“Just like me, they long to be close to you” is a heartbreaking Frank Ocean lyric in and of itself. However, when that lyric is sung with a soulful ache on stage at FYF Fest while a camera captures Brad Pitt talking solemnly on his phone, it becomes art. The performance art piece came in the middle of Ocean’s triumphant return to the LA music festival he notoriously cancelled on back in 2015 and it cemented the singer’s bromance with Pitt as the stuff of legend.
For those of you who’ve missed this simmering relationship between the two masters of their field, here’s a refresher course. In May, Pitt told GQ that in the midst of his divorce with Angelina Jolie (which we’re still reeling from if we’re being honest with ourselves), he started listening to a lot of Frank Ocean, saying: “I find this young man so special. Talk about getting to the raw truth. He’s painfully honest. He’s very, very special.” Not long after that revelation, Ocean performed in Manchester, England draped in a shirt with Pitt’s face on it.
Now, the slow burn of tension between the two finally culminated at Exposition Park and it’s beautiful. As Ocean began with “Close to You” and ended with a rendition of Jackson 5’s “Never Can Say Goodbye,” Pitt’s phone never left his ear. Who was he talking to? Angelina? A divorce lawyer? The Seamless delivery man? His own hopes and dreams?
We may never know, but the videographer who filmed him (and Ocean’s full set) was allegedly none other than auteur filmmaker Spike Jonze, so we may be seeing Pitt’s solemn face talking on his cell phone in some art film in the near future.
The same day Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie announced their shocking divorce, a new trailer for the soon-to-be bachelor’s latest film, Allied, was released.
Allied follows the story of U.S. intelligence officer Max Vatan (Pitt), who meets French fighter Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard) during a dangerous mission in North Africa in the 1940s. The two fall in love, but Vatan later learns there’s more to his beau than he’d originally understood.
The trailer’s timing is particularly poignant as rumors swirl that Pitt and Cotillard may have taken their on-screen chemisty into real life while hanging out on set, although as of now it’s just gossip – the whispers of an affair have not been confirmed.
Allied is directed Oscar winner Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Cast Away) and its screenplay is written by Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders, Locke) who adapted the tale from a true story.
In perhaps the biggest, most surprising breakup in modern celebrity history, Angelina Jolie is filing for divorce from Brad Pitt, two years and one month after their August 2014 marriage. She cited “irreconcilable differences” as her reasoning, CNN reports.
“I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the wellbeing of our kids,” Pitt told the news network.”I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time.”
Jolie is asking for physical custody of the couple’s six children, with visitation rights for Brad. Geyer Kosinski, Angie’s rep, told E! News: “Angelina will always do what’s in the best interest to protect her children. She appreciates everyone’s understanding of their need for privacy at this time.”
Pitt and Jolie became close on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 2004, while Brad was still married to actress Jennifer Aniston. In early 2005, Aniston and Pitt announced their split, and months later, Brangie was born out of paparazzi photos that surfaced of the new couple with Jolie’s son Maddox in Kenya.
Since then, Jolie and Pitt have adopted two more children, Zahara and Pax, and Jolie’s given birth to Shiloh, Vivienne, and Knox.
Take inspiration from Brad Pitt’s effortlessly cool and alluring style in Mr. and Mrs. Smith with black patent leather Versace loafers, sleek Oliver Peoples sunglasses, and a clean, white Calvin Klein Oxford shirt.
Look to George Clooney’s sexy and chic Ocean’s Eleven style for inspiration and outfit yourself in Persol polarized sunglasses, a timeless Giorgio Armani watch, and a dashing Tom Ford silk bow-tie (best left untied).
Go yacht-casual and get Leonardo DiCaprio’s preppy and polished summer look in Wolf of Wall Street with a vintage Tag Heuer watch, Ray Ban Tortoise Boyfriend shades, Gucci leather loafers, and a classic Prada belt.
From David Bowie for Louis Vuitton to John Stamos for Dannon Greek yogurt, 10 campaigns featuring hot older celebs we love.
Johnny Depp — there’s a face we don’t see enough. For the first time, the actor has signed on as the face of a fragrance, and Dior is the house lucky enough to take him on. The scent, the house’s first of its kind in ten years, is composed by Dior perfumer François Demachy and is due out in September, closer to when the name and campaign will be revealed.
But enough about the fragrance, at least until closer to launch…we’re excited about Johnny Depp for Dior, and it’s making us want to take a look back at the other hot celebs featured in campaigns. Yes, ladies like Cher and Joan Didion have been in the spotlight as of late, but the guys have always been around. So it’s time to take a minute to appreciate these 10 campaigns featuring our favorite, more mature leading men.
In case you missed it, Brad Pitt has been named the new face of Chanel No. 5. The Moneyball actor and man that Angelina Jolie told to put a ring on it now follows in the footsteps of the iconic French fashion house’s previous campaign vets, Nicole Kidman and Audrey Tautou. We know what you’re thinking: Why is Brad Pitt the face of a woman’s fragrance, let alone the most famous fragrance in the world? We’re confused, too. In honor of that, here’s a lighthearted round-up of a few more curious Hollywood-fronted fashion campaigns.
Lindsay Lohan for Phillip Plein
In-between court appearances and that infamous Playboy shoot last year, Lindsay Lohan found the time fly to Italy to shoot a campaign for German designer, Phillip Plein. She does look good, though.
Eva Longoria and Tony Parker for London Fog
Back in 2009, Eva Longoria teamed up with her husband at the time, Tony Parker, for an unexpected shoot with London Fog. Hollywood couple campaigns are always a tricky thing, and this one was no exception.
George Clooney for Omega Watches
We get that George Clooney is a fancy man who wears fancy watches, but this photo is just hilarious.
Vincent Gallo and G-Star RAW
Who knew that indie king Vincent Gallo wore G-Star?
Last night I was hanging out and reminiscing with some old college friends when bam, out came a photo of me as a freshman, in the first weeks of school—all of ten years ago at this point. Naturally, I was shirtless, and that was what caused my buddy to turn to me in awe. “Look how hairless you are!” he exclaimed, indicating the baldness of my chest as compared to the thicket of fur that currently blankets that same space. Yes, I had become a man in the interim.
I don’t think I’d want to go back to having just a few sprigs of chest hair. I’m much warmer in the winter, for one. Plus, at least in my experience, it feels like most women prefer a full carpet. If my pieced-together knowledge of the 1970s is at all correct, and contemporary photos of Burt Reynolds are any indication, chest hair was once even publicly prized and adored. So why does it seem like you can’t be a Hollywood hunk anymore without a baby-smooth torso that looks like it was molded from plastic?
Don’t be coy: you know exactly what I’m talking about. Whether it’s Brad Pitt in Fight Club or Ryan Gosling in whatever he was just in, producers just don’t trust you to see all those pecs and abs under a thatch of body hair or, god forbid, a happy trail. I can only imagine what kind of horrid waxing/shaving/ electrolysis routines these poor actors have to submit to. And for what? So we can promote an evolutionarily disadvantageous fashion that it feels like only a creepy bodybuilder would be into? For shame, America. I want to live in a country where I take my shirt off at the beach with confidence—at least until my back hair starts coming in.
Yesterday, we got the long-awaited first glimpse at Ridley Scott and Cormac McCarthy’s upcoming drug trade thriller The Counselor. Albeit in Russian, the teaser provided us with a slick and intense look at the sleazy crime drama starring Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, and many more. Telling the story of a a man who finds himself embroiled in a dangerous world when he witnesses a drug trade and the nefarious characters he becomes involved with, The Counselor is set to have its theatrical release on October 25th.
But now, not only is there an English trailer for your viewing pleasure but a slew of new photos from the film courtesy of EW. And if you didn’t catch The New Yorker’s article on McCarthy’s script for the feature a few weeks back, check out an excerpt from the next below via The Playlist:
…the septic-tank truck on a two-lane blacktop road in central Texas. A late-model sedan is following it, two men in the car. The passenger in the sedan plugs a flashing red roof light into the cigarette lighter in the dash and reaches out the window and places the light on the roof of the car. Then he takes a black box off the seat and holds it at the window and turns it on and it begins to emit a police-siren sound. The septic-tank truck slows and pulls over onto the verge and comes to a halt. The sedan pulls in some distance behind it and the two men get out, putting on white Stetson hats. They are dressed in boots and tan slacks and white shirts and wear automatic sidearms. The driver of the truck—the wire man—watches them in the rearview mirror. The boots of the co-driver of the truck are moving back along the passenger side of the truck. The driver starts the truck and pulls away. The two men in the road have almost reached the truck and they draw their pistols and run forward. The co-driver of the truck is now lying in the bar ditch, and when the truck clears his position the two men in the road are exposed directly in front of him and he opens fire on them with a pistol, dropping one of them dead in the road and wounding the other in the leg. The wounded man dives into the ditch on the other side of the road. The truck has come to a stop again, angled slightly toward the road, and the driver opens fire on the wounded man with a pistol from the truck window. The wounded man presses himself flat in the ditch and takes careful aim with his pistol and shoots the driver in the head. The driver’s pistol clatters into the road. The co-driver in the ditch sees the pistol fall. He studies the far side of the road and then backs down into the ditch and crouches and runs along the ditch toward the truck. The wounded man sees the man’s back moving along the ditch and he stands and fires three rounds after him. The last round hits the tank of the truck and brown sewage starts to spout from the hole. The co-driver reaches the truck and opens the door and clambers in over the body slumped on the floor and, crouching over the body, he reaches and pushes the clutch to the floor with his hand and drops the shifter into first gear and reaches and releases the emergency brake. He pushes down the accelerator with one hand and lets the clutch out with the other and the truck moves forward into the road. The wounded man climbs out of the ditch and hobbles back to the car and gets in and shuts the door. He lays the pistol on the seat and reaches under the seat and takes out an AR-15 machine pistol with a twenty-round clip and pushes off the safety and starts the car and pulls out down the road after the truck. The truck has wandered to the far side of the road and the car pulls up along the passenger side of the truck and the wounded man opens fire with the AR-15, emptying the clip into the door of the truck. Then he backs away and pulls to the verge and sits watching. The truck veers slowly off the road in front of him and rolls down into the bar ditch, where it tilts up onto two wheels and balances for a moment and then drops back onto all four wheels and sits there in silence. In the rearview mirror, the man in the car can see another car approaching, very small on the long stretch of blacktop road. He can see the pistol lying in the road and, beyond that, the dead body. The approaching car is shimmering in the heat waves off the road. The man’s trouser leg is dark with blood to his boot. He places his hand on his thigh and leans forward slightly in pain. He turns the AR-15 on the seat and ejects the empty clip and reaches under the seat and gets hold of a small canvas bag and puts it in his lap and unzips it and takes out a loaded clip and loads the AR-15 and pushes back the slide with the heel of his hand. The approaching car has slowed. Now it stops. It turns sideways in the road and backs up and swings around and heads back the way it came. The wounded man has opened the door and he steps out and levels the AR-15 and opens fire on the fleeing car. He empties the clip and then lowers the gun and stands watching. The car slows and drifts off the road and down into the bar ditch and comes to a stop. The man reaches into the car and gets another clip and reloads the AR-15 and turns and goes down the bank to the truck.
Even going on just a whisper, it would be difficult to not get excited about a film with Cormac McCarthy-penned script starring Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, and Javier Bardem. And then when you add on that it’s a drug trade thriller directed by Ridley Scott with a supporting cast of Penelope Cruz, John Leguizamo, Rosie Perez, etc., we’re pretty much sold.
And for quite some time now, we’ve all been anticipating just when we’d get a taste of Scott and McCarthy’s gripping collaboration, The Counselor, and now we’ve finally got it. Albeit in Russian, the teaser trailer for the film shows us a slickly shot and action-packed preview for the feature that tells the story of a man who finds himself embroiled in a dangerous world when he witnesses a drug trade. With a release date set for October 25th, we can only hope this is the first of many intense looks at the film to come.