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Brad Pitt movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Moneyball,’ ‘Twelve Monkeys,’ ‘Fight Club’

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Brad Pitt movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Moneyball,’ ‘Twelve Monkeys,’ ‘Fight Club’
Brad Pitt celebrates his 55th birthday on December 18, 2018. The actor his had a quarter-century career beginning mostly as a sex symbol and then on to acclaimed actor and film producer, amassing six Oscar nominations for both acting and producing. He won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Twelve Monkeys” but it was as a producer that he earned two of Hollywood’s major awards: he won an Oscar for “12 Years a Slave” and an Emmy for “The Normal Heart.”

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Pitt dropped out the University of Missouri two weeks before he was set to graduate. He had long been obsessed with movies and skipped out on his college final exams in order to move to Los Angeles to try his hand at acting. Not long after his arrival Pitt began earning small roles on television and in film,
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Brad Pitt movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Brad Pitt movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Brad Pitt celebrates his 55th birthday on December 18, 2018. The actor his had a quarter-century career beginning mostly as a sex symbol and then on to acclaimed actor and film producer, amassing six Oscar nominations for both acting and producing. He won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Twelve Monkeys” but it was as a producer that he earned two of Hollywood’s major awards: he won an Oscar for “12 Years a Slave” and an Emmy for “The Normal Heart.”

Pitt dropped out the University of Missouri two weeks before he was set to graduate. He had long been obsessed with movies and skipped out on his college final exams in order to move to Los Angeles to try his hand at acting. Not long after his arrival Pitt began earning small roles on television and in film, including a four-episode run on the series “Dallas,
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Aaron Sorkin Talks ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’: Atticus, Trump And The New Voice That Stirred A Lawsuit – Deadline Q&A

Aaron Sorkin Talks ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’: Atticus, Trump And The New Voice That Stirred A Lawsuit – Deadline Q&A
Several years ago, producer Scott Rudin contacted Aaron Sorkin with an idea that was either bold or insane: A new To Kill A Mockingbird. For the stage. Harper Lee’s beloved 1960 book became a just-as-beloved (maybe more so) 1962 movie that left what could easily be assumed to be an indelible, irreplaceable imprint on our cultural memory.

As Sorkin tells Deadline in this interview, he feared a new take on Mockingbird could only be less. Less than the book. Less than the movie. Less than Gregory Peck, whose portrayal of Atticus Finch is nothing short of iconic.

What changed his mind? The short answer: Scott Rudin, and maybe Donald Trump. The long answer: Let Sorkin explain.

Despite the allegations set forth in a now-settled lawsuit filed by the estate of Harper Lee, Sorkin’s Mockingbird stays close – in plot – to the Mockingbird everyone knows. In small-town Alabama during the Great Depression,
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Jonah Hill Sticks Up for Lady Gaga After People Mock ‘100 People in a Room’ Quote

Jonah Hill Sticks Up for Lady Gaga After People Mock ‘100 People in a Room’ Quote
Jonah Hill knows what it’s like to endure the long road of an awards season press tour (see his Oscar season runs with “Moneyball” and “The Wolf of Wall Street”), so consider him empathetic when it comes to Lady Gaga and her much scrutinized “A Star Is Born” journey. Gaga caught flack on the internet for repeatedly dropping a variation of the same “100 people in the room” line while promoting the film at festivals and during press interviews.

Gaga’s quote, “There can be one hundred people in the room and 99 don’t believe in you and you just need one to believe in you, and that was [Bradley Cooper],” became fodder for memes and compilation videos throughout the fall. While some people laughed at Gaga, others criticized her and wondered if her repetitive approach to interviews might ding her in the awards race for Best Actress. Hill doesn
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Mychael Danna on getting ‘thrown into the deep end’ when he scored ‘On the Basis of Sex’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Mychael Danna on getting ‘thrown into the deep end’ when he scored ‘On the Basis of Sex’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
Mychael Danna got “thrown into the deep end” when he agreed to score Mimi Leder’s “On the Basis of Sex.” Leder had already shot the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic and temped it with Danna’s scores from “Moneyball” (2011) and “Capote” (2005) when she reached out to Danna, who immediately came onboard.

“I absolutely loved it and found it super inspiring from the moment I saw it,” Danna said at Gold Derby’s Meet the Experts: Composers panel, moderated by this author (watch the exclusive video above). “Often I like to start at the beginning of a film and work my way all the way through. I like the orchestra to play it that way to, so people discover the theme and it kind of unfolds naturally and I like to write it that way.”

But he didn’t get to do it this time because Leder was stuck on a pivotal moment in the drama,
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National Board of Review awards preview: Don’t count on it for 2019 Oscar predictions

Be warned: the National Board of Review, which announces its winners on Tuesday Nov. 27, has a spotty record at crystal-balling the Academy Awards. Last year, the Nbr didn’t even include the eventual Best Picture winner, “The Shape of Water,” in the Top 10

The Nbr went all in on Steven Spielberg‘s docudrama “The Post,” which won Best Picture and the lead acting awards for Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. Greta Gerwig won the Best Director prize for her solo helming effort, “Lady Bird,” which also featured a winning supporting turn by Laurie Metcalf.

Willem Dafoe (“The Florida Project”) won Best Supporting Actor; writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson won for his original screenplay for “Phantom Thread”; Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber won the adapted screenplay award for “The Disaster Artist”; the cast of “Get Out” claimed the Best Ensemble prize; and Timothee Chalamet and Original Screenplay (Kenneth Lonergan) — but
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Join Us: Special panel with composers of ‘First Man,’ ‘Incredibles 2,’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ ‘On the Basis of Sex,’ ‘Vice’

Join Us: Special panel with composers of ‘First Man,’ ‘Incredibles 2,’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ ‘On the Basis of Sex,’ ‘Vice’
Four of the top composers in the world are joining Gold Derby for a special Q&A panel on November 27. Join us at the Landmark Theater on Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles for the event at 7:00 p.m. Pt. It’s free to anyone who wants to attend, but top priority in getting one of the limited seats is to be a guild member or Oscar voter.

Click the following link to register: https://meettheexpertscomposers.splashthat.com

Our senior editor Joyce Eng will moderate the Q&A with the following contenders for 2019 awards consideration:

Nicholas Britell represents Annapurna for “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Vice”

Britell was nominated at the Oscars at the 2017 ceremony for “Moonlight.” Other films have included “The Big Short,” “Free State of Jones” and “Battle of the Sexes.”

Mychael Danna represents Focus for “On the Basis of Sex

Danna is an Oscar winner from
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‘SNL’ promo: Pete Davidson pokes fun at breakup with Ariana Grande by proposing to Maggie Rogers [Watch]

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‘SNL’ promo: Pete Davidson pokes fun at breakup with Ariana Grande by proposing to Maggie Rogers [Watch]
After making headlines for their summertime romance, “Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson and pop sensation Ariana Grande called off their engagement last month. The ex-couple has mostly kept quiet about the details, but Davidson is proving that he has no tears left to cry by poking fun at his breakup in the latest “SNL” promo (watch above). In the preview trailer, Davidson is standing next to host Jonah Hill and musical guest Maggie Rogers when he proclaims, “Hey Maggie, I’m Pete. You want to get married?” When she says no, he stares directly into the camera and sighs, “Oh for three.”

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Davidson and Grande first met in March 2016 when she hosted “SNL,” but at the time he was dating Cazzie David and she was with Mac Miller. More than two years later,
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Obamas Option Book For Potential Netflix Series About Trump Administration

Obamas Option Book For Potential Netflix Series About Trump Administration
Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama have optioned Michael Lewis’ recent nonfiction book, The Fifth Risk, to potentially develop into a series for Netflix, Deadline reports.

While it is being reported that the Obamas are exploring possible projects for their Netflix production deal, none of the projects are confirmed to have received the greenlight.

Released on October 2nd, New York Times bestseller The Fifth Risk exposes the chaos that followed during the transition between the Obama administration to the Trump administration in the Departments of Energy,
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Michael Lewis’ Latest Book ‘The Fifth Risk’ Acquired By The Obamas Under Their Netflix Production Deal

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Michael Lewis’ Latest Book ‘The Fifth Risk’ Acquired By The Obamas Under Their Netflix Production Deal
Deadline has learned that Michael Lewis’ latest book The Fifth Risk has been acquired by Barack and Michelle Obama under their Netflix production deal for a possible series aimed to help people better understand the inner workings of the government.

We understand that the Obamas are exploring projects but nothing specifically has yet gotten a greenlight. Lewis will reveal the news about the Obamas optioning The Fifth Risk on Katie Couric’s Thursday podcast.

The Fifth Risk, which hit shelves on Oct. 2 from W.W. Norton, follows the chaos and mismanagement that ensued in the departments of Energy, Agriculture and Commerce in the handoff from President Barack Obama to President Donald Trump. Lewis spoke with a number of federal workers from the Obama administration who worked in the Departments of Energy, Agriculture and Commerce. The previous administration created briefing books for the next staff, but those who showed up on
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20 Highest-Grossing Baseball Movies, From ‘League of Their Own’ to ‘Mr. 3000’ (Photos)

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20 Highest-Grossing Baseball Movies, From ‘League of Their Own’ to ‘Mr. 3000’ (Photos)
Let’s get into the spirit of the World Series excitement with some of the biggest baseball movies that all hit a commercial home run. These are the highest grossing baseball movies of all time, ranked from lowest to highest.

20. “Mr. 3000” – $21.8 million

Bernie Mac plays a former baseball great who returns to the league at age 47 after learning he was just a few hits shy of 3000.

19. “Major League II” – $30.6 million

Charlie Sheen, Corbin Bernsen and Tom Berenger all came back for the sequel to “Major League,” but Wesley Snipes had become a bigger star, and his role of Willie Mays Hayes was taken over by Omar Epps.

18. “The Sandlot” – $32.4 million

The Sandlot” performed modestly at the box office in 1993, but it found a second life as a cult film on VHS and on DVD a decade after its release.

17. “Bad News Bears” (2005) – $32.8 million

Billy Bob Thornton starred in Richard Linklater
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Sacha Baron Cohen to star in Aaron Sorkin helmed Trial of the Chicago 7

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At long last, Aaron Sorkin is set to direct the The Trial Of The Chicago 7 film. Having written the screenplay himself years ago, Sorkin, the man who made a name for himself penning projects like Moneyball, The Social Network and The West Wing is seemingly the perfect fit for the upcoming political drama. Having made a strong directorial debut with Molly's Game earlier this…
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Jonah Hill May Have Abandoned Comedy, But ‘Mid90s’ Wouldn’t Exist Without ‘Superbad’

Jonah Hill May Have Abandoned Comedy, But ‘Mid90s’ Wouldn’t Exist Without ‘Superbad’
In promoting his directorial debut, “Mid90s,” a sweet, perceptive look at teen skateboarders in the titular era, Jonah Hill has spent a lot of time explaining himself. He’s touched on the 20 drafts he wrote over four years to craft a passion project that draws from the nostalgia of his youth, and why his skateboarding movie is “the anti-‘Kids,'” but more than that, a lot of people keep asking him about his comedy roots.

He’s endured this several times before, with each of his Oscar-nominated performances (in “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Moneyball”), and it kicked off again this fall. A dramatic New York magazine cover story presented Hill in a grave black-and-white portrait, with the actor casting a provocative gaze at the camera under the dramatic headline: “Jonah Hill, filmmaker.”

Indeed. That transition comes out of careful brand management that, to date, yielded mixed results.
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Gail Berman’s Jackal Group Sells Comedies ‘The Folks’ & ‘To Whom It May Concern’ To CBS

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Gail Berman’s Jackal Group Sells Comedies ‘The Folks’ & ‘To Whom It May Concern’ To CBS
Gail Berman’s The Jackal Group has sold two comedies to CBS – multi-cam The Folks with former Scandal star Kerry Washington’s Simpson Street producing, and hybrid To Whom It May Concern. CBS Television Studios is the studio for both projects.

Written by Frank Pines, The Folks centers on what happens when a momma’s boy marries a daddy’s girl, and their respective parents can’t let go.

Pines executive produces with Jackal Group’s Berman and Joe Earley. Washington and Pilar Savone executive produce for Simpson Street.

The project re-teams Pines, Jackal Group and Simpson Street, who worked together on Man Of the House, a multi-camera hybrid family comedy created by Pines which sold last development season to ABC as part of Simpson Street’s deal with ABC Studios.

Written by Mike Metz, To Whom It May Concern centers on Evan, who sets out with his group of
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Jonah Hill In ‘The Social Network’? Actor Says David Fincher Turned Him Down for Justin Timberlake

Jonah Hill In ‘The Social Network’? Actor Says David Fincher Turned Him Down for Justin Timberlake
Bennett Miller’s 2011 baseball drama “Moneyball” was a defining moment in Jonah Hill’s acting career. After become one of the most popular comedy actors in Hollywood thanks to his roles in “Superbad” and other Judd Apatow-produced films, Hill successfully transitioned to adult-oriented drama with his role as Peter Brand in “Moneyball,” which earned him his first Oscar nomination. However, Hill originally intended to make the genre jump a year earlier with “The Social Network,” a film he says he would have landed had David Fincher been a fan of his.

“Low-key, David Fincher, or high-key, David Fincher didn’t want me in ‘Social Network,’” Hill recently revealed on “The Bill Simmons Podcast.” “It was between me and Justin Timberlake for that part. … Obviously [Fincher’s] the man, but he was not having me. The studio wanted me, I think, and then Justin Timberlake was amazing in it.”

Timberlake ultimately landed the role of Sean Parker,
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Mid90s review – Jonah Hill's directorial debut is stylish but empty

Snappy direction and a heady sense of nostalgia can’t hide a frustratingly flat coming-of-age tale that shows an actor struggling to find anything of interest to say

Actor Jonah Hill, he of raucous comedies from the House of Apatow, but also outstanding, Oscar-nominated supporting roles in films like Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street, has cashed in his Hollywood clout chips and directed his first film, based on an original script. It is a frustrating one. There are scenes that snap together nicely with some sharp and nuanced observations. But the film is saddled with uninteresting surface-level characters. There’s a phoniness exuding from the entire project, made all the more discouraging since the plot-light, shaggy dog story is trying to feel so real.

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‘Mid90s’ Review: Jonah Hill’s Skaterat Coming-of-Age Movie

‘Mid90s’ Review: Jonah Hill’s Skaterat Coming-of-Age Movie
Jonah Hill doesn’t appear in a single scene of Mid90s, but you can feel his presence in every scene of this comedy spiked with touching gravity. Making his directing debut with a script he wrote himself, Hill shapes this coming-of-age tale like a European art film (think Francois Truffaut’s 400 Blows), letting atmosphere, character and glimmers of feeling take precedence over narrative thrust. The technique may put off fans expecting a raucous take on Superbad or 21 Jump Street and its sequel, both of which Hill cowrote. But
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Joaquin Phoenix in Don’T Worry, He Won’T Get Far On Foot Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD October 9th

Experience “one of the best performances of Joaquin Phoenix’s career” (SlashFilm) when the Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot arrives on Digital on October 2 and on Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD October 9 from Lionsgate.

Experience “one of the best performances of Joaquin Phoenix’s career” (SlashFilm) when the Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot arrives on Digital on October 2 and on Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD October 9 from Lionsgate. Directed by two-time Oscar®nominee Gus Van Sant[1] (Best Director, Milk, 2008; Good Will Hunting, 1997), and adapted from the autobiography of Portland’s controversial but praised cartoonist John Callahan, the honest and moving comedy follows the true-life story of Callahan’s road to recovery from his addictions through art after becoming a quadriplegic due to a life-changing accident. Academy Award®nominee Jonah Hill, Academy Award® nominee Rooney Mara,
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There's a George Carlin Biopic in Development with The Writer of Moneyball

Comedian George Carlin is getting his own biopic! I was first introduced to Carlin when I saw him in the film Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure when I was growing up. Then later in life I discovered his stand up comedy and laughed my ass off! I love his comedy style and it’s great to see that his life will be getting the feature film treatment.

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Academy Award-nominated writer Stan Chervin (Moneyball) will write the script. Moneyball was a great film with an fantastic script so we know that the George Carlin’s story is in good hands.

Producer Gail Berman and co-producer Joe Earley said in a joint statement:

“We are honored to tell the story of one of the most important and influential comedians of all time, and to do so alongside those who knew him best. In addition to
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Estate-Approved George Carlin Biopic in the Works

Estate-Approved George Carlin Biopic in the Works
A biopic about the legendary stand-up comic George Carlin is in the works, with the comedian’s estate teaming with a Moneyball screenwriter for the upcoming film.

Variety reports that Jerry Hamza, Carlin’s former manager and the executor of his estate, will serve as producer on the untitled project alongside the Jackal Group’s Gail Berman and Joe Earley and screenwriter Stan Chervin, who was nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award for Moneyball.

“We are honored to tell the story of one of the most important and influential comedians of all time,
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