@RJ_TinaAt Disney’s CinemaCon presentation on Wednesday, despite the main discussion being about blockbusters such as Star Wars, as well as the much awaited live-action retelling of Cinderella and Pixar’s Inside Out, the film that really left a lasting impression on the cinema owners in the audience of the three-hour-long session was the John Hamm-fronted, Million Dollar Arm. This sports film, slated for a May 16 release, was screened at the event, right after the Mad Men-actor received an Excellence in Acting award from studio Chairman, Alan Horn. Horn was heard telling the crowd at the Caesars Palace Colosseum theatre that this movie scored higher than any of the movies ever tested at Disney, and before that, at Warner Bros. “And that includes the first Harry Potter, which was so highly anticipated,” he added later. An exhibitor was overheard saying that it is ‘comical, emotional and has great music’ as he walked out of the hall. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEtNIoPxcq8[/embed] Million Dollar Arm, written by Tom McCarthy and expertly directed by Craig Gillespie, follows the true story of a fading sports agent who decides to recruit Indian cricketers, played by Madhur Mittal and Suraj Sharma (of Life Of Pi fame) and turn them into baseball stars, after winning a reality show competition. Indian musical maestro and two-time-Oscar winner, A. R. Rahman, composed the musical score for this film. Snippets were also displayed of other upcoming movies from Disney, such as Angelina Jolie’s dark fairytale, Maleficient, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier as well as Guardians Of The Galaxy, both from Marvel. Horn has had a largely successful year, with Disney’s films grossing more than $4.7 billion worldwide. The Oscar-winning Frozen is on the verge of becoming the biggest animated feature film of all time. Hamm, while speaking about Million Dollar Arm, said, “I am intensely proud of this film. Disney is so high on it, they are changing the name to Frozen 2.” On receiving the Excellence in Acting award, he also referenced his multiple Emmy losses to the Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston. “Thank you for not nominating Bryan Cranston for this award,” he joked. Well, this movie sure does look like a winner! What do you guys think?
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