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Variety reports that Gillespie is in negotiations to direct Million Dollar Arm, a true story written by Win Win helmer Tom McCarthy that stars Hamm as agent J.B. Bernstein, a man who set up an elaborate reality show in India in order to audition 40,000 cricket players to see if any of them had what it took to become Mlb stars. (He ended up converting players Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel.)
Bernstein was also responsible for teaching his new talent the rules of baseball as well as inducting them into American culture. So basically this whole project sounds like a reverse Mr. Baseball scenario. I'm sure Hamm will be fine as the agent, but is Gillespie the right person to tell this story? »
- Ben Pearson
Jon Hamm ("Mad Men," Sucker Punch) will star in the inspirational sports drama Million Dollar Arm for Disney. It's the true story of a sports agent who discovered baseball players Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel in India. Agent J.B. Bernstein (Hamm) had the idea to find baseball pitchers amongst cricket players and staged a reality show in India to discover new talent. Once he found two potential recruits, he had to teach them the rules of baseball, English and American culture. All the work paid off when the two were hired by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Craig Gillespie (Mr. Woodcock) will direct for Roth Films and Mayhem Films.
Source: Variety »
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
The film planning to begin production soon, Million Dollar Arm appears to have found a director in Craig Gillespie, Variety reports. "Mad Men" star John Hamm is attached to headline the project, playing sports agent J.B. Bernstein in the true story of how he discovered professional pitchers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel through his Indian reality show. The show, "Million Dollar Arm," launched in India in 2008. More than 40,000 contestants auditioned, including Singh and Patel, who emerged as the two finalists and eventually signed professional contracts with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Gillespie has previously directed a wide range of projects, including Lars and the Real Girl , Mr. Woodcock and, most recently, Fright Night . Tom McCarthy is »
Last reported on back in May, it seems like Jon Hamm's upcoming starring vehicle Million Dollar Arm is on the verge of securing a director in the form of Craig Gillespie. I presume this means that production is moving closer to commencing, though there is technically no start date as of yet for the movie. Gillespie is an interesting man to watch (in both sense of the phrase), having moved in recent years from crass comedy (Mr. Woodcock) to emotional drama replete with a »
- Alejandro Stepenberg
The drama follows sports agent J.B. Bernstein, who discovered professional pitchers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel through a reality show in India. The two imports became the first Indian players to sign pro baseball teams when they got contracts with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The news broke in May that Mad Men’s Jon Hamm was set for his next big screen role in Disney’s Million Dollar Arm. Now comes word that Lars and the Real Girl helmer Craig Gillespie is in talks to direct Disney’s sports drama in which Hamm stars.
Golden Globe-winner Hamm will be the man behind the talent, playing sports agent J.B. Bernstein who discovered professional pitchers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel through a reality show he staged in India with cricket players. His work paid off when the duo became the first Indian players to sign with pro baseball teams when they got contracts with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
It’s a great story, very human story… It’s going to »
- Nick Martin
Million Dollar Arm recounts the events leading up to the unprecedented signing of Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel with Major League Baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates. Bernstein spotted the exceptional pair while in India producing a reality show involving cricket, and in the course of auditioning 40,000 players, he noticed the similarity of pitching style to baseball’s. Talented pitchers, similar style, and the radical idea was born. He’d just have to teach them actual baseball, the English language, and American culture… let the games begin.
- Lisa Elin
Director Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) is in negotiations to helm Million Dollar Arm, a sports drama for Disney that is based on real life events. Starring Jon Hamm (Mad Men) as sports agent J.B. Bernstein. Million Dollar Arm tells the story of how two Indian cricket players, Dinesh Patel and Rinku Singh became finalists Bernstein’s titular reality show and landed Major League contracts. Bernstein, burnt out from too many high-stress dealings with top-level talent, watched a cricket game on TV late one night and decided that the pitching motion was similar enough to baseball that there might just be a potential for some cross over. Where could a stunt like this possibly work? Why, with the Pittsburgh Pirates, of course! Hit the jump for more. Variety reports that Gillespie is in talks to helm the pic, scripted by Tom McCarthy (Win, Win). Other directorial credits »
- Dave Trumbore
Will Ferrell (Megamind, The Other Guys) will star in Flamingo Thief as, literally, a lawyer who steals little pink plastic flamingos off of people's lawns, a quirky criminal behavior he picks up after his wife leaves him. Craig Gillespie (Mr. Woodcock) is in talks to direct for Ben Stiller's Red Hour Films. The helmer seems to be suddenly available as his next project, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, appears to have been killed with the flopping of writer Seth Grahame-Smith's other films Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Dark Shadows.
Source: Variety »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
Craig Gillespie’s career as a director has been an interesting one so far. He made the Ryan Gosling-starring indie drama Lars and the Real Girl, which was gutsy, unique, and acclaimed enough that you would think it would have been his first shot fired in a quick and easy takeover of the indie film world. But that’s not the story at all. Lars and the Real Girl wasn’t Gillespie’s debut film that we’re all eagerly awaiting a followup to, it was his second film, and it’s sandwiched in between the mainstream and pretty mediocre fare Mr. Woodcock and Fright Night (you know, the remake). What’s with the strange disparity? And what direction can we expect Gillespie’s career to take in the future? A new report from Variety might give us something of an idea. Apparently the director is in talks to bring to the screen a Black List »
- Nathan Adams
- Garth Franklin
The Baytown Disco, the grits-n-hominy crime flick that’s come barrelling out of the left field of the indie scene over the past year, finally has a new trailer. If there’s any kind of justice in the world, this movie would already be out, but there you go. I guess we’ll have to make do with this slab of promotional material.
For whatever reason, an embeddable version of the trailer is unavailable. But you can whip on over to Deadline, check it out, then head back.
Done? Awesome, wasn’t it? Yeah, you can go check it out again, I’ll wait.
In case you can’t tell, we down at the Complex have a southern-fried boner for this movie, and have had for some time. What started as a frantic six-and-a-half-minute short film has evolved fairly quickly into a full-blown “southern whip-ass extravaganza,” the exact sort of high-octane, »
- Jimmy Callaway
Fright Night, 2011.
Directed by Craig Gillespie.
A high school student comes to suspect that his next-door neighbor is a vampire.
Fright Night follows Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin), a down-to-earth high schooler who’s just trying to fit in with the cool crowd. He’s got a pretty girlfriend, Amy (Imogen Poots), and he’s got two douchebag friends - Reid Ewing and James Franco’s younger brother Dave. One day his old best friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) comes to him with something he’s very serious about. Ed believes that Charley’s new neighbor Jerry (Colin Farrell) is in fact a vampire. Charley obviously doesn’t believe Ed at first, but as the movie progresses he starts to take notice of some of Jerry’s actions. For instance, vampires aren’t allowed into »
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