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Angelina Jolie: I Didn't Intend to Direct a Movie

Angelina Jolie: I Didn't Intend to Direct a Movie

Angelina Jolie keeps warm in a chic Carmen Marc Valvo coat while heading to the Bloomberg Tower on Tuesday (December 6) in New York City.

The 36-year-old actress, who is in town to promote her directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey, finished off her look with a Michael Kors dress and Ferragamo purse.

“It didn’t start out with me wanting to direct a movie. It started with me interested in these subject matters. So the script was a private exercise for me that I never intended to show anybody, and then I ended up showing Brad and he said, ‘You know, honey, it’s not bad,’” Angie told Extra.

“[We had] this idea we’ll send it to people from all different sides of the conflict without my name on it, and if they agree to come together to do it, then we’ll make it,” Angelina – who started writing the script during one of Shiloh‘s art classes – added. “And if they don’t, we’ll burn it.”

Also pictured: Brad outside the Bloomberg Tower.

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Credit: Flynet Pictures; Photos: Fame Pictures, INFdaily
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  • Kirsten

    Beautilful.She’s one of the few women who can wear anything and look fantastic. Love you Angie.

  • ab

    she is beautilful

  • Janet

    She’s so gorgeous. I can’t wait to see this movie! Already on my calendar to see it Dec 23rd.

  • LenLT

    Gosh I love her porcelain skin. Sooooo glowing even in pictures. Is she wearing the ring from her collection?

  • bizzy bee

    Been so busy, I’ve missed a lot and will try to catch up on my day off tomorrow. Congrats to Angie for her directorial debut, looks like the whole family came out to support her.

    She looks lovely in white but I’m not a fan of the loose-fitting dresses her stylist is dressing her in, form-fitting dresses are more flattering for her, so I agree with passing through on that.

    Can’t wait to see this movie, it’s getting great press and reviews. Yay for women directors!

  • Lara

    Gosh she looks beautiful, and I love her entire outfit. Love that Brad’s back wearing his glasses, so handsome.

  • NAN

    Angelina is a real beauty inside and outside.
    Angelina is a bond strong with Brad Pitt.

  • stella

    Beautiful woman inside and out. We need women like her in the world.

  • JT

    She looks so pretty :):)

  • شات حلا


  • wrong

    jj you got it wrong.brad was at the Bloomberg building tower.angie is at the hearst tower for marie claire screening and question and answer

  • lurker

    wow gorgeous love this woman

  • busted

    I want her coats..that one is amazing.

    So she is going to be on Charlie Rose too. Brad and Jonah tonight and Angie later in the month.

  • XIII

    I heart Angie in white.

  • lurker

    I want that coat

  • Que

    I would like an interviewer to ask her if she’d let one of her girl’s boyfriends move in with them when they are 14 yrs old

  • gracie

    Overload of happy times for all JP fans. JJ, thank you. Angie is one busy mama. Don’t know how she does it, I raise my hands to her. She is doing a great job.

    # 13 busted, is it definite she will be appearing on Charlie Rose? I loved Brad’s last interview with him, that was some revelation. If Angie is going, it will be something to look forward to.

  • NAN

    @Love B&A,
    Thank you for the precious pics of Bill and Jane Pitt with Angelina.

  • stalkers

    I heard that her mother stalked Mick Jaggar
    is that true??

  • #15

    Well since Angelina has stated that she felt that was not a good idea for she was too young for that kind of situation, I highly doubt that she or Brad would allow such. You also have to keep in mind that her upbringing was different because she was raised by a single parent who was trying to prevent something bad happening to her daughter. Her mom probably at that time felt that by allowing such to happen at home, it was her way of knowing where her young daugher was. Instead of worrying about her where abouts because she didn’t come home on time or at all.

    Angie has already talked about gearing up for the puberty pangs that are ahead but feels they will get through it just fine. I feel there will be no issues too much because they all seem to have a strong one on one relationship with all six children plus there are two parents at home.

    I know you are trying to bait a hateful comment however, if you really understood it then you will see her mother was just being protective of her daughter who was strong willed and was probably going to do it any way (like most teens at a certain age) and she found her own way to control it as much as a mother could.

  • Richard P

    Beautiful and smart woman

    I love Angie

  • Q’s about AJ

    I also heard that when her mom kicked her boyfriend out of the house she got revenge by f*%#ing her mom’s boyfriend of 10+ yrs

    is that true?

  • TC

    Love B&A – Thanks for the wonderful images. It makes me smile to see Angie with Brad’s parents. With her beloved mother gone and her complicated relationship with her father, I’m sure she gets the parental love, support and acceptance she needs from Bill and Jane. They seem like such great parents. Angie is lucky. But then so is Brad.

  • issues

    she turned shiloh into a boy from the minute she was born
    she dressed her in boy’s clothes she she was just a newborn

    then she pierces Viv ears when she was a year old

    what is wrong with this woman, she is as batsh%^ crazy as I heard her mother was

  • NAN

    Do you mean a 1 night Hohum right ?,I heard she’d spread her legs since she was 13 year old ,that’s why she had problems until now.
    It was happened nearly 30 years ago, eeh eeh eeh,

  • lylian

    As Angelina’s and Brad’s daughters are well loved and well raised, it is unlikely that any of them will seek whatever it was that Angelina sought with her boyfriend at 14. For that you should blame Jon Voight, an absent father who was often abusive to his ex wife and children when he did show up. So much so that when the kids did wise up, they shunned Jon. Even now, Angelina’ acceptance of her dad is very guarded. Can’t you tell? He wasn’t with her family in the debut of ITLOBAH. Her family are the Pitts and her brother, James. Says a lot eh??
    However, if you have a daughter who wanted a live with a boyfriend at 14 and a boyfriend who obviously had NO PLACE TO GO, then the most sensible thing to do if you love your daughter is to let the boyfriend come a live with you. At least, you know what’s going on and can support and guide your daughter through these times.

  • NAN

    Wow,whamo The HalfmanP!!ckstain got angry huh ? that Angie can Producing Baby and Babies for Brad Pitt.
    Do not worry about Angie’s Babies,just be worry about your Madame Ding Dong and yourself whamo The Halfman.eeh eeh eeh.

  • duh

    Are her children going to start smoking like brad did at their very young age? I’m sure they already know how to light up from watching daddy

  • ej

    Jen’s white trash has arrived. jealous trying to bring angie down so they can feel superior.

  • from JJB

    Brad Pitt is featured on the cover of New York Times Magazine’s Great Performers Issue for his roles in The Tree of Life and Moneyball. But all I can think about is the actor’s craziest look ever!

    It’s an electric combination of Kramer from Seinfeld, Eraserhead and Albert Einstein.

    For more of Brad’s NYTimes Magazine cover story, pick the issue up on December 11 — but head to now to watch 13 amazing videos with the chosen celebrities!

    Brad Pitt as the Madman

    On whom he’s channeling: ‘‘Peter Lorre — with a dose of Kramer.’’

    Watch the video »

    Best Performances in 2011: “Moneyball,” “The Tree of Life”

  • wow

    @from JJB:
    Brad is really the best actor, the acting is hilarious. The other 12 actors are also good. But Brad’s acting is the best.

  • 97lbs.

    if that much

  • XIII

    Ahh trolls! What is Brad and Angie thread without you.
    Keep on posting your lies, bugs. Don’t forget rags get their headlines from you.

  • Agatha

    Very classy woman, i love her!

  • duh

    @from JJB: Ryan gosling’s is the best and that’s probably the best acting George Clooney has ever done. Brand’s is lame and simple…he looked like a moron.

  • Carly

    @from JJB:
    This is amazing. Brad is such a method actor.

  • WBPfan

    Thanks for the new thread JJ. Didn’t have chance to read all of the last thread so sorry if this NYT article was already posted. :
    December 6, 2011
    Behind the Camera, but Still the Star

    Once the red carpet follies were over, the war correspondent Christiane Amanpour introduced the film, calling it “remarkable and courageous” while warning that there was “no way to sugarcoat” the atrocities it portrays. The afterparty, at a nightclub high atop a hip New York hotel in the meatpacking district, complete with the usual supercilious doormen, rotating disco ball and thumping music, was co-sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations and the human rights group Women for Women International.

    That was the atmosphere on Monday night at the New York premiere of “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” a harrowing look at the fratricidal Bosnian war of the 1990s: an unusual convergence of foreign policy seriousness and Hollywood glamour. But that is the way that Angelina Jolie, who wrote, directed and co-produced the film, operates these days.

    “I’ve had fun as an actress,” Ms. Jolie said in an interview over the weekend at the Waldorf-Astoria. “It’s a very fun job, and I’ve had great experiences. But my heart has been on these foreign policy issues, and my interests are there. So to be able to combine them and be part of international affairs that way, working toward solutions and being part of a good dialogue with good people, felt like a nice evolution to me.”

    “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” which opens on Dec. 23 and is Ms. Jolie’s directorial debut, tells the stories of Ajla, a Bosnian Muslim woman, and Danijel, a Serbian police officer, who meet in Sarajevo just before the war starts. Through them it examines the broader conflict, which killed more than 100,000 people, displaced 2 million more and introduced the term “ethnic cleansing” to the lexicon of war. Ms. Jolie, who chose not to act in the film, said that among the experts she consulted while making the film were Richard C. Holbrooke, the architect of the Dayton accords, which ended the conflict in December 1995; Gen. Wesley Clark, the former NATO commander; and the foreign correspondent Tom Gjelten, who covered the Balkan wars for National Public Radio.

    When the war broke out in 1992 Ms. Jolie, now 36, was, as she put it, “a young punk” who “wasn’t paying too much attention” and was “not very politically involved or aware.” (Her breakthrough role, in the HBO movie “Gia,” was still six years away, and her days as catnip to glossy magazine editors and gossip columnists everywhere had not yet arrived.) But in recent years, even as news media accounts breathlessly followed every twist of her life with Brad Pitt and their six children, she has drawn much attention for her work as a good-will ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and her lobbying on behalf of displaced people.

    She and cast members described her new film as stemming from the same humanitarian impulse. “It’s another one of her missions, actually,” said Rade Serbedzija, a Croatian Serb actor who has played villains in Hollywood productions like “Mission: Impossible II” and “The Saint” and plays a malevolently nationalistic Serbian general in Ms. Jolie’s film.

    But Ms. Jolie is also aware that, given her image as a Hollywood star, her pursuit of more weighty matters may expose her to ridicule. For every critically acclaimed movie by George Clooney or Sean Penn, there’s a mercilessly mocked Madonna or Kevin Spacey vanity project.

    “Maybe people will see this film and judge it differently, in a negative way, because I made it,” she said. “But at the same time, I don’t think I could have gotten it made unless I had a strong career.”

    Without her involvement, she added, the film, which cost under $15 million, “might not have been made at all, especially because of this subject matter, which in Hollywood is famously difficult.”

    As she views it, her celebrity is both blessing and burden. She is on the cover of Newsweek this week and is scheduled to appear on “Charlie Rose” this month, trying in every appearance to get the public interested in her film and the issues it raises, including rape as a war crime and the ethics of international intervention.

    “I’d like it to be good for something,” she said of her fame. “When you’re young, and somebody sits you down for an interview, you don’t know what to say or why you’re there, because you haven’t formed yourself. I still don’t completely know what to say or do, but I at least have some focus, purpose and direction as to what can be put out in the world that is thoughtful and helpful — as opposed to just what you’re wearing.”

    Ms. Jolie laughed, as if at the absurdity of her situation, then said that trying to advance causes that interest her “makes more sense of the madness of it all — because it is such a weird world.”

    But she also noted that “with certain outlets and certain reporters it is an uphill battle” to deflect focus away from her and onto her film and its cast. Indeed, on the red carpet on Monday night, cast members had to field questions about what it was like to work with Ms. Jolie and how much time her children spent on the set. And then there was this: “Angelina has a lot of tattoos. Did you see them?”

    Ms. Jolie said, “It baffles me that with so many people we’ve had to ask, ‘Don’t you want to meet such an extraordinary group with such an extraordinary history?’ ”

    For example, Vanesa Glodjo, a Bosnian who was raised outside Sarajevo and plays Ajla’s older sister, was wounded by shrapnel in the head, leg and hand when a mortar hit her house during the war. Fedja Stukan, who plays a particularly thuggish Serbian soldier, fought for two years in Bosnia, then feigned insanity and fled to Germany.

    For them, both as citizens of what was once Yugoslavia and as actors, Ms. Jolie’s desire to make a film about their experience came as a welcome surprise. They were particularly pleased that she decided to shoot two versions of the film — one in English and the other in Bosnian.

    Cast members described Ms. Jolie on the set as a calm presence, mindful of gaps in her own knowledge of the war and open to their suggestions. Mr. Serbedzija drew a parallel to Clint Eastwood, who directed him in “Space Cowboys” more than a decade ago.

    “She reminds me very much of his style, because both of them are so gentle, so quiet, without any performing,” Mr. Serbedzija said. “They are not directors trying to explain too much. No, it’s understanding actors, almost whispering what to do.”

    For her part, Ms. Jolie seemed ambivalent when asked whether “In the Land of Blood and Honey” could be the start of the kind of second career as a director that Mr. Eastwood and Robert Redford have had.

    “I loved being on the other side of the camera, watching the other actors,” she replied. “I loved the experience of doing it, but I’m not confident yet that I am good at it. So I don’t know.”

    Nevertheless, she said she had started on another script, one that the producer Graham King, who worked with her on “In the Land of Blood and Honey” and “The Tourist,” her previous film, has asked about.

    “He came up to me and said, ‘What’s the next one?’ ” she recalled, “and I said, ‘Afghanistan.’ And he started laughing, and I said, ‘I’m not kidding.’ ”

  • well

    Brad and Angie are busy promoting their movies on the east coast, they will be back to LA on Thursday Angie for ITLOBH premiere, there is a TOL special screening + Q&A on Thursday as well in LA that Brad may or may not attend.

  • lurker

    umm no brad killed it, did you see the original,guess not hen

  • NYC

    Give this woman a milkshake stat.

  • may

    AJ’s mother died of cancer in her 50′s
    her mother’s mother died of cancer at 45
    that’s a strong line of cancers

    i hope AJ is taking care of herself


    Take it with a grain of salt :
    Angelina Jolie To Star In Luc Besson-Directed Dramatic Thriller Film
    By MIKE FLEMING | Tuesday December 6, 2011 @ 4:22pm EST
    EXCLUSIVE: Angelina Jolie is in talks to star in an untitled big-scale movie written and directed by Luc Besson. Besson currently has The Lady in the Oscar mix, but this film sounds like a closer cousin to early Besson efforts like The Professional, La Femme Nikita and The Fifth Element.
    I’m told that there are serious talks going on for Jolie to star next spring in a dramatic thriller that is rooted in true scientific elements. Besson’s EuropaCorp developed it and will co-finance, and negotiations are already underway with a studio for domestic distribution. The Besson film would be Jolie’s next as an actress, and it would come before she teams with director Ridley Scott on a historical epic about Gertrude Bell that The Constant Gardener scribe Jeffrey Caine is currently rewriting. I’m told there’s a high likelihood that both films will land at the same studio.
    The latter film is an epic adventure about a British aristocrat who helped define the current Middle East and the borders of Iraq after the fall of the Ottoman Empire. She became a seminal figure in Middle East politics during the run-up to WWI, acting in roles that ranged from archaeologist to diplomat, photographer and spy. Jolie is also moving quickly on Maleficent, the Linda Woolverton-scripted revisionist take on the Sleeping Beauty tale for Walt Disney Pictures, and she is getting closer to playing medical examiner Kay Scarpetta in the Fox 2000 drama based on the Patricia Cornwell novel series. Kario Salem has turned in a script he wrote in close collaboration with the author, based on her bestselling novel series.
    Jolie is getting ready for the release In The Land Of Blood And Honey, her feature directorial and screenwriting debut, which is being released by FilmDistrict in the heat of the Oscar race. Jolie is repped by Media Talent Group chief Geyer Kosinski and Robert Offer, and Besson by EuropaCorp’s Christophe Lambert.
    Courtesy from DEADLINE

  • busted

    So the Jolie-Pitts have taken over NYC.. Love it.. Angie looks beautiful. Love of tweets saying how great she is and lovely. How intelligent and articulate.

    The week belongs to The Ms. A. Jolie. deal with it.

  • ej

    @may: Just worry about aniston.

  • Frenchy

    Helllllo Allll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A triumph for Angelina. Most critics loved the movie but can’t really say anything until Thursday. Haha. I’m gonna see this one. So far on my list this season I have so many indie movies to see. I loved loved loved the fact that Brad’s parents were with her through this journey. That’s what family is for.

    Waving to all Jp fans the greates and smartes of all fans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • trt

    @duh: Ryan Gosling smoking a cigarette and being an invisible man is the best…yeah, right!

    Troll, why do you persist on being on a JP thread when all you ever do is praise the other guy or gal? Why not do this on their thread? Or maybe it’s just too boring when there ain’t anybody around there so you come over here instead?

    Love Angie’s coat. That’s a new one, I think.

    Has there been reviews on the movie yet?

  • an oldie

    Bloomberg Tower? Isn’t it here that Charlie Rose’s shows are taped? I hope he interviews the cast too. They are so articulate and have so much to talk about. We haven’theard enough of them, and enough of “are you getting married to Brad Pitt” bull already.
    Will stay up for Brad’s interview tonight.

  • sam

    @may: how do you know her grandma died of cancer?