Angelina Jolie had no choice but to let her daughter Vivienne play the young Princess Aurora in new movie Maleficent - because the five year old was the only kid on set who wasn't terrified of the movie star's horned villainess. The five year old was hanging out with mum on the set when kids were being cast for the pivotal role - and only she had the nerve to approach Jolie in costume as a wicked queen.
The Salt star tells EW.com, "We think it's fun for our kids to have cameos and join us on set, but not to be actors. That's not our goal for Brad (Pitt) and I at all, but the other three and four year olds wouldn't come near me. It had to be a child that liked me and wasn't afraid of my horns and my eyes and my claws. So it had to be Viv."
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's daughter Vivienne has made her big screen debut in the trailer for mum's new Disney movie Maleficent. The little blonde, who plays a young Sleeping Beauty in the reimagined fairytale, can be seen running through a meadow at the beginning of the new teaser.
Angelina Jolie surprised attendees at Disney's annual fan convention in Anaheim, California on Saturday (10Aug13) by making an unexpected appearance to unveil clips from her new fantasy thriller, Maleficent. The actress was welcomed to the D23 Expo with a standing ovation as she joined Walt Disney Studios president Sean Bailey to discuss her portrayal of Sleeping Beauty's nemesis, and she admitted the roaring response from devotees was a far cry from the reaction she received from children who visited the set during filming, when she was fully dressed as the evil sorceress, complete with horns.
She explained, "These little kids would visit the set, and I would think, 'Oh, I am a Disney character,' so I would go over to them, and say, 'Hi there.' They would just scream. One little kid even said, 'Mummy, please make the mean witch stop talking to me.'"
However, there was one youngster who wasn't fazed by Jolie's dark make up: "(My daughter) Vivienne was the only four year old who didn't scream when she saw me."
During the discussion, Jolie admitted she had her actor brother James Haven to thank for encouraging her to sign up for the project after reminding his superstar sister of her childhood fascination with the villainess.
She said, "Since I was a little girl, Maleficent was always my favourite. I was terrified of her, but I was so drawn to her. She had this elegance and grace, and yet she was so cruel. Just wonderfully and deliciously cruel."
Vivienne, Jolie's daughter with fiance Brad Pitt, makes her acting debut in Maleficent as a young Sleeping Beauty, but the child was not present for the promotional event - instead, she was enjoying the rides at the nearby Disneyland theme part.
Angelina Jolie took a brave step as a mother this month, as she revealed in her New York Times editorial. With the full weight of her mother's untimely death at the age of 56 due to cancer, Jolie took a preventative measure for her health, undergoing a double mastectomy that reduced her chances of breast cancer from 87 percent to five percent. Many fans, journalists, and any other humans with the ability and desire to praise others (including Mr. Jolie, Brad Pitt) have touted Jolie's decision and subsequent openness as heroic. And that, dear people of the Internet, is the only appropriate response at a time like this.
The problem is that there are many people who don't seem to understand that. Jolie has been a polarizing figure in pop culture for years. She endured the supporters of Team Jennifer Aniston when Jolie's affair with Pitt was publicized as the cause for Pitt's divorce from America's favorite girl next door. People love to groan at her children, adopted from destitute countries as an elitist move. When she makes a bad movie, we don't hear the end of it... ever. (Just say the name The Tourist to any movie lover and see what happens.) But when it comes to something this sensitive, comments like "Sorry, but I still can't get over the fact that she's a husband stealer" or "Jolie's not been in the news recently so she must be gagging for some media coverage" or calling the surgery "something only rich people can afford."
This is not okay. Not only are these people missing the point, they're lacking in one essential element: humanity. As Jolie is baring her soul, something she's not wont to do unless it's for a good reason, and opening her most personal struggle to the world for a reason: "I hope it helps to know you have options." And yes, Jolie's procedures at the Pink Lotus Breast Center are likely out of most readers' price ranges, but that doesn't diminish what she's saying. Her goal, in being open and using her fame as a megaphone on the issue, as she states it, is to raise awareness and perhaps even expand women's access to healing and preventative measures.
"It has got to be a priority to ensure more women can access gene testing and live-saving preventative treatment, whatever their means and background, whereever they live," she writes. It may be a lofty, potentially unattainable goal, but it's one that's coming from her heart. It's one meant to counteract the "deep sense of powerlessness" she says cancer can create in its victims.
And while this announcement has certainly made her a trending topic, it's not as if she threw out some Kardashianesque scoop, hoping to drum up ratings for her new reality show. She's using the voracious appetite of the Internet and the rest of media to send her message of health far and wide; she's using the untameable monster for good. How is that something to harp on? Put simply: it's not.
You can hate Angie for stealing Brad. You can hate her for being too beautiful or elitist. You can hate the amount of attention she gets for simply taking her kids to a theme park. You can even hate her for the way she cocks her eyebrow like seduction is second nature or the way her voice carries on like that of a queen in a Disney movie. You cannot, however, hate her for baring her soul in a genuine, articulate, and candid manner as a measure of encouraging women's agency over their own health.
Jolie may be one of the biggest celebrities in the world, but she still has a heart. Those who question that fact, however, are the ones I'd be worried about.
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Unbroken has passed through many hands since the spark of turning it into a movie first lit up. The film adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand's nonfiction book — previously operating under the direction of Catching Fire's Francis Lawrence, with script drafts by William Nicholson (Les Miserables) and Richard LaGravenese (Beautiful Creatures) — now rests with helmer Angelina Jolie, making this her second directorial feature, after 2011's In the Land of Blood and Honey. Still yet to prove herself as a filmmaker of unquestionable merit (Blood and Honey had some interesting things to say, but faltered a good deal in the delivery), Jolie will benefit from a time-tested writing team to make Unbroken a successful venture... and she hit the motherload: the Coen Brothers are taking charge on the script for the World War II picture.
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The story revolves around Lou Zamperini, a solider in the American Air Force whose plane crashed into the Pacific in 1943, where he survived on his own for 47 days before being captured and held prisoner by the Japanese military. Prior to joining the Air Force, Zamperini was an Olympic runner who competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
Joel and Ethan Coen have a penchant for the quirky and the stylistic — a different ambiance, perhaps, than that which Universal might have had for the movie in the first place, but it's not as though they can't handle gravity. The brothers' flare for the cinematic teamed with the earnest passion exhibited in Jolie's Blood and Honey could meld well, resulting in a tasteful and artistic retelling of this intriguing story.
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But while Zamperini's account might warrant a stern and stoic voice, we can imagine a few other Coen/Jolie projects that would turn out a bit more fun. How about the writing pair's take on Jolie's Lara Croft franchse: Burn After Raiding? Maybe the two should tackle a remake of the actress' drama Changeling, this time from the son's perspective: O Mother, Where Art Thou? Or maybe — just maybe — a movie about a rogue CIA agent who's just trying to make it big as a Hollywood writer: Salton Fink!
Hey, all these have got to be better than The Tourist.
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Each week, Hollywood gives us something to whine about, and the week of Feb.11 was no different. We could make a drinking game out of this week, but that would be too dangerous. Instead, we'll stick to the usual formula: varying levels of alcoholic respite depending on how bothersome the week's issues are. Is your biggest complaint this week a flimsy one? How about a light cocktail to take the edge off? Got a real bone to pick with a celeb or entertainment entity this week? Go ahead, grab a drink that'll put hair on your chest. Here are the week's entertainment stories that are forcing us to seek a bubbly or boozy refuge. And maybe an idea or two about how you should wash them down.
Take It Easy With a Little Mulled Wine. What? It Has Fruit In It.
Happy Endings Can't Catch a Break: Our favorite gaggle of Chicagoans can’t seem to find a spot that sticks in ABC’s lineup. Now, they’re occupying the death-slot: Friday nights. Pray for Penny and her a-mah-zing friends, people!
Lady Gaga Can't Go On With Her Tour: But that just leaves us wondering, she was still on tour?
Once again, No One is Watching Community: Then again, if the NBC cult favorite was raking in huge ratings, we’d have to wonder what tragedy took place to settle out the balance.
Britney Might Have Milli-Vanilli'd "Scream and Shout": Perhaps it's time for another cleansing comeback?
Let Loose With a Girly Cocktail. We Won't Tell Your Buddies About It.
Can Melissa McCarthy Please Get a Decent Role?: Our girl is hilarious, so why’s she stuck playing the same character over and over?
"Beiber Feuds" is Now a Legitimate News Beat: Really, Biebs? Now you’re fighting with The Black Keys? The Hamster League of America wasn’t enough for you?
We're Still Having a Hard Time Admitting We Didn't Like Frank Ocean's Grammy Performance: We love you, Frank. But we’re just trying to forget your Grammys number happened.
This Poor Woman Gets Confused with Kim Kardashian "All The Time": Kim Kashkashian won a Grammy, but the poor lady still has to tell people she’s not dating Kanye.
Nope. Throw in The Towel and Make Whatever You're Drinking a Double.
Brangelina’s Daughter Probably Makes More Money Than You: Four-year-old Vivienne Jolie-Pitt reportedly raked in $3,000 a week for her work as Baby Aurora in Maleficent, and apparently, that shouldn’t surprise us.
Chubby Checker is No Longer The Man Who Gave Us "The Twist": Unfortunately, Chubby now has to defend his good name thanks to a penis-measuring app that shares his name. Just think about it for a second.
Nicholas Sparks Says Gay Romance Isn't Really His Genre: And that makes sense how?
Taylor Swift is Still An Obnoxious Awards Show Attendee: Look, we're all about having fun at an awards show, but did Swifty really need to act like a 12-year-old at a Justin Bieber concert?
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To play young Aurora in Disney's Maleficent, her very first movie, four-year-old Vivienne Jolie-Pitt (offspring of box office power couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt) will be earning a whopping $3,000/week, TMZ reports. Only, it turns out, that's not such a staggering figure.
While three grand weekly may sound like an exorbitant paycheck for someone who hasn't yet made it to kindergarten (and in the real world, it is), the salary is actually in line with the SAG-AFTRA union guidelines. According to the SAG-AFTRA Theatrical Wage Tables, the rate set for weekly performers between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013 is $2,921/week.
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An industry source confirms for Hollywood.com that the rate is not dependent on age. "There's no distinction upon age. The rates are the same no matter how old you are. You can negotiate for more if you're well-known or a lead actor, but $2, 921/week or $842/day is the bare minimum union rate."
Our source concedes that the union rate changes based on the movie's budget, but an actor — even a very young one — on a big budget film like Maleficent (which is estimated at $200 million) will certainly be earning the full $2,921.
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Now, the SAG-AFTRA union rate for background actors is much lower — $144/day — but we know Ms. Jolie-Pitt is going to get her closeup.
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As Robert Duvall once taught us, the role of godfather is "a very close, a very sacred religious relationship." This does not not only hold true for the Italian-American mafiosi to which Duvall was referring at the time, but for each and all who embrace the tradition. There is no greater honor — no Pulitzer Prize, med school diploma, or rare World's Greatest Mime accolade from Sheboygan, Wisc.'s impossibly selective street theater community (it's all politics now, anyway) — than being named godparent to the child of a close friend or relative. Adding to the list of things that make even their own reflections jealous, The Huffington Post reports that Beyoncé Knowles and Jay-Z have been handed the godparent titles for the unborn baby of friends Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. While the hearts of fans might be warmed by this news, those wary of what peril might unfurl when a dynasty becomes too powerful are probably reopening their unused apocalypse survival shelters right about now.
But we can worry about the human race's doom at the hands of this ever-growing nucleus of might later. Our main focus now is how cool it is that Beyoncé and Jay-Z are going to be kodparents (that's actually the legal term when it comes to a Kardashian baby) to this highly anticipated human. They'll have a lot to work with when it comes time to set their new titles into action: they've got creativity, entrepreneurial genius, the pipes for party-stopping birthday serenades, a steady supply of Nets tickets. But do the Carters top the list of the greatest godparents Hollywood has seen to date? They do have some formidable competition...
Godfather to: Billy-Ray Burton, son of Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter
How Does He Fare? Knowing that your godfather is the guy who married a zombie, tortured children in his chocolate factory, killed Anthony Michael Hall with his bladed phalanges, and destroyed a Lewis Carroll classic (all with the help of your father, no less) is sure to give a kid some nightmares.
Godmother to: Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, son of Elton John and David Furnish
How Does She Fare? Homemade meat dresses and egg shelters are not necessarily the sort of birthday gifts a kid might want to receive year after year, but the whole "be yourself" attitude is a self-esteem bonus.
Godfather to: Knox and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, twins of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
How Does He Fare? Hopefully, he's not the one teaching the kids math. Fourteen does not come right after three, in any language!
Godfather to: Chloe and Grace Helen Murdoch, daughters of Rupert and Wendi Deng Murdoch
How Does He Fare? Oh, you mean the guy who's handsome, charming, and perfect in every way? Yeah, he'll do.
Godmother to: Also Chloe and Grace Helen Murdoch (still daughters of Rupert and Wendi Deng Murdoch)
How Does She Fare? She's no Jackman, but then again, who is? Kidman's a winner nonetheless.
Godmother to: Coco Arquette, daughter of Courteney Cox and David Arquette
How Does She Fare? Who cares? We're all too happy that Monica and Rachel are still best friends to worry about Aniston's real-life abilities.
Godfather to: Drew Barrymore, self of Drew Barrymore
How Does He Fare? Spielberg's first interaction with his goddaughter launched her into a world of alien life forms, gun-wielding government agents, and near-death experiences... but the magic!
Godfather to: Soul
How Does He Fare? I think we can all give him due credit for this one.
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The couple's brood of six - Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh and twins Knox and Vivienne - put pen to paper to detail their wish lists and posted them off in the village of Littlebourne in Kent, England, where their famous father was re-shooting scenes for upcoming blockbuster World War Z.
Littlebourne post office assistant Fiona Lindsay tells People.com, "It was so cute. All the children sent messages to Father Christmas and were absolutely beautifully behaved.
"Just like any other kids in a sweet shop they were excited, but Angelina controlled them perfectly. It was lovely. They were all very polite. They were just a bunch of gorgeous, happy kids."
The Salt star and her fiance Brad Pitt are parents to a brood of six: Maddox, 11; Pax, nine; Zahara, seven; Shiloh, six, and twins Knox and Vivienne, four - and Jolie admits she is thinking about becoming a full-time mum within the next decade because she won't be able to juggle her career with her parenting duties and her extensive charity work.
She tells England's Channel 4 News, "I think I'm going to have to give up the acting as the kids hit the teenage years... (there will be) too much to manage at home.
"I have enjoyed being an actress. I am so grateful to the job and I have had great experiences and I have even been able to tell stories and be a part of stories that mattered and I have done things for fun. But if it went away tomorrow I would be very happy to be home with the children."
The news comes just months after 48-year-old Pitt announced he was planning to retire when he hits 50.
He told U.K. publication The Sunday Times' Culture magazine, "We all have a shelf life, and mine is coming."