Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt to team up in 'intimate' movie 'By the Sea'

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are partners in life, and now they'll be working partners again. Universal Pictures announced Friday that the A-list acting couple will appear on the big screen together in "By the Sea," which Jolie will also write and direct.

The studio gave no details about the film's plot except to call it an "intimate, character-driven drama" with Jolie and Pitt as stars and producers.

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    The award-winning actress and activist is one half of one of Hollywood’s most powerful couples.

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    What a dame! -

    Actress Angelina Jolie is presented with the Insignia of an Honorary Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George by Queen Elizabeth II on October 10, 2014 at Buckingham Palace. Jolie is receiving an honorary damehood (DCMG) for services to U.K. foreign policy and the campaign to end war zone sexual violence.
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    Wax wedding -

    Wax models of actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are presented with a wedding cake at the Madame Tussauds attraction in Sydney, Australia, on Aug. 29, 2014. After nine years and six children together, Pitt and Jolie secretly married in France on Aug. 23, a spokesman for the couple told The Associated Press. The couple said “I do” at Chateau Miraval, in the village of Corren, where they have an estate.
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    Beauty in black -

    Jolie poses for photographers at a photo call for her film "Maleficent" in Tokyo on June 24, 2014.
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    Listening to the people -

    Jolie visits refugees in the Ban Mai Nai Soi refugee camp on occasion of the World Refugee Day in Mae Hong Son, Thailand, on June 20, 2014.
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    Plight of Syrian refugees. -

    Jolie, a UNHCR special envoy, speaks with Syrian refugees in a Jordanian military camp based near the Syria-Jordan border on June 18, 2013.
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    Forces against sexual violence -

    Jolie, right, joins U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and British Foreign Secretary William Hague, at a joint news conference at the conclusion of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London on June 13, 2014.
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    Warm embrace -

    Jolie embraces Neema Namadamu of the DRC in London during the second day of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict on June 11, 2014. Namadamu is the founder of Maman Shujaa, a women-led initiative that uses digital media to amplify the voices of women demanding peace in eastern Congo.
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    Captivating couple -

    Jolie and Pitt attend the "World War Z" German premiere at Sony Centre in Berlin on June 4, 2013.
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    Paying respects -

    Jolie visits a memorial center in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica on March 28, 2014. British Foreign Secretary William Hague and Jolie addressed a conference organized in Sarajevo by Bosnia's defense ministry on sexual violence in conflict.
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    Dark duo -

    Pitt and Jolie attend a private reception as costumes and props from Disney's "Maleficent" are exhibited in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital at Kensington Palace in London on May 8, 2014.
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    Special envoy -

    Angelina Jolie meets with Syrian refugees in the Bekaa Valley on Feb. 23, 2014. Jolie was on a humanitarian mission to Lebanon to meet Syrian refugees.
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    Their best formal wear -

    Jolie and Pitt attend the EE British Academy Film Awards at The Royal Opera House in London on Feb. 16, 2014.
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    Safe landing -

    Jolie lands at Los Angeles International Airport with her children, Maddox, Shiloh, Vivienne, Zahara and Knox Jolie-Pitt on Feb. 5, 2014.
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    Spooky villain -

    Jolie is barely recognizable in this poster for her 2014 Disney film, "Maleficent." She plays a younger version of the villain audiences meet in "Sleeping Beauty," and her 5-year-old daughter Vivienne plays a younger version of Sleeping Beauty herself.
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    Taking it all down -

    Jolie, a special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), speaks with Syrian refugees in a Jordanian military camp based near the Syria-Jordan border, on June 18, 2013.
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    It's a new 'World' -

    Jolie and partner Brad Pitt attend the premiere of his new film, "World War Z" at Sony Centre in Berlin on June 4, 2013.
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    Where the boys are -

    Pitt and Jolie are joined by sons Maddox and Pax at the London premiere of "World War Z" on June 2, 2013.
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    Back on the red carpet -

    Jolie arrives at the London premiere of Pitt's film "World War Z" in Leicester Square in London on June 2, 2013. It was her first public appearance since announcing that she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy. Pitt led the worldwide praise, declaring Jolie heroic, followed by her doctors, other stars and thousands of supporters, who took to social media to praise her openness.
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    Facing up to cancer -

    In May 2013, Jolie published an article in the New York Times detailing how she had a double mastectomy upon learning that she carried a gene that increases her risk of breast and ovarian cancer. "I choose not to keep my story private because there are many women who do not know that they might be living under the shadow of cancer," the actress wrote.
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    Laughing with children -

    Jolie has used her acting fame to carve out a role for herself as a globe-trotting activist and humanitarian. Here Jolie, herself a mother of six, reaches out to a child while meeting with Syrian refugees in Lebanon on Sept. 12, 2012.
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    Addressing G8 ministers -

    Flanked by G8 Foreign Ministers, Jolie, right, in her role as UN envoy, speaks during a news conference regarding sexual violence against women in conflict, during the G8 Foreign Ministers meeting in London on April 11, 2013.
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    Anti-rape campagn -

    Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague, center, and UNHCR Special Envoy Jolie, right, listen to refugees on March 25, 2013 during a visit to the Nzolo refugee camp in Democratic Republic of Congo. Jolie joined Hague on a visit to the country in a bid to encourage world powers to do more to tackle rape and sexual assault in war zones.
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    Women in the World summit -

    Jolie attends the Women in the World Summit 2013 on April 4, 2013 in New York.
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    Special envoy for refugee issues -

    Jolie, center, visits Iraqi returnees from Syria escaping the conflict there, in Baghdad on Sept. 15, 2012.
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    Star smile -

    Jolie is photographed at a screening of her film "In the Land of Blood and Honey" at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London on May 29, 2012. Before the screening, Jolie discussed the Foreign Secretary's initiative on preventing sexual violence in conflict.
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    Legging it -

    Jolie infamously jutted out one leg at the Oscars on Feb. 26, 2012, leading to numerous Internet parodies and jokes.
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    The witching hour -

    Jolie stars in "Maleficent," a story about the Disney villain from "Sleeping Beauty." The film is scheduled to be released in 2014.
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    Golden star on the red carpet -

    Jolie arrives at the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 15, 2012.
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    White House trip -

    Jolie, left, and her partner Brad Pitt meet with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington on Jan. 11, 2012. Jolie was in Washington for the premiere of her film "In the Land of Blood and Honey" at the Holocaust Museum.
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    Director at work -

    Writer-director Jolie busy on the set of "In the Land of Blood and Honey."
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    Grim visit -

    Pitt and Jolie visit Con Dao prison off Vietnam's southern coast on Nov. 13, 2011. Jolie and Pitt adopted a Vietnamese boy in March 2007.
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    Lady in red -

    Jolie is welcomed by fans as she arrives at the Japan premiere of her partner Brad Pitt's film "Moneyball' in Tokyo on Nov. 9, 2011.
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    It's a family affair -

    Accompanied by their six children, Pitt and Jolie appear before photographers upon their arrival at Haneda Airport in Tokyo on Nov. 8, 2011.
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    Witness to a revolution -

    Jolie was in Misrata, Libya, to help agencies bringing aid to Libyans in Tripoli and Misrata on Oct. 11, 2011. "I have come to Libya for a variety of reasons, to see a country in transition at every level and to witness efforts to fully realize the promise of the Arab Spring," Jolie said.
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    And the award goes to ... -

    Jolie presents the 2011 Nansen Refugee Award at a ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland, on Oct. 3, 2011. The prize was awarded to the founder and 290 staff of SHS, a non-governmental organization, for their life-saving work in helping the thousands of refugees and migrants who arrive on Yemen's shores each year.
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    Off to the movies -

    Jolie took all six children, including twins Knox and Vivienne, to see "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2," in London on July 22, 2011.
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    Everybody was kung fu fighting -

    Jack Black and Jolie arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "Kung Fu Panda 2" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on May 22, 2011 in Hollywood, Calif. Jolie voices the tough Tigress while Black gives voice to Po, the chubby panda of the title.
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    Vive la France -

    Jolie and partner Brad Pitt arrive for the screening of 'The Tree of Life' during the 64th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 16, 2011. Pitt stars in the film, which won the film festival's highest honor.
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    Taking time to listen -

    In her role as goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Jolie talks with Syrian refugees at the Altinozu camp in the Hatay province of Turkey on June 17, 2011. Jolie has been active in international relief efforts for years.
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    Helping those in need -

    Jolie visits Somali refugees at a refugee camp in Tunisia on April 5, 2011. The actress travelled to the camp to encourage continued funding and support from the international community to further assist the hundreds of thousands of people who have crossed into Tunisia to escape the violence in Libya.
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    Mother Jolie -

    The actress met with Khanum Gul, a 35-year-old mother of eight, and Gul's youngest son, Samir, in Kabul, Afghanistan, in February 2011.
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    A winning look -

    The actress wore a long-sleeve Versace gown to the 68th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Jan. 16, 2011. She was nominated for best actress for "The Tourist," but lost to Annette Bening.
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    A-list 'Tourist' -

    "Tourist" star Angelina Jolie attended the German premiere of the film with partner Brad Pitt on Dec. 14, 2010, in Berlin. The movie, which had an estimated budget of $100 million, grossed $67 million by February 2011, and was widely panned by critics.
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    'Tourist' season -

    Actress Angelina Jolie, right, and actor Johnny Depp are shown in a scene from their new film "The Tourist," about an American tourist in Europe who gets caught up in a whirlwind romance with a mysterious woman.
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    Film shoot -

    Jolie, second right, directs actors on set in the city of Esztergom, Hungary, on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010. The directorial debut for the A-list actress is a love story set during the Bosnian war.
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    'Mega' stars -

    Jolie and Brad Pitt arrive at the Paris premiere of the animated fim "Megamind" on Nov. 29, 2010. Pitt voices one of the main characters in the film.
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    Jolie, right, meets 64-year-old Zenul Hawa at her flood-damaged home in the village of Mohib Bandi in Pakistan on Sept. 7, 2010. Jolie, a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador, was in Pakistan visiting flood-affected communities in the northwest.
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    Spicing things up -

    Jolie promotes the launch of spy thriller "Salt" in Cancun, Mexico, on June 30, 2010. In the film, she plays a CIA agent who goes on the run after she's accused of being a KGB double agent.
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    'Salt' of the earth -

    In the thriller "Salt," Jolie stars as Evelyn Salt, a CIA officer accused of being a spy for the Russians.
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    International embrace -

    In this image released by UNHCR on April 6, 2010, Jolie shares a laugh and traditional painted Easter eggs with Bosnian women Babic Lena and her unnamed sister in the eastern Bosnian town of Rogatica, east of Sarajevo.
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    Taxi! -

    Jolie is seen at the Piazzale della Stazione, filming on location for "The Tourist," on March 17, 2010, in Venice, Italy.
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    Treats for everyone -

    Jolie and Pitt walk out of an ice-cream shop with children Zahara, front right, Shiloh Nouvel, Pax, left, and Maddox, background, in Venice, Italy, on Feb. 16, 2010.
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    Helping refugees -

    Jolie attends the 2009 World Refugee Day at National Geographic Society June 18, 2009, in Washington, DC. Jolie paid tribute to the 10.5 million refugees now recognized by the Commission. The UNHCR announced that she and her partner, Brad Pitt, have donated $1 million to help Pakistanis displaced by fighting between troops and Taliban militants
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    Hollywood glamour -

    Jolie arrives at the Academy Awards in February 2009. She didn't take home any trophies, but she landed on numerous best-dressed lists, thanks to her choice of a classic strapless Elie Saab gown highlighted by emerald earrings.
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    Power couple -

    Jolie and Pitt arrive for the Cannes Film Festival screening of his movie, the Quentin Tarantino-directed "Inglourious Basterds," in May 2009.
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    Reaching out to children -

    Jolie visits with Karenni refugee children in the Ban Mai Nai Soi refugee camp in northern Thailand on Feb. 4, 2009.
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    The Jolie-Pitt brood visits the Land of the Rising Sun -

    One of the advantages to being the child of an actor? You get to travel to places most young kids never see. Here, Pitt and Jolie and their children arrive at Narita International Airport in Narita, east of Tokyo, Japan, where they attended the Japanese premiere of Pitt's film, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," in January 2009.
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    I see Angelina's back -

    Some of Jolie's tattoos are visible as she arrives at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Jan. 25, 2009. She has more than a dozen tattoos and says each has a special meaning. The tattoo between her shoulder blades reads "know your rights" and is the title of a Clash song. The one on her left shoulder blade is a lengthy Buddhist Pali incantation written in Khmer, the language of Cambodia. Her first son, Maddox, was adopted from Cambodia.
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    Blasting out of the pages of the comics -

    In 2008, Jolie starred in the thriller "Wanted" as Fox, a mysterious assassin with a tragic past. The film was loosely based on Mark Millar's comic-book series.
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    Under the desert sun -

    In her role as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, Jolie spoke to women in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, in October 2008.
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    A mother no one believes -

    Jolie was nominated for an Academy Award for best actress for her starring role in 2008's "Changeling," directed by Clint Eastwood. In the film, which is based on a true story, she plays a woman whose son is abducted in the 1920s. When a boy is brought to her, she knows it's not her own child, but authorities brand her delusional for reasons of their own.
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    Fresh ink -

    Three months after the birth of their twins, Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline, Pitt and Jolie attend a screening of her film "Changeling" in New York on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008. The new tattoos on Jolie's upper arm reportedly denote map coordinates of the birthplace of the twins, under the coordinates for the couple's four other children.
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    New two -

    Pitt and Jolie reveal the latest additions to their family -- twins Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline -- on the cover of the Aug. 4, 2008, issue of People magazine. "It is chaos, but we are managing it and having a wonderful time," Jolie told the magazine.
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    Twins on the way -

    Dustin Hoffman, left, and Jack Black provide "security" around Jolie at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday, May 15, in southern France. The three lend their voices to the animated film "Kung Fu Panda," by directors Mark Osborne and John Stevenson.
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    Cheetohs all around! -

    Jolie carried daughter Shiloh while leading her other children Maddox, Pax and Zahara for a walk and a treat at their neighborhood corner store by their home in New Orleans.
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    Into the war zone -

    Gen. David Petraeus, commander of multi-national forces in Iraq, meets with Jolie in Baghdad on Feb. 7, 2008. Jolie, a U.N. goodwill ambassador, visited Iraq on a humanitarian mission and met top officials to seek help for people displaced by the war.
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    Mother and son -

    Jolie and her son Maddox attend a news conference in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward on Monday, Dec. 3, 2007. Jolie's boyfriend Brad Pitt was announcing his latest project to build affordable, environmentally friendly homes in the area devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
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    Show of support -

    Pitt joined Jolie on the red carpet at the European premiere of her film "Beowulf" in London on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007.
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    Lending a hand -

    Jolie made a two-day visit to Iraq and Syria in August 2007 as part of her role as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. Here she met with an elderly refugee, one of some 1,300 trapped at the makeshift Al Waleed camp in Iraq, unable to leave the country for neighboring Syria.
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    An addition to the family -

    Jolie carries her newly adopted son, Pax Thien Jolie, onto a plane at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, Vietnam, on March 21, 2007.
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    Sunny stroll -

    Pitt and Jolie take daughters Zahara and Shiloh for a walk in the sunshine in the French Quarter of New Orleans on March 5, 2007.
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    'Mighty' role -

    Jolie arrives at a location for the shooting of "A Mighty Heart" in Mumbai, India in November 2006. The film is about the life of American journalist Daniel Pearl who was slain by terrorists in Pakistan four years ago. Jolie plays Daniel's widow Mariane, on whose book of the same name the film is based.
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    To the Matt -

    Clover Russell, played by Jolie, intrigues her future husband, Edward Wilson, played by Matt Damon, in "The Good Shepherd," the untold story of the birth of the CIA. The fillm and "The Good German," another new film, offer a less than romanticized view of politicking, compromising and exploiting that followed World War II.
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    A high-profile birth -

    Pitt and Jolie listen to Marlene Mungunda, the Namibian minister of child welfare, at a June press conference. The couple holed up at an exclusive resort there for the May 27, 2006, birth of baby Shiloh Nouvel. Jolie used the event as a way to promote her humanitarian work, but the remote locale also gave the couple total control over media coverage. People magazine spent an estimated $4 million on exclusive rights to their baby pics, and waged a legal campaign to keep them from being distributed online.
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    Settling in -

    A visibly pregnant Jolie takes a stroll along a Paris street in 2006. She and Pitt reportedly planned to settle in the City of Light, becoming the latest high-profile celebrity couple to make a home in France.
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    A sweet moment -

    Jolie and Pitt enjoy a pleasant winter moment in a Paris park under the Eiffel Tower. In Pitt's arms is adopted daughter Zahara, who seems to be eyeing that tower of cotton candy.
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    One on one -

    Jolie sits for a Jan. 2006 chat with 7-year-old Haitian schoolgirl Naomi Georges in Port-au-Prince. Jolie was focusing attention on her philanthropic work, but all eyes were on her rounder belly, as confirmation came that the Oscar winner was indeed pregnant.
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    One big happy family -

    Jolie, right, and Pitt, rear, holding Jolie's adopted child, Zahara, tried to make a quick dash through Narita International Airport outside of Tokyo, Japan, on Nov. 27, 2005. The actors arrived for the Japanese premiere of "Mr. and Mrs. Smith." Pitt started proceedings at the end of 2005 to adopt Jolie's two adopted children.
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    Lending a hand -

    Jolie listens as an elderly Pakistani woman speaks through a translator, left, about the damage her village sustained during the earthquake in Pakistan. Jolie urged the world to honor its pledges of aid for Pakistani quake victims.
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    Playing the press? -

    Jolie and Pitt promote their film "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" in Las Vegas in 2005. Though photographers took shots of the couple together on a beach in Africa during the summer, both denied that they were a couple.
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    Goodwill Ambassador -

    Jolie stands on a hill at the Bella refugee camp near the village of Ordzhonikidzevskaya in Ingushetia, a region bordering Chechnya.
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    Tattooed beauty -

    Jolie's many tattoos include a blue window on her lower back, a quotation from Tennessee Williams on her left inner arm and the Japanese symbol for death on her shoulder blade.
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    Mad about Maddox -

    Jolie adopted son Maddox from Cambodia in 2004.
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    Making the geeks swoon -

    Jolie portrayed video game character Lara Croft in two "Tomb Raider" films. Though the films were largely dismissed by critics, they did well at the box office. During the filming of the first "Tomb Raider" film she discovered her love for Cambodia, and decided to adopt a child.
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    Soul mates -

    Billy Bob Thornton married Jolie in April 2000 after meeting her on the set of "Pushing Tin." The two were known for their voracious sexual appetites and their quirky habit of wearing vials of each other's blood around their necks. The couple split in 2002.
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    Brotherly love -

    Jolie attended the 72nd Oscars with her brother James Haven Voight. The two siblings are the children of actor Jon Voight. The two created a stir at the Oscars when, after Jolie won her trophy, she proclaimed, "I'm so in love with my brother."
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    Award winning role -

    Jolie won an Oscar for her role opposite Winona Ryder in 1999's "Girl, Interrupted." In the film, she plays a self-destructive girl in a mental hospital during the 1960s.
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    First love? -

    Jolie met Jonny Lee Miller when they co-starred in the 1995 film "Hackers." The two married that same year and amicably split in 1999.
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    Aloha! -

    In this undated photo, Jolie poses with her mother, French actress Marcheline Bertrand and her brother James. Bertrand passed away in 2007 at age 56 from cancer. Her struggle with the disease helped her daughter decide to have a preventative double mastectomy in 2013.
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“Angelina continues to showcase her extraordinary storytelling abilities in front of and behind the camera and we are thrilled to extend our relationship with her on 'By the Sea,'” said Universal chair Donna Langley in a statement. “Angelina and Brad represent two of Hollywood’s brightest talents and we are excited to be a part of their collaboration on this powerful piece.”

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    Ever since his breakthrough in “Thelma & Louise,” nothing slowed the actor’s meteoric rise to stardom.

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    WWII tank drama -

    From left, actor Logan Lerman, Brad Pitt and Jon Bernthal pose in front of a Sherman Tank during a photocall for the film 'Fury' at Bovington Tank Museum on August 28, 2014 in Bovington, England. Set at the very end of World War II, in April 1945 as the Allies make their final push in the European Theater, the film follows a battle-hardened army sergeant who commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines.
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    Battle ready -

    Pitt goes to war in the upcoming film "Fury," a film also starring Logan Lerman, Scott Eastwood, Michael Pena and Shia LaBeouf.
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    Activists -

    UN Special Envoy and actress Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attend the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict at ExCel on June 13, 2014 in London, England.
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    Supporting his lady -

    Actress Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrive at the World premiere of "Maleficent" at the El Capitan Theatre on May 28, 2014 in Hollywood, California.
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    Black tie event -

    Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014.
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    Saving grace -

    Brad Pitt appears in 2013's "12 Years a Slave" as a home builder from Canada, and learns some disturbing information about one of the slaves on the plantation where he's working. The film is based on a true account of Solomon Northup, a free man who was kidnapped into slavery.
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    Man of the 'Years' -

    Pitt's new film "12 Years a Slave" doesn't have a starring role for him, but his small part is pivotal in the action. Here, the actor arrives at the film's premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 6, 2013.
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    Swarming dead -

    Pitt plays a former United Nations employee whose family is swept up in an abrupt outbreak of zombies in "World War Z."
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    On the move -

    Toting as many as six children along at a time, Jolie and Pitt can't help but cause a scene, as they arrive with Knox, Vivienne and Pax at Tokyo's Haneda International airport on July 28, 2013. Pitt was in town to promote "World War Z."
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    Family bonding -

    Pitt and Jolie bring two of their six children, Maddox and Pax, to the "World War Z" premiere in London on June 2, 2013.
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    Power couple -

    Jolie and Pitt stepped out on the red carpet at the "World War Z" premiere in Berlin on June 4, 2013. The expensive zombie film went through a laborious production process, but brought in over $500 million in box office worldwide.
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    Gotta wear shades -

    Pitt poses on the red carpet ahead of the screening of his film "Killing Them Softly," at the 65th Cannes Film Festival in France, on May 22, 2012.
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    At gunpoint -

    In "Killing Them Softly," Pitt plays a professional enforcer investigating a robbery of a mob-protected poker game.
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    Helping out -

    Pitt poses for a photo with a family who's been helped by the Make It Right foundation in the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans, on March 9, 2012. Make It Right works to build sustainable homes and buildings.
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    Super couple -

    Pitt and partner Angelina Jolie arrive at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Jan. 29, 2012 in Los Angeles.
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    Golden couple -

    Jolie and Pitt arrive at the Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 15, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Pitt holds a cane due to a leg injury sustained after falling on a ski slope. Pitt was nominated for "Moneyball" and Jolie for "In the Land of Blood and Honey," though neither won.
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    White House visit -

    Pitt and Jolie (not seen) visit President Barack Obama on Jan. 11, 2012 in the Oval Office in Washington, DC. to discuss humanitarian work.
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    'Moneyball' -

    Pitt plays Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane in "Moneyball," based on Michael Lewis' non-fiction book. Jonah Hill co-stars.
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    Brad Pitt and young baseball players from an area affected by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster, pose for a photo during the Japan premiere of Pitt's latest film "Moneyball' in Tokyo on Nov. 9, 2011.
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    Family affair -

    Accompanied by their six children, Pitt and Jolie arrive at Haneda Airport in Japan on Nov. 8, 2011. Pitt was there for the Japan premiere of his film, 'Moneyball'.
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    Red-carpet ready -

    Pitt and Jolie leave the festival palace after the screening of the film "The Tree of Life" at the 64th Cannes Film Festival on Monday, May 16, 2011
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    'The Tree of Life' -

    "The Tree of Life" is a period piece that centers around three boys in the 1950s, whose parents are played by Pitt, right, and Jessica Chastain, left. The film received the Palme d'Or, the top prize, at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
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    Movie talk -

    Pitt, left, and co-star Jessica Chastain attend a press conference for "The Tree of Life" on Monday, May 16, 2011 at the Cannes Film Festival.
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    Family outing -

    Jolie and Pitt take all their children (from left), Vivienne, Shiloh, Knox, Zahara, Pax and Maddox out for a walk to pick up candy in New Orleans in March 2011.
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    Pitt's proxy -

    Actor Will Ferrell, left, and actress Tina Fey, right, flank a cardboard cut-out of Pitt at the "Megamind" panel during Comic-Con 2010 at San Diego Convention Center on July 22, 2010 in San Diego, Calif.
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    Goodwill ambassadors -

    Jolie and Pitt visit refugees in the Bosnian village of Medjedja, 43 miles east of Sarajevo, on Monday, April 5, 2010. Jolie and Pitt visited Bosnia to spotlight the plight of 117,000 people who have not been able to return to their homes since the end of the Bosnian war.
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    Watching mommy work -

    Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, left, Pitt, and Zahara Jolie-Pitt, right, visit the "Salt" film set at Pier 66 in New York on Dec. 29, 2009.
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    Yes, he Cannes -

    Pitt promotes "Inglourious Basterds" at the 62nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, on May 20, 2009. Pitt told TODAY's Ann Curry, "In true Tarantino style, it's outrageous."
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    Lucky 'Basterd' -

    Eli Roth, left, and Pitt are shown in a scene from 2009's "Inglourious Basterds." Quentin Tarantino directed this film about a group of Jewish American soldiers during World War II who decide to fight back by scalping and murdering Nazis. The director told the Daily Beast, "I enjoy the war-mission subgenre but I want to forward it, make it bigger, broader, more artistic."
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    Man of the people -

    Pitt, with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, left, and House Democratic Whip James Clyburn, right, speaks to the news media in the U.S. Capitol after a meeting to promote New Orleans reconstruction in Washington on March 5, 2009. The Obama administration announced it would commit another $438 million toward redeveloping Gulf Coast communities still rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
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    'Button-ed' up -

    Pitt and partner Angelina Jolie arrive at the premiere of "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" in Paris on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009. "Button" was nominated for 13 Oscars, but won just three, for makeup, art direction and visual effects.
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    Out with the kids -

    Pitt and Jolie with their children walk through Narita International Airport in Narita, east of Tokyo, Japan, on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009. They arrived in Tokyo for the Japan premiere of "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." Pitt and Jolie have six children: Maddox, Zahara, Pax, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne.
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    On the 'Case' -

    In 2008's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Pitt starred as a man who is born old and then ages backward. Pitt told Rolling Stone, "I find 'Benjamin' is about those universal things we all share -- that 95 percent that makes us all the same, wherever we are in the world. Our loves, our hopes, but also the loss that we all walk around with and hide very well, and the ultimate notion that we're all expendable."
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    'Burn,' baby, burn -

    In 2008's Coen brothers' comedy, "Burn After Reading," Pitt co-starred as a gym employee who stumbles upon the secret memoir of a CIA agent, played by John Malkovich. He and his co-worker, played by Frances McDormand, decide to blackmail Malkovich, with unfortunate results. "It’s much more fun to play the guys who make the wrong choices, have limited experience, and make the wrong presumptions," Pitt told Spoutblog.com.
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    Welcome the twins -

    On July 12, 2008, Jolie gave birth to Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline at the Lenval hospital in Nice, France. The first pictures of the babies sold for $14 million to People magazine and Hello! The money went to the Jolie-Pitt foundation.
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    Expecting and red carpet ready -

    Pitt and Jolie promoted Jolie's film, "Kung Fu Panda," at the 61st Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2008. At the time, Jolie was pregnant with her twins Knox and Vivienne.
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    Putting his money where his mouth is -

    Pitt shows off Kellogg Park, a technologically advanced playground in the Lower 9th Ward that uses solar energy to run its electronic wireless game system in New Orleans on Dec. 1, 2008. The playground sits among homes being built through Pitt's Make It Right Foundation.
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    That James boy -

    Pitt starred as Jessie James in 2007's "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford." Robert Ford, played by Casey Affleck, idolized James so much that he wound up resenting him and ultimately killing him. Director Andrew Dominik told FirstShowing.net that Pitt was the first person he thought of for the role. "Part of the attraction with Jesse James was to cast a movie star and it wouldn't be miscasting, and the celebrity would work for the part rather than against it."
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    Beautiful losers -

    Pitt and Jolie arrive at the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton on Jan. 15, 2007, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Pitt was nominated for best supporting actor for his role in "Babel," but the award went to Eddie Murphy for "Dreamgirls."
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    Casual stroll -

    Jolie holds daughter Zahara, while Pitt props son Maddox up on his shoulders as the family takes a stroll on the seafront promenade in Mumbai, India, on Nov. 12, 2006. Jolie and Pitt were in Mumbai, India's financial hub, to shoot her film "A Mighty Heart," based on the life of the slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in which Jolie portrays Marianne, Pearl's wife.
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    Something to 'Babel' about -

    Cate Blanchett and Pitt play a couple who run into severe trouble during their vacation in Morocco when Blanchett is accidentally shot. Pitt fights to keep her alive, despite the lack of a hospital or reasonable transportation. Pitt told Interview magazine, "I was just really moved by the last moment, that epiphany of realizing just how close he came to losing everything. It was just that one idea that made me jumpy."
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    World travelers -

    Pitt and Jolie ride a motorcycle on a busy street in downtown Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on Nov. 23, 2006. The pair flew to Southeast Asian countries for the filming of "A Mighty Heart" in Mumbai, India.
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    Chemistry lesson -

    Pitt and Jolie created sparks as a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins in 2005's "Mr. and Mrs. Smith." Jolie raised eyebrows when she told the New York Times that she'd like to show the movie to her children, because, "Not a lot of people get to see a movie where their parents fell in love." At the time of filming, Pitt was still married to Jennifer Aniston.
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    Good deeds -

    Pitt visits with children from the Carl Sithole Center orphanage for AIDS-infected and abused children on Nov. 5, 2004, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Pitt traveled to South Africa from Nov. 2 to 9 on a trip organized by DATA, the advocacy group formed by U2 frontman Bono to help fight AIDS, world debt and unfair trade rules.
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    End of an era -

    Pitt and Jennifer Aniston attend the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sept. 19, 2004, in Los Angeles. The couple divorced in 2005, citing irreconcilable differences.
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    Beefing up -

    Pitt played Achilles in 2004's "Troy," an adaptation of Homer's epic about the assault on Troy by the united Greek forces. Pitt told USA Today that he physically prepared for the role for a year and gained about 10 pounds of muscle. "It was grueling," Pitt said.
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    Rat Pack redux -

    Stephen Soderbergh directed 2001's "Ocean's Eleven," a remake of the 1960 Rat Pack film. The film centered on a gangster named Danny Ocean (George Clooney) who rounds up 10 associates, including Pitt, to simultaneously rob $150 million from three major Las Vegas casinos. At the time of the film's release, Pitt told Film Inside Out, "The great thing about my baggage, as limiting as it may seem, it also sets me up for that kind of surprise and then people go and 'that was great, where did that come from?'"
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    Hanging out with 'Friends' -

    Pitt guest starred on Aniston's sitcom "Friends" in 2001. In this Thanksgiving episode, Pitt played Will Colbert, a high school friend of Ross' (David Schwimmer) who reveals that he and Ross spread a rumor that Aniston's Rachel was a hermaphrodite and that they were members of the "I Hate Rachel Green Club" in high school.
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    D'ya like dags? -

    In Guy Ritchie's 2000 film, "Snatch," Pitt played Mickey, an Irish Gypsy boxer who speaks in a barely intelligible Irish accent. Roger Ebert described Pitt's accent by writing, "He sounds like a combination of Adam Sandler and Professor Backwards."
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    Golden couple -

    Pitt and Aniston arrive for the 51st Emmy Awards on Sept. 12, 1999, in Los Angeles. The couple met in 1998 and married in a private ceremony in Malibu on July 29, 2000.
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    Ready for a 'Fight' -

    Pitt starred as Tyler Durden opposite Edward Norton in 1999's "Fight Club." Norton plays an office drone who is inspired by Durden to start a series of clubs where men can vent their aggressions. Director David Fincher once said, "It's probably a character closer to Brad in real life than most people would be comfortable knowing."
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    'Seven Year' itch -

    The 1997 film "Seven Years in Tibet" tells the story of Austian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer (Pitt), who escapes from Austria during World War II in order to climb Mt. Nanga Parabat. He winds up in Lhasa, where he meets the Dalia Lama. The film caused a little bit of controversy when it came out that Harrer had been a member of Hitler's SS elite forces.
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    No surprise -

    In 1995, Pitt was chosen by People magazine as the sexiest man alive. He was named sexiest again in 2000. Pitt, pal George Clooney and Richard Gere are the only actors to have received the honor twice.
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    'Monkey' business -

    Pitt received an Oscar nomination for his role in 1995's "Twelve Monkeys." Pitt played mental patient Jeffrey Goines, an animal rights activist and anti-consumerist, who plays a crucial role in the life of lead character James Cole (Bruce Willis).
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    'Legend'-ary -

    Pitt starred as Tristan Ludlow in 1994's "Legends of the Fall." The film tells the tale of three brothers and their father who live out in the remote wilderness in the 1900s and how their lives are affected by war, love and nature. The film co-starred Anthony Hopkins, Aiden Quinn, Julia Ormond and Henry Thomas.
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    Before 'Twilight' -

    Pitt starred as vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac in 1994's "Interview With a Vampire," opposite Tom Cruise and a young Kirsten Dunst. In the film, Louis tells how he became a vampire and what the life entailed.
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    Making the most of a small role -

    Pitt dresses down for the "True Romance" premiere in Hollywood, Calif., on Sept. 8, 1993. In the film, penned by Quentin Tarantino, Pitt played the stoner Floyd. His classic moment in the film came when he asked some dangerous gangsters, "You guys want to smoke a bowl?"
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    'Kalifornia' boy -

    Pitt played a serial killer in 1993's "Kalifornia," in which he co-starred with Juliette Lewis and David Duchovny. Duchovny plays a journalist who is writing a book about serial killers and happens upon a real one in Pitt. Pitt recently said in Interview magazine of the film, "Apparently the writer hated what I did. It was written more like Martin Sheen in 'Badlands' instead of what I did. I liked it, though."
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    Ladies' man -

    Pitt dated Gwyneth Paltrow from 1995 to 1997. At one point the couple was even engaged to be married. He also dated Juliette Lewis, Robin Givens and actress Jill Schoelen.
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    A fish tale -

    Robert Redford directed 1992's "A River Runs Through It." Pitt played Paul Maclean, the rebellious son of a Presbyterian minister, who grows up loving to fly fish in rural Montana. Craig Sheffer co-starred as Paul's brother Norm, who is as reserved and practical as his brother is wild. Pitt recently told Rolling Stone that the role was one of his "weakest performances."
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    Breakthrough role -

    Though it was not his first role by any stretch, 1991's "Thelma & Louise" made audiences sit up and take notice of Pitt. He played J.D., a handsome, young conman who shows Geena Davis' Thelma the pleasures of love making.
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    TV star? -

    Pitt starred on the short-lived Fox TV series "Glory Days." He played one of four high school buddies who start going in different directions, but who manage to maintain their friendship. The show lasted six episodes.
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“I am very happy to continue my relationship with Donna and the entire Universal team as I finish 'Unbroken' and begin work on 'By The Sea,'" Jolie said in the statement. "They have created a very special place for storytellers, and I look forward to the continued passion and support they have provided to me as a filmmaker.” 

Pitt and Jolie met on the set of their 2005 film, "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," in which they played married assassins. At the time, Pitt was married to actress Jennifer Aniston.

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