Tuesday, 24 February 2015

The Love Phenomenon called "Brangelina"

The Love Phenomenon called "Brangelina"

It’s 2015 and the age old love term “Romeo and Juliet” has stylishly been replaced with Brad and Jolie’s “Brangelina”.
Brangelina (also called Bradgelina) is a celebrity Supercouple consisting of American actor Brad Pitt born December 18, 1963 and actress Angelina Jolie born June 4, 1975. "Brangelina" is a linguistic blend of the pair's names.
Pitt has appeared in over 40 major films, including Ocean's Eleven (2001), while Jolie has appeared in over 30 major films, including Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001).Their relationship began after they starred together in the (2005) action Blockbuster movie Mr. & Mrs Smith. They have three adopted children, Maddox, Pax, Zahara, and have three biological children, Shiloh, Knox, and Vivienne.

Pitt was engaged for six months to actress Gwyneth Paltrow, his co-star in Seven (1995), whom he dated from December 1994 to June 1997. In May 1998, Pitt met Friends actress Jennifer Aniston; they married on July 29, 2000. Despite their relationship previously being considered a rare Hollywood success, Pitt and Aniston separated in January 2005 and divorced on October 2, 2005.

On March 28, 1996, Jolie married British actor Jonny Lee Miller, her co-star in Hackers (1995). Jolie and Miller separated in September 1997 and divorced on February 3, 1999. After a two-month courtship, Jolie married actor Billy Bob Thornton, her co-star in Pushing Tin (1999), on May 5, 2000. Jolie and Thornton announced the adoption of a son, Maddox, from Cambodia in March 2002, but separated three months later. Their divorce was finalized on May 27, 2003.

Pitt and Jolie met in 2004 on the set of Mr. & Mrs Smith. In early 2005, their association became the subject of a much-publicized Hollywood scandal, when they were alleged to have begun an affair while Pitt was still married to Jennifer Aniston. Pitt and Jolie denied this on several occasions, but both admitted that they "fell in love" on the set (Hmmm…Love at first sight).
While Pitt and Jolie never publicly commented on the nature of their relationship, speculations continued throughout 2005. In April, one month after Aniston filed for divorce, a set of paparazzi photos emerged that showed Pitt, Jolie, and her son Maddox at a beach in Kenya, which seemed to confirm the rumors of a relationship between Pitt and Jolie. During the summer, Pitt and Jolie were seen together with increasing frequency, and most of the entertainment media considered them a couple, dubbing them "Brangelina". On January 11, 2006, Jolie confirmed to People that she was pregnant with Pitt's child and thereby acknowledged their relationship for the first time in public.

On March 10, 2002, Jolie adopted her first child, seven-month-old Maddox Chivan, from an orphanage in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  He was born as Rath Vibol on August 5, 2001 in a local village. Jolie applied for adoption after she had visited Cambodia twice, while filming Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) and on a mission in her capacity as Goodwill Ambassador for the UNHCR. The adoption process was halted in December 2001 when the U.S. government banned adoptions from Cambodia amid allegations of child trafficking. Once the ban was lifted for the waiting families, she took custody of Maddox in Namibia, where she was filming Beyond Borders (2003). Although Jolie and her then-husband Billy Bob Thornton announced the adoption together, she in fact adopted Maddox as a single parent.

Jolie adopted a daughter, six-month-old Zahara Marley, from an orphanage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on July 6, 2005. Zahara was born as Yemsrach on January 8, 2005 in Awassa. At the time of the adoption, Jolie did not know whether her daughter was HIV positive, but Zahara later tested negative. Shortly after they returned to the United States, Zahara was hospitalized for dehydration and malnutrition. In November 2007, media outlets reported that Zahara's biological mother wanted her daughter back, but she denied these reports, saying she thought Zahara was "very fortunate" to have been adopted by Jolie.

Pitt accompanied Jolie when she traveled to Ethiopia to pick up Zahara. Jolie later indicated that she and Pitt had made the decision to adopt from Ethiopia together. In December 2005, Pitt's publicist announced that Pitt was seeking to adopt Maddox and Zahara. To reflect this, Jolie filed a request to legally change her children's surnames from Jolie to Jolie-Pitt, which was granted on January 19, 2006. The adoptions were finalized soon after.

On May 27, 2006, Jolie gave birth to Shiloh Nouvel, in Swakopmund, Namibia. Pitt confirmed that their newborn would have a Namibian passport. Pitt and Jolie decided to sell the first pictures of Shiloh through the distributor Getty Images themselves, rather than allowing paparazzi to make these valuable photographs. People paid a reported $4.1 million for the North American rights, while Hello! obtained the British rights for a reported $3.5 million. All profits were donated to charities serving African children. In July, Madame Tussauds in New York unveiled a wax figure of two-month-old Shiloh; it marked the first time an infant was recreated in wax by the museum.

On March 15, 2007, Jolie adopted a son, three-year-old Pax Thien, from an orphanage in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He was born as Pham Quang Sang on November 29, 2003 in the capital. She adopted Pax as a single parent, because Vietnam's adoption regulations do not allow unmarried couples to co-adopt. The following month, she filed a request to legally change her son's surname from Jolie to Jolie-Pitt, which was approved on May 31, 2007. She revealed that his first name, Pax, was suggested by her mother, actress Marcheline Bertrand before her death in January 2007.
 The rights for the first post-adoption images of Pax were sold to People for a reported $2 million, as well as to Hello! for an undisclosed amount. Pitt's adoption of Pax was finalized in the United States on February 21, 2008.

At the Cannes Film Festival  in May 2008, Jolie confirmed that she was expecting twins. She gave birth to a son, Knox León, and a daughter, Vivienne Marcheline, on July 12, 2008 in Nice, France. The rights for the first images of Knox and Vivienne were jointly sold to People and Hello! for a reported $14 million—the most expensive celebrity picture ever taken The proceeds were donated to the Jolie-Pitt Foundation.

Starting in 2005, Pitt and Jolie's relationship became one of the most reported celebrity stories worldwide. After Jolie confirmed her first pregnancy in January 2006, the unprecedented media hype surrounding them "reached the point of insanity," as described by Reuters in their story "The Brangelina Fever". In an attempt to avoid the media attention, Pitt and Jolie went to Namibia for the birth of their first biological child, to whom the Associated Press referred as "the most anticipated baby since Jesus Christ". Two years later, Jolie's second pregnancy again fueled a media frenzy. For the two weeks she spent in a seaside hospital in Nice, France, reporters and photographers camped outside on the promenade to report on the birth of the twins.

Like their relationship, Pitt and Jolie's six children themselves have gained considerable fame and appear regularly in the tabloid media. In January 2008, Forbes named Shiloh the most influential celebrity child, based on her web presence, press clippings, and awareness data, and her parents' consumer-appeal rankings. Ethiopia-born Zahara ranked third, while Vietnam-born Pax came in fifth. Cambodia-born Maddox was, at six, too old to qualify. In a November 2008 repeat survey, Shiloh ranked second behind Suri Cruise, the daughter of actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. Zahara again placed third and Pax moved up to fourth place. Twins Knox and Vivienne were too young and infrequently seen to qualify.  

Just like it’s been said “Love will set you free”. Brad and Jolie were truly made for each other and indeed found love in each other’s eyes, no wonder the nursery story books ends every beautiful story like this “and they lived happily ever after”.

Below are some amazing pictures for your viewing pleasure.
        Jolie's dress at her wedding to Brad Pitt had their children's drawings and artworks on it. The gown and the veil had flowers and cartoons drawn on by the couple's six children.

Angelina Jolie’s wedding dress is covered in her kids’ drawings



Saturday, 14 February 2015

La fête des amoureux (The feast of love)

La fête des amoureux
(The feast of love)

Still in the spirit of love,
celebrations continues among
lovers all over the world with
love songs being heard from all
angles of the streets and people
donning red and white outfits
as part of the love celebrations.
I woke up this morning to a love
song on the radio and all the
stations I tuned to where either
talking love or playing love songs
because of the love mode
activated by valentine.
I am going to share a couple of love
poems with you since this is
La saison de l’amour (The season of Love)
or Fête des amoureux (Feast of love
as the French will say.

Valentine poetry
To-morrow is Saint Valentine's day,
All in the morning betime,
And I a maid at your window,
To be your Valentine.
Then up he rose, and donn'd his clothes,
And dupp'd the chamber-door;
Let in the maid, that out a maid
Never departed more.
—William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act IV, Scene 5

Hayle Bishop Valentine whose day this is
All the Ayre is thy Diocese
And all the chirping Queristers
And other birds ar thy parishioners
Thou marryest every yeare
The Lyrick Lark, and the graue whispering Doue,
The Sparrow that neglects his life for loue,
The houshold bird with the redd stomacher
Thou makst the Blackbird speede as soone,
As doth the Goldfinch, or the Halcyon

The Husband Cock lookes out and soone is spedd
And meets his wife, which brings her feather-bed.
This day more cheerfully than ever shine
This day which might inflame thy selfe old Valentine.
—John Donne, Epithalamion Vpon Frederick Count Palatine and the Lady Elizabeth marryed on St. Valentines day

The rose is red, the violet's blue,
The honey's sweet, and so are you.
Thou art my love and I am thine;
I drew thee to my Valentine:
The lot was cast and then I drew,
And Fortune said it shou'd be you.
    English nursery rhymes Gammer Gurton's Garland (1784):



Saint Valentine's Day, also known as Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is a holiday observed on February 17 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it is not a holiday in most of them. Valentine has evolved greatly from how it began centuries ago to this present day, people are looking forward to a wonderful celebration because they want to surprise their spouse or their loved ones in a very special way. 

Numerous couples around the world who are so much in love,  express their love to one another early even before Valentine’s Day by exchanging different kinds of gifts ranging from teddy bears, cards, candy, flowers, beautiful and colourful clothing items, boxed up gifts, chocolate, expensive or cheap bottle of champagne or wine, (it doesn’t matter, it’s the thought that counts and the mutual love shared.) romantic dinner for two, weekend getaway if the celebration falls on a weekend or just treat your spouse to a night of fun and laughter while watching your favourite movie at home.

In the spirit of love and happiness valentine just doesn’t revolve around you and your spouse or lover, Valentine is also showing love to the poor and needy, sick and the homeless. My very good friend Tobiloba once told me “what you have is not yours alone”, when we live for one another that is when our lives becomes more meaningful”. Go visit the orphanages and throw a party out there for them to enjoy and know that someone’s heart is awake for them” or make that star of hope shine again in their eyes” by asking them to call you DADDY or MUMMY for that period of time spent with them. 

Go on and carry the babies and imagine how it will feel like growing up without a mother or father. Make this valentine memorable for someone out there. Remember it’s not just about your lover alone; spread it to someone you don’t know because you might be giving someone a second chance at love.