Sunday, May 27, 2018

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Random Fuzzy

It's hilarious that Daily Mail blindly reprinted Page Six's latest fabrication that she is furious she can't take the children to the U.K. right alongside photos that belie the claim by showing her with the children in the U.K. -- and it was totally lost on them.  On the otherhand, Metro UK gave a stupefyingly silly explanation of how the children came to be in the U.K.: "an exception was made so they could see a model version of Big Ben made out of tiny plastic bricks." (!?)   Writing bull stuff nonsense on a regular basis apparently leaves tabloid writers addled (and some readers too).  ๐Ÿ˜€

- Legoland appeals to younger kids and Vivienne would normally not want to miss this.  But she, Zahara, Pax and Maddox were likely still in L.A. with Brad as he was wrapping up his work before flying over to arrive in time for Shiloh's birthday. 

 - Brad may have pushed forward the filming of his scenes in OUATIH while Angelina may have pushed hers back to shorten the overlap between their films.. 

-- Fussy



Legoland, Friday, May 25

playing Panning for Gold

Friday, May 25, 2018

Random Fuzzy

- It appears filming on Maleficent 2 just started today, May 25, Friday.  Or at least it started today for David Gyasi.  No announcement yet from Disney and nothing from Joachim Rรธnning since his "Calm before the storm" Instagram post.  They may be waiting for Angelina herself to start filming her scenes.  From Elle Fanning's comments, that should be imminent.

- From the logo in Gyasi's water bottle, they are currently referring to it as Maleficent II.

- Angelina reportedly brought two of the kids today to Legoland, Windsor.  Filming may have started on Maleficent II but apparently she wasn't needed on set.  It's the first sighting of the family out and about in the U.K. 

- According to Elle, all the kids have been on set.  But before today, they've kept a very low profile in the U.K.

- Angelina, Shiloh and Knox were photographed flying out of Heathrow last Thursday, May 17.  Those are still the only pap photos of them in the U.K. -- and the only photos of them at any airport.  They've obviously been traveling but they've successfully eluded the paps.

- A Twitter user who works in Disneyland - Paris posted yesterday, Thursday, May 24, that Angelina was at the park and greeted him "Happy Birthday."  She could have been there a day earlier since he first posted about his birthday on May 22.

- She evidently hasn't been needed on set the latter part of the week and is free to travel -- much as she did last week.

- This week, she apparently stayed in Europe.  The evaluations by the mental health professionals of Brad's and the children's readiness for Brad to take over while she is filming have been completed.  It had gone well and the therapists didn't need to see her again.  She didn't have to make the exhausting 21+ hour round-trip to L.A.   They're all set.  She had some time to spare to take the children around before she has to start work full time. 

- They hit two amusement parks in a row. 

- Brad was photographed in L.A. on Wednesday, May 23, emerging after reportedly spending 7 hours in a building.   It wasn't a production meeting since he was in a suit.  Perhaps filming OUATIH?

-- Fussy



Elle Fanning Talks Mary Shelley, Angelina Jolie, and Maleficent 2

You’re about to reunite with Angelina Jolie for Maleficent 2. Has she given you any great advice?
I'm in London—we're about to! I’ve never done a sequel before, so it should be fun to re-visit a character many years later. That is something I’m very excited for. Also, being reunited with Angie is pretty cool. She’s just a powerhouse on set; the way that she works, she just has this power and respect around her.
It’s so funny because people always ask, "Oh, does she give you advice all the time?" and it’s not so much like that. I think just watching her…and seeing what a great mother she is. All of her kids are there and she’s walking around—like, last time I remember, she was walking around in the whole Maleficent outfit with two kids on each arm. She's a working woman and a mother, and that example is such a great one for me to see. You can do it all.

Neat water bottle

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And then, you decided to go do something huge Maleficent 2.
SKREIN:  It’s just fun. I’m so lucky and grateful.
That’s the definition of a big fantasy movie.
SKREIN:  It really is. I’m just so grateful that I can flirt between these tiny independent movies and big studio blockbusters, and dance in between, as well. There’s so much fun to be had, in both of them. Catering and craft services is better on the big ones, and the trailers are so nice. ...
It’s been said that your character in Maleficent is a villain. What can you say about him and the kind of villain he is?
SKREIN:  I can say nothing. I can say that it’s an interesting character, and it’s another role of a lifetime...My job is always just about conveying human emotion, trying to be honest, and representing real human experience to the audience members, so it’s the same thing, in that regard. I’m just gonna show up and try to be relaxed and honest.


May 23, Wednesday.

Departing a Los Angeles office building after seven hours inside.

Random Fuzzy

Information on IMDb on films that have not yet been released are notoriously unreliable.  Almost anyone can submit info and no one apparently verifies them.  They've had Maleficent 2 filming since May 7 based on Elle Fanning's tweet that rehearsals had started. (?!)  From Ed Skrein's comments just the other day, we know they are still doing prep.   IMDB also has OUATIH filming since May 14 but without indicating the source for the info.  I haven't come across any news update that filming has started.  The start of production for big films, esp. one as star-studded as this, is normally announced by the studio with much fanfare. 

While I consider the IMDb info unreliable as well as unlikely, hypothetically, it is possible that Brad is filming while Angelina is rehearsing.  They had a similar setup while she was doing Unbroken in Australia and he had Fury in the U.K.   Brad may have asked for such a schedule so that he can finish a substantial portion of his scenes early before Angelina starts filming.

The critical focus of the therapists and the evaluator now is on how the children feel and fare alone with Brad while Angelina is away.  Angelina has been shuttling back and forth for at least 3 weeks, possibly more -- enough time for the therapists and the evaluator to be confident in their conclusions.

-- Fussy


Jim Jefferies has a secret to tell about Brad Pitt. The movie actor has shown up several times on Comedy Central’s “The Jim Jefferies Show” as its unofficial weatherman, casually sharing the horrors of climate change. But here’s the truth: Pitt hasn’t dropped by in a year.

“This is the one that went viral, even though it was recorded a year ago,” Jefferies said of a recent Brad Pitt segment. The show had leftover footage of Brad doing a LeBron James joke, which felt timely because of the NBA playoffs. Slayer guitarist Kerry King happened to be on set, so they put him in front of a green screen, and it looked like the musician was a fan trying to talk to him.
“And then Gayle King is on the news going, ‘Wow, Brad Pitt must really love Jim Jefferies, he’s back on the show!’ I should be lying and saying he came back in,” Jefferies said.

But the truth may be even more interesting: Even though “The Jim Jefferies Show” is finding old, unused footage of Brad Pitt to keep the gag going, the relationship is real. Pitt was a fan of Jefferies’ FX series “Legit,” and came in twice to record bits for his Comedy Central show. “He also recorded a whole heap of stuff just on the phone,” Jefferies said. “Sometimes it will be the middle of the night and I’ll get a text message from Brad Pitt, and it would be him in Venice on a canal, doing his own script and everything.”

Jefferies said he might still find more on the cutting room floor to keep having Pitt on, “or I might be ballsy enough to text him in a few days and ask him… but I feel like leaving him alone now, I think he’s done enough. He was just super nice and asked to do the show. He liked my standup. I think possibly after he met me he was less enamored.”

For many Americans, Australian comic Jim Jefferies first came across their radar a few years ago due to a viral clip of his biting stand up routine on gun violence and reform, written after the massacre of little children in Newtown, Conn. Others may have gotten to know him through his FX comedy “Legit” or from his regular stand up gigs around the world.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

One of Skrein's next projects is the anticipated sequel to Disney's "Maleficent," where he'll reportedly play a villain -- once again -- opposite Angelina Jolie and one very impressive cast.

Though details about the film are still pretty scarce, Skrein is ready to get started.

"I'm so excited and honored and humbled to be part of such an amazing cast, Angelina Jolie, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Elle Fanning, these are people that I'm huge fans of their works and have so much respect for them and am very much looking forward to working with them, learning from them and growing as an actor through working with them," he said. "I've been in prep for the last couple of weeks and seeing the sets, they're phenomenal and it's just really exciting to be a part of."

'Maleficent 2' Star Ed Skrein Talks 'High Caliber' Sequel With Michelle Pfeiffer & Angelina Jolie (Exclusive)

Maleficent 2, the long-awaited sequel to Disney's 2014 hit based on Sleeping Beauty, will not disappoint, according to one of the movie's actors.

At the In Darkness premiere on Wednesday — which hits theaters and OnDemand on May 25 — Ed Skrein exclusively dished to ET's Ash Crossan about what it was like working with the sequel's A-list stars, Angelina Jolie and Michelle Pfeiffer.

"I mean, all you want to do is work with people that can improve you as an actor. People that you respect, and, you know, Angelina, Michelle Pfeiffer, this is a phenomenal cast," the 35-year-old actor said in praise of the movie. "People that I respect and [have] been watching for years and have a human respect for as well as a professional respect."

Along with Jolie starring in the titular role of Maleficent and Pfiffer playing Queen Ingris, Jenn Murray, Elle Fanning and Chiwetel Ejiofor are all set to star in the film.

In addition to the great cast, Skrein was excited for the film because it's a little more family-friendly than his typical role.

"It's Disney man. It's great fun," Skrein said. "Its finally something that my nieces and nephews and my children can enjoy and watch instead of this fool mouth, dark, stuff that I usually do."

His dark streak continues with his role In Darkness, which is about a blind musician who hears a murder in the apartment upstairs.

Random Fuzzy

In case there are some who need help in dismissing the latest tabloid concoctions, a refresher:

Under CA law, ATROs take effect once a Petition is filed that prevent either parent from removing the children from California.

Child custody laws in California are focused on the child’s best interest. That best interest involves, as much as reasonably possible, keeping stability in the child’s life. Children taken out of State or the United States, especially young ones, may become difficult to find if the parent wants to hide them. This can cause all kinds of problems including national or international child abduction issues and the involvement of domestic and foreign courts or law enforcement. The ATROs play it safe and tell both parents it is a violation of a court order to take them.

They evidently quickly obtained a court order lifting the ATROs which allowed them to travel to Crested Butte in December 2016.  And they have been traveling ever since, not just out of California, but out of the U.S. --- Angelina AND all SIX children have been photographed in Cambodia, London, Namibia, Paris, Toronto, and Brussels.  Brad has been photographed in Paris, Miraval, the UK, Berlin, and the Netherlands.  And these are just where they've been photographed.  Additionally, under the legally binding Custody Stipulation that they signed and that was further signed into an Order by the judge, Angelina has legal custody.  Once the ATRO was lifted, she is legally free to take the children with her whenever and wherever she wishes.  She does not need the court's or Brad's permission.  There is nothing in the Stipulation that impedes what she and the children can do.  Brad had no such worries and has complete trust in her.   From a factual and legal standpoint the tabloid story has absolutely nothing to stand on.  But then tabloid writers have never let things like the lack of truth, logic and common sense stand in the way of churning out click bait.  I would normally just dismiss the story outright but since it was picked up by Vanity Fair, which seems to be going more tabloid, I thought to address it.

Again:  No bonafide member of their inner circle will ever talk about them to anyone, least of all to a tabloid.   The tabloid stories about them are all total garbage.  The so-called sources are mere figments of the writers' imaginations.  Everyone here knows this.  Garbage consumption is a conscious choice.  The quickest way to lose credibility is to quote garbage.

A couple under similar circumstances that truly intended to divorce would have been divorced a long time ago.  With an "airtight" prenup in hand, they would have filed it in court along with the Petition and Response.  It simultaneously fulfills the critical asset disclosure requirement necessary for the divorce to advance and informs the court that they've made arrangements for the division of their properties.  A custody stipulation signed by both parties and their respective attorneys is already a binding legal agreement covering custody.   The court would have taken note of the two binding legal agreements in its judgement and granted their divorce as soon as the 6 month waiting period was up.

We saw her in L.A. and then we saw her leaving London, but we didn't see her leave L.A. or arrive back.  She has a lot of work to do in the U.K. but other than that one sighting at the airport before they flew out, she and the rest of the family have only been seen in L.A.  It obviously means she's been shuttling back and forth and has not been spending much time outside work in the U.K.   There have been no sightings at airports or by fellow passengers so she hasn't been flying commercial, and even at the airports used by private jets, she has stayed out of reach of the long lenses of the paps.  She didn't want to be seen and they've long mastered the art of going stealth.

Her hairdresser, Adam Campdell just posted from Las Vegas with JLo so evidently he isn't traveling with her and isn't needed on the Maleficent 2 set.

Once filming on Maleficent 2 starts and she has to spend up to 16 hours a day on set, she won't be able to do much, if any, traveling -- certainly not mid-week as she did last week.  So whatever it is that required her presence in L.A. should be completed before Maleficent 2 starts filming.  As also noted earlier, the Custody Stipulation becomes impracticable once she's completely occupied with Maleficent 2 and they're settled in the U.K.

I would guess that they had to hang around in L.A. for interviews with the therapists and the evaluator.  It was the children's therapists who pushed for the S&O re Custody and Therapy which outlined the therapeutic process and incorporated recommendations made by the DCFS.  It was submitted to the court and signed into an Order when Brad was insisting on nontherapeutic visits against the therapists' recommendations.   Since it was signed, filed and became a Court Order under the Petition, they had to keep the Petition open until they had successfully completed the process and there was no longer any need to follow the provisions outlined in the stipulation.  At that point they can move to have the S&O re Custody and Therapy completely set aside.   The Petition cannot be dismissed while the Order signed by the court is still in place.  Once the mental health professionals have formally determined that they've completed the process, the way would be clear for them to file a request for dismissal of the Petition.

"The parents are committed to act as a united front to effectuate recovery and reunification."

With the children apparently already OK with being left alone in Brad's care, if everything goes smoothly with what they probably hope are their final evaluations, they will soon have fully effectuated recovery and reunification.  Their family life can publicly return to normal with Brad taking care of the children while Angelina is busy filming.

-- Fussy




Background casting is currently underway for the live-action–CGI hybrid, Walt Disney Pictures feature “The One and Only Ivan,” starring Bryan Cranston and Ramon Rodriquez. Talent, aged 18 and older, who can pull off a 1970s style is wanted. The film will shoot from June 20–22 in Orlando, Florida. Pay is $125 for 12 hours of work. Apply here!

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EXCLUSIVE: British actor David Gyasi has joined the cast of Disney’s Maleficent 2, the sequel to 2014’s $759M worldwide grosser. Angelina Jolie is reprising her role as the lead character who’s based on the nemesis first introduced in the studio’s 1959 fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty. Elle Fanning also stars in the film with Joachim Rรธnning directing from a script by Jez Butterworth and Linda Woolverton. Joe Roth is producing.
Gyasi’s growing list of credits includes the Wachowskis’ Cloud Atlas and Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. He has also featured in CW series Containment and the BBC’s Doctor Who, White Heat and Man In An Orange Shirt. Most recently, he appeared in the Netflix/BBC epic Troy: Fall Of A City and Alex’s Garland’s Annihilation.
Next up, Gyasi is starring as Agreus in Amazon Studios’ Carnival Row, opposite Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne, and in French feature The Last Step, opposite Jean Reno.
Gyasi is repped by United Agents in the UK and Management 360 in the U.S.

This report was just brought to my attention.  Naming and quoting Rich Klubeck makes it sound legit but I cannot see her spending 10 days in Pakistan.  Such a trip would require Disney's permission given her obligations on Maleficent 2 and The One and Only Ivan and the fact that any risk to her security would put their huge investments at risk.   Further, the visit as described would mean staying in the country for an unusually long period.  Unlike Bangladesh and the Rohingya refugees. I don't know if there's a big humanitarian issue in Pakistan that she'd like to draw attention to at this time.   So for these reasons, I am skeptical.

National Courier PK

Angelina Jolie invited by private TV channel
On May 16, 2018

KARACHI: Angelina Jolie, a popular film actress from Hollywood is coming to Pakistan to participate in Ramazan transmissions of ‘Bol’ TV channel. ‘National Courier’ has learnt from well-informed sources.
According to details, a contract was finalised between Bol Enterprises and United Talent Agency (UTA), representing Angelina Jolie, confirming her appearance on the former’s upcoming television show “Ramazan Mein Bol” for 10 days from June 4 to June 14th in Karachi.
Rich Klubeck, Partner-UTA in his message stated that Angelina Jolie has expressed her special gratitude on being invited to be a part of this spiritually themed programming and is eager to learn about the teachings of Islam in the Holy month of Ramazan.
Klubeck further stated that as prescribed by the contract, Bol Enterprises will be responsible for the transportation including air tickets and transfer to the residence, as well as residence as agreed upon in our previous correspondence for Ms. Jolie and her entourage of 15 individuals including her security and professional assistants.
Awaiting the detailed itinerary and call schedule at your earliest, Rich Klubeck concluded in his correspondence dated 11th May.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Gwyneth Paltrow is opening up about the night Brad Pitt physically confronted Harvey Weinstein after he “made a pass” at the actress.
During a conversation with Howard Stern on Wednesday, Paltrow described the time her then-boyfriend Pitt confronted the producer in 1995 after she told him about an encounter she had with Weinstein in a hotel room.
“I love him for this,” Stern says as she begins her story on SiriusXM’s “The Howard Stern Show”. “I love him for this too,” Paltrow replies, adding that she never felt a predatory “vibe” from Weinstein before the incident, having considered him to be like a “father figure” to her.
Recalling the encounter, which took place at a hotel when she was alone in a room with Weinstein, the actress says was “blindsided” by the producer’s suggestion they give each other massages. She immediately told Pitt about the encounter.
“I was very shaken by the whole thing,” she says. “We were at the opening of ‘Hamlet’ on Broadway that Ralph Fiennes was in and Brad Pitt was there. It was like the equivalent of throwing him against the wall. Energetically.”
“It was so fantastic because what he did was he leveraged his fame and power to protect me at a time when I didn’t have fame or power yet,” she says.
“He came back and told me exactly what he said. He said, ‘If you ever make her feel uncomfortable again, I’ll kill you,’ or something like that,” recalls Paltrow.
“That’s awesome,” Stern adds.
During her lengthy conversation with Stern, Paltrow admitted she doesn’t want any more children ahead of her marriage to producer Brad Falchuk. Falchuk has two children from a previous marriage, as does Paltrow.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Oscar nominated director Nora Twomey has admitted she almost had second thoughts about joining forces with Angelina Jolie to make The Breadwinner.
The feature length animation based on a best-selling novel by Deborah Ellis has catapulted Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon into the international spotlight.
But founder and company director Nora says she was a bag of nerves before her first meeting with Hollywood A lister Jolie before she came on board as producer.
She revealed: “The idea of it is like when you don’t know them and what they actually turn out to be like when you meet them.
“I had a lot of those thoughts on the plane ride going over to meet her the first time thinking about what was going to happen to the film.
“Whether it was going to be something that we could continue to control or what was going to be the situation. But you know once you get beyond the flashing lights…”
When Jolie first read the script she said: “I wanted to work with Nora and the book was special to my children so I already knew the story.”
The Breadwinner goes on general release in cinemas here on May 25 and is the third Cartoon Saloon film to be Oscar nominated along with The Book of Kells and Song of the Sea.
Nora tells John Kelly on RTE’s The Works Presents that the partnership with Angelina Jolie gave the project a phenomenal level of exposure.
She said: “Our film was made for less than ten million dollars. We had a tiny publicity budget with it.
“When you see the light that somebody like Angelina Jolie can shine on a film like The Breadwinner it’s incredibly powerful.
“She’s had an interest in Afghanistan going back decades and she set up a girls’ school there. That is very aligned with what we were doing with this film.
“She became a mentor in the whole process. I think there’s a wisdom there that comes from somebody who actually does care and who does think quite deeply.”

Famous adviser
The Breadwinner was lucky enough to land a rather well-known adviser. Early in production, Twomey got in touch with Angelina Jolie through mutual friends Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer, the Egyptian filmmakers behind Oscar-nominated documentary The Square. Jolie, as a UN goodwill ambassador, has built schools for girls in Afghanistan, and was uniquely placed to talk Cartoon Saloon through Afghan culture, and to lend her not inconsiderable marketing clout as an executive producer.
“We had less than $10 million [€8.3 million] to make this film,” recalls the director. “We knew we weren’t going to have millions to spend on publicity. She came on board very early – we just had a first draft of the screenplay written – she understood the film we were making immediately. She knew we were after some kind of truth, that we didn’t want to tell a story about one ethnic group in Afghanistan. We wanted to tell a story that would connect with people all around the world.”
The story and Twomey’s work with Cartoon Saloon resonated with Jolie, who ushered in the first trailer for The Breadwinner with an impactful statement: “I know [Cartoon Saloon] will do justice to the richness, creativity and strength of Afghan culture and to little girls like Parvana. Millions of young girls like Parvana are growing up today under oppression or conflict and helping their families to survive in those conditions. This story is a reminder of the immense value of their contribution.”
Jolie was more than a brand and brain to pick, insists Twomey. She listened to tapes during the casting process so that they might get closer to the “soul of the character”. She gave feedback on early designs and musical cues. She organised for Twomey to screen the film for the First Lady of Afghanistan and for an Afghan educator who also dressed as a boy in order to attend a secret school.
 “She wanted to help and she helped shape the sensibility of the film,” says Twomey of her A-list fairy godmother. “She wanted it to be hopeful in its sensibility. It would be easy for a film like The Breadwinner to be extremely dark, but we wanted to show the strength of young girls. We wanted to show courage, not fairy-tale courage but real courage. We wanted to show how much love was in the family in the film. She helped guide all those things and she also encouraged us to get as many Afghan voices as we could.”
The Cork-born film-maker is a huge fan of Jolie’s own directorial output. There’s Angelina Jolie, she says, and there’s Angelina Jolie.
“When you watch First They Killed My Father you can see her hand as a director and storyteller,” says Twomey. “You can see that she’s a listener. There’s not an ego sprawled all over the film. The reality of Angelina Jolie and what you see in the magazines are two very different things. She’s a thoughtful person who tries to use whatever influence she has to make a real difference. She came to The Breadwinner as a mother and a storyteller.”

Monday, May 21, 2018

It was filmed just this Spring.  His hair looks shorter than when he did the Brietiling ad in mid-April so it could have been a bit earlier -- mid or late March after he shaved his beard down to a goatee.  He still had the beard in early March when he showed up at Sean Penn's book party.

Deadpool 2 cameo

Thanks Pride&Joy


Deadpool 2 pulled off a casting stunt even hard-core comic fans weren't expecting.
In the middle of the film, Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool assembles a superteam called X-Force, and its roster includes an invisible teammate known as The Vanisher. The audience never sees the character until a split-second shot in which he's electrocuted and is revealed to be played by none other than Brad Pitt.
Screenwriter Paul Wernick notes that in their original script, he and co-writers Rhett Reese and Reynolds didn't conceive of that moment including a celebrity cameo.
"We never saw Vanisher in the original script. He was always a mystery," Wernick tells Heat Vision. "When he got tangled up...we just thought, 'Oh my god, what a perfect idea for a celebrity cameo.' And then we thought, 'Who is the hardest get in Hollywood? Let's call him.'"
Reynolds reached out personally to Pitt, whose children loved the first Deadpool movie.
"He immediately said yes," recalls Wernick. "It was a pinch-me moment."
Director David Leitch had worked with Pitt for years as his stunt double on films like Ocean's Eleven and Mr. & Mrs. Smith. The star had been considered to play the time-traveling mutant Cable before Josh Brolin came aboard. The Deadpool 2 team shot Pitt's cameo over two hours in Los Angeles during postproduction in the spring.
"It was a super small window, but once we had the yes, there was never a pressure — we had a whole window of post to get it done," says Leitch. "We shot the plates for it and really just needed to get him on a green screen for a short window of time."
All but the most dedicated comic book fans likely aren't familiar with Pitt's Deadpool 2 character, who actually is a bit different in the source material.
For one thing, the Vanisher doesn’t look anything like Pitt. For another, his power isn’t even invisibility in the comics: it’s teleportation. Despite all of this, Telford Porter — yes, Telly Porter, you read that right — is nonetheless a character with a storied place in comic book history.
For the Deadpool 2 team, Pitt's involvement shows how far the franchise has come since the original. The film also pulled off brief cameos from Matt Damon and Alan Tudyk, who played the men Cable meets when he first travels back in time.
"The first Deadpool, we got a lot of noes. In this one, we got a lot of yeses," says Wernick. "So it was a real treat to have more toys to play with in the sandbox. The premium toy being the Brad Pitt doll."

[Spoilers for Deadpool 2 appear below.]

Of the original X-Force members in Deadpool 2, only three survived: Deadpool, Domino, and thanks to some time-traveling trickery, Peter. Bedlam (smashed into a bus), Zeitgeist (fed to a wood chipper), Shatterstar (turned into mush by helicopter blades), and Vanisher (electrocuted and fried to a crisp) did not fare so well, leaving an X-Force opening for Cable, played by superhero movie all-star Josh Brolin. He wasn’t the first actor to be rumored to portray the cybernetic, teddy bear-carrying mutant, though. That would be Brad Pitt, who has an extremely brief cameo in Deadpool 2 as… Vanisher.
How meta.
Pitt was “incredibly interested in the property,” according to director David Leitch (“One of the Guys Who Killed the Dog in John Wick“), but “things didn’t work out schedule-wise. He’s a fan, and we love him, and I think he would’ve made an amazing Cable.” The SE7EN star settled for a one-second appearance as Vanisher, who up to that point had been invisible, when he hits a telephone wire. Pitt agreed to the part because he’s friends with Leitch (his stunt double in Ocean’s Eleven and Fight Club) and because he and his kids love Deadpool.
“I think it was a love of Deadpool and sort of what that sort of global phenomenon that it was,” Leitch said. “And his kids loved it… When we reached out to him to be involved in the movie in some way, I think he was pretty excited to find someplace where he could help. When we landed on the Vanisher cameo, it seemed perfect for everybody.” He added that it only took “about four or five minutes” to shoot the scene, which was filmed in front of a green screen.
The cameo also continues Pitt’s war with Matt Damon, who recently appeared in Thor: Ragnarok as “Loki,” to see who can unexpectedly show up in the most random movies. Damon is forever in the lead, though, thanks to EuroTrip. And as it turns out, Damon (and Alan Tudyk) may have donned prosthetics to play one of the redneck characters that Cable encounters early in the film, but that detail has yet to be fully confirmed.

(Via Collider and Inverse)

Sunday, May 20, 2018

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Random Fuzzy

- Deadpool 2 was filming from June to around October 2017 and Ad Astra was filming from August to November.

- The kids who loved the R-rated Deadpool were likely Maddox and Pax.  They would be the ones most excited about seeing Brad do a cameo in the film, and he did it in large part for them.

- The director Andrew Dominik apparently arrived at the U2 concert with him and lit up a cigarette as soon as he got out of their SUV.  Brad is evidently OK with Dominik smoking beside him, so long as it isn't inside the Escalade where the rest of the family may not like the lingering smell of cigarette smoke.

There was a photo last year of a Tesla with smoke wafting through the driver's window and it was claimed Brad was inside vaping while parked outside Houseago's studio.  Speaking of which it has been a while since he was last seen there.

- The Escalade ESV stretch he rode to the U2 concert is likely a hit with the kids as well.  It appears to have been modified to provide more space for rear-facing seats -- adding the full 20"  to "B Pillar" in lieu of stretching the rear door.  Given this, I would guess they did not opt for the bulky airline-type seats and configured the Escalade with three rows to accommodate the whole family.  There was no partition separating the passengers from the front seats -- you could see the outline of a headrest and daylight when his door opened, but the tint was too dark to see who was driving. 

Five years ago in his interview with Tom Junod for Esquire:

"When I met Brad Pitt the day after Easter, he was so tired that he was perhaps more reflective than usual. He had just finished a week of spring break with his family. He had camped out with them the night before on his property north of Santa Barbara, and he had woken up, he said, too early, as well as too wet. They had slept in tents, four of his six children, along with two of their friends, and then he had gotten all of them in a van and driven them down to LA."
  "I woke up way too early and way too wet. But it was really fun. Six kids — six of 'em. Including one of our young ones. Angie as well. It's a great thing, a great thing. Then we drove nine kids three hours in an Econovan. The kind you take a crew in, with bench seats. No other vehicle is big enough. There's no car we fit in as a family. Everything else holds seven, eight tops. An SUV only holds seven. And we had nine — our six and three friends. Eleven, including us. It's no frills, man. I'd love to have it all tricked out, shag carpet on all four walls. But we live in a different world. We rent our vehicles. We don't want things so identifiable because we don't want to get followed. We spend a lot of time trying to evade the paparazzi. It's a big annoyance. But everything in life's a trade-off...."

Shag carpet on all four walls would have been doable -- and also unlike anything in the catalogue of Becker Auto, the coach builder who lists Brad as a customer.  In fact, there is no other vehicle with the same modifications -- stretched 20" in B Pillar -- in the extensive portfolio of Becker.  In the world of custom built SUVs and Vans, people normally reduce seating capacity in order to add amenities principally designed to pamper those in the two main passenger seats.  But for this Escalade, they increased seating capacity which meant less space for the more extravagant amenities.

I don't recall seeing them use anything like this before.  Angelina was photographed using an Escalade last September, but it didn't look like it had been modified -- or perhaps it had not yet been modified.  It may have just been delivered hence they're very excited to use it.

Becker Escalade ESV stretch

Escalade in Sept 2017.  It wasn't seen again, possibly converted.

- He left the U2 concert early, leaving Dominik behind.  He may have just stayed long enough to watch the band pay tribute to Chris Cornell. Angelina was in the UK with Shiloh and Knox and he was on solo Daddy duty looking after Maddox, Pax, Zahara and Vivienne.

- Per the Instagram post by her manicurist, Emi Kudo, the photos at the airport were taken two days after she had her nails done in L.A. for Maleficent 2.  Her nails are now visibly longer than usual -- the way she had them for the original Maleficent.

- They arrived at the airport without any assistant or security traveling with them.

- As noted previously, Chloe Dalton and Arminka Helic, her erstwhile closest assistants, have seen their roles drastically limited.  Even though she was in the U.K. where their J.D.H. Office is located, she did not have them join her.

-- Fussy


Except she isn't checking her nails, she is simply closing the car door.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Random Fuzzy

- Variety confirmed Chiwetel Ejiofor but could only repeat that "production is expected to start in 2018."  In other words, filming has not yet started and Disney still wants to keep details under wraps.

- At present, Angelina has time to travel to L.A. and back.  Disney may be following and waiting for her guidance. 

- OUATIH will reportedly start filming this Summer.  With Leo and a star-studded cast, Brad's part may be smaller than what he had in Inglourious Basterds.  Tarantino's films typically have multiple simultaneous story lines and Brad shares his scenes with Leo.

- While Brad is just one of several key characters, Angelina is the title character and appears in almost every scene.  His filming schedule should be much shorter than hers.

- The L.A. - London commute may continue once there's an overlap between Maleficent 2 and OUATIH

- Holly Goline is apparently now a Universal exec working on the Dark Universe.  Her involvement is likely why Angelina has not totally ruled out Bride.  But she sounded very doubtful.  Recall in her August 2017 interview with Screen International:
.. (she) laughs when Bill Condon’s Bride Of Frankenstein reboot is mentioned. “There has been a discussion, but we’re not quite there. How many monsters can one play, really?”

-- Fussy


“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” actress Jenn Murray is joining the cast of “Maleficent 2” starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning, sources tell Variety.

Michelle Pfeiffer, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Ed Skrein are also on board to star. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” helmer Joachim Ronning is set to direct.
Joe Roth is producing the film, with Jez Butterworth and Linda Woolverton penning the latest script. Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster wrote the most recent draft.
It is not clear where this film will pick up following the first movie, which was based on the fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty.” The original story centered on an evil fairy who cursed an infant princess to eternal sleep, only to realize the young girl was the only one who could save the kingdom from its dangerous ruler. “Maleficent” broke several box office records on its way to making $758.5 million worldwide.

Details behind Murray’s role are currently unknown. Production on the sequel is set to start in 2018.
Along with appearing in “Fantastic Beasts,” Murray’s other recent credits include “Brooklyn” and “Love and Friendship.” On the TV side, she has appeared in “Truckers” and “The Fades.”
She is repped by the Curtis Brown Group and Thruline Entertainment.

Random Fuzzy

The photos clearly show that they alighted from their car, their luggage was unloaded from the trunk and they walked into the terminal -- which means they arrived at the airport to depart from London.   If they had just flown in, it would be the reverse -- they would have been seen walking out of the terminal to board their car and leave the airport

The photo agency caption did not say they arrived in London: "Angelina Jolie and family are spotted arriving to London Heathrow Airport. The 42 year old actress was dressed in a black wool coat, dark grey top, black skirt, and black boots. Jolie was seen being helped by an airport worker unloading a Louis Vuitton suitcase from the back of a luxury car at curbside.The tabloids, as they are wont to do, twisted it in order to come up with a more attention-grabbing story.  

- They are traveling light.  Just three rollaboards.

- She was shopping in Beverly Hills this past Sunday, May 13.  If she flew out right after, they would have been in London for 3 days.  They are presumably flying back to L.A. to rejoin the rest of the family.

- Evidently, the children including Maddox and Pax are OK with being left alone under Brad's care for a few days and Angelina is confident everything will be fine while she is away and occupied with work.

- This may have been the final test to satisfy the therapists and the evaluator that they've achieved full recovery and reunification.  They've successfully completed the process.  The family is now healthy.  Their family life is back to pre-September 2016 and they are ready to fully resume their normal routines.  She is ready to start filming and Brad is ready to take over looking after the children.

- The therapists and the evaluator could then clear the way for the Custody Stipulation to be set aside.  Recall that it was the children's therapists who had "encouraged" them to accept and sign the Custody Stipulation which outlined the therapeutic process and incorporated recommendations from the DCFS.  The Stipulation was drafted and signed into an Order under the Petition, which thus compelled them to keep the Petition in place even after the DCFS ended its investigation.

-  As noted previously, once they move to the U.K. and Maleficent 2 starts filming, the Stipulation becomes impracticable.

- They would need to file an S&O to set aside the Custody Stipulation.  Once that is granted they would need another S&O and a Request to have the Petition dismissed.

- The whole family has been hanging around in L.A. possibly to be accessible to the therapists and the evaluator as they prepare their final reports.

To recap, sightings since late March were all in L.A. except the last in Heathrow:

March 27, Tuesday - A and V leave her martial arts class
April 7, Saturday to mid/late-April - B at a concert, LACMA, Dodgers, Breitling and twice at an indoor carpark
April 8,  Sunday - A at a grocery in Beverly Hills
April 24, Tuesday  - A and kids seen at H&M in L.A.
May 6, Sunday - A, Z, S, K and V at the Museum of Tolerance, and B at Winchell's Donuts
May 9, Wednesday - B at a soundbath at Marciano Art Foundation in L.A.
May 12, Saturday - A and P lunch at il Cielo in Beverly Hills
May 13, Sunday - A, P and Z shop at BAPE in West Hollywood
May 14, Monday - M driving in Los Feliz
May 16, Wednesday - B at U2 concert in Ingelwood
May 17, Thursday - A, S and K flying out of London

-- Fussy