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Disc Covering: "The New Daughter," in which Kevin Costner battles a dirt monster.

Technically speaking, this week's straight-to-DVD film didn't go straight to DVD. "The New Daughter," starring Kevin Costner, did receive a very small release last December. How small? So small that people who cover movies for a living had no idea the film was coming out until the day before it opened (this, by the way, is BAD SIGN YOUR MOVIE IS GOING STRAIGHT TO DVD #3 [even if not technically]). Web sites like Shock Till You Drop put up incredulous articles the day before "The...

"Suddenly...": Seven different salutes to the Odessa Steps scene.

Sergei Eisenstein's 1925 film "The Battleship Potemkin" boasts the double-edged distinction of containing a sequence so famous -- the "Odessa Steps," part of the very ABCs of film history -- that people who've never seen the movie are intimately familiar with it, the same way everyone's seen a rocket launch into the moon's eye-socket even if they don't know it's a Méliès short. The steps sequence, which you can watch, with the Pet Shop Boys' new soundtrack...

Kevin Costner and Stephen Baldwin: unlikely bedfellows.

The BP oil spill continues apace, resonating with showbiz types in the strangest ways. First came Kevin Costner, who arrived in New Orleans last week bearing a machine that -- unbeknownst to everyone, apparently -- he'd been funding the development of since the 1989 Exxon Valdez incident he swears can purify 200 gallons of water/oil per minute. Now Stephen Baldwin has stepped up, announcing an anti-offshore drilling movie ("The Will To Drill"), with one of the associate producers of...

Field of financial dreams.

Got $5.4 million burning a hole in your pocket? Love nostalgic baseball movies with daddy issues? Boy, have the Lansings of Dyersville, Iowa have a deal for you. As reported by the Associated Press, the Lansings, the owners of the iconic farmhouse, cornfield and baseball diamond from 1989's pastoral man-weepie "Field of Dreams" have put the property up for sale for the bargain basement price of $5.4 million smackers. Becky Lansing told the AP they're selling because she and her...

Falling in line with "The Company Men."

Reviewed at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. While a variety of films from "Up in the Air" to "The International" have found an icy beauty in the clean lines and empty spaces of modern corporate life, there's a strange, quiet pall cast over the blank offices and boardrooms that make up the landscape of "The Company Men." That antiseptic aesthetic reaches into the narrative as well: Though writer/director John Wells' film is ostensibly about downsizing at a large...