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Brad Pitt was the most popular person at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party(2/11/20) For Brad Pitt, being so devastatingly popular definitely has its drawbacks. Even at the starry Vanity Fair Oscar party, the actor was surrounded by so many A-list well-wishers, he had to beat a hasty retreat.
Pitt was one of the very few big names who did not walk the red carpet at the wall-to-wall A-list big name bash late on Sunday. Only he, Al Pacino, Jeff Bezos and fiancée Lauren Sanchez sought fit to sneak in the side door.
But once inside the party, Pitt was the hero of the hour, the beloved actor’s actor, Hollywood manhood’s answer to Meryl Streep. “Oooh look, there’s Brad Pitt!” Spike Lee loudly cried out before heading over to congratulate the Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner, who arrived late on Sunday night without his gleaming gold statue.
Lee’s beeline to Pitt was followed by a stampede of well-wishing stars including Minnie Driver, Tyrese Gibson, Tiffany Haddish, Elizabeth Banks, Adrien Brody, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, who kept his laser eye surgery-style sunglasses on all night at the seductively-lit soiree.
All this adulation seemed rather too much for the laid-back Pitt, who amiably shook hands, nervously tucked his hair behind his ear, and took a barrage of bro hugs in his stride, but soon after headed for the exit, saying apologetically, “I’m not really a party guy.”
However the “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” star could not get out of the door before the man who hired him in the ‘80s for one of his first acting jobs as a chicken mascot for El Pollo Loco popped up to congratulate Pitt on how far he’d got in life since that poultry part.
Witnesses said the ever-modest Pitt was charming to the ex-El Pollo Loco luminary Michael Kassan — now a powerful ad and marketing exec — and even “thanked him for the opportunity” as a young actor.
Pitt has previously said he has “no shame” admitting he worked as a struggling actor as the yellow feathered mascot for the fast food chain. He last year reminisced to Ellen DeGeneres that he dressed as the chicken for the grand opening of the chain’s Hollywood location, where he “got flipped off a lot.” DeGeneres couldn’t resist responding, ”So the bird got the bird?”
Best Actor Oscar winner Joaquin Phoenix — also not exactly known for his enjoyment of exuberant Hollywood events — appeared at the venerable celebration, hosted by Vanity Fair editor Radhika Jones at the Wallis Annenberg Center in Los Angeles.
“The Joker” star Phoenix, accompanied by his fiancée Rooney Mara and family such as sisters Rain and Summer, was seen in deep discussion with 2019 Best Actor Oscar winner Rami Malek, while his mother Arlyn Phoenix enthusiastically got down on the dance floor to Dua Lupa’s “New Rules” next to NBC “This Is Us” star Chrissy Metz and her female friends.
Billy Porter — dressed in a lush deep purple Christian Siriano feathered ensemble with a dramatic matching train and giant bolero hat — hit it off at the party with the heavily made-up shock rocker Marilyn Manson, who also took selfies Joe Manganiello.
Porter — who had earlier co-presented the pre-Oscar show for ABC — said of Manson, “He’s actually very sweet,” before chasing down a server passing around In-N-Out burgers, pulling a long satin glove off with his teeth, and devouring the delicacy.
Soon after the Oscars ended, the venue — a specially-constructed vast marquee tent — became standing room only. Robert De Niro arrived with his “The Irishman” cast and crew including producer Jane Rosenthal. Best Actress winner Renée Zellweger — who brought her statuette with her — posed for pictures with fellow Oscar winners, “Ford v Ferrari” film editors Andrew Buckland and Michael McCusker.
Cynthia Erivo worked the room with Lena Waithe, while “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot chatted with Emily Ratajkowski, as Gabrielle Union, Chrissy Teigen and Jessica Alba huddled nearby. Adam Sandler held court at the bar, and Charlize Theron, who also brought her mom as her date, was seen embracing Kate Hudson.
Dancing the night away were Greta Gerwig with Beanie Feldstein, as well as Antonio Banderas with girlfriend Nicole Kimpel. Plus, orange-haired British designer costume Sandy Powell was seen getting the stars to autograph her white suit, which will be auctioned off for charity. She was seen bending over to allow talk show host James Corden to write his digits on her derriere.
It may have been rather too late by this stage, but suddenly deciding to keep a lower profile, Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos and fiancée Lauren Sanchez skipped the camera-packed red carpet and arrived at the Vanity Fair party through a side door.
Guests speculated that — while the couple had been front and center at a host Oscar week events — Bezos may have had a sudden attack of shyness following Chris Rock’s jokes about him onstage at the Academy Awards.
Rock had quipped, “Jeff Bezos is so rich, he got divorced and he’s still the richest man in the world.” And, “He’s so rich he saw ‘A Marriage Story’ and thought it was a comedy,” while the camera panned to Bezos trying to see the funny side.
Meanwhile in other billionaire news, the son of philanthropist Wallis Annenberg, Charles Annenberg Weingarten, somehow managed to smuggle his dog into the Vanity Fair Oscar Party. As far as we can tell, the white fluffy pooch is the only animal who has ever made it on the esteemed Vanity Fair guest list and past the event’s famously tight security.
Annenberg, an animal lover, who reportedly sometimes calls himself “The Dogfather,” was seen introducing the white fluffy white pooch to a highly amused Kanye West. The dog looked somewhat less impressed that he wasn’t allowed an In-N-Out burger before being whisked home in a luxury SUV.
2020 Oscar Winner(2/9/20) Actor in a Supporting Role
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood
Oscars: Brad Pitt Calls Out Senate for Lack of John Bolton Impeachment Testimony in Acceptance Speech(2/9/20) (Video) With millions watching on TV, newly christened Oscar winner Brad Pitt took the opportunity to make a political statement.
“They told me I only have 45 seconds up here, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week,” Pitt said during Sunday’s Oscars ceremony after winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as stuntman Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Bolton served as President Trump’s national security advisor; despite the allegations about Trump contained in Bolton’s upcoming book that have leaked to the press, he wasn’t called to testify this past week in Trump’s impeachment trial before the Senate acquitted him. (The Senate called no witnesses before voting to acquit Trump.)
“I’m thinking maybe Quentin does a movie about it,” Pitt added, as the camera turned to Tarantino in the crowd. “In the end, the adults do the right thing.” He went on to thank Tarantino and his co-star and fellow Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio.
How Oscar nominee Brad Pitt won the public war waged by Angelina Jolie(2/9/20) Typically, Hollywood’s awards season is laden with worthy speeches about pet causes, sermons about politics and faux-naïf “I never expected this” tears.
And then there’s Brad Pitt.
“I’ve gotta add this to my Tinder profile,” he quipped at the Screen Actors Guild Awards while accepting a trophy for his role in “Once Upon a Time in . . . Hollywood.”
“Let’s be honest, it was a difficult part,” he continued, cracking up the crowd. “A guy who gets high, takes his shirt off and doesn’t get on with his wife. It’s a big stretch.”
Over the past month, Pitt, 56, has delivered a series of hilariously self-deprecating acceptance speeches — which, insiders told The Post, he pens himself — as he’s won a Golden Globe, SAG and several Critics Circle awards for his role as stuntman Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino’s film. He also charmed the Internet with photos of his affectionate SAG Awards reunion with first ex-wife Jennifer Aniston.
Now Pitt — up for Best Supporting Actor — is seemingly a sure bet to win his first Oscar on Sunday.
And he’s finally won the war waged by his second ex-wife, Angelina Jolie. In August 2018, sources told Page Six that the actress had started a whisper campaign to paint Pitt as a deadbeat dad amid a custody fight for the couple’s six children.
“I felt — and so did lots of us — that Brad was muted during his relationship with Angelina. He was distant,” said a Hollywood insider. “And now we have him back.”
“I wouldn’t say muted, because they did a lot of really good work together internationally,” said a close Pitt colleague. “But Angelina did more of the talking and was more aggressive in setting agendas and priorities.”
A Pitt insider told The Post it was not all sunbeams for the actor while filming “Once Upon a Time in .?.?. Hollywood” in 2018.
“It was a tough shoot. Brad was in the middle of his divorce from Angelina and he wasn’t getting to see his kids as much as he wanted to,” the insider said. “Part of the reason Brad took the part was so he could stay in LA and see the kids.”
Jolie shocked the world when she filed for divorce in September 2016. It reportedly came days after an alleged private-jet altercation between Pitt and oldest son Maddox, now 18, in which the teen is said to have stepped in to defend his mother. In a video of the incident, Pitt was reportedly yelling and appeared drunk.
The FBI was dragged into the matter but did not press charges after Pitt was quickly cleared by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.
By the time Tarantino started filming in 2018, Jolie was reportedly on a mission to shame Pitt, filing a court claim that the actor had failed to pay any “significant” child support even as his camp revealed he had paid more than $9 million since the 2016 split.
“He was filming with all the legal stuff going on in the background,” said the colleague. “It was a really difficult time in his life and he had great support from everyone on set.”
He formed a strong bond with co-star Leonardo DiCaprio. In the movie, their characters spend every day hanging out on sets, watching TV, sharing meals. In real life, a Pitt pal said, DiCaprio — whom Pitt calls “LDC” and “Lover” — was a great source of moral support and friendship.
“They have a good bond,” a Pitt pal said. “The shoot, although difficult, was something Brad needed.”
During that time, the divorce judge scolded Jolie for trying to drive a wedge between Pitt and the children. Now Pitt gets to see his children for four hours every other day and 12 hours on weekends.
“The children come before anything,” said the colleague. In fact, the actor bowed out of the BAFTA Awards in London last Sunday due to a “family obligation.” Co-star Margot Robbie read his speech.
Despite reports that he skipped the BAFTAs to work on his relationship with Maddox, insiders told The Post that it wasn’t the case — but said Pitt does not have much of a relationship with the teen, a student at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea.
Jolie and Pitt are not officially divorced as they continue to iron out custody and finances, but they are legally single after a “status-only” dissolution of marriage. The two rarely speak, revealed Pitt’s pal, adding: “It’s not easy.”
Pitt’s friends confirmed to The Post that the actor is sober, and he has openly spoken about his drinking and how AA helped him.
“I had taken things as far as I could take it, so I removed my drinking privileges,” he told The New York Times.
When Bradley Cooper presented him with a Best Supporting Actor honor at the National Board of Review Awards in January, Pitt revealed: “I got sober because of this guy. And every day’s been happier ever since.”
But that happiness doesn’t include serious romance.
“He’s not a monk, but he’s not jumping into another serious relationship,” said the colleague.
The world went wild at the sight of Pitt and ex-wife Aniston warmly greeting each other backstage at the SAGs in January — 15 years after their split. Although Pitt reportedly attended Aniston’s holiday party and 50th-birthday bash last year, that’s as far as their relationship goes.
“They spoke a few times after Jen’s divorce [from Justin Theroux in 2017], but it’s simple friends stuff,” said the insider. “Nothing more.”
When Pitt hits the red carpet Sunday, he’ll likely be joined by parents Jane and Bill. It’s a far cry from the 2017 Oscars, which he spent at enjoying a spaghetti dinner with friends while the awards played on TV in another room.
Up next, Pitt is producing a documentary about the late singer Chris Cornell, as well as a movie adaptation of the play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” and an HBO adaptation of the novel “Americanah.”
And sources say he’s savoring his peers’ love from his peers right now.
“He’s really enjoyed the focus on his acting,” said the Pitt pal.
“There’s a lot of love and respect from Hollywood because of his talent and how supportive he has been of others and how easy he is to work with.
“He’s a good guy — that will be his legacy.”
Brad Pitt ditched the BAFTAs to reunite with estranged son Maddox(2/5/20) Brad Pitt ditched the BAFTAS to reunite with his estranged son, it was revealed Tuesday.
Pitt, 56, was scheduled to attend the British awards show that aired Sunday night but canceled at the last minute, citing a “family obligation.” Co-star Margot Robbie accepted his award for best supporting actor in “Once Upon a Time in … Hollywood.”
The Sun reported that Pitt dropped out to spend time with his son Maddox.
“Maddox gave Brad the chance to talk and he dropped everything,” a source told the Sun.
The father and son had a falling out in 2016 after an incident aboard a private plane in LA, during which Pitt reportedly got wasted, screamed and allegedly hit his eldest son, prompting then-wife Angelina Jolie to call the FBI. She divorced him days later.
The FBI investigated the accusations and cleared Pitt of any wrongdoing.
“Maddox has been away at university so when Brad found out he was going to be around and they could have a conversation, he canceled the UK trip,” a source told the Sun.
Maddox, 18, a freshman studying biochemistry at Yonsei University in South Korea, was asked by local reporters if his A-list dad planned on visiting him.
“I don’t know about that [or] what’s happening,” he said in the fall of 2019.
He also told reporters “Well, whatever happens, happens,” on the subject of him reconnecting with Pitt.
When Jolie dropped off Maddox at college in August 2019, Pitt was absent.
Jolie, 44, and Pitt also share five other children: Pax, 16, Zahara, 14, Shiloh, 13, and 11-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox.
Actress And Former Guiding Light Star Tina Sloan Releases Debut Novel(2/3/20) (Chasing Cleopatra) Former Guiding Light actress Tina Sloan brings tales of dangerous and devilish romance off the small screen and into the pages of her debut novel, Chasing Cleopatra: A Novel of Love, Betrayal and Suspense.
Chasing Cleopatra follows Cleopatra "Cleo" Gallier, a gorgeous local TV host in her mid-40s, who is no longer afraid to go after what she wants. This leads to a fast-paced and intimate affair with the much-younger Jake Regan. Jake and his family are staying on the same Hawaiian island for the holidays where Cleo lives, and she soon finds herself entangled with the whole family in order to stay close to Jake-including Jake's controlling and adoring mother Miranda, his naïve and charming girlfriend Julia who is anxiously awaiting an engagement ring, and the mysterious Tripp, Jake's father, whose work as a CIA agent could put his whole family in jeopardy.
Little do the Regans know, Cleo is the perfect asset to help keep them safe. A secretly trained Krav Maga fighter, she gets pulled into joining Tripp's classified CIA mission that, if blown, could cause a national tragedy on Christmas Day. As tensions flare between Cleopatra and the Regans, secrets are exposed that will not only test their trust in one another but will reveal what it truly means to love with its heart-racing and heart-stopping twists and turns. Sloan's scandalous and suspenseful writing style, mimicked from her film and soap-opera past, makes Chasing Cleopatra a must-have for book clubs as the guilty-pleasure book of the season.
"Tina Sloan creates the perfect cocktail of spy thriller and romance in Chasing Cleopatra," says Danielle Paige, New York Times Bestselling author of the Dorothy Must Die series. "Equal parts sexy and intriguing, Sloan's mystery keeps you breathless and guessing until the very last page."
Get your copy here: amazon.com.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tina Sloan is best known for her 26-year-role on CBS's soap opera Guiding Light and as the author of Changing Shoes: Getting Older - Not Old - with Style, Humor and Grace, based on her autobiographical one-woman show. Some of Sloan's most notable on-screen appearances include roles in Law & Order: SVU, Third Watch, Celebrity, The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, The Brave One, Changing Lanes, The Guru, People I Know, and Black Swan. Her latest projects include being part of an all-star cast on the soap web series Beacon Hill and Venice, and she continues to be a sought-after speaker. She divides her time between Florida and Maryland with her husband of 44 years, where they enjoy time with their son, his wife and 2 grandchildren.
Brad Pitt makes Prince William and Kate squirm with Megxit joke at BAFTAs(2/3/20) Brad Pitt was a no-show at the BAFTAs — but still managed to make royal guests Prince William and Kate Middleton squirm in the audience with a joke about Megxit.
The 56-year-old actor got co-star Margot Robbie to collect his award for best supporting actor, blaming “family obligations” for keeping him from the British ceremony on Sunday.
Robbie soon had the audience cracking up as she read Pitt’s speech — ending with a quip about Prince Harry starting his new life away from the royal family and the UK.
“He says that he is gonna name this Harry — because he is really excited about bringing it back to the States with him,” Margot read, holding up Pitt’s trophy.
The camera then cut to Harry’s brother, William — with whom he’s reportedly feuding — and Harry’s wife, Kate, who both appeared to squirm as they awkwardly laughed along with the audience.
Pitt’s speech also made yet another quip about his love life while accepting the award through Robbie.
“Hey Britain! Heard you just became single, welcome to the club,” he said, joking about the nation finally leaving the EU with Friday’s Brexit and his own bitter divorce from ex Angelina Jolie.
“Wishing you the best with the divorce settlement blah blah blah,” his speech continued, with Margot then pretending to cut out Pitt’s praise for their “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” director, Quentin Tarantino, saying, “It’s a bit much, really.”
Robbie stressed the speech was “his words, not mine” before walking off to applause.
BAFTA Award Winner(2/2/20) SUPPORTING ACTOR: BRAD PITT - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Paul Wesley Returns to The CW to Direct an Episode of Batwoman(1/21/20) Paul Wesley is headed back to The CW, but, unfortunately for The Vampire Diaries fans, he still isn't gonna grace the screen for Legacies. In fact, his insanely chiseled jaw will be nowhere near Mystic Falls, as the actor is instead stepping in to direct an upcoming episode of Batwoman.
Wesley will helm an upcoming of the Arrowverse newbie, but not too much is known about his episode yet. The actor-director revealed the cover of the script for his episode in an Instagram story on Monday morning, but the episode number and title were covered with a geotag for Vancouver where Batwoman is shot.
What we do know is Wesley is already an accomplished TV director. He previously directed episodes of The Vampire Diaries (starting in Season 5), as well as Legacies, Shadowhunters, and Roswell, New Mexico. So, we'd bet his episode of DC's Gotham based superhero show will be quite a delight.
Batwoman recently returned after a big mid-season twist in which it was revealed that Kate's (Ruby Rose) sister Beth (Rachel Skarsten) both is and is not the villain fans have been waiting for. Beth is actually Beth and Alice, twins who've been forging their own path in Gotham, just on opposite sides of the law. Will Kate be able to reunite her long lost family? Only time — and maybe Paul Wesley — will tell.
Batwoman airs Sundays at 8/7c on The CW.
Brad Pitt Jokes About Tinder & Playing Guy Who “Doesn’t Get On With His Wife” After SAG Awards Win(1/19/20) Brad Pitt picked up the best supporting actor SAG Award Sunday Night for his performance as Cliff Booth in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood; and he left the audience in stitches with his acceptance speech.
Pitt joked about working with director Quentin Tarantino, his co-stars and adjusting to single life after his second divorce.
“I gotta add this to my Tinder profile,” the Pitt said to laughter as he sized up his Actor statuette. “Thank you so much to my brothers. This means so much more than I can possibly fathom. I watch everything, I watch you all and the work has been mesmerizing, so I thank you.”
He then thanked the other actors in the film.
“I want to thank my co-stars, Leo [DiCaprio], Margo Robbie, Margo Robbie’s feet, Margaret Qualley’s feet, Dakota Fanning’s feet. Seriously, Quentin has separated more women from their shoes than the TSA.”
He took a beat as the audience chuckled.
“We all know what we do is a team sport. We elevate each other and I got to work with some amazing, amazing people,” he continued. “You all elevated my game, I certainly hope I did the same for you.”
“Let’s be honest, it was a difficult part, a guy who gets high, takes his shirt off, and doesn’t get on with his wife. It was a big stretch,” he added with a bit of self deprecation. The camera immediately turned to Pitt’s first wife, Jennifer Aniston, who smiled and applauded. Aniston later picked up a best female actor in a drama series SAG Award for The Morning Show.
Speaking backstage moments later, Pitt told press he not only admired his co-star Leonardo DiCaprio’s dedication to his craft, but he sees a future for the duo doing “buddy road movies or something like Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin.”
Of DiCaprio’s work, Pitt said, “He’s so committed within a scene. You can play a scene at level one, or 11, and he’s always pushing for the edge and he’s not protecting himself in any way. Sometimes you’ll put the reins on but he’s literally putting himself out there.”
Pitt also credited the success of the film to Tarantino.
“I think it has something to do with Quentin Tarantino and the scenes he creates,” he said. “I also think there’s some legacy starting with a Clint Eastwood type and this idea of man-to-man, so it fits into this iconography for us.”
Producers Guild Award Winners(1/18/20) David O. Selznick Award
Plan B (Jeremy Kleiner, Dede Gardner, Brad Pitt)
Amazon Strikes First-Look TV Deal With Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment & Sets Mystery Drama ‘Outer Range’(1/14/20) Amazon has struck a first-look television deal with Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment.
The streamer is also working with the company, including Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, on mystery drama Outer Range, which was created by playwright Brian Watkins. Pitt, Gardner and Kleiner will serve as exec producers on the drama, which is the story of a rancher fighting for his land who discovers a mystery lurking at the edge of Wyoming’s wilderness.
The announcement was made by Head of Amazon Studios Jennifer Salke at the Winter TCA Press tour.
Plan B is currently producing Barry Jenkins’ The Underground Railroad, an adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s novel. The story centers on young Cora (Thuso Mbedu), a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia who learns about the Underground Railroad from Caesar (Aaron Pierre), a recent arrival from Virginia; both decide to escape. The show is set to air later this year.
Plan B is also working with Amazon on Paper Girls, a drama based on Brian K. Vaughan’s best-selling graphic novel. The project, which has received a series commitment, hails from Legendary Television and Plan B (12 Years A Slave, Moonlight).
Salke said, “We developed a close relationship with Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, while working on the feature film Beautiful Boy and limited series The Underground Railroad. Brad Pitt, Dede and Jeremy share our high bar for original, elevated and socially relevant content.”
2020 Oscar Nominations(1/13/20) Winners to be unveiled February 9 at the 92nd Academy Awards live on ABC from the Dolby Theater at Hollywood & Highland.
Actor in a Leading Role
Actress in a Supporting Role
Actor in a Supporting Role
Critics’ Choice Award Winners(1/12/20) BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Talk Show Appearance(1/10/20) The Talk – CBS
Tuesday, Jan. 14
Actor Julian McMahon
Brad Pitt I Got Sober Because of Bradley Cooper(1/10/20) Brad Pitt opened up about his sobriety in a surprise way ... by crediting Bradley Cooper for helping him get there after his pal presented him an award.
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 after putting his daughter to bed, called him a sweetheart, then added ... "I got sober because of this guy, and every day has been happier ever since."
As you'll recall ... Brad's alcoholism was a major bone of contention in his marriage with Angelina Jolie, and culminated when he allegedly got wasted on a private jet flight and had an altercation with their eldest son, Maddox.
Jolie filed for divorce just days after the incident, and there was a subsequent child abuse investigation ... though Brad was eventually cleared.
Following his split with Jolie, Brad spent over a year in Alcoholics Anonymous and has been sober ever since ... but until now, Cooper's support in the process was unknown.
BTW -- Pitt's victory speech wasn't all about sentimental thank yous ... he also had some good jokes, including one at the expense of George Clooney.
On the heels of his Golden Globes win ... looks like Brad's on a pretty good roll.
BAFTA Film Awards Nominations(1/8/20) Nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards. Graham Norton is hosting the ceremony this year for the first time with trophies to be handed out on February 2 at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Brad Pitt admits to having 'disaster of a personal life' amid Angelina Jolie divorce war(1/7/20) (Listen / download) Brad Pitt is the first to admit he has a very dramatic love life.
The hunk — who took home the best supporting actor award at the 2020 Golden Globes — appeared on the latest episode of Marc Maron’s WTF podcast with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood co-star Leonardo DiCaprio. During their talk, the actors spoke of their rise to fame and their secretive off-screen lives.
While DiCaprio, 45, said he no longer gets chased by photographers the way he used to, Pitt, 56, insisted the opposite.
“Oh man. I’m just like trash mag fodder,” he said, explaining that he often has to use disguises and escape tactics to leave his house.
When asked by Maron, 56, why he still gets followed so much, Pitt explained with a laugh: “Because of my disaster of a personal life, probably.”
“[You’ve] got a very exciting personal life,” DiCaprio agreed through laughs.
As RadarOnline.com readers know, Pitt has yet to finalize his divorce from Angelina Jolie, whom he split from in 2016. And while the two have finally settled their custody agreement, sources says things between them are anything but smooth sailing; plus, the actor still has little contact with his estranged son Maddox, who is currently attending college in South Korea.
Though Pitt has not publicly confirmed any romances since his separation from Jolie, 44, sources have hinted at a possible reconciliation with ex-wife Jennifer Aniston. Despite their nasty 2005 divorce, the two have rekindled their friendship in the past couple years, and even reunited at an exclusive Golden Globes after-party.
During a red-carpet interview with Entertainment Tonight, Pitt called Aniston, 50, a “good friend.”
In the last two years the Ad Astra actor has also been linked to MIT professor Neri Oxman, actress Alia Shawkat and gorgeous holistic healer Sat Hari Khalsa, among others.
“I wanted to bring my mom, but I couldn’t because any woman I stand next to, they say I’m dating, and it’d just be awkward,” Pitt joked in his Golden Globes speech, referencing the constant rumours about his personal life.
Golden Globes Winners(1/6/20) BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE: Brad Pitt, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
National Society Of Film Critics Award Winners(1/5/20) Supporting actor: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood
Australian Academy’s International Awards(1/3/20) Winners were announced tonight for the 9th AACTA International Awards – the international counterpart to the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts’ primary awards show.
The AACTA International Awards are voted on by the 150 members of the Australian Academy’s International Chapter, many of which overlap with AMPAS and BAFTA.
AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actor
Drama Desk Award Winner Pamela Payton-Wright Dies at 78(12/31/19) Pamela Payton-Wright, who won a Drama Desk Award for her performance as Lavinia Mannon in the 1972 Broadway revival of Mourning Becomes Electra, died December 14 at the age of 78.
Ms. Wright, who was born November 1, 1941, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was a graduate of both Birmingham-Southern College and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where she received the Special Medal and the Edmund Gray Prize for High Comedy. She was crowned Miss Tuscaloosa in 1961 and was also a finalist in the Miss Alabama contest, where she performed a four-minute rendition of Peter Pan, playing all the characters.
Ms. Wright made her Broadway debut in 1967 as Amy in George Kelly's The Show Off under the direction of Stephen Porter. Her other Main Stem credits included Exit the King, Jimmy Shine, The Crucible, All Over Town, The Glass Menagerie, Romeo and Juliet, A Streetcar Named Desire, M. Butterfly, The Night of the Iguana, and Garden District. Her final Broadway appearance was as a replacement in the role of Mary Tyrone in the 2003 revival of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night.
Her work Off-Broadway was equally prolific, with credits including The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, Jesse and the Bandit Queen, The Seagull, Hamlet, The Replacement, Mrs. Warren's Profession, Richard III, 'Til the Rapture Comes, The Orphans’ Home Cycle, Duet, and The Day Emily Married. She received Obie Awards for her work in Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds and Jesse and the Bandit Queen.
Ms. Wright began her television career in 1972, playing Rhonda on Corky. In 1979 she joined the cast of Another World in the role of Hazel Parker; however, she is better known for her work on the ABC soap One Life to Live as Agatha "Addie" Cramer, a role she played on and off for a 12-year period beginning in 1991. Her other television credits included PBS productions of The Prodigal, Brother to Dragons, and The Adams Chronicles, earning an Emmy nomination for her work in the last.
On the silver screen she was seen in In Dreams, The Freshman, My Little Girl, Ironweed, Starlight, Going In Style, Resurrection, and At the Dark End of the Street.
Ms. Wright is survived by her son Oliver Dickon Hedley Butler and his wife Cynthia Flowers, brother Gordon Trafford Payton Wright, sisters Brenda Payton-Wright Davies and Barbara Payton-Wright Quackenbush, and two nephews: Payton David Quackenbush and Peter Wright Quackenbush.
A memorial will be held in Brookville this spring and another in New York City for her theatre community. Contributions in celebration of her life may be made to The McKinley Health Center at Laurelbrooke Landing and Pupstarz Rescue.
Chicago Indie Critics Nominations(12/28/19) BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Kang-ho Song, Parasite
Judi Evans Thanks Fans For Support After Tragic Loss(12/24/19) Judi Evans (Adrienne, DAYS) tweeted to thank fans for supporting her in the wake of the untimely death of her son, Austin Michael Luciano, on December 13 at the age of 23. “I just want to take a moment to thank everyone for the tremendous outpouring of love and support and prayers….,” she posted. “[Husband] Michael and I have been very touched and uplifted. Much love to all…..” Our deepest condolences to Evans and her family.
Black Film Critics Circle Anoints Pitt(12/20/19) Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time In Hollywood)
Kelsey Grammer, Thomas Jane, Denise Richards Join WWE Star Adam Copeland In ‘Money Plane’(12/19/19) Five-time Emmy-winner Kelsey Grammer, Thomas Jane, and Denise Richards have signed on to co-star opposite Adam Copeland (a.k.a WWE’s Edge) in the heist thriller, Money Plane, directed by Andrew Lawrence.
Co-written by Lawrence and Tim Schaaf, the indie follows a professional thief (Copeland) who must rob an underworld criminal casino on an airplane to settle a debt with his ruthless employer (Grammer). While the heist unfolds in midair, the second man on the ground (Jane) uncovers a sinister double cross that threatens everything.
Richard Switzer and Tyler W. Konney are producing the pic with and executive producers Jason Cherubini and Alexander Ferguson. Taylor & Dodge is handling worldwide sales.
Copeland currently co-stars as Kjetill Flatnose in the History Channel series, Vikings. Grammer can next be seen on the big screen in Grand Isle opposite Nicolas Cage. Jane currently stars in Amazon’s The Expanse series. Richards’ recent credits include BH90210 and 1st Born.
Copeland is repped by OAZ and Abrams Artists; Grammer by UTA and Vault Entertainment; Jane by Paradigm; Richards by Abrams Artists.
London Critics’ Circle Film Award Nominees(12/18/19) Winners will be announced on January 30.
SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Anne Heche, Graham McTavish & Michelle Randolph To Star In ‘Chasing Nightmares’ Thriller(12/17/19) Anne Heche, Graham McTavish, and Michelle Randolph have signed on to star in Chasing Nightmares, a horror thriller from Specter Pictures, the new genre label recently launched as part of producer David Brown’s Clear Horizon. Christopher McGowan wrote the script and is directing the film, which is the first under Specter Pictures’ label.
The plot involves a college student (Randolph) who risks her and her friends’ lives to track down the meaning behind the nightmares she has about a girl and a delusional masked man.
Spencer Daniels, Aubrey Cleland, Jay Huguley, and Dana Daurey are set to co-star as filming is currently underway in Los Angeles. Brown is producing the 828 Media Capital-financed pic alongside Todd Lundbohm of 828 Productions.
Heche was last seen on the big screen opposite Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell in The Best of Enemies from STX as well as NBC’s Chicago P.D. McTavish, who is best known for the TV’s Outlander and The Hobbit trilogy, was also recently seen in Aquaman. Randolph’s credits include House of the Witch and A Snow White Christmas.
Heche is repped by Paradigm Talent Agency and Untitled Entertainment; McTavish by Artists & Representatives; Randolph by Pakula/King & Associates and D2 Management.
Brad Pitt To Receive Santa Barbara Film Festival’s Maltin Master Award(12/17/19) Brad Pitt, a front-runner for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar this year, will receive the Santa Barbara Film Festival’s highest honor, the Maltin Master Award, on January 22 at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara.
Already a SAG, Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice nominee for his performance in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Pitt has won several awards for the role as well including from the National Board of Review. He also starred this fall in the science fiction drama Ad Astra, and on January 18 will be receiving the Producer Guild of America’s prestigious David O’Selznick Award (along with his Plan B partners Jeremy Kleiner and Dede Gardner) for his work behind the scenes with his prolific production company, which among many other films produced the Oscar winning Best Pictures 12 Years A Slave and Moonlight.
“Brad Pitt wears the mantle of Movie Star with good grace. He’s been giving great performances for several decades, but he makes it look so easy that I fear he’s been taken for granted. After the one-two punch of Ad Astra and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, this year he’s an ideal choice to be presented the Maltin Modern Master Award,” said Leonard Maltin, who will be moderating the evening.
The Modern Master Award was established in 1995 and is the highest accolade presented by SBIFF. Created to honor an individual who has enriched the culture through accomplishments in the motion picture industry, it was re-named the Maltin Modern Master Award in 2015 in honor of longtime SBIFF moderator and renowned film critic Leonard Maltin. Past recipients include Glenn Close, Denzel Washington, Michael Keaton, Bruce Dern, Ben Affleck, Christopher Plummer, Christopher Nolan, James Cameron, Clint Eastwood, Cate Blanchett, Will Smith, George Clooney and Peter Jackson.
The 35th Santa Barbara Film Festival runs January 15-15.
The Chicago Film Critics Association Award Winners(12/15/19) BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood\
SAG Awards Nominations(12/12/19) The Screen Actors Guild Award Winners will be revealed in a ceremony January 19 live on TNT and TBS.
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
CHRISTIAN BALE / Ken Miles – “FORD v FERRARI”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
JAMIE FOXX / Walter McMillian – “JUST MERCY”
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston: ‘No tension’ as pair gear up for awards season(12/12/19) Don’t expect any tension between famous exes Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston when they reunite at a string of glitzy Hollywood award ceremonies.
They have both been nominated for Golden Globes and SAG Awards — announced on Wednesday — him for “Once Upon a Time in … Hollywood” and her for “The Morning Show.” But a source told Page Six: “There won’t be any issues, no tension.” Pitt even went to Aniston’s 50th birthday bash in February and joined a starry crowd of pals including his ex Gwyneth Paltrow, plus Aniston’s ex John Mayer.
The source added: “Brad and Jen are still friends. They speak once in a while, and even though there are these fools who say they’re getting back together, of course they’re not. But they will always be fond of each other.”
Pitt told the New York Times Magazine this week: “I don’t know how many women they’ve said I’ve been dating the last two or three years, and none of it’s true.” He’s been seen with actress Alia Shawkat, although we’re assured they’re just friends.
Pitt is still mid-divorce from Angelina Jolie, with a sticking point over access to their kids. Although the younger kids are mandated by a court to see him, it’s more difficult for him to see the older kids, we’re told.
AACTA International Awards Nominations(12/11/19) The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts has unveiled nominees for its 9th AACTA International Awards.
AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actor
Brad Pitt says he spent most of the ‘90s smoking pot and hiding(12/11/19) Brad Pitt has revealed he turned to marijuana at the height of his career to escape the pressures of fame.
In a New York Times interview published on Monday, the “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” star said he was “too uncomfortable” following the massive success of his films in the ’90s.
“I spent most of the ’90s hiding out and smoking pot,” said Pitt, 55. “I was too uncomfortable with all the attention.”
At the time, the actor released movies like 1994’s “Interview with the Vampire,” 1995’s “Seven” and 1999’s “Fight Club.” He was around 25 to 35 years old.
However, Pitt shared that he later turned a corner when he “got to a place where I was aware that I was imprisoning myself.”
“Now I go out and live life, and generally people are pretty cool,” he continued.
A memory from childhood, in which he was picked out of a crowd to participate in a Harlem Globetrotters bit, reminded Pitt that getting back into the world could help him make others feel good through his movies — and so he stopped hiding.
“I’m not trying to say anyone is being brushed with my greatness,” he said. “I’m trying to say that I have the opportunity to brighten someone’s day. That’s a rare thing.”
Patrick Duffy, Alicia Coppola, Peter Macnicol Guests on All Rise(12/10/19) “What The Constitution Greens to Me” – Following her battle with the Commission of Judicial Performance, Lola questions her own brand of creative justice. And when Benner assigns Lola a politically charged eco-terrorism trial that involves a senator’s son, once again, Lola realizes she must trust her instincts in order to succeed, on ALL RISE, Monday, Jan. 6 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Peter Macnicol (Judge Albert Campbell), Patrick Duffy (Ed Parker), Alicia Coppola (Wanda Taylor)
2020 Golden Globes Nominations(12/9/19) Golden Globes ceremony, which returns Ricky Gervais as host for a fifth time, is set for January 5, 2020 at the Beverly Hilton.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
ROMAN GRIFFIN DAVIS
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN ANY MOTION PICTURE
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN ANY MOTION PICTURE
Critics' Choice Awards Nominations 2020(12/9/19) The 25th annual Critics Choice Awards will be broadcast live on the CW on January 12.
Best Actress in a Drama Series
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Best Actor in a Comedy Series
BEST ACTOR - Film
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - Film
The National Board of Review Award Winners(12/4/19) Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt, ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD
Best Supporting Actress: Kathy Bates, RICHARD JEWELL
I VALUE THOSE MISSTEPS': Brad Pitt opens up about boozy past(12/2/19) Brad Pitt is opening up about his battle with alcohol in a revealing new interview, RadarOnline.com reported.
In a conversation with Pitt for Interview magazine, actor Anthony Hopkins| asked about the star’s darker days.
“Well, I just saw it as a disservice to myself, as an escape,” Pitt admitted of abusing alcohol.
Hopkins noted he stopped drinking 45 years ago, but insisted he’s “not an evangelist about (sobriety).”
“Nor I,” Pitt agreed.
“I think we’re living in a time where we’re extremely judgmental and quick to treat people as disposable,” said Pitt. “We’ve always placed great importance on the mistake. But the next move, what you do after the mistake, is what really defines a person.”
“We’re all going to make mistakes. But what is that next step? We don’t, as a culture, seem to stick around to see what that person’s next step is,” he continued, adding, “And that’s the part I find so much more invigorating and interesting.”
As Radar reported, Pitt, 55, got into a boozy altercation with his now-18-year-old son Maddox aboard a private jet in September 2016. The ugly fight on the disastrous private plane flight from Europe to the U.S. spurred Angelina Jolie, 44, to file for divorce.
In his new interview, Pitt has revealed he’s a bit more emotional these days than in the past.
“I am quite famously a not-crier. Is that a term? I hadn’t cried in, like, 20 years, and now I find myself, at this latter stage, much more moved — moved by my kids, moved by friends, moved by the news. Just moved,” he said. “I think it’s a good sign. I don’t know where it’s going, but I think it’s a good sign.”
Pitt also opened up about believing in fate and trying not to take credit or blame for what happens in life.
“I’m realizing, as a real act of forgiveness for myself for all the choices that I’ve made that I’m not proud of, that I value those missteps, because they led to some wisdom, which led to something else,” he said.
Billy Dee Williams says he's gender fluid, sees himself as 'feminine as well as masculine'(12/2/19) Actor Billy Dee Williams has come out as gender fluid.
In an interview with Esquire magazine, the 82-year-old star, who first appeared in the Star Wars franchise in 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back, explained that he uses both male and female pronouns when referring to himself.
“I never tried to be anything except myself,” he said. “I think of myself as a relatively colourful character who doesn’t take himself or herself too seriously… And you see I say ‘himself’ and ‘herself,’ because I also see myself as feminine as well as masculine.”
The actor added: “I’m a very soft person. I’m not afraid to show that side of myself.”
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, starring Billy as Lando Calrissian, hits theatres December 19.
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