The parent company behind Britain’s News of the World will pay an undisclosed sum to settle a lawsuit against the newspaper by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie that claimed the two were legally separating and had negotiated custody arrangements.
On Thursday, the couple’s lawyer said in London’s High Court that Rupert Murdoch’s News Group Newspapers accepted that its published allegations were “false and intrusive,” reports the BBC.
In January, when the suit was filed, the couple’s attorney, Keith Schilling, stated: “We can confirm unequivocally … that the allegations published by the News of the World are false as well as intrusive.”
Among the evidence in the case was a statement from the divorce lawyer reputedly cited in the original story. “I have never met. … your clients or had any involvement with either of them. The foregoing is true with respect to all other members of this firm,” said his statement.
Pitt and Jolie, who this week were attending premieres for her new movie Salt, did not appear in court. Their attorney said News of the World would publish an apology and pick up Pitt and Jolie’s legal costs and pay damages, which the couple intend to donate to their charitable Jolie-Pitt Foundation.
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Zombie Survival Guide’ And ‘Recorded Attacks’ Comic Optioned, Brad Pitt To Star In ‘World War Z’
“World War Z” isn’t the only zombie story from author Max Brooks headed for the big screen — both “The Zombie Survival Guide” and “The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks” graphic novel have also been optioned for adaptation.
While chatting up Brooks at the Avatar Press booth, the writer confirmed to MTV News that the adaption of his novel about the zombie apocalypse is not only moving forward, but Brad Pitt is now officially attached to star in the film. Additionally, Brooks revealed that Paramount has optioned the movie rights to “Zombie Survival Guide” and “Recorded Attacks.”
Yes, Comic-Con is barely underway in San Diego and we already have some big news from the show floor!
Pitt’s production company Plan B Entertainment first secured the rights to “World War Z” back in 2007 after a bidding war with Leonardo DiCaprio’s company, Appian Way. The actor has long been rumored as a potential lead for the film, but Brooks received the call confirming Pitt’s attachment (and the other “Survival Guide” deals) while signing copies of the books at the Avatar booth tonight (Wednesday, July 21) during Preview Night at Comic-Con.
“I can’t believe how cool Paramount has been to me and these projects, and how cool Plan B has been,” said Brooks.
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I added candids of Brad filming Moneyball yesterday:
Brad and Angie stepped out tonight for the Salt premiere in LA and they look terrific. I added 120+ pictures to the gallery – as always, check back for more!
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Finally some new candids of Brad! I added pictures of him filming Moneyball today in Los Angeles:
CANDIDS > Candids from 2010 > Filming “Moneyball” – July 12
Angelina Jolie may play a double-agent in Salt, her new spy thriller opening next week, but when it comes to her relationship with Brad Pitt, the screen star is entirely single-minded.
“The children certainly tie us together, but a relationship won’t hold if it’s only about the kids,” Jolie – whose household includes her and Pitt’s six children – tells Parade magazine for its issue out Sunday. “You also must be really interested in each other and have a really, really wonderful, exciting time together. We do. Brad and I love being together. We enjoy it. We need it, and we always find that special time. We stay connected. We talk about it. It’s very important.”
For the sake of the family unit, she says, “If Brad and I are strong and happy, then our kids have happy parents, and that’s the best thing we can give them … Brad knows me completely, exactly as I am, every part of me. He loves me. The kids love me. They know all my flaws and all my oddities. And they accept them. And so I can feel complete.”
Certainly, there are domestic duties to share. “He takes the kids to school; he visits me on set with the kids. I’m home for dinner, or I’m there for breakfast. We’re together all the time. We plan. Brad and I take time off between films to travel, have big experiences, do things together. That’s how we work it out,” she says.
“There’s never a period when Brad and I are pulled apart. We are not separated for more than three days, ever. We stay really connected. We actually don’t go out much. It’s funny. We’re very homebound. We’re very much Mommy and Daddy in our pajamas.”
Given all she has, Jolie, 35, expresses total happiness. “I feel sad for someone who has never known love. Love elevates,” she says. “You know, Brad would joke about me having this conversation about love. Love? It’s such a funny word. Brad can find certain phrases of poetry for it. I’m terrible at it. But I know it means wanting the best for the people you love, putting their interests above your own, always. Love does that. Love is what you live for.”
Granted, Jolie didn’t always come across as so serene. Of her rebellious past, she says, “I used to cut myself or jump out of airplanes, trying to find something new to push up against because sometimes everything else felt too easy. I was searching for something deeper, something more. I tried everything. I always felt caged, closed in, like I was punching at things that weren’t there. I always had too much energy for the room I was in.”