Brad Pitt has been one of Hollywood's biggest stars for what feels like forever now, constantly delivering incredible performances across a variety of genres. One thing that has always eluded him though is one of those little golden statues called Oscar, but last night he finally bagged one for his supporting performance in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. During what turned out to be a rather touching acceptance speech, Brad Pitt reflected on his career, thanking the people that helped him get to where he is, but not before he took the opportunity to have a dig at President Donald Trump.'They told me I only have 45 seconds up here, which is 45 seconds more than what the Senate gave John Bolton this week.'
This, of course, is a reference to the lack of evidence that was allowed to be given at Trump's impeachment hearing by John Bolton, the ex-Trump adviser. Apparently Pitt did not get the memo from Ricky Gervais' Golden Globes opening monologue of just thanking your god, collecting your little statue, and getting off the stage.
After getting things started with a political quip, Pitt paid tribute to his Once Upon a Time in Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino, calling 'original' and 'one of a kind', before telling him that 'the film industry would be a much drier place without you.' He then sent his love towards his co-star, and fellow Hollywood A-lister, Leonardo DiCaprio.'Leo: I'll ride on your coattails any day, man. The view is fantastic.'
Having won the award playing a stuntman, Pitt quite rightly thanked the hard work of Hollywood's stunt performers.'I also wanna say, ya know, while we're doing all this, I think its time we give a little love to our stunt coordinators and our stunt crews.'
Finally, Pitt looked back at his glittering career, becoming quite emotional as he did so, and reflected on the people that got him to where he is, as well as the fairytale that has been his life in Hollywood.'Listen, I'm a bit gobsmacked. I'm not one to look back but this has made me do so, and I think of my folks taking me to the drive-in to see Butch and Sundance, and loading up my car and moving out here, and Geena and Ridley giving me my first shot. To all the wonderful people I've met along the way...to stand here now...once upon a time in Hollywood... ain't that the truth.'
The award clearly meant a lot to the actor, and it was a well-deserved victory for his charming, funny, stand-out performance as Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. As they kicked off the 92nd annual Academy Awards, Pitt's win was the first of the Oscar Winners announced. South Korean thriller Parasite won 4 Oscars while Joaquin Phoenix won his first Oscar for Joker.
'I'll ride on your coattails any day, man. The view is fantastic.' Brad Pitt thanks Leonardo DiCaprio during his #Oscars speech...
Martin Scorsese’s frequent cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto said last December the tone of their next collaboration together, “Killers of the Flower Moon,” was still being worked out. Now comes word from Scorsese himself that the tone has been set and the project, based on David Grann's historical novel of the same name, will be the director’s first Western. “Killers of the Flower Moon” is Scorsese’s follow-up to “The Irishman,” which nabbed 10 Academy Award nominations this year. The project is set to star longtime Scorsese muses Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro.
“We think it's a Western,” Scorsese tells Premiere of the film. “It happened in 1921-1922 in Oklahoma. There are certainly cowboys, but they have cars and also horses. The film is mainly about the Osage, an Indian tribe that was given horrible territory, which they loved because they said to themselves that Whites would never be interested in it. Then we discovered oil there and, for about ten years, the Osage became the richest people in the world, per capita. Then, as with the Yukon and the Colorado mining regions, the vultures disembark, the White man, the European arrives, and all was lost. There, the underworld had such control over everything that you were more likely to go to jail for killing a dog than for killing an Indian.”
Scorsese continues, “It's so interesting to think about the mentality that leads us to this. The history of civilization goes back to Mesopotamia. The Hittites are invaded by another people, they disappear, and later it is said that they have been assimilated or, rather, absorbed. It is fascinating to see this mentality which is reproduced in other cultures, through two world wars. And which is therefore timeless, I think. This is the film that we are going to try to make.”
David Grann's book centers around the Osage Nation murders, in which members of the Native American tribe were killed after discovering oil on their reservation. The murders attracted the attention of the newly-created FBI. Paramount Pictures boarded the project last June, bringing Scorsese back to a major Hollywood studio following his work on “The Irishman” with Netflix. Production on “Killers of the Flower Moon” is expected to begin this spring, making a 2021 release date most likely.
High school can be a battlefield, but rarely has that battlefield seemed so dangerous as it does in Amazon’s stylish Sundance drama Selah and The Spades. The feature film debut of writer/director Tayarisha Poe, Selah and The Spades follows a young girl who is chosen to be the protégé of the Queen Bee of an elite Pennsylvania boarding school, and discovers that she wasn’t the first to be given this dubious honor. Watch the Selah and The Spades trailer below.Selah and The Spades Trailer
Amazon Studios has released the official trailer for Tayarisha Poe’s feature film debut, Selah and The Spades, a stylish high school drama set in the closed world of an elite Pennsylvania boarding school. In this exclusive world, the student body is run by five factions: The Spades, The Sea, The Skins, The Bobbies, and The Prefects. Commanding the top faction is the titular Selah Summers Love Simone, who decides to choose a young protégé to take her place upon graduation. But as that sophomore upstart Paloma Celeste O’Connor soon finds, it’s a treacherous path to the top.
Selah and The Spades seems like a teen drama in the tradition of Brick or Thoroughbreds — stylish, razor-sharp, and populated by very good-looking teens who all act like characters in a noir film. The cast of fresh faces playing those characters include Jharrel Jerome, Jesse Williams, Gina Torres, and Ana Mulvoy Ten.
Here is the synopsis for Selah and The Spades:
In the closed world of an elite Pennsylvania boarding school, Haldwell, the student body is run by five factions. Seventeen-year-old Selah Summers Lovie Simone runs the most dominant group, the Spades, with unshakable poise, as they cater to the most classic of vices and supply students with coveted, illegal alcohol and pills. Tensions between the factions escalate, and when Selah’s best friend/right hand Maxxie MOONLIGHT’s Jharrel Jerome becomes distracted by a new love, Selah takes on a protégée, enamored sophomore Paloma Celeste O’Connor, to whom she imparts her wisdom on ruling the school. But with graduation looming and Paloma proving an impressively quick study, Selah’s fears turn sinister as she grapples with losing the control by which she defines herself.
In her feature debut, writer/director Tayarisha Poe immerses us in a ened depiction of teenage politics. This searing character study encapsulates just how intoxicating power can be for a teenage girl who acutely feels the threat of being denied it. Exciting newcomer Lovie Simone’s performance beautifully embodies both Selah’s publicly impeccable command and the internal fears and uncertainty that drive it.
Selah and The Spades premieres on Amazon Prime Video April 17, 2020....