moneyball casting

Demetri Martin is on a roll. First he landed the lead role in Ang Lee’s comedy Taking Woodstock, and now he has signed to star alongside Brad Pitt in Steven Soderbergh‘s Moneyball. If it was announced next week that Martin had been cast in Scorsese’s next film, I wouldn’t be shocked at all (okay, maybe I would a little…)

Moneyball is an adaptation of the book by Michael Lewis (Moneyball: The Art to Winning an Unfair Game), which tells the story of ballplayer-turned-Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane (Pitt) who tried to create a competitive baseball team on a budget payroll. Martin will play a Harvard graduate named Paul De Podesta, who turned down jobs on Wall Street  to use his statistical skills, a system known as “Earned Run Value,” to change baseball scouting tactics.

Columbia Pictures has also signed Oakland A’s team members David Justice and Scott Hatteberg to play themselves in the film. Schindler’s List and American Gangster scribe Steve Zaillian is doing a polish on the script, which was originally penned by Stan Chervin and Rachael Horovitz.

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Movie Trailer: Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock

taking woodstock

The movie trailer for Ang Lee‘s Taking Woodstock premiered tonight on Important Things with Demetri Martin. Based on Elliot Tiber‘s memior, Taking Woodstock: A True Story of a Riot, a Concert, and a Life, the comedy tells the story of Mr. Tiber, who played an unexpected but pivotal role in making the 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Festival into the famed happening it was. Watch the trailer after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Demetri Martin‘s Important Things debuted last night on Comedy Central and was, by most credible accounts, a really rather funny piece of work. Doing the publicity rounds to hawk the show, Martin gave several interviews and perhaps the most interesting of these was with After Elton‘s Michael Jensen.

The focus of their discussion was Martin’s lead role in Taking Woodstock, the upcoming Ang Lee movie about Elliot Tiber. Tiber unwittingly became a pivotal part in the chain of events that carried the Woodstock music festival from the realms of hippie pipe dreaming and into reality.

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