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Angelina Jolie’s transition from actress to director was not so smooth, as she had a “complete meltdown” while making her directorial debut with wartime film In the Land of Blood and Honey.

Angelina Jolie had to be comforted by partner Brad Pitt after collapsing in the shower in tears.

The 36-year-old star told fans on a live video web chat: “I had a complete emotional breakdown in the shower and Brad found me crying.

“I felt this huge responsibility and I felt very small and, who am I to take this on?”

Angelina Jolie added: “I had a complete meltdown.”

The actress took on the daunting project of writing and directing the love story, which is set in the Bosnian war.

Angelina Jolie told fans on a live video web chat that she had a complete emotional breakdown and cried after her directorial debut with wartime film In the Land of Blood and Honey

Angelina Jolie told fans on a live video web chat that she had a complete emotional breakdown and cried after her directorial debut with wartime film In the Land of Blood and Honey

While Angelina Jolie is determined to tell the tale in order to raise awareness, she is unsure as to whether she will return to her behind the scenes role.

Angelina Jolie said: “I didn’t plan to become a director, and I still have trouble saying I’m a director.

“I just wanted to tell this story and I ended up by default being the director.

“It was a pleasure but I wonder if it would be a pleasure with another cast and crew, and a subject matter that wasn’t so special.”

Angelina Jolie was captivated by hearing heart-wrenching stories of people’s experiences living through the Bosnian war, but says at the time it happened, when she was aged 17, she was unaware of its seriousness.

The actress said: “I knew very little, like most Americans.

“I was 17 so I wasn’t very focussed. I was my own form of self-destructive, and it was a bad time.”

Angelina Jolie later came back to the subject and added: “I was a punk… you don’t imagine you could ever be a role model.”

She has clearly proven her directorial ability as the movie, which is released in Europe in February, has been nominated for an award at the Golden Globes.

The subject matter, which is close to her heart, has helped her to realize the importance of teaching her children certain values.

When asked by a fan what lessons she wished to pass onto her children, Angelina Jolie said “compassion and respect”.

She said: “I want my children to be aware of the world around them and have respect for all people around the world.”

Angelina Jolie added: “From the nature of the make-up of my family, they learn a lot abot each other. They dont see this divide which is dangerous.”

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Just one week before the Golden Globes and seven weeks before the Oscars, Hollywood began polishing its acceptance speeches Saturday night at the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s 23rd annual awards gala.

Palm Springs Film Festival gala is often a bellwether of Oscar nominations – 15 of last year’s attendees collected nominations for the 2011 Academy Awards.

Last night, Michelle Williams collected an award for Marilyn Monroe 50 years late, Octavia Spencer thanked some “white, very white” knights and George Clooney entreated his precocious 20-year-old “Descendants” costar Shailene Woodley to, some day in the future, “give a retired two-time Sexiest Man Alive a job… and then after you give Brad [Pitt] a job, maybe you’ll give me one.”

Michelle Williams, who was on hand to accept the Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award, said her thoughts were on Marilyn Monroe, whom she plays in “My Week With Marilyn” and who, unlike Williams, struggled to be taken seriously as an actress.

“My only wish is that Marilyn herself could have experienced in her lifetime what I am experiencing tonight,” Michelle Williams said.

“When she did stretch beyond her pin-up picture, she was pushed back into her place. I accept this award on both our behalf.”

Seven weeks before the Oscars, Hollywood began polishing its acceptance speeches Saturday night at the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s 23rd annual awards gala

Seven weeks before the Oscars, Hollywood began polishing its acceptance speeches Saturday night at the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s 23rd annual awards gala

Though the gala is “black-tie optional,” according to the invitations, most of the celebrities are considerably more relaxed than at other awards events.

The Palm Springs gala isn’t televised and honorees already know that they’ve won, a fact that leads to some impromptu speeches.

Multiple attendees compared the crystal award they received to a bong – “I may smoke this later,” said International Star Award recipient Gary Oldman – and obscenities flew fast and furious.

“George Clooney closed the night with an f-bomb!” marveled the evening’s emcee, “Entertainment Tonight’s” Mary Hart.

Mock serious speeches abounded – Tom Hanks watched, bemused, as his 14-year-old “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” co-star Thomas Horn bested him in smooth teleprompter reading, and Jonah Hill took a crack at his “Moneyball” co-star Brad Pitt, who was on hand to accept the Desert Palm Acheivement Actor Award.

“Brad Pitt has constantly made choices that are risky,” said Jonah Hill.

“Look at the unconventional storylines of the two movies he’s being honored for this evening. <<Moneyball>> is about baseball statistics and <<The Tree of Life>> is about… I’m sorry, I’ve seen it three times and I still have no idea what <<The Tree of Life>> is about. But it was beautiful.”

Brad Pitt, who was using a cane after, he said, tripping and falling while carrying one of his twins skiing, walked a 300-foot red carpet into the gala alongside partner Angelina Jolie. Other stars in attendance included Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron, Glenn Close, Al Pacino, Olivia Wilde and Melissa McCarthy.

Octavia Spencer, who was on hand to accept the Breakthrough Performance Award for her work in “The Help,” thanked her dead parents who, she said, “sent me two white knights, very, very white in the form of [director] Tate Taylor and [producer] Brunson Green.” After acknowledging a phalanx of studio personnel and fellow honorees, including Brad Pitt and George Clooney, Octavia Spencer said: “I would be remiss if I didn’t say… I’m single, gentlemen. I just had to throw that in there.”

Later, “The Artist” director Michel Hazanavicius was presented with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award by his stars, Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo, who is also the mother of two of his children.

“Octavia,” Michael Hazanavicius said, “I’m married, but I’m French, so…”

According to organizers said the event raised $1.6 million for the nonprofit Palm Springs Film Society.

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It has been claimed that Jennifer Aniston was advised to get a “sperm donation” from Brad Pitt after they broke up in 2005

It has been claimed that Jennifer Aniston was advised to get a “sperm donation” from Brad Pitt after they broke up in 2005

 

Jennifer Aniston recently claimed she is not desperate to have a baby but she could have produced a mini Brad Pitt, if she’d listened to the bizarre advice of recently deceased Hollywood agent, Sue Mengers.

It has been claimed that Jennifer Aniston was advised to get a “sperm donation” from Brad Pitt after they broke up in 2005.

Hollywood agent, Sue Mengers, who passed away in October, aged 78, made the odd recommendation Jennifer Aniston following her difficult separation from Brad Pitt.

Columnist, Maureen Dowd revealed the news yesterday as an article about the ballsy film industry legend is published in New York Times Magazine.

 

Maureen Dowd claimed that Sue Mengers admitted telling Jennifer Aniston to arrange taking some semen form her ex-husband.

Brad Pitt, 48, has gone on to enjoy parenthood since leaving Jennifer Aniston and pairing up with Angelina Jolie, 36.

While Angelina Jolie already had adopted son Maddox, now 10, when they started dating, Brad Pitt accompanied her on her trip to Ethiopia to collect daughter Zahara, now 6.

Then in 2006, Angelina Jolie gave birth to their first biological daughter, Shiloh Nouvel, 5, but the child rearing didn’t stop there.

Pax, now 7, was adopted aged three after being brought up in a Vietnamese orphanage in 2007 and Angelina Jolie gave birth to twins Knox and Vivienne in 2008.

Meanwhile Jennifer Aniston and her partner, Justin Theroux, 40, may not be producing offspring as yet but they are taking the next big step in their relationship.

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have created a personalized Christmas card together which they have sent out to family and friends in celebration of the festive season.

Basketball star Kobe Bryant was almost served with divorce papers four years ago it has emerged.

Kobe Bryant’s estranged wife Vanessa saw divorce lawyers after being pushed to the limit by the NBA legend’s antics, according to RadarOnline.

But Vanessa Bryant had a change of heart after he promised to change his ways and attend marriage counseling.

A source close to them said: “Vanessa almost threw in the towel four years ago. “Kobe has always had a slew of girlfriends, and the cheating was almost blatant.

“Vanessa had consulted with a divorce attorney, not Laura Wasser, who she has hired to represent her now. Kobe promised Vanessa he would stop cheating, and the two went to marriage counseling.

“Kobe did seem like a devoted husband, and Vanessa decided not to go through with filing at that time.”

Vanessa Bryant filed for divorce from Los Angeles Lakers star citing “irreconcilable differences”

Vanessa Bryant filed for divorce from Los Angeles Lakers star citing “irreconcilable differences”

 

Vanessa Bryant, 29, even stood by Los Angeles Lakers star when he was accused of sexually assaulting a worker at a hotel in Colorado.

Kobe Bryant, 33, admitted having sexual relations with 19-year old hotel employee Katelyn Faber, but denied assault.

The case was dropped by prosecutors after she refused to testify in the trial, but a separate civil lawsuit was eventually settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.

However, Vanessa Bryant decided to call time on their marriage of almost 11 years after growing tired of his philandering, despite hoping they could work things out for the sake of their two daughters.

The source said: “Vanessa wanted to stay together for the children. Vanessa stood by Kobe during his darkest hour, and she believed him when he said there would be no more women.

“Vanessa began to get suspicious again about 16 months ago about Kobe cheating on her, he knew that if he wasn’t faithful, she would leave him. Vanessa had no other choice.”

The revelation follows claims Kobe Bryant was growing close to one of Kim Kardashian’s best friends, Carla DiBello.

Several websites claimed Carla DiBello, 27, has been on close terms with Kobe Bryant for the last couple of years, according to Radar Online.

Some note that Carla DiBello has been spotted courtside at Lakers games.

Carla DiBello is one of Kim Kardashian’s closest friends, and is also a producer on Keeping Up With The Kardashians and Kourtney & Kim Take New York.

She travels around the world with the reality behemoth, and most recently was by her side during Kim Kardashian’s trip to Dubai.

Carla DiBello was director of strategic relations for SBE Group which owns a number of exclusive hotels and clubs in Hollywood.

She was also Steve Wynn’s assistant at his luxury hotel casino of the same name in Las Vegas.

Meanwhile, TMZ are reporting that Kobe Bryant is worth much less than the $400 million that was being suggested in some quarters, with his net worth instead being around $150 million.

Still a small fortune, but with a divorce settlement looming, every dollar will count as Kobe Bryant prepares to negotiate spousal and child support.

Vanessa Bryant filed for divorce from Los Angeles Lakers star citing “irreconcilable differences”.

TMZ further claims that she has caught Kobe Bryant with “multiple women” over the years – but the latest affair was the one that broke the camel’s back.

Sources did not tell the website how Vanessa Bryant found out about his alleged fling with Carla DiBello – but apparently it was through text messages.

Vanessa Bryant has been married to the LA Lakers player for ten years.

They have no pre-nuptial agreement, according to TMZ, so Vanessa Bryant will be entitled to substantial monies and has requested spousal support.

It is said that Kobe Bryant has already moved out of the mansion in Orange County that the couple once shared.

According to TMZ, Kobe Bryant purchased the abode ten years ago, but his wife will get the home as part of the couple’s divorce settlement.

They met when Vanessa was just 18, when she was working as a backing dancer in a studio where he was recording, though that material was never released to the public.

According to the legal documents obtained by TMZ, Vanessa Bryant is asking for joint custody of their two daughters – eight-year-old Natalia and five-year-old Gianna.

But she is asking that Kobe Bryant get visitation rights, which means she wants the kids in her care most of the time.

Vanessa Bryant is being represented by Laura Wasser and attorney Samantha Klein, whose clients include Britney Spears, Angelina Jolie, Maria Shriver and Kim Kardashian.

Ellen DeGeneres and her wife Portia De Rossi have reportedly bought Brad Pitt’s Malibu mansion for $12 million.

It appears that Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi may have gotten special mate rates, as they purchased the property for $2 million under the asking price.

The new purchase comes as Ellen DeGeneres, 53, just put her $49 million Beverly Hills compound up for sale and is now looking for something smaller.

Brad Pitt’s mansion consists of two separate houses, a pool, a tennis court and expansive lush gardens.

The sprawling 4,100 square foot property also has private beach access and is set back off the Pacific Coast Highway by a long private driveway.

The main house has four bedrooms and four baths, a large chef’s kitchen with stainless steel appliances, bamboo floors, three fire places and a top of the range security system.

Ellen DeGeneres and her wife Portia De Rossi have reportedly bought Brad Pitt’s Malibu mansion for $12 million

Ellen DeGeneres and her wife Portia De Rossi have reportedly bought Brad Pitt’s Malibu mansion for $12 million

The mansion has had extensive renovations in the past couple of years with an additional story added by the environmentally conscious designer Christopher R. Sorensen.

The house was just one part of a property portfolio belonging to Brad and Angelina Jolie that also includes homes in Malibu, Los Angeles, New Orleans, France and Italy.

No one knows why they chose to sell the property, which is set into a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Few days ago, Angelina Jolie was on the brink of death because of her obsession to lose pounds.

It was reported that Angelina Jolie came to the hospital in serious condition after an overdose of amphetamines. The person who called the emergency services was right her husband, actor Brad Pitt.

For Angelina Jolie, risk meant this time, an African weight loss drug based on amphetamines. The pills almost killed her, according to U.S. tabloids. The actress was unconscious and not breathing when Brad Pitt called the paramedics. The doctors barely managed to revive her.

Angelina Jolie’s amphetamine dependence began three years ago, when she decided to take drastic measures to regain the body size she had before the birth of twins Knox and Vivienne

Angelina Jolie’s amphetamine dependence began three years ago, when she decided to take drastic measures to regain the body size she had before the birth of twins Knox and Vivienne

Angelina Jolie’s amphetamine dependence began three years ago. At that time she decided to take drastic measures to regain the body size she had before the birth of twins Knox and Vivienne, especially because she had to return on filming set where she was preparing her role in the super-action movie Salt and that required the best form.

Angelina Jolie has meanwhile become dependent on amphetamines and obsessed with weight loss. At a certain point the actress was weighing just 43 kilograms, very little for a woman of 1,72 meter in height. Tabloids wrote that she was influenced also by her African missions in refugee camps. Shockingly, Angelina Jolie told Brad Pitt that if adults and children in Africa have nothing to eat, therefore she must not eat as well.

Now, Angelina Jolie is currently under recovery. She showed up on Saturday, along with Brad Pitt and the six children at a Cirque De Soleil show in Las Vegas.

Kobe Bryant’s wife has filed for divorce from LA Lakers star yesterday citing “irreconcilable differences”.

Vanessa Bryant, 29 , who stuck by Kobe, 33, after he was charged with sexually assaulting a Colorado woman in 2003 – has been married to the basketball star for ten years.

TMZ reports that the couple has no pre-nuptial agreement, so Vanessa Bryant will be entitled to substantial monies, and has requested spousal support.

Vanessa and Kobe Bryant met when she was just 19, and he 23, and she was working as a backing dancer in a studio where he was recording.

TMZ reports that according to the legal documents, Vanessa Bryant is asking for joint custody of their two daughters – Natalia, 8, and Gianna, 5.

However, the mother is asking that Kobe Bryant get visitation rights, which means she wants the kids in her care most of the time.

Vanessa and Kobe Bryant met when she was just 19, and he 23, and she was working as a backing dancer in a studio where he was recording

Vanessa and Kobe Bryant met when she was just 19, and he 23, and she was working as a backing dancer in a studio where he was recording

Vanessa Bryant is being represented by Wasser and attorney Samantha Klein, her clients include Britney Spears, Angelina Jolie, Maria Shriver and Kim Kardashian.

Kobe Bryant went to the Jay-Z concert Tuesday night in Los Angeles without his wife, and he looked miserable.

She signed the divorce petition on December 1 and Kobe Bryant signed his response on December 7.

Kobe Bryant gave her a $4 million diamond ring after the 2003 scandal, which she will be able to keep.

At the time, they released a joint statement saying they have “resolved all issues” privately, with the assistance of counsel.

In 2003, hotel employee Katelyn Faber of The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera in Eagle County said Kobe Bryant raped her after he checked into the establishment to await knee surgery.

Kobe Bryant admitted an adulterous sexual encounter with his accuser, but denied her sexual assault allegation.

In September 2004, the assault case was dropped by prosecutors after Katelyn Faber refused to testify in the trial.

Afterward, Kobe Bryant agreed to apologize to Katelyn Faber for the incident, including his public mea culpa: “Although I truly believe this encounter between us was consensual, I recognize now that she did not and does not view this incident the same way I did. After months of reviewing discovery, listening to her attorney, and even her testimony in person, I now understand how she feels that she did not consent to this encounter.”

Katelyn Faber filed a separate civil lawsuit against Kobe Bryant, which the two sides ultimately settled with the specific terms of the settlement being undisclosed to the public.

Google reveals its annual zeitgeist – the people, places and things that are clicking the most with UK internet users in 2011.

Top of the most-searched celebrities is US reality star Kim Kardashian, whose profile was boosted further this year after marrying and then divorcing basketball player Kris Humphries in just three months.

Next behind her was Victoria Beckham, who gave birth to her and husband David’s first daughter, Harper Seven, in July, followed by Harry Potter actress Emma Watson in third.

Amy Winehouse, who died earlier this year in tragic circumstances, comes in fifth.

Ricky Gervais, undoubtedly buoyed by his notorious appearance as MC for the Golden Globes, was the only male to make into the top ten.

Google also revealed the year’s fastest-rising searches which was topped by a country mile by the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, who also featured in the top ten fasting-rising people section.

Another American reality TV star, the late Ryan Dunn of Jackass fame, was the fastest-rising person ahead of singer Adele, while Breaking Dawn leads the fastest-rising movies list.

X Factor hit number 1 in the TV shows chart.

CELEBRITIES

1. Kim Kardashian

2. Victoria Beckham

3. Emma Watson

4. Scarlett Johansson

5. Jennifer Aniston

6. Britney Spears

7. Megan Fox

8. Ricky Gervais

9. Jessica Jane

10. Angelina Jolie

FASTEST-RISING SEARCHES

1. Royal wedding

2. iPhone 5

3. Fifa 12

4. Groupon

5. iPad 2

6. Ryan Dunn

7. Adele

8. Minecraft

9. Rebecca Black

10. Ed Sheeran

PEOPLE (FASTEST-RISING)

1. Ryan Dunn

2. Adele

3. Rebecca Black

4. Ed Sheeran

5. Amy Winehouse

6. Charlie Sheen

7. Steve Jobs

8. Kate Middleton

9. Nicki Minaj

10. Darren Criss

TV SHOWS (FASTEST-RISING)

1. X Factor 2011

2. Apprentice 2011

3. X Factor USA

4. NCIS season 9

5. House season 8

6. Glee season 3

7. Thundercats 2011

8. Big Brother 13

9. Supernatural season 7

10. Smallville season 10

There is also a list of the most popular “what is…” searches, in which AV – the Alternative Vote – clearly baffled electors the most. This was followed, bizarrely, by scampi, piles and truffles.

Also revealed are the fastest rising travel destinations, sports terms, news, food and drink, music and top TV searches.

The Google zeitgeist list – meaning spirit of the times – is compiled from the searches through Google each year. Individual searchers are not identified.

SPORTS (FASTEST RISING)

1. Haye vs Klitschko

2. Olympic tickets 2012

3. Arsenal transfer

4. Six Nations 2011

5. Wimbledon 2011

6. Grand National 2011

7. Wrestlemania 27

8. Copa America 2011

9. Randy Savage

10. Dan Wheldon

TRAVEL (TOP DESTINATIONS)

1. Las Vegas

2. New York

3. Disneyland Paris

4. Jamaica

5. Orlando

6. Barbados

7. Hawaii

8. Caribbean

9. Florida

10. Cuba

“WHAT IS…” (TOP SEARCHES)

1. AV

2. Scampi

3. Truffles

4. Piles

5. 4d

6. Cookies

7. Copyright

8. Zumba

9. iCloud

10. Probate

“HOW TO…” (TOP SEARCHES)

1. Revise

2. Snog

3. Reference

4. Wallpaper

5. Draw

6. Sleep

7. Flirt

8. Geek

9. Pronounce

10. Shuffle

MOVIES (FASTEST-RISING)

1. Breaking Dawn

2. Final Destination 5

3. Mean Girls 2

4. True Grit

5. Conan the Barbarian

6. Scream 4

7. The Inbetweeners

8. Little Fockers

9. Transformers 3

10. Unstoppable

PETS

1. Cavapoo (dog)

2. Cavachon (dog)

3. Cockapoo

4. Tibetan mastiff

5. Pomeranian

6. Bearded dragon (lizard)

7. French bulldog

8. Dog de Bordeaux

9. Savannah cat

10. Shih tzu

Angelina Jolie has confessed during an interview with U.S. Marie Claire that there is at least one thing missing in her life – female friends.

In the interview with the new issue of Marie Claire, Angelina Jolie spoke frankly to the magazine about her lack of female confidantes.

“It was nice for me to play with other girls; I don’t really have girlfriends in movies, if you’ve noticed,” she said.

“Well, I have a few girlfriends, I just… I stay at home a lot. I’m just not very social. I don’t do a lot with them, and I’m very homebound.”

Angelina Jolie, actress, director and mother-of six, who looks stunning in a blue top and gold statement ring, has previously bemoaned the fact that she really only chats with her partner, Brad Pitt.

“I’ll talk to my family,” Angelina Jolie said.

“I talk to Brad … But I don’t know, I don’t have a lot of friends I talk to. He is really the only person I talk to.”

Angelina Jolie‘s reputation as the ultimate man-eater and husband-stealer may account for her lack of gal pals.

The actress famously enticed Brad Pitt away from his wife, Jennifer Aniston, and her second husband Billy Bob Thornton broke off his engagement to Laura Dern to elope with his Pushing Tin co-star.

In the interview with the new issue of Marie Claire, Angelina Jolie spoke frankly to the magazine about her lack of female confidantes

In the interview with the new issue of Marie Claire, Angelina Jolie spoke frankly to the magazine about her lack of female confidantes

One of the few close female friends that is not deterred by Angelina Jolie’s reputation is singer Gwen Stefani.

Earlier this year Angelina Jolie were spied with Gwen Stefani getting together at Gwen’s home in London for a fun-filled playdate .

“All of the kids are very close in age. They’ve attended each other’s birthday parties and gotten together several times at each other’s homes,” a source to Yahoo news at the time.

Angelina Jolie and Gwen Stefani have been friends since 1998.

“Somehow Gwen and I keep ending up pregnant at the exact same time,” Angelina Jolie has explained.

Best known for action films such as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Mr. & Mrs. Smith and Wanted, Angelina Jolie also reveals that she may want to move on from acting.

“I woke up one day realizing, God, I’m an actor,” she said.

“I don’t think I intended to be an actor. I think my mother wanted it for me.

“I loved telling stories, and I enjoyed the profession, but is it too late to be something else?”

When asked whether she and partner Brad Pitt were planning to extend their already considerable brood, she would only say: “Nothing planned at the moment, but we just don’t know. I could end up pregnant.”

Angelina Jolie credits Brad Pitt with helping her juggle her career with raising children.

“I have a wonderful partner in Brad and we take turns working always,” the actress said in the interview.

Angelina Jolie also touched on the subject of her children wanting her to marry long-term love Brad Pitt, 47.

“They have mentioned it, yes,” the actress admitted.

The star also opened up about her daughter Vivienne being a “girly girl”, divulging: “She is so elegant and delicate. Vivi will pick flowers from the garden and put them in her hair.

“She likes to get her nails done and collects stuffed animals.”

Angelina Jolie added: “It’s very funny for me to have to buy all things pink and watch princess movies!”

“Knox is very much a dude. Very physical, tough. He loves dinosaurs and swords.”

Angelina Jolie also gushed about her happiness saying: “Brad has expanded my life in ways I never imagined. We built a family. He is not just the love of my life, he is my family. I hold that very dear.

“I suppose what I’ve learned from Brad is to be able to have the kind of family whose happiness and well-being comes before your own.

“I’m very, very grateful to have such a loving family, and I wouldn’t have that without him.”

Speaking about the subject of her film Angelina Jolie said: “I think it’s still hard to understand what happened and how it could happen 40 minutes away from Italy in the ’90s at the time Schindler’s List came out.”

Explaining the inspiration for the movie Angelina Jolie said: “It began as a private exercise, an excuse to get out some of my frustrations with international community and justice issues.

“Some of the very darkest sections of the film were conceived in Shiloh’s art class; I was in the back waiting for the kids to finish.”

Angelina Jolie has also revealed she plans to do another war film focusing on Afghanistan, where she made humanitarian trips to recently.

In the Land of Blood and Honey is is scheduled to be released in the United States on December 23.

The new issue of Marie Claire is on newsstands Tuesday December 13.

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Angelina Jolie is being sued for the second time in a month.

This time, James J. Braddock, a Croatian journalist, is accusing Angelina Jolie, 36, of stealing the story behind her directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey.

In legal documents obtained by RadarOnline, James J. Braddock claims that an article he wrote and published in 2007 is the basis for the film, which Angelina Jolie wrote and directed.

James J. Braddock gives examples of the similarities between his work and Angelina Jolie’s film in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit states that: “The Subject Work’s main female character is subject to continuous abuse and rape by soldiers and officers in the camp.”

“In addition to being raped continuously by soldiers and officers, she is forced to become a servant at the camp headquarters, a duty assumed by very few of the captives.”

James J. Braddock, a Croatian journalist, is accusing Angelina Jolie, 36, of stealing the story behind her directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey

James J. Braddock, a Croatian journalist, is accusing Angelina Jolie, 36, of stealing the story behind her directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey

James J. Braddock is demanding that a court awards him damages.

“The Motion Picture’s main female character is also subject to continuous rape by soldiers and officers in the camp and subsequently becomes a servant at camp headquarters.”

The drama revolves around a Muslim woman named Aija who falls in love with Serbian Daniijel.

In the unlikely love story, which opens in American theatres on December 23, Daniijel inadvertently becomes Aija’s jailer when the Bosnians are captured by the Serbs.

James J. Braddock isn’t the only person taking legal action against Angelina Jolie.

Angelina Jolie and partner Brad Pitt are also being sued by a former nanny.

The couple fired 45-year-old Ana Charlotiaux for allegedly taking too much sick leave.

Ana Charlotiaux worked on Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s French estate, Chateau Miraval, from 2008-2010 and is demanding fair compensation for dismissal.

Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia de Rossi are looking for a new house and are said to be eyeing on Brad Pitt’s Malibu mansion.

Ellen DeGeneres, 53, just put her $49million Beverly Hills compound up for sale and is now looking for something smaller.

Sources told People Magazine, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, 38, are very interested in buying Brad Pitt’s $14million Malibu home.

Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia de Rossi are looking for a new house and are said to be eyeing on Brad Pitt's Malibu mansion

Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia de Rossi are looking for a new house and are said to be eyeing on Brad Pitt's Malibu mansion

 

Brad Pitt’s Malibu property consists of two separate houses, a pool, a tennis court and expansive lush gardens.

The sprawling 4,100 square foot property also has private beach access and is set back off the Pacific Coast Highway by a long private driveway.

The main house has four bedrooms and four baths, a large chefs kitchen with stainless steel appliances, bamboo floors, three fire places and a top of the range security system.

The house has had extensive renovations in the past couple of years with an additional story added by the environmentally conscious designer Christopher R. Sorensen.

Malibu mansion is just one part of a property portfolio belonging to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie that also includes homes in Los Angeles, New Orleans, France and Italy.

No one knows why Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have chosen to sell the property, which is set into a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Reese Witherspoon, 35, was spotted looking at the home this past summer.

But in the end, she and her new husband, Jim Toth, decided not to buy it.

While the home is pricey, even by Hollywood standards, the $14million price tag is certainly no problem for Ellen DeGeneres.

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi is said to have a net worth of about $85million.

Forbes Magazine recently listed Ellen DeGeneres as one of the wealthiest women in Hollywood.

According to Reuters, last year alone Ellen DeGeneres made $45million thanks to her syndicated talk show and endorsement deals, including a contract with Covergirl Cosmetics.

Ellen DeGeneres got her start as a stand-up comedienne and has appeared in a number of films including EDtv and The Love Letter.

The comedienne also provided the voice of Dory in the Disney-Pixar animated film Finding Nemo and was a judge on American Idol for one year, having joined the show in its ninth season.

Portia de Rossi, a native of Australia, most recently co-starred on the TV series Better Off Ted and she also earns a sizeable income.

Grazia magazine revealed that Angelina Jolie survives on as little as 600 calories a day, which is the equivalent of two bowls of cereal with milk.

Angelina Jolie‘s weight is said to hover around the 97 lb mark – underweight for her 5ft 8in height – and she looks painfully thin.

According to sources, Angelina Jolie rarely eats a full meal and frequently forgets to eat.

“Angelina has been known to start her day with little more than a spoonful of coconut oil and a handful of cereal,” a source told Grazia magazine last week.

“The worrying thing is that she is so busy, she often forgets to eat.”

Grazia magazine revealed that Angelina Jolie survives on as little as 600 calories a day, which is the equivalent of two bowls of cereal with milk

Grazia magazine revealed that Angelina Jolie survives on as little as 600 calories a day, which is the equivalent of two bowls of cereal with milk

Sometimes Angelina Jolie skips lunch altogether or will just grab a few almonds and some gummy bears while she’s on the go, or will have a protein-based shake rather than anything more substantial.

“Then dinner could be something like a lean steak and a glass of red wine.”

Angelina Jolie’s fluctuating weight has been well documented, with her slender frame becoming painfully thin during difficult emotional times in her life.

The actress was forced to defend her waif-like frame in 2007, when her weight plummeted following the death of her mother Marcheline.

At the time, Angelina Jolie said: “I have always been lean, and this year I lost my mum and I’ve gone through a lot.

“Instead of people saying I look like a person dealing with something emotionally, they assume it’s because I want to fit into skinny jeans.”

While in 2007 the weight loss was put down to Angelina Jolie’s mourning process, this time round reports suggest her battles with food have come as a result of her frenetic lifestyle, which requires constant work to balance work, children, travel and, of course, her relationship with Brad Pitt.

Their union has been blighted by rumour of late – are they splitting, aren’t they splitting? – Brad Pitt said in an interview with Parade magazine that they were stronger than ever.

“One of the greatest, smartest things I ever did was give my kids Angie as their mum,” Brad Pitt said.

“She is such a great mum. Oh man, I’m so happy to have her.”

Despite this show of unity though – Angelina Jolie has flown with the couple’s children across the world to be with Brad Pitt while he publicises his film.

The Grazia magazine source said: “What with her career, Brad and their six kids, Angelina has a lot on. Yes, stress plays a part. She is the type of person who drops weight when she’s stressed out.

“She simply loses her appetite and can survive on almost nothing. But a lot of people are worried that she is taking things too far and that she won’t have the strength to do all the things she wants to do if she doesn’t gain some weight.

“Everyone has been begging her to eat more and she is trying not to get any skinnier, but unfortunately she just doesn’t seem to be putting on any more weight.”

 

Kim Kardashian has filed for divorce from NBA star Kris Humphries this morning after just 72 days of marriage.

Kim Kardashian, 31, is seeking the divorce from husband Kris Humphries, 26, on the grounds of “irreconcilable differences”, according to the court documents.

Kim Kardashian said in a statement to E!, which screens her TV show:

“I hope everyone understands this was not an easy decision. I had hoped this marriage was forever, but sometimes things don’t work out as planned. We remain friends and wish each other the best.”

This morning Ryan Seacrest, the producer of Kim Kardashian‘s reality show, tweeted:

“Yes @KimKardashian is filing for divorce this morning. I touched base with her, getting a statement in just a few mins.”

Kim Kardashian has filed for divorce from NBA star Kris Humphries this morning after just 72 days of marriage

Kim Kardashian has filed for divorce from NBA star Kris Humphries this morning after just 72 days of marriage

 

Kim Kardashian ensured they both signed a prenuptial agreement before they got hitched at a lavish ceremony two months ago, on August 20 in Montecito, California.

It netted the couple a reported $18 million from magazine deals, TV coverage and endorsements, that’s $250,000 every day.

Today Kim took to Twitter, but rather than mentioning anything about her marital breakdown cynically plugged her new boutique Kardashian Khaos, which opens tomorrow at The Mirage hotel in Las Vegas.

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries’ separation is listed as today (October 31), according to the divorce papers logged with the Superior Court of California.

Kim Kardashian, 31, is seeking the divorce from husband Kris Humphries, 26, on the grounds of "irreconcilable differences", according to the court documents

Kim Kardashian, 31, is seeking the divorce from husband Kris Humphries, 26, on the grounds of "irreconcilable differences", according to the court documents

The reality star has hired top divorce lawyer Laura Wasser, who has dealt with the likes of Britney Spears, Maria Shriver, Angelina Jolie and Ryan Reynolds.

Her husband, Kris Humphries didn’t know she was actually filing for divorce until this morning, TMZ reported.

TMZ goes on to claim that Kris Humphries is “totally bummed” about the situation and “doesn’t believe in divorce”.

E! TV today released a statement about Kim Kardashian’s divorce:

“All of us at E! are surprised and saddened by this news, and we send our support to Kim and Kris at this difficult time.

“The Kardashians have always been uniquely open with all aspects of their lives from joyous events to intimate moments to heartbreaking transitions.

“E! will continue to share the fascinating real lives and larger-than-life existence of this close-knit family.”

Earlier this month there were reports saying that Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries’ marriage had hit the rocks.

A source close to them said just two weeks ago: “I don’t know when they’ll announce the split or why they got married in the first place but they are done.”

“They are divorcing. Kim has been staying in a New York hotel which Kris has failed to visit.”

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries have been dogged by persistent reports that all is not well between them for several weeks now.

Star magazine claimed Kris Humphries has been spotted partying in both Miami and New York without Kim Kardashian, getting flirty with multiple women and “acting like a single man”.

Meanwhile, Life & Style magazine claimed that on a recent trip to Toronto, Kris Humphries contacted his ex-girlfriend, Bianka Kamber.

Life & Style magazine also spoke to a Kourtney & Kim Take New York producer who said: “Kim’s mapping out 2012, including holidays, and Kris isn’t a part of it. Any itineraries for the future don’t include Kris very much.”

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries’ fiery relationship was captured on her reality show Keeping Up With Kardashians, where strong-minded Kris frequently complained about feeling “emasculated” by his wife.

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries started dating in December 2010 soon after she ended her brief dalliance with Canadian model Gabriel Aubry (Halle Berry’s ex) and announced their engagement in May.

The divorce will mark the second failed marriage for Kim Kardashian, she eloped to Las Vegas with music producer Damon Thomas – 10 years her senior – when she was just 19, but divorced in 2004 after four years together.

Kim Kardashian has also had high-profile relationships with RnB singer Ray J, who she filmed a sex tape with, and NFL star Reggie Bush.

 

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An alleged mentally ill 14-year-old boy was kept locked in a filthy room of a mice-infested trailer for three years by his own mother.

Amanda Joliff, the teenager’s mother, who described her son as “developmentally delayed”, only allowed him out to take care of the family’s ducks, to clean and to eat, according to police.

It is reported that the boy ate only about four times a week.

It also appears that authorities missed numerous chances to intervene despite visiting the address numerous times.

Police visited the trailer at least three times since 2007, but, incredibly, failed to notice that anything was wrong.

Amanda Joliff, her boyfriend Richard Smith and the boy’s sister had kept him locked in the room since early 2008, the teenager told police.

According to police, the boy's room was filled with junk and had a soiled mattress with no sheets

According to police, the boy's room was filled with junk and had a soiled mattress with no sheets

The boy was found on September 27, hiding under a neighbour’s porch, while his mother and her boyfriend took a trip to New York.

According to police, the boy’s room was filled with junk and had a soiled mattress with no sheets. The only window was boarded up and there appeared to be a leak in the ceiling.

It appears that mice had eaten through boxes of pasta which were his main source of sustenance.

Two dogs, six birds including two ducks, and four toads lived inside the trailer, and another dog lived outside.

The home reeked of animal urine and faeces, police said.

The child’s mother, Amanda Joliff claimed that the lock on the plywood door to the boy’s room was originally installed because he had once run away.

Amanda Joliff admitted to locking the boy up when she got upset with him or when he was in trouble, police said.

Amanda Joliff, the teenager’s mother, who described her son as “developmentally delayed”, only allowed him out to take care of the family's ducks

Amanda Joliff, the teenager’s mother, who described her son as “developmentally delayed”, only allowed him out to take care of the family's ducks

The boy’s father and sister decided to move out of the trailer on September 27 but told him he would have to wait another day to leave, the teenager said.

His father gave him $5 to find a place to stay and he crawled underneath a neighbour’s porch to sleep, too afraid to ask for help, the boy said.

Police acknowledged Friday that they previously had visited the home but had seen no signs of abuse.

Authorities were first called to the address in February 2007 after the family’s dog bit a boy.

A male child who lived at the home showed up at a bar to listen to country western music in August 2010 after which police took him home.

In 2011, police were again called to the home because neighbors had complained about unlicensed dogs.

Lt Lee Mathis said authorities never entered the home during those visits and didn’t notice anything suspicious.

“If we had any indication of what was going on, we would have taken action,” Lt Mathis said.

Amanda Joliff, 36, and her boyfriend Richard Smith, 31, have been jailed on charges of false imprisonment, child abuse and neglect.

The 11th edition of the Golden Child of free music festivals, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011, has the theme Hazel Dickens: in loving memory.

 

Hazel Dickens, bluegrass singer, born on June 1, 1935, died at 75 on April 22, 2011 from pneumonia. Hazel Dickens and Doc Watson, 88,  were two usual appearances at the festival, but this year Watson did not feel so well.

 

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011 honors Hazel Dickens.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011 honors Hazel Dickens.

 

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011 takes place in Speedway Meadow at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park from September 29 to October 2.

Strictly Bluegrass started in 2001 with only bluegrass music, and three years later it became a celebration of diverse music, food (vendors and picnicking) and community.

The festival brings to Bay Area bluegrass pioneers (Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley) soul men (Otis Clay), folk heroes (John Prine), country legends (Merle Haggard).

 

Legendary Doc Watson is missed at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011.

Legendary Doc Watson is missed at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011.(Photo:Jay Blakesberg)

 

 

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011 gathers eighty-seven bands to play on six stages (Banjo, Rooster, Arrow, Star, Towers of Gold, Porch).

 

This year’s educational program takes place on September 29 as part of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days. In a fenced area middle school students enjoy MC Hammer and Poor Man’s Whiskey shows, and receive educational information about the month-long music celebration. The 10th annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days (October 1 to October 31) invites musicians worldwide to participate to a message of hope and unity.

 

MC Hammer makes the kids dance at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2010 (Photo: Jay Blakesberg)

MC Hammer makes the kids dance at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2010 (Photo: Jay Blakesberg)

 

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011 brings Woods.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011 brings Woods.

 

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011 lineup:

 

A.A. Bondy, Abigail Washburn, Alison Brown, AlofaSudden, The Band of Heathens, Bela Fleck & Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer, The Belle Brigade, Bill Kirchen & The Hammer of the Honky-Tonk Gods, Bill Orcutt, Blame Sally, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Bob Mould, Bright Eyes, Brokedown in Bakersfield (featuring Nicki & Tim Bluhm, Scott Law, Lebo, Steve Adams & Dave Brogan), Broken Social Scene, Buckethead, Buddy Miller, Cass McCombs Band, Charlie Musselwhite, Chris Isaak, Conspiracy of Beards, Dark Star Orchestra, David Bromberg Quartet, Del McCoury & The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Devil Makes Three, DeVotchKa, Dive Bar Dukes, Dr. John & The Lower 911, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Earl Scruggs, Elbow, Emmylou Harris, The Felice Brothers, Fitz & The Tantrums, The Flatlanders feat. Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore & Butch Hancock, Frank Fairfield, Gillian Welch, Gomez, Greensky Bluegrass, Guy Clark & Verlon Thompson, Hot Buttered Rum, Hugh Laurie, Irma Thomas, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, The Jayhawks, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Joe Purdy, John Prine, Jolie Holland, Jonathan Wilson, Justin Townes Earle, Kevin Welch & Kieran Kane & Fats Kaplin, Kris Kristofferson & Merle Haggard, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum w/ The Guest House Band, The Low Anthem, M. Ward, Maxim Ludwig & the Santa Fe Seven, MC Hammer, Mekons, Moonalice, Mother Hips, Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally and Their All-Star Band, Ollabelle, Otis Clay with special guest Chick Rodgers, Over The Rhine, P.M.W., Patty Griffin, Punch Brothers, Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, Reckless Kelly, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, River Whyless, Robert Earl Keen, Robert Plant & The Band of Joy, Robyn Hitchcock, Ruthie Foster, Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses, Sarah Elizabeth Campbell, Seamus Kennedy, Seldom Scene, Simon Joyner, South Memphis String Band, Southern Culture On The Skids, Steve Earle & the Dukes (& Duchesses) featuring Allison Moorer, The Swanson Family Band, Those Darlins, Thurston Moore, Wendy Bird, Woods, The Wronglers with Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Zigaboo Modeliste – King of the Funky Drums.

 

Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) performs at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011.

Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) performs at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011.

 

Robert Plant, former Led Zeppelin singer, plays with Patti Griffin on Saturday and with Buddy Miller on Sunday.

F. Warren Hellman, co-founder of Hellman & Friedman LLC, performs on Saturday with the Wronglers and Jimmie Dale Gilmore.

Pete Sears appears with his jam band, Moonalice. He is a former member of Jefferson Starship and said Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and other psychedelic bands had played free Golden Gate Park shows during the 1960s.

 

Peter Sears and Moonalice sing at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011.

Peter Sears and Moonalice sing at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011.

 

 

Over 600,000 people attended the festival last year and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011 is expected to gathered around 1 million. Strictly Bluegrass 2001 was attended by 20,000 persons.

 

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (HSB) is a family-friendly festival. Children and on-leash dogs are welcome, no camping allowed, no alcohol is sold, but visitors can bring their own.

Potluck Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is an communal healthy food event held on September 30, the attendees bring food and offer it to their neighbors.

The Nighttime events require tickets and features music (The Jayhawks on Friday), film and wines of Silver Oak Cellars.

 

Warren Hellman and the Wronglers play at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011.

Warren Hellman and the Wronglers play at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011. (Photo: Krista Martin)

 

There’s only one person at the end of this festival who says, ‘Check, please,’ and that’s Warren Hellman. So far he hasn’t told me no,” said Dawn Holliday, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass co-producer.

Hellman received IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award in 2007, was named University of Arizona 2008 Executive of the Year, Executive of the Year Luncheon by the Eller College of Management. He competes in endurance horseback riding and plays the 5-string banjo.

People keep saying thank you, thank you, but this is the world’s most selfish gift. To spend three days with people I adore and musicians I’m nuts about, it’s an unbelievable mitzvah to be in a position to do this,” the billionaire told The Press Democrat last year.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011 has an  app available in the Apple and Android app stores.

 

Brad Pitt, who is promoting his new film Moneyball, gave an interview to Parade magazine and made incredible comments about his marriage with Jennifer Aniston and told how content he is with Angelina Jolie.

Brad Pitt, 47, told Parade:

“I spent the ’90s trying to hide out, trying to duck the full celebrity cacophony.

“I started to get sick of myself sitting on a couch, holding a joint, hiding out. It started feeling pathetic.

“It became very clear to me that I was intent on trying to find a movie about an interesting life, but I wasn’t living an interesting life myself.”

Brad Pitt had astonishing remarks about his life with Jennifer Aniston during Parade interview

Brad Pitt had astonishing remarks about his life with Jennifer Aniston during Parade interview

At one moment, Brad Pitt had an astonishing remark about his life with Jennifer Aniston:

“I think that my marriage had something to do with it. Trying to pretend the marriage was something that it wasn’t.”

Brad Pitt married Aniston, 41, in 2000 after dating her in the 1990s.

The couple split five years later soon after Brad Pitt filmed Mr. and Mrs. Smith with Angelina Jolie, 36.

Since then, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have gone on to have six children, three of whom they adopted.

Brad Pitt continued: “One of the greatest, smartest things I ever did was give my kids Angie as their mom. She is such a great mom. Oh, man, I’m so happy to have her.”

The comments were more than scathing, considering Jennifer Aniston has made no secret of her desire to be a mother.

In contrast to his life in the 1990s, Brad Pitt said he is now very content.

“I put much more emphasis on being a satisfied man. I’m satisfied with making true choices and finding the woman I love, Angie, and building a family that I love so much.

“A family is a risky venture, because the greater the love, the greater the loss. That’s the trade-off. But I’ll take it all.”

Willing to dish to the press about secrets of his first marriage, Brad Pitt, who is currently filming World War Z, is far less happy when the press intrudes on his current private life.

“I mean, how many stories have you read that aren’t true, stories about me and Angie being married or fighting or splitting up? And when we don’t split up, there’s a whole new round that we’ve made up and we’re back together again!” the actor explained.

“We’ll get married when everyone can. We’re not splitting up. And we don’t have a seventh child yet.”

Brad Pitt’s comments were made during his promotional tour for Moneyball, which opens in the U.S. on September 23.