Kevin Costner returns to TV this week on Paramount Network’s new drama series “Yellowstone”. Costner’s career was monstrous in the 80s and 90s, with films such as “Bull Durham”, “Field of Dreams”, “Dances with Wolves” (for which he won 2 Oscars), “JFK” and “The Bodyguard”.
But after a string of critical and box office disappointments, Costner has had a bit of a resurgence in recent years. He won an Emmy and Golden Globe for his performance on the miniseries “Hatfields & McCoys”. His role as Clark Kent’s dad in 2013’s “Man of Steel” made the superhero blockbuster the highest-grossing film of his career (not adjusted for inflation). And Costner co-starred alongside Chris Pine, Keira Knightley and Kenneth Branagh in the underrated 2014 action/thriller “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”.
He returned to the sports movie genre with 2014’s NFL “fantasy” “Draft Day” and 2015’s Disney cross country film “McFarland, USA”. Costner teamed-up with fellow Oscar winner Octavia Spencer on two family dramas, 2015’s “Black or White” and 2016’s “Hidden Figures”, for which the two earned the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture. And Costner played a pivotal role in writer/director Aaron Sorkin’s well-received “Molly’s Game”, released last year.
At 63, Costner doesn’t show any signs of slowing down, with “Yellowstone” (a drama about land preservation, created by “Hell or High Water” and “Wind River” screenwriter Taylor Sheridan) now at the forefront.
Lights Camera Jackson (a.k.a. Jackson Murphy) began his career as a film critic/entertainment reporter in 2006 at the age of 7. Jackson has written nearly 1,000 reviews of new releases. All together he has seen more than 1,500 films. In 2010, Jackson became the youngest person to win a NY Emmy Award, for his on-air movie reviews on Time Warner TV station, Capital News 9.
Jackson is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. The BFCA’s annual Critics Choice Awards is one of the industry’s most respected awards shows. Jackson is also a member of SAG-AFTRA. He votes annually for the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
LCJ appears every Friday morning on WGNA-FM . His movie reviews are also posted on his website, his YouTube channel and the popular website Cultjer.com. He is also a contributing writer for Jerry Beck’s AnimationScoop.com. Jackson hosts the weekly internet pop culture news show “LCJ LIVE” (every Sunday at Noon ET). And “The LCJ Q&A Podcast” features interviews with celebrities and filmmakers.