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06/12/2012 6:28 AM
Mon., Jun. 11, 2012 5:40 PM PDT
by Rebecca Macatee
Angelina Jolie's got a lot on her plate, but she always makes time for the causes near and dear to her heart.
The 37-year-old actress, activist and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees special envoy is helping the organization raise awareness for World Refugee Day, which is coming up June 20.
In the PSA, Jolie poignantly points out that there are over 43
million refugees around the world. Of those in need, UNHCR provides
lifesaving assistance to nearly 34 million.
The organization's goal is to share the stories of refugee
families and get the word out so that people across America will extend
their generosity and concern to support them.
Jolie has served as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for more than a decade, and has visited refugees around the world.
For more information on how to helpâincluding an opportunity to take a pledge with Jolieâcheck out worldrefugeeday.us.
06/12/2012 6:54 AM
First up, after rumors of her casting first cropped up this spring, Deadline reports that Cruz has made it official, signing on to star in Ridley Scott's "The Counselor." Penned by Cormac McCarthy, and featuring an insanely stacked cast including Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz and Cruz's husband Javier Bardem,
the story centers on the titular character who tries to make some quick
money through a drug deal, with things going terribly wrong in the
process. No word yet on her role, but by process of elmination, it seems
she's taken the smaller part of Laura, the counselor's fiancĂ©. Size
wise, it's about the equivalent of Kelly McDonald's part in "No Country For Old Men," but it's still pretty crucial.
"Standby Lovers" will shoot first this summer, with "The Counselor" to
follow in the fall. Cruz often does her best work with in her native
tongue (and with Almodovar) so we're super excited to see them back
together for the first time since "Broken Embraces," and provided it stays lean and mean, "The Counselor" has tremendous promise.
06/12/2012 3:36 PM
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06/13/2012 7:39 AM
Collider: Didnât you just sign on to do Twelve Years a Slave?
GARRET DILLAHUNT: Yeah!
What was the appeal of that for you?
DILLAHUNT: Itâs a great cast. Thatâs going to be a whole
other kind of challenge. The language in that is so heightened, in its
way. Even the most uneducated was fairly poetic, in the way they
expressed themselves. My character certainly is that. He goes on and
on about his troubles. But, Iâve long been a fan of Chiwetel Ejiofor. I
think heâs a great actor. Heâs my kind of guy. He does what I aspire
to do. The difference between him in Kinky Boots and this is exactly what weâre supposed to do. Iâm really excited to work with him. My scenes are all with him.
Steve McQueen is such an interesting, thoughtful filmmaker.
DILLAHUNT: Iâm excited to get to know him. Iâve never met
him. It will be fun. I like how heâs kinda messy. I like that. I
think things should be messy.
06/13/2012 1:45 PM
Brad Pitt stops by a Honda Gold Wing motorcycle shop earlier this month in London, England.
The 48-year-old actor posed with staff members during his brief visit in Ruislip, a suburban area centered on an old village.
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Bradâs movie, World War Z, has been running into some production problems, according to THR.
A release date for the flick, based on a Max Brooks
novel about zombies in a postapocalyptic world, has been pushed from
December to June 2013, with reshoots taking place later this fall.
06/13/2012 2:02 PM
Explore a Minefield shows how mine-clearance has allowed families to
return home, land to be used for agriculture, roads to be re-opened, and
children to walk to school safely â in short, communities to thrive. It
also shows viewers minefields that remain in villages which still
Thanks to a grant from Google Earth Outreach, HALO
uses Google Earth Pro in thirteen countries for minefield survey, data
validation and to produce maps for donors, governments, and other NGOs.
Google Earthâs historical imagery allows HALO
to provide time-lapse images that clearly show how landmine removal is
helping war-torn communities rebuild. Explore a Minefield was funded
through a Google Earth Outreach Developer Grant and has contributed to
HALOâs mission, âgetting mines out of the ground, now.â
Landmines and other explosive remnants endanger some of the worldâs
most vulnerable people, injuring and killing thousands every year and
preventing much-needed development. Founded in 1988, The HALO Trust is the worldâs oldest and largest humanitarian landmine clearance organization. HALO has cleared over 414,000 acres of land and removed over 13 million landmines and other explosive remnants of war.
Angelina Jolie first learned about the landmine issue and the work of The HALO
Trust while filming Tomb Raider in Cambodia. She has since been an
advocate of HALOâs work, visiting and supporting mine removal efforts in
a number of war-torn countries including Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and
The tours can be viewed at www.googletour.halousa.org.
06/14/2012 7:59 PM
06/15/2012 8:46 AM
Paul Giamatti has revealed that Twelve Years A Slave will be "grim".
The Rock Of Ages star is the latest addition to Steve McQueen's historical drama, alongside Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
will start down in New Orleans this summer. It'll be interesting. It's a
very grim film, a very big contrast to Rock Of Ages," said the actor.
stars as writer Solomon Northup, a married man from New York who was
tricked and sold into slavery for 12 years in Steve's big-screen
adaptation of Northup's 1853 autobiography
Paul has been cast as Freeman, the man who takes possession of the slaves when they first arrive in New Orleans.
play this real guy called Theophilus Freeman, who was the biggest slave
trader in America at the time. His name was Freeman - how ironic!" Paul
"He did all kinds of things: he trained them to be able to
play music and dance so I have a lot of horrifying scenes. It's pretty
grotesque. Unfortunately, none of the white people come off very well -
it's pretty grim."
The 45-year-old admitted he hasn't seen Steve's
latest film: "I haven't seen Shame, but I saw Hunger and liked it very
much. I'm interested to see Shame."
Martha Marcy May Marlene's Sarah Paulson and Raising Hope's Garret Dillahunt are also rumoured to have parts in the film, which is scheduled for a 2013 release.
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06/15/2012 8:56 AM
The Fight Club star, currently renting a property in the county, popped into
HGB Motorcycles in Ruislip, Greater London.
He posed with the shopâs owner and staff after browsing the bike gadgets and
items from the new Honda Gold Wing range.
Maybe Brad was keen to get out of the pad he and Angelina Jolie are renting â
we revealed theyâve had trouble with blocked drains, with the the pong
getting up neighboursâ noses.
Brad was also eyeing up mini motorbikes for his kids but only left with gloves
and a helmet.
A source said: âHaving been a rider himself for years, Brad knows his stuff.
Heâs interested in getting his and Angelinaâs brood into motorbikes but is
still unsure about actually buying small bikes for them.
Brad also paid a visit to the nearby Daytona Motorcycles, where he
purchased a few more pieces for his bike, as well as an armoured shirt.
A member of staff said: "He was a top bloke. It was just like talking to an ordinary customer."
06/15/2012 1:28 PM
Brad Pitt chats with airport staff before boarding a private plane on Friday (June 15) in Kassel, Germany,
The 48-year-old actor was in town to check out Documenta, an exhibition of modern and contemporary art, which takes place every five years.
Late last month, Brad popped into a motorcycle shop in London where he picked up a crash helmet, a pair of gloves and a back protector.
âWe had a nice chat and he came across as very friendly,â David Connell, manager of HGB Motorcycles, told People. âHe is obviously keen on his bikes and has been riding them since he was young.â
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06/16/2012 3:22 AM
By STEVE HUNTER
Kent Reporter Courts, government reporter
June 15, 2012 Â· 4:24 PM
A Kent teen starring in a London musical doubted his
manager who told him Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie wanted to see him
after the show.
"I didn't really believe him," said Adam Vesperman, who plays the
lead role in "Billy Elliot the Musical" at the Victoria Palace Theatre,
in an email interview.
Vesperman, who turned 14 on June 11, didn't even know the couple and
four of their six children were in the audience for the May 12 matinee.
They simply sat in regular seats.
But sure enough, Vesperman followed his manager David Massey to a
private spot in the theatre where he met the couple and their kids.
"They had just seen my show and I was so excited to have the
opportunity to perform for two incredible actors," Vesperman said. "They
were so nice, normal and real."
Vesperman's accent he developed for the show caught Pitt and Jolie by surprise.
"We chatted for a few minutes and they realized I actually had an
American accent," Vesperman said. "I have a British Geordie accent
throughout the show, so they assumed I was British. They asked where I
was from. I told them Seattle, Washington and they were a bit in shock
The celebrity couple definitely took an interest in Vesperman and his background.
"They asked me about living in London, my education, my family and
training," he said. "I couldnât believe that they were treating me like I
was a star and it felt very good."
Robyn Vesperman talked to her son the day after he met the famous celebrity couple.
"I could tell the excitement still in his voice even after another
half of a day had passed," Robyn Vesperman said in an email. "I am so
happy that Adam perceived them as really nice and normal. People to look
up to that are not above showing their appreciation and respect for the
artistry of others."
06/17/2012 7:31 AM
Cargill: I noticed you didn't mention Angelina Jolie. Did you like that transition?
Thwaites: Very nice.
Cargill: You're now shooting the new "Sleeping Beauty" movie, "Maleficent" with her.
People want to know all this stuff about Angelina Jolie. She's a
massive star in this film and she's such an amazing actress and a great
figure in this industry.
But my experience with
her and all the other stars in the film is quite normal. We rock out and
we rehearse and we talk about the scene and we talk about the
characters. Everyone kind of voices their opinion and talks to the
director and it's just like any other film. There's no stardom. All that
stuff is left at the front door. We're all kind of working together to
create this cool film.
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