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Jon Hamm says he's glad he never signed up for a superhero role

Though he might look the part of a superhero, Jon Hamm says he’s glad he never signed up for a superhero role.

In anticipation of his turn on Channel 4’s Black Mirror: White Christmas, Hamm spoke to the Radio Times about Hollywood’s obsession with the youth demographic—a demographic he says does not find him appealing. (Really though? Really?) Hamm stressed that he feels “old and irrelevant in the current media landscape,” citing the Hemworths and the One Directions of the world as what the majority of Hollywood is after.

“Ask anyone under the age of 20 if they have heard of me and they will go ‘No, that guy looks like my dad,'” Hamm said to the Radio Times. “It doesn’t compute to the generation that most of Hollywood cares about, If your last name’s not Hemsworth or you are not in One Direction or you don’t wear a cape and tights for a living, you literally have a hard time making an impression.” READ FULL STORY

'Minions' trailer time-travels to the 1960s to show life before Gru


For the minions of Despicable Me, there are two time periods—Before Gru and After Gru. While there have been two films full of the tiny yellow guys while they worked under Steve Carell’s villain in reform, the first trailer for Minions shows what life was like all the way back in 1968.


Jon Hamm is a movie star in 'Million Dollar Arm' trailer -- VIDEO


“Show me the rupee!”

In Disney’s Million Dollar Arm, Jon Hamm tries on the movie-star sports-agent suit that was tailored so perfectly for Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire. But when Hamm’s J.B. Bernstein is betrayed by a client and left in dire financial straits, he books a trip to the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel to discover cricket players who might have major-league fastballs.

Based on a true story of two Indian (actual Indian, not Cleveland Indians) prospects signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates, the film is Hamm’s first bonafide movie-star role after the breakout success of Mad Men and winning supporting appearances in The Town, Bridesmaids, and Friends With Kids.

Check out the trailer below, which also stars Lake Bell as Dorothy Boyd the neighbor who sees through J.B.’s callous, slick exterior, and Life of Pi‘s Suraj Sharma as one of the promising pitchers. Alan Arkin plays Alan Arkin, which is comforting.

'Million Dollar Arm' gets release

Million Dollar Arm, the cricket-meets-baseball Disney film, has announced a release date.

The sports drama, starring Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm, will hit theaters in May 2014 — up against Godzilla.

Hamm plays J.B. Bernstein, who goes to India in search of the best cricket players in the country. He hosts a reality competition show to find his champions, and then takes the winners to the States to convert them to America’s favorite pastime.

The film also stars Bill Paxton, Alan Arkin, and Suraj Sharma.

Casting Net: Jon Hamm to lend voice to 'Despicable Me' spinoff; Plus Sam Worthington, Brit Marling, more

Things are about to get animated for Jon Hamm. The Mad Men actor will lend his voice to Minions, Universal’s spinoff of their Despicable Me movies that is capitalizing on the little yellow creatures that stole the show in the first film in 2010 (Despicable Me 2 comes out this summer). Hamm will voice the inventor Herb Overkill, husband of stylish super-villain Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock). His previous voice acting work includes such TV shows as Robot Chicken and Archer. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY

Cannes: Directors Fortnight lineup announced

The Directors Fortnight announced its full lineup on Tuesday, including nine short films and 21 features which will run parallel to the Cannes Film Festival in May. Notable selections include the Ruairi Robinson’s sci-fi film Last Days on Mars, starring Liev Schreiber (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Romola Garai (The Hour), and Olivia Williams (Rushmore), and Sebastian Silva’s thriller Magic Magic, about a tourist in Chile who starts to experience a metal breakdown, with Juno Temple (Killer Joe) and Michael Cera (Arrested Development).

Avant-garde Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky (The Holy Mountain) will return to the Festival with a film about his life, and Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin) will show her short Swimmer. Jodorowsky is also the subject of a documentary in the lineup, about his aborted version of the film Dune, which would go on to be directed by David Lynch.

Running from May 16 to May 26, the Directors Fortnight is now in its 45th year. It was started in 1969 by the French Directors Guild, who continues to manage the selections to this day. A handful of films presented in this category are even eligible to compete for the Camera d’Or prize, denoted on the list with an asterisk. Ari Folman’s (Waltz with Bashir) hybrid live action and animated feature The Congress, based on Stanislaw Lem’s The Futurological Congress and starring Robin Wright and Jon Hamm, will open the sidebar.

Check out the full selection below.


Jon Hamm lands first leading-man role in 'Million Dollar Arm'

EW has confirmed that Jon Hamm will headline Disney’s Million Dollar Arm, as first reported by Deadline. The Mad Men star will play sports agent-turned-reality show creator J.B. Bernstein, whose reality show Million Dollar Arm documented his search to find promising baseball players in India’s thriving cricket community. The show resulted in the signing of the MLB’s first two Indian players, though neither has yet advanced far in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor-league system. Oscar nominee Thomas McCarthy (Win Win) scripted the film. No further production details have been disclosed.

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'Friends With Kids' poster features Kristen Wiig and Jon Hamm, presents a stark choice -- EXCLUSIVE

Anyone who has seen the trailer for Friends With Kids knows that the March 9 comedy could easily be a bizarro-world spiritual sequel to Bridesmaids, what with a cast that includes Kristen Wiig, Jon Hamm, Maya Rudolph, and Chris O’Dowd. But the film boasts even more lovable cast members: Friends With Kids focuses on two friends, played by Adam Scott and Jennifer Westfeldt, who decide to have a child together, platonically.

In this exclusive first look at the poster for the film — which was written and directed by Westfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein) — the film’s premise is made clear in a blunt, witty way. Check it out below, and then tell me: Which two would you choose? READ FULL STORY

'Friends With Kids' trailer: Or, 'Bridesmaids 2: The Babymaker'

It’s been over a decade since Jennifer Westfeldt’s cult indie comedy, Kissing Jessica Stein, hit theaters. In that time, the romantic-comedy genre has steadily debased itself into a horrific quagmire of mediocrity, falling from the heights of the Julia Roberts Golden Era to the depths of the Katherine Heigl Dark Age. So there are reasons to be hopeful that Westfeldt’s upcoming Friends With Kids can stop the downward trend. Actually, there’s just one big reason: the film is essentially an instantaneous Bridesmaids semi-sequel, with Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jon Hamm, and Chris O’Dowd reunited as couples with kiddies. Westfeldt stars as their single friend who makes a Next Best Thing pact with fellow singleton Adam Scott: They’ll have a kid and raise it. Also, Megan Fox is in this movie! Hi Megan! Watch the trailer: READ FULL STORY

'Bridesmaids' Blu-ray extras: Now with 1000% more inappropriateness!

Thanks to two extras from the new Bridesmaids Blu-ray, you’ll never look at party subs or children’s toys the same way again. First, Megan (Melissa McCarthy) and Air Marshall Jon (Ben Falcone) get frisky with a variety of Super Bowl-worthy snacks — and that’s only the beginning of their kinkfest… In the second clip, the ladies (and Jon Hamm!) show off their improv skills in a mash-up of off-the-wall outtakes led by an extended cut of the film’s cringe-worthy opening sex scene. See the VERY NSFW clips after the jump. READ FULL STORY

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