“QUESTIONS ARE never indiscreet, answers sometimes are,” said Oscar Wilde.
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I COULD have lived a million years and been satisfied never to have read one thing from Brad Pitt’s lips on the subject of his marriage to Jennifer Aniston.
But apparently, in an effort to drum up publicity for his coming movie, Brad found it necessary to tell Parade magazine that his life with Aniston was “pathetic,” that he was trying to “make the marriage something it wasn’t,” and that he became bored with himself, sitting around smoking pot. (Does Brad think he’s giving anybody with half a brain a scoop? Who didn’t know he was a big pot-head back in the day?) Now he is blissful and cannabis-free with Miss Angelina Jolie.
He complained, too, about all the made-up tabloid stories. Is he unaware that he has now supplied at least three year’s worth of headlines? Brad has a perfect right to air his feelings. But considering the continued crazy interest in Jen n’ Brad n’ Angie, you’d think he’d temper his remarks and just not go there. For everybody’s sake.
Otherwise, I am so happy he’s happy with Jolie and their six kids and we all appreciate the good works undertaken by this glamour couple.
Brad’s also given another sit-down, to Entertainment Weekly, in which he muses on the misery of making “Interview With The Vampire” with Tom Cruise. Brad hated the script, his role, the contact lenses he had to wear. One also gets the feeling he didn’t much cotton to Tom, either. Well, perhaps Tom didn’t care for all that pot-smoking?
But it would be quite uncharacteristic for Tom Cruise to complain.
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SPEAKING OF indiscreet honesty, our girl Joan Collins certainly let loose to the London Telegram the other day. Not that Joan has ever been a shrinking violet, but she turned into a great, glamorous Venus Fly Trap for reporter Bryony Gordon. She is promoting her new book, The World According to Joan.
Joan weighed in on politics (she likes David Cameron) … the recent London riots (“These kids are so ignorant and stupid … no moral compass because they spend their life playing those games where they kill and shoot. And they watch a lot of violent stuff on television.”) Collins hates the omnipresence of porn, too.
In her new book, Joan says, “It’s no one’s fault to be born ugly, but honestly, must it be worn as a symbol of pride?” She thinks chivalry is dead, men are “turning gay” because women are unfeminine and that no woman over a size ten should wear a slip dress. You mustn’t show bare legs in the winter or wear jeans. These are Joan’s rules if one wishes to exist in a civilized manner.
And what of today’s female stars? How do they rate? Keira Knightly? “Well, she’s thin.”
Carey Mulligan? “I don’t want to comment on her. But I can’t believe she’s playing Eliza Dolittle in a new movie.” (See, Joan knows she cannot get away with “no comment.”)
Kate Winslet? “Oh, that dreadful dress,” says Joan of Kate’s outfit in Venice recently. “The worst dress and an awful hairstyle and ghastly shoes. I’m sorry.” (Imagine how Kate feels!)
What about models? “Kate Moss is okay. But she’s no Linda Evangelista in my mind.”
The popular singer, Adele? “She’s a very good singer. Very, very talented, but she has a terrible hairpiece.”
However, Joan did come up with one celeb of which she expressed unqualified admiration — Victoria Beckham. “Oh, I love Victoria,” Joan told reporter Gordon. “You’ve finally found someone I like.”
Honesty might not be the best policy, but it’s the only one Joan knows. Oh, and she still insists she’s never had any “work” done — sex does for her what Botox does for ladies less blessed by nature and without a hubby more than 30 years younger.
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NOW JUST a little footnote on politics or “guv’ment” as some call it. Here is something pretty special from the New York Review of Books about the right of any state to secede from the union. Governor Rick Perry seemed to be suggesting at a Tea Party rally in April, 2009 that a state could secede from the union. Perry said Texas would “be able” to leave the U.S. if the state “decided to do that.”
Writer Michael Tomasky gives a footnote: “Neither Texas nor any other state can secede. Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase’s majority opinion in the 1869 ‘Texas v.White’ decision made this stipulation and it has never been challenged.
“In a sign perhaps of our dispiriting times, the Supreme Court Historical Society will conduct a mock rehearing of this case in November, to be presided over by Justice Antonin Scalia.”