September 16, 2012
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It is by far and away no secret that Hollywood compensation for a certain cadre of stars have been rocketing beyond the stratosphere for some time now, but one A-lister, in the form of Brad Pitt, says that the era of paychecks reaching into the tens of millions for some may be coming to a close. Both he and his partner Angelina Jolie have topped (or nearly so) the scales for their movies in the past decade, with Pitt garnering a cool $25 million per pic. Not bad, but almost a paltry sum when compared to Tom Cruise, for instance, which Forbes listed as commanding a cool $75 million in 2012. But Pitt says he thinks that the conditions for unbelievable sums (at least for the bottom 99.7 per cent) may be heading back down to the mere stratosphere. “Yeah, that thing died,” Pitt said when asked if fellow A-listers can still easily command a $10 or so million per movie, according to BBC. “That arithmetic doesn’t really work right now…that deal’s not flying these days.” Going further on the economics of Hollywood right now, Pitt added, “”It’s a really interesting time. A lot of the studios have been challenged because of the economic downturn as well, so they’ve been betting on bigger, more tent pole kinds of things. At the same time that opens up a vacuum for really interesting new filmmakers to come in.” Pitt debuted Killing Them Softly in Cannes and is a producer on the title that will head to U.S. theaters next month. But not all films will automatically bring out the masses simply because their idols are in them. Nearly two hours of staring at Robert Pattinson sans vampirism failed to bring out the legions of people who otherwise crave to hear any tidbit possible about the latest travails of their obsession’s personal life. Cosmopolis, for instance, has only cashed in at $5.3 million worldwide so far (and only just over $700K in the U.S. – ouch). “You take the roles for the roles,” said Pitt. “And you’ve just got to balance economics like everyone does.”

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May 27, 2012

It’s time to say good bye to the Cannes Film Festival, eleven days of madness for me and even a few hours of sleep.

There were some highs and lows. A brief summary:

HIGH: Teaching Brad Pitt about emoticons. Who knew that the mega-star didn’t know what an emoticon was? OMG. Even though I am anti-emoticon in-person, I was happy to instruct on the matter during our interview about his film Killing Them Softly. I’m sure he’s emoticon-ing like mad right now with the kids.

On another tech note, Pitt agreed to do the movie with director Andrew Dominik with the simple text message that said “Yep.” Classic.

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February 6, 2012
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Eighteen of the 20 nominees in the acting categories will make an appearance at the Feb. 6 event which honors more than 150 Academy Award contenders.

More than 150 Oscar nominees will be honored at the annual Nominees Luncheon on Feb. 6, with nearly all of the nominated actors expected to make an appearance.

Eighteen of the 20 nominees in the best actor, actress and supporting categories have RSVP’ed for the event, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel this Sunday. A press release for the event notes that additional confirmations are expected to come in the next day.

Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Rooney Mara, Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams, Demian Bichir, George Clooney, Jean Dujardin, Gary Oldman and Brad Pitt should all be in attendance, filling out the complete Best Actor and Actress categories. Kenneth Branagh, Jonah Hill, Nick Nolte, Max von Sydow, Berenice Bejo, Melissa McCarthy, Janet McTeer and Octavia Spencer will represent the Supporting categories.

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February 6, 2012
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Several months ago it seemed as though this may be Brad Pitt’s year. For some, he’s a movie star who happens to know how to act. To others he is a talented character actor who happens to be a remarkably good-looking movie star. Pitt himself will often say that he has learned his craft over the course of a 20-year career peppered with hits and misses, but he has become known for his humility as well as his willingness to take chances and go against the grain of what could have been a one- or two-note body of work.

For a time in the precursor season, it appeared as though he may be nominated for “The Tree of Life” as well as “Moneyball.” Each would offer particular PR challenges. Neither necessarily represents a no-brainer Oscar win (great historical figure, person facing life-altering trauma or, as Ricky Gervais taught us in “Extras,” a Nazi or a nun). But “Moneyball” is also a film that is notably devoid of the bells and whistles of the traditional “sports movie.” There is no great triumph, no moment of cathartic victory in a neatly wrapped package of money and accolades. What the film does offer is a look at how and why we define ourselves and others as we do, as well as an exploration of a thinking man’s way through a system that is inherently inequitable.

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January 14, 2012
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Other new additions to the broadcast include Madonna, Nicole Kidman, Channing Tatum and Jane Fonda.

George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will all be in attendance during Sunday’s 69th annual Golden Globe Awards.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Friday night that the trio are among the latest to join the list of presenters, as are Madonna, Nicole Kidman, Channing Tatum, Jane Fonda, Harrison Ford, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Dustin Hoffman, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Colin Firth and several others.

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January 14, 2012
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