Nuggets: Reax to ‘Moneyball,’ ‘Ides of March’; Will Arnett on Emmy odds

Pete Hammond reports that Sony’s “Moneyball” and “The Ides of March” both emerge from the Toronto Film Festival as serious Oscar threats: “In the case of ‘Moneyball,’ Sony is throwing its World Premiere here. Bringing it to the screen was a tumultuous 8-year ride, but it was all worth it. You can definitely add Brad Pitt to the growing list of Best Actor contenders and throw in Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jonah Hill as supporting possibilities.” DEADLINE

According to Sasha Stone, the Toronto Film Festival may in fact have dampened the chances for “The Ides of March”: “The Best Picture category has had only one minor shift since festival season started, and that is the potential ousting of George Clooney’s ‘The Ides of March.’  While it hasn’t really been definitively ousted, its reception has been lukewarm so far, with what appears to be a solid ‘B’ from festival attendees and others who’ve seen it.” AWARDS DAILY

Jeff Wells thinks “Ides of March” gets the job done, but that “Moneyball” is a “triumph”: “The bottom line is that ‘The Ides of March’ does the job of a good political thriller – it grabs and rivets and enthralls – and that’s fine with me.” HOLLYWOOD ELSEWHERE … “It’s an emotionally low-key, thinking man’s ‘Field of Dreams’ — a smart, true-to-life, business-of-baseball movie with a touch of the mystical and the sublime, and propelled along by a highly pleasurable lead performance by Brad Pitt.” HOLLYWOOD ELSEWHERE

Owen Gleiberman raves about the performances of Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt: “As an actor, Brad Pitt has aged like a fine wine. In ‘Moneyball,’ he’s as movie-star-ish as ever, his hair flopping with boyish insolence over subtly darkened features, but beneath his funny, exhilarating, tossed-off strut of a performance, he gives Billy layers of self-doubt and a deep need to prove himself that never quite comes out and shows itself.” EW.COM

Will Arnett is not optimistic about his chances to win a guest-acting Emmy for “30 Rock” this weekend: “Will Arnett is nominated for an Emmy, but he’s in a tough category this year. When Jay Leno ran down the list of his competitors, Arnett seemed to get less and less confident in his chances on ‘The Tonight Show.'” AOL TV REPLAY

Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Clybourne Park” could be a Tony contender if it finds a home on Broadway: “A spokeswoman for Center Theater Group in Los Angeles said the company, along with Lincoln Center Theater and the producers Scott Rudin and Stuart Thompson, plans to bring its coming production of ‘Clybourne Park’ to Broadway in the spring, pending the availability of a theater.” NY TIMES

Adele continues her musical winning streak as “Someone Like You” soars to No. 1. Is another Grammy nod on the way? “Adele scores her second No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 as ‘Someone Like You’ leaps 19-1.  The wrenching ballad benefits from the British chanteuse’s singer moving performance at MTV’s Video Music Awards on Aug. 28. It is one of several songs boosted by VMA appearances. Adele’s last chart topper, ‘Rolling In The Deep,’ stayed at No. 1 for seven weeks.” HITFIX

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