Brad Pitt holds his son Maddox
02/18/2009 at 10:00 PM EST
Just days before the Academy Awards, Best Actor nominee Brad Pitt
enjoyed a boys' getaway to Las Vegas – with his sons Maddox and Pax.
The guys of the Jolie-Pitt clan (minus 7-month old Knox), were spotted at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Wednesday evening.
Pitt took Pax, 5, and Maddox, 7, to see the Cirque du Soleil's show, KA, at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. Wearing his signature newsboy cap, the star had a Heineken, while the boys munched on popcorn and enjoyed the festivities of KA's 2000th show celebration. In the end, the group was able to slip out of the theater unnoticed by most patrons – even as Pitt carried a sleeping Pax in his arms.
The boys' trip comes as Angelina Jolie
is spending time with the girls of the family in New York. Jolie was spotted with daughters, Zahara, 4, and Shiloh, 2, shopping at one of their favorite spots in the Big Apple – Lee's Art Shop – on Wednesday.
The day before, Jolie, who is scheduled to begin filming the movie SALT
next month, began prep work, looking at costumes and visiting an apartment building that will serve as a production location.
Jolie and Pitt are expected to reunite in time to attend the Oscars this Sunday in Los Angeles. Pitt is up for Best Actor for his role in The Curious Case of Bejamin Button
. Jolie is nominated for Best Actress for The Changeling
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