Every movie has its quotable moments, but sports movies are the best. They can inspire even more than regular movies. Here are 10 that may get you to jump out of your chair and do 10 pushups right away. Or something like that.
1. Field of Dreams
"The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time." - When reading this, people are legally obligated to use James Earl Jones' bass voice.
2. A League of Their Own
"Are you crying? Are you crying? ARE YOU CRYING? There's no crying! THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!" -- Tom Hanks' Jimmy Duggan was in need of sensitivity training when talking to his female players.
"You're gonna eat lightnin' and you're gonna crap thunder!" - Mickey's promise to Rocky while training him could have been dangerous if true. At the very least, you'd hate to be in the next stall.
4. Slap Shot
"I'm listening to the f-----g song!" - Steve Hanson's reply to the referee giving him a warning during the national anthem about possibly dirty play never fails to make me laugh. (NSFW Language: You might want to wear headphones or close your office door for this one.)
5. Raging Bull
"You didn't get me down, Ray." -- Jake LaMotta's retort to Sugar Ray Robinson after their fight shows Robert De Niro at his best.
6. Bull Durham
"Wow. Anything that goes that far needs a stewardess on it." -- Truth be told, I could just have nine Bull Durham quotes here and they'd all be great. Crash Davis' explanation to Nuke LaLoosh about just playing and not thinking things too deeply is sage advice indeed. (NSFW Language: You might want to wear headphones or close your office door for this one.)
"IT'S IN THE HOLE!!" -- Too bad some idiot co-opted Carl Spackler's quote and made it "GET IN THE HOLE!" whenever Tiger Woods was about to shoot.
8. The Sandlot
"You're killing me, Smalls!" -- This might be the most-used catchphrase in the history of ever.
9. Chariots of Fire
"I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure." - Many people could say the same thing about what their best talent makes them feel like.
10. Major League
"Juuuuuuuuuuuuust a bit outside." -- Bob Uecker's character, announcer Harry Doyle, makes me crack up every time I hear his play-by-play of Ricky Vaughn's first pitch. (NSFW Language: You might want to wear headphones or close your office door for this one)
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It seems a bit odd to take on a movie review of Courtney Solomon's Getaway, as only in the loosest terms is Getaway actually a movie. We begin without questions — other than a vague and frustrating "What the hell is going on?" — and end without answers, watching Ethan Hawke drive his car into things (and people) for the hour and a half in between. We learn very little along the way, probed to engage in the mystery of the journey. But we don't, because there's no reason to.
There's not a single reason to wonder about any of the things that happen to Hawke's former racecar driver/reformed criminal — forced to carry out a series of felonious commands by a mysterious stranger who is holding his wife hostage — because there doesn't seem to be a single ounce of thought poured into him beyond what he see. We learn, via exposition delivered by him to gun-toting computer whiz Selena Gomez, that he "did some bad things" before meeting the love of his life and deciding to put that all behind him. Then, we stop learning. We stop thinking. We start crashing into police cars and Christmas trees and power plants.
Why is Selena Gomez along for the ride? Well, the beginnings of her involvement are defensible: Hawke is carrying out his slew of vehicular crimes in a stolen car. It's her car. And she's on a rampage to get it back. But unaware of what she's getting herself into, Gomez confronts an idling Hawke with a gun, is yanked into the automobile, and forced to sit shotgun while the rest of the driver's "assignments" are carried out. But her willingness to stick by Hawke after hearing his story is ludicrous. Their immediate bickering falls closer to catty sexual tension than it does to genuine derision and fear (you know, the sort of feelings you'd have for someone who held you up or forced you into accessorizing a buffet of life-threatening crimes).
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The "gradual" reversal of their relationship is treated like something we should root for. But with so little meat packed into either character, the interwoven scenes of Hawke and Gomez warming up to each other and becoming a team in the quest to save the former's wife serve more than anything else as a breather from all the grotesque, impatient, deliberately unappealing scenes of city wreckage.
And as far as consolidating the mystery, the film isn't interested in that either, as evidenced by its final moments. Instead of pressing focus on the answers to whatever questions we may have, the movie's ultimate reveal is so weak, unsubstantial, and entirely disconnected to the story entirely, that it seems almost offensive to whatever semblance of a film might exist here to go out on this note. Offensive to the idea of film and story in general, as a matter of fact. But Getaway isn't concerned with these notions. Not with story, character, logic, or humanity. It just wants to show us a bunch of car crashes and explosions. So you'd think it might have at least made those look a little better.
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James Franco submitted to that most ego-deflating of Hollywood rituals last night: A Comedy Central Roast. His This Is the End pals Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and Aziz Ansari, along with Sarah Silverman, Nick Kroll, and professional roaster Jeff Ross, convened in Los Angeles to make fun of Franco's ambiguous sexuality, roster of bad movies, pretentious art projects, and, of course, his legendarily awful 2011 co-hosting of the Oscars. That last point is particularly interesting because, though many of these topics were already mined for comedy in This Is the End, the Oscars weren't, almost as if it was still too sore a point. Obviously, that was not the case. Check out our picks for the funniest 12 Jokes of the Night below.
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1. Seth Rogen: "Judd Apatow was going to direct this roast, but Comedy Central didn’t want it to be 40 minutes too long.”
2. Rogen: “Franco, you look like you’re asleep. Did you just read a James Franco book? In all seriousness, he is a very hardworking actor. He once told me he worked for 36 hours straight, which I don’t believe, the straight part, obviously.”
3. Rogen: “James has acted alongside some amazing actors — Robert DeNiro, Tommy Lee Jones. He once played opposite an unruly chimp with giant teeth but it was worth it because Eat, Pray, Love turned out awesome. What? Is she here? She’s not here. Like she f–king watches this bulls–t.
4. Nick Kroll: “James Franco is truly our generation’s James Dean. So handsome that you forget he’s only been in two good movies. Dean, of course, died at the tender age of 24 sparing himself the embarrassment of writing self-indulgent short stories and getting roasted by a bunch of jealous Jew monsters.
5. Kroll: “If at any point James fully opens his eyes tonight, there will be six more weeks of summer.”
6. Jonah Hill: “He recently got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which is incredible because now critics and homeless people can s–t on him all the time.”
7. Sarah Silverman: “Jonah actually gained 50 pounds for his role in the new Martin Scorsese film because the producers wanted the character to be a Jonah Hill type. But seriously you’ve had such a body transformation in the past couple of years. You have come a long way from just being Sonny and Cher’s daughter.”
8. Aziz Ansari: “I saw Jeff Ross at a comedy club the other night. A woman comes up to him and goes, ‘Hey, if you’re who I think you are, I’m definitely sleeping with you tonight.’ And he goes, ‘Hell yeah I’m Jeff Ross.’ And she goes, ‘Oops sorry. I thought you were the main orc from The Lord of The Rings.”
9. Ansari: “So many gay jokes tonight about Franco. Apparently if you’re clean, well dressed and mildly cultured, you’re super gay now. Is that why the rest of you guys are so aggressively fat and dirty? You think if you read one book and take a shower, dicks are going to just fly into your face.”
10. James Franco: “I agreed to do this roast because I wanted to do something I’ve never done before — something that has zero artistic value, something nobody will remember three months from now, something that’s offensive, homophobic and stars horrifically untalented people and something that’s only a big deal to a handful of teenage stoners on Twitter. You might say, ‘James, didn’t you just describe Your Highness? I wouldn’t know I didn’t see Your Highness.”
Franco: “The joke’s on all of you. This is not a roast. This is my greatest most elaborate art installation ever. I’m not the real guest of honor, these aren’t real comedians and we’re not even on a real network. What you’ve seen tonight was my brilliant opus to sequester an artistic visionary and subject him to the mindless incoherent trashings of talentless abnormalities. I call it Genius Unscathed and this is my masterpiece”
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Kevin Spacey's online series House Of Cards looks set to topple the competition at the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards after picking up a raft of top nominations. The political thriller, which airs online via Netflix.com, has won a nod in the Outstanding Drama Series category, while also picking up dramatic acting nominations for its leads, Spacey and Robin Wright. It garnered six nominations altogether and made history by becoming the first show not on TV to join the race for a top Emmy statue.
American Horror Story: Asylum garnered the most nominations with 17, followed closely by Game of Thrones with 16.
Last year's (12) big winners Homeland and Breaking Bad have kept up with the competition - they both are up for Outstanding Drama Series, along with Mad Men, Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey.
Spacey faces tough competition from Homeland's Damian Lewis and Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston for Lead Actor in a Drama, as well as Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville, The Newsroom star Jeff Daniels, and Mad Men's Jon Hamm.
Meanwhile, Wright will be pitted against Connie Britton (Nashville), Claire Danes (Homeland), Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), and Kerry Washington (Scandal) for the Lead Actress in a Drama prize.
In comedy, The Big Bang Theory, Girls, Louie, Modern Family, 30 Rock and Veep will vie for Outstanding Comedy Series.
In the comedy acting categories, 30 Rock's Tina Fey will battle it out with Laura Dern (Enlightened), Lena Dunham (Girls), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) and Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), while her co-star Alec Baldwin is nominated alongside Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Louis C.K. (Louie), Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Matt LeBlanc (Episodes), and Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory).
Movie icon Michael Douglas will go up against his Behind the Candelabra co-star Matt Damon for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie category for his Liberace biopic, while Al Pacino landed a nod in the same category for his title role in Phil Spector.
Pacino's co-star Dame Helen Mirren is nominated alongside Sigourney Weaver (Political Animal) and Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Asylum) for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie.
The nominations were announced by Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul and the upcoming prizegiving's host Neil Patrick Harris, who was a last-minute replacement for actress Kate Mara after she suffered travel problems on the way to Los Angeles.
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards will take place at the Nokia Theatre in L.A. on 22 September (13).
The main list of nominees is as follows:
Outstanding Drama Series:
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:
Connie Britton, Nashville
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:
Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire
Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Morena Baccarin, Homeland
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Outstanding Comedy Series:
The Big Bang Theory
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Louis C.K., Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:
Laura Dern, Enlightened
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:
Adam Driver, Girls
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ed O'Neill, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live
Tony Hale, Veep
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Jane Lynch, Glee
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Outstanding Miniseries or Movie:
American Horror Story: Asylum
Behind the Candelabra
Top of the Lake
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie:
Benedict Cumberbatch, Parade's End
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Toby Jones, The Girl
Al Pacino, Phil Spector
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie:
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum
Laura Linney, The Big C Hereafter
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals.
This morning Neil Patrick Harris and Aaron Paul, fillng in for Kate Mara, whose flight was delayed, announced the 2013 Emmy Awards nominations. Here's the full list of nominees. Did your favorite make the cut?
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey Damian Lewis, Homeland Kevin Spacey, House of Cards Jon Hamm, Mad Men Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey Claire Danes, Homeland Robin Wright, House of Cards Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men Connie Britton, Nashville Kerry Washington, Scandal
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra Toby Jones, The Girl Benedict Cumberbatch, Parade's End Al Pacino, Phil Spector
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum Laura Linney, The Big C Helen Mirren, Phil Spector Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake
Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program Ryan Seacrest, American Idol Betty White, Betty White's Off Their Rockers Tom Bergeron, Dancing With The Stars Heidi Klum, Project Runway Tim Gunn, Project Runway Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance Anthony Bourdain, The Taste
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series Jason Bateman, Arrested Development Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory Matt Leblanc, Episodes Don Cheadle, House of Lies Louis C.K., Louie Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series Laura Dern, Enlightened Lena Dunham, Girls Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation Tina Fey, 30 Rock Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Outstanding Reality - Competition Program The Amazing Race Dancing With The Stars Project Runway So You Think You Can DanceTop Chef The Voice
Outstanding Variety Series The Colbert Report The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Jimmy Kimmel Live Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Real Time With Bill Maher Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Miniseries Or Movie American Horror Story: Asylum Behind The Candelabra The Bible Phil Spector Political Animals Top Of The Lake
Outstanding Comedy Series The Big Bang Theory Girls Louie 30 Rock Veep
Outstanding Drama Series Breaking Bad Downton Abbey Game Of Thrones Homeland House Of Cards Mad Men
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad Jim Carter, Downton Abbey Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones Morena Baccarin, Homeland Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
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Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Quincy Jones and Josh Groban were among the stars who came together in New York on Saturday night (11May13) for a memorial in honour of late music producer Phil Ramone. The producer and sound engineer died at the age of 79 on 30 March (13), just weeks after he was hospitalised to treat an aortic aneurysm, and several of his famous friends gathered at the Salvation Army's Centennial Memorial Temple for a celebration of his life.
Matthew Morrison, Paul Simon and Kevin Spacey also attended the show, and the Glee star shared a picture of a commemorative programme from the event on his Twitter.com page.
He added, "Great memorial for Phil Ramone with QuincyDJones (sic), Josh Groban, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Kevin Spacey. Such an honor!"
Groban also took to his page on the site to reveal, "Sang at a wonderful, musical memorial for my dear friend Phil Ramone tonight. So much love was in the room and he is missed."
Don't ever stop believin' Glee Fans! FOX has just announced that Glee has been awarded with not one — but two additional seasons. The network announced Friday morning that the hit musical-comedy has been renewed for a Season 5 and Season 6.
Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company, revealed how pleased the network is to have Glee for another two years. “Glee debuted as the first and only successful musical comedy series on television, and more than four years later, it continues to defy genres, break new ground and have a significant impact on popular culture,” said Reilly.
“Week in and week out, Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan, Dante DiLoreto and the entire Glee team deliver a series that not only delights and surprises fans, but also inspires them to talk about, share, debate and engage with the show – and I’m absolutely thrilled to have them on board for another two seasons,” Reilly concluded.
Glee creator Ryan Murphy added, “I am very grateful to Kevin, Dana and Gary for their incredible support of this series from the beginning. But I also want to thank our loyal audience, whose passion and enthusiasm continue to amaze and inspire us.”
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Actor/playwright Steven Berkoff has accused Kevin Spacey of ignoring new writing talent by only staging revivals of popular plays at his Old Vic theatre in London. The Octopussy star, who has written numerous stage productions over the years, has taken aim at Spacey over his role as artistic director of the theatre company in the British capital, insisting he should do more to boost upcoming playwrights.
He tells the London Evening Standard, "All Spacey does is revivals and summer stock. It means the Old Vic is now a place just for tourists."
Upcoming shows at the Old Vic this year (13) include a revival of Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth, starring Kim Cattrall, and William Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing, with James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave.
Each week, Hollywood gives us something to whine about, and the week of April 1 was no different. We could make a drinking game out of this week, but that would be too dangerous. Instead, we'll stick to the usual formula: varying levels of alcoholic respite depending on how bothersome the week's issues are. Is your biggest complaint this week a flimsy one? How about a light cocktail to take the edge off? Got a real bone to pick with a celeb or entertainment entity this week? Go ahead, grab a drink that'll put hair on your chest. Here are the week's entertainment stories that are forcing us to seek a bubbly or boozy refuge. And maybe an idea or two about how you should wash them down.
Slam Back a Frosty Beer:
Farewell Roger Ebert: On Thursday, famed film critic Roger Ebert passed away from cancer. We will all miss his defining voice on pop culture and will never forget all that he's done.
The Kardashian sisters are suing their ex-stepmother: Apparently, she's been selling photos to the tabloids of the Kardashians... because heaven forbid that Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney end up in the media!
Bradley Cooper got a perm: We never thought something could make Cooper look bad... until now.
Ryan Cabrera tattooed Ryan Gosling's face on his calf: And the image was taken from a "How to Draw" site.
Mix a Gin and Tonic... But Make It a Double:
Huge missed opportunity: In all the Late Night show hullabaloo, why wasn't a woman considered to take over for Jay Leno?
Disney shut down LucasArts: The videogame company overseen by Lucasfilm that’s produced nearly three decades worth of Star Wars and Indiana Jones games, not to mention the Monkey Island saga, will be no more.
Courtney Stodden posed nude: And got groped by a zombie. You read that right.
Buckwild star died at 21: Shain Gandee was found dead in his car on Monday along with two of his relatives. MTV halted production on Season 2 of the show.
Screw it... Just Take a Shot:
We live in a society where anti-rape underwear is a thing: This shouldn't have to be an invention that exists. It really shouldn't.
The Late Night war got nasty: David Letterman talked sh*t about Leno, NBC, and the whole ordeal. Can we just be done with all the drama?
Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray serenades Anderson Cooper from jail: We really don't know what to make of this one. Take two shots.
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Hooray for Horrible Bosses! No, not mean managers, but the 2011 hit film.
After ages of negotiations, New Line has announced that Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis will be back for the sequel, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The comedy — which watched three friends as they plotted to kill their respective bosses, only one of whom was successful — will feature a new set of bosses. Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Spacey —the two bosses who made it out alive in the first film — could come back for a cameo.
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In addition Jamie Foxx, a.k.a. Dean "Mother F--ka" Jones is also in talks to return to his role as the trio's murder consultant. The movie is said to start filming at the end of the summer.
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