Screen Junkies » unbroken http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:29:09 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.3 Angelina Jolie Retires From Acting, Claims She Was “Never Comfortable As an Actor” http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/angelina-jolie-retires-from-acting-claims-she-was-never-comfortable-as-an-actor/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/angelina-jolie-retires-from-acting-claims-she-was-never-comfortable-as-an-actor/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:06:04 +0000 Jared Jones http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=267600 At least I'll always have that VHS copy of 'Taking Lives' to console me. Yeah, "console" me.

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By Jared Jones

Like most of you, I was a big fan of Angelina Jolie’s sex scene in Taking Lives as a teen, and have grown to appreciate the rest of her career as well. Since making her big screen debut in 1982′s Lookin’ to Get Out, Jolie has amassed a nearly 50 acting credits and has been named Hollywood’s highest paid actress by Forbes three times since 2009, which says a lot when you realize that she’s only physically appeared in 3 movies over that span of time.

Whether she was playing a sexy, silent assassin in Mr. & Mrs. Smith or a silent, sexy, sleeper cell assassin in Salt, Jolie has established herself as the physical embodiment of the term “Fearection” and become one of Hollywood’s all-time leading ladies in the process. But with 6 children and a budding directorial career already on her plate, it appears that Jolie has simply grown too old for this acting sh*t. As such, Jolie recently confirmed her retirement from the game while promoting her most recent directorial outing, Unbroken, which hits theaters on December 25.

“I’ve never been comfortable as an actor – I’ve never loved being in front of the camera.

“I didn’t ever think I could direct, but I hope I’m able to have a career at it because I’m much happier.”

Jolie currently has two projects in post-production — the period piece By the Sea (which co-stars husband Brad Pitt) and Kung Fu Panda 3 — and has stated numerous times that her upcoming turn as Cleopatra will likely be her last role. I can think of no more fitting a role for one of Hollywood’s most badass women to go out on.

Check out the trailer for Unbroken below, then give Jolie the proper daps in the comments section.

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Richard LaGravenese To Write Crazily True WWII Survivor Story http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/richard-lagravenese-to-write-crazily-true-wwii-survivor-story/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/richard-lagravenese-to-write-crazily-true-wwii-survivor-story/#comments Wed, 30 Mar 2011 04:05:22 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=204423 'Unbroken' is about Louis Zamperini: Olympic athlete, Air Force pilot, and Japanese POW camp survivor. I'd also be interested in playing the video game.

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Screenwriter Richard LaGravenese (Water For Elephants) is adapting another historical novel and re-teaming with Elephants director Francis Lawrence. They say history has a way of repeating itself, and now there’s proof to support that adage.

This time, LaGravenese will pen the film version of Laura Hillenbrand‘s Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption for Universal. Boring title, great sounding true story.

Unbroken is about Olympic athlete / Air Force pilot Louis Zamperini. (It’s hard to think of two cooler occupations to top a resume.) He was on the 1936 U.S. Olympic track team, and proved to be an amazing survivor. When his plane was shot down into the ocean, he spent 47 days in the water before getting picked up by the Japanese Navy. Then Zamperini did time in a Japanese POW camp, where he was brutally tortured. After he was freed, then he suffered through a long bout with post-traumatic stress disorder, but managed to survive that with help from evangelist Billy Graham and his wife.

And I complain when they don’t have the right kind of nacho cheese at Ralph’s. (Hollywood Reporter)

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