In Praise Of Sugar, The Anti-Million Dollar Arm

Hoop Dreams has haunted me ever since I saw it 20 years ago. The story of two black Chicago high school basketball players hoping to make the NBA and escape their inner-city lives, the film ends with their pro dreams very much in doubt. Decades later, I still remember the last thing William Gates, one of the two… » 5/15/14 3:26pm 5/15/14 3:26pm

Are Any Baseball Writers Not On A Movie Set With Jon Hamm Right Now?

Million Dollar Arm is a movie about Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, two Indian-born pitchers who made their way into the Pittsburgh Pirates' farm system after winning a "Million Dollar Arm" contest in India. The movie is currently filming, and today a cadre of baseball writers are on set to film a cameo. They will not » 7/01/13 11:46am 7/01/13 11:46am

Jon Hamm To Star In That Disney Movie About Those Pitchers From India…

According to Deadline Hollywood, the Mad Men star and former Deadspin commenter will play a leading role in the upcoming Disney treatment of Million Dollar Arm. Hamm will play J.B. Bernstein, the real-life sports agent who "discovered" Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel and got them deals with the Pittsburgh Pirates a few… » 5/10/12 10:45am 5/10/12 10:45am

Is It OK For A Movie Trailer To Lie? Or, Why Friends With Kids Is…

Last October, a Detroit woman named Sarah Deming filed suit against FilmDistrict for its misleading advertisements for the film Drive. Her claim was that the film's trailers had led her to believe the film was about driving rather than, you know, Ryan Gosling stomping in the orbital bones of various Angeleno… » 3/06/12 5:10pm 3/06/12 5:10pm

Jon Hamm, Who Used To Comment On Deadspin, Clarifies His Involvement…

We posted a story earlier today about a story Mad Men star Jon Hamm told on Letterman last night. Hamm told Letterman that he was tempted to walk onto the baseball team at the University of Texas, but Longhorns ace Roger Clemens intimidated him. But Hamm was in junior high when Clemens left UT. We were flummoxed. So… » 3/02/12 7:50pm 3/02/12 7:50pm