Brad Pitt just had so much to say.
During a Los Angeles County hearing earlier this week, the 55-year-old actor, who was there advocating for increased funding to support improvements for the L.A. County Museum of Art, had to be cut off by Board of Supervisors Chairman Janice Hahn.
In a hilarious video of the exchange, shared by the Today show, Hahn can be heard laughing while telling the actor, “It gives me great pain to say wrap it up, Mr. Pitt.”
“We actors suffer from verbosity,” a smiling Pitt quipped after sharing that he knew he had exceeded his time limit.
Addressing the hilarious incident on social media, Hahn shared that “cutting Brad Pitt off when his time expired for public comment was the hardest thing I had to do all day — but rules are rules!”
Hahn also shared a photograph of the pair grinning together inside a courtroom. (Pitt is a longtime art and architecture aficionado who has studied with sculptor Thomas Houseago and architect Frank Gehry.)
Also present for the hearing? Actress Diane Keaton.
However, as Today host Carson Daly went on to note, Keaton, 73, managed to wrap up her speech with “time to spare.”
To celebrate the long-awaited opening of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, fashion house Salvatore Ferragamo will sponsor a black-tie inaugural gala alongside cochairs Brad Pitt, Robert Redford, Jamie Tisch, and Wallis Annenberg. The evening will not only play host to a star-studded crowd, it will also shine light on a series of events including a performance on the Goldsmith Theater stage and an exclusive showing of Ferragamo’s Spring 2014 collection.
The new cultural hub transformed an entire Beverly Hills city block, with the historic 1934 Beverly Hills Post Office and new Goldsmith Theater integral parts of the transformation. And with Ferragamo’s deep-rooted ties to Los Angeles — the iconic shoe designer opened his first shop in Hollywood almost 100 years ago — and a worldwide commitment to the arts, it made perfect sense to sponsor the inaugural gala.
The gala is scheduled for mid-October, but the festivities have already started. A look at Ferragamo’s cocktail preparty plus a sneak peek at the center here.
Luxury furniture maker Frank Pollaro, President of Pollaro Custom Furniture, Inc., joins “Starting Point” Friday to discuss his collaboration with renowned actor Brad Pitt, who has designed his own new furniture collection, featuring 12 original pieces for “people who collect art and functional art” that are debuting this week.
Pollaro explains that collaborating on furniture making with Brad has been “a lot of fun.” “What I like about him, about Brad, is that he listens and he’s thoughtful,” he explains. “Brad has a unique vision when he gets into a piece like this and we try to realize that in every way that we can.”
“He has been sketching for literally 20 years. We built a piece of furniture for him. When I saw them, I said let’s make some of these three dimensional,” Pollaro says.
The unique pieces “look like art,” but also strive to be functional. “We wanted to make it beautiful and comfortable,” he explains. Pollaro also says that each piece required extensive man-power for the research and design. The bed, for example, is designed in a continuous line.
Read more. Thanks Gabriella.
For his latest role, Brad Pitt joins a familiar ensemble cast. No, it’s not George Clooney and the rest of the Ocean’s Eleven gang reuniting for another film. This time Pitt’s costars are Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Pierre Chareau, and Paul Dupré-Lafon. In his debut as a furniture designer, the actor is presenting about a dozen pieces—tables, chairs, and one rather fantastic bed—alongside 45 or so works by his collaborator, Frank Pollaro, whose New Jersey firm is noted for its impeccable reproductions of Art Deco furnishings.
The unveiling, which will take place November 13 through 15 in New York (register at pollaro.com for details), has been years in the making. “I’ve been doodling ideas for buildings and furniture since the early 1990s, when I first discovered [Charles Rennie] Mackintosh and Frank Lloyd Wright,” says Pitt. “Actually, I found Wright in college, when looking for a lazy two-point credit to get out of French. It forever changed my life.”
By now, Pitt’s passion for architecture and design is well established, evidenced by his Make It Right foundation, which enlists prominent architects to create quality affordable housing in post-Katrina New Orleans, as well as by his high-profile collecting of modernist and contemporary furniture. But it wasn’t until he met Pollaro that he seriously considered making his own furnishings. When Pollaro paid Pitt a visit to install a reproduction Ruhlmann desk the actor had commissioned a few years ago, he spotted Pitt’s sketchbook, filled with drawings of furniture designs. Pollaro didn’t hesitate. “I asked him, ‘Why don’t we make some of this stuff real?’” he recalls. “Brad said he thought that could be fun.”
Read more. Thanks Gabriella. There is also an exclusive interview with Brad.
• x001 Architectural Digest (December ’12).
• x022 BOOKS > In Times of Architecture Need. This is a fascinating book about the rebuilding of New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward with Make It Right. Brad provided an inspiring foreword. Please give credit.
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The tragedy of Hurricane Katrina brought out the best in American volunteerism. Actor Brad Pitt, who has a home in New Orleans, responded with extraordinary creativity and commitment. The Lower 9th Ward houses of Pitt’s nonprofit Make it Right Foundation – individualistic and energy-efficient – are among the most inspired responses to the storm’s ravages. As the fifth anniversary of Katrina approached, Pitt spoke with historian Douglas Brinkley, his longtime friend, about his love of the city and his dreams for its future. Brinkley provided this exclusive interview to The Times-Picayune.
Whenever actor Brad Pitt is in New Orleans, he gets on his old thrift-store bicycle and tools around the city enjoying the architecture and ambiance. It’s his way of staying in shape. His favorite destination is pedaling across the retractable North Claiborne Avenue Bridge to the Lower 9th Ward to inspect his Make It Right Foundation houses.