Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Oscars: It’s the Year of Brad Pitt with “Ad Astra” (Watch Trailer) and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”


Unless something goes wrong, this is the year of Brad Pitt. The new trailer for James Gray’s “Ad Astra” has dropped and it’s a winner. The space opera will be here in a few weeks, starting probably with the Venice Film Festival and maybe Toronto (fingers crossed). The film launches in late September. Look at this cast: Liv Tyler, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Donald Sutherland.

Before that we get “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” the hotly anticipated Quentin Tarantino movie, next Friday! Brad in a comedy, Brad in a drama. Top notch films. We could be talking about two Oscar nominations. And wouldn’t that be swell?

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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