Brad Pitt in high spirits as he charms fans at London premiere of Allied https://t.co/TcPSke7qAu pic.twitter.com/SYQNyDR5Kk— People Magazine (@people) November 22, 2016
Brad Pitt is firing up some serious star power.
The actor was in high spirits while attending the London premiere of his World War II spy drama Allied on Monday night.
Stepping onto the red carpet on a typically damp British night, the actor spent 45 minutes laughing, joking and waving to the crowd, before breaking into a broad smile during a red carpet interview about the movie — which harks back to the golden age of Hollywood movies such as Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon.
“They shot most of it on a soundstage, but using all the new technology we have today,” Pitt, 52, told the audience at London’s Leicester Square. “So you don’t know if we are on location or not. A lot of times we were just sitting in cars, you know, with the film screen rolling behind us.
“The hours were shorter. The travel was shorter. But it was really good fun to try something like that,” he added.
Pitt then broke into a broad smirk as he was told that costar Marion Cotillard — whom he described as “a gem” and “one of France’s national treasures” — had praised his French accent in the film, he asked with a laugh, “Did she? She usually crushes me. She kills me!”
Adopting a slightly more serious tone, Cotillard, 41, added that to her, the movie was like “diving, in a way, into my childhood dreams” because it reflected so many “American movies from the ’40s and ’50s” she had grown up watching as a child.
She also revealed that she and Pitt had become friends during filming simply because of the way it was put together. “We had the chance to work for almost three weeks together before we started shooting,” said Cotillard. “It is something that is really amazing and is not that common, to have this period of time where we get to know each other and we get to talk about the script a lot and share our thoughts and to get to know each other. That was very special.”
Monday was the second night in a row that Cotillard and Pitt hit a European red carpet together. On Sunday, the pair made a stop in Paris, where Pitt was in an equally playful mood.
Telling reporters he was intrigued by the film’s plot – which details a couple’s intensely stressful marriage – Pitt said, “I got really intrigued by this idea of a couple and trust and trusting your instinct, trusting each other, trusting the mission and here we are.”
Thanksgiving Box Office: Disney’s ‘Moana’ to Feast on Brad Pitt’s ‘Allied,’ ‘Bad Santa2'Disney has been drawing a lot of aces lately. From “Doctor Strange” to “Zootopia” to “Finding Dory,” the studio has amassed an impressive streak of blockbusters. “Moana,” its latest animated offering, will continue that hot hand.
The adventure about a girl from the Pacific islands who journeys across the ocean with a demigod will be the de facto choice for families when it debuts over Thanksgiving. The film is expected to sail to the top of the holiday box office, earning $75 million over the five-day period. It will premiere in more than 3,800 theaters, the majority of which will offer 3D showings. Disney didn’t release a budget, but most of the studio’s animated films cost north of $150 million. “Moana” features the voice of Dwayne Johnson and music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of “Hamilton.”
The biggest competition for “Moana” will be the second week of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” the Harry Potter spinoff that debuted last weekend to a hefty $75 million. It could do nearly as much business over the holiday, but will attract a slightly older crowd given its PG-13 rating. Most box office watchers expect the fantasy film to pull in between $50 million to $60 million for the holiday stretch.
This Thanksgiving is more focused on adult ticket-buyers. For starters, there’s “Allied,” an R-rated spy thriller with Pitt and Marion Cotillard adding some sizzle as a husband and wife team of double-crossing agents. The $80 million production was directed by Robert Zemeckis, who could use a hit after his 3D drama “The Walk” flopped last year. It should pull in $20 million for the five-day period. Paramount will release the film across 3,000 locations.
Parents will also likely be steering their kids clear of “Bad Santa 2,” a follow-up to the 2003 cult hit about a sozzled department store Saint Nick. Billy Bob Thornton, who oozed whiskey and invective in the first film, returns as the title character with Kathy Bates taking on the role of his mother. Broad Green and Miramax teamed on the picture, which should make $16 million over the five-day holiday. The very raunchy comedy cost $26 million to make.
That leaves “Rules Don’t Apply,” a romantic drama that represents Beatty’s return to filmmaking after a hiatus of more than a decade. The love story about a two young people who fall in love while employed by eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes is being distributed by Fox. It has been a passion project of Beatty for nearly as long as he’s been in the business. However, tastes have changed since Beatty was making the likes of “Shampoo” and “Reds.” Star power isn’t what it once was and studios are more interested in backing superhero films than movie for grown-ups. To get the project off the ground, Beatty tapped a Rolodex of one-percenters that includes Brett Ratner, Steve Bing, and Steven Mnuchin, one of the rumored candidates to become treasury secretary under Donald Trump. Reviews have been mixed, but Beatty remains a Hollywood legend with a following. Look for “Rules Don’t Apply” to bring in $8 million over its first five days.
For Disney, the success of “Moana” puts the studio tantalizingly close to an industry record. The company has already achieved its best-ever year, and should pass the $6.89 billion high-water mark that Universal established in 2015 over the coming weeks. Not only does Disney have “Moana,” there’s a little film called “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” set to take the Christmas box office by storm. Thanksgiving will be a mere appetizer for the house of Mickey.
The weather can't discourage the fans as they take photos with #BradPitt here at the #AlliedPremiere. pic.twitter.com/B3epjyNtRS— Paramount Pictures (@ParamountUK) November 21, 2016
Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard and Lizzy Caplan attending the UK premiere of Allied in London https://t.co/FoELvAbETH 📸: @IanWest_PA pic.twitter.com/PLcaO7wSd2— PA Images (@PAImages) November 21, 2016