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Diana Ross’s Stuck Moment as a Fuzzy Forecaster


October 18, 2011
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Her stuck moment: When Motown announced that Ross would play Billie Holiday in an upcoming film, critics ridiculed the casting, claiming Ross and Holiday were “miles apart.”

She imagines success: To close the divide, Ross steeped herself in all things Holiday, from music to drug clinics. And she decided to focus on Holiday’s vocal phrasings rather than trying to imitate her voice.

Unstuck result: “Lady Sings the Blues” was a major success. Ross was nominated for an Academy award and won a Golden Globe.

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Terry Gilliam’s Stuck Moment as a Fuzzy Forecaster


October 18, 2011
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His stuck moment: During the filming of “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,” the star, Heath Ledger, passed away, leaving Gilliam with only one third of the movie complete.

He imagines success: Gilliam reimagined the lead role, inviting Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell to sign on as three-way replacements for Ledger’s character.

Unstuck result: The film was well-received at Cannes and was nominated for two Academy Awards—best art direction and best costume design. 

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Billy Beane’s Stuck Moment as a Fuzzy Forecaster


October 18, 2011
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His stuck moment: When he became GM in 1998, Beane couldn’t pay the same player salaries as other teams, but was still expected to run a winning ball team.

He imagines success: Instead of hiring known talent (which he couldn’t afford), Beane used sabermetric principles to recruit undervalued players.

Unstuck result: By 2006, the A’s ranked 24th out of 30 for team salaries, but made the playoffs that year. (Bonus: Beane is portrayed by Brad Pitt in the movie “Moneyball.”)

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