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Angelina Jolie opens up about directing ‘Unbroken,’ was the “hardest thing I’ve ever done”

Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Attend The EE British Academy Film Awards 2014

Angelina Jolie sat down with NBC’s Tom Brokaw to discuss her new movie, “Unbroken” with the film’s real-life star, 97-year-old World War II hero and Olympic runner, Louis Zamperini.

During the interview, which aired on the Today show this morning, the mother of six was affectionate with her friend, telling him she missed him, and resting her head on his shoulder.

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“[It's] such a huge responsibility to get it right. Because I love him so much,” she told Brokaw, smiling. “And because he’s helped me so much in my life.”

“I wanted to direct something again, but I just wasn’t sure what. And it had to be something that I would love and care about, because it takes much more time away from your family, and much more effort than acting,” she explained. (Indeed, Jolie and her family had to relocate to Sydney, Australia, for several months while she filmed; she and her six kids were photographed multiple times while Down Under.)

The In the Land of Blood and Honey director, 38, found her inspiration in Zamperini’s story, which was also the subject of the best-selling book by Seabiscuit author Laura Hillenbrand. “This has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” she confessed to Brokaw of trying to get the movie made. “I pitched my butt off.”

It worked. And now she’s making a movie that she hopes will mean something not just to her and Zamperini but to millions of people around the globe. “For me, I think Louis has been very clear about what his message is,” she told Brokaw. “And I think, for my children, and for everybody in the world, I want to be able to say, it can seem dark, and it can seem hopeless, and it can seem very overwhelming, but the resilience and the strength of the human spirit is an extraordinary thing.”

Zamperini is proof of that. As is his connection with Jolie. “I can show you my roof from [his] window,” the Maleficent actress told Brokaw. “I imagine that for the last 10-something years, he’s been sitting there having a coffee in the morning and wondering, ‘Who’s gonna make this movie?’ And I’ve been sitting there in my room, laying there, thinking, ‘What am I supposed to be doing with my life? I want to do something important. I want to connect. I need some help. I need some guidance. Where is it?’ And it was right outside my window.”

I can’t wait to see this movie, and see what Angelina did with such an extraordinary book. From the preview (below) it looks like it’s really going to be something special. I hope it is!


Posted Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 at 8:08am
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‘Gravity’ almost starred Angelina Jolie and Robert Downey Jr., according to the director.

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According to the director of ‘Gravity,’ the movie almost starred Angelina Jolie and Robert Downey Jr. instead of Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.

Alfonso Cuaron, 52, revealed the news during a 90-minute interview with “The Hollywood Masters,” a series held at Loyola Merymount University in Los Angeles, in front of the college’s film and television students.

“I thought I had written a small movie … just one character floating in space,” Cuaron said. “We started developing stuff (trying) to figure out the technology. And the luxury (was) that we could try many things.”

Cuaron revealed he originally approached Angeline Jolie for the role of Ryan Stone, which eventually went to Sandra Bullock. “I had conversations with Angelina, but then she went to do one film, and then she was going to direct (the upcoming 2014 drama ‘Unbroken’),” Cuaron explained. “Something happens, you part ways.”

Robert Downey Jr.
was in talks to play astronaut Mike Kowalski, but the director said his participation was hampered by the technology used to film “Gravity.” (What does that even mean?) The role went to George Clooney instead.

“Gravity” went on to earn more than $700 million, and has been nominated for 10 Oscars.

How do you think the movie would have been with Angelina Jolie and Robert Downey Jr. in the leads?

Posted Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 at 12:12pm
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PHOTOS: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are back in Los Angeles (LOOK AT HER RING!)

Angelina, Brad & Maddox Arriving On A Flight At LAX

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie landed in Los Angeles this morning with all their kids. Here we have pictures of Brad, Angie and Maddox. Check out Angelina’s ring. HOLY COW!

Angelina is looking so gorgeous these days! In case you missed it, here are pictures of Brad and Angie in matching tuxedo’s at the BAFTA’s, and also a preview of her new movie, ‘Unbroken.

Angelina, Brad & Maddox Arriving On A Flight At LAX

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Posted Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 at 11:11am
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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie wear matching tuxedos to the BAFTA’s

Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Attend The EE British Academy Film Awards 2014

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attended the BAFTA Awards last night in London, wearing matching tuxedos. Brad Pitt was there for his movie, ’12 Years a Slave,’ which ended up being the big winner of the night, along with ‘Gravity.’

Accepting the best film award, “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen said: “There are 21 million people in slavery now as we sit here. I just hope that 150 years from now our ambivalence will not allow another film-maker to make this film.”

British-born actor Chiwetel Ejiofor beat shortlisted actors Christian Bale, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks to win the best actor award, thanking McQueen for his “work, artistry and passion in this project.”

Addressing his director he said: “This is yours, I know that … you know that. I’m going to keep it, that’s the kind of guy I am, but it’s yours.”

Ejiofor is also in the frame to win an Oscar and may take the stage again at next month’s Academy Awards ceremony.

What do you think about Angelina and Brad’s matching outfits? I like it… I think it’s hot. OMG they’re hot!

Speaking of Angelina, Universal has debuted a 3 minute trailer for her upcoming movie, ‘Unbroken.’ The preview was shown during the Olympics on Sunday.

The drama focuses on Olympian Louis Zamperini, who survived for 47 days at sea following a plane crash during World War II, before being recused and captured by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. Jolie directed the film from a script by Joel and Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese and William Nicholson. “Unbroken” is based on the best-selling book by Laura Hillenbrand. Newcomer Jack O’Connell stars as Zamperini, with Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund, Jai Courtney, Luke Treadaway, John Magaro and John D’Leo lending help in the supporting cast.

Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Attend The EE British Academy Film Awards 2014

More pictures of Brad and Angie after the jump!! (more…)

Posted Monday, February 17th, 2014 at 12:12pm
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