The actress was called a "spoiled brat" in the emails that were made public
Angelina Jolie has revealed that she was "not bothered" by the insults she received during an email exchange between producer Scott Rudin and then Sony studio head Amy Pacal that was made public. The actress-turned-director has spoken about the incident for the first time while on the promotional trail for her latest film By The Sea.
Angelina Jolie has spoken out about leaked Sony emails in which she was mentioned
Talking to the New York Times, the mother-of-five said she "didn’t read any of the emails" but had been told about their contents - which included calling her a "spoiled brat" - and wasn’t bothered by them.
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This time he has a whole panda brood behind him.
Po is set to return with an all new gang of martial art anthropomorphic animals in 'Kung Fu Panda 3', but this time he's reunited with his own kind - or so it may seem. Jack Black reprises the titular role and Alessandro Carloni joins previous director Jennifer Yuh Nelson at the helm.
Po finally meets his father in 'Kung Fu Panda 3'
After successfully defeating two nemeses with his unorthodox kung fu style in the previous two films, Po faces his biggest challenge yet with 'Kung Fu Panda 3'; he has to teach a whole clan of useless pandas the art of kung fu - something that he himself had trouble enough grasping to begin with. On the other hand, he's finally reunited with his biological father, who sensed his survival at the end of 'Kung Fu Panda 2', even though Po has finally found peace in Mr. Ping the goose being his true father.
She's the queen of red carpet glamour.
Angelina Jolie looked positively stunning as per usual when she hit the proverbial red carpet with hubby Brad Pitt for the WSJ. Magazine 2015 Innovator Awards at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Wearing a strapless floor-length gown in her staple colour of black, it got us thinking about all her best entrances.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at the WSJ Magazine 2015 Innovator Awards
There's no arguing about the adorableness of that velvet bow at the back of her sheer-panelled dress. She had her hair pulled in an up-do for maximum effect, maintaining such elegance and grace that can only be achieved by a star of her calibre and experience. Of course, this is but one in a long line of jaw-dropping looks this 40-year-old has pulled off on the red carpet in recent years.
Continue reading: 10 Times Angelina Jolie Turned Heads On The Red Carpet
Po and The Furious Five return in Kung Fu Panda 3! Po might now be the undisputed Dragon Warrior but his mission of self-growth and protection for the citizens of the Valley of Peace. Taking advice from the person he trusts most, Master Shifu Po discovers that his real journey is just beginning as he must transition from warrior to teacher.
After finding his birth father, Li, Po finally feels he belongs to someone. Po's stepdad, Mr Ping on the other hand isn't so convinced that this new panda is a relative at all! The Panda's travel to a secret panda village where Po, for the first time, is surrounded by Bears - most clumsy - just like him.
When a supernatural beast named Kai comes to their region, he threatens to put the lives a of some of the animals Po loves most in danger. To survive the attack by Kai, Po must train his new family and teach them how to fight for themselves - after all, surely they all have some of the Dragon Warrior in them?
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Here's a snippet of what to expect in the near (and not so near) future.
Walt Disney Pictures have been having a field day with the amount of fairytale re-makes and endless sequels being released and announced recently. No doubt one of the most prestigious film companies in Hollywood, being nearly 100 years old, the unit and its studio parent Walt Disney Studios are responsible for some of the greatest classics ever produced - but what can we expect on our screens in the next 5 or so years?
The Jungle Book is set for release next year
Everyone's excited to see Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in the 2017 live action re-make of 'Beauty and the Beast', and we've already received a teaser for Jon Favreau's 'The Jungle Book' starring Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba and Bill Murray. But did you know Disney are also re-launching the likes of 'Mary Poppins', 'Winnie The Pooh', and 'Pinocchio' with a script from Peter Hedges? As for sequels, 'Toy Story 4' is a no-brainer, and 'The Incredibles 2' and 'Frozen 2' already have a buzz about them, but what about 'Wreck-It Ralph 2', 'National Treasure 3' and 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales'?
Pitt and Jolie star in the new movie 'By The Sea' together, but in their joint promotional interview they opened up about Jolie's continuing fight against cancer.
In a very rare joint interview, Hollywood A-list couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt spoke together about their marriage, Jolie’s health following her cancer scare, and the new movie in which they star together, By The Sea.
The pair, who have been married since 2014 but together for nearly ten years, spoke to Tom Brokaw on the ‘Today Show’ on Monday (November 2nd). For the second time in their career (after 2005’s Mr & Mrs. Smith) they play an on-screen married couple with more than a hint of dysfunction in their lives, but it was Jolie’s revelations about her health battles that proved the most engaging part of the interview.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
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He has opened up about being directed by his other half in their new film, By the Sea
The old adage says that you should never work with children or animals and for some that extends to spouses as well. But for perfect couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt working together is just another thing they’re perfect at apparently.
The perfect couple both at work and at home
Speaking to V magazine, Mr Pitt opened up about taking direction from his significant other in their new film By the Sea.
Continue reading: Brad Pitt Reveals He Trusts Angelina Jolie "With His Life"
Ricky Gervais has been named as the host of the Golden Globes Award Ceremony, scheduled to take place in January 2016.
Ricky Gervais is hosting the Golden Globes once again. The news was announced on Monday (26th October) by the Hollywood Press Association, the ceremony’s co-producer, and confirmed by Gervais on social media.
Ricky Gervais with his partner, Jane Fallon, at the 67th Emmy Awards Ceremony in September 2015.
Continue reading: Ricky Gervais Set To Host The Golden Globes For Fourth Time
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt talk about the unusual situation of playing a married couple while actually being married in real life on the set of their newest movie 'By The Sea'. The drama is the latest directorial venture from Jolie herself, and tells the story of the turbulent relationship between a couple during their French vacation.
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A recently published Austrian study has shown the publicity surrounding Angelina Jolie’s cancer prevention surgery has raised awareness of different surgery options.
Angelina Jolie is a woman of many talents: not only is she a hugely successful actor and director, she’s a UN ambassador and a woman who has done her upmost to raise awareness of the risks of cancer to those who carry the BRAC1 gene. Her mission to raise awareness, including publicising her decision to undergo a double mastectomy in 2013, has been successful, the results of a recently published study show.
Angelina Jolie at the 20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards in Los Angeles, January 2015.
Angelina Jolie-Pitt attended a House of Lords committee on Tuesday (8th September) and warned of Islamic State’s use of sexual violence as a weapon.
Angelina Jolie-Pitt, in her role as a UN Special Envoy, attended a House of Lords committee on sexual violence in war on Tuesday (8th September). Acting as a key witness, the 40-year-old Unbroken director warned rape is being used – as it has been used for centuries – in conflicts around the world as a weapon. She further stated Islamic State, which she described as “the most aggressive terrorist group in the world today”, was actively encouraging the use of sexual violence against women and girls in Syria and Iraq.
Angelina Jolie at the 20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards in L.A., January 2015.
The couple, who are starring in the forthcoming movie 'By The Sea' together, have looked at properties in Westminster and Marylebone in the recent past.
Hollywood A-list couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are reportedly house-hunting for a new residence in central London. The reason for the potential move is rumoured to down to Jolie’s desire, as a humanitarian and activist, to become involved in European politics in the future.
“They're house-hunting in London because Jolie wants to slowly immerse herself in E.U. politics,” a source told Us Weekly was the reason that the Jolie-Pitts were looking to move to the English capital, and are thought to have started their search as early as last year.
Angelia Jolie and Brad Pitt are believed to be house-hunting in central London
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It's the 1970s and Roland and Vanessa are an outwardly respectable married couple, struggling to find common ground with each other. While the latter used to be a dancer, the former is now a writer, and while the pair clash continually they decide to venture to France together in the hopes of rebuilding their relationship and saving their marriage. The stay at a beautiful and luxurious seaside resort and find themselves inextricably bonding with a local couple named Lea and François who are just married, and two other eccentric resident business owners called Michel and Patrice. But with accusations of infidelity plaguing their lives, struggles with mental instability on both parts and even violent altercations happening almost daily, can their marriage really be saved by their newfound friends and a glorious sea view?
Continue: By The Sea - Teaser Trailer
Angelina Jolie is “delighted” to be joining the team working on the upcoming animation, ‘The Breadwinner’.
Angelina Jolie is executively producing The Breadwinner. The upcoming animated film follows a young girl’s experience living in Taliban controlled Afghanistan. The upcoming movie is based on the young adult novel of the same name by Deborah Ellis, published in 2000.
Angelina Jolie at the 20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards in Los Angeles in January 2015.
Continue reading: Angelina Jolie Executively Producing ‘The Breadwinner’
The couple are protective over their private lives and images of their daughter Wyatt, and are taking the Mail's publishers Associated Newspapers to court in the UK.
Hollywood celebrity couple Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are taking the Daily Mail’s publishers Associated Newspapers to court in the UK over unauthorised pictures the outlet published of them with their baby daughter.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Kutcher and Kunis have filed a complaint against the publishers at London’s High Court, concerning two articles which appeared recently on the MailOnline that featured “wrongful publication of paparazzi photographs of family outings”, including images of the couple with their nine month old daughter Wyatt.
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher in Los Angeles with their daughter Wyatt in January 2015
Jolie will be adapting a memoir by a survivor of the Cambodian killing fields, 'First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers', with an anticipated release in late 2016.
Angelina Jolie is teaming up with Netflix for her next stint as a director, which will be a dramatic adaptation of a real-life story about Cambodia’s genocidal Khmer Rouge regime, according to Variety.
Jolie, an outspoken advocate of global human rights issues and a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency, will be adapting ‘First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers’, a 2000 memoir by Loung Ung, a Cambodian writer, human rights activist and survivor of the 'killing fields' whom Jolie has known for more than a decade.
Angelina Jolie will be working on a project with Netflix about the Cambodian killing fields
Continue reading: Angelina Jolie To Direct Cambodian Genocide Drama For Netflix
Deborra-Lee Furness won't let her husband act with Angelina Jolie - she jokes.
Hugh Jackman is apparently “not allowed” to act alongside Angelina Jolie – according to his wife Deborra-Lee Furness! They may have one of the most stable marriages in showbiz, but it would seem that there’s one woman she won’t let Jackman share an on-screen kiss with.
The 59 year old actress and her husband were speaking to the ‘Today Show’ in her native Australia on Monday when she said to presenter Lisa Wilkinson. “I've told his agent he's not allowed to work with Angelina, I'm sure she's lovely," Furness says, then adds, "I'm just kidding.”
Deborra-Lee Furness and Hugh Jackman
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Hollywood royalty met British royalty on Friday when the two couples enjoyed tea at Kensington Palace.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt accepted a very royal invitation on Friday, when they joined Prince William and Kate Middleton, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, for tea and Kensington palace. It was the first time the two couples had sat down together, with the 'informal' meeting being said to have taken months to co-ordinate.
Brad and Angelina enjoyed tea at Kensington Palace on Friday.
A Kensington Palace spokesman confirmed to US Weekly that the meeting took place saying, "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Pitt at Kensington Palace on Friday afternoon."
Po the giant panda may be ever increasing his prowess at kung-fu, but he still has a lot to learn. Even so he faces yet another dangerous threat to China in the form of the evil spirit Kai, who is determined to take over the country by robbing various martial arts masters of their powers. Meanwhile, Po has a few personal problems to contend with. His long lose biological father has re-appeared out of the blue, looking for his soon having sensed that he is still alive somewhere. And so, Po returns to where he was born - though he has never felt less at home. He is being pressured into an arranged marriage with a needy panda named Mei Mei, but he's got to put his family issues on hold if he wants to save China yet again. Unfortunately, the only way he can do it is by training up his new panda neighbours in the art of kung fu - he's never had a more difficult task than this.
Continue: Kung-Fu Panda 3 - Teaser Trailer
Charlize Theron has no interested in directing, preferring to stay in front of the camera so she has "somebody to blame" if things go horribly wrong.
Charlize Theron has no desire to step behind the camera - at least not any time soon. Theron was interviewed at the L.A. premiere of Mad Max: Fury Road on Thursday night (7th May) and claimed she enjoys not having to take on the full responsibility of directing.
Charlize Theron at the L.A. Mad Max: Fury Road premiere.
'By the Sea', the film in which Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt star together, will be released in November of this year.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's upcoming film, By the Sea, will be released in November. The couple have not been seen on screen together since Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2005. Jolie and Pitt met on the set and soon after began a relationship. Hopefully, in the decade since Mr. & Mrs. Smith, they have retained their brilliant on-screen chemistry.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie star in By the Sea.
Michelle Obama attended the Black Girls Rock! awards ceremony on Saturday 28th March and gave an impassioned speech encouraging education and self-confidence.
Michelle Obama continued spreading her message of education whilst attending the Black Girls Rock! awards ceremony on Saturday (28th March). The First Lady gave an impassioned speech at the event and encouraged the audience, which included many young black girls and women, to have self-confidence, ignore any discouraging voices and continue in their education.
Michelle Obama speaking at the Black Girls Rock! awards ceremony on Saturday.
Angelina Jolie delivered a powerful speech at the 2015 Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards on Sunday 29th March.
Angelina Jolie encouraged children to celebrate being different whilst delivering her speech at the 2015 Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards. Jolie was on stage to receive the award for Favourite Movie Villain for her role as Maleficent in the film of the same name.
Angelina Jolie encouraged children to celebrating being different.
Last night Nickelodeon held their 28th annual Kid’s Choice Awards, so you know what that means lots and lots of slime covered stars!
Of all the award shows, Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards is most certainly the messiest. This year Nick Jonas was our master of ceremonies, as the singer and actor presided over a night of slime, orange blimps and a moving appearance by Angelina Jolie.
Your host for the evening, Nick Jonas
Host Nick Jonas opened the show, performing his songs ‘Chains’ and ‘Jealous’, before daring to poke fun at Zayn Malik’s exit from One Direction. Acknowledging how hard a week it had been for the group's legion of teenage fans as ‘One Direction became Two Direction’, Jonas asked “What's next, Fourth Harmony? Three Seconds of Summer? The Jonas Brother?”
The actress had the preventative surgery last week, two years after undergoing a double mastectomy.
Angelina Jolie has made the difficult and brave decision to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed as a preventative measure against ovarian cancer. The actress explained her decision on Tuesday in an op-ed published by The New York Times entitled ‘Diary of a Surgery’.
Angelina Jolie elected to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed last week.
In the piece, Jolie described how she learnt she was at risk for ovarian cancer two weeks ago, after a simple test she has annually to measures the protein CA-125 in her blood, came back showing markers that could be a sign of early cancer.
The actress took to the Oscars to convince reporters to ask female celebrities more interesting questions.
Reese Witherspoon took to the 2015 Oscars to promote a new feminist campaign #AskHerMore, a movement created to encourage reporters to put more career centric questions to female celebrities on the red carpet, rather than just asking about their designer gowns.
Reese Witherspoon brings #AskHerMore campaign to the Oscars
We think we have a new favourite celebrity feminist. If it wasn't enough for Witherspoon to take on such an inspiring feminine role in her latest movie 'Wild'; a film based on the memoirs of Cheryl Strayed, a first time hiker who walked 1,100 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail in a journey of self-discovery; she is now encouraging other actresses and celebrities to want more from their public appearances. The star took to Instagram with a list of questions she hoped to hear as she appeared on the red carpet at the Oscars, including 'What's the biggest risk you've taken that you feel has paid off?' and 'What accomplishment are you most proud of?'.
The 39-year-old actress recently opened up about her and Pitt's intimate French summer wedding, which included all their six children.
Last August Angelina Jolie tied the knot for a third time to her longtime partner, and father to their six children, Brad Pitt, and this will most likely be her last as she has finally found what all women want, a "real man."
Jolie says she found a "real man" in Pitt
During a recent interview with the French magazine Dandy, Jolie opened up about looking for 'Prince Charming,' her and the Hollywood actor's summer French wedding, and if she will let her children get inked like their mother.
The actress has lately been focussing on directing and her humanitarian work.
Angelina Jolie has revealed that she took the decision to turn away from acting following the death of her mother.
In an interview with French magazine Dandy, the 39 year old actress admitted that her real interests laid elsewhere after her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, passed away from ovarian cancer in 2007.
Angelina Jolie spoke to Dandy magazine about her plans for the future
The Hollywood star joined the former U.K. Secretary of State William Hague in the opening the Centre of Women, Peace and Security, based at London's School of Economics, on Tuesday (Feb 10th).
Angelina Jolie travelled to London on Tuesday (Feb 10th) to join the former U.K. Secretary of State William Hague for the opening Europe's first centre that is dedicated to fight against the brutality women face during warzones.
Jolie opened a new centre that will help fight warzone violence against women
The Centre of Women, Peace and Security, based at London's School of Economics, will be a ground-breaking way of combatting the violence women are exposed to in war, just like the tens of thousands of families Jolie recently visited at a Kurdish refugee camp in Dohuk, northern Iraq.
Brad Pitt could team up with his wife Angelina Jolie for the third time.
Brad Pitt is in negotiations to play the famed archaeologist Richard Leakey in Angelina Jolie's drama Africa. It would be the third collaboration between the husband-and-wife pair after Mr & Mrs Smith and the yet-to-be-released By The Sea.
Brad Pitt could play Richard Leakey in Angelina Jolie's Africa
Africa, written by the Oscar winner Eric Roth (Forrest Gump) is a biopic of Leakey, who became a staunch defender of elephants against poachers in Kenya in the late 1980s.
Continue reading: Brad Pitt To Play Richard Leakey In Angelina Jolie's 'Africa'
The 39-year-old actress recalled her harrowing visit to the Iraqi refugee camp in an emotional op-ed piece.
This past weekend Angelina Jolie left Hollywood to meet some of the tens of thousands of families living in a Kurdish refugee camp in Dohuk, northern Iraq, and the 39-Year-old actress was left "speechless" after what she had witnessed.
Jolie was left "speechless" by her recent visit to an Iraqi refugee camp
Jolie, who is a special envoy of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, recalled her traumatising journey to the Middle East in an eye-opening op-ed piece published in the New York Times.
The 38-year-old actress met with some of the tens of thousands of families who are in the refugee camp because their homes were invaded by the Islamic State.
Although Hollywood is currently in the midst of its annual movie award season, on Sunday (Jan 25th) Angelina Jolie has decided to trade the glamorous red carpet for a visit to a Kurdish refugee camp in Dohuk, northern Iraq.
Jolie visited a refugee camp in northern Iraq over the weekend
Since the 39-year-old actress is a special envoy of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, she travelled to meet some of the tens of thousands of families who have had no choice but to flee their countries after they were invaded by the Islamic State.
Continue reading: Angelina Jolie Visits Iraqi Refuge Camp, Meets With ISIS Victims
After a good year for movies and television in 2014, the American Film Institute has honoured the very best that the year had to offer.
For the past fifteen years, the American Film Institute has honoured ten films and ten television shows that truly show off what the year had to offer. 2014 had a particularly good year for films, however, so for the first time, the AFI Awards actually awarded eleven motion pictures with the honouree status. A whole host of celebrities gathered in celebration.
Angelina Jolie at the 15th Annual AFI Awards (Credit Frazer Harrison - Getty Images)
The honoured films consisted of 'American Sniper', 'Birdman', 'Boyhood', 'Foxcatcher', 'The Imitation Game', 'Interstellar', 'Into The Woods', 'Nightcrawler', 'Selma', 'Unbroken' and 'Whiplash'. For the celebration, Academy Award-winning Matthew Mcconaughey ('Interstellar') was seen, along with Ethan Hawke ('Boyhood'). Brad Pitt and Edward Norton ('Birdman') were also seen together, after appearing opposite one another in 1999's 'Fight Club'.
Continue reading: American Film Institute Honours Best Films Of 2014 [Photos]
Legally, the Jolie-Pitts had to marry in the US before their wedding ceremony in the South of France.
Angelina Jolie has revealed that she was already a married woman when she walked down the aisle to marry Brad Pitt in France last August. Speaking to Italian magazine Io Donna, the Unbroken director said that legally she and Brad had to officially marry in the US before they could have their big day in the South of France.
Angelina Jolie has revealed she and Brad were married before their French wedding
“Before the wedding in France with the kids, Brad and I were already married in California,” Jolie told the magazine. “As Americans, we couldn't marry legally in France.”
The Hollywood actress met the leader of the Catholic Church after screening her WWII biopic 'Unbroken' at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
After appearing at a screening of her latest directorial effort, the WWII epic 'Unbroken, in Rome, Italy, Angelina Jolie was lucky enough to be given a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday (Jan 8th).
Jolie met Pope Francis on Thursday (Jan 8th)
Although it was initially thought that her husband Brad Pitt would also be present during the special meet-and-greet, he was absent when the 39 year-old actress met with the leader of the Catholic Church after showing the WWII biopic at the to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
Continue reading: Angelina Jolie Meets Pope Francis After Screening Of 'Unbroken'
The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies launched straight into 2015 with chart-topping success.
This week’s box office confirmes what we’ve already suspected for a while: people love to watch fantasy over the holidays. The first weekend box office of the year was dominated by The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies with $21.9 million. This raised its total haul in the U.S. and Canada to $220.8 million, according to The LA Times. The fourth and final instalment in the Peter Jackson-directed franchise is also the most critically acclaimed one (61% on Rotten Tomatoes), so if you’re still not sure what to go see next weekend, Five Armies is definitely a solid choice.
Battle of the Five Armies might be the best Hobbit film to date.
Then there’s Into the Woods, which is kind of a winter classic – you have fairy tales, singing and Meryl Streep, it’s no wonder the film pulled in $19,1 million over the weekend. The Rob Marshall adaptation of the classic Sondheim musical came in second at the box office, followed closely by Unbroken with $18,4 million, as per The LA Times' report.
Continue reading: First Weekend Of 2015 Sees The Hobbit Still Dominating The Box Office
What do we know about Unbroken's Miyavi?
Relatively unknown in the Western world but most certainly a major star in Japan, musician Miyavi (AKA Takamasa Ishihara) has been thrown into the centre of the Hollywood film industry owing to his role in Unbroken.
The 39-year-old actress recently spoke candidly about the difficulties of maintaining her marriage with Brad Pitt and being a mother to their six children.
Four months have passed since Angelina Jolie tied the knot for a third time to her longtime partner, and father to their six children, Brad Pitt, and although the Hollywood actress is loving her family, she recently admitted it is “hard work."
Jolie admitted balancing marriage life with Pitt and parenthood is "hard"
The director of the WWII epic ‘Unbroken’ spoke candidly about how difficult marriage and motherhood can be with Australian Women's Weekly, and she even divulged how she and Pitt are constantly trying to better their relationship. “[Brad and I] work really hard at nurturing our family to make sure that everybody is alright and everyone stays connected," Angelina told the magazine. "Maintaining a marriage and raising kids is hard work."
Despite all her success and fame, the 39-year-old actress admits if it was all taken away, "I'd be happy at home being a mom."
Angelina Jolie was known to be rather wild before becoming a mother to her and husband Brad Pitt's six children, and although she is a lot more tamed now, the 39-year-old actress admits throughout her illustrious career she has never played by Hollywood's rules.
Jolie has never played by the rules of Hollywood
2014 has been a stellar year for Jolie, after starring in Disney's 'Maleficent, she recently premiered her latest directorial effort, the WWII movie 'Unbroken,' to rave reviews, and remains one of the only A-list actresses to make a successful transition to working behind the camera. But this career change was never in her long-term plans.
Continue reading: Angelina Jolie Talks Dominating Hollywood: "I Do What I Want To Do"
With a true story that's almost hard to believe, this inspiring biographical drama is made with attention to detail and a remarkable resistance to sentiment. And strong acting helps bring the characters to life, even if everything feels a little too carefully staged. But it's the real-life aspect that grabs the attention, and a central figure who's a remarkable example of the indomitable human spirit. The film also marks an auspicious step forward for Angelina Jolie as a director, telling a big story without giving in to the usual sappy moviemaking pitfalls.
Son of Italian immigrants, Louie Zamperini (Jack O'Connell) grew up in 1920s Southern California and by the time he hit his teens is on the way to becoming a criminal. But his brother Pete (Alex Russell) helps him channel his energy to running instead, and his natural skill make him a local champion as well as an American record-holder at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. When the war breaks out, he enlists and serves as a bombardier in the Pacific, surviving a plane crash before later going down at sea and drifting with two colleagues (Domhnall Gleeson and Finn Wittrock) for 47 days before being captured by the Japanese. From here he endures a horrific stint in a prisoner of war camp, taunted by the cruel commandant everyone calls The Bird (Miyavi), who takes particular notice of Louie simply because he refuses to break.
Jolie assembles the film as a big-budget epic, with massive set pieces as the plot cycles through several outrageous episodes before settling in on the prison years. Cinematographer Roger Deakins carefully contrasts Louie's sunny California youth with the much starker visit to Nazi Germany and the astoundingly bleak Japanese prison camp, with those endless days baking at sea in the middle. So the film looks terrific, drawing us into each chapter in Louie's story while building a sense of momentum. It's not quite as complex as it looks; Louie's darker moments feel a bit superficial. But O'Connell adds some weight to each scene, offering a kick of emotion as well as the charisma that convinces the men around him to draw inspiration from his tenacity.
Continue reading: Unbroken Review
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