August 15, 2015

Would you expect anything less than arresting beauty from a film starring Angelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt? But the actress, who also wrote and directed this film about an estranged married couple struggling with grief, says that setting By the Sea in the 1970s wasn’t without its aesthetic challenges. “It makes me happy when people say the movie looks period but also beautiful,” she says. “I was little in the ’70s, and to see our old pictures, well…” She laughs. “It was not great.”

Filming took place in Malta last August, with the quiet island of Goza standing in for seaside France. Cinematographer Christian Berger (The White Ribbon) kept the look of the production as realistic as possible. “It’s all natural light so it doesn’t feel artificial,” Jolie Pitt says. “When we did scenes, we didn’t have big lighting setups in our face for close-ups.” That stripped-down intimacy helped with some of the film’s heavier moments. “We watch this couple go off the track and we wait to see if it gets more unhealthy, or if they will recover,” she says. “I think too often people go through very painful transformative experiences and they don’t stay together. They abandon each other.”

The reverse was true for the newly wedded stars — who worked on the film during their honeymoon — though it certainly wasn’t without its darker moments. “It was an emotionally charged set,” Jolie Pitt says. “Even though the characters are very different from us, when you act you still express real emotion.” Luckily, the couple’s six kids were on hand to ground them. “It’s impossible to bring your work home with you when you have to snap out of it for your children,” she says. “It wasn’t easy for either of us, but when we walked away, we were closer than we had been.”

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August 14, 2015
by admin / War Machine

Topher Grace has been set to play Brad Pitt’s wingman in Netflix’s war-on-terror-themed black comedy War Machine. The film is based on Michael Hastings’ best-selling nonfiction book The Operators: The Wild And Terrifying Inside Story Of America’s War In Afghanistan and satirizes the handling of that war, and the people running it. Pitt stars as a four-star rock star U.S. general patterned after Gen. Stanley McChrystal, and Grace has been set to play his civilian press adviser. David Michod wrote and directed, and Pitt produces with Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, in association with Ian Bryce.

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August 14, 2015
by admin / War Machine

The Graveyard of Empires has a new plot, as Not Fade Away‘s John Magaro has signed on to Netflix’s Plan B-produced black comedy War Machine. Based on Michael Hasting’s best selling nonfiction book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan, the film takes a satirical look at America’s decade-plus long military effort in the war-torn nation and the continent-sized egos of the people running it. Magaro will play Cory Burger, a special ops soldier and close advisor to General McMahon (Brad Pitt), the film’s stand-in for General Stanley McChrystal. Written and directed by David Michod, Pitt produces along with Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, in association with Ian Bryce.

Magaro was recently seen in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, and on Orange Is The New Black. He’ll next be seen this November in TWC’s Carol, directed by Todd Haynes and starring Rooney Mara, Disney’s The Finest Hours, directed by Craig Gillespie and starring Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Casey Affleck, and Paramount’s The Big Short, from director Adam McKay, aslo starring Brad Pitt, along with Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell.

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August 7, 2015

Ten years after lighting up the big screen in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are reuniting for the movies once again.

Entertainment Weekly released the first trailer for By The Sea, which offers a grim look at the messy relationship between lovers writer Roland (Pitt) and former dancer Vanessa (Jolie).

Harry Nilsson’s melancholy “Perfect Day” plays over the clip as Roland and Vanessa, yell, kick and scream at each other — very much like Pitt and Jolie’s first foray into on-screen romance!

The clip also features picturesque views of the island of Gozo, but don’t go planning your next vacation around the film’s locales. “It’s this lovely and quiet island and we built the hotel and bar,” Jolie explains. “Everyone who has seen the movie wants to go to that exact place — but it’s just the magic of film.”

Days after secretly tying the knot in France last summer, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Pitt were hard at work on their latest collaboration, By The Sea.

Now, thanks to exclusive access obtained by People magazine, we’re getting a first look at the couple as they reunite on-screen together in the romantic drama.

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August 7, 2015
by admin / By the Sea

For 2005’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt incorporated their real-life chemistry in playing husband-and-wife assassins. Ten years, five children, and one wedding later, Jolie says that the couple are drawing on another real-life element for their next collaboration—marital frustration.

In an interview with the D.G.A., the Oscar winner discusses By the Sea, the drama she wrote and directed “about a deeply unhappy couple on vacation in France who becomes involved with a pair of newlyweds staying at their seaside inn.” After filming the movie in Malta, Jolie reveals what it was like to be directing herself and her husband, who play the unhappy couple, during the drama’s more intense argument scenes.

“I’d be directing myself and him in a scene where we’re having a fight, and I’d be pulling out the parts [of him] that have an aggression toward me or when you’re frustrated with each other—it was very heavy,” says Jolie. “We kept joking that all of the crew felt like they were living in a house where the parents were fighting and you don’t know where to stand or where to look.”

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August 7, 2015
by admin / plan b

HBO is looking for a new director on its “Lewis & Clark” miniseries, which has shut down production in Canada.

Director John Curran, who co-wrote part of the mini, has exited the project, HBO confirmed. News of the shutdown and director switch was first reported by Deadline. “Lewis & Clark” stars Casey Affleck and Matthias Schoenaerts as the famed 19th century explorers who went on a remarkable three-year journey to map the western United States.

“Lewis & Clark,” which has been long in the works at HBO, has a glossy pedigree as a co-production of Tom Hanks’ Playtone banner, Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment and National Geographic Studios.

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