Eddie the Eagle trailer

It’s early to make predictions about the 2016 movie slate, but it’s hard to imagine we’ll get many more feel-good sports movies than Eddie the Eagle. Based on the true story of Michael “Eddie” Edwards, the first British competitor in Olympic ski jumping, the Dexter Fletcher-directed biopic got a glowing warm reception at Butt-Numb-A-Thon and has trying to win us over ever since. The first international trailer debuted online a few days ago, and now a new U.S. trailer has hit with tons of new footage.

Kingsman: The Secret Service‘s Taron Egerton plays Eddie, the underdoggiest of underdogs. He’s dreamt all his life of entering the Olympics, and he’s determined to do whatever it takes to get there — even if it means taking up the dangerous sport of ski jumping, and hiring a rebellious new coach played by Hugh Jackman. Watch the Eddie the Eagle trailer after the jump.
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Eddie the Eagle international trailer

Taron Egerton had a big 2015, bursting onto the scene with Kingsman: The Secret Service and following up with appearances in Testament of Youth and Legend. Next year he’ll hope to continue his winning streak by going on the ultimate losing streak, playing British ski jumper Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards in a biopic. Edwards entered the 1988 Olympics as the ultimate underdog, and seemed to get more popular the more he lost.

Eddie the Eagle reunites Egerton with his Kingsman director Matthew Vaughn, although he’s only producing this time; Dexter Fletcher directs. Hugh Jackman plays Eddie’s coach. Watch the Eddie the Eagle international trailer after the jump. Read More »

eddie the eagle

Produced by Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: The Secret Service) and directed by actor-turned-director Dexter Fletcher (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), Eddie the Eagle follows Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards (Taron Egerton), a ski jumper. The film scored big this weekend at Butt-Numb-A-Thon, and you can now get a better look at the sports drama.

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Pistol Pete biopic

There haven’t been too many movies made about basketball players. But there are more than a handful of players whose lives would transition well to the big screen, including “Pistol” Pete Maravich, a legendary college ballplayer. Earlier this year NBA player Steve Nash announced his retirement from the NBA, ending his career with the Los Angeles Lakers, and Nash next plans on producing a film based on Maravich.

Learn more about the Pistol Pete biopic after the jump.

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Thrilla in Manila Movie

It’s been a couple of years since we heard about Ang Lee‘s 3D boxing drama that was said to focus on the boxing world in the 1960s and 1970s, when heavyweights like Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier ruled the ring and grabbed people’s attention. The project was set up at Universal, but ended up taking a backseat so Lee could direct Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk instead.

Now the project has life again, this time at Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8, and Lee is already scouting locations for the project. He also has an eye on two stars to play Frazier and Ali. Find out who they are after the jump. Read More »

creed single shot

I think most of us can agree that Creed is one of the best movies of this Holiday season, if not the entire year. Its not just a nostalgia sequel/spin-off as some have written it off as, but a great movie. And since seeing the film two weeks ago there is one sequence which I can’t get out of my head, Adonis’s first professional match as a boxer which is presented in one single shot. Was it really one single take, or was it cleverly stitched together like the scenes were in Birdman? Find out how the Creed single shot boxing sequence was accomplished, after the jump.

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However, the real miracle of Creed is that isn’t anything like the Rocky sequels. The follow-ups to the original masterpiece (which is one of the best movies ever made) took a turn for the ridiculous. They got silly and began to lean too hard on series star Sylvester Stallone‘s action hero persona. The warmth, the charm, and the honesty of the first film was resurrected for 2006’s Rocky Balboa, but it’s back in full force in Creed. This spin-off, which finds an aging Rocky training the son of the late Apollo Creed, is second only to the first movie, and that’s because it recognizes what the first movie did so right.

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