March 25, 2015
by admin / family

LOS ANGELES — TWO years ago I wrote about my choice to have a preventive double mastectomy. A simple blood test had revealed that I carried a mutation in the BRCA1 gene. It gave me an estimated 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. I lost my mother, grandmother and aunt to cancer.

I wanted other women at risk to know about the options. I promised to follow up with any information that could be useful, including about my next preventive surgery, the removal of my ovaries and fallopian tubes.

I had been planning this for some time. It is a less complex surgery than the mastectomy, but its effects are more severe. It puts a woman into forced menopause. So I was readying myself physically and emotionally, discussing options with doctors, researching alternative medicine, and mapping my hormones for estrogen or progesterone replacement. But I felt I still had months to make the date.

Then two weeks ago I got a call from my doctor with blood-test results. “Your CA-125 is normal,” he said. I breathed a sigh of relief. That test measures the amount of the protein CA-125 in the blood, and is used to monitor ovarian cancer. I have it every year because of my family history.

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March 21, 2015
by admin / plan b

HBO Films has acquired Nightingale starring David Oyelowo (Selma) for a May 29 premiere. Directed by Elliott Lester from a screenplay by Frederick Mensch, Nightingale is a single-character drama that probes the darkest corners of a disturbed mind, as a war veteran begins to unravel thread by thread. The searing story of solitude and isolation offers a poignant look at how life has failed one man.

Plan B Entertainment produced Nightingale with BN Films in association with Sea Smoke Entertainment and Yoruba Saxon Productions. Josh Weinstock, Katrina Wolfe, Elliott Lester, and Oyelowo are exec producers as well as Plan B’s Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner.

“We are proud to be partnered with Plan B on this bold and powerful film,” said Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. “This extraordinary solo performance by the incomparably talented David Oyelowo clearly demonstrates why he is one of the most gifted actors today.”

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March 21, 2015
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Brad Pitt’s Plan B Productions have optioned the 1981 Stephen King short story The Jaunt for a feature adaptation. The production company has attached Andres Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti, the filmmakers behind the 2013 thriller Mama, to develop the adaptation, with Andres Muschietti possibly directing. As per his standard practice, Stephen King sold his option to the short story for just $1, with the filmmakers given a 90-day window to set a writer in place and make headway in the development process. If enough progress is made within that time frame, no more money changes hands, so look for this project to develop quickly.

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March 21, 2015
by admin / plan b

From an interview with author Daniel H. Wilson.

How is this research going to be reflected in your upcoming work?

I am writing this screenplay for Lionsgate called Alpha with Plan B [Brad Pitt’s production company]. Although there was just an article the other day that made me sad. The movie Big Hero 6 was based on my graduate school advisor Chris Atkeson’s research on inflatable medical robots. He is interviewed in The Escapist Magazine and mentioned me; he said he was “saddened” his student decided to portray robots in a negative light with the Robopocalypse. I just dashed off an email to him letting him know that my latest project is very pro-robot. He will be very happy whenever he sees it. The robots are heroes, instead of villains.

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March 21, 2015
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Hulu is bringing back quirky supernatural comedy “Deadbeat,” with the second season of the original series produced by Lionsgate Television set to debut April 20 for the Internet-streaming service’s premium subscribers.

The show’s season two premiere will come nearly a full year after Hulu announced the renewal for the show at the 2014 Digital Content NewFronts in New York in April 2014. All 13 episodes will be available on the Hulu Plus subscription service on April 20.

“Deadbeat” stars Tyler Labine (“Monsters University,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”) as medium-for-hire Kevin Pacalioglu, who tries to solve unresolved worldly problems of dead people so they can rest in peace.

“Deadbeat” season two will feature guest stars including James Franco, Danny DeVito, Fred Armisen, Michael Ian Black, Gilbert Gottfried, Jim Norton, Zach Levi and Finn Wittrock.

Created by Cody Heller and Brett Konner (“Wilfred,” “The Inbetweeners”), “Deadbeat” is produced by Lionsgate Television in association with Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment and Dakota Pictures. Executive producers are Heller; Konner; Dan Lagana (“Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous”), who also serves as showrunner; and Plan B’s Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner. Co-executive producers are Sarah Esberg, Don Poquette and David Baldy.

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March 21, 2015
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Netflix has ordered drama series “The OA” from Plan B Entertainment and Anonymous Content to premiere in 2016.
The eight-episode series stars indie actress Brit Marling (“Arbitrage,” “Another Earth”), who also serves as writer and executive producer along with Zal Batmanglij (“Sound of My Voice,” “The East”).
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Marling and Batmanglij previously collaborated on “Another Earth” and “Sound of My Voice,” both of which screened at Sundance in 2011. This is the first television project for the pair.
Details about the story of “The OA” have yet to be revealed.
Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner serve as executive producers from Brad Pitt‘s Plan B, and Michael Sugar, partner at Anonymous Content, also executive produces. “The OA” is a Netflix production.

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March 21, 2015
by admin / plan b

New Regency has acquired an untitled dramatic thriller that will be helmed by BAFTA-nominated ’71 director Yann Demange. Producing are the Plan B trio of Dede Gardner, Brad Pitt and Jeremy Kleiner along with Angus Lamont and Molly Smith. The fast-tracked project is scripted by ’71 scribe Gregory Burke.

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February 24, 2015
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The fire service and paramedics were called to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s Los Angeles mansion on Monday. © Provided by Bang The fire service and paramedics were called to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s Los Angeles mansion on Monday.

Fire fighters and paramedics were called to Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s home.

The emergency services are reported to have rushed to the couple’s LA mansion on Monday (16.02.15) and were later spotted chatting to a passer-by walking his dog before vacating the residence.

It is not yet known why the firemen and medical team were called to the property and whether Angelina, 39, Brad, 51, and their six children, Maddox, 13, Pax, 11, Zahara, 10, Shiloh, eight, and six-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox were at home during the incident.

However, it is likely the couple were in the area at the time after stepping out together at the American Society of Cinematographers 29th Annual Outstanding Achievement Awards held at the nearby Hyatt Regency Century Plaza near Beverly Hills on Sunday.

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February 24, 2015
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“At 20, we’re all looking for Prince Charming, the big handsome hunk, only we’re generally disappointed because of his instability,” the actress tells France’s Dandy magazine. “At 40, you know what you want: a real man.”

Jolie, 39, found her “real man” in Brad Pitt, 51, and opened up about their family-centric wedding at their French estate.

“It wasn’t a wedding in grand style, but we were all very at ease, very cool,” she tells the mag. “It was absolutely adorable to see how excited [our children] were by the idea, and how much they were all involved.”

“For example, we told Knox and Shiloh they’d carry the rings without specifying they’d have a cushion to carry them,” she continues. “On the day, they arrived with two matched cushions on their own. I imagine they’d seen it in a movie. In short, they were so cute!

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February 24, 2015
by admin / The Big Short

“The Big Short” is coming to the Big Easy. Brad Pitt’s big-screen adaptation of New Orleans native Michael Lewis’ best-selling Wall Street expose — set to feature an A-list cast that will reportedly include Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale and Steve Carell — has set up offices in town and is eyeing a March start to production.

In keeping with studio practice, Paramount Pictures has yet to publicly announce where the film will shoot or to respond to a request for comment. But the state film office confirmed Wednesday morning (Feb. 11) that it has received an application from the studio for the project.

“This application is under review by my office and we look forward to production starting in a month or so,” said Chris Stelly, the executive director of Louisiana Entertainment.

A handful of local film industry workers confirmed this week that the film is already scouting local shooting locations and hiring crew ahead of the start to principal photography. The pace of local pre-production work is expected to accelerate after the local Carnival season, which culminates on Feb. 17, Fat Tuesday. It’s unclear how long the local shoot will last.

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