As The Tourist is set to be a big success in Italy, here are the pics from its Rome premiere with Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt all gracing the red carpet. The Italians can’t resist a success they feel they’ve contributed to, and so fans turned up to see both the Hollywood stars and their local actors who appeared in the film.
Angelina Jolie has already pleased Italians off to see the film with comments about how professional the Italian actors were, and people going to see it will get a chance to revisit the romance of Venice on an international scale. Check out the pics below but remember - if you’re off to see this film in cinemas in Italy, it will be dubbed.
Apparently Angelina Jolie fell in love with Italy while she was here filming The Tourist earlier this year. According to The DailyMail the couple could not resist buying this fabulous house for 40 million dollars. Located in Val policella, a beautiful valley near the city of Verona famous for its vineyards and superb wine - the property boasts 18,000 square feet and 15 bedrooms, seven baths, a movie theater, two swimming pools, a gym and several Jacuzzis.
Angelina Jolie and her husband Brad Pitt have just bought the house of their dreams in Veneto for $ 32 million. Located in the enchanting Valpolicella Valley, this gorgeous villa built in the Palladian style is 2,000 square metres in size and surrounded by an amazing park. It also features swimming pool, cinema room and a well-equipped gym! In short, the perfect place where to host glamorous dinner parties!
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Elisabetta Canalis has had a triumphant entry to Hollywood with George Clooney for the Unicef ball at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The ball is one of the more illustrious events on the Hollywood calendar and other celebrities in attendance were Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, on the same table as the Clooney-Canalis couple.
Matt Damon and his wife, Luciana Barroso were also there, as was Bruce Willis, Cindy Crawford and their respective partners in what seemed to be a re-run of Ocean’s Twelve. According to reports, George Clooney is as attentive as ever to his Italian girlfriend and Elisabetta seems to be able to mix it with the stars. It looks like her Italian show girl training is standing her in good stead, so far.
People magazine said of the Clooney-Canalis romance:
Canalis appeared right at home among Clooney’s high-profile pals, chit-chatting with Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber, and never straying far from her beau, who kept her the center of his attention.
Throughout the evening, the couple never skimped on public displays of affection: He draped his around the back of her chair and she ran her fingers through his hair during musical performances from Tony Bennett and Frankie Valli. Clooney constantly turned to her to share big laughs during the event’s funnier moments….”
The news has gotten about everywhere, but on the cover of this month’s Riders magazine is Brad Pitt and his motorcycling passion, who admits that he would give anything to be like Valentino Rossi.
Brad Pitt visited the Laguna Seca MotoGP this year, as the Hollywood star has always been open about his motorcycling interests. At the Yamaha pit stop on Valentino Rossi, Brad Pitt praised the rider, saying: “We’re public personalities, we shouldn’t have idols to venerate. But I have one that’s bigger than all the rest: Valentino Rossi. I would give anything to be like him. That guy is a real magician. He would be capable of hypnotising me. It doesn’t seem possible, because he looks like he weighs only 30 kilos, but he has a speed and balance.
He can lie on the track, next to the bike, but without falling. It’s a dance, it’s pure art. Rossi has won the eighth title without bragging. He remains calm, filled with a sense of internal balance that doesn’t seem human, he escapes mortality. For me, watching him in action, is like reading poetry.”
After our photo gallery of George Clooney and Brad Pitt at the Venice Film Festival, today we focus on the lovely women at Venice’s lido. Starting with the first photo of a fan’s tribute to Heath Ledger, who was here last year on September 4th before his tragic death.
Melancholy aside, it has been a full-on schedule at the festival with Charlize Theron appearing together with Guillermo Arriaga and Jennifer Lawrence (minus Kim Basinger), for the presentation of “The Burning Plain”.
Other appearances include Ferzan Ozpetek, Isabella Ferrari, Monica Guerritore, Nicole Grimaudo and Federico Costantini, who will present the Italian film of the festival, “Un giorno perfetto”, or “A perfect day”. Maestro Hayao Miyazaki also appeared, giving the festival his “Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea”.
The legendary director of the Blues Brothers, John Landis, has also turned up, and at the party in honour of Valentino, Carolina Crescentini was also spotted. Italian personalities Lapo Elkann and Gino Strada have been seen - after the jump more shots from our gallery.
Many websites have erroneously reported that actor Brad Pitt saved a little Italian boy from drowning.
Actually our CineBlog colleague who was right there and saw first hand what happened said that things didn’t go that way at all. The boy who was simply asking for an autograph, stumbled and fell to the ground and at this point Mr Pitt extended his hand and helped his little fan get up ! Only the pen ended up in the water. End of the story.
The boy who - thanks to his ability to be everywhere - is somehow a small celebrity in Venice laughed his head off when found out about this! Well Mr Brad Pitt may be you’re not a hero, but we love you all the same!
With the sign from the famous Martini commercial “No George, no party!”, today has been the first day of delirium at the 65th Venice Film Festival, or 65esima Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica, which has opened doors in great style. inaugurating the festival with the film Burn After Reading.
Fans have been camping out on the read carpet despite the heat, to catch a glimpse of Brad Pitt and George Clooney, including many other stars of this festival (and some attractive women too, if you’re interested gentlemen). Other appearances are from Tilda Swinton and Frances McDormand, and this evening’s program includes the new comedy from the Coen brothers.
After the jump you can check out our huge photo gallery from our colleagues at Cineblog.it, including Brad and George, along with jury members Takeshi Kitano, who will present his film Achilles and the tortoise, Abdellatif Kechiche, and Elsa Martinelli. The director Marco Pontecorvo will be present and in attendance will be Stefania Sandrelli, Afef, Lola Ponce and the lovely Claudia Schiffer.
Isn’t he sweet ? Of course I’m talking of Brad Pitt just arrived in Venice with daughter and son in tow!
At 44 Mr Pitt still looks great and during a press conference held after his arrival in Italy, the actor told reporters that he feels absolutely optimistic about the future! Well, glad to hear that, but does that mean that another child will soon be on the way?
Australia’s major newspaper, the Sydney Morning Herald, has reported that the Venice Film Festival could be losing the glitz of international celebrity pulling power. While the crisis of the writers’ strike in America, in addition to shifts in the international economy, could be the najor cause, the effect of a decrease in stars at the festival should not be underestimated.
The paper reports that the Venice film festival is being overlooked on the American scene, which is preferring to trip across the border to Toronto. I would argue that apart from bigger opportunities to court the media, it could just be geographical convenience at play.
The presence of George Clooney and Brad Pitt at the Venice festival is a strong indication that the old continent is still an attractive destination for big-name stars. Conveniently Clooney also lives here most of summer.
The paper points out though, that the roots of the Venice festival and its biggest support base, are in European and art house films. Where else do you get such gems as directors Ferzan Ozpetek? The festival is, perhaps by default given the lack of Hollywood presence, a place where new discoveries can be made. And we all know that as European cinema needs its niche, Venice can be a stage that nicely contrasts the blinding glory of Hollywood glamour.
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