Currently available on VOD and in theaters on March 14th, The Art of the Steal tells the story of Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell) a motorcycle daredevil and art thief who agrees to pull off one final lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother, Nicky (Matt Dillon), which will, of course, lead to nothing but trouble for everyone involved.
Collider was invited to sit down with actor Kurt Russell to talk to him about that film and, during the interview (that we will run more of closer to the film’s theatrical release), conversation turned to what he’ll be doing next, the passion he has for making wine, and when he expects to return to finish his work on Fast & Furious 7. He talked about how he’s got both a heavy film with director Mark Pellington, called Clang, and the Western Bone Tomahawk, that he’s hoping to get into production, how making wine is very similar to making a movie, and that he thinks filming for Fast & Furious 7 will resume in April, even though he does not yet know how they’ll be handling the loss of Paul Walker. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
One of the more talked-about documentaries from this year’s Sundance Film Festival was The Battered Bastards of Baseball. Directed by Chapman Way and Maclain Way, the film chronicles Bonanza actor Bing Russell’s formation of the independent baseball team the Portland Mavericks and the ensuing confrontation with organized baseball. Quite a few people—including our own Matt Goldberg—were fans of the documentary, and it’s incredible story led Justin Lin to purchase narrative remake rights with the intention to produce via his Perfect Storm banner. Early word has Todd Field (Little Children) in talks to write and direct, which is perfect since Field was one of the bat boys for the Mavericks and is featured in the documentary. Who better to write and direct the adaptation than someone that saw the events unfold first hand?
While at Sundance, I landed an exclusive interview with the Ways and Bing Russell’s son Kurt Russell, who is also featured in the film, and served as the team’s vice president and designated hitter. They talked about premiering at Sundance, making the film, how they put together the financing, the crazy true story of the Mavericks, how they acquired the footage, if Russell would consider playing his dad in a feature remake, and a lot more. Hit the jump for what they had to say.
One of the more talked-about documentaries from this year’s Sundance Film Festival was The Battered Bastards of Baseball. Directed by Chapman Way and Maclain Way, the film chronicles Bonanza actor Bing Russell’s formation of the independent baseball team the Portland Mavericks and the ensuing confrontation with organized baseball. Quite a few people—our own Matt Goldberg included—were fans of the documentary, and Russell’s son Kurt Russell was onhand to talk about the film. News broke earlier today that Fast & Furious director Justin Lin has acquired remake rights to Battered Bastards with the intention of producing a narrative feature film adaptation for writer/director Todd Field (In the Bedroom), making Steve’s recent interview with Kurt Russell all the more relevant.
During Steve’s interview with Russell earlier this week about the documentary, the actor discussed a possible narrative adaptation of the story and whether he would consider playing his father in the film. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
The Sundance Film Festival is always host to a number of excellent documentaries, and this year was no exception. One of the more talked about docs was The Battered Bastards of Baseball, and while various studios are currently vying for the distribution rights, the adaptation rights have already been snatched up. THR reports that Fast & Furious director Justin Lin has purchased narrative remake rights to the baseball documentary with the intention of producing via his Perfect Storm banner. Directed by Chapman Way and Maclain Way, the doc tells the story of Bing Russell (father of Kurt Russell). The elder Russell built the independent baseball team the Portland Mavericks from the ground up, eventually leading to confrontation with organized baseball.
After helming the last four Fast & Furious films, Lin is next set to direct the sequel to The Bourne Legacy for an August 2015 release date so this feature adaptation is a ways off. That being said, Battered Bastards should make for an excellent feature when the filmmaker gets around to it. If you missed it, read Matt’s review of the documentary from Sundance right here. [Update: THR has amended its story, clarifying that Lin is just producing the adaptation while Todd Field (Little Children) is in talks to write and direct. Kurt Russell is also in negotiations to be involved with the project in some capacity.]
Sports are entertainment featuring athletic achievement, but too often they’re treated as a precious gemstone requiring constant polishing from sanctimonious sportswriters, an unremarkable commodity for owners, or both. The notion that the sport should be fun isn’t unimportant, but it does fall through the cracks. Chapman and Maclain Way’s documentary The Battered Bastards of Baseball is a potent reminder that sports can be fun and freewheeling while remaining respectable and financially successful. The film provides not only a series of enjoyable anecdotes, but also a celebration of playing for the love of the game.
Radius-TWC has released the first trailer for director Jonathan Sobol new film The Art of the Steal. Led by Kurt Russell, the comedy tells the story of a small group of crooks who team up to steal one of the most valuable books in the world. The trailer teases a fun Ocean’s Eleven-style caper with plenty of comedic interplay between the ensemble cast, which also includes Jay Baruchel, Matt Dillon, and Jason Jones. Steve was a big fan of the film when he caught it at the Toronto International Film Festival, and if you missed them, be sure to watch his video interviews with Sobol and Baruchel.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Terence Stamp, Katheryn Winnick, and Chris Diamantopoulos. The Art of the Steal will be available on VOD February 7, 2014 and opens in theaters March 14, 2014.
Sideshow Collectibles has unveiled a truly great new piece that should please fans of John Carpenter’s 1981 film Escape from New York. The sixth scale figure of Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken comes complete with trademark eye patch, muscle shirt, and combat boots, with plenty of accessories to fill out the package. Pop in Snake’s homing device to keep him on mission or swap it out for his USPF-issued sub-machine gun when things get hairy, it’s up to you! Hit the jump to take a closer look at the collectible or click here to pre-order on Sideshow’s website, which comes with an exclusive nuclear fusion information cassette tape.
Here’s today’s casting update:
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This morning, the Toronto International Film Festival announced its terrific line-up for their Galas and Special Presentation programs. Among the films with new images and synopses are:
- Life of Crime (Directed by Daniel Schechter) Starring John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey (a.k.a Mos Def), Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, Isla Fisher, Will Forte, and Mark Boone Jr.
- The Railway Man (Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky) Starring Colin Firth, Jeremy Irvine, and Nicole Kidman.
- Third Person (Directed by Paul Haggis) Starring Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody, James Franco, Olivia Wilde, Maria Bello, Kim Basinger, and Moran Atias.
- The Art of the Steal (Directed by Jonathan Sobol) Starring Jay Baruchel, Matt Dillon, Kurt Russell, Terence Stamp, Katheryn Winnick, Chris Diamantopoulos, Kenneth Welsh, and Jason Jones.
- Bad Words (Directed by Jason Bateman) Starring Jason Bateman, Allison Janney, Phillip Baker Hall, Kathryn Hahn, and Rohan Chand.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th.
If you have a spare hour and forty minutes today, you may want to spend it watching a couple of documentaries about a few beloved directors. First up, there’s the 40-minute BBC 2 documentary about The Coen Brothers that was made during the production of O Brother, Where Art Thou? At times, Joel and Ethan Coen have been mistakenly cited as “reclusive” when really they just don’t seem to seek the spotlight, and don’t feel the need to talk endlessly about their work. Nevertheless, getting to watch them work is a rare opportunity, and a valuable insight into their superb filmography.
There’s also an hour-long documentary entitled Fear Is Just the Beginning, which focuses on the career of John Carpenter. Made in 2004, the documentary has Carpenter looking back on his career as well as interviews with Jamie Lee Curtis, Kurt Russell, George Romero, and more. Unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to sit and watch either doc yet in its entirety, but I plan to change that this weekend. Hit the jump to watch the documentaries.
Friday night, Kurt Russell did something that he almost never does. He sat down in front of an audience and answered questions about one of his films. This auspicious event happened at the Q&A screening for Escape from New York that was a part of Entertainment Weekly’s ongoing CapeTown Film Fest. Russell talked about what it was like to work with director John Carpenter and gave fans some great behind-the-scenes info about the shoot, such as details about Snake’s wardrobe and what scene was cut from the film and why. Russell also gave his opinion about a possible remake of the film. Hit the jump for all that info and much more.
Last night the Arclight Hollywood hosted AFI’s Night at the Movies, a celebration of 13 great American films hosted by the stars that helped make them famous. As a part of the event Kurt Russell was on hand to introduce a screening of John Carpenter’s 1982 classic The Thing. Having been born a few years too late for The Thing’s theatrical run, I take every opportunity I can to watch it on the big screen and my favorite part is always the audience. You can’t beat an audience that’s just as excited to be there as you are; an audience that screams, cheers and applauds at all the right moments – that is, I used to think you couldn’t beat it until last night’s screening. Turns out a little reminiscing from Russell beforehand make the whole thing just that much more fantastic. Hit the jump to check out the highlights of what he had to say.
Entertainment Weekly has announced the complete lineup for the upcoming EW CapeTown Film Festival, and it’s chock-full of great films and exciting guests. Screenings include Shaun of the Dead, The Thing, Escape from New York, The Goonies, Twelve Monkeys, and Star Trek (2009), with a special “May the 4th Be With You” all-day marathon of Return of the Jedi. More excitingly, though, is the fact that Edgar Wright, John Carpenter, Kurt Russell, Richard Donner, Neil Gaiman, Terry Gilliam, Leonard Nemoy, and more will be onhand to introduce and discuss the various films.
Hit the jump to check out the full lineup, which also includes a special announcement that’s coming soon. EW CapeTown Film Festival will run in Los Angeles from April 30th – May 6th.
Some interesting casting has shaped up for debut director S. Craig Zahler’s horror Western, Bone Tomahawk. It looks like Kurt Russell (The Thing), Peter Sarsgaard (Green Lantern), Richard Jenkins (The Cabin in the Woods) and Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) are all on board. Bone Tomahawk “follows a sheriff (Russell), a gunslinger, a befuddled oldster (Jenkins) and a cowboy (Sarsgaard) as they attempt to rescue a group of captives (including Carpenter) from a band of cannibalistic troglodytes.” If you ask me, there just aren’t enough movies with troglodytes these days. Hit the jump for more.