People from all over competed in the first qualifying round of the contest yesterday (4/25) at Walt Disney WorldÂ® Resort in Florida and DisneylandÂ® Resort in California. There is still time to participate, the qualifying rounds continue today (4/26) at Walt Disney WorldÂ® Resort in Florida, DisneylandÂ® Resort in California as well as in Tribeca at the ESPN Sports Day at the Tribeca Family Festival in New York City. All participants received tickets for themselves and a guest to see an advanced screening of the film.
Tom â€œFlashâ€ Gordon (3-time MLB All Star, World Series Champion and 1998 Saves Champion) attended the contest in Orlando and 7-foot center for the Orlando Magic, Nikola Vucevic, who was a first round draft pick out of USC actually entered the contest.
The top three eligible pitchers from each qualifying round will be flown with a guest to compete for the $1 million in the final contest, which will take place at the world premiere of MILLION DOLLAR ARM on May 6th in Hollywood, Calif.
Based on a true story, sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) finds that business has changed and things arenâ€™t going well for his career. In a last ditch effort to save his livelihood he concocts a scheme to find baseballâ€™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 â€œThe Million Dollar Arm.â€ With the help of cantankerous but eagle-eyed retired baseball scout Ray Poitevint (Alan Arkin), he discovers Dinesh (played by Madhur Mittal from â€œSlumdog Millionaireâ€) and Rinku (played by Suraj Sharma from â€œLife of Piâ€), 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.
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