Brad Pitt’s ‘Between Two Ferns’ involves Louis CK, Ross & Rachel questions

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Confession: I “get” why people think Between Two Ferns is comedy gold, but many of the BTF episodes on Funny or Die are sort of boring to me. Of course, there are exceptions. Pres. Obama’s Between Two Ferns was amazing. And now Zach Galifianakis has interviewed Brad Pitt and I actually found myself laughing out loud several times. Yes, it’s awkward and it’s supposed to be a send-up of those sycophantic celebrity interviews. But this is next-level amazing. Zach asks Brad why he doesn’t shower. There’s a gift of a massive bong. There are questions about how it felt to meet Angelina Jolie for the first time and whether it was like the first time Ross saw Rachel. The Friends theme song is played. And there’s a cameo by Louis CK. All in all, this one is pretty much as great as Obama’s BTF.

“Is it hard for you to maintain a suntan? Because you live in your wife’s shadow.” But really, Brad comes close to breaking and you can see that he’s very close to laughing when the Ross and Rachel question comes up. Damn, bro! How is that Zach Galifianakis managed to ask Brad about Jennifer Aniston when so many serious journalists have failed?

Do you like Brad more for doing this?

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Benedict Cumberbatch’s wax figure is insanely, eerily realistic & life-like

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Over the summer, Madame Tussauds released some photos of Benedict Cumberbatch sitting for measurements and photos at their studio in London. Madame Tussauds had decided it was high time for Bendy to get his own dashing wax figure, and to his credit, Benedict agreed to sit for all of the measurements. THIS is the result. Madame Tussauds have put out their new Cumberfigure and it is crazy life-like.

I usually look through the photos we have the latest wax figures, and let me tell you… Madame Tussauds usually messes up the living celebrities. Their Duchess Kate wax figure looks like Tamara Ecclestone. The Angelina Jolie wax figure looks like Jennifer Aniston. The Johnny Depp wax figure looks like a demon. But I think it helped in Bendy’s case because he actually agreed to let them take all of the measurements and such. He has such a unique little otter-face, so this could have ended up terribly. As it is, my only real complaints are that no amount of fake hair can recreate the glorious Cumbercurls AND that Madame Tussauds made him kind of cross-eyed. But otherwise… Wax Bendy is just as good Real Bendy. #WaxOtter #PutHimInVelvet

Start your mannequin-come-to-life fan-fiction now!

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Brad Pitt Being Named A Dame Didn’t Help Angelina Jolie’s Status At Home

"Fury" - Closing Night Gala: 58th BFI London Film FestivalHere’s Brad Pitt at the closing night gala screening of ‘Fury’ for the 58th BFI London Film Festival. Isn’t he looking good in his suit? He had a great weekend: ‘Fury’ was #1 at the box office in the United States this past weekend! RELATED: Brad Pitt and Jimmy Fallon breakdance on ‘The Tonight Show.’

At the festival Brad chatted with reporters about meeting Queen Elizabeth when she named Angelina Jolie an Honorary Dame of the British Empire.

It was just a pleasure and certainly one for the books. [It was] a wonderful afternoon for our family, a great honor for Angie and something we won’t forget.”

So has Dame Angelina become The Boss at home?

Aaah, no,” Pitt told Us, laughing. “We have our own pecking order at home!”

Geez: what does somebody have to do to get some respect? LOL I’m just kidding: I’m sure Angelina’s happy with the status quo with the family.

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"Fury" - Closing Night Gala: 58th BFI London Film Festival
"Fury" - Closing Night Gala: 58th BFI London Film Festival
"Fury" - Closing Night Gala: 58th BFI London Film Festival
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Brad Pitt’s ‘Fury’ wins the weekend box office with $23.5 million: did you see it?

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Here are some photos of Brad Pitt in London over the weekend. Fury closed out the BFI London Film Festival and I’m not really sure what’s going on with Brad’s clothes. That’s the worst tuxedo I’ve ever seen on him. And his photocall outfit – the plaid jacket, plaid shirt and 1970s striped tie… well, all of that is just BIZARRE. I have a theory that because Brad and Angelina are playing characters in the 1970s, that means Brad is still sort of stuck in his character’s ugly clothes. Still… Brad usually wears, like, Tom Ford perfection. He’s usually the best-dressed one while Angelina sacks her way through red carpets. Marriage has changed him!

I’ve been disappointed in the fact that Angelina has been nowhere during Brad’s Fury promotion. Even if she didn’t want to walk the carpet with him, why not a family photo-op with the kids in Malta? Brad’s “date” to the LFF premiere last night was a 91-year-old veteran named Peter Comfort. He looks like fun! As for the box office… Brad ruled the box office! Most people predicted that Fury would take home about $25 million and it ended up opening with $23.5 million. It was #1, finally knocking off Gone Girl. It’s a good month for R-rated dramas and the opening was particularly good for historical war films. Did you see it? I did not, but only because I just didn’t get around to it.

Meanwhile, Brad told Us Weekly that he enjoyed visiting Buckingham Palace to see his wife become an honorary Dame Commander. Brad said: “It was just a pleasure and certainly one for the books. [It was] a wonderful afternoon for our family, a great honor for Angie and something we won’t forget.” When asked if Angelina changed after becoming Dame Angie, Brad said: “Aaah, no. We have our own pecking order at home!”

Last thing – a UK paper claims that Brad owns a WWII-era Spitfire and he’s paid to have it completely restored. They also claim he’s flown it a few times. Eh.

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Brad Pitt & Shia LaBeouf ‘Fury’ Stars Rock The Red Carpet

brad pitt & shia labeouf  (1)‘Gone Girl’ had an impressive two weeks at #1 at the box office, but ‘Fury’ ended that this week, claiming the top spot on Friday night. Here are the movie’s stars, Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf, at a photo call at the Les Invalides in Paris. The rest of the cast joined them. RELATED: Shia LaBeouf explains his past year of behavior on an “existential crisis.”

Brad was looking as stylish as ever in his hat and blazer. LOVE it. He seems to be one of those guys who genuinely cares about his clothes and how he looks.

Shia… well, he’s looking a little rougher with that beard. This totally baffles me because Shia is a good-looking guy under all that hair. Why is he hiding his face? It sounds like he’s decided to be famous again, after all, with all the press he’s done for the movie. Perhaps this is a lingering effect of his “existential crisis”?

Have you seen ‘Fury’ yet? I haven’t, but people I saw who like war movies enjoyed it. With all the movies out at the theater that I want to see right now, I may not make it to the theater for this one, but if I don’t, it’s definitely going to be streamed at home.

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'Fury' Photocall At Les Invalides In Paris
'Fury' Photocall At Les Invalides In Paris
'Fury' Photocall At Les Invalides In Paris
'Fury' Photocall At Les Invalides In Paris
'Fury' Photocall At Les Invalides In Paris
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Did Angelina Jolie disrespect the new UN ambassadors, like Emma Watson?

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Does Angelina Jolie have humanitarian coattails? I’ve always believed she does. Back in 2001, Angelina became a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commission on Refugees. By the time she got that appointment, she had already made at least three overseas trips to refugee camps and had begun researching the role that would consume her for the rest of her life. Angelina always took her UN work very seriously, even when she was criticized for being a “celebrity humanitarian,” just in it for the good press and photo-ops. Over the years, her work grew. She’s founded several charities and foundations, she was promoted to “Special Envoy to the UNHCR” and she joined the Council on Foreign Relations. She received multiple awards for her work and she’s raised and donated millions of dollars to the causes close to her heart.

I remember back in the 2004-06, there was a sudden rash of other celebrities taking up international causes. Did you know that Nicole Kidman was a UN goodwill ambassador for the now-defunct UNIFEM? Yeah, she barely did any work with them. George Clooney became a UN Messenger of Peace, but he recently resigned that position too. So now there’s a new generation of would-be Angelinas. Victoria Beckham, Emma Watson and Leonardo DiCaprio have all joined various UN campaigns as ambassadors and Star Mag says Angelina is side-eyeing all of them.

Angelina Jolie is going goodwill hunting. In September, Leonardo DiCaprio, Victoria Beckham and Emma Watson gave speeches on behalf of the UN and Angelina wants them off the bandwagon.

“She thinks they’re stepping into the limelight just to boost their egos,” discloses a longtime friend. “Leo is bad enough but Posh Spice and that girl from Harry Potter? You must be joking!”

Having made 40-plus humanitarian visits to war-torn countries, Angelina walks the walk – and takes her duties seriously.

“Angie puts herself about other stars,” tattles the pal. “She thinks she was put on this planet to help people.”

[From Star Magazine, print edition]

The least deserving of shade – in my opinion – is Emma Watson. Emma started her UN career with a bang, giving a speech about feminism for the launch of the UN’s HeForShe campaign which went viral and genuinely raised awareness. Victoria Beckham is working with the UN’s AIDS campaign. And Leo is the newest Messenger of Peace, with a concentration on environmental issues. So, does Angelina hate these people for riding on her coattails? I doubt it. She’s probably just waiting to see if any of them stick with it. I believe Emma will. Leo might stick with it too. Victoria… well, we’ll see.

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Shia LaBeouf Explains Past Year Of Behavior As “Existential Crisis”

shia labeouf on the ellen degeneres showSo how does Shia LaBeouf explain the past year, between his Broadway arrest to the plagiarism claims he faced to wearing a bag over his head on the red carpet declaring “I’m Not Famous Anymore.” When the ‘Fury’ star sat down with Ellen DeGeneres on her show, he explained what has been going on with the past year, including his performance piece #IAmSorry. RELATED: Shia LaBeouf was arrested in a Broadway theatre.

The performance piece, #IAmSorry, sounds like it had the potential to be genuinely scary. Hopefully security was on hand to keep anyone from actually using the whip or pliers Shia had laid out on a table in front of him while people were allowed to come in one at a time. CRAZY. You have to hear his description of it in the clip from ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ below.

Shia ultimately explains the past year as having an “existential crisis.” It seems to me like he just has a tough time handling fame. He’s had a lot of problems for years. Remember when ‘Transformers’ filming had to be halted after he got into a car accident (when he was suspected of driving drunk and seriously injured his finger)? He calls himself a “child of abandonment.” Wonder how his parents feel about that?

It sounds like his time in jail in NYC was a big wake-up call for him. He seems much more, well, “settled” here on Ellen. Take a look.

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Jessica Chastain: Stop giving Meryl Streep all of the ‘older woman’ parts

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Jessica Chastain got the cover of SO MANY magazines this fall. She covers the new issues of Interview Mag and Glamour, which I’m including in this post. I hate the Glamour cover, but the rest of the Glamour shot is actually really nice. The Interview editorial is all black & white and heavy on the lingerie. Here are some highlights from JC’s Glamour interview:

On becoming famous in her 30s vs. at age 19: “I would have been a disaster. If I was 19 and I had the attention that I’m getting now, I would have just said stupid things. I would have partied more. All these expensive dinners and people giving me champagne? All these stupid things that we criticize 19-year-olds for doing when they’re famous, I would have done.”

On body-shaming & social media: “Oh God, it’s the worst. Enough with the body shaming! What is going on in this world? I remember being eight years old. I was a late bloomer. I had very, very short red hair. Very freckly. And thank God there wasn’t the Internet, because I was told every day at school that I was ugly. And that no one wanted to be my friend. The most cruel things. And now these girls or boys are having to deal with that in their school and on a world platform. If I can do anything to help young girls and to be a cheerleader for people who sometimes have low self-esteem, I want to do that.”

On parts for women: “I love Meryl Streep. She’s such an incredible actress. But I feel like she’s the only one in her age group who gets those parts. I’d like to see Jessica Lange in a movie again, you know? Or Susan Sarandon. Why isn’t Viola Davis a lead in a film? She’s one of the greatest actresses alive. And where are the Asian actors and actresses? I’m not saying, ‘We don’t want movies about men,’” she said. “I’m just saying, ‘Come on, all the men I know love women. So let’s also have some stories about these women. Let’s write something for them, guys—and let’s make room for women writers too.’”

Playing flawed, strong women: “There are a very limited number of parts. And there are some women that I’ve played and I didn’t give them too many flaws. Tree of Life. I loved that woman. Or The Help: Loved her, loved her, loved her, for all her openheartedness and compassion. But when I play a female lead, like the role in Zero Dark Thirty, even if she’s strong, I try to give her as many flaws as I can. I think to play a female hero without faults is actually doing a disservice to women. I think it’s more interesting to see women on-screen with flaws. Then it’s not this unreasonable expectation that society then would put on you: “Well, a strong woman can’t be like this….”

Having it all: “I don’t think it’s possible for anyone, male or female, to have it all. I’m just gonna say it: We can have as much as we’re capable of doing, but no one is capable of doing everything. Like, I hope someday to have a family and a career. But I have to also be kind to myself.

[From Glamour]

Jessica has been on a tear recently about feminism, gender equality and how women and their stories are undervalued. I kind of think that if someone else was saying it – like Angelina Jolie, Emma Watson or Kristen Stewart – these statements would be major gossip news. It’s a good news/bad news situation for Chastain then. Good news: people are listening to what she says and not trying to make her statements super-controversial. Bad news: most people are not paying attention to her.

As for Jessica’s Interview Magazine piece, you can read it here. Mindy Kaling did the interview! It’s a good read (they’re very girly and sweet to each other) but there’s no big quote from the piece.

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Angelina Jolie: ‘I feel in contact with my mother when I look at my children’

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Angelina Jolie has a new interview with Marie Claire France. I mean… it sounds new. People Magazine is running the quotes like they’re new. So I’m saying that it’s new. If you speak French, you can see the original article here. Angelina is promoting Unbroken (which comes out this December) and she talks about her late mother, whether she’s good at relaxing (spoiler: she’s not good at relaxing) and whether she’s got any new tattoos.

Angelina Jolie honored her late mom, Marcheline Bertrand, at her wedding in August, and now the Oscar winner is opening up about how motherhood has connected her to her mom’s memory. In a new interview with French Marie Claire, Jolie speaks about her mother’s legacy and its impact on her own humanitarian work.

Bertrand, who passed away in 2007 after a long battle with ovarian cancer, “was very soft but could move mountains for her kids,” Jolie, 39, told the magazine. “That’s something I always admire in women: that mix of softness and strength. She was half Indian, and I remember that as a small girl, she took me to a dinner for Amnesty International. She always tried to understand the complexity of the world. She had a great heart which was sensitive to the world’s violence.”

Asked whether she believes in life after death, Jolie replied, “I’m not certain … I feel in contact with my mother when I look at my children. 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.”

The actress, who has been in Malta with new husband Brad Pitt and their six kids as part of a working honeymoon, also spoke about their upcoming romantic drama By the Sea.

“We’ll play an American couple in the south [of France] that should remind you no doubt of someone.”

As for the couple’s real-life home base in the south of France, Château Miraval, Jolie says it is “perfectly situated” for their busy family.

“I’m not very good at relaxing,” she says. “I can’t stay put. I read, write, negotiate films, I carry my office around with me.” Miraval, she notes, “is close to European cities, but also to Africa and the Middle East. To all the theaters of operations where my United Nations work obliges me to go. L.A. is clearly too far from all that.”

Speaking about her role as a special envoy to the United Nations Refugee Agency, Jolie addressed her work at The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, where she delivered the opening remarks in London in June. Given her ongoing activism, would she ever be tempted to run for office?

“I don’t think my family would agree,” she says. “And then I don’t know how I could be more useful than now, because my position as a public figure helps so much in generating media attention for my fight.”

One thing she does know for certain: Her famous tattoo collection is sure to grow – possibly influenced by her upcoming WWII film, Unbroken.

“You can be certain I’ll have a new one soon,” she says. “Without a doubt, something with Japanese inspiration.”

[From People]

Angelina has been talking about her mother more and more as her kids grow up. I believe her when she says that Vivienne and Shiloh remind her of her mom. Personally, I think Shiloh is probably rebellious and wild like Angelina was as a kid, and Angelina is now stepping into her mother’s shoes and trying to guide her wild child. As for Vivienne… Angelina always Viv is a little teddy bear, just as sweet and gentle as can be. That was Marcheline.

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Melissa Etheridge has never met Angelina Jolie, still thinks Jolie is ‘not brave’

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Last year, Angelina Jolie announced that she had gotten a double mastectomy because she, like her late mother, carried the BRCA1 gene. Angelina framed her double mastectomy as a proactive choice and her choice to make, a choice made after watching her mother battle cancer for years. More than a year later, people are still writing about “The Angelina Effect,” which saw more women get tested for the BRCA1 gene and more women make proactive decisions about their healthcare.

The publicity around Angelina’s choice and the announcement of her choice was overwhelmingly positive. Many people – including Brad Pitt – said that Angelina was brave and inspirational. Melissa Etheridge disagreed. In an interview conducted shortly after Angelina’s announcement, Melissa slammed the idea of Angelina’s “bravery,” saying: “I have that gene mutation too and it’s not something I would believe in for myself. I wouldn’t call it the brave choice. I actually think it’s the most fearful choice you can make when confronting anything with cancer. My belief is that cancer comes from inside you and so much of it has to do with the environment of your body. It’s the stress that will turn that gene on or not.”

Melissa is a breast cancer survivor, and many thought Melissa was basically saying, “Angelina should have just sat back and waited until she got cancer instead of cutting out healthy tissue.” Melissa doubled-down on her comments in a later interview, once again bitching about the use of the word “brave” to describe Angelina. Anyway, Melissa appeared on Watch What Happens Live several days ago and Andy Cohen asked her whether she’s ever run into Brad or Angelina following those comments:

Melissa says she’s never met Angelina and she hasn’t seen Brad in ten years, or basically since Brad and Jennifer Aniston split. There is an old-school vibe (mostly from Melissa’s expression like she and Andy are in on some joke) of Melissa being vehemently Team Aniston, like of course Melissa hasn’t ever spoken to Angelina because Melissa is faithful to her friendship with Aniston. Then Melissa triple-downs on this whole concept of NOT calling Angelina “brave” because she cut out “healthy tissue.” Yeah. Melissa was really, really offended that some people were calling it “brave,” because preventative mastectomies are always “fearful” to Melissa.

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