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Every year, HBO releases a video looking back at their programming, and then giving a brief look at what’s to come the following year. Based on the past year, the network can congratulate itself for new series True Detective and Silicon Valley as well as the (arguably overdue) sendoffs for True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, and The Newsroom. Now it’s time to prepare for the new year with quality returning shows and fresh series, and the year-end video provides brief glimpses of Game of Thrones: Season 5 and the new show Westworld among others. It’s exciting to guess which new series could be the network’s next big hit: Will it be the Duplass Brothers’ Togetherness? The Brink starring Tim Robbins, Jack Black, and Aasif Mandvi? Ballers starring Dwayne Johnson? And when you throw in the original movies and miniseries, it should be an exciting 2015 for HBO. Hit the »
- Matt Goldberg
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Jennifer Aniston was on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Monday night to promote the new "Horrible Bosses" movie, but she also took some time for a "Friends" reunion with Lisa Kudrow via the foul-mouthed game, "Celebrity Curse Off." Lisa's face is great when she's cursing. So much intensity! It's kind of sweet that they both get upset about the b-word, considering what they're Ok with saying.
In her sit-down interview, Jen - who looked amazing - talked about the press tour for "Horrible Bosses 2," which sounds fun but also pretty tiring. She's afraid of flying, so she hasn't been to a lot of beautiful places in the world because she's too scared to fly. »
- Gina Carbone
Aasif Mandvi is known to millions as the Muslim correspondent on “The Daily Show,” but before he was filing hilarious dispatches for the Comedy Central staple, he was trying to fit in as a Bombay-born immigrant who had grown up in Bradford, England, and moved with his parents to Florida. His first book, “No Land’s Man,” comes out Nov. 4.
Why did you decide to write “No Land’s Man”?
Years ago I wrote a one-man show called “Sakina’s Restaurant” based on my family. I had continued writing stuff like that, and had hoped to put it in a one-man show, but Chronicle approached me about a book. I felt I had interesting stories to tell about the immigrant experience.
It’s a journey of self-discovery.
When I left England and moved to America, I dove into American life. About 15 yearslater, I remembered that whole childhood that I felt completely disconnected from. »
- Carole Horst
Parents TV Council is outraged ABC went from "It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" to a “Scandal” sex scene “Shame on ABC for putting a peep show next to a playground,” said Tim Winter, president of the TV watchdog. “In less than 26 seconds we were taken from the Peanuts pumpkin patch to a steamy ‘Scandal’ sex scene.” Discovery Life Channel orders transgender reality show “Those Girls" Set in Kansas City, “Those Girls” promises to offer the first television close-up look at the transgender community. Brian Williams uses “NBC Nightly News” to debunk reports that a meteorologist was shown peeing Williams says Weather Channel meteorologist Mike Seidel is owed an apology after being accused of peeing on live TV. Click Read Full Post For More Rashida Jones rallies to save “A to Z,” insists it's not canceled The “Parks and Rec” star is producer of the NBC sitcom: "If you love #AtoZ keep watching! »
- Norman Weiss
“The Bachelor” will try to spice things up with a 3-hour live premiere The Jan. 5 season premiere will mix in taped segments, such as the limo arrivals, with Chris Harrison live with a studio audience joined by "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" alums offering commentary, according to TV Line. The live premiere may be a response to concerns that "Bachelor" Chris Soules is "boring" and "as exciting as watching soybeans grow." Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's newly elected successor declines Jimmy Kimmel’s invitation John Tory, who was elected this week to replace Mayor Rob Ford, says he’s not going on the ABC talk show because “I’m not in show business.” He adds: Let’s talk (about) why I’m there. I’m there because the previous guy was the subject of jokes and all the sort of stuff and they’ll probably replay old tapes. I just don’t »
- Norman Weiss
On Monday's episode of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart addressed how Us cities like Dallas and NYC have been handling the Ebola issue. The show's correspondents reported "live" from Texas and New York locations, talking about how cities may or may not be preparing for the Ebola virus. Instead of "Keep Austin Weird," for instance, they joked about Austin's city motto: "Keep Ebola Weird." Watch The Daily Show's Samantha Bee, Aasif Mandvi, Jessica Williams, and Jordan Klepper "report" from cities around the Us, and then check out more must-see viral videos. »
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” is adding two new faces to its stable of on-air personalities. Hasan Minhaj will join the team as a correspondent in November while Trevor Noah will sign on as a contributor in December.
Minhaj (pictured left) is a comedian, actor and writer who has made appearances on Netflix’s “Arrested Development” revival, HBO’s “Getting On” and Comedy Central’s “@midnight.” He was also recently featured as a New Face at the 2014 Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal.
Trevor Noah (pictured right) has previously hosted several television shows in his native South Africa, including kudocasts, the South African Comedy Festival and two seasons of his own latenight talker. Noah made his U.S. debut on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and went on to appear on “Late Show with David Letterman” and his own comedy special for Showtime, “Trevor Noah: African American.”
- Shelli Weinstein
When word broke late Thursday that Saturday Night Live will shake up the Weekend Update desk once again this season, fan reaction was swift and decisive. The consensus: Lorne Michaels was replacing the wrong anchor.
Specifically: Cecily Strong, who took her seat at the Update desk last fall—and earned generally positive reviews for her work there—is out. SNL head writer Colin Jost, who joined Update in March after Seth Meyers’ departure—and has received, er, slightly less encouraging feedback—is staying put.
It’s easy to understand the outrage stoked by this reshuffling. Thanks to well-received characters like »
- Hillary Busis
Director: Craig Gillespie.
Running Time: 124 minutes.
Synopsis: A twenty-something comedienne’s unplanned pregnancy forces her to confront the realities of independent womanhood for the first time.
Jon Hamm continues an incredibly lingering transition to the big screen with Disney’s American hit Million Dollar Arm, part sports drama, part romance, part fish-out-of-water comedy which combines to make up what is essentially a biographical rags-to-riches tale.
Tracking the story of sports agent Jb Bernstein (Hamm) and an innovative idea which takes him to India (via a path of self-enlightenment and Britain’s Got Talent), we are introduced to his tough-to-like cynic who, whilst residing in a pristine apartment decorated with a flash car on the drive, spends his days dating models, soullessly shunning hellos from Lake Bell’s kooky tenant, Brenda.
With this being Disney, »
- Jacob Stolworthy
★★★☆☆Only an actor with as much natural charisma as Mad Men star Jon Hamm (who plays ad man Donald Draper in the hit AMC show) could make a money-centric, hard-balling sports agent look appealing, and this is exactly what he does in Disney's Million Dollar Arm (2014). Based on a true-story and directed by Craig Gillespie, Hamm stars as J.B. Bernstein, who in a last ditch attempt to save his ailing career sets up a reality show contest in India to find fledgling cricket players that he can train up and convert into pitchers that are destined to play in Major League Baseball. Roping in curmudgeonly sports talent agent Ray (Alan Arkin) and his business partner Asah (Aasif Mandvi), the trio fly east to find their players.
- CineVue UK
Variety was inside Hollywood’s Emmy afterparties as TV’s finest celebrated their golden night with plenty of champagne, dancing and trophy gazing.
Here’s our party timeline:
8:12 p.m. With its impressive haul of Emmy loot — including a best comedy win for “Modern Family” — the mood is festive and upbeat at Fox’s Emmy night fete at Vibiana, where the spread includes roasted fingerling potatoes and field green salad.
8:34 p.m. And Espresso cheesecake donuts!
See Also: More Photos from the Emmy After Parties
- Variety Staff
This year, Emmy weekend was an endurance test of parties and preening. But there were no heavy sighs about having to attend Sunday’s Evening Before bash, which raked in more than $2 million for the Motion Picture Television Fund.
The Emmy eve fundraiser has become a welcome tradition for the biz’s top movers and shakers. For those fortunate enough to make the scene at the Lawn at Century Park, the Evening Before is the last call before the Main Event, the last chance to toast the nominees in the moment when everyone still has a shot at winning.
As always, the festive environment is enhanced by sponsored installation booths offering partygoers a chance to play games and score major swag — two favorite Hollywood pastimes. But it’s the people watching that is the main attraction at Evening Before.
See Also: Exclusive Photos from Mptf’s Evening Before the Emmys »
- Cynthia Littleton
HBO has delivered some terrific comedies over the years, from the quirky musical series Flight of the Conchords to biting political satire Veep, and with the cast that the premium cable network is pulling together for its upcoming comedy The Brink, there’s reason to believe HBO has another major hit on its hands.
Now, our anticipation has been raised with news that Watchmen actress Carla Gugino has joined the cast in a multi-episode arc. Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption), Jack Black (School of Rock) and Pablo Schreiber (Orange Is The New Black) all topline The Brink, which is described as “an epic dark comedy.”
As per Deadline: The Brink focuses on “a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men: U.S. Secretary of State Walter Hollander (Robbins); Alex Coppins (Black), a lowly Foreign Service officer; and Zeke Callahan (Pablo Schreiber), an ace Navy fighter pilot. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Blu-ray, DVD and digital Release Date: Oct. 7, 2014
Price: DVD $Tba, Blu-ray $Tba
The sports movie is based on the true story of sports agent J.B. Bernstein (Hamm) whose career is not going well.
To try to save his career, Bernstein goes to India to produce a competition reality show called “The Million Dollar Arm.” He hopes to find a cricketer who he can turn into a baseball pitcher.
With the help of cantankerous retired baseball scout Ray Poitevint (Alan Arkin, Stand Up Guys), Bernstein discovers two men who have no idea about playing baseball but can throw a mean fastball. Bernstein brings them to America, and the culture shock begins.
Released in the Us on 16th May, Million Dollar Arm is one of the highlights of the 5th London Indian Film Festival, which takes place at the capital from 10th to 17th July.
Disney produces this sports drama film directed by Craig Gillespie. Million Dollar Arm is based on the true story of baseball pitchers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Sharma, discovered by sports agent J.B. Bernstein through a reality show competition. The film portrays their journey and struggles until they became the first Indians to play in the American baseball league. The film stars Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi) and Madhur Mittal (Slumdog Millionaire) in the lead roles, as well as Aasif Mandvi, Lake Bell, Bill Paxton, Alan Arkin and Pitobash Tripathy.
Sports agent J.B. Bernstein (Hamm) is going through a bad patch. His business is declining and he has just lost the opportunity to sign a celebrity sportsman. »
- Núria Bonals Hidalgo
Out goes one Broadway season, and in comes another, marked by the first new Broadway show announcement following this year’s Tony Awards.
Disgraced, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Ayad Akhtar, will open on Broadway this fall on Oct. 23 at the Lyceum Theatre, with previews slated to begin Sept. 27. How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor (who made his Broadway debut opposite Kathleen Turner in 2002’s The Graduate) will lead the cast, which includes Gretchen Mol, Karen Pittman, and Hari Dhillon.
The play follows the story of a Muslim-American lawyer and his artist wife, who invite a co-worker and »
- Marc Snetiker
A correspondent gig on “The Daily Show” is one of the most sought-after jobs in comedy, but it turns out that new guy Michael Che may have been a little overqualified for the role. Also read: ‘Daily Show’ Taps ‘SNL’ Writer Michael Che as Correspondent The former “Saturday Night Live” writer made his debut on Jon Stewart's program on Wednesday night, delivering a sober report “from” Syria that turned the host's smirk into a shocked frown. It also brought out Aasif Mandvi, the long-time “Daily Show” correspondent who, as he insists, has long been the go-to guy on stories about the Muslim world. »
- Jordan Zakarin
Now playing in theaters is director Craig Gillespie’s true-life sports drama Million Dollar Arm. The film stars Jon Hamm as a washed-up sports agent who travels to India and sets up a nationally televised game show, “Million Dollar Arm” to see if any cricket players might cut it in the big leagues. Once there, he finds two 18-year-old boys, Rinku (Suraj Sharma) and Dinesh (Madhur Mittal), whose talent at throwing a fastball could possibly lead them to a major league contract. Written by Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor, and Win Win), Million Dollar Arm also stars Bill Paxton, Lake Bell, Aasif Mandvi, Pitobash, and Alan Arkin. For more on the film, watch four clips and a featurette. At the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with J.B. Bernstein (who Hamm plays in the film) and Rinku Singh (one of the real baseball »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Stars: Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Alan Arkin, Pitobash, Suraj Sharma, Madhur Mittal, Lake Bell, Bill Paxton, Gregory Alan Williams, Allyn Rachel | Written by Thomas McCarthy | Directed by Craig Gillespie
Walt Disney Pictures has found great success in past years with based on true story sport films. Movies like The Rookie, Miracle, and Invincible took accounts of people overcoming insurmountable odds and added the classic Disney methodology. Million Dollar Arm shares many similar inherit qualities with those past Disney properties—human drama with a universal charm, broad comedic moments to lighten the mood, and a family friendly appeal that makes it easier to forgive the strong addiction to cliché storytelling. Million Dollar Arm is not much more than an enhanced TV movie, nevertheless its likeable personality makes it worth your time.
Much of that personality comes from Jon Hamm, who plays sports agent Jb Burstein. He comes off as a lighter »
- Dan Clark
The film Million Dollar Arm is a family-friendly drama that is based on the real-life story of the first Indian athletes to become involved with any major American sports franchise. The film was directed by Craig Gillespie and written by Tom McCarthy. Neither gentleman has a huge list of credits to their respective professions but what they do have is largely decent quality and have latched onto a real sports underdog story here that is produced by Disney.
The story involves a down and out sports agent, J. B. Bernstein (Jon Hamm), who gets the desperate yet brilliant idea to go to India and scout for pitching prospects. The plan is to develop the winners of a pitching contest/reality show, called Million Dollar Arm, and sign them for a Major League Baseball deal. Jb and his junior partner Ash (Aasif Mandvi) flesh out their plan by securing the financing »
- Steven Gahm
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