Moneyball, the crackerjack true-life baseball movie starring Brad Pitt as the quirky, embattled, visionary Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane (a name born to be a movie character), took a lot of people, including me, by surprise. A baseball drama with a star as big as Brad Pitt might have seemed like the perfect summer movie, so you had to wonder a bit why it wasn’t one. Then too, given the film’s late-September, quasi-no-man’s-land release date, it didn’t exactly sound like awards material either (though people have already started to talk about it in that way). Baseball movies, for whatever reason, have historically been underachievers at the box office (Moneyball‘s $20.6 million take makes it the all-time opening-weekend champ for a baseball flick), so the expectations were at a relatively low ebb when I first saw the movie a couple of weeks ago at the Toronto International Film Festival. (What was a baseball movie doing at TIFF anyway?) Yet from that moment, right up until this very moment, I have yet to meet anyone who’s seen Moneyball who doesn’t like it a lot. The picture is incredibly shrewd entertainment, lively and original and full of surprise, directed and acted with great passion and skill. READ FULL STORY »
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Brad Pitt needs you to know that he’s not some kind of hero—despite recent reports suggesting otherwise.
In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, Brad Pitt responds to claims that he rescued an extra on the set of upcoming zombie movie World War Z during an in-depth conversation on his life and career, the first in a series called The EW Interview.
Read an excerpt from the interview below: READ FULL STORY »
Fight Club may be one of Brad Pitt’s most beloved films, but when it debuted in 1999, it flopped at the box office, earning just $37 million against a $63 million budget.
In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, Brad Pitt reflects on Fight Club‘s original reception during a rare in-depth conversation on his life and career, the first in a series called The EW Interview.
Recalls Pitt: “I remember Fight Club playing at the Venice Film Festival at a midnight screening. And Edward Norton and I, after having a few drinks, were sitting next to the president who’s running the whole thing. We’re sitting up in the balcony. It’s subtitled, and we are the only f—ers laughing. It gets to one of Helena [Bonham Carter's] scandalous lines — “I haven’t been f—ed like that since grade school!” — and literally, the guy running the festival got up and left. Edward and I were still the only ones laughing. You could hear two idiots in the balcony cackling through the whole thing.”
Still, Pitt claims that he knew the film was a keeper, despite the unenthusiastic reception. READ FULL STORY »
Fincher fans, this one’s for you!
In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, Moneyball star Brad Pitt reflects on his life and filmography in a rare in-depth conversation, the first in a series called The EW Interview.
During the chat, Pitt opens up about a particularly frustrating experience early in his career when his favorite scene in Legends of the Fall was cut after the studio determined that it elicited the most negative response from audiences. “Guys, this is exactly why we’re here,” Pitt remembers. “We want to evoke emotion — not favorable opinion, not agreement.”
Pitt claims that he “had no juice,” and couldn’t do anything about the change, but he made sure to not let the same thing happen on his next film, the extra-edgy David Fincher film, Se7en. READ FULL STORY »
Jonah Hill on 'Moneyball' and being an underdog: 'I was at the bottom of a list of other actors you'd expect to see in this part.'
For anyone who might not be a giant baseball fan or who (like me!) is scared off by anything to do with math or statistics, you should know that Moneyball is a movie for everyone. The movie premiered last night at the Toronto Film Festival and is based on the 2003 Michael Lewis book chronicling the Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) and his attempt to change baseball’s methodology when it comes to picking its players. “It’s not a movie about baseball, it’s a movie about value and being undervalued and underdogs and life,” says Jonah Hill, who plays Beane’s assistant GM Peter Brand. “It’s set against this beautiful cinematic backdrop of baseball, and baseball is a metaphor for whatever business or situation you may be in.” READ FULL STORY »
Toronto Film Festival: Ryan Gosling in 'The Ides of March' and Brad Pitt in 'Moneyball' are movie stars at the tip-top of their game
Since I didn’t go to the Toronto International Film Festival last year, I missed out on the unveiling of the Bell Lightbox, the festival’s sparkling new venue/headquarters/bustling nerve center (it houses five state-of-the-art movie theaters). Naturally, I was curious to experience the place, and having watched two movies there on my first day, I can report that it’s very damn cool — in fact, it’s an elegant dream of a cinemathèque show palace, sort of like a mall megaplex designed to look like the Museum of Modern Art. It’s got an airy glassed-in Stanley Kubrick feel, with sloping long walkways, tall ceilings and endless white walls, and theaters that are anything but arid. They’re invitingly moody, dark, sensual, and spacious, the screens covered up, before each showing, with a lush red-velvet curtain (made even lusher by ruby-red footlights) that looks like it’s going to part to reveal some David Lynch bizarro-world nightclub act. READ FULL STORY »
Similarly, if you try to figure out Terrence Malick, Terrence Malick figures out you.
The elusive director of The Tree of Life does not appear in the bonus features on the upcoming Blu-ray release of his ethereal and divisive Cannes Film Festival winner, but he is still the main attraction for those eager to learn more about him.
While the home-video release, out Oct. 11, includes a making-of documentary, Malick is actually the subject of most of the discussion from stars Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain, to his crew, producers and admiring filmmakers such as The Dark Knight Rises’ Christopher Nolan and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo‘s David Fincher. It’s a portrait of the filmmaker in periphery. READ FULL STORY »
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