Star: Brad Pitt ‘can’t stop cringing’ & ‘feels humiliated’ over By the Sea’s failure


As we’ve been discussing this week, By the Sea is pretty much a bomb. No, let’s be real: it’s totally a bomb. The only reason Angelina Jolie hasn’t been excoriated completely is because she didn’t make any money off of it and the studio isn’t going to lose a lot of money off of it either. But it was an “ego bath” and a “vanity project.” The promotion has been driven by free media, in the form of Angelina’s confessional interviews. The interviews are infuriating and interesting: interesting because I do love all things Brangelina, and infuriating because OMG, the media coverage does not match the total failure of the film. In any case, Star Magazine claims that Brad Pitt is crying and cringing about this whole big mess. The Leg of Doom will not be pleased.

Now that ‘By the Sea’ has bombed with critics, Star has learned that life is starting to imitate art for Angelina Jolie and her husband, Brad Pitt.

“Brad can’t stop cringing,” says a source. “He feels humiliated. He never wanted to do this film, but Angie kept twisting his arm.”

Worse yet, the once tight-lipped couple are stuck on a lengthy promotional tour, forced to deny that the script is autobiographical in nature while also offering unprecedented access into the struggles they face within their own marriage.

“Brad thinks Angie has let the fame go to her head,” says the source. “The last thing he wants to do is air their dirty laundry, but that’s what they spend their days doing now, and it’s starting to spill over at home.”

[From Star Magazine, print edition]

Eh. Do I think that Brad is probably cringing a little bit privately? Maybe. Perhaps. I mean, he really only did By the Sea to support Angelina. Plus, Brad is a powerhouse producer these days – I hate when he’s portrayed as the long-suffering husband to The Leg of Doom. Brad knows his own mind, and he wanted to do By the Sea just for the hell of it. Is he slightly embarrassed by how things turned out? As I said, maybe. But I seriously doubt that BTS’s failure is destroying their marriage or whatever.



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  1. Danielle says:

    I don’t know. They are used to being winners, so this has to hurt. Alhough it feels like Brad has had many bombs over the last 5 years.

    • Div says:

      His only bomb was The Counselor…Even Killing them Softly was beloved by a big chunk of critics, although it flopped financially, and WWZ surprised everyone by being a financial hit. A lot of people have been pretty meh on Angelina’s directing, so this might hurt her a little. I feel like if she gets back to acting though and chooses a meaty dramatic role, like several years ago it was rumored she would play a Gucci heiress who was involved in a murder, and waits a few years to direct this type of intimate, character drawn type of film again than the critics will retract their claws.

      • sarah says:

        That’s exactly what I’m thinking. Im not shading her for the flop, this is part of the process of growing as an artist. She had the resources to make her own film and she did just that, good on her for taking a risk.
        A good character piece is just what she needs.

      • MND says:

        I enjoyed Killing Them Softly but that was mainly due to Andrew Dominik’s direction and Ben Mendelsohn’s character. He’s great at playing downtrodden characters. He was impressive in The a Place Beyond The Pines too.

        @Sarah: If Ange funded the project herself then good on her. That’s what Amber Heard should do instead of moaning about not being given any opportunities to play substantial roles.

        I’ve heard By the Sea described as a “quiet personal homage to the Italian cinema of the 1960s” and that’s the vibe I get from the trailer. So good on them for taking a risk and not churning typical Hollywood fare.

        I’ll check it out when it opens in Melbourne.

    • Amy85 says:

      I’m baffled why people think this movie was supposed to be a blockbuster. It was always a small indy film. Other films have done just as bad or worse. I actually think the box-office coverage is too much. Films that lose hundreds of millions don’t get this coverage. It was hardly talked about when Nicole kidman and Jennifer Lawrence’s movies went On Demand instead of a full theatric release.

      • Jwoolman says:

        Don’t they need to see DVD sales and views on services before they pronounce something a flop today? Many people just don’t go to movies anymore, there are so many other ways to see a film. If this was shown in only limited theaters, then many people wouldn’t even have a chance to see it.

      • Camille says:

        Yep, its cos Brange bring the web clicks.

    • Heather says:

      It seems like they’ve been doing lots of experimental projects since they met. I think that’s something they both have in common and probably one of the things that brought them together, this desire to take risks with projects. I really liked Brad in Jesse James, I think it was some of his best acting and it was not a Hollywood formula. I liked Angelina’s first try at writing directing, too. Again, not a Hollywood formula and risky. So they are mega millionaires and sometimes she does a Disney film for cash. He’s not a Thelma and Louise style matinee heartthob anymore. They sort of need to take risks or perish.

      • JenniferJustice says:

        I agree and that’s why I don’t think this film’s failure is really any big deal to them. So, they tried it, it failed – moving on.

        Also, to think he’s angry with her over doing this film or “twisting his arm” to do it is silly. I doubt he’ll venture to do another movie she’s directing, but so. They tried it. It didn’t work. I don’t see what the big deal is.

    • not cynical says:

      I doubt Brad is “crying” over anything. Anyone that believes that nonsense needs a brain MRI.

      Has the film “bombed”, no it has not, have patience, according to everyone “The Tourist” bombed too, and it went on to make almost $300 million. Time will tell.

      Sandra Bullock’s latest “Oscar role” bombed, yet no one talks about that. Julia Roberts newest film is being decimated by the critics, it has a lower RT score than BTS, yet everyone is saying she is an Oscar contender.

      Where is the fairness in Hollywood, why is Angelina and Brad held to a higher standard than other actors?
      Why is Meryl not being called a failure for the flop “Suffragette” turned out to be?

      • lucy2 says:

        There has been plenty of media coverage of other A lister films bombing, all over the media and here on this very site. Sandra’s movie and Bradley Cooper’s chef one bombed on the same weekend and it was all over the news.
        The Oscar talk usually gets floated out there when the trailers are released, before the films are actually seen and reviewed. Once they fall flat, that talk stops, as it has with Sandra and Julia.

        I often see that argument here, why is so and so called out when no one else is, it’s so unfair, etc – and it usually simply is not true. If you’re in a Brad/Angelina article, it’s going to talk about their film. If you’re in a Sandra Bullock article, it’s going to talk about her film (which is actually a little higher on RT than BTS at the moment, BTW).

        The only reason Angelina would be held to a higher standard than the other actors you mention is that in this particular case, she wrote, directed, and starred in hers. If it had been great and did well, she’d get all the credit, but it’s not, so she’s getting the criticism.

      • Shaz says:

        Ah, because Meryl is one of the most talented and accomplished actresses in the world, and Brad and Angelina are primarily sex symbols. They have a few awards because they have made Hollywood a lot of cash, but very little critical acclaim.

  2. Div says:

    I kind of feel bad for them. They are so famous to the point that the media tries to relate everything to their personal life or fame, even though they’ve repeatedly said the film isn’t autobiographical. Every star is asked how they connect to their characters, and so when they try and answer that the media again runs with the autobiographical angle.

    I think they’re only mildly embarrassed though. I do wonder think she’s made it harder for herself though when it comes to directing because people are going to hold this film against her.

    • Esmom says:

      You’re right, I think they are just too famous as a couple to let people “suspend their disbelief” and watch them playing a fictional couple onscreen.

      I think maybe she should have waited to make this film, perhaps it would have been better received once she’d had more directing experience under her belt and once their relationship’s scrutiny has cooled a bit (if it ever does).

      In any case I don’t think this is bothering or hurting either one of them.

    • V4Real says:

      Didn’t Brad call it their Gigli? And no matter who you are it will bother you if a project you worked on and believed in failed. I don’t think Brad and AJ are celebrating their failure.

    • Goats on the Roof says:

      I feel bad to an extent, but they sort of invite it, don’t they? The promotion for BTS included a family photo shoot in a widely-circulated magazine, talks of her surgeries, talks of this being their honeymoon, how they’re getting their children involved in their projects. Others have commented on recent articles that they were surprised the push for BTS was so focused on their personal lives and not the film.

      As for this causing drama in their marriage? Poppycock. They’re probably a bit embarrassed (no director, producer, Etc., to blame for it not being what the actors had envisioned) but those two are solid as they come.

    • not cynical says:

      @Goats on the Roof:

      Angie is already working on directing another film, and it seems as if the Leaky film is a “go”.

    • Bluevelvet says:

      I believe Angie is disappointed, it was her baby. Brad probably feels bad for her, not himself. I’m definitely going to watch the movie. I watched “Cake” which was truly cringeworthy, I couldn’t watch it all the way through, it was that bad. I hope Angelina’s movie has a more interesting storyline. I saw her trailers, and I thought, OMG this looks SO bad. However, I will make my own opinion after I see the movie. Besides, Angelina is so gorgeous, Brad is so handsome, Melanie Laurent is absolutely stunning. That’s worth a look for me…sorry if that sounds shallow, but historically speaking, it’s the lookers who draw the crowds in. Just look back at the movie industry in it’s earlier days. Almost without exception, the actors were very good looking = $$$ for the movie making machine. If her movie sucks as bad as the trailers, then I do feel bad for her. She’s a fighter and will recover and be just fine after all is said and done. It’s exceedingly rare for any top notch movie star to have a perfect track record. People forget, and they go on to something more successful. That’s the biz.

  3. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    This sounds completely made up. I’m sure they’re both disappointed, but the rest of it sounds like someone at Star just decided it would be a good story.

    • Zapp Brannigan says:

      Well he didn’t run out of the room crying so that was my first clue that it may not be accurate. Weep Brad weep, I want salty tears dammit!

      • MrsBPitt says:

        Why can’t Brad run out of the room crying and into MY room….I’d console him, baby…I would console the shiz outta him!!!!!!! lol

      • doofus says:

        I actually read the headline as “can’t stop CRYING” and thought, so what else is new?

      • Nancy says:

        He’s running and crying because he’s afraid she’s going to hit with the rolling pin…as if they know what that is…lol. I think it has to be understood by all living beings which one of these two wears the pants in the family. First clue, it isn’t Brad.

      • not cynical says:

        If Brad Pitt didn’t “cringe” and completely leave acting and Hollywood behind after “The Mexican”, then nothing would ever make him cringe. LOL

    • that time i didn't care says:

      Star is basically real person fan-fiction, so I’m not sure why it even gets any serious play. I’m sure it might sting a little bit, but I think they’ve both been in the business long enough to understand that not every project is going to be a hit.

    • lucy2 says:

      I agree – they both must be disappointed, and maybe hurt by the scathing reviews, but I doubt he’s embarrassed by it.
      Star is ridiculous.

    • Bridget says:

      They’ve both been in the industry for a long, long time, and both have had successes and disappointments. I’m sure there’s some extra disappointment considering that Angelina wrote and directed it, but it’s not like she made a failure the level of Pan. This isn’t going to cost people jobs.

    • WinnieCoopersMom says:

      I think Star has a weekly staff meeting, maybe every Tuesday 10-11, marked on their Outlook calendars as “Brange,” where they discuss what’s happening in the JP clan lately and brainstorm what they can make up about about them that ties into current events. Star/inTouch/L&S all need to go away, they never have anything legit to say.

    • Carol says:

      Totally. Whoever writes for Star writes the same way for every celebrity. Its always “you never support me!” “ITs either me or her!” “so so is in tears because she is too fat!” no matter who the celeb is. Plus, both Brad and Angie have said this wasn’t a movie for the masses anyways.

  4. Pinky says:

    What kind of nervous tick hell does “can’t stop cringing” come from?

  5. CTgirl says:

    They must live rarified lives if their first taste of failure and disappointment didn’t hit until now. Most people learn to deal with such things in a graceful manner much earlier in life. This was a vanity project for both of them and at the end of the day they made a movie that bombed. So what. Many people were gainfully employed for a time, no one was hurt and it won’t impact world peace.

    • not cynical says:

      Brad and Angie will be just fine, their careers are far from being hurt, and their marriage seems solid and secure. They are grown-ups, they know HW and how it works. They’ll survive and thrive.

  6. Lilacflowers says:

    Can he stop cringing over The Counselor? Because I can’t.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      He’s going to get a cramp with all the cringing.

    • Bridget says:

      Seriously. Cameron Diaz has sex with a CAR.

      • Korra says:

        Spoiler alert……and yet it still tells you nothing of the movie. That whole movie was a case of what in the actual f-ck are these people doing?

      • Bridget says:

        Did that really need a Spoiler Alert though? I don’t think many people still had The Counselor on their “must watch” list. If that’s the case, my apologies for spoiling the fact that Cameron Diaz has sex with a car. Though that may actually make some people want to watch it, just out of curiosity.

      • not cynical says:

        Cameron was so bad in that film I was mortified for her. She looked horrible, her skin, everything just looked hard and harsh. I know her character was the devil incarnate, but she was terrible looking.

        She looks much better now, since she married.

    • not cynical says:


      Brad was the only part of “The Counselor” that didn’t make me cringe. Fassy was just an embarrassment, as was Cameron. Penelope didn’t have a large enough part to matter, but her husband was good, he and Brad made the film bearable. If the camera was on either of them, it was watchable. if not, it was horrendous.

    • Bluevelvet says:

      I rather enjoyed the Counselor. It wasn’t perfect by any means, but the acting and storyline were quite good. Stellar cast, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, and even Cameron Diaz was perfect in her part. It was a bit too sentimental towards the end, but otherwise I enjoyed watching Brad Pitt getting garroted and getting his fingers cut off…ouch…first time I’ve seen him die in a movie. Kool.

  7. Sarah says:

    I know she did it for medical reasons but the bolt-ons that she had installed on her completely boney frame are a little bit distracting. It’s like an upside-down broom with boobs attached.

    • H says:

      Yeah, I have a friend who has cancer, she got a double mastectomy and she’s decided to go smaller. I know Angie had large bo*bs before, but I would have used that as a chance to down-size. But if her current chest size makes her happy…who I am to judge?

      • Sarah says:

        oh Angie def went up in size, she was never this big, mostly because she’s so thin. But yeah whatevs.

      • nora says:

        Did you just censor boobs? 😛

        I agree though, they are too big for her tiny frame.

      • Heather says:

        It’s hard to judge how fake boobs will look. My aunt had a mastectomy and went with Cs because she was always a C and they just looked huge. The fake ones don’t hang naturally the way fat and tissue does. The doctor will tell you that they’ll settle, but especially if you don’t have much body fat to adjust around the implant, it doesn’t really happen.

    • MrsBPitt says:

      I think it is horrible for anyone to judge what size boobs another person decides to get, when said person has had their very own, lovely boobs CUT out of them…..It’s Angie’s decision, if she wants to go to a double A or a triple D….

    • Paige says:

      “Bolt-ons” it’s so disgusting.

      • not cynical says:

        Whoever calls reconstructed breasts, “bolt-ons” should hope and pray they never need reconstrutive surgery.

    • WinnieCoopersMom says:

      You’re getting a lot of heat here, but I agree with you. While yes, it was her decision to get them whatever size she wanted, it is our right on this site to give our opinion on how anyone appears; that’s what half the posts on this site discuss. So, in my rightful opinion, her boobs look too massive for her skinny frame, to the point where, yes, it is distracting.

      • Jasmina says:

        Thank you! This is CeleBITCHY, is it not? Or are Brangelina to be excluded from honest opinions and snark?

      • Nancy says:

        WinnieCM: I agree. Those things are too big for her body and it seems she accentuates them more by going braless frequently……which isn’t a good idea for any forty year old mother imo anyway. She must be proving something to herself. They’re so deeply in love like no other couple so it can’t be aesthetics….maybe she just likes big jugs!

      • not cynical says:

        Unless you have personal experience or have a close relative that has had this surgery, you will never understand how reconstructed breasts differ from “real” breasts.

        They are higher, rounder, firmer, and have little droop, compared to breasts with normal tissue. An A cup size will end up looking like a B cup. Also, much depends on your own skin, and how much “stretch” your particular body can accommodate.
        Please don’t judge what hopefully none of you will ever have to experience.

      • Bluevelvet says:

        I respectfully disagree. I think she looks fantastic. Maybe she did it at Brad’s request, so what? It’s their business.

      • Nancy says:

        Not Cynical: My sister-in-law had breast cancer. She was in excellent health, worked out at the gym at 4 am before going to work and wham. She had reconstructive surgery and said it was the most painful part of her ordeal. She didn’t choose a huge implant like Angelina, just her normal size. But it hasn’t worked out well for her cosmetically…..but we are all just blessed and grateful she survived the cancer. It’s been six years now cancer free. I should add though Angelina, while having her breasts removed did not have cancer, so I don’t know if that would make a difference as far as tissues, etc. go.

      • not cynical says:


        Angie’s surgery was different from your sister-in-law’s, who I hope and pray stays cancer free forever.

        Angie’s surgery consisted or removing the breast tissue from the breast, leaving the skin and nipples intact. The tissue is removed by an incision at the bottom of the breast, then drains are inserted, which are left approximately a week to ten days. No lymph nodes were removed, as would be in a patient with breast cancer. Angie then had implants, or in her case, I believe she had extenders implanted, the same type as Rita Wilson.

        There is basically no breast tissue left in a preventive mastectomy, except in the nipple area and along the edges of the breast, where breast cancer can still develop.

  8. Talie says:

    I just think it was a mistake for her to direct them. They should’ve signed on with a real auteur the way Kidman & Cruise did or Taylor & Burton.

    • lucy2 says:

      I wonder if the writing/directing/acting combo was too much for her. If they wanted to act in it together, maybe they should have hired another director, or if she wanted to direct, could have hired 2 other actors. Then the focus wouldn’t have been so much on their real life relationship.

    • Bluevelvet says:

      Talie, Kidman and Cruise? Is that a joke?

  9. mia girl says:

    “Brad can’t stop cringing”

    How does one actually non-stop cringe? Are you like uncontrollably contorting your face, balling your hands into first and then shuttering? And he’s doing this all day? Must get uncomfortable while he’s filming scenes:

    “CUT CUT. Brad what’s with the cringe? This a scene where you are incredibly happy”
    “Sorry Mr Director. I just can’t stop”

    • Pinky says:


    • Kitten says:


    • boredblond says:

      Could be botox-turned-bad reaction…seriously, it’s the Star..they start with a grain of truth and build a story around it, and simply saying he’s disappointed in the box office isn’t much of a story.

    • dippit says:

      I think of it as not a permanent 24/7 state of cringe mode, but more meaning something over which waves of cringe keep hitting. When you’re merrily going about your business and your brain, totally unbidden, decides to sneak-attack you by bringing one of your less finer moments to the forefront for a minute or two of inner squirm.

      I usually know fairly quickly after the fact of something I could’ve done/said better (or would have been better not saying/doing at all) if it’s likely to be a ‘something’ my subconscious brain will enjoy giving me times of future cringe on. Got a couple of CB posts which have been low-level short term “oh, did I really… oh Dippit, ya numpty”. 😀 .

      Bigger things, they can be odd surprise 3am-cringe attacks for years after the fact. Made worse in impotence to alter them. Then it’s “well, I did [whatever], must own it, try not to repeat… ” etc. Still makes for unpleasant squirming though.

  10. PHD Gossip says:

    His face looks so tweaked. Too much work at one time.

  11. Jayna says:

    Star Mag, people.

  12. roses says:

    Meh, Plan B was the producer of the film and he knew about the script and agreed to do it so he knew what he was getting into and still supported her but lets all of course absolve Pitt and leave the scorn of failure for Angelina that’s how it always works anyway when it comes to the two.

    • Naya says:

      “lets all of course absolve Pitt and leave the scorn of failure for Angelina”. He who has a penis and a handsome face is scorn proof, you know that. Behind every mans mistep is a bitch who pushed him, according to Star.

  13. Peggy says:

    What a load of BS, it was the same thing with Unbroken and WWZ, tiny people get their kicks from hoping doers fail.
    If i had to wait for critics to tell me if a movie is worth seeing, then something is wrong with me, because It means I can’t think for myself.

  14. Ashlet says:

    I cringe looking at the body language between those two in the pictures above. They are trying hard to show affection, but I’m getting the vibe there is distance.

    • Kitten says:

      I don’t get that vibe at all..I was actually thinking the opposite. I love the second pic of them–so cute.

    • Nymeria says:

      I’ve gotten that vibe since just after their wedding, as I’ve said on here before. I don’t know why, I just think they’re pretending to be a couple at this point. Also, no, I don’t think Brad “knows his own mind.” I think he’s Angelina’s bitch.

  15. t.fanty says:

    Please. Brad is desperate to be seen as an Artist, and has no real clue what constitutes avant grade. I expect he believed in this movie as much as his wife.

  16. RUbin says:

    Hahahahaahhhhhha. These frauds deserve every misery that comes their way. And this is just the beginning.

    • Boston Green Eyes says:

      Hmmm. What else to you see in your crystal ball? Do tell!

    • mia girl says:


    • tracking says:

      Seriously? They may not be perfect, but they’re hardly evil incarnate.

    • Willow says:

      I don’t think they are experiencing any misery with all their popularity and money. So you are delusional if you think they are experiencing even the slightest misery. Sorry that you’re so sad and full of hate. But Angelina and Brad are good moral decent people which is why God and karma is looking after them.

    • Water says:

      Okay you need to take a step back from whatever pills u taking! Misery? Really? Who wishes misery on anyone else?

  17. Crocuta says:

    Every actor has flops in their career, and people aren’t even blaming him for this one. If he’s indeed reacting so strongly (which I doubt, although I believe he stated his disappointment) then he’s in the wrong business.

  18. serena says:

    I think they both knew it’d bomb, they’re producers and Angie’s a director now so it would make sense if they did anticipate it but just wanted to do it anyway. At least, I hope that is the case.

  19. Merritt says:

    I don’t think he would have done the film unless he wanted to. But of course she will get the blame because people refuse to equally distribute responsibility for a film’s failure in Hollywood. If something is successful, then congrats go to the man. If it fails the blame gets put on the woman.

  20. Hannah says:

    Just to clarify, it lost 10 million US dollars. Small pennies to them but huge to small filmmakers who could have done so much with that budget. Absolutely unethical of her to be this vain.

    • Kitten says:

      cute gravatar!

    • Jayna says:

      More than ten million. There were ads running for the movie and still are. Bravo had them going all last night.

      But more experienced directors have done small movies and had worse reviews and directors with about as many movies as her under her belt. So how is it unethical of her? Guy Ritchie, Paul Haggis. Even Cake, which I finally saw at home the other day. It was a decent little movie, and Jennifer Aniston was great in it. But the script was weak in places. It was made for seven to ten million.

      How about the awful To the Wonder by Terrence Malick. Ugh, that film was a bore. He took money from some other small filmmaker.

      I don’t get unethical at all. She didn’t set out to make a below average film. It happens all the time, and I don’t believe any of the filmmakers set out to do that.

      • Lahdidahbaby says:

        Jayna–It’s refreshing to read a post that is fair to both Ange and Jen without being sycophantic to either. Bravo!

    • Willow says:

      Are you seriously saying that because Angelina could afford to do her own film and financed it all herself, that she is personally to blame for others not being able to afford it? How is it unethical to be able to afford to do it yourself and to pay for it yourself, as she did?

      • mia girl says:

        Willow – I’m not agreeing on using “unethical” to describe it, but just want to point out that Universal financed the movie. She did not pay for it as you seem to be saying.

    • lucy2 says:

      I don’t think it’s unethical at all. She wrote the script, Universal (I’m assuming) read it and wrote her a check, and the movie bombed. It happens.
      If I were a struggling filmmaker, I’d be frustrated if they CONTINUED to give her millions to both write and direct after this bomb, but I don’t see anything unethical in what happened here.

  21. Mrs. Darcy says:

    It just had one of those trailers that screamed “80’s Calvin Klein Ad as an SNL sketch”. You’d think that would have flagged as a problem in test screenings. Has anyone seen it? Has it been released in Europe yet?

  22. Kitten says:

    Oh man I’m starting to feel kind of bad for them. I thought the trailer for BTS looked AWFUL, which is a bad sign because trailers are usually a compilation of the most compelling moments of a film. Still, I like these two and was still hoping the movie would get decent reviews/bo return.

  23. Boston Green Eyes says:

    I agree with everyone up thread; Brad may be a *little bit* embarrassed/unhappy about the reception of BTS, but he’s been in the business for many years and he knows that this is just something they need to ride out. And I don’t think for a second that this will cause a rift in their relationship- because no matter how fake they come across in interviews and pictures, there’s no denying that those two are absolutely mad about each other.

  24. Naddie says:

    They will be fine.

  25. Pandy says:

    I doubt they are cringing. They got to try out a vanity project. That just shows their muscle in Hollywood.

    • not cynical says:


      Brad even told a journalist in NY he had no BO expectations for the film, but it didn’t matter. He said they wanted to make this film the way they wanted, and they did. He said he was happy did it, he loved working with his wife.

      Hey, if Brad and Angie do not care what the BO is, and obviously Universal didn’t care to spend $10 million on a project Brad and Angie wanted to do, who is anyone else to care.

  26. Catelina says:

    I mean, he read the script, he signed onto the project, for whatever reasons he has but if he’s embarrassed in any way it’s on him- he makes his own choices.

    • Jayna says:

      I don’t think he’s embarrassed. He’s been in the business for a long time. He got good acting reviews. I think it’s more for Angie, that for her he wants great reviews or even medium ratings at t he box office, because it was her project that she wrote and directed. As a husband, it was really I think more that he wanted it to be well received for his wife, nothing more. Not embarrassment.

      • Merlie says:

        He might be embarrassed since he was apart of the project. I don’t blame him. He even said he only acted in this movie because of AJ. The movie was terrible according to critics and it flopped hard at the box office even under limited release.

      • V4Real says:

        The movie might be a dud but they will be ok. They are season actors/producers and they don’t expect everything they attempt will turn to gold. But I applaud them for getting out there and trying something new.

  27. My Two Cents says:

    I doubt that article is worth the paper it is written on. Their family I’m sure is more important than one movie. They could retire today and be happy and wealthy the rest of their lives because they both have substance and interests beyond any movie roles.

  28. liles says:

    pitt is embarassed since his mistress turned wife directed an abysmal movie. She has no talent as a director. Africa has no financers( one loon claimed she got a 100 million but I don’t believe that) and Richard leaky said he does not like the script she wrote.

    • mia girl says:

      OK, hate to be the “fact police” on this thread, but I just read that Richard Leaky story last night.
      Jolie did not write the Africa script, Eric Roth did.

      • Maya says:

        Yep Eric Roth – the man who wrote Forrest Gump (won an Oscar for that), The Insider, Munich and Curious Case of Benjamin Button – wrote the script for Africa.

      • jessia says:

        @ Maya
        Jolie had Oscar winners work on Unbroken and look out that turned out. I also don’t believe your claim on another thread that she was given 110 million budget to finance this project since Africa has no financers. That is a fact. Nobody would give an unproven director 110 million budget. Jolie does not have that kind of clout as a director. Nor did any of the films she directed get good reviews.

    • Willow says:

      He never had a mistress. I think you are confusing him with Justin Theroux. Anistonloons are sad and desperate. haha

    • FingerBinger says:

      liles you in danger, girl.

    • MrsBPitt says:

      BALLS! Angelina didn’t even write the script, genius!!!!! You, obviously, don’t have any idea what you are talking about, and just follow the “poor Jen” crowd, blindly! And, for that, I say again, BALLS! Balls in your court, now!

    • BNA. FN says:

      How long are you going to talk the same nonsense about Brad and Angelina. His x wife said no one cheated, end of story. Btw, Heidi was still living with Justin Theroux when JA was introducing him as her boy friend. If you don’t believe me look up Heidi’s mom defending JT to the New York Post saying he was still with her daughter. Now that’s a story for you.

      • Bluevelvet says:

        Ugh, I’m getting a headache from this thread…good wishes to all… especially if this I all you have to talk about in life. Jeezus. Guten nacht!

  29. desertrose says:

    28% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. I’d be cringing too.

    • MrsBPitt says:

      Yup, it’s gettting terrible reviews, and looks pretty bad, and guess what….Every big star in Holllywood has had major flops….George Clooney, Monument Men, Sandra Bullock, Our Brand is Crisis, Matt Damon, Promised Land (acted and co-wrote), Charlize Theron, Dark Places, (which, I believe, went straight to video)! I could go on and on, but, I won’t…..BP and AJP, will be fine….I don’t think BTS is going to stop them from getting work….I’m pretty sure, they will be just fine!!!!

    • BNA. FN says:

      Ben Afflick and Jlo are both doing great after their Gigli or whatever that movie was bombed. I don’t believe this is going to stop Brad or Angelina one bit from doing what they want to do acting, directing, writing, and in their marriage life. It’s just a pebble in the road. some people have been praying for the Jolie Pitts to implode for over 10 years and they are still praying, how sad. I see the other couple sleeping thousands of miles apart for months and their fans believe that is ok, and their marriage is just great.

  30. Fa says:

    Wow they try to do experiment movie & all the knife is out for them come on people have no moral, u already judging a movie which is not out in the rest of the world & keep saying it lost 10m, these 2 are already prep of doing their next project where she will direct him they are artists before they are movie star so they don’t care what people say about them it’s been 10 year that tabloids want to destroy them still they haven’t succeed & they will never succeed, just pathetic people believe tabloids

    • Willow says:

      Yes it just eats at them that these 2 are still together and stronger than ever. And their idol is in a fake business marriage separated by two coasts.

  31. MatBat says:

    Crying and cringing! Even in the By the Sea trailer as a cartoon:

  32. Laura says:

    Pfft, he was in Tree of Life for crying out loud.

    • MrsBPitt says:

      I couldn’t even get through that movie….it was HORRIBLE!!!!

    • Catelina says:

      The Tree Of Life is great, and Brad was great in it- not to mention it won the Palm D’Or at Cannes, was nominated for best picture, best director, and best cinematography at the oscars, has a score of 85 on metacritic, and grossed nearly 55 million (way more than By The Sea will gross, the way things are going). Absolutely nothing to cringe or be embarrassed about there for Brad.

      • Laura says:

        I won’t lie, I thoroughly enjoyed the film, but I think the only reason I enjoyed it was because I was very chemically enhanced.

  33. Paige says:

    Star Magazine, that’s all.

    • Micki says:

      And films bomb all the time. No big deal.
      I feel with the fans that might be more disappointed than Brangelina.
      I think that Angelina needs more time to develop and hone her director’s skills. It’s not lack of talent and opportunity.
      I find it tiring that the expectaions are set so high from the very beginning of her career.
      Isn’t it her 3d film so far?

  34. aenflex says:

    Yeah. Crying into his millions. I’ll buy it.

  35. Whatevs says:

    I don’t believe this one bit. Brad’s a big boy, and he’s been in the business long enough, and weathered enough press of all kinds, to let this roll off his back.

  36. KardASSian Butt says:

    The narcissism involved in thinking anyone would want to see this. They may as well do a reality show. I have no interest in seeing a real life couple airing their dirty laundry on screen, among other things. TMI!

  37. so ang is a gemini and creative type which = i think I can do it all myself (i currently suffer from these things – start a freelance business… creates own logo, business cards, site, images, a new universe, planets…. at times its like a WTF lol —- OUTSOURCE service woman)

    so should she have hired a writer yes…. that’s where the problem lies…. but if she wanted to use this vehicle as a writer’s badge she could have hired the director that did The talented mr. ripley (awesome) or who ever directed a single man (which is what I think she/he was going for in mood, simplicity, and time-period feeling)

    ang it’s time to FALL ALL THE WAY TF BACK and reevaluate your hollywood presence in this current climate…. another bomb and at her level (critical bomb moreso) could shade her development/evolution to be more than an actor. Honestly I thought I was gonna see the changeling style acting from her (which went for a lot of feels but Ang brought it and then some)

    Petty Sidenote (but aligned in subject matter kinda #kanyeshrug) Jen Aniston is acting foraying into serious acting work… or atleast attempting to…. and her cake movie (financial bomb i heard) was critically rather well received (than initially thought) and appreciated more than her endless silly dumb romantic nothing movies…. she kinda coming out looking kinda how ang and brad did for years regarding the personal life thing (i know im pulling here but walk with me on this)…. like whatev her and justin got going on it’s discreet looking and lowkey ….

    AND NOW for my plea….BRAD AND ANG get back to this….. I loved when i had to search the dark web (lol) to find anything about their dynamic, relationship, projects in dev, and other random stan ish —– STILL be wrong bec Ang and Brad had the image and info on lock unless they confirmed via their own mouths….

    • BrandyAlexander says:

      The great Tom Ford directed A Single Man (his directorial debut), and no way could she have gotten him to direct By the Sea. He’s only now starting on his second film, because he’s pretty busy running a fashion empire, and he even kicked George Clooney off as producer because of creative differences. No way he & Angelina wouldn’t have fought over creative differences as well. I have no comment on the rest, but I love Tom Ford the way most people on CB love the Brange, so I had to put that out there.

    • Embee says:

      Yeah, I agree with much of what you’ve said here. Something about this iteration of their lives/work seems a bit contrived. It’s like they have become caricatures of themselves. Angie and her 250 babies and Jessica Rabbit proportions…Brad and his wax face and tortured earnestness. Just ugh.

    • Jessica says:

      Huh? This is so weird.

  38. CR says:

    Star magazine… Yawn.

  39. db says:

    The movie was a labor of love and gave them a chance to stretch, but I think they knew it was going to flop – hence the vee-rry limited rollout while stressing it was meant to be an art film. I would love to see them both cut loose again. As actors, I feel like their creativity is starting to be undermined by their public identities as sort of professional “good works” people.

  40. MND says:

    Meh. I’ll probably see it when it opens in Melbourne.

  41. Neil says:

    LOL, Star Magazine….
    I am always amazed about the disconnect between Angelina’s fascinating life and what instead people want to believe about her. The reality is far more interesting and even juicy. But, people like soap operas I guess. I liked By The Sea and I also recall how everyone said the The Tourist bombed. I would wait till its run was over before I made such dismissive pronouncements especially where this woman is concerned.

    • Jayna says:

      I never read the Tourist bombed financially. It was critically panned, 20 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and a very low audience score of 46 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

      It was a weak story. I enjoyed it. but that was purely for Johnny Depp’s cute performance and Angelina was at her most beautiful. I remember loving her glamorous makeup on her and her stunning wardrobe and just her beauty. She was a vision in that movie. And I loved the scenic shots because of where they were on location. That combined saved what was a very average movie plotwise and scriptwise. The budget was massive at $100 million with a promo and marketing budget I’m sure massive also. But it still made money, at least internationally.

      • Jayna says:

        I meant low audience score of 42 percent.

      • Neil says:

        It was up for a Golden Globe and Ricky Gervais commenting about the whats and hows of movies getting nominated made a joke about The Tourist where he rhetorically asks, did anyone see it? People laughed because the conventional wisdom AT THE TIME said no one had. Many people talked derisively about how much star power Angie actually had because the The Tourist bombed. The problem with that judgement was that it in fact it hadn’t. What the “talking heads” and American biased audiences didn’t take into account is that Angie is not just an American celebrity, she is an international celebrity and the international box office made the movie a hit. Once again Angie got the last laugh. She always does and that is why I am not as quick as others here ready to write this film off

  42. kate says:

    I expect they’re both a bit embarrassed right now. From the way Angelina was talking about it just weeks after it was in the can, I imagine they expected bad reviews, if not maybe quite this bad. But I suspect they thought it would do a bit better at the box office, that they’d get a couple of million the first weekend just from people who wanted to see them on-screen together. It’s really bombed spectacularly, and if they thought that was coming I doubt they would have bothered with so much press.

    A week in and it hasn’t even made back 5% of it’s very small (and probably understated) budget. That has to sting a bit.

  43. sandy says:

    They are a beautiful, talented, successful couple who risked all to be together, their real life is much better than their fiction life, of course the average person is not going to like them, brad loves jolie, and she protects him. Win, win.

  44. Debutante says:

    Oh. I’m sure there is some tension in that household over this failure. There must be ! Come on, anyone would be upset after putting their heart and soul into something they really believed in and worked on for such a long time. In addition, I bet its twice as hard when you are used to being media darlings. Ouch.

  45. jessoutwest says:

    Of course he’s embarrassed, it is a film made with two selling points 1. Their “star power” and 2. Being written, directed, and starring Angelina Jolie-Pitt. Then no one showed up and it got poor reviews. That’s gotta sting. For a man who has been famous for 20 years and at his age, that’s got to be worrisome. But he is a good actor and doesn’t mind being in an ensemble if the role calls for it. Angelina however, didn’t seem to learn from the reception of Unbroken whose major critique was that it was emotionally disconnected since she made another film that did not elicit an emotional response from viewers. It seems her skill does not match her projects. It probably won’t affect them personally, but it may affect their careers.

  46. sandy says:

    I wish I had someone like brad to look at me the way he is looking at angie in that second picture of them, even after 10 years and 6 children, that man is in love with her and will probably do anything she asked, lucky Angelina. Swoon……i

  47. What's inside says:

    I’d like to see them do a version of Taming of the Shrew. That would be awesome. Brad cringing? Are you freaking kidding me? Angelina and he have the biggest pair in Hollywood and do whatever it is that they want.

  48. Drs. Fixxie says:

    THIS honeymoon film should’ve been something for their private collection, never to be seen on THE big screen. They thought THE names attached to THE movie would save Them.

    If Angie is looking for a real job, she should document THE lives of THE refugees she loves so much. A captain Philips kinda movie, thats what she should direct ( starring mr Pitt, ofcourse)

  49. Jayna says:

    I just realized By the Sea is playing this weekend in one of our big cinema multiplexes here.

  50. LilieM says:

    Minimally Talented Spoiled Brat!!!

  51. Amy M. says:

    They always said it was a weird movie and a huge risk to make. They basically did it for fun because they had the resources available. Oh to be rich and to spend your money on crazy whims.

  52. iheartgossip says:

    I doubt it. If he took failures this hard; he wouldn’t be an actor.

  53. Moi says:

    I think he loves Angelina and that’s why he did this film. I was impressed…in this weird way to see her, with how comfortable she was with certain scenes. I felt uncomfortable. And this was only from watching the trailers. Some of the scenes… were extreme. And I got the sense of, ‘this is who I am and I still need this certain amount of drama in my life’. And Brad went with it. Because that’s what men in love do.

  54. Jean Miller says:

    His face is jacked up … the hot has left the building.

  55. Nudie says:

    Brad’s career is still going on so strong. But Angelina’s? Not so much. She’s been sick, yes, but Maleficent can’t stop her box office decline. It’s probably mostly sexism. He’s like fine wine and she’s just an old hag. She has to find great projects and with him, the ageing doesn’t stop great offers coming to him.

  56. Careygloss says:

    Just popped in to say that I think nearly everyone knows what the movie is about now. The “surprise” isn’t really warranted after so long a build-up, and isn’t a pay-off, emotionally. Brad’s acting skills were better here than I’ve ever seen (I thought that was going to be a compliment, but hearing it in my head just now…I guess it’s not saying much), but Jolie, as per usual, over-acted and didn’t really carry her role well. I agree with the critics. Everything looked beautiful but the script, the acting and the storyline itself were pretty abysmal. It wants to be an art film. It’s desperate to be. But it’s empty. And riddled with cliche’s. And as a person who loves art house and indie films…this isn’t up to the task, and it’s inability to earn much money shouldn’t be confused with those things. That’s the one thing driving me up the wall about all of this. Their fans claiming that it’s too high-brow for anyone to understand. That’s insulting. This is a holocaust movie made with Adam Sandler as the lead. An “art house” movie with Jolie acting/directing/writing makes no sense and is too heavy-handed. At least for now. She did really well in action movies in catsuits. And that’s probably what she should have stuck with. And no, her first movie wasn’t a hit. It was a cloud of controversy from start to finish. A ham-fisted, ultraviolent mess that ironically, took away from her overall message that violence is bad. In what is starting to feel like her MO, that movie left audiences gagging, yet strangely unable to FEEL anything apart from a churning stomach.

    • Tami says:

      But the “surprise issue” of the movie is suspicious since it was supposed to be the bone of contention in the Aniston/Pitt marriage. I think its not even a coincidence that she chose such a honeyed blonde wig hair color ? naw that was all done on purpose.

  57. Wolf says:

    Yeah not buying it. They have lots of irons in the fire.