TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE Blu-ray Review

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Trouble with the Curve came out in late September and died a quick death, not helped by Clint Eastwood’s performance at the Republican National Convention. But though Eastwood was front and center in selling the picture, he didn’t direct it. No, it was helmed by Robert Lorenz, a longtime Eastwood associate who wanted his turn behind the camera. This suggests he won’t get another chance. It’s a modestly charming formula movie that plays like something better suited for old people and television viewings. Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake co-star and our review of the Blu-ray follows after the jump.

New to Blu-ray: PITCH PERFECT, TOTAL RECALL, RESIDENT EVIL Collection, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Trilogy, and More

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This week on Blu-ray we’ve got quite a few 2012 releases—some big, some small—as well as the HD upgrade of the kid-favorite Ninja Turtles trilogy.  Here’s a look at what hits shelves this week:

Weekend Box Office – END OF WATCH, HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET Tie for First; TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE a Close Second while DREDD 3D Stumbles

by     Posted 1 year, 342 days ago

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With less than $300,000 separating the top three films this weekend, the final order of the domestic top ten has been difficult to call. Sunday’s estimates have End of Watch and House at the End of the Street tied for first with $13 million each. Warner Brother’s Trouble with the Curve is not far behind, however, so more definitive results will have to wait until Monday. One thing we can say for sure? Dredd 3D is off to a rough start.

Title Weekend Total
1. End of Watch $13,000,000 $13.0
2. House at the End of the Street $13,000,000 $13.0
3. Trouble with the Curve $12,720,000 $12.7
4. Finding Nemo 3D $9,446,000 $29.9
5. Resident Evil: Retribution $6,700,000 $33.4
6. Dredd 3D $6,300,000 $6.3
7. The Master $5,000,000 $6.0
8. The Possession $2,630,000 $45.2
9. Lawless $2,321,000 $34.5
10. ParaNorman $2,297,000 $55.5

Friday Box Office – HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET and END OF WATCH Neck and Neck for First; TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE Takes Third; DREDD 3D Falls Short

by     Posted 1 year, 343 days ago

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Welcome to another disappointing weekend at the domestic box office. Four new titles debuted on Friday, but none is expected to reach $15 million by Sunday. That means that overall profits will be down for the fifth frame in a row. Despite the low grosses, Friday’s top five contained a few surprises. Few expected big things from End of Watch, the cop drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal; but after posting a Friday estimate of $4.6 million from just 2,730 runs, the R-rated indie has a shot at winning the weekend with a projected $13.5 million. Relativity’s House at the End of the Street was also a surprise ‘hit’ on Friday, earning an estimated $4.64 million from 3,083 locations to edge out End of Watch for first. The PG-13 thriller with Jennifer Lawrence is expected to fall in the rankings this weekend, but should still end up with $13 million for its first three days. Meanwhile, the film that was supposed to eclipse both of these smaller-releases – Warner Brother’s Trouble with the Curve – will struggle to match them this weekend. The baseball drama starring Clint Eastwood earned $4.1 million from 3,212 locations on Friday, making it unlikely that the PG-13 pic will reach the $18 million first-weekend that was projected. Finally, an enthusiastic reception at Comic-Con promised a solid opening for Lionsgate’s 3D comic reboot Dredd 3D. Instead, the R-rated feature took in just $2.2 million for what looks like a dismal $6.5 million first weekend.  We’ll have full details and analysis tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1. House at the End of the Street $4,640,000 $4.64
2. End of Watch $4,600,000 $4.6
3. Trouble with the Curve $4,165,000 $4.16
4. Finding Nemo 3D $2,388,000 $22.9
5. Dredd $2,230,000 $2.2

Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams & Justin Timberlake Talk TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE, A STAR IS BORN & Republican National Convention

by     Posted 1 year, 348 days ago

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Trouble with the Curve is one of those classic Hollywood movies that will make you laugh, cry and warm your heart.  The drama tells the story of Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood), one of the best scouts in baseball for decades, but whose age is finally catching up with him.  With an associate director of scouting (Matthew Lillard) chomping at the bit to replace him, in favor of computer predictions of players, his daughter Mickey (Amy Adams) joins him on his latest scouting trip, in order to help him save his career, but quickly realizes that they may never be able to mend their strained relationship.

At a press conference to promote the film’s September 21st release, Clint Eastwood (who is also one of the producers), Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake (who plays rival scout Johnny Flanagan) talked about the pros and cons of aging, working with Eastwood’s longtime producing partner Robert Lorenz on his directorial debut, what they learned about baseball scouts, the interesting triangle that connects their characters, and their impressions of each other.  Eastwood also talked about the reaction to his recent speech at the Republican National Convention and the status of A Star is Born, while Adams talked about what it was like to be a part of The Master, and Timberlake revealed the perks of golfing with the film icon and said that he’d like to return to music again, at some point.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE Giveaway

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Opening this Friday, September 21st is the baseball drama Trouble with the Curve, and we here at Collider have been provided with some film-related swag to giveaway to some lucky readers.  For those unfamiliar, the film stars Clint Eastwood as an aging Atlanta Braves scout who is starting to lose his vision.  His daughter, played by Amy Adams, reluctantly agrees to be his eyes on a crucial recruiting trip.  We’ve got some classy hats, shirts, duffel bags, jackets, and koozies related to Trouble with the Curve to set free in this contest.

Hit the jump to find out what you can win and how you can win it.

Over 50 New Images from TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE Starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, and Justin Timberlake

by     Posted 1 year, 358 days ago

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If thumbing through a bounty of high-resolution images from baseball dramas is your thing, today is your day.  Warner Bros. has released over 50 new images from the upcoming drama Trouble with the Curve, and after the jump you can peruse said bounty of images at your leisure.  The film stars Clint Eastwood as an aging Atlanta Braves scout who is starting to lose his vision.  His daughter, played by Amy Adams, reluctantly agrees to be his eyes on a crucial recruiting trip.  Justin Timberlake also comes into play as a young rival scout who respects Eastwood’s character (and may or may not have the hots for his daughter).

Hit the jump to check out the images.  Directed by Robert Lorenz, the film also stars John Goodman, Matthew Lillard, and Robert Patrick. Trouble with the Curve opens on September 28th.

New Posters for LIFE OF PI, TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE, and KILLING THEM SOFTLY

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We’ve got two new posters and a swell international poster to share with our readers today.  Briefly:

  • Life of Pi – The new poster for Ang Lee’s gorgeous-looking adaptation of the classic Yann Martel novel is, well, gorgeous.  The story’s tiger looms large while we see Pi and his furry companion on the open sea.  The film hits theaters in 3D on November 21st.
  • Trouble with the Curve – A new poster for the Robert Lorenz-directed baseball drama features the film’s three main leads—Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, and Justin Timberlake—dwarfed by an empty baseball stadium.  The film opens on September 28th.
  • Killing Them Softly – Though we just debuted a new poster for this Brad Pitt-fronted crime drama yesterday, this international poster is a must-see if only for the film’s amazing Spanish title: Mátalos Suavemente.  The film opens on October 19th.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.

Poster Round-Up: TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE, HERE COMES THE BOOM, 10 YEARS, LET GO, and CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

by     Posted 2 years, 21 days ago

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We’ve got a number of new posters to share this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Trouble with the CurveClint Eastwood stars in this baseball drama as an aging pro scout who brings his reluctant daughter (Amy Adams) along on one last recruiting trip.  The film opens on September 28th.
  • Here Comes the Boom – The comedy stars Kevin James as a high school science teacher who becomes an MMA fighters.  The film also stars Salma Hayek and opens on October 12th.
  • 10 Years – This ensemble comedy stars Channing Tatum, Rosario Dawson, Chris Pratt and more as a group of friends gathering for their high school reunion.  The film opens on September 14th.
  • Let Go – The ensemble indie dramedy stars Kevin Hart, Gillian Jacobs, and David Denman and tells the intertwining stories of three offbeat characters.  The film hits DVD and VOD on August 21st.
  • Cirque Du Soleil: World’s Away – This original story is told through performances by Cirque Du Soleil.  The film opens on December 21st.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.

First Trailer for TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE Starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake

by     Posted 2 years, 24 days ago

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The first trailer for the baseball drama Trouble with the Curve has been released.  Clint Eastwood stars as an aging scout whose daughter (Amy Adams)  reluctantly agrees to accompany him on one last crucial recruiting trip.  Though the jokes are a bit hokey, the film looks to have a genuinely strong story anchored by the chemistry trifecta of Eastwood, Adams, and Justin Timberlake.  Adams has the chance to shine in a strong female role, and the characters don’t seem to be overshadowed by some win-chasing plot device that propels many sports dramas.  Moreover, 90s staple Matthew Lillard pops up in yet another prestigious drama and somehow fits right in.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Directed by Robert Lorenz, the film also stars John Goodman, Matt Bush, Robert Patrick and Scott Eastwood.  The film opens on September 28th.

New Release Dates for TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE, HIT & RUN and THE CONJURING

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trouble-with-the-curve-the-conjuring-hit-and-run-release-dates-sliceHere are a few updated release dates for some upcoming films:

  • Trouble with the Curve, starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake has moved up a week to September 21, 2012.
  • Hit & Run, written/starring/directed by Dax Shepard and also starring Kristen Bell and Bradley Cooper, will open August 22nd, 2012.
  • The Conjuring, previously titled The Warren Files, stars Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor, will open January 25th, 2013.

Hit the jump for more on each film.

First Look at Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, and Justin Timberlake in TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE

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The first images from Robert LorenzTrouble with the Curve have gone online.  Clint Eastwood stars as “Gus, an aging Atlanta Braves scout (Go Braves!) with vision problems whose daughter, Mickey (Amy Adams), reluctantly agrees to be his eyes on a crucial recruiting trip.”  I assume Gus realizes he needs help when he says it’s time to send pitcher Randall Delgado up to the big leagues because those grand slams he’s giving up are just really blurry foul balls.

The film also stars Justin Timberlake as a young rival scout who respects Gus (and develops feelings for Mickey), John Goodman as the Braves’ clubhouse boss (Go Braves!), and Matthew Lillard as a recruiter who “clashes with Gus over a green power hitter named Bo Gentry (newcomer Joe Massingill), so the veteran embarks on a road trip to follow Gentry and gather more information.”  I don’t know when the film takes place, but right now the Braves have solid power hitting in McCann and Uggla.  What we need is a starting pitcher.  Hit the jump to check out the images.  Trouble with the Curve opens September 28th (Go Braves!).

Matt Bush and Michael Chiklis Talk HIGH SCHOOL, TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE, VEGAS and More

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In director John Stalberg’s stoner comedy, High School, soon-to-be valedictorian Henry Burke (Matt Bush) decides to get high for the first time in his life after a chance encounter with the school’s resident drug head, Travis Breaux (Sean Marquette).  Shortly afterward, he discovers that the school’s dictatorial principal, Dr. Leslie Gordon (Michael Chiklis), has just instituted a zero tolerance drug policy.  When Gordon schedules a mandatory drug test for the entire school the next day, Henry sees his dreams of a bright college future are about to go up in smoke.  His only option involves stealing law student-turned-drug dealer Psycho Ed’s (Adrien Brody) stash of high powered ganga.

At the press day for High School, we sat down at a roundtable interview with Chiklis and Bush.  Chiklis, who portrayed Detective Vic Mackey on FX’s ground-breaking drama The Shield, revealed what attracted him to the project, how he developed his character, and why he had fun playing the outrageous role.  Bush discussed how the film compared to his real-life high school experience and why he enjoys playing characters that are distinctly different.  They also told us about their latest projects including Chiklis’ new CBS television series, Vegas, with Dennis Quaid and Bush’s feature film, Trouble with the Curve, with Clint Eastwood.

Lea Michele in Talks for SPRING AWAKENING; Scott Eastwood to Join Clint Eastwood in TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE

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We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share with you today. First up, Glee star Lea Michele may finally get her wish of reprising a Broadway role in the feature film adaptation. Michele was previously up for the role of Eponine in Tom Hooper’s movie musical Les Miserables (she starred as Young Cosette on Broadway and as Eponine at the Hollywood Bowl), but stage star Samantha Barks ultimately won the part. Now the actress is apparently in talks for the movie version of Spring Awakening. Michele originated the female lead in the smash hit Broadway musical, and director McG recently told E! Online that he’s in talks with the actress to reprise the role for his feature adaptation.

The This Means War director stressed that they have to see if Michele’s Glee schedule interferes with his shooting schedule, but he’s hopefuly things will work out. Steve sat down with McG recently and the director gave updates on all of his upcoming projects, including Spring Awakening. He said that he’s planning on putting a Baz Luhrmann-esque spin on the movie. No word on how soon filming will begin, but I sincerely hope Jonathan Groff reprises his Broadway lead in the film as well. Hit the jump for casting news regarding Clint Eastwood’s baseball drama Trouble with the Curve.

John Goodman Joins Clint Eastwood in the Baseball Drama TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE

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The cast for the baseball drama Trouble with the Curve is shaping up to be quite impressive. Clint Eastwood first signed on to the pic to play a baseball scout going blind who decides to take his daughter on one last scouting trip. Amy Adams quickly joined the cast as Eastwood’s daughter, and recently Justin Timberlake—furthering his increasingly impressive film resume—signed on to play a former pitcher and current scout who takes a liking to Adams.  Now Variety reports that John Goodman has signed on to play “an old-school scout and longtime friend of Eastwood’s character who still believes in the man’s ability to spot talent.” Goodman makes a fantastic addition, and I’m becoming more and more interested in this project with each casting announcement.

Eastwood’s longtime producing partner Robert Lorenz is making his directorial debut with the drama, which was written by Randy Brown. Goodman recently wrapped two highly anticipated projects—Robert Zemeckis’ return to live-action Flight with Denzel Washington, and Ben Affleck’s next directorial effort Argo. He’s also set to soon reteam with Joel and Ethan Coen on the folk music pic Inside Llewyn Davis which also stars Timberlake.

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