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Brad Pitt And Josh Brolin May Go Like Hell

Jay Leno isn’t the only Hollywood celebrity with a hanger full of cars. Los Angeles is full of closet gear heads and, they’re lining up to do 20th Century Fox’s new racing movie, Go Like Hell.

The film is based on recently optioned book called “Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans”. Set in the 1960s, the book is the true story of the Ford motor company’s attempt to beat the exotic Euro auto manufacturers at their own game by hiring a crack team to beat them in European racing. It’s the 60s by the way which manes safety took a back seat to speed and race car drivers were as much daredevils as they were professionals. Blowing up halfway down the track wasn’t out of the question.

What’s most interesting about this project are the number of big names who may be involved. Producer Lucas Foster appeared this week on the Adam Carolla Podcast and talked endlessly about his plans for the film, including who might star in it. Lucas says, “I have a lot of interest from big actors. It would shock you the telephone calls that have come in from people.” In particular Foster says, “There’s a lot of conversation with my good friend, Brad Pitt.” He further confirmed that they’ve spoken to Josh Brolin while mentioning that he’s also interested in Russell Crowe, Matt Damon (for the role of Phil Hill), Eric Bana, and Daniel Day-Lewis.

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Interview with Kevin Macdonald, director of State of Play

How did you get involved with the project?

A: I was actually contacted originally by Brad Pitt who at that time was starring in the film and they were looking for a director of the movie. I had an association with his company and somebody suggested my name in association with this, so I met Brad, I spoke to Universal about it and that was how I got involved. So it was bizarre that I ended making the film even though the actor ended up not doing the film, which was quite strange, as he invited me to the party, as it were.

You also had to contend with Brad Pitt leaving the film just before you were due to start shooting. What was that like?

A: Right from the very beginning we had different views on what the film was going to be and I assumed because of the way that he kept going and was involved with the film until a week before we started shooting that was just the way that he was and that he would disagree with you about things and that you would argue about it. And I think that is the way he is, I think he gets himself involved with things and then gets cold feet and argues a bit and it’s sort of backwards and forwards, it’s the way he gets himself to be ready to be in the film. I think that’s what happens, from what I understand, on a lot of his projects. I didn’t think he was not going to do the movie until a week before we were ready to start shooting.

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“Baby Fae”-Inspired Film “Untamed Heart” Might Have Starred Madonna, Brad Pitt

With all the news today about “Baby Fae,” the California baby who was given the world’s first baboon heart transplant in 1984 and lived 21 days, Speakeasy’s memory was jogged into thinking about the film “Untamed Heart.” We have a soft spot for the 1993 romantic drama, which starred Christian Slater as a sensitive busboy with, yes, a baboon’s heart, because it was the first PG-13 movie we ever paid good allowance money for. The film co-starred a pre-”My Cousin Vinny” Marisa Tomei as Caroline, a waitress who falls for Slater’s character after he rescues her from an attempted rape by a couple of thugs.

Speakeasy tracked down “Untamed Heart” screenwriter Tom Sierchio to talk to him about his inspiration for the film.

As for Adam, the part that went to Slater, Sierchio says he met “quite a few times” with Woody Harrelson about the part (who would later do a popular sketch on “Saturday Night Live” with Dana Carvey that featured the line: “The sun feels good on my baboon heart!”) and that Brad Pitt was “dying” to do the movie. But, says Sierchio, Slater’s 1992 film “Kuffs” had just come out and had a $10 million weekend, so MGM “didn’t have the foresight and went with the sure thing with Christian.” (Reps for Madonna, Harrelson and Pitt couldn’t be reached for comment.)

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‘Inglourious Basterds’ Oscar campaign gets off to a roaring start

After running up a huge gross of more than $250 million worldwide since its late August opening, director Quentin Tarantino’s WWII epic “Inglourious Basterds” is now shifting gears from its initial marketing phase as a “popcorn picture” to serious Oscar contender.

Thursday that campaign seemed to begin in earnest for the Weinstein Co. when Tarantino was honored with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Kirk Douglas Award for excellence in film at a black-tie gala at the Four Seasons Biltmore resort in Montecito, a voter-rich area with close to 100 Academy members in residence at various times.

Festival organizers threw a lavish cocktail party and sit-down dinner featuring generous clips of such Tarantino landmark movies as “Reservoir Dogs,” “Jackie Brown,” “Kill Bill” and of course “Inglourious Basterds.” Among those in attendance were Douglas and wife Anne, who were seated next to the honoree, star Diane Kruger and the film’s producer, Lawrence Bender. Festival director Roger Durling and board President Jeffrey Barbakow (former MGM/UA head) both made amusing and well-received remarks. Comedian and Santa Barbara resident Dennis Miller shared a table with “Basterds” co-star Samm Levine along with the entire Barbakow clan, including wife Margot and sons Bennett and Max.

A consultant working on the film told me this campaign is a fun one so far, as the pressure is off. The film is already more successful than even their wildest hopes, so awards are just the icing on this particular cake. Considering the strong response the film seems to be getting in the industry, nominations for screenplay, directing, supporting actor (Christoph Waltz, maybe even Brad Pitt, too), editing, cinematography, sound, costumes and best picture are realistic goals in a wide-open season so far, especially if the film’s occasionally graphic violence doesn’t turn off queasy voters. With Oscar maven Harvey Weinstein calling the shots anything is possible, even with internal competition from other expected Weinstein contenders, including the still unseen “Nine,” “A Single Man” and perhaps “The Road” (at least for Viggo Mortensen).

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Christoph Waltz on Brad

When you first heard Brad Pitt’s accent for [Aldo] Raine, what do you think? Your characters, their encounter at the end, it’s a very strange relationship. His accent seems incredibly risky to me, but I think it works in the end. Your opinion?

Christoph Waltz: Well, I read the words on the script, and in a way, when I heard Brad Pitt speak like that, it was 100% congruent with the words. Right now, I can’t separate one from the other. Even when I go back to the written word, I hear Brad say it. So, apparently, that is how it was written. And when we worked together, I learned something from Brad, something that I really admire in him, how generous he is. And I really learned how generosity on a set, how it can actually change…how generosity has an influence on everyone who is there and working on the film. Everyone who is around him. And he has a professional calmness and he’s just such a cool guy. He’s not impersonal, and he’s immensely generous. And this generosity allowed me to rise to the occasion, I feel.

Source/discuss. Thanks Gabriella.

Resident Supports Brad Pitt As Mayor & Shares Memories Of the Famous Couple

Brad Pitt may not have any confidence in his own mayoral bid but one person who benefited from his Make It Right Foundation thinks otherwise. Melba Leggett-Barnes, who received a new home through the charity, chatted with about her recent run-in with Pitt and the support he has shown her from the moment they met. She also discusses her experience with Angelina Jolie and what the actress is like as a mom.

I think he would win no problem – I know that I would vote for him. I saw Brad on Tuesday and he gave me a great big hug before he did his interview with Anne Curry,” Leggett-Barnes shared. “He is a very genuine and down-to-earth person and although he has said his policies wouldn’t go with the position of mayor a lot of people would love to see him in the job.” (Pitt had joked that he could not win an election because of his pro-gay marriage, marijuana legalization, and no religion views.)

Both my husband Baxter and I are very grateful to him and his foundation for giving us another chance because we lost everything in the hurricane,” she added. Their $150,000 environmentally friendly house was one of the first to be built by Pitt’s foundation after Hurricane Katrina destroyed the lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans. Several of their neighbors drowned in the hurricane and the they ended-up living in a trailer before the Make It Right Foundation stepped in and started to rebuild much safer homes.

When we met he asked us how we were all doing and everyone around here speaks well of him and Angelina Jolie.

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Kaiser Chiefs meet Brad

On Friday night in New Orleans, Britain’s Kaiser Chiefs wrapped their series of dates supporting Green Day with a spectacular finale that included a stage invasion and a superstar sighting.

“Brad Pitt was there,” Kaiser’s drummer Nick Hodgson told Spinner Saturday morning. “It was totally cool. We met Brad Pitt.”

Hodgson explained he ran into the star as the actor came out for the show. “He had his kids with him,” he said, kindly declining our request to tell us which Brangelina spawn children (Pax & Maddox) were in attendance (although he noted they had headphones on). “[There were] a couple security and that, but he was just sat in the normal seats.”

Although the Kaiser Chiefs are big stars in the native England, headlining festivals and topping charts, Hodgson revealed his band couldn’t help but feel star struck over the leading man. “We had a photograph taken just like regular nerds,” he said, before revealing that act didn’t come without a little trouble. “We had the camera set to video so we had to call him back. He was cool. It’s not the first time [that’s happened].”

Source/discuss. Thanks Gabriella.

Co-star mention

Novak complimented Pitt for his constant good nature. “Brad would keep his [Southern] accent between takes, spend a lot of time choosing his guns and weapons,” Novak said. “He always brought a sense of fun to the set.”


Brad for New Orleans Mayor

There are murmers afoot that the rightful heir to this illustrious lineage resides (sometimes) right here in New Orleans. Say it with me now: Mayor Brad Pitt.

Has a nice ring to it, no? And is it as far-fetched as it seems?

Well, probably yes.

It would be a stretch to call the Brad Pitt for Mayor campaign a “grassroots movement” or really an “organization” of any kind. It’s actually a couple of guys who had a conversation, printed up some T-shirts and unintentionally set the Butterfly Effect into motion.

The Butterfly Effect, of course, is a guiding principle of chaos theory that suggests the beating of a butterfly’s wings in Rio de Janiero could set off a series of random meteorological phenomena that could ultimately cause a tornado in, say, Nebraska.

Well, the butterfly in this case was Tulane art history professor Thomas Bayer. And what he set in motion was no meteoroligcal phenomenon but something much bigger, more uncontollable and even more random: Internet chatter.

Bayer recently posted a tongue-in-cheek list of 13 Reasons Brad Pitt Should be the Next Mayor of New Orleans. (“No.5: Publicity and photo opportunies will chase our Mayor instead of the Mayor chasing publicity and photo opportunities.”) Read more. Quite a funny article.

Brad Pitt Keeps Fresh with Baby Wipes, Reveals Costar

While filming Quentin Tarantino’s movie about World War II, Inglourious Basterds, superdad Brad Pitt offered up some unconventional hygiene tips for his sometimes smelly costars.

“He shared that when you’re sweating and don’t have time to take a shower, you just take a baby wipe and rub it under your armpits,” Pitt’s costar and pal Eli Roth told PEOPLE at Saturday’s Spike TV Guys Choice 2009 in Los Angeles, set to air on the cable network June 21 at 10 p.m.

“After a scene, Brad had to get next to me for a close-up shot, and he said, ‘Damn, you’re ripe,’ ” recalls Roth, 37. “I said, ‘I didn’t have time to shower.’ He said, ‘Baby wipes, man, baby wipes.’ “

When it came to Pitt’s pits, Roth said the leading man explained, “I got six kids. All you’ve got to do is just take them, a couple quick wipes under the pits.” Pitt further said, “Man, I’m getting pissed on all day. I don’t have time to take a shower.”

“I thought that was the greatest tip,” says Roth, who took the advice to heart. “My character is called the Bear Jew. If I ever started to smell like a bear, I would just use a couple baby wipes under the armpits, and it made it safe for everyone else to act around me.” Read more. Gotta love Brad’s humor. Thanks Intothegrinder.

Brad caught dancing about

Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, Brad Pitt danced along energetically as Chris Cornell rocked the Wiltern Theater, playing songs from his new album Scream. Wearing a newsboy cap, the actor hung out in the VIP section just in front of the soundboard, but was friendly to fans who approached him on his way to the bathroom. The actor also danced to opening act DJ Skee and headed backstage after the show to greet him and Cornell. Courteney Cox Arquette and David Arquette were also at the show, but opted to stand in the crowd closer to the stage. Source. Thanks Intothegrinder.


Upstairs, Jeremy Irons was upbeat about the play’s future. “We’re here ‘til July,” he said, optimistically. And then? In the fall he and some buddies — including Lawrence Fishburne and Brad Pitt — may motorcycle through the desert in Abu Dhabi. Source. Thanks Intothegrinder.