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Angelina Jolie Takes Break From Promoting 'Unbroken' for 'Difret' Variety Series Screening!

Angelina Jolie Takes Break From Promoting 'Unbroken' for 'Difret' Variety Series Screening!

Angelina Jolie is all smiles while arriving at her special screening for Difret held during the 2014 Variety Screening Series at ArcLight Hollywood on Tuesday (December 9) in Hollywood.

The 39-year-old actress and executive producer was joined at the event by the stars of the film Meaza Ashenafi and Tizita Hagere, producers Francesca Zampi and Leelai Demoz, as well as director Zeresenay Mehari as they all sat down to chat about the drama.

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That same day, Angelina and her Unbroken stars Jack O’Connell and Miyavi visited the Today show in New York City.

10+ pictures inside of Angelina Jolie and others at their Variety screening for Difret

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  • neer

    She never gets tired when it comes to promoting projects with good messages. She loves it.

  • JPFamily

    Beautiful and lovely, and so very passionate about everything she does, bravo Angie.

  • JPFamily

    Angie on cover of new issue of “People”

    Angelina Jolie on Her Biggest Moments of 2014: Marriage, Unbroken and Maddox Turning 13

    *Cover pic*

    Ask Angelina Jolie about the most memorable moments of her whirlwind year, and the first thing she brings up isn’t a movie project – or even her wedding toBrad Pitt.

    “My son [Maddox] became a teenager,” Jolie, 39, tells PEOPLE. “That was a marker in my year.”

    In this week’s exclusive cover story, the actress and director looks back at 2014 and reflects on how much her life has changed since her 20s, admitting she never thought she could be this happy when she was growing up.

    “More than anything, like any mom, I’m just happy the kids are healthy,” Jolie says. “I married their dad. My health is good.”

    Jolie talks about how her six kids are growing up – and how they played a big role in the couple’s August nuptials, acting as wedding planners for the big day.

    “They did a really good job!” Jolie raves about the wedding, held at their estate in France. “The eight of us celebrated, and Brad and I committed our lives to the children.”

    The director of the World War II drama Unbroken, out Dec. 25, also discusses her future and says she’ll do just a few more acting jobs before making a permanent move behind the camera.

    “I’ve loved being an actor, but I’m happier shining a light on other actors,” she says.

    The star can even see herself getting into politics in the future. “I do want to make change, so I’m open to whatever role that may take,” she says.

    Jolie tackled several major projects in 2014, including executive-producing and playing the lead role in Disney’s $700 million hit Maleficent, hosting a summit to fight sexual violence and taking on what she called “the hardest thing I’ve ever done” professionally: directing Unbroken, which chronicles the life of Olympic runner and prisoner of war Louis Zamperini.

    The challenge of the biopic, says Jolie: “How do you get this man’s huge life into one film?”

    The movie played a role in another one of Jolie’s notable memories of this year: “Sitting with Louie in the hospital, showing him Unbroken, that was probably one of the greatest moments of my life,” she says. Zamperini died in July at age 97.

    Jolie says the war hero taught her how to rise to a challenge – and another important lesson.

    “We’re not alone in the world,” she says. “I don’t know if there’s a name for that – religion or faith – just that there’s something greater than all of us, and it’s uniting and beautiful.”

    For much more from Angelina Jolie, pick up the newest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

  • JPFamily

    Alexandre Desplat

    The French film composer on working with Angelina Jolie on her latest feature Unbroken

    French film composer Alexandre Desplat is responsible for the soundtracks of some of the biggest films of the past few years, including Twilight: New Moon, The King’s Speech,Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (parts one and two) and, more recently, The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Imitation Game.

    His latest project saw him writing the music for Angelina Jolie’s film Unbroken, which comes out on Boxing Day. We talk to him about what makes a film stand out to him and what it was like working with Jolie.

    What made Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken stand out as a film you wanted to work on?

    I didn’t know about the main character of the film, the American Second World War prisoner Louis Zamperini, until I received the script. When I discovered what he went through it was hard to believe that this was a true story. I found it very exciting – I have never made a story about a hero like this. The way Angelina presented it was interesting – she wanted to make it more of a spiritual journey than a tale of bravery and action in war; it’s more about resilience and how one man tries to survive.

    What style of music lends itself to this kind of plot?

    The music in my score is very epic, but I have made sure that it never gets in the way of the plot. As a film composer I try never to manipulate a scene or alter it with something too big and loud – it’s about trying to give the film a human side. That’s what we want to hear in Unbroken – what Zamperini is feeling. It’s him we have to follow and to empathise with. I have included plenty of silence in the score to respect what he is going through.

    When you start working on a film, what process do you go through as a composer?

    The first question you ask yourself is ‘am I needed and what can I bring to this film that is not already in the script?’. It’s your duty as a film composer to try and offer the director some option that he or she may not yet have thought about. It could be the placement of the music, the type of orchestration you use, the themes you create for characters or situations, and whether or not the music is big or small – all these questions are important. On some films you can work really closely with the director, which is something I particularly like. If I didn’t like collaborating with directors I suppose I would be out of a job.

    Do you usually have a sense of what you want to do with a film right away?

    Not always. It’s a bit like making a sculpture. You’ve found a beautiful bit of marble in a quarry somewhere and realise that you can do something with it. But when you have the huge block delivered to your workshop, you realise you only have three weeks or so to sculpt it into something meaningful. Sometimes it occurs to me that I could have had an easier life and stayed at home instead of composing. But while there may be this moment of uncertainty, there is also this wonderful chance to create something, so you take your tools and start hitting and hope to hit it in the right place, making sure any mistakes can be repaired.

    What is Angelina Jolie like to work with?

    Angelina loves the collaboration process with film composers. She likes the idea that composers suggest things and view things in new ways to give her new options. She’s smart enough and generous enough to do that. She also has a great instinct and is brilliant at bringing you towards the target she has been aiming at for months and years, while still respecting your decisions. We sat down together every day to work on the soundtrack for Unbroken. When I talk to directors I like to show them what I have put down and then we adjust and correct and improve things until we have found the right balance.

  • JPFamily

    What a thoughtful gesture from Brad

    “Where would you like me to stand?” said actor Brad Pitt after reading the message of Honiton charity, the Baton
    (Pic of Brad with Baton)

    Honiton barber and founder of the Baton has expressed his gratitude to Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt for his interest in the message of the charity while taking a break from filming for his latest action movie and Second World War epic, Fury.

    Alan Rowe MBE said Brad had a clear empathy for the cause and wanted to pose with it after hearing its message.

    Fury follows the efforts of an American armoured crew pushing into Nazi Germany towards the end the Second World War.

    Filming took place in the autumn of last year in Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire.

    During this time, Alec Small, a good friend of Alan, who lives near Honiton and had the role of driving the Sherman Tank that Brad Pitt was in, told the actor about the Baton.

    Brad was told how the Baton was a stretcher handle used at Afghanistan’s Camp Bastion to carry soldiers of all nationalities including British, European, North American and Australian. And how it has fast become a symbol of remembrance for the armed forces and their families.

    During a break in his busy schedule, Brad read the Baton’s Message of Conscience while holding the sixth Baton that was made especially to reside in America with custodians, the Allied Forces Foundation.

    Alan said that Brad wholeheartedly embraced the message and immediately after reading its message, simply said, “Where would you like me to stand?”

    Alan said: “I’m sure Brad’s thoughts regarding the issues of military life were foremost in his mind, given the emotional subject of the film.

    “Brad is known to be very proud and supportive of his country’s forces personnel and their families.

    “We are truly grateful to Brad for giving our cause some of his valuable time and for being so thoughtful – also our sincere thanks to Sony for granting permission for the photo to be taken.”

    Hundreds of people both locally and worldwide, have spread the message of the Baton by taking it with them on various expeditions.

    And through the Baton, thousands of pounds have been generated for military charities.

  • fyi

    Angelina Jolie: ‘By the Sea’ was ‘walk in the park’ after ‘Unbroken’

    was a nice break,” Jolie said of shooting the drama “By the Sea” with
    her husband Brad Pitt after helming the World War II epic “Unbroken.”

    Jolie says directing her husband Brad Pitt in the 1970s-set marriage
    drama By the Sea was “a walk in the park” after helming the World War II
    epic Unbroken, which features battle, ocean and torture scenes.

    the Sea was emotionally difficult because I was acting in it, but it
    was, logistically, a walk in the park in comparison to Unbroken. It was a
    nice break,” Jolie said at a press conference in New York last week.

    understanding the difficulties of mounting such a massive project, the
    actress-turned-auteur said she was so moved by Laura Hillenbrand’s
    best-selling biography of Olympic runner, U.S. Army airman and prisoner
    of war Louis Zamperini, she knew she had to be the one to bring Unbroken
    to the big screen.

    “Like everybody, we wake up and we read the
    news and we see the events around the world and we live in our
    communities and we are disheartened by so much and we feel overwhelmed,”
    Jolie explained.

    “And we don’t know what is possible and we
    don’t know where… We want something to hold onto, something to believe
    in, something to give us strength and I was halfway through this book
    and I found myself inspired and on fire and feeling better and being
    reminded of the strength of the human spirit and the strength of having a
    brother like Pete and what that is and to remind us to be that for each
    other and how important that is to have that in your life and so many
    things and I realized if this was having this effect on me and I knew it
    was having this effect on so many people, isn’t this what we needed to
    put forward into the world at this time? And I believe it is and I am
    very happy that it is coming out also during the holidays. I think it is
    an important time, the right time.”

    Unbroken is set for release in U.S. theaters Dec. 25. By the Sea is expected to open next year.

  • JPFamily

    More tweets/pics from last night.

    Tasmin Lucia-Khan @TasminLucia· 3 hrs3 hours ago

    Great screening of @UnbrokenFilm with @cindycowan1000. Director Angelina Jolie had touching stories to tell @ the Q&A

    Margaret Epperson @MargaretE211 · 5 hrs 5 hours ago

    Just went to a pre-screening of Unbroken. A phenomenal, inspiring movie about resilience and loyalty. Bravo! #iamunbroken @UnbrokenFilm

    edamame2003 3 hours ago · Writer’s Guild Theater

    #unbroken what a film. #PGA screening with director #angelinajolie and actors #miyavi and #jackoconnell

    Eric Sanford @esanford · 6h 6 hours ago

    Got to see #Unbroken tonight. Incredible movie. Highly recommend seeing it when it comes out Christmas Day. Read the book too! #forgiveness

    Ronald @raddestnerd · 4 hrs4 hours ago

    #AngelinaJolie is a beast. She’s gonna get an Oscar for Best Director some day sure! Go watch her sophomore project @UnbrokenFilm

    At the screening of @UnbrokenFilm that we were in #AngelinaJolie’s name got its own applause during closing credits

    HIZ DOT @hizdot · 8h 8 hours ago

    Watched a very powerful film tonight… #Unbroken #unbrokenpremiere A must see!!! #AngelinaJolie #Louiezamperini

    *Five Star* Just Watched #Unbroken Thank you for telling the story of #Louiezamperini “If you can take it, you can make it!” A must See!


    Ok, Angie looks sweet there, but I have a pet peeve… its a black girl thing..see… Angie has such cute ‘baby hairs,’ and whoever is doing her do,’ INSISTS on taming them and brushing them back so they’re never out… it soooo irritates me. Lol #shallow I know
    I will get to the Rudin mess, but right now…I don’t want to waste any more breath on his ugly jabba the hut azz. (I was busy at defamer too PT) I will post more in a few. Lol

  • Dame the ring

    congratulations to Oprah and Selma by the SAG

  • Tweet Angie

    Megan EllisonVerified account ‏@meganeellison 10h10 hours ago
    Extinction is forever. Make these the last days of ivory-funded terrorism, not the last days of elephants. #LastDays

  • fyi

    Fury Starring Brad Pitt Digital HD Release Date One Month Ahead of Blu-ray and DVD

    David Ayer’s World War II tank drama Fury starring Brad Pitt, Shia
    LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Jon Bernthal and Michael Pena is rumbling onto
    Digital HD a full month before it makes its way to Blu-ray and DVD.

    Pictures has announced the Fury Digital HD release date is December 30,
    just in time to kick back and watch it legally at home over New Years.
    The Fury Blu-ray and DVD release date won’t arrive until January 27,

    Unfortunately Fury got caught up in the recent hack of
    Sony Pictures’ computer systems and was leaked online. Hundreds of
    thousands — if not millions — of people chose to watch Fury online
    streaming from file sharing sites that illegally post full movies. We
    don’t condone that activity whatsoever, so please support the studio and
    this film by viewing it through legal channels.

    I don’t have
    Fury tech specs for the Blu-ray and Digital HD combo pack to share at
    this time. I can pass along the Fury Blu-ray bonus features:
    •More than 50 minutes of Deleted & Extended Scenes
    •Photo Gallery
    All-new Featurettes:•“Director’s Combat Journal” – David Ayer gives an
    account of the months spent in the English countryside shooting, finding
    antique tanks to drive and managing the scale of production that a WWII
    movie demands.
    •“Armored Warriors: The Real Men Inside the Shermans”
    – Some of the real-life soldiers who lived and fought day-to-day in a
    Sherman tank reflect on their WWII experience.
    •“Taming the Beast:
    How to Drive, Fire, & Shoot Inside a 30-Ton Tank” – Experts
    demonstrate how the giant Sherman tanks operate and fire. In this
    featurette, the camera also goes inside the tank to bring an in-depth,
    point-of-view experience, along with cast and crew reflections on
    filming in the “human sardine can.”

    •“Blood Brothers” featurette – The cast and crew discuss their roles and on-set dynamics.

    Note that of all these bonus features, only the last one is available on the standalone DVD edition of Fury.

    action scenes should rock on Blu-ray, and you can pre-order Fury on
    Blu-ray and Digital combo right now for a hefty discount at Also check below for the Fury Blu-ray cover art and a trailer to whet your appetite.

  • fyi


    Unbroken marks
    Angelina Jolie’s third time behind the camera. Much like her previous
    directorial experiences, her new project brings to light a socially
    relevant episode in history. An on-screen adaptation of Laura
    Hillenbrand’s novel, Unbroken: A World War II Story
    of Survival, Resilence, and Redemption, the story follows the life of
    Olympic track athlete Louis “Louie” Zamperini, who survived a plane
    crash in the Pacific, followed by 47 days drifting on a raft. Not to
    mention his two and a half years living in several Japanese prisoner war camps.

    Unbroken, Jolie has put together an A-list team, both behind and in
    front of the camera. Behind the camera, she has Joel and Ethan Coen,
    Richard LaGravenese and William Nicholson as the film’s screenwriters
    and Roger Deakins as the cinematographer. As for the cast, Zamperini is
    majestically embodied by Irish actor Jack O’Connell, who co-stars with
    Japanese rock-star Miyavi (this is Miyayi’s debut as an actor in the
    role of the sadistic prison guard Mutsushiro Watanabe). Zamperini’s
    companions in misfortune are played by Garrett Hedlund (John Fitzgerald), Finn Wittrock (Francis ‘Mac’ McManara) and Domnhall Gleeson (Russell Allen ‘Phil’ Philips).
    movie‘s PG 13 rating will allow the younger generation to get in touch
    with an awe-inspiring person, who persevered through the most horrific
    adversities given with war. This matter was very much at heart to
    Angelina Jolie, who explained:

    “It was very important, thinking
    about my older children who are old enough to see it. It’s a movie for
    everybody. You think about this great generation
    and the values they had, how they were as men, and I think it’s one that
    we want to raise our children and remind them of; this sense of family
    and community and honor and [we can] pay respect to them. I want my
    children to think about men like Louie, so when they think that all is
    lost, they know they’ve got something inside of them. Because this is
    what this story speaks to: it’s in all of us. And you don’t have to be a
    prefect person, or a saint, or a hero: Louie was very flawed, very
    human, but made great choices and in the end was a great man.”

    is slated to open on Christmas Day. It will definitely prove to be the
    kind of biopic that’ll inspire people, given the contemporary global
    issues of today, which has spread a feeling of hopelessness. Zamperini’s
    underdog energy helps us to rely on the power of the human spirit, as
    Angelina believes:

    “Like everybody, we wake up and read the news.
    We see the events that are around the world, and we are heartened by so
    much. We feel overwhelmed and we don’t know what’s possible. We want
    something to hold on to – something that can give us strength. I was
    half way through this book and I was inspired and on fire. I felt better
    being reminded of the strength of the human spirit. I realized that if
    this was his effect on me and [perhaps] other people, then this needed
    to be put forward into the world. I’m also very happy it’s coming out
    during the holidays, I think it’s the right time
    It would have been very easy for Zamperini’s story to have taken on the redundant characteristics of a large commercial film,
    but Jolie maintains a delicate indie approach to how she tells
    Zamperini’s epic tale. “We looked at the themes in his life. The Coen brothers
    told me that when you put the book down, you have a certain feeling and
    understanding. That’s what you need to feel when you walk out of the
    theater. So know the themes. One of the great things about the Coen Brothers
    is that this film could have easily gone sentimental, but we needed to
    keep it sharp, open, and entertaining for an audience. They are so witty
    and have such an extraordinary way of communicating in such a clean
    way, so they were really helpful with the characters’ personalities and
    the story’s structure.”

    The movie is divided into three parts:
    the first set is on an aircraft where Louis and his battalion are
    attacked by Japanese aircrafts; the second takes place in the middle of
    the ocean when Louis, Mac and Phil are stranded on two rafts for almost
    seven weeks; the third shows Louie’s time in Japanese concentration
    camps, as the favorite target for Watanabe’s tortures. Every act of the
    story is visually spectacular and the suspense is harrowing and
    enthralling, and it’s humbling to hear the director’s vision on the

    “I came into this because I was drawn to the story and
    felt it was important. A few years ago I would never imagine making a
    movie that would include shark attacks and planes crashing, but I cared
    so much about this story that I had to learn to do all of those things.
    It’s been such an exciting challenge with an amazing team. They all came because they read the book or knew the story, so we were all there with a higher purpose.”
    is now completing her fourth movie, By The Sea. As the director and
    screenwriter of the film, she’s also acting opposite her husband Brad
    Pitt. By The Sea is set in France during the mid-1970s. Jolie plays
    Vanessa, a former dancer, and Pitt is her husband Roland, an American writer. This will mark the first Brangelina collaboration since Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 2005.
    The film is a drama centered on a couple with issues, who take a
    holiday as a last-minute effort to save their marriage. Despite the
    grievous subject matter, when Jolie was asked to compare the pathos
    between her two latest movies she replied, “By The Sea was emotionally
    difficult, because I’m also acting in it. But logistically it was a walk
    in the park in comparison to Unbroken – it was a nice break.”

    story will undoubtedly move audiences to tears, and will lead them out
    of the motion picture with the certainty that all bad things come to an
    end. If you don’t let go you’ll be Unbroken.

  • plez
  • JPFamily

    Thank you, I’ll delete those incomplete ones.

  • Tweet Angie

    SAG Nods
    Stunt nominees:

    Get On Up

  • were the morons

    Congrats to @UnbrokenFilm for their #sagawards nom for Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture!

  • were the morons

    Slay Angie, slay! Brads “Fury” got a non as well! Congrats to @FuryMovie for their #sagawards nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture!

  • JPFamily

    Yay for Unbroken and Fury.

  • theful

    I thought they didn’t send screeners of Unbroken to SAG in time?

  • JPFamily

    Maybe that info was wrong, looks like they still got a look-in.

  • were the morons

    Manis ton got a nom. Ew

  • KenyaSmith

    She is absolutely pretty but that vein in her forehead is alarming

  • chun key pipe

    la jolie keeps busy…unlazy is attractive…

  • were the morons

    Looks like they wanted to see a B&A vs the hair and gigolo showdown after all

  • Dame the ring


  • Dame the ring

    loon crisis

  • KenyaSmith

    Me parece que es tiempo de que pares

  • Dame the ring


  • JPFamily

    Yeah, and just ugh, she got a nom for lead actress.

  • Dame the ring

    POR?unbroken y fury con nominaciones ridículas y cake por la puerta grande

  • Dame the ring

    and OSCAR,go Jen go

  • Tweet Angie

    dont worry. there is always one of the Sag nominies that misses the oscars

  • were the morons

    She won’t win though. The nomination is just for ratings, mostly. There is no way she’ll beat Julianne Moore…

  • KenyaSmith

    what the hell????

  • chun key pipe

    yaay ophrey/1

  • Felinelilly

    When in the world does Angelina slow down? She’s like the energizer bunny, just keeps going and going. All while looking radiant and happy.

  • JPFamily

    In saying that, since the noms for Unbroken and Fury are only for stunt ensembles, Angie and Brad may give it a miss, and let you know who have her moment, sigh.

  • JPFamily

    Yep, here’s the tweet from SAG.

    SAG Awards® @SAGawards · 8 mins

    Congrats to Jennifer Aniston, Felicity Jones, @_juliannemoore, Rosamund Pike, & @RWitherspoon for your Female Lead #sagawards Nomination!

  • shazia35

    New DayVerified account‏@NewDay
    At 6:50amET, @ChrisCuomo sits down with #AngelinaJolie to discuss @UnbrokenFilm and the incredible story behind it.

  • JPFamily

    Very true!

  • plez

    They nominated Watts for best supporting actress for St Vincent. Melissa McCarthy was much better .
    I have to assume much of SAG did not see all the movies in competition.

  • shazia35

    Prepping during cancer scare
    See more at

    New Day ‏@NewDay 1m1 minute ago
    #AngelinaJolie reveals she was preparing to direct @UnbrokenFilm when she decided to have surgery.

  • KenyaSmith

    well she has 0 chance to beat JM

  • chun key pipe

    fine by me…anyone can get them nowadays, even with no effort and just a title…

  • ndn

    That’s what I thought too…The noms are for ensembles…I doubt that they would go…

  • Tweet Angie

    does anyone have the full sag nominations?

  • JPFamily


  • shazia35

    Angelina Jolie takes on directing role

    New Day|Added on December 10, 2014Angelina Jolie tells CNN about directing the World War II film “Unbroken.”

  • ndn

    Hmmm Marion Cotillard is noticeably absent….she won a lot of critics awards lately….WTH?? and the hag got in….

  • Dame the ring

    Jen is going to be nominated for the Golden Globes and the Oscars, you can start to cry