Holly to Bolly: Pitt requests privacy, Jared Leto to Play Andy Warhol in Biopic and more

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After his estranged wife Angelina Jolie filed for divorce, after two years of marriage and more than a decade together, Brad Pitt has made a request to the public on behalf of his six children. “I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids,” he told People ­magazine. “I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time.” Jolie and Pitt adopted Maddox Jolie-Pitt, 15, Pax Jolie-Pitt, 12, and Zahara Jolie-Pitt, 11, while Jolie gave birth to Shiloh ­Jolie-Pitt, 10, and twins Knox Jolie-Pitt and Vivienne ­Jolie-Pitt, 8, during the 12 years they were together. In an exclusive statement to E! News, Jolie’s manager Geyer Kosinski said Jolie will do what is in the best interest of taking care of her family. The actress filed for divorce this week citing “irreconcilable ­differences”. The National

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Jared Leto to Play Andy Warhol in Biopic

Jared Leto, Michael De Luca and Terence Winter are teaming up to tackle the life of Andy Warhol, the famed pop-art artist whose blend of art and commerce made him a ­household name. Leto will ­portray the artist for the ­biopic, titled Warhol, as well as produce it, along with De Luca, whose credits include such Oscar-winning and ­nominated true-life tales as The Social Network and ­Captain Phillips. Winter, the Boardwalk Empire creator who also wrote The Wolf of Wall Street, will write the screenplay, using the 1989 Victor Bockris book, Warhol: The Biography, as the basis. Leto and De Luca jointly acquired the rights to the book, having had a desire to work together on a project for some time, according to The Hollywood Reporter. – The National staff

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LA Confidential director Curtis Hanson dies

Filmmaker Curtis Hanson, who won a screenwriting Oscar for LA Confidential, which he also directed, and also made the psychological thriller The Hand That Rocks the Cradle and Eminem’s tale of Detroit hip-hop, 8 Mile, has died. He was 71. Paramedics declared Hanson dead at his Hollywood Hills home late on Tuesday, according to Los Angeles Police. He died of natural causes. Eminem was among many who worked with Hanson who paid tribute to the filmmaker after his death. A native of Reno, Nevada, who grew up in Los Angeles, Hanson dropped out of high school to work as a photographer, writer and editor for the magazine Cinema. He began screenwriting and directing in the early-1970s, but didn’t find much success until he directed 1992’s The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. Hanson’s breakthrough as an acclaimed filmmaker came five years later with LA ­Confidential. – AP

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Sajid Nadiadwala awarded French creative honour

Bollywood filmmaker ­Sajid Nadiadwala has been awarded France’s prestigious Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters). The honour is given to those who have distinguished themselves by their creativity in the field of art, culture or literature, or for their contribution to the influence of arts in France and throughout the world. French Ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler conferred the honour in recognition of Nadiadwala’s contribution to boosting an Indo-French ­partnership in cinema. ­­Nadiadwala’s latest movie Tamasha was partly shot in France’s picturesque Corsica island. The filmmaker praised France as a beautiful country that has not been completely tapped by the Bollywood elite. Other noted Indian recipients of this honour have included the late Sivaji Ganesan, Lata Mangeshkar, superstar Shah Rukh Khan and actress Aishwarya Rai ­Bachchan.– IANS

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Sonakshi, Sakshi Malik announce new campaign

Actress Sonakshi Sinha and Rio Olympics bronze medal-winning wrestler Sakshi Malik, have announced their involvement in the LikeAGirl campaign. The ­campaign, which is ­sponsored by Whisper, was launched to reinforce the need to redefine the phrase “Like A Girl”. Sinha says she believes it is important for girls to understand that gender does not and should not define a woman. She says every girl should be actively encouraged to do things she loves to do. – IANS

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Kevin Hart shares first photo from sets of Jumanji reboot

Kevin Hart has given his fans the first glimpse of the Jumanji reboot twith a still from the first day of shooting. “Day 1 of shooting Jumanji is officially in the can,” Hart wrote on Instagram. “We had an amazing first day. The chemistry & energy of our cast & crew was beyond amazing!!!! This movie is going to be dope as hell …. Can’t wait to get back to work tomorrow.” In the photo, Hart is standing beside co-stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Karen Gillian, and Jack Black. Jake Kasdan is directing, based off the screenplay by Zach Helm, Chris McKenna, Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg and Erik Sommers, reports The Wrap. The original movie with Robin Williams was released in 1995. Johnson has assured fans that the reboot will be different. “Now in two weeks I’ll reunite with ol’ friends Kevin Hart & Jack Black and we have the honour to introduce a whole new generation to the amazing world of #JUMANJI. *(for the record we are NOT making a reboot, but rather a continuation of the awesome JUMANJI story),” he said back in August. Jumanji is set to hit theatres on July 28, 2017. — The National staff

Published: September 21, 2016 04:00 AM

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