January 14, 2015
by admin / plan b The Big Short

Following the success of “Moneyball,” Brad Pitt and his Plan B shingle have assembled an all-star cast for the next adaptation of a Michael Lewis bestseller.

Sources tell Variety that Pitt, Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling have come on board to star in “The Big Short,” Paramount and Plan B’s adaptation “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine,” which Adam McKay is writing and directing.

Lewis’ nonfiction tome tells the story of the build-up of the housing and credit bubble during the 2000s that led to the financial crisis of 2007-2010. Paramount had no comment.

Pitt will produce with DeDe Gardner through their Plan B banner. Production start date is unknown.

The book follows several key people who played a role in creating the disastrous credit bubble. The feature adaptation will likely feature several A-list actors who have similiar-sized roles, similar to the cast of “Traffic” or “The Counselor.”

As with “Moneyball,” Pitt has been very passionate about getting this adaptation onto the bigscreen.

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January 7, 2015
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When we ran into David Oyelowo at last night’s Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala, we wanted to know — what’s next after Selma? You’re not going to believe how good the answer was.

The actor is re-teaming with Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B on a film version of Americanah, the best-selling 2013 novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

“I’m about to do Americanah with (Pitt, now quite the BFF) as well with Lupita Nyong’o,” said Oyelowo, who brought his wife Jessica and two of their four children to the event (including his son Caleb, who got a big happy birthday shout-out from dad on stage). “We have to find a director and a writer and all that good stuff. We’ll be playing a couple in that. It’s an epic story that follows these two Nigerians who fall in love in high school, and she goes off to America and he goes off to the U.K. They basically are suddenly immigrants in these countries. He goes back and becomes affluent again in Nigeria and it’s their journey back to each other.”

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January 4, 2015
by admin / plan b

His diverse roster of projects – and handsome good looks – have catapulted Brad Pitt into a league of his own.
And the 51-year-old hunk was looking as charming as ever when he took the stage at the 26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival on Saturday.
The smiling star waved to the audience as he stepped up to the podium to present David Oyelowo with the Breakthrough Performance Award at the desert oasis celebration. Looking as confident as could be, the husband of Angelina Jolie strolled up onto the stage with the audience in the palm of his hand.

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December 30, 2014
by admin / plan b

Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr. and Steve Carell will add some superstar punch to the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala.

They are among 11 film luminaries presenting awards to 10 gala award winners Saturday in the Palm Springs Convention Center, festival officials announced.

Pitt, one of the gala’s most popular past honorees and presenters, will hand the Breakthrough Performance Award to David Oyelowo for his performance as Martin Luther King, Jr., in “Selma.” Pitt is a producer of “Selma” with Oprah Winfrey.

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December 24, 2014
by admin / plan b

The Producers Guild of America has selected Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment to receive its 2015 Visionary Award.

Plan B produced “12 Years a Slave,” which won the best picture Oscar this year, along with awards season contender “Selma.”

Pitt and his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner will accept the award at the 26th annual Producers Guild Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Jan. 24.

The PGA’s Visionary Award recognizes television, film or new-media producers for their unique or uplifting contributions to our culture through inspiring storytelling or performance.

“Plan B Entertainment is being recognized with the Visionary Award for producing stories that have breathed new life into some of the seminal — and in some cases, most painful — episodes of our shared history,” the PGA said.

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December 24, 2014
by admin / plan b

David Oyelowo, currently winning acclaim for his performance as Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, will appear opposite Lupita Nyong’o in Americanah, Variety reports.

Nyong’o is producing and starring in the adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel, which follows a couple, Ifemelu and Obinze, as they face different paths upon leaving their homeland of Nigeria. The book won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction in 2013.

Plan B, Brad Pitt’s company, which produced Nyong’o’s 12 Years a Slave and Oyelowo’s Selma, is also producing. According to Variety, the film is now looking for a writer and director.

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December 9, 2014
by admin / plan b

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, 2014
by admin / plan b

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, 2014
by admin / plan b

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.”

Read more. Exciting news for a long overdue project.

August 29, 2014

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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