October 24, 2013 |
As cold, precise and soulless as the diamonds that figure briefly in its plot, "The Counselor" is an extremely unpleasant piece of business. You could call it "Three Beheadings and No Funeral," but even that doesn't give an accurate idea of what you're in for. The film is ably directed by the veteran Ridley Scott and features a high-powered cast headed by Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and Brad Pitt, none of whom...
October 24, 2013 |
This movie season, Michael Fassbender keeps getting lectured on the ways of the world. By an unlikely teacher. The German-born, Ireland-raised actor plays cruel plantation owner Epps in the period drama "12 Years a Slave," in which Brad Pitt, as a morally scrupulous carpenter, admonishes him that a more enlightened way of thinking is about to leave him in the dust. And as the in-over-his-head lead character in Friday's release "The Counselor," Ridley Scott's drug-trafficking thriller based on Cormac McCarthy's first original screenplay, Fassbender is a lawyer set straight by Pitt's world-weary smuggler.
October 21, 2013 |
The event: The "Grand Inaugural Gala" to celebrate the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. Presented by Salvatore Ferragamo, the affair came with cocktails, a gala dinner, fashion show of the Italian designer's latest collection and the first-ever performance in the Center's 500-seat Bram Goldsmith Theater. The setting: The brand new "Wallis," designed by architect Zoltan Pali of SPF:architects to incorporate the city's Italian Renaissance-style post office and temporarily house a pop-up Ferragamo boutique.
September 18, 2013 |
Which is more exciting: Your wedding day or meeting Brad Pitt? One British bride didn't have to make that extremely difficult decision when the future Mr. Angelina Jolie dropped by her nuptials over the weekend. The actor, filming the World War II thriller "Fury" at Pinewood Studios in England, posed for a few snapshots at the wedding of Abi Lingwood, 28, at nearby Stoke Poges, an English village just northwest of London. PHOTOS: Celebrity portraits by The Times The 49-year-old actor joined the festivities after her husband, Daniel, 41, spotted him at the bar of the Stoke Park Hotel on Friday, according to the Maidenhead-Advertiser.
September 12, 2013 |
Farewell, fringe! Brad Pitt has finally cut off his long hair! The actor was photographed Tuesday rocking a shorter 'do while filming "Fury," a World War II Nazi Germany drama written and directed by David Ayer that costars Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman and Jon Bernthal. While neither Pitt's entire mane nor scalp was visible, the buzz-cut sides peeked out from under a white baseball cap he was wearing on set in the British countryside, according to Just Jared. PHOTOS: Scene at the Toronto International Film Festival 2013 Pitt, 49, had still been rocking the long locks ( and their customary bun and ponytail )
September 9, 2013 |
Just a few months ago, Brad Pitt and his production company, Plan B Entertainment, were being skewered all over Hollywood, as the actor was personally blamed for every misstep in the making of “World War Z.” Even the celebrity-fawning Vanity Fair magazine went on the Pitt attack. Today, his zombie movie is a global hit, having grossed more than $536 million around the world. But Pitt's production of “12 Years a Slave” might end up being even more commendable, as the true account of Solomon Northup, a free man sold into slavery, has become the runaway critical hit of the Telluride and Toronto International film festivals.
September 6, 2013 |
TELLURIDE, Colo. - Many sequences in Steve McQueen's new movie, "12 Years a Slave" - the true story of a free black man kidnapped in 1841 and sold to Southern plantation owners - were emotionally exhausting to film. But the British director didn't fully appreciate how wrenching the shoot was for his actors until he was in the editing room, scrutinizing the footage of a rape scene. Michael Fassbender, playing a particularly despicable slave owner named Edwin Epps, was violating his most prized cotton-picking possession, Patsey, played by newcomer Lupita Nyong'o.
August 12, 2013 |
Brad Pitt's “World War Z” has become the actor's highest-grossing film. The apocalyptic thriller has earned more than $500 million worldwide, Paramount reports, making it Pitt's biggest box office smash, topping his 2004 historical epic “Troy,” which racked up $497.3 million globally. In the film, Pitt stars as a former U.N. worker forced to battle a plague of zombies and trace the origins of the disease wiping out mankind. VIDEO: 'World War Z' trailer With a summer rife with big-budget disasters (“The Lone Ranger,” “R.I.P.D.,” “After Earth,” “Pacific Rim”)
August 1, 2013 |
In case you were unaware, Angelina Jolie is famous. Like, really famous. So in one sense it's perfectly logical that she would top the most recent Forbes list for highest-paid actresses, with earnings of $33 million over the last year, according to a report from the magazine earlier this week. The Guardian broke down that number to include a $10-million contract with Louis Vuitton and a $15-million salary for her upcoming role as the evil stepmother in a retelling of the Sleeping Beauty tale, “Maleficent,” scheduled for release next year.
June 26, 2013 |
For sheer summer escape, it's hard to beat a good zombie flick. Good, bad, always ugly, the undead are a highly amusing genre as a whole. "Zombieland" from 2009, with Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone riding shotgun and Woody Harrelson wielding one, remains my favorite. "Warm Bodies," a clever hipster twist on the old trope starring Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer out earlier this year, comes close. But for now, consider indulging in the campy, eco-eccentric fun of Brad Pitt's battle with the undead, their teeth-chattering and bad hygiene giving "World War Z" its bite.