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Michael Lewis talks movies and other stuff

Friday, April 29, 2011

image Best-selling author and Berkeley resident Michael Lewis was guest to a group of bankers in San Francisco the other night, and Frances Dinkelspiel at Berkeleyside says he gave them a freewheeling—and straightforward—presentation. Accompanied by his photographer wife Tabitha Soren, Lewis confessed to not liking The Blind Side (the movie based on his book) when he first saw it. An excerpt:

…During the screening, Lewis leaned over his popcorn and whispered to his wife, “I don’t know if I like this.”

Soren immediately turned to him and scolded, “Don’t ever say that out loud.”

But once the movie starring Sandra Bullock was released to great acclaim – and even bigger box office receipts – Lewis’ thoughts changed.

“By the time it grossed $200 million I had forgotten what I didn’t like about it,” he told the crowd…

Tidbit: His latest book-turned-movie, Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt, is apparently generating enough internal buzz that the studio may move its release from September to November to better position it for the Oscars.

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