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Gift of the Day: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's award-winning Chateau Miraval rose


Not sure what to get the pop culture geek in your life this holiday season? PopStyle is here to help! From the hottest gadgets to the oddest collectibles, we’re rounding up the best gifts in movies, music, TV, books, and more with our Gift of the Day.

Not only do they create good movies and gorgeous children, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie also make award-winning wine.

This year, Brangelina got into the winemaking business with the release of Jolie-Pitt & Perrin Côtes de Provence Rosé Miraval 2012, made from grapes grown on their estate in Southern France. The bottling ranked No.84 overall on Wine Spectator‘s Top 100 list of the best wines of the year, taking the top spot among rosés.

Considering the fact that I gave Duck Commander’s Triple Threat Red Blend — brought to you by the Robertson family of Duck Dynasty fame — the thumbs up because it’s “drinkable,” I’ll borrow Wine Spectator editor Kim Marcus’ description of the Jolie-Pitt rosé.  READ FULL STORY

Dressing Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, and more stars of 'The Counselor'

For his new drug trafficking thriller The Counselor, director Ridley Scott created a world as visually appealing as it is complex, with characters who use their clothes to both enhance and disguise their appearance. Scott turned to longtime collaborator Janty Yates (Gladiator, Prometheus) to design the wardrobe for the film’s larger-than-life characters — including a cunning con woman, an international playboy, an urban cowboy, and a sharply dressed lawyer.

“It’s a huge collaboration between myself, the actors, and [Ridley Scott],” said Yates, who called EW from the set of Scott’s next project, Exodus, which is currently filming in Europe. “Ridley was incredibly involved. He always starts me off with a brief [rundown of his vision], then I run with it, but it all starts with Ridley. He’s so visual. Ridley was a painter for years, went to the best art college in London, and was a production designer. I’m in awe of [him].” To keep the costumes “exciting, cutting edge, and character accurate,” took three and a half months of prep time and a minimum of three fittings per actor. And although working with the A-list cast was a “fantastic” experience, Yates admitted she was more starstruck by the film’s writer, Cormac McCarthy. “Meeting him was amazing and emotional. He has been my hero for 20 years. I have every book of his,” she said of the No Country for Old Men novelist. “Every production is a huge challenge, but it was a wonderful and exciting project to conceive a Cormac McCarthy script.”

Labels like Versace and Armani worked for some, but the Counselor wardrobe department turned to designer Paula Thomas of lifestyle brand Thomas Wylde to find extravagant pieces for Malkina (Cameron Diaz), a sociopathic ex-stripper. “Working with Ridley was a once in a lifetime experience I’m thankful to have had. It’ll definitely be one of the highlights in Thomas Wylde’s history,” said the designer, who has been friends with Scott for more than 20 years. “[It wasn’t until] I read the script that I realized why he called upon me. [Cameron’s] character has a lot of elements of a Thomas Wylde woman…. [She’s] bold, edgy, modern. She’s about wanting to be seen, as opposed to blending into the background.”

Though The Counselor hits theaters today, Yates is already fully consumed with Exodus – starring  Joel Edgerton, Christian Bale, and Aaron Paul — slated for release next December. “I’m standing here looking at the Spanish Sahara as the sun sets as we speak . I’m covered in wind and dust and sand,” joked the designer, who says the costumes in the upcoming historical drama are even more over-the-top than the ones audiences will see in The Counselor. “There’s a lot of gold costumes and gold jewelry. It is immensely out there. Glamour a go-go [and] elegantly biblical!”

Click through the photo gallery for more details on the costumes of The Counselor.


Angelina Jolie goes back to black for her return to the red carpet

Angelina Jolie walked the red carpet in support of fiance Brad Pitt at the world premiere of World War Z in London yesterday, making her first public appearance since undergoing a double mastectomy last February.

Asked by one reporter how it felt to be back on the red carpet, Jolie expressed gratitude for the support she has received since revealing the news in a New York Times column last month, but did her best to steer the conversation back to Pitt. “It’s Brad’s night… I’m very excited for Brad and I think  it’s a very fun film. And my boys are around somewhere tonight, so they’re enjoying it,” the actress told Sky News. Asked how Pitt has supported her through her ordeal, Jolie replied: “He’s been extraordinary. He’s a wonderful man and a wonderful father, and I’m very, very lucky.”

Wearing minimal makeup, Jolie looked stunning in a Saint Laurent gown in her signature black — Who could forget the vision of Angelina’s right leg framed by her Atelier Versace gown she wore to last year’s Academy Awards or the Elvira-inspired Versace dress she was wearing when she picked up the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2000?

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Madonna's Boy Scout uniform, the Brad Pitt Spanx rumor and more

From cone bras to merit badges… The Boy Scout uniform Madonna wore to the 2013 GLAAD Awards was more than just a fashion statement. [TIME]

Is Brad Pitt battling the middle-age spread by wearing men’s shapewear? [Telegraph]

See the bowl cut, the braids, and more of the most memorable hairstyles from season two of HBO’s Girls. [The Cut]

Makeup artist to the (porn) stars Melissa Murphy shares best beauty tips. [HuffingtonPost]

Filming for season 3 of BBC’s Sherlock Holmes starts today, and production designer Arwel Wyn Jones gives us a sneak peek at the super sleuth’s London digs. [BBC America]

The dress Princess Diana was wearing when she danced with John Travolta in 1985 will be up for bids during an auction of the late royal’s iconic outfits. [The Guardian]

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Don't understand Brad Pitt's Chanel No. 5 ads? Neither does the guy who directed them


“It’s not a journey. Every journey ends, but we go on. The world turns and we turn with it. Plans disappear, dreams take over, but wherever I go, there you are: my luck; my fate; my fortune. Chanel No.5, inevitable.”

Say what now?

In his debut as the first male face of the iconic Chanel No. 5 perfume, Brad Pitt recited a dramatic monologue that had us all scratching our heads and harkening back to that bizarre 1985 spot for Calvin Klein’s Obsession. According to Saturday Night Live‘s Taran Killam, who starred in a series of spoofs based on the No. 5 commercials, even the director of the ads had no idea what Pitt was talking about.


Demi Lovato gets inked by Kat Von D, Brad Pitt defends his Chanel No. 5 ad and more

X Factor judge Demi Lovato showed off her newest tattoo — a flock of birds flying up her arm — inked by non other than Kat Von D. [Huffington Post]

Brad Pitt says he “kind of liked” his Chanel No. 5 ad and claims he hasn’t seen any of the parodies it inspired. [Yahoo]

no more? After a sharp decline in newsstand sales, Oprah Winfrey says she will fold her self-tiled magazine if it starts losing money. [New York Times]

Just in time for the 70th anniversary of Casablanca, the piano used to play “As Times Goes By” in the Oscar-winning movie is up for auction. [AP News]

See extreme holiday light displays that flicker to the beats of Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” Katy Perry’s “Firework,” and more infectious pop hits. [Flavorwire]

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It was inevitable... Brad Pitt's Chanel No. 5 commercial debuts -- VIDEO

After decades of employing actresses like Marilyn Monroe and Nicole Kidman as the face of No. 5, Chanel signed Brad Pitt as the inaugural frontman for its iconic fragrance. Last week, a series of audio clip teasers featuring Brad asking random questions to no one in particular  — “Are you going somewhere? Where?” — had me scratching my head. Now that the full short film has been released, I finally have some answers… and some questions of my own.

For starters; What it is about Chanel No. 5 that makes Brad all emo and reflective? The actor launches into a monologue that’s full of so many dramatic pauses and soap-oprea stares off into the distance (did he pick up this technique during his 1987 stint on Another World?) that you’d think he was reciting poetry at an open mic night. Watch the commercial below and tell me what you think.

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