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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
Take this news with quite a large grain of salt, but rumors have hit that suggest Disney and Marvel Studios are looking at Angelina Jolie to helm the upcoming Captain Marvel solo film. Apparently, they’ve gone as far as to offer the actress-turned-director a whopping $20 million to do so.
There’s no telling how valid this new rumor is, however, as it was first reported by tabloid magazine Ok! before making its way online. Their “insider” sources claim that “having a female director is a priority for [Marvel]. [Jolie] never thought she’d be in such huge demand as a director, and to be courted by Marvel after the Sony fiasco is a huge pat on the back.”
- James Garcia
While there have been murmurs of Joss Whedon possibly directing the solo adventure Captain Marvel for Disney and Marvel, it seems the two studios may have something else different in mind. They actually want a female director, and have approached Angelina Jolie for the job. This has not been confirmed or denied by either Marvel or Disney.
The news comes from the more respectable, yet still trashy, celebrity and lifestyle magazine Ok!, who are usually fifty-fifty with their scoops and rumors. According to the publication, Disney executives have offered Angelina Jolie $20 million for the directed gig on Captain Marvel. They decided to go after the actress-turned-director after watching her second feature film Unbroken, which opened Christmas day. An inside source claims those involved with the decision making process at Disney and Marvel were beyond impressed with her skills in bringing the story of Olympic athlete turned Pow Louis Zamperini to the big screen. »
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
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