‘Top Gun: Maverick‘ director Joseph Kosinski is probably one of the hottest filmmakers in Hollywood currently, thanks to the crazy success of the ‘Top Gun’ sequel. It’s one of those rare movies that’s beloved by critics and the general audience.
Every studio wants to work with Kosinski, including Apple. Apple Original Films just won the bidding war for Kosinski’s upcoming Formula One racing film.
The movie stars Brad Pitt as a driver who comes out of retirement to compete alongside a rookie driver and the titans of the sport. The script was written by Ehren Kruger, who was one of the three credited writers on Top Gun: Maverick.
The yet-to-be-titled film will be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment and seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton.
It’s not clear who will star alongside Pitt, or when the film is scheduled to be released, but you would think Apple would want to move quickly, to capitalize on the heat wave surrounding Kosinski.
Apple Studios is making big moves in the film industry, landing one star-studded film after the other, and the trend continues this week.
It was announced that Apple Studios just closed a deal for Jon Watts’ upcoming thriller film, which will star Brad Pitt and George Clooney. Watts, who previously directed Spider-Man: No Way Home, will write/direct/produce the project.
According to the report, the movie will have a wide theatrical release, so it doesn’t look like it’ll premiere on Apple’s streaming service, at least not intially.
The thriller follows two lone-wolf fixers assigned to the same job. The package hit the market last week, and seven to 10 bidders materialized. The combatants included Sony, Lionsgate, Annapurna, MGM, Universal, Warner Bros, Apple, Netflix and Amazon.
We don’t know how much Apple paid for this, but we know it was a lot. In fact, sources say Clooney and Pitt left an eight-figure deal on the table because it didn’t include a theatrical release.
For Apple toppers Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, this becomes the latest giant film package to add to their slate. Others include Emancipation, a new film from director Antoine Fuqua, and starring and produced by Academy Award nominee Will Smith; the highly sought-after Killers of the Flower Moon, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro
They’re making big moves over there at Apple. Shoutout to all you out there buying that new iPhone.
There were a few entertaining speeches last night at the 2021 Oscars, but only one truly stood out, and that speech belongs to Korean actress Yuh-Jung Youn.
The 73-year-old actress won an Oscar for her brilliant supporting role in Minari. If you still haven’t gotten around to watching the film, well, get around to it.
She gave a lovely performance and deserved her win. Brad Pitt was the one who presented her with the award, which was appropriate because he was a producer on the film.
When Youn got to the microphone, she joked with Pitt, “Finally, it’s an honor to meet you. Where were you when we were filming in Tulsa?”
That joke could have easily came across as mean-spirited, but her cuteness made that impossible.
She brought some much-needed humor to the event, adding…
All the nominees, five nominees, we were the winner for different movies. We played different roles — so we cannot compete [against] each other. Tonight, I’m here, I just have a little bit more luck, I think, maybe. I’m luckier than you. And also maybe it’s American hospitality for the Korean actor? I’m not sure.
Reading the quote doesn’t do it justice though, check out the full speech below…
The upcoming action-thriller ‘Bullet Train‘ already had an impressive cast, and now with the addition of the lovely Zazie Beetz, it has an even more impressive cast.
The movie, which is based on the Japanese novel Maria Beetle, has already signed Brad Pitt,Joey King, Brian Tyree Henry,Aaron Taylor Johnson and Andrew Koji.
The story follows a “group of hitmen and assassins with conflicting motives” on a bullet train to Tokyo, hence the title.
Hobbs & Shaw director David Leitch will direct and also supervise the script, which will be written by Zak Olkewicz.
No word on when filming is expected to begin, but we know earlier in the year they wanted to start production this fall. It doesn’t look like that’s going to happen, although things can change quickly, so we’ll keep you posted.
Right now, Beetz is currently filming the western The Harder They Fall, with Idris Elba and Regina King.
It’s reportedly been shooting for around six weeks in New Mexico.
Brad Pitt is teaming up with Sony Pictures and director David Leitch to bring the ‘Bullet Train‘ story to life.
The movie, which is based on the Japanese novel Maria Beetle, was written by Zak Olkewicz.
In the novel, five assassins find themselves on a fast-moving bullet train from Tokyo to Morioka with only a few stops in between. They discover their missions are not unrelated to one another. The question becomes, who will make it off the train alive and what awaits them at the terminal station?
Production on the film is expected to begin later this year, so it looks like this will be Pitt’s next movie.
Antoine Fuqua was the first to develop this project with his production company. He’ll stick around as a producer.
No word on who will co-star alongside Pitt, but you can bet there are plenty of actors jumping at the chance.
We’ll keep you posted as more information is released.
As most of you know, Brad Pitt ruined his marriage to Angelina Jolie and even damaged his relationship with their eldest son Maddox, all thanks to his struggles with alcohol.
Thankfully, he’s finally sober and appears to be in a really healthy place, and apparently Bradley Cooper played a major role in Pitt’s sobriety.
Brad won Best Supporting Actor at the National Board of Review Annual Awards Gala on Wednesday night, and after being handed the award and hugging it out, he praised Bradley in his speech for being a great dad … and a great friend.
Pitt said Cooper rushed to the event to be there for him. He told the audience that he “got sober because of this guy, and every day has been happier ever since.”
“I love you, and I thank you,” he told Cooper.
We knew Pitt was going to AA meetings for the past year or so, but we did not know Cooper played such a big part in his recovery.
It’s not often you build such a real friendship like that in Hollywood. Good on both of them. Hopefully Cooper can keep Pitt in line.
If you watched Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood‘ then you might have left the theater scratching your head, “Who was the lead?”
Was it Brad Pitt? Or Leonardo DiCaprio? Obviously Pitt’s character plays a supporting role in Leo’s character’s life, but one could argue that Pitt gave the more memorable performance.
People were interested to see who Sony would campaign for come Oscar season, and now we have our answer.
Brad Pitt will be going for the Best Supporting Actor role and Leo will go for Best Actor, in what is probably a strategic move. Pitt has a better chance at winning, and the Supporting Actor category might be easier to win than Best Actor.
Another film with a similar problem was A24’s The Lighthouse. Both Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe gave outstanding performances in the film, and both shared the same amount of screen time.
But A24 has decided to campaign for Robert as the lead actor and Dafoe for Supporting Actor.
This Oscar race will be interesting to follow. Lots of great performances. It’s going to be a difficult vote. There are no bad choices.
Like 99.9% of men around the world, Paul Rudd has accepted the fact that he’ll never be Brad Pitt.
The now 50-year-old actor talked to The New York Times recently and revealed a moment of clarity he had while watching Pitt in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
I thought, my God, what a movie star, just so cool. I came to terms pretty early on that I was not going to be the guy up there that people would watch, going, ‘Yes! That’s who I want to be!’
Rudd followed this up by saying he’s okay with it. It’s not like he’s competing with Pitt for these roles. He doesn’t even relate to them.
Because the truth is, I don’t quite relate to them in the same way that I relate to a guy who is mildly depressed or put-upon, and trying to fight his way out of this common situation.
And that makes perfect sense. If you grow up as Brad Pitt, you’re gonna have a completely different personality/POV then most people in the world. There are some roles Rudd plays that Pitt couldn’t play, simply because it wouldn’t be believable.
With all that being said, Rudd should feel good about himself, ’cause at 50-years-old, he still looks like he’s in his 30s. The dude just refuses to age.
“The story takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), former star of a western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor…Sharon Tate.”
That’s right, folks. This movie will star both Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. Two of the biggest names in Hollywood joining one of the most talented directors in Hollywood for what might be his second-to-last film.
We still don’t know who will play the role of Sharon Tate, but it’s rumored that Margot Robbie has been asked to take on the role. That rumor has not been confirmed, though.
Speaking about the movie, Tarantino revealed he’s been working on this script for five years…
“I’ve been working on this script for five years, as well as living in Los Angeles County most of my life, including in 1969, when I was seven years old. I’m very excited to tell this story of an LA and a Hollywood that don’t exist anymore. And I couldn’t be happier about the dynamic teaming of DiCaprio & Pitt as Rick & Cliff.”
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is scheduled to hit theaters August 9, 2019.
This week has been filled with trailers, and we are absolutely loving it. The latest trailer this week comes from Netflix. ‘War Machine‘ stars Brad Pitt as four-star General Glen McMahon, a man sent to end George W. Bush’s war in Afghanistan.
Deadline describes this film as “part reality, part savage parody, it raises the specter of just where the line between them lies today.”
The story is inspired by the book titled The Operators: The Wild & Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan by the late journalist Michael Hastings.
In addition to Pitt, you also have Tilda Swinton, Anthony Michael Hall and Topher Grace co-starring in the movie, which is set to be released on Netflix May 26, 2017.
This one will definitely go on my “to watch” list. It looks highly entertaining. You can check out the official synopsis and trailer below…
“A pitch-black war story for our times, writer-director David Michôd (Animal Kingdom) recreates a U.S. General’s roller-coaster rise and fall as part reality, part savage parody – raising the specter of just where the line between them lies today. His is an absurdist look at a born leader’s ultra-confident march right into the dark heart of folly. At the story’s core is Brad Pitt’s sly take on one of the most polarizing war figures of a generation: successful, charismatic four-star General Stanley McChrystal, who leapt in like a rock star to command NATO forces in Afghanistan, only to be taken down by a journalist’s no-holds-barred exposé.”