Frieze L.A. Lands With Star-Studded Opening

Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jane Fonda and Jim Gianopulos were among those who welcomed the art fair Frieze to Los Angeles at the Paramount lot.

Not even yesterday’s torrential downpour could keep the throngs of visitors away from the inaugural edition of Frieze L.A., somewhat ironically situated in the “Blue Sky” tank of the Paramount Pictures lot. The global art fair, which launched in London in 2003 and expanded to New York in 2012, highlights artwork from more than 70 of the top galleries in the world (a third of them from L.A.), inside a — thankfully waterproof — 62,000-square-foot tent. Frieze L.A. is open to ticketed visitors through Sunday.

“What a great way to spend the morning,” Late Late Show host James Corden told THR, as he examined a piece by Gabriel Orozco called The Samurai Tree. “I’ll do anything to wander around looking at great art. I just want to see it all.”

In the first hour of the VIP preview, THR caught up with Ari Emanuel, CEO of Endeavor, which took a majority ownership of Frieze in 2016, as he snaked throughout the crowded booths in his sneakers with Frieze co-founder Amanda Sharp, shaking hands and accepting congratulations on the turnout.

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Oscars criticised by Brad Pitt, George Clooney and others over move to cut some awards from live telecast


One of the most important roles on a film set is, undeniably, filming the movie. Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron tweets cinematography and editing two of the most important categories Comes after a slew of missteps by Academy trying to improve telecast Unfortunately, if you are watching the Oscars this year you might not catch who is actually considered the best cinematographer, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In an effort to shorten its telecast and win back viewers after a record-low 26.5 million people watched in 2018, the Academy decided to present four statues during ad breaks. This week it was announced those awards are make-up and hairstyling, live action short, editing and cinematography, with “emotionally resonant” moments of the winners’ acceptance speeches shown later in the broadcast. The decision did not go down well, with a host of Oscar winners and nominees publicly denouncing the move.

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Chris Cornell Documentary in the Works From Brad Pitt and Peter Berg


A new documentary film centered on the life of Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell is in the works, Variety has learned. The film will be produced by Cornell’s widow, Vicky, along with Brad Pitt and Peter Berg’s Film 45 production company, which focuses on non-scripted entertainment and branded content. Berg (“Lone Survivor,” “Deepwater Horizon”) will direct. Cornell was the lead singer of Soundgarden from the band’s incarnation in 1984 until they broke up in 1997. He went on to front Audioslave with members of Rage Against the Machine before Soundgarden reunited in 2011. The band was in the middle of touring when, on May 18, 2017, Cornell died after a show in Detroit. His death was ruled a suicide. In January, Vicky Cornell and a number of the grunge icon’s fellow musicians, including Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament, threw a benefit concert, “I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell” at the Forum in Los Angeles. Guest performers included Miley Cyrus, Foo Fighters, Metallica, Brandi Carlile and Chris Stapleton. Pitt also made an appearance.

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David Fincher’s ‘World War Z’ Sequel Shuts Down at Paramount Over Reported Budget Issues


David Fincher’s highly anticipated “World War Z” sequel is reportedly no longer in development at Paramount. Sources close to production say the budget was the issue. David Fincher was apparently willing to direct the sequel for less than the $190 million price tag of the first movie, but the money required to pull of the film was still too high for Paramount. Production on the “World War Z” sequel was going to kick off in June. The film would have reunited Fincher with Brad Pitt after films such as “Fight Club” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” Marc Forster directed the original “World War Z,” which Paramount released in theaters during summer 2013. The movie was based on Max Brooks’ 2006 novel of the same name and starred Pitt as a former UN employee who travels the globe to find a cure to stop a massive zombie pandemic. The film was a sizable hit with audiences ($540 million worldwide), but its $190 million budget made it less of a financial win for Paramount than the studio wanted. Pitt has long wanted to return for a sequel.

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie ‘Reaffirm’ Their ‘Shared Commitment’ to French Estate with New Wine


The latest news from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie‘s French vineyard definitely sounds promising.

Despite their split, Pitt and Jolie remain committed to their winemaking and are even expanding their production line, with a new bottling commemorating their estate’s significant contribution to pop music.

Beginning March 5, you’ll be able to sample a second rosé from the former couple’s Miraval estate. The new release will be called Studio by Miraval, a nod to the property’s formidable heritage as a recording site, and is a nearly clear blend of estate-grown Grenache, Rolle, Cinsault and Tibouren grapes.

The launch of the new wine “reaffirms the couple’s attachment to Miraval,” a source tells PEOPLE, adding Pitt was deeply involved in its creation and participated during last September’s harvest. “A new wine shows their shared, continuing commitment to the estate. And the name ‘Studio’ is their way of recognizing the property’s musical roots.”

Pitt and Jolie found the property in 2008 (they finalized purchase in 2012) and while their 2016 separation fueled speculation they would put their 1200-acre French estate up for sale, sources have consistently told PEOPLE they remain committed to the property, viewing it “an investment for their children.”

In the six years since the couple launched their first award-winning Miraval rosé, they have introduced several other excellent vintages and last March, a small bottling of olive oil. As part of their investment in renewing the property, they have considerably upgraded the estate, improved storage and completed an on-site bottling facility.

Miraval possesses a grape-growing history stretching back to Roman times when it was a foothold on the Via Aurelia. Brad and Angelina’s presence has been largely responsible for focusing worldwide interest to the Var region’s wines, arguably attracting new neighbor George Lucas.

With Studio, they are throwing a spotlight on the estate’s musical history.

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