Brad Pitt ‘really grateful’ to Ridley Scott for Thelma & Louise role

Brad Pitt will be forever grateful to Ridley Scott and Geena Davis for taking a chance on him in Thelma & Louise.The actor recalled playing cowboy drifter J.D., and said he was thankful for director Ridley and his co-star Geena for taking a chance on h…

Brad Pitt will be forever grateful to Ridley Scott and Geena Davis for taking a chance on him in Thelma & Louise.

The actor recalled playing cowboy drifter J.D., and said he was thankful for director Ridley and his co-star Geena for taking a chance on him in the 1991 drama, which catapulted him to Hollywood superstardom.

“I’m really grateful to Ridley Scott and Geena, who gave me that shot, because that was the big league,” the 56-year-old told The Sun on Sunday. “I had nothing to show for myself, except for my work as an extra, and they took a chance on me.

“I think they were desperate, to tell you the truth. They were already shooting because a week later I was on set, working.”

In the classic movie, which also starred Susan Sarandon, Brad played a thief who has broken parole and seduces Geena’s character, and he confessed that he cringes when watching himself in the movie.

“I’m more aware of how high my voice is in it. My a*s must have been clenched so tight, being the first one,” Brad laughed.

He also revealed that he was up against five other actors to land the part of J.D., one of which was George Clooney, and it was Geena who picked him out personally.

“The blond one… hello!” she reportedly quipped at the time.

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Matthew Vaughn wanted Brad Pitt for Kick-Ass

Matthew Vaughn originally wanted Brad Pitt to play the role of Big Daddy in his action comedy Kick-Ass.The filmmaker marked the 10th anniversary of the movie in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, and revealed that he originally enlisted the Osca…

Matthew Vaughn originally wanted Brad Pitt to play the role of Big Daddy in his action comedy Kick-Ass.

The filmmaker marked the 10th anniversary of the movie in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, and revealed that he originally enlisted the Oscar-winning actor as a producer to drum up interest from Hollywood studios for the expletive-ridden offbeat superhero blockbuster, but the tactic wasn’t enough to convince executives to go for the project.

“No studio would touch it,” Vaughn recalled. “So I had to mortgage my house in order to finance the film, which was scary, to be honest.”

However, once the project got the green light, the 49-year-old courted Pitt to play Big Daddy, a former police officer who trains his young daughter to become the foul-mouthed vigilante Hit Girl, who was portrayed by Chloe Grace Moretz.

Instead, Pitt signed up to star in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds, prompting Vaughn to approach Nicolas Cage for the role, who he knew was a big fan of comic books and superheroes.

“I knew Nic loved comic books and superheroes, and this script was a love letter to superheroes,” the director explained. “The film imagines what it would be like if the ultimate fanboy suddenly decided to play superhero, and some people mistakingly felt we were attacking the genre, but I knew Nic would buy in.”

And Vaughn recalled seeing Cage put on Big Daddy’s costume for the first time and how the actor’s energy invigorated the cast and crew after a long day of filming.

“(He) had an enthusiasm which is vital on a film set. There are days where you’re so exhausted that you really rely on the enthusiasm, otherwise you end up with a flat film,” he shared.

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Quentin Tarantino considering writing a Once Upon a Time in Hollywood novel

Quentin Tarantino might adapt his hit 2019 movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood into a novel.The film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie, was a critical and commercial success when it debuted in cinemas last year, and could be set…

Quentin Tarantino might adapt his hit 2019 movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood into a novel.

The film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie, was a critical and commercial success when it debuted in cinemas last year, and could be set to hit bookshelves soon as the filmmaker considers expanding the franchise.

During an appearance on the Pure Cinema podcast, the 57-year-old director was asked if he ever thought about writing book versions of his movies.

“I hadn’t thought about that until recently,” Quentin said. “But now I’m thinking a lot about it. I might be writing a novelisation to Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

The film grossed $142 million (£114 million) at the domestic box office and $374 million (£301 million) globally, making it Quentin’s second most successful movie behind Django Unchained.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was nominated for 10 prizes at the 2020 Academy Awards, with Brad Pitt taking home the Best Supporting Actor accolade and Barbara Ling and Nancy Haigh winning Best Production Design.

The director previously expressed an interest in writing a novel about a World War II veteran jaded by Hollywood movies.

“I’ve got this character who had been in World War II and he saw a lot of bloodshed there. And now he’s back home, and it’s like the ’50s, and he doesn’t respond to movies anymore. He finds them juvenile after everything that he’s been through,” he told DGA Quarterly last year.

During the Covid-19 lockdown, the filmmaker has also been writing reviews of classic movies and sharing them on the website of his cinema, the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles.

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Quentin Tarantino writing movie reviews during coronavirus lockdown

Quentin Tarantino has been keeping himself occupied during the coronavirus lockdown by writing movie reviews.A user on the social media site Reddit discovered that the 57-year-old director has been secretly publishing lengthy reviews of classic films o…

Quentin Tarantino has been keeping himself occupied during the coronavirus lockdown by writing movie reviews.

A user on the social media site Reddit discovered that the 57-year-old director has been secretly publishing lengthy reviews of classic films on the website for the New Beverly Cinema, which he owns.

Since the beginning of March, Tarantino has written nine articles, including eight movie reviews and a 3,000-word profile of actor and director Jimmy Wang Yu, a martial arts icon who inspired the likes of Bruce Lee.

The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood filmmaker has penned critiques of films such as 1980 carnival drama Carny, starring Gary Busey and Jodie Foster, John Frankenheimer’s 1979 horror movie Prophecy, Roger Corman’s thriller Targets, and Peter Bogdanovich’s 1974 adaptation of Henry James’ novel Daisy Miller.

Tarantino bought and restored the historic movie theatre on Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles back in 2007 and saved the 1920s picture house from redevelopment.

The cinema exclusively screens 35mm prints of movies, and last year, the director featured his star-studded 1960s epic Once Upon a Time in Hollywood at the movie theatre, alongside props used and worn by the cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt.

The New Beverly Cinema has been closed since 16 March, when Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti ordered the closure of businesses, including cinemas, as the Covid-19 outbreak hit the city.

When Tarantino bought the venue in 2007, he told The Hollywood Reporter: “As long as I’m alive, and as long as I’m rich, the New Beverly will be there, showing double features in 35mm.”

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Quentin Tarantino kept Once Upon a Time in Hollywood ending locked in a safe

Quentin Tarantino was so keen to keep the ending of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood from prying eyes that he kept it locked in a safe.The movie, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, rewrites the gruesome murder of Sharon Tate and her …

Quentin Tarantino was so keen to keep the ending of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood from prying eyes that he kept it locked in a safe.

The movie, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, rewrites the gruesome murder of Sharon Tate and her friends in 1969, with director Tarantino saving Tate and having the Manson Family perpetrators killed instead.

And the Oscar winner’s longtime first assistant director William Paul Clark told Filmmaker Magazine that there was so much secrecy over the ending that the final act of the movie was locked away.

“We kept the third act in a safe in the accounting department. You come, you get the script, you go into the little room, you go read the third act,” Clark explained. “When you’re done, you give the script back, they put it back in the safe and you leave. You take some notes. If you need to refer to something again, you go back.”

He also revealed that the safe was taken with the crew when on location.

“When we got out on location, we just brought a safe and you go to the producer’s trailer if you need to read it. The hardest part was getting over the fear of not having the material at your fingertips all the time. Once people got over that fear, it wasn’t an issue,” Clark added.

And Once Upon a Time in Hollywood isn’t the first movie ending that Tarantino has kept under wraps.

In 2009’s Inglourious Basterds, the director reworked the ending over the Christmas holidays and gave the handwritten script to his cast and crew.

“It was basically an outline with little snippets of dialogue. He wrote this out by hand and handed me a stack of yellow ruled paper,” Clark shared.

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Marion Cotillard named as new face of Chanel No.5 perfume

Marion Cotillard has been tapped as the new face of Chanel No.5 perfume.A representative for the French luxury brand took to Instagram on Monday to share the news, uploading a black-and-white image of the actress gazing directly at the camera. “Chanel…

Marion Cotillard has been tapped as the new face of Chanel No.5 perfume.

A representative for the French luxury brand took to Instagram on Monday to share the news, uploading a black-and-white image of the actress gazing directly at the camera.

“Chanel is delighted to announce that Marion Cotillard will be the face of the new advertising campaign for the iconic N°5 fragrance,” they added in the caption.

No further details, such as a release date for the full imagery, were announced.

Cotillard has ramped up her ties to Chanel in recent months, having attended several fashion shows and worn an embroidered black outfit to the Marrakech Film Festival’s opening ceremony in December and a couture ensemble to the Cesar Revelations 2020 event last month.

The 44-year-old follows in the footsteps of Gisele Bundchen, Brad Pitt, and Nicole Kidman in landing a Chanel No. 5 campaign, while Lily-Rose Depp fronted the launch of Chanel’s No.5 L’Eau perfume back in May 2016, Keira Knightley was the face of Coco Mademoiselle, and Margot Robbie is currently promoting Gabrielle Chanel Essence. Other Chanel brand ambassadors include Penelope Cruz, Kristen Stewart, and Pharrell Williams.

Previously, Cotillard served as a brand ambassador for rival house Christian Dior. She was chosen to promote the Lady Dior handbag in 2008 and went on to appear in at least 15 other campaigns. However, the La Vie En Rose actress parted ways with the company in 2017, not long after Maria Grazia Chiuri succeeded Serge Ruffieux and Lucie Meier as interim creative directors at the label.

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Macaulay Culkin auditioned for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Macaulay Culkin has revealed he unsuccessfully auditioned for a role in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.The former child star, who hasn’t been in a mainstream studio movie since the satirical comedy Saved! in 2004, has revealed he cou…

Macaulay Culkin has revealed he unsuccessfully auditioned for a role in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The former child star, who hasn’t been in a mainstream studio movie since the satirical comedy Saved! in 2004, has revealed he could have ended up starring alongside the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie in the 1960s ensemble drama if he hadn’t blown the audition.

“It was a disaster,” Culkin told U.S. Esquire magazine. “I wouldn’t have hired me. I’m terrible at auditioning anyway, and this was my first audition in like eight years.”

While he didn’t discuss what role he had auditioned for, reporters at Entertainment Weekly have suggested that it was for the role of an actor on the TV series Lancer, which features in the movie.

Since 2004, Culkin has appeared in independent movies and made cameos in TV shows such as Hulu comedy Dollface, alongside girlfriend Brenda Song. Last year, he starred as a boat operator in Seth Green’s directorial debut Changeland.

And while the 39-year-old hasn’t ruled out a return to Hollywood, he’s quite happy staying at home.

“It’s just – I enjoy acting. I enjoy being on set,” the Home Alone star told Esquire. “I don’t enjoy a lot of the other things that come around it… What’s a good analogy. The Shawshank Redemption. The way he gets out of prison is to crawl through a tube of s**t, you know? It feels like to get to that kind of freedom, I’d have to crawl through a tube of s**t. And you know what? I’ve built a really nice prison for myself,” he joked.

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Robert Pattinson declared ‘most beautiful man’ in the world

Robert Pattinson has been declared as the world’s “most beautiful” man by a top plastic surgeon. Dr. Julian De Silva measured the eyes, eyebrows, nose, lips, chin, jaw, and facial shape of many male celebrities, using the Greek Golden Ratio of Beauty …

Robert Pattinson has been declared as the world’s “most beautiful” man by a top plastic surgeon.

Dr. Julian De Silva measured the eyes, eyebrows, nose, lips, chin, jaw, and facial shape of many male celebrities, using the Greek Golden Ratio of Beauty Phi, and concluded that the Twilight actor came closest to the Greeks’ idea of perfection.

“The 33-year-old actor was found to be 92.15 per cent accurate to the Greek Golden Ratio of Beauty Phi – which measures physical perfection,” Dr. De Silva wrote on Instagram. “The list was compiled using the latest computerised mapping techniques. Robert Pattinson was the clear winner when all elements of the face were measured for physical perfection.

“The Golden Ratio was a mathematical equation devised by the Greeks in an attempt to measure beauty… The premise behind this is that the closer the ratios of a face or body are to the number 1.618 (Phi), the more beautiful they become.”

Pattinson’s chin, eye position, and nose length/width came the closest to perfection, while his lips scored the lowest percentage.

Justice League star Henry Cavill came in second on Dr. De Silva’s most beautiful list with 91.64 per cent, followed by Bradley Cooper in third with 91.08 per cent, Brad Pitt in fourth with 90.51 per cent, and George Clooney in fifth with 89.91 per cent.

Clooney had previously topped the list but had dropped down to fifth as “the effect of ageing on the 58-year-old had resulted in a loss of volume in the face,” Dr. De Silva explained.

Retired sports star David Beckham came in seventh place, although he had a near-perfect ratio in the size of his nose and his lips.

Back in October, Dr. De Silva declared Bella Hadid the world’s most beautiful woman, followed by Beyonce and Amber Heard.

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Edward Norton denies he cost Janeane Garofalo a role in Fight Club

Edward Norton has denied Janeane Garofalo’s claims that he was to blame for her losing out on a role in David Fincher’s hit movie Fight Club.During a recent interview with Yahoo’s Build Series, Garofalo revealed that she’d been up for the role of Marla…

Edward Norton has denied Janeane Garofalo’s claims that he was to blame for her losing out on a role in David Fincher’s hit movie Fight Club.

During a recent interview with Yahoo’s Build Series, Garofalo revealed that she’d been up for the role of Marla Singer in the 1999 film and had been offered the part by Fincher, but the film’s star wanted his then-girlfriend Courtney Love to play the character instead.

“I was like, ‘Can I audition with him or for him?'” the actress said. “And I was told that he would like Courtney Love to do it, because he was dating her, but (his co-star) Brad Pitt said, ‘I’m not going to sign off on that.’ So, they agreed on Helena Bonham Carter, who was probably much better than I would have been…(But) I met with David Fincher, who handed me the script and said, ‘If you like it, the part is yours.'”

Following her allegations, Norton issued a statement to CNN in which he insisted he had no influence over Fincher’s casting decisions.

“I’m sorry Janeane is under that impression, but if she was serious, she’s really mistaken,” he said. “David Fincher does exactly what he wants. He makes the call on every dimension of his films, top to bottom. I don’t recall him ever even raising the subject of who he was considering for most other roles. The one suggestion I made, he shot down. I was a big fan of Janeane’s so I’d have loved to do a reading with her.”

Elsewhere in the Build Series interview, Garofalo said Pitt apologised to her for “what happened” with Fight Club, and claimed that Norton “pretends he doesn’t know who I am” when she spots him in their New York neighbourhood.

In response, the actor concluded his statement with, “And if she sees me in the neighbourhood I hope she’d come say hi.”

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1917 triumphs at the 2020 BAFTAs

Sam Mendes’ war epic 1917 was the big winner at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) on Sunday night.The movie, which follows two British servicemen crossing enemy lines to deliver a vital message, won seven BAFTAs in total, including Best Fil…

Sam Mendes’ war epic 1917 was the big winner at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) on Sunday night.

The movie, which follows two British servicemen crossing enemy lines to deliver a vital message, won seven BAFTAs in total, including Best Film, Outstanding British Film, and Best Director for Mendes, as well as prizes for cinematography, sound, special visual effects, and production design.

Joker star Joaquin Phoenix claimed the Best Leading Actor prize at London’s Royal Albert Hall, while the Best Leading Actress award went to Renee Zellweger for her performance as Judy Garland in the biopic Judy, boosting their chances of Oscars glory next weekend.

Supporting acting honours went to Brad Pitt for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Laura Dern for Marriage Story.

Joker, Todd Phillips’ dark origin story for the DC Comics supervillain, led all nominees with 11 ahead of the event, but only bagged two other BAFTAs in addition to Phoenix’s win – for Best Original Score and Best Casting.

Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won’s script for Parasite won Best Original Screenplay, while Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit was named Best Adapted Screenplay. Parasite also triumphed in the Best Film Not in the English Language category.

Netflix’s festive adventure Klaus won Best Animated Film and For Sama was named Best Documentary.

Blue Story star Micheal Ward won the public-voted EE Rising Star Award, following in the footsteps of past winners Tom Holland, Kristen Stewart, Tom Hardy, John Boyega, and 2019 victor, Letitia Wright.

Andy Serkis was honoured with the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema accolade, while Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy was presented with the BAFTA Fellowship.

The 2020 BAFTAs were hosted by U.K. chat show host Graham Norton.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Best Film: 1917

Outstanding British Film: 1917

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Renee Zellweger – Judy

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Laura Dern – Marriage Story

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

EE Rising Star Award: Micheal Ward

Best Director: Sam Mendes – 1917

Best Original Screenplay: Taika Waititi – Jojo Rabbit

Best Adapted Screenplay: Han Jin Won and Bong Joon Ho – Parasite

Best Film Not In The English Language: Parasite

Best Documentary: For Sama

Best Animated Film: Klaus

Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director Or Producer: Bait

Best Original Score: Hildur Guđnadóttir – Joker

Best Casting: Shayna Markowitz – Joker

Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins – 1917

Best Editing: Andrew Buckland and Michael McCusker – Le Mans ’66

Best Production Design: Dennis Gassner and Lee Sandales – 1917

Best Costume Design: Jacqueline Durran – Little Women

Best Make Up & Hair: Vivian Baker, Kazu Hiro and Anne Morgan – Bombshell

Best Sound: Scott Millan, Oliver Tarney, Rachael Tate, Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson – 1917

Best Special Visual Effects: Greg Butler, Guillaume Rocheron and Dominic Tuohy – 1917

Best British Short Film: Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)

Best British Short Animation: Grandad Was A Romantic.

BAFTA Fellowship: Kathleen Kennedy

Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema: Andy Serkis

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