October 5, 2015
by admin / The Audition

An inconspicuous cinema tucked at the back of a South Korean shopping mall is an unexpected setting for the world premiere of a new film by an Oscar-winning director,featuring some of cinemas biggest stars.

But this is just where Martin Scorsese’s “The Audition” starring Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, will debut Saturday (oct 3).

The idea for the film was conceived by Australian playboy billionaire James Packer to promote Studio City, the US$3.2 billion Hollywood-inspired casino he and his partner at Melco Crown Entertainment, Lawrence Ho, are building in the Chinese enclave of Macau, and another similar project titled City of Dreams being built in Manila.

The 16-minute production features in the Short Film Showcase section at the 20th Busan International Film Festival.

It had been scheduled to show first at the Venice Film Festival and was one of the event’s most hotly anticipated screenings, but it was pulled from the programme at the last moment due to “technical problems”, according to a statement released by festival organisers. They had earlier defended showing such a commercially natured production.

“It’s a Scorsese film, not a commercial. The casino paid for the film, but it’s not in the film at all,” Venice director Alberto Barbera told The Hollywood Reporter earlier this year.

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September 25, 2015
by admin / The Big Short

Paramount Pictures has sprung a surprise new entry into the awards-season mix, setting the Adam McKay-directed adaptation of the Michael Lewis book The Big Short to be AFI’s closing-night gala film on November 12 before it opens limited on December 11 and goes wide December 23. That adds another film to what is shaping up to be the most competitive year-end movie market in recent memory.

The studio today releases its first trailer for a Paramount/New Regency film that stars Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Melissa Leo, Marisa Tomei, Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling. Written by Charles Randolph and McKay, the pic is based on Lewis’ book, The Big Short: Inside The Doomsday Machine, about the buildup of the housing and credit bubble during the 2000s. When four outsiders saw what the big banks, media and government refused to see — the global collapse of the economy — they had an idea: the Big Short. Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking, where they must question everyone and everything.

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September 25, 2015
by admin / plan b

Felix van Groeningen (The Broken Circle Breakdown) is to direct Beautiful Boy, an American feature produced by New Regency and Brad Pitt’s Plan B. Van Groeningen is currently finishing post-production on his fifth feature, Belgica, which is scheduled for an early 2016 release.

Based on the book ‘Beautiful Boy: A Fathers’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction’ by David Sheff and ‘Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines’ by his son Nic, it is a story of meth addiction and recovery seen through the eyes of a father as he watches his son struggle with the disease.
Brad Pitt is producing Beautiful Boy through his production company Plan B, together with New Regency, which has recently been responsible for such films as Birdman and Gone Girl. Luke Davies (Candy, Life) is currently working on the script; no cast names have been announced so far.

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September 22, 2015
by admin / The Big Short

September 18, 2015

Samsung hosted its annual star-studded Hope for Children benefit gala (#SamsungGives) today featuring celebrity guests Ben Stiller, Tony Bennett, Josh Lucas and Rob Thomas. The event, held at the Manhattan Center in New York City, honored Samsung’s guests and partners, including Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation, who have helped to improve children’s lives and communities in the United States.

“Tonight’s gala pays tribute to building hope for children around the world by providing access, applying innovation to solve problems, and raising awareness in health, education, and community impact.”

With more than 700 guests in attendance, the event raised $2 million to benefit children’s health and education programs. One hundred percent of the gala proceeds and additional funds raised by Samsung throughout the year under its Hope for Children initiative go directly to the charities. New to this year’s gala, lucky Galaxy Samsung+ members were invited to attend an exclusive gala party and live music showcase featuring Nick Cannon and Icona Pop followed by a concert performance by Demi Lovato.

Make It Right, founded by Brad Pitt, was honored with the “Champion of Hope” award for the organization’s efforts building hundreds of solar-powered, affordable homes for families in need around the United States. Ben Stiller presented the award to homeowner Leslie Archie, who talked about her journey and the impact the organization had on her community, the Lower 9th Ward, after Hurricane Katrina.

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September 18, 2015


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September 3, 2015
by admin / family

There’s nothing better than a little father-son bonding!

Brad Pitt took his youngest son Knox, 7, to the MotoGP British Grand Prix race Sunday in Silverstone, England, just days before the release of the documentary Hitting The Apex, a film narrated by Pitt, 51.

The actor, who held on tightly to his son’s hand while making their way through the crowd, was accompanied by Hitting The Apex director Mark Neale. Though the duo were there to promote the upcoming film, Pitt couldn’t help but take some time to watch the race with Knox.

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September 3, 2015
by admin / The Audition

The Venice Film Festival premiere of Martin Scorsese’s star-studded new short film that was set for next month has been canceled.

“The Biennale of Venice regrets to announce that the short film The Audition by Martin Scorsese will not be presented at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival,” festival organizers said in a statement to EW. “We have just been informed by the production that due to unexpected technical problems the film could not be here in time.”

Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Brad Pitt, and Scorsese himself star in The Audition, which casts the high-wattage actors as themselves in a battle to win a part in Scorsese’s next (fake) film. The short was first announced back in August of last year, and was made, in part, to promote Melco-Crown Entertainment casinos in Macau and Manila. Terrence Winter, screenwriter of Scorsese and DiCaprio’s The Wolf of Wall Street, wrote the script for The Audition, which was produced by Brett Ratner.

Earlier this year, teaser trailers for the short debuted online, but were later removed.

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August 29, 2015

Hollywood A-listers, catering, security, hundreds of trucks and even a pack of baying fox hounds, that’s what it takes to film The Lost City of Z in Co Down

They arrived under cover of darkness, a rumbling crowd of anonymous white vans, interspersed with Land Rovers, jeeps and catering trucks, packed with riggers, runners and security guards.

The cavalcade made its way along the winding country roads from Belfast to Greyabbey on beautiful Strangford Lough.

They edged along Newtownards Rd, too heavy for the little village and a bad bend at quaint Orange Tree House.

And finally parked up military fashion on farm land.

It was only as daylight broke that they could see the stunning surroundings of a piece of land rising out of the mist – they were at an island, or as locals call it, T’Island.

And bang in the middle of this remote beauty spot they could see a little white washed cottage with no electric or running water.

But it was here that Hollywood A-list Brad Pitt had agreed to film scenes for his movie, The Lost City of Z.

And for more than three days they camped out, enduring wind, rain, hail and just a little sunshine until filming came to an end on Friday morning.

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August 29, 2015
by admin / By the Sea

Universal Pictures’ “By the Sea” will world premiere Nov. 5 as the opening-night film of the AFI Fest. Pic, to screen at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, was written, directed, produced by and stars Angelina Jolie Pitt and also stars and was produced by Brad Pitt.

The cast includes Mélanie Laurent, Melvil Poupaud, Niels Arestrup and Richard Bohringer.

The 29th AFI Fest takes place Nov. 5-12 in Hollywood. Screenings and galas will be held at the Dolby Theatre, TCL Chinese Theatre, the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The full festival lineup and schedule will be unveiled in October.

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