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10 Best Horse Movies – Celebrating Birthday Of 1973 Triple Crown Winner Secretariat

March 30, 1970. Racing champion Secretariat was born.

After Citation in 1948, Secretariat became the first U.S. Triple Crown winner in 25 years and became the stuff of legend.

New York Post columnist Larry Merchant said:

Secretariat is the kind of Big Horse that makes grown men weep, even when they are flint-hearted bettors, even when he goes off at 1-10. He is the apparently unflawed hunk of beauty and beast they search for doggedly in the racing charts every day, and never seemed to find. His supporters rhapsodize over him as though he is a four-legged Nureyev, extolling virtues of his musculature, his grace, his urine specimens.” If he were to lose the Belmont, Merchant warned, “the country may turn sullen and mutinous.”

As of 2015, only 12 horses have won the Triple Crown: Sir Barton (1919), Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), Citation (1948), Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977), Affirmed (1978), and American Pharoah (2015).

Just as with Secretariat,
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Production Begins On If I Stay Starring Chloë Grace Moretz

Production is set to begin today on If I Stay for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), starring Chloë Grace Moretz (“Carrie”) as Mia and Jamie Blackley (“Snow White and The Huntsmen”) as Adam, with R.J. Cutler (“Nashville”) directing.

The film follows Mia (Moretz), who at age 16 has everything: a loving family, an adoring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music. Suddenly, a family drive on a snowy day changes everything. In an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, Mia spends one critical day contemplating her destiny, which is now more unknowable than ever. Is her soul mate’s love enough to keep her here? Tragic but ultimately hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting and uplifting story about music, life and love.

The film also stars Mireille Enos (“The Killing”) as Mia’s mother Kat, Stacy Keach (“Nebraska”) as Gramps, Liana Liberato (“Trust”) as Kim,
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Fast & Furious 7 Adds Oscar Caliber Actor

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Two-time Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou (Baggage Claim) is joining the cast of Fast & Furious 7. Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Tyrese will all return for the next installment that features cool cars with speed. Other new cast members are Kurt Russell (Dreamer) and Jason Statham (The Transporter) who, as teased at the end of Fast & Furious 6, is 7's villain Ian Shaw.

Those unfamiliar with Hounsou's previous work will know him by the end of Summer 2014: Not only is FF7 scheduled for a July 11 release date, he's also in How to Train Your Dragon 2 (June 20) and Guardians of the Galaxy (July 31).
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Turbo 'No Dreamer Too Small' Clip

Turbo 'No Dreamer Too Small' Clip
No dream is too small, and no dreamer is too small either, in the latest clip for DreamWorks Animation's Turbo, which finds a simple-minded mollusk yearning to be a racecar driver. Watch as he makes his ultimate dream come true in the living room, in front of the TV, much to the chagrin of his roommate. Featuring the voice talents of Ryan Reynolds, Michelle Rodriguez, Snoop Lion, Bill Hader and Samuel L. Jackson.

Turbo - No Dreamer Too Small

Turbo comes to theaters July 19th, 2013 and stars Snoop Lion, Luis Guzmán, Bill Hader, Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michael Peña, Ryan Reynolds. The film is directed by David Soren.
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12 Years In The Making ...

12 Years In The Making ...
John Gatins spent 12 years working on "Flight." Today, finally, he is an Oscar-nominated screenwriter, but getting the news wasn't the best thing that happened to him today. No, that came when presenter Emma Stone actually pronounced his name correctly. This is such a rare phenomenon -- the name is pronounced Gate-ins -- that he assumed he was dreaming.

It's fun to talk to nominees like Gatins -- people who have been struggling for so many years, doing everything from parking cars to watering Brad Pitt's plants (seriously), and now get to spend the rest of their lives being introduced as "Oscar nominee" so-and-so. Gatins, the son of a New York City police officer, is not going through the motions when he says how honored he is that the Academy acknowledged him -- "Flight" is literally his life work. Ahead, our chat with ... Oscar nominee John Gate-ins.

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Oscars Q&A: ‘Flight’ Scribe John Gatins

Oscars Q&A: ‘Flight’ Scribe John Gatins
One of the intriguing parts of the Oscar race for me is watching excellent movies, and then discovering how much adversity, disappointment and years go into them. Whether you’re even nominated, this part of awards season is a validation of the artists’ struggle, offering encouragement to others trying not to give up on their own passion projects. I’m not sure anyone in this race personifies that more than Flight scribe John Gatins. You can look at Flight and marvel at Denzel Washington’s performance or how much movie Robert Zemeckis put onscreen with only a $30 million budget. But the most compelling back story is Gatins, who wrote a script that fit no studio’s template of a make-able movie, particularly with Gatins’ insistence he direct it. Gatins became a successful writer after acting didn’t pan out. His only directing credit, Dreamer, was a family film about a broken race horse,
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Exclusive: Screenwriter John Gatins Talks Flight

Exclusive: Screenwriter John Gatins Talks Flight
Screenwriter John Gatins Talks Flight, in theaters today, Friday, November 2nd

John Gatins has had a long and storied career in Hollywood, working as both an actor and a screenwriter. He began by appearing in low budget horror movies like Pumpkinhead 2 and Leprechaun 3. It was here, while waiting for his close-up on set, that he began to pour over the scripts and learn there structure, becoming a self-taught scribe who suddenly found himself doing rewrites for Varsity Blues. He then soon moved onto a career in sports themed projects, stepping behind the keyboard for Summer Catch, Hardball, and Coach Carter.

This lead to his directorial debut, the 2005 film Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story, starring Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning. During this time, he was also working away on a very personal script, one that he had decide to write for himself, outside of the studio system. Despite being pulled to other projects,
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Nyff 2012: ‘Flight’ is a must see

Flight

Directed by Robert Zemeckis

Written by John Gatins

2012, USA

Premiering at the closing night of the New York Film Festival, Robert Zemeckis dives back into live-action filmmaking from a twelve year motion capture hiatus with Flight. An audacious, well-matured character ensemble piece about a man whose most heroic venture may have resulted from his most innate pitfall, this provocative drama gives Denzel Washington one of the most layered and conflicting characters of his career. The Paramount release will be a gripping arrival on November 2 for audiences, proving to be the thought-provoking robust taste many will crave by year’s end.

From the film’s very raw beginning, we are introduced to commercial airline pilot Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washngton), a middle-aged man who knows how to live life large as well as the ropes to piloting. We meet Whip lying in bed at seven o-clock in Orlando from an alcohol induced coma,
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Aaron Paul feels the Need For Speed

Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul has found his next feature film project. THR reports that he is set to star in Need for Speed for DreamWorks Pictures. There are no specific details about his role at this time, so stay tuned to GeekTyrant for further details as the story develops.

Are you a fan of Breaking Bad? Would you like to see Paul in the lead role?

Here's some information about the project from an earlier press release:

DreamWorks Studios has acquired the feature film rights to EA’s (Nasdaq: EA) popular video game franchise, Need for Speed™, it was announced jointly today by DreamWorks CEO and Co-Chair Stacey Snider and EA President of Studios Frank Gibeau.

Brothers George and John Gatins developed the original story with George writing the feature’s screenplay. The screenplay is based on the Need for Speed series, but is not based on an individual game.
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Robert Zemeckis's 'Flight' Starring Denzel Washington Will Close the New York Film Festival

Robert Zemeckis's 'Flight' Starring Denzel Washington Will Close the New York Film Festival
Robert Zemeckis’s return to live-action filmmaking, the Denzel Washington mystery thriller "Flight," will world premiere as the Closing Night film for the upcoming 50th New York Film Festival (September 28 – October 14). The trailer is below. Written by John Gatins ("Dreamer: Inspired By a True Story," "Real Steel"), "Flight" is about a commercial airline pilot (Washington) who saves a damaged plane and 98 lives on a flight carrying 106 people. The pilot struggles with being labeled a hero as he is scrutinized for his behavior the night before the mid-air catastrophe. The movie also stars John Goodman, Don Cheadle, Melissa Leo, Bruce Greenwood and Kelly Reilly. Produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald under Zemeckis, Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke's ImageMovers banner, the movie marks the first pairing for the star and the director. The movie was filmed last fall on location in Atlanta, Georgia. The Paramount...
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Act of Valor Director Confirmed for Need for Speed Movie

A couple of months ago we reported that EA was in the process of setting up a movie based on their popular Need for Speed video game franchise, and that several studios were circling the project. We now have an update on that front and it looks like things are shifting into high gear. According to THR, DreamWorks has landed the screen rights to the franchise, which is a little bit surprising considering that they weren't even mentioned as a contender in the original article. However, it makes a little bit of sense because DreamWorks previously worked with screenwriter John Gatins on Real Steel and his directorial debut Dreamer. They have also hired Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) to direct. DreamWorks chairman Steven Spielberg had this to say about the project: "I'm excited about getting back into the creative trenches with John and George Gatins and my partners at EA
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Need For Speed Movie Officially Announced for 2014

DreamWorks has officially announced that they are teaming up with EA games to bring us a big screen adaptation of the hit video game franchise Need for Speed. As previously rumored, Act of Valor director Scott Waugh will direct the feature film adaptation from a story developed by brothers George and John Gatins (Real Steel).

The movie won't be based on any individual game, but it will be "a fast-paced, high-octane film rooted in the tradition of the great car culture films of the 70s while being extremely faithful to the spirit of the video game franchise." We've previously heard that it will feature a cross-country race from San Francisco to New York.

The movie is set to be released in 2014, and as a fan of this franchise, I'm excited to see what they end up actually doing with it! Are you looking forward to seeing a Need For Speed feature film?
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Need for Speed Confirmed for 2014 Release Date

DreamWorks Studios has acquired the feature film rights to EA's popular video game franchise, Need for Speed, it was announced jointly today by DreamWorks CEO and Co-Chair Stacey Snider and EA President of Studios Frank Gibeau.

Brothers George Gatins and John Gatins developed the original story with George writing the feature's screenplay. The screenplay is based on the Need for Speed series, but is not based on an individual game. EA will produce along with John Gatins and Mark Sourian. Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) is attached to direct, and the project will be fast-tracked at DreamWorks with a target production start date for early next year, for a 2014 release.

The film adaptation will be a fast-paced, high-octane film rooted in the tradition of the great car culture films of the 70s while being extremely faithful to the spirit of the video game franchise. In Need for Speed, the cars are hot,
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James Badge Dale to play Eric Savin (a.k.a Coldblood) in Iron Man 3

Shane Black's Iron Man 3 casts James Badge Dale as Eric Savin turned Coldblood The star of Liam Neeson-frontlined The Grey, has joined the Shane Black film as Eric Savin who, in the Marvel comicbooks was a U.S. Army Lt. Colonel in charge of Project Ultra. However, when he steps on a land mine, he's given cybernetic surgery and becomes Coldblood. Iron Man 3 is scripted by Black and Drew Pearce, and goes into production some time this month. Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley and Rebecca Hall star in the film which opens May 3rd next year. For the plot, Black borrowed from the multi-issue story Iron Man: Extremis from Warren Ellis, looking at a spread of a virus via nanotechnology. Badge Dale's up next in the Robert Zemeckis-directed and John Gatins (Real Steel, Dreamer, Coach Carter)-scripted Flight from Paramount,
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James Badge Dale to play Eric Savin (a.k.a Coldblood) in Iron Man 3

Shane Black's Iron Man 3 casts James Badge Dale as Eric Savin turned Coldblood The star of Liam Neeson-frontlined The Grey, has joined the Shane Black film as Eric Savin who, in the Marvel comicbooks was a U.S. Army Lt. Colonel in charge of Project Ultra. However, when he steps on a land mine, he's given cybernetic surgery and becomes Coldblood. Iron Man 3 is scripted by Black and Drew Pearce, and goes into production some time this month. Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley and Rebecca Hall star in the film which opens May 3rd next year. For the plot, Black borrowed from the multi-issue story Iron Man: Extremis from Warren Ellis, looking at a spread of a virus via nanotechnology. Badge Dale's up next in the Robert Zemeckis-directed and John Gatins (Real Steel, Dreamer, Coach Carter)-scripted Flight from Paramount,
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Paramount Picks November Release Date for 'Flight' With Denzel Washington

Paramount Picks November Release Date for 'Flight' With Denzel Washington
Paramount will release “Flight,” its upcoming Robert Zemeckis-Denzel Washington project, wide on November 2 of this year, the studio announced. The film is Zemeckis’ first live-action feature since “Cast Away” and tells the story of Whip, an airline pilot who lands a damaged plane, saving 98 lives on a flight with 106 people. The world considers him a hero, but he struggles with the label. John Gatins, who wrote "Dreamer: Inspired By a True Story" and "Real Steel," wrote the script. It's the first time Washington and Zemeckis have worked together. Also read: Denzel Washington
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Brian Geraghty Takes Flight

Brian Geraghty is negotiating to appear in Robert Zemeckis' Flight , says a story at The Hollywood Reporter . Zemeckis' first live-action film since 2000's Cast Away , Flight stars Denzel Washington as "Whip," a commercial airline pilot who pulls off a heroic feat of flying in a damaged plane, saving 98 lives on a flight carrying 106 people. While the world begs to embrace him as a true American Hero, the everyman struggles with this label as he is forced to hold up to the scrutiny of an investigation that brings into question his behavior the night before the doomed flight. Written by John Gatins ( Dreamer , Real Steel ), the film is set to begin shooting next month in Atlanta, Georgia. Kelly Reilly is also attached as the female lead. Geraghty, best known for...
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Casting Couch: Paul Bettany, Brian Cox, Michelle Rodriguez, Bruce Greenwood, Don Cheadle, Michael K. Williams

In today’s casting edition Paul Bettany and Brian Cox are cops who investigate a crime they committed in Blood, Michelle Rodriguez could rise from the dead in Resident Evil: Retribution, Don Cheadle and Bruce Greenwood join Denzel Washington for a Flight, and Michael K. Williams could return to Django Unchained for a new role.

Nick Murphy is working on an adaptation of the British TV series Conviction under the alias Blood. The series tells the story of two policemen who kill a murder suspect and are plunged into chaos when they are forced to investigate their own crime. Paul Bettany (Legion) and Brian Cox (X2: X-Men United) are attached to star. [Screendaily]

Next it’s a Resident Evil reunion of sorts. First Bloody Disgusting reported that Colin Salmon would be reprising his role as One and now the site confirms that Michelle Rodriguez will also be joining the cast of Resident Evil: Retribution.
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Don Cheadle and Bruce Greenwood Join Denzel Washington in ‘Flight’

Don Cheadle and Bruce Greenwood Join Denzel Washington in ‘Flight’
This new live-action Robert Zemeckis film, Flight, is really happening. Originally just a rumor, Paramount put a ring on Zemeckis when the studio announced [1] Flight as a go. Denzel Washington stars as a boozing pilot who is called a hero after landing a troubled flight, but has to face tough questions when drinking is revealed as a possible cause of the flight's problems. Now Bruce Greenwood and Don Cheadle have been reported as part of the cast, too. Moviehole [2] reports the addition of the two actors, but doesn't offer their roles. We know that Kelly Reilly is also in the cast, playing “Nicole Devlin, a drug addict who is at rock bottom when she meets Whip,” with the latter character being Denzel’s role. As we understand it, the two characters find their friendship developing as they each deal with their personal demons. Here's what Paramount had to say about
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Don Cheadle and Bruce Greenwood Take Flight

Don Cheadle and Bruce Greenwood have joined the cast of Robert Zemeckis' Flight , Moviehole reports. Zemeckis' first live-action film since 2000's Cast Away , Flight stars Denzel Washington as "Whip," a commercial airline pilot who pulls off a heroic feat of flying in a damaged plane, saving 98 lives on a flight carrying 106 people. While the world begs to embrace him as a true American Hero, the everyman struggles with this label as he is forced to hold up to the scrutiny of an investigation that brings into question his behavior the night before the doomed flight. Written by John Gatins ( Dreamer , Real Steel ), the film is set to begin shooting next month in Atlanta, Georgia. Kelly Reilly is also attached as the female lead. Cheadle appears in the...
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