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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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cr Moneyball Review
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http://rotoworld.com/articles/mlb/38860/5/right-on-the-money(ball)

Right on the Money(ball)
Saturday, September 24, 2011

I was wrong! Yeah, that is what you want to read as the lead in a fantasy baseball advice and analysis column on which you have been relying all year (I hope). About what was I wrong? Well, I was asked a few weeks ago whether Moneyball has anything to do with fantasy baseball. My answer was “of course! Billy Beane is living the dream of fantasy players the world over.” It did not take long for me to see my error. Early in the screening of the movie I was privileged to attend earlier this week, Billy Beane (in the person of the incomparable Brad Pitt) said with both conviction and resignation: “It is an unfair game.” Smack! It hit me. It is not that Billy Beane is living out a fantasy leaguer’s dream, it is that fantasy leaguers are living out Billy’s dream. Unlike in the real thing where one team can spend 100+ Million while another is limited to one-third of that (a fact well emphasized both visually and through dialogue), fantasy general managers DO play on an even playing field. Each team is limited to a mythical $260 budget; no one gets a penny more or a penny less. That is Billy Beane/Brad Pitt’s dream — equality — a dream Billy/Brad knows is reserved for the millions of fantasy GMs out there.

Ok, I need to backtrack. I was not completely wrong. What a relief! There IS a lot that fantasy leaguers will recognize and with which they will identify while enjoying what is really a terrific film. Oh, and it is not the reliance on computers, newfangled statistics or fist pumping of the geek brotherhood. Then, what do I mean? Well, let’s start with one of Billy/Brad’s favorite sayings: “Because they are cheap!” Like the Beane character in the movie, many fantasy leaguers find themselves in situations where they have spent a majority of their budget but nevertheless must fill out their rosters. How to find the proverbial “diamond in the rough” or undervalued player to vault the team into contention is the annual conundrum that challenges fantasy leaguers and is the real joy of playing what is arguably America’s hobby. It is also what drives the Oakland GM throughout Moneyball. Neither Billy nor true fantasy baseball players take pride in being smart enough to draft Albert Pujols after 10 or so seasons of almost superhuman performance. There is no secret there. What fantasy leaguers thrive on and what makes them successful is getting the undervalued Melky or Asdrubal Cabrera cheap in the spring BEFORE their breakout.

There are of course other familiar realizations that will come to fantasy leaguers while they revel in the movie. Specifically, there is no attention paid to starting pitching. Many fantasy leaguers believe pitching is inherently too unpredictable and therefore scarce resources are better spent on hitting. The venerated League of Alternative Baseball Reality known as LABR provides a case in point this year. Doug Dennis spent his scarce resources on offense, offense, and more offense and, barring an unprecedented collapse, will take home the gold when the season ends next week. [Note that because it is a movie, the filmmakers had poetic license to ignore completely the reality thatOaklandhad three of the best young hurlers in the game in 2002 – Mark Mulder, Tim Hudson and Barry Zito but I digress

correction @ 09/25/2011 at 12:26 am

interviewer):I’ve got to be honest with you, your fans scare me. That’s not a joke. Whenever I hear someone insinuate that something mean or rude has been said about you I stay off social networking sites. Your fans are hardcore. They aren’t having any kind of conversation unless it’s to say Jennifer Aniston is wonderful. Which I agree with and not because I’m scared.

(Jen): Well, since you’re being honest, I will be too. I hate calling them “my fans” because they don’t belong to me but I will say I love them. I know that when people hear celebrities say that it tends to sound rehearsed. Well, I know it’s not because I do. I’ve got people standing guard for me and spending their hard earned money so I can do what I love. That’s a support system I could never accurately say thank you for. And for all my fighters, I want you all to let go of the fight. It’s not real. I want you to smile because you keep me smiling.

you see why i love her, she is so kind. we love you to

By Daniel Frankel at TheWrap

Sat Sep 24, 2011 9:02am EDT

Saturday update:

SO MUCH FOR EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE PROJECTIONS: Updated data shows Disney’s “The Lion King,” in weekend No. 2 of a 3D re-release, pulling away from the pack and on pace to gross around $24 million for the weekend.

That same raw box office data HAD Sony’s Brad Pitt baseball film, “Moneyball,” winning the box office with around $23 million this weekend. Better developed estimates now have the film grossing around $19 million.

PITT-IFUL!

At this rate his movie is going down quicker than Angie weight!

@Hardley:
are u dumb..baseball movies AVERAGE 6.8mil OW…so yes it did bring in a bigger box office..so i guess your right, he is a superstar..take a look at top baseball movies, they rarely do well, if pitt wsnt the star this movie would have been lucky to make $10mil..the power of Brad

dianad1968 @ 09/25/2011 at 12:29 am

LOL, yes Ticky got an Emmy and GG for “Friends”…..TV. And didn’t she get those during the very last years of Friends, like a consolation prize? Nothing to brag about. LOL

According to Award Daily, Moneyball could win Oscar Best Picture. If you look back to last two Oscar Best Pictures, both are critics and audience pleasers and very inspiring stories. Moneyball falls into the category.

Rotten tomatoes: All critics 94. Top critics 97. Audiences. 91
I would say Brad & gang hit a grand slam. Congrats to those involved with the making of Moneyball!!!!

One more for the troll.
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http://bleacherreport.com/articles/863376-moneyball-brad-pitt-is-perfect-representation-of-billy-beane

Moneyball: Brad Pitt Is Perfect Representation of Billy Beane

Moneyball star actor Brad Pitt does a fantastic job representing Oakland Athletics Billy Beane in both the personal and professional aspects of his life.

Beane is a man obsessed with living up to his predictions, and using statistics and mathematical formulas to determine which players can be successes in Major League Baseball.

Pitt plays this role perfectly, and really gives us a sense of how difficult Beane’s life was as he rose to prominence among the ranks of baseball’s great minds.

Moneyball is a fantastic film that pays great attention to the small details of Beane and his story, and in the process creates an emotional and exciting film.

shoot even AJ was nominated for an Emmy and she doesnt even really do film..instead of worrying about Brad shouldnt yall be on FF guessing whether your idol is preggers or not..i believe the FF hags predicted MB would do between 3mil-12mil, i saw a thread on that disgusting site where they predicted those numbers..now that it didnt bomb they are on JJ changing their story

Whoo-hoo! That’s right suckas, Brad rules!!

Also love how industry people are supporting Brad on Nikki Finke’s site. Whereas a couple of idiots tried to knock Brad over his recent (fully justified) comments they would not have it! No serious person in this industry takes ex seriously or her joke of a career. Whereas Brad has everyone’s highest respect. People want to see Brad and want to see this film. Hope Brad & Ange have a celebratory weekend! Rowr!

Let’s be fair to Lenny. Now, she didn’t start getting nominated for things until AFTER she married Brad. That all stopped once Brad LEFT her.

And let’s give Lenny credit. Brad got nominated for awards BEFORE he was with Lenny and AFTER he left Lenny.

Since he LEFT Lenny for a more fulfilling and interesting life. He’s been a part of Oscar nominated movies, Babel, TAOJJ, TCOBB and IB. And now it looks like MB.

Lenny’s got Squiggy spending her money like the bought man he is.

I’m sure that Lenny’s mother is so proud of her. I mean, she left her after she had a stroke to hard pimp her relationship on the other coast. Can’t say that Lenny doesn’t have her priorities straight either.

You all have to remember these are the same freaks that said SALT bombed because it made 36mil OW..im challenging the troll to provide a article that says MB bombed or tanked, move execs love to call out a movie when it bombs so surely you should be able to provide me with a link to an article stating this

cr MR
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http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/219324/20110924/moneyball-movie-review-baseball-brad-pitt-billy-beane-oakland-athletics-oakland-a-s-jonah-hill-peter.htm

‘Moneyball’ Movie Review: The Only Game in Town

By Ellen Killoran | September 24, 2011 1:43 PM EDT

Brad Pitt is pitch-perfect as Billy Beane, the general manager of the generally losing Oakland Athletics who fought his way out of a corner and radically changed the way major league baseball was played

I am so proud of you Brad. Great job on the film Momeyball.
My son’s just came home and can’t stop talking about how great the film was. Hubby and i will be going tomorrow evening. Can’t wait.

notice the poster “mike” on deadline.com is def an FFer because he/she is comparing MB to bounty hunter love how he/she got roasted in the comments..he/she also asked if brad comments about sad sppok would effect his Oscar chances and the posters there pretty much concluded Mike aka FF hag was smoking that stuff..i would love for the troll to go on real movie box office boards and say MB bombed and see what the response they would get..

Are Jennifer Aniston fans brain dead? Comparing Brad Pitt’s movies to Aniston’s movies is ridiculous. Brad Pitt makes awards-worthy movies. Aniston makes idiot movies. The end.

Moneyball Review @ 09/25/2011 at 12:46 am

Another great Moneyball review. It is too long to post here.

http://www.411mania.com/movies/film_reviews/203149

Some quotes.

“I have heard some film critics call Moneyball this year’s The Social Network. I can see where the similarities could be found because both movies are about a character taking a new look at an existing problem and helping craft something new out of it. In The Social Network, Mark Zuckerberg took the idea of social interaction and redefined it for the new computer age. In Moneyball, the movie presents Billy Beane perfecting a way to field a baseball team in a small market that can help them compete with the large market big money powerhouses. Both movies take the facts of the real life stories and embellish them with fiction in order to create an entertaining movie. No offense to David Fincher, who I pretty much worship, but Moneyball is a better movie than The Social Network.”

“There is little shown outside of the clubhouse and that works great for a movie whose main character is the sport of baseball. Occasionally, we see Beane with his daughter, proving that he has something outside of the sport that grounds him. The moments with his daughter always ring true and gives the character a heartbeat away from baseball, reminding him of what’s really important. That is not always needed because Brad Pitt is spectacular in the role. He plays it with a calm, laid back coolness that makes him easy to cheer for. He is seconded by Jonah Hill in what is a tremendous performance for the young actor. Hill normally plays the blundering comic relief but, in this movie, he is an insecure, uneasy boy in a man’s world and it might be the best performance I have seen from him. He does provide comic relief in the movie at points but it is always due to his reaction to uneasy circumstances.”

“the best sport’s movies are the ones where the good guys don’t always win. Friday Night Lights finished with the good guys losing. Rocky ended with Apollo picking up the victory over our hero. These movies did not tack on fake happy endings just to send the audience home happy. They showed the loss but then added something extra. These movie moments make people realize they just watched something real but, it’s okay because the story warranted it. Moneyball ends with one of those moments.”

“Moneyball is a fantastic sport’s movie, with some great action, some wonderful clubhouse scenes and pitch perfect acting from Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill. It’s not a documentary about the history of the sport. But It is a great movie.”

http://www.ydr.com/living/ci_18963469

“Moneyball” is a thinking person’s baseball movie, and a baseball fan’s thinking movie.

It’s based on the Michael Lewis book about Billy Beane, the ex-ballplayer turned Oakland A’s general manager who upended the game by rebuilding his team through cold-hearted statistical analysis called “sabermetrics.” “Moneyball” takes a dry story about numbers and no-name ballplayers and turns it into something funny, deep and illuminating.

love the baseball stuff in this multi-writer script, but also the “Art of War”-style maneuvering that Pitt’s Beane becomes known for, the pithy wisecracks that sum up how one plays the general manager’s game — “When your enemy’s making mistakes, don’t interrupt him.”


Pitt makes this guy flawed, uncertain, temperamental and impulsive. His is a performance that makes this an inside baseball movie that even non-fans can understand and enjoy. And he plays this confidence-starved gambler with a verve that Oscar voters are almost sure to reward, sometime after the dust has settled on another baseball season

@KA-BOOM:
why does Jen ALWAYS need a Popular male co-star to get a hit..its nothing to brag about that Jen cant carry a movie..Brad can, Angie can, Cam D can, Sandra can, why cant Jen..once again please show me where it was said that MB bombed..also explain to me how it bombed if the average movie for baseball flicks make 6.8mil yet MB made that in only one day..also explain why Jen couldnt beat little bow wow OW weekend and why the movies where she has to carry it always flop

You need to learn how to read. I don’t think he’s a superstar, you do! He couldn’t even open this movie with all the press he created for himself this past week.

Here are Box office numbers for when Jen was the bigger star in the movie

Switch OW
$8,436,713
Love Happens OW
$8,057,010

Don’t drag poor Sandler into this. So, you’re basically saying that Adam is the one that carried JGWI and saved Lenny?

We know that already. But, thanks for the clarification.

Why can’t Lenny ever save a movie? RHI, Derailed, Friends With Money, Love Happens, The Switch and most likely Wanderbust.

Saw Moneyball tonight with hubby. We both loved it. Brad nailed the character and delivered a great performance. I’m not a sportsfan at all but this is a movie that you can watch again and again. Matter of fact, I will watch it again because I know I missed a lot of the smaller nuancen in the film.
Bennet loves him some Brad, lots of close-ups (plenty of screencaps when DVD comes out).
We went to the 8:25 pm showing and the theater was full. The audience was diverse from what I saw, between early 20s to mid 60s I would say. I heard no negative comments as we left. Oh and I loved the movie score. I hope the DVD is out before x-mas. I will definitly by several as stocking stuffers.

@Hardley:
you say he couldnt open the movie..yet a movie of this type opens up to 6.8mil OW..yet MB made that in one day, how did he not open the movie?..please provide me with an atirlce that states MB has BOMBED and TANKED..i believe those are the words being used to descibe Lautners film, you know the one you all swore would be number one because Brad dare call your idol boring

cr someone on the previous thread.
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http://www.therecord.com/whatson/artsentertainment/article/599153–golden-boy-brad-pitt-proves-he-s-an-actor-too

Entire article at link

Golden boy Brad Pitt proves he’s an actor, too

And that ethos is precisely the one Pitt has embraced over the past six years. The 2005 action comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith was the biggest smash of his career. But instead of following the money, he’s leveraged his star power to take consistently weird and wonderful chances, sometimes as part of a larger ensemble, sometimes carrying a picture on his own. He made quietly devastating use of a relatively small part in the multi-character Babel and was just as potent as a goofy, airhead gym rat in the Coen brothers’ comedy Burn After Reading. He gracefully ceded centre stage to Casey Affleck in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (itself a dreamy, sprawling meditation on the morphology of fame), then anchored David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and, this year, Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life.

Both those ambitious, uneven dramas found Pitt capable of the expressiveness, specificity and focus that distinguishes a performance from a mere star turn. But in the far more accessible, warm and viscerally satisfying Moneyball, Pitt seems finally to have achieved an equilibrium between the two — balancing the celebrity of the audience’s projections and the artist who went along for the ride on that fateful trip out of Missouri. He could have been a star, but it turns out that Brad Pitt was an actor all along.

The Associated Press

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