“Trouble with the Curve” follows an ailing baseball scout (Clint Eastwood) who takes his daughter (Amy Adams) on one final recruiting trip. Directed by first timer Robert Lorenz, John Goodman and Justin Timberlake also star as fellow scouts.
This is Eastwood’s first on-screen appearance since 2008’s “Gran Torino”, but the man has not lost a step. While he basically growls all his lines and literally looks like a skeleton, he still delivers a likeable performance as Gus, a scout for the Atlanta Braves, who is losing his eyesight. He also proves in one scene that he is still a tough guy, as he breaks a beer bottle and threatens to beat up a man half his age if he gets near his daughter, played by the lovely Amy Adams, ever again.
Speaking of Adams, she plays Gus’ daughter, Mickey (named after Mickey Mantle) and you can tell the relationship between her and her father is strained to say the least. Despite being in a hunt for a partnership at her law firm, she follows her dad to North Carolina to scout what some are calling “the next Albert Pujols”. Adams is at the top of her game here (no baseball pun intended) and an Academy Award nomination wouldn’t be too much out of the question. She is witty and charming all at the same time and she also has some emotional deliveries, too. The chemistry between Adams and Eastwood as well as with Timberlake is really well done, and it is fun to watch.
What is holding “Curve” back from being a great sports film, however, are the side plots. I really didn’t care about Timberlake’s crush on Adams, and there is one little surprise at the end that the filmmakers inserted in simply to kind of make you hate the film’s antagonist (Matthew Lillard, who plays a younger scout who relies on computers) even more.
“Trouble with the Curve” is not a homerun like last year’s “Moneyball” (baseball pun intended), and despite showing flashes of that film, I don’t think it ever tried. “Curve” has exhilarating moments of what goes behind the scenes in baseball drafts, as well as a few funny one liners, mostly about Eastwood’s age or sarcastic remarks by Timberlake. You can tell that the actors had a fun time making this movie and that the filmmakers really care about the game of baseball, and that fun and love rubs off onto the audience. It is not a homerun, but “Curve” is a solid hit up the middle.
For Fall Movie Preview, director Robert Lorenz tells MTV News that Clint Eastwood actually took the backseat while filming.
“Trouble with the Curve” casts Clint Eastwood as an old-school baseball scout, who — even though he’s losing his eyesight — can find the best talent better than any young whippersnapper. In this case, that young hotshot is played by Justin Timberlake.
For director Robert Lorenz, “Trouble with the Curve” meant directing Eastwood, his frequent collaborator, for the first time — no simple task, as you might imagine. MTV News spoke with Lorenz as a part of our Fall Movie Preview, and he shed light on telling Eastwood what to do and how the screen icon got along with his younger co-star.
MTV News: You’ve been working with Clint for almost 20 years. What is it about him that has you coming back?
Robert Lorenz: He’s selected a lot of quality material over the years, so it’s hard to leave. He’s just a collaborative guy, so all of us that have been with him for a long time enjoy that. We all enjoy the creative process, and being able to take part in it is great fun. That’s not always the case with other directors.
MTV: You’ve never directed him before. Was there a dynamic shift once you took over?
Lorenz: We’re still friendly, but it was an interesting experience. It was a change. We were both challenged by it, him being directed by someone other than himself for the first time in a long time — almost 20 years — and my having to ask him to do things and direct him when he’s had this career and reputation that are so well known. It was a little intimidating. We got through it very well.
MTV: How does one give a note to Clint Eastwood?
Lorenz: Thankfully, because he’s a director, he and I both shared a view of what the film was and what the character was. There wasn’t a great deal of direction needed. It was a lot of technical stuff, describing the way I saw the scene. I direct him the way I’ve seen him direct others. Make a suggestion. You don’t necessarily have to make a command. If it works for them, they incorporate it, and if not, they don’t.
MTV: Was there a learning curve for Clint, just being an actor instead of actor-director?
Lorenz: Definitely. He had the confidence enough to let me direct it in the first place, but certainly in the first few days, he was assessing me constantly and deciding whether or not I could actually handle the reins. He became confident, it seemed to me, pretty quickly, and started to ask me, “What would you like me to do here?”
MTV: What was it like directing Justin as opposed to Clint?
Lorenz: Justin, being younger and not having as much experience, was definitely more interested in feedback and hashing out the scenes and the character and what was happening within each one, but he had great ideas that he brought to the film and his role, many of which I was happy to incorporate and made his role really come alive.
MTV: What was their rapport like on set?
Lorenz: Great. Clint was an easy sell. I went through my casting choices —I kind of ran them by Clint. Justin was somebody I liked. It was easy for Clint, because he’s been a fan of [Timberlake]. [Clint] has watched him on “Saturday Night Live” for years. He comes here into the office on Monday morning, laughing about what happened on “Saturday Night Live” the past weekend. I don’t think he’s familiar with the rest of his film work, but that much he was. He thought it was a terrific idea when I brought it up, and he went for it. On the set, he enjoyed Justin’s energy and his sense of humor.
“Trouble With the Curve” opens on September 21.
From “Perks” to “Breaking Dawn, ” “The Hobbit” to “Skyfall,” the MTV Movies team is delving into the hottest upcoming flicks in our 2012 Fall Movie Preview. Check back daily for exclusive clips, photos and interviews with the films’ biggest stars.
Jessica Biel sure is one smitten kitten! The ‘Total Recall’ actress has revealed that she would love to star alongside fiancé Justin Timberlake because he is “excellent” at everything…
N’aww, isn’t she adorable?
Jessica Biel, who is set to grace our screens in action dystopian flick ‘Total Recall’, has revealed to Closer that she and beau Justin Timberlake have discussed starring in a film together – but only if the script were right.
“If it was the right job, we would consider it… You have to be delicate if you’re working with your partner, as sometimes it can be too close to home. ”
And it’s not just because she fancies the pants of ‘The Social Network’ star; she also rates him pretty highly as an actor:
“He’s excellent in every genre!”
So what film does Jess think would work well for her and Justin to tackle as a couple? Apparently anything that would allow them to play at being sworn enemies:
“I think it would be really cool to play characters that are against each other.”
That could work; after all, check out how well Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt did in action flick ‘Mr And Mrs Smith’. Someone get Justin and Jess a scriptwriter, stat!
EXCLUSIVE: Justin Timberlake filming his latest movie “Runner Runner” at the Santa Maria de Pazzis cemetery in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Timberlake was filming a kidnap scene and can be seen wearing handcuffs with a bag over his head.
The baseball drama marks Eastwood first acting gig since “Gran Torino” in 2008; he stars opposite Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake.
Warner Bros. is moving up director Robert Lorenz’s Trouble With the Curve baseball pic by one week, from Sept. 28 to Sept. 21.
The father-daughter sports drama stars Clint Eastwood and Amy Adamsand 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).
Clint Eastwood is back. To acting, anyway. Or, to be more precise, to acting and not directing. For the first time since 1993’s In the Line of Fire, Eastwood is not behind the camera (though he is producing) but in front of the camera for the baseball scout drama Trouble with the Curve. Instead, the directing duties are being handled by first-time helmer Robert Lorenz, Eastwood’s longtime producing partner. Trouble With the Curve stars Eastwood as an aging Atlanta Braves scout with vision problems named Gus, who recruits his daughter Mickey (Amy Adams) to be his eyes for a recruiting trip.
“He gets his chance to prove whether he still has value as a scout—and as a dad,” Lorenz told Entertainment Weekly. “They’re having trouble communicating. They always have, and now they’ve come to a point in the relationship where it’s either going to change or it’s not. He needs a little help, and she decides it’s worth the effort.” EW has also released some first-look photos from the project, which co-stars Justin Timberlake as a rival scout who respects Gus, and soon finds that he has feelings for his daughter as well.
As evidenced in the photo, Timberlake’s Johnny and Eastwood’s Gus bond in the movie, with Johnny stepping in to help Mickey resolve her relationship with her father. “At every moment she’s ready to throw it in, Justin’s character is there to sort of remind her of the value of continuing to pursue their relationship,” said Lorenz.
Co-starring in the movie is John Goodman as Gus’ boss Pete, who urges Mickey to help her father on his scouting trip. “He recognizes that Gus is at risk of losing his job,” Lorenz explained. “There are younger people at the organization who think it’s time for new blood. Gus is old school, and they want to move him out.”
Written by newcomer Randy Brown, Trouble With the Curve co-stars Matthew Lillard (The Descendants) as a younger Braves recruiter who disagrees with Eastwood and provides the catalyst for Gus to take his daughter on the scouting trip.
man updates are slow….me no like
but i did find this shot of Ben and Justin, though you can barely even see justin.lol Back in Ben’s hot days, I would have loveeeedd this.
The actor and dancer Justin Timberlake filmed today its first love scenes with actress Gemma Arterton as part of the plot of the movie “Runner Runner” which is filmed in Puerto Rico since last Monday.
Arterton Timberlake arrived on the scene of shooting at 7:00 in the morning. At 1:00 in the afternoon took a lunch break and then resume filming schedule below at 2:00 pm.
First Time Power forward that the two actors will be filming today in Carolina until 7:00 pm.
On Tuesday, Timberlake and re-record Arterton other sequences in the same place. On Wednesday, being a holiday (July 4), take a break. The morning itinerary will be the same as Monday in Carolina.
First time was further reported that Timberlake and his fiancée Jessica Biel take advantage of the July 4 for domestic tourism and of course enjoy our beaches.
In “Runner Runner”, Justin Timberlake is “Richie Furst,” a student at Princeton University who loses his tuition money playing poker on a website. Gemma Arterton is “Rebecca Shafran” love interest “Richie” (Timberlake).
It is expected that next Sunday, July 8, arrives in Puerto Rico actor Ben Affleck, the other protagonist of the film, who will be accompanied by his wife, actress Jennifer Garner.
A total of 160 technicians (between Americans and Puerto Ricans) are part of the film’s production team and it is estimated that around 3,500 extras appear in the film
Justin Timberlake loves the smell of beer.
The singer-and-actor has been discussing his favourite fragrances. He is the face of Givenchy Play Sport and while he is a big fan of the scent there are other more unusual smells that he is a fan of.
“Call me crazy, call me weird, but I like the smell of beer. I don’t think men should overdo their ‘aura’, or let people smell you before you walk in the room. I like a fresh-out-of-the-shower smell,” he told the latest edition of UK magazine Glamour.
Justin has legions of fans all over the world and is widely regarded as one of the hottest guys in Hollywood. His In Time co-star Amanda Seyfried famously said; “Only a straight man or a gay woman could resist the Trousersnake”.
However, the 31-year-old heartthrob has downplayed his sex symbol status.
“I despise that nickname,” he teased. “It was given to me by the Brits and I will forever hold that against you! She [Amanda] knows where she got the nickname! I certainly lack the ability to, er, live up any sort of hype, or any sort of hoopla that the nickname bestows upon me. But reverse the connotation and I’d say the same thing about her.
“She was obviously hyping our film. She doesn’t feel that way about me, trust me.”