I can’t speak to the quality of the upcoming Paramount Pictures film, ‘Allied,’ as I have not yet seen it, but judging by the new trailer, Robert Zemeckis about to deliver an awe-inspiring cinematic experience. The cinematography is stunning, the rhythm suspenseful, and the performances, well . . . I’ve never thought Brad Pitt to be a particularly impressive actor, but Marion Cotillard can certainly pick up his slack. Plus, he’s easy on the eyes, and despite the recent turmoil surrounding his marriage, I’d like to see the man succeed.
“ALLIED” is the story of intelligence officer Max Vatan (Pitt), who in 1942 North Africa encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were a notoriously private couple. They had an air-tight team who never leaked stories, leading tabloids to use their typical guesses, such as “they’re on the verge of splitting,” with no additional details. At some point everyone is on the verge of splitting, so the more darts you throw, the more likely you are to ultimately hit a target. But now that they’re actually splitting, the leaks have become Niagara Falls.Suddenly Brad Pitt is an angry drunk that got physical with the children who are “now recovering” from an incident on a plane. The shocking revelation has one purpose and one purpose only: to tank his career. It serves her no favor in court, and it certainly is not helpful to the children, who now have an even more focused lens on their lives. Why does the public need to know about their personal problems? If the children need to be protected from their father, then keep that private. It also doesn’t help Angelina’s PR, because we all remember the pre-charitable woman who wore those vials of blood and said off-color remarks in nearly every interview. It’s possible she did not want to be blamed for the breakup, but this isn’t the way to circumvent that scrutiny. In fact, it escalates it.
Tabloids have long speculated that when Brad Pitt took up with Angelina, he lost all his friends, stopped filming sex scenes as per her demand, and used his nice-guy demeanor to make up for her cold temperament that was often noticed on the red carpet. George Clooney’s shocked reaction to the news of their split further confirms his estrangement with Brad, despite the fact that tabloids often tout the twosome as good friends. As for his non-public friends, who knows. All we know is that six children are in the mix, and I’m confused as to why Pitt’s perilous temperament didn’t surface earlier, perhaps before child number 3, 4, 5, or 6. For two people who once loved each other, one would think they could handle this with a tad more grace, integrity, and respect. I often tell people to leave their relationships with the same dignity with which they entered it. But since their relationship began sans dignity, perhaps they should have taken the opposite of my advice this one time.
There’s one looming question; however, that I’d like to address, and my readers are free to comment with their own hypothesis. Why does the public constantly pounce on their AMOUNT of children? Is it because they’re aghast at the idea that parents of such a large brood can’t seem to make it work, or is it because half of their kids are adopted? After all, six might seem like a lot, but no one comes down on Jim Gaffigan for it. Even Mel Gibson seemed to get a soft reaction to his now-ninth child.
When I saw the video below from Chelsea Handler, who I usually like, I couldn’t help but have a very negative reaction to her “85 kids” remark,which begged the aforementioned question, and she’s certainly not the only one to make this joke. Leave the kids out of it.
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If there’s anything I know about Brad Pitt, it’s that the man knows how to pick a role, and when teamed with the legendary Robert Zemeckis, we’re bound for a good film. ALLIED is the story of intelligence officer Max Vatan (Pitt), who in 1942 North Africa encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war. The trailer below is surprising considering that I actually believed the rumors that Angelina Jolie would not allow Pitt to engage in love scenes with other women, which seemed to be confirmed by his recent roster of films. I guess you can’t believe everything you read. As an aside, I still maintain his acting skills leave much to be desired, but he sure is compelling to look at. And in the shallow world of The Dishmaster, looks ARE in fact everything. Watch below.
Jennifer Aniston didn’t take too kindly to the shock surrounding her John Mayer romance, insisting they adored each other and dismissing the eight year age difference. Mayer ran his mouth about their relationship, and the couple split shortly thereafter. He has since dated just about everyone in Hollywood.
9. DAVID COPPERFIELD AND CLAUDIA SCHIFFER
David Copperfield worked his magic on Claudia Schiffer after calling her on stage during one of his acts. Their quick collaboration turned into a 6 year engagement, which ended in 1999. They said their busy work schedules were to blame.
8. SANDRA BULLOCK & JESSE JAMES
When America’s sweetheart ended up with outspoken bad boy Jesse James, people were less than pleased, but the backlash died down when she vouched for their bond during many interviews and acceptance speeches. Their story ended sadly; however, when tabloids got wind of James’ affair and the odd couple called it quits.
7. LYLE LOVETT AND JULIA ROBERTS
Lyle Lovett and Julia Roberts’ love story ended just as quickly as it began, marrying merely three weeks after meeting and later divorcing in just under two years. The two remained friends and blamed their work schedules for the split.
6. CAMERON DIAZ AND BENJI MADDEN
Benji Madden might seem like a strong departure from her previous picks, but perhaps Cameron Diaz went for the nice guy for once. The A-list actress is clearly smitten with her husband, given that she previously swore of marriage in every interview.
5. DUDLEY MOORE & SUSAN ANTON
4. RYAN REYNOLDS & ALANIS MORISSETTE
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2. DREW BARRYMORE & TOM GREEN
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- ANGELINA JOLIE & BILLY BOB THORNTON
Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton’s weird romance made some serious waves, most notably when the creepy couple wore vials of each other’s blood around their necks as an expression of love. Their public displays of affection also caused concern, with many suggesting that the red carpet might not be the best place for sloppy tongue kisses. The couple divorced soon after Angelina adopted her first child, and Thornton later admitted that her success stalled the relationship, as he simply couldn’t handle it. She removed the tattoo of his name, but the two still remain friends.