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KPF-EXCLUSIVE: MILLION DOLLAR ARM's JB Bernstein On How to Get a Job as a Sports Agent

Written by Tara the Mom    Monday, 12 May 2014 09:58   

Sports Agent JB BernsteinSports Agent is the new Rock Star of careers. Not only is sports management one of the fastest growing majors offered in colleges across the country, Jay-Z recently joined the ranks of Jerry Maguire. And like Jerry Maguire, the career is so intriguing that movies are made around the lives of sports agents, like the upcoming Million Dollar Arm.

With all this interest in this super cool job, I asked J.B. Bernstein, the real-life sports agent whose pitching contest across India inspired the movie Million Dollar Arm, about the qualities needed to succeed as a sports agent. "It's the same qualities you need to be successful in anything: You need to work hard, you need to be smart, you need to know the business."

Jon Hamm plays sports agent JB Bernstein in MILLION DOLLAR ARMIt's getting that first job that's so tough, or is it? Bernstein shares his strategy with KidsPickFlicks on how to nail the interview: "The advice I
give to people who want to get into this business is do internships. Learn on someone else's dime. Don't walk into your first interview at a sports agency not knowing the jargon, now knowing who the players are, not knowing who the agencies are, not knowing how the business works, not having some network built up."

Bernstein practices what he preaches, completing seven internships while pursuing his bachelor's degree in advertising. "Ultimately when I walked into that first interview, I knew more about how advertising agencies and marketing departments worked at companies, I knew people, I knew places, I knew the dollars, I knew the P and L's, I knew how everything worked," he says. "And, that is more valuable than anything if when you want to separate yourself. "

J.B. Bernstein and Rinku SinghTo appreciate how to get the job, Bernstein says an applicant should put walk in the employer's shoes. "When I'm hiring somebody, I look across the table and I'm like, 'Can this guy do the job?' If you come in talking the language and knowing the business, that's more valuable than what business school you went to or any of these other 'qualities,'" he says. "Can you do the job? Well, you already can do it, you've done it for other people. I can just call them up and say, "Did this guy do a good job?"

Bernstein made a mint off being a sports agent, but life got a little trickier when he left his successful firm to open his own shop...and that's where Million Dollar Arm begins. The film starring Jon Hamm as Bernstein opens in theaters this Friday, May 16.






5 Most Memorable Movie Mothers

Written by Nicole P.    Sunday, 11 May 2014 11:23   

mrs-incredible-disney-400In honor of the day we celebrate the mothers (and mother figures) in our life, we could not help but remember some of our favorites movies most memorable mothers. The movies may not always star the loving mother, but they always make a huge impact on the story being told. With so many amazing movie mothers, we have narrowed it down to five amazing ladies!

As much as we would love to put our own mother on this list, she sadly has not yet had a movie written about her. But until that day happens, check out our five favorite movie mothers in the list below.

Helen Parr (The Incredibles). As a superhero who helps protect the world from bad guys, Mrs. Incredible is also a superhero to her family. No matter how dangerous a situation may be, she makes sure her children are safe and protected. Plus, who wouldn't love a mom who could stretch her arm all the way into the kitchen to get you a drink of water?

mrs-gump-forrest-gumpMrs. Gump (Forrest Gump). Even when the community doubted her son, she knew he would be great! Mrs. Gump put Forrest's needs in front of hers in any situation, and made sure he knew just how special he was. Raising her son alone, Mrs. Gump never showed Forrest anything but unconditional love and support. She taught him that life was like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get.

the-blind-side-mrs-tuohyLeigh Anne Tuohy (The Blind Side). With a full family already, Mrs. Tuohy did not hesitate to take care of another child who needed love. Adopting a young man named Michael, Mrs. Tuohy did anything and everything to show Michael he had what it takes to be nothing short of great. Never failing to give all of her children the love, support and compassion that they needed, Mrs. Tuohy taught us that everyone deserved to be loved unconditionally.

mamma-mia-donnaDonna Carmichael (Mamma Mia). She may have never told her daughter, Sophie, who her real father was, but Donna made sure to give her more than enough love. Rising her on her own, Donna taught her daughter life lessons through song, and never failed to put a smile on Sophie's face. She made sure to teach her daughter that life is about enjoying it with those who truly matter.

stepmom-jackie-harrisonJackie Harrison (Stepmom). Knowing that she will not be there to see her children grow old, Mrs. Harrison lives every moment to the fullest with her children. Even though her physical self may not be there, she will never leave her children. Even though she was scared of her sickness, she never showed weakness, and made sure her children would be taken care of after she was gone, because they would always be her #1 priority.

Which movie Mom is your favorite from our list below? Let us know your answers on Twitter @KidsPickFlicks!


Video Messages to Make Mom Smile from Disney Movies

Written by Tara the Mom    Friday, 09 May 2014 17:16   

Monsters University Mother's Day Video MessagesSometimes it can be hard to figure out just how to tell your mom you appreciate her on Mother's Day. Not to mention greeting cards cost money. So, Disney Anywhere has created three adorable, heartwarming video messages you can send to your mom anyway you can (we think it would be nice on Facebook so all her friends can see how much YOU love her!). Here they are:

1. Monsters University-themed e-card with the message: Happy Mother's Day from All your Little Monsters:

2. Winnie the Pooh-themed card with the message: I Know We Keep You Hopping

3. And, if your Dad wants to show he's Mr. Incredible, he can send this super message: It's Not a Stretch to Say You're Incredible.

Hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day with your mom!


MALEFICENT Creates an Awkward Situation (clip)

Written by Dave B.    Friday, 09 May 2014 16:29   

When an evil fairy shows up to your party uninvited, you can bet that things are going to get at least a little awkward. And that's exactly what happens in this brand new clip for Maleficent.

While we can't get enough of how amazing Angelina Jolie is, but that doesn't mean she still can't send chills down our spine. Perfect example? The brand new "Awkward Moment" clip from Maleficent.

If you had any doubts about Disney's reimagining of Sleeping Beauty, due in theaters later this month, they'll immediately float away once you check out this clip. We are now 100% sold - it looks simply amazing!

Maleficent heads to theaters on May 30. The movie stars Elle Fanning, Angelina Jolie, and rising star Brenton Thwaites. Make sure you grab your tickets as soon as possible before they all sell out!



LEGENDS OF OZ: Joel Courtney & Kat McNamara's Movie Star Movie Crix Movie Review

Written by Katherine McNamara    Friday, 09 May 2014 15:56   

At the end of The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy Gale and the audience wonder if her trip to Emerald City wasn't just in her dreams. In Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return we find it all really happened, and now she's got to go rid the land of another menace! But, WILL THIS  Movie Star Movie Crix Joel Courtney from Super 8 and Kat McNamara of Contest say it's worth the chatter:

Legends of Oz poster"The magic of Oz is back in this new chapter of the classic tale when Dorothy returns to save her friends once again. The film has garnered an all star cast including Lea Michele, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Dancy, Megan Hilty, Kelsey Grammer, Bernadette Peters, and Martin Short as the new villain the Jester, to name a few. The 3D animation in this film was vibrant at times but the true magic of this film came from the music. Not only were the musical numbers full of that Ozian childlike joy we all love from these films, but the score was extremely rich as well. The melding of old and new characters in the kingdoms of Oz make this film a new favorite for all ages. So follow the yellow brick road to a theater near you for the Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return! 4 stars."

When you see Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return, let us know what YOU think! Crix it by clicking HERE.

Joel and Kat are moving to the small screen in the fall: catch Joel's show "The Messengers" on CW and Kat's MTV series, "Happyland." Follow them on Twitter @Kat_McNamara @Joel_Courtney and please also follow us @KidsPickFlicks!


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