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Angelina Jolie is a Bouquet of Beauty

Angelina Jolie is a Bouquet of Beauty

Angelina Jolie makes a a picture perfect bunch with a bouquet of roses in the new St. John clothing ad, which will be featured in the August 2007 issue of Vanity Fair. Could a Stepford wife look any sexier??

And no, Angie hasn’t been laying low. Just yesterday, she was spotted leaving Prague, Czech Republic where she’s been shooting her action thriller Wanted.

The mother-of-four boarded the private jet carrying baby Shiloh, 13 months. Brad, in a new newsboy cap, carried Zahara, 2. The family’s chief bodyguard, Mickey Brett, carried 3-year-old Pax on board. And Maddox, 5, dressed in a gray t-shirt and khaki pants, boarded the plane all by his grown-up self!

What’s next for the Jolie-Pitts? Angie has said, “I’m in Prague for a few months, then I take two months off, then I work for two months.” Let’s hope they go out for some family-bonding time during their time off!

Check out more pictures here. One of the boxes transported onto the Jolie-Pitt‘s private jet reads “Dad’s bags for bikes don’t open needs to go on the jet.”

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  • brad

    Marcheline Bertrand’s _ memorial by her brother, sister, cousins, ex-partners, goddaughter and close friends.

    Since Jolie did not allow them to be at her memorial service they had to find another way.

    The shocking is that her partner (Billy Day) for more than a decade and stepfather to Jolie when she was a baby wrote this:

    Saturday, February 3, 2007
    She Was The Wine! – Bill Day

    Marcheline was a benevolent force in many lives, including my own. To see her end up such a tragic figure is unaccetable. For some of us, the long winter freeze is over and the big thaw has begun. Let us all take this opportunity to know the best course forward is to avoid the path of unforgiveness lest we tempt the same fate.

    I held my own memorial down by the ocean. I blew a kiss out to sea and said, “Ciao, Bella.” On my way home, a smile suddenly came to my face. I thought about all those poor little wankers out there pining for Angie.Too bad they didn’t know Marche like I did. She was the wine!

    Bill Day – Los Angeles

    Bill Day was Jolie’s step dad for 12 years.

  • africa

    http://valleygirlintelligentsia.vox.com/library/post/a-mighty-hypocrite-angelina-jolie-bans-the-press-from-the-premiere-of-her-movie-about-free-press.html

    Her grandiose self-importance was already enough to make scream wildly at the TV :”Just shut up! You were in HACKERS! No one cares!! Shut up!!”
    But now she has gone too far.
    Angelina “My-swollen-bleeding-heart-is-encrusted- with-fuel-efficient-gems-given-
    to-me-by-the-child-soldiers-of-sierra-leone ” Jolie BANNED Fox News from her premiere for “A Mighty Heart”.

    Thoughts:

    1. FREEDOM OF THE PRESS, IS LIKE, UH, KINDA OF BIG DEAL. I know that you’ve been spending so much time in the Third World collecting all your accessories adopting kids that you’ve gotten used to societies where the infant mortality rate is like 56 times what ours is and that honest critical journalism results in some one being thrown into a pit. BUT here in AMERICA, we do things a bit differently.

    2. Fox News sucks. We all know it, they’re looney. BUT just because they stand on the other side of the political spectrum doesn’t give any one the right to stifle what they say. Don’t shut them out because they don’t “just adore Nancy Pelosi!” like you do, Angie. (By the way this goes for all the Democratic Candidates who “refused” to debate on Fox News. Heaven forbid that conservatives be exposed to your golden rays of truth! Better to keep them in the dark!)

    3. Uh, you are a celebrity. That’s it. You would not make any money with out the press and paparazzi. Studios don’t pay based on talent, they pay based on popular appeal (please see Scarlet Johansen). Therefore you wouldn’t be able to afford the jet fuel for your private plane that shuttles you around without the press, but you don’t get to pick and choose about when you want to be covered by them or not. Its not part of the deal. F****** buck up, count your money, and deal with it.

    4. This premiere was in New York for a REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS fund raiser. For those reporters that were “allowed” to be there, all had to sign a contract before entering , limiting what they could ask her. The contract stated that they “not ask Ms Jolie any questions regarding her personal relationships and that if the journalists dared to venture into this forbidden territory, they faced the risk of the actress terminating the interview.

    5. Wow, what a total c***.

    HAT TIP: The super awesome picture is from galleryoftheabsurd.com. Its an incredible site filled with hilarious/ironic/absurd/scathing celebrity “fan art” check it out! here are some of my favs: Li-lo and Brangelina

    UPDATE: Jolie’s damage control gnomes said that Fox was “overlooked” on the guest list, not banned. Fox doesn’t buy it. Additionally, the rest of the press is pissed off as well.

  • Gupta
  • africa

    A ‘Mighty’ b.o. disappointment: Bad Oscar omen for Angie?
    Memo to Angelina Jolie: Oooops, don’t book that babysitter yet for Oscar night! There may be — uh-oh — a slight complication. Despite getting Oscar-worthy reviews for her latest role, “A Mighty Heart” proved to be the opposite of mighty in ticket sales this past weekend, reaping only $4 million ka-ching for 1,355 venues.

    Oscar voters, of course, like their movies to be successful. However, “the docudrama marks another box office disappointment for lead Angelina Jolie, who has never carried a popular picture on her own,” writes Brandon Gray at BoxOfficeMojo.com. “Her only hits have been action fare like ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith’ and ‘Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.’”

    Highbrow filmgoers haven’t been supporting Angie since 1999 when she won that supporting Oscar for “Girl, Interrupted.” She’s acquired too much baggage — that creepy, blood-vials thang with Billy Bob Thornton, then swiping Prince Charming from America’s Sweetheart Jen Aniston next. As a result, Angie’s got one of the highest negative Q scores among all Hollywood stars. Sure, she seems so different nowadays, all classy and regal even while saving the Third World one adopted child at a time, but, face it, her life up in those tabloid headlines inevitably impacts how her work up on that silver screen is received.

    But, wait, there’s hope. Obviously, late June is usually an unwise time to release a heavy drama like this. Maybe Paramount Vantage execs aren’t crazy? Could they be secretly Oscar sandbagging?

    CLICK HERE to Continue Reading!

    Kudos campaigning is different nowadays, as “Crash” and “Little Miss Sunshine” proved. If contenders get out to theaters early, they can campaign closer to Oscar time using just regular DVDs. Average cost of each disc to manufacture and send directly to one voter: $5. However, watermarked DVDs cost $10 each to make — plus there’s the cost of shipping, which can be expensive because each disc must be coded according to addressee.

    Paramount Vantage just proved with “Babel” that it knows how to campaign for Oscars. Maybe it decided to roll out early with “Mighty” because it’s got another contender to be released late this year: “There Will Be Blood,” Paul Thomas Anderson’s drama starring Daniel Day-Lewis as a turn-of-the-century Texas oil prospector.

    http://goldderby.latimes.com/awards_goldderby/2007/06/a-mighty-bo-dis.html

  • Authentic review 2

    The Wall Street Journal

    Of the two powerful presences in “A Mighty Heart,” only one gets star billing: Angelina Jolie gives a fierce and astute performance as Mariane Pearl, the wife of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was abducted and murdered by al Qaeda operatives in Karachi five years ago. The other presence is the city itself — vast, throbbing with life, teeming with misery and, as depicted here, all but unfathomable to Westerners seeking to penetrate its secrets. This is a smart and serious film, however much it may also function as a star vehicle. The director, Michael Winterbottom, working from a script by John Orloff, has turned Mariane Pearl’s memoir into a relentlessly intense drama about the search for her husband, as well as her search for meaning in his death. And the immediacy of the setting, heightened by documentary techniques, makes this a chastening film, a portrait of the explosive new world in which we live.

    In her own portraiture, Ms. Jolie mixes tenderness with implacable toughness. She plays Mariane, a journalist herself and six months pregnant at the time, as a wife who loves her husband passionately, but a woman with no time or inclination for the niceties of behavior once it’s clear he has been taken prisoner. At that point she becomes an obsessive organizer of the search, and a compulsive scourge of anyone who threatens to stand in her way. (One fatuous Pakistani functionary insists that the abduction is an Indian plot.) Given Angelina Jolie’s celebrity, the obvious danger in such a take-no-prisoners style of acting was imposing herself on the real-life story, but that hasn’t happened. To the contrary, the actress enters the character and stays there, even during her feral cries in the film’s most harrowing scene.

    Dan Futterman (right) as Daniel Pearl and Angelina Jolie (left) as his wife, Mariane, in ‘A Mighty Heart.’
    Daniel Pearl is played by Dan Futterman (who, oddly in this context, may be best known as the Oscar-nominated screen writer of “Capote”). The reporter is seen fleetingly, at first, as he arrives in Karachi from Islamabad, then goes to his fateful meeting with a supposedly legitimate source for a story he was doing on the shoe bomber Richard Reid. I didn’t know Danny, so all I can say about Mr. Futterman’s performance is that it, and his physical resemblance to his character, seem persuasive. But Danny’s character seems persuasive too — not a hero of the war on terror, as some have sought to cast him, and certainly not the incautious naïf that others have thought him to be, but a first-rate reporter of maturity, reflexive decency, insatiable curiosity, reasonable prudence and unreasonable dedication to finding the truth of whatever story he might have been working on.

    Against most Hollywood odds, Danny Pearl’s tragically truncated life story has fallen into good hands, thanks to the film’s producers (first among them Brad Pitt) and to the filmmaker they entrusted with the production. For much of the past decade Michael Winterbottom, who was born in England, has been refining his agile style in such extraordinary films as “Welcome to Sarajevo” and “In This World,” and in last year’s “The Road to Guantanamo.” It’s a style that integrates drama and documentary footage, mixes professional with non-professional actors and yields a sense of place that’s as vivid as anything seen on TV news.

    On one occasion the stylist stumbled. “The Road to Guantanamo” was long on immediacy but short on factuality. And one aspect of the technique here amounts to tacit editorial comment. Through the use of oppressive close-ups, quick cuts, film-noir peeks into labyrinthine neighborhoods and long lenses that compress the confusion of Karachi’s streets into pandemonium, the director and his Danish-born cameraman, Marcel Zyskind, have made the city seem endlessly menacing. What would the same locales have looked like if they’d been shot by a Third World filmmaker?

    Yet the film’s point of view is inevitably that of an outsider, which Danny Pearl was, and menace is the essence of this shattering story, which has been told with skill and urgent conviction. “A Mighty Heart” makes the terms of the terrorist threat palpable.

    ‘Evan Almighty’

    When God commands a modern-day Noah to build an ark in “Evan Almighty,” he gives him a book called “Ark Building for Dummies.” This is movie-making by and for dummies, a sappy little bible story, blissed out on its own ineptitude, that’s full of birds (plus their doo), that looks like “The Birds” when it isn’t aping “Dr. Dolittle,” and that is definitely, though far from incidentally, for the birds.

    Steve Carell in “Evan Almighty’
    The Evan of the title is Evan Baxter, last seen in the 2003 Jim Carrey comedy “Bruce Almighty.” Evan, played by Steve Carell, was Bruce’s rival, the self-satisfied TV newscaster who suddenly began to spout gibberish on the air. (More gibberish, that is, than TV newscasters usually spout.) Mr. Carell plays Evan again, but this time, in Jim Carrey’s absence, his character has graduated from bit player to hero, and from newscaster to a freshman congressman who got elected with the hollow campaign slogan Change the World. (Which is, admittedly, no more hollow than the gibberish that political candidates usually spout.) God is played, once again, by Morgan Freeman, whose suave charm can sell all sorts of silliness, but not the amiable imbecility peddled by this film.

    None of it makes much sense. God’s commandment kicks in after Evan proves himself a poor steward of the environment — he drives a Hummer and lends his name to a bill that will destroy the national parks. But why would that make him a candidate for ark captain? And why do people think he’s crazy, since hordes of animals, as well as birds, follow him wherever he goes? Though these are troubling questions, their significance pales in comparison to the idiocy of Evan’s itinerary. His vessel travels only from suburban Virginia to Capitol Hill, on a flood tide that’s mostly inside the Beltway. Still, that’s far enough to be certified as a ride. Look for an ark sometime soon at a theme park near you.

    *

  • Besane

    Bill Day? Cashing in on his 0.5 seconds of fame on the expense of the dead? How pathetic.

  • maria

    Oh please, know you patetic people are going to bring here the tabloid trash? Keep the trash to yourselfs and enjoy it. You guys are sick!

  • A Mighty Heart review

    FoxNews review

    Jolie Film About Daniel Pearl Filmmaking of Highest Order
    “A Mighty Heart,” Angelina Jolie’s film about the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, had its first screening Monday morning at the Cannes Film Festival.

    Simply put, the Michael Winterbottom film is an exceptional piece of work, deeply affecting and filmmaking of the highest order.
    In purely Hollywood terms, the film is a certain Oscar nominee. Everyone involved in “A Mighty Heart” – from Winterbottom to Jolie as Pearl’s widow, Mariane, to Dan Futterman as Daniel Pearl – can be proud of a job very well done.

    Based on the book by Mariane Pearl, the film follows the pregnant Mariane as searches for her husband following his disappearance in Karachi, Pakistan, in 2002. At the time, Daniel Pearl was writing a story about shoe bomber Richard Reid.

    Winterbottom’s cinema verité-style only adds to the immediacy of the Pearl tragedy. This director has done a remarkable job.

  • WOW!!!

    33 Reposting

    1998 Gussie

    The whole interview:

    American cinema’s most beautiful mug returns to the screen with his band of seductive crooks, in Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean Thirteen. Exclusive interview.

    - In Ocean thirteen you co-star with Al Pacino, your idol. How did you feel?
    - Al is one of the greatest actors ever. He is very nice, open and remarkably intelligent. I have never seen anyone invest so much in a role. During lunch breaks, I’d hear him repeating his lines to be perfect at the moment. Besides, I believe he was the only one in the band to be systematically excellent at the first takes.

    -Yourself, you do not work like that?
    - No. I’d become mad if I went home at night in character. To each his thing. Fortunately, I’m able to concentrate on demand.

    - How did things go with Soderbergh?
    - At he end, we were all a bit sad, because we had been informed: there wont definitely be a Ocean fourteen. It it depended on me, I’d have piled up for four or five more episode with the gang. Soderbergh is really an amazing, complex guy. He always manages to get new performances from his actors. He is someone who stimulates creativity without violence, he is not simplistic, quite the opposite. And he always leans towards human interest stories and I love that.

    - Do you regret having done any of your movies?
    - More than one, yes. I have made bad choices, been disappointed at some directors, and then, at a certain moment, I thought I had shot too much movies. I suffered from a compulsion that made me shoot two or three films a year and therefore some which I should never have accepted. A madness! Some are dear to me, like those I’ve shot with David Fincher, “Se7en” and “Fight Club”, but also “Seven Years in Tibet” de Jean-Jacques Annaud, the “Ocean” movies, or “Mr and Mrs Smith”. Many others, I have accepted by fear of finding myself unemployed.

    - You, unemployed?
    - Yes. I had shot some flops, like “Johnny Suede” which nobody remembers now, “The Flavour”, “Cool World”, “The Mexican”, “Spy Game” and moreover I was going through a turbulent time in my private life. Happily, more exciting projects, from respected directors I admire came my way.

    - Like Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu’s “Babel”?
    - Yes. That part of an American travelling through Morroco whose wife is accidentally shot by a lost bullet was terrific to me. Being an actor is not a hobby, it is a job that requires discipline, hard work and respect: lots of industry people only have a vague idea of what those words mean. For me, they are important, because counting back I’ve spent half my life making movies.

    - You’re a working fiend…
    - No, not really…

    - But you say it yourself, you film a lot…
    - A shooting doesn’t take more than three or four months. After twenty years that means a lot, but I particularly enjoy the waiting period between two sets. I do like acting, but I can’t stand the idea of going back to it

    - If you are not addicted to work, to what are you addicted?
    - To be exact. I’m not addicted to movies, but I am to the intensity a shooting brings.

    - Do you think you have asserted your game?
    -You do not? (Laughs). Frankly, I’ll say yes, I have.

    - What’s the difference between today’s Brad Pitt and the one from his beginning, twenty years ago?
    - If I answer that question, it will have to be a thesis. And we only have thirty minutes. If I sum it up in a sentence, the fact that I worked with people like Soderbergh, Fincher, Gilliam, Tony Scott, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Mark Foster and some others has polished my acting, cleaned it up and re-centered it.

    - By whom would you like to be directed?
    /b>- By people like Michael Mann, Roman Polanski, Ang Lee… You may think that at a certain level of fame, we choose what we want to film. It is a mistake. I’m happy with, and proud of, 90% of the movies I’ve made, but I’d have loved to do some others: “The pianist”, in the Adrien Brody role, even if I know I was not up to it, “Brokeback Mountain” in Jack Gyllenhaal’s role… Above all, I’d love to work again with Edward Zwick , with whom I shot “Legends of the Fall”. He did a fantastic job with “Blood Daiamonds” some months ago. I was very jealous of Leonardo DiCaprio! (Laughs.)

    - It seems when you were little, you wanted to be Hulk…
    -True. I adored a character that didn’t get red with fury, but green… I cracked myself up watching him.

    - And it is soon coming back… without you! You must be so broken…
    - (Burst of laughter.) I’ll try to survive it.

    - You don’t love any other super heroes?
    - I’m going to give you a scoop: I was asked to do the first “Spider-man”, but shooting permanently in front of a green screen to allow the superimposition of the 3D set would have made me loose my head. And I’m sure my public wouldn’t look forward to seeing me i that kind of production. I do not regret having refused.

    We know Brad Pitt, the actor, less so the producer. How are things there?
    Producing films is a financial bottomless pit. You stick your little finger in the process and you get eaten alive. But I’m proud of having produced Michael Winterbottom’s “A Mighty Heart”, adapted from the book written by the widow of Daniel Pearl, the journalist killed in Iraq, that was just presented in Cannes. Angie plays Marianne Pearl. I cried at the screening, she is that poignant.

    - Have things always been clear for you as to your path and all that happened to you?
    - Yes. I’m mature enough to take stock of my successes, the movies that worked well, those I’ve believed in but have failed and those I was always sure were going to fail. I did stupid stuff, the media didn’t spare me and cut me down to size. But sincerely when the media are on the look out for the smallest of your gestures, your slightest word, everything you do gets blown out of proportion. I thought I was stronger than the sensationalist press, that I should ignore them and live my life as I thought fit. But everywhere in the world things have become so hellish, so out of proportion, and even so unfair I had to let it go, or I’d have died trying.

    Your tumultuous relationships with stars have not helped things…
    - I admit my life has not been restful. But what I do not understand and cannot bear is when people entwine my private life with my work. All the events of my personal life, particularly with my ex (Jennifer Aniston), were overblown. From the moment the public is interested in you, everything you do is subject to multiple interpretations, of which three quarters are false and biased.

    - The critics and the public shower you with praise, but, nevertheless, you have never received an Oscar or a Golden Globe, only two nominations. Does that disturb you?
    - No, that does not prevent me from sleeping, but I’ll be happy when it comes. If it comes! My logic is the most beautiful reward comes above all from the public.

    - May we risk asking you one or two very private questions, or are you going to put on your boxing gloves?
    (Laughs) You may always try.

    - Everything is well with Angelina? Because, when you’re together, she is not very smiling!
    - She is not one to show her feelings. And she is not going to burst into laughter every twenty seconds on the pretext of having photographers around! Everything is going well and we are as much in love as in the first day.

    Do you love her numerous tattos?
    Of course! It is body-art brought to perfection. Angie is a work of art: One almost ought to put her under glass in a museum (Laughs)

    - Couldn’t you have blown a fuse or, worse, became depressed with the media frenzy that surrounds your life?
    - I’ve often exploded, but in private. In public, I’ve the strength to show I can play the game. I’ve experienced the relentlessness of the media for a long time and a certain form of rejection from the professional milieu who had me catalogued and reduced to the “pretty face” shelf. But rather than getting me down, this has energized me and I have fought hard to build a carapace. When you are stalked by photographers 24h/24h, believe me, you cannot behave normally. And I am not saying this as an excuse for some attitude or other. Our contemporary culture builds idols in order to better destroy them. You are put on a pedestal and than the game is to bring down the statue.

    - How have you managed?,
    By standing back, by retreating from the public stage, by not stringing films together, by taking an interest in the politics of my country and in the environmental problems that should concern us all. That has helped me understand how some things are so relative. And after meeting Angie I became a new man, intimately and artistically speaking.

    - Actually, in keeping with your friend George Clooney, you are also tremendously worried about the state of our planet…
    - Of course you’re going to say it is a bit hypocritical to proclaim oneself an environmentalist and to travel by plane, even if for professional reasons. But on my daily life I drive a small electric car, very powerful for that matter. I am very interested in the G8 Summits and often organize, as we did in Cannes, fundraisers to help the most destitute or for Darfur. To hang around artists such as Bono, Bob Geldorf, to be able to discuss famine and AIDS in Africa, malaria and the world debt with the chief decision-makers has also strengthened my beliefs. The need to inform and the urgency of these problems remain vital. I’m going to get more and more involved in the years to come. I’d love to have done something good in my life!

    Christophe Combarieu

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

    I am thrilled that Brad is opening up a bit. I love how he feels and say about Angie.

  • Schlumberger

    Premiere review.

    “A Mighty Heart”

    Given her tabloid noteriety, is it possible for Angelina Jolie to even register a performance anymore? That is, when on screen, can she make you believe that you are not looking at Angelina Jolie? That’s just one of the questions going through my mind before seeing A Mighty Heart, the much-bruited film adaptation of Mariane Pearl’s memoir starring Jolie as Pearl, co-produced by Jolie’s companion Brad Pitt, and directed by Michael Winterbottom. (Pearl was the wife of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan in early 2002. Mariane, also a journalist, was five months pregnant with their son at the time.)

    The answer to the question is “kind of.” Which is not to say that Jolie does not perform to the fullest of her capabilities, or that she is ineffective. But what makes her convincing here has as much to do with how she is shot as what she does.

    The ever astute Winterbottom has cast the film as a procedural and an ensemble piece. Contrary to what many might have inferred from the production stills, official-and-non, that emerged during the making of the film, this is not a picture wherein a lone Mariane Pearl wanders wide-eyed through the streets of Karachi in a heroic search for her missing spouse. Mariane spends most of the time in the rented house of a friend and colleague (Archie Panjabi), surrounded by a partially ad hoc team—a Pakistani police captain, an American diplomat, a couple of Wall Street Journal staffers, etc.—trying to piece together the hows and whys of Pearl’s abduction. (Pearl himself is played very well by Dan Futterman in his likable straight-shooter mode.)

    Winterbottom appears to understand that no matter how much she is made up (here she is given a darker complexion and ringletted hair to better resemble the Afro-Cuban/Dutch Pearl; she looks pretty much just like herself regardless), there is no way an audience is going to look at her onscreen and NOT see Angelina Jolie. He employs a couple of strategies to tackle this. In the initial sequences of the film, he rarely puts her in the frame all by herself; she’s always in part of some bustle, even if she’s in the foreground. He also cuts very quickly; he doesn’t give her any “moments.” Thus, he makes her just a part of what he’s weaving, much of which involves getting the viewer as deep as film possibly can get one into the feel of Karachi. Winterbottom’s particularly good with environments, and he’s also a deft, quick storyteller, and he juggles chronology in a way that gives us a quick, empathy-generating read of Daniel and Mariane’s passionate involvement while moving the kidnap tale at almost full throttle.

    Later, at moments when Mariane is most emotionally fraught, Winterbottom makes us not see Jolie by sort of not showing her to the viewer; he will shoot her from behind, or in silhouette. We don’t get a full-on, well lit face-forward shot of Mariane screaming until she’s giving birth to her and Daniel’s son Adam. And by this point of the film, it works.

    As does, I should say, the rest of the picture, which is involving and moving in the mode of another war-zone Winterbottom picture, Welcome to Sarajevo. Jolie and Pitt were very smart to get a director who doesn’t do star turns to do Jolie’s star turn. I dare say she’s got at least an Oscar nomination locked.

  • xx

    Weekend:

    No.23
    A Mighty Heart ParV $193,000 -70.2% 176 -475 $1,096 $8,832,000

  • sandisk

    Variety Review:

    A Mighty Heart

    The sad saga of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Danny Pearl has made it to the bigscreen with facts, figures and beating heart intact in “A Mighty Heart.” In his first studio venture, Michael Winterbottom coaxes forth a staggering wealth of detail from this terse, methodical account of Pearl’s kidnapping and murder in Pakistan, seen through the eyes of those who sought his return. Given audiences’ resistance to films dealing with 9/11 and its aftermath, soberly restrained pic reps a mighty tough sell, though Angelina Jolie’s performance as Pearl’s widow should broaden prospects for the June 22 Stateside release.

    Adapting Mariane Pearl’s harrowing memoir, director Winterbottom, who previously ventured into Mideast politics with “In This World” and “The Road to Guantanamo,” proves to be just the man for the task. Though the prolific British chameleon isn’t one to make the same film twice, his gifts for docudrama storytelling — an ability to shepherd complicated narratives, avoiding every opportunity for sensationalism in favor of a low-key mounting dread — couldn’t be better suited to the material.
    Having covered the U.S. bombing of Afghanistan following the Sept. 11 attacks, the Pearls were working as journalists in Karachi, Pakistan, on Jan. 23, 2002 — the day Danny (“Capote” scribe Dan Futterman), chasing a story about foiled shoe bomber Richard Reid, got into a cab and never returned. Sticking close to the very pregnant Mariane (Jolie), pic recounts the restless five-week search for the man’s whereabouts and his kidnappers’ identities, all accompanied by a hailstorm of media attention.
    Screenplay crisply diagrams the labyrinth of false leads and fruitless interrogations with various middlemen Danny may have had contact with on the night of his disappearance. Suspicion ultimately comes to rest on the elusive Omar Saeed Sheikh (Alyy Khan), a known Islamic militant with a history of kidnapping foreigners.

    Like his fellow suspects, Sheikh is seen only briefly, and in the most objective possible light. Working in the brisk, discursive style of a police procedural, Winterbottom scrupulously follows the rescue effort, step by agonizing step — ensuring that the audience is never given additional information despite its foreknowledge of the tragic outcome. Even larger political questions — the implications, say, of a scene in which a Pakistani suspect is strung up and interrogated, or the grim irony of a journalist couple facing intense media scrutiny — are subjugated to the flow of the storytelling.

    Along the way, pic also manages to sketch vivid portraits of Mariane’s key supporters and allies. These include Danny’s tough-minded colleague, Asra Nomani (Archie Panjabi); a local cop (Irffhan Khan), known simply as Captain, determined not to let the case soil Pakistan’s reputation; American diplomatic security agent Randall Bennett (Will Patton), who tends to see the silver lining in all bad news; and Wall Street Journal higher-up John Bussey (Denis O’Hare), who arrives in Pakistan after news of the ordeal, a comforting but resilient figure.

    But this is ultimately — and very intimately — Mariane Pearl’s story, and much of it rests on Jolie, who fits comfortably into the naturalistic mold that shapes the entire ensemble. Though Jolie sports a big belly, a high-coiffed hairstyle and a very challenging accent (raised in France, Mariane is of Afro-Cuban and Dutch descent), this isn’t the sort of commanding star turn in which the performer vanishes behind a well-known celebrity mask, but rather a subdued, carefully considered portrait of a woman caught between premature grief and persistent hope.

    Jolie plays Mariane as sharp and prickly, but also highly principled and completely devoted to her husband. Wisely, Winterbottom opts to shoot her more high-pitched outbursts from a distance or in near-darkness, as if refusing to milk more histrionics than necessary.

    Occasional subdued flashbacks to happier days from Mariane and Danny’s marriage, including a very brief love scene, add emotional texture even as they take something away from the film’s otherwise unsentimental approach.

    Pic negotiates its way around another potential landmine — to show or not to show the widely circulated video of Pearl’s murder — re-creating a very brief, non-graphic snippet of the contentious footage and getting the facts across with the utmost restraint.

    Shot on location in Pakistan, India and France, the film gains considerable authenticity and momentum from its handheld DV lensing by Winterbottom’s regular d.p., Marcel Zyskind, and Peter Christelis’ rapid editing, rarely allowing a shot to last more than a few seconds.

  • xx

    Weekend:

    No.23
    A Mighty Heart ParV $193,000 -70.2% 176 -475 $1,096 $8,832,000

    http://www.boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/?yr=2007&wknd=28&p=.htm

  • sandisk

    From Empire magazine (biggest selling European film mag)

    “Going straight out to come back in, we found ourselves sitting in exactly the same seats for Michael Winterbottom’s new film, A Mighty Heart, a true-story-slash-biopic set in Pakistan and starring some American bird called Angelina Jolie. Filmed on the hoof in India, but shot so stunningly you’d swear they’d closed down the whole country for the shoot, the film tells the story of Daniel Pearl, a Wall Street Journal writer who was kidnapped by jihadists, on suspicion of being a CIA and Mossad operative, then viciously beheaded in the first of many militant video statements issued in the wake of 9/11. Jolie plays his widow, Mariane, but she isn’t always the focus, sometimes sliding into the background whenever Winterbottom’s film morphs into United 93-type reconstruction. Anyone who doubts her acting talent will be hard pushed to find fault with her performance here; the French accent and (controversial) dusky looks are very convincing indeed, but if there’s a fault to be found it’s perhaps that the film lacks a little in subtext. Then again, it seems churlish to say that: Winterbottom finds terrific flavour in the backstreets, and there’s a poignant sense of camaraderie to counter the cruelty. “

  • smart money

    Times Review:

    A Mighty Heart

    Michael Winterbottom’s harrowing film about Danny Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and decapitated in Karachi in 2002, is a raw account about the frantic efforts to get him back. It nails the ghastly moment when journalists became prized scalps for terror organisations. Angelina Jolie plays Pearl’s pregnant wife, Mariane – on whose memoir the film is based – with a rigour and passion that surprised even the most jaded sceptics in Cannes.

    The film begins on the day Danny (Dan Futterman) fails to turn up for supper. He is working on a story about the shoe bomber, Richard Reid, and has arranged a meeting with an organisation who have background knowledge. A missed supper becomes a crisis within 24 hours. The film charts the hollow weeks Danny is missing mostly through Mariane’s eyes. The house of a close colleague becomes headquarters during the desperate search for motives and information.

    There is a confusion of investigators treading on each other toes, and contradictory information about who might have snatched Pearl. Leaks and rash speculation in the press add to the vertiginous panic. At times it’s difficult to know who exactly is in charge. A terrific cast of fixers and officials tease out clues from laptops, emails, and telephone numbers. An uneasy alliance is gradually forged between an American diplomatic security agent, Randall Bennett (Will Patton), various Wall Street Journal friends including the editor, John Bussey (Denis[correct] O’Hare), the head of the Pakistan’s brand new counter-terrorism unit, Captain (Irrfan Khan), the Citizens Police Liaison Committee, and the FBI.
    At the still centre of this increasingly tense investigation is Jolie’s defiant Mariane. The film shuttles manically between meetings, endless telephone calls, the growing media frenzy, and the streets of Karachi with terrific confidence. What the kidnapping means to each character is etched on their faces. The power of this giant documentary-style jigsaw lies between the rumours, the false leads, and the hard details. Winterbottom captures brilliantly the chaos of daily life in Pakistan, and the febrile atmosphere as Pearl is first denounced as a CIA spy, and then – when his Jewish roots are fatally exposed – an agent for Mossad.
    The director’s rapid-fire and choppy editing gives you a genuine feel for the many different sides of Karachi, and the urgency of the investigation. Shots of street vendors and overloaded buses are slotted between armed raids and interrogations. You can almost smell the fear on suspects. And there’s a controversial flavour about the vested, sometimes murky, interests of assorted officials. Ultimately what makes the film such an affecting modern parable is the authenticity of the emotions. Jolie’s blasts of grief when Mariane hears the dreaded news that her husband has been beheaded pricks tears and raises the hairs on your neck.

  • juju

    Jessica Simpson said: “Angelina is one of my biggest role models. I got to interview her recently. I didn’t know her at all, but just sitting in front of her, I felt this incredible peace.She was breathtaking. I couldn’t help but stare, but it’s her inner beauty that you really feel.”

  • namibia

    Tuesday 30 May 2006
    Brendan O’Neill

    Brad, Angelina and the rise of ‘celebrity colonialism’
    What gives two Hollywood actors the right to shut down an African nation so that they can have a special experience?

    Over the past six weeks a Western security force has effectively taken over the small African nation of Namibia. A beach resort in Langstrand in Western Namibia has been sealed off with security cordons, and armed security personnel have been keeping both local residents and visiting foreigners at bay. A no-fly zone has been enforced over part of the country. The Westerners have also demanded that the Namibian government severely restrict the movement of journalists into and out of Namibia. The government agreed and, in a move described by one human rights organisation as ‘heavy-handed and brutal’, banned certain reporters from crossing its borders.

    However, this Western security force is not a US or European army plundering Namibia’s natural resources or threatening to topple its government. It is the security entourage of one Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, the celebrity couple better known for living it up in LA than slumming it in Namibia. They reportedly wanted their first child to be born in Namibia because the country is ‘the cradle of human kind’ and it would be a ‘special’ experience (1). And it seems that no security measure is too stringent in the name of making Ms Jolie feel special. Welcome to the new celebrity colonialism.

    Pitt and Jolie went to Namibia, a small and largely impoverished nation of 1.8 million, six weeks ago. Their daughter – Shiloh Nouvel – was born on Saturday night. As they awaited the birth they reportedly surrounded themselves with their own personal security detail and armed Namibian police. According to the Independent there was even a no-fly zone, enforced by the Namibian government, over the luxurious Burning Shore beach resort where Pitt and Jolie were holed up.

    Apparently, the stars also got to dictate which reporters could and could not enter the country. According to one report, the Namibian government ‘bowed to pressure from the duo and granted them the right to ban foreign journalists from entering the country – a remarkable move for the government of any sovereign state’. The government is said to have granted this extraordinary veto to Brad and Angelina after the couple told ministers that they would be ‘forced to quit the country unless allegedly intrusive journalists and paparazzi were brought to heel’ (2). Namibian ministers hope that a trip by two Hollywood bigwigs to their shores will do wonders for their tourism industry, and thus have done everything they can to keep the couple happy (3).

    More:

    http://www.spiked-online.com/index.php?/site/article/327/

  • juju

    She is one of the most level-headed, bright, decent people I’ve ever met and she is entirely devoted to her son Maddox.” – Brad Pitt

  • Stupid HAGS

    to posters “TRY”, “KINDS”, “WAL” and the rest of the TROLLS AND HATERS !!!

    You can post all the tabloids articles you can find against Angie … the fact remains that FORBES, TIME MAGAZINE, NEWSWEEK and other legitimate news media respect and give credits to angelina’s work and that’s all that count ..deal with it!!!

  • juju

    “She’s gorgeous! She was very goth, so you know, she was very into goth and some other crazy things. She was very pretty, but everybody at school was really scared of her.” ~ Ashley Hamilton

    “Since that breakup (with Billy Bob), all of a sudden there’s pictures of her dressed in, like, a soccer mom shirt and a skirt at the park playing with her Thai baby. Where’s the vial of blood?” ~ Kathy Griffin

    “I love Angelina Jolie’s work. I think she has an amazing ability to get under the skin of characters and do her thing. I would love to work with her and, obviosly, with Halle Berry.” ~ Colin Farrell

    “She’s so ****ing intense!” ~ Colin Farrell

    “She exudes confidence and has a great body to wear our clothes.” ~ Dolce and Gabbana

    “She doesn’t care [what people think]. She’s out to please herself. I love that about her.” ~ Aaliyah

    “I like Robbie Williams, it is really too difficult to divert the eyes of him when he is there. As for Prince William, he is adorable and David Beckham moreover has really this small something. With regard to the women, Angelina Jolie is also somebody who has a trick moreover. I do not know if it is her attitude or if it is her bottom which does that, but she is really attractive.” ~ Janet Jackson

    “This was never like, let me pretend that I’m straight on TV. And then let me all of a sudden declare I’m gay, and change. Most people who watched my show knew that I was gay. I don’t know how they couldn’t. I mean, I know I said I have a crush on Tom Cruise. You know why? I do. Does that mean that I want to marry him? No. Angelina Jolie was on my show. It was fairly obvious I had a crush on her, too.” ~ Rosie O’Donnell

    “Oh, Angelina Jolie…just to sit and stare at her, that would be a nice half-hour show.” ~ Carson Daly

    “She’s courageous, she’s brave, she’s just taking on the world.” ~ Rosario Dawson

    “I looked at her and thought, Could you get more beautiful?” ~ Gerard Butler

    “I’d like to challenge Angelina Jolie in a game: I did Resident Evil, she did Lara Croft… I think in Hollywood we’re the only girls who know how to use a joystick.” ~ Milla Jovovich

    “If I had to get someone I think Angelina Jolie would be worth it, she is really beautiful. She’s tough, yet sexy at the same time, which not a lot of people can do.” ~ Christina Aguilera [advising Britney Spears on who she should date]

    “Someone who’s like Angelina Jolie because she isn’t scared of not being pretty,” Aguilera said. “She’s my favourtie actress. I’d love a role like the one she played in ‘Girl, Interrupted’, I’ve never met her.. I’d be so nervous! And star struck!” ~ Christina Aguilera [who she'd like to play her in a movie about her life]

    “When I was younger I loved Betty Blue, and at the moment I’m completely besotted with Angelina Jolie. But sometimes I’m unnerved by the idea of men liking her. Because I think that there is a side to every man that really wants to watch a woman fall apart.” ~ Emma Forrest

    “Angelina is the new Brando. She’s not comparable to any actress.” ~ Emma Forrest

    “I would say at the moment the only person who could have played me this past year would have to be Angelina Jolie.” ~ Emma Forrest

    “Angelina Jolie has been so inspirational to me, with all she’s doing in Cambodia.” ~ Jessica Simpson [speaking about fundraising for children]

    “I think on her end it’s professional courtesy. On my head it might be something else.” ~ David Spade [on spending 10 minutes with Jolie]

    “I’ve seen her onsreen and thought, ‘She’s proabbly one of the most beautiful women.’ Then I saw her in the flesh, and she’s even more beautiful.” ~ Gerard Butler

  • quotes

    “She is a very beautiful woman and very clued-up.” – George clooney

    “It’s sort of like now, having seen Brad and Angelina in a movie together, I just thought they were the most astonishing couple. You go, ‘Oh my God, this is fun to watch.’ It just knocked my socks off. I thought, Whoa! This is so good the way they are together. It’s magic, magic.” – Diane Keaton [Premiere Magazine]

    “Angelina is beautiful. I have a lot of admiration for her.” – Mary Louise Parker [People Magazine]

    “Angelina Jolie is a good example of someone who really puts her time into bettering the lives of so many children.What I don’t understand is the media’s criticism (of Jolie’s) involvement in humanitarian aide and why they question her motives and sincerity. It’s like, Who cares? She’s doing a good job and putting so much of her time and money in the causes.” – Tea Leoni

    “I think she’s an exemplary human being. Kind, incredibly smart, lovely. But my story has nothing to do with her intelligence and everything to do with adventure.” – Elizabeth Mitchell [TV Guide]

    “I’m not sure what I expected before I met her, but to say I was impressed would be an understatement. She is smart, funny, self-deprecating, and intensely passionate about her children and her work on behalf of refugees.” – Anderson Cooper

  • AMH

    Exploring New Roads: ‘A Mighty Heart’ Q&A with Adventurous Angelina

    Lisa Collins and Brigid Brown
    Hollywood.com Staff

    HW: Given it’s an independent film, but a summer release, will you be watching box office numbers this weekend?

    AJ: First of all, I never do! I’ll be somewhere hanging with the kids, and I won’t know. I do live with the producer [Brad Pitt] so I may hear something [laughs]. The great thing about this film was that it was done very low budget. So we don’t have a lot of pressure. Nobody made it for the reason of making money. Even the producers themselves and the studio don’t care, really. They want it to be good, and they were really happy that there was a positive response to the product.

  • juju

    Angelina Jolie is so stunning that even camels, palm trees fall in love with her,even dead people would want to date her – she’s amazingly gorgeous”. (Val Kilmer)

    ” She’s ravishingly beautiful and never gets old and never gets boring ” (Ethan Hawke)

    “I swear to God I’m going to tackle her and lick her and hit her over the head and drag her back to my house, caveman-style” (Tommy lee)

    “Angelina Jolie is my favourite chick right now.
    I’ve never met her actually. I’m to the point. I’d just let her know. ‘Yo, I need to holla at you, come see me in my hotel tonight.’
    If I see her face-to-face I’ll let her known what it is. We need to get a fling going.” (Rapper Cam’ron)

    “She’s very sexy – there’s just something about the way she moves. She’s like liquid.” (Denzel Washington)

  • luvangie4ever

    I love you Angelina!!!! Missed you so, so much. Hope the whole Jolie-Pitt family is well and happy. :D Love them forever and always….

    Thanks Just Jared for the new pics! I’ve been checking in daily just to catch a glimpse of Angie and these made my day. :)

  • she is respectable

    Some excerpts from “transcript from “The O’Reilly Factor,” April 26, 2007, that has been edited for clarity” found online

    quotation:
    “O’REILLY: OK.

    Now, your daughter, Angelina Jolie. You know, we checked her out. I don’t know whether you know this or not. Big investigation on her. And we found out she walks the walk, that she gives all the money, millions of dollars and this and that.

    She has become, I believe, the most interesting celebrity in the world. In your opinion, why?

    VOIGHT: Yes, she is fascinating. She’s fascinating to me. She’s my daughter. I’m completely fascinated with her. And I have a great admiration for all the work she does and in her humanitarian effort.

    I think she’s quite stunning, of course. Very attractive gal. And she, for whatever reason, she has a certain charisma.

    O’REILLY: OK.

    VOIGHT: Now, she’s one of those people. There’s several people that catch…

    O’REILLY: In the acting — in the acting profession, you’ve known them all. Some people have charisma and some don’t. She obviously has it.” (end of quotation)

  • lisa

    http://www.villagevoice.com/film/0725,hoberman,77000,20.html

    Mighty Heart, Mightier Spotlight
    Bigger than any single tragedy, Angelina Jolie kidnaps Daniel Pearl’s movie
    by J. Hoberman
    June 20th, 2007 11:54 AM

    A skilled actor vanishes into a role; a movie star appropriates it. As presence trumps character, the star personifies Brecht’s alienation effect, and whatever its ostensible subject, the movie becomes a vehicle—the latest installment in an ongoing career or, in the case of a great star, a public myth. (translation :Jolie is no actress just a movie star hamming up a role)

    Angelina Jolie is the major alienation effect in A Mighty Heart, although she’s not the only one. The hectic pizzazz with which hired gun Michael Winterbottom directs this tale of terrifying terrorism is another distraction—and so is the movie’s true-life premise. An addendum to last year’s 9/11 movies and a sequel of sorts to Winterbottom’s Road to Guantánamo, A Mighty Heart is based on one of the most disturbing events of the 9/11 aftermath—namely the case of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, abducted by jihadi extremists in Karachi and, five weeks later, brutally executed on video, in part because he was a Jew.

    A mondo-global, insanely urgent, staccato procedural in which each shot arrives like a bulletin, A Mighty Heart is characterized by sensational, quasi-documentary location work in swarming Karachi and a sense of near-constant frenzy. Pearl’s briskly staged abduction sends the movie into controlled chaos. The crime triggers a dense montage of flashbacks and action cuts, accompanied by head-spinning techno-babble—a manhunt with a half-dozen agencies busily tracking e-mails and cell-phone calls.

    After his capture, Pearl ( Capote writer Dan Futterman) appears only in flashback—despite a few video teases, the movie resolutely refuses to show him in captivity. A tough Pakistani cop (Irfan Khan), wholly committed to the case and willing to torture prisoners when necessary, serves as a minor hero. But the heart of the movie, of course, is Pearl’s wife Mariane (Jolie), seven months pregnant and compelled to endure the torments of the damned. Based on Mariane’s memoir, the movie is true to her clear-headed politics, even while refracting them once more through the media’s rainbow prism and the glamour baggage that its star necessarily brings. (so much for realism and soul Marianne likes commercialism and gkitz too, like Jolie)

    Oscar notwithstanding, Jolie belongs less to Hollywood than the magic kingdom of publicity—in Cannes, where A Mighty Heart had its world premiere, she was referred to as the planet’s most photographed woman.

    Google serves up 358,000 wildly clashing images. ( Rolling Eyes if you include all the hits of her nude photos vagina and all )

    Over the past decade, her persona has mutated from tattooed Goth girl to possibly incestuous cyber-dish and Esquire’s “sexiest woman alive” to its current, suitably contradictory state—most fully expressed by Kate Kretz’s five-by-seven oilpainting Blessed Art Thou, in which, posed as the Virgin Mary, a beatific Angelina and three cherubic children float on a cloud above a Wal-Mart check-out line. Jolie is Our Lady of Humanitarian Narcissism: Not we but she “are the world,” good deeds illuminating her divine person in a blinding blaze of glory.

    A Mighty Heart, which was co- produced by Jolie’s consort, Brad Pitt, is the celluloid equivalent of Blessed Art Thou. Jolie’s Pearl is an almost mystic presence; not since Lara Croft has the actress had so apposite an avatar. Jolie plays Mariane as an icon—her complexion darkened and hair tortured into a perfect mass of ringlets.

    Jolie as Mariane Pearl is not as extreme a notion as, for example, John Wayne playing Albert Schweitzer, or Jennifer Aniston in the role. As striking and preternaturally poised as she is, Mariane Pearl is herself a great performer—as demonstrated when she went on TV to argue for her husband’s life.

    No less than Jolie, the actual Mariane ascended the red carpet at Cannes; in the movie, her character is imagined as a star. Possessed of an iron will and a miraculous presence of mind, she’s surrounded by an entourage yet awesomely solitary in her tragic isolation.

    When the worst inevitably occurs, no one is able to hug or even comfort her—she goes off alone. The movie is fundamentally a solo, and the creepiest thing about A Mighty Heart is the ease with which this terrible tale becomes a meditation on divadom.

    A limited actress but an overwhelming presence, Jolie cannily saves all emotional fireworks for her big scene.
    Has Daniel Pearl been eclipsed? Blame Brecht. As Mariane, Jolie not only thinks faster but looks better than anyone else. Whatever happens, she’s never less than gorgeous.

    There’s hardly a moment when Jolie is on-screen that you can’t sense the presence of make-up artists and hair stylists hovering anxiously just off frame.

  • Levi

    It looks like we have something to look forward to come the OSCARs!

    From Hollywood-elsewhere:

    OSCAR BALLOON 2007

    BEST PICTURE: American Gangster (Universal Pictures); Atonement (Focus Features); Charlie Wilson’s War (Universal Pictures); Evening (Focus Features); The Golden Age (Universal Pictures); In the Valley of Elah(Warner Bros. Pictures); The Kite Runner (Dreamamount); Lions for Lambs (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer); Love in the Time of Cholera (New Line Cinema); A Mighty Heart(Paramount Vantage); Nothing Is Private (Scott Rudin/no distributor yet); Reservation Road( Focus Features); Sweeney Todd(Dreamworks SKG); There Will Be Blood (Paramount Vantage); Things We Lost in the Fire (Paramount)

    BEST DIRECTOR: Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood); Alan Ball (Nothing Is Private); Susanne Bier (Things We Lost in the Fire); Tim Burton (Sweeney Todd); David Cronenberg (Eastern Promises); Marc Forster (The Kite Runner); Terry George (Reservation Road); Paul Haggis (In the Valley of Elah); Gavin Hood (Rendition); James Ivory (City of Your Final Destination); Lajos Koltai (Evening); Sidney Lumet (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead); Mike Newell (Love in the Time of Cholera); Mike Nichols (Charlie Wilson’s War); Vadim Perelman (In Bloom); Robert Redford(Lions for Lambs); Ridley Scott (American Gangster); Michael Winterbottom (A Mighty Heart); Joe Wright(Atonement).

    BEST ACTRESS: Halle Berry (Things We Lost in the Fire); Summer Bishil (Nothing Is Private); Cate Blanchett (The Golden Age); Jennifer Connelly (Reservation Road); Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose); Julie Christie (Away from Her); Claire Danes (Evening); Jodie Foster (The Brave One); Scarlett Johanssen (The Nanny Diaries); Angelina Jolie (A Mighty Heart); Nicole Kidman (Margot at the Wedding); Keira Knightley (Atonement); Laura Linney (The Savages); Giovanna Mezzogiorno (Love in the Time of Cholera); Uma Thurman (In Bloom); Naomi Watts (Eastern Promises); Sigourney Weaver (The Girl in the Park); Reese Witherspoon (Rendition).

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Phillip Seymour Hoffman(Charlie Wilson’s War); Eric Bana (The Other Boelyn Girl); Javier Bardem (Love in the Time of Cholera/No Country for Old Men); Philip Bosco (The Savages); Vincent Cassel(Eastern Promises); Russell Crowe (American Gangster); Paul Dano (THere Will Be Blood); Robert Downey, Jr. (em>Zodiac); Robert Duvall (The Last Full Measure/We Own the Night); Chewitel Ejiofor (Talk to Me); Dan Futterman (A Mighty Heart); Samuel L. Jackson (Resurrecting the Champ); Kevin Kline (Definitely Maybe/Trade); Derek Luke (Lions for Lambs); Omar Metwally (Rendition); Armin Mueller-Stahl (Eastern Promises); Mark Ruffalo (Reservation Road); Liev Schreiber (Love in the Time of Cholera); John Travolta (Hairspray); Jonathan Tucker (In the Valley of Elah); Bruce Willis (The Last Full Measure).

    BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: David Benioff (The Kite Runner); Ethan Coen & Joel Coen (No Country for Old Men); Laurence Coriat & Michael Winterbottom (A Mighty Heart); Michael Cunningham (Evening); Terry George & John Burnham Schwartz (Reservation Road); Christopher Hampton (Atonement); Ronald Harwood (Love in the Time of Cholera); John Logan (Sweeney Todd); Peter Morgan (The Other Boelyn Girl); Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (City of Your Final Destination); Aaron Sorkin (Charlie Wilson’s War); Emil Stern (In Bloom); Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood); Steven Zaillian (American Gangster).

    BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Craig Armstrong (The Golden Age); Affonso Beato (Love in the Time of Cholera); Stephen Goldblatt (Charlie Wilson’s War); Gyula Pados (Evening); Harris Savides (American Gangster); Roberto Schaefer (The Kite Runner); Marcel Zyskind (A Mighty Heart).

    BEST FILM EDITING: John Bloom (Charlie Wilson’s War); Matt Chesse (The Kite Runner); Peter Christelis (A Mighty Heart); Naomi Geraughty (Reservation Road); Joe Hutshing (Lions for Lambs); Chris Lebenzon (Sweeney Todd); Pietro Scalia (American Gangster).

    BEST MAKEUP: Luisa Abel (Charlie Wilson’s War); (American Gangster); Claire Green, Colin Shulver & Tristan Versluis (Sweeney Todd); Joe Hopker (The Golden Age); Marese Langan (A Mighty Heart); (Love in the Time of Cholera).

  • GLADDi

    Explanation of why Jen got the GLADD award–from perez hilton.

    article below from perezhilton

    Sharon Stone may be a bit crazy – well, a lot crazy – but at least it’s very clear the support and tireless dedication she has lent to gay and lesbian causes.

    Jennifer Aniston?

    Uhmmm….not so much.

    She ha a gay publicist, Stephen Huvane. That might have something to do with it!

    And her gay hairdresser, Chris McMillan, is one of her best friends.

    She deserves an award for that!

    The former Friends star was presented the Vanguard Award by Jake Gyllenhaal at the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday.

    This is how it works…..

    GLAAD gives the award to the biggest star they can get in hopes of getting lots of media coverage for the ceremony.

    This year they didn’t do so well!

  • Brad Deep In LoveWith Angie

    From the interview with Bergian/French journalist at Cannes

    American cinema’s most beautiful mug returns to the screen with his band of seductive crooks, in Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean Thirteen. Exclusive interview.

    - In Ocean thirteen you co-star with Al Pacino, your idol. How did you feel?
    - Al is one of the greatest actors ever. He is very nice, open and remarkably intelligent. I have never seen anyone invest so much in a role. During lunch breaks, I’d hear him repeating his lines to be perfect at the moment. Besides, I believe he was the only one in the band to be systematically excellent at the first takes.

    -Yourself, you do not work like that?
    - No. I’d become mad if I went home at night in character. To each his thing. Fortunately, I’m able to concentrate on demand.

    - How did things go with Soderbergh?
    - At he end, we were all a bit sad, because we had been informed: there wont definitely be a Ocean fourteen. It it depended on me, I’d have piled up for four or five more episode with the gang. Soderbergh is really an amazing, complex guy. He always manages to get new performances from his actors. He is someone who stimulates creativity without violence, he is not simplistic, quite the opposite. And he always leans towards human interest stories and I love that.

    - Do you regret having done any of your movies?
    - More than one, yes. I have made bad choices, been disappointed at some directors, and then, at a certain moment, I thought I had shot too much movies. I suffered from a compulsion that made me shoot two or three films a year and therefore some which I should never have accepted. A madness! Some are dear to me, like those I’ve shot with David Fincher, “Se7en” and “Fight Club”, but also “Seven Years in Tibet” de Jean-Jacques Annaud, the “Ocean” movies, or “Mr and Mrs Smith”. Many others, I have accepted by fear of finding myself unemployed.

    - You, unemployed?
    - Yes. I had shot some flops, like “Johnny Suede” which nobody remembers now, “The Flavour”, “Cool World”, “The Mexican”, “Spy Game” and moreover I was going through a turbulent time in my private life. Happily, more exciting projects, from respected directors I admire came my way.

    - Like Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu’s “Babel”?
    - Yes. That part of an American travelling through Morroco whose wife is accidentally shot by a lost bullet was terrific to me. Being an actor is not a hobby, it is a job that requires discipline, hard work and respect: lots of industry people only have a vague idea of what those words mean. For me, they are important, because counting back I’ve spent half my life making movies.

    - You’re a working fiend…
    - No, not really…

    - But you say it yourself, you film a lot…
    - A shooting doesn’t take more than three or four months. After twenty years that means a lot, but I particularly enjoy the waiting period between two sets. I do like acting, but I can’t stand the idea of going back to it

    - If you are not addicted to work, to what are you addicted?
    - To be exact. I’m not addicted to movies, but I am to the intensity a shooting brings.

    - Do you think you have asserted your game?
    -You do not? (Laughs). Frankly, I’ll say yes, I have.

    - What’s the difference between today’s Brad Pitt and the one from his beginning, twenty years ago?
    - If I answer that question, it will have to be a thesis. And we only have thirty minutes. If I sum it up in a sentence, the fact that I worked with people like Soderbergh, Fincher, Gilliam, Tony Scott, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Mark Foster and some others has polished my acting, cleaned it up and re-centered it.

    - By whom would you like to be directed?
    /b>- By people like Michael Mann, Roman Polanski, Ang Lee… You may think that at a certain level of fame, we choose what we want to film. It is a mistake. I’m happy with, and proud of, 90% of the movies I’ve made, but I’d have loved to do some others: “The pianist”, in the Adrien Brody role, even if I know I was not up to it, “Brokeback Mountain” in Jack Gyllenhaal’s role… Above all, I’d love to work again with Edward Zwick , with whom I shot “Legends of the Fall”. He did a fantastic job with “Blood Daiamonds” some months ago. I was very jealous of Leonardo DiCaprio! (Laughs.)

    - It seems when you were little, you wanted to be Hulk…
    -True. I adored a character that didn’t get red with fury, but green… I cracked myself up watching him.

    - And it is soon coming back… without you! You must be so broken…
    - (Burst of laughter.) I’ll try to survive it.

    - You don’t love any other super heroes?
    - I’m going to give you a scoop: I was asked to do the first “Spider-man”, but shooting permanently in front of a green screen to allow the superimposition of the 3D set would have made me loose my head. And I’m sure my public wouldn’t look forward to seeing me i that kind of production. I do not regret having refused.

    We know Brad Pitt, the actor, less so the producer. How are things there?
    Producing films is a financial bottomless pit. You stick your little finger in the process and you get eaten alive. But I’m proud of having produced Michael Winterbottom’s “A Mighty Heart”, adapted from the book written by the widow of Daniel Pearl, the journalist killed in Iraq, that was just presented in Cannes. Angie plays Marianne Pearl. I cried at the screening, she is that poignant.

    - Have things always been clear for you as to your path and all that happened to you?
    - Yes. I’m mature enough to take stock of my successes, the movies that worked well, those I’ve believed in but have failed and those I was always sure were going to fail. I did stupid stuff, the media didn’t spare me and cut me down to size. But sincerely when the media are on the look out for the smallest of your gestures, your slightest word, everything you do gets blown out of proportion. I thought I was stronger than the sensationalist press, that I should ignore them and live my life as I thought fit. But everywhere in the world things have become so hellish, so out of proportion, and even so unfair I had to let it go, or I’d have died trying.

    Your tumultuous relationships with stars have not helped things…
    - I admit my life has not been restful. But what I do not understand and cannot bear is when people entwine my private life with my work. All the events of my personal life, particularly with my ex (Jennifer Aniston), were overblown. From the moment the public is interested in you, everything you do is subject to multiple interpretations, of which three quarters are false and biased.

    - The critics and the public shower you with praise, but, nevertheless, you have never received an Oscar or a Golden Globe, only two nominations. Does that disturb you?
    - No, that does not prevent me from sleeping, but I’ll be happy when it comes. If it comes! My logic is the most beautiful reward comes above all from the public.

    - May we risk asking you one or two very private questions, or are you going to put on your boxing gloves?
    (Laughs) You may always try.

    - Everything is well with Angelina? Because, when you’re together, she is not very smiling!
    - She is not one to show her feelings. And she is not going to burst into laughter every twenty seconds on the pretext of having photographers around! Everything is going well and we are as much in love as in the first day.

    Do you love her numerous tattos?
    Of course! It is body-art brought to perfection. Angie is a work of art: One almost ought to put her under glass in a museum (Laughs)

    - Couldn’t you have blown a fuse or, worse, became depressed with the media frenzy that surrounds your life?
    - I’ve often exploded, but in private. In public, I’ve the strength to show I can play the game. I’ve experienced the relentlessness of the media for a long time and a certain form of rejection from the professional milieu who had me catalogued and reduced to the “pretty face” shelf. But rather than getting me down, this has energized me and I have fought hard to build a carapace. When you are stalked by photographers 24h/24h, believe me, you cannot behave normally. And I am not saying this as an excuse for some attitude or other. Our contemporary culture builds idols in order to better destroy them. You are put on a pedestal and than the game is to bring down the statue.

    - How have you managed?,
    By standing back, by retreating from the public stage, by not stringing films together, by taking an interest in the politics of my country and in the environmental problems that should concern us all. That has helped me understand how some things are so relative. And after meeting Angie I became a new man, intimately and artistically speaking.

    - Actually, in keeping with your friend George Clooney, you are also tremendously worried about the state of our planet…
    - Of course you’re going to say it is a bit hypocritical to proclaim oneself an environmentalist and to travel by plane, even if for professional reasons. But on my daily life I drive a small electric car, very powerful for that matter. I am very interested in the G8 Summits and often organize, as we did in Cannes, fundraisers to help the most destitute or for Darfur. To hang around artists such as Bono, Bob Geldorf, to be able to discuss famine and AIDS in Africa, malaria and the world debt with the chief decision-makers has also strengthened my beliefs. The need to inform and the urgency of these problems remain vital. I’m going to get more and more involved in the years to come. I’d love to have done something good in my life!

    Christophe Combarieu

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

    He said his former relationship was turbulance.
    And he said he is a new man after meeting Angie.
    He also said he is in love with Angie as was first in love with her.

  • Jen fans are delusional

    cheeky Says:

    CHINN fans are secretly STILL GRIEVING!! You see it in their posts about Brad “regretting” leaving X. OR”he misses his old life”. And when they see no evidence of Brad and Angie trouble, they take out their frustrations on Brad by saying he looks old or tired. Time is running out for Aniston. There aren’t many roles for no talents pushing 40.
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    They are like Custer’s last stand. He lacked the ability to accept the truth, and so do they. They so bought into the “perfect golden couple fairy tale” that it is an integral part of their present lives. It’s as if they were married to Brad. They cannot accept that he has never looked back at his old life. He told everyone in an interview that he knew what he wanted, and that he was going to make what he wanted happen. That is just what he has done.

    —————
    Yup, Jen fans are all rabid, delusional people

  • perpetual lurker

    Re-posting because I got caught and submerged in the Troll DUNG! BAMPZSters it is like they wait for the sun to go down and emerge en mass to swarm like a tide of pestilence over the landscape! Eeach! Must IGNORE!

    249 perpetual lurker : 07/16/2007 at 2:44 am
    G’Nite/G’Morning JPville!

    Greetings to all BAMPZS fans. Happy to see them on the go again and wishing and praying safe travels for all in our most loved family.

    Enjoying the discourse and LOL at the commentary.

    Something has bugged me for a while now and I cannot figure it out. Please help if you can. The second picture im Missouri Fan’s lovely video, the one described in the past as Brad “macking” on Angie, the one on the balcony: can someone please say when it was taken? Was it a part of M&MS deleted scenes? I have almost every photo since they became a known item and I do not remember that one. It is driving me crazy!!

    Loved the **John Ad. I think there are few AJ pictures more beautiful than her B&W photos and that is saying a lot since she hardly has any that are not “knock ‘em out of the ballpark” georgeous!!

    Another troubling question (LOL at my obsessivness): The Jet looks small. Is there enough room for Mikey, the retainers, guards and Holly? If not do they have their own plane? (I know…SILLY!)

    Finally, and this is a hangover from a previous discussion here and more recently on PITTWATCH regarding the persistent labelling of adopted vs biological. It occurs to me that all children tend to emulate their parents and as Angie herself said that “they are not unlike us in that they are brave and bold”. That being said is it only me or has anyone else noticed that Mad and Angie have the same long feet? That ALL the kids have full lips? That Mad walks JUST LIKE Brad? And…even though I have not seen it yet from Pax, their smiles are meggawatt, just like Mom and Dad and can melt a glacier? (OK, I’m certifiable!)

    Oops, Big shock, I guess I just love my BAMPZS! BG

  • CLINIQUA

    235 Lmao : 07/16/2007 at 2:29 am
    213 huh say what? : 07/16/2007 at 1:56 am

    EVERYONE is COPYING BRAD!!! Wow, Brad really is a trendsetter and style icon. When I started seeing the ‘Mr. Smith’ haircut everywhere after it released in Summer of ‘05 (and that style has continued unabated), it was confirmed — now just look at JJ’s blog today…you’ve got this young’un Zac wearing Brad’s Fedora, and you’ve got David ‘Squeaky’ Beckham wearing Brad’s close brush cut (and dying it platinum – yet another shout out to Brad). They all need to get off Brad’s jock….but then again, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

    _____________________________________

    Isnt the “Mr. Smith haircut” called a Caesar? ahhh hasnt that haircut been around before Brads great great grandfather was born. I recall it being called the Clooney cut back when George Clooney rocked it in the 90s on ER. But I guess Brad wore it before then.

    “Brad’s Fedora” dont tell me he invented that to and made it popular. ROTFLMMFAO
    =======
    The Mr.SMith haircut was just a damn shaved head. Many people have had that cut before Pitt. Lmao
    ___________________________

    No dear. There’s a diff between a “shaved head,” and a brush cut which is not shaved, nor is it a crew cut, which Brad rocked in MAMS. Everyone knows it, even YOU, with your silly manic hater faniston aSS knows it too! LMAO. I have never in my life seen so many men RUNNING to the barber to get that close brush cut – where the hair doesn’t so much as look like it’s sticking up in very short spikes (as a crew does) or bald (as a “shaved head” does) — but more resembles a thickly cropped pelt that is shaped to the head – as I have seen POST Mr.& Mrs. Smith. So stop with the denial and face the facts – Brad has it going on, as he has ALWAYS had it going on, and men want to be JUST like the man who has ‘Angelina Jolie’ on his arm, is the hottest producer in town, is an amazing Dad, and looks like one damned FOINE Papi while doing it! Oh, and one more thing – just because something has been around for a long time, doesn’t mean it’s going to necessarily come back with a vengeance and become a trend that everyone wants to wear. Keanu Reeves actually caused the same reaction at barbershops and salons everywhere when he sported the brush cut in SPEED, 11 years later Brad resurrected it, and guys want to look like him. I’m not saying Brad ‘invented’ that look, OR the fedora you damned idiot, I’m saying he is making it in style and trendy, and something other guys want to sport, because they acknowledge just how fine Pitt looks rocking those styles. Sorry if the obvious TRUTH of the man’s popularity and adoration, is like a knife in you hater fanistons shriveld up litle black hearts!

    236 Lmao : 07/16/2007 at 2:32 am
    Lmao @ the Brad fans trying to find negative Angelina articles.

    While I, on the other hand, am laughing my ass off at an OBVIOUS hater faniston troll like you, posting negative Angelina articles from bullsh*t silly tabloid websites like Natnl Alledger, and having the audacity to say it’s Brad fans. BAHAHAHA!! Look, go back to wallpapering your room with Maniston’s ridiculed anti-environmental bottled water ads where her nose is as big as the bottle she’s holding, and lighting candles for her DEAD career and FUG face. We have better things to do, like discuss the MOST FAMOUS PEOPLE IN THE WORLD, and the OSCAR WINNING soon to be OSCAR NOMINATED woman that BRAD PITT WORSHIPS. Taht’s it…don’t cry…run along now you horrid looking fat aSS trolls! LMAO :lol

  • Gupta

    FROM WHAT MY FRIENDS AND RANDOM PPL, ONLINE USERS I ASKED SAID ANISTON IS A TERRIBLE ACTRESS

    She is gonna have a problem. She is 38, by hollywood standard, she is old.

    actresses we prefer:–

    comedy—-Angie, Kate Hudson, Cameron Diaz, Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, Drew Barrymore, Reese W, Hally Berry,

    drama—-Angie, Scar Jo, Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Charleze Theron Nicole Kidman , Reese W, Cate B

    action–Angie, Jen Gardner

    and Hillary Swank, Naomi Watts.

  • juju

    275 she is respectable : 07/16/2007 at 3:02 am

    Some excerpts from “transcript from “The O’Reilly Factor,” April 26, 2007, that has been edited for clarity” found online

    quotation:
    “O’REILLY: OK.

    Now, your daughter, Angelina Jolie. You know, we checked her out. I don’t know whether you know this or not. Big investigation on her. And we found out she walks the walk, that she gives all the money, millions of dollars and this and that.

    She has become, I believe, the most interesting celebrity in the world. In your opinion, why?

    VOIGHT: Yes, she is fascinating. She’s fascinating to me. She’s my daughter. I’m completely fascinated with her. And I have a great admiration for all the work she does and in her humanitarian effort.

    I think she’s quite stunning, of course. Very attractive gal. And she, for whatever reason, she has a certain charisma.

    O’REILLY: OK.

    VOIGHT: Now, she’s one of those people. There’s several people that catch…

    O’REILLY: In the acting — in the acting profession, you’ve known them all. Some people have charisma and some don’t. She obviously has it.” (end of quotation)
    =============
    Like Angelina says:
    “People can question your choices, accuse you of things, but your real work and your integrity will [win] out. All that matters is if I build a strong family, if I’m able to do my advocacy work and if my children are happy.”

  • Schlumberger

    Mr and Mrs Smith Says:

    Another day and here you are AGAIN. For someone who claims to hate Angie, you are totally obsessed with her and how she lives her life. Like the lady on Showbiz Tonight said, there are people who are intimidated by Angelina Jolie because she lives her life the way she sees fit and doesn’t give a damn what the masses think and those are the people prone to alot of criticism of her, and I believe you are one of those intimidated people. See, you are a hateful person and the thing that my pastor said that ‘what you criticize in others is invariably true in yourself’. I think there is something that you hate in yourself and something about Angie brings that out. So, the next best thing is to attack her, her children, her choices.

    The good thing is that God knows and loves Angie and he will take care of her and her family. The more you spew your hate, the more blessings you send Angie’s way.

    Just look at past examples, people spew all kinds of hate toward her in 2005, calling her all sorts of names in the media, magazines, and what happens in Angie’s life? She starts a relationship with a good, yes I said good man, a sweet little girl called Zahara enters her life, she is given a humanitarian award, she is blessed with child by becoming pregnant, etc. In 2006, while the hate is still going on, what happens, her children are permanently blessed with Brad as their father, her and her family are travelling the world and we see them enjoying themselves despite an encounter with a nasty __ fan, she gives birth to a beautiful baby girl, she and Brad go out for dates and to parties, they get to travel all over the world and even with challenges, they manage to come out of those challenges stronger.

    In 2007, we start off with very very very bad press by the media before and after the GG, but that doesn’t stop her from living her life. Her mother dies, but she doesn’t go through it alone, because Brad and his family and her children are there for her and her brother. She goes on to a mission in Chad and shares with the world the tragedy in Darfur. She is named as a candidate to enter the CFR and has a very strong possibility of being accepted in. She is blessed again with another little boy in her life. We also learn that she has been an asset to **. Johns clothing line and not a liability as was reported negatively last year, and she has an opportunity to starr in a movie directed by Clint Eastwood (a big time, well-respected actor/director).

    So, you see, in as much as you spew your hate, you are never going to stop God’s blessings from coming down her way. Love you always, Angie, Brad, and your family. Keep on keeping on and may God continue to bless your lives.

  • Independence

    This is definitely a cult site!!!!!!

  • anonymous

    I knew thay you don’t have the ball to publish the comment. You are a coward JJ.

  • Schlumberger

    This was the observation that Anderson Cooper made:

    When Angelina Jolie came into the room, just four days after returning from Namibia, she was alone. No handlers, no entourage. True, elaborate precautions had been made to make sure no photographers followed her to the hotel where we met, but there she was, by herself, walking into the hotel suite, smiling, ready to talk.

    Notice that he said she made elaborate precautions that she was not followed by a photographer – because a lot of haters try to say that everything is for PR purposes.

  • Angie has a kind heart

    Frenchy Says:

    Also FYI about Angelina and schools:

    Liberian refugee women stitch together new future after Angelina Jolie skills course

    LARGO CAMP, Sierra Leone, Feb. 23 (UNHCR) – There was an atmosphere of joy and jubilation in Largo refugee camp last week when 50 Liberian refugee women each received a sewing machine after successfully completing a sewing skills course, funded by UNHCR’s goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie.

    “Today, our dreams have come true and for this we are very grateful. When we came to the camp, we did not know anything. But, with the skills that we have learned, we now know how to sew both for children and adults, we can return to Liberia and will be able to do something on our own,” said Sangay Kawala on behalf of the trainees.

    At the graduation ceremony the refugees sang songs in praise of Angelina Jolie and UNHCR. The Goodwill Ambassador donated the funds for the sewing courses in four refugee camps in Sierra Leone, including buying some of the sewing machines distributed to participants. UNHCR also helped fund the sewing machine purchase in Largo camp.

    “I would like to congratulate all of you on the completion of your training. You deserve the certificates and sewing machines,” UNHCR’s Kenema sub-office head Ibrahima Coly said to loud cheers and applause. Coly encouraged the refugees to use their sewing machines to help them stitch together a new future and help others.

    The majority of the group and their families have signed up to repatriate back to Liberia shortly, joining some 50,000 Liberian refugees from around West Africa who have now returned home since the official repatriation started. Back in Liberia, their sewing skills will be crucial to help them restart their lives.

    “The future is now in your hands. Please make the best use of it. I would also like to appeal to you to kindly assist to train other refugees or returnees who were not privileged to get the machines. I wish you all good luck in your future career,” Coly told the happy graduates.

    The main aim of the sewing project was to build the capacity of refugee nursing mothers, improving their nutritional status by giving them skills to generate income, says training programme coordinator Magdalene Dakowa of Catholic Relief Services. Another aim was for the sewing groups in each of the camps to produce 500 baby clothes for refugee children.

    The initial six-month training project started in January 2004. The course was so successful that the trainees went on to produce children’s clothes for both refugees and host communities as a way of continuing their career development. During this period the women in Largo camp were contracted to produce school uniforms by one of UNHCR’s partners. The graduation ceremony marked the conclusion of their career training.

    Funds for the project were also used to help 500 other refugee women improve their backyard gardening, again to help improve the nutritional status of the refugees.

    At the graduation ceremony, five trainers of the project – three men and two women – also each received one machine. One of the trainers, Isata Koroma, came from the host community.

    “The sewing machine that I have received will help me and my family,” said Isata. “I am a single mother. My husband was killed in the war in my country, Sierra Leone, and it has been really difficult for me to take care of our seven children. I am very grateful for this assistance.”

    There are eight refugee camps in Sierra Leone hosting some 46,000 refugees, with most coming from Liberia’s most devastated Lofa County. With the positive changes taking place in Liberia UNHCR is now actively promoting voluntary repatriation for an estimated 160,000 Liberian refugees still outside their homeland. Some 46,000 Liberian refugees remain in camps in Sierra Leone with Largo camp hosting 5,300 refugees.

    By Sulaiman Momodu
    In Largo camp, Sierra Leone

    http://www.unhcr.org/news/NEWS/43fdd3d44.html

  • perpetual lurker
  • perpetual lurker

    They Make BEAUTIFUL MUSIC together:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmjs6sOlDgc

  • juju

    285 Independence : 07/16/2007 at 3:15 am

    This is definitely a cult site!!!!!!

    ==========
    Sometime it is… When a bunch of crazy people that areexcuses for a human beings, invande the posts about Angelina (manily her) and make the cult of hate an lies.

    Most of the time it’s a nice place, were people (some that are even friends?) come and talk about people and things that they like.

  • to#266 juju

    266 juju>>
    I know you are just trying to help but Jessica Simpson use to dog Angie out in the beginning of the X thing, she has only lately been saying positive things about Angie.
    But for me she can STFU. If she trully liked admired/respected Angie, she never would have sided with X in the beginning, when the lies X was telling went down, she should have kept her fug mouth SHUT!
    JMO.
    Otherwise thx 4 the other articles. Peace.

  • harajuku

    http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1187349,00.html

    It was in the magazine “Time” (April 2006). Angelina as one of the most important people who shape the world.

    An eye witness, good article!

    Recently, I took my 13-year-old daughter Maddy to a New York City event honoring Angelina Jolie. Every parent will relate to the fact that Maddy often finds the world of celebrity magazines more interesting than the world of her father—which in my case centers on the United Nations and its work fighting poverty. That night Angelina brought those two worlds together. Maddy was awed by how Angelina used her celebrity to lift all of us beyond the glamour of a Manhattan ballroom and make us confront the grim realities of poverty in the farthest corners of the globe.

    That ability to transcend worlds has something to do with Angelina’s movie-star charisma—but it also says something about her diligence and grit. Angelina, 30, spends a great deal of time in the developing world, visiting refugee camps, speaking and listening to the men, women and children she is working to help. Those people, Angelina explained, “have seen so much, they’ve felt so much pain—lost more than anyone could bear, and yet they contain joy of life and appreciation for small things we often forget.” It was a further indication of Angelina’s humanity that she stopped to listen and talk to Maddy as the city’s power brokers hovered impatiently, awaiting their brush with celebrity.
    Angelina’s commitment as goodwill ambassador for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees has pushed her to speak out about root causes—economic failure and lack of justice. She urged me relentlessly to meet her last year during a stopover at an airport where our paths happened to be crossing, so that I could brief her ahead of her appearance at a big international meeting. It is typical of her. The subject was the Millennium Development Goals—a set of objectives agreed upon by the world’s governments. They range from eradicating poverty to reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS. As always, she wanted to be prepared—not just to share impressions of poverty but to be able to speak seriously to the issues. Angelina went on to make a film for MTV on a village in Kenya, where a pilot project is under way to fight poverty, hunger and disease.
    That blending of the activist and the performer, not on the set but in the African bush, reflects her determination to stick with a subject, immerse herself in it, make it part of her life—and then bring her public with her. It is celebrity advocacy at its most effective, most intelligent and most sincere. For that, she has my enduring respect and gratitude—and Maddy’s.

    Malloch Brown is Deputy Secretary-General of the U.N.

  • an interesting analysis

    presstelegram.com
    Bob Keisser
    Surgery, not counseling, for Lakers, Kobe
    Article Launched: 07/15/2007 11:13:19 PM PDT

    If marriage counselors were true to their deepest, most sincere and scholarly feelings and didn’t have a profit motive involved in keeping a couple’s name in their daybook for six months or more, they would send most of the deeply conflicted couples they see off to their respective corners with two blessings.

    One, that they they find happiness somewhere else. Two, that they detach as soon as possible lest someone gets hurt, and we’re not talking about their feelings.

    No one can argue that the Lakers and Kobe Bryant are deeply conflicted, yet everyone with the slightest feelings for the franchise and the star player are hoping to find some way to keep the two together.

    I care as much as anyone, but the reality is as apparent as the long couch in the therapist’s office: Kobe is gone. If not now, soon.

    Even if the Lakers were to make a trade that improves the team to the degree that satisfies Bryant, it doesn’t mean that Bryant will stay here any longer than two years, when he can opt out of his contract. If winning was truly the only thing on Bryant’s mind, after all, then he and Shaquille O’Neal would still be teammates.

    ==============
    We’re dealing with bigger issues than anyone has thrown out onto
    the court. Anyone who believes the rupture in the relationship can be traced to some nameless insider putting the blame for O’Neal’s departure on Kobe’s shoulders probably thinks Angelina Jolie was the only thing that came between Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston.
    For the sake of argument, let’s say the Lakers find a way to bring Kevin Garnett to the team and give the team the two-star system most everyone in the NBA believes is required.
    ===============

    By the time the 2009-10 season arrives, two years from now, Bryant will be 31 and Garnett will be 33. The Western Conference will likely be a tougher conference next season and beyond than it has been with multiple teams making moves forward.

    Garnett could arrive and make the Lakers better, and the Lakers would still be first-round fodder. The team still wouldn’t necessarily have an answer for San Antonio’s size, Phoenix’s pace or Dallas’ depth. Two years later, older and with more mileage on their bodies, they would be less of a solution.

    What would Kobe do then? One would have to be quite the blind optimist to think Kobe would then stay in L.A. simply because the franchise made the effort to be better. There’s been too much damage to this point and Bryant simply doesn’t seem motivated to make it work.

    A professor of psychiatry at NYU’s School of Medicine, Peter Fraenkel, says motivation is the key to repairing a damaged marriage, and if one side isn’t motivated to put some work into the relationship, it’s not going to survive.

    Bryant is a brilliant basketball player but also a serial franchise killer. He’s been at odds with virtually everyone in the organization.

    His trade demand was quite an affront to team owner Jerry Buss, who cleared the way for the Lakers to become Bryant’s team. Buss, with Bryant’s interests in mind (as well as his own wallet), broke up a team that had been to the Finals four times in five years. That’s the kind of commitment that should have created lifelong loyalty for Bryant.

    Bryant has taken shots at Jim Buss, the son of Jerry who has been handed the reigns of the team for the future, taking an axe to the family tree.

    He’s made it clear he doesn’t respect GM Mitch Kupchak, a loyal soldier to the family. He intimated he wants Jerry West back, knowing full well that the Buss-Kupchak-West relationship is too complicated to make it possible.

    He now has an arms-length peace with coach Phil Jackson, but this seems like a matter of convenience for both men. Considering what Jackson has said and written about Bryant, I doubt Bryant will ever truly forgive Jackson. At the moment, it’s to his advantage to have Jackson on his side.

    Everything he has said about the team’s shortcomings reflects on his teammates. He’s bashed Andrew Bynum, but it’s more telling that there’s not a single player on the team that he’s defended. He’s literally said he doesn’t care about the children.

    So seriously, how much is really going to change in the next two years?

    Buss isn’t going to sell the franchise. He isn’t going to take his son Jim out of the loop. He’s not going to reinstall Jerry West as GM, and West doesn’t want the job. He’s not going to fire Kupchak, and even if he did, he certainly wouldn’t put the franchise into the hands of Bryant’s only ally, Jackson. Jackson himself is probably going to call it a career soon, too.

    Adding one star player isn’t going to make everything lovely for everyone involved. To quote Neil Young, “Ooh, ooh, the damage done.”

    A psychologist told Time Magazine a few years ago that the number of positive and negative factors in a relationship is the key to whether a marriage can be saved, and that only 31 percent of conflicts ever get resolved.

    Anyone out there see any positives in the relationship? If so, please call the Lakers and Kobe and offer your services.

    Buss needs Bryant because every financial aspect of the franchise is tied to Kobe. But if the reality is that Bryant walks in two years regardless, then it’s time to stop trying to repair that which can’t be fixed and prepare a new blueprint.

    The two sides are way beyond Dr. Laura, Dr. Phil or Dr. Melfi. They don’t need a therapist. They need a surgeon.

  • good post

    tabloids Says:

    Angelina has donated more than a reported $ 12 million+ quietly before she came to limelight. But here is an interesting article from Forbes:

    At times in the past, I have come down fairly hard on news stations featuring celebrities’ daily activities as “daily news.” But there are times when it is appropriate to discuss the daily actions of famous people, even in a magazine such as Forbes, when said actions amount to $58 million dollars in charitable donations given by three people.

    That statistic becomes even more impressive once one realizes that Oprah Winfrey, love her or hate her, donated $52 million dollars in 2005 alone to charitable organizations and functions. The other two celebrities filling out the other $6 million are Steven Spielberg ($3 million) and Angelina Jolie ($3 million +). It has become a cliche of American society that “to whom much is given, much is expected” (possibly because so many people have ignored the sentiment), and many progressive thinkers (myself included) routinely attack the elements of society that give so much money to entertainers and so little to people such as school teachers, who are responsible for raising generations of youth.

    But it’s also important to recognize that there are some highly paid people who don’t hesitate to give their money back to others. These are not people paying a tax on their income (though they obviously do that too), these are not people being backed into a corner and “forking over” a couple of dollars. Orpah Winfrey could have kept $52 million dollars for her own entertainment, but she chose to give it away to people who don’t have as much. And I think that’s pretty impressive.

  • harajuku

    The communication experience people create determines their impact and ability to influence others. Decker Communications’ annual list of the Ten Best and Worst Communicators proves this point. President Bush, Angelina Jolie and Barry Bonds — are they among the Best or Worst Communicators of 2006?

    San Francisco, CA (PRWeb) January 2, 2007 — Decker Communications, Inc. (http://www.deckercommunications.com), a leading communications training and executive coaching firm, announces its annual list of Top Ten Communicators. This year’s list highlights notable individuals from business, politics, sports and entertainment — and shows how their communications helped make or break them in 2006.

    The Ten Best

    5. Angelina Jolie — finally, a movie star, and beautiful at that, who is now known as much by what she says and how she says it as being beautiful. Under klieg lights she appears natural, (and they say those lips are natural too.) It is a tribute to her cause, and her articulation of that cause for children and the impoverished, that she has become a public figure as a stateswoman rather than just a beauty.

  • harajuku

    Dancer Says:

    I was looking at the UNHCR site and I believe Jolie has new journal entries from her travels online: http://www.unhcr.org/help/HELP/439d4ee52.html

    Some of the older ones have updated information. From the list (PDF files) since the publication of her book on Oct 1, 2003–the PDF files for Sudan, Thailand and Jordan appear to be new. I think based on the dates it is possible that Russian Federation, may also be new.

    I’m at work and don’t have my book, but they have links to Thailand and Kosovo as well as the book. Since work is slow, I’m going to start reading….
    BTW for people who doubt her commitment to the refugees, there are six current ambassadors: Georgio Armani, Julien Clerc, George Dalaras, Barbara Hendricks, Adel Imam, Jolie and Osvaldo LaPort. Of the six, Jolie has 67 press releases about her activities, commitments and events compared to the next highest which is 12 for Armani and Hendricks. You don’t put the effort into supporting something like this for fame, glory and self-promotion and do more than all the others put together. You go Angelina! You are a shining beacon of hope to the refugees of the world!

  • CLINIQUA

    282 Gupta : 07/16/2007 at 3:10 am
    FROM WHAT MY FRIENDS AND RANDOM PPL, ONLINE USERS I ASKED SAID ANISTON IS A TERRIBLE ACTRESS

    She is gonna have a problem. She is 38, by hollywood standard, she is old.

    actresses we prefer:–

    comedy—-Angie, Kate Hudson, Cameron Diaz, Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, Drew Barrymore, Reese W, Hally Berry,

    drama—-Angie, Scar Jo, Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Charleze Theron Nicole Kidman , Reese W, Cate B

    action–Angie, Jen Gardner

    and Hillary Swank, Naomi Watts.
    _______________________

    In 18 months, Maniston turns the BIG 4-0!! Let’s have a big ol’ cyber party for her here on JJ’s shall we??

    Seriously though, it’s less about her age, and more about the fact that she’s a TV sit-com hack with little to no talent who hasn’t ever proven herself — at best she comes across as adequate (and that’s on a good day). A person who just has TV sit-coms on their resume, with sporadic features that star HUGE comedy boy sensations, is not going to get a lot of offers that could shoot her into the stratosphere at this late date. Now she could luck up and get a franchise (ala her fellow Huvane client, Kirsten Dunst in Spiderman) – but since Brad took a powder, she’s no longer ‘connected’ so she’s not even on the short list for those plum jobs where she can just ride the coattails of Pitt, a comedy funny boy (like Stiller or Carey or Vaughn — courtesy of being with Pitt by the way) or a comic franchise, like she was pre-2005. Besides, you’ve got the obvious A-listers whose league she is not even close to being in who will be on the short lists of the worthwhile roles, you’ve NOW got all of these talented MUCH younger, up-n-comers like Katherine Heigl, Keri Russell, Michelle Williams or Anne Hathaway, or the MUCH younger Natalie Portmans and Sacrlett Johannsens and Claire Danes – and those are just the real actresses, let alone the sex pots like Jessica Biel or Alba – or the funny girls like Sarah Jessica Parker, Debra Messing or Sandy Bullock…

    I mean Aniston is literally shut out, she should have followed her co-stars leads and done a smart show on HBO like Kudrow, or gotten herself some kind of syndicated TV deal like Cox, or a spin-off like LeBlanc – at least she’d give the appearance of looking busy. Now, she just looks…well sad.

  • good read

    Nice post by, http://brangelinafans.blogspot.com/

    As I was reading my ***** magazine, issue #34 ‘Green’, I read an article titled, “Egos Without Borders – Mapping the new celebrity Philanthropy” (page 23 if you want to read it at the book store). And of course I knew they would mention Angelina as an example and they used her in a very positive light too.

    Some of us here at BF know the difference between the sincere efforts that Angelina and Brad give into their causes and they have not only donated money and neat material gifts, but they got down and dirty in a few countries and really have walked the walk! The causes they speak on behalf of are not fads for them, they are committed to them for a very long time. However, in this article in ***** magazine, the phrase “feel-good philanthropy” was introduced to me. According to the author, Summer Wood, there is a difference between the do gooders who donate in the short term for a cause and obtain a personal self-satisfaction from it, and there are those who are militant about it and do it as if their life depended on helping those who are less fortunate. Here’s a snipet from the article:

    “But in recent years, as more and more public figures enter the philantrhropic fray, it appears that male and female celebrities are going about their good deed in strikingly different and gender-stereotypical ways. Generally speaking, men like Bill Gates, George Clooney, and Bono are using their wealth and influence to advocate for specific policy reforms and U.S. political action on issues such as health, foreign aid, and trade. Meanwhile, female celebrities like Oprah, Drew Barrymore, Meg Ryan, and Lucy Liu (to name just a few recent examples) promote a feel-good, totally apolitical mode of philanthropy, in which women are encouraged to consider the plight of people in the developing world as a way (in part) to feel better about their own lives, and to pursue only small, relatively ineffectual solutions to the world’s problems.

    While women like Melinda Gates and Angelina Jolie are notable exceptions to this trend (both speak out regularly, and knowledgeably, on policy issues affecting the health of women in developing nations and have donated large sums of their own money to charitable causes), the brand of philanthropy promoted by many female celebs sends a troubling message to their fans about what the average person can do to help. With feel-good philanthrophy, there’s no need to call your elected representatives, attend a rally, or even spend a few minutes each day reading the international news in order to better understand the issues at hand. Give, but give just a little, and then sit back and reap the emotional rewards.”
    Reading this article really laid out the comparison between what celebrity X does and what celebrity W does. The way Angelina goes about her philanthropic interests is more admirable to me than someone going into a hospital ward in South Africa and giving the ill women there some makeup kits, or buying a piece of jewelry designed to act as a fundraiser tool against world hunger and sold for $24.99, but only $5 going to the actual cause. So when cynics say that Angelina is doing all her hard work for PR, I want to tell them to piss off because what she does is not easy. It’s emotionally draining, physically challenging, and it costs money: the more you have, the more you can afford to give w/o straining your own bank account. But in the long run, her kind of help is actually helping people and giving them what they really need: the care and the true attention that their plight needs.

    posted by Gossipfan @ 12:53 PM

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