Tank Museum reflects on brush with Brad Pitt as Fury gets set for London Film Festival

From Culture 24: “David Ayer, the Director of new Brad Pitt film Fury, says the cast’s return to England will be a “homecoming” after borrowing blockbuster tanks from a much-loved museum.

When Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf re-enact the heroics of a daring US Army tank crew during the final month of World War II in the forthcoming blockbuster Fury, theirs will also be the first contemporary film to use a genuine Tiger tank, loaned from the receptive Tank Museum in Dorset.

Curators at the museum say writer-director David Ayer was determined to make the film “as historically accurate as possible” when he originally contacted the collection in Bovington, which welcomed Pitt and a few of his fellow cast members last month. They toured a display which includes the Tiger 131 tank loaned to the set for two weeks.

In an unprecedented agreement, the museum also allowed its Sherman to act as the “hero” tank for the film, clashing with the Tiger in scenes portraying the Allies behind German lines at the end of the war.

“We hear how well the British film industry is doing and, having seen those skills at work on the set, it was fantastic to realise that the collection here is part of that success,” said David Willey, the museum’s Curator, who saw the cast visit the ranges at Lulworth, where they witnessed modern British Army tanks in action.

“With our unrivalled collection, our contacts and staff we were an obvious choice for the filmmakers to consult. After witnessing the care and attention that has gone in to making this war film, we really look forward to seeing the end results.”

The film was shot in Oxfordshire late last year, when staff from the museum cared for the vehicles and stayed on set with a recovery tank in case of breakdowns.

Pitt’s battle-hardened army sergeant, Wardaddy, commands a Sherman and her five-man crew on a deadly mission in Ayer’s script, facing overwhelming odds against enemies who outnumber and outgun them.

The actor’s previous film set in World War II, 2009’s Inglourious Basterds, grossed more than $321 million worldwide.

The film will also close this year’s London Film Festival in a finale at Odeon Leicester Square in October which will offer fans an early chance to see it.

“Rarely is a film so successful at balancing the human drama of war with such thrilling action sequences,” said Clare Stewart, the Director of the festival for the British Film Institute, calling Fury a “resounding cinematic achievement.”

“We look forward to welcoming David Ayer and Brad Pitt to London as we draw the 58th festival to a monumental close.”

Ayer said the closing night celebration would be “a great honour”.

“It’s a true pleasure to be returning to England, where we shot the film,” he reflected.

“The fields of Oxfordshire and Bovingdon Airfield in Hertfordshire were our home for 12 weeks last year, so it’s something of a homecoming for us to present the movie at its European premiere.””

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.

Martin Scorsese to direct short film to promote James packer’s resorts, starring Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro

From The Daily Telegraph: “Newlywed Brad Pitt has put his honeymoon on hold to star in a Martin Scorsese short film to promote James Packer’s global resorts and casinos.

Not wasting any time after his low-key marriage to Angelina Jolie in France last week, the 50-year-old superstar was on the set of his latest project in New York City yesterday.

The Ocean’s Eleven star is joined by two other Hollywood heavyweights, Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Mr Packer and Lawrence Ho are executive producers of the short film, which will premiere next year at the opening of their newest Melco Crown’s movie-themed resort, Studio City in Macau.

Mr Packer’s movie-making partner in RatPac Entertainment, Brett Ratner is producing the film.

He successfully backed box office smashes Gravity and The Lego Movie.”

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 wins Emmy and Oscar as top film producer of the year

From GoldDerby: “Brad Pitt has now been proclaimed the top film producer for both television and film this year. He won Monday night at the Emmys as executive producer of Best TV Movie “The Normal Heart.” He took home the Best Picture trophy at the Oscars in March for “12 Years a Slave.”

These are his first victories at both of these awards shows. It was his second career nomination at the Emmys, with the first in 2002 as a guest actor on “Friends.” At the Academy Awards, he has lost all three acting bids (“Twelve Monkeys,” 1995; “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” 2008; “Moneyball,” 2011) and one for Best Picture (“Moneyball,” 2011).

HBO’s “The Normal Heart” is an adaptation of Larry Kramer’s play about the beginnings of the AIDS crisis in New York during the 1980s. In the Best TV Movie category, it defeated “Killing Kennedy,” “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight,” “Sherlock: His Last Vow,” and “The Trip to Bountiful.”

The film “12 Years a Slave” was adapted from a true-life book by former slave Solomon Northup in the 19th century. At the Oscars, it defeated “American Hustle,” “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Gravity,” “Her,” “Nebraska,” “Philomena,” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

In a very short period of time, Pitt has accomplished half of the coveted EGOT status with his Emmy and Oscar wins. So far in his caeer, he has received no Grammy or Tony Awards nominations.”

Why the cast of ‘Fury’ got in fistfights every day on set

From Entertainment Weekly: “Most directors do their best to prevent actors punching each other. But during last year’s U.K. shoot for the World War II tank movie Fury, filmmaker David Ayer had his five principals—Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia Labeouf, Jon Bernthal, and Michael Peña—start the day by engaging in fisticuffs.

“We put them through martial arts training and physical combat classes,” says Ayer, whose film is released Oct. 17. “It’s a great ice breaker for actors. There’s something very honest about being punched in the face.”

So who was the best fighter out of the quintet? “Jon Bernthal,” Logan says without hesitation. “Jon is actually the most experienced. He was really a boxer for many years—still is. I mean, that guy would go at it to the point where he’d have blood running down his face. Him and Michael Peña went at it pretty hard. He’ll kick any of our asses in a fight, but he was very nice to all of us.””

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s ‘By the Sea’ to Shoot in Malta

From The Hollywood Reporter: “Angelina Jolie’s By the Sea will start shooting today on a picturesque beach in Malta, reports The Malta Independent.

The film written and directed by Jolie and starring partner Brad Pitt is set to shoot at Mgarr ix-Xini beach on Gozo, Malta’s second largest island. The beach was closed to the public Sunday for filming, running through Nov. 10 this year. The Malta Independent says that set construction is well underway with one structure on the beach nearing completion.

By the Sea will be the first time Pitt and Jolie have appeared onscreen together since 2005’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Universal picked up the worldwide rights to the drama, and sources close to the production told The Hollywood Reporter that a key plot detail in the film would see Pitt’s and Jolie’s characters getting married.

The film won’t be the first time Pitt has shot a movie in the Maltese Islands, as both the Greek epic Troy from 2004 and the zombie apocalypse thriller World War Z from 2013 were filmed in Malta.”

Brad Pitt Bringing His ‘Fury’ to London Film Festival

From The Hollywood Reporter: “The Brad Pitt-starring tank drama Fury will be rumbling into the U.K. Oct. 19 for its European premiere and to close the BFI London Film Festival, it was announced Thursday.

Pitt and the film’s writer and director David Ayer have been confirmed to attend the closing night gala at London’s Leicester Square, with simultaneous screenings taking place in cinemas across the UK.

“Fury is a resounding cinematic achievement,” said BFI London Film Festival Director Clare Stewart. “Rarely is a film so successful at balancing the human drama of war with such thrilling action sequences. We looking forward to welcoming LFF alumni David Ayer and Brad Pitt to London as we draw the 58th BFI London Film Festival to a monumental close.”

Ayer, whose End of Watch screened at the festival in 2012, said it was a “great honor” to be chosen for the closing night.

“It’s a true pleasure to be returning to England, where we shot the film – the fields of Oxfordshire and Bovingdon Airfield in Hertfordshire were our home for 12 weeks last year, so it’s something of a homecoming for us to present the movie at its European premiere,” he said. “I’m thrilled that festival audiences will be among the first in Europe to see it.”

Fury sees Pitt play a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy, in command of a U.S. Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a mission behind enemy lines as the allies make their final push against Germany in 1945. Produced by QED International’s Bill Block, alongside Ayer, Ethan Smith and John Lesher, the film also stars Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Jon Bernthal, Michael Pena, Jason Isaacs and Scott Eastwood. It is due for release in the U.S. on Oct. 17, having recently been moved by Sony from a Nov. 14 slot.

The announcement comes just three weeks following the news that the BFI London Film Festival festival would open with The Imitation Game, the dramatic portrayal of the life and work of Alan Turing, the British computing pioneer who is credited with cracking the German WWII Enigma code. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, the film will also receive its European premiere on Oct. 8 at London’s Odeon Leicester Square cinema. Cumberbatch, Knightley and The Imitation Game’s director Morten Tyldum are expected to attend.”