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That's Entertainment: "Moneyball" Films Scenes At Dodger Stadium

Hundreds of extras “poured” into Dodger Stadium on Monday to film scenes for “Moneyball,” the big-screen adaptation of MICHAEL LEWIS’ ’03 best-seller, according to Richard Verrier of the L.A. TIMES. About 700 extras “participated in a variety of baseball scenes, including a 1984 game between the Dodgers and the Mets.” Sony Pictures “had to get special permission” from MLB to shoot at the ballpark on Friday and Monday. The stadium has been “used as a location for 16 productions” this year, and the Dodgers charge “anywhere from $10,000 a day for use of its parking spaces to $25,000 a day for a shot inside the stadium.” Team officials view “the filming activity as an important way to market the stadium” (LATIMES.com, 9/14).

START YOUR ENGINES: The Stephen Low Company will develop an IMAX 3D motion picture project focused on the Indianapolis 500 and the evolution of motorsports. The 3D film will be directed by STEPHEN LOW and produced and distributed by The Stephen Low Company in association with RALPH HANSEN of Pegasus Marketing Group. IMS officials will consult on the content of the film and companion education outreach program, and will provide access to the track for filming. The movie will be released in October ’11 for IMAX theatres in 3D, and 2D. The movie will be filmed at IMS and related story locations, capturing 3D action and highlighting key moments in the track’s 102-year history and the 100th anniversary of the first Indianapolis 500 (IMS).

LEADING MEN: In L.A., Gideon Rubin notes Dodgers manager JOE TORRE “figures prominently in an upcoming KEN BURNS' documentary, ‘The Tenth Inning,’ which will appear Sept. 28-29 on PBS.” Co-producer LYNN NOVICK said that Torre’s role managing the Yankees “to four World Series titles in five years from 1996 to 2000 is heavily emphasized.” Novick: “He’s one of the main characters. He helps us understand Sept. 11, and he also gives ... us perspective on steroids and a lot of other things” (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 9/15)....In Miami, Greg Cote reported Dolphins consultant BILL PARCELLS “will make a guest appearance this fall on the second season of ‘Blue Mountain State,’ Spike TV’s bawdy sports/comedy series.” The season debuts Oct. 20 (MIAMIHERALD.com, 9/14). Parcells is “among a sideline full of football people” scheduled to do the show, including CBS NFL analyst BOOMER ESIASON, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area's BILL ROMANOWSKI, former NFLer BRIAN BOSWORTH and NBC's DAN PATRICK (SUN-SENTINEL.com, 9/14)

THAT’S A WRAP: The WALL STREET JOURNAL’s John Paul Newport reports “production wrapped last week on an inspirational golf-mentor film" called "Seven Days in Utopia." ROBERT DUVALL stars as an “eccentric golfer-rancher who helps a down-on-his-luck Tour pro, played by LUCAS BLACK, re-find his game.” The movie is scheduled for release in ’11. Meanwhile, STEVE CARELL is slated to star in a "movie version of RICK REILLY’s comic golf novel ‘Missing Links’" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 9/11).

KICKIN’ IT: In Philadelphia, Kerith Gabriel notes the soccer documentary “Pelada” chronicles the “3-year travels of former college studs and self-proclaimed ‘has-beens’ LUKE BOUGHEN (Notre Dame) and GWENDOLYN OXENHAM (Duke), who journey around the world playing in pickup games.” From “dirt lots in Africa to rooftops in Japan, the film shows the influence soccer has on the lives of people.” Gabriel notes “great moments in the film are scenes that lay argument to the popular ideal that sports can always unite (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 9/15).

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