Angelina Jolie has become a target for Chinese film fans after questioning director Ang Lee's links to their nation in a media interview. The actress was promoting her new movie Maleficent, which is set to open in China later this month (Jun14), when she was asked to name her favourite Chinese director.
She chose the Life of Pi filmmaker, and then stated, "I am not sure if you consider Ang Lee Chinese; he's Taiwanese, but he does many Chinese-language films with many Chinese artists and actors, and I think his works and the actors in his films are the ones I am most familiar with and very fond of."
The remarks courted controversy because Taiwan and China have been at odds since 1949, and the Chinese people see Taiwan as a renegade province. Jolie's comments prompted a series of scathing attacks online, with some Chinese film fans threatening to boycott her movies, according to The Wall Street Journal.
One upset fan wrote, "By implying that Taiwan and China are two separate countries, in a moment of excitement, a brilliant woman became a stupid laughingstock." Another called the actress "a deranged Taiwan independence supporter."
Maleficent is scheduled for release in China on 20 June (14).
"That's where I met Jonny, who is still a great friend. I think of him when I think of that. Although, I'm sure the movie looks so ancient now, but we had a lot of fun making that." Angelina Jolie remains close to her first husband Jonny Lee Miller, who she met on the set of 1995 movie Hackers. The couple wed in 1996 but split three years later.
Actress Angelina Jolie is still hoping her long-delayed Cleopatra film will hit the big screen. Filmmaker James Cameron first revealed he was interested in developing a 3D movie about the Egyptian queen in 2010 and he wanted the Salt star to take on the role.
Following the news of Cameron's involvement, it was reported David Fincher was in talks to direct the film, but he reportedly declined to take on the project in 2012.
Life of Pi director Ang Lee was also added to the list of potential filmmakers, but he still hasn't signed on.
While Jolie admits the process has been difficult, she feels the film can still come together.
She tells People magazine, "I've been working on (it) forever. It's the hardest one to get done, so it's either going to be one of those that you just walk away and say, 'It was too hard', or it comes together beautifully and you really take it on."
Dallas Buyers Club and Gravity were the toast of the 2014 Oscars on Sunday (02Mar14), but it was 12 Years A Slave which was named Best Picture on Hollywood's biggest night. The Steve McQueen slave drama was a triple threat, also scoring Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong'o and Best Adapted Screenplay for John Ridley.
AIDS drama Dallas Buyers Club served up a double win in the male acting categories with Matthew McConaughey earning his first Oscar for Best Actor and Jared Leto claiming Best Supporting Actor, while Cate Blanchett took home the Best Actress title for her star turn in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine.
However, it was Gravity which scored the most wins of the night with seven, including Best Director for Alfonso Cuaron and a string of technical awards.
The 86th annual ceremony was presented by Ellen DeGeneres and she opened the prestigious event by joking about the heavy rain which has lashed the usually-sunny state of California in the past few days, and poking fun at Jennifer Lawrence for her clumsy nature after she stumbled and fell to her knees on the red carpet as she arrived at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood - a year after she tripped up the stairs on the way to pick up her 2013 Best Actress Oscar.
Each of the nominations for Best Original Song were performed, but it was Frozen star Idina Menzel's rendition of Let It Go which earned husband and wife songwriting team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez the award.
Pop star Pink helped to celebrate the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz by belting out Somewhere Over the Rainbow in front of Judy Garland's children Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft and Joey Luft, who were among the guests in the audience, and Bette Midler made her performance debut at the awards by singing Wind Beneath My Wings following the annual In Memoriam segment, which featured tributes to the likes of James Gandolfini, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Karen Black, Paul Walker, Annette Funicello, Peter O'Toole, Richard Griffiths, Sid Caesar, Shirley Temple Black, Harold Ramis, film critic Roger Ebert and former Academy president Tom Sherak.
The full list of winners at the 2014 Oscars is:
Best Motion Picture of the Year:
12 Years A Slave
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role:
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role:
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role:
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role:
Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years A Slave
Best Achievement in Directing:
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Best Writing, Original Screenplay:
Spike Jonze, Her
Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay:
John Ridley, 12 Years A Slave
Best Animated Feature Film:
Frozen - Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee & Peter Del Vecho
Best Foreign Language Film of the Year:
The Great Beauty (Italy)
Best Achievement in Cinematography:
Gravity - Emmanuel Lubezki
Best Achievement in Film Editing:
Gravity - Alfonso Cuaron & Mark Sanger
Best Achievement in Production Design:
The Great Gatsby - Catherine Martin & Beverley Dunn
Best Achievement in Costume Design:
The Great Gatsby - Catherine Martin
Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling:
Dallas Buyers Club - Adruitha Lee & Robin Mathews
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score:
Gravity - Steven Price
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song:
Let It Go from Frozen - Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
Best Achievement in Sound Mixing:
Gravity - Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead & Chris Munro
Best Achievement in Sound Editing:
Gravity - Glenn Freemantle
Best Achievement in Visual Effects:
Gravity - Timothy Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk & Neil Corbould
Best Documentary, Feature:
Twenty Feet From Stardom - Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen & Caitrin Rogers
Best Documentary, Short Subject:
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Best Short Film, Animated:
Mr Hublot - Laurent Witz & Alexandre Espigares
Best Short Film, Live Action:
Helium - Anders Walter & Kim Magnusson
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award:
Angelina Jolie has not made any attempt to purchase a heart-shaped island to mark her fiance Brad Pitt's 50th birthday, according to the landowners' daughter. The Wanted actress was reported this week (begs25Nov13) to have paid $20 million (£13.3 million) to buy Petra Island in New York as a gift for her longtime beau, who celebrates the age milestone on 18 December (13).
Jolie was allegedly drawn to the secluded location because it boasts two luxurious properties designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, whom Pitt is a great admirer of.
Owners Joseph and Barbara Massaro placed the island up for sale four months ago, but they have not received any offers - let alone from the superstar.
Their daughter, Donna, tells the New York Post, "I don't have any idea where that (report) came from. The family threw it out there (put it up for sale) to see if anyone was interested, and so far no (potential buyers) have (come forward).
Jolie has previously splurged her millions to spoil Pitt on his birthday - she allegedly purchased a waterfall in California in 2011 so the actor could build his dream home around it, just like the Fallingwater property Lloyd Wright built on a similar piece of land in Pennsylvania in 1939.
Rocker Lenny Kravitz missed out on the chance to get up close and personal with a young Angelina Jolie in the music video for Stand By My Woman after the director rejected her audition. The American Woman hitmaker reveals Paul Boyd wasn't impressed by Jolie's screen test for the early 1990s promo, so he dismissed the fledgling actress.
Kravitz tells Us Weekly magazine, "Angelina Jolie auditioned for the lead in my Stand by My Woman video. The director passed!"
Jolie would go on to make her mark in Hollywood after landing a starring role in cyber thriller Hackers in 1995, before scoring an Oscar for her performance in hit 1999 drama Girl, Interrupted.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie can add a new winemaking accolade to their awards cabinet after winning acclaim for their Chateau Miraval Rose 2012. The couple's top bottle has been named among the 84 wines of the year by Wine Spectator magazine - making it the "best rose in the world".
When the wine first hit stores this spring (13), all 6,000 bottles sold out within five hours.
The rose is the first hit from a partnership between the movie stars and Provence's winemaking Perrin family.
The Wine Spectator magazine nod comes just three days after Jolie was honoured with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the fourth annual Governors Ball in Hollywood on Saturday (16Nov13).
Queen Latifah is urging fans to follow her lead after going for her first ever mammogram. The U.S. talk show host was due to get checked a long time ago, but missed her appointment due to a busy work schedule. Now she is keen to make sure her viewers don't make the same mistake.
She tells the New York Daily News, "I got a mammogram on Friday, the first one I've ever got, and I was scheduled to do this a long time ago and then got an appointment and then work was so that it got away from me... I shared it (spoke about it) because I felt that other people had busy schedules and let something important like that just get away from them."
Latifah also reveals she called her doctor to book a check-up after speaking with a breast cancer survivor on The Queen Latifah Show, saying, "I think the show was a motivation for me to get more conscious about my own health."
Hollywood star Angelina Jolie was handed an honorary Academy Award for her humanitarian work at a special ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday (16Nov13). The actress fought back tears as she received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from Star Wars filmmaker George Lucas during the Governors Awards, which are held by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Upon accepting the golden statuette, the star thanked her partner, Brad Pitt, who was on hand to support the actress with their 12-year-old son Maddox.
She told Pitt from the stage, "My love. Your support and your guidance make everything I do possible".
Jolie also promised her son she would not cry, adding, "I'm not going to cry, I promise... I'm not going to embarrass you. You and your brothers and sisters are my happiness and there is no greater honour in this world than being your mom."
The trophy is Jolie's second Academy Award - she won her first for her performance in 1999 drama Girl, Interrupted.
Steve Martin and Angela Lansbury were also awarded honorary Oscars during the ceremony.
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.