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No regrets. Angelina Jolie has revealed that her experience of early menopause since having her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed back in March has not been bad at all.

In fact, the 40-year-old wife of Brad Pitt says she “loves” being menopausal and isn’t pining for her youth in any way.

“I actually love being in menopause,” the mom-of-six said in an interview with Australia’s Daily Telegraph. “I haven’t had a terrible reaction to it, so I’m very fortunate,” she added.

“I feel older, and I feel settled being older,” the actress and humanitarian continued. “I feel happy that I’ve grown up. I don’t want to be young again.”

Jolie has been very vocal about her health choices, penning two New York Times op-eds on the topic. She first explained her decision to have a preventative double mastectomy back in 2013. Her second detailed her choice to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes in March of this year after a terrifying cancer scare.

The By the Sea star has been keen to make it clear that, far from feeling the surgeries have had a detrimental effect on her life, these days she feels more womanly than ever.

“I feel feminine, and grounded in the choices I am making for myself and my family,” she wrote in her article back in March. “I know my children will never have to say, ‘Mom died of ovarian cancer.’”



That’s the big takeaway from a pointless and glacially paced vanity project from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Written, produced, directed by, and costarring the missus, the film will be remembered — if it’s remembered at all — as the couple’s ill-conceived turn into Gigli-ville. At least it’s significantly more gorgeous.

Strip away the pair’s sizzling and playful chemistry from their hit 2005 action flick. In this drama, the two play a married couple in the 1970s who, from the moment they arrive at the sleepy French beach hotel, palpably despise each other. He’s a writer named Roland; she’s a former dancer named Vanessa. Yet at no point will you not think to yourself, “That is Brad Pitt. That is his wife, Angelina Jolie. They are married in real life. I wonder how weird it was for her to direct her husband. It’s crazy that they have six kids.” (Such is the downside of a super-famous Hollywood couple paired up on-screen).

“We’re here to get away from it all,” Roland explains in perfect Francais to the hotel owner at check-in. Indeed, judging from their stilted conversations and her penchant for self-medicating, there’s an underlying issue haunting them. (It’s so unoriginal that you will guess it within the first 30 minutes.) But this movie isn’t about solving a mystery — if only!

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Jolie would rather capture fleeting scenes from a tormented marriage. For much of the pic, she smokes on the sun-kissed balcony and gazes forlornly into the horizon. It’s like she only wants to film herself looking as glamorous and bored as possible. (The woman even goes to bed in full makeup, complete with false eyelashes.) He drinks heavily and engages in wistful conversations with the seen-it-all owner. If there’s a narrative treasure in here, it’s buried deep in the sand.

These long days and nights at the beach perk up a bit upon the introduction of the young French honeymooners vacationing in the room next door. They’re friendly and in love, which piques Vanessa’s curiosity to unsettling degrees. With the discovery of a small hole at the bottom of the conjoined wall in her room, she becomes a 24/7 voyeur. She can’t stop watching them have sex and talk about having children and have more sex. Even after Roland catches her on the floor with a guilty smile on her face, the two watch together. But he does it as a form of bonding with his distant wife, while she just lets the rage burn deep inside her.

In a more sophisticated piece of work, this could have laid the foundation to a fascinating psychological thriller — one in which an emotionally pained housewife is determined to slowly sabotage her marriage, as well as the union of two perfectly happy strangers, in a dreamy international backdrop. And all her helpless husband can do is watch the drama unfold through a tiny peephole. Keep the original title; lose almost everything else.

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That doesn’t happen. The promising arc meanders around without direction until it falls apart completely. (An unusual girls-only card game doesn’t contain a single piece of titillating conversation; a shopping trip into town is even less intriguing.) It would have behooved Jolie — billed as Jolie Pitt in the opening credits — to have written Vanessa with a discernable personality. When she’s supposed to be devious, she speaks to Pitt in a peculiar innocent baby-doll voice. When she should be vulnerable, she lashes out at him. Her true motivation is so murky that Pitt must hastily explain it to the audience via voice-over in the final few minutes. And that’s after we watch her mope around for two hours.

One of Jolie’s most admirable characteristics is that she refuses to do things the conventional way. Give her credit for writing an original story and directing her second movie in two years. But she wastes the opportunity with this self-indulgent meditation on a dead-end marriage. Mr. & Mrs. Smith Part Deux might have been a long shot, but it’s mystifying as to why she and her husband couldn’t have crafted a more compelling work. Even better, they could have let a more seasoned screenwriter or director enter their elusive world and offer some expertise. It’s a pity. Or, in this case, a Pitt-y.

 



brad-pitt-angelina-jolie-gettyStars are just like Us. Angelina Jolie opened up about husband Brad Pitt on Sunday, Nov. 8, revealing that the A-list couple have their share of ups and downs in their relationship.

“Brad and I have problems like any other couple,” Jolie, 40, told The Telegraph while promoting the pair’s upcoming film, By the Sea. “We have days when we drive each other absolutely mad, but the problems in the movie aren’t our specific problems.”

The drama — directed by the actress and starring both herself and Pitt — tells the story of a married couple and their trials and tribulations. The two previously starred in the 2005 film Mr. & Mrs. Smith together.

“When we first worked together it was very different because we didn’t really know each other and we were young, and it was really a fun film, so we thought maybe By the Sea was going to be that kind of fun, but realized very quickly that it wasn’t,” the mother of six said. “So it was challenging [this time], but we made a private pact that we were going to try to be as open and honest and emotive as possible and give to each other as much as we could and, succeed or fail, we would just lay it bare.”

The couple shot the movie in Malta shortly after their August 2014 wedding in France.

Pitt, 51, previously opened up to the Wall Street Journal about being directed by his wife, saying, “Being a couple, we have that shorthand that can be communicated in a look. Conversely, it means I knew immediately she felt a take stunk.”



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So over it. Angelina Jolie found herself in the middle of a media whirlwind last December after internal emails at Sony found their way into the hands of the public in the infamous Sony Pictures Entertainment hack, but the By the Sea director wasn’t upset by some of the less-than-flattering things said about her, she told The New York Times.

“There are certain things that bother me and certain things that don’t,” the 40-year-old actress-director told the Times. “Personal attacks on me? I think I’m just so used to it.”

One of the many leaked emails that made headlines last year included an exchange between former Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin. In the email chain, the two are discussing how to deal with Jolie, whom Rudin at one point calls a “minimally talented spoiled brat.”

Rudin later publicly apologized for his words, and Pascal resigned in disgrace, noting that the emails did not represent who she was or what she stood for. Jolie told the Times that her main concern was, in fact, for Pascal.

“Honestly, my first instinct was that I was worried about Amy,” she said of Pascal. “I had someone call her and ask if she was okay. Not because I’m a saint, but because I think we have to look at the bigger picture. She’s got kids. I knew it was going to unravel for her.”

In February, Pascal sat down with Tina Brown to share her side of the story and clarify that she and Jolie were still on good terms despite the unsavory emails.

“The first person I talked to was Angie after that email,” she said of the Maleficent star. “Everybody understood because we all live in this weird thing together called Hollywood. If we all actually were nice, it wouldn’t work.”