Angelina Jolie’s movie Africa is in doubt over finance issues. The actress-turned-director’s next project – a true story about paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey and his battle with the ivory poachers who threatened the African elephant population in the 1980s – is in need of funding after Skydance Productions reportedly slashed their financial commitment from 50 per cent to 25.
Sources told Deadline the production company and director Angelina were involved in a dispute, with Skydance wanting a love story to be the centrepiece of the film, but the 39-year-old star only wanted it to be one part. As a result of the dispute, Skydance dropped their financial offer, though sources close to the production company insisted they never intended to put in more than the 25 per cent commitment that Paramount Pictures also made to the project.
A search is now underway to find other studios to help fund the picture, which has a reported budget of $110 million. If another investor isn’t willing to put up the money for production, marketing and distribution, it is likely the film – which was expected to feature Angelina’s husband Brad Pitt in the lead role – will fall apart.
Brad Pitt offered to drop out of a movie to care for Angelina Jolie. The Maleficent actress had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed last month after markers indicated she could have signs of ovarian cancer and her husband – with who she raises six children – promised to be by her side as much as she needed but was told to stick with his commitment to The Big Short in New Orleans. A source said: “He offered to pull out of filming but that’s the last thing Angelina wanted. Instead, he’ll come back at least once a week and his mother has offered to help with the children.”
Meanwhile, Angelina’s uncle Ron Martin – who was married to her late aunt Debbie – has spoken of how proud he is that the 39-year-old beauty, who carries the BRCA1 gene, meaning she has a high risk of cancer, has spoken out about her recent operation. He told Grazia magazine: “I’m very happy for her. It was tearful reading the article [about her operation] because you felt her pain whether she had cancer or not. “She’s done a great thing and she’s a very private person, for her to expose her personal medical history to the public, she’s doing it for a cause. She can save hundreds of lives.”
Angelina Jolie believes ‘what does not kill you makes you stronger’. The 39-year-old star – who carries the BRCA1 gene and has had her breasts, ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to minimise her risk of cancer – has insisted she has learned from both her good and bad experiences.
She told Elle.com: “I do believe in the old saying, ‘What does not kill you makes you stronger’. Our experiences, good and bad, make us who we are. By overcoming difficulties, we gain strength and maturity.”
Angelina’s comments come just days after she revealed she had decided to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed after tests showed a small tumour, a possible marker for the early stages of ovarian cancer. She said at the time: “Last week, I had the procedure: a laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy. There was a small benign tumor on one ovary, but no signs of cancer in any of the tissues.”
Angelina underwent the operation just two years after she had a double mastectomy after discovering she carried a gene which meant she had an 87 percent risk of developing breast cancer. And following her most recent surgery she confessed whilst she’s been taking hormone replacements, she will never be able to have more children with Brad.
She said previously: “Regardless of the hormone replacements I’m taking, I am now in menopause. I will not be able to have any more children, and I expect some physical changes. But I feel at ease with whatever will come, not because I am strong but because this is a part of life. It is nothing to be feared.”
Angelina Jolie prefers directing to acting. The 39-year-old star, who helmed the biographical war drama film Unbroken in 2014, has revealed she finds directing to be a more rewarding experience than appearing in front of the camera.
She explained: “I prefer directing to acting. There is huge freedom that comes from being behind the camera.”
In the film, Jack O’Connell, 24, stars as athlete Louis ‘Louie’ Zamperini – who survived in a raft for 47 days after his bomber went down during World War II – and Angelina says it’s particularly rewarding to work with such talented young people.
She told Elle.com: “It brings a lot of responsibilities as well, but is intensely rewarding. “Particularly the chance to help draw out the best in young actors, like Jack O’Connell in Unbroken, who is a remarkable talent.”
What’s more, Angelina said that although she doesn’t often reflect on a film once she’s finished making it, Unbroken created some particularly vivid memories.
She said: “I tend not to look back and dwell on a project once it is finished. But I do remember how intense the atmosphere was on-set filming some of the tougher scenes [such as] when Louie is being brutalized. “It was very moving how always, after those scenes, the actors involved would check [and make sure that] everyone was okay and look out for each other.”
Angelina Jolie was told she was ‘different’ as a child. The 39-year-old actress admitted at the Kids’ Choice Awards – her first public appearance since revealing she had her ovaries removed – that she didn’t fit in when she was a youngster.
Speaking at the ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday (March 28), she told the audience while accepting the trophy for Best Villain for her role as the titular character in Maleficent: “When I was a kid I was told – like Maleficent – that I was different. But then I realised something: different is good. So maybe you don’t fit in. Be yourself.” She added: “When someone tells you that you are different just smile and hold your head up, and be proud. And as your villain. I would say, ‘Cause a little trouble. It is good for you!'”
Angelina’s appearance at the awards show comes just a few days after she revealed she recently underwent a procedure to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes after tests flagged markers that she could be in the early stages of ovarian cancer.
Angelina Jolie has been named the UK’s top feminist icon. The 39-year-old actress topped the poll for her tireless campaigning against rape as a weapon of war in her role as UN Special Envoy, beating off competition from iconic women’s rights activist Germaine Greer.
Founder of feminist fashion house www.roseandwillard.com – which conducted the nationwide poll – Heidy Rehman, said: “We are driven by the empowerment of women and celebration of their femininity, which Angelina Jolie embodies perfectly.”
The Maleficent actress – who recently underwent surgery to have her ovaries removed after discovering she had a 50 per cent risk of suffering from ovarian cancer – pushed HeForShe campaign leader Emma Watson, into second place, while ‘How to Be a Woman’ author Caitlin Moran, and ‘Hunger Games’ actress Jennifer Lawrence also featured in the top five. Heidy continued: “The poll shows that this is the brand of feminism currently favoured by the public. Emma Watson is another exciting example of this and shared our vision when recently complaining that society ‘devalues the she,’ which is why her HeForShe campaign fights for society to respect and embrace feminine qualities.”
Angelina Jolie had been planning to have her ovaries removed for two years. The 39-year-old actress underwent a double mastectomy in 2013 after discovering she carries the mutated BRCA1 gene, which meant she had an 87 per cent chance of contracting breast cancer and a 50 per cent chance of ovarian cancer, but she and oncologist Dr. Kristin Funk – who performed her mastectomy but not the laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy she had last week – agreed to wait until the ‘appropriate time’ before she underwent the second preventative procedure.
And it was agreed Angelina would have both ovaries and her fallopian tubes removed last week after recent tests revealed markers she could be in the early stages of the disease. Dr Funk, from the Pink Lotus Breast Centre in California, told ‘Entertainment Tonight': “We had strategised about a way to manage the ovaries with surveillance until she felt it was appropriate in her life to remove them.”
Dr. Funk believes the openness of the Tomb Raider star – whose mother, grandmother and aunt died of cancer – will encourage other celebrities to be open about genetic risk and cancer prevention.