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 »
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 »
A teaser trailer/musical montage/sizzle reel for John Wells‘ The Company Men has been discovered on vimeo (via this article on AICN). The film, which will screen at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival as part of the Premieres category, 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. This is the feature directorial debut of Wells, who is best known for writing and producing hundreds of episodes of both ER and The West Wing. A lot of people are interested to see what he will be able to do with a feature film. It’s also worth mentioning that eight-time Academy Award nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins shot the film. Watch the teaser trailer, embedded after the jump.
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John Wells‘ The Company Men will screen at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival as part of the Premieres category. The film 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.
This is the feature directorial debut of Wells, who is best known for writing and producing hundreds of episodes of both ER and The West Wing. A lot of people are interested to see what he will be able to do with a feature film. It’s also worth mentioning that eight-time Academy Award nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins shot the film.
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Maria Bello and Craig T Nelson have joined the independent drama The Company Men. I haven’t written about this film on /Film yet, so I thought I’d take the opportunity with this last minute casting news.
Written and directed by John Wells, the film 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. Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Costner, Chris Cooper and Rosemarie DeWitt have already been cast.
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After 20 years, development has kinda/sorta begun on a Bull Durham sequel. Despite the fact that Tim Robins has insisted (as recently as last month) that he “doesn’t like sequels” and “doesn’t want to do sequels”, Robins was actually the one who came up with the idea. Writer/director Ron Shelton explained at the 20th anniversary commemoration at the Baseball Hall of Fame that they “used to say ‘You can’t do a sequel 20 years later.’” but “the fact that it’s 20 years later started to intrigue” him. The movie would open at one of those autograph/trade shows. Shelton explains:
“You pan from Pete Rose and all these guys getting $350 and $500 an autograph, and there’s Nuke [Laloosh] and he’s getting 15 bucks. And he’s really steamed about it because (he was supposed) to get 25.” … “My view of his major-league career is he went up there and in his second year in the majors he was 18-4. In his third year he was 4-18,” Shelton said. “It was a sort of an unrealized career in which we saw glimpses of his greatness.”
Crash Davis is now a AAA manager and Annie is now the Faulkner Chair in Oxford, Miss.
“”Crash and Annie find him in the middle of a drunken stupor in the middle of his hotel room or something,” Robbins said, “and bring him back to the majors by teaching him how to throw a knuckleball”
Sounds very Rocky Balboa-ish, or maybe even a Baseball version of The Wrestler. But do we really need to tell this story with the existing characters that we all know and love? I mean, worst case scenerio, you tarnish the first film by making a sub par sequel. Maybe we just don’t need to see the down and out future of Nuke, orCrash managing a Triple-A team. Either way, I wouldn’t get too worried about the whole idea. Kevin Costner, who played Crash in the original film, promised Robert Ebert in July that he’ll “never make a sequel.”
Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!
Someecards has an awesome new ecard which takes aim at Indiana Jones, pictured above.
Up to three “Battlestar Galactica” TV movies might get made later this year. But no deals have officially been signed. [chicagotribune]
BenderSpink and FilmEngine announced they are making a Butterfly Effect 3. Who knew there was even a sequel? [shock]
FirstShowing noticed that The Incredible Hulk CGI has been upgraded in the recent tv spots. The photo on the left is from the first trailer. You’ll notice that they have added a t-shirt and have done a considerable amount of shading work.
Brian Levant (The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, Are We There Yet?) has signed to direct a tv movie prequel to the two Scooby Doo films. [Moviehole]
BadTaste.it has two new italian WALL-E posters, seen above.
TwitchFilm has the first photo of Kevin Costner in The New Daughter.
David Poland calls the NYTimes story idiotic, insisting that the highest profile spot in the domestic summer will always have an out-of-competition premiere at Cannes because most of the movie critics are there.
Variety has one of the first reviews of Michel Gondry, Joon-ho Bong and Leos Carax’s Tokyo!: “First and arguably best of the bunch is Gondry’s deviously titled “Interior Design,” which opens on a dark and stormy night as young, self-deluded aspiring filmmaker Akira (Ryo Kase) and his supportive but directionless g.f. Hiroko (Ayako Fujitani) arrive in Tokyo. Gondry handles the light intrusion of Cronenbergian body-horror with minimal f/x and old-fashioned visual sleight-of-hand, keeping his camera focused on Fujitani’s engaging performance. The Gallic helmer may have a reputation for dazzling directorial whimsy, but his restraint pays off here in a work at once poignant and slyly Kafka-esque.”
Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and the stars of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull answered questions on seesmic. [Rejects]
Xbox.com is giving away five limited edition Indiana Jones customied XBox 360s.
Warner Bros has launched three viral sites to promote the upcoming release of Lost Boys: The Tribe: LunaBay.org, CCMPF.org, and FrogBrosBoards.com.
Vulture says that the Guerrilla Marketing is the Only Funny Thing About The Love Guru.
George Takei (Star Trek, Heroes) announced that he and his long-time partner Brad Altman are now engaged to be married. [trekmovie]
Arcade Fire is not doing the score for Richard Kelly’s The Box after all. [playlist]
Oliver Stone’s W. began shooting in Shreveport on May 12th. [Variety]
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