Brad Pitt to produce 'Twelve Years A Slave'
August 17th, 2011
12:40 PM ET

Brad Pitt to produce 'Twelve Years A Slave'

Brad Pitt is going back in time with his next project: The actor's Plan B production company is set to produce "Twelve Years A Slave," according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The movie will be adapted from the autobiography written by Solomon Northup in 1853. The author was a married and educated free black man living in New York who traveled to Washington, D.C. after two men offered him a job. He was subsequently kidnapped into slavery.

Northup was able to regain his freedom after a white Canadian smuggled letters to his wife, which launched a court case that led to his release.

Chiwetel Ejiofor ("Salt," "American Gangster") is attached to play Northup in the film, which will be directed by "Hunger's" Steve McQueen. The director also co-wrote the script along with John Ridley.

Pitt's Plan B has also taken on "World War Z," which is being directed by Marc Forster and starring Pitt. The movie is in pre-production, and is slated to arrive in theaters December 21, 2012.


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Angelina and Brad plan to ease out of acting
August 1st, 2011
01:54 PM ET

Angelina and Brad plan to ease out of acting

Angelina Jolie is spreading the word that she wants to scale back on the movie-making and focus on her six kids.

In an interview with The Financial Times, the 36-year-old star reveals that acting is starting to lose its luster.

"As Brad and I get older we're going to do fewer films," she said, according to The Wrap. "I've been working for a long time, he's been working for a long time, we've had a nice run and don't want to be doing this our whole lives... I don't love it as much... I love being a mom."

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11 most ridiculous Japanese ads with American celebs
July 29th, 2011
11:22 AM ET

11 most ridiculous Japanese ads with American celebs

The Internet is undeniably making the world smaller.

And while this is a great thing for friends trying to stay in touch years after moving away from each other, there’s a certain sect of people who must suffer while the rest of us thrive.

I’m talking, of course, about American celebrities who years ago starred in bizarre, unintentionally hilarious commercials in Japan (why Japan is the main purveyor of this advertising insanity, I have no idea), only to have the Internet unearth them for the whole planet to see.

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Is Brangelina ready to tie the knot?
May 30th, 2011
10:14 AM ET

Is Brangelina ready to tie the knot?

Although Brad Pitt has said he and Angelina Jolie wouldn't get married until gay couples could legally wed, the actor now seems to have changed his outlook on saying "I do."

"The kids ask about marriage. It's meaning more and more to them," he tells USA Weekend. "So it's something we've got to look at."

And Pitt's children—Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne—mean the world to him, he says.

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Brad Pitt: Religious upbringing was 'stifling'
May 17th, 2011
12:24 PM ET

Brad Pitt: Religious upbringing was 'stifling'

Filmmaker Terrence Malick's latest, "The Tree of Life," has been alternately described as a “tone poem” delving into issues about faith, family and forgiveness and a “coming of age story about the universe,” so it’s understandable that Monday's Cannes press event got a little heavy.

The movie tells the story of a Midwestern family in the 1950s, with Brad Pitt playing the authoritative father raising three kids along with his wife, played by Jessica Chastain.

Although Pitt, a father of six, joked that his parenting style isn't quite the same as the character he plays in Malick's film, the story does raise a lot of the same questions about spirituality he had as a child.

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Angelina Jolie reveals mystery of latest tattoo
May 12th, 2011
09:32 AM ET

Angelina Jolie reveals mystery of latest tattoo

Last month, Angelina Jolie unveiled a seventh map-of-coordinates tattoo, leading to speculation that she was adding to her brood of six.

Now the actress is setting the record straight about the ink art, which many believed represented the longitude and latitude of the region from which Jolie and partner Brad Pitt were planning to adopt next.

"Well, if they know that it's latitude and longitude, they would have figured out quickly that it was Brad's birthplace," Jolie—who also has coordinates of the birthplaces of sons Maddox and Pax, daughters Zahara and Shiloh, and twins Knox and Vivienne—tells "Extra."

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