Disney’s Million Dollar Arm is an inspiring tale of the power of will, arrives in theaters May 16, 2014
*“A guy is going to give you a million dollars just to throw a baseball…I thought it was kind of crazy,” said Rinku Singh, one of two recruited by sports agent JB Bernstein who went to India to find players to sign to the Major League of baseball. The Disney feature film “Million Dollar Arm” is about them, and it arrives in theaters May 16, 2014. “I never heard about baseball. I just went there for fun, and it turned out to be…a huge dream now.”
Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi) plays Rinku and Madhur Mittal (Slumdog Millionaire) plays the second signed player from India, Dinesh D’Souza. They were signed to, and still play for the New England Patriots. Million Dollar Arm is an inspiring tale of the power of will. The will of JB Bernstein, played by Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”), to get players who never played baseball signed to Major League – to save his company, and the will of Rinku and Dinesh to make their families, and country proud by mastering the game of baseball.
“Rinku, who never pick up a ball, had no idea he could throw fast,” JB Bernstein said about his reality show India try-outs. “We’re standing there watching this guy standing on one leg. I’m like no way this could be good. He throws these 86 miles an hour balls, the first time picking up a baseball. Out of 38,000 we found 30 that threw over 80.”
“I wanted to be an Olympic athlete,” Rinku said when asked about his natural sports abilities. “I didn’t make it…I came to America.”
The film, though a drama, was also very funny. That one leg stand JB talked about of Rinku’s is a form he learned as a pole thrower while in India as a teen. He used the same stance when throwing the baseball, and it became his signature style.
Directed by Craig Gillespie, Million Dollar Arm, is produced by Joe Roth (Roth Films), and Gordon Gray and Mark Ciardi through their Mayhem Pictures company.
“I knew JB personally before the film business,” Ciardi said about how he got involved in the production of this inspiring film. “I saw him at a super bowl party…he told me he was going to India to scout. He got these kids signed! It’s exciting to go through the journey with a friend.”
Million Dollar Arm also stars Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine) as baseball scout Ray Poitevint; Lake Bell (Six Degrees of Separation) as Brenda JB’s love interest; Emmy nominated Bill Paxton (HBO’s “Big Love”), and Aasif Mandvi (“The Dailey Show with Jon Stewart”).
Executive producers are Palak Patel, Kevin Halloran, Bill Simmons and Connor Schell. You can log onto www.TheMillionDollarArm.com for the movie trailer, or more information.
Where’s the Love, an original UP tv romantic comedy airing Sunday at 9 p.m. ET, stars Lamman Rucker and Denise Boutte
*On May 3, 2014 the Uplifting Entertainment television network premiered Where’s The Love, an original Up tv movie starring Lamman Rucker (“Meet the Browns”), and Denise Boutte (“Meet the Browns”) – it will be airing again this Sunday, May 18th at 9 p.m. ET. The movie is a romantic comedy about a popular married television talk show couple that is relationship experts that have relationship problems of their own.
“Sebastian has a beautiful wife he loves dearly. They have a little bit of a rocky time,” said Lamman about the movie’s storyline. “They are marriage counselors. It’s a wonderful script.”
“It’s an awesome movie,” said Denise. “It has an all-star cast and a nice beautiful message.”
Also starring in the UP tv movie are Terri J. Vaughn (“Meet the Browns”), Karon Joseph Riley (“Necessary Roughness”), David Banner (Ride Along), Darian “Big Tigger” Morgan (V103 host), Ahmed Lucan (“Homeland”), Shirley Strawberry (co-host of “The Steven Harvey Show”), Nicole Eggert (“Baywatch”), LeToya Luckett (“Single Ladies”), Kandi Burruss (“Let’s Stay Together”), Tommy Ford (“martin”), and Angie Stone (“Ride Along”).
Trey Haley (“Note to Self”) directs the film and Cas Sigers-Beedle wrote the script. Watch for re-runs on the UP network starting with this Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.
Uplifting Entertainment is a 24 hour network that provides high-quality family-friendly programming on such cable systems as Comcast, Time Warner Cable, DIRECT TV and others. You can log onto www.UPtv.com for more information or a trailer of the movie.
John Gammon lands first major role in ABC’s Emmy winning sitcom “The Middle,” airs on Wednesdays at 8 p.m./7c
*“I was prepared for the long haul,” said John Gammon who plays the loveable mischievous Darrin in the ABC Emmy Award winning sitcom “The Middle.” “I auditioned for student films that I knew no one would see….this one I knew people would see.”
“The Middle” airs on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m./7c and his character is a ruggedly handsome and comedic Midwesterner who is dating his best friends sister under-cover.
“The Middle” also stars Patricia Heaton (Mom’s Night Out), Neil Flynn (“Scrubs”), Eden Sher as Sue – Darrin’s love interest, Atticus Shaffer, and Charlie McDermott as Axl Darrin’s best friend.
“Axl is my best friend and along comes his sister,” John explains about his character. “I take her to a dance, but we keep it secret. Axl is always a jerk to Sue so now he is a jerk towards me. This character is interesting because he is so likeable…that dumb factor. I don’t like it but that’s the main thing that makes him likeable.”
Gammon was raised in Ohio, and holds a Bachelors degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies. He followed his acting siblings to Hollywood, picked up an agent, and immediately landed this major role.
You can log onto www.ABC.go.com/shows/TheMiddle for more information on the primetime sitcom.
Syndicated Columnist: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations/Business consult at Freelance Associates, and Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.