Angelina & Maddox take a holiday together; Jolie’s out of Atlas Shrugged

Angelina Jolie and her oldest child, son Maddox (who turns eight years old in August) were photographed at LAX on Tuesday. The two were traveling without Brad and without any of the other little Jolie-Pitts. Multiple sources confirm that Angelina and Maddox were flying commercial (as opposed to going for a trip in one of Angelina’s little private planes). X17 claims Angelina and Maddox are headed to France. A little mother/son bonding trip, perhaps?

Lately Brad and Angelina have been splitting up their outings with the kids by gender – Angelina takes Shiloh and Zahara out, while Brad takes Maddox and Pax for doughnuts or whatever. It’s been a while since I’ve seen Angelina do a solo trip with one of her boys. I wonder what’s up? Will the tabloids spin it as “Angelina Takes Maddox From Brad: She Screams ‘You’ll Never See Us Again!’” Meh, whatever. Maddox looks cute in his little sunglasses and his track pants. As for Angelina’s outfit… well, I’m sure it’s comfortable. I think I have those sh-tkicker boots in brown, actually. And I’m filled with the urge to give Angelina a haircut. Her hair looks healthy and everything, but I think it would look fuller if she got a trim, perhaps. I just prefer her hair in a loose bun, I think it looks prettiest that way.

In other Angelina Jolie news, it looks like she’s no longer attached to the would be film or miniseries version of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. Something about how she didn’t want to do it anymore or the other crap came up for both her and the studio, something like that. In any case, it looks like the studio that owns Atlas Shrugged is now considering Charlize Theron for the role of the capitalist heroine Dagny Taggart. I could cite some Hollywood industry piece, but this announcement from the geeks over at The AV Club (at the Onion) had me barking with laughter. For the whole AV Club piece, go here. This is the basic gist:

Weep no more, bruised and battered libertarians: After 37 years of being shot down by rational people who see the book as a stilted and masturbatory work suitable only for college freshmen who haven’t figured out that, if everyone did exactly what they wanted all the time, civilization would collapse on itself—and by the way, dudes, most ladies don’t enjoy being raped into submission, even by rugged industrialists—your sticky dreams of turning Rand’s rambling screed about the values of selfishness and laissez-fare capitalism into a brutally dull, unwatchable movie are about to become a reality!

We know: You’ve heard all this before. In fact, not long ago, self-avowed Rand fanatic Angelina Jolie was attached to the film, but someone must have gently taken her aside and explained that it’s hard to be both an objectivist and staunch opponent of collectivism when you’re also asking people to give all their money to Third World countries or working closely with those evil cooperation-lovers at the UN—which basically amounts to criminal activity amongst the book’s more fervent fans.

Thankfully those acolytes have a brand new, Teutonically ideal actress to provide the integrity-filled bodice of economically principled sexpot Dagny Taggart in Charlize Theron, and all will soon be right with the world.

[From The Onion’s AV Club]

The AV Club guy goes on to say that Charlize is hellbent on making Atlas a miniseries, because if they tried to make it into a three-hour film, it would loose it’s nuances, “like the scene where the book’s mythical hero of both engineering and “keeping it real” John Galt stands in a ditch and barfs out a 70-page speech about the awesomeness of objectivism”. Chuckle. I love Ayn Rand humor. I was actually a big Ayn Rand person before I got into feminist theory and existentialism. And then that fell by the wayside, and now I’m all “whatever works, dude”. I’m just so happy that Angelina is no longer attached to this turd of a film project. It would have taken forever to film, and it wouldn’t have been worth that. It’s all yours, Charlize!

Angelina and Maddox are shown at LAX on 7/21/09. Charlize Theron is shown at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, yesterday, which featured Chelsea vs Inter Milan. Credit:

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  1. Anastasia says:

    I’m happy to say I was never an Ayn Rand fan at all.

    Maddox is a real cutie.

  2. Diana says:

    I suffered from unique neurotic individualism as a follower of Ayn Rand, (contradictory, no?).

    I was changed forever with an education in pysych and a growing family.

    Jolie was out of the project last September when it was still a film. Baldwin Entertainment has through 2010 to produce AS.

    Love the Onion article, it’s worth a forward.

  3. Jess says:

    I was a huge Atlas Shrugged fan in college, before I went to work for a corporation and realized there were no Hank Reardons there. That, and the fact that Ayn Rand never had to deal with environmental problems and that her approach, while appealing on a certain level, is simplistic, naive, and selfish. Meanwhile, good for AJ taking a trip with just Maddox!

  4. Ursula says:

    Theron is a much better actress. No bones about that.

  5. Randy says:

    Angie looks sad in these set of shots

  6. Nev says:

    It’s good to give kids indiviual attention. I’ll bet each of their kids feel very special to their parents.

  7. Bodhi says:

    I’m also proud to say that I’ve never been a fan of Ayn Rand…

  8. Beth says:

    Other sites that had more pictures and posters said they were at the domestic flights terminal not international. Besides how would anybody know where she was going unless she told them? Many flights are leaving at the same time so there’s no way to tell which is hers. When Brad and Angelina travel with 1 or 2 of the kids, it’s a short 1-2 day trip not days or weeks.

    Since the book is so long and complex, there was no way it was going to be a theatrical release. A mini-series is the only way it would do the book justice and even that may not make it good.

  9. Sauronsarmy says:

    Whats wrong with her hairline?

  10. 88Modesty88 says:

    I loved Fountainhead. Howard Roarke is a Hot Ginge!

  11. Bina says:

    Is it me or does AJ’s hair look a little extension-y?

  12. LuLu says:

    Who cares about any of this, I just love the purse she is carryng!

  13. Scout says:

    Theron is a much better actress.
    When I watch Jolie movies all I see is Angelina Jolie.
    and why the permanent bitchface?

  14. Annie says:

    I love her hair like that. Biased though because that’s what my hair looks like right now. Hahah.

  15. Katharine Jaynes says:

    Meh, I had an Ayn Rand faze in college too. I still have a soft spot for her… And I think Angie would make a better Dagny Taggart than Charlize.

    Angie’s “permanent bitchface” would work for Dagny, whose not the most bubbly woman in the world.

    Charlize would be better as Lillian Rearden.

  16. Cheyenne says:

    Theron is right in trying to make Atlas Shrugged into a miniseries. There is no way you can make a 2 or 3 hour movie out of a 1200 page book. I can see her doing Dagny Taggart, if Angelina doesn’t want the part, but Angie would be much better in it.

    I can’t begin to imagine who would play John Galt.

  17. lisa says:

    This story of Angie and Atlas is an old one. She has not been attached to this movie for months. I happen to be a fan of Charlize and will have to say that she as wonderful as she is would not have been able to fill the seats. Her last few movies have not done well at the box office at all. Truth. I’m glad Angie is not doing the film.. It just seems to me a lost cause. The family of Rand was glad at the prospect of Angelina doing the film. But the mini series is the best course of action..Problem is it will have to be an HBO or Showtime movie.. and that in itself cuts the number of people who are going to see it. regarding the trip.. Madd is getting older and it is great to expose him to more. But he has traveled with his Mom his whole life.. nothing new at all.

  18. greta says:

    Rand had no family! The Estate did not have control over choice of actress. So don’t know what you’re talking about. The producers can’t find a writer who can adapt the novel without making it a cartoon. That’s what has prevented Hollywood from making this movie.

  19. laura says:

    I’m guessing Jolie actually got around to reading the book and realized that its message conflicted with her anti-capitalist, environmentally-aware, globe-trotting, save the world values? Good for her, I’ve always hated Rand.

  20. Ned says:

    Charlize is not a good actress and no one wants to watch her films.

    I am no fan of Angelina, but ever she is better than Charlize.

    They should have went with a film and had it been successful- just add sequels (or prequels).

    Angie looks really really sad, but that is not an excuse to leave her babies completely with the nannies.

    She chose to have 6 children and she should be with ALL of them.
    Even if things ended with Brad, you can’t just reverse what was done in the past 4 years (a.k. a having 5 children).

  21. Ally says:

    Bless you for being aware of what hogwash the Rand books are. There’s a Randian organization that gives free copies of the books to schools… that and the creeps in government who love its selfish message (see “C Street” recently) account for the book’s ongoing appearance of relevance.

  22. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    Ayn Rand: Rape, rape, postulate.
    Whine, whine, pontificate.
    Grate, grate, exasperate.

  23. Brittney says:

    That’s a new tattoo on her forearm/an adjustment to an old one… same new border as the one now framing her children’s coordinates elsewhere. Hmmm…

  24. ella james says:

    That is one ass-ugly dress charlize is wearing!

    All that $$ – you’d think shed find something that FIT.
    She’s still gorgeous tho- how old is she now?

  25. Nebraska says:

    Carey Mulligan is Dagny Taggart!