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 »
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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 »
Posted on Friday, February 14th, 2014 by Angie Han
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 »
Posted on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 by Angie Han
Kurt Russell‘s been laying pretty low as of late, making just one movie in the past five years. But as his character says in the trailer for Jonathan Sobol‘s The Art of the Steal, now he’s ready to go back to work.
The caper comedy is one of two that Russell has due out next year, the other being Fast & Furious 7 (well, at least until Universal gets around to changing that release date). Russell stars as a third-rate motorcycle daredevil and sometime art thief who puts together an Ocean’s 11-style team to pull off a heist involving one of the most valuable books in the world.
The first trailer has just been released, and you can check it out after the jump. Matt Dillon, Jay Baruchel, Chris Diamontopolous, Kenneth Welsh, Jason Jones, Katheryn Winnick, and Terence Stamp also star.
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Of all iconic characters Kurt Russell has played, one stands above the rest, on a mountain of bodies, smoking a cigarette and rocking an eyepatch. I refer, of course, to Snake Plissken, the central figure of John Carpenter films Escape from New York and Escape from LA. Russell’s portrayal of the criminal turned hero popped off the screen in a way that still resonates with fans today. However, Plissken was created in another time and the character strictly lives on the big screen.
That wasn’t always the plan though. It’s not a surprise producer Debra Hill, along with Russell and Carpenter, were ahead of the curve just a few short years ago when they attempted to turn Plissken into a multimedia entity, something that’s almost expected today. In the early 2000s, plans were in place for both a video game as well as an anime series, neither of which ever saw the light of day.
Below, not only can you see some gameplay from the cancelled game Snake Plissken’s First Escape, you’ll see concept art from an anime style TV show called Snake. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
It was only a few weeks ago that we first heard Kurt Russell could join Vin Diesel and company for Fast & Furious 7. Now, not only has that casting been 100% confirmed, we actually have our first look at the action star on set. Check it out after the jump.
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