Draft Day review

The NFL is a notoriously cautious company. For years, it has not allowed official logos to be used by Hollywood; the NFL did not feel that a negative representation of football benefited the brand in any way. It makes sense, and also casts an odd light on Ivan Reitman‘s Draft Day, the first film ever officially licensed by the NFL. Obviously, the film does not shine a negative light on the league, something other football films definitely have done. There’s no mention of drug use or concussions. The lack of controversy actually works to the film’s advantage, creating a very broad entry point to a subject that might initially seem limiting. Draft Day doesn’t need controversy or on-field action to create drama. Read More »

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Kevin Costner western series

Kevin Costner has been enjoying a career revival thanks to roles in films such as Man of Steel, Three Days to Kill, and Jack Ryan, and particularly the Hatfields & McCoys TV series. He’s got Ivan Reitman’s film Draft Day coming up, which has been earning great reactions so far. Evidently Costner has decided to get back to work for real, and we won’t complain. One outcome could be that we see a new Kevin Costner western series.

And while Costner hasn’t directed a film since the 2003 release Open Range, he envisions doing not just one new western, but a series of three or four interconnected films, three of which would be released within the span of just one year. Read More »

Kevin Costner in Draft Day

We’ve got tickets to not one, not two, but 15 Draft Day screenings next week. And, unlike an NFL game, each one is absolutely free.

Fifteen cities who have NFL teams have been chosen by Summit for special advanced screenings of the sports drama, which stars Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner and Denis Leary. Directed by Ivan Reitman from the Black List script by Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman, Draft Day tells the story of the Cleveland Browns general manage (Costner) who must decide his team’s fate based on the pick in the NFL Draft. The whole city is hanging on his decision and, over the course of one day, he’ll take that city on a real roller-coaster ride of emotion.

The first film ever officially endorsed by the NFL, Draft Day is goose bump inducing, high-energy entertainment. Sure, a love of sports – especially the NFL and the NFL draft – only helps, but even non-fans should enjoy this crazy crowd-pleaser. It’s a ton of fun.

Below, find out which cities have free Draft Day screenings next week and how to attend, courtesy of your pals at /Film. Read More »

Kevin Costner in 3 Days to Kill

2014 is shaping up to be a busy year for Kevin Costner. So busy, in fact, that this isn’t even our first Kevin Costner post of the day. Earlier this morning, we saw him in the new Super Bowl spot for his sports drama Draft Day. Now we also have a new trailer for his upcoming thriller 3 Days to Kill.

Directed by McG, the film stars Costner as an international spy whose job has kept him distant from his wife (Connie Nielsen) and daughter (Hailee Steinfeld). When he discovers that he’s sick, he decides to get out of the game to spend more time with his family.

Then a mysterious femme fatale (Amber Heard) shows up, promising a cure for his illness if he’ll just compete one last mission. As it happens, the assignment falls on the same weekend that he’s tasked with taking care of his kid for the first time in ten years. Watch the new video after the jump.

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Draft Day Kevin Costner

If ever a movie was made with the sole purpose to be sold at the Super Bowl, it’s Ivan Reitman‘s Draft Day. The film opens April 11 and stars Kevin Costner as the GM of the Cleveland Browns, a team in desperate need of a kick in the ass. And that’s exactly what they do at the 2014 NFL Draft, the event where the 32 NFL teams select the best college players in the world. The film has the full cooperation of the NFL, features cameos galore, and was actually filmed at last year’s draft, giving the whole thing an eerie sense of reality.

Written by Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph, Draft Day was on the top of The Black List a few years back and for good reason. It blends the drama and intensity of NFL with a heartwarming story of a man facing impossible odds. The only other place NFL superfans and non-fans really crossover is during the Super Bowl, so check out the spot below.

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Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit

The best that can be said about Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is that it’s mostly competent. The worst that can be said about it is that it’s nothing more than that. This is a slick, shiny film without an ounce of personality or depth. Its protagonist may hold a doctorate degree from the London School of Economics, but the film around him is the cinematic equivalent of the preppy frat boy who does just enough homework to pull a C- average.

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The Raid 2

It’s cold and icy and generally miserable outside right now in most of the U.S., which means now is the perfect time to pour yourself a cup of tea, bundle up in a cozy blanket, and dive into Sequel Bits. After the jump:

  • The Raid 3 will pick up before The Raid 2 leaves off
  • Friday 4 is stuck in development hell, says Ice Cube
  • Jennifer Saunders is working on the Ab Fab movie
  • Who’s making a surprise cameo in 22 Jump Street?
  • The hero and the villain of Jack Ryan get posters
  • Bad Grandpa gets a red-band trailer for the DVD
  • Watch (or rewatch) the first ten minutes of Riddick

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Kevin Costner on Jack Ryan set

In October 2012, I visited the set of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit in Liverpool, England. I didn’t witness much filming on this set visit, which would normally be a horrible thing — but our roundtable interview with Kevin Costner was one of the best interviews I’ve ever been a part of. I’ve never been a huge fan of Costner. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed his films. Costner went into detail on his theories as an actor, storyteller, and filmmaker. Sitting in the room, listening to these ideas and stories, it was clear why Costner has had the career that he has. Its not because he has blond hair and blue eyes; this is a very smart man. Read the interview now, embedded after the jump.

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