- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Pitt stop

Actor Brad Pitt quit smoking pot once he became a father because he wanted to be able to take care of his children, World Entertainment News Network reports.

The star, 45, became dad to partner Angelina Jolie’s adopted son Maddox, now 7, after they started dating. The couple later took in two more children and have three biological children of their own.

Though Mr. Pitt admits he used to enjoy smoking marijuana when he was younger, he says he left his pothead days behind for good as soon he started to take on parental responsibilities.

“I’m a dad now. You want to be alert, and my eyes used to glaze over when I did that,” he told HBO’s Bill Maher on Friday’s “Real Time.”

Mr. Pitt recently revealed the extent of his marijuana habit in an interview with Parade magazine, admitting the drug turned him into a “doughnut.”

Mr. Pitt’s latest film, “Inglourious Basterds,” opens Friday.

Sinatra kin miffed

The Sinatra clan is none too pleased with the dark direction Martin Scorsese is taking with his biopic of Frank Sinatra, Denver Post.com reports.

Back in May, it was announced that the Academy Award-winning director had signed on to direct the life story of Ol’ Blue Eyes, with Universal and Mandalay Pictures set to produce. Phil Alden Robinson, who wrote “Field of Dreams,” was brought in as a screenwriter.

According to a source close to the family, Tina Sinatra, Mr. Sinatra’s daughter and the film’s executive producer, is worried that Mr. Scorsese’s vision ultimately might taint her father’s legacy, the New York Post reports.

“Marty wants it to be hard-hitting and showcase the violent, sexually charged, hard-drinking Frank, but Tina wants to show the softer side of her dad and let the focus be on the music,” an unnamed source told the newspaper. “The ‘60s were a very swinging time for Frank - he was having sex with a garden variety of bimbos and cementing his Rat Pack status. It’s a really key time to his mythology. And Tina really wants to make sure that a sanitized Frank comes through and that it’s not overly negative.”

Among the names thrown into the ring to play the Chairman of the Board are Scorsese favorite Leonardo DiCaprio; Tina Sinatra’s choice, George Clooney; and the studio’s preference, Johnny Depp.

No matter who lands the role, though, singing won’t be an issue. Universal acquired the rights to Mr. Sinatra’s catalog for the picture, and the actor will be lip-syncing.

Sparks joins Circus

According to Britney Spears‘ official blog, 2007 “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks will join the second North American leg of Miss Spears’ Circus tour as a special guest, EWOnline reports. Miss Sparks will perform on dates in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, Detroit, Chicago and other cities before concluding Sept. 26 and 27 in Las Vegas.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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