May 26, 2014

It won’t be a sequel to their 2007 hit Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but Angelina Jolie and her fiancé Brad Pitt are making plans to team up again on the big screen.
“I wrote something a few years ago for Brad and me. Just for fun,” the Oscar-winning actress says in the latest issue of People.
“Just an independent little art piece. Because we don’t get to do those as much as we’d like. But it’s something really small and experimental.”

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May 15, 2014

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have chosen to work on a film together for the first time in a decade, launching development on an untitled script that she has written.

It’s not yet clear who will act, produce or direct the project.

The duo have acted together on only one other film — 2005’s action comedy “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” which grossed nearly $500 million worldwide — but have remained busy in subsequent years.

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April 26, 2014

Adaptation of Michael Hastings’ best-seller focuses on rise and fall of General Stanley McChrystal

Brad Pitt is being eyed to star in “The Operators” with “Animal Kingdom” director David Michod signed to direct the adaptation of the late Michael Hastings’ best-seller.

The film will chronicle the rise and fall of General Stanley McChrystal, the commanding general of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, and will be backed by Plan B, New Regency and RatPac Entertainment. Hastings covered America’s recent military adventures for Rolling Stone and Newsweek and captured McChrystal in moments of shocking candor. In an interview with Hastings, the general and his staff were openly contemptuous of the White House and civilian leaders, and McChrystal’s intemperance ultimately led to his resignation.

Pitt will produce the film along with his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, and the filmmakers promise a beyond-the-scenes look at the military infighting and ego-clashing that derailed a once-promising career.

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April 2, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Brad Pitt is circling an untitled WWII romantic thriller which Steven Knight has scripted for Graham King‘s GK Films. While it’s not a done deal yet and not yet set with a distributor, I’m hearing it’s serious and that a big director will be set with an eye toward starting production early next year.

Pitt produced and co-starred in Best Picture Oscar winner 12 Years A Slave, and he just finished another WWII battlefield film, the David Ayer-directed Fury, which Sony Pictures releases November 14. Pitt also worked the WWII terrain in the Quentin Tarantino-directed Inglourious Basterds. He also starred in and is prepping a sequel to World War Z. He’s repped by CAA and Brillstein.

Knight scripted Eastern Promises, and more recently the British series Peaky Blinders, the Helen Mirren-starrer The Hundred Foot Journey for DreamWorks, and he wrote and directed Locke with Tom Hardy. He’s repped by CAA and United Agents.

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March 23, 2014

Brad Pitt is NOT being eyed for season 2 of “True Detective,” despite an inaccurate report circulating the Internet.

It seems that the rumor was started by a know-nothing blog trying to take advantage of the show’s popularity after the exciting season 1 finale.

The story spread quickly, in part because “True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto has remained tight-lipped about season 2, only revealing that it will be about “hard women, bad men and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system.”

But here’s the real story: There is currently no talk of Pitt joining the show.

An impeccable HBO insider tells Gossip Cop that the Pitt rumor is “pure speculation by an outsider.”

When there’s actual casting news for season 2, we’ll be on it.

Read more. It was a pretty obvious rumor but alas.

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March 15, 2014

A24 commissioned Kellerhouse to make some posters for Jonathan Glazer’s upcoming film Under the Skin, which stars Scarlett Johansson as an alien in human form, roaming through Scotland, “consuming” all she can.

I caught the film at the Toronto Film Festival last year and in my review I called it a “highly existential experiment”, adding:

[W]riter/director Jonathan Glazer (along with co-writer Walter Campbell) have loosely adapted Michel Faber’s 2000 novel into a story of an alien being come to Earth to harvest humans for sustenance and, in the process, finds compassion for her victims only to find with compassion comes injury. This, at least, is my interpretation of what I see as a highly cynical look at humanity, our judgment of others and mistreatment of those we don’t understand.

I’d call it a curiosity and a film that is likely to divide audiences and will certainly find larger appreciation in the art house crowd.

As far as my headline is concerned, according to an interview with Glazer at The Guardian, the story went through several iterations, one of which featured Brad Pitt as one of a pair of aliens masquerading as a Scottish farmer and his wife. The film eventually focused on the female character, Pitt moved on and now we have a finished project due in theaters April 4.

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January 23, 2014

What’s the deal with Brad Pitt and “Memento,” did Nolan turn Pitt down?

No, he turned me down! [Laughs] Truthfully, [Pitt] did read the script, that’s where the story comes from, is he read the script and he met with me about it when he didn’t have any reason to know who I was or anything about it. And nothing came of it, other than him being interested in it, I think within the sort of agency world where the script was circulating, just sort of perked up a bit of interest in what was a very obscure project otherwise.

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December 30, 2013

Brad Pitt makes a cameo in the upcoming “22 Jump Street”, according to Radar Online.

The 50-year-old was roped into playing himself as a college librarian by Jonah Hill, who co-starred with Pitt in “Moneyball”.

The sequel to 21 Jump Street sees hapless cops Jenko (Tatum) and Schmidt (Hill) continue their undercover work while on campus.

In an attempt to blend in with their fellow students Jenko joins the football team while Schmidt becomes part of the art clique as they try to crack their case.

During their investigation the pair stumble upon Pitt inside the campus playing himself as a low-paid librarian.

The talented star then purposefully does some dodgy acting that doesn’t go un-noticed by the two undercover cops.

“The scene is very funny and the guys had a great time doing it”, a source tells Radar Online. “Brad was a great sport and the producers were thrilled that he took part.”

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December 25, 2013

Joseph Kosinski is directing the Fox car-racing project, which seeks to adapt the book written by A. J. Baime.

Brad Pitt might be re-teaming with Tom Cruise for their first feature together since 1994’s Interview With the Vampire.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Pitt is being courted to star alongside Cruise in Go Like Hell, Fox’s racing movie based on Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans, written by A. J. Baime.

Cruise is attached to portray car designer Carroll Shelby in the project, which has Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion) in the director’s chair.

Lucas Foster and Alex Young are producing the true story of the competition between the Ford Motor Company and Italian sports car designer Enzo Ferrari, which culminated at the 1966 Le Mans race.
Pitt was attached to star in the project when it had Michael Mann on board as director back in 2009. He remained interested in the project and has had talks with the new team. With Kosinski supervising the writing — brothers Jez and John-Henry Butterworth have written a new draft — a new script is in the actor’s hands.

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April 4, 2013

After directing last year’s sadly overlooked police thriller End of Watch, complete with stellar performances from Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena, we learned that David Ayer was going into World War II for his next film, Fury. QED International picked up the script from Ayer back in February for a cool million, their biggest spec script deal ever. Now the project is heating up as Deadline reports Brad Pitt is currently in final negotiations to star in the film set in 1945 during the final days of the war as the Nazi regime is collapsing. The story focuses on five crew members of an American tank called Fury as they head into battle.

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January 27, 2013

Fincher had been attached to direct a reboot of “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” for Disney. Sources say there is still a possibility he could do that project next and hold off on “Gone Girl.” In October, Variety first reported that Disney had placed a three-month hold on the director as it decided whether to move forward. During this time, Fincher began courting his frequent collaborator Brad Pitt for the role of Ned Land, played by Kirk Douglas in the 1954 film version of “Leagues.”

The Pitt casting never came though, and the studio is still deciding what to do with the project, insiders say. Fincher had begun looking for other projects in case “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” fell through.

Fincher is also still attached to helm “Dragon Tattoo” sequel “The Girl Who Played With Fire,” and Sony wants to get the next installment off the ground. Screenwriter Steve Zaillian is currently working on a pilot for HBO and hasn’t had time to pen the script, one reason Fincher was looking for other projects until a script is ready.

After a diverse bunch of adaptations including “Fight Club,” “Zodiac,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “The Social Network,” Fincher’s adaptation of bestseller “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” for Sony grossed more than $230 million worldwide.

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January 10, 2013

Brad Pitt is circling the title role in Warner Bros‘ Pontius Pilate, the drama about one of history’s most vilified figures. The studio acquired a script by Woman On Top scribe Vera Blasi with Mark Johnson producing through his Gran Via banner. Pitt is not committed, but it could well move that way quickly.

I revealed this project last summer, when the studio acquired Blasi’s script. I got hold of a draft and it’s very strong stuff and has the makings of a compelling period big budget film. This script follows the evolution of Lucius Pontius Pilate from the sensitive son of a Roman Knight into a ferocious soldier whose warrior exploits make him a general and puts him on a political track under the Roman Emperor Tiberius. Promised a military governorship in Egypt, Pilate is instead assigned by Tiberius to become the prefect of Judea, at a time when Jerusalem was a cauldron of religious tensions between various factions of the Jewish faith. Pilate veers from the political fast track into the express lane to hell and historical infamy. Rather than a straight ahead Biblical film, Blasi’s script reads almost like a Biblical era Twilight Zone episode in which a proud, capable Roman soldier gets in way over his head. His arrogance and inability to grasp the devoutness of the citizenry and its hatred for the Roman occupiers and their pagan gods leads him to make catastrophic decisions.

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October 21, 2012

We’re almost a full year from when “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” hit theaters, and we’re still no closer to figuring out what David Fincher’s next feature film will be. Of course, not that he’s been sitting around idle — he has spent the bulk of 2012 producing and directing “House Of Cards,” the Netflix and Media Rights Capital series that will hit the streaming service next year. And while “The Girl Who Played With Fire” won’t be coming anytime before 2014, with Fincher saying in August he’s “trying to figure [it] out,” a past collaborator could kickstart a project that’s been brewing for a while.
Variety reports that Disney has placed Fincher on a three month hold as they decide the fate of his long-developing “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.” The project is certainly ambitious, with Fincher previously teasing that it would be in 3D, be 70% CG and feature motion-capture work, and the last word we heard on it was that he’d hired his “Se7en” scribe Andrew Kevin Walker last fall to write the script. Essentially, the short version of this is that it’s an expensive movie and Disney, still bruising from “John Carter,” and having watched “The Lone Ranger” go over budget as well, will likely be checking every angle before saying yes or no. But could a major star change their mind?

Fincher is said to be courting his “Se7en,” “Fight Club” and “The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button” star Brad Pitt for the lead role of Ned Land, with an older A-list type being sought for Captain Nemo. Of course, reps for Pitt stress that he’s not committed to anything right now, and like other A-list actors of his caliber, Pitt generally has many options to choose from. The only movie he’s firmly attached to is James Gray’s “The Gray Man,” which the filmmaker told us this spring might be his next effort.

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September 16, 2012

Brad Pitt is producing an adaptation of Edwin Black’s nonfiction bestseller IBM and the Holocaust. The book examines how the company’s chief executive, Thomas Watson, formed an alliance with Nazi Germany in 1933 to help identify Jews for extermination. It’s harrowing material, and Pitt previously set the project up at HBO where it was in development as late as this past January with a script by Marcus Hinchey (All Good Things). The feature film has now left the cable channel, and Pitt is looking to find IBM and the Holocaust a new home through his Plan B production company either on cable TV or as a theatrically released film.

Vulture reports that Pitt has attached himself to star in order to attract directors, but it’s entirely possible that he might not take a role in front of the camera once the project gets going. Hit the jump to read a synopsis for the book.

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May 8, 2012

Brad Pitt Is the New Face of Chanel No. 5! Yes, it’s a scent for a woman, but if ever there was a man pretty enough to render that particular point moot, it’s Brad Pitt.

Proving yet again that his musky appeal knows no bounds, E! News has exclusively learned that Angelina Jolie’s better half has signed on as the new face of Chanel’s signature No. 5 scent.

Reps for neither Pitt nor the perfume house have commented on the new partnership, but a source tells E! News that the actor will be shooting his first perfume ad in London sometime this week (the superstar family has set up their most recent homestead in the UK).

And for his endorsement troubles, Pitt will be bringing home some serious bacon for the Jolie-Pitt clan, with his paycheck for the spot somewhere in the seven-figures.

The Chanel No. 5 ad will be released overseas sometime later this year. Makes scents to us.

Read more. Thanks Anu. This is thus far uncomfirmed but a harmless rumor. Keep you updated.

FYI. Sorry for the non updates, I got quite ill after my return from Ghana. Luckily, we didn’t really miss anything newsworthy.

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