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Angelina Jolie is a Bouquet of Beauty

Angelina Jolie is a Bouquet of Beauty

Angelina Jolie makes a a picture perfect bunch with a bouquet of roses in the new St. John clothing ad, which will be featured in the August 2007 issue of Vanity Fair. Could a Stepford wife look any sexier??

And no, Angie hasn’t been laying low. Just yesterday, she was spotted leaving Prague, Czech Republic where she’s been shooting her action thriller Wanted.

The mother-of-four boarded the private jet carrying baby Shiloh, 13 months. Brad, in a new newsboy cap, carried Zahara, 2. The family’s chief bodyguard, Mickey Brett, carried 3-year-old Pax on board. And Maddox, 5, dressed in a gray t-shirt and khaki pants, boarded the plane all by his grown-up self!

What’s next for the Jolie-Pitts? Angie has said, “I’m in Prague for a few months, then I take two months off, then I work for two months.” Let’s hope they go out for some family-bonding time during their time off!

Check out more pictures here. One of the boxes transported onto the Jolie-Pitt‘s private jet reads “Dad’s bags for bikes don’t open needs to go on the jet.”

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  • Preggy-Jolie

    I was just playing with words. Eau de toilette=Toilet water (literally ). GP is advertising some brand, I don’t even remember. I think it’s Guerlain. She has a 2-page ad, same as AJ. JA had a 4-page ad in the last VF issue (the African issue).

    4 page ad for some damn water! Omg! Kids in africa need clean water and they spend how much money? a page for some damn water…u can go into publix and get a whole big jug for 3 dollars or less while smartwater cost like what how much the same amount?..and omg its majic iit tastes the same as ever.Taste just like smart water..omg..smartwater must have some damn has 2 make u pee more..something..what does it do!

  • Krung Krung

    i never seen that pic w/the lady holding a pic of Angie, wondered if Angie saw the lady holding the pic? that fat b1tch…


    190 AddictedtoBAMPZs : 07/16/2007 at 1:07 am
    179, LOVE ANGELINA….This is a fantastic video but I am wondering why you snuck those pictures of the x people in?


    I didn’t want to, but the salt-n-pepa lyrics keeping mentioning stuff along the same lines. So I just wanted the pics to go along with the song. I like BBT and I think he is nice and he has always been supportive of Angie, all her exs have. Brads Exs…not so much.

  • Posting the article

    199 FYI : 07/16/2007 at 1:27 am

    BB news

    Taraji P. Henson on Benjamin Button
    From Hustle & Flow to Brad Pitt’s Mom
    by Fred Topel | July 15, 2007
    Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett headline David Fincher’s upcoming “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” Even superstars need moms though, and Taraji P. Henson is playing Benjamin (Pitt)’s mom, Queenie.

    “I age from 26 to 71,” said Henson. “It’s early 1900s mixed with modern times and flashbacks. I play Brad Pitt’s mother because he’s born with this rare aging disease, left on my doorstep and I adopt him like any good southern woman would. My character runs an old folks home and a lot of the extras were senior citizens.”

    The story has Pitt age backwards, and mommy is there most of the time. “She’s with the beginning, she teaches Benjamin Button everything he needs to know. Then there’s a part where he goes off into the world to become a man, then he comes back. He comes back home to momma. So there’s one little segment I’m not in but pretty much the whole movie.”

    It sounds like a more whimsical film than the usual Fincher fare, but the dark director compensated for that. “He’s very dark and he’s very upset that he’s made a beautiful film. He’s walking around, ‘Ah, I can’t believe I made a ****ing beautiful movie. Rrr, rrr.” He still tried to make it dark. He had the smoke machine. Trust me, it’s still dark where it can be, but it’s beautiful. Beautifully dark.”

    And as for aging, Henson enjoyed seeing herself in old age makeup. “I just laughed because it’s going to happen. It’s going to happen and I embrace it.”

  • dumb water

    It is called dumb water.

    dumb water

    dumb water

  • LYB

    Thanks.. I miss Shiloh~
    The AD photo looks great~

  • Passing Through

    I think I must be getting really, really old. Every time I load Jared’s home page to check for a new J-P thread I find myself saying, “Who the fcuk is __________?” So…who the fcuk is Zac Efron? There’s a gazillion threads on this guy and he looks like he’s about 12. BTW – this is a rhetorical question. I don’t care who he is…it just bothers me that there are so many threads for someone I’ve never heard of!

  • Mrs. Lenny

    ~Archbishop TuTu and Brad Pitt. What a great interview…Very,very informative and enlightening. Brad did his homework. Archbishop Tutu is a very wise and smart man.


  • tres’ hot

    203LOVE ANGELINA : 07/16/2007 at 1:37 am
    190 AddictedtoBAMPZs : 07/16/2007 at 1:07 am
    179, LOVE ANGELINA….This is a fantastic video but I am wondering why you snuck those pictures of the x people in?


    I didn’t want to, but the salt-n-pepa lyrics keeping mentioning stuff along the same lines. So I just wanted the pics to go along with the song. I like BBT and I think he is nice and he has always been supportive of Angie, all her exs have. Brads Exs…not so much.

    ITA, Angelina’s exes have always been supportive of her and it’s amazing that they continues to still be in awe and love her after the relationship ended.. I think it’s also a reflection of how good of a person she is and genuinely caring and honest her relationships has been.

    Unfortunately Brad exes has been one cheating fishstick who didn’t realised how lucky she was to have the man proclaim her to be ‘the love of his life’ and one manipulative media wh*re who uses him to further her career and push him into the marriage that he did not want in the first place, he just wanted to be her friend.

  • tres’ hot

    207 Passing Through : 07/16/2007 at 1:46 am
    I think I must be getting really, really old. Every time I load Jared’s home page to check for a new J-P thread I find myself saying, “Who the fcuk is __________?” So…who the fcuk is Zac Efron? There’s a gazillion threads on this guy and he looks like he’s about 12. BTW – this is a rhetorical question. I don’t care who he is…it just bothers me that there are so many threads for someone I’ve never heard of!


    LMAO , me too I can not believe how many threads was posted on this guy.
    I happen to know him only because my daughter watch High School Musical and she is 5 !!! LOL , I would actually be suprised if the people in this thread knew of this Zannessa people.. :) LOL!!

  • hunnybunny

    That advert for Maddox lookalikes is creepy. AJ is a movie star; she is a public figure who is recognizable. While she is entitled to privacy, her likeness is in the public domain. Like Cher, Madonna, Marilyn, et al., impersonators are going to be in the game. Although she doesn’t sing or anything, (all the doubles I have seen in the past year have been hooked up with an X impersonator – — rolling eyes) but people gotta make a living.

    That said, lining up the Maddox (or Kingston, or Suri or Grier or Moses) impersonator is seamy. Those kids are kids, and using his likeness for commercial purposes seems somehow unethical.

  • ens

    #67 Jill: The difference between Angelina and X is that Angelina could put on a burlap sack and make it look like a Saint John’s suit. X would make a Saint John’s suit look like a burlap sack.


    Hahahaha! This is very funny but this I think is very true. Besides, Angie “wears” any outfit not the other way around. In contrast, the clothes “wear” X instead.

  • huh say what?

    EVERYONE is COPYING BRAD!!! Wow, Brad really is a trendsetter and style icon. When I started seeing the ‘Mr. Smith’ haircut everywhere after it released in Summer of ‘05 (and that style has continued unabated), it was confirmed — now just look at JJ’s blog today…you’ve got this young’un Zac wearing Brad’s Fedora, and you’ve got David ‘Squeaky’ Beckham wearing Brad’s close brush cut (and dying it platinum – yet another shout out to Brad). They all need to get off Brad’s jock….but then again, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.


    Isnt the “Mr. Smith haircut” called a Caesar? ahhh hasnt that haircut been around before Brads great great grandfather was born. I recall it being called the Clooney cut back when George Clooney rocked it in the 90s on ER. But I guess Brad wore it before then.

    “Brad’s Fedora” dont tell me he invented that to and made it popular. ROTFLMMFAO

  • jean

    56 Just asking : 07/15/2007 at 10:49 pm
    Yes. I had shot some flops, like “Johnny Suede” which nobody remembers now, “The Flavour”, “Cool World”, “The Mexican”, “Spy Game” and moreover I was going through a turbulent time in my private life.

    Did he have a turbulent time with Aniston?

    Mexican and Spy game were shot when he was with Maniston. Oh, he’s fianlly admitting he had a turmbulent life then with Maniston.

  • Moonlight

    I have no idea what that is a picture of (that the woman is holding). Someone want to tell me? :lol:

  • No One Does It Better/Makes Me Feel Sad 4 The Rest

    213 huh say what?>
    Beyatch No one Notices or Rocks it like Brad!
    Then its a Trend.
    You are on the wrong thread- Clini’s got it right.
    Back to Squeaky Mike Tyson’s voice-alike Beckum’s thread, okay?

  • mmm

    manufacturing heroes
    Why ‘A Mighty Heart’ Is A Cruel Failure

    Asra Nomani, the former Wall Street Journal reporter who’s the “supporting character” in “A Mighty Heart,” the Angelina Jolie film about journalists Danny and Marianne Pearl and Danny’s murder in Pakistan, helped out on making the picture true to life. She made sure the cast even got the right notebooks that she and Danny used. But when she saw the glittery press photos out of the film’s premiere at Cannes, she had a “duh” moment. The marketing, the PR, the celebrities: All of it was absolutely the antithesis of Danny, she realized. The studio publicists brought a screener of the film to her house in West Virginia: the on-screen Danny just looked so flat. So in an email to a producer of the film early this month, Nomani wrote: “I’m not going to be attending the premiere because, upon reflection, I just don’t believe in the movie and the mythology of its marketing and PR campaign.”

    In this excerpt from her email, she explains her thinking.

    As much as the talking points say that this movie is for Danny and that everyone made the movie for the right reasons, I don’t at all feel that it is for Danny or that noble intentions underly this movie. That’s just my opinion, and I don’t mean to offend you, but I’ve just heard that soundbite one too many times.

    In your role as producer, you may think I’m full of B.S. in seeing a reality that isn’t the one that you’re portraying on the big screen. I am told there is hardly a person who thinks too highly of Hollywood’s depiction of reality. But even knowing that intellectually, I cannot in good conscience enable an enterprise to me that represents to me little more than “astroturf reality.”

    Maybe I’ve read a little too much Joseph Campbell, but I think that our society has become quite sick in the way that we manufacture heroes out of tragedy — Guliani, for example, being a hero when he was just doing his job as mayor — and to me the industry that supports this mythmaking is not one in which I want to participate. To me, the participation of the media industry in creating myths out of reality is most distressing.

    The truth is that I am sorry that I ever got involved in the movie making from the beginning. I was naive in putting trust in the process, and I shouldn’t have been but my head was also spinning post-Karachi in trying to support Mariane as much as I could. To me, Danny had left her at my house, and I had a duty to him to take care of her.

    I tried throughout the filmmaking to help because I hoped a greater good would come from this enterprise. In my heart, I don’t think a greater good emerges, despite all of the allegiances with reporting organizations, etc., because at the end of the day this movie could never have happened without the tragic sacrifice of Danny’s life, and my greatest sadness is that I don’t think that the movie comes close to even capturing Danny’s real life charisma and charm.

    As the details of the movie have sunk into my conscience over the last couple of weeks, I realized that the film made me miss Danny even more as a friend, because he was so not present for me on the screen.

  • Preggy-Jolie

    Lawd god i’m like cracking up because u guys r so damn funny.

    “How was maniston?”
    “Did you see maniston today?”
    “No,surprisinly i havent…have you”
    “No where is the big chinned maniston?”
    “Maybe she is at the swap shop trying to get her carrer back”
    “hm..maybe..but hey You forgot one”
    “a man 2″
    “hah that will be the day”

    That is what u guys sound like..lmao

  • w


    -The trail of controversies left by Pitt and Jolie when they came to shoot in India


    There are too many full stops in India, as Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt discovered when they came down to shoot for Michael Winterbottom’s film, A Mighty Heart, based on the death of American journalist, Daniel Pearl. From the time of their arrival in the country, the couple — christened by the media as Brangelina — left a trail of controversies. These would not be forgotten in a hurry.

    Brangelina flew from Mumbai to Pune (where the shooting was supposed to take place) in a private plane, provided by the industrialist, Gautam Singhania. They reached Pune, at around three in the afternoon, with their three children and a fleet of nannies.

    The twist in the tale came shortly thereafter. Instead of asking for security from the police, they preferred to have their own men around for protection. It was around this time that intelligence reports about a possible terror strike in Pune had reached the police. However, Pitt and Jolie seemed to have little cause to worry, although they gave Indians enough reasons to lose sleep.

    The Pitt-Jolie clan then checked into Le Meridien hotel, where five suites had been booked for them. But they were unhappy with the five-star arrangements and preferred a separate bungalow for themselves so that their children could run around freely.

    The security frenzy did not die down so easily. Soon, the couple’s “own men” were parading in the corridors of the Le Meridien. While the celebrity family occupied suites 519 to 526 of the hotel, the entire fifth floor was sealed off from the rest of the guests.

    There were no instructions, however, given to the chef regarding the food that would be served to the esteemed guests. While Jolie and Pitt were eagerly declaring their enjoyment of the “sights and sounds” of India, they were not quite ready to tolerate the smell of Indians so easily. Between shooting for long hours every day, they were eating their meals at one of the three bungalows rented for the shooting in Pune. Their fellow diners, who joined them at High Table, were the foreign crew of the film. The Indians ate downstairs. Clearly, the visual and olfactory delights of India, for the couple, stopped at the dining table.

    The climax came at the Anjuman-E-Islam school where Jolie’s security guards clashed with parents who had come to fetch their children at the end of the day. It appeared that these parents were given no idea about the day’s special activities inside the premises, until the guards started barking at them. “You bloody Indians! Who are you?” one of them had allegedly shouted, gesturing with his hand that these Indians’ throats will be slit if they didn’t behaved themselves. We don’t know what the fate of these people would have been had they not listened to the bodyguards. After all, one of these security men had manhandled a British “paparazzi” shortly before this incident.

    Jolie and Pitt left the country with the ominous words of a Mumbai astrologer, Anand Soni, ringing in their ears: Pitt would go back to Jennifer Aniston and “his marital life may not be blissful at all”. And, while Jolie’s career would grow rapidly till October 2007, her husband’s will be successful till 2008.

    It appears that their time is running out rather fast!

  • no longer a lurker

    ntt, toilet water lol. you got me thinking there, initially i thought there was something more stupid than bottled water ads.

  • maria

    219 w : 07/16/2007 at 2:15 am
    You know how stupid and pathetic you are, right?

  • rottentomatoes

    AMH rottentomatoes rating

    cream of the crop = 85%
    general rating = 75%

    AMH is a critically acclaimed film!

  • maria
  • http://GPost Team Lara Croft

    Perfect perfect perfect.

    Most beautiful woman on the planet.

  • Krung Krung


    the Bakedhams….

  • cy

    Movies that were behind AMH on the box office before but are now doing better than AMH:

    Independent small film The Waitress

    Documentary DEEP SEA 3-D (IMAX) – A 3-D digital exploration of the ocean’s depths and its creatures.

    Musical Once that lacks any name actors or stars.

  • kind

    Angelina Jolie Worship Run Amuck

    By Kim Jaynes
    Jul 12, 2007

    So where do we start with Angie’s celeb worship? “Angelina Jolie Dies for Our Sins,” screams Esquire. “A very beautiful woman who sees herself as the underdog becomes very famous. Because of her fame, she suffers. Because of her suffering, she becomes even more famous. Then she becomes virtuous. Very, very virtuous, blah, blah, blah Tom Junod writes.

    Ron Rosenbaum of Slate was not impressed, “In the history of fawning gentlemen’s-magazine profiles,” Rosenbaum wrote last week in the _ magazine Slate, “there is unlikely to be a more ludicrous example than the profile in the July Esquire of — yes — Angelina Jolie, which spends many thousands of words ( about six thousand) and invokes grave national tragedies to prove to us that Angelina Jolie is not just a good woman, not just an enlightened humanitarian, not just a suffering victim of celebrity, not just strong and brave, but, we are told, ‘the best woman in the world.’ ”


    Why is Rosenbaum outraged? Read this: “In post-9/11 America, Angelina Jolie is the best woman in the world because she is the most famous woman in the world — because she is not like you and me.” Uh-huh. Jolie tries to play it up bigger than she is, and she thrived on that for a while.

    She travels the world extensively in private jets, lives in multi-million dollar homes and lectures on poverty. She charges millions for photos of her latest adopt an orphan program and then heads to work on yet another film and hands the third world child off to a nanny. The hypocrisy is thick.


    I watched her latest film hoping for the “Oscar Winning” performance the movie reviewers of the world had promised. If she is even nominated for that performance it will be only for the type of worship put forth by so many writers including Junod. But somewhere along the way it appears that her adoring public has abandoned her.

    She once held mystery. How did Jolie steal Brad Pitt away from America’s sweetheart Jennifer Aniston? Oh how the mighty hypocrite has fallen.

  • wonderlove

    finally….always nice to see them around once in a while!
    yeah..wonder..where they going to..

    god bless…

  • Came across this

    Brad Pitt The Associated Press June 2006

    A Jordanian salesman who tried to use an identity card with a photo of Brad Pitt was on trial this week in the United Arab Emirates the Gulf News reported. The 29 year old salesman allegedly forged the card with Pitts photograph and an Arabic name in an attempt to steal more than $22,000 left unclaimed at an exchange house where his brother worked as a teller the newspaper reported. The man who told the police he did not know who Pitt was said in court that he downloaded the photo from the Internet. Prosecutors in Dubai charged the man with forgery and embezzlement.

  • Prue H.

    #227 kind:

    You’re quoting and giving credence to National Ledger, the scum of the internet world, the website that completely hates Angelina Jolie, no matter what she does?

  • try

    AMH: A propaganda film, pro-muslim

    “A Mighty Heart,” starring Angelina Jolie, is yet another propaganda film masquerading as an action drama. The film is presumably about Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter kidnapped, tortured, and gruesomely beheaded by Islamists who made sure the grisly video of their handiwork was viewed by millions on the Internet.

    I remember that heart-stopping video. Before his decapitation, Pearl admits that he is a Jew (as if that were a crime) and that his parents are Jews – in fact, he tells us, perhaps gratuitously, that the Israelis named a street in Israel after his grandfather. The video functioned as a form of psychological terror. Many Westerners got the message and have behaved in an appeasing, dhimmi-like manner ever since.

    We only see a snippet of this video in “A Mighty Heart.” The video is essentially missing – as is Daniel Pearl himself. What we see, instead, are Hollywood’s “good Indians.” This time they are Pakistani Muslim policemen who only want to help find Pearl’s kidnappers.

    In Cannes, the film was given a standing ovation. Variety’s reporter, Justin Chang, congratulated the British director, Michael Winterbottom, for finding a way to interest people in what is, after all, a rather “harrowing” story. Chang also praised the film’s “utmost restraint” – which, in my view, is itself the ultimate in dhimmi behavior. Indeed, the film does not condemn Islamic terrorism at all and only once whispers the name “Al Qaeda.”

    Predictably, New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis praised the film precisely for its (politically correct) political vision. While she did note that “Mr. Pearl was a casualty of Islamist hatred of Western civilization” she also wrote: “What distinguishes ‘A Mighty Heart’ is its assertion that politics and ideology play a part in poverty and terrorism, in the way some men exploit human misery in the name of God and righteousness.”

    Thus, terrorists are merely religious people who are trying to resist “poverty” the best way they can. Dargis was careful to protest the briefly shown scenes of torture – not Danny Pearl’s torture, but that of those Muslims who were part of the plot to kidnap and behead him: “Mr. Pearl would probably have been appalled that this outrage was committed on his behalf; the point is, we should be too.”

    It is not surprising that the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) hosted the premiere of the film in Los Angeles. The political story line is quite to its liking.

    The film also insinuates that Pearl himself was at least somewhat to blame for his own beheading. He was, after all, warned several times not to meet with Sheikh Giladi except in public, and yet, instead of deciding not to meet him at all, chose to pursue the story.

    Pearl, the film suggests, was obviously naive or filled with hubris. He did not want to understand that Jewish-Americans in Pakistan were endangered prey. Heedlessly, he followed his story as if Al Qaeda had not declared jihad against infidels, as if he was immune to the consequences of such a declaration.

    (Dargis, in her review, described the Pearls as “a little reckless… fired up by a shared belief that journalism could help make the world better, a chokingly poignant idea in these shockingly cynical times.”)

    The message is clear: Salman Rushdie knew he had to go into hiding and many Muslim and ex-Muslim intellectuals publish only under pseudonyms. Did Pearl, as well as Jewish-American businessman Nicholas Berg, who was also decapitated on video, really think the rules of jihad did not apply to them?

    How special do Americans and Jews think they are? If Sunnis and Shia Muslims kill each other, honor-murder their own women with impunity, and blow up each other’s mosques – do Americans and Jews think that special treatment is reserved for them because they value life more or hold their own lives dear?

    “A Mighty Heart” gave me a mighty headache. It is outrageous that big money in Hollywood, and in film studios all across Europe and the Middle East, is funding so many visual Big Lies which will only continue to confuse and weaken Westerners who should be learning the truth about jihad before it is too late.

    Dr. Phyllis Chesler, a frequent contributor to The Jewish Press, is the author of many works including the bestseller “Women and Madness” (1972), “The New Anti-Semitism” (2003) and “The Death of Feminism: What’s Next in the Struggle for Women’s Freedom” (2005). Her forthcoming book is titled “The Islamification of America.”

    An Emerita professor of psychology and women’s studies and the co-founder of the Association for Women in Psychology and the National Women’s Health Network, she may be contacted through her website,

  • syd

    I wish we could have some sort of registration system on Jared. He used to have one for a while and it really helped control the trolls.

    Jared: if you’re reading this, how about bringing back typekey?

  • wal

    Is white the new black?

    Movies Features By Orville Lloyd Douglas

    Publish Date: June 21, 2007

    With the significant lack of leading roles for black women in Hollywood movies, Angelina Jolie seems like a strange choice for the lead in A Mighty Heart
    With the significant lack of leading roles for black women in Hollywood movies, Angelina Jolie seems like a strange choice for the lead in A Mighty Heart

    Angelina Jolie is the “new” black these days. From making Africa her new crusade to adopting an African daughter and talking about racial harmony on CNN, Jolie’s so-called altruism is her way to profit from the image of blackness.

    The new black is also white actors like Jolie in blackface. Jolie is currently starring in the biopic A Mighty Heart as Mariane Pearl, the widow of murdered Wall Street Journal writer Daniel Pearl. Jolie is white, and the real Mariane Pearl is of mixed heritage. (According to news reports, her father is Dutch-Jewish and her mother was Cuban-black-Hispanic-Chinese.) In the film, Jolie’s skin is darkened to appear more African and she is wearing a kinky wig.

    Some people argue that since Pearl is of mixed heritage and not dark-skinned, Jolie is acceptable in the role. However, the symbolism of blackface is not about whether a white actor takes on a dark skin tone or light. It is the implicit message being sent that black women in Hollywood–which is slow to capitalize on the bankable quality of black female stars–can be replaced by white women. This certainly isn’t because of a lack of talent.

    Movies aren’t just entertainment. There are cultural values embedded in the subtext of films. Movie stars are mythologies of hierarchy created by publicists, studios, and news media.

    The social constructions of the star-system archetype arose from the days of slavery. Hollywood’s consistent message is that black women are less profitable than white women. The standard by which North American women of all races are measured is the white female: feminine, beautiful, fragile, and perfect. By contrast, Queen Latifah’s mammy performance in the 2002 film Chicago as Matron Mama Morton and her 2003 Bringing Down the House role portray black women as aggressive, hostile, and unattractive.

    The last major dramatic film for a black actress was the interracial drama Monster’s Ball. Although Halle Berry won an Oscar, it was degrading: Berry’s character, Leticia Musgrove, was depicted as sexually loose, the aggressor in the interracial sex scene, with the line “Make me feel good” delivered with a sneer.

    Such scenes shattered some of the respect the black community had for Berry. By contrast in A Mighty Heart, Angelina Jolie’s character is a pillar of strength, a woman demanding to know what happened to her husband.

    Since Hollywood is concerned about maximizing its profits, movies must be palatable to a mass market. Jolie was cast as A Mighty Heart’s female lead because she is considered an international draw, not for racial accuracy.

    Black feminist bell hooks points out in Outlaw Culture, her groundbreaking book on films in pop culture, that we are controlled by a “White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchy”. Hooks believes we must be “enlightened witnesses” and be cognizant that we are conditioned to accept whiteness as the centre of the universe.

    Black women have a long history of being typecast in film primarily as sex objects or maids. A Mighty Heart was the chance for a black actress to shine in a film that showcased the female lead as a three-dimensional person with complex emotions.

    A more serious issue is the paucity of leading roles for black women in Hollywood. A Mighty Heart also tackles the rarely portrayed interracial relationship, in this case an interracial marriage between a black woman and a white man. Jolie’s presence in the film is a hindrance as it obscures and ultimately eliminates the real Mariane Pearl altogether. (Women have also asked why Mariane Pearl would allow a white woman to take the female lead in A Mighty Heart.)

    Jolie consistently portrays herself as a Hollywood liberal who is against racism. Yet her superficial insensitivity to the plight of black women suggests an unwillingness to be challenged about her own values. What will she teach her daughter about white cultural domination?

  • to all Jen fans and Aniston

    credit: Prada

    After spending a considerable amount of time on these blogs, my impression is that most bloggers on the entertainment websites are women.

    It is sad to see that women readily and eagerly put down other women.
    This is born of Jealousy, underachievement in life and misery.

    Angelina Jolie is an exemplary woman who has done more than her share contributing positively to the world. She strives to make the world a better place. What she gets in return for this is alot of insults, mad slinging and outrageous demands from the media and ordinary folk alike.

    I always wonder, what makes people stoop to that level of bitterness, anger and stupidity as to talk and write evil things about someone who you have no personal knowledge of. Are you venting as a reflection of your miserable life and think that by trying to put her down it makes your pain less severe? If that is the case then some of you bloggers, E news, ted c and the rest need a therapist.

    I can not claim to know the intensity of their affection for each other with Brad but all I know is that for now, they look happy and committed to each other. Whether or not this is the case is their business. Why do people living in glass houses constantly keep throwing stones.

    Most people pyschoanalysing their relationship barely have a relationship in their lives and yet want to set standards on how these two people have to look at each other, how they should dress, comb their hair, hold their kids. Come on now people, get a life. I enjoy reading about their positive contributions to society and their affections for each other (my opinion).

    (to the haters)If you dislike them soo then stay away from spewing soo much hate online. Editorials such as L & S are written but bitter jilted men and women who can not stand to see a geniunely happy couple.

    Stay away from the dark side haters!!!!!!!!

  • Lmao

    213 huh say what? : 07/16/2007 at 1:56 am

    EVERYONE is COPYING BRAD!!! Wow, Brad really is a trendsetter and style icon. When I started seeing the ‘Mr. Smith’ haircut everywhere after it released in Summer of ‘05 (and that style has continued unabated), it was confirmed — now just look at JJ’s blog today…you’ve got this young’un Zac wearing Brad’s Fedora, and you’ve got David ‘Squeaky’ Beckham wearing Brad’s close brush cut (and dying it platinum – yet another shout out to Brad). They all need to get off Brad’s jock….but then again, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.


    Isnt the “Mr. Smith haircut” called a Caesar? ahhh hasnt that haircut been around before Brads great great grandfather was born. I recall it being called the Clooney cut back when George Clooney rocked it in the 90s on ER. But I guess Brad wore it before then.

    “Brad’s Fedora” dont tell me he invented that to and made it popular. ROTFLMMFAO
    The Mr.SMith haircut was just a damn shaved head. Many people have had that cut before Pitt. Lmao

  • Lmao

    Lmao @ the Brad fans trying to find negative Angelina articles.

  • Jolie is the best fit

    To Tiger Says:

    the thing that I have a hard time believing about Jen and Brad is how they could be REALLY IN LOVE but not show that by PUTTING EFFORT INTO THEIR MARRIAGE IN ORDER FOR IT TO LAST or by not turning THAT LOVE INTO SOMETHING TANGIBLE, REAL AND LASTING. i.e no kids.

    It is like they never tried harder

    For instance, they were rarely together nor share hobbies or do activities together. When they felt like a PDA, they did when the spotlight was on them(red carpet) then they kissed passionately and hugged for all to see but then when the spotlight was gone – each went back to his/her own thing. i.e. he worked and worked in another city and she worked and worked in another. It is well known long distance between couple DOES NOT ADD but SUBTRACT from the marriage. Then you read their interviews and you don’t get a sense of commitment but more like two people living together..each doing his/her thing…NONE WANTS TO COMPROMISE for THE OTHER…but they are married!

    Then you’ve got Jolie. Is willing to put her career on hold to be in one place..close by Brad so that not only does she look after the kids as a mother but that Brad is also able to be close to his kids. And he in turn does the same for her when she goes to work. She rides motor-cycles with him and she is interested in his hobbies. Learn something new there. Furthermore, Jolie won’t fail to show her deep admiration and respect for Brad. And even though Brad is as private as usual when it comes to these matters of the heart and his women, his actions thus far are a FAR cry from before – really prove his COMMITMENT, LOVE AND WILLINGNESS TO COMPROMISE in this RELATIONSHIP than in the previous one. The man put his ******* career on the line to be with this woman. Many would have just fcuked her and ran away. But he didn’t. He is much better than that.
    You read how Jolie describe Brad – it is more than her saying outright *I love* but she dives deep into details. Most of all, you get a sense she really admire him for THE MAN HE IS and NOT BECAUSE HE IS BRAD PITT. In short, Jolie makes it a point to highlight what is *inside* the man and not the outside and superficial things like he is CUTE, GORGEOUS, A SEXY MAN. For a man as private as Brad, I rather love reading these detailed and well thoughout comments from Jolie than point blank *I love him* or *he is the sexiest man*. The latter is all I got from Gwyneth and Jen. Jolie blows me away. I get the sense that she KNOWS this man more than his previous significant others did.

    Jolie’s comments about Brad ADD AND NOT SUBTRACT from the man that is Brad Pitt. He already had this side of him but none of his past women, in my opinion, brought it out as Jolie does. It was always about themselves FIRST then Brad Pitt , the man. i.e. He was kinda presented by his women as arm candy – i.e. like they are saying – see ladies, I got me Brad Pitt, the Sexiest Man in Hollywood…yes that’s right. Impressive, isn’t. I got me the Brad Pitt. Look at me. Look at me. *fans self* LOL.

    Jolie does not do that and this is why I think she is by far the best fit for him.

    I really like ths post.

  • Sanday Tribune

    Too beautiful to be understood
    May 06, 2006 Edition 1

    Chrissy Iley

    The first time I saw Angelina Jolie she was shimmering in the moonlight of the garden of Hollywood’s excluside Chateau Marmont hotel.

    She was wearing jeans and a silky top, but radiated an unnerving sexiness. Her eyes locked into conversation with whoever intrigued her. It was as if they were the only person in the world, which was either charming or shy, depending on which way you looked at her.

    Men stared in slack-jawed lust, a little afraid of her. Women stared at the ground or at each other in a mumbling, pouting sort of way.

    This was long before there was Angelina and Brad. It was even before Billy Bob.

    It seems that Angelina – striking, sexy, strong – is built in a way that women do not warm to. They see her as Alpha Vamp, too gothic to be a real mother.

    Well, not any more – she’s having twins. There was never a love cauldron that raised more heat than the Brad/Jennifer/Angelina pot.

    Female columnists around the world declared, “Angelina has a mouth designed for hoovering up husbands”.

    Slogan T-shirts went on sale last year. Team Aniston outsold Team Jolie 25-1 because women identified with Jennifer’s pain. She was the victim.

    She’d been dumped, like every one of them. Angelina is a different kind of woman. Just because she does not wear her pain on her sleeve and play the victim card, it does not mean she’s not vulnerable.

    Actually, she does wear her pain on her arm. She has a tattoo, in Latin, that says “What Nourishes Me Also Destroys Me”. She’s a complex individual who has led a complicated life.

    She says, “I think it’s more important to be understood than to be loved”.

    Maybe that’s the same thing. What nobody seems to understand in this triangle is Brad left Jennifer. Angelina didn’t beg him or cajole him, manipulate or hoover him.

    It’s shameful to perpetuate a myth of misogyny that says she was the one lacking in empathy or morals, especially when she states, “To be intimate with a married man when my own father cheated on my mother is not something that I could forgive. I couldn’t look at myself in the morning if I did that. It’s not nice to be breaking up a marriage.”

    She was working on a mission in Niger when news reached the world that Jennifer and Brad had finally separated. Interesting the way that chauvinistic prejudice works. Brad was married. Angelina was single. It was Brad’s decision to end his marriage. This is all the evidence we have for sure, and surely it’s unfair for Angelina to carry all the blame.

    Why, as women, do we identify with the victim? Angelina is not like other women. This makes her idiosyncratic, powerful, mesmerising. It should not make us hate her. She’s emotionally articulate. She’s lived, she’s learnt, she’s suffered, she’s smart.

    She won an Oscar for her role in Girl Interrupted, set in a mental institution, and a Golden Globe for Gia, as the heroin-addicted bisexual model.

    She kicked ass with last year’s blockbuster Mr and Mrs Smith, in which she literally tried to blow up her onscreen husband, Pitt.

    She also fell for her husband Billy Bob Thornton on the set of Pushing Tin, but, hey, it’s not so unusual to meet your partner at work.

    Her body is beautifully sculpted and she’s a true artist. She doesn’t care about the red carpet or handbags. Note, she’s always seen with the same one, a big old thing stuffed with baby paraphernalia. She does not believe in nannies.

    “I am not going to be a mother who uses a nanny to do all the hard work while I have fun. That’s not my ethic.”

    She works tirelessly, hands on and feet in the mud for the United Nations, and is its greatest ambassador since Audrey Hepburn.

    She adopted Maddox in 2001 from Cambodia, while she was researching the part of an Aid worker for Beyond Borders. She adopted Zahara from Ethiopia last year.

    The UN High Commissioner for Refugees later appointed her Goodwill Ambassador. There is only one. She is not tokenistic in any way. Not a movie star on a vanity project.

    She doesn’t do it to give her life more meaning. She does it to save people’s lives.

    Aid workers who worked with her tell how she’s not afraid to ride for two days on a motorbike in the mud without showering. She sees herself as just one extra pair of hands able to dig. She makes $12 million to $20 million (R72 million to R120 million) a movie and gives a third away to charity.

    She says, “If I have three million, I know one of them I can live without.”

    She doesn’t just turn up and smile. She lobbies Congress to get aid, to get Bills passed, to change the world. In her role as Goodwill Ambassador she has visited more than 15 countries, including Kenya, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Haiti, Kosovo and Sierra Leone. In Pakistan, it was after the earthquake. Brad was with her. She has effected a transformation in him too.

    “I put my head together, cover my tattoos, get into my suits, look clean, don’t dress sexy and try to present the woman that I’m not sure I am, but would like to aspire to be a little more. Everyone is always expecting me to be, or it’s been easier, to be the other girl.”

    That other girl was from the dark side. The one who admitted to experimenting with drugs, knives and other women. She spoke about them all with searing honesty in a hope to explain herself, alienated her further from the world.

    Her father was Jon Voight, the enigmatic actor who starred in Midnight Cowboy. Her mother is actress Marcheline Bertrand. They separated when she was one.

    “I was always the punk in school. I didn’t feel clean or pretty. I felt interesting, odd or dark. I could understand the darker things, the moody things, the more emotional things.”

    She grew up relating more to pain than happiness. She married actor Jonny Lee Miller when she was in her early 20s wearing black rubber trousers and a white shirt on which she had scrawled his name in blood. They split, but she is still close to him, saying that she was just too young.

    “I wanted more from him than I could give him.”

    This was the other girl who was hard on herself, who thought she had nothing to give – and now she’s giving so much.

    She never thought she would be a mother. She was never the kind of child who was asked to babysit. In fact, when she needed to cry in movies, all she would do was extend her hand and imagine a child taking hold of it. Then the tears would come.

    “I was always sure that I would never know that feeling.”

    That feeling came when she first picked up baby Maddox at the orphanage in Cambodia. He was the last baby she visited that day. She held him and held him and when he opened his eyes there was a connection that made her whole life change.

    With those eyes locked she fitted in a way that she never thought she could. No more slashing herself with knives “just to be able to feel something”.

    Now holding Maddox was as profound.

    “I held him for the longest time. When he finally woke up and stared at me we stared at each other and I was crying and he smiled.

    “My discomfort with children was because I always assumed

    I could never make them happy because I was accused of being dark. I wasn’t sure if I could be a great, loving, perfect mom, but

    I wanted to be, so bad. He smiled and we hung for a few hours and I could make him happy and we felt like a family.”

    Feeling like a happy family was something she had never had and, subsequently, jealously guarded.

    She didn’t suddenly fall out of love with Billy Bob Thornton, to whom she was married at the time. Suddenly Maddox was her prime and primal concern. She didn’t think Billy Bob would be a great father to Maddox. “He wasn’t ready.”

    This may seem, to the uninitiated, ruthless, but it was also strong and protective. She had changed dramatically. Maddox consumed her world. She didn’t want to be that person who carried a pendant of Billy Bob’s dried blood around her neck. She was more interested in flesh and blood.

    She was out of the darkness because of Maddox and was determined he would never know its shadow. Her relationship with her own father had been at times close – and at times destructive. He disapproved of her adopting Maddox. She made the decision to keep him out of her life also, to protect Maddox.

    “If you have people who put knots in your stomach, it makes you feel bad about yourself. You cry and then you get them out of your life. Be strong and focus your love elsewhere.

    “I had some beautiful times with my father and I don’t think he’s a bad person. I just think we’re not a good family – there’s far too much pain.

    “I never wanted to come home and yell at Mad because I was stressed after a bad lunch with my father.

    “I am a good mother and a good friend. I am a good adoptive mother because I don’t see blood as family. I see it as time and love. You earn it.”

    Although this may seem unorthodox, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a logic that is both profound and true. One must take into consideration that her childhood was painful.

    Children from troubled upbringings usually only revisit that trouble in their own families, or decide that that will be too painful an experience and therefore never want children of their own.

    Angelina had been adamant that she only wanted to adopt children, both because of this past and because “giving birth to one meant I could give one less child a home”.

    Now she’s expecting twins, I see this more as a submission to Brad than an angle to ensnare him.

    In fact, there was nothing of the ensnaring. She made it clear to him and to the world, if it cared to listen, that she is pretty independent and doesn’t need a man, and at least the kind of man she wanted would be hard to find.

    “I just naturally don’t rely on men. That’s part of my problem with relationships. I have to be watchful not to allow myself to be too independen

  • kimmy

    Locks of controversy
    Rumors that Angelina Jolie had cut off her adopted daughter’s hair caused an outrage. Why is hair such a highly charged symbol in the black community?
    By Wesley Morris | July 8, 2007

    JUNE WAS A busy month for celebrity news (Paris Hilton went to jail, Kelly Clarkson canceled her tour, Matthew McConaughey is still a superbachelor). So you probably missed word that Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt, the second of Brad and Angie’s four children (she’s from Ethiopia), may have received a drastic haircut and that this haircut was deeply upsetting for certain stargazers with Internet access.

    “I think they shaved the poor kid’s head cause they have no clue in how to style her hair. I think they should get a professional African braider to braid her hair,” wrote Sexycocoa in a post to the black gossip site Media Take Out. On the same site, Akan5 wrote, “I DON’T TRUST THESE PEOPLE AT ALL. Why cut her hair. WHY! IN THIS COUNTRY people always let the girls’ hair grow.” That’s a representative sample of what wound up on various message boards late last month, from Take Out to E! _, and in people’s inboxes, including mine.

    Whether they realize it or not, Jolie and Pitt have wandered into the fraught zone of black hair care, particularly as it concerns black women. For centuries, the identities of African-American women have been bound up in what they’ve chosen to do with their hair: straighten it, get extensions, get a press ‘n’ curl, get a Jheri curl (yes, it’s still an option), get cornrows, grow dreadlocks, twist it, wear a weave, wear a wig, or just leave it natural. It’s a prideful question asked in the poorest homes and the toniest houses — a question from which no black female living in America is immune. Oprah Winfrey might be able to do anything she wants with her hair today, but when she first started out, she had to face the same dilemma as a lot of black women breaking into TV: whether or not to get rid of the kinks.

    Now, arguably the two most famous parents on earth will have to tackle what all nonblack adoptive parents of black children inevitably do. But they will have to figure it out with the world’s camera lenses focused on little Z. And according to a growing number of concerned black folk, Z’s parents may not be fully prepared. With more and more black chat lines demanding to know why one little black girl’s hair isn’t fuller, thicker, or at least more moisturized, a “Save Zahara” campaign may not be far behind.

    Black hair is personal. Black hair is political. Black hair is lucrative: In 2004, black-hair-care products were a $1.7 billion industry; that’s a figure that doesn’t include the hundreds of millions spent on styling.

    Black hair is also a ritual that’s been bringing black women together for centuries, whether it’s at a beauty shop or in somebody’s cousin’s kitchen on the Saturday night before church, the week’s biggest hair event. (Part of that ritual traditionally featured the hot comb, the controversial straightener embraced by the grooming pioneer Madame C. J. Walker.) In some neighborhoods, parlor owners double as community leaders. Books like “Tenderheaded: A Comb-Bending Collection of Hair Stories” and “Chicken Soup for the African-American Woman’s Soul” provide a vivid sense of the heritage associated with black hair — doing and undoing it, celebrating and questioning it. There are hair parties, trade shows, and magazines such as Hype Hair and Sophisticate’s Black Hair Styles and Care Guide.

    More than anything, black hair epitomizes the deep disconnect between white society and black society. By and large, most whites are oblivious to the cultural minefield young black girls are born into, just by virtue of having hair that doesn’t bounce and behave. The issues it raises are complex and seemingly eternal, and while only a few of the most hostile emails and message board posts begrudge Jolie and Pitt the right to raise a black daughter, from the moment Zahara was adopted in 2005 there was an almost unanimous consensus that her parents should be doing something else with her hair.

    An African baby in this country will have the politics of appearance thrust upon her, and even the most well-meaning, open-hearted parents will be judged through that lens. Part of that scrutiny is over texture. Notoriously and unceasingly, black hair is jammed into two categories: “good” and “bad” — good being straight, manageable, “white”; bad being kinky and unmanageable. Spike Lee’s 1986 “School Daze” featured a big-band musical number on the subject — called, succinctly enough, “Good and Bad Hair” — in which the light- and dark-skinned women of a fictional historically black college square off at a hair salon.

    Topic A in this scene is hair. Topic B is identity politics: Why would you want kinky hair when you could have it long and luxurious like this? (Whether you grew or bought it notwithstanding.) But when the fair-skinned women in Lee’s movie sing, “My hair is straight, you see?” their darker-skinned opponents note that “[your] soul’s crooked as can be.” In the song, for the light-skinned girls, “nappy” is a no-no.

    This, of course, is partly why Don Imus’s scandalous reduction of the Rutgers women’s basketball team earlier this year was appalling: He was talking about good and bad hair. Never mind that nappy connotes unyielding hair and that, once upon a time, a nappy head meant a strong woman. Now, nappy is the other n-word. One of Malcolm X’s selling points for the Nation of Islam was, “We teach you to love the hair that God gave you.”

    A few years ago, the folk-soul singer India.Arie, sick of all the signifying, decided to get rid of her dreadlocks and was nearly bald for several months. She even wrote and recorded a kind of protest song on the subject: “I Am Not My Hair.” It was a wishful moment. Arie’s hair is back — and thick, too. She has made her peace with the politics.

    As it happens, Zahara’s hair wasn’t shaved. It had been swept into a ponytail somewhere in the back of her head, rendering it invisible in some of the thousands of paparazzi photographs of the baby. But it didn’t matter, really. This was bigger than whether she had no hair or whether the little hair she had was being styled “properly.”

    Wide Horizons, the Waltham-based international adoption agency that helped Jolie adopt Zahara, offers help to American parents with foreign-born children, and tries to put them in touch with similar families. According to a spokeswoman, the agency offers “culture camps,” social networking opportunities, and, yes, advice on hair care. It also encourages aspiring adopters to talk to other parents on a Wide Horizons resource list.

    Dru Davies, a white mother who two black children in Marshfield, says her 23-year-old daughter sometimes looks at photos from her girlhood and asks, “How you could let me look like that?” They have a good relationship. But Davies says even though she did the best she could, she could have done a little better.

    “Grooming and hair in the black culture are extremely important,” she says. “You really have to be aware of it or you’re doing your child a disservice in terms of being part of their culture.”

    Shellee Mendes, the owner of Salon Monet, Newbury Street’s only black-owned business, has a dozen suggestions for what mothers like Jolie might do with their daughters’ hair, stressing that for a woman of any race, hair is a showcase for her personality. But she does note an exception.

    “With a little girl, her hair doesn’t say as much about her personality as it does her mother’s,” Mendes says of Zahara. “And this little girl’s hair says her mother doesn’t know what to do.”

    Wesley Morris is a Globe film critic. E-mail Francie Latour of the Globe staff contributed to this article.

  • excerpts from us mag

    some excerpts from us mag

    regarding Aniston’s recent date with a blonde,
    “She is ready to date again”, says an Aniston source.” She will never overcome all her insecurities….”

    ….Her girl-about-town behavior is in sharp contrast to how she seemed 6 months ago, when she barely left her house while recovering from her ill-fated romance with Vaughn. (”Jen’s been mopey,”an Aniston confident said just before the new year. “She’s just been depressed.”)

    Still one member of Aniston’s inner circle worries she is just putting on a brave face. “Jen is no happier than normal”, insists the pal. “Inside, she is a deeply insecured person with no self-esteem.” But presenting a smile might be what the doctor ordered. “It’s been known through research that if you act as if you’re happier you will be happier”. notes psychologist Peter Fararo. ” If you force yourself to get out there and smile, you will feel better.”

  • ann

    “A Mighty Heart” is Noble, But Unsuccesful

    By Cassie McGrath

    Published Wednesday, June 27, 2007

    The latest depressing pseudo-documentary about current affairs, the Angelina Jolie vehicle, “A Mighty Heart,” opens with shots of a sprawling, overwhelming cityscape. The viewer is dropped squarely in the center of Karachi, Pakistan, the second most-populated city in the world, with an impossible question: “How do you find one man amongst all this?”
    Anyone familiar with the gruesome story of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and brutally slain on videotape in Karachi in 2002, knows the unfortunate answer. But “A Mighty Heart,” adapted from Mariane Pearl’s autobiography of the same name, attempts to explain the frantic, month-long search for Pearl from a different point of view. Mariane Pearl, an Afro-Cuban Dutch Jew raised in Paris, was five months pregnant when her husband was kidnapped. She remains a journalist and world traveler, unfazed by terrorist intimidation.

    The film tells the story from her powerful female perspective. This kind of performance requires a magnetic, compelling actress. Enter Angelina Jolie, in full pregnancy regalia, with darkened skin, brown contact lenses, a curly brown wig and a labored French accent. Both Jolie and Pearl have experienced grief, motherhood and paparazzi hounds, so the casting choice isn’t as odd as it may seem. However, Jolie presents a few problems.

    The first is that the most skilled makeup artist cannot conceal Jolie’s luscious, exaggerated lips, which are incredibly distracting. However, there remains a much bigger problem: Although Jolie has been given the perfect canvas for the performance of her career, she fails to be truly compelling.

    The character of Mariane Pearl requires both near-perfect casting and a virtuoso performance. Jolie is a terrific actress, and the viewer wants her to excel at this performance as much as the film needs her to. Demonstrating her trademark crackling energy, Jolie huffs around the house, snaps at the supporting cast, represses her grief over the loss of her husband and finally erupts in an excruciating, climactic howl. It is a noble effort. However, Jolie’s seething performance as Lisa in “Girl, Interrupted” is much more magnetic and believable. Seven years later, no amount of makeup can eclipse Jolie’s own personality, and in every scene, she cannot escape the celebrity she has herself become. Even if she could, she would still not be compelling enough.

    That’s a shame, because director Michael Winterbottom excels at capturing the frantic, pulsating rhythm of Karachi. The stunning cinematography, accompanied by the loose, improvised script, makes the crisis feel all the more immediate. The supporting cast is also outstanding in every respect. Especially noteworthy is Irfan Khan’s performance as the captain of the Diplomatic Security Service, who, in one remarkable scene, tenderly interrogates a handcuffed, dangling suspect with fatherly empathy.

    Despite its many strengths, “A Mighty Heart” needs a compelling main character to differentiate it from the recent slew of political thrillers, which lately seem to have the cinematic shelf life of skim milk. This film’s central character, Mariane Pearl, is also its greatest weakness. Because of that, “A Mighty Heart” is ultimately forgettable.

  • dave

    June 24, 2007

    On Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002, I stood at the gate of my rented house in Karachi, watching my friend Danny Pearl juggle a notebook, cellphone and earpiece as he bounded over to a taxicab idling in the street. He was off to try to find the alleged al-Qaida handler of “shoe bomber” Richard Reid in Pakistan. “Good luck, dude,” I called, waving cheerfully as he strode off, a lopsided grin on his face. His pregnant wife, Mariane, stood smiling and waving beside me as the taxi pulled away. A gaggle of parrots swooped through the trees above, squawking in the late afternoon sun.

    That was the last image I had of Danny until late last month, when a PR executive for Paramount Vantage pulled up to my house in Morgantown, W.Va., in a black Lincoln Town Car. He was carrying a DVD of “A Mighty Heart,” the just-released movie, based on the book by Mariane Pearl, about the staggering events that unfolded after that innocuous moment in Pakistan: Danny’s kidnapping and eventual beheading.


    With my parents and a friend beside me, I pressed “play” on my DVD player and settled in to watch. Slowly, as the scenes ticked by, my heart sank. I could live with having been reduced from a colleague of Danny’s to a “charming assistant” to Mariane, as one review put it, and even with having been cut out of the scene in front of my house in Pakistan. That’s the creative license Hollywood takes. What I couldn’t accept was that Danny himself had been cut from his own story.

    Where’s The Real Danny?

    The character I saw on the screen was flat – self-important, bland and boring. He’s not at all like Danny, who wrote “ditties” about Osama bin Laden while he was investigating Pakistan’s nuclear secrets and jihadist groups as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal. On screen, officials warn him three times to meet with Sheik Mubarik Ali Gilani – the man with whom he thought he had an interview – only in public. But off he goes, ignoring the warnings. The message: reckless journalist.

    That was nothing like the Danny I knew. As the credits rolled, I murmured to my mother, “Danny had a cameo in his own murder.”,0,6567695.story?track=rss

  • Typical Brad Haters

    I remember those Brad haters who proclaimed that TROY and Babel flopped.

    How foolish of them … because they thought only Americans go to the movies.

    They were too haughty to notice that more people outside America watch movies.


    Domestic: $34,302,837 25.4%
    Foreign: $100,997,549 74.6%
    Worldwide: $135,300,386

    Domestic: $133,378,256 26.8%
    Foreign: $364,031,596 73.2%
    Worldwide: $497,409,852

    Ratio 3:1

  • eddie

    Angelina Jolie Has ‘Mighty Heart’ Failure

    Wednesday, June 27, 2007

    By Roger Friedman

    Angelina Jolie can’t be happy today about the fate of her latest film.

    “A Mighty Heart,” released last Friday, has turned into a cold fish at the box office. After opening with a less-than-stellar $3.9 million weekend, the Michael Winterbottom film has taken a subsequent nose dive.

    On Monday, the film had the biggest drop of any in the top ten, taking in only $398,000. Things improved slightly on Tuesday, with $418,000. (These are rounded off numbers derived from

    But as far as the future is concerned, for now at least, “A Mighty Heart” is a mighty failure.

    This is too bad. The film is very, very good, and the subject matter is important. For filmgoers who complain that there’s nothing out there for adults, “A Mighty Heart” should be a must-see experience.

    But it’s Jolie herself who has turned off audiences. Her publicity blitz as mother of the year from tattooed, blood accessorizing whack job has simply not gone over well. And her anti-press campaign in the week of the film’s premiere couldn’t have helped.

    One wonders now if Jolie can still convince audiences she’s an actress. It’s possible her public persona has become so indelible that moviegoers can’t accept her as a fictional person other than Lara Croft, tomb raider and cartoon character.

    The loss, of course, goes to Mariane Pearl, whose own story and that of her beloved husband Daniel is more important than Angelina Jolie.

    But even Pearl caved into Hollywood at one point when she started telling reporters that Jolie was her first choice to play her in the film.

    People even with short memories recall when Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston announced that they’d bought Pearl’s book for Aniston. Even in late 2005, Aniston told me that she still planned to play the part. Somehow bad Hollywood karma attached itself to a serious story.,2933,287023,00.html

  • maria

    236 Lmao : 07/16/2007 at 2:32 am

    Lmao @ the Brad fans trying to find negative Angelina articles.
    They are not “Brad fans”. They aren’t anyone fans… They stupid and pathetic little people with sad lives that behind the anonymity of a computer show the excuse for a human being, that they are.

  • This is a uthentic review

    By Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer

    “A Mighty HEART” has to serve a number of masters — the somber story surrounding the kidnapping of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, the magnetic star quality of actress Angelina Jolie, the quasi-documentary style of director Michael Winterbottom — and it does so remarkably well.

    That’s a lot to juggle, but the resulting film, both moving and frighteningly real, so plays to everyone’s strengths that it’s clear that none of the elements would have fared as well without their connection with the other two.

    The narrative of the doomed search for Pearl, for instance, taken from the bestselling book written by his widow, Mariane Pearl, could have turned maudlin and treacly in other hands. Left to another story, Winterbottom could have fallen victim to a weakness for being excessively chilly and distant, which he’s displayed before. And with a different plot and director, Jolie could have ended up with an earnest but plodding film like 2003′s “Beyond Borders.” Instead, these various elements kept one another honest and on point just by being who and what they are.

    Making “A Mighty Heart” a compelling experience is quite an accomplishment given that anyone who cares enough to see the film will know the outcome of the story. Abducted on Jan. 23, 2002, in Karachi, Pakistan, Pearl was brutally murdered by his captors, a fact revealed about a month later when a grisly video was released by the killers.

    That awful denouement imparts a palpable sense of dread and dismay to a tale that, with its focus on religions, cultures and political systems in conflict, is in many ways a paradigmatic story of our times. As written by John Orloff (Emmy nominated for HBO’s “Band of Brothers”), it’s a narrative that maintains a keen balance between reasons for despair and causes for hope, a story for which Winterbottom was an excellent choice.

    For though his directing career has taken some strange turns (“Code 46,” “9 Songs”), Winterbottom’s strength, witness “The Road to Guantanamo” and especially “In This World,” is his ability to create a phenomenal sense of place, especially where southern Asia is concerned.

    Working with his usual cinematographer, production designer, editor and costume designer (Marcel Zyskind, Mark Digby, Peter Christelis and Charlotte Walter), Winterbottom is truly expert at manufacturing reality, at making us feel that we are right there among the crowds, the chaos, the complete foreignness of a remote part of the world. Christelis’ quick, decisive editing, which lets nothing linger on the screen, is especially helpful in calling up a sense of verisimilitude that is hard to shake.

    Though it doesn’t neglect the emotional component of the Pearls’ story, “A Mighty Heart” is most accurately viewed as a kind of political film noir, a tense and elaborate police procedural investigation of both what happened to Daniel Pearl and the herculean efforts expended by Americans and Pakistanis to try to rescue him before it was too late.

    Using a mixture of professional and nonprofessional actors and Winterbottom’s technique of improvisation within a scripted structure, we are once again made to feel as if we are right there at the Pearls’ house when key decisions are made and information disclosed.

    Critical to the emotional connections “A Mighty Heart” makes is the performance of Jolie as Mariane Pearl. The Oscar-winning actress, whose significant skills have been eclipsed by her position as a tabloid favorite, puts the emphasis back where it belongs with a forceful, immediate and convincing performance.

    Though a series of big close-ups often places her front and center, Jolie resists the temptation to push too hard or overplay her part. Rather she uses her charisma and skill to express not only weariness and fear but also the hard-edged fierceness and lack of patience that are crucial to seeing Mariane as a real person, not a biopic saint.

    It is Mariane we hear on “A Mighty Heart’s” voice-over introducing us to the Pearls’ situation in early 2002. Both journalists (she works for French public radio) are in Pakistan to cover the war in Afghanistan and its aftermath. She poignantly describes Karachi as a city with “so many people, no one knows how to count them. How do you find one man among all these?”

    With Mariane now nearly six months pregnant, the Pearls are a day away from leaving the country. Danny (nicely played in an abbreviated role by Dan Futterman) just has one last interview to do, with a hard-to-find man named Sheikh Gilani, a cleric with ties to militant Islamic groups. He heads off in a taxi, but he never returns.

    Once what has happened to Pearl is known, a mixed group of Americans and Pakistanis comes together, not without difficulty and misunderstandings, to try to ascertain who took him and why. The ins and outs of the prolonged investigation, the sense of chaos and confusion joined with determination and hope, are the center of “A Mighty Heart’s” drama.

    At the heart of that quest is Mariane Pearl, someone whose refusal to give up not only on Danny’s fate but also on the quest for truth and the power of communication he believed in is the film’s most hopeful element. Early in “A Mighty Heart,” those ideals are mocked at a dinner party as “a romantic idea of journalism,” but they finally turn out to be ideas both Daniel Pearl and this committed film believe are worth making a dreadful sacrifice for.

  • gin

    Angelina Jolie Slammed by Ex Nannies for Kid Control
    By Brenda Jones
    Jun 22, 2007

    Angelina Jolie’s ex nannies claim her kids aren’t Allowed to have friends as she is worried about privacy. A cover story has sourced some of what is reportedly some of the ex nannies of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and they are ready to spill out the secrets of the Brangelina children.

    Angie who has admitted that she is quite protective of her kids won’t even allow them to have friends a report published in the National Enquirer claims. The couple has hired a nanny for each of their four children – Maddox, 5; Pax, 3; Zahara, 2; and their natural daughter Shiloh, 1, according to the report.


    The report claims that Angelina doesn’t want the nannies carrying the children in public as it will make Jolie look bad. That is fairly well documented with photos. “If a nanny can’t live with Angie’s rules, she’s gone,” said the insider. “Another big issue for the nannies is the cant that the kids don’t have many – if any – friends besides each other.”

    It’s hard for the children to make permanent friends because they are constantly on the move, going from New Orleans to Los Angeles to Prague in the past year, with more traveling ahead. Angelina has said she believes her children benefit tremendously by traveling so much and being exposed to different cultures.


    Is this best for the kids? You decide. The report speculates that one negative side effect of all this traveling is loneliness and that hit hard during a birthday party for Maddox.

    “For Maddox’s 4th birthday they did a decoy party at the house with balloons and the kids of the security guards. Meanwhile, Brad and Angelina and a nanny and Maddox went up to Santa Barbara,” the insider told the Enquirer. “It was terribly sad. Maddox would have been far happier playing with the security guards’ kids than riding his mini ATV on the sand.”

  • viola

    Angelina Jolie Movie ‘A Mighty Heart’ Mighty Dud at Box Office
    By Staff
    Jun 25, 2007

    Angelina Jolie has been accused of hypocrisy, trying to strong arm the press and being generally an overbearing b*tch as she walked the red carpet in New York to promote ‘A Mighty Heart,’ Our friends at the National Ledger suggest.

    Angelina Jolie insisted last week that her representatives sent out a non-mandatory memo to all reporters requesting that they focus questions on the movie, and not her personal life. She also claimed that she did not ban Fox News or any other news organization from her premiere

    The film is the story of how Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl lost his life and his wife’s crusade to know the truth. One has to wonder if Angelina Jolie was the right choice to play Pearl’s wife Marianne.

    However, “A Mighty Heart” plays more like a tragic soap opera than a Police procedural drama.

  • perpetual lurker

    G’Nite/G’Morning JPville!

    Greetings to all BAMPZS fans. Happy to see them on the go again and wishing and praying safe travels for all in our most loved family.

    Enjoying the discourse and LOL at the commentary.

    Something has bugged me for a while now and I cannot figure it out. Please help if you can. The second picture im Missouri Fan’s lovely video, the one described in the past as Brad “macking” on Angie, the one on the balcony: can someone please say when it was taken? Was it a part of M&MS deleted scenes? I have almost every photo since they became a known item and I do not remember that one. It is driving me crazy!!

    Loved the **John Ad. I think there are few AJ pictures more beautiful than her B&W photos and that is saying a lot since she hardly has any that are not “knock ‘em out of the ballpark” georgeous!!

    Another troubling question (LOL at my obsessivness): The Jet looks small. Is there enough room for Mikey, the retainers, guards and Holly? If not do they have their own plane? (I know…SILLY!)

    Finally, and this is a hangover from a previous discussion here and more recently on PITTWATCH regarding the persistent labelling of adopted vs biological. It occurs to me that all children tend to emulate their parents and as Angie herself said that “they are not unlike us in that they are brave and bold”. That being said is it only me or has anyone else noticed that Mad and Angie have the same long feet? That ALL the kids have full lips? That Mad walks JUST LIKE Brad? And…even though I have not seen it yet from Pax, their smiles are meggawatt, just like Mom and Dad and can melt a glacier? (OK, I’m certifiable!)

    Oops, Big shock, I guess I just love my BAMPZS! BG

  • clearview

    Hello, everybody. Does anyone knows if Rica will update her fanfic anytime soon?

    P.S= Congrats to everybody here for NOT giving this one hater the attetion that she wants.