Hit & Run: I'm with beautiful

Ange, we have to hand it to you. You are extraordinary. Less than three months after giving birth to twins, the mother now to six children, you look jaw-droppingly beautiful, and no amount of silly tattoos – the map co-ordinates of the new babies' birthplace, on show this weekend when you and Brad made your first public appearance – take away from your perfection. All those rumours about post-natal depression and strains on your relationship seem so unlikely, now that we see you more radiant than ever, with your swishy hair and sparkling complexion. Oh, hang on. Hold still. You've got something on your arm. Ew. Something a bit brown and funny-looking. Brad Pitt.

At 44, the baby-faced actor should be entering the phase of sex symbolhood that George Clooney has been occupying for all his career: the silver fox. Crow's feet, a sprinkle of grey at the temples, a slightly more sophisticated choice of clothing – all these attributes of greater age should be starting to merge together into one delicious, knee-quaking package, making the roles of his salad days appear limp lettuce by contrast.

Though Pitt remains a successful movie actor, there's a creeping sense that his days as a pin-up are behind him, despite the widely held assumption that Brangelina is a couple of equally apportioned beauteousness. He first became a "hunk" 17 years ago, wearing no shirt and a cowboy hat in Thelma and Louise, and could still make 'em swoon as a bad boy in Fight Club in 1999. But sometime circa the Ocean's franchise, the romantic-lead parts became ill-fitting, just as the suits he adopted for the red carpet post-Jen always made him look more maitre 'd than matinee idol. In the Coen brothers' new farce Burn After Reading, Pitt plays Chad Feldheimer, a gym bunny with a bleached fringe and tight T-shirts, a role probably better played by an actor in his 30s. However well he acts the part, it won't dispel the impression of an ageing beauty who, despite having twinkling blue eyes, requisite sun tan and a square jaw, for some reason can't quite make the transition to Sexy Older Man. Don't feel bad, Brad, the same thing happened to Keanu Reeves; it's already happening to Leonardo DiCaprio and he's only 33.

In Pitt's case, being blond probably doesn't help – the sprinkling of grey in his pale goatee makes him look a bit washed out, rather than a suave man-with-a-past. Maybe he should stop tanning so much, or halt the over-styled haircuts and facial hair that scream of a man who liked his appearance best a decade ago.

Of course, if he really cared about his sex appeal (and one should never underestimate just how much good-looking actors really do care about that), he'd quit standing next to Angelina, who at 11 years his junior is basking in the greatest years of her considerable physical attributes, throwing his diminished beauty into relief. Seriously, it must be love. Susie Rushton

Bye-bye, jailbird. Hello, prime-time princess

Tina Fey's single-handed demolition of Sarah Palin may be tilting the US election in Obama's favour, but she isn't the only feisty brunette making waves on Saturday Night Live.

At the weekend, Anne Hathaway guest-hosted the hit TV show, and managed to wow the studio audience with a hilarious extended monologue about her experiences with a dodgy ex.

"It's been a terrible summer," she began. "I broke up with my boyfriend, and two weeks later he was sent to prison for fraud. I mean, we've all been there, right ladies?"

She continued: "I just found this amazing new guy. We met on the internet. It's incredible... I mean, how often does a Nigerian prince just send you an email?" The punch lines kept coming.

It's quite a turnaround. Two months ago, Hathaway's career was in the doldrums. Her long-term beau Raffaello Follieri had been arrested; her film Get Smart was underperforming at the box office; and photos had emerged of her wearing a bikini on a yacht with John McCain.

But her star is rising again. Rachel Getting Married has come out to commendable reviews. A series of frank, humorous interviews have also put her elfin face on to the pages of Vogue, Vanity Fair and Time. More importantly, Hathaway has shown that even Hollywood stars can be humble enough to poke fun at their own misfortune. Which goes to show that, as the saying goes, laughter really is the best medicine. Guy Adams



Healthy, tasty (and rancid)

It's the health-food sensation that's sweeping Asia. After the tainted infant formula scandal in China, it's out with cow's and in with Tibetan yak's milk. The shaggy Himalayan beast's produce is usually a healthy option – yak cheese is better for your heart; serum from the milk can help cure mental illness; and coagulated yak's milk has been used as hand cream. But if the trend ever arrives in the UK, be warned. I've tried yak's milk in the Tibetan part of Sichuan province, which wasn't too remarkable. But it's common in Tibet to use rancid yak's milk butter in tea – a taste best described as "challenging". Clifford Coonan



When getting the boot really hurts

The creative director of fashion house Valentino, Alessandra Facchinetti, was unfortunate late last week to learn from press reports that she had lost her job due to a "misaligned vision with the company". But she is not the first person to have suffered such an ignominious exit. In 2004, Piers Morgan was frogmarched so swiftly from the 'Daily Mirror' offices that he had to phone an ally to bring him his jacket. Worse, employees of Amulet Group in Manchester were told they had been fired, in 2003, by text message. It read: "You are being made redundant with immediate effect." Rob Sharp

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Recruitment Genius: HR Manager

£36000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...

Ashdown Group: HR Manager Shared Services - Uxbridge, - 1 Year contract

£50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: HR Manager Shared Services - Uxbridge, Stock...

Recruitment Genius: Graduate Human Resource Officer and Executive Assistant

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity to join one of...

Ashdown Group: HR Assistant (Events business) - Central Manchester - £20K

£18000 - £20000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Assistant (Events busi...

Day In a Page

'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before
'Queer saint' Peter Watson left his mark on British culture by bankrolling artworld giants

'Queer saint' who bankrolled artworld giants

British culture owes a huge debt to Peter Watson, says Michael Prodger
Pushkin Prizes: Unusual exchange programme aims to bring countries together through culture

Pushkin Prizes brings countries together

Ten Scottish schoolchildren and their Russian peers attended a creative writing workshop in the Highlands this week
14 best kids' hoodies

14 best kids' hoodies

Don't get caught out by that wind on the beach. Zip them up in a lightweight top to see them through summer to autumn
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The acceptable face of the Emirates

The acceptable face of the Emirates

Has Abu Dhabi found a way to blend petrodollars with principles, asks Robert Fisk