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Oscar Roundtable: Brad, Leo, Helen & Co.

Oscar Roundtable: Brad, Leo, Helen & Co.

Newsweek sat down with Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Forest Whitaker, Helen Mirren, Penelope Cruz, and Leonardo DiCaprio for their Oscar Roundtable at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. Watch the videos here; check out the transcript after the jump! Two excerpts below…

How strippers changed Brad Pitt‘s life: “Yeah, my job was to drive them to bachelor parties and things. I’d pick them up, and at the gig I’d collect the money, play the bad Prince tapes and catch the girls’ clothes. It was not a wholesome atmosphere, and it got very depressing. After two months I went in to quit, and the guy said, “Listen, I’ve got this one last gig tonight.” So I did it, and this girl—I’d never met her before—was in an acting class taught by a man named Roy London [a famous acting coach]. I went and checked it out, and it really set me on the path to where I am now.”

When Penelope Cruz knew she was famous: “One day I came out on the street for a walk with my dad, and somebody screamed from a car, “I love you!” And a minute later, somebody else screamed, “Whore!” [Laughter] Then I knew I was famous.”

What did your parents think when you told them you wanted to be an actor?
HELEN MIRREN: My parents were very against the idea, so I trained as a teacher for three years. I was a horrible, really bad teacher. I didn’t become a professional actress until I was about 22.
FOREST WHITAKER: My parents really wanted me to go to West Point—something practical like that. Ten years into my acting career they were still trying to get me to go back to school. I wasn’t making much money, and sometimes really struggling, but I was, like, “No, Ma. This is what I want to do.” Those were difficult conversations because I had my own doubts. It took me a long time to feel comfortable thinking, “I’m an actor. I can do this.”

Cate, is it true that your first acting job was as an extra in an Arabic boxing movie?
CATE BLANCHETT: I was at university studying fine arts, and I took a year off and went traveling. I had 2,500 Australian dollars, which is nothing, and I traveled for a year on that, so I ended up in places like a bunker in Istanbul with water dripping from the ceiling. Later, I was staying in this place in Cairo. I literally had no money, and some Scottish guy who was printing money and passports in the foyer said, “Do you want to earn five Egyptian dollars?” It wasn’t to sleep with anyone. It was to be an extra in this boxing movie, so I said, “Sure.” They had free falafel.
MIRREN: We’re all in it for the free food, actually. We are all, in our hearts, out-of-work actors.


It seems every actor, no matter how successful, thinks he’ll never work again. Do you feel that way, Brad?

BRAD PITT: Not really, no. [Laughter]

You all had some surprising early jobs before you became actors. Forest was a classical tenor. Helen was a sort of carnival barker.
PITT: I had a job driving strippers around.
LEONARDO DICAPRIO: Really?
BLANCHETT: Just last month.
PITT: I love her. Yeah, my job was to drive them to bachelor parties and things. I’d pick them up, and at the gig I’d collect the money, play the bad Prince tapes and catch the girls’ clothes. It was not a wholesome atmosphere, and it got very depressing. After two months I went in to quit, and the guy said, “Listen, I’ve got this one last gig tonight.” So I did it, and this girl—I’d never met her before—was in an acting class taught by a man named Roy London [a famous acting coach]. I went and checked it out, and it really set me on the path to where I am now.

A stripper changed the course of your career.
PITT: [Nods] Strippers changed my life.

We’ll see that in the National Enquirer next week.
PITT: [Looks toward the ceiling] I just want one week off. Just one.

Leo, you made your first film, “This Boy’s Life,” at 16. What was that like?
DICAPRIO: I didn’t know how to conduct myself on a film set. The director, Michael Caton-Jones, really took me under his wing. He said things like, “When you’re rehearsing with Robert De Niro, you don’t talk about what baseball cards you’re collecting.”
MIRREN: I was like a rabbit in headlights for years on film sets, not understanding who was doing what, and how you’re supposed to behave. It is a terrifying environment, really.

Penelope, in “Jamón, Jamón” you played the daughter of a prostitute, and you became a sensation, and a sex symbol, at 17. What was that like?
PENELOPE CRUZ: One day I came out on the street for a walk with my dad, and somebody screamed from a car, “I love you!” And a minute later, somebody else screamed, “Whore!” [Laughter] Then I knew I was famous. It was unbelievable. I was 16 when I made the movie. I didn’t tell my parents, and I was hiding the script from them. Then they took my grandmother to the premiere, and I always felt bad about that. But the movie was good, and it did a lot of good things for my career. Every role I accepted after that I was covered up to here. [Raises her hand to her neck]

Leo, you became a teen idol at an early age also.
DICAPRIO: I had a brief run at that on television, being thrown on the cover of teen magazines, and I was trying to work away from that. I wanted to establish myself as an actor who put a lot of thought into his characters and did good work. And then I did a movie called “Titanic,” and there I was, right back into that position of being looked at as another piece of cute meat.
PITT: That you are. [Laughter]
DICAPRIO: It was pretty disheartening to be objectified like that. I wanted to stop acting for a little bit. It changed my life in a lot of ways, but at the same time, I can’t say that it didn’t give me opportunities. It made me, for the first time, in control of my career. But yeah, it was weird.

Brad, Hollywood wanted you to be a conventional leading man. You didn’t.
PITT: Acting is about discovery, for me, and these “leading man” scripts—Leo can testify to this—they’re all the same guy. You can plug any one of us into it and you get a variation on a theme, but anyone can do it. Where is the discovery in that?
BLANCHETT: So did you guys look to a relationship with a director to help champion the way out?
DICAPRIO: I definitely sought out the relationship with Martin Scorsese. It was important to me to find somebody I could trust. It’s a weird thing to put your performance in another person’s hands. We so often sit in rooms with directors and you hear their vision about a specific project, but there’s a huge difference between what they say and what actually shows up on screen.
PITT: Do directors want you to [play a version] of them?
DICAPRIO: Sometimes you get that feeling, yeah.
MIRREN: It doesn’t happen to women. You get to play their fantasy instead. But you know, [the industry] is always trying to put you in a box, and you’re always having to fight your way out of it. They don’t want you to grow up or grow older or change, so it’s great when a role comes up that allows you to take that next step. It happened with me on “Prime Suspect.” Suddenly I was allowed to look like a woman of the age that I was. I didn’t have to have glamorous lighting. I didn’t have to wear makeup. It was fabulously liberating, and it’s really why I’m still working, because I was allowed to step forward.

Forest, you’ve played roles that weren’t actually written for black actors.
WHITAKER: I had moments where the directors were open enough to let me do that, yeah. In “Good Morning, Vietnam,” my character was written as a nerdy Jewish guy. In “The Color of Money,” the character was originally a Yuppie.
DICAPRIO: Was it really? That character was stellar. I remember seeing you in “The Color of Money” at a very young age, going, “Who is this guy?”
WHITAKER: I was a replacement. They fired somebody, and I flew in and auditioned. That’s how it happened.
MIRREN: My husband [Taylor Hackford] directed … what was it called? Oh, God, I forgot the name of it. Famous movie with Debra Winger?

“An Officer and a Gentleman.”

MIRREN: Thank you. The Lou Gossett Jr. role was written for a white man, and Taylor forced the studio to cast Lou. Lou won an Oscar for it, in fact.

Which movie made you want to become an actor?
CRUZ: Pedro Almodóvar’s “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!” I was 13 when I saw that movie. I came out of the theater completely fascinated. I started to become obsessed with Pedro, and I decided then to become an actress.
BLANCHETT: The only role I wanted to play was Lucy in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” I also wanted to be Gregory Peck.
PITT: I remember sneaking into “Saturday Night Fever,” and it had a profound effect on me. [Laughter]
MIRREN: The first movie that caught my imagination was “L’Avventura,” by Antonioni. Until then I had seen only Rock Hudson/Doris Day movies, and I wasn’t into them very much.
WHITAKER: When I was a kid there weren’t a lot of black actors working in films, so acting didn’t seem like a possibility. The first actor I remember being struck by was Sidney Poitier.
DICAPRIO: I tried to get an agent when I was around 7. I was a break-dancer and had a mohawk, and I was rejected. I knew I wanted to be an actor, but it wasn’t until “This Boy’s Life,” when I was 16, that I started to research quality films. I remember watching James Dean in “East of Eden.” I said to myself, “Wow, I didn’t know it was possible to give a performance this good.”
PITT: Although you were extraordinaryon “Growing Pains.”
DICAPRIO: Thank you, buddy. As were you.

Leo, didn’t you get thrown off the set of “Romper Room”?
DICAPRIO: Yeah, when I was 3 years old. I ran up to the camera and started shaking it, saying, “Look at me!”

Dustin Hoffman famously asked Laurence Olivier once what acting was all about, and Olivier replied, “Look at me, look at me, look at me.”
MIRREN: I hate being looked at.
BLANCHETT: I think it’s probably “Look into me.” What we perceive to be naturalism or realism has been utterly eroded by so-called reality television, where people are performing themselves. But what we do, actually, is unmask and reveal what it means to be human, and allow someone in. It’s taken me a long time to allow myself to be exposed in front of a camera.
PITT: Acting is really a team sport. A lot of times one actor will become the MVP, but just like in tennis, your game is elevated if you’re playing with someone better. I mean, just look at the way Cate compensated for George Clooney in “The Good German.” [Laughter]

Are there roles that you look at and think, “I wish I could have played that”?
DICAPRIO: Tons. Burt Lancaster in “Sweet Smell of Success.” De Niro in “Taxi Driver.”
CRUZ: Either of the two women in “Terms of Endearment.” Carmen Maura in “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.” Shirley MacLaine in “The Apartment.”
BLANCHETT: Anything Elizabeth Taylor has ever done.
MIRREN: It’s not that you want to play the role; you’re inspired by it. It’s not as if you’re sitting there going, “Oh, I would have been better.” [Pause] Well, sometimes you are. [Laughter]
BLANCHETT: There’s a moment in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” where Vivien Leigh has just gone into the bathroom, and Marlon Brando’s banging on the door, and she opens the door and his hand flinches. It’s the most astonishing shot. This guy that Brando could have played with complete brutality, and [instead he shows] his vulnerability, in that hand.
DICAPRIO: I wanted to ask everyone something: we all talk about being “in the zone”—becoming our character—but there are so many technical things that happen when you’re making a movie, it’s impossible not to realize that there’s a camera there, and your character has to emote this specific emotion. Those moments where it all disappears, and you’re really speaking as this other person? I’m lucky if that happens more than once on a movie.
PITT: I find alcohol helps. [Laughter]

When you’re watching a movie, are you always aware of the actors’ technique, or can you get lost in it the way we do?
MIRREN: Completely lost.
BLANCHETT: Well, I didn’t get lost in “Battlefield Earth.”

Was there a role you’d wished you’d played that you didn’t?
BLANCHETT: I’ve been lucky in a way. In school I was tall and my sexuality was dubious. I was always playing men. And then my nationality has been dubious, having played Elizabeth I quite early in my film career. So I feel like I got some weird and wonderful choices.
PITT: [To DiCaprio] Our sexuality has been dubious as well. [Laughter]

Would you care to discuss that?
PITT: No, there’s been enough discussion.
BLANCHETT: We have photographs.

Was there a role that caused you more anxiety than others?
BLANCHETT: They all scare me. But I tell myself that anxiety is just misplaced excitement. You’re constantly risking failure, so I never watch the films I’m in. That way, I always feel like, “OK, that worked.” I had an experience on “Babel” which I’ve never had shooting a film. I thought, “God, that was a really great take.” And then I saw the film, and the whole scene was played on Brad. [Laughter]

Helen, do you know what Queen Elizabeth thinks of your portrayal of her?
MIRREN: Of course I don’t.

Has she seen it?
MIRREN: I’m sure. Who could resist? Someone who is very close to the queen, a great historian named Robert Lacey, said he thinks she would have said, as the credits rolled, “That wasn’t too bad, was it? I think I’ll have a gin and tonic.”
PITT: How did you start shaping her? She’s got this great fireplug walk, and your glasses were always halfway down the bridge of your nose.
MIRREN: Obviously there’s a lot of film on her, but it’s of her in her formal role—hardly anything behind closed doors. Playing a real character, you have to behave likea detective and see things that maybe no one else has. She’s unbelievably composed, but on the films I noticed that her thumb is always turning her wedding ring round and round and round. There’s this inner beat, this tension.

When you’re creating a character, do you need to find something external like that? Penelope, in “Volver”—
CRUZ: I know what you’re going to ask.

You wore a padded butt for your role.
MIRREN: I had a padded butt in “The Queen,” as well. It wasn’t just Penelope.
CRUZ: Oh, I’m so happy! Now every time someone asks me this, I’m going to say, “Helen had one, too.”

Did the butt help?
CRUZ: Completely. Pedro and I didn’t talk about it. Maybe a one-minute conversation. It just made me work in a different way, move in a different way. It was like finding the right shoes for the character.

You’ve all done some impressive accent work in your careers. Cate has done three different ones this year. Is it a hurdle to get over when you’re building a character?
WHITAKER: Accents help me figure out how to move, how to gesture. I think sometimes when an actor’s accent doesn’t work, it’s because it isn’t connected to the body.
MIRREN: Until you nail the accent it is paralyzing. You can’t act—you can’t do anything—because all you can hear is your voice making the wrong sound. What’s even more difficult is what Penelope has done. I think to act in a foreign language is the most unbelievably difficult thing. I can’t imagine it.

Penelope, your first English-language film was “The Hi-Lo Country.” Was that scary?
CRUZ: Oh, so scary. I didn’t understand a word [director] Stephen Frears was saying. He’s very sweet, but he has a very strong accent, and I only knew my dialogue for the character. I was always going to the bathroom to cry and coming back and trying to hide it.

Brad, your Irish Gypsy accent in Guy Ritchie’s “Snatch” is so great that we can’t understand a word you’re saying.
PITT: That was last-minute, night-before, full-panic mode. I kept trying to get the dialect—I probably started a little late—and it was just too stiff. I went to Guy the day before and said, “You’ve got to do this part. I can’t do it.” And he’s, like, “Yeah. Right.” But it occurred to me that the genius of what Benicio Del Toro had done in “The Usual Suspects” was that you couldn’t understand what he was saying a lot of times. So about midnight, I started walking around the North End of London, working on it and working on it, and it just kept getting more and more indecipherable. Thank God it worked.
BLANCHETT: I never think of accents as something that’s slapped on. It’s syntax and rhythm and breath. It’s about when people choose to pause, what words they emphasize. You can say it’s accent, but it’s actually thought process. It’s got to be organic. And I think the earlier you can start the better.

Brad. [He mimics being stabbed in the heart.]

MIRREN: You’re absolutely right. It’s not something that you glom on the top, as if language and accent are separate. Americans are always saying, “Oh, I love your accent.” I don’t have the bloody accent. You’ve got the accent. [Laughter] No, I never say that. I say, “Thank you so much. How sweet of you.”

Do you feel differently about your work than you did when you started acting?
PITT: When I started I had this idea that the films I did defined me, and that my life would be interesting based on the characters I’d chosen. I don’t feel that way anymore. I’m a father now. There are other things that are important to me. I was chasing something that wasn’t fulfilling. I caught myself on the phone the other day—Leo has been playing some real strong men these last few years—and I found myself saying, “I want to play more of a man.” I got off the phone and I thought, “No. Live like a man, and the movies will follow.”
WHITAKER: I had to learn to not divorce my life from my work. My work is a continual process of growth for me; it’s an expansion of myself. In the last couple of years, I’ve been taking things I learn about myself in my work and using it to be more completely there for my kids, my family, my friends. It’s flowing in a complete way. It has been a bit of an awakening.
DICAPRIO: Man, I’ve got to get some kids, huh? I only really started enjoying acting when there was a certain level of detachment from the end result. I remember being 15 and going on 160 auditions, and not getting a single role for a year and a half. I realized I was turning into one of those Hollywood kids: “Hi, I’m Leo! And I’m going to be reading today! Oh yeah, I had a great day at school! I love school!” [Laughter] I had become a product of this system where everyone is aiming to please the director, the casting director, whomever. So I started to think about the character—the work—instead of the result. You know, kids are always asking me what they should do to become actors. You give them the pat answers: “Study your lines. Work hard. Don’t give up.” But what I want to tell them is, “You have to not care what these people think about you.”
MIRREN: You were lucky to learn that at 15. Marlon Brando’s great acting advice was, “Don’t care too much.” I never understood that, because I cared so much, and still do. But what he meant was, let go of that total investment in “Are they going to love me?” “Am I going to be good?” F—- that. Maybe that’s what Brad is saying as well.
PITT: Yeah, but it took me 800 words to say what he did in four.

You’re all rich. You’re all famous. You’ve all received critical acclaim. Why work? Why keep acting?
DICAPRIO: I love it. There’s no other art form in the world that affects me more. There’s nothing that I walk away from feeling transformed by the way I do with cinema. There’s something so gratifying about being burned into celluloid and knowing that I can look back later in life and have stories about those experiences. It’s an amazing gift.
WHITAKER: It’s magic. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?
CRUZ: It gives me so much happiness to know that I will never know everything about acting. That fear of not knowing will always be with me, no matter what happens.
PITT: It’s the love for the story, and a respect for the business. I want to be better in it, and better for it. I’m still striving for that. And I believe in the power of films.
BLANCHETT: Krzysztof Kieslowski said that filmmaking is a conversation with an audience. When you’re connecting with other people, it’s utterly thrilling. I feel alive when I’m acting. It’s tragic, but true. I would die in a rehearsal room if I could.

Helen, what keeps you acting?
MIRREN: Money. [Laughter] And it’s incredibly good fun. Of course, there are some intense artistic reasons, but I’m not going to go into them. So, yeah, fun and money.

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  • kat

    THanks JARED! Brad is lookin mighty fine!!

  • ntt

    Finally first?

  • pp

    Enjoyed the videos – Brad’s actually got quite a dry sense of humour!

  • em

    I will be buying this Newsweek edition. Special mention to Passing through for her hilarious rendition of the tabloids re: Brad and Angie. PT you have a literary gift for humour. Hope to read some more in the future. Thanks for the wit and laughter.

  • Grace

    Thanks Jared! Love this story about Brad’s previous job!

  • Mediterranean

    Good Morning to all from France!

  • http://celebritysource.blogspot.com/ Courtney

    Brads sooo hot!

  • Thanks

    Finally got the videos to play for me. Quite an interesting and funny group.The jokes between Brad and Cate are really funny. Looks like they really get along.
    And Brad even got in a little joke about Clooney. George is going to be looking for revenge. LOL :lol:

  • ntt

    Hi Medi, how are you? Good to hear from you.

    Kidi, I left a message for you on the last thread.

  • pp

    Excuse me for copying this post (1957 by ntt from Sin City 2 thread) but I just love what it tells us about Brad:
    “The chemistry is perfect. Last summer, Alejandro Inarritu, the director of “21 Grams”, and of the upcoming “Babel”, of which BP is the star along with Cate Blanchett, told Paris Match:”One evening, after a day of shooting, Brad and I, we talked in his room. He was like a little boy who just discovered love. He told me how he fell instantly and passionately in love with Angie. That he regretted to hurt JA, for whom he has a total and sincere affection. But he could not resist. Angie makes him crazy.”

    After watching the video clips from the Round Table, it occurred to me how often Brad says ‘I’m a father now.’ This man defines himself now by fatherhood – he revels, delights, basks, the whole damn stuff, in being a father!
    But what I think is so revealing about this quote by Inarritu is that no matter how much Brad desperately wanted to be a father, and was drawn toward fatherhood by Maddox, it was Angie that ‘makes him crazy’!! Wow! Kaboom! Kabam! I love it! He just couldn’t resist her – it wasn’t about Angie catching him through Maddox, as so many critics have tried to imply!
    I think maybe it is just easier (& less porno for sure!) for Brad to be able to publically acknowledge his delight in being a dad. Doing the same about his feelings about beingwith Ange might get them arrested!! (echoes of that wild sex in Kenya???)

  • Orange Peel

    They all look amazing…but man does brad look tasty!

    I will also be buying a copy of this newsweek

  • http://justjared.com Hunter

    Good morning.
    Thanks #10 for reposting ntt #1957(from Sin City2.
    Love Angie and Brad. Hope to see them at the Oscars.

  • freidaflo

    Thanks JJ

    The best of Hw 2006. They all look good.
    ——————————————-

    Re-G.Dipandi must be a part of the bring” Angie down” campaign.Notice the names of players involved. DiPandi with X group in Mexico, is engaged to B.Rancic who works or worked for DTrump. Sucking to the boss? Remember DTrump made those degrading remarks about AJ during his LKing appearance.

    Who is the next cohort to this mean pursuit??? DISGUSTING….

    Good morning to all.

  • Mediterranean

    to NTT,

    I feel better, not still fine but better. Thank alot for asking? How are you? Hope that all is OK with you.

    I wish that I could have a chance to be around when Brad and George are teasing each other. It must be really funny. I have a feeling that Angie would take side of George just for fun. But Matt has to be there also.

    It seems like Matt is getting closer to Brad and George than Ben Affleck who will be always his good friend.

  • Alicia

    haha….strippers and whores

  • Alicia

    oh Brad…”although you were extraordinary in growing pains” :D

  • Jo

    Hey you guys!!!

    Can anyone tell me the date of the oscars for this year????? Also hope to see them there or to see photos of them.

    Thanks pp for the comment!!! I really find cute how Brad is always saying that he loves being a father that also means that he loves his new life with Angie and that he DOES NOT want to have another life with another woman.
    They are so cute togehter!

  • freidaflo

    Hi Medi-
    It is so nice to hear from you. I hope you ‘re feeling better now.
    Give yourself enough rest , take care of yourself.
    My best regards also to your li’l girl and husband.
    ——————————
    HI PT-
    The Angler(hubby-loves fishing) says HI. Said he’ll leave the girlie talk to me but just give him a holler anytime yours and Cliniqua comments show up. Slowly he is warming up to Dragonfly’s comments too. If you all can talk fishing stuff, I’ll be out of my chair. ha ha….

    We are now empty nesters. Kids gone after college. So enjoy your kids while they’re home. hmmmm. … Nice Sunday morning at the pulpit……

  • black

    Where the hell can I watch the damn videos?

  • black

    ah , ok I got it——-I´m so blind….

  • ploypaphat

    They all look great especially Brad…hehe : )
    Thanks JJ!

  • xenia

    Thanks Jared for putting a new thread. Love that Brad! Not to forget Angie too & the little ones.

  • MIKESMOM

    ~ RYAN SEACREST ~

    Look, Listen and learn so on your next attempt, to interview STARS!
    [if there is a next time] your game will be up to par…………cheers!

  • anon

    I watched all the videos of this interview and I LUV IT!!!
    And some how in Brad’s answers made me 100% sure that
    he DIDN’T CHEAT on Jennifer Aniston!

  • green lettuce

    Ha ha ha I love what Pene Cruz said about when she knew she was famous!!Wow I love the pic, and I like all of them…but I wish Brad wins!!

  • julia

    Good God I loved watchng the video of this discussion, magnifique….
    cheers Jared..

  • lylian

    Meditarranean, glad you are feeling better. It will take time.
    ______________
    24
    anon Says:
    January 21st, 2007 at 8:44 am
    I watched all the videos of this interview and I LUV IT!!!
    And some how in Brad’s answers made me 100% sure that
    he DIDN’T CHEAT on Jennifer Aniston!

    Hmmmm, what did he say in the roundtable that makes you so sure?

    I was sure because (1) there are just no photos of Brad and Angelina in any compromising position, Brad was even then, one of the most photographed man on earth. Jennifer and her Best friend said so – but more importantly David Arq said so when he said:

    (a) he was surprised about the relationship between Brad and Angelina
    (b) when he said “yeah, brad and jennifer wouldn’t have broken up but for Angelina” and then laughs and goes on to say “all joking aside …”

  • May

    When I started I had this idea that the films I did defined me, and that my life would be interesting based on the characters I’d chosen. I don’t feel that way anymore. I’m a father now. There are other things that are important to me. I was chasing something that wasn’t fulfilling. I caught myself on the phone the other day—Leo has been playing some real strong men these last few years—and I found myself saying, “I want to play more of a man.” I got off the phone and I thought, “No. Live like a man, and the movies will follow”
    __________________________

    THAT’S WHY I LOVE YOU SO MUCH. LIVE LIKE A MAN FOR ANGIE AND THE KIDS!!WAY TO GO, BRANGELINA FOREVER.

  • newsweek video
  • shakira

    Nice

  • shakira

    Nice thread so far, I thought I would jump in and post b4, it gets nasty……….

  • briseis

    Good Morning, BAMZS fans.

    Just watched the video, and boy, do I love that Brad has this sense of humor. But didn’t Angelina say that he did have this wicked sense of humor? She knows him so well, and she’s only been with him two years.

    Well, I better get my posting and lurking out of the way (even went to Mass Saturday) and so with household chores, so I can park myself in front of the TV when the Bears meet the Saints. I hope I preserve my sanity, knowing how Rex G and da Bears always made winning look so difficult and losing so easy.

  • luv

    17
    Jo Says:

    January 21st, 2007 at 6:13 am
    Hey you guys!!!

    Can anyone tell me the date of the oscars for this year?????
    ========
    Nominations Jan 23 @ 5:30 am pacific time

    Oscar show Feb 25 @ 8 pm eastern time

  • kiki

    I absolutely love this interview and video. Brad is adorable, just like the others. Ryan A******, take notes, this is a real interview!

  • anustin

    ….medi,medi,glad to hear from u baby…..how u doin gurl!!!cant view this one my baby sleppin!…..

  • Carol

    BIG ring in Brad fingers!

  • Terassa

    Hmm, hung with whores then, and still does. Angie needs to keep her big mouth shut. Yes, not everyone agrees with Bush, but she needs to keep her worm lips shut!!

  • briseis

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    kiki Says:

    January 21st, 2007 at 9:37 am
    I absolutely love this interview and video. Brad is adorable, just like the others. Ryan A******, take notes, this is a real interview
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    I think Ryan Seacrest is too full of himself to learn interviewing from the pros. His ego is too big, so he really shouldn’t be an interviewer but a celebrity himself. But then he really has no talent, so he pretends to be an interviewer, and E! lets him, while he strives to push himself as a celebrity.

  • hey hey

    Terassa Says:
    January 21st, 2007 at 9:46 am
    Angie needs to keep her big mouth shut. Yes, not everyone agrees with Bush, but she needs to keep her worm lips shut!!

    Why? Last I checked, this is still a free country, with freedom of speech and all! You are allowed to show your biases, aren’t you? So why shouldn’t she?

  • http://UK fan

    ignore

  • Alexanderina

    Morning Jared and thanks for the new thread you are the best :)

  • ?????

    Terassa,you shut up.we dont need you here.as for your idol jennifer maniston,no one cares about her now.she’s fading away,sooner she’ll be gone to nowhere looking for a man to be her beard!

  • anustin

    they really want anjie down…..but you know what bamzs,GOD is good with anjie,the more they bring her down,the more blessing she got!

  • Amaya

    Original Curious, Estelle, Alex, hunnybunny and AG, I’ve updated MB2!
    http://intothegray.blogspot.com/2007/01/chapter-8.html

  • freidaflo

    32 briseis

    Am also looking forward to the ball games tonight, esp. the Bear’ game.
    Here’s something on our local sunday paper. Note Grossman and A.Brown were former Gators.
    Grossman hopes the good karma spreads to Chicago.”I’d love to tap into that” Grossman said. We’ve got the No.1 baketball team, No. 1 football team. A lot of good things are happening with the Gators. We’ve got some Gators on the Bears. We’d like to continue that”.
    Need I say, UF is rooting for the Bears.

  • luv

    When Penelope Cruz knew she was famous: “One day I came out on the street for a walk with my dad, and somebody screamed from a car, “I love you!” And a minute later, somebody else screamed, “Whore!” [Laughter] Then I knew I was famous.”

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    Yes I like what Cruz says also. Fame is a tricky thing. You will always have people that love and hate you.

  • Alexanderina

    I love the Oscar Roundtable Discussions, this is one of my favorite part, just love this part, tells you how far this man has come and grown, way to go Brad

    Do you feel differently about your work than you did when you started acting?

    PITT: When I started I had this idea that the films I did defined me, and that my life would be interesting based on the characters I’d chosen. I don’t feel that way anymore. I’m a father now. There are other things that are important to me. I was chasing something that wasn’t fulfilling. I caught myself on the phone the other day—Leo has been playing some real strong men these last few years—and I found myself saying, “I want to play more of a man.” I got off the phone and I thought, “No. Live like a man, and the movies will follow.”

  • bluemoon

    OT Let’s go Colts!

  • Me Too

    freidaflo
    Re-G.Dipandi must be a part of the bring” Angie down” campaign.Notice the names of players involved. DiPandi with X group in Mexico, is engaged to B.Rancic who works or worked for DTrump. Sucking to the boss? Remember DTrump made those degrading remarks about AJ during his LKing appearance.”
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    Let’s add the NY Post to that mix too. Her bud Bennetts is best friends with Liz Smith and then the Page Six crew are on speed dial with her publicist…hence the blind items.

  • org Ruth

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    bluemoon Says:

    January 21st, 2007 at 9:59 am
    OT Let’s go Colts!

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    I am with you Bluemoon.