Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio have done the impossible and improved The Room in a new DeepFake video. The duo recently starred in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which came out over the summer. However, placing them in a Tommy Wiseau project is far from a Tarantino script, though just their faces end up turning in a better acting performance than the original. It's often hard to look at, but it is also very intriguing all at the same time, once the weirdness becomes normal.
>Tommy Wiseau and his cult movie The Room are known for being so bad that it's good and is often referred to as "the Citizen Kane of bad movies." The performances are often unintentionally hilarious and the story doesn't really make a whole lot of sense at times, which is abundantly clear in this DeepFake video. It's really well done, but Brad Pitt's face on Wiseau's looks even weirder than normal DeepFake videos that have come out over the years. It's also really bizarre to hear Wiseau's voice coming out of Pitt's mouth. It'd be pretty interesting, and time consuming, to see what the whole movie would look like with Pitt as the star.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood took viewers back in time to the late 1960s. Quentin Tarantino, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and the crew did an amazing job of taking 2018 California and bringing it back to the 1960s visually and through the use of old radio jingles mixed in with songs from the era. The Room is a tangled mess with not much attention to detail. Leonardo DiCaprio's Rick Don is obviously quite different from the Phillip character he takes on in The Room DeepFake video. When looking closely at the video, one can see how much work goes into making them, especially in the eyes.
The world of DeepFake videos is rapidly advancing. We've seen some pretty impressive work over the years, but it just keeps getting better and better, which is great and scary at the same time. Pretty soon it's going to be hard to distinguish the fake videos from reality, but when done for fun projects like bringing Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt into The Room, or bringing Marty McFly into 2015, it's great. It's going to change the way Hollywood approaches movies in the future and it has already begun.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and The Room are two movies on opposite ends of the spectrum, though they are both highly entertaining. Tommy Wiseau will probably get a kick out of seeing Brad Pitt's face pasted on his body. As for Pitt, he'll probably never see the DeepFake video and the same can be said for Leonardo DiCaprio, though they'd probably enjoy it too, once they get past the creepy feeling. You can check out The Room DeepFake video starring Pitt and DiCaprio below, thanks to the Cntrl Shift Face YouTube channel.
Amid growing concerns about the coronavirus, the city of Austin, Texas ended up cancelling this year’s SXSW Film Festival. But the event wasn’t a complete loss. Many films were sent out to reviewers virtually, so even though the surge of coverage was nowhere near what it would have been under normal circumstances, you’ve probably seen sites like /Film posting reviews of the movies we managed to cover from afar.
And even though the festival couldn’t happen in person, juries still gathered remotely to bestow awards on some of the movies that were accepted into this year’s competition. Check out the full list of winners below.
“When we curated and announced our slate for the 2020 SXSW Film Festival, filled with an array of wonderful films we were excited to share with our unique audience, we had no idea of the unprecedented impact that Coronavirus would have on all our lives,” Janet Pierson, the festival’s Director of Film, said in a press release. “Our hearts were broken for all the filmmakers who invested so much time and talent in their work, hoping for a transformative experience at our event. We’re honored to at least be able to present our juried and special awards. We know that it’s no substitute for the actual festival’s vitality, enthusiasm, and potential for surprising outcomes — and that it is only available to a small fraction of our program — but we hope it will help garner some well-deserved recognition for these wonderful works.”
We share those feelings: both the heartbreak for the filmmakers who lost a great opportunity because of nothing more than bad timing, and the desire that that same bad timing won’t result in their films being undeservedly ignored. So we’ll be putting these movies on our radars – especially Cooper Raiff‘s Shithouse, which won the narrative feature competition, and Katrine Philp‘s An Elephant in the Room, which won the documentary feature competition. Read on for the full list of winners and a breakdown of what makes them great, according to the juries who selected them.
SXSW 2020 Award Winners
Feature Film Grand Jury Awards
NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION
Winner: Shithouse Director: Cooper Raiff
“Imbued with the sweet, heart-on-sleeve sensibilities of Before Sunrise, triple threat writer/director/star, Cooper Raiff’s earnest portrait and directorial debut of a lonely college freshman and the girl he forges a magnetic connection with is refreshing and winningly sincere. The Grand Jury Prize goes to Shithouse.”
Special Jury Recognition for Directing: Topside Directors: Celine Held, Logan George
“These two directors create a textured urban underground world to tell a poignant story of survival and sacrifice when a mother and...
Josh Brolin is set to star in the Amazon series Outer Range, which he’ll also executive produce with Brad Pitt‘s Plan B Entertainment and Amazon Studios. Written and created by playwright Brian Watkins, the series follows a rancher who discovers “an unfathomable mystery” on his land. That sounds downright Lovecraftian, but that might just be wishful thinking on my part.
Deadline and others are reporting the news about Outer Range. It’s being described as a “mystery show”, and the synopsis is pretty darn mysterious in its own right:
Outer Range centers on Royal Abbott Brolin, a Wyoming rancher struggling to hold on to his family and way of life, who must grapple with the unknown after discovering an unfathomable mystery on his land.
Just what is this “unfathomable mystery” on Royal Abbott’s land!? The horror fan in me thinks this sounds like the perfect recipe for some sort of weird, cosmic horror. But I’m guessing that’s not the case, or else they’d be calling this a horror series. Other than that slim bit of info above there’s next to nothing out there about Outer Range, so feel free to use your imagination and make up an entire show in your mind.
This will mark Brolin’s first TV role since the 2003 NBC legal drama series Mister Sterling, which I have never, ever heard of. Brolin is executive producing Open Range along with creator Brian Watkins, Zev Borow, Heather Rae, and Plan B Entertainment – the company owned by Brad Pitt, which means we get to put Brad Pitt’s name in the headline, even though he probably won’t have much involvement in the series. That’s how the game works, folks.
Next up for Brolin, big-screen-wise, is Dune, Denis Villeneuve’s huge, star-studded sci-fi adaptation. He’s also just finished working on Sean Penn’s Flag Day, in which “a father lives a double life as a counterfeiter, bank robber and con man in order to provide for his daughter.” And Flag Day – celebrated on June 14 – is, presumably, involved in some way.