Tom Welling and Josh Pence Talk DRAFT DAY, Working with Kevin Costner and Ivan Reitman, Surprising NFL Facts, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Ivan Reitman‘s sports drama Draft Day.  The film takes place within the span of one day, the day of the NFL draft.  Kevin Costner plays a general manager who has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick.  As the day’s events unfold, he finds the lines between his personal and professional life becoming blurred.  Draft Day also stars Jennifer GarnerDenis LearyJosh PenceTom Welling, Chadwick BosemanSean CombsSam ElliottTerry CrewsArian FosterEllen Burstyn, and Frank Langella.

At the Los Angeles press junket I landed an exclusive video interview with Welling and Pence.   They talked about getting to work with Reitman and Costner, surprising NFL facts, alternate takes including one that featured Welling getting punched by Costner, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Director Ivan Reitman Talks DRAFT DAY, Working with Kevin Costner, Filming During the NFL Draft, TRIPLETS, GHOSTBUSTERS 3, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Ivan Reitman‘s sports drama Draft Day.  The film takes place within the span of one day, the day of the NFL draft.  Kevin Costner plays a general manager who has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick.  As the day’s events unfold, he finds the lines between his personal and professional life becoming blurred.  Draft Day also stars Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Josh Pence, Chadwick Boseman, Sean Combs, Sam Elliott, Terry Crews, Arian Foster, Ellen Burstyn, and Frank Langella.

Recently, I landed an exclusive video interview with Reitman.  He talked about getting to make a sports movie with Kevin Costner, getting the NFL involved in the movie and filming during the actual draft in New York City, collaborating with Costner behind the scenes, the progress of Triplets, his decision to step away from Ghostbusters 3, possible future projects, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Weekend Box Office: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Fends Off RIO 2 for Second Frame on Top

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After setting a new April record with its $95 million debut last weekend, Captain America: The Winter Soldier scored a second week on top by flying ahead of Rio 2.  After coming in second on Friday, the superhero was not expected to top the debut of Fox’s animated sequel.  But with a better than expected Saturday hold, The Winter Soldier pulled out a win with an estimated $41.4 million.  In the end, Rio 2 took in a reported $39 million, while fellow new releases Oculus and Draft Day settled for more terrestrial launches.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Captain America 2 $41,398,000 $159
2.  Rio 2 $39,000,000 $39
3.  Oculus $12,000,000 $12
4.  Draft Day $9,750,000 $9.75
5.  Divergent $7,500,000 $124.8
6.  Noah $7,450,000 $84.8
7.  God’s Not Dead $4,485,000 $40.7
8.  The Grand Budapest Hotel $4,050,000 $39.4
9.  Muppets Most Wanted $2,193,000 $45.6
10.  Mr. Peabody & Sherman $1,825,000 $105.2

TOP 5: DRAFT DAY, Early Reactions to THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, Colbert Replacing Letterman, Drew Goddard Directing THE SINISTER SIX, STREET FIGHTER: ASSASSIN’S FIST

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collider-top-5-sliceFor the first time that I can remember since I started writing for Collider in 2010, director Peter Weir‘s The Truman Show made headlines this week when we learned that Paramount is developing a TV series adaptation of the film. While I won’t waste any space today discussing my feelings on the adaptation (mostly because there aren’t any real details to dissect as of now), I will absolutely take this opportunity to talk about my adoration of the film. The Truman Show ranks among my all-time favorites with ease and, if pressed to name a lone favorite, it would likely make that cut too. I actually didn’t watch it until my second year of college, circa 2007, but I credit that first viewing as a benchmark cinematic experience for me; one that helped me begin to understand the impact that a movie could have on a person’s outlook and perception of the world around them. I would eventually go on to dedicate my graduate school research to the film, during which I watched it at least 15 more times; wrote this semi-boring perceptual effects analysis; and wrote/recorded this somewhat less boring seven song record. On paper, these projects were a way to fulfill requirements towards my degree. In reality, it was an excuse to delve further into the headspace of a work that, for all intents and purposes, changed my life.

All personal reflections aside, this week’s Top 5 features interviews for and Matt’s review of Draft Day, early reactions to The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the announcement that Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman on CBS’ The Late Show, Sony selecting Drew Goddard to direct The Sinister Six, and the first look at Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Friday Box Office: RIO 2 Edges Out CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

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What looked like a close race for first this weekend between Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Rio 2, has slanted in favor of the animated sequel.  Both films were expected to come in around $40 million for the three day frame but, after Rio 2 took in an estimated $12 million yesterday, it looks like the Fox feature will wind up closer to $45 million through Sunday.  That’s better than the $39.2 million the original Rio earned on its opening weekend in 2011.  As for the First Avenger, Captain America 2 appears to be headed for about $42 million in its sophomore frame, or a drop of 58%.  Captain America was down 61% on its second frame in 2011, with Iron Man 3 declining 58% last summer.

As expected, this weekend’s two additional new releases were playing for smaller stakes.  Oculus, the latest supernatural horror pic from producer Jason Blum, earned an estimated $4.9 million from 2,648 locations on Friday and should hit $13 million this weekend – equal to the launch of Blum’s Insidious in April 2011.  Draft Day took in a reported $3.5 million from 2,781 venues yesterday.  The sports drama starring Kevin Costner is now expecting $11 million for its first weekend, or the lower end of the range that Lionsgate/Summit execs were hoping for.  We’ll have complete box office details tomorrow.

  Title Friday Total
1.   Rio 2 $12,000,000 $12
2.   Captain America 2 $11,900,000 $129.5
3.   Oculus $4,940,000 $4.94
4.   Draft Day $3,580,000 $3.58
5.   Divergent $2,300,000 $119.6

Kevin Costner Talks DRAFT DAY, Working with Ivan Reitman, His Western Trilogy, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Ivan Reitman‘s sports drama Draft Day.  The film takes place within the span of one day, the day of the NFL draft, as Kevin Costner plays a general manager who has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick.  As the day’s events unfold, he finds the lines between his personal and professional life becoming blurred.  Draft Day also stars Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Josh Pence, Chadwick Boseman, Sean Combs, Sam Elliott, Terry Crews, Arian Foster, Ellen Burstyn, and Frank Langella.

At the Los Angeles press junket I landed an exclusive video interview with Costner.   He talked about if he had any hesitation doing another sports movie, what it was like working with Reitman, if he likes to visit the editing room, and more about his western trilogy that he’s trying to put together (which he first told me about at CinemaCon).  Hit the jump to watch.

DRAFT DAY Review

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I like football, and judging by the mammoth TV ratings, so does most of America.  I’m not sure what it says about us as a society that we celebrate what’s arguably the most violent major sport*, but to be fair, plenty of fans also get caught up in the details.  Like most sports, second-guessing is part of the game, and the guessing game is in full force in the NFL Draft.  It’s where the indentured servitude of the NCAA gives way to players actually getting paid, but no one knows if a player is going to be a bang or bust.  Unfortunately, Ivan Reitman‘s Draft Day may have the fiery setting, but the movie has trouble finding the spark.  It’s fun to go inside the offices of NFL teams, but the energy is lost in a listless protagonist and tiresome subplots.  Although it does manage to score at the end, the film is a tedious drive down the field.

Terry Crews and Arian Foster Talk DRAFT DAY, Working with Costner and Reitman, Preparing for their Roles, EXPENDABLES 3, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Ivan Reitman‘s sports drama Draft Day.  The film takes place within the span of one day, the day of the NFL draft, as Kevin Costner plays a general manager who has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick.  As the day’s events unfold, he finds the lines between his personal and professional life becoming blurred.  Draft Day also stars Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Josh Pence, Chadwick Boseman, Sean Combs, Sam Elliott, Terry Crews, Arian Foster, Ellen Burstyn, and Frank Langella.

At the Los Angeles press junket I landed an exclusive video interview with Crews and Foster.   They talked about getting to work with Costner and Reitman, if they had to do any research for the role, not wanting to make a puff piece for the NFL, Crews’ Expendables 3 poster, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Jennifer Garner Talks DRAFT DAY, Working with Kevin Costner, Cleveland Sports Fans, Jason Reitman’s PALE BLUE DOT, and More

by     Posted 110 days ago

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Opening this weekend is director Ivan Reitman‘s sports drama Draft Day.  The film takes place within the span of one day, the day of the NFL draft, as Kevin Costner plays a general manager who has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick.  As the day’s events unfold, he finds the lines between his personal and professional life becoming blurred.  Draft Day also stars Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Josh Pence, Chadwick Boseman, Sean Combs, Sam Elliott, Terry Crews, Arian Foster, Ellen Burstyn, and Frank Langella.

At the Los Angeles press junket I landed an exclusive video interview with Garner.  She talked about working with Costner, when she first realized Cleveland is a crazy sports town, what happened when Costner went to a baseball game in Cleveland, getting in trouble for what she said about Batman vs. Superman, and Jason Reitman’s Pale Blue Dot (previously called Men, Women and Children).  Hit the jump to watch.

Kevin Costner Talks DRAFT DAY, His Career, What We Can Learn from the Movies, How GIANT Influenced His Outlook on Life, and More

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Kevin Costner brings gravitas and believability to his role in Draft Day as Sonny Weaver Jr., the hard-pressed general manager of the Cleveland Browns who finds himself in what seems like a no-win position on the most important day of his life.  Facing pressure from all sides, he must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in order to stay in the game as the lines between his personal and professional life begin to blur.  Opening April 11th, the film directed by Ivan Reitman also stars Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary and Ellen Burstyn.

At the film’s recent press day, Costner turned introspective as he looked back on his career, the films he’s made, and the movies like Giant that have inspired him.  He spoke about his conviction that Draft Day can become a new sports movie classic, how he lives off his intuition and passion, how his roots have developed him personally and defined him as an actor, why he feels we can learn a lot from movies, what he finds creatively exciting and satisfying about storytelling within the sports framework, how The Big Chill was his personal Draft Day moment, his favorite sports movie The Pride of the Yankees with Gary Cooper, and his new movie Black and White which tackles notions of racism.

Watch: 2014 Super Bowl Commercials for TRANSFORMERS 4, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, and More

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The year’s most-watched television event is upon us, and as with anything that’s seen by a large number of people, consumerism reigns supreme.  We’ll be compiling all of the Super Bowl TV spots for upcoming films like Transformers: Age of Extinction, Noah, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Need for Speed, Pompeii, 3 Days to Kill, Muppets Most Wanted, The Monuments Men, and plenty more in one handy dandy spot for your on-demand viewing pleasure.  Additionally, we’ll be adding some of the better regular commercials to the article as well.  This post will be updated throughout the night, so be sure to check back frequently.

Hit the jump to watch the 2014 Super Bowl TV spots and commercials, including a new full-length trailer for Captain America 2.

Watch 4 Clips from Ivan Reitman’s DRAFT DAY Starring Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, and Denis Leary

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Summit Entertainment has released four clips from Ivan Reitman‘s upcoming sports drama Draft Day.  The film stars Kevin Costner as the Cleveland Browns General Manager, who unexpectedly trades for the top overall pick in the draft, which is only 13 hours away.  As the clock winds down, he must figure out how to use his prized possession while also dealing with headaches from his personal life.  Clips are usually released closer to the release date, but Draft Day doesn’t open for a few more months.  However, with football season winding down, Summit is giving the film a big push.  In addition to these clips, they’ve also released a TV spot that will air during the Super Bowl pre-game.  Whether the movie sticks in the minds of football fans by the time April rolls around remains to be seen.

Hit the jump to watch the clips.  The film also stars Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Josh Pence, Chadwick Boseman, Sean Combs, Sam Elliott, Terry Crews, Arian Foster, Ellen Burstyn, and Frank LangellaDraft Day opens April 11th.

Get Ready for Some Football with DRAFT DAY’s Super Bowl XLVIII Spot

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A new TV spot for Ivan Reitman’s sports drama Draft Day is now available online.  The film centers on Cleveland Browns’ general manager Sonny Weaver (Kevin Costner) who must decide which professional and personal sacrifices are worth the number-one pick in the NFL draft on the most hectic day of the off season.  This new Super Bowl spot, which will air during pregame on Sunday, is the closest the Browns have ever been to the championship game.

Hit the jump to watch the Super Bowl XLVIII spot.  The film also stars Jennifer GarnerFrank LangellaDenis LearyTimothy Simons, and Ellen Burstyn.  Draft Day opens April 11, 2014.

First Trailer and Poster for DRAFT DAY Starring Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, and Denis Leary

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Summit Entertainment has released the first trailer for director Ivan Reitman’s upcoming sports drama Draft Day.  The film takes place within the span of one day, the day of the NFL draft, as Kevin Costner plays a general manager who has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick.  As the day’s events unfold, he finds the lines between his personal and professional life becoming blurred.  The trailer is pretty promising, as the film looks to carry an air of intensity as the ticking clock of the draft runs up against Costner’s decisions.  Though Reitman hasn’t had a great run as of late, the script by Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman landed on the Black List, so here’s hoping the result is a solid film.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Jennifer Garner, Frank Langella, Denis Leary, Timothy Simons, and Ellen BurstynDraft Day opens April 11, 2014.

First Images from DRAFT DAY, CHILD 44, and STEP UP ALL IN; Plus New Images from DIVERGENT and LEGEND OF HERCULES

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Summit Entertainment has released a collection of new and first-look images from its 2014 slate.  Briefly:

  • Draft Day – Director Ivan Reitman’s dramedy takes place over the course of one day, centering on a general manager (Kevin Costner) who juggles his options with a number one draft pick.  The film opens April 11, 2014.
  • Child 44 – Director Daniel Espinosa’s (Safe House) adaptation of the Tom Rob Smith novel stars Tom Hardy as a 1950s Soviet military policeman.  The film also stars Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace and opens next fall.
  • Step Up: All In – The fifth entry in the dance franchise takes the series to Las Vegas.  The film opens July 25, 2014.
  • Divergent – The YA adaptation takes place in a dystopian future in which people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities.  The film stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet and opens March 21, 2014.
  • The Legend of Hercules – This new spin on the Hercules tale stars Kellan Lutz as the titular demigod and opens January 10, 2014.

Hit the jump to check out images from the aforementioned films.

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