Category: News

Pitt & Reynolds In The Frame For Gunsmoke?

Saturday, Feb 6, 2010

It looks like A-lister Brad Pitt and fanboy favorite Ryan Reynolds are going to be dueling it out cowboy style for the lead role in CBS Films’ big-screen adaptation of the long running western series, Gunsmoke.

Both stars are said to be in the running for the lead role of Matt Dillon (the character, not the actor) who was played by William Arness in the original Gunsmoke series. The studio apparently has their sights set on Pitt, which isn’t surprising considering that he’s one of the names atop nearly every casting list in Hollywood, but Reynolds is also supposed to be interested in the role of the Dodge City Marshall.

Who will get the role remains a mystery. Pitt is the bigger… ahem… draw at the box office, but his last western The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford died a grisly death at the box office (despite it being rather good). Reynolds on the other hand, is an eager new kid in town (go with it) who appears to be saddling up for many action adventures
like Green Lantern and Deadpool. Sure Pitt is a killer at the box office, but westerns are unpredictable when it comes to box office appeal. For every Dances With Wolves and Unforgiven there’s the above mentioned Jesse James, Wyatt Earp and a dozen other films in the genre that have died with their boots on. It really is a case of the quick and the dead.

Several other actors are also on the list for the Dillon role, so neither Pitt nor Reynolds could end up pinning that badge onto their lapel.

I wonder if Matt Dillon is on the list? That would be some cool Being John Malkovich-style casting: Matt Dillon is Matt Dillon.

Gregory Poirier wrote the script and CBS is trying to lasso a director while also corralling actors into the pen. The roles of Dillon’s pals Doc Adams and saloon owner Miss Kitty Russell are also up for grabs, so there could even be a stampede of actors trying to attach themselves to this television spin-off, that the studio hopes will be as long-running as the original Gunsmoke – 20 years!

Ideally, I’d like to see good old Kevin Costner dust off that Winchester, strap on the Smith and Wesson and take the reins of the film, but I’m a realist and he’s probably seen as too old and not a big enough star to get bums on seats. In reality, the role will probably go to some young buck like Taylor Lautner, which is a real shame.

Screen Rant will keep you up to date on any Gunsmoke news from the wild west that is Hollywood.

Yee ha!


Sherlock Holmes 2 – Brad Planned as Dr. Moriarty

Saturday, Feb 6, 2010

After ‘Sherlock Holmes’ managed to uncover more than $65 million in its opening weekend, ‘Sherlock Holmes 2? is being planned with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law already committed.

But the big surprise will be the addition of Brad Pitt as Professor Moriarty.

“The director, Guy Ritchie, loves Brad,” an industry source tells me.

“He has worked with him before and thinks he is one of the most underrated actors working today. Guy knows that everyone thinks of as a Pitt as a pretty boy and can’t wait to turn him into the world’s greatest supervillain. It will definitely make the sequel a must-see.”

Pitt and Ritchie worked together on 2000’s ‘Snatch,’ in which Pitt played a mumbling, can’t-understand-a-word-he-says Irish gypsy fighter. He definitely wasn’t a ‘pretty boy’ in it, and hopefully that’s exactly what Ritchie can pull out of him again.

As for Brad, an insider tells me he’s “very interested in taking on the role and happy they aren’t considering his kick-ass partner Angelina for the part.”


Brad Pitt, Robert Pattinson Headline Haiti Telethon

Thursday, Jan 21, 2010

Pledge a few bucks and maybe talk to a vampire.

Robert Pattinson will be manning the phones at Friday’s telethon for Haiti, joining Brad Pitt, Bill Clinton, Clint Eastwood, Jon Stewart, Matt Damon, Meryl Streep, Morgan Freeman, Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Nicole Kidman and Tom Hanks.

Added to the previously announced musical acts are Madonna and Beyoncé. Haitian artist Emeline Michel is also on the lineup.

The two-hour Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief, begins at 8 p.m. ET and will be hosted by Wyclef Jean in New York, George Clooney in Los Angeles and CNN’s Anderson Cooper in Haiti.


Brad & Angelina Donate $1 Million to Doctors Without Borders

Sunday, Jan 17, 2010

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have made good on their promise to reach out to victims of the massive earthquake that struck the island of Haiti on Tuesday.

The couple donated $1 million to Doctors Without Borders for the organization’s emergency medical operations in Haiti, has confirmed.

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“It is incredibly horrible to see a catastrophe of this size hit a people who have been suffering from extreme poverty, violence and unrest for so many decades,” Jolie — who has served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations since 2001 — said in a statement.

Pitt — who, along with Jolie, has been a longtime supporter of Doctors Without Borders — added, “We understand the first response is critical to serve the immediate needs of countless people who are now displaced from their homes, are suffering trauma, and most require urgent care.”

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Earlier on Wednesday, Pitt, 46, and Jolie, 34, said they were “devastated by the news” and pledged their support.

In a statement, the couple said, “We will work closely with our good friend Wyclef Jean to support the humanitarian efforts on the island and help those who have been injured and left without homes and shelter.”

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On Tuesday, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake and several strong aftershocks ravaged the poverty-stricken nation, and thousands have been feared dead.

Donate now to support Doctors Without Borders’ work in Haiti at their official site, or find out how else you can help at the Red Cross (text “Haiti” to 90999 to donate $10 to the organization).


Brad & Angelina Pledge More to Haiti than Wal-Mart Does

Sunday, Jan 17, 2010

Wal-Mart may be able to beat competitors’ prices, but it can’t match others’ generosity. The world’s largest retail chain has pledged to donate $500,000 to the victims of the Haiti earthquake, as well as aid kits valued at $100,000. This combined six hundred grand falls short of what some in Hollywood are giving, or even what one Wall Street titan is promising.

Celebrity stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have pledged $1 million to Haiti, specifically to Doctors Without Borders so it can staff and equip a 100-bed tent hospital with two operating rooms.

Bank of America also is pledging $1 million, along with UPS, Lowe’s and Abbot Laboratories in the form of either direct or in-kind support.