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Thursday, March 03, 2016

3/3/16: KC set to play NASA chief in "Hidden Figures"

Kevin Costner has apparently been signed to play James Webb, NASA administrator from 1961-68, in the movie "Hidden Figures," based on the book about a team of female, African-American scientists who helped with John Glenn's Friendship 7 mission in 1962. Octavia Spencer, who worked with KC in "Black or White," and Taraji P. Henson are also slated to star:

Monday, May 04, 2015

RIP Michael Blake

Michael Blake, who wrote the exquisite book and screenplay for "Dances With Wolves," has died:

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

September 23, 2014: Hollywood Is Afraid of the Dark - and the Light

By Sylvia Gurinsky

During the late 1950s, singer Nat King Cole had a weekly variety program on NBC. He sang, of course, and featured many of the greatest singers of the 20th century, black and white.

But NBC struggled to get sponsors for the show, and it was cancelled after a short time. Afterward, Cole said, "Madison Avenue is afraid of the dark."

For one, brief shining moment during the 1970s when Norman Lear reigned as television's hit king, Madison Avenue wasn't afraid of the dark. But Hollywood always has been.

How else to explain the fact that "Black and White," Kevin Costner's new film about an interracial child custody battle, can't find a distributor?

Mike Binder, who produced and directed the well-received "The Upside of Anger," does the same here. Octavia Spencer, who won an Oscar playing a maid in "The Help," co-stars.The film was well-received at the Toronto Film Festival.

Major studios that rake in money from comedies starring African-Americans won't touch this film. By the way, those comedies have been revealed to make more money from the studios than movies starring whites. Sadly, the cast members and plot lines don't generally rise above the old "Amos 'n Andy" stereotypes.

Or if there is a major movie about race from a major studio, it's about the past, such as "The Help" or "The Butler." We Shall Overcome, right?

The wine-and-brie crowd that makes up independent filmmakers won't touch this movie, either. Most of them are white, and issues involving race usually don't cross their spheres of thought.

African-Americans may not want to go near this film because it involves uncomfortable issues, including the high rate of drug use among young black men. 

Perhaps cable television would be more open to "Black and White." Perhaps.

The recent upheaval in Ferguson, Missouri over a police shooting of an African-American man shows how far the U.S. has to go with issues of race. The silence about "Black and White" shows how far Hollywood has to go.

The film community complains of a lack of good movies about race?

You have your chance with this one, Hollywood.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

March 12: Fine Interview

Thanks to Em at the Costner Network International board for finding this interview:

Friday, September 20, 2013

September 20: A Bit About "Shadow One"

A bit about the film formerly referred to as the "Jack Ryan film," with some very nice pictures of Mr. Costner:

Film name article

Sunday, September 15, 2013

September 15: Maria Bello will play the coach's wife in "McFarland"

Actually, Maria Bello didn't appear in any scenes with Kevin Costner in "The Company Men" (She worked mostly with Tommy Lee Jones.). But she will play his wife in "McFarland":

Saturday, June 22, 2013

June 22: Lots of Stuff

Sorry for the very long delay between updates. That's what it's like when life happens......

Of course, Kevin Costner is part of the very successful release of "Man of Steel." I'll have a review in coming days.

He's been in Cleveland filming "Draft Day," in which he plays the general manager of the football team the Cleveland Browns. He will soon be headed to New Orleans to film "Black & White," which will be directed by "The Upside of Anger" director Mike Binder.

Other news: "Three Days to Kill," which stars KC as a dying Secret Service agent, is scheduled to be released next Valentine's Day. That will follow "Jack Ryan," which will be released Christmas Day.

There is so much going on, and a great resource is the More Than a Kevin Costner Fan site, which is put together by Janet. Here's the link:

More Than a Kevin Costner Fan