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Effa: Actress-turned-director Penny Marshall, who helmed 1992's A League of Their Own starring Geena Davis (above), is finally making another baseball movie. She'll direct Effa, based on the life story of Effa Manley, co-owner and business manager of the Newark Eagles of the Negro National League in the 1930s and 1940s -- and the first woman inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. [Deadline] Empty Socks: Long thought to be lost, Walt Disney's first Christmas movie has turned up in Norway. Empty Socks, a short animated film featuring Oswald, the Lucky Rabbit, was released in 1927; it was one of 26 shorts Disney made for Universal Studios before striking out on his own the following year with a new character: Mickey Mouse. [The Guardian] The...
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Effa: Actress-turned-director Penny Marshall, who helmed 1992's A League of Their Own starring Geena Davis (above), is making another baseball movie. She'll direct Effa, based on the true story of Effa Manley, co-owner and business manager of the Newark Eagles of the Negro National League in the 1930s and 1940s -- and the first woman inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. [Deadline] Empty Socks: Long thought to be lost, Walt Disney's first Christmas movie has...
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Penny Marshall is set to return to the director's chair for the first time since 2001's Riding in Cars With Boys with a biopic that follows the life of baseball pioneer Effa Manley, who became the first woman ever to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Effa Manley rose through the ranks of the Negro Leagues in the 1930s and 1940s as the co-owner and business manager of the Newark Eagles, which went on to win the Negro World Series in 1946. She became the sole owner of the team after her husband and co-owner Abe Manley died in 1948.
Penny Marshall is obviously no stranger to baseball movies, directing the 1992 classic A League of Their Own, which followed the struggle to establish the first women's professional baseball league during World War II. Penny Marshall will also serve as executive producer of Effa, alongside screenwriter Byron Motley. Here's what the »
Like her fellow Happy Days veteran-turned-director Ron Howard, Penny Marshall makes good but not exceptional movies. Unlike Howard, she hasn’t made very many, her last at the helm being Riding in Cars With Boys, which came out 13 years ago. In the meantime, she’s done some television, behind and in front of the camera, and a decade back she produced a few films, including Howard’s Cinderella Man. Now she’s ready to return to movie directing with the biopic Effa, about baseball Hall of Famer Effa Manley, and this is something we’re pretty excited about. For those who don’t know of Manley (and I admit I didn’t before hearing of the project), she was the first woman inducted into that honorable shrine to sports greats and she did so by being the co-owner and business manager of the Negro league team the Newark Eagles in the 1930s and 1940s. Women »
- Christopher Campbell
It's been 13 years since actress turned filmmaker Penny Marshall got behind the camera for Riding in Cars with Boys starring Drew Barrymore, but now she's poised to make a return to directing. Deadline reports Marshall is set to direct Effa, a biopic about Effa Manley, the first woman inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The film will follow the woman who rose in the ranks of the Negro National League in the 1930s and ’40s as a co-owner and business manager of the Newark Eagles, a team that would go on to win the 1946 Negro World Series. Sounds like it would make a solid double feature to go with last year's 42. Here's what Marshall says about the story of Effa: “The story is a fascinating tale of a woman who broke through so many barriers and accomplished so much for the players and the game, during a time »
- Ethan Anderton
After more than a decade away from directing, Penny Marshall will return to helm sports-themed biopic, Effa. Per Deadline, the movie intends to tell the true story of Effa Manley, the pioneering baseball executive who was the first-ever female inducted into the Baseball Hall Of Fame.
Much like Marshall’s 1992 sports dramedy, A League Of Their Own, based around the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League from the World War II era, this movie will explore similar themes. Effa will zoom in on the specifics of Manley, an African American woman who rose through the ranks during the 1930s and 40s as the co-owner and business manager of World Series-winners, the Newark Eagles. “The story is a fascinating tale of a woman who broke through so many barriers and accomplished so much for the players and the game, during a time when the face of baseball changed forever,” said Marshall of the film. »
- Gem Seddon
Penny Marshall will take a swing at the subject of women in baseball again. The director of A League of Their Own will helm a film about the story of Effa Manley, the first woman to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The untitled film is part of a two-picture deal Marshall has inked with Studioplex City, which will finance and produce the project. It is scheduled to begin principal photography in early 2015 in Savannah, Ga. See more Take Me Out: Hollywood's Best Baseball Movies Manley rose to fame in the sport while managing the National
- Tatiana Siegel
She will direct a biopic about Effa Manley, the manager of the National Negro League’s Newark Eagles and the first female Baseball Hall Of Fame inductee. She was active in the 1930s and ’40s.
The Effa Manley project marks the first film in a two picture deal Marshall has signed with Studioplex City LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of social commerce company FONU2. Studioplex City is financing and producing the film.
Principal photography will »
- Brent Lang
Manley made history by rising in the ranks of the Negro National League in the 1930s and ’40s as a co-owner and business manager of the Newark Eagles, the team that went on to win the 1946 Negro World Series. Effa, which is gearing up to shoot in Savannah, Georgia early next year, will be financed and produced by Studioplex City LLC as the first in a two-picture deal the FONU2 subsidiary has signed with Marshall.
This used to be Marshall’s playground: She directed her way around a diamond in 1992’s A League Of Their Own, about the struggle to establish America’s first female baseball teams during WWII. The Effa project harkens to a »
- Jen Yamato
Penny Marshall has made an impact both behind the camera and in front of it. As an actress, she starred on the popular sitcom Laverne And Shirley before segueing to the director's chair. Her short filmography includes movies like Big, Awakenings, The Preacher's Wife, and A League Of Their Own. Her last film as director was the 2001 movie Riding In Cars With Boys. Despite producing and directing some television, Marshall has been a noticed absence from big screens. That will change next »
- Alex Maidy
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Known for her recurring role as Dora Mae Dreifuss on HBO’s Carnivale (amongst countless other projects), Amanda Aday has surely proven herself as much more than “Meat Loaf’s Daughter.” An actress and writer, Aday has recently taken the leap to try her hand at directing, with her new horror flick Painless. Icons of Fright was fortunate enough to have a chat with this jack-of-all trades about the industry, dream projects, and directing while female.
Icons: I know you have been acting for a very long time and you’ve developed a pretty nice career out of it, what made you decide to direct?
Amanda Aday: I think it’s always been in the back of my mind. Even when I was little during class projects, instead of making dioramas or writing papers, my friends and I would always make movies. »
- BJ Colangelo
All she can see, in every direction, is water. It’s Oct. 16, 2013, the first day of filming on the WWII drama Unbroken, and a barge has taken Angelina Jolie, her crew, and an enormous crane camera onto the open Pacific off the coast of Queensland, Australia. As she stands on the ship, silhouetted by bright blue sky and deep blue sea, actors Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, and Finn Wittrock float nearby in a small yellow raft. They are skinny and weak and starving, having subsisted on just 500 calories a day for two months. Suddenly, the wind picks up, stirring salt spray and waves. »
- Sara Vilkomerson
Dinsey unveiled another piece of the Oscar season puzzle Saturday night with an innovative bi-coastal screening of their big holiday release, the musical adaptation of Into The Woods, which screened simultaneously in New York City and at Disney Studios in Burbank (where I saw it).
Post-screening, a satellite-transmitted Q&A featured director Rob Marshall, screenwriter James Lapine and key cast members. Full disclosure: I have been in love with this Stephen Sondheim masterpiece since even before it debuted on Broadway on Nov. 5, 1987. Southern California native that I am, I trekked down to San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre in 1986 for its pre-Broadway tryout and instantly fell in love.
It’s not only one of my favorite Sondheim musicals (in the top three to be sure with Company and West Side Story), but high among the greatest theatrical experiences I have ever had. I have seen the show in various incarnations several times since. »
- Pete Hammond
Directed by John Badham
Thanks to the popularity of Lethan Weapon, the action comedy genre thrived in the 1980s and 1990s. The genre combines fast paced thrills and violence with witty one-liners and often ridiculous comedic scenarios. For some reason, the 80s were a veritable breeding ground for many of these types of films and the trend continued well into the 90s. For instance, 1991 saw the release of a movie that pretty much turned the genre on its head. That film is the buddy cop adventure The Hard Way and it is not only a smart action thrill ride with buckets of fresh humor but also a smart commentary on real life police work and method acting.
- Randall Unger
Zoe Saldana knows how to play ass-kicking, universe-saving, unusually colorful heroes like Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy, Neytiri in Avatar, and Uhura in Star Trek. But for her new AOL web series, Saldana turned the camera on everyday people who play the role of the hero. In My Hero, which debuted yesterday, Saldana and some of her fellow celebrities—including Julianne Hough, Nick Cannon and Maria Menounos—pay tribute to the people they cherish via short, touching vignettes. "People are generally very grateful to the people around them that keep them together, that supported them, that encouraged them to »
- Carolyn Todd
Make people laugh and they won't even realize you're making them think. Over the past 50 years, women have broken through the glass ceiling time after time, shattering stereotypes and thumbing their noses at the old chestnut that "Women aren't funny." Fact: Anybody who says women aren't funny doesn't want them to be funny. We're looking back on the 50 funniest women of the past 50 years, their contributions to comedy, and their enduring legacies that inspire men and women alike. These are the 50 women who have helped (and are helping) to introduce the next class of hilarious women, which will inevitably include Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Tig Notaro, Chelsea Handler, Maria Bamford, Aubrey Plaza, and Kate McKinnon. Keep in mind this list only includes women who are primarily performers in movies, television, and standup comedy. That's why you don't see legends like Nora Ephron, Anne Beatts, and Elaine May here. »
- Donna Dickens, Chris Eggertsen, Louis Virtel,
A to Z‘s hopeful romantic Andrew has gotten the girl, but will he keep her?
After locking lips at the end of the pilot, Andrew and Zelda must now deal with a morning after of sorts as Episode 2 (airing this Thursday at 9:30/8:30c on NBC) picks up the very next day. And there’s a bit of a hiccup.
“He was supposed to go out on a date with someone else,” star Cristin Milioti teases.
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It was not meant to be a roast, but there was certainly some ribbing happening at the Friars Foundation’s annual gala honoring Robert De Niro and Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim on Oct. 7 at the recently sold Waldorf Astoria.
A parade of industryites appeared in-person and via video including David O. Russell, Sharon Stone, Christopher Walken, Martin Scorsese, Orlando Bloom, Billy Crystal, Barbra Streisand and Don Rickles. All paid tribute to thesp, who received the Friars Club’s fifth-ever Icon Award.
Sting, Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin also serenaded De Niro and Slim, who took home the Icon Award for Philanthropy. Warren Buffett, in a pre-recorded video alongside Paul Anka, sang a rendition of “My Way” to Slim.
As the event’s emcee, Larry King (Friars’ Dean) attempted to keep the crowd — full of old men and their model/drag queen dates — in check by “shushing” the room several times. »
- Addie Morfoot
Everything old is new again, especially when it comes to TV. It's kind of amazing and sad when you think about it. The latest trend: TV shows based on movies from the 1980s and early 1990s with at least three shows in development at major broadcast networks based on hits from the big-hair decade. Fox has a TV show based on Big, the classic Tom Hanks film, in the works from Enlisted's Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce. In the film directed by Penny Marshall, a young pre-teen makes a wish on Zoltar, a fortune-telling machine, to be "big." It works and he wakes up an adult and struggles to live his new life. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the half-hour comedy is being designed with a cable model—shorter »
This one will be based on the hit Tom Hanks-led 1988 movie "Big" with the pair writing the pilot episode. The story is "loosely based" on the movie, but shifts the action to today.
Penny Marshall's 1988 original film followed a young boy who wishes to be big through a magical slot machine. He wakes up the next day as a full-grown adult (Hanks). Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia and John Heard co-starred.
Source: EW »
- Garth Franklin
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