad Men" stars Jay R. Ferguson (Stan Rizzo) and Vincent Kartheiser (Pete Campbell) were teen heartthrobs in the '90s.

As Pajiba recently pointed out, native Texan Ferguson was plucked out of obscurity to play the role of Ponyboy Curtis in the TV adaptation of the feature film "The Outsiders" in 1989. He moved out to Los Angeles at the age of 14 for the part and has been working pretty steadily since.

Here he is in 1990:

And another picture of young Ferguson with David Arquette, who played Two-Bit in "The Outsiders," at the Earthwalk Benefit in 1990:

Ferguson was quite the teen magazine regular:

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After "The Outisders" was cancelled 13 episodes in, Ferguson was cast in the Burt Reynolds-fronted sitcom "Evening Shade." He starred on the CBS comedy as Reynolds' character's eldest son throughout the show's four-season run.
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Brad Lesley dies: Former Mlb player and 'Little Big League' actor was 54

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Brad Lesley has passed away at the age of 54, his wife tells TMZ. Lesley was suffering from kidney problems and had been receiving dialysis in the care facility where he was living the past seven months.

Lesley was a Major League pitcher in the 1980s, playing for the Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers, then continuing on for three years in Japan with the Hankyu Braves.

After retiring from baseball, Lesley appeared in several memorable sports movies like Tom Selleck's "Mr. Baseball" and "Little Big League." We remember him fondly from "Little Big League" as the crazy, mustachioed pitcher John "Blackout" Gatling.
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'Little Big League' Star Dies At Age 54

'Little Big League' Star Dies At Age 54
Former Major League Baseball player-turned-actor Brad Lesley has died at the age of 54, reports TMZ.

Lesley's ex-wife, Chiho Svimonoff, told the website that the former athlete had been living in a nursing home, where he was receiving dialysis for kidney problems, for the past seven months. According to Svimonoff, the "Little Big League" star was rushed to hospital on Saturday night, and later died there from kidney failure.

Lesley made his Major League debut on July 31, 1982, pitching for the Cincinnati Reds, and was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers in 1984 and let go from the team in 1985.

The former 6-foot-6-inch athlete went on to showbusiness, appearing on the Japanese game show "Takeshi's Castle" in 1986, and furthered his credits in a number of movies in the 1990s, including "Mr. Baseball," "A Boy Called Hate," "Big Monster on Campus" and the 1994 film "Little Big League," in which he played an angry pitcher.
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Brad Lesley Dead -- 'Little Big League' Star Dies at 54

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Brad Lesley -- who played a few years of Major League Baseball before appearing in a slew of '90s sports movies -- passed away this weekend. He was 54.Lesley's ex-wife, Chiho Svimonoff, tells TMZ ... Lesley had been suffering from kidney problems and had been living in a nursing home for the past seven months, where he was receiving dialysis.Svimonoff says Lesley was rushed to a hospital in Marina Del Rey on Saturday night
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Play Ball! The 10 Greatest Baseball Movies Of The ’90s

The ’90s gave us some pretty spectacular things, including the end of the Cold War, our little sister, Garth Brooks and email. These are all undoubtedly great things, but perhaps our favorite thing that the ’90s brought was a serious bumper crop of awesome baseball movies!

We don’t know why, but it seemed like we got taken out to the ball game extremely often when we ventured to the movie theater during the Clinton-Era. And all the best ones (Little Big League, Rookie Of The Year, Angels In The Outfield, we could go on) seemed to directly involve kids. This lead to some ill-advised attempts to actually play ball ourselves and join little league.

After we got struck out by a T-ball stand a bunch of times, we went back to our basement to appreciate these awesome movies about the sport instead of actually trying ourselves. It was much
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Watch the Horror-Comedy Night of the Punks Short Film Now!

Just in time for the Halloween season (any bets on how often we'll be saying that before October 31st?), Irrational Films has made Dan Riesser's horror-comedy short film Night of the Punks available for viewing, and we have it in its entirety right here.

From the Press Release:

In Night of the Punks, small-town punk rockers The Brain Deads have their first out of town show, but there are a few problems: The venue is deserted, the promoter is a creep, their bassist has gone missing, and the only kids in the audience turn out to be bloodthirsty punk rockers from Hell.

Drawing inspiration from Return of the Living Dead, Night of the Demons, and the Evil Dead series, Night of the Punks is a blood-splatted love letter to '80s horror cinema. The cast includes industry veteran Luke Edwards (The Wizard, Little Big League, Newsies), sketch comedian Nick Munday,
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