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There has recently been speculation about Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt reuniting on screen for their first project since 2005’s Mr. And Mrs. Smith. Now it’s becoming official, with the news that Universal has snapped up the rights to make what is currently called By The Sea.Very little is known about the movie, though Variety has heard that it’ll focus on a couple’s relationship, which isn’t that surprising given who is on board. Jolie is planning to write and also direct the film, which means it will have to wait until she finishes work on the Louis Zamperini film Unbroken, due in cinemas for Christmas.“I am very happy to continue my relationship with Donna and the entire Universal team as I finish Unbroken and begin work on By The Sea," Jolie said in a statement. “They have created a very special place for storytellers, »
Jolie has written the script and will direct the project, while she and Pitt will also produce. Jolie, currently in post-production on "Unbroken" for Universal, is expected to make this as her next film.
In an official statement, Jolie says: "I am very happy to continue my relationship with Donna [Langley] and the entire Universal team as I finish Unbroken and begin work on By The Sea. They have created a very special place for storytellers, and I look forward to the continued passion and support they have provided to me as a filmmaker.”
This marks Jolie and Pitt's first appearance on screen together since 2005's "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" where they famously met.
Source: Universal Pictures »
- Garth Franklin
We first reported on the project back in May, which marks the first time Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have starred in the same movie together since the 2005 action-thriller Mr. and Mrs. Smith. By the Sea reportedly centers on a couple's relationship, but no specific plot details have been released.
"I am very happy to continue my relationship with Donna (Langley) and the entire Universal team as I finish Unbroken and begin work on By the Sea. They have created a very special place for storytellers, and I look forward to the continued passion and support they have provided to me as a filmmaker. »
Universal Pictures announced that it has acquired the worldwide rights to Jolie’s next project, By the Sea. Described as an “intimate, character-driven drama,” the film will also be produced by the power couple.
Jolie made her feature directorial debut with In the Land of Blood and Honey, a love story set in the midst of the Bosnian War. Her directorial followup, Unbroken, is about a former Olympian who was »
- Jackson McHenry
This may be a Plan B project, but it sounds like a grade-a idea to us. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are set to reunite on the big screen for the first time since 2004's Mr. and Mrs. Smith, this time costarring in the character-driven drama By the Sea, Universal Pictures announced Friday. Jolie wrote the script and will direct the film, to be produced by Pitt. No word on whether there are parts for the kids to make it a full-on family affair, but mom and dad are good for starters. "I am very happy to continue my relationship with [Universal Pictures chair Donna Langley] and the entire Universal team as I finish Unbroken and begin work on By The Sea, " Jolie said in a »
Better start preparing yourself now: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are going to be in a movie together again. Universal has acquired the rights to By the Sea, a "intimate, character-driven drama" starring Jolie and Pitt. Jolie will also write and direct, with Pitt chipping in as a producer. No word on specific plot, but if it is anything like Mr. and Mrs. Smith, theaters should probably start installing cold showers now. »
- Jesse David Fox
It marks the first time the duo has appeared onscreen together since 2005′s “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.”
Jolie and Pitt will also produce the project, which is said to focus on a couple’s relationship.
“I am very happy to continue my relationship with Donna and the entire Universal team as I finish “Unbroken” and begin work on “By The Sea,” Jolie said. “They have created a very special place for storytellers, and I look forward to the continued passion and support they have provided to me as a filmmaker.”
Jolie is currently in post-production on “Unbroken,” an epic drama directed and produced by Jolie based on the true story of Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini and adapted from author Laura Hillenbrand’s bestseller. »
- Justin Kroll
There may have been some controversy surrounding the release of Mr. And Mrs. Smith, as the chemistry between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie was undeniable. They've moved on to other projects since but I suppose it was only a matter of time before the two were brought together again in hopes of striking that sickly sweet box office gold a second time. For round 2, it looks to be under the guiding hand of Angelina Jolie herself. Angelina Jolie first tried her hand at directing in 2011 with In »
- Sean Wist
15. Stranger by the Lake
Directed by Alain Guiraudie
Written by Alain Guiraudie
Though Stranger by the Lake premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival (and appeared on Sound On Sight’s best of 2013 list), it finally reached North American audiences in January of this year. Alain Guiraudie’s stunning noir-tinged thriller is set entirely against the backdrop of a secluded lake–known to locals as a popular gay cruising spot. A tale of murder complicated by intense sexual obsession (garnering equal parts praise and criticism for its frank depiction of unsimulated gay sex) it accomplishes the rare feat of subtly guiding the way we pay attention to details as we watch. The film’s deceptively simple geography is mapped out as much aurally (and orally) as visually. By the time of the pulse-pounding climax, Guiraudie has masterfully taken hold of all of our senses in an ever-tightening claustrophobic grip. »
Though his feature directorial debut, Winter’s Tale, was an unqualified disaster on absolutely every level, Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman (for his script for A Beautiful Mind, which also won Best Picture) isn’t giving up the director’s chair just yet. This week, he signed on to helm a horror flick called Stephanie, for Blumhouse, Unbroken and The Gotham Group.
The film will tell the story of a “little girl with unworldly abilities who was abandoned before a man and a woman show up claiming to be her parents, thereby interrupting her mysterious world.”
Though that description doesn’t really give much insight into what Stephanie is actually about, we have reason to be hopeful. Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski’s script was noted as one of the best in The Blood List (like the Black List of most liked but un-produced screenplays, only for horror) a few years back. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Over the course of his career, actor Brad Pitt has garnered acclaim for a wide filmography that has seen him take on roles in movies such as Se7en, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, The Assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford, Burn After Reading, Inglourious Basterds, and The Tree of Life. Filmmaker David Ayer concurrently rose to prominence for his work writing 2001′s Training Day, soon taking on directorial duties as well in films such as Street Kings and End of Watch. Fans of both were thus excited to learn that an upcoming project would see the two of them working together. Titled Fury, Ayer once again takes on screenwriting and directing duties, and Pitt is joined onscreen by Logan Lerman, Shia Laboeuf, and Jon Bernthal. The first trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning continued their Tokyo press duties for Maleficent when they attended a photocall for their new film on Tuesday. The two actresses were joined at the photo-op by Japanese actress Aya Ueto, who does the Japanese voice of Princess Aurora in the translated version of the project. Angie chose to leave her children back at their hotel for this event, but she did have them on hand when the whole gang posed for photos at Tokyo's Haneda Airport over the weekend ahead of the film's Monday night premiere. Angie and Elle's promotion efforts appear to be paying off as Maleficent has officially surpassed the $500 million mark in worldwide box office sales, making it Angelina's highest-grossing film, ever. (Her previous biggest blockbuster was 2005's Mr. and Mrs. Smith, which earned $478.2 million worldwide.) Despite her busy press schedule, Angelina still found time to host the Global Summit »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
Over the weekend, Maleficent hit over $520 million at the worldwide box office, making it Angelina Jolie’s highest-grossing film of her career, besting previous record holder Mr. and Mrs. Smith, which took in $478.2 million in 2005.
Maleficent has been in theaters for four weeks in the United States, and it hauled in an additional $13 million this weekend domestically; Maleficent also passed Disney’s similarly styled Oz the Great and Powerful, which grossed $493.3 million worldwide back in 2013.
The film’s overall gross will likely get substantially higher; Maleficent has yet to open in Japan. »
- Erin Strecker
Angelina Jolie continued to stay true to "Maleficent" at the Japan premiere for the film, sporting an outfit the wicked fairy would definitely approve of.The 39-year-old beauty showed off her ultra-thin figure at the event, rocking a knee-length, strapless black dress and matching sky-high stilettos. She completed her elegant ensemble with a classically chic updo and smokey eye makeup. The actress hit the red carpet with her costar Elle Fanning, who looked like a princess in a long-sleeved, ivory lace tiered gown. Over the weekend, "Maleficent" became Angelina’s highest-earning live action flick, topping the $500 million mark since hitting theaters on May 30th. Jolie’s previous record was $478.2 million with 2005’s "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," which also happened to kick start her relationship with Brad Pitt.Click "Launch Gallery" above to see more photos of Angelina Jolie through the years. Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Kevin Hart's "Think Like a Man Too" comedy opened to $30 million at the domestic box office, taking first place and easily earning back its $24 million budget. Despite the incredible result, the film couldn't top the opening numbers of "Think Like a Man," which earned $33.6 million in 2012. "Even though the opening is a hair less than the last, I think summer weekdays are going to absolutely make up for that," said Sony. "Certainly the picture is already a success. Kevin Hart is a force to be reckoned with." "Think Like a Man Too" has a 22% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. Sony's other comedy, "22 Jump Street," had to settle for second place in its second weekend of release. It earned an addition $29 million to bring its worldwide total to $150 million. The other wide release of the weekend was Clint Eastwood "Jersey Boys" musical, which landed in fourth place with $13.5 million, a disappointing »
Think Like a Man Too, the sequel to 2012's Think Like a Man, took the weekend box office with $30 million, narrowly edging out last weekend's sequel champ, 22 Jump Street, which came in at No. 2 with $29 million (totaling $111 million in domestic ticket sales). Another sequel, How to Train Your Dragon 2, came in at No. 3 with $25.3 million. Clint Eastwood's adaptation of the Broadway musical Jersey Boys bombed at No. 4 with $13.5 million. Meanwhile, Angelina Jolie's Maleficent proved to have a lot of staying power, rounding out the top five with $13 million in its fourth weekend bringing its domestic haul to $186 million. Adding in worldwide numbers, the Disney live-action film has made $521 million to become Jolie's highest-grossing film ever. (Her previous best was Mr. and Mrs. Smith, which brought in $478.2 million back in 2005.) »
- E. Alex Jung
VH1′s latest wallow in very recent nostalgia is, by nature, a silly exercise: On Saturday, the five-night anthology will end by celebrating the long-ago year of 2009—you know, that dark age when The Simpsons was only in its 21st season, and commuters who wanted to play Angry Birds had no choice but to do it on the iPhone 3Gs. Those suckers didn’t even have iOS 7!
If it’s going to be done, though, it might as well be done right—which is why there was something vaguely disappointing about the pop-culture milestones celebrated in the miniseries’ fifth and sixth episodes, »
- Hillary Busis
Two major sequels that earned rave reviews and featured Jonah Hill opened at the box office this weekend. Which movie came out on top is somewhat surprising. "22 Jump Street" came in at no. 1 with an estimated $60 million over the three day handily beating "21 Jump Street's" $36 million debut a little over two years ago. The opening is the largest live action opening of both Hill and co-star Channing Tatum's careers and with an A- Cinemascore rating "22 Jump" should easily surpass the original's $138.4 million gross. Also, don't be surprised if it ends up as the highest grossing comedy of the summer. Right now, its biggest competition is Melissa McCarthy's "Tammy" opening July 2. Debuting in second was one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year, "How To Train Your Dragon 2." The sequel to the beloved 2010 Oscar nominated animated feature took in just $50 million on over 4,200 screens. Many expected that »
- Gregory Ellwood
No doubt fans of 21 Jump Street recognized plenty of callbacks and self-deprecating cracks made by Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in the über-meta sequel 22 Jump Street. From a running gag about how sequels are more expensive versions of the exact same thing (including undercover partners Schmidt and Jenko’s high-tech new HQ, which Jenko describes as cool “as a Cube of Ice”) to the line “F— you, doves!” (surely a throwback to the first installment’s fan-favorite line “F— you, science!”), the movie was chockablock with them.
That said, judging from some conspicuous moments of silence during gags at the »
- Lanford Beard
Believe it or not, it’s not easy being Tom Cruise. Over the weekend, Tom Cruise’s latest big-budget scifi-actioner Edge of Tomorrow opened. To be polite, the box office returns left this $178 million picture well over the edge of being a box-office bomb with just over $29 million domestically, coming in 3rd place. In the film his character Bill Cage fights a superior and innumerable opponent in these organic machine aliens known as Mimics. This isn’t too dissimilar from where Cruise stands right now against the immeasurable tides of sequels, reboots and franchises. It almost makes Edge of Tomorrow autobiographical on Cruise’s part as he’s one of the only movie stars at his level not churning out a franchise film every year or two. And to go along with that theory, just as Cage is connected to the network that powers the Mimics, Cruise is certainly engaged with the studio system. »
- Dylan Griffin
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