Yes, it’s a sports movie. And yes, there’s a ‘Big Race.’ But MacFarland USA is not just another sports movie. It’s a story of families – the ones we’re born into; the ones we build around us in our communities, and the ones that expand beyond even that.
Some Oscar® wrongs were at least partially (and in two cases, totally) righted at the 2015 Critics’ Choice Awards. Selma, for example, at least got more nominations; The LEGO Movie won Best Animated Feature, and Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) won for Score (while being not being considered at all for that award by Oscar®).
Birdman wound up with seven awards – including two for Michael Keaton (Best Actor in a Comedy and Best Actor); Boyhood got four (Best Director, Best Young Actor, Supporting Actress and Best Picture), and The Grand Budapest Hotel got three (Best Comedy, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design).
This year’s Louis XIII Genius Award went to Ron Howard; the Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Kevin Costner and the very first MVP Award (for the most prodigious body of work over the last year) went to Jessica Chastain.
Host Michael Stahan (Live with Kelly and Michael) struggled a bit with his opening monologue, but got stronger as the night went on. The complete list of winners follow the jump.
Based on the 1987 true story, “McFarland” follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school, with whom they ultimately bond to build not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well.
Check out McFarland’s first poster after the break. McFarland opens on February 20, 2015.
Based on the true story of a team of long distance runners from a predominantly Latino high school and their decidedly not Latino coach, McFarland is the story of a unique kind of American dream.
McFarland stars Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Morgan Saylor, Martha Higareda, Michael Aguero, Sergio Avelar, Hector Duran, Rafael Martinez, Johnny Ortiz, Carlos Pratts, Ramiro Rodriguez, Danny Mora, Valente Rodriguez, Vanessa Martinez and Chris Ellis. It premiere on February 20, 2015. Check out the trailer after the jump.
At CinemaCon I had a chance to take part in a q and a session with one of my movie heroes – Kevin Costner. During the Q/A we had a chance to discuss his love of Sports Films, his comeback, and more! It’s me, you better believe I got some questions in during this session. It’s Kevin Costner! The man never ages.
A lot of folks have been talking about the reinvention of Mathew McConaughey AKA the McConaissance, but what about the recent return of the never aging Kevin Costner? After disappearing for a few years, he’s on the come back trail. In his latest, Draft Day, he returns to a genre he’s synonymous with– the Sports Movie.
Kevin Costner has turned in some really good performances lately – in films ranging from forgettable to enjoyable to delightful. His best – and the best of his films in a while – is the beleaguered but savvy general manager of the Cleveland Browns in Draft Day. Like Moneyball, it’s a sports film that’s less about the sport than the behind-the-scenes business. It’s also corn, but really prime corn.
3 Days to Kill may be directed by McG, but at its heart, it’s the combination of heart and absurdity that has become the hallmark of Luc Besson, co-author of the script and one of the film’s producers. Sometimes that mix works (The Professional, La Femme Nikita, Fifth Element) and sometimes, not so much (The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, Taken 2). Thanks to a stellar cast and McG’s energetic direction, 3 Days to Kill is great fun.
Summit Entertainment had a bit of a no-brainer when they bought ad time for the Super Bowl – a little film called Draft Day. It’s the story of the General Manager of the Cleveland Browns who makes a crucial move on draft day to save his team. Draft Day stars Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner and rushes into theaters on April 11th.
When I heard that Warner Home Video was putting Robin Hood Prince of Thieves on the big Blu-ray I was excited. I’m a sucker for the Swashbuckling genre and love every version of Robin Hood there is, including this much maligned version. Everyone seems to focus on Costner’s accent when they complain about the movie, but it didn’t bother me. I don’t go into a film like this expecting proper English Accents, actually that’s half the fun of a movie like this, trying to pick out Extras who are wearing sneakers or watches on people. I’m not saying this movie has that, but it’s not a historical document. The cast for the most part is great, Alan Rickman as an over the top Sheriff Nottingham makes me laugh, I still love the Arrow Cam (it’s amazing the effect hasn’t been properly duplicated, even after all this time) and the theme song “Everything I Do, I Do It For You,” by Brian Adams is still pretty amazing – when you hear it in the movie. It sucks on the radio.