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‘Calico Joe’, John Grisham’s Baseball Novel, Being Turned Into a Movie By George Clooney (and Bob Dylan)

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Stop me if you heard this one: Geroge Clooney, Jon Grisham, and Bob Dylan get together and say, “Let’s make a movie!” No, this isn’t the set-up of a joke. Instead, it’s news about a new movie. George Clooney is considering directing Calico Joe, a film adapted from the John Grisham novel of the same name. And Bob Dylan’s Grey Water Park Productions is set to produce. While Grisham is primarily known for his legal thrillers, Calico Joe is about a baseball player in the 1970s who ends up in a coma for three decades after being struck by a pitch.

Variety is reporting the Calico Joe movie news, stating that George Clooney and producing/writing partner Grant Heslov are developing the project with Clooney possibly directing as well. And, perhaps most surprising of all, Bob Dylan is also involved in the project, via his Grey Water Park Productions. Here’s the synopsis of Grisham’s book:

It’s the summer of 1973, and Joe Castle is the boy wonder of baseball, the greatest rookie anyone has ever seen. The kid from Calico Rock, Arkansas, dazzles Chicago Cubs fans as he hits home run after home run, politely tipping his hat to the crowd as he shatters all rookie records. Calico Joe quickly becomes the idol of every baseball fan in America, including Paul Tracey, the young son of a hard-partying and hard-throwing New York Mets pitcher. On the day that Warren Tracey finally faces Calico Joe, Paul is in the stands, rooting for his idol but also for his dad. Then Warren throws a fastball that will change their lives forever.

The book is partially inspired by 1920s baseball player Ray Chapman, who is the only Major League Baseball player to die from an injury received during a game. Chapman was struck in the head by a pitch and died 12 hours later. At the time, ballgames would usually only stick with one ball, no matter how damaged or dirty it got. This often made the ball hard to see. After Chapman’s death lead Major League Baseball established a rule to replace a ball during a game whenever it got dirty.

“John has written a beautiful story and the chance to collaborate with Bob to bring it to the screen is just fantastic,” said Clooney and Heslov. Dylan added: “George and Grant see in this book what I see in it – a powerful story that will resonate with young and old alike. People in all walks of life will be able to relate to it.”

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‘House Of Cards’ actor Michael Kelly shines in the SXSW dramedy ‘All Square’

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In a unique role for ‘House Of Cards’ actor Michael Kelly, the new indie dark comedy ‘All Square’ taps into a side of him we have never seen before.  Typically playing darker roles in tonally serious series and films, in his newest movie ‘All Square’, Kelly plays a Billy Bob Thornton-esque bookie named John “Zibs” Zbikowski whose clients consist of parents and neighbors in the Baltimore suburb Dundalk who bet on little league baseball. A truly unique and comical premise that taps into the life of a lonely, middle aged drunk with deep rooted issues that he has never gotten past.

John is consistently making the mistake of taking bets on credit and, when he inevitably doesn’t get paid, he turns to violence and thievery. The film starts off slightly dark but remains comical and oddly charming, nonetheless. That said, Kelly does a fantastic job of playing the essential anti-hero that deep down is just looking for a human connection.

John meets Brian the morning after his night with Debbie, and a quick and unlikely friendship is formed. Brian is actually part of the little league that John takes bets on and is thrilled to meet a man that is filling the void of a father figure, which he never had. The two form a paternal bond, even though John would claim otherwise. Kelly does a superb job of playing a man that thinks he’s a kid at heart while subconsciously looking for that same connection that Brian is.

Their unlikely friendship blossoms, however, it’s clear that John’s influence on Brian isn’t necessarily a positive one, as he somewhat involves him in his schemes of recouping money that’s owed to him.

At the very least, John is not a great role model and Debbie becomes wary of all of the time her son is spending with her alcoholic one night stand. Brian’s character matures as John’s continues to go further downhill.

The final act takes a sharp, darker turn as John’s life continues to crumble in front of our eyes. Every single endearing thing that John has done throughout the film is trumped by his angry, immature and harmful behavior towards others and himself. Finally at rock bottom, we see a man that is somewhat figuring out the error of his ways, which would have never happened without the tight bond he and Brian had formed. Finally, someone is getting through to him and it just so happens to be a 12-year-old boy.

‘All Square’ isn’t perfect, but neither is life. Kelly and Sheps are a brilliant pair, somehow emotionally meeting in the middle. One thing that the film was lacking, however, was a strong female presence. With a powerhouse like Adlon having what should have been a pivotal role in the film, it seemed as though her part was skimmed over and not as important as it should have been. That said, this is a film about a father-son like bond that develops in ways that neither character expected and changes both forever.

Director John Hyams had a good pulse on the story and really tapped into the maturity and immaturity of both characters. With dark-yet-comedic moments, Hyams was able to take the audience on an emotional rollercoaster that didn’t necessarily tie itself up into a pretty bow, which made it that much more real.

‘All Square’ will be in theaters and on demand on October 12th.  Check out the exclusive clip below!

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Prabhas Cut His Birthday Cake On The Sets Of ‘Radhe Shyam’ In Italy-View Pics

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South superstar, Prabhas is currently gearing up for the release of his romantic period drama -‘Radhe Shyam’. The film features Pooja Hegde as his love interest. The crew members are currently shooting in Italy, as the film is set in the backdrop of 1970’s Europe. As the ‘Baahubali’ star rang in his 41st birthday celebrations on Friday i.e October 23 and he cut his birthday cake on the sets of his upcoming flick.

Prabhas’ Birthday celebration pictures are going viral on the internet today. Dressed up neatly in an olive green jacket and grey trousers, he looks absolutely breath-taking in his Birthday look. After cutting the cake, he struck a pose with choreographer, Vaibhavi Merchant and the director, Radha Krishna Kumar. Here, check out the stylish pictures.

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— Samanta Mahnaz Ishika(Prashika??) (@BDPrabhasfc)

Pics are still raining ?❤️❤️❤️Pabsuuuuu is solo happy!

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Prabhas surely gives us major lifestyle goals, doesn’t he?

The ‘Darling’ star was last seen sharing the screen space with Shraddha Kapoor in ‘Saaho’. And he had recently treated his fans with the announcement of collaborating with Deepika Padukone and Amitabh Bachchan for Nag Ashwin’s upcoming film.

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SNEAK PEEK: Preview Marvel’s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #51!

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“LAST REMAINS” CONTINUES!“LAST REMAINS” continues as Spider-Man seeks help from Doctor Strange. SPOILER ALERT…it’s not going to be enough. Spider-Man does what many would find unthinkable to take the fight to Kindred.

Written by: Nick Spencer

Art/Cover Arty by: Patrick Gleason

On sale October 28th!

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I remember stealing my older brother’s copy of a Punisher comic and it was all down hill from there. I went to a Navy recruiter’s office with the promise of cake. I was lied to and 20 years later here I am. I enjoy summers off with my family at our timeshare on Gallifrey.

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