Pitt, Jolie play the fame game

Mary Tyler Moore receives Humanitarian award

IT HAS now become so common to see Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt photographed with their brood in tow, that when the couple appears alone together, it just doesn’t seem right to some. But young co-habitants need time to themselves, yes? So, the other night at the premiere of Angie’s 3-D, semi-animated mythological epic, “Beowulf,” they arrived in all their glory, just the two of them. The Golden Boy and Mother Earth with a hot twist, seemed fine, unfettered for the moment from the responsibilities of parenthood and global nurturing. They’d probably never admit it, but … it’s not all bad, being adored and feted. As soon as the world’s most gossiped-about actors stepped from their eco-friendly Prius, studio PR types immediately produced the boys who appear in the movie, Tyler Steelman and Randy Shelly. There was a lightning fast photo op; Jolie was especially sweet to these youngsters. The glamour pair then strode down the red carpet outside the Westwood Village Theater with perhaps too much spring in their step. It was fast. One photographer complained, “It’s not fair. We do understand, they are abused so much, but we are not the paparazzi!” Brad left Angelina alone, to talk with the line of reporters (it’s her movie, after all) and when the photogs begged him, “Please stop. We don’t have video. We’re still,” the actor waved and said, “I don’t have time.” … Inside the theater, Pitt was more accommodating to fans with their little digital cameras — though surely he knows in this age of Internet, people are not taking these shots home to paste into a scrap book. Everything’s for sale or for fame … Everybody got their 3-D glasses, essential to watching the movie. Anthony Hopkins, who is also one of the “Beowulf” stars, asked, sweetly, “We get to keep these, don’t we?” The audience seemed blown away by the Robert Zemeckis film. Helen Mirren said, “It was savage but absolutely beautiful. Sad but true to the era. I loved it. It’s the first thing I’ve ever seen in 3-D.” Warren Beatty and Annette Bening were there, and at one point inside the theater, Warren just stood aside to watch the frenzy around Brad and Angie. A reporter leaned in and said, “Warren, this must take you back. I bet you can empathize with them, what it was like to be the center of the crush.” Wrong approach! Warren said, with unmistakable irritation, “What it was like. Oh, yes, sure!” And then he turned his back on the scribe. Monsieur is still the greatest star! (Max! Max! Bring the fan letters!)

APPLAUSE to Mary Tyler Moore who has worked tirelessly for Juvenile Diabetes Research since 1984. She was given the “Humanitarian of the Year” award Saturday night at the Waldorf raising another $3 million. Mary has just completed a movie of Peter Callahan’s dark comedy, “Against the Current,” with costars Joseph Fiennes and Justin Kirk … Last week, the Museum of the Moving Image saluted Tom Cruise. At Cipriani 42 St., there were some nice intros and remarks by Kenneth Branaugh, Tim Robbins, Julianne Moore, Ellen Barkin, Oliver Stone, Brian Glazer and Ron Howard — but I do have to ask where were his other giant co-stars from the past?

DON’T MISS “Mauritius,” a deliciously vicious drama with a title you won’t remember. This super production has a cast to purr over at Manhattan Theater Club. F. Murray Abraham is magnificent when he’s malevolent and you can love/hate him in Theresa Rebeck’s taut drama about people fighting over a stamp collection. Great direction by Doug Hughes of five fine actors acting as mean as snakes.

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