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 »

The Art of the Steal

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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kurt russell snake plissken

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 »

First Look: Kurt Russell in ‘Fast & Furious 7’

Kurt Russell

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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Kurt Russell

First Tony Jaa signed on; now a classic action legend has joined James Wan‘s Fast and Furious 7. This one is a little more recognizable for a wide range of audiences. His name is Kurt Russell.

Russell, best known for roles in The Thing, Escape from New York and Tombstone, is in talks to play the leading role which was originally offered to Denzel Washington. He’ll join franchise regulars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and others. Read More »

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Blade Runner

Just yesterday I said “Los Angeles film fans, April and May is a great time to live in the City of Angels.” There’s the Hero Complex Film Festival, EW’s CapeTown Film Festival, the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival and now Target Presents AFI Night at the Movies.

It’ll take place April 24 at the Arclight Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA and feature the following line-up:

  • Kathy Bates presenting Misery 
  • Cher presenting Moonstruck 
  • Sally Field presenting Norma Rae
  • Peter Fonda presenting Easy Rider
  • Harrison Ford presenting Blade Runner: The Final Cut
  • Samuel L. Jackson presenting Pulp Fiction
  • Shirley MacLaine presenting Terms of Endearment
  • Demi Moore presenting Ghost 
  • Mike Myers presenting Shrek
  • Sidney Poitier presenting In The Heat of the Night
  • Kurt Russell presenting The Thing 
  • Kevin Spacey presenting The Usual Suspects

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Escape from New York poster by Jay Shaw

Today, Empire ran a great new photo of the original Escape From New York team of director John Carpenter and star Kurt Russell. Along with the pic, Carpenter commented on the potential new reboot of Escape From New York (“they don’t know where they’re going with it”) and Russell opined on the problem with casting a new version of his character Snake Plissken. “If you’re going to do him, do him young. He’s one of those guys,” Russell says. “When it comes to Snake, I can tell you one thing… he’s American. It’s really important that he’s American.”

Appropriately enough, we’ve now got some potential casting options for the reboot/prequel, and neither is an American actor. Tom Hardy and Jason Statham are the two actors that have been newly rumored as the possible new Plissken in the film Joel Silver is setting up to be the first in a new trilogy. Read More »

Following last month’s news that Joseph Gordon-Levitt had left Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained, two more of his would-be co-stars confirmed their own departures earlier this week. Kurt Russell and Sacha Baron Cohen will no longer be appearing in the film, which is currently shooting for a December release. It’s disappointing for sure, but at least the remaining cast — which includes Jamie Foxx, Christopher Waltz, and Leonardo DiCaprio — still looks pretty damn great. More details after the jump.

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