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Brad Pitt Introduces Rihanna's Performance at Inaugural Diamond Ball 2014 - Watch Here!

Brad Pitt Introduces Rihanna's Performance at Inaugural Diamond Ball 2014 - Watch Here!

Brad Pitt looks mighty fine as he rocks a fitted suit while attending the 2014 Diamond Ball held at The Vineyard on Thursday night (December 11) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The 50-year-old actor was introduced on stage by Jimmy Kimmel to give a speech and introduce Rihanna for her orchestra performance – Watch below!

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The ball benefits The Clara Lionel Foundation, which was founded by RiRi in 2012 and works to improve the quality of life for communities globally in the areas of health, education, arts, and culture.

Brad Pitt Introduces Rihanna’s Performance at Diamond Ball 2014

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  • shoes4life

    Hello Sexy Mr. Pitt!!!

  • JPFamily

    Yay, Brad looks awesome, great job Mr Pitt.

  • Tamsin Through

    LOL! Mighty fine??? Are you that desperate for paycheck Jared? This old man hasn’t looked remotely fine in 10 years. Too much booze, cigarettes, botox and chem peels. Bloated face, pig nose, his eyes look smaller. Oh and the lipo didn’t do anything for him!

  • Tamsin Through

    The marginally talented spoiled brat has hit rock bottom. Last week, as she clings on to relevancy, the tabloid kween got outed about staging a car accident, 24 hours before it happened. Truth be told, her fame was never meant to last for this long, and she is only been famous over the past 9 years as she was the other woman in Jen Aniston’s marriage, but otherwise, she would’ve faded into oblivion eons ago.

    Luckily for her, she’s back in the spotlight, albeit for different reasons. Now that one of the most powerful people in the industry has shown the whole world how she’s really seen by insiders. Studios won’t trust a “camp event” in a big budget production, and the only supporter she had, Ms Pascal, was ridiculed as a boss with no backbone, real authority who can be easily manipulated. For a famewhore like she is, there is no such thing as bad publicity, so getting press coverage by any means necessary is what she always wants, even when her DOWNFALL is imminent. LMAO!

  • JPFamily


    Published on 11 Dec 2014

    NBC’s Joelle Garguilo goes one-on-one with Angelina Jolie. The two talk ‘Unbroken’, Louie Zamperini, Jolie’s Mom & more!

  • Tamsin Through

    Dame Camp Event is staging a new PR stunt after being humiliated by Rudin’s brutally honest comments. It will be hard for her to bounce back from it, now the whole world knows how she’s perceived by the most powerful people in the industry. Here’s hoping she won’t be stupid enough to stage another car accident to get media and public sympathy. Do not let her get the kdis involved in her insane plotting, Pittstain!!!

  • busted

    That was nice of him do do that. I know RiRi did his first Make It Right Gala..

    He looks very handsome.. of course

  • Anna

    Why Brad didn’t mention Chris Brown in terms of hitting her face before , Rihanna is a tart

  • JPFamily

    (video at link)

    Go behind the scenes of ‘Unbroken’ with Angelina Jolie, Jack O’Connell

    When it came to finding an actor to portray WW2 hero Louis Zamperini, Unbrokendirector Angelina Jolie had to find “this person that the audience would root for.” Enter British actor Jack O’Connell, who managed to portray Zamperini’s life story through his times of Olympic triumph and the tortures he faced as a prisoner of war. Watch O’Connell’s featurette on Unbroken and hear how he embodied the challenges that Zamperini went through in his lifetime.

  • Felinelilly

    Brad “gorgeous hunk of a man” Pitt looking so cool in his tuxedo.

  • JPFamily

    (Was at BAFTA Q&A)

    Karl Stewart @karlstewart · 27m

    Just finished watching @UnbrokenFilm. A really well directed, emotional and inspiring story. Even if very long!!!

    Elizabeth Karr @elizabethkarr · 34 mins

    Incredible work by @JackO__C in @UnbrokenFilm. Inspiring story about Lou Zamperini. Wonderful adaptation of Hildebrand book. #UnbrokenMovie

    Supposedly men make men ‘movie stars,’ but this woman thinks @JackO__C is all that. Terrific in #UnbrokenFilm.

    Sheer brilliance by Yoko Narahashi & Angelina Jolie casting #Miyavi in @UnbrokenFilm

  • Tamsin Through

    You know you’ve really hit a new career low when your time in the spotlight is used to introduce an pop singer who can’t actually sing but is famous for taking off her clothes and being slapped by her boyfriend. But hey, at least Riri and Pitty have one thing in common: they both love the ganja!!!

  • Felinelilly

    Time to flag and collapse the nutcase again.

  • Anna

    Rihanna you are not a role model to the young people

  • Tamsin Through

    And neither is a junkie who sleeps with married men, wears blood vials and exploits children and refugees, among many other things.

    I will give Riri the benefit of the doubt. If the human garbage described above can reinvent herself as do-gooder, then so can she!

  • wika

    Flattering how trolls would spend time to go to a Brad/Angie page to write essays that no one reads LMAO that’s dedication alright

  • bap

    Yes, you are correct.

  • bap

    Dame Angelina is truly good person and by knowing Louis she’s even better.

  • Dawne

    the scum has worked hard for a week to get back in here only to be quickly banned ………….doncha just love it………….not like the old days, aye, freak? FLAG, FLAG, FLAG.

  • JPFamily

    MorningStar Church ‏@MStarTampa 2 hrs

    Saw an advance screening of Unbroken last night. ALMOST as good as the book, and that’s saying something. Go see it! #UnbrokenMovie

  • Tweet Angie

    GOD so much work
    colapse flag colapse flag

  • JPFamily

    USO ‏@the_USO 60 mins

    .@UnbrokenFilm supports #troops & thanks them for their unwavering #IAmUnbroken spirit. Share your story:

  • JPFamily

    Hackett London ‏@HackettLondon 3 hrs

    City of London, London

    Rising superstar @JackO__C in our heritage check three-piece at the #UnBroken Press Release last night

  • Zoinks123

    Jimmy kimmel is one that has trashed his wife a time or two before isn’t he? lol and Brad just hugs him like he’s a good friend, typical.

  • Zoinks123

    I remember when Ryan seacrust was running his mouth about Jolie and Brad had no problem doing his American idol show. That’s loyalty and why I don’t believe the fans when they act like Brad is so mad when someone says something negative about his wife or kids. HE DOESNT CARE AND HE NEVER DID.

  • theful

    Brad doesn’t seem exactly excited or is it just me? He looks great in a tux as always. One of the many whys I like him. Wondered if he stayed until the very end.

  • JPFamily

    Telegraph Magazine ‏@TelegraphMag 3 hrs

    Introducing tomorrow’s cover & its star, Angelina Jolie.

  • Phool

    Bringing my post over here:
    ndn Phool •23 minutesago
    Stop this defeatist talk, it’s not a first time nor will it be the last where great movies are overlooked for inferior projects due to internal Hollywood politics. We should take pride that Angie has made a great movie, it’s only her 2nd directorial work and she has surpassed herself with this difficult subject that even the Cohen’s said was a mother f**ker to take on. Let’s
    be honest, if it were a man he’d be getting praise left right and centre
    *waiving at Nolans, Speilbergs and Clintwood’s out there* but as it’s a woman, and especially “the one and only Angelina Jolie2 the knives will come out particularly sharp, even if she made the greatest movie in the world her detractors will still find fault because “she is Angelina Jolie” end off. But does she care NO. She moves on gracefully, she already has her next big project lined up with a big Studio, the more opportunities she gets the more experience she will get, more refined her work will get. God Damn it she only has just stared and the quality she is churning out id say she will be amongst the best of the best in few years. Universal has faith in her, Louis has/had faith in her, we surly have faith in her & Brad has faith in her. As fans we are very proud of their achievements, long may it continue. To quote Brad “GAME ON F++KERS”

  • wika

    She’s FLAWLESS. I don’t think I can say this enough. Sigh, that face!!!

  • Phool

    Just Flag the Costa Rican F-cker Runt, funny seeing their meltdown , you’d think they’d be busy celebrating on Ticky’s thread but NO, here there are adding to JP Commenst making JJ money and after 10 minutes their rants will be delated. Ahh life is soo good, don’t you agree Felinelilly.

  • changeling

    OMG, how can this woman be so beautiful…breathtaking!

  • Zoinks123

    Game on fukkers. Lol. That’s what Brad the cowardly husband says? Hahahah

  • JPFamily


    Brad Pitt Cracks Hilarious Jokes About Jay Z and Rihanna at RiRi’s Diamond Ball

    by Marc MalkinToday 6:00 AM PST

    Brad Pitt had a fun time introducing Rihanna’s performance last night at the singer’s inaugural Diamond Ball charity gala in Beverly Hills.

    With a photo of a young RiRi flashing on large screens adjacent to the stage, Pitt said with his tongue firmly planted in his cheek, “I’ve often asked the very questions you yourself are asking right now—what the f–k went wrong?

    “I give you exhibit A,” he said. “Look at the young girl before you, all full of hopes and dreams, living a humble existence in Barbados, her whole life ahead of her.”

    Pitt said Rihanna landed in New York City at just 16 years old, but “soon fell in with a bad crowd led by the dubious and nefarious character known as The Jay Z.”

    “For those you not in the know, The Jay Z was an evil impresario known for turning out hit records and ripping insane lyrics and fresh beats,” he said as the room erupted with laughter. “Needless to say it was all downhill from there.”

    Pitt didn’t stop there.

    He listed Rihanna’s many accomplishments, including selling 54 millions albums, winning seven Grammys and having “only 90 million Facebook fans and 40 million Twitter followers,” but then pleaded with the crowd to intervene, because he fearED she could end up like, well, a photoshopped image that popped up on the screens showing the music star overweight and eating a sandwich while laying on a couch.

    “I ask that we stand together by her side and show her our support and our love and say to her the hard words, ‘Rihanna put down that sandwich, get off your ass and do something. God damn it, just do something with your life,’” Pitt cracked.

    RiRi then stepped onto the stage in a gorgeous dark blue gown and huge Chopard diamond necklace and sang a medley of her hits with a live orchestra.

    So how did Rihanna get Mr. Pitt to introduce her? “Brad Pitt loves charity, he loves giving back and it was just as simple as that,” she told me on the red carpet. “He was honored to be a part of it, so I’m really happy he’s here.”

    The evening, which benefited Rihanna’s The Clara Lionel Foundation, also featured a live auction that included Salma Hayek winning a Damien Hirst artwork for $190,000. Four VIP tickets to an upcoming Kanye West concert went for $74,000.

    Gift bags for all the guests included bottles of Rihanna’s new Rogue fragrances and MAC Cosmetics’ RiRi Woo lipstick.

    Jimmy Kimmel hosted the festivities. Celeb attendees included Kim Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Nikki Reed, Kat Graham, Big Sean, Ellen Pompeo, race car driver Lewis Hamilton, Adrienne Bailon and Tyrese Gibson.

  • mandisadisquses

    Could’ve been a boring introduction but he did it differently.
    That’s cool.
    That tux looks great.
    I just wish I could make him let go of the goatee.
    He looks SO good with a full stubly beard.
    And I miss his Fury hair.
    God he looked good with that haircut!

    Anyway, he’s hot and he’s cool.

  • Phool

    I’m bringing over Angies interview ;

    In an exclusive interview with The Telegraph, Angelina Jolie tells Mick Brown about her political aspirations, quitting acting, and directing Unbroken, the story of Olympic runner turned war hero Louis Zamperini


    Let’s get this out of the way first. Angelina Jolie herself would no doubt be the first to admit that, frankly, it is absurd to describe her – as often seems to be the case – as the most beautiful woman in the world. Who knows? But few people I have ever interviewed have excited quite so much curiosity and prurient interest among friends and colleagues, male and female. And suffice it to say that the first question almost everyone asks is, ‘And is she really as beautiful as…?’ To which the simple answer is, yes.

    What is less often remarked on, but more striking still, is her poise, her air of serenity and her serious-mindedness. Perhaps it is something to do with having been made an honorary dame by the Queen earlier this year in recognition of her humanitarian work, perhaps it is her position as the closest thing Hollywood has to a deity, but sitting in the Knightsbridge hotel suite where we meet, Jolie, who in her early career was more usually referred to as a ‘wild child’ and, as Rolling Stone once described her, ‘tattooed love goddess’, has a bearing that is almost regal. ‘Oh my…’ she says when I tell her I enjoyed her new film, Unbroken, leaning forward and fixing me with a radiant smile, as if dozens – possibly scores – of people, had not said the same thing in the weeks since it emerged from the cutting room.

    Unbroken, which tells the story of the American Second World War heroLouis ‘Louie’ Zamperini – and which at a cost of $65 million packs the budget and heft of a Hollywood blockbuster – is Jolie’s second film as a director. Her debut was In the Land of Blood and Honey, a film about the mass rapes committed by Bosnian Serb forces during the 1992-5 Bosnian war, which she says she came to direct only ‘by default’. She had come up with the idea and written the script after visiting Bosnia in her role as an ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). ‘I was nervous another director might be less sensitive about the material, so I volunteered myself. But I didn’t think I’d be any good at it. I just wanted to do my best.’

    That film received mixed reviews, but Jolie’s appetite had been whetted. ‘As an actress, you learn about your character, and you understand the overall picture of any film you’re working on, but there’s so much you’re not a part of,’ she says. ‘And there’s many times I’ve felt frustrated with the films I’ve been in, or seen them and not felt connected to them, or haven’t wanted to watch them at all. I’m much happier directing, but I would never, ever have imagined that I would be able to do a film of this scale, and what I feel is such an important film.’

    Zamperini’s story is a truly extraordinary one. The son of Italian migrants, growing up in California he was an incorrigible juvenile delinquent, constantly in trouble with the police, until his elder brother, Pete, encouraged him to take up running. Nicknamed ‘the Torrance Tornado’, he b ecame the fastest high-school runner in America and in 1936, at the age of 17, competed at Hitler’s Olympics in Berlin. When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in December 1941, Zamperini enlisted in the US Army Air Forces. As a bombardier he took part in several missions in the Pacific theatre. On one occasion his B-24 Liberator was riddled with 594 bullet holes yet against all odds managed to keep aloft and struggle back to base (a scene in the film that Jolie captures with a gripping veracity).

    In 1943 another plane in which he was flying crashed into the sea. Eight members of the crew died. Zamperini was trapped underwater in the wreckage, but somehow floated free. With two other surviving crew members he spent 47 days adrift in a flimsy life raft in the baking equatorial heat, living off a handful of fish, the liver of a small shark and whatever rainfall they could capture from the occasional shower. One man died.

    Eventually picked up by a Japanese warship, Zamperini then spent two years in a succession of POW camps, suffering beatings and starvation. Much of the time he was under the charge of a psychopathic guard nicknamed ‘the Bird’ who, learning of Zamperini’s fame as a runner, named him ‘number one prisoner’, and subjected him to a singularly brutal regime of violence and psychological torment.

    When Zamperini returned to America he was lionised as a hero, but traumatised by his ordeal, he turned to drink. In 1949, after attending a rally by the evangelist Billy Graham, he became a born-again Christian, and in 1950 he returned to Japan to meet, and forgive, some of his former tormentors. The Bird refused to meet him.

    Zamperini originally sold the rights to his autobiography to Paramount Pictures in 1957, and Tony Curtis was lined up for the role. But that film was never made, and the idea gathered dust until Universal presented Jolie with a list of available projects. The minute she read the four-line precis she was hooked, but it was only when she read Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand’s 2010 biography of Zamperini, that Jolie was convinced she had found a way to approach the subject.

    ‘We kept joking that it was the greatest film never made, the most obvious,’ she says. ‘But his life was just so full, and the challenge was how does one film encompass all that. But Laura’s book was meticulously researched and she really brought it to life, so it wasn’t just a story of events and heroics – it was what that life meant, what it added up to, and how that can inspire us to be better people.’

    Much of the attraction in making Unbroken, she says, was the opportunity it afforded her to get to know Zamperini, who it transpired was a close neighbour in Hollywood, and she saw him often over the two years it took to bring the film to fruition. He died in July, aged 97, as she was completing the edit of the film.

    ‘Angelina knew and understood the man better than anyone on the set, and constantly had this vision of who we were striving to pay tribute to,’ Jack O’Connell, the young British actor who plays the role of Zamperini, says. O’Connell, who made his reputation in the television programme Skins and recently the film Starred Up, says the film was the most physically demanding thing he has ever done. He had to lose 22lb for the POW scenes, which were the first to be shot – ‘It was the first time in my life I had health advisers [telling] me to smoke and drink coffee’ – and then quickly to build his body back up to play Zamperini the Olympic runner. Filming a sequence where Zamperini was forced by the Bird to hold a heavy 6ft plank above his head, O’Connell actually passed out. Zamperini managed to hold the plank aloft for an astonishing 37 minutes, staring down the Bird until his captor finally snapped, ramming his fist into Zamperini’s stomach so that he collapsed with the beam falling on him.

    Unbroken is a powerful testament to the indomitability of the human spirit. But following his religious conversion Zamperini was in no doubt that his survival had some deeper meaning and greater purpose. Jolie’s film ends with his return to America, and his conversion is confined to a footnote in the end titles. ‘But I do think it’s impossible not to be open to the possibility of miracles when you read about this man’s life,’ Jolie says. ‘Five hundred and ninety-four holes in a plane and not one bullet hits him or the gas tank. He survives after being trapped under the water, passes out and then he comes to and he’s free. There are so many things. But what was important for us is that there’s nothing in the film that preaches. We simply present these things as they happened, and people will come to their own conclusion. But certainly for Louie, he felt that he wasn’t alone in the world, that there was something greater than himself, watching over him.’

    Towards the end of his life, when Zamperini was in hospital and fading quickly, it was suggested to Jolie that she should visit to say her final goodbye.

    ‘I won’t tell you what he said; it was personal and it was funny. As I left the room I was laughing, and I realised, look at that! He was taking care of me! In this moment he didn’t make it about himself; he didn’t make it about goodbye; he didn’t make it about pity. He wanted to lift me up, because that’s the kind of man he was.’ Two days later he was in a coma. ‘They said, “He’s gone.” I went to whisper in his ear and say, “I love you”, and I couldn’t do it. I thought, it’s crazy, but it’s Louie and I don’t know whether he’s ready to say goodbye yet; if anybody can turn around it might just be him, because there’s something so extraordinary about this man. And he did. From the time they said he wasn’t going to make it he lived for 40 days and 40 nights. I’m not a particularly religious person. I don’t look for these things, but neither do I deny them when I see them.

    ‘It’s very hard to explain, but it was watching Louie be Louie; you could see him training his lungs, against all the odds, to a place where… he came back. And he gave us all a hug, and his love, and he was able to write notes and smile and laugh, and then went out on his own terms.’

    Angelina Jolie is the first to admit that the subtext of Zamperini’s story, about how a life might change, has a particular resonance. Her father is the Hollywood actor Jon Voight; her mother the actress Marcheline Bertrand, who died in 2007 of ovarian and breast cancer. Voight left the family when Jolie was two – relations between them have always been fractious – leaving Bertrand to sacrifice her own acting career to bring up Jolie and her elder brother, James, on her own.

    Jolie’s first big acting role, at the age of 16, was on stage as a German dominatrix. It set a certain tone. She became Hollywood’s favourite punk misfit: a girl who liked black leather, had a fondness for knives; who had a little plaque by the sink in her bathroom reading ‘Some days it’s not worth chewing through the leather straps in the morning’; and whose relationships brought a new meaning to the word ‘consanguineous’. When, at the age of 20, she married the actor Jonny Lee Miller, she dressed for the ceremony in black rubber trousers and a white shirt with the groom’s name written on it in her blood. She marked her second marriage, to the actor Billy Bob Thornton, by wearing a vial of his blood around her neck.

    If there was a single Damascene moment in Jolie’s life it seems to have come in 2000, when she went to Cambodia to film the adventure movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Not only she did fall in love with what she has described as ‘the most beautiful country in the world’, but the visit also awoke her to the horrific legacy of war. ‘It changed me completely,’ she says. ‘I grew up with a very loving mom, in a safe home and environment. I thought I knew what the world was. Like every young person, all my concerns were focused on myself, my own growing pains, and desires and frustrations. I was shocked at how little I knew. And the plight of refugees really took my attention. I thought people should know more about them, and I felt I wanted to get an education.’

    On her return from Cambodia, she contacted the UNHCR and offered her services as an ambassador, and the following year she spent 18 days in Sierra Leone and Tanzania. ‘I don’t know why I think I can make any kind of difference,’ she wrote in her journal of that visit, Notes From My Travels. ‘All I know is that I want to.’

    ‘At the time,’ Jolie says, ‘in Sierra Leone the crisis with “the short sleeves” and “the long sleeves” was going on [rebel soldiers brandishing machetes would give their victims a choice, ‘short sleeves or long sleeves’, before hacking off their limbs at the elbow or the wrist]. It was very brutal, and very horrifying. And then in Tanzania I visited camps where there were more than half a million displaced people.’

    She shakes her head. ‘I’d never seen half a million displaced people, and what it was like to manage that and for people to live like that – the average stay in a refugee camp is 17 years; that’s a lifetime.

    ‘I remember when I arrived back calling my mom from the airport in tears, so ashamed that I’d ever taken my life for granted. And the fact that I had food on the table and I knew my family was safe, and that I had opportunities and an education. I just felt so angry, and I made a promise never to be that person again. But I was also really deeply inspired by the people I’d met. So one part of myself was overwhelmed with shame and guilt for not having known these things and for being so selfish, and the other side was excited to be connected to these people who would later in my life teach me to be a better person, a better mother, who would remind me every day of what it is we all are alive for – to help each other and to work together. They’re my inspiration.’

    Since her first visit to Africa, Jolie has undertaken more than 50 field trips on behalf of the UNHCR – to Cambodia, Ecuador, Pakistan, Sudan, Syria, Lebanon, Croatia. In 2012 she was promoted to the rank of special envoy to the High Commissioner, António Guterres, representing the UNHCR and Guterres at diplomatic level; she has accompanied Guterres on trips to Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq to assess the situation of refugees from neighbouring Syria.

    In 2003, after adopting her Cambodian-born son Maddox, she bought a home and some 150,000 acres of land in the country to establish a wildlife reserve for the threatened populations of Asian black bears, Asian elephants and Indochinese tigers, later expanding the project to develop a ‘Millennium Village’, including schools, roads and a soya milk factory, all of which she funds. In recognition of her conservation work she was awarded Cambodian citizenship by King Norodom Sihamoni in 2005. Additionally, through the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation, she has funded 10 schools in Cambodia, and a care facility for children affected by HIV; she also funds a children’s centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – the birthplace of her adopted daughter Zahara – as well as two girls-only schools in Afghanistan, and a girls-only boarding school at Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya.

    Her association with the former foreign secretary William Hague in establishing the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) in 2012 is instructive in just how effective Jolie has been as a campaigner. That collaboration was initiated by Hague’s Bosnian-born special adviser Arminka Helic, who had seen In the Land of Blood and Honey and been deeply impressed by Jolie’s understanding of the conflict in Bosnia. ‘She just got it,’ Helic says. ‘The situation in Bosnia is very complicated, but it was obvious she really knew what she was talking about.’ Helic, who fled Bosnia in 1992, suggested to Hague that they should arrange a private screening of the film for officials at the Foreign Office. ‘We started negotiating for her to come over, and the first question she asked was, “What is going to come out of this?”’

    olie arrived unannounced – ‘We wanted people to come and see the film, not her’ – and afterwards met Hague, Helic and Hague’s adviser and speech-writer Chloe Dalton to discuss the plight of survivors of sexual violence in warfare. By the end of the meeting the PSVI was born. ‘People say you can’t do anything about rape in war – it’s a breakdown of discipline and so on,’ Helic says. ‘But it actually isn’t. It’s a terror tactic used in war. When someone is raped, whether it’s a woman or a man, it brings unbearable shame – upon them, their family, their community. They are stigmatised, whereas those who have committed the crime often go on living their normal lives. The idea of the initiative was to take shame from the survivor and put it on the perpetrator. And she was very much the driving force behind that. She’s brought this incredibly passionate belief that there has to be accountability; that rape victims are not outcasts and have to be brought back into their community; that they deserve respect.’

    ‘She is a force to be reckoned with,’ William Hague told me by email. ‘She brings the will and determination of someone who believes that change is possible, and that helping others who are less fortunate is incumbent upon all of us.’

    In 2013 – shortly after she had undergone a preventative double mastectomy – Jolie and Hague travelled to Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo to lobby for the PSVI; Jolie has addressed the G8 and the UN Security Council on the issue, and earlier this year the pair co-hosted the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence. The initiative is supported by 155 countries, and teams of experts under the aegis of the Foreign Office have worked in Libya, on the borders of Syria, and in Bosnia and Herzegovina, training judges and health professionals on documenting and prosecuting crimes of sexual violence, while UN and EU troops in Somalia and Mali now receive training in how to recognise rape victims and ensure that they are properly documented so that evidence can be assembled for prosecuting the perpetrators.

    On the day I met Jolie she was embroiled in a round of media interviews that began at 10am and ended at 2.45pm. At 3pm she was at Hague’s office, in a meeting with him and representatives of a British university, discussing how to build bridges between governments, NGOs and academia over the sexual violence initiative. ‘She’s massively professional,’ Helic says. ‘She didn’t come in and say, “I’ve just done 20 interviews; I’m exhausted.” It was, “Yes, I like these ideas. We need to be more focused on this. What do you want me to do?” She knows the brief inside out. And she wants to always make a difference.’ Three hours after her meeting with Hague, Jolie was on the red carpet outside a West End cinema for the premiere of Unbroken.

    Those who have worked in any capacity with Jolie talk of her as being someone who takes whatever she does very seriously – but herself very lightly. Andrew Eaton, who in 2007 co-produced the Michael Winterbottom film A Mighty Heart (in which Jolie starred as Mariane Pearl, the wife of Daniel Pearl, the American journalist who was kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in Pakistan), describes her as the easiest actor he has ever worked with. ‘She was completely committed to the role, but she could just flip in a second to being very funny. It’s so refreshing to work with someone who takes what they do seriously but at the same time realises that, really, we’re just making a film.’

    She and Brad Pitt, whom she married earlier this year after nine years together, have somehow managed to construct a sort of perpetual-motion machine of professional work, humanitarian work and family. Each year they set a target for what they need to earn from film work to support their various causes. And they make it a point that when one is travelling, for whatever reason, the other is at home with their six children.

    Jolie has just completed her third film as a director, By the Sea, a drama about a couple struggling to save their marriage, in which she also stars with Pitt. Her next project, Africa, is about the life of the palaeontologist Richard Leakey. She plans to do ‘much less’ acting in the future, and concentrate on directing films with what she describes as a ‘positive message’. ‘If it all went away tomorrow and I was a mother and was able to do my humanitarian work, and possibly political work, then I’d be very happy.’

    So she would consider a life in politics?

    ‘You just don’t know if you’re good enough to do certain things and where you’d be of use. I don’t know whether it’s better for me to be in the field, or making art that brings these kinds of discussions and messages forward, or is it in politics? I’m not actively seeking anything at this time. But if I can find a film, like Unbroken, that I feel puts something out in the world that I think is good for people, then I would love to do that. I think it’s good for us to acknowledge people like Louie, who rose above hate. These are the people we should aspire to be.’

    Shortly before Zamperini’s death, Jolie was able to sit at his bedside and show him a rough cut of the film on her laptop. ‘I think I imagined he would give me some kind of review – which he didn’t,’ she says. ‘But of course I found myself at this very profound moment of watching a man at the end of his days reflecting on his life. He jumped when he saw the flak, and he said “Pete” under his breath when he saw the scenes with his brother; he smiled at his mom making gnocchi… It was extraordinary.’ She pauses. ‘It was his life. And it was one of the most deeply moving moments of mine.’

    Unbroken is out on December 26

  • JPFamily

    Bettina Sherick ‏@bettina 6m

    .@UnbrokenFilm – just wow. A visceral look at the resilience of the human spirit. Angelina Jolie rocked this film. A must see.


    Angelina Jolie spills on “Unbroken” and casting two rising Irish stars

    Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie was in New York last week to promote “Unbroken,” her inspirational new film starring up and comers Jack O’Connell and Domhnall Gleeson set for release on Christmas Day. Cahir O’Doherty asks the most famous actress in the world what compelled her to direct a World War II prison drama set in Japan, and why she cast two relatively unknown Irish actors in the central roles?

    Angelina Jolie is half an hour late for her interview, but what are you going to do, cancel? If one half of Hollywood’s most famous power couple wants to remind the world who’s holding the trump cards, there’s not much the rest of us can do but fold.

    Last Friday I was with a small group of journalists waiting on Jolie at the five star Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Columbus Circle.

    Finally she sweeps into the room, dressed in a long-sleeved black top and tight black jeans with leather boots that accentuate how perilously thin she’s become. My first thought is that she looks exactly like she does on the world’s magazine covers (and this is almost never the case, so it’s doubly surprising).

    When she speaks it’s immediately apparent that she’s considerate, smart and kind, another surprise for a stratospheric celebrity. She even looks a bit bashful, like she can’t quite believe the clucking circus of publicists and handlers that surround her (they never leave the room).

    Being arguably the most famous woman in the world (if scoring magazine covers is how you gauge these things) the way Jolie, 39, carries herself suggests she doesn’t know it. There’s something a bit introverted and Lady Diana like about her, as though the sycophantic paparazzi circus that attends her every move is trying on her nerves.

    But then when she speaks I realize that whatever she thinks about the mediums, her message is clear and unmistakable. She may look like an ice queen, but her heart is true.

    “Like everyone we (meaning Brad Pitt and herself) wake up and we see the news and the events around the world and our communities and we’re disheartened by so much and we feel overwhelmed,” she tells the Irish Voice, explaining why she decided to direct “Unbroken,” an epic prisoner of war drama that she’s the first to admit she was surprised to want to direct herself.

    “We’re looking for something to hold on to, something to give us strength theses days,” she continues, explaining that for her World War II veteran Louis Zamperini’s remarkable life story was the answer she was looking for.

    “I was halfway through Laura Hillenbrand’s book about his life and I found myself inspired and on fire and feeling better and being reminded of the strength of the human spirit.”

    Jolie realized that if Zamperini’s tale was having that effect on her – and so many other people around her – wasn’t it really what she needed to put forward into the world?

    “I believe it is and I am very happy its coming out during the holidays. I think it’s the right time,” she says.

    In this age of racial conflict and endless political gridlock in Washington, it’s hard to point to public figures who seem willing to put principle before themselves. It wasn’t always thus, Jolie reminds me. Time was there were more men and women who put their lives on the line for the greater good.

    “I want to remind this generation of – of the sense of community and honor of the World War II generation – and to pay respect to them,” she says.

    “I want my children to know about men like Louie, so when they feel bad about themselves and they think all is lost they will learn they’ve got something inside of them because that’s what this story speaks to. It’s inside all of us.

    “You don’t have to be a perfect person, or a saint, or a hero. Louie was very flawed, very human, but he made great choices and in the end that made him a great man.”

    Jack O’Connell, 24, the breakthrough English actor with a father from Co. Kerry, plays the young Zamperini in the film. He has to lose a dangerous amount of weight alongside Irish co-star Domhnall Gleeson, 31, when the two play castaways adrift on the sea for 45 days.

    “Here’s a fun fact: Domhnall lost so much weight that even his eyeballs changed shape,” O’Connell tells the Irish Voice. “His contact lenses suddenly didn’t fit any more.

    Jolie adds, “They fit when he was starting to lose weight and when he got to the end of the raft at sea section they wouldn’t fit his eyes anymore. It was the dehydration.”

    “He’s also got weird eyes, Domhnall,” jokes O’Connor. “He dropped a contact lens size. Even his eyes were skinny! Now that’s impressive!

    In the film Finn Wittrock, 30, another up and comer best known for his recurring role in the current season of “American Horror Story,” plays Francis McNamara, the tragic Irish American tail gunner who becomes the third castaway at sea with Louie (O’Connor) and Russell Allen “Phil” Phillips (Gleeson).

    “It was great to eat when it was over,” Wittrock jokes. “We all felt that sense of responsibility in service to a story that was bigger than any of us. That was what I was reminding myself when I was having four blueberries for breakfast. I pushed myself because I wanted the story to be told.”

    Asked why she picked O’Connell for the lead role Jolie doesn’t hesitate. “As soon as I met him, I knew he was Louie,” she says, adding that his talent is “a gift.” O’Connell explains that Jolie was under a lot of pressure from the studio to get it right, “so you can imagine what it was like, trying to convince them about this complete unknown.”

    Once cast, the parts of Zamperini’s tale to focus on were the biggest challenge.

    “The Coen brothers said something to me that really helped – when you put the book down you have a certain feeling and a certain understanding,” says Jolie. “That’s what people need to feel when they walk out of the theater, they told me. That’s your job.”

    Sadly Louie’s generation are nearly all gone, which makes telling their story all the more important. O’Connell agrees. “We owe it to them and to ourselves to keep passing their accounts down. They were a sacrificial generation. Everything we get to experience today – I believe – was at a cost.

    “It’s key that we remember this so generations beneath ours are also made aware. Louie is just the one account – an incredible account – but there were many heroes of that generation. I consider it timeless. And his ability to find a place of solace and forgiveness and to live to the age of 97 with some version of closure impresses me.”

    Meanwhile, Jolie still can’t quite believe she took on the task of bringing this epic to the screen.

    “If you had asked me three years ago what kind of film do you want to direct I would never have thought of myself handling plane crashes and shark attacks and that kind of film-making. I wouldn’t have thought I would do that or could do that.

    “But I cared about this story and so I had to learn how to do all those things.”

  • Phool

    Brad you with your swagger , you sexy beast of a man.

  • Passing Through

    I guess Brad decided that since he wouldn’t be needing a tux for the GG’s or SAGs he’d go ahead and wear it now?

    Seriously though…as exec prod of Selma you’d think he’d be going to the GGs. If he does frankly it would look bad if Angie didn’t go to because then it’ll look like she’s afraid of the Tickster…or getting trapped by her nutty father…or equally nutty ex…

  • Phool

    2 nutty EX’s

  • Passing Through

    Hey Phool -

    Glad to see you back. Don’t you just hate it when work interferes with doing nothing? It never fails to bum me out…

  • Dawne

    We will have to endure the blitheringly endless tripe from the tabs over the ‘meeting’ at the GG’s………..I hope to god he doesn’t go.

  • wika

    Do exec producers go? I mean, will they receive the award too?

  • Phool

    Hi PT
    LOL I know Fu**ing work always gets in the way of doing nothing. By the way is O2 back from her vocation ? or still sunning her cute ass?

  • Passing Through

    One’s a Snicker(s) and the other’s a Payday. At least BBT’s a good actor and didn’t get a nom just because they needed a 5th person to round out the category.

  • Dawne

    Thx, Jared staff. for nuking the Costa Rican scum so quickly………, love that it is now cumbersome for this moron to post here.

  • ElisaCo

    bwahahahahahaha what a waste of time just to annoy fans.
    Happy Friday to all fans!

  • Phool

    I’m surprised how Squiggy didn’t get a nomination, maybe the piggy bank is empty after all its all spent on Fattend Tick, Squiggys didn’t even get crumbs lol

  • ali7

    He didn’t attended last year for 12 year of a slave & I don’t think he will this time as he is only exec pro

  • changeling

    People’s Magazine with Angelina on its cover – Dec 22, 2014 issue:
    25 Most Intriguing People Featuring Angelina Jolie

    2-page spread on Angelina Jolie – Woman of the Year

    Introduction -
    Chatting with People’s Mary Green a few days before Thanksgiving, Angelina Jolie is in her usual mega-multitasking mode in a London hotel room: promoting her new movie Unbroken, entertaining daughters Zahara and Shiloh and dealing with holiday plans. “The girls and I will be ordering turkey in. I will not be cooking — to the benefit of everyone,” she says, laughing. For the rest of the family back home in Los Angeles, “Brad and Pax are going to attempt a turkey. Pax loves to cook. And we will Skype.” It’s been a whirlwind 2014 for Jolie, 39. Along with directing Unbroken, she starred in the $700 million hit Maleficent, hosted a summit to fight sexual violence, and of yeah, wed Brad Pitt. “It’s been a beautiful year,” she says, “I’m very grateful every day.”

  • Phool

    Hi Dawne
    Its pretty funny seeing the Costa Rican Runt writing walls of hate for it to be scraped within minutes by Jared and Mods LOL How I love this new system.