Brad Pitt Wears Angelina Jolie’s Jewelry Designs to the Oscars
One of the many hats Angelina Jolie wears (actress, mom, humanitarian) is “jewelry designer.” And one of her biggest fans is her doting partner Brad Pitt. So what better way to showcase her designs than on the biggest style stage in the world: the Oscars?
Sunday night, Pitt could be seen sporting tuxedo buttons and cufflinks from Jolie’s Style of Jolie jewelry line with Robert Procop, consisting of tablet-cut diamonds (of no small size!) set into yellow gold.
And in addition to being stylish, they have sentimental value. “Brad’s specially designed cufflinks were a gift from Angelina one year for Christmas,” said Procop in a statement. Sure beats socks!
Brad Pitt’s Concern Over Shia LaBeouf’s “Method” Odors May Mean the Actor Is Too Extreme for Hollywood
In November, we reviewed all of the extremes this year’s best-actor contenders went to for their awards-worthy performances. Idris Elba slept in Nelson Mandela’s jail cell to mentally prepare to play the late South African leader in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Matthew McConaughey shed nearly 50 pounds from his 187-pound frame to play an electrician who contracts H.I.V. in Dallas Buyers Club. Robert Redford even forfeited 60 percent of his hearing in one ear after sustaining high-pressure water injuries while filming All Is Lost. Outside of this season’s awards fray though, Shia LaBeouf has been gaining headline momentum for his own extreme method preparations for assorted roles. Only unlike his elder, best-actor candidate peers, his strange tactics have earned him raised eyebrows, industry criticism, and if one report is to be believed, an isolated hotel room miles away from his current cast mates.
A source tells the Daily Mail that LaBeouf has been unpopular on the set of Fury, the World War II drama filming in England, because he is maddeningly “trying to prove that he [i]s the most dedicated star.” Among his reported endeavors in extremity: ripping out his own tooth and taking a clear stand against showers as a means of solidarity with his character, an American soldier embedded in the trenches. A source tells the paper, “He pulled out his own tooth during the first few weeks of filming and then refused to shower for weeks on end so he could better understand how his character would have felt living in the trenches.”
The apparently pungent dedication to his craft was not popular with the crew: “Shia was warned about his behaviour by several people on set, including Brad Pitt and director David Ayer” and was allegedly moved to a different hotel. “He didn’t heed any of their warnings and found himself staying in a small bed-and-breakfast hotel away from the rest of the cast.”
This is not even the most controversial current narrative about the actor, a confounding serial plagiarizer whose bizarre exercise in copying apologies (and in one case, a short film) must be some attempt at James Franco-ian performance art. Right? (Or else this is an extravagant experiment for a thesis paper on the sincerity of apologies.) Even Lena Dunham couldn’t resist comparing LaBeouf, who she accidentally baited into a recent Twitter exchange, to Franco last night at the Girls premiere.
Adding more evidence that LaBeouf is spiraling out into that crazy actorly orbit, where Hollywood stars lose touch with reality, is another unconventional move he made to get a role. To secure his role in Lars von Trier’s upcoming film Nymphomaniac, which features many scenes of hardcore sex, the actor confesses that he sent photos of his penis to the film’s production team to prove that he was “game” for the project. (Producers have said that the actual sex was performed by body doubles before digitally inserting the actors’s faces onto the doubles.) In his defense, LaBeouf says that the photo was a request on part of the production team. . . but it took the actor only 20 minutes to take the photos and click send, he says.
Other actors have certainly gone to lengths which would similarly earn them categorization as insane if mental health professionals were available on set. Daniel Day-Lewis memorably spent his time filming My Left Foot in character as Christy Brown, the Irishman born with cerebral palsy who could only control his left foot, by staying in a wheelchair throughout filming, and demanding that he be fed by others. What is the difference, then, between the similarly crazy lengths gone to by Lewis and LaBeouf? It could just be a matter of drawing a line between “insanely method” and “unacceptably insanely method”—the latter meaning that an actor’s behavior affects and annoys those around him. However some users of Reddit, who have begun an entire conversation thread on the issue of LaBeouf’s diehard antics, have another theory.
“People would be gushing because Daniel Day-Lewis is an amazing actor, and whatever he does to bring out those amazing performances works,” one user posits. “LaBeouf’s been going downhill since Even Stevens.”
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12 Years a Slave Nominated for Gotham Audience Award
12 Years a Slave is currently nominated for The 4th Annual IFP Gotham Audience Award!
The IFP Gotham Audience Award will be voted on by the independent film community and is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC for voting. 12 Years a Slave has made it to the final round of voting, which ends Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 11:59pm EST/8:59pm PST. The winner will be revealed at the Gotham Awards ceremony on December 2, 2013.
Sign up and vote at: http://gotham.ifp.org/audience_award.
Brad Pitt on Today Show (10/15)
Brad Pitt’s role in “12 Years a Slave” isn’t very big, but it is key — and as the actor tells Ann Curry in an interview set to air Wednesday on TODAY, the film was of enormous importance to him: “It’s why I got into film in the first place.”
“12 Years” is a true story, based on Solomon Northup’s personal account of being a free man in New York in pre-Civil War days who is then kidnapped and sold into slavery. Pitt was a producer on the film, and took a role as a Canadian who is working on the plantation where Northup ends up.
For Pitt, making “12 Years” was the very definition of what movies are for. “It’s one of those few films that cuts to the base of our humanity,” he said.
But “12 Years” features some disturbing imagery, and as the actor explained, he’s not about to show it to his youngest children (he has six with Angelina Jolie). “Maybe my eldest I would, right now,” he said. “I’d rather for the others to get a little bit older and understand the dynamics of the world a little more.”
That kind of subtle understanding is a wisdom that has come with age, and — fans, brace yourself — Pitt is about to turn 50 in December.
“I haven’t minded a bit,” he said about approaching AARP age. “I have no complaints.”
Brad Pitt Action Film Asks Villagers to Ignore Gunfire and Explosions
Residents of a tiny Oxfordshire village have been warned they might be alarmed by gunfire and explosions over the next few weeks – but that it will only the special effects for a new Hollywood action movie starring Brad Pitt.
Fury, a big budget war movie starring Pitt, Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman, is due to shoot scenes in Shirburn, in the Chiltern foothills a few miles south of Thame, and according to the Henley Standard, production company representatives posted leaflets through residents’ doors warning of “loud and unexpected noises”.
A spokesman said: “We wanted to warn people in advance so that they are not alarmed — but also, we don’t want people ringing the emergency services!”
Fury is set in 1945, as Pitt’s tank crew attempt a dangerous mission behind German lines. According to the Standard a replica German village will be built around an existing farm, and other buildings have been taken over and set up as production bases.