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Angelina Jolie Smartly Promotes "Blood and Honey" on 60 Minutes

by Caryn James
November 28, 2011 12:39 AM
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If you missed Bob Simon's exceeeeeedingly polite interview with Angelina Jolie on 60 Minutes, watch it here. All week CBS had been teasing the piece with a snippet in which Jolie recalled her wild, "dark" days and said she was lucky she hadn't died. Did Simon press her on that? He very courteously asked her to be more specific and she declined. OK. On one side is lurid TMZ, on the other courtly 60 Minutes, in between is a real interview we'll never get. Still, there's a reason to watch. 

Jolie was there -- actually in Budapest -- to promote the film she wrote and directed, In the Land of Blood and Honey, a romance set during the Bosnian war. This unlikely film has been getting terrific advance word and in the 60 Minutes segment actually looks volatile and smart. And Jolie sounded calm and smart. She does know a few things about wrapping the press around her slender fingers.

Only Madonna has reinvented herself more than Jolie, and as it happens both have directed serious dramas coming out this season. (Madonna's is W.E, about Wallis Simpson and a contemporary woman obsessed with her.) And that is a competition no one quite saw coming.

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  • Gida | December 12, 2011 11:24 PMReply

    Angelina is so talented and beautiful I admire her very much glad to see her on 60 minutes we see so little of her

  • Alice | November 29, 2011 12:00 PMReply

    Caryn, I remember the hit job that you did on Jolie in 2007 when you were with NYT just as her mother was dying. Your gripe was that she wasn't bubbly enough at the Golden Globes award. I wonder if you ever regretted that hatchet job knowing what she was dealing with privately.

  • david | November 28, 2011 4:09 AMReply

    This woman is fiercely intelligent. She has a way of talking about world issues so pragmatically without that sliver of hammy sentiment that so many actors fall into.

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