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Angelina Jolie on how she is trying to raise her children Angelina Jolie is a busy mother as she has six children she is raising with Brad Pitt.
But, fans everywhere certainly want to know what kind of mother she is and what she thinks is important for her worldly children to know, states People. “I’m not one of those moms who kind of lectures [my kids]. But I do tell them, whenever I go on a trip, where I’m going and why. And on some occasions, they’ve come with me to different refugee camps,” Jolie said about trying to expose her children to many things.
And most importantly, Jolie hopes that her adopted children understand where they have come from: “We make sure we’re very aware of [their] culture and [their] heritage.”
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Angelina Jolie has reportedly bought Brad Pitt a waterfall Angelina Jolie has reportedly given Brad Pitt quite a unique gift for his 48th birthday and Christmas.
It is rumored that Jolie bought Pitt a waterfall in California, states Pitt will now reportedly be planning to build a home over the waterfall inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright.
He is reportedly very excited to get started as he has dreamed of building a home just like this.
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Brad Pitt: Top Money-Making Movie Star of 2011 Brad Pitt has been voted the Top Money-Making Star of 2011 in Quigley Publishing Company’s 80th Annual Poll of Motion Picture Exhibitors. This is Pitt’s sixth appearance in the Poll, but his first win. Exhibitors felt Pitt was responsible for more traffic to theatres than any other Hollywood star based on his performances this year in “Moneyball,” “The Tree of Life” and “Happy Feet Two.” (voice)
The Quigley Poll, conducted each year since 1932, is an annual survey of motion picture theatre owners and film buyers, which asks them to vote for the ten stars that they believe generated the most box-office revenue for their theatres during the year. It has been long regarded as one of the most reliable indicators of a Star’s real box-office draw because the selections are made by professionals whose livelihood depends on choosing the films and actors that will bring audiences to their theatres. The Quigley Poll appears annually in Quigley Publishing Company’s International Motion Picture Almanac and on our web site: Both list the results of all the Polls since Marie Dressler, Janet Gaynor and Joan Crawford took the top three places in 1932.
George Clooney placed second this year based on “The Ides of March,” where he was also the Director, Producer and Co-writer and “The Descendants.” Johnny Depp, last year’s winner, made it to #3 this year with 2011 roles in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” and “The Rum Diary.” Depp has placed in the poll seven times as has this year’s #4, Leonardo DiCaprio, who starred in “J. Edgar.” Matt Damon, #5, had a very busy year with “Contagion,” “The Adjustment Bureau,” “Margaret” and “We Bought a Zoo.”
2009’s winner, Sandra Bullock, placed #6, which marks her fifth appearance in the Poll. She first placed in the survey in 1995. There were two first-timers this year, Bradley Cooper #7 and Ben Stiller #10. Bradley Cooper was in “The Hangover Part II” and Ben Stiller was in “Tower Heist.” Robert Downey, Jr. was #8 on the strength of “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” and Meryl Streep was #9 as ‘The Iron Lady” and is in the Top Ten for the fourth time.
Tom Cruise has not placed in the Poll since 2006 but he has been in the Top Ten 20 times since 1983, and been voted number one the most of any actor – seven times. Tom Hanks, […]

Oscars: Bennett Miller talks Brad Pitt, Kubrick’s influence, and the beauty of “Moneyball” – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell Bennett Miller’s “Moneyball” was the best movie I saw in 2011.
Granted, it didn’t register as my favorite movie immediately after a pre-Toronto screening. But I found myself thinking about Miller’s adaptation for weeks. I went out of my way to see it again. Then one more time. By year’s end, no other film stuck to the ribs in quite the same way, resonating on multiple levels as it recounted the maverick story of Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt, at his finest) and his against-the-grain plan to get his undervalued team back in contention.
I’m not alone in recognizing Miller’s efforts. The Broadcast Film Critics Association have nominated “Moneyball” in three Critics’ Choice Movie Awards categories including Best Picture, Actor (for Pitt), and Screenplay (for Stan Chervin, Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin). The film earned four Golden Globe noms, and the New York Film Critics Circle recognized Pitt and the “Moneyball” script late last year.
It was an honor to sit down with Miller to discuss “Moneyball,” the impact of certain movies, having a partner like Pitt and the beauty of baseball. Here’s Bennett Miller. I found that I got more out of “Moneyball” on a second viewing than I did the first time through. Do you hear that often, and do you think about how many times an audience might be able to see your film while you are making it?
Bennett Miller: I do think about the shelf life of the film, and if it’s going to survive the ages. As I’m making it, I am interested in making something that holds up over time. I just think that the nature of the work that I’m interested in doing does have some complexity to it, and there are layers and subtlety, and it communicates on different frequencies. I think it’s natural that one might not get everything if you put a lot in there, you know? I’m very glad that you had that reaction, and I heard that before from Capote and The Cruise, also. But it’s not a question of not thinking about who’s going to get it enough. I don’t consciously concern myself with worrying about that. But I am trying to make something that has a lot to appreciate.
One of my favorite films is Stanley Kubrick’s “Barry Lyndon.” I’ve been watching that film for years. Most recently, I […]

Good Films you missed – 13 Assassins, The Skin I Live In, Tree of Life, Warrior

By Scott Mendelson is the third of several year-end wrap essays detailing the year in film. This time, it’s about highlighting the good or great films that slipped under the radar somehow. Some got rave reviews and wide releases but stiffed at the box office while some never made it out of limited release. All are worth tracking down and all are, with one exception I will point out, now available on DVD/Blu Ray/download/etc. And nearly all of them are not hardcore independent films, but seemingly mainstream dramas and comedies that would have likely merited a wide release even a few years ago. Once again, these will be in alphabetical order.
13 Assassins
Like pretty much all Magnolia titles in the last few years, the majority of the film’s initial profits came from their OnDemand services, with Takashi Miike’s truly epic samurai drama receiving on a token theatrical release in a few major cities. No matter where you see this one, it’s a surprisingly compelling shades-of-grey morality play. At its core, it’s about the morality of committing murder, political assassination no-less, in the name of dispatching a regional ruler who may be too evil to eventually wear the crown. For the first two thirds it is a character study and a classic samurai drama. But the entire last third of the picture unleashes one of the longest and most impressive non-stop action sequences I’ve ever seen. If for no other reason than it’s last 40 minutes, 13 Assassins is a must-see action picture.
Attack the Block
If you read any blogs that travel in the ‘geek circles’, this may be the most talked-about movie that nobody saw this year. The film premiered early in the year to rave reviews from the Faracis and McWeenys of the world, but it’s token limited release from Sony Screen Gems on July 29th, a weekend with six new releases. Needless to say, it died and never really expanded. Is the film as gloriously awesome as you may have read elsewhere? Not quite. It doesn’t break much new ground, but it does what it intends to do very well. The young kids are all quite good and the aliens they encounter are all the scarier for their sparse use. This is just a rock-solid genre entry that is just different enough to […]

Online Film Critics go with “The Tree of Life,” “Drive” — AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell If the critics had any say, Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” would be a shoo-in for a Best Picture nomination next year.
The film topped this year’s “Sight and Sound” poll of international critics. It landed on the lists of multiple critics’ organizations. And earlier this morning, the ethereal human drama was announced as the leading nomination grabber from the Online Film Critics Society (of which I am a member), which recognized Malick’s picture in the categories of Best Picture, Best Director (Malick), Best Supporting Actor (Brad Pitt), Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain), Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Cinematography.
Joining “The Tree of Life” in Best Picture for the 15th annual OFCS awards are Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist,” Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants,” Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive” and Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo”.
Malick, Hazanavicius, Refn and Scorsese were joined in the Best Director race by “Melancholia” director Lars von Trier.
“Drive” was the second most nominated film, picking up six mentions including the aforementioned Picture and Director as well as Best Supporting Actor (Albert Brooks), Best Adapted Screenplay, Editing and Cinematography. Brooks was nominated alongside John Hawkes in “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” Nick Nolte in “Warrior,” Pitt and Christopher Plummer in “Beginners.”
In Best Supporting Actress, the nominees were Chastain, Melissa McCarthy for “Bridesmaids,” Janet McTeer for “Albert Nobbs,” Carey Mulligan for “Shame” and Shailene Woodley for “The Descendants.”
Woodley and Mulligan’s co-stars shared nominations in the Best Actor slate, George Clooney and Michael Fassbender respectively, who were nominated alongside Jean Dujardin in “The Artist,” Gary Oldman in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and Michael Shannon in “Take Shelter.”
The Best Actress category features Kirsten Dunst in “Melancholia,” Elizabeth Olsen in “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady,” Tilda Swinton in “We Need to Talk About Kevin” and Michelle Williams for “My Week with Marilyn.”
The full list of nominees for the 15th Annual Online Film Critics Society Awards are below. Winners will be announced on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012:
Best Picture:
The Artist
The Descendants
The Tree of Life
Best Animated Feature:
The Adventures of Tintin
Arthur Christmas
Kung Fu Panda 2
Winnie the Pooh
Best Director:
Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life
Nicolas Winding Refn – Drive
Martin Scorsese – Hugo
Lars von Trier – Melancholia
Best Lead Actor:
George Clooney – The Descendants
Jean Dujardin – The Artist
Michael Fassbender – Shame
Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Solider Spy
Michael Shannon – Take Shelter
Best Lead Actress:
Kirsten Dunst – Melancholia
Elizabeth Olsen […]

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie New Photos Brad Pitt’ performances have established him as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after and respected actors earning him two Academy Award® nominations.
This fall, Brad starred in Moneyball, the story of Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.
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Brad Pitt Very Happy 48th Birthday!

By Greg Hernandez Of course Brad Pitt first got my attention in that famous sex scene he had with Geena Davis in Thelma & Louise. That face! Those abs!
Twenty years later, Pitt is a bigger star than ever with a string of outstanding films to his credit including this year’s Tree of Life and Moneyball. He seems certain to earn his third Oscar nomination for the latter film.
I’m not just a fan of Brad’s because of his movies. He has also emerged as a staunch straight ally in the fight for LGBT equality. When same-sex marriage was passed in New York earlier this year he said: “It is encouraging that New York has joined the movement to grant equal marriage rights to its citizens. But it is each American’s Constitutional right to marry the person they love, no matter what state they inhabit. No state should decide who can marry and who cannot. Thanks to the tireless work of so many, someday soon this discrimination will end and every American will be able to enjoy their equal right to marriage.”
Let’s hope Brad is correct and that he has a very happy 48th birthday!
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Brad Pitt, “Pariah” and the “Dragon Tattoo” in today’s Oscar news – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell A few quick new items on the Oscar front this morning before I run off to interviews on behalf of David Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” (which I’ll have on the site shortly):
– Brad Pitt opens up about the behind-the-scenes negotiations that led to Steven Soderbergh being bumped off of “Moneyball.” It’s a great read, if you liked the film as much as I do. In the piece, Amy Pascal calls Pitt the “soul and spirit of this movie. He is the driving force behind it, in all of its troubled times and all the best times. He championed it all the way and never lost heart.” Totally agree.
– Christopher Plummer (“Beginners,” “Dragon Tattoo”) will receive a Modern Master Award at this year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
– Focus Features has invited Writers Guild of America members to view Dee Rees’s “Pariah” through an exclusive screener site operated by fulfillment house Deluxe Media Management. The digital screener was made available to WGA members until Jan 6, 2012. The free rental is for a 48-hour period, which allows WGA members to watch the 86-minute feature film straight through, or to pause their viewing and then return to it within the allotted time period. I have to wonder if this, indeed, is the future of FYC screeners.
– And while I run off an speak with the cast and crew of Fincher’s “Dragon Tattoo,” here is the director and his collaborators on the Charlie Rose Show:

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“The Artist” wins with Boston Film Critics – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell As if there wasn’t enough going on Sunday afternoon, with the L.A. and New York Film Critics Online handing out their annual awards, the Boston Film Critics Association gathered to nominate their Best of 2011, settling on Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist.”
The Boston critics named Martin Scorsese as the year’s best director for “Hugo.” Top acting awards went to Brad Pitt (for “Moneyball”) and Michelle Williams (for “My Week with Marilyn”).
A full list of awards is listed below:
Best Picture: THE ARTIST. Runner-Up: HUGO and MARGARET
Bets Documentary: PROJECT NIM
Best Director: Martin Scorsese for HUGO. Close runner-up: THE ARTIST.
Best Actor: Brad Pitt for MONEYBALL Runners up: George Clooney for THE DESCENDANTS, Michael Fassbender for SHAME
Best Actress (another competitive one!): Michelle Williams for MY WEEK WITH MARILYN.
Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks for DRIVE.
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa McCarthy for BRIDESMAIDS. Jeannie Berlin: close second for MARGARET.
Best Ensemble: CARNAGE.
Best Foreign Film: INCENDIES. (Runners up: A SEPARATION and POETRY)
Best Screenplay: MONEYBALL!
Best Use of Music: Cliff Martinez, DRIVE and Ludovic Bource, THE ARTIST (tie) Runner up: THE DESCENDANTS
Best Editing: Christian Marclay for THE CLOCK Runner-up: HUGO.
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, THE TREE OF LIFE. Runner-up: HUGO.
Best New Filmmaker (David Brudnoy Award): Sean Durkin for MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE. Runner-up: J. C. Chandor for MARIN CALL.
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