Battered Bastards of Baseball Trailer

The story of the Portland Mavericks, an independent minor-league baseball team that ruled the Pacific Northwest in the ’70s, is almost too good to be true. Founded by actor Bing Russell, the team counted his son, Kurt Russell, as a member, and brought together a bunch of hopeful oddballs from all over the country. The Battered Bastards of Baseball tells the story of the Mavericks, and it is a nearly unbelievable tale of success and scrappy play. This is a very funny, entertaining film, and one that has more love of the game of baseball than anything else I’ve seen this year.

Watch the Battered Bastards of Baseball trailer below. Read More »

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Sens8, the upcoming Netflix sci-fi drama series from Andy and Lana Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski, has a cast, and we can also tell you a bit about the plot. The show, which will run 10 episodes, was originally described only as ”a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted.” Now we know that Naveen Andrews (Lost)Daryl Hannah, and Brian J. Smith (Stargate Universe) will feature in the large ensemble cast. In addition to that trio, the show features almost another dozen primary names in it’s diverse cast. Read More »

Marvel Casts Rosario Dawson in ‘Daredevil’

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New ‘Lego Movie’ Promo Teases ‘Ninjago’ Spinoff

Ninjago promo

Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s The Lego Movie was such a big hit when it opened back in February that Warner Bros. ordered not just a sequel, but also a spinoff. And while Ninjago won’t be here for another couple of years, it’s never too early to get the marketing machine fired up. So the latest ad for the Lego Movie Blu-ray also teases the impending Ninjago.

Watch the first sorta-kinda Ninjago promo after the jump.

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A cryptic tease hit the movie press corp on Thursday: an image featuring a single pink Lego brick, and the name of Wes Anderson’s latest masterpiece, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Many – myself included – began wildly speculating about a collaboration between the indie filmmaker and massive toymaker on a consumer set. Alas, that’s not the case.

Instead, to help promote the June 17 Blu-ray release of the film, Fox Searchlight hired Lego builder Ryan Ziegelbauer and his team to create a huge version of the hotel to put on display. The result took 575 hours, is made of more than 50,000 bricks, weights 150 pounds, stands 7 feet tall and stretches 6.5 feet wide. It’ll be on display at The Grove in Los Angeles June 14 and 15 and we’ll have some more details photos over the weekend.

For now, check out a video of the impressive build of The Grand Budapest Hotel Lego. Read More »

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The Mavericks were hugely influential and extremely entertaining, as is the documentary. (We reviewed the film at Sundance; read that at this link.) Justin Lin is attached to produce a live action remake, directed by Todd Field.

Before that happens, though, you can see the full film on Netflix next month. Below, see the poster for the film. Read More »

Netflix Orders ‘Magic School Bus’ Reboot

The Magic School Bus reboot

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Hit the jump to learn how the Magic School Bus reboot will differ from the original.

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The second 2014 film from Phil Lord and Chris Miller, 22 Jump Street, doesn’t have much material that counts as serious. The movie is almost two hours long, but is wall-to-wall jokes, sight gags, action sequences, and deadpan comedy. As an experiment, and ultimately a winking way to emphasize the degree to which the movie is a long string of jokes, Lord and Miller have crafted what they’re calling the “dramatic and unfunny” cut. It is ten minutes long. That, along with a host of deleted scenes, will appear on the 22 Jump Street blu-ray. Get the details below. Read More »

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