LONDON — Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie stepped out together Sunday at the premiere of zombie thriller “World War Z” — Jolie’s first public appearance since announcing last month that she had undergone a double mastectomy.
The couple said they had been moved by the outpouring of public support that followed Jolie’s disclosure.
Jolie told reporters she felt great, and had “been very happy to see the discussion about women’s health expanded” by her announcement.
“And after losing my mom to these issues, I’m very grateful for it, and I’ve been very moved by the support,” she said.
Jolie, 37, revealed last month in an op-ed piece for The New York Times that she had had her breasts removed after discovering she has an inherited genetic mutation that puts her at high risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
Jolie’s mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died from ovarian cancer at 56, and the actress’ aunt died of breast cancer last month.
The actress revealed that, beginning in February, she underwent three surgeries — which she succeeded in keeping secret from the public — in which her breasts were removed, and later replaced by implants. She said the procedure had reduced her chance of developing breast cancer from 87 percent to under 5 percent.
On Sunday the couple walked a black, rather than red, carpet at the world premiere of “World War Z,” which stars Pitt as a United Nations employee battling to save the world from a zombie apocalypse.
The pair wore complementary black outfits as they signed autographs for fans in Leicester Square.
Pitt said Jolie’s mastectomy and subsequent revelation had been “a very moving experience” for the couple, who have six children.
“I have such respect for her,” Pitt said. “The fact that she would not be frightened of this, what she would have to go through to do this, to take this specter away from our family and ensure that she would be there longer for our family, and the kids ... I get very emotional about it.
“I did not expect what a tipping point, how much it would mean for others to hear her stories, others that might be wrestling with the same things,” he added.
The rock band Muse performed an outdoor concert Sunday for the premiere of the shot-in-Britain film, which producers hope will be a summer blockbuster.
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LONDON — Who will be the new Who?
The BBC says Matt Smith is stepping down from the lead role in long-running sci-fi series “Doctor Who,” spurring intense speculation about his replacement.
The broadcaster said Sunday that Smith will leave after a November episode to mark the show’s 50th anniversary, and a Christmas special.
The titular Doctor is a time-traveling, extraterrestrial Time Lord who can regenerate into new bodies. Smith is the 11th actor to play the character since the series began in 1963.
Smith, who took over the role from David Tennant in 2010, said playing the Doctor had been “the most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke.”
“Doctor Who” is one of the BBC’s most popular programs, and Smith’s tenure has seen the show gain new fans in the United States, where it is shown on BBC America.
The BBC did not announce Smith’s replacement, but fans took to the Internet to speculate about casting of the 12th Doctor.
Bookmaker William Hill made “Being Human” star Russell Tovey and “Harry Potter” alumnus Rupert Grint 10-1 favorites, followed by stage star Rory Kinnear and “Homeland” actor David Harewood.
William Hill also offered 8-1 odds on the next Doctor being female.
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NEW YORK — Kanye West can pass down that leather skirt to his future child: He and Kim Kardashian are expecting a daughter.
The big reveal of the baby’s sex came Sunday night on Kardashian’s E! reality show, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”
Kardashian said she was excited to be having a girl and added, “Who doesn’t want a girl?” She added that that’s what Kanye wanted as well.
The couple didn’t let on about what the baby would be before Sunday’s show aired, with Kardashian saying that they were buying all-white clothes for the baby so people wouldn’t guess the baby’s gender.
Kardashian is due to give birth to the couple’s first child sometime this summer.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The CMT Music Awards are known for cross-genre mashups and this year will be no different as Lenny Kravitz and Nelly prepare to perform.
Rocker Kravitz will join co-host Jason Aldean, while rapper Nelly will team with Florida Georgia Line on their crossover hit “Cruise” during Wednesday night’s awards show airing live at 8 p.m. Wednesday from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
Neither artist has appeared on the show before.
Aldean, who hosts with actress Kristen Bell, has mixed it up before, inviting Ludacris on the show two years ago to perform his hit “Dirt Road Anthem.” He has not announced what song he’ll play with Kravitz.
Nelly helped the duo Florida Georgia Line remix its country hit “Cruise” and it’s now making an impact on pop charts.