Angelina Jolie visits Mosul, urges world not to forget the people of the city and warns of the danger of delay in reconstruction and recovery
UNHCR Special Envoy meets families who survived years of terror and displacement and who are now striving to rebuild their homes and lives.
UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie today visited West Mosul, less than a year after the city’s liberation in June and July 2017. The visit marked Jolie’s 61st mission – and her fifth visit to Iraq – with the UN Refugee Agency since 2001. She arrived in the city on the second day of Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan.
Jolie walked among the bombed-out buildings that line the narrow streets of the Old City and met displaced families to discuss efforts to rebuild the city and the needs of the returning population.
West Mosul was held captive by ISIS for three years. The combat operation to re-take the city was the largest and longest urban battle since World War II, and the wreckage reminiscent of Dresden. Civilians faced aerial bombardment, artillery barrage, cross-fire, snipers, and unexploded ordnance. Hundreds of thousands of people were subjected to siege-like conditions, used as human shields or targeted as they fled the city. Large swathes of West Mosul were flattened. Many residents are now slowly returning, to scenes of complete destruction. Like residents of other former ISIS strongholds, they have suffered nearly unprecedented levels of psychological trauma.
We really hope that the family will get to solve this in private from now on. Our thoughts are with them!
The release of information on a new custody deal between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt by the couple’s six children received a fervent reaction from the actress, who called it “delusional” and “deplorable.”
According to official documents obtained by “The Blast” and reviewed by “ABC News”, the judge who takes care of the couple’s divorce made several demands aimed at ensuring Pitt’s proximity to the children, of which Jolie has custody total. However, the 43-year-old Oscar-winning actress stood on Wednesday morning (13). In a statement provided to ABC News the representative of the actress says:
“This deceptive leak is not in the best interests of children. From the beginning, Angelina has focused on her health and her needs, which is why it was so important that this last audience was conducted in private. It is deplorable that someone, for their own selfish reasons, leaked selective portions of the court’s confidential and sealed record to create an inaccurate and unfair picture of what is really going on.”
Pitt’s rep did not comment.
A new rumoured project for Angelina and tis time it’s a movie called Come Away which is meant to be a prequel the classic stories Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. we would love Angelina to take part in something like thi!
Angelina Jolie and David Oyelowo are in talks to star in Come Away, a fantasy drama that will mark the live-action debut of Brenda Chapman, the Oscar-winning director and co-writer of the Pixar film Brave.
Marissa Kate Goodhill wrote the script, and UK-based Fred Films is producing with Oyelowo’s Yoruba Saxon Productions. Oyelowo, Leesa Kahn, James Spring and Andrea Keir are producing and Michelle Manning will be executive producer. The plan is for Come Away to shoot initially in the UK, with Jolie joining the shoot in Los Angeles in the fall. Jolie is next set to star in Maleficent 2 for Disney.
Come Away is imagined as a prequel to Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. Before Alice went to Wonderland, and before Peter became Pan, they were brother and sister. When their eldest brother dies in a tragic accident, they each seek to save their parents (Jolie & Oyelowo) from their downward spirals of despair until finally they are forced to choose between home and imagination. This sets the stage for their iconic journeys into Wonderland and Neverland.
“Angelina and David are going to bring a beautiful chemistry and depth to this magical story, giving audiences a wonderful step outside the expected,” Chapman said.
Said screenwriter Goodhill: “Brenda is a singular storyteller. Her decades of experience in creating rich fantasy worlds populated by complex characters make her a dream director for this project, which explores how fantasy functions as a way to cope with reality. Her thoughtful approach to filmmaking and indomitable talent make her the perfect person to bring this story to life.”
The film is co-represented by UTA and Endeavor Content.
Jolie is repped by UTA and Sloane Offer; Oyelowo is repped by Hamilton Hoddell, Inphenate and CAA; Chapman is repped by WME; and Goodhill is repped by Jamie Coghill at Surpin & Mayersohn.
With Jolie’s acting career spanning back to the 1990s and including extensive star roles, it’s no surprise that she has a long list of accolades like three Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and countless other nominations and awards. With her career having such a long and successful history, it can be almost overwhelming how many options you have to choose from on any given Angelina movie night.
With a filmography that Google lists as having “at least 46” titles, theoretically, you could watch a new Angelina Jolie movie every day of the week (minus weekends) more than two months straight before reaching the end of her movie list. Of course, most people who aren’t absolutely obsessed probably won’t pull a consecutive binge-watching spree like that, so if you only want the shiniest gold nugget films from her catalog, check out this brief but awesome list of the best Angelina Jolie movies of all time.
1. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
This is by far the most well-known Angelina movie ever made, not only because of the riveting plot and high action but also because how well she fit the role of the video game character that fans had come to love. This was her first action movie and it turned out to be a major success, bringing her back to the genre again for other action films that arguably became known as her greatest achievements. The remastered version looked excellent on the 55″ Vizio TV I found on Crush Reviews.
This action-suspense thriller has you questioning whether Jolie is an authentic CIA operative or a sneaky Russian spy. She took things a step further in this film by doing her own stunts in every scene. This effort was made even more famous by the fact that she encountered some difficulty with minor injuries during some of the stunts.
3. Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Any Angelina fan should watch this movie for the simple fact that it was how she wound up meeting and getting with Brad Pitt. Of course, this spawned some controversy because Brad was married to Jennifer Aniston when the movie was being filmed, but the on-the-set chemistry made for a great movie.
Changeling is a slower drama film, but arguably one of Jolie’s best performance as an actress emotionally. Her look in this film was also stunning, which makes you feel for her character, even more, when you discover the plot twist. She plays a mother whose child gets kidnapped by a serial killer, but when police return the wrong child to her, she is then accused of being insane and thrown into an institution.
Got Any Recommendations for Alternatives?
If the above list doesn’t sit right with you, or you have some additions worth noting, feel free to leave a suggestion in the comments. This list could have gone on for 15-20+ excellent films, but for the sake of keeping it short and sweet, it was kept to four. So, please don’t take offense to any omission of your favorites.