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Brad Pitt By: Annie Leibovitz

Brad Pitt By: Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz photographs are on view at the Brooklyn Museum starting this week through January 2007. The exhibit is aptly titled Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life, 1990-2005 and will contain more than 100 photographs. Annie has the knack for making her subjects look irresistible, which is why they are her greatest fans. Check it:

Leibovitz‘s 1994 shot of Brad Pitt for Vanity Fair is a case in point. The screen star sprawls across a bed draped in a velvety orange counterpane, in a room with custard-yellow walls and rust-colored floors. He wears leopard-skin pants, cowboy boots and a multi-hued striped shirt open at the chest and unbuttoned at the wrists. With one hand he strokes his long blond hair, while the other lies languorously across his waist. The pose suggests abandon, while the faraway expression in his stunning eyes signals absorption in some deep thought.

Leibovitz and Pitt collaborate on the tableau. The actor’s reverie reveals nothing; he may be trying to remember whether he watered his plants, for all the viewer can tell. He’s a professional, playing the role of “Brad Pitt,” vulnerable and wistful yet comfortingly macho artiste. For her part, Leibovitz draws on the library of art-historical references she must have in her brain. Here, she has posed Pitt to resemble the dead Thomas Chatterton, as rendered by the Victorian painter Henry Wallis.

Check out one more Brad article after the jump from USA Today!

The Golden Boy

By Donna Freydkin, USA TODAY

These days, it’s good to be Brad.

To pay the bills, he stars in and produces films, some artsy (Running With Scissors, which he produced, opens today; Babel, in which he stars, is out Oct. 27) and some slick (Ocean’s Thirteen just wrapped filming).

To give back, he helps with Hurricane Katrina rebuilding efforts and speaks out about global warming and poverty.

And at the end of the day, he goes home to Angelina Jolie and children Maddox, 5, Zahara, 1, and Shiloh, 4 months.

The actor, 42, once dismissed as a hunk with chiseled abs, has emerged as one of Hollywood’s most compelling leading men.

“I saw him go from this gawky kid to this unbelievably very solid, confident guy,” says celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz, who shot Pitt years ago and saw him recently during a shoot with Jolie. “I feel like he has an inner life now. Not that the other fellow wasn’t attractive — he was very attractive — but he was a kid. I just think he has grown up.”

Those close to Pitt say he’s riding high, at work and at home.

“I saw Brad two weeks ago,” says pal George Clooney. “He’s in such great spirits. He’s a really smart man who has grown into someone I’m really impressed by all the time. He’s a good friend. And what an amazing dad.”

Though Pitt’s looks still wow the ladies, his appeal now is more than skin deep.

“People love him,” says Entertainment Tonight’s Leonard Maltin. “He’s in a great place and seems to be doing everything right.”

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  • Hope

    The career man
    Posted 10/19/2006 10:06 PM ET E-mail | Save | Print | Reprints & Permissions | Subscribe to stories like this Subscribe to stories like this

    Not always the star: Pitt’s older character in Babel is just one of many in a story with intersecting plotlines.

    BRAD’S THE MAN
    The golden boy: Why’s it’s great to be Brad Pitt
    The family man: Angie, kids come first for Brad the dad
    The philanthropist: The Brad that keeps on giving
    The movie star: He’s still one of Hollywood’s leading men
    Timeline: The life and times of Brad are pretty imprssive
    By Donna Freydkin, USA TODAY
    Pitt is ranked 20th in Forbes’ list of powerful celebrities and earns an estimated $20 million a movie.

    But he increasingly has gained respect for being more than just a pretty face. To those in the business, his appeal is as obvious as those piercing baby blues.

    “He is arguably one of the biggest stars in the world, if not the biggest. Men want to be him, and women want to be with him,” says Jerry Weintraub, who has produced the Ocean’s movie franchise and has been friends with Pitt for years.

    Pitt’s career has never been better. He’s starring in unconventional films that show his grizzled side, such as Babel. And through Plan B, he is producing edgy projects such as Running With Scissors and the current box office hit The Departed. He’s also producing A Mighty Heart, starring girlfriend Jolie, 31, as the widow of murdered reporter Daniel Pearl.

    In Babel, Pitt plays a helpless husband who tries to save his wife, who is accidentally shot while on a tense vacation in Morocco. Variety praises Pitt for giving his character “weight and strength,” and the Hollywood Reporter calls his performance “committed.”

    Bring up Pitt’s name to anyone associated with him, and you hear stories of personal thank-you notes, congratulatory e-mails and a level of thoughtfulness unusual in a star of his caliber.

    “Brad is not pretentious. There’s nothing artsy-fartsy about him,” says Running With Scissors director Ryan Murphy. “Brad is incredibly enthusiastic. I heard he’d liked the script, and I met him at the (production) offices, and here come these handmade Prada shoes with Brad Pitt attached. He said something to me like, ‘You’ve got wicked skills.’ ”

    That unaffectedness, says Simon Kinberg, who wrote the 2005 hit Mr. & Mrs. Smith, “is kind of an amazing thing. It’s not a game or strategy with him.”

    In particular, Kinberg remembers one long day of shooting when the exhausted cast and crew had worked into the night and saw no end in sight.

    “Brad, out of the blue, started doing jumping jacks, calling out to the crew, getting everyone’s spirits up at 4 a.m. at some awful diner in downtown L.A.,” Kinberg says. “He was the guy who would cheerlead for the movie — and he didn’t have to. He’s the top, and the energy flows from the top down.”

    Pitt doesn’t mind looking less than perfect. In Babel, he goes gray and has bags under his eyes.

    This isn’t a star with blockbuster on the brain. Ever since he stole hearts in 1991′s Thelma & Louise, he has had hits (1995′s serial killer drama Se7en, last year’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith), but just as many misses (1997′s Seven Years in Tibet, 2004′s Troy). He has earned one Oscar nomination, for his supporting turn in 1995′s Twelve Monkeys. These days, Pitt mixes it up. He took a pay cut for 2007′s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, but he’s also reprising Rusty Ryan in the third Ocean’s installment, due in June.

    Film historian Leonard Maltin applauds Pitt’s willingness to “sacrifice some of his movie-star persona for the sake of a really good part. What we’re seeing is his willingness, if not downright eagerness, to challenge himself with more demanding and daring roles.”

    And that gets major props from Darren Aronofsky, who was ready to direct Pitt in The Fountain before the actor dropped out because of creative differences.

    “Brad’s a great guy, and we’re still friendly. We’re OK with the breakup,” Aronofsky says. “Brad’s a really smart, very talented guy. He’s come to a place in his work where he’s doing interesting stuff. He’s looking great. The pretty-boy thing wasn’t my type of hetero joy. I like the wizened Brad now.”

    Others appreciate his taste for the unconventional, such as his decision to executive-produce the documentary God Grew Tired of Us: The Story of Lost Boys of Sudan. Writer/director Christopher Quinn had run out of money and says that, without Pitt’s help, the movie would likely not have been made. Quinn, introduced through their mutual friends, met Pitt at his home.

    The meeting was casual and Pitt was disarming. But, Quinn says, he “has incredible follow-through. When we won (two awards) at Sundance, he sent me a note saying how proud he was to be a part of the movie.”

  • Hope

    The philanthropist

    By Donna Freydkin, USA TODAY
    One thing Pitt has learned: Superstardom can be used for good.

    Pitt, producer Jerry Weintraub says, is “interested in different things now than he was 10 years ago. He’s really giving back now.”

    Since getting involved with Jolie, a U.N. goodwill ambassador, he has become a vocal ambassador for Bono’s One campaign, which seeks to eradicate poverty. He also chairs the jury for the Global Green project, which seeks to reduce climate change by constructing environmentally friendly buildings and cities.

    Matt Petersen of Global Green jetted on a commercial flight to New Orleans with Pitt to judge the entrants in a competition to rebuild the city with eco-friendly buildings. Petersen and Pitt spent hours discussing finalists and poring over the applications.

    “Some people want attention. He’s low-key and interested to talk to people,” Petersen says. “He’s not afraid to walk into the middle of the street in a neighborhood, walk up to people and ask questions. When people meet him and ask him if it’s really Brad Pitt, he’s very gracious. He smiles and says, ‘Yes, it’s really me.’ ”

    Pam Dashiell, president of New Orleans’ Holy Cross Neighborhood Association, met Pitt in July. They rode a bus so Pitt could see Katrina’s devastation himself. Sure, he’s charming, she says, but more important, “he’s just a really smart, good person. He has none of the inflated ego you’d think of when you think of movie stars. He’s straightforward.”

    When it comes to his philanthropy, Petersen says, Pitt does his homework. While in New Orleans during the architecture competition, Pitt “went to every meeting, met with local politicians and really wanted to learn firsthand what were the challenges.”

    His relationship with Jolie has taken the Los Angeles-based actor to Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum; Namibia, where Shiloh was born; and now India. Pitt and Jolie have set up a foundation and given money to Doctors Without Borders and Global Action for Children. They also pledged the millions publications paid for photos of Shiloh to charities.

    One of Pitt’s new pals is economist Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University.

    “He’s just wanting to get this right, wanting to be accurate and on target,” Sachs says. “He looks at the evidence and tries to understand the debate. Now I see him as very interested in the environment and the links between poverty and the environment.”

    By Donna Freydkin, USA TODAY

    The life and times of Brad Pitt:

    Dec. 18, 1963: Born in Shawnee, Okla.

    1986: Drops out of the University of Missouri two credits shy of graduating with a degree in journalism.

    May 1991: Breaks out as the back-stabbing, thieving cad in the drama Thelma & Louise.

    December 1994: A long-haired Pitt shows up on the big screen again in Legends of the Fall.

    January 1995: Crowned People’s Sexiest Man Alive, an honor he earned again in 2000.

    September 1995: Plays a cop in Se7en; fiancée Gwyneth Paltrow appears with him in the film.

    February 1996: Earns his only Oscar nomination for his supporting turn in Twelve Monkeys.

    June 1997: Announces his breakup from Paltrow after 2½ years together.

    July 29, 2000: Marries Jennifer Aniston in Malibu, Calif.

    January 2001: Earns praise for playing a bare-knuckle boxing gypsy in Guy Ritchie’s Snatch.

    Nov. 22, 2001: Guest-stars on Aniston’s hit NBC show, Friends.

    May 2004: Plays Achilles in Troy, which was mauled by critics but earned $133 million in the USA.

    January 2005: Announces his split from Aniston after four years of marriage.

    March 2005: Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s first official joint public appearance is at ShoWest in Las Vegas for Mr. & Mrs. Smith.

    June 2005: Plays a charming assassin in the hit comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith, which co-stars Jolie.

    December 2005: Announces his plans to adopt Jolie’s children, Maddox and Zahara.

    May 27: Welcomes his first biological child, daughter Shiloh Nouvel, with Jolie.

    July: Travels to New Orleans to help launch the Global Green eco-rebuilding competition.

  • Bunny

    Sorry Brad but that movie has already been done.

  • abigail

    Thanks Jared for the new thread! Love that Brad!

  • ntt

    The writer, Donna Freydkin, did her homework for this article.
    Thanks Jared for the new thread.

  • Maniston

    Anna,

    Thanks for checking out the yahoo group. I’ll finish posting the rest of the info tomorrow.

    Jared and Audrey

    Thank you for the new thread.

  • Alexanderina

    Brad, Angelina on Jaipur trip

    Jaipur, October 19, 2006

    Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt spent their first day in the city closeted in their hotel. The Hollywood couple landed in Jaipur on Wednesday.

    Superintendent of police VK Singh, who is in charge of the Sanganer airport area, told the Hindustan Times that the stars were on a personal visit and hence, there was no need for them to inform the police. “They just want to spend some quiet time with each other. There is hardly any security risk, which is why the police have kept away from them,” he said.

    A senior city palace security official, Narayan Singh, said that Brad was in the city to shoot for an ad film and his cameramen had spent an hour and a half at the palace.

    Sources said Angelina and Brad might take some time out to select a location for their next film. The managers of the hotel where the two are staying were tight lipped about the details of their celebrity guests.

  • bluemoon

    Thanks for the USA article, it’s great. I specially loved what Annie Leibovitz and Darren Aronofsky said.

  • Alexanderina

    Thanks Jared for the new Thread, we really needed it. I love that picture of Brad, so hot and sexy

  • QQQQ

    Thanks for the new thread Jared and also that for posting that article.

  • Alona

    Yay! new thread! Thanks so much JJ

  • Vera

    mmmm….Mr. Pitt lookin’ sexay!

  • bluemoo

    Daddy Brad is the sexiest Brad ever imo.

    Giving away millions, whether its one or twenty is so generous. I can’t imagine having that much money, much less giving it away. I admire all the celebrities who donate the big bucks but Brad and Angelina are my favorites.

  • xenia

    Love him. so sexy. he exude it

  • Alexanderina

    3 | Hope | – Thanks Hope for posting the USA Articles, they are very great, some of my favorite parts of the articles:

    “I saw Brad two weeks ago,” says pal George Clooney. “He’s in such great spirits. He’s a really smart man who has grown into someone I’m really impressed by all the time. He’s a good friend. And what an amazing dad.”

    “He’s fantastic with his kids,” producer Jerry Weintraub says. “He’s totally involved. He takes them around; he takes them every place he goes.

    “Brad’s a great guy, and we’re still friendly. We’re OK with the breakup,” Aronofsky says. “Brad’s a really smart, very talented guy. He’s come to a place in his work where he’s doing interesting stuff. He’s looking great. The pretty-boy thing wasn’t my type of hetero joy. I like the wizened Brad now.”

    I saw him go from this gawky kid to this unbelievably very solid, confident guy,” says celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz, who shot Pitt years ago and saw him recently during a shoot with Jolie. “I feel like he has an inner life now. Not that the other fellow wasn’t attractive — he was very attractive — but he was a kid. I just think he has grown up.”

    “People love him,” says Entertainment Tonight’s Leonard Maltin. “He’s in a great place and seems to be doing everything right.”

  • Alexanderina

    7 | Maniston | – Hey Maniston I checked the YG, I really enjoyed reading those posts, thanks for creating the file on them

  • kk1

    Thank you Angelina, and Mad, and Z, and Shiloh-
    Little Braddy Pitt is now Brad Pitt, the Man

    “I saw him go from this gawky kid to this unbelievably very solid, confident guy,” says celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz, who shot Pitt years ago and saw him recently during a shoot with Jolie. “I feel like he has an inner life now. Not that the other fellow wasn’t attractive — he was very attractive — but he was a kid. I just think he has grown up.”

  • http://www.justjared.com/2006/10/17/brad-angie-maddox-zahara-rickshaw-ride/comment-page-2/#comments alana

    Thanks JJ!

    Oh and thanks to Hope for the USA articles. I love how they say Brad it riding high at work and at home. Geroge Clooney said some great things too about Brad. Counter what George says.. someone who actually knows Brad, to what the tabs are saying. Night and day. But Brad doesnt have to sue anyone. He knows his truth. Also was nice to read what Annie says about him being more grownup now. Cant wait for Angie’s Vogue interview!

  • Maniston

    Hey Maniston I checked the YG, I really enjoyed reading those posts, thanks for creating the file on them
    17 | Alexanderina

    You’re welcome. I’ll add the rest tomorrow.

  • BeeLoved

    Thanks Jared for the update! :)
    Hope, thanks for the article. i smiply love to read how he has changed…….. :) and a good n great change….’cos of the family!!

  • Frenchy

    Hey all, I’m about to go to sleep but there’s something I picked out from that great USA article (thanks Observer2):

    March 2005: Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s first official joint public appearance is at ShoWest in Las Vegas for Mr. & Mrs. Smith.

    Now wasn’t Brad & Angelina’s first public appearance together at the Muhammed Ali Center in Louisville? They were both in formal attire Angelina wearing red, Brad in a tux.. I remember this vividly because CNN kept reporting it LOL!!! “Their first public appearance together…”

    I’ll check reponses tomorrow.

    Thank you JJ for a new thread. Brooklyn Museum is near where I grew up. I’ll have to catch this exhibit this weekend.

    Goodnight.

  • bluemoon

    23 | Frenchy
    The Muhammed Ali Center was in November.

  • Alexanderina

    21 | Maniston | – Cool :). I just created a file on the YG with the USA Articles on Brad,and I hope I did it right :)

  • briseis

    Jared,

    Finally, a new thread. Thanks! Braddy really looks great. And thanks to Hope for posting that USA Today article –it was great and to me painted an accurate portrait of Brad, not the stupid “He still loves Jen” BS that the tabs print all the time.

  • Willard G. Oxtoby

    he is not aging well…

  • stardust

    I’m bringing my comment from the last thread over over …hopefully Amaya will see it.
    ———————————–

    1638 | Amaya

    Hi Amaya. I’m reading backwards so I caught your post. I’m sorry I didn’t see your earlier comment about the simalarities between Jon and Angie. There are so many posts here so I had to skim through many of them. I must have skipped it. Sorry.

    But yes getting back to the point…I never knew there were so many things Jon and Angie had in common or that Jon was estranged from his father. One mor thing to add to that list is that they were in the same movie together. How could you forget?

    You know , I always thought people become fans of actors that somehow reflect themselves. I think the fact that Jon has worked with her and because he has a lot of things in common with her, he can understand where she is coming from.

    I’ve also found from reading the comments here at JJ’s that the overall impression I got of Brad and Angelina fans were that there are intelligent, open – minded, culturally and politically informed, and have a great sense of humor. So the fans have a lot in common with Angie. I guess the sayings “You are what you attract” or “you attract what you are” applies in this case.

    Jennifer Tilly scared the cr*p out of me. I’ve never seen someone so hyper! Jon couldn’t get a word in. But I’ve also never seen him that young..that’s the only reason I watched that video.

  • aycaramba

    don’t like the pants, but Brads handsome as evah, Angie is 1 lucky lady, am so jealous hehe

  • BeeLoved

    Alexanderina :)
    Thanks for the latest on our couple.
    Aww….reading about them being closet in the hotel…….they sure need some time to rest and be together.

  • QQQQ

    17 | Alexanderina | Me too Alex, it was a great read…. Thanks Maniston

  • ++++

    “I saw Brad two weeks ago,” says pal George Clooney. “He’s in such great spirits. He’s a really smart man who has grown into someone I’m really impressed by all the time. He’s a good friend. And what an amazing dad.”

    “He’s fantastic with his kids,” producer Jerry Weintraub says. “He’s totally involved. He takes them around; he takes them every place he goes.

    ______________

    I hope all these could stop tabloid lies that he fainted, exhausted , escaping from Angie, miss chinnifer. blah, blah,blah….. Truth will always prevail.

  • ALISTER

    Love more of Brad. Angie as well!

  • hmmm

    he is not aging well…
    27 | Willard G. Oxtoby

    by the way this picture is from 1994. So?

  • http://www.justjared.com/2006/10/17/brad-angie-maddox-zahara-rickshaw-ride/comment-page-2/#comments alana

    he is not aging well…

    27 | Willard G. Oxtoby

    don’t like the pants, but Brads handsome as evah, Angie is 1 lucky lady, am so jealous hehe

    29 | aycaramba|

    You do realize this picture is from 1994, right?

  • alero

    This is such a great article I wish Brad had agreed to speak to this reporter. Thanks for posting.

    Bless BAMZS

  • stardust

    Bring up Pitt’s name to anyone associated with him, and you hear stories of personal thank-you notes, congratulatory e-mails and a level of thoughtfulness unusual in a star of his caliber.

    “Brad is not pretentious. There’s nothing artsy-fartsy about him,” says Running With Scissors director Ryan Murphy. “Brad is incredibly enthusiastic. I heard he’d liked the script, and I met him at the (production) offices, and here come these handmade Prada shoes with Brad Pitt attached. He said something to me like, ‘You’ve got wicked skills.’ ”

    That unaffectedness, says Simon Kinberg, who wrote the 2005 hit Mr. & Mrs. Smith, “is kind of an amazing thing. It’s not a game or strategy with him.”

    In particular, Kinberg remembers one long day of shooting when the exhausted cast and crew had worked into the night and saw no end in sight.

    “Brad, out of the blue, started doing jumping jacks, calling out to the crew, getting everyone’s spirits up at 4 a.m. at some awful diner in downtown L.A.,” Kinberg says. “He was the guy who would cheerlead for the movie — and he didn’t have to. He’s the top, and the energy flows from the top down.”

    ————————————————

    I love this part. And it makes me frustrated to know that such a great person gets bashed not only by the haters but also by the bitter queen X herself. Sorry..I won’t bring her up again..I had to get it out of my system. I just don’t get what the f–k she was thinking!

  • QQQQ

    37 | stardust | I feel the same way, and I dispise her more each day.

  • ++++

    1 | Hope

    Thank you Hope for this great article. its a real gem for us living outside North America.
    Still missing Jen ? Axx !

  • ++++

    38 | QQQQ

    Me too.

  • Willard G. Oxtoby is a MORON

    27 | Willard G. Oxtoby
    ===================
    Wow, are you dumb. The picture’s from 1994 you stupid f**k. But i guess that doesn’t matter, you had your “insult” set on autopilot and would’ve said it no matter what the picture was. Drop dead you idiot.

  • julia

    Thanks Jared for the new thread.
    What a beautiful Man. Then, and even more so Now.
    I love love love the USA TODAY article.. How lovely to read all the quotes and wonderful impressions of the people in his circle.. I also LOVE what Matt Damon said of Brad and Angie recently..

  • anon48

    I love this part. And it makes me frustrated to know that such a great person gets bashed not only by the haters but also by the bitter queen X herself. Sorry..I won’t bring her up again..I had to get it out of my system. I just don’t get what the f–k she was thinking!

    37 | stardust

    ITA, And yet he never sued any of this nasty tab.

  • Alexanderina

    Aww….reading about them being closet in the hotel…….they sure need some time to rest and be together.

    30 | BeeLoved
    ————————————————–
    I agree, time away from the kids and just to be together for some mommy and daddy time, so sweet

  • guli

    Thanks JJ for the new thread, we really needed it :lol:

  • Alexanderina

    31 | QQQQ | – Yes it was, some of them, I haven’t rad before.

    I am off to bed good night 4Q

  • Alexanderina

    correction to my last post: I meant “read” not “rad” :lol:, damn I really need to go to bed.

  • Willard is a rat

    he is not aging well…

    27 | Willard G. Oxtoby

    THIS WILLARD IS AN ANUSTON FAN. HE/SHE/IT IS ON THE ANISTON THREAD & BASHING THE BAMZS FANS! YET ANOTHER ANUSTON FAN WITH A NEW NAME!

  • ShakespheareFan

    34 | hmmm

    LOL!!! you busted them so good. I love it so much. Bravo hmmmm, bravo.

  • BeeLoved

    Alexanderia :)
    Where is this report from? Any pics from the article? i love how this part too “Sources said Angelina and Brad might take some time out to select a location for their next film” :) So we r gonna see their collaboration again!! Yippee!!!
    what time is it there? For me it 1p.m. – lucnch time and i am at work :)

  • ntt

    don’t like the pants, but Brads handsome as evah, Angie is 1 lucky lady, am so jealous hehe

    29 | aycaramba |
    +++++++++++++++++

    Aycaramba, as it’s said in the article below the pic, they wanted to create a “tableau” like a painting by that Victorian painter Henry Wallis. I don’t know about the painting or the artist himself, but I guess the dominant color in that painting must be the same in the photo. I don’t think BP, who is known for his good taste in clothes, would wear that kind of outfit in real life. But then again, I don’t really know. i only started to pay attention to him since MaMS.

  • FITR

    What great articles those are about Brad in USA Today. Just great. Yiou know they’re legit because Brad’s friends and collegues are talking.