Monday, May 21, 2018

It was filmed just this Spring.  His hair looked shorter than when he did the Brietiling ad so it could have been mid to late March, when he had already shaved down his beard.

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."

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Thanks Pride&Joy

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.

- He left the U2 concert early, perhaps after the band paid tribute to Chris Cornell. 

- 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 20" or more to "B Pillar" in lieu of stretching the rear door.  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 is no space-occupying center divider 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 tell if Richie or another member of their security was driving.  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.

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 exterior design in the extensive portfolio of Becker.  In the world of custom built SUVs and Vans, people normally opt to reduce seating capacity in order to add amenities.  No one else had a custom SUV made in order to increase seating capacity. 

- The director Andrew Dominik apparently arrived at the concert with him, alighted ahead of him, and lit up a cigarette as soon as he got out.  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.

Becker Escalade ESV stretch

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

- 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


[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)

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

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.”

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




Spotted at a U2 concert where he watched the band pay tribute his late friend, Chris Cornell.  On Wednesday evening (May 16) at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif.

Cadillac Escalade

Cadillac Escalade ESV stretch


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Monday, May 14

Maddox driving a Toyota Tacoma pickup with it looks like Darren beside him, in Los Feliz entering Laughlin Park.


Laughlin Park, Franklin entrance

Random Fuzzy

- So far in May:

May 6, Sunday - A, Z, S, K and V at the Museum of Tolerance, and B at Winchell's Donuts in Hollywood
May 7, Monday - A's Bright Star: The Jim Thorpe Story announced
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

- The whole family has been seen out and about in Los Angeles over the past several days.  A sudden burst of public activity after a quiet April when there were just a few sightings and Instagram posts and only B was papped -- twice at an indoor parking garage.  All in L.A.

- The paps are obviously staking out the entrances to Laughlin Park from a vantage point across the street.  They evidently know the family is in town.  Up til the middle of last year they were able to trespass at will in Laughlin Park and took several  photos right next to the DeMille.  But security has since been tightened at the entrances and CCTV warning signs are now posted at the gates -- which have proven effective at deterring trespassers. 

- She has two films in Pinewood but there have been no photos of her in the U.K.

- This week five years ago, her op-ed revealing she had a double mastectomy was published.

-- Fussy

Monday, May 14, 2018

May 13, Sunday

BAPE store, West Hollywood, around 4pm


Thanks Felicity