Angelina Jolie Speaks of Playing with Brad
Plus: Cher closes up shop, Ray goes to Broadway, and more
REVEALED: Angelina Jolie says she and Brad Pitt share a common trust – gained during gun practice while preparing for their roles as married assassins in Mr. and Mrs. Smith, the actress tells Vanity Fair. “You had to trust each other to cross under or over and only move when the other person moves, so the trust, when somebody’s got a loaded gun at your back … it made us trust each other quickly,” says Jolie, 29. In the interview, Jolie denies the rumors that she had phone sex with Pitt and that she had said she was a shoulder for Pitt to cry on after his split from his wife of 4 1/2 years, Jennifer Aniston. “It’s obviously been difficult with all this bulls— going on,” Jolie said of her professional relationship with Pitt. “I’ve been tied to everybody I ever worked with.”
CONCLUDED: Cher, 58, played to a sold-out crowd Saturday at the Hollywood Bowl and insisted that this final concert on her 325-stop tour really was the end, AP reports. “I’m approaching 80,” she joked to the crowd, “and if I did that thing everyone does, come back in five years, I’d be driving around in one of those carts you know, the ones with the joysticks you see in Costco.” The show, which included about a dozen costume changes, ended with fireworks that spelled out her tour’s expletive-laden tagline, “Follow this, you b—–s!”
PROPOSED: Ray Charles is coming to Broadway, if the producers of the movie Ray, which won a Best Actor Oscar for Jamie Foxx, have their way. Variety reports that Stuart Benjamin will again team with Howard and Karen Baldwin on the project, which will also include participation by Joe Adams, the late music legend’s longtime manager. They imagine the project as focusing on Charles’s personality and spanning his entire career. “The stage is a natural home for this material,” Howard Baldwin tells the trade paper.
SETTLED: The Dave Matthews Band has agreed to pay $200,000 to an environmental fund to settle a lawsuit brought by the Illinois attorney general in connection with a band bus driver dumping 800 lbs. of liquid human waste from a DMB tour bus into the Chicago River. On Friday, Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced the state was dropping its civil suit, which alleged the usually eco-friendly rockers violated environmental regulations and public nuisance laws. “This settlement is reasonable and appropriate given the public and environmental health threats caused by this foul incident,” Madigan told the Associated Press.
GATHERED: The nostalgic cable network TV Land will pay tribute to Everybody Loves Raymond by airing programming so annoying during the CBS sitcom’s May 16 finale that viewers can’t help but want to change the channel. As the Barone family does its business on CBS, TV Land will show a room filled with 210 guys named Raymond. Each will wear a T-shirt with the title of one of the show’s episodes and stand, one by one, to introduce themselves and the episode title they have on. This isn’t the first such stunt TV Land has pulled. It went off the air in 1998 to salute the Seinfeld finale and, in 2004, aired pictures of a room full of network staff members purportedly watching the Friends finale while periodically telling viewers to do the same.