Criterion Collection Olympic Box Set

The Criterion Collection is a fantastic, continuing series of important films released across the history of cinema. From influential classics to contemporary masterpieces, the Criterion Collection creates definitive editions of films for cinephiles to pour over, and their next big collection is something that die hard sports fans will be drooling over as they wait for the next year of the Olympics.

Marking The Criterion Collection’s biggest box set ever, 100 Years of Olympic Films will span 53 movies from 41 editions of the Olympic games from both the summer and winter seasons. This is the culmination of a 20-year project collecting cinematic documentaries that captured some of the most amazing moments in sports history, from Jesse Owens shattering sprinting world records on the track in 1936 Berlin to Joan Benoit breaking away to win the first-ever women’s marathon on the streets of Los Angeles in 1984. Read More »

space jam 2

Justin Lin was on a Television Critics Association panel for the new CBS reboot of S.W.A.T., for which he directed the pilot. Afterwards, he spoke with reporters about his feature film projects. He said he will shoot an indie movie in the Spring, and that the studios responsible for the tentpole movies Space Jam 2 and Hot Wheels are giving both projects the time they need.

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Ivan Drago in Creed 2

Update: This past weekend, Sylvester Stallone posted a photo on Instagram with the hashtag #drago, which is yet another piece of confirmation that a member of the Drago family will be a character in Creed 2. Read our original article from July 5 below for speculation about how this might play out in the sequel.

Ever since Creed hit theaters in the fall of 2015, surprising us all with just how outstanding a spin-off of Rocky could be, fans have been wondering when/if a sequel would come together. Though MGM CEO Gary Barber once mentioned that he would like to get a Creed sequel together for release in November of this year, that’s certainly not happening. But that doesn’t mean the prospect of a sequel is dead altogether.

Sylvester Stallone has been taking to Instagram over the past couple of weeks with some interesting nostalgic posts that seem to hint at what’s in store for Creed 2. In fact, one of them seems to flat-out confirm what kind of territory the story could be heading, and it includes a face from the past who could really make things interesting. Read More »

Bill Murray ESPYs Speech

Yes, this is still a film blog. No, we’re not drunk. But when Bill Murray and Nick Offerman get together to continue celebrating the World Series victory that the Chicago Cubs earned back in the fall of 2016 after 108 years of waiting for the title, how can we ignore it?

Both the Ghostbusters star and the Parks and Recreation man for all seasons are lifelong Chicago Cubs fans, so it’s only appropriate that the two comedy stars were part of the acceptance speech when the baseball team won Best Moment at the 2017 ESPY Awards on ABC last night. After a touching recollection of that final play that happened in extra innings, presenter Nick Offerman giggles like an excited boy and hands the award off to Bill Murray, pretending (?) to be drunk while paying tribute to the team that he’s loved since he was a boy.

Watch the Bill Murray ESPYs speech below. Read More »

Goon 2 Trailer

Comedy sequels are already a rare breed of movie, but sports comedy sequels are seen even less. But that didn’t stop actor Jay Baruchel from getting his passion project off the ground: a sequel to the hockey comedy Goon that he wrote back in 2011. Take Me Home Tonight director Michael Dowse was at the helm of the first film, co-written by Seth Rogen’s writing partner Evan Goldberg, but now Jay Baruchel himself has gotten behind the camera for the sequel.

Goon: Last of the Enforcers finds Seann William Scott returning as hockey enforcer Doug Glatt, sidelined after taking one big hit during a fight with the league’s new hot shot Anders Cain (Wyatt Russell of 22 Jump Street). Left behind by the sport he loves and suffocated by home life with a baby on the way, Doug “The Thug” Glatt is forced to take lessons from his former rival (Liev Schreiber) in order to learn how to fight in the ice rink again.

Hit the ice with the Goon 2 trailer below. Read More »

Icarus Trailer

While the United States is still trying to determine how/if Russia tampered with the presidential election of 2016, Netflix has a new original documentary from Sundance that will show how the nation has been corrupting the athletic world by cheating at the Olympics for decades.

Icarus is a new documentary that set out to investigate doping in sports, but found so much more. Director Bryan Fogel ended up connecting with renegade Russian scientist, Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, the man behind Russia’s so-called “anti-doping” program that was actually a cover for helping Russia cheat at the Olympics, tainting the most revered athletic competition in the world.

Watch the Icarus trailer below to get an idea of how crazy this story gets. Read More »

Glow Featurette

Netflix is bordering on belligerent with the amount of content the streaming service has been offering to its subscribers lately, and if you’re looking to stay on top of it all, you should wipe your weekend plans because today marks the release of yet another full season of television. The 1980s-set series GLOW, which is loosely based on the real-life low-budget wrestling show “Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling,” hit the streaming service earlier today and has earned some great reviews thus far.

But before you binge the whole first season, take a look at a new GLOW featurette that showcases the stars doing their own stunts in the ring.
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Battle of the Sexes Trailer

We’re still in the middle of the Summer blockbuster movie season, but as the Fall inches closer, we’re starting to get glimpses of the movies that will be vying for trophies when awards season arrives. One of those movies tells the story of the highly publicized tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in 1973, a tennis match that pitted man versus woman in the event that would become known as the Battle of the Sexes.

Watch a new Battle of the Sexes trailer from the United Kingdom for another glimpse at this true story. Read More »

glow reviews

One of my most anticipated new shows coming to Netflix is GLOW, which stars Alison Brie and Marc Maron. Set within the real 1980’s world of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, Brie plays the fictionalized Ruth Wilder, an out-of-work, struggling actress in Los Angeles who “finds one last chance for stardom when she’s thrust into the glitter and spandex world of women’s wrestling.” The show was created by Liz Flahive (Homeland, Nurse Jackie) and Carly Mensch (Nurse Jackie, Orange Is The New Black, Weeds), who executive produce alongside Orange Is the New Black producers Jenji Kohan and Tara Herrmann.

The first reviews of GLOW have begun to appear online. Did the critics give the series a piledriver or did they mark out like fans at an old ECW show?
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Cars 3 Clip

With the release of Cars 3 just a couple weeks away, Disney is ramping up the marketing for the Pixar Animation’s new sequel, which will focus on Lightning McQueen as we’ve never seen him before: old and outdated.

Cars 3 puts Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) in a tough spot as he’s faced with the challenge of being beaten by a brand new advanced race car on the scene named Jackson Storm (voiced by Armie Hammer). When a wreck during his first race with the new champ leaves him broken, he has to figure out how to mount a comeback, but without trying to be just like the new cars.

A new Cars 3 clip has debuted giving us a more proper introduction to Jackson Storm and what makes him such an efficient, seemingly unbeatable racer. However, the mere existence of this character also raises even more complicated questions about how the world of Cars operates. Watch the Cars 3 clip below to find out more. Read More »