Springfield native Brad Pitt had a message Monday for the 2020 graduating class of the largest university in his hometown.
“Hi everyone,” he started, in a video message. “Brad here from quarantine with a shout out to the graduating class of Missouri State University.”
Pitt, a Kickapoo High School graduate, acknowledged the global coronavirus pandemic has created unusual circumstances for the Class of 2020. They spent the final weeks of their spring semester under stay-at-home orders, largely finishing work online.
They will not have an in-person commencement ceremony until October or December.
“It must be very strange doing this in these trying times but know we’re rooting for you,” Pitt said in the message. “Our money is on you to make this world a better place. And we wish you all the best in your future endeavors.”
He ended with a direct message to graduates: “So, you did it. You made it. Enjoy. Congrats, again, and think big.”
A week ago, Elizabeth King, an assistant professor at MSU made a plea to Pitt posted on Twitter. She appealed to his “Ozarks roots.”
“I’m reaching out to you because I’m feeling wild and why not. I’m hoping you can send a message of support for our 2020 grads at Missouri State,” King said. “As you know, graduation is clearly not what students anticipated and there is a lot of disappointment rolling around here in Springfield.
“And I think you could help, right? We love you. Everybody loves you.”
In a video message posted Monday evening, MSU President Clif Smart told Boomer: “I was really proud of all of our faculty and staff who sent literally hundreds of video congratulations to our seniors.”
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EXCLUSIVE: In an early buy for recently arrived producer Plan B Entertainment, Warner Bros has acquired Mickey7, a science fiction novel by Edward Ashton that will be published in 2021. Run by Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Plan B will produce.
UK rights to the book have been acquired by Solaris, and the U.S. rights are in play right now. Novel was pitched around Hollywood as The Martian meets Children of Time. The title character is an “expendable,” a person on missions who is sent on the most dangerous, even suicidal jobs. When an expendable dies, a new body is regenerated with most of the memories intact. Essentially, Mickey7 is the seventh iteration of an expendable who is undergoing an existential identity crisis while trying to keep his successor’s regeneration a secret and negotiating with the planet’s native species on a dangerous trip to colonize a new ice world.
“When Melissa McCarthy suggested unlacquered brass finishes, we knew we were dealing with someone who’s done this before. Brad [Pitt] is also obsessed with architecture and real estate. He not only walks the walk, he talks the talk.”
What was the most challenging project of the season?
“Though there are many similarities to our other shows, like Property Bros: Forever Home, I think the timeline was the most challenging part. With Brad Pitt’s episode, we had to pull everything off in under three weeks—essentially creating a completely self-contained detached-dwelling unit with all of the amenities in that time frame—in Los Angeles, no less. We may be certifiable.”
Having Brad Pitt on the debut season of your new TV show is a pretty big get. So big, in fact, it could even be mistaken for a prank, as told on the premiere episode of Jonathan and Drew Scott’s new show, “Celebrity IOU” (HGTV, Monday at 9 p.m. EDT/PDT).
“Jonathan just got a call one day, and the person was like, ‘Hey, this is Brad,'” Drew recalls to USA TODAY. “Jonathan’s like, ‘Brad from college or…?’ And he said, ‘No, Brad Pitt.”
It turns out the man who swept this past awards season and charmed us all with his acceptance speeches is a fan of the Scott brothers and their work, which includes renovation shows like “Property Brothers” and “Property Brothers: Forever Home.” In the newest television project, stars – including Melissa McCarthy, Viola Davis, Rebel Wilson, Michael Buble and Jeremy Renner – are able to pay back those who have greatly affected their lives.
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And the stars didn’t put on a show when it came to getting down and dirty. Drew says the famous faces wanted to be “hands-on.”
“They all wanted to use the power tools, they all wanted to smash through walls,” he says. “Nobody was just saying, ‘Oh, go renovate it for this person.'”
With his safety glasses and newsboy cap on, Pitt helps demo a ceiling and break through a wall to help give his longtime makeup artist Jean Ann Black a multi-use guest house/workspace. Pitt says the two are “like brother and sister,” and there are no ifs, ands or butts about it – they are close. He reveals on “Celebrity IOU” that while filming “Legends of the Fall” (1994), she had to touch up his tuchus over “bad tan lines.”
Repaying the favor in his own way, the movie star “knew what material would work best” for Black, Johnathan says, and provided helpful solutions to transform the space into what she needed. Pitt was also a delight on set.
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First the Scott brothers demo, and then they rebuild.
“Brad was such a gentleman, and he was so easy to work with and to talk to,” Jonathan says. “It was remarkable, too, because – I’ve never had this before with any celebrity I’ve ever met, but when he came in, the very first time, he took the time to meet everybody and he remembered every single crew member’s name, both the production crew and construction crew.
“And then, even in subsequent days when he would come back and film, or for the reveal, he remembered everybody’s name and took that time to show his appreciation,” Jonathan continues. “He was through and through a true gentleman.”