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2008-08-06 12:00:32

By Holly Leber and Casey Phillips, Chattanooga Times/Free Press, Tenn. Aug. 6--Casey Phillips: From the previews, "Swing Vote" looked like it was going to end up trying too hard to be comedic, but as is often the case, the scenes selected for the trailer don't necessarily reflect the overall tone of the film. Yes, it has its funny moments, but the serious statement it makes about how our political system caters to special interests is what kept me watching. Well, that and a phenomenal...

2008-08-03 00:00:17

By Ellen McCarthy WASHINGTON -- When Kevin Costner was 18, he wanted to drive across the country with friends. His friends wouldn't come, so he went by himself. When he was 19, he wanted to go work on fishing boats. He implored his buddies to join him, but they refused. He went on without them. When he was in his early 50s, he decided to make a movie about a dim, profane, beer-guzzling New Mexican hillbilly who is called upon to decide the outcome of a presidential election. Had they...

2008-08-01 09:00:42

By MAL VINCENT By Mal Vincent The Virginian-Pilot Kevin Costner has turned out three of the best-loved classics of all time ("Field of Dreams,""Bull Durham" and "Dances With Wolves"). He also has turned out three of the most notorious financial flops ("Waterworld,""The Postman,""Wyatt Earp"). It's time for a swing vote. "I see myself as a storyteller," Costner said as he sat in the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C., the other day. "I have no regrets. I regret some of the...

2008-08-01 03:00:21

By Mal Vincent, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Aug. 1--Kevin Costner has turned out three of the best-loved classics of all time ("Field of Dreams,""Bull Durham" and "Dances With Wolves"). He also has turned out three of the most notorious financial flops ("Waterworld,""The Post Man,""Wyatt Earp"). It's time for a swing vote. "I see myself as a storyteller," Costner said as he sat in the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C., the other day. "I have no regrets. I regret some of the...

2008-07-28 06:00:53

By Carla Meyer, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 28--SAN FRANCISCO -- Kevin Costner doesn't make sequels. That's why you haven't seen a "Field of Dreams II" or a "Buller Durham." Costner prefers stand-alone stories with a "beginning, middle and an end," he says. The one time he did attempt a sequel -- or at least a roundabout, quasi-sequel -- it wasn't even to one of his own films. And it didn't work out. When Costner signed on for "Rumor Has It," a spinoff of the 1967 film "The...

2008-07-27 15:00:30

By Michael Janusonis BOSTON Kevin Costner looks haggard and drawn and a little remote when he first sits down to talk about his new movie, Swing Vote, which opens Friday. Oh, he's pleasant and polite and all that, even though the two of us are sitting in a chilly meeting room at the Four Seasons Hotel that could easily have accommodated another dozen reporters. But he's not as fast and loose as he was when he came to Boston five years ago to promote the western he had directed, Open...


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call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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