BRAD PITT SAYS AD ASTRA IS PERSONAL: Brad Pitt, star and producer of James Gray's sci-fi drama Ad Astra, says that the film is highly personal, and an attempt to deal with the concept of masculinity. "In retrospect, what James and I were digging at was that definition of masculinity," Pitt said at a news conference, alongside Gray and co-star Liv Tyler. "We've both grown up in an era where we were asked to be strong…and there is a value in that, but also a barrier because you're hiding some of those things you feel ashamed of. We all hide and carry individual pain and wounds."
YOUTUBE DROPS PAYWALL: YouTube is beginning its shift to AVOD (ad-supported video on demand) with its first season of Cobra Kai, starring Ralph Macchio and William Zabka. YouTube also announced the October 8th premiere of Johnny Cash documentary film The Gift, which premieres at SXSW.
BLONDE ROUNDS OUT CAST: The Netflix film abut Marilyn Monroe, dubbed Blonde, has filled out its cast. As previously reported, Ana de Armas will play Monroe, with Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale and Julianne Nicholson joining. Jackie actor Caspar Phillipson, Toby Huss, Sara Paxton and David Warshofsky will also appear in the feature, along with Lily Fisher (General Hospital), Evan Williams (Versailles) and Xavier Samuel (Adore). The Assassination of Jesse James' Andrew Dominik wrote and will direct the movie, which was based on the novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates.
TELLURIDE 2019 INCLUDES RENEE ZELLWEBER, ADAM DRIVER: The 46th Telluride Film Festival in Colorado's San Juan Mountains has announced its slate, including the world premiere of Judy, starring Renee Zellweger, James Mangold's Ford v. Ferrari, tarring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, Edward Norton's Motherless Brooklyn starring Willam Dafoe and Bruce Willis, and Adam Driver in Marriage Story and The Report. The festival runs August 30-September 2nd.