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Movie News: Penny Marshall Returning to Baseball with 'Effa'; Sean Penn in Action-Filled Trailer for 'The Gunman'

12 December 2014 12:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

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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News Briefs: Penny Marshall Returning to Baseball with 'Effa'; Sean Penn in 'The Gunman' Trailer

11 December 2014 10:11 PM, PST | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

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 Returns to Directing with Baseball Biopic

11 December 2014 2:06 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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 »

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Why We Are Excited About Penny Marshall’s Return to Filmmaking

11 December 2014 12:00 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

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 »

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Penny Marshall Back To Directing With Effa Manley Baseball Biopic

11 December 2014 10:16 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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. »

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Penny Marshall Returns to Baseball With New Film

11 December 2014 7:22 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

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

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Penny Marshall Directing Film About First Female Baseball Hall of Famer

11 December 2014 7:13 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A League of Their Own” director Penny Marshall is returning to the baseball diamond.

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.

It’s Marshall’s first film in more than a decade; her last being 2001’s “Riding in Cars With Boys.” She also directed “Big,” “Awakenings” and “Renaissance Man” and starred in “Laverne & Shirley.”

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.

Marshall directs and will executive produce, from a screenplay written by Byron Motley (who will executive produce) and Jeffery Miller (who will associate produce). Wendi Laski will produce.

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Penny Marshall Back To Baseball With Biopic Of First Female Hall Of Famer

11 December 2014 7:00 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

A League Of Their Own director Penny Marshall is swinging away at a baseball biopic about Effa Manley, the sports trailblazer who became the first woman to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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 »

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Penny Marshall to direct Effa

11 December 2014 7:00 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The director of A League Of Their Own and Big has signed a two-film deal with Georgia-based FONU2 subsidiary Studioplex City, kicking off with a biopic about Effa Manley.

The film charts the rise to fame of the first woman to be inducted into the Baseball Hall Of Fame who managed the National Negro League’s Newark Eagles in the 1930’s and 40’s.

Wendi Laski will produce. Marshall directs from a screenplay by Byron Motley and will serve as executive producer alongside Motley.

Studioplex City will finance and produce Effa, set to begin shooting in Savannah, Georgia, early next year.

“The film is about a strong woman who was ahead of her time, the history of baseball and the Negro Leagues,” said Studioplex City president and FONU2 chairman Jake Shapiro.

“We are proud to be working on such a meaningful project with such a powerful and talented director.” 

“The story is a fascinating tale of a woman »

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Penny Marshall's first film in 13 years will be the baseball biopic Effa

11 December 2014 6:57 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

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 »

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Sherlock, Doctor Who 50th nominated for 2015 Broadcast Awards

27 November 2014 4:16 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Sherlock has been nominated for a 2015 Broadcast Award.

The BBC One show will compete for against Happy Valley, Line of Duty, Penny Dreadful, The Honourable Woman and Y Gwyll / Hinterland for the Best Drama Series prize.

Elsewhere, Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special 'The Day of the Doctor' has been nominated for International Programme Sales along with Y Gwyll/ Hinterland, Downton Abbey, Line of Duty, The X Factor and MasterChef.

Nominated in the Best Documentary series category are Benefits Street, Bedlam, Life in Death Row, Long Lost Family, My Last Summer and Protecting Our Parents.

Best Soaps/Continuing Drama sees Casualty, Coronation Street, EastEnders, Emmerdale, Holby City and Hollyoaks nominated.

Meanwhile, Gogglebox, Child Genius, Karl Pilkington: The Moaning Of Life, Pound Shop Wars, The Great British Bake Off and The Island with Bear Grylls are all up for Best Popular Factual Programme.

The Broadcast Awards will take place on February »

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Monstervision: The Saturday Drive-In

24 November 2014 5:40 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

“This is Joe Bob Briggs reminding you that the Drive-In will Never Die!” 

In 1993, Monstervision on TNT in America, was mostly a program that aired old horror movies and science fiction with the occasional hosting from magicians Penn and Teller. During the early nineties, many cable channels hadn’t yet solidified their formats, and horror hosts were still ways to fill late night television since most channels couldn’t afford original programming. During that time, esteemed and controversial film critic John Bloom (known by his pen name Joe Bob Briggs), finished his tenure at the Movie Channel, which had also began changing its format.

Briggs was unfortunately released from his acclaimed show where he introduced uncut movies for his fans with his color commentary book ending the movies. The prologues and closers often featured comedy with the Briggs character, when he wasn’t interviewing genre favorites like Linnea Quigley. He »

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Judd Apatow and Laura Dern touch down for football comedy

5 November 2014 10:31 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Hollywood’s response to the general public’s calls for more gender diversity and strong representations of women in film has been to simply remind the world that women can play with the boys too, from female Ghostbusters to female superheroes to now female football fans.

Laura Dern is now producing a comedy about “obsessive female football fans” (yes, they exist) along with Judd Apatow and drafting Pam Brady (Team America: World Police) to write the script, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

 

The as of yet untitled comedy is originally a story idea from Dern, and were she to share co-writing credits it would be a nice consolation prize for fans of her short lived HBO show Enlightened. No word yet on a director or a cast, but Apatow is currently wrapping on Trainwreck, another female fronted comedy written by and starring Amy Schumer.

Here’s hoping it has some »

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Laura Dern and Judd Apatow Putting Together a Female Football Comedy for Universal

4 November 2014 1:52 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

A female football movie?  Laura Dern and Judd Apatow caught got my attention with that!  It’s being reported that Dern came up with an idea for a comedy about obsessive female football fans and that Apatow is helping her develop it for Universal.  Hamlet 2 and Hot Rod scribe Pam Brady is penning the script, but other than that, we don’t know much more about the project. It wouldn’t come as a surprise if Dern winds up scoring a role in the film, but right now she’s only set to produce alongside Barry Mendel and Apatow on behalf of Apatow Productions.  Hit the jump for more. So there’s not really much more to the Variety article, but it is a fun idea to think about.  Thanks to Apatow’s involvement, my mind immediately goes to Bridesmaids with football.  And really, if this group of football-loving »

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The 50 Funniest Women of the Past 50 Years: #40-31

14 October 2014 11:53 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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. »

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What happened to the stars of Big? Elizabeth Perkins, more then & now

1 October 2014 11:14 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Big remains one of our favourite Tom Hanks childhood movies (perhaps losing out to Turner and Hooch, boy did that make us blub, we barely held it together) so we're slightly unnerved by reports that a TV series based on the film has been commissioned.

Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce are now said to have received a script plus penalty commitment from broadcaster Fox for the half-hour comedy series, which will explore what it means to be both an adult and child in today's world.

The 1988 Oscar-nominated movie, written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg, sees a boy's simple wish to be big come true as a 13-year-old is transformed into a 30-year-old overnight.

We take a nostalgic look at the cast of the huge hit - including Tom Hanks and John Heard - and what came next below:

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What happened to the stars of Big? Elizabeth Perkins, more then & now

1 October 2014 11:14 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Big remains one of our favourite Tom Hanks childhood movies (perhaps losing out to Turner and Hooch, boy did that make us blub, we barely held it together) so we're slightly unnerved by reports that a TV series based on the film has been commissioned.

Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce are now said to have received a script plus penalty commitment from broadcaster Fox for the half-hour comedy series, which will explore what it means to be both an adult and child in today's world.

The 1988 Oscar-nominated movie, written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg, sees a boy's simple wish to be big come true as a 13-year-old is transformed into a 30-year-old overnight.

We take a nostalgic look at the cast of the huge hit - including Tom Hanks and John Heard - and what came next below:

Tom Hanks

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Never Mind the Buzzcocks: Rhod Gilbert on becoming the new host

29 September 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

It feels like we've had guest hosts on Never Mind the Buzzcocks forever, but that's about to change. Yup, we have a new - permanent - host, and it's none other than comedian Rhod Gilbert. Since that's a pretty big thing to take on, we called up Rhod - while he was dealing with an unruly dog on a Welsh mountain (good preparation, in other words) - to find out how he'll cope with difficult guests, what'll be different and why the first single he ever bought is not a good sign of how credible he is...

Hi Rhod. Are you going to be more of a Lamarr or more of an Amstell?

"I don't think I'm either to be honest with you. You can go round in circles analysing these things to death. Both of those guys hosted a lot of shows, they left their mark on it indelibly. »

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The Most Embarrassing Statistics About Women In Hollywood

25 September 2014 6:54 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

We've reported that female-fronted films have been a major hit with audiences, from Frozen to The Heat, Maleficent to The Hunger Games. But Geena Davis is reminding us all that despite audiences' clear interest in seeing stories about women, modern cinema is largely ignoring them. As an actress, Geena Davis was a role model to young women with roles in such beloved classics like Thelma & Louise and A League of Their Own, and even the flopped (but fantastic) pirate adventure Cutthroat Island. Since then, Davis has become a role model of a different sort, founding the Geena Davis Institute of Gender In Media. This institute has recently released a study exploring gender bias in 120 films from the 11 countries, including the U.S., India, and the U.K. The results are shocking. We'll break down the most disturbing discoveries below. Some details on the films that were a part of this »

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Which A League of Their Own star is this cutie?

11 September 2014 6:38 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

A League of Their Own is pulling out the big guns in this week's episode - yep, there are baby photos.

Here at Digital Spy, we got a sneaky peek at one of the adorable snaps - but which A League of Their Own panellist is featured in this chubby-cheeked picture?

Click here to find out which star this baby grew up to become!

But why are there baby pictures on this week's show? Well, it all kicks off when the captains take part in a competitive breastfeeding challenge. (We're not kidding - competitive breastfeeding.)

The panellists are joined by guests Kevin Pietersen, Joe Hart and Josh Widdicombe and some of the other challenges include Greco-Roman wrestling and the debut of Fooket - a mash-up of football and cricket.

A League of Their Own airs on Friday (September 12) at 9pm on Sky1. »

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