Warner Bros. is moving up director Robert Lorenz’s Trouble With the Curve baseball pic by one week, from Sept. 28 to Sept. 21, THR is reporting.
The father-daughter sports drama stars Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams and marks Eastwood’s first acting role since his acclaimed performance in the Gran Torino in 2008. It’s also the first film he’s starred in that he hasn’t directed since In the Line of Fire.
Lorenz is Eastwood’s longtime producing partner. Trouble With the Curve — positioned to take advantage of baseball playoffs — marks Lorenz’s feature directorial debut.
Trouble With the Curve also stars Justin Timberlake, Matthew Lillard, John Goodman and Joe Massingill.
Written by Randy Brown, Trouble With the Curve stars Eastwood as an Atlanta Braves baseball scout who brings his daughter (Adams) on his final trip to woo a younger player (Massingill). The situation becomes complicated when he and his daughter encounter a rival scout (Timberlake).
Eastwood and Lorenz produced the film.
INTO THE WOODS
Family and Youth Matinee
August 22 at 3pm
Act I Only
Run-time 90 minutes
This special Family and Youth Matinee of the free Shakespeare in the Park production of Into the Woods is designed to engage younger audiences and to serve families unable to attend evening performances. Tickets to the August 22 matinee of Into the Woods are free.
EXCLUSIVE: Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master will join the competition roster at the Venice Film Festival, and it might well be part of the Toronto International Film Festival program as well. There has been speculation in recent weeks that The Master could have a Venice berth, but it was not among the films announced by festival organizers last week. I’m told that the film has now been locked, and that Harvey Weinstein will get a prime Saturday slot to launch it into the Oscar-season fray. It certainly ramps up the buzz factor at the festival, partly because critics finally get to decide for themselves how much the title character played by Philip Seymour Hoffman was influenced by L. Ron Hubbard and his formation of Scientology.
I don’t think The Master will play Telluride, where a lot of Oscar bait pictures screen in an unofficial capacity, but I’ve heard that Toronto is a real possibility before The Weinstein Company opens the film September 21. The film also stars Joaquin Phoenix as a young drifter who becomes The Master’s right hand man, and Amy Adams, who plays the title character’s wife.
Both Donna Murphy, who plays the Witch, and Amy Adams, the Baker’s Wife, in the Public Theater’s revival of “Into the Woods” — Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s musical based on stories from the Grimm brothers — have solid fairy-tale credentials. Ms. Adams was Giselle in “Enchanted,” the 2007 Disney movie about a cartoon princess who springs to real life in New York City. Ms. Murphy, in “Tangled,” the 2010 animated version of the Rapunzel story, was Mother Gothel, Rapunzel’s abductor. She also tried out for the role of the Witch in the 1987 premiere of “Into the Woods,” losing out, after several callbacks, to Bernadette Peters.
But the director of the current show, Timothy Sheader, an Englishman, was only dimly aware of those connections. He had to be reminded that Ms. Adams had some musical theater in her background and hired her mostly because she is a movie star with three Oscar nominations on her résumé. He hired Ms. Murphy for the reason any sane person would: because she is a legendary Broadway performer and a Sondheim veteran (a Tony winner for her performance in “Passion”) whom Ben Brantley of The New York Times once called a “superwoman.”
EW has released the first look of Amy on “Trouble With The Curve”. The film stars Clint Eastwood as an ailing baseball scout in his twilight years who takes his daughter (Amy Adams) along for one last recruiting trip. It’s the first time in almost 20 years than Clint has stepped in front of the camera to act for any director other than himself.
Trouble With The Curve hits theaters next September 20!
The Public Theater has announced that the first public preview of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods, which was scheduled for July 23 at the Delacorte Theater, has been postponed due to “weather delays.”
Heavy rains during the July 18 week caused delays in the production schedule, according to a production spokesperson. The cancellation of the public performance is not due to the July 23 weather forecast for the New York City area. The production team will use the July 23 evening as the final invited dress rehearsal.
The first preview of the musical, which explores the shadows of well-known children’s fairytales, will now be held July 24 at 8 PM.