Connie Britton Confirms Friday Night Lights Movie

She of course played Mrs. Coach (Tami Taylor) on the show.  From US Weekly:

Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose…at the box office!

TV’s cult hit Friday Night Lights is headed to the big screen for a second time, confirms series star Connie Britton.

“It’s happening for realsies,” Britton, 44 — who earned an Emmy nod for her role as Tami Taylor — tells Us Weekly.

Since the NBC/DirecTV drama’s executive producer Peter Berg announced plans to adapt the series in August, Britton says the pieces have been quickly falling into place.

“Pete is totally fired up to do it and I know Jason Katims is talking about writing a script. I think it’s really a matter of…getting everyone’s busy schedules aligned and making it happen,” says Britton. “It kind of feels like there’s a lot of commitment to it.”

Though she’s currently tied up shooting Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story for FX, Britton tells Us she’ll do all she can to bring Tami to the big screen. “I for one will do my part in trying to push it along,” she says of the possible film, which will follow the 2004 Billy Bob Thornton flick of the same name.

Can this day get any better?

[US Weekly]

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Moneyball Takes In $20.6 Million, Finishes Second To…The Lion King?

I beg you all to go out this weekend and correct this travesty. From HollywoodReporter.com:

Defying the odds, Lion King trumped Sony’s new Brad Pitt baseball drama Moneyball, which ended its opening weekend in a close race with 3D family offering Dolphin Tale, from Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros.

Moneyball grossed an estimated $20.6 million, while Dolphin Tale took in an estimated $20.3 million. The order of the two films could switch once final figures come in Monday morning.

Even with Lion King, Moneyball and Dolphin Tale scored strong openings in reaching $20 million, reflected in the fact that the domestic box office was up 18 percent over the same weekend a year ago. (Moneyball boasts the top opening of all time for a baseball pic, not accounting for inflation).

Dolphin Tale and Moneyball–an early awards contender, particularly for Pitt’s performance–also have the potential to dig in, with moviegoers awarding Moneyball an A CinemaScore, and Dolphin Tale, a glowing A+.

Come on America.

[HollywoodReporter.com]

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Good Morning Generation

I saw Moneyball the day it came out this weekend and I couldn’t recommend it enough to sports fans everywhere.  It caters to all kinds of audiences and is the perfect movie to take a date to because of a certain leading actor who may or may not be really, really ridiculously good looking.  Brad Pitt aside though, I don’t see how anyone couldn’t enjoy this movie.  Although the movie does tell the tale of the sabermetric movement in baseball with the Oakland Athletics, that is merely a device the film uses to tell this coming of age story.

The movie is a perfect introduction into advanced stats for any of you fans out there who are still reluctant to take the plunge.  One of the best scenes of the whole movie involves Billy Beane (Pitt) and fictional character Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) explaining to a group of A’s scouting directors how a walk is just as valuable as a hit.  Rather than trying to replace Jason Giambi and Johnny Damon with players who had matching RBI or batting average, the A’s instead needed to replace their OBP to remain competitive.  It’s a hilarious scene with many traditional themes of old vs. new thinking rising to the surface amidst all the humor.  It’s a great way to ease yourself into the revolution that took control of sports a half decade or so ago and still lives on to this day.  In fact, I’d be shocked if skeptics of the advanced stats don’t come out of this movie at least a tiny bit curious of what sabermetrics has to offer.

I highly recommend you read the book afterwards as well to get the real story as the movie does take certain liberties with what happened in real life.  For example, the movie neglects to tell you that the Oakland A’s had 3 of the 5 best starting pitchers in baseball that year with Mulder, Zito, and Hudson.  Additionally they had a certain player named Miguel Tejada who would go on to win MVP.  Furthermore, Carlos Pena, a player who Pitt’s Beane constantly fights about with fictional manager Art Howe (played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman) actually turns out to be a much better player than Scott Hatteberg, the sabermetric stud from the movie.  In that case Beane and the stat nerds made a huge miscalculation.  I don’t think any of those oversights messed up the movie though, if anything it made it all the more entertaining to believe the A’s actually could win 20 games in a row with a bunch of castoffs. 

Anyway I’m not a movie critic so all I’ll say is please go see this movie.  As a sports nerd I couldn’t have been prouder that Brad Pitt himself was portraying the man who made it popular to be a smarter sports fan.  For crying out loud people it’s a sports movie, how could you not go see it?

Generation Y, where rooting against the Red Sox might be 1,000 times more enjoyable than rooting for my own team.