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First Poster: McFarland – Champions Can Come From Anywhere!

McFarland Pep Talk

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.

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Uplifting Trailer: McFarland!

McFARLAND

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.

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Sneak Peek: NBC’s Prime Suspect – They Might Just Pull This Off!

Anyone who has seen Lynda LaPlante’s Prime Suspect might wonder how NBC, an American broadcast network, could possibly pull off an adaptation where there could be no nudity, no cussing and considerably less all-around nastiness. To them , I need only saw two things: Homicide: Life on the Streets, and Peter Berg [Friday Night Lights – the movie and the TV series].

The Prime Suspect [NBC, Thursdays, 10/9C] trailer and other videos from nbc.com show a willingness to embrace the tone and intelligence of the original and Maria Bello definitely fits the role of Jane Timoney. Check out five more videos after the jump.

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NBC Casts Maria Bello In North American Version Of Prime Suspect!

Maria Bello

Maria Bello is in final negotiations to fill Dame Helen Mirren’s metaphorically sizable shoes as Jane Tennison in the pilot for NBC’s take on the English crime classic, Prime Suspect according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The British series, which found Tennison rising in the ranks of Britain’s Metropolitan Police – despite office sexism and her own personal demons, is a dark, gritty and frequently horrific work that is far more suited for FX, Showtime or HBO, so it will be interesting to see how NBC handles it.

MOVIE REVIEW: The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor – Uninspired Sequel Bores!

The first two Mummy movies may not have been critical successes, but they did have an off-kilter charm that made them hits with the masses. As one member of those masses, I have to say that I did enjoy them, myself. So, why then, do I not care for the third instalment in the series?

The Emperor's Army

Writer/director Stephen Sommers only produced this film. They recast Evelyn O’Connell – and Maria Bello ain’t Rachel Weisz, not by half. Luke Ford, who plays the O’Connell’s grown son, Alex, has the charisma of a box of Shreddies. Brendan Fraser, who threw himself into Journey to the Center of the Earth, seems to be going through the motions here. John Hannah’s exclamation, “I hate mummies! They never play fair!” is the height of the wit in this installment’s banter [you know you’re in trouble when Hannah has to force his dialogue…]. The action set pieces – and the CG, for that matter – have a been there/done that feel about them.

On the plus side of the ledger, we have Jet Li, whose energetic and charismatic villain might have been fun if he’d a script worthy of him; Michelle Yeoh, who manages to rise above the morass that is this film, as an immortal witch whose one true love was drawn and quartered by Li’s Dragon emperor, and Isabella Leong brings some badly needed spirit to the proceedings as Lin, the witch’s equally immortal daughter, who incomprehensibly develops a thing for Alex.

Despite director Rob Cohen’s best efforts, The Mummy: The Tomb of the Dragon Emperor galumphs along at a lacklustre pace for a would-be summer blockbuster. If it wasn’t for the performances by the key Asian actors, this would be a complete disaster. Thanks to them, there are enough bright spots to avoid an F.

Final Grade: D