Brad Pitt’s ‘Fury’ gets pushed up: what does this mean for the Oscar campaign?


We have one silly, stupid Brad Pitt story and one interesting, true Brad Pitt story today. Let’s do the silly one first! You know how Brad has been drifting away from the romantic leading man roles for years now? He’s taken lead roles, for sure, but over the past decade – the decade he’s spent with Angelina – Brad rarely takes on roles with any kind of love interest or sex scenes or anything. Why is that? It’s because The Leg demands it, obviously.

Angelina Jolie has forbidden partner Brad Pitt from doing steamy love scenes with any other actresses. According to the new issue of The National ENQUIRER, Jolie — who fell in love with Pitt on set while he was still married to Jennifer Aniston — fears history repeating itself.

So, her solution is simple, a source told The ENQUIRER: “Angelina has forbidden Brad to do love scenes on camera with any other woman except her. She’s told him that she just doesn’t think it’s appropriate anymore.”

The couple, who still haven’t married but are raising six kids together, couldn’t resist their chemistry when they were co-stars in the movie Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2004. Sadly for Pitt’s then-wife Aniston, his involvement with Jolie broke up their marriage. Now sources tell The ENQUIRER that Jolie, 39, is making sure she’s the only one bedding Brad on the screen—in their upcoming movie By The Sea, in which they play a married couple.

As The ENQUIRER article notes, the last sex scene Pitt, 50, performed was with Cate Blanchett in 2008’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

[From Radar]

The tabloids have claimed this so many times, it’s getting sort of ridiculous. And I always enjoy how they make Brad into some weak-willed, hen-pecked (Leg-pecked!!) douche who only does what Angelina tells him to do. Isn’t it possible that Brad just isn’t interested in playing romantic leads these days? That he’s aging out of those roles and he’s fine with it?

Speaking of aging out of certain roles, Fury will be coming out later this year. That’s the Pitt-Shia LaBeouf WWII film about the last throes of the European theater of war. Fury was supposed to come out in November, just in time for a major Oscar campaign. But now they’re going to release it in October. Huh.

Sony Pictures has moved up the release of its Brad Pitt World War II pic “Fury” from Nov. 14 to Oct. 17. The tank drama, co-starring, Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman, is directed by David Ayer and said to be an awards contender. The date change also puts “Fury” much closer to the Telluride or Toronto film festivals, which is where Pitt’s “12 Years a Slave” launched last year before going on to win big at the Oscars. So far, however, neither festival has confirmed the film.

Written by Ayer, “Fury” centers on a tank battalion led by Pitt’s character forced to make a last stand against the Nazis behind enemy lines. The WWII drama takes the place of the Seth Rogen comedy “The Interview,” which was slotted to bow on Oct. 17 but recently moved to Christmas Day. Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s “Birdman” also opens on that date in limited release.

[From Variety]

My take: this means that Brad really is going to make a major Oscar push for Fury. More and more studios are doing this – they’re finding that the later the film gets released, the less buzz there is. Releasing a potential Oscar-contender in October is the new sweet spot – you’re releasing it late enough in the year to be taken seriously, and you’re giving the film enough time to build momentum, gather critical acclaim and, you know, you give all of the Oscar voters a chance to see it properly (rather than via a screener at the last minute). Now all we need is for Unbroken’s release date to get pushed up and then Angelina and Brad can have dueling Oscar campaigns!! By the way, I’m near the end of our CB Book Club pick this month (Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken) and it is AMAZING. I cannot wait to see the film. Unbroken won’t be released until Christmas though. Which might be bad for Angelina’s Oscar campaign, but we’ll see.


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  1. Honeybea says:

    Who still cares about Oscars anyway??

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Pas mois.

    • ctkat1 says:

      I do! I LOVE Oscar season- it’s my version of fantasy football (granted, I’ve never played fantasy football). Or that college basketball bracket thing that people do- following Oscar campaigns, speculating on who might be nominated, and then who might win, and then watching the red carpet and the actual awards, and then (this is really the best part!) going online to dissect the fashion and speeches and winners and loser faces and the host- it’s all really fun to me.

  2. Abbott says:

    That’s an interesting move since October is stacked with potential award contenders (Gone Girl, The Judge, Nightcrawler, St. Vincent, etc). Fury might get lost in the mix.

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      Can we pull ‘The Judge’ out of that? I might be wrong (and will happily eat crow when the time comes), but that seriously looks like a lifetime movie. Seriously.

      My only fear for ‘Fury’ is that it’ll be one of those war stories were everyone is still alive at the end, (just based on that part where they say ‘five men against thirty?’) because that is just SO cliche. Other than that? It doesn’t seem like any other war movie I’ve ever seen, I can’t describe it properly, but it seems like it’s got a very fresh outlook on war. It’s not necessarily hell; it’s survival. That’s what I got from the trailer.

    • TC says:

      Fury’s got Brad Pitt and a solid, true-to-life WWII narrative. I think it’ll do just fine in October. It’s already getting great buzz from those who’ve seen it. Plus Logan Lerman is getting raves for his performance alongside Pitt, so I’m thrilled to see him getting recognition for a performance of this caliber. Hope this thrusts him into more adult roles moving forward. He gave such a heartbreaking performance in Perks of Being a Wallflower.

  3. Dani2 says:

    Happy about this only because I want my baby Logan Lerman to be in an Oscar-nominated flick 🙂

  4. Louise177 says:

    I’m not sure why every time Brad and Angelina make a movie people claim it’s for an Oscar campaign. Most adult movies get released in the fall/winter. Many for award season also because they would get lost in the spring/summer blockbuster season and winter is the dead season.

  5. Lilacflowers says:

    Unbroken has to stay where it is because my family is already scheduling Christmas dinner around it. Moving Fury earlier gives us more chance to work it into our viewing schedule.

    • Abbott says:

      Glad I’m not the only one. I have a whole award season calendar *dusts off nerd shoulder.*

      • Lilacflowers says:

        You aren’t. We’re debating now what we plan to see on Thanksgiving but our Christmas Day has been planned. Our matriarch has proclaimed that she is doing midnight mass, breakfast in one place, seeing Unbroken and Into the Woods, in whichever order the local cinema has scheduled with cocktails in between, and dinner at another place, family visits and gift-exchanging taking place in the evening. We are ordered to accompany her. No one, not even Hollywood studios are to mess with this plan.

      • Lucky Charm says:

        LOL @ Lilacflowers! She sounds like a force (not to be) reckoned with! That actually sounds like a fun, albeit busy, Christmas.

  6. V4Real says:

    Even I have grown tired of the rehatched stories about AJ stealing Brad away. I guess the leg of doom put a gun to his head and forced him to bail ship, poor innocent Brad.

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      Didn’t you know, V4Real? The Leg forced Brad to adopt three kids, and then it tied him to the bed and did nefarious and Leg-ish things to make him *make* three babies too. Now The Leg isn’t letting him put his lips on anyone else’s….

      But Brad didn’t run crying from the room, so this story’s a lie.

  7. lisa2 says:

    Most of the films in Brad filmography have NOT been romantic leads. He likes character roles. And this had nothing to do with Angelina. Brad is very driven and knows exactly how he wants his career to go. He is very focused and picky about the roles he takes. Again he is more so than Angie in regards to acting roles. This is not a man that is ruled by anyone despite what the media and none fans want to believe. Brad is nobodies henpecked man. They seem to compliment each other very well.

    I like the new release date. It also gives them a bit of breathing space if they want to be at the other’s premier events. By the Sea will still be filming or wrapping by the time the promotions begins. Brad has done a couple of photoshoots so I’m looking forward to those.. I think Angie may be on Vogue; based on info of a photo shoot she did with Mario Testino so again something to look forward to.

  8. Andrea1 says:

    Radar keeps recycling that story I already read one on that same site earlier this year! I guess they never get tired.
    Fury being pushed up might not necessarily have to do with the oscars (not everything is about the oscars!) IMO I think its because November is crowded with blockbusters hunger games and instellar. October is fair enough..

  9. kirasu says:

    Any “news” about brangelina that has an Aniston mention is highly suspect and was probably planted by her. Two mentions is a certainty. Argo & Twelve Years A Slave both came out in October, so maybe it is a power move by Sony…who knows.

  10. stellalovejoydiver says:

    Ugh, enough with the WWII dramas (unless they bring something original to the table)

  11. maybeiamcrazy says:

    Movies about war go two ways. They end up being either extremely cliché or simply gut wrenching. Since “Unbroken” is an excellent book and about a real life hero, it will probably end up in the first category but “Fury” does not look interesting at all. I might be biased since I don’t get Brad Pitt appeal ( he is an average actor IMO) and Shia Lebouf makes me want to kill someone. I adore Logan Lerman though so maybe I will check it out.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      So glad I’m not the only one driven to homicidal thoughts by Shia LeBouf and the person he makes me want to kill is him.

  12. Darry says:

    It better not muck up any chance for awards TIG might be in with, that’s all I can say…

  13. Kim1 says:

    Well Brad is going to be busy filming By The Sea in September and October in Malta.So that will cut into the time available for promoting Fury.Unless Brad doesn’t have a major role in BTS and won’t be in most of the scenes.

  14. pnichols says:

    That wouldn’t surprise me, she is a Gemini. 😉 very controlling.

    • V4Real says:

      Foul ball. I resent that remark; I’m a Gemini and the only thing I control is the setting on my air conditioner. 🙂

    • Paige says:

      I’m a Gemini too. Gemini women aren’t controlling, it just isn’t in our nature.

    • Lucky Charm says:

      Gemini’s aren’t controlling – we couldn’t decide which twin would be the one in control, lol!

  15. pwal says:

    Yeah… the tabs need to stop beating a non-existent dead horse.

    Despite being supremely attractive, Brad hasn’t been in that many romantic movies-Meet Joe Black, Legends of the Fall and Benjamin Button are about it.

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      That’s what I’m scratching my head about. I’ve seen Brad as the hot guy, but I’ve never seen him as the go to romantic leading man–a lot of his movies, even when they are romantic, have more going on than the average romcom.

  16. Chris says:

    Nothing to add but a thankyou for another look at BP in that suit and white shirt and specs. Phwoar, as we say in Blighty !