Fatherhood has turned Brad Pitt into a leading philanthropist because he wants other children to realise the same advantages as his own. The movie star has embraced charity projects in Africa and hurricane-ravaged Louisiana since he started dating actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie, who gave birth to his first child Shiloh Nouvel earlier this year.
And he admits that family life with Angelina Jolie has inspired him to give more of his time and money. After sponsoring a design competition to build low-income, green housing in New Orleans - which ended yesterday, Brad Pitt admits he's desperate to help struggling families.
He explains, "To be able to have some small hand in improving anyone's life... I mean, I'm a father now and what that does to you is makes you more aware of other children and the plight of other families. It bothers me to see these people (in New Orleans) getting left behind and not getting a big hand up. These are the people that need the most help."
Giving back helps Brad Pitt accept his blessed life as a dad: "There are a lot of great things in my life and that comes from this family that we've created. It's incredibly grounding and, walking in the door at the end of the day and seeing these faces light up, I don't know anything more rewarding."
Tags : Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, New Orleans
August 31, 2006
August 30, 2006
Jon Voight has been desperately trying to repair his relationship with estranged daughter Angelina Jolie by publicly requesting to see his grandchildren, but he may have further hampered their relationship by mistakenly calling his granddaughter Shakira instead of Zahara.
The veteran actor was caught on tape at the British Academy Of Film And Television Arts Tea Party on Saturday, where he was doing interviews on the red carpet. Entertainment news website TMZ.com has posted footage of Voight sending birthday wishes to his grandson Maddox saying, "Maddox just had a birthday. Happy birthday, Maddox! Five years old - it's a big one! You're going to be a young man, and I send my love out to you. And send my love to...uh...Shakira...and Shahira..."
The befuddled grandfather then asked the reporter, 'Is it Shakira or Shahira?' apparently confusing the one-and-a-half-year-old tot for the 29-year-old Colombian singer. When the reporter replied that the correct name of Angelina and Brad Pitt's adopted daughter was Zahara, the confused Voight added, "Shahara! Shahara!"
The couple's other daughter Shiloh Nouvel, who is three months old, failed to get a mention. Jolie and her father haven't spoken since he went on US entertainment show "Access Hollywood" four years ago, urging his daughter to get help for her "mental problems."
Tags : Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Zahara, Shakira
August 26, 2006
The new Angelina Jolie Shiseido Ads were finally released. This advertising campaign was shot when Angelina Jolie was 6.5 months pregnant during her stay in Paris, France. Shiseido is a major Japanese hair care and cosmetics producer. Angelina Jolie's Shiseido television commercial is scheduled to air in Japan, next week. Isn't she just gorgeous ?
Tags : Angelina Jolie, Shiseido, hair care, cosmetics , Japan
August 25, 2006
At a Hollywood birthday event for her boyfriend's co-star, Angelina Jolie refused to enter the party scene until her estranged father had left. The gorgeous actress and her boyfriend, Brad Pitt, turned up to actor Scott Caan's Hollywood birthday bash, only to realize that her dad, actor Jon Voight, had also been invited.
Angelina-who has not spoken to her father since he said on television that she had "mental problems" in 2002-was so determined not to come face-to-face with the her actor father that she and Brad waited outside in a car for half-an-hour.
Brad eventually ventured inside alone to send his birthday wishes to Caan-his "Ocean's Thirteen" co-star-and moments after he appeared, Voight left.
Once the coast was clear, Angelina, entered through the back door.
Tags : Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Jon Voight, Scott Caan
August 20, 2006
George Clooney feels left out on the set of Ocean's Thirteen because castmates and pals Brad Pitt and Matt Damon are bonding over their new babies.
Damon's wife Luciana Barroso gave birth to their first child together, daughter Isabella, in June, just weeks after Angelina Jolie delivered her and Pitt's baby Shiloh Nouvel in Namibia.
So the pair have been sharing tips and stories, to the exclusion of childless bachelor Clooney. According to reports the Oscar winner has nicknamed the pair the "new dad's club."
Tags : George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon
August 18, 2006
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have topped a new sexy stars magazine poll - as Hollywood's number one couple. InStyle magazine asked readers to vote for sexy stars in a number of different categories - and Pitt and Jolie came close to the top of most of them but were clear winners in the couple stakes.
Tags : Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Sexiest Couple
August 17, 2006
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are packing up and leaving their beachfront compound in Malibu, California, for Los Angeles' trendy Los Feliz neighborhood. The couple and their three children - Maddox, five, Zahara, 19 months and Shiloh, three months - have only been back in the US for a short time following their extended stay in Namibia, but are already moving on.
Pitt has spent more than a decade buying and renovating in Los Feliz and has amassed a three-property compound. The brood is currently splitting their time between the two homes, but sources report Pitt intends to make Los Feliz the family's primary residence.
The architecture buff has reportedly invested an estimated $4 million in the properties, which include a stone house once occupied by "Elvira" actress Cassandra Peterson, a California Craftsman, and a post-and-beam property built in the 1950s. Pitt purchased the first of the three properties in 1994 and has been renovating ever since.
A source tells Us Weekly, "Brad's turned the compound into a Neverland-like place." The couple has turned a ballroom into a massive playroom and there is a pool and a large fountain in the center of the main house. According to a source, "It's meant to be a kids' paradise, where they can just run wild."
Tags : Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Los Feliz, Cassandra Peterson, Elvira
August 15, 2006
Capote screenwriter Dan Futterman has secretly been cast opposite Angelina Jolie in a film about slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Jolie made headlines last month when it was announced she was playing Pearl's widow Marianne in the film adaptation of her 2003 memoir "A Mighty Heart."
But Paramount Pictures made no mention at the time of who would be playing her husband, leading many to speculate the role was yet to be cast. In fact, Futterman, who is best known for his recurring role on TV drama Judging Amy, had already been selected and was secretly filming in Pakistan.
The casting was kept a closely guarded secret because of security concerns and crewmembers were sworn to secrecy during the 10-day shoot on location in Karachi and Islamabad. Director Michael Winterbottom and a skeleton crew went to Pakistan undercover, hoping to be mistaken for a documentary or news crew.
Futterman, who agreed to be interviewed only after he returned to the US, tells the Washington Post, "It was important to shoot in the actual places where things happened. There are lots of little things that were important to (Winterbottom), not least of all the people and the sound of the language spoken."
Pearl was a respected journalist at the time he was abducted and killed in Pakistan - four months before his wife gave birth to their son - while researching a story about Muslim fundamentalists.
Tags : Angelina Jolie, Dan Futterman, Capote, A Mighty Heart, Paramount Pictures
August 14, 2006
Angelina Jolie has told Brad Pitt she has no intention of being a stay-at-home housewife and already has plans to take her children on a trip to Africa, leaving the actor home alone. The actress, who gave birth to the couple's biological child Shiloh Nouvel in May, is adamant her three children will grow up outside of the Hollywood bubble and see the world as it really is.
Jolie says, "I want to take all three children back to Africa. I can squeeze in a break before starting work and I want to give them a little 'Mommy time' away from Brad."
A close friend tells British newspaper the Sunday Express, "If Brad wants to keep hold of his family, he is going to have to learn to be careful about how he treats Angie. She is not the home-body he is and wants the kids to grow up as 'citizens of the world', speaking several languages and with a broad perspective on life.
"She hates the idea of them growing up in the insular world of Hollywood as the spoilt brats of movie stars who expect everything to be handed to them on a plate."
Tags : Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Shiloh
Angelina Jolie's love for her mom is greater than her dislike for living in the US. Despite Angelina and Brad's well known desire to live abroad, she recently returned to the West Coast to be close to her mother Marcheline Bertrand who is reportedly battling cancer. Marcheline and friends gathered at their home for Maddox's birthday celebration.
Tags : Angelina Jolie, Marcheline Bertrand, Maddox
August 11, 2006
French actor Olivier Martinez has defended his "Taking Lives" co-star Angelina Jolie, insisting there's much more to her than just her stunning good looks. The heartthrob was falsely romantically linked to Jolie during filming of the movie in Canada two years ago, while he was dating his current girlfriend Kylie Minogue.
Martinez complains too many people misunderstand Angelina Jolie, who was portrayed as a 'marriage-wrecker' in the fall-out of her current boyfriend Brad Pitt's marriage to Jennifer Aniston last year.
Martinez says, "Angelina's much more than a ravishing beauty. She's an extraordinary woman who deserves to be loved for her humanitarian work and all she does for great causes."
Tags : Angelina Jolie, Olivier Martinez, Taking Lives
August 10, 2006
Angelina Jolie (born Angelina Jolie Voight on June 4, 1975) is an Academy Award-winning American actress, a former fashion model, and a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency. She is also known for her great beauty as well as her tumultuous off-screen life. She has received three Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
Angelina Jolie started her acting career with the low budget production Cyborg 2 in 1993 and had her first leading role in a major film in 1995’s Hackers. She went on to appear in the critically acclaimed biopics George Wallace and Gia and won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the 1999 drama Girl, Interrupted. Angelina Jolie achieved international fame for her portrait of videogame heroine Lara Croft in 2001 and since then established herself as one of the best known and highest paid actresses in Hollywood. She had her biggest commercial success with the 2005 action-comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
Angelina Jolie has been married twice — to actors Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton — and she currently lives together with fellow actor Brad Pitt, a relationship that sparked an unprecedented worldwide media frenzy. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have two adopted children, Maddox and Zahara, and a biological child, Shiloh. Since 2001 Jolie is well known for promoting humanitarian causes around the globe, most prominently for her work with refugees through UNHCR.
Tags : Angelina Jolie, Lara Croft, Brad Pitt, Maddox, Zahara, Shiloh