Generally when a group puts on a live read, they pick a script of reverence. An Oscar-winner like The Usual Suspects, a classic comedy like Groundhog Day or Ghostbusters, maybe a stage masterpiece like Glengarry Glen Ross. When Funny or Die does it, they go a little out of the box. They do Space Jam.
Michael Jordan famously starred in the 1996 animated hit, which blended live actors with the Looney Tunes in a sci-fi, comedic, basketball romp. For kids of that era, the film became a classic. For anyone who has seen it since, it doesn’t quite hold up. But it’s fun, with a nostalgic appeal, and so Funny or Die recruited an all-star cast to read the script. Literally. NBA All-Star Blake Griffin read the role of Jordan and a slew of comedians and actors filled in the other roles, such as Seth Green, Ralph Garman, Danielle Fishel, Paul Scheer, Nick Kroll and others.
Below, watch – not the whole thing – but a good 10-minute highlight of the Space Jam live read. Read More »
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The NFL is a notoriously cautious company. For years, it has not allowed official logos to be used by Hollywood; the NFL did not feel that a negative representation of football benefited the brand in any way. It makes sense, and also casts an odd light on Ivan Reitman‘s Draft Day, the first film ever officially licensed by the NFL. Obviously, the film does not shine a negative light on the league, something other football films definitely have done. There’s no mention of drug use or concussions. The lack of controversy actually works to the film’s advantage, creating a very broad entry point to a subject that might initially seem limiting. Draft Day doesn’t need controversy or on-field action to create drama. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 by Angie Han
The Saturday Night Live stars are the last people you’d expect to see in an inspirational sports drama, but they’re the perfect folks to send up the inspirational sports drama subgenre. Kate McKinnon, Jay Pharoah, and Beck Bennett all make appearances in the first Intramural trailer, which, as the title suggests, takes on the world of intramural college sports.
The video plays like a sort of indie Dodgeball, down to a shot of a cranky, violent dude in a wheelchair barking orders at his scrappy team. Watch the new Intramural trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 by Angie Han
Anchorman star Will Ferrell is going back to the ’70s — but this time, he’ll be the guy making the news, not reporting it. Ferrell is attached to star in Match Maker, a drama about the legendary 1973 “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King.
Steve Conrad (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) is adapting the script from a 2013 ESPN article by Don Van Natta Jr. titled “The Match Maker: Bobby Riggs, the Mafia and the Battle of the Sexes.” More details after the jump.
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We’ve got tickets to not one, not two, but 15 Draft Day screenings next week. And, unlike an NFL game, each one is absolutely free.
Fifteen cities who have NFL teams have been chosen by Summit for special advanced screenings of the sports drama, which stars Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner and Denis Leary. Directed by Ivan Reitman from the Black List script by Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman, Draft Day tells the story of the Cleveland Browns general manage (Costner) who must decide his team’s fate based on the pick in the NFL Draft. The whole city is hanging on his decision and, over the course of one day, he’ll take that city on a real roller-coaster ride of emotion.
The first film ever officially endorsed by the NFL, Draft Day is goose bump inducing, high-energy entertainment. Sure, a love of sports – especially the NFL and the NFL draft – only helps, but even non-fans should enjoy this crazy crowd-pleaser. It’s a ton of fun.
Below, find out which cities have free Draft Day screenings next week and how to attend, courtesy of your pals at /Film. Read More »
Juan José Campanella followed his Oscar-winning The Secret in Their Eyes with an animated fusbol film that took the Argentine box office by storm last year. The movie, called Metegol at home, was the most expensive Argentine production in history at $21m, but also a very successful release in South America when it hit theaters last summer.
Now The Weinstein Company has picked up US release rights for the movie; trouble is, the Weinstein Co. will release Metegol as Underdogs in the US. Read More »
Posted on Friday, March 14th, 2014 by Angie Han
We don’t usually report on sports here at /Film, but for Quidditch we’ll make an exception. Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has posted the first part of her History of the Quidditch World Cup on Pottermore.com, her interactive website for Potterheads.
While Rowling has put up several pieces of original content on the site, the 2,400-word essay is one of her longest yet. The post lays out the background and rules of the tournament, and recounts some particularly controversial matches including 1877′s The Tournament That Nobody Remembers. Learn more about Rowling’s newest work, including when we’ll get to read Part 2, after the jump.
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It’s March and even if you aren’t a sports fan, it’s hard not to get caught up in March Madness. The excitement of filling out a college basketball bracket can only be topped if the bracket was something a little more geeky. Like Star Wars characters, for example.
StarWars.com is hosting a “This is Madness” tournament allowing fans to vote on their favorite characters in a single elimination bracket. In 2013, they did the same thing and Yoda beat Darth Vader in the finals. So, to help promote the contest, Yoda appeared on a version of ESPN’s SportsNation with Max Kellerman to discuss the tournament. It’s super cheesy, but a nice surprise for Star Wars fans. Check it out below. Read More »