Showing posts with label BRAD PITT. Show all posts
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Thursday, April 27, 2017


Brad Pitt

E! NEWS -- When Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie boarded a flight from Nice to Los Angeles last September, neither of them could have realized the trip would mark the beginning of one of the nastiest splits in Hollywood history.

We now know the fated journey, during which Brad got into a disagreement with his 15-year-old son Maddox, would lead to an explosive FBI investigation into what really happened on the plane.

Less than a year earlier the couple had posed together on the red carpet while promoting their latest movie together, By the Sea—ironically a film about the breakdown of a marriage. Despite the depressing subject matter, Brad and Angelina acted like two people deeply in love as they held hands and looked adoringly into one another's eyes while photographers joyfully snapped away.

Their romance had a rocky beginning, due to the perceived overlap with Brad's previous marriage to Jennifer Aniston. Yet it didn't take long for Brangelina to become the hottest couple in Hollywood. During their 11 years together, Angelina transformed from the "other woman" into a regal world-class humanitarian and director, while Brad managed to shed any doubt over whether he should have stayed with his first wife by becoming a doting father to six incredible children.

To describe them as "head over heels" during their happiest moments would be an understatement. As a source, who socialized with them on a number of occasions before their split, explained to me, "I've never spent time with two people more intoxicated with one another. The chemistry when they were in the same room together was palpable."

But then, seven months ago, it all fell apart. As they traveled from France to the U.S., they stopped in Minnesota to refuel, setting off a chain of events that sparked a public battle of epic proportions not seen since Brad's split from Jen.

It was clear from the moment the sensational news broke that Angelina had filed for divorce that this was not going to be like the goop-sanctioned breakups we have been privy to in the past. Instead of consciously uncoupling amid joint photo opportunities with estranged spouses and co-parents putting on their best movie star smiles, there were jaw-dropping allegations, most of which were aimed in Brad's direction. Had he been drinking excessively? Did he get too close to his Allied co-star Marion Cotillard? Was he too strict with the kids? The never-ending blame over who was really at fault for the disintegration of the most public of marriages played out on the front pages of newspapers around the world.

Marion Cotillard Sounds Off on Brad Pitt Affair Rumors: I Don't Give Energy to This

Little did we realize, as the headlines started to pile up, that the explosive nature of the breakup was merely mirroring the relationship dynamics that had been playing out behind closed doors in the months before that fated trip. "Things had been volatile in their relationship for a little while," says an insider. "They had crazy fights and wouldn't speak for a bit. They would take some time apart, go on location, calm down and miss each other.

"But, no matter how bad it got, Brad, especially, was never planning on walking away. Every so often, Angelina threatened divorce, but in Brad's eyes, their lives were stressful because they were raising six kids, things were always going to work out."

Obviously he was wrong.

By Thanksgiving, the war between the Jolie-Pitts was reaching fever pitch and Brad had barely seen the kids since Jolie filed for divorce seeking primary custody. Confusion still remained even after he was cleared by authorities in the plane incident. Then when he was temporarily granted only supervised visitation, it ominously seemed that Brad and Angelina would never see eye to eye.

But as 2017 rolled around, there was a ceasefire. Finally, the two managed to agree on something— and that was to seal any court documents relating to custody, thus putting an end to the publicly frosty he-said, she-said as Brad fought for more access to their kids.

In February, when Angelina was promoting her movie First They Killed My Father in Cambodia, she broke her silence on the split, telling the BBC, "We are and forever will be a family. And so that is how I'm coping. I'm coping with finding a way through to make sure this somehow makes us stronger and closer."

It was only weeks later that we discovered the exact meaning behind her words. Brad had secretly traveled to Cambodia as well, on a prearranged trip so he could spend time with the children. While Brad and Angelina opted to stay in different accommodations, it was still a clear improvement from the bitter rivalry that had split their family apart the previous fall.

So what changed? A source explains, "Brad was shocked at how quickly their family just blew up. Both him and Angelina had always led very private lives and did everything they could to stay out of the public eye for the children's sake. That was an important value and vision that they both shared. And then, for Brad, it felt like she took the kids away and started an all-out war, and that was hard for him to reconcile.

"They did not speak at all for months," the source continues. "He was furious with her in a way he has never been furious before. This was a defining moment in his life and he felt devastated and lost without his kids. He wanted to protect them but everything was discussed through lawyers."

According to our insider, from the very start Brad hoped the details of their split would remain confidential, but it took some time for both of them to agree on their differences. "They have made some progress and are taking small steps in the right direction. Both are in agreement on putting the kids first. So that part of the equation is better."

It's now been seven months since Angelina's surprise filing and, while things are far from the fairy tale we once imagined their life to be, the Jolie-Pitts are managing to regain some of the privacy they once enjoyed. The kids are now rebuilding their relationship with their father, and the actors who first met when they played an embattled couple in Mr. and Mrs. Smith are finally on speaking terms. Things are starting to go back to a new kind of normal for the clan.

"The kids have always adored Brad and have a very solid relationship with him," says a friend of the pair. "He is a fun dad and extremely loving and affectionate but definitely the disciplinarian and stricter of the two parents. They have occasional moments, like any parents and kids do, but at the end of the day there is nothing but love, role modeling and guidance at the core."

Therapists have also helped bring the family back together. "Angelina regrets the way she handled certain things and wants to be at peace with Brad," the friend says. And Brad "will continue to put the kids first and not say anything negative about their mother.

"He feels like his life fell apart in one day. His kids are everything to him and their happiness and success is what's most important. He would never ever put them through what they went through if he could have prevented it."

As far as those inevitable rumors that the pair might become the Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton of the modern era, our sources say a romantic reconciliation is very unlikely. "Brad is way too upset still. He blames Angie for how public everything became," one insider says. "He knows that eventually it is best to forgive her and be on good terms for the sake of the children but he feels let down in a way he never thought was possible. He saw a different side of her and he can't forget. The way everything went down has been beyond comprehension."

Although the source does warn us that, when it comes to these two, you can "never say never."

Angelina has also been doing her part to try to heal the inevitable pain a family feels when it is torn apart. While initially choosing to rent a Malibu home for her and the children to reside in post-blowup, she has now forked out $25 million so the kids can live just a few streets away from the home they shared with their dad in Los Feliz. "Going back and forth from Malibu was far and inconvenient," confirms an insider. "They will be moving in this summer and will continue to see Brad more regularly."

Ultimately, there are six young people who matter more to Brad and Angelina than any slight or hurt feelings.

"It all comes down to what's best for the kids," the source says, "and Brad hopes that somehow, some way, they will come out of this stronger and better off. He is going to devote his life to being the best dad he can be."


Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Brad Pitt

Ryan Gosling

Finn Wittrock

Finn Wittrock, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt were photographed at the Paramount Pictures New York premiere of The Big Short at The Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City last night.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Thursday, May 29, 2014



Brad Pitt And Marc Perrin

Hollywood’s most famous celebrity couple took their zeal for winemaking to a new level with the release of their acclaimed Miraval rosé last year. Longtime wine lover Brad Pitt and partner Angelina Jolie escape the hustle and bustle of Hollywood to pursue quiet time on the vineyard and explore new terroirs.

Wine Spectator’s recent interview with Brad Pitt is on newsstands June 3rd.

On the estate he and Angelina Jolie bought in 2012 for an estimated $60 million: “We became impassioned with this place, which could produce its own wine, its own food, and become a place where artists could congregate and share ideas.”

On being a farmer, and his love for the land: “I’m a farmer now. I love learning about the land and which field is most suitable for which grape, the drama of September and October: Are we picking today? Where are the sugar levels? How is the acidity? Is it going to rain? It’s been a schooling for me. In the off months, I enjoy cleaning the forest and walking the land.”

On his own compulsive nature: “For better or worse, given my compulsive nature, if we are going to be in the wine business, let’s make the best wine we can…I asked the question, ‘Why can’t we make world-class wine in Provence?’ Let’s approach it like a film, and let’s make something we can be proud of and people can enjoy.”

On partnering with wine superstar Marc Perrin: “I was looking for someone I could learn from and who would be interested in drawing on the strengths of Provence and the terroir of Miraval…When you look at the Rhône Valley and its great winemakers Château de Beaucastel and the Perrin family were not just at the top of our list, but make some of our favorite wines. Fortunately, [they] were interested in working with us as well.”

Monday, July 08, 2013



 By: G. H. Harding

Brad Pitt

Z GOOD --- We finally caught Brad Pitt’s World War Z last night and despite the heavy negative-buzz on the movie (which interestingly enough was far more widespread before its official release), we loved it. With shades of Terminator, District 9 and even, Blade Runner, echoing throughout, the movie works essentially due to the humanity of the star himself. Based on a book by Max Brooks (Mel’s son), and directed by Marc Forster, it starts out as much, much more than another zombie-movie. Some sort of pandemic has begun and is spreading exponentially throughout the world. 

Pitt, as ex-UN employee Gerry Lane is drafted in again and dispatched to find out the origins of the outbreak. The movie begins in Philadelphia, and visits such far-off locales as Israel and Egypt. The arc of the movie is huge and the filming top notch. Even the scenes where the infected seemingly scale a wall and appear in rapid succession is well done; however, you can see the struggle the filmmakers had in deciding whether to go full-blown zombie, or keep what they could of a serious, very real story. In several interviews regarding the movie, Pitt said that the aspect that first attracted him was indeed the wide spread palette of the movie and it’s very clear global message. The timing of a movie like this couldn't have been better planned.

Mireille Enos (The Killing; Gangster Squad) as Pitt’s wife delivers a great performance as well. Pitt has become much more than just another movie star; I doubt that without his vision and support whether this movie would have been made at all; it certainly would not have received the major caliber coverage it has. Early on, when Pitt and his family encounter another family in Newark, whose fate is sealed by a quick massacre by the infected; the young son from the family eventually joins up with Pitt’s. It’s done well and very effectively; but, I couldn’t help but think of the actor’s own family-business. 

A big favorite of ours David Morse, appears briefly as an ex-CIA agent, apparently imprisoned for trying to find the truth. The scene, all of five minutes, is terrific and telling. Israeli-actress Daniella Kertesz (as Segen) meets Pitt in Israel and is with him for the rest of the movie, delivers a terrific performance as well; first scared of him, but then coming to embrace his humanity. Several critics wrote that the last hour of the movie borders on the absurd (as it was shot much later than the first passage of the film), but, other than Pitt’s hair noticeably longer, I found it right in sync with the rest of the film. I must also mention composer Marco Beltrami, whose music throughout was outstanding. I expected far, far worse with this movie. Instead, I found it one of the prizes so far of a somewhat lackluster summer.

THE GREAT COMET --- Every summer here in NYC, there’s one show that purports itself as a hilarious take on one thing or another (and, they're all usually pretty well done); this summer’s winner bar none is a madcap take on Leo Tolstoy’s War And Peace, called Natasha, Pierre &The Great Comet of 1812. Set in a series of tents right under the NY Standard Hotel, you'd swear you were in some sort of turn of the century club in downtown Russia. 

It’s like a slightly absurd Technicolor dream of the book's main characters, Anatole, Sonya, Helen and Natasha. Written with true passion and verve by Dave Malloy, he’s concocted a madcap romp which reminded this writer of the antics from a 1963 movie called It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World (directed by Stanley Kramer). 

I must confess, the only thing I recall about first reading the book was its dire length, but, the action here is fast and furious; highlighted by Lucas Steele’s miraculous performance as the bad boy Anatole. Brittain Ashford as Sonya and Amber Gray as Helene, both seductively compelling. The performance are literally right in front of you and are all amazing. The costumes spot-on as well.

During the intermission, you have a brief meal and more drink, and somehow it all works. The accompanying program lists literally each-and-every move and song from the play; a wise move for the confused. We particularly enjoyed the performances of "Sunday Morning"/"Charming," "Letters" and "In My House."

I found it just a delightful romp and the perfect antidote to a hot weekend in NYC. The SRO-audience was packed with tourists as well as NYC-dwellers; and, everyone loved it on the exit. It’s on a limited-summer run, but catch it if you can.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Wednesday, February 08, 2012


Steven Spielberg

Aaron Sorkin

Martin Scorsese

Meryl Streep

Demian Bichir

Octavia Spencer

Glenn Close

Brad Pitt

Nick Nolte

Gore Verbinski

Kenneth Branagh

Viola Davis

Max Von Sydow

Brian Grazer

Rooney Mara

Jonah Hill

George Clooney

Michelle Williams

Melissa McCarthy

Bret McKenzie

Gary Oldman With Alexandra Edenborough

Michel Hazanvicious With B R Nice Bejo And Jean Dujardin

The 84th Academy Awards Nominations Luncheon was held the other day, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

Photos By: RD / Orchon / Retna Digital

Monday, January 23, 2012


Alicia Keys

Kat Kramer With Angelina Jolie And Karen Kramer

Brad Pitt

Ellie Kemper

Evan Rachel Wood

James Cromwell

Jessica Capshaw

Jessica Chastain

Michael Rapaport

Missi Pyle

Penelope Ann Miller

Rita Moreno

Shailene Woodley

Sofia Vergara

Stan Lee

Steven Spielberg

Viola Davis With Julius Tennon

Wendi McLendon-Covey

Zachary Quinto

Zachary Quinto along with Angelina Jolie, James Cromwell, Alicia Keys, Brad Pitt, Sofia Vergara, Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain, Michael Rapaport, Penelope Ann Miller, Stan Lee, Rita Moreno, Wendi McLendon-Covey and others, attended The 23rd Annual Producers Guild Awards held at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California last night.

Photos By: RD / Orchon / Retna Digital

Friday, September 23, 2011


Brad Pitt

Stephen Bishop

Casey Bond

Kerris Dorsey

Jonah Hill

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Marvin Horn

Art Ortiz

Chris Pratt And Scott Hatteberg

Chelsea Rendon

Aaron Sorkin

Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger

David Justice

Hideki Matsui With Brad Pitt

Danielle Vasinova

The stars came out for the "Moneyball" Premiere in Oakland, California. Danielle Vasinova along with Hideki Matsui, Chelsea Rendon, Kerris Dorsey, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jonah Hill, Aaron Sorkin, Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger, David Justice, Brad Pitt and many other celebrities were there.

Photos By: RD / Tamarind Free Jones / Retna Digital.