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Brad Pitt: 'Moneyball' Tops Friday Box Office

Brad Pitt: 'Moneyball' Tops Friday Box Office

Brad Pitt shoots scenes for his upcoming movie World War Z on Saturday evening (September 24) at the Heygate Estate in London, England.

The 47-year-old actor was joined by his co-star Mireille Enos to dodge exploding cars and zombies in the scene.

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Brad‘s new film Moneyball is a hit at the box office and came in number one on Friday with $6.8 million. The Lion King 3D is expected to take the overall weekend once again.

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Moneyball Review @ 09/24/2011 at 11:24 pm

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‘Moneyball’ a hit, fit for all audiences
Posted on Sep 24, 2011 by Jon Alba

Films that hit bumps in the road during production often end up spiraling into the infinite wormhole of forgotten flops. Thankfully for movie-goers, Bennett Miller’s “Moneyball” did the exact opposite, establishing itself as one of the best installments of 2011.

“Moneyball” is more than a sports film. It is a movie about the art of achieving success through uncustomary methods, even with the odds heavily favored toward the opposition. Also, it finds a way to add a touching human element that many will find captivating, as they not only see a man fight for his job, but also battle his own faith in his work.

The movie based on the Michael Lewis book delves into how Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane aims to keep his under-funded squad in championship contention, while the richer, larger market teams such as the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox utilize their cash flow to buy success.

Portraying Beane is Brad Pitt, who delivers an Oscar-worthy performance as the failed minor league prodigy-turned front office executive. Joining him is Jonah Hill as Peter Brand, a young college graduate who Beane finds working for the Cleveland Indians as a stat manager.

Together, Beane and Brand determine that the best way to compete is to not buy players, but instead, buy runs through in-depth statistical analysis referred to as sabermetrics.

The chemistry between Pitt and Hill is undeniably enjoyable, and at the same time, extremely comical. Their bond is challenged by Philip Seymour Hoffman as Art Howe, the A’s manager, who is adamant about his disapproval of their unconventional way to build a club.

But what makes for an interesting sub-plot is Beane’s relationship with his daughter Casey (Kerris Dorsey), who perfectly complements Billy’s “occasional” temper tantrums. The arc brings a sentimental aspect to a story that may at first only appeal to sports fans.

Featured is the 2002 campaign of the A’s and their remarkable run to the postseason despite the lack of faith in Beane’s methods. Baseball junkies will pleasantly reminisce as they see names from the past such as Scott Hatteberg and David Justice, and be delighted as memorable in-game scenes are reproduced.

Miller does a tremendous job at capturing the irony behind Beane’s madness. He manages to romanticize the trailblazer-like character of Beane and his accomplishments despite the fact that his practices actually take away from what many perceive to be as the purity of baseball. Baseball is not supposed to be a numbers game, but Miller makes the audience forget that fact through excellent directing.

Overall, the movie exceeds its purpose of presenting a story about a baseball team overcoming obstacles, and provides much more in the process. Many of the technical aspects of the book are simplified, which makes it more understandable for a wider audience.

With a captivating cast and a well-written script, “Moneyball” not only hits a home run, but wins a batting title in the process.

Jen the hag @ 09/24/2011 at 11:24 pm

The total is only for ONE DAY… Jenhagssure got problem with READING COMPREHENSION….. wait for the weekend total next week braindead FUGLYHENS!!

Passing Through @ 09/24/2011 at 11:25 pm

I just got back from seeing Moneyball – Fantastic movie! Loved it, loved it, loved! Now THAT is a “movie star” performance. I remember one reviewer said that it was classic old school Redford or Newman and ITA. As much as Brad looks like Redford it was more of a Newman-ish performance – tossing off one-liners with complete irreverence. Actually, I take that back – it was little of both. It was like watching Newman and Redford in Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid – only Brad was playing both Butch AND the Sundance Kid. Well done, Bradley. Jonah HIll was really good, too. I like the restraint he showed because it would have been so easy to make Peter Brad a bit flashier and portray him as a kind of statistics savant. Ditto with PSH. He can sometimes be too maniacal in his performances to me, so to see him tone it down as Art Howe was nice. I also see why the women’s roles were mainly cut from the movie. It really didn’t fit the tone of the movie to see that much of Billy’s personal life. It would have changed the entire POV of the movie, so that was a good decision by Bennett Miller.
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Also, I went to a 1pm showing and the theater was half-full and the audience was mixed. I saw one group of elderly ladies – there were 5 of them. In front of me was a group of college-age boys – about 6 of them and they cackled through the movie like it was a frat-boy flick. The movie IS funny in places, but you could tell these guys were sports freaks (most of them had on St. Louis Cardinals hats) and really got the jokes. I also saw several 30-something couples and quite a few older men in the audience. It was a good mix of people and everyone really seemed to enjoy the movie. I think it helps that it doesn’t play like a baseball movie. Even though you already know the outcome for the A’s it wasn’t disappointing to see their journey – and to see how a handful of guys revolutionized the way baseball teams are put together. The fact that richer teams then stole their model was inevitable. Darwinism and carnivores – that’s always going to lead to the smallest guy being lunch for the big guys. Or as Billy put it – the teams wth less money are like farm teams to the Yankes and BoSox – they develop the talent and Yankees come along with big bucks and steal them away. C’est la vie.

I am really proud that Brad has become a brilliant actor who always picks great quality and meaningful projects. Moneyball projects to be best opening weekend box office for a baseball movie. Brad can do anything.

Media Wh@re MANiston @ 09/24/2011 at 11:25 pm

Flopflopflopflop @ 09/24/2011 at 11:20 pm

I wouldn’t call the Twilight boy, Robert De Niro, Jason Statham, Clive Owen.

thelookoflove1365 @ 09/24/2011 at 11:25 pm

Hi vicki, yeah it is a good movie. Worth my time and money and Brad very good in this movie. I must admit that when he was first shooting it, I was not too excited about it; well you know because it is a movie about sport.
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Another plus, Brad is very handsome. Lucky angie.

ladyboy iz his name @ 09/24/2011 at 11:25 pm

60% of monkeyball viewers were over the age of 50.

I am really proud that Brad has become a brilliant actor who always picks great quality and meaningful projects. Moneyball projects to be best opening weekend box office for a baseball movie. Brad can do anything.

@an oldie: after all the good review he still flopped. brad pitt is a HAS BEEN. no body cares about him anymore lol

IT WAS BORING! sorry @ 09/24/2011 at 11:26 pm

God you JP idiots are easily amused and entertained.

Trolls are DELUSIONAL…..a movie is certified 93 pc fresh, has one of the biggest openings for a sports movie ever, top critics love it and single out Brad Pitt who is in almost every scene as pivotal to the success of the movie, Oscar buzz has started and the trolls say Brad and the movie are a failure? I think they are in a parallel universe. Incredible …

flasandollar catherine sarvis
For the love of the game. Go see the moneyball!
1 minute ago

Curtis Silva
N8ivpride707 Curtis Silva
Just saw moneyball and its a must see movie

3 minutes ago
Brian Erni
brianerni Brian Erni
moneyball was a work of art. masterful in essentially every way.

megan_taylor Megan Taylor Wilkes
Field of dreams was the greatest baseball movie of all time… until moneyball.

@Passing Through: all this and it still flopped. nobody besides the loons like brad pitt. maybe because he is old and ugly

ladyboy iz his name @ 09/24/2011 at 11:28 pm

@trolp: the old folks home cares about him lol senior citizens are his target fanbase

JEN IN REHAB @ 09/24/2011 at 11:28 pm

@dianad1968 #39
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LoL at…. we will NEVER pay a red cent to see one f Ticky’s bombs.

and I used to be a fan of JA, Friends only, I never liked her movies(waited for tv)and still couldn’t sit thru it.

The haters are loosing sh!t as predicted as Moneyball is doing great in box office and critics. hehehe.

@ladyboy iz his name: @Passing Through: because his is an old frog thats why his fans are old diaper wearing people.

We know that’s Fridays total and its a huge fail for a movie that had no competition and is showing in a ton of theaters. Flop.

Go watch Booty Hunter troll or go down memory lane when Gerry had the finger up the butt. McGreedy has big shoes to fill.

cr Moneyball Review
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http://thismovieguy.blogspot.com/2011/09/movie-review-moneyball.html

Movie Review: MONEYBALL

Moneyball is a 2011 dramatic film directed by Bennett Miller that tells the story of one game-changing year in the history of the Oakland Athletics franchise. After losing in the playoffs to the New York Yankees in 2001, A’s General Manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) is given the nearly impossible task of replacing some of his all-star talent with a budget that’s microscopic in comparison to some of the large market baseball teams. When he tries to utilize his scouts’ knowledge of the game, Billy realizes that the A’s are going to need a different approach if they want to compete with the big dogs. On a trip to Cleveland, he meets the young Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), a Yale economics graduate who keys Beane into the idea that there might be a computer-based way to create a championship team that the A’s could afford. Beane buys into the idea and shakes up the status quo, bringing in players his associates would normally deem useless. He faces a lot of opposition, especially from team manager Art Howe (Philip Seymour Hoffman), who elects not to play the athletes in the manner Beane wants them to be played. Despite some early-season troubles, however, the team manages to find a groove and goes on to find a certain level of success, ultimately changing the scouting process in Major League Baseball.

There were a few reasons I wanted to see Moneyball. First and foremost, it stars Brad Pitt, who you may know to be one of my favorite actors to grace the silver screen (I’ll talk more about his performance momentarily). Second, it’s a sports movie, which in an of itself makes it an appealing flick for me. It’s difficult to make an outright terrible sports film because it’s so easy to get caught up in the emotion of a sporting event. When I heard that Moneyball was garnering some rather stellar reviews – it currently holds a 94% critic’s approval rating on Rottentomatoes.com – I knew I had to at least give it a shot. And let me tell you, I most assuredly was not disappointed.

The story itself is rather basic, telling the tale of a year in the life of Billy Beane as he tries to reinvent the very process of creating a high-caliber sports team. At the same time, we’re catching glimpses of Beane’s personal life, and I for one thought the mesh between the two to be stellar. We’re getting the screenplay from Academy Award winners Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian, and from the moment the film starts, you know there’s something great about it. I found the strength of the screenplay to be its handling of conflict. On the one hand, we’re seeing the external conflict between Beane and basically everybody else who’s fighting him tooth and nail when it comes to his new system. On the other hand, we’re seeing the internal conflict with Beane himself as he struggles with his own feelings of low self-esteem and unworthiness that stems from his days playing in the major leagues.

That’s where Pitt’s performance comes into play. While I’ve always found Pitt to be a great actor, I think it’s only in the last few years that he’s truly started to prove himself to the rest of the world that he can handle his own in a series of dramatic roles. For so long, he was simply the eye candy, and while he had early critical success (he scored an Academy Award nomination for his role in 1995’s Twelve Monkeys), I don’t think he’s really gotten the respect he deserves. It’s rare to hear his name being tossed into a group with the likes of Kevin Spacey or Daniel Day-Lewis, but I would posit here and now that Pitt is one of the finer actors of his generation. His role in Moneyball only solidifies my stance as he shows a wide range of emotion in completely becoming Billy Beane. And while we do get some great performances from our supporting cast – Hill and Hoffman are exceptionally good – this is really Pitt’s vehicle, and it should be viewed as such.

I’d also like to tip my hat to Mychael Danna, who composed the score for this film. It definitely fit the tone of the movie, and it actually reminded me a lot of the soft-toned score that Explosions in the Sky created for 2004’s Friday Night Lights. Kudos, Mr. Danna.

Overall, I think Moneyball is definitely worth, well, your money, if you feel so inclined to see it. There’s only so much I can say about a film’s acting and screenplay, but some films just have that “it” factor that’s so difficult to describe. Moneyball definitely has “it,” and as a result, we the audience are getting something rather wonderful.

So many people think bradbthought he was in a casino with George clooney during this movie. If he deserves an award for this movie then give him one for oceans 11 to 13

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Jen the hag @ 09/24/2011 at 11:34 pm

Yeah Jenhens keep saying the movie is a flop bwahahahhahha you wish ,… NOT don’t worry about BRAD PITT there the producers and directors lining up for Brad Pitt to star in their movies and yeah BRAD is still choosing what to do next among the movies that being offered to him left and right. Oh yeah MANISTON is still have to auditioned and huvane knocking to every studios to get her a crap romcom..bhahahahhahah

@bdj: the nounty hunter with bad reviews opened better than this crap. wow pitt is going down the drain. first his baby momma (to his bio kids cuz the adopted kids are legally only angies) movie flops now him. old age is catching up to him quick. karma is a b1tch

The trollsl really should worry about their idol Ticky because 65 years Susan Sarandon looks hotter and younger then Ticky, Sarandon def is more talented then Ticky. lol

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