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Amy Ryan & Alan Alda Joining Steven Spielberg's Cold War Thriller

21 July 2014 10:47 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

By the time the next film from Steven Spielberg hits theaters, it will have been nearly three years since Lincoln hit theaters. That just goes to show you how hard it is to find the right project or even get one made, regardless of whether you're an iconic filmmaker or not. But Spielberg is hard at work on getting an untitled Cold War thriller off the ground, aiming to begin shooting this fall, with Tom Hanks reuniting with the director for a fourth time. And now Deadline has a line on some supporting cast members with Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone, Win Win) and veteran actor Alan Alda both taking roles. But that's not all. More below! In addition, TV stars Billy Magnussen ("Boardwalk Empire") and Eve Hewson ("The Knick") have landed roles, joining stage star Mark Rylance as part of the supporting cast. For those who haven't been following the project, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Million Dollar Arm

11 July 2014 6:42 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray, DVD and digital Release Date: Oct. 7, 2014

Price: DVD $Tba, Blu-ray $Tba

Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Jon Hamm (TV’s Mad Men) finds talent in an unusual place in Million Dollar Arm.

The sports movie is based on the true story of sports agent J.B. Bernstein (Hamm) whose career is not going well.

To try to save his career, Bernstein goes to India to produce a competition reality show called “The Million Dollar Arm.” He hopes to find a cricketer who he can turn into a baseball pitcher.

With the help of cantankerous retired baseball scout Ray Poitevint (Alan Arkin, Stand Up Guys), Bernstein discovers two men who have no idea about playing baseball but can throw a mean fastball. Bernstein brings them to America, and the culture shock begins.

Lake Bell (In a World…), Aasif Mandvi (The Internship) and Bill Paxton (Hatfields & McCoys) also star in the PG film, »

- Sam

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Box Office: Trans4mers Yell and Crash Their Way to the Top

29 June 2014 4:05 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Amir here with the weekend’s box office report and a painful personal story. Win win.

The national anthem of China is playing loudly at the Bay residence, the Chinese flag is at full mast, everyone’s pockets are full of Yuans. Trans4mers has become the best selling foreign film in China, raking in an astonishing $90m, making one of the richest men in Hollywood just that much richer. Add that to the film’s massive American gross – the best of 2014, so far – and we have collectively encouraged Michael Bay to continue jerking off on screen. We have to put a stop to this people! Has anyone ever been so amply rewarded for so much disservice to this medium?

Weekend Box Office

01 Transformers: Age Of Extinction $100 New looking back at the 1986 movie

02 22 Jump Street $15.4 (cum. $139.8) Podcast

03 How To Train Your Dragon 2 $13.1 (cum. 121.8) best movie dragons ever

04 Think Like A Man Too $10.4 (cum. »

- Amir S.

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Film Review: ‘Runoff’

12 June 2014 8:40 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The universal theme of personal principle vs. human necessity gets a workout in languid but inexorably powerful morality play, “Runoff.” Set against the backdrop of an economically challenged rural America, and driven by a riveting performance from Joanne Kelly (TV series “Warehouse 13,” “Hostages”) as a woman who discovers how far she’s willing to go to save the family farm, the film is an impressive calling card for first-time writer-director Kimberly Levin, and could sustain an arthouse run for a savvy distributor with a nationwide strategy. After the movie’s debut in competition at the Los Angeles Film Festival, the bees in the field won’t be the only things buzzing.

A slow montage accompanied by an appropriately foreboding dirge of drum and strings shows us elements of the food chain — establishing the thing most at risk in the film — before the camera settles in on Betty Freeman (Kelly »

- Bill Edelstein

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Brian Cox Takes Role In Adam Sandler Starrer Pixels

12 June 2014 12:26 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Will Blended be remembered the nadir of comedian Adam Sandler’s film career? I certainly hope it will be, because I simply can’t imagine a worse film than that mess of offensive cliches (and yes, that includes Jack & Jill). Additionally, Sandler’s upcoming projects actually look – dare I say it – promising. He’s got The Cobbler from Win Win writer-director Thomas McCarthy and Jason Reitman’s Men, Women and Children both in the can, and now Sandler is getting down to business filming sci-fi adventure Pixels. Today, veteran character actor Brian Cox joined that last film, further raising my hopes for what already sounds like an interesting project.

Directed by Chris Columbus (who helmed the first two Harry Potter movies and Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief), Pixels is a big-budget sci-fi action adventure which stars Sandler as a video game champion enlisted to fight off invading aliens. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Indie Spotlight

1 June 2014 3:03 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes casting announcements on multiple films, including Recovery, The App, and Dark, details on The Wobbling Dead, Repentance, and the 2014 TromaDance Film Festival, a review of Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives, a Q&A with Lindsey McKeon from Supernatural, and more:

Casting News for Recovery: “Kirby Bliss Blanton (The Green Inferno, Project X) and Samuel Larsen (“Glee”) have been cast in the upcoming thriller “Recovery”, starting production this summer. The film follows Blanton’s character on the night of her high school graduation after her iPhone is stolen and tracked down with a “find my iPhone” app to a house where the demented tenants plan on kidnapping her and making her part of the family. Alex Shaffer (Win Win) and James Landry Hébert (Two Step, Gangster Squad) are also on board to star. »

- Tamika Jones

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Bruce Lee Biopic Draws ‘Adjustment Bureau’ Director (Exclusive)

30 May 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Adjustment Bureau” director George Nolfi has come on board to helm Bruce Lee biopic “Birth of the Dragon” for Groundswell Productions and Qed International.

The film will be produced by Qed topper Bill Block, Groundswell CEO Michael London, Janice Williams, Christopher Wilkinson and Stephen Rivele. Kelly Mullen of Groundswell exec produces.

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

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J.B. Bernstein and Rinku Singh Talk Million Dollar Arm, Seeing Their Lives Turned Into a Big Hollywood Movie, and More

23 May 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

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 AgentThe 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

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Tom McCarthy on Scripting Million Dollar Arm, Jon Hamm, and Why Peter Dinklage Is the Coolest Person on the Planet

16 May 2014 4:15 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Sometimes Tom McCarthy acts in big-budget productions — you’ve seen him in Michael Clayton and 2012. Other times Tom McCarthy writes and directs indie darlings, like The Station Agent and Win Win. Most recently he penned Million Dollar Arm, the true story of J.B. Bernstein (played by Mad Men’s Jon Hamm), an American sports agent who developed a reality show in India to recruit new baseball talent. Tom spoke with Vulture about a career that “doesn’t make sense,” working with Jon Hamm on Million Dollar Arm, and how he knew Peter Dinklage was the “coolest guy on the planet” before anyone else.By the time you made The Station Agent, you had been acting for about ten years. What finally took you to the writer/director realm? Was it something you always wanted to do or was it something that blossomed over time?I think that would go »

- Bobby Finger

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‘Million Dollar Arm’ a decent, but not truly memorable, sports drama/showcase for Jon Hamm

15 May 2014 9:56 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Million Dollar Arm

Written by Tom McCarthy

Directed by Craig Gillespie

USA, 2014

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

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Craig Gillespie On Why Making 'Lars and the Real Girl' Wasn't That Different From Working With Disney

15 May 2014 7:15 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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

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Lake Bell Talks Million Dollar Arm, Working with Jon Hamm, Future Directing Plans, Man Up with Simon Pegg, and More

14 May 2014 5:07 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

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

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Million Dollar Arm Review

14 May 2014 1:54 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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.

The biggest issue with Arm is its lack of reach; screenwriter Thomas McCarthy decides to structure the story more around the ambitious super agent, J.B. Bernstein (Mad Men’s »

- Jordan Adler

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Jon Hamm Talks Million Dollar Arm, Working with Lake Bell, the Challenge of Filming in India in the Summer, and More

13 May 2014 6:15 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

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

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The 101 Best Sports Movies of All Time

20 April 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

A quarter-century ago, Kevin Costner hit a double-play, following up "Bull Durham" with "Field of Dreams" and becoming king of the sports movie. Twenty-five years later, as "Field of Dreams" marks its 25th anniversary (it was released on April 21, 1989), Costner is back with "Draft Day." The movie's about football, not baseball, and Costner's character plays in the executive suite, not on the field, but his mere presence still offers a reminder of great sports movies past.

And after all, isn't nostalgia a key element of sports movies? "Field of Dreams" makes this explicit -- we long for the sports heroes of our childhood, for a supposed long-gone golden age of our preferred sport, as a way of connecting with our past and bridging the generational divide that separates us as adults from our parents. Sports movies offer more than just the drama of winners and losers, or the journey from dream to achievement, »

- Gary Susman

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Melanie Lynskey Shares 5 Kooky Things About Her Outrageous Comedy Putzel

8 April 2014 9:38 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

New Zealand actress Melanie Lynskey made her breakthrough into movies and cinema history with Peter Jackson's true-crime drama Heavenly Creatures back in 1994. Since then, she's become an actress utterly beloved by critics and indie movie fans for her layered performances in films like Win Win, Away We Go, Up In the Air and Hello I Must Be Going. In the new-to-iTunes comedy Putzel, Lynskey learned to embrace her inner shiksa to play Sally, the spunky center of this raunchy rom-com's tricky love triangle. Putzel stars Jack Carpenter (I Love Beth Cooper) as Walter "Putzel" Himmelstein, a neurotic New York Jew who has become so engrained into the daily operations of his family's Upper West Side bagels and lox shop that the very thought of stepping outside the neighborhood fills him with crippling anxiety. He attempts to buckle down and prove to his uncle Sid (John Pankow) that he's ready »

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Thomas McCarthy Adapting Tommysaurus Rex For Universal

8 March 2014 11:12 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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

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Tom McCarthy Writing & Possibly Directing 'Tommysaurus Rex' Movie

7 March 2014 9:14 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

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

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Tom McCarthy to Write and Possibly Direct Tommysaurus Rex Adaptation

7 March 2014 8:12 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Tom McCarthy is best known for writing and directing small-scale dramedies like Win Win and The Station Agent, but he may soon be adding “comic book movie” to his resume.  McCarthy has been tapped to write with an eye to direct an adaptation of the Doug Tennapel graphic novel Tommysaurus Rex for Universal Pictures.  The studio has been trying to get the project off the ground for some time, and the story revolves around a boy who moves in with his grandfather for the summer after losing his pet dog.  When he discovers a Tyrannosaurus Rex in a cave, his life (obviously) changes and he must prove to the townspeople that the giant dinosaur means no harm.  Hit the jump for more. Per Heat Vision, McCarthy will co-write the script for Tommysaurus Rex with John Bland, and the family adventure story marks a sharp departure for the filmmaker as a director. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Tom McCarthy Adapting ‘Tommysaurus Rex’

7 March 2014 6:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

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 […]

The post Tom McCarthy Adapting ‘Tommysaurus Rex’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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