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04/23/2012 11:10 AM
Brad Pitt and his 7-year-old daughter, Zahara, wear wetsuits while vacationing on the Galapagos Islands on Friday (April 20).
The father-daughter duo took a dip in the ocean, while mama Angelina Jolie sat in the sand with twins Knox and Vivienne.
PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Angelina Jolie
Shiloh also played nearby, while older brother Pax went snorkeling.
The Jolie-Pitts enjoyed a weekend vacation on the islands before Angelina traveled to a village in Ecuador as part of a field visit for UNHCR.
04/23/2012 11:21 AM
04/23/2012 1:54 PM
Angelina Jolie is now a true citizen of the world!
During Monday's parliamentary session, government officials of the
Sarajevo Canton chose to bestow the ultimate commendation on the
newly-engaged actress: an honorary citizenship, to thank her for
bringing awareness to the three-year Bosnian war with In the Land of Blood and Honey, the gritty, ultra-realistic film she wrote and directed about the bloody conflict.
A source tells Us Weekly the
government has chosen to recognize Jolie, 36, because of "her
contribution to the preservation of truth about the war in Sarajevo and
in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and her dedication to protection of the
principles of humanity, democracy, tolerance, and solidarity between
people of different ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds."
According to a government spokesman, "Laureates will receive their
honors at the special session of the Sarajevo Canton's parliament, to be
held on May 3."
Though Jolie has yet to respond to the invite, the jetsetting mom of
six is deeply committed to her humanitarian work. This weekend, the
star--who was recently promoted to special envoy of the United Nations
High Commission for Refugees, after serving as a goodwill ambassador for
over a decade--took some time off from celebrating her engagement to Brad Pitt to visit with Colombian refugees in Ecuador.
04/23/2012 2:15 PM
News Stories, 23 April 2012
LAGO AGRIO, Ecuador, April 23 (UNHCR) –
Angelina Jolie, making her third trip to meet Colombian refugees in
Ecuador, has called on the government to keep an open asylum policy and
maintain its tradition of helping vulnerable people in need.
She said that "as the 30th anniversary of the 1984 Cartagena
Declaration nears, it is time to celebrate the resilience of the
displaced people in the region and renew our commitment to laws and
policies that offer them protection, safety and a chance for a dignified
life." The Cartagena Declaration broadened the refugee definition used
in Latin America and offered a new approach to refugee protection and
solutions in the region.
Jolie's call came at the weekend during her first field visit as
Special Envoy of High Commissioner António Guterres. She was in Ecuador
to assess the situation in urban and rural areas for refugees from
Colombia, where almost 50 years of conflict have also left some 4
million people internally displaced.
Ecuador hosts 56,000 refugees and 21,000 asylum-seekers and receives
1,300 new applications for protection each month from people fleeing
neighbouring Colombia's continuing violence. Many live in the remote and
poor northern areas of the country close to the border.
Jolie's two-day visit began on Saturday in Lago Agrio, capital of
Sucumbios province in the north of the country. She visited the oil
town's San Valentin neighbourhood, where she met young Colombian
refugees and Ecuadoreans who were part of a youth group supported by
UNHCR. They told her about their tough lives in an area where the young
are often targets for recruitment by armed groups and traffickers.
"I found these people impressive and was really moved by their
determination to improve their community and take it into their own
hands," Jolie said. She discussed the situation of the youth of the area
with Lago Agrio's Mayor Yofre Poma, who runs a series of school
programmes aimed at instilling a sense of responsibility in young people
and easing the integration of refugees, who comprise 13 per cent of the
"Through these programmes, the mayor is keeping the culture of
tolerance for vulnerable people who have suffered so much violence,"
The Special Envoy also visited on Sunday two remote riverside refugee
communities in the border area north of Lago Agrio. She returned after
two years to the hamlet of Barranca Bermeja on the San Miguel River and
met members of the local women's association, which receives UNHCR
The refugees spoke about the need to improve access, telling Jolie
that under current government regulations they must travel to Lago Agrio
in person to renew their refugee documentation. Ín the absence of a
public bus service and good road, this can cost a month's salary – a huge burden.
Refugees in the border areas received their first official identity
documents in a registration drive between 2008 and 2010. These have
proved critical in regularizing the stay of refugees and helping them
access their rights. But they now face challenges renewing their
documents because the government has cut back on the number and
operations of mobile registration teams.
Jolie also visited the Providencia community of 24 Afro-Colombian
refugee families, some two hours west of Barranca Bermeja by boat. The
settlement was established in 1994 by Colombian refugees, but received
no outside help until 2008, when UNHCR turned up.
"It is extraordinary that these people were on their own for 14
years," the Special Envoy said. Since making contact with UNHCR, the
refugees have been registered and a primary school has been built, but
many challenges remain.
"We really feel the isolation; it is really tough," said Plinio, the
community president, who was also concerned about the requirement to
travel to Lago Agrio to renew refugee documents. Providencia can only be
reached by hiring a boat and it is a two-hour journey from the nearest
Despite the hardships in Providencia, Jolie found the people
inspiring. "There is this amazing teacher who is so devoted to his
students that he has left Lago Agrio to live in this remote place and
teach the refugees, who for the first time have access to education, who
have a future," Jolie said.
The envoy said she was grateful to this teacher and the many other
people who have given assistance to these vulnerable families. "Without
finding safety in Ecuador, they would most likely not be alive," she
said. "Nobody wants to be a refugee, to have to leave their home. Nobody
wants to be living on borrowed land and to have to be begging for a
visa every year and not to be able to know what their life or their
children´s life is going to be, or whether they can access any jobs or
get medical help."
She stressed that it was "very important that UNHCR and the
government come here and give assistance. But it is also important that
we help the local people understand what it is to be a refugee, what
they've come from, what they've survived, what their intentions are. And
their intentions are simply that they want to be safe and to have a
decent life for their family."
Also on Sunday, the Special Envoy met Ecuadorean Foreign Minister
Ricardo Patiño (and senior government officials) to discuss the
protection situation for refugees in Ecuador on behalf of UNHCR. She
urged the Minister to ensure his government maintains Ecuador’s long
history of protecting refugees and that people in need of protection can
access their rights.
She said UNHCR would recognize Ecuador's contribution to refugee
protection in a new awareness campaign entitled, "Gracias Ecuador"
("Thanks Ecuador"). Jolie was appointed as Special Envoy of High
Commissioner António Guterres earlier this month.
By Ariane Rummery in Lago Agrio, Colombia
04/23/2012 4:23 PM
Angelina Jolie's father couldn't be happier that his daughter and Brad Pitt are finally engaged and exclusively tells RadarOnline.com that when she's happy, he's happy.
“Of course I love my daughter deeply and her happiness is my happiness as it is with all parents," Jon Voight
told us Sunday night at the Public Counsel event honoring his friend
and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.
"We love our children and we are happy when they are happy.”
And Jon is thankful that he and Angelina have reconciled so he can watch his six grandchildren grow up.
“I think because parents are with them on a daily basis they may not
see the changes as dramatic as a grandparent does but they live through
every change," Jon said.
“You don’t see them for a little while and then they have different
growth spurts and develop different enthusiasms and you hear them
The proud grandfather couldn't hold back, spilling stories about his grandchildren.
“Just playing with the children you find out about them and what
their interest are. I was playing with one of the twins putting rocks in
a pail and then they put some leaves from the tree into the pail and
said that is for the caterpillars," he recalled.
“And that’s a little baby understanding certain things. And you say what is that mind going to do? That is interesting."
04/23/2012 4:27 PM
04/23/2012 6:34 PM
When Jon Voight, 73, learned that his daughter, 36, is engaged to love of seven years Brad Pitt, he was just as surprised as the rest of the world.
"It was very nice I thought. If they are happy -- if they're going to have a wedding -- it's wonderful," Voight told Us Weekly
at the Public Counsel's 2012 William O. Douglas Dinner in Beverly Hills
Sunday. "Of course, they're the parents of six kids. They've been that
way for a while."
Voight said that neither Jolie nor Pitt, 48, have revealed any
details about their big day. "They haven't given me any insight into
that. I can't really trust what people say," he explained. "The
newspapers and magazines seem to go their own way, and so I have to get
it from Angie."
The Deliverance actor added: "I've seen her recently and we've had a great time, but we haven't talked about that."
Voight told Us that he's astounded by his daughter's
ability to balance being a devoted mother, award-winning actress and
"She's one of those people that can do many things at once and has
many passions," he gushed. "She is a remarkable actress and then she's
lovely with her children. I always get a great deal of joy when I'm with
she and her children. I see the way she takes care of six children at
the same time . . . and it's a lot of fun. She's a lot of fun with
(Pitt and Jolie are parents to Maddox, 10, Pax, 8, Zahara, 7, Shiloh, 5, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 3.)
Academy Award nominee Pitt recently proposed to Jolie with a
tablet-shaped diamond ring, estimated at 16 carats. "Angelina cried and
smiled," a confidant tells the new issue of Us Weekly (out now). "Everyone hugged once she put it on. She went around and showed it to each of the kids."
Jolie and her father were estranged for many years before reconciling
in 2007. "I didn't speak to him until my mother passed away and then I
called him. I was going to write a letter and then I realized that was
cruel . . so I called him on the phone after six years to tell him that
she had passed," Jolie explained on 60 Minutes in 2011.
"We could meet, we could begin to talk, but we would only be able to
do this if we never spoke about the past again. Anything having to do
with my, my childhood, we never discuss."
"We talk as people who have been through things and are now at a time
where we're trying to do the right thing for the other people in the
family," Jolie added.
04/24/2012 7:30 AM
04/24/2012 7:52 AM
Jon Voight couldn't be happier about his daughter's engagement to Brad Pitt, but exclusively tells RadarOnline.com: No more kids!
“I love kids," Jon told RadarOnline.com on Sunday night at the Public Counsel event at the Beverly Hilton, when we asked if Angelina Jolie and Brad will have more kids.
“[But] I don’t think so…six is quite a group you know!”
04/24/2012 7:54 AM
04/24/2012 1:17 PM
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt board a boat with their twins, Knox and Vivienne, on Monday (April 23) in the Galapagos Islands.
The engaged couple – joined by their older children, Maddox, Pax, Zahara, and Shiloh – returned to the islands after Angelina made a field visit to a village in Ecuador on behalf of UNHCR.
“She’s one of those people that can do many things at once and has many passions. She is a remarkable actress and then she’s lovely with her children,” Angie‘s dad, Jon Voight, recently told Us Weekly.
“I always get a great deal of joy when I’m with she and her
children,” he added. “I see the way she takes care of six children at
the same time … and it’s a lot of fun. She’s a lot of fun with them.”
04/24/2012 1:40 PM
Posted on April 24, 2012 9:32AM
by Molly Goodson · 0 Comments
Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie,
and their six kids packed up and boarded a private jet at the end of
their Galapagos Islands getaway yesterday. The family spent about a week
on the vacation, which came right after Brad and Angelina's exciting
announcement that they're going to get married. Angelina removed her engagement ring
to take care of some official UN business in Ecuador over the weekend,
but the stunning diamond sparkler was back in its place as she and Brad
helped their kids off a boat and back onto dry land. Shiloh, Zahara,
Maddox, Pax, and twins Knox and Vivienne all tested out their sea legs
on the trip to the wildlife-filled islands. While in South America, the Jolie-Pitts hit the beach together as well, though Angelina stuck to dry land and let Brad take on the wetsuit and swimming duties.
More pics at link
04/24/2012 1:47 PM
04/24/2012 2:17 PM
By Natasha Burton
Posted: 04/24/2012 1:04 pm Updated: 04/24/2012 1:11 pm
He invited HuffPost Weddings to his Beverly Hills design studio to
learn about where he gets his inspiration, to talk about his
instrumental role in Jolie and Brad Pitt's engagement, and, of course, to see some of his gorgeous baubles up close.
Where do you get your inspiration for your designs?
Almost every collection is an expression of a woman's style, whether
it’s influenced by their regional artistic experience or inspired by
With the American Glamour collection, I was inspired by the ideals
and love stories of this era. It’s an elegant time when we think of
Elizabeth Taylor adorned with opulent gems of bold dimension and rich
colors. Reminiscent even of the feelings and images of Frank Sinatra
playing the Fontainbleau. It’s an era of magic, of elegance, a time of
luxury. Jewels were part of the evening experience, which is captured in
the glamorous red carpet and award ceremonies of today.
What is it like for you, as a jewelry designer, to be part of
couples' engagement stories as such an instrumental part of the
Designing engagement rings is always a privilege. It’s always an honor
to be a part of one of the most romantic experiences of a couple’s life.
It’s truly a blessing.
What was is like to design a ring for Angelina Jolie with Brad Pitt?
I have had a longstanding professional relationship with both Brad and
Angelina. Throughout the years, I’ve had the privilege of working with
them on special gifts along with creating unique jewels for them both on
and off camera.
Brad had a vision and I was honored to be a part of it. Brad's vision
was all about making the perfect ring that compliments her style and
grace. The diamonds were all faceted to fit the design, and I will not
be making another one.
and Brad worked on the ring for a year. What’s the process like when
you're working with a client on a piece of jewelry for his wife or a
special woman in his life?
There are those romantic men in the world who like to plan things.
They will put their hearts and minds into creating something special for
a woman they adore. Sometimes it is for an upcoming occasion but often
it’s for no reason at all, solely a gift of love for a woman. It begins
with an inspirational thought that becomes a search for the perfect
After a unique gem is thoughtfully selected, the person will then
begin the exploration into what they believe the woman in their life
will appreciate and enjoy. They will consider the style, the taste and
even the size that will fit her hand. Many times this process begins
very much in advanced anticipation of bringing surprise, romance and joy
to someone. From this process we create a storyboard for inspiration to
help formulate the designs. After images are chosen and reviewed, a
final design will be selected.
You collaborated with Brad on his engagement ring for Angelina, but you also collaborated with Angelina on your Style of Jolie collection. What is it like working with her?
She is a truly gifted artist and a pleasure to work with; she brings joy
to everyone around her. It is an honor to work with someone who uses
her talents to help the lives of so many. She is an inspiration.
What do you see in terms of trends for engagement rings over the next ten or so years?
Traditionally in the past, engagement rings might follow a trend or
direction. I’m now seeing an aspiration towards uniqueness, a thoughtful
design process, more so than adhering to a trend or style. There seems
to be a consciousness toward creating a one-of-a-kind jewel, both in the
development approach as well as finding the correct quality and value
for a piece. Also, wedding bands are now being designed as a separate
jewel. Although generally matching in style, they tend to now be worn
04/25/2012 8:36 AM
04/25/2012 2:21 PM
Garret Dillahunt, who played the simple Ed Miller in
'Jesse James,' is part of the large ensemble rounded up for "Killing
Them Softly," but he reveals that his part was relatively minor and may
not have survived the editing room. "My role is just a cameo in that
because Andrew was bringing back the whole 'Jesse James' crew," he told The Insider.
"Although the first cut of the film was two and a half hours long, and I
know they had to trim that down to an hour and a half, so I might have
been cut out. I don't know. But it was great to see those guys again."
In actuality, the final cut of the film according to the Cannes Film Festival
where it will premiere, is 1 hour and 40 minutes, so there may be hope
for Dillahunt yet. But was this another case of a movie studio and a
director clashing, or just the usual case of a film being honed and
structured in the editing suite? Our guess (and our hope) is that it's
the latter. Unlike the more contemplative 'Jesse James,' this film is
apparently more of a thriller, focusing on an enforcer investigating a
heist that goes down during a mob-protected game. And we'd wager a more
compact running time probably benefits the material and tone Dominik is
striving for. But it's an interesting tidbit nonetheless.
Starring Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy and Bella Heathcote, "Killing Them Softly" will hit theaters on September 21st.
Good for you, hkamara!
04/25/2012 2:24 PM
Cannes Film Festival has unveiled the jury for the main competition.
Deliberating with jury president Nanni Moretti will be Palestinian
actress and director Hiam Abbass, British director and writer Andrea
Arnold, French actress Emmanuelle Devos, German actress Diane Kruger,
Scottish actor Ewan McGregor, Haitian director, writer and producer
Raoul Peck and US director, writer and producer Alexander Payne. In a
first, there will also be a designer on the panel: French couturier Jean
Abbas was in competition in Radu Mihaileanu’s La Source Des Femmes
in 2011. Arnold has a particular relationship with Cannes having won
the Jury Prize for both of her films which have run in competition, Red Road in 2006 and Fish Tank in 2009. Devos has appeared in Cannes competition films before including 1996′s My Sex Life…Or How I Got Into An Argument, as has Diane Kruger, notably in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. Gaultier’s also no stranger to the film world, having designed costumes for Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro’s The City Of Lost Children, Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element and Pedro Almodόvar’s Bad Education, which opened Cannes in 2004, and the Spanish master’s The Skin I Live In, which was in competition last year. McGregor’s Cannes films include Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting and Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge, which opened the Festival in 2001. Payne’s About Schmidt premiered in competition in Cannes in 2002. Peck’s Cannes credits include The Man By The Shore which was in competition in 1993 and Lumumba which ran in Directors’ Fortnight in 2000. The 65th edition of the fest runs from May 16-May 27.
04/26/2012 7:40 AM
Apr 26 2012
by Mark Dowling, Chester Chronicle
A CHESTER author’s fascinating memoir of espionage, inner Government
dealings and an unlikely romance with a terrorist is to be made into a
Hollywood movie featuring Angelina Jolie and Sir Anthony Hopkins.
John Coventry’s debut book I Was, I Am, I Will Be, published by
BenBella Books, has been an international smash hit, so much so that he
sold the film rights to Paramount Pictures.
The book details John’s time as a spy against terrorists connected
to Ireland and France, before an improbable romance with a well-known
member of the Action Directe terrorist group in France, who he later
discovers is also linked to the notorious Baader Meinhoff gang.
John said: “It’s a true life memoir. I wrote it and to my amazement the publishers in the US took it on.
“It’s a very frank account and I don’t hold anything back.
“I was brought up fairly well and I did a pretty stupid thing in trying to take money from the Government.
“From that, I worked with Customs and Excise and worked to tackle drugs smugglers who were actually a lot more than that.
“This was a story I thought I would never tell. Many of the events
happened so long ago, and many of the memories I wanted to keep buried
“I tried and it was important for me to let the readers know the
honest truth, I was not a good person or led a good life, in fact I have
made some shocking mistakes and hurt a lot of people.”
John said he had help from Canadian writer Patricia Faber in the production of the book, as well as a number of celebrities.
“I was living for a while in Los Angeles and was very friendly with
an actor called Vincent Schiavelli, who starred in Ghost. He knew about
my story and told me that to get over my past, I needed to go somewhere
peaceful and write it all down, thus the memoir was started.
“I had huge help from the Stallones, both Jackie and her son Sly,
(they and Patricia) guided me through the two years of writing this.”
John added he was proud of his Cestrian roots. He said: “I was
brought up here in Chester, which despite now spending most of my time
in London, Paris, New York and Los Angeles, I consider Chester my home
town and the place I love to be and will always remain.
“I live on my own here with my late mother’s 25-year-old Persian
cat, Bobby, who has travelled everywhere with me. Chester and its people
have always been good to me and one day soon I intend to repay it.”
John is now in the process of writing the concluding part to his
two-part memoir, which takes the reader right up to the present day.
Filming on the thriller begins later this year, with the film due out in 2013.
I Was, I Am, I Will Be is available to buy as a hardcover or as a digital download from Amazon and Apple.
Take with a huge pinch of Salt, but I do love the sound of this one!
04/26/2012 12:49 PM
The live-action film explores the origins of the evil
fairy Maleficent and what led her to curse Princess Aurora in Disney’s
animated classic Sleeping Beauty. Leading a team of visionary filmmakers
known for creating and transporting audiences to new and exciting
worlds, Academy Award®-winning production designer Robert Stromberg
(Avatar, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland and Oz The Great and Powerful)
will direct with a script by Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast, The
Lion King, and Alice in Wonderland). Maleficent is produced by Joe Roth
(Disney’s Alice in Wonderland and Oz The Great and Powerful).
04/26/2012 4:06 PM
Alongside movie and TV stars, this year's award nominees include a Super Bowl MVP, a Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model and a former U.S. vice president. Voting begins Thursday at Spike.com.
Here’s a taste of what you’ll be voting for.
Guy of the Year: Brad Pitt vs. Louis C.K.
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