“Million Dollar Arm” is a unique people-baseball movie

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J.B. Bernstein (Jon Hamm) is a Los Angeles-based sports agent who has branched out on his own with his business partner, Ash (Aasif Mandvi), but things have not been going well. When they fail to sign a big-name athlete, J.B. is inspired to go to India to look for the next baseball star. He convinces Chang (Tzi Ma) to finance a reality show in India where young men compete for the chance to come to the United States to try out for a contract in Major League Baseball.After a few months, J.B. … [Read more...]

“In a World …” a funny, pointed look at a mostly male industry

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 Because I did not want to wait an hour to see "Lee Daniels' The Butler," I saw "In a World...", writer/actor Lake Bell's directorial debut that premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. What a pleasant surprise.Carol (Lake Bell) is an employment-challenged voice coach and daughter of a famous movie trailer voice-over narrator, Sam (Fred Melamed). Up to this point, her voice-over work is limited to training actors to speak in foreign accents. Sam is ready to retire … [Read more...]


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