Movie News in 60 Seconds: Brad Pitt Talks Retirement, Russell Brand as Sexy Hippie, ‘Immortals’ Rule

Movie News in 60 Seconds: Brad Pitt Talks Retirement, Russell Brand as Sexy Hippie, ‘Immortals’ Rule

Nov 14, 2011

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He’s Had Enough: Brad Pitt is ready to retire from acting. He told an Australian TV show that he’d like to quit acting in three years, when he turns 50. (The Guardian UK)

It’s No Joke: He’s played rock stars and playboys, and now Russell Brand will play “a sexy hippie" in The President Stole My Girlfriend. He’s set to star in the comedy, which will be the first project for his new production company. (The Hollywood Reporter)

U.S. Box Office: Ascending to Olympus (i.e. the top spot), Immortals earned an estimated $31.4 million. The other two debuting titles, Jack and Jill ($25.1 million) and J. Edgar ($11.4 million), finished third and fifth, respectively. Puss in Boots ($25.5 million) and Tower Heist ($13.1 million) rounded out the top 5. (Movie City News)

Academy Awards Begin Early: Honorary Oscars were handed out to Oprah Winfrey, James Earl Jones, and makeup artist Dick Smith at the third annnual Governors Awards. The star-studded event featured Alec Baldwin, Glenn Close, Ben Kingsley, Vanessa Redgrave, and John Travolta, among others, paying tribute to the honorees. (Deadline)

Indian Film Strike: A strike intended to stop production on new films in the state of Kerala has been called. The Kerala Film Producers Association says production costs are too high; the local Film Employees Federation claims that producers are ignoring the strike. (The Times of India)

Batman Stops Traffic: The top level of the Queensboro Bridge in New York City was closed over the weekend to accommodate the filming of The Dark Knight Rises. Traffic was snarled, though one woman’s biggest complaint was that Christian Bale did not make a public appearance. (The New York Times)

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