WBEZ | Brad Pitt http://www.wbez.org/tags/brad-pitt Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Do you really want to smell 'inevitable'? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-11/do-you-really-want-smell-inevitable-103898 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Brad-Pitt-Inevitable-Chanel-n-5.jpg" title="" /></div><p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.32085354273984656">I knew that Brad Pitt had a </span><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGs4CjeJiJQ&amp;feature=player_embedded">goofball Chanel commercial</a> going around that everyone was mocking but I wasn&rsquo;t aware until I saw this ad that apparently the whole campaign is called &ldquo;Inevitable.&rdquo;<br /><br />The title of the campaign is another misstep in Chanel&rsquo;s marketing. I&rsquo;m pretty sure the company didn&rsquo;t set out to create a set of ads that would be made fun of, but there you go. And now there is an added word that further fails to convince us that Brad Pitt is someone from whom we want to buy perfume.<br /><br />&ldquo;Inevitable&rdquo; doesn&rsquo;t read like two sexy planets drawn together by their gravitational fields. Instead, &ldquo;inevitable&rdquo; reads like someone groaning as they see Brad Pitt approaching from across the room at a party. You could replace &ldquo;Inevitable&rdquo; with other negative-sounding taglines like &ldquo;Unavoidable,&rdquo; &ldquo;Inescapable&rdquo; or &ldquo;Mandatory.&rdquo; &quot;Uggh, inevitably, it&rsquo;s Brad Pitt,&quot; you might say. &quot;Quick, look away. Did he see us? Crap.&quot;<br /><br />Brad Pitt was once a sex god, but as we all know, <a href="http://www.thesuperficial.com/brad_pitt_is_a_chameleon-01-2006">he copies the style of the woman he is with</a>. As such, Angelina Jolie used to be known as an predictably unpredictable sexy wild child, until she decided that she didn&rsquo;t want to be fun anymore. Thus, Brad took on her persona, and now they seem like the world&rsquo;s most dull yet beautiful couple. (Nothing sounds less convincing than <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2097340/Brad-Pitt-Angelina-Jolies-naughty-thats-reserved-just-him.html">telling CBS <em>This Morning</em></a>&nbsp;that your partner is &ldquo;still a bad girl.&rdquo; Right, OK.)</p><p>At said party where Brad Pitt would inevitably corner you, you just know Angelina would take herself very seriously and only want to talk about charity stuff and then Brad would come by and &mdash; ugh, inevitably &mdash; want to discuss <a href="http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/news/celebrity/160693/brad-pitt-and-angelina-jolie-spend-1-million-on-banksy-artwork.html">art</a> and <a href="http://www.theawl.com/2012/11/the-brad-pitt-bed-ziricote-with-farm-raised-stingray-skins-and-nickel-details">furniture design</a> and their children or whatever. (Or, worse, he&#39;d speak to you the way he does in the perfume commercial and you&#39;d have to decide whether he was a) drunk b) having a stroke c) insane or d) just a big creep.) You&rsquo;d nod and pretend to be interested, and maybe you&#39;d try to change the subject and say &ldquo;What TV shows are you watching these days?&rdquo; and then Angelina would butt in and say, &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t watch television,&rdquo; and then you&rsquo;d smile and finally excuse yourself to get another drink and feel relieved, and then later on you&#39;d ask your friend, &quot;What is <em>up </em>with Brad Pitt?&quot; and your friend would say &quot;Ugh, I know, right?&quot; That&#39;s what &quot;Inevitable&quot; conjures up.<br /><br />Unless, perhaps, Chanel is going for something useful with their new perfume. Get a whiff of the Inevitable and you can make your escape before it&rsquo;s too late.</p></p> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 09:50:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-11/do-you-really-want-smell-inevitable-103898 Cannes Diary: The enfant-terrible of French cinema returns http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/cannes-diary-enfant-terrible-french-cinema-returns-99464 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/brad%20pitt%20cannes%20AP.jpg" title="Actor Brad Pitt greets fans at the screening of ‘Killing Them Softly’ at Cannes on Tuesday. (AP/Loic Venance, Pool)" /></div><p>&ldquo;Partly cloudy,&rdquo; read the forecast for Tuesday morning here in Cannes. It turned out to be more rain. And then, a miracle: The sun came out at about noon, and Cannes was transformed. The Canadians, Germans and Turks sipped cocktails at their seaside tents; the Abu Dhabi tent was serving tea.</p><p>At noon, a full 7 &frac12; hours before the screening, someone had parked their ladder in the street median across from the entrance to the Palais with a hand-lettered sign, &ldquo;We love to Brad.&rdquo; (Pitt, presumably, who was there for the screening of <em>Killing Them Softly</em>.)</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/photo.JPG" style="height: 400px; width: 300px; float: left;" title="A poster for the film 'Dead Sushi' for sale at the Cannes Market. (WBEZ/Milos Stehlik)" /></div><p>Later in the day, my friend, the film distributor and great film connoisseur Peter Marai, discovered two wonderful film posters for sale at the Cannes market: <em>Dead Sushi</em> promised &ldquo;Hot Wasabi Action&rdquo; and warned that &ldquo;Sushi Bites Back.&rdquo; Another one advertised an even odder Japanese film called <em>ZombieAss</em>, directed by Noboru Iguchi and is subtitled with the line, &ldquo;Toilet of the Dead.&rdquo;&nbsp;It is doubtlessly filled with action since it promises &ldquo;We are going to flush you!&rdquo; (I am not making this up.)</p><p>Speaking of bizarre: The former <em>enfant-terrible</em> of French cinema, Leos Carax, has returned with a new film after a long absence. <em>Holy Motors</em> &ndash; an exquisitely shot film &ndash; starts with someone who looks like a wealthy executive going off to work. He is driven through Paris in a very long stretch limo to nine different appointments. At each &ldquo;appointment&rdquo; he acts out some fantasy &ndash; two murders and an erotic stop-motion action sequence among them. Alternately beautiful, self-indulgent, serious, bizarre and funny, it&rsquo;s impossible to summarize the film, other than to say that Carax is playing with the audience &ndash; though this is &ldquo;being had&rdquo; in a pleasurable way.</p></p> Wed, 23 May 2012 10:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/cannes-diary-enfant-terrible-french-cinema-returns-99464