"Moneyball" Movie Set for September Release

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    NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 03: Actor Brad Pitt attends the New York premiere of "Megamind" at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on November 3, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

    Bay Area baseball fans now have two big days to mark on their 2011 calendars.

    Friday, April 1, 2011 is Opening Day for both the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A's.

    And Friday, Sept. 23, 2011 is the opening day for the big Hollywood movie about the Oakland A's. "Moneyball", the on-again, off-again movie project in which Brad Pitt portrays A's general manager Billy Beane, will open nationwide next September, Variety magazine reports.

    At least, I think that's what Variety magazine reports. It's difficult to understand Variety magazine, because they use so many strange, non-English words like "auds", "toplining", and "B.O. playtime."

    Brad Pitt plays Billy Beane, and "Knocked Up" star Jonah Hill plays a quasi-fictional character called "Peter Brand". Peter Brand is based on Paul DePodesta, who refused to allow use of his real name.

    Probably because he was being portrayed by Jonah Hill.

    Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who was pretty impressed with the "Moneyball" parody done last month on "The Simpsons".