Film Review: ‘Draft Day’ Starring Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary
Apr 2014 10

DraftDayMoviePosterIf there’s anything Kevin Costner knows, it’s sports films.

Costner, whose film career has spanned five different decades, has permanently endeared himself in the hearts of baseball fans everywhere with his performances in Bull DurhamField of Dreams, and For Love of the Game. He played a golfer in Tin Cup. Now, after helping save the world earlier this year in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and 3 Days to Kill, Costner’s going back to the sports world into uncharted territory (for him, anyway): football.

Now, I’ll admit I’m probably a bit biased when it comes to sports films. I grew up rooting for the Cardinals and Blues, and when the Rams moved to town, I adopted them as my football team. I’ve rooted for SLU and Mizzou sports for as long as I can remember. So it bothers me a bit when people quickly dismiss sports films, claiming either the topic is trivial to them or the ending is predictable.

And their points aren’t entirely invalid. Sports films tend to follow a particular formula, and they’re not going to be interesting to everyone. Draft Day tries to throw twists and surprises into the story, but for the most part, it’s generally predictable. Fortunately, though, it still works, and it works well.

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Rams Head West – to Chesterfield Valley – for ‘Draft Day’ Film Screening
Apr 2014 09

Football season’s over, right?

Tell that to the members of the St. Louis Rams who attended Tuesday night’s screening of the film Draft Day. Starring Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, and Denis Leary, the film is scheduled for release Friday.

Pro Bowl punter Johnny Hekker talks with no-award-winning writer Steve Kelley about his off-season.

Pro Bowl punter Johnny Hekker talks with no-award-winning writer Steve Kelley about his off-season.

Hoping to stir up some excitement for the actual NFL draft (May 8-10) as well as the upcoming season, several players on the Rams roster (and some cheerleaders, much to the delight of the males in the audience) came out to the Chesterfield Galaxy theater and mingled with season ticket holders, signing autographs and taking pictures with the fans.

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WWE Hall-of-Famer “The Ultimate Warrior” James Brian Hellwig Dead at 54
Apr 2014 09

The Ultimate Warrior makes an appearance on RAW the night after Wrestlemania, the day before his death.

The Ultimate Warrior makes an appearance on RAW the night after Wrestlemania, the day before his death. © WWE.

The Ultimate Warrior signing autographs before Wrestlemania 30, just days before his death.[/caption]Legendary WWE superstar Ultimate Warrior is dead. The former world heavyweight champion, who gained global fame in the 80s and 90s with the World Wrestling Federation, collapsed outside his hotel room in Arizona around 5:50 p.m. on Tuesday. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. Warrior was 54 years old.

This shocking news comes just one day after Warrior, born Jim Brian Hellwig, was seen on WWE TV’s Monday Night Raw. Warrior had been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on Saturday night. The Warrior speech at the Hall of Fame was seen as vindication by many wrestling fans, as Warrior had a tumultuous relationship with the WWE following his departure from the company in the 1996. Warrior and the company spent years embroiled in lawsuits following a DVD titled “Self-Destruction” portrayed the Warrior as an ego-maniac. Hellwig legally adopted the name Warrior in the late 90s, and spoke of embodying a warrior-like lifestyle of pushing his body to the limit. Warrior frequently spoke out against drug usage, referring to several past wrestler as weak-minded due to their abuse of substances.

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WWE Review: WrestleMania 30 – A Weekend to Remember
Apr 2014 08

WrestleMania weekend was everything I thought it would be. Fun, entertaining, and one hell of a long drive!

3 Wrestling FriendsI embarked on the journey to New Orleans with three friends. We left Thursday night, stopped in Tunica, which was not a good idea. The slot machines did not treat me well, however, the rest of the weekend would prove to be much better. After a night in Tunica, we finished the drive to New Orleans on Friday. Once we arrived, we checked into our hotel, a La Quinta Inn, about 3 miles from downtown New Orleans. Once we got situated, we took a cab to the French Quarter. Having never been to New Orleans before, I was quite shocked at how big of a party Bourbon Street actually was. Bars lined the street for blocks, along with strip clubs and souvenir shops. Chants of “Yes, Yes, Yes” were heard frequently throughout the evening. It was pretty cool to see so many wrestling fans from literally all over the world. I spoke with people from all over the world, ranging from Houston, Texas to Scotland. The WWE is really a global phenomenon.

Hulk Hogan and Jeremy

Jeremy and his hero, Hulk Hogan.

After drinking the night away, Saturday morning came way to early.  I got up early that morning to go the meet and greet of my childhood hero, Hulk Hogan. He was signing autographs and posing for pictures at the WrestleMania Axxess event at the very large New Orleans Convention Center. Due to begin at 8 A.M., Hogan actually arrived about 15 minutes early. After about a 20 minute wait, I got the chance I have been waiting 25 years for.

Hogan greeted me with a handshake and of course “Brother!” He signed my WWE title belt and we posed for a picture. Yes, I do believe we had a moment. After that brief, but most important encounter, I was off to find my friends and head for Wrestlecon.

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TRANSCENDENCE opens April 18! Enter to Win Passes to the St. Louis Advance Screening!
Apr 2014 08

Enter for your chance to receive a pair of passes to a special advance screening!

Johnny-Depp-Transcendence-2014-Movie-PosterDr. Will Caster is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed—to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn and friend Max, both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can… but if they should. Their worst fears are realized as Will’s thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power—to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him.

Cast: Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Clifton Collins, Jr., Morgan Freeman
Director: Wally Pfister

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