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Best Baseball Movies

In the midst of March Madness and with the Kentucky Derby around the corner, the first pitch of baseball season is almost here.

A quote from Field Of Dreams best describes America’s national pastime, “The one constant throughout the years has been baseball.”

To mark the start of the 2016 season, here’s our list of the Best Baseball movies.

The Bad News Bears

Considered by some to be the best baseball movie ever, the film celebrates its 40th anniversary this month (April 7, 1976). In an article from the NY Daily News, one line reads, “It is a movie that someone like the late Philip Seymour Hoffman called his favorite, and one which resonates on many levels today, with all different generations.”

Who are we to argue with greatness?

After skewering all-American subjects such as politics (The Candidate) and beauty pageants (Smile), director Michael Ritchie naturally set his sights on the
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It’s Opening Week: Best Baseball Movies

Is this heaven? Nope, it’s Opening Week.

Recently Mlb rounded up a group of players to recite, word for word, James Earl Jones’ famous “people will come, Ray” speech from Field Of Dreams.

Wamg declares America’s national pastime, Baseball, to be the official sport of movie fans everywhere. As Brad Pitt said in Moneyball, “How can you not be romantic about Baseball?”

It all started Sunday night with the Cardinals at the Cubs with St. Louis winning 3 to 0.

To celebrate the first pitch of Opening Week, here’s our list of the best Baseball movies.

The Rookie

One of the best baseball biopics to come along over the years, The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid, tells the true story of Jim Morris, a man who finally gets a shot at his lifelong dream-pitching in the big leagues. A high school science teacher/baseball coach, Morris’ players make a bet with him:if they win district,
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‘Seinfeld’ Actor Daniel von Bargen Dies at 64

‘Seinfeld’ Actor Daniel von Bargen Dies at 64
Daniel von Bargen, a prolific character actor best known for his role as George’s lazy boss Mr. Kruger on “Seinfeld,” as Commandant Edwin Spangler, the military veteran who oversees the cadets at Marlin Academy, on TV’s “Malcolm in the Middle,” and for his role in a two-part episode of “The West Wing” in which he played Air Force General Ken Shannon, died March 1 in Montgomery, Ohio, after a long illness. He was 64 and had been dealing with health issues for the last five years.

Von Bargen was known for roles as irate or defiant cops, district attorneys, judges, and other authority figures. But he also spent a good deal of his time onstage.

The actor had most recently appeared in Thomas Edward Seymour’s 2009 feature “London Betty,” in which he starred.

But mostly von Bargen was relegated to small but frequently memorable supporting roles.

His film credits include “The Silence of the Lambs,
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‘Seinfeld’ Actor Daniel von Bargen Dies at 64

‘Seinfeld’ Actor Daniel von Bargen Dies at 64
Daniel von Bargen, a prolific character actor best known for his role as George’s lazy boss Mr. Kruger on “Seinfeld,” as Commandant Edwin Spangler, the military veteran who oversees the cadets at Marlin Academy, on TV’s “Malcolm in the Middle,” and for his role in a two-part episode of “The West Wing” in which he played Air Force General Ken Shannon, died March 1 in Montgomery, Ohio, after a long illness. He was 64 and had been dealing with health issues for the last five years.

Von Bargen was known for roles as irate or defiant cops, district attorneys, judges, and other authority figures. But he also spent a good deal of his time onstage.

The actor had most recently appeared in Thomas Edward Seymour’s 2009 feature “London Betty,” in which he starred.

But mostly von Bargen was relegated to small but frequently memorable supporting roles.

His film credits include “The Silence of the Lambs,
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Super Agent Drew Rosenhaus -- Cops Called for Domestic Dispute ... Wife Says Gun In House

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Cops were called to the Miami home of sports mega-agent Drew Rosenhaus Sunday night after a domestic incident with his wife ... who told cops she was concerned about a gun in the house ... TMZ Sports has learned. We've learned ... Drew's wife Lisa Thomson (a Miami real estate agent) told police she arrived to the home after the NFL playoff games ... and was verbally attacked by Drew and his brother Jason. Our sources say ... Lisa told
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It’s Not TV: HBO, The Company That Changed Television: Golden Age: Part 3

It said something about HBO’s elevating stature as a programmer that the company strategy was no longer catch-as-catch-can. HBO now found itself in the enviable position of being able to afford to turn shows down based on its view the project was – in the phrase I was coming to hear more and more often – “an HBO show.” Like the old joke about art, nobody could define what that meant, but they knew it when they saw it.

Case in point:

In 1996, HBO rolled out Arli$$ (1996-2002). Like The Larry Sanders Show, Arli$$ came from the off-kilter imagination of a stand-up comic, in this case Robert Wuhl, who also starred. In synopsis – and no doubt why HBO was interested – Arli$$ sounded like a sports version of The Larry Sanders Show. Wuhl played Arliss Michaels, a top-flight sports agent with the integrity of a hired killer moving through the circles of
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40 Years of HBO Programming -- Do You Remember '1st and Ten'? 'Dream On'? 'Arliss'?

40 Years of HBO Programming -- Do You Remember '1st and Ten'? 'Dream On'? 'Arliss'?
Check out this Hollywood Reporter photo gallery celebrating 40 years of HBO programming. Everything from the long-running ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") and the zeitgeist-setting ("Sex and the City") to the less-than-earth-shattering ("Bored to Death") and recently-acclaimed ("Girls") is in there. We've included photos from some of the less-expected shows. Above is "Arliss," the "proto-Jerry McGuire sitcom" starring Rober Wuhl as a sports agent willing to push the envelope for his clients. Check out Sandra Oh, pre-"Grey's Anatomy." The show ran from 1996 to 2002. The first image below is from an early example of HBO original programming, "1st and Ten," a sitcom following the female owner (Delta Burke) of a pro football team. If you're wondering if that's a pre-"Law and Order" Christopher Meloni, you're right. The show ran from 1984 to 1990. The second is from...

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40 Years of HBO Programming -- Do You Remember '1st and Ten'? 'Dream On'? 'Arliss'?

40 Years of HBO Programming -- Do You Remember '1st and Ten'? 'Dream On'? 'Arliss'?
Check out this Hollywood Reporter photo gallery celebrating 40 years of HBO programming. Everything from the long-running ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") and the zeitgeist-setting ("Sex and the City") to the less-than-earth-shattering ("Bored to Death") and recently-acclaimed ("Girls") is in there. We've included photos from some of the less-expected shows. Above is "Arliss," the "proto-Jerry McGuire sitcom" starring Rober Wuhl as a sports agent willing to push the envelope for his clients. Check out Sandra Oh, pre-"Grey's Anatomy." The show ran from 1996 to 2002. The first image below is from an early example of HBO original programming, "1st and Ten," a sitcom following the female owner (Delta Burke) of a pro football team. If you're wondering if that's a pre-"Law and Order" Christopher Meloni, you're right. The show ran from 1984 to 1990. The second is from...
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Best Baseball Movies To See Before The World Series

“The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good and it could be again.” – Field Of Dreams.

No truer words were ever spoken about America’s Pastime. Baseball began this past Spring with 30 teams vying for the chance to become World Champions and now it’s been decided. The San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers will play ball in the 2012 World Series. Before the final hurrah of nine innings, stats, bases and 3 strikes you’re out, Wamg has compiled a list of the Best Baseball Movies. Did we leave any in the dugout or are there some that should be sent to the showers?
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Forgotten Action Cinema: Street Asylum

I was drawn to the VHS copy of softcore porn veteran Gregory Dark’s 1990 sci-fi thriller “Street Asylum” because of the picture of G. Gordon Liddy as a cyborg on the cover. Sadly, this scene does not appear anywhere in the film, a fact which sadden me to no end. Would I have purchased the flick had I known Liddy would not appear as some sort of half-man, half-robot? Probably not, though I’m certainly glad I did. “Street Asylum” follows the adventures of a Arliss Ryder (Wings Hauser), a cop who finds himself being recruited into a division of the police force known as Strike Squad after he’s injured in the line of duty. What our hero doesn’t realize, of course, is that someone is playing a deadly game, one that involves the lives of those dedicated officers who would love nothing more than to cleanse the streets of crime.
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Robert Wuhl developing HBO series

Robert Wuhl developing HBO series
"Arli$$" creator-star Robert Wuhl is developing a new series for HBO.

The untitled project is a multigenerational family comedy about a father and son who run a big Madison Square Garden-type arena in New York and will look behind the scenes of the sporting, music, children's and other events that take place there.

"I wanted to do a satire of New York power figures, and I thought this was a great arena to work in," Wuhl quipped.

He is co-writing the script with "Arli$$" alum Seth Greenland.

Wuhl also is attached to direct and executive produce; Greenland would serve as co-executive producer. Sam Hansen will oversee the project for Mosaic Media.

The project falls under the most recent development pact Wuhl inked with HBO in April.

Wuhl has been a fixture on HBO since appearing on a young-comedians showcase in 1981. He created and played the title role in "Arli$$," which
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Making Your Own Luck

For actor-writers Lacie Harmon and Robin Greenspan, creating their own projects — plays, screenplays, and solo shows — has opened so many doors, they're eager to share what they've learned. So while they continue to work on individual and joint ventures (they're currently writing their second film), the Los Angeles-based duo is also offering Speak for Yourself!, a six-week workshop on creating solo pieces. After seeing their own careers pick up once they stopped waiting for work and started creating it themselves, they want to share their message and help other actors tell unique, individual stories. "You could walk up to almost any actor in L.A. and ask them if they've thought about writing a one-person show and they'd say yes," says Greenspan. "So many people have been wanting to do it for years and thinking about it, have ideas running around in their heads but just don't have any idea how they would begin.
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Robert Wuhl re-signs with HBO

Robert Wuhl re-signs with HBO
Robert Wuhl is staying put at HBO.

Wuhl has inked a new 18-month deal with the pay cable network where he has been based for more than 12 years.

Under the extension, Wuhl will focus on developing a series for HBO, his first since Arli$$, which ran for seven seasons.

Wuhl already is working on the premise of the series, a single-camera comedy, but declined to disclose details.

"I think I know what an HBO series should be," he said. "And I've always been on time and under budget."

In addition to the series, Wuhl might work on other projects for HBO. Under his most recent deals there, he did a couple of "Assume the Position With Mr. Wuhl" specials.

Wuhl first appeared on an HBO young comedians showcase in 1981. He created and played the title role in "Arli$$," which ran from 1996-2002, and has been under a development deal there ever since.

"They've allowed me to hang my paintings in their gallery. HBO has been my family for a long time," said Wuhl, who had been close with former HBO chief Chris Albrecht.

De La Hoya in ring with ABC's 'Lopez'

De La Hoya in ring with ABC's 'Lopez'
Oscar De La Hoya has signed on to guest star in an episode of ABC's comedy series George Lopez.

The boxer will portray a trash-talking doctor on the golf course with Lopez in the series, from Warner Bros. Television. The airdate for the episode has not been determined.

The Season 6 premiere of Lopez is at 8 p.m. Jan. 24.

De La Hoya has portrayed himself in such series as Fox's The Simpsons and MadTV and HBO's Arli$$.

The boxer, nicknamed the Golden Boy, will defend his junior middleweight championship May 5 in a fight against welterweight champ Pretty Boy Floyd Mayweather Jr. The fight will air on HBO pay-per-view.

De La Hoya is repped by CAA and attorney Stephen Espinoza.

Tollin/Robbins hangs TV shingle at Touchstone

Tollin/Robbins hangs TV shingle at Touchstone
After four years in the Warner Bros. fold, Tollin/Robbins Prods. has struck a rich multiyear television production pact with the Walt Disney Co.'s Touchstone Television. The seven-figure deal has an initial two-year term but has options built in that could extend the deal to 2007. Tollin/Robbins, headed by Mike Tollin and Brian Robbins, had been set up as its own production fiefdom under the previous Warner Bros. pact, but the new arrangement at Touchstone is a more traditional overall deal falling under the oversight of Touchstone TV president Stephen McPherson. "I've really admired the way they've run that business and built that company," McPherson said. "When the opportunity came up to have them set their shingle up over here, we jumped at it." Tollin/Robbins established itself during the past decade with a string of hip live-action Nickelodeon series, including All That, Kenan and Kel and Nick Cannon, as well as the long-running HBO comedy Arli$$. During the past four years at Warner Bros., Tollin/Robbins delivered the WB Network's smash hit Smallville plus this season's freshman comedy What I Like About You and the midseason drama Black Sash among others.

Kelley catches Moonves in act

Kelley catches Moonves in act
He's the reigning king of the network executive cameo appearance, but Leslie Moonves' latest on-camera gig is truly notable because this time around, he'll be appearing on an ABC series. Moonves, CBS' president and CEO, has agreed to do a cameo as Himself on an upcoming episode of David E. Kelley's legal drama The Practice. The episode is slated to air next month, and details of the story line are being kept top secret in the Kelley camp. Kelley already is in business with CBS on a high-profile fall drama project, The Brotherhood of Poland, N.H. Moreover, Kelley and Moonves have done the cameo thing once before, when Moonves played himself on a 1998 episode of Kelley's CBS drama Chicago Hope. A one-time actor, Moonves also has logged cameos on the CBS series The Nanny and The Young & the Restless and on a 1996 episode of HBO's Arli$$.

Wuhl out of gate at HBO with film on race scandal

Wuhl out of gate at HBO with film on race scandal
Arli$$ creator and star Robert Wuhl is staying in the world of sports, inking a deal to co-write, direct and executive produce an original movie for HBO about the 2002 scandal involving manipulating computerized bets on the Breeders' Cup horse race. The project is the first to come out of a three-year overall pact Wuhl has signed with the premium cable channel, on which Arli$$ ran for seven seasons. The still-untitled movie is based on Joe Drape's series of articles in the New York Times in the fall about three 29-year-old former fraternity brothers from Drexel University who rigged the computer system and nearly walked away with $3 million in winnings on an exotic bet. However, they never collected the payoff because an inquiry into the wager led to the trio being charged with conspiracy. All three have pleaded guilty, and sentencing is scheduled for next month.

Wuhl out of gate at HBO with film on race scandal

Wuhl out of gate at HBO with film on race scandal
Arli$$ creator and star Robert Wuhl is staying in the world of sports, inking a deal to co-write, direct and executive produce an original movie for HBO about the 2002 scandal involving manipulating computerized bets on the Breeders' Cup horse race. The project is the first to come out of a three-year overall pact Wuhl has signed with the premium cable channel, on which Arli$$ ran for seven seasons. The still-untitled movie is based on Joe Drape's series of articles in the New York Times in the fall about three 29-year-old former fraternity brothers from Drexel University who rigged the computer system and nearly walked away with $3 million in winnings on an exotic bet. However, they never collected the payoff because an inquiry into the wager led to the trio being charged with conspiracy. All three have pleaded guilty, and sentencing is scheduled for next month.

HBO pulls 'Arli$$'; Wuhl to stay on

HBO pulls 'Arli$$'; Wuhl to stay on
The game is over for HBO's veteran series Arli$$. The cable network has decided not to pick up the sitcom about ethics-challenged sports agent Arliss Michaels for an eighth season. But Robert Wuhl -- the show's creator, star and executive producer -- is expected to stay in the HBO fold. A deal is in the works for Wuhl to develop a new series and other projects for HBO, sources said. Arli$$, from Tollin/Robbins Prods., ended on a high note, scoring its highest ratings ever in its seventh season earlier this year. The network and the show's cast and crew went into this season with the notion that it would be the last. After the strong Nielsen numbers, though, there had been talks between HBO and the producers about a possible order of additional scripts. The network ultimately opted to stick to its original plan and end the show after 80 episodes were in the can, sources said.

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