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Watch: 3-Minute Olympic Preview For Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2014 7:35 PM
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Unbroken
While he didn't take home any medals, Olympian Louis Zamperini was fast enough that, at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Adolf Hitler requested a meeting. But a few years later, Zamperini would find his mettle tested in ways he never imagined. And Angelina Jolie will tell his tale.

Watch: Angelina Jolie's Emotional Honorary Oscar Acceptance Speech

Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie has had a year that most of us couldn't even conceive, from undergoing a double mastectomy, to starting work on her next directorial effort with "Unbroken" (now shooting in Australia), that seems like more than humanly possible for one person to take on. But on Saturday night at the Governors Awards, the actress/writer/director had yet another reason to mark 2013 as one she'll never forget. Read More »

First Looks At Mia Wasikowska In 'Madame Bovary,' Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' & Mike Leigh's Next Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2013 3:33 PM
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Madame Bovary Mia Wasikowska
The American Film Market kicks off next week, which means there's going to be a lot of buyers hustling a lot of movies, and distributors and financiers look for product to put their cash into. And that means folks writing the cheques will want to see something first. And since many of these movies are mid-production or just getting started, pictures will have to suffice.

10 Strong Directorial Debuts From Actors-Turned-Directors

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 13, 2013 5:05 PM
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Debuts From Actors-Turned-Directors
This week, after a limited but promising initial release, Lake Bell’s directorial debut “In A World” is due to expand and distributors Roadside Attractions have good reason to hope that it will mirror the success of other Sundance breakouts like “Fruitvale Station” and “The Way, Way Back.” Regardless of how it performs financially it’s already firmly a critical favorite, with our own [A-] review suggesting that “while the film is hysterical, its real strength lies in the way it is able to deal with an issue like sexism in the [Hollywood voiceover] industry and work it out in a funny, honest and very real way.” And 34-year-old triple threat writer/director/star Bell can count it as a more or less unmitigated triumph on all three fronts, most impressive considering that after just a couple of short films this is her very first directorial feature.

Dane DeHaan Among Those In The Mix To Lead Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 13, 2013 5:21 PM
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Angelina Jolie's greatest battle this year might just be her valiant effort against cancer, surviving thanks to a double mastectomy, modestly going public with her story and then heading back to work on her next project. It's the true WWII story "Unbroken," and after gaining a rewrite from the Coen Brothers earlier this year (nice), she's starting to search for the lead for the movie she'll direct.

Coen Brothers To Rewrite Angelina Jolie's WWII Drama 'Unbroken'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 26, 2013 9:01 AM
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As a director working with a studio for the first time, how do you know that everyone is fully behind you? Well, if you’re Angelina Jolie then you know you’re doing well when you land a pair of some of the greatest American writers (and directors) working today to write your script for you. THR is reporting that the Oscar-winning Coen Brothers -- and yes, the real ones, not the writers of “Garfield” -- have been tapped by Universal to rewrite “Unbroken.”

Francis Lawrence Out, Angelina Jolie In To Direct WWII Film 'Unbroken'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 18, 2012 10:52 PM
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This fall, Francis Lawrence suddenly got very busy. Not only is the director helming "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," he locked himself in for the final two movies of the franchise, parts one and two of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay." This effectively means he's busy with the series right through to the end of 2015, which means that the handful of projects he'd been linked to, some of those are going to fall by the wayside. And indeed, one of them has, but it's been picked up by a very big name.

First Look At Angelina Jolie In Character As Disney's 'Maleficent'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 19, 2012 10:27 AM
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It took a little time, but the fairytale movie duck was broken a few weeks back when "Snow White And The Huntsman" proved to be a solid hit. More recent pictures based on fables and legends, like "Red Riding Hood" and "Mirror Mirror," had mostly underperformed, but SWATH proved that there's plenty of gold to be mined from the sub-genre, and many must have breathed a sigh of relief, not least Disney, who have a number of live-action properties based on their animated fairytale classics in the works.

Rumor: Angelina Jolie To Direct The Erotic Novel 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' For Universal

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 7, 2012 10:42 PM
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"Fifty Shades Of Grey." Even if you haven't read the erotic fiction novel by British author E. L. James, it's inescapable in pop culture references these days and you've likely at least heard jokes about it you probably don't understand yet. Described as a "Twilight"-inspired erotic novel about a about a steamy bondage and S&M relationship between a wealthy Seattle businessman and a virginal young college student, the novel has sold ten million copies worldwide and book rights sold in over 37 countries.

Ridley Scott Says ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel To Feature Female Protagonist + Kick-Ass New ‘Prometheus’ Poster

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 17, 2012 11:55 AM
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As the release of “Prometheus,” Ridley Scott’s first sci-fi movie in 30 years, quickly approaches, the journeyman director is opening up about his return to the genre, sharing details about his upcoming “Blade Runner” sequel, and dropping hints about what he’s going to be working on with Angelina Jolie. Plus, a new international "Prometheus" poster has arrived that abandons much of the mystical approach of the previous posters and goes with something everyone can appreciate: spaceships blowing up.

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