Field of Dreams is one of those movies that makes even the best of us cry. The beautiful respect for the game of baseball is only trumped by the great relationships Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) develops with Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta), Terence Mann (James Earl Jones) and his undying faith in himself. It’s a poignant and memorable film.
Thankfully, a sequel to the 1989 Phil Alden Robinson classic never came to fruition but with the National Football League in danger of missing their season, Funny or Die has decided to take that “If you build it, he will come” structure and apply it to football with Field of Dreams 2: NFL Lockout starring everyone’s favorite werewolf, Taylor Launter. Fans of football will be delighted by all the NFL stars who show up and Field of Dreams fans will be overjoyed by the homages. Check it out after the jump. Read More »
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Briefly: Zack Snyder has already got his cast to play Clark Kent’s adoptive Earthly parents in his new Superman tale, The Man of Steel. Kevin Costner and Diane Lane will be Ma and Pa Kent to Henry Cavill‘s Clark. But in his prior life on Krypton, Clark — aka Kal-el — has a set of ‘real’ parents. Russell Crowe has been offered the role of Jor-El, famously played by Marlon Brando when Richard Donner brought the story to the screen in 1978.
Now Julia Ormond is in talks to play Lara Lor-Van, aka Superman’s mom. (Susannah York played the role, often just referred to as Lara, in Superman: The Movie.) Deadline suggests that this is a deal that will come together quickly.
We still know relatively little about Zack Snyder‘s Superman. Henry Cavill is the new Kryptonian, and Diane Lane and Kevin Costner are his adoptive parents on Earth. The director has said that the film will be more action-oriented, with his Superman being a more physical character than what we saw in Superman Returns. But that’s about all we’ve got. No storyline, no info on the villain. Hell, we don’t even know the title.
Mr. Snyder spent the weekend promoting Sucker Punch, and while that junket ran he was naturally asked to field questions about Superman. There aren’t any great revelations here, but there are a couple good comments that weave together aspects of the film’s approach to ‘realism’ and casting. Plus, Amanda Seyfried, who briefly had the lead role in Sucker Punch, says she auditioned for Superman, but didn’t get whatever part she was going for. It’s all after the break. Read More »
Another piece of rumored casting just became official. Director Zack Snyder has signed Kevin Costner to play Jonathan Kent, adopted father to the Man of Steel (Henry Cavill) and husband to Martha Kent (Diane Lane), in his new version of Superman. There’s no word exactly how extensive Costner’s part is, but seeing him back on the big screen in a film of this magnitude is truly, pun intended, super. Hit the jump for more info. Read More »
When Bryan Singer made Superman Returns, he was very specific in making a film that felt in many ways like a sequel to the original 1978 Superman by Richard Donner. The titles, the music, the costume — all were chosen to reflect the ’78 film. That became one of many discussion points for the movie. For some the homage to Richard Donner was a great thing; for others it was one of several big missteps in Bryan Singer’s movie.
Now Zack Snyder says that we should expect his Superman, which stars Henry Cavill as the man from Krypton, to be tied to no previous film featuring the character. Read More »
UPDATE: Latino Review reports that Kevin Costner would play Jonathan ‘Pa’ Kent. That was one of the few roles for which Kevin Costner seemed like a logical choice. Seeing him play a villain could have been a lot of fun, but Pa Kent will play solidly to his strengths and image. Original article follows.
Zack Snyder and company are reportedly very interested in casting Mr. Dances With Wolves, Field of Dreams and Bull Durham himself - Kevin Costner – in a key role in their upcoming Superman reboot starring Henry Cavill. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Briefly: Akan Satayev directed Kazakhstan’s official foreign language Oscar entry Strayed, which is a film that most of us haven’t had a chance to see, but sounds like an appealing picture for those with an arthouse/indie bent. (It’s about a man stuck on a remote road with his family; after his wife and daughter disappear, the man enoucnters another strange family unit, and things start to get weird.)
Now Akan Satayev might make a very different sort of film. He told The Playlist “we are in pre-production for the new movie, a historical epic drama,” for which he is in talks with Kevin Costner to appear. The film will revolve around events that led to the formation of Kazakhstan and conflicts with Mongols in the 18th century.
The film would be shot in Kazakhstan, and at this point we don’t know what Kevin Costner might play. Sounds like a very strange development — stack this one up against Christian Bale appearing in Zhang Yimou’s upcoming Nanjing Heroes, and it’s been an unexpectedly odd week for casting news. Check out the trailer for Strayed after the break. Read More »
The Wenstein Co has released the first full length movie trailer for The Company Men , John Wells‘ feature directorial debut. Wells is best known for writing and producing hundreds of episodes of both ER and The West Wing. The movie tells the story of “three men trying to survive a round of corporate downsizing at a major company, and how that affects them, their families and communities over the course of one year.” The film stars Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Costner, Chris Cooper, Maria Bello, Craig T Nelson, and Rosemarie DeWitt. It’s also worth mentioning that eight-time Academy Award nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins shot the film.
The movie premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, where we filed a video review and interview with the director. I’d like to think of The Company Men as a spin-off from Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air. Imagine being able to see what happens to some of the characters that Ryan Bingham lays off while on his business trips as a corporate downsizing specialist. In Reitman’s film we see interviews and reenactments from recently laid off workers. The Company Men is their story. I’ve heard complaints that the story is very dry, and that the film isn’t very thrilling, but I don’t believe it should be. This is the reality of downsizing, and the depressing nature of our current economic situation. If a 30 year old sales manager can’t find a new job, how is someone older, a senior executive, supposed to survive once his company abandons him?
Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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