Newlywed Angelina Jolie is convinced her late mother is watching over her as she raises her six children, because she can "feel her influence".
The Maleficent star was left devastated when actress/producer Marcheline Bertrand lost her battle with ovarian cancer in 2007, but Jolie insists her mom's presence is always prominent in her life, particularly when she's with her biological girls. She tells France's Marie Claire magazine, "I can feel her influence over me then. I see that my way of raising them resembles the way she raised my brother and I. "It's more apparent with my daughters Shiloh and Vivienne. Therefore, yes, my mother is there, present in this influence, all the time... She was very soft but could move mountains for her kids. That's something I always admire in women: that mix of softness and strength."
Jolie shares six kids with her husband Brad Pitt - adopted children Maddox, 13, Pax, 10, and Zahara, 9, and biological offspring Shiloh, 8, and six-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne. The Hollywood supercouple wed in August (14).
Angelina Jolie has bought Brad Pitt a rare vintage watch as a wedding gift.
The Tomb Raider star purchased the 1952 Patek Philippe platinum chronometer for her new husband and had it inscribed at a jewelry shop in Malta, where they are shooting their new film By The Sea. The inscription reads, "To Roly from Nessa" - the names of their characters in the film.
George Farrugia, the jeweler who engraved the watch, tells British newspaper the Daily Mirror, "I did inscribe the watch, it was for Brad and it was rare one. Oh yes, it was very valuable. I wasn't nervous about the inscription because I knew I could do the work perfectly."
The couple married in France in August (14) after nine years together.
Newlywed Angelina Jolie has debuted photos of her surprise nuptials to Brad Pitt, revealing she wore a designer wedding gown featuring artwork by their six children. The Hollywood couple tied the knot during an intimate, secret ceremony at its Chateau Miraval estate in Correns, France on 23 August (14), and made the event a family affair.
In the first images of the ceremony, released to America's People magazine, the Tomb Raider beauty is shown wearing a flowing Atelier Versace wedding gown, designed by the brand's master tailor Luigi Massi.
And Massi helped created a special accessory for Jolie, as her veil was covered with colourful drawings by their kids Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, and twins Vivienne and Knox.
Gushing about Massi's work to the publication, she says, "Luigi is like family to me and I couldn't imagine anyone else making this dress. He knows and cares for the children and it was great fun putting it together."
As for Pitt, he decided to wear a suit from his closet, complete with a tie borrowed from one of his sons, since the actor forgot to pack his own.
The kids were also involved in the ceremony, with Maddox and Pax walking Jolie down the aisle, Shiloh and Knox serving as ring bearers, and Zahara and Vivienne playing the roles of flower girls.
Jolie and Pitt add, "It was important to us that the day was relaxed and full of laughter. It was such a special day to share with our children and a very happy time for our family."
Another picture features the entire Jolie-Pitt clan sitting on steps at the estate as they pose in the formal wear for a family portrait, while a photo published in Hello! Magazine shows the couple's first kiss, as the two happily lock lips after exchanging vows.
Jolie and Pitt began dating in 2005 after meeting on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith and became 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 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 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.
Brad Pitt regularly leaves his children squirming with disgust when he showers their mum Angelina Jolie with affection. The actors rarely have any alone time as they are constantly juggling their parenting commitments with their busy work schedules, but Pitt's pal Frank Pollaro, who owns a furniture business with the Moneyball hunk, reveals the couple is still crazy about each other after eight years together.
He tells Esquire magazine, "Once I walked in and Angie was standing there and (eight-year-old daughter) Zahara walked up and said, 'Daddy, you're not going to start making out with Mommy again, are you?' And it's like that. This is a guy who has tried not to do any sexy scenes with other women since he's met Angelina. He's crazy about her, and she's the same way about him."
And the designer insists the stars are also beyond dedicated to their six boys and girls: "No matter how hard he's working, if one of those kids runs by the window he'll get out of his chair and give them a kiss. And I don't think I've ever seen Angie without one of those children in her arms."
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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To play young Aurora in Disney's Maleficent, her very first movie, four-year-old Vivienne Jolie-Pitt (offspring of box office power couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt) will be earning a whopping $3,000/week, TMZ reports. Only, it turns out, that's not such a staggering figure.
While three grand weekly may sound like an exorbitant paycheck for someone who hasn't yet made it to kindergarten (and in the real world, it is), the salary is actually in line with the SAG-AFTRA union guidelines. According to the SAG-AFTRA Theatrical Wage Tables, the rate set for weekly performers between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013 is $2,921/week.
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An industry source confirms for Hollywood.com that the rate is not dependent on age. "There's no distinction upon age. The rates are the same no matter how old you are. You can negotiate for more if you're well-known or a lead actor, but $2, 921/week or $842/day is the bare minimum union rate."
Our source concedes that the union rate changes based on the movie's budget, but an actor — even a very young one — on a big budget film like Maleficent (which is estimated at $200 million) will certainly be earning the full $2,921.
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Now, the SAG-AFTRA union rate for background actors is much lower — $144/day — but we know Ms. Jolie-Pitt is going to get her closeup.
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