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For Your Consideration - Moneyball
Poster: Moneyball | IMP
You’ve got Brad Pitt and an evocative story and that’s the best you could do?
Poster: Moneyball | Collider
Trailer: Moneyball - Sept 23
Directed by Bennett Miller, written by Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaeillian. Starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, and Chris Pratt.
While it doesn’t pack the punch of the teaser for Sorkin’s fall stunner last year (The Social Network) it does whet the appetite for a sophisticated sports underdog story. Pitt seems at ease in the environment and Jonah Hill has the potential to be very wisely cast. I’m glad they went ahead with making this film, despite the vast studio and budget issues they were facing. It could have real potential come award season, and if it doesn’t it looks solid enough to stand on its own.
Hundreds of extras poured into the arenato film scenes for “Moneyball,” a big-screen adaptation of Michael Lewis’ 2003 best-seller about the rival of the Oakland A’s and its maverick general manager, Billy Beane, played by Brad Pitt.
Pitt joined about 700 extras at the stadium to participate in a variety of baseball scenes, including a 1984 game between the Dodgers and the Mets, when Beane played for the New York team, and a montage sequence set in 2002 that chronicles the Oakland A’s memorable season.
Sony Pictures had to get special permission from Major League Baseball to shoot at the stadium on Friday and Monday.
"Moneyball" is just the latest project to shoot at Dodger Stadium, which for many years has been a popular site among filmmakers partly because of its grand vistas of downtown Los Angeles and large parking lots, which make it ideal for production base camps.
This year alone the stadium has been used as a location for 16 productions, including the TV series “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “Criminal Minds” as well as commercials for Wendy’s, Ford and Microsoft. In addition to “Moneyball,” the stadium has been the venue for more than a dozen movies, among them the latest “Star Trek” film and “Fast & Furious.”
The stadium, which has relationships with location managers around Hollywood, charges anywhere from $10,000 a day for use of its parking space to $25,000 a day for a shot inside the stadium. Management views the filming activity as an important way to market the stadium.
First Image of Brad Pitt on the Set of MONEYBALL | Collider, MTV
Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stephen Bishop and Kathryn Morris have already suited up for the baseball project. Bennett Miller is directing a script by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin.
Scott Rudin, Michael De Luca and Rachel Horovitz are producing.
Pratt will play Scott Hatteberg, whose career as a catcher for the Boston Red Sox ended after he ruptured a nerve in his elbow and could no longer throw a ball post-surgery. He was recruited by the Oakland A’s the following year to play first base, and he helped lead the team to the playoffs in 2002 and 2003 with strong batting as a designated hitter.
According to the man “Soderbergh got unceremoniously removed from Moneyball." I’m still pretty dejected about this movie, it would have been cool to see made.
As for the other movies, thats the fun part. He’s making a Liberace biopic with Michael Douglas as the title character and Matt Damon as his lover and he’s making Cleo, a Cleopatra musical in 3D with music by Guided By Voices.