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I’ll Have Another Hopes to Capture Horse Racing’s First Triple Crown in 34 Years

Only 11 horses have scored a Triple Crown, I’ll Have Another can make it an even dozen with a victory at the Belmont Stakes Saturday. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner was made the 4-5 early favorite. [...]

Luck: HBO’s New Racetrack Drama Off to a Good Start

Set against the world of horse racing, this new series created by David Milch and Michael Mann, has moved out of the gates to overall positive reviews filling the screen with well-presented horse races, gambling and lots of scheming and intrigue. But unlike the races themselves, the pacing is much more methodical leaning toward observational storytelling. And HBO couldn’t be happier as they have already agreed to a second season after just one episode aired. [...]

ESPN’s “30 for 30″: The Complete Collector’s Set

In time for the holiday shopping rush comes the entire set of thirty films now combined into one DVD package (and available on Blu-ray) from ESPN’s acclaimed 30 for 30 series, a compelling “television film festival”. The 30 for 30 Limited Edition Collector Set is packaged in a collectible box & contains 30 for 30 Gift Sets Volume 1 & Volume 2 as well as an exclusive retro ESPN hat featuring the company’s original logo. [...]

ESPN Films Announces Schedule for New Documentaries

ESPN Films, creators of the Emmy-nominated and Peabody award-winning 30 for 30 film series, has announced the schedule for a slate of new films. The film series will begin airing Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN HD, and subsequent Tuesday nights throughout the fall. Films include Catching Hell, Renée, The Dotted Line, Unguarded, The Real Rocky, Charismatic and Roll Tide/War Eagle. [...]

Horse Racing’s Top 10 Films of All-Time

In a sport that had its prime a long time ago, horse racing’s success in Hollywood, after producing about 200 titles, has yielded few winners. Yet there are a handful that have bucked the odds of being ranked in the “also-ran” category and have captured an essence of the sport and continue to attract filmmakers. Usually there are two reasons behind that interest. One is that, like boxing, horse racing has traditionally been associated with crooked characters who are driven by the temptation of sudden success but more often than not teeter on ruin. The second is that the camera loves these most photogenic of animals. [...]

Secretariat: A New Film Out of the Gates

The horse that won a rare Triple Crown in 1973 is the backdrop of a motion picture that Disney releases nationwide later in the week. Just as “The Blind Side” is a story more about the personal values of a strong-willed woman than football, “Secretariat” is more a character study of the lady behind the record-breaking horse. Diane Lane (“Unfaithful”) stars as Penny Tweedy, a housewife and mother of four who broke some barriers of her own crashing through the male-dominated racehorse ownership world to take Secretariat great success. [...]

Sports Cinema Has a New Box Office King..er..Queen……

Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock leads a group of four football films as the leading-All-American winners at the box office. The star of “The Blind Side” who portrays NFL lineman Michael Oher’s adoptive mother, teams with the director of “The Rookie” John Lee Hancock to deliver a popular picture. [...]

HBO – Betting on Pure Luck

A winning team of filmmakers are out of the starting gates with a pilot order from the premium cable network. Behind “Luck”, a drama set in the world of horse racing, are David Milch who was the showrunner for “Deadwood” and Michael Mann (“Public Enemies”). [...]

Secretariat Film Out of the Gates Down South

The horse that won a rare Triple Crown in 1973 is the subject of a motion picture now shooting in Kentucky and Louisiana. Diane Lane stars as Penny Tweedy, the real story of this film as the history-making owner of the legendary race horse. Tweedy broke some barriers of her own crashing through the male-dominated racehorse ownership world to take Secretariat great success. [...]

New Horse Racing Drama Runs from Off-Broadway to Film

Writer Mike Batistick’s off-Broadway play, “Ponies”, is now being produced as a movie and is currently shooting in New York City. [...]