Thursday, August 17, 2017



Random

Things we learned:

-  They set up a Luxembourg holding company which owns Miraval and it appears they also set up other Luxembourg-based companies to manage it.

-  The total cost of the renovations reached over €25M -- an amount that would include upgrades and expansion of their wine production.

-  Delays caused the work to stretch from around December 2010 til past February 2014.  This pushed back their wedding in Miraval to August 2014 and was why Brad was very eager to finish the work

- Their total investment in Miraval is at least €70M or around US$82M at today's exchange rate.


The "schizophrenia" of antagonistic actions taking place along side sweet entreaties and amid protestations that "friends do not attack friends" also fairly describes what Brad did last year while he was struggling to reconnect with the children.  On the one hand Brad was dependent on Angelina's help esp. with the older boys who were still refusing to see him and to work out ways so he could join the family during the Holidays.  But at the same time he went to court to try to work around the Custody Stipulation he had just signed forcing Wasser to file it, while his reps waged a PR campaign to publicly undermine it.


From the point of view of a casual observer with no expertise in copyright law as it applies to lighting design, I think proving that she owns the copyright to the lighting in Miraval will be very difficult.  In the U.S. there is strong reason to doubt that she could copyright her work at all:

"Patents protect ideas, but not all ideas can be patented. Most important to you, patent law does not, in general, provide protections for the creations and designs of lighting designers."

Do I Even Own the Copyright in the Work I Created?
Maybe not. If you prepare a work as within the scope of your employment (a work made for hire) your employer might be the “author” of the work. Also, if you prepare a custom commissioned work for certain uses and you expressly agree in a signed written instrument, the work may be considered a work made for hire. In these cases, your employer or the person who commissioned the work might be entitled to the copyright rights. The authors of a joint work are co-owners of the copyright in the work, unless there is an agreement to the contrary.

Assuming that the work can be copyrighted in the first place, she'll have to show that she originated the ideas, that Brad had no substantial input otherwise he shares in the copyright, and that her previous work shows a clear, copyrighted signature that she used in Miraval.   It is unlikely that she can afford long, drawn out litigation over this when it is doubtful that she could win so my guess is she went public to try to embarrass him into a settlement and sought to add pressure by dragging Angelina into it through her Guerlain ads.  A secondary objective achieved through the release of the emails is she gains a ton of publicity as a lighting designer to whom the notoriously perfectionist Brad said, "I’ve been nothing but a fan of your work"

She's already gained the publicity and that may be all she'll get.  And perhaps it's all she realistically hoped to get.


-- Fussy


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Richard Lawson
August 17, 2017 3:23 pm

If you watch enough HGTV, as God knows we do, you become certain that the hardest parts of any home renovation are the bathrooms and the kitchen. They’re always saying it on those makeover or real-estate shows, that there’s a lot of unseen costs buried behind the tiles and backsplashes, lurking under the tubs and butcher-block islands. And, yes, those rooms are expensive and difficult to redo. But they’re not the hardest parts. No sir. As any real home reno expert can tell you, the most challenging aspect of home reno is, of course, installing an elaborate lighting system in your 40-room French chateau and three outbuildings and then getting sued over it. Just ask Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie!
Yes, unfortunately the War Machine star and the First They Killed My Father director are dealing with that classic crisis of home repair. According to The Guardian, Pitt and Jolie were sued this spring by French designer Odile Soudant, who was hired to design an elaborate lighting scheme for the property but says that gradually payment ceased, with no cause.
The project—labored over by a staff of 17, including “architects, designers, lighting and acoustic specialists, and even an optical engineer to calculate the angle of the sun’s rays on the chateau”—went on for months, and payments were steady. But then Soudant, who had not signed a formal contract, stopped receiving money and could not pay her staff. This was all a part of larger delays surrounding the massive Chateau Miraval renovation, a project The Guardian said had been described as “pharaonic.”
Back in the spring, a French court ruled that Pitt and Jolie’s Chateau Miraval company owed Soudant 565,000 euros (about $663,000 at today's exchange rate), which included compensation for the harm done to Soudant’s standing in her industry. Soudant tells the Guardian that she may have won some money in court, but she hasn’t gotten credit for the project, and is still fighting for that legal recognition, which is why she only now decided to go public with the story.
Pitt's representatives and another architect on the project have disputed her claim for credit. “We respect the Court's decision resolving this long running, standard dispute over payment of invoices,“ a spokesperson for Pitt wrote via e-mail. “This narrow ruling does not address any copyright issues involving [lighting] designs developed by Brad and has no connection to Chateau Miraval.“
A source close to the situation added that the court ruling did not determine that Soudant wasn’t paid, and in fact she was paid in full.
Intriguingly, some e-mails sent by Pitt to Soudant were included in the lawsuit, and the The Guardian has obtained them. In one e-mail, Pitt wrote, “Odile, I need you. Come here please. I need you to finish.” This was after Soudant says Pitt stopped paying her. When tensions rose and Soudant stopped all work on the project, Pitt wrote, “I don’t know how things happen in France but in the United States, friends don’t attack friends. I’ve been nothing but a fan of your work. Do not attack. Let’s finish the project and be proud of it. The work is too good to end on a bad note. Life is too short, my friend.”
Pitt followed that up with “Don’t waste time with legal action. Follow your artistic journey and don’t worry about the rest.”
Which, sure, we don’t know the exact context of that e-mail, but a guy spending a kajillion dollars on the lighting system at his multi-building French estate telling a working designer to not worry about the money and just focus on the art is . . . a little rich, non?


Liberation

Brad Pitt a coulé ma boîte et s’est approprié mon travail»

Par Emmanuel Fansten — 16 août 2017 à 20:16



La décision judiciaire était jusqu’ici restée confidentielle. Le 19 avril, la cour d’appel de Paris a condamné une des sociétés de Brad Pitt et Angelina Jolie à verser 565 000 euros à une artiste française, Odile Soudant, dont 60 000 euros au titre d’atteinte à l’image et à la réputation. Au cœur du litige : les nombreuses installations lumineuses réalisées au château de Miraval, la propriété varoise du couple, aujourd’hui séparé. Une procédure engagée à l’été 2014, lorsque la plasticienne a été brusquement écartée du chantier après trois ans et demi de travaux, sans avoir la possibilité d’achever ses œuvres. Dans leur arrêt, les juges soulignent les «manquements» de la société Château Miraval et condamnent ses ayants droit à régler près de 300 000 euros de factures impayées. «Une première victoire», se félicite Odile Soudant, qui ne s’était encore jamais exprimée sur cette collaboration, notamment en raison d’un strict contrat de confidentialité. «Brad Pitt a coulé ma boîte et s’est approprié mon travail», dit-elle aujourd’hui à Libération, prête à en faire la démonstration. Car une autre bataille fait désormais rage autour de la paternité des installations de Miraval, revendiquée par l’acteur lui-même. Face à la plasticienne lésée, une armada d’avocats américains est chargée de défendre les intérêts de la star, propriétaire du château de Miraval à travers une société écran luxembourgeoise. Un imbroglio juridico-financier qui n’a plus rien d’une comédie romantique.

Un lieu mythique

La légende raconte que c’est en survolant la région en hélicoptère que le couple a eu un coup de cœur pour cette bâtisse provençale du XVIIsituée à Correns, dans le Haut-Var, au milieu des vignes et d’un parc de plusieurs centaines d’hectares. Un lieu mythique depuis que les Pink Floyd y ont enregistré l’album The Wall, en 1979. Après avoir loué le château de Miraval pendant deux ans, Brad Pitt et Angelina Jolie parviennent à convaincre son propriétaire, un riche industriel américain, de le leur céder en 2008 pour une somme évaluée à 45 millions d’euros. La demeure est parfaitement habitable mais pas au goût du couple, qui veut en faire une base arrière pour ses six enfants et va se lancer dans des travaux d’aménagement pharaoniques. Le gros œuvre est confié à un cabinet d’architecte de la région, qui connaît déjà la propriété pour y avoir effectué des travaux par le passé. Une décoratrice est embauchée pour accompagner le chantier. Mais davantage que les matériaux et les revêtements, Brad Pitt est tout particulièrement attaché à la lumière naturelle, dont il veut exploiter le moindre rayon. Passionné d’architecture, l’acteur est un fan inconditionnel de Jean Nouvel, au point d’avoir prénommé une de ses filles Shiloh Nouvel. C’est d’ailleurs pour cette raison qu’il va prendre contact avec Odile Soudant, fin 2010.
Plasticienne reconnue, cette dernière a créé et dirigé pendant dix ans le département «Lumière» du cabinet d’architectes de Jean Nouvel, au sein duquel elle a suivi de nombreux chantiers d’envergure. A la tête de la société Lumières Studio, créée en 2009, elle conçoit et réalise la mise en lumière de projets architecturaux, événementiels et artistiques, comme les expositions d’Anish Kapoor et Anselm Kieffer au Grand Palais à Paris. La première rencontre avec Brad Pitt a lieu en décembre 2010, au château de Miraval. «Il voulait en faire un lieu exceptionnel et considérait que la lumière devait être au centre de tout», raconte la plasticienne, qui a «carte blanche» pour mettre en lumière quatre bâtiments du domaine, dont le château, composé à lui seul d’une quarantaine de pièces. Aucun contrat n’est signé. Chaque mois, Odile Soudant facture des honoraires de conception artistique, tandis que sa société prend en charge les études techniques et la réalisation des installations.
A Paris, les locaux de Lumières Studio se transforment rapidement en gigantesque laboratoire, où les prototypes sont élaborés avant d’être installés in situ. Chacun des aménagements, conçus sur mesure, est le résultat d’études particulièrement approfondies, nécessitant la fabrication de plans et de maquettes précis. Au fil des mois, le «projet BP» mobilise des moyens de plus en plus importants. La plasticienne fait travailler des architectes, des designers, des éclairagistes, des acousticiens et même un ingénieur en physique optique, afin de calculer l’angle des rais lumineux se reflétant sur la demeure. Jusqu’à 17 personnes travaillent à temps plein.
Pendant plus de deux ans, le chantier se déroule sans le moindre encombre. Le client est ravi et chaque facture payée rubis sur l’ongle. Comme souvent sur les gros chantiers du Var, de nombreuses entreprises gravitent autour de Miraval, géré dans la plus grande opacité par une société basée au Luxembourg. Lorsque les premières difficultés apparaissent, au printemps 2013, plus de 25 millions d’euros ont déjà été engloutis dans les travaux. Sur le chantier, les problèmes techniques s’accumulent et les relations deviennent de plus en plus tendues entre les différents intervenants, qui se renvoient la responsabilité des retards.
Début décembre, Brad Pitt s’enquiert de l’impact financier du chantier. C’est là que l’histoire bascule. Dans sa réponse, l’assistant à la maîtrise d’ouvrage chiffre la totalité des frais facturés par Odile Soudant et sa société à 4,9 millions d’euros. La cour d’appel de Paris démontrera que ce montant est largement supérieur aux prestations réellement facturées par la créatrice. Tout comme les juges estimeront que les retards sur le chantier sont entièrement imputables à la maîtrise d’ouvrage, et non à la plasticienne. Mais ce mail met le feu aux poudres. «C’est criminel, répond aussitôt Brad Pitt. Plus aucun paiement supplémentaire.» Odile Soudant ignore alors tout de cet échange, dont elle ne prendra connaissance que deux ans plus tard, lors de la procédure judiciaire. Elle imagine d’autant moins un tel veto que l’acteur continue à la solliciter sur le chantier comme si de rien n’était. «Odile, j’ai besoin de toi, insiste-t-il début janvier. Viens s’il te plaît. J’ai besoin que tu finisses.»

«N’attaque pas»

Dès lors, la plasticienne va se retrouver dans une impasse financière totale, ne percevant plus aucun fonds, tout en étant contrainte d’avancer les sommes nécessaires pour payer ses employés et ses fournisseurs. «Brad, on travaille 24 heures sur 24 mais on a quasiment arrêté les commandes depuis trois jours à cause du manque d’argent. Nous n’avons pas été payés depuis le 15 décembre», alerte-t-elle en février. La situation est d’autant plus critique que sa société dépend désormais à près de 70 % des commandes de Château Miraval, qui exige que le chantier soit la priorité absolue de ses équipes. Harcelée par ses sous-traitants et incapable de payer ses propres charges, Odile Soudant finit par mettre en demeure la société. La réponse de Brad Pitt arrive dix jours plus tard sur sa boîte mail. «Je ne sais pas comment ça se passe en France, mais aux Etats Unis, les amis n’attaquent pas les amis, s’offusque l’acteur. Je n’ai été rien d’autre qu’un fan de ton travail. N’attaque pas. Finissons ce projet et soyons-en fiers. Le travail est trop bon pour se quitter sur une mauvaise note. La vie est trop courte, mon amie.» Un peu plus tard, il livrera cet autre conseil : «Ne perds pas ton temps avec des procédures judiciaires. Suis ta route d’artiste et ne te préoccupe pas du reste.»
Une schizophrénie incompréhensible pour Odile Soudant, dont l’entreprise est désormais à l’agonie. «Ma société et mes comptes bancaires sont bien au-delà du maximum autorisé, prévient-elle à nouveau. Je ne peux même plus utiliser ma Carte bleue. Je suis en train de couler ma boîte. Je ne te demande pas de tout payer, mais au moins une partie. Les fournisseurs et les sous-traitants ont besoin d’être payés. Je ne sais pas comment te faire comprendre l’urgence dans laquelle nous nous trouvons actuellement. Sans une solution rapide, les conséquences seront catastrophiques pour nous deux.» «J’ai autorisé un paiement hier, répond Brad Pitt la semaine suivante. Je serai à Miraval de lundi à mercredi si tu as besoin de moi.» Mais Odile Soudant, qui ne recevra qu’une partie des fonds des mois plus tard, ne sera plus autorisée à remettre les pieds sur le chantier. Plus grave encore : le château de Miraval débauchera une de ses ex-salariées pour finir les installations à sa place, faits susceptibles de poursuites pénales pour contrefaçon.

La dernière campagne de Guerlain

C’est le début d’une longue descente aux enfers pour la plasticienne, qui voit certains fournisseurs se retourner contre elle. Les impayés entraînent également d’importants arriérés à l’Urssaf, empêchant sa société de candidater à de nouveaux appels d’offres de marchés publics. Placée en redressement judiciaire, Lumières Studio affiche bientôt un passif de près de 800 000 euros. Il faudra trois ans pour que la justice lui donne raison. Mais un autre front inquiète aujourd’hui le cabinet Hogan Lovells, chargé de défendre les intérêts de Brad Pitt à travers le monde : les droits d’auteur associés aux installations de Miraval. Des œuvres dont l’acteur revendique maintenant la paternité, comme l’ont répété ses avocats à Libération. «Les idées des luminaires venaient principalement de Monsieur Pitt lui-même, qui est passionné d’architecture et savait ce qu’il voulait réaliser», a témoigné l’architecte du chantier dans une attestation opportunément versée à la justice à la veille de l’audience. «Si c’est vrai, alors moi, je suis actrice à Hollywood», s’agace Odile Soudant, qui considère au contraire ses œuvres comme des créations originales et exclusives, à ce titre protégées par le droit d’auteur. «Aucun droit n’a été cédé», insiste-t-elle.
Pour éviter toute poursuite sur le plan de la propriété intellectuelle, la défense de Brad Pitt a également fait valoir que le château de Miraval était un lieu «purement privé», et qu’aucun droit à l’image ne pouvait donc être invoqué. A un détail près toutefois : la dernière campagne de pub Guerlain, réalisée par Terrence Malick. On y voit Angelina Jolie flâner dans la propriété de Miraval, cheveux au vent. Dans le dernier plan, l’actrice descend un escalier majestueux, inondée d’un flot de lumière. Une installation entièrement conçue par Odile Soudant, dont l’avocat vient d’adresser une mise en demeure à Guerlain.

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"Brad Pitt sank my company and took my job "

The judicial decision had so far remained confidential. On April 19, the Paris Court of Appeals commanded one of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's companies to pay 565,000 euros to a French artist, Odile Soudant, of which 60,000 euros is for damaging her image and eputation. At the heart of the dispute: the numerous luminous installations made at the Château de Miraval, the Var property of the couple, now separated. A procedure begun in the summer of 2014, when the artist was suddenly removed from the site after three and a half years of work, without having the opportunity to complete her works. In their judgment, the judges emphasized the "shortcomings" of the company Château Miraval and ordered its beneficiaries to pay nearly 300,000 euros of unpaid invoices. "A first victory," Odile Soudant welcomes, who had never expressed on this collaboration, in particular because of a strict contract of confidentiality. "Brad Pitt sank my company and took over my job," she told Libération today, ready to demonstrate. For another, a battle is now raging around the paternity of Miraval's facilities, claimed by the actor himself. Faced with the aggrieved artist, an armada of American lawyers is charged to defend the interests of the star, owner of the castle of Miraval through a Luxembourg holding company. A juridico-financial imbroglio that no longer has anything of a romantic comedy.

A mythical place

The legend tells that it is while flying over the region by helicopter that the couple had a favorite for this 17th century Provençal building located in Correns, in the Haut-Var, among vineyards and a park of several hundred hectares. A mythical place since the Pink Floyd recorded the album The Wall in 1979. After renting the castle of Miraval for two years, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie manage to convince its owner, a rich American industrialist, to sell in 2008 for an amount estimated at € 45 million. The house is perfectly habitable but not to the taste of the couple, who wants to make it a rear base for their six children and embarked on a pharaonic development work. The structural work is entrusted to an architectural firm in the region, who already knows the property after having done work in the past. A decorator is hired to accompany the construction site. But more than materials and coatings, Brad Pitt is particularly attached to natural light, which he wants to exploit the slightest ray. Passionate about architecture, the actor is an unconditional fan of Jean Nouvel, to the point of having named his daughter Shiloh Nouvel. It is for this reason that he contacted Odile Soudant at the end of 2010.

As a well-known lighting designer, she has created and managed for ten years the "Light" department of Jean Nouvel's architectural firm, where she has followed numerous major projects. At the head of the company Lumières Studio, created in 2009, she designed and realized the lighting of architectural, event and artistic projects, such as the exhibitions of Anish Kapoor and Anselm Kieffer at the Grand Palais in Paris. The first meeting with Brad Pitt takes place in December 2010, at the Château de Miraval. "He wanted to make it an exceptional place and considered that light should be at the center of everything," says the artist, who had "carte blanche" to highlight four buildings of the domain, including the castle with forty rooms. No contract is signed. Each month, Odile Soudant charges an artistic design fee, while his company takes charge of the technical studies and the realization of the installations.

In Paris, the premises of Lumières Studio are quickly transformed into a gigantic laboratory, where prototypes are tested before being installed in situ. Each of the tailor-made installations is the result of particularly thorough studies, requiring the manufacture of precise plans and models. Over the months, the "BP project" is mobilizing increasingly important means. The visual artist works with architects, designers, lighting engineers, acousticians and even an engineer in optical physics to calculate the angle of the luminous rays reflected on the dwelling. Up to 17 people work full-time.

For more than two years, the construction site is going smoothly. The customer is delighted and every invoice is paid right away without bargaining. As is often the case in the large jobs in the Var, many companies gravitate around Miraval, managed in the greatest opacity by a company based in Luxembourg. When the first difficulties appear, in spring 2013, more than 25 million euros have already been swallowed up in the works

On the construction site, technical problems are accumulating and relations are becoming increasingly strained between the various actors, who are responsible for the delays. In early December, Brad Pitt inquired about the financial impact of the project. This is where history flips. In his reply, the assistant to the contracting authority estimated all the costs invoiced by Odile Soudant and her company at 4.9 million euros. The Court of Appeal of Paris will show that this amount is much higher than the services actually invoiced by the designer. Just as the judges will consider that the delays on the site are entirely attributable to the contracting authority, and not to the lighting designer. But this mail sets fire to the powders. "It's criminal," Brad Pitt replied immediately. No more payment. "Odile Soudant is unaware of this exchange, which she will not know until two years later, during the legal proceedings. She does not even imagine such a veto as the actor continues to solicit her on the job as if nothing had happened. "Odile, I need you," he insists early January. "Come please. I need you to finish."

"Do not attack"

From then on, the visual artist will find herself in a total financial impasse, no longer collecting any funds, while being forced to advance the sums necessary to pay her employees and suppliers. "Brad, we work 24 hours a day but we have almost stopped orders for three days because of the lack of money. We have not been paid since December 15, "she warned in February. The situation is all the more critical since her company now depends almost 70% on orders from Château Miraval, which requires that the job is the top priority of its teams. Harassed by its subcontractors and unable to pay its own expenses, Odile Soudant finally put the company on notice. Brad Pitt's reply arrived ten days later in her mailbox. "I do not know how it happens in France, but in the United States, friends do not attack friends," said the actor. "I was nothing but a fan of your work. Do not attack. Let's finish this project and be proud of it. The work is too good to leave on a bad note. Life is too short, my friend." A little later, he will deliver this other advice: "Do not waste your time with legal proceedings. Follow your artistic path and do not worry about the rest." A schizophrenia incomprehensible for Odile Soudant, whose enterprise is now in agony. "My company and my bank accounts are well beyond the maximum allowed," she warns. "I can not even use my Blue Card anymore. I'm sinking my company. I do not ask you to pay everything, but at least a part. Suppliers and subcontractors need to be paid. I do not know how to make you understand the urgency in which we are now. Without a quick fix, the consequences will be catastrophic for both of us." "I authorized a payment yesterday," Brad Pitt replied the following week. "I will be in Miraval from Monday to Wednesday if you need me." But Odile Soudant, who will receive only a portion of the funds months later, will no longer be allowed to step back on the job site. More serious: the castle of Miraval will hire one of her ex-employees to finish the installations in her place, facts liable to criminal prosecution for counterfeiting.

Guerlain's latest campaign

This is the beginning of a long descent into hell for the lighting artist, who sees some suppliers turn against her. The arrears also result in substantial arrears to the Urssaf, preventing the company from bidding for new tenders for public contracts. Placed in legal redress, Lumières Studio soon displays a liability of nearly 800,000 euros. It will take three years for justice to prove it right. But another front worries today as the law firm Hogan Lovells, in charge of defending the interests of Brad Pitt throughout the world: the copyright associated with the Miraval facilities. Works over which the actor now claims paternity, as his lawyers told Libération. "The ideas of the luminaries came mainly from Mr. Pitt himself, who is passionate about architecture and knew what he wanted to achieve," testified the architect of the site in a timely attestation to justice on the eve of the hearing. "If it's true, then I'm an actress in Hollywood," Odile Soudant says, on the contrary, who considers her works as original and exclusive creations protected by copyright. "No rights have been transferred," she insists.

To avoid intellectual property prosecution, Brad Pitt's defense also argued that Miraval Castle was a "purely private" place, and therefore no right to the image could be invoked. However, in the last Guerlain advertising campaign, directed by Terrence Malick, we see Angelina Jolie strolling in the property of Miraval, hair in the wind. In the last shot, the actress descends a majestic staircase, flooded with light. An installation entirely designed by Odile Soudant, whose lawyer has just sent a formal notice to Guerlain.



It looks like they left with 4 bags from the candy store.

For a party? For FTKMF?


It's probably a coincidence that all their security were recently wearing blue shirts.


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Rocket Fizz candy store in Los Angeles on Aug.16, Wednesday

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017





Random Fuzzy


They obviously wanted to send out a rejoinder to Daily Mail's headline posted a day earlier that he "looks strained" on the set of Ad Astra.  They are countering with their own headline that he is "all smiles" and "always in a good mood"

Because he now has reason to be "always in a good mood."

It's a bit funny because the write up says he is "all smiles!" (adding an exclamation point for good measure), but he is not smiling at all in the photo that accompanied the post that shows him hopping from his trailer to his SUV.   His PR fed ET the text without an appropriate photo.

They also obviously volunteered the info that the children "have not yet visited the set." It isn't likely that anyone would think to ask because he hasn't been seen with any of them since September and filming just started.  So they are apparently letting us know that some time soon we may see them on set.

Most of the rest of the quotes are a saccharine PR effort:  "He's a movie star in the best way.  Prepared, on time, friendly. All the things you want a person to be… he is that. He's always ready to work."   No actual casual on-set observer would think to say all of that after just ONE DAY of filming.  It's curious who thought Brad or his image needed such embarrassingly over-the-top flattery.


-- Fussy

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Brad Pitt is all smiles!
Amid his divorce from Angelina Jolie, the 53-year-old actor appeared to be in good spirits when he was spotted on the set of his latest film, Ad Astra, in Los Angeles on Monday. 
Pitt was sporting a fresh 'do, looking dapper in an emerald green dress shirt and tie. 
"He's very affable," a source tells ET, noting that Pitt's six children -- Maddox, 16, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 11, and 9-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne -- have not yet visited the set. "He comes to work in a good mood."
"He's a movie star in the best way," the source adds. "Prepared, on time, friendly. All the things you want a person to be… he is that. He's always ready to work."
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017




Random Fuzzies


TMZ is still miffed at Angelina for releasing her first statement only to AP, effectively repudiating one of their reports and cutting them out, and so they're rehashing past hack jobs that she made unfounded accusations against Brad that kept him away from the children.  And that is the reason they gave for their claim that there is "NO talk of reconciliation."

This is biased and baseless tabloid reporting written simply to get hits.  Only those with a predilection or desire to believe the worst will give the report any credence.

The general public is probably very dizzy with the conflicting reports they've been deluged with -- none of which are accurate.

A lot of the media outlets must be dizzy as well.   Far fewer picked up TMZ's story compared to US's.

It will take a story with actual quotes from Angelina and Brad for people to sit up and really take notice.


TMZ's report contradicts the facts of the case as they are known to TMZ and as they've reported on them in the past:

Angelina Jolie Says Brad Didn't Commit Child Abuse, But it Was Still Bad (headline)
"Our Angelina sources say she's adamant ... Brad should not face criminal charges for getting physical with 15-year-old Maddox on their private jet. We're told she'll go "radio silent" if authorities make a move to build a case against her estranged husband."
According to the docs ... the "frequency and conditions of the therapeutic visitation shall be determined by Ian Russ, Ph.D."
Additionally, the docs say Brad will submit to random drug and alcohol tests at least 4 times per month.
The court docs TMZ acknowledges reading includes this very clear paragraph in Wasser's declaration dated Dec. 6:
4. It is my further understanding that since the Sept. 14, 2016 incident, the minor children have lived exclusively with Petitioner. Respondent has had weekly therapeutic visits with the minor children since Oct. 8, 2016. The frequency and duration of these visits have been determined by the minor children's therapists, who were put in place jointly by the parties immediately after the Sept. 14, 2016 incident. The therapists have been present during each of the Respondent's visits. With the cooperation of the parties, further weekly therapeutic visits of 5 hours each have been scheduled through the end of January 2017. Respondent's visits may increase at any time based on the therapists' evaluation of each child's individual feelings and progress.

The above totally debunk TMZ's assertions and shows the site is obviously and maliciously lying:
"One reason they will never get back together ... Angelina made extremely damaging allegations against Brad, claiming he was abusive to their kids. The investigations triggered by the allegations ultimately exonerated Pitt.
Brad hasn't hidden his feeling about the children -- they're at the top of his priority list, so it seems they're at the point of no return in terms of reconciling.

Even the casual observer will detect that it does not ring true after Brad's widely circulated confession of his failings and his admission that his problems were "self-inflicted."


TMZ makes the additional dubious assertion that: "We're told both sides are hashing out both child custody and property settlements, and the divorce is full steam ahead."

The post neglects to mention that TMZ itself reported they have a "prenuptial agreement" that is "is ironclad and details the specifics of their combined fortune ... a reported $400 mil" and "makes divvying all that up simple." It doesn't mention that the prenup was not filed in court and they have not complied with the financial disclosure requirements. The post doesn't mention the Custody Stipulation that came about as a result of the DCFS' recommendations and the therapeutic visits, which were both the subject of numerous TMZ reports.  It does not mention the actual legal status of the case -- that there have been no filings since January.  And this is despite the fact that TMZ specializes in digging up and reporting court information.

For the same reason that it was easy to dismiss the US report in its entirety, it is easy to totally dismiss this TMZ concoction.  Neither is based on any info from any legitimate source.  But TMZ's has an additional malicious intent. 


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People, Hello and Vanity Fair have still not posted or tweeted anything.  Their uncharacteristic restraint hints that they've been given more substantial information and they are coming up with their own reports.

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Brad has started filming Ad Astra.   He would not have gone back to work if they were not already through with the process and his relationship with the children has fully healed to everyone's satisfaction  -- including the custody evaluator's and the court's.  He will be working long hours over 3 - 4 months.  He won't have time for much else.

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It’s just been the hardest time, and we’re just kind of coming up for air.  [This house] is a big jump forward for us, and we’re all trying to do our best to heal our family.”

That was two months ago.


-- Fussy


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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are deep in divorce talks, and there is NO talk of reconciliation, contrary to some media reports.
Several stories have surfaced recently suggesting the divorce is on hold and they are thinking of rebooting the relationship. Sources connected to the couple say nothing could be further from the truth.
We're told both sides are hashing out both child custody and property settlements, and the divorce is full steam ahead.
One reason they will never get back together ... Angelina made extremely damaging allegations against Brad, claiming he was abusive to their kids. The investigations triggered by the allegations ultimately exonerated Pitt.
Brad hasn't hidden his feeling about the children -- they're at the top of his priority list, so it seems they're at the point of no return in terms of reconciling.




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Ad Astra set Los Angeles Monday, August 14.












GMC Yukon Denali


It appears the leases for some of their cars have expired and they're now using different vehicles but of the same general type that the family needs.  Designed to keep the paparazzi guessing.




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Color Me Mine class in Sherman Oaks on Saturday, August 12.