A League of Their Own Spotlight

Bases loaded. Bottom of the 9th. Two strikes. I am not sure where I am going with this but we are again talking baseball movies! In the final episode of our 2020 Baseball Films mini-series we are joined by Blake Ginithan of Back Lot 605 to discuss A League of Their Own. This episode was voted on by our followers on social media, just narrowly beating out The Sandlot. This is our spotlight on A League of Their Own!

A League of Their Own is a 1992 sports comedy from director Penny Marshall. The film stars Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, and Lori Petty. Set during World War II, a new woman’s lead baseball league is formed in the absence of Major League Baseball. Two sisters join the league, but their competitive spirit may destroy the bond that they share.


The Box Office

Cinemas are back! This means the box office is in (sorta) full swing. The Russell Crowe lead Unhinged topped the box office with $4 million. Sponge on the Run continued it’s run in Canada with a little over $500,000. Opening in third is Words on Bathroom Walls with over $400,000. The Goonies made a comeback to theaters with $260,000 in fourth. Lastly, Cut Throat City opened at $243,000.

The News

In a big week for superhero news, both Marvel and DC made some heavy hitting announcements. First up, it was announced that Olivia Wilde (Booksmart) will be directing a female lead film for Sony and Marvel. Furthermore, Triple Frontier director J.C. Chandor will take on a Kraven the Hunter film. Both of these will be set inside Sony’s Spider-verse, presumably to set up a Sinister Six film.

Before we get to the big DC news from the week, the horror genre had some major announcements. John Carpenter and Blumhouse will re-team for an upcoming remake of The Thing. The duo worked on Halloween (2018) together, with Carpenter scoring the film. Carpenter directed the most famous version of The Thing in 1982. No word yet on what his involvement will be. In further horror news, the future of another beloved series is in limbo. Directors Ryan and Andy Tohill have left the remake of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. David Blue Garcia will step in to take their place, just one week after production began.

The big news this week was the DC FanDome event held online. New trailers for Wonder Woman 1984, The Suicide Squad, Black Adam, Justice League, and The Batman have been revealed. The Suicide Squad gave a character profile trailer, and a behind the scenes look of the film. The Zack Snyder Cut of Justice League revealed new and unused footage from his upcoming cut. Lastly, Matt Reeves revealed a trailer for The Batman, which is only a few weeks into production.

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About the Author
Casey Kelderman found a love for film at a very early age. One of his earliest memories of watching movies was the original Star Wars trilogy on VHS. Casey graduated from The University of Sioux Falls in 2017. At USF Casey produced weekly movie reviews and hosted a radio show. He graduated with a degree in Media Studies. Skills he learned in college have allowed him to help create Back Lot 605. He has produced and directed 4 short films. His favorite films include Halloween, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Die Hard.
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