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Watch the excellent first trailer and see the poster for Disney's Million Dollar Arm starring Jon Hamm, Bill Paxton, Lake Bell, Alan Arkin, Bar Paly, Aasif Mandvi and Suraj Sharma, among others. Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl, Fright Night remake) directs the film scripted by Thomas McCarthy. Mark Ciardi, Gordon Gray and Joe Roth produce while Kevin Halloran and Palak Patel serve as executive producers. Million Dollar Arm opens on May 16th, 2014. »
Jb Bernstein's career as a sports agent is on the wane when he comes up with an idea from out of left field. Jb (Hamm) enlists former baseball scout Ray Poitevint (Alan Arkin) to join him on a trip to India to find the fastest cricket pitcher in the land. As part of a reality show called "Million Dollar Arm," Jb and Ray recruit Dinesh (Madhur Mittal, "Slumdog Millionaire") and Rinku (Suraj Sharma, "Life of Pi") to come with them back to America to compete for contracts in the major leagues. Then Jb hires Tom House (Bill Paxton) to train Dinesh and Rinku for their big try-outs.
- Jenni Miller
Disney has released its first trailer for its “Million Dollar Arm” baseball film, five months before its May 16 launch.
“Arm” stars Jon Hamm as real-life sports agent Jeff Bernstein who discovered professional pitchers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel through a reality show he staged in India with cricket players. Lake Bell, Alan Arkin, Aasif Mandvi (“The Daily Show”), Suraj Sharma (“Life of Pi”) and Madhur Mittal (“Slumdog Millionaire”) also star.
- Dave McNary
Disney will release the film on May 16, 2014.
He and his partner Aash (Aasif Mandvi) will have to close their business down for good if Jb doesn’t come up with something fast. Late one night, while watching cricket being played in India on TV, Jb comes up with an idea so radical it just might work. Why not go to there and find the next baseball pitching sensation? Setting off for Mumbai with nothing but a gifted but cantankerous scout (Alan Arkin) in tow, Jb stages a televised, nationwide competition called “Million Dollar Arm” where 40,000 hopefuls compete before two 18-year-old finalists, Rinku and Dinesh (Suraj Sharma, »
- Michelle McCue
For anyone who saw Saving Mr. Banks this last weekend, you were likely treated to the trailer for Disney's next sports drama Million Dollar Arm. The film stars Jon Hamm as a fallen sports agent who is getting licked by his competitors. With his business in Jeopardy, he throws up a hail mary by heading to India and attempting to recruit the fast-throwing cricket players in a nationwide competition called "Million Dollar Arm." The prize? A chance to play professional baseball in the United States. This is the true story of how Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, became the first Indian men to sign pro sports contracts in the Us. Watch! Here's the first trailer for Craig Gillespie's Million Dollar Arm from Disney (via Grantland): Million Dollar Arm is directed by Craig Gillespie (Fright Night, Lars and the Real Girl) and written by Thomas McCarthy (Win Win, The Visitor, »
- Ethan Anderton
In Spike Jonze's acclaimed new film Her, the titular pronoun refers to the female voice of a computer operating system, with whom a lonely writer (Joaquin Phoenix) falls in love. Sexy Scarlett Johansson plays the Siri-esque tool, making the premise a little more plausible. In honor of Her's release this week, let's look back at some of the other movie characters who've been smitten with inanimate objects over the years. Lars and the Real Girl (2007) Ryan Gosling plays a delusional introvert who shuns the advances of a cute coworker in favor of a relationship with a blow-up doll named Bianca, »
- Erin Clements
Matthew McConaughey is getting well-deserved Oscar buzz for his performance as real life cowboy turned AIDS activist Ron Woodroof in "Dallas Buyer’s Club," which expands in theaters this weekend. But before McConaughey jumped on board, the film was actually stuck in development hell for over 15 years with various other actors, including Brad Pitt and Woody Harrelson, attached to play the role. Most recently, even Ryan Gosling was set to play Woodroof for his "Lars and the Real Girl" director, Craig Gillespie, but when their film was hit with financial issues, Gosling had to turn the part down to focus on other projects. Matthew was later cast for director Jean-Marc Vallee’s vision of the film, giving a transformative performance – and losing a whopping 40 pounds – for some of the best reviews of his career! This isn’t the first time an A-lister has turned down a big role - find »
- tooFab Staff
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.
new to streaming
The World’s End: smart, satirical, and acerbically funny, this is a darker film than the previous in the Cornetto trilogy, and a superb conclusion to it [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
new to Prime
Caddyshack: the classic angry class comedy, from the era, now long gone, when movies starring SNL alum were not embarrassments [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Galaxy Quest: by Grabthar’s hammer, this is one of the best sci-fi spoofs ever, and one that is deeply reverent of fandom [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Lars and the Real Girl: a tenderly sad and gloriously hopeful ode to family and »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Read enough interviews with Hollywood film stars and two themes keep cropping up. Theme one is that the star in question is working on a screenplay. Theme two is that they hope to become a director. Perhaps we can all take some comfort from the knowledge that, however much power and influence these stars may have, the vast majority never finish that screenplay or direct that film.
A few stars do get around to directing when they've passed their acting peak (Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, Dustin Hoffman). A few manage the transition once they've established themselves as A-listers (George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes). And some (Ben Affleck) turn to directing in desperation, following several years of lurching »
“Girls” star Allison Williams visited TBS’ new “Pete Holmes Show” for a round of F—/Marry/Kill — where every road led to Ryan Gosling. Holmes, in full slumber party mode, had Williams choose between three different iterations of the Goz (is that a thing? Did we just start a thing?) from three of his movies. Also read: TBS’ Late Night Host Pete Holmes on Cursing, Conan, and ‘S—ting on Wolverine’ (Video) The Gosling from “The Notebook” was easy to place. Things got a little dicier when it came down to choosing between the “Lars and the Real Girl” and »
- Tim Molloy
The international trailer for The Book Thief has debuted online. Whereas the first Us trailer had an "In a world.." style voice over, the UK trailer has opted to rely on subtlety, studying the relationship between the young girl and a Jew the family is hiding. Although both trailers some up the plot very well, the UK trailer doesn't feel forced and looks genuinely moving.
The Book Thief stars Geoffrey Rush (The King's Speech), Emily Watson (Lars and the Real Girl) and Sophie Nelisse (Monsieur Lazhar). While subjected to the horrors of WWII Germany, young Liesel (Nelisse) finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refuge is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.
The Book Thief opens on November 8th in North America and on January 31st 2014 in the UK. »
- Gary Collinson
In "Her," which premiered at the New York Film Festival last weekend, Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) is a lonely writer living in a futuristic Los Angeles who can't get himself to sign his divorce papers. When the world's first artificially intelligent computer software comes out, one that is personally matched to each user, Theodore sets it up immediately. After a few blunt questions including, "How would you describe your relationship with your mother?" he is given Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). Programmed with the thousands of personalities of her creators, Samantha is a constantly evolving software that develops more complex knowledge and emotions every moment. As Theodore interacts with her more and more each day, he begins to fall in love with her.
Spike Jonze's sci-fi romance depicts a relatable, poignant love story with one of the best, yet most unusual onscreen romances this year. While the film doesn't »
- Erin Whitney
“Make Fats shut up for five minutes.”
Director: Richard Attenborough
Plot: Corky (Hopkins) is a magician without any confidence or stage presence. He eventually incorporates a dummy, known as Fats (also Hopkins), into his act and becomes a huge success. After a visit to the city where Corky is asked to undertake a medical exam before signing a contract with NBC, he decides to go into hiding in a log cabin owned by his high school crush. But is Fats in some way controlling Corky? And if so, what are his intentions?
Ventriloquist dummies are probably just behind clowns in the list of things that are meant for kids but actually freak you the hell out. It’s something about those dead eyes, the way the mouth moves with a clunky knocking wooden sound, but most of all, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Super Fun Night may come across as a rather shameless effort to capitalize on Rebel Wilson‘s popularity, and there’s a pretty good reason for that. After a string of Australian comedies, Wilson rocketed to her unique place in the collective consciousness with her roles in Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect (and to a lesser extent, the under-appreciated Bachelorette). It’s only by a curious twist, and possibly the advice of marketing gurus, that this isn’t called “The Rebel Wilson Show,” and that’s probably the first place to look when you want to know why this show doesn’t have the strengths it needs to get anywhere.
The show revolves around Kimmie Boubier (Wilson) and her two best friends, and their 13-year tradition of hanging together on Friday nights for their “Super Fun Nights.” Somewhat… socially-challenged… let’s say, the crew find themselves moving into later portions of »
- Marc Eastman
High school student Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) begins to discover several mysterious disappearances in the area, with all clues leading back to his mother's new neighbour Jerry (Colin Farrell). Hooking up with sceptical girlfriend (rising Brit star Imogen Poots) and dubious Vegas vampire hunter Peter Vincent (David Tennant), Charley finds himself up against a formidable foe. Lars and the Real Girl director Craig Gillespie wittily reworks the 1985 horror classic for a new generation. »
These days you can watch any movie you desire online. Yet there's still one thing the magical wonders of instant streaming haven't solved for indecisive movie-lovers: what the heck to watch! Moviefone is here to recommend the best streaming movies from Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Instant each week in the Moviefone Stream.
This week's Moviefone Stream picks range from a goofball summer camp comedy to a violent shark thriller. We know you need something to help ease you out of your summer vacay, so check out our picks below. Happy streaming!
Comedy: 'Wet Hot American Summer'
The best way to end the summer is to go back to summer camp . This cult comedy may have been under your radar due to its handful of bad reviews, but "Wet Hot American Summer" has some ridiculously funny moments. It stars comedy favorites Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, »
- Erin Whitney
Walt Disney Pictures has chosen a prime release date for director Craig Gillespie’s (Fright Night, Lars and the Real Girl) upcoming baseball film Million Dollar Arm. Based on a true story, Jon Hamm plays a washed-up sports agent who travels to India and sets up a televised, national game show “Million Dollar Arm” to see if any cricket players might cut it in the major leagues. The film will kick off the summer movie season as a bit of counter-programming on May 16, 2014, where it will open opposite Warner Bros.’ Godzilla and one week before X-Men: Days of Future Past. Million Dollar Arm boasts a screenplay by The Station Agent and The Visitor scribe Tom McCarthy and also stars Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi), Madhurt Mittal (Slumdog Millionaire), Bill Paxton, Lake Bell, Aasif Mandvi, Pitobash, and Alan Arkin. »
- Adam Chitwood
Disney will pitch baseball drama “Million Dollar Arm” into theaters on May 16, 2014.
Craig Gillespie (pictured) (“Lars and the Real Girl”) is directing the film, based on a script by Tom McCarthy (“Win Win”), about real-life sports agent Jeff Bernstein who discovered professional pitchers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel through a reality show he staged in India with cricket players.
Mayhem Pictures and Roth Films are producing with shooting set for Mumbai, India and Atlanta. »
- Marc Graser
There's always that person who complains that kids these days are just so attached to their phones. Can't anyone just look up anymore? Must we be texting at the dinner table? I bet you can't even read a real map. What's so smart about smartphones?
Starring Joaquin Phoenix as a lonely dude post-breakup (and who wouldn't be upset after losing someone like Rooney Mara, who plays his ex) and the sultry voice of Scarlett Johansson, "Her" is a love story for the times: The story of a man falling in love with a voice inside a machine. Ahem, sorry: "artificially intelligent operating system." Our bad.
The first trailer for the flick was released today, and we're loving it in a big way. It's sweet as Phoenix falls slowly in love, »
- Kase Wickman
Oh, Ryan Gosling. America's Sweetheart. The man who was robbed — robbed! — of the Sexiest Man Alive title. There are several good reasons why The Gos inspired the wave of "Hey Girl" memes: He's our handsome dream boyfriend who will write to us every day for a year, will do the "Dirty Dancing" lift with us in his living room and break up a street fight in New York on his way home from the gym, and so much more.
But what of the other side of Ryan Gosling? The somewhat darker side. Sir is a thespian, after all, and not all of his movies involve good-looking charmers who sweep the heroine off her feet with a romantic gesture. In "Drive," for example, Gosling's character's version of a romantic gesture is wordlessly smashing a guy's skill in in an elevator in front of his girl. Hey girl? Nay, girl.
Ahead, in meme form, »
- NextMovie Staff
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