For Angelina Jolie, an intimate gathering would seem impossible given that she's one of the most famous women in the world. But somehow, on Thursday in Hollywood, she and partner Brad Pitt managed just that in support of her film "In The Land of Blood and Honey."
On a promotional tour that has seen broadcast sit-downs and a New York opening, Jolie screened her Bosnian love-and-war epic for industry types and friends, and about 200 of her and Pitt's biggest fans (one had a "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" poster waiting to be signed).
Spending an unusual amount of time on the red carpet to hype the project, Jolie rolled with a team but was never far from Pitt, who held the excess fabric of her blue gown as she descended the stairs at the ArcLight Cinemas.
Her father, Jon Voight, showed up to lend support, as did Jolie's girlfriend and fellow mom Gwen Stefani, but the evening's focus was the devastating ethnic cleansing depicted in "Blood and Honey," which features a cameo by Brad Pitt (his appearance is quick and brutal).
That made for a humble after-party at an event space two blocks from the theater, where maroon drapes gave a holiday vibe to well-wishers like Eli Roth, pals with Pitt since "Inglourious Basterds," and Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal.
Jolie greeted virtually everyone, indulged in conversation and made sure all were fed and watered. Something she's got to be well-versed at at home with her and Pitt's six kids. But Thursday, as intimately as she could achieve, was about work.
-- Matt Donnelly
Photo: Brad Pitt, left, and Angelina Jolie, writer and director of the film "In the Land of Blood and Honey," at the premiere in Los Angeles on Thursday. Credit: Danny Moloshok / Associated Press