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Sony Pictures Confirms Quentin Tarantino Deal; Margot Robbie, Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio Circling(11/17/17) UPDATED with Sony confirmation: Sony Pictures chief Tom Rothman just validated Deadline’s morning scoop that the studio won worldwide rights on Quentin Tarantino’s new film, the first of his long career to not be directed for either Miramax or The Weinstein Company. This email was just dispersed internally on the Culver City lot.
I am pleased to report that late last night, Sony did indeed succeed in securing the worldwide rights in all media to Quentin Tarantino’s next epic film. I was looking forward to sharing the news with you all myself this morning, but unfortunately the story leaked.
Bottom line: Quentin chose Sony over many other competitors. And he did this because of all of YOU! He remembers well the outstanding job the company did on Django, and was particularly impressed last week by the presentation of our marketing and distribution capabilities, both domestically and internationally. I’m grateful to all who worked to make this happen and confident that we will do a great job for him on this film and others to come.
It’s a real credit to the studio and to each of you.
Chairman Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group
EARLIER EXCLUSIVE, 4:58 AM: Sony Pictures has won the derby to finance and distribute #9, the working title of Quentin Tarantino’s next film, sources said. The film is set in Los Angeles in the late ’60s and early ’70s, with Tarantino hoping hard that Margot Robbie will play the role of Sharon Tate. Just about every studio in town except Disney chased it, along with several financiers looking to fund the entire film, and mini-majors seeking domestic rights. The deal came after a long night of bargaining between Sony and Tarantino’s reps at WME.
The film is an ensemble, and Tarantino has had conversations with Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio for the two main lead male roles. It is unclear if all three will be in the movie, or two of them, when Tarantino begins production next year, but it certainly looks like Tarantino will have a star cast here. The picture is being produced by Harry Potter’s David Heyman, Tarantino, and Shannon McIntosh, with Georgia Kacandes will be exec producer and line producer.
This has been the biggest skirmish over a project this side of the derby for international and ancillary rights to the James Bond film that is still going on right now (domestic rights will go to the joint venture between MGM and Annapurna).
It is a big get for Sony’s Tom Rothman and his production chief Sanford Panitch, and I’m told Tarantino sparked to Rothman’s deep knowledge of film history. Few can hang with Tarantino in that regard, but Rothman held his own and the studio chased this one hard. Rothman has overhauled Sony’s position as an international distributor, and Sony Pictures will have world rights on Tarantino’s film. Also important was a marketing campaign presented by Josh Greenstein and his team. Since Tarantino spent his whole career making movies in one place, there is every reason to imagine that if he enjoys this experience, he might well make his final film at Sony. This film’s working title comes from this being the ninth film for the director, who has pledged that he will stop at 10. That means one final film after this one.
The bidding came down to all the majors but Disney. Fox backed away during the week, and aside from Sony, Warner Bros and Universal, others circling included Annapurna and Lionsgate for a domestic deal that would require the international sales effort that went into The Hateful Eight. Also knocking were several pure equity financiers.
After making every movie in his directing career for Miramax and The Weinstein Company, Tarantino made the hard decision to look for a new home for his upcoming film. Tarantino planned to make this film with TWC, but those plans imploded with the scandalous removal of Harvey Weinstein after the revelation of a litany of nightmarish stories about forced sexual encounters with dozens of actresses and women who worked for the company. So The House That Quentin Built — as Weinstein often called his company because of the out-sized success of Tarantino-directed pictures that included Pulp Fiction, Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained — is in the process of being sold off, and despite Tarantino’s loyalty to the 170 or so staff there that helped make his movies successful, he had little choice but to exit.
There has been a lot of press that the script focuses on Charles Manson and the murder spree he orchestrated, but I’m told that is akin to calling Inglourious Basterds a movie about Adolf Hitler, when the Nazi leader was only in a scene or two. Deadline broke months ago that Robbie had been asked to play Manson murder victim Tate.
The film will be set in Los Angeles and begin production in mid-2018 for a 2019 release, and it will be an R-rated film, like all Tarantino’s directing efforts. Those who’ve read it said the script has heart and a strong commercial appeal, and if there is a film of Tarantino’s it can be best compared to, it would be Pulp Fiction, which also was set in Los Angeles. The film will carry a budget in the range of Django Unchained.
This list of Hollywood’s most profitable stars is hard to believe(10/18/17) The most profitable actor in Hollywood isn’t Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr. or Dwayne Johnson — it’s Emilio Estevez. And there’s research to prove it.
Analysts from PartyCasino, a unit of the GVC gaming group, have studied box-office data from 1980 to 2017 and found that the “Young Guns” star delivered the best return of any top-billed male actor who has starred in at least 10 films. Specifically, for every $1 spent on the leading man’s films, Estevez generated $6.70 at the box office.
The male actors who generated the next best returns were just as surprising. Jean-Claude Van Damme raked in $4.20 for each dollar, while other great investments were Mel Gibson ($3.50), Tyler Perry ($3) and Dudley Moore ($3).
The results for the worst return also left researchers stunned.
Brad Pitt returned only 10 cents for every $1 spent, making him the least-profitable actor in Hollywood. The “Ocean’s Eleven” star was followed by Johnny Depp (20 cents), Robert De Niro (24 cents), Hugh Jackman (25 cents) and Anthony Hopkins (26 cents).
PartyCasino also crunched the numbers for actresses from the past decade and found that Rose Byrne scored the best return — $9.80 for every budgeted dollar — followed by Regina Hall ($3.50) and Octavia Spencer ($2.90).
A rep told The Post that the reason they didn’t have the extended data for actresses was because “women, unfortunately, are less likely to be the top-billed actor for a movie.”
PartyCasino compiled its list by analyzing the top 100 films in each year since 1980. Researchers took each movie’s gross from Box Office Mojo, which tracks receipts from theaters in the US and Canada, and subtracted each movie’s budget. The difference — dubbed “profit” by analysts — was then divided by each movie’s budget to determine its ROI, or return on investment.
When it came to movie genres, mysteries proved to be the most profitable — returning $39.89 for each budgeted dollar over the 37-year period.
Horror flicks had the second-highest ROI, with $34.13, followed by thrillers ($17.36) and documentaries ($7.38).
Action movies were the least profitable films — generating $1.89 for each budget dollar, followed by crime pictures ($2.01) and musicals ($2.05).
Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Others Say Weinstein Harassed Them(10/10/17) (nytimes.com) When Gwyneth Paltrow was 22 years old, she got a role that would take her from actress to star: The film producer Harvey Weinstein hired her for the lead in the Jane Austen adaptation “Emma.” Before shooting began, he summoned her to his suite at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for a work meeting that began uneventfully.
It ended with Mr. Weinstein placing his hands on her and suggesting they head to the bedroom for massages, she said.
“I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” she said in an interview, publicly disclosing that she was sexually harassed by the man who ignited her career and later helped her win an Academy Award.
She refused his advances, she said, and confided in Brad Pitt, her boyfriend at the time. Mr. Pitt confronted Mr. Weinstein, and soon after, the producer warned her not to tell anyone else about his come-on. “I thought he was going to fire me,” she said.
Rosanna Arquette, a star of “Pulp Fiction,” has a similar account of Mr. Weinstein’s behavior, as does Judith Godrèche, a leading French actress. So does Angelina Jolie, who said that during the release of “Playing by Heart” in the late 1990s, he made unwanted advances on her in a hotel room, which she rejected.
“I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did,” Ms. Jolie said in an email. “This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”
A New York Times investigation last week chronicled a hidden history of sexual harassment allegations against Mr. Weinstein and settlements he paid, often involving former employees, over three decades up to 2015. By Sunday evening, his entertainment company fired him.
On Tuesday, The New Yorker published a report that included multiple allegations of sexual assault, including forced oral and vaginal sex. The article also included accounts of sexual harassment going back to the 1990s, with women describing how intimidating Mr. Weinstein was.
Several days ago, additional actresses began sharing with The Times on-the-record stories of casting-couch abuses. Their accounts hint at the sweep of Mr. Weinstein’s alleged harassment, targeting women on the way to stardom, those who had barely acted and others in between. Fantasies that the public eagerly watched onscreen, the women recounted, sometimes masked the dark experiences of those performing in them.
The encounters they recalled followed a similar narrative: First, they said, Mr. Weinstein lured them to a private place to discuss films, scripts or even Oscar campaigns. Then, the women contend, he variously tried to initiate massages, touched them inappropriately, took off his clothes or offered them explicit work-for-sex deals.
In a statement on Tuesday, his spokeswoman, Sallie Hofmeister, said: “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. He will not be available for further comments, as he is taking the time to focus on his family, on getting counseling and rebuilding his life.”
Even in an industry in which sexual harassment has long persisted, Mr. Weinstein stands out, according to the actresses and current and former employees of the film companies he ran, Miramax and the Weinstein Company. He had an elaborate system reliant on the cooperation of others: Assistants often booked the meetings, arranged the hotel rooms and sometimes even delivered the talent, then disappeared, the actresses and employees recounted. They described how some of Mr. Weinstein’s executives and assistants then found them agents and jobs or hushed actresses who were upset.
His alleged behavior became something of a Hollywood open secret: When the comedian Seth MacFarlane announced Oscar nominees in 2013, he joked, “Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein.” The audience laughed. According to a 2015 memo by a former Weinstein Company executive that The Times previously disclosed, the misconduct continued.
More established actresses were fearful of speaking out because they had work; less established ones were scared because they did not. “This is Harvey Weinstein,” Katherine Kendall, who appeared in the film “Swingers” and television roles, remembers telling herself after an encounter in which she said Mr. Weinstein undressed and chased her around a living room. Telling others meant “I’ll never work again and no one is going to care or believe me,” she reasoned at the time, she said in a recent interview.
Ms. Paltrow, 45, is now an entrepreneur, no longer dependent on securing her next acting role. But she emphasized how much more vulnerable she felt at 22, when Mr. Weinstein had just signed her up for a star-making part. On a trip to Los Angeles, she received a schedule from her agents for the hotel meeting with Mr. Weinstein.
There was no reason to suspect anything untoward, because “it’s on the fax, it’s from C.A.A.,” she said, referring to Creative Artists Agency, which represented her.
When Mr. Weinstein tried to massage her and invited her into the bedroom, she immediately left, she said, and remembers feeling stunned as she drove away. “I thought you were my Uncle Harvey,” she recalled thinking, explaining that she had seen him as a mentor.
After she told Mr. Pitt about the episode, he approached Mr. Weinstein at a theater premiere and told him never to touch Ms. Paltrow again. Mr. Pitt confirmed the account to The Times through a representative.
Soon after, Mr. Weinstein called Ms. Paltrow and berated her for discussing the episode, she said. (She said she also told a few friends, family members and her agent.) “He screamed at me for a long time,” she said, once again fearing she could lose the role in “Emma.” “It was brutal.” But she stood her ground, she said, and insisted that he put the relationship back on professional footing.
Even as Ms. Paltrow became known as the “first lady of Miramax” and won an Oscar for “Shakespeare in Love” in 1999, very few people knew about Mr. Weinstein’s advances. “I was expected to keep the secret,” she said.
Like several of the other women interviewed for this article, she felt she had to suppress the experience. She praised Mr. Weinstein publicly, posed for pictures with him and played the glowing star to his powerful producer. Yet their work relationship grew rockier over the years, she said, and she distanced herself. “He was alternately generous and supportive and championing, and punitive and bullying,” she said.
Now, with the process of tallying the size and scope of Mr. Weinstein’s abuse allegations underway, Ms. Paltrow and others said they wanted to support women who had already come forward and help those in similar situations feel less alone.
“We’re at a point in time when women need to send a clear message that this is over,” Ms. Paltrow said. “This way of treating women ends now.”
In 1984, when Tomi-Ann Roberts was a 20-year-old college junior, she waited tables in New York one summer and hoped to start an acting career. Mr. Weinstein, one of her customers, urged her to audition for a movie that he and his brother were planning to direct. He sent scripts, then asked her to meet him where he was staying so they could discuss the film, she said in an email and a telephone interview.
When she arrived, he was nude in the bathtub, she recalled. He told her that she would give a much better audition if she were comfortable “getting naked in front of him,” too, because the character she might play would have a topless scene.
If she could not bare her breasts in private, she would not be able to do it on film, Ms. Roberts recalled Mr. Weinstein saying. (Asta Roberts, her mother, said in an interview that Ms. Roberts told her the story shortly after the episode.)
Ms. Roberts remembers apologizing on the way out, telling Mr. Weinstein that she was too prudish to go along. Later, she felt that he had manipulated her by feigning professional interest in her, and she doubted that she had ever been under serious consideration. “I was nobody! How had I ever thought otherwise?” she asked.
Today she is a psychology professor at Colorado College, researching sexual objectification, an interest she traces back in part to that long-ago encounter. She said that over the years she had had trouble watching Mr. Weinstein’s films. With a new release, “I would always ask, is it a Miramax movie? ”
In the early 1990s, Mr. Weinstein asked Rosanna Arquette to stop by the Beverly Hills Hotel to pick up a script for a role.
Born into a family of actors, Ms. Arquette had already starred in a hit film, “Desperately Seeking Susan,” and “New York Stories,” and would go on to perform in films including “Crash” and television shows ranging from “Ray Donovan” to “Girls.” (Her account also appeared in The New Yorker.)
At the reception desk, she was told to head upstairs, which she found odd.
Mr. Weinstein was in a white bathrobe, complaining of neck pain and asking for a massage, according to Ms. Arquette and Maria Smith, a friend she told soon afterward. Ms. Arquette said she tried to recommend a professional masseuse, but Mr. Weinstein grabbed her hand and pulled it toward his crotch. She immediately drew away, she said.
He boasted about the famous actresses he had supposedly slept with — a common element of his come-on, according to several other women who had encounters with Mr. Weinstein. “Rosanna, you’re making a big mistake,” he responded, she said.
She refused. “I’m not that girl,” she recalled telling him on the way out. “I will never be that girl.”
The part went to someone else, and Mr. Weinstein’s representative pointed out that he did not produce the movie. Later, Ms. Arquette was in the Miramax film “Pulp Fiction” but said she avoided Mr. Weinstein.
“Welcome to the Miramax family,” Mr. Weinstein told Katherine Kendall in 1993, she said. She was 23, and about that time he was selling his small movie company to Disney, which supplied the cash that would turn it into a cultural force.
After a meeting set up by her agent, he gave her scripts, including for the film “Beautiful Girls,” and invited her to a screening, which turned out to be a solo trip with Mr. Weinstein to a cinema near Lincoln Center in Manhattan. Afterward, he asked if they could swing by his apartment to pick something up.
Ms. Kendall said she was nervous, but it was daytime, and she relaxed when she saw pictures of his wife on the wall. “He’s keeping it professional, he makes me a drink, we talk about movies and art and books for about an hour,” she recalled. “I thought: He’s taking me seriously.”
He went to the bathroom, came back in a robe and asked her to give him a massage, she said. “Everybody does it,” he said, according to Ms. Kendall, and mentioned a famous model’s name. She refused; he left the room, and returned nude, she said.
“He literally chased me,” she said. “He wouldn’t let me pass him to get to the door.”
Ms. Kendall said his advances had a bargaining quality: He asked if she would at least show her breasts, if nothing else.
She said no to all of it, she recounted. “I just thought to myself: I can’t believe you’re doing this to me. I’m so offended — we just had a meeting,” she said. (Her mother, Kay Kendall, said in a brief interview that her daughter told her the story at the time.)
Ms. Kendall appeared in the film “Swingers,” distributed (but not produced) by Miramax, and has worked on and off as an actor since then. But she said the episode had dampened her enthusiasm for the business.
“If this is what it takes, I can’t do it,” she said.
When Mr. Weinstein invited Judith Godrèche to breakfast at the Cannes Film Festival in 1996, she had no idea who he was. At 24, she was already a star in France, and a new film she was in, “Ridicule,” was opening the festival. He had just acquired the movie and said he wanted to discuss it.
They had breakfast at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, joined by a female Miramax executive. After the executive left, Mr. Weinstein invited Ms. Godrèche up to his suite to see the view, and to discuss the film’s marketing and even an Oscar campaign, she said in an interview.
“I was so naïve and unprepared,” she said.
Upstairs, he asked to give her a massage, Ms. Godrèche said. She said no. He argued that casual massages were an American custom — he gave them to his secretary all the time, Ms. Godrèche recalled him saying.
“The next thing I know, he’s pressing against me and pulling off my sweater,” she said. She pulled away and left the suite. (Alain Godrèche, her father, said in an interview that his daughter told him about the episode the next morning.)
Seeking advice, she later called the female Miramax executive, who told her not to say anything, lest she hurt the film’s release. “They put my face on the poster,” she said.
“This is Miramax,” she said. “You can’t say anything.”
Since then, Ms. Godrèche has starred in films in France and the United States. Like Ms. Paltrow, she felt she had to maintain a rapport with Mr. Weinstein, and sent him friendly emails inquiring about party invitations and potential work. “I tried to negotiate the situation over the years, and negotiate with myself and pretend it kind of never happened, ” she said.
“I wish I’d had someone to talk to, to say, ‘How do you deal with this?’”
In 2003, Dawn Dunning was doing small acting gigs, attending design school and waitressing in a nightclub where she met Mr. Weinstein.
The 24-year old was wary, but Mr. Weinstein was friendly, professional and supportive, she said, offering her a screen test at Miramax, inviting her to lunch and dinner to talk about films and even giving her and her boyfriend tickets to see “The Producers” on Broadway.
Then his assistant invited her to a meal with Mr. Weinstein at a Manhattan hotel. Ms. Dunning headed to the restaurant, where she was told that Mr. Weinstein’s earlier meeting was running late, so she should head up to his suite.
There was no meeting. Mr. Weinstein was in a bathrobe, behind a coffee table covered with papers.
He told her they were contracts for his next three films, according to Ms. Dunning. But she could only sign them on a condition: She would have to have three-way sex with him.
Ms. Dunning said that she laughed, assuming he was joking, and that Mr. Weinstein grew angry.
“You’ll never make it in this business,” she said he told her. “This is how the business works.”
Ms. Dunning fled, she said, and when the assistant called her the next day, she hung up. She told her father, Rick Dunning, of the episode within a few months, he said in an interview.
“I was like: Maybe this is how the business works,” she said. She left acting soon after and became a costume designer.
Brad Pitt-Tommy Lee Jones Sci-Fi Epic ‘Ad Astra’ Gets Early 2019 Release Date20th Century Fox/New Regency/Bona Film Group’s science fiction epic Ad Astra will open in wide release on January 11, 2019. The pic has that date to itself for now.
Brad Pitt stars as slightly autistic Roy McBride, an Army Corps engineer who searches across the galaxy for his father, Clifford McBride (Tommy Lee Jones), who disappeared on a mission to Neptune seeking clues on extra-terrestrial intelligence. The journey to find Dad seeks an understanding on why his mission failed. Ad Astra means “to the stars” in Latin.
The cast includes Ruth Negga, Donald Sutherland, Jamie Kennedy and John Finn. Principal photography started last month in Santa Clarita, CA, with James Gray directing a script he co-wrote with Ethan Gross. Gray has said that the film has a Heart of Darkness vibe in deep space.
Pitt became involved when his World War Z sequel was pulled off the Paramount release schedule. Jones most recently completed the Rob Reiner-directed Shock and Awe and the Ron Shelton-directed Villa Capri.
RT Features financed development, and Plan B is producing with Gray, RT Features’ Rodrigo Teixeira, Keep Your Head Productions’ Anthony Katagas, and Mad River’s Marc Butan. RT Features’ Lourenco Sant’Anna and Sophie Mas are exec producing.
Brad Pitt’s naked body inspired Shania Twain’s ‘That Don’t Impress Me Much’Shania Twain doesn’t think Brad Pitt‘s anything to write home about. Not even back in his peak heartthrob days.
Speaking to Billboard magazine recently, the country star revealed the reason she name-dropped the actor on her 1997 single “That Don’t Impress Me Much” was because she didn’t see what the big deal was after seeing naked photos of him in Playgirl magazine.
“You want to know the truth about this story? I’ve never told this before. I’m going to say it now,” said Twain, 51. “I remember I had a girlfriend visiting me and it was near Christmas and we were baking cookies. I was writing this album and there was a scandal of [Pitt] and Gwyneth [Paltrow] where there was naked photos of him [in the magazine]. And this was like all the rage. I just thought ‘I don’t know what all the fuss is about.’ I’m like, well that don’t impress me much, I mean what is all the fuss.”
The photos in question appeared in the August 1997 issue of the now-defunct Playgirl magazine (which goes for $30 on Amazon 20 years later). Pitt, who was 33 when the photos were published, successfully sued the publication at the time, stopping shipment of more copies of the issue and eventually forcing its recall.
Twain’s explanation did leave open the possibility that it wasn’t Pitt’s naked body specifically that let her down – so much as anyone’s.
“We see people naked every day. That’s really what I thought. I wasn’t picking on Brad Pitt. But that was just the association in that moment and things we make fusses about and whatever,” she added. “Of course, it could have been any gorgeous guy.”
Brangelina sued for allegedly not paying interior designerA French interior designer is suing Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie for allegedly skipping out on paying for their sprawling Chateau Miraval, according to a new report.
Artist Odile Soudant claims the former Hollywood power couple stopped paying her for no reason after she was hired to light four buildings on their estate in Correns, France, including the 40-room chateau.
“He [Pitt] wanted to make it an exceptional place and believed that light should be at the heart of this,” Soudant told the French newspaper Libération, the Guardian reported.
Soudant never signed a contract with Pitt, whom she met in 2010, or Jolie, but claims she was given “carte blanche” to put her signature touch on the villa.
She employed 17 people on what she called the “BP project,” including architects, designers, lighting and acoustic specialists and an optical engineer to determine the angle of sun rays on the chateau.
But two years and $29 million later, the payments stopped and Soudant was left unable to pay her contractors and workers.
She told the French appeals court that she had no idea why she stopped being paid by the celebs, even after Pitt urged her in emails to complete the work.
“Odile, I need you. Come here please. I need you to finish,” he wrote.
Pitt sent another email 10 days later, saying, “I don’t know how things happen in France but in the United States, friends don’t attack friends. I’ve been nothing but a fan of your work. Do not attack. Let’s finish the project and be proud of it. The work is too good to end on a bad note. Life is too short, my friend.”
Another one of his emails warned, “Don’t waste time with legal action. Follow your artistic journey and don’t worry about the rest.”
In April, the court ordered one of Pitt and Jolie’s companies, Chateau Miraval, to pay Soudant more than $662,000, including about $70,000 for damaging her reputation.
Despite the payout, Soudant said she’s still fighting to be legally recognized as the creator of the lighting project at Chateau Miraval. She said the credit went to one of her employees instead.
“I am an artist and this is my work. When someone tries to steal my work it is something else,” Soudant told the Guardian. “This is all very painful for me.”
Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Are Deep into Divorce Discussions, No ReconciliationBrad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are deep in divorce talks, and there is NO talk of reconciliation, contrary to some media reports.
Several stories have surfaced recently suggesting the divorce is on hold and they are thinking of rebooting the relationship. Sources connected to the couple say nothing could be further from the truth.
We're told both sides are hashing out both child custody and property settlements, and the divorce is full steam ahead.
One reason they will never get back together ... Angelina made extremely damaging allegations against Brad, claiming he was abusive to their kids. The investigations triggered by the allegations ultimately exonerated Pitt.
Brad hasn't hidden his feeling about the children -- they're at the top of his priority list, so it seems they're at the point of no return in terms of reconciling.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's Divorce Is Not Moving Forward: ''A Lot Has Changed'Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have pressed pause on their divorce proceedings.
Nearly a year after the A-list actress and humanitarian filed for divorce from her husband of two years and partner of 12, a source tells E! News things have come to a stand still. "It's true that the divorce is not moving forward right now. They are taking a breather and seeing what happens," the insider explains.
Both Angelina and Brad have discussed the fallout of their bombshell split in separate interviews, including the negative impact on their six children (ages 16-9) as well as their personal lives. The Maleficent star recently moved her family into a $25 million Los Angeles home, an adjustment she described to Vanity Fair as a "big jump forward for us," while Brad is now sober.
"I was a professional. I was good," the actor told GQ Style in reference to his drinking habits. "[But I didn't] want to live that way anymore."
It's these shifts, we're told, that has led the exes to reconsider. Our source says, "They don't take divorce lightly and want to make sure they are doing the right thing."
"A lot has changed since Angelina filed," the source notes, adding that Pitt's sobriety has "really changed" their relationship. A separate insider adds, "Brad has been working on self-improvement."
So is an official reconciliation just over the horizon? Not necessarily, as the insider says Brad and Angelina's future is "up in the air" for the time being. "Things can change quickly," the source adds, "but they aren't pursuing the divorce at this time."
In Angelina's original divorce filing from last September, the U.N. Goodwill Ambassador cited "irreconcilable differences" and requested sole physical custody of their kids, allowing Pitt visitation rights. In Pitt's response to the filing, he asked a judge to grant joint physical custody of Maddox Jolie-Pitt, 16, Pax Jolie-Pitt, 13, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, 12, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, 11, and twins Knox Jolie-Pitt and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, 9.
In December, a temporary custody agreement was reached that granted Angelina custody of the kids and Brad "therapeutic visitation" rights. He also agreed to partake in weekly individual therapy sessions and participate in random drug and alcohol testing.
Well into the new year, the Mr. & Mrs. Smith co-stars had taken a positive step toward a more amicable relationship. "Things have settled between Brad and Angelina," a source told E! News in March. "It's not as tense as it had been... They recently started talking again and it's a significant step. Up until now, everything was through lawyers and assistants."
It was also revealed that the War Machine actor intermittently joined Angelina and the kids while filming First They Killed My Father in Cambodia, and spent Father's Day in L.A. with them.
"The whole family needs to heal," a source previously shared with us. "Thankfully both parents are committed to making sure that happens."
Brad Pitt Inspires Frank Ocean Performance at FYF Fest (Video) Brad Pitt is so big of a Frank Ocean fan ... he co-starred Saturday night in the singer's set at FYF Fest.
This video's pretty cool ... as Frank launched into his version of "Never Can Say Goodbye" by the Jackson 5, Brad appeared in the giant video screens. It looked like a pre-recorded clip of him listening to the performance on a phone ... although, he might have been listening live.
At the end of the song, Frank says, "This is for our good friend."
Brad's recently called out Frank's music ... saying it's helped him cope through the break-up with Angelina Jolie.
Brad Pitt Is Not Dating Sienna Miller or Elle Macpherson: SourceBrad Pitt is single again — and inevitably, rumors about potential romances are flying. But a source close to the actor is shooting down rumors about two supposed new flames.
Despite a report that the World War Z actor was cozying up to former supermodel Elle Macpherson on a date in Hollywood, a source close to Pitt tells PEOPLE, “He is not seeing Elle and wasn’t in the country when this ‘date’ took place.”
Macpherson, 53, recently broke up with billionaire real estate developer Jeffrey Soffer after nearly four years of marriage.
Likewise, the source put the kibosh on rumors that Pitt, 53, is dating Sienna Miller, who starred in the Pitt-produced thriller Lost City of Z. Miller, 35, shot down similar reports back in April, after she and Pitt were spotted at a cast dinner together in Los Angeles after the film’s premiere.
At the U.K.’s Glastonbury music festival this weekend, Miller and Pitt were among a group of stars, including Bradley Cooper, who took in performances from the VIP party.
“They were part of a group and have Bradley Cooper as a mutual friend,” the source explains.
Pitt and Angelina Jolie split last September after 12 years together. In April, an insider told PEOPLE that Pitt “has been dating a bit,” but “it’s not anything serious. He doesn’t have a girlfriend. It’s more of a way to get out and be social.”
Brad Pitt and Sienna Miller romance rumors heat upAfter denying that they’re romantically involved, Sienna Miller has once again been getting cozy with Brad Pitt, according to reports.
Page Six reported in April that Miller and the soon-to-be-divorced Pitt were spotted doing some “serious flirting” at a Hollywood dinner.
But Miller told us soon after that news of their mutual attraction was “silly.”
Now The Sun reports that Miller and Pitt — whose production company, Plan B, produced her latest movie, “The Lost City Of Z” — were “seen holding hands and stroking each other during a late night party” at the Glastonbury music festival in the UK over the weekend.
The paper reports that “the A-listers met up at 3 a.m. on Saturday morning in the festival’s exclusive Rabbit Hole area before retiring to their VIP Winnebago.”
When we asked Miller about the romance in April, she told us, “I’m not going to even dignify it with a response. It’s predictable and silly.”
Tommy Lee Jones To Star With Brad Pitt In Deep-Space EpicTommy Lee Jones is in final talks to star with Brad Pitt in Ad Astra, the working title of the futuristic sci-fi epic that James Gray co-wrote and will direct for New Regency. Production begins in September. Details are being kept close to the vest, but here’s what I’ve heard: In Ad Astra (which means “to the stars” in Latin), Pitt would play the slightly autistic space engineer Roy McBride. Twenty years after his father left on a one-way mission to Neptune in order to find signs of extra-terrestrial intelligence, McBride travels through the solar system to find him and understand why his mission failed.
I’ve heard Jones will play the father, and that the film has a bit of Heart Of Darkness vibe, set in deep space. Pitt firmed in the starring role last February as the World War Z sequel with his Fight Club director David Fincher took longer than expected and Paramount pulled it off the release calendar. Pitt produced and was originally expected to star in Gray’s lauded The Lost City Of Z, which premiered at the New York Film Festival and was released by Amazon Studios. Pitt was also once attached to Gray’s The Gray Man. Third time’s the charm, and Pitt now has one of the great actors working alongside him in Jones, who most recently completed the Rob Reiner-directed Shock And Awe and the Ron Shelton-directed Villa Capri.
Gray wrote the script with Ethan Gross, and RT Features financed development. Plan B is producing with Gray, RT Features’ Rodrigo Teixeira, Keep Your Head Productions’ Anthony Katagas and Mad River’s Marc Butan. RT Features’ Lourenco Sant’Anna and Sophie Mas are exec producing.
Jones is repped by CAA, and attorneys Bill Jacobson and Stephen Golden.
Brad Pitt Heats Up ‘Jim Jefferies Show’ With Dire Weather Forecast(Video) Comedy Central’s Jim Jefferies sure knows how to create a moment: The premiere episode of his new The Jim Jefferies Show included a few-second appearance by an unbilled Brad Pitt as a doom-forecasting weatherman.
Jefferies – who shouted down and flipped off a Donald Trump-defending Piers Morgan last February on Real Time with Bill Maher Maher – set up the Pitt bit with a reference to Trump’s Paris Accord exit, then tossed to “our own Jim Jefferies Show weatherman.”
Cut to Pitt in a bad, mostly brown suit in front of a very red weather map. “Things are going to be getting warmer in this area here,” Pitt said, motioning to half the world, “and this area here,” pointing to the other half.
“There is no future,” was Pitt’s kicker.
The Jim Jefferies Show, with the outspoken Australian comic holding forth on all manner of topics, airs Tuesdays at 10:30/9:30c pm on Comedy Central.
Take a look at the clip above. Don’t blink.
Brad Pitt Treats Chris Cornell's Kids To A Bit of Magic At Universal StudiosBrad Pitt put a little magic into Chris Cornell's kids' lives, thanks to butterbeer and wizard wands from Universal Studios' Harry Potter World.
Pitt hit up the L.A. theme park Wednesday with Cornell's 2 tweens ... 12-year-old daughter Toni, and 11-year-old Christopher. Cornell also has a 16-year-old daughter from a previous marriage, who was not present.
Doesn't look like they left a part of the park uncovered between the swag they picked up at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and riding the Jurassic Park ride.
Pitt and Cornell were close friends for years. He paid his respects at Cornell's funeral last Friday, after the rocker committed suicide in his Detroit hotel room two weeks ago following a gig.
Brad Pitt ''Devastated and in Shock'' Over the Deaths of Chris Cornell and Brad GreyBrad Pitt is mourning the loss of his two friends, Chris Cornell and Brad Grey.
On Thursday, news broke that the 52-year-old Soundgarden rocker was found dead in his Detroit hotel room. Meanwhile, last weekend, Grey—the former Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO—died of cancer at just 59-years-old.
Pitt was good friends with both of them, and needless to say, he's shattered.
"He is devastated and in shock," a source tells E! News exclusively. "He is trying to process the loss of two great friends. This has hit him very hard."
The insider adds, "With Brad Grey, Brad Pitt was one of the few people who knew he was sick. Grey was told he had a few weeks to live, but he didn't even get that long. He was gone way too soon."
Cornell, on the other hand, was found dead in his hotel room at the MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit Wednesday with a band around his neck. Detroit police said there is no knowledge of a suicide note or whether drugs/alcohol were found at the scene. The cause of death is still under investigation.
Meanwhile, Pitt goes back quite a ways with the rocker. Not only have they spent time with one another's families—Zahara attended Cornell's daughter Toni's sixth birthday in 2010—they've also supported each other often over the years.
"I'm a big Chris Cornell addict, anything he does," Pitt told Cinema Confidential in 2004 when asked about his favorite music.
Most recently, the friends reunited when Pitt joined Cornell and fellow rocker Sting onstage at the ROCK4EB! charity event in January, which was held at a private home in Malibu.
The musicians performed The Police's 1983 hit "Every Breath You Take" as well as Soundgarden's 1994 hit "Black Hole Sun."
Brad told the crowd, "I get to introduce a very, very good friend of mine and someone I've known for quite a while, and I'm a huge fan of, Mr. Chris Cornell."
Cornell is survived by and his wife, Vicky Karayiannis, their kids Toni, 12, and Christopher, 11 and his daughter Lillian, who is almost 17, from a previous marriage.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.
Brad Pitt ‘feels good’ to be back on TV(Video) Brad Pitt is back.
Pitt, who has noticeably minimized his public appearances since he and Angelina Jolie announced their divorce, made his grand return to TV Tuesday night on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”
“Oh hey, Brad Pitt, I never see you up here,” Colbert, 53, quipped.
“Yeah, I hadn’t been out in a while,” Pitt noted. “Feels good, feels good.”
Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt in September. He recently opened up to GQ about their split and revealed he’s sober.
“I’m really, really happy to be done with all of that. I mean I stopped everything except boozing when I started my family. But even this last year, you know — things I wasn’t dealing with. I was boozing too much. It’s just become a problem. And I’m really happy it’s been half a year now, which is bittersweet, but I’ve got my feelings in my fingertips again. I think that’s part of the human challenge: You either deny them all of your life or you answer them and evolve.”
Brad Pitt Assures Fans "I've Got Nothing to Hide" Following Angelina Jolie DivorceBrad Pitt continues to be an open book for his fans and followers.
Less than two weeks after making front-page headlines for his revealing interview with GQ Style, the Hollywood actor is speaking out about his life following a public divorce from Angelina Jolie.
In a new interview with the Associated Press, the A-lister discussed his present state of mind where he couldn't help but get personal.
According to the outlet, Brad said he's spending his time by "keeping the ship afloat" and "figuring out the new configuration of our family."
''Kids are everything," he said of the six children he shares with Angelina. "Kids are your life. They're taking all the focus, as they should anyway."
"I'm not suicidal or something," he added while chuckling. "There's still much beauty in the world and a lot of love. And a lot of love to be given. It's all right. It's just life."
Eight months after Angelina filed for divorce, Brad spoke out in an in-depth interview to GQ Style. In the issue, the War Machine star owned up to his shortcomings and revealed what he's doing to become a better father.
"You know, I just started therapy," he shared. "I love it. I love it. I went through two therapists to get the right one."
And while plenty of rumors surfaced about what led to the end of his marriage to Angelina, Brad says so much of it is and was inaccurate.
"I avoid so much of it. I just let it go. It's always been a long-run game for me," he explained. "As far as out there, I hope my intentions and work will speak for themselves." It's not fun to have "things drug out in public," but Brad said he's far more concerned about his kids "being subjected to it."
"Kids are so delicate. They absorb everything," he explained. "They need to have their hand held and things explained. They need to be listened to. When I get in that busy work mode, I'm not hearing. I want to be better at that."
As for how long Brad's candid remarks will last, your guess is as good as ours. For now, the actor is speaking his truth even if it's not as glamorous as Hollywood appears.
"I've got no secrets. I've got nothing to hide," Brad shared with the AP. "We're human and I find the human condition very interesting. If we're not talking about it, then we're not getting better."
New ‘War Machine’ Trailer: Brad Pitt Charges Through Combat Absurdities(Video) “We cannot help them and kill them at the same time,” says Brad Pitt’s super confident general in this new trailer for Netflix’s fact-based, absurdist War Machine. “It just ain’t humanly possible.”
Inspired by the book The Operators: The Wild & Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan by the late journalist Michael Hastings, the Netflix original movie stars Pitt (who also produces) as General Glen McMahon, described by Netflix as “a man caught up in a modern-day war machine that keeps on churning, seemingly to no end.”
Also starring: Emory Cohen, RJ Cyler, Topher Grace, Anthony Michael Hall, Anthony Hayes, John Magaro, Scoot McNairy, Will Poulter, Alan Ruck, Lakeith Stanfield, Josh Stewart, Meg Tilly, Tilda Swinton and Sir Ben Kingsley.
Written and directed by David Michôd (Animal Kingdom), War Machine tells the tale of the general so cocksure of himself he couldn’t keep his mouth shut – even when talking to a reporter for the story that would bring him down.
Joining Pitt in producing are Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Ian Bryce, with James W. Skotchdopole and Sarah Esberg aboard as executive producers.
War Machine will be released globally on Netflix and in select New York and Los Angeles theaters on May 26, 2017.
Take a look at the new trailer above.
Brad Pitt went to VIP rehab after Angelina splitBrad Pitt attended a special VIP facility for professional help in getting sober following his split with Angelina Jolie, Page Six has learned.
We’re told that Pitt’s team urged him to get help at a discreet Los Angeles center designed for high-profile Hollywood figures.
Sources say Pitt attended meetings and therapy sessions at the facility in a private residence, which we’re told was set up by a wealthy individual who had suffered with substance issues and wanted to help others in a similar position.
Insiders tell us it provides “intense” group and one-on-one programs to aid with recovery from dependency, among other things.
“He has used this time for a lot of self-reflection, self-improvement,” said a source.
In an interview with GQ Style published last week, Pitt opened up about his struggles with alcohol. But he did not mention rehab.
“I can’t remember a day since I got out of college when I wasn’t boozing or had a spliff, or something. Something,” he told the men’s magazine, adding that although he had quit drugs when he started a family, around the time Jolie filed for divorce in September 2016, “I was boozing too much. It’s just become a problem.”
The “World War Z” star — who has six children with Jolie, Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8 — also said he is addressing some of his emotional issues without numbing his feelings with alcohol.
“Sitting with those horrible feelings, and needing to understand them, and putting them into place,” said Pitt, who adds in the article that he is now in therapy. “In the end, you find: I am those things I don’t like. That is a part of me. I can’t deny that. I have to accept that. And in fact, I have to embrace that. I need to face that and take care of that.”
Pitt and Jolie’s marriage reportedly ended after Pitt got into a dispute with Maddox on a private jet, before which Pitt had been drinking.
Reps for Pitt didn’t comment.
Plan B Closes Overall Annapurna DealAs Deadline predicted last month, the deal is done and Plan B — coming off Best Picture Oscar winner Moonlight — has moved its production deal to Annapurna. The company has signed a three-year deal, and Annapurna is poised to start the new relationship by taking on the film about polarizing former Vice President Dick Cheney that Adam McKay wrote and will direct as his next feature. Christian Bale is playing Cheney, Steve Carell will play former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and Amy Adams will play Lynne Cheney. That project was set by Plan B and McKay’s Gary Sanchez at Paramount, but the studio is putting it in turnaround. That studio, which recently put the JC Chandor-directed $70 million budget Triple Frontier in turnaround, is retooling under new chairman Jim Gianopulos, and balked at a Cheney price tag I’ve heard is in the $50 million range. It sounds like an ideal project for Annapurna, which has backed such provocative films as Zero Dark Thirty and The Master.
Run by Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Plan B has been a standout producer over the past few years. The producers in January left their overall deal with New Regency, where Plan B made the Best Picture-nominated The Big Short and where it will make Ad Astra, pegged as Pitt’s next star vehicle. The film’s written and directed by James Gray, who most recently helmed the Plan B-produced Lost City Of Z.
Landing Plan B is a statement move for Megan Ellison’s production-financing-distribution company, which has built itself up and becomes a distributor with Kathryn Bigelow’s upcoming film about the Detroit riots. It said today it will handle marketing and distribution efforts for Plan B’s upcoming film releases and partner on at least three films per year.
“We’re excited and honored to be working with Plan B in this new partnership,” Annapurna founder and CEO Ellison and president of film Chelsea Barnard said. “We have always admired their taste and quality of producing since we met six years ago, and we could not be more thrilled for the possibilities ahead.”
Plan B has become a haven for the kind of movies Ellison loves to make. There are commercial films but a lot of prestige pictures too. Along with McKay’s The Big Short, its credits range from Best Picture winners 12 Years A Slave and The Departed to World War Z and World War Z 2 (which they’ve been working on for months with David Fincher), the Netflix David Michod-directed Pitt-starrer War Machine, Beautiful Boy, the Cannes-bound Netflix Bong Joon-ho-directed Okja, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and, for television, The Normal Heart.
“We are very excited to find a home with Megan and Annapurna, who are like-minded in their commitment to backing and curating passionate films and filmmakers,” the Plan B partners said. “We look forward to working closely with Annapurna’s stellar team.”
Annapurna has been very smart in the way it is methodically building the taste maker company with the addition of seasoned executives and having just beefed up its marketing and distribution teams. It also signed a multi-picture output deal with Hulu, the first of its kind for Annapurna as the company moves toward mini-studio status. Annapurna separately has a deal with its Zero Dark Thirty writer-producer Mark Boal and his Page 1 banner, which is developing a 2016 presidential election “political drama” series of between eight and 10 hours. Boal and Ellison are producing the series which we have heard is about Trump.
Annapurna takes the step up after establishing itself as a tastemaking financier/producer of films including Bigelow and Boal’s Zero Dark Thirty, David O. Russell’s American Hustle and Spike Jonze’s high-concept film Her. The company has 32 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture noms for those three films. Ellison is also one of only four honorees ever to receive two Best Picture nominations in the same year, with Her and American Hustle in 2014.
CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners rep Plan B.
Brad Pitt’s exes are knocking down his doorBrad Pitt — the biggest catch in Hollywood these days — is fending off advances from multiple wannabe replacements for Angelina Jolie, sources say.
Pitt was reported by Page Six to be flirting with Sienna Miller at a recent dinner for “The Lost City of Z,” which he executive produced and she stars in.
But sources say Pitt is enjoying his unattached status and has no intention of getting tied down in a committed relationship.
“Brad has been dating a bit, but he is extremely careful to keep it secret,” one insider told me. “He’s focused on his kids, and he’s happy — now that he has settled his divorce from Angelina — to be out of the public eye.”
Pitt has been hit on by some women, stalked by others, and he has suddenly been contacted by exes, the list of which is said to include Kate Hudson, Juliette Lewis, Christina Applegate, Thandie Newton and Gwyneth Paltrow.
“Brad isn’t interested [in rekindling with any exes]. No partying, no fun. Just work and parenting,” an insider said.
A spokesman for the star wouldn’t confirm that Pitt had increased security and changed his phone numbers, and simply said, “No comment.”
Pitt, who is getting along with Jolie now, is busy producing and starring in “World War Z 2,” the sequel to his 2013 zombie-apocalypse hit.
Sienna Miller shuts down Brad Pitt flirting rumorsSienna Miller dismissed rumors that she’s been flirting with divorcing Brad Pitt — whose production company Plan B is behind her latest film, “The Lost City of Z” — as “silly” on Tuesday night to Page Six.
“I’m not going to even dignify it with a response. It’s predictable and silly,” she told us with a smile at a Cinema Society screening of the film.
Page Six reported on Monday that Miller and Pitt were seen at a dinner for the film in LA “heavily enjoying each other’s company,” and “talking to each other all night.”
Pitt’s been looking svelte since his split with Angelina Jolie, but the film’s director, James Gray, dished on a behind-the-scenes weight-loss competition between Miller’s co-stars Charlie Hunnam and Robert Pattinson for their roles in the film about British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett’s search for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the ’20s.
“It became funny .?.?. almost like a bizarre competition,” Gray said. “It would be like, ‘You’ve got a pear in your lunch, and I just got water.’ It was who could lose more weight, who could torture themselves more.”
Page Six also exclusively reported this week that Miller is starring in James Toback’s “The Private Life of a Modern Woman” with Alec Baldwin and Charles Grodin. Toback attended the screening and after-party at the Explorers Club.
Brad Pitt spotted ‘flirting’ with Sienna MillerBrad Pitt is back in the game, it seems. We’re told that the soon-to-be-divorced superstar was doing some “serious flirting” with Sienna Miller — who stars in a new movie from his Plan B production company — during a private dinner for the film.
Spies say that the pair were at a restaurant near the ArcLight movie theater in LA, where the premiere for the movie, “The Lost City of Z,” was held earlier the same night, along with a group of friends.
But Pitt and Miller were “heavily enjoying each other’s company,” and “they were talking to each other all night,” according to our witness.
It seems that their tête-à-tête has perked up the actor, who has been looking seriously thin during his divorce from Angelina Jolie. Another source told us that Pitt was “in very high spirits, which he hasn’t been for a long time. He seems to be over a hump.”
A source close to Miller told us the dinner was for 25 people and that there were many conversations going on throughout the evening. Meanwhile, in 2015, before Pitt and Jolie split, Miller dismissed reports that they had been flirting on the set of “The Lost City of Z.”
“So this is the truth about that: Brad Pitt is producing the movie that I just wrapped, but I didn’t see him. He’s not been to the set,” Miller said. “You know, he’s the producer of the film and I’ve met him twice. It’s insane.”
Pitt was also recently linked to another blond actress, Kate Hudson, but sources close to him say, “That is categorically untrue.”
British actress Miller was most recently linked to “Foxcatcher” director Bennett Miller after they were photographed together at the 2016 US Open.
Miller stars in “The Lost City of Z” alongside Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland. The movie tells the story of early 20th-century British explorer Percy Fawcett, who travels to the Amazon to find the ruins of a great, advanced civilization.
Reps for Pitt and Miller did not comment.
Plan B On The Move; Is Annapurna New Home For Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner?Plan B, which is coming off Best Picture Oscar winner Moonlight and has had as good a run as any production company in Hollywood over the past few years, is getting ready to move to a new home. It has been based at New Regency, where Plan B made the Best Picture-nominated The Big Short, but that pact expired in January.
We are hearing that Annapurna is the front-runner. Plan B, run by Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, has had multiple suitors, but what a statement move this would be for Megan Ellison’s production-financing-distribution company. Plan B still has a good relationship with Regency; that’s where it will make Ad Astra, the James Gray-directed picture that is expected to be Pitt’s next starring vehicle.
The production company’s output has been nothing short of staggering. The credits range from Best Picture winner 12 Years A Slave to World War Z, The Big Short, World War Z 2, the Netflix David Michod-directed Pitt-starrer War Machine, Beautiful Boy, Okja, Best Picture winner The Departed, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and for television, The Normal Heart. No one is commenting until the move is made, but keep an eye on Annapurna; this is a deal that Ellison wants badly.
Annapurna has been very smart in the way they are methodically building their company with the addition of smart executives and having just beefed up its marketing and distribution teams. It also signed a multi-picture output deal (announced today) with Hulu, the first of its kind for Annapurna. Any deal with Plan B would also be the first of its kind as the company is pushing towards mini-studio status. (The company is also partnered with Boal on the company Page One, but that was for the Serial podcast).
With the production, marketing and distribution launch of Kathryn Bigelow/Mark Boal’s Untitled Detroit Project in August, Annapurna will be a bonafide mini-major.
The company, which has gained a reputation as a haven for artists and an eye for picking successful fare, has churned out some of the best product around with films such Kathryn Bigelow/Mark Boal’s Zero Dark Thirty, David O. Russell’s American Hustle and the original, and Spike Jonze high-concept film Her. The company has garnered a total of 32 Academy Award nominations, including for those three films. Ellison is also one of only four honorees ever to receive two Best Picture nominations in the same year, with Her and American Hustle in 2014.
Brad Pitt Returns to the Red Carpet at Lost City of Z Premiere(Pic) Brad Pitt made his red carpet return after a four-month hiatus.
The actor, 53, attended The Lost City of Z premiere at ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Pitt, who served as a producer on the film with his production company Plan B Entertainment, was joined by the true-life drama’s stars Charlie Hunnam and Robert Pattinson.
Though he’s been spotted running errands and attending charity events recently, Pitt’s last red carpet appearance was in November 2016 when he traveled to London for the Allied premiere. He also presented the film Moonlight at the Golden Globes in January, but did not walk the carpet prior to the awards show.
Pitt has kept a low-profile since his difficult split from estranged wife Angelina Jolie in September 2016 after 12 years together. As the two work with a private judge to resolve the divorce and custody, “things are definitely calming down,” an insider previously told PEOPLE.
These days, the father of six has been spending more time focusing on himself, including a new hobby: sculpting.
“He’s healthy and much happier,” a source told PEOPLE in late March about Pitt’s slimmer figure. “Things with his family have improved, all is being addressed privately, and it’s serving everyone in the family well.”
Another insider shared with PEOPLE that Pitt has been spending “many days and even nights working on a sculpture” and how “people close to him are happy that he has found something new to be passionate about.”
The Lost City of Z hits theaters April 14 and expands on April 21.
Brad Pitt Steps Out Looking Thinner Amid Angelina Jolie Divorce(Pic) Brad Pitt, is that you?
The 53-year-old actor, who has always appeared fit, looked almost unrecognizable as he stepped out in Los Angeles Thursday, looking thinner than usual. He wore loose blue skinny jeans, a white t-shirt and a black zip-up jacket.
His appearance comes more than six months after Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from him after two years of marriage and a 12-year relationship. A source close to the actor told E! News last week that "things have calmed settled between Brad and Angelina" adding, "They both have agreed to put the kids first."
Both actors have since resumed their individual work and passions, while Pitt has reportedly been also focusing on his fitness.
A source told People Pitt has been working out "almost daily" and had "lost a few pounds, he's in very good shape." Us Weekly reported in January Pitt had "lost a bunch of weight" and is "focusing on himself again, watching what he eats and has a chef making him healthy meals."
A custody battle had following Jolie's divorce filing. The 41-year-old actress had sought physical custody of their six kids—Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 10, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Viviennne, and asked that the actor receive visitation rights. He sought joint custody.
It was also revealed that the Department of Children and Family Services in Los Angeles County was investigating Pitt for allegedly being involved in an incident with a child aboard a private plane. The case was later closed.
Jolie had stated in her filing that the two separated in mid-September. A source told E! News Pitt "did not want the marriage to end" and was "emotionally torn" and "devastated" by the split, adding, "He was willing to do whatever it took to save the marriage and didn't realize Angelina had already given up on it."
For a month after the divorce filing, Pitt only saw the kids twice and for a total of about four hours. On Oct. 19, he reunited with Maddox in the presence of a therapist.
In December, the two reached a temporary custody agreement, under which Pitt would have "therapeutic visitation" with the children and attend weekly individual therapy sessions.
But the pair's custody battle got to a boiling point, with Pitt's lawyers alleging that Jolie and her attorneys had compromised the kids' privacy through court filings to try to undercut the actor.
In January, they declared they "signed agreements to preserve the privacy rights of their children and family by keeping all court documents confidential."
Both actors have kept busy and made rare appearances over the past few months.
Pitt made a surprise appearance onstage at the 2017 Golden Globes, without walking the press-filled red carpet. He also joined performers Sting and Chris Cornell, one of his friends, onstage at a charity event in Malibu. In recent weeks, Pitt has been busy working on a sculpture, reports say.
Jolie returned to her other favorite passion—activism, penning an Op-Ed about refugees in the New York Times and attending a screening of her new film First They Killed My Father in Cambodia with their kids. And they got to spend time with Pitt there tool; E! News learned that he was in Cambodia "most of the time except when it conflicted with his own shoot schedule." The children split their time with both parents.
Earlier this month, she gave a lecture about women's rights at the London School of Economics, where she is set to be a guest instructor this fall, and also took Maddox with her on a private tour of Buckingham Palace. She also spoke at the U.N. Office in Geneva.
‘War Machine’ Trailer: Netflix Pic Tracks General Brad Pitt’s Fast Rise & Faster Fall(Video) “Most of us here will know Gen. McMahon as the man who kicked al-Qaida in the sack.” How’s that for an introduction. Here’s the first trailer for War Machine, the Netflix original film starring Brad Pitt as a four-star U.S. general who is tasked with leading the war in Afghanistan and his roller-coaster rise and fall. Part reality, part savage parody, it raises the specter of just where the line between them lies today.
Billed as “a film for our times” from writer-director David Michôd (Animal Kingdom), it follows McMahon (Pitt) as he leaps into the fray like a rock star to command NATO forces in Afghanistan — “Just finish this thing,” he is instructed — only to be taken down by his own hubris and a journalist’s no-holds-barred exposé.
Inspired by the book The Operators: The Wild & Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan by the late journalist Michael Hastings, War Machine also stars Emory Cohen, RJ Cyler, Topher Grace, Anthony Michael Hall, Anthony Hayes, John Magaro, Scoot McNairy, Will Poulter, Alan Ruck, Lakeith Stanfield, Josh Stewart, Meg Tilly, Tilda Swinton and Ben Kingsley.
Produced by Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Ted Sarandos and Ian Bryce and EP’d by James W. Skotchdopole, Pauline Fischer, Sarah Bowen and Sarah Esberg, it starts streaming May 26.
Run the trailer up the flagpole and let us know if you salute.
Brad Pitt Secretly Joined Angelina Jolie and Kids on Trip to CambodiaWhile Angelina Jolie was filming First They Killed My Father in Cambodia with her kids in tow, Brad Pitt was taking trips whenever he could to spend time with their children.
A source confirms to E! News that Pitt was in Cambodia "most of the time except when it conflicted with his own shoot schedule." A second source shares that the former couple's six children, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Maddox Jolie-Pitt, Knox Jolie-Pitt, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt and Pax Jolie-Pitt, split time between Brad and Angelina while they go to see Cambodia's sights.
"All through production and filming, and on her most recent press trip, Brad came to Cambodia in secret to spend time with the kids," the second source shares. "They were with Angelina for probably 75 percent of the time when Brad was in the country and they'd go back and forth between her and Brad."
The insider also says "some or all" of the kids would leave Cambodia to fly to Los Angeles to spend time with their dad. "He wasn't in Cambodia the entire time they filmed, but he made multiple trips there to spend time with the kids," the source adds.
What started as as a seemingly contentious divorce has ultimately become what appears to be a private journey, the sole focus of which is the children. "Things have calmed settled between Brad and Angelina. It's not as tense as it had been," a source told E! News last week. "They are focused on the kids and working to do what's best for them."
After a rocky six months since announcing their split, "Brad has been able to spend more time with the kids. He's doing well and is focused on healthy, clean living. He's in a good place."
Brad also has been spending time working on a sculpture at Thomas Houseago's studio, while Jolie has ramped up her humanitarian efforts, with a source describing her as a "true humanitarian" while in Cambodia.
"She has no issues getting her hands dirty and was never a prima donna about doing anything less than glamorous; she is all about the cause," the insider shares with E! News. "She embraced the country and the country genuinely loves her back. She also is very easy to talk to and not intimidating. During downtime she'd just casually hang out with the crew there with her and was always polite and nice to people."
Fans around the world got to see just how enmeshed in the culture Jolie became when she and her kids were filmed sharing scorpions and spiders, which are part of the local cuisine.
"I first had them when I was first in country," Jolie explained. "Crickets—you start with crickets. Crickets and a beer and then you kind of move up to tarantulas."
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Are Talking Again: "It's a Significant Step"No matter what, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's kids will always come first.
It's been two months since the former couple hired a private judge to deal with their divorce and custody issues. The negotiations are ongoing, but it seems they're closer to reaching a resolution, as Pitt, 53, and Jolie, 41, are once again communicating for the first time in a while.
"Things have calmed settled between Brad and Angelina. It's not as tense as it had been," a source tells E! News. "They are focused on the kids and working to do what's best for them."
Needless to say, it's been a busy six months for the Jolie-Pitts.
Pitt—who next appears in Netflix's War Machine—has been steadily working on a sculpture at Thomas Houseago's studio, while Jolie has ramped up her humanitarian efforts on behalf of the United Nations. After a rocky six months, the source says, "Brad has been able to spend more time with the kids. He's doing well and is focused on healthy, clean living. He's in a good place."
That's good news for siblings Maddox Jolie-Pitt, 15, Pax Jolie-Pitt, 13, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, 12, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, 10, Knox Jolie-Pitt, 8, and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, 8. They recently accompanied their mother on a trip to Cambodia, where she was promoting her Netflix drama, First They Killed My Father, a true account of the Khmer Rouge genocide told from a child's perspective.
As for Pitt and Jolie's level of communication, an insider close to the actor says it's limited but positive. "They recently started talking again and it's a significant step. Up until now everything was through lawyers and assistants," the insider says. "They did not speak at all after the plane incident and everything that went down in the press." The decision to communication directly came "at the recommendation of the children's therapists and their own," the insider says, and the amicable exes "are focused on the kids and taking small steps to mend what has happened. Right now they are only speaking about the kids and their schedules, but it's a positive step."
"Brad hopes that they can be successful at co-parenting and get to a place where they can be friendly," the insider close to Pitt tells E! News. "They both have agreed to put the kids first."
That's in line with what Jolie told the BBC last month. "We are a family and we'll always be a family," she said. "And we will get through this time and hopefully be a stronger family for it."
"My focus is my children—our children—and my focus is finding this way through," the director continued. "And as I said, 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."
Brad Pitt has taken up sculpting amid divorce woesBrad Pitt has found a hobby to help his broken heart.
The 53-year-old actor has dedicated himself to sculpting to cope with his split from Angelina Jolie, according to the Daily Mail.
While working on his art, Pitt listens to “emotional songs,” a source told the site. “Everybody knows it’s related to what’s going on with him personally, but nobody says anything.”
Under the eye of British artist and friend Thomas Houseago, Pitt reportedly sculpts to the sounds of break-up ballads including “Just To Satify You” by Waylon Jennings and songs by Bon Iver in the Los Angeles studio.
The “Allied” actor has been working on a specific sculpture in the studio, which is owned by Houseage.
“Art is a way for him to concentrate on one thing, taking his mind off everything else,” the source said. “He’d rather do that and be constructive than go out partying.”
Jolie, 41, filed for divorce from Pitt in September after being married for two years and together for 12. Since the couple’s split, revelations of Pitt being abusive surfaced and Jolie has filed for sole physical custody of their six children: Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.
The actress has been traveling the world with the kids in tow while Pitt has been channeling his emotions into his new craft.
“He’s learning at a fast pace,” the source said.
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston are texting againBrad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston are talking again following his split with Angelina Jolie, Page Six has confirmed.
The former couple recently connected again when Pitt texted Aniston, who is now married to Justin Theroux, to wish her a happy birthday. She turned 48 on Feb. 11.
A source close to Brad told us, “They have been texting and have been in touch. There has just been some friendly back and forth, nothing more than that.”
Us Weekly reported that Pitt has been confiding in ex-wife Aniston amid his bitter divorce with Jolie. The magazine said, “Brad told her he’s having a hard time with his split and they exchanged a few texts reminiscing about the past.”
But another Hollywood source said of Pitt and Aniston’s renewed connection, “It isn’t romantic at all, they are friends again. They made it seem like Brad was running after Jen, and that isn’t true. It is nothing more than they are back in touch with each other.”
‘War Machine’ Teaser: Brad Pitt Boots Up In Netflix Satire; Release Date Set(Video) Netflix has unzipped the first teaser for its absurdist war story, War Machine. Brad Pitt stars in the David Michôd-directed satirical comedy that the streaming giant acquired in 2015. In what was considered a game-changer for the company at the time, Netflix made its then-biggest investment in a feature (around $30M) and for the first time was able to nab a package with one of the world’s biggest A-list movie stars: Pitt as hot-shot General Glenn McMahon. Global release is now set for May 26, suggesting a Cannes world premiere could be afoot.
The pic is inspired by the book The Operators: The Wild & Terrifying Inside Story Of America’s War In Afghanistan by the late journalist Michael Hastings. It recreates a U.S. General’s roller-coaster rise and fall at the intersection of reality and savage parody as the line between them shifts, particularly in today’s real world. The story is an exploration of a born leader’s ultra-confident march right into the dark heart of folly. Pitt plays the charismatic four-star general who leapt in like a rock star to command NATO forces in Afghanistan, only to be taken down by a journalist’s no-holds-barred exposé. The character was patterned after real-life General Stanley McChrystal.
Also starring are Tilda Swinton, Ben Kingsley, Anthony Michael Hall, Topher Grace, Will Poulter, Lakeith Stanfield, Emory Cohen, John Magaro, RJ Cyler, Alan Ruck, Scoot McNairy and Meg Tilly.
Ian Bryce and Plan B’s Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Pitt are producers. James Skotchdopole is exec producer. Michôd also wrote the script.
Angelina Jolie on Her ‘Difficult’ Split from Brad Pitt: ‘We Will Always Be a Family’Angelina Jolie opened up about her shocking split from Brad Pitt for the first time since filing for divorce.
The actress and director spoke to BBC World News‘ Yalda Hakim in Cambodia in an interview that was released on Sunday. When asked about the split, Jolie revealed that it had been a “difficult” time for her family.
“I don’t want to say very much about that, except to say it was a very difficult time and… and we are a family and we will always be a family, and we will get through this time and hopefully be a stronger family for it,” she said.
Jolie, 41, was in Cambodia to promote her new directorial effort, the film First They Killed My Father. The mother-of-six said she was coping by maintaining a focus on her children: Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8.
“Many, many people find themselves in this situation,” she said. “My whole, my family… we’ve all being through a difficult time. My focus is my children, our children… and my focus is finding this way through. We are and forever will be a family. I am coping with finding a way through to make sure that this somehow makes us stronger and closer.”
Since her divorce filing from Pitt, 53, Jolie revealed that her children and pets have been trying to find a normal rhythm.
“It’s been a difficult few months. Right now, I’m going through a moment when just everybody’s in my room,” she said, laughing. “Two dogs, two hamsters and two children at the moment. It’s wonderful. But, usually, I just wake up trying to figure out who’s going to get [the] dog out, who’s going to start the pancakes and did anybody brush their teeth.”
When asked where she saw herself in five years, Jolie couldn’t help but realize she’d have a house full of teenagers by then.
“At that stage, I hope just standing,” she said, joking about being outnumbered. “In five years’ time I would like to be traveling around the world visiting my children, hoping that they’re just happy and doing really interesting things, and I imagine in many different parts of the world, and I’ll be supporting them.”
“Everything I do I hope is that I represent something, and I represent the right things to my children, and give them the right sense of what they’re capable of, and the world as it should be seen,” Jolie added. “Not through the prism of Hollywood or through a certain kind of life, but really take them into the world, where they have a really good sense and become rounded people.”
Oliver Hudson Pokes Fun at Those Brad Pitt and Kate Hudson Romance RumorsDon't believe everything you read at the grocery store.
It's not a shock when some tabloids try to grab shoppers' attention with their splashy headlines. But it is surprising when a Hollywood star decides to address them.
On Friday night, Oliver Hudson came across a Star magazine cover that claimed Brad Pitt was moving into Kate Hudson's house.
What came next was a sarcastic post that suggests the rumors are just that, rumors.
"Yeah and it's been hell!! He's messy as s--t! He drinks out of the f--king carton and leaves the door open when he's taking a dump!! And this is when he's at MY house!!!" Oliver wrote to his followers. "He's already calling me brother and has driven a wedge between myself and my real brother Wyatt who now won't speak to me.. he insists my kids call him uncle B and lost my youngest at the Santa Monica pier for 2 days.. thank God for Amber Alert.."
He added, "My mom's overtly flirting with him! She's wearing these little nighties around the house now?! But ALL DAY!! Like at 3pm! And Pa just keeps saying ‘All right!! It's Brad Pitt!!'"
Tabloids have been speculating about Kate and Brad's relationship status for several weeks. While the pair hasn't been photographed, it hasn't stopped paparazzi from asking family members about the rumors.
Recently, Goldie Hawn was asked if she's thrilled that her daughter is dating Brad. She simply laughed it off when leaving the Brentwood Country Mart.
As for Oliver, he's taking another route thanks to social media. And his famous friends including stylist Jamie Mizrahi are calling it "genius."
"Anyway not going well.. so BP.. it's time to move out man.. I need my life back dog.. I'll smoke one more bowl and then get the f--k out.. we thank you..," he wrote. "Oh and I found your medical bracelet so I'll get that back to you.. ok.."
Brad Pitt’s return to public eye continues at charity concertAfter his surprise appearance at the Golden Globes, Brad Pitt turned up onstage at a Malibu, Calif., charity event with rockers Sting and Chris Cornell.
“I get to introduce a very, very good friend of mine,” Pitt told the starry crowd from the stage with Sting at the annual Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation benefit. “Someone I’ve known for quite a while, and am a huge fan of .?.?. [Soundgarden frontman] Chris Cornell.”
In the crowd were Courteney Cox, Jimmy Kimmel, Heidi Klum, Kaley Cuoco, Rande Gerber and Cindy Crawford.
Page Six spies say that when Zach Galifianakis performed, a toddler off to the side of the stage was an inadvertent “heckler” — and the tyke turned out to be Sting’s grandson. Galifianakis, we’re told, jokingly “walked off to face the agitated toddler who ruined his rhythm on a poorly timed toilet joke so he could ‘say it to his face.’?”
The Police rocker performed with his son, Joe, on guitar.
The charity’s LA chapter was founded by power manager Andrea Pett-Joseph and her husband, Paul.
The event, dubbed Rock4EB!, was sponsored by Alex & Ani. Additional guests included Scott Foley, Elizabeth Olsen, Martin Short, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and “Moonlight” producer Jeremy Kleiner.
Brad Pitt Resurfaces For Malibu Charity ConcertBrad Pitt is following suit with Kim Kardashian and returning to his normal life again in the middle of his divorce from Angelina Jolie.
Brad resurfaced Saturday at the 4th annual Rock4EB! charity concert in Malibu, where Sting and Chris Cornell headlined, Zach Galifianakis emceed ... and tons of other celebs showed up to raise awareness for kids with the skin disease epidermolysis bullosa.
Some of those stars included Courtney Cox, David Spade, Charlie Hunnam, Kaley Cuoco and Rami Malek.
As for Brad, it looks like he was circulating, taking pics with friends and some of the afflicted children and maybe most important ... being his old self again.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie agree to handle divorce privatelyAngelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt have reached an agreement to handle their divorce in a private forum and will work together to reunify their family, the actors announced in a joint statement Monday.
Their statement released Monday night to The Associated Press said that they will keep future details of their divorce confidential by using a private judge.
“The parties and their counsel have signed agreements to preserve the privacy rights of their children and family by keeping all court documents confidential and engaging a private judge to make any necessary legal decisions and to facilitate the expeditious resolution of any remaining issues,” their statement read. “The parents are committed to act as a united front to effectuate recovery and reunification.”
The statement is the first joint comment from the actors on their divorce since Jolie Pitt filed to end their marriage in September. At the time, one of her attorneys stated the petition was filed “for the health of the family.”
Authorities investigated allegations that Pitt was abusive toward his 15-year-old son on a private flight, but sources familiar with the cases said the actor was cleared of any wrongdoing.
Private judges are often used in high-profile divorce cases, keeping many details of a breakup out of the public eye while a final judgment is negotiated.
Custody of their six children has been the primary issue in the divorce, with Jolie Pitt initially seeking sole physical custody. California law favors joint custody in divorce cases, although final arrangements are often agreed to by parents and formalized in a written agreement.
Pitt and Jolie were married for two years and together for 12 years after becoming close while filming 2005’s “Mr. & Mrs. Smith.”
Their divorce, and every filing in it, has attracted international attention. Last month, Pitt sought to seal custody records in the case, and a hearing had been scheduled for next week on the issue.
Both actors have kept a relatively low profile since their breakup was announced, although Pitt made an appearance onstage at Sunday’s Golden Globes to spirited applause.
Brad Pitt skips Globes parties amid divorceBrad Pitt made a surprise appearance at the Golden Globes to present “Moonlight,” which won for best film drama. But the star, whose production company Plan B produced the movie with A24, didn’t stay out to celebrate and headed back home, as he continues an acrimonious divorce battle with Angelina Jolie.
Sources say Pitt didn’t want to party while he and Jolie argue over custody of their six kids. Pitt, 53, and Jolie, 41, have a voluntary temporary custody agreement in place that allows him just one supervised visit with the children a week.
He previously voluntarily agreed to undergo drug and alcohol tests in the hope he’ll eventually be allowed more access to the kids.
A healthy-looking Pitt got a warm and supportive reception from his fellow Hollywood stars at the show.
A source told Page Six of Pitt, an executive producer of “Moonlight”: “He entered the Globes through the backstage and presented the film, and then headed straight back home. He is extremely proud of the film, and wanted to be there to support it, but he didn’t go out.”
Lawyers for Pitt and Jolie are due back in court Jan. 17, if the parties don’t come to an agreement in advance. They just reached a deal to seal the court documents to prevent a further ugly public fight.
Meanwhile, the stars of “Moonlight” hit the party circuit to celebrate, although there was no official bash for their film.
Janelle Monáe and Naomie Harris were seen at the Warner Bros. and InStyle party at the Beverly Hilton, along with guests Viola Davis, John Legend, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara.
Angelina Jolie Will Seal Custody Case But Claims Brad's the Bad GuyAngelina Jolie is down with sealing documents in her divorce and custody case, but she's going after Brad in a big way, saying if the kids have been damaged it's all his doing.
Angelina just filed legal docs saying she agrees with Brad, their business should be kept private, but says it's audacious of him to accuse her of airing their dirty laundry in public. According to legal docs, filed by Laura Wasser, Brad is lashing out because he's "terrified that the public will learn the truth."
Brad went ham on Angelina after she filed unsealed documents trying to prevent him from altering their custody arrangement, but in the new docs she says all he's doing is trying to "deflect from [his] own role in the media storm which has engulfed the parties' children."
She goes on ... "There is little doubt that [Brad] would prefer to keep the entire case private, particularly given the detailed investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Dept. of Children and Family Services into allegation of abuse."
The FBI and DCFS both closed out their investigations, determining no action was warranted.
Short story ... they've both agreed to seal the file, and they pretty much hate each other.
Brad Pitt Claims Angelina Jolie Has Compromised Their Kids for Sake of PublicityBrad Pitt has fired back at Angelina Jolie ... essentially claiming she's a bad parent for putting their family drama on blast for public consumption.
Brad just filed legal docs asking for an order to seal their file. Angelina had previously filed unsealed documents alleging Brad had parenting issues that made it too risky for him to have unmonitored visits with their 6 kids. She also alleged Brad had a lot to hide about his conduct.
In Brad's new legal docs, he says Angelina knows better ... they are famous people and the kids are damaged when she airs their dirty laundry in public. He suggests Angelina going public has humiliated and embarrassed their kids and could even endanger them.
And there's this ... in the docs Brad's lawyer says, "[Angelina] apparently has no self-regulating mechanism to preclude sensitive information from being placed in the public record, or she has other motives."
Brad asked for an emergency order sealing the case but was shut down, so now he's filed a formal motion to seal the case ... something the judge indicated he would grant.
SEBASTIAN BACH Says He Was The Man CHRISTINA APPLEGATE Ditched BRAD PITT For At 1989 'MTV Movie Awards'It's long been known that Christina Applegate went to the MTV Movie Awards with Brad Pitt in 1989 but left mid-date, ditching him for another man. And though she never officially revealed who it was, former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach says that he was, in fact, the dude in question.
During an appearance on "Elliot In The Morning" to promote his newly released autobiography, "18 And Life On Skid Row", Bach recalled the episode, telling host Elliot Segal: "Well, [what happened between me and Christina] was a brief fling, but we did go out a couple of times.
"She was interviewed recently on, like, 'Entertainment Tonight', or something, and they [asked], 'What was the dumbest thing you ever did?' And she goes, 'One night I ditched Brad Pitt for this other dude.' And that dude would be me. [Laughs] So there was a time on this earth when Sebastian Bach was, like, a hotter lay than Brad Pitt. Of course that's going in the book. [Laughs] I've gotta tell somebody that, Jesus! [Laughs]"
During a hilariously awkward appearance last year on "Watch What Happens Live", Applegate was forced to recall the decision to dump Pitt. She confirmed that the man she ditched Pitt for wasn't an actor, though he was well-known to the public. Applegate and the mystery man never ended up dating, and though she did see Pitt again, they never went on another date.
"18 And Life On Skid Row" came out on December 6 via Dey Street Books (formerly It Books), an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. In the book, Bach is brutally frank in his description of life on the road and exploits with METALLICA, Ozzy Osbourne and GUNS N' ROSES, among others.
Angelina Jolie -- Our Kids Are Still Traumatized ... We Need a SpecialistAngelina Jolie is imploring Brad Pitt to help find a new professional to help them and their children deal with the "trauma" of what happened on their private jet 3 months ago.
Angelina's attorney fired off an email to Brad's legal team on December 1, proposing they "participate in joint sessions with a trauma specialist so that they may learn how to best support and interact with their children."
The request makes it clear -- Jolie thinks the kids are so bad off because of what they witnessed on the plane, and the therapy process they've been going through isn't getting the job done. As we've reported, both sides agreed in September to attend family therapy sessions as part of their temporary custody agreement.
Another sign the situation is still dire -- in docs, Brad's attorney suggested their 2 eldest boys, Maddox and Pax, might not want to visit with their dad.
One source tells us the boys walked out of one session in the past, and have refused to attend others.
It's important to note ... DCFS closed out its investigation after concluding Brad did nothing that warranted official action. DCFS could have referred the case to dependency court if it felt the kids were in danger, or recommended criminal prosecution ... it did neither.
It's unclear if he's responded to Angelina's request.
Brad Pitt to Angelina Jolie -- Child Therapists Won't Listen ... Threatens to Go Around Custody Deal with AngelinaBrad Pitt thinks he's getting the short end of the stick when it comes to his visitation time with his kids, and has a plan to change that -- but unfortunately for him, their child therapists don't agree.
Brad and Angelina Jolie's lawyers filed a series of emails for Wednesday morning's hearing. In one of them his attorney, Lance Spiegel, says despite Brad complying with every aspect of the child therapy process ... "the therapy team has ignored or disregarded issues that [Brad] has raised." He's not specific about the issues.
It's clear from the docs Brad is frustrated by the limited amount of time he gets with his 6 kids ... 1 visit per week. The issue is, Brad signed a temporary custody deal months ago in which he agreed -- along with Angelina -- they would both let the therapists call the shots.
The emails from Brad's attorney suggest he's trying to circumvent that deal. In fact, Spiegel says "Regardless of [the therapists'] views, there is no reason for Brad not to request court orders" for more access to the kids.
In late November, Brad's lawyer asked if Angelina would agree to the following schedule in December:
- one session with the twins (Knox and Vivienne)
The sessions would be monitored and 30-60 minutes long. Spiegel adds, if Maddox and Pax don't want to see him ... Brad wants an extra session with the other 4 kids.
Angelina's team turned down the offer. Her attorney, Laura Wasser, fired off a very firm response saying Brad's team is ignoring what therapists feel is best for the kids. She implores them to give the therapists a chance to "tell us how the kids are feeling."
As we reported, Brad was shut down in his effort to keep the case sealed ... but it's now clear from these emails he's determined to spend more time with his brood, ASAP.
Brad Pitt -- Judge Denies Emergency Sealing in Custody CaseBrad Pitt's effort to seal his and Angelina Jolie's custody battle from the public was rejected by the judge Wednesday morning.
We broke the story ... Brad requested an emergency hearing to address locking down all the proceedings related to their war over their 6 kids. Lawyers for both sides marched into court, but the judge quickly denied Brad's request.
His side has been fuming since Jolie filed their temporary custody arrangement in court last week -- a move Brad believes only served to air their dirty laundry in public and damage the children.
We're told Angelina felt it necessary to file the docs in order to have the court enforce the terms -- specifically the part about letting a therapist make the call on when Brad can start having unmonitored visits.
In docs, Angelina's lawyer says Brad's effort to seal the whole case isn't so much about protecting the children -- as his side has claimed -- but more about keeping his own actions hidden ... because it was "[Brad's] conduct at the center of the DCFS and FBI investigations."
Sources connected to the case tell us Brad has been trying to "push past the process." As one source put it, he was acting like a "celebrity who is used to getting whatever he wants" ... and after the DCFS investigation cleared him of criminal wrongdoing, what he wanted was to have solo time with the children.
Our Brad sources deny he's made any effort to change the temporary custody deal.
We're told Angelina also wants the whole case to remain private -- as long as Brad sticks to the custody arrangement they both signed off on months ago.
Brad Pitt -- Angelina Jolie's Hurting Our Kids ... Moves to Seal Custody DocumentsBrad Pitt is going to court to keep his custody war with Angelina Jolie private, and sources connected with Brad say his motivation is to thwart her from further damaging their children by airing their dirty laundry in public.
Sources connected to the case tell TMZ ... Brad filed docs Tuesday in family court, requesting an emergency hearing. We're told he intends to ask the judge to seal all documents and proceedings related to his and Angelina's ongoing battle for custody of their 6 kids.
Several sources say Angelina filed the documents because she feared Brad was angling to change their temporary agreement so that he could have unmonitored visits with the children. We're told Angelina is relying on the family therapist, who says it's too early for Brad to have unmonitored visits -- but she does want him to have solo visits ... once the therapist signs off.
Sources connected with Brad, however, are calling BS ... saying the only document filed in the case is the one Angelina blasted out to the world ... exposing their 6 children to needless pain. Our Brad sources say there was no reason for Angelina to file a private agreement, and make it public other than to trash Brad and make the children collateral damage.
We're told he has made NO move to change the private agreement that was always meant to remain private -- and he feels by gratuitously making it public the way Jolie did ... it's evidence she's a bad parent.
Brad will get his shot within a few hours to argue the case should remain private. We're told the emergency hearing is slated for Wednesday morning.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt -- Child Visitation Changes in Hands of TherapistBrad Pitt's child custody arrangement with Angelina Jolie is in the hands of one man ... according to docs filed by Jolie.
Right now, the exes and their 6 kids are operating under a temporary custody deal agreed upon by both sides. As we've reported ... she has primary custody and Brad gets monitored visits, but the docs Angelina filed spell out the details.
According to the docs ... when and how Brad sees the children is determined by a psychologist who specializes in child custody issues. The deal says, the "frequency and conditions of the therapeutic visitation shall be determined by Ian Russ, Ph.D." Brad and Angie also must participate in group therapy sessions with the kids.
The terms of this deal must stay in place until there's a court order, or both parents agree to change it.
Additionally, the docs say Brad will submit to random drug and alcohol tests at least 4 times per month.
Pitt and Jolie made this arrangement in October, while Brad was still under investigation by the DCFS, but as we've reported ... the agency cleared him of any wrongdoing a month ago.
Jolie's filing essentially memorializes the temporary deal with the court. The judge signed it on Friday.
In ‘Allied’, Brad Pitt Is Canadian Because Canadians Stood Tall In DieppeThose prone to forget the dark years preceding the 1944 Normandy invasion might puzzle over the decision, in Robert Zemeckis’ Allied, to portray Oklahoma-born Brad Pitt’s officer-protagonist as hailing from Canada rather than the United States. In market terms, that choice makes the hero slightly more remote for U.S. viewers, though perhaps more approachable for others around the world.
But in historical terms, Pitt’s Canadian identity makes perfect sense — something that is explained, without specific reference to the film, in a meditation recently posted by Hollywood writer-producer Lionel Chetwynd on the Daily Wire website.
Titled “My First Ameriphobe,” the piece explains how Chetwynd was born in England, then migrated to Canada before eventually moving to Los Angeles. While in Canada, he served in that country’s military, and along the way he acquired considerable respect for its history and traditions. Among the strongest of those folk memories, as Chetwynd describes them, is the recollection of an ill-fated raid on Dieppe, on the Norman coast of France, in 1942. England at the time was fairly exhausted by more than two years of warfare, and the U.S. still was mobilizing. So the Dieppe raid fell heavily to the Canadians, who contributed about 5,000 of the roughly 6,000 Allied troops who took part.
In large part, they were crushed by heavily armed and well dug-in German defenders. By Chetwynd’s count, 3,367 of the Canadians were killed, wounded or taken prisoner — about 68% of their force. But even knowing in advance that the odds were almost entirely against them, writes Chetwynd, “When the embarkation roll call was taken, not one man failed to answer.”
So it is entirely right that Pitt’s character, who drops in and out of Dieppe in a small plane through the course of an Allied script written by Steven Knight, should belong to Canada, not the U.S. The choice makes him a bit more distant for viewers here. But it makes him only the more real, and heroic, historically speaking.
Brad Pitt escapes to posh island for ThanksgivingBrad Pitt spent Thanksgiving weekend “hanging out with one of his buddies” because Angelina Jolie wouldn’t let him see their children over the holiday, Page Six has exclusively learned.
Reports had said Pitt might join Jolie and their brood in spite of their bruising divorce battle. But the two were 3,000 miles apart.
A spy said, “He was at Amanyara in Turks and Caicos over Thanksgiving in a private villa,” adding, “Angie wouldn’t let him see the kids.”
Another source said, “Brad was with one of his male buddies for the weekend.”
Villas at the posh island retreat reportedly go for up to $34,000 per night.
It’s the same getaway where Kelly Ripa headed with husband Mark Consuelos days after the bombshell news that her “Live With Kelly” co-host Michael Strahan was headed to “Good Morning America.”
Chelsea Clinton took time off there during her mother’s campaign this year while she was pregnant, and other stars who’ve stayed include Olivia Wilde, Emily Ratajkowski and rocker Bryan Ferry, who got married at Amanyara in 2012.
Pitt and Jolie were known to be guests at Amanyara’s sister properties Amanpuri in Thailand and Amangiri in Utah.
Despite reports that Jolie had called a “temporary truce” so that Pitt could break bread with the family for the holiday, we hear that Jolie and the kids were in LA.
Before the island retreat, Pitt was on a whirlwind tour for new film “Allied.” Steven Spielberg was in the audience at an East Hampton showing, Page Six reported.
Pitt filed for joint custody of the kids this month after Jolie filed divorce papers in LA in September.
He was cleared last week in an alleged FBI abuse investigation stemming from an incident with one of the couple’s kids, Maddox, on a private jet.
The LA Department of Children and Family Services also cleared Pitt of any charges.
Reps did not comment.
On Monday, a report that Pitt was secretly dating Kate Hudson was widely shot down.
Brad and Angelina spend first Thanksgiving apartDespite reports estranged stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were putting aside their differences to spend Thanksgiving together with their brood of six kids, sources close to the pair tell us the reunion did not happen.
“She never asked him and they are not together,” said an insider over the holiday weekend.
Some reports said that Jolie had called “temporary truce” so that Pitt could break bread with the family after one of their kids, Shiloh, 10, sent an email to the parents to spend the holiday together.
Sources said Pitt was in LA for the holiday, but not with Jolie.
Pitt was earlier this week cleared in a reported FBI investigation into allegations stemming from an incident involving another of the couple’s kids, Maddox, 15, on a private jet. The FBI said it conducted a review of the incident and would not pursue any further investigation.
Pitt and Jolie are embroiled in a bitter custody dispute after she filed for divorce in September. He’s recently been seen publicly promoting his latest film, “Allied,” around the globe. The WWII film’s been dubbed in mixed reviews as both an “empty shell of a movie” and a “satisfying period piece.”
Brad Pitt -- Cleared by FBI in Maddox Jet IncidentThe FBI says there's nothing to investigate with Brad Pitt and the incident on a jet with son Maddox ... TMZ has learned.
The Agency has closed its inquiry into the incident in which Brad and Maddox got into it and some contact was made.
The Agency says, "The FBI has conducted a review of the circumstances and will not pursue further investigation. No charges have been filed in this matter."
The FBI action follows the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services, which closed its investigation, concluding there was no child abuse.
Brad and Angelina are still at war over custody of their 6 kids. She wants sole physical custody and he's asking the divorce judge for joint custody.
Review: In 'Allied,' with Brad Pitt, love in the fog of warDeeply nostalgic moviemaking is rendered with digital precision in Robert Zemeckis' highly manicured World War II romance "Allied."
Zemeckis' control of his camera is absolute, if self-consciously so. In "Allied," with Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, he has resurrected the espionage thriller in all its classical glamour with a knowingness that's both impressively grand and stiffly hollow. The crisp period images of "Allied" never feel far removed from their storyboards. "Allied," despite its high-wattage stars, feels a bit like an R-rated "Tintin."
For Zemeckis, the director of "Back to the Future" and "Cast Away," the distance between animation and live-action is little to none, and beside the point, anyway. He has lately, with "The Walk," ''Flight" and now "Allied," been on a laudable mission to re-empower the big-screen drama with well-crafted, special effects-assisted spectacles that project human-sized stories onto widescreen canvases.
"Allied," big and sturdy, always fills the screen. But its gleaming surfaces are missing something underneath.
The film begins with a lone parachutist drifting as softly as a leaf onto the Moroccan desert in 1942. He is Max Vatan (Pitt), a Canadian spy working for the British, so handsomely outfitted that he could have fallen not from the sky but out of another firmament: "Lawrence of Arabia."
He's promptly picked up by his contact and handed a case full of guns, a wad of cash and — most lethal of all — a wedding ring. He rendezvous with a French agent in Casablanca, a location chosen as if to summon the spirits of old-fashioned cinema. From his first encounter in a nightclub with Marianne Beausejour (Cotillard), they are already in their roles. While secretly plotting to assassinate a Nazi official, they pose as a married couple.
Under Marianne's guidance, they go to great lengths to put up appearances. Once at home, she sends him to smoke on the roof since that's where, she says, husbands go after having sex with their wives. She's thorough, he notes. "That's how I've survived," she says. His facade is less impervious. Max's supposedly Parisian French is "pure Quebec," she teases.
Their mission unfolds briskly, with curiously little suspense. But the more important drama is in the cracks to their elaborate pretense, the hints to their true selves. As a pair, they are an undeniably alluring couple, but their connection feels slight. Pitt, particularly, comes off too flat in the film's first half. Those who come to "Allied," intrigued by the swirl of gossip around the stars, will inevitably leave disappointed.
But Zemeckis is, if nothing else, a master of the set piece. In "Allied," he arranges them like bookends, staging a sumptuous sex scene in a sand storm and the birth, nine months later, amid bombs. The latter comes because, despite forging a relationship on falsehoods, Max and Marianne fall in love, return to London and settle into married life in a flat in Hampstead Heath.
The twist in Steven Knight's script, however, is that once they are living happily with their baby, Max's superiors inform him that his wife is not who she says she is, but is a German spy. He has 72 hours to test her, during which he employs their espionage tricks against Marianne, a duplicity that is its own kind of betrayal.
Here, "Allied" amounts to something more than great costumes (courtesy of Joanna Johnston) and excellent production design (Gary Freeman). The most convincing emotion in the thoroughly choreographed "Allied" is its melancholy sense of mortality. Marianne and Max, as a couple, are forged in an unguarded moment amid war; they don't expect to live past the next day. We feel the war rampaging through in faces like the rookie pilot, frightful before his first mission, not to return, we later hear.
The fog of war is so thick in "Allied" that it blows even into the bedroom of two people in love.
"Allied," a Paramount Pictures release, is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for "violence, some sexuality/nudity, language and brief drug use." Running time: 124 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four.
Brad Pitt back in China after reported ban over Tibet filmBrad Pitt made his first promotional appearance for a movie in China since reportedly being banned over a film about Tibet almost 20 years ago.
He spent 40 minutes giving autographs to Chinese fans on Monday and 20 minutes at a tightly controlled media event promoting his latest movie.
The Chinese government reportedly didn’t like his 1997 film “Seven Years in Tibet,” about an Austrian explorer’s relationship with a young Dalai Lama, because of its portrayal of harsh Chinese rule in the Himalayan region.
Reporters were not allowed to ask questions at the event in Shanghai held to publicize the World War II romantic thriller “Allied.” Interest is high in his recent divorce from Angelina Jolie.
Instead, a host asked a string of questions about “Allied.”
Pitt did visit China two years ago to accompany his then-partner, who was on a publicity tour, but kept a very low profile.
“Allied” debuts on Nov. 23 in China, the U.S. and some European and Asian countries.
Jon Voight on Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's Divorce: "Hopefully Things Will Work Out"Jon Voight is hoping for the best when it comes to Angelina Jolie's divorce.
Voight spoke to E! News at the premiere of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Thursday night and addressed his daughter and Brad Pitt's custody battle. "I appreciate everybody's concern and their prayers," he told us. "Hopefully things will work out."
Pitt attended his first red carpet this week since Jolie filed for divorce in September. He signed autographs and posed with his Allied co-star, Marion Cotillard, before entering the fan Q&A and gushing about how much his fans mean to him. "It's really sweet, everyone has been really kind out here," he explained before adding, "It's really nice to have all the support."
Earlier that night E! News learned that Pitt had been cleared of child abuse allegations by the Los Angeles Country Department of Children and Family Services. DCFS launched an investigation into the A-list star after an incident involving the actor and his eldest son Maddox on a private airplane back on September 14.
The DCFS found that Angelina's ex did not commit any child abuse during the incident. A spokesperson for Angelina released the following statement:
"The job of the DCFS is to make sure the children are in a safe and secure situation. As we said earlier this week, childcare professionals encouraged a legal agreement accepted and signed by both sides that was in the best interest of the children. Angelina said from the beginning that she felt she had to take action for the health of the family and is relieved that after their 8-week involvement, the DCFS is now satisfied the safeguards are put in place that will allow the children to heal."
A source insisted, however, that, "There were no childcare professionals involved with last week's temporary voluntary agreement."
Brad may have bombshell Angelina tapesBrad Pitt has bombshell audio tapes he plans to use against Angelina Jolie in their bitter child custody battle, according to reports Friday.
The embarrassing recordings may hurt Jolie’s chances at winning primary custody of their six kids, the London Sun reported.
“We believe audio tapes exist of Angelina that would be absolutely dynamite against her if they were to be made public,” an insider told the paper.
The tapes would be the first major legal salvo fired by Pitt and his legal team — after Jolie’s lawyers said they planned to prove he hit one of their children, the source said.
“Nobody wants to play dirty like that — it’s not good for the children — but Angelina and her team seem absolutely hell-bent on trying to discredit Brad in order to stop him getting joint custody,” the source said.
Pitt was never physically abusive with the kids but he did have an argument with son Maddox on an airplane, the source said. Pitt was cleared of abuse allegations by the LA County Department of Children and Family Services this week.
Pitt wants to compromise on custody arrangements rather than duke it out in court, the paper reported.
“Brad has made it obvious that he wants to come to a mature arrangement and stop throwing dirt at each other,” the source said.
The source didn’t say exactly what’s on the tapes.
On Wednesday, Pitt made an appearance at the premiere of his movie “Allied” in Los Angeles — sans his wedding ring.
Jolie filed for divorce on Sept. 19 and is seeking sole custody of their six kids.
Brad Pitt Attends First Red Carpet Since Angelina Jolie Divorce, Thanks Fans for Their ‘’Support’’(Pic) It's been a busy week for Brad Pitt both professionally and personally.
The actor attended his first public red carpet event since Angelina Jolie filed for divorce back in September this evening in honor of his upcoming flick, Allied.
Pitt was on hand for a fan Q&A and stopped to say a few words about filming the highly anticipated film as well as how he's been doing since the split news.
After spending a good chunk of time signing fans' autographs, Angelina's ex shared how happy he was to spend time with those who were excited to meet the A-list actor.
"It's really sweet, everyone has been really kind out here," he explained before adding, "It's really nice to have all the support."
Earlier this evening, E! News confirmed that Brad was officially cleared of child abuse allegations by the Los Angeles Country Department of Children and Family Services. The investigation was prompted due to an incident involving the actor and his eldest son Maddox on a private airplane back on September 14.
The DCFS found that Angelina's ex did not commit any child abuse during the incident. A spokesperson for Angelina released the following statement:
"The job of the DCFS is to make sure the children are in a safe and secure situation. As we said earlier this week, childcare professionals encouraged a legal agreement accepted and signed by both sides that was in the best interest of the children. Angelina said from the beginning that she felt she had to take action for the health of the family and is relieved that after their 8-week involvement, the DCFS is now satisfied the safeguards are put in place that will allow the children to heal."
A source insists, however, that "there were no childcare professionals involved with last week's temporary voluntary agreement."
Yesterday, Brad was also seen with fans but in a more intimate setting—at a private screening for Moonlight, a film that his production company is linked to.
It looks like there's no downtime in sight for the actor as award season gears up and his divorce proceedings enter their presumably final stages.
Brad Pitt -- Cleared in Child Abuse InvestigationBrad Pitt has been cleared of abuse allegations by the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services, TMZ has learned, and that gives him a huge advantage in his custody war with Angelina Jolie.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... DCFS concluded Wednesday it would close the investigation involving an incident in Sept. between Brad and Maddox on a private jet. The Dept. reached the decision ... Brad did NOT commit child abuse during an argument that ended with physical contact.
The case was exhaustively investigated. Social workers interviewed Brad, Angelina, the kids and witnesses on the plane. Everyone cooperated in the investigation. No further action will be taken.
The conclusion is a repudiation of sorts of allegations made by Angelina, who claimed Brad intentionally and without justification struck the boy. We're told she also had claimed there was a pattern of misconduct on Brad's part, something DCFS did not buy.
Now that Brad is cleared, he has a big advantage in the custody case. Angelina is asking for sole physical custody and Brad wants joint custody. California judges favor Brad's position.
Angelina Jolie -- Brad Didn't Commit Child Abuse ... But it Was Still BadAngelina Jolie is chomping at the bit to prove Brad Pitt abused at least one of his kids, and she thinks the divorce judge will believe her allegations and limit Brad's custody.
TMZ broke the story ... the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services has closed its child abuse investigation into an incident on a private jet between Brad and 15-year-old Maddox.
Angelina has filed for primary physical custody of the 6 kids ... Brad has responded, saying he wants joint custody. Sources connected with Angelina say she feels the kids would be at risk if Brad gets joint custody, and if he doesn't drop his claim she'll present evidence to the divorce judge that Brad has committed abuse.
A rep for Angelina tells TMZ, "Angelina said from the beginning that she felt she had to take action for the health of the family and is relieved that after their 8-week involvement, the DCFS is now satisfied the safeguards are put in place that will allow the children to heal."
The rep adds there's a legal agreement in place, signed by both sides, in which Angelina currently has primary physical custody and Brad has monitored visitation. As we reported, however, that agreement was in place only during the DCFS investigation. Now that the investigation is closed, Brad and Angelina will have to duke it out before the divorce judge.
Brad Pitt Spotted for the First Time Following Angelina Jolie Divorce(Pic) Brad Pitt has stepped out in public for the first time following his divorce from Angelina Jolie.
The actor attended a private screening of the upcoming and highly-acclaimed film Moonlight, for which his production company, Plan B, is listed as one of the executive producers. The event was held in Los Angeles, and he was joined by close pal, Julia Roberts. The pair hugged and smiled for several photos before the event.
The outing marks the first time Pitt has been photographed following the announcement of his divorce from Jolie in September.
The main concern following the split has been their six children: Maddox Jolie-Pitt, 15, Pax Jolie-Pitt, 12, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, 11, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, 10, and twins Knox Jolie-Pitt and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, 8. In fact, on Monday, news broke that the pair had reached a custody agreement.
E! News confirmed their children will remain in Jolie's custody—they are currently living with her at her home in Malibu— while Pitt will continue to see visitations in conjunction with a therapist.
The custody news comes a few days after the actor filed for joint custody of the their children last week—a response to Jolie asking for sole custody in the divorce.
Meanwhile, the actor has been under investigation in recent weeks over a mid-air altercation on a private aircraft in mid-September with their eldest son, Maddox. The alleged incident led to an anonymous call being placed with the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services over claims Pitt had been physically and verbally abusive towards Maddox.
At the time, a source close to the actor told E! News he "did not commit any abuse of his children" and has been "cooperating fully" to do what's in the best interest of his children.
Brad has seen his kids twice since the investigation began, but only saw Maddox for the first time just recently. According to a source, the teen was "mad at his dad" before they finally came together during a therapy session.
Another insider told us the actor has been eager to continue seeing the kids and "work out an arrangement that is best for them; he wants to work things out privately and amicably."
We also learned Jolie doesn't intend for the current custody situation to remain permanent. We're told she only believes it's what's necessary right now and knows she and Pitt will eventually need to co-parent together in the future.
Brangelina custody battle takes a bizarre turnThe increasingly tangled Brangelina custody battle took a turn for the bizarre Monday when a rep for Angelina Jolie claimed the “Tomb Raider” star and estranged hubby Brad Pitt had reached a settlement. But others disputed the claim.
On Friday, Pitt quietly filed for joint custody of the separated couple’s six kids in LA Superior Court, following Jolie’s bombshell divorce filing in September.
But late Monday, a Jolie rep issued a statement saying: “We can confirm that child care professionals have encouraged a legal agreement accepted and signed by both sides over a week ago .?.?. The six children will stay in their mother’s custody, and the children will continue therapeutic visits with their father. This has been determined by child care professionals to be in the children’s best interest.”
“We are not in a position to discuss the details,” the rep’s statement continued. “We believe that all sides are committed to healing the family and ask for your consideration during this difficult time.”
Others said not so fast. A source told Page Six: “There was no new agreement signed .?.?. [it] was simply an extension of the pre-existing, completely voluntary temporary arrangement they had previously agreed to.”
Our source said, “It makes no sense because Pitt filed for joint custody on Friday .?.?. days after this supposed ‘new’ agreement. There were absolutely not any child-care advisers of any kind imposing or in any way involved with this decision.”
Meanwhile, as we reported, despite all the off-screen drama, Pitt’s planning to attend the premiere of his new Paramount film, “Allied,” on Wednesday in Westwood, Calif.
Statement: Pitt-Jolie children will remain in actress' careAngelina Jolie Pitt will continue to have sole custody of her six children with Brad Pitt in a joint agreement reached by the actors, a representative for the actress said Monday.
The voluntary agreement calls for the former couple's six children, who range in ages from 8 to 15, to continue to have "therapeutic visits" with Pitt for the time being. It is unclear what therapeutic visits entailed, and Jolie Pitt's representatives said they could not provide additional details.
A representative for Pitt declined comment.
Monday's statement said the agreement was reached more than a week ago, although Pitt told a court on Friday that he is seeking joint custody.
Jolie Pitt filed for divorce in September, days after Pitt was involved in a disturbance during a private flight with his family. She cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the breakup, and an attorney said at the time she filed for divorce "for the health of the family."
The statement makes no mention of an investigation by child welfare workers into the plane incident.
The agreement has not been filed in the couple's divorce, and may not be the final custody arrangement governing the actors' children.
Pitt and Jolie Pitt reached a temporary custody agreement in late September that included at least some of the same terms — visitation with his children and both sides agreeing to meetings with therapists.
"We believe that all sides are committed to healing the family and ask for your consideration during this difficult time," Monday's statement said.
The actor filed a legal response to the divorce on Friday and sought joint custody of the children. Formal custody arrangements are included a couple's divorce judgment, although they are rarely made public in celebrity divorce cases.
Pitt's filing did not include any new details about the couple's breakup. Pitt cited irreconcilable differences and makes no mention of a prenuptial agreement that will govern how the pair divides their assets. He also cites Sept. 15 as the day of their separation, one day after the alleged plane altercation between Pitt and his 15-year-old son, Maddox.
Pitt was accused of being abusive toward the teenager, sources told The Associated Press, but authorities were not notified when the plane landed in Minnesota. Several sources said the incident was being investigated by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, but the agency said it could not confirm whether it was involved.
The actors were married for two years and together for 12 years after becoming close while filming 2005's "Mr. & Mrs. Smith."
Brad Pitt to walk first red carpet since Angelina Jolie splitBrad Pitt will walk the red carpet at the premiere of his World War II movie “Allied” during his divorce battle with Angelina Jolie, sources tell Page Six, despite reports he’s pulled out of all press for the film.
Reports have said Pitt is passing on all press for the film as a bitter custody battle with Jolie over their six kids has heated up.
There have also been rumors of romance between Pitt and his co-star Marion Cotillard, which the stars have denied. She also revealed that she’s pregnant with her second child, with longtime partner Guillaume Canet.
Although reports this week said he’s pulled out of promotional commitments for the film, including junkets and talk shows, sources told Page Six he is planning to be at the movie’s premiere in Westwood, Calif., on Wednesday, and studio Paramount confirmed he’ll be attending.
“He is maintaining multiple commitments for the film,” said a source. “He doesn’t usually do much press anyway” for projects.
The movie opens over Thanksgiving weekend.
While Pitt quietly filed for joint custody of their kids late on Friday, reports said Monday that Jolie’s gearing up for a major battle — and a source close to the actress reportedly told TMZ that “until he gets his s?-?-?t together,” Jolie wants Pitt to have “monitored visitation.” Jolie slapped Pitt with the bombshell divorce in September following an alleged incident between Pitt and the couple’s eldest son, Maddox, 15, on a private jet.
Pitt’s court papers filed late on Friday — a time when celebs traditionally try and bury news — were the first filed in the divorce. He has strongly denied any allegations involving abuse of his and Jolie’s kids. An entertainment source said of Pitt that despite all the drama, “he is trying to get as little attention as possible — he wants to resolve this situation — he is not fighting anything, he is simply asserting his rights to his kids.”
Reps for Pitt and Jolie didn’t comment.
Angelina Jolie -- Brad's Dreaming ... He's Not Getting Joint CustodyAngelina Jolie is ready and willing to fight Brad Pitt in court over the custody of their children and "until he gets his s**t together" she only wants him to have monitored visitation ... sources connected to Angelina tell TMZ.
TMZ broke the story, Brad filed legal docs Friday, asking for joint custody of the couple's six children. Angelina has drawn a line in the sand, asking for primary physical custody, with Brad getting visitation ... our sources tell us she wants the visits monitored.
Angelina's wish list is basically what she and Brad agreed to temporarily while the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services investigates a confrontation between Brad and Maddox. As we reported, DCFS is looking more broadly at interactions in the family.
Our Angelina sources say she ultimately wants the family repaired so she and Brad can resume a "normal" parenting regime, but until then she will fight hard for sole physical custody. She believes Brad has substance abuse and anger issues that must be addressed.
One Angelina source said this is looking more and more like "War of the Roses redux."
Brad Pitt Wants Joint Custody of KidsBrad Pitt has just set the stage for a custody war ... asking for joint custody of the 6 kids he shares with Angelina Jolie ... TMZ has learned.
Brad answered Angelina's divorce petition and squarely takes issue with her request for sole physical custody of the kids. She wanted Brad to only have visitation.
TMZ broke the story, Angelina checked the box for sole custody after Brad allegedly struck Maddox on a private jet.
FYI ... California judges favor joint custody, unless it would be harmful to the kids.
Neither Brad nor Angelina mention spousal or child support.
Brad gives the same separation date as Angelina ... Sept. 15th.
‘He Wanted The Moon’: Rubicon Joins Cross Creek & Plan B For Brad Pitt Passion ProjectRubicon Entertainment has entered into a development deal with Cross Creek Pictures for He Wanted The Moon, the film being penned by Tony Kushner. The period drama is a co-production between Brad Pitt’s Plan B and Cross Creek. Brad Pitt is attached to star in the project still a year after he brought the Mimi Baird and Eve Claxton’s memoir himself.
He is particularly interested in the lead role of Dr. Perry Baird, a Texan Harvard-educated doctor who rose in the field of medicine in the 1920s studying the root of manic depression, a condition that ultimately befell him. Mimi Baird is his daughter.
Word that Rubicon has come aboard the Pitt picture comes as they and Cross Creek are also teaming on The French Quarter, developing and producing a TV series based on Gangs Of New York author Herbert Asbury’s early 20th century book about the New Orleans underworld.
Plan B’s Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner are on to produce He Wanted the Moon alongside Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson. Doug McKay, Nathan Grubbs, Robert Kaplan, Marc Senter and Michael Whalen will be executive and co-executive producers on behalf of Rubicon.
Brad and Angelina sell off New Orleans home amid divorceBrad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have sold their home in New Orleans’ French Quarter.
Documents filed with the Land Records Division of the Orleans Parish Clerk of Court’s Office show the property sold for $4.9 million.
Pitt and Jolie purchased the home in 2007 after Hurricane Katrina for $3.5 million. The couple, who are divorcing, bought it after Pitt established the Make It Right Foundation to fuel development of new housing in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward neighborhood.
According to the listing, the three-story, 1830s-era mansion has 7,645 square feet, five bedrooms, three bathrooms and two half-baths.
Listing agent Nina Killeen confirmed the sale closed Friday. She says, “It sold for a very fair price. It’s a good deal for both parties. They’re happy with the outcome.”
FBI grills Angelina Jolie for four hoursThe FBI grilled Angelina Jolie for four hours, in a probe of estranged husband Brad Pitt’s alleged confrontation with their teen son aboard a private airplane, a published report revealed on Wednesday.
The 41-year-old actress was questioned in great detail by two agents at her Los Angeles home on Sept. 14, Us Weekly reported.
“The agents wanted a breakdown of everything that happened from when the plane took off to when it landed. They’re looking into charges of assault,” an anonymous insider told Us.
Jolie, 41, “fully cooperated” with investigators in regard to the incident involving their 15-year-old son Maddox, another source said.
The probe is expected to last a few more weeks before it’s handed to federal prosecutors, the magazine revealed.
The FBI probe is running concurrently with an investigation by the LA County Department of Children and Family Services.
“Neither side wants this to go to court because everything the FBI and DCFS investigated will potentially be made available to the public, which would be bad for the entire family.” the insider said.
The FBI “will likely investigate for another few weeks” and will subsequently present the case to the prosecutor flor possible charges.
For now, the Jolie has primary custody of their kids Maddox, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 10. The 52-year-old Pitt has visitation rights.
Brad Pitt -- Abuse Investigation Expanded to Family ... Angelina Sources SayThe Brad Pitt child abuse investigation has been expanded to the entire family, including Angelina ... sources connected with Angelina Jolie tell TMZ.
Our sources say ... the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services initially focused on the plane incident in which Brad allegedly struck 15-year-old Maddox.
Our sources say, through various interviews with family members, DCFS has now expanded its investigation to other alleged incidents, including interactions between Brad and Angelina which were allegedly witnessed by 1 or more of their 6 kids.
The Angelina sources say some of the children have been fearful around Brad, and Maddox in particular has problems with his dad. We're told the meeting Brad had with Maddox last week ended quickly because Maddox didn't want to be there.
None of our sources would say if the DCFS interviews turned up anything that would cause the agency to take action related to custody.
Brad Pitt -- I'm Not Answering Angelina's Divorce ... For the Sake of Our KidsBrad Pitt will not file a legal response to Angelina Jolie's divorce petition because it would set the stage for a nasty legal battle ... and he fears it would cause great psychological damage to their kids.
Brad's legal answer was supposed to be filed Wednesday, but the deadline came and went. Sources close to the case tell us ... Brad wants joint legal and physical custody, but if he actually filed papers it would draw the battle lines. Angelina wants sole physical custody, setting up a possible custody war.
Angelina could set the wheels in motion for a default judgment since Brad hasn't answered her petition, but we're told that is not going to happen. She agrees ... healing the family is the priority, not starting a war.
There's something else here at play. The L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services is still investigating the airplane confrontation between Brad and 15-year-old Maddox, and Brad will be in a much stronger position if DCFS closes the case before he files his answer.
Our sources also say there's a chance the whole divorce case could settle privately without any dueling divorce docs. And, we're told, on that goal both Angelina and Brad agree.
Brad Pitt -- First Face-to-Face With Maddox Since Plane IncidentBrad Pitt had his first visit in more than a month with his 15-year-old son, Maddox ... since their confrontation last month on a private jet ... TMZ has learned.
Sources connected with Angelina tell us the 2 met Wednesday afternoon with a therapist present. There had been a plan in place for Brad and Maddox to reunite a while back, but we're told the therapist felt the timing wasn't right.
The sources say Brad has had visits with his 5 other kids before Wednesday, but the face-to-face with Maddox is a turning point.
As we reported, Brad and Angelina agreed to a temporary custody plan which the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services created, in which Angelina gets temporary physical custody and Brad gets visitation.
As we reported, DCFS is still investigating the airplane incident and the FBI questioned Angelina and the kids Tuesday in a fact-finding mission. Our law enforcement sources stress there is no FBI investigation ... just fact-finding.
Our Angelina sources say, even though she's headed to divorce court, she still wants their family to function with a fully involved father and mother.
Inside Brad Pitt and Maddox Jolie-Pitt's Relationship: The Ups and Downs of the Father-Son Bond Through the YearsIs there anything tougher than being 15?
Yes, and that's being 15 when your parents decide to get divorced.
Maddox Jolie-Pitt is at that tender age and while he's used to the spotlight, being the son of two of the most famous people in the world, for the first time in his young life he's the subject of more than just "Maddox celebrates his birthday" headlines. Now, people are questioning what sort of dad Brad Pitt is, and his relationship with Maddox is taking center stage.
E! News confirmed that father and son saw each other, in person, for the first time in over a month on Wednesday, a therapist also present as per the terms of the temporary arrangement Pitt and Angelina Joliearrived at in order to get a grip on their custody issues that had been playing out so publicly.
Maddox had previously refused to see Pitt, a source telling us he was mad at his dad and didn't want to see him just yet; the actor had seen his other five kids with Jolie on two occasions since she filed for divorce on Sept. 19.
Meanwhile, the FBI paid Jolie a visit at the Malibu residence where she's been staying with the children to interview the family about what really occurred aboard a private plane carrying Pitt and the kids on Sept. 14—an incident that prompted an investigation from Los Angeles' Department of Children and Family Services.
A source told E! News that Pitt and Maddox had a "typical argument," the type that most parents and their kids are no stranger to, while another insider said it amounted to "the kind of disagreements that sometimes occur between teenage boys and their fathers."
It shouldn't come as a surprise when any father and his 15-year-old kid butt heads, but this was the first time that most people were being treated to a less than idyllic picture when it came to Brad or Angelina's relationship with their kids, if not each other.
"To be clear: we have fights and problems like any other couple," Jolie talked about their marriage last year while promoting By the Sea, which she wrote and directed, and in which she and Pitt play a couple whose marriage is falling apart. "We have days when we drive each other absolutely mad and want space, but the problems in the movie aren't our specific problems."
Jolie adopted Maddox from his native Cambodia on March 10, 2002, when he was 7 months old. She met Pitt on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 2004 and, by that time the following year, they were a couple, with Brad accompanying Angie to Ethiopia in the summer of 2005 when she adopted daughter Zahara. Both kids were adopted by Brad as well in early 2006, a few months before he and Jolie had their first biological child together, daughter Shiloh. Jolie adopted Pax as a single parent in 2007, because Vietnam didn't allow unmarried couples to adopt, and Pitt officially became his dad in February 2008. Twins Knox and Vivienne were born on July 12, 2008, and the brood was complete.
Both Brad and Angelina have made it clear that their kids' well-being are their No. 1 priority as they navigate the murky waters of divorce—which started off particularly murky in this case thanks to Jolie's request for sole physical custody, minus any other details, when she filed her petition, citing irreconcilable differences.
Making the timing even more touchy is the fact that they're parents of a teenager, a 12-year-old, an 11-year-old, a 10-year-old and two 8-year-olds—a tall order even in the best of times.
"I worry about them all the time," Pitt said a year ago in the November 2015 issue of Psychologies. "That's the emotional bond and responsibility that sweeps over you when you have a family to look after. I care about them more than I care about myself, which I think is the real definition of love. I care about them more than I care about myself. You see past yourself and become more generous and giving, and wanting only the best for your family."
Pitt and Maddox have always seemed to have your average, close yet normal-looking, father-son relationship.
When he turned 9, he wanted a racing theme so Maddox's parents rented out Go Kart World in Carson, Calif., ensuring as many zips around the Mini Indy Track as the birthday boy could handle.
In 2011, Pitt told USA Weekend about having six kids in the house, "Angie and I do everything we can to carve out some semblance of normalcy for them, to re-create the kinds of moments that were special for us. It's not unusual for the kids to be covered in paint. We have mud fights. It's chaos from morning until the lights go out, and sometimes after that."
Making time for both all the kids and the kids individually was also understandably a struggle with their work schedules. Pitt and Jolie famously figured that they needed to shoot films on alternating schedules so at least one of them would be readily available.
"I want to spend my time with them," Pitt told the U.K.'s Daily Record in November 2011. "I'm not having enough time with them, so I push for that and then ultimately, we all have to go to work. With six kids it's all about time allocation now.
"As a parent I find that where you could sit back and be a bit more lackadaisical about your time, it's now like, 'OK, I've got 45 minutes here, I'm carving this out, I'm shutting the door and I'm just going to the thing'. And then I need to make sure my kids get this attention."
Brad bought Maddox a Suzuki DRZ-125 motorbike for his 11th birthday—not only a gift that most boys would love but one that spoke right to Pitt's own motorcycle-loving heart, a bonding opportunity for the two.
"It'll be a fun thing for them to do, and obviously he has a real passion for bikes which he'd like to pass on," a source told E! News at the time.
"I've discovered I don't suck at being a dad," Pitt jested self-deprecatingly to Details two years ago.
Talking about Maddox in 2006, Jolie described him as "very smart, but he's got a certain sense of calm."
And even though the boy was only 5 at the time, that indicates he was a deep thinker from the beginning, someone who analyzes a situation from all angles and doesn't make a move until he's ready.
Hence, not wanting to see his dad right away. Combine that with being 15, and it's no wonder that one day he may have been claiming he never wanted to see Brad again, as Us Weekly reported, and the next he was agreeing to a meeting.
Asked by a fan who was considering adoption about the concern that the bond would be different than it would be with a biological child, Pitt said in 2009, "What I can tell you is, I love each of my children individually and equally and my life is all the richer because of them, and I could not imagine my life without them."
Last year, Jolie said that it was turning into a very pivotal time for Maddox, whom she called "a son of Cambodia" in addition to her own son.
"This is the time for our family to understand all that that means to him and to us," she told the Associated Press. "My desire to tell this story in the most truthful and accurate way possible will be my tribute to the strength and dignity of all Cambodian people." Jolie has had a home in Cambodia since 2003 and in 2005 she was given citizenship in thanks for all her good works in her son's native country. Her next directorial effort is set to be an adaptation of human rights activist's Loung Ung's memoir First They Killed My Father: A Daughter Of Cambodia Remembers for Netflix, a production that Maddox is involved in.
Jolie herself hadn't planned on starting a family anytime soon when, in 2000, she was shooting Tomb Raiderin Cambodia and while visiting with kids at an orphanage she all of a sudden realized, not only that she wanted to delve deeper into humanitarian issues but that "my son was in the country, somewhere."
Along came the very married Pitt in 2004, whom Jolie would later admit to falling in love with on the set of their film—though they tried to shut down those rumors for as long as possible in the wake of Pitt's divorce from Jennifer Aniston in early 2005.
Serendipitously, Pitt shifted into dad mode rather seamlessly.
"I feel like the richest man alive since I've become a father," Pitt told Psychologies last year. "Being a father has changed me on so many levels and made me more generous and alive. I see my children as an essential part of my life, and it means so much to be able to educate them and help them make their way in the world as they grow up. I love being a father and all the responsibilities that entails."
The star of the upcoming World War II-era romance thriller Allied also said that he was purposely slowing down in the acting department, becoming increasingly picky about any film choices that would take him away from home.
"And, truthfully, I do want to spend more time with my kids before they're grown up and gone," he added.
Fast-forward to last month, when Pitt first stated in response to Jolie's divorce filing, "I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids. I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time."
A week later he opted to skip the premiere of Terrence Malick's Voyage of Time, which Pitt narrated, saying, "I'm very grateful to be part of such a fascinating and educational project, but I'm currently focused on my family situation and don't want to distract attention away from this extraordinary film, which I encourage everyone to see."
His family situation, including the rift that had apparently opened up between him and his eldest son, whether it happened on that plane ride or long before. Whatever's been going on, Maddox has his reasons for siding with his mom or, quite possibly, he's plenty upset with both parents right now and mom just happens to be in charge.
And while one day, hopefully in the near future, Maddox will appreciate the efforts his father seems to be making in what must be a painful time for everybody, all the parental platitudes in the world may just fall on uninterested 15-year-old ears for now.
Angelina Jolie and Kids -- Interviewed by the FBIAngelina Jolie and her kids were interviewed Tuesday by 2 FBI agents ... primarily to determine where exactly the incident between Brad Pitt and 15-year-old son Maddox went down.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... 2 FBI agents paid Angelina a visit at her Malibu home and spent more than 3 hours there. Well-placed sources tell us there is not an official investigation ... the agency is in a "fact-finding" stage to determine if there's evidence to warrant an investigation.
We're told the agents wanted Angelina and the kids to walk through the incident step-by-step, but they spent a lot of time trying to pin down the location of the airplane at the time it happened.
We're told it matters if the plane was not in U.S. airspace when the argument went down. The FBI also asked numerous questions about what happened on the ground when the plane refueled in Minnesota. There's some question as to whether Minnesota officials might have jurisdiction.
Sources tell us Angelina was cooperative but her endgame is for the whole thing to just go away.
As we reported, it's highly unlikely the FBI will press the case.
Brangelina’s former bodyguard: I ‘fathered’ those kidsMark Billingham spent 27 years in the British Army’s Special Air Service, fought in Iraq and won the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery after capturing an IRA sniper by using himself as bait.
But his toughest gig was not on the battlefield — it was guarding estranged Hollywood couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
Mark, known by his nickname, Billy, was their eyes and ears for 18 months and became so close to their children, he reckons he was their unofficial father.
Now he is entering the world of showbiz as a new instructor for Channel 4’s “SAS: Who Dares Wins,” which is back tonight.
He joins Anthony Middleton, Jason Fox and Matthew Ollerton to put 25 civilians through an SAS selection test in the Ecuadorian jungle.
It’s not for the faint-hearted, and one thing is for certain: Brad Pitt should not apply.
Billy, 51, says, “Brad wouldn’t last long because he wouldn’t have any cream to put on his face. It would be too sweaty and uncomfortable for him. He’s too pretty! But Angie could do it. She’d probably be the only one with balls at the end. She would stick it out.”
Channel 4 signed Billy — who is also an MBE — after being impressed by his credentials.
His depth of experience also landed him the gig with Brangelina.
Billy admits, “I was Brad and Angelina’s head of security. The military set me up perfectly for what I did with them. The biggest concern for them was the kidnapping of the kids, it’s all about money.”
Working with the Hollywood stars meant Billy grew close to the couple’s six children — Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne — and he was one of the few staff members they trusted to be around the family.
He recalls, “Angie and Brad are very worried about who goes near their children. It was clear from the start we had a great chemistry and they trusted me with the kids. We got very close, I was living with them all the time. I could take the kids anywhere I wanted to on my own,” he continued. “No one else was allowed to do that. Even when I wanted to bring in extra people, they wouldn’t let any of those near the kids. They could look out for them from a distance but they couldn’t physically touch them. I took them swimming. I fathered them, basically.”
Stalkers were another big issue for the A-listers.
Billy recalls one particularly hairy incident involving Angelina.
He explains, “We had stalkers in Chicago and New York which I had to deal with. Angie was filming in a crowd and everyone’s got smiles on their faces except for one guy. He looked angry. A few days later, we were coming off set and this guy came running down the road with photos to be signed. Angie wanted to get out of the vehicle and do it but I said no. I went and got the photos and took them to her. She was like, ‘Wow, these are personal photos.’ The guy ran off, then reappeared days later near the hotel, so I got him arrested,” he added.
“He’d been following Angie all over the States. To me, it was a John Lennon classic,” Billingham continued. “Whenever she was on her own in pictures, he was smiling. Then whenever she was with Brad, he had this angry look on his face.”
Billy reveals he was more worried about people attacking Brad than Angelina, saying, “People love her but hate him. You have to figure out a way of protecting them from all that. It was challenging, but interesting.”
Protecting celebrities from crazed fans requires careful planning, but Billy found he also had to protect their image too, even carrying spare clothes for his charges in case theirs got stained or crumpled.
He says, “It’s not so much about the physical side, but more about the social side. I had to make sure their image was protected, that they were dressed properly and not doing silly things that could be caught on camera.”
The task was harder than it sounds, according to Billy, who says Brad and Angelina lacked some very basic social skills.
He explains, “What surprised me was their low level of common sense. I found it crazy when they would ask me questions like, ‘How do I go down to that bar?’ and ‘What do I need to do to get there?’ They’re not stupid, but because of the world they live in, they just haven’t done something like that for so long. I found that weird.”
As well as looking out for would-be stalkers, assassins and kidnappers, Billy had fun with the couple, especially joker Brad.
He says, “Once, it was Angie’s birthday and we were all sitting in an Audi Q7. I hadn’t been working with them long and suddenly Brad has locked the doors and farted and we couldn’t get out.”
Yet while he spent time with Brad and Angelina’s children, divorced Billy found the job kept him away from his own six children, so he had to quit.
He says with a shrug, “I never had a private life. I was exhausted. I lost direction in my own family life. In 17 months I was only home for six weeks. It was just too full-on. I still do bits and pieces for Brad and Angie. She recently went into Iraq for the UN and I looked after her beforehand, got her ready for it and looked after Maddox when she went in.”
Angelina shocked the world last month when she filed for divorce from Brad, ending their 12-year relationship.
Loyal Billy — who has also looked after Russell Crowe, Sean Penn, Tom Cruise and Kate Moss — says he was just as shocked by the split as everyone else.
Now he is focusing on becoming a star himself.
Season 1 of “Who Dares Wins” was a big hit for Channel 4 last year and Billy believes the new one will be just as good.
He says, “I have to take my hat off to the guys for having the balls to do it. Some performed pretty bloody well out there. The most important ingredient for any SAS soldier is his mental capacity. It’s not about your image or shape, it’s whether you can think and operate under pressure. It’s so important to know if a guy is someone you can work with … a team player and dependable. It doesn’t mean you want to go drinking with him, but when the s— hits the fan, you know you can trust him with your life.”
Brad Pitt Sees His Children for the First Time Since Divorce AnnouncementBrad Pitt has seen some of his children for the first time since news broke of his and Angelina Jolie's divorce, E! News confirms. Pitt visited them on Oct. 8, and there was a monitor present; however, not all of his kids were there.
This news comes almost a week after E! News learned that Jolie and Pitt came to a temporary custody agreement that gave Jolie temporary sole custody of their six kids while Pitt received visitation rights. According to a source familiar with the voluntary agreement, both parents agreed to participate in individual counseling, and Pitt's initial visit with his children would be with a therapist, though nothing has been mandated for supervision or monitoring.
But a second source told us that a therapist would be present for any and all visits until Oct. 20. The actor has also volunteered to complete drug and alcohol testing, but was not required.
Since Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt on Sept. 19, it appeared that it would be anything but smooth sailing. DCFS continues to investigate allegations that Pitt was involved in an incident with a child aboard a private plane earlier this month, but an insider told us that the Allied star's main concern is his children and their wellbeing.
"He really wants to see the kids and to work out an arrangement that is best for them," an insider previously told us. "[He] wants to work things out privately and amicably."
Jolie, we were told, doesn't intend for this custody agreement to become permanent; she believes it's what's necessary right now and knows she and Pitt will need to co-parent together in the future. Previously, a source reiterated that her primary focus is the wellbeing of her children.
Us Weekly was first to report the news.
Brad Pitt won’t be investigated by the FBIBrad Pitt can rest easy — the FBI isn’t out to get him, according to a report on Saturday.
The actor came under scrutiny after reports surfaced he allegedly hit his 15-year-old son with Angelina Jolie as the family was flying on a private jet last month.
Authorities in Los Angeles opened an investigation of the incident, which helped spark Jolie’s divorce petition.
Local cops turned their case over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who never even bothered to open a case, TMZ reported.
Sources had claimed the physical contact between Pitt and oldest son Maddox might have even been incidental, and the episode should never have been referred to the feds, the web site says.
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Melissa Etheridge defends Brad Pitt against child abuse allegationsMelissa Etheridge is not happy with how Angelina Jolie is handling her split from her former pal Brad Pitt.
“It breaks my heart that anyone would take something as personal as your marriage and your relationship and your rights to your children and do it as purposefully as I see it’s being done, because there’s a way to be. I’ve gone through family courts. I’ve been twice around this block, and I know it really well. And I know when there’s some forethought to just how mean and just how you’re going to put disinformation out there first,” she told Andy Cohen on his SiriusXM radio show Monday.
The singer, who performed at Pitt and Jennifer Aniston’s wedding in 2000, also blasted Jolie for child abuse allegations.
“[The accusation is] completely unfounded. It’s really heartbreaking to see that,” she said.
The rocker also told Cohen that a lot of his friends didn’t see him after he got involved with Jolie.
“I really hope that he reaches back out because there are a lot of us who haven’t seen him in ten years. It was hard then. We all lost a friend,” she said.
Etheridge hinted that she has so much dirt on Jolie that “someday I’ll write a book … I was around when Angelina was not doing nice things with Billy Bob [Thornton] to Laura Dern. I went through that on a personal level, and then to know the side of Jennifer and Brad.”
Cohen then brought up a New York Post story about Jolie’s breakup behavior. “There was an article in the Post about her kind of history … they were like, ‘remember how she is in battle when she breaks up with people,’” Cohen said.
Etheridge responded: “Oh, it’s crazy. I helped Laura move out of her house with Billy Bob. I like broke into their home to get her stuff out because it was so nasty.”
Jennifer Garner Jokes That She's Dating Brad Pitt (but Maybe She's on to Something?)(Video) Are people going to start shipping a new Hollywood couple?
In an effort to give paparazzi something to talk about, Jennifer Garner decided to joke around with the shutterbugs who were following her back to her car with a gal-pal after workout in Los Angeles. Per usual, the paps asked the actress about her love life (her and ex Ben Affleck continue to make headlines), but this time she threw them for a whirlwind.
"Brad Pitt and I are dating," she said "You're dating Brad Pitt?" the videographer asked, to which Garner laughs, "Yeah!" Her comment drew laughs from everyone around her, and Garner continued to giggle her way to the car with coffee in hand. The humble and sweet moment was entertaining to watch, but we gotta ask—did she just plant some seeds in peoples' minds?
Sure, that might be awkward given the small circle of A-listers and the possibility of a Ben-Jen-Brad-Angelina Jolie feud, but in Hollywood, that doesn't tend to stop people (or at least, stop people from imagining it happening).
Regardless, we know Garner was just throwing paps a bone for some entertainment. In fact, Garner compared her split with Affleck to that of Pitt and Jennifer Aniston earlier this year.
The Miracles From Heaven actress opened up about her marriage's demise in the pages of Vanity Fair's March 2016 issue and revealed that she's she's aware that people are waiting for her and Ben to get back together.
"When Jen Aniston and Brad Pitt broke up," she admitted to the magazine, "I was dying to see something that said they were getting back together."
As we all know by now, that wasn't the case and Pitt ended up in a relationship (and then marriage) with Jolie. Similar to that case, Garner suggested that fans need to stop themselves from hoping that she and Affleck will call the breakup off and get back together, because that doesn't seem likely.
But what about dating Pitt? Would you ship it?
Angelina Jolie -- I Don't Want Brad ProsecutedAngelina Jolie will not cooperate with law enforcement if there's a move to file child abuse charges against Brad Pitt ... TMZ has learned.
Our Angelina sources say she's adamant ... Brad should not face criminal charges for getting physical with 15-year-old Maddox on their private jet. We're told she'll go "radio silent" if authorities make a move to build a case against her estranged husband.
We're told Angelina was forthright with the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services, telling social workers Brad struck Maddox (in the face).
Other sources say Brad did not strike his son in the face, but instead lunged at him and Angelina got in the way, causing Brad to inadvertently make contact with the boy's shoulders.
Angelina, we're told, has a singular focus ... protecting her kids, not punishing Brad.
DCFS does have the authority to recommend custody restrictions to the dependency court, although it's looking more and more like it will not reach that stage. Furthermore, given there were no injuries to Maddox and conflicting accounts of what happened, prosecution is also unlikely.
Brangelina to get therapy under temporary custody planBrad Pitt is submitting to drug and alcohol tests, while both he and Angelina Jolie will have to undergo therapy, as part of a temporary custody plan for their kids as they seek to settle their increasingly ugly divorce.
Pitt has agreed to undergo random drug and alcohol testing over the next three weeks amid reports of his drinking and pot smoking. His first test came back negative. Also, both Jolie and Pitt will go into individual therapy and separately attend family counseling with their kids.
The couple’s six children — Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox — will remain with Jolie at a rented LA house. Pitt can visit — but he has agreed that his initial visit will also be monitored by a therapist, who will decide if further monitoring is needed for future visits.
A source tells us, “This is a horrible, horrible situation, but Brad is doing everything he can to do the right thing for the kids and make this as painless as possible.”
The temporary plan, which runs until Oct. 20, has been agreed to following recommendations from the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, which interviewed both Pitt and Jolie following allegations of an altercation on their private jet.
Pitt strongly denies hitting Maddox, 15, during a Sept. 14 argument with Jolie, who filed for divorce in Los Angeles on Sept. 19, citing irreconcilable differences. An investigation into the alleged incident was launched by DCFS after it was reported by an anonymous party.
The source continued, “This is a temporary agreement that both Jolie and Pitt have consented to. They will both undergo individual therapy and family therapy with their kids. They have joint custody, but both sides agreed the children will stay with their mother, and he will visit.” It was not clear if Pitt has seen the kids since Jolie filed for divorce.
The source added, “Everything is voluntary, including the therapy and drug testing.”
We’re told that lawyers for Jolie and Pitt are now focused on trying to settle privately to avoid a bitter court battle.
Angelina Jolie Working With Real-Life Olivia Pope for Brad Pitt DivorceAngelina Jolie wants to get through this with as little scandal as possible (see what we did there?).
E! News confirms that the A-lister's team has hired famous crisis manager Judy Smith to help with her highly publicized divorce with Brad Pitt. And this is pretty interesting, considering Smith is the real-life Olivia Pope who inspired Kerry Washington's character in the hit Shonda Rhimes series.
"She is typically a calming non-combative influence," a source tells us. "Certainly seems like someone to give better advice than what she has been apparently been getting."
In other words, it's handled.
"Judy and her firm have a long history of handling issues that have unfortunately garnered too much attention in the public eye, and she knows how to push towards resolutions that are swift and discreet," a source told People, who first reported the story.
Jolie will join a list of high-profile celebrities, including Michael Vick, Paula Deen and Monica Lewinsky, who also needed "the fixer" to calm the media thunderstorm surrounding their various scandals. Meanwhile, Smith joins celeb renowned lawyer Laura Wasser on the case, proving that Angie is creating quite the legal team.
One of the biggest concerns surrounding the divorce is the custody battle over their kids, Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh and twins Knox and Vivienne.
Angelina is seeking full custody of the children as E! News learned she believes it's what's necessary right now while the Department of Children and Family Services in Los Angeles County continues conducting an inquiry into the allegations that Brad was involved in an incident with a child aboard a private plane earlier this month.
In fact, we're told Brad has yet to see his children since the divorce news broke last week, but, "He really wants to see the kids and to work out an arrangement that is best for them," an insider told us. "[He] wants to work things out privately and amicably."
E! News has also learned the 41-year-old actress doesn't intend for the custody situation to remain permanent, and are told Angie knows she and Brad will need to co-parent together in the future for the sake of their kids.
Brad and Angelina trying to settle divorce outside of courtAngelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are now in private negotiations to settle their divorce, Page Six has confirmed.
After Pitt hired top LA attorney Lance Spiegel, the public sniping has ceased and the two sides are trying to reach an agreement out of court, we’re told.
The sticking point is the custody of their six children. Jolie filed for divorce requesting primary physical custody. Pitt is pushing for shared custody, although he has yet to file any paperwork with the court.
Jolie has also this week hired famous crisis manager Judy Smith, who inspired Kerry Washington’s character on the hit TV show “Scandal.”
Sources tell Page Six that Smith is consulting with Jolie’s legal team as they work out her divorce with Pitt. One insider said, “Smith has been a great help calming things down so the discussions between both sides can move forward.”
Both sides didn’t get back to us on Thursday.
Brad Pitt -- Urine Test for DCFS Was VoluntaryBrad Pitt submitted to a drug and alcohol test early on during the investigation into allegations he abused his son ... but it was not something he was forced to do.
Sources close to investigators tell TMZ ... the test went down within a couple days of the alleged incident on the plane. We're told Pitt voluntarily provided a urine sample in an attempt to show he had nothing to hide, and to clear up any "exaggerations."
As we first reported ... both sides agree he drank heavily on the plane, but Angelina Jolie's people say it was after the alleged incident with Maddox -- Brad's camp says it was before.
Obviously, the test -- first reported "In Touch" -- wouldn't show when Pitt had been drinking, but we're told he wanted the test to blunt any claims he's abusing drugs or alcohol. DCFS did not require it for its investigation ... Pitt simply offered.
We're told the test results are not in yet.
Brad Pitt Says He's 'Focused on My Family Situation' Amid Angelina Jolie DivorceBrad Pitt will not be attending the premiere of his upcoming film Voyage of Time, amid his ongoing divorce with Angelina Jolie.
The actor said he is skipping the Wednesday screening so he can remain "focused on his family."
"Terrence's Voyage of Time is an incredibly beautiful and unique experiential IMAX film for children and families chronicling the birth of time," he said in a statement to Access Hollywood. "I'm very grateful to be part of such a fascinating and educational project, but I’m currently focused on my family situation and don’t want to distract attention away from this extraordinary film, which I encourage everyone to see."
Pitt serves as the narrator of the documentary.
Jolie, 41, filed for divorce from Pitt, 52, in a Los Angeles court Sept. 19, stating that she separated from the Allied star on Sept. 15 – just one day after the couple and son Maddox, 15, were involved in an alleged altercation aboard their private plane.
The actress requested sole custody of their six children: Maddox, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.
The inner circle allegedly helping Jolie smear PittThe public sniping against Brad Pitt has simmered down now that Angelina Jolie’s political advisers have gone back to England.
Lady Arminka Helic, a Bosnian-born member of the UK House of Lords and a former adviser to Britain’s ex-foreign secretary William Hague, and fellow former Hague aide Chloe Dalton have been behind Jolie’s campaign against Pitt after she filed for divorce, multiple sources tell Page Six.
One source said, “They have been calling all the networks and news outlets, placing stories that he was cheating, drunk, on drugs, out of control and abusive, which Brad denies.”
A second source added, “Their last move was to urge news outlets to obtain the video of Brad allegedly losing his s?-?-?t on the tarmac. But that video didn’t surface, or doesn’t exist.”
The first source continued, “They were with Angelina in LA as she filed for divorce, and advised her how to handle things last week, which was basically a scorched-earth approach.” The source added, “It’s no coincidence that since they went back to London, things have calmed down.”
But other insiders insist that Helic and Dalton are focused on humanitarian work, which is how they met Jolie.
Helic, who fled the Bosnian War as a refugee in the ’90s, served as a special adviser to Hague and persuaded him to launch the UK’s global sexual-violence initiative, which was backed by Jolie.
Helic was nominated to the House of Lords in 2014, taking the title Baroness Helic, and also manages Jolie’s charity. But while Helic and Dalton have been advising Jolie on her international humanitarian work, it has been claimed that their relationship goes beyond that, and the pair plays a prominent role in her life, counseling her on everything from child care to travel.
Helic and Dalton could not be reached, and a rep for Jolie didn’t get back to us. Pitt has hired divorce attorney Lance Spiegel, who recommends mediation in high-profile celebrity cases — so perhaps he may bring some peace to the Jolie-Pitt hostilities.
Brad Pitt -- Angelina's UN Ambitions ... UN-Safe For Our Kids!!Angelina Jolie is so obsessed with becoming the head of the United Nations ... it caused major marital issues with Brad Pitt.
Sources close to the couple tell us ... Brad became increasingly upset over Angelina's political ambitions ... we're told her dream is to become the top UN official ... she was never specific. Toward that end, we're told she has 2 political advisers and a "war room" to help with decisions and image.
Brad, we're told, was especially upset that Angelina had taken the kids to various war-torn countries, including Lebanon and Iraq. We're told Angelina would always make sure to bring a security team that was the best of the best on her trips ... but for Brad, it still wasn't enough.
We're told things got extremely tense when Brad and Angie argued over taking the kids to Syria to help rebuild the war torn country.
Our sources say Brad was always supportive of Jolie's solo charity work, but travels with the kids became a bone of contention for several years.
Video reportedly shows Brad Pitt ‘yelling’ at Jolie aboard private jetA drunken Brad Pitt was caught on video raging at Angelina Jolie aboard their private jet — but the recording did not show any physical violence or contact with Jolie or any of their children, a new report said Friday.
Insiders told US Weekly that Pitt, 52, can be seen on the embarrassing video “looking drunk” and “yelling” during the confrontation with the mother of their six children on a flight from Europe to Los Angeles.
“Brad is seen yelling a lot during it, but nothing physical,” the source said, potentially a huge break for Pitt in his upcoming divorce from Jolie, 41, and custody battle over their children.
The video was from a Sept. 14 flight after the family’s jet stopped to refuel at Minnesota’s International Falls Airport. The mag also reported Pitt was a broken man over the end of the two-year marriage and 14-year relationship. “He is beside himself and has been crying. He was completely caught off guard,” the source said of Jolie filing for divorce Monday.
After Pitt got drunk and began arguing with his wife, the couple’s oldest son Maddox, 15, got in the middle to try to calm dad down.
A source close to Pitt told the magazine that “teenagers have fights with their parents, especially when you have teens who are strong-willed and confident. You’re going to have back and forth. The abuse suggestions are inaccurate.”
But the LA County Department of Children and Family Services is investigating.
Brad Pitt allegations relate to treatment of sonAllegations Brad Pitt was abusive on a private plane last week relate to the actor's treatment of his 15-year-old son, sources said Friday, as the FBI continued to gather information before determining whether to open an investigation.
FBI Spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said the agency hasn't made a decision on a formal investigation into what occurred on a plane ferrying Pitt, his wife Angelina Jolie Pitt and their six children.
Several news outlets have reported that a child welfare agency in Los Angeles is investigating the well-being of the children, who range in ages from 8 to 15.
Sources familiar with the allegations, but not authorized to speak publicly, say the child welfare investigation centers on Pitt's conduct toward his son Maddox, 15, during an argument on the Sept. 14 flight. No law enforcement agency responded to the plane when it landed in Minnesota after the incident.
Amara Suarez, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, said the agency could not confirm whether it was investigating Pitt or the well-being of the former couple's children.
Calls to the offices of Pitt's attorney, Lance Spiegel, and Jolie Pitt's lawyer, Laura Wasser, were forwarded to recorded messages stating their firms do not comment on clients.
Jolie Pitt filed for divorce Monday and her lawyer released a statement the following day saying she came to the decision "for the health of the family." She listed their separation date as Sept. 15, the day after the alleged plane incident, and the actress is seeking sole custody of all six of the children.
Koochiching County, Minnesota, Sheriff Perryn Hedlund told The Associated Press on Thursday that Brad Pitt was on a plane that landed at the International Falls, Minnesota, airport near the Canadian border on Sept. 14.
Hedlund said his sheriff's deputies were not called to the airport, and International Falls police were also not called.
"There's no incident whatsoever reported to law enforcement," Hedlund said.
He said he didn't know why the plane landed in International Falls, but said it's not uncommon for hockey players or other celebrities to stop at the airport.
Pitt and Jolie Pitt — known as "Brangelina" — were together for 12 years but only wed in August 2014. They married privately at their French chateau in the Provence hamlet of Correns with their children serving as ring bearers and throwing flower petals. They announced the ceremony days later.
Their six children include 15-year-old Maddox, 12-year-old Pax, 11-year-old Zahara, 10-year-old Shiloh, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.
This is the second marriage for Pitt, 52, who previously wed Jennifer Aniston. It's the third for Jolie Pitt, 41, who was previously married to Billy Bob Thornton and Jonny Lee Miller.
How Angelina Jolie Told Brad Pitt She Wanted a Divorce – and Why He 'Begged' Her to WaitAngelina Jolie broke the news to Brad Pitt that she wanted to end their two-year marriage and 12-year romance just days before filing for divorce.
"She sat down, talked to Brad and offered to file [for divorce] together," a source close to the actress tells PEOPLE in this week's cover story. "She said, 'This is what I'd like to do.' She explained everything. Angelina did what she felt she needed to do."
Though Pitt, 52, was aware that their marriage was in trouble, he was still "wrecked" when Jolie told him of her plans two days before she filed divorce papers, marking irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split, says a source in his circle.
"He was appealing to her to do this quietly – not to save the marriage but to consider the well-being of the children – and it was ignored," contends the Pitt source. "He is just wrecked by this."
On Thursday, PEOPLE confirmed that Pitt is under investigation for child abuse by the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services following a Sept. 14 incident on a private plane in which he allegedly got "verbally abusive" and "physical" with one of the couple's kids in front of Jolie and at least some of their other children. In her divorce filing, Jolie listed the couple's date of separation as the following day, Sept. 15.
Pitt, who had been in counseling "to try to figure out how to make things better" for their six kids "begged [Jolie] to press pause" and slow down the proceedings, says the Pitt source – not so that they could reconcile, but so they could move forward in a way that would both protect and prepare the kids for the massive upheaval that was to come.
"He was willing to do anything, change any habit, change any lifestyle, to do what had to be done to make this work," adds the source. "And by 'make this work,' that means doing what has to be done to make even a split one that is amicable and in the best interests of the children."
The former couple disagree about custody plans. Jolie, 41, asked for physical custody of the couple's kids and is requesting that Pitt be granted visitation rights, while Pitt wants shared custody, sources have said.
Brad Pitt admits he yelled at his kids but denies hitting themBrad Pitt admits he screamed at his kids — but never raised a hand to them, a source close to the actor told The Post.
The “World War Z” hunk is said to be stinging from allegations that he yelled at — and physically struck — his kids during a drunken flight on Sept. 14, the reason Angelina Jolie filed divorced papers Monday, seeking custody.
“He was never physically abusive to her or the kids. He did yell at one of their children on the plane during an argument, but he didn’t hit the child. Brad is denying claims of inappropriate behavior.”
The LAPD confirmed they are not investigating the actor for any type of child abuse — which backs up the actor’s claim he is being unfairly besmirched by his estranged wife, who is using Hollywood divorce strategist Laura Wasser.
“Angelina is putting out [the abuse] story to take the kids away from him,” explained the source.
“Angelina’s team’s campaign to smear him is so aggressive, they called all the major networks, People and TMZ last night with claims he is beating her and the kids.”
Pitt’s team believes her reason is that she wants to take a job with the United Nations, but needs full custody of the children before she leaves Los Angeles.
Pitt’s name was dragged through the mud Thursday after TMZ reported that both the LAPD and LA County Department of Child and Family Services are investigating an incident in which Pitt became “verbally abusive and physical with his children” on a private jet Sept. 14 — which directly led to Jolie filing for divorce.
The report said Pitt was “wasted” and went ballistic on the couple’s six children, shouting and hitting them — and that the behavior was documented in reports to authorities.
LAPD Sgt. Barry Montgomery told The Post the story didn’t hold water.
“It’s not true. There is no criminal investigation or any investigation of any kind against Brad Pitt,” said Montgomery, adding the celebrity website “made it up.”
The source said Pitt, however, was interviewed by child services about the matter.
“He is taking this seriously and fully cooperating. He admits he is not perfect, but he insists he’s not physically abusive. He loves his kids and is very sad about this situation.
“He knows he made mistakes and he knows he has to be better. He and Angelina fought a lot recently, and she knows how to push his buttons. But he is adamant that he did not hit these kids like she’s trying to say.”
Pitt, who has several lawyers on call for various matters, including Bert Fields, is expected to appoint a divorce attorney today.
Brad Pitt -- Child Abuse Report Referred to FBIThe child abuse allegations against Brad Pitt have been referred over to the FBI ... TMZ has learned.
As we reported, the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services received an anonymous call that Brad was wasted on a private jet last week and became physically and verbally abusive to his kids.
As we reported, the DCFS followed protocol and notified the LAPD. Law enforcement sources say the LAPD's Abused Child Unit (ACU) got the report, but determined that the Department did not have jurisdiction because the alleged incident occurred in the air, on a flight from France to the U.S.
We know ... the plane landed a week ago Wednesday just before 8 PM at an airport in Minnesota. That's when eyewitnesses say Brad was "out of control" on the tarmac and even tried to leave in a fuel truck.
Our LAPD sources say because the incident occurred in the air, the FBI has jurisdiction. The ACU then closed its file and referred the matter to the FBI.
As we reported, DCFS has already interviewed Brad and Angelina separately and they will also interview the kids. Our LAPD sources say if those interviews produce information suggesting there was possible abuse at their L.A. family home, the LAPD will open a new case.
Our Pitt sources say the actor denies committing any sort of abuse.
Brad Pitt -- Under Investigation for Child AbuseBrad Pitt is under investigation by the LAPD and L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services for allegedly getting verbally abusive and physical with his children, and that's what triggered the divorce ... TMZ has learned.
Sources familiar with the situation tell us, Brad, Angelina and their kids were on a flight last Wednesday when he allegedly got wasted on the private jet. He allegedly went wild, screaming and getting physical with the kids.
We're told the plane landed at an airport around 8 PM, and witnesses say Pitt continued his rant on the tarmac, and even tried leaving in one of the fuel trucks.
Our sources say someone either on the plane or the tarmac anonymously reported the incident to the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services. We're told Brad and Angelina have already been interviewed and DCFS plans to interview the kids as well. That investigation is ongoing.
We're also told the LAPD has the case ... which is routine when anyone reports child abuse. We do not know the specifics of the alleged abuse ... just that it was supposedly both verbal and physical.
Our sources say this incident triggered Jolie to separate from Brad the next day and file for divorce just days later.
A source close to Brad tells TMZ, "He takes the matter very seriously and says he did not commit any abuse of his children," adding, "It's unfortunate that people involved are continuing to present him in the worst possible light."
Madame Tussauds separates wax figures of Pitt, JolieAngelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's split is a literal one at several Madame Tussauds wax museums.
A spokeswoman for the wax museum in London says they wanted to mirror Jolie and Pitt's separation, which came to light Tuesday. She says the wax figures "are now featured at a respectful distance from each other."
Jolie's figure has been placed near one of Nicole Kidman. Pitt's is hanging out with the figure of his co-star in several films, Morgan Freeman.
The couple will also be split up at Madame Tussauds' museums in the U.S.
Madame Tussauds says figures of Jolie and Pitt are on display at 15 of its 20 locations across the globe.
Brad still loves Angelina and was blindsided by divorceBrad Pitt is still crazy about Angelina Jolie and felt blindsided when she broke the news she wanted out of their relationship, sources tell The Post.
Jolie only told Pitt she was ending their marriage a day before she filed the divorce papers, and despite his pleas to work things out, said a source close to the “World War Z” star.
“He only knew that she was filing for divorce a day before she did it. They’d just got back from Europe. Brad didn’t want it to happen, he still loves Angelina and wanted to work it out.”
The source added that as well as dealing with the divorce bombshell, he was stunned by the aggressive way Jolie’s team immediately spread negative rumors about him.
“His first instinct was how were they going to protect the kids during the divorce. Then stories start popping up about his supposed pot smoking, drinking and anger problem,” the source continued.
“He doesn’t have a drug or anger problem. Yes, he smokes some weed and has a drink, but that isn’t out of control. The truth is that they’ve been fighting a lot.
“He’s still one of Hollywood’s top stars, he loves Hollywood and he loves making movies. He wants the kids to settle in LA, go to school and try to have some stability. Angelina has had a series of movie flops and now wants to concentrate on her political and humanitarian work — which is admirable — but she also wants to fly the kids around the world with her. She travels a few weeks of every month.”
The source added that Jolie filed so fast that Pitt didn’t even have time to get a lawyer. “His team is deciding on one today [Wednesday]. His goal is to do whatever is necessary to make the divorce process as easy as possible,” the source said.
The sticking point could be the custody of their six children. Jolie is asking for physical custody and to only allow him visitation, but Pitt is hoping for joint custody.
Reps for Pitt didn’t comment and Jolie’s reps have not responded.
Brad Pitt -- Get Ready, Angelina ... I'm Fighting For Joint CustodyAngelina Jolie isn't going to get her way when it comes to custody ... at least if Brad Pitt has anything to say about it, because TMZ has learned he'll fight and fight hard for joint physical custody of their 6 kids.
Sources connected with Brad tell us, Angelina is dreaming if she thinks she can take his kids away from him. We broke the story, Angelina wants sole physical custody of the children ... she wants a judge to give him visitation, but that's it.
Our sources tell us Brad says, "There's no chance that's going to happen." Pitt wants joint custody ... he doesn't want to interfere with Angelina's ability to be a co-parent, but he won't allow her to thwart him.
This now promises to become the flash point in the divorce and it has the potential to become a fierce legal battle.
That said, our Brad sources say he's quick to add Angelina's a "great mother" and doesn't want to hurt her in the divorce. The sources say Brad and Angelina haven't gotten along for months and have had frank talks about divorce several times, so this wasn't a shock. Nevertheless, he's still devastated.
As we reported, our Angelina sources claim Brad heavily indulges in weed and alcohol and that, combined with what she claims is an anger problem, poses a danger to their kids.
Our Brad sources insist ... he's never put his kids in danger ... ever.
Brad Pitt -- Angelina's Anger Claims are BS ... He's NOT a Dangerous DadAngelina Jolie is lying by spreading the word ... Brad Pitt has anger issues that become dangerous when mixed with weed and alcohol ... so say sources directly connected with Brad.
TMZ broke the story, Angelina filed for divorce because she believes Brad poses a danger to the kids by fueling his "anger problem" with pot and alcohol.
Our Brad sources say it's "a malicious lie" and that "he's a loving and devoted father who has never and would never put his children in any dangerous situation."
The sources did not address the weed and alcohol issues.
As we reported, Angelina wants sole physical custody, with Brad getting only visitation. Our Brad sources say he wants to "share" physical custody with Angelina to make sure he remains a "present father" to the children. As for whether he asks for joint custody in his legal response ... stay tuned.
Brad Pitt -- Angelina Just Put Our Kids in DangerAngelina Jolie has put her kids at risk by calling out Brad Pitt as a bad dad ... so claim sources connected to Brad.
We're told Pitt is "furious" at Angelina for allegedly spinning stories that he poses a risk to their kids because of anger issues fueled by weed and alcohol. Pitt says there's now a bounty on the heads of the entire family, because they've now become a prime target for the gaggle of paparazzi.
We're told the way Brad put it is this ... "She's just unleashed hell."
The perimeter of their Hollywood Hills home is now blanketed by photogs, and the LAPD is now patrolling at regular intervals.
We're told Brad had conversations with Angelina over the last few days and pleaded for her to handle the divorce "like adults." He wanted to low-key it for the benefit of the kids. Instead, he says, she went scorched earth by asking for sole physical custody and suggesting he's a risky dad.
Brad, we're told, is angry at Angelina and fearful for their kids.
Emily Blunt, Josh Gad and other celebs react to BrangelinaAs news spread that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were divorcing after being together since 2004, celebrities reacted — or didn't — across social media and on the red carpet:
"It's their business, and it's not for anybody else to comment on." — Actress Emily Blunt to The Associated Press at the London premiere of "The Girl on the Train."
"Before we get too cavalier about it, let's remember that Brangelina was possibly the only thing still holding the USA together." — Actor Josh Gad on Twitter.
"It's very sad to hear." — Actor Luke Evans to the AP at the London premiere of "The Girl on the Train."
"Brad and Angelina. How am I supposed to go to work today?" — Model and TV personality Chrissy Teigen on Twitter.
"I feel bad for kids that aren't gonna get adopted by Brangelina now." — Reality TV personality Spencer Pratt on Twitter.
"Tower of Terror! Eggo! Skittles! Brad Pitt! I don't know why ANY of them are trending, but I'm running to my basement. It's over." — Actor-comedian Patton Oswalt on Twitter.
"It's sad about Brad and Angelina, but it's also none of our business!" — Pop star Boy George on Twitter.
"I'm clutching at my pearls in shock! Celebs ... getting ... divorced?! I thought I'd never see it." — "Jersey Shore" cast member Vinny Guadagnino on Twitter.
"Frankly, with all that's going on in the world, I just think it's a shame that's even talked about. They're just two people breaking up. There's bigger fish to fry right now." — Filmmaker Tate Taylor to the AP at the London premiere of "The Girl on the Train."
"Everyone is serious as a heart attack with this 'I might actually have a chance!!!!!' talk." — Musician Questlove on Twitter.
Divorce will unspool the complex life Jolie and Pitt createdFor more than a decade, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have been a glamorous, globe-trotting Hollywood power couple, attracting cameras to their film projects and philanthropy alike.
With six children, homes in the U.S. and France, and the philanthropic Jolie-Pitt Foundation, the pair has much at stake. The pair became a couple in 2004 but married two years ago — which could further complicate the divorce that Jolie Pitt filed for Monday, and put the future of all they've shared in the hands of teams of lawyers and accountants.
Under California law, only assets acquired during their marriage must be split equally, said Los Angeles divorce attorney Peter Walzer. Forbes magazine estimates the pair earned a combined $555 million since their relationship began, with pre-tax earnings of $117.5 million since their 2014 marriage.
If Jolie Pitt and Pitt haven't already spelled out who owned what prior to their marriage, a divorce judge won't have authority to help them work it out. Jolie Pitt's filing did not indicate whether the couple has a prenuptial agreement.
"The rules are really unclear when you don't get married and you don't have a written partnership agreement," said Walzer, who is vice president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Pitt and Jolie Pitt's relationship grew out their roles in the action comedy "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," and they reunited on the big screen for last year's marital melodrama "By the Sea."
The two don't have any joint upcoming projects. But both have a number of films coming out soon that will surely receive more attention in the wake of their breakup. Pitt stars in the World War II romantic thriller "Allied," which is out in November, and Jolie directed her fourth film, "First They Killed My Father," which is set to be released by Netflix next year.
Other Hollywood power couples have faced similar dilemmas. When Melanie Griffith filed for divorce from Antonio Banderas in 2014, the actors had a number of joint film ventures and had intermingled their political lives. Their divorce judgment, entered in December, divided their homes and shares of profits from numerous films, including several movies in the "Shrek" franchise.
For now, Jolie Pitt and Pitt's immediate concern, as evidenced by statements each of them issued Tuesday, appears to be their six children, who range in age from 8 to 15. Jolie Pitt is seeking sole physical custody, with Pitt having visitation.
Any custody agreement they reach in Los Angeles would continue to be enforceable overseas, and would spell out where the holidays will be celebrated and how Jolie Pitt and Pitt will make decisions about the children's medical care and education.
"You don't split the kids the way you do bank accounts," said Mike Kretzmer, a Los Angeles divorce lawyer who has handled numerous celebrity divorces and specializes in complex custody cases. He said Jolie Pitt and Pitt, along with their lawyers, are going to have to come up with a workable parenting plan.
"It doesn't matter whether you've got 10 cents or 10 billion dollars, this can be a really painful process for everyone involved," he said.
While wealth can simplify some things, their fame will cause complications. For one, their children may find stories about the divorce online and that can add confusion and stress, he said. Both Pitt and Jolie's attorney released statements seeking privacy, yet public interest in their breakup is immense. #Brangelina, with references to Pitt's ex-wife Jennifer Aniston, remained a trending topic on Twitter for much of Tuesday.
Custody likely will be one of the biggest stressors, Kretzmer said.
"The one thing that never changes — I don't care if you're a billionaire or before the poverty line — is the amount of time available," Kretzmer said.
In addition to their children, a major part of the actors' identities has been their philanthropy.
What becomes of their Jolie-Pitt Foundation, which the couple founded in 2006, will also be an issue.
The pair did not address what would happen to the foundation in their statements, and a phone message left at a number associated with the Jolie-Pitt Foundation was not returned Tuesday.
A tax document filed in November showed the foundation had about $4.5 million in assets in 2014. Jolie and Pitt contributed $613,000 to the foundation that year, and the foundation paid out a variety of grants, including for wildlife conservation in Namibia, arts programs in Sarajevo, and a variety of projects in Cambodia.
Walzer said deciding the foundation's fate would be similar to couples who own a business together, and a lot depends on how well Jolie Pitt and Pitt can work together now.
"I could see keeping the name because it's got a certain brand, trademark value," he said. "It would be great for their image to continue it. It would be great for donors."
What's at Stake in Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's Divorce: Combined Fortunes Estimated at $500 MillionAngelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt after two years of marriage citing irreconcilable differences on Monday – and as two of Hollywood's wealthiest stars, there's a lot at stake between the pair.
While estimates of their earnings vary, celebrity estate attorney Donald David approximates Pitt, 52, to be worth up to $350 million and Jolie, 41, up to $275 million, noting that Jolie in recent years, has had "a smaller industry footprint."
"The reason for the disparity is Pitt has a bigger inventory," David tells PEOPLE. "And a higher value and a higher residual interest." The disparity could be the result of Jolie's taking a step back from the big screen while Pitt took on roles in high-grossing films.
Pitt is a co-owner of production company Plan B, which produced lucrative hits like World War Z as well as Oscar contenders 12 Years a Slave and The Big Short. He's also starred in big-budget movies over three decades, including Fight Club, Ocean's Eleven and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Meanwhile in recent years, Jolie took on a few high-salaried blockbusters like Salt and Maleficent, and directed Unbroken, but mostly focused on her own, less commercial directorial projects like In the Land of Blood and Honey, By the Sea, and her upcoming Netflix movie about the Cambodian genocide, First They Killed My Father.
Family law and divorce attorney Marilyn Chinitz estimates that the actors have a combined worth of up to $500 million and, according to Forbes, the bulk of that sum is thanks to Pitt.
Forbes estimates that Pitt and Jolie have earned a combined $117.5 million since tying the knot in 2014 (and $555 million combined since 2004). Forbes reports Pitt brought in the sum of the cash, making $76.5 million during that time period – nearly double what Jolie brought in.
David notes that films Jolie has acted in, over the span of her career, have grossed a total of $2.1 billion and films she has produced and written total to about $359 million. But, he adds, "Pitt's films have grossed approximately more ... but he has also been in more films and his films stretch back much further, meaning that their likelihood of generating [more] income is likely to be less."
David says that between high-powered lawyers, accountants and experts both stars could shell out up to $1 million each on the proceedings.
The couple also share an impressive real estate empire including their French countryside villa Chateau Miraval, a $6.5 million New Orleans mansion, a sprawling Los Feliz home and an apartment in the Waldorf Astoria Towers, adjacent to the famed hotel, in New York City.
Legal experts say that while the public's eyes may be on the high-paid couple's money, and how it could affect divorce proceedings, Jolie and Pitt likely have an agreement in place, though it is unclear if they have a prenuptial agreement.
"I would be somewhat surprised if there wasn't some kind of prenuptial agreement. I would think that the financial aspects of the divorce are probably not going to be as difficult," Jacqueline Newman, a New-York based lawyer who deals with high-net-worth and high-profile clients, tells PEOPLE.
"They were only married in August of 2014 ... it was actually a very short marriage. My guess is that they are going to take the high road and settle this case out of the courts."
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt -- It's About Their Kids, NOT That ActressAngelina Jolie did NOT file for divorce because of rumors Brad Pitt was reportedly involved with Marion Cotillard ... it's ALL about Brad and their 6 kids ... sources with intimate knowledge of the situation tell TMZ.
There are reports swirling that Brad hooked up with Marion on the set of their movie, "Allied," and that's why Angelina filed for divorce. Untrue.
We now have even more sources telling us ... Angelina reached her breaking point last week over Brad's consumption of weed and alcohol, and combined with what she says are Brad's anger issues ... his interactions with the kids created a deal breaking problem for her.
We're told squarely ... no third person is involved.
TMZ broke the story ... Angelina filed for divorce Monday and is asking for sole physical custody of their kids. She wants him to only have visitation.
We're also told as far as anyone involved knows ... there's no plan for Brad to go to rehab, at least as of now.
Jon Voight ‘very sad’ over Brangelina splitJon Voight is voicing his concerns over his daughter Angelina Jolie’s failed marriage to Brad Pitt.
“It’s very sad,” Voight, 77, told Inside Edition Tuesday just after the divorce news broke. “Something very serious must have happened for Angie to make a decision like this.”
Voight says he’s still unsure of the reason behind Jolie’s divorce after two years of marriage and 12 years together. “I don’t know what it is,” Voight added. “It’s a sad thing. Say a little prayer.”
A source told The Post Tuesday that Jolie, 41, decided to pull the plug on her marriage after discovering Pitt, 52, cheated with his “Allied” co-star Marion Cotillard.
In the divorce filing, Jolie requests physical custody of their six kids — Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.
“I am concerned for Angie and the children and hopefully I will be seeing them very soon,” Voight added.
Angelina dumped Brad after private eye uncovered Marion Cotillard affairAngelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt after learning he was cheating on her with his sexy co-star, a well-placed source told The Post on Tuesday.
“She hired a private eye because she felt that he was fooling around with her on the set, and it turns out, he was. And that was the final straw,’’ the source said.
Pitt, 52, had been rumored to have been cozying up to his “Allied’’ co-star Marion Cotillard, 40, for months during the pair’s filming of the World War II drama in London.
The PI discovered that Pitt was cheating on his wife of two years with Cotillard — while also partying like a single guy on a mission, the source said.
“The atmosphere [off-set] was full of hard drugs and Russian hookers, and Angie was told Brad got caught up in it,’’ the source said.
“He’s in the throes of some insane midlife crisis, and Angie is fed up.”
But a source close to Cotillard denied the Pitt affair rumors and insisted she is still with her long-term partner, French actor and director Guillaume Canet.
“They are still very much together. They have been a couple since 2007 and have one child but have never married,’’ the source said of Cotillard and Canet.
The source could not confirm French reports that Cotillard is pregnant with her second child with Canet.
Jolie’s manager, Geyer Kosinski, said Tuesday, “Angelina will always do what’s in the best interest to protect her children.
“She appreciates everyone’s understanding of their need for privacy at this time,’’ he told E! News.
Pitt added in a statement to People magazine, “I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids.
“I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time.”
In addition to her husband’s alleged affair, Jolie, 41, was sick and tired of constantly sparring over their lifestyle, another source told The Post.
She has increasingly wanted to quit Hollywood in favor of devoting herself full-time to traveling the globe for her humanitarian work, while Pitt prefers Tinseltown and its parties, the source said.
Jolie spoke before the United Nations in Manhattan just this past Friday to ask them to help millions of Syrian refugees.
“The older she gets, the more serious she becomes, and she is sick of the Hollywood thing,’’ the second source said.
“He wants to make movies. She doesn’t. It’s a fundamental difference. It’s how you live your life.’’
Making matters worse, Pitt is closer to Jolie’s famous actor dad, Jon Voight, than she is, the source said.
“Jon’s a Hollywood guy, and she’s been estranged. Brad hangs out with her father more than she does,’’ the source said.
Another source told TMZ that Jolie believes that her hubby’s drinking and pot-smoking is affecting their kids.
Add to that his “anger problem,” and the mom of six said enough is enough, the source told the website.
Jolie filed for divorce Monday, citing “irreconcilable differences.”
She is seeking physical custody of the couple’s kids, TMZ said. She doesn’t want Pitt to have joint physical custody, just joint legal custody. He would get visitation, according to her filing.
Jolie is not seeking spousal support, the website said.
Brangelina’s French chateau, Miraval — where the couple married in August 2014 — has been quietly on the market for a few months, and locals were told they were selling it because they are breaking up, a source told The Post.
Jolie has hired top gun Laura Wasser as her lawyer.
The court documents list the couple’s date of separation as Sept. 15, 2016.
The couple have been together since 2004.
A rep for Cotillard did not immediately get back to The Post.
Pitt-Jolie divorce puts new spotlight on upcoming filmsThe 12-year relationship between Angelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt has been neatly bookended on the big screen.
They famously became acquainted while playing married assassins in Doug Liman's 2005 action comedy "Mr. and Mrs. Smith." And they didn't star together again until last year's "By the Sea," a marital melodrama set on the French Riviera directed by Jolie Pitt and starring the couple as unhappy spouses.
Pitt and Jolie Pitt, who filed for divorce Monday, don't have any joint upcoming projects. But both have a number of films coming soon that will surely receive a little more attention in the wake of their separation.
The most sizable and immediate project upcoming is the Robert Zemeckis World War II romantic thriller "Allied" (opening Nov. 23), starring Pitt and Marion Cotillard. The film, in which Pitt plays an intelligence officer in 1942 North Africa, is slotted for release smack in the middle of awards season.
'FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER'
Jolie Pitt has spent much of the last year making "First They Killed My Father," her fourth feature as director. The film, about the horrors of the Khmer Rouge, is based on Loung Ung's memoir of living under the Cambodian regime in the 1970s. Jolie Pitt and Ung collaborated on the script and shot the film in Cambodia. Jolie's son Maddox, adopted from Cambodia, has also been involved in the production, which takes the perspective of war from a 5-year-old child. Netflix is expected to debut the film next year.
While Jolie Pitt has been largely focused on directing, Pitt has a string of movies lined up that he either produced or stars in. Pitt narrates Terrence Malick's IMAX documentary "Voyage of Time" (Oct. 7), a cinematic history of the life as viewed through the lens of the revered filmmaker.
Pitt's production company, Plan B, is also behind one of the fall's most acclaimed films, Barry Jenkins' "Moonlight" (Oct. 21), a lyrical coming-of-age tale told in three chapters. Another Pitt-produced film, James Gray's "The Lost City of Z," will debut next month as the closing film of the New York Film Festival. Adapted from David Grann's book, it stars Charlie Hunnam as British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett.
Along with other numerous producing gigs, Pitt stars as Gen. Stanley McChrystal in David Michod's "War Machine," a war satire. With a release planned for next year, Netflix acquired the film for a hefty sum, positioning "War Machine" as one of its boldest forays into original movies yet.
Both have a pair of big-budget sequels on the distant horizon, as well. Pitt is also prepping a sequel to his 2013 apocalyptic thriller "World War Z," while Jolie Pitt is to return for the planned "Maleficent 2."
Moments in Brad and Angelina's Hollywood romanceIrreconcilable differences have brought an end to a Hollywood romance for the ages. Angelina Jolie Pitt filed for divorce from Brad Pitt on Monday after 12 years together. A collection of key moments in their relationship.
A HOLLYWOOD MEETING (2003)
Co-stars falling in love is about as cliched as it gets, but it happens, even when one party is married. The scene for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie was "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," a sexy action comedy about an unhappy couple who rekindle that spark only after trying to kill one another. Pitt was married to Jennifer Aniston. Jolie was fresh off a divorce from Billy Bob Thornton (and had previously been married to Jonny Lee Miller). "I think we found this strange friendship and partnership that kind of just suddenly happened," Jolie told Vogue in 2006. "We just became kind of a pair."
RUMORS AND TABLOIDS AND DIVORCE (2004-2005)
"Mr. and Mrs. Smith" wrapped in 2004 and it wasn't until January 2005 that Pitt and Aniston announced their separation. During this time, Jolie said, "We spent a lot of time contemplating and thinking and talking about what we both wanted in life and realized that we wanted very, very similar things." Jolie said it was when her son Maddox called Pitt "dad" that was the most defining moment. They decided not to marry until gay couples were afforded the same right.
ADOPTING TOGETHER (2005)
Jolie had adopted Maddox from Cambodia in 2002 and later said that she made the decision to adopt Zahara Marley, an Ethiopian baby orphaned by AIDS, in 2005, with Pitt. "Somebody told me if you are going to adopt an orphan, you should adopt them from a country you love because that's the only history you are going to be able to share with them — that's their past," Jolie told People in 2003.
A BIRTH IN NAMIBIA (2006)
On May, 27, 2006, Jolie gave birth to their first biological child, a 7-pound daughter they named Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, at the Cottage Medi-Clinic in Namibia.
MAKING IT RIGHT IN NEW ORLEANS (2007)
Pitt, who bought a home in New Orleans about a year after Hurricane Katrina struck and while filming "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," launched the Make it Right building project to help reconstruct the city's most devastated area.
A MOTHER'S DEATH (2007)
Jolie's mother, actress Marcheline Bertrand, who raised Jolie and her older brother James Haven, died in January of 2007 at age 56 after a seven-year battle with breast cancer. Pitt, Haven and Jolie were at the Los Angeles hospital when she passed.
Jolie and Pitt adopted Pax Thien, a 3-year-old orphan from Vietnam, in 2007.
IT'S A BOY! — AND A GIRL! (2008)
This time in a seaside hospital on the French Riviera, Jolie gave birth on July 12, 2008, to twins Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline. Their first photos were sold jointly to People and Hello! magazines, reportedly for $14 million. Proceeds would go to the Jolie-Pitt Foundation.
AN ENGAGEMENT (2012)
After some seven years together, Pitt and Jolie made the decision to get engaged. "It actually means more to me than I thought it would. It means a lot to our kids," Pitt told The Associated Press in November 2012.
JOLIE'S DOUBLE MASTECTOMY (2013)
At age 37, Jolie had a preventive double mastectomy in February of 2013 after learning that she carried a gene that made it extremely likely she would get breast cancer. She made the announcement in the form of an op-ed she authored for The New York Times. "I do not feel any less of a woman," Jolie wrote. "I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity."
A QUIET CHATEAU WEDDING (2014)
In August 2014, Jolie and Pitt exchanged vows in a small chapel at the Chateau Miraval, their Southern France home in the Provence hamlet of Correns. Jolie walked the aisle with her eldest sons, the then 13-year-old Maddox and 10-year-old Pax. Daughters Zahara, 9, and Vivienne, 6, threw flower petals. Eight-year-old Shiloh and Knox, 6, served as ring bearers.
FROM JOLIE TO JOLIE PITT (2015)
In early 2015, Jolie started going by Angelina Jolie Pitt.
ROCKY TIMES BY THE SEA (2015)
Ironic now, but Jolie wrote and directed "By the Sea" about the dissolution of a beautiful couple, falling apart over grief. It was the first time she and Pitt starred opposite one another since that fateful meeting on that other film about a rocky relationship, "Mr. and Mrs. Smith."
At the film's premiere in November 2015, Jolie Pitt said: "You're going to have a long life ahead of you and you've got to shake it up and, sometimes, it's really wonderful to test yourselves, to push each other."
LAST PUBLIC SIGHTING (2016)
The pair was last photographed by paparazzi in July in Los Angeles — celebrating Knox and Vivienne's 8th birthday at The Griddle Cafe in Hollywood and venturing out to Jamba Juice with Shiloh.
A SEPARATION (2016)
On Sept. 20, 2016, Robert Offer, an attorney for Jolie Pitt said that she was filing for divorce from Pitt. Offer said the decision to divorce was made "for the health of the family."
Brad Pitt Fled to France Amid Fighting with Angelina Jolie This Year, Source SaysAngelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's fighting led the actor to escape to France several times throughout 2016, a source tells PEOPLE.
The couple are divorcing after just two years of marriage and over a decade together, multiple sources confirmed to PEOPLE on Tuesday.
In court documents obtained by PEOPLE, Jolie states that the couple have been separated since Sept. 15.
"The divorce is a complete shock," the insider says. "They have definitely spent more time apart this year, but it's still a shock."
While Pitt, 52, and Jolie, 41, were together to celebrate their second wedding anniversary in August, the source says that the actor often fled to Europe after the pair had disagreements.
Often, the arguments were over "disciplining" their six children – Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne, and Knox – the source says.
"Brad has always been stricter," the source explains. "He has wanted the kids to have more structure. Brad will get frustrated sometimes and yell at the kids. Angelina always had a more relaxed attitude when it came to the kids. She definitely never yells."
Further, the large brood could lend itself to chaos, according to the source. Thus, Pitt was focused on "having rules."
Pitt and Jolie were engaged in 2012, nearly seven years after starring together in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and were married in 2014 at the family's French estate.
"I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids," Pitt said in a statement to PEOPLE. "I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time."
Jolie, through her lawyer, also released a statement addressing the divorce: "This decision was made for the health of the family," the actress' attorney said. "She will not be commenting at this time, and asks that the family be given their privacy during this difficult time."
Brad Pitt Breaks Silence on Divorce from Angelina Jolie: 'What Matters Most Now Is the Well-Being of Our Kids'Brad Pitt has spoken out about his divorce from Angelina Jolie.
In a statement released to PEOPLE, Pitt said his focus is on the "well-being of our kids."
"I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids," he said in the statement. "I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time."
Jolie filed for divorce from the actor, 52, on Monday after just two years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences.
Jolie also released a statement addressing the divorce: "This decision was made for the health of the family," the actress' attorney said. "She will not be commenting at this time, and asks that the family be given their privacy during this difficult time."
According to court documents obtained by PEOPLE, Jolie has asked for physical custody of the couple's shared six children – Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox – and is requesting that Pitt be granted visitation rights.
"Both Brad and Angelina care very much about their kids and there is sadness on both sides," a source close to the situation tells PEOPLE.
Another source close to the couple told PEOPLE: "The divorce is a complete shock. They have definitely spent more time apart this year, but it's still a shock. They just celebrated their wedding anniversary together."
The documents state that the couple have been separated since Sept. 15.
Inside Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's Final Months TogetherAngelina Jolie and Brad Pitt hadn't been photographed together for more than two months leading up to their split.
Multiple sources confirmed to PEOPLE that Jolie, 41, filed for divorce from Pitt. According to TMZ, legal docs filed Monday cite irreconcilable differences, and Jolie is asking for physical custody of the couple's shared six children – Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox – with Pitt being granted visitation rights.
They were last seen together in public making a stop inside a Jamba Juice store in Los Angeles with their daughter Shiloh in July.
Leading up to their second wedding anniversary in August, the couple had spent a large part of the past couple months apart due to their hectic work schedules.
With Pitt, 52, having wrapped his upcoming movies Allied and War Machine, which both shot overseas, and Jolie finished filming First They Killed My Father, the two were busy with post- (and pre-) production on their many projects.
Jolie has also kept up with her humanitarian efforts over the year as a special envoy for the United Nations' refugee agency.
In the past year, the actress has spoken out in front of a House of Lords committee in London and led an honorary committee for this year's Cambodian International Film Festival. Most recently, she advocated for victims of sexual assault in war zones.
Over the holidays, the then-couple were spotted taking a romantic getaway together to Vietnam. They spent three days traveling the country and enjoying various local activities, including a boat ride around the bay.
"They looked happy," an observer told PEOPLE at the time. "[They were] holding hands, laughing."
And prior to jetting off together, the pair had been living in Cambodia with their six children while Jolie finished filmed First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia, a film based on the memoir by author and human rights activist Loung Ung about the brutal Khmer Rouge regime of the 1970s.
Angelina Jolie -- Files for Divorce from Brad Pitt ... Allegations of Substance Abuse, AngerAngelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt and the trigger was a conflict over the kids, substance abuse and anger ... TMZ has learned.
Jolie filed legal docs Monday citing irreconcilable differences.
She's asking for physical custody of the couple's 6 children. She is asking the judge to give Pitt visitation. It's significant ... she does not want Brad to have joint physical custody ... only joint legal custody.
Sources connected with the couple tell us ... Angelina's decision to file has to do with the way Brad was parenting the children ... she was extremely upset with his methods.
Our sources say, Angelina became "fed up" with Brad's consumption of weed and possibly alcohol, and mixed with what she believes is "an anger problem" ... felt it became dangerous for the children.
Indeed, Angelina's entertainment attorney Robert Offer says she made the decision "for the health of the family."
We're told there was no alleged "third person" ... her decision to file was solely over Brad's interaction with their children.
Jolie, who's being repped by disso queen Laura Wasser, is not asking for spousal support.
Jolie lists the date of separation as Sept. 15, 2016.
They married in August 2014. They've been together since 2004.
The last time we saw them together was in July when they took the twins, Knox and Vivienne, out for a birthday breakfast in West Hollywood.
Angelina Jolie Files for Divorce From Brad PittAngelina Jolie Pitt has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt after just two years, multiple sources confirm to PEOPLE.
Jolie Pitt, 41, filed legal docs Monday citing irreconcilable differences, according to TMZ. She asked for physical custody of the couple's shared six children – Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne, and Knox – asking for Pitt to be granted visitation, the outlet said, citing legal documents.
The couple was last spotted together in mid July, just ahead of their second wedding anniversary.
Just last month, sources told PEOPLE that the couple were "as happy as ever."
"They really are great," the source said. "They're really busy, but happy. The kids are getting so big! It's hard to believe."
Pitt and Jolie Pitt first met on the 2003 set of their 2005 thriller Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and began publicly dating a few years later – after the actor's split from then-wife Jennifer Aniston.
"Because of the film, we ended up being brought together to do all these crazy things, and I think we found this strange friendship and partnership that kind of just suddenly happened," Jolie Pitt told Vogue in 2006. "I think a few months in I realized, 'God, I can't wait to get to work.' ... Anything we had to do with each other, we just found a lot of joy in it together and a lot of real teamwork. We just became kind of a pair."
In May 2006, the couple welcomed their first child together, daughter Shiloh, now 10. She joined Jolie Pitt's adopted brood of Maddox, now 15, and Zahara, now 11.
In 2007, the couple adopted son Pax, now 12, from a Vietnamese orphanage.
The next year, twins Knox and Vivienne were born. Of their new family of eight, Jolie Pitt told PEOPLE at the time, "It is chaos, but we are managing it and having a wonderful time."
After nearly seven years together, Pitt proposed in 2012, but it would be two years before the pair married at the family's French estate.
Plan B & Barry Jenkins To Adapt Hot Novel ‘Underground Railroad’ As Limited SeriesMoonlight producers Plan B and Adele Romanski are re-teaming with the film’s writer/director Barry Jenkins for a new take on the famed underground railroad. I hear the project, which is about to hit the TV marketplace, is a limited series based on Colson Whitehead’s bestselling novel “The Underground Railroad”. The book, published last month by Doubleday, is a National Book Award finalist and Oprah Book Club pick. It has drawn critical praise for its imaginative blend of history and magical fable – moving beyond the boundaries of realism in its depiction of a mythical underground train that transports slaves across an alternate America.
“The Underground Railroad” centers on Cora, a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia, who boards the train, embarking on a harrowing trip, state by state, as she seeks true freedom while being hunted by a notorious slave catcher.
Underground railroad — the 19th century network of secret routes and safe houses used by slaves to flee the South — is the subject of WGN America’s popular drama series Underground, produced by Akiva Goldsman and John Legend. Additionally, NBC last year put in development Freedom Run, an eight-hour miniseries and stage musical set against the background of the underground railroad with Stevie Wonder executive producing. There has not been movement on that project.
Moonlight, which recently debuted at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals to great reviews, will also be featured at the New York Film Festival and at the BFI London Film Festival before its limited theatrical release by A24 on October 21. Jenkins is repped by CAA and manager Jewerl Ross. Plan B is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Novelist, non-fiction writer and essayist Whitehead, a MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellow, and his book are pepped by Nicole Aragi.
Brad Pitt’s ‘Moonlight’ the talk of TIFFThe biggest breakout so far of the Toronto International Film Festival — known for launching fall’s Oscar hopefuls — is a film executive- produced by Brad Pitt.
The story of an African-American man coming to grips with his sexuality and who’s taken under the wing of a local Miami drug dealer, “Moonlight” was produced by Pitt’s production company Plan B and has been branded a “masterpiece” by Rolling Stone after its Saturday premiere. It was written and directed by Barry Jenkins.
Last year Pitt was a producer of the Oscar-nominated “The Big Short” as well as his soggy and much less successful collaboration with Angelina Jolie, “By the Sea.”
David Permut — the Hollywood producer whose credits include “Face/Off” and is behind Mel Gibson’s first film as a director in a decade, which just played in Venice — explained of Toronto, “There are some gold nuggets here, but you have to sift through the ones that don’t work.” Scouting for new talent, he’s seeing five films a day and has managed to sit through 22 since the fest started Thursday.
“No parties, I’m too old for parties,” Permut joked. “I’ll see five films a day from the first day to the last.”
Permut’s Gibson film set in WWII, “Hacksaw Ridge,” took 16 years to make and was called “a testament to [Gibson’s] filmmaking chops, and also an act of atonement that may succeed in bringing Gibson back,” by Variety this month.
Permut also just wrapped the Jack Black indie comedy “The Polka King.”
Brad Pitt Weighs In on the Possibility of Donald Trump Becoming PresidentAs a southern man born in Oklahoma and raised in Missouri, Brad Pitt stems from a place where people typically support Donald Trump and his run in the 2016 Presidential Election.
And yet, the 52-year-old actor can't even begin to fathom the idea of the real estate mogul running the United States.
While discussing the British exit from the European Union, Pitt opened up to the New York Times' T magazine about his feelings toward Trump.
"Man, I never thought [Brexit] would happen. Same way I can't bring myself to think that Trump will be in charge," he admitted. "In the simplest terms, what brings us together is good, and what separates us is bad."
He continued, "We have this great line in The Big Short," referring to last year's Oscar-winning film about the global financial crisis of 2008, which he produced. "When things are going wrong and we can't find the reason for it, we just start creating enemies."
Thus, while Pitt can't wrap his head around Trump becoming president, he can understand why people are attracted to him and his ideas for the future of the country.
"Coming from Oklahoma, southern Missouri, which leans more toward a Trump voice, I try to understand it," he explained. "It seems that the people who suffer the most end up betting for the party that would hurt them. And so I try to understand where they're coming from."
He continued, "You gotta understand that it's also in our DNA. Most Americans don't have time to watch CNN and Fox and Al Jazeera. They're trying to make the rent, get the kids fed, they're tired when they get home and they want to forget about everything. And so suddenly when this voice comes in—and it doesn't have to be a voice of substance—saying he's fed up with all of this, that's the part that hooks into the DNA."
While he said he sees a glimmer of hope in some areas of society, there are others in which we see a "reactionary push for isolation and separation," and this election is one of them.
"A Trump supporter is fighting against just about everything," he added, confused. "What does he even mean, take our country back? Would someone please explain that to me? Where'd it go?"
Check out Pitt's full interview in T magazine's new issue, on stands September 11.
Brad Pitt Makes a Quick Trip to Croatia and Visits Proposed $1.5 Billion Luxury Real Estate Development SiteBrad Pitt is a fan, just like the rest of us!
The actor traveled to Croatia on Thursday and took an onsite tour of a proposed $1 billion dollar luxury real estate development on the Adriatic coast.
After arriving at the Zadar Airport, the 52-year-old actor took a small boat cruise along a 50-mile stretch of coastline near Biograd and Sibenik, roughly an hour up the coast from Split.
Pitt, who stayed overnight in Sibenik's recently opened waterside Dogusevom Hotel, visited the town's St. James Cathedral before embarking on a walking tour with 10 others around the proposed project site in Zablace.
The group included internationally known architect Nikola Basic, who created Zadar's celebrated Sea Organ quay design, a unique giant sculpture that plays music created by sea waves passing through resonant tubes beneath its large marble steps. Basic also designed the Dogusevom Hotel and is the creative force behind plans at Zablace.
Swiss-based fund TFI Holding has reportedly invested $70 million in assembling land parcels for Basic's project, which will remake Sibenik's small neighboring city Zablace into a modern ecologically-responsible planned community.
Proposed project plans call for both land – once known for its salt production – and an existing marina site to be transformed into a resort that features a flagship luxury hotel, shops and villas.
Schools and a clinic are also included in the plans, which will incorporate a permanent community population of 2,500. The overall cost of the development is estimated to be over $1.5 billion.
Pitt first visited the Dalmatian coastal region nearly 30 years ago when he filmed Dark Side of the Sun in both Yugoslavia and Montenegro in 1988. In 2011, Angelina Jolie vacationed in Croatia with some of the her and Pitt's children.
‘Allied’ Trailer: Brad Pitt & Marion Cotillard Go Full-On Casablanca In WWII Thriller(Trailer) Sitting dead-center in Brad Pitt’s fan-favorite WWII comfort zone, this new teaser trailer for Robert Zemeckis’ Allied should put plenty of folks in mind of Pitt’s hits. The Paramount Pictures release pairs Pitt with Marion Cotillard as two very stylish WWII spies, lending the clip a decided Inglourious Basterds meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith vibe, topped with some floppy River Runs Through It hair.
“They’re watching us,” says Cotillard, in full-on Casablanca mode. “Now kiss me.”
Pitt plays Max Vatan, a U.S. intelligence officer, who teams up (in a fake marriage) with French Resistance fighter Cotillard’s Marianne Beausejour on a mission to kill a German ambassador – in Casablanca, no less. Later they reunite in London, where, we assume, the romance and thrills continue.
“I told you they’d come for you,” someone warns. Plenty of machine-gunfire backs up the claim.
“Is this a game?” Pitt asks in the 60-second teaser, released by Paramount Pictures on Friday. “A test,” he’s told.
Allied hits theaters Nov. 23. The screenplay is by Steven Knight, who exec produces with Patrick McCormick, Denis O’Sullivan, and Jack Rapke. Zemeckis and Graham King produce.
Brad Pitt’s foundation under fire after Missouri housing project stallsBrad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation is under fire after its promise to construct 50 new single-family homes in a Kansas City, Mo. neighborhood has yet to be started.
The New Orleans-based nonprofit organization, that helped rebuild homes in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, announced last year that it would begin working on the development of Kansas City homes starting in May 2015, but the Kansas City Star reported Wednesday that little-to-no progress has been made.
The organization purchased six parcels of land in Manheim Park from Aug. 18, 2015 to Feb. 4, 2016, but construction hasn’t started, the Star reported. The foundation hasn’t explained why construction has yet to begin and top officials have all declined to comment on matter.
Tim Duggan, a local architect who was hired by the Make It Right Foundation as the lead director of innovations, no longer works for the company.
The organization appears to have experienced some turnover since its initiation in 2007. Its CEO, Tom Darden stepped down and the foundation’s website has no current CEO listed.
Dianne Cleaver, executive director of the Urban Neighborhood Initiative that is tasked with rehabilitating Kansas City’s east side, acknowledged that the organization had experienced some changes.
“I think they have seven or nine board members, and four of them are gone, they’re being replaced,” Cleaver told the Star. “So they seem to be just in some restructuring, directional challenges.”
However, others brushed off the lack of progress in construction as “time delay.” Gloria Fisher-Ortiz, the executive director of community development corporation Westside Housing, is still hopeful that the Manheim Park project will be complete and said that she was in contact with the Make It Right Foundation.
Rodney Knott, a former neighborhood association president in Manheim Park and director of the nonprofit organization ReEngage, was more skeptical. He called the replacement of the foundation’s CEO “troubling.”
Brad Pitt established the Make It Right Foundation in 2007 and took on the task of rebuilding the houses in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward where broken levees caused major flooding along the Industrial Canal. The organization was responsible for building about 110 homes.
Thom Pepper, the executive director of Common Ground Relief, told the Star that some of the residents who had their homes built for them complained to the foundation about the roofs, which forced the organization to rebuild some of the houses.
Wood that was painted as environmentally friendly and used for the homes’ decks and some exterior features also rotted. The foundation sued Timber Treatment Technologies, which provided the wood.
Pepper also said that a ton of money was spent on building the houses in New Orleans.
The Kansas City Star, citing a 2013 report from the architecture website ArchDaily, reported that Make It Right spent $24 million to build 86 houses in New Orleans at the time – about $280,000 per home.
Make It Right also received the largest amount of funding from Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds. It received $3.8 million of the $30 million that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the city. The foundation was able to build 44 houses with the allocated funds.
With the money spent in New Orleans, Pepper told the paper that he was surprised when he learned of the foundation’s plans to build homes in Kansas City and for veterans in Newark, N.J.
“We were like, what do you mean, Newark and Kansas City?” Pepper said. “You haven’t finished what you said you were going to do here and you’re expanding into other markets. What’s going on?”
Officials in Missouri also questioned the foundation’s plans.
Cleaver told the paper that the foundation said in an email about three weeks ago that it was still “reassessing the situation.”
It’s all business in NYC for Brad PittBrad Pitt dined at Stephen Starr’s new upscale French restaurant Le Coucou on Wednesday.
Pitt and a male companion enjoyed a three-course meal under the space’s extravagant chandeliers, and acclaimed Paris-trained chef Daniel Rose came out of the kitchen to chat with the actor.
Pitt, who has just signed on to produce Ben Stiller’s new comedy, titled “Brad’s Status,” about a man who is not as successful as his former classmates, is in NYC for meetings.
Legend, Pitt among stars taking new power role: TV producerThe actor's classic mantra: "What I really want to do is direct." The revised version: "I want to produce."
More entertainers are getting the chance to play the role of producer as the expanding universe of cable channels and, especially, online platforms make for big opportunities on small screens.
With motivations ranging from passion projects to career advancement, stars — and even their journeymen counterparts — are getting into the game.
"Actors need to produce because they need to control material and be ahead of the business," said Roy Ashton, the Gersh Agency's head of TV. "With the Netflixes and Hulus and everything else, it's really about owning content, controlling it and controlling your destiny."
The flashiest examples remain theatrical releases from heavyweights such as Brad Pitt, who's dabbled in TV but largely used his clout to help produce films including the Oscar-winning "12 Years a Slave" and "Selma."
Pitt is making serious TV forays as a producer for the upcoming miniseries "Lewis and Clark" and the limited series "Feud." Actress and film producer Reese Witherspoon ("Wild," ''Gone Girl") is producing and starring in the announced limited series "Big Little Lies."
While individual responsibilities vary depending on the project, a producer or production team's tasks include obtaining financing and supervising casting, writing and the director who will guide filming.
Amid the crush of outlets and shows jockeying for viewers, a celebrity's behind-the-camera involvement may be seen as a way to build a project's buzz.
Actors who have a way with words can become sought-after producers, the result of TV's traditional reliance on writer-showrunners in contrast to filmdom's worship of directors. Tina Fey ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt") and Amy Poehler ("Broad City") are among the examples.
"People like Amy and Tina are being given production deals by networks looking for these people to expand on their voice," said Steve Carell, who wears a producer's hat for "Angie Tribeca," TBS' police parody series.
Music star John Legend is an increasingly active producer with projects for TV ("Underground") and the big screen (filmmaker Cary Fukanaga's in-development "The Black Count").
He dismisses any notion he's in it for the so-called vanity credit which, with a monetary bonus, can be a lure for some.
"People find out pretty quickly I don't just do it to slap my name on things," Legend said. "I care about the kinds of stories being told under my name, so I try to interact with writers and directors as much as possible."
In 1919, Charlie Chaplin joined with director D.W. Griffith and other actors to found United Artists studio. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz's Desilu Productions launched in TV's early days with "I Love Lucy" eventually grew into a leading independent studio with credits including "Mission: Impossible" and original "Star Trek" series episodes.
Although today's biggest names can't ensure success — HBO reversed its decision to renew the drama series "Vinyl" for a second season despite the involvement of producer-creators Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese — "Survivor's Remorse" is returning July 24 for its third season on Starz with Mike O'Malley, a veteran actor ("Glee," ''Yes, Dear") and writer ("Shameless"), in charge as creator and executive producer.
O'Malley describes producing as a non-stop challenge.
"There are 100 to 200 people you have to deal with, you have to make sure all the scripts are done and written on time, and you're in charge of the casting and the tone of the show," he said. "You really have to be ready to be in charge, and if you don't like it, you have to learn to like it."
The talent — as the entertainment industry collectively labels performers — may produce to ensure their own juicy roles. But as performers themselves tell it, other motivations can be equally or more compelling.
Brad Pitt Cozies Up to Motorcycles and Happy Harley Fans at Weekend Chopper Show(Pic1, Pic2) Brad Pitt is always ready to ride, so no surprise he was happily checking out more ways to get from here to there over the weekend.
The motorcycle enthusiast spent his Sunday at the Born-Free Vintage Chopper and Classic Cycle Show in Silverado, Ca., and The Big Short star, who just recently wrapped up filming the upcoming Allied, made sure to pay attention to more than the Harley-Davidsons on display.
Pitt, 52, also amiably poses for pics with fans and staff at the biking event in Southern California, including four females in matching skin-tight tank tops advertising the services of a local motorcycle-accident attorney.
While this was a solo outing for Pitt, he's been sure to share his favorite hobby with his family.
Sporting a plain white tee and simple pants, the father of six proved that dads can still be stylish—accessorizing his look with aviator sunglasses and a beige fedora (so he couldn't but stick out amid all the black leather!).
Angelina Jolie has taken plenty of rides on the back of her hubby's bike and, last year, Pitt took their youngest son, Knox, to the 2015 British Motorcycle Grand Prix in Northampton, England. The father and son met winner and Italian racer Valentino Rossi while at the event.
And when Brad's on a motorcycle, when is it ever not a joy ride?
Talk About an All-Star Team! Brad Pitt, Jackie Chan and Patrick Dempsey Turn Out to Le Mans(Pic1, Pic2, Pic3, Pic4) Brad Pitt waved the start flag Saturday for the 84th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans – the world's oldest active sports car event in endurance racing.
Held annually since 1923 in France, the prestigious automobile race began behind a Safety Car, as heavy rain fell as the cars were lining up on the grid. To acclimate themselves to the falling water, drivers were allowed to take a few laps around the 8.5-mile woodland track before Pitt threw the green flag.
Rain has been a problem in the week leading up to Saturday's running. Thursday's qualifying 3 was interrupted mid-race due to the adverse driving conditions.
Despite the weather, the stars shined on the event, which is often called the "Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency."
Devoted racer Patrick Dempsey was there, serving as the prestigious race's 2016 Ambassador.
Last year, Dempsey's team had a strong second-place finish in the race, giving the event an unanticipated burst of star-power.
Pitt and Dempsey weren't the only celebs in attendance. Chinese action hero Jackie Chan joined them, after rolling in on Friday. Chan, whose own onscreen racing credentials go as far back as 1984's Cannonball Run 2, is part owner of the BAXI DC Racing team.
Keanu Reeves was also in on the action, flying into Paris on Wednesday from Switzerland. Reeves, who was invited by French tire giant Michelin, used the track this weekend to introduce his Arch Motorcycle brand to French riders. British action star Jason Statham was also at the event.
The celebrity appeal of the 110-year-old elite auto race is reminiscent of its '70s glory days, when Steve McQueen and Paul Newman drove its challenging day-into-night-into-day course.
There was one other star at the track – the Bugatti Chiron. The world's most luxurious, most expensive production car made an honorary tour of the classic. The cost of that ultra luxury vehicle? Slightly above $2.5 million. Careful where you park!
Brad Pitt Helps Rescue Young Fan from Being Crushed by Crowd on Set of AlliedBrad Pitt to the rescue.
Pitt, 52, came to the aid of a young girl who was apparently in danger of being crushed after getting stuck in the middle of a rowdy crowd on Monday.
As Pitt walked down to greet fans while filming scenes in the Canary Islands for his upcoming World War II film Allied, the actor noticed the girl who was seemingly getting pushed up against the fence by the crowd. After pointing her out, Pitt and two bodyguards worked to lift her over the fence and away from the fan frenzy.
In a video of the incident, Pitt is seen comforting the girl, rubbing her head and talking to her as they worked to lift her out of danger. Once she is on the other side of the fence, the girl can be seen crying as Pitt stands by her side until medics arrive.
After the girl appears to be safe, Pitt waves once more to the fans before walking away.
Allied hits theaters Nov. 23.
Brad Pitt to Wave the Start Flag at the Le Mans 24 Hours Auto Race Next MonthThe world's most grueling auto race certainly knows how to raise a thrill.
Officials with the Le Mans 24 Hours announced on Friday that Brad Pitt will be trackside as the race's honorary starter on June 18.
The news was released in a tweet from Phillip Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, which organizes the race.
"I'm proud and happy that the start of #LeMans24 will be given by #BradPitt! We look forward to share this legendary race with him," he wrote.
According to local media, Pitt is the first actor to be asked to wave the race's starting flag in 20 years. The last was French screen idol Alain Delon.
However, Pitt joins a number of Hollywood heartthrobs who have been connected with the race. In 1971, Steve McQueen starred in Le Mans, which featured footage from the race. Eight years later, actor/racing enthusiast Paul Newman competed in a trial while driving a Porsche 935. Newman, who imported a little Daytona-style glamour (including sponsor Hawaiian Tropic bikini models) trackside, came in second in his category.
Last year, Patrick Dempsey was on the winner's podium. The Grey's Anatomy alum finished second in his category.
Le Mans is a particularly grueling auto race, with cars running non-stop with three-man teams. It is the crown jewel of European endurance racing, with a large portion run at top speed along a continually lapped 8.5-mile circuit after dark.
In past years, Pitt and Tom Cruise have been rumored as interested in Go Like Hell!, a film project recounting the legendary 1966 Le Mans rivalry between the Ford and Ferrari racing teams.
The Cast of Ryan Murphy's New Anthology Series Feud Is Predictably Star-StuddedRyan Murphy is pulling out all the stops for his next anthology series, Feud.
Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange will star in the first season of the upcoming FX drama, which will focus on the infamous bad blood between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford on the set of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Crawford (Lange) and Davis (Sarandon) already had a heated rivalry before signing on to co-star in Baby Jane, with the hopes the 1962 film would revive their careers. And the movie did just that -- it scored five Oscar nominations, including one for Davis. However, it was Crawford who got the last laugh at the Academy Awards when she accepted the Oscar on behalf of Anne Bancroft, who beat Davis for the win.
Feud will also star Alfred Molina as Baby Jane's director Robert Aldrich, Stanley Tucci as studio exec Jack Warner, Judy Davis as gossip columnist Hedda Hopper and Dominic Burgess as Crawford and Davis' co-star Victor Buono. Brad Pitt has signed on to executive-produce the eight-episode first season alongside Murphy, Lange and Sarandon.
This is Murphy's fourth anthology series in the works. He's currently working on new seasons of American Horror Story, American Crime Story and Scream Queens. And while Sarah Paulson managed to film American Horror Story and American Crime Story simultaneously, we doubt Lange will follow suit. So don't expect the grand dame of AHS to feature prominently -- if at all -- in Season 6.
Waltz with Leo, Brad or Beyonce _ or their holograms anywayYou can waltz with Leo, pirouette to "Swan Lake" or join Beyonce on the disco floor. Well, your holograms can, at Tokyo's Madame Tussauds wax museum.
The Tokyo location of the museums known for their life-sized celebrity figures in wax opened a dancing hologram attraction Thursday.
Visitors can waltz and disco with Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Marilyn Monroe, or pirouette in a "Swan Lake" ballet with Olympics figure skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu.
Mizuho Shinden had a dream-come-true experience with two of her favorite celebrities, Monroe and Lady Gaga.
"It looks as though I'm really there, so that's a strange feeling. But I thought, wow, it's like a dream to be able to dance with such amazing people,'" Shinden said.
It was more unsettling for Tomoaki Ishizuka, who found himself dressed in a ballet leotard alongside Hanyu. "I saw myself dancing with other ballerinas, so that was disgusting - but it was disgusting because it looked so real," said Ishizuka.
Participants get a 3D face scan, which is transposed onto a hologram dancer for the 90-second presentation.
The attraction is one of the ways the centuries-old museum is exploring of interacting with celebrities in a digital age.
Museum General Manager Toshi Endo said the current roster of three dances and six celebrities will expand by midyear.
Brad Pitt WWII Spy Film Titled ‘Allied’Robert Zemeckis’ World War II spy movie starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, which has been residing on Nov. 23 is now known as Allied. At Paramount it was known as the untitled Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard film, however, some reports had it as Five Seconds of Silence.
Flashback Friday: Kirsten Dunst Posts Mind-Blowing Throwback Pic Alongside Interview with the Vampire Costar Brad Pitt(Pic) In case you forgot how intensely dreamy Brad Pitt was in the '90s, Kirsten Dunst is here to remind you.
The Midnight Special actress, 33, shared a classic pic with her swoon-worthy costar, now 52, from the set of the 1994 supernatural drama Interview with the Vampire – and it is truly out of this world.
Mimicking his character's perpetually dreary mood, Pitt serves up a pensive stare underneath bleached locks, a stark contrast to the smiling young actress.
Pitt turned out to be the then 11-year-old's very first kiss – an onscreen lip-locking that predated her first real-life smooch while she was on an eighth grade field trip – and it turns out she was not exactly thrilled with the experience.
"I thought it was disgusting," she recalled to Conan O'Brien years later.
While it's unclear whether she keeps in touch with her hunky costar, Dunst has revealed that another well-known costar, Tom Cruise, sends her a "Cruise Cake" every Christmas – and it happens to be the greatest thing ever.
"It's the best coconut cake I've ever had in my life," she told British chat show host Graham Norton.