Brange is all business

Lainey Posted by Lainey at January 9, 2012 16:52:55 January 9, 2012 16:52:55

There was some Pitt Porn posing on Saturday night in Palm Springs but mostly, for both of them, it was Work Time. Both of them were selling, and separately.

About half an hour before arrivals, a publicist representing AngelinaΓÇÖs film In The Land Of Blood and Honey came down the press line to confirm that Jolie would indeed be taking questions on the line, and that she preferred that they be about the movie.

So they came and they posed together, and theyΓÇÖre, like, ridiculously goodlooking together, and then he started with his interviews first and she followed on her own because he needed to hustle for his own Best Actor chances and, of course, she had to pursue her goals for Blood and Honey independently, so as not to compromise the chances for either.

Blood and Honey?

Yes, Blood and Honey. It was screened for Academy members last week and received a standing ovation. Deadline reports that the film elicited an impressively emotional impact and that the Jolie put in her time with the audience, staying for over an hour afterwards to answer questions and lobby, subtly of course, for votes. Brad, with his cane, has also been hobbling around shaking hands and cradling babies with Academy members for Moneyball and Sony and IΓÇÖve never seen him spend so much time with the media as he did in Palm Springs on Saturday night. Like, he actually stopped to talk. Stopped. Normally Brad Pitt doesnΓÇÖt stop. He keeps walking, he points his finger at you, he answers you in motion, ΓÇ£Yeah, yeah, thatΓÇÖs right man, thatΓÇÖs rightΓÇ¥, but he doesnΓÇÖt ever stop. Unless of course weΓÇÖre in Palm Springs where a lot of old Academy members spend most of their time and the nomination voting still hasnΓÇÖt closed. In that case, Brad stops. Even for Canadian networks, blogs, and tabloids. Yes, yes, tabloids too. And it was such a novelty for all of us that, well, it ended up just being a lot of shouting. Everyone cramming their mics in his face, yelling questions on top of each other.*

When he came down to my area, he was quick with his explanation about his leg and the cane, saying simply that he tripped over his daughter. So when Angelina followed a few minutes later and was asked about him ΓÇ£tripping over their daughterΓÇ¥, she rolled her eyes exasperatedly like any wife who has to pick up after her husband (really cute) and was like, no no, he didnΓÇÖt trip over her, he was carrying her while skiing and took the fall for her insteadΓÇ¥ and, you must know, that has made every headline since - Brad Pitt sacrifices leg for daughter! Please. These two know exactly what theyΓÇÖre doing. Always.

By the time Angelina arrived in front of me, all the questions about the movie had already been answered. So we talked instead about being sexy with a cane. She did this thing where she bites her lip, pauses, then throws open her mouth, and she heavily suggested, ΓÇ£Oh yeah...I like itΓÇ¥, in that way only Angelina Jolie can manage, for exactly the intended visual, and, well, I ended up getting my Pitt Porn after all.

How did they look? Jolie is never ugly, even when sheΓÇÖs not at her best, IΓÇÖll tell you that. And she was gorgeous on Saturday night. That blush coloured dress worked surprisingly well on her skin. I made a point actually, given the drama from last week, of taking a close look at his skin. Brad Pitt has middle aged skin. I mean, heΓÇÖs a handsome man but thereΓÇÖs no sign of Nicole Kidman there either. And for all the talk of how thin she is (sheΓÇÖs skinny but in person she also looks strong; I mean you donΓÇÖt see her and recoil in horror, at least not at an event like this when theyΓÇÖre all that skinny), itΓÇÖs not like Brad Pitt is fleshy either. Brad is very, very lean right now. About as lean as IΓÇÖve ever seen him. So much that I didnΓÇÖt really  like the way his tuxedo was hanging on him. The jacket is so loose it almost looked borrowed, non?

*Behaviour like this surrounding the Brange went on inside the ballroom too. All those rich Palm Springs locals pulled out their iPhones. Click here to read AngelinaΓÇÖs reaction.

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