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King Pitt cradles both his children — Prince Pax, 3, and Princess Zahara, 2 — simultaneously after picking them up from school at the American Embassy compound on Thursday in Prague, Czech Republic.

Said one paparazzo hoping to catch Brad with Angelina Jolie at Cannes: “We’re hoping at some stage the two of them might turn up together. But they do tend to keep apart if they’ve got different films to publicize, so we’ll just have to wait and see.”

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  1. 151
    A Mighty Heart Says:

    ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

    Sharing a story

    A MIGHTY HEART was filmed in Pakistan, India and France during the summer and fall of 2006. Its journey to the screen began three years earlier when Plan B Entertainment acquired the rights to Mariane Pearl’s memoir (co-written with Sarah Crichton).

    “Brad’s interest in the book was inspired by Mariane’s tremendous courage, and the generosity with which she shares her story,” said producer Dede Gardner, Producer at Plan B. “The process with Mariane from the beginning was driven by mutual respect. We were very conscious that a movie without her input and approval wouldn’t be worth making.” Pearl’s feedback was sought on the screenplay and on potential directors. “We sent her films to watch and had many discussions about the qualities that we all felt were crucial to our choice of director,” said Gardner.

    Michael Winterbottom began making documentaries in England in the late 1980′s and moved into dramatic features a few years later. With his 1997 film, Winterbottom began shooting dramatic stories in documentary style. To heighten the sense of reality and truth, he kept his crews lean and unobtrusive, and encouraged his actors to improvise. His preferred subjects, from the political docudrama THE ROAD TO GUANTANAMO to the lighter but still provocative 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE, were well-suited to this approach.

    A Winterbottom fan since WELCOME TO SARAJEVO, Gardner gave the prolific director Mariane Pearl’s book at a London meeting in 2004.

    He was intrigued. “I was in Pakistan in 2001 when Daniel and Mariane were covering the war in Afghanistan,” he said. “We were filming IN THIS WORLD in Peshawar when we heard about Danny’s death. So I had my own experience of Pakistan when I read Mariane’s book, and I was impressed. It seemed very recognizable.”

    By early 2006, he had completed two more films, including THE ROAD TO GUANTANAMO (which also filmed in Pakistan, as well as Afghanistan, Iran, Cuba and Britain). That film convinced Pitt that Winterbottom should direct A MIGHTY HEART.

    “Brad called and we talked about the book and his ideas about how the film should be,” said Winterbottom. “Then I went to Paris to meet Mariane, and finally, in May, Andrew, Mariane, Dede and I went down to Namibia to meet up with Brad and Angie. That was the first time I met Angelina and it was great to see her with Mariane. They were very close and very similar – straight-forward and easy to deal with. Our conversations were practical. We talked about what should and shouldn’t be in the film.”

    Still, she did worry about taking on A MIGHTY HEART. “Mariane has suffered the ugliest side of all that is going on in the world today and came out of it believing we cannot just be angry and blinded by hate, but must continue to have a dialogue,” said Jolie. “If I don’t represent her right, and people don’t see what a beautiful, strong, open-minded, loving woman she is, then I’ve done a disservice and hurt a really great woman.”

    Pearl wasn’t worried. “I am delighted that Angelina Jolie is playing my role in the adaptation of my book,” she said. “I deeply admire her work and what she is committed to. I am also happy that Michael Winterbottom, a versatile and talented director who genuinely loves truth, is working on this project.”

    Winterbottom used Mariane Pearl’s book as his bible in structuring the film. “We started by following her descriptions of events,” said Winterbottom. “Then I tried to meet with everyone who was with her at the time – Asra, Captain, Randall Bennett and his deputy Zahoor, Dost, John Bussey, Steve LeVine, Asif (Danny’s translator and fixer in Islamabad) and Jameel Yusuf of the Citizens Police Liaison Committee (CPLC). Each meeting added extra details to the story.”

    As he cast the film, Winterbottom also asked his actors to meet with the people they would play. For Dan Futterman, that meant the people closest to Daniel Pearl, personally and professionally.

    Futterman was grateful for the access, especially to Mariane. “We met in Los Angeles, where she still brings her son to visit Daniel’s parents,” said Futterman. “In what must have been a painful meeting for her, she was concerned only with making me feel comfortable, and with giving me information about Daniel, his work, family, and their relationship. We spoke and emailed repeatedly after that, and she visited all of us in France in the days before we began shooting there.”

    Futterman found other sources helpful, too. “Asra Nomani was very informative about the Wall Street Journal, Pakistan and the work of journalism in general,” he continued. “Steve LeVine spoke with me extensively about the investigative work he did with Daniel in that part of the world. Daniel’s fixer in Islamabad, Asif, sat with me while we filmed in that city, to talk about working with Daniel. And Daniel’s parents, Ruth and Judea, were encouraging, informative and very generous.”

    Keeping it real

    “I don’t think it would have been possible to make A MIGHTY HEART without filming in Pakistan,” said Winterbottom. “The whole point of making the film would be lost. We want the audience to trust that they are seeing an accurate account of what happened.”

    Pakistan is a challenging environment for filmmakers, as Winterbottom and producer Andrew Eaton learned in 2001 while shooting IN THIS WORLD. “It wasn’t a pleasant time to be there,” said Eaton. “There was a real fear among Pakistan authorities for the safety of Western people working there.”

    Eaton knew the pitfalls as he began the process of obtaining official permissions for A MIGHTY HEART. “Our best ally was Kamal Shah, Secretary of the Interior Ministry,” said the veteran producer. “Shah was head of Sindh (state) police in Karachi when Danny was kidnapped. He understood what the film was trying to do, and felt the portrayal of the collaboration between Pakistan and U.S. authorities ultimately shed a good light on Pakistan.” The Pakistani actors agreed. “When you read the script and the book, you see a very fair representation in terms of the people who were helping,” said Mikail Lotia, who plays Captain’s young computer expert. “I felt it was worth trying to bring that across on screen.”

    Principal photography began with filming in Karachi, Islamabad and Rawalpindi, on the cusp of monsoon season. “We filmed on the streets and in the real locations that Danny went to – the Village Restaurant where he was to meet Imitaz Siddique, the CPLC offices, Cybernet and the Hotel Akbar where he met Bashir,” said Winterbottom. “We stayed at the Sheraton in Karachi (as John Bussey and Steve LeVine did during the search for Daniel Pearl).”

    India would serve as the setting for Asra Nomani’s house, the story’s central location. Danny and Mariane stayed there when they visited Karachi, and later, the team searching for Danny made it their headquarters. The house for the film was found in a community called Sindh Society in the city of Pune, home to many Pakistanis. The production spent five weeks at the Pune house, before moving west to Mumbai for several more weeks of work.

    Like Karachi, Mumbai is a teeming city on the Arabian Sea. Irrfan Khan, the quietly intense Indian actor who plays Captain, was on his home turf there. “He had as many people chasing after him in Mumbai as Angelina did,” said Winterbottom. The company filmed at iconic landmarks including the Gateway of India and Churchgate Station, as well as at local madrassas, a morgue, and a maternity ward. Street scenes ranged from police raids to an ecstatic Ganesh procession.

    Filming in all locations proceeded in typical Winterbottom style: director of photography Marcel Zyskind, who has worked on seven films with Winterbottom, operated a hand-held DV camera. There were no rehearsals, and no master shots or attendant series of close-ups. Most takes ran the full length of a scene, and scenes were shot in sequence. Winterbottom didn’t call “action” or tell anyone where the camera would be. That was decided in the moment, sometimes with Winterbottom gripping the back of Zyskind’s shirt to steer him. Natural light was used whenever possible to allow actors and camera freedom of movement.

    “Michael creates an environment which feels as little like a movie set as possible,” said Futterman. “He’s looking, I think, for those surprising and unscripted moments of authenticity.”

    Winterbottom asked the actors to treat the script’s dialogue as a starting point and improvise as much as possible. “They have spent time with the real characters, so they have heard how they talk. They know details of their personal stories and their points of view on these events,” he said. “We try to shoot the whole scene as it would naturally happen, and we shoot the entire scene on each take to allow a natural rhythm to develop. The scene can then change and evolve with each performance.”

    Improvising within the framework of complicated and sensitive facts kept everyone on their toes. “We’re playing journalists, so we’re always discussing facts,” said Archie Panjabi, the Indian-born British actress who plays Asra, and previously worked with Winterbottom on CODE 46. “Just the number of names and people and aliases and organizations involved in the case made it incredibly challenging – especially when you don’t know what the other actors are going to say.”

    It paid off. “It felt like we were really in these moments together, and shooting the scenes in order made it much more real for us,” said Jolie.

    Jolie’s transformation added another layer of authenticity, and put American actor Gary Wilmes in the right mood on his first day as reporter Steve LeVine. “I hadn’t met Angelina yet, so I walked into Asra’s house for the first time as Steve did in real life,” he recalled. “I had never seen her without the wig, and felt much more that I was with Mariane than with Angelina.”

    Before coming to India, the production visited the south of France for scenes including Danny and Mariane’s wedding, at Chateau de Valmousse in Lambesc. Futterman had already filmed in Pakistan, but the wedding day was Jolie’s first on set.

    “The way Michael shoots, I had no rehearsal,” said Jolie. “I was in my room getting ready and they said, ‘Okay, come down the stairs.’ So that was it. I walked into the wedding and we said our vows. I had looked at Danny’s and Mariane’s wedding footage just before, and it made me terribly sad. It was such a happy moment for her, so beautiful. They loved each other so much, those two, and you can see it in the wedding. It was hard not to cry.”
    The day after the wedding sequence, Jolie was filmed on the street in Marseilles, portraying Mariane after she has left Karachi to await her son’s birth. “She was walking down the street heavily pregnant, in a long gray skirt, carrying two shopping bags,” Walter recalled. “People walked past her, and bumped into her, and nobody recognized her. It was quite amazing.”

    A connected group

    While highly regarded actors filled A MIGHTY HEART’S principal roles from the U.S., England, India and Pakistan, many small roles went to non-actors, mostly from Pakistan. “There’s not a big acting community in Pakistan,” said Wendy Brazington (24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE), Winterbottom’s casting director since 1997. “So if a guy on the street looked right for the part, we grabbed him.”

    Visa hassles aside, Winterbottom was keen on bringing people from Pakistan to India, for the authenticity they contributed, and to expand their horizons. “People like the taxi drivers or Shabir (Asra’s houseman) had never been on a plane before, or outside Pakistan,” he said. “Our real fixer from Islamabad played the fixer Masud, and our fixer from Peshawar on IN THIS WORLD came to India and played an I.S.I. officer.”

    Karachi travel agent Telal Saeed was uniquely qualified to play ‘Kaleem,’ the character based on Jameel Yusuf. Yusuf heads CPLC, formed in 1989 by Karachi industrialists to recover kidnap victims. Saeed knew him socially, and then professionally when his own nephew was kidnapped and held for 91 days. “CPLC has state of the art equipment, computerized for surveillance, especially for monitoring phone calls,” said Saeed. “The FBI was surprised to see their set-up and coordinated with them on the Daniel Pearl case.”

    Saeed’s brother Bilal, a hotelier and father of the kidnapped boy, was cast as interior minister Moinuddin Haider.
    “It was a very connected group,” said Jolie. “I didn’t even know who was a non-actor because it all just felt right.”

    It felt right behind the camera, too, where Winterbottom’s long-standing team worked alongside Indian and Pakistani crew members. “What was really great was that Dede and Plan B, and especially Angie, were so relaxed and friendly, that all these people with completely different experiences just got on with it,” said Winterbottom.

    Jolie understood the potential for risk, and for reward. “We talked about the risks before we started filming, the security concerns and what it would mean politically if we got it wrong. We could anger more people and make it worse,” she said. “But if by some small chance we get it right, maybe we can do a little something towards bringing people back together, or at least looking at each other in another light.”

  2. 152
    Rubbish Says:

    #142 Cash Says
    Is the pungent, rotting odour coming from you trash..er I mean cash ? Take a hide sewagebrain.

  3. 153
    Intense Much? Says:

    142
    Cash Says:
    May 18th, 2007 at 9:28 am – flag comment

    WOW, such intense hatred for someone who has not done anything to you. You have serious issues and you better take care of it before you find yourself jumping off a bridge.

    All the things you wish would happen to Angie, will never happen so be prepared to live a very miserable life.

  4. 154
    cash=troll Says:

    Hey troll, you don’t have to like Angelina. Mariane does, they are friends so take you bitter self back to ff.

    BTW Angelina has been getting Oscar buzz and positive reviews from those that have seen A Mighty Heart.

    life is a b!tch ain’t it. lol

    CINDI LEIVE: So Mariane, you started to tell me the story of how you guys initially met, which to my surprise had absolutely nothing to do with A Mighty Heart.

    MARIANE PEARL: One day a few years ago, I was alone in New York with Adam, still having a rough time [after Danny’s death]. I read an interview with Angie in a magazine, about her and Maddox and her life as a single mom. And I thought, this woman could be my friend…. I’d never experienced anything like that before in my life. It was something in her tone, in the answers that she gave. I felt also that Maddox and Adam [then both about three] could be good friends. So I sent her a note saying, do you want to have a playdate?

  5. 155
    Intense Much? Says:

    142
    Cash Says:
    May 18th, 2007 at 9:28 am – flag comment

    WOW, such intense hatred for someone who has not done anything to you. You have serious issues and you better take care of it before you find yourself jumping off a bridge.

    All the things you wish would happen to Angie, will never happen so be prepare to be very miserable.

  6. 156
    Alexanderina Says:

    144
    oceans 13 Says: May 18th, 2007 at 9:31 am – flag comment

    Thanks for the info on O13. I can’t wait for this movie to come out, really looking for to seeing Danny, Rusty and the rest of the gang

  7. 157
    The real lou Says:

    OK, let’s try to ignore the trolls/critics.I almost feel sorry for them due to the fact they are obsessed with a woman they claim not to like.That would be like me being obsessed with say Britney Spears(shudder)I honestly could not picture life googling that woman daily,searching for negative articles about her,just to go several sites to sprew hate about her!Sad thing is that the trolls/critics do this EVERYDAY!Life is good, put the trolls on IGNORE!

  8. 158
    right... Says:

    OMG we have a lot to discsuss, cause lets face it, this is our lives and without these two we would perish.

  9. 159
    ? Says:

    158
    right… Says:

    why are you here?

  10. 160
    GrassHopper Says:

    121
    Caribbean Jolie-Pitt lover Says:

    May 18th, 2007 at 8:21 am – flag comment
    Nice pic. I dont think I’ve ever seen a pic of Angie in a bikini before. Yet she’s topped “most sexy”, “most beautiful” lists for years. And she did it without tons of silicone too. That says a lot.

    ===============

    Reason you dont see her in bikini’s it because she does not have a body to fill a bikini she makes those lists because of her sexual nature duh!

  11. 161
    KrungKrung Says:

    what’s the big deal if Shiloh was planned or not? past is past, let’s focus on the future shall we?

  12. 162
    right... Says:

    Grasshopper – but not without a nose job.

  13. 163
    May Says:

    I am really good at ignoring NEGATIVE COMMENTS by so called pea sized brain haters. So all of us can try and be like Me. hahaha!!

    Its basically because anything that is Negative gives me HEADACHE.

    I’d rather bask in the glory of Brad, Angie and their 4 beautiful little children than to read hateful comments.

  14. 164
    The real lou Says:

    God, I’m loving the pictures of Brad and his childern!Zahara cracks me up with her facial expressions.I bet she’s a firecracker at home,lol.

  15. 165
    KrungKrung Says:

    was watching the Today show while ago, during the commercial they showed an xclusive Angelina Jolie interview on wednesday on the Today show and Dateline, here they go again saying xclusive but it’s not really xclusive especially if they will only show like 5 or 10 minutes interview clip, i know how it goes am not stupid, they need to change their style cuz it’s getting old, but we’ll see, i might be wrong but i doubt it hehe….btw, where is Angie filming her new movie, is it in Prague? or outside of Prague?

  16. 166
    O.A. ang mga haterz Says:

    Mga sira ang ulo nitong mga haters/naysayers. Bakit ang dilim ng mga ulo nila? On the other hand, it makes you feel sad for them kasi hindi siguro sila nakaka get nang attention sa bahay/buhay nila. Hindi nila ma- appreciate ang mga biyaya naibigay ni Lord sa itong lalaki- Brad, visa-versa 4 Angelina. Kung ano ano ang mga sinasabi na masama nitong mga haters/naysayers sa magandang pamilya na ito kaya ang mundo natin ay talagang sira! Itong mga OGAG ay kulingling talaga to the max. Ang OA OA!

    Pero one thing is for sure, kahit ano pang isulat ng mga ogag including the damn rags, na masasama o yung walang kuwentang katarantadohan/sillyness about this family, MAS HIGIT PA AKONG HAHANGA sa itong dalawa- Brad and Angelina. Sana po ay na intindihan ninyo ang (simple?) tagalog rant ko po.

    I wish these two and the fam the best!

    Haterz can kiss my filipino ****!!

  17. 167
    Anon. Says:

    I think Pax is upset by the paps. Zee is too. They react differently. She looks upset and ready to kick butts, he looks frightened and ready to cry. Very interesting post about paid trolls. Of course, I also think there are some crazy obssessives out here you wouldn’t even have to pay.

  18. 168
    GrassHopper Says:

    154
    cash=troll Says:

    May 18th, 2007 at 9:51 am – flag comment
    Hey troll, you don’t have to like Angelina. Mariane does, they are friends so take you bitter self back to ff.

    BTW Angelina has been getting Oscar buzz and positive reviews from those that have seen A Mighty Heart.

    life is a b!tch ain’t it. lol

    CINDI LEIVE: So Mariane, you started to tell me the story of how you guys initially met, which to my surprise had absolutely nothing to do with A Mighty Heart.

    MARIANE PEARL: One day a few years ago, I was alone in New York with Adam, still having a rough time [after Danny’s death]. I read an interview with Angie in a magazine, about her and Maddox and her life as a single mom. And I thought, this woman could be my friend…. I’d never experienced anything like that before in my life. It was something in her tone, in the answers that she gave. I felt also that Maddox and Adam [then both about three] could be good friends. So I sent her a note saying, do you want to have a playdate?

    +++++++++++++++++

    One play date makes them friends? Being a single parent because the other parent died and being a single parent because you didnt want to wear his blood anymore are two different things. Angelina chose to be single parent, Marina did not. Angelina had money and luxuries in life that Marine did not, what an insult that they lived similar lives. She sent her a letter and what did Angelina reply to it? Or only after she hooked up with Brad and wanted to do her story … now she has this connection. What a joke, chic needs to get some mental help. The book was great, will not see the movie to hear Angelina with that stupid accent.

  19. 169
    Caribbean Jolie-Pitt lover Says:

    Thanks for the pics Sam and you too Jared!:) To Cash…please, I hardly think they give Oscars to just anybody. Bad actresses dont get the opportunity to star opposite big guns like Denzel, Clive Owen, Nic Cage (well former big gun anyways) and Brad Pitt. Mamacita Jolie can act, no doubt. You gotta find some other dead horse to flog, not her acting skills.

  20. 170
    Andrómeda Says:

    If I could be in his arms!!!…Such a sweet man!!
    Good morning everyone…I agree with some of you: let’s ignore the haters and the negative comments.
    Love this family!!!

  21. 171
    Jared's the PROBLEM! Says:

    148
    PEOPLE! Says:
    May 18th, 2007 at 9:41 am

    DO NO RESPOND TO THE HATERS! THIS ONLY WILL RUIN THE THREAD! STOP IT! IGNORE AND MOVE ON!
    ======================================

    Don’t blame the haters, blame JARED! He’s the one allwoing them to post here. All he has to do is IP BAN the haters & then things would be fine here. But he refuses to do that so we should TAKE OUR BUISNESS ELSEWHERE!

    Abandon JJ and post on the FANSITES! Bradfans or SoulieJolie is where we should all be posting. There’s no reason to be here on JJ anymore facing constant harrasment.

    We need to hit “flag comment” on EVERY troll post & write in the comment box that if this TROLL is not deleted we will ABANDON THIS SITE and let Jared know that his site hits will DECREASE significantly & his advistisers will FLEE.

    Put up or shut up time jared. Protect your customers from TROLLS or we are GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. 172
    ntt Says:

    151
    A Mighty Heart Says:

    May 18th, 2007 at 9:44 am – flag comment
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    Thank you for posting the article. It’s a great one.

  23. 173
    Mmmmm Says:

    Good point #160 the future for B&A is a very short time so suck it up while you can. Eventually you ppl will have to get back to your lives … so enjoy another day of Brad picking up the kids from school.

  24. 174
    Go Away Says:

    170
    Jared’s the PROBLEM! Says:

    May 18th, 2007 at 10:28 am – flag comment

    it’s a blog for fcuk’s sake. If you don’t like Jared’s blog go elsewhere. Stop hating on him

  25. 175
    ^____^ Says:

    피트 짱!! 최고로 멋져요 오빠~~~~~~~~!! 캬캭

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