In a bombshell interview with Vanity Fair, Angelina Jolie is opening up about her very public divorce from Brad Pitt and some radical changes in her life since their split in September.
"It’s just been the hardest time, and we’re just kind of coming up for air," Jolie, 42, told Vanity Fair. "We’re all trying to do our best to heal our family."
- Jolie admits that their 12-year partnership went downhill following the filming of her third directorial effort, First They Killed My Father, wrapped in Cambodia last summer.
- "Things got bad," says Jolie. "I didn’t want to use that word. . . . Things became ‘difficult.’ "
- But she wanted to put on a good face for her kids, she says. "I think it’s very important to cry in the shower and not in front of them. They need to know that everything’s going to be all right even when you’re not sure it is."
- It wasn’t just her love life that was suffering though. Jolie was grappling with some serious health issues as well.
- She says that after having a preventative double mastectomy, reconstructive surgery and then having her ovaries removed, her body went into menopause. Jolie says she then developed Bell’s Palsy and hypertension which caused "one side of her face to droop." Thankfully, she was able to tap acupuncture to heal that issue.
- Jolie also explains that her lifestyle did not cause the issues in her marriage: "Our lifestyle was not in any way a negative," she says. "That was not the problem. That is and will remain one of the wonderful opportunities we are able to give our children . . . They’re six very strong-minded, thoughtful, worldly individuals. I’m very proud of them."
- Five days before she filed for divorce, the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services investigated an incident between Pitt and their eldest child, Maddox, but the charges were dropped.
- Later, the estranged couple released a statement saying they were working to resolve their divorce and would act as a "united front" moving forward.
- "We’re all just healing from the events that led to the filing . . . They’re not healing from divorce," Jolie tells Vanity Fair. "They’re healing from some . . . from life, from things in life."
- "We care for each other and care about our family, and we are both working towards the same goal."
- Pitt and Jolie share six children together: Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 10, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 8.
President Donald Trump announced his plan to ban transgender people from serving in the military on Wednesday in a series of tweets, and it immediately sparked outrage in Hollywood.
"After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military," he tweeted.
- "Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you."
- The policy is a reversal of President Barack Obama’s decision to allow transgender people to serve.
- Andy Cohen tweeted, "Are you TRYING to be an a**hole?" while Demi Lovato wrote, "I just want to tell the transgender community that I love you and you ARE supported no matter what. #ProtectTransTroops."
- Seth Rogen called out Ivanka Trump’s previous tweet declaring her support for the LGBTQ community, writing: "I'm starting to think they don't know what these letters actually stand for."
- Ellen DeGeneres, James Corden, Mia Farrow, Kerry Washington, Stephen King, Gina Rodriguez and dozens of other celebrities spoke out as well.
ANDERSON COOPER SAYS HE AND KATHY GRIFFIN ARE STILL PALS: Anderson Cooper says he is rooting for Kathy Griffin. During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen Tuesday night, Cooper confirmed that he and Griffin are still friends, despite everything. Griffin was heavily criticized and fired from her job co-hosting CNN’s New Year’s Eve special with Cooper after she published a photo of herself holding a bloodied Donald Trump mask on social media. "Yeah, we're still friends," he answered. "Look, I said what I said about…I didn't think what she said was appropriate." Griffin later apologized and has kept a relatively low-profile since, but Cooper hopes she’ll find her way back to the limelight soon. "I wish her the best. I hope she bounces back," he said. "She's incredibly funny and a lot of people love her and I think she'll bounce back from this."
MANDY MOORE SAYS SHE IS READY TO MARRY BOYFRIEND TAYLOR GOLDSMITH: Tick tock! This Is Us star Mandy Moore tells People that she is "grateful every day" for the life she is living, but is also hoping that she and boyfriend Taylor Goldsmith will marry (and start a family) soon. "I would definitely get married again," she said. "I’m definitely ready for motherhood sooner rather than later! think that’s going to be the next chapter." Moore was previously married to musician Ryan Adams for six years.
OLIVIA WILDE SENDS JENNIFER LAWRENCE SOUP AFTER SHE BARFED AT HER SHOW: Olivia Wilde wanted to maker sure Jennifer Lawrence got back on her feet after the Oscar-winner tossed her cookies at her Broadway show 1984 earlier this month. Wilde, 33, opened up about the incident on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen Tuesday night. She said: "Listen, she didn't need to apologize. I felt so bad and I sent her some Matzah ball soup and some bagels and she feels much better. She had a stomach flu, the poor thing walked in sick." Cohen, 49, revealed that he was supposed to see Lawrence himself after the show. Cohen explains: "She was supposed to come here. She was going to watch the show that night. It was so random. Vicki Gunvalson was on and she really wanted to come on. Not even kidding. Isn't that crazy?" Lawrence has long been open about her obsession with the Real Housewives franchise.
AMY SCHUMER GETS BEHIND ANNE HATHAWAY BARBIE ROLE: Trainwreck star Amy Schumer opted out of playing the iconic doll in a forthcoming live-action Barbie, citing scheduling conflicts. Now that rumors are swirling that Anne Hathaway will replace her, Schumer addressed the issue with her trademark sass, posting a picture of herself on Instagram sans makeup and looking quite somber, captioning it: "Hathaway smathaway. jkjk she's perfect!! Can't wait to see it!"
IKE BARINHOLTZ ON THE MEND AFTER BREAKING NECK: The Mindy Project star Ike Barinholtz is on the road to recovery after a terrifying accident on the set of a film. Barinholtz was shooting a fall stunt when he fell from a high platform five weeks ago, People reports. The impact fractured two cervical vertebrae in his neck. Luckily, the brace has been incorporated into the storyline of the final season of The Mindy Project. "After the accident, I talked to Mindy Kaling and we agreed that the only option was writing it into the show," he tells People. "Luckily, on The Mindy Project I play a character who could break his neck falling out of his bunk bed and it’s completely believable." The married father of two says the accident realigned his priorities in his personal life as well. "Sometimes it takes getting hurt to realize how lucky you are to have great people in your life," he says. "My family has been taking amazing care of me, and Mindy and all the folks at the show have been so kind. Also, many friends have sent lots of food which is great — but I can’t exercise, so in a way, it’s exceptionally cruel." Barinholtz’s movie, The Pact, is out next spring.
GINA RODRIGUEZ OPENS UP ABOUT MASTURBATION: Gina Rodriguez plays a woman struggling to balance her sexuality and religious beliefs on Jane the Virgin and offscreen she’s had some issues too, she admits. Rodriguez tells Bust Magazine: "In all honesty, I used to feel guilty for masturbating. Oh, my God, this extreme guilt! And that lasted way too long. Or maybe I masturbated too much!" Rodriguez is now dating actor Joe LoCicero, and she also opened up about their meet-cute story (which happened when he appeared on her hit CW show): He came in through the door and I was like, ‘Good God!’ and I fell into his eyeballs. On the fourth day that we saw each other at the gym, he asked me out, and I have been dating him ever since. Now I know what it means to date your best friend."
Changes are afoot for Bachelor in Paradise, host Chris Harrison says. Filming for the ABC show was delayed while the network conducted an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations between contestants Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson.
While the investigation was later dropped by both the network and Olympios, who had hired a lawyer, the impact on the show has been permanent.
- Rules on-set have been changed, with contestants forced to drink less (they are limited to two drinks per hour) and ask for permission from producers if they want to have sex.
- Harrison acknowledges that the audience is going to tune in to see what changed have been made. "I think publicly everyone is going to want us to come out and say, 'We've changed everything!' and that it will be earth-shattering," he tells The Hollywood Reporter.
- "Yes, we've made some changes but if you talk to the cast, they've always been the most important thing to us — taking care of them and their safety," he said of the behind-the-scenes tweaks. "And as far as alcohol goes, that's never been a big thing for us. That's a big misconception of the show — that we push it, and that we need it and we want it. But that really doesn't help us. Someone being sloppy drunk and being out of it does not give us good television."
- Footage of Olympios and Jackson's encounter – which was filmed – will not air, Harrison says.
- He told ET Online that although Olympios and Jackson declined invitations to come back as contestants on the show, and although footage of their night together won’t air, he does plan to interview them for ABC.
- "We're going to sit down with Demario. I don't think it'll be just part of the reunion show," Harrison told ET. "I'm going to sit down with DeMario and Corinne as part of a sit-down talk with the two of them."
- Both have already said that they will appear on the reunion special, though it is unclear if they will share the stage.
- "Honestly, after tonight I don't know how that dialogue's going to go," he continued. Harrison says he was "surprised" by Jackson's "bad choices" during the Men Tell All taping of the show. "I thought I had an idea before tonight, but I also thought we'd have a better moment than we had tonight. So, I don't know. Now I'm not really sure how it's going to be. We'll see."
Time to prep the nursery! Kim Kardashian has been open about her desire for a larger family for years now, and fans of Keeping Up With the Kardashians have watched as she slowly cycled through her options.
(Doctors have warned her that carrying a child herself again would endanger her health).
- After a lot of back and forth and reflection, in June, the 36-year-old and her husband Kanye West began scouting out surrogate options in earnest.
- Us Weekly reports that their pick, a San Diego mother in her late 20s, is already three months along. If the report is true, baby No. 3 will arrive in January of 2018.
- Kim and Kanye reportedly paid her $45,000 in 10 months of installments. In the case of multiples, there would be an additional $5,000 per child paid, per TMZ. This comes on top of the $68,850 deposit they gave to the agency who found the woman they settled on.
- There are several stipulations in their contract, Us Weekly reports. But nothing over-the-top, just the standard pregnant mom rules: no drinking, smoking or drugs; no raw fish and no handling cat litter.
After photographs of Nicolas Cage dressed in the garb of a nomadic herdsman went viral, he quickly began getting blowback from a human rights group who say he is supporting a dictatorial regime.
Cage appeared in Astana, Kazakhstan to attend the Eurasia Film Festival, and in the process, paused for the now-infamous photo opp with the festival president Aiman Mussakhajaeva.
- But President Nursultan Nazarbayev has ruled for 26 years, and in the process, has shut down independent news outlets, arrested critics and even killed more than a dozen peaceful protesters in 2011, the Human Rights Foundation alleges.
- "I would be pleased to participate in some film project on the territory of Kazakhstan," Cage told journalists while attending the festival. "I enjoyed the architecture of your capital. What I saw reminded me of an old black-and-white film that depicted the future."
- The HRF issued a press release Wednesday criticizing Cage.
- "His glowing review gave Kazakhstan's dictatorship much-needed PR, and his photos boosted the regime's visibility on the international stage," said HRF president Thor Halvorssen.
- He continued: "Cage should be mortified that he participated in a whitewashing stunt for a murderous tyrant."
OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND WANTS HER LAWSUIT AGAINST RYAN MURPHY FAST-TRACKED: Olivia de Havilland is 101 years old, and time is of the essence for the legendary actress. She has filed a request with Los Angeles Superior Court to expedite her lawsuit against Ryan Murphy and FX over her depiction (by Catherine Zeta-Jones) in Feud: Bette and Joan. In a statement, her lawyer said: "This is the kind of case for which they statute was passed. There is substantial risk that without a trial preference, Miss de Havilland will be prejudiced in not obtaining the benefits of the litigation. She is eager to have this case fully resolved well in advance of her 102nd birthday."
JON HAMM, LOIS SMITH CONNECT IN EERIE MARJORIE PRIME TRAILER: In a new trailer for the Sundance Award-winner Marjorie Prime, Lois Smith, 86, is seen playing an ailing widow who, with the help of an A.I. rendering of her late husband Jon Hamm, ponders her mortality and their life together. Geena Davis and Tim Robbins also star. Smith, who got her start in a supporting role in 1952’s East of Eden starring James Dean, tells Entertainment Weekly that Marjorie Prime is about humanity on its deepest levels. She said: "The beauty of it, to me is its humanism and seeing how it connects how we live and explore connections with each other, our family, and memory." The film will go into limited release on August 18th, with a larger rollout planned in subsequent weeks.
BABY DRIVER COSTUME DESIGNER MAKES DIRECTORIAL DEBUT WITH FEMINSIT WESTERN PIC: Courtney Hoffman is making the move from costume design to directing. The wardrobe maven behind Baby Driver, Captain Fantastic and The Hateful Eight, is helming a feminist Western short called The Good Time Girls, starring Laura Dern, Alia Shawkat, Annalise Basso and Garret Dillahunt. The film is set to premiere in L.A. on August 1st and will be viewable online at refinery29.com on August 2nd.
LIONSGATE PLOTS JOHN WICK UNIVERSE WITH BALLERINA SCRIPT: Lionsgate has won a bidding war to pick up a female-focused action script titled Ballerina. The script will be the springboard from which a John Wick spinoff springs, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Ballerina has been described as La Femme Nikita-like, with a pulpier, highly stylized vibe. The deal marks the first sale for 23-year-old Shay Hatten, who is currently toiling as a writer’s assistant for Robert Downey Jr.’s production company Team Downey.
WONDER WOMAN 2 GETS RELEASE DATE: Warner Bros. has set December 13th, 2019 as the release date for Wonder Woman 2. Gal Gadot will star again as the superheroine, this time doing battle with the Soviet Union during the 1980s. Director Patty Jenkins is negotiating her return and DC Entertainment President Geoff Johns is working on the script.