I’ve less than no interest in Hollywood’s hilariously impossible attempt to capture Moneyball as a feature film - until now. Bad enough we’re required to buy Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, but now comes this newly-released photo of former A’s manager Art Howe being played by … wait for it … Philip Seymour Hoffman.
(Works for me!)
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If you’re anything like us, you were probably devastated to learn that the Moneyball movie had lost its funding at the last second, mainly because the idea of Brad Pitt as a general manager who uses Bloomin’ Onions to seduce waitresses is spectacularly hilarious. Luckily, we have good news.
(A little yonic, don’t you think? No? Maybe we’re just perverts.)
As FILMDRUNK reports, the movie’s back in the works, albeit with some changes. For example, instead of being about baseball, it’s about the financial aspects of midget wrestling instead. Okay, no it isn’t. But it should be.
• Ed Thomas, a popular Iowa high school football coach who saw many of his players make it to the NFL, was shot & killed in the school’s weight room this morning.
• Road tripping, Wisconsin style: Driving home drunk in a golf cart.
• Break out the blindfolds - Oregon’s new football uniforms are here.
• Terrell Owens gets cursed out by teammate Joanna Krupa for getting themselves eliminated on ABC’s “Superstars”.
• No “Moneyball” movie means no sex scenes between Billy Beane & an Outback Steakhouse waitress.
Tags: Aplington Parkersburg Falcons
, Artie Lange
, Ballston Spa
, Billy Beane
, Ed Thomas
, Golf Cart DUI
, Joanna Krupa
, Joe Buck
, Loren Meadows
, Miami Dolphins
, Oregon Ducks
, Outback Steakhouse
, Terrell Owens
, Video Game Girls
, Vontae Davis
Movie fans were no doubt grief-stricken at the news over the weekend that Sony Pictures axed
Money Pit Moneyball, the Billy Beane biopic that, for some reason, was to star Brad Pitt. Maybe it was because they figured there’s no way a movie about sports stats would draw people to the theaters. Maybe it was because they figured there was absolutely no reason for it to cost $50 million to shoot since it’s a movie about statistics. Maybe they’re not big Oakland fans.
(So wait, the ball’s not actually made of money? Then the title makes no sense.)
So now we’re all missing out on what what was sure to be one of the finest cinematic treasures in baseball movie history, the best baseball movie since, like, The Sandlot 2. Lucky for all of us, the script (or at least one of the earlier drafts, anyway) is available online for your perusal (PDF, pops to new window). Quick hint: it gets good when they go to Outback.
Tags: Anna Rawson
, Brendan Haywood
, Donte Stallworth
, Freestyle Frisbee
, Gisele Bundchen
, Greg Mueller
, Heidi Northcott
, Jose Canseco
, O.j. Simpson
, Phil Jackson
, Plaxico Burress
, Stanley Cup
, Tom Brady
Depending on who’s doing the talking, the advent of statistical analysis in sports like baseball has been either one of the greatest developments ever or one of the worst. Regardless of your stance on the matter or whether you think a computer wrote the book Moneyball (like Joe Morgan), the newfound love of numbers has helped people look at things like sports, business, and politics in a whole new light.
(Golf = sexy.)
So it was only a matter of time before the whitests and male-est of professionals - numbers crunchers - met up with the whitest and male-est of sports, golf, to look at a good walk spoiled in a whole new light. The results are actually pretty interesting.
VARIETY and FIRST SHOWING both report this week that Brad Pitt is set to star as A’s GM Billy Beane in a big screen adaptation of the book “Moneyball.”
Moneyball is a project setup at Sony that we first mentioned way back in March. Oscar winning screenwriter Steve Zaillian (Schindler’s List, Mission: Impossible, American Gangster) has signed on to adapt the screenplay for David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Marley & Me) to direct.
(OBVIOUS: Spacey a better fit than Pitt as Beane)
STRIKE ONE: OK, so the same guy who wrote the screenplay for Schindler’s List is going to do the same for a book about the Oakland A’s?
I think he might be a little better suited to an interpretation of the Royals’ last 15 seasons.
When the smoke finally cleared on last night’s 18-17 win over the Waterloo Warriors, the University of Toronto Varsity Blues and their 2,562 fans got to celebrate something they haven’t witnessed in the past six years: a football victory.
It was a pretty good first impression for new coach Greg DeLaval - this was his first game as the “leader of Canadian men”. DeLaval took over for Steve Howlett who, as you’ll recall, was offered a raise after leading the team to an 0-40 start. Guess the school figured out that wasn’t such a great plan.