It doesn’t feel like there are nearly as many sports comedies geared towards kids as there were in the 90s. The decade brought hits such as The Mighty Ducks, The Sandlot, Angels in the Outfield, The Big Green, Space Jam, Cool Runnings and more. But one of my favorites as a child of that time was Rookie of the Year. The movie follows a young Thomas Ian Nicholas (a future American Pie star) as
Henry Gardenhoser Henry Rowengartner as an aspiring baseball player who really isn’t all that good at the game. But when a broken arm heals in a way that causes him to pitch insanely fast, he’s recruited by the Chicago Cubs as their new pitcher. Pretty believable, right?
The Chicago Cubs go on to win their division and eventually the World Series, though that last part happens off-camera. Well, it just so happens that the Chicago Cubs are making a run for the championship again in real life as they’re in the Major League Baseball playoffs (they’re even up 2-0 against the San Francisco Giants). They may not have a young kid as their pitcher, but they’re doing pretty well, and Rookie of the Year co-star Daniel Stern (Home Alone) thought this was a good time to bring back his wacky pitching coach character Phil Brickma to maybe help guide the Cubbies to the championship. Read More »
Gavin O’Connor has directed two movies that should’ve had bigger audiences. Miracle did respectably at the box office, but that inspiring drama still felt slightly overlooked the year it came out. O’Connor’s 2011 film, Warrior, opened to positive reviews but a weak opening at the box office. The movie, which reportedly cost $25 million, made under $14 million in the States. It was a shame seeing a movie that sincere not connect, but the film has found some fans over the years. Maybe not enough fans to make a Warrior 2 a reality, but that’s not stopping O’Connor from considering a sequel.
Below, read what O’Connor had to say about a Warrior sequel.
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Netflix is once again joining forces with writer, producer, and director Veena Sud for a new series. The streaming service helped revive the showrunner’s AMC drama, The Killing, which lasted for four seasons. Sud’s new Netflix show is, according to executive producer and director Gavin O’Connor (The Accountant), set in a post-Ferguson world in Jersey City and titled Seven Seconds.
Below, learn more about the Veena Sud Netflix project, and get the latest update on O’Connor’s FIFA scandal movie with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.
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You may not have realized it yet, but this year marks the 40th anniversary of Rocky. The film release in November of 1976 went on to win Best Picture, and it’s easily Sylvester Stallone‘s greatest contribution to cinema. Recently the franchise has taken a new form with the successful spin-off Creed, and we’re still hoping for a sequel to come together sooner than later. In the meantime, we have a cool little stroll down memory lane from one of the older installments of the Rocky franchise.
It appears Sylvester Stallone has been taking a stroll down memory lane recently, and he decided to share some photos from behind the scenes of Rocky IV that even he hadn’t previously seen. Check out the rarely seen Rocky IV set photos after the jump. Read More »
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Community/Mad Men actress Alison Brie has signed on to star in Netflix’s pro wrestling television series G.L.O.W. Based on the real-life 1980’s female wrestling league “Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling,” the new comedy series comes from Jenji Kohan, creator of Orange Is The New Black and Weeds. Find out more details of about Netflix’s Wrestling TV Series G.L.O.W., hit the jump.
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Just like last year brought us both Southpaw and Creed, this year we get two more boxing dramas. However, while last year’s stories set in the ring were entirely fictional, this year we get two non-fiction boxing movie. Bleed for This starring Miles Teller won’t arrive until November (watch the trailer here), but the other is arriving in theaters next week.
Hands of Stone follows Edgar Ramirez (Deliver Us from Evil, Point Break) as Panamanian fighter Roberto Duran who once defeated iconic boxer Sugar Ray Leonard (Usher Raymond) in 1980, but abandoned a rematch a few months later. It was one of the most famous face-offs in boxing history, so knowing that story detail doesn’t spoil anything like the most interesting parts of the story come from the boxers themselves.
A new red band Hands of Stone trailer teases what’s in store for audiences. However, it’s a bit of an odd one because the reason it’s a red band trailer is due to some explicit sex scenes being features. They just seem out of place as if they’re trying to pull in moviegoers who just want to see nudity. Read More »
We can now officially add Varsity Blues to the long list of movies being adapted for television. The high school football movie is mostly remembered for its campier moments — most notably the seduction scene parodied by the wonderful Not Another Teen Movie — but it has its fans, ones that don’t only appreciate it for its cheesier qualities. CMT, who’s developing the TV show, is likely hoping those fans will be interested the Varsity Blues series they’re planning.
Below, learn more about the Varsity Blues TV show.
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As has become customary every four years, everyone is talking about the Olympics. While the conversation this year seems to mostly be about the conditions surrounding the games in Rio, Brazil this year, it’s still one of the most buzzed about topics right now, and even people who don’t care about the global sporting event end up pretending to just to be part of the conversation.
Now we have a reason to talk about the 2016 Olympics a bit (besides the new Rogue One trailer coming during the games later this week) as some of this year’s star athletes from Team USA have taken the time to share their favorite sports movies of all time. Did you favorite sports movies make the cut? Find out what the Team USA favorite sports movies the jump. Read More »
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One young heroine tells the story of another in The Eagle Huntress, Otto Bell‘s well-received Sundance documentary about Aisholpan, a 13-year-old Kazakh girl who overturns 2,000 years of tradition to become the first female eagle hunter. Helping to chronicle Aisholpan’s uplifting tale is Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley, who serves as narrator and executive producer. Watch the Eagle Huntress trailer below. Read More »
Few sports are as inherently cinematic as boxing. Whether you care for it or not, two men entering a ring armed only with their strength, their speed, and their raw determination is just plain dramatic. It’s a game of stunning comebacks and upsets. It’s a world of dizzying highs and painful lows. Boxing stories, whether they’re based on truth or constructed for the screen, make for good movies.
Hands of Stone is based on one of those “too weird to be anything but true” sports stories, telling the story of Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran, who famously fought Sugar Ray Leonard twice in 1980 with, well, peculiar results. The trailer for director Jonathan Jakubowicz‘s film is edited to make this look like a more traditional story, but if he follows the facts, there’s going to be a lot more going on here.
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