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December 09 Oprah Gets Emotional Talking About ‘Selma’

For Oprah Winfrey, the story told in the upcoming historical drama Selma is as important today as it ever was, and her passion for the project is evident.

At the Selma: The Legends Who Paved the Way gala, held on Saturday, Oprah walked the red carpet and spoke with ET’s Kevin Frazier about the importance of the film in today’s political climate.

“You know I have always believed in divine timing. In my own life things just happen as they should. This film has been … maybe seven to eight years in the making,” Oprah shared.

The film, which Oprah co-produced under Harpo Productions alongside Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment, is a historical period piece with a massive ensemble cast, but had a limited budget – which has been estimated at around $20 million. It was a challenge that few directors wanted to take on, except for indie director Ava DuVernay.

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November 23 Writer for Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Alpha

Lionsgate has picked up the project that has newcomer Anthony Scott Burns attached to direct

Lionsgate has picked up Alpha, a sci-fi project that sees Robopocalypse author Daniel H. Wilson teaming up with Brad Pitt and his Plan B banner.

Anthony Scott Burns, a Canadian filmmaker, is attached to make his feature debut with Alpha, which Pitt would produce with his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner.

Wilson came up with the original idea and will write the screenplay. Details of the project are being kept secret, but it is known to be sci-fi survival story that has shades of Jack London, the author behind such tales as White Fang and The Call of the Wild.

Part of the pitch involved a fake commercial, shot by Burns, for a fictional company that is central to the story.

Wilson is the author behind books with a robotics bent, such as How to Survive a Robot Uprising and Robogenesis as well as Robopocalypse, which Steven Spielberg came close to adapting. He also wrote several screenplays, including a remake of Cherry 2000 for MGM and adapting his book Bro-Jitsu: The Martial Art of Sibing Rivalry for Nickelodeon.

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October 26 Casting call out for Native actors for Lewis and Clark series

A casting call has been issued for Native American actors and language speakers for a dramatic miniseries about the Lewis and Clark expedition that will air on HBO.

Casting director Rene Haynes, who specializes in Native American and First Nations casting and who has casted the likes of “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” and “Twilight Saga: New Moon” and “Eclipse,” is leading the effort.

The casting calls are being held throughout the Northwest and Canada, with three stops in Montana, including in Missoula on Nov. 5, Polson on Nov. 8, and Browning on Nov. 10.

Roles sought include a young Native/First Nations woman, between the ages of 17 and early 20s but looking younger, to play Sacagawea. Native/First Nations men 18 and older who are lean, fit and skilled horseback riders are also sought. According to Haynes’ website, above-average horsemanship skills are sought, and long hair is not required but is a “plus.”

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August 29 Pitt wins Emmy and Oscar as top film producer of the year

Brad Pitt has now been proclaimed the top film producer for both television and film this year. He won Monday night at the Emmys as executive producer of Best TV Movie “The Normal Heart.” He took home the Best Picture trophy at the Oscars in March for “12 Years a Slave.”

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July 09 Brad Pitt out, BBC Worldwide in for Tom Rachman’s ‘The Imperfectionists’

TORONTO – Brad Pitt is no longer involved, but Vancouver-raised novelist Tom Rachman still has a screen deal for his smash debut effort, “The Imperfectionists.”

Pitt’s production company, Plan B, optioned the rights to the critically heralded story about a group of journalists when it became an international bestseller and made the Scotiabank Giller Prize long list in 2010.

Now, as Rachman promotes his equally raved-about second book, “The Rise and Fall of Great Powers,” he says Pitt’s company wrote a screenplay for the first novel but “decided it didn’t work as a film.”

“The script that they did, they cut it down to three characters essentially out of all of them, so it just didn’t really have enough of the original in it and so it didn’t go forward,” the 39-year-old said in an interview.

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May 29 ‘Locke’ Writer/Director Steven Knight To Pen ‘World War Z’ Sequel

While “World War Z” is now viewed as the modern-day runaway film project and all that implies of ego—hubris, irresponsibility and whatnot—the project began with the best of intentions. Brad Pitt’s Plan B Pictures, the same company that developed and won a Best Picture Oscar for “12 Years A Slave,” wanted to try to create their own franchise. Pitt, a producer/actor with diverse taste, wanted a movie his boys could enjoy when they grew up. They hired a respected and eclectic filmmaker Marc Forster (“The Kite Runner,” “Monster’s Ball”) and talented writers—Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, Damon Lindelof—but the project went south on them regardless when they realized the tone and rhythm of an action movie is much more complicated than they realized.

And while the press viewed it as a disaster in the making, the movie’s $540 million worldwide gross turned out to be the opposite of a trainwreck like “Heaven’s Gate” (and in fact is the highest grossing film of Pitt’s career). And for all its problems, it really wasn’t that bad of a tentpole in retrospect, it’s at times thrilling, unnerving and has a genuine anxious feeling of real-world terror. It’s certainly not perfect and its salvage job doesn’t always work either, but you can see it’s good intentions up on the screen – to resemble the thinking man’s tentpole.

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May 29 Georgia and Alabama location for Martin Luther King film

Paramount Pictures and Pathé announced this week that the shoot for Martin Luther King film Selma will take place in Alabama’s Selma and Montgomery and Atlanta in the nearby state of Georgia.

Principal photography has started on the film in Atlanta, Georgia, which is being led by first-time feature film director Ava DuVernay.

The film is being produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment, Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films and Christian Colson’s Cloud Eight Films.

The screenplay was written by Paul Webb. Ava DuVernay, Paul Garnes, Cameron McCracken and Nan Morales are executive producing.

The big budget production will depict the struggle of Martin Luther King to secure equal voting rights – a journey which led to President Johnson changing the law.

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