Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have been given a very special wedding present - a pair of rescued chinchillas.
The couple wed in secret in France at the weekend (23Aug14) and now activists at PETA have honoured the animal-loving pair by naming two newly-free pets after them. Brad and Angelina are up for adoption at PETA's Virginia headquarters after the organisation's leaders closed down one of the largest chinchilla ranches in California.
Announcing the furry wedding gift, PETA senior vice president Lisa Lange tells WENN, "Among Brad's and Angelina's kind acts are their animal rescues, as well as making their wardrobes fur-free, so naming two of PETA's rescued chinchillas in their honour seems an apt wedding present. "We can all follow this couple's great example, and help chinchillas like Brad and Angelina, by refusing to wear any real animal fur."
The pets are two of more than 400 chinchillas rescued from Valley View Chinchilla Ranch, where animals deemed not suitable as pets were electrocuted and skinned so their pelts could be made into bedspreads, coats and scarves. PETA bosses have sent the newlyweds a letter alerting them to their wedding present.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have stunned Hollywood by announcing they tied the knot in a secret ceremony on Saturday (23Aug14).
The Tomb Raider star wed the Hollywood actor at a small chapel at Chateau Miraval in Correns, France, a spokesman for the couple confirms.
The private, nondenominational civil ceremony was attended by family and friends of the superstar couple, and was conducted by a Californian judge, who gave Jolie and Pitt their marriage licence in the U.S.
The couple's six children were all involved in the wedding - Maddox and Pax walked Jolie down the aisle, Shiloh and Knox were ring bearers, while Zahara and Vivienne threw flower petals. Shiloh, eight, and twins Knox and Vivienne, six, are the couple's biological children while Maddox, 13, Pax, 11, and Zahara, nine, are adopted.
Jolie and Pitt began dating in 2005 after meeting on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and they have been dogged by marriage speculation for years. They got engaged in 2012. It is Pitt's second marriage following his divorce from actress Jennifer Aniston in 2005. Jolie was previously wed to actors Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt became crew members on the set of the actress' new Disney film Maleficent as they attempted to get a great performance out of their daughter Vivienne. The youngster was picked to play the young Princess Aurora in the adapted fairytale and mum and dad were on set the day the five year old made her big movie debut.
Jolie admits she and her fiance became stage parents for the day, telling U.S. news show Access Hollywood, "She was trying to catch the butterfly, which was a day that I wasn't working, so mummy and daddy had to be, like, the set parents, trying to get her to do everything.
"I was holding the stick with the blue thing on it and, like, kinda dancing and making her follow me and Brad was on the edge of the cliff, kinda singing and... trying to get her to dance into his arms.
"We were exhausted by the end of that day. It was so hard."
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are facing the possibility of a Disney-themed wedding after handing their children the task of planning the ceremony. The Hollywood superstars are planning to cement their relationship after 10 years together, and they have enlisted the help of their six kids, Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne.
However, Jolie admits she may have made a mistake as the youngsters' suggestions so far have been outlandish. She tells People.com, "We are discussing it with the children and how they imagine it might be. Which is verging on hysterical, how kids envision a wedding. "They will, in a way, be the wedding planners. It's going to be Disney or paintball - one or the other!"
Jolie and Pitt became engaged in 2012. They have not revealed when they plan to walk down the aisle, but sources suggest the ceremony will take place later this year (14).
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's daughter Vivienne isn't the only family member featured in mum's new Disney film Maleficent - the couple's adopted kids Pax and Zahara also appear with their tutors. Jolie has revealed that the siblings have uncredited roles in a christening scene at the beginning of the film.
She tells Entertainment Weekly magazine, "They're with their teachers. The idea of that day was the prince and princesses from around the world show up for the christening, so there will people of all races, all creeds.
"It was Pax and his teacher, who is Vietnamese, playing the Vietnamese Queen and Prince and then Zahara and her teacher playing the African or Nubian queen and princess.
"I had to walk by them being very mean. Of course, I wanted to stop and wink at them."
Little Vivienne portrays the young Princess Aurora, aka Sleeping Beauty, in the film.
Angelina Jolie had no choice but to let her daughter Vivienne play the young Princess Aurora in new movie Maleficent - because the five year old was the only kid on set who wasn't terrified of the movie star's horned villainess. The five year old was hanging out with mum on the set when kids were being cast for the pivotal role - and only she had the nerve to approach Jolie in costume as a wicked queen.
The Salt star tells EW.com, "We think it's fun for our kids to have cameos and join us on set, but not to be actors. That's not our goal for Brad (Pitt) and I at all, but the other three and four year olds wouldn't come near me. It had to be a child that liked me and wasn't afraid of my horns and my eyes and my claws. So it had to be Viv."
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's daughter Vivienne has made her big screen debut in the trailer for mum's new Disney movie Maleficent. The little blonde, who plays a young Sleeping Beauty in the reimagined fairytale, can be seen running through a meadow at the beginning of the new teaser.
Angelina Jolie surprised attendees at Disney's annual fan convention in Anaheim, California on Saturday (10Aug13) by making an unexpected appearance to unveil clips from her new fantasy thriller, Maleficent. The actress was welcomed to the D23 Expo with a standing ovation as she joined Walt Disney Studios president Sean Bailey to discuss her portrayal of Sleeping Beauty's nemesis, and she admitted the roaring response from devotees was a far cry from the reaction she received from children who visited the set during filming, when she was fully dressed as the evil sorceress, complete with horns.
She explained, "These little kids would visit the set, and I would think, 'Oh, I am a Disney character,' so I would go over to them, and say, 'Hi there.' They would just scream. One little kid even said, 'Mummy, please make the mean witch stop talking to me.'"
However, there was one youngster who wasn't fazed by Jolie's dark make up: "(My daughter) Vivienne was the only four year old who didn't scream when she saw me."
During the discussion, Jolie admitted she had her actor brother James Haven to thank for encouraging her to sign up for the project after reminding his superstar sister of her childhood fascination with the villainess.
She said, "Since I was a little girl, Maleficent was always my favourite. I was terrified of her, but I was so drawn to her. She had this elegance and grace, and yet she was so cruel. Just wonderfully and deliciously cruel."
Vivienne, Jolie's daughter with fiance Brad Pitt, makes her acting debut in Maleficent as a young Sleeping Beauty, but the child was not present for the promotional event - instead, she was enjoying the rides at the nearby Disneyland theme part.
Angelina Jolie took a brave step as a mother this month, as she revealed in her New York Times editorial. With the full weight of her mother's untimely death at the age of 56 due to cancer, Jolie took a preventative measure for her health, undergoing a double mastectomy that reduced her chances of breast cancer from 87 percent to five percent. Many fans, journalists, and any other humans with the ability and desire to praise others (including Mr. Jolie, Brad Pitt) have touted Jolie's decision and subsequent openness as heroic. And that, dear people of the Internet, is the only appropriate response at a time like this.
The problem is that there are many people who don't seem to understand that. Jolie has been a polarizing figure in pop culture for years. She endured the supporters of Team Jennifer Aniston when Jolie's affair with Pitt was publicized as the cause for Pitt's divorce from America's favorite girl next door. People love to groan at her children, adopted from destitute countries as an elitist move. When she makes a bad movie, we don't hear the end of it... ever. (Just say the name The Tourist to any movie lover and see what happens.) But when it comes to something this sensitive, comments like "Sorry, but I still can't get over the fact that she's a husband stealer" or "Jolie's not been in the news recently so she must be gagging for some media coverage" or calling the surgery "something only rich people can afford."
This is not okay. Not only are these people missing the point, they're lacking in one essential element: humanity. As Jolie is baring her soul, something she's not wont to do unless it's for a good reason, and opening her most personal struggle to the world for a reason: "I hope it helps to know you have options." And yes, Jolie's procedures at the Pink Lotus Breast Center are likely out of most readers' price ranges, but that doesn't diminish what she's saying. Her goal, in being open and using her fame as a megaphone on the issue, as she states it, is to raise awareness and perhaps even expand women's access to healing and preventative measures.
"It has got to be a priority to ensure more women can access gene testing and live-saving preventative treatment, whatever their means and background, whereever they live," she writes. It may be a lofty, potentially unattainable goal, but it's one that's coming from her heart. It's one meant to counteract the "deep sense of powerlessness" she says cancer can create in its victims.
And while this announcement has certainly made her a trending topic, it's not as if she threw out some Kardashianesque scoop, hoping to drum up ratings for her new reality show. She's using the voracious appetite of the Internet and the rest of media to send her message of health far and wide; she's using the untameable monster for good. How is that something to harp on? Put simply: it's not.
You can hate Angie for stealing Brad. You can hate her for being too beautiful or elitist. You can hate the amount of attention she gets for simply taking her kids to a theme park. You can even hate her for the way she cocks her eyebrow like seduction is second nature or the way her voice carries on like that of a queen in a Disney movie. You cannot, however, hate her for baring her soul in a genuine, articulate, and candid manner as a measure of encouraging women's agency over their own health.
Jolie may be one of the biggest celebrities in the world, but she still has a heart. Those who question that fact, however, are the ones I'd be worried about.
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Unbroken has passed through many hands since the spark of turning it into a movie first lit up. The film adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand's nonfiction book — previously operating under the direction of Catching Fire's Francis Lawrence, with script drafts by William Nicholson (Les Miserables) and Richard LaGravenese (Beautiful Creatures) — now rests with helmer Angelina Jolie, making this her second directorial feature, after 2011's In the Land of Blood and Honey. Still yet to prove herself as a filmmaker of unquestionable merit (Blood and Honey had some interesting things to say, but faltered a good deal in the delivery), Jolie will benefit from a time-tested writing team to make Unbroken a successful venture... and she hit the motherload: the Coen Brothers are taking charge on the script for the World War II picture.
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The story revolves around Lou Zamperini, a solider in the American Air Force whose plane crashed into the Pacific in 1943, where he survived on his own for 47 days before being captured and held prisoner by the Japanese military. Prior to joining the Air Force, Zamperini was an Olympic runner who competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
Joel and Ethan Coen have a penchant for the quirky and the stylistic — a different ambiance, perhaps, than that which Universal might have had for the movie in the first place, but it's not as though they can't handle gravity. The brothers' flare for the cinematic teamed with the earnest passion exhibited in Jolie's Blood and Honey could meld well, resulting in a tasteful and artistic retelling of this intriguing story.
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But while Zamperini's account might warrant a stern and stoic voice, we can imagine a few other Coen/Jolie projects that would turn out a bit more fun. How about the writing pair's take on Jolie's Lara Croft franchse: Burn After Raiding? Maybe the two should tackle a remake of the actress' drama Changeling, this time from the son's perspective: O Mother, Where Art Thou? Or maybe — just maybe — a movie about a rogue CIA agent who's just trying to make it big as a Hollywood writer: Salton Fink!
Hey, all these have got to be better than The Tourist.
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