Angelina Jolie added a dose of star power to the 40th annual Los Angeles Film Critics Assn awards, which otherwise honored achievements in independent and world cinema.
Jolie, whose appearance had been whispered about but not announced in advance, was on hand Saturday night at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City to present career achievement honors to acting legend Gena Rowlands. The pair co-starred in 1998’s “Playing By Heart” and 2004’s “Taking Lives.”
Jolie followed an effusive and heartfelt speech from LAFCA member Chuck Wilson, who proclaimed Rowlands the equivalent of Marlon Brando for her impact on screen acting. Wilson then called on Jolie to introduce Rowlands, and the actress and “Unbroken” director delivered some very personal remarks, noting that she had studied Rowlands’ work when she was starting out in the biz.
She also nodded to Rowlands’ famed collaborations with her late husband, filmmaker and actor John Cassavetes, observing, “Every artist in their room has looked at their partner and said I wish I could have what John and Gena had.”
Angelina Jolie just received an honor of a lifetime (no, it wasn’t an Oscar…yet).
The A-list actress traveled to the Vatican this week not only to host a screening of her buzzworthy film Unbroken, but also to meet Pope Francis while she was there. By her side throughout the trip was Luke Zamperini, the son of her film’s subject, Louis Zamperini.
“To be invited to screen Unbroken at The Vatican is an honor and a tribute to Louie’s legacy as a man of faith and someone who exemplified the power of forgiveness and the strength of the human spirit,” Jolie said in a statement obtained by E! News. “These are universal themes at the heart of the human experience everywhere.”
Jolie also brought along her oldest two daughters, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt and Zahara Jolie-Pitt, to the tiny state. According to Business Insider, Jolie met the 78-year-old pontiff in the throne room at the papal palace. She brought along her children, her brother and an interpreter.
Angelina Jolie had the privilege of meeting Pope Francis after screening her latest directorial effort Unbroken for the Vatican. Unbroken is the true story of Louis Zamperini, a World War II Bombardier who survived both a horrific plane crash and Japanese internment camp.
Pope Francis was unable to attend the screening as he was in talks with the Cardinal of Paris, but he did meet with Jolie after the screening.
According to a Vatican spokesman, Jolie kissed the pope’s ring upon greeting, and he presented her with a rosary. She was accompanied by her daughters Shiloh and Zahara.
Jolie discussed with the Holy Father the history of Zamperini, how an Olympic veteran could overcome extreme trauma through faith. While not going in-depth into Zamperini’s religion, Unbroken ends with a slide explaining how Zamperini credited God for saving his life after years of severe post-traumatic stress.
Zamperini converted midlife to Christianity after struggling with alcoholism, PTSD and a failing marriage, which is detailed extensively in Laura Hillenbrand’s book Unbroken, upon which the film is based. He died in July at age 97 during the making of the film.
“Being invited to screen Unbroken at the Vatican,” said Jolie in La Repubblica, “is an honor and a tribute to the legacy of Louis, a man of faith that represents the strength of the human spirit.”
Unbroken opens in Italy on Jan. 29.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay – Selma
David Fincher – Gone Girl
Alejandro G. Inarritu – Birdman
Angelina Jolie – Unbroken
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Source: Critic’s Choice
Angelina Jolie will miss out on several days of promoting Unbroken, her latest film as director, because of a bout with a mild case of chicken pox.
The film tells the true story of Olympic runner Louie Zamperini, who was held in Japanese internment camps during World War II.
“You have to laugh at the timing,” Jolie said. “I was sure nothing could stop me from supporting Unbroken. I am heartbroken to miss our premiere, most of all the chance to be there with Louie’s family.”
Unbroken studio Universal wished Jolie a “speedy recovery.”
“She is in very good spirits, considering after two years of hard work, she will not be there the night it finally premieres,” the studio said in a statement.
Unbroken has its Los Angeles premiere Dec. 15. The film opens Christmas Day.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
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
Universal Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to Angelina Jolie’s next film project, “By The Sea,” which will be written and directed by Jolie and star herself and Brad Pitt.
It marks the first time the duo has appeared onscreen together since 2005′s “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.”
Jolie and Pitt will also produce the project, which is said to focus on a couple’s relationship.
“I am very happy to continue my relationship with Donna and the entire Universal team as I finish “Unbroken” and begin work on “By The Sea,” Jolie said. “They have created a very special place for storytellers, and I look forward to the continued passion and support they have provided to me as a filmmaker.”
Jolie is currently in post-production on “Unbroken,” an epic drama directed and produced by Jolie based on the true story of Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini and adapted from author Laura Hillenbrand’s bestseller. Universal will release Unbroken on Christmas Day, 2014.
She is repped by UTA and Media Talent Group and Pitt is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment.
Source : Variety