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The semiotics of BrangelinaJun 02 2014

This article by Anne Helen Petersen about how Angelina Jolie has expertly controlled her PR through several potential rough patches is way more interesting than it has any right to be.

This photo, for example, is a semiotic gold mine: Shiloh, often nicknamed "The Chosen One," a glimmering beacon of whiteness, flanked by her racially marked siblings, one of whom seems to be protecting her from possible harm. All three are framed by their doting parents, tied to their children via skin color, head/neck scarf, hair highlighting, and physical touch. They're a "Party of Five," as the title of the accompanying article puts it, but they're a distinctly global one: The photos were all shot in Cambodia, and when asked how her children manage all the traveling, Jolie says, "We've tried to make them very adaptable, so when we go to a country like India or certain parts of Namibia, they're happy to play with sticks and rocks outside -- they're happy to blend."

Taken together, these images, and the stories that accompanied them, were speaking about their relationship, even if the pair themselves weren't offering comment. And what they were saying was that this wasn't a story about sex or scandal; rather, it was one of family, humanitarianism, and global citizenship. Within this framework, any publication that chose to focus on sexual intrigue was effectively neglecting the most in need.

Brad Pitt gets hit by 200 carsOct 12 2011

rating: 4.5 stars

Inglourious BasterdsDec 18 2009

This is pretty much the point at which I knew I was going to love Inglourious Basterds:

Inglourious Basterds

Although I can sure see why someone might hate it; the film rode that razor's edge all the way through.

Inglourious Basterds trailerJul 24 2009

Somehow this slipped past me recently: there's a full trailer out for Inglourious Basterds, the new Tarantino flick starring Brad Pitt.

New rules for behaviorJul 23 2009

Wired magazine has collected a bunch of rules for "highly evolved humans"...Emily Post 2.0 I guess. Brad Pitt suggests that not only can you look at pornography at work, you should bring your porno magazines in to scan on the office scanner.

Moneyball movie back on againJul 10 2009

Let's take a look at who's still alive here. Brad Pitt: yes. Aaron Sorkin: yes. Steven Soderbergh: no. Expected soon: Michael Bay, Alan Ball, Sam Mendes, McG, and M Night Shamalamadingdong. (thx, david)

Moneyball movie dead for nowJul 02 2009

The combination of Pitt and Soderbergh and Lewis wasn't enough to keep the Moneyball movie afloat...Sony canceled it "days before shooting was to begin".

Accounts from more than a dozen people involved with the film, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid damaging professional relationships, described a process in which the heady rush toward production was halted by a studio suddenly confronted by plans for something artier and more complex than bargained for.

Sony was probably looking for something more BIG RED TEXTish.

Moneyball directed by Soderbergh?Apr 21 2009

Wait, Steven Soderbergh is directing the film adaptation of Michael Lewis' Moneyball? When did this wonderfulness happen?!! Last I heard, the director was the guy who did Marley & Me. Perhaps Pitt put the kibosh on that and lobbied for Soderbergh? (via fimoculous)

Trailer for Inglourious BasterdsFeb 11 2009

Tarantino's latest film is about Nazi-killing American soldiers and stars Brad Pitt. I can't decide if this movie is going to completely suck or be really great. Vampire movies notwithstanding, Quentin always gets the benefit of the doubt from me so great it is.

Brad Pitt in yellowDec 15 2008

For the completist only: Brad Pitt stars in a French? Japanese? commercial directed by Wes Anderson.

As the French would say, QEQLB? (via le fiddle)

Update: A YouTube commenter noted that this commercial is probably based on Jacques Tati's M. Hulot's Holiday.

Brad Pitt in MoneyballOct 17 2008

Brad Pitt's gonna star in a movie adaptation of Moneyball? (thx, brian)

Trailer for The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonJun 18 2008

Trailer for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. David Fincher, Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, F. Scott Fitzgerald. Pitt's character starts off as an old man and ages backwards. Is it possible to buy tickets for this *right now*? BTW, the full text of the Fitzgerald short story on which the film is based is available online.

rating: 3.5 stars

Fight ClubMay 15 2008

This one's not holding up as well as one would think. The first time I saw it, in the theater in 1999, my reaction was "eh". The second time, on DVD a few years ago, I thought it was great. Now I'm back closer to "eh" again.

An annotated list of movies due outDec 19 2007

An annotated list of movies due out in 2008. I didn't know that Darren Aronofsky was working on a new movie...about a boxer and starring Brad Pitt and Mark Wahlberg, no less.

Hilarious interview with Ocean's 13 stars George Clooney,Jun 01 2007

Hilarious interview with Ocean's 13 stars George Clooney, Matt Damon, Ellen Barkin, and Brad Pitt.

Teaser trailer for Oceans 13. Looks like #13 is Andy Garcia.Feb 12 2007

Teaser trailer for Oceans 13. Looks like #13 is Andy Garcia.

Trailer for The Fountain, Darren Aronofsky's (Pi,Apr 14 2006

Trailer for The Fountain, Darren Aronofsky's (Pi, Requiem for a Dream) new film. Official site, interview with Aronofsky on the film, which was originally supposed to star Brad Pitt.

Hypothesis: Brad Pitt adapts his appearance toJan 27 2006

Hypothesis: Brad Pitt adapts his appearance to that of whoever he's dating at the time, kind of like how dogs start to look like their owners. Here's some supporting evidence.

The Superficial on Kate Moss and herJan 20 2006

The Superficial on Kate Moss and her poor taste in men: "You could stick her in a room with Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and the Kool-Aid Man, and five minutes later all you'd hear would be 'Ohhhhhh Yeah!'"

Photo of Brad Pitt and Frank GehryOct 06 2005

Photo of Brad Pitt and Frank Gehry building an architectural model together. What, you didn't know that Brad really wants to be an architect?

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