Angelina Jolie Scores Victory in ‘Blood and Honey’ Copyright Lawsuit

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Angelina Jolie has been declared the winner in a lawsuit that alleges she stole work by Croatian journalist James Braddock to create her directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey.

The actress was sued just weeks before Blood and Honey hit theaters in late 2011. Braddock alleged that the film about a love affair during the Bosnian Civil War violates his copyright on a book, The Soul Shattering.

According to Braddock’s lawsuit, one of the film’s producers, Edin Sarkic, who has been credited in the press with helping Jolie attain the necessary permits to film in Sarajevo, had read The Soul Shattering and had discussions over the possibility of creating a film adaptation of the book.

But according to a tentative decision by U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee, the works are not substantially similar, and a result, Braddock has been ordered to show cause why the action should not be dismissed with prejudice.

Braddock’s book Slamanje Duse was published in 2007, and it came out in shorter form in English under the title, The Soul Shattering. His work is set in 1992 in a small Bosnian village and features a Croat who is married to a Muslim when their lives are interrupted by war. Ultimately, the strength of their love brings them back together.

Gee wrote, “Although Blood and Honey is also a story of love, it highlights the complications of romantic love during wartime” between its protagonists — a Muslim artist and a Serbian military soldier. Continue reading Angelina Jolie Scores Victory in ‘Blood and Honey’ Copyright Lawsuit


Ashley Judd Not Running for Senate

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“I realize that my responsibilities and energy at this time need to be focused on my family,” the “Olympus Has Fallen” actress wrote on Twitter.

Despite months of speculation that she would be running for Kentucky’s Senate seat in 2014, Ashley Judd decided against the idea officially on Wednesday.

“After serious and thorough contemplation, I realize that my responsibilities & energy at this time need to be focused on my family,” the Olympus Has Fallen actress wrote on Twitter.

“Regretfully, I am currently unable to consider a campaign for the Senate. I have spoken to so many Kentuckians over these last few months who expressed their desire for a fighter for the people & new leader,”

she elaborated in a series of posts. “While that won’t be me at this time, I will continue to work as hard as I can to ensure the needs of Kentucky families are met by returning this Senate seat to whom it rightfully belongs: the people & their needs, dreams, and great potential. Thanks for even considering me as that person & know how much I love our Commonwealth. Thank you!”

The actress had reportedly been seriously considering a run for Congress. Judd, a Democrat, would have potentially been a challenger to Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell in an election race.

Earlier in March, The Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman reported that she was already interviewing media consultants and field organizers and her advisors were filing papers for a run.


Allison Williams: My style evolves

Allison Williams believes personal style should not be influenced by ‘external factors’.

The 24-year-old Girls actress doesn’t have a signature look nailed just yet and thinks it will develop in time.Allison hailed Grace Kelly as someone whose fashion sense she admires, as she is drawn to classic and feminine looks.

‘Personal style is something that is so subjective. It should be natural and innate… not forced by any external factors. I like to think my personal style is always evolving, always changing to reflect who I am and where I am in my life,’ she reflected to

Allison recently signed up as the face of Simple Skincare.

She has spoken about the partnership with the beauty brand before, saying their products are perfect for her sensitive skin.The pretty brunette enjoys experimenting with her make-up and is always equipped to freshen up her appearance on the go.

‘I like to think of myself as always prepared for any situation, which is why I have to have essential beauty elements in any bag I carry,’ Allison explained. ‘No girl can live without their favourite mascara and I’m no exception! I am a life-long devotee [of Original Chapstick] and I cannot possibly go anywhere without it. Period.’

The American star likes learning about cosmetics while on the set of her TV series. She’s interested in watching make-up artists complete their transformation of her face for the camera.

‘I love trying new beauty and skincare products. At work, I don’t have a lot of control over what is applied to my face in the make-up chair,’ she finished.

‘I am always interested to see what my make-up artist uses, but when I cleanse my skin at the start and end of every day, I want to be sure I’m using products that only contain skin-loving ingredients and do not contain anything that could be potentially harmful to my skin.’

Charlize Theron to Star in Paramount Crime

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Veteran line producer-turned-producer Ian Bryce is teaming up with Charlize Theron on an untitled crime project just set up at Paramount.

Theron is attached to star in and produce the feature via her Denver and Delilah label, with Bryce producing through his Paramount-based banner.

Dan Nowak, entering his third season as a writer on AMC’s acclaimed crime series The Killing, is penning the script.

The project, described as being similar in tone to The Departedand End of Watch, revolves around a corrupt vigilante group.

The crime thriller marks the first project set up by Bryce, who established a first-look deal with the studio in May. The veteran line producer worked on the three Transformers movies for Paramount as well as the studio’s upcoming Pain & Gain and World War Z.

For Theron, the Paramount project is the fourth feature grabbing her involvement in recent weeks. The actress recently signed to co-star in SethMacFarlane’s comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West and, as revealed Friday by THR, is working with director Fred Savage on Ladies Night, a comedy for Sky dance.

She also is attached to star and produce an independent adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel Dark Places.

Theron is repped by WME and Hansen Jacobson; Nowak is repped by WME, Anonymous Content and attorney David Fox of Myman Greenspan.


Aamir Khan was like a child on the sets of ‘Dhoom 3’

Actor Abhishek Bachchan, who is working alongside Aamir Khan in his upcoming film “Dhoom 3”, says the star is like a child on the sets of the movie

Bachchan is reprising his role of ACP Jai Dixit for the third time in the action franchise while Aamir plays the main antagonist. “It’s absolutely brilliant to be working with Aamir. You get to learn so much.

He is so much fun on the sets. He is like a child on the set, he is so involved and enthusiastic about everything,” Bachchan told.

When asked about his equation with Aamir during the shooting, Bachchan, 37 said, “I think every actor learns from other. As an actor you feed off the energies of each-other. I see my father still learning from a lot more junior actors than him.

So I think as an actor you learn from everybody and you should.” Bachchan said it was a challenge to play the same character thrice as he had to add new elements.

“The challenge is how do you repackage that same character and make it as interesting as possible. You can’t allow the audiences to say ‘Oh we have seen this earlier’.”

Bachchan does not find it boring to reprise his character again and again. He said he enjoyed the fun that Jai Dixit and Ali (Uday Chopra) have together in the film. He is reuniting with Abraham for the sequel of ‘Dostana’ which will have a new leading lady.

Emma Stone doesn’t diet

Emma Stone doesn’t watch her weight.The ‘Gangster Squad’ actress – who is in a relationship with Andrew Garfield – isn’t a fan of exercising or watching what she eats, and though she is careful when she is preparing for a film role, she is happier to take a more relaxed approach to her figure when she isn’t working.

She said: ‘I can easily spend a few months without working out until I have a film coming up and I might want to drop a few pounds.

Once I did a film, ‘The Help’, and the southern cooking was so delicious that I couldn’t help myself – I gained a few pounds and the costume fitter had to adjust my outfits.

‘I’m not worried about looking like a model or always trying to look perfect. I try to eat healthy foods and get enough sleep and go swimming when I can. That’s my fitness regime.’

Emma enjoys experimenting with fashion, but knows she can always rely on her stylist to ensure she doesn’t go wrong in her sartorial choices.

She said: ‘I don’t think I have any one style or look that I go for. I’m still learning a lot about clothes and experimenting, but I also have a great stylist who looks after me.’

Jason Bateman wants own talk show

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Jason Bateman would love to have his own talk show.

The ‘Arrested Development’ actor – who has daughters Francesca and Maple with wife Amanda Anka – wants to move to New York when the girls go to college and thinks hosting his own chat show in the city would be the perfect excuse.

Speaking in the April 2013 GQ Style Bible, he said: ”Without getting too specific about it, because I can’t, I’ve thought seriously about it as recently as last year. Having just come back from doing a week of talk shows last week, I was talking to my wife Amanda about, in twenty years–when the girls go to college and we can finally move to New York, which is what I’ve been wanting to do forever–if television will have me, I would love to do that. Regis Philbin retired at what, 80? So in twenty years I’ll be 64.

To host a talk show then, that would be a fun way to do the last bit.’

Jason also revealed he loved reuniting with his ‘Arrested Development’ castmates for a new season, for the first time since 2006.

He said: ‘When we did finally all come together on the set, it was pretty neat. I just don’t know how many examples there are of that–where people get to come back and do a reunion-type situation and have it not be a bit of a Hail Mary, careerwise.

That show launched a lot of our careers and everyone is doing great, so to come back together while things are going well is really a fortunate situation. Everybody had to be big boys about not making it financially impossible.’