January 16, 2017

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Angelina Jolie takes children out with Brad Pitt’s parents

HollywoodNews.com: Angelina Jolie is all about family time in recent weeks, and now she has spent some time with her children and Brad Pitt’s parents.
The family was out in Budapest, Hungary at a local shopping and entertainment center, states People. The group has reportedly been in the area for a little bit as it is where Jolie directed her first feature.
Do you like all the family time they have?
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Telluride program includes “The Descendants,” “The Artist,” more – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: UPDATED: The full Telluride program has been posted at the bottom of this story!
It has begun. Now that Venice has opened, and with 98% of Hollywood heading to the mountains for the 38th Telluride Film Festival, the 2011 awards season officially is underway.
Telluride begins screenings on Friday, Sept. 2, and runs through Monday, Sept. 5. After that, the focus shifts to Toronto, which launches Thursday, Sept. 8. It’s about the get extremely busy in our Awards Alley … but we start with Telluride titles.
While screenings are kept under wraps until the fest begins, those arrive at the fest today began tweeting the official selections. What will audience members be seeing?
How about Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants,” which will screen in conjunction with a George Clooney tribute (though Clooney’s own “Ides of March” isn’t mentioned, unless it is a surprise screening), according to InContention’s Kris Tapley (via Twitter).

Michel Hazanavicius’s “The Artist” and David Cronengerg’s “A Dangerous Method” will screen. If you need more Michael Fassbender after “Method,” TFF programmed Steve McQueen’s “Shame.”
Tilda Swinton will be in town for a tribute, as well as a screening of her Cannes hit “We Need to Talk About Kevin.” Rodrigo Garcias’s “Albert Nobbs,” which features Glenn Close as a cross-dressing butler in 19th century Ireland, also has been programmed.
Other titles filling out this year’s Telluride roster include Aki Kaurismäki’s “Le Havre,” Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne’s “The Kid with a Bike,” Bela Tarr’s “Turin Horse” (which Hungary just selected as its official entry for Oscar consideration), Joseph Cedar’s “Footnote” and Asghar Farhadi’s “A Separation.”
Barring any surprise additions, that means Tomas Alfredson’s “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” is not making the trek to Telluride (much to Jeff Wells’ chagrin, no doubt). And Roman Polanski’s “Carnage,” which is battling some mediocre reviews today, will be content with Venice and New York as Sony Pictures Classics mounts its possible awards campaign.
More on Telluride as the fest gets underway.
From a release:
38th Telluride Film Festival is proud to present the following new feature films to play in its main program, the ‘SHOW’:
· ALBERT NOBBS (d. Rodrigo Garcia, U.S., 2011)
· THE ARTIST (d. Michel Hazanavicius, France, 2011)
· BECOMING BERT STERN (d. Shannah Laumeister, U.S., 2011)
· BITTER SEEDS (d. Micha X. Peled, U.S., 2011)
· BONSÁI (d. Cristián Jiménez, Chile, 2011)
· A DANGEROUS METHOD (d. David Cronenberg, U.K.-Switzerland-U.S.-Canada, 2011)
· THE DESCENDANTS (d. Alexander Payne, U.S., 2011)

Angelina Jolie’s Bosnian drama begins shooting in Sarajevo

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: We’ve been tracking this story for a few months, so it’s interesting to report that Angelina Jolie’s crew finally is about to film the first scenes for the actress’s Bosnian drama in Sarajevo.
This comes after Bosnian officials tried, unsuccessfully, to block Jolie from filming her directorial debut in the country because they objected to material in the script. Details about the story are being kept under wraps, though Jolie’s film reportedly involves a romance between a Serbian man and a Bosnian woman who meet during the Bosnian conflict of the early to mid-90s. Jolie will direct, but will not star.
And according to reports, she won’t even really director the Sarajevo scenes. Jolie has assigned the task to an assistant director as she supervises the bulk of the shooting in nearby Hungary.
The as-yet-untitled picture is due in theaters in 2011.
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Angelina Jolie blocked from filming her debut in Sarajevo

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut has hit a snag.
Bosnia’s culture minister, Gavrilo Grahovac, reportedly has blocked the A-list actress from filming in Sarajevo because a screenplay wasn’t attached to the permit application, according to the BBC. The story goes on to say that an association of Bosnian War female victims “objected” to the as-yet-untitled drama over its “alleged content.”
Jolie’s film, which she reportedly penned, looks at the way the war affects a young couple who is falling in love. She recently added Bosnian actress Zana Marjanovic for the lead role, and currently is filming in Hungary.
But the Women Victims of War association reportedly claimed that the movie could be responsible for “misleading history,” and when they voiced their complaints to Grahovac, he ultimately decided to cancel Jolie’s permits.
“They no longer have the authorization to shoot in Bosnia,” Grahovac said in a radio interview. “They will have it if they send us the scenario with a story which will be different from what we have been told by people who read it.”
Will Jolie rewrite? Or will she film elsewhere? We’ll bring you more details as they develop.
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Angelina Jolie finds right actress for her Bosnian romance

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: I’m intrigued by the growing number of actors who are making the transition to the director’s chair.
Affleck brothers Ben and Casey have found varying levels of success. Philip Seymour Hoffman recently took the plunge with “Jack Goes Boating.” 
It’s not a new tradition (see Robert Redford, Ron Howard, etc.), but it’s one that has seen some strength in numbers recently.
Add Angelina Jolie’s name to the burgeoning list of talented performers taking their turn as storyteller. Jolie will make her directorial debut with a currently untitled Bosnian War love story, due out in 2011. IMDB says the film will explore how the conflict affected a couple’s romance. The site also credits Jolie as the writer … but not the star.
Instead, Jolie reportedly has zoomed in on young Bosnian actress Zana Marjanovic for the lead role in her film, according to the AP. Marjanovic called the script “fabulous” and said she was anxious to begin filming.
Marjanovic, 27, is on her way to Hungary, wher Jolie plans to begin filming by the end of the year. More details on this developing project as they cross our radar.
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Chressanthis headed to Russia and Mongolia

By Bob Fisher
HollywoodNews.com: James Chressanthis, ASC will be traveling to Vladistock and Moscow, in Russia, and to Mongolia in September and October, where he will be screening his extraordinary documentary “No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo and Vilmos” at American embassies and other venues, including film festivals. The documentary that Chressanthis produced and directed chronicles the lives and careers of legendary cinematographers Laszlo Kovacs, ASC and Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC. The screenings are part of the American Documentary Showcase, a cooperative venture sponsored by the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State and the University Film & Video Association. Chressanthis produced and directed this remarkable documentary as an act of passion. His narrative cinematography credits include “The Ghost Whisperer” television series, and the award-winning telefilms “Four Minutes,” “Living Proof, 3: The Dale Earnheart Story,” “The Reagans” and “The Music Man.” Chressanthis met Kovacs and Zsigmond during the dawn of his career. Kovacs taught a workshop at AFI while Chressanthis was a student there. He subsequently interned with Zsigmond during the production of “The Witches of Eastwick” in 1987. Chressanthis began producing the documentary in 2007 on the 50th anniversary of Kovacs and Zsigmond arriving in the United States as political refugees in the wake of the Russian army brutally crushing an uprising against the communist regime in Hungary, their native land.
He conducted some 70 interviews with filmmakers, including Karen Black, Sandra Bullock, Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda and Barbara Streissand, family members, journalists and critics, and artfully weaved their insights with commentaries by Zsigmond and Kovacs sharing memories and scenes from a cross-section of their films. “No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo and Vilmos” premiered at The Cannes Film Festival in 2008. It subsequently played at other festivals around the world and aired nationally on PBS stations in 2009. In addition to the screenings and question and answer sessions at the embassies and film festivals, Chressanthis will conduct workshops with filmmakers in Mongolia and Russia. Project Director Betsy McLane says that “No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo and Vilmos” was one of 26 documentaries out of some 150 contenders chosen for the 2010 Showcase.
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