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Scarlett Johansson is highest-paid actress of 2018: Forbes(8/17/18) Scarlett Johansson has topped the Forbes list of Hollywood’s best-paid actresses.
The Avengers: Infinity War star reportedly earned US$40.5 million in the past year, according to magazine bosses, to romp past Angelina Jolie, who is a distant second on the list with $28 million, thanks largely to her Maleficent 2 salary.
Brad Pitt’s other former wife, Jennifer Aniston, is third, while Jennifer Lawrence, who was crowned the top earner in 2015 and 2016, and Reese Witherspoon complete the top five.
Meanwhile, Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot is the only new name on the list at 10 — she replaces last year’s number one, Emma Stone, who has dropped out of the top flight.
The combined earnings of the top 10 women this year is $186 million, up 8% on last year’s tally.
Forbes bosses will release the Best-Paid Actors list later on Thursday. Mark Wahlberg topped the countdown in 2017.
The Forbes Best-Paid Actresses top 10 is:
Scarlett Johansson — $40.5 million
Angelina Jolie — $28 million
Jennifer Aniston — $19.5 million
Jennifer Lawrence — $18 million
Reese Witherspoon — $16.5 million
Mila Kunis — $16 million
Julia Roberts — $13 million
Cate Blanchett — $12.5 million
Melissa McCarthy — $12 million
Gal Gadot — $10 million
Angelina Jolie must give Brad Pitt more visitation with kids: judge(8/16/18) A judge has said that Angelina Jolie must allow soon-to-be-ex-husband Brad Pitt more visitation with their six kids before the court will sign off on a permanent arrangement, according to the Blast.
Jolie has now given Pitt four hours of custody every other day on school days, and 12 hours every other day on non-school days.
It’s the latest in an increasingly testy divorce.
Page Six previously reported that Jolie claimed in court papers that Pitt is a deadbeat dad, and Pitt hit back by claiming in his own filing that he has loaned Jolie $8 million to help her buy a house.
Their next court date is set for Aug. 21, says the Blast.
‘Come Away’ Fantasy Pic Starring Angelina Jolie And David Oyelowo Adds Cast, Begins Shoot(8/10/18) The Crown‘s Anna Chancellor and The Wire‘s Clarke Peters have joined the cast of Come Away, the fantasy drama starring Angelina Jolie and David Oyelowo that is serving as the live-action debut of Brave director Brenda Chapman. The pic has just started filming in the UK for seven weeks, followed by three weeks in Los Angeles.
As Deadline scooped in May, the pic, from UK-based Fred Films and Oyelowo’s Yoruba Saxon Productions, is imagined as a prequel to Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan and was scripted by Marissa Kate Goodhill.
The plot: Before Alice went to Wonderland, and before Peter became Pan, they were brother and sister who live an idyllic childhood with parents Jack and Rose (Oyelowo and Jolie) and older brother David. Fate turns their games of tea parties, pirates and lost boys upside down, setting the stage for their iconic journeys into Wonderland and Neverland.
Keira Chansa and Jordan Nash, both newcomers, have been set to play Alice and Peter, respectively. Reece Yates will play David. Leesa Kahn, James Spring, Oyelowo, Jolie and Andrea Keir are producing.
For Jolie, this comes after she began production on Maleficent 2 in May. Oyelowo recently wrapped shooting on BBC One’s six-part event adaptation of Les Misérables.
Angelina Jolie Has Sudden Money Issues in Brad Pitt Divorce(8/10/18) Angelina Jolie is sounding the alarm ... all is not well in the money department.
TMZ broke the story, Brad Pitt loaned his estranged wife $8 million to buy a house ... a little weird for an actress who has raked in millions for years.
Sources familiar with the situation tell us, Brad's income and net worth far, far exceed Angelina's ... it's not even close.
Fact is ... Angelina has not made money an issue in her divorce until several weeks ago, when she asked a judge for a formal child support agreement. As we reported, Brad has paid Angelina $1.3 million in support over the last 2 years and she didn't complain until late last month.
Our sources say Brad and Angelina don't have a prenup, which means anything they earned while they were married is a 50/50 split. That benefits Angelina, but the problem is ... they married in 2014.
Brad made more than her throughout their relationship, which began in 2004. The only way Angelina could get a cut of Brad's income from 2004 - 2014 is if she could prove they had an agreement that he would support her.
We're told she's talking about filing such a claim. But sources connected to Brad say that's laughable, because they were both extremely rich and such a promise wasn't necessary and never made.
What's super interesting ... Angelina and Brad delayed tying the knot until gay marriage became legal in California. Brad made that statement in 2006, and it took 8 more years for them to finally walk down the aisle. Had they married in 2006 she'd be entitled to millions more in community property.
Brad Pitt Trying to Maintain Relationship with Kids Amid Angelina Jolie Divorce(8/9/18) Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are at war in their divorce case, but the more immediate struggle is the co-parenting situation that even has a judge issuing a warning to cool it ... or else.
We're told Brad has been spending the bulk of his Summer in England -- where Angelina and the kids live -- so he can see his 6 children. The judge in the divorce case set out a schedule for Brad to visit with his children in London beginning in mid-June for 10 hours a day. The visitation increased last month to 4 consecutive days at a time.
Our sources say Brad and Angelina never interact with each other, and the handoffs are always through nannies and assistants.
It's clear there have been issues over Brad interacting with the kids. The judge in the divorce case already issued an order saying Angelina tried to restrict Brad's access that the judge believed was "harmful" to the children. The judge even said Brad had a right to call and text the kids whenever he wanted, and Angelina could not monitor the contacts.
TMZ broke the stories about Angelina claiming Brad has only provided minimal child support, and Brad fired back in legal docs that he's paid her $1.3 mil in child support since they split nearly 2 years ago ... and he loaned her $8 million to buy a house.
From what we're told, things are getting worse, not better, between the two.
Angelina Jolie Slams Brad Pitt: 'A Loan Is Not... Child Support'(8/9/18) Angelina Jolie is hitting back at ex Brad Pitt after he claimed she made recent court filings over child support in an “effort to manipulate the media.”
The actress’ lawyer, Samantha Bley DeJean, said in a statement to PEOPLE Jolie’s court filing “was both legally appropriate and factually accurate in all respects.”
“What has been filed by Brad’s side today is a blatant attempt to obfuscate the truth and distract from the fact that he has not fully met his legal obligations to support the children,” Bley DeJean said in the statement.
Jolie indicated in a court filing Tuesday that Pitt has not been paying “meaningful” child support during their separation. The actor responded with his own court filing stating he had paid over $1.3 million to provide for the actress and their six children, as well as a loan of $8 million to help her purchase her current home.
“Following the incident of September 2016, Angelina and the children needed to move from the family home, which Brad chose to keep, including all of its contents,” she said.
Bley DeJean, who filed Jolie’s court papers on Tuesday in the Los Angeles Superior Court, claimed the actor was “asked to assist in the expense of a new home for Angelina” and their six children but “instead he loaned Angelina money, for which he is charging her interest on a payment plan.”
The Maleficent 2’s attorney said the actress will “honor that loan,” but said, “A loan is not, however, child support and to represent it as such is misleading and inaccurate.”
According to her attorney, Jolie “is asking Brad to pay 50% of the children’s expenses,” but that the actor “has not” paid his share.
“Angelina has had to shoulder the majority of those without his contribution for the past two years,” Bley DeJean said. “Child support is not optional in California.”
“Typically a father of means would pay these expenses voluntarily without the need for a request or court order. We are hopeful that this can be resolved without further delay or posturing,” she continued.
The Oscar-winning actress said in her filing she intends to seek out “retroactive child support” from her ex. She also asks the court to “bifurcate” their marital status — a process that would mean they could dissolve the marriage and go back to being single before resolving other issues in the divorce.
A spokesperson for Jolie told PEOPLE that the aim the filing “is to provide closure to the marriage in a way that clears a path toward the next stage of their lives and allows her and Brad to recommit as devoted co-parents to their children.”
Pitt’s lawyer, Lance Spiegel, slammed the actress’ filing on Wednesday as “unnecessary” and “a thinly-veiled effort to manipulate media coverage.”
Spiegel’s filing affirmed the actor “loaned” Jolie $8 million to help her purchase her current home and has contributed over $1.3 million “in bills for the benefit of [Jolie] and the minor children.”
Jolie, 43, and Pitt, 53, met in 2003 and wed in 2014 before they separated in Sept. 2016 citing irreconcilable differences. Custody of their six children — Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and 10-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox — has been an ongoing issue.
Brad Pitt Says He Gave Angelina Jolie $9 Million Since Split(8/9/18) Brad Pitt's lawyers aren't mincing words ... they say Angelina Jolie is a master manipulator and a liar by essentially claiming he's a deadbeat dad, because they say he's forked over more than $9 MILLION over the last 2 years.
Brad's lawyers have responded to Angelina's latest attack where she claimed in legal docs he hasn't paid "meaningful child support" since their split in September 2016.
In new legal docs, obtained by TMZ, Brad fires back ... he loaned her $8 million so she could buy the home in which she currently lives, and shelled out more than $1.3 million in child support.
Brad's lawyers say Angelina and her lawyers have engaged in dirty tricks, calling them out for "a thinly-veiled effort to manipulate media coverage." Brad's lawyers point to Angelina's legal docs that were filed earlier this week, in which she asks the judge to grant the divorce quickly so she can be a single woman again ... leaving child support and other issues for a later date.
The attorneys for Brad are calling BS, saying THEY were the ones who called Angelina's lawyers last week asking for exactly that ... to grant the divorce decree quickly and then later deal with child support and property settlement issues. They say her lawyers said they'd discuss the matter with their client, and then Angelina made it look like it was SHE who wanted the quickie divorce.
The docs accuse Angelina of filing papers with the court that are "calculated to increase the conflict." They say her gripe over child support is bogus and she knows it.
Shots fired back.
Brad Pitt’s pals come to his defense: He’s no deadbeat dad(8/7/18) After a period of relative peace, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s divorce has become a battleground once again.
Jolie filed papers Tuesday claiming that Pitt has not paid “meaningful child support” for their six kids since their split two years ago.
Now Pitt pals are fuming to Page Six that the “Seven” star has in fact been forking over hundreds of thousands a month — and that Jolie is just trying to smear her ex by claiming he’s a “deadbeat dad.”
Insiders claim Pitt has paid “millions for therapists” for the enormous brood, as well as their travel expenses and round-the-clock bodyguards.
“The divorce case has been held in front of a private judge to keep it out of the press. But she filed [the papers on Tuesday] in LA Superior Court knowing that it would go public and that he would be made out to be a deadbeat dad — which he isn’t.”
Said another pal, “Brad has completely lived up to his commitments as far as child support and will continue to do so.”
People close to Pitt think that Jolie pre-emptively filed the papers as a warning shot, because Pitt had told her he wanted to restart the formal divorce process.
Sources close to the matter told us that the Jolie-Pitt divorce — which had started off with an ugly slew of unfounded allegations against Pitt — had been put on hold and moved to a private judge so that the couple could sort out thorny custody issues.
But sources close to Pitt said Jolie has been “extremely difficult” during the negotiations and that he had told her he’d had enough of the endless back-and-forth over the kids.
The September 2016 split quickly turned nasty, with the FBI being called in to investigate claims that Pitt hit their eldest child, Maddox, during an argument on a plane. He was later cleared on any wrongdoing. As Page Six reported in May, the pair recently fought over Jolie’s plans to take the kids to the UK for the summer for a film shoot.
Reps for Pitt declined to comment and Jolie’s didn’t get back to us.
Angelina Jolie accuses Brad Pitt of failing to pay 'meaningful' child support(8/7/18) Angelina Jolie has reached a new low in her court battle with estranged husband Brad Pitt after accusing the actor of failing to pay “meaningful” child support.
The Maleficent star’s attorney, Samantha Bley DeJean, filed new legal papers in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, stating Jolie’s intention to seek a court order forcing Pitt to pay a significant share of the costs of raising their six children.
According to documents obtained by NBC News, the 43-year-old actress/director claims Pitt has not stuck to the “informal” deal they had in place following their separation in September, 2016 – and now she wants back pay.
“(Pitt) has a duty to pay child support,” DeJean writes in the two-page brief. “As of present, (Pitt) has paid no meaningful child support since separation.
“Given the informal arrangements around the payment of the children’s expenses have not been regularly sustained by (Pitt) for over a year and a half, (Jolie) intends to file an RFO (Request For Order) for the establishment of a retroactive child support order.”
Jolie’s legal representatives are asking the judge overseeing the former couple’s divorce and custody case to set up a status conference to address the issue.
Pitt’s spokesperson has yet to respond to the allegations, which emerge days after Jolie’s representative, Mindy Nyby, denied reports suggesting the actress’ main attorney, Laura Wasser, had quit over “internal conflicts” regarding the case.
Meanwhile, Jolie is also urging the judge to issue a final divorce decree this year to legally restore her single status, reports TMZ.
Jolie and her 54-year-old ex are parents to 17-year-old Maddox, 14-year-old Pax, 13-year-old Zahara, 12-year-old Shiloh, and 10-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.
Jolie was granted physical custody of all six children in a December 2016 custody agreement, but last month, she was ordered by a judge to help repair the children’s relationship with their father.
The brood is currently living in London with Jolie as she films Maleficent 2, while Pitt has spent his court-ordered time with the kids in London and Los Angeles, where he is shooting Quentin Tarantino’s new movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Angelina Jolie Denies Split with Lawyer as Custody Fight with Brad Pitt Enters 'New Phase'(8/4/18) Angelina Jolie‘s ongoing divorce with Brad Pitt is “entering a new phase,” a source says — and her lawyer, Laura Wasser, will be there by the actress’ side, according to Jolie’s rep.
Despite a TMZ report that high-powered Hollywood divorce attorney Wasser is quitting over internal conflicts with Jolie, a spokesperson for the Oscar winner and mother of six tells PEOPLE the two are still working together.
“I’ve spoken directly to Laura,” said Jolie’s spokesperson, Mindy Nyby. “The TMZ story is not true. She’s not quitting now or in the future.”
However, an insider tells PEOPLE there’s currently considerable tension between Jolie and Wasser.
Another source close to the situation says “the characterization of problems between Laura and Angie is not true.”
TMZ reported that the 43-year-old actress was hiring another law firm, something the source confirms but says is not to replace Wasser. “Someone is misinterpreting bringing in the experts, which is common at this point in the case,” says the insider. “It’s entering a new phase.”
Jolie and Pitt, 54, first met on the 2003 set of their 2005 thriller Mr. & Mrs. Smith and began publicly dating a few years later. They married in 2014, but split in September 2016, citing irreconcilable differences.
Custody of their six children — Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and 10-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox — has been an ongoing issue.
In June, after the exes couldn’t reach a private agreement, a judge established a detailed schedule for Pitt to spend time with the children (except Maddox, who according to the court is old enough to decide for himself how much time he wants to spend with his father).
Jolie has “tried to bridge the gap between the kids and their dad,” the source tells PEOPLE. “She’s worked to achieve reinstatement for them. But it’s now between Brad, his kids, and the court. The court will determine things.”
The children are living in London with Jolie right now as she filming Maleficent 2, but normally reside in Los Angeles, where Pitt also lives.
Pitt, meanwhile, has spent his court-ordered time with the kids in London and Los Angeles as he films Quentin Tarantino’s new movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Angelina Jolie-Execed ‘The Breadwinner’ Wins At Annecy(6/18/18) Nora Twomey’s The Breadwinner, executive-produced by Angelina Jolie, scooped three prizes at major animation festival Annecy International Animation Festival in France. The film, about a young Afghan girl living in war-torn Kabul, scored the jury award and the audience award in the competition section, as well as the best original music for a feature film prize from the special awards. Best feature went to Denis Do’s Funan, about a Cambodian family separated during the bloody rule of the Khmer Rouge and featuring the voices of Berenice Bejo and Louis Garrel.
Angelina Jolie Visits Iraq as Her Kids Spend Father's Day With Brad Pitt in London(6/18/18) Like many dads, Brad Pitt celebrated Father's Day by spending time with his kids.
The actor enjoyed the big day with his children in London. The Moneyball star shares six children with his ex Angelina Jolie: Maddox, 16; Pax, 14; Zahara, 13; Shiloh, 12; and Vivienne and Knox, 10. However, it is unclear if all of the children were in attendance.
The news comes shortly after Jolie and Pitt reached a new custody agreement for the summer. According to the documents, Pitt will have physical custody of the children for four hours per day from June 8 to June 17. These hours will then change to 10 hours per day from June 27 to July 1. Pitt is also scheduled to have custody for set dates later in July.
Maddox, however, is allowed to determine how much time he spends with each parent.
Per the court documents, a judge in Jolie and Pitt's divorce case determined "not having a relationship with their father is harmful" to the children. The judge also noted that it is "critical that each of them have a healthy and strong relationship with their father and mother."
While Pitt celebrated the holiday with the kids, Jolie was in Iraq visiting a refugee camp ahead of World Refugee Day. The Maleficent star, who is also a special envoy for the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR, made a statement during her visit.
"In my country, when we speak of the Middle East, we often focus on conflict and human suffering. And it is true that countless families in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen are suffering from conflict they personally have no part in, instability they cannot control, and extremism that they reject," she said, per UNHCR. "But on this visit I have been reminded, as I am every time I am here, of the truly extraordinary dignity, resilience, warmth, generosity and grace of the people of the Middle East."
Jolie went on to "thank the people of Iraq for their generosity towards refugees and displaced people." She also said she was happy to be in Iraq during the celebration of Eid al-Fitr. In addition, Jolie spoke about the number of displaced people and the durations of their exiles, which she said are "the highest they have ever been."
"At the same time, political solutions seem completely lacking, leaving a void that humanitarian aid cannot fill," she said. "Words like "unsustainable" don't paint a picture of how desperate these times are."
According to the actress, UNHCR's Syria response is funded 17 percent this year—down from 50 percent the year prior.
"When there is not even the bare minimum of aid, refugee families cannot receive adequate medical treatment, women and girls are left vulnerable to sexual violence, many children cannot go to school and we squander the opportunity of being able to invest in refugees so that they can acquire new skills and support their families," she said. "This is the picture in Iraq, in Syria, and wherever in the world you find refugees and displaced people today. The only answer is to end the conflicts that are forcing people to flee their homes—and for all governments to meet their responsibilities."
This isn't the first time Jolie has visited a refugee camp. She visited a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan with Zahara and Shiloh in January. She also visited adolescent refugee girls in Kenya last year.
Billy Bob Thornton Says There Is Only One Reason He Is Not Still Married to Angelina Jolie(6/14/18) Billy Bob Thornton is getting candid about his highly-publicized marriage to Angelina Jolie.
“I look at that time as a great time,” the Goliath star, 62, said during the latest HFPA in Conversation podcast episode of Jolie, 43, whom he was married to from 2000 to 2003.
“Angie is still a friend of mine and she’s a great person and she’s done so much,” he added. “She makes movies that are important to her whether they succeed or fail, she still does what she believes in and I’ll always respect her for that.”
The actor also spoke about the media coverage of the relationship. “A lot of the things they said about us at the time were exaggerated,” he explained, adding, “It wasn’t as crazy as people wrote about it.”
Specifically, he addressed the coverage surrounding the necklaces he and Jolie wore at the time, which contained vials of each other’s blood.
“The necklaces were a very simple thing, ‘Hey let’s poke our fingers with a pen and smear a little blood on there and when we’re away from each other we’ll wear the necklace,’ ” he said. “It was that easy. But by the time it came out in the press it sounded like we were wearing a bucket of blood around our necks.”
As for why they split, Thornton said, “We just had different lifestyles. Hers is a global lifestyle and mine is an agoraphobic lifestyle,” he said with a laugh. “So that’s really, that’s the only reason we’re probably not still together, maybe. There was a different path in life we wanted to take.”
In 2016, during Jolie’s high-profile split from Brad Pitt, Thornton also spoke about his marriage to Jolie.
“I never felt good enough for her,” he shared, adding that despite his many years in Hollywood, he’s “real uncomfortable around rich and important people.”
And he wasn’t looking to change his ways.
“I like how I am,” he said.
Thornton is now married Connie Angland, his long-time partner and mother to his 13-year-old daughter Bella.
Angelina Jolie Could Lose Physical Custody of Kids to Brad Pitt(6/13/18) Angelina Jolie is dangerously close to losing primary physical custody of her and Brad Pitt's six children if she doesn't switch up the how she lets the kids interact with dad.
According to a new report, the judge in the couple's divorce case believes it's "harmful" to the children if Angelina continues to restrict access to Brad.
The judge has even laid down a strict new cell phone policy -- Brad will now be able to call and text each child at will -- without Angelina monitoring the convos.
The report details a new custody schedule for the summer too. Brad will see his kids in London for 10 days in early to mid-June, where he can hang with 1 or 2 of 'em at a time for four hours a day. In late June, he'll get 10 hours a day ... and from early to mid-July he'll get the kids for 4 consecutive days. In late July, they'll be with him in L.A. for about a week.
A child psychologist has to be present while Brad visits the kids in London -- where Angelina is renting a house right now -- and has to make arrangements to have them see their doctors while in CA. When they're across the pond with dad, Jolie can only call once a day.
As for 16-year-old Maddox, he'll get to decide on his own how much time he wants to spend with dad.
Angelina Jolie & David Oyelowo To Star In Fantasy ‘Come Away’; ‘Brave’ Helmer Brenda Chapman’s Live-Acton Debut(5/30/18) Angelina Jolie and David Oyelowo are in talks to star in Come Away, a fantasy drama that will mark the live-action debut of Brenda Chapman, the Oscar-winning director and co-writer of the Pixar film Brave.
Marissa Kate Goodhill wrote the script, and UK-based Fred Films is producing with Oyelowo’s Yoruba Saxon Productions. Oyelowo, Leesa Kahn, James Spring and Andrea Keir are producing and Michelle Manning will be executive producer. The plan is for Come Away to shoot initially in the UK, with Jolie joining the shoot in Los Angeles in the fall. Jolie is next set to star in Maleficent 2 for Disney.
Come Away is imagined as a prequel to Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. Before Alice went to Wonderland, and before Peter became Pan, they were brother and sister. When their eldest brother dies in a tragic accident, they each seek to save their parents (Jolie & Oyelowo) from their downward spirals of despair until finally they are forced to choose between home and imagination. This sets the stage for their iconic journeys into Wonderland and Neverland.
“Angelina and David are going to bring a beautiful chemistry and depth to this magical story, giving audiences a wonderful step outside the expected,” Chapman said.
Said screenwriter Goodhill: “Brenda is a singular storyteller. Her decades of experience in creating rich fantasy worlds populated by complex characters make her a dream director for this project, which explores how fantasy functions as a way to cope with reality. Her thoughtful approach to filmmaking and indomitable talent make her the perfect person to bring this story to life.”
The film is co-represented by UTA and Endeavor Content.
Jolie is repped by UTA and Sloane Offer; Oyelowo is repped by Hamilton Hoddell, Inphenate and CAA; Chapman is repped by WME; and Goodhill is repped by Jamie Coghill at Surpin & Mayersohn.
Elle Fanning and ''Mom'' Angelina Jolie Reunite on Set of Maleficent 2(5/29/18) (Photo) Not so villainous after all? Angelina Joliemakes for one adorably dorky Maleficent while behind-the-scenes with co-star Elle Fanning!
Four years after Jolie's chilling portrayal of the iconic Disney villain made Maleficent an instant blockbuster hit, production on the sequel has officially started in London. Fanning, who stars as Princess Aurora in the live-action adaptation, took to Instagram on Tuesday with a photo that proves Jolie really is Hollywood's coolest "mom."
"It's bring your mom to work day on the #Maleficent2 set!!!!!" the 20-year-old actress captioned the selfie, which features Angelina in her character's horns and red lipstick.
Maleficent 2, which does not yet have a release date, marks the Oscar winner's first role in three years. Jolie last acted alongside her now ex-husband, Brad Pitt, in 2015's By the Sea.
She stepped behind the camera to direct First They Killed My Father, and joked in a Sep. 2017 interview with Deadline that divorce forced her back into acting. "I am now the breadwinner for the family, so it's time," she reflected.
So what can fans expect from the highly-anticipated sequel? Maleficent 2 picks up as the horned fairy navigates a new alliance with Princess Aurora, who she cursed into a slumber as a baby. Michelle Pfeiffer will also star, as well as Lesley Manville, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ed Skrein and Harris Dickinson.
It's reported that Jolie and Pitt's six children, Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara 13, Shiloh, 12, and 9-year-old twins Knox and Vivenne, have joined their mom overseas while she films.
Fingers crossed for more on-set antics from Angelina and Elle!
Angelina Jolie is livid she can’t travel with her kids amid custody battle(5/23/18) The dragged out divorce talks between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have hit yet another snag — since Jolie wants to take their six kids with her to London to film the blockbuster sequel “Maleficent 2.”
Hollywood sources familiar with the film tell Page Six that Jolie is furious since she wants to bring the couple’s brood with her while the film shoots, at the same time their custody battle continues to brew since their 2016 split.
“They are figuring out how it would work, but she is not happy,” said a source. The source explained, “She wants to take the kids to London with her while she’s shooting — and she’s frustrated with the process. They’re talking about how it would work.”
A source said that Jolie’s been so miffed by the situation, “Even the people around her are getting tired of it.”
The celebrity couple is privately still hammering out their split including custody of their kids, Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh and twins Vivienne and Knox.
Page Six reported in February that talks were cordial, but they are still ongoing.
At the same time, Jolie’s next project, “Maleficent 2” — the sequel to the 2014 original that made $759 million — is gearing up. The production on Wednesday cast British “Interstellar” actor David Gyasi to join the film that also reportedly stars Elle Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Reps did not comment.
Meanwhile on Wednesday, Pitt’s ex-fiancée Gwyneth Paltrow recalled to Howard Stern how Pitt years ago warned Hollywood troll Harvey Weinstein to stay away from her.
“We were at the opening of ‘Hamlet’ on Broadway, and Harvey was there,” said Paltrow, who’s since publicly alleged she was sexually harassed by Weinstein.
She said Pitt “told me exactly what he said” to Weinstein.
“He said, ‘If you ever make her feel uncomfortable again, I’ll kill you.’?” She told Stern the move was “like the equivalent of throwing him against the wall, energetically . . . he leveraged his fame and power to protect me at a time when I didn’t have fame or power yet.
Angelina Jolie To Produce Jim Thorpe Biopic With Martin Sensmeier Starring(5/8/18) Angelina Jolie is teaming with Fences producer Todd Black, Steve Tisch of Escape Artists Productions, and Abraham Taylor to produce Bright Path: The Jim Thorpe Story, a biopic on legendary Native American athlete Jim Thorpe, who will be played by Martin Sensmeier. Taylor penned the script with Alex Nibley and Sterlin Harjo. Executive producers are Sensmeier, Josh Aker, and Justine Hunt of Box of Daylight Productions.
Thorpe was a member of the Sac and Fox Nation and his native name, Wa-Tho-Huk, translates as Bright Path. In 1912, he won two Olympic gold track and field medals, representing the United States while his citizenship went unrecognized during a period of cultural genocide for Native Americans. Known as one of the most versatile athletes, Thorpe went on to play Major League Baseball, professional Football and eventually founded the organization that became the National Football League.
Warner Bros released a Thorpe biopic, Jim Thorpe – All-American, in 1951, which was directed by Michael Curtiz and starred Burt Lancaster.
The producers are said to have secured support from Indian Country to participate in financing the film as well as the involvement of Thorpe’s family in telling the authentic story.
“My brother Richard and I are the only surviving children of Jim Thorpe,” commented Bill Thorpe. “Our father’s accomplishments in life are a great source of pride to us. In the more than six decades since Burt Lancaster’s Jim Thorpe: All American, our family has heard of dozens of attempts to bring this story to modern audiences, but we have never shared the vision of a movie until the authentic portrayal in Bright Path: The Jim Thorpe Story.”
“I’m honored to be working on this project, said Jolie. “I have had the privilege of spending time with Bill Thorpe, and will be listening to and guided by the Tribes and the Thorpe family in the making of this film.”
UTA’s Independent Film Group will rep Bright Path: The Jim Thorpe Story for financing and distribution.
In addition, Jolie is producing and starring in Disney’s Maleficent 2 and is attached to voice star and produce the Disney adaptation of The One and Only Ivan.
Jolie is repped by UTA, Media Talent Group and Sloane Offer.
Sensmeier, who was recently seen in Taylor Sheridan’s Wind River and the HBO series Westworld, is repped by UTA and Justine Hunt of Hines and Hunt Entertainment.
Angelina Jolie Talks About Her Fight to End Deforestation -- and Knox Learning to Fly a Plane!(4/20/18) (people.com) Angelina Jolie is fighting to make the world a better place for her kids one tree at a time.
The environmentalist filmmaker, 42, recently appeared alongside Queen Elizabeth and Sir David Attenborough in the ITV special The Queen’s Green Planet, which focused on her forest conservation work in Namibia. The new documentary highlights the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project, which aims to create and protect areas of indigenous forest across all 53 Commonwealth nations, of which Namibia is a member.
The Namibian government asked Jolie to help developed the country’s contribution to the Queen’s project in 2016 due to her previous work as a conservationist. “I wanted to help communities,” Jolie tells PEOPLE. “Building schools and clinics means little if meanwhile the environment the community relies on is destroyed.”
Bringing her children — Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 11, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 9 — along for the journey was also important to the mother of six. “For us to come here and say to the children, ‘This is why it’s important to plant a tree,’ that’s the biggest message I can teach my kids, and it’s something that they’ve certainly learned from Her Majesty and her message,” the Oscar winner says in the documentary.
Witnessing the environmental impact of deforestation in Cambodia helped inspire Jolie to work towards preventing the same thing from happening in Namibia. “I have seen first hand the huge deforestation of the Cardamom mountains in Cambodia. Our local team is so dedicated and fighting hard to protect the area of the remaining forest that we help to look after,” Jolie explains to PEOPLE.
“In Namibia the local bushmen can tell you what each plant does, what they are used for and what effects it has on their tribe when one is lost,” she adds. “The way they see the land is how we all need to learn to see the land.”
Jolie has long had a special connection to the African country. She adopted her first son, Cambodian-born Maddox, in Namaibia while filming Beyond Borders there in 2003. Then in 2006, she traveled to the country to give birth to her daughter Shiloh.
In addition to her work battling deforestation, Jolie has funded projects in the country under Shiloh’s name to help protect endangered wildlife like cheetahs, elephants and rhino. In order to fight deforestation, she developed and funded two nurseries that grow indigenous trees for replanting in the desert.
Jolie has continued to run the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation, which has worked for almost 15 years on forest and wildlife conservation and healthcare and education in Cambodia. The family funds a team of local rangers who work to address illegal poaching and logging. Last year the Foundation planted 10,000 new trees.
The actress also plans to give back in her son Pax’s native Vietnam and Zahara’s birthplace of Ethiopa, where the family’s new clinic will open shortly.
During her appearance in The Queen’s Green Planet, Jolie also wowed fans around the world by nonchalantly piloting and landing a small plane over the Namibian desert. Jolie got her pilot’s license in December 2004, saying that her son Maddox inspired her, PEOPLE reported at the time. “If I could actually fly a plane by the time he’s 4, I’ll be like Superman to him.”
Now, Jolie tells PEOPLE, her son Knox is learning how to fly. “I love being up in the air,” she says. “I love the freedom. Knox is now learning to fly. It makes me crazy happy to see him discover it. He still needs help with the pedals, but won’t for long.”
‘The Queen’s Green Planet’: First-Look At Conservation Doc Featuring Angelina Jolie & David Attenborough(4/6/18) (Video) Angelina Jolie is to star in a landmark documentary about the conservation efforts of The Queen. One-off doc The Queen’s Green Planet, which will air on British broadcaster ITV, features a unique conversation between Her Majesty and Planet Earth’s David Attenborough.
The network has offered the first glimpse of the doc, above, which features Queen Elizabeth and Attenborough talking as they walk around her garden at Buckingham Palace. The film, produced by ITN Productions, will also explore the monarch’s new initiative to create a vast network of native forests across Britain and the Commonwealth – the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.
Jolie, along with her children, appears in the film, while Princes William and Harry are also present. ITV’s Controller of Factual Jo Clinton Davis, who commissioned the doc said that The Queen’s Green Planet not only highlights the Queen’s interest in trees but also how an ambitious global project has spread across more than 50 countries. “Rare is the project that starts as a finite one hour documentary and ends up generating the momentum for a timeless campaigning event,” she added.
Meanwhile, Cineflix Rights, the international distribution arm of the Canadian producer, will start selling the doc to global broadcasters at Mip TV, which kicks off this weekend. Chris Bonney, CEO, Rights, Cineflix Media, said, “Royal documentaries sell really well internationally, particularly when younger royals are featured – in this case Prince William and Prince Harry alongside the Queen. Add in David Attenborough, one of the world’s most respected broadcasters, a global superstar in Angelina Jolie, a critically acclaimed director in Jane Treays, and you have in The Queen’s Green Planet a high quality, globally appealing film which is a step above other royal documentaries on the market. We’re launching it at Mip and we’ve already had strong interest globally, with several presales already secured. “
The Queen’s Green Planet airs Monday 16 April at 9pm on ITV.
Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt agree to 'finalize' divorce: Report(4/3/18) Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have “respectfully agreed terms” to settle their divorce amicably within weeks.
According to editors at British newspaper The Sun, the Salt star, who originally filed for sole custody of the former couple’s six children, has since decided to allow Brad to have access to them. And she has been in discussions with her ex concerning the logistics of childcare while they both work and travel.
The agreement is expected to be filed imminently after the pair received court approval to continue their negotiations in February.
“The terms of the divorce are now agreed,” a source close to Angelina told the news outlet. “They are being finalized by both legal teams, but will be filed within weeks.”
Angelina filed for divorce in September 2016, amid an accusation that the Fury actor was involved in a physical altercation on a plane with their son Maddox, 16.
After Brad was cleared of wrongdoing by the Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS), he was later granted visitation rights to Maddox, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 11, and twins Vivienne and Knox, nine.
In a big turnaround, the pair are reportedly now on good terms, and determined to ensure that going forward they maintain a “respectful relationship” for the sake of the children.
“The key thing is that they agree to custody sharing, with Brad having access and working with Angelina on logistic issues about work and travel,” the source continued. “There were rumours the divorce was being called off, but that’s not the case.”
The actress and filmmaker recently took a year off from work to focus on the needs of her young family.
“Everything was just stopped,” she explained to People magazine in September. “I’m really sitting
Angelina Jolie reportedly dating older man after Brad Pitt split(3/27/18) Angelina Jolie is “seeing a handsome, older-looking man” as she moves on from estranged husband Brad Pitt.
The 42-year-old actress and Brad, 54, announced they were divorcing in 2016, but are yet to finalise their separation.
However, according to Entertainment tonight the Maleficent star is already moving on, and has started seeing a handsome real estate agent.
“Brad and Angie are both very secretive about their dating life,” a source told the U.S. TV network. “Angie has told some friends she isn’t ready to date, but she has been seeing a handsome, older-looking man who is a real estate agent. He isn’t a celebrity or high profile in any way.”
The insider adds that Angelina’s new romance is “not serious” but that the mystery man is helping her get over her heartbreak.
“Angie was in a very bad place after (her) split (from Brad),” the source explained. “Just having another adult to spend time with has been helpful.”
Angelina and Brad have six children together, and according to the source they are trying to do what’s best for their kids, Maddox, 16, Zahara, 13, Pax, 14, Shiloh, 11, and nine-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.
“People talk about them reuniting, but it will never happen,” the insider says. “Things between Brad and Angie really ended poorly, and while they’ve attempted therapy with the children, they can barely be in the same room together.”
Another source told the network that Brad has also begun seeing other women.
“He’s very private about who he’s seeing, but he does continue to casually date,” they said. “The women he sees are not in the public eye.”
The couple is still in the process of finalizing its divorce.
Angelina Jolie Opens Up About How She Avoids Living 'an Empty Life'(2/25/18) Angelina Jolie says the key to avoiding living “an empty life” comes down to finding a work/life balance.
“I think to be a balanced person, you have to find those things that you just purely enjoy,” the 42-year-old actress told Deadline Hollywood in an interview published Wednesday. “But, of course, if you aren’t participating in the bigger picture of life, and in being somehow useful, and you aren’t doing something and growing, then really, you’ll find you’re not very happy. Really, you’ll have quite an empty life.”
Jolie, who is producing Nora Twomey’s Oscar-nominated animated feature The Breadwinner, knows a lot about balance. She’s known for juggling her acting and directing career and role as mother to six children with her humanitarian work as a UN ambassador and eduction outreach as a visiting professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
“You have your creative, and you have your work, and every day of your life is going to be about somehow growing as a person,” the Maleficent star said. “Somehow feeling you can contribute to the extent that you can get tribute.”
It’s advice like this Jolie gives her daughters Vivienne, 9, Shiloh, 11, and Zahara, 13.
“I tell my daughters, ‘What sets you apart is what you are willing to do for others,’ ” the Oscar-winning actress and activist said in Elle magazine’s March issue. “‘Anyone can put on a dress and makeup. It’s your mind that will define you. Find out who you are, what you think, and what you stand for. And fight for others to have those same freedoms. A life of service is worth living.’ ”
She added, “I think of how hard women fought to get us to where we are today. Everything counts, from the way you hold yourself in daily life and educate yourself on your own rights, to solidarity with other women around the world.”
In January, Jolie took her two eldest daughters with her to meet Syrian refugees during a UNHCR trip to the Zataari refugee camp in Jordan.
There, they met with Syrians who fled the violence of the ongoing civil war in their country, including girls around Shiloh and Zahara’s ages who were part of the TIGER (These Inspiring Girls Enjoy Reading) project, which focuses on education and empowerment for refugees.
With ‘The Breadwinner’ & ‘First They Killed My Father’, Angelina Jolie Casts Light On Children In War-Torn Countries(2/21/18) (Deadline.com) Seeing her latest directorial outing, First They Killed My Father, selected as the Cambodian entry this year for Best Foreign Language Film, humanitarian and Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie has also been making the rounds of late in support of The Breadwinner, Nora Twomey’s Oscar-nominated animated feature, which she produced.
Based on a best-selling novel by Deborah Ellis, The Breadwinner tells the story of Parvana, a young Afghan girl whose father is sent to prison, and must then dress as a boy to provide for her family. A reminder of Jolie’s deep concern for women and children around the world—particularly in war-torn countries—Twomey’s film is consistent with a mission Jolie embarked on decades ago, as she set out to attend to women and children, immigrants and refugees, through channels both legislative and narrative.
The challenge with The Breadwinner was to handle the material as deftly and responsibly as possible, depicting the gravity of Parvana’s situation while conveying at the same time a sense of hope. “It’s a really fine line that they walked, and I think people don’t realize it when they watch the film,” Jolie says. “To get to that point in the end where you have hope, but you also don’t see that the planes coming in are suddenly the great saviors, and that’s what the country was waiting for. [Being] realistic about the years to come in the country, and where the country’s at now…I think she walked that line magnificently.”
Angelina, why did you feel compelled to board The Breadwinner as a producer?
Angelina Jolie: I wanted to work with Nora, and the book was special to my children, so I already knew the story. I have spent a lot of time in Pakistan, Afghanistan, with Afghan people. I have a love and respect for Afghan people, and I thought, “How wonderful that there would be something relatable, like animation, that can tell something as heavy as this story through the eyes of a child, in this unique art form.”
Nora, how would you describe your collaboration with Angelina on this film? What kind of notes did she offer throughout the process?
Nora Twomey: The first time I met Angie, it really felt like a continuation of a conversation, rather than the beginning of one, because your sensibilities were so aligned with the type of film that we were trying to make.
Anita Doron did an incredible job with the screenplay, but I think it was when we started getting into the animatics that the collaboration was most helpful for me. Angie would watch the animatics. Then, she would call, or we’d meet in London to discuss it. It’s such an emotional story, so to get that emotional kind of beat running through the film, and to make sure the sensibility of that was correct…
Jolie: I couldn’t believe how you told the history of Afghanistan. To most people, it’s too complicated, it’s too long—and to do it in a way that’s really appealing, you had a lot to cover.
From a producing standpoint, it seems like there were certain moral and philosophical issues you contemplated in how you made the film—visible, for example, in your decision to cast primarily Afghan actors.
Twomey: Yeah, you were the first person who said that—“Where we can, cast Afghan actors.” I remember saying, “Well, it’s a co-production between Canada and Ireland, and Luxembourg, where we raised the money.” [laughs]
Jolie: It’s really difficult, because it’s not like she could just go and sit in Afghanistan and find Afghan actors who could also speak English. It was a real combination of people [from Afghanistan] and different people who’d been displaced. There’s not a lot who can act, who’d been displaced, who had that heritage, who understood the heritage.
But I didn’t have to push. That was already what they were wanting to do. To find enough people, and find the balance, it wasn’t easy. But the effort is the right thing—and not just because it’s morally right, but also because, of course, every culture has extremely talented people, so there’s no reason why you’d have to cast outside of the actual culture. Unless, like in Nora’s case, it was really complicated where she was to find enough people who had that combination.
Has it been your experience that films like The Breadwinner are difficult to produce? It would seem that Hollywood has certain biases toward American stories and actors who are well-known quantities.
Jolie: I think it is. We both made films this year with women in war—both with little girls, both films with nobody known in them. Both directed by women. I think it can be hard, but in some way, fortunately for us, you just couldn’t put somebody in either one of those films. You couldn’t just suddenly put a voice in The Breadwinner that would make sense to the film. That’s one of the reasons I was very happy to be able to come on, to at least try to bring a little more attention to the piece, because it was better that it came behind the camera, than what was going on in front of the camera, and on the screen. What was happening on the screen had to be as authentic as possible.
As you’ve noted, both The Breadwinner and First They Killed My Father center on young women thrown into difficult situations who are forced to grow up rather quickly. What has inspired you to bring these subjects to the forefront?
Jolie: I think the fact that young girls in war are the most vulnerable people on earth.
Twomey: Yeah, absolutely. You don’t see many stories about that, and I think it’s of the time, and it’s interesting that you would direct First They Killed My Father. I think The Breadwinner being made at the same time, and seeing women in positions where we can tell stories, this is something that 20 years ago would have been completely unheard of, really—or very rare.
To see women tell stories as mothers, as well, makes a huge difference—and to tell stories that are empathetic, and that are at a child’s view. From that perspective, it’s a different type of storytelling, and I think it’s wonderful to see it finally getting into cinema screens, and getting into people’s homes.
Do these films take on added resonance or urgency with current happenings in the world, in American politics, the #MeToo movement or elsewhere?
Jolie: I think if both of these films maybe highlight anything, it’s not just the vulnerability of women, but that this is not a “today issue.” This has been an issue for a very, very long time. There have been people fighting this battle for a long time, and there are little girls like Parvana, on the border of Myanmar, who are being raped, today, and not enough is being done. Not enough is being spoken about on their behalf.
This little girl, Parvana, and what she went through, and the fact that over half the girls in Afghanistan still don’t have an education, and how dangerous their lives are, and how much poverty they live in, also just illustrates the bigger, global problems women are facing.
Having worked through plenty of legislative channels on behalf of children’s rights, what value do you see in storytelling that can speak to these global issues, as opposed to fighting the good fight in the political realm?
Jolie: I think if you can’t travel to places, then we can bring these places and these people closer to you through film. If you haven’t met a Parvana, and had the opportunity that we’ve had—the good fortune to meet a Parvana, or a Loung [Ung]—you can meet them, and you can be moved by them, and you can spend time with them during the time you watch the film. Having a human connection, an emotional connection, is often the most important thing.
It’s not just the act of changing law, it’s that people know why they feel compelled to do it, and that they feel connected to other human beings across the world, and they feel emotional about what their needs are. Then, they’re compelled. So it helps us to first engage people emotionally.
Twomey: Just being storytellers, wanting to tell stories and wanting to communicate something to people—especially a story of this nature—I think it’s extremely important. So why not, you know?
What was really hopeful to me with this film was people drawing—people drawing in Ireland, in Luxembourg, in Canada. As a group of artists, and producers, and executive producers, all of us were able to come together to tell one story. That’s an extremely hopeful thing.
Jolie: I didn’t realize, because I hadn’t worked on animation in that way—I’d only loaned my voice before—that really, it’s a very different collaboration, and it’s intimate in a different way.
For this, in particular, it’s beautiful because everybody worked on it because Nora wanted to be so true and authentic to Afghanistan, with the research done, and the music, and the light. When you have that many people spending that much time just thinking about this little girl, and her father, and this country that’s been through so much, just to have that long meditation and dedication to create as artists, it’s a great thing.
What has your reaction been to changes occurring in the industry this year, as far as the representation of women on screen, and in all disciplines of filmmaking? What has excited you, and where is there still a lot of work to be done?
Twomey: It’s great to see all the attention this year on women filmmakers, seeing so much support there for, but I would hate to think that it’s something that people will move on from because it needs to be a concerted effort over a long period of time. What I’ve found really interesting is women filmmakers supporting each other, and talking to each other, and coming together to try and make sure that it continues on—that it’s something that, through the decades, will continue on. Half of the stories in this world need to be told by women, because we’re half of this world.
For each of you, what is the mission going forward? Angelina, you’re heading into Maleficent 2 soon, so how do you balance your sense of social responsibility with simple pleasures taken in storytelling?
Jolie: I think that’s life, isn’t it? I’m sure you’re the same as a person. You have your creative, and you have your work, and every day of your life is going to be about somehow growing as a person. Somehow feeling you can contribute to the extent that you can get tribute.
Nora and I, when we spend time alone, spend most of our time just talking about being moms, and I think that’s the balance. We’re all trying to find balance, as people. I think to be a balanced person, you have to find those things that you just purely enjoy. But, of course, if you aren’t participating in the bigger picture of life, and in being somehow useful, and you aren’t doing something and growing, then really, you’ll find you’re not very happy. Really, you’ll have quite an empty life.
Twomey: Every day, you slip and slide between one thing and another. Sometimes, very vast things. But that’s just life, as Angie says. You just get on with it, you know?
American Society of Cinematographers Award Winners(2/18/18) Board of Governors Award: Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie’s one piece of advice for her daughters(2/9/18) Despite their Hollywood upbringing, Angelina Jolie wants her daughters to focus on humanitarian ideals instead of superficial ones.
“I tell my daughters, ‘What sets you apart is what you are willing to do for others. Anyone can put on a dress and makeup. It’s your mind that will define you. Find out who you are, what you think, and what you stand for. And fight for others to have those same freedoms. A life of service is worth living,'” she told former Secretary of State John Kerry in their conversation for Elle’s March issue.
Jolie and Kerry sat down to discuss sexual violence against women, climate change and Jolie’s work with refugees over the years. The “First They Killed My Father” director said her passion for humanitarian work stems from the freedoms she and her family have been able to enjoy.
“It’s only because we are a country based on people of different backgrounds and faiths coming together that I can have this family,” she said. “My daughters have the freedoms they have because of being American. And we are at our best when we are fighting for others to have the same rights. Particularly other women.”
Angelina Jolie calls for end to Syria war, meets refugees(1/28/18) Movie star Angelina Jolie visited a camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan on Sunday, calling for a political solution to Syria’s long-running civil war and saying that “humanitarian aid is not a long-term solution.”
Children crowded around the U.S. actress as she spoke in a patch of muddy space between hundreds of rows of caravans in the desert camp of Zaatari, less than an hour’s drive from the Syrian border.
It was Jolie’s fifth visit to Jordan.
“It is heartbreaking to return to Jordan and witness the levels of hardship and trauma among Syrian refugees as this war enters its eighth year,” Jolie said after meeting refugee families and teenage girls in a U.N.-run community program.
“I’m very proud. You’re very strong, all of you,” Jolie, a special envoy for the U.N. refugee agency, told them.
Nearly 5.5 million displaced Syrians are hosted by Jordan, Lebanon and other neighboring countries.
Jolie said the hospitality of the overburdened host countries is “an example to the world at a time when solidarity with refugees is in short supply.”
She said the U.N. refugee agency received only half the requested funding for the Syria crisis last year and only 7 percent so far this year.
“Humanitarian aid is not a long-term solution. No one wants to get off aid more than a Syrian family,” Jolie said.
“A viable political settlement is the only way to create the conditions for Syrians to be able to return to their homes, to end the human suffering and the strain on host countries,” she added.
Jordan hosts more than 650,000 registered Syrian refugees, according to the U.N. refugee agency. More than 78,000 live in Zaatari.
Angelina Jolie To Receive ASC’s Board Of Governors Award(1/17/18) The American Society of Cinematographers will present Angelina Jolie with the group’s 2018 ASC Board of Governors Award at the 32nd annual ASC Awards, set for February 17 at Hollywood & Highland’s Ray Dolby Ballroom. Her fourth film as director, Netflix’s First They Killed My Father, is Cambodia’s Oscar entry and has already received Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations this awards season.
The Board of Governors Award — the only non-cinematographer honor handed out by the group — is given to individuals whose body of work has made significant and indelible contributions to cinema, and for filmmakers who have been champions for directors of photography and the visual art form.
“Angelina Jolie sets a high standard,” ASC president Kees van Oostrum said in announcing the award today. “She is a true artist, with a strong vision and collaborative spirit. She has also entertained us through her work, but more importantly has brought significant social issues to our attention. For her wide-ranging accomplishments, we are honored to present her with our Board of Governors Award.”
Previous recipients of the honor include Ridley Scott, Barbra Streisand, Harrison Ford, Julia Roberts, Christopher Nolan, Warren Beatty, Francis Ford Coppola, Sally Field, Morgan Freeman, Ron Howard, Sydney Pollack, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg.
Angelina Jolie’s uncle spills family secrets about her life post-Brad Pitt(12/15/17) Strong-willed Angelina Jolie is known for cutting ties with her family — ex-husband Brad Pitt included.
But after their tumultuous divorce, Jolie isn’t looking back in his direction. Jolie’s estranged uncle Chip Taylor revealed to RadarOnline.com secrets of the actress’ post-Pitt life and what men she has reconnected with.
“It was out of the blue,” Taylor recalled to Radar, detailing the last time he saw Jolie in September. Taylor received a phone call from his brother and Jolie’s father, Jon Voight with a “last minute” invitation to Jolie’s premiere of First They Killed My Father in New York City.
“Jon called me and said, ‘Angie would like to know if you’d like to come tonight,’” Taylor continued. “I certainly wasn’t expecting it. It was very, very good to see her.”
Taylor dished to Radar that before the premiere, it had been “years and years” since he had seen or spoken to Jolie. He added the star-studded event was also a big step in Jolie’s reconciliation with her father.
“Jon says [his and Angelina’s relationship] is very nice,” Taylor spilled to Radar. “Their relationship is good and on solid ground. It seems like a happy period of time for him right now.”
What’s more is the brothers got to see Jolie’s six kids, Maddox, 16, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 11, and nine-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne in the flesh. Taylor revealed for the first time that they all seem to be in a “great” place.
And if Jolie’s still shaken up and bitter about her nasty split from Pitt in 2015, Taylor said she wasn’t showing it that night.
“She was very relaxed,” said Taylor. “It was warm and nice.”
Jolie, who Radar reported in November underwent a major makeover, directed and co-wrote the film. Her uncle said the undertaking is something the star “should be extraordinarily proud of.”
Taylor, who plans to remain in New York with his own immediate family for the holidays, was unsure of Jolie’s exact plans. Radar exclusively revealed that Jolie and Pitt could reunite for the holidays.
Though whatever happens, Taylor says Jolie is “on solid ground” with her family for the first time in several years.
“It’s a nice period of time,” Taylor said.
Angelina Jolie Calls on NATO to Protect Women's Rights(12/10/17) Angelina Jolie is putting a spotlight on violence against women around the world — saying it is “often more dangerous to be a woman in a warzone today than it is to be a soldier” — and calling on NATO to spearhead change.
In an op-ed co-written with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg for The Guardian, the filmmaker outlines how the NATO alliance can be a leader in ending gender-based violence, especially as military tactics.
“Despite being prohibited by international law, sexual violence continues to be employed as a tactic of war in numerous conflicts from Myanmar to Ukraine and Syria to Somalia,” she says. “It includes mass rape, gang rape, sexual slavery, and rape as a form of torture, ethnic cleansing and terrorism. It accounts in large part for why it is often more dangerous to be a woman in a warzone today than it is to be a soldier.”
Jolie, 42, adds, “In our different roles we have seen how conflicts in which women’s bodies and rights are systematically abused last longer, cause deeper wounds and are much harder to resolve and overcome. Ending gender-based violence is therefore a vital issue of peace and security as well as of social justice.”
The actress tasks NATO with becoming a guardian of women’s rights, falling in line with their mission to be “a shield against aggression and the fear of aggression,” according to President Harry Truman.
Jolie’s plan involves NATO integrating women into positions of leadership within the organization, bolstering military training in human rights protection and continuing to implement standard operating practices.
She also asks that NATO gives greater recognition to the roles of gender advisers and female soldiers interacting with communities, and that they use data to identify patterns in conflict-related sexual violence.
“It is humanity’s shame that violence against women, whether in peaceful societies or during times of war, has been universally regarded as a lesser crime,” Jolie writes. “There is finally hope that we can change this. We owe it to ourselves – men and women alike – and to future generations.”
Angelina Jolie Talks Returning To Cambodia To Make ‘First They Killed My Father’ – The Contenders Video(12/8/17) (Video) Angelina Jolie’s fourth directorial effort, First They Killed My Father, has the unique distinction of being Cambodia’s entry into the Academy’s Foreign Language Film competition this year, giving Jolie — who holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and Cambodia — an unusual position in this year’s race.
Jolie and her co-writer Loung Ung visited last month’s 7th annual Deadline’s The Contenders all-day awards-season event at the DGA Theater to talk about their film (as part of Netflix’s presentation) to a packed house of AMPAS and key guild voters. Jolie discusses how they met after she returned to Cambodia, where she had made a major studio film once, and the connection they had.
Loung Ung wrote the book about her experiences as a child during the Khmer Rouge genocide and is the key figure in the film, as we see the war through a child’s eyes. Jolie talks about how it was important to bring this story to the world as it is generally not taught in schools. She also discusses the importance of making it in Cambodia, in the native language, and with Cambodians sharing key roles behind and in front of the cameras.
Check out our conversation above.
Angelina and Brad tried to save their marriage with ‘By the Sea’(12/6/17) Angelina Jolie has described working with then-hubby Brad Pitt on a 2015 movie as a last-ditch attempt to save their flailing relationship.
“We had met working together, and we worked together well,’’ the actress told the Hollywood Reporter.
“I wanted us to do some serious work together,’’ Jolie said. “I thought it would be a good way for us to communicate.
“In some ways it was, and in some ways we learned some things. But there was a heaviness probably during that situation that carried on, and it wasn’t because of the film,’’ Jolie lamented.
In addition to starring in the romantic drama “By the Sea’’ with Pitt, Jolie also directed it.
She and Pitt famously met on the set of the movie “Mr. & Mrs. Smith’’ in 2005 — when he was still married to actress Jennifer Aniston.
Jolie was pregnant with Pitt’s child within a year, although the pair waited to marry until August 2014. She then filed for divorce two years later.
“I’m glad we did [‘By the Sea’] because we did explore something together,’’ Jolie said. “Whatever it was maybe it didn’t solve certain things, but we did communicate something that needed to be communicated to each other.”
She noted that she had been dealing with different things at various times over the course of their relationship.
“I did lose my mother. I did have my mastectomy, and I did then have an ovarian cancer scare and have that surgery as well, and other things of course that happened in life that you go through,” she said.
“A piece of art can be something that’s healing or something that’s difficult. I don’t know.”
Angelina Jolie Alludes to Hollywood Sexual Misconduct Scandal in Emotional U.N. Speech(11/15/17) Angelina Jolie referenced the outpouring of sexual misconduct allegations in Hollywood while urging United Nations peacekeepers to crack down on sexual violence in an emotional speech.
“Sexual violence is everywhere – in the industry where I work, in business, in universities, in politics, in the military, and across the world,” she said during her keynote address to the U.N. Peacekeeping Defense Ministerial Conference in Vancouver on Wednesday.
“All too often, these kinds of crimes against women are laughed off, depicted as a minor offense by someone who cannot control themselves, as an illness, or as some kind of exaggerated sexual need,” she added. “But a man who mistreats women is not oversexed. He is abusive.”
Jolie, who has worked as a Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, previously confirmed to The New York Times that she had had “a bad experience” with Harvey Weinstein that caused her to end her relationship with him. Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct by over 50 women since The New York Times and The New Yorker documented decades of alleged sexual misconduct and sexual assault involving a number of women in detailed articles in early October.
“Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein,” a representative for the producer tells PEOPLE in a statement. “Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. Mr. Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual.”
Jolie called sexual violence “a critical obstacle to achieving women’s equality and our full human rights,” adding that it is often used as a weapon of war. “It is cheaper than a bullet, and it has lasting consequences that unfold with sickening predictability that make it so cruelly effective,” she explained.
Outside of Hollywood, the actress pointed to female Rohingya refugees seeking asylum in Bangladesh, saying that almost every woman there “is either a survivor of sexual violence or a witness to multiple incidences of sexual assault, rape or gang-rape.”
She also noted the Democratic Republic of Congo, where she said last week a trial opened “for 46 alleged cases of the rape of children by militia fighters, who had been told that blood of virgins would grant them supernatural protection. Some of the victims were 18 months old.”
Jolie went on to say that recognizing sexual violence as a weapon of war is not enough. “Even if we accept that sexual violence has nothing to do with sex, that it is a crime, and that it is used as a weapon, many people still believe that it is simply not possible to do anything about it.”
Fighting against sexual violence is “hard, but it is not impossible,” she said. “We have the laws, the institutions, and the expertise in gathering evidence. We are able to identify perpetrators. What is missing is the political will.”
Harvey Weinstein and Weinstein Co. Sued By Women Who Claim Massive Cover-Up(11/15/17) The Weinstein Company and Harvey Weinstein have been slapped with a class action lawsuit, claiming the Company had a long-running practice of isolating and blacklisting Weinstein's alleged victims and covering up his alleged predatory tactics.
The suit was brought on behalf of "all women who met with Harvey Weinstein in person to audition for or to discuss involvement in a project to be produced or distributed by The Weinstein Company." The lawsuit says the women number in the dozens and possibly the hundreds.
The suit purports to represent, among others, Mira Sorvino, Sophie Dix, Emma de Caunes, Rose McGowan, Angelina Jolie, Daryl Hannah, Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow and Paz de la Huerta.
The suit lists some of the alleged sexual assaults, including a woman Weinstein allegedly met with and ordered to take her dress down and expose her breasts. The suit says when she refused, he angrily said she would never work in this town again. The suit claims Weinstein ended up locking her in a stairwell.
The suit claims TWC and Miramax -- also a defendant -- "has facilitated Weinstein's predatory behavior" employing things like honeypots -- female employees who would lure unsuspecting women up to Weinstein's hotel rooms.
The suit claims TWC had no problems with Weinstein's alleged sexual misconduct as long as he was making money for the company.
2017 Hollywood Film Award Winners(11/6/17) Hollywood Foreign Language Film Award: Angelina Jolie and Loung Ung, First They Killed My Father
Angelina Jolie, Loung Ung Talk ‘First They Killed My Father’ And Honoring Cambodian History — The Contenders(11/5/17) Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father is a feature long in the making. The catalyst for the film can be traced back to when Jolie was in Cambodia in her 20s. She purchased Loung Ung’s book from a street corner, and it was a humbling learning experience for the Oscar-winning actress.
“I didn’t realize how much my education was lacking and how much I needed to learn,” said Jolie. “This book was an education for me — about refugees and what children go through in a war. I wanted to find Loung.”
The Netflix film is about Cambodian author and human rights activist Ung’s life under the rule of the deadly Khmer Rouge, the name given to the followers of the Communist Party of Kampuchea in Cambodia. The film is the adaptation of Ung’s memoir about surviving the deadly regime from 1975-78. The story is told through her eyes, from the age 5, when the Khmer Rouge came to power, to 9 years old.
When asked by moderator Pete Hammond how she felt when Jolie contacted her, Ung laughed that she was in “disbelief.”
“We clicked right away — she was really, really authentic,” said Ung. “She really hates it when I gush about her in public, but she’s a really cool person.” Since then, the two developed a friendship that has lasted over 16 years. As a result, Jolie brought Ung’s story to the big screen — and she wanted to make it as authentic as possible.
“We were determined to shoot in Cambodia and that it was going to be in Khmer and not English,” said Jolie. “We wanted to do it the right way.”
Jolie was excited to cast Sareum Srey Moch as a young version of Ung and tap into the unseen and overlooked artistic talent of Cambodia.
“During the war, artists were killed because of their influence,” said Jolie. “Having the artists come back to paint the sets and act the scenes was so inspiring. You’re not sad about the story, but your proud of what this country can do creatively.”
Written by Jolie and Ung, First They Killed My Father is Cambodia’s official entry for this year’s Academy Awards Foreign Language Film race. Jolie, who has dual citizenship in America and Cambodia, was selected by the government to represent the Southeast Asian country — which is remarkable considering she is a Western woman.
Jolie said she brought this story to the screen for many reasons but also because she wanted her son, who is Cambodian, to see what his birth parents went through. For a country that doesn’t discuss its history, Jolie said she “wanted this country to have some closure in some way to say ‘that’s what it was like.’ It’s amazing that they let me in, but it was amazing that they allowed the history to be re-created on the streets. Every Cambodian person in this film knew someone who was affected by the war, and they came back to do this for their loved ones.”
Ung chimed in: “If I may, we Cambodians don’t consider Angie a Western woman. She’s ours, and she’s been a citizen since 2005 — and before that, she was Cambodian in spirit”
Jolie produced First They Killed My Father alongside Cambodian director and producer Rithy Panh, director of the Academy Award nominee The Missing Picture.
‘The Breadwinner’ Trailer & Poster: Exec Producer Angelina Jolie’s Animated Feature Hits Theaters Next Month(10/26/17) (Trailer, Poster) “Is it a happy story or a sad story?” asks the mother of young Parvana towards the end of this trailer for The Breadwinner, to which the Afghan girl replies, “Just wait and see.”
From executive producer Angelina Jolie and the team behind The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, the animated The Breadwinner follows Parvana, an 11-year-old girl living in Afghanistan in 2001 under the Taliban. As we see in the trailer, her father is wrongfully arrested, and Parvana disguises herself as a boy to become her family’s breadwinner. Drawing strength from stories told by her father, Parvana risks her life to seek him out.
Based on Deborah Ellis’ bestselling novel, Breadwinner is directed by Nora Twomey, with a screenplay by Anita Doron. Producers Anthony Leo, Andrew Rosen, Tomm Moore, Paul Young and Stephan Roelants.
Voice cast is Saara Chaudry, Soma Chhaya, Laara Sadiq, Shaista Latif, Ali Badash, Patrick McGrath, Lily Erlinghäuser, Finn Jackson Parle, Noorin Gulamgaus and Kawa Ada.
GKIDS distributes The Breadwinner to select theaters November 17.
Check out the trailer and the film’s poster above.
Angelina Jolie’s two eldest daughters join her on the red carpet(10/21/17) (Pic) Angelina Jolie cut a typically chic figure as she attended “The Breadwinner” film premiere on Friday evening.
The doting mother was joined by her eldest daughters Zahara, 12, and Shiloh, 11, on the red carpet in Los Angeles.
Angelina looked gorgeous in a simple white gown which she teamed with nude heels and diamond silver brooch.
Her dark locks were styled into natural looking waves while she drew attention to her famous pout with a pretty pink lip.
Zahara opted for a black dress with a sheer overlay while Shiloh wore an all black suit.
“The Breadwinner,” based on the best-selling novel by Deborah Ellis, the film is scheduled to be released on November 17, 2017.
Angelina and her estranged husband Brad Pitt are parents to biological children Shiloh, 11 and twins Knox and Vivienne, nine as well as adopted children Maddox, 16, Pax, 13 and Zahara, 12.
Meanwhile Angelina was chosen to be the cover girl for Harper’s Bazaar’s 150th anniversary issue.
The 42-year-old is seen posing in a stunning backless white dress in a wildlife sanctuary in Namibia, surrounded by three leopards.
In another shot for the magazine she is grinning broadly while looking utterly flawless as she pens an open letter to Namibia, in which she discusses her thoughts on women’s rights today and our responsibility toward each other and our environment.
The shoot at the N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary, which is run by the actress’ friends of 16 years, Marlice and Rudie van Vuuren.
Back in 2010, Angelina and her then husband Brad founded the Shiloh Jolie-Pitt Foundation to help the sanctuary with its work.
Writing in the magazine, the mum-of-six revealed she thinks it is important to embrace the “freedom” we have and use it to do good for future generations.
She said: “What we do, each in our own small way, matters. The hopeful thought is that it is in our hands. Over the next 150 years, technology is going to give us more and better means of communicating, fighting poverty, defending human rights, and caring for the environment.
“But it is what we choose to do with the freedom we have that will make all the difference. If my life experience has taught me anything, it is that what you stand for, and what you choose to stand against, is what defines you.
“As the San people say, ‘You are never lost if you can see your path to the horizon.’ ”
And the actress thinks it is a “beautiful aspiration” to consider consequences as far ahead as seven generations.
She wrote: “My mother, who was part Iroquois Indian on her father’s side, taught me the Iroquois saying that we should consider the impact of our decisions upon the next seven generations. It is hard for us to be that thoughtful, with all the pressures in our lives, but it seems to me to be a beautiful aspiration.
“So whoever you are as you read this – a doctor, lawyer, scientist, human rights activist, student, teacher, mother, wife, or boy or girl flipping through your mother’s copy – I hope that you will join me in taking time today to think about how we can all contribute to making a better future.
“There is a lot we can’t predict about the world 150 years from now. But we do know that our great-grandchildren will be living with the consequences of decisions we make now, just as we can trace the origin of problems we are dealing with today to their roots in earlier centuries.”
Angelina Jolie Spends $1,000 on Halloween Shopping(10/11/17) Angelina Jolie does Halloween like the Griswolds do Christmas lights because she dropped a fortune -- to most of us -- on costumes and decorations.
Angie cruised the aisles of Glendale Halloween last weekend -- she only had Zahara and one of the twins in tow, but looks like they scooped up enough for the whole gang. We're told Mom spent nearly a grand in just one hour. Here's a partial list of her swag:
-- Bleeding machete
She's been busy on the Halloween store circuit -- she also loaded up last week at Hollywood Toys and Costumes. Twenty more shopping days, Angie!
Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Others Say Weinstein Harassed Them(10/10/17) (nytimes.com) When Gwyneth Paltrow was 22 years old, she got a role that would take her from actress to star: The film producer Harvey Weinstein hired her for the lead in the Jane Austen adaptation “Emma.” Before shooting began, he summoned her to his suite at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for a work meeting that began uneventfully.
It ended with Mr. Weinstein placing his hands on her and suggesting they head to the bedroom for massages, she said.
“I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” she said in an interview, publicly disclosing that she was sexually harassed by the man who ignited her career and later helped her win an Academy Award.
She refused his advances, she said, and confided in Brad Pitt, her boyfriend at the time. Mr. Pitt confronted Mr. Weinstein, and soon after, the producer warned her not to tell anyone else about his come-on. “I thought he was going to fire me,” she said.
Rosanna Arquette, a star of “Pulp Fiction,” has a similar account of Mr. Weinstein’s behavior, as does Judith Godrèche, a leading French actress. So does Angelina Jolie, who said that during the release of “Playing by Heart” in the late 1990s, he made unwanted advances on her in a hotel room, which she rejected.
“I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did,” Ms. Jolie said in an email. “This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”
A New York Times investigation last week chronicled a hidden history of sexual harassment allegations against Mr. Weinstein and settlements he paid, often involving former employees, over three decades up to 2015. By Sunday evening, his entertainment company fired him.
On Tuesday, The New Yorker published a report that included multiple allegations of sexual assault, including forced oral and vaginal sex. The article also included accounts of sexual harassment going back to the 1990s, with women describing how intimidating Mr. Weinstein was.
Several days ago, additional actresses began sharing with The Times on-the-record stories of casting-couch abuses. Their accounts hint at the sweep of Mr. Weinstein’s alleged harassment, targeting women on the way to stardom, those who had barely acted and others in between. Fantasies that the public eagerly watched onscreen, the women recounted, sometimes masked the dark experiences of those performing in them.
The encounters they recalled followed a similar narrative: First, they said, Mr. Weinstein lured them to a private place to discuss films, scripts or even Oscar campaigns. Then, the women contend, he variously tried to initiate massages, touched them inappropriately, took off his clothes or offered them explicit work-for-sex deals.
In a statement on Tuesday, his spokeswoman, Sallie Hofmeister, said: “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. He will not be available for further comments, as he is taking the time to focus on his family, on getting counseling and rebuilding his life.”
Even in an industry in which sexual harassment has long persisted, Mr. Weinstein stands out, according to the actresses and current and former employees of the film companies he ran, Miramax and the Weinstein Company. He had an elaborate system reliant on the cooperation of others: Assistants often booked the meetings, arranged the hotel rooms and sometimes even delivered the talent, then disappeared, the actresses and employees recounted. They described how some of Mr. Weinstein’s executives and assistants then found them agents and jobs or hushed actresses who were upset.
His alleged behavior became something of a Hollywood open secret: When the comedian Seth MacFarlane announced Oscar nominees in 2013, he joked, “Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein.” The audience laughed. According to a 2015 memo by a former Weinstein Company executive that The Times previously disclosed, the misconduct continued.
More established actresses were fearful of speaking out because they had work; less established ones were scared because they did not. “This is Harvey Weinstein,” Katherine Kendall, who appeared in the film “Swingers” and television roles, remembers telling herself after an encounter in which she said Mr. Weinstein undressed and chased her around a living room. Telling others meant “I’ll never work again and no one is going to care or believe me,” she reasoned at the time, she said in a recent interview.
Ms. Paltrow, 45, is now an entrepreneur, no longer dependent on securing her next acting role. But she emphasized how much more vulnerable she felt at 22, when Mr. Weinstein had just signed her up for a star-making part. On a trip to Los Angeles, she received a schedule from her agents for the hotel meeting with Mr. Weinstein.
There was no reason to suspect anything untoward, because “it’s on the fax, it’s from C.A.A.,” she said, referring to Creative Artists Agency, which represented her.
When Mr. Weinstein tried to massage her and invited her into the bedroom, she immediately left, she said, and remembers feeling stunned as she drove away. “I thought you were my Uncle Harvey,” she recalled thinking, explaining that she had seen him as a mentor.
After she told Mr. Pitt about the episode, he approached Mr. Weinstein at a theater premiere and told him never to touch Ms. Paltrow again. Mr. Pitt confirmed the account to The Times through a representative.
Soon after, Mr. Weinstein called Ms. Paltrow and berated her for discussing the episode, she said. (She said she also told a few friends, family members and her agent.) “He screamed at me for a long time,” she said, once again fearing she could lose the role in “Emma.” “It was brutal.” But she stood her ground, she said, and insisted that he put the relationship back on professional footing.
Even as Ms. Paltrow became known as the “first lady of Miramax” and won an Oscar for “Shakespeare in Love” in 1999, very few people knew about Mr. Weinstein’s advances. “I was expected to keep the secret,” she said.
Like several of the other women interviewed for this article, she felt she had to suppress the experience. She praised Mr. Weinstein publicly, posed for pictures with him and played the glowing star to his powerful producer. Yet their work relationship grew rockier over the years, she said, and she distanced herself. “He was alternately generous and supportive and championing, and punitive and bullying,” she said.
Now, with the process of tallying the size and scope of Mr. Weinstein’s abuse allegations underway, Ms. Paltrow and others said they wanted to support women who had already come forward and help those in similar situations feel less alone.
“We’re at a point in time when women need to send a clear message that this is over,” Ms. Paltrow said. “This way of treating women ends now.”
In 1984, when Tomi-Ann Roberts was a 20-year-old college junior, she waited tables in New York one summer and hoped to start an acting career. Mr. Weinstein, one of her customers, urged her to audition for a movie that he and his brother were planning to direct. He sent scripts, then asked her to meet him where he was staying so they could discuss the film, she said in an email and a telephone interview.
When she arrived, he was nude in the bathtub, she recalled. He told her that she would give a much better audition if she were comfortable “getting naked in front of him,” too, because the character she might play would have a topless scene.
If she could not bare her breasts in private, she would not be able to do it on film, Ms. Roberts recalled Mr. Weinstein saying. (Asta Roberts, her mother, said in an interview that Ms. Roberts told her the story shortly after the episode.)
Ms. Roberts remembers apologizing on the way out, telling Mr. Weinstein that she was too prudish to go along. Later, she felt that he had manipulated her by feigning professional interest in her, and she doubted that she had ever been under serious consideration. “I was nobody! How had I ever thought otherwise?” she asked.
Today she is a psychology professor at Colorado College, researching sexual objectification, an interest she traces back in part to that long-ago encounter. She said that over the years she had had trouble watching Mr. Weinstein’s films. With a new release, “I would always ask, is it a Miramax movie? ”
In the early 1990s, Mr. Weinstein asked Rosanna Arquette to stop by the Beverly Hills Hotel to pick up a script for a role.
Born into a family of actors, Ms. Arquette had already starred in a hit film, “Desperately Seeking Susan,” and “New York Stories,” and would go on to perform in films including “Crash” and television shows ranging from “Ray Donovan” to “Girls.” (Her account also appeared in The New Yorker.)
At the reception desk, she was told to head upstairs, which she found odd.
Mr. Weinstein was in a white bathrobe, complaining of neck pain and asking for a massage, according to Ms. Arquette and Maria Smith, a friend she told soon afterward. Ms. Arquette said she tried to recommend a professional masseuse, but Mr. Weinstein grabbed her hand and pulled it toward his crotch. She immediately drew away, she said.
He boasted about the famous actresses he had supposedly slept with — a common element of his come-on, according to several other women who had encounters with Mr. Weinstein. “Rosanna, you’re making a big mistake,” he responded, she said.
She refused. “I’m not that girl,” she recalled telling him on the way out. “I will never be that girl.”
The part went to someone else, and Mr. Weinstein’s representative pointed out that he did not produce the movie. Later, Ms. Arquette was in the Miramax film “Pulp Fiction” but said she avoided Mr. Weinstein.
“Welcome to the Miramax family,” Mr. Weinstein told Katherine Kendall in 1993, she said. She was 23, and about that time he was selling his small movie company to Disney, which supplied the cash that would turn it into a cultural force.
After a meeting set up by her agent, he gave her scripts, including for the film “Beautiful Girls,” and invited her to a screening, which turned out to be a solo trip with Mr. Weinstein to a cinema near Lincoln Center in Manhattan. Afterward, he asked if they could swing by his apartment to pick something up.
Ms. Kendall said she was nervous, but it was daytime, and she relaxed when she saw pictures of his wife on the wall. “He’s keeping it professional, he makes me a drink, we talk about movies and art and books for about an hour,” she recalled. “I thought: He’s taking me seriously.”
He went to the bathroom, came back in a robe and asked her to give him a massage, she said. “Everybody does it,” he said, according to Ms. Kendall, and mentioned a famous model’s name. She refused; he left the room, and returned nude, she said.
“He literally chased me,” she said. “He wouldn’t let me pass him to get to the door.”
Ms. Kendall said his advances had a bargaining quality: He asked if she would at least show her breasts, if nothing else.
She said no to all of it, she recounted. “I just thought to myself: I can’t believe you’re doing this to me. I’m so offended — we just had a meeting,” she said. (Her mother, Kay Kendall, said in a brief interview that her daughter told her the story at the time.)
Ms. Kendall appeared in the film “Swingers,” distributed (but not produced) by Miramax, and has worked on and off as an actor since then. But she said the episode had dampened her enthusiasm for the business.
“If this is what it takes, I can’t do it,” she said.
When Mr. Weinstein invited Judith Godrèche to breakfast at the Cannes Film Festival in 1996, she had no idea who he was. At 24, she was already a star in France, and a new film she was in, “Ridicule,” was opening the festival. He had just acquired the movie and said he wanted to discuss it.
They had breakfast at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, joined by a female Miramax executive. After the executive left, Mr. Weinstein invited Ms. Godrèche up to his suite to see the view, and to discuss the film’s marketing and even an Oscar campaign, she said in an interview.
“I was so naïve and unprepared,” she said.
Upstairs, he asked to give her a massage, Ms. Godrèche said. She said no. He argued that casual massages were an American custom — he gave them to his secretary all the time, Ms. Godrèche recalled him saying.
“The next thing I know, he’s pressing against me and pulling off my sweater,” she said. She pulled away and left the suite. (Alain Godrèche, her father, said in an interview that his daughter told him about the episode the next morning.)
Seeking advice, she later called the female Miramax executive, who told her not to say anything, lest she hurt the film’s release. “They put my face on the poster,” she said.
“This is Miramax,” she said. “You can’t say anything.”
Since then, Ms. Godrèche has starred in films in France and the United States. Like Ms. Paltrow, she felt she had to maintain a rapport with Mr. Weinstein, and sent him friendly emails inquiring about party invitations and potential work. “I tried to negotiate the situation over the years, and negotiate with myself and pretend it kind of never happened, ” she said.
“I wish I’d had someone to talk to, to say, ‘How do you deal with this?’”
In 2003, Dawn Dunning was doing small acting gigs, attending design school and waitressing in a nightclub where she met Mr. Weinstein.
The 24-year old was wary, but Mr. Weinstein was friendly, professional and supportive, she said, offering her a screen test at Miramax, inviting her to lunch and dinner to talk about films and even giving her and her boyfriend tickets to see “The Producers” on Broadway.
Then his assistant invited her to a meal with Mr. Weinstein at a Manhattan hotel. Ms. Dunning headed to the restaurant, where she was told that Mr. Weinstein’s earlier meeting was running late, so she should head up to his suite.
There was no meeting. Mr. Weinstein was in a bathrobe, behind a coffee table covered with papers.
He told her they were contracts for his next three films, according to Ms. Dunning. But she could only sign them on a condition: She would have to have three-way sex with him.
Ms. Dunning said that she laughed, assuming he was joking, and that Mr. Weinstein grew angry.
“You’ll never make it in this business,” she said he told her. “This is how the business works.”
Ms. Dunning fled, she said, and when the assistant called her the next day, she hung up. She told her father, Rick Dunning, of the episode within a few months, he said in an interview.
“I was like: Maybe this is how the business works,” she said. She left acting soon after and became a costume designer.
Angelina Jolie poses in Africa for Harper’s Bazaar(10/10/17) For Harper’s Bazaar’s November issue — a 150th anniversary collector’s edition — Angelina Jolie has penned a letter from Namibia.
We hear she’s also featured in a shoot at a wildlife sanctuary owned by her friends, in which the star poses with three orphaned rescue cheetahs sponsored since they were cubs by Jolie and her family foundation.
Jolie writes: “Namibia represents not only ties of family and friendship but also the effort to the balance between humans and the environment so crucial to our future.”
Jolie’s children were all there during the shoot, including Namibian-born Shiloh, who, with Jolie, opened the Shiloh Wildlife Sanctuary for wounded and orphaned elephants and rhinos.
While Jolie posed for pics, her kids were “sandboarding nearby.”
Angelina Jolie reportedly involved in plot to bust warlord Joseph Kony(10/7/17) The former chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court had a thing for celebrities — once asking activist actress Angelina Jolie to play the role of a “honey trap’’ in a real-life attempt to arrest a notorious African warlord, a published report said Saturday.
The Sunday Times of London said loopy lawman Luis Moreno Ocampo also tried to recruit film stars George Clooney and Sean Penn in his international crusades.
The startling information was leaked by the court to the French Web Site Mediapart and made available to the British newspaper.
Moreno Ocampo approached Jolie about five years ago — and even tried to cast her husband, Brad Pitt, as a co-star — in a stranger-than-fiction plot to take Ugandan Joseph Kony into custody in the Central African Republic, where he was based.
“Forget other celebrities, she is the one,” Moreno Ocampo wrote in an e-mail. “She loves to arrest Kony. She is ready. Probably Brad will go also.”
Moreno Ocampo wanted to embed Jolie, and hopefully Pitt, with US Special Forces close to Kony’s stronghold, according to the report.
Jolie wrote Moreno Ocampo at one point. “Brad is being supportive. Let’s discuss logistics. Much love Xxx.”
Moreno Ocampo claimed Jolie had suggested she could lure Kony to dinner as a ruse to arrest him, the report said.
American troops, he told her, “are eager to get Kony . . . [and] after meeting you, they will do it.”
Moreno Ocampo had his own fixation on Jolie. The prosecutor, who won only one case in his nine-years on the court, was ultimately even less successful with Jolie.
At one point he sent her an e-mail: “Dear Angie, I hope you are well. I miss you.” It went unanswered.
When he heard she was ill, he sent an e-mail to her assistant confessing: “I realize how much I love her.” The assistant replied Jolie had changed her e-mail address.
Moreno Ocampo made still less headway with Clooney and Penn.
He asked Clooney for help flying spy satellites over Libya “to put pressure on Khadafy’s generals.’’
Moreno Ocampo also invited Penn to a New York hotel, and tried to involve the star in a potential investigation into the Palestinian conflict. The ever-flip Penn responded, “While you make the decision on Palestine, I’m embroiled in a decision weather [sic] or not to get a steam in the hotel spa.’’
‘Bride Of Frankenstein’ Back To Lab As London Pre-Production Postponed; Javier Bardem & Angelina Jolie Expected To WaitUniversal Pictures is pressing pause on Bride of Frankenstein, the Bill Condon-directed remake of the 1935 horror classic. Pre-production had gotten underway in London for a February 1 production start, but the crew has just been told to go home for the time being. Javier Bardem has been in talks to play Frankenstein’s Monster, and Angelina Jolie has been in talks to play his reanimated, reluctant mate in the second film in Universal’s Dark Universe initiative to bring back its classic movie monsters. I’ve heard the film is going back to the lab to do some more work on the script and that is why they stopped the clock. It had been dated February 14, 2019.
The studio confirmed to Deadline that its execs and Condon have indeed pushed pause. I am told the actors aren’t walking away. In fact, they are not committing until this all gets rectified.
“After thoughtful consideration, Universal Pictures and director Bill Condon have decided to postpone Bride of Frankenstein,” Universal said in a statement to Deadline. “None of us want to move too quickly to meet a release date when we know this special movie needs more time to come together. Bill is a director whose enormous talent has been proven time and again, and we all look forward to continuing to work on this film together.”
Even though the studio carved out that release date long ago, it sounds like they are still trying to establish exactly what this film should be, with Bardem and Jolie waiting for more rewrites by David Koepp before committing. A little caution here seems well placed after the the film that launched Universal’s monster program, The Mummy, turned into a confusing pastiche of action scenes without a sense of authorship of what exactly it wanted to be. An action adventure in the vein of the Stephen Sommers Brendan Fraser-Rachel Weisz films, or a truly frightening film like the 1932 original was for its time? Even though it grossed $407 million worldwide, the scariest thing about The Mummy was its reviews. There are numerous filmmaker-driven monster movies that will follow, but the welfare of the franchise is contingent on getting the next one right.
Condon won his Oscar for writing Gods and Monsters, about the last days of Frankenstein director James Whale. He spent a lot of time considering that filmmaker and his work. Now that he’s recreating arguably Whale’s best film for today’s world with two intense stars like Bardem and Jolie, wouldn’t the best course of action be to make a terrifying, well-drawn and possibly R-rated tale, even if that isn’t the template for the usual global blockbuster? That is the direction I bet this is going.
The other major movie Jolie is engaged in, Maleficent 2, just got Joachim Ronning as its director at Disney. That film seems likely to start sometime early next year.
Oscars: Angelina Jolie’s ‘First They Killed My Father’ Named Cambodia’s Foreign Language EntryAngelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father has been set as the Cambodian submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Deadline reported late Sunday night that confirmation of the selection was imminent, and early Monday morning the Cambodia Oscar Selection Committee made it official. The Netflix title, directed and co-written by Jolie, is about author and human rights activist Loung Ung’s life under the rule of the deadly Khmer Rouge. It premiered in Telluride and then went on to Toronto where it won strong praise. The story is told through Ung’s eyes, from the age of five, when the Khmer Rouge came to power.
First They Killed My Father’s selection as the foreign language entry marks the first time such a high-profile American director has been the representative of another country in another tongue. It is also the 6th submission ever from Cambodia where the film held a premiere in February and was released September 8 in local theaters. Jolie said in a statement today, “This means a great deal to all of us involved in making the film. To work with local artists to bring this story forward has been a moving and humbling experience.” Added Ung, “We were together when we received the news and it was very emotional. This has been a long journey for me, and while it is personal, it is also reflective of the experience of millions of Cambodians. We are very proud to be representing Cambodia as this year’s selection and share this moment with the country.”
Since 2005, Jolie has held dual U.S./Cambodian nationality. Her passion project was shot entirely in the country with an all-local cast. According to the Khmer Times, the film has been “hailed as a technical milestone for the local film industry, with the production employing thousands of Cambodian artisans, technicians and extras.”
In the U.S., First They Killed My Father was released theatrically on September 15 in the Top 10 markets, the same day it launched globally on Netflix.
The streaming service’s Ted Sarandos was asked by Deadline’s Pete Hammond recently about plans to have this film submitted by Cambodia for the FL Oscar contest, and he said he was confident it would happen. Jolie said the fact that First They Killed My Father might be submitted by the current regime was remarkable considering some of the things going on there now including attempts to shut down some of the media. “I am a western woman and it would be amazing if they could agree to send our film (to the Academy),” she said, adding it would be a powerful and surprising message of unified support from the government. Her son Maddox, whom she adopted in Cambodia in 2002, has an executive producer credit on the movie.
Jolie produces with Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh whose 2013 The Missing Picture was nominated in the Foreign Language race. That film was an autobiographical documentary — told entirely with clay figures — about Panh’s experiences growing up under the Khmer Rouge.
Panh said today, “I am very happy, and very proud, that First They Killed My Father was selected by the Cambodia Oscar Selection Committee to represent Cambodia. Because the film is original and powerful. Because thousands of us participated in the film’s making and so, too, in writing a chapter of Cambodia’s collective history. And because this history doesn’t belong only to the Cambodia people; it is universal. Cinema also is a way to talk about the resilience and dignity of human beings.”
While there isn’t a clear line on the nationalities or places of birth of directors of the roughly 1,800 films entered in the Foreign Language category since 1956, one other U.S.-born helmer stands out: Rama Burshtein was behind the 2012 Israeli submission, Fill The Void.
Since the 1984 (57th) Awards, the rules for the category have stipulated that a submitting country “must certify that creative talent of that country exercised artistic control of the film.”
Angelina Jolie Goes Glam for First They Killed My Father Premiere in NYC with All Six Children(Photo) Angelina Jolie brought the most glamorous fashion A-game of her entire First They Killed My Father publicity tour so far.
The actress, 42, attended the film’s New York City premiere at the Director’s Guild Theater in an elegant, strapless Dior Haute Couture gown with an accordion pleated bodice. Jolie accessorized her designer ensemble with diamond necklace and earrings, complete with a bold red lip. (She previously has worn a Ralph & Russo black dress and silk white Givenchy jumpsuit during the Toronto International Film Festival.)
Joining the director and star were all six of her children: Shiloh, 11, Zahara, 12, 9-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne, as well as Pax, 13, and Maddox, 16, who both worked behind-the-scenes on the movie.
Based on Cambodian-born human rights activist Luong Ung’s memoir, First They Killed My Father documents her experience as a young girl under the brutal rule of the Khmer Rouge. The film is a passion project for Jolie, who said she was motivated to make the film by Maddox, who was born in Cambodia.
Maddox tells PEOPLE exclusively in the magazine’s new cover story with Jolie that he pitched in on meetings, prepped for shoots and helped review dailies on the drama Jolie directed for Netflix. Pax was also part of the production and served as a set photographer.
“I was trying to help wherever I could,” Maddox says, also adding that his famous mother is “fun, funny, and easy to work with. She’s a wonder.”
First They Killed My Father will launch globally on Netflix on Sept. 15, the same day it will open theatrically.
‘First They Killed My Father’ Sneak Peek: Angelina Jolie Passion Project Ready For Its Netflix Closeup(Video) The ambitious and highly praised Cambodian film First They Killed My Father, which director Angelina Jolie has been debuting on the fall festival circuit — first at Telluride and just this week at the Toronto Film Festival — is set to debut on Netflix this Friday as well as in several art house theaters.
It is a passion project she worked for years to bring to the screen as it explores the effect of the terrifying reign of the Khmer Rouge on one family in particular. With cinematography by Oscar winner Anthony Dod Mantle (Slumdog Millionaire) and a lilting score from Marco Beltrami, Jolie’s film could also be about to make history if, as expected, Cambodia enters it into the Foreign Language Oscar race. Word should be coming on that momentarily, but it would be almost unprecedented to see an American woman director such as Jolie (who also has had Cambodian citizenship since 2005) competing in that arena.
We have a first look with a new featurette that goes behind the scenes. Check it out above.
Angelina Jolie’s ‘First They Killed My Father’ To Release On Netflix & Theatrically Day And DateAngelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers will open theatrically on Friday, Sept. 15 in the Top 10 film markets the same day that it launches globally on Netflix. This news comes as the picture is readying to screen tonight in Toronto.<
First They Killed My Father, directed by Jolie, is about author and human rights activist Loung Ung’s life under the rule of the deadly Khmer Rouge, the name given to the followers of the Communist Party of Kampuchea in Cambodia. The film is the adaptation of Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung’s memoir of surviving the deadly Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1978.The story is told through her eyes, from the age of five, when the Khmer Rouge came to power, to nine years old.
It is fully a Netflix film that was written by Jolie and Ung and produced by Jolie and Cambodian director and producer Rithy Panh, director of the Academy Award nominee The Missing Picture.
Jolie is in Toronto promotion that film and one other: an animated production called The Breadwinner which follows an Afghan girl who must disguise herself as a boy in order to provide for her family.
Last night Jolie and Panh discussed the film on stage in Toronto. The film will open on the 15th in New York at the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, iPic at Fulton Street Theaters and at Landmark theaters in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, Dallas, Philadelphia, D.C, San Francisco and Seattle.
Angelina Jolie On Directing Netflix Film ‘First They Killed My Father’ & How “Our World Is Stronger For Diversity” – TorontoSome actors segue to directing to make their show business careers more well-rounded, but for Angelina Jolie, “It was an accident — I wanted to learn more about the War in Yugoslavia” said the Oscar winner referring to her 2011 feature directorial debut In the Land of Blood and Honey. The actress was present tonight at a Toronto International Film Festival In Conversation With panel.
“I never thought I could make a movie or write one, it was never part of my plan,” said Jolie who’s here at TIFF with two movies: Her Netflix movie First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers about author and human rights activist Loung Ung’s life under the rule of the deadly Khmer Rouge, the name given to the followers of the Communist Party of Kampuchea in Cambodia. Her other film is an animated production The Breadwinner which follows an Afghan girl who must disguise herself as a boy in order to provide for her family.
“For me it wasn’t just about becoming a director,” said Jolie about taking the craft under her belt, “I believe our world is stronger for diversity and I love to learn about cultures and I love to work with artists from other parts of the world. It’s the greatest way to deeply learn and know each other is to create together. In my humanitarian work, I’m passionate about that. They’re my heroes, the people I’m involved with. They’ve taught me to be a better person, a better mother, what to live by, what to value. If I can do films that bring their stories to life, I think those are important stories.”
In addition, regarding First They Killed My Father, Jolie said she made the film for her son Maddox, who she adopted following a UNCHR mission in Cambodia as well as working there during the first Tomb Raider movie. Maddox is credited on the film as an EP. Jolie said she wanted her son to have a perspective of what his birth parents endured.
Jolie was moved by Ung’s book, and it was important for her to be as faithful to the source material, telling the story through the eyes of a child and how her point of view matures from the ages of five to nine in regards to the war in front of her. The film was shot in Cambodian. In addition, she partnered with the country’s most prolific director Rithy Panh who serves as a producer on the movie. “If he said no, I’m not sure I’d made the film. You can’t do that. Together we talked the intention…what the film would mean for Cambodia if we did it this way or that way.”
Jolie screened the film many months ago in Cambodia to great success, even spurring town hall discussions with grandparents talking to their grand children about the genocide that occurred. She even played the film at Olympic Stadium where many of the horrors occurred. “The people who watched it were ex Khmer Rouge, the Royal family, I wasn’t sure of the reaction, but it was a moving experience.”
Telluride Film Festival: Angelina Jolie On Directing, Netflix, Oscar & ‘Maleficent’Angelina Jolie told me she’s having a great time at her first Telluride Film Festival, where since the debut here Saturday of First They Killed My Father, her fourth directorial effort that’s been winning strong praise.
The powerful, beautifully shot film, set during the 1970s when Pol Pot’s deadly Khmer Rouge regime terrorized Cambodia, will debut on Netflix and in select theaters in mid-September after Jolie takes it to the Toronto Film Festival.
The film is based on Loung Ung’s memoir about the devastating effect the Khmer Rouge had on her own family when she was just 9 years old. Ung, who is also in Telluride, adapted the book with Jolie. But Jolie told the Telluride audience yesterday the Cambodian people really made it themselves. “Netflix made it possible and gave them the tools to tell their story,” she said.
It is also a cautionary tale in the perilous world of today as dictators and dangerous regimes still seem to thrive the world over. This movie, which could have been unrelievedly brutal and difficult to watch, instead is almost lyrical in some ways as told through the eyes of children so affected by that war, gorgeously shot by Oscar winning cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle with a great score by Marco Beltrami.
At an intimate Saturday night reception for the film at the Cosmopolitan restaurant as a thunderstorm raged outside, I suggested to Jolie and Ung (who now lives in Cleveland) that it was fate that intervened when Jolie, on a trip to Cambodia several years ago, just happened to pick up a $2 book on a street corner that turned out to be Ung’s memoir. The result changed her life and now the film is making its way out into the world. “I started directing just a few years ago and I thought what matters to me, what has changed my life, what needs to be told. And I love (Cambodia) and feel it is so important that people know what happened, and I want my son to know who his countrymen are and to be proud of their culture and to confront and be honest about the past,” she told the audience yesterday while explaining that she waited a few years until her son Maddox could fully participate, and in fact he has an Executive Producer credit on the movie and is also in Telluride.
At the reception I asked why she chose Netflix, and she said it was the reality of the current state of filmmaking that a small movie like this, in a foreign language and with no stars, would be lucky to play for a week at a small theater in New York. She said Netflix allows it to be found and seen by a much larger audience and will help give it a stronger social media imprint as well.
Getting this film made was just one hurdle for Jolie, but getting it seen is clearly her mission now. Netflix honcho Ted Sarandos sat directly in front of me at yesterday’s screening and I asked him about plans to have this film submitted by Cambodia for this year’s Academy Awards foreign language contest, and he said he is confident that will happen. That would have the extraordinary effect of making Jolie the rare American director with a movie eligible for the Foreign Language Film nomination. But first, it will also have to pass muster with Academy rules requiring the bulk of the key creative team to also be from the country of origin. For Jolie the fact that this film might be submitted by the current Cambodian regime is remarkable considering some of the things going on there now including attempts to shut down some of the media. “I am a western woman and it would be amazing if they could agree to send our film (to the Academy),” she said adding it would be a powerful and surprising message of unified support from the Cambodian government.
Jolie, with her continuing work with refugees the world over and her work with the United Nations , is already the winner of the Academy’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, as well as having a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Girl Interrupted, but directing a movie that could possibly take her to the 90th Annual Academy Awards would be unprecedented for the star who has held Cambodian citizenship since 2005.
I also think her screenplay with Ung could find its way into the Best Adapted Screenplay category, which is much lighter this year in terms of competition. With past directorial efforts like In The Land Of Blood And Honey, Unbroken, and By The Sea shot, like First They Killed My Father, on foreign shores it would make perfect sense to see Jolie in the Foreign Language category, and in fact I brought up the fact that she is that rare director who has worked fairly effortlessly in several languages for her movies. She likes the dialogue to be authentic and doesn’t shy away from the use of subtitles.
With four directorial achievements under her belt I asked if she had another one lined up but she told me it is time to return to acting for a while. “I am now the breadwinner for the family so it’s time, ” she laughed . There were rumors that she might be doing Universal’s Bride Of Frankenstein but she said she is going back to Disney to do Maleficent 2. “We have been working on the script and this is going to be a really strong sequel,” she said, excited by the prospect of returning to that Disney villainess. Meanwhile she’s helping to make this Telluride Film Festival a memorable one.
Angelina Jolie: ‘I don’t enjoy being single’One year after parting ways with Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie reveals she’s still dealing with the negative effects.
“It’s been difficult. I don’t enjoy being single,” the mother of six told the UK’s Sunday Telegraph. “There’s nothing nice about it. It’s just hard.”
Jolie and Pitt were together a total of 12 years and married for just two years before calling it quits in September 2016.
“Sometimes maybe it appears I’m pulling it all together,” the 42-year-old actress said. “But really I am just trying to get through my days.”
While Jolie continues to sort out the details of her life, she’s also been facing some health concerns.
In 2013 the “Maleficent” actress underwent a double mastectomy, she also had her ovaries removed in 2015. And earlier this year, she revealed she’s dealing with hypertension and developed Bell’s Palsy.
“Emotionally it’s been a very difficult year,” she said. “And I have some other heath issues. So my health is something I have to monitor.”
Taking it a step further, she describes how her body is doing. “I feel sometimes that my body has taken a hit, but I try to laugh as much as possible,” she said. “We tend to get so stressed that our children feel our stress when they need to feel our joy. Even if you are going through chemo, you need to find the ability to love and laugh. It may sound like a postcard, but it’s true.”
Now that Jolie doesn’t have any acting or directing projects on the table and her kids are getting older, she will refocus her time.
“I think now I need to rediscover a little bit of the old me,” she says. “I think we lose our way a bit. I have had a lot happen in my life, from certain people passing to health issues to raising the children. And it’s been a very good time to absorb and develop and grow.”
Jolie, Bardem and Mirren to give Toronto Film Festival talksJavier Bardem, Gael García Bernal, Angelina Jolie and Helen Mirren will headline a series of public conversations about their careers as part of this year’s Toronto Film Festival.
Many of these actors and filmmakers aren’t just trekking to Canada to take a jaunt down memory lane. They’re also on hand to launch new films. Bardem stars in “mother!,” Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming horror film, and “Loving Pablo,” both of which will debut at the festival. Jolie is bringing “First They Killed My Father,” a drama about the Cambodian genocide that she made for Netflix, to the gathering. Mirren is appearing opposite Donald Sutherland in “The Leisure Seeker,” another festival entry. And Bernal will be seen in “If You Saw His Heart,” which will screen at the event.
In addition, the festival also unveiled its 2017 Discovery program lineup. It boasts 45 first and second feature films by up-and-coming filmmakers from around the world. The festival’s backers say it’s the biggest line-up yet, with 25% more titles than the 2016 roster.
In a press release touting the additions, the festival’s brass said the films deal with a wide-range of social issues such as the push for LGBTQ equality and rural economic struggles.
“If you don’t support the future of filmmaking, you fall behind. So we’re always looking for new talent,” said Cameron Bailey, the festival’s artistic director, in a statement. “The fact that the Discovery program continues to grow is deeply encouraging, and speaks to the fact that there are a lot of people that want to make films when it is often increasingly more difficult to do so.”
These films join a list of Oscar hopefuls that include Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing,” Joe Wright’s “Darkest Hour,” and George Clooney’s “Suburbicon,” all of which will be screening at Toronto. The 42nd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 7 to 17, 2017.
Angie and the kids left Target because it didn’t serve hot dogsA Page Six spy at a Target store in Los Angeles says that on Saturday Angelina Jolie took her daughters Shiloh and Vivienne to the cafe inside — but the family was disheartened to find the location did not serve hot dogs.
“The kids were disappointed, so they all left,” said our man in aisle five.
Added the shopping source at the megamarket’s Eagle Rock location: “One weird thing is that Angie was totally bundled up in a big sweater, and it was probably 85 or 90 degrees out.”
Brangelina sued for allegedly not paying interior designerA French interior designer is suing Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie for allegedly skipping out on paying for their sprawling Chateau Miraval, according to a new report.
Artist Odile Soudant claims the former Hollywood power couple stopped paying her for no reason after she was hired to light four buildings on their estate in Correns, France, including the 40-room chateau.
“He [Pitt] wanted to make it an exceptional place and believed that light should be at the heart of this,” Soudant told the French newspaper Libération, the Guardian reported.
Soudant never signed a contract with Pitt, whom she met in 2010, or Jolie, but claims she was given “carte blanche” to put her signature touch on the villa.
She employed 17 people on what she called the “BP project,” including architects, designers, lighting and acoustic specialists and an optical engineer to determine the angle of sun rays on the chateau.
But two years and $29 million later, the payments stopped and Soudant was left unable to pay her contractors and workers.
She told the French appeals court that she had no idea why she stopped being paid by the celebs, even after Pitt urged her in emails to complete the work.
“Odile, I need you. Come here please. I need you to finish,” he wrote.
Pitt sent another email 10 days later, saying, “I don’t know how things happen in France but in the United States, friends don’t attack friends. I’ve been nothing but a fan of your work. Do not attack. Let’s finish the project and be proud of it. The work is too good to end on a bad note. Life is too short, my friend.”
Another one of his emails warned, “Don’t waste time with legal action. Follow your artistic journey and don’t worry about the rest.”
In April, the court ordered one of Pitt and Jolie’s companies, Chateau Miraval, to pay Soudant more than $662,000, including about $70,000 for damaging her reputation.
Despite the payout, Soudant said she’s still fighting to be legally recognized as the creator of the lighting project at Chateau Miraval. She said the credit went to one of her employees instead.
“I am an artist and this is my work. When someone tries to steal my work it is something else,” Soudant told the Guardian. “This is all very painful for me.”
Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Are Deep into Divorce Discussions, No ReconciliationBrad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are deep in divorce talks, and there is NO talk of reconciliation, contrary to some media reports.
Several stories have surfaced recently suggesting the divorce is on hold and they are thinking of rebooting the relationship. Sources connected to the couple say nothing could be further from the truth.
We're told both sides are hashing out both child custody and property settlements, and the divorce is full steam ahead.
One reason they will never get back together ... Angelina made extremely damaging allegations against Brad, claiming he was abusive to their kids. The investigations triggered by the allegations ultimately exonerated Pitt.
Brad hasn't hidden his feeling about the children -- they're at the top of his priority list, so it seems they're at the point of no return in terms of reconciling.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's Divorce Is Not Moving Forward: ''A Lot Has Changed'Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have pressed pause on their divorce proceedings.
Nearly a year after the A-list actress and humanitarian filed for divorce from her husband of two years and partner of 12, a source tells E! News things have come to a stand still. "It's true that the divorce is not moving forward right now. They are taking a breather and seeing what happens," the insider explains.
Both Angelina and Brad have discussed the fallout of their bombshell split in separate interviews, including the negative impact on their six children (ages 16-9) as well as their personal lives. The Maleficent star recently moved her family into a $25 million Los Angeles home, an adjustment she described to Vanity Fair as a "big jump forward for us," while Brad is now sober.
"I was a professional. I was good," the actor told GQ Style in reference to his drinking habits. "[But I didn't] want to live that way anymore."
It's these shifts, we're told, that has led the exes to reconsider. Our source says, "They don't take divorce lightly and want to make sure they are doing the right thing."
"A lot has changed since Angelina filed," the source notes, adding that Pitt's sobriety has "really changed" their relationship. A separate insider adds, "Brad has been working on self-improvement."
So is an official reconciliation just over the horizon? Not necessarily, as the insider says Brad and Angelina's future is "up in the air" for the time being. "Things can change quickly," the source adds, "but they aren't pursuing the divorce at this time."
In Angelina's original divorce filing from last September, the U.N. Goodwill Ambassador cited "irreconcilable differences" and requested sole physical custody of their kids, allowing Pitt visitation rights. In Pitt's response to the filing, he asked a judge to grant joint physical custody of Maddox Jolie-Pitt, 16, Pax Jolie-Pitt, 13, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, 12, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, 11, and twins Knox Jolie-Pitt and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, 9.
In December, a temporary custody agreement was reached that granted Angelina custody of the kids and Brad "therapeutic visitation" rights. He also agreed to partake in weekly individual therapy sessions and participate in random drug and alcohol testing.
Well into the new year, the Mr. & Mrs. Smith co-stars had taken a positive step toward a more amicable relationship. "Things have settled between Brad and Angelina," a source told E! News in March. "It's not as tense as it had been... They recently started talking again and it's a significant step. Up until now, everything was through lawyers and assistants."
It was also revealed that the War Machine actor intermittently joined Angelina and the kids while filming First They Killed My Father in Cambodia, and spent Father's Day in L.A. with them.
"The whole family needs to heal," a source previously shared with us. "Thankfully both parents are committed to making sure that happens."
Reconnecting With Jon Voight, Bell's Palsy & Cooking Classes: 6 Shockers We Learned From Angelina Jolie's Vanity Fair InterviewIt's Angelina Jolie's turn to talk.
Nearly a year after one of Hollywood's most iconic couples called it quits, one half of the former Mr. and Mrs. Jolie-Pitt is finally speaking her peace.
In a lengthy interview for Vanity Fair, the Oscar winner and mother of six invites readers into her new normal as a single parent with an empty house, looming new film, First They Killed My Father, and a fresh chapter of her life already in motion.
While she's skittish about discussing her and Brad Pitt's separation or going into great detail about the fallout of their marriage, she sounds unfiltered on most other topics, including the decision to have her ovaries removed, figuring out how to "keep house" and the physical toll the last year has taken.
Here are all of the shocking things we learned from Jolie's sit-down:
1. She does not consider herself a domestic goddess—but is trying.
As she admitted during the interview, "I didn't even know I needed 'throw pillows.'" While it doesn't sound like matters of house and home come easiest to Jolie, she has been spending the last nine months immersing herself in homemaking.
"I'm just wanting to make the proper breakfast and keep the house. That's my passion. At the request of my kids, I'm taking cooking classes. As I go to sleep at night, I think, Did I do a great job as a mom or was that an average day?" the star explained to the magazine.
"I've been trying for nine months to be really good at just being a homemaker and picking up dog poop and cleaning dishes and reading bedtime stories. And I'm getting better at all three. But now I need to get my boots on and go hang, take a trip."
2. For as famous as the actress is, her household is strikingly normal.
In the earliest parts of the article, the author notes the actress' wet dog jumping on the sofa, her 9-year-old daughter Vivienne Jolie-Pitt emerging from a sleepover and 9-year-old twin Know Jolie-Pitt asking for a water slide in their new home. Despite the glitz and the glamour that has surrounded Jolie publicly for decades, it seems elements of her home life are surprisingly just like everyone else's.
3. Her parents' breakup has as much of an effect on her now.
Voight and her late mother, Marcheline Bertrand, separated after five years of marriage and Bertrand became a single mother with two children. It's a history Jolie both relates to and is conscious of.
"I was very worried about my mother, growing up—a lot," she told Vanity Fair. "I do not want my children to be worried about me. I think it's very important to cry in the shower and not in front of them. They need to know that everything's going to be all right even when you're not sure it is."
4. She "skipped" into surgery to removed her ovaries.
In 2015, Jolie publicly revealed that she opted to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed after her doctor noticed potential signs of cancer in her blood test results. While she didn't ultimately have cancer, she happily welcomed the surgery anyway.
"I went into the actual surgery happy as they come," she recalled to the magazine. "I was skipping. Because at that point it was just preventative."
5. She was diagnosed with Bell's palsy.
Among the most unexpected admissions is her once secret Bell's palsy diagnosis, a type of facial paralysis which results in sudden muscular weakness on one half of the face.
"Sometimes women in families put themselves last," she told the magazine, "until it manifests itself in their own health." According to the star, she has since recovered thanks to acupuncture.
6. She's reconciling with her famous father.
It's no secret that Jolie had been estranged from her celebrity dad for years, but according to her interview, the two have since reconnected and he is fulfilling his role as grandfather.
"He's been very good at understanding they needed their grandfather at this time," she told the magazine. "I had to do a therapy meeting last night and he was just around. He knows kind of the rule—don't make them play with you. Just be a cool grandpa who's creative, and hang out and tell stories and read a book in the library."
The September issue of Vanity Fair hits newsstands on August 8.
Films by Angelina Jolie, George Clooney head to TorontoFilms by Joe Wright, Angelina Jolie, Darren Aronofsky, George Clooney, and Alexander Payne will hit the Toronto International Film Festival, hoping to build buzz as they head into a crowded awards season.
Jolie will be on hand with “First They Killed My Father,” a drama about the Cambodian genocide that she made for Netflix. Aronofsky will present “mother!,” a horror film he made with Jennifer Lawrence; Clooney will offer up “Suburbicon,” a Coen brothers’ scripted crime comedy; and Payne is presenting “Downsizing,” a satire in which Matt Damon will shrink to the size of a saltine cracker.
None of those films will get gala presentations, however. That’s either because they have previously stated that they will premiere at other film festivals — “Downsizing” will bow at Venice, for instance — or they’re in line for a Telluride or Venice berth.
The gala section boasts Wright’s “Darkest Hour,” a biopic with a heavily padded Gary Oldman playing Winston Churchill; Andy Serkis’ “Breathe,” a romantic drama with Andrew Garfield as disability rights advocate Robin Cavendish; and “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool” a drama about Gloria Grahame’s last years with Annette Bening as the Oscar winner. Other films premiering at Toronto include “Kings,” a film about the L.A. riots with Daniel Craig, and “Stronger,” a Jake Gyllenhaal drama about a man who loses his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing.
“Mudbound,” a historical drama about a black and white family living in an impoverished section of the Deep South, debuted to raves and standing ovations at the Sundance Film Festival. Despite already having a world premiere, it will be screened as part of the gala events.
The Canadian festival takes place between Sept. 7 to Sept. 17. It is seen as an essential stop for films hoping to score with Academy Awards voters, because it has a long track record of highlighting films that go on to awards glory. Previous Best Picture winners such as “Spotlight” and “Moonlight” have boosted their Oscar campaigns after enjoying a warm reception from Toronto crowds. Not every film benefits from a trip North, however. Last year, films such as “American Pastoral” and “Bleed For This” faded quickly after receiving middling reviews at the festival.
With summer winding down, only Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” has emerged as a surefire awards candidate. That means that Oscar-ologists will be dissecting Tuesday’s Toronto announcement as they try to game out what films have what it takes to pick up the big trophies this season.
In recent years, Toronto has been forced to grapple with the fact that it’s no longer the only game in town. The Telluride and Venice film festivals, which have the advantage of appearing earlier in the year, have proved to be attractive launching grounds for buzzy films. In 2016, “La La Land” dazzled critics at Venice, while “Moonlight” first turned heads at Telluride — they went into Toronto as known commodities.
There are a number of other high-profile films heading across the border for this edition of the film festival. Christian Bale will be on hand with his Western “Hostiles,” Guillermo del Toro will try to recapture his mojo with “The Shape of Water” after “Crimson Peak” bombed, and Judi Dench will be on the prowl for Oscar nomination No. 8 for “Victoria and Abdul.” Dench is playing Queen Victoria, a part she previously essayed in 1996’s “Mrs. Brown.”
Several releases have already generated awards attention at previously festivals. “Call Me By Your Name,” a gay romance with a breakout performance from Timothée Chalamet, was the talk of Sundance, while “BPM (Beats Per Minute),” a French drama about the AIDS crisis, was one of the best reviewed movies out of Cannes. Both films will use Toronto to build on that momentum during a brutal, bruising, and ever expanding awards season.
Angelina Jolie Visits Refugee Girls in Kenya During United Nations Humanitarian TripAngelina Jolie's resume of humanitarian work once again proves to be one of the most extensive in Hollywood.
The actress and director was named an ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 2001 and has since been promoted to special envoy due to her immense activism. On Tuesday, World Refugee Day, she traveled to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi to visit approximately 20 adolescent refugee girls currently living in the Heshima Kenya Safe House.
"Over half of all refugees and displaced people worldwide are women and children," Jolie said, according to the UNHCR. "How we treat them is a measure of our humanity as nations."
This marks the activist's third visit to Kenya, but she has been known to do humanitarian work with refugees across the globe.
The UNHCR reports that Kenya is home to about 491,000 refugees from South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, Burundi and Rwanda, and many, if not all, of the girls Jolie met with have fled from extreme sexual and gender-based violence. A number of the girls are currently pregnant or have given birth after being raped.
"On World Refugee Day my only ask is that people consider the pain and suffering of young girls like these," Jolie said, according to the UNHCR. "Not only have they had to flee extreme violence or persecution, lost everything and witness the death of family members, but they have also had to face so much abuse and intolerance and hardship."
Jolie additionally helped launch the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) in 2012 with the goal of ending sexual violence in war zones, and the issue remains at the forefront of her activism.
"The reality is that women and girls, as well as men and boys, can still be raped with near-total impunity in conflict zones around the world," she said in a speech. "On behalf of victims of sexual violence, I want to plead with all of you to take this issue seriously and personally, to use your position and your influence to spread this message within your armed forces and on all the missions on which you serve."
The girls Jolie met with are participating in Heshima Kenya's Girls' Empowerment Program, which strives to provide them with the education and skills to lead them to self-reliance.
"[Refugees] are doing their best to carry on with minimal support, trying to live lives on dignity against impossible odds," Jolie said, according to the UNHCR. "It was an honor to spend the day with them."
Angelina Jolie on How Her Late Mother Influenced Her Own Parenting: ‘I Try to Lead by Example’Angelina Jolie opened up about her late mother, French-American actress Marcheline Bertrand, in a new French interview with journalist and longtime friend Marianne Pearl for Elle France.
In the interview, which appears in the current issue of the magazine but took place in April, Jolie, 41, spoke candidly with Pearl about how she strives to be an example for her six children just as Bertrand had done before she died from cancer in January 2007 at age 56.
“She would have thrived as a grandmother,” Jolie said when asked what she tells her kids about Bertrand. Jolie shares her children with estranged husband Brad Pitt — Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 10, and 8-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox.
The legacy Bertrand bequeathed to her daughter lives on in full force both in Jolie’s life and in the lives of her kids.
“I know how much she would have contributed to their lives and I am sad they will miss out on that,” she said. “I would give anything for her to be with me at this time. I’ve needed her. I talk to her often in my mind and try to think what she might say and how she might guide me.”
Bertrand, who had small roles in movies — including 1983’s The Man Who Loved Women — raised Jolie and brother Haven by herself after divorcing their father, Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight, when Jolie was a toddler.
“It is the greatest gift and responsibility,” Jolie said about being a mother of six. “It means doing everything that you can to live by your values and try to be an example to your children.”
Jolie has previously opened up about how she keeps her mother’s memory alive, including her decision to be the face of new perfume from Guerlain, her mother’s favorite perfume house. “It spoke to her, as it does to me, of beauty, history, and quality; one of the oldest perfume houses in the world, from France, a country I love and feel connected to,” Jolie explained to Marie Claire in April about her first international beauty campaign in a decade.
But for Jolie, the campaign isn’t only about fragrance. A longtime humanitarian, Jolie serves as Special Envoy for the UN Refugee Agency, and she has made sure her partnership with Guerlain is just as charitable as it is beautiful. In January, a Guerlain representative confirmed to PeopleStyle that on top of being the face of the product, she would donate her entire salary from the campaign to one of her own charities.
“I try to lead by example, being conscious of others and being responsible. And to help them have a broader view of the world,” Jolie also told French Elle about how she shares her passion of being very involved politically with her kids.
“But really the only way I know to raise them is to really listen. It’s perhaps the most important thing any parent can do. They are resilient children but they are children, and as much as they need help to understand the hard truths in life they also need what we all need – protection and love,” she said.
This year for Mother’s Day in the U.S., Jolie celebrated the holiday with her second oldest son Pax at Los Angeles hotspot TAO Asian Bistro. Pax was able to enjoy some quality time with his mom on her special day as they enjoyed dinner without his other siblings.
Angelina Jolie shares happy dinner with son on Mother’s DayAngelina Jolie celebrated Mother’s Day evening on Sunday without her brood of six or estranged husband Brad Pitt.
Jolie — who is in the process of divorcing Pitt — celebrated the holiday with a one-on-one dinner with her son Pax, 13.
The duo were spotted at Tao Asian Bistro in Los Angeles, and we’re told Jolie was in a spiffy black cocktail dress.
“She was in a great mood. She chatted a little with the staff, but was very focused on Pax,” a spy said, adding that during their meal, “She saw a geisha-shaped chopstick rest that read, ‘Stolen from Tao’ and she started cracking up. They were having a great time. She seemed happy.”
Angelina Jolie Buys $25 Million Cecil B. DeMille EstateAngelina Jolie is putting permanent roots down in L.A. ... she about to become the proud owner of the historic Cecil B. DeMille Estate.
The 6 bedroom, 10 bath pad was on the market for just shy of $25 million, and we're told Angelina paid close to asking.
Stories surfaced that Angelina was considering making an offer, but we've learned she did, the offer was accepted and it's now in escrow.
The home -- considered one of the best in L.A. -- was built in 1913. The famed director lived there until his death in 1959.
Her neighbors will include Ellen Pompeo, Casey Affleck, Natalie Portman, Lauren Graham, Will.I.Am and David Fincher.
The most anyone paid for a home in the area is Lydia Hearst, who plunked down $13 mil, so Angelina's purchase is nearly double.
Angelina Jolie has her eyes on historic $25M mansionOn the heels of her horrible, headline-making divorce from Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie has set her sights on the famed, and very private, Cecil B. DeMille estate, which is up for sale for just under $25 million.
The historic home of filmmaker DeMille, in a private community in Los Feliz, Calif., was owned by the “founding father of US cinema” for around 40 years until his death in 1959.
The fully restored Beaux Arts mansion was built in 1913. It has six bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, is set on 2.1 elevated acres in the prestigious gated Laughlin Park and has been described as “classic Old Hollywood.”
A source tells Page Six that Jolie “wants to make this her new home,” but reps for the actress and the listing broker did not return calls to Page Six on Wednesday night.
After filing for divorce, Pitt and Jolie put many of their shared homes up for sale, including Chateau Miraval in the south of France and their New Orleans mansion.
Pitt originally bought the former couple’s Hollywood Hills home in 1994 and has spent over 20 years renovating and expanding it. His production company, Plan B, reportedly is based at the compound.
Other sources say that despite her interest in the DeMille house, which will likely become her LA base, she’ll continue globe-trotting with her brood and working on humanitarian causes.
Meanwhile, Jolie and Pitt have made peace, he recently visited their six kids in Cambodia while she was filming “First They Killed My Father.”
Angelina Jolie Agreed to Drug Testing for Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, New Book RevealsAngelina Jolie didn't become Lara Croft without overcoming a few behind-the-scenes hurdles.
It's been 16 years since the Oscar winner fought her way onto the silver screen as the weapon-wielding action star, but according to a newly published excerpt in The Hollywood Reporter from an upcoming biography about film executive Sherry Lansing, there were a few hoops Jolie had to jump through personally to secure the iconic role.
The most prominent of these hoops were drug tests administered to the actress in the process of filming Tomb Raider. As author Stephen Galloway wrote in Leading Lady, the film's director Simon West viewed the star's "baggage" at the time—rumors of drug use, a perceived strange relationship with her brother, her burgeoning relationship with Billy Bob Thornton—as "selling points."
"This troubled and dangerous aspect in her reputation actually helped the character," West said in the excerpt.
However, after "warnings" from Jolie's father Jon Voight and Jane Fonda to Paramount Pictures then-chairwoman Sherry Lansing, she sent the director to visit the actress on the set of Original Sin.
"[Jolie] said: 'Look, I want to do it, but I know what my reputation is, and I'll do anything you want to prove that I'm worthy. I'll be reliable, and I'll turn up, and I'll work hard,'" West recalled, according to The Hollywood Reporter's excerpt. "She said, 'I don't care if the studio wants to drug test me every day.'"
As the biography described, she underwent urine and blood tests and passed, but the team was still concerned, so they hired professionals to look after her well-being—both physically and mentally.
That included hiring Bobby Klein—"somebody who had worked in that world of psychotherapy or drug management or whatever," West said. "He was brought in to supervise Angelina."
However, as the biography details, Klein became a strain on set and made suggestions like hiring a health expert who "wanted her to have milk baths and started talking about yoga and meditation and wanted to be the point person in charge of Angelina's training," producer Lloyd Levin said.
"It was just this bullshit. It seemed like spiritual hokum."
Following a series of issues—including allegedly sexually harassing the director's assistant—Klein was dismissed and the rest, as they say, is movie history. Jolie ultimately was a success.
"In the dailies, she was riveting," Lansing said. "She took what might have been a cardboard character and added a layer of mystery and emotion and humanity."
Mystery, emotion, humanity and box office triumph. The movie earned $275 million worldwide in its opening with a $115 million budget and was slated for a sequel. As for the then-24-year-old, Jolie was well on her way to becoming one of the most in-demand actresses in Hollywood history.
Leading Lady, published by Crown Archetype, which will be released April 25, is available for preorder now.
Brad Pitt Secretly Joined Angelina Jolie and Kids on Trip to CambodiaWhile Angelina Jolie was filming First They Killed My Father in Cambodia with her kids in tow, Brad Pitt was taking trips whenever he could to spend time with their children.
A source confirms to E! News that Pitt was in Cambodia "most of the time except when it conflicted with his own shoot schedule." A second source shares that the former couple's six children, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Maddox Jolie-Pitt, Knox Jolie-Pitt, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt and Pax Jolie-Pitt, split time between Brad and Angelina while they go to see Cambodia's sights.
"All through production and filming, and on her most recent press trip, Brad came to Cambodia in secret to spend time with the kids," the second source shares. "They were with Angelina for probably 75 percent of the time when Brad was in the country and they'd go back and forth between her and Brad."
The insider also says "some or all" of the kids would leave Cambodia to fly to Los Angeles to spend time with their dad. "He wasn't in Cambodia the entire time they filmed, but he made multiple trips there to spend time with the kids," the source adds.
What started as as a seemingly contentious divorce has ultimately become what appears to be a private journey, the sole focus of which is the children. "Things have calmed settled between Brad and Angelina. It's not as tense as it had been," a source told E! News last week. "They are focused on the kids and working to do what's best for them."
After a rocky six months since announcing their split, "Brad has been able to spend more time with the kids. He's doing well and is focused on healthy, clean living. He's in a good place."
Brad also has been spending time working on a sculpture at Thomas Houseago's studio, while Jolie has ramped up her humanitarian efforts, with a source describing her as a "true humanitarian" while in Cambodia.
"She has no issues getting her hands dirty and was never a prima donna about doing anything less than glamorous; she is all about the cause," the insider shares with E! News. "She embraced the country and the country genuinely loves her back. She also is very easy to talk to and not intimidating. During downtime she'd just casually hang out with the crew there with her and was always polite and nice to people."
Fans around the world got to see just how enmeshed in the culture Jolie became when she and her kids were filmed sharing scorpions and spiders, which are part of the local cuisine.
"I first had them when I was first in country," Jolie explained. "Crickets—you start with crickets. Crickets and a beer and then you kind of move up to tarantulas."
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Are Talking Again: "It's a Significant Step"No matter what, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's kids will always come first.
It's been two months since the former couple hired a private judge to deal with their divorce and custody issues. The negotiations are ongoing, but it seems they're closer to reaching a resolution, as Pitt, 53, and Jolie, 41, are once again communicating for the first time in a while.
"Things have calmed settled between Brad and Angelina. It's not as tense as it had been," a source tells E! News. "They are focused on the kids and working to do what's best for them."
Needless to say, it's been a busy six months for the Jolie-Pitts.
Pitt—who next appears in Netflix's War Machine—has been steadily working on a sculpture at Thomas Houseago's studio, while Jolie has ramped up her humanitarian efforts on behalf of the United Nations. After a rocky six months, the source says, "Brad has been able to spend more time with the kids. He's doing well and is focused on healthy, clean living. He's in a good place."
That's good news for siblings Maddox Jolie-Pitt, 15, Pax Jolie-Pitt, 13, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, 12, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, 10, Knox Jolie-Pitt, 8, and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, 8. They recently accompanied their mother on a trip to Cambodia, where she was promoting her Netflix drama, First They Killed My Father, a true account of the Khmer Rouge genocide told from a child's perspective.
As for Pitt and Jolie's level of communication, an insider close to the actor says it's limited but positive. "They recently started talking again and it's a significant step. Up until now everything was through lawyers and assistants," the insider says. "They did not speak at all after the plane incident and everything that went down in the press." The decision to communication directly came "at the recommendation of the children's therapists and their own," the insider says, and the amicable exes "are focused on the kids and taking small steps to mend what has happened. Right now they are only speaking about the kids and their schedules, but it's a positive step."
"Brad hopes that they can be successful at co-parenting and get to a place where they can be friendly," the insider close to Pitt tells E! News. "They both have agreed to put the kids first."
That's in line with what Jolie told the BBC last month. "We are a family and we'll always be a family," she said. "And we will get through this time and hopefully be a stronger family for it."
"My focus is my children—our children—and my focus is finding this way through," the director continued. "And as I said, we are and forever will be a family. And so that is how I'm coping. I'm coping with finding a way through to make sure this somehow makes us stronger and closer."
Angelina Jolie guest lectures at London School of EconomicsAngelina Jolie delivered her first guest lecture at the London School of Economics on Tuesday morning.
“Angelina Jolie spoke to a class of students taking the postgraduate course ‘Women, Peace and Security,’ as part of her role as visiting professor in practice in the Centre for Women, Peace and Security,” a spokesperson for the school told People. “Miss Jolie spoke about her experience and what has motivated her work as UNHCR special envoy and as co-founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, and took questions from the class.”
The guest lecture touched on similar subjects that the 41-year-old Oscar winner and activist will speak about during her nine-month tenure as a guest professor beginning this fall.
Jolie’s impending course, from September to May 2018, will focus on “the ways in which women and gender are understood in relation to, and affected by, regional, national and global peace and security processes in conflict and post-conflict setting,” the school’s website says.
“I hope other academic institutions will follow this example, as it is vital that we broaden the discussion on how to advance women’s rights and end impunity for crimes that disproportionately affect women, such as sexual violence in conflict,” Jolie said in a statement in May 2016. “I am looking forward to teaching and to learning from the students as well as to sharing my own experiences of working alongside governments and the United Nations.”
Angelina Jolie Receives Private Tour of Buckingham Palace With Son MaddoxAngelina Jolie has had one very busy day in London.
The Oscar-winning actress gave her very first lecture as a visiting professor at the London School of Economics earlier this morning at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security.
Jolie is slated to begin teaching a master's course in the fall.
Camilla Yahaya, a student at the prestigious school, opened up to E! News about the A-lister's visit.
"It was really amazing to have her on campus. Her arrival had been anticipated but we started to think because of her personal situation she might have backed out of the role. There was a real buzz on campus—everyone was looking for her.
Yahaya added, "one of my friends was in her lecture…she seemed shy yet enthusiastic. She is teaching a really small course. There are about five classes and one lecture in a week."
And speaking to the Evening Standard shortly before her class, Jolie admitted that she was a "little nervous, feeling butterflies."
"I hope I do well. This is very important to me," she said before walking into her lecture hall.
But making a grand appearance on campus wasn't the only thing in Jolie's calendar for today…
The actress was treated to a private tour of none other than Buckingham Palace alongside her eldest song Maddox.
According to local media reports, no members of the royal family were there during the mother-son tour.
Imagine Prince William, Prince Harry, Kate Middleton, even little Prince George and Princess Charlotte meeting Jolie? Now that would have been a meeting fit for royalty.
She is an honorary Dame after all...
Angelina Jolie Treats the Kids to a Book Store Shopping Spree: ‘Her Kids Are So Polite!’Angelina Jolie is raising some avid readers.
The actress and four of her children hit up a local London bookstore on Monday, where an onlooker tells PEOPLE they indulged in a literary shopping spree. “She bought about 30 books,” says the onlooker. “Mostly coloring books, a Harry Potter book, plus some book markers and Easter-themed project books.”
Jolie was joined by her three girls — Shiloh, Vivienne, and Zahara — along with one of her boys, who the onlooker did not identify. “She was talking to the girl at the counter about how she loves to get her kids to enjoy books and loves London, as there are so many good book stores,” says the onlooker.
“She also thanked me for being considerate and sweet for letting her kid have the last copy of the Deathly Hallows. It was in my hand at the time, but I let him have it,” adds the source. “She was lovely. Her kids are so polite. Her lad came over and thanked me for letting him have the book he wanted for a school project. Called me ‘Sir.’ Nice people.”
Meanwhile, the filmmaker-actress, 41, returned to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London on Monday, where she commemorated the fifth anniversary of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) she helped launch in 2012. Jolie partnered up with then-British foreign secretary William Hague to prevent the use of rape and sexual violence as a means of terror during wars and conflict.
Five years later, Jolie is promoting the Time to Act initiative to hold sexual offenders accountable for their war crimes.
“When this kind of violence and abuse happens in peacetime, we are absolutely clear it is a crime that deserves to be punished by law,” Jolie exclusively tells PEOPLE. “But when it happens in the middle of a conflict, on a mass scale, with such brutal violence, it is treated as something impossible to prevent or somehow justified by the climate of war.”
Jolie will be heading to Geneva on Wednesday to continue her humanitarian work. She will deliver the Annual Sergio Vieira de Mello Memorial Lecture at the United Nations Assembly Hall, focusing on key emerging humanitarian themes and topical issues that continue to reflect the late U.N. Brazilian diplomat’s principles, philosophy, and work.
Angelina Jolie Is Absolutely Stunning in Sexy New Fragrance Ad for Guerlain(Video) Angelina Jolie is bringing her timeless beauty to the fragrance world.
The actress and human rights activist stars in the campaign for Geurlain's newest fragrance, Mon Guerlain. In a picturesque video dubbed "Notes of a Woman," Jolie appears in a creme-colored robe, an off-the-shoulder sun dress and black and white pajamas as she wanders through a lavish home reading lines and getting ready for an event.
Angelina is also shown walking through the countryside in Provence, France, taking in the sights, before slipping into a glamorous black lace gown and departing down a spiral staircase. Not before spritzing on a splash of Mon Guerlian, of course.
The A-lister's many tattoos across her back and shoulders are also clearly visible throughout the one-minute campaign, which was shot last September.
Guerlian describes the scent as a "fragrance for women who defy categorization, who embrace all that life brings and all sides of themselves, who are comfortable in their own skin and whose guiding spirit is to be true to themselves and to live a life of use to others."
For Angelina, who partnered with the luxury fragrance line because her mother used to wear their perfume, she describes Mon Guerlain as her "invisible tattoo."
And to add a charitable twist to Jolie's latest spotlight-grabbing moment, she'll be donating all proceeds from the campaign to a worthy cause.
Watch Angelina's sensual ad for yourself and prepare to fall in love!
Angelina Jolie Buggin' Out ... Cooking & Eating Spiders!(Video) Angelina Jolie ain't whipping up any boring meatloaf for her brood ... instead she fries up a nice fat, juicy tarantula!
Angie did a big interview with the BBC to talk about her divorce, politics and raising her 6 kids. It was shot in Cambodia, and she decided to teach the reporter about local cuisine ... including crickets, scorpions and spiders.
She admits it's an acquired taste, but she's clearly way into it now.
It's either disgusting or awesome ... or awesomely disgusting.
Angelina Jolie on Her ‘Difficult’ Split from Brad Pitt: ‘We Will Always Be a Family’Angelina Jolie opened up about her shocking split from Brad Pitt for the first time since filing for divorce.
The actress and director spoke to BBC World News‘ Yalda Hakim in Cambodia in an interview that was released on Sunday. When asked about the split, Jolie revealed that it had been a “difficult” time for her family.
“I don’t want to say very much about that, except to say it was a very difficult time and… and 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,” she said.
Jolie, 41, was in Cambodia to promote her new directorial effort, the film First They Killed My Father. The mother-of-six said she was coping by maintaining a focus on her children: Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8.
“Many, many people find themselves in this situation,” she said. “My whole, my family… we’ve all being through a difficult time. My focus is my children, our children… and my focus is finding this way through. We are and forever will be a family. I am coping with finding a way through to make sure that this somehow makes us stronger and closer.”
Since her divorce filing from Pitt, 53, Jolie revealed that her children and pets have been trying to find a normal rhythm.
“It’s been a difficult few months. Right now, I’m going through a moment when just everybody’s in my room,” she said, laughing. “Two dogs, two hamsters and two children at the moment. It’s wonderful. But, usually, I just wake up trying to figure out who’s going to get [the] dog out, who’s going to start the pancakes and did anybody brush their teeth.”
When asked where she saw herself in five years, Jolie couldn’t help but realize she’d have a house full of teenagers by then.
“At that stage, I hope just standing,” she said, joking about being outnumbered. “In five years’ time I would like to be traveling around the world visiting my children, hoping that they’re just happy and doing really interesting things, and I imagine in many different parts of the world, and I’ll be supporting them.”
“Everything I do I hope is that I represent something, and I represent the right things to my children, and give them the right sense of what they’re capable of, and the world as it should be seen,” Jolie added. “Not through the prism of Hollywood or through a certain kind of life, but really take them into the world, where they have a really good sense and become rounded people.”
Angelina Jolie’s image issues not going away, PR expert claimsIt’s too late for Angelina Jolie to finally hire a publicist — the damage is done, according to divorce lawyer Raoul Felder.
Felder doesn’t rep Jolie or Brad Pitt, but he says of the actress, who has said she only briefly had a publicist years ago, “Hiring a p.r. person now is like going for a checkup at the doctor after you’ve already had the heart attack.”
No stranger to spinning the media, Felder told me, “The real skill would have been avoiding the p.r. problem to begin with … Angelina has for years used her kids, and used the UN, for her own benefit. Now, even with great p.r., her image issues are not going to go away.”
Angelina Jolie is finally giving in to using a publicistAngelina Jolie — who’s famous in Hollywood for being the rare A-list star who doesn’t have a publicist — has been discreetly reaching out to powerful Hollywood p.r. pros behind the scenes, Page Six has learned, amid her acrimonious divorce from Brad Pitt.
Sources tell Page Six that Jolie — who told the Hollywood Reporter in 2014, “I had [a publicist] once, years ago .?.?. I didn’t like it” — has apparently had a change of heart and is seeking an image overhaul after her divorce battle with Pitt has been waged in the press.
Since her shock divorce filing in September, Jolie’s circle of advisers has not included a traditional celebrity p.r. rep. Instead Jolie retained Washington, DC, crisis specialist Judy Smith, and she also reportedly brought back onboard her former manager Geyer Kosinski, with whom she split in 2013.
Page Six further reported that Jolie, a UN special envoy, was also getting advice from Lady Arminka Helic — a former adviser to Britain’s ex-Foreign Secretary William Hague — as well as fellow former Hague aide Chloe Dalton.
But another insider pointed out that Jolie has a film coming out, “First They Killed My Father,” on Netflix. “She’s got a film coming out on Cambodia and will be doing promotion around that,” the source said of why she would seek any p.r.
Yet we hear that Jolie’s inner circle has been quietly making calls to find her a showbiz spin doctor. So far, no top Hollywood publicist’s jumped at the chance.
Pitt seemingly won in court last month, having custody documents pertaining to the couple’s six kids sealed after his side accused Jolie of leaking “sensitive information” about their temporary agreement in her court filings. Her side shot back that Pitt wanted the papers sealed because he was “terrified that the public will learn the truth.”
He then appeared at the Golden Globes for the movie “Moonlight,” which he executive produced, and got a very warm welcome. Jolie’s just penned a New York Times op-ed on the refugee crisis. A rep for Jolie did not comment.
Angelina Jolie Rips Donald Trump’s Travel Ban In New York Times Op-EdAngelina Jolie is the latest Hollywood figure to raise a voice against President Donald Trump’s temporary denial of U.S. entry to people from seven primarily Muslim countries. But while colleagues such as Meryl Streep and David Harbour have expressed their outrage from the podiums at televised awards ceremonies, Jolie enjoys a different bully pulpit: the Op-Ed pages of the far-from-failing New York Times.
“Americans have shed blood to defend the idea that human rights transcend culture,” Jolie writes in a column published this afternoon on the Times website. Once again painting the stark distinction between the actress – and mother of six American citizen children born in foreign countries – and her estranged father, Trump supporter Jon Voight, Jolie insists that “every time we depart from our values we worsen the very problem we are trying to contain. We must never allow our values to become the collateral damage of a search for greater security. Shutting our door to refugees or discriminating among them is not our way.”
Voight, on the other hand, spoke at Trump’s pre-inaugural concert in front of the Lincoln Memorial, averring that the incoming Commander in Chief, who “certainly didn’t need this job,” was God’s answer “to all our prayers.” He added that Lincoln must be looking down and “smiling, knowing America will be saved by a good and honest man.”
Here’s the opening of Jolie’s Op-Ed, which also will run in Friday’s print edition of the Times:
Refugees are men, women and children caught in the fury of war, or the cross hairs of persecution. Far from being terrorists, they are often the victims of terrorism themselves.
I’m proud of our country’s history of giving shelter to the most vulnerable people. Americans have shed blood to defend the idea that human rights transcend culture, geography, ethnicity and religion. The decision to suspend the resettlement of refugees to the United States and deny entry to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries has been met with shock by our friends around the world precisely because of this record.
The global refugee crisis and the threat from terrorism make it entirely justifiable that we consider how best to secure our borders. Every government must balance the needs of its citizens with its international responsibilities. But our response must be measured and should be based on facts, not fear.
As the mother of six children, who were all born in foreign lands and are proud American citizens, I very much want our country to be safe for them, and all our nation’s children. But I also want to know that refugee children who qualify for asylum will always have a chance to plead their case to a compassionate America. And that we can manage our security without writing off citizens of entire countries — even babies — as unsafe to visit our country by virtue of geography or religion.
It is simply not true that our borders are overrun or that refugees are admitted to the United States without close scrutiny.
Angelina Jolie Lands a New Project Amid Brad Pitt Divorce DramaAngelina Jolie has scored a new gig.
The Maleficent star has been named the face of Guerlain Parfumeur's new fragrance for women. The collaboration between Jolie and the beauty brand came together in 2015 in Cambodia while the A-list actress was directing her film First They Killed My Father. Jolie's affiliation of Guerlain has emotional roots, too, as it was one of her late mother's favorite powders.
"We create perfumes for the women we admire," said Jacques Guerlain in a press release. The scent, he said, was meant to express the idea of the "notes of a woman": the choices, emotions and dreams that embody modern femininity. Jolie donated her entire salary from the Guerlain campaign to charity.
Jolie has remained relatively under the radar since filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. Aside from being spotted with her children, Jolie has kept projects to a minimum, with an exception to a video she recorded for the International Criminal Court in support of a recent policy regarding children.
She and Pitt's divorce process has been tumultuous over the past few months, but the two released a joint statement earlier this month to say they will handle the rest of the proceedings in private.
"The parties and their counsel have signed agreements to preserve the privacy rights of their children and family by keeping all court documents confidential and engaging a private judge to make any necessary legal decisions and to facilitate the expeditious resolution of any remaining issues," the former power couple's statement read (via People magazine).
"The parents are committed to act as a united front to effectuate recovery and reunification."
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie agree to handle divorce privatelyAngelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt have reached an agreement to handle their divorce in a private forum and will work together to reunify their family, the actors announced in a joint statement Monday.
Their statement released Monday night to The Associated Press said that they will keep future details of their divorce confidential by using a private judge.
“The parties and their counsel have signed agreements to preserve the privacy rights of their children and family by keeping all court documents confidential and engaging a private judge to make any necessary legal decisions and to facilitate the expeditious resolution of any remaining issues,” their statement read. “The parents are committed to act as a united front to effectuate recovery and reunification.”
The statement is the first joint comment from the actors on their divorce since Jolie Pitt filed to end their marriage in September. At the time, one of her attorneys stated the petition was filed “for the health of the family.”
Authorities investigated allegations that Pitt was abusive toward his 15-year-old son on a private flight, but sources familiar with the cases said the actor was cleared of any wrongdoing.
Private judges are often used in high-profile divorce cases, keeping many details of a breakup out of the public eye while a final judgment is negotiated.
Custody of their six children has been the primary issue in the divorce, with Jolie Pitt initially seeking sole physical custody. California law favors joint custody in divorce cases, although final arrangements are often agreed to by parents and formalized in a written agreement.
Pitt and Jolie were married for two years and together for 12 years after becoming close while filming 2005’s “Mr. & Mrs. Smith.”
Their divorce, and every filing in it, has attracted international attention. Last month, Pitt sought to seal custody records in the case, and a hearing had been scheduled for next week on the issue.
Both actors have kept a relatively low profile since their breakup was announced, although Pitt made an appearance onstage at Sunday’s Golden Globes to spirited applause.
Angelina Jolie Will Seal Custody Case But Claims Brad's the Bad GuyAngelina Jolie is down with sealing documents in her divorce and custody case, but she's going after Brad in a big way, saying if the kids have been damaged it's all his doing.
Angelina just filed legal docs saying she agrees with Brad, their business should be kept private, but says it's audacious of him to accuse her of airing their dirty laundry in public. According to legal docs, filed by Laura Wasser, Brad is lashing out because he's "terrified that the public will learn the truth."
Brad went ham on Angelina after she filed unsealed documents trying to prevent him from altering their custody arrangement, but in the new docs she says all he's doing is trying to "deflect from [his] own role in the media storm which has engulfed the parties' children."
She goes on ... "There is little doubt that [Brad] would prefer to keep the entire case private, particularly given the detailed investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Dept. of Children and Family Services into allegation of abuse."
The FBI and DCFS both closed out their investigations, determining no action was warranted.
Short story ... they've both agreed to seal the file, and they pretty much hate each other.
Angelina Jolie Rings in the New Year With Her Kids in ColoradoAfter an eventful personal year, Angelina Jolie ushered in 2017 with her children at her side.
The Oscar winner jetted off to Crested Butte, Colorado to ring in the new year with her kids. According to the Daily Mail, the actress was spotted hitting the slopes on New Year's Day with Zahara, Vivienne and Knox. The group was trailed by a ski instructor who offered a helping hand during runs down the snow-padded slopes.
Ever the private star, particularly now amid her divorce from Brad Pitt, Jolie secured a mountainside mansion that her family could ski to from the trails, according to the report.
In addition to ski lessons, the actress was also seen out and about in the town with Shiloh, Knox and a bodyguard. The famous mom treated her kids to ice cream at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and Jolie bought some of their specialty caramel apples.
Later, they stepped into a local toy shop and cards store. It seems they saw a few things they liked because, according to a source, the bodyguard later came out of the stores carrying a bunch of bags.
"They all looked great," the source described. "Shiloh was so happy. They were laughing a lot and just enjoying being out together."
While Jolie and her clan welcomed the new year in snowy serenity, just days before the holidays were in full swing, there was yet another legal development when the Allied actor's lawyers filed a motion asking a judge to seal records regarding their six children.
According to court documents obtained by E! News, his lawyers alleged Jolie and her attorneys had "exposed the children by making public the names of their therapists and other mental health professionals."
"[Jolie] apparently has no self-regulating mechanism to preclude sensitive information from being placed in the public record, or she has other motives pursuant to which she seeks to disseminate information in this proceeding which will be immediately made public, where the children can access it or where people in the general public will have access to it for their own uses, and who will not use such information in the best interests of the children," his lawyers continued.
The filing came weeks after a judge denied an initial request for an emergency hearing to seal documents involving their divorce and custody battle because it was not considered an emergency action.
While Jolie has not commented, a source told E! News there was no legal reason for Pitt to file the new motion as he and the actress had both signed an agreement to seal the documents.
Meanwhile, a new hearing has been scheduled for January.
Brad Pitt Claims Angelina Jolie Has Compromised Their Kids for Sake of PublicityBrad Pitt has fired back at Angelina Jolie ... essentially claiming she's a bad parent for putting their family drama on blast for public consumption.
Brad just filed legal docs asking for an order to seal their file. Angelina had previously filed unsealed documents alleging Brad had parenting issues that made it too risky for him to have unmonitored visits with their 6 kids. She also alleged Brad had a lot to hide about his conduct.
In Brad's new legal docs, he says Angelina knows better ... they are famous people and the kids are damaged when she airs their dirty laundry in public. He suggests Angelina going public has humiliated and embarrassed their kids and could even endanger them.
And there's this ... in the docs Brad's lawyer says, "[Angelina] apparently has no self-regulating mechanism to preclude sensitive information from being placed in the public record, or she has other motives."
Brad asked for an emergency order sealing the case but was shut down, so now he's filed a formal motion to seal the case ... something the judge indicated he would grant.
Angelina Jolie -- Our Kids Are Still Traumatized ... We Need a SpecialistAngelina Jolie is imploring Brad Pitt to help find a new professional to help them and their children deal with the "trauma" of what happened on their private jet 3 months ago.
Angelina's attorney fired off an email to Brad's legal team on December 1, proposing they "participate in joint sessions with a trauma specialist so that they may learn how to best support and interact with their children."
The request makes it clear -- Jolie thinks the kids are so bad off because of what they witnessed on the plane, and the therapy process they've been going through isn't getting the job done. As we've reported, both sides agreed in September to attend family therapy sessions as part of their temporary custody agreement.
Another sign the situation is still dire -- in docs, Brad's attorney suggested their 2 eldest boys, Maddox and Pax, might not want to visit with their dad.
One source tells us the boys walked out of one session in the past, and have refused to attend others.
It's important to note ... DCFS closed out its investigation after concluding Brad did nothing that warranted official action. DCFS could have referred the case to dependency court if it felt the kids were in danger, or recommended criminal prosecution ... it did neither.
It's unclear if he's responded to Angelina's request.
Brad Pitt to Angelina Jolie -- Child Therapists Won't Listen ... Threatens to Go Around Custody Deal with AngelinaBrad Pitt thinks he's getting the short end of the stick when it comes to his visitation time with his kids, and has a plan to change that -- but unfortunately for him, their child therapists don't agree.
Brad and Angelina Jolie's lawyers filed a series of emails for Wednesday morning's hearing. In one of them his attorney, Lance Spiegel, says despite Brad complying with every aspect of the child therapy process ... "the therapy team has ignored or disregarded issues that [Brad] has raised." He's not specific about the issues.
It's clear from the docs Brad is frustrated by the limited amount of time he gets with his 6 kids ... 1 visit per week. The issue is, Brad signed a temporary custody deal months ago in which he agreed -- along with Angelina -- they would both let the therapists call the shots.
The emails from Brad's attorney suggest he's trying to circumvent that deal. In fact, Spiegel says "Regardless of [the therapists'] views, there is no reason for Brad not to request court orders" for more access to the kids.
In late November, Brad's lawyer asked if Angelina would agree to the following schedule in December:
- one session with the twins (Knox and Vivienne)
The sessions would be monitored and 30-60 minutes long. Spiegel adds, if Maddox and Pax don't want to see him ... Brad wants an extra session with the other 4 kids.
Angelina's team turned down the offer. Her attorney, Laura Wasser, fired off a very firm response saying Brad's team is ignoring what therapists feel is best for the kids. She implores them to give the therapists a chance to "tell us how the kids are feeling."
As we reported, Brad was shut down in his effort to keep the case sealed ... but it's now clear from these emails he's determined to spend more time with his brood, ASAP.
Brad Pitt -- Judge Denies Emergency Sealing in Custody CaseBrad Pitt's effort to seal his and Angelina Jolie's custody battle from the public was rejected by the judge Wednesday morning.
We broke the story ... Brad requested an emergency hearing to address locking down all the proceedings related to their war over their 6 kids. Lawyers for both sides marched into court, but the judge quickly denied Brad's request.
His side has been fuming since Jolie filed their temporary custody arrangement in court last week -- a move Brad believes only served to air their dirty laundry in public and damage the children.
We're told Angelina felt it necessary to file the docs in order to have the court enforce the terms -- specifically the part about letting a therapist make the call on when Brad can start having unmonitored visits.
In docs, Angelina's lawyer says Brad's effort to seal the whole case isn't so much about protecting the children -- as his side has claimed -- but more about keeping his own actions hidden ... because it was "[Brad's] conduct at the center of the DCFS and FBI investigations."
Sources connected to the case tell us Brad has been trying to "push past the process." As one source put it, he was acting like a "celebrity who is used to getting whatever he wants" ... and after the DCFS investigation cleared him of criminal wrongdoing, what he wanted was to have solo time with the children.
Our Brad sources deny he's made any effort to change the temporary custody deal.
We're told Angelina also wants the whole case to remain private -- as long as Brad sticks to the custody arrangement they both signed off on months ago.
Brad Pitt -- Angelina Jolie's Hurting Our Kids ... Moves to Seal Custody DocumentsBrad Pitt is going to court to keep his custody war with Angelina Jolie private, and sources connected with Brad say his motivation is to thwart her from further damaging their children by airing their dirty laundry in public.
Sources connected to the case tell TMZ ... Brad filed docs Tuesday in family court, requesting an emergency hearing. We're told he intends to ask the judge to seal all documents and proceedings related to his and Angelina's ongoing battle for custody of their 6 kids.
Several sources say Angelina filed the documents because she feared Brad was angling to change their temporary agreement so that he could have unmonitored visits with the children. We're told Angelina is relying on the family therapist, who says it's too early for Brad to have unmonitored visits -- but she does want him to have solo visits ... once the therapist signs off.
Sources connected with Brad, however, are calling BS ... saying the only document filed in the case is the one Angelina blasted out to the world ... exposing their 6 children to needless pain. Our Brad sources say there was no reason for Angelina to file a private agreement, and make it public other than to trash Brad and make the children collateral damage.
We're told he has made NO move to change the private agreement that was always meant to remain private -- and he feels by gratuitously making it public the way Jolie did ... it's evidence she's a bad parent.
Brad will get his shot within a few hours to argue the case should remain private. We're told the emergency hearing is slated for Wednesday morning.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt -- Child Visitation Changes in Hands of TherapistBrad Pitt's child custody arrangement with Angelina Jolie is in the hands of one man ... according to docs filed by Jolie.
Right now, the exes and their 6 kids are operating under a temporary custody deal agreed upon by both sides. As we've reported ... she has primary custody and Brad gets monitored visits, but the docs Angelina filed spell out the details.
According to the docs ... when and how Brad sees the children is determined by a psychologist who specializes in child custody issues. The deal says, the "frequency and conditions of the therapeutic visitation shall be determined by Ian Russ, Ph.D." Brad and Angie also must participate in group therapy sessions with the kids.
The terms of this deal must stay in place until there's a court order, or both parents agree to change it.
Additionally, the docs say Brad will submit to random drug and alcohol tests at least 4 times per month.
Pitt and Jolie made this arrangement in October, while Brad was still under investigation by the DCFS, but as we've reported ... the agency cleared him of any wrongdoing a month ago.
Jolie's filing essentially memorializes the temporary deal with the court. The judge signed it on Friday.
Brad and Angelina spend first Thanksgiving apartDespite reports estranged stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were putting aside their differences to spend Thanksgiving together with their brood of six kids, sources close to the pair tell us the reunion did not happen.
“She never asked him and they are not together,” said an insider over the holiday weekend.
Some reports said that Jolie had called “temporary truce” so that Pitt could break bread with the family after one of their kids, Shiloh, 10, sent an email to the parents to spend the holiday together.
Sources said Pitt was in LA for the holiday, but not with Jolie.
Pitt was earlier this week cleared in a reported FBI investigation into allegations stemming from an incident involving another of the couple’s kids, Maddox, 15, on a private jet. The FBI said it conducted a review of the incident and would not pursue any further investigation.
Pitt and Jolie are embroiled in a bitter custody dispute after she filed for divorce in September. He’s recently been seen publicly promoting his latest film, “Allied,” around the globe. The WWII film’s been dubbed in mixed reviews as both an “empty shell of a movie” and a “satisfying period piece.”
Angelina Jolie denounces violence against children in new campaignAngelina Jolie just can’t let some things go.
Weeks after her soon-to-be ex-husband, Brad Pitt, was cleared of child-abuse allegations, the actress has resurfaced — to film a campaign for the International Criminal Court decrying violence against kids.
“I particularly welcome the commitment to include charges for crimes against children wherever the evidence permits, as part of a more systematic approach,” the 41-year-old humanitarian says in the video.
The LA County Department of Children and Family Services cleared Pitt of the allegations this month. It was charged that he had struck his and Jolie’s 15-year-old son, Maddox.
Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt, her husband of two years and partner of 12, in September. The Oscar-winning actress cited irreconcilable differences and is seeking custody of the couple’s six kids. Pitt wants joint custody.
Jon Voight on Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's Divorce: "Hopefully Things Will Work Out"Jon Voight is hoping for the best when it comes to Angelina Jolie's divorce.
Voight spoke to E! News at the premiere of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Thursday night and addressed his daughter and Brad Pitt's custody battle. "I appreciate everybody's concern and their prayers," he told us. "Hopefully things will work out."
Pitt attended his first red carpet this week since Jolie filed for divorce in September. He signed autographs and posed with his Allied co-star, Marion Cotillard, before entering the fan Q&A and gushing about how much his fans mean to him. "It's really sweet, everyone has been really kind out here," he explained before adding, "It's really nice to have all the support."
Earlier that night E! News learned that Pitt had been cleared of child abuse allegations by the Los Angeles Country Department of Children and Family Services. DCFS launched an investigation into the A-list star after an incident involving the actor and his eldest son Maddox on a private airplane back on September 14.
The DCFS found that Angelina's ex did not commit any child abuse during the incident. A spokesperson for Angelina released the following statement:
"The job of the DCFS is to make sure the children are in a safe and secure situation. As we said earlier this week, childcare professionals encouraged a legal agreement accepted and signed by both sides that was in the best interest of the children. Angelina said from the beginning that she felt she had to take action for the health of the family and is relieved that after their 8-week involvement, the DCFS is now satisfied the safeguards are put in place that will allow the children to heal."
A source insisted, however, that, "There were no childcare professionals involved with last week's temporary voluntary agreement."
Brad may have bombshell Angelina tapesBrad Pitt has bombshell audio tapes he plans to use against Angelina Jolie in their bitter child custody battle, according to reports Friday.
The embarrassing recordings may hurt Jolie’s chances at winning primary custody of their six kids, the London Sun reported.
“We believe audio tapes exist of Angelina that would be absolutely dynamite against her if they were to be made public,” an insider told the paper.
The tapes would be the first major legal salvo fired by Pitt and his legal team — after Jolie’s lawyers said they planned to prove he hit one of their children, the source said.
“Nobody wants to play dirty like that — it’s not good for the children — but Angelina and her team seem absolutely hell-bent on trying to discredit Brad in order to stop him getting joint custody,” the source said.
Pitt was never physically abusive with the kids but he did have an argument with son Maddox on an airplane, the source said. Pitt was cleared of abuse allegations by the LA County Department of Children and Family Services this week.
Pitt wants to compromise on custody arrangements rather than duke it out in court, the paper reported.
“Brad has made it obvious that he wants to come to a mature arrangement and stop throwing dirt at each other,” the source said.
The source didn’t say exactly what’s on the tapes.
On Wednesday, Pitt made an appearance at the premiere of his movie “Allied” in Los Angeles — sans his wedding ring.
Jolie filed for divorce on Sept. 19 and is seeking sole custody of their six kids.
Brad Pitt -- Cleared in Child Abuse InvestigationBrad Pitt has been cleared of abuse allegations by the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services, TMZ has learned, and that gives him a huge advantage in his custody war with Angelina Jolie.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... DCFS concluded Wednesday it would close the investigation involving an incident in Sept. between Brad and Maddox on a private jet. The Dept. reached the decision ... Brad did NOT commit child abuse during an argument that ended with physical contact.
The case was exhaustively investigated. Social workers interviewed Brad, Angelina, the kids and witnesses on the plane. Everyone cooperated in the investigation. No further action will be taken.
The conclusion is a repudiation of sorts of allegations made by Angelina, who claimed Brad intentionally and without justification struck the boy. We're told she also had claimed there was a pattern of misconduct on Brad's part, something DCFS did not buy.
Now that Brad is cleared, he has a big advantage in the custody case. Angelina is asking for sole physical custody and Brad wants joint custody. California judges favor Brad's position.
Angelina Jolie -- Brad Didn't Commit Child Abuse ... But it Was Still BadAngelina Jolie is chomping at the bit to prove Brad Pitt abused at least one of his kids, and she thinks the divorce judge will believe her allegations and limit Brad's custody.
TMZ broke the story ... the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services has closed its child abuse investigation into an incident on a private jet between Brad and 15-year-old Maddox.
Angelina has filed for primary physical custody of the 6 kids ... Brad has responded, saying he wants joint custody. Sources connected with Angelina say she feels the kids would be at risk if Brad gets joint custody, and if he doesn't drop his claim she'll present evidence to the divorce judge that Brad has committed abuse.
A rep for Angelina tells TMZ, "Angelina said from the beginning that she felt she had to take action for the health of the family and is relieved that after their 8-week involvement, the DCFS is now satisfied the safeguards are put in place that will allow the children to heal."
The rep adds there's a legal agreement in place, signed by both sides, in which Angelina currently has primary physical custody and Brad has monitored visitation. As we reported, however, that agreement was in place only during the DCFS investigation. Now that the investigation is closed, Brad and Angelina will have to duke it out before the divorce judge.
Brangelina custody battle takes a bizarre turnThe increasingly tangled Brangelina custody battle took a turn for the bizarre Monday when a rep for Angelina Jolie claimed the “Tomb Raider” star and estranged hubby Brad Pitt had reached a settlement. But others disputed the claim.
On Friday, Pitt quietly filed for joint custody of the separated couple’s six kids in LA Superior Court, following Jolie’s bombshell divorce filing in September.
But late Monday, a Jolie rep issued a statement saying: “We can confirm that child care professionals have encouraged a legal agreement accepted and signed by both sides over a week ago .?.?. The six children will stay in their mother’s custody, and the children will continue therapeutic visits with their father. This has been determined by child care professionals to be in the children’s best interest.”
“We are not in a position to discuss the details,” the rep’s statement continued. “We believe that all sides are committed to healing the family and ask for your consideration during this difficult time.”
Others said not so fast. A source told Page Six: “There was no new agreement signed .?.?. [it] was simply an extension of the pre-existing, completely voluntary temporary arrangement they had previously agreed to.”
Our source said, “It makes no sense because Pitt filed for joint custody on Friday .?.?. days after this supposed ‘new’ agreement. There were absolutely not any child-care advisers of any kind imposing or in any way involved with this decision.”
Meanwhile, as we reported, despite all the off-screen drama, Pitt’s planning to attend the premiere of his new Paramount film, “Allied,” on Wednesday in Westwood, Calif.
Statement: Pitt-Jolie children will remain in actress' careAngelina Jolie Pitt will continue to have sole custody of her six children with Brad Pitt in a joint agreement reached by the actors, a representative for the actress said Monday.
The voluntary agreement calls for the former couple's six children, who range in ages from 8 to 15, to continue to have "therapeutic visits" with Pitt for the time being. It is unclear what therapeutic visits entailed, and Jolie Pitt's representatives said they could not provide additional details.
A representative for Pitt declined comment.
Monday's statement said the agreement was reached more than a week ago, although Pitt told a court on Friday that he is seeking joint custody.
Jolie Pitt filed for divorce in September, days after Pitt was involved in a disturbance during a private flight with his family. She cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the breakup, and an attorney said at the time she filed for divorce "for the health of the family."
The statement makes no mention of an investigation by child welfare workers into the plane incident.
The agreement has not been filed in the couple's divorce, and may not be the final custody arrangement governing the actors' children.
Pitt and Jolie Pitt reached a temporary custody agreement in late September that included at least some of the same terms — visitation with his children and both sides agreeing to meetings with therapists.
"We believe that all sides are committed to healing the family and ask for your consideration during this difficult time," Monday's statement said.
The actor filed a legal response to the divorce on Friday and sought joint custody of the children. Formal custody arrangements are included a couple's divorce judgment, although they are rarely made public in celebrity divorce cases.
Pitt's filing did not include any new details about the couple's breakup. Pitt cited irreconcilable differences and makes no mention of a prenuptial agreement that will govern how the pair divides their assets. He also cites Sept. 15 as the day of their separation, one day after the alleged plane altercation between Pitt and his 15-year-old son, Maddox.
Pitt was accused of being abusive toward the teenager, sources told The Associated Press, but authorities were not notified when the plane landed in Minnesota. Several sources said the incident was being investigated by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, but the agency said it could not confirm whether it was involved.
The actors were married for two years and together for 12 years after becoming close while filming 2005's "Mr. & Mrs. Smith."
Angelina Jolie -- Brad's Dreaming ... He's Not Getting Joint CustodyAngelina Jolie is ready and willing to fight Brad Pitt in court over the custody of their children and "until he gets his s**t together" she only wants him to have monitored visitation ... sources connected to Angelina tell TMZ.
TMZ broke the story, Brad filed legal docs Friday, asking for joint custody of the couple's six children. Angelina has drawn a line in the sand, asking for primary physical custody, with Brad getting visitation ... our sources tell us she wants the visits monitored.
Angelina's wish list is basically what she and Brad agreed to temporarily while the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services investigates a confrontation between Brad and Maddox. As we reported, DCFS is looking more broadly at interactions in the family.
Our Angelina sources say she ultimately wants the family repaired so she and Brad can resume a "normal" parenting regime, but until then she will fight hard for sole physical custody. She believes Brad has substance abuse and anger issues that must be addressed.
One Angelina source said this is looking more and more like "War of the Roses redux."
Brad Pitt Wants Joint Custody of KidsBrad Pitt has just set the stage for a custody war ... asking for joint custody of the 6 kids he shares with Angelina Jolie ... TMZ has learned.
Brad answered Angelina's divorce petition and squarely takes issue with her request for sole physical custody of the kids. She wanted Brad to only have visitation.
TMZ broke the story, Angelina checked the box for sole custody after Brad allegedly struck Maddox on a private jet.
FYI ... California judges favor joint custody, unless it would be harmful to the kids.
Neither Brad nor Angelina mention spousal or child support.
Brad gives the same separation date as Angelina ... Sept. 15th.
Rare Angelina Jolie print up for saleAmid the wild abuse allegations from Angelina Jolie’s camp about estranged husband Brad Pitt, a rare print of the actress with blood dripping from her mouth is for sale.
The “Angelina With Blood” portrait — perhaps inspired by her previous penchant for wearing a vial of Billy Bob Thornton’s blood around her neck — was taken by Martin Schoeller in 2003 for his “Close Up” series, before Jolie got with Pitt.
It will be offered for $60,000 by the Amstel Gallery during Nick Korniloff’s Art Miami in December.
The seller has not been disclosed, but one art-world insider said, “Maybe Brad is cleansing his collection of all things Angelina.”
Brad and Angelina sell off New Orleans home amid divorceBrad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have sold their home in New Orleans’ French Quarter.
Documents filed with the Land Records Division of the Orleans Parish Clerk of Court’s Office show the property sold for $4.9 million.
Pitt and Jolie purchased the home in 2007 after Hurricane Katrina for $3.5 million. The couple, who are divorcing, bought it after Pitt established the Make It Right Foundation to fuel development of new housing in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward neighborhood.
According to the listing, the three-story, 1830s-era mansion has 7,645 square feet, five bedrooms, three bathrooms and two half-baths.
Listing agent Nina Killeen confirmed the sale closed Friday. She says, “It sold for a very fair price. It’s a good deal for both parties. They’re happy with the outcome.”
FBI grills Angelina Jolie for four hoursThe FBI grilled Angelina Jolie for four hours, in a probe of estranged husband Brad Pitt’s alleged confrontation with their teen son aboard a private airplane, a published report revealed on Wednesday.
The 41-year-old actress was questioned in great detail by two agents at her Los Angeles home on Sept. 14, Us Weekly reported.
“The agents wanted a breakdown of everything that happened from when the plane took off to when it landed. They’re looking into charges of assault,” an anonymous insider told Us.
Jolie, 41, “fully cooperated” with investigators in regard to the incident involving their 15-year-old son Maddox, another source said.
The probe is expected to last a few more weeks before it’s handed to federal prosecutors, the magazine revealed.
The FBI probe is running concurrently with an investigation by the LA County Department of Children and Family Services.
“Neither side wants this to go to court because everything the FBI and DCFS investigated will potentially be made available to the public, which would be bad for the entire family.” the insider said.
The FBI “will likely investigate for another few weeks” and will subsequently present the case to the prosecutor flor possible charges.
For now, the Jolie has primary custody of their kids Maddox, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 10. The 52-year-old Pitt has visitation rights.
Brad Pitt -- Abuse Investigation Expanded to Family ... Angelina Sources SayThe Brad Pitt child abuse investigation has been expanded to the entire family, including Angelina ... sources connected with Angelina Jolie tell TMZ.
Our sources say ... the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services initially focused on the plane incident in which Brad allegedly struck 15-year-old Maddox.
Our sources say, through various interviews with family members, DCFS has now expanded its investigation to other alleged incidents, including interactions between Brad and Angelina which were allegedly witnessed by 1 or more of their 6 kids.
The Angelina sources say some of the children have been fearful around Brad, and Maddox in particular has problems with his dad. We're told the meeting Brad had with Maddox last week ended quickly because Maddox didn't want to be there.
None of our sources would say if the DCFS interviews turned up anything that would cause the agency to take action related to custody.
Brad Pitt -- I'm Not Answering Angelina's Divorce ... For the Sake of Our KidsBrad Pitt will not file a legal response to Angelina Jolie's divorce petition because it would set the stage for a nasty legal battle ... and he fears it would cause great psychological damage to their kids.
Brad's legal answer was supposed to be filed Wednesday, but the deadline came and went. Sources close to the case tell us ... Brad wants joint legal and physical custody, but if he actually filed papers it would draw the battle lines. Angelina wants sole physical custody, setting up a possible custody war.
Angelina could set the wheels in motion for a default judgment since Brad hasn't answered her petition, but we're told that is not going to happen. She agrees ... healing the family is the priority, not starting a war.
There's something else here at play. The L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services is still investigating the airplane confrontation between Brad and 15-year-old Maddox, and Brad will be in a much stronger position if DCFS closes the case before he files his answer.
Our sources also say there's a chance the whole divorce case could settle privately without any dueling divorce docs. And, we're told, on that goal both Angelina and Brad agree.
Angelina Jolie and Kids -- Interviewed by the FBIAngelina Jolie and her kids were interviewed Tuesday by 2 FBI agents ... primarily to determine where exactly the incident between Brad Pitt and 15-year-old son Maddox went down.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... 2 FBI agents paid Angelina a visit at her Malibu home and spent more than 3 hours there. Well-placed sources tell us there is not an official investigation ... the agency is in a "fact-finding" stage to determine if there's evidence to warrant an investigation.
We're told the agents wanted Angelina and the kids to walk through the incident step-by-step, but they spent a lot of time trying to pin down the location of the airplane at the time it happened.
We're told it matters if the plane was not in U.S. airspace when the argument went down. The FBI also asked numerous questions about what happened on the ground when the plane refueled in Minnesota. There's some question as to whether Minnesota officials might have jurisdiction.
Sources tell us Angelina was cooperative but her endgame is for the whole thing to just go away.
As we reported, it's highly unlikely the FBI will press the case.
Brangelina’s former bodyguard: I ‘fathered’ those kidsMark Billingham spent 27 years in the British Army’s Special Air Service, fought in Iraq and won the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery after capturing an IRA sniper by using himself as bait.
But his toughest gig was not on the battlefield — it was guarding estranged Hollywood couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
Mark, known by his nickname, Billy, was their eyes and ears for 18 months and became so close to their children, he reckons he was their unofficial father.
Now he is entering the world of showbiz as a new instructor for Channel 4’s “SAS: Who Dares Wins,” which is back tonight.
He joins Anthony Middleton, Jason Fox and Matthew Ollerton to put 25 civilians through an SAS selection test in the Ecuadorian jungle.
It’s not for the faint-hearted, and one thing is for certain: Brad Pitt should not apply.
Billy, 51, says, “Brad wouldn’t last long because he wouldn’t have any cream to put on his face. It would be too sweaty and uncomfortable for him. He’s too pretty! But Angie could do it. She’d probably be the only one with balls at the end. She would stick it out.”
Channel 4 signed Billy — who is also an MBE — after being impressed by his credentials.
His depth of experience also landed him the gig with Brangelina.
Billy admits, “I was Brad and Angelina’s head of security. The military set me up perfectly for what I did with them. The biggest concern for them was the kidnapping of the kids, it’s all about money.”
Working with the Hollywood stars meant Billy grew close to the couple’s six children — Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne — and he was one of the few staff members they trusted to be around the family.
He recalls, “Angie and Brad are very worried about who goes near their children. It was clear from the start we had a great chemistry and they trusted me with the kids. We got very close, I was living with them all the time. I could take the kids anywhere I wanted to on my own,” he continued. “No one else was allowed to do that. Even when I wanted to bring in extra people, they wouldn’t let any of those near the kids. They could look out for them from a distance but they couldn’t physically touch them. I took them swimming. I fathered them, basically.”
Stalkers were another big issue for the A-listers.
Billy recalls one particularly hairy incident involving Angelina.
He explains, “We had stalkers in Chicago and New York which I had to deal with. Angie was filming in a crowd and everyone’s got smiles on their faces except for one guy. He looked angry. A few days later, we were coming off set and this guy came running down the road with photos to be signed. Angie wanted to get out of the vehicle and do it but I said no. I went and got the photos and took them to her. She was like, ‘Wow, these are personal photos.’ The guy ran off, then reappeared days later near the hotel, so I got him arrested,” he added.
“He’d been following Angie all over the States. To me, it was a John Lennon classic,” Billingham continued. “Whenever she was on her own in pictures, he was smiling. Then whenever she was with Brad, he had this angry look on his face.”
Billy reveals he was more worried about people attacking Brad than Angelina, saying, “People love her but hate him. You have to figure out a way of protecting them from all that. It was challenging, but interesting.”
Protecting celebrities from crazed fans requires careful planning, but Billy found he also had to protect their image too, even carrying spare clothes for his charges in case theirs got stained or crumpled.
He says, “It’s not so much about the physical side, but more about the social side. I had to make sure their image was protected, that they were dressed properly and not doing silly things that could be caught on camera.”
The task was harder than it sounds, according to Billy, who says Brad and Angelina lacked some very basic social skills.
He explains, “What surprised me was their low level of common sense. I found it crazy when they would ask me questions like, ‘How do I go down to that bar?’ and ‘What do I need to do to get there?’ They’re not stupid, but because of the world they live in, they just haven’t done something like that for so long. I found that weird.”
As well as looking out for would-be stalkers, assassins and kidnappers, Billy had fun with the couple, especially joker Brad.
He says, “Once, it was Angie’s birthday and we were all sitting in an Audi Q7. I hadn’t been working with them long and suddenly Brad has locked the doors and farted and we couldn’t get out.”
Yet while he spent time with Brad and Angelina’s children, divorced Billy found the job kept him away from his own six children, so he had to quit.
He says with a shrug, “I never had a private life. I was exhausted. I lost direction in my own family life. In 17 months I was only home for six weeks. It was just too full-on. I still do bits and pieces for Brad and Angie. She recently went into Iraq for the UN and I looked after her beforehand, got her ready for it and looked after Maddox when she went in.”
Angelina shocked the world last month when she filed for divorce from Brad, ending their 12-year relationship.
Loyal Billy — who has also looked after Russell Crowe, Sean Penn, Tom Cruise and Kate Moss — says he was just as shocked by the split as everyone else.
Now he is focusing on becoming a star himself.
Season 1 of “Who Dares Wins” was a big hit for Channel 4 last year and Billy believes the new one will be just as good.
He says, “I have to take my hat off to the guys for having the balls to do it. Some performed pretty bloody well out there. The most important ingredient for any SAS soldier is his mental capacity. It’s not about your image or shape, it’s whether you can think and operate under pressure. It’s so important to know if a guy is someone you can work with … a team player and dependable. It doesn’t mean you want to go drinking with him, but when the s— hits the fan, you know you can trust him with your life.”
Angelina and the kids have begun therapyAngelina Jolie and her six kids have started therapy as the family attempts to deal with the turmoil of divorce.
Jolie and the children have been living at a rented home in LA, sources say, as Brad Pitt prepares to visit with the children.
His visit will also be monitored by a therapist, and he — like Jolie — has agreed to undergo therapy individually, as well as with the kids.
While things have calmed down in the public war of words, the divorce is far from settled, say sources, and things remain “glacial” between Jolie and Pitt.
A source tells Page Six that Pitt remains “heartbroken by the events of the last few weeks and the false allegations against him.”
Angelina Jolie -- I Don't Want Brad ProsecutedAngelina Jolie will not cooperate with law enforcement if there's a move to file child abuse charges against Brad Pitt ... TMZ has learned.
Our Angelina sources say she's adamant ... Brad should not face criminal charges for getting physical with 15-year-old Maddox on their private jet. We're told she'll go "radio silent" if authorities make a move to build a case against her estranged husband.
We're told Angelina was forthright with the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services, telling social workers Brad struck Maddox (in the face).
Other sources say Brad did not strike his son in the face, but instead lunged at him and Angelina got in the way, causing Brad to inadvertently make contact with the boy's shoulders.
Angelina, we're told, has a singular focus ... protecting her kids, not punishing Brad.
DCFS does have the authority to recommend custody restrictions to the dependency court, although it's looking more and more like it will not reach that stage. Furthermore, given there were no injuries to Maddox and conflicting accounts of what happened, prosecution is also unlikely.
Brangelina to get therapy under temporary custody planBrad Pitt is submitting to drug and alcohol tests, while both he and Angelina Jolie will have to undergo therapy, as part of a temporary custody plan for their kids as they seek to settle their increasingly ugly divorce.
Pitt has agreed to undergo random drug and alcohol testing over the next three weeks amid reports of his drinking and pot smoking. His first test came back negative. Also, both Jolie and Pitt will go into individual therapy and separately attend family counseling with their kids.
The couple’s six children — Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox — will remain with Jolie at a rented LA house. Pitt can visit — but he has agreed that his initial visit will also be monitored by a therapist, who will decide if further monitoring is needed for future visits.
A source tells us, “This is a horrible, horrible situation, but Brad is doing everything he can to do the right thing for the kids and make this as painless as possible.”
The temporary plan, which runs until Oct. 20, has been agreed to following recommendations from the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, which interviewed both Pitt and Jolie following allegations of an altercation on their private jet.
Pitt strongly denies hitting Maddox, 15, during a Sept. 14 argument with Jolie, who filed for divorce in Los Angeles on Sept. 19, citing irreconcilable differences. An investigation into the alleged incident was launched by DCFS after it was reported by an anonymous party.
The source continued, “This is a temporary agreement that both Jolie and Pitt have consented to. They will both undergo individual therapy and family therapy with their kids. They have joint custody, but both sides agreed the children will stay with their mother, and he will visit.” It was not clear if Pitt has seen the kids since Jolie filed for divorce.
The source added, “Everything is voluntary, including the therapy and drug testing.”
We’re told that lawyers for Jolie and Pitt are now focused on trying to settle privately to avoid a bitter court battle.
Angelina Jolie In Talks To Star In TriStar’s ‘Shoot Like A Girl’Angelina Jolie is in early talks to star for TriStar in Shoot Like a Girl. The film is an adaptation of Shoot Like A Girl: One Woman’s Dramatic Fight In Afghanistan and on the Home Front. That is an upcoming memoir by Air Force Major Mary Jennings Hegar, who served three tours in Afghanistan as a rescue helicopter pilot and transported hundreds of soldiers off the battlefield in hot zone areas. During one of those tours, her helicopter was shot down in the midst of a rescue mission. She got shot by the Taliban, but battled through her injury to save the three Americans she had been sent to rescue, along with her own team. They got out of there in a daring and death defying escape. Beyond her battlefield heroics that included winning the Purple Heart and becoming only the sixth woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross, Hegar successfully waged and won an important battle on U.S. soil: She sued the Department of Defense over the Combat Exclusion Policy that kept women from direct combat. The policy was ruled unconstitutional as a result, and was repealed. The Penguin Random House imprint Berkley Caliber will publish the book May 7, 2017.
The Gotham Group is producing the film, and Nicole Brown brought in the book and is overseeing it with TriStar president Hannah Minghella. Frank Baldwin wrote the script and they will try to make Jolie’s deal and then set a filmmaker and fast track this.
Jolie hasn’t done an action turn in a while; the last were Salt and The Tourist, before she moved on to the directing vehicles In The Land Of Blood and Honey, Unbroken and By The Sea, as well as Maleficent, which has a sequel percolating. She’s repped by UTA, Media Talent Group and attorney Robert Offer.
Angelina Jolie Working With Real-Life Olivia Pope for Brad Pitt DivorceAngelina Jolie wants to get through this with as little scandal as possible (see what we did there?).
E! News confirms that the A-lister's team has hired famous crisis manager Judy Smith to help with her highly publicized divorce with Brad Pitt. And this is pretty interesting, considering Smith is the real-life Olivia Pope who inspired Kerry Washington's character in the hit Shonda Rhimes series.
"She is typically a calming non-combative influence," a source tells us. "Certainly seems like someone to give better advice than what she has been apparently been getting."
In other words, it's handled.
"Judy and her firm have a long history of handling issues that have unfortunately garnered too much attention in the public eye, and she knows how to push towards resolutions that are swift and discreet," a source told People, who first reported the story.
Jolie will join a list of high-profile celebrities, including Michael Vick, Paula Deen and Monica Lewinsky, who also needed "the fixer" to calm the media thunderstorm surrounding their various scandals. Meanwhile, Smith joins celeb renowned lawyer Laura Wasser on the case, proving that Angie is creating quite the legal team.
One of the biggest concerns surrounding the divorce is the custody battle over their kids, Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh and twins Knox and Vivienne.
Angelina is seeking full custody of the children as E! News learned she believes it's what's necessary right now while the Department of Children and Family Services in Los Angeles County continues conducting an inquiry into the allegations that Brad was involved in an incident with a child aboard a private plane earlier this month.
In fact, we're told Brad has yet to see his children since the divorce news broke last week, but, "He really wants to see the kids and to work out an arrangement that is best for them," an insider told us. "[He] wants to work things out privately and amicably."
E! News has also learned the 41-year-old actress doesn't intend for the custody situation to remain permanent, and are told Angie knows she and Brad will need to co-parent together in the future for the sake of their kids.
Brad and Angelina trying to settle divorce outside of courtAngelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are now in private negotiations to settle their divorce, Page Six has confirmed.
After Pitt hired top LA attorney Lance Spiegel, the public sniping has ceased and the two sides are trying to reach an agreement out of court, we’re told.
The sticking point is the custody of their six children. Jolie filed for divorce requesting primary physical custody. Pitt is pushing for shared custody, although he has yet to file any paperwork with the court.
Jolie has also this week hired famous crisis manager Judy Smith, who inspired Kerry Washington’s character on the hit TV show “Scandal.”
Sources tell Page Six that Smith is consulting with Jolie’s legal team as they work out her divorce with Pitt. One insider said, “Smith has been a great help calming things down so the discussions between both sides can move forward.”
Both sides didn’t get back to us on Thursday.
The inner circle allegedly helping Jolie smear PittThe public sniping against Brad Pitt has simmered down now that Angelina Jolie’s political advisers have gone back to England.
Lady Arminka Helic, a Bosnian-born member of the UK House of Lords and a former adviser to Britain’s ex-foreign secretary William Hague, and fellow former Hague aide Chloe Dalton have been behind Jolie’s campaign against Pitt after she filed for divorce, multiple sources tell Page Six.
One source said, “They have been calling all the networks and news outlets, placing stories that he was cheating, drunk, on drugs, out of control and abusive, which Brad denies.”
A second source added, “Their last move was to urge news outlets to obtain the video of Brad allegedly losing his s?-?-?t on the tarmac. But that video didn’t surface, or doesn’t exist.”
The first source continued, “They were with Angelina in LA as she filed for divorce, and advised her how to handle things last week, which was basically a scorched-earth approach.” The source added, “It’s no coincidence that since they went back to London, things have calmed down.”
But other insiders insist that Helic and Dalton are focused on humanitarian work, which is how they met Jolie.
Helic, who fled the Bosnian War as a refugee in the ’90s, served as a special adviser to Hague and persuaded him to launch the UK’s global sexual-violence initiative, which was backed by Jolie.
Helic was nominated to the House of Lords in 2014, taking the title Baroness Helic, and also manages Jolie’s charity. But while Helic and Dalton have been advising Jolie on her international humanitarian work, it has been claimed that their relationship goes beyond that, and the pair plays a prominent role in her life, counseling her on everything from child care to travel.
Helic and Dalton could not be reached, and a rep for Jolie didn’t get back to us. Pitt has hired divorce attorney Lance Spiegel, who recommends mediation in high-profile celebrity cases — so perhaps he may bring some peace to the Jolie-Pitt hostilities.
Brad Pitt -- Angelina's UN Ambitions ... UN-Safe For Our Kids!!Angelina Jolie is so obsessed with becoming the head of the United Nations ... it caused major marital issues with Brad Pitt.
Sources close to the couple tell us ... Brad became increasingly upset over Angelina's political ambitions ... we're told her dream is to become the top UN official ... she was never specific. Toward that end, we're told she has 2 political advisers and a "war room" to help with decisions and image.
Brad, we're told, was especially upset that Angelina had taken the kids to various war-torn countries, including Lebanon and Iraq. We're told Angelina would always make sure to bring a security team that was the best of the best on her trips ... but for Brad, it still wasn't enough.
We're told things got extremely tense when Brad and Angie argued over taking the kids to Syria to help rebuild the war torn country.
Our sources say Brad was always supportive of Jolie's solo charity work, but travels with the kids became a bone of contention for several years.
Angelina Jolie Still Set to Teach at the London School of Economics in 2017Angelina Jolie remains on track to join the faculty of the London School of Economics.
Jolie, who filed for divorce last week from Brad Pitt after two years of marriage and 12 years together, is still set to come aboard as a visiting professor for a new masters' program focused on women, peace and security, PEOPLE has confirmed, and she'll begin teaching there in 2017.
"She is going to be a visiting professor next year, 2017," a spokesperson for LSE tells PEOPLE. "The post starts in September 2017."
The program begins accepting applications this fall.
In May, the esteemed academic institution announced that Jolie was one of four visiting professors appointed to the program, which is housed at the school's Centre for Women, Peace and Security and is "dedicated to developing strategies to promote gender equality and enhance women's economic, social and political participation and security," the school said in a statement.
As a visiting professor, Jolie is expected to give guest lectures, participate in workshop and public events, and continue research on projects.
The school's Centre for Women, Peace and Security was launched in February 2015 by Jolie and Britain's former foreign secretary William Hague, who had both co-founded the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative.
Hague will serve as a visiting professor alongside Jolie in the program, which is also expected to be taught at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security in the U.S.
Jolie, 41, has been at the center of intense public attention after she filed for divorce from Pitt, 52, on Sept. 19. She is seeking sole physical custody of the couple's six children: Maddox, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.
On Thursday, PEOPLE confirmed that Pitt is being investigated for child abuse by the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services after he allegedly got verbally abusive and physical with his and Jolie's oldest child, Maddox, 15, during a flight on the couple's private plane.
A source with knowledge of the situation told PEOPLE that Pitt did not hit Maddox, but "made contact" with him "in the shoulder area." The source says there was no sign of physical injury on Maddox.
The Pitt source said the actor is fully cooperating with the investigation, which has been referred to the FBI under special aircraft jurisdiction since the incident occurred mid-flight, and that the actor "takes the matter very seriously."
A source close to the actor told PEOPLE on Saturday that it does not seem likely at this time that the FBI will be recommending further investigation into the matter.
Video reportedly shows Brad Pitt ‘yelling’ at Jolie aboard private jetA drunken Brad Pitt was caught on video raging at Angelina Jolie aboard their private jet — but the recording did not show any physical violence or contact with Jolie or any of their children, a new report said Friday.
Insiders told US Weekly that Pitt, 52, can be seen on the embarrassing video “looking drunk” and “yelling” during the confrontation with the mother of their six children on a flight from Europe to Los Angeles.
“Brad is seen yelling a lot during it, but nothing physical,” the source said, potentially a huge break for Pitt in his upcoming divorce from Jolie, 41, and custody battle over their children.
The video was from a Sept. 14 flight after the family’s jet stopped to refuel at Minnesota’s International Falls Airport. The mag also reported Pitt was a broken man over the end of the two-year marriage and 14-year relationship. “He is beside himself and has been crying. He was completely caught off guard,” the source said of Jolie filing for divorce Monday.
After Pitt got drunk and began arguing with his wife, the couple’s oldest son Maddox, 15, got in the middle to try to calm dad down.
A source close to Pitt told the magazine that “teenagers have fights with their parents, especially when you have teens who are strong-willed and confident. You’re going to have back and forth. The abuse suggestions are inaccurate.”
But the LA County Department of Children and Family Services is investigating.
Brad Pitt allegations relate to treatment of sonAllegations Brad Pitt was abusive on a private plane last week relate to the actor's treatment of his 15-year-old son, sources said Friday, as the FBI continued to gather information before determining whether to open an investigation.
FBI Spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said the agency hasn't made a decision on a formal investigation into what occurred on a plane ferrying Pitt, his wife Angelina Jolie Pitt and their six children.
Several news outlets have reported that a child welfare agency in Los Angeles is investigating the well-being of the children, who range in ages from 8 to 15.
Sources familiar with the allegations, but not authorized to speak publicly, say the child welfare investigation centers on Pitt's conduct toward his son Maddox, 15, during an argument on the Sept. 14 flight. No law enforcement agency responded to the plane when it landed in Minnesota after the incident.
Amara Suarez, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, said the agency could not confirm whether it was investigating Pitt or the well-being of the former couple's children.
Calls to the offices of Pitt's attorney, Lance Spiegel, and Jolie Pitt's lawyer, Laura Wasser, were forwarded to recorded messages stating their firms do not comment on clients.
Jolie Pitt filed for divorce Monday and her lawyer released a statement the following day saying she came to the decision "for the health of the family." She listed their separation date as Sept. 15, the day after the alleged plane incident, and the actress is seeking sole custody of all six of the children.
Koochiching County, Minnesota, Sheriff Perryn Hedlund told The Associated Press on Thursday that Brad Pitt was on a plane that landed at the International Falls, Minnesota, airport near the Canadian border on Sept. 14.
Hedlund said his sheriff's deputies were not called to the airport, and International Falls police were also not called.
"There's no incident whatsoever reported to law enforcement," Hedlund said.
He said he didn't know why the plane landed in International Falls, but said it's not uncommon for hockey players or other celebrities to stop at the airport.
Pitt and Jolie Pitt — known as "Brangelina" — were together for 12 years but only wed in August 2014. They married privately at their French chateau in the Provence hamlet of Correns with their children serving as ring bearers and throwing flower petals. They announced the ceremony days later.
Their six children include 15-year-old Maddox, 12-year-old Pax, 11-year-old Zahara, 10-year-old Shiloh, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.
This is the second marriage for Pitt, 52, who previously wed Jennifer Aniston. It's the third for Jolie Pitt, 41, who was previously married to Billy Bob Thornton and Jonny Lee Miller.
How Angelina Jolie Told Brad Pitt She Wanted a Divorce – and Why He 'Begged' Her to WaitAngelina Jolie broke the news to Brad Pitt that she wanted to end their two-year marriage and 12-year romance just days before filing for divorce.
"She sat down, talked to Brad and offered to file [for divorce] together," a source close to the actress tells PEOPLE in this week's cover story. "She said, 'This is what I'd like to do.' She explained everything. Angelina did what she felt she needed to do."
Though Pitt, 52, was aware that their marriage was in trouble, he was still "wrecked" when Jolie told him of her plans two days before she filed divorce papers, marking irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split, says a source in his circle.
"He was appealing to her to do this quietly – not to save the marriage but to consider the well-being of the children – and it was ignored," contends the Pitt source. "He is just wrecked by this."
On Thursday, PEOPLE confirmed that Pitt is under investigation for child abuse by the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services following a Sept. 14 incident on a private plane in which he allegedly got "verbally abusive" and "physical" with one of the couple's kids in front of Jolie and at least some of their other children. In her divorce filing, Jolie listed the couple's date of separation as the following day, Sept. 15.
Pitt, who had been in counseling "to try to figure out how to make things better" for their six kids "begged [Jolie] to press pause" and slow down the proceedings, says the Pitt source – not so that they could reconcile, but so they could move forward in a way that would both protect and prepare the kids for the massive upheaval that was to come.
"He was willing to do anything, change any habit, change any lifestyle, to do what had to be done to make this work," adds the source. "And by 'make this work,' that means doing what has to be done to make even a split one that is amicable and in the best interests of the children."
The former couple disagree about custody plans. Jolie, 41, asked for physical custody of the couple's kids and is requesting that Pitt be granted visitation rights, while Pitt wants shared custody, sources have said.
Brad Pitt admits he yelled at his kids but denies hitting themBrad Pitt admits he screamed at his kids — but never raised a hand to them, a source close to the actor told The Post.
The “World War Z” hunk is said to be stinging from allegations that he yelled at — and physically struck — his kids during a drunken flight on Sept. 14, the reason Angelina Jolie filed divorced papers Monday, seeking custody.
“He was never physically abusive to her or the kids. He did yell at one of their children on the plane during an argument, but he didn’t hit the child. Brad is denying claims of inappropriate behavior.”
The LAPD confirmed they are not investigating the actor for any type of child abuse — which backs up the actor’s claim he is being unfairly besmirched by his estranged wife, who is using Hollywood divorce strategist Laura Wasser.
“Angelina is putting out [the abuse] story to take the kids away from him,” explained the source.
“Angelina’s team’s campaign to smear him is so aggressive, they called all the major networks, People and TMZ last night with claims he is beating her and the kids.”
Pitt’s team believes her reason is that she wants to take a job with the United Nations, but needs full custody of the children before she leaves Los Angeles.
Pitt’s name was dragged through the mud Thursday after TMZ reported that both the LAPD and LA County Department of Child and Family Services are investigating an incident in which Pitt became “verbally abusive and physical with his children” on a private jet Sept. 14 — which directly led to Jolie filing for divorce.
The report said Pitt was “wasted” and went ballistic on the couple’s six children, shouting and hitting them — and that the behavior was documented in reports to authorities.
LAPD Sgt. Barry Montgomery told The Post the story didn’t hold water.
“It’s not true. There is no criminal investigation or any investigation of any kind against Brad Pitt,” said Montgomery, adding the celebrity website “made it up.”
The source said Pitt, however, was interviewed by child services about the matter.
“He is taking this seriously and fully cooperating. He admits he is not perfect, but he insists he’s not physically abusive. He loves his kids and is very sad about this situation.
“He knows he made mistakes and he knows he has to be better. He and Angelina fought a lot recently, and she knows how to push his buttons. But he is adamant that he did not hit these kids like she’s trying to say.”
Pitt, who has several lawyers on call for various matters, including Bert Fields, is expected to appoint a divorce attorney today.
Brad Pitt -- Child Abuse Report Referred to FBIThe child abuse allegations against Brad Pitt have been referred over to the FBI ... TMZ has learned.
As we reported, the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services received an anonymous call that Brad was wasted on a private jet last week and became physically and verbally abusive to his kids.
As we reported, the DCFS followed protocol and notified the LAPD. Law enforcement sources say the LAPD's Abused Child Unit (ACU) got the report, but determined that the Department did not have jurisdiction because the alleged incident occurred in the air, on a flight from France to the U.S.
We know ... the plane landed a week ago Wednesday just before 8 PM at an airport in Minnesota. That's when eyewitnesses say Brad was "out of control" on the tarmac and even tried to leave in a fuel truck.
Our LAPD sources say because the incident occurred in the air, the FBI has jurisdiction. The ACU then closed its file and referred the matter to the FBI.
As we reported, DCFS has already interviewed Brad and Angelina separately and they will also interview the kids. Our LAPD sources say if those interviews produce information suggesting there was possible abuse at their L.A. family home, the LAPD will open a new case.
Our Pitt sources say the actor denies committing any sort of abuse.
Brad Pitt -- Under Investigation for Child AbuseBrad Pitt is under investigation by the LAPD and L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services for allegedly getting verbally abusive and physical with his children, and that's what triggered the divorce ... TMZ has learned.
Sources familiar with the situation tell us, Brad, Angelina and their kids were on a flight last Wednesday when he allegedly got wasted on the private jet. He allegedly went wild, screaming and getting physical with the kids.
We're told the plane landed at an airport around 8 PM, and witnesses say Pitt continued his rant on the tarmac, and even tried leaving in one of the fuel trucks.
Our sources say someone either on the plane or the tarmac anonymously reported the incident to the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services. We're told Brad and Angelina have already been interviewed and DCFS plans to interview the kids as well. That investigation is ongoing.
We're also told the LAPD has the case ... which is routine when anyone reports child abuse. We do not know the specifics of the alleged abuse ... just that it was supposedly both verbal and physical.
Our sources say this incident triggered Jolie to separate from Brad the next day and file for divorce just days later.
A source close to Brad tells TMZ, "He takes the matter very seriously and says he did not commit any abuse of his children," adding, "It's unfortunate that people involved are continuing to present him in the worst possible light."
Madame Tussauds separates wax figures of Pitt, JolieAngelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's split is a literal one at several Madame Tussauds wax museums.
A spokeswoman for the wax museum in London says they wanted to mirror Jolie and Pitt's separation, which came to light Tuesday. She says the wax figures "are now featured at a respectful distance from each other."
Jolie's figure has been placed near one of Nicole Kidman. Pitt's is hanging out with the figure of his co-star in several films, Morgan Freeman.
The couple will also be split up at Madame Tussauds' museums in the U.S.
Madame Tussauds says figures of Jolie and Pitt are on display at 15 of its 20 locations across the globe.
Brad still loves Angelina and was blindsided by divorceBrad Pitt is still crazy about Angelina Jolie and felt blindsided when she broke the news she wanted out of their relationship, sources tell The Post.
Jolie only told Pitt she was ending their marriage a day before she filed the divorce papers, and despite his pleas to work things out, said a source close to the “World War Z” star.
“He only knew that she was filing for divorce a day before she did it. They’d just got back from Europe. Brad didn’t want it to happen, he still loves Angelina and wanted to work it out.”
The source added that as well as dealing with the divorce bombshell, he was stunned by the aggressive way Jolie’s team immediately spread negative rumors about him.
“His first instinct was how were they going to protect the kids during the divorce. Then stories start popping up about his supposed pot smoking, drinking and anger problem,” the source continued.
“He doesn’t have a drug or anger problem. Yes, he smokes some weed and has a drink, but that isn’t out of control. The truth is that they’ve been fighting a lot.
“He’s still one of Hollywood’s top stars, he loves Hollywood and he loves making movies. He wants the kids to settle in LA, go to school and try to have some stability. Angelina has had a series of movie flops and now wants to concentrate on her political and humanitarian work — which is admirable — but she also wants to fly the kids around the world with her. She travels a few weeks of every month.”
The source added that Jolie filed so fast that Pitt didn’t even have time to get a lawyer. “His team is deciding on one today [Wednesday]. His goal is to do whatever is necessary to make the divorce process as easy as possible,” the source said.
The sticking point could be the custody of their six children. Jolie is asking for physical custody and to only allow him visitation, but Pitt is hoping for joint custody.
Reps for Pitt didn’t comment and Jolie’s reps have not responded.
Brad Pitt -- Get Ready, Angelina ... I'm Fighting For Joint CustodyAngelina Jolie isn't going to get her way when it comes to custody ... at least if Brad Pitt has anything to say about it, because TMZ has learned he'll fight and fight hard for joint physical custody of their 6 kids.
Sources connected with Brad tell us, Angelina is dreaming if she thinks she can take his kids away from him. We broke the story, Angelina wants sole physical custody of the children ... she wants a judge to give him visitation, but that's it.
Our sources tell us Brad says, "There's no chance that's going to happen." Pitt wants joint custody ... he doesn't want to interfere with Angelina's ability to be a co-parent, but he won't allow her to thwart him.
This now promises to become the flash point in the divorce and it has the potential to become a fierce legal battle.
That said, our Brad sources say he's quick to add Angelina's a "great mother" and doesn't want to hurt her in the divorce. The sources say Brad and Angelina haven't gotten along for months and have had frank talks about divorce several times, so this wasn't a shock. Nevertheless, he's still devastated.
As we reported, our Angelina sources claim Brad heavily indulges in weed and alcohol and that, combined with what she claims is an anger problem, poses a danger to their kids.
Our Brad sources insist ... he's never put his kids in danger ... ever.
Brad Pitt -- Angelina's Anger Claims are BS ... He's NOT a Dangerous DadAngelina Jolie is lying by spreading the word ... Brad Pitt has anger issues that become dangerous when mixed with weed and alcohol ... so say sources directly connected with Brad.
TMZ broke the story, Angelina filed for divorce because she believes Brad poses a danger to the kids by fueling his "anger problem" with pot and alcohol.
Our Brad sources say it's "a malicious lie" and that "he's a loving and devoted father who has never and would never put his children in any dangerous situation."
The sources did not address the weed and alcohol issues.
As we reported, Angelina wants sole physical custody, with Brad getting only visitation. Our Brad sources say he wants to "share" physical custody with Angelina to make sure he remains a "present father" to the children. As for whether he asks for joint custody in his legal response ... stay tuned.
Brad Pitt -- Angelina Just Put Our Kids in DangerAngelina Jolie has put her kids at risk by calling out Brad Pitt as a bad dad ... so claim sources connected to Brad.
We're told Pitt is "furious" at Angelina for allegedly spinning stories that he poses a risk to their kids because of anger issues fueled by weed and alcohol. Pitt says there's now a bounty on the heads of the entire family, because they've now become a prime target for the gaggle of paparazzi.
We're told the way Brad put it is this ... "She's just unleashed hell."
The perimeter of their Hollywood Hills home is now blanketed by photogs, and the LAPD is now patrolling at regular intervals.
We're told Brad had conversations with Angelina over the last few days and pleaded for her to handle the divorce "like adults." He wanted to low-key it for the benefit of the kids. Instead, he says, she went scorched earth by asking for sole physical custody and suggesting he's a risky dad.
Brad, we're told, is angry at Angelina and fearful for their kids.
Emily Blunt, Josh Gad and other celebs react to BrangelinaAs news spread that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were divorcing after being together since 2004, celebrities reacted — or didn't — across social media and on the red carpet:
"It's their business, and it's not for anybody else to comment on." — Actress Emily Blunt to The Associated Press at the London premiere of "The Girl on the Train."
"Before we get too cavalier about it, let's remember that Brangelina was possibly the only thing still holding the USA together." — Actor Josh Gad on Twitter.
"It's very sad to hear." — Actor Luke Evans to the AP at the London premiere of "The Girl on the Train."
"Brad and Angelina. How am I supposed to go to work today?" — Model and TV personality Chrissy Teigen on Twitter.
"I feel bad for kids that aren't gonna get adopted by Brangelina now." — Reality TV personality Spencer Pratt on Twitter.
"Tower of Terror! Eggo! Skittles! Brad Pitt! I don't know why ANY of them are trending, but I'm running to my basement. It's over." — Actor-comedian Patton Oswalt on Twitter.
"It's sad about Brad and Angelina, but it's also none of our business!" — Pop star Boy George on Twitter.
"I'm clutching at my pearls in shock! Celebs ... getting ... divorced?! I thought I'd never see it." — "Jersey Shore" cast member Vinny Guadagnino on Twitter.
"Frankly, with all that's going on in the world, I just think it's a shame that's even talked about. They're just two people breaking up. There's bigger fish to fry right now." — Filmmaker Tate Taylor to the AP at the London premiere of "The Girl on the Train."
"Everyone is serious as a heart attack with this 'I might actually have a chance!!!!!' talk." — Musician Questlove on Twitter.
Divorce will unspool the complex life Jolie and Pitt createdFor more than a decade, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have been a glamorous, globe-trotting Hollywood power couple, attracting cameras to their film projects and philanthropy alike.
With six children, homes in the U.S. and France, and the philanthropic Jolie-Pitt Foundation, the pair has much at stake. The pair became a couple in 2004 but married two years ago — which could further complicate the divorce that Jolie Pitt filed for Monday, and put the future of all they've shared in the hands of teams of lawyers and accountants.
Under California law, only assets acquired during their marriage must be split equally, said Los Angeles divorce attorney Peter Walzer. Forbes magazine estimates the pair earned a combined $555 million since their relationship began, with pre-tax earnings of $117.5 million since their 2014 marriage.
If Jolie Pitt and Pitt haven't already spelled out who owned what prior to their marriage, a divorce judge won't have authority to help them work it out. Jolie Pitt's filing did not indicate whether the couple has a prenuptial agreement.
"The rules are really unclear when you don't get married and you don't have a written partnership agreement," said Walzer, who is vice president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Pitt and Jolie Pitt's relationship grew out their roles in the action comedy "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," and they reunited on the big screen for last year's marital melodrama "By the Sea."
The two don't have any joint upcoming projects. But both have a number of films coming out soon that will surely receive more attention in the wake of their breakup. Pitt stars in the World War II romantic thriller "Allied," which is out in November, and Jolie directed her fourth film, "First They Killed My Father," which is set to be released by Netflix next year.
Other Hollywood power couples have faced similar dilemmas. When Melanie Griffith filed for divorce from Antonio Banderas in 2014, the actors had a number of joint film ventures and had intermingled their political lives. Their divorce judgment, entered in December, divided their homes and shares of profits from numerous films, including several movies in the "Shrek" franchise.
For now, Jolie Pitt and Pitt's immediate concern, as evidenced by statements each of them issued Tuesday, appears to be their six children, who range in age from 8 to 15. Jolie Pitt is seeking sole physical custody, with Pitt having visitation.
Any custody agreement they reach in Los Angeles would continue to be enforceable overseas, and would spell out where the holidays will be celebrated and how Jolie Pitt and Pitt will make decisions about the children's medical care and education.
"You don't split the kids the way you do bank accounts," said Mike Kretzmer, a Los Angeles divorce lawyer who has handled numerous celebrity divorces and specializes in complex custody cases. He said Jolie Pitt and Pitt, along with their lawyers, are going to have to come up with a workable parenting plan.
"It doesn't matter whether you've got 10 cents or 10 billion dollars, this can be a really painful process for everyone involved," he said.
While wealth can simplify some things, their fame will cause complications. For one, their children may find stories about the divorce online and that can add confusion and stress, he said. Both Pitt and Jolie's attorney released statements seeking privacy, yet public interest in their breakup is immense. #Brangelina, with references to Pitt's ex-wife Jennifer Aniston, remained a trending topic on Twitter for much of Tuesday.
Custody likely will be one of the biggest stressors, Kretzmer said.
"The one thing that never changes — I don't care if you're a billionaire or before the poverty line — is the amount of time available," Kretzmer said.
In addition to their children, a major part of the actors' identities has been their philanthropy.
What becomes of their Jolie-Pitt Foundation, which the couple founded in 2006, will also be an issue.
The pair did not address what would happen to the foundation in their statements, and a phone message left at a number associated with the Jolie-Pitt Foundation was not returned Tuesday.
A tax document filed in November showed the foundation had about $4.5 million in assets in 2014. Jolie and Pitt contributed $613,000 to the foundation that year, and the foundation paid out a variety of grants, including for wildlife conservation in Namibia, arts programs in Sarajevo, and a variety of projects in Cambodia.
Walzer said deciding the foundation's fate would be similar to couples who own a business together, and a lot depends on how well Jolie Pitt and Pitt can work together now.
"I could see keeping the name because it's got a certain brand, trademark value," he said. "It would be great for their image to continue it. It would be great for donors."
What's at Stake in Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's Divorce: Combined Fortunes Estimated at $500 MillionAngelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt after two years of marriage citing irreconcilable differences on Monday – and as two of Hollywood's wealthiest stars, there's a lot at stake between the pair.
While estimates of their earnings vary, celebrity estate attorney Donald David approximates Pitt, 52, to be worth up to $350 million and Jolie, 41, up to $275 million, noting that Jolie in recent years, has had "a smaller industry footprint."
"The reason for the disparity is Pitt has a bigger inventory," David tells PEOPLE. "And a higher value and a higher residual interest." The disparity could be the result of Jolie's taking a step back from the big screen while Pitt took on roles in high-grossing films.
Pitt is a co-owner of production company Plan B, which produced lucrative hits like World War Z as well as Oscar contenders 12 Years a Slave and The Big Short. He's also starred in big-budget movies over three decades, including Fight Club, Ocean's Eleven and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Meanwhile in recent years, Jolie took on a few high-salaried blockbusters like Salt and Maleficent, and directed Unbroken, but mostly focused on her own, less commercial directorial projects like In the Land of Blood and Honey, By the Sea, and her upcoming Netflix movie about the Cambodian genocide, First They Killed My Father.
Family law and divorce attorney Marilyn Chinitz estimates that the actors have a combined worth of up to $500 million and, according to Forbes, the bulk of that sum is thanks to Pitt.
Forbes estimates that Pitt and Jolie have earned a combined $117.5 million since tying the knot in 2014 (and $555 million combined since 2004). Forbes reports Pitt brought in the sum of the cash, making $76.5 million during that time period – nearly double what Jolie brought in.
David notes that films Jolie has acted in, over the span of her career, have grossed a total of $2.1 billion and films she has produced and written total to about $359 million. But, he adds, "Pitt's films have grossed approximately more ... but he has also been in more films and his films stretch back much further, meaning that their likelihood of generating [more] income is likely to be less."
David says that between high-powered lawyers, accountants and experts both stars could shell out up to $1 million each on the proceedings.
The couple also share an impressive real estate empire including their French countryside villa Chateau Miraval, a $6.5 million New Orleans mansion, a sprawling Los Feliz home and an apartment in the Waldorf Astoria Towers, adjacent to the famed hotel, in New York City.
Legal experts say that while the public's eyes may be on the high-paid couple's money, and how it could affect divorce proceedings, Jolie and Pitt likely have an agreement in place, though it is unclear if they have a prenuptial agreement.
"I would be somewhat surprised if there wasn't some kind of prenuptial agreement. I would think that the financial aspects of the divorce are probably not going to be as difficult," Jacqueline Newman, a New-York based lawyer who deals with high-net-worth and high-profile clients, tells PEOPLE.
"They were only married in August of 2014 ... it was actually a very short marriage. My guess is that they are going to take the high road and settle this case out of the courts."
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt -- It's About Their Kids, NOT That ActressAngelina Jolie did NOT file for divorce because of rumors Brad Pitt was reportedly involved with Marion Cotillard ... it's ALL about Brad and their 6 kids ... sources with intimate knowledge of the situation tell TMZ.
There are reports swirling that Brad hooked up with Marion on the set of their movie, "Allied," and that's why Angelina filed for divorce. Untrue.
We now have even more sources telling us ... Angelina reached her breaking point last week over Brad's consumption of weed and alcohol, and combined with what she says are Brad's anger issues ... his interactions with the kids created a deal breaking problem for her.
We're told squarely ... no third person is involved.
TMZ broke the story ... Angelina filed for divorce Monday and is asking for sole physical custody of their kids. She wants him to only have visitation.
We're also told as far as anyone involved knows ... there's no plan for Brad to go to rehab, at least as of now.
Jon Voight ‘very sad’ over Brangelina splitJon Voight is voicing his concerns over his daughter Angelina Jolie’s failed marriage to Brad Pitt.
“It’s very sad,” Voight, 77, told Inside Edition Tuesday just after the divorce news broke. “Something very serious must have happened for Angie to make a decision like this.”
Voight says he’s still unsure of the reason behind Jolie’s divorce after two years of marriage and 12 years together. “I don’t know what it is,” Voight added. “It’s a sad thing. Say a little prayer.”
A source told The Post Tuesday that Jolie, 41, decided to pull the plug on her marriage after discovering Pitt, 52, cheated with his “Allied” co-star Marion Cotillard.
In the divorce filing, Jolie requests physical custody of their six kids — Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.
“I am concerned for Angie and the children and hopefully I will be seeing them very soon,” Voight added.
Angelina dumped Brad after private eye uncovered Marion Cotillard affairAngelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt after learning he was cheating on her with his sexy co-star, a well-placed source told The Post on Tuesday.
“She hired a private eye because she felt that he was fooling around with her on the set, and it turns out, he was. And that was the final straw,’’ the source said.
Pitt, 52, had been rumored to have been cozying up to his “Allied’’ co-star Marion Cotillard, 40, for months during the pair’s filming of the World War II drama in London.
The PI discovered that Pitt was cheating on his wife of two years with Cotillard — while also partying like a single guy on a mission, the source said.
“The atmosphere [off-set] was full of hard drugs and Russian hookers, and Angie was told Brad got caught up in it,’’ the source said.
“He’s in the throes of some insane midlife crisis, and Angie is fed up.”
But a source close to Cotillard denied the Pitt affair rumors and insisted she is still with her long-term partner, French actor and director Guillaume Canet.
“They are still very much together. They have been a couple since 2007 and have one child but have never married,’’ the source said of Cotillard and Canet.
The source could not confirm French reports that Cotillard is pregnant with her second child with Canet.
Jolie’s manager, Geyer Kosinski, said Tuesday, “Angelina will always do what’s in the best interest to protect her children.
“She appreciates everyone’s understanding of their need for privacy at this time,’’ he told E! News.
Pitt added in a statement to People magazine, “I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids.
“I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time.”
In addition to her husband’s alleged affair, Jolie, 41, was sick and tired of constantly sparring over their lifestyle, another source told The Post.
She has increasingly wanted to quit Hollywood in favor of devoting herself full-time to traveling the globe for her humanitarian work, while Pitt prefers Tinseltown and its parties, the source said.
Jolie spoke before the United Nations in Manhattan just this past Friday to ask them to help millions of Syrian refugees.
“The older she gets, the more serious she becomes, and she is sick of the Hollywood thing,’’ the second source said.
“He wants to make movies. She doesn’t. It’s a fundamental difference. It’s how you live your life.’’
Making matters worse, Pitt is closer to Jolie’s famous actor dad, Jon Voight, than she is, the source said.
“Jon’s a Hollywood guy, and she’s been estranged. Brad hangs out with her father more than she does,’’ the source said.
Another source told TMZ that Jolie believes that her hubby’s drinking and pot-smoking is affecting their kids.
Add to that his “anger problem,” and the mom of six said enough is enough, the source told the website.
Jolie filed for divorce Monday, citing “irreconcilable differences.”
She is seeking physical custody of the couple’s kids, TMZ said. She doesn’t want Pitt to have joint physical custody, just joint legal custody. He would get visitation, according to her filing.
Jolie is not seeking spousal support, the website said.
Brangelina’s French chateau, Miraval — where the couple married in August 2014 — has been quietly on the market for a few months, and locals were told they were selling it because they are breaking up, a source told The Post.
Jolie has hired top gun Laura Wasser as her lawyer.
The court documents list the couple’s date of separation as Sept. 15, 2016.
The couple have been together since 2004.
A rep for Cotillard did not immediately get back to The Post.
Pitt-Jolie divorce puts new spotlight on upcoming filmsThe 12-year relationship between Angelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt has been neatly bookended on the big screen.
They famously became acquainted while playing married assassins in Doug Liman's 2005 action comedy "Mr. and Mrs. Smith." And they didn't star together again until last year's "By the Sea," a marital melodrama set on the French Riviera directed by Jolie Pitt and starring the couple as unhappy spouses.
Pitt and Jolie Pitt, who filed for divorce Monday, don't have any joint upcoming projects. But both have a number of films coming soon that will surely receive a little more attention in the wake of their separation.
The most sizable and immediate project upcoming is the Robert Zemeckis World War II romantic thriller "Allied" (opening Nov. 23), starring Pitt and Marion Cotillard. The film, in which Pitt plays an intelligence officer in 1942 North Africa, is slotted for release smack in the middle of awards season.
'FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER'
Jolie Pitt has spent much of the last year making "First They Killed My Father," her fourth feature as director. The film, about the horrors of the Khmer Rouge, is based on Loung Ung's memoir of living under the Cambodian regime in the 1970s. Jolie Pitt and Ung collaborated on the script and shot the film in Cambodia. Jolie's son Maddox, adopted from Cambodia, has also been involved in the production, which takes the perspective of war from a 5-year-old child. Netflix is expected to debut the film next year.
While Jolie Pitt has been largely focused on directing, Pitt has a string of movies lined up that he either produced or stars in. Pitt narrates Terrence Malick's IMAX documentary "Voyage of Time" (Oct. 7), a cinematic history of the life as viewed through the lens of the revered filmmaker.
Pitt's production company, Plan B, is also behind one of the fall's most acclaimed films, Barry Jenkins' "Moonlight" (Oct. 21), a lyrical coming-of-age tale told in three chapters. Another Pitt-produced film, James Gray's "The Lost City of Z," will debut next month as the closing film of the New York Film Festival. Adapted from David Grann's book, it stars Charlie Hunnam as British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett.
Along with other numerous producing gigs, Pitt stars as Gen. Stanley McChrystal in David Michod's "War Machine," a war satire. With a release planned for next year, Netflix acquired the film for a hefty sum, positioning "War Machine" as one of its boldest forays into original movies yet.
Both have a pair of big-budget sequels on the distant horizon, as well. Pitt is also prepping a sequel to his 2013 apocalyptic thriller "World War Z," while Jolie Pitt is to return for the planned "Maleficent 2."
Moments in Brad and Angelina's Hollywood romanceIrreconcilable differences have brought an end to a Hollywood romance for the ages. Angelina Jolie Pitt filed for divorce from Brad Pitt on Monday after 12 years together. A collection of key moments in their relationship.
A HOLLYWOOD MEETING (2003)
Co-stars falling in love is about as cliched as it gets, but it happens, even when one party is married. The scene for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie was "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," a sexy action comedy about an unhappy couple who rekindle that spark only after trying to kill one another. Pitt was married to Jennifer Aniston. Jolie was fresh off a divorce from Billy Bob Thornton (and had previously been married to Jonny Lee Miller). "I think we found this strange friendship and partnership that kind of just suddenly happened," Jolie told Vogue in 2006. "We just became kind of a pair."
RUMORS AND TABLOIDS AND DIVORCE (2004-2005)
"Mr. and Mrs. Smith" wrapped in 2004 and it wasn't until January 2005 that Pitt and Aniston announced their separation. During this time, Jolie said, "We spent a lot of time contemplating and thinking and talking about what we both wanted in life and realized that we wanted very, very similar things." Jolie said it was when her son Maddox called Pitt "dad" that was the most defining moment. They decided not to marry until gay couples were afforded the same right.
ADOPTING TOGETHER (2005)
Jolie had adopted Maddox from Cambodia in 2002 and later said that she made the decision to adopt Zahara Marley, an Ethiopian baby orphaned by AIDS, in 2005, with Pitt. "Somebody told me if you are going to adopt an orphan, you should adopt them from a country you love because that's the only history you are going to be able to share with them — that's their past," Jolie told People in 2003.
A BIRTH IN NAMIBIA (2006)
On May, 27, 2006, Jolie gave birth to their first biological child, a 7-pound daughter they named Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, at the Cottage Medi-Clinic in Namibia.
MAKING IT RIGHT IN NEW ORLEANS (2007)
Pitt, who bought a home in New Orleans about a year after Hurricane Katrina struck and while filming "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," launched the Make it Right building project to help reconstruct the city's most devastated area.
A MOTHER'S DEATH (2007)
Jolie's mother, actress Marcheline Bertrand, who raised Jolie and her older brother James Haven, died in January of 2007 at age 56 after a seven-year battle with breast cancer. Pitt, Haven and Jolie were at the Los Angeles hospital when she passed.
Jolie and Pitt adopted Pax Thien, a 3-year-old orphan from Vietnam, in 2007.
IT'S A BOY! — AND A GIRL! (2008)
This time in a seaside hospital on the French Riviera, Jolie gave birth on July 12, 2008, to twins Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline. Their first photos were sold jointly to People and Hello! magazines, reportedly for $14 million. Proceeds would go to the Jolie-Pitt Foundation.
AN ENGAGEMENT (2012)
After some seven years together, Pitt and Jolie made the decision to get engaged. "It actually means more to me than I thought it would. It means a lot to our kids," Pitt told The Associated Press in November 2012.
JOLIE'S DOUBLE MASTECTOMY (2013)
At age 37, Jolie had a preventive double mastectomy in February of 2013 after learning that she carried a gene that made it extremely likely she would get breast cancer. She made the announcement in the form of an op-ed she authored for The New York Times. "I do not feel any less of a woman," Jolie wrote. "I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity."
A QUIET CHATEAU WEDDING (2014)
In August 2014, Jolie and Pitt exchanged vows in a small chapel at the Chateau Miraval, their Southern France home in the Provence hamlet of Correns. Jolie walked the aisle with her eldest sons, the then 13-year-old Maddox and 10-year-old Pax. Daughters Zahara, 9, and Vivienne, 6, threw flower petals. Eight-year-old Shiloh and Knox, 6, served as ring bearers.
FROM JOLIE TO JOLIE PITT (2015)
In early 2015, Jolie started going by Angelina Jolie Pitt.
ROCKY TIMES BY THE SEA (2015)
Ironic now, but Jolie wrote and directed "By the Sea" about the dissolution of a beautiful couple, falling apart over grief. It was the first time she and Pitt starred opposite one another since that fateful meeting on that other film about a rocky relationship, "Mr. and Mrs. Smith."
At the film's premiere in November 2015, Jolie Pitt said: "You're going to have a long life ahead of you and you've got to shake it up and, sometimes, it's really wonderful to test yourselves, to push each other."
LAST PUBLIC SIGHTING (2016)
The pair was last photographed by paparazzi in July in Los Angeles — celebrating Knox and Vivienne's 8th birthday at The Griddle Cafe in Hollywood and venturing out to Jamba Juice with Shiloh.
A SEPARATION (2016)
On Sept. 20, 2016, Robert Offer, an attorney for Jolie Pitt said that she was filing for divorce from Pitt. Offer said the decision to divorce was made "for the health of the family."
Brad Pitt Fled to France Amid Fighting with Angelina Jolie This Year, Source SaysAngelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's fighting led the actor to escape to France several times throughout 2016, a source tells PEOPLE.
The couple are divorcing after just two years of marriage and over a decade together, multiple sources confirmed to PEOPLE on Tuesday.
In court documents obtained by PEOPLE, Jolie states that the couple have been separated since Sept. 15.
"The divorce is a complete shock," the insider says. "They have definitely spent more time apart this year, but it's still a shock."
While Pitt, 52, and Jolie, 41, were together to celebrate their second wedding anniversary in August, the source says that the actor often fled to Europe after the pair had disagreements.
Often, the arguments were over "disciplining" their six children – Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne, and Knox – the source says.
"Brad has always been stricter," the source explains. "He has wanted the kids to have more structure. Brad will get frustrated sometimes and yell at the kids. Angelina always had a more relaxed attitude when it came to the kids. She definitely never yells."
Further, the large brood could lend itself to chaos, according to the source. Thus, Pitt was focused on "having rules."
Pitt and Jolie were engaged in 2012, nearly seven years after starring together in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and were married in 2014 at the family's French estate.
"I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids," Pitt said in a statement to PEOPLE. "I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time."
Jolie, through her lawyer, also released a statement addressing the divorce: "This decision was made for the health of the family," the actress' attorney said. "She will not be commenting at this time, and asks that the family be given their privacy during this difficult time."
Brad Pitt Breaks Silence on Divorce from Angelina Jolie: 'What Matters Most Now Is the Well-Being of Our Kids'Brad Pitt has spoken out about his divorce from Angelina Jolie.
In a statement released to PEOPLE, Pitt said his focus is on the "well-being of our kids."
"I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids," he said in the statement. "I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time."
Jolie filed for divorce from the actor, 52, on Monday after just two years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences.
Jolie also released a statement addressing the divorce: "This decision was made for the health of the family," the actress' attorney said. "She will not be commenting at this time, and asks that the family be given their privacy during this difficult time."
According to court documents obtained by PEOPLE, Jolie has asked for physical custody of the couple's shared six children – Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox – and is requesting that Pitt be granted visitation rights.
"Both Brad and Angelina care very much about their kids and there is sadness on both sides," a source close to the situation tells PEOPLE.
Another source close to the couple told PEOPLE: "The divorce is a complete shock. They have definitely spent more time apart this year, but it's still a shock. They just celebrated their wedding anniversary together."
The documents state that the couple have been separated since Sept. 15.
Inside Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's Final Months TogetherAngelina Jolie and Brad Pitt hadn't been photographed together for more than two months leading up to their split.
Multiple sources confirmed to PEOPLE that Jolie, 41, filed for divorce from Pitt. According to TMZ, legal docs filed Monday cite irreconcilable differences, and Jolie is asking for physical custody of the couple's shared six children – Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox – with Pitt being granted visitation rights.
They were last seen together in public making a stop inside a Jamba Juice store in Los Angeles with their daughter Shiloh in July.
Leading up to their second wedding anniversary in August, the couple had spent a large part of the past couple months apart due to their hectic work schedules.
With Pitt, 52, having wrapped his upcoming movies Allied and War Machine, which both shot overseas, and Jolie finished filming First They Killed My Father, the two were busy with post- (and pre-) production on their many projects.
Jolie has also kept up with her humanitarian efforts over the year as a special envoy for the United Nations' refugee agency.
In the past year, the actress has spoken out in front of a House of Lords committee in London and led an honorary committee for this year's Cambodian International Film Festival. Most recently, she advocated for victims of sexual assault in war zones.
Over the holidays, the then-couple were spotted taking a romantic getaway together to Vietnam. They spent three days traveling the country and enjoying various local activities, including a boat ride around the bay.
"They looked happy," an observer told PEOPLE at the time. "[They were] holding hands, laughing."
And prior to jetting off together, the pair had been living in Cambodia with their six children while Jolie finished filmed First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia, a film based on the memoir by author and human rights activist Loung Ung about the brutal Khmer Rouge regime of the 1970s.
Angelina Jolie -- Files for Divorce from Brad Pitt ... Allegations of Substance Abuse, AngerAngelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt and the trigger was a conflict over the kids, substance abuse and anger ... TMZ has learned.
Jolie filed legal docs Monday citing irreconcilable differences.
She's asking for physical custody of the couple's 6 children. She is asking the judge to give Pitt visitation. It's significant ... she does not want Brad to have joint physical custody ... only joint legal custody.
Sources connected with the couple tell us ... Angelina's decision to file has to do with the way Brad was parenting the children ... she was extremely upset with his methods.
Our sources say, Angelina became "fed up" with Brad's consumption of weed and possibly alcohol, and mixed with what she believes is "an anger problem" ... felt it became dangerous for the children.
Indeed, Angelina's entertainment attorney Robert Offer says she made the decision "for the health of the family."
We're told there was no alleged "third person" ... her decision to file was solely over Brad's interaction with their children.
Jolie, who's being repped by disso queen Laura Wasser, is not asking for spousal support.
Jolie lists the date of separation as Sept. 15, 2016.
They married in August 2014. They've been together since 2004.
The last time we saw them together was in July when they took the twins, Knox and Vivienne, out for a birthday breakfast in West Hollywood.
Angelina Jolie Files for Divorce From Brad PittAngelina Jolie Pitt has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt after just two years, multiple sources confirm to PEOPLE.
Jolie Pitt, 41, filed legal docs Monday citing irreconcilable differences, according to TMZ. She asked for physical custody of the couple's shared six children – Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne, and Knox – asking for Pitt to be granted visitation, the outlet said, citing legal documents.
The couple was last spotted together in mid July, just ahead of their second wedding anniversary.
Just last month, sources told PEOPLE that the couple were "as happy as ever."
"They really are great," the source said. "They're really busy, but happy. The kids are getting so big! It's hard to believe."
Pitt and Jolie Pitt first met on the 2003 set of their 2005 thriller Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and began publicly dating a few years later – after the actor's split from then-wife Jennifer Aniston.
"Because of the film, we ended up being brought together to do all these crazy things, and I think we found this strange friendship and partnership that kind of just suddenly happened," Jolie Pitt told Vogue in 2006. "I think a few months in I realized, 'God, I can't wait to get to work.' ... Anything we had to do with each other, we just found a lot of joy in it together and a lot of real teamwork. We just became kind of a pair."
In May 2006, the couple welcomed their first child together, daughter Shiloh, now 10. She joined Jolie Pitt's adopted brood of Maddox, now 15, and Zahara, now 11.
In 2007, the couple adopted son Pax, now 12, from a Vietnamese orphanage.
The next year, twins Knox and Vivienne were born. Of their new family of eight, Jolie Pitt told PEOPLE at the time, "It is chaos, but we are managing it and having a wonderful time."
After nearly seven years together, Pitt proposed in 2012, but it would be two years before the pair married at the family's French estate.
Angelina Jolie Delivers Emotional Speech at Jordan Refugee Camps, Imagines Her Own Children in the Situation(Video) Angelina Jolie can't help but get emotional while discussing the conflict in Syria and the thousands of displaced children who have moved into refugee camps in Jordan.
The actress made her fourth visit to the camps since the conflict began five years ago, and she couldn't help but imagine what it would be like for her own children to experience such tragedy.
"There are children here who remember no life other than this harsh, desert environment and barbed wire fences," she said, talking to reporters as a special envoy for the UN's refugee agency on Friday. "There are teens here who bear terrible physical and mental wounds of the conflict—over half of all refugees in Jordan are under 18. My own children are of that age."
Jolie has six children of her own with Brad Pitt: Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8.
She kept them in mind while adding, "Like any other parent, it is impossible for me not to imagine what it would be like for my own children in this situation, and it breaks my heart."
The actress' goal is to raise awareness surrounding the refugee camps ahead of the UN General Assembly later this week. She wants the conversation to center on "the fundamental root causes of the Syria conflict and what it will take to end it."
Jolie explained, "After five years, refugees do not want to know by what percentage their lives might be made fractionally more bearable, but when they will be able to go home. They do not want to be the passive recipients of aid, they want a political solution."
She continued, "I wish families in Jordan, and across this region, Eid Mubarak. And to those for whom it is not a time of joy and celebration, but of exile, grief and hardship—my thoughts are with you."
Meanwhile, Jolie most recently returned to Bekaa Valley in Lebanon in March, which marked the fifth anniversary of the conflict in Syria. At the time, she pleaded with world leaders and governments to continue to take leadership in helping the millions displaced.
"In my view it comes down to understanding the law, choosing not to be afraid, and showing political will," she said at the time. "For the sake of the people of Syria, and for all the refugees around the world looking desperately to the international community to provide solutions, I hope we will do this."
She concluded, "And I also hope that the 15th of March next year will finally herald a Syria at peace, and will be the beginning of a time of returns so that these refugees are able to fulfill their desire to go home."
Angelina Jolie Pitt Calls for Inclusion of Women in Peacekeeping During Surprise Speech at U.N. SummitAngelina Jolie Pitt has called for a "new way of conducting peacekeeping" focused on the inclusion of women during a surprise visit to a United Nations summit in London.
In her speech, the actress and UNHCR Special Envoy encouraged countries to sign an agreement pledging to increase the involvement of women throughout the peacekeeping process.
"Peacekeeping forces can only gain and keep the trust of the local populations if they are able to engage with women, as well as men, in that community," Jolie said. "When I met senior commanders a short while ago to discuss the challenges of the security tasks they faced, they were clear that women peacekeepers and police officers are essential to local consent and operational effectiveness."
She continued, "There is a dividing line between nations that are prepared to commit to this moment, to understand all that is necessary and all that we are capable of achieving together and those who are not."
The agreement put forward on Thursday saw countries pledge to double the number of women involved in U.N. peacekeeping operations within four years, integrate the needs of women in all stages of the planning process, equip missions so they can respond to violence and mass atrocities, and eliminate all forms of abuse and exploitation by members of peacekeeping missions, Jolie said.
The 41-year-old actress and director kept her look low-key and understated during her speech, sporting an all-black ensemble with nude pumps and wearing her hair slicked back.
Jolie has been involved in the U.N. since 2001.
The special envoy for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees has previously spoken out about the Syrian refugee crisis.
Angelina Jolie Pitt Will Not Be Teaching At Georgetown UniversitySorry, Georgetown University students – you will not be reporting to Professor Angelina Jolie Pitt this fall.
Despite reports that the 41-year-old star will be a visiting professor at the famed Washington D.C. private college the university denied the claim to PEOPLE.
"We enjoy a partnership with the London School of Economics as part of that work, where Angelina Jolie and William Hague are scheduled to teach a class in the fall," Rachel Pugh, a representative for the university told PEOPLE. "There are no current plans for Ms. Jolie to teach at Georgetown."
It was announced in May that Jolie Pitt will be joining the London School of Economics as a visiting professor for the new master's degree course on women, peace and security for the 2016-2017 school year. She will teach alongside British politician William Hague.
"I am very encouraged by the creation of this master's programme. I hope other academic institutions will follow this example, as it is vital that we broaden the discussion on how to advance women's rights and end impunity for crimes that disproportionately affect women, such as sexual violence in conflict," Jolie Pitt previously said in a statement. "I am looking forward to teaching and to learning from the students as well as to sharing my own experiences of working alongside governments and the United Nations."
Pugh says both Jolie and Hague are welcome to come teach stateside as well.
"Angelina Jolie and William Hague have an open invitation to share their experiences and perspectives at Georgetown anytime they're able."
Angelina Jolie Says Her 6 Kids Are Learning Different Languages, Talks Bonding With Maddox Over FilmAngelina Jolie has always her own United Nations at home and now it's going to become multilingual.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Women's Hour show Friday, during which she served as a guest editor, the 41-year-old Oscar winner and a UN Goodwill Ambassador says her and Brad Pitt's six children have been studying languages other than English. The two are parents to Maddox, 14, adopted from Cambodia, Pax, 12, adopted from Vietnam, Zahara, 11, adopted from Ethiopia, Shiloh, 10, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 7.
"I asked them what languages they wanted to learn and [daughter Shiloh]'s learning Khmer, which is the Cambodian language, Pax is focusing on Vietnamese, Mad has taken to German and Russian, [Zahara]'s speaking French, Vivienne really wanted to learn Arabic and Knox is learning sign language," Jolie said.
She said none of the kids want to become actors, adding, "They actually are very interested in being musicians."
The program aired ahead of World Refugee Day, which takes place on June 20. She said on BBC Radio 4 her family celebrates World Refugee Day at home and that her kids have met both child refugees and parents of refugees.
"I never want them to meet these people and look at them with, with pity or feel that it's a responsibility or feel that they are glad they survived it," Jolie said. "I want them to meet people around the world and have so much admiration and respect for people suffering different realities and surviving them with such grace and dignity."
"And so, I don't need to tell my children that," she added. "I just introduce my children to these people and these people are so extraordinary and these families are so wonderful and they've taught me so much and so, my children, I just bring them into this environment and they've asked to be in the environment."
Jolie has long advocated for help for the some 60 million displaced refugees around the world as well as other impoverished people around the world, many of whom lack basic necessities crucial for survival.
Jolie also recalled how she gave birth to Shiloh in Namibia, where poverty rates are high, and delivered her via C-section because she was in the breech position. She said she, unlike many of the locals, was able to know this because she was able to get ultrasounds.
"I found even the local hospital with many, many women—and this was a good hospital—did not have an ultrasound machine," Jolie said.
Jolie also talked about her new directing and screenwriting project, the film First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, based on a book by Loung Ung.
"It was Mad who came up to me and said he thought that it was time to do that film and he was ready to learn the history of his country," the actress said about her eldest son, who was adopted in 2002 as a baby from an orphanage in Battambang.
He accompanied the actress on set and the two bonded during the course of making the movie.
"It's been a really special, special experience," she said. "Any mother with a teenager knows it's nice to find something to come together on in the teenage years."
Angelina Jolie In Talks To Board Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Murder On The Orient Express’Angelina Jolie is in talks to board Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic whodunit Murder on the Orient Express. The actress would join what likely will be an all-star cast as Branagh assembles members from his repertory, both theatrical and big-screen.
Christie’s tale features Hercule Poirot, the erstwhile Belgian detective of curly mustache and inquisitive demeanor. Branagh will embody Poirot, who is called into action after an American tycoon is found murdered, stabbed multiple times, in his locked compartment from the inside aboard the luxurious Orient Express. Isolated and with a killer in their midst on a packed train that is stranded during a terrible snowstorm, Poirot must identify the murderer before he or she strikes again.
Murder on the Orient Express has been adapted for film and TV numerous times before, including a 1974 Sidney Lumet-directed version with Albert Finney in the main role and a cast that included Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman and Sean Connery. Famous for its labyrinthine plot and unconventional solution, the story first published in 1934. Branagh also will produce along with Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg and Mark Gordon.
Michael Schaefer and Aditya Sood will also produce in some capacity. It will be executive produced by James Prichard and Hilary Strong; Strong brokered the deal for Agatha Christie Ltd. Michael Green (Blade Runner 2) will pen the script, with Steve Asbell overseeing the production for Fox.
The picture marks an easygoing change of pace for Jolie following her recent focus on filmmaking. Last year, she directed and starred in the intimate drama By the Sea opposite husband Brad Pitt. She is in post on First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers for Netflix. The film follows Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung recounting the horrors she suffered under the rule of the deadly Khmer Rouge.
Jolie is repped by UTA and Media Talent Group.
Angelina Jolie to teach at London School of EconomicsOscar-winning actress and activist Angelina Jolie has been appointed a visiting professor at one of Britain's most prestigious universities.
The London School of Economics announced Monday that Jolie will be working with students studying for a master's degree in Women, Peace and Security.
Among others appointed to teach the course is former British Foreign Secretary William Hague.
"I hope other academic institutions will follow this example, as it is vital that we broaden the discussion on how to advance women's rights and end impunity for crimes that disproportionately affect women, such as sexual violence in conflict," Jolie said in a statement.
"I am looking forward to teaching and to learning from the students as well as to sharing my own experiences of working alongside governments and the United Nations."
Angelina Jolie Pitt Slams Donald Trump's Anti-Muslim Comments and Urges World Leaders to Address Refugee CrisisAngelina Jolie Pitt is calling for the world to band together to solve the global refugee crisis – while slamming Donald Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric.
Jolie Pitt spoke in London on Monday as part of BBC's World on the Move day, continuing her humanitarian efforts to help the growing number of refugees. And the 40-year-old actress shook her head in disapproval when asked for her thoughts on the presidential hopeful's past comments about Muslims.
"To me, America is built on people from around the world coming together for freedoms, especially freedom of religion," she said, according to CNN. "So it's hard to hear this is coming from someone who is pressing to be an American president."
Last year, Trump called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States" as thousands of Syrian refugees fled their war-torn homeland – with President Barack Obama vowing to welcome thousands into the U.S.
Jolie Pitt spoke in front of a crowd at the BBC event, a special focusing on migration, and urged world leaders to work together to respond to the growing number of refugees.
The actress, a Special Envoy for the U.N. Refugee Agency, declared that isolation is not the answer to solving the growing global refugee crisis.
"If your neighbor's house is on fire, you are not safe if you lock your doors," she said. "Strength lies in being unafraid."
She urged world leaders to welcome refugees and described a present "fear of uncontrolled migration."
However, she said, such a fear would pose a "risk of a race to the bottom, with countries competing to be the toughest, in the hope of protecting themselves whatever the cost or challenge to their neighbors, and despite their international responsibilities."
The Oscar winning actress-filmmaker said that the "average time a person will be displaced is now nearly 20 years," adding that the U.N.'s efforts are severely underfunded.
Still, the mom of six urged for greater efforts from world leaders and warned against policies that would prohibit refugees from legally securing permanent homes, noting that they would only lead to more issues.
"It would amount to the worst of both worlds: failing to tackle the issue and undermining international law and our values in the process," she said.
Jolie Pitt often uses her platform to both speak out about the global refugee crisis and personally lend a hand to those displaced. In March, she visited Greece and Lebanon to aide the thousands of Syrian refugees who have lost their homes.
She previously told PEOPLE that the cause is one close to her heart, and she especially holds refugee families in "high regard."
"So many refugees are children," Jolie Pitt said. "I've often heard them say that the most painful thing is not that they have lost their homes – it is that they have lost their friends."
All About Angelina Jolie Pitt's New PartnershipIf directing, acting, being married to Brad Pitt – and oh yeah, raising six kids – isn't enough, Angelina Jolie Pitt's schedule is getting even busier.
The longtime Special Envoy for the UN Refugee Agency has been expanding her humanitarian work thanks to a partnership with two British foreign policy experts, Chloe Dalton and Arminka Helic, who she first collaborated with four years ago while working on the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, to end war zone rape.
Since then, the trio have set up a partnership – called Jolie Pitt Dalton Helic – to work on issues ranging from women's rights to refugee issues, health, education, international justice, and violence against women. "We have been officially working together for a year and are very much looking forward to continuing our joint efforts on our shared international interests," Jolie Pitt tells PEOPLE.
Bosnian-born Helic, who was a Special Adviser to former U.K. Foreign Minister William Hague, was made nominated to the House of Lords and named a Baroness in 2014. Dalton was most recently Special Adviser to the U.K. Foreign Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Last month the three women visited the International Criminal Court in the Hague, where Helic is a member of the Board of Directors of the Trust Fund for Victims.
In March, Jolie Pitt returned to Lebanon, where she reunited with teenage Syrian refugee Hala, who befriended her daughter Shiloh during a 2015 trip to the refugee camp in the Bekka Valley.
Prior to that, Jolie Pitt, Helic and Dalton traveled to Burma ahead of he country's national elections, where Jolie Pitt joined leader Aung San Suu Kyi on the campaign trail and talked to members of the Burmese Army about sexual violence in conflict areas.
Next up is a visit to the BBC in London on May 16 as part of a day of events to find solutions to the global refugee crisis, where Jolie Pitt will deliver the keynote speech.
Angelina Jolie Pitt on the Syrian Refugee Crisis: 'We Need to Get On Top of This Chaotic Situation'Angelina Jolie Pitt is continuing her humanitarian efforts abroad and addressing the growing global refugee crisis.
The star recently visited Lebanon and Greece on behalf of the United Nations, meeting with both countries' respective prime ministers to discuss how the influx of refugees is affecting their nations.
"The crisis we see today is the result of open-ended conflicts around the world. From Afghanistan to Darfur and Somalia, these are wars that continue every day, long after they have fallen from the headlines," Jolie Pitt says in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE.
"Now, with 60 million refugees worldwide, people are running out of safe places to which to run. That is why we are seeing the movement of refugees desperate to get into Europe or any other place of safety. We need to get on top of this chaotic situation, working to end the conflicts that are creating refugees and ensuring that countries like Greece and Turkey have the means to identify and assist people with a genuine claim for asylum and take the necessary steps urgently to improve their asylum systems," she says.
While visiting Lebanon, Jolie Pitt marked the 5th anniversary of the Syrian conflict and visited a 13-year-old girl named Hala, with whom she's developed a personal relationship.
Hala and Jolie Pitt first met in 2014, when Hala and her siblings were newly arrived refugees from Syria. The actress and director continues to stay in close contact with the family (pictured above), and even brought her daughter Shiloh to meet with them last summer.
"So many refugees are children," Jolie Pitt previously told PEOPLE. "I've often heard them say that the most painful thing is not that they have lost their homes – it is that they have lost their friends."
In Greece, she met with officials to assess the humanitarian situation and to explore the role the UN's refugee agency (UNHCR) could play in support of the Greek government and the European Union. While Lebanon has received an influx of mostly displaced Syrians, Greece has seen a mix of refugees from both Syria and Afghanistan, as well as migrants from other countries.
In a call for leaders around the world to take action last week, Jolie Pitt called the response to the ongoing crisis "tragic and shameful."
Angelina Jolie Pitt Comforts Emotional Syrian Refugee Children During U.N. Trip to Greece(Pic) Angelina Jolie Pitt is lending a helping hand and a hug while in Greece on behalf of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Continuing her humanitarian efforts to aide the thousands of Syrian refugees displaced in Greece, the special envoy greeted people, even comforting a crying boy with a warm embrace.
Jolie Pitt, 40, arrived in the port of Piraeus on Wednesday after speaking out about the growing refugee crisis a day earlier in Lebanon. Greece has been particularly impacted by the Syrian Civil War and conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, with 1,000,357 refugees entering Europe through Greece since Jan. 1, 2015, according to the UNHCR.
"I am here to reinforce efforts by UNHCR and the Greek government to step up the emergency response to the deteriorating humanitarian situation," Jolie Pitt said in a press release Wednesday. "I look forward to meeting authorities, partners and volunteers working on the ground to improve conditions and ensure the vulnerable are protected."
The actress and director has developed personal relationships with some of the refugees she's met since 2014, including 13-year-old Hala, who lost both her parents and lives in Lebanon with her sisters and brothers.
Jolie Pitt joined Hala's family for dinner earlier in the week, and learned of the group's hope to eventually return to a war-free Syria.
"So many refugees are children," Jolie Pitt previously told PEOPLE. "I've often heard them say that the most painful thing is not that they have lost their homes – it is that they have lost their friends."
Charging for leadership to take action, Jolie Pitt said on Tuesday that response to the ongoing crisis has been "tragic and shameful."
Angelina Jolie Pitt Warmly Greets Syrian Refugees in Greece After Lebanon Speech to 'Reinforce' Humanitarian Efforts(Pic) On the heels of her impassioned and poignant speech in Lebanon on Tuesday, Angelina Jolie Pitt has touched down in Greece's port of Piraeus to further continue refugee aide efforts by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Jolie Pitt, 40, greeted Syrian refugee families outside of the UNHCR office Wednesday, and during her trip will proritize expanding the current protection and assistance to those displaced in Greece, according to a press release from the UNHCR.
"I am here to reinforce efforts by UNHCR and the Greek government to step up the emergency response to the deteriorating humanitarian situation," Jolie Pitt, a UNHCR special envoy, said in the release. "I look forward to meeting authorities, partners and volunteers working on the ground to improve conditions and ensure the vulnerable are protected."
In photos and video of her arrival, Jolie Pitt can be seen in the center of a large crowd before stopping to speak to some children.
Since January 2015, almost 85 percent of all refugees and those seeking asylum landed first in Greece before entering other areas of Europe. In the last few weeks alone, over 40,000 people have come to Greece, per the UNHCR.
During her visit, Jolie Pitt will specifically focus on challenges facing Greece's emergency response systems, and work on stabilizing support systems for vulnerable refugees, including unaccompanied children and single mothers.
During her Bekaa Valley visit in Lebanon earlier in the week, the actor and director also reunited with a 13-year-old Syrian refugee she befriended during previous visits, enjoying dinner and learning of the family's journey.
In her speech on Tuesday – the fifth anniversary of the Syrian Civil War – Jolie Pitt called on governments worldwide to do more for refugees as the Syrian crisis drags on.
"There are 4.8 million Syrian refugees in this region, and 6.5 million people displaced inside Syria. On this day, the 5th anniversary of the Syria conflict, that is where I had hoped I would be: in Syria, helping UNHCR with returns, and watching families I have come to know be able to go home," she said during her speech. "It is tragic and shameful that we seem to be so far from that point."
See Angelina Jolie Pitt's Heartfelt Reunion with Teen Syrian Refugee Hala and Her Family(Pic) While visiting refugees in Lebanon as special envoy for the UNHRC, Angelina Jolie Pitt reunited with Hala, a 13-year-old Syrian refugee she befriended during previous visits.
In these exclusive photos, Jolie Pitt has an affectionate reunion with Hala's family, whom she previously saw in last summer. Many hugs were shared, a source tells PEOPLE.
Hala, who lost her parents, lives in Lebanon with her sisters and brothers: Rauhaf, Morhauf, Ahmed, Nemer and his wife, Fatima, and their baby daughter Hamida, whom she helps raise.
The actress and director sat on the floor and had dinner with the family and colored with the children. As they talked, Hala's family shared their dreams of returning to Syria. Nemer, father of Hamida, hopes to return with a vocational skill, while Hala yearns to visit her mother's grave with flowers.
Jolie Pitt, 40, met Hala for the first time in 2014 when her family had just arrived in Lebanon as refugees. A year later, the mother of six returned with daughter Shiloh, now 9, who immediately bonded with Hala.
"[Shiloh] had heard about Hala since my last visit to Lebanon, and has been wanting to meet her and her brothers and sisters," Jolie Pitt told PEOPLE last June. "It was wonderful that they were able to meet, play together, and make friends. So many refugees are children. I've often heard them say that the most painful thing is not that they have lost their homes – it is that they have lost their friends."
Unfortunately, Shiloh couldn't accompany her mother to Lebanon this time around, so she sent some toys and drawing supplies for Hala so she can pursue their shared passion, the source tells PEOPLE.
During this latest trip to Lebanon, Jolie Pitt delivered a passionate speech about the ongoing refugee crisis, imploring the leaders of the world to increase their support of the refugees on the fifth anniversary of the Syrian Civil War.
"I appeal to all governments to uphold the U.N. Convention on Refugees and basic human rights law, because it is both necessary and possible to protect people fleeing persecution and death and protect citizens at home," she said. "It should not be reduced to a choice between one or the other."
She concluded her speech with a message of hope: "And I also hope that the 15th of March next year will finally herald a Syria at peace, and will be the beginning of a time of returns so that these refugees are able to fulfill their desire to go home."
Angelina Jolie, in Lebanon, says world has failed refugeesAngelina Jolie, the Hollywood actress and special envoy for the U.N.’s refugee agency, said Tuesday that the international community must address the root causes of the global refugee crisis.
“We cannot manage the world through aid relief in the place of diplomacy and political solutions,” she said under the pouring rain at a press conference in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley.
Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have sought refuge in the Bekaa. Lebanon hosts well over a million Syrian refugees, who now account for nearly a fifth of its population.
Jolie said she had hoped to be in Syria helping victims return to their homes on the fifth anniversary of the uprising against President Bashar Assad. She said it’s “tragic and shameful that we seem to be so far from that point.”
There are now more people displaced through conflict around the globe than during World War II, according to the U.N.
The war in Syria between Assad’s government, rebels and foreign jihadis has drawn in world powers and generated what the U.N. says is the largest humanitarian catastrophe in a generation.
Half of Syria’s prewar population of some 23 million has been displaced, with around 5 million having fled their homeland, mainly to neighboring Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq.
The international relief organization OXFAM warned Tuesday that Lebanese municipalities are running out of space to bury deceased refugees.
“We should never forget that for all the focus on the refugee situation in Europe at this time, the greatest pressure is still being felt in the Middle East and North Africa, as it has for each of the last five years,” Jolie said.
After a tidal wave of refugees poured into Europe last year, some countries began erecting political and physical barriers to migration, which have left tens of thousands of refugees stuck in squalid conditions in the Balkans this spring.
Jolie called on such countries to adhere to their international obligations to aid refugees.
“The reason we have laws and binding international agreements is precisely because of the temptation to deviate from them in times of pressure,” she said.