yankees Sandlot

This’ll be short and sweet. Several members of the 2015 New York Yankees took time out of Spring Training for some play acting. They reenacted one of the most famous scenes from my favorite sports movie of all time, The Sandlot, and their version of the scene is created with eerie precision. Even as a lifelong Mets fan, this video makes me like the Yankees a little bit more. But just a little. Check out the Yankees Sandlot reenactment below. Read More »

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Jake Gyllenhaal in Southpaw

Jake Gyllenhaal has had a really excellent run over these past few years, culminating in a career-best performance with Nightcrawler. But it’s not over. He seems poised to continue his winning streak with Southpaw, if the first trailer is any indication.

Directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Kurt Sutter, Southpaw stars Gyllenhaal as a boxer who’s lost everything — up to and including his daughter, who’s been taken away by Child Services. He begins the painful process of putting his life back together the only way he knows how, by re-entering the ring.

Rachel McAdams plays his beautiful wife, Forest Whitaker his strict coach, and Oona Laurence his cute kid. Check out the Southpaw trailer after the jump. Read More »

Wrestling Isn't Wrestling

Every week, at least twice a week, World Wrestling Entertainment puts on a TV show. There’s never a rerun, there’s a huge cast of characters, and it’s all performed live without a safety net. And unless you’re a fan, it’s hard to explain that the matches aren’t always why we watch. We watch for the drama. The story. One wrestler simply talking to another wrestler in the middle of the ring. A key interaction back stage. Something going on outside the ring while a match is happening. These are the things that make wrestling great. It’s the best soap opera on TV.

Still, wrestling has a stigma as low-brow entertainment and someone has to defend it. Who better than Max Landis? The verbose screenwriter has made a 24 minute short film called Wrestling Isn’t Wrestling where he tells the story of legendary wrestler turned executive Triple H. But Landis gender-swaps the entire cast, just to prove this epic, decades long story is on par with the best storytelling there is no matter who’s playing the roles. Watch Max Landis’ Wrestling Isn’t Wrestling below. Read More »

Martin Scorsese Mike Tyson

Jamie Foxx has been preparing to play boxing legend Mike Tyson for sometime. We heard Terence Winter, writer of Boardwalk Empire and The Wolf of Wall Street, was scripting and Tyson himself had given his blessing. Well now, in a new interview, Foxx dropped a both surprising, and not-so-surprising, piece of news. He said he expects Martin Scorsese to direct the film. Read the Martin Scorsese Mike Tyson news below. Read More »

Elizabeth Banks in Walk of Shame

Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti will be going head-to-head on the tennis court. The pair have signed on for HBO Films’ untitled project about the 1973 “Battle of the Sexes” match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.

Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman will produce through Playtone, along with Banks and her Brownstone Productions partner (and husband) Max Handelman. David Auburn (Proof) will write the script. More on the Elizabeth Banks Billie Jean King movie after the jump.  Read More »

Creed Synopsis

Creed sounds like a great way to structure a new chapter in the very long-running Rocky saga. For this film, Sylvester Stallone returns as Rocky, but he’s not the central figure. Rather, Rocky is working as trainer to Adonis Creed (Michael B Jordan, above), the son of his old rival Apollo Creed. In other words, Rocky is stepping into the shoes of his old trainer, Mickey. Now a Creed synopsis has surfaced, giving us a few new details about the story, including one which suggests the end of Rocky’s own path could be near. Read More »

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Gore Verbinski

Gore Verbinski may be best known for big, bombastic blockbusters, but every once in a while he surprises us with something smaller. Rango is a great example. His hit remake The Ring is another. And though the director hasn’t stepped behind the camera since the disaster of The Lone Ranger, the idea for his next movie comprises a bit of both impulses. It’s an original idea with blockbuster potential.

Verbinski is now attached to an untitled film that’s being called “the Driverless Car Race pic.” Written by Steve Conrad (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), it’s a cross-country race movie about cars that drive themselves, with a focus on how the passengers inside deal with that technology and loss of control. Sony Pictures will finance and distribute. Read more about the plot below. Read More »

Germain’s 15 Favorite Sports Movies

The Karate Kid

Sports and movies are incredibly similar. Each are complex with intricate characters, comprised of long, detailed storylines. They can make you laugh, cry, and scream. On occasion either can build to a transcendent moment that you’ll never forget.

Those similarities are why the sports movie is such an enduring sub-genre in cinema. A sports movie can be anything: a dirty comedy, an inspirational drama, a documentary, a kick-ass action movie, a kids movie, it can even be a sci-fi or horror movie. Sports are such a universal language, they can be translated at will and never lose their power.

This week, another film enters the sports movie conversation: McFarland, USA, the true story of a cross country running team from a very poor town in central California. It’s a solid, entertaining sports movie that gets by because it adheres to the beats of the genre while adding a little something extra and different.

Because there’s a new sports movie out this week, I decided to take the occasion to rank my favorite sports movies of all time. Now, these are not the best sports movies of all time. Just my favorites. And there are major omissions, because we all have those. But to me, these are the 15 sports movies I can watch again and again. Read More »

Champs Trailer

There are several moments in this trailer for Champs, a film which documents the highs and many lows of boxing, which should get anyone’s attention. Even those who aren’t boxing fans tend to have an opinion on the sport and the business behind it, and hearing something like 50 Cent saying the sport is one where “some of the toughest mothers in the world are letting guys who couldn’t make it take advantage of them” will probably reinforce some conceptions of the business. Here, boxers like Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Bernard Hopkins speak up, and celebrity commentators such asMark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Ron Howard, Spike Lee add their own views on the sport.

Check out the Champs trailer below. Read More »

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