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Exclusive Interview with Director Jonathan Hock for ‘Fastball’

The most respected and feared pitch in baseball is definitely the fastball.

Every major league pitcher strives to perfect the fastball and every pitcher has the fastball pitch in their repertoire. Only a few can have the bragging rights to throw more than 100 miles per hour or even to have the fastest fastball ever.

In Jonathan Hock’s documentary Fastball, it explores baseball’s favorite pitch by attempting on who may have the fastest fastball in history from the perspective of the scientific community and the past/present famous baseballs players who tried to hit or to throw that pitch.

Some of the interviews include Justin Verlander, David Price, Derek Jeter, Hank Aaron, Nolan Ryan, Bob Gibson and more great players trying to push their perspective on the fastball. The documentary is narrated by Kevin Costner.

Fastball will be in select theaters and on-demand this Friday, March 25. Also check out
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Channing Tatum and Sony to Make ‘Two Kisses for Maddy’

Channing Tatum and Sony to Make ‘Two Kisses for Maddy’
Channing Tatum has set up the tear-jerker memoir “Two Kisses for Maddy” at Sony’s TriStar label to produce and possibly star through his Free Association production company and Temple Hill Entertainment.

The father-daughter drama is based on Matthew Logelin’s memoir “Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss and Love,” which centers on his marriage, the death of his wife 27 hours after she gave birth to their daughter and his experiences of raising his daughter as a single parent.

“Two Kisses,” which took its title from the kisses Logelin gave his daughter each night, landed on the New York Times bestseller list when it was published in 2011.

The project was set up in 2012 as a Lifetime movie with Marta Kaufman and Denise Dinovi as exec producers but did not go forward.

Tatum will produce with partner Peter Kiernan through Free Association. Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey will also produce under Temple Hill.
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Film Review: ‘McFarland, USA’

The stirring true story of how a scrappy Latino high-school running team beat the odds is treated as a Kevin Costner vehicle first and foremost in “McFarland, USA,” a cross-cultural cross-country drama that feels descended from a long line of minority-underdog movies like “The Blind Side,” “Stand and Deliver,” “Pride” and the Oscar-winning documentary “Undefeated.” Predictable and predictably rousing, this inspirational sports pic earns points for its big-hearted portrait of life in an impoverished California farming town, the likes of which we too rarely see on American screens. But with its overriding emphasis on how Coach Costner fits into that world, this fifth feature from director Niki Caro (“Whale Rider,” “North Country”) never sheds its outsider perspective, ultimately emerging a well-intentioned mix of compassion and condescension. Even if the family-friendly Disney release commands a more diverse audience than most, it remains to be seen how much long-term box-office endurance it can muster.
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9 Movies You Forgot J.K. Simmons Was In

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9 Movies You Forgot J.K. Simmons Was In
J.K. Simmons has been taking awards season by storm. The Whiplash star not only scored an Academy Award nomination to add to his accolades, but he's even hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend. But Simmons, 60, didn't become a star overnight. In fact, his résumé includes over 140 projects since 1986, some which sent us running to Netflix to refresh our memories. Without further ado, we proudly present our Nine Movies You Forgot J.K. Simmons Was In (some of which he probably wants to forget, too). 1. The First Wives Club (1996)The revenge comedy featured plenty of stars like Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton,
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9 Movies You Forgot J.K. Simmons Was In

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9 Movies You Forgot J.K. Simmons Was In
J.K. Simmons has been taking awards season by storm. The Whiplash star not only scored an Academy Award nomination to add to his accolades, but he's even hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend. But Simmons, 60, didn't become a star overnight. In fact, his résumé includes over 140 projects since 1986, some which sent us running to Netflix to refresh our memories. Without further ado, we proudly present our Nine Movies You Forgot J.K. Simmons Was In (some of which he probably wants to forget, too). 1. The First Wives Club (1996)The revenge comedy featured plenty of stars like Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton,
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J.K. Simmons Receives Big Honor from Palm Springs International Film Festival

He has been Spidey's boss, a mean prisoner in "Oz," Juno's daddy, and lately, Farmer's Insurance spokesperson, but now, J.K. Simmons is going to be a Palm Springs International Film Festival awardee.

The actor is currently making waves for his brilliant performance in "Whiplash," just in time for the Academy Awards season. Simmons will be joining previously announced winners, Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore.

Here's the complete press release:

Palm Springs, CA (November 18, 2014) . The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present J.K. Simmons with the Spotlight Award, Actor at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne. Presented by Cartier, and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2-12.

.Throughout his career J.K. Simmons had played a wide range of
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Christian Bale in talks to play Travis McGee in The Deep Blue Good-By

It looks like Christian Bale has set his sights on a potential action/crime franchise, as Variety reports that the Academy Award winner is in talks to play Travis McGee in an adaptation of the 1964 John D. MacDonald novel, The Deep Blue Good-By.

MacDonald wrote 21 novels starring the McGee character over a twenty year period, from 1964 to 1984. Two film adaptations have been made; first came 1970′s Darker Than Amber starring Rod Taylor, then the 1983 made-for-tv-movie Travis McGee (based on the novel The Empty Copper Sea) starring Sam Elliot.

Unlike other detectives in crime fiction, Travis McGee is neither a police officer or licensed private detective. Instead, he considers himself a “salvage consultant,” who recovers others’ lost property for a fee (managing to get himself into trouble along the way, with plenty of bad guy fighting and woman wooing).

The Deep Blue Good-By is set to be directed by Walk the Line
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Wme Signs ‘Reckless’ Creator And ‘Safe Haven’ Scribe Dana Stevens

Wme has just signed Dana Stevens, the prolific feature writer who is the exec producer and sole creator of Reckless on CBS. Stevens last year adapted the Nicholas Sparks novel Safe Haven for Relativity, and her other credits include City Of Angels and the Kevin Costner baseball pic For Love Of The Game. She currently is adapting for James Cameron’s Lightstorm and Fox The Dive, the touching story of Cuban free diver Pipin Ferreras and his wife Audrey Mestres, the latter of whom died trying to better her record for a free dive, in which she plunged to an unimaginable […]
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Sam Raimi May Direct Afghanistan War Film The Outpost

Filmmaker Sam Raimi hasn’t been quick to choose his next project after last year’s VFX-filled Oz the Great and Powerful for Disney, but we now have something on the horizon for the veteran director. Raimi will produce and supervise development of an adaptation of Jake Tapper’s book The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor with an eye towards possibly directing. The nonfiction book chronicles the 2009 battle in Afghanistan, 14 miles from the Pakistani border, where 53 Americans were overrun by 400 Taliban fighters. The conflict resulted in two Medal of Honor recipients, marking the first time the award has been given to two living soldiers for the same battle since 1968. Hit the jump for more. Per Deadline, The Fighter screenwriters Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson are penning the script for The Outpost under the supervision of Raimi. The film would certainly mark a change of pace for the director,
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Witness The Kevival: Costner Returns In ’3 Days To Kill’

You’ve heard of the ‘McConaissance’. Well now another movie star considered past his best makes a high profile return to the big screen, as Kevin Costner toplines kinetic thriller 3 Days To Kill.

Though associated with a sequence of megabuck flops, Costner has been one of Hollywood’s true risk takers. It paid off in Oscars for Dances With Wolves (1990), where he did everything except sing the theme tune. Roles in hits such as The Bodyguard (1992) followed. But after Clint Eastwood’s A Perfect World (1993) came Waterworld. Throwing money at a sea-based knock-off of Mad Max was never going to set the box office alight, more give it a drenching. The Postman (1997) actually had Costner singing the theme tune and that failure appeared to round off his career as a big leading man. Yet the movies never forgot about Kev and in recent years he’s been rediscovered, with prestigious
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Kevin Costner’s 14 Most Costneresque Sports-Movie Truisms

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Kevin Costner’s 14 Most Costneresque Sports-Movie Truisms
In the surest sign yet that America now prefers the barbarism of football to the poetry of baseball, Hollywood’s most reliable seamhead has forsaken America’s pastime for the game that gave us Brett Favre’s penis. Yet despite his switch in Draft Day comes out today, Costner remains the same. He’s that same stubborn sage he’s played so many times before, dropping knowledge about games like the Confucius of the bleachers. We collected all that wisdom for you below:As Marcus Sommers, a bicycle racing doctor with a death wish in American Flyers. As Crash Davis, an aging minor league catcher in Bull Durham. As Roy McAvoy, a heavy drinking and bad tempered golf pro in Tin Cup. As Billy Chapel, a star pitcher in the twilight of his career in For Love of the Game.
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Forecast: 'Rio 2,' 'Captain America' Could Both Reach $40 Million This Weekend

Forecast: 'Rio 2,' 'Captain America' Could Both Reach $40 Million This Weekend
Animated sequel Rio 2 could cruise to around $40 million this weekend, which would put it in a close race for first place against Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Meanwhile, Draft Day and Oculus are targeting more modest debuts.Captain America: The Winter Soldier set an April record last weekend with $95 million. Most comic book movies fall hard in their second weekends: similar movies Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World fell 58 percent and 57 percent, respectively. Captain America has better reviews and stronger word-of-mouth, though it would still be surprising if it dropped less than 50 percent. Playing at 3,948 locations, Rio 2 could give the Captain a run for its money. The first Rio opened to $39.2 million around the same time in 2011, and ultimately closed with a solid $143.6 million. While it was well-liked enough, its reputation doesn't seem to suggest a huge bump for the sequel.Rio 2 shifts the action
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Spotlight on the Stars: Kevin Costner

Here we go with another installment of my Spotlight on the Stars series. Each week, I’ll look at an actor/actress/filmmaker that I’d like to celebrate in some kind of a way. It could be due to something of theirs coming out that weekend (like last week and this week, for example) or just because I feel they deserve to have a moment in the sun, but each time it’ll be a bit of positivity about someone who I’d like to pay tribute to. For this week’s piece (number three overall so far), I wanted to take a look at our first male actor…Kevin Costner. Some see him as a bit of a has been, but I disagree and not only still see a movie star, but an underrated actor as well. Costner is a throwback to an older generation of actor. Very
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Carmine Giovinazzo & Jon Sklaroff Join USA Cop Drama ‘Graceland’

Carmine Giovinazzo (CSI: NY) and Jon Sklaroff (24, Life) have landed recurring roles on USA Network‘s police drama Graceland. Giovinazzo will play Sid Markham, the head of Lapd’s Gang Task Force. Sid is more mind than muscle and uses his intelligence and ability to read people as a way to build relationships and close cases — but that doesn’t mean he’s not prone to acts of violence here and there. Briggs (Daniel Sunjata) grows close to him, seeing Sid as a helpful tool in taking down a cartel. Sklaroff will play Fritz, who has has made his living in the vilest way possible: through human trafficking. He uses intimidation and brutality to keep “his property” in line. The depravity of his operation leaves the team reeling. Related: 2014 USA Network Pilots Graceland marks Giovinazzo’s first TV gig since his lead role as on Danny Messer on CSI: NY,
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Kevin Costner Facts: 17 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the '3 Days to Kill' Star

Kevin Costner is the "All-American Man" and the world loves him for it.

From "Dances with Wolves" to "The Untouchables" to "JFK," one simply needs to watch Costner's filmography to capture the essence of America and understand its past. Let's face it, the man stars in Westerns and baseball-related movies like he's contractually obligated.

It all started over 30 years ago, when Costner got his first break in Lawrence Kasdan's "The Big Chill" and, while his part was eventually cut, the director didn't forget him. After getting cast in Kasdan's next project, "Silverado" -- a Western, of course -- the actor's career took off and helped make him the international talent he is today.

Even if you're familiar with Costner's work, there's still some mystery about the well-established actor. From his surreal encounter with Richard Burton to his musical endeavors, here are 17 things you probably don't know about Kevin Costner.
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The Top 9 Sam Raimi Films - Horror and Otherwise

From his modest start in that ramshackle cabin in the woods what must seem like a lifetime ago, Sam Raimi has become one of the more versatile and beloved directors in Hollywood. With Scream Factory's Blu-ray release of Darkman today, we bring you our Top 9 Sam Raimi Films - Horror and Otherwise.

We're going to keep this list to films directed by Raimi. If we were to include the movies he's acted in, or god forbid produced, we'd be here all night. But a few of his production credits like 30 Days of Night, both of The Grudge films, Boogeyman, The Possession, Timecop and of course the Evil Dead remake are noteworthy.

Some honorable directorial mentions include his most recent, Oz the Great and Powerful. It might not have been the epic it was billed to be, but it looked fantastic; and when you manage to haul in half a billion
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1998

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 14 Nov 2013 - 06:19

The overlooked greats of the year 1998 come under the spotlight in our list of its 25 underappreciated movies...

Dominated as it was by the financial success of two giant killer asteroid movies, gross-out comedy hit There's Something About Mary and Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, 1998 proved to be an extraordinary year for cinema.

Okay, so history doesn't look back too fondly on Roland Emmerich's mishandled Godzilla remake, and Lethal Weapon 4 was hardly the best buddy-cop flick ever made, despite its handsome profit. But search outside the top-10 grossing films of that year, and you'll find all kinds of spectacular modern classics: Peter Weir's wonderful The Truman Show, John Frankenheimer's rock-solid thriller Ronin, and Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line.

Then there was The Big Lebowski, the Coen brothers' sublime comedy that has since become a deserved and oft-quoted cult favourite.
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The Joy of Six: fictional sports film characters

From Jesus Quintana to Apollo Creed, via a Sheffield United hero and a chubby wide-eyed tricycle-loving kid called Champion

1) Jimmy Muir (When Saturday Comes, 1996)

Football has never really lent itself to the silver screen. Somehow things just don't work – the movement is too forced, the celebrations too cartoonish, the plots too hackneyed, the acting too stilted, the need to get a few real-life players in there (for some reason) too hard to resist. When Saturday Comes is no different. The football scenes don't work, the plot would've been turned down by Boy's Own for being too far-fetched, and Mel Sterland and Tony Currie pop up and make Ally McCoist look like Robert De Niro. The climax should be pretty clear before the opening titles have ended.

If you're expecting an "And yet …" at this point, think again. You can't dress this up as a moment of cinematic brilliance any more
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Kevin Costner on Track for Disney’s McFarland

After starring in this summer's blockbuster, Man of Steel, Kevin Costner will next focus on a more down-to-Earth role.  He was reported as being in talks with a new sports drama for Disney about a year ago, but can now be confirmed.  He'll star in McFarland, the high school track team drama directed by Niki Caro (Whale Rider).  The story centers on the champion track team of the predominantly-Hispanic California town of McFarland which overcomes social and physical challenges during their meets in the 1980s.  Hit the jump for more. Variety reports that Costner is officially on board McFarland, the latest sports drama out of Disney.  The studio has a good track record with Miracle, Invincible and Remember the Titans under their belts.  Currently in production is their baseball drama Million Dollar Arm, starring Jon Hamm, Bill Paxton, Alan Arkin, Lake Bell, Suraj Sharma and Madhur Mittal.  Costner, who is
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Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer Offically Join Black and White

Im Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford announced today that Im Global will launch the international sales in Cannes of Black and White, the project that re-teams two-time Academy Award&#174 winner Kevin Costner (Man of Steel, The Upside of Anger, For Love of the Game, Open Range, Dances with Wolves) with acclaimed writer, director and actor Mike Binder (The Upside of Anger, Reign Over Me). The film, which also stars Academy Award&#174 winner Octavia Spencer, is based on Binder's own script, and is a co-production of Costner's Treehouse Productions and Binder's Sunlight Productions, along with Todd Lewis. Cassian Elwes is onboard as an executive producer.

Binder's engrossing drama focuses on attorney Elliot Anderson (Kevin Costner) who is widowed after the car crash death of his wife. Elliot has raised his bi-racial granddaughter Eloise since his daughter died in childbirth. As he struggles with his grief, Elliot's world is turned upside-down
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