Theme of captivity dominates Berlin films in 2012

Man walks past posters advertising upcoming Berlinale international film festival in Berlin

By Mike Collett-White BERLIN (Reuters) - Directors from around the world have tried to recreate the drama and trauma of captivity at this year's Berlin film festival, though not all of them found a captive audience. From kidnapping to political repression, and from a queen trapped in her … [Read more...]

"The Help" wins best film at SAG Awards

Octavia Spencer SAG awards

By Bob Tourtellotte LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Civil rights drama "The Help" got a leg up in the Oscar race on Sunday when the movie won three awards from the Screen Actors Guild, including best cast in a surprise over silent movie romance "The Artist." "The Help," which came into the show with … [Read more...]

Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt trade views on filmmaking


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - They're arguably Hollywood's highest-profile couple, so it's only natural that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie would privately discuss the art and business of filmmaking. According to Pitt, they don't always agree. Speaking with Reuters at Saturday's Producers Guild Awards in … [Read more...]

Hollywood Golden Age a hot look at Golden Globes

By Zorianna Kit LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Timeless elegance, fitted bodices and mermaid trains ruled the Golden Globes' red carpet on Sunday as A-list celebrities channeled old-style Hollywood glamour. Angelina Jolie looked like Grace Kelly in her white-satin Atelier Versace gown with a twist of … [Read more...]

Ricky Gervais keeps Golden Globe targets under wraps

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Ricky Gervais said on Friday he has already come up with jokes against "specific targets" for his weekend Golden Globes Award hosting gig -- and that he will stand by every gag. But the comedian said he had felt no enmity with any of the A-list Hollywood stars who will be … [Read more...]

Films? Stars? Who Cares. Globes’ spotlight on Gervais

By Bob Tourtellotte LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - What will Ricky Gervais say and about whom will he say it? Those are the two most pressing questions heading into Sunday night's Golden Globe Awards, not what will win best film or TV show. The Golden Globe Awards annually is among Hollywood's … [Read more...]

Golden Globe stars to dine on desserts of gold

By Zorianna Kit LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When Hollywood's top stars, including George Clooney, Angelina Jolie and Steven Spielberg, attend the Golden Globe Awards next week they will sip vintage champagne and nibble edible gold. Golden flakes will top their dessert following a meal that chef … [Read more...]

Angelina Jolie-starring film "Maleficent" finds director

'Alexander' World Premiere

By Kurt Orzeck LOS ANGELES ( - Disney has tapped production designer Robert Stromberg ("Avatar," "Alice in Wonderland") to direct the live-action movie about Snow White's evil queen "Maleficent," The Wrap has confirmed. The fantasy movie is told from the viewpoint of Beauty's … [Read more...]

Jolie hopes Bosnia War movie speaks to her generation

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Angelina Jolie didn't plan on directing a movie. But the more she learned about the 1990s Bosnia war, the more she felt responsible for bringing it home to her generation. Jolie threw her energy into "In the Land of Blood and Honey", writing, co-producing and directing the … [Read more...]

Producers guild to honor Jolie’s directorial debut

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- The Producers Guild of America says it plans to honor Angelina Jolie's directorial debut "In the Land of Blood and Honey" with the 2012 Stanley Kramer Award. The film's producers, including Jolie, will be presented with the prize at the 23rd annual Producers Guild … [Read more...]

Angelina Jolie/Luc Besson project goes to Universal


By Joshua L. Weinstein LOS ANGELES ( - Universal Pictures has acquired 80 percent of all worldwide distribution rights for an untitled thriller starring Angelina Jolie, the studio announced Monday. Luc Besson, who wrote and directed "The Fifth Element," wrote the script and is … [Read more...]

Angelina Jolie sued over "Blood and Honey" plot

By Tim Kenneally LOS ANGELES ( - Angelina Jolie's directorial debut is continuing to create headaches for her. The "Salt" actress is being sued by Croatian journalist and author James J. Braddock, who claims that the plot for the film was lifted from a 2007 article he … [Read more...]

Cast with Jen & Angelina? Stapler Lady Lorna Scott Knows Good Sets


Character Actors are a staple of American cinema, but they are also a good barometer of the mood of a movie set. Lorna Scott knew she'd made an impression on screen when people started to drive by and yell "Staple Lady" after her star-making turn in WANTED as the red-headed boss who menaces James … [Read more...]

Movie fans get glimpse of Jolie’s "Blood and Honey"

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The promotional trailer for Angelina Jolie's film directoring debut, "In The Land of Blood and Honey," hit theatres Friday, giving a glimpse of the movie about love and violence in war-torn Bosnia. Juxtaposing romantic scenes with tense film footage of warfare, the film … [Read more...]