April 21, 2014

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Oscars®: Draft Day – What’s up with the 2015 Awards Race

Directed by: Ivan Reitman
Written by: Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman
Main Cast: Kevin Costner, Chadwick Boseman, Jennifer Garner, Frank Langella, Denis Leary, Tom Welling, and many others
Past Oscar relations: Ivan Reitman was nominated for co-producing Up in the Air and Kevin Costner won Best Picture and Best Director Oscars for Dances with Wolves
Here now we have the next article in this series on 2014 contenders hoping to compete for Oscar attention at the 2015 ceremony. Next up is Ivan Reitman’s Draft Day, which hopes to essentially be the next Moneyball, just with the NFL Draft as its focus. That film was a bit of an aberration, but this one has a bit in common with it, so perhaps the Academy is more open to sports movies than they have been in the past? Reitman has sports film icon Kevin Costner in the lead role, so that’s certainly a plus, along with a strong ensemble that includes Chadwick Boseman, Jennifer Garner, Frank Langella, and Denis Leary, to name a few. They’re in the service of a fine film, one of the better ones to come out this year so far, in my humble opinion. Being a quality bit of cinema is the first step towards becoming a contender.
What this flick has going in its favor is a crowd pleasing plot and a top notch script, not to mention a great role for Costner to sink his teeth into. Costner always is great in sports films, and this is no exception. Reitman also shows an able hand at drama, something he’s rarely attempted during his illustrious career. As for the screenplay, Black List winning scribes Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman have crafted something that both hardcore football fans like myself and newbies can enjoy equally. Moneyball was able to do this, and that screenplay damn near won an Oscar, so especially in the writing field, this movie should have a chance to contend for a nomination.
Working against Draft Day is that it is a sports movie without an awards centric pedigree. Yes, it has a Black List winning script, but that doesn’t always make a huge difference. Costner also has never been nominated for one of his sports outings, so it’s likely that he won’t break that trend here. That makes it Best Original Screenplay or nada in all likelihood, and having that narrow a focus makes it a dicey proposition. Draft Day [...]

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 much a man’s man and a real movie star, but one with a softness to him as well. His best performances have perfectly highlighted that. He can be an excellent action hero, that’s for sure, but I’ve always preferred him as a bit more of a working man, be it as a baseball player or just a middle class Joe like he was in The Company Men.

Yes, his best films often involve sports (particularly baseball), but how is that a knock against him? Especially with the very good Draft Day hitting theaters this weekend, it’s just evidence of him knowing where he really fits and playing to that. From Bull Durham to Field of Dreams to For Love of the Game and Tin Cup (and also The Upside of Anger, where he plays a retired player), the sports genre really seems to serve him well. That being said, he’s hardly out of his element when removed from athletics.
Costner has usually challenged himself more than he’s been given credit for, especially considering his directorial career. He won Best Director and Best Picture for Dances with Wolves, and even his projects that were deemed unsuccessful weren’t for a lack of ambition. He can be a risk taker behind the camera, even as he’s a calming and grounded presence in front of it. That’s particularly on display with Draft Day, even when his character is far from calm.
Overall, Costner is am underrated actor with an undeniable screen presence, like I mentioned above. As he begins to enter somewhat of a Hollywood elder [...]

“42″ The True Story of An American Legend

Hero is a word we hear often in sports, but heroism is not always about achievements on the field of play. “42″ tells the story of two men—the great Jackie Robinson and trailblazing Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey—whose brave stand against prejudice forever changed the world by changing the game of baseball.
From Academy Award® winner Brian Helgeland (“L.A. Confidential”) comes the real-life drama “42,” starring Chadwick Boseman (“The Express”) as Jackie Robinson and Oscar® nominee Harrison Ford (“Witness”) as Branch Rickey.
In 1947, Branch Rickey put himself at the forefront of history when he signed Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking Major League Baseball’s infamous color line. But the deal also put both Robinson and Rickey in the firing line of the public, the press and other players.
Facing blatant racism from every side, even his own team, Robinson was forced to demonstrate tremendous courage and restraint by not reacting in kind, knowing that any incident could destroy his and Rickey’s hopes. Instead, Number 42 let his talent on the field do the talking—ultimately winning over fans and his teammates, silencing his critics, and paving the way for others to follow.
In 1997, Major League Baseball retired the number 42 for all teams, making it the first number in sports to be universally retired. The only exception is every year on April 15th—Jackie Robinson Day—commemorating the date of his first game as a Brooklyn Dodger. On that day alone, players from every team proudly wear the number 42 to honor the man who altered the course of history.
Rounding out the main cast of “42″ are: Nicole Beharie as Rachel Robinson; Christopher Meloni as Leo Durocher; Andre Holland as Wendell Smith; Lucas Black as Pee Wee Reese; Hamish Linklater as Ralph Branca; and Ryan Merriman as Dixie Walker.
Written and directed by Brian Helgeland, “42″ is produced by Thomas Tull, with Dick Cook, Jon Jashni, and Jason Clark serving as executive producers, and Darryl Pryor and Jillian Zaks co-producing.
Helgeland’s behind-the-scenes collaborators included Oscar®-nominated director of photography Don Burgess (“Forrest Gump”), production designer Richard Hoover, costume designer Caroline Harris, and editors Kevin Stitt and Peter McNulty. The music is composed by Oscar® nominee Mark Isham (“A River Runs Through It”).
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures present, a Legendary Pictures Production, a Brian Helgeland film, “42.” The film opens on April 12, 2013, in time to commemorate the 66th anniversary of Jackie Robinson Day, on April [...]

Tribeca Film Festival announced the lineup for the 7th annual Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival

The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) today announced the lineup for the seventh annual Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival. Founded to broaden the audience for independent film through stories about sports and competition, this year’s Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival will consist of nine films, including four titles from ESPN Films’ highly anticipated “Nine for IX” series which celebrates the fortieth anniversary of Title IX with nine documentary films about women in sports directed by outstanding female filmmakers.
The 2013 Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival will run during the 12th edition of TFF, presented by American Express, April 17 – April 28 at locations around New York City.
The Festival revealed that the world premiere of Big Shot, directed by Kevin Connolly, will serve as the gala premiere of the program on Friday, April 19. Connolly is returning to Tribeca having debuted his feature film Gardener of Eden in 2007. In Big Shot, Connolly chronicles John Spano’s fraudulent purchase of the New York Islanders. In 1997, Spano bought the New York Islanders for a staggering $165 million. The scheme behind Spano’s acquisition of the team is revealed as Big Shot takes viewers behind the scenes of the biggest fraud in hockey history.
“The sports film offerings at this year’s Festival give sports fans and movie buffs tremendous opportunities to experience the many ways that sports intersect with our culture,” said Genna Terranova, Tribeca Film Festival Director of Programming. “We are excited that Big Shot, which chronicles one of the most infamous sagas in professional sports management history, will kick-off this year’s Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival, and to share the range of these personal stories seem through the lens of sports.”
“I’ve always thought the expression ‘passion project’ was kind of a cliché until I started working on Big Shot for ESPN,” said Kevin Connolly. “Working side by side and spending time with guys that I literally grew up idolizing has been a once in a lifetime opportunity. The whole experience, including having the film premiere in New York at the festival, has been a dream come true.”
“There are many vibrant, independent voices out there telling incredible sports stories and we’re honored to be involved with the Tribeca Film Festival where together we can shine a light on these documentaries and filmmakers,” said Connor Schell, vice president of ESPN Films. “We produce our films with the intention of capturing both the glory and the heartbreak of [...]

The Hunger Games Adventures now for iPad (2+) and iPhone (4+)

Lionsgate and Funtactix, a worldwide developer and publisher of mobile and social games, today announced the launch of a major update to their hit mobile game The Hunger Games Adventures. The game is available now for iPad (2+) and iPhone (4+) on the App Store at http://bit.ly/THG-Adventures.
The Hunger Games Adventures version 2.0 is a major update to all aspects of the mobile version of the game and marks the first availability of the game for iPhone. The Hunger Games Adventures was rebuilt from the ground up to take advantage of the latest Apple devices including stunning Retina graphics, Game Center support with achievements and improved touch controls. In addition to these major feature updates, the new version gives players hours of new official Hunger Games story-based content as a lead in to the release of the second film in the series, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, in theaters November 22, 2013.
‘Since the initial launch of The Hunger Games Adventures on Facebook in March we’ve made it our mission to give fans of The Hunger Games the ultimate fan experience.’ said Sam Glassenberg, CEO of Funtactix. ‘This update will allow a new set of fans to step into a beautifully rendered version of the game and dive deeper into the world of Panem.’
‘This is going to be a tremendous year for The Hunger Games fans.’ said Danielle De Palma, SVP Digital Marketing at Lionsgate. ‘The Hunger Games Adventures is a great way for fans to interact with new elements of the Hunger Games universe building up to the release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in November.’
Over 100 new quests have been added to the game, including an exclusive new storyline that gives players a sneak peek at District 1. For the first time, the official map of Panem is revealed. Unlock the secrets of The Hunger Games universe and explore areas never before revealed.
For more information about The Hunger Games Adventures, please visit www.TheHungerGamesAdventures.com.
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Kris Humphries’ ex reportedly going through deposition soon

HollywoodNews.com: It seems that Myla Sinanaj, who reportedly dated Kris Humphries after his split from Kim Kardashian, is scheduled to have her deposition today.
It is reported that she will be grilled by lawyers on the anniversary of Kim and Kris’ wedding day, states TMZ. However, she is allegedly not worried as it is rumored he often complained to her about the cameras always being around while with Kim.
She allegedly also feels like she has nothing to lose in doing this as her relationship with Kris is completely over.
One thing that will likely be asked about is the rumor that she was pregnant with his child.
How do you think the deposition will go?
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Stacy Keibler has a new TV gig

HollywoodNews.com: It looks like Stacy Keibler is going to be one busy girl soon as she has reportedly landed a new TV gig.
Keibler is reportedly set to be the host of a new show called ‘Supermarket Superstars,’ states RadarOnline. The show will reportedly have contestants coming on to pitch their food product inventions to a panel of industry experts.
Contestants will get critique from the experts and be able to adjust their products in order to win the episode. The season will have one final winner who will get their product put out in stores.
The show is reportedly airing on Lifetime.
Do you think the show will be a success?
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‘Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star talks about broken marriage

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star Adrienne Maloof recently separated from her husband, but she is carrying on like normal and opening up about it all.
Maloof recently walked the red carpet where she took the chance to express how everything in her life is right now, states RadarOnline. “I have to say, like any marriage this is a time where there’s a bump in the road,” Maloof commented.
But it seems that she is hopeful that things won’t get nasty between them: “We’re working on it, it just happens to be on public display. It is very difficult.”
“It’s been difficult, so I’m looking forward to a positive resolution. The most important thing is I have beautiful healthy kids,” Maloof commented.
Do you think they will settle amicably?
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‘Housewives of BH’ star and husband legally separating

HollywoodNews.com: Yet another ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star is facing marital problems as Adrienne Maloof and her husband, Paul Nassif, are legally separating.
The two are reportedly separating after nine years of marriage, states E! News. “I’m so sorry that this is happening, but my children are my life, and sometimes we need to do what’s best for them,” Maloof commented.
The two do have three children together.
It is unknown if they plan to divorce after their separation.
What do you think about this split?
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Kris Humphries allegedly told to settle Kim Kardashian divorce

HollywoodNews.com: Kris Humphries has been dragging out his divorce with Kim Kardashian, but things may end up getting finalized sooner than expected.
There are now rumors out that Humphries got another woman pregnant after Kardashian filed for divorce. With this news, Humphries is reportedly being told to settle his divorce because his argument is weakened by this relationship, states RadarOnline.
He has been claiming that his divorce devastated him, but this possible pregnancy would prove that he did quickly move on.

Humphries will reportedly be asking for a paternity test, but things aren’t looking good for him.
Do you think he will settle his divorce?
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