News from Hollywood

2011-11-15 09:11

Los Angeles – Hollywood super-couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie may be getting out of cinematic blockbusters, it emerged today.

In an interview with Australian TV, Pitt revealed that he planned to give up acting in three years to concentrate on producing, while Jolie has reportedly signed up with an agent who specialises in independent movies rather than the big-budget film genre that she currently dominates.

Asked by Australia’s 60 Minutes how much longer he’d like to continue acting onscreen, Pitt sounded certain about his future.

“Three years,” said Pitt, who is 47. “I am really enjoying the producing side and development of stories and putting those pieces together. Getting stories to the plate that might have had a tougher times otherwise.”

Jolie, meanwhile, has signed with IFA Talent, who also represents Ryan Gosling, among others, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The move to the independent film specialist could be a sign that the global superstar wants to add a best actress Oscar to her resume.

The last dramas she starred in were 2008’s The Changeling and 2007’s A Mighty Heart, the former earning her an Oscar nomination.

She won the best supporting actress statuette for 1999’s Girl, Interrupted. – Sapa-dpa

Harry Potter director Yates plans Dr Who film
Los Angeles – Harry Potter director David Yates is moving on from the boy wizard. According to US trade mag Variety, the four-time Potter helmer is planning to bring the British TV cult classic Dr Who to the big screen.

The sci-fi series about a mysterious time traveller who fights for the greater good has been a favourite of British television since 1963, and Yates has been recruited by BBC Worldwide to develop the first ever film version of the series and then to direct it.

“We’re looking at writers now. We’re going to spend two to three years to get it right,” Yates said in an interview with Variety. “It needs quite a radical transformation to take it into the bigger arena.” – dpa

Witherspoon on Hunt for director of long-planned comedy

Los Angeles – Reese Witherspoon has hired Courtney Hunt as the director for her for long-planned comedy, Rule #1, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The story revolves around a New York woman (Witherspoon), who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder and who becomes friends with a young mother who suffers from an attention deficit problem.

The chaos explodes when the two take a trip together with the young woman’s baby.

It will be a radical genre change for Hunt who made her feature directorial debut with the 2008 social drama Frozen River, which earned her an Oscar nomination as well as an Oscar nod for actress Melissa Leo. – dpa

Brand to produce and star in comedy
Los Angeles – British actor Russell Brand (Arthur) will produce and star in the comedy The President Stole My Girlfriend, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

“In this movie, the president steals the girlfriend of a sexy hippie – me, obviously,” Brand said. “It was inspired by the night I naively invited [Warners president] Jeff Robinov for dinner.”

Brand, whose real life wife is pop star Katy Perry, has been busy recently with the film musical Rock of Ages, in which he stars with Catherine Zeta-Jones.

He is also starring in the directorial debut of Juno writer Diable Cody about a young woman who loses her faith in God after a plane crash and heads on a wild trip to Las Vegas where Brand’s character gives her more than she bargained for.

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