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Pitt, 'World War Z' draw crowd

by The Associated Press on June 18, 2013 10:40 AM

NEW YORK — Thousands of screaming fans brought Times Square to a standstill as they waited to catch a glimpse of Brad Pitt at the premiere of his new thriller, “World War Z.”

The 49-year old actor took his time to talk to reporters on the appropriately-designed “Z-shaped” red carpet, often breaking away to sign autographs and pose for photographs with fans.

“We’re not doing this small ... we’re going big this summer,” Pitt said of the premiere that resembled a music festival.

Pitt stars in and produced the apocalyptic thriller based on the book by Max Brooks, son of the legendary Mel Brooks.

Pitt plays a former United Nations investigator who traverses the world in a race against time to stop a zombie pandemic that is threatening to decimate humanity.

“We liked this idea of taking a genre and using that as, I guess, a metaphor for pandemics, and what if one of these pandemics jumped the tracks. Would we be ready? What countries would be in better shape, what countries would take the biggest hit?” Pitt said of the zombie thriller.

While Pitt sees the film as more of a summer thriller than a cautionary tale, he’s nonetheless intrigued by the political subtext.

“A movie is only good if it speaks about our time, if it’s personal in some way, and it plugs into the zeitgeist to irritate a little bit. I think we got that here,” he said.

As for letting his children see it, Pitt feels the movie is not appropriate for the younger ones.

“My two oldest I’ve let see it, and they’ve loved it. Parental guidance, it’s called parental guidance,” Pitt said of only allowing Maddox, 11, and Pax, 8, to see the film.

Pitt, and fiancee Angelina Jolie have six children.

Jolie has long been recognized for her humanitarian work, and served as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, or UNHCR. In 2012, she was promoted to special envoy.

So how does Jolie feel about Pitt representing the U.N in the film?

Pitt laughed, saying: “She just didn’t want me to embarrass them.”

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NEW YORK — Katy Perry “goes there” with Vogue about two of her high-profile relationships, as the magazine’s July cover story.

The singer says of ex-husband Russell Brand that she “was in love with him when I married him” in 2010. She also adds that she hasn’t heard from the comedian since Brand texted her on New Year’s Eve of 2011 to say he wanted a divorce, about 14 months later.

She also goes on to say she blamed herself for their breakup until she “found out the real truth” which she “can’t necessarily disclose.”

Perry also opens up to Vogue about her on-again-off-again relationship with John Mayer saying she “was madly in love with him” and still is. She also says he has a “beautiful mind” and a “tortured soul.”

The July issue of Vogue goes on sale June 25.

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LOS ANGELES — Prosecutors won’t be filing charges of vandalism against “Curb Your Enthusiasm” actor Jeff Garlin after he was accused of smashing a car window in a dispute over a parking space.

Instead, the 51-year-old will receive a hearing at the Los Angeles city attorney’s office where he will be advised about the law and how to avoid such incidents.

Frank Mateljan, spokes-man for the city attorney, said Monday that Garlin’s alleged actions did not reach the threshold for a criminal filing. Office hearings are frequently used in such cases to avoid a full-blown criminal case.

“We examined the facts and determined an office hearing is most appropriate in this circumstance,” Mateljan said.

According to a police report, the dispute occurred in the parking lot of a Studio City CVS drugstore. Garlin was arguing with the driver of a Mercedes and allegedly broke the driver’s side window of her car with his bare hand.

He was arrested Saturday.

Mateljan said the woman whose car was damaged has the option of suing Garland in civil court for damages.

Garlin played Larry David’s friend and manager on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and was the show’s co-executive producer. He has also appeared frequently on “Arrested Development” and other television shows.

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NEW YORK — Dave Chappelle is making his most substantial return to stand-up comedy with a one-month tour for Funny Or Die.

The comedian will headline the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival, which kicks off Aug. 23 in Austin, Texas. The 13-date, two-stage tour concludes Sept. 22 in Phoenix.

The 39-year-old Chappelle has occasionally performed impromptu sets in comedy clubs. But he has largely avoided comedy and public life since abruptly leaving his hit Comedy Central series, “Chappelle’s Show,” in 2005.

Also on the bill are Flight of the Conchords, Hannibal Buress, Kristen Schaal and Al Madrigal.

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