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“This Is Where I Leave You” star Dax Shepard joked about carrying on a secret affair with Brad Pitt on Friday's episode of the “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” See video: Tina Fey Sucker Punches Dax Shepard in ‘This Is Where I Leave You’ Trailer “He might be a great secret keeper,” Shepard gushed to host Ellen DeGeneres. “If I had to step outside the confines of my marital bond, he would probably be the best guy to do it with because he has a lot to lose. It seems safe.” When DeGeneres asked the actor for his thoughts on Pitt's »
- Travis Reilly
Jolie has lined up "Africa" as her next directorial project, based on Kenyan fossil hunter and politician Richard Leakey's longtime battle against ivory poaching on the continent. It will be produced by Skydance's David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, along with Jon Peters and Angelina Jolie. She will work from a screenplay by Oscar-winning "Forrest Gump" writer Eric Roth. Cinematographer Roger Deakins, who shot "Unbroken," is also on board to shoot "Africa." (Read our Deakins interview here.) Jolie had admired Roth's adaptation of Stacy Schiff bestseller "Cleopatra," which has been seeking a director. Is this now back-burnered at Sony as Jolie favors directing over acting? Jolie, who already had quite the year with box office hit "Maleficent" ($700 million and counting worldwide) is currently directing the mid-70s romance "By the Sea," in which she stars alongside Brad Pitt as a former dancer traveling in France. »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
She tackled the Bosnian war in her feature debut, "In The Land Of Blood And Honey," this holiday season she tells the WWII survival story "Unbroken," and now Angelina Jolie has lined up yet another directorial project, based on another true-life topic. With a script by Eric Roth ("Ali," "Munich," "The Good Shepherd"), Jolie is set to helm the biopic "Africa" based on the life of Kenyan Richard Leakey. Coming from a line of archaeologists, Leakey turned his attentions to paleontology and most famously to conversation efforts. He became the crucial face of the anti-poaching movement, working to save endangered African wildlife, but it also found him making enemies with those either within the illegal trade, or who couldn't handle his brusque manner. A fascinating subject to be sure, but this one is likely a bit of a way off. Jolie is currently helming "By The Sea" co-starring her husband Brad Pitt (first look. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Angelina Jolie has only just offered a first look at her next project By the Sea, and her upcoming biopic Unbroken hasn’t yet hit theaters. But already the busy actor/writer/producer/director has lined up her next project.
Jolie has signed on to direct and produce Africa, which is written by Oscar-winner Eric Roth, whose last film was Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close before he delved into television with projects like Luck and House of Cards.
Africa is another biopic for Jolie, and will tell the story of Kenyan politician and paleoanthropoligst Richard Leakey, who battled with elephant »
- Jonathon Dornbush
Angelina Jolie refuses to luxuriate in the Oscar buzz surrounding her upcoming WWII drama 'Unbroken.' On Sept. 8, the actress-turned-director started on her third feature, 'By the Sea,' a romantic drama touting her first self-directed leading role and her first pairing with husband Brad Pitt since 2005's "Mr. and Mrs. Smith". Showing no sign of slowing down, word is in that Jolie's fourth film has taken shape. According to Deadline, Jolie has signed on to helm "Africa," a drama based on paleo-archaeologist Richard Leakey’s fight against ivory poachers in Kenya. Oscar-winning screenwriter Eric Roth ("Forrest Gump," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") wrote the script, which Jolie plans to shoot soon after wrapping "By the Sea." David Ellison’s Skydance Productions, known for blockbusters like the "Mission: Impossible" series and the upcoming "Terminator: Genisys" trilogy, is behind the picture. “I've felt a deep connection to Africa and »
- Matt Patches
Angelina Jolie is showing no signs of slowing down as a filmmaker. After making her debut with 2011’s In the Land of Blood and Honey, Jolie won the highly coveted director’s job of the World War II drama Unbroken. She put together a top-notch team including screenwriters Joel and Ethan Coen and cinematographer Roger Deakins, and while that highly anticipated film is slated to hit theaters in December, Jolie is already hard at work on her next directorial effort, the small-scale drama By the Sea starring herself and Brad Pitt. But now, in the midst of shooting one film and readying another for release, Jolie is already lining up her next next film as a director: Africa. Jolie has signed on to direct the biopic of paleo-archeologist Richard Leakey, who devoted his life to combating elephant and rhino poaching. Hit the jump for more on the project, including the »
- Adam Chitwood
Angelina Jolie has signed on to direct “Africa,” about the paleo-archaeologist Richard Leakey's battle with ivory poachers that threaten the existence of the African elephant population, Skydance announced on Friday. “Africa” is based on Eric Roth‘s screenplay. Roger Deakins, who just worked with Jolie on “Unbroken,” will be the director of photography. See photos: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt First Look in ‘By the Sea’ “I've felt a deep connection to Africa and its culture for much of my life, and was taken with Eric's beautiful script about a man drawn into the violent conflict with elephant poachers who emerged with a deeper. »
- Linda Ge
Angelina Jolie has found her next movie to direct. The actress and now busy helmer has signed on to for Africa, an epic tale for David Ellison’s Skydance Productions. Written by Oscar winner Eric Roth, the pic is based on paleo-archaeologist Richard Leakey’s late-’80s battle with ivory poachers in Kenya that threatened the existence of the African elephant population and the soul of Africa.
Ellison, Jolie, Dana Goldberg and Jon Peters will produce. The pic also reteams cinematographer Roger Deakins and Jolie after the pair did the Louis Zamperini biopic Unbroken, which Universal releases on Christmas Day. The plan is to ramp up production on Africa soon after Jolie wraps her current gig, directing her script By The Sea for Universal in which she stars opposite husband Brad Pitt.
Her first feature helming effort, 2011’s In The Land Of Blood And Honey, served as her calling card »
- The Deadline Team
Although her highly-anticipated Louis Zamperini biopic “Unbroken” doesn’t bow for another three months, Angelina Jolie already has another true story in the works. Jolie has been tapped to direct “Africa” for Skydance Productions from a script by Eric Roth.
The pic is based on the true story of paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey’s battle with ivory poachers, who threatened the existence of the African elephant population and the very soul of Africa. Jolie, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Jon Peters are producing.
“Based on Richard Leakey’s inspirational life, ‘Africa’ is a story that deserves to be told,” Ellison said. “It is very close to my heart, and I know that it will exceed my expectations in Angelina’s hands. She is an incredibly talented filmmaker and is sure to turn Eric Roth’s impeccable script into the project I’ve always wanted Skydance to be involved in.”
- Justin Kroll
With the World War II drama Unbroken readying for a release later this year, Angelina Jolie has set her sights on her next directorial project. And just like her previous movies, it is another true-life drama. Jolie has signed on to direct Africa, Skydance Productions’ drama centering on paleo-archaeologist Richard Leakey and his battle to save the elephant. The script by Eric Roth is described as a “sweeping epic” which tells the story of African-born Leakey, a fossil hunter who helped find bones of early man but later turned his attention to combating elephant and rhino poaching. The
- Borys Kit
Angelina Jolie’s decision to announce her double mastectomy sparked a dramatic rise in women in the U.K. having genetic breast cancer tests. According to a study released Friday by the Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention charity, there were more than double the number of women seeking tests in the months following her revelations in May last year. Across 21 clinics and regional genetics centers, researchers counted 4,647 referrals for testing in June and July 2013, compared to 1,981 in the same period in 2012. "Angelina Jolie stating she has a BRCA1 mutation and going on to have a
- Alex Ritman
The Oscar race has barely started, but there is already a laundry list of once-expected contenders that will not get released in 2014 and will try to be in the game next year. The most prominent title on that list so far is "99 Homes," which, following a Venice debut, was seen as a potential Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor player for stars Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon, respectively. The film was hoping screenings at Telluride and Toronto would foster its standing with distributors aiming for a legit Oscar qualifying run, but it became the odd man out. Instead, "Still Alice" and "Top Five" turned out to be the surprise pickups at Toronto for year end release and "99 Homes" found its best hope in the hands of indie upstart Broad Green Pictures. The story isn't over for Ramin Bahrani's film to say the least, but it's not where anyone thought »
- Gregory Ellwood
It’s September, so why wouldn’t we start predicting an Oscar race that won’t finish for another five months?
To be fair, Venice, Telluride, and the Toronto film festivals have all concluded. Many films have screened. Many films have connected with audiences, and a rough draft of the Oscar race is beginning to come into focus. Sure, no Academy member will even begin popping in those screener DVDs for another couple of months, but it’s still worth discussing what has buzz and what is likely to still be on voters’ minds once the weather finally begins to cool off. »
- Nicole Sperling
Back in 2012, before Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence co-starred in David O. Russell's Oscar-winning "Silver Linings Playbook" and its follow-up "American Hustle," the duo shot period drama "Serena," which was once going to star Angelina Jolie with director Darren Aronofsky. Oscar-winning Danish auteur Susanne Bier ("A Better World") took the helm for producers Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner's 2929 Productions, and has been delayed trying to finish it. Based on Ron Rash's 2008 novel, the film is set in 1929 North Carolina and follows George and Serena Pemberton, ambitious newlyweds with their hearts set on a timber empire. They become obsessed with success, and their lives take a Shakespearean turn when Serena finds that she can't get pregnant and tries to harm her husband's illegitimate son. Why the delays? "Once it finished shooting we've all been busy," Bier told me in Toronto, which invited "Serena," »
- Anne Thompson
We have to wait till Christmas to see newcomer Jack O'Connell as an Olympian-turned-war hero in Angelina Jolie's hot Oscars contender "Unbroken." He has had featured roles in two other films this year and stars in "71," an intense war drama that debuts on Sept. 27 at the New York Film Festival. This early exposure can't hurt when hits the Oscar campaign trail later this year. -Break- Angelina Jolie & Ava DuVernay could make this a historic year for female directors at Oscars In "'71," he plays Gary Hook, a young British soldier stationed in Belfast, Northern Ireland just weeks before the Bloody Sunday massacre on Jan. 30, 1972 ignited the Troubles. The film takes him from boot camp to moments of near-certain death, though the film is more of a showcase for rookie director Yann Demange. O'Connell delivers an emotional performance despite the script giving us only limited detail about hi...' »
We recently opened our predictions for the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar, and the early favorite is "Unbroken," Angelina Jolie's upcoming drama about Olympian-turned-World War II-hero Louis Zamperini. Our experts, editors, and users all favor it to win, giving it 9/4 odds overall. -Break- Oscars Best Picture race led by 'Boyhood,' 'Unbroken,' 'Birdman,' 'Foxcatcher' (Photo Gallery) It's no wonder "Unbroken" is out front for the screenplay award; it has one of the strongest writing pedigrees of any film this season. Adapted from the nonfiction book by Laura Hillenbrand, who also wrote the source material for Oscar-nominated "Seabiscuit," it's credited to four writers, all of whom are familiar to academy voters. Joel Coen and Ethan Coen are already four-time Oscar champs, including a pair of writing wins for "Fargo" (1996) and "No Country for Old Men" ...' »
Entertainment Weekly shared some exclusive photos of the upcoming Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt romantic drama By the Sea. It’s the couple’s first on-screen collaboration since they met working on Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2005, and it’s Jolie’s third time in the director’s chair. She also wrote the film and is producing (with Pitt coproducing). Jolie and Pitt are newlyweds, but the film centers on a couple at the end of their rope who take a vacation in order to save their marriage. The film is set in France during the mid-1970s in a quiet, seaside town. Jolie plays a former dancer named Vanessa, while Pitt plays husband Roland, an American writer. “As a kind of found-family is assembled amid these maritime...
- Alison Nastasi
Plot: A young British soldier (Jack O.Connell) finds himself separated from his unit and trapped behind enemy lines in 1971 Belfast at the height of .The Troubles.. Review: Lightening really did strike twice at Tiff this year. I say this because last year, in the dwindling days of the fest, I was totally taken off-guard by Starred Up, a nifty thriller starring British newcomer Jack O.Connell, who was quickly snapped up by none other than Angelina Jolie to star in Unbroken. O.Connell.s »
- Chris Bumbray
Updating the Best Director category isn't as easy as it was last week when I took a look at the acting and Best Picture categories. On the heels of the Venice, Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals there were a few films and performances that clearly rose in significance, but when it comes to direction I tend to feel we're looking at something a little different. It seems like a chance for the Academy to award a director whose film may have been a little more challenging, a little less The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game, while, at the same time, we also have some strong female directors in the field this year, which could also spice up the race as gender politics continue to heat up in the industry. When it comes to my top five in the category, the names remain the same while some of the positions have changed. »
- Brad Brevet
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie finally tied the knot last month . and apparently the duo decided the best way to celebrate was by collaborating on a moody, romantic drama titled By the Sea. We.re sharing the first pics, and the early plot details, from the new production. The film, which is Pitt and Jolie.s first work together since 2005.s Mr. and Mrs. Smith (the film where they became a real-life couple), is a period piece set in the 1970s according to a newly published piece over at EW. By the Sea takes place in France, where Jolie and Pitt play a married couple who are drifting apart. However, things begin to change and passions rekindle when they stop in a small French village and interact with the local inhabitants. Jolie will not only headline the film, but also handle the writing and directing duties for By the Sea. »
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