Australia’s 2020 AACTA International Awards

Australia descended on Hollywood for the ninth annual AACTA International Awards on Friday night, with the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts honoring the top performances on film this year.

Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” was named the best film of the year by the organization. But “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” was the top winner of the night, taking home wins in two of the five categories in which it was nominated — best direction by Quentin Tarantino and best supporting actor for Brad Pitt.

The award ceremony, which takes place just days before the 2020 Golden Globes, honors performances in seven categories — Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Lead Actor, Best Lead Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress — regardless of geography.

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Sound Designer Gary Rydstrom Describes “Subliminal” Work for ‘Ad Astra’ on THR’s ‘Behind the Screen’

His work “combines realistic and kind of point-of-view subconscious, subliminal sounds,” he says.
Sound pro Gary Rydstrom, who has won a remarkable seven Oscars and earned a total of 18 nominations, describes his work on James Gray’s Ad Astra in a new episode of The Hollywood Reporter’s Behind the Screen series recorded at Skywalker Ranch.

Rydstrom’s credits include work on classics Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Jurassic Park, Titanic and Saving Private Ryan, for which he earned Academy Awards for best sound (now sound mixing) and/or best sound effects editing (now sound editing). With additional credits including Pixar’s Toy Story and Finding Nemo, he has spent his entire career at Skywalker Sound, and was mentored by legendary Star Wars sound designer Ben Burtt.

In this episode of Behind the Screen, Rydstrom took a break from mixing to talk about his work as supervising sound editor, designer and rerecording mixer on Gray’s sci-fi adventure Ad Astra, which stars Brad Pitt as Roy McBride, an astronaut on a space mission that will also involve a search for his lost father, played by Tommy Lee Jones.

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Brad Pitt, Chris Evans, Laura Dern and Six Other Stars Grace the Covers of W’s Best Performances 2020 Issue

For the Best Performances 2020 issue, the stars of the biggest films of the past year posed for photographer Juergen Teller in the most quintessential of Los Angeles locales: strip malls, parking lots and hotel rooms. This time around, the annual portfolio features nine different covers, with Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood and Ad Astra), Joaquin Phoenix (Joker), Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers), Eddie Murphy (Dolemite Is My Name), Chris Evans (Knives Out and Avengers: Endgame), Laura Dern (Marriage Story and Little Women), Adam Driver (Marriage Story, The Report, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker), Adam Sandler (Uncut Gems) and Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story and Jojo Rabbit) at their bold, unvarnished, effervescent best. For the portfolio inside the issue, the actors sat down with W’s Editor at Large Lynn Hirschberg to discuss their lives and work: Dern reflects on her public perception (she’s never felt like an icon), Lopez recalls her early days as a dancer, and Murphy opens up about the films and comedy albums that influenced him as a kid. Here, all of Teller’s iconic covers for W’s first issue of the new decade, and its tenth edition of Best Performances.

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Be sure to read Brad’s hilarious (in my opinion) short interview right here.

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The Houston Film Critics Society

“Parasite,” the South Korean thriller that has become the surprise critical and box-office hit of the fall, keeps going from strength to strength. Now, it can add another honor to its mantle. The Houston Film Critics Society named it the year’s best picture at its 13th Annual Movie Awards ceremony at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Thursday night.

Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood,” which came into the contest with the most nominations at seven, went home with two: supporting actor (Brad Pitt) and poster art. “Marriage Story,” which had six nominations, had one win and it was for actor Adam Driver.

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Golden Globes: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon Set to Present

Additional presenters include Jennifer Aniston, Charlize Theron, Will Ferrell, Tiffany Haddish, Margot Robbie, Cate Blanchett, Daniel Craig, Sofia Vergara and Kerry Washington.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Charlize Theron, Will Ferrell and Tiffany Haddish are among the presenters set to take the stage for the 2020 Golden Globes on Sunday.

The 77th annual Golden Globes will air Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC live from the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. A two-hour, official red carpet preshow will stream live exclusively on Facebook Watch, hosted by Sofia Carson, A.J. Gibson, Jeannie Mai and Scott Mantz, starting at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.

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SimplyBrad.com

Yup, a new, simple design. Some changes to the website are to be made, the site will undergo some live renovations.

Still love working on it, but gosh it takes a lot of time and I can share that I am currently pregnant and am experiencing some issues, this is also causing some update delays sometimes (we also have an almost 2 year old running around that needs attention).

The Forum is officially closed. Thank you for everybody that participated and contributed news. It is where SB started: with just a simple forum and look where it is now, since 2005 (!)

Together with my longtime friend Shann, we will keep you updated on everything Brad, always. Do check out her brilliant Instagram Brad Pitt Career.

ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD – Production Design Vignette

Production Designer Barbara Ling discusses how she worked with director Quentin Tarantino to lovingly recreate 1969 Los Angeles in Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood.

The film visits 1969 Los Angeles during the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) face the challenges of an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The film features a cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Emile Hirsch, Margaret Qualley, Timothy Olyphant, Julia Butters, Austin Butler, Dakota Fanning, Bruce Dern, Mike Moh, Luke Perry, Damian Lewis and Al Pacino.

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‘Sweetbitter’ Canceled After Two Seasons at Starz

“Sweetbitter” has come to a bittersweet end.

The half-hour drama has been canceled by Starz after two seasons on the network. Season 2 wrapped up in August.

The half-hour drama series was based on the book of the same name by Stephanie Danler. It followed a 22-year-old woman (Ella Purnell) who, shortly after arriving in New York, landed a job at a celebrated downtown restaurant.

The series also starred Tom Sturridge, Caitlin FitzGerald, Evan Jonigkeit, Eden Epstein, Jasmine Mathews, Daniyar, and Paul Sparks. Danler served as creator, executive producer and writer on the series. Stuart Zicherman served as showrunner and executive producer along with Brad Pitt’s Plan B.

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Brad Pitt To Receive Santa Barbara Film Festival’s Maltin Master Award

Already a SAG, Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice nominee for his performance in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Pitt has won several awards for the role as well including from the National Board of Review. He also starred this fall in the science fiction drama Ad Astra, and on January 18 will be receiving the Producer Guild of America’s prestigious David O’Selznick Award (along with his Plan B partners Jeremy Kleiner and Dede Gardner) for his work behind the scenes with his prolific production company, which among many other films produced the Oscar winning Best Pictures 12 Years A Slave and Moonlight.

“Brad Pitt wears the mantle of Movie Star with good grace. He’s been giving great performances for several decades, but he makes it look so easy that I fear he’s been taken for granted. After the one-two punch of Ad Astra and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, this year he’s an ideal choice to be presented the Maltin Modern Master Award,” said Leonard Maltin, who will be moderating the evening.

The Modern Master Award was established in 1995 and is the highest accolade presented by SBIFF. Created to honor an individual who has enriched the culture through accomplishments in the motion picture industry, it was re-named the Maltin Modern Master Award in 2015 in honor of longtime SBIFF moderator and renowned film critic Leonard Maltin. Past recipients include Glenn Close, Denzel Washington, Michael Keaton, Bruce Dern, Ben Affleck, Christopher Plummer, Christopher Nolan, James Cameron, Clint Eastwood, Cate Blanchett, Will Smith, George Clooney and Peter Jackson.

Read more. My friend Shann is attending the ceremony, I am SO excited for her!