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  • anustin

    hmmmm jared……corporation thread.

  • abcd

    Good morning to all the JP Fans.

  • anustin

    please dont click the link…….its the freaking Us weekly mag.

  • anaïs

    You are right anustin, Us mag is a shit.

  • SERA

    Funny JJ combo thread. . Just a note to all Jolie Pitt fans. When you go to see Angies movies, 1/3 of your ticket purchase will go to charity. It’s how Angie rolls.

  • Still doing Good work

    Angelina Jolie appeals for more Afghan returnee support after visit 24 Oct 2008 12:02:48 GMT
    Source: UNHCR
    Reuters and AlertNet are not responsible for the content of this article or for any external internet sites. The views expressed are the author’s alone.
    UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie yesterday (Thursday) concluded her first visit to Afghanistan, where she saw both the successes and difficulties of refugee return and reintegration.

    Ms. Jolie commented that “the courage, resilience and quiet dignity of returnee families rebuilding their lives against the kind of adversity few of us can imagine shows the human spirit at its best.” She appealed for long-term commitments to Afghanistan and greater humanitarian support for the population as the harsh Afghan winter approaches.

    Ms. Jolie is no stranger to UNHCR’s Afghan operation, one of our biggest worldwide. She had met with Afghan refugees in neighbouring Pakistan twice in recent years and wished to see for herself how returnees were coping on their return to Afghanistan.

    Her visit, which ran from Tuesday to Thursday, was also aimed at raising awareness of the refugee issue ahead of an international conference on return and reintegration to be held in Kabul in November. Despite the huge returns to Afghanistan – over 5 million people have gone home over the past six years – approximately 3 million registered refugees remain in neighbouring Iran and Pakistan.

    During her mission, Ms. Jolie travelled to Nangahar province, where almost 20 percent of all returnees have settled since 2002. She visited the Lower Sheikh Mesri and Tangi settlement sites where recent returnees from Pakistan are living on desolate, desert land in tattered tents and makeshift shelters. The returnees told her they could not return to their places of origin due to a lack of land and poor security. She also visited UNHCR income-generating projects for vulnerable women in Jalalabad city.

    The goodwill ambassador witnessed similar challenges in Kabul, where she visited families who had returned from Pakistan in 2003 but have still been unable to go back to their home villages. They have been squatting in public buildings in Kabul for several years due to the lack of available land in Parwan, their province of origin. The returnees explained that landlessness and insecurity were not the only obstacles to return. Economic problems in rural areas such as a lack of employment opportunities also influenced their decision to remain in the capital despite the difficult conditions there.

    Ms. Jolie ended her trip by calling for more international commitment to help returnee reintegration through supporting long-term national development programmes in Afghanistan. Next month’s international conference, co-chaired by the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNHCR, will address how best to ensure the sustainable return of refugees and the displaced in the years to come.

  • FYI

    she was there in tuesday, which means left germany monday morning. Funny that while Pitty was getting drunk our angie was going to Afghanistan.

  • sara

    Another stupid comment. It just goes to show how self-absorbed she was prior to having children. Hopefully that has changed, but I’m going out on a limb and guessing no. A leopard can’t change their spots. Someone needs to tell her to shut up.

  • zoe

    wow sara. that is one harsh comment. im sure all kids think that way when they’re so young like tht. how on earth does tht make her self- absorbed? she’s simply telling us what kids normally think at this age. and its not her problem to ‘shut up’. the thing is, no one wants her to. the media and tabloids all wants a piece of gossip from her. it just so happens that her life is always circulated around the media.

  • hope

    who gives a shit

  • bdj

    It’s called growing up and being aware of others beside yourself. It is called getting out of your comfort zone and seeing another world beside your multi-million dollar Malibu estate. Not everyone remains a self-absorbed, narcissistic, sun-tanning celebrity. There is a big world out there with people suffering, homeless, Refugees and children in need.

  • bdj

    FYI @ 10/24/2008 at 8:59 am
    Just for you, Since you love BP so much.

    http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/78773

    Brad Pitt: Balanced, Loving, Generous Father, Partner, Artist, Humanist.

    Alice Aspen March
    October 23, 2008
    I´ve been watching Brad Pitt live his life for almost two decades now. He´s shown all of us how it is to be loving, vulnerable, productive and very human.

    We all read about his courtship and opulent marriage to Jennifer Anniston and their subsequent divorce. They appeared on every conceivable magazine cover, in every newspaper and in abundant conversations on radio, television and between people. In other words, he was visible to us at all times. That seems to be the American dream: to become such an important and rich celebrity, that you´re constantly pursued by the paparazzi and almost everyone wants to know almost everything about you. Where did that dream come from?

    And then that particular dream life shattered. Perhaps Brad didn´t want to be just another good looking actor with a good looking wife. Perhaps he needed more out of his life. He and Jennifer separated, as he had discovered another woman, who appeared to appeal to him more, Angelina Jolie. He seemed to be captivated by her life style as well as by her beauty and fame. Angelina had adopted a son, Maddox, from Cambodia. Soon, Brad, Angelina and Maddox became a mega topic for the media; they were seen at home and away, when they were traveling to far off places becoming involved in international world-wide aid causes, giving money away. Angelina had already become an active United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Refugees.

    Then together, Brad and Angelina, adopted another child, Zahara, a little girl from Ethiopia. And then they adopted another son, Pax, from Vietnam. Then soon, they had their own daughter, Shiloh. They were creating a multinational, family. This summer Angelina gave birth to twins, a son and a daughter, Knox-Leon and Vivienne Marcheline. All this is to say that they now have six children under the age of eight. Brad was quoted as saying, “I don´t know if I have enough attention to give all these children!” Now, that´s an honest and thoughtful bit of thinking.

    Yes, Brad and Angelina have the money to finance an entire staff of helpers, nannies, cooks, cleaners, tutors, and security along with the money to fly their own planes, to live in different countries for as long a time as they want. Yes, their kids, like all others, really only need and want abundant attention from their parents. Angelina has publically admitted that when she came home after having the twins, all the other kids just wanted to climb in bed with her, to be with her. Several publications reported that this was a rough time for her. No wonder. She needed personal recovery time, time to breast feed her new-borns, time to connect with her four others, time for her relationship with Brad. There are simply not enough hours in the day to handle all those tasks thoroughly or without almost personally imploding. I hear more and more people talk about being over whelmed. Technology demands appear to be wrecking havoc with our time balancing and personal connecting in families today.

    Time is the most precious commodity we have, and it seems to go by quicker and quicker. School time is fast approaching for the Pitt-Jolie family. Before kids start to school, it´s easier to live in different places. I read that Maddox now doesn´t want to go to school outside his home, that he wants to be a baby again, as his youngest siblings are getting all the attention. These are the most normal of children´s feelings, and attention must be paid to them. And Brad is paying attention. When Angelina was most overwhelmed, he pleaded with her to get some personal help, which she ultimately did. He took both sons, Maddox and Pax, on a father-son trip to Venice, while Angelina was in her most stressed-out days, working to be everything to everyone. Brad seems to be honestly and visibly enjoying his time with Angelina, his kids, his colleagues, his humanitarian fund-raising and his home building in New Orleans.

    He and George Clooney recently shared partying time in Venice, while they celebrated their roles in an upcoming movie. George commented, “I couldn´t do what Brad and Angie are doing. I wouldn´t have the patience or dedication you need to take care of a family.”

    Time and patience: both involve paying attention: being present, listening, looking, hugging!

    Parents are role-modeling constantly; kids learn what they see. Kids who have never experienced loving and attentive parents do not know how to be loving and attentive. I am passionate, now, about all of us learning how to be parents, to be in relationships, to balance our lives – especially in these frenetic times.

    When a couple has six young children, the needs for attention are never-ending and abundant. Nannies are not mommies; they can be significant-others, if they stay around long enough. Kids want their mommy and daddy to recognize them, to be present for them, to be with them. Four prominent professors from the fields of psychiatry, sociology, economics and neurobiology have concluded in a prominent research project with thirty-seven pages of references that the bottom- line is kids need quality attention and time more than they need toys!!! Raising kids is labor-intensive, to be sure. The kind of attention that we get in our childhoods lives with us forever. We all need to realize that and discover what our attention-impact is on kids and on the rest of the people in our lives.

    For example, there´s considerable research about military families who must often move their families. The kids carry attachment problems with them forever, for whenever they make new friends, they soon have to move on. We know so much more today about what it takes to raise healthy families, families who connect with each other, can communicate easily and honestly, who discover how different their kids are and how different the attention each family member needs! Our lives are all about attention. What kind we get, how we get it, and how we feel about the kind we get.

    Brad has called in his mother and father to extend the family attention-giving. He obviously has shown through pictures and interviews that he has a healthy and loving family to support him. Angie´s older brother, James, shows up also to participate in their family’s events. Brad has expressed his wish for both Jennifer and Angelina to heal their outages with certain family members. That is wise. The more positive and connecting experiences we can provide for each other and for our kids, the happier, healthier and competent they will grow.

    As I have watched, Brad Pitt seems to be striving to exemplify a fine father role-model these days

  • bdj

    Still doing Good work @ 10/24/2008 at 8:46 am
    Thanks for the information. AJ is a good person doing some good in the world.

  • Danielle

    sara @ 10/24/2008 at 9:14 am

    Well Sara, OPEN your eyes and LOOK around you! Most young folks these days are very self-absorbed. One only can hope they have their maturity kicked up a gear when they have kids. I think Angelina has done an amazing job with her family and volunteer work. I realize for folks like you seven years at the volunteer work and six at raising the kids means it is just a fad and won’t last. BUT she truly seems happy and centered and I bet it lasts a lifetime. She genuinely seems to enjoy her kids which is more than you can say for a lot of people.
    I suppose tho you feel girls like Bristol Palin, both Spears chickies, Ashley Simpson, Nicole Ritchie et al are better equipped to bear their young. They are all so mature and so thoughtful of others. Haha.
    You rock Angie and Brad!

  • Passing Through

    # 3 anustin @ 10/24/2008 at 8:26 am please dont click the link…….its the freaking Us weekly mag.

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

    LOL, Anuston. Of course it’s to US Lies Weakly. This is the feature Jared uses for reciprocal links with other blogs and gossip sites. I only clicked on it because I was at the other thread and it was totally dead. I figured everyone was either hear or stil lurking because there’s no new pix or news.

  • bdj

    http://www.nj.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2008/10/24/

    Changeling (R) Universal (141 min.) Directed by Clint Eastwood. With Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich. Opens Friday at theaters in New York.

    Clint Eastwood knows all about powerful emotions.

    The cold fire of revenge. The slow smoldering of greed. The unquenchable flames of rage.

    But they’re nothing measured against a mother’s love.

    That’s the power he puts onscreen in “Changeling” — one woman’s dedication to her only son. And compared to the courage this heroine shows — as she all but walks through hell itself in search of her boy when he disappears — Dirty Harry and the Man With No Name are a couple of cowards.

    Eastwood’s new film as a director is based on a true, if mostly forgotten story — how one night in 1928, single mother Christine Collins came home from work to find her 9-year-old son, Walter, missing. Five months later, the Los Angeles Police Department — under increasing pressure — produced the boy and reunited mother and child.

    Except, Christine said, there was a problem. This wasn’t her child.

    It was clear to others, too — the boy’s teacher, the boy’s dentist. But the police stubbornly would not, could not, admit their mistake. And when Christine loudly kept denying the boy was hers — and insisting that the police were wasting valuable time by not continuing their search — they did the only logical thing.

    They declared her dangerously insane and locked her away.

    It’s an astonishing story, and it contains a thrilling performance by Angelina Jolie, who takes Christine from quietly capable telephone operator to impassioned advocate to furious mental patient — and beyond. It’s award-worthy work, with the same kind of “Snake Pit” melodrama that got her an Oscar for “Girl, Interrupted,” and it won’t be forgotten this year.

    Eastwood, meanwhile — typically for an actor-turned-director — has paid close attention to the supporting performances as well. John Malkovich, his old nemesis from “In the Line of Fire,” gets a rare good-guy part as a crusading minister; Jason Butler Harner, in a tremendous movie debut, is a loathsome presence as a man with crucial information.

    The script by J. Michael Stracyznski is less artful. It leaves out the fact that the real-life villain was abetted in his crimes by his mother, which would have provided a black shadow to the theme of maternal devotion. And true or not, several events — a nick-of-time intervention, a faint into the arms of a suddenly appearing friend — feel like pure Hollywood.

    Eastwood’s direction can be formulaic, too. It’s interesting to see him — particularly after back-to-back war films — once again exploring strong female characters, a longtime interest he’s rarely given credit for. But conversely, he’s too often overpraised for being “minimalist” when actually his filmmaking can be merely flat — the compositions and editing rarely rise above the utilitarian here, and his own score is derivative.

    But none of that detracts from Jolie’s work. In fact, Eastwood’s own straightforward directorial reserve ends up only complementing it. This is one movie where the star really is the star. And delivers a performance of which any actress can be truly proud, as — wearing no more armor than a felt cloche, warm coat and fresh swipe of lipstick — she goes to war for her son.

  • melisa

    Angie is putting the pressure on Brad to get married, she is such a loser. I bet Brad would love to put a muzzle on her.

  • Passing Through

    # 5 SERA @ 10/24/2008 at 8:40 am

    Just a note to all Jolie Pitt fans. When you go to see Angies movies, 1/3 of your ticket purchase will go to charity. It’s how Angie rolls.

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

    Sorry to point this out, but this isn’t accurate. Angie’s salary is independent of the box office of the movie. Any profits go to the studio NOT in Angie’s pocket to give to charity.

    The truth would be – Go see Angie’s movies to contribute to the success of the movie, which in turn will allow her to ask for a higher salary, which in turn leads to more money she can give to charity.

    Without success at the box office Angie will become Nic Kidman – ablel to demand the highest salary in HW…but nobody goes to see her movies, she’s labelled “Box Office Poison” (a la X) and she’s no longer able to command huge paydays, which would affect the amounts she donates to charity.

  • bdj

    melisa @ 10/24/2008 at 9:47 am
    hmmmm at least she didn’t trap him with the oldest trick in the book. Some folks know that a certain marriage would not have taken place without all the lies and game playing. BP has a great woman and Mother with AJ. They are committed partners and if they decide to marry, then that is up to them.

  • lurking

    SERA @ 10/24/2008 at 8:40 am
    Funny JJ combo thread. . Just a note to all Jolie Pitt fans. When you go to see Angies movies, 1/3 of your ticket purchase will go to charity. It’s how Angie rolls.
    —————–
    You said it Sera, we fans need to rally and go see her movie. In my area, the movie will debut next week. The movie is getting mixed reviews and haters can’t wait to slam Angelina’s acting. It doesn’t affect me one bit. Next Friday can’t come here soon enough.!!!!!

  • bdj

    Okay since slick Rick Jared combined all these links. Posh and Beck, well okay. Hathaway boyfriend, I hope enjoys prison blues. Lindsay needs a job. Matt Damon is cute. Paris is a dingbat.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Pitt

    Go see Changling. it was a good movie.

  • ebmo

    # 8 sara @ 10/24/2008 at 9:14 am Another stupid comment. It just goes to show how self-absorbed she was prior to having children. Hopefully that has changed, but I’m going out on a limb and guessing no. A leopard can’t change their spots. Someone needs to tell her to shut up.
    +++++++++++++++++++
    Ask any 33 year old if they are doing the same things they did when they were in their early twenties. Ask if they have the same values. Ask if the same things are important to them that were then. Ask if they get upset over the same things.

    If they tell you yes, then that is a person who is stunted in their growth. OFCOURSE people change over time. It is our nature to grow and to learn from new experiences. Are you incapable of doing that?

    If not why would you assume someone else is.

  • Passing Through

    # 6 Still doing Good work @ 10/24/2008 at 8:46 am

    Angelina Jolie appeals for more Afghan returnee support after visit 24 Oct 2008

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

    I love how Angie quietly does these visits and then publicizes them afterwards.

    Didn’t we have a troll a while back who said Angie would stop doing her UNHCR work after having the twins? Moron. I’d say her UNHCR work is one of the reasons she’s considering retiring from acting. Six kids, a hubby who can command an even higher salary she does, interest and participation in humanitarian work…why make movies? Certainly why make more than 1 a year?

    You know the tabloid industry hoes are shaking in their Louboutins at the prospect of their all-time covergirl retreating into her private life…especically since Brad provides them with so little material for negative cover stories about her. Hehehehehehehe…GO ANGIE!!

  • ebmo

    # 17 melisa @ 10/24/2008 at 9:47 am
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    Angie is who she is. Outspoken and fierce in her passions. Brad knows that about her. He has said that about her AND he has said he loves that about her.

  • http://yahoo.com krissy219

    I agree with you PT. It’s T.G.I.F guys happy weekend to all.

  • PersianCutie

    wow FYI you didn’t tell that,did you? you know that it is not that far between Afghanestan and Germany. It’s not like you are going to leave one day early to be there on Tuesday. and as you see the article hasn’t mentioned any time on Tuesday. she could’ve easily left early in the morning in Germany and arrive there on time. why your mind just can think one side? and did it ever come to your mind,this can easily be the reason why QT invited Brad to that resturant?because he couldn’t work while Angie was away so it means no work for him in these days?

    sara- happily it has happened while she was 26. what are you going to tell about those women who are in their 40th and they still don’t have kids.

  • PersianCutie

    btw sorry fans. at first i should have said hi. waving to all fans,but it was very hard to see these comments which obviously lack any kind of information and not subject them. hope you will have a great weekend. wasn’t here for afew days,i was busy celebrating my birthday with family and friends,the birthday that was totally forgotten by me. hahahaha

    will be here later.maybe there will be picture of Angie in Afghanestan later.

  • FYI

    bdj, did you even read the article about super brad?

    THE LADY THINKS IN TOUCH IS CREDIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Time is the most precious commodity we have, and it seems to go by quicker and quicker. School time is fast approaching for the Pitt-Jolie family. Before kids start to school, it´s easier to live in different places. I read that Maddox now doesn´t want to go to school outside his home, that he wants to be a baby again, as his youngest siblings are getting all the attention. These are the most normal of children´s feelings, and attention must be paid to them. And Brad is paying attention. When Angelina was most overwhelmed, he pleaded with her to get some personal help, which she ultimately did. He took both sons, Maddox and Pax, on a father-son trip to Venice, while Angelina was in her most stressed-out days, working to be everything to everyone. Brad seems to be honestly and visibly enjoying his time with Angelina, his kids, his colleagues, his humanitarian fund-raising and his home building in New Orleans.

    SO, Super Brad is there to rescue her while she’s overwhealmed and stressed with PPD?

    You’re as crazy as in touch

  • FYI

    Maddox wants to be the baby again? the article is a joke!

  • bdj

    FYI @ 10/24/2008 at 10:36 am
    I figured you would like it. Too funny. I take everything with a grain of salt, even your obvious bias, rant filled coments about Papa Pitt. Peace to ya.

  • bdj

    http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/movie/18257401/review/23880274/changeling

    alk about creative mojo. In the past five years, Clint Eastwood has delivered an unbroken string of triumphs: Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Flags of Our Fathers, Letters From Iwo Jima. Eastwood’s eye for shaping story and character has grown keener over the years (he’s 78). The proof of his sure touch and emotional acuity as a director is on powerful display in Changeling, a riveting true crime story set in Los Angeles in 1928, around the time Eastwood was born.

    Angelina Jolie is a force of nature in lipstick and a cloche hat as Christine Collins, a single mother whose nine-year-old son, Walter, goes missing while she’s at work supervising a telephone switchboard, a job she does on roller skates. The LAPD, riddled with corruption, offers little help. And then, five months later, Capt. J.J. Jones (Jeffrey Donovan, slime with a badge) produces the boy at a train station, the perfect photo op. Only it’s not so perfect. Christine knows instantly that the boy isn’t her son. The cops call her neurotic and worse, despite support from radio evangelist Gustav Briegleb (John Malkovich excels in a rare portrait of faith minus the clichéd fanaticism).

    The police eventually throw Christine into a mental institution, where a deeper level of police depravity is uncovered (a big shout-out here to the superb Amy Ryan as an inmate with secrets). Add to that a serial killer (Jason Butler Harner), who may count Walter as one of his victims. There are times when Changeling seems like science fiction. (Hell, screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski created TV’s Babylon 5.) But the incredible story is a matter of public record, and Straczynski tells it with artful finesse. Christine’s battle for her rights and, by extension, the rights of all women becomes a personal crusade. Though Changeling recalls Chinatown and L.A. Confidential in its indictment of a system decaying from the inside, it’s the human drama that pulls us in, to the haunting strains of Eastwood’s resonant score.
    Jolie is inspired casting. She plays the role like a gathering storm, moving from terror to a fierce resolve. And Eastwood, at the peak of his artful powers, tightens the screws of suspense without ever forgetting where the heart of his film lies. Lesser hands might let the story sink into teary sentiment. Not Eastwood and Jolie. In saluting the warrior in Christine, star and director have made a mesmerizing film that burns in the memory

  • Its going to happen

    Why is it that when Angelina give people hints they dont listen.When they marry people like Melissa will be shocked,the whole world will be shocked.When Angelina talked about how Brad came and talked to her about donating to proposition 8,you get the feeling he talked about a lot more.They’re going to up their humanitarian work from now on,meeting Presidents,Prime Ministers and top official,I dont see them going with this is my partner thing for long.Anyway love them married or not.

  • bdj

    FYI
    I think the writer was talking about the first stressful days of having a baby and taking care of it. NO PPD was mentioned, oh tabloid reader. Okay enough fun. Peace to ya.

  • andamentothat

    hello everyone.. Wish JJ would open a thread with Ange’s mission to afghanistan.. No worries, mates, she is on a roll these days.. doing just fine, healthy, happy and content.

    I have a feeling that marriage is around the corner .. wishful thinking is more like it, but it still would be fun.

  • Frenchy

    Is this a legit new thread? Or are we at the last one? Angelina was in Afghanistan? wow! I do think marriage is on the howison becasue I’ve seen smaller wedding/bridal magazine talking about her “upcoming” nuptuals like it was a done deal! LOL!!!!

  • Passing Through

    # 12 bdj @ 10/24/2008 at 9:37 am

    FYI @ 10/24/2008 at 8:59 am
    Just for you, Since you love BP so much.

    http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/78773

    Brad Pitt: Balanced, Loving, Generous Father, Partner, Artist, Humanist.

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

    ROTFLMBAO! Holy crapola! I know this moron thought she was being supportive of Brad and Angie, but she based almost all of her assumptions about their life on TABLOID STORIES!!! LOL. Sheesh. “Fans” like this, propagating tabloid stories without saying that’s where their info comes from , just need to STFU if they can’t quote legit news sources.

  • 411 mania

    At 78 years of age, how does Clint Eastwood’s newest directorial effort stack up?

    Rated R for some violent and disturbing content, and language.

    Clint Eastwood has turned into one of those filmmakers whose efforts almost instantly receive Oscar buzz before any clip is even shown to anyone. Just the cast and the plot are sufficient enough for someone to start the hype. It is exceedingly difficult to predict what type of story and style Eastwood will bestow, but rest assured even his most flawed work is packed with passion. His 28th film, Changeling will prove to be another riveting piece of brilliance in a diverse oeuvre that has intrigued the moviegoing world for quite some time.

    The year is 1928, and the place is Los Angeles, where single mother Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie) works as supervisor at a phone operations center. She drops her son off at school, and continues with her day. One weekend in March, a plan for a day at the movies is cancelled when her job requests that she come in. Young Walter Collins is left home alone with neighbors periodically checking in. Christine returns later to discover that Walter has disappeared. She searches herself, but calls the police for aid. They inform her that they will not look for any missing child for at least 24 hours. That time elapses, and a nationwide manhunt follows. 5 months later, the LAPD finds Walter and reunites him with Christine. The expression on this shocked mother’s face in instantaneous. This boy is not her Walter. Her questioning of this boy’s identity unveils a myriad of corruption, lies, and greed in the city of Angels.

    One little facet I observed, that I am certain others will miss is the text at the very beginning displaying “A True Story.” It did not say “Based on a True Story” or the worse “Inspired by a True Story.” It stated that this IS a true story, and while I have always attested that movies are not meat to be documentaries, the purpose of the cast and crew was accuracy above all else. Since this is stranger-than-fiction, I thought this detail important. While briefly the melodrama overwhelms the proceedings, Changeling is saturated with tension, three-dimensional characters, and masterful pacing. The editing and timing is the key to the films luster. Every moment is placed and delivered with such a cautious, but swift construction.

    No matter how many babies she adopts or gives birth to, and no matter how many times a day she and Brad are photographed, the role of Christine Collins cements that Angelina Jolie’s fame and popularity are enormous due to her talent. In Wanted, Ms. Jolie showed that she still knows how to have fun, but the actress has been turning in some truly amazing performances during the past few years with the likes of A Mighty Heart, Beowulf, and The Good Shepherd. This is another glorious example of her limitless abilities. Channeling the superb female turns of the 1930’s, Jolie is literally stunning as a woman whose fortitude and defenselessness can be exposed simultaneously. Jolie transcends a mere one-dimensional centerpiece because Christine is a mother. Despite roller skating around the phone company addressing issues, Walter was her life, and that is a perspective we all need to connect with to understand Jolie’s portrayal. How could she not devote her existence to finding the truth?

    Gustav Briegleb is a radio minister, played by John Malkovich, who has made it is his goal to expose police corruption to the citizens. He takes an interest in Christine Collins and challenges the authorities when the situation escalates. Few actors are as resolute and firm as John Malkovich. It is so pleasing to see him showcasing his skills in films that accentuate them properly. Malkovich unleashes his lines with such veracity and with explosive energy that viewers can’t help but understand how any enemy of his would drop to their knees.

    The amount of excellently genuine supporting roles is exactly what Jolie and Eastwood needed to convey that Changeling is more than just a mediocre thriller with a magnificent lead. Burn Notice’s Jeffrey Donovan, a man who has not advanced successfully from television, has finally surpassed that stage of his career. As Captain J.J. Jones, he personifies the seedy and dishonest image of a police officer who is a professional at manipulation. His lines will evoke the loudest reactions from the audience. He instructs Christine to take the returned child on a “trial basis” and further enlightens her that his department has the finest child identification experts to support them. Amy Ryan has a short, but sweet part as prostitute Carol Dexter in the mental hospital, Colm Feore (24) is terrific as Chief James E. Davis, and Michael Kelly (Generation Kill) is fantastic as Detective Lester Ybarra.

    There are two roles in Changeling that deserve to praised, but are to difficult to fully do so because it involves slight spoilers. I will tread lightly. Jason Butler Harner is spectacular as Gordon Northcutt, and soap opera kid Eddie Alderson is outstanding as Sandford Clark, the boy who lives with him. Fleshing out these two characters must have been a daunting task, but these newcomers offer more than anyone could have hoped for. My hat is off to whoever helped hone their acting.

    Changeling is gracefully laced with hints of the corruption and mood from Chinatown, but is primarily comparable to Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil. That was an ambitious picture met with a mixed reception, but over time, became a classic. That could very well be the destiny of Eastwood’s latest period epic, but only time will tell. Dirty Harry collects his usual team for the appropriate effect. Tom Stern’s cinematography is beautiful and adequately morose depending on the scene. He captures the best angle, light, and shadows every single frame. Deborah Hopper’s costume design is elegant, the set decoration of Gary Fettis is faithful, the art direction of Patrick M. Sullivan Jr. is lovely, and the production design of James Murakami is striking. Do not forget the exceptional score from Eastwood himself either, which swells at all the essential moments, but does not drown viewers with sentiment.

    One handicap that Changeling quickly countered was the nature of the premise. This records a tale of a missing child, which is an unfortunate circumstance that occurs daily in real life, and has been dramatized in film multiple times as well. Changeling reveals how simply reading the paper can make a huge difference. Paying attention to the news of the world and the town that surrounds you is vital, and this refined, charming, and serpentine screenplay from cartoon writer J. Michael Straczynski possesses an urgency of keeping a close eye on the area in which you live.

    Changeling debuted at Cannes with positive reviews, and has transitioned to the New York Film Festival I attended, to less than stellar reviews. What are the NYC critics missing? Eastwood’s intentions for one. At its heart, Changeling is a harrowing chronicle of events that will shake you to the core and open your eyes. It is a story of motherly courage, the blurred lines between good and evil, and strength to finish a fight you did not start regardless of the consequences. However, this is also a marvelous throwback and supplementary section into the book of classic L.A. crime dramas. Academy voters should take notice.

    The 411: It is easy to be confused by the title, but this is an original script taken from actual events. It is not a remake of The Changeling from 1980, nor is it based on any film, show, or episode title with the word “Changeling” included. This Changeling from Director Clint Eastwood marks the filmmaker at the height of his powers as he grows older. This is a brilliant period epic; melodrama, thriller, and I could go on. The suspense is fabulous, the performances are superlative, and all the work from the crew is tremendous. While a couple minor things could have been changed, this film casts a spell on you because at 140 minutes, it flies by because your eyes are glued to the screen. Do not let the “made for awards” moniker bother you. It is a wonderful film, and you should see it.
    Final Score: 9.0 [ Amazing ] legend

  • d.kay

    Afghanistan….ummmm. Back with pee boy partying and hotel hopping……..ummmm Why, I ask, are these two women even mentioned in the same sentence?????????

    As Hoistan struts in front of papz in her tank tops and HAIR and jeans posing for yet another inset in some sleazy weekly, our girl is globetrotting into war zones.

  • bdj

    Yep just like the trolls. However, in the case of the trolls, they are trying to feed the tabloids.
    Passing Through @ 10/24/2008 at 11:38 am
    ROTFLMBAO! Holy crapola! I know this moron thought she was being supportive of Brad and Angie, but she based almost all of her assumptions about their life on TABLOID STORIES!!! LOL. Sheesh. “Fans” like this, propagating tabloid stories without saying that’s where their info comes from , just need to STFU if they can’t quote legit news sources.

  • Frenchy

    Angelina is amazing!

    Angelina Jolie ends Afghan visit with call for more returnee support
    24 Oct 2008 15:12:57 GMT

    KABUL, Afghanistan, October 24 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency’s Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie has concluded her first visit to Afghanistan, where she saw both the successes and the difficulties of return and reintegration. She saw first hand the country’s difficult humanitarian circumstances and called for more international support to meet critical needs during the coming winter.

    Jolie’s two-day trip comes ahead of an international conference on return and reintegration to be held in Kabul next month. Co-hosted by Afghanistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNHCR, the event will bring government ministries and donors together to see how the country’s absorption capacity can best be strengthened to support further repatriation.

    The award-winning American actress is familiar with UNHCR’s Afghan operation, having twice visited Pakistan in recent years to see Afghan refugees there. But the visit on Wednesday and Thursday was her first to Afghanistan to see the reintegration challenges inside the country.

    “The courage, resilience and quiet dignity of returnee families rebuilding their lives against the kind of adversity few of us can imagine shows the human spirit at its best,” Jolie said after visiting a number of sites.

    more:
    http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/UNHCR/e0aa0796311718e8a19cfefb25fe3d07.htm

  • irma

    Way to go Angie, visit to Afghanistan boost the morale of soldiers & refugees. God bless the Jolie-Pitt’.s
    waving to senior,vicki,anoble,MF,anustin,alia,Bailey,guli,andromeda,alexanderina,the real tita,passing through,bdj, hope you all go out & watch “Changeling”.
    I hope, they will show it here in Germany soon. Peace & blessings. Got to go, duty calls.

  • d.kay

    Gosh, I know now. Hoistan said ‘charity’ isn’t her thing. Right, now I get why she parties and poses and AJ ‘gives.’

  • last thread

    LET US GO BACK TO THE LAST THREAD- ANGIE’S THREAD

  • Go Angie

    She was in Afgnistan,go Angie.She has works so hard to bring awareness to refugees.She said she see herself stopping acting but not her UN work.

    their home in France would be perfect for a wedding,It has a church,you can fly people in and noone will know.I think it’ll happen after the adoption.

  • Danielle

    From the Chicago Tribune: (Changling review)

    Jolie brings out the best in the script and transcends its limitations. She’s spectacularly effective in the most intense blowouts—there’s an Oscar-clip dilly with Jolie and Jason Butler Harner, who plays Northcott—but Jolie really shines in the calm before the storm, the scenes (and there are many) when one patronizing male authority figure after another belittles her at their peril.

  • Passing Through

    # 40 bdj @ 10/24/2008 at 11:41 am

    BDJ -

    I did something I hardly ever bother to do with claptrap like this – I sent the author an e-mail and told her exact what I said here – if all she’s going to do is quote tabloids, then she needs to STFU because Brad (and Angie) doesn’t need “fans” who propagate tabloid bullshit AND validate it by accepting it as the truth…ESPECIALLY when Angie herself has been out promoting “Changeling” and in interviews has stated she didn’t have PPD and the tabloids were making up stories because they don’t know anything about their lives.

    The sad part is the picture on the website shows a middle-aged woman who should know better than to believe the tabloids!

  • bdj

    http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/article/523624

    Changeling: An emotional motherlode

    Angelina Jolie conveys the rage and fear of a parent who has lost a child in ‘Changeling,’ heightened by women’s powerlessness of the time.

    (3 out of four)

    The words “a true story” flash tersely on screen at the start of Changeling, Clint Eastwood’s chilling new child-swap drama starring Angelina Jolie.

    Eastwood, ever concise, wants us to know his film isn’t just based on the truth, as per the usual Hollywood fudging; it is the truth, near as he can tell it in a 2 1/2-hour movie. Wikipedia confirms the details of the Depression-era Los Angeles case known as the Wineville Chicken Coop Murders, which screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski has stuck to in the main.

    This is familiar ground for Eastwood, who plumbed similar emotional depths with Mystic River five years ago, and whose resistance to blind authority has been well documented both on and off the screen.

    He’s found a kindred spirit in Jolie, no mild mama herself, who effectively channels the rage and fear any parent would feel at the thought of losing a child. Her Christine may dress like a Roaring Twenties flapper and identify with Claudette Colbert’s impetuous heiress in It Happened One Night, but she’s not the loose woman the cops seem to think she is. She struggles to remain a lady in situations that would test the patience of Job.

    Malkovich gets considerably less screen time than Jolie, but he makes an impact regardless. The same goes for Amy Ryan as Christine’s loyal cellmate, Colm Feore as the LAPD’s embattled police chief, Michael Kelly as a dogged police detective, and Jason Butler Harner as a figure of mystery and menace.

    Eastwood assumes we know the tenor of the times he mounts so effectively and sparingly with desaturated colours and a muted piano score. By the late 1920s, the women’s suffrage movement had just started in America, but it would take many more decades for attitudes about equality to seriously change.

    There was no Internet searching or DNA testing to assist in a missing-person case. It was also not uncommon for citizens to shelter children who were not their own, especially in the aftermath of World War I, if a greater good could be met.

    In other words, it might have profited Eastwood to provide greater context and background to events that seem so preposterous in terms of today’s laws and attitudes.

    Many people will leave the theatre believing they’ve seen some form of outrageous fiction, and yet we have Clint’s word – and that of historical accounts – that this is indeed a true story.

    Changeling reminds us that the veneer of civilization is thin and made of quicksilver.

  • http://www.captain-obvious.com/alissa/ A L I S S A

    Yes, Brad and Angelina should get married.

    Then, one of Brad’s co-stars can come along and steal Brad away from Angelina.

    http://www.captain-obvious.com/alissa/

  • lurking

    Wow, Angie was in Afghanistan last few days and NO ONE knows about it til now?? Angie is true to her words. I believe wholeheartedly that she will cut back movie making and concentrate on her family and humantarian work. She’s a role model for everyone out there!!

    OT – Changeling won’t open in my area til next week. If anyone lives in NY or LA should go and support her movie. It’s important because the studio would decide how many theaters to open next week based upon per screen average this weekend. The higher per screen average results in the higher interest of this movie. So everyone do their part and see the movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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