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Brad Pitt Joins Cast of '8' Play Reading

Brad Pitt Joins Cast of '8' Play Reading

Brad Pitt will lend his star power to a reading of the play 8, which will be streamed live on YouTube!

A pre-show begins at 10:30 pm ET and the show will start shortly thereafter.

Also taking part in the play: George Clooney, Martin Sheen, Matt Bomer, Matthew Morrison, Kevin Bacon, John C. Reilly, and Jane Lynch.

8, written by Dustin Lance Black, chronicles the landmark federal trial of California’s Prop. 8 using the actual court transcripts and first-hand interviews.

Click over to AFER.org to RSVP for this weekend’s show!

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Love you Brad!!!!!!!!!!! :-))))
Brangelina FTW!!!!!!!
Waving to all the fans around the globe!!!!! :-)))
Trolls to the left!!!!!!! =D

# 2

He should go take an acting class instead.

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A bit more info, reposting from the last thread.
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American Foundation for Equal Rights and Broadway Impact Announce: Brad Pitt Joins All-Star Cast of West Coast Premiere Reading of Proposition 8 Play
–Reading of “8″ to Be Streamed Live on YouTube on Saturday, March 3 –WATCH AT:

http://www.youtube.com/AmericanEqualRights

LOS ANGELES, March 1, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — The American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and Broadway Impact are pleased to announce the addition of Golden Globe-winner and Academy and Emmy Award-nominee Brad Pitt to the cast of the West Coast premiere reading of the play “8.” The reading is an unprecedented account of the Federal District Court trial in Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now Perry v. Brown), the case filed by AFER to overturn Proposition 8, which stripped gay and lesbian Californians of the fundamental freedom to marry.

AFER and Broadway Impact are also pleased to announce that the performance will be streamed live on YouTube, beginning at 7:45 p.m. PST. A pre-show will begin on YouTube at 7:30 p.m. PST. Rob Reiner, director of Saturday’s performance, recorded a video explaining the reading of the play and inviting people to watch the live stream. The live stream of the West Coast premiere reading of “8″ and Rob Reiner’s video can both be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/AmericanEqualRights .

“At long last each and every American will be able to see for themselves what happens when prejudice and fear are put on trial in a court of law,” said AFER Board President Chad Griffin. “For over two years, the anti-marriage proponents of Proposition 8 have fought tooth and nail to hide their discriminatory arguments from the American people. But on Saturday night, thanks to YouTube and our incredible cast, people across the nation, from Los Angeles to Little Rock to Baltimore, will get to watch as our Constitution’s promise of liberty and equality for all is protected.”

Written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter and AFER Founding Board Member Dustin Lance Black and directed by acclaimed actor and director and AFER Founding Board Member Rob Reiner, “8″ will have its West Coast premiere reading on Saturday, March 3, 2012, at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. Bryan Singer, acclaimed director of The Usual Suspects and X-Men, is Saturday night’s presenting sponsor. The benefit event will support the fight to secure full federal marriage equality.

Black, who penned the Academy Award-winning feature film Milk and the film J. Edgar, based “8″ on the actual words of the trial transcripts, first-hand observations of the courtroom drama and interviews with the plaintiffs and their families.

Brad Pitt will star as United States District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker, who found Proposition 8 unconstitutional after presiding over the historic twelve-day public trial.

Pitt joins an all-star cast led by Academy and Golden Globe Award-winner and Emmy Award-nominee George Clooney and Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winner Martin Sheen as Plaintiffs’ lead co-counsel David Boies and Theodore B. Olson, the renowned attorneys who notably faced-off in Bush v. Gore.

Academy, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winner Christine Lahti and Golden Globe Award-winner Jamie Lee Curtis will star as plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, a lesbian couple together for eleven years and the parents of four boys. Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony Award-nominee Matthew Morrison and acclaimed White Collar television star Matt Bomer will play plaintiffs Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, a gay couple together over ten years.

Golden Globe Award-winner and Emmy Award-nominee Kevin Bacon will play Charles J. Cooper, the lead attorney for the anti-marriage proponents of Proposition 8. Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winner Jane Lynch will star as prominent opponent of marriage equality Maggie Gallagher, co-founder and former chairman of the National Organization for Marriage. Academy, Golden Globe and Grammy Award-nominee John C. Reilly will play David Blankenhorn, founder and president of the Institute for American Values.

Additional roles will be played by Emmy Award-winning journalist Campbell Brown; Golden Globe Award-winner, SAG and Emmy Award-nominee Chris Colfer; Emmy Award-nominee Jesse Tyler Ferguson; prominent gay rights activist Cleve Jones; Tony Award-nominee Rory O’Malley; acclaimed Star Trek television and film star George Takei; Emmy Award-winner Yeardley Smith; and Vanessa Garcia, Jansen Panatierre, James Pickens, Jr. and Bridger Zadina.

The Los Angeles reading of “8″ comes just weeks after a landmark decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upholding the historic August 2010 ruling of the Federal District Court that found Proposition 8 unconstitutional. The Ninth Circuit concluded:

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“Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples. The Constitution simply does not allow for laws of this sort.”

The story for “8″ is framed by the trial’s historic closing arguments in June 2010, and features the best arguments and testimony from both sides. Scenes include flashbacks to some of the more jaw-dropping moments from trial, such as the admission by the Proposition 8 supporters’ star witness, David Blankenhorn, that “we would be more American on the day we permitted same-sex marriage than we were on the day before.”

“People need to witness what happened in the Proposition 8 trial, if for no other reason than to see inequality and discrimination unequivocally rejected in a court of law where truth and facts matter,” said Black. “I’ve built my career around exposing and uncovering ‘the real story.’ The goal of ’8′ is to show the world that marriage equality is a basic constitutional right and that those who would deny this basic freedom from loving, committed couples have only vitriol and baseless hyperbole to fall back on. The facts are on our side and truth always finds the light. We are doing all we can to help speed that process along.”

“Because this case involves the constitutional rights of millions of people, it is especially important for the public to see what happened during the trial,” said AFER Executive Director Adam Umhoefer. “Both sides had an equal opportunity and ample resources to assemble their strongest teams and put forth their absolute best arguments in an impartial setting. Viewed side-by-side there is simply no question that there was only one decision the court could have reached. The moment we knew the trial would not be publicly broadcast we immediately began planning to find a way to show the world what happened in this historic case. This play and our partnership with YouTube and Broadway Impact allow us to do exactly that.”

“8″ had its much-heralded Broadway world premiere reading on September 19, 2011, at the sold-out Eugene O’Neill Theatre in New York City. The benefit brought in over $1 million to support AFER’s efforts to achieve full federal marriage equality.

Throughout 2012, AFER and Broadway Impact are licensing”8″ for free to colleges and community theatres nationwide in order to spur dialogue, understanding and action. Most performances will be followed by a talkback where cast and audience members can discuss the issues presented in the Perry v. Schwarzenegger trial.

“I was lucky enough to watch the closing arguments of Perry v. Schwarzenegger in San Francisco,” said Broadway Impact co-founder Rory O’Malley (Tony Award-nominee for The Book of Mormon). “We knew then and there that audiences needed to see and hear this story live, as we had done. ’8′ builds on a successful tradition of documentary theatre–plays like The Laramie Project and The ****** Monologues, which inspire us with their combination of art and activism. We are thrilled to partner with AFER to bring this story to a national audience.”

VISIT THE OFFICIAL “8″ WEBSITE HERE: http://www.8theplay.com

WATCH SATURDAY’S PERFORMANCE LIVE HERE AT 7:45 P.M. PST: http://www.youtube.com/AmericanEqualRights
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You’re welcome Rose and WBPfan, have a fab day!

# 5

This entire cast is like a who’s who in show business!

# 6

It’s awesome, i am so looking forward to it, love Brad.

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But the real question is..... @ 03/01/2012 at 9:41 am

Will Angelina show up and make a fool of herself again? LOL

Good Works. Goof Life

Sorry Good Work. Good Life

ANISTON SENDS ANGIE FLOWERS @ 03/01/2012 at 9:51 am

ANISTON SENDS ANGIE FLOWERS @ 03/01/2012 at 9:43 am +1

Hi peeps you knew sooner or later, Huvane was going to attach Manistons name to the beautiful Angie especially after Wanderlust flopped big time. The latest headlines are “Aniston sends Angie flowers after watching ITLOBAH, telling Angie it was beautifully written and directed”. Not only that, it says that Maniston is so happy now that she is in a relationship that she is willing to let the past go. This is HUVANE TACTICS 101 – deflect the bombing of Wanderlust by attaching Maniston to Angie, that way people will start talking about the two instead of the bombed movie – nice job Huvane. NOT.

Media Wh@re MANiston @ 03/01/2012 at 9:54 am

Yay, new thread. The other one is gettting really slow.

Can’t wait for this and this month MIR. Love this man.

Media Wh@re MANiston @ 03/01/2012 at 9:55 am

@But the real question is…..:

Maybe. But we know for sure you will be in every JP threads making an @ss out of yourself.

Love you brad you’re such a great guy.

@Lara:#4 Fans also check out JJB.yuku.com, pages 210, 211, 212, and 213 beautiful photos of Brad and Angie. Thanks Lara.

Will be watching Brad on Sat. Also, good luck on March 10 MIR Gala.

Grandma Betty & Brad's Aun @ 03/01/2012 at 10:05 am

This is sad and i think Brad’s Aunty might have just burnt her bridges with the family. The tabloid “Sun” has a picture of Brad & Angie & Brad’s entire family back in 2008 when they visited. It appears grandma is complaining that Brad has never gone to see her again and she is asking to see him . The thing that bothers me is instead of the Aunty picking up the phone and calling Brad or the family, she sells the story to a tabloid, complete with a photograph. But one thing is for sure, Brad’s family loves Angie coz the entire clan is in that photo and the Aunty & grandma have good things to say about Angie,contrary to what Jen’s fans think.

But the real question is..... @ 03/01/2012 at 10:07 am

@Media Wh@re MANiston:

Nah, that will be you, LOL

Oh, and your name needs an update to Media Wh@re Legolie

maggie mae @ 03/01/2012 at 10:09 am

Aniston can stick her flowers up Huvies a**.

@But the real question is…..:

I hope so, it’s so funny to watch someone who’s so full of herself being mocked. The mockery must continue, LOL

@<a href="/2012/03/01/brad-pitt-joins-cast-of-8-play

Oh honey here is where you will definitely see Angelina. Mock, laugh all you want. Watch the whole show to see if you get any leg action. But open you ears to important subjects that all going on concerning women.

THE PRICE OF WAR
Thursday March 8 2012
6:30 PM EST

Moderator: Charlie Rose: CBS News, This Morning and PBS Charlie Rose

Madeleine K. Albright, Former U.S. Secretary of State and Chair,
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Angelina Jolie,Writer, Director, Academy Award winning-Actress and Goodwill Ambassador, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees•
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Passing Through @ 03/01/2012 at 10:26 am

Wait…I thought Brad was in India? NOT! To quote Nikki Finke, “TOLD JA!”

Passing Through @ 03/01/2012 at 10:26 am

# 1134 love her @ 03/01/2012 at 1:23 am
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If clooney is ok with people thinkng he is gay than why was he upset when Brad said Angelina and him would get married when George could?
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Cuz Porgie’s a big fat liar, that’s why. He cares that people think he’s gay. He’s just not going to admit it because it looks like an admittance to being gay or thinking that being gay is wrong or a sin. That would be insulting a whole demographic of Oscar voters that he may need in the future. God forbid he should lose the gay, old white man Academy members. That sounds comical but if you think about the entertainment industry that’s probably a significant number of voters.

no job aniston @ 03/01/2012 at 10:28 am

@ANISTON SENDS ANGIE FLOWERS: Brad will give you employment brad and angie are forgiving.The agent encouraged paid bloggers to make fun of angie.

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