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Angelina will produce BBC news show for children

One more new project for Angelina and we are very excited! She will be executive producer for a BBC news show for children! If everything goes as planned it will begin airing in 2019 and it’s called “Our World“.

Beginning as a 10-episode trial, ‘Our World’ will be aimed at promoting global media literacy among children aged 7-12.
Angelina Jolie has joined an upcoming BBC current affairs show for children set to land in 2019.

Our World, which Jolie will executive produce, will begin as a 10-episode weekly program aimed at promoting global media literacy among children aged 7-12. According to BBC-commissioned U.K. research, seven is the age that children become aware of the news and 12.6 is the average age a U.S. child signs up for a social media account, so the time between “represents a window to instill in children the value of asking questions and a chance to develop critical thinking.”

“There has never been a time when it was more important to introduce the next generation to objective, impartial news and factual explanation of the events and issues shaping our world,” said Jolie. “Children today are exposed to a lot of opinion, but not necessarily to information that is fact-based and reliable.”

Jolie added: “As a mother, I am very pleased that the BBC World Service is taking this step. It is also important to me that the project is global, and will help young people in different countries to be connected to each other and to have greater awareness and understanding of the news on an international basis.”

This project aims to be global in scope, engaging children from Argentina to Zimbabwe. It will kick off with an English version but the BBC will seek production partners to expand programming into multiple languages.

Our World will be a multimedia project with digital and broadcast elements, including a weekly half-hour TV show. The BBC will launch a 10-week trial of the project and is in talks with a number of international digital and broadcast media organizations interested in co-production and distribution. The pilot TV programs will be distributed via the World Service’s existing TV partnerships and via other suitable broadcasters internationally.

Categories Bright Path: The Jim Thorpe Story   Other Projects   Producer

Angelina Producing Biopic on Native American Athlete Jim Thorpe

So many new interesting projects is up for Angelina at the moment! She will next produce a movie about the athlete Jim Thorpe. And she said herself:

“I’m honored to be working on this project. I have had the privilege of spending time with Bill Thorpe, and will be listening to and guided by the Tribes and the Thorpe family in the making of this film.”

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Angelina Jolie and Escape Artist Productions’ Todd Black and Steve Tisch will produce “Bright Path: The Jim Thorpe Story,” the upcoming feature about legendary Native American athlete Jim Thorpe.

Martin Sensmeier will executive produce and star as the world-renowned athlete. Abraham Taylor is also on board to produce. Taylor, Alex Nibley and Sterlin Harjo penned the original screenplay. Josh Aker will additionally executive produce, along with Justine Hunt for Box of Daylight Productions.

Regarded as one of the greatest athletes in the history of modern sports, Thorpe was also a member of the Sac and Fox Nation. In 1912, he won two Olympic gold medals representing the United States while his citizenship went unrecognized during a period of cultural genocide for Native Americans. He went on to play Major League Baseball, professional football and eventually founded the organization that became the NFL.
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Helen Mirren, Danny DeVito Joins “The One and Only Ivan”

Such amazing news! Being a huge fan of both Helen Mirren and Danny DeVito we are thrilled about this!

Helen Mirren and Danny DeVito have joined the cast of The One and Only Ivan, Disney’s adaptation of the Newbery Medal-winning book written by Katherine Applegate, Disney announced Tuesday.

The movie began production this week with Thea Sharrock, director of the tearjerker Me Before You, in the director’s chair for the live-action/CG hybrid.

Angelina Jolie is producing as well as voicing one of the characters. Also producing is Brigham Taylor. The late Allison Shearmur will also receive a producer’s credit. Mike White wrote the script.

Bryan Cranston and Ariana Greenblatt, one of the stars of Disney Channel’s Stuck in the Middle, will appear in the live-action part of the movie as will Ramon Rodriguez (Netflix and Marvel’s Iron Fist), Indira Varma (Exodus: Gods and Kings) and Eleanor Matsuura (Wonder Woman).

The voice side includes Sam Rockwell and The Florida Project breakout Brooklynn Prince.

Mirren and DeVito will also be part of the voice cast of the film but character details were not revealed.

Published by HarperCollins in 2011, the book centers on a silverback gorilla named Ivan (Rockwell) who lives in a cage in a shopping mall along with an elephant named Stella (Jolie) and a stray dog called Bob. Ivan does not remember life before the mall, but when a baby elephant named Ruby enters and Ivan finds himself taking care of her, he begins to rediscover his previous life and concocts a plan to take the baby elephant to a new home.

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Bryan Cranston joins “The One and Only Ivan”

Bryan Cranston and Angelina will work together again doing voices to cartoon characters! That is some great news! 🙂

Bryan Cranston has joined Angelina Jolie and Sam Rockwell in The One and Only Ivan, Disney’s adaptation of the Newbery Medal-winning book written by Katherine Applegate.

Thea Sharrock, director of the tearjerker Me Before You, is helming the live-action/CG hybrid, which also has The Florida Project breakout Brooklynn Prince and Ariana Greenblatt, one of the stars of Disney Channel’s Stuck in the Middle, on the call sheet.

Published by HarperCollins in 2011, the book centers on a silverback gorilla named Ivan (Rockwell) who lives in a cage in a shopping mall along with an elephant named Stella (Jolie) and a stray dog called Bob. Ivan does not remember life before the mall, but when a baby elephant named Ruby enters and Ivan finds himself taking care of her, he begins to rediscover his previous life and concocts a plan to take the baby elephant away from their abusive owner.

Cranston will play the desperate owner of a failing circus.
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“Deadline” interview with Angelina and Nora Twomey

New interview with Angie and Nora Twomey for the website Deadline, published on February 21st. You can read the full interview in our press archive as usual!

Seeing her latest directorial outing, First They Killed My Father, selected as the Cambodian entry this year for Best Foreign Language Film, humanitarian and Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie has also been making the rounds of late in support of The Breadwinner, Nora Twomey’s Oscar-nominated animated feature, which she produced.

Based on a best-selling novel by Deborah Ellis, The Breadwinner tells the story of Parvana, a young Afghan girl whose father is sent to prison, and must then dress as a boy to provide for her family. A reminder of Jolie’s deep concern for women and children around the world—particularly in war-torn countries—Twomey’s film is consistent with a mission Jolie embarked on decades ago, as she set out to attend to women and children, immigrants and refugees, through channels both legislative and narrative.

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