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Quentin Tarantino‘s next may be called The Hateful Eight, but the eight stars in it aren’t hateful at all. In fact, they’re downright great. And now they’ve all assembled as the Western prepares to begin shooting in Colorado next month. Check out the first Hateful Eight behind the scenes photos after the jump. Read More »

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Quentin Tarantino has finalized the cast for his next film, The Hateful Eight. We already knew almost all of them: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Walton Goggins, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Now two new names have been added. Yes, Channing Tatum is one of them. The other is Demian Bichir, the Oscar-nominated star of A Better Life and current star of The Bridge.

Below, find out who each actor is playing and read the official press release about The Hateful Eight cast. Read More »

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The unstoppable Fast & Furious series continues next spring with Furious 7, and today we have a first look at same. The high-speed sequel brings back franchise favorites like Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, and Michelle Rodriguez, while adding fresh faces like Jason Statham and Kurt Russell. James Wan directs. Watch the first Furious 7 trailer after the jump.

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If you want to see a new Kurt Russell film, there’s one waiting for you on Netflix right now, as the streaming service has premiered The Battered Bastards of Baseball. The title of the film almost sounds like it could be a Quentin Tarantino sports picture. In truth, the doc is really about the scrappy and successful independent baseball team run by Bing Russell, Kurt’s father, in mid-’70s Portland.

But Kurt Russell could really be in the next Tarantino movie, as he’s still set to have a role in Tarantino’s western The Hateful Eight. Russell was part of the cast when Tarantino staged a live-read of the script’s first draft earlier this year. And while the writer/director had originally killed off plans to make the movie after the script leaked, he has seemingly revived his own interest in The Hateful Eight. Now Russell suggests that cameras will roll on the project early next year.  Read More »

Battered Bastards of Baseball Trailer

The story of the Portland Mavericks, an independent minor-league baseball team that ruled the Pacific Northwest in the ’70s, is almost too good to be true. Founded by actor Bing Russell, the team counted his son, Kurt Russell, as a member, and brought together a bunch of hopeful oddballs from all over the country. The Battered Bastards of Baseball tells the story of the Mavericks, and it is a nearly unbelievable tale of success and scrappy play. This is a very funny, entertaining film, and one that has more love of the game of baseball than anything else I’ve seen this year.

Watch the Battered Bastards of Baseball trailer below. Read More »

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Rio 2 and Muppets Most Wanted have some sweet V-Day messages for you. Also after the jump:

  • Jed Whedon explains why there hasn’t been a Dr. Horrible sequel.
  • Kurt Russell talks Fast & Furious 7 and the Expendables series.
  • Elizabeth Banks reveals a little detail about Pitch Perfect 2.
  • Speaking of which, Brittany Snow will also be back with the Bellas.
  • What would an I Am Legend follow-up have been about?
  • Check out the new toy line for Transformers: Age of Extinction.

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How great is the story at the heart of the doc The Battered Bastards of Baseball? Only a handful of people have seen the film so far, which documents the history of independent baseball team the Portland Mavericks, which had a Hollywood pedigree and earned a huge fanbase thanks to earnest, accomplished play. The film just premiered at Sundance. There isn’t even a distribution deal set for the doc. Nevertheless, it is already set to be adapted into a dramatic feature, with Fast and the Furious director Justin Lin producing and set to direct.

Update: Actually, Todd Field (In the Bedroom, Little Children) will write and direct, with Lin producing, contrary to the first report about the project. That’s actually a very appropriate call, as we explain below.

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Everyone knows Kurt Russell as one of his generation’s most recognizable and badass actors. Some might even know that he was once a professional athlete. What most people don’t know, however, is that Russell’s father, Bing Russell, was even more eclectic. A famous actor in his own right, the elder Russell eventually used his Hollywood fame to start an independent minor league baseball team called the Portland Mavericks.

That incredible story acts as the epicenter of The Battered Bastards of Baseball, a documentary that premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Co-directed by Chapman Way and Maclain Way (Two of Bing Russell’s grandsons), it’s a fascinating and fun look at one of baseball’s hidden and heartwarming stories. Read More »

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