November 12, 2019

Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” “Ad Astra”) and Adam Sandler (“Uncut Gems”) sat down for a chat for “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors.”

As has become a tradition for Variety’s Actors on Actors conversations, two superstars realize they have even more in common than celebrity. The careers of Brad Pitt and Adam Sandler ran on parallel tracks after they arrived in Hollywood in the late 1980s, emerging among the last generation of A-list superstars in the ’90s through wildly different genres of film. Sandler made hits of raucous comedies like “Happy Gilmore” and “The Waterboy,” while Pitt burnished a character-actor reputation with turns in “12 Monkeys” and “Fight Club.” This past year, Pitt was as melancholic as he’s ever been in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” while Sandler was characteristically outsized in the New York freakout “Uncut Gems.” And yet, during a lengthy exchange, they keep stumbling over what unites them as artists.

“What I love when we started were cables everywhere, and massive lights,” Pitt tells Sandler, reminiscing about their early days in movies. “You’d be sweating all the time, and big-ass cameras that were super loud. Now it’s getting down to, we’re almost sitting in our own room in the dark. It’s a whole ’nother thing.”

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November 12, 2019

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is such a rabbit hole of references, themes and moods that 40 minutes is hardly sufficient to scramble down it. But a small audience in a Hollywood theater was happy to have that much time Saturday with the rare reassembling of Quentin Tarantino, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie for a post-screening discussion about the year’s most rewardingly episodic epic. (The chat was also live-streamed to 18 other screens around North America.)

The Q&A had Tarantino holding the home-field advantage as a conversationalist, taking place at his own beloved repertory house, the New Beverly. Invited guild members were on hand along with 50 members of Tarantino’s public, who were recognizable as the ones asleep under coats and blankets before the screening started, some having waited outside much of the night for the early a.m. dispersal of free tickets. They were rewarded with a discussion that packed a lot into those 40 minutes, like the legacy of Luke Perry; the influences on the movie of “Billy Jack,” Travis Bickle, Edd “Kookie” Byrnes and cumulus clouds; and what horrors might have transpired if a smartphone had dared interrupt the director’s 1969 fever dream.

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November 12, 2019
by admin / Ad Astra

20th Century Fox has announced the 4K and Blu-ray details for Ad Astra. The Brad Pitt sci-fi film will arrive on digital on December 3rd and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on December 17th. The film follows astronaut Roy McBride (Pitt) who is sent on a mission to Mars to try and contact his astronaut father (Tommy Lee Jones) who disappeared decades ago in an attempt to contact intelligent life outside of our solar system.

The Blu-ray and 4K will contain two deleted scenes with optional audio commentary from director James Gray. Interestingly, one of the deleted scenes is the epilogue, and I’m curious to see how Gray had an alternate ending to his movie. The current epilogue is fine, but it feels a bit pat for such an emotionally complex film. It feels like the kind of scene that test audiences demanded, and while it doesn’t wreck the movie, I’m curious to see this alternate ending. The disc will also contain five featurettes as well as an audio commentary from Gray.

Here’s the full list of special features:

Deleted Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary by James Gray
“The Void”
“Epilogue”
To the Stars
A Man Named Roy
The Crew of the Cepheus
The Art of Ad Astra
Reach for the Stars
Audio Commentary by Director James Gray*
Space Age: The VFX**

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November 12, 2019
by admin / Rumored Project

The studio has also dated the 1920s-set Hollywood tale for the 2021 awards season.
Paramount has picked up Babylon, Damien Chazelle’s drama set in the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Brad Pitt and Emma Stone are in talks to star in the project, but no deals are set.

Marc Platt, who produced Chazelle’s La La Land, is one of the producers on Babylon, as is Olivia Hamilton, Matthew Plouffe and Tobey Maguire.

The story is said to be set in the late 1920s, during the movie industry’s transition from silent films to talkies. The rise and fall of fictional and historical characters figure into the proceedings.

If deals are made, Stone would portray Clara Bow, the early sex symbol and box office star who was Hollywood’s first “It” girl. Pitt would play a fictional character, a silent film star who fails to make the transition to the new technology; sources say he is based on real-life figure John Gilbert.

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November 2, 2019

It’s been 20 years since David Fincher’s cult classic Fight Club first exploded onto screens. The film, based on Chuck Palahniuk’s 1996 novel of the same name, repelled and excited audiences in equal measure when it was released, changing the optics of how political cinema could or should be – with the first worries of copycat rebels emerging from the gutters. Today, Fight Club boasts a loyal and fervent fanbase still full of praise, discomfort, conspiracy theories and fascination for the iconic relic of modern cinema.

Exclusively for Empire, David Fincher opened his personal photography archives in the 2020 Preview Issue, leafing through his memories on-set, and sharing insights on many of the film’s key ingredients – from the setting of Project Mayhem’s headquarters, to his stellar leading trio of Edward Norton, Brad Pitt and Helena Bonham Carter, to the mechanics of successfully shooting Edward Norton’s cheek off. Here’s a sneak preview of the feature, in which Fincher explains why the dynamic of his three stars, as the story’s mismatched trio of lonely and dangerous sociopaths, worked so well – with photos from Fincher’s own collection.

Fight Club archive material courtesy of David Fincher. Black and white photography by Merrick Morton. Special thanks to Ceán Chaffin and Andrea McKee.

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November 2, 2019
by admin / Make It Right

NEW ORLEANS — A judge has denied actor Brad Pitt’s request to be taken off a lawsuit that says his Make it Right Foundation built shabby homes in the New Orleans area that was hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina.

Pitt and other foundation directors asked the court to remove them from the lawsuit, saying they weren’t personally responsible for the construction.

Judge Rachael Johnson denied the request last week.

Two homeowners filed the suit. Their attorney, Ron Austin, says the homes built by the foundation in the Lower Ninth Ward have infrastructural issues and residents have reported being sick.

The allegations: Brad Pitt’s foundation is accused of building shoddy homes in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina

Austin says Pitt and the board of the foundation, which Pitt formed in 2007 after raising $42 million, have known about the problems since at least 2009 but have failed to fix them despite mounting complaints.

“We want to make Brad Pitt make it right,” Austin told USA TODAY. “He can’t leave these people helpless.”

Austin said the “tragedy” is that Pitt’s effort to help the flooded Lower Ninth after Katrina showed his “heart was in the right place” but his foundation has been “almost an epic failure.”

More than 100 green Make It Right houses were built in 2008. The foundation sued the principal architect last year saying his designs were defective.

Pitt’s rep declined to comment to USA TODAY on the recent development.

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November 2, 2019
by admin / plan b

Netflix has released the final trailer for writer-director David Michod’s The King, featuring Academy Award-nominated actor Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) and Robert Pattinson (The Batman) as their characters face off in the Battle of Agincourt. The film will be available for streaming on November 1, exclusively on Netflix. Check out the video in the player below!

Based on literary icon William Shakespeare’s plays Henry IV Part 1, Henry Part 2, and Henry V, The King is a modern-day Shakespearean adaptation from the screenwriting duo Michod and Golden Globe nominee Joel Edgerton, who’ve worked together on Animal Kingdom. It will follow the story of Hal, a wayward prince, who ascends to the English throne upon his father’s death, and must navigate the palace snake pit, and inherited war and chaos.

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November 2, 2019
by admin / plan b

EXCLUSIVE: Amber Gray, Broadway’s Tony Award-nominated Hadestown star, has been cast in a supporting role in Amazon’s upcoming limited series The Underground Railroad, now in production.

Gray will portray Gloria Valentine, described as a daughter of a slave and plantation owner/master. Gray continues her Tony-nominated role in the Anaïs Mitchell musical Hadestown at Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre.

Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) is directing the adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, from Jenkins’ PASTEL and Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment.

The story centers on young Cora (Thuso Mbedu), a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia who learns about the Underground Railroad from Caesar (Aaron Pierre), a recent arrival from Virginia; both decide to escape.

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November 2, 2019

Sony Pictures, the studio behind Tarantino’s latest feature, announced the movie will be re-released with 10 minutes of additional footage, including four new scenes. The lengthier version of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” which already clocked in at two hours and 41 minutes, will hit 1,000 North American locations starting on Oct. 25.

“Audiences have shown tremendous support for this movie, and we look forward to offering them another opportunity to see the film as it’s meant to be seen — in theaters on the big screen — with more sights and sounds of the sixties from Quentin Tarantino as an added treat,” Adrian Smith, Sony’s president of domestic distribution, said in a statement.

The news comes following Tarantino’s announcement that he would not re-cut the movie to appease Chinese censors, putting its Oct. 25 debut in that territory “on hold.” Exhibitors say China was displeased with the movie’s portrayal of Bruce Lee.

Even without a China release, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is already Tarantino’s second-highest grossing movie ever behind “Django Unchained” ($425 million). So far, the R-rated film has earned $139 million in North America and $228 million overseas from a $90 million budget.

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October 20, 2019


• x048 Candids 2019
• x014 September 24 – Lunch of Breitling watches – Los Angeles, CA
• x027 August 29 – Ad Astra (photo call) – Venice, Italy
• x002 August 29 – Ad Astra (portrait) – Venice, Italy
• x016 September 12 – Ad Astra (premiere) – Tokyo, Japan
• x007 September 16 – Ad Astra (screening) – Washington DC, WA
• x009 September 18 – Ad Astra (press conference) – Los Angeles, CA
• x047 August 12 – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Mexico City, Mexico
• x041 August 29 – Ad Astra – Venice, Italy

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