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Angelina Jolie Joins Ethiopian Film 'Difret' as Executive Producer

Angelina Jolie Joins Ethiopian Film 'Difret' as Executive Producer

Angelina Jolie has a new credit to add to her resume – executive producer of the Ethiopian movie Difret!

The film will be heading to the 2014 Sundance Film Festival this week as an entry in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition and now it has one of the world’s biggest stars putting her support behind it.

Angelina will be taking a presentation credit on the film and there is no word yet if the title will be changed, according to Deadline. The movie tells the story of a girl and a female lawyer who take on the Ethiopian tradition of “telefa,” which means marriage by abduction.

“This film is a strong moment for art in Ethiopia”, Angelina said in a statement. “It is inspiring to see such an important story so beautifully illustrated with such creative talent. It draws out the richness of Ethiopian culture and shows how important legal advances can be made while respecting local culture. It is a story that gives hope for Ethiopia’s future, and for other countries where countless girls grow up without the protection of laws that shield them and their bodies, and shows how the courage of brave individuals can awaken the conscience of a society.”

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# 1

This woman is too predictable these days. And boring.

# 2

Good for her! She is a very smart woman and so gorgeous

# 3

I think it is a good thing. hope it goes well.

# 4

She is so awesome! Love and admire her. Intelligent, strong, brave, and beautiful.

# 5

Sundance: Angelina Jolie Joins Ethiopian Pic ‘Difret’ As Executive Producer
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By DOMINIC PATTEN | Wednesday January 15, 2014 @ 6:08pm
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The actress and director of the upcoming Unbroken is now on board as one of the EPs of the Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Dramatic Competition film Difret. The announcement that Angelina Jolie has joined the Ethiopian pic comes just days before its January 18 world premiere in Park City. The Oscar-winning actress also will be taking a presentation credit on the film.
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No word yet if that will change the title of the film. From first-time feature director Zeresenay Berhane Mehari, Difret tells the tale of a girl and a female lawyer who take on the Ethiopian tradition of “telefa”, or marriage by abduction. “This film is a strong moment for art in Ethiopia”, said Jolie in a statement today. “It is inspiring to see such an important story so beautifully illustrated with such creative talent. It draws out the richness of Ethiopian culture and shows how important legal advances can be made while respecting local culture. It is a story that gives hope for Ethiopia’s future, and for other countries where countless girls grow up without the protection of laws that shield them and their bodies, and shows how the courage of brave individuals can awaken the conscience of a society.” In November, Jolie was recipient of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Jean Hersholt Award for her international humanitarian efforts. This year’s Sundance kicks off tomorrow and runs through January 26.
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http://www.deadline.com/2014/01/sundance-angelina-jolie-joins-difret-as-executive-producer/

# 6

I hope it’ll come to my city so I can watch it. Any movie she supports will always be worthwhile.

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giga laniny @ 01/16/2014 at 3:01 am

She is very beautiful .. Her beauty secret Know everyone ..
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# 8

Another Beautiful day another feather in Angie’s bow the girl is on a roll
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# 9

Thanks Jared, you even beat me to it lol.

’12 Years a Slave,’ ‘Gravity’ among nominees for Golden Reels
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January 15, 2014, 1:36 p.m.
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“Gravity,” “12 Years a Slave” and “Justin Bieber’s Believe” were among the nominees announced Wednesday for the 61st Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards in feature film.
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Nominees in the TV, animation and computer entertainment categories will be announced Friday.
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Nominated for sound editing: sound effects and foley in an English-language feature are “12 Years a Slave,” “All is Lost,” “Captain Phillips,” “Fast & Furious 6,” “Gravity,” “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Iron Man 3″ and “Lone Survivor.”
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Nominees for sound editing: dialogue and ADR in an English-language feature are “12 Years a Slave,” “American Hustle,” “August: Osage County,” “Captain Phillips,” “Gravity,” “Her,” “Inside Llewyn Davis” and “Lone Survivor.”
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Vying for sound editing in an animated feature are “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2,” “The Croods,” “Despicable Me 2,” “Epic,” “Ernest & Celestine,” “Frozen” and “Monsters University.”
Sound editing in a foreign-language feature nominees are “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” “The Grandmaster,” “The Past” and “Wadjda.”
Nominees for sound editing/music in a musical feature are “Frozen,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Justin Bieber’s Believe’ and “Metallica Through the Never.”
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Nominated for sound editing/music in a feature are “12 Years a Slave,” “47 Ronin,” “American Hustle,” “Gravity,” “The Great Gatsby,” “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and “World War Z.”
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Nominees for sound editing in a documentary feature are “1,” “20 Feet From Stardom,” “CinemAbility,” “Dirty Wars,” “Good Ol’ Freda,” “Muscle Shoals,” “Rising from Ashes” and “Sound City.”
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The winners are to be announced at a ceremony Feb. 16 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites in Los Angeles.
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http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/moviesnow/la-et-mn-12-years-a-slave-gravity-golden-reels-20140115,0,7210036.story#ixzz2qXuKwEfZ

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Oscars: Hollywood awaits nominations
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16 January 2014 Last updated at 01:41

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The Oscar nominations will be announced later, with 12 Years a Slave, Gravity and American Hustle all expected to be in the running for best picture.But the rest of the shortlist is up for grabs, amidst one of the most competitive fields in years.Experts predict a full slate of 10 nominees, with Dallas Buyers Club and Captain Phillips among frontrunners.
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Actor Chris Hemsworth and Oscars chief Cheryl Boone Isaacs will list nominees at 05:38 local time (13:38 GMT).
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Shortcut to: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-25711514

’12 Years a Slave’ nabs NAACP Image Awards nods
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Posted January 15, 2014
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“Fruitvale Station,” ”Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and “The Best Man Holiday” are the other nominees for outstanding motion picture, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People announced Thursday.
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The 45th annual NAACP Image Awards, which honor diversity in the arts, will be presented in a Feb. 22 ceremony airing on the TV One channel.
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Other nominees include best movie actor contenders Chadwick Boseman for “42,” Chiwetel Ejiofor for “12 Years a Slave,” Forest Whitaker for “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” Idris Elba for “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and Michael B. Jordan for “Fruitvale Station.”
The outstanding actress nominees are Angela Bassett for “Black Nativity,” Halle Berry for “The Call,” Jennifer Hudson for “Winnie Mandela,” Kerry Washington for “Tyler Perry Presents Peeples” and Nicole Beharie for “42.”
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In the outstanding supporting actor category, nods went to Cuba Gooding Jr., David Oyelowo and Terrence Howard for “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and to Howard and Morris Chestnut for “The Best Man Holiday.”
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The nominees for outstanding supporting actress are Alfre Woodard and Lupita Nyong’o for “12 Years a Slave,” Naomie Harris for “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” Octavia Spencer for “Fruitvale Station” and Oprah Winfrey for “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.”
On the television side, nominations for outstanding comedy series went “House of Lies,” ”Modern Family,” ”Real Husbands of Hollywood,” ”The Game” and “The Soul Man,” while “Boardwalk Empire,” ”Grey’s Anatomy,” ”Scandal,” ”The Good Wife” and “Treme” earned dramatic series nods.
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Outstanding comedy series actor nominees are Andre Braugher for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” Cedric The Entertainer for “The Soul Man,” Don Cheadle for “House of Lies,” Dule Hill for “Psych” and Kevin Hart for “Real Husbands of Hollywood.”
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Outstanding comedy series actress nominees are Aisha Tyler for “Archer,” Mindy Kaling for “The Mindy Project,” Niecy Nash for “The Soul Man,” Tasha Smith for “Tyler Perry’s for Better or Worse” and Wendy Raquel Robinson for “The Game.”
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Nominations for outstanding actor in a drama series went to James Pickens Jr. for “Grey’s Anatomy,” LL Cool J for “NCIS: Los Angeles,” Michael Ealy for “Almost Human,” Shemar Moore for “Criminal Minds” and Wendell Pierce for “Treme.”
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Nominated for outstanding drama series actress were Chandra Wilson for “Grey’s Anatomy,” Kerry Washington for “Scandal,” Khandi Alexander for “Treme,” Nicole Beharie for “Sleepy Hollow” and Regina King for “Southland.”
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Shortcut to:http://www.redding.com/news/2014/jan/15/12-years-slave-nabs-naacp-image-awards-nods/

Everyone’s Talking About Lupita Nyong’o
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PopSugar Australia-3 hours ago
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Everyone’s Talking About Lupita Nyong’o — Here’s What You Need to know… critics have also been raving about breakout star Lupita Nyong’o,
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Shortcut to:http://www.popsugar.com.au/Lupita-Nyongo-Pictures-Information-33523506

I treated audition as just practice, says 12 Years A Slave star Lupita Nyong
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15 January 2014
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Her debut film role in 12 Years A Slave has earned her a Golden Globe and Bafta nomination. But newcomer Lupita Nyong’o has revealed her shock at landing a part in the acclaimed slavery drama — admitting she treated the audition as a trial run.
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London director Steve McQueen chose her from more than 1,000 hopefuls to play young slave Patsey, who is flogged and raped by her owner, opposite co-stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch. Nyong’o said she had no expectations when auditioning, so used the process as practice.
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One to watch: Lupita Nyong’o in the magazine shoot. She said she had “two weeks of panic” after getting the part in Steve McQueen’s film. Read the full interview in the Girls Rule The World issue of Dazed & Confused, out tomorrow, at dazeddigital.com (Picture: Photography Sharif Hamza and Styling by Robbie Spencer for Dazed and Confused)“And then I got the role, and I just remember feeling a swell. My heart rose and fell, because all of a sudden I had to do this thing,” she added.
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“There was no kidding myself. I had at least two weeks of sheer panic and feeling like an imposter.“Part of being an artist is that you are always concerned you don’t have what it takes. It… keeps us honest.”
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Nyong’o, 30, is now tipped to receive an Oscar nomination for the movie, which won the best motion picture — drama award at the Golden Globes on Sunday and is up for 11 Baftas next month.
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Practice makes perfect: Lupita Nyong’o on the cover of Dazed & Confused magazine. Read the full interview in the Girls Rule The World issue of Dazed & Confused, out tomorrow, at dazeddigital.com (Picture: Photography Sharif Hamza and Styling by Robbie Spencer for Dazed and Confused)She told Dazed & Confused magazine she threw herself into acting in 2008 because she imagined “looking back on my life and truly regretting the fact that I hadn’t tried to be an actor”.
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But Nyong’o has so far shunned a glamorous lifestyle. “I prefer pyjama parties at my best friend’s house,” she said. Read the full interview in the Girls Rule The World issue of Dazed & Confused, out tomorrow: dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/article/18358/1/dazed-confused-february-2014-girls-rule-the-world
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Shortcut to: http://www.standard.co.uk/showbiz/i-treated-audition-as-just-practice-says-12-years-a-slave-star-lupita-nyong-9061571.html

Escape Plans: Solomon Northup and Twelve Years a Slave
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Posted on Sunday, January 12th, 2014 at 3:30 am
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During the movie awards season, Steve McQueen’s new film 12 Years a Slave will inspire discussions about its realistic depiction of slavery’s atrocities (Henry Louis Gates Jr. has already called it, “most certainly one of the most vivid and authentic portrayals of slavery ever captured in a feature film.”) and the points at which the film most clearly reflects and departs from Solomon Northup’s original narrative. It might also bring to mind the hundreds of thousands of slaves whose names, sufferings, and deaths have been long lost, whose lives were distorted into caricature within 19th-century white fiction, or were at best given life on the periphery of the comparatively few slave narratives we have from the antebellum period.
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12 Years a Slave, adapted from Solomon Northup’s memoir Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup, a Citizen of New-York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, and Rescued in 1853, from a Cotton Plantation Near the Red River, in Louisiana, chronicles the harrowing journey of a free man, husband, and father of three who, at the age of 33, was kidnapped and sold into slavery by two white men who called themselves Merrill Brown and Abram Hamilton (real names Alexander Merrill and James Russell, respectively). Brown and Hamilton duped Northup to travel with them to Washington, D.C., for work as a violinist. After the men either drugged him or got him so drunk that he passed out, Northup awoke in chains with the new identity of Platt Hamilton, a runaway Georgia slave, his free papers gone, his life sold to slave trader James H. Birch (also spelled “Burch”) for $250. Twelve ghastly years later, fortuitous circumstances culminated in Northup’s release from the grasp of his cruellest slave master, a barbaric alcoholic named Edwin Epps, and in his return to his family in New York.
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Northup’s story is remarkable indeed. Written with white lawyer David Wilson, his narrative was published on 15 July 1853, about six months after his release. By all accounts, the two men strove to create an authentic text that revealed the insidious ruthlessness within slave culture. Though perhaps weakened at times by Wilson’s heavy-handed romantic writing style, the book followed a construction similar to earlier slave narratives and sold 17,000 copies by Thanksgiving of 1853. Within two years of its publication, the book had sold three times as many copies as Frederick Douglass’s autobiography. It gained wide readership as the first book-length, personal account of a free man kidnapped and sold into slavery, something widely rumoured and feared both before and after passage of the troublesome 1850 Fugitive Slave Act. Northup’s memoir has all the ingredients of a great film or stage play, complete with a benevolent traveling carpenter (Samuel Bass) who takes an interest in Northup’s plight and helps him gain his freedom. McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave is at least the fourth attempt to dramatize Solomon Northup’s unique story. The first two were stage productions, largely unsuccessful, featuring Northup himself. A third, the 1984 PBS film entitled Solomon Northup’s Odyssey, later reissued as Half Slave, Half Free, featured Avery Brooks as Northup and was directed by Gordon Parks.
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In a larger sense, of course, all extant, authentic slave narratives are also remarkable, simply because their authors lived to write (or at least collaborate in writing) them. They are harrowing survivor’s tales, however formulaically structured, embellished, appropriated, or even perhaps at times fictionalized. They are remarkable for the individual testimonies they offer and for their constant implicit and explicit reminders that their stories are representative of scores of other slaves whose stories will never be known, whose dreams and cries and songs are lost to river bottoms and oak boughs and unmarked graves. Of the nearly 450,000 slaves to arrive in the United States from Africa and the Caribbean, only 101 are known to have composed narratives about their experiences between 1760 and 1865. Among those, Northup’s and Douglass’s are the most famous, alongside the work of Harriet Jacobs, William Wells Brown, Henry Bibb, Mary Prince, and Ellen and William Craft, who married in bondage just before their daring joint escape. At the core of most narratives is a testimony against the infernal nature of slavery and the decimating toll that plantation life took on slaves, their families, and their friendships. In most, we meet doomed, tragic figures, often women — Frederick Douglass’s mother; Northup’s fellow slaves Eliza and Patsey — who appear only briefly before disappearing or dying before our eyes. We watch dreams of freedom become escape plans that are repeatedly thwarted before our narrators find, at last, tenuous paths to freedom.
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It’s tragic that we don’t know more about Northup’s life after he was freed. The mystery surrounding his post-slavery years illustrates the thin line between being remembered and being forgotten, between being here and being gone. We know with some degree of certainty that Solomon Northup sued his kidnappers, bought land in Glens Falls, New York (that was soon repossessed due to money woes), became a regular on the abolitionist lecture circuit alongside Frederick Douglass, and assisted runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad. After a newspaper mention of him in 1857, however, and a recollected sighting of him in 1863, Solomon Northup became lost to history. Unfounded rumours swirled: he was kidnapped again and sold back into slavery; Merrill and Russell murdered him; he became an alcoholic; he died a vagrant. When, where, and how Solomon Northup died is unknown, and might never be known. As we hail Steve McQueen’s portrayal of this diabolical epoch in American history and honour the memory of Solomon Northup and other characters in the film, let’s also honour those who never had a chance at freedom, who spent their entire anonymous lives in terror and agony. Let’s revere those whose silent, innumerable voices drift through forests and across fields, and rise in the dust of dirt roads in the North as well as the South at this very hour.
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Daniel Donaghy is an Associate Professor of English at Eastern Connecticut State University. He has written on slave narratives for the Encyclopaedia of African American History, 1619-1895, and his most recent collection of poems, Start with the Trouble (University of Arkansas Press, 2009), won the 2010 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence. The Oxford African American Studies Center combines the authority of carefully edited reference works with sophisticated technology to create the most comprehensive collection of scholarship available online to focus on the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture.
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Shortcut to:http://blog.oup.com/2014/01/12-years-a-slave-film-literature-history/

And the Oscar goes to LEO

poor pitty ;(

we continue without news of the kangaroos of Australia

Wow the ring is a hater stalker. Always here spewing stupidity. Great news AGAIN for JP fans so ring will be out of its mind.

@omg:

ohhh I am the evil LOL

JBA aka dirkty_rotten Diick-fan aka ring dong a ling Dog with 99 other aliases are totally OBSESSED with the JPs ..
Wow .. Talking about can’t get the JPs out of His brain dead
PSYCHOTIC SPLIIIT HEAD!!!!!
Go support your barren Chinderella .. She needs you ..
Her thread is as dead as her uterus.

@the chin:

ahahahahahahhaha the pill, my love… speaking of names, Team Heidi is the new Rose?

I can’t wait for the nomination of my Leo, the kangaroos that have not seen to pitty love Leo

Video of Q&A session in front of SAG members. At the end 2 of Solomon Northrup’s descendants appear on stage with the cast. Very special and beautiful moment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=PsDePvyaGbU

Am intrigued as well as excited about the Oscar Nominations later on today.

Good luck to TYAS.

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