November 18, 2013
by admin / family

In an emotional night, Angelina Jolie became the youngest ever winner of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award on Saturday.

Also taking home honorary Oscars at the fifth annual Governors Awards were Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin (who choked up during his acceptance speech), and Italian costume designer Piero Tosi, who was unable to attend.

“My family, my love, your love and support make everything possible,” said a clearly emotional Jolie, 38, who attended the event with fiancé Brad Pitt and eldest son Maddox. “Mad, and your brothers and sisters, there is no greater honor than being your mom.”

Marcheline Bertrand, who died of ovarian cancer in 2007, was never far from Jolie’s mind on a night that honored the actress’s humanitarian efforts with the UN Refugee Agency, Doctors Without Borders and Global Action for Children.

“My mom loved art,” said the actress, who flew in from directing Unbroken in Australia. “She wanted for [brother James Haven] and I to have the life of an artist.”

Jolie added, “She believed nothing would mean anything if you didn’t lead a life that was of use to others.”

Read more. Beautiful speech. Brad attended together with their oldest son Maddox.

November 13, 2013
by admin / Fury

Filmmaker David Ayer, currently shooting Brad Pitt starrer Fury in the U.K., hit the headlines this week after filming war scenes featuring extras in Nazi uniforms on Remembrance Sunday, Britain’s equivalent of Veterans Day.

Ayer took to Twitter to express his “heartfelt apologies for any disrespect on Remembrance Day” after pre-dawn explosions and Nazi scenes were filmed in an Oxfordshire village for his film.

Ayer, himself a veteran, said “it was an honor” for him to be making a film in the U.K.
The director also posted a picture of a Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington Cemetery in the U.S. with his apology.

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November 13, 2013

• x080 Candids (2013).
• x002 ‘Sinbad’ Promotional Photoshoot.

Thanks Pittfary.

November 8, 2013
by admin / plan b

Not to be mistaken with the 1979 Disney film turned upcoming Joseph Kosinski remake, author Charles Burns’ “Black Hole” remains one of the great adaptations lying in wait. Published between 1995 and 2005, the highly acclaimed graphic novel drew attention from Hollywood immediately, with Paramount snagging the rights and putting Alexandre Aja to direct and the team of Roger Avary and Neil Gaiman to pen a script. In 2008, David Fincher replaced Aja as helmer, but Gaiman and Avary drifted away shortly thereafter. The project has since become another “what-if?” scenario; one of Fincher’s “lost projects” we hoped he would one day return to. And now looks like Brad Pitt and his production company Plan B is helping to make that happen.

Looking to the future following their Oscar contender “12 Years a Slave,” Pitt’s label Plan B has laid out an ambitious slate of projects (via THR), including the Andrew Dominik-directed Marilyn Monroe biopic, “Blonde,” an adaptation of Michael Hastings’ book “The Operators,” and most notably, a revived version of “Black Hole” with Fincher still attached. Burns’ book follows a group of Seattle teens in the 1970s who contract “The Bug,” an incurable sexually-transmitted disease that causes shocking mutations among them all.

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November 8, 2013

Robert Pattinson Joins Benedict Cumberbatch in James Gray Lost City of Z

David Grann’s acclaimed book serves as the basis for the movie, which Brad Pitt is producing under his Plan B banner

Robert Pattinson will join Benedict Cumberbatch in James Gray’s “The Lost City of Z,” an individual familiar with the long-gestating project has told TheWrap.

Brad Pitt was initially attached to star in the adaptation of David Grann’s acclaimed book, though he’s now strictly producing the film through his Plan B banner along with Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Anthony Katagas.

Read more. That takes Brad out of the cast for WWZ part 2, as I call it.

November 8, 2013

The production of the Warner Bros. western “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” is a unique entry in the annals of cinema history. The studio had been courting Andrew Dominik for some time, eager to work with the director of 2000’s “Chopper,” and he had a gem of a project for them to consider: a film about the outlaw Jesse James, based on a dense novel he found at a second-hand bookstore in Melbourne, Australia, with Brad Pitt in the iconic role.

Surely the studio saw dollar signs. Brad Pitt as Jesse James? It must have felt a few steps removed from a Batman movie. Batman in the wild west. But what Dominik had in mind wasn’t a Batman movie. It was a deeply ponderous, Malickian thing that would speak to themes of celebrity and a dying age. This would not be Jesse James in his prime. This would be, as the title lays bare, the end of a legend, and all the artistry such an unconventional take on that legend would suggest.

Read more. Very interesting! Second chance for the big screen (hopefully). Defenitely worth it imo.

November 8, 2013

Brad Pitt’s organization Make It Right is debuting the transformation of a rundown vacant metro school into new affordable housing in the urban core.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held this weekend for the former Bancroft Elementary School, but they gave an early behind-the-scenes look at the redevelopment. Kansas City, MO, Mayor Sly James and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II will participate in the weekend ceremony for what will now be the Bancroft School Apartments.

Local companies partnered with Make It Right to build the energy-efficient apartments located at 4300 Tracy Avenue from the school that originally opened in 1904 and then had sat empty for thirteen years.

“When the school closed it became a blight, a drain on the community. It brought things down. It didn’t help elevate it,” said Jim Nichols, the owner of Dalmark Development Group.

Crews are finishing the final touches to begin leasing the apartments to low-income families.

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November 4, 2013

• x018 ‘Fury’ on set: Oxford, UK (10/31/13).
• x015 ‘Fightclub’ Promotional Photoshoot.
• x015 ‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith’ Promotional Photoshoot.
• x005 Photoshoots – Set 225.
• x010 Premieres – Going Upriver (10/20/04).
• x092 Candids (2013).

Thank you Pittfary.

October 18, 2013

But what about the people who actually made the film? Did they find it odd that Brad Pitt gave himself the role of practically the only decent white man in the entire film?

“Gave!?” asked Ejiofor, laughing, when I posed the question while interviewing him for a profile. “Yeah, I think everything else was pretty [much] taken. But, you know, without him, there wouldn’t be a film. He was just so instrumental in making this film happen. He’s such a champion of filmmakers and the things that he believes in and can put his weight behind.” Plus, he added, Pitt agreeing to take a role in the film is likely what allowed director Steve McQueen to, among other things, cast Ejiofor, who doesn’t yet have Pitt’s marquee name. “I don’t know what the full machinations are, but I imagine that him being around and lending that kind of support and weight to something is very freeing for [financiers]. They think, Okay, well, we can give the director some latitude.”

Pitt, likewise, defended his appearance when we spoke on the phone, calling it merely, “a cameo in support of the film.” Was playing the sympathetic savior at the end his choice or McQueen’s? “It helped get the thing done,” he said. “I sit in a very fortunate position where I can help push things over the edge with difficult stories, and this was one of those instances. So it’s merely for that, not so much that I was certainly needed performance-wise.” In other words, someone was going to have to play that part, and it might as well be one of the biggest movie stars in the world. And as to why he’s the only white person the audience can remotely root for in the film, he said, laughing, “Well, it’s slavery. It’s a slavery period [piece], so you know … ”

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October 16, 2013

“It’s one of those few films that … cuts to the base of our humanity,” Pitt told Ann Curry on TODAY on Wednesday. “And it was not until I saw Solomon Northup’s story that I fully, fully (grasped) the utter horror of losing your freedom or denying another one their freedom, taking their freedom, splitting their family apart.”

“It’s why I got into film in the first place,” Pitt said.

Pitt told Curry that his role is small — he’s onscreen for about eight minutes — but putting himself in the forefront was never his goal.

“I’m there to support the story,” he said. “The main performances are Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o, (Michael) Fassbender. These are such demanding parts. These guys had to keep themselves in just this perpetual state of angst and foreboding and longing. And they did it.”

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