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Watch: Pitt Talks 'World War Z' on Good Morning America, Says Jolie Back to "Business As Usual" Following Surgery

Brad Pitt appeared on "Good Morning America" today, chatting with George Stephanopoulos about his upcoming "World War Z" (June 21), and also discussing Angelina Jolie's decision earlier this year to undergo a preventative double mastectomy. Pitt says Jolie is resilient following the surgery: "Business as usual." Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 17, 2013 1:24 PM
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Casting Watch: Angelina Jolie May Play Her Late Mother, Actress and Charity Founder Marcheline Bertrand, in Biopic

Following last week's news that Angelina Jolie underwent a preventative double mastectomy to drastically lower her likelihood of breast cancer, it has been announced that Jolie will play her mother, actress and charity founder Marcheline Bertrand, in a biopic based on her life. Bertrand died in 2007 at age 56 to cancer, and Jolie sites the traumatic loss of her mother as a reason behind her recent medical procedure.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 21, 2013 3:34 PM
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Angelina Jolie Writes About Her Decision to Have a Preventative Double Mastectomy and Commitment to Family

The New York Times published an op-ed piece by Angelina Jolie this morning, in which she articulately explains her reasoning for undergoing a preventative double mastectomy, a process that has taken the past three months to complete. Jolie's mother died from cancer at age 56, and, after consulting doctors, Jolie confronted the reality that genetically she had an 87% risk of breast cancer, and a 50% risk of ovarian cancer. Now, "I can tell my children they don't need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer, " Jolie writes. Highlights from the essay below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 14, 2013 11:58 AM
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Coen Brothers Rewriting 'Unbroken' for Angelina Jolie to Direct at Universal, Based on True Story of Olympian POW Louis Zamperini

UPDATE: Universal, Walden Media and Angelina Jolie have tapped Joel and Ethan Coen to rewrite "Unbroken." Jolie will direct the project, which is an adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand's book about Louis Zamperini, a 1936 Olympian runner who became a prisoner of war during WWII...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 26, 2013 12:45 PM
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Cheers! Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Releasing First Wine Next Month from Chateau Miraval

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt now own Chateau Miraval in Correns, France, and will begin releasing their first wine next month.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 14, 2013 1:09 PM
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2012 Movie Roles That Should Have Gone to Someone Else

As we look back at the year in film, we find -- as always -- there's room for improvement. Often by simply replacing a lead actor, a world of difference could be made on the overall effect of the film. Films come together the way they do for a reason. Often it's more about a star's marquee value or perceived bankability than it is about the part they are playing. Alas, here are the 2012 Movie Roles That Should Have Gone to Someone Else.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 28, 2012 4:10 PM
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Angelina Jolie on Attempted Murder of Malala Yousafzai; Woman of Impact Emergency Appeal for Girls' Education Fund

In the wake of the Taliban shooting of a 14-year old girl named Malala Yousafzai, who vocally promoted girls' rights to education, The Daily Beast features a story written by Angelina Jolie. The activist writes:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 22, 2012 4:34 PM
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'50 Shades of Grey' Ignites Publishing Craze, E.L. James Likes Shailene Woodley for Anastasia Steele

20-year-old Shailene Woodley ("The Descendants") has reportedly "caught the eye" of "50 Shades of Grey" author E.L. James as a possible candidate for the role of Anastasia Steele. Landing such a franchise would be the Holy Grail for most actors, but going nude in an S & M flick might give some pause.
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  • August 15, 2012 3:49 PM
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Kristen Stewart Is Forbes' Highest Earning Actress in Hollywood; Plus Diaz, Bullock, Jolie, Theron, Parker, Streep, Wiig & Aniston

Thanks to "Twilight" and "Snow White and the Huntsman," Kristen Stewart tops Forbes' list of Hollywood's highest earning actresses...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 20, 2012 12:37 PM
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UN Refugee Agency Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Delivers Message of Tolerance for World Refugee Day (Video)

June 20 is World Refugee Day. UNHCR is launching a new campaign to promote tolerance towards refugeses. It asks, "If conflict threatened your family, what would you do?"
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 19, 2012 12:50 PM
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