Names in the news, Dec. 12

Posted Dec. 11, 2011, at 6:22 p.m.

For Angelina Jolie, an intimate gathering would seem impossible given that she’s one of the most famous women in the world. But somehow, on Thursday in Hollywood, she and partner Brad Pitt managed just that in support of her film “In The Land of Blood and Honey” when Jolie screened her Bosnian love-and-war epic for industry types and friends, and about 200 of her and Pitt’s biggest fans (one had a “’Mr. and Mrs. Smith” poster waiting to be signed). Jolie was never far from Pitt, who held the excess fabric of her blue gown as she descended the stairs at the ArcLight Cinemas. Her father, Jon Voight, showed up, as did Jolie’s friend and fellow mom Gwen Stefani, but the evening’s focus was the devastating ethnic cleansing depicted in “Blood and Honey,” which features a quick cameo appearance by Pitt. That made for a humble after-party at an event space two blocks from the theater, where maroon drapes gave a holiday vibe to well-wishers like Eli Roth, pals with Pitt since “Inglourious Basterds,” and Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal. … Posing as the airline pilot of the flight he was kicked off of, Alec Baldwin apologized to himself on “Saturday Night Live.” The actor appeared on the sketch program’s “Weekend Update” on Saturday night to lampoon Tuesday’s incident, in which he was kicked off an American Airlines flight for refusing to stop playing a mobile phone game before takeoff. As a mustachioed airline pilot, Baldwin issued an apology for the incident. The actor referred to himself as an “American treasure” who was playing “a word game for smart people.” “Weekend Update” host Seth Meyers repeatedly asked Baldwin, “Are you sure this is the right way to handle this?”

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