Thursday, January 8, 2015

Angelina Jolie had an audience with the pope today in Rome. The director’s second feature, Unbroken, was screened at the Vatican after Pope Francis, who was aware of the incredible life story of the late Louis Zamperini welcomed the opportunity. The Associated Press reports that the pontiff did not watch the screening today, but did have an exchange with Jolie afterward. Jolie was joined by Luke Zamperini, Louis’ son, with Vatican officials and ambassadors in attendance for the film. The awards season contender was shown at the Casina Pio IV, headquarters of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.
“To be invited to screen Unbroken at The Vatican is an honor and a tribute to Louie’s legacy as a man of faith and someone who exemplified the power of forgiveness and the strength of the human spirit,” said Jolie, according to Universal Pictures. “These are universal themes at the heart of the human experience everywhere.” The epic drama about the life of Olympian and war hero Zamperini opened in North American theaters on Christmas Day and has slowly been rolling out overseas. It debuts in Italy on January 29.

ROME — Angelina Jolie met briefly with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday, following a Vatican screening of her war drama “Unbroken,” about Louis Zamperini, the Olympic runner-turned-U.S. Air Force bombardier who spent 47 days lost at sea and more than two years as a prisoner of the Japanese military during WWII.
The Vatican said Jolie, accompanied by daughters Shiloh and Zahara and by Zamperini’s son, Luke Zamperini, attended the screening at the Pontifical Academy for Sciences for high-ranking Vatican prelates.
The meeting was arranged by the Argentine head of the pontifical academy, Monsignor Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, who is a good friend of the pope’s, the Associated Press reported.
The Pontiff did not see the film, but met with Jolie in private shortly after the screening and was reportedly interested in the uplifting spiritual message of the pic in which Zamperini gets over post-traumatic stress thanks to his faith.
Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said the film shows “positive human and spiritual values, in particular forgiveness.”
Though Jolie and Francis met in the so-called “Throne Room,” where he regularly receives visiting heads of state, Lombardi underscored that the meeting, which lasted a few minutes, was not a formal audience. Still, it was a publicity stunt few other films have managed to pull. Last year Darren Aronofsky and Russell Crowe tried to meet the Pope in an attempt to drum up publicity for “Noah,” but Francis did not accommodate their wish.
Universal will release “Unbroken” in Italy on January 29.

Here is the Pope meeting Angelina Jolie. And here is what we hope he had to say.

Here's Angelina Jolie meeting Pope Francis. She screened "Unbroken" at the Vatican. Hooray for Angelina! But here's what we hope Pope Francis had to say in return.

1. "There's such a thing as being too charitable. Settle down, Ang."
2. "I respect that Shiloh wants to be called John, so I hope you can respect that I want to be called Big Pope Francey."
3. "So, is 'Unbroken' the 'War Horse' of 2015? Because I couldn't sit through that."
4. "'Changeling.' Good try." 
5. "Please tell your father to stop calling me. I cannot help him."
6. "Your husband has an Oscar for producing. Kind of cheating, isn't it?"
7. "You gonna make that Carmen Sandiego movie or what?"
8. "The cardinals and I all agreed that 'Salt' is underrated and 'Beowulf' was kind of hot."
9. "I would honestly rather watch 'Elementary' than 'Fargo' if we're talking about the television ventures of your weird ex-husbands."
10. "What's it like to have real power?"

First the Queen, now the Pope

Angelina Jolie, who was in Rome this week for a screening of her film Unbroken, met privately with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday.
The jet-setting actress met other high-profile figures last year, including Queen Elizabeth, who named her an honorary dame in October.


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