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Terrence Malick’s history of the universe flies by in under an hour on the giant Imax screen.
Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival a week after the 35mm feature film Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey bowed in Venice, the 45-minute Voyage of Time, The Imax Experience is not surprisingly the more visceral physical experience. It also is far less magical and mystical than the longer version, where Cate Blanchett questions the Mother about her purpose in the universe. Here, co-producer Brad Pitt’s matter-of-fact narration is stripped of spiritual connotations and seems aimed to dazzle a younger audience of children and students. As the history of the universe speeds by in spectacular full-screen images, the eerie, intimate, urgent need to know why, which was so unique in Life’s Journey, dissolves into a pure documentary and writer-director Terrence Malick’s voice is muted beneath all those superb visual effects.

Though the wonder of galaxies, nature and the planet Earth is magnified to room-size, the feeling of awe is undercut by a perhaps inevitably rushed quality. Let’s say that 45 minutes isn’t a whole lot of time to cover several billion years of natural history. Nearly all the shots used by editors Keith Fraase and Rehman Ali in the Imax film are present in the feature, which was long enough to give them time to construct a symphonic build-up to emotional peaks. Here, there is less music, more facts. On the other hand, the shorter format seems to follow the same structure of a chronological timeline, and no major sequence has been cut out.

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Sep 08
NY Times

1. Brad Pitt is a plant murderer.

The worst kind, too. The kind who lets a plant starve to death. The evidence, at two opposing corners of his office in Beverly Hills; skeletal remnants that long gave up hope of ever being watered. He’s been away for 10 months, he says. An explanation, if not exactly an excuse. Regardless, I vow to expose his plant-murdering ways because the American public deserves to know, and besides, at 52 one should take whatever notoriety one can get.

I’m at Plan B, the film production company Pitt co-founded in 2001 and now owns, and I’ve decided to impress him with my knowledge of architecture, something he learned about while helping to rebuild the Lower Ninth Ward in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. I figured I’d introduce him to Shigeru Ban, famous for his Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand, and other disaster-relief projects around the world. But there, sitting on Pitt’s bookshelf, is an entire monograph of his work.

Near his record player are Joe Strummer’s albums with the Mescaleros, not a surprise, but also rare books on fringe culture, including Danny Lyon’s “The Bikeriders,” which are. This is a revelation not because Pitt is a megastar, which can lead to a certain out-of-touchness, but because he’s a father, and the first thing that goes after having kids is coolness. The first thing that comes are jorts. So when he gets up to shake my hand — dressed in a white T-shirt, white jeans and a white fedora — he seems more like the Dude than a dad.

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It’s been quite the rough go for director Andrew Dominick’s Marilyn Monroe biopic. The film, regrettably, has been stuck in development hell for the past eight years now. It’s also seen several high-profile actresses, namely Naomi Watts and Jessica Chastain, attached to the project, but both eventually dropped out due to commitments set elsewhere. It appears, however, through the divine intervention of a streaming giant that the film has finally caught its big break. And unlike Marilyn, this film’s first exposure will be set in the stage of one of the most innovative media companies of the modern age.

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Amazon is negotiating with CAA to distribute its clients’ drama The Lost City of Z from James Gray. The period adventure based on the David Grann book stars Charlie Hunnam, Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson and Sienna Miller. It’s being produced by Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B, and is also slated as the closing night picture of the New York Film Festival on October 15.

The project, based on a true story, is set in the Amazon rainforest and is about the mystery surrounding British explorer Colonel Percival Fawcett who disappeared while searching for the lost city of Z. Sources said no deal is done, but they are working to close it.

CAA, who arranged the film’s financing, reps Gray, Pitt and Hunnam while Sierra/Affinity has been handling international sales.

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Good news. animated film junkies. Movie streaming site Netflix has announced its schedule of select animated films from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Pixar.

The availability of animated films from the leading animation studios today is the highlight of Netflix for the month of September. The movie-streaming site will also feature some of its original movies, Netflix announced way back in May.

The Netflix originals that will be featured this month include “Mascots” and “War Machine,” starring award-winning Hollywood actor Brad Pitt.

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Aug 19
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After losing director J.A. Bayona to the “Jurassic World” universe, Brad Pitt is zeroing in on an old friend for the “World War Z” sequel.

Sources have told Variety that Pitt, along with Paramount and Skydance, is in talks with David Fincher to direct the follow-up to the 2013 smash hit.

Pitt, who’s returning to star in and produce the next “World War Z” installment, recently met with a handful of other directors, but is said to be zeroing in on Fincher for the pic, which is expected to start filming in early 2017.

Skydance and Paramount had no comment on the development.

According to sources, Fincher and Pitt met two weeks ago to discuss the possibility of Fincher boarding the zombie tentpole. The talks were initially lukewarm, but sources now tell Variety that negotiations are much further down the road and that other director currently has an offer.

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