Riverbank News - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Tony Rizzo

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!

Photo credit: De­posit­pho­tos

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