Resident Supports Brad Pitt As Mayor & Shares Memories Of the Famous Couple

Brad Pitt may not have any confidence in his own mayoral bid but one person who benefited from his Make It Right Foundation thinks otherwise. Melba Leggett-Barnes, who received a new home through the charity, chatted with about her recent run-in with Pitt and the support he has shown her from the moment they met. She also discusses her experience with Angelina Jolie and what the actress is like as a mom.

I think he would win no problem – I know that I would vote for him. I saw Brad on Tuesday and he gave me a great big hug before he did his interview with Anne Curry,” Leggett-Barnes shared. “He is a very genuine and down-to-earth person and although he has said his policies wouldn’t go with the position of mayor a lot of people would love to see him in the job.” (Pitt had joked that he could not win an election because of his pro-gay marriage, marijuana legalization, and no religion views.)

Both my husband Baxter and I are very grateful to him and his foundation for giving us another chance because we lost everything in the hurricane,” she added. Their $150,000 environmentally friendly house was one of the first to be built by Pitt’s foundation after Hurricane Katrina destroyed the lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans. Several of their neighbors drowned in the hurricane and the they ended-up living in a trailer before the Make It Right Foundation stepped in and started to rebuild much safer homes.

When we met he asked us how we were all doing and everyone around here speaks well of him and Angelina Jolie.

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Kaiser Chiefs meet Brad

On Friday night in New Orleans, Britain’s Kaiser Chiefs wrapped their series of dates supporting Green Day with a spectacular finale that included a stage invasion and a superstar sighting.

“Brad Pitt was there,” Kaiser’s drummer Nick Hodgson told Spinner Saturday morning. “It was totally cool. We met Brad Pitt.”

Hodgson explained he ran into the star as the actor came out for the show. “He had his kids with him,” he said, kindly declining our request to tell us which Brangelina spawn children (Pax & Maddox) were in attendance (although he noted they had headphones on). “[There were] a couple security and that, but he was just sat in the normal seats.”

Although the Kaiser Chiefs are big stars in the native England, headlining festivals and topping charts, Hodgson revealed his band couldn’t help but feel star struck over the leading man. “We had a photograph taken just like regular nerds,” he said, before revealing that act didn’t come without a little trouble. “We had the camera set to video so we had to call him back. He was cool. It’s not the first time [that’s happened].”

Source/discuss. Thanks Gabriella.

Brad for New Orleans Mayor

There are murmers afoot that the rightful heir to this illustrious lineage resides (sometimes) right here in New Orleans. Say it with me now: Mayor Brad Pitt.

Has a nice ring to it, no? And is it as far-fetched as it seems?

Well, probably yes.

It would be a stretch to call the Brad Pitt for Mayor campaign a “grassroots movement” or really an “organization” of any kind. It’s actually a couple of guys who had a conversation, printed up some T-shirts and unintentionally set the Butterfly Effect into motion.

The Butterfly Effect, of course, is a guiding principle of chaos theory that suggests the beating of a butterfly’s wings in Rio de Janiero could set off a series of random meteorological phenomena that could ultimately cause a tornado in, say, Nebraska.

Well, the butterfly in this case was Tulane art history professor Thomas Bayer. And what he set in motion was no meteoroligcal phenomenon but something much bigger, more uncontollable and even more random: Internet chatter.

Bayer recently posted a tongue-in-cheek list of 13 Reasons Brad Pitt Should be the Next Mayor of New Orleans. (“No.5: Publicity and photo opportunies will chase our Mayor instead of the Mayor chasing publicity and photo opportunities.”) Read more. Quite a funny article.

Brad Pitt Keeps Fresh with Baby Wipes, Reveals Costar

While filming Quentin Tarantino’s movie about World War II, Inglourious Basterds, superdad Brad Pitt offered up some unconventional hygiene tips for his sometimes smelly costars.

“He shared that when you’re sweating and don’t have time to take a shower, you just take a baby wipe and rub it under your armpits,” Pitt’s costar and pal Eli Roth told PEOPLE at Saturday’s Spike TV Guys Choice 2009 in Los Angeles, set to air on the cable network June 21 at 10 p.m.

“After a scene, Brad had to get next to me for a close-up shot, and he said, ‘Damn, you’re ripe,’ ” recalls Roth, 37. “I said, ‘I didn’t have time to shower.’ He said, ‘Baby wipes, man, baby wipes.’ “

When it came to Pitt’s pits, Roth said the leading man explained, “I got six kids. All you’ve got to do is just take them, a couple quick wipes under the pits.” Pitt further said, “Man, I’m getting pissed on all day. I don’t have time to take a shower.”

“I thought that was the greatest tip,” says Roth, who took the advice to heart. “My character is called the Bear Jew. If I ever started to smell like a bear, I would just use a couple baby wipes under the armpits, and it made it safe for everyone else to act around me.” Read more. Gotta love Brad’s humor. Thanks Intothegrinder.

Brad caught dancing about

Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, Brad Pitt danced along energetically as Chris Cornell rocked the Wiltern Theater, playing songs from his new album Scream. Wearing a newsboy cap, the actor hung out in the VIP section just in front of the soundboard, but was friendly to fans who approached him on his way to the bathroom. The actor also danced to opening act DJ Skee and headed backstage after the show to greet him and Cornell. Courteney Cox Arquette and David Arquette were also at the show, but opted to stand in the crowd closer to the stage. Source. Thanks Intothegrinder.


Upstairs, Jeremy Irons was upbeat about the play’s future. “We’re here ‘til July,” he said, optimistically. And then? In the fall he and some buddies — including Lawrence Fishburne and Brad Pitt — may motorcycle through the desert in Abu Dhabi. Source. Thanks Intothegrinder.