Saturday, May 17, 2008

Brangelina, A Confession

WIMB waxes rhapsodic yesterday about Angelina Jolie's "full" pregnancy and expanding palette. I heart Angelina, I do. (Brad as well. duh) And not just because she once looked right @ me. Usually I am a firm believer in not caring that much about the personal lives of celebrities. I'm sure it'd be much better for all of them if we all focused on the work. As an added worldwide benefit, I fully believe that the work itself would be better too: they'd all have to step it up if the public was paying attention to their creative contributions rather than which parties they were attending. Surprise Bonus: In that world there'd be little room for useless celebrity heiresses or damaging coddling out of control celebrities who ignore their own gifts in favor of staying famous for other reasons. If people valued talent and creativity over who went where in what and with whom... imagine it!

But in the case of Brangelina, I am totally happily one of the crowd. I love seeing pics of them. I find their globe-trotting humanitarian adventures admirable and fascinating. I know the names of all their children. And I only feel guilty about enjoying all the surely intrusive paparazzi shots of the brood once in a while. How can I live with this contradiction? I don't know. I just do.

But I can't help it. Ain't they sweet?


Anonymous said...

Shiloh looks just like Jon Voight.

Amy said...

I vehemently disagree with your stance on Jolie (and Pitt). Everytime I see or hear her, I want to gouge her eyes out.

Anonymous said...

I'm as bored of them as I am of Paris Hilton.

Alex F. said...

Yeah put me in the "I'm over them" column. I know it's not totally their fault, but all the attention they get usually keeps me away from their movies. It's a case of why pay for what I can get for free thing.

You know, Angelina once looked at me too! I did love her back then though. I went to USC when they still had the ceremony at the Shrine, so a bunch of us waited for bleacher seats. This was the year she won - when she went as Morticia Adams. She came onto the red carpet, was literally five feet from me, and we made eye contact for a few seconds. LOL.

Hayden said...

She's such a talentless skank. 99.99999% of her resume is complete and utter garbage, and that includes her rancid turn in A Mighty Heart.

Just because she's managed to distract the masses with her humanitatian work (which isn't nearly as interesting or rootsy as Ashley Judd's achievements) doesn't make her a good actress. She's got one "child of the world" accent she's used in The Fever, Beowulf, Alexander, and A Mighty Heart that makes me want to stab he jugular. Grrrrrrrrrrr.

Don't get me started.

The Pretentious Know it All said...

I'm kind of bored of them too, but I don't think her performance in A Mighty Heart was "rancid." I thik the talent is definitely there with Jolie, even if filmography does leave something to be desired. She clearly takes projects, either because of money (hey, when you're donating that much to charity, it has to come from somewhere) or because they fit into her schedule. I probably dislike him more than I dislike her...honestly, I don't see how anyone who listened to the "Fight Club" DVD commentary doesn't immediately hate Brad Pitt and love Edward Norton. And I don't think it's a good sign that they haven't gotten married yet, nor do I think it's her who doesn't want to get married. I think what's going to happen (I'm not hoping this happens) is that he's going to end up leaving her with all those kids, which would suck.

Anonymous said...

Well I'm with you and enjoy reading and seeing this family. Plus watching their movies. What's funny is these people who are "over them" knows alot about their life. I don't care about Paris Hilton and know nothing about her life.

Anonymous said...

Goodness me. What is it about this woman that brings out extreme hate in some people. Makes me laugh because I find it all so entertaining.
I have no problems with Angelina, Brad, Brangelina, their expanding family etc, etc.
Well no. I do have one problem. Why is it that a woman with her acting chops is incapable of picking good scripts and accepting good roles? I enjoyed her portrayal in A Mighty Heart and hope she can churn out a decent to excellent performance in Changeling, but some of her previous roles have been absolute stinkers. A waste of her talent really.

Marshall said...

Damn there are some haters on this board. What sad small little people. Couldn't let it go unchallenged. Like her or not, some of these comments have been outrageous.

Anonymous said...

I have no problem with them either. In fact, compared to the other "celebrities" that are plastered over the supermarket tabloids, I find them refreshing. It's not DUI, drugs, alcohol, heavy partying, incompetency on the set, etc.

In comparison, two talented professionals who are keen on family and international humanitarian causes are a breath of fresh air.

I realize that it must be almost impossible for them, when their every move is chronicled, dissected, and criticized, but I think they're doing the best they can. I do interpret their "going to France" (Namibia, etc.) as running away, and I think it's a good idea. Run as far as you can. The atmosphere is too hostile to raise a family in.

Anonymous said...

I'm totally with you, Nathaniel, I think the Jolie-Pitt clan is absolutely adorable- and how amazing did Angie look at Cannes? She should wear colors like that more often.

And where, exactly, does the kind of vehement Angelina hatred in a couple of the previous posts come from? I've personally never understood it.


amy --please don't gouge your eyes out!!!

anonmyous #1 --you're right! I was thinking Brad but Voight is closer.

anonymouse # "as" bored. How is that possible. At least they contribute SOMETHING to the culture.

alex five seconds is a long time for eye contact. Did your flesh start to combust --too close to the sun!


tknkia --don't even say that out loud. I hope you're wrong.

I MUST RUN... thanks for commenting everyone. love to hear what Brangelina brings out.

Loved her in A MIGHTY HEART myself and i hope Brad reminds people of his big talent in BENJAMIN BUTTON. we shall see.

Anonymous said...

Never been a fan of Jolie or Pitt, but I have to agree, the whole family is cute:)To watch their movies? - no, thanks (got bored with Mr & Mrs Smith)!!!!

Anonymous said...

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Strong middle class, free and clear assets, lower crime rate, more widespread prosperity, stable job market, lower deficit, ect. Our economy as a whole was much more stable and prosperous for the majority. WITHOUT LOANS FROM CHINA. Now, we have a more obscene distribution of bottom line wealth than ever before. We have a sold-out government, crumbling infrastructure, energy crisis, home forclosure epidemic, 13 figure national deficit, and 12 figure annual shortfall. The cost of living is higher than ever before. Most people can't even afford basic health care. ALL BECAUSE OF GREED. I really don't blame the 2nd -5th percentiles in general. No economy could ever function without some reasonable scale of personal wealth and income. But it can't be allowed to run wild like a mad dog. ALBERT EINSTEIN TRIED TO MAKE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND. UNBRIDLED CAPITALISM ABSOLUTELY CAN NOT WORK. TOP HEAVY ECONOMIES ALWAYS COLLAPSE. Bottom line: The richest 1% will soon tank the largest economy in the world. It will be like nothing we’ve ever seen before. The American dream will be shattered. and thats just the beginning. Greed will eventually tank every major economy in the world. Causing millions to suffer and die. Oprah, Angelina, Brad, Bono, and Bill are not part of the solution. They are part of the problem. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A MULTI-MILLIONAIRE HUMANITARIAN. EXTREME WEALTH MAKES WORLD PROSPERITY ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE. WITHOUT WORLD PROSPERITY, THERE WILL NEVER BE WORLD PEACE OR ANYTHING EVEN CLOSE. GREED KILLS. IT WILL BE OUR DOWNFALL. Of course, the rich will throw a fit and call me a madman.. Of course, they will jump to small minded conclusions about 'jealousy', 'envy', or 'socialism'. Of course, their ignorant fans will do the same. You have to expect that. But I speak the truth. If you don’t believe me, then copy this entry and run it by any professor of economics or socio-economics. Then tell a friend. Call the local radio station. Re-post this entry or put it in your own words. Be one of the first to predict the worst economic and cultural crisis of all time and explain its cause. WE ARE IN BIG TROUBLE.