September 4, 2019

I know I am rather late with the latest updates, but eh real life happens. Anyways, as you can see I have been catching up with all the Brad goodies. Stay tuned! Here is a lovely video of Brad arriving at the Venice Film Festival last week, promoting Ad Astra! Be sure to read the amazing reviews posted at the SB Forum!

September 4, 2019
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In James Gray’s Ad Astra, Brad Pitt plays an astronaut traveling to the farthest reaches of our solar system to find his lost father and grapple with existential questions. And at the heart of the film, Pitt said at its Venice press conference earlier today, was the exploration of what constructs of masculinity mean and whether they need to be broken down.

“Having grown up in an era where we’re taught to be strong, not show weakness, don’t be disrespected,” Pitt said, “There’s a certain value in that, but there’s also a barrier that’s created with this kind of embracing of the self, because you’re denying, in a sense, those pains or the things you feel shame, whether real or imagined.

“We were asking the question, is there a better definition for us? Does being more open provide you with a better relation with your loved ones and with yourself? At the end of the day, that’s certainly what we were after.”

Of the film’s more technical aspects—particularly the zero gravity sequences—Pitt said he consulted with friend George Clooney, who had starred in Gravity. “Doing a space film is a little bit like a Peter Pan stage production, hanging from wires,” he explained. “George and I exchanged some discomfort stories.”

Gray said Pitt’s vulnerability as an actor leant itself to exploring those themes. In creating the character, he explained, “The key is you cannot worry about being liked or hated or sympathetic or unsympathetic. You can only worry about being honest to who you are, and about being willing to be vulnerable or open. Sometimes that will lead you to dark places and people will love it or hate it, but you can’t worry about that. I tried to establish that dialogue with Brad, Brad certainly did with me, and you let the chips fall where they may.”

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September 4, 2019
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September 3, 2019
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The indie stalwart chats about his new space epic, navigating the Fox-Disney merger and why he’s not afraid to take on Trump in his next movie.

Back in 2011, director James Gray happened upon two science articles that provided the seedling for his latest film, Ad Astra. The first chronicled an experiment to split the atom that posed a small, but real, risk that all known matter in the universe would be destroyed. The second dealt with NASA’s quest to enlist astronauts with schizoid personality disorder, who would be ideal for deep-space missions because they wouldn’t have to interact socially. Enter Brad Pitt as the space thriller’s protagonist, and suddenly Gray, who is best known for indies like The Immigrant and Two Lovers, was working with a budget much bigger — $87.5 million — than any of his previous outings. Ahead of Ad Astra’s world premiere in Venice, Gray, 50, talked with The Hollywood Reporter about whether he’s gone mainstream, how the film landed in the crosshairs of Disney’s acquisition of Fox, and why he’s bringing Donald Trump’s father to the big screen.

What was the mind-set behind casting Pitt as your lead?

I thought about a very retro, almost 1960s idea of the all-American astronaut. The idea was to break down the myth of what it means to be traditionally masculine, macho. And the only way you can really break down the myth is to start with the myth. There’s this whole mythology that comes along with [Pitt], and that’s what you can play with.

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September 3, 2019
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September 3, 2019
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August 6, 2019
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July 25, 2019


• x010 Empire (UK)
• x002 Ad Astra – Promo
• x005 Ad Astra – Stills
• x002 Television – July 16 – The Today Show
• x001 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Stills
• x002 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Promo
• x004 Magazines – Covers ’19

PS. Brad features the cover of the spanish Fotogramas, the german GQ, the japanese Screen and french Premiere magazine. If you have Brad material to share, new magazines scans etc. please email me :)

July 25, 2019
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The oldest film festival in the world is once again primed to launch budding Oscar contenders into the awards race.

The 2019 Venice Film Festival announced its full slate of official selections on Thursday morning, setting the pre-Oscar stage with new entries from respected directors such as James Gray (the long-gestating Brad Pitt sci-fi drama Ad Astra), Noah Baumbach (Scarlett Johansson‘s marital drama Marriage Story), Todd Phillips (the Joaquin Phoenix-led comic book adaptation Joker), Jackie helmer Pablo Larrain (Ema), and Steven Soderbergh (Panama Papers comedy The Laundromat, starring Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, and Antonio Banderas) — all of which will compete for the Golden Lion, the festival’s top jury-awarded prize.

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July 24, 2019
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