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London — “Welcome!” a soldier shouts at B (Tim Robbins), Mambru (Benicio del Toro) and interpreter Damir (Fedja Stukac) as their jeep approaches a military checkpoint. “Tell them not to wash the car: We don’t have any money. It’s a joke, tell them,” B urges Damir, who hesitates then does; the soldiers, 30 years younger than B or Mamru, who are grizzled vets, stare back eyes glazed, light automatic weapons in hand.
Joining Del Toro and Robbins, Oscar winners for “Traffic” and Mystic River” respectively, are Olga Kurylenko (“To the Wonder,” “Quantum of Solace”), Melanie Thierry (“The Zero Theorem”) and Stukac (“In the Land of Blood and Honey”), who round up a top-notch ensemble cast. »
- John Hopewell and Leo Barraclough
Angelina Jolie has been getting lots of praise for directing "In the Land of Blood and Honey" and the recent "Unbroken," which grossed $140 million worldwide. She is currently directing herself and her husband Brad Pitt in "By the Sea." Now comes word that Jolie is setting up her fourth directorial gig with "Africa," which is written by Oscar winner Eric Roth (Forrest Gump). The film is a biopic of famed archaeologist Richard Leakey, who became a staunch defender of elephants against poachers in Kenya in the late 1980s. Brad Pitt is in talks to play the lead role. "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 understanding of man's footprint and a profound sense of responsibility for the world around him, »
Brad Pitt is in talks to star in his wife Angelina Jolie's next directorial effort "Africa" at Skydance Productions. The pair just worked together on "By the Sea," Jolie's third film as director following "In the Land of Blood and Honey" and last year's "Unbroken".
"Africa" will be based on the true story of Richard Leakey and his fight in the late 1980s to stop Kenyan ivory poachers from killing elephants before they became extinct. He was also a paleo-archaeologist who helped find the bones of an early human man.
Jolie, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Jon Peters will produce the film, while Roger Deakins will serve as cinematographer. Production could begin as early as this Summer, and Paramount Pictures is expected to distribute.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
Directed by Angelina Jolie.
After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he’s caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.
When reviewing a film based on a true story, especially one as harrowing as a prisoner of war tale, you have to separate reality from film making. The story of Louis Zamperini’s survival against the odds during World War II is, on its own, one to be greatly admired but this movie version of his story offers precious little to admire as far as film making is concerned.
The question I kept asking whilst watching Unbroken was ‘why this man’s story?’ and I assumed that something would happen in »
- Gary Collinson
4 items from 2015
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