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Review: 'Draft Day' With Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner And Denis Leary

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 11, 2014 12:35 PM
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Draft Day
There have been countless movies made about football, but there has never been a movie made about the NFL Draft–that magical day when sports franchises from around the country vie for the hottest college players in an intense, all-day affair that combines the showmanship of a Vegas show (complete with costumed players walking onto a brightly lit stage) and the number-crunching intensity of a last minute tax audit. Thankfully, the new Ivan Reitman movie “Draft Day,” starring Kevin Costner as a high strung general manager of the Cleveland Browns, repositions this mixture of pageantry politicking as a thrilling analytic free-for-all; it’s “Moneyball” as directed like an episode of “24.”

Kevin Costner Has An Idea For A Western Quadrilogy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 31, 2014 11:03 AM
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Open Range Kevin Costner
If there's one thing Kevin Costner hasn't lacked in his career, it's ambition. Hitting his stride in the director's chair the first time out with "Dances With Wolves" (which won 7 Oscars), his next two efforts were high concept failures: "Waterworld" (where his work was uncredited on the troubled production) and "The Postman" (which is all his). The failure of the latter meant a six year-wait until his next, the much more modest western "Open Range." And the genre is a favorite of Costner's either as an actor and director and it looks like he wants to get back in the saddle, with a rather huge plan.

Review: '3 Days to Kill' Starring Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld & Amber Heard

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 20, 2014 1:38 PM
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Three Days To Kill
French filmmaker Luc Besson used to make arty entertainments that came packaged with an element of exploitative sizzle (things like the endlessly remade "La Femme Nikita" and "The Fifth Element," which was like a European comic book version of "Star Wars"). At some point, though, his interest in directing faded, his personal output became sporadic and scattershot, and instead he refashioned himself as a kind of European Roger Corman, co-writing and producing a slew of trashy thrillers that had marginally more sheen and complexity than your average direct-to-cable premiere. "3 Days to Kill" is the latest feature to emerge from the Besson hit factory, and is one of the filmmaker's better productions, mostly because he seems to have found a kindred spirit in director McG, who has overseen a number of junky guilty pleasures himself.

Watch: Get Ready For Game Day With 4 Clips From Kevin Costner's 'Draft Day'

  • By Joshua Encinias
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  • February 1, 2014 11:23 AM
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Draft Day
These clips don’t tell us if Sonny decides to keep or drop Bo, but the one with Frank Langella does give us a taste for Ivan Reitman’s directing. The scene has a trippy, moving split-screen that frequently overlaps Langella onto Costner’s side, adding some energy to this tale of a football manager who is making plays in an attempt to land the number one draft pick.

Watch: Kevin Costner Is Ready To Talk Football In Super Bowl Spot For 'Draft Day'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2014 11:28 AM
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Draft Day
Well, here's a no brainer: do you have a football movie? Advertise it during the Super Bowl, especially if it has the backing/blessing of the NFL. And that's just what Summit are doing for their upcoming "Draft Day."

Watch: Kevin Costner Fights For His Life & Family In New Trailer For '3 Days To Kill'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2014 9:17 AM
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3 Days To Kill
At one point, in a much more optimistic past, Kevin Costner's William Harper from "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" was being kicked around for his own standalone film. But considering that film was a flop, it's unlikely to happen. Still, the combination of older dudes kicking ass is one that remains intriguing to studios and audiences (hence "Taken 3"), and next month you'll have a couple of options. Liam Neeson will throw down in "Non-Stop," and Costner is going to get things done in "3 Days To Kill."

Review: 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' With Chris Pine, Keira Knightley & Kevin Costner

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 16, 2014 1:11 PM
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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Today, most people associate the character of Jack Ryan—originally created by author Tom Clancy, in a number of blockbuster novels—as a kind of hard-hitting action hero. This is thanks in large part to the series of films that began with 1990's masterful thriller "The Hunt for Red October" and continued with two Harrison Ford-as-Ryan entries, as well as a forgettable stand-alone starring Ben Affleck as the brainy CIA analyst. But in the novels and best parts of the earlier movies, Ryan is described and dramatized as something of a nerd, so encased in his own thoughts that he finds it difficult to leap into action. This week's aggressively mediocre "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," refashions the character (this time played by Chris Pine) into a man of immediate action, and in doing so drains him of anything that made him a relatable human being.

Watch: Duck And Cover With 2 New Clips From 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2014 3:26 PM
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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
No one joins the CIA just to work as an analyst. Or that's the case in the movie world anyway, with Chris Pine's rebooted Jack Ryan drawn into far more than he bargained for in "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit." And with Paramount's new (potential) franchise launching in just a few days, a couple more clips are here to entice you to buy tickets.

Watch: New Clip And 2 Featurettes From 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' Plus New Images

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2014 10:29 AM
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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
With Chris Pine already at the lead of one franchise, playing Captain Kirk in the ongoing "Star Trek" films, will he have another series under his belt in role of Jack Ryan? You can bet Paramount are hoping so, as their effort to revive the classic Tom Clancy character arrives next week with "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," and they are eager to get the word out.

Watch: 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' Goes All Jason Bourne In Action-Packed Clip

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2014 3:18 PM
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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Jack Ryan is back in a reboot of sorts that brings the character previously played by Harrison Ford (x2), Alec Baldwin and Ben Affleck back to his roots. As the title suggests, he'll just be getting into the game when we meet him again in "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," but it seems he's already got some skills to the pay the bills.

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