Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are throwing themselves into their work. Brad’s busy producing “Beautiful Boy,” with Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet (due Oct. 12), and again with Carell in “Backseat,” with Christian Bale and Bill Pullman (arriving Dec. 14). Pitt is on-camera in “Ad Astra,” with Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and Ruth Negga (opening Jan. 19) and currently is being directed by Quentin Tarantino in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” with Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie and with appearances by Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Lawrence, Tom Cruise and Al Pacino. Brad then goes right into “The King,” written, produced, directed and co-starring Joel Edgerton and Timothee Chalamet.
Angelina directed, wrote and produced “First They Killed My Father” last September for Netflix, and executive produced the animated film “The Breadwinner.” She’s now set to reprise “Maleficent” (2014), which grossed $758 million. It starts shooting this spring.
Sandra Bullock hits screens June 8 in “Ocean’s 8,” aided and abetted by Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter. Sandra again will co-star with Paulson in the post-apocalyptic thriller “Bird Box,” set for a Dec. 21 premiere.
Nicole Kidman, returning for a second season of “Big Little Lies” (which she’s also producing with Reese Witherspoon), just co-starred in “Boy Erased,” with Joel Edgerton (who again wrote, produces, directs and stars in), also with Russell Crowe, out Sept. 28. Next she’s opposite Jason Momoa, who is “Aquaman,” surfacing Dec. 21, followed by the crime thriller “Destroyer,” with Sebastian Stan, and “The Gold Finch,” with Ansel Elgort, Luke Wilson and Sarah Paulson, winging into theaters in October 2019.
Susan Sarandon has completed three films: “Going Places,” John Turturro’s spinoff of his Jesus character from the 1998 cult classic “The Big Lebowski,” with Bobby Can- navale; “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan,” with Kit Harrington, Natalie Portman, Bella Thorne and Kathy Bates (out in September); and “The Vulture Club,” with Edie Falco and Matt Bomer.
Country singer Jimmy Dean’s biggest film credits were in Roger Moore’s 007 film “Diamonds Are Forever” (1971) and “Big Bad John,” with Ned Beatty, and his last appearance in “Murder She Wrote” (both in 1990). And of course, he was the face and voice of Jimmy Dean Sausage, which he founded in 1969. In 1984 Consolidated Foods (now Sara Lee) acquired his company with the proviso that he’d continue as spokesman. In 2004 they phased out Dean as spokesman, and he died broken-hearted in 2010. Now 14 years later, because sales are down, they’re not only using his voiceover in commercials, but also showing his face on camera. I’d be mad about exploiting him, but I’m just happy to see him making a comeback!