Monday, April 24, 2017

Angelina Jolie’s life-changing moment
When Angelina Jolie was cast as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider, the studio felt she was a risky choice due to her wild-child reputation. But after the actress fought for the role, she immediately impressed the studio and the crew with her hard work and talent on camera.
“In the dailies, she was riveting,” Lansing recalls in the book. “She took what might have been a cardboard character and added a layer of mystery and emotion and humanity.”
And Lansing says she was more than just impressive on film. The former executive got to witness Jolie begin her life as a philanthropist after working in Cambodia where the film was shot — and where she eventually ended up adopting her first son, Maddox, in 2002. The actress had already become involved with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees at the time, for which she is now a Special Envoy, thanks to her trips to the Southeast Asian country.
“I saw it earlier on,” Lansing tells PEOPLE of Jolie’s passion for philanthropy. “Right after Tomb Raider, she was on my same flight out of London where she sat next to me. She had nothing with her but a backpack and she was going back to Cambodia to work with the refugees. She was always interested in causes bigger than herself and she always worked hard for those causes. She’s done amazing good to make the world a better place.”

Brad Smith, Microsoft President, and Wendy Young, President of Kids in Need of Defense

A US-based charity that provides free lawyers to children in immigration courts has branched out into the UK.
Kids in Need of Defense, which was founded by Microsoft President Brad Smith and actress Angelina Jolie, will use professional lawyers in this country to give legal advice and representation to tens of thousands of youngsters facing residency issues and subsequent exploitation, abuse, homelessness and deportation.
The organisation helps undocumented children, such as those who are British but unable to prove it or have lived in this country without any immigration status, through no fault of their own. Kids in Need of Defense UK helps these individuals with applications to the Home Office regarding citizenship or leave to remain in the UK.

“Pro Bono attorneys can be a lifeline to the tens of thousands of vulnerable children who must navigate the immigration courts alone,” said Smith, who is also the chair of Kids in Need of Defense. “What we do is help children find his or her voice, so their story can be told and can be heard. We started by talking to one firm, one partner, and now in the US we work with more than 400 law firms, companies and law schools in 10 different cities. We’ve trained over 15,000 lawyers, and they went on to help someone in their moment of need and made a difference in somebody’s life. Here in the UK, you have an opportunity to not just build on that but help create a movement for Pro Bono work.”
Kids in Need of Defense UK will be supported by the US operation and three not-for-profit organisations based in this country: Central England Law Centre, Coram Children’s Legal Centre and Migrant and Refugee Children’s Legal Unit at Islington Law Centre. All specialise in immigration and asylum law.
Initial funding will be provided by Microsoft, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Unbound Philanthropy.



France’s 2017 Annecy Animation Festival
Illumination’s “Despicable Me 3,” China, Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” and “The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales” look set to figure among highlights at June’s 2017 edition of France’s thriving Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival, a Mecca for animation companies and creatives from Hollywood and the world over.
....Annecy’s Works in Progress section, an Annecy industry centerpiece, features “The Breadwinner,” from Nora Twomey, a co-director on the Oscar nominated “The Secret of Kells,” produced by Ireland’s Cartoon Saloon, and exec produced by Angelina Jolie, as well as TV series “Ella, Oscar & Hoo,” created by Oscar-winning Michael Dudok de Wit.


  1. Hi Fussy was checking this weeks 1st May UK Hello magazine and it still hasn't got any Angelina news in regards to the house purchase nor have they covered Brads sightings outside the Art Studio. Again proving they are not following mere gossip and gossip sites just to get clicks or make money off just rumor. Hello again is proving that their association is very pro JP.

  2. Keeping up with the Pitts has 2 new pix of Brad in a studio with musicians