Saturday, November 18, 2017

Random Fuzzy

- There is always fan obsession with their tattoos, tattoos that refer to the family and, since the petition, the tattoo on Brad's arm. There is really little point in looking at a close-up of a very low resolution photo that was itself a crop from a long distance shot.  I had made this point previously when a similarly low res shot taken in Berlin in June gave a blurred view of the same tattoo which elicited the same reactions.  His arm -- any arm -- is not a flat surface so light will not hit all parts of the tattoo evenly.  Tattoos can appear darker or lighter depending on the angle and the light.  Areas that are exposed to more sunlight will also fade faster.  Tattoos are, after all, made up of many tiny holes filled with ink on the skin.  All you can really say from a photo of this resolution is that you can see the outlines of the tattoo.  So with that said, what appears to be a new and larger "A" to the right of the original and connected to the line that runs underneath all the initials may just be light and shadow in a low-res photo.


-  In a previous post, I had included most of the behind the scenes photos posted by Roland Neveu.  I left out less than a handful that had already been used in write-ups about the film.  BTS photos and videos are typically released concurrent with the release of the film itself.  I would guess that Neveu put the photos up in September, around the time the film was being screened in Telluride and Toronto prior to its release on Netflix.  Neveu included one photo of Angelina and Brad during what looks like the filming of the exodus scene and Brad was getting ready to take photos with one of his cameras.  Neveu did not include any photos of Maddox or Pax or any of the other children.

-- Fussy


Out with his white Tesla on Friday, Nov. 17.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Published on Nov 17, 2017
The new fragrance Mon Guerlain is a tribute to today’s femininity - a strong, free and sensual femininity, inspired by Angelina Jolie.

More imaginative than “Coco,” more soulful than “Moana,” more everything than “Despicable Me 3,” Nora Twomey’s “The Breadwinner” cements Ireland’s Cartoon Saloon as an animation powerhouse worth mentioning alongside the likes of Pixar, Laika, and the great Studio Ghibli. A deeply anguished story that’s told with the same vivid style as Cartoon Saloon’s two previous features, “The Secret of Kells” and “Song of the Sea,” “The Breadwinner” triumphs with a sense of emotional sobriety that strikes far deeper than anything that passes for children’s entertainment in this part of the world — it may be aimed at (older) kids, but it’s certain to hit their parents twice as hard.

Maureen Lee Lenker November 17, 2017 AT 03:33 PM EST

As an Academy Award winning actress, director, and activist, Angelina Jolie has quite the body of work to her credit. So when Nora Twomey, the director of animated film The Breadwinner, learned of the possibility of Jolie producing her film, she was a bit intimidated. “It was initially daunting, I guess quite scary,” she tells EW. “Working with Angeline Jolie was flying through the airport in the morning and looking at pictures of Angelina Jolie on a newsstands and then going into a meeting with her.”

Jolie immediately signed on to produce the project, based on a 2000 novel about a young girl named Parvana living in Afghanistan under Taliban rule and struggling to support her family.

“I loved the opportunity to tell the story of Afghanistan, to bring to life a country that is little understood, that is conflicted and confused and way too complex anywhere outside of a story,” explains screenwriter Anita Doron.

The film with its tale of female empowerment in a nation embroiled in conflict is in Jolie’s wheelhouse, particularly because she has long supported girls’ schools in Afghanistan.

“She came on at an early stage and from that time on really helped look through every animatic and just helped give guidance on it,” explains Twomey. “Very much having a connection with Afghanistan herself, she supports girls schools in Afghanistan and has done for over a decade, she was able to help us focus. It was a fine line in terms of the sensitivity of the film.”

The Breadwinner hits theaters on Friday. Watch the clip above for more about the film.

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FTKMF (with Angelina Jolie)

A few behind-the-scene photos from the shooting on location in Cambodia of the movie First They Killed My Father by Angelina Jolie.

Random Fuzzy

Brief observations

- Chloe Dalton, who signed JP.D.H's latest financial statements posted earlier, was with her in Vancouver.  Formerly a ubiquitous presence around Angelina and the children while they were living in Malibu, the last photo I saw of her was taken in Kenya, when she and Arminka Helic were present for another speech Angelina gave on sexual violence, that time before the actual peacekeepers on the ground.

- Both Dalton and Helic were with Angelina in Cambodia when she went over for FTKMF's world premiere.  They were in the audience during her press conference with the cast and conferred with the bodyguard who frequently accompanies her and Brad on overseas trips.  I have not seen either Dalton and Helic in any FTKMF engagement since.

- Dalton apparently has not spent much time around the family since they moved to the DeMille,  which was earlier in June before they left for Africa.

- Recall that Angelina said the DeMille was a big jump forward for them.

- A press release issued by the Bangladeshi delegation to the Vancouver conference revealed that she is planning to visit with the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.  Her trips to refugee camps are seldom announced ahead of time and the press release did not indicate when the visit will take place.

- After spending Thanksgiving apart last year, I would think they would want to gather together for a traditional dinner this year.  Maybe in Los Angeles, possibly in Springfield.  But 12 years ago, they made a trip to Pakistan after it was devastated by an earthquake and spent Thanksgiving helping distribute aid to the victims.  It's not altogether impossible for them to make a trip to the same part of the world this year for a different, but equally devastating crisis.

- There were no sightings or photos of her leaving or arriving back in L.A.  Just the airport sighting leaving Vancouver.  She apparently wasn't accompanied by other members of the family.

-- Fussy

Thursday, November 16, 2017

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Jolie shared her views on the Rohingya victims of sexual violence,  reads a press release of Bangladesh Ministry of Foreign Affairs today.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) special envoy told a Bangladesh delegation led by Lt Gen Mahfuzur Rahman, principal staff officer of Armed Forces Division, that she is planning to visit the Rohingya victims of sexual violence ...

She applauded Bangladesh’s generous humanitarian approach in dealing with Rohingya influx during a closed door meeting on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, the press release said.

Angelina Jolie also congratulated Bangladesh along with Canada and UK for their leadership role in launching women, peace and security network yesterday, it said.

Bangladesh Delegation to the UN Peacekeeping Ministerial in Vancouver is headed by Major General (retd) Tarique Ahmed Siddique, also defense and security adviser to the prime minister.

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“It wasn't like, ‘What would make a cool movie?’ It was really, ‘What do I feel I want to spend years of my life on? What has affected me?’ It was clear to me it was that book,” Angelina Jolie says of Loung Ung's fictionalized retelling of her childhood under the Khmer Rouge. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Not only have the two women known each other for more than a decade, they are bound by their shared collaboration, the epic film “First They Killed My Father.” The film, released in September, adapted Ung’s 2000 fictionalized retelling of her family’s experiences. The celebrated work chronicles Ung’s childhood under the Khmer Rouge in the mid-1970s. Jolie directed the picture, which is Cambodia’s official entry for the foreign language Academy Award, and co-wrote the screenplay with Ung.

Until she helmed the 2011 Bosnian war drama “In the Land of Blood and Honey” Jolie bluntly admits she never saw herself as a filmmaker. It was after that film, however, that she began to wonder what types of stories she should tackle next. And that’s when she remembered her friend Ung’s novel and realized it was a story her son Maddox, whom she adopted from Cambodia, needed to experience.

“It wasn't like, ‘What would make a cool movie?’ It was really, ‘What do I feel I want to spend years of my life on? What matters? What has affected me?’ It was very clear to me it was that book,” Jolie says. “And as Maddox [was] growing up, I really need him to understand [what happened] and felt the country hadn't been speaking about it. It's not as open and discussed as it should be.”

The longer Jolie and Ung converse, the easier it is to understand the friendship between them. The pair first met while they were both stuck in a monsoon while Jolie was on a humanitarian mission in the Cambodian countryside. Years later, Jolie asked Ung if she’d be interested in a movie version of her book and if she’d want to do a pass with her on the script. According to Ung, figuring out the storyline began over a three-day stint at Jolie’s home.

One item from the novel Jolie recalls insisting be included in the film was the blue shirt Ung’s mother hid for her children so they would never forget her or their lives before the Khmer Rouge took over the country. And, in fact, that shirt still exists today in a fire-proof safe in the Vermont home of Ung’s brother.

“The kids overheard it and then they surprised her with a gift of a blue silk shirt,” Jolie recalls of her children. “They would throw her random birthday parties because she doesn't know her birthday.”
Ung had explained to Jolie’s kids that she doesn’t know the date of her birth because records were destroyed, but that her brother wrote it down as April 17.

“The day the Khmer Rouge took over the country,” Ung clarifies. “I never felt that could sound right. When you're turning 16, you want to have a 16th birthday party, but you know around the world people are lighting candles and remembering 2 million lives lost. How do you actually have a cake?”
Jolie adds, “We give her new [birthday dates] every year. We were talking about it just yesterday, trying to figure out when your next one is.”

One of the most remarkable aspects of Jolie and Ung’s screenplay is how little exposition there is. Almost the entire story is seen through the eyes of young Loung, played by Sareum Srey Moch.
“The tricky thing about this one was you can't know that much more than she knows, and she's a child,” Jolie says. “You can't know her inner thoughts, which a lot of the book [allowed you to] fill in the politics because you could write what was going on or inner thoughts. You can't use that. We decided no voice-over. We have to just be her and even if there's a whole section where she doesn't understand what's going on and the audience is confused, so is she.”

That journey finds the movie’s depiction of Loung trekking through forests and rice fields where millions of urban Cambodians were sent to work as the authoritarian regime attempted to turn the clock back and remove all Western influence from the nation.

“When you have other wars, you have prison camps and they have walls. In Cambodia, the whole country was a prison,” Jolie says. “There were no walls. There's nowhere to go to be safe. The entire country became a prisoner.”

The heartache of the Khmer Rouge era still brings back painful memories for many, but when it came to film the scenes where Cambodians were ordered to evacuate Phnom Penh, the capital city, Jolie was taken aback by what the survivors wanted to teach their children.

“Even with the exodus scenes, the extras, that they came as families as well,” Jolie says. “They brought their own kids. I was talking to some extras who remember the first evacuation that they did. Now they're bringing their kids and grandkids, to show them what it was like. That was touching.”

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Brooklynn Prince to star in the film with a script from Mike White ('School of Rock'), adapting the Newbery Medal-winning book written by Katherine Applegate and illustrated by Patricia Castelao.

Brooklynn Prince, the breakout lead of acclaimed indie drama The Florida Project, may have just nabbed her first big studio feature, one that involves Angelina Jolie.
Prince is in talks to join Jolie in The One and Only Ivan, Disney's adaptation of the Newbery Medal-winning book written by Katherine Applegate and illustrated by Patricia Castelao.
Thea Sharrock, director of the tearjerker Me Before You, is directing Ivan, which has a script by Mike White and is intended to be a live-action hybrid. Prince and Jolie will make up part of the voice cast for the movie.
Published by HarperCollins in 2011, the book centers on a silverback gorilla named Ivan who lives in a cage in a shopping mall along with an elephant named Stella and a stray dog called Bob. Ivan does not remember life before the mall, but when a baby elephant named Ruby enters and Ivan finds himself taking care of her, he begins to rediscover his previous life and concocts a plan to take the baby elephant away from their abusive owner.
Prince will voice Ruby opposite Jolie’s Stella.
Casting searches are underway to play the human characters.
Brigham Taylor (The Jungle Book) has boarded the project as a producer, joining Allison Shearmur, who was one of the producers on Disney’s live-action take on Cinderella as well as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Jolie.
Florida Project, which is slowly being unspooled by A24, is one of the movies that is generating major buzz this awards season.
Prince recently signed with UTA and is also repped by Thirty Three Management and Hansen Jacobson.

Keynote Speaker at UN Defense Ministerial Peacekeeping Conference


In a forceful speech to United Nations peacekeeping officials assembled in Vancouver, Angelina Jolie called on international conflict negotiators to take their role in preventing and punishing sexual violence more seriously.
Calling sexual violence “a critical obstacle to achieving women’s equality and our full human rights”, Jolie asked those gathered to recognize sexual violence as a weapon and to play a part in preventing it.
It is cheaper than a bullet, and it has lasting consequences that unfold with sickening predictability that make it so cruelly effective,” she said.
Her remarks came as part of her keynote address to the UN Peacekeeping Defense Ministerial Conference in Vancouver and amid several current conflicts which underscore how sexual violence can be weaponized, Jolie said.
She pointed to the mass displacement of Rohingya taking place in Myanmar. Almost every female refugee who has fled for makeshift camps in Bangladesh, the UN said, was a survivor of or witness to sexual violence, including rape.
“This is rape and assault designed to torture, to terrorize, to force people to flee, and to humiliate them. It has nothing to do with sex. It has everything to do with the abuse of power. It is criminal behavior.”
Jolie also made an oblique reference to the outpouring of sexual harassment allegations against powerful men in Hollywood and beyond – some of her first comments since she confirmed to the New York Times that she had had “a bad experience” with Harvey Weinstein that caused her to refuse to work with him and warn others to avoid the powerful producer.
“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 said. “But a man who mistreats women is not oversexed. He is abusive.”
She criticized international leaders for nevertheless treating rape and sexual assault as an inevitable product of violent conflict, rather than a central issue for peace negotiators to address and punish.
“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.
“It is hard, but it is not impossible. 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.”

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Angelina Jolie believes there are three myths as to why sexual violence — which the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network defines as a "non-legal term that refers to crimes like sexual assault, rape, and sexual abuse" — still occurs in conflict zones and elsewhere, despite the advancements made around the world.
The 42-year-old actor, mother and Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is giving a keynote speech in Vancouver today at the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial Summit. HuffPost Canada got an exclusive first look at excerpts from her speech.

The mom-of-six urges politicians, defence ministers and military leaders to help UN peacekeepers better respond to sexual violence around the world, and outlines the myths she believes are at the heart why these crimes persist, and which "we have to overcome together."

"The first myth is that this behaviour is sexual," Jolie's speech explains. "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,"
"But a man who mistreats women is not oversexed. He is abusive."
Jolie cites UN claims that almost every female Rohingya refugee in the camps in Bangladesh is a survivor of, or witness to, sexual violence, sexual assault, rape, or gang-rape.
"This is rape and assault designed to torture, to terrorise, to force people to flee, and to humiliate them. It has nothing to do with sex. It has everything to do with the abuse of power."

Jolie says the second myth is that sexual violence isn't seen as "serious" enough of a crime to warrant significant action. It isn't treated as "a central issue for peace negotiations or agreements. Not grave enough to mount prosecutions and imprison those responsible."

According to the UN, around 120 million girls worldwide have experienced forced intercourse or other forced sexual acts at some point in their lives. And although there are some statistics on how many women are raped and experience other forms of sexual violence during conflict, Human Rights Watch notes that sexual violence in conflict areas are under-reported because of "stigma, the risk of retaliation, lack of access for monitors, inadequate means for safe reporting, and weak government response."
Even though millions of families are under threat of sexual violence in conflict areas, Jolie notes that, "It is on our television screens and in our newspapers. Why then, does nothing change?"

The third myth is that we can't do anything to stop sexual violence, at home or abroad, according to Jolie. Even if the first two myths are dispelled, many still think the problem is too big to solve. But Jolie says it's not impossible, and that countries have the "laws, the institutions, and the expertise in gathering evidence. What is missing is the political will."
As the Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and co-founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, Jolie is well-versed on sexual violence.
In June, the humanitarian and film director visited Nairobi, Kenya, to meet with refugee girls who were living in a safe house after fleeing sexual and gender-based violence. Speaking at the International Peace Support Training Centre, Jolie said, "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 also hasn't shied away from speaking out on her own experiences with sexual violence, noting in her speech today that sexual violence can happen anywhere, even where you work.
Although she didn't specify details, the "First They Killed My Father" director told the New York Times in October that she "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. This behaviour towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable."

Last month, the New York Times and the New Yorker detailed several women's accounts of the sexual assault and harassment they allegedly experienced from the disgraced Hollywood mogul. Since then, many more women, including prominent actresses such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Lupita Nyong'o, have come forward to share their stories of rape, abuse and harassment they allegedly experienced at the hands of Weinstein.