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What to Watch: 2011 Toronto International Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival kicks off Thursday. Check out the movies everyone’s talking about.

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Based on Michael Lewis’s 2003 book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, this highly-anticipated, troubled feature tells the story of Billy Beane’s arrival as the financially floundering Oakland A’s general manager. Considering Lewis’s last book-turned-film, The Blind Side, was both a critical and commercial success, hopes are high for Moneyball, despite its difficult road to the theater. Steven Soderbergh originally signed on to write and direct, but his version was scrapped shortly before shooting began. Then, The Social Network’s Oscar-winner writer Aaron Sorkin reworked the screenplay, which was then rewritten a third and final time by Stan Chervin and Steve Zaillian. Finally, Toronto Film Festival goers will see Beane (Pitt) on screen as he attempts to create a team at a fraction of the cost with a revolutionary Sabermetric scouting approach and the help of his assistant GM, Peter Brand (played by a newly svelte Jonah Hill).

Moneyball premieres on Friday, Sept. 9 at the Roy Thomson Hall at 6:30 p.m.

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