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TORONTO — The upcoming film “12 Years a Slave” is a harrowing look at slavery, but its stars, including Brad Pitt, say it’s a subject that needs to be explored more on the big screen.

Pitt, whose Plan B company produced the film about a free man sold into slavery, was at its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. Pitt said he was first drawn to the film because of its British director, Steve McQueen, known for such films as “Hunger” and “Shame.”

“We started talking to him about what he most wanted to do next and he asked the question, asked the question that no American asked, why aren’t there more films about slavery?” Pitt recalled on Friday night. “And that’s what he wanted to do. And that’s where it started and that’s what led us here tonight.”

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With his hair hanging below his shoulder, Brad Pitt sat on the stage of the Palm Theater after the screening of “12 Years a Slave.” There had been low-register buzz earlier in the day that Pitt, whose company Plan B produced the searing drama, would be in the mountain town for the world premiere. Set to open in the fall, “12 Years a Slave” is based on the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man who in 1843 was kidnapped while traveling and sold into slavery.

“First of all, I’ve seen this film a couple of times now and I find it a little difficult to speak afterwards,” said Pitt. “It might be more productive if we just had a group walk around the block.” Nearby sat McQueen and his astounding cast: Northup’s portrayer Chiwetel Ejifor; Michael Fassbender, who plays slave owner Edwin Epps; and Lupita Nyong’o, making a searing debut as Patsey.
Pitt is right. McQueen, a celebrated British artist turned filmmaker, has made a film that is as brilliantly crafted as it is relentless in depicting slavery.

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Hulu is continuing to expand its original programming slate, announcing on Tuesday that they had purchased 10 episodes of half-hour series “Deadbeat,” a supernatural comedy co-produced by Lionsgate and Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment.

“Deadbeat” comes from creators Cody Heller and Brett Konner, who previously worked on FX’s “Wilfred.” Set to debut next year, the series focuses on a hapless but gifted male medium who aids New York’s ghosts in settling their unfinished business. Troy Miller (“Flight of the Conchords”) will direct and executive produce all episodes through his Dakota Pictures banner.

“On behalf of the Hulu team, we are very proud to be working with Cody, Brett, Troy and the talented executives of Lionsgate and Plan B on this uniquely funny and imaginative show,” said Charlotte Koh, Hulu’s head of development in a statement. “‘Deadbeat’ is a welcome addition to our growing slate of smart, distinctive original programming.”

With production slated to begin in the fall, “Deadbeat” joins Hulu’s original content slate that includes Seth Meyers’ “The Awesomes” and western comedy “Quick Draw.”

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Clint Eastwood’s boy, Scott (“Invictus”, TVs “Chicago Fire”) is set to join the cast of David Ayer’s WWII Tank Pic “Fury”, according to Deadline.
The movie, about the crew of a Sherman Tank in the final weeks of World War II, stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Pena, Logan Lerman and Jon Bernthal.
Eastwood, who also appeared in his father’s films “Gran Torino” and “Flags of our Fathers”, will next be seen in the indy films “Dawn Patrol” and “Walk of Fame”.

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World War II veteran Ray Stewart, 90, of Gastonia recently went to Hollywood where he met with actor Brad Pitt and other cast members in the movie “Fury.” Set in the last days of World War II, the film now in production is about a five-member Sherman tank crew on a dangerous mission behind enemy lines. Stewart, who was a gunner on a Sherman tank, and three other veterans of the 2nd Armored Division, were invited by moviemakers to share their World War II experiences with the actors who will portray a tank crew in the movie.

GASTONIA — The name Brad Pitt didn’t mean much to 90-year-old Ray Stewart when he recently got an invitation to meet the superstar in Hollywood.

A World War II tank gunner/driver who fought at the Battle of the Bulge, Stewart and three other veterans were asked to come share their experiences with Pitt and other cast members playing a tank crew in the new war movie “Fury.”

Stewart’s idea of a film star had always been John Wayne. But his grandkids filled him in about Pitt.

“They jumped up and down when they heard I was going,” said Stewart, who lives in Gastonia, west of Charlotte.

According to a Sony Pictures news release, “Fury” is set at the end of World War II as the Allies make their final push in the European Theater. Pitt plays an Army sergeant who commands a Sherman tank and a five-man crew on a dangerous mission behind enemy lines. The film is scheduled for release in November 2014.

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Fox Searchlight recently moved up the theatrical debut of Steve McQueen’s highly-anticipated drama 12 Years A Slave, from December 27 to October 18.

It’ll open in a limited roll-out and will then expand nationwide in successive weeks.

The R-rated slave narrative, McQueen’s 3rd feature, boasts a rather impressive cast of actors, including: Chiwetel Ejiofor (as Solomon Northup, the star of the film and whose story it tells), Michael Fassbender, Ruth Negga, Adepero Oduye, Alfre Woodard, Lupita Nyong’o, Paul Dano, Benedict Cumberbatch, Scoot McNairy, Garret Dillahunt, Brad Pitt, Michael K. Williams, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson and others.

I expect it to be an awards season favorite, especially in key roles, both in front of and behind the camera, and TIFF has proven to be an early testing ground for Oscar-caliber films. So reviews of the film after its TIFF premiere will be closely-watched.

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