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Angelina Jolie talks her Russian sleeper spy role in Salt

Angelina Jolie talks her Russian sleeper spy role in Salt

Angelina Jolie has been in the national capital during the weekend, promoting his new spy thriller, Salt (July 23). A year ago, she has managed to avoid the paps and observers as she turned in the Washington DC area.

Chase scenes for the movie, which opens July 23, were filmed with barricades holding hundreds of fans and photographers at a distance just out of camera view. Jolie plays the title role, CIA agent Evelyn Salt, who goes on the track after accusations that she is a sleeper agent in Russia.

“Salt and I did the same thing, ‘she laughs.” Just trying to keep their heads down and go from there. ”

In an interview Saturday, she also said recent remarks that she intended to leave the scene one day. Jolie, 35, said she has no plans to retire.

“I want to be very busy. I am a little excited. I did not sit well, “she said. “In the years to come, not that I’m retiring. There will simply fewer films at one time.

“And I do other things. I live in Africa for six months and fly planes. I see what there is to it. And artistically, I’m sure there’s something else to do. ”

Salt is her first film since 2008 and Changeling birth of her twins, Knox and Vivienne, who turn 2 today. Being a mother of six years with Brad Pitt and a return to Gunslinging fistfighting – often hung on the side of a building or jumping from a balcony on a stone floor – more difficult than expected.

“I had a moment of my first day because I had not worked for a year and a half and I was home and had babies,” says the actress, who is much more to soft voice and warm as his screen alter egos difficult. “I did my first day back and I thought, ‘What am I doing? I am the mother of someone! ‘

The young are not shocked to see his action game on the large scale, “she said. “I met Brad made waterfalls together (on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith), so we’re kind of this family,” she said. “It’s almost expected for mom to go out and do something like that.”

Part of the reason for his visit has been relatively calm keeping the team small strike. The whole family did not join her – that her daughters Zahara, 5, and Shiloh, 4, and they remained out of sight.

Jolie and Pitt try to movies at different times, then one of them is at home with the children. When traveling, it’s a chance for special attention, “she said. “For example, (the four older children) are all coming with me to Cancun, and then came back and spent much time with babies, because they could not come. Then the girls came to DC as a journey of girls. And boys, Pax and Maddox are having special time with dad boy “back in Los Angeles.

This means that the couple are not likely to co-star again, if she wanted Pitt to make an appearance in the salt. Even if it was a short scene, the stunt work, it would have taken too much time commitment, so he ended up with baby-sitting duties.

“He was almost going to be the guy that I bike flipped over and then call me a bad reputation,” she said, laughing. “But he was with the children that day, and we could not do it.”

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Ashton Kutcher files for divorce from Demi Moore

Ashton Kutcher files for divorce from Demi Moore

After Demi Moore announced their split last year, Ashton Kutcher takes steps to make it final.

It hasn’t been a good month for Demi Moore. Just two weeks after embarrassing photos came out of the 50-year-old making a fool of herself at a party in Miami, Ashton Kutcher has filed for divorce from her – more than a year after they split. People reports that the “Two and a Half Men” star made the bold move in a Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday, with the help of his high-power attorney Laura Wasser, who has also represented Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian, and Angelina Jolie in divorce court.

Ashton Kutcher, 34, cites irreconcilable differences as the reason for their separation and also states he is not seeking any spousal support from Demi Moore, 50.

The couple, who first met through mutual pal Sean “Diddy” Combs, announced their split in November 2011, just after their sixth wedding anniversary – and following a report that Kutcher had cheated with 21-year-old Brittney Jones. “As a woman, a mother and a wife there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred,” Moore said at the time, “and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life.”

But the road has not been an easy one for the actress. In January, she was hospitalized following a reported drug overdose, and then checked into rehab. Although Moore, who has three grown daughters with ex-husband Bruce Willis, seemed to be doing better, her recent antics in Miami proved otherwise. It’s also been reported that she is dating 26-year-old art dealer Vito Schnabel, but he has denied the relationship.

Meanwhile, Kutcher has been flaunting his romance with former “That ‘70s Show” co-star Mila Kunis, who he began seeing in April. In October, reports surfaced that the 29-year-old was pregnant with Kutcher’s baby, but her rep denied it. A source close to the actor tells People that he has long-held a torch for the brunette beauty. “He was so in love with her for a while when they worked together. He thought she was a goddess, was always talking about how beautiful she is.”

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Buzz about Angelina and Brad movie

Buzz about Angelina and Brad movie

The two are in talks to star in a gritty thriller — their first project since “Mr and Mrs Smith.”

Brad Pitt is close to signing on to a Ridley Scott film in which Angelina Jolie is also circling, Deadline Hollywood reports. If all lights turn green, this would be the first time the couple has shared screen time since “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” — the 2005 film in which the celebrity pair are said to have first fallen in love (while Pitt was still married to actress Jennifer Aniston).

Pitt and actor Javier Bardem are said to be close to signing on, and Jolie is vying for the female lead, according to the Deadline report. The thriller, called “The Counselor,” stars Hollywood “it” man Michael Fassbender, while Oscar winner Natalie Portman and Jeremy Renner have also been rumored to be in the film. “The Counselor” is about a lawyer (Fassbender) who falls in too deep with drug trafficking.

It starts shooting in June in Europe—a convenient location to Scott’s and Jolie – Pitt’s respective homes in the south of France. Jolie has voiced the desire to work again with Pitt. In 2010 this is what she told Vanity Fair: I’d love to. We’ve talked about it. We’d have to figure out who’s going to watch the kids, but it’s really about finding the right thing, because we’ve looked. When you’re a couple, there are certain things people don’t want to see you do. It becomes too indulgent, too personal. I don’t think people want to see people who are really together intimate on-screen. Maybe we have to play bad guys that try to kill each other, so it’s just fun and aggressive, not dealing with some man-woman deal.

“The Counselor” will be Scott’s next directorial effort after “Prometheus,” also starring Fassbender (alongside Charlize Theron), due out in theaters June 8.

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Children of the Bosnian War

Children of the Bosnian War

Every cast member of In the Land of Blood and Honey was in some way directly affected by the events of the war. Each brought their own stories and experiences to the project and enriched their characters and the film with their own histories.

Zana Marjanoviæ was fortunate enough to be able to escape to Slovenia during the war. “I was born in Sarajevo and was only eight years old during the war. My father chose to stay in Sarajevo. The war came as a huge surprise, and no one thought the war would last as long as it did. It’s one of the reasons why my mom took us to Slovenia. Many Bosnian Muslims emigrated, but my mother believed the war would end the next day, every day. So we waited in the closest country for the war to end, so we could go back home.”

In 2001, Marjanoviæ moved back to Sarajevo where she currently lives. The notion of Ajla being an artist was what Marjanoviæ most personally connected with. Being an artist allows Ajla to be expressive, to share the way that she sees the world, to create. It allows her to be open to new experiences and new ideas. “An artist feels and perceives things in very specific ways,” says Marjanoviæ, “and leaves his or her expression for others to see.” I like this sense of character for Ajla. Artists are also often very strong yet delicate persons. And the same could be said of Ajla.”

Goran Kostiæ suggests that it is Ajla who symbolizes the future, whereas Danijel is trapped in the past. “She is everything he is not,” Kostiæ says. “Ajla is the creative one; she is the one who sees the world. Danijel is always holding back, and she’s always pushing forward. She has a courage and an energy he is attracted to.”

Jolie sees Ajla in a precarious and almost impossible situation. “There’s a point where Danijel is safety and security. And there’s a point where she has to decide if he’s redeemable, or simply her enemy. She is put in a very different situation, and how she tries to gain the upper hand becomes the chess game of the film.”

Children of the Bosnian War

Kostiæ, a Bosnian Serb, had a direct connection to the war, and to the character of Danijel. “Every single Kostiæ back to the beginning of time was a military person. I’m the first to break this tradition. If you weren’t a general by the age of 45 in my family, you were nothing. I had this really strong feeling growing up about who I was supposed to be. I was even accepted to the military academy, but I turned it down.”

“I was born and raised in Sarajevo. I left for London when I was 20, a year before the war started. At the time, communism was falling, and economically, Yugoslavia was quite strong.

There was a healthy middle class there. So after communism, there was an exciting liberal sense of freedom in the air. While I was in London, the war began. That entire feeling vanished overnight. My girlfriend at the time—she’s my wife now—was with me. We both realized we couldn’t go home because there was no home to go to.’

Being separated from his family made his situation all the more conflicting as the war dragged on. “It was awful. For the first two years, I felt this strange void in myself. I was working as a waiter at the time, but it was always very mechanical. My mind was somewhere else. There was a point where I knew exactly when each British station would hold their news broadcasts. I had to check the news 24 hours a day. I would jump into empty hotel rooms and watch the news to hear what was happening in Bosnia.

Thankfully, my family made it out without anyone being killed or any of our possessions destroyed. I remember talking to my mother on the phone. I can hear the bombs in the distance. All I can say is, ‘Mom, take care of yourself.’ This was the same weekend as a London bombing. And my mom actually tells me, ‘Son, take care of yourself.’ I didn’t know whether to cry or smile! It was the first time where I had to ask, ‘What should I do? Who am I as a man, as the son of a Serbian officer? Should I fight? Who should I fight for?’ I could never come up with an answer I truly believed in. Eventually, I realized that the best thing was to stay away. There was no good fight.”

He may not have fought, but Kostiæ strongly relates his own conflicts with Danijel’s. “I never participated in the war, but Danijel is also not a happy participant,” he says. “He’s isn’t strong enough to not fight. He’s not in charge of his fate. He’s a prisoner to himself and his circumstances.” Jolie notes how much Danijel is controlled by the forces around him. “By nature of his family and the war, he was put in a position that he isn’t strong enough to refuse or escape, and he doesn’t quite know how to handle it. He knows there’s something wrong. As he says, he recognizes people. He has trouble seeing an enemy in somebody he went to school with. He questions the war, but is never able to follow through with the questioning.”

“Danijel never became a true man, a free man,” Kostiæ says. “If we all had the strength to not participate, maybe the war would never have occurred. He allows himself to be pushed and shoved by history, by tradition, by his father. He doesn’t bother to protect himself from these bad dark forces coming over him. He may not pull the trigger initially, but he is just as guilty as those who do.”

Danijel’s inability to behave with any kind of will leaks into his own wishful thinking about his relationship with Ajla. “Danijel is pretending that they have some kind of normal life together,” Kostiæ says, “but it’s crumbling as time passes. It follows the way humanity deteriorates in Bosnia at that time. It begins pure and about love, and then starts twisting and turning and getting darker. Danijel starts out feeling protected with Ajla from the world outside. She is like a mother to him, but eventually it’s not about love anymore.” Marjanoviæ recognizes the conflict and strain that the relationship has on Ajla’s choices.

“She’s constantly in conflict. She’s not in love with the enemy; she’s in love, and later, that person becomes her enemy. There’s never a single moment when she ‘turns,’ but it slowly evolves throughout the film. Ajla always has a sense of justice throughout, even if her decisions are very emotionally difficult. There’s never any hate or vengeful feelings, but she knows that her actions are right. It’s about sacrificing something you love for the greater good.”

The character of Lejla serves as an emotional anchor for Ajla’s own decisions. Lejla is the sister who is trapped in Sarajevo, fighting against the Serb army, and mourning the death of her child. The woman who plays Lejla, Vanesa Glodjo can relate to Lejla’s situation. She too lived through the siege of Sarajevo, as a teenager. “I lived on the front line, and had to walk to my school through the snipers every day,” she says. “It was an hour-and-a-half in each direction, every day. We were blocked in for four years. We couldn’t leave the city. Luckily we had a small garden, so we could eat different things during the war! I wanted to be an actress before the war started, but the war blew up those plans for a while.”

Glodjo may have been front and center for the brutality of the siege, but it didn’t help her understand what was going on around her. “It’s a completely different picture seeing the war from the inside than outside. Actually, we knew less than people outside. We just experienced grenades and shelling. News was limited to prevent panic among people. In the beginning, we all thought it would last 15 days or something like that. Soon after, we saw that you could really die. When it started, it felt like you were in a war movie. But when we began to see how serious it was, we just felt fear.”

Glodjo knew a neighbor whose baby was murdered, and her emotional response was greatly informative for Glodjo when she played Lejla. “She didn’t cry for one month. She had no ability to react. But then, she would cry so loudly every night. She cried for one year after that.” Glodjo herself was also wounded during the war.

Marjanoviæ notes the shifting roles that occur within Ajla and Lejla’s relationship. “Ajla and Lejla take care of each other. Ajla babysits the child so that her sister can take a shower. I’ve witnessed from my own family life that young mothers don’t even have the time to do things like that! Ajla, being a little sister, sees her older sister almost as a mother. But then she grows up and ends up taking care of her older sister toward the end of the film.”

Rade Šerbedžija plays Nebojsa, the Serb general whose zeal for war is born of his own warped sense of history, an attitude that he uses to control his son, Danijel. Šerbedžija is part Serbian, but was born and raised in Croatia, which experienced its own war in 1991. “I worked everywhere in Yugoslavia,” he says. “I was creatively very happy. Life was good. Then the tensions started and I took a strong stand against nationalism and war. I went to peace meetings, talked, sang, and eventually became the enemy of all nationalist political officials.

“A big part of my family was slaughtered by Croatian Nazis during World War II. My parents never burdened me with that; on the contrary, I was raised to love. I knew some characters similar to Nebojsa. I was deeply disturbed when I saw what position they had taken in the war and where they were heading. Some of them saw a war as a chance to change their life and have a fresh start. Some were just blinded by nationalism.”

Šerbedžija was in Bosnia when the war started, and it destroyed his reputation in the region. “I stayed for two weeks in Sarajevo after the fighting started, and then I had to go back to Belgrade where my wife was about to give birth. That was how our exile started. I was a ‘traitor and enemy’ in both Croatia and Serbia for my public anti-war views. I didn’t want to choose the side of any nation. I was on the side of humanity and peace, but that was very unpopular at the time.”

For Šerbedžija, Nebojsa is as much a slave to bigger forces as Danijel is. “His perspective is heavily burdened by the trauma from his childhood and probably by being an unhappy person as a whole” he says. “He is obsessed by the mythology and the past as unfortunately many people became. He goes back to what some Muslims did to his family in the Second World War. We see what an unhappy person Nebojsa is. No matter how big his wounds are, it is not justification for taking a revenge on innocent people 60 years later.”

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Angelina Jolie: I am very homebound one

Angelina Jolie: I am very homebound one

The actress says she has few girlfriends and doesn’t spend a lot of time with them.

If you can’t picture Angelina Jolie yukking it up with a bunch of gal pals over lunch and a manicure, well, that’s because she doesn’t do it. “I don’t really have girlfriends in movies, if you’ve noticed,” she says in the January issue of Marie Claire. “Well, I have a few girlfriends. I just… I stay home a lot. I’m just not very social. I don’t do a lot with them, and I’m very homebound.”

Her partner of more than six years, Brad Pitt, with whom she has three adopted and three biological children, is clearly a big part of the allure of home. “[Brad} has expanded my life in ways I never imagined. We built a family. He is not just the love of my life, he is my family. I hold that very dear,” she gushes. “I suppose what I’ve learned from Brad is to be able to have the kind of family whose happiness and well-being comes before your own. I’m very, very grateful to have such a loving family, and I wouldn’t have that without him.”

That brood includes Maddox, 10; Pax, 8; Zahara, 6; and 3-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne, who, Jolie shares with the magazine, are very different. “Knox is very much a dude … very physical, tough.” While Jolie — who makes her directorial debut with the intense “In the Land of Blood and Honey” later this month — admits she’s never been much of a “girly-girl,” little Vivienne certainly is: “Vivi will pick flowers from the garden and put them in her hair. She likes to get her nails done and collects stuffed animals. It’s funny for me to have to buy all things pink and watch princess movies!

Jolie also reveals in the interview that her highly publicized estranged relationship with her father, actor Jon Voight, has gotten better … somewhat.

“He’s met the kids and they’ve met him, and I think that’s important that they can do that. We’re in each other’s lives, but we don’t as a rule discuss the past,” she explains.

And for those wondering if the Jolie-Pitt clan will be getting even bigger in the future, well, never say never. “Nothing planned at the moment, but we just don’t know,” says the 36-year-old. “I could end up pregnant.”

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In the Land of Blood and Honey Trailer

The first trailer for In the Land of Blood and Honey has arrived. This drama marks the directorial debut of actress Angelina Jolie and focuses on a love story set against the Bosnian war, with Rade Serbedzija, Nikola Djuricko, and Goran Kostic in the leads. The film depicts the story of a wartime love affair between a Serbian man and an imprisoned Muslim woman.

Danijel, a soldier fighting for the Serbs, and Ajla, a Bosnian held captive in the camp he oversees, knew each other before the war, and could have found love with each other. But as the armed conflict takes hold of their lives, their relationship grows darker, their motives and connection to one another ambiguous, their allegiances uncertain.

In the Land of Blood and Honey comes to theaters December 23rd, 2011 and stars Rade Serbedzija, Nikola Djuricko, Branko Djuric, Zana Marjanovic, Goran Kostic, Goran Jevtic, Fedja Stukan, Dolya Gavanski. The film is directed by Angelina Jolie.

In the Land of Blood and Honey Trailer

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Angelina Jolie opens up about ‘darker times’

Angelina Jolie opens up about 'darker times'

In a new TV interview, the star says she is lucky to be alive but hasn’t retired her wild ways.

Sometimes it’s hard to remember that before Angelina Jolie became a mother of six and one of Hollywood’s highest-profile humanitarians, she was a troubled upstart living her life on the edge.

But Jolie herself hasn’t forgotten, and she’s telling “60 Minutes” that she’s fortunate to have made it out of her adolescence alive.
“I went through heavy, darker times and I survived them,” the 36-year-old Academy Award-winner said in an interview that airs this Sunday. “I didn’t die young, so I’m very lucky. There are other artists and people who didn’t survive certain things.”

When pressed on the subject, Jolie held back but said something sure to let curious imaginations run wild.

“[There’s] nothing I want to go into a lot of detail about, but people can imagine I did the most dangerous and the worst. For many reasons, I shouldn’t be here. You just think [of] those times when you came too close to too many dangerous things, too many chances taken, [going] too far.”

Before she settled down with Brad Pitt in 2005, Jolie had a reputation for dark behavior that her eccentric personality hardly refuted. The daughter of “Midnight Cowboy” actor Jon Voight, Jolie survived a troubled adolescence, to say the least: Before becoming a star in her own right, she often cut herself and admitted to experimenting with “just about every drug possible,” including heroin.

Having cleaned up a bit as she entered her twenties, Jolie still continued to raise eyebrows, whether it was wearing a vial of blood from her then-husband Billy Bob Thornton around her neck, kissing her brother on the lips in public, or talking about her briefly considered dream job of being a mortician.

Even now, as the mother of six, Jolie says she hasn’t completely abandoned her darker urges. “I’m still a bad girl, I still have that side of me… it’s just in its place now,” she said. “It belongs to Brad.”

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Angelina Jolie handcuffs purse to wrist in Toronto

Angelina Jolie handcuffs purse to wrist in Toronto

Once a wild child, always a wild child! Angelina Jolie carried a unique fashion accessory to Brad Pitt’s Moneyball premiere Friday night in Toronto: a gold clutch that was actually handcuffed to her wrist!

The actress, 36, carried the Louis Vuitton Lockit PM Devotion clutch. She paired the shiny gold bag with a sleek black dress.

Earlier this year, Jolie modeled for Louis Vuitton’s Core Values campaign, which was shot on location in Cambodia. The Salt star was reportedly paid millions for the ad, which she donated to charity.

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Angelina Jolie talks her directorial debut

Angelina Jolie talks her directorial debut

What Angelina Jolie is focused on are new career endeavors — writing and directing — both of which she says she fell into by accident. She talked Vanity Fair magazine on directorial debut.

It was a bout with the flu that led her to write the script that’s now her latest film, “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” a love story set during the Bosnian Civil War. “I had to be quarantined from the children for two days. I was in the attic of a house in France. I was isolated, pacing. I don’t watch TV and I wasn’t reading anything. So I started writing,” she explains.

And what was Brad’s feedback after she gave him the script to read on a trip? Well, it could have been worse. “He called and said, ‘You know, honey, it’s not that bad.'”

As for becoming the film’s director, Jolie says she simply didn’t trust handing off the job. “I’ve never felt more exposed,” she says of her screenwriting and directorial endeavors. “My whole career, I’ve hidden behind other people’s words. Now it’s me talking. You feel ridiculous when you get something wrong.”

Though Jolie jokes about the fact Brad thinks that — with her new experience under her belt — she’s going to be a “nightmare” when it comes to dealing with directors from now on, she also shares how helpful he’s been throughout the project. “He’d come in and say what he liked or what he didn’t understand. Like any woman, I would listen to most of it and fight a few things,” she admits. “He’s been so supportive. But it’s hard to separate the person that loves you from the critic, so I don’t think hes a fair judge.”

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Jennifer Aniston wows in leather dress

Jennifer Aniston wows in leather dress

Jennifer Aniston promotes “Horrible Bosses” in a daring outfit similar to one worn by Angelina Jolie.

Jennifer Aniston showed off her deep tan and signature stems upon arriving at a London-based “Horrible Bosses” press conference in an Angelina Jolie-like look. Do you think Brad’s better half would have worked this simple-yet-sexy leather Celine mini and strappy Gucci stilettos better than the former “Friends” star?

Later that same day, Jen donned a completely different getup for the European premiere of the R-rated romp. Do you prefer her previous, black leather look, or this one, which consists of a feminine Valentino Fall 2011 dress and Tom Ford peep-toes?

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