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03/29/2012 11:38 AM
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Bâs Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Brad Pitt will produce with New
Regency. Itâs a fascinating and bizarre true story. Finkel was a writer
at The New York Times Magazine in 2002 when he learned of Longoâs
capture and that the accused killer had taken the journoâs name. The
very next day, the real Finkel was fired by Times editors, right after
they ran an editorâs note declaring that he had falsified parts of an
investigative article. His career seemingly over, Finkel was given a
shot at some redemption when Longo declared that Finkel was the only
journalist he would talk to. That led to a surreal relationship with the
accused murderer, who was trying to declare his innocence. Unraveling
the mystery was a chance for Finkel to salvage something of his career.
The deal gives the reconstituted New Regency another star-driven
project. Among other projects, the producer-financier teamed with
Paramount has closed its deal with Russell Crowe to star in Darren Aronofskyâs Noah for a July 23 start and Regency also has Pitt committed to star in The Gray Man,
the James Gray-directed adaptation of the Mark Greaney thriller novel
that is expected to start production later this year or early next.
Awww thanks Neleh. Those vids bring back such happy memories.
03/29/2012 2:04 PM
She wrote the script as a kind of a research project and was talked
into making it after it was read by a Hollywood big-shot: Brad Pitt. âHe
wrote me a very nice note about it, and then we talked about it at
length, and then we went back to the region together,â she says in Timeâs 10 Questions this week (which you can read here).
While some may be surprised at Jolieâs choice of subject for her
directorial debutâwouldnât a nice little romantic comedy be easier?â the
actress says that war films and history films are her personal favorite
to watch. âAs an actor, people think that the films you like are the
ones you make,â she says. âYou enjoy aspects of your character, but itâs
not your film. Youâre just a piece of it. â
Jolie also makes sure to enjoy her forays onto the red carpet. âI was
just having fun on a night you should have fun at,â she says about her
dramatic leg through the slit her dress pose at the Oscars. That pose
now has a name: Joliening. Is she surprised at the effect she has on the
culture? âYou can never understand why certain things become
something,â she says. âItâs totally weird.â
Read the full 10 questions interview with Angelina Jolie from the latest issue of time here magazineâs 10 Questions this week.
03/29/2012 4:41 PM
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today`s strongest and most versatile film actors, is also a successful
film producer. Brad Pitt was an Academy Award nominee for his
performance in David Fincher`s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Terry Gilliam`s Twelve Monkeys, for which he won a Golden GlobeÂź Award. He was also a Golden Globe Award nominee for his performances in Edward Zwick`s Legends of the Fall and Alejandro GonzĂĄlez IĂ±ĂĄrritu`s Babel.
in Shawnee, Oklahoma, Brad Pitt grew up in Springfield, Missouri, and
attended the University of Missouri at Columbia where he majored in
Journalism. Right before graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to study
graphic design, but instead began to pursue an acting career, studying
with the late Roy London. Soon after, he began securing roles in
television, including the series "Glory Days" and the acclaimed
telefilms "The Image" directed by Peter Werner and "Too Young to Die?"
directed by Robert Markowitz.
It was Mr. Pitt`s role in Ridley Scott`s Academy Award-winning Thelma and Louise that first brought him national attention. He soon went on to star in Robert Redford`s Academy Award-winning A River Runs through It, Dominic Sena`s Kalifornia and Neil Jordan`s Interview With The Vampire. He has also starred in Tom DiCillo`s Johnny Suede, which won the Golden Leopard Award for Best Picture at the 1991 Locarno International Film Festival; Ralph Bakshi`s Cool World, Tony Scott`s True Romance, Barry Levinson`s Sleepers, Alan J. Pakula`s The Devil`s Own, Jean-Jacques Annaud`s Seven Years In Tibet, Martin Brest`s Meet Joe Black, and two previous David Fincher films Seven and Fight Club. More recent films include the massive 2005 hit - Doug Liman`s Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Wolfgang Petersen`s Troy, Patrick Gilmore and Tim Johnson`s animated feature Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, Tony Scott`s Spy Game, Gore Verbinski`s The Mexican, Guy Ritchie`s Snatch, as well as cameo roles in Soderbergh`s Full Frontal and Clooney`s Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.
Pitt`s Plan B Entertainment develops and produces both film and
television projects. Plan B has thus far produced numerous outstanding
films including Martin Scorsese`s The Departed, which won four Academy AwardsÂź, including Best Picture and Best Director, Michael Winterbottom`s A Mighty Heart,
for which Angelina Jolie received Golden Globe, Independent Spirit,
Critics` Choice, and Screen Actors Guild AwardÂź nominations, Robert
Schwentke`s Time Traveller`s Wife, Rebecca Miller`s The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee, and the Oscar-nominated The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford starring Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck, and directed by Andrew Dominik.
one of Hollywood`s most handsome men, the early sex symbol adored by
women around the world has evolved today as not only the ruggedly
handsome, charming man that he is, but also a massive talent as a
notable producer, and powerful, daring actor. Brad Pitt is truly one of
the greats of our time in modern cinema, and what is even more
remarkable, is that he gets better and better.
artist who has evolved greatly not only as an actor but as a human
being, he once stated, "I believe you make your day. You make your
life. So much of it is all perception, and this is the form that I
built for myself. I have to accept it and work within those compounds,
and itÂŽs up to me." An absolute gentleman, and a star worthy of the
title, Brad Pitt is a true class act whose talent has and will continue
to lift up audiences around the world for time to come.
Easily done, I do that a lot.
03/29/2012 5:46 PM
Activist and entrepreneur
I lived through the Bosnian War; I do human rights work; I run a
foundation in Bosnia; I raise money for Haiti and Darfur and other
causes; and so I was on the invitation list and was asked to attend the
premiere. But I had to turn it down. I couldn't go and see this movie.
To me, Bosnia is personal. I was born and raised there. My brother
was killed there. I watched families destroyed by war and violence. I
saw friends die. I survived, but many did not. Everyone loses during a
war. Most learn this lesson by watching movies or reading books. I
learned it first-hand.
For me the pain is still very real. I can't just watch this film,
step out of the movie theater, and resume a normal life. That's not a
luxury I have. War changes people and leaves a mark on the soul.
Angelina's movie tries to capture that change. It tries to show the
blood stains, both visible and invisible. I live with that war every day
of my life, and I've learned to be careful. My scars will never heal,
and over the years I've learned to be nicer to myself.
I know people who consider Schindler's List a great movie
and yet have never seen it. Some subjects are just too close. Some
concentration camp survivors never talk about what happened to them
behind those hellish gates. It's not that they want to hide what
happened; it's just that they bury that piece of themselves to be able
to live with people who never had those experiences. To survive, one has
to learn to set boundaries.
I am very happy that Ms. Jolie's movie shines a spotlight into the
darkness of the Bosnian conflict. We need more of that. I personally
work hard to help rebuild my country, one school, one hospital, one
family, one heart at a time. As a survivor, that's what I can do. Ms.
Jolie is finding herself as a filmmaker and she is an important new
voice expressing the emotional truth behind human rights issues. I hope
her film wins more awards, gets tons of publicity, and finds a large
audience: the more the better. Angelina's hard work in telling this
story of war might ultimately be rewarded with less violence in the real
world. And we all could bear to watch that.
03/29/2012 6:36 PM
03/30/2012 8:03 AM
Woody Allen, after debuting his last two films at the festival, won't.
And as for last year's Palme d'Or winner, the elusive Terrence Malick â who knows?
official Cannes lineup won't be announced until April 19, though the
festival has already revealed that the opening-night attraction will be
Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom."
But speculation runs rampant about which upcoming titles will land
on the Croisette. And that speculation is particularly heated after a
year in which three Cannes debuts â Allen's "Midnight in Paris,"
Malick's "The Tree of Life" and Michel Hazanavicius' "The
Artist" â received Oscar Best Picture nominations, the last of them
taking home the top prize.
The consensus among Cannes-watchers is that Malick's new film, "The
Funeral," will debut at Cannes if the notoriously painstaking director
finishes it in time. Of course, "The Tree of Life" was widely rumored to
be debuting at the festival in 2010, and it ended up missing that
deadline by a full year.
The outlook for "The Funeral," which stars Ben Affleck, Rachel
McAdams, Javier Bardem and Rachel Weisz, also is far from certain.
Allen, meanwhile, has opted to open his new film in Italy in late
April rather than taking it to Cannes, where "You Will Meet a Tall Dark
Stranger" screened and where "Midnight in Paris" served as the
festival's opening-night film last year. (The film will be released in
the U.S. on June 22 by Sony Pictures Classics.)
Amid all the question marks, here are 10 films that could well make
the cut â though Cannes is often unpredictable, as are post-production
As usual for Cannes, the lineup will no doubt be longer on European
auteurs than American movie stars. And Pattinson and Stewart will be on
hand not to promote the next "Twilight" installment, but on behalf of
two smaller films in which they appear separately.
"Cogan's Trade," Andrew Dominick. Brad Pitt (top)
reunited with the director of "The Assassination of Jesse James by the
Coward Robert Ford" for a film (previously titled "Killing Them Softly")
in which the actor investigates a mob heist. Ray Liotta and James
Gandolfini also star in the Weinstein Co. release, which will open in
September, presumably following a festival debut.
03/30/2012 2:17 PM
When George Clooney was arrested earlier this month in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington,
it was more than just a civil disobedience public relations stunt to
raise awareness of human rights violations in Sudan and South Sudan.
For the past year, Clooney has been one of the most vocal backers of a private satellite network â the Satellite Sentinel Project
â to track human rights violations across Sudan in real-time. The
project, which also has the backing of Don Cheadle, Matt Damon and Brad
Pitt among others via the Not on Our Watch organization, offers the prospect of global accountability for genocide and war crimes anywhere in the world.
Based on its initial success, we could be witnessing the beginning of a
new age of high-tech celebrity activism, in which traditional awareness
stunts and fundraisers are replaced with innovative technology.
In this brave new world of celebrity activism, technology has the
potential to bring about regime change and concrete political results.
The data from Clooneyâs satellite network is collected, analyzed and corroborated by the likes of Harvard and Google. Meanwhile, the International Criminal Court, which is deciding the case against individuals such as Sudanese Defense Minister Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein
specifically cited the months of satellite results from Clooneyâs
private satellite network, according to a Dec. 3, 2011 report by Time
Magazineâs Mark Benjamin. The network reportedly has the ability to track troop movements, burned and bombed villages and massive population re-locations.
While celebrity activism is a notably fickle endeavor, itâs clear
that new Web-based tools are leading to radically new types of
initiatives to bring about political change. Look no further than the hyper-viral Kony 2012 campaign, which raised awareness around the world about Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony. What made the campaign so powerful was the ability to message 20 major "culturemakers" (i.e. celebrities) to get the word out
about Kony, via social media. With a simple tweet, these celebrities
were able to recruit thousands of people to the cause and attract the
attention of U.S. legislators. After all, itâs one thing when the United
Nations comments on Kony, but itâs quite another when Oprah or Kim Kardashian messages a veritable army of followers with the plea: âStop Kony!!!â
There is a downside to all of this activism, of course. Writing in the March 26 issue of The New Yorker,
John Colapinto explains in-depth how and why celebrities get into the
philanthropy game. Many celebrities, to nobodyâs surprise, have a
shallow understanding, at best, of what they are supporting or why.
Often, these efforts are merely the fad du jour or an attempt to
rehabilitate a reputation over the short-term. In hindsight, the whole
Kony 2012 campaign was deeply flawed from the beginning â even before the series of bizarre and unfortunate incidents that enveloped the organizers of the campaign.
However, there is something wonderfully romantic in the notion that
the leading men and women of Hollywood are real-life heroes in addition
to playing them on the big screen. Now that social media â especially
Twitter â has empowered celebrities to get their messages out to a truly
global audience, will they be looking for new ways to use technology to
further their philanthropic causes? Clooneyâs satellite network, which
he refers to as the "anti-genocide paparazzi", could be just the beginning of a new era of high-tech celebrity activism. Now that non-profit organizations are acclimating to the idea of using drones to monitor abuses around the world,
itâs possible to envision a future in which celebrities operate their
own private drones and satellite networks to achieve their philanthropic
03/30/2012 6:32 PM
I'm probably the only one who doesn't know because I'm not here regularly.1 - Not that I don't like it, but why a new place (angelinabra6) instead of just going on with the mega?2 - Can I please, PLEASE, have the link for Part 1 of A&B+6? I love looking at previous pictures and reading old news.Thanks a million.Sherra,Point #1. We are no longer being able to post images here (only links to them). Click to read the thread. However, this mega remains open as I update it daily with news/articles/videos etc and links to pics. Thanks to Neleh we have a new forum, where we can post images as before. Point #2. Link to Part 1 of this mega Click
I'm probably the only one who doesn't know because I'm not here regularly.1 - Not that I don't like it, but why a new place (angelinabra6) instead of just going on with the mega?2 - Can I please, PLEASE, have the link for Part 1 of A&B+6? I love looking at previous pictures and reading old news.Thanks a million.
03/31/2012 8:12 PM
04/01/2012 8:43 AM
Come Together or While My Guitar Gently Weeps
âI love the psychedelic phase, but yeah, thatâs really tough for me
to pick. 'Come Togetherâ is [great]. I canât tell you why. Iâm not good
that way. I just know it works for me.â
04/01/2012 8:51 AM
might remember a couple of months ago, when word began spreading around
the building that one of the few remaining superstars in the world, Brad Pitt, was inside Mars 2112, aka the Cavernous Vag Restaurant, located in my very office building.
Perhaps it was the musk of the Eastern European paparazzi lurking
outside, or maybe the humid June air, but I turned into a different sort
of monster that +%*. A bloodthirsty, stalkery monster that I really
did like. And in the end, I didnât even catch a glimpse of Brad and Co.
Now, today, over 2 months later, news arrived in our office that Brad
was in fact back at Mars 2112, with Pax in tow. Myself and a few
officemates went downstairs to see if there was a mass hysteria like the
last time. Strangely, there werenât really that many people outside â a
couple of photographers and tourists, but nowhere near the
Beatles-esque proportions of last time.
This is the time when I give a little explanation telling you that I
am not, in fact, a celebrity stalker. Donât get me wrong â my
CelebdarĂÂ© is on at all times, a curse that I can never shut off. It
was not by coincidence that last week, I was the only person to spot Good Morning Miami actor Mark âJewish Josh Lucasâ Feuerstein at a âswankyâ Times Square bar. But even when the Mark, i.e. âthe best part of In Her Shoesâ, pulled up a stool next to me, did I look at him, much less say anything?
Of course not. Iâm a New Yorker, thatâs how we do. In fact, I did my
best to look at anything BUT him. What interesting sconces! And donât
get me started on that crown moldingâŠ
So when a couple of coworkers insisted that I follow them into Mars
2112 to spot Brad, it was with EXTREME hesitation. Itâs one thing to be
coincidentally eating there alongside Mr. Jolie, itâs another to
actually go inside with the intention of finding him.
After the jump, my encounter with Brad (for real), and a
little guide as to âWhat You Should Be Thinking When Standing Next to
letâs be honest for a second. The real reason why I wasnât supes
gung-ho to go Brad-huntin is Iâm a touch hungover from an impromptu
Sunday night âMartinis at Midnight!â party. Iâm at work wearing
glasses, no makeup, a less than supportive bra, and the type of
utilitarian outfit that might make some wonder if I work 3 jobs, 2 with
the MTA. My hair is styled into what I lovingly refer to as âThe Golda Meirâ. In other words, Iâm not wearing the Vera Wang lavendar bridemaid dress I bought at Loehmannâs for this very occayzh.
My coworkers remained undeterred, and after some mild protesting on
my part, we entered Mars 2112. Rather than sit through the
stomach-churning ride that âre-enactsâ a Mars space landing ($2 a person? Get real) I steered my co-stalkers into the gift shop, where I was pretty sure you could bypass the ride and enter the resty.
But before I could ask the extremely relaxed cashier where the trapdoor for cheap people was, I noticed a very familiar looking porkpie hat.
Resting on the head.
Of Mr. Brad Pitt.
He was right there. Fleshy real person with arms and legs Brad Pitt.
And now, Iâd like to take you through my thoughts while standing in
the same room with Brad Pitt (and an adorable Pax).
âOh look, Pop Rocks! I love these. Iâm going to touch this bag of
Pop Rocks right now because thereâs nothing to worry about. That is
just a man and his son over there. And a security guard. Who will
probably break my legs. So letâs just continue touching this bag of Pop
Rocks. In fact, pick one up and show it to your coworkers. âThey have
Pop Rocks!â my mouth says; âDonât look at the man in the hatâ my eyes
say; âDonât collapseâ go my knees.
Now my legs are walking over here. My hands are going to touch this,
and part of my brain will check the price, while the other part is
making sure to ignore that sweet Dad over there and his child. Why
donât I move a little to the right? There we go.
my, that nice tall handsome man wearing khakis and a trendy buttondown
is passing right by me. Oh look, his body is only inches from mine.
How completely meaningless. HmmâŠ I wonder why he just sort of almost
gave me a dirty look?
Now I am walking to the register and looking for something in my
purse. I wonder why my coworkers are staring at this strangely drop
dead gorgeous DILF who is innocently playing with space toys? And isnât
it strange that my heart is seriously racing, and air is barely going
into my lungs? I must be oddly aroused from these Pop Rocks Iâm
Let me ask the cashier for a shopping bag. This will make it seem
like Iâm thinking about other things, and not the fact that right now,
on planet earth, I am standing in a store with BRAD MOTHERF**KING PITT
AND OH JESUS CHRIST JUST GET OUT OF HERE BEFORE SOMETHING GOES WRONG.â
04/01/2012 10:26 AM
04/01/2012 1:58 PM
Issue with 10 Questions for Angie, full article for subscribers only
Issue dated 04/09/12
04/02/2012 1:31 PM
âIN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEYâ
Blu-ray widescreen and DVD widescreen, 2011, R for war violence, rape, nudity, sex and language
Best extra: Q&A with Angelina Jolie and Bosnian actress Vanesa Glodjo taking questions from the internet.
A BLEAK, OFTEN shockingly realistic film, âIn the Land of Blood and
Honeyâ begins on a date with Ajla, a pretty Bosnian Muslim young woman,
and Danijel, a handsome Serbian young man. The two are obviously
infatuated with each other and are dancing warmly when a bomb strikes
the nightclub. This is the beginning of the Balkan war and, before long,
Ajla has been forced into menial and sexual servitude with scores of
other Bosnian women, as men are being systematically exterminated.
Danijel, an officer and the son of a general, finds Ajla and, for a
while, manages to protect her from rape by keeping her locked in a room.
For a while the two can pretend that their love affair can survive, but
as the horrors of the war play out, that becomes increasingly
impossible and tragic.
Angelina Jolieâs debut as the writer and director of this movie is a
pleasant surprise. While no masterpiece, it is a serious piece of
film-making, often extremely moving and involving, and will leave
viewers with an unmistakably clear message.
This high-definition transfer from Sony looks excellent. Sharp
images, realistic skin tones, appropriate details of life before and
during the war, all ring true. The soundtrack is also perfectly
modulated. The music, both contemporary â90s rock and roll and lyrical
original score, never overpowers dialogue â except where it would in
life, as in the disco or during shooting or bombing. The blasts of
gunfire register appropriately and can knock you out of your seat, which
makes them seem completely authentic.
Extras, all in high-def, include deleted scenes and a brief making-of
documentary. Most worthwhile is the Q&A with Jolie and Glodjo.
Jolie, looking like the glamorous movie star she is, proves herself to
be articulate, bright and even somewhat (and convincingly)
self-deprecating, as she thoughtfully handles questions sent via email.
Glodjo, who lived through the war, discusses the impact and benefit of
recreating it on film: âYou need to confront your horror, your trauma âŠ
Jolie says she initially wrote the script as an exercise, with no
plan to direct. She also admits to having asked the actors (all of whom
were born in Yugoslavia) to collaborate with her and correct her
mistakes and add their memories to the action. Every day, she said,
adjustments were made. The filmâs title, says Jolie, reflects the word
âBalkanâ: Bal means blood; kan means honey,â in Albanian or Turkish. She
describes directing as being âlovely to shine the spotlight on other
actors,â and says her decision to shoot two versions of the film â one
in Serbo-Croatian and one in English â was so that it could reach the
widest possible audience.
â Peggy Earle
04/02/2012 6:15 PM
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