April 23, 2014

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Angelina Jolie named honorary citizen of Bosnia

HollywoodNews.com: Angelina Jolie received a special honor recently as she was named an honorary citizen of Bosnia.
Jolie directed the movie ‘In the Land of Blood and Honey’ that brought light to the Bosnian war which led to her latest honor, states Hollyscoop. The country wanted to honor her for her contributions to them by giving her citizenship.
Jolie just recently attended the 18th Sarajevo Film Festival and was then given honorary citizenship.
“This means so much to me. My heart is in this city,” Jolie said as she received the honor.
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Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt pull out all the stops for her Sarajevo premiere

HollywoodNews.com: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt apparently wanted to do the Sarajevo premiere of her Bosnian war film ‘In the Land of Blood and Honey’ just right.
The two reportedly hosted a reception for about 200 people and then a dinner later on for about 30 people who had worked on the film, states UsMagazine.com. And then dinner was not a small deal.
The dinner menu reportedly included bruschetta with chicken liver pate; red trout fillet with black and red rice and fennel; veal filet with three kind of herbs; kadun butic (a traditional Bosnian dish featuring three types of minced meat on a cinnamon stick), and a dessert trio of hazelnut cremino, raspberry cheese cake and tartufo nero.
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Angelina Jolie honored by Sarajevo Film Festival

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut hasn’t even seen the light of day yet an already she’s being honored at a major film festival.
The Sarajevo Film Festival presented Jolie with its “Heart of Sarajevo” award for the work she did on “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” a romantic drama about a forbidden love set against the backdrop of the Bosnian Civil War.
“I spent last year with some wonderful people from this country,” Jolie said while accepting the award in Bosnia and Herzegovina. “I have never worked with such a disciplined and talented crew.”
Jolie’s honorary prize was given for her humanitarian efforts and “active engagement in the complexities of the real world,” according to the fest.
And we’ll get to see the fruit of her labor later this year, as FilmDistrict plans to release “Blood and Honey” on Dec. 23. Could it be a dark horse contender in the still shaping awards race?

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Angelina Jolie is the “Hollywood Movie Star of the Week”

HollywoodNews.com: Angelina Jolie’s new movie “The Tourist,” co-starring Johnny Depp, is coming to theaters this week and is sure to bring in a huge box office weekend. While she can officially put filming “The Tourist” behind her, she has already started filming for her Bosnian drama in Sarajevo. This will be her directorial debut that reportedly involves a romance between a Serbian man and a Bosnian woman who meet during the Bosnian conflict of the early to mid-90s.

In addition, she continues her role as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and continues to fly all over the world to meet with victims, all while being a mom for her children. With so much on her plate, it is a wonder how she gets everything done with grace and beauty. Therefore, we are happy to announce that Angelina Jolie is the “Hollywood Movie Star of the Week.”

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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 scores victory, wins permission to film in Bosnia

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Days after she was blocked from filming her directorial debut in Sarajevo, Angelina Jolie received permission to shoot in Bosnia and is back on track.
“I can now start preparations for the shooting, which I had to stop last week,” Scout Film executive Edin Sarkic, who is working on the film with Jolie, told Reuters Monday morning. “It’s a big thing for Bosnia that such a mega, mega star is coming to Sarajevo.”
Not that Jolie will be in front of the camera. She’s helming a romantic drama about a Serbian man and a Bosnian Muslim woman who, according to reports, “meet on the eve of the Bosnian 1992-95 war, which killed 100,000 people.”
A rape scene in the shooting script, however, caught the eye of culture minister Gavrilo Grahovac, and he revoked permits the actress sought so she could film in Bosnia.
However, after Jolie promised her film would not distort local history or politics, the permits were reinstated.
“There are many twists in the plot that address the sensitive nature of the relationship between the main characters and that will be revealed once the film is released,” Jolie said. “My hope is that people will hold judgment until they have seen the film.”
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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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Sean Penn talks about his son’s life-threatening accident

HollywoodNews.com: “She is a ghost to me now,” Sean Penn tells Vanity Fair contributing editor Douglas Brinkley of actress Robin Wright Penn. “We spent all those years together…. Now she’s just gone.”
Brinkley travels to Haiti, where Penn talks about Robin, their son Hopper’s life-threatening skateboarding accident, and what he’s doing to help rebuild the nation post-earthquake. When Penn was presented with a military coin and several honorary certificates of commendation for his service in the Haitian crisis, Lieutenant General P. K. Keen “gave me this look in the eye—a look of pride,” Penn tells Brinkley. “It meant more to me than any movie award.”
When Hopper sustained a head injury in a skateboarding accident, Penn and Robin pulled together at the hospital, praying for their son, Brinkley reports. “He underwent risky surgery due to intense bleeding of the brain,” Penn says, “and he pulled through.” Brinkley reports that Hopper’s brush with disaster was life-changing for his father. Feeling a karmic debt had to be repaid, Penn started the painful process of re-assessing his life’s priorities. He drove out to Palm Springs to spend time with T Bone Burnett, the composer-producer who helped Bob Dyl an find Jesus in the 1970s.
Since January, Penn has lived full-time, with the exception of a couple of brief trips—one to Washington, D.C., to testify on the Hill for more Haitian relief—in a tent not much bigger than an army surplus locker. Penn—along with the organization he started with Sarajevo-born philanthropist Diana Jenkins—was recently made official “camp manager” of Port-au-Prince displaced persons facility that has housed some 50,000 earthquake survivors. “I wanted to give back something more to help struggling people, but I didn’t know how to best do it,” Penn tells Brinkley. “I was for 20 years in a relationship with Robin and 18 years with children. I didn’t have time to commit to anything—for real—in places like Iraq, except to denounce the war. But now I’m single. I can lend a hand.”
Penn had been Hopper’s guardian, he tells Brinkley, and “he had just gone back to being with his mother on an experimental basis. I was putzing around at home, missing Hopper….I had never been to Haiti before. I couldn’t fathom the high death toll. So, like everybody else, I started tracking the news. I saw all those traumatized people getting Civil War medicine on TV. People were being given ibuprofen or alcohol [...]

Penelope Cruz reunites with Italian director for “Mondo”

By Staff
Screen International reports that Oscar winning actress Penelope Cruz is teaming up with actor-director Sergio Catellito again in a film adaptation of Italian bestselling war story entitled “Venuto Al Mondo” by Margaret Mazzantini.
Cruz last starred for Castellito in the 2004 drama “Don’t Move” which fared quite well in Italy with over $10 million, but received an indie release in the states, making under $400,000 at the B.O.
“Don’t Move” was based on another novel by Mazzantini who is also the Castellito’s wife.
Though Catellito is still looking for finance partners, his plans are to start production in 2011.
“Venuto al Mondo,” which could be translated as “brought into the world,” takes place in war torn Sarajevo during the Balkans 1990s conflict. Cruz is to play a mother who returns home with her adolescent son in search of their roots.
“Venuto Al Mondo” sold 600,000 copies in Italy and has also been released in Spain and France. Book is set to hit U.S. stores in 2011.
The project will be shot between Rome, Sarajevo, Belgrade and Croatia.
Speaking to Italy’s La Repubblica, Cruz exclaimed ““I have remained friends with Sergio and Margaret since ‘Don’t Move.’ They sent me the Spanish translation of the book, which I read in one sitting and which left me enchanted. I immediately felt I had to do this film, I had to tell this story to the world. That doesn’t happen very often.”