- It looks like OUATIH should be ready to start filming in the next few weeks. They've continued to add to the already star-studded cast and will likely result in Brad and Leo's parts being smaller than what they had in Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained respectively. All those other stars will also have to have a fair amount of screen time.
- This isn't the first time Angelina and Brad have filmed simultaneously. From Maleficent's round table interviews:
How do you find a balance between your work life and family life? You’ve got six kids and an amazing career, so how do you make it work, especially when you and Brad are each off doing World War II epics, at the same time?
JOLIE: Well, that was hard. The kids went back and forth sometimes, and we’d each have some, but most of the time, I had them all and it was hard. But I’m not a single mom with two jobs, trying to get by, every day. I have much more support than most women, around this world, and I have the financial means to have a home and help with care and food. So, I don’t consider it a challenge. My kids are here, upstairs. They home school, so we travel everywhere together. They were on set, almost every day, for Maleficent. We travel everywhere together. When I feel I’m doing too much, I do less, if I can. I’m in a rare position where I don’t have to do job after job. I can take time, when my family needs it. I’m editing now. The nice thing about being a director is that I can say, “I can only get into the room after the kids are at school, and I have to be back for dinner. And they’re coming for lunch.” I actually feel like women in my position, when we have all at our disposal to help us, shouldn’t complain when we consider all of the people who are really struggling, and don’t have the means or support. Many people are single, raising children. That’s hard.
- Brad should be spending a lot less time on set for OUATIH than he did for Fury where he was on screen for almost the entire length of the movie and he and his tank crew went through pre-filming boot camp. It will likely involve just a few weeks of work overlapping with Maleficent 2.
- Unlike with Basterds which Brad agreed to do after he and Tarantino spent a notorious night together drinking and smoking, this time around the courtship took much longer. Tarantino was reported to be in talks with Brad many months before he finally signed on -- more than a month after Leo had committed. Scheduling was probably the stickiest issue since Maleficent 2 was already in pre-production and Tarantino intended to release the film on the 50th anniversary of the Tate murders next year, which meant they only had a narrow window. In the end, their schedules may have been adjusted so they could make it work. They've done it before and it won't be for as long this time.
OUATIH was controversial at the outset but given the cast Tarantino has assembled, it has at the very least become very intriguing. Some people will watch it just to see this cast in one film. For the cast members themselves, it is obviously a rare and exciting opportunity to work together. With a $100M budget and no elaborate sets or CGI, they should all be well compensated for their efforts -- Leo is getting $10M.
- Interesting trivia that Elle Fanning is with Angelina while Dakota will be with Brad. Dakota's role is much smaller than Elle's just as Brad's is much smaller than Angelina's.
- Brad skipped the AFI tibute to George Clooney later in the day. Perhaps he had already left town. It's ten hours to London. It's his turn to shuttle.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Al Pacino, Margot Robbie, and Dakota Fanning were all seen arriving for a table read for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood in Los Angeles on Thursday, June 7. Also spotted was the director, Quentin Tarantino.
Others converging for the meeting included Burt Reynolds, Timothy Olyphant and Emile Hirsh.
George Clooney AFI Tribute: Cate Blanchett, Laura Dern, and More Celebrate (and Tease) the Prankster Actor https://t.co/UAGz2ErW8u pic.twitter.com/gSv0Ru13ic— Anne Thompson (@akstanwyck) June 8, 2018
In the house for #GeorgeClooneyAFI are studio chiefs Kevin Tsujihara and Alan Horn, Netflix’s Ted Sarandos, CAA’s Bryan Lourd, Amazon’s Bob Berney, Focus’ Peter Kujawski, Jason Reitman, Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber.— Anne Thompson (@akstanwyck) June 8, 2018