At a Gotham Independent Film Awards overshadowed by the election of Donald Trump, Barry Jenkins’ coming-of-age drama “Moonlight” shined brightest.
A celebrated film about a boy growing up gay, black and poor in Miami, “Moonlight,” virtually swept the night, taking best feature, best screenplay, a special jury award for best ensemble and the audience award. The Gothams, which honor independent film, are essentially the kick-off to Hollywood’s long awards season.
Monday night’s ceremony, hosted in Manhattan by Keegan-Michael Key, also served as the first opportunity for the film industry – or at least a sizable chunk of its more East Coast, indie contingent – to formally gather since the election. It gave much of Hollywood (which overwhelmingly backed Hilary Clinton) a chance to commiserate over drinks, try out punchlines and make a rallying cry for art’s political power.
Terrence Malick’s Voyage of Time documentary was decades in the making, a realization of a vision and a goal for the filmmaker — an exploration of the universe and all creation, billed as a look into our planetary past and a search for humanity’s place in the future.
There are two versions of the film, one a 90-minute version which premiered to rave reviews at the Venice Film Festival and a shorter, 45-minute IMAX version narrated by Brad Pitt, described as a more explanatory version. In his review of the 90-minute version, Variety’s Chief Film Critic Owen Gleiberman called it “a mystic love poem to the unfathomable splendor of the natural world.” In the film, Malick expands on the birth-of-the-universe sequence from his own Tree Of Life and shows an array of never-witnessed natural phenomena — celestial and terrestrial, macroscopic and microscopic — in a variety of new ways.
Brad Pitt walked the red carpet of the China press conference of his new romantic spy drama “Allied” at Shanghai Postal Museum.
Directed by Robert Zemeckis, who helmed “Forrest Gump,” the movie will hit cinemas across China on November 30.
It is the first time Pitt promoted his movie in China’s mainland. He shared with media and fans stories behind shooting.
Pitt said that he is very thrilled and excited to have the film’s China premiere tour starting from the city of Shanghai. “The film is very romantic and a little bit tragic,” he said. “I believe you will like it.”
Set in World War II, the film centers on a disguised spy couple who take a mission to kill a German official. But Pitt’s character discovers that his wife played by Marion Cotillard might actually be a double agent also working for the German government.
Movie history was on full display at Wednesday’s world premiere of Paramount’s World War II thriller “Allied” at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood.
In a post-screening Q&A, Brad Pitt told the audience that he’s been drawn to the period — via “Inglourious Basterds,” “Fury” and now “Allied” — due to compelling stories, adding, “I don’t have a fetish for World War II.”
Director Robert Zemeckis admitted that he was inspired by “Lawrence of Arabia” in the movie’s opening sequences. “When we were shooting on the sand dunes, I was copying David Lean.”
Zemeckis admitted that much of his shooting drew upon his extensive experience in visual effects, such as the use of a single plane for Pitt’s flying scenes. Pitt evoked major laughs when he quipped, “I fly pretty well, don’t I?”
Asked about the challenge of making his Canadian character speak French with a Parisian accent, Pitt again delivered a laugh line by declaring sarcastically, “My French was smokin!”
Brad Pitt took to the red carpet at a fan event for his latest film “Allied” in Los Angeles on Wednesday, hours after he was cleared of child abuse allegations and applied for shared custody of his children with Angelina Jolie.
Pitt, 52, had kept a low profile after the Hollywood power couple, dubbed Brangelina, split suddenly in September following an incident on a private plane in which Pitt was reported to have lost his temper in front of one or more of the children.
But Pitt resumed press obligations this week for espionage war thriller “Allied”. On Wednesday he attended a fan event alongside his co-star Marion Cotillard and director Robert Zemeckis, answering a few questions during a Facebook live stream hosted by movie studio Paramount Pictures.
“I don’t know much about the espionage world and what it took to get behind enemy lines and to plant your characters, so that was really interesting,” Pitt said of the film, which will be in theaters on Nov. 23.
The actor plays Canadian army officer Max Vartan, who goes undercover in Casablanca during World War Two, paired up with Cotillard’s lively French spy Marianne Beausejour, to assassinate a German Nazi ambassador.
While the pair flawlessly play a happily wedded couple during their undercover stint, they soon find themselves falling in love for real. But Marianne’s alliances are called into question.
While Brad Pitt’s name has appeared in plenty of headlines over the past two months, the actor himself hadn’t made a public appearance since Angelina Jolie filed for divorce — until Wednesday night.
Pitt was back in the spotlight when he hit the red carpet for a fan event celebrating his new World War II drama “Allied.”
The 52-year-old actor didn’t address the split, but made a brief comment about the warmth he’d received from fans while signing autographs.
“It’s really sweet,” Pitt said during an interview. “Everybody’s been very kind out here. It’s really nice to have the support.”
Pitt seemed in good spirits during the chat, which was streamed on Facebook.
When asked if there was a past movie from “Allied” director Robert Zemeckis that he wished he’d had a part in, he smiled and said, “(Who Framed) Roger Rabbit.”
While this was the “Fight Club” star’s first red carpet since his split from Jolie, it wasn’t the first opportunity to attend a premiere.
The actor skipped the Sept. 28 premiere of “Voyage of Time,” telling People in a statement, “I’m currently focused on my family situation.”
Pitt was recently cleared of child abuse allegations after an investigation by the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services.
Sources familiar with the investigation told NBC News, “The allegations were not substantiated after interviews with family members, including the children.”
Rubicon Entertainment has entered into a development deal with Cross Creek Pictures for He Wanted The Moon, the film being penned by Tony Kushner. The period drama is a co-production between Brad Pitt’s Plan B and Cross Creek. Brad Pitt is attached to star in the project still a year after he brought the Mimi Baird and Eve Claxton’s memoir himself.
He is particularly interested in the lead role of Dr. Perry Baird, a Texan Harvard-educated doctor who rose in the field of medicine in the 1920s studying the root of manic depression, a condition that ultimately befell him. Mimi Baird is his daughter.
Word that Rubicon has come aboard the Pitt picture comes as they and Cross Creek are also teaming on The French Quarter, developing and producing a TV series based on Gangs Of New York author Herbert Asbury’s early 20th century book about the New Orleans underworld.
Plan B’s Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner are on to produce He Wanted the Moon alongside Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson. Doug McKay, Nathan Grubbs, Robert Kaplan, Marc Senter and Michael Whalen will be executive and co-executive producers on behalf of Rubicon.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have sold their home in New Orleans’ French Quarter.
Documents filed with the Land Records Division of the Orleans Parish Clerk of Court’s Office show the property sold for $4.9 million.
Pitt and Jolie purchased the home in 2007 after Hurricane Katrina for $3.5 million. The couple, who are divorcing, bought it after Pitt established the Make It Right Foundation to fuel development of new housing in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward neighborhood.
According to the listing, the three-story, 1830s-era mansion has 7,645 square feet, five bedrooms, three bathrooms and two half-baths.
Listing agent Nina (NIGH’-nuh) Killeen confirmed the sale closed Friday. She says, “It sold for a very fair price. It’s a good deal for both parties. They’re happy with the outcome.”