Saturday, February 16, 2019

Feb. 16, Saturday

Title: Angelina Jolie takes son Pax shopping on Melrose Avenue
Creation Date: 16/02/2019

Diamond pendant

Sunburst ring


The bald, bearded bodyguard is back

Friday, February 15, 2019

The Felix Art Fair, timed to coincide with the Frieze, is being held at Roosevelt Hotel.  One of the installations has the tongue-in-cheek title "Jennifer Aniston's Used Books Sale" "with ceramics in the shape of an imagined personal library — including a DVD of Pitt's 2005 film with Angelina Jolie, Mr. and Mrs. Smith."  It occupies one small table in the lobby.  The Fair is spread throughout the hotel.

Brad was an early visitor to the Felix Art Fair and while THR mentioned that he walked "among the cabanas encircling the pool where highlights included two Chicago-based galleries," there was no mention that he was ever even near that particular installation in the lobby -- and nothing from it's attention-seeking seller.   But the paps and People are not picky with their clickbait -- "Brad visits Jennifer Aniston's Used Book Sale" and "Brad Pitt is taking some inspiration from his ex-wife Jennifer Aniston." lures clicks, that it wasn't true was an unimportant detail.  They could have made their post much more interesting if they had said he was eyeing the Mr. and Mrs. Smith DVD ceramic.  Unlike at the Frieze, there are no photos of Brad walking around the Felix. No selfies.  When he doesn't want to be photographed, he isn't.  What legion showed was clearly not his Escalade or his bodyguard.  The black sedans pictured are also not Brad's.  He has a black Tesla Model S with (black) Sonic Carbon Twin Turbine Wheels.  But the captions never claimed the cars were his.

Felix — the upstart, homegrown, somewhat last-minute art fair that announced itself after Frieze's expansion to the West Coast was already set — seems like a runaway success if the crowds and sales on its Feb. 14 preview day for collectors, curators and media are any indicator. Sited at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Felix is the brainchild of Dean Valentine (the collector, Hammer museum board member and former UPN CEO and onetime Walt Disney TV president) in partnership with brothers Al Moran and Mills Moran of the West Hollywood gallery Moran Moran. The fair is free and open to the public through Sunday.
The scene in the Roosevelt lobby was as mobbed as a Hollywood premiere by late afternoon Thursday, with security trying to control a line of fairgoers eager to ascend the hotel's elevators to the 11th and 13th floors where exhibitors and specially curated projects occupied every room and suite available, with some artwork extending into the hallways.
From the prevalence of Frieze tote bags alone, it seems Dean and the Morans were able to piggyback successfully on Frieze's marketing and media juggernaut. Brad Pitt was among those who took in both fairs, arriving early to walk among the cabanas encircling the pool where highlights included two Chicago-based galleries, Shane Campbell and Corbett vs. Dempsey.  Other top galleries in the mix at Felix are San Franciscan Jessica Silverman and Kavi Gupta, also from Chicago.
Pitt made no comment on one of the most popular attractions at Felix: a tongue-in-cheek installation entitled "Jennifer Aniston's Used Book Sale" with ceramics in the shape of an imagined personal library — including a DVD of Pitt's 2005 film with Angelina Jolie, Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
Fairgoers had to be repeatedly told not to touch the artworks, so lifelike are the books and other media — each sold individually — that were crafted in ceramic by the artist Kristen Morgin and presented by L.A. gallerist Marc Selwyn, who also exhibited at Frieze. "I was interested in making a portrait of Jennifer Aniston; a little bit satire, a little bit love letter. A little bit funny, a little bit sad," said Morgin, who was on site for the opening. "We all want to think that Jennifer Aniston has a regular life and might want to get rid of some used books from time to time, but she wouldn't, so this was an opportunity for me to imagine those types of things."
Other L.A. galleries presenting special projects include Susanne Vielmetter, Chateau Shatto, Five Car Garage, Thomas Solomon Art Advisory and Baik + Khneysser — most of which are also exhibiting at the fair along with Grice Bench, Nino Mier, Michael Benevento, Richard Telles, Parrasch Heijnen Gallery, M+B, Nicodim Gallery, Nonaka-Hill, Roberts Projects, Smart Objects and Moran Moran.

Caption: Hollywood, CA - *EXCLUSIVE* - General views of the Roosevelt Hotel where the "Jennifer Aniston's Used Book Sale" exhibit is taking place. Brad Pitt was seen sneaking out the back door.

Pictured: Roosevelt Hotel

Jan. 29, Brad with his Tesla

Title: *EXCLUSIVE* Brad Pitt's bodyguard seen at Jennifer Aniston's book sale
Creation Date: 02/14/2019
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Caption: *EXCLUSIVE* Hollywood, CA - Brad Pitt's bodyguard is seen as Brad Pitt makes a quick exit at The Hollywood Roosevelt, possibly for Jennifer Aniston's Used Book Sale.

Pictured: Brad Pitt's Bodyguard

Not his bodyguard nor his Escalade.  The license plate is clearly different -- Brad's has a dark background and yellow lettering that matches his Escalade's all black look, and ends in 0.  And of course, that isn't Richie.  From their vantage point, the paps had a clear shot of whoever got into the SUV, but they cropped the person(s) out of the photo.

Cornell Tribute

U2 Cornell

Denis Villeneuve is attached as the director of Cleopatra which Angelina has long been keen to make.  I had thought he would be working on Dune for at least two years, but since it's scheduled for a Thanksgiving release next year, they could conceivably start work on Cleopatra in December 2020.  Before then, she has a starring role in Those Who Wish Me Dead which has a planned May production start and the BBC news show she is executive producing.  She has The One and Only Ivan and Come Away set for release this year and Maleficent 2 and possibly Those Who Wish Me Dead next year.  It has been years since she was this busy.  The last time two films she starred in were released the same year was 2008 -- Changeling and Wanted as well as Kung Fu Panda.  And before that, 2004 -- Alexander, Skycaptain and the World of Tomorrow, Taking Lives and Shark Tale.  Just a few years ago, she sounded weary of acting, saying she only did it for her mother and was looking forward to retiring.  Now she is embracing the industry with renewed enthusiasm and vigor: starring, producing or executive producing several projects at the same time.  And there's also directing.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Feb. 14, Thursday

Brad Pitt, heading out of a VIP breakfast with a gray cap shielding him from the elements, declared: “I’m excited. It’s about time the city got something like this.”
“This” is an exhibition of 70 international galleries forming the first L.A. iteration of an art fair that started in London in 2003, followed by New York editions in 2012.
“The city has, for a long time, been a creative center, a hotbed for creativity,” Mayor Eric Garcetti told The Times at the breakfast, which drew the likes of Marc Maron, Sylvester Stallone, new MOCA director Klaus Biesenbach and Broad museum director Joanne Heyler. “But now it’s that for visual art specifically.”

Brad Pitt  
What do you think of the fair? 
I really enjoyed it! I’m just happy for LA. There’s a big movement here, and this is a big fair. I’m hoping they can keep doing this every year and it can become something.
Did you see anything that could inspire your own art?
Sure, lots.
Did you buy anything?
No, no.

Wearing his necklaces and the pendant that is shaped like a cross or a bike shoe spd cleat.

Later same day.  No cross pendant and different jacket.

with Richie and his Escalade

Thanks jordan932002 and Felicity

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Random Fuzzy


Brad's appearance at Jennifer's party didn't merit as much broad interest as the dozens of tabloid covers would lead one to expect.  With a handful of exceptions, it was largely ignored by mainstream news sites.  The news that Brad is co-producing a documentary on Chris Cornell was much more widely disseminated.  What was posted by tabloid sites only garnered a modest number of "likes" on Twitter.  The tabloids' persistent interest in what had been their golden goose far outlasted the general public's.  So it is striking that People, almost alone among tabloids, has been trying to milk all it can out of it, churning out empty clickbait for gullible fans.  Among the more notable:  they claimed that Brad and other invitees sent ahead their gifts because it is customary to do so.  The big problem with that claim is Robert Downey, Jr. was quoted as saying no gifts were given because she didn't want any.   People thought it could pull off spinning a story out of an innocuous guess and instead was caught red-handed making things up.   People is generally regarded as the lesser of the tabloid evils but it is still a tabloid with the same propensity to weave tales out of thin air when it doesn't have anything, and right now, People obviously does not have anything.  And that means no one else does.  It is simple common sense that guests are invited and go to a birthday party to help, support and honor the celebrant.  The observer who made a similar remark never claimed to have spoken to Brad.  ET made it to be more than what it was to get more clicks.  Tabloids will be tabloids.  We will know Brad's thoughts when he is interviewed.  We will know the reasons behind their actions and decisions when they are finally free of the process the DCFS put in place and are able to discuss them.

Brad's appearance was very meticulously planned and tightly controlled to eliminate openings for manipulation.  Instead of using a back door as is his wont, he used Sunset Tower's main entrance so his arrival was at once open and public.  He made sure there were no photos of him with Jennifer, no photos of him inside the party, no view of his face when he arrived, and no photo at all of when he left -- even though by then every pap in the city must have surrounded Sunset Tower.   The only evidence of his attendance are grainy photos of the back of his head.   To pull this off he -- or more specifically Richie -- had to make elaborate preparations in coordination with Hotel security.  It was obviously very important to him that his presence not be twisted or embellished into anything more than what it was -- an invited guest greeting a friend celebrating her 50th birthday.  As a  result, there wasn't much the tabloids could run with from that night. 

The NYTimes just had a piece about the many times the tabloids had Jennifer pregnant (over two dozen), most with his baby. 
And when I called Ms. Aniston’s publicist, Stephen Huvane, he confirmed that she was not pregnant. He also said that Ms. Aniston has no children and — it pains me to reveal — she is not back together with Mr. Pitt, who was her husband from 2000 to 2005.
After fathering so many of her babies, his attendance at her birthday party hardly seems exciting.  Fantasy deflated reality.  Brad and Jennifer should henceforth be able to attend the same event without causing much of a stir.  This may be just what they needed to finally be free of the tired story the tabloids have capitalized on for so long.  I believe Brad made the right decision.  I also feel that at some point, Angelina and Jennifer could likewise appear publicly together to put the feud-rival story to rest.

X17 and all the other tabloids who persisted in claiming he is dating Charlize now find themselves in a bind on how to suddenly pivot to Jennifer.  But the tabloids are targeted at the silly and stupid.  Like the "fans" who lamented that Brad and Angelina did not pile on the pda while in Dr. Katz's office because obviously their appointment to listen to Dr. Katz's advice and recommendations was the perfect time to do so.  (Unlike in Jennifer's party, they did not try to hide from the paps.)  Beyond stupidity, these fans display moral standards as low or lower than the tabloids' -- they shamelessly concocted the tale that he was wearing a bike chain bracelet because he was dating Sat Hari long after the tabloids had acknowledged their denials and moved on.  With a chronic disregard for facts and logic, the same fans repeatedly spread fabrications he was dating Neri Oxman, Sienna Miller, Kate Hudson and Charlize.  And true to form, these fans raced ahead of the tabloids and quickly declared he had left Angelina to go with Jennifer.  (A case of deja vu -- perhaps they used to write covers for InTouch)  Comprising a minute fraction among fans and too disgusting and contemptible to merit any pity, they are pathetically grasping at straws hoping to resuscitate their sick and long dashed hopes.

Brad showing up at Aniston's party shows how relaxed and confident he is.  He was not worried about the expected tabloid frenzy (which they successfully worked to limit).  There is no need to expound on the irrefutable and mounting evidence that the whole family is at home together.  It's fairly straightforward from their own statements.  Angelina helped to bridge the gap between Brad and the children and as a result, they finally achieved reconciliation and reinstatement.  The now healthier family will soon complete their reunification goals that were set after the DCFS forced them apart and compelled Angelina to file and to keep the petition as a safeguard for the children's recovery.  They are very pleased and relieved, relaxed and confident.  Life is visibly inching closer to pre-September 2016 normalcy.  She has been wearing gold bands on her ring finger and he has been wearing his necklaces.  Their own words and actions speak loudly and clearly.  'Nuff said.

Brad's SUV is the custom stretch Escalade seen below -- not a Suburban with vanity plates saying "B Pitt." 🙄

Though he was at the party, Pitt and Aniston didn’t have much interaction at the event. They were, however, seen briefly talking and exchanging a hug.
“He came to support her, spoke to other friends of his that were there and headed out,” the source notes.
The father of six went to great lengths not to be seen leaving the party, and hotel staffers and security helped make it difficult for him to be photographed.


Brad arrived in his black Escalade and had the car drop him off right in front of the Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles where Jennifer Aniston‘s 50th birthday party was being held Saturday night (February 9).  Richie is to his right.

The timeline again:

Dec. 28, 2018

BBC How do they learn about the outside world?  And I ask that in the context of how we are all understanding the outside world.  And about social media and tech companies, and about what we can trust, etc.  What do you do at home?
AJ "I think like most parents, we try our best to insert good stuff.  We can't control everything they're exposed to." "So we try to ask that they will talk to us about anything they saw that bothers them or that they’re concerned about.”

Nov. 30, 2018
"It is not permanent but rather a temporary agreement in place, for now, to keep things moving along in the right direction.”  She “is very pleased to be entering the next stage and relieved with progress for the health of their family.”

August 2018
Angelina has “tried to bridge the gap between the kids and their dad. She’s worked to achieve reinstatement for them. 
Angelina remains focused on healing her family.  She continues to support the reconciliation of the children with Brad.

December 2017
For Pitt “the process has been difficult,” says a source close to the situation. “But he is OK and remains committed to his family.”

September 2017
 “None of it’s easy. It’s very, very difficult, a very painful situation, and I just want my family healthy,” she said quietly."

June 2017
"(The DeMille) is a big jump forward for us, and we’re all trying to do our best to heal our family."
"We care for each other and care about our family, and we are both working towards the same goal.
"We’re all just healing from the events that led to the filing . . . They’re not healing from divorce. They’re healing from some . . . from life, from things in life

April 2017
"I was really on my back and chained to a system when Child Services was called." "It's just very, very jarring for the kids, to suddenly have their family ripped apart. If anyone can make sense of it, we have to."
"A few months ago I was having frightening dreams and I'd consciously lie awake trying to ask, What can I get out of this? What can I learn from this? Those ceased. And now I have been having moments of joy, and you wake and realize it's just a dream, and I get a bit depressed for the moment. Just the moment, just glimpse moments of joy because I know I'm just in the middle of this thing now and I'm not at the beginning of it or at the end of it, just where this chapter is right now.  I just don't want to dodge any of it.  I just want to stand there, shirt open, and take my hits."

February 2017
"We will be stronger when we come out of this because that's what we're determined to do as a family."
“I am coping with finding a way through to make sure that this somehow makes us stronger and closer."  

December 1, 2016
"I understand that Brad is frustrated but feel that it is incumbent upon us to help this family achieve their long-term reunification goals in a smooth and expeditious manner....Is it not the end goal that within the next 6-12 months Brad is enjoying frequent and continuous contact with all of the children on a joint custodial basis?"

November 29, 2016
"For the past 3 months, Brad has complied with every aspect of the therapy process, notwithstanding ongoing concerns that the therapy team has ignored or disregarded issues that he has raised...
As I mentioned yesterday, it would be misleading for me to tell you that the request for access may be impacted by the opinions of the kids' therapists."

November 8, 2016
"The job of the DCFS is to make sure the children are in a safe and secure situation. As we said earlier this week, childcare professionals encouraged a legal agreement accepted and signed by both sides that was in the best interest of the children. Angelina said from the beginning that she felt she had to take action for the health of the family and is relieved that after their 8-week involvement, the DCFS is now satisfied the safeguards are put in place that will allow the children to heal." 

Sept. 20, 2016
This decision was made for the health of the family.

Monday, February 11, 2019 

Takes Vivienne out toy shopping in Larchmont Village

They have a continuing fondness for Escalades.

Looks like she added the sunburst ring to bands on her ring and middle fingers. And a diamond pendant that appears larger than what she had worn before.


Thanks Felicity

 With Millie Bobby Brown and her mother and sister who had dinner with Angelina the day before.  Shiloh appears to have grown a few more inches as she now noticeably towers over Zahara.

Thanks Pride&Joy

Monday, February 11, 2019

Feb. 10, Sunday

Outside Italian restaurant Rao's after enjoying a two-hour dinner with Millie Bobby Brown's mother, Kelly.

And some takeout.


No member of their large and active family was seen around town since their visit to Dr. Katz.  They likely went on vacation for a few days after she finished her trip to Bangladesh and now are all back in town.

Wood Ranch BBQ

Thanks Felicity

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Just the quotes without tabloid silliness.

Jon Voight talked to Us Weekly at the 2019 Movieguide Awards in Hollywood on Friday, February 8.

 “all is well — [Jolie’s] well, I’m well and the kids are well.”  “I pray for all the members of the family — Brad as well. Everybody’s gonna be OK. That’s it.”

As for whether he would like to see the brood pursue the family business: “Well, their parents are … they come from … it’s in their blood. You’re raised wherever your parents are and what they’re doing, you ingest all of the stuff they do. Their talent is teaching you, and it’s part of you too. It’s in your genes,” “Each one of the kids has got a lot of that. They’re familiar with it all. Which way they will go with all of that? That’s their environment growing up. Will they be actors? I don’t know. They’re certainly entertaining me!” “I can really laugh at these guys. They make me laugh, they’re funny. They tease me and all of that. … I could talk a day or two about each of them actually because it’s very interesting, their personalities. Very rich personalities with different surprises in them, you know?” “They’ve made a film or two just poking around for fun. It’s playful for them. It’s just like coloring in a coloring book or painting something. Another part of their creative aspect. They all know about that.” “It’s interesting, it’s fun. But they all go to school every day and work hard at school. But they’re encouraged to express themselves each in their own way.” each child “is so different one from the other” “there’s not one that nearly mimics the other,” “they’re all themselves.”  “Angie’s very good at encouraging the kids to be what they want to be, do what they want to do,” “She’s a very invested mom. She’s on it. She’s on it with these kids. She gives them love every second of their day,” “She’s very smart too. Smart girl. Brave. She’s got all these great qualities.”

“I appreciate every second I can spend with my grandkids,”“I miss them every day I’m not with them.”

Thanks Felicity

It's been a while since any of them was seen around town.  They may have gone on vacation after her trip to Bangladesh.

Cutting Edge Group has signed a slate financing deal with Steve Richards’ Endurance Media for music rights on Endurance’s next three films, starting with Angelina Jolie’s “Come Away.”
...The partnership, unveiled at the Berlin Film Festival, involves CEG providing music services including music supervision, song clearances, score supervision and other music admin services and acquiring the music publishing rights of the film.

The film is currently in post-production and scheduled for a wide US release in 2019.
This is a wonderful, dramatic, heart-breaking and uplifting adventure that unites elements from two of the most amazing stories ever told. Audiences are going to love this and I’m immensely proud that we will be bringing this movie to the Philippines,” said Rafaella Films vice president Eric Yabut.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

 Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina shakes hands with UN Refugee Agency Special Envoy Angelina Jolie at the Gono Bhaban yesterday. Photo: PID


Thanks Felicity

Two bands on her ring finger.  She moved the new, elaborate band she previously had on her index finger to her ring finger.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Gold bands on her index and her ring fingers, and the two thin bracelets. She has only worn gold bands since January 5, she has not worn any other rings.  She has not appeared without a gold band on her ring finger since January 5.  The wide band on her index finger may be new.



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The events that unfolded in the aftermath of August 2017 showed us the best and worst of humankind that exist in our world today.

In a matter of months, over 700,000 people were forced from their homes in Rakhine State into Bangladesh. A year and a half later, there are still refugees arriving today.

While the death toll is unknown, reports suggest that many thousands have been killed since the violence broke out in Myanmar, including women and children. Everyone has been left traumatized.

Bangladesh’s generosity in giving the Rohingya people a place of safety is a significant and visible gesture of humanity.

The scale of the forced displacement is now so large that there are more than twice as many Rohingya living in exile than in Myanmar itself.

And Cox’s Bazar, where we stand today, hosts the largest and most densely populated refugee camp, now home to more than 600,000 Rohingya refugees.

All refugees are inherently vulnerable. But the Rohingya are not only displaced – they are stateless.

They have been denied their most basic human right: citizenship in their country of birth. And some still won’t even call the Rohingya by their rightful name.

It was deeply upsetting to meet the families who have only known persecution and statelessness their whole lives, who speak of being “treated like cattle”.

I am therefore thankful that here in Bangladesh, Rohingya refugees have their existence recognized, and are being provided by the Government and UNHCR with documentation and proof of their identity – in some instances for the very first time in their lives.

The Rohingya families I have met are no different from other refugees in one crucial respect: they want to be able to return home.

And they have an absolute right to return home, but only when they feel safe enough to do so voluntarily and they know that their rights will be respected. I met a woman yesterday, a survivor of rape in Myanmar and she told me, “You would have to shoot me where I stand before I go back without my rights”.

The responsibility to ensure those rights and make it possible for the Rohingya people to return to Rakhine State lies squarely with the government and the authorities in Myanmar.

So I hope that they will recognize that this issue will not go away, just as we will not turn away from the Rohingya.

I urge the Myanmar authorities to show the genuine commitment needed to end the cycle of violence and displacement and improve the conditions for all communities in Rakhine State, in line with the recommendations of the Rakhine Advisory Commission, and working together with UNHCR and others.

A test and measure of any government is how they treat the most vulnerable people in society, and how they treat those who stand up for the vulnerable and speak out for the atrocities committed against them. The people responsible for human rights violations must be held accountable for their actions.

While UNHCR is ready to support efforts to improve conditions, there has been very little progress on the ground. The Rohingya cannot return to Myanmar at this time.

Until they can return, we have a collective responsibility to ensure that they can live dignified lives here in Bangladesh.

This week I have witnessed the remarkable and global humanitarian response to date. And while it is clear that lives have undoubtedly been saved, and the Rohingya have been able to live with a sense of dignity, there are still challenges.

In particular, a generation of Rohingya children are still without access to the education that they deserve, and which many were deprived of their right [to] for far too long in Myanmar.

So I am here to see what more can be done to ensure Rohingya children can gain education with recognized qualifications that they need to retain a clear vision for their futures, and, when conditions allow, rebuild their communities in Myanmar.

I also met yesterday some of the many survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, including mass rape. Nearly two years after the beginning of this emergency, there is still a worrying gap in psychosocial services available for refugee survivors. This gap urgently needs to be addressed.

Bangladesh is a generous country rich in culture and history, but with limited resources. And it cannot be left to shoulder the responsibility of hosting Rohingya refugees alone. So I urge the international community to continue to provide the humanitarian aid necessary to meet the needs of the refugees and support the communities so generously hosting them.

Finally, and more importantly, to the Rohingya refugees, I want to say I am humbled and proud to stand with you today.

You have every right to live in security, to be free to practice your religion and to coexist with people of other faiths and ethnicities. You have every right not to be stateless, and the way you have been treated shames us all.

What is most tragic about this situation is that we cannot say we had no warning: It is the result of four decades of persecution and discrimination, which have gone unaddressed for far too long.

It reminds us why there are over 68 million displaced people worldwide: because we do not succeed in acting collectively to prevent conflict, but find ourselves simply trying to manage its unmanageable human consequences.

The Rohingya crisis is therefore emblematic of a much wider problem. But it is also a powerful example of what happens when people around the world, and across societies, come together in response to a cause greater than themselves, And I pray that generosity and support continues for the Rohingya and their families. Thank you.