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    Focus Features, Peter Berg Plan Film On Hockey Enforcer Derek Boogaard; Died At 28 - Deadline.com

    Didn't want to make a thread specific to this, and it fit nowhere else, so apologies.

    EXCLUSIVE: Attention on the long term brain damage suffered by contact sports stars has primarily fallen on pro football because of the tragic suicides of superstars like Junior Seau and Dave Duerson, both of whom left behind their brains for study on how on-field collisions made retirement life too much to bear. But the problems reaches other sports, including hockey, and Focus Features and Peter Berg are tackling the issue by focusing on renowned hockey enforcer Derek Boogaard. A shy over-sized who learned to use his fists to make it to the National Hockey League, Boogaard became hooked on painkillers from years of damage, and was found dead at age 28 after mixing prescription drugs with booze.

    Focus has made a deal with The New York Times for an eye-opening series of articles by John Branch entitled Punched Out: The Life And Death Of A Hockey Enforcer. Berg and Film 44 partner Sarah Aubrey are producing, and Berg hopes to direct. Ryan Condal is writing the script, and Josh McLoughlin will oversee the pic. The deal was made by ICM Partners, which reps the Times, and also reps Boogard’s estate and his mother and father, Len and Joanne Boogaard. All of the money they make will go to a charity set up for their son.

    The subject matter here was somewhat covered in that gem of an indie movie Goon. This version clearly demonstrates the price one can pay for doing anything to achieve the dream of every kid skating on the frozen ponds of Saskatoon–to make the National Hockey League. Boogaard was nobody’s idea of a hockey star, but when he learned to fight, he became an invaluable presence who’d drop gloves and clean the clock of any opposing player who messed with the skill players on his team. At a hulking 6’7″ and 270 pounds, Boogaard became known as the Boogeyman, and rarely lost a fight when he played for the Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers. Nightly violent encounters led to broken bones and concussions. After a brawl, the callous on his knuckles would peel off and his hands hurt all the time. By the time he joined the Rangers, he was a shell of his former self. By the time of his death, Boogaard was ingesting huge quantities of pills, and died after a night of boozing. His family hopes that a movie like this will play as a cautionary tale for others whose kids pay the price for realizing a dream that for Boogaard and his family became a nightmare. The subject matter seems a good match with Berg, who directed the Friday Night Lights film and was the architect of the superb TV series that followed.

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    Ang Lee to Next Direct 3D Boxing Film for Universal; Will Depict Classic Fights including Ali/Fraizer’s Thrilla in Manila | Collider

    Ang Lee has settled on his next directorial project after winning the Best Director Oscar for last year’s Life of Pi. Deadline reports that Lee will next helm an untitled 3D film for Universal that’s described as “an epic look at the boxing world of the 1960s and 1970s, as seen through the prism of its biggest rivalries and greatest fights.” The film will include 3D depictions of classic fights, including Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier’s Thrilla in Manila, but it will also have a narrative that connects the sequences. It’s unclear exactly what this narrative is, but Lee is not really one to repeat himself so I imagine we’re in for something wholly unique. Life of Pi showcased some of the best use of 3D ever, so visually this new film should be pretty exciting.

    The report notes that Lee has an eye towards taking “the exploration of 3D technology and cutting-edge visual effects further,” so I can’t wait to see him put that to use against the backdrop of boxing’s heyday.
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    did someone say sports movies??

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    MILLION DOLLAR ARM Trailer and Poster. MILLION DOLLAR ARM Stars Jon Hamm and Alan Arkin | Collider

    Like Jon Hamm...and as nice as this may be, it looks like something he took because he wasn't getting better offers. I don't know if its because he is stuck in that Mad Men part, or, as I keep kinda seeing, hes too old...but the guy should get better projects than this.

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    is it just me or does Grudge Match look terrible?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ucsdguy1 View Post
    is it just me or does Grudge Match look terrible?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ucsdguy1 View Post
    is it just me or does Grudge Match look terrible?

    No, you are incorrect.


    It looks FRIGGIN terrible. Hey...didn't you USED to be Robert DeNiro? What is the over/under for viagra jokes in this'un???? I'll take the over.
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