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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie: GLAAD is cool with their engagement

Brad PItt and Angelina Jolie have a green light from GLAAD

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie may have confirmed their engagement to live as man and wife, but that Friday announcement isn't the only one the famous duo has made regarding the institution of marriage.

In 2006, a year or so into their relationship, Pitt declared that he and Jolie wouldn't tie the knot until all Americans had the equal right to do so, garnering the leading man huge support from the gay community.

We were reminded of this during his recent awards tour for "Moneyball," as Pitt spoke freely about his and Angie's children encouraging them to get hitched. That stirred some anxiety from the gay community, but what's the vibe now that the engagement is official?

"We congratulate them on their engagement and thank them for continuing to speak out about the inequality that so many gay and lesbian couples face today," GLAAD spokesman Rich Ferraro told the Ministry in an email. 

"No loving and committed couple should be denied the happiness, joy, and legal protections that come with marriage."

GLAAD's seal of approval certainly clears a political path for the pair to wed (though we can't imagine when, with their massive brood and work schedules), and let's be honest — we'd hardly try to buy a dress, plan a menu or decorate nary a French chateau without that thumbs-up either.

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Photo: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt cuddle up at a "Cinema for Peace" gala in Berlin in February. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press

 


Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt are engaged after seven years, six kids

Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Pax Jolie-Pitt at LACMA

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are engaged -- and it's on the record!

"Yes, it's confirmed," Pitt's manager Cynthia Pett-Dante said Friday in a statement. "It is a promise for the future, and their kids are very happy. There’s no date set at this time."

Engagement talk spread like wildfire Friday morning after jeweler Robert Procop revealed that the sparkler Jolie was photographed wearing Wednesday at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art was an engagement ring he'd designed over the course of a year in collaboration with Pitt.

Angelina Jolie's engagement ring"I'm very happy for them," Jon Voight, Jolie's father, told Us Weekly on Friday after the news broke.

The couple have six children: Maddox, 10, Pax, 8, Zahara, 7, Shiloh, 5, and twins Knox and Viv, 3. Jolie said in the past that they would wed if the kids asked, and Pitt told CBS News in January: "We're getting a lot of pressure from the kids.

"Yeah, it means something to them, and they're, you know, they have questions when their friends' parents are married and, why is that?"

Jeweler Procop, who carries a Style of Jolie line that was designed in collaboration with the actress, described the results of the collaboration with Pitt to the Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the news Friday.

"Brad was always heavily involved, overseeing every aspect of the creative design evolution," Procop told THR. "The side diamonds are specially cut to encircle her finger. Each diamond is of the highest gem quality."

Jolie, 36, and Pitt, 48, have been together since 2005, after working together on the  movie "Mr. & Mrs. Smith."

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Photo: Angelina Jolie wears a new engagement ring as she, Brad Pitt and son Pax view works from the Chinese collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Wednesday. Credit: Howard Pasamanick / LACMA.


Angelina Jolie has an engagement ring on, jeweler says

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This post has been updated, as indicated below.

Are Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt one step closer to tying the knot? If the new ring on her left hand means anything, they could be engaged.

Jolie was photographed wearing the big rock on her ring finger Wednesday night at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where she, Pitt and son Pax were attending a private viewing at the museum's Chinese Galleries.

[Updated, 1:22 p.m. April 13: It's a done deal! A rep for Pitt confirmed the engagement to People magazine Friday.]

"I can confirm that, yes, Robert Procop did indeed design an engagement ring for Angelina Jolie, designed in collaboration with Brad Pitt," a rep for the jeweler told the Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the news Friday.

Pictures of actresses wearing rings have been misleading before — witness the recent Miley Cyrus rumor, and the confusion over the Halle Berry-Olivier Martinez engagement, despite confirmation that turned out to be from the wrong jeweler — and no relationship has been watched more closely than Brad and Angie's for signs of pending nuptials. But Procop went into detail with THR, saying, "Brad had a specific vision for this ring, which he realized over a yearlong collaboration. He wanted every aspect of it to be perfect."

And Procop is no newbie to the Brangelina arena: He and Jolie collaborated on a Style of Jolie line of jewelry, with some of the profits going toward building a school in Afghanistan through the Education Partnership for Children in Conflict.

Reps for the couple have not confirmed an engagement. Jolie, 36, and Pitt, 48, have been together since 2005. They have previously said they wouldn't marry until all couples could wed legally, but recently have been talking about "pressure from the kids," with Jolie saying she'd get married if their children asked them to.

"I think it'd be hard to say no to the kids," the mom of six said in 2010.

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Photo: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrive at the 2012 Academy Awards in Hollywood. Credit: Joel Ryan / Associated Press


Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie headed for big-screen reunion?

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie may reunite on screen

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are reportedly headed for a big-screen reunion, and why shouldn't they be? The last time these two worked on a film, the celeb-sphere was forever changed. 

First things first: Director Ridley Scott is assembling a cast for "The Counselor," about a well-positioned lawyer who gets tangled up in the drug trade. Michael Fassbender will lead the flick, and Angelina was rumored last week to be hovering around the project.

Pitt and actor Javier Bardem are now reportedly in talks to come on board, which would bring Brangelina back together on screen for the first time since 2005's "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" (Pitt had a brief cameo in Jolie's directorial debut, "In the Land of Blood and Honey," but Angie stayed behind the camera, so it doesn't count). 

As if you needed reminding, in 2005 Pitt was married to actress Jennifer Aniston. Jolie had just split from Billy Bob Thornton and adopted her first son, Maddox. Brad and Jen parted ways after "Smith" wrapped production, and the rest is literally tabloid history. 

If Pitt indeed signs on for "Counselor," it would mark another significant reunion: When he directed 1991's "Thelma & Louise," Ridley Scott introduced a young Brad to the world.

Thanks, dude.

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Photo: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie may be reteaming on the big screen in Ridley Scott's "The Counselor." Credit: Associated Press.



Angelina Jolie shrugged off Oscar leg jokes

Angelina Jolie doesn't care about your leg jokes

Angelina Jolie's wandering right leg from February's Academy Awards registered with critics and fans, but don't expect those giggles to penetrate her glossy bubble. She didn't really notice.

Jolie says she doesn't pay mind to that kind of chatter, nor does she consume media that would feature such content. And does not surround herself with people who would subscribe to her famous limb's Twitter feed.

"I honestly didn't pay attention to it. You know what I mean? I don't watch those TV shows, and if I go online and see something about myself, I don't click on it. And the people I surround myself with don't really talk about that kind of stuff," she told HuffPo. 

"I heard something, but I didn't pay any attention. It's as simple as being a woman picking a dress you like and having a night and not really thinking about anything else."

So perhaps with her dismissal of the silly (but hilarious) pop culture event we close the chapter on her leg and usher it back inside the folds of that black Versace number. But remember, Angie: There's always another carpet.  

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Photo: Angelina Jolie poses on the red carpet at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 15. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press.

 


Diane von Furstenberg: Leave Angelina Jolie and her leg alone

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If Angelina Jolie wants anyone in her corner after that business about her leg at last Sunday's Academy Awards, it's Diane von Furstenberg. 

The Ministry caught up with the legendary designer in Los Angeles on Saturday, where she said she doesn't quite understand why Angie and her limbs are under attack.

"She's always so gorgeous," Von Furstenberg said at the launch of GapKids + DVF, her chic children's line for the retailer. "I don't know why, but I think people are just not nice to her." 

And as a woman who has just created a collection for children, she's not having any of this Angelina teasing.

At shopping mecca The Grove, Von Furstenberg turned up to greet celeb fans like a pregnant Molly Sims, Busy Philipps, Alyson Hannigan, Tiffani Thiessen and "Entourage" star Constance Zimmer. 

Not your normal petting zoo fare, the DVF bunch kept it glamorous with a mini-runway for kids to strut down and a makeup station, and passed snacks like vegetable cut-outs and mac 'n' cheese. 

Motherhood being another job Angelina is highly associated with, we asked Von Furstenberg the value of raising children with their own unique stlye, like Jolie and Brad Pitt's Shiloh. 

"The only thing that matters is that your kids are happy with who they are," Von Furstenberg said.

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Photo: Left, Angelina Jolie waves for the cameras. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times. Right, Diane Von Furstenberg. Credit: Charles Sykes / Associated Press


Angelina Jolie's leg has taken on a life of its own

Angelina Jolie's leg has taken on a life of its own.

Angelina Jolie's leg is turning out to be more than just a flash in the pan. (You see what we did there?) Between the Twitter feed, the legbombing photo meme and the rash of talk-show hosts competively "Jolieing" on camera, it's hard to keep up.

Jolie flashed it first on the Oscars red carpet Sunday, of course, and then daringly repeated the arms-akimbo, bare-leg-out-to-there pose during the telecast before presenting the Oscar for adapted screenplay.

The next to flaunt it, almost immediately afterward? "Community" actor and "The Descendants" screenwriter Rash, one of those to whom Jolie presented the Oscar, who similarly struck the post heard 'round the world while holding his shiny new statuette.

Rash on Tuesday revealed to E! News the impetus behind his mimicry of Jolie's pose, which he witnessed from his seat in the theater while awaiting the winner's name: "As soon as I saw her, I said, 'God, if we went up there ... that's a great way to own that moment,' because that's what I thought she was doing."

Others Jolieing — like "Tebowing" but for girls — since then include Giuliana Rancic on E!, Kelly Ripa with Lucy Liu on "Live!," and the hosts of "The Talk," all clad in black gown (even though Sharon Osbourne said she considered Angie's move to be "trying too hard").

Then there's the "legbombing," which the "Today" show had fun with Tuesday. Angie's right leg is getting Photoshopped into pictures past and present, including one shot where it's doubled up on Jolie herself. (According to Twitter, that pic is the right leg's favorite.) Think of it added to the Statue of Liberty, the moon landing, the Last Supper ... you get the idea.

The @angiesleg Twitter account by Tuesday was had more than 36,000 followers. In appropriately A-list fashion, Angelina's right leg follows only two other entities on Twitter: J. Lo's nipple — that's a whole 'nother Oscars story — and Bradley Cooper's mustache.

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SAG Awards after-party: Brad and Angelina dine, 'The Help' shines

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The Screen Actors Guild Awards serve as a halftime whistle in Hollywood's busiest season, between January's Golden Globes and February's Oscar gold -- making the SAG after-party something of a halftime show.

A lot of stars were blowing off steam as big winners including "The Help," "Modern Family" and "The Artist" mingled on Sunday evening.

The guild's annual gala, a partnership between People magazine and the Entertainment Industry Foundation, awaited guests from the telecast in a tented space just off the Shrine Expo Hall. An Old Hollywood theme permeated the event, enhanced by thick drapes, velvet booths and a throwback jazz band.

PHOTOS: 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards show

Brad Pitt didn't take home the night's big acting prize -- that went to "The Artist" lead Jean Dujardin -- but he seemed plenty comforted by partner Angelina Jolie. The actress-director picked at salad while chatting up Brad's "Moneyball" costar Jonah Hill.

If quality time with Jolie wasn't enough for Hill, the conversation was interrupted by an enthusiastic Armie Hammer, who like Jonah was nominated for male supporting actor in a drama.

"Well done!" Hammer offered Jonah. Nice to see that Armie's recent herbal issues haven't killed his rosy disposition. 

"The Descendants" cast camped right next to Team Pitt as Judy Greer and Shailene Woodley laughed and people-watched together. (George Clooney and Stacey Keibler made only the briefest party appearance.)

Always a good time, "Modern Family" star Julie Bowen entertained her cast with bawdy jokes a few feet from a mixed bag of "30 Rock" and "Bridesmaids" stars. These combined forces were pleasing to a svelte Jane Krakowski, who snapped tons of pictures with her smartphone. 

Yet no one had a night like the stars of "The Help" had: Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer considered their statuettes in the cast's private booth, while Emma Stone and Allison Janney chatted up director Tate Taylor. 

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Photo:  Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at the SAG Awards in L.A. on Sunday. Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press


Angelina Jolie honored at Producers Guild Awards

Angelina Jolie accepts the Stanley Kramer Award from Morgan Freeman

Angelina Jolie was the woman of the night at the Producers Guild Awards, honored with the Stanley Kramer Award for her work on "In the Land of Blood and Honey."

It was recognition that caused A-lister Jolie to turn into a giddy little girl when she heard the news, she told the Ministry on Saturday night.

"What I hope is that our film helps people not forget the past," said Jolie, whose directorial effort is set against the backdrop of the Bosnian war and the violence in the Serbian-run detention camps. "I want people to see what these people have gone through and that they are able to tell their story through their bravery. Their story matters."

PHOTOS: The scene at the Producers Guild Awards

Karen Sharpe Kramer, widow of director Stanley Kramer, said that the award in his name was created to honor socially conscious filmmaking and when it came time to decide on this year's recipient, it was a "hands-down" vote for "Blood and Honey."

Angelina Jolie in Michael Kors at the Producers Guild Awards"I think women are better directors of violence for film," Kramer said boldly. "Genocide continues throughout the world, and if a film like this can keep being seen, we can help bring an end to the violence."

When asked if she would give up her career as an actor to continue directing, Jolie quickly and confidently said, "Definitely."

"I would love to not be in front of camera. It's nice to shine a spotlight on another actor," she said -- as rows of cameras snapped photos of her standing elegantly in a black Michael Kors gown with lace detail.

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Photos, from top: Angelina Jolie accepts the Stanley Kramer Award from Morgan Freeman at the Producers Guild Awards on Saturday night in Beverly Hills; Jolie on the red carpet at the Beverly Hilton. Credits: Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images; Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images


Five A-list moments from Palm Springs: Clooney, Pitt and more

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Why do we love the Palm Springs International Film Festival?  Think of it as famous fish in a barrel — among them Brad Pitt, George Clooney and more.

Far from the luxury enclaves of Los Angeles, some of the brightest stars come together for the annual awards gala and cozy after-party in the desert oasis. Here are our five A-list moments from Saturday's opening fete:

George Clooney meets the French, well, George Clooney: In keeping with our affinity for handsome males, Jean Dujardin caught our eye (and that of the critical mass) for his turn in the well-received "The Artist." The French actor may be a new face for for the U.S. but is quite often referred to as "the George Clooney of France." So what happened when the domestic met the foreign?

PHOTOS: Stars shine at the 2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival

"They met near the talent valet," an onlooker told the Ministry. "They shook hands and complimented one another." In a much more thrilling introduction, Dujardin's "Arist" costar Bérénice Bejo got a kiss from Clooney.

"George gave a kiss to Bérénice, and she lit up! She joked that though she's madly in love with Michel [Hazanavicius, director of "The Artist"], that made it the best night of her life," the witness said.

The potty mouths: The pageantry of these galas can test anyone's boundaries for the appropriate. Thankfully, the Vanguard award winners at PSIFF were the gang from "Young Adult" — far from a warm and cuddly film, the filmmakers gave the night some edge.

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