NEW YORK (AP) – In a new interview, Angelina Jolie says she “thinks the world” of Brad Pitt – but never slept with him.

“We got on great,” Jolie says of her “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” co-star in the July issue of Marie Claire. But as far as anything past friendship, she says, “absolutely not.”

“To be intimate with a married man, when my own father cheated on my mother, is not something I could forgive,” she says. “I could not, could not look at myself in the morning if I did that.”

Pitt, 41, separated from Jennifer Aniston in January after 4 1/2 years of marriage. Aniston, 36, filed for divorce in March, citing irreconcilable differences.

Tabloids immediately speculated on the Jolie factor. When photos of Pitt, Jolie and her 4-year-old son Maddox walking together on a beach in Africa were published in April, the tabs took it as proof of a romance.

Instead, Jolie says she’s single, and concentrating on her son.

“I am not dating anybody. I think the next man I get involved with would have to become Mad’s father, and that’s a high bar as far as I’m concerned. I’m not anticipating that coming anytime soon.”

Her marriages to Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton ended in divorce.

The 29-year-old actress has also continued her spirited support of African refugees as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations.

“I have seen progress in the issues that I care about, and I’ve started to see how I can make a difference.”



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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) – Garth Brooks stole the show Wednesday night when he got down on one knee in front of 7,000 fans and proposed to fellow country music star Trisha Yearwood.

She said yes – and the crowd went wild.

The occasion was the “Legends in Bronze” event at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, where 10 larger-than-life bronze statues honoring country stars were unveiled, including one of Brooks.

After his big moment, Brooks popped the question.

The marriage will be the second for Brooks, who has three children, and the third for Yearwood, said Brooks’ spokeswoman Nancy Seltzer.

Brooks, 43, is credited with widening the genre’s appeal in the 1990s by merging traditional country with honky tonk, pop, folk and rock. His “Ropin’ the Wind” album was the first such country recording to debut at the top of the pop music charts. His latest album, “Scarecrow,” went triple platinum.

Yearwood, 40, was named the Country Music Awards female vocalist of the year in 1997 and 1998. Her latest album is “Jasper County.”

Other musicians honored with bronze statues were Buck Owens, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams, Bob Wills, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, George Jones and George Strait.



LOS ANGELES (AP) – Yo mama’s so poor, you asked for a PlayStation and she took you to the bus station and said, “Go ahead, play.”

That’s the kind of humor you’ll find in a new trading card game created by Shawn, Marlon and Keenen Ivory Wayans, based on an old neighborhood pastime: “Yo mama” jokes.

“The Dozens” is played with cards that come with a sticker and a piece of bubble gum. Players score points by one-upping each other with the funniest jokes.

“We grew up in the Garbage Pail Kids era with the Wacky packs,” Shawn Wayans said recently. “We miss that kind of fun we used to have when we were kids, flipping through the packs and chewing the gum and reading the funny little jokes.”

The cards, manufactured by Topps, are supplemented with a cell phone version created by Bonus Mobile. The cards will be available on an exclusive basis at Blockbuster video stores for 60 days starting June 1 and at other retail outlets after that.

While the brothers promote their new game, are they also working on a sequel to their 2004 movie, “White Chicks”? Keenen directed the film starring Shawn and Marlon as bumbling FBI agents who enlist a crack makeup team to transform them into All-American princesses.

“I don’t know why we would want to sit through makeup again for six hours,” Marlon said. “People really responded to it, really enjoyed the movie and we have a really good take on the sequel, so it’s possible.”



LONDON (AP) – Simon Callow, Jane Horrocks and other celebrities will perform for Queen Elizabeth II at a concert marking the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Some 12,000 people, including other royals, lawmakers and veterans, will attend the concert on National Commemoration Day, July 10, the government said Wednesday.

The event, which will be broadcast live by British Broadcasting Corp. television, will be held in the Horse Guards Parade near Buckingham Palace.

Callow, who appeared in the movie “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” will perform along with Horrocks, star of the film “Little Voice” and television’s “Absolutely Fabulous” comedy series. Horrocks does a celebrated imitation of wartime songstress Gracie Fields.

Also appearing will be singers Petula Clark and Claire Sweeney.



SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Joseph Biden, longtime “Nightline” anchor Ted Koppel and ABC/ESPN sportscaster Mike Tirico are being honored by their alma mater, Syracuse University.

They are among five Syracuse graduates who will be given the university’s George Arents Pioneer Medals, the highest alumni honor the school bestows.

The medals will be presented at a dinner June 4, the school announced Wednesday.

Also receiving the award, named after a former chairman of the university’s board of trustees, are IBM executive Nicholas Donofrio and Joyce Hergenhan, a longtime senior communication executive with General Electric.

Past winners include TV host Dick Clark, former U.S. Sen. Alfonse D’Amato and singer-actress Vanessa Williams.



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