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Brad Pitt Skewered for Working With Harvey Weinstein Despite Angelina Jolie’s Objections

Brad Pitt Skewered for Working With Harvey Weinstein Despite Angelina Jolie’s Objections
People are none too pleased with Brad Pitt this weekend after ex-wife Angelina Jolie called him out in a new interview for working with convicted rapist and former Hollywood big shot Harvey Weinstein over her objections.

“Imagine if a man as beloved as Brad Pitt had rung the alarm on Harvey over a decade ago. Things may have been different,” freelance journalist Gennette Cordova tweeted.

Another commented: “Just learned that brad pitt happily chose to work with Angelina Jolie’s abuser and I sincerely hope brad pitt gets kicked in the f—ing nutsack.”

Fans were responding to Jolie’s revelations in a new interview with The Guardian published Saturday. The Oscar-winning actress said that Pitt’s choice to work with The Weinstein Company on Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Bastards” and later “Killing Them Softly” — Weinstein’s company produced the former and distributed the latter — was a sore spot in their marriage,
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“We Fought About It. Of Course It Hurt,” Jolie Says Of Pitt Working With Weinstein Again After Her Assault Allegation

“We Fought About It. Of Course It Hurt,” Jolie Says Of Pitt Working With Weinstein Again After Her Assault Allegation
Angelina Jolie opened up to the Guardian on Sunday about her life and her new book, Know Your Rights and Claim Them: A Guide for Youth.

The book and much of Jolie’s activism are dedicated to ensuring the rights of children around the world. Her new work is written in partnership with child rights lawyer Geraldine Van Bueren QC and Amnesty International.

In discussing the book and its themes, Jolie also spoke about her own struggles to advocate for herself.

“I started working really young to help [my mother] pay bills and stuff. And I wasn’t aware of how I deserved to be treated as a young girl and a human being. I didn’t feel I was born with these rights and protections.”

When asked about her experience of being disrespected in Hollywood, Jolie gave an all too familiar answer.

“Well, no surprise, Harvey Weinstein. I worked with him when I was young,
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Angelina Jolie Says ‘It Hurt’ When Brad Pitt Worked With Harvey Weinstein: ‘We Fought About It’

Angelina Jolie Says ‘It Hurt’ When Brad Pitt Worked With Harvey Weinstein: ‘We Fought About It’
In a new interview, Angelina Jolie further opened up about her experience with convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein, sharing that she turned down a role in Martin Scorsese’s “The Aviator” to avoid working with him.

“If you get yourself out of the room, you think he attempted but didn’t, right?” the actress told The Guardian of his unwanted advances while shooting the Weinstein-produced “Playing by Heart” in 1998 at age 21. “The truth is that the attempt and the experience of the attempt is an assault.”

Jolie has spoken on her experience with Weinstein before as a “bad experience,” but now labels it an alleged assault — and said that it was difficult for her when her former husband, Brad Pitt, continued to work with him.

“It was beyond a pass, it was something I had to escape. I stayed away and warned people about him. I remember telling Jonny, my first husband,
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Angelina Jolie Turned Down ‘The Aviator’ Because of Harvey Weinstein: ‘I Warned People About Him’

Angelina Jolie Turned Down ‘The Aviator’ Because of Harvey Weinstein: ‘I Warned People About Him’
Angelina Jolie is in the news for her ongoing custody battle with Brad Pitt, whom she divorced in 2019, as well as for her upcoming role in Chloe Zhao’s Marvel entry “The Eternals.” But a recent, deep-dive interview with the actress, who was unusually candid in The Guardian, Jolie spoke about an encounter she had with now-convicted rapist and former movie producer Harvey Weinstein early in her career — and how the trauma of that incident led her to turn down Martin Scorsese because of Weinstein’s involvement.

When asked about the first time she felt disrespected in the industry, Jolie said, “Erm… well, no surprise, Harvey Weinstein. I worked with him when I was young.” Jolie was only 21 when she made the 1998 Miramax romantic comedy “Playing by Heart,” on which Weinstein served as an executive producer. She said that she managed to escape Weinstein, but that women often downplay their
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Composer Marc Streitenfeld Examines Androids “Confronted With Human Emotions” On ‘Raised By Wolves’ – Hear An Exclusive Track

Composer Marc Streitenfeld Examines Androids “Confronted With Human Emotions” On ‘Raised By Wolves’ – Hear An Exclusive Track
Exclusive: Deadline has the first exclusive track from the score for Raised By Wolves, composed by Marc Streitenfeld and Ben Frost.

WaterTower Music will release the complete 41-track soundtrack created for the HBO Max show’s first season on Friday, July 2nd.

Created by Aaron Guzikowski, and executive produced by Ridley Scott, Raised by Wolves centers on androids Father (Abubakar Salim) and Mother (Amanda Collin), who are tasked with raising human children on the planet Kepler-22b after Earth is destroyed by a great war. Scott directed the first two episodes of the 10-episode series, marking his television series directorial debut for American audiences.

Streitenfeld, who wrote 30 of Season 1’s tracks, says the show’s score was brought to life through a great deal of experimentation. “I recorded things like the vibration of the wings of a wasp hitting the glass of my studio window, slowed it down, manipulated it
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Cannes Chief: Netflix Declined Invites to Premiere Campion’s ‘Dog’ and Dominik’s ‘Blonde’

Cannes Chief: Netflix Declined Invites to Premiere Campion’s ‘Dog’ and Dominik’s ‘Blonde’
Cannes general delegate Thierry Frémaux revealed in a new interview with Deadline that he invited Netflix to the 2021 festival to world premiere Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog” and Andrew Dominik’s “Blonde” in out of competition slots, but the streaming giant declined. Some industry players thought 2021 could be the year Netflix returned to Cannes after it was rumored that Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods” was lining up an out of competition premiere in 2020 to coincide with the director heading the competition jury. That premiere never happened as the pandemic canceled the 2020 festival, and now we know after yesterday’s 2021 lineup announcement that Netflix won’t be attending this year.

“[Paolo] Sorrentino’s movie [‘Hand of God’] is not at all ready,” Frémaux said when asked about Netflix invites in 2021. “Jane Campion’s movie could have been ready, Andrew Dominik’s film [‘Blonde’] could have been ready — it’s beautiful,
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The 7 Best Movies New to Netflix in June 2021

The 7 Best Movies New to Netflix in June 2021
Netflix’s June lineup continues to reflect the difficulties of keeping people entertained in the aftermath of a pandemic; the content drought should subside as the summer wears on, but for now subscribers will have to make do with a grab bag of library titles, left-field curiosities, and low-wattage star vehicles that have yet to screen for critics. That being said, some of those library titles are worth revisiting (“Killing Them Softly” comes to mind), while others have never really gone out of style (“The Best Man”).

And while the streaming giant may not have another “Army of the Dead”-sized blockbuster in the chamber quite yet, Netflix is getting into the spirit of the season with a handful of popcorn movies that might have ruled the multiplex in a saner year. That’s especially true of an animated family comedy like “Wish Dragon,” which boasts voice performances by Jackie Chan,
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Megan Ellison Slams Scott Rudin’s ‘Abusive, Racist, and Sexist Behavior’ Following THR Exposé

Megan Ellison Slams Scott Rudin’s ‘Abusive, Racist, and Sexist Behavior’ Following THR Exposé
Annapurna Pictures founder and film producer Megan Ellison took to social media to condemn Scott Rudin’s “abusive, racist, and sexist behavior” following an exposé published by The Hollywood Reporter on Rudin’s long history of toxic bullying and abuse in the workplace. Ellison and Rudin worked together on Joel and Ethan Coen’s “True Grit,” which earned 10 Oscar nominations. Rudin was a producer, and thus a Best Picture nominee, while Ellison was an executive producer.

“This [THR] piece barely scratches the surface of Scott Rudin’s abusive, racist, and sexist behavior,” Ellison wrote on Twitter (see the post embedded below). “Similarly to Harvey [Weinstein], too many are afraid to speak out. I support and applaud those who did. There’s good reason to be afraid because he’s vindictive and has no qualms about lying.”

Ellison is no stranger to working with Weinstein either, as she served as a producer on Weinstein Company-released titles “Lawless,
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Scott Rudin Slammed As ‘Abusive, Racist & Sexist’ By Fellow ‘True Grit’ EP Megan Ellison After Exposé

Scott Rudin Slammed As ‘Abusive, Racist & Sexist’ By Fellow ‘True Grit’ EP Megan Ellison After Exposé
Megan Ellison spared Scott Rudin no quarter today.

“This piece barely scratches the surface of Scott Rudin’s abusive, racist, and sexist behavior”, the Annapurna CEO said online after a scathing Hollywood Reporter cover story published today on alleged misconduct by the volatile Egot producer.

“Similarly to Harvey, too many are afraid to speak out,” the Bombshell EP added in the mid-morning tweet. “ I support and applaud those who did. There’s good reason to be afraid because he’s vindictive and has no qualms about lying.”

In regards to both Rudin and Weinstein, this is no second hand insight by Ellison.

She worked with Rudin as an executive producer on the 10x Oscar nominated Coen Brothers 2010 western remake True Grit, which was distributed by Paramount. Ellison helped steer a number of Weinstein films as well: as a producer on Lawless and Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master and as
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‘I Care a Lot’: A Stylish Criticism of Late-Stage Capitalism

‘I Care a Lot’: A Stylish Criticism of Late-Stage Capitalism
Photo: ‘I Care a Lot’/Netflix Boarding a plane in Texas, Melania Trump asked all of us a question in the form of a jacket-- ”I really don’t care, do u?” Seemingly in response, writer/director J Blakeson released ‘I Care a Lot’, a well-dressed dark comedy thriller about Marla Grayson (Rosamund Pike), a con artist who traps the elderly within her court-appointed guardianship and leeches them of their wealth. Doing so, she runs a smooth and lucrative business that goes awry when her latest target, Jennifer Peterson (Dianne Wiest), attracts the hostility of Roman Lunyov, a powerful crime lord (Peter Dinklage). Humor drips from its sharp wit, driven by the icy, duplicitous charisma of Rosamund Pike, but it shares its bleak cynicism about American capitalism with films like ‘Killing Them Softly’, offering no likable protagonists or light at the end of the tunnel. This is an ugly story
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Ana de Armas Spent Nine Months Perfecting Marilyn Monroe Voice for ‘Blonde’: ‘It Was a Big Torture’

Ana de Armas Spent Nine Months Perfecting Marilyn Monroe Voice for ‘Blonde’: ‘It Was a Big Torture’
While Netflix’s 2021 original films lineup includes heavy hitters like Adam McKay’s star-studded comedy “Don’t Look Up,” one of the most anticipated titles for indie cinephiles is, without question, Andrew Dominik’s “Blonde.” The long-awaited Marilyn Monroe biographical drama is based on Joyce Carol Oates’ 2000 novel, which takes a fictionalized look at the inner life of the Hollywood icon. The project is the first narrative feature in nine years from “The Assassination of Jesse James” and “Killing Them Softly” director Dominik, who handpicked de Armas to be his leading lady. In an interview with The Times of London, the actress said she spent nearly a whole year perfecting Monroe’s accent.

“I tried! It only took me nine months of dialect coaching, and practicing, and some Adr sessions [rerecording dialogue after filming],” de Armas said of getting the voice just right. “It was a big torture, so exhausting. My brain was fried.”

As
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Scoot McNairy Signs With UTA

Scoot McNairy Signs With UTA
Exclusive: Scoot McNairy, star of Netflix’s Narcos: Mexico, has signed with UTA.

The agency has signed the actor in all areas of representation. He was previously with WME.

McNairy is currently filming the third season of the Narcos spin-off, in which he plays Walt Breslin, the American DEA agent sent to Mexico to bring down the Guadalajara cartel.

He also recently starred as Rod Rosenstein in Showtime’s James Comey miniseries The Comey Rule and has appeared in the third season of HBO’s True Detective, Netflix’s Godless and AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire.

On the feature side, he starred in Ben Affleck’s Argo, Andrew Dominik’s Killing Them Softly, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave, Lenny Abrahmson’s Frank, Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood, and David Michod’s The Rover and War Machine.
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Jane Campion, Paolo Sorrentino, Aardman Animation films on Netflix 2021 slate

Jane Campion, Paolo Sorrentino, Aardman Animation films on Netflix 2021 slate
Roster includes Alexandre Aja horror O2; Lin-Manuel Miranda musical tick, tick… Boom!

International filmmakers feature prominently on a Netflix 2021 slate that will bring one new film a week, with new work from Australia’s Jane Campion, Italy’s Paolo Sorrentino and the UK’s Aardman Animations set to be launched globally on the platform this year.

The slate of 70 features – 10 of which are not in English – is a statement of intent from Netflix head of original films Scott Stuber, who has been in the job for three years and is shaping a pipeline with a higher level of quality, name talent,
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Oprah Winfrey & Brad Pitt To Produce A Film Adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ ‘The Water Dancer’

Oprah Winfrey & Brad Pitt To Produce A Film Adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ ‘The Water Dancer’
While most people think of Brad Pitt as an A-list actor, over the past decade or so, thanks to his Plan B production company, he’s become one of the biggest producers in Hollywood. Through Plan B, he’s produced films such as “The Departed,” “The Tree of Life,” “Moneyball,” “Killing Them Softly,” “Moonlight,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” and many, many more.

Continue reading Oprah Winfrey & Brad Pitt To Produce A Film Adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ ‘The Water Dancer’ at The Playlist.
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Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe Movie Called ‘Brilliant’ by Author Joyce Carol Oates

Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe Movie Called ‘Brilliant’ by Author Joyce Carol Oates
There have been many films about Marilyn Monroe, one of the most iconic and tragic movie stars of the 20th century. Yet chances are that we’ve never seen one like the upcoming Netflix original production, Blonde. It’s Andrew Dominik’s long-awaited return to moviemaking and stars Ana de Armas as Monroe, the Gentlemen Prefer Blondes star who’s considered one of the defining faces of 1950s American culture. Adapted from Joyce Carol Oates’ award winning fictionalized novel of the same name, Blonde promises to be one of the more internalized and unique biopics in recent memory. And it already has one highly positive review from Oates herself.

Taking to Twitter, the National Book Award winning author told fans she has seen an early cut of Blonde and she is incredibly pleased with the results.

“I have seen the rough cut of Andrew Dominick’s brilliant adaptation,” Oates wrote,
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Joyce Carol Oates Praises Andrew Dominik’s ‘Blonde’ Rough Cut: ‘Brilliant, Very Disturbing’

Joyce Carol Oates Praises Andrew Dominik’s ‘Blonde’ Rough Cut: ‘Brilliant, Very Disturbing’
Netflix’s list of upcoming films includes highly anticipated collaborations with Charlie Kaufman (“I’m Thinking of Ending Things”) and David Fincher (“Mank”), and near the top of this list is the return of writer-director Andrew Dominik. The filmmaker behind “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” and “Killing Them Softly” is back after nearly a decade hiatus with “Blonde,” an adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ 2000 novel of the same name that takes a fictionalized look at the inner life of Marilyn Monroe. The author revealed on Twitter she has seen Dominik’s first cut of “Blonde,” and she has nothing but praise to share about it.

“I have seen the rough cut of Andrew Dominick’s [sic] adaptation and it is startling, brilliant, very disturbing and perhaps most surprisingly an utterly ‘feminist’ interpretation,” Oates wrote. “Not sure that any male director has ever achieved anything [like] this.”

Ana de Armas,
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Joyce Carol Oates Says Andrew Dominik’s Blonde is “Brilliant” & “Utterly Feminist”

Joyce Carol Oates Says Andrew Dominik’s Blonde is “Brilliant” & “Utterly Feminist”
In a pandemic-free alternate reality there’s a chance we may have gotten Andrew Dominik’s long-gestating Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde this year, but Netflix has decided to unveil the film––which stars Ana de Armas in the lead role––in 2021. While we likely won’t be hearing much about it for the rest of the year, an update has now come in from someone close to the production.

Joyce Carol Oates, whose 1999 novel is the basis for Dominik’s script, has revealed on Twitter that she’s screened a cut of the film and shared some high praise. “I have seen the rough cut of Andrew Dominik’s adaptation & it is startling, brilliant, very disturbing & [perhaps most surprisingly] an utterly “feminist” interpretation,” the author said. “[I’m] not sure that any male director has ever achieved anything [like] this.”

While any comments with someone with a vested interest in the project should be taken with a grain of salt,
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How Scoot McNairy Became One of the Busiest Actors in Hollywood

How Scoot McNairy Became One of the Busiest Actors in Hollywood
Over the past decade, few actors have been as busy as Scoot McNairy, but now that the health of the world has forced everyone to slow down, McNairy is finally able to take stock of the work he’s done. McNairy first became a name to watch on the indie circuit as 2007’s In Search of a Midnight Kiss and 2010’s Monsters garnered critical acclaim and numerous awards. But 2012’s Killing Them Softly really unlocked the floodgates for McNairy as Softly filmmaker Andrew Dominik eventually referred him to Ben Affleck for a role in Argo, which went on to win Best ...
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‘Sopranos’ Actors Remember James Gandolfini’s Threat to Beat Up Harvey Weinstein

‘Sopranos’ Actors Remember James Gandolfini’s Threat to Beat Up Harvey Weinstein
Nobody pressures Tony Soprano into doing things against his will. “The Sopranos” actors Steve Schirripa and Michael Imperioli appeared on Joe Rogan’s podcast this week to promote their own “Talking Sopranos” podcast series and revealed that Harvey Weinstein once angered James Gandolfini so much that the Tony Soprano actor threatened to “beat the fuck” out of the now-disgraced movie producer and convicted rapist.

Gandolfini and Weinstein’s paths crossed during the marketing push for Andrew Dominik’s 2012 neo-noir crime thriller “Killing Them Softly,” which starred “The Sopranos” favorite opposite Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins, and Ray Liotta. The Weinstein Company was the film’s distributor. Gandolfini was staunchly opposed to doing talk show interviews throughout his career because he felt he wasn’t “interesting enough,” but that rule did not fly with Weinstein. One day Schirripa and Gandolfini were on the “Killing Them Softly” set when Weinstein kept calling the
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‘Sopranos’ Actors Remember James Gandolfini’s Threat to Beat Up Harvey Weinstein

‘Sopranos’ Actors Remember James Gandolfini’s Threat to Beat Up Harvey Weinstein
Nobody pressures Tony Soprano into doing things against his will. “The Sopranos” actors Steve Schirripa and Michael Imperioli appeared on Joe Rogan’s podcast this week to promote their own “Talking Sopranos” podcast series and revealed that Harvey Weinstein once angered James Gandolfini so much that the Tony Soprano actor threatened to “beat the fuck” out of the now-disgraced movie producer and convicted rapist.

Gandolfini and Weinstein’s paths crossed during the marketing push for Andrew Dominik’s 2012 neo-noir crime thriller “Killing Them Softly,” which starred “The Sopranos” favorite opposite Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins, and Ray Liotta. The Weinstein Company was the film’s distributor. Gandolfini was staunchly opposed to doing talk show interviews throughout his career because he felt he wasn’t “interesting enough,” but that rule did not fly with Weinstein. One day Schirripa and Gandolfini were on the “Killing Them Softly” set when Weinstein kept calling the
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