Jennifer Aniston and boyfriend Justin Theroux hit up Christie's Artists for Haiti auction in New York on Friday night and they didn’t go home empty-handed. The couple stepped up for the cause and won a spendy painting for a whopping $450,000.
Theroux did the bidding on the 6-foot Glenn Ligon abstract titled “Stranger #44,” while Aniston clapped enthusiastically after the win, reports US magazine. With the painting valued at just $150,000 to $200,000, the purchase was also a hefty donation.
Ben Stiller’s Stiller Foundation, in partnership with Zwirner, organized the fundraiser to help the people of Haiti. Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn and others joined Stiller and friends at Almond restaurant for the benefit dinner, raising $14 million for the cause, according to Reuters.
Artists Jeff Koons, Jasper Johns and Chuck Close teamed up for the Artists for Haiti event, many creating pieces specifically for the auction. Marlene Dumas’ “My mother before she became my mother” was the top seller at $2 million.
Brad Pitt wants people to know that he didn't mean married life with Jennifer Aniston was uninteresting when he told Parade magazine that, for a time, he was living an uninteresting life and that he thought his marriage to her had something to do with it.
"It grieves me that this was interpreted this way," Pitt said Friday in a written statement, referring to Thursday's gossip kerfuffle about the remarks. "Jen is an incredibly giving, loving and hilarious woman who remains my friend. It is an important relationship I value greatly. The point I was trying to make is not that Jen was dull but that I was becoming dull to myself — and that I am responsible for."
Guess the "Brad Pitt is finally 'satisfied' " headline on the piece didn't help much in setting the tone — along with those other highlighted quotes about how happy he is. Now. With Angelina Jolie.
Here's the Pitt quote due in print Sunday, as teased by Parade.
I started to get sick of myself sitting on a couch, holding a joint, hiding out. It started feeling pathetic. It became very clear to me that I was intent on trying to find a movie about an interesting life, but I wasn't living an interesting life myself. I think that my marriage [to Aniston] had something to do with it. Trying to pretend the marriage was something that it wasn't.
So, the decision is yours. If the Ministry knows anything, it's that quotes are taken out of context and misinterpreted all the time. That said, the did-he-mean-it-or-not debate is at least, y'know, fairly interesting.
New Aniston beau Justin Theroux might have a foolproof technique for not being misinterpreted: During an interview, simply pose, look pretty and speak about nothing except your relationship with your own facial hair.
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux can save money on those monogrammed towels, now that the two Js are sharing a two-bedroom Hollywood Hills home.
The actors are reportedly bunking in the temporary rental love nest while they look for the right place in which to cohabitate.
"They decided to rent a house together while they keep searching for the perfect [one] to buy," a source told People. "Jen and Justin are very excited about living together in their new home."
So what does this mean? Aside from the obvious suggestion that Jen and Justin are getting très serious, it could mean a major life recalibration for Aniston.
After a painstaking renovation to transform a Beverly Hills mansion into her zen dream house, a then-single Aniston listed the property in February for $42 million -- it sold in the $38-million vicinity -- with the reported intention of moving to New York.
She also indicated she'd be taking some time off to write, give directing a shot and relax in general. But, to indulge in an Aniston movie pun, love happened.
If the source is saying that Aniston and Theroux are searching for a permanent L.A. residence, Jen's flight plans may have changed dramatically, or been canceled altogether. But all is fair in love and real estate.
Photo: Justin Theroux, right, laughs during girlfriend Jennifer Aniston's handprint-and-footprint ceremony outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood in July. Credit: Gabriel Bouys / Agence France-Presse
When Jennifer Aniston finally drops her suitcases in New York City for good, she's got a heck of a welcome wagon waiting: Mark Sanchez, the quarterback of the New York Jets.
Sanchez, the 24-year-old leader of "Gang Green," confessed that his biggest celebrity crush is on Rachel Green herself.
"She's experienced," the USC alum gushed to GQ of the "Wanderlust" actress, who is currently taken by actor and screenwriter Justin Theroux.
Nice to know that Aniston is popular with the youngsters, as she was recently tapped for the Decade of Hotness award and all, but don't be fooled bt Sanchez's age -- he's earned a few stud stripes already.
"You have to be a 24-year-old bachelor," he told the mag, "with the means to do anything, just about, but with the wherewithal and understanding and life skills of a 45-year-old Supreme Court judge."
Insight and confidence like that puts the Ministry on his team.
Jennifer Aniston is quite busy being not-so-busy. The actress, who's taking a breather from work to enjoy herself, make a cross-country move and spend time with her new love, Justin Theroux, enjoyed a healthy mix of all of the above this past weekend.
On Friday evening, Aniston threw an intimate farewell bash at her recently sold Beverly Hills mansion, the dream house she took a heavy hand in designing -- in the process landing herself the cover of Architectural Digest.
"Jen had ... a little going-away party since she plans on spending so much more time in New York," a source told People.
"She just wanted to have one more great get-together with friends at the house before she moved out," the insider added, confirming that Theroux was in attendance.
On Sunday, Aniston and Theroux jetted off to a private island in Hawaii, where they were spotted at an airport rocking purple leis. After some fun and sun, Aniston will presumably make her transition from Los Angeles to NYC, where she's snatched up a few choice properties.
Jennifer Aniston is reportedly taking some downtime from the big screen -- but not to eat, pray or love. Well, maybe love.
"Jen's taking a year off from work to enjoy herself," an alleged Aniston insider told Us Weekly.
And what might this enjoyment include -- finally shipping off to New York, indulging in extra yoga to maintain her award-winning body, or perhaps some quiet reflection?
Jen reportedly wants to work on her long-gestating property "The Goree Girls," the story of a singing band of female prisoners. And she may be tapping her current screenwritier boyfriend to get it done.
"She wants to collaborate with [Justin Theroux]," a second source told the mag.
Aniston recently attended the red carpet premiere of her summer comedy "Horrible Bosses," and has the couples travel flick "Wanderlust" poised for release in the fall (on the set of which she met Theroux). She's also set to direct a short film on breast cancer with Lifetime Networks this year.
Would you miss Jen on the big screen in 2012? Tell us in comments.
Jennifer Aniston looked tan and sleek in Balenciaga at the premiere of "Horrible Bosses" on Thursday at Grauman's Chinese Theatre — a look that served her well in the film, which has her playing a sex-crazed dentist, often wearing lingerie or just a white dentist's jacket and underwear.
The only other person caught onscreen in underwear is funnyman P.J. Byrne, who plays an Ivy League graduate so down on his luck that he convinces the film's protagonists, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis, that it is better to kill their horrible bosses than to quit their jobs during a recession.
The aforementioned stars jovially ambled down the red carpet alongside their "murder consultant" Jamie Foxx and costars Julie Bowen and Lindsay Sloane, as well as screenwriters John Francis Daley, Michael Markowitz and Jonathan Goldstein, and the film's director, Seth Gordon. (Click the pics for more photos from the red carpet.)
Aniston said her racy role, in which she relentlessly sexually harasses Day, "was incredibly fun to play, especially since it's the kind of role that a guy would normally play."
The screenwriters said they had her in mind when they wrote the role. "Isn't that incredible?" Aniston said. "I love a man with an imagination."
Many questions were asked about the cast and crew's worst bosses, but most refused to answer them since a lot of those bosses are presumably still working — and powerful — in Hollywood. Byrne, however, did reveal a story about a man he called "the starer," who stared at his employees in a really creepy way. But Bateman said he'd never had a bad boss, having been lucky enough to work in film and TV most of his life.
"Obviously I have no complaints," he said. "There are people with real jobs or looking for real jobs."
Foxx said he's a good boss. "There are only a few things that I get particular about." With "songs dropping," Foxx has his plate full writing "Damage Control," a new show for HBO.
Gordon is similarly busy with work on a remake of the 1980s thriller "War Games."
"We're gonna update it," he said. "Politics have changed a lot, technology has changed a lot, hacking has changed a lot."
After the film, folks decamped to SBE's glitzy, nautical-themed Colony for short ribs, truffle mashed potatoes and blueberry martinis. Byrne, palling around with actor Nicholas D'Agosto, whom he worked alongside in the upcoming "Final Destination 5," revealed there that he calls his underwear in the film his "tighty reddies" — and that he may or may not wear said underwear regularly.
Photos: Jennifer Aniston, top, and Jamie Foxx with model Britt Loren, left, at the "Horrible Bosses" premiere in Hollywood on Thursday. Credits: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press, top; Robyn Beck / Agence France-Press / Getty Images.
One comforting factor is Justin Theroux, the new boyfriend she's been wining and dining with around New York City. Theroux, also an actor, even accompanied the star at her recent appearance on Bravo's "Inside the Actors Studio."
While Aniston is notoriously mum when it comes to her personal life, she indicated Monday that she's fortunate to have found Theroux.
"I'm very happy," she said on "Good Morning America."
Jennifer Aniston took time this week to reflect on her career, appearing with James Lipton on Bravo's "Inside The Actor's Studio." And though she recalled details of work from her past, it was new love Justin Theroux who commanded her attention.
Though Lipton's New York City offers Actor's Studio students an opportunity to learn from their idols, Aniston for the most part appeared to be schooling them in flirting.
"[Theroux] was sitting in the front row, and she made eye contact with him," a second-year MFA candidate told People.
"Whenever there would be a lull, she would just look at him and give him a wink and go back to what she was doing."
To be fair, Jen offered the group a little more than a lesson in chemistry.
"She was just so relaxed and so open," the MFA hopeful added, "so lovable from beginning to end. Such a sweetheart."
As for the lovingly parodied Lipton, he had no issue going there in asking Aniston what drew her to the 2006 flick "The Break Up."
"Well, you know it's something I have a lot of experience with," she cracked, possibly referring to, we don't know, a certain dissolved marriage or — who remembers that anyway?
Nice to know Jen has a sense of humor. And someone she seems very content to nuzzle.
Jennifer Aniston, it would seem, owes a few people a few pairs of Swiss cheese-free pants.
The actress, whose "Horrible Bosses" opens next month, confessed recently that in her days trying to make it to television and movie stardom she was a fairly horrible waitress.
"I waited a lot of tables, and I wasn't very good at that," she told Marie Claire. "I dropped more than one Alpine burger in customers' laps, and you just do not want all of that Swiss cheese and mushrooms in your pants."
Perhaps those powers of intuition led to her success as an actress, something she was grateful for in her early days living in Los Angeles.
"I spent my first paycheck on a vintage Mercedes," she said.
"I started getting pilots and working pretty regularly. I still didn't make any decent money until I got on 'Friends.' "