Angelina Jolie at Comic Con: CONFIRMED

I’m heading out to Comic Con next Tuesday and this news is…well, pretty awesome! I admit I don’t think I’ll be braving the lines to see this show, but it’ll be neat to say I was in the same building, right? And I’m sure this is going to make a lot of queue-friendly people extremely happy…


ANGELINA JOLIE IS COMING TO COMIC CON!!!

From The Hollywood Reporter

There’s been speculation, but now I have confirmation: Angelina Jolie is heading to Comic-Con, I’ve been told.

Jolie is one of the very few actresses who opens action movies, and her latest, “Salt,” opens the Friday during the Con, which runs from Wednesday, July 21, to Sunday, July 25.

Columbia, which is releasing “Salt,” will be showing off its wares on Thursday and Friday, and “Salt” is being staged after the “Battle: Los Angeles” presentation Thursday.

Jolie will be on that stage.

The actress’ appearance has been speculated ever since it was known that the studio would make “Salt” part of their Hall H presentation. But the actress has been everywhere promoting the movie, and there’s no reason why she shouldn’t show up there to make one powerful impression on the people who eat action movies up. Columbia had no comment.

Now the other question still unanswered is whether Brad Pitt will make an appearance. Pitt is part of the voice cast in DreamWorks Animation’s “Megamind,” and while the company has said cast members Will Ferrell, Tina Fey and Jonah Hill and director Tom McGrath will be at the Con, Pitt’s involvement has yet to be confirmed.

Rue McClanahan Passes Away

From People.com:

Golden Girl Rue McClanahan has died at the age of 76.

“She passed away at 1 a.m. this morning,” her manager, Barbara Lawrence, tells PEOPLE. “She had a massive stroke.”

McClanahan, who played man-happy Blanche Devereaux on the still-popular ’80s sitcom Golden Girls, had suffered a minor stroke earlier this year while recovering from bypass surgery. Lawrence adds that at the time of her death Thursday, McClanahan “had her family with her. She went in peace.”

Still in syndication, Golden Girls ran on NBC from 1985 to 1992. Only last year, McClanahan’s costar, Beatrice Arthur, died from cancer. Estelle Getty died in 2008. Surviving star Betty White, 88, is currently enjoying a remarkable resurgence in her career, having recently hosted Saturday Night Live.

Born in Healdton, Okla., Rue lived in six towns by the time she was 8. Her father was a road builder who moved from one project to another. She found solace in acting (“the only thing I ever wanted to do”) and after four years at the University of Tulsa moved to New York, where she worked as a part-time file clerk while trying to find jobs in the theater.

Her first job was off Broadway, in 1957, and she finally hit Broadway in 1969. TV work came from soap operas, until she made it on CBS’s Maude, starring Beatrice Arthur, starting in 1972. She played Maude’s best friend Vivian.

But it was Golden Girls that put her on the map and led to fame, fortune – and several husbands. In all, she had six, including actor Morrow Wilson, whom she wed in 1997 and who survives her, as does a son, Mark Bish, from her first marriage.

As McClanahan told PEOPLE in 1986: “I’ve always been lucky enough to marry good cooks. One cooked Greek. One cooked Tex-Mex – chili and stuff.” Then, with a laugh, she added, “True, one needed a recipe to make a peanut butter sandwich …”

Celebrity Gossip Goes Back in Time. . .

Celebrity gossip seems to be bigger than ever: all of a sudden, the whole world cares about the actions of a few, no matter how inane. Some celebrities are obviously incredibly talented and deserve all their success, but it seems that Warhol’s prediction of 15 minutes of fame for all has really come true and that a person needs to do less and less to become famous.

Which is why industrious Livejournal user Telegram_ has decided that Livejournal’s largest community, OhNoTheyDidn’t, a celeb gossip blog, needed a touch of class. No more Miley Cyrus or Kim Kardashian, Speidi or Megan Fox. Instead, Vivien Leigh, Errol Flynn, Marilyn Monroe and the rest of Old Hollywood are the subjects of a new community: the classily-named ONTD Classique. So for those who prefer to live in the past, check it out!