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Joey King in Talks to Board Brad Pitt’s ‘Bullet Train’

From Variety: ““The Kissing Booth” star Joey King is in negotiations to join the cast of Brad Pitt’s action-adventure “Bullet Train.”

The Sony Pictures project, based on Kotaro Isaka’s Japanese novel “Maria Beetle,” will be directed by David Leitch from a script by Zak Olkewicz. Leitch and Kelly McCormick will produce “Bullet Train” through 87North, along with Antoine Fuqua. Kat Samick is executive producing with Ryosuke Saegusa and Yuma Terada of CTB Inc., who represent Isak.

A date hasn’t been set yet for the production. Sony has been keeping plot details and character descriptions under wraps.

King broke out in 2018 in Netflix’s teen romantic comedy franchise “The Kissing Booth” as Elle Evans, opposite Jacob Elordi and Joel Courtney. “The Kissing Booth 2” debuted on July 24 on Netflix and the streaming service recently announced a third movie that will launch in 2021.

“The Kissing Booth 3” was secretly shot at the same time as the sequel, so filming is already complete. The entire cast — including King, Courtney, Elordi, Taylor Zakhar Perez and Molly Ringwald — will return for the third installment.

King’s feature credits include “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “The Conjuring,” “White House Down,” “Independence Day: Resurgence,” “Wish Upon” and “Slender Man.” She received a Primetime Emmy nomination for her starring role in the true-crime drama series “The Act.”

King is repped by UTA, Coast to Coast Talent Group and Industry Entertainment. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

John Lewis Tribute Hosted by Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Gayle King and Brad Pitt to Air on CBS

From Variety: “CBS is set to honor the legacy of civil rights pioneer and longtime congressman John Lewis with a primetime special hosted by a an array of A-list names.

The one-hour special, which is titled “John Lewis: Celebrating a Hero,” will be co-hosted by Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Gayle King and Brad Pitt, and will air Aug. 4 on CBS and across several other ViacomCBS brands (namely OWN, BET, MTV and Smithsonian).

“John Lewis: Celebrating a Hero” will consist of musical performances, interviews, and inspirational conversations about Lewis’ life and legacy. It is being produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment in partnership with CBS Entertainment and CBS News. News of the special comes exactly two weeks after his death at the age of 80.

“John Lewis was an extraordinary man,” said Winfrey. “A man of great vision who lived a life with the purpose of making sure America lived out its ideals.”

“This is a celebration of the ‘boy from Troy,’” added Perry. “A forefather of the civil rights movement, who would live to see his contributions for equality result in witnessing the swearing in of the first Black United States president.”

The special has also set a stellar lineup of performers including Yolanda Adams, Jon Batiste, Common, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Trevor Noah, Billy Porter and Wynonna.

“Congressman Lewis was one of the most prominent and forceful voices for change in this country. Losing that voice now is so difficult as the country confronts structural racism. But John Lewis gave us the will and the way to continue his work,” said Susan Zirinsky, president and senior executive producer of CBS News. “This special reminds us the journey will not be easy, and there’s no turning back.”

Brad Pitt, Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers contribute to community food giveaway in Watts

From Fox 11: “Celebrities Brad Pitt and Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers used their platform for good and contributed to a community food giveaway Friday to help feed Watts residents in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

“The community gives back to me…I like being a part of it, I like building bridges, I like making friends. When corona hit and I was sitting around and going to the beach and stuff, I did a lot of thinking about people who really might be struggling because they’re not getting enough to eat and not making money during COVID times,” Flea said.

Every Friday morning, the Nickerson Gardens Clubhouse located on Compton Avenue hosts a community food giveaway.

Tonya Dorsey started Watts Community Core as a free boxing program to show at-risk youth a different path. However, the program was put on hold due to the coronavirus crisis as Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an order that temporarily prevents many businesses from operating indoors, including fitness studios and gyms.

Instead, the program shifted its efforts and is now using the space as a place to feed the community, serving about 700 people on a weekly basis.

“There’s more than one story. We’re having stress because of COVID, we’re scared, we don’t know what’s going to happen next and then for a blessing like this to go on it lets us know that there is a God and someone who cares and that’s the core,” Dorsey said.

Flea was introduced to the program through a mutual friend.

“I just love being a part of it, but honestly, I don’t even think about it as giving as much as I get given to. I get welcomed here…we’re all working together doing something beautiful” he added.

Also on Friday morning, A-lister Brad Pitt drove a delivery truck and donated food baskets to the cause.

Pitt declined an interview but did wave to cameras as he unloaded the truck.

Residents said the giveaway is making a big difference during this difficult time.

“It’s a lot of help because I have four kids so it’s a lot of help right now,” Watts resident Jennifer Torres said.

The program is currently only able to feed about 700 people due to funding. If you’d like to help, visit the Watts Community Core website.”

Brad Pitt scores Emmy nomination for Saturday Night Live appearance

From Yahoo!: “Brad Pitt has scored an Emmy Award nomination for his guest appearance on sketch show Saturday Night Live.

The Hollywood star – who won an Oscar earlier this year – has been recognised by the TV academy for his portrayal of Dr Anthony Fauci, who has become the face of America’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Pitt took the role after Dr Fauci jokingly suggested he should play him.

Pitt, 56, is nominated in the guest actor in a comedy series category alongside British actor Dev Patel for Modern Love and Adam Driver and Eddie Murphy, both for SNL. Luke Kirby for The Marvellous Mrs Maisel and the late Fred Willard for Modern Family complete the list of nominees.

Pitt played Dr Fauci in an April episode of SNL, which was produced remotely due to the pandemic.

The leading immunologist later praised the portrayal and said: “I think he did great. I mean, I’m a great fan of Brad Pitt, and that’s the reason why when people ask me who’d I like to play me I mention Brad Pitt because he’s one of my favourite actors. I think he did a great job.”

During the sketch, Pitt broke character to send a message to frontline workers who had risked their lives during the health crisis.

“And to the real Dr Fauci, thank you for your calm and your clarity in this unnerving time,” Pitt said. “And thank you to the medical workers, first responders and their families for being on the front line.””

Brad Pitt & Tom Cruise Almost Starred In Ford v Ferrari

From Screen Rant: “Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski says he almost got Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise to star in Ford v Ferrari when he was on the project.

Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise nearly reunited in Ford v Ferrari. Released late in 2019, the period drama about Ford Motor Company’s battle to surpass dominant Ferrari in the world of international racing proved to be a big hit with $225 million at the global box office. The film also received wide critical acclaim, snagging four Oscar nominations including one for Best Picture.

Of course, a big reason for the movie’s success was the presence of legitimate star actors Matt Damon and Christian Bale at the top of the cast, Damon playing the brilliant automotive engineer and Bale as the fearless driver taking on the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans race. It also didn’t hurt that the movie was directed by James Mangold, the man who previously helmed critical and financial hits Walk the Line and Logan. But naturally, as is the case with many movies, Ford v Ferrari went through a lot of twists and turns before finally having its big moment on screens. At one point, Joseph Kosinski was actually set to direct the film, and indeed Damon and Bale were not the first choice to star in the movie.

Speaking to Collider as part of the website’s Directors on Directing event for Comic-Con @ Home 2020, Kosinski in fact revealed who almost starred in Ford v Ferrari when he was still involved, and the names he dropped are two of the biggest in Hollywood (via Comic-Con International):

The one that I always think about that got away was called Go Like Hell. Which eventually did get made as Ford v Ferrari. I always wanted to make a racing film and, the thing about racing movies is, it can’t be about racing, it has to have some amazing story underneath to warrant itself being made. And that story was one of those great stories of an incredible friendship and an incredible rivalry and an incredibly dangerous race. So we, I wouldn’t say we got close to production, but I got to the point where I had Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt at a table read reading the script together, which was pretty amazing. But we couldn’t get the budget to the number it had to be at.

Kosinski of course has a strong connection with Cruise, having directed him in the sci-fi film Oblivion as well as the upcoming (and again delayed) Top Gun: Maverick. Cruise and Pitt obviously have on-screen history together too, having starred as a pair of elegant vampires in Neil Jordan’s 1994 gothic horror movie Interview With the Vampire. At that point though, Pitt was an up-and-coming actor while Cruise was already established as one of the biggest stars in the world. Had they appeared together in Ford v Ferrari it would have been on much more equal footing in terms of star power, but obviously the budget was not there to make both actors happy financially.

The question naturally is which actor would have played which of the movie’s lead roles in this alternative version. Cruise would seem the natural choice to play driver Ken Miles given his daredevil tendencies (and his experience behind the wheel on screen after his role in the NASCAR film Days of Thunder), and his portrayal of a British character would have given everyone the chance to enjoy Cruise attempting an accent. Frankly, Cruise feels like a bad fit for that character and it’s probably a good thing the part eventually went to Bale, who effortlessly embodied the complicated and ultimately doomed Miles. Pitt would have likely had little trouble playing cocky Texan Carroll Shelby, given his own roots in Oklahoma.

Ultimately, it’s hard to argue with the cast Ford v Ferrari ended up with, and it’s even harder to argue with the movie’s success both at the box office and with critics. But a reunion of Pitt and Cruise in a noisy racing movie, with Cruise attempting a British accent, would have obviously been amazing as well.”

James Gray Was ‘Troubled’ by ‘Ad Astra’ Science Criticisms: ‘A Fatuous Level of Critique’

From IndieWire: “Just how accurate do space movies have to be when it comes to science? Following the release of James Gray’s “Ad Astra” last fall, the film came under fire by the likes of Neil deGrasse Tyson for containing numerous scientific inaccuracies. NBC News published an essay titled “What ‘Ad Astra’ and Brad Pitt Get Wrong About Space Travel,” while Esquire magazine fact checked the film and called out the impossibility of an astronaut space-walking through the rings of Neptune. For Gray, these scientific criticisms are as bogus as they are silly.

During a recent Instagram live interview with his producer Rodrigo Teixeira, Gray admitted all of the talk that centered on the scientific inaccuracies in “Ad Astra” troubled him because they were missing the point about the kind of story he was telling in his space epic. “Ad Astra” stars Brad Pitt as an astronaut who sets out on a mission across the solar system to find out what happened to his disappeared father.

“We were trying to do a kind of fable or a myth in space,” Gray said of the film. “There are people who criticize your films, and a lot of times to my face they say things. It’s pretty funny. The assumption is you are a director and everybody lies to you. That’s not true in my case. Everyone comes up to me and is like, ‘You know what I hate about your movie is…’ A lot of the times they make a good point, but one of the things that troubled me about ‘Ad Astra’ was when people said, ‘Well, in the actual science his hair would be floating in zero G or he wouldn’t be able to sail through the rings of a planet.’” “To me, it’s a very fatuous level of critique,” Gray continued, “You don’t read the myth of Icarus and say, ‘Wax on feathers wouldn’t allow you to fly.’ Of course that’s true, but it’s all about metaphor essentially. I felt that we were trying to get at, and [cinematographer] Hoyte van Hoytema understood, something mythic, almost like a fable. He lit the film in that way. It’s a visually arresting movie. I’ve had people tell me they don’t like the movie but they remember how it looks completely. It’s a lot due to Hoyte’s boldness.”

The story of “Ad Astra” was so much more important than the science for Gray that he openly messed with science in order to sustain the emotional beats of the narrative. When Brad Pitt’s character cries during a climactic emotional breakthrough, his tear rolls down his cheek when in reality it would begin floating in zero gravity. Gray revealed last year that Pitt pushed for the scene to remain scientifically accurate, but Grey told his actor, “Sorry, I’m keeping it. The acting’s too good, buddy.” “

Brad & Angelina’s wedding photos in People and Hello! magazines

Photos of Brad and Angelina’s wedding are featured in this week’s issues of People magazine and Hello! magazine.

From People: “When Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie went about planning their big day, they didn’t have to look far to find the perfect wedding planners: their six children.

The intimate Aug. 23 ceremony – attended by just 20 friends and family members – was held in the chapel of Château Miraval, the family’s estate in the French village of Correns. The wedding – including exclusive photos of the ceremony, Jolie’s unique dress (decorated with her children’s artwork!) and the entire family’s celebration – is featured in this week’s issue of PEOPLE, in conjunction with Hello! magazine internationally.

Each child had a key role to play: Eldest sons Maddox, 13, and Pax, 10, walked their mom down the aisle; flower girls Zahara, 9, and Vivienne, 6, tossed petals gathered from the garden; and Shiloh, 8, and Knox, 6, served as ring bearers. The kids also helped write their parents’ vows. And Pax baked the cake!

“It was important to us that the day was relaxed and full of laughter,” Pitt, 50, and Jolie, 39, tell PEOPLE. “It was such a special day to share with our children and a very happy time for our family.”

Even Jolie’s dress was an expression of her kids’ creativity: Luigi Massi, the master tailor at Atelier Versace, sewed dozens of designs from her children’s drawings into the dress and veil.

“Luigi is like family to me and I couldn’t imagine anyone else making this dress,” says Jolie. “He knows and cares for the children and it was great fun putting it together.”

Pitt wore a suit from his closet – with a tie borrowed from one of his sons because Pitt forgot to pack his. Zahara’s dress was designed by family friend Adama Kebe. Maddox, Pax, Shiloh, and Knox wore black suits (Shiloh’s included shorts and a top hat), and Vivienne wore a white dress from her closet. Jeweler Robert Procop, who designed Jolie’s engagement ring, created the couple’s wedding bands.”

People magazine is on sale from tomorrow and Hello! magazine is in stores in the UK from today.

Brad & Angelina are married!

Congratulations to Brad & Angelina who got married on Saturday! From The Associated Press: “The wait is finally over: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Hollywood’s reigning royal couple, have tied the knot.

Despite two years of feverish scrutiny, the pair managed to keep one of the world’s most anticipated weddings shrouded from the media’s glare.

When? Where? Why haven’t they yet? Did they already? The celebrity press and “Brangelina” alike fans had been consumed with the matrimonial mystery.

Then on Thursday, a spokesman for the couple quietly confirmed to The Associated Press that Hollywood’s undisputed royal couple had wed Saturday in a private ceremony in Southern France.

Jolie and Pitt exchanged vows in a small chapel at the Chateau Miraval in the Provence hamlet of Correns. Since 2008, Miraval has been their Southern France home, a sprawling estate they bought three years ago.

The union was less a vow of commitment than the official affirmation of one made long ago. Pitt and Jolie have been together nearly a decade and have six children, all of whom participated in the wedding.

The wedding may have been cloaked in secrecy, but Pitt and Jolie are preparing to be a big presence at the movies this fall. Pitt stars in the upcoming World War II drama “Fury,” due out Oct. 17. Jolie’s second directorial effort, the World War II odyssey “Unbroken,” will be released in December.

On Thursday, Pitt was far from any honeymoon hideaway. Instead, he was at the Bovington Tank Museum in Dorset, U.K., promoting “Fury,” a brutal tale about a tank of American soldiers rolling through Europe in the final days of World War II.

Both movies could be major players in Hollywood’s award season, which last year was dominated by a film produced by Pitt, the best picture-winning historical drama “12 Years a Slave.”

At Saturday’s ceremony, Jolie walked the aisle with her eldest sons, 13-year-old Maddox and 10-year-old Pax. Daughters Zahara, 9, and Vivienne, 6, threw flower petals. Eight-year-old Shiloh and Knox, 6, served as ring bearers, the couple’s spokesman said.

In advance of the nondenominational civil ceremony, Pitt and Jolie obtained a marriage license from a local California judge. The judge also conducted the ceremony in France.

Pitt once said that he didn’t want to marry until gay marriage was legal everywhere, but in recent years, the couple had said publicly they intended to. They were engaged in early 2012 after some seven years together.

“It’s an exciting prospect, even though for us, we’ve gone further than that,” Pitt told The AP in an interview in November 2012. “But to concretize it in that way, it actually means more to me than I thought it would. It means a lot to our kids.”

This is the second marriage for Pitt, who wed Jennifer Aniston in 2000. They divorced in 2005.

Jolie was previously married to British actor Jonny Lee Miller for three years in the late 1990s and to Billy Bob Thornton for three years before divorcing in 2003. Jolie has said she and Pitt fell in love while making the 2005 film “Mr. & Mrs. Smith.”

Jolie won the best-actress Oscar for 2008’s “Changeling” and a best supporting actress Oscar for “Girl, Interrupted” in 1999. Pitt shared the Academy Award for best picture for “12 Years A Slave.””

Brad Pitt approaches winemaking like a Hollywood film

From The Riviera Times: “Move over Côte de Provence rosés, Brad Pitt is planning to make a revolutionary Provence red at his Miravel vineyard in the Var … just give him seven years. The Hollywood actor recently revealed that winemaking has reshaped his very identity, and he now considers himself a Provencal farmer – capable of producing that elusive, fine local red just like the Tuscans.

Speaking to the US magazine Wine Spectator, Brad Pitt, who bought the Miraval Estate winery with fiancée Angelina Jolie in 2012, explained that he approached this venture with the same determination as a Hollywood flick.

“For better or worse, given my compulsive nature, if we are going to be in the wine business, let’s make the best wine we can,’ the 50-year-old said. “I asked the question, ‘Why can’t we make world-class wine in Provence?’ Let’s approach it like a film, and let’s make something we can be proud of and all people can enjoy.”

Of course, Provence rosés are already world-class. But with fifth-generation winemaker Marc Perrin on their team, the Pitt-Jolie dynamic duo were definitely off to a good start. Their first 6,000 bottles, officially known as Jolie-Pitt & Perrin Côte de Provence Rosé Miraval, sold out within five hours of being offered online in France last March – a response which no-doubt fuelled Pitt’s new-found passion.

“I’m a farmer now. I love learning about the land and which field is most suitable for which grape, the drama of September and October: Are we picking today?

“Where are the sugar levels? How is the acidity? Is it going to rain? It’s been a schooling for me. In the off months, I enjoy cleaning the forest and walking the land.”

The sprawling Château Miraval estate, featuring 35-bedrooms and an adjoining 1,200 acre vineyard, was purchased for $60 million. It is situated in a valley at an altitude of 350 metres, where the vines “enjoy warm sunny days and cool nights, natural clay and chalk soils, plenty of water and organic farming practices,” according to the estate.

Clearly, these are great conditions for rosé, but do they suit red wine? Pitt seems to think so. He plans to ignore the strict guidelines of the AOC (appellation d’origine contrôlée) and go out on a limb…

“What really interests me now are the reds. … It’s generally believed that Provence is not capable of producing a fine red. … I, with Marc and Pierre [Perrin], would like to create a wine which utilises the best attributes of our terroir, and outside the restrictions of the AOC, like what the Italians have achieved with their super Tuscans. We envision a superb Provence red. Give us seven years.””