Brad Pitt to the rescue

 

Brad Pitt has been playing heroes for so long, it must come naturally to him now. The actor reportedly jumped in to rescue a woman from being trampled on the set of his latest film, “World War Z,” currently filming in Scotland, according to the Scottish Sun. Pitt’s rescue attempt happened during a dangerous scene involving 700 panicking extras. “I don’t think she could believe it when Brad picked her up,” a source says. “He didn’t have time to speak to her as it was midshoot. But she said afterward how grateful she was, despite having a badly grazed knee.”

 

Britney Spears’ secrets

 

Britney Spears insists that, despite years of being an international celebrity, people don’t

really know the real her. “I can be pretty guarded with my personal life and I’ve learned that’s OK,” Spears tells Pop Justice in an interview. “Sometimes it’s our secrets that define us.” And despite any troubles her fame has caused her, that doesn’t mean she’d be opposed to sons Sean and Jayden following her into show business. “I’d definitely keep an eye on them, but if that’s what they wanted to do, then I’d let them go after it. I’d just be very protective,” she says. “I wouldn’t want them to go into it feeling fearful.”

 

Oh, to be a fly on the wall

Jake Gyllenhaal’s ears must’ve been burning, as two of his exes got together for lunch recently. Reese Witherspoon, just back from a Hawaiian vacation, met up with country singer Taylor Swift for lunch in Beverly Hills over the weekend, according to Us Weekly. The two hit it off so well that Witherspoon even gave Swift a lift home. Swift sat out Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, but she had a good excuse: She was performing a concert next door at the Staples Center.

Baldwin hunkers down

While Hurricane Irene caused damage up and down the East Coast of the U.S., Alec Baldwin wasn’t that impressed. He and girlfriend Hilaria Thomas hunkered down in East Hampton, where the “30 Rock” star provided updates on their condition. “Sweating out the hurricane. If we go, we’re going in style,” he wrote Saturday night while the couple dined at a nearby restaurant. “Tomorrow, yoga on surfboards!”

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