Tuesday, April 24, 2018

I always take reports of sightings with a grain of salt especially if its by a random user with a suspect story.  This one below however is not from a random user.  Without a photo, we can't be certain but it's certainly possible.

Where in the world...  

will they pop up next?

Monday, April 23, 2018

Sony and Tarantino would have loved for Brad to join Leo on stage but he evidently couldn't make the trip to CinemaCon in Las Vegas.

Because he's too far away traveling with the family and he doesn’t want to be disturbed.  πŸ˜‰πŸ˜ƒ


They've been keeping a very low profile since the Breitling shoot wrapped two weeks ago.  No photos of them since.  No photos of the children since Vivienne attended martial arts class on March 27.  No photos of them in the U.K.  Filming on Maleficent 2 hasn't started and her voice work on The One and Only Ivan doesn't require much time on set.  They have time to do some traveling before she gets tied down for the next four months.  All we know for sure because we have seen the photos is that they were in L.A. from around April 7 to 12 while Brad shot his Breitling ad.

They're purposely staying under the radar.  They're being very careful.  They don't want people to know where they are.

Where in the world....


DeVito, himself a Jersey success story, has just finished filming Disney's live-action Dumbo with Tim Burton.
"I played basically the same part in Dumbo that I played in Big Fish: I own a circus," he says. "Now if you think back, in (Batman Returns), the Penguin had a circus troupe. So there’s a theme. This is the completion of our circus trilogy.”
His next project, the live-action/CGI book adaptation The One and Only Ivan, follows a gorilla named Ivan (voiced by Sam Rockwell) who tries to escape from captivity.
Directed by Thea Sharrock (Me Before You), DeVito plays a dog as part of a star-studded cast that includes Angelina Jolie (as an elephant), Helen Mirren (a poodle) and Bryan Cranston (a circus owner).

Thanks Pride&Joy

You have acted in films that feature two popular and influential actresses, American star Angelina Jolie and Bollywood icon Sridevi. What were the experiences like for you?

All these actors such as Angelina Jolie, there’s always a reason why they are big actors. And what I found was that they are very nice human beings. Working with Angelina Jolie, I found her down-to-earth, humble, hospitable, friendly, and that makes her a big star.

Read more at https://www.star2.com/entertainment/2018/04/23/adnan-siddiqui-hollywood-bollywood-lollywood/#AErLJ0JLfMRqmOD3.99

Friday, April 20, 2018

I presume the quotes and new info were provided directly to Mary Green, and her co-worker provided the fillers. 

Angelina Jolie Talks About Her Fight to End Deforestation -- and Teaching Knox to Fly a Plane!

Mary Green and Michael Miller
April 20, 2018 07:13 PM

Angelina Jolie is fighting to make the world a better place for her kids one tree at a time.
The Namibian government asked Jolie to help developed the country’s contribution to the Queen’s project in 2016 due to her previous work as a conservationist. “I wanted to help communities,” Jolie tells PEOPLE. “Building schools and clinics means little if meanwhile the environment the community relies on is destroyed.”
“In Namibia the local bushmen can tell you what each plant does, what they are used for and what effects it has on their tribe when one is lost,” she adds. “The way they see the land is how we all need to learn to see the land.”
“I have seen first hand the huge deforestation of the Cardamom mountains in Cambodia. Our local team is so dedicated and fighting hard to protect the area of the remaining forest that we help to look after,” Jolie explains to PEOPLE.
Jolie has continued to run the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation, which has worked for almost 15 years on forest and wildlife conservation and healthcare and education in Cambodia. The family funds a team of local rangers who work to address illegal poaching and logging. Last year the Foundation planted 10,000 new trees.

The actress also plans to give back in her son Pax’s native Vietnam and Zahara’s birthplace of Ethiopa, where the family’s new clinic will open shortly.
Now, Jolie tells PEOPLE, her son Knox is learning how to fly. “I love being up in the air,” she says. “I love the freedom. Knox is now learning to fly. It makes me crazy happy to see him discover it. He still needs help with the pedals, but won’t for long.”

Random Fuzzy

- The Maleficent 2 set shown is less than half-way finished.  They just did recce in Windsor Castle.  They have not yet revealed their DP.  It may take at least 2 - 3 more weeks before they will be ready to start filming.

-  Brad's appearance at a concert in L.A. on April 7 was his first since March 27.  During the period that they were filming the Breitling commercial from April 9 to 12, he was visible at a number of public events.  He hasn't been seen since filming wrapped

- Angelina had also not been seen out since March 27 until a fan posted a selfie with her taken on April 8 in Beverly Hills.  Harpers Bazaar and Lainey both claimed that Angelina and the kids were already settled in the U.K. when obviously, they were in L.A. with Brad.  This again illustrates the fact that accurate info on them is very scarce -- and HB, Lainey and all the rest do not have accurate info.  Things have been locked down extremely tight.  That is the hallmark of when Angelina is in control right down to the terse denials of tabloid yarns.

-  Filming on The One and Only Ivan just started in London on April 16. She is a voice star and a producer.  They may have flown over after the Breitling filming wrapped.  Travel time for them would be around 10 hours.

-  There have been no sightings of them in the U.K. or anywhere since the photos of Brad on the Breitling set.  With a large and very active family, they must be purposely keeping a low profile.

- Between Ivan and prep work for Maleficent 2, she has some work to do in the U.K., but the 16 hour days of filming haven't started yet.  Until then, they may not be spending their free time in the U.K.  Miraval is just 2 hours away. They may also still have things to do in L.A.  The planned renovation of the DeMille may just be getting started.  And they may need to file an S&O -- or two -- starting with one setting aside the Custody Stipulation.

- They will be spending the next few months living 5,000 miles away from their team of therapists with whom they have been working intimately since September, 2016

Petitioner and Respondent ...hereby stipulate to the following temporary orders:

Pending written agreement of the parties or further order of the court-

- Petitioner shall have physical custody of the children.

- Respondent shall continue to have agreed upon therapeutic visitation.  The frequency and conditions of the visits shall be determined by Ian Russ, PhD.  Prior to making such determination, Dr. Russ shall consult with Lisa Hacker, Judy Goldman, Angela Bissada and Catherine Green.  Dr. Russ shall at all times consider the best interests of the minor children.

- Respondent shall continue to participate in individual therapy a minimum of one time per week for no less than 50 minutes per session.  At the conclusion of each month Respondent shall provide Dr. Russ with proof of his ongoing participation in individual therapy as set forth in this paragraph.

- Respondent shall continue to participate in group therapy a minimum of one time per a week.  At the conclusion of each month Respondent shall provide Dr. Russ with proof of his ongoing participation in group therapy as set forth in this paragraph

- Respondent shall continue to submit to random drug and alcohol testing as directed by Dr. Robert Waldman.  The random testing shall not exceed one time per week and there shall be a minimum of 4 tests every 30 days.  Within 24 hours of receipt, Dr. Waldman shall provide Dr. Russ with Respondent's test results.

- the minor children shall continue to participate in individual counseling, the frequency and duration of the minor children's therapy shall be as recommended by Angela Bissada and Catherine Green.

- Petitioner, Respondent, and the minor children shall continue to participate in conjoint sessions.

Except for the family conjoint sessions, they will be unable to comply with any of the provisions of the Custody Stipulation by virtue of the fact that they are living in the U.K.  Once filming on Maleficent 2 starts and Angelina is working up to 16 hours a day, even the family sessions will be difficult to manage.  It would additionally be very difficult for her to juggle work on two films and make sure the six children are thriving if she was on her own.  So the fact that they could move to the U.K. and Angelina could take on such a heavy work load is proof in and of itself that they've completed the therapeutic process and their life is back to normal.  The children have recovered, everyone has healed, Brad has satisfactorily addressed all of his problems, and the family is healthy.  The therapists no longer have any reason for concern.  The provisions in the Stipulation and the Stipulation itself are no longer needed.  Angelina is able to work on two films simultaneously because she can give them her full attention and concentration confident in the knowledge that everything will be fine with Brad looking after the children and managing the family's day to day life.

"One of the greatest, smartest things I ever did was give my kids Angie as their mom. She's such a great mom. Oh, man, I'm so happy to have her. With a partner like Angie, I know that when I'm working, the kids are happy, safe, and prospering. And when Angie's working, she knows she has the same."

The therapists' work is done.  Once the Custody Stipulation is set aside, they would just be a step away from having the Petition dismissed.

-- Fussy

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Random Fuzzy

- The Playlist may know that Fincher is committed to Mindhunter season 2, but it is obviously relying on tabloid info when it also wrote:
Not that it matters because the script isn’t quite there, but Brad Pitt‘s schedule can be something of an issue too. He’s U.S. bound for the next little while until his custody battles are sorted out (hence staying home in L.A. to shoot Quentin Tarantino‘s next ’70s, Hollywood-set movie this summer).

If Brad has to be US-bound because of "custody battles" for the "next little while," then the whole family has to be US-bound too.  Angelina would also have to stay home in L.A. and would not be able to film The One and Only Ivan and Maleficent 2 in the U.K. 

Under CA law, ATROs take effect once a Petition is filed that prevent either parent from removing the children from California.
Child custody laws in California are focused on the child’s best interest. That best interest involves, as much as reasonably possible, keeping stability in the child’s life. Children taken out of State or the United States, especially young ones, may become difficult to find if the parent wants to hide them. This can cause all kinds of problems including national or international child abduction issues and the involvement of domestic and foreign courts or law enforcement. The ATROs play it safe and tell both parents it is a violation of a court order to take them.

They evidently quickly obtained a court order lifting the ATROs which allowed them to travel to Crested Butte in December 2016.  And they have been traveling ever since, not just out of California, but out of the U.S. --- they have been photographed in Cambodia, London, Namibia, Paris, Toronto, Jordan, and Brussels.  And Brad has been photographed in Paris, Miraval, the UK, Berlin, and the Netherlands.  And these are just where they've been photographed.  Obviously, the entire family has not been US-bound at all.  There are no custody battles or any other battles.

This again illustrates the fact that they have a very tight and discreet circle surrounding them.  They don't discuss personal matters with people outside that circle and no one in that circle talks about them.  No One. At All. To Anyone.

- On WWZ 2, if the script really "isn't quite there" they would not be wasting time and money scouting locations in "Bilbao, Spain, Sweden, Texas and other locales around the world."  If they don't have a script that is close to being ready, they can't know what locations would best suit it.  Fincher may have committed to Mindhunter, and that is all the Playlist really knows.

- It is easy to tell when what is written is garbage.  In the case of  MIT professor, the Page Six report was already clear: there is no story.  She has been dating the billionaire before and after she met Brad at the MIT lab.  They've additionally denied it twice.  Tabloids are ignoring the denial because perpetuating the story and fabricating titillating stories gets clicks.  Trash producers and their receptacles are well known.  Fans that click on garbage encourage garbage production.  Garbage consumption is a choice

-- Fussy



‘World War Z 2’ Not Shooting This Fall; David Fincher’s ‘Mindhunter’ Season 2 Is Next
The untitled “World War Z” sequel draft is still in development and apparently not ready quite yet, but some scouting has taken place in Bilbao, Spain, Sweden, Texas and other locales around the world. Fincher will be occupied with “Mindhunter” throughout the summer and into the fall with post-production, so you can put away those hopes of a “World War Z” follow-up going into production any time soon.

That they are doing recce in Windsor Castle means they've been given permission to shoot on the grounds.  Obviously, someone close to the production had been to Windsor Castle, thought it perfectly matched the setting they needed, and had the connections to seek and be granted permission.  It would be a very special privilege given to them to film Maleficent 2 there.  Per reports, the only other non-documentary that was given permission to shoot in the castle was the TV mini-series Victoria & Albert.  Four others were all documentaries on the royal family.  Maleficent 2 would be the first that has no royal connection. 

They're still planning how to film at the site  Not yet close to being ready to start filming -- at least not in this site.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

It appears the start of filming on Maleficent 2 is not yet imminent.  Omega Underground had earlier reported an April 16 start date but that obviously is not true.   Neither of the trades had a specific date with Variety just reporting that it is "set to start in 2018."

IMDb has revised The One and Only Ivan's status to "filming" as it has apparently already started production in London.  Not having read the book, I don't know how big a role Angelina's character, Stella, plays and how much interaction she has with the young stars.  Even though she does not appear on screen, she likely needs to film the scenes where Stella talks to one of the young stars with them so they can play off her.  Unlike seasoned actors, they can't just as easily imagine she is there and conversing with them.  She is also a producer. 


Ed Skrein Lands Villain Role in ‘Maleficent’ Sequel (EXCLUSIVE)

“Deadpool” actor Ed Skrein is in final negotiations to join Disney’s “Maleficent” sequel.
Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning are returning to starring in the fantasy film, with “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” helmer Joachim Ronning to direct.
Exact details behind Skrein’s villain role are currently under wraps.
Joe Roth is producing the film, with Jez Butterworth and Linda Woolverton penning the latest script. Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster wrote prior drafts.
It is not clear where this film will pick up following the first movie, which was based on the fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty.” The original story centered on an evil fairy who cursed an infant princess to eternal sleep, only to realize the young girl was the only one who could save the kingdom from its dangerous ruler. “Maleficent” broke several box office records on its way to making $758.5 million worldwide.
Production on the sequel is set to start in 2018.
Skrein, who broke out as Ryan Reynolds nemesis in the first “Deadpool, is also known for his role as Daario Naharis in HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” His upcoming projects include Robert Rodriguez’s “Alita: Battle Angel,” which James Cameron is producing, and Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk.”
He is repped by CAA and 42.

Angelina Jolie will return to star as the famed Disney villain.
Ed Skrein is stepping into the Disney kingdom.

He will play the villain opposite Angelina Jolie in Disney's Maleficent sequel. Jolie and Elle Fanning are set return for the follow-up of the 2014 hit that grossed $758 million at the global box office.
Pirates 5 filmmaker Joachim Ronning will direct the feature that centers on the Sleeping Beauty antagonist. Joe Roth will produce the follow-up, with Jez Butterworth and Linda Woolverton working on the screenplay.

After a brief Game of Thrones stint, Skrein's break out role came as the main villain in 2016's Deadpool. He will next be seen in Fox's tentpole for Alita: Battle Angel, playing (you guessed it) a villain. Skrerin also earned praise last year when he stepped aside from a role in the Hellboy reboot to allow an actor of Asian descent to play the part of Major Ben Daimio, who in the comic books is Asian. Daniel Dae Kim later stepped into the role.
Skrein is repped by CAA and the U.K.'s 42.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Random Fuzzy

- I expect Disney will make some sort of announcement when filming on Maleficent 2 starts.  They typically highlight the assembled talent to increase awareness and anticipation.  So far only Angelina has been officially named.  There have been no other casting announcements.  No mention of Elle Fanning or Sam Riley or other old or new faces.  No news from the trades.  Other than the two brief reports by Omega Underground, it has been very, very quiet.

- They are obviously keeping all things about Maleficent 2 very close to their chest -- highly unusual for a sequel to a big blockbuster about to start production.

- It gives you an idea of the tight lid they are able to keep on info.  If they can keep info on a big production like this successfully under wraps, all the more with personal info which they are exponentially more zealously guarding.  As noted, they have a very tight and discreet circle surrounding them.  They don't discuss personal matters with people outside that circle and no one in that circle talks about them.  No One. At all.  Which is why the revelation of her mastectomy, their engagement and their wedding took the world by surprise. 

- When they've felt the need to issue clarifications and denials the statements have been terse, often little more than a phrase. They never provide extraneous information.

- It has been claimed that they have already settled in for their stay in London, and given how much she has on her plate, that sounds logical.  But unlike in her previous trip where she was immediately spotted at Hamleys, there have been no photos or credible sightings of them in or around London. No visit to a toy store, book store, museum, craft store, grocery, ice cream parlor, playground etc.  There is also the fact that Brad would not be away from them for more than a few days, and he was in L.A. from around April 7, Saturday until possibly April 13, Friday, although there have been no photos after April 10.  It's possible they flew back to L.A. for a spell.

- They will be spending around four months in the U.K.  Their L.A.- based therapists will be 5,000 miles away.  Angelina will have 16-hour work days, 5 days a week.  They would not be in this position if the therapeutic process is not completed.  It means the therapists are satisfied the family is healthy and their work is done.   It means the children have recovered and no longer need individual counseling.  Brad has passed his tests and no longer needs to attend weekly individual and group therapy sessions.  Relations between Brad and the children are healed and family therapy sessions are no longer needed.  It's what they've been dreaming of for a year and half.  There may be certain formalities that still need to be followed, forms filed, etc. but they're already there.  They've been chomping at the bit. 

- It appears work on the Breitling commercial wrapped on Friday.  Brad apparently started work on April 9.  Missing so far is a post with Adam Driver and how he has also been "wonderful and a professional" from the starstruck and starry eyed Breitling CEO. 😎

- Twitter is full of celebrity-obsessed users.  Absent surrounding info that establishes the credibility of the user and the authenticity and accuracy of what is said, caveat emptor.  There has to be a reasonable bar of proof.

- I do not bother with Gossip Cop.  I never had much use for them and I totally wrote them off after this post rebutting a Us reconciliation concoction last year:
"The magazine repeatedly contends Jolie is having second thoughts, but never once says Pitt is also considering a reunion. And Gossip Cop is told he isn’t, and the couple is not on the verge of getting “back together.” They are still in the process of getting divorced, we’re exclusively assured, and it’s far-fetched, say those in the know, that after Jolie’s scorched-earth approach in the immediate aftermath of the breakup that they would be reconciling.
One of our contacts also questions the timing of this cover story, as it comes after Jolie’s controversial Vanity Fair interview, and wonders whether she is trying to change the direction of the conversation surrounding her... Gossip Cop also reached out to reps for both Jolie and Pitt for comment."

This post appeared months after Judge Ouderkirk was hired and after GQ and VF, when they no longer had publicists speaking for them.  When Gossip Cop failed to get any comment from their reps, it was left without a credible rebuttal story.  Unwilling to miss out on the clicks regardless, it resorted to quoting wild and false assertions from people it claimed to be "those in the know" but whose "knowledge" was drawn entirely from gossip and tabloid reports.  Whatever "contacts" it claims to have are evidently very low level and very far removed.  The above post shows Gossip Cop is as greedy for clicks and is as unreliable as any other tabloid.  They just have a different business model -- they're in the denial business, mostly printing boiler-plate denials of obvious fabrications from Star, Life & Style, Hollywood Life etc. that most thinking people do not need anyway.

- They had already issued a denial and it was very clear from the original Page Six post that there was no story.   The MIT professor has been dating a billionaire for 7 months and he had been visiting her on weekends at MIT.   The denial they gave Gossip Cop was superfluous and only intended for those -- like Lainey -- stubbornly pretending to be deaf, dumb and blind in order to profit from the story.  Nothing of any importance has ever been given to Gossip Cop.  It is not worth my while.

-- Fussy


Apr 13, 2018 at 6:11am PDT

Friday, April 13, 2018

The Queen's Green Planet, ITV

It all came down to our final shoot, one summer’s day in June last year: a simple walk through a garden with two 91-year-olds.

The gardens were those of Buckingham Palace, and our contributors two of the most prestigious pensioners on the planet, but the idea was simple: a conversation between two old friends.
They had plenty to talk about. The Queen can trace her ancestry through the trees of Buckingham Palace garden, from the London planes planted by her great, great grandparents, to oak trees planted for her own children.

Her companion on the day, the inimitable Sir David Attenborough, remains endlessly fascinated by the natural world, and, crucially, he is almost uniquely comfort able in Her Majesty’s company.
In some ways, it was the simplest shoot in a challenging 18 months of on/ off production that had taken our small team from the lush, verdant rainforests of the Caribbean alongside Prince Harry to the unique wilderness of the Great Bear Rainforest in Canada with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
We were following the progress of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, an extraordinary environmental initiative designed to protect the bountiful forests of the Commonwealth both now and for future generations.

A simple shoot then, but not without its challenges. There would be no rehearsal, and no second takes. Timing was tight, and every step required careful planning.
In the hours before the walk, we recced the route one final time, then ate our sandwiches in the cool shade provided by the great London plane trees that dominate the palace garden.

In the end, it was a day of perfect timing. The sun was out and the roses in bloom, but most crucially, the comic timing of our two remarkably playful contributors made the most welcome surprise. The pair sparked off each other, making jokes and sharing stories as they wandered among the trees.

This was a rare treat to witness – and an even rarer one to capture on film.
As the conversation flowed, the subject matter became more intimate. The Queen spoke profoundly of her legacy, of a time when the trees in the garden will change, though she will not be around to see them. It was a fitting conclusion to a production full of quite extraordinary moments.

Cut to south-west Africa, earlier that same month. As I sat in the back of a tiny turbo prop plane piloted by Angelina Jolie, flying low over the Namibian desert as the sun set among the dunes, all I could think about was whether I’d pressed record on the GoPro suckered to the cockpit.
There was enough room – just – for two in the back of the aircraft, but with the main camera on a fixed 50mm prime, we needed that wide shot looking back towards the film icon actually flying the plane. As we prepared to take off, I had a chat with Angelina about her sunglasses.

As you would imagine, the bright African sun meant she was wearing shades (effortlessly cool A-list aviators, naturally), but this was a key scene where she would talk personally about her love of Namibia, and about the conservation work that needs to be done here.
It would be nice to see her eyes. On the other hand, she was flying the plane, and it would be nice if she could see.
As it turned out, she was an excellent pilot, but she is a film-maker too, and was keen to get the right shot. So off came the glasses and off we flew into the African sunset to shoot a beautiful sequence in the skies above the desert.

Keeping it simple
These were not overly expensive shoots. When you have David Attenborough and the Queen together for a short sequence, the tendency might be to pile on cameras and crew, to cover all angles and maximise coverage.

The Buckingham Palace garden scene was shot on a single camera, with very little time for cutaways or non-synch footage, but the result was considered and magical: an intimate feel, both on the shoot and on screen, with a distinctive and consistent visual tone.

Likewise in Namibia, which was also shot towards the end of our production process (and budget), a skeleton crew – equipped with an Arri Amira and a GoPro – kept logistics simple, the atmosphere relaxed and intimate, and focused on what mattered: passionate contributors talking about an extraordinary project. That might just change the world.

Bringing together a cast list that includes the Queen, Sir David Attenborough, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and film star and activist Angelina Jolie requires patience, planning and quite a bit of pulling power. We supplied the first two and Buckingham Palace provided the third.

Two and a half years later, The Queen’s Green Planet offers, I think, a unique, unguarded glimpse of the Queen’s character while following the evolution of the Commonwealth Canopy initiative in an accessible way.
It is an unexpectedly joyful film full of optimism and purpose. I hope it brings the QCC to a larger, worldwide audience – and I guarantee you won’t have seen this version of the Queen on camera before.

Nathaniel Lippiett - My tricks of the trade
  • Nathaniel lippiett
    However huge the kit and crew, or grand the setting, make the filming atmosphere as relaxed, intimate and conducive for contributors to open up as possible.
  • Deciding what not to shoot can be just as important as deciding what to shoot, and can help focus the film – and the edit.
  • Start with a plan, then go with the flow.
  • Make sure your GoPro is fully charged, and check it is recording before you take off.

Thanks Felicity and Pride&Joy

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

LACMA April 10, Tuesday.  It appears he attended a luncheon for David Hockney, and then caught part of the Dodgers game.

Thanks Felicity and Pride&Joy

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Random Fuzzy

This bears repeating again:  Their reps led by his manager Cynthia Pett Dante and her lawyer Robert Offer, their families in Missouri and L.A, their extremely tight circle of close friends that include Loung Ung and David Fincher, and their assistants led by Richie/Darren and Holly Goline are the only bonafide insiders and all are very discreet.  Pett Dante and Offer have issued statements and made announcements on their behalf, but they deal almost exclusively with the APThey have never commented on their personal lives or spoken to tabloids

- They've always issued terse denials whenever the tabloids attempted to romantically link them to specific individuals.  The case of the MIT professor is no different.   They responded immediately -- within the hour that Page Six's original, suggestive video report appeared.   It is tabloid M.O. to bury denials deep at the end of the story after first presenting the fabrications, exaggerations, and mischaracterizations, and Page Six did the same here.  Despite the swift denial and the clear, unequivocal confirmation that the professor has been openly dating a well-known hedge fund manager for the past several months, it has become popular click bait.  There was ample help from the likes of People, who was not given any quotes and resorted to manufacturing click bait, and Lainey, who routinely engages in rabble rousing and immediately seized on the professor's physical appearance.  They all know the professor is actually dating a billionaire -- they all read the statements in the Page Six report.  They all swept it aside to protect the narrative that has produced so many clicks for them and started them on a game of one upmanship.  There is no such thing as intellectual integrity with tabloid and gossip writers.  They sell their souls for clicks.

This is worth repeating: clicking on garbage encourages garbage production.  You can tell from the title alone when you are being baited.  You can easily avoid garbage consumption.  Reduce trash and pollution and Save the Planet.  πŸ˜€

- Having already denied it, they are not going to bother denying every click bait iteration.  That isn't Angelina's style and as noted, she has been in charge since they appointed Judge Ouderkirk.

- They were not seen out between Tuesday, March 27 and Saturday, April 7.  They may have gone out of town, possibly to Miraval, and came back for Brad's Breitling commercial. 

- The Breitling set with fires blazing and Brad in black tie looks straight out of a scene in James Bond.  It doesn't appear as though Charlize Theron and Adam Driver are filming together with him.  The tabloids would have been in a quandry: how to promote a nonexistent romance with Charlize whilst heavily promoting a nonexistent romance with the MIT professor. 😏

- There was no obvious close-in security with him at the Dodgers game.  The older gentleman who accompanied Angelina in her most recent outings in L.A. and the bearded one who accompanied the children appear to be new members of their security.

- Brad is obviously well coiffed and made up for the commercial but his overall look resembles what he sported when they got married: similar hair length, side burns and goatee.  He kept most of the look for By The Sea; he shaved off the goatee and grew a bushier mustache.

- Judge John Ouderkirk (above) who officiated at their wedding, could similarly officiate at the renewal of their vows after he finishes overseeing the Petition's dismissal.  He is obviously someone they are close to and trust.  If two good friends of the Judge were truly divorcing, it is unlikely that he could be appointed as their private judge because it would be difficult if not impossible for him to remain impartial.  He would already have an inherent bias because he knows them well.  These are strong grounds for a judge to recuse himself and the parties' attorneys would not approve of him for those same reasons.  He would also risk losing one or both as his friends.  That Judge Ouderkirk was appointed and accepted the appointment is just further proof, if any more was needed, that he is not presiding over a true divorce proceeding.  It isn't necessary for him to be impartial or unbiased because the Petitioner and Respondent are just one party.  They are partners with undivided and indistinguishable interests.  They are the same loving couple that he married and the same as he has always known them to be.  Judge Ouderkirk understood that his appointment "to make any necessary legal decisions and to facilitate the expeditious resolution of any remaining issues" is to help oversee the smooth fulfillment of the legal requirements of the therapeutic process.  At its conclusion, all that will be required of him is to grant their request to dismiss the Petition and legally complete the family's reunification.  He had formally united them and he will formally reunite them.  That is the role they approached him for and which he accepted.

- Two people who met Brad the past few days have both gushed that he is a gentleman, nice, kind, down to earth and a professional.  What he needs is for the family's therapists and Dr. Katz to be similarly impressed.  That the old, real Brad is back permanently and the aberrant character who alienated and traumatized the children is gone for good.

The Telegraph, May 2011
"I am very lucky with Brad. He is a real gentleman, but he is also a real man's man. He's got the wonderful balance of being an extraordinary, great, loving father, a very, very intelligent man and physically he's a real man." – Angelina Jolie

Parade, September 2011
"One of the greatest, smartest things I ever did was give my kids Angie as their mom. She's such a great mom. Oh, man, I'm so happy to have her. With a partner like Angie, I know that when I'm working, the kids are happy, safe, and prospering. And when Angie's working, she knows she has the same." – Brad Pitt

Maleficent 2 and The One and Only Ivan will be filming concurrently.  As full a plate as she's ever had.  Both starting soon.  Omega Underground earlier reported that Maleficent 2 would begin filming April 16, Monday -- incidentally the same day The Queen's Green Planet will air.  There has been no confirmation from any other source.

- Brad should be free for most of Maleficent 2's filming.  Indiewire and IMDb both indicate that filming on Tarantino's OUATIH isn't expected to start til summer.  Tarantino has yet to cast the actor who will play Roman Polanski, Sharon Tate's husband, and Tom Cruise is reportedly also being courted for a part. Tarantino does not typically start filming more than a year ahead of a film's release and OUATIH is set to be released on Aug. 9, 2019, the 50th anniversary of Sharon Tate's murder.  Since Tarantino assiduously courted Brad, he was likely able to dictate when and for how long he will be filming.  While Anne Thompson had earlier reported that principal photography is slated for June, Brad could start later.  Leo was cast first and as Leo's character's stunt double, Brad may have a secondary role.

-- Fussy



New woman in Brad Pitt's life is 'very impressive' ...
April 5, 2018 | 12:09pm

Brad Pitt spending time with rockstar MIT professor
April 5, 2018 | 12:52pm
“This is best described as a professional friendship.”
A rep for Pitt, 54, declined to comment, but a friend added, “You are correct that they are just friends and she is very impressive.”...

Multiple sources also confirm to Page Six that Oxman has recently been dating billionaire activist investor Bill Ackman, 51.
New York-based Ackman — who has been battling to reassure investors of his hedge fund Pershing Square after losses — has been seeing Oxman for seven months, we are told.
Page Six last year revealed Ackman was divorcing his wife Karen Ann Herskovitz after 25 years of marriage. He has recently been seen visiting Oxman at MIT at the weekends, as well as spending time with his other family members who live in Boston. Ackman’s rep declined to comment.

Previous Page Six "exclusives"
Angelina dumped Brad after private eye uncovered Marion Cotillard affair

By Linda Massarella, Kate Sheehy and Emily Smith September 20, 2016 | 11:13am 

Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt after learning he was cheating on her with his sexy co-star, a well-placed source told The Post on Tuesday.
“She hired a private eye because she felt that he was fooling around with her on the set, and it turns out, he was. And that was the final straw,’’ the source said.
Pitt, 52, had been rumored to have been cozying up to his “Allied’’ co-star Marion Cotillard, 40, for months during the pair’s filming of the World War II drama in London.
The PI discovered that Pitt was cheating on his wife of two years with Cotillard — while also partying like a single guy on a mission, the source said.
“The atmosphere [off-set] was full of hard drugs and Russian hookers, and Angie was told Brad got caught up in it,’’ the source said.
“He’s in the throes of some insane midlife crisis, and Angie is fed up.”
But a source close to Cotillard denied the Pitt affair rumors and insisted she is still with her long-term partner, French actor and director Guillaume Canet.


Brad Pitt spotted ‘flirting’ with Sienna Miller

By Oli Coleman April 10, 2017 | 8:23am

Brad Pitt is back in the game, it seems. We’re told that the soon-to-be-divorced superstar was doing some “serious flirting” with Sienna Miller — who stars in a new movie from his Plan B production company — during a private dinner for the film.
Spies say that the pair were at a restaurant near the ArcLight movie theater in LA, where the premiere for the movie, “The Lost City of Z,” was held earlier the same night, along with a group of friends.
But Pitt and Miller were “heavily enjoying each other’s company,” and “they were talking to each other all night,” according to our witness.
It seems that their tΓͺte-Γ -tΓͺte has perked up the actor, who has been looking seriously thin during his divorce from Angelina Jolie. Another source told us that Pitt was “in very high spirits, which he hasn’t been for a long time. He seems to be over a hump.”
A source close to Miller told us the dinner was for 25 people and that there were many conversations going on throughout the evening. Meanwhile, in 2015, before Pitt and Jolie split, Miller dismissed reports that they had been flirting on the set of “The Lost City of Z.”
....Reps for Pitt and Miller did not comment.

Wash, rinse, repeat.

Bill Ackman

"The swaggering, tennis-loving Pershing Square founder, worth an estimated $1.6 billion, has three daughters."

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