Angelina Jolie

The ‘Hollywood Reporter’ Director Roundtable Is Everything That’s Wrong With Awards Season (and Hollywood)

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The full, hour-plus video of The Hollywood Reporter’s annual director roundtable went up yesterday, a bit later than usual, but you’ve basically seen it before. It’s not just that the panel of “the year’s most notable directors” (their words, not ours) was so homogenous – entirely male, and almost entirely white – though we’ll get to that. It’s the sheer sense of déjà vu in the group, a monotonous return of the same damn voices saying the same damn things. But it’s appropriate, as a symbol of both Hollywood in general and awards season in particular.
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Flavorwire Staffers On Their First Movie Star Crushes

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Movie star crushes: we’ve all had them, though some are certainly more embarrassing than others.  And as comically far-fetched and silly as they may be, there’s something winsome and almost pure about the very first time you crush on a movie star, perhaps before you’re even fully aware that they live in protective bubbles and literally walk through this world on pillows filled with angels’ tears. But I’ve never forgotten mine, and when I polled my Flavorwire colleagues, I found many of them still fondly recalled theirs. (Feel free to add yours in the comments, as long as we’re all confessing.)
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The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘What We Do in the Shadows,’ ‘Tig’

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It’s a pretty dry week for new releases — the only one really worth your time (though it’s definitely worth it) is the New Zealand vampire comedy What We Do in the Shadows, co-starring and co-directed by Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement. But one of the finest indies of the ‘80s hits Blu-ray this week via the Criterion Collection, and Netflix, as usual, can help fill in your viewing gaps.
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Why Cancer Screening Is For Everyone: A Health Economist on Angelina Jolie Pitt’s ‘NY Times’ Op-Ed

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On Tuesday, Angelina Jolie Pitt wrote an op-ed, “Diary of a Surgery,” in The New York Times, explaining why she had “a laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy” — or in layman’s terms, the removal of her ovaries and fallopian tubes. The piece is an informative and important piece of advocacy regarding women’s health and women’s options in the fight against cancer. (For the gossips among us, it is also skillfully timed, debuting the same day as Jolie Pitt’s film Unbroken became available on DVD and streaming.)
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Angelina Jolie’s Flawlessly Canny Control of Her Own Image

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In today’s New York Times, Angelina Jolie has published an op-ed titled “A New Level of Refugee Suffering.” In it, the actress, director, and humanitarian reports on her experience listening to Syrian and Iraqi war refugees’ stories of suffering. “How can you speak when a woman your own age looks you in the eye and tells you that her whole family was killed in front of her, and that she now lives alone in a tent and has minimal food rations?” Jolie asks.
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Actors, Oscars, and Afflictions: A Nomination and Award Timeline

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This morning, Julianne Moore received an Academy Award nomination for Still Alice, which (in an amazing bit of great timing!) goes into official release tomorrow. It’s her fifth Academy Award nomination, but this time she’s the odds-on favorite, for two reasons: because she’s been nominated five times but hasn’t yet won and thus is “due,” and because she’s playing a woman battling a crippling affliction (in this case, early-onset Alzhemier’s). Meanwhile, Eddie Redmayne nabbed a very predictable nomination for playing Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. The fact that Everything is a boilerplate biopic and Still Alice is a rotten movie and desperately transparent play for that statue don’t enter into it; as history has proven, if you want to win an Oscar, find a character with a disease, a physical hardship, a mental challenge, or a psychological disorder, and let it rip. Don’t believe me? Here’s your timeline!
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