A few things about film premieres: The popcorn and soda are free, and the stars almost always sneak out after the introductory remarks (by directors, producers, French people). But when the stars in question are Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt — as they were last night at the Ziegfeld, for the premiere of the Danny Pearl film A Mighty Heart — the sneak-out becomes a half-hushed spectacle of its own. Awkward! Earlier, on arrival, they’d been much more overt, showing up in a black SUV and signing autographs and shaking hands before prowling the red carpet. Yes, they’re eye-bleedingly attractive, even if she needs a cupcake and he a nap. And, no, they wouldn’t talk to any print reporters.
At the after-party — after the somber screening, everybody needed a pick-me-up, and the opulent, ornate, very un-Karachi-like Metropolitan Club was the spot — Brangelina were hugging, chatting, and eating sushi with folks like Mariane Pearl, Kimora Lee Simmons, Djimon Hounsou, Ed Norton, and Jeremy Piven. The reporters still weren’t allowed to approach the king and queen of the prom, which underscored how much it felt like high school. This time, though, it was pleasant enough to stare at the Ultimate Popular Kids from the shadows while chugging champagne and petits fours. Life’s tough. —Justin Ravitz
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