Brad Pitt’s “Moneyball” closing Tokyo Film Festival – AWARDS ALLEY


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Given the popularity of baseball in Japan (did anyone else watch the country’s amazing run through the most recent Little League World Series?), this move seems like a no-brainer. But now it’s official: Bennett Miller’s “Moneyball” will close this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival on Oct. 30.

Miller’s film stars Brad Pitt as Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane, who introduced a revolutionary concept of paying less for run-producing, reportedly-washed-up Major League Baseball veterans in order to build a winning team. “Moneyball” is based on Michael Lewis’s book “The Art of Winning an Unfair Game,” an co-stars Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Wright.

Word on “Moneyball” is that Miller has crafted a rousing crowd-pleaser of a film that instantly will earn a place alongside Hollywood’s best baseball dramas, from “The Natural” to “Bull Durham.”

We’re excited to see it for two reasons. One, Miller’s “Capote” was a riveting spin on the murderous incidents that inspired Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood.” And two, “The Social Network” Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin adapted Lewis’s book, ensuring Pitt, Hoffman and Hill have electric dialogue to fire at each other.

“Moneyball” has its world premiere in Toronto for TIFF 2011, and we’ll report on the film as soon as we emerge from our press screening. Then Sony plans to open the movie wide on Sept. 23.

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