November 30, 2012 |
With its stylized violence and unambiguous politics, "Killing Them Softly" has divided critics since it debuted at Cannes this year. That polarization probably will continue this weekend among audiences who, wooed by slick TV spots, are expecting a polished Brad Pitt action thriller instead of an off-kilter art film. The filmmakers say they're experiencing that surprise firsthand, but say they believe that it isn't necessarily a bad thing. "You have the happy reaction and the unhappy reaction," director Andrew Dominik tells The Times of the filmgoers who've commented to him so far. "There are the people who think they're going to see a straight-ahead thriller and don't like all this other [stuff]
November 29, 2012 |
Brad Pitt's latest movie "Killing Them Softly" won't make a killing at the box office this weekend. Rather, the violent dark comedy will debut softly with about $10 million domestically, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. The film is expected to get slaughtered by a handful of pictures that have been in theaters for weeks. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Down -- Part 2" could be the No. 1 film at the multiplex for the third consecutive weekend. The vampire flick is expected to add another $15 million to $20 million to its to-date take of $230 million this weekend.
November 29, 2012 |
News reports of economic woes and misbegotten corporate schemes play like a soundtrack in "Killing Them Softly," a moody crime noir starring Brad Pitt as a New Orleans hit man dealing with a down market, bad bets and loose change. Though the notion of crime as a business is nothing new, the film uses the machinations and motivations of the Big Easy's underworld to mirror contemporary corporate America's decline down to the difficult bosses. Yes, the "layoffs" tend to be more lethal, but the severance packages often call for delicate negotiations that sound all too familiar.
November 9, 2012 |
That's more like it, Brad Pitt. After a widely panned perfume campaign and a furniture collection received with apprehension, Mr. Angelina Jolie finally gets back in his lane: A trailer for his upcoming zombie epic "World War Z" hit the Web on Friday. Playing a husband and father of two, Pitt's just making his way through gridlock (watch the trailer below) before the apocalyptic overtones begin: explosions, helicopters and the life-threatening fare these blockbusters bring. Anchored by the dramatic chops of female lead Mireille Enos, and the masses of zombified citizens that remind us of the trembling creeps in "I Am Legend," the trailer serves as a necessary reminder of what Brad does best: save the world, looking good doing it. Pitt's Chanel No. 5 spot, a stark and brooding work of stream-of-consciousness adjectives for, um, perfume, was the subject of "SNL" and Conan O'Brien spoof sketches, and a favorite Halloween costume for Hollywood types.
November 2, 2012 |
Editor's Note: True beauty knows no boundaries, so we asked staffers Adam Tschorn and Chris Erskine to try out a new product aimed at removing pesky nose hair. Nad's Nose Wax for Men & Women, recently launched in Australia and available in the U.S. online, is designed to be used once a month, unlike hair trimmers, which often must be employed more frequently. That's convenient. But waxing inside the nose? Ouch! Luckily, the guys were intrepid. And they lived to talk about it: Chris: I am struck by [developer]
October 31, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Gay marriage advocates fighting tightly contested ballot initiatives in four states are getting a lift from actor Brad Pitt, who is donating $100,000 to the Human Rights Campaign's National Marriage Fund and calling on others to match his efforts. "It's unbelievable to me that people's lives and relationships are literally being voted on in a matter of days," Pitt wrote in an email going out Wednesday to supporters of the gay rights group. "In Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington, voters will go to the polls to decide if gay and lesbian couples - our friends and neighbors - are worthy of the same protections as everyone else.
October 22, 2012 |
Take one part Brad Pitt, sultry superstar. Add a dose of luxury fragrance Chanel No. 5. Mix both delicious components in a commercial shot by Oscar-nominated director Joe Wright. What do you get? A high-falutin ramble-fest that was ruthlessly pilloried this weekend on "Saturday Night Live. " Let's start by discussing the original, titled “There You Are.” The black and white ad features Mr. Angelina Jolie, long-maned and bearded, clad in a collared button-down and standing in a corner.
October 16, 2012 |
So Brad Pitt has this new ad campaign for Chanel No. 5. There it is, at the top of this post. Flirting with you. Daring you to watch it. And we dare you to watch it without giggling. Yes, the Ministry is firmly in the "silly" camp, if the question regarding this ad is "Sexy or silly?" We can't help it. Where is he looking? What is he saying? And why has he stolen Jeff Bridges' facial hair? Pitt, partner of Angelina Jolie, is the first dude to represent a Chanel fragrance, according to People . In addition to the commercial, there are print ads as well.
October 15, 2012 |
Brad Pitt's ad for Chanel No. 5 debuted Monday. He's the first male spokes-celebrity for the famed women's fragrance, and he does a smoldering good job of making you want to run for the perfume bottle. [People] Katy Perry, Chelsea Handler and Sarah Jessica Parker headlined at the amFar Inspiration Gala in Los Angeles, honoring CAA managing partner Kevin Huvane. A raft of stars turned out, including Kate Hudson, Mark Salling, Lance Bass and Octavia Spencer. The event reportedly raised $1.3 million to fund AIDS research.
October 8, 2012 |
Brad Pitt is the new celebrity pitchman for Chanel No. 5, in an interesting experiment to see how effectively a man can sell women's perfume. He's reportedly being paid $7 million for his efforts. [WWD] Newly engaged Jenni “JWoww” Farley hopes to wear a pink ballgown when she weds. [People] Elle announced last week that Sarah Jessica Parker is on the cover of November's "Women in Hollywood" issue. It turns out hers is one of several covers. Others feature Octavia Spencer, Dakota Fanning and Emma Watson.