- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Mama Angelina

Angelina Jolie says she has different feelings toward each of her children and feels especially close to her adopted children because they already have led such hard lives, reports the Internet Movie Database, citing a story in Elle magazine.

The Oscar winner has two adopted children with Brad Pitt, Maddox and Zahara, as well as their biological daughter, Shiloh, who was born in May.

“I think I feel so much more for Mad and Z because they’re survivors, they came through so much,” Miss Jolie tells Elle. “Shiloh seemed so privileged from the moment she was born. I have less inclination to feel for her … . I met my other kids when they were six months old, they came with personality. A newborn really is this — yes, a blob. But now she’s starting to have a personality.”

Ouch.

Ella honored

Ella Fitzgerald, the First Lady of Song, is being honored on a new postage stamp, Associated Press reports. The 39-cent stamp will be released today.

“She would be very honored, very pleased and a little surprised,” said Ray Brown Jr., Miss Fitzgerald’s son.

Miss Fitzgerald became famous as a scat singer, vocalizing nonsense syllables, and recording the songbooks of such composers as Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington and George and Ira Gershwin

She died in 1996 at age 75.

DGA’s top picks

The Directors Guild of America yesterday selected six filmmakers to vie for its top award, including seven-time nominee Martin Scorsese for “The Departed” and first-time contender Bill Condon for “Dreamgirls.”

Rounding out the nominees are Stephen Frears for “The Queen,” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for “Babel” and directing duo Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris for “Little Miss Sunshine,” Reuters reports.

The DGA Award traditionally has been one of the industry’s most accurate barometers for who will win the prestigious Oscar for best director. The winner will be announced Feb. 3.

Ahoy, matey

Now it’s official: Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, credited with inspiring Johnny Depp’s buccaneer in “Pirates of the Caribbean,” will be in the franchise’s next film, says its producer, Jerry Bruckheimer.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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