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 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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Brad Pitt signed up to star in new apocalyptic horror movie World War Z in a bid to please his zombie-loving young sons. In the upcoming film, the Moneyball hunk portrays United Nations employee Gerry Lane, who travels around the world interviewing survivors of a zombie outbreak.
The thriller's premise is a departure from Pitt's most recent projects, and the 49 year old, who has three boys with fiancee Angelina Jolie - Maddox, Pax and Knox - admits he took on the role for the sake of his kids.
Presenting an extended look of World War Z at the opening night of CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Monday (15Apr13), he said, "Four years ago I knew nothing about zombies but now I consider myself an expert. This whole thing started because I just wanted to do a film my boys could see before they turned 18, one they liked anyway and they loved zombies.
"So we settled on Max Brooks' book called World War Z. We were faced with two Herculean challenges. How do we keep the global spectacular dynamic scope of the book and how do we originate a Zombie film that's been done quite often and really really well? What you are about to see is our answer to those two questions. We got a little carried away. I think you are going to like this as much as my boys are going to."
The couple's brood of six - Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh and twins Knox and Vivienne - put pen to paper to detail their wish lists and posted them off in the village of Littlebourne in Kent, England, where their famous father was re-shooting scenes for upcoming blockbuster World War Z.
Littlebourne post office assistant Fiona Lindsay tells People.com, "It was so cute. All the children sent messages to Father Christmas and were absolutely beautifully behaved.
"Just like any other kids in a sweet shop they were excited, but Angelina controlled them perfectly. It was lovely. They were all very polite. They were just a bunch of gorgeous, happy kids."
The movie star's children with Angelina Jolie were spotted delivering letters to Father Christmas in Kent, England last month (Nov12), and Pitt can only hope they'll forgive him and their mum when they realise the truth about Santa.
He explains, "I'm not real big on the whole Santa thing. I thought it was a huge act of betrayal when I was a kid. I didn't like that. When I found out the truth, I was like, 'Why? Why? Why would you lie to me? Why?'"
But he's not about to ruin Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne's holidays: "I tell them that some people believe it's Santa, and some people believe it's parents (who put your gifts out), and you get to believe whatever you want."
The Salt star and her fiance Brad Pitt are parents to a brood of six: Maddox, 11; Pax, nine; Zahara, seven; Shiloh, six, and twins Knox and Vivienne, four - and Jolie admits she is thinking about becoming a full-time mum within the next decade because she won't be able to juggle her career with her parenting duties and her extensive charity work.
She tells England's Channel 4 News, "I think I'm going to have to give up the acting as the kids hit the teenage years... (there will be) too much to manage at home.
"I have enjoyed being an actress. I am so grateful to the job and I have had great experiences and I have even been able to tell stories and be a part of stories that mattered and I have done things for fun. But if it went away tomorrow I would be very happy to be home with the children."
The news comes just months after 48-year-old Pitt announced he was planning to retire when he hits 50.
He told U.K. publication The Sunday Times' Culture magazine, "We all have a shelf life, and mine is coming."
Fifty percent of Angelina Jolie's children will star alongside their famous mother in her upcoming live-action Disney film Maleficent .
According to US Weekly, home of all things regarding the Jolie/Pitt clan, 8-year-old Pax Jolie-Pitt and 7-year-old Zahara Jolie-Pitt, will join their little sister, 4-year-old Vivienne Jolie-Pitt (who is playing the young version of Elle Fanning's Princess Aurora in the movie) on screen. Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, who appeared in her dad Brad Pitt's Oscar-nominated film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, was rumored to have a small part in Maleficent as well, but opted out. Kids!
A source told the magazine that Pax and Zahara have smaller, non-speaking roles in the Sleeping Beauty spin-off. A VP for feature casting at Disney had no comment for Hollywood.com regarding the story.
Maleficent — which is planned for a March 14 2014 release in theaters — is the Sleeping Beauty origins story which tells the tale of the evil fairy (see Jolie in full, villainous garb here) casting her spell on baby Aurora.
How close Maleficent will stick to the 1959 original Sleeping Beauty is unknown, but the films make-up artist Rick Baker assured Hollywood.com, "It's not the traditional Maleficent from the cartoon. But it's going to be cool."
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The actress' four-year-old daughter Vivienne, whose dad is Brad Pitt, was cast as the child version of Elle Fanning's character Princess Aurora in the upcoming adaptation of classic tale Sleeping Beauty.
Now it has emerged Vivienne's older siblings Pax, eight, and Zahara, seven, also have non-speaking parts in the fantasy film, which stars their Oscar-winning mum as the princess' arch enemy.
According to Us Weekly, Jolie's six-year-old daughter Shiloh was also offered to join in the fun, but she lost interest when it came time to step in front of the cameras.
A source tells the publication, "They have smaller parts. Shiloh was supposed to be in it, too, but she was bored and not in the mood during the day her part was supposed to happen, so she ended up not being in the film."
Yes, as the entire world has heard, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are on the road to say "I do." (Despite how that might make some feel.) And, yes, the entire world is now wondering what the duo's dream wedding will look like. Unfortunately for us superfans, it's likely the press-shy couple will be hush-hush about the affair. That doesn't mean we can't create the dream Brangelina wedding of our dreams. What will their wedding look like? Here's how we'll picture it.
Angelina's Wedding Gown
This is an epic moment in Bridal Fashion — wedding dress designers likely haven't been this excited since Kate Middleton's Royal moment. But while most brides usually opt for the classic white or off-white gown with lace and silk, designers better be keeping Angie's fashion sense in mind. If you open any of of the actress' many, many, many closets, you'd be hard-pressed to find anything brighter than black. (Unless blood counts?) So, for her most special occasion, we imagine she'll opt for a simple black frock with a high leg slit (like the one she wore to the Oscars this year)... just in case she needs room to throw a kick if Jennifer Aniston decides to pull a Rachel in "The One With Ross' Wedding." (Just so long as Pitt doesn't pull a Ross in "The One With Ross' Wedding.") Christian Louboutin should throw in a pair of his infamous spike heels so that Angie's prepared with a semi-secret weapon. That's an accessory Mrs. Smith would be proud of.
Three Ring Bearers and Three Flower Girls
This is an easy one for Brangelina: Maddox, 10, Pax, 8, Zahara, 7, Shiloh, and 5 and 3-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne will no doubt appear in the wedding party. Maddox, Pax, and Knox could team up and walk the ring down the aisle. Zahara and Viv can throw the flowers — but little Shiloh may decide to wear a tux and join her brothers. Either way, at least Brangelina don't have to ask Tom Cruise if little Suri could be the flower girl. She would probably think the aisle was a runway set up just for her to show off her newest pair of red heels.
Billy Bob Thornton gives Angie away
Thornton may be Jolie's ex-husband, but the two have remained shockingly close. (Blood vials are the new friendship bracelets, guys.) And since the actor is 20 years her senior, Thornton's role would be age-appropriate. Heck, why don't we make this a tabloids' dream and invite Jonny Lee Miller — Angie's first ex-hubby — to walk her down the aisle with Thornton?
Brad's Best Man
Pitt's buddies Johnny Depp and George Clooney will have to fight for this title — and if it comes down to a battle, practical prankster Clooney is guaranteed to win. (Oh, please, let it come down to a prank battle!) Depp can always sing at the reception with his new duet partner Marilyn Manson.
A destination wedding
This detail won't be simple — the couple owns houses all around the world. Which to choose? But we'll picture Jolie selecting one of her favorite countries, Cambodia, as the destination. Maybe to celebrate the union, they could adopt baby No. 7?
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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Are Engaged
Brad Pitt, 48, and Angelina Jolie, 36, are officially engaged! "Yes, it's confirmed," Pitt's manager tells USA Today.
On Wednesday, Jolie was spotted sporting a huge diamond on her left ring finger. It sure took her long enough to get that big diamond (confirmed to be designed by Pitt himself and jeweler Robert Procop). She has been with Pitt since 2005, when they fell in love on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith (their relationship reportedly caused Brad's marriage to Jennifer Aniston to fail).
Now, Pitt and Jolie have six children together — Maddox, 10, Pax, 8, Zahara, 7, Shiloh, 5 and 3-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne — and the kids are thrilled that mommy and daddy are planning to get married. "It is a promise for the future and their kids are very happy," says Pitt's manager.
But, as far as actual plans for the wedding? "There’s no date set at this time," Pitt's manager states.
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