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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.

Chris Pine Is Ready For 'The Finest Hours,' Michael B. Jordan Set For 'Men Who Kill' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 21, 2014 10:10 AM
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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Hollywood is still trying to make Chris Pine happen. Outside of the "Star Trek" franchise, the actor has been a non-starter, but that's not stopping Disney from choosing Pine to lead "The Finest Hours."

'Lars & The Real Girl' Director Craig Gillespie To Massage Jon Hamm's 'Million Dollar Arm'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2012 9:11 AM
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After the disappointing returns for the unfortunately underrated "Fright Night," followed by his exit on "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies," director Craig Gillespie is dusting himself off and picking himself up. This summer he got attached to direct Will Ferrell in "The Flamingo Thief," and now he's headed to the baseball diamond with Jon Hamm.

Craig Gillespie To Direct Will Ferrell Comedy 'The Flamingo Thief'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2012 4:27 PM
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2011 wasn't kind to Craig Gillespie. His remake of "Fright Night" was unfairly ignored (c'mon, it featured an awesomely smarmy Colin Farrell and was a bit of goofy fun with some decent thrills) and then in the fall, he dropped out of the forever developing "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies" (and we wonder about that movie ever getting made considering audiences didn't seem to care about "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"). But, it's summer 2012 and Gillespie now has something brighter on the horizon.

Watch: Super Bowl Ads From Bobby Farrelly, Craig Gillespie, Noam Murro, Jake Scott & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2012 10:48 AM
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Ah, the Super Bowl. Where nobody cares who really won, but instead the post-game chatter is about M.I.A.'s middle finger (snore), Madonna's halftime show (double snore) and of course, the ads. In case you missed it, all the movie spots are rounded up right here, but guess what? There's even more. /Film has done a good job collection the numerous spots from some filmmakers you might have heard of, who earned some extra coin taking on these directing gigs. So let's take a look.

Craig Gillespie Now The Third Director To Leave ‘Pride and Prejudice And Zombies’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 28, 2011 2:23 AM
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Try as they might, Lionsgate just can't seem to get "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies" off the ground. The project started in the hands of David O. Russell, for a brief moment had Mike White attached, and then seemed to be ready to go with "Lars And The Real Girl" and "Fright Night" director Craig Gillespie. Gillespie, as recently as this summer, talked excitedly about shooting the film next year. But this zombie flick just added one more body to the count as Deadline reveals that Gillespie has amicably split from the movie.

Craig Gillespie Says He Was Attracted To The "Brutal" Vampire Mythology Of ‘Fright Night’

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • August 17, 2011 11:07 AM
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Despite his art house pedigree, “Lars and the Real Girl” director Craig Gillespie -- who will tackle "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" next -- is diving into the genre world head first. This week he attempts to satiate the horror crowd with a remake of ‘80s camp classic “Fright Night” that he hopes will bring back the “ruthless vampire” from the depths of lovey-dovey romanticism like “Twilight.” Starring Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, David Tennant, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Imogen Poots, the film keeps the basic premise but adds a darker edge to the proceedings while relocating the story to Las Vegas. Add in some 3D and you have a unique, updated genre tale that aims to take a real bite out of some familiar cinematic territory.

Empire Big Screen '11 Review: 'Fright Night' Is Entertaining, But Eminently Disposable

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 15, 2011 12:01 PM
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A confession: this writer has never seen the original "Fright Night." It's one of a certain kind of 80s VHS-era film ("The Goonies," 'Weird Science," 'Wargames"), beloved by a certain generation that this writer was a few years too late for, and that we've never caught up on, principally because it feels like there are plenty of better things to do with our time. This is a long-winded way of saying that if you're looking for comparisons between the original and 2011's "Fright Night", if you're looking for someone to tell you if Colin Farrell lives up to Chris Sarandon, this is not the review for you. What we can do is judge Craig Gillespie's remake on its own merits, of which there are a few: "Fright Night" is an enjoyable time at the movies. But we suspect it's the kind of film that, when it airs on TV five years from now, we'll only realize that we've seen before half an hour in.

Watch: Dangerous Dancing In New 'Footloose' Trailer & Craig Gillespie Helmed Kid Cudi Vampire Video

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2011 1:44 AM
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Our man across the pond spent this weekend at Empire's Big Screen where among the many films showing off their wares was Craig Brewer's "Footloose," and surprisingly he described the clip by saying, "it’s handsomely shot, the music’s well chosen and the performances aren’t too awful." Well, a fresh trailer has dropped and yes, it's not as wholly offensive as we would've thought, but it's also not very good either.

Craig Gillespie Says ‘Pride and Prejudice And Zombies’ Is Ready & He Hopes To Shoot In 2012

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • August 12, 2011 7:34 AM
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When “Lars and the Real Girl” director Craig Gillespie was first tapped to direct the remake of ‘80s camp horror classic “Fright Night,” a collective WTF seemed to ring out from the film community at large. Of course, Gillespie also directed the studio comedy “Mr. Woodcock,” which has even less in common with 'Lars,' but word on the “Fright Night” remake has been generally favorable and clearly Lionsgate was impressed enough to offer Gillespie their highly anticipated adaptation of the literary/horror genre mash-up “Pride and Prejudice with Zombies.”

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