Craig Gillespie’s ‘Million Dollar Arm’ Begins Filming – Starring Jon Hamm, Alan Arkin & Aasif Mandvi
Walt Disney Pictures send word that principal photography has begun on ‘Million Dollar Arm,’ starring Jon Hamm. Directed by Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl, Fright Night), the film also stars Bill Paxton, Lake Bell, Suraj Sharma, Aasif Mandvi, Madhur Mittal, Pitobash and Academy Award–winner Alan Arkin. A.R. Rahman (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire) is scoring the film. ‘Million Dollar Arm’ will shoot on locations in India, Georgia and Los Angeles.
Based on a true story, Disney’s ‘Million Dollar Arm’ follows JB Bernstein, a once-successful sports agent who now finds himself edged out by bigger, slicker competitors. 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, Madhur Mittal), emerge as winners. JB brings them back to the United States to train with legendary pitching coach Tom House (Bill Paxton). The goal: get the boys signed to a major league team.
The Weinstein Company has set loose this new poster for the film of Nelson Mandela’s life based on his autobiography ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.’ The film is directed by Justin Chadwick (The First Grader, The Other Boleyn Girl) and produced by Anant Singh. Golden Globe winner Idris Elba (Luther, The Wire, Prometheus, Pacific Rim) plays Nelson Mandela and Naomie Harris (Skyfall) his wife, Winnie. ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ also stars Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Zolani Mkiva, Jamie Bartlett, Lindiwe Matshikiza, Deon Lotz and Terry Pheto.
Anant Singh began communicating with Nelson Mandela about making a film based on his life while he was still in prison and acquired the film rights to Mandela’s book at the time of its publication in 1996 and development on the film began immediately when Academy Award Nominee, writer William Nicholson (Les Miserables, Gladiator, Shadowlands) signed on. The film tells the story of the legendary South African freedom fighter, spanning over seventy years, including his struggle against apartheid, 27 years in jail and his rise to prominence as a political leader and head-of-state. Expect a teaser trailer shortly. ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ arrives in cinemas on November 29th.
Showcasing Superman’s Smallville battle with Faora, Sears has unveiled this new behind-the-scenes featurette for ‘Man of Steel.’ Alongside Henry Cavill in the dual role of Superman/Clark Kent, the key cast for ‘Man of Steel’ includes Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Kevin Costner as Superman/Clarke’s adoptive father Jonathan Kent, Diane Lane as Superman/Clarke’s adoptive mother Martha Kent, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Antje Traue as Faora, Ayelet Zurer as Superman’s Kryptonian mother Lara Lor-Van, Christopher Meloni as Colonel Hardy, Harry Lennix as General Swanwick, Michael Kelly as Steve Lombard, Richard Shiff as Dr. Emil Hamilton, and Russell Crowe as Jor-El; Superman’s Kryptonian father.
In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Henry Cavill) is a young twentysomething journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond anyone’s imagination. Transported to Earth years ago from Krypton, an advanced alien planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question – Why am I here? Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Diane Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner), Clark soon discovers that having super abilities means making very difficult decisions. But when the world needs stability the most, it comes under attack. Will his abilities be used to maintain peace or ultimately used to divide and conquer? Clark must become the hero known as “Superman,” not only to shine as the world’s last beacon of hope but to protect the ones he loves.
Open Road Films has unleashed this first trailer for Robert Rodriguez’s ‘Machete Kills.’ In the sequel, Danny Trejo returns as the titular Machete, joined by Michelle Rodriguez and Jessica Alba reprising their roles from the first film. The story finds Machete recruited by the U.S. government to take down a cartel leader and stop an arms dealer from launching a deadly missile. ’Machete Kills’ arrives in cinemas on September 13th.
‘Machete Kills’ has Mel Gibson on-board as the villainous arms dealer, while Amber Heard, Sofia Vergara, Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Demian Bichir, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding Jr., William Sadler, Marko Zaror and Alexa Vega round out the newcomers. The sequel will reportedly feature a Grindhouse-style trailer for a third entry in the ‘Machete’ franchise, ‘Machete Kills Again… In Space!’ The official synopsis for ‘Machete Kills’ is as follows: “Danny Trejo returns as ex-Federale agent MACHETE, who is recruited by the President of the United States for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man – he must take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet.”
Following our first look at two of the film’s newly-designed Autobots and newly designed Optimus Prime truck, Michael Bay has revealed the new alternate mode of Bumblebee ‘Transformers 4,’ a highly modified, vintage 1967 Camaro SS. Mark Wahlberg leads an all new cast that also includes rising stars Nicola Peltz (Bates Motel) as his daughter and Jack Reynor (What Richard Did) as her boyfriend. Kelsey Grammer was recently cast as the human antagonist of the film. Stanley Tucci, Li Bingbing, T.J. Miller and Sophia Myles also star.
Michael Bay’s first ‘Transformers’ film was a box office sensation in 2007, opening at #1 and earning more than $700 million worldwide. His second installment ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’ in 2009 grossed more than $830 million worldwide. In 2011, ‘Transfromers: Dark of the Moon’ was an even bigger hit worldwide, grossing more than a billion dollars to become the 6th highest grossing film of all time. The ‘Transformers’ franchise has earned more than $2.6 billion worldwide. Scheduled for a June 27th, 2014 release, ‘Transformers 4′ will be produced by Don Murphy, Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce, and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian.
Yori Narpati has painted this top-notch ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ portrait centering on Benedict Cumberbatch’s villainous “John Harrison”. Chris Pine (James T. Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), John Cho (Sulu), Bruce Greenwood (Christopher Pike), Simon Pegg (Scotty), Karl Urban (Bones) and Anton Yelchin (Pavel Chekov) reprise their roles from the 2009 ‘Star Trek’ original, with new parts for the likes of Cumberbatch, Alice Eve, Noel Clarke, Nazneen Contractor and Peter Weller. After being called back home, the crew of the Enterprise find a seemingly unstoppable force (Cumberbatch) which has attacked Starfleet and left Earth in chaos. Captain Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise are tasked with leading the deadly manhunt to capture the party responsible and settle an old score.
‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ is directed by J.J. Abrams with a script by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof. Abrams is producing with Bryan Burk through Bad Robot Productions, along with Lindelof, Kurtzman and Orci. ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ is out now. The official synopsis for the film can be read below.