As compelling as Zamperini’s story is, it was not an easy sell. Possibly the longest gestating project in Hollywood history, it took 57 years to turn his tale into a cinematic reality. Actors from Tony Curtis to Nicolas Cage at one time or another were attached to the role, and many directors came and went. In the end, it was an Oscar-winning actress with only one little-seen feature film to her directing resume who shepherded the $65 million film to the silver screen. It is by far Jolie’s most ambitious and riskiest directorial outing — her first big studio movie. And she did it without any marquee names in her cast; in fact, one of the most pivotal roles was filled by a Japanese rock star who had never acted before.
In 1956, Universal Pictures acquired the rights to Zamperini’s just-published biography “Devil at My Heels,” but a script was never written and the project languished. In 1998, a CBS documentary about Zamperini’s life caught the eye of Matt Baer, who was then running the film division at Brillstein-Grey. Baer met with Zamperini and formed a fast friendship.
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Louis Zamperini knew a thing or two about waiting. The Olympic runner turned U.S. airman spent 47 deadly days living on a raft after a 1943 plane crash and subsequently survived two years as a Japanese prisoner of war. Still, when he sold Universal Pictures his life story in 1957, Zamperini couldn’t have known it would take more than 50 years for his tale to be told.
Come Christmas Day, however, the wait will be over. When Unbroken hits theaters, Zamperini’s story—originally optioned for a then up-and-coming Tony Curtis—will unfold on-screen for moviegoers around the globe. But beyond just exposing the world to the incredible life of Zamperini, it will give audiences a peek at the inner workings of another exceedingly impressive creature: director Angelina Jolie.
“I was looking for something to do and studying what was out there as a director,” says Jolie, perched poolside at a villa on the tiny Maltese island of Gozo. “Directing is very different from acting because it takes more than two years of your life, so it has to matter—really matter—in a different way.”
Angelina Jolie has been made an honorary dame by the Queen for her campaigning work fighting sexual violence and for services to UK foreign policy.
The Oscar winner was presented with the award during a private audience with the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
The Hollywood actress and filmmaker was recognised in the Diplomatic Service and Overseas Birthday 2014 Honours list and received the honorary damehood (DCMG) for services to UK foreign policy and the campaign to end war-zone sexual violence.
During the audience, the Queen presented Angelina with the insignia of an Honorary Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George.
The award was first announced in June during the week when she was co-chairing the End Sexual Violence in Conflict (ESVC) global summit in London with then foreign secretary William Hague.
Her work as a committed humanitarian runs parallel to her career as a leading actress who has been a huge box office draw for more than a decade.
The 39-year-old star of Maleficent and Salt has been described by US Secretary of State John Kerry as a “fierce and fearless advocate” and he said her dedication to campaigning could overtake her successful film career as her lasting legacy.
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Angelina Jolie is a force to be reckoned with, both in Hollywood and in the world. But now she’s taking her efforts and focusing on a legal battle, RadarOnline.com is reporting exclusively.
The Tomb Raider actress is firing back at James Braddock, the author who accused the Oscar winner of violating the copyright for his book, Slamanje Duse (The Soul Shattering), with her directorial debut film In The Land of Blood and Honey, back in 2011. But as Radar previously reported, a federal court judge sided with Jolie, who decided the two works were not similar.
According to documents obtained by Radar, the judged noted that “Blood and Honey is primarily a story of betrayal, revenge and tragedy with little or no hope, while Slamanje Duse focuses on family, love and strength.”
But Braddock wasn’t satisfied with the judge’s ruling, so he filed an appeal in March 2014. He claims the court that determined that the two works were not similar didn’t use a good system. He also alleges that his novel was not translated properly, so he is requesting the court look over the case again in hopes of overturning the order that dismissed it.
But Jolie’s team has countered his claims by calling upon previous cases in court documents, stating that certain ideas aren’t subject to protection.
“As this Court held in Fonda, the ideas in works that deal with subjects such as ‘morality and the effects of war on women’ are not protectable, and indeed, ‘have been the subject of countless works dating back for centuries,’” the documents read.
“The two works at issue here are just such stories. Accordingly, this Court should summarily affirm the district court’s judgment granting Defendants’ motion for judgment on the pleadings and bring this matter to a rapid close.”
Source: Radar Online
Handwritten love letters from Brad Pitt? Only one woman is that lucky.
Angelina Jolie, 39, revealed to Australia’s TV Week magazine that she and Pitt, 50, sent handwritten letters to each other while they were filming on opposite sides of the world.
The actress and human rights activist was directing Unbroken, a biopic about World War II hero Louis Zamperini, in Australia, while Pitt was in London filming Fury, about a tank crew fighting the Nazis.
“He was supportive from a distance, and it was quite romantic in a way,” she says.
“We decided to be of that time, when we could imagine he was in the European theater and I was in the Pacific theater, and we wrote handwritten letters to each other that were very connecting for us, thinking of the people that were separated for months, if not years, at a time back then.”
Jolie also told the magazine she was able to show a rough cut of Unbroken to Zamperini shortly before he died at age 97 on July 2. “I brought him the film on my laptop in the hospital, and it was amazing seeing someone at the end of their life watching their life unfold again, at the same time their body was shutting down,” she says.
“He wanted me to make the movie to show something hopeful about the strength of the human spirit that can pull us through. He reminded me to have my surgery in the year that I did, and he reminded me to appreciate every day of my life.”
Jolie underwent a preventive double mastectomy in 2013, while she was preparing to direct Unbroken.
Next up for Jolie and Pitt: making a movie together.
Universal Pictures recently announced that the engaged couple will work on an “intimate, character-driven drama,” By the Sea. Jolie and Pitt will both star in the movie, with Jolie writing and directing.
Jolie’s Unbroken will premiere Christmas Day, while Pitt’s Fury is set for November.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith are back! Almost 10 years after one of Hollywood’s hottest couples first met and sizzled on-screen together, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are set to once again light the fire in the new film By the Sea, which will be written and directed by Jolie.
A set source tells Us Weekly that the couple shares some “crazy sex scenes” in the movie, which is being filmed right down the street from one of the A-list family’s home in the Republic of Malta.
In May, Jolie told the BBC that she’s ready to retire from acting, so By the Sea, which is set to hit theaters in 2015, could be her final role.
Filming begins in September and is slated to last approximately 10 weeks. Oscar winners Pitt and Jolie will play a married couple in the film, but few other details have been released thus far. Jolie and Pitt met and fell in love on the set of 2005’s Mr. and Mrs. Smith, when the World War Z star was still married to Jennifer Aniston. They have not appeared in a movie together since.
Source: US Magazine
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in Chateau Miraval, France, says a spokesman for the couple.
Jolie and Pitt wed Saturday in a small chapel in a private ceremony attended by family and friends. In advance of the nondenominational civil ceremony, Pitt and Jolie also obtained a marriage license from a local California judge. The judge also conducted the ceremony in France.
The couple’s children took part in the wedding. Jolie walked the aisle with her eldest sons Maddox and Pax. Zahara and Vivienne threw petals. Shiloh and Knox served as ring bearers, the spokesman says.
Source: ABC News