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Brad Pitt's Plan B to Receive the PGA's Visionary Award!

Brad Pitt's Plan B to Receive the PGA's Visionary Award!

Brad Pitt and his production company Plan B Entertainment are set to receive a major honor – the Producers Guild of America‘s 2015 Visionary Award!

The company is being recognized “for producing stories that have breathed new life into some of the seminal”and in some cases, most painful”episodes of our shared history.”

“For over a decade, Plan B Entertainment has inspired creativity and innovation in the entertainment industry,” said Producers Guild Awards co-chairs Todd Black and Ryan Murphy. “With critical and popular successes in both film and TV, Plan B continually breaks new artistic ground and stimulates necessary dialogue about our history and culture. We look forward to being further enthralled and engaged by their work in the years to come, and are delighted to honor them with this year’s Visionary Award.”

Plan B is about to release the critically acclaimed film Selma nationwide and they have previously produced 12 Years a Slave, The Normal Heart, World War Z, Tree of Life, and The Departed.

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  • lurker

    Congrats to brad and plan b ignore the blue loser ticky will never win shit

  • Tweet Angie

    The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today that Plan B Entertainment will receive the 2015 Visionary Award. Partners Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner
    are Dede and Kleiner partners? I thought Brad was the owner of Plan B alone.

  • shoes4life

    Congratulations to Brad and Plan B!!

  • bap

    Dame Angelina nominated 4 Critic Choice awards for Unbroken.

  • Go Figure!

    Congratulations to Brad and Plan B.

  • Love Conquers All

    Wow! So Brad and Plan B will receive two awards from the PGA for next year, Stanley Kramer Award and

    Visionary Award. Plan B is on fire!

  • lurker

    Go see unbroken fans

  • Myskina

    Jen has tits, Brad too

    Angelina NO hahaha

  • Rose from Temecula

    So happy for Brad and his company. So deserving of such award and more.
    Good Monday morning all and God bless the Jolie-Pitts and their fans.

  • valis202

    Well done Plan B. Am so glad that’s getting the recognition that it deserves.

  • Rose from Temecula

    Agree Love Conquers All.

  • Ako si Gladys

    Congratulations Plan B! Well-deserved…

  • Passing Through

    Way to go Brad Plan B is working out almost as good as Plan A.

  • Passing Through

    lurker • 3 hours ago

    Even some people in awardswatch are saying the movie was good the critics were just harsh because its angie,i will never take them seriously


    I’m sure ClearwaterBOY wasn’t one of them. LOL! Shouldn’t he be off practicing Ticky’s acceptance speeches for her?

  • Passing Through

    I didn’t realize there were 2 new threads so I need to move my comments…again…

    Tweet Angie • 3 hours ago

    Does anyone knows when we will have tracking numbers for the movie?


    Unbroken –

    OW – $24,000,000*

    Total – $113,000,000

    * indicates 3-day weekend

    Their initial forecast 2 months ago was $17MIL OW and $88MIL total.

  • Passing Through

    Speaking of BO projections – Mortdecai…another turd for Depp -

    OW – $10,000,000
    Total – $26,000,000

    The budget was allegedly $40MIL so at least it’s not another $100MIL flop…

  • Passing Through

    Er…I think Ben Stiller and Squiggy can probably wave bye-bye to Zoo Girls 2. The Museum movie flopped like dying carp. Paramount has GOT to be rethinking making that sucker…

    Budget – $127MIL

    Domestic: $17,300,000 62.4%
    + Foreign: $10,416,000 37.6%
    = Worldwide: $27,716,000

  • Passing Through

    JPFamily • 3 hours ago

    It’s incredible that Louis was able to forgive his captors after the war. Did that change your own feelings on forgiveness or holding grudges?

    I don’t believe in blind forgiveness. I believe in justice, and then forgiveness. You have to acknowledge what’s happened, and when you move past that into accountability for the crimes, then I do think it’s important for yourself and your family to forgive so that it doesn’t eat you up inside. Part of Louis being a survivalist was understanding that forgiveness was a tool of his survival, thinking, I’m either going to be conscious of the Bird my whole life and want revenge, or I’m going to embrace the day and find a way to almost feel sorry for him, and to live forward. I think what’s interesting about that is the idea that forgiveness isn’t just a beautiful, lovely thing to do — it’s that it destroys people who can’t move forward, who are consumed with vengeful thoughts and hate.


    I always appreciate the way Angie gives full, thoughtful answers to good questions. Even bad questions. And I’m sure she’s not flipping or twirling her hair while thinking thoughts…

  • JPFamily

    Congrats to Brad and Plan B, huge well done!

    I won’t bring over the reviews already posted, they can be seen on the thread link below.

    Let’s all get out there and support Louie, Angie, cast and crew and Unbroken!

    Unbroken | Interview with Angelina Jolie
    Celeb Career Talk Show

  • JPFamily
  • myrkeyue .

    Congratulations Gorgeous

  • JPFamily

    Cameron Sinclair ‏@casinclair 4 mins

    Saw Unbroken this weekend. Great cinematography and stunning tale of endurance.

    Angelina Jolie onUnbroken, Curse Words, and Her Favorite Coen Bros. Movie

    By Kyle Buchanan

    She’s already one of the most famous movie stars in the world, but Angelina Jolie is now poised to become one of our most prolific female directors, too. As she prepares to release Unbroken — her film based on the true story of Louis Zamperini, the World War II hero who endured weeks stranded at sea and then spent years suffering in POW camps, where he endured torture at the hands of a cruel Japanese soldier nicknamed “the Bird” — Jolie is already finishing up By the Sea, an intimate marital drama she helmed starring her husband Brad Pitt and herself, and prepping her next directorial effort Africa, an epic tale of environmentalist Richard Leakey. Still, Jolie managed to carve out some time recently in Los Angeles (before she was felled by chicken pox) to speak to Vulture about how she cast up-and-coming British actor Jack O’Connell to star in Unbroken, why she wooed Joel and Ethan Coen to adapt Laura Hillenbrand’s book of the same name, and the decision to turn Unbroken into a “no-swear” zone.

    Recently you were asked whether you’d let your children become actors, and you said that you would but you’d also encourage them find a “real job.” Is that one of the things that led you to begin directing, this sense that acting alone was not enough of a real job for you?
    I would say that acting is a real job, but it’s a very particular job that focuses on certain aspects of yourself. I think an actor is a better actor if they’re more complex as a human being — they have more to offer the audience. As an artist, what are you contributing? You can go to acting class all you want, but if you travel, if you have a family, if you have new life experiences, it’ll make you a better artist. Life has to be first. Life before art.

    Was it always that way for you? Or did you ever think that art should come first and be all-consuming?
    No, not me. I was never one of those. I never got romantic about being an artist.

    Why not? It’s a very romantic thing.
    I suppose. Maybe it’s because I grew up in this town. [Laughs.] I lost my romance for it when I was little.

    Your lead actor Jack O’Connell reminds me of you at the beginning of your career: He’s got the drive, the charisma, even the tattoos. You obviously saw Louis Zamperini in him, but did you see any of yourself in Jack?
    I’d love to think so. I think so highly of Jack that I smile at any comparison of the two of us, yeah. I certainly appreciate when I see an actor who’s got all that fire, and I was very happy to think, If I was him, what would I need? To help him through this, I often tried to put myself in his shoes and give him any kind of guidance. Maybe since there was a familiarity between us, I was able to communicate that better.

    What made you cast him?
    I’d seen so many young men for this movie, and it became very clear to me at a certain point that there are so many great actors out there, but there were still things I continued to look for and didn’t find. I had to find a man who was a real man’s man, who had that physicality, who was an everyman and relatable but also disciplined and willing to go to all these places emotionally. It was hard finding that really capable young actor where you really believed he could survive all that time on a raft or could take 220 punches [as Louis does in a POW camp]. There are not a lot of young men in their 20s like that. Jack has something very unique to him. I challenge you to find another young man full of more fire.

    Most of the characters are American, but you cast pretty extensively from the U.K. and Australia.
    It was interesting, because a lot of the young American men we did have in the film, like Garrett Hedlund, were from Middle America. We did joke at one point that all the men on the raft were from Irish descent. Lots of three-Irishmen-on-a-raft jokes.

    The movie ends when the war does, but Zamperini’s life was eventful even afterwards. Was it difficult to figure out where to end this story?
    You can’t fit his whole life into the movie, and the important thing was to know that. What the Coen brothers helped me with was understanding what people feel when they put the book down: They get a sense of the human spirit and his endurance, and that he comes to be a man of faith who understands forgiveness. So instead of seeing it in chapters and thinking, At the end of the war, he went home and felt murderous and wanted to kill the Bird, and came around to forgiveness, we don’t exclude that — we just bring the essence of it into the story earlier.

    You had the Coens adapt Laura Hillenbrand’s book, and you brought on their longtime cinematographer Roger Deakins to shoot the film. Is it safe to say you’re a Coen Bros. aficionado? What’s your favorite film of theirs?
    Maybe No Country for Old Men? But what I love about them is how diverse they are. I loved when Brad did Burn After Reading, and I was with Billy [Bob Thornton] when he did The Man Who Wasn’t There. They have a signature and a certain flavor, but their films are so different. One can be so full of humor and the next can be so frightening, but you always know going into a Coen brothers movie that it’ll be something special.

    You instituted a no-cursing rule for the actors of Unbroken, which certainly presents a different point of view than other, grittier World War II films as of late — including your husband’s film Fury.
    One of the things that was very beautiful about the men of that generation is that they were very straightforward. They were responsible young men who’d come through the Depression, who were fighting for their country, and who took pride in the way they held themselves and the way they spoke. It seemed too easy for us to have a film that leaned too heavily on modern aspects of manhood. We wanted to see the classic young man, and celebrate the beauty and nobility of it. Their language was a big part of that. The actors had to find other ways of expressing themselves, so we had a whole list of things to say when you want to say a bad word. A lot of shucks and oh boys. It brought out a different side of the actors, their own self-respect and their respect for the generation before them. They pushed themselves in a different way.

    It’s incredible that Louis was able to forgive his captors after the war. Did that change your own feelings on forgiveness or holding grudges?
    I don’t believe in blind forgiveness. I believe in justice, and then forgiveness. You have to acknowledge what’s happened, and when you move past that into accountability for the crimes, then I do think it’s important for yourself and your family to forgive so that it doesn’t eat you up inside. Part of Louis being a survivalist was understanding that forgiveness was a tool of his survival, thinking, I’m either going to be conscious of the Bird my whole life and want revenge, or I’m going to embrace the day and find a way to almost feel sorry for him, and to live forward. I think what’s interesting about that is the idea that forgiveness isn’t just a beautiful, lovely thing to do — it’s that it destroys people who can’t move forward, who are consumed with vengeful thoughts and hate.

    What kind of perspective does it give you to go off and shoot a film like By the Sea, and then return to finishing Unbroken?
    It teaches me that probably nothing will be as hard as Unbroken was. [Laughs.]By the Sea was complicated because I had to direct myself and Brad, but logistically, it was a walk in the park in comparison. It was also a reminder that every film is such a different experience. As a director, it was nice to go from something like Unbroken into something completely different, because it helps you stay fresh. You don’t get mired in any habits, you stay open and keep learning different ways of working.

    But I suspect that deep down, you must be attracted to logistical challenges, given that you’re making Africa next.
    I can take on any logistical challenge if I’ve got Roger Deakins with me!

  • Felinelilly

    Plan B kickin’ @ss and taking names. The JPs are on fire. Everything Brad and Angelina touch turns to gold.
    A huge congratulations to Brad, and bring on Unbroken.

  • JPFamily

    The HeyUGuys Interview: Producer Matthew Baer on the difficulties in bringing Unbroken to the screen

    Interviews Dec 22, 2014

    Incredibly, the remarkable true story of Louis Zamperini is only now making its way to the big screen, in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken. It’s been years in the making – and we caught up with the film’s producer, Matthew Baer, who explained why it took so long to finally get this project off the ground.

    “Firstly, I could not believe nobody had made a film of this man’s life,” he said. “We took it to Universal, it had to first because of this crazy fact that in 1956 Universal had bought the film rights to his life as a project for Tony Curtis. So the project was restarted, and from 1998 to 2002 we developed two drafts of the script. It got a lot of attention and went out to top directors, Universal were serious about making it, but we never got a director who would green light the movie.

    “The closest we got was with Antoine Fuquar. He was attached for a little bit ended up leaving to do another film. So we got close, but nothing that would make the studio say yes. In 2002, Louis Zamperini received a letter from Laura Hillenbrand, whose book Seabiscuit had just been bought by Universal. She asked if he’d be interesting in her telling his story. Louis called me and said “I got this letter, what do you think?” and I said there really isn’t anything to lose.”

    But that was still over a decade ago – so we asked what caused further delay.

    “None of us knew it would take Laura eight years to write Unbroken,” he admitted. “During that period of time I took one of the drafts, and every single financier in Hollywood and everybody passed. I was saying, there’s going to be a book about this subject, and by that time Seabiscuit had become a hugely successful movie, but despite that, over those eight years everybody said no. Then, six months before the book finally came out, I said to Universal, look, there’s going to be this book coming out and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that this book will be a big hit. Please let me go again – with studio support. So they bought the book when it came out and the project began again in its second generation.

    “It’s one of the most amazing and frustrating professional experiences I’ve had. Now, 25 years of doing it. I could not believe how many people could not see the value in this story as a film. When I started, Angelina was in her early 20s as a thriving young actress, so all these years later to finally have a filmmaker with this level of force and passion and commitment to the same thing I’d been championing was fantastic.”

    Given the wealth of cinematic potential to this story, it’s bizarre to think how it could take so long for this project to be green lit, but Baer explained why there was a hesitance amongst financiers and directors.

    “There were a variety of reasons why people said no,” he said. “It’s always easier to say no than it is to say yes. So the reasons they said no were – it’s a period movie, it’s a world war two movie, it’s too episodic, all of the things that you could imagine I heard. Also, as a filmmaker you had to be willing to take on the challenge of doing a movie of this size, and many directors weren’t interested in the challenge. There were some who were interested, but they weren’t big enough names to get the studio to agree to say yes to a movie of this size. So yes, it was hugely frustrating and therefore that much more satisfying that the film came together in such a massively, wonderful way.”

    At long last this passion project for this committed producer is finally seeing the light of day, and now, years after he was first attached to the feature – he admits the timings has actually worked in his favour, believing the themes will resonate now with an audience more so than it ever would have before.

    “I feel that the timing of the story, and where the world is right now, it couldn’t ask for a better time. Louis’ story of resilience, faith, optimism, pushing through obstacles – the timing is wonderful,” he finished. “It’s perfectly well timed for today’s audience, I am incredibly grateful to have the project become real at this time.”

  • Passing Through

    BTW – Can I just say how glad I am that Ticky’s winning an Oscar this year so we don’t have to listen to the hens biitch about Brad get the PGA Visionary award and whining that he stole Ticky’s production company from her and Producer Chick? BBBBBBBWWWWWWHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

    Dang…I’m almost going to be sorry when award season ends and Ticky doesn’t win, “Next…Oscar!”. What CFG could she possibly come up with next that will outdo the famehoery of her UFO campaign? What’s that Paul Simone song – she’s a one trick pony…but she turns that trick with pride? LOL!

  • JPFamily


    December 22, 2014

    When Louie Zamperini boarded a World War II bomber in late May, 1943, unforeseen dangers awaited the Olympic runner and war hero. He later said he’d prefer suicide to repeating his castaway and POW ordeals.

    His inspiring story – told in the bestselling book, Unbroken (Laura Hillenbrand, 2010), and now in a film (by Angelina Jolie, opening Christmas Day) – enthralls.

    Zamperini, who died last July at age 97, became close friends with director and co-producer Jolie, who earlier emphasized her “huge responsibility to get [the film] right because I love him so much and because he’s helped me so much in my life.”

    The movie adroitly captures part of Louie’s fascinating journey from victim to victor – and eventually – to forgiver.

    Run like mad

    As author Hillenbrand notes, during his youth, chronic thievery gave Louie running experience. He became a track star, competing in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. A favorite Berlin souvenir was a “Do Not Disturb” sign, swiped from sprinter Jesse Owens.

    On a WW II rescue mission, engine problems crashed his plane into the Pacific, stranding him on a rubber raft with two other survivors.


    Over 47 days, they drifted 2,000 miles amid blistering sun, parched throats, empty stomachs, and circling sharks. When a Japanese bomber strafed them, the men scrambled overboard to hide from bullets, only to fight off sharks. One airman perished at sea.

    Louie – not a religious person – prayed that if God would save him, he would follow and serve Him for life. After one such prayer, rain quenched their thirst. After another came a Japanese boat, and POW hell.

    POW hell

    Japanese doctors used Louie for medical experiments. Sadistic guards stole rations and beat prisoners. One especially despised guard, nicknamed the Bird, made Louie his special target of abuse.

    The War Department declared Louie dead. At war’s end, a journalist interviewing liberated POWs remarked, “Zamperini’s dead.” The emaciated Louie had to convince the writer he was the famous athlete. “Zamperini comes back from dead” read the Los Angeles Times headline.

    Bird-hunting nightmares

    The film touches only briefly on Louie’s postwar years. Hillenbrand fills in “the rest of the story.”

    Re-entry brought: Joyous family reunion. Marriage. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, rage, alcohol abuse. Nightmares involving the Bird, about whose murder he obsessed.

    Once, Louie dreamt he was strangling the Bird. He awoke to find himself strangling his screaming, pregnant wife, Cynthia. She eventually moved out.

    But a 1949 Billy Graham outreach in Los Angeles inspired her. A reluctant Louie joined her at a subsequent Graham meeting.

    Graham spoke about a woman caught in adultery and slated for death by stoning. Jesus invited any accuser who reckoned himself sinless to cast the first stone. Everyone departed. “I do not condemn you, either,” Jesus told the woman. “Go. From now on sin no more.”

    Louie wanted nothing of personal faith and walked out. However, he returned the next evening – persistent wife! – but began to exit again during Graham’s invitation to faith.

    New Life

    Suddenly Louie recalled his promise on the raft, If you will save me, I will serve you forever. He turned to walk toward Graham, and toward a new life of faith.

    The next day, he began voraciously reading the Bible, discovering inner peace and confidence in divine love that he believed had preserved him.

    His marriage was restored. He told his story nationwide. He returned to Japan, not to murder the Bird and his captors but to offer forgiveness.

    The Bird refused to meet with him, so Louie wrote him, saying in part, “The post-war nightmares caused my life to crumble, but thanks to a confrontation with God … I committed my life to Christ. Love replaced the hate I had for you. Christ said, ‘Forgive your enemies and pray for them.’ … I also forgave you and now would hope that you would also become a Christian.”

    Delinquent, track star, war hero, castaway, prisoner, troubled veteran, redeemed peacemaker. This movie pays homage to Louie’s incredible story. Go, and be inspired.

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    Rough Road Awards

    A certain amount of hardship went into some of our favorite films this season. For this, we award them with some new superlatives.

    Oscar season is in full swing, but what about offering awards to the unbelievable decades of persistence, ingenuity and overall struggle that went into many of these year-end films? We’ve come up with our own superlatives to recognize some of our favorite genesis stories. Just don’t dress for an actual event. Some of these tales are so unlikely that only Rod Sterling could emcee such a show.

    Don Quixote Award: Unbroken’s Louis Zamperini & Matthew Baer

    “If anybody understood patience it was the man who spent 47 days starving in a raft in the Pacific and two years being tortured in a Japanese POW camp.”

    Zamperini’s unbeatable record? Waiting 57 years for a movie to be made of his unbelievable life. The Olympian and World War II hero sold his story to Universal after he returned to the U.S. from Japan. Tony Curtis was attached to star until the project fell apart over Spartacus. Baer rediscovered Zamperini’s story through a CBS documentary that aired during the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan, when Zamperini carried the torch. Both men worked for free for the next decade-plus until Laura Hillenbrand’s book, Unbroken, reignited Universal and director Angelina Jolie. “If anybody understood patience it was the man who spent 47 days starving in a raft in the Pacific and two years being tortured in a Japanese POW camp,” Baer says in explaining why Zamperini didn’t give in. And Baer? “I never lost sight of how I felt the first time I watched that CBS documentary. There are many producers, but Louis picked me. I couldn’t give up.”Capturing the real-life story of sniper Chris Kyle, portrayed by Bradley Cooper, had its own tragic backstory for American Sniperscribe Jason Hall.

    Most Resourceful in Overcoming Obstacles That Set Martin Luther King Jr. Free: Ava DuVernay

    The indie director found a way to finally make a film about the most important civil rights advocate in 20th century America, taking over Selma after Lee Daniels’ star-studded version imploded, with David Oyelowo the last man standing. Past films on MLK were hamstrung because confidantes such as Andrew Young bashed depictions of the leader’s alleged infidelities, and because MLK’s estate had a stranglehold on his copyrighted speeches. DuVernay and writer Paul Webb boiled down the infidelities to one touching exchange between King and his wife Coretta, and rewrote his Selma-era speeches to keep the fire and brimstone—but break the copyright shackles. “Though our film was unsanctioned, Andrew (Young) saw the movie and said, ‘You knocked it out of the park. You did it, kid,’ ” DuVernay says. “He had been through so many promises someone would make a movie . . . That meant the world to me.”

  • JPFamily…#Unbroken


    Susan Granger’s review of “Unbroken” (Universal Pictures)

    Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand’s 2010 best-seller, this epic survival story follows the incredible life and endurance of Olympian and WWII war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack O’Connell).

    Impressive and immersive, it begins when Zamperini’s bomber crashes into the Pacific Ocean. He and two other survivors spent 47 days adrift in rubber lifeboats before they were ‘rescued’ by the Japanese and sent to various, notorious POW camps.

    Cocky, grimly determined Zamperini was singled out for relentlessly brutal torture by a cruel, imperious camp commander, Mutsuhiro Watanabe (Miyavi), wielding a bamboo cane. Scattered throughout, there are flashbacks to Louie’s rough childhood and rebellious youth as a high school, college and Olympic runner.

    Joel and Ethan Coen (“No Country for Old Men”) dutifully adapted the book by Laura Hillenbrand (“Seabiscuit”), working with director/producer Angelina Jolie, who previously helmed “In the Land of Blood and Honey” (2011). Jolie also enlisted the Coens’ cinematographer, Roger Deakins, and French composer Alexandre Desplat.

    The solemn weight of the vivid, if overly long drama rests directly on Jack O’Connell, a charismatic Englishman from the popular TV series “Skins,” who embodies Zamperini’s indomitable integrity. His courageous cohorts are played by Garrett Hedlund, Domhnall Gleeson and Finn Wittrock.

    Choosing Watanabe was more difficult. Casting director/acting coach Yoko Narahashi recommended guitarist/singer/songwriter Miyavi (Takamasa Ishihara), who was, at first, daunted by playing someone so sadistic.

    Perhaps the longest gestating project in Hollywood history, it took 57 years to bring to the screen. As it evolved, various actors like Tony Curtis or Nicolas Cage were attached to the role. But the biopic never got traction until Angelina Jolie’s passion propelled it.

    The postscript shows the real Zamperini running in the 1998 Olympic torch relay through the streets of Tokyo, epitomizing the film’s message of forgiveness.

    Louis Zamperini died at age 97 on July 2, 2014, just four months before the world premiere in Australia. When he was in ICU, Jolie brought her computer to the hospital, climbed onto his bed and showed him a rough cut of the film.

    On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, “Unbroken” is an inspiring, triumphant 8, celebrating the resilient power of the human spirit.

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    Review of Advance Screening of Unbroken

    December 22, 2014

    I had the privilege of seeing an advance screening of Unbroken last week, the movie that will be released nationwide on Christmas Day, based on Laura Hillenbrand’s great book.

    I might also add that our Church hosted Louie Zamperini, the subject of the book and movie, about two years ago. Lib and I were privileged not only to hear him, but to have lunch with him and a small group of others. Louie was a wonderful man, a delight to be around even at 96 years old, and his story is a marvelous inspiration.

    The movie is, hands down, a great movie! I advise everyone planning to see it to go on a fluids fast for several hours in advance, because you do not want to make a bathroom break once it starts.

    It’s gripping, it’s horrifying in the authentic demonstrations of the abuse Louie endured, it is inspiring in the relationships between Louie and other prisoners, and especially with his flight partner Phil.

    For those in the Christian community, the highlight of the book is the amazing conversion experience that Louie had at a Billy Graham Crusade. Spoiler alert here, the movie does not cover that—not the way many would have preferred.

    I will say that the movie has a profound prayer scene at the beginning, with Louie’s Mom. Another in wartime after a particularly harrowing landing on the base. And there is Louie’s promise to God in the life raft, that he will devote his life to God if the Lord will let him survive.

    The movie ends—while trying not to give too much away—with the acknowledgement that Louie’s life changed dramatically after years of PTSD, and that Louie kept his promise to God. It reveals his reconciliation with his captors (with the sole exception of the Bird), and celebrates his running in Tokyo as a part of the Olympic relay.

    In short, the movie deals with Louie’s war experiences, and his indomitable, unbroken spirit. To fully understand his life—particularly the years he tried to mask his anger and pain with alcohol, and kept his brokenness inside until God allowed him to release it, and be made Unbroken by His grace, you need to read the book.

    But do go see the movie. It’s wonderful!

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    The book “Unbroken” sold more than 4,000,000 copies and spent three years on the New York Times Best Seller list, so a movie version was perhaps inevitable, but Angelina Jolie had to fight for the right to direct the movie based on the story of one man’s remarkable courage.

    The trials Louie Zamperini endured still seem impossible to survive. The former Olympic runner was shot down over the Pacific Ocean during World War II and endured 47 days on an open raft. Then, he spent more than two years in a Japanese prison camp, where he was tortured.

    Zamperini returned home to fight post-traumatic stress disorder, but he remained “unbroken” and lived long enough to see his story brought to the screen by director Angelina Jolie.

    “It’s a very epic film,” Jolie said.

    As one of the world’s most glamorous movie stars, Jolie admits she was not the first choice for director. This is only her second film she’s directed.

    “So they had to make sure I was prepared to learn and get it right,” Jolie said. “I did (doubt myself), but whenever did, I went over to Louie’s house, and he made me feel better.”

    The two lived near each other in Los Angeles, and they had more in common that one might think.

    “I had a real professional criminal life as a teenager,” Zamperini said.

    It turns out this member in good standing of what has been called “the greatest generation” didn’t start out that way. So who better than Jolie, a former wild child, to bring his life to the big screen?

    “Everybody in this world has doubted themselves at some point,” Jolie said. “And everybody has put their energy into the wrong things, and this sort of says you can take all of that, and it’s not a bad thing. Just redirect it.”

    “And it’s OK to make mistakes,” Jolie added. “And it’s OK to be imperfect. Louis was a great man, and he wasn’t perfect.”

    Jolie said that hit especially close to home for her.

    “I’m extremely imperfect,” she said with a smile.

    Those who knew Jolie when she was in her 20′s have told me they didn’t expect her to live to see 30. When I mentioned that to her, she laughed, and she said she didn’t expect to see 30 years of age either, but that was before she became an ambassador to UNICEF and added the title “director” to her resume.

  • JPFamily

    KCET Closes Fall Cinema Series With ‘Unbroken’ Screening and Q&A


    The James and Paula Coburn Foundation was excited to attend a screening of the film “Unbroken,” hosted by the KCET Cinema Series at the ArcLight Sherman Oaks theater. In addition to supporting an organization we sponsor, it was a fantastic way to close out their Fall Cinema Series in true cinematic style.

    Guests had the unique opportunity to view the film, directed by Academy Award and three-time Golden Globe winner Angelina Jolie, before it opens to the general public. An inspiring true-story based on the experiences of Louis “Louie” Zamperini’s story of heroism, survival, and redemption during World War II. Following the screening, attendees gathered with series host Pete Hammond and cast members Jack O’Connell and Mutsushiro Wantanabe for a Q&A discussion.

    The James and Paula Coburn Foundation was thrilled to attend this fantastic film screening and participate in the Q&A session afterward. We are proud to sponsor the KCET Cinema Series, as they continue to present cinematic masterpieces to the film and artistic communities.

  • gemdiamond

    Thnx, JPF, for posting the reviews of Unbroken. I hope and pray that Unbroken will have a high B.O. when it finally shows on Christmas day

  • JPFamily

    You’re welcome, gemdiamond.

    I really hope so much that Unbroken slays the BO, Louie and Angie deserve that, and so much more.

    Brad Pitt’s Plan B Honored by Producers Guild with Visionary Award

    The Producers Guild of America has selected Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment to receive its 2015 Visionary Award.

    Plan B produced “12 Years a Slave,” which won the best picture Oscar this year, along with awards season contender “Selma.”

    Pitt and his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner will accept the award at the 26th annual Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 24 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

    The PGA’s Visionary Award recognizes television, film or new media producers for their unique or uplifting contributions to our culture through inspiring storytelling or performance.

    “Plan B Entertainment is being recognized with the Visionary Award for producing stories that have breathed new life into some of the seminal — and in some cases, most painful — episodes of our shared history,” the PGA said.

    Plan B’s credits include HBO’S “The Normal Heart,” “World War Z,” “Tree of Life” and “The Departed.”

    “For over a decade, Plan B Entertainment has inspired creativity and innovation in the entertainment industry,” said Producers Guild Awards Co-Chairs Todd Black and Ryan Murphy. “With critical and popular successes in both film and TV, Plan B continually breaks new artistic ground and stimulates necessary dialogue about our history and culture. We look forward to being further enthralled and engaged by their work in the years to come, and are delighted to honor them with this year’s Visionary Award.”

    Previous honorees include producer and founder of Illumination Entertainment Chris Meledandri, Russell Simmons, producer Laura Ziskin, Participant Media chief Jeff Skoll and Joel Gallen, who produced “America: A Tribute to Heroes.”

  • JPFamily

    If Unbroken was directed by anyone else rather than Angie, you know all these critics and reviewers would be singing a different tune.

    I’ll repost the redcarpetcrash review
    Movie Review: ‘Unbroken’ Is A Celebration Of The Human Spirit

    There have been a lot of mixed opinions for Angelina Jolie’s adaptation of the New York Times bestseller ‘Unbroken’, but none of the negativity really makes much sense to me. I have seen the complaint that it is to much a standard prestige pic or that Louie Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) comes off as almost a super hero. It’s too safe a movie. It’s too dutiful. It’s not exceptional or dazzling enough. It doesn’t bring anything new to the POW genre.

    I have to say, I don’t understand any of this nonsense. It would seem to me that all these folks wanted to change the story of this man to fit it into their own view or that they wanted the movie to swing more dirt at him. I certainly can agree that he is painted in a kind light by the talented filmmakers, but this is not an in depth look at the full course of the man’s life. I’m sure he had his flaws, but this film doesn’t suffer for not digging into them. This is an examination of a man who had to deal with one horrible thing after another and manage not to lose his faith in the face of adversity.

    There is certainly a ‘Forrest Gump’ like approach to Zamperini’s younger years that doesn’t quite fully work. I guess that it could be called dutiful in a way, but that’s not the issue with it. I think the only thing in this entire film that doesn’t work is some of the slogan like dialogue that Louie’s brother shares with him as life advice. It’s fairly one dimensional. Yet, that makes up about 50 seconds of a 137 minute movie. Hardly much of a reason to condemn an entire film.

    So, let’s talk about what really works in this movie, because there is a lot. The opening WWII dog fight sequence that begins this film is absolutely astonishing. A beautifully constructed scene that is both tense and illuminating in how it introduces us to characters we will grow to care for. After that scene is when we get to know Zamperini through all those flashbacks. Some of this is typical stuff, but the way the running scenes are done is both exciting and more important to his character than one might expect.

    At about 30 minutes in is when we get the first of several tragic moments that would come to make up Louie’s WWII experience and the reason for this movie. On a mission to help some soldiers, Louie’s plane crashes in the middle of the ocean. Most of the crew dies on impact, but Louie, along with the pilot of the ship (Domnhall Gleeson) and one of the gunners (Finn Wittrock), manage to survive. What follows is a 47 day fight for their lives.

    This might be my favorite part of the film. The three men develop a much needed friendship that helps them survive and develop some guts that I’m not sure I could have. There is one sequence where they tackle a shark in the ocean and kill it for food. That is pretty hardcore for a couple guys who are completely malnourished. Yet, it is the simple conversation between friends that is the most important.

    Luckily, after that 47 days, they are rescued, but not by the Americans. After fighting the elements for more than a month, they are rescued by their Japanese enemy, separated, and forced into a POW camp. The amount of time spent in the POW camp is not specified, but the difficulty of the time is palpable. Within moments of arriving Louie is singled out by the camp leader, Sergeant Watanabe (Miyavi), and subjected to countless episodes of torture.

    Sometimes this torture is a beating with a bamboo stick that the sergeant always has on him. Sometimes this torture is every prisoner in the camp being forced to hit Louie in the face. However, the worst is a time when Louie is made to hold a heavy board over his head or he will be shot dead. This scene of sheer pain makes way to great triumph when Louie uses his determination as a giant middle finger to his captors. It’s pretty powerful stuff.

    There is a lot of powerful moments in this movie and I have no intention of ruining them for you. This movie does such a fantastic job of establishing the difficulty of the place and making the audience feel the hopelessness of the situation. Which makes Louie’s fight for life and his determination all the more moving. I couldn’t imagine what he went through before seeing this movie, but I can now. I know that his personal experience of these events is amplified by a thousand, but feel like I got a glimpse at what that might have felt like. Isn’t that what great movies are supposed to do?

    It also cannot be understated how much brilliant work there is on display in this film. Roger Deakins cinematography is just gorgeous. Alexandre Desplat’s score is truly wonderful. The performances are all uniformly outstanding. I could truly go on and on about this Jack O’Connell kid. He was in a couple little movies this year, but after this movie everybody in Hollywood will know his name. Expect to see a lot of him in the future.

    So, I don’t care whether this movie turned out to be the Oscar bait that everyone was hoping for or if it looks to much like dutiful Oscar bait for critics to rally behind. This is a really good story that everyone should experience. Angelina Jolie has shown us that she can deliver something epic and intimate in the same film. Not many directors can make a picture like this. She does and she does it with grace. I hope you go out and experience this tale over the Christmas holiday. You will not regret it.

  • Mulan

    Congratulations to Plan B for receiving PGA’s Visionary Award! Also congratulations to Unbroken for many good reviews! I hope many of JP fans be out supporting Angie’s movie on Christmas day and through the weekend. My family and I will be watching the movie along with my brothers’ girlfriends. I would not be able to catch up on all Brad and Angie news due to lack of time, but I do thank many of your postings. Blessings to the JP family and all JP fans all over the globe.

  • just saying

    Congratulations to Brad Pitt and Plan B for PGA visionary award. Brad Pitt is visionary.

  • just saying

    Brad started Plan B to make movies he loved and studio didn’t want to touch. Plan B made extraordinary movies in the past 10 years.

  • JPFamily

    “I think we got a couple things right”.

    Lyn Wood
    Fury DC Premiere


    Oooohhhhh……Lovely. When and where will this be held? I hope Brad and Angie go.

  • just saying

    If Selma wins PGA, it will win Oscar, now Selma is 100% fresh on RT.

  • JPFamily
  • shazia35

    Bravo Plan B, Bravo Brad Pitt another feather in your cap.

  • shazia35

    Such heart warming news about Tom Brokaw’s cancer is in remission, long may it continue. Raising a glass to your good health Tom.

  • fyi

    Riding ‘Selma’ praise, PGA will honor Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment with Visionary Award

    Brad Pitt uses his power for good. The A-lister could easily hang his hat on a cavalcade of franchise films and call it a day. Instead, he throws himself on the occasional blockbuster sword (see: Troy” or “World War Z”) for the cred to make movies that strive for something beyond pure entertainment. His Plan B Entertainment, run by Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner, has produced a number of highly acclaimed films over the years, including “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” “The Tree of Life,” “Moneyball,” the Best Picture-winning “12 Years a Slave,” HBO’s “The Normal Heart” and next year’s “True Story.” This December will see the release of Plan B’s “Selma,” which prompted the PGA to pay its respects to Pitt’s company in the form of the organization’s Visionary Award.

    Currently on the Plan B future slate: Angelina Jolie’s “By the Sea,” the long-gestating “Lost City of Z,” and “Americanah,” an immigration drama pairing “12 Years” costar Lupita Nyong’o and “Selma” star David Oyelowo. Let the Plan B reign continue.


    “……..Pitt and his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner will accept the award at the 26th annual Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 24 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza…..”


    Thanks to JPFamly downthread for this info.

  • JPFamily

    ‘Unbroken’: Angelina Jolie brings WWII hero’s survival story to the screen
    The new biopic chronicles Louie Zamperini’s life as an Olympic athlete and prisoner of war.
    “That which does not kill us makes us stronger,” Friedrich Nietzsche famously wrote in “Twilight of the Idols” in 1888, 25 years before Louie Zamperini was born, but the extraordinary life of the subject of “Unbroken” is the very definition of the phrase.

    As documented in Laura Hillenbrand’s best-seller, “Unbroken: A World War II story of Survival. Resilience and Redemption,” Zamperini was an Olympic runner turned bombardier who crash-landed in the Pacific Ocean and survived 47 days in a raft surrounded by sharks, only to suffer two years of starvation and torture in a series of Japanese prison camps. His wartime experience and the strength of spirit that enabled him to survive the ordeals comes to theaters Dec. 25 in “Unbroken,” directed by Angelina Jolie and starring British actor Jack O’Connell. But it has taken 57 years to bring Zamperini’s story to the screen.

    In 1957, the rights to his autobiography “Devil at My Heels” were acquired by Universal with an eye toward making a movie starring Tony Curtis, but it was shelved before a script was written. Several attempts to revive the project over the years went nowhere. Meanwhile, Hillenbrand, while doing research for her book “Seabiscuit” in 2001, came across an article about Zamperini and eventually contacted him. That correspondence led to the 2010 biography that sold 4 million copies and revived Hollywood’s interest in the story.

    Universal optioned the book, and screenwriters Richard LaGravenese and William Nicholson wrote drafts, one of which producer Matthew Baer showed to Angelina Jolie, who had made her directorial debut with “In the Land of Blood and Honey.” “I knew I wouldn’t be any good at directing another film unless I was really moved by the subject matter and felt it was important,” she said, realizing, “this was what I should put out into the world. We need to be inspired and reminded of the strength of the human spirit. It speaks to all of us. But I had to fight to get the job. Not only prove to the studio I could do it, but later, to prove it to myself. And I also had to prove it to Louie, which took some time.”

    Then there was the issue of just how much of Zamperini’s life to depict in the movie. The last third of the 400-plus-page book covers his post-war life, including his struggle with alcoholism and PTSD nightmares and flashbacks, nearly losing his job and marriage, then finding his faith and forgiving his captors and devoting his life to helping others, particularly troubled youth. All that was jettisoned in the final version of the screenplay by writers Joel and Ethan Coen.

    Zamperini’s wartime ordeal takes center stage, with flashbacks to his hell-raising early life as a budding juvenile delinquent before his talents on the track took him to the 1936 Berlin Olympics. (The film makes no mention of him briefly meeting Hitler there or stealing a Nazi flag as a souvenir.) Of the 27,000 POWs imprisoned in Japanese camps in World War II, 40 percent died, and Zamperini was nearly one of them, suffering brutal mental and physical abuse by his captors, particularly the sadistic Mutsuhiro Watanabe, also known as “The Bird,” for more than two years.

    The varied terrain and climate of Australia provided the ideal location for the 14-week shoot, including the Kwajalein, Omori and Naoetsu camps that were recreated for the film. “So many documents from the war were destroyed on the Japanese side that it was not easy to research a place like Omori,” says technical advisor Tomo Miyaguchi. “We had to rely on American accounts and war crimes tribunals, also books written by former POWs.”

    Commander John Fitzgerald, the POW played by Garrett Hedlund in the film, had documented his experiences in a diary that Hillenbrand used in her research. It filled in the blanks for a climactic incident that Zamperini could not recall in its entirety: When “The Bird” forces a weak Zamperini to hoist a heavy six-foot plank above his head — if he dropped it, he’d be shot.

    It was a particularly harrowing sequence to shoot, even though Jolie had planned it thoroughly in advance. “I fainted twice, between the diet and the Australian sun. The plank won,” remembers O’Connell. By that point, he had lost 26 pounds to convey Zamperini’s starvation. “I had a team of professionals for the weight loss. It was a brief experience, but one that was torturous enough for me to never want to do it again. But Louie’s real life dwarfed any hardship that I experienced, so I wasn’t about to complain.”

    Japanese rock star Miyavi, who makes his film debut, called the scene “torture for me too. I threw up. It was from responsibility because it’s such an important scene. I had to express depression, confusion, madness and fear at the same time without dialogue. It was a big challenge, and I got to the point where I couldn’t control myself. I kept crying and crying.”

    Before working on the movie, Miyavi had never heard of Zamperini, which is understandable because the book “Unbroken” was “not popular in Japan at all.” He hesitated to tackle the role. “I didn’t want to represent any negative side of Japan. I was not sure I was capable of doing this before I met Angie.” The director convinced him that “it would be meaningful even as a villain to deliver the global message of forgiveness and unbroken spirit.”

    The raft sequences, filmed in the Pacific off the coast of Queensland and at water tanks at Warner Australia Studio on the Gold Coast, where airplane scenes were also shot, provided additional challenges. Technical adviser Bob Livingstone, an expert in WWII aircraft, met with Jolie and the cast and crew before the filming got underway. “Angie had a lot of specific, informed questions about the aircraft and the operation of a WWII bomber. It helped that she is a pilot herself with an instrument rating and immediately understood all the fine points involved,” he noted.

    To dress the actors in a narrative that spans two decades, costume designer Louise Frogley rented period and clothing, with input from military uniform expert Joe Hobbs. “We see Australian forces, American soldiers and flyers, Japanese military and prisoners of war,” she said. “Joe was able to find so many original pieces that we used in the film. When necessary, we manufactured the military garb. But even with uniforms, we always took character into account. We also made these costumes a size too big for everyone so that the actors and extras, all of whom were terribly thin anyway, would look as if they were swimming in their clothes.”

    Jolie, who had become close to Zamperini in the course of making the film, was able to show a rough cut of “Unbroken” to him before he died of pneumonia in July at the age of 97. “I brought the film on my laptop and sat with him and had the great honor of watching this extraordinary man at the end of his life watch his life and remember who he was, what he’d done, his family. I watched his eyes as he watched the film. What a gift,” she said.

    While Miyavi concedes that “Unbroken” will be tough for Japanese to watch, he is confident that its message will transcend the negative aspects. “It’s all about Louie’s message that goes beyond boundaries and nationalities. The message is we’re not going to let this happen anymore and we have to learn from that generation. They saw friends die and were separated from friends and family but they endured. It’s all about how strong a human being can be.”

    Jolie echoes that sentiment. “There’s so much pain in the world,” she said. “I feel that we need stories like this today — the journey of a man finding his way through darkness and into the light — stories that can help us, inspire us, show us something remarkable and make us feel positive about life.”

  • shazia35

    Written by Brad Pitt on December 22, 2014
    To friends and supporters of Make It Right:
    In a few years, you helped us grow from a couple of volunteers in a trailer to a national organization building green, affordable homes for people in need around the country.
    Today I want you to meet a few families we were able to help because of your gift. Thank you – and happy holidays to you and yours.
    - Brad Pitt

  • just saying

    it is amazing Plan B has discovered brilliant new directors like Steve McQueen and Ava DuVernay

  • shazia35

    LOL funny how people are sarcastic towards maniston they have her card marked


    “Oh, she did?! Well that’s a load off my back! Best Christmas EVERRRR!” – Angelina Jolie

  • shazia35

    How did that happen? its Johnny? after all the trolls said it was due to him that ‘The Tourist’ made money and not because of Angelina , so what happened now???.. Also isnt this another FLOP for Paltrow? she is laying some mega turds, like Nicole Kidman,considering she is an oscar winner LOL