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Bosnian thesp Fedja Stukan has two films unspooling at the Sarajevo Film Festival (which runs through Aug. 22) — Fernando Leon de Aranoa’s “A Perfect Day” and Cristobal Krusen’s “Sabina K,” which Stukan also produced; he hosted the fest’s opening ceremonies, as well. The 41-year-old Bosnian army special forces veteran boasts a string of military roles among his credits, including Angelina Jolie’s “In the Land of Blood and Honey.” “A Perfect Day,” which IFC will distribute Stateside, was the first film in which he portrayed a normal guy. “Usually I play marginalized people, terrorists, rapists,” he says. “It’s my face I guess.”
Complex Captain: In Juanita Wilson’s 2010 drama “As if I Am Not There,” Stukan made an impression as an officer who exhibits a degree of humanity in the midst of the horrific Balkan war. “The captain was a much older man, but I rewrote it for Fedja, »
- Alissa Simon
They haven’t appeared on-screen since their 2005 effort Mr. and Mrs. Smith, but now a married couple in real-life, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have squared off in the upcoming drama By The Sea. We’ve just received the first By The Sea trailer, which you can see below.
This is a very different effort to their previous movie, and revolves around a couple kicking about France as their marriage is on the verge of collapse.
Here’s the proper, official plot:
Set in France during the mid-1970s, Vanessa, a former dancer, and her husband Roland, an American writer, travel the country together. They seem to be growing apart, but when they linger in one quiet, seaside town they begin to draw close to some of its more vibrant inhabitants, such »
- Paul Heath
Jolie’s third film, about a married couple traveling through France in 1970s, features pill-popping, running mascara and brutal slapping
After impressing with her first feature in the director’s chair – In the Land of Blood and Honey – Angelina Jolie disappointed with her studio-sized sophomore drama, Unbroken, which reeked of a desperate bid to be taken seriously by awards voters with its schmaltz tone and massive scale. For her third feature, By the Sea, Jolie has gone in the opposite direction to serve up an intimate character study. It seems like the transition has brought out the best in Jolie.
In By the Sea, Jolie reunites on-screen with her husband Brad Pitt for the first time since Mr and Mrs Smith. They play a married couple in the mid-1970s traveling through France who are forced to re-examine their relationship after an encounter with a younger couple (Mélanie Laurent and »
- Nigel M Smith
"Do you wanna hurt me? Hurt me!" Universal has debuted the first official trailer + a poster for Angelina Jolie Pitt's By the Sea, a period romance starring Brad Pitt and of course, Angelina Jolie Pitt herself as well. The cast includes Mélanie Laurent, Melvil Poupaud, Niels Arestrup and Sarah Naudi. It was filmed around Malta, an archipelago in the central Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African coast. Truthfully, this really just seems like Pitt and Pitt – or rather Angelina and Brad – having "fun" doing a movie together where they can dress up and explore all these crazy emotions in a romantic story set in a beautiful location in the past. I'm definitely intrigued, this trailer is a very alluring tease. Take a look below. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Angelina Jolie Pitt's By the Sea, in high def from Apple: Written, directed and produced by the Angelina Jolie »
- Alex Billington
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt share the big screen for the first time since 2005's Mr. and Mrs. Smith in the trailer for By the Sea. We haven't heard much about this drama since the first look photo debuted back in September, but today we finally get to see some footage from this drama, which Angelina Jolie also wrote and directed. Universal Pictures has set a November 13 release date for By the Sea.
By the Sea follows an American writer named Roland (Brad Pitt) and his wife, Vanessa (Angelina Jolie), who arrive in a tranquil and picturesque seaside resort in 1970s France, their marriage in apparent crisis. As they spend time with fellow travelers, including young newlyweds Lea (Mélanie Laurent) and François (Melvil Poupaud) and village locals Michel (Niels Arestrup) and Patrice (Richard Bohringer), the couple begins to come to terms with unresolved issues in their own lives. »
Since their first appearance onscreen together in the 2005 Doug Liman action film Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Brad Pitt and Angeline Jolie have gone on to earn critical acclaim for a number of performances. Pitt’s filmography has since added Inglourious Basterds, The Assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford, The Tree of Life, and Burn After Reading, while Jolie has appeared in A Mighty Heart and Changeling while also stepping behind the camera for In The Land of Blood and Honey and Unbroken. The duo’s next project, however, is poised to see them reunite onscreen, this time in a dramatic turn. The film, titled By The Sea, has the following plot synopsis.
Set in France during the mid-1970s, Vanessa, a former dancer, and her husband Roland, an American writer, travel the country together. They seem to be growing apart, but when they linger in one quiet, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
For her first two features as a director, Angelina Jolie took on the wartime romance In the Land of Blood and Honey and the prisoner of war tale Unbroken. Now she’s heading into much more intimate territory with By the Sea, and the first trailer has just arrived. Jolie writes and directs the drama and […]
- Ethan Anderton
Read More: Angelina Jolie's 'By the Sea' to be Released During Awards Season 2015 For her third feature film, Angelina Jolie is scaling way back after the ambitious war epics "In the Land of Blood and Honey" and "Unbroken," while also tackling acting and screenwriting duties. In what she has described as an "art film," "By the Sea" looks to be an intense character play full of high drama. Jolie stars opposite Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Niels Arestrup, Melvil Poupaud and Richard Bohringer. The drama marks the first time Jolie and Pitt have acted with each other since "Mr. and Mrs. Smith." The official synopsis reads: "'By the Sea' follows an American writer named Roland (Pitt) and his wife, Vanessa (Jolie Pitt), who arrive in a tranquil and picturesque seaside resort in 1970s France, their marriage in apparent crisis. As they spend time with fellow travelers, »
- Zack Sharf
Angelina Jolie has a motto: If you want something done right in Hollywood, just do it yourself. Five years ago, when the actress and fillmmaker was writing the screenplay for In the Land of Blood and Honey, a love story amid the Bosnian War, she wrestled with the idea of turning it over to another director. In the end, however, Jolie, 40, had a nagging sense that her story would somehow be misinterpreted — so she added another credit to her resume. "The idea that somebody would [...] »
Word of mouth about Netflix must be pretty damn good in the Jolie-Pitt house. Almost two months after Brad Pitt shook hands with the company to have them distribute his upcoming star/producer project War Machine, a satirical comedy and departure-from-the-norm for Animal Kingdom/The Rover director David Michod, Angelina Jolie is teaming with the streaming site for her fourth directorial effort, the Loung Ung biography First They Killed My Father. amz asin="0060856262" size="small"The feature is an adaptation of Ung's best-selling memoir of the same name, who helped co-adapt the screenplay with Jolie. The two are reported to be very close friends from a bond beginning in 2001, one year after her book was published to wide-spread acclaim. The superstar reached out to her at the time with her love and praise for her words, and they've tried to turn this into a feature since. Jolie is also on board to produce the feature, »
- Will Ashton
An Angelina Jolie Netflix movie will make its way to the styreaming service in 2016. It will revolve around Loung Ung’s memoir First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers. An Angelina Jolie Netflix movie is coming in 2016
Angelina Jolie will direct an original movie for online streaming service Netflix. The movie will be an adaptation of the book First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers. Jolie will helm the project for Netflix as well as produce. It is said that the movie will be in both Khmer and English when it hits the service in late 2016.
The film will revolve around Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung and her surviving the deadly Khmer Rouge regime.
Netflix are pursuing some ground-breaking titles for their first slate…
Here’s some background information on Ung’s story, as found on her official Loung Ung website. »
- Paul Heath
Angelina Jolie has signed a deal to direct, produce and co-write a new movie for Netflix. The 40-year-old actress and director will adapt Cambodian author Loung Ung's memoir 'First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers' for the streaming service. Angelina told People in a statement: ''I was deeply affected by Loung's book. ''It deepened forever my understanding of how children experience war and are affected by the emotional memory of it. And it helped me draw closer still to the people of Cambodia, my son's homeland. ''It is a dream come true to be able to adapt this book for the screen, and I'm honoured to work alongside Loung and filmmaker Rithy Panh.'' Angelina's son Maddox, 13, was born in Cambodia and he is believed to be involved in the movie's production. Her directorial debut, 'In the Land of Blood and Honey,' was »
Natalie Portman lifts her Hebrew-language directorial debut from Israeli scribe Amos Oz's 2002 memoir of the same name that chronicled his upbringing in Jerusalem during Israel's early days as a state. After she met Oz, whose mother she plays in the film, Portman spent eight years writing the movie and securing funding to keep it in Hebrew. Her namesake should be enough to secure the film distribution—but does this herald a promising directorial career? Cannes reviews, below, have been mixed. While The Guardian compares Portman's efforts to Angelina Jolie's "In the Land of Blood and Honey," also a personal passion project and also lukewarmly received, other writers like Indiewire's Eric Kohn fear this is a "bland, earnest period piece," the kind of film you might call handsomely made — but emotionally bereft. Read More: Career Watch: Natalie Portman Decides to Go Big or Go Home Variety: It’s perfectly »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Jolie directed “By the Sea” from her own script. The film also stars Mélanie Laurent, Niels Arestrup, Melvil Poupaud and Richard Bohringer. Pitt portrays an American writer who arrives with his wife (Jolie) in a tranquil and picturesque seaside resort in 1970s France with their marriage in apparent crisis. Laurent and Poupand portray newlyweds.
The studio said “By the Sea” is inspired by European cinema and theater of the ’60s and ’70s. Jolie and Pitt are the producers; Chris Brigham, Holly Goline (“Unbroken”) and Michael Vieira (“Unbroken”) are exec producing. »
- Dave McNary
Collider reports that actress/director Angelina Jolie (Unbroken, In The Land Of Blood And Honey) is being courted by Marvel and Warner Bros. to helm both studios' first ever female driven movies; Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman. There were whispers of Jolie being looked at to bring Carol Danvers to the big screen a while back, but apparently she is now "definitely under consideration for the job. Marvel just set a couple of writers to this so it stands to reason that getting a director on board would be their next move. We also found out yesterday that Michelle MacLaren had parted ways with the Wonder Woman movie over creative differences, so WB will obviously be searching for a director to replace her fairly quickly if they want to keep things on schedule, and word is they want Jolie as that replacement. With just a year between films, only one »
Michelle MacLaren’s recent departure from Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman standalone movie due to creative differences might make way for another female director to pick up the mantle. According to Collider, Angelina Jolie is being eyed to take over the job. In addition, she’s also ‘definitely under consideration’ to direct Marvel’s first female standalone movie Captain Marvel, which she was linked to earlier this year.
The fact of Jolie’s involvement in either movie boils down to her availability. The actress-turned-director was next scheduled to shoot Africa, a true story about Elephant poachers set to star Brad Pitt, but apparently a funding issue might see it fall through. As Jolie intended to lens that pic over the course of the summer, this means she may be free to snag her first comic book movie credit.
Either of the movies would mark a departure for the filmmaker, whose past »
- Gem Seddon
This month Alan Rickman's A Little Chaos, Ryan Gosling's Lost River and Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner see these performers make the dizzying leap from actor to director. But in which of their colleagues' footsteps might they follow?
We take a look at six different categories of actor-turned-directors.
Too handsome to be a supporting actor, and lacking the gravitas of a major star, Ben Affleck looked to be heading towards Kilmer-ville before he released Gone Baby Gone, a dark Dennis Lehane thriller he co-wrote and directed, with brother Casey taking the lead. Follow-up The Town proved solid, but his next effort, Argo, was a surprise Best Picture winner. The fact Affleck didn't receive a Director nomination suggests he's not yet been forgiven for the likes of Gigli, but the forthcoming Lehane adaptation Live By Night should fix that.
As an actor, Clint Eastwood's flinty »
Director Angelina Jolie takes us behind-the-scenes on the Australian set of Unbroken in our exclusive featurette for the Blu-ray and DVD, which is available starting today. The filmmaker, who makes her follow-up to her 2011 directorial debut In the Land of Blood and Honey with Unbroken, explains that this Australian location helps audience members "feel what they must have felt," stuck in the middle of "this dense jungle." She also adds that she wanted the audience to experience how overwhelming this place really was for the characters, after being stranded at sea for so long.
Unbroken follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis "Louie" Zamperini who survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash during World War II - only to be caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a series of prisoner-of-war camps. The inspirational biopic is currently available on Digital HD, »
Unbroken follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini who survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash during World War II—only to be caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a series of prisoner-of-war camps.
The inspirational biopic is on Digital HD now and on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand March 24, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Legendary Pictures. Directed by Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie, Unbroken chronicles the unbelievable true story about triumph over tribulation and the resilient power of the human spirit.
Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand’s acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Unbroken is packed with exclusive bonus content that dives deeper into the life of Louie Zamperini and the legacy he left behind. Exclusive to the Blu-ray™ Combo Pack are deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes interviews and a closer look at the life of the real Louie »
- Movie Geeks
Though it is apparently still in post-production, a trailer for A Perfect Day has hit the web ahead of WestEnd Films packaging it for sale at the European Film Market next week.
Written and directed by Fernando Leon de Aranoa (Mondays In The Sun), who adapted the story from the novel Dejarse Ilover, by Paula Farias, A Perfect Day tells the tale of five conflict zone aid workers who all have various agendas. They find themselves having to work together to left a dead body out of a well, so a community can have access to water. The film stars Academy Award winners Benicio Del Toro (Traffic) and Tim Robbins (Mystic River), who are ably supported by Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion) Melanie Thierry (The Zero Theorem), and Fedja Stukan (In The Land Of Blood And Honey)
Variety reports that writer-director Fernando Leon de Aranoa explained his view of the project to the press last year:
- Sarah Myles
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