Angelina Jolie Pitt is the latest top-tier talent to go the digital route, as the multihyphenate is working with Netflix on “First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers,” a film she will direct for the studio.
The pic is based on a memoir from Cambodian author and human-rights activist Loung Ung about surviving the deadly Khmer Rouge regime.
Jolie Pitt will direct and produce the Netflix project from a script she co-adapted with Ung. Cambodian director and producer Rithy Panh, helmer of the Oscar-nominated foreign-language film “The Missing Picture,” will also be a producer.
The film will be made available to members of the streaming service in late 2016 and will be submitted to major international festivals.
Ung was 5 years old when the Khmer Rouge regime assumed power over Cambodia in 1975 and began a four-year reign of terror and genocide in which nearly 2 million Cambodians died. Forced from her family’s home in Phnom Penh, Ung was trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans while her six siblings were sent to labor camps. Ung survived and wrote “First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers,” which was first published in 2000. Jolie Pitt read the book and contacted Ung over a decade ago. They became close friends and later adapted the screenplay together.
Angelina Jolie Pitt and daughter Shiloh continued their humanitarian trip on Saturday, visiting southeastern Turkey for World Refugee Day.
Jolie Pitt, who serves as a special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and her 9-year-old daughter with husband Brad Pitt visited a Syrian and Iraqi refugee camp in the town of Midyat, in the Mardin province of Turkey.
The star also met with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, discussing the crisis in the world’s largest refugee community, according to a press release from the UNHCR.
“Our world has never been richer or healthier or more advanced. Yet never before have so many people been dispossessed and stripped of their basic human rights,” she said according to the release. “We should call this what it is: not just a ‘refugee crisis,’ but a crisis of global security and governance, that is manifesting itself in the worst refugee crisis ever recorded – and a time of mass displacement.”
The mother-daughter pair were also joined by the UNHCR High Commissioner Antonio Guterres on their refugee camp visits.
“This is a central problem. We cannot pick and choose which human rights violations we will and won’t tolerate,” Jolie Pitt said while at the Midyat camp.
he actress, who has six children with Pitt, brought Shiloh first to Lebanon to spend time with a 12-year-old Syrian girl she met a year prior during another UNHCR trip.
“Shiloh is very aware that I hold refugee families in high regard and has been asking to come on missions and meet them for many years,” Jolie Pitt told PEOPLE.
Over 60 million people worldwide are displaced – or one in every 122 people – is either a refugee, displaced, or seeking asylum, according to UNHCR. This number is up from 51 million last year.
Jolie Pitt and Shiloh spent time with the little girl named Hala, who has no parents and lives with her five siblings in a tented settlement.
“Upon leaving the family, Shiloh asked many questions,” the star told PEOPLE. “It is of course hard to explain all of the harsh realities of war and displacement. She said she felt sad, but was happy that she went and is looking forward to the next visit.”
The Maleficent star and Shiloh will join Pitt and the rest of the famous family for Father’s Day on Sunday.
Angelina Jolie has continued her humanitarian efforts with her children. The By the Sea actress and her 9-year-old daughter, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, traveled to Turkey on Saturday, June 20, in honor of World Refugee Day.
Jolie, 40, voiced her concerns while visiting the Midyat Refugee Camp in Mardin. Her statement has since been published in its entirety on The UN Refugee Agency website.
“We are here for a simple reason: This region is at the epicenter of a global crisis. Nearly 60 million people are displaced from their homes. That is one in every 122 people on our planet. Our world has never been richer or healthier or more advanced. Yet never before have so many people been dispossessed and stripped of their basic human rights,” she said. “We should call this what it is: not just a ‘refugee crisis,’ but a crisis of global security and governance, that is manifesting itself in the worst refugee crisis ever recorded – and a time of mass displacement.”
She continued: “People are running out of places to run to. If you are an Iraqi or a Syrian fleeing violence, where do you go? Every border country is being pushed beyond its limits.”
Jolie also noted in her speech that she traveled to Lebanon on Friday. On Saturday, she and Shiloh walked through a Syrian and Iraqi refugee camp while holding hands. Jolie wore an all-black outfit while Shiloh kept close in a blue T-shirt.
“These are not economic migrants looking for a better life, these are desperate refugees who are fleeing war and persecution. The average stay in a refugee camp is 17 years. Think of your own life,” Jolie pleaded. “Think of what that would mean. For many, it is their entire childhood. During displacement you might be able to get an education, or continue your education. But very likely, you will not.”
In light of this, Jolie hopes that international community and leaders, as well as ministers and ambassadors, will help to make a change.
“We have the tools we need – the resolutions, the doctrines, the conventions, the courts. But if these tools are misused, inconsistently applied or applied in a self-serving way, we will continue on this trend of displacement and it will grow and grow,” she said. “It is inhumane to expect all of these families to tolerate this kind of life. We all know what needs to be done, we must do better. And it is self-evident that we have to start with Syria.”
She added: “To all the families here, and around our world, marking this Holy Month, I say, ‘Ramadan Kareem.’ And I pay tribute to refugees themselves – the people we rightly celebrate today, not only here in Turkey but around the world.”
Source: US Magazine
Disney has signed its go-to screenwriter Linda Woolverton to write the sequel to Angelina Jolie’s live-action fairy tale “Maleficent.”
There is no deal in place yet for Jolie to return to the title role or for Robert Stromberg to return to direct. Joe Roth will return to produce the sequel.
Woolverton wrote the script for “Maleficent,” a reimagining of Disney’s animated film “Sleeping Beauty” told from the point of view of the villain Maleficent. It was a surprise hit for the studio, with worldwide grosses topping $750 million.
Woolverton’s Disney credits include “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey,” “Alice in Wonderland” and its upcoming sequel “Through the Looking-Glass.” She is repped by WME.
Hollywood actress and UN envoy on refugee issues, Angelina Jolie-Pitt, attends a discussion ahead of this weekends AU Summit in Johannesburg on June 12.
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Universal Pictures announced a Nov. 13, 2015, release for By the Sea, Angelina Jolie’s directorial followup to 2014 Oscar nominee Unbroken.
In addition to writing, directing, and producing, Jolie will also star alongside husband Brad Pitt. The 1970s-set film follows the troubled marriage between a writer named Roland (Pitt) and Vanessa (Pitt) upon their arrival to French seaside resort, where they meet fellow travelers and “begin to come to terms with unresolved issues in their own lives.” Mélanie Laurent, Niels Arestrup, Melvil Poupaud and Richard Bohringer also star.
The film, according to Universal, is inspired by ’60s and ’70s theater as well as European cinema.
“This is a story about a relationship derailed by loss, the tenacity of love, and the path to recovery and acceptance,” Jolie said in a statement. “It has been a privilege to explore these universal human experiences with such a generous and talented cast and crew.”
“Angie and Brad have created an intimate gem of a film that will surprise people and delivers an experience they might not expect from them,” said Donna Langley, Chairman, Universal Pictures. “Universal is honored to market and distribute it to audiences around the world.”
Pitt and Jolie will produce alongside executive producers Chris Brigham (Inception), Holly Goline (Unbroken) and Michael Vieira (Unbroken).
Angie attended the Nickelodeon’s 28th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards last night where she won award for Favorite Villain in ‘Maleficent’.
– Events Nickelodeon’s 28th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards
Angelina has a message for kids: don’t be afraid to be different.
She gave an emotional speech at Saturday’s Kids’ Choice Awards, where she won the best villain award for Maleficent.
She said that she was told that she was different as a child, but learned to see it as a strength.
“Different is good. So, don’t fit in. Don’t sit still. Don’t ever try to do less than you are,” she said. “When somebody tells you you’re different, smile and hold your head up high and be proud. And as you’re villain, I would also say — cause a little trouble. It’s good for you.
Source: Hhollywood Reporter
Angelina Jolie had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed last week after doctors detected a possible sign of early cancer.
The 39-year-old actress, who underwent a preventive double mastectomy in 2013, wrote a New York Times op-ed explaining her decision, which means the mother of six — three of whom are adopted — will not be able to have any more children.
Jolie, who carries the BRCA1 gene and whose family has a history of cancer, wrote that she was recently told by doctors “a number of inflammatory markers” were elevated that could together be an early sign of early cancer.
She had a PET/CT scan, which was clear, and the tumor test came back negative, but she still opted to remove her ovaries and tubes.
“In my case, the Eastern and Western doctors I met agreed that surgery to remove my tubes and ovaries was the best option, because on top of the BRCA gene, three women in my family have died from cancer,” she wrote. “My doctors indicated I should have preventive surgery about a decade before the earliest onset of cancer in my female relatives. My mother’s ovarian cancer was diagnosed when she was 49. I’m 39.”
“Regardless of the hormone replacements I’m taking, I am now in menopause,” she continued. “I will not be able to have any more children, and I expect some physical changes. But I feel at ease with whatever will come, not because I am strong but because this is a part of life. It is nothing to be feared.”
Source: Hhollywood Reporter
Best Actress in a Film:
Emily Blunt Edge of Tomorrow
Essie Davis The Babadook
Anne Hathaway Interstellar
Angelina Jolie Maleficent
Jennifer Lawrence The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
Rosemund Pike Gone Girl
Best Fantasy Film Release:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Into the Woods
Best Action / Adventure Film Release:
Exodus: Gods and Kings
The winners will be announced at the 41st Annual Saturn Awards Ceremony on June 25, 2015