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On Tuesday afternoon, we'll talk with Danai Gurira about her role as Michonne on the AMC horror drama "The Walking Dead," which returns for its fifth season this fall. Join us for our live chat on June 10, at 1:30pm Pt/4:30pm Et on Gold Derby's home page. -Break- Emmy voters should embrace 'The Walking Dead' Gurira first appeared on "The Walking Dead" in the second season finale as the sword-wielding Michonne, and as the mysterious character developed a passionate fan following, she has also begun to open up, revealing pivotal details about her history and family in recent episodes. Season four of "The Walking Dead" ended with Michonne and her fellow survivors trapped at a supposed refuge called Terminus. In addition to the AMC smash hit, Gurira has also appeared in the Oscar-nominated film "The Visitor," in addition to previous TV appearances in "Law & Order: Criminal Intent, »
London told Variety that producers are aiming to begin shooting next spring.
The film is inspired by the true story of Bruce Lee’s historic 1965 duel with Wong Jack Man, China’s most famous kung fu master at a time when San Francisco’s Chinatown was controlled by Hong Kong Triads. The story of the match is told from the perspective of Steve Macklin, a young disciple of Lee, who ultimately joins forces with Lee and Wong to battle a vicious band of Chinatown gangsters.
The team of Wilkinson and Rivele, whose credits include “Nixon” and “Ali,” came »
- Dave McNary
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
Written by Tom McCarthy
Directed by Craig Gillespie
There’s a scene roughly halfway through Million Dollar Arm that speaks to the film’s inherently generic nature. In it, our ostensible hero, workaholic agent/pitchman Don Draper—er, J.B. Bernstein (Jon Hamm) is brought in to talk with USC baseball coach Tom House (Bill Paxton) to talk about Bernstein’s two Indian prospects and the recent troubles and frustrations they’ve faced. House alludes to the fact that one of the boys lashed out at a USC player who called him a derogatory name, presumably a race-based one. Bernstein asks, “What’d they call him?” House says, “That doesn’t matter.” The issue is never again broached or even referenced by any of the characters (and none of the USC players are even given dialogue). That a Disney movie would shy away from even a »
- Josh Spiegel
As sports-underdog movies go, Million Dollar Arm isn’t bad. It’s based on a true story that baseball fans may already know, but it benefits from a strong performance by Jon Hamm in the lead and a top-notch supporting cast. I expected something a little less on-the-nose from director Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) and screenwriter Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor); that’s the harshest criticism I can level at this long but likable mainstream movie.Hamm plays real-life sports agent Jb Bernstein, a superficial, self-absorbed fellow whose business is falling apart. He and his partner (Aasif Mandvi) decide that the only way to avoid being scooped in signing...
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- Leonard Maltin
Million Dollar Arm is a Disney sports movie, which is to say you should walk in knowing exactly what to expect, a heart-warming film about people rising to the challenge, getting over themselves and finding success in the face of defeat. That's what you should expect and, for the most part, that's what you get. Perhaps the oddest thing for me, was that it's directed by Craig Gillespie, though he does seem to be making the rounds going from the edgy sports comedy Mr. Woodcock, to the indie dramedy Lars and the Real Girl, the comedic horror in Fright Night and now soft, family fare for Disney. It's a curious directorial path, but he seems comfortable with it. The obvious and easiest comparison to make is to call this film "Jerry Maguire light", which is really saying something since Maguire is pretty light stuff to start with. However, we're dealing »
- Brad Brevet
On the surface, Disney's Jon Hamm-starring feel-good family film "Million Dollar Arm" has all the makings of a typical studio sports movie, but dig deeper and you'll be surprised to learn the project has some serious indie cred going for it. For starters, it boasts a screenplay by multiple Independent Spirit Award-winner Thomas McCarthy ("Win Win," "The Visitor"), who makes his foray into live action studio filmmaking with this project. Adding to its indie appeal is the director Disney employed for the gig, Craig Gillespie, of "Lars and the Real Girl" fame. In addition to "Lars" and "Million Dollar Arm," Gillespie is best known for directing multiple episodes of the Showtime series "United States of Tara," the remake of "Fright Night," and countless commercials and music videos for artists like Kid Cudi. "Million Dollar Arm," based on actual events, centers on a desperate sports agent (Hamm) who concocts a »
- Nigel M Smith
Opening this weekend 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 Lake Bell. She talked about getting to work with Jon Hamm, how he's very funny but most people »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Disney’s live-action sports films have a tried and true formula. Million Dollar Arm, the newest story of ordinary guys trying out for the big leagues, is in the same division as efforts like The Rookie and Invincible. Like those emotionally charged dramas, the film is as safe as it surefire entertainment. The twist here is that the two players we follow on the road from poverty to the pitching mound did not know how to play baseball, or even how to wear a glove. Their names are Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel and they were plucked from obscurity in India to travel to the United States and finesse their throwing technique in a bid to become major league pitchers.
- Jordan Adler
Opening this weekend 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 Jon Hamm. He talked about working with Lake Bell, deleted scenes, the challenges of filming in India during the summer, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Baseball season is upon us, and so is Disney’s new homerun Million Dollar Arm, which opens this Friday. Recently, Wamg attended a press day where star (and fellow St. Louis Cardinals fan) Jon Hamm joined co-star Lake Bell along with real-life inspirations for the film Jb Bernstein and Rinku Singh to talk about the new summer baseball flick in a small press conference. Also participating were producers Gordon Gray and Joe Roth. Check it out below.
Based on a true story, sports agent Jb Bernstein (Jon Hamm) finds that business has changed and things aren’t going well for his career. In a last ditch effort to save his livelihood he concocts a scheme to find baseball’s next great pitching ace. Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turn into a major league baseball star, Jb travels to India to produce a reality show competition called “The Million Dollar Arm. »
- Melissa Howland
“Jerry Maguire Goes to India” or “Slumdog Fireballer” must have been the high-concept pitch for baseball drama “Million Dollar Arm,” but the highly enjoyable result isn’t nearly as opportunistic as it sounds — even if it is, in part, a portrait of a shameless opportunist. Drawn from the real-life efforts of sports agent Jb Bernstein to turn Indian cricket bowlers into Major League Baseball pitchers, this sharp, slickly produced addition to the Disney sports movie canon works as both a stirring underdog tale and as a revealing look at the expanding global footprint of the American sports-entertainment machine. Deftly counter-programmed against pre-summer tentpoles “Godzilla” and “X-Men,” the pic stands to hit somewhere in the $60 million ballpark of the studio’s previous “Miracle” and “Invincible.”
- Scott Foundas
Each month the Cinelinx staff will write a handful of articles covering a specified film-related topic. These articles will be notified by the Movielinx banner. Movielinx is an exploration and discussion of our personal connections with film. We’ll even submit reviews of the films we discuss so that you can get a better idea of what we’re talking about. April is National Humor Month, and because of this we will honor comedy in film. What makes you laugh? Feel free to add your own comments or reviews of movies that tickle your funny bone.
Let's not lie to each other, the selection of comedic movies the past few years have been lackluster. Our »
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Based in Sarasota, Florida, the festival taking place April 4-13, 2014, announced that Richard Jenkins, star of John Slattery's new film "God's Pocket" will be at the festival's screening of the film at The Sarasota Opera House. He will also take part in a conversation with David Edelstein, of New York Magazine, on Friday April 11 at 3 pm at The Florida Studio Theatre's Bowne Lab. Jenkins has numerous film and television credits to his name, ranging from his Academy Award-nominated performance in "The Visitor," to "Six Feet Under," to lighter fare like "Step Brothers." This year's Tribute Luncheon will be held in honor of Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, the subject of the film "Sewing Hope." For the last 30 years, Sister Rosemary of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus based in Juba, South Sudan, has worked to defy the rule of Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army by enrolling more »
- Emerson Gordon
Studios aren’t just looking to superhero comics for inspiration for their blockbusters; less “super” graphic novels and stories have also been adapted, to varying degrees of success throughout the years. Films like 300, Sin City, Cowboys & Aliens, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World and Red come to mind and now, Universal has set its sights on a story from Image Comics with big box office potential: Tommysaurus Rex.
Universal actually bought the rights to the project a decade ago, when Mary Parent was the co-president of the studio. They even paid $1 million for the rights and tried to make the film happen under David O. Russell’s direction. Unfortunately, it never got off the ground and wound up getting shelved. Now, it seems Universal is blowing the dust off the comic book’s pages and trying again, with news that the studio just hired Win Win director Thomas McCarthy to pen the screenplay and possibly direct. »
- James Garcia
The story follows an Iowa teen trying to come to grips with his own sexuality as he and his friends cause a deadly genetically engineered plague that unleashes an army of six-foot-tall praying mantises with an insatiable appetite for fighting, food, and fornicating. [Source: Deadline]
The story is set centuries into a post-apocalyptic future in which humans are born in sets of twins, one perfect, the other with mutations. The mutations are segregated into separate settlements. This follows a brother-sister pair and what happens when he becomes the leader of one side. »
- Garth Franklin
Tommysaurus Rex and Tom McCarthy - sounds like a perfect match. Over at Heat Vision they're reporting interesting development news on a comic book adaptation that's been in the works since 2004. Universal first acquired the rights to adapt Doug TenNapel's graphic novel Tommysaurus Rex back in 2004, ten years ago, for around $1 million. The project has been bouncing around at the studio ever since, but now they've picked up Tom McCarthy, an actor/writer/producer and director who will be co-writing the script and possibly directing the movie, too. Now I actually have some hope this might turn out pretty damn good. Most may recognize Tom McCarthy from the Meet the Parents series, or Michael Clayton, 2012, The Lovely Bones and so on. However, McCarthy is actually an award-winning director, behind the films The Station Agent, The Visitor and Win Win, as well as a writer, credited on the script for »
- Alex Billington
Between The Station Agent, The Visitor, and Win Win, we’ve developed a pretty good idea of what to expect from Tom McCarthy: low-key indies with touches of humor and pathos. But he’s shaking things up a bit with his upcoming The Cobbler by throwing fantasy and Adam Sandler into the mix. And now his next […]
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- Angie Han
Growing up and to this very day, I would Kill to have a dinosaur for a pet. Can you imagine the possibilities? Man, would I love to sic a Raptor on the Jehovah's Witnesses who seem hellbent on waking me up at 7:00 Am on a Sunday morning.
Can you think of a quicker way for them to find God? No matter how you slice it, it's a win-win. In any event...
THR is reporting that Tom McCarthy, the filmmaker known for his indies such as The Visitor and The Station Agent, is writing, with an eye to direct, Tommysaurus Rex, and adaptation of the Doug TenNapel graphic novel. McCarthy will co-write the script with John Bland.
It tells of a boy who, »
- Uncle Creepy
Tom McCarthy, the filmmaker known for his indies such as The Visitor and The Station Agent, is going big for his next movie. How big? Dinosaur big. McCarthy is writing with an eye to direct Tommysauraus Rex, Universal's long-in-the-works adaptation of the Doug TenNapel graphic novel. McCarthy will co-write the script with John Bland. Mary Parent and Cale Boyter are producing via their Disruption Entertainment banner. Elaine Goldsmith-Vein and Lee Stollman of the Gotham Group are also producing. Rex, published by Image Comics in 2004, tells of a boy who, after losing is pet dog, moves
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