Brad Pitt named brand ambassador for Brioni

Brad Pitt has been appointed as a brand ambassador for menswear label Brioni. The Italian luxury house, which is owned by Kering, has tapped the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star to front its upcoming advertising campaign, which is due to be released …

Brad Pitt has been appointed as a brand ambassador for menswear label Brioni.

The Italian luxury house, which is owned by Kering, has tapped the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star to front its upcoming advertising campaign, which is due to be released in January 2020 to mark the 75th anniversary of the company.

“Brioni is pleased to announce legendary actor Brad Pitt as its brand ambassador. An icon of cinema and style, Pitt embodies and reinforces Brioni’s bond with Hollywood. #Brioni #BradPitt #TailoringLegends,” a brand representative posted on social media.

Alongside the announcement on Instagram, the reps also shared a close-up picture of a label that had the words “Brad Pitt for Brioni” stitched into some black fabric.

Pitt follows in the footsteps of Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Hopkins, and Pierce Brosnan, who have all appeared in previous campaigns for Brioni, which is known for its made-to-measure men’s suits, sartorial ready-to-wear collections, and leather goods.

The 55-year-old is no stranger to the company, having worn black bespoke Brioni suits at recent red carpet events, including the Cannes Film Festival premiere of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood in May and the Venice Film Festival premiere of Ad Astra in August.

Pitt, who will likely be making many appearances during the upcoming awards season, has previously served as brand ambassador for watch company Breitling and was made the first male face of iconic perfume Chanel No. 5 back in 2012.

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Brad Pitt chooses roles only he can do 

Brad Pitt chooses parts depending on whether he can bring his own “personal experience” to them.The Fight Club actor has been more selective with his acting roles in recent years, having only starred in 2016’s Allied and 2017’s War Machine before makin…

Brad Pitt chooses parts depending on whether he can bring his own “personal experience” to them.

The Fight Club actor has been more selective with his acting roles in recent years, having only starred in 2016’s Allied and 2017’s War Machine before making a splash this year with major lead roles in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and James Gray’s sci-fi flick Ad Astra.

Explaining how he picks and chooses his parts, Pitt told GQ magazine that he always asks himself: “If I’m gonna do the role, what can I bring to it that someone else can’t?”

“It’s about bringing my personal experience, my personal humour, my personal, um, embarrassments, and my personal pains,” he continued. “When I watch (Christian) Bale or (Tom) Hardy, I can’t do what they do. I love watching them. And I couldn’t step into that role… I want to do the same thing on my end.”

The 55-year-old also admitted that ageing has made him conscious of spending his time wisely and working on projects or with people he cares about.

“It’s just getting f**king older!” the star continued. “How you become more aware of time, and you’ve had more experience, good and bad, with people. And your own wins and losses – the older you get, they don’t seem like so much of a win or so much of a loss. Who you spend your time with, how you spend time – it has just become much more important to me.”

However, most of the time, Pitt will simply turn projects down so he can enjoy a healthy work-life balance.

“Leo(nardo DiCaprio) and I were having this conversation the other day. I hit this point in the late ’90s or early 2000s, where I realised I was chasing these interesting (roles), yet I was failing to live as interesting a life as I thought I could,” he added.

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Brad Pitt: ‘Ad Astra was the most difficult thing I have ever been a part of’

Ad Astra was “the most difficult thing” Brad Pitt has ever worked on.In the sci-fi drama, the 55-year-old plays astronaut Roy McBride, who goes on a life-threatening mission to find his long-lost father Clifford, played by Tommy Lee Jones, who went mis…

Ad Astra was “the most difficult thing” Brad Pitt has ever worked on.

In the sci-fi drama, the 55-year-old plays astronaut Roy McBride, who goes on a life-threatening mission to find his long-lost father Clifford, played by Tommy Lee Jones, who went missing during an expedition searching for signs of alien life.

Director James Gray had his leading man suspended from zero-gravity rigs for hours at a time during the lengthy shoot, and Pitt confessed that it was hard work.

“Cracking this was the most difficult thing I have ever been a part of,” he told British newspaper The Telegraph.

“Actors require each other, or at least some kind of environmental stimuli, to do their best work,” Gray said. “And when you’re hanging upside down on trapezes for 12 hours, there’s very little of that.”

The Oscar-nominated actor also revealed that the slightest false note while recording his voiceover for scenes set in space would “tip over the whole cart”.

“The minute you think you know everything about film-making, you’re done,” he added.

Elsewhere in the joint interview with filmmaker Gray, the Moneyball star discussed his frustration at playing Heinrich Harrer in Jean-Jacques Annaud’s 1997 biopic, Seven Years in Tibet.

The movie was adapted from Harrer’s memoir, which described his seemingly inspirational life after escaping from a British prisoner-of-war camp in India in 1944.

However, it missed out one of the most important details of Harrer’s story, which was the fact he had also been a sergeant in Adolf Hitler’s SS.

“It was only halfway through the film that I found out that my guy had been a f**kin’ Nazi. I think ignoring that was a mistake in the film,” Pitt fired. “I mean, to have come from that – it’s even more incredible for him to have made this spiritual flip. So why hide it?”

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Brad Pitt drew from relationship with father for Ad Astra role

Brad Pitt was inspired by his impoverished father’s fight to give him a “better life” when preparing for his role in Ad Astra.The actor plays astronaut Roy McBride who goes in search of his presumed-dead father, played by Tommy Lee Jones, and he reveal…

Brad Pitt was inspired by his impoverished father’s fight to give him a “better life” when preparing for his role in Ad Astra.

The actor plays astronaut Roy McBride who goes in search of his presumed-dead father, played by Tommy Lee Jones, and he reveals his own experiences growing up helped him prepare for the emotional production.

“My individual experience is somewhat universal, in the fact that you know our parents, our universe, our gods, our first imprint on how to behave, react, feel in the world,” he tells CNN. “And with that, to different degrees, some of us more than others, carry pain and confusion from that. I think it almost takes a lifetime to understand what was yours, and what was theirs.”

Pitt’s relationship with his own dad not only impacted his take on the role in director James Gray’s film, but has shaped his approach to parenting his own six children, who he shares with ex-wife Angelina Jolie.

“My dad always said he wanted to give me a better life than he had coming from extreme poverty, and he did it. And it makes me think, as a dad, what do I have to offer that’s better than I had, to my kids?” he added.

The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star was also eager to address the film’s various themes, including loneliness and grief.

“We’ve all experienced loss, we’ve all experienced great loneliness at times,” he shares. “And we’re good at packing that away and not dealing with it. Some of us are really good at it, at getting through it and coming out the other side as a more well rounded, I think more confident, more loving human being.”

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Brad Pitt: ‘I have no interest in campaigning for an Oscar’

Brad Pitt is adamant he will be “abstaining” from any awards season campaigning.The actor has won critical acclaim for his roles as stuntman Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and as astronaut Roy McBride in upcoming spac…

Brad Pitt is adamant he will be “abstaining” from any awards season campaigning.

The actor has won critical acclaim for his roles as stuntman Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and as astronaut Roy McBride in upcoming space drama Ad Astra.

Brad is widely expected to be submitted in the Best Supporting Actor category at the Academy Awards for his role opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Tarantino’s 1960s epic and may even land a Best Actor nod for his role astronaut McBride in James Gray’s drama.

However, as Oscar buzz grows around Brad, he has confessed he has never been interested in pitching for prizes.

“Oh, man, I’m gonna abstain,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “I mean, you never know, and it’s really nice when your number comes up. But the goal is for the film to land, to speak to someone, whether it’s now or a decade from now. I find chasing (awards) actually a disservice to the purity of your telling a story, and a shackling thing to focus on.”

The Hollywood star has had three performance Academy Awards nods for his roles in Moneyball, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and 12 Monkeys, respectively, and he picked up a win as a producer on 2014’s Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave.

And earlier this month, Brad revealed he is planning on cutting back on acting in the future and may even step into directing.

“It’ll be fewer and farther in between for me, just because I have other things I want to do now,” the 55-year-old told The New York Times. “When you feel like you’ve finally got your arms around something, then it’s time to go get your arms around something else.”

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Ad Astra and Joker to compete at Venice Film Festival

Ad Astra and Joker are among the titles competing for the Golden Lion for Best Film at the 2019 Venice Film Festival. The sci-fi movie, starring Brad Pitt as an astronaut on a mission to save the solar system from imminent destruction, was originally…

Ad Astra and Joker are among the titles competing for the Golden Lion for Best Film at the 2019 Venice Film Festival.

The sci-fi movie, starring Brad Pitt as an astronaut on a mission to save the solar system from imminent destruction, was originally scheduled to hit cinemas in May, but Disney bosses pulled it from the schedule, and it was eventually given a September release.

However, it was announced on Thursday that it will first receive its premiere at the film event in Italy, where it has been selected for the official competition, alongside Todd Phillips’s Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix as Batman’s legendary nemesis.

Other notable competition films include Noah Baumbach’s upcoming Netflix divorce drama, Marriage Story, featuring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, and Steven Soderbergh’s The Laundromat, his take on the Panama Papers scandal, with Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas.

Controversial director Roman Polanski will also compete at the festival with his new movie An Officer and a Spy.

Benedict Andrews’s political thriller Seberg, starring Kristen Stewart as actress Jean Seberg, who was targeted by the FBI in retaliation for her support of the Black Panther Party, will premiere out of competition, alongside Netflix drama The King, featuring Timothee Chalamet, Robert Pattinson, and Lily-Rose Depp.

As previously announced, the 76th edition of the festival will open with The Truth by Hirokazu Kore-eda, another competition film, and close with The Burnt Orange Heresy, with Elizabeth Debicki, Mick Jagger, and Donald Sutherland.

Argentinian director Lucrecia Martel will preside over the jury and decide which film should win the Golden Lion. Mary Poppins actress Julie Andrews and Spanish director Pedro Almodovar will receive honorary Golden Lions for lifetime achievement.

The festival runs from 28 August to 7 September.

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Disney bosses committed to three more Star Wars films

Disney bosses are planning another three-film dip into George Lucas’ Star Wars universe. Studio officials have just released information about their future blockbusters and the slate includes another Star Wars trilogy, which will follow J.J. Abrams’ T…

Disney bosses are planning another three-film dip into George Lucas’ Star Wars universe.

Studio officials have just released information about their future blockbusters and the slate includes another Star Wars trilogy, which will follow J.J. Abrams’ The Rise of Skywalker. The latest Star Wars film, set for release later this year (19), wraps up the third trilogy of the franchise, which began in 1977 with A New Hope.

The new Star Wars films, which will be spread out over several years and conclude in 2026, remain untitled and there have been no details released about plot and characters.

Abrams revealed his upcoming Star Wars film, which will hit cinemas on 20 December, will be titled The Rise of Skywalker at a fan convention in Chicago, Illinois last month (Apr19).

Meanwhile, the release of the new Fox-Disney slate will dishearten Avatar fans as James Cameron’s much-anticipated sequel to his 2009 movie has been pushed back a year and will now open in cinemas in December, 2021.

Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story adaptation will debut on 18 December, 2020, while Brad Pitt’s Ad Astra and Kenneth Branagh’s Artemis Fowl now have set launch dates after both being pushed back.

Ad Astra, in which Pitt plays an astronaut searching for his missing father, will now open on 20 September (19) and Disney’s adaptation of Eoin Colfer’s novel Artemis Fowl will debut on 29 May, 2020.

There are also set dates for Ford V. Ferrari (15Nov19) and Disney’s Maleficent sequel, Mistress of Evil (Halloween week, 2019).

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