Louis Zamperini’s incredible life story is the subject of Angelina Jolie’s upcoming drama 'Unbroken.'
Angelina Jolie tells Entertainment Weekly that she had to really lobby for the directorial gig on Unbroken, which tells the unbelievable true story of World War II POW Louie Zamperini (played in the film by Jack O’Connell). “I had to pitch really hard,” Jolie tells the magazine in this week’s cover story. “Poor Brad — you just couldn’t talk to me,” she says.
Stock up on your Angelina Jolie DVDs now, because she may not be making many more on-screen appearances. The Oscar-winning actress has been concentrating more on her humanitarian efforts and film directing these days, with her second effort behind the camera, Unbroken, set for release on Christmas Day.
Since tying the knot two months ago, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been engaged in their other steamy saga, filming the romantic drama By the Sea in Malta. The film, written and being directed by Jolie, is set in France in the mid-1970s, and both actors are dressed in era-appropriate garb. Jolie, who plays a former dancer, is sporting a crème-colored frock with an avocado-hued scarf, while the mustachioed Pitt has a crisp, white dress shirt on, topped off with a stylish fedora.
The star's forthcoming directorial project, about famed paleontologist Richard Leakey, is caught in a behind-the-scenes battle.
By Debbie Emery WWII Hero and Unbroken inspiration Louis Zamperini has died at age 97, according to a spokesperson for Universal Pictures. A statement released by the studio on Thursday morning included a message from his family, which read: "Having overcome insurmountable odds at every turn in his life, Olympic runner and World War II hero Louis Zamperini has never broken down from a challenge. "He recently faced the greatest challenge of his life with a life-threatening case of pneumonia. His indomitable courage and fighting spirit were never more apparent than in these last days." Angelina Jolie, who directed the 2014 film about his life based on the best-selling book Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, immediately expressed her loss. Universal Pictures, which will release the film adaptation of Zamperini’s incredible story on December 25, 2014, went on to say in a statement: "We are so profoundly sad at this moment and all of our thoughts and prayers are with the Zamperini family. Louis was truly one of a kind.
By Jeff Sneider Helen Mirren and Judi Dench had better watch out, because there’s a new Oscar-winning dame in the British Empire. Queen Elizabeth II has made Angelina Jolie an honorary dame in the annual British Honors, which mark the Queen’s official birthday, TheWrap has learned. The ‘dame’ name is one of Britain’s highest honors, and Jolie was declared worthy of the honorary title for her efforts in raising global awareness about violence against women as the co-founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative. Also read: The Evolution of Angelina Jolie: From a ‘Girl, Interrupted’ to a Disney Villain Reconstructed (Photos) Because Jolie is not a British citizen, she cannot be addressed as “dame,” so don’t expect to see her name changed for the credits of her upcoming feature Unbroken.
“It’s hard to laugh,” Jolie tells Yahoo Movies. Jolie, who said she didn’t need to look beyond the villainess in Disney’s animated classic Sleeping Beauty for inspiration (the onscreen laugh we see in Maleficent is actually a blend of Jolie and Eleanor Audley’s original), explained an exercise she partook in during production that helped her find the perfect bellow. It involved creating a circle of people, each laying on their backs with their heads on someone else’s stomach.
Maleficent opened last weekend with a fierce $69 million from US audiences, on top of another $100 million internationally. And then came the Monday morning analysis, which was split into two schools of thoughts: It shows the power of fairy tale revisionism! Its opening gross trailed just behind those of huge hits Alice in Wonderland ($116 million domestic) and Oz the Great and Powerful ($79 million domestic, and just ahead of Snow White and the Huntsman ($56 million). No, it shows the power of Angelina Jolie! It was her biggest opening gross ever, and proved that her last deflating live-action film, 2010’s weak The Tourist, was just a fluke. As you’ll see in this tale of the tape, Maleficent followed the playbook of the most successful fairy-tale movies, but there’s no way that the movie or the star could have done it without the other.
While the critical reception for Maleficent has been slightly less than a fairy tale, most reviewers agree that Angelina Jolie is wicked good as the titular witch. Says Time’s Richard Corliss, “She is the visual, aural and behavioral embodiment of an otherworldly goddess capable of anything, from poisonous curses to surrogate-mother love.” From the moment the superstar was announced for the role it was decreed perfect casting: Jolie has always exuded a cool, dangerous vibe.
differences between maleficent and sleeping beauty Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent claims to be a deeper look at the story behind Disney’sSleeping Beauty; showing a more sympathetic, nuanced version of the classic tale. But finding complexity is one thing; reinventing entirely new characters is another. While at some pointsMaleficent shows us new sides to the story, at others it takes us to a previously unimaginable Bizarro World version. Where do the stories diverge, and where do they intersect?
Before Angelina Jolie could embody the mistress of mayhem in the fairy-tale retelling Maleficent, she had to look the part — a task that required several elaborate get-ups, from feathery capelets to an array of exotic leathers. Jolie, who’s also an executive producer on the film, spoke to us and other members of the media in the fall of 2012 on set at England’s Pinewood Studios.
At last night’s enormous Maleficent Hollywood premiere, the usual showbiz pageantry was upset when Ukrainian journalist Vitalii Sediuk leaped over a barrier and made contact with Brad Pitt’s face. Pitt stands behind his bodyguards, and you can see Sediuk’s red pant leg and shoe sticking up on the left as the other security guards wrestle him away.
Visually arresting fairy tale fails to offer a satisfying alternate history on 'Sleeping Beauty' Now almost midway through the year, 2014 seems unlikely to produce many more visually arresting, brilliantly designed, stoned-college-kid-friendly pieces of eye candy than Disney's Maleficent. As for its revisionist take on the travails of the iconic Sleeping Beauty villainess, however, it falls far short of something an imaginative fan-fiction scribe, let alone obvious role models John Gardner or Gregory Maguire, might have crafted from the material. Boasting an impressive and impeccably costumed Angelina Jolie in the title role, it ought to prove a solid global moneymaker and merchandise-minter for the Mouse House. Of the four fractured fairy tales produced by Joe Roth (Oz the Great and Powerful, Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and the Huntsman), Maleficent is the one that hews closest to its source material, and it's not always clear whether this helps or hinders.
Angelina Jolie vividly remembers seeing Sleeping Beauty for the first time as a child, and being awed by the horn-hatted villain Maleficent. “It was almost like seeing Marlene Dietrich for the first time,” Jolie said.
The worlds of darkness and light merge to create a brand new Disney fantasyscape in “Maleficent,” a new spin on the classic fairy tale that puts the “Sleeping Beauty” villainess front and center. \"This film gives us the opportunity to find out the history of Maleficent and where she came from,\" says director Robert Stromberg in this behind-the-scenes featurette. \"She enjoys being evil and she revels in it.\" Maleficent is a fairy, though, which means there’s a touch of class and style when it comes to her magic — and her backyard. \"The world of Maleficent is very, very dark but at the same time very elegant and beautiful,\" says Jolie, with new footage revealing her hauntingly gorgeous night-time realm.
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