It's World Cup time, and association football fever is sweeping the globe! Of course, if you aren't currently using the metric system, you may know it better as soccer, or possibly as "that game I played in junior high." But even if you aren't a big fan, or have very little tolerance for televised sports in general, there is a way to participate in the soccer mania without enduring an actual match -- namely, by watching a marathon of soccer movies! Like real soccer matches, they take place around the world and run nearly two hours, but at least with a movie you're guaranteed three things: dramatic storylines, big-name stars and far more goals scored than you'd see in an actual game.
No, the lawyer-turned-novelist isn't starting up a chain of Papa John Grisham's Pizzas. (Although that might be pretty fun. His slogan could be "Pies so good they should be illegal!" and then he'd give you "pro bono" breadsticks with every order of a large pepperoni.) The real news is that Phoenix Pictures has just acquired the movie rights to Grisham's novel, Playing For Pizza. Mike Medavoy, Arnie Messer and David Thwaites of Phoenix Pictures will produce.