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 »
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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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It looks as though Kevin Costner’s Waterworld wasn’t a complete and massive waste of time and resources after all. While he was working on that film, Costner paid scientists millions of dollars to develop a device that could do what his fictional character’s invention could do in the film: purify ocean water. Working prototypes of the device actually exist, which Costner has dubbed “Ocean Therapy.” Now, with the approval of the Army Corps of Engineers, British Petroleum has given the go-ahead for Costner to test six of his devices to help clean up the massive oil spill in the Gulf.
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Hey, look, Kevin Costner is ramping up his output. He’s got Company Men coming out this year. He’s directing (at some point) a film called A Little War of Our Own, announced just a couple weeks back. And now his slowly simmering new team-up with Kevin Reynolds, who has directed Costner three times before, is partially funded and moving forward. Their latest film will be Learning Italian, which was discussed last summer, but has yet to really kick into gear. Read More »
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I can see why people grimace when the phrase “Kevin Costner directs” appears. There’s Waterworld and The Postman and, yeah, those movies are trials. (Waterworld, Costner’s uncredited/contested effort, is actually a really entertaining trial when approached in the right light, but still.) They’re also notable for being not at all the sort of vanity actor-turned-director project that you might expect. So they failed, but not for lack of ambition. Open Range is pretty damn good, however, and you’re only as good as your last picture, right? Besides, without Dances with Wolves there would be no Avatar. (I kid. Kinda.)
So, yeah, I’m happy to read that Costner will direct again. He’s getting back into the chair for a movie called A Little War of Our Own. What’s the picture about? Glad you asked. Read More »