Moneyball Spotlight

How can you not be romantic about baseball…or this podcast! In week two of our Baseball Films mini-series, we take a step into the clubhouse to discuss the 2011 film, Moneyball. We are very excited to welcome the voice of the Sioux Falls Canaries, Carter Woodiel to the show! Carter is the Head of Media Relations and the Play by Play Announcer for the Canaries. Moneyball takes place in the front office of a professional team, having a professional of the sport on the show only seemed fitting.

The Sioux Falls Canaries are a professional baseball team as part of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. The team began the season in early July and continues to be one of the few professional teams that allow fans in the stadium. To check out the Canaries schedule, or purchase tickets for a game, please visit

Moneyball is a 2011 sports drama by director Bennett Miller and stars Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill. The film follows the 2002 Oakland Athletics as they look to rebuild their team based solely on the statistics of players. In what is seen as a rebuilding year, GM Billy Beane (Pitt) leads the team into playoff contention.


The Box Office

The box office sees a little bit of normalcy this weekend. All five films topping the box office are new 2020 releases. Kicking things off at number one is The Tax Collector, which grossed a little over $300,000. Dropping one spot is The Rental with $123,744 at number two. Train to Busan‘s Peninsula takes the number three spot with over $118,000. At number four is The Big Ugly, with over $71,000. The Liam Neeson lead Made in Italy takes the number five spot with almost $34,000.

The News

Disney’s Mulan will forgo it’s theatrical release, instead will stream exclusively on Disney+. For a rental price of $29.99 the film will stream on Disney+ for subscribers. This news is truly a game changer for the industry, and one that could have lasting effects.

In further Disney news, Captain Marvel 2 has found it’s director. Candyman‘s Nia DaCosta will direct the sequel to the Brie Larson lead film. Disney also announced a third Tron film is in the works. The film is to be lead by Jared Leto, and directed by Gareth Davis (Lion).

Jonathan Levine (Long Shot) has been tapped to direct a sequel to the hit film Dirty Dancing. You heard that right, a sequel. The film will see Jennifer Grey return as iconic leading lady, Baby, for the film, according to Lionsgate’s CEO.

John Wick 4 and 5 will shoot back-to-back. The fourth and fifth films in the series will see the return of iconic character John Wick, as played by Keanu Reeves.

A federal court gives the green light to end the nearly 80 year old Paramount Content Decree. The Decree was put into place in 1948. It denied movie studios clearance to own public movie theaters. The Decree was put into place to deny movie studios from controlling a monopoly over the industry. The end of the degree means studios like Disney, Netflix, Universal can now own their own movie theaters for public viewings.

The Shameless Plugs

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About the Author
Casey Kelderman found a love for film at a very early age. One of his earliest memories of watching movies was the original Star Wars trilogy on VHS. Casey graduated from The University of Sioux Falls in 2017. At USF Casey produced weekly movie reviews and hosted a radio show. He graduated with a degree in Media Studies. Skills he learned in college have allowed him to help create Back Lot 605. He has produced and directed 4 short films. His favorite films include Halloween, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Die Hard.
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