Angelina Jolie is notoriously press shy — she grants only a limited number of interviews when promoting her films. Even at the premiere of her movie "Salt" in Hollywood on Monday evening, the action star granted group interviews to a only few news outlets.
"Are there any decent ones?" she asked a publicist, surveying the media before walking the carpet.
But when Jolie did grace us with her limited presence, she proved to be charming and warm — not to mention, of course, stunningly beautiful (even with the super-HD-closeness of our Flip video camera).
She spoke fondly of her latest role, saying she hopes audiences have a "great time" when they go to see "Salt" in theaters.
"The movie is one of those that I hope is just a great ride," she said. "But I think it should surprise them, it's got enough good twists and turns. It does have a plot, a good one. It has good ...
We wouldn't want an encounter in a dark alley with Angelina Jolie's new spy character, Evelyn Salt, but it sounds like the actress is even tougher as a mother of six.
As Jolie did rampant promotion for her new flick, "Salt," this weekend, a Reuters reporter inquired about her and Brad Pitt's little girl Shiloh -- whose penchant for tomboy clothes has caught the attention of many a blogger.
"I think she [Shiloh] is fascinating, the choices she is making. And I would never be the kind of parent to force somebody to be something they are not. I think that is just bad parenting," Jolie said.
We can only hope this was said with an eyebrow arched and lips judgmentally pouting.
"Children should be allowed to express themselves in whatever way they wish without anybody judging them because it is an important part of their growth," she added.
Jolie and Pitt would know a thing or two about raising children -- they have six, including little Shiloh.
In an interview with Cynthia McFadden for ABC News, Jolie broached the topic of marriage by basically saying she and Pitt will walk down no aisle unless the kids want them to.
Hey, fanboys and girls -- could you handle power couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie invading your turf at Comic-Con 2010?
On July 22, the first day of programming for the annual comic book convention in San Diego, presentations will be made for upcoming movies that feature the actors.
A panel on Pitt's animated flick "Megamind" will be held starting at 10 a.m. that day in the San Diego Convention Center's famous Hall H, with attendance from cast members Will Ferrell and Tina Fey promised already.
Then at 1 p.m., Sony Pictures will offer a look at "Salt," which opens July 23 -- and the Comic-Con schedule is teasing that "some very special guests" will drop in.
Could this mean Pitt and Jolie will roam among the "Star Wars" impersonators and "Captain America" fans? Such an appearance certainly couldn't hurt as a last-minute call to the box office for "Salt" and to get the buzz ball rolling for the Nov. 5 release of "Megamind."
A Paramount rep can't confirm Pitt's attendance "at this time," and a "Salt"-related call to Sony was not immediately returned -- so feel free to draw your own conclusions, and voice them in comments below.
-- Matt Donnelly
Photo: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie at the 2009 Golden Globe Awards. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times.
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Talk about mixing work with play -- Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie took a hefty portion of their brood to the Venice home of her new costar Johnny Depp (and his longtime partner, Vanessa Paradis) for a playdate with Depp's two little darlings.
In the Italian city to film the thriller "The Tourist," Jolie and Depp were bound to get their A-list babies -- or at least most of them -- in one room. Depp's 10-year-old, Lily Rose, and Jack, 7, came face to face with Maddox, Pax, Zahara and Shiloh on Sunday.
Though we imagine playtime was memorable, the famous moms and dads went right back to work Monday morning. Depp flew to Tokyo, where he was on hand for the Japanese premiere of his massively successful "Alice in Wonderland."
-- Matt Donnelly
Photos: Angelina Jolie, top, waves to fans Tuesday in Venice while filming "The Tourist." And Monday in Japan, Johnny Depp shakes hands with fans -- he also signed autographs -- at the Tokyo premiere of "Alice in Wonderland." Credits: Top, Andrea Pattaro / AFP / Getty Images; left, Franck Robichon / EPA.