Jolie makes return to public attention
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie stepped out together Sunday at the premiere of zombie thriller “World War Z” for Jolie’s first public appearance since announcing last month that she had undergone a double mastectomy.
The couple said they had been moved by the outpouring of public support that followed Jolie’s disclosure.
Jolie told reporters she felt great, and had “been very happy to see the discussion about women’s health expanded” by her announcement.
“And after losing my mom to these issues, I’m very grateful for it, and I’ve been very moved by the kind of support from people,” she said.
Jolie revealed last month in an op-ed piece for the New York Times that she had had her breasts removed after discovering she has an inherited genetic mutation that puts her at high risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
Jolie’s mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died from ovarian cancer at 56, and the actress’ aunt died of breast cancer last month.
The 37-year-old actress revealed that, beginning in February, she underwent three surgeries – which she succeeded in keeping secret from the public – in which her breasts were removed, and later replaced by implants. She said the procedure had reduced her chance of developing breast cancer from 87 percent to under 5 percent.
Smith hanging up ‘Who’ shoes
Who will be the new Who?
The BBC says Matt Smith is stepping down from the lead role in long-running sci-fi series “Doctor Who,” spurring intense speculation about his replacement.
The broadcaster said Sunday that Smith will leave after a November episode to mark the show’s 50th anniversary, and a Christmas special.
The titular Doctor is a time-traveling, extra-terrestrial Time Lord who can regenerate into new bodies. Smith is the 11th actor to play the character since the series began in 1963.
Smith, who took over the role from David Tennant in 2010, said playing the Doctor had been “the most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke.”
“Doctor Who” is one of the BBC’s most popular programs, and Smith’s tenure has seen the show gain new fans in the United States, where it is shown on BBC America.
Bookmaker William Hill made “Being Human” star Russell Tovey and “Harry Potter” alumnus Rupert Grint 10-1 favorites, followed by stage star Rory Kinnear and “Homeland” actor David Harewood.
Hill also offered 8-1 odds on the next Doctor being female.
The birthday bunch
Movie director Alain Resnais is 91. TV producer Chuck Barris is 84. Author Larry McMurtry (“Lonesome Dove”) is 77. Singer Eddie Holman is 67. Actor Tristan Rogers is 67. Singer Suzi Quatro is 63. TV host Anderson Cooper is 46.