When you’re one of the best screenwriters in the world, sometimes you’d get random phone calls from Steve Jobs. That’s what happened to Oscar-winner Aaron Sorkin who, after professing his love for Mac products in an interview, began a telephone friendship with the recently passed entrepreneur. Sorkin wrote about their friendship in a new issue of Newsweek and revealed that, the last time he spoke to Jobs, Jobs asked him to write a Pixar movie. Read their exchange after the jump. Read More »
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Moneyball is a baseball movie, an underdog tale, a true story and a Brad Pitt vehicle. But more than any of those things, Moneyball is a character study about what it’s like to stand up against everyone and everything because you have faith in an idea.
In 2001, the Oakland Athletics, with a payroll of about $40 million – almost a third of the ultra-rich New York Yankees – made the playoffs. The next year, three of their marquee players were poached by other teams for bigger contracts and, with little money and few resources, general manager Billy Beane (Pitt) was forced to embrace a whole new way of looking at baseball to stay competitive.
Directed by Bennett Miller, who directed Philip Seymour Hoffman (also in this movie) to an Oscar in Capote, Moneyball plays like an exciting fantasy baseball draft if everyone was in on the intricacies but, at its heart, it’s really about the struggle of being different. And that’s something we can all relate to. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 by David Chen
This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam discuss Mel Gibson’s next sure-to-be-controversial product, praise the brilliance of Children’s Hospital, get disappointed by the studio feel of Warrior, and wonder whether or not Attack the Block is a perfect movie. Guest Alison Willmore joins us from Movieline and AV Club.
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Posted on Friday, September 9th, 2011 by Angie Han
After some notable success in the world of feature films, Aaron Sorkin will be making his triumphant return to television with a brand-new drama about the goings-on at a fictional cable news network. A Greg Mottola-directed pilot has already been shot, and HBO has now given the greenlight to an entire season of the hourlong show. Formerly titled More as This Story Develops, the series revolves around a cable news anchor Will McCallister (Jeff Daniels) and his tough executive producer Mackenzie (Emily Mortimer) as they attempt to get their show back on track after a massive staff shake-up. Read more after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, July 4th, 2011 by Angie Han
Slumdog Millionaire and Skins star Dev Patel is the latest actor to join the cast of Aaron Sorkin‘s HBO pilot More As This Story Develops. The story revolves around a cable news anchor named Will McCallister (Jeff Daniels) and his executive producer Mackenzie (Emily Mortimer) as they attempt to get their show back on track after a massive staff shake-up. Alison Pill, Sam Waterston, Olivia Munn, John Gallagher Jr., Thomas Sadoski and Josh Pence are also signed on to star. Few details have been given on Patel’s character, but it is said that he will be “a series regular who works at the channel.”
Scott Rudin and Alan Poul are executive producing the project, along with Sorkin. Greg Mottola (Superbad, Adventureland) will direct the pilot. [Variety]
After the jump, Vince Vaughn buddies up with Ben Stiller again, Allison Janney joins Chris Colfer’s big screen debut, and Jason London talks UFOs with Brandon Fehr.
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Posted on Monday, June 20th, 2011 by Angie Han
Most audiences probably wouldn’t recognize Josh Pence from his big role in The Social Network — after all, his face was completely edited out of the film — but it looks like the part’s paid off for Pence all the same. Pence has just joined the cast of The Social Network writer Aaron Sorkin‘s upcoming HBO pilot More As This Story Develops, along with Broadway stars John Gallagher Jr. and Thomas Sadoski. Scott Rudin, who also produced The Social Network, is executive producing with Sorkin.
More As This Story Develops revolves around a cable news anchor named Will McCallister (Jeff Daniels) and his executive producer Mackenzie (Emily Mortimer) as they attempt to get their show back on track after a massive staff shake-up. Gallagher will play the part of Jim, who develops a crush on the show’s associate producer Maggie (Alison Pill), while Pence will play Maggie’s boyfriend and the show’s senior producer Rob. Sadoski will be an executive producer who left Will’s series to work for Will’s former protege. Olivia Munn and Sam Waterston are also set to star. [Deadline]
After the jump, Annette Bening and Robert De Niro consider new projects with the Little Miss Sunshine team and David O. Russell, respectively.
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Did you skip the awful Entertainment Tonight presentation of the trailer for Bennett Miller‘s Moneyball, which came complete with unwanted additional voiceover? So did I, but we’re all in luck now, as Sony has released a clean HD version of the trailer to Yahoo. Check it out below. Read More »
Editor’s Update: Entertainment Tonight has aired the full trailer for Moneyball (with only minor annoying voice over). Watch it now embedded after the jump. Thanks to /Film reader Eric B for the tip.
If you wind the clock back to mid-2009 and took a look at /Film you’d find the film Moneyball as one of our most-covered topics. The film took an unusual path to the screen when Steven Soderbergh‘s version of the movie was canned at the last minute by Sony chief Amy Pascal. The movie was shopped to other studios, which passed on it, and Soderbergh soon left the project. Several writers worked on the project, but eventually there was a Steve Zaillian draft rewritten by Aaron Sorkin, which then got a last polish from Mr. Zaillian before Bennett Miller came on to direct the movie.
Throughout the process, Brad Pitt was set to play Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane, who worked with a young statistician, eventually played by Jonah Hill, to revamp the hiring process for the A’s. They built the cheapest winning team in baseball, and their approach certainly did change some of the business practices behind the game. Now a trailer is about to hit for Bennett Miller’s version of the film, and the firt clips of footage debuted on ET last night. Check out that montage after the break. Read More »
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