How Brad Pitt Scored the 2020 Producers Guild Achievement Award

Brad Pitt is everywhere these days, from revealing interviews in the New York Times Magazine to Oscar parties to support “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” But he’s also a top producer, a partner with Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner in Plan B. The respected trio will accept the coveted David O. Selznick Achievement Award — recognizing an outstanding body of work in motion pictures — at the 2020 Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.

Plan B is behind a raft of distinctive film and television projects; Pitt, Kleiner and Gardner place a premium on developing emerging talent and ignoring commercial concerns. This unconventional strategy has yielded Best Picture winners “12 Years a Slave” and “Moonlight,” and Oscar-winners “If Beale Street Could Talk,” starring Regina King, and “The Big Short,” as well as Oscar-nominated “Vice,” “Selma” and “The Tree of Life.” Other films include Pitt-starrers “Ad Astra” and “World War Z” (which has a sequel in the works), “The Last Black Man in San Francisco,” directed by Joe Talbot, Netflix’s “The King,” starring Timothee Chalamet, and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

They are currently in post-production on “Blonde,” directed by Andrew Dominik and starring Ana de Armas for Netflix, and Minari, directed by Lee Isaac Chung and starring Steven Yeun for A24.

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PGA Awards: Plan B’s Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner to Receive David O. Selznick Award

The producing trio will accept the honor at the Jan. 18 ceremony.

The Producers Guild of America will give the David O. Selznick Achievement Award to Plan B’s Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner at the 2020 Producers Guild Awards.

The prize, named after the Oscar-winning producer of Gone With the Wind and Rebecca, is given to producers for their “outstanding body of work in motion pictures.” Past recipients have included Barbara Broccoli, Jerry Bruckheimer, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Steven Spielberg and last year’s honoree Kevin Feige.

Plan B has produced a number of Academy Award-winning films over its 18-year run, including best picture winners 12 Years a Slave and Moonlight. Other Oscar nominations for the company include their movies Vice, The Big Short, Selma, If Beale Street Could Talk and The Tree of Life.

“For nearly two decades, Plan B has been at the forefront of bringing unique and compelling stories that inspire, motivate and connect to diverse audiences,” PGA presidents Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher said Thursday in a joint statement. “Their devotion to tackling some of America’s most timely topics with a fresh perspective and distinct voice in their storytelling is vital to raising the bar of the art and craft of filmmaking.”

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The Magic Behind the ‘Great Performers’ Issue

Jack Davison’s photographs capture this year’s best actors with a minimalist and inventive approach.

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Released in December, just before awards season, the Great Performers Issue is one of The New York Times Magazine’s most anticipated of the year. After watching many hours of movies released in 2019, The Times’s co-chief film critic A.O. Scott and critic-at-large Wesley Morris narrowed down their choices for most striking performances in film this year to 10 actors: Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Lopez, Elisabeth Moss, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lupita Nyong’o, Julianne Moore, Antonio Banderas and Robert De Niro. All 10 appear in this weekend’s issue of the magazine.

“You have to kind of read the room,” Mr. Davison said. Some actors asked questions and wanted to collaborate; others wanted him to do his thing. Mr. Pitt, for one, “was quite interested in what the materials did when I was shooting through them,” Mr. Davison recalled. Mr. Banderas even got playful. All told, Mr. Davison spent two days shooting in Los Angeles, two more in New York and one in Spain (to shoot Mr. Banderas).

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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Deleted Scene Shows Manson Freak Out on Cliff Booth

Actor Damon Herriman previously said Quentin Tarantino cut a few Manson moments from the movie before release.
There were more Charles Manson moments shot for Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood — and now they are coming to light thanks to Tuesday’s Blu-ray release, which includes a number of deleted scenes from the Quentin Tarantino film.

One of those scenes is an elongated introduction to Charles Manson, played by Damon Herriman in the Sony film.

In the theatrical release, Manson goes to the Hollywood Hills home where Sharon Tate and husband Roman Polanski live, looking for the former resident, music producer Terry Melcher, and his friend, Beach Boys member Dennis Wilson. He is told by Jay Sebring (Emile Hirsch) that the Polanskis live there now and is directed to talk to the home’s owner, Paul Barabuta, who lives adjacent to the property. End of scene.

But in the Blu-ray extras, that moment picks up and the audience sees Manson talk to Barabuta, trying to find out where Terry and Dennis moved. Barabuta tells him he has no idea.

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As the stuntman Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” Brad Pitt laid down a performance of vintage Hollywood dudeness. His character is equally at ease being a human security blanket for his B-list-actor boss, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, as he is subduing murderous Manson family members while tripping on acid. In James Gray’s “Ad Astra,” Pitt used the same tools he wielded so deftly in Tarantino’s film — laconic cool; understated emotion — to build an entirely different version of masculinity. In it, he’s Roy McBride, an astronaut on an interplanetary mission to find his absentee (in multiple senses of the word) father. But McBride’s imperturbability is rooted in repression and hurt, nothing like Booth’s so-it-goes acceptance. “The two characters could be connected,” Pitt says, “in the sense that you have to go through an evolution to get to a place of comfort. You have to go through profound internal hardships.”

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