Walking the Green Carpet: Million Dollar Arm Premiere at El Capitan

When asked back to LA for the Million Dollar Arm Premiere, I was interested in seeing how Disney would make this event special.  For OZ, we had a yellow brick road.  For Brave it was green.  So for a baseball movie what other color could it be but green right?

Million Dollar Arm Premiere

Prior to the carpet fun, the Million Dollar Arm Pitching contest happened.  We got to enjoy watching the 9 finalists compete for the chance to win a million dollars and a contract with Legendary Sports Agent J.B. Bernstein.  Although no one won the million dollars, it was great fun to watch the contest, and cheer on 3 Florida men throwing those pitches for their chance of a lifetime!

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Collin Franklin and Brandon Otto, both of Kissimmee, Florida, and Zackery Neal Watson of Gotha, Florida didn’t quite get to that 100 MPH, but all did a fantastic job representing my home state.  All finalists received a $500 gift package from Rawlings, a gift package from Under Armour and tickets to the ESPY Awards.
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 Contestants took turns trying to pitch a 100 MPH. No one actually pitched 100 but it was still fun to watch as they tried. – See more at: http://momstart.com/2014/05/pitching-birthday-and-millions-the-million-dollar-arm-premiere-at-el-capitan/#sthash.B6HJK62x.dpuf
Contestants took turns trying to pitch a 100 MPH. No one actually pitched 100 but it was still fun to watch as they tried. – See more at: http://momstart.com/2014/05/pitching-birthday-and-millions-the-million-dollar-arm-premiere-at-el-capitan/#sthash.B6HJK62x.dpuf

Walking the Green Carpet:  Million Dollar Arm Premiere at El Capitan

With the Take me out to the Ball Game theme at the pre-party and at the premiere, we got to stroll down the red green carpet while walking behind the stars and movie makers of Million Dollar Arm.  It’s always exciting to walk down hearing the paparazzi call out for the stars.  The excitement of all the people is great energy.

Walking the Green Carpet:  Million Dollar Arm Premiere at El Capitan

As strolling down the carpet, this is my view, the cameras, the actors – the FUN!

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The actual people portrayed in the film, Rinku, Dinesh and JB.

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Jon Hamm with the man he portrays in the film, JB Bernstein, a sports agent that travels to India to find his Million Dollar Arm.

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   Rinku (played by Suraj Sharma from “Life of Pi”) and Dinesh (played by Madhur Mittal from “Slumdog Millionaire”)

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 Lake Bell

Having a more casual type of premiere that had that tailgate party feel, had us having Subway subs and Pinks famous LA hotdogs.  Krispy Kreme even had some yummy baseball decorated donuts.

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This type of premiere gave me the chance to get some selfies with some of the stars, which was a huge treat.

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Madhur Mittal

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Tzi Ma

Based on a true story, sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) finds that business has changed and things aren’t going well for his career.  In a last ditch effort to save his livelihood he concocts a scheme to find baseball’s next great pitching ace.  Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turn into a major league baseball star, JB travels to India to produce a reality show competition called “The Million Dollar Arm.”  With the help of cantankerous but eagle-eyed retired baseball scout Ray Poitevint (Alan Arkin), he discovers Dinesh (played by Madhur Mittal from “Slumdog Millionaire”) and Rinku (played by Suraj Sharma from “Life of Pi”), two 18-year-old boys who have no idea about playing baseball, yet have a knack for throwing a fastball.  Hoping to sign them to major league contracts and make a quick buck, JB brings the boys home to America to train.  While the Americans are definitely out of their element in India, the boys, who have never left their rural villages, are equally challenged when they come to the States.  As the boys learn the finer points of baseball, JB, with the help of his charming friend Brenda (Lake Bell), learns valuable life lessons about teamwork, commitment and what it means to be a family.

I love love love this movie!  But more on that in my review to come!

 

MILLION DOLLAR ARM will be sneaking in theatres this Saturday night, 5/10 in over 500 theatres across the country before it opens everywhere on 5/16.  Enter your zip code at Fandango to see if there’s a theater near you.

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