Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Angelina Jolie lines up two new acting projects

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Angelina Jolie is gearing up to get back in the movie star business after a two-year absence from theaters to focus on her directing career. The two starring vehicles for Universal Pictures are an adaptation of Simon Sebag Montefiore’s book “Catherine the Great and Potemkin: The Imperial Love Affair” and a World War II spy drama based on Clare Mulley’s 2013 book “The Spy Who Loved: The Secrets and Lives of Christine Granville.”
The book “The Spy Who Loved” tells the story of Christine Granville (real name Krystyna Skarbek), the daughter of a Polish aristocrat who became one of Britain’s most highly-decorated spies. Her daring exploits included skiing into occupied Poland, being parachuted into France and saving one of her many lovers from a Gestapo execution squad. James Bond author Ian Fleming based the “Casino Royale” character of Vesper Lynd on Granville.
The Catherine the Great biopic would focus on the love between the long-reigning Russian ruler and Prince Grigory Potemkin, the military leader, statesman and nobleman, who together seized Ukraine and Crimea. Among the many previous Catherine the Great biopics includes a 1996 TV movie starring Catherine Zeta-Jones.
These two roles are also in the running with Universal’s strong desire to have Jolie star in their Monsters Universe reboot of The Bride of Frankenstein, which is still in early development and searching for a screenwriter. Jolie is also considering reprising her title role in Disney’s Maleficent 2.
Jolie just premiered her new directorial effort for Netflix, First They Killed My Father, a Khmer Rouge memoir, and is prepping her next film behind the camera titled Without Blood, based on Alessandro Baricco’s 2004 novel.


Very few entertainment writers have an accurate understanding of what is really going on.  Vulture's view is not perfect, but it is fair.

Angelina Jolie is one of the few A-list celebrities who works without a publicist, and since filing for divorce from Brad Pitt in September, she has expertly managed the press. Jolie launched a calculated PR offensive against Pitt immediately after the announcement, securing temporary custody of the couple’s six children in the process. Last week, however, “Page Six” reported that Jolie has been “scrambling to do damage control” in the wake of the divorce, and that she is “seeking an image overhaul” from any top Hollywood publicist who will help her. Then the gossip site doubled down on the idea that Jolie is out of her depth, publishing another report claiming that Hollywood has turned against her in favor of Pitt.

It took Jolie only a few days to prove this narrative — that she is overconfident in her ability to manage the press, and that her image has been irrevocably damaged — wrong. By picking the right interview outlets and staging the appropriate photo opportunities, Jolie illustrated during a press blitz this weekend that she is doing just fine without a publicist.
For her first public appearance since the divorce, Jolie traveled to Cambodia with her six children to promote her forthcoming Netflix film First They Killed My Father. Jolie directed the movie, which traces the murderous rule of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia in the 1970s. All of Jolie’s children posed for photos at the screening, and her oldest son Maddox, who she adopted from Cambodia, gave a short speech. According to the gossip blog Lainey Gossip, Jolie’s daughter Shiloh told the audience “I love Cambodia” in Khmer. This was the perfect opportunity for Jolie to step back into the spotlight, with her children in tow, in a place that is meaningful to the family.

After the screening, Jolie sat down with the BBC for her first interview since the split and insisted that, despite what happened with Pitt, “We are a family and we will always be a family, and we will get through this time and hopefully be a stronger family for it.” Then she gave a second interview to ABC. When George Stephanopoulos asked her if Pitt was still a part of the family, she responded, “Of course. Of course, we will always be a family. Always.”
I’m not sure what a top publicist would have Jolie do differently. Since the divorce, Jolie and Pitt have gone back and forth in the tabloids, but Jolie’s gracious treatment of Pitt in these interviews effectively stops all that. What is he going to say back? He is going to look silly if tabloids keep suggesting that Jolie is nothing without him. Jolie’s placement of the interviews matters, too: She chose to speak with respected news networks instead of with publications such as People or The Hollywood Reporter, which shows maybe she doesn’t care so much about the opinions of Hollywood insiders.
Jolie could still hire a publicist if she wanted, but her performance this week shows she’s not scrambling at all.

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  1. Fussy am posting part of it due to word limitations

    Angelina Jolie DGAF About Hollywood and It's Time We All Accept It
    by Madeleine Somerville

    Page Six recently published an article titled "Angelina may have the kids, but Brad gets custody of Hollywood," and I think it's total bullshit.

    The article alleges that despite Jolie's best attempts to scheme her way into Hollywood favor, her efforts have failed."After Pitt’s triumphant appearance at the Globes, " the author crows "Jolie apparently realized there was, in fact, one thing even she couldn’t do: Make people in Hollywood hate Brad Pitt. The subtext was even worse: They tolerated her only because of him."

    The article goes on to say, "It seems Jolie has begun to realize that so much of her star power and goodwill was on loan from Pitt. Without it, her future in Hollywood is uncertain at best, and the damage she has done to her highly crafted image may be irreparable. "I'm so over this angle. And what's more, I'm not buying it.

    I don't buy reports of Jolie scrambling for a PR person or obsessing about whether or not Hollywood likes her or Brad Pitt more. I don't buy the handful of reports painting her as some sort of conniving witch scrambling for social leverage. And while I (obviously) have no inside ties to the gold-flecked elites of Hollywood and thus have no idea if the article's assertion that Jolie has always been unpopular and disliked by the Tinseltown in-crowd is true, I would be willing to bet that even if it is, true, Angelina Jolie truly couldn't care less.

    Guys,Jolie doesn't give a fuck about Hollywood, and it's time we all just accepted it. Aside from using the machinery of the town to give voice to the stories she thinks need to be told, what interest has she ever had in that incestuous microsystem?
    Do you see Jolie getting papped going for a daily Starbucks? Or "accidentally" getting caught looking picture-perfect walking from the gym to her waiting SUV, toned abs glistening? Does Jolie jump into any interview that'll have her? Is she milking her fame into endless covers and blockbusters and red carpet
    appearances? Has she given tell-all interviews with Brad Pitt where she shows off her home and freshly scrubbed kids, while standing grinning in her immaculate kitchen, spatula in hand?
    Fuck no. She has not.

    None of that fits with the Angelina Jolie we've seen in the last decade. She's put her head down, done the work, dedicated herself to her family and her films and only begrudgingly participated in the Hollywood rigmarole of magazine covers and award shows.She's done interviews as required to promote her films. She thoroughly understands the rabid frenzy surrounding her life and her family and has used it advantageously. Pictures of the Jolie-Pitt twins famously fetched $14 million — every penny of which was then donated to charity.

    So while she's undoubtedly savvy (Jolie doesn't use a publicist, instead preferring to adeptly navigate the Hollywood world on her own terms), she's never really seemed to buy into it.
    Instead, over the past decade, Jolie has focused far more on her work with the UNHCR as goodwill ambassador and then special envoy and her film credits have skewed more toward directing and producing significant, challenging stories like The Land of Blood and Honey, Unbroken, and most recently,
    First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers.

    These are not glamorous stories. They're not opening to a hundred million box offices. They don't feature lists of A-list stars or earn her bushels of awards. They're movies that make people uncomfortable because they confront the atrocities we'd rather forget — but Jolie won't let us.