Metegol as Underdogs

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 »

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Harry Potter history of Quidditch world cup

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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Star Wars ESPN

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 »

Jake Gyllenhaal in Prisoners

When we first reported on Southpaw back in 2010, it was a DreamWorks movie with Eminem attached to star. Since then, it’s suffered several setbacks and a lot has changed. But now it’s finally getting back on track, as a Weinstein Co. project starring Jake Gyllenhaal. A major piece of the puzzle fell into place this week as Antoine Fuqua closed his deal to direct. Get all the details after the jump.

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‘Space Jam 2′ in Development [Updated]

Space Jam website

When Michael Jordan was at the top of his game in the NBA, no one was bigger. He was everywhere: TV, commercials and even the movies. In 1996, Jordan starred in Space Jam, a blockbuster family comedy where he was recruited by the Looney Tunes to help them beat a bunch of bad guys in a basketball game. It blended live action, animation and featured cameos from dozens of prominent NBA players as well as stars like Bill Murray and Wayne Knight.

These days, the closest thing we have to Michael Jordan is the two-time reigning NBA Champion Lebron James. He’s just started to dip his toes into films and now he’s lining up his own battle with the Looney Tunes. This isn’t a joke, the sons of legendary sportscaster Dick Ebersol have just come onboard to develop a sequel to Space Jam as a starring vehicle for James. Willie Ebersol will write the screenplay and his brother, Charlie Ebersol, will produce.

Update: After Deadline published its story, Brian Windhorst at ESPN reported that reps for James denied that any project is in development. A film could still be in development at Warner Bros., but not with James. James also commented.

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Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King

Danny Boyle‘s next move could be a sports film. The British filmmaker is reportedly working on a biopic of tennis icon Billie Jean King, specifically her legendary “Battle of the Sexes” match against Bobby Riggs in 1973.

That sounds pretty interesting as it is, but what makes this project even more intriguing is that it reunites him with two men behind his biggest recent successes: writer Simon Beaufoy and producer Christian Colson, who both worked on Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours. Hit the jump for more details.

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Briefly: That shot above is the first look at Hands of Stone, in which Edgar Ramirez (Carlos) plays Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán, who fought some of the top talents in boxing (from Sugar Ray Leonard to Hector Camacho to Thomas Hearns) and fought during five decades and held world titles in four different weight classes: lightweight, welterweight, light middleweight and middleweight.

In 1980, Durán beat Sugar Ray Leonard in a 15-round fight to win the world Welterweight title. Later that year, in November, a rematch went the other way when Durán returned to his corner in the eighth round to quit the fight. While his precise words at the time have been contested over the years, what has gone down in history is that he said ”no más” to stop the bout.

Robert De Niro co-stars as Duran’s trainer Ray Arcel (who trained the boxer until that botched rematch with Leonard) in the film directed by Jonathan JakubowiczHands of Stone also features Ruben Blades, Ellen Barkin, and John Turturro. [Collider]

Dwayne Johnson

Finally, The Rock has come back to TV! Dwayne Johnson is quickly becoming one of the biggest action stars in the world, but he’ll soon put that aside to headline a new HBO show called Ballers. The half-hour dramedy follow a group of former and current football players and was just picked up to series. It’s being produced by its own all-star team including Mark Wahlberg, Peter Berg, who’ll direct the pilot, and Entourage‘s Stephen Levinson, who wrote the script. Read More »

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