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  Ready or not, here we go!    1. The Pitt added to Angelina Jolie’s name      ICYMI: The writer, director and star of By The Sea is none other than Angelina Jolie Pitt. For this film that she co-stars in with Brad, she has added on the Pitt to her name.    2. Picturesque shots of a remote town that is, you guessed it, by the sea   Throughout the film, one of the highlights has to be the sheer beauty of the setting. Read More
I didn’t know what to think when I first started watching Difret. I knew that Angelina Jolie Pitt was an executive producer and, admittedly, her reputation as a third world sugar momma slightly put me off. I wanted to watch without bias, but wondered about the possibility of back-handed racism that is always a part of the "white savior" complex.  To my pleasant surprise, I was compelled by the characters and the story they inhabit, all taking place in rural Ethiopia’s open fields, whose pastel flowers speckle the gorgeous 35mm shots. Read More
Tizita Hagere as “Hirut Assefa” in DIFRET. Photo Courtesy of Truth Aid Media Meaza Ashenafi is the human rights lawyer on who the new film Difret, executive produced by Angelina Jolie Pitt, is based. Ashenafi is the founder and Executive Director of the Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association (EWLA).  She has worked with the Ethiopian Constitution Commission and has been active in legal reform efforts, public education, and information about the rights of women and girls. Read More
Angelina Jolie attracted widespread publicity when she announced that she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy. In an op-ed for The New York Times, the actress revealed that she had made this decision after learning she had an 87% chance of developing breast cancer due to a defective BRCA1 gene. Of writing the essay, Jolie said, “I choose not to keep my story private because there are many women who do not know that they might be living under the shadow of cancer. Read More
Graphic novels are awesome, hands down. From Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by author, and recently-named 2014 MacArthur Fellow, Alison Bechdel to Persepolis by novelist/ director Marjane Satrapi, some of my favorite books are graphic novels, which is why I was so psyched to see that “Female Force” is issuing a new comic book about the lives of Angelina Jolie, Arianna Huffington, Melinda Gates and Gloria Steinem. Read More
In case you’ve never heard of it, Into the Woods is basically the best musical ever.  Literally.  It is a work of genius born from the genius of the ever-magnificent Stephen Sondheim and bestowed upon our world as a heavenly gift.  Just to be clear, I’ve never actually seen it performed live on Broadway. I have, however, seen a film of its original, 1987 Broadway run (which featured total legend, Bernadette Peters as the witch). Read More
Angelina Jolie has been on a roll lately. First, she produced and starred in her hit new movie, Maleficent - which has been applauded by feminist critics; second, she recently spoke at the first ever Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, of which she is a co-chair.  The conference aims specifically to stop sexual violence during wars and conflicts. According to Reuters, Sierra Leone’s civil war didn’t stop at battle-related casualties - an estimated 60,000 women were survivors of rape. Read More
I have been staring at an open Word document since late Friday evening after I sat in a sold-out theater and watched my New Favorite Film unfold before me, trying to put into words what about Maleficent made me exclaim (much to the dismay of the audience members around me) “THIS IS A REALLY BIG DEAL” right after (major spoilers ahead) Maleficent kisses Aurora on the forehead, awakening her from the curse with true love’s first kiss. Read More
The self-taught photographer Danny Evans is fascinated by the ways in which celebrities are photoshopped and airbrushed onto billboards and magazine covers. In an attempt to subvert the image of the affluent, picture perfect star, he photoshops images of celebrities, reimagining them the average American citizen. In his words, his “make-unders” reveal “what’s left after Hollywood has been scrubbed off,” positioning pop culture icons within an almost stereotypical suburban landscapes, with outdated hairdos and all. Read More
On the list of badass villainesses, Maleficent from Disney's animated Sleeping Beauty ranks pretty high. Needless to say, I couldn't be more stoked she's getting a "her side of the story" treatment in a live-action film scheduled for release next year. Based on Disney's description of the film, it already sounds way cooler than you were just thinking: "A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Read More