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Circuit Q&A – How to Play Movie ‘Moneyball’ on Billy Beane’s Birthday?


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A very Happy Birthday goes out today to Billy Beane, the longtime General Manager of the Oakland Athletics. A former baseball player himself, Beane is currently the team’s Executive Vice President of baseball operations and minority owner. Of course, many of you know him better as the man Brad Pitt played in “Moneyball,” the popular film, which adapted the non-fiction book about Beane. For those unaware, the term was coined to describe the method of constructing a team without huge financial resources. Essentially, how to win with no budget. To tie in to his birthday, as well as what would have been the first few days of the season, we want to know what you would consider the movie equivalent of Moneyball to be.

On the screen, someone like Jason Blum is operating a “Moneyball” style enterprise with his Blumhouse shingle. His pictures aren’t expensive, they turn a major profit, and often end up earning way more than far bigger films. Blum is doing the film version of what Beane did on the ball field. Beane went up against the mega budgets of teams like the New York Yankees, winning a ton of games in the process. Blum, especially with something like “Get Out” and “Whiplash,” not just cracked the box office and critical code, but wound up with Academy Awards in the process.


It’s your turn to play Moneyball. In honor of Billy Beane’s 58th birthday, what do you consider to be the film equivalent to his plan? Is it Blum and Blumhouse? Someone else? Let us know!

How are you celebrating Billy Beane on his birthday? Discuss in the comments below!

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Written by Joey Magidson

When he’s not obsessing over new Oscar predictions on a weekly basis, Joey is seeing between 300 and 350 movies a year. He views the best in order to properly analyze the awards race/season each year, but he also watches the worst for reasons he mostly sums up as "so you all don't have to". In his spare time, you can usually find him complaining about the Jets or the Mets. Still, he lives and dies by film. Joey's a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.


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