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Angelina Jolie Rejects Salt Sequel

Angelina Jolie in SaltAngelina Jolie has reportedly rejected a script for Salt 2.

The 36-year-old actress has been reading Kurt Wimmer's script for the proposed sequel to the 2010 action blockbuster - in which she plays a CIA agent trying to prove she is not a Russian spy - but was unhappy with the project and refused to sign off on the draft.

Columbia Pictures have now asked the writer to pen a new draft in the hope Angelina will continue her commitment to the project, website Moviehole reports.

Angelina previously admitted she loves starring in Salt because it stopped her feeling "soft" after giving birth to twins Knox and Vivienne in July 2008: "It was difficult to switch to being an action hero for a minute. But it was so nice to have an excuse to get out of bed and get back in action and not feel so soft with the pregnancy and all that comes with it after."

However, she did occasionally have times when she felt like she should be back at home.

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Angelina Jolie’s History Lesson Hopes

In the Land of Blood and HoneyAngelina Jolie hopes her directorial debut is more than just a "history lesson."

The Oscar-winning actress helmed and wrote Bosnian war-set love story In the Land of Blood and Honey, and she hopes the audience think of it as more than just a factual running of events: "I hope for the audience watching that it isn't just a history lesson, it isn't just a political film, it isn't just Bosnia. We tried to tell a dramatic story, we tried to make a good film with great actors, we tried to just to give traditional dramatic storytelling, and somehow in that, we also layered all these other things and it's a part of that."

Despite being pleased with the outcome of the film, she is unsure if she will ever get back in the director's chair again. "Oh I don't know. I'm still very shy about that. I still can't believe I'm even here and we did it."

Angelina Jolie Relied on Cast For Advice

Angelina Jolie directing

Angelina Jolie "wasn't afraid" to take advice from her cast and crew on her directorial debut. The Oscar-winning actress' movie In The Land of Blood and Honey tells the tale of a romance between a Serbian soldier and Bosnian Muslim woman set in the Yugoslav wars and ensured it was as authentic as possible by quizzing the local actors and behind-the-scenes staff she hired for the project.

"I wasn't afraid to ask the DP [director of photography]. And I listened to my cast, most of whom lived through the war. I listened to their stories and tried to incorporate it into the work. [I] read a lot of books about the war. I talked to a lot of people, I watched, I listened. I just wanted to tell the real story. I wanted to be respectful of people. [If I did not know something,] I asked."

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Brad Pitt Joins The Gray Man

Brad PittThere really is no shortage of demand for Brad Pitt: the 47 year-old has signed up to star in The Gray Man. Pitt - who is currently filming zombie flick World War Z in the UK - will play a former CIA operative-turned-assassin who is fighting his way across Europe in the adaptation of Mark Greaney's thriller novel.

James Gray will direct the film, while Brad's production company Plan B is also involved, with partner Dede Gardner set to work behind the camera. Adam Cozad has adapted the script, which sees Brad's character attempting to fight off evil forces to save his handler and the handler's family.

The date of filming has not been confirmed, as him and partner Angelina Jolie do not work at the same time, and usually rotate jobs. However, following her debut directorial work on In the Land of Blood and Honey she has no official work, meaning he may film it soon after completion of work on World War Z in early 2012.

Tomb Raider Coming Back Without Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie, Tomb Raider no longerTomb Raider is coming back to the big screen, but this time Lara Croft won’t be played by Angelina Jolie.

No writer has been hired, no cast has been named and the release is scheduled for some far-away date in 2013, but we do know this: producer Graham King is going in a whole new direction. He hopes to “create daring new adventures for the young and dynamic Lara Croft.” According to previous reports, the Lara Croft origin story will be re-explored and tweaked in the rebooted version of the franchise.

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Box Office Breakdown: Big Win for Little Fockers

Little Fockers

A lack of a clear plot apparently meant very little to theatergoers this past weekend.

Little Fockers, which added another $30.8 million in ticket sales ($45.1 million since Wednesday) to the Fockers series, finished in first place after the holiday frame. Although the Ben Stiller/Robert De Niro production failed to top Meet the Fockers’ debut in 2004 ($46.1 million), the comedy did bring in more than the 2000 original. (Meet the Parents opened to $28.6 million.)

Meanwhile, the Jeff Bridges from the past found himself passing the Jeff Bridges from the future. True Grit, costarring Matt Damon and Hailee Steinfeld, roped in $24.9 million – the best number for the Coen brothers to date – and second place. The Western wound up landing just one notch above Tron, Bridges’ current sci-fi entry.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: December 21, 2010

SaltHere are some of the options available this week:

  • Angel: DVD
  • Devil: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Easy A: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Matador: Blu-ray
  • Orlando: Blu-ray
  • Salt: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Soul Kitchen: DVD
  • Step Up 3: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps: DVD, Blu-ray

Make sure to also check out the options for this week.

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2011 Golden Globe Nominations (Film)

The King's Speech

Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel and Blair Underwood helped kick off the 2010-11 awards season Tuesday morning by formally announcing the latest round of Golden Globe contenders.

In the film category, The King's Speech -- starring Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush -- lead all nominees with a total of six nods. (The Fighter and The Social Network tied for second with six each.)

Although the Academy Awards will not necessarily mirror the choices made by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, there were some notable inclusions/omissions in this year's list of Globe nominees:

  • Justin Timberlake did not earn an acting nomination for The Social Network.
  • Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp were both recognized for their work in The Tourist, a movie that has been panned by critics. (BTW - they were nominated in the "Comedy" category.)
  • Speaking of Depp, he will be running against himself. (He was also nominated for Alice in Wonderland.)
  • Wall Street's Michael Douglas has now received another Golden Globe nod for his role as Gordon Gekko. (He won for Best Actor in 1987.)
  • Gwyneth Paltrow did not earn a nomination for her role in Country Strong.
  • 127 Hours was left out of the Best Movie category -- so was True Grit. (The Coen Brothers western received zero nominations.)

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards -- hosted again by Ricky Gervais -- will air Jan. 16 on NBC.

(You can find the full list of nominees after the jump. Click here for the TV nominations.)

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In Theaters This Weekend: December 10, 2010

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

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How Johnny Depp Scared Disney

Actor Johnny Depp recently spoke to Vanity Fair about working with Angelina Jolie on The Tourist, doing movies for Disney and how he dealt with the paparazzi while he was filming.

Although Depp earned an Oscar nod for playing Captain Jack Sparrow in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean, the powers-that-be at Disney weren’t exactly excited with his performance. The actor said on-set Disney execs “couldn’t stand” what he was doing with the character -- one person even asked if Sparrow was gay.

The actor’s answer? “All my characters are gay.” Depp said his response made the exec who asked “nervous.”

But Depp is used to taking things in stride. He spoke about filming with Angelina Jolie for The Tourist, which comes out next month, and said the paparazzi really hounded her. To avoid rumors, the two actors stayed far apart for the duration.

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