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Lake Bell To Direct Noah Baumbach Penned 'The Emperor's Children'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 27, 2014 9:08 AM
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Lake Bell broke out in a big way last year with her directorial debut “In A World…” in which she dealt with Hollywood sexism via the very small world of voiceover artists. It was very funny and we were big fans, calling it “a low key charmer” in our review. Now, Bell has chosen a followup that involves some serious pedigree.

Review: 'Million Dollar Arm' With Jon Hamm, Lake Bell, Alan Arkin & Bill Paxton

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 14, 2014 6:02 PM
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Million Dollar Arm
In terms of in-house branding, the "Disney sports movie" has almost as much instantly recognizable cachet as something like their animated princess movies or Marvel superhero flicks. Movies like "Cool Runnings" up through "Remember the Titans" and "Miracle" have the same general, crowd-pleasing formula of being based on a true story, set in the past (either immediate or distant) and featuring a truly likable lead who, against all odds, triumphs at the end. These movies are as warm and comforting as your favorite old sweatshirt. And usually they're just as surprising. With "Million Dollar Arm," the awkwardly titled new Disney sports movie, the studio mixes up the formula with mostly winning results; the unpredictability does them some good.

Watch: 4 Clips From 'Million Dollar Arm' Starring Jon Hamm & Lake Bell Get On The Mound

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 10, 2014 4:40 PM
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Million Dollar Arm
The saying goes, "If you build it, they will come" but sometimes, you have to go to India first. Spring is here, and baseball season is starting, and Disney is getting on the mound with "Million Dollar Arm," another inspirational sports movie with a fish-out-of-water twist.

Watch: Jon Hamm Goes From Madison Avenue To India In Trailer For 'Million Dollar Arm'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 23, 2013 11:28 AM
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Million Dollar Arm
It might feel like this year's World Series is a distant memory, but in just a few months players will be back on the field for spring training. And for those of you eager for the small of grass, hot dogs, beer and spending four hours watching a game involving bats and balls, Disney has a treat.

Best Of 2013: The Breakout Directors Of The Year

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 27, 2013 5:20 PM
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Best of 2013: The Breakout Directors Of The Year
Every year, film buffs get themselves in a lather over the latest from their favorite experienced directors. The calendar is marked for the next Spielberg, I’ll be there opening day for Scorsese’s latest, I am all about Spike Lee, etc. But the real pleasure in being a film fan is stumbling upon the undiscovered, lifting a rock and uncovering a new talent, a new voice, with a brand new vocabulary for us to learn. The Scorsese films will be there for us to discover and rediscover whenever we want. In 2013, however, there was only one Shaka King picture, there was only one Lake Bell joint.

Watch: 'Making A Story' Short Films With Cate Blancett, Greta Gerwig, Bradley Cooper & More Directed By Janusz Kaminski

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 26, 2013 9:02 AM
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When Janusz Kaminski isn’t lensing his often Oscar-nominated work on a batch of Steven Spielberg’s finest films, including “Schindler’s List," “Saving Private Ryan," and most recently “Lincoln," the cinematographer also occasionally settles into the director’s chair. Three films (including the underwhelming Winona Ryder horror “Lost Souls”) and a TV episode of “The Event” have allowed Kaminski full cinematic reign so far, and just as Canon performed with their own short film campaign this month that found actors at the helm, the NY Times have created their own — and allowed Kaminski 11 unique vignettes within which to work.

Lake Bell Tells Simon Pegg To 'Man Up,' Ron Livingston Is A 'Supreme Ruler' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 19, 2013 12:31 PM
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Three indie movies with three fine talents getting involved so let's get started... First off, actress/writer/director/auto enthusiast/generally awesome person Lake Bell has joined Simon Pegg in "Man Up."

Casting: Milla Jovovich Is A 'Survivor,' Lake Bell Scores A 'Coup,' John Magaro Is 'Unbroken' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 8, 2013 11:19 AM
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While James McTeigue for a moment seemed like the next great blockbuster hopeful following "V For Vendetta," the diminishing returns of "Ninja Assassin" and "The Raven" have found him directing his leanest movie yet. Milla Jovovich, Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson and Angela Bassett will star in "Survivor," a thriller that'll shoot in January.

10 Strong Directorial Debuts From Actors-Turned-Directors

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 13, 2013 5:05 PM
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Debuts From Actors-Turned-Directors
This week, after a limited but promising initial release, Lake Bell’s directorial debut “In A World” is due to expand and distributors Roadside Attractions have good reason to hope that it will mirror the success of other Sundance breakouts like “Fruitvale Station” and “The Way, Way Back.” Regardless of how it performs financially it’s already firmly a critical favorite, with our own [A-] review suggesting that “while the film is hysterical, its real strength lies in the way it is able to deal with an issue like sexism in the [Hollywood voiceover] industry and work it out in a funny, honest and very real way.” And 34-year-old triple threat writer/director/star Bell can count it as a more or less unmitigated triumph on all three fronts, most impressive considering that after just a couple of short films this is her very first directorial feature.

Interview: ‘In A World...’ Filmmaker Lake Bell Talks ‘Childrens Hospital’ As Directing Boot Camp, Shifting Role Of Kickstarter & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 5, 2013 11:00 AM
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In A World
In our interview with her at Sundance London back in May, Lake Bell explained that she'd always had the inclination to direct, but she was “steadfast on the path to being an actor." Now, a short year after helming a short film "Worst Enemy" and some episodes of "Childrens Hospital," the “It’s Complicated” and “How To Make It in America” actress’ feature debut "In A World" goes into theatrical release this week. The ensemble film — which won excellent reviews (us included) and the Best Screenplay award at Sundance — stars Bell as Carol, a voiceover artist looking to break into the Hollywood industry, who faces competition from her veteran voice star father (Fred Melamed) and his clique-minded male colleagues.

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