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06/19/2012 11:40 AM
Burbank, CA (June 19, 2012) – The Walt Disney
Studios announced today that production began Wednesday, June 13th, on
“Maleficent,” starring Academy Award®–winning actress Angelina Jolie.
Directed by two-time Oscar®-winning production designer Robert
Stromberg (“Avatar,” “Alice in Wonderland”), in his directorial debut,
and produced by Joe Roth, “Maleficent” is written by Linda Woolverton
(“The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast”) and executive produced by
Angelina Jolie, Don Hahn, Matt Smith and Palak Patel.
Co-starring in the film are Sharlto Copley (“District 9”), Elle
Fanning (“Super 8”), Sam Riley (“On the Road”), Imelda Staunton (“Vera
Drake”), Miranda Richardson (“The Hours”), Juno Temple (“Atonement”) and
Lesley Manville (“Secrets & Lies”).
This is the untold story of Disney’s most beloved villain,
Maleficent, from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” The film reveals
the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse the baby,
Behind-the-scenes talent includes Academy Award®–winning
cinematographer Dean Semler (“Dances with Wolves,” “In the Land of Blood
and Honey”), production designer Gary Freeman (“Saving Private Ryan,”
“The Bourne Supremacy”), two-time Oscar® nominated costume designer Anna
B. Sheppard (“Schindler’s List,” “The Pianist”) and seven-time Academy
Award–winning makeup artist Rick Baker (“Planet of the Apes,” “Men in
06/19/2012 11:41 AM
Check out this sneak peek of Angelina Jolie in her upcoming film Maleficent!
The 37-year-old actress takes on the title character sporting the famous horns, along with yellowed eyes and red lipstick.
The movie is “the untold story of Disney’s most beloved villain, Maleficent, from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty. The film reveals the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora (Elle Fanning).”
Maleficent, which Angelina is executive producing, co-stars Juno Temple, Miranda Richardson (The Hours), Lesley Manville (Secrets & Lies), Sam Riley (On the Road), and Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake). It’s slated to be released March 14, 2014!
06/19/2012 11:46 AM
06/19/2012 12:08 PM
Could you survive?
Every minute eight people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror.
If conflict threatened your family, what would you do? Stay and
risk your lives? Or try to flee, and risk kidnap, rape or torture?
For many refugees the choice is between the horrific or something worse.
$50 provides blankets for 5 displaced families.
$100 provides kitchen sets for 5 displaced families.
$450 provides a tent to shelter 1 displaced family.
1 family torn apart by war is too many
06/19/2012 12:43 PM
Millions of families have lost their homes to violence and war
1 refugee family without shelter is too many
Each year on June 20th the United Nations and countless civic groups around the world celebrate World Refugee Day.
World Refugee Day was established by the United Nations to honor the
courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are
forced to flee their homes under threat of persecution, conflict and
violence. Millions need your help.
You can help refugees rebuild their lives.
Take a stand with Special Envoy of the U.N. High Commissioner for
Refugees Angelina Jolie by adding your name to her new public service
announcement – details here.
Most people in America don’t realize – there are over 43.7 million
refugees and internally displaced people around the world and of those,
UNHCR provides lifesaving assistance and protection to 33.9 million of
Imagine being the mother of a sick and hungry child and having to
decide between risking your life staying in a conflict or leaving behind
everything in search of safety. UNHCR provides tents, shelter, supplies
and life-saving services to refugees – 80% are women and children.
Millions of refugees need help all around the world – 1 family torn
apart by war is too many.
Our goal is to share refugee stories
with you – to get the word out, so compassionate people across America
will extend their generosity and concern to support --1 family at a
time. You can help us. Please take action now.
06/19/2012 7:07 PM
Today 3:28 PM PDT
by Melanie Bromley, Brandi Chang and Rebecca Macatee
"She was unbelievably nice as were the children and bodyguards," an
employee told E! News. "[She] asked very nicely if it was OK for the
driver to pick them up from out the back, and he would come back from
shopping later, as the shop was getting busy."
"The bodyguards said no to photos as it was [Angelina's] day off and
she had the kids with her, but she was beyond lovely and polite," added
So just what goodies did Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne walk away with?
"They kids were carrying thin, large children's books," a witness
told E! News. "[Angelina] had a couple of thicker hardbacks in her hand.
Nothing crazy! They weren't spoilt with books; they had one each, which
was nice to see."
Of course Brangelina's brood is a well-read, down-to-earth bunch. Now if only they could adopt us, too!
06/20/2012 7:19 AM
06/20/2012 7:22 AM
By Jean Bentley
June 19, 2012 7:43 PM ET
06/20/2012 9:10 AM
Press Releases, 20 June 2012
UNHCR believes even 1 person forced to flee is too many. And it's
true. Every individual refugee matters. Each has their own story. Each
has suffered and survived more than I could ever bear. And yet, they
rise up to live another day.
We risk forgetting the individual when we speak in numbers, but the
numbers tell an important story. In the past year 4.3 million people
have become displaced. There are still 2.7 million refugees from
Afghanistan. 12 million people are stateless. And for the fifth
consecutive year the number of forcibly displaced people worldwide
exceeded 42 million.
Sadly, a person who becomes a refugee is likely to remain one for many years –
often stuck in a camp or living precariously in the city of a
developing nation. 70 per cent of refugees under UNHCR's protection have
been in this situation for more than five years. Their safety and
well-being depend on the continued generosity of those countries who
have kept their borders open to refugees, and on the vital efforts to
deliver humanitarian assistance wherever and whenever it is necessary.
Unfortunately, the world is producing displaced people faster than it
is producing solutions to displacement. And the solutions are not
exclusively humanitarian – they are also
political. The international community should rededicate itself to
preventing conflict, addressing it when it erupts, and solving it more
quickly, for that is the only way to create durable solutions for the
refugees whose strength inspires us on this World Refugee Day.
Angelina Jolie, 20th June 2012
UNHCR is grateful to Ms. Jolie for a new donation made today of US$100,000 for our work in helping Syrian refugees
06/20/2012 1:44 PM
06/21/2012 7:05 AM
Angelina Jolie marks World Refugee Day with donation
(PRWEB) June 20, 2012
The Syrian Expatriates Organization expresses its gratitude to actress
Angelina Jolie for her support of Syrian refugees. According to the
United Nations, the actress recently donated $100,000 in aid to Syria
refugees on World Refugee Day.
See: Angelina Jolie Donates $100,000 to Syrian Refugees http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/syria/120620/angelina-jolie-donates-100000-syrian-refugees
Ms. Jolie is a Special Envoy and a former Goodwill Ambassador of the
UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). In 2011, she visited a Syrian
Refugee Camp in Turkey where she met with civilians who had fled the
violence in their homeland. According to UNHCR, there are over 77,199
registered Syrian refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.
See: Angelina Jolie in Turkey to Meet with Syrian Refugees http://articles.cnn.com/2011-06-17/world/turkey.jolie.visit_1_refugee-agency-goodwill-ambassador-turkey?_s=PM%3AWORLD
See: UNHCR: Syria Regional Refugee Response http://data.unhcr.org/syrianrefugees/regional.php
“The plight of Syrian refugees remains a tragic one, with waves of
people fleeing their homes from the violence of the Assad regime and
seeking refuge in neighboring countries,” said SEO Chairman Dr. Iyad
Azrak. “While we appreciate the host countries’ efforts to provide
basic humanitarian needs for the refugees, we also recognize that there
needs to be a concerted effort from the international community to step
in and provide more monetary support and social services in these host
countries, especially Lebanon and Jordan, where resources are being
stretched thin. We thank Ms. Jolie for her contribution, and for
shedding a light on the plight of Syrian refugees. We urge everyone to
continue to donate generously to help alleviate the suffering of Syrian
refugees,” Azrak said.
06/22/2012 7:21 AM
If he’s not browsing in motorbike shops, he’s buying art and visiting old pals
The actor bought three pieces by new graffiti artist Bambi – whose work is
similar to Banksy’s – after seeing examples in Time magazine.
He snapped up a canvas of Prince William and Kate, plus images of The Queen
and Amy Winehouse, versions of which Mark Owen and Adele also own.
A source said: “There is a lot of buzz about Bambi at the moment. As Brad’s
here with the family for up to two years, it makes sense to fill the house
with art by British artists.
“He already has a Banksy, which he bought for £1million at a London auction,
but shipped it to LA.”
06/23/2012 5:29 PM
Michael Kenneth Williams has been added to the cast of Twelve Years A Slave. The actor joins Michael Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Brad Pitt in the Steve McQueen-directed film. Raising Hope‘s Garret Dillahunt, Paul Dano and SNL’s Taran Killam are also in Twelve Years. Williams, best known for playing Chalky White on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and Omar Little on The Wire, will play “Robert,” a mutinous slave in Twelve Years. The
film is an adaptation of Solomon Northup’s 1853 book about a free black
man who is drugged and dragged to the South to be sold into slavery.
New Regency is backing the film. River Road and Plan B are producing. Twelve Years A Slave is filming in New Orleans. Williams is repped by The Collective and attorney Elsa Ramo.
06/24/2012 12:15 PM
Applause frequently rang out in the massive and packed auditorium,
which until a week ago didn't have seating, a stage or any sort of
screen let alone a sound system, for several of Paramount's upcoming
06/24/2012 12:16 PM
Michael K. Williams aka Omar from "The Wire" aka Chalky White from "Boardwalk Empire" has come on board the film joining (take a very deep breath): Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad
Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Scoot McNairy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul
Giamatti, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson, Garrett Dillahunt, Ruth Negga, Taran
Killam, Adepero Oduye and Alfre Woodard. The
film tells the true story of Solomon Northup, a freed slave who is
tricked back into slavery, faces a grueling life under several owners
and has to go court to reclaim his status. Williams will play a mutinous
slave named Robert.
06/25/2012 8:26 AM
HOLLYWOOD faves Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie insist they have “no date” to tie the knot.
now they’re both based in the UK while Ange, 37, films her next flick
Maleficent and Brad works on The Counselor, they’ve decided on a
quickie English wedding.
“It just seems easier,” said the insider. “They’ll keep it very low key.
“They haven’t finalised a date, but they are planning to slip out and get married with the minimum of fuss.”
the ceremony, the duo – who met on the set of Mr and Mrs Smith – plan
to fly to the south of France for a posh shindig at Chateau Miraval,
their huge estate in Provence.
Take with a huge dollop of Salt!
06/25/2012 6:24 PM
06/26/2012 3:11 PM
LONDON (AP) — A sports charity says boxing great Muhammad Ali will attend a London gala benefit in his honor two days before the Summer Olympics.
for Peace says the July 25 event will honor Ali's humanitarian work and
status as a "role model on civil rights, humanity and in opposing war."
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are expected to attend the A-list dinner at the Victoria & Albert Museum, which will raise money for the educational Muhammad Ali Center and for research into Parkinson's disease. Ali, 70, has battled the degenerative brain condition for almost 30 years.
Jolie is a patron of Sports for Peace, which urges athletes to promote fair play and understanding.
Ali won gold at the 1960 Rome Olympics when he was known as Cassius Clay.
06/27/2012 7:49 AM
06/27/2012 7:51 AM
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