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05/27/2012 7:12 AM
05/29/2012 7:14 AM
A team of UK experts will be trained to deploy at short notice to gather evidence in conflict-hit areas.
It is hoped the scheme will mean more perpetrators of sexual violence can be pursued in international courts.
Rape is often used as a tactic of war against men, women and children in conflicts across the globe.
The team of experts will be selected from professions
including the police, psychologists, doctors, lawyers, and forensic
Apart from gathering evidence, they will mentor international
organisations fighting sexual violence, and help to draft effective
An audience of public figures and human rights campaigners
will witness the launch of the scheme at an event hosted by the Foreign
The actress Angelina Jolie, a special envoy for the United
Nations, is expected to give her support to the launch before a
screening of her new film, In the Land Of Blood and Honey - a love story
set in the 1992-95 Bosnian war.
BBC world affairs correspondent Mike Wooldridge said that
while sexual violence was frequently used as a weapon of war, conviction
rates were still too low.
Countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo will be the project's biggest concern, he said.
Our correspondent says Foreign Secretary William Hague will
also use the launch of the initiative to speak about "horrifying reports
now starting to emerge" of rape in Syria.
In the run-up to the scheme's launch, Mr Hague said: "Sexual
violence is a problem found in every society in the world, and all
countries have to do more to tackle it at home.
"But it is in the context of war and conflict that sexual
violence is found to the most appalling degree, and on a scale most of
us cannot imagine."
In November, Margot Wallstrom, special representative of the
United Nations secretary-general on sexual violence in conflict,
revealed that although up to 50,000 women had been raped during the
Balkans conflict, there had been only 30 convictions.
Around 200,000 women of all ages were raped during the war in Congo, which ended in 2003.
In 2010 alone, 8,000 women and girls were raped due to continuing violence in the country.
The British government said it would use the UK presidency of
the G8 in 2013 to promote a global approach to tackling sexual violence
in war-torn countries and bringing perpetrators to the courts.
05/29/2012 7:15 AM
11:05am UK, Tuesday May 29, 2012
Tom Parmenter, Sky News reporter
The actress will attend an advance screening of her latest film at
the Foreign Office in London, where she will help launch the new
The film, In The Land Of Blood And Honey, is a love story set against
the backdrop of the Bosnia war and is said to depict brutal attacks on
Muslim and Croat women.
For generations rape has been used as a weapon of war but often goes unreported and unpunished.
Throughout the Bosnian conflict in the 1990s an estimated 50,000
women, men and children were sexually abused, but only a handful of
people were ever prosecuted.
Sexual atrocities have been carried out all over the world but have
been particularly widespread in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the
Darfur region of Sudan and Rwanda.
Foreign Secretary William Hague, who will join Ms Jolie at the
screening, said: "Sexual violence is a problem found in every society in
the world, and all countries have to do more to tackle it at home.
"We have to ensure equal rights for women at every level of society, and to protect the vulnerable, most of all our children.
"But it is in the context of war and conflict that sexual violence is
found to the most appalling degree, and on a scale most of us cannot
He added: "Sexual violence is an issue which is central to conflict prevention and to peace building worldwide.
"Where there is no justice, the seeds of future conflict are sown, and development is held back."
The new UK-led taskforce will assemble a pool of experts in policing, medicine, psychology and international law.
Members will then be dispatched to conflict zones where it is believed sexual crimes have taken place.
They will also support UN teams and local charities where appropriate. The UK initiative will be set up by the end of the year.
05/29/2012 3:34 PM
LaraD wrote:Brad is in Cannes, but we can no longer post images on this thread.All pics/videos from Cannes are posted here http://angelinabra6.yuku....-Press-Conference-May-22Main page of new forum - http://angelinabra6.yuku.com/directoryAll are welcome!
05/30/2012 3:19 PM
rosou wrote:LaraD wrote:Brad is in Cannes, but we can no longer post images on this thread.All pics/videos from Cannes are posted here http://angelinabra6.yuku....-Press-Conference-May-22Main page of new forum - http://angelinabra6.yuku.com/directoryAll are welcome!
Well, I'm not sure if I am welcome, though... Tried to get on the forum, but it seems that I must wait to see if I'll be aproved...It used to be so much easier and funnier visiting the Jolie-Pitts forums, here! I haven't been here for a long time and everything is soooo diferent. Best wishes.
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06/01/2012 7:34 AM
Variety reports that
Cumberbatch will be playing a plantation owner who buys Northup, but is
eventually won over by his engineering skills. McQueen co-wrote the
screenplay for Twelve Years a Slave along with John Ridley (Red Tails), itself an adaptation of Northup’s 1853 autobiography by the same name. The picture also stars Taran Killam, Scoot McNairy, Ruth Negga and Paul Dano. Here’s a description from the Northup novel (via Amazon):
Twelve Years a Slave (Originally published in 1853 with
the sub-title: “Narrative of Solomon Northup, a citizen of New-York,
kidnapped in Washington city in 1841, and rescued in 1853, from a
cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisiana”) is the written work
of Solomon Northup; a man who was born free, but was bound into
slavery later in life. Northup’s account describes the daily life of
slaves in Bayou Beof, their diet, the relationship between the master
and slave, the means that slave catchers used to recapture them and the
ugly realities that slaves suffered.
06/01/2012 7:36 AM
BRAD Pitt and Angelina Jolie have sent a special Jubilee message to The Queen.
Brad, 48, and Angelina, 36, have been enjoying the build-up from their pad in Richmond, south London.
Locals said they loved the way Brits had thrown their weight behind the event.
source said: “They have sent her a really cool message of support,
urging her to continue her work and celebrate with courage and
06/01/2012 7:39 AM
Steve McQueen is directing the pic starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt.
on Solomon Northrup's 1853 nonfiction tome, New Regency pic stars
Ejiofor as the author, a free man kidnapped and sold into slavery.
Cumberbatch will play a plantation owner who buys Ejiofor's character
and is won over by his engineering skills.
McQueen co-wrote the script with John Ridley ("Red Tails"). Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner will produce for Plan B.
Production will start at the end of June, and CAA is arranging financing for the pic in addition to repping its U.S. rights.
repped by UTA and Conway Van Gelder Grant, has broken out recently in
film with strong roles in Paramount's "Star Trek 2," Peter Jackson's
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and HBO's "Parades End."
06/01/2012 7:42 AM
Cumberbatch has joined the solid cast of Michael Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Paul Dano, Adepero Oduye, Scoot McNairy, Ruth Negga and Taran Killam in "Twelve Years A Slave."
The based on a true story tale follows Solomon Northrup, a freed slave
in the 1800s who is tricked and sold back into slavery. Cumberbatch will
play a plantation owner who buys him and becomes impressed with
Northrup's engineering skills.
Production on the film begins at the end of June and we'll toss out the
suggestion that a premiere at Cannes next year wouldn't be entirely out
of the question. It would be a homecoming for McQueen who won the
Camera d'Or there in 2008 for "Hunger" and a great
place to unveil what looks to be yet another fascinating dramatic work
from the helmer. Needless to say, we can't wait. [Variety]
06/01/2012 9:13 AM
But she could be getting another treatment if Brad Pitt and Andrew Dominik have anything to say about it.The
A-list actor has come aboard to produce the filmmaker’s long-gestating
drama about the blond bombshell. "We're going to get this one done,"
Pitt told 24 Frames in a joint interview with Dominik.Pitt said
it's unclear whether he would take a role in the movie as well
(suggestions welcome on who he should play) or simply produce. Pitt's
been on a bit of a producing hot streak lately: His company, Plan B, was
behind two best picture nominees in 2012 ("The Tree of Life" and
"Moneyball").Pitt and Domink collaborated on "The Assassination
of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" and the upcoming hit-man movie
"Killing Them Softly." "Blonde" would mark a shift from those
hard-boiled genres; it would look at an imagined inner life of the
iconic actress, an inner life first imagined by Joyce Carol Oates, who
wrote an acclaimed 2000 novel on which the film would be based.Oates'
"Blonde," which also got the TV mini-series treatment a decade ago, has
been in feature development since at least 2009, when Dominik began
writing a script based on the book. Soon after, the foreign-sales
company Wild Bunch began peddling the project.
But it's back on the front burner thanks to Pitt's interest and to
some new financing possibilities. Dominik wouldn't comment on the
specific progress of the project, but said that shooting it in January
or February of 2013 was not out of the realm of possibility. When
it was first incarnated with Wild Bunch, Naomi Watts was slated to play
the lead part of Marilyn. But that was a long time ago, and it's likely
that the filmmakers would go in a different direction.
It should be noted that "My Week With Marilyn" was hardly a
blockbuster performer: It grossed $14 million and garnered mediocre
reviews. But that film covered only a small slice of the actress' life.
And, in any event, expect a different kind of film from the
Australia-based Dominik, who departed from convention with both “Jesse
James" (a non-Western Western) and "Killing Them Softly” (which turns
the hit-man movie into a meditation on capitalism). Meanwhile, interest
in Monroe continues to grow with the 50th anniversary of her death
approaching on Aug. 5.Since coming on the scene with his cult
hit “Chopper” in 2000, Dominik hasn't exactly worked at a feverish pace.
He took seven years to make "Jesse James" and five for "Killing." "He's
got a terrible habit for writing things on spec," Pitt said with a
good-natured smile, implying that the rights issues on "Blonde" may have
bogged it down too. (Dominik wrote his first draft on spec, that is,
without locking down rights.)
But Pitt's brand of surfer-boy intellectual and Dominik's auteur
intensity clearly combine for a kind of chemistry, with both of their
collaborations yielding solid reviews. Pitt said that "I think 'Jesse'
is going to be the film I'm most proud of when I'm done with this
[acting] thing."Frustrated by the meager box-office for "James,"
Dominik hopes that "Killing," which hits theaters in September as a
Weinstein Co. release, rekindles the industry's interest in the pair's
work. "I wanted to make a $15-million movie. I wanted to make a
movie that was cheap and could make its money back, because I'd like to
keep working with Brad and I'd like us to have more expensive playdates
than the last one," he said. "I would like to make someone some money."Generally,
he said, he struggles with the balance between passion and pragmatism,
which he said may be why he's made just two movies since "Chopper."
"I'd like to make movie, man,” he said. “But I don't want to just make movies. I want to make the movies I want to make."
06/01/2012 12:23 PM
In May 2010, we reported about two Marilyn Monroe movies headed into pre-production: Simon Curtis‘ My Week with Marilyn and Andrew Dominik‘s Blonde. Dominik’s film was set to begin shooting in January 2011 with Naomi Watts attached to play the blonde bombshell. However, Dominik’s project stalled, and My Week with Marilyn
ended up making it way to theaters first with two Oscar nominations to
show for it (Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor). Usually, if two
similar projects don’t begin filming around the same time, then the one
that didn’t get the green light fades away and the director moves on to
something else. That seemed to be the case with Blonde since Dominik decided to go forward with an adaptation of the crime novel Cogan’s Trade, which reunited him with his Assassination of Jesse James star Brad Pitt. The film, entitled Killing Them Softly, recently premiered at Cannes where it received positive reviews.
But it looks like Mr. Dominik hasn’t given up on Blonde, and now Pitt has come aboard to produce. Hit the jump for more. Killing Them Softly is due out in the U.S. on September 21st.
According to 24 Frames, Pitt’s Plan B production company will produce Blonde, which looks at “an imagined inner life of the iconic actress” based on the 2000 novel by Joyce Carol Oates. The book was originally adapted into a TV mini-series in 2001 starring Poppy Montgomery
as Monroe. Dominik began writing his spec script in 2009, but he
hadn’t secured the rights, which is probably why his film was bogged
down while My Week with Marilyn rolled right along. However, Dominik now says that Blonde could finally go in front of cameras in January or February 2013.
While Pitt says “We’re going to get this one done,” he’s currently
not attached to star, although that would definitely go a long way in
getting the film done. Watts probably won’t return because “it’s likely
that the filmmakers would go in a different direction.”
Monroe was born 86 years ago today, and with the 50th anniversary of
her death approaching (August 5, 1962), the Marilyn marketplace is
becoming more and more crowded. In addition to Curtis’ film, the TV
series Smash used the actress as the basis for a musical, and she might be resurrected in creepy hologram form. Hopefully, Dominik’s movie will be a tad more tasteful.
06/01/2012 12:25 PM
In addition to building homes, the Make it Right Foundation has
encouraged the community to establish community gardens, plant native
plant species, dig rainwater collection
depressions and green their roofs. All of these interventions will both
improve the Lower 9th Ward’s aesthetic but also help to manage storm
water runoff. Although uncomfortable with “his role as voyeur,” Ewing
says that “the world probably needs more projects like this.”
+ Make it Right Foundation
images from James Ewing Photography and the OTTO Archive
Via Arch Daily
06/01/2012 12:26 PM
Violent conflict spreads to your area. You and your children prepare
to flee your home on foot. You have 3 minutes to decide what to bring.
Do you … (A) Grab your passport, identity papers and money? [You are robbed within 24 hours. Now you have no money and no documents.] (B) Gather clothes for the children, a blanket and an umbrella? [The clothes and blanket are heavy, so you leave them along the way. The umbrella keeps your children dry, but then it breaks.] (C) Pack a cooking pot and spoon, dried beans, matches and a shawl? [The
shawl gives shelter from the sun and keeps your children warm at
night. But without money, you soon run out of food and your children go
For many refugees the choice is between the horrific or something
worse. No one chooses to become a refugee. UNHCR helps those who are
forced to flee to find safety, regain hope and rebuild their lives. 1
family torn apart by war is too many.
Help UNHCR help refugees – because you do have a choice
For more information or to tell us about your World Refugee Day event please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
06/01/2012 12:36 PM
Tue, 22 May 2012 02:16 GMT
By Alister Bull
JOPLIN, MO., May 21 (Reuters) -
President Barack Obama on Monday praised the community spirit that
helped a small town overcome devastating loss as he marked the
anniversary of the most deadly U.S. tornado in six decades.
the kindness of strangers shown Joplin, Missouri, after the tornado
killed 161 people a few hours after Joplin High School seniors had
attended their graduation ceremony, Obama said the outpouring of help
was a source of national inspiration.
"Just as you have learned
the goodness of people, so have you learned the power of community," he
told Joplin High School's graduating class of 2012. "We can define our
own lives not by what happens to us but by how we respond."
in rural Missouri after hosting back-to-back summits of NATO in Chicago
and the Group of Eight at Camp David in Maryland, a broadly smiling
Obama greeted graduating students, and then reminded them of two
classmates killed by the tornado.
"It took Will Norton, who had
just left this auditorium with a diploma in his hand. It took Lantz
Hare, who should've received his diploma next year," said Obama, who
visited a few days after the tornado hit and returned to hail the town's
Joplin is still rebuilding from the tornado that was
up to three-quarters of a mile (1.2 km) wide and stayed on the ground
for 32 minutes and 13 miles (21 km). The old school has been demolished
and students took classes in a shopping mall.
including from movie stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, a Missouri
native, came from across the country and around the world.
"Some of life's strongest bonds are the ones we forge when everything around us seems broken," said Obama.
He made no mention of the upcoming Nov. 6 election, even though Missouri is a state he needs to win to keep the White House.
the president's words echoed the hopeful, unifying theme of his 2008
victory that some critics say has been missing in this year's already
"You will meet people who try to build
themselves up by tearing others down," Obama said. "But you are from
Joplin. So you will remember, you will know, just how many people there
are who see life differently; those who are guided by kindness and
generosity and quiet service." (Editing by Mohammad Zargham)
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