How Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Pulled Off Their Secret Wedding
When Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie pulled off their surprise wedding on Saturday, the couple kept their big day so quiet that local officials admit they were stunned by the news.
“No one in Correns knew a thing,” says an official from the French village, where the couple tied the knot at their wine-growing estate, Château Miraval.
“It was a marriage which seems to have been carried out in total intimacy and absolute discretion,” the official tells PEOPLE.
The wedding license was obtained in the couple’s home state of California.
Château Miraval had long been rumored as a preferred wedding site for the pair, who first settled there in 2008 just before the birth of their twins, Knox and Vivienne.
The sprawling property has a 35-room main house, an ancient chapel and a working vineyard spread over 1,100 acres.
Over the years, design enthusiast Pitt, 50, has taken the lead in renovating the house to suit his architectural and aesthetic interests, picking up fabric, wallpaper and furniture in Paris and at various art fairs.
Most recently, during a 10-day visit in July, the actor quietly saw to certain details, including making contact with a small local florist shop several villages away, PEOPLE has learned.
Adding to the surprise factor, the couple fit their big day into a small window in a schedule full of work commitments. Jolie, 39, has been prepping for the couple’s upcoming drama, By the Sea, in Malta – she’s costarring with Pitt, writing and directing – and Pitt spent his fifth day as a newlywed promoting his upcoming WWII drama, Fury, in England.
Largely keeping his new ring out of view during the photo call – at one point he even slipped it into his jacket pocket – Pitt “wore his band but didn’t play with it like sometimes people do when they have a new ring,” says one reporter who attended the press event, which was held at the Bovington Tank Museum in Dorset, about two-and-a-half hours from London. The couple exchanged rings designed by Robert Procop.
“At the end, we were just talking and I said, ‘Congratulations!’ and he gave me a big smile and said, ‘Thank you, man!’ ” adds the attendee, noting that Pitt had a newlywed glow. “He looked amazing today. He was very animated, very invested. Very alive.”
Adds another attendee: “He was very nice, very open and in a very good mood.”
Congratulations to Brad and Angelina!
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to Reunite on Screen in By The Sea
Acting’s all in the family for the Jolie-Pitt clan.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will star in – and Jolie will write and direct – the “intimate, character-driven drama” By The Sea, Universal Pictures announced Friday.
The film will mark the A-list pair’s first onscreen reunion since 2005′s Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
Earlier this month, PEOPLE confirmed the engaged couple would shoot a movie in Malta for about eight weeks. Though it’s still unclear whether By The Sea is that project, the Mediterranean setting would be a perfect fit for the title.
And Pitt isn’t Jolie’s only family costar – the mom of six teamed up with Vivienne, 6, Zahara, 9, and Pax, 10, in Maleficent.
By The Sea will be Jolie’s third time in the director’s seat for a feature-length film, following her debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey, and follow-up, Unbroken. The latter, which chronicles the late World War II vet and Olympian Louis Zamperini, is due Christmas day.
Brad Pitt Punched in Face By Random Man at Maleficent Premiere
Not the face! Brad Pitt was punched by a random man on the red carpet at the premiere of Angelina Jolie’s film Maleficent on Wednesday, May 28, a source tells Us Weekly.
Pitt was at the El Capitan theater in Hollywood for the premiere of the Disney film when a man suddenly jumped the barrier and ran up to the 12 Years a Slave actor while he was walking down the carpet.
The man then made contact with Pitt’s face before police intervened.
According to TMZ, the attacker is currently being detained by LAPD and will be booked for misdemeanor battery.
It’s unclear where Jolie was in relation to Pitt at the time. More updates to come.
Brad Pitt Throws Matthew McConaughey a Beer From His Balcony in New Orleans
Cross-balcony beer tossing! Brad Pitt had some fun with pal Matthew McConaughey on Saturday, May 17 while hanging out in New Orleans. As the Dallas Buyers Club star was enjoying some sun on his balcony with football star Drew Brees, Pitt caught his attention from the balcony across the way.
Angelina Jolie’s fiance then tossed a cold beer can to his friend, which McConaughey happily accepted and was later photographed drinking.
This year’s Best Actor Oscar winner was in Nola for a charity gala at the House of Blues to support the Just Keep Livin’ Foundation and the Brees Dream Foundation.
Pitt threw his own charity event for the Make It Right Foundation, and Jolie attended in one-shoulder, short black dress. Other celebs in attendance included Sofia Vergara, Sandra Bullock, and Chris Rock.
Indeed, the Big Easy was packed with celebrities this weekend, with Beyonce and her younger sister Solange Knowles spending some quality time together there after the highly-publicized elevator brawl (and fallout) between the singer-producer (who keeps a Nola home) and her brother-in-law Jay Z.
You can see the pictures at the source.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Enlist Kids as Wedding Planners: “It Will Be Disney or Paintball”
After eight years and six children, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are ready for marriage.
Planning their wedding, of course, has become a family affair. The Mr. & Mrs. Smith co-stars got engaged in 2012 and are receiving plenty of input from their six kids: Maddox Jolie-Pitt, 12, Pax Jolie-Pitt, 10, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, 9, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, 7, and twins Knox Jolie-Pitt and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, 5.
“We are discussing it with the children and how they imagine it might be,” the bride-to-be, 38, says in the latest issue of People. “Which is verging on hysterical, how kids envision a wedding…They will, in a way, be the wedding planners,” she adds. “It’s going to be Disney or paintball—one or the other!”
The ceremony may be a ways off, however. “We will get married, and we’re not really in a rush,” Jolie explains. “We’re just waiting for it to be the right time with the kids, with work, when it feels right.”
One thing is certain, Jolie says: “It will be fun. That’s the important thing.”
The Maleficent star also opens up about how her romance with Pitt, 50, has evolved as their children grow older. “We’ve been through so much. We’ve gotten a lot closer, which I think naturally happens with raising a family together. You have history. You have so many memories. All your memories are based on time together, so you don’t have separate experiences. You have this person you live with who really knows you, and you know them so well,” she says. “You’re not lovers or boyfriend and girlfriend as much as you are a family.”
In Elle’s June issue, Jolie went into further detail about her relationship with the World War Z star. “You get together and you’re two individuals and you feel inspired by each other, you challenge each other, you complement each other, drive each other beautifully crazy,” she said. “After all these years, we have history—and when you have history with somebody, you’re friends in such a very real, deep way that there’s such a comfort, and an ease, and a deep love that comes from having been through quite a lot together.”
Brad Pitt Wears Angelina Jolie’s Jewelry Designs to the Oscars
One of the many hats Angelina Jolie wears (actress, mom, humanitarian) is “jewelry designer.” And one of her biggest fans is her doting partner Brad Pitt. So what better way to showcase her designs than on the biggest style stage in the world: the Oscars?
Sunday night, Pitt could be seen sporting tuxedo buttons and cufflinks from Jolie’s Style of Jolie jewelry line with Robert Procop, consisting of tablet-cut diamonds (of no small size!) set into yellow gold.
And in addition to being stylish, they have sentimental value. “Brad’s specially designed cufflinks were a gift from Angelina one year for Christmas,” said Procop in a statement. Sure beats socks!
Brad Pitt’s Concern Over Shia LaBeouf’s “Method” Odors May Mean the Actor Is Too Extreme for Hollywood
In November, we reviewed all of the extremes this year’s best-actor contenders went to for their awards-worthy performances. Idris Elba slept in Nelson Mandela’s jail cell to mentally prepare to play the late South African leader in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Matthew McConaughey shed nearly 50 pounds from his 187-pound frame to play an electrician who contracts H.I.V. in Dallas Buyers Club. Robert Redford even forfeited 60 percent of his hearing in one ear after sustaining high-pressure water injuries while filming All Is Lost. Outside of this season’s awards fray though, Shia LaBeouf has been gaining headline momentum for his own extreme method preparations for assorted roles. Only unlike his elder, best-actor candidate peers, his strange tactics have earned him raised eyebrows, industry criticism, and if one report is to be believed, an isolated hotel room miles away from his current cast mates.
A source tells the Daily Mail that LaBeouf has been unpopular on the set of Fury, the World War II drama filming in England, because he is maddeningly “trying to prove that he [i]s the most dedicated star.” Among his reported endeavors in extremity: ripping out his own tooth and taking a clear stand against showers as a means of solidarity with his character, an American soldier embedded in the trenches. A source tells the paper, “He pulled out his own tooth during the first few weeks of filming and then refused to shower for weeks on end so he could better understand how his character would have felt living in the trenches.”
The apparently pungent dedication to his craft was not popular with the crew: “Shia was warned about his behaviour by several people on set, including Brad Pitt and director David Ayer” and was allegedly moved to a different hotel. “He didn’t heed any of their warnings and found himself staying in a small bed-and-breakfast hotel away from the rest of the cast.”
This is not even the most controversial current narrative about the actor, a confounding serial plagiarizer whose bizarre exercise in copying apologies (and in one case, a short film) must be some attempt at James Franco-ian performance art. Right? (Or else this is an extravagant experiment for a thesis paper on the sincerity of apologies.) Even Lena Dunham couldn’t resist comparing LaBeouf, who she accidentally baited into a recent Twitter exchange, to Franco last night at the Girls premiere.
Adding more evidence that LaBeouf is spiraling out into that crazy actorly orbit, where Hollywood stars lose touch with reality, is another unconventional move he made to get a role. To secure his role in Lars von Trier’s upcoming film Nymphomaniac, which features many scenes of hardcore sex, the actor confesses that he sent photos of his penis to the film’s production team to prove that he was “game” for the project. (Producers have said that the actual sex was performed by body doubles before digitally inserting the actors’s faces onto the doubles.) In his defense, LaBeouf says that the photo was a request on part of the production team. . . but it took the actor only 20 minutes to take the photos and click send, he says.
Other actors have certainly gone to lengths which would similarly earn them categorization as insane if mental health professionals were available on set. Daniel Day-Lewis memorably spent his time filming My Left Foot in character as Christy Brown, the Irishman born with cerebral palsy who could only control his left foot, by staying in a wheelchair throughout filming, and demanding that he be fed by others. What is the difference, then, between the similarly crazy lengths gone to by Lewis and LaBeouf? It could just be a matter of drawing a line between “insanely method” and “unacceptably insanely method”—the latter meaning that an actor’s behavior affects and annoys those around him. However some users of Reddit, who have begun an entire conversation thread on the issue of LaBeouf’s diehard antics, have another theory.
“People would be gushing because Daniel Day-Lewis is an amazing actor, and whatever he does to bring out those amazing performances works,” one user posits. “LaBeouf’s been going downhill since Even Stevens.”