Kevin Costner
American film actor and director
Kevin Costner
Kevin Michael Costner is an American actor, singer, musician, producer, director, and businessman. He has won two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and one Emmy Award, and has been nominated for three BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Awards. Costner's notable roles include Eliot Ness in The Untouchables, Crash Davis in Bull Durham, Ray Kinsella in Field of Dreams, Lt. John J.
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'Hidden Figures' And The Diversity Conversation We Aren't Having
Huffington Post - about 23 hours
Of the nine films competing for the Best Picture award at this Sunday’s Oscars, three have predominantly black leading casts ― “Fences,” “Moonlight,” and “Hidden Figures.” But only one, “Hidden Figures,” has a white director ― a fact that was deemed largely irrelevant up until last month, when it emerged that the film may have engaged in some “whitewashing” of history.  Before we get into this, here are a few things to know about “Hidden Figures,” if you haven’t seen it yet. It is a genuinely wonderful movie. It tells the important, nearly forgotten story of the history-making contributions black female mathematicians and engineers made to the NASA space program. It features stellar, award-worthy performances from three of our great black actresses (Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae). It’s inspiring countless young girls and people of color to take an interest in STEM.  And yes, it has a white savior scene.  The scene comes after mathematician Katherine Jo ...
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Hidden Figures Movie Exposes A New Real Figure
Huffington Post - about 2 months
When I saw Hidden Figures, two thoughts entered my mind. I experienced gratitude, and I felt shock. To further explain, Hidden Figures is receiving many stellar as well as controversial reviews. From its Oscar talk to its soundtrack discussions, Hidden Figures is a movie that is stirring up major conversations in the entertainment and science worlds. And it is a film that I personally felt compelled to review. For I am a real life "hidden figure." I am a real female rocket scientist of color. While watching the film, I was simultaneously inspired and surprised by what I relived through its scenes. Hidden Figures Movie starring Janelle Monáe, Taraji P. Henson, and Octavia Spencer Directed by Theodore Melfi and written by Theodore Melf and Allison Schroeder, the Hidden Figures film depicts the real life struggles of three genius women Katherine Johnson (played by Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (played by Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (played by Janelle Monáe), who ...
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The Ten Best Movies of 2016
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Ten Best Movies of 2016 Well I have finally seen each and every movie I needed to see in order to make my determination of what I considered to be the ten best movies of 2016. It is not a list like most of the other critics' lists you have seen. There is no inclusion of "Moonlight," "La La Land," "Fences," "Manchester By the Sea" or "Arrival" Those movies did not appeal to my sense of entertainment. I go to the movies to be entertained. I want to feel some emotion, learn something I didn't know, be inspired or be caught up in some magic. 2016 was a year sadly lacking in those aspects of entertainment product. Still there were good movies to watch, and there were more than 10. "Mr. Church," "The Hollars," "Rogue One," "Bleed For This" and "Sing" were close competitors. But when it came down to it these ten rose above the crop. Here they are: #10 Jackie - Natalie Portman gave the female performance of the year as Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. The film focuses on the assassinat ...
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Michelle Obama Has a Powerful Message for All the Haters Out There
Yahoo News - 2 months
Michelle Obama rolled out the proverbial red carpet for the cast of Hidden Figures Thursday night. The First Lady opened the White House for a star-studded private screening of the forthcoming biopic about three black female NASA engineers and mathematicians who helped launch astronaut John Glenn into orbit. Cast members Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Mon?e and Kevin Costner were all in attendance for the showing in the White House's South Court Auditorium, and spoke on a panel ab
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24-diamond 'Field of Dreams' baseball complex gets go-ahead
Yahoo News - 3 months
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court seems to agree with Kevin Costner that there's no better place to play baseball than on fields cut out of the corn.
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As a 1960s NASA chief, Kevin Costner fights racism and reaches the stars in 'Hidden Figures'
LATimes - 3 months
Considering he once made a movie about the meaninglessness of a tin cup of the sort a scuffling second-tier golf pro might win on the circuit, it’s perhaps not such an odd artifact that Kevin Costner kept once he’d completed work on the heart-stirring chunk of ‘60s racial history “Hidden Figures.”...
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Watch Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer & Janelle Monae Shatter Stereotypes In 'Hidden Figures'
Huffington Post - 6 months
Taraji P. Henson plays a human computer and NASA whiz in the upcoming 20th Century Fox film “Hidden Figures.”  Based on the upcoming book by Margot Lee Shetterly of the same name, the film focuses on the untold true story of NASA scientists and mathematicians Katherine Johnson (Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe, in her debut role) who helped launch astronaut John Glenn into orbit.  “Hidden Figures” will depict the lives of some of the black women ― and black scientists, period ― who were so integral in NASA’s early 1960s success, but whose stories were silenced for so long.  Kevin Costner and Kirsten Dunst also star in the film, with original music from Pharrell Williams. Look for it in theaters near you on Jan. 13, 2017.   -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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No, That Huge Celebrity Is Not Moving To Your Town
Huffington Post - 10 months
Perhaps you've seen the news on Facebook: Matt Damon is moving to Asheville, North Carolina. Ariana Grande is moving to Mobile, Alabama. Miley Cyrus is moving to Roswell, Georgia. Alas, small-town dwellers, it is all a hoax.  Since February, a network of self-titled "fantasy" news sites has been posting articles claiming A-list celebrities are moving to far-flung cities and small towns across the U.S. and other parts of the world.  A quick Google search reveals that dozens of these such stories come from the network, which includes the websites DailyNews11, Headline Brief, LocalNews33, Lopez Report, Aly News, KNP7 News, KLPO News, WCPM3 News, WMAC News, KUPR7 News, WLEB21 News, NewsDaily27, The Clancy Report, O'Reilly Post and McKenzie Post. All but Headline Brief were created in early 2016, and Headline Brief was only registered in April 2015. Each of these sites -- which look nearly identical -- declare all or most of their content to be "satire or pure fantasy." But st ...
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Kevin Costner talks 'Criminal,' reflects on career
Fox News - 10 months
Stars as a deadly operative
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Kevin Costner plays against type in the Frankenstein-ish 'Criminal'
LATimes - 11 months
"Criminal" is more violent than it needs to be, but it also has some unexpectedly involving elements. Half science-fiction tale, half espionage thriller, it's a pleasantly far-fetched endeavor that moves along so briskly that it leaves no time to consider its implausibilities, which are many. Directed...
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Kevin Costner recalls memory replacement in 'Criminal'
Reuters.com - 11 months
Actors Kevin Costner and Gary Oldman talk about the process of making the far-fetched seem believable in action thriller 'Criminal'. Rough Cut - no reporter narration
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Costner takes on ex-convict role in "Criminal"
Reuters.com - 11 months
Stars Kevin Costner and Gal Gadot attend the UK premiere of thriller 'Criminal'. Rough Cut (No reporter narration).
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From silver screen to tablet: The best movies on HBO Go and HBO Now
Yahoo News - about 1 year
This list is continually updated to reflect recent availability and to showcase films currently streaming on HBO’s premium services, HBO Go and HBO Now. True to its name, HBO has always aimed to bring the box office into people’s homes. That is easier than ever thanks to their streaming services HBO Go and HBO Now. There are many movies on HBO’s platform, however, not all of them necessarily qualify as “great.” If you feel like streaming a movie and don’t want to waste your time on dreck, check out our list of the very best HBO has to offer. Related: Here’s what’s coming to HBO in February and what’s going away Choose a genre: Comedy Drama Action/Sci-fi Next Page: Comedy… Choose a genre: Comedy Drama Action/Sci-fi Comedy Beetlejuice Please enable Javascript to watch this video Tim Burton’s best films often center around a clever premise. In Beetlejuice , married ghosts Adam (Alec Baldwin) and Barbara Maitland (Geena Davis), having died in a car accident, are distressed to find that the ...
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The Art of Writing and the Art of Life
Huffington Post - about 1 year
By Sarah Jane Abbott | Off the Shelf I have two confessions to make. First, my greatest aspiration is to someday be a novelist. Second, Stephen King is my favorite writer--but this is not really a confession, as I'm proud of it and everyone who knows me knows this (and probably wishes I would stop talking about him already). Given these facts, it is nonsensical that I had not read Stephen King's On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft until now. I dove into the book a couple of weeks ago and when I finished, I wiped a couple tears from my eyes and started again from the beginning, hoping to soak in every word. That is not exaggeration or melodrama; that is how affecting this book is. On Writing is a combination memoir and writing guide, in which King looks back over his prolific career, reflects on his development as a writer, and offers up writing advice as only one of the bestselling authors of all time could. The book begins with a memoir section, in which King openly discusses e ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kevin Costner
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 57
    In 2015, Costner played coach Jim White in the drama film McFarland, USA, about cross country running.
    More Details Hide Details Costner is the singer in Kevin Costner & Modern West, a country rock band which he founded with the encouragement of his wife Christine. They began a worldwide tour in October 2007, which included shows in Istanbul and Rome. The group also performed at NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona International Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. The band released a country album, Untold Truths, on November 11, 2008 on Universal South Records. The album peaked at No. 61 on the Billboard Top Country Albums and No. 35 on the Top Heatseekers chart. Three singles ("Superman 14", "Long Hot Night" and "Backyard") have been released to radio, although none have charted. The single "Superman 14" has been made into a live music video. In 2009, they went on tour with opening act The Alternate Routes. In August, at the Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose, Alberta, Costner and the band were scheduled next on stage when a severe thunderstorm struck, collapsing the stage and stands on the main stage. One person was reported dead and forty injured. Later, an auction was held to raise money for the two young sons of the woman killed. A dinner with Costner was auctioned off for $41,000. Two guitars, one autographed by Costner, helped raise another $10,000 each.
  • 2014
    Age 56
    In October 2014, Costner sent a tribute to British troops serving around the world thanking them for their work.
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    In 2014, Costner appeared in the spy movie Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, as Thomas Harper, a mentor for the series' title character.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, he starred in the thriller 3 Days to Kill and the drama Draft Day and produced and starred in Black or White. Black or White premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and opened in the United States in 2015.
  • 2012
    Age 54
    The role earned Costner a 2012 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie.
    More Details Hide Details He also won the Golden Globe for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie.
    Costner starred in the three-part miniseries Hatfields and McCoys, which premiered on May 28, 2012 on the History Channel.
    More Details Hide Details It immediately broke a record by pulling 13.9 million viewers. The miniseries tells the true American story of a legendary family feud – one that spanned decades and nearly launched a war between Kentucky and West Virginia.
    In January 2012, Costner had to admit funding did not come through, and that he still hopes to make it in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details He was also about to team up again with director Kevin Reynolds in Learning Italian. Costner would play a CIA agent stationed in a coastal Italian town in order to keep an eye on a KGB operative. However, the movie did not get past pre-production phase because Costner and Reynolds could not raise the money required. He also appears, as a special cameo, in Funny or Die "Field of Dreams 2: Lockout". Costner portrayed Jonathan Kent in the rebooted Superman film, Man of Steel, directed by Zack Snyder. Costner was going to have a role in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.
  • 2011
    Age 53
    Costner announced that he would be returning to the director's chair for the first time in seven years in 2011 with A Little War of Our Own.
    More Details Hide Details The film is about a local sheriff who must keep his town from erupting into violence during World War II. The other lead role is that of a German U-boat captain. The screenplay is by Dan Gordon, who co-wrote another sheriff movie for Costner, Wyatt Earp (1994).
  • 2010
    Age 52
    In 2010, he appeared in The Company Men alongside Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones and Chris Cooper.
    More Details Hide Details It debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, and received good reviews. It was released in cinemas worldwide in January 2011. The film was considered to be an Oscar contender, but did not get a nomination.
  • FORTIES
  • 2008
    Age 50
    He said publicly in 2008 that he has no ambition to run for political office, adding "I've lived quite a colorful life."
    More Details Hide Details In the final days before the 2008 election, Costner campaigned for Barack Obama, visiting various places in Colorado—a state in which he has a home. In his speech, Costner stated the need for young voters to get to the polls, early and with enthusiasm. "We were going to change the world and we haven't," Costner said at a Colorado State University rally. "My generation didn't get it done, and we need you to help us."
  • 2006
    Age 48
    Costner was honored on September 6, 2006 when his hand and foot prints were set in concrete in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre alongside those of other celebrated actors and entertainers.
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  • 2004
    Age 46
    On September 25, 2004, Costner married his girlfriend of four years, German-American model and handbag designer Christine Baumgartner, at his ranch in Aspen, Colorado.
    More Details Hide Details Their first child, Cayden, was born on 6 May, 2007 at a Los Angeles hospital. Their second son, Hayes, was born on 12 February, 2009 and their third child, a daughter named Grace, was born on 2 June, 2010. Early in his life, Costner was a Republican. He was a supporter and good friend of Ronald Reagan, frequently playing golf with the former President. He later grew disillusioned with the direction of the party, eventually switching his affiliation in the early 90s. Since 1992, Costner has financially supported a variety of Democratic Party politicians, including Al Gore and Tom Daschle, but also made contributions to the Republican Party's Phil Gramm as late as 1995.
  • 2003
    Age 45
    The western Open Range, which he directed and starred in, received critical acclaim in 2003, and was a surprise success commercially.
    More Details Hide Details He received some of his best reviews for his supporting role as retired professional baseball player Denny Davies in The Upside of Anger, for which he received a nomination from the Broadcast Film Critics Association and won the San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor. After that, Costner starred in The Guardian and in Mr. Brooks, in which he portrayed a serial killer. In 2008, Costner starred in Swing Vote.
  • 2000
    Age 42
    His career revived somewhat in 2000 with Thirteen Days, in which he portrayed Kenneth O'Donnell, a top adviser to John F. Kennedy.
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  • 1999
    Age 41
    In 1999, he starred in Message in a Bottle with Robin Wright.
    More Details Hide Details This was based on a novel of the same name By Nicholas Sparks.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1987
    Age 29
    Full-blown movie star status for Costner arrived in 1987, when he starred as federal agent Eliot Ness in The Untouchables and in the leading role of the thriller No Way Out.
    More Details Hide Details He solidified his A-list status in the baseball-themed films Bull Durham (1988) and Field of Dreams (1989). Costner's next success came with the epic Dances with Wolves (1990). He directed and starred in the film and served as one of its producers. The film was nominated for 12 Academy Awards and won seven, including two for him personally (Best Picture and Best Director). The same year saw the release of Revenge, in which he starred along with Anthony Quinn and Madeleine Stowe, directed by Tony Scott (Costner had wanted to direct it himself). Costner followed this with Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), the Oliver Stone-directed JFK (1991), The Bodyguard (1992), and Clint Eastwood's A Perfect World (1993), all of which provided box office or critical acclaim. He then took the title role in the biopic Wyatt Earp (1994), directed by Kasdan. The War, also made in 1994, seemed to gain little attention. The science fiction-post-apocalyptic epics Waterworld (1995) and The Postman (1997), the latter of which Costner also directed, were both commercial disappointments and both largely regarded by critics as artistic failures. However, The Postman results were worse than Waterworld and ended up "winning" five Golden Raspberry Awards, including Worst Picture, Worst Actor and Worst Director for Costner. Costner then starred in the golf comedy Tin Cup (1996) for Ron Shelton, who had previously directed him in Bull Durham.
  • 1983
    Age 25
    Costner appeared in a commercial for the Apple Lisa and Table for Five in 1983, and, the same year, had a small role in the nuclear holocaust film Testament.
    More Details Hide Details Later, he was cast in The Big Chill and filmed several scenes that were planned as flashbacks, but they were removed from the final cut. His role was that of Alex, the friend who committed suicide, the event that brings the rest of the cast together. All that is seen of him are his hair and his slashed wrists as the mortician dresses his corpse in the movie's opening scenes. Costner was a friend of director Lawrence Kasdan, who promised the actor a role in a future project. That became Silverado (1985) and a breakout role for Costner. He also starred that year in the smaller films Fandango and American Flyers and appeared alongside Kiefer Sutherland in an hour-long special episode of Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1978
    Age 20
    He went on to earn a BA in marketing and finance from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) in 1978.
    More Details Hide Details While at CSUF, he was a fraternity brother in Delta Chi. Costner became interested in acting while in his last year of college, and on graduation married Cindy Silva. The couple honeymooned in Puerto Vallarta and on the return plane journey had a chance encounter with actor and fellow passenger Richard Burton, who had purchased all the seats around him for solitude. Burton agreed to speak to Costner after he finished his book. Costner, who had been taking acting classes, but had not told his wife about his desire to be an actor, watched Burton closely and approached when Burton gestured. Costner told Burton that he would prefer that his life was not filled with the type of drama that had followed Burton and asked if he would have to tolerate that if he became an actor. Burton replied, "You have green eyes. I have green eyes. I think you'll be fine." After landing, Burton's limousine pulled up to the curb where Costner and Cindy were waiting for a taxi, where Burton wished Costner luck. Costner would never see Burton again, but credits Burton with partially contributing to his career.
  • 1975
    Age 17
    While in college, Costner was a member of Delta Chi fraternity at the Cal State Fullerton (CSUF). He started dating fellow student Cindy Silva in March 1975, and their subsequent marriage three years later produced three children: Anne "Annie" Clayton (born April 15, 1984), Lily McCall (born August 4, 1986) and Joseph "Joe" Tedrick (born January 31, 1988). The couple divorced in 1994 after 16 years of marriage.
    More Details Hide Details He has a son, Liam Timothy Costner (born November 15, 1996), with Bridget Rooney, with whom he had a brief relationship following his divorce. In 1996, he lived with supermodel Elle Macpherson.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1962
    Age 4
    He has stated that a viewing of the 1962 film How the West Was Won at the age of seven had "formed" his childhood.
    More Details Hide Details Spending his teenage years in various parts of California as his father's career progressed, Costner has described this as a period when he "lost a lot of confidence", having to make new friends often. Costner lived in Orange County, then in Visalia (Tulare County), attending Mt. Whitney High School, and then Ventura, graduating from Buena High School in 1973.
  • OTHER
  • 1955
    Age -3
    Costner was born January 18, 1955 in Lynwood, California, and grew up in Compton, California.
    More Details Hide Details He is the youngest of three boys (the middle of whom died at birth). His mother, Sharon Rae (née Tedrick), was a welfare worker, and his father, William Costner, was an electrician and later utilities executive at Southern California Edison. Costner's patrilineal heritage originates with German immigrants to North Carolina in the 1700s; he also has English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and other German, ancestry. Costner was raised Baptist. Costner was not academically inclined. Rather, he enjoyed sports, took piano lessons, wrote poetry, and sang in the First Baptist Choir.
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