Palm Springs may be about to become known as Brangelina Springs.

The Palm Springs International Film Festival just announced that "Babel" director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and his ensemble cast will be honored at the fest’s annual Awards Gala on Jan 6 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

"Babel" stars Brad Pitt, Rinko Kikuchi and Cate Blanchett will attend. And hey, maybe Brad’s significant other Angelina Jolie will be there. Wouldn’t that put PS on the 2006 celebrity map.

It’s possible. After all, the couple probably has fond memories of Palm Springs since that’s where they shot the then-scandalous photo spread in which they pretended to play house, doctor and a few other marital malaise games for an editorial that appeared in W Magazine.

The Palm Springs visit and  photo shoot was back when they were just friendly "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" co-stars and definitely weren’t in love and planning a future and a family together. Remember?

I know. it’s so easy to forget. The past year’s blur of another adopted child, having their own biological child and now working together on a movie about the death of journalist Daniel Pearl makes all that 2005 secret affair stuff seem so last millennium.

Anyway, we’ve all moved on, haven’t we? I don’t know about you but I have way more important things on my mind. Like why Britney Spears has stopped wearing panties and why she’s hanging out with Brandon (Firecrotch) Davis.

Anybody out there have any theories about Britney’s astonishing downward spiral?

Photo Credit: Brad and Angelina – back when they were just really good friends –  – no really – at the "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" premiere in 2005.

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