Disney Unveils New Images ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY; CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER and More

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In addition to the first official image and synopsis from Guardians of the Galaxy, Disney has unveiled some new images from the following 2014 films:

  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - Director Miguel Arteta’s adaptation of the Judith Viorst book stars Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Bella Thorne, Dylan Minnette, Megan Mullally and Ed Oxenbould, and opens October 10th.
  • Captain America: The Winter SoldierAnthony and Joe Russo’s superheroic sequel stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Dominic Cooper, Frank Grillo, Sebastian Stan and Cobie Smulders, and opens April 4th.
  • Million Dollar ArmCraig Gillespie’s sports drama starring Jon Hamm, Suraj Sharma, Madhur Mittal, Aasif Mandvi, Lake Bell, Alan Arkin, Bill Paxton and Bar Paly opens May 16th.
  • Need for SpeedScott Waugh’s adaptation of the street-racing video game series stars Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Dakota Johnson, Chillie Mo, Sir Maejor, Scott Mescudi, Rami Malek and Michael Keaton, and opens March 14th.
  • The Wind RisesHayao Miyazaki’s latest animated effort out of Studio Ghibli lands on American shores February 21st with an English voice cast that includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, Elijah Wood, Stanley Tucci, Mae Whitman, Jennifer Grey and John Krasinski.

Hit the jump to view the images.

First Trailer and Poster for MILLION DOLLAR ARM Starring Jon Hamm, Lake Bell, Aasif Mandvi, and Alan Arkin

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Disney has released the first trailer and poster for Craig Gillespie‘s drama 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 trailer screams “Uplifting sports film” and there’s nothing wrong with that, especially when the script is from The Station Agent and Win Win writer Tom McCarthy.  Underdog sports stories can make for nice movies, and Million Dollar Arm also has a strong cast that also includes Lake Bell, Bill Paxton, Aasif Mandvi, and Alan Arkin.  I’m especially heartened to see Bell as the female lead.  She’s incredibly talented, and I hope her character is more dimensional than “love interest”.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster.  The film also stars Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi) and Madhurt Mittal (Slumdog Millionaire).  Million Dollar Arm opens May 16, 2014.

Via Disney.

Disney Sets May 16, 2014 Release Date for MILLION DOLLAR ARM Starring Jon Hamm, Suraj Sharma, and Bill Paxton

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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.

Production Begins on MILLION DOLLAR ARM Starring Jon Hamm, Suraj Sharma, and Madhur Mittal

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Production has begun on Craig Gillespie‘s 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 press release provides the full synopsis, and while it sounds a little corny at points, such as “Ultimately, what began as a purely commercial venture becomes something more and leads JB to find the one thing he was never looking for at all—a family,” I have full faith in screenwriter Tom McCarthy.  He’s 3-for-3 with The Station Agent, The Visitor, and Win Win (although he also directed those movies).  Also, Hamm is long overdue for the lead role in a feature film.  Finally, the flick boasts a terrific supporting cast that includes Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi), Madhurt Mittal (Slumdog Millionaire), Bill Paxton, Lake Bell, Aasif Mandvi, Pitobash, and Alan Arkin.

Hit the jump for the press release and synopsis.  Filming is set for India, Georgia, and Los Angeles.  Million Dollar Arm will be released in 2014.

Lake Bell Joins Jon Hamm in MILLION DOLLAR ARM; Jeremy Irvine and Phoebe Fox Land Leads in THE WOMAN IN BLACK: ANGEL OF DEATH

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From the casting news universe come these two tidbits today:

  • Lake Bell (No Strings Attached) has signed on to star alongside Jon Hamm and Aasif Mandvi in the Disney sports drama Million Dollar Arm.
  • Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) and Phoebe Fox (One DayBlack Mirror) will star in The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, the sequel to 2012’s Daniel Radcliffe-led horror flick The Woman in Black.

Hit the jump for more on each project. 

Cole Hauser Lands Role in TRANSCENDENCE, Rosario Dawson to Star in Chris Rock Comedy, Aasif Mandvi Joins Disney’s MILLION DOLLAR ARM and More

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Here is today’s casting news:

  • Cole Hauser (Olympus Has Fallen) joins the already star-studded cast of executive producer Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi thriller Transcendence.
  • Rosario Dawson (Trance) is in final negotiations to play the leading role opposite Chris Rock in his latest comedy.

Hit the jump for more details on each project.

John Cusack in Talks for Brian Wilson Biopic LOVE & MERCY, Clifton Collins Jr. Joins TRANSCENDENCE and Suraj Sharma Has a MILLION DOLLAR ARM

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Check out the latest casting news below:

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.

Craig Gillespie in Talks to Direct MILLION DOLLAR ARM Starring Jon Hamm

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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.

Jon Hamm Sports MILLION DOLLAR ARM for Disney

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Mad Men’s Jon Hamm is going from the board room to the baseball diamond in Disney’s Million Dollar Arm.  Hamm won’t be on the mound himself, but rather the man behind the talent, playing sports agent J.B. BernsteinMillion 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 on Million Dollar Arm, a dramatization of this unlikely, but true, story.

Tom McCarthy to Write Sports Drama MILLION DOLLAR ARM

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Actor/writer/director Tom McCarthy has written and directed three great movies with The Station Agent, The Visitor, and Win Win (he also worked on the story for Pixar’s Up).  Now Disney is hiring him to pen the sports drama Million Dollar Arm.  According to THR, the story is “based on the inspirational story of how sports agent J.B. Bernstein discovered professional pitchers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel through his Indian reality show.”

Hit the jump to learn about Singh and Patel’s story and why I think McCarthy could do wonders with it.  I’ve also included video of an ESPN Outside the Lines piece on Singh and Patel.

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