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The honor will be accepted by the executive producers at the 26th annual Producers Guild Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Jan. 24.
The Kramer Award was established in 2002 to honor a production, producer or other individual whose achievement or contribution illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues. Kramer’s films included “The Defiant Ones,” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” “On the Beach” and “Inherit the Wind.”
“The producers responsible for ‘The Normal Heart’ pulled off an extraordinary feat of storytelling. The film is both a moving narrative that lends a human face to the crucial early struggles against HIV/AIDS, »
- Dave McNary
The film, directed by Ryan Murphy and produced by Scott Ferguson, Alexis Martin Woodall, Jason Blum, Dede Gardner, Dante Di Loreto, Ryan Murphy and Brad Pitt, was based on Larry Kramer’s play chronicling the early days of the AIDS epidemic in New York City.
- Steve Pond
Angelina Jolie (In the Land of Blood and Honey) returns to the director’s chair with Unbroken. Based on the book of the same name by Laura Hillenbrand, the film –written by the Coen Brothers - tells the unbelievable true story of Louie Zamperini (Jack O’Connell), an Olympic track star who joined the Army Air Corps during World War II as a bombardier at the height of his athletic career.
During his time defending the country, he would survive a plane crash with two of his military comrades, Phil (Domnall Gleeson) and Mac (Finn Wittrock), 47 days on a raft, and being held as a prisoner of war in a Pow camp by the Japanese navy.
The film also stars Garrett Hedlund (Fitzgerald) and Japanese rocker Miyavi (Watanabe), who is making his American movie debut. This month, a press conference was held in New York where Jolie spoke about working with the Cohen brothers, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Super User)
“We were all there because we cared about the man; we were inspired by the story, we liked what the film was saying, and we admired the man. It was Louis’ film.” The film shot in 68 days for $65 million, fairly modest for an epic-scale piece that spans several decades and continents. Jolie says it wasn’t easy for the film teams, but everyone worked together: “We were all united. And everybody was so enthusiastic about everybody else’s work.”
Cinematography, Roger Deakins
“With everyone who came in, we talked about Louie, what he meant to us, what the film needed to say and how to communicate that to the audience. We wanted to make a film »
- Tim Gray
Only when Laura Hillenbrand's 2010 biography "Unbroken" became a bestseller did the logjam start to break, partly because her "Seabiscuit: An American Legend" was turned into a improbable 2003 Universal hit. Finally, when Angelina Jolie--with one independent film behind her, 2011 Bosnian war drama "In the Land of Blood and Honey"--came on board, the movie really did move toward a green light. My Q & A with her is below. Why it was so hard. Louie Zamperini crammed a lot into his life. There's young Louie the Italian-American trouble-maker turned runner and sports star who becomes a World War II bombardier who crashes into the ocean, surviving 47 days on a life raft with two crew members, rescued by the Japanese who submit him to two years at a prison camp. Then he battles alcoholism and becomes a born-again Christian who forgives his torturers. The main issue all along with getting the Zamperini biopic made, »
- Anne Thompson
Though Angelina Jolie has been quoted as saying she'll eventually give up acting, she's not quite finished yet. "I'll do less acting and more directing in the future, yes," said Jolie, speaking with us about her second directorial effort "Unbroken." "[But] there are a few more things I wanna do as an actress because I know what they are and I've been developing them and then it'll probably be time." So what did she learn on her first outing as director - 2011's "In the Land of Blood and Honey" - that she applied to "Unbroken"? And how did her celebrity help (or hinder) the process of making the new film? Watch the full interview above. "Unbroken" hits theaters on Christmas Day. »
- HitFix Staff
It's been a long time since Jon Stewart worked with Angelina Jolie on a 1998 film called Playing by Heart, but the Oscar winner left a lasting impression on him. "Ever since I met you about 20 years ago on set, I thought, 'This person has talent coming out of everywhere,' " Stewart told the actress and director, who stopped by The Daily Show on Thursday. "You meet certain people and you go, 'This person embodies something different, special.' I've always thought that about you." In fact, he even came up with a Brangelina-like name for himself and Jolie, 39. "If you'd »
- K.C. Blumm
Angelina Jolie has put her heart and soul into Unbroken, the true story of an Olympic runner Louis Zamperini who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II. It's her first big studio movie as a director and we were at the London premiere.
Pics: Angelina Jolie's Unforgettable Moments
"Every day I think we all looked at each other and thought, How did he really survive this?" Angelina said.
Louis' survival story involves a plane crash, 47 days at sea and more than two years of torture in Pow camps.
In February of this year, Angelina and Louis sat down with the Today show to chat about Unbroken. "[I feel] such a huge responsibility to get it right, because I love [Zamperini] so much, and because he's helped me so much in my life," Angelina said of the passion project. "[The world] can seem hopeless and it can seem very overwhelming. But the resilience and the strength of the human »
Angelina Jolie had one key goal, I believe, in bringing Unbroken to the screen, and that was to do right by the remarkable life of Louis Zamperini. Simple as that. And that she has accomplished in every way. This was clearly evident as the film got its local sendoff Sunday afternoon with multiple screenings for guild and Oscar voters as well as the pundit crowd, which couldn’t wait to jump on Twitter to give an instant verdict on the film’s Oscar chances.
After all, this one is a big target, as it is the last realistic Best Picture contender to debut and it has been handicapped, virtually since it went into production, as the one to beat. Is it? Who knows?
Some viewers sent off mixed vibes afterward, though most seemed at the very least to admire it. A few cautioned about the realistic scenes of torture that Zamperini, »
- Pete Hammond
Impeccable craftsmanship and sober restraint have been brought to bear on “Unbroken,” Angelina Jolie’s beautifully wrought but cumulatively underwhelming portrait of Louis Zamperini, the Olympic runner-turned-u.S. Air Force bombardier who spent 47 days lost at sea and more than two years as a prisoner of the Japanese military during WWII. In re-creating the nightmarish journey so harrowingly relayed in Laura Hillenbrand’s biography, Jolie has achieved something by turns eminently respectable and respectful to a fault, maintaining an intimate, character-driven focus that, despite the skill of the filmmaking and another superb lead performance from Jack O’Connell, never fully roars to dramatic life. A bit embalmed in its own nobility, it’s an extraordinary story told in dutiful, unexceptional terms, the passionate commitment of all involved rarely achieving gut-level impact.
- Justin Chang
Director: Angelina Jolie; Screenwriters: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Richard Lagravenese, William Nicholson; Starring: Jack O'Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Jai Courtney, Garrett Hedlund, Miyavi; Running time: 137 mins; Certificate: 15
If the life of Louis Zamperini was written as fiction nobody would ever believe it. The son of Italian immigrants, he spent much of his youth as a teen troublemaker before representing his country in the 1936 Olympics. Later enlisting in the Us Air Force, he spent the early 1940s in the skies until his aircraft crash-landed in the ocean and he was marooned in shark-infested waters for 47 days.
Zamperini and fellow survivor Russell Allen Phillips were captured by the Japanese Navy and put in a Pow camp where they remained until the war ended in 1945. Remarkably, at the age of 80, Zamperini returned to Japan to run a leg in the Torch relay for the Nagano Winter Olympics. His story is one of incredible courage, »
Beverly Hills — Angelina Jolie is making movies. A lot of movies. On Sunday afternoon the Oscar winner sat down for a Q&A to discuss the first of three films she's had in the works, "Unbroken," the long-awaited biopic of Louis Zamperini. An Olympic athlete at the1936 Summer Games in Berlin, Zamperini's life took a dramatic turn when he enlisted in the Air Force during WWII and had a life-changing experience that found him adrift at sea for over 47 days and subsequently interned for over two years in a Japanese Pow camp. Zamperini tried to get his story on the big screen for decades, but it didn't come to pass until Laura Hillenbrand wrote "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption" in 2010 and, eventually, Jolie decided to direct. What Jolie didn't realize when she was considering the project was that Zamperini was actually her neighbor. »
- Gregory Ellwood
All she can see, in every direction, is water. It’s Oct. 16, 2013, the first day of filming on the WWII drama Unbroken, and a barge has taken Angelina Jolie, her crew, and an enormous crane camera onto the open Pacific off the coast of Queensland, Australia. As she stands on the ship, silhouetted by bright blue sky and deep blue sea, actors Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, and Finn Wittrock float nearby in a small yellow raft. They are skinny and weak and starving, having subsisted on just 500 calories a day for two months. Suddenly, the wind picks up, stirring salt spray and waves. »
- Sara Vilkomerson
She's already been made a dame by Queen Elizabeth II. Now, Angelina Jolie has dived even further into British life by paying a visit to the House of Lords. Though Jolie recently admitted that she was "open" to running for office, her trip to the heart of British politics wasn't the first step on a new career path. Instead, Jolie was at Parliament's upper house Monday to see her close friend Arminka Helic, 46, become a member of the 1,000-year-old institution. Watching from the gallery alongside Sir Nicholas Soames - grandson of Sir Winston Churchill - Angelina told the London Times »
- Philip Boucher
When it comes to its choices for cinematic achievements each year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. takes its fair share of knocks. But in the foreign-language film category, the HFPA’s roughly 90 voting members seem to get a little more credit for picking the best of what the world has to offer.
Through a looser set of rules and a different nomination process, the HFPA often recognizes films that aren’t even eligible for the Academy Award.
“We approach it very liberally,” says Serge Rakhlin, chairman of the HFPA’s foreign-language film committee. “Producers can submit films; directors can submit films — there’s no limit on films from a particular country.”
Rakhlin highlights one of the biggest differences between how the HFPA and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences go about selecting films: the HFPA doesn’t limit each country to one film per year in the category. »
- Christy Grosz
Angelina Jolie has spent decades as a celebrated actress, earning an Academy Award for her performance in Girl, Interrupted and staking a claim for herself as one of the most sought out performers in the industry. In recent years, however, her career has been shifting - and recent quotes indicate that she may soon be ready to leave the acting game for good. Since 2011, when she made her directorial debut with the dark drama In The Land of Blood and Honey, Angelina Jolie has been starting to focus more on her career as a director instead of an actress, and in a recent interview with DuJour she has revealed that her end game is to leaving the acting world behind and instead turn her attention to her blossoming run as a filmmaker. Discussing her feelings about performing, Jolie told the magazine, "I.ve never been comfortable as an actor; I »
Back in August 2013, Spike Lee launched plans for his newest movie on Kickstarter, causing a big hullabaloo in the process. People questioned whether an established director like him was taking money away from other independent filmmakers and projects, even though he clarified that more people came to Kickstarter who had never heard of the service. He added that this was the new order, the new way indie filmmakers like himself got the word out.
Lee did end up earning the funding for his film, just over $1.4 million from over 6,000 backers, and now that film has finally arrived. The movie is Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, a reimagining of a cult horror classic from 1973 Ganja & Hess. Indiewire has details that the film will be released in theaters and VOD, presumably with many perks for Kickstarter backers, on February 13, 2015. This follows its premiere at the American Black Film Festival back in June, »
- Brian Welk
Angelina Jolie is making it a family affair on her upcoming film, "By the Sea," which costars husband Brad Pitt. The couple's 13-year-old son Maddox also works on set ... as a production assistant! In an interview with DuJour magazine, the actress talks about directing her famous other half, her son's new job and her plans to continue her career behind the camera."It’s so weird," the 39-year-old beauty says in the mag's winter 2014 issue, referring to her eldest son’s new role. Vivienne, Pax and Zahara recently appeared in "Maleficent," while Shiloh was in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."Even with their busy schedules, Angelina and Brad are adamant that their six kids remain a priority, personally and professionally. In fact, she says her new film "Unbroken" was made with their kids in mind. "In the back of my mind, I wanted to make a film that would »
- tooFab Staff
The couple tied the knot on August 23 during a private ceremony in the French village of Correns.
Speaking to Vanity Fair about life after the wedding, the actress and humanitarian enthused: "It does feel different. It feels nice to be husband and wife."
The star also discussed the vows that their children wrote for them, saying: "They did not expect us never to fight, but they made us promise to always say sorry if we do. So they said, 'Do you?' And we said, 'We do!'"
She is currently preparing to direct and star in drama By the Sea opposite Pitt, and added to the publication: "A few friends asked if we were crazy... [A film about] a married couple going through some difficulties... and I'm directing him!"
When asked whether she »
• Greg Kinnear, Jon Voight, Renee Zellweger, and Djimon Hounsou are set to star in Paramount Pictures' Same Kind of Different as Me, EW has confirmed. Michael Carney will make his directorial debut. He co-wrote the script with Alexander Foard and Ron Hall. Based on the book by Hall and Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent, the story follows an art dealer (Kinnear) who befriends a homeless man (Honsou) in order to save his marriage to his wife (Zellweger). The unexpected friendship takes the three on an incredible journey, and helps Hall reconnect with his father (Voight). Mary Parent and Cale Boyter »
- C. Molly Smith
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