Morning Buzz: Brad Pitt Denies Affair
Brad Pitt has reiterated for W magazine that he did not have an affair with Angelina Jolie on the set of Mr. And Mrs. Smith in 2005. TMZ reports that when asked about the events behind his divorce from Jennifer Aniston, Pitt responded that his relationship with companion and mother of his children Jolie didn’t begin until after the split. The actor said that the project was “still filming after Jen [Aniston] and I split up. Even then it doesn’t mean that there was some kind of dastardly affair. There wasn’t. I’m very proud of the way that it was handled. It was respectful.”
Lisa Marie Presley has blogged about the death of Jett Travolta, according to Us. Presley, a fellow practitioner of Scientology and friend to John Travolta and Kelly Preston, asks the public not to believe that Scientologists refuse their children medical care due to their religion. “Whatever medical and or physical condition Jett had, I can tell you first hand that his parents were on a tireless, never-ending quest to get and provide him with the absolute best care anyone could ever ask for and need — medically, physically, emotionally, medicinally and spiritually,” she writes.
A drunken Josh Brolin allegedly used his acceptance speech at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards to blast New York Times theatre critic Ben Brantley. Brolin, who won a supporting actor award for his role in Milk, became heated when recalling Brantley’s negative review of his work in a Broadway production of Sam Shepard’s True West in 2000. “Ben Brantley – honestly I hate that mother[bleep]er! And I don’t think he’s a good writer,” Brolin said and acknowledged he’d been drinking, according to Page Six.
Mamma Mia! stars Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper have taken their relationship public. The couple were spotted at the Mahiki nightclub in London’s Mayfair section last night in an intimate embrace. “They really were all over each other, sharing a Treasure Chest [Mahiki's signature cocktail]. They were kissing and holding hands, and being very tactile with each other,” a source tells The Daily Mail. Both were seeing other people when they began filming in 2007, and Seyfriend admitted in an interview in June that they had an on-set relationship that ended before the release of the film.
The backers of the current Broadway production of David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow reportedly want an investigation into actor Jeremy Piven‘s recent exit from the play due to alleged mercury poisoning. Page Six reports that the production was one week away from returning its $3.5 million investment last month when Piven fled the production due to reportedly high levels of mercury in his system. “You have an obligation to your investors to make sure he did not get out of this in an illegal way,” a Broadway producer said when asked for comment. “You have recourse, and if I had suspicions, I’d nail him.”