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Happy Birthday, Brad Pitt!

Happy Birthday, Brad Pitt!

Brad Pitt turns 45 today and the LA Times just did a nice piece on him.

“I doubt time and gravity will be as kind as I was to myself,” Brad says with a smile. “It just made me think about the ticking clock. Am I in mid-life? Am I halfway there?. . . . Do I have 10 years, five years? And so what are those moments going to be that I do know I have, which is now?”

His latest movie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, is out in theaters on Christmas Day. I saw a screening of it earlier this week and it is fantastic. It may be Golden Globe nominated for Best Drama but there are so many built-in hilarious moments as well. The entire cast does such a superb job — Brad, Cate Blanchett, Elle Fanning. JJ approved!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WILLIAM BRADLEY PITT!

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http://blogs.nzherald.co.nz/blog/film-reviews/2008/12/20/curious-case-benjamin-button/?c_id=1501119&objectid=10548916

Looking forward to seeing Benjamin Button this Christmas

5 stars
Rating: * * * * *

Verdict: It takes some patience, but the end result is intensely satisfying.

This is a curious film indeed. Director David Fincher’s (Zodiac, Fight Club) adaptation of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, originally a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a beautiful but unusual and rambling tale.

The twist in this fantasy coming-of-age story is that Brad Pitt’s character Benjamin Button is born physically resembling an old man and lives his life backwards, growing younger instead of older.

A lyrical fairytale, Fincher allows himself almost three hours to let the story unfold in its own good time.

The reward, if you’re patient enough, is a melancholic, subtle and unexpectedly captivating dissertation on life, love and death.

Born in New Orleans, Benjamin’s mother dies giving birth to him on the night the Great War ends.

His father, distressed by his son’s grotesque appearance, abandons him the the stairs of a rest home – ironically, the perfect place for a baby born as an 80-year-old man.

Unofficially adopted by Queenie (Henson), an attendant in the rest home, Benjamin’s childhood is challenging and lonely, but he survives crippling arthritis and other elderly afflictions to take us on the extradinaory adventure that is his life, viewed from the point of view of a man who knows how and when it will end.

*****Brad Pitt reminds us he can do much more than look pretty, and puts in a restrained and moving performance.*****

He’s joined by a stellar cast, including Tilda Swinton as Benjamin’s first love Elizabeth Abbott, the extraordinarily graceful Cate Blanchett as his soulmate, a ballerina named Daisy, and Taraji P. Henson as the delightful Queenie, who injects much appreciated humour into what is a sombre affair.

Though all these performances are worthy of mention, it’s the makeup and special effects crew who have truly enabled Fincher to pull off this visually tricky story.

The makeup on Blanchett and Pitt will leave you wondering whether it’s truly them beneath their aged looks, and the CGI effects rendering Pitt as a 7-year-old boy in the body of a 70-year-old is remarkable.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is not perfect, but this mature and intelligent work from Fincher gets under your skin. The story reels you in slowly and while it takes time to relax into Fincher’s gentle pace and unnecessary segueways, there is something pleasurable about wallowing in this beautifully shot, cleverly designed, and leisurely paced film.

The outcome may be inevitable from the start, but the emotional punch it delivers captures you by surprise, confirming that this eclectic and overly long journey was worth the watch.

http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7013494348

This project is, in a way, a curious choice for director David Fincher, whose films tend to be extravagantly dark and downbeat (Zodiac, Seven, Fight Club, Panic Room, Alien 3). In contrast, this sprawling fable, brave enough to teeter on the edge of ridiculousness without ever falling in and to include several literary flourishes, is still ultimately about mortality and aging and death.

Fincher does a splendid job with visual perspective, altering it so that we eventually take Benjamin’s gimmicky reverse-aging process for granted. Mostly, though, the film makes us aware of time going by, in one direction or the other. And perhaps sometimes it seems to stand still, which can be good or bad. But just when you think it might start to drag, the remarkable Cate Blanchett shows up and the film levitates.

Pitt and Blanchett, who co-starred in Babel, have an easy chemistry. Their love affair is certainly crucial, but is not as prominent as you might think. While Blanchett shines, however, the feeling persists that a more aggressive, skilled actor might have done more with the central character than does Pitt, who is certainly at least adequate. As for Henson, in the film’s best turn, she gives yet another electrifying performance as Benjamin’s adoptive mother, an inner light seeming to make her every screen moment shine.

But it is the moments of magical realism and emotionally haunting imagery that gives Fincher’s film its kick. And it is Fitzgerald’s central conceit — of examining a life lived backward, thus affording us a fresh look at the way time works on us — that remains as the film’s arresting metaphoric backbone.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is more than just curious. It’s also bittersweet, tender, earnest, melancholic, and atmospheric. If it’s not on the button, it’s close.

That new threda sucks – it’s just a hodge podge of quotes and is a FAKE interview – Jared posts a bad translation of some craptastic German cosmo with an 8 yr old pic..and we’re supposed to fly over there. i want to stay here til Jared gives us a decent thread.

CLINIQUA @ 12/22/2008 at 11:06 am

Excuse me, I don’t think that’s Ingber in that photograph…though she does look like her, that’s the director – my bad …point is: she’s. not. that. attractive. But is not so dissimilar from Maniston. lolol
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Right Cliniqua! That is the director and writer of “Friends with Money” — Nicole Holofcener.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ent/movies/6177599.html
Congrats to Benjamin Button. Congrats to BP and AJ for being nominated.

The Houston Film Critics Society has named The Curious Case of Benjamin Button as the best motion picture of 2008 but split its awards list among 10 films in 14 categories.

The group of 18 critics that review movies for newspapers, broadcast outlets and Internet sites serving the Houston market, presented its second annual awards Saturday at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Brown Auditorium Theater.

Benjamin Button, adapted from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story, was nominated in eight of the 14 categories for 2008 but was limited to best picture and to best cinematography for Claudio Miranda.

Three other films won two awards from the society. Viola Davis was named best supporting actress for Doubt, based on the Tony Award-winning play by John Patrick Shanley about issues of child molestation and racial integration at a 1960s Catholic school. The film also won best ensemble cast.

Other best actor nominees were Brad Pitt (Benjamin Button), Richard Jenkins (The Visitor), Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon), Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler) and Leonardo DiCaprio (Revolutionary Road).

Also nominated for best actress were Cate Blanchett (Benjamin Button), Angelina Jolie (The Changeling), Melissa Leo (Frozen River), Meryl Streep (Doubt) and Kate Winslet (Revolutionary Road).

“We believe the awards distribution will be all over the place this year. There are many great films, but none have the true brilliance of past years,” said Nick Nicholson, president of the society

Nicholson said the group attempts to honor achievements in a broader range of categories than most local film societies and was formed to promote critical film discussion rather than general entertainment and personality news reports.

Membership is limited to applicants who review films for newspapers with a circulation of more than 7,500, who deliver regularly scheduled reviews on public or commercial TV or radio stations and Internet writers whose sites attract at least 5,000 unique viewers per month. Applicants are subject to approval by 75 percent of current members.
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I was watching the movie “Love Actually”, and one of the male characters says (to impress a female):

Him: Years ago, I was the stand-in for Brad Pitt in “Seven Years in Tibet”.

Her: Oh wow.

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He looks so good at 45
I think staying happy and not stressing yourself out too much keeps looking healthy fit and young

Just wanted to wish all fans Happy Holidays.
Merry Christmas to those who celebrate Christmas, and a Happy New Year to all.

OMG, I just watched X on The View and she’s not making sense again. I loved Joy Behar when she asked something like this, “You often said you’re an overthinker…overachiever…, what do you mean by that, overthinker?” X didn’t expect this difficult question from Joy. She stuttered and answered that “I just think.” Can you believe that!

Elizabeth also mentioned that X is nearing 40 in Feb and Whoopi was amused or laughing. X reaction was priceless, trying to keep her composure but it was very obvious she didn’t want that mentioned.

Barbara also kept on showing her GQ naked cover but X was kind of embarassed, she put it down on the sofa.

just saying @ 12/25/2008 at 7:54 am

I didn’t see anything wrong with her show on the View. She could hardly get a word in edgewise. Whoopi laughed and said something about still being “just a baby” (referring to being 39).

credit: T&L

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/celebrity/la-et-pitt26-2008dec26,0,4238161.story

“It’s a tragedy in the sense that any love involves loss, and that’s the risk you take,” BradPitt responds. “And the greater the love, the greater the loss. I certainly feel that now with the woman I’m with, and the children that I have. But whatever the course may be, this time together is extraordinary.”

“I had a whole other life and I got to experience a lot. And I probably got away with more than I should,” he says. “And it kind of ran its course, you know, it kind of hit a dead end.” Fatherhood, he notes, is “the direction I always thought I would go in. But not until, with Angie and it felt like a natural evolution, a natural direction.”

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Reading Brad’s “thoughts” about life, I really think that he regretted the years he WASTED the kind of life he had with his former wife. He felt UNPRODUCTIVE both personally and professionally. There was no meaning in his life then. He felt emptiness despite the material wealth, fame & glamour that Hollywood offers.

At least for him, he felt very RELIEVED to realize and to get back his “life” and start anew. BETTER LATE THAN NEVER (on putting that “wastefulness” to a halt)! Enough is enough!!! It was very good for him to really know what he wanted in life and WENT AFTER IT, AGAINST ALL ODDS & INTRIGUES.

What’s interesting about it, during the time of his INITIAL realization, it was the time he also met Angie who herself was in the process of doing something to fulfill her purpose in life, who already knew her desires, who already knew what is important to her, for Mad & her advocacy. The timing was just perfect for both Angie & Brad. As I’ve always believed, they were not looking for love but LOVE MADE IT HAPPEN. It was love which found them. Besides, I really think they are soulmates, they are made & meant for each other!

What he really feels, now that he’s with Angie and the kids, HIS HAPPINESS IS UNSURPASSED that he has ever experienced.

He really feels that the LOVE he has for Angie & kids and the LOVE he receives from them is INCOMPARABLE to any other relationships he got involved with.

And what’s nice about his family with Angie, is they always make sure from time to time they get together with Angie’s brother, Brad’s parents, grandmother, brothers/sister, nephews, nieces. They visit their places too. They see to it that their extended families are still part of their own family.

Now, Brad can look back on his life and can only breathe a sigh of relief but never go back to that “wastefulness” ever again!

He can put a smile on his face now and CHERISH THE IDEA OF FOREVER with his family. I am sure, he will make that happen!!!

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