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Angelina Jolie Set to Co-Chair Summit Combating Sexual Violence!

Angelina Jolie Set to Co-Chair Summit Combating Sexual Violence!

Angelina Jolie sports a black ensemble while working on the set of her upcoming film Unbroken on Monday (December 2) in Cockatoo Island, Australia.

The 38-year-old actress and director was seen demonstrating to an actor what she wanted to see happen during a scene.

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Last weekend, Angelina was spotted holding hands with her adorable five-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne while doing some shopping.

It was recently announced that Angelina would co-chair a global summit with British Foreign Secretary William Hague to combat sexual violence in war zones.

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  1. 51
    valis202 Says:

    Angie looks absolutely in her element. She clearly really loves directing actors.

  2. 52
    awwww Says:

    Angie really loves directing.

  3. 53
    Domino Says:

    This woman is so disgusting. She doesn’t even have a woman’s body.

  4. 54
    Ⱦamsin Says:

    Demi Moore @ 12/02/2013 at 4:56 pm

    Leo is believable in each role he plays. With Brad I can only see Brad and never the character he is playing. Not sure why maybe all the publicity about his personal life.

    nothing has to do with personal life. Plane and simple he just is not a good actor. if one get and F great at age 50 , need to give up on acting.

    Demi, I agree 100%. Leo is great but Pothead is simply terrible in everything he’s in, and he’s one of the finest examples of what the casting couch brought to movie theaters and tv screens over the last 25 years. If he were had any talent as an good actor, I’d respect him, even if he was a d*ck, case in point Sean Penn. But Pothead’s an arrogant, self-absorbed, mouf-breathing, coward, lying, cheating, insecure little man who overhypes himself and everything about his life off screen. He lives for the attention, not for the sake of his “art”. His fame really comes from his high profile relationships and being a parasitic social climber who mooched off his more successful partners. He’s never made an effort to step out of the limelight because he loves the adulation and only cares about how his public image will be affected, so he loves to be seen out and about, , hence he can’t disappear behind a role. Pitty craves the public and media’s validation on his choices, and tries to blame others for his failures; that also puts people off him.

    I’ve never seen Leo do any of that, on top of his accomplishments, so it’s a no-brainer to say Leo is was always the bigger star.

  5. 55
    lurker Says:

    go eat sh*t tammy stop changing nnames and posting rubbish,you freaks are so nasty and angry that one has to feel sorry poor things

  6. 56
    lurker Says:

    i guess maniston barren stumpy body is all woman,lol

  7. 57
    an oldie Says:

    And yet you are here on his thread, instead of the great DC’s. Take a break, Tamshite, and come back with new materials.

  8. 58
    Lol Says:

    Tampon, you mad? truth hurts that Brad is bigger star than Leo and George Clooney, Even Clooney has to bow down to the king Brad Pitt. Lol.

  9. 59
    DULC€ Says:

    Okey, I’m soooooooo tired of hearing this Ignorant people, keep saying and saying… that Angelina is too skinny!!! She is naturally skinny!! So GET OVER IT!! and i know that she is naturally skinny… because my sister who is the same age than Angelina, has ALSO the exact body!! Yeah, she also has skinny arms and legs like Angelina and there is nothing she can do to gain weight on those areas and she is healthy!! and this is way, i know that believe or not, Angelina is healthy just like my skinny sister!!

  10. 60
    anustin Says:

    Thanks to all the Fatzo posters!

  11. 61
    Joam Says:

    Ty JJ;)

  12. 62
    Phool. Says:

    JJ Its a bit of misleading Title thread where your main post is about “Combating Sexual Vilonace in War zones” & phots are about “Unbrocken shooting”, JJ you could have at least seperated them both into two seprate threads, Just saying , regradless of whats done is done, Angie is doing a marvalous job on both counts Bravo.
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    PS Please try to control your site from FF Loons this site is also viewed by younger audience as well.

  13. 63
    Phool. Says:

    Further more photos:
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    Angelina Jolie Shoots “Unbroken” Down Under
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    Hard at work in the land Down Under, Angelina Jolie was on the set of her film “Unbroken” in Cockatoo Island on Monday (December 2).Clad in all-black, the “Changeling” beauty took a hands on approach in her direction, taking breaks between scenes to work with the actors.
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    In other news, Angelina will be co-chairing a global summit alongside British Foreign Secretary William Hague on ending sexual violence in war zones next year in London.
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    On her part in the event, the 38-year-old told reporters,“This summit is long overdue. The goal must be an end to impunity, and justice and respect for the survivors of these horrendous crime… We are committed to see that through no matter what it takes, and I hope other countries will take part and live up to their responsibilities.”Enjoy the pictures of Angelina Jolie on set of “Unbroken” in Cockatoo Island, Australia (December 2).
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    Shortcut to: http://gossipcenter.com/angelina-jolie/angelina-jolie-shoots-unbroken-down-under-975839

  14. 64
    Phool. Says:

    Twelve Years a Slave: the astonishing book that inspired my film
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    In trying to create a film about slavery I barely knew where to start – until my partner, historian Bianca Stigter, uncovered a true account of slavery that blew our minds Three and a half years before finishing the production of 12 Years a Slave I was lost. I knew I wanted to tell a story about slavery, but where to start? Finally, I had the idea of a free man kidnapped into bondage, but that’s all I had. I was attracted to a story that had a main character any viewer could identify with, a free man who is captured and held against his will. For months I was trying to build a story around this beginning but not having great success until my partner Bianca Stigter, a historian, suggested that I take a look at true accounts of slavery. Within days of beginning our research, Bianca had unearthed Twelve Years a Slave, by Solomon Northup.
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    “I think I’ve got it,” she said. If ever there was an understatement. The book blew both our minds: the epic range, the details, the adventure, the horror, and the humanity. It read like a film script, ready to be shot. I could not believe that I had never heard of this book. It felt as important as Anne Frank’s diary, only published nearly a hundred years before.I was not alone in being unfamiliar with the book. Of all the people I spoke to not one person knew about Twelve Years a Slave. This was astonishing! An important tale told with so much heart and beauty needed to be more widely recognised. I hope my film can play a part in drawing attention to this important book of courage. Solomon’s bravery and life deserve nothing less.
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    • Extracted from the new edition of Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, published by Penguin Classics on 5 December.
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    Shortcut to: http://www.theguardian.com/culture/shortcuts/2013/dec/02/twelve-years-a-slave-book-inspired-film-solomon-northup

  15. 65
    Phool. Says:

    New York Film Critics Live Stream: Are ’12 Years a Slave,’ ‘Gravity,’ ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ and ‘American Hustle’ Front Runners?
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    By Francisco Salazar | First Posted: Dec 03, 2013 12:00 AM EST
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    Dec. 3 the New York Film Critics Circle will announce the first critic’s awards of the year. The NYFCC are important Oscar precursors because many of the films that are awarded end up getting nominated for the Academy Awards. The society was established in 1935 and includes critics from daily newspapers, weekly newspapers, magazines and online general interest publications. Among the critics who vote are Thelma Adams from Yahoo movies, Richard Corliss from Time, David Edelstein from New York Magazine, Eric Kohn from IndieWire, and Peter Travers from The Rolling Stone.
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    Among the awards that will be handed out this year are Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress, Best actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Supporting Actress. Recent winners include “Zero Dark Thirty” which won the Best Picture award and Kathryn Bigelow who won Best Director. The Best Actor award went to Daniel Day-Lewis for “Lincoln,” Best Actress went to Rachel Weisz for “The Deep Blue Sea” while the Best Supporting Actress Award went to Sally Field for “Lincoln.” Matthew McConaughey received the Best Supporting Actor Award for “Magic Mike” and “Bernie.”
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    Aforementioned the awards are good predictors of the Oscars but they can also sway away from it. Last year Weisz, McConaughey and Bigelow were not nominated at the Osars for their respective categories.This year a number of films are front runners including “12 Years a Slave,” “Gravity,” “American Hustle” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
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    The critics will begin to announce the awards at noon and will post them on Twitter as they are announced. For Live stream Click Here.
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    Shortcut to: http://www.latinospost.com/articles/32005/20131203/new-york-film-critics-live-stream-will-12-years-slave.htm

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    Phool. Says:

    2013 Satellite Award Nominations Topped by ’12 Years a Slave’ with 10 Noms
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    Published: Monday, December 2nd 2013 at 9:02 AM
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    12 Years a Slave continues to be the leader in the clubhouse when it comes to nominations. After leading the Spirit Award nominations it now leads the International Press Academy’s (IPA) 2013 Satellite Award nominations with a total of ten noms, followed by American Hustle and Gravity, each with eight nominations.The top five nominees were rounded out by Rush with seven nominations and Inside Llewyn Davis and Saving Mr. Banks with six nominations each.
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    The Satellites, however, are an interesting bunch. As you can see there are several nominations in each category, leaving pretty much no stone unturned. I guess you could say no nomination for Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station) is a surprise and, in my personal opinion, with such a large field of nominees I’d like to see Joaquin Phoenix (Her) get a nomination, but that certainly isn’t going to be a film for everyone even though Arcade Fire was awarded a nomination for the film’s score.
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    The IPA also hands out television and video game nominees, but I haven’t listed those below. If those noms interest you, you can click here.
    UPDATE: Kris Tapley at HitFix is reporting that while you’ll notice The Wolf of Wall Street among the nominees below, the IPA did not actually see the film. So, that said, this will be the last time I cover the Satellite Awards.
    The 18th Annual Satellite Awards will be held on March 9, 2014.
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    Motion Picture
    • 12 Years a Slave
    • All Is Lost
    • American Hustle
    • Blue Jasmine
    • Captain Phillips
    • Gravity
    • Inside Llewyn Davis
    • Philomena
    • Saving Mr. Banks
    • The Wolf of Wall Street
    Director
    • Woody Allen (Blue Jasmine)
    • Ethan Coen, Joel Coen (Inside Llewyn Davis)
    • Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
    • Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips)
    • Ron Howard (Rush)
    • Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
    • David O. Russell (American Hustle)
    • Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)
    Actress in a Motion Picture
    • Amy Adams (American Hustle)
    • Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
    • Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
    • Judi Dench (Philomena)
    • Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue Is the Warmest Color)
    • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Enough Said)
    • Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)
    • Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks)
    Actor in a Motion Picture
    • Christian Bale (American Hustle)
    • Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
    • Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
    • Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
    • Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)
    • Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
    • Robert Redford (All Is Lost)
    • Forest Whitaker (Lee Daniels’ The Butler)
    Actress in a Supporting Role
    • Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
    • Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
    • Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
    • Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
    • Léa Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest Color)
    • June Squibb (Nebraska)
    • Emily Watson (The Book Thief)
    • Oprah Winfrey (Lee Daniels’ The Butler)
    Actor in a Supporting Role
    • Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
    • Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
    • Harrison Ford (42)
    • Ryan Gosling (The Place Beyond the Pines)
    • Jake Gyllenhaal (Prisoners)
    • Tom Hanks (Saving Mr. Banks)
    • Casey Affleck (Out of the Furnace)
    • Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
    Motion Picture, International Film
    • Bethlehem, Israel
    • Blue is the Warmest Color, France
    • The Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgium
    • Circles, Serbia
    • Four Corners, South Africa
    • The Great Beauty, Italy
    • The Hunt, Denmark
    • Metro Manila, United Kingdom
    • The Past, Iran
    • Wadjda, Saudia Arabia
    Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media
    • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
    • The Croods
    • Epic
    • Ernest & Celestine
    • Frozen
    • Monsters University
    • Turbo
    • The Wind Rises
    Motion Picture, Documentary
    • 20 Feet from Stardom
    • The Act of Killing
    • After Tiller
    • American Promise
    • Blackfish
    • Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie
    • Sound City
    • The Square
    • Stories We Tell
    • Tim’s Vermeer
    Screenplay, Original
    • David O. Russell, Eric Singer (American Hustle)
    • Woody Allen (Blue Jasmine)
    • Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said)
    • Spike Jonze (Her)
    • Ethan Coen, Joel Coen (Inside Llewyn Davis)
    • Kelly Mareel, Sue Smith (Saving Mr. Banks)
    Screenplay, Adapted
    • John Ridley (12 Years a Slave)
    • Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater (Before Midnight)
    • Billy Ray (Captain Phillips)
    • Peter Berg (Lone Survivor)
    • Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope (Philomena)
    • Terence Winter (The Wolf of Wall Street)
    Original Score
    • Hans Zimmer (12 Years a Slave)
    • John Williams (The Book Thief)
    • Steven Price (Gravity)
    • Arcade Fire (Her)
    • Alexandre Desplat (Philomena)
    • Theodore Shapiro (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty)
    Original Song
    • “Happy” (Despicable Me 2)
    • “Let It Go” (Frozen)
    • “Young and Beautiful ” (The Great Gatsby)
    • “I See Fire” (The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug)
    • “Please Mr. Kennedy” (Inside Llewyn Davis)
    • “So You Know What It’s Like” (Short Term 12)
    Cinematography
    • Sean Bobbitt (12 Years A Slave)
    • Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity)
    • Bruno Delbonnel (Inside Llewyn Davis)
    • Roger Deakins (Prisoners)
    • Anthony Dod Mantle (Rush)
    • Stuart Dryburgh (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty)
    Visual Effects
    • Robert Munroe, Colin Davies, Brendon O’Dell (All Is Lost)
    • Markus Manninen, Matt Baer (The Croods)
    • Tim Webber, Charles Howell, Chris Lawrence (Gravity)
    • Scott Stokdyk, Troy Saliba, James Schwalm (Oz the Great and Powerful)
    • Jody Johnson, Mark Hodgkins, Antoine Moulineau (Rush)
    • Scott Farrar, Andrew R. Jones, Jessica Norman, and Matt Johnson (World War Z)
    Film Editing
    • Joe Walker (12 Years a Slave)
    • Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers (American Hustle)
    • Alfonso Cuaron, Mark Sanger (Gravity)
    • Joel Cox, Gary D. Roach (Prisoners)
    • Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill (Rush)
    • Thelma Schoonmaker (The Wolf of Wall Street)
    Sound (Editing and Mixing)
    • Steve Boeddeker, Richard Hymns, Brandon Proctor (All Is Lost)
    • Oliver Tarney, Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor (Captain Phillips)
    • Craig Berkey, Dave Whitehead, David Husby, and Christopher Scarabosio (Elysium)
    • CGlenn Freemantle, Niv Adiri, Skip Lievsey (Gravity)
    • Skip Lievsay, Paul Urmson, Igor Nikolic (Inside Llewyn Davis)
    • Danny Hambrook, Frank Kruse, Markus Stemler (Rush)
    Art Direction & Production Design
    • Catherine Martin, Beverly Dunn (The Great Gatsby)
    • Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana Macdonald (The Invisible Woman)
    • Tim Galvin, Diane Lederman (Lee Daniels’ The Butler)
    • Robert Stromberg, Nancy Haigh (Oz the Great and Powerful)
    • Mark Digby, Patrick Rolfe (Rush)
    • Michael Corenblith, Lauren E. Polizzi (Saving Mr. Banks)
    Costume Design
    • Patricia Norris (12 Years a Slave)
    • Catherine Martin (The Great Gatsby)
    • Michael O’Connor (The Invisible Woman)
    • Gary Jones (Oz the Great and Powerful)
    • Julian Day (Rush)
    • Daniel Orlandi (Saving Mr. Banks)
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    Shortcut to: http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/2013-satellite-award-nominations-topped-12-years-slave-10-noms/

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  17. 67
    Phool. Says:

    Good morning ladies.

    Especially shout out to all the lovely ladies out there Rose , Passing Through, NAN, Jaye, Premalee, Josephina, Were the morons, Jen The Hag, Lylian, First and last post, Ssshhii_Baby, Bizzy Bee, noplace, QQQQ, Groundcontrol, Lurker, William Bradley&The Jolie, Susan, Dawne, Tish, Anustin, WonderBust, Love The Jolie Pitts, Fyi12, plez, Busted, JP Fan, Vickifromtexas, tweet, juju, Neer, Love Conquers All, Umm, Bea, trt, Saffron, LLM, valis202, Who, briseis, Lucy, LOL, fyi, ndn, Media Wh@re MANiston, Lylian, Cliniqua, AWHODAT!, juju, Go Figure!, Sunny, Yolly, Observer 2, an oldie, Lucy, Lurker and all the lurkers out there I hope you all have a great day, take care God Bless.

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    Phool. Says:

    The Best Celebrity PDA Moments of 2013
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    December 3rd 2013
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    As 2013 draws to a close, we’re taking a look back at the best celebrity smooches, hugs, and cuddles of the year. From Gisele Bündchen’s park PDA with husband Tom Brady to Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s cuddle-fest on the red carpet, we have been loving all the sweet public moments that stars have been sharing since January. Keep clicking to see the best of the best, and stay tuned for more of our best of 2013 coverage!
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    Shortcut to: http://www.popsugar.com.au/Pictures-Celebrities-Kissing-PDA-2013-32768613

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    Phool. Says:

    Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s wine earns ‘World’s Best’ title
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    Mon, Dec 02 2013 at 1:16 PM
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    While the accolades and reviews for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s 2012 Château Miraval Côtes de Provence Rosé were strong earlier this year, its inclusion among Wine Spectator’s prestigious 100 Best Wine of 2013 list provides the fledgling brand with some serious cred in the world of viticulture.
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    The magazine listed the rosé at variety-best 84 – calling it: “Refined and elegant, offering pure and concentrated flavors of dried red berry, tangerine and melon. The focused finish features flint and spice notes, with a hint of cream. Drink now.”
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    From the beginning, Jolie and Pitt have been serious about producing a quality product from their 1,000-acre estate in Correns, France. This included partnering with longtime French winemaker Marc Perrin on the venture and investing both their time and money in the manufacturing process.
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    “They (the Jolie-Pitts) want to ensure they are making the best Provence wines they can,” Perrin told Decanter earlier this year. “They were present at the blending sessions this year, and are relooking at everything from the installations in the winery — where we have already switched to stainless steel tanks — to reworking the labels across the range of wines.”

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    The Jolie-Pitts are also eager to continue Château Miraval’s long history of sustainable viticulture. “No chemicals can be used on the grapes as these can enter the plant and end up in the wine,” the website states. “Therefore, at Miraval no herbicides, pesticides or fungicides are used, only naturally occurring compounds such as sulfates and copper sulphate.”
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    The couple expect to release their first white and red wine later next year. In the meantime, you can pick up a bottle of the 2012 Rosé for $24.99 here.
    The opinions expressed by MNN Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of MNN.com. While we have reviewed their content to make sure it complies with our Terms and Conditions, MNN is not responsible for the accuracy of any of their information.
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    Shortcut to: http://www.mnn.com/food/beverages/blogs/brad-pitt-and-angelina-jolies-wine-earns-worlds-best-title

  20. 70
    Scarlett Says:

    Angie is beautiful. I’d like to see her pregnant again. When she is pregnant her beauty is enhanced even more. Love the whole Jolie-Pitt family.

  21. 71
    Wonderbust Says:

    Allow me to drag TammySAl(groundcontrol I love that name) for a second because his lying asss needs to be exposed. This is what TammySal really thinks about Leo D
    “I also agree with you that his performances are monotonous and he has a limited range. Add to that how you’re used to seeing him in the media who acknowledge his celebrity status and that is why he can no longer disappear behind a role.
    I for one never thought he was a good actor to begin with, I hate his delivery and OMG- is his head f”#$%&/ huge or what? How come people think of him as sex symbol?”
    And this in regards to Clooneys remarks:
    “and ragging on DiCaprio and his Pussssy Posse…ha! I love him even more for that. The bobble-headed assshole has had it coming for a while”.
    TammySal made his dlisted profile PRIVATE after I exposed him last week y’all, I love it. TammySal you hate Leo stop lying. You probably never even came out the closet and lie to everyone that you are straight lmao

  22. 72
    Go Figure! Says:

    The weight patrol is out in full force. Me thinks they should go and help Ticky keep her weight off. Ticky is the one always dieting and trying to be like Angie.

  23. 73
    Phool. Says:

    Angelina Jolie Co-Chairs Summit for Wartime Rape Victims
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    by Amanda Just December 2, 2013
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    Last week, UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague, announced that London would be hosting a three-day summit next year on demanding “justice and respect” for victims of rape in war zones. His co-chair will be actress, Angelina Jolie, who has been fighting against sexual violence within her role as a UN special envoy for refugees.
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    Representatives of 137 countries will be in attendance, all of them having signed a British-backed declaration that rape in war zones will never be overlooked or ignored for the sake of negotiating peace deals. Jolie has said, “This summit is long overdue. The goal must be an end to impunity, and justice and respect for the survivors of these horrendous crimes… We are committed to see that through no matter what it takes, and I hope other countries will take part and live up to their responsibilities.”
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    “We intend it to be the largest summit ever staged on this issue,” Mr. Hague said. “We want to bring the world to a point of no return, creating irreversible momentum towards ending warzone rape and sexual violence worldwide.” Hague also said that Jolie’s role in the summit is “indispensable.”
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    “This issue is not about politics, but about our common humanity,” Hague added. “And it is not enough to be united in condemnation of it, unless we are united in action against it.”
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    Shortcut to: http://www.ecorazzi.com/2013/12/02/angelina-jolie-co-chairs-summit-for-wartime-rape-victims/

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    Phool. Says:

    Angelina Jolie’s Latest Project Is Pretty Amazing
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    It’s not that we don’t love it when Angelina Jolie’s busy sashaying down the red carpet or making films — because, hello, have you seen how amazeballs Maleficent looks?
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    It’s just that we’re completely in awe of the projects she takes on when she’s not in Hollywood movie star mode. Whether it’s inspiring us with her words at the Governors Ball or crisscrossing the globe in the name of charity, the lady seriously knows how to pull at our heartstrings. If being Team Jolie is wrong, we don’t want to be right.
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    Naturally, her latest venture is hardly anything to sneeze at. The actress will join British Foreign Secretary William Hague to cochair a global summit on combating sexual violence in war zones. Due to take place in London next year, the summit will see representatives from 137 countries tackling issues of rape and sexual abuse in conflict zones, a cause that Jolie has long fought for as a UN special envoy for refugees.
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    “This summit is long overdue,” she explained during a press conference last Thursday. “The goal must be an end to impunity, and justice and respect for the survivors of these horrendous crime. We are committed to see that through no matter what it takes, and I hope other countries will take part and live up to their responsibilities.”
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    Kudos to Angelina Jolie and Hague for taking on such an important crusade. We’re truly impressed.

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    Phool. Says:

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    OT can skip to next if not intrested:
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    Inspirational decision: Pasco woman has breast, ovaries removed
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    By Tyler Richardson, Tri-City HeraldNovember 30, 2013
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    It didn’t take long for Barb May to realize what she had to do when a genetic test showed it was almost certain she would develop breast cancer during her lifetime. The Pasco woman’s mother and grandmother are breast cancer survivors. She has seen the toll that years of battling the deadly disease can take on a woman’s body and mind.
    May, 41, wanted to be around to see her two teenagers grow up. She wanted to able to hike with her husband and lead an active lifestyle. The test revealed May had around a 90 percent chance of getting breast cancer by her 70th birthday. She had a 50 percent chance of getting it within the next 10 years and a more than a 40 percent chance of getting ovarian cancer. To reduce the risk of cancer, May decided to have surgery to remove her breasts and ovaries.”You just feel like it’s a death sentence,” May said. “I felt so powerless.” May’s decision came about a year before actress Angelina Jolie brought risk-reducing surgeries into the spotlight with the announcement she had a double mastectomy.
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    Angelina Jolie’s column in the New York Times inspired other women to get tested and take action, May said. While Jolie’s announcement didn’t reinforce her decision, May remembers when she heard the actress’s news. “I think I cried the day I heard she was coming out about it,” she said. “I believe every woman should have the opportunity to know what choices they have.”
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    May’s journey began in spring 2012 when her doctor recommended her to Sarah Hall, a genetic counselor at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland. Her family history showed cancer on both her maternal and paternal side.Hall screened May for a test — which can cost between $3,000 to $4,000 and was covered by her family’s insurance provider — to see if she had a gene mutation that increases a person’s risk for cancer.The red flags in May’s family history qualified her for the test, Hall said. The multiple generations of women on May’s maternal side with breast cancer and the age at which they got it at worried Hall.”We looked at the family history, and I was definitely concerned there was inherent risk for breast cancer on her mother’s side,” Hall said.
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    May’s grandmother fought breast cancer twice, and her mother spent two years fighting the disease with chemotherapy.May’s fears were confirmed when the test came back positive for the BRCA2 gene, a mutation that increases the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.May had a few choices following the positive test result, she said. She could take a chemotherapy pill for five years, get more thorough screenings on a regular basis or undergo the surgeries.May went to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, and doctors there examined her and provided more information about the different options she had.
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    “The Seattle trip was a confirmation,” she said. “Nothing against the doctors here, but we needed that confirmation. The doctors were saying the same thing.”Visiting doctors in Seattle only shored up the decision May had been leaning toward since her results came back positive, she said. Though a lot of people, including her husband and friends, were skeptical, May decided she wanted to go through with the surgeries to remove her breasts and ovaries.A few weeks after her trip to Seattle, a gynecologist from the Cancer Care Alliance called and said there were concerns with an ultrasound May had while in Seattle. The doctor recommended that if May was going to go through with getting her ovaries removed, she should come in as soon as possible to have a hysterectomy as well.
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    Within weeks, May, who works for Washington River Protection Solutions, was in Seattle to have the hysterectomy, she said.”It happened pretty quickly,” she said. “I had to trust they knew what was best.”The surgery — which took away the possibility of May having any more children — also forced her body into medical menopause, she said. It took her six weeks to recover.Then she went back to Seattle for the double mastectomy. The surgery took more than four hours and dramatically changed the way her body looked.”They took everything under the collarbone and scraped it off,” she said. A plastic surgeon performed a reconstruction surgery the same day of the mastectomy, May said. When May woke up, she was shocked at how different her body looked.
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    Though May had mentally prepared herself, the crumpled skin around her chest left her questioning if she had made the right choice, she said. She spent the next six weeks recovering. The following months were spent reconstructing her chest, May said. Her husband added saline into her skin to help stretch the skin to prepare for more reconstructive surgery.
    As the recovery moved along, May began to feel more confident about her body and her decision, she said. In April, she got breast implants and soon will be done with her reconstructive surgery. “It was more about getting to the point of being able to accept who you are as a person,” she said. As May recovered, she looked for online support groups to help her cope with her new body, she said. She stumbled upon a woman’s Facebook page who had the same surgeries. The woman posted pictures of herself in a bikini contest, and May was inspired.
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    May began working out soon after the double mastectomy to give her the confidence to pursue the active lifestyle she wanted. She began training at the gym six days a week, eating healthier and running. Within months, May dropped her body fat from about 21 percent to 12 percent and was on her way to getting the body she always had desired. Now, May is a self-described health nut who proudly shows off before and after pictures of herself. She recently entered a body-building contest — where she had to wear a bikini — and won “most inspirational.”"I can put on a mean sports bra or Victoria’s Secret bra and look better than I did when I was 22,” she said. May’s husband of five years, Randy May, has watched his wife go through the remarkable transformation during past the past year and a half. The whole family has followed her lead and taken a healthier approach to life.
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    “She is physically healthier today than she has ever been,” he said. “She looks better today than she did before the surgery, better emotionally and spiritually.”May’s decision to get tested and go through with the risk-reducing surgeries has prepared her 15-year-old daughter for the reality that she, too, could have the BRCA2 gene. Ashley May was scared for her mom at first, though the whole process has left her with a better understanding of her family history and what it could mean for her, she said. Ashley, a sophomore at Delta High School in Richland, plans to get the genetic test once she turns 21. If Ashley does have the gene mutation, the first thing she will do is talk to her mother to decide on the best decision, she said. Rather than living her teenage years in fear of one day having a mastectomy, Ashley wants to learn as much as she can about the BRCA2 gene.”It’s scary,” she said. “But I am curious about it. I want to know how it works and how it gets passed down.
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    If I have it, I want to find a way I can prevent my children from getting it.”Sitting recently in a Starbucks in Richland, Barb May talked about how she wants women to hear her story to hopefully be inspired to take control of their lives. She wore in workout clothes and running shoes as she talked about the rollercoaster of emotions the surgery has caused.
    “When you feel good about yourself, you feel empowered. You feel invincible,” she said. “And, honestly, it’s awesome.”
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