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Angelina Jolie's Grown Up Kids At the Maleficent 2 Premiere Will Make You Feel Old. Hello, little beasties! At Monday night's L.A. premiere of Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Angelina Jolie brought along five of her favorite plus-ones. As she took to the red carpet, the iconic actress was filled with pride and joy as she walked with her kids Pax, 15, Zahara, 14, Shiloh, 13, Vivienne, 11 and Knox, 11. Of course, her oldest, Maddox, 18, was unable to attend because he's away at college in South Korea. Yes, we are feeling old. As always, the family arrived in style. For her part, Angelina stunned in a black, floor-length dress equipped with a glittering scorpion. Zahara wore a gorgeous, black dress similar to her mom's while Knox slayed in a teal and black suit jacket. Pax looked particularly stylish in his all-black outfit with a grey Louis Vuitton harness around his shoulders, and Shiloh and Vivienne were nearly matching in black-and-white ensembles topped with leather and denim jackets, respectively. Just by looking at the pictures, it's easy to tell there was a lot of family love on that carpet. Indeed, while sitting down with E! News, the superstar opened up about the what love means to her. "The real truest love pulls out your best self," she mused. "It's what you value, what you're loyal to and what you're willing to fight for. So, I think that truest love does that, and I think for Maleficent -- it's the surprise that she didn't realize that she had it in her." We knew you did, girl! Maleficent: Mistress of Evil hits theaters October 18. (Eonline)

Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, more scheme in first look at Guy Ritchie's The Gentlemen. Coming off his biggest box office yet with Disney's live-action Aladdin, director Guy Ritchie is going back to his wheelhouse for his next film The Gentlemen. In the vein of classic Ritchie films like Snatch, The Gentlemen features British gangsters and a meeting of subcultures from across the pond -- and EW has your exclusive first look at the project. The Gentlemen stars Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong, Eddie Marsan, Colin Farrell, and Hugh Grant. Its premise follows a British drug lord who tries to sell off his highly profitable marijuana empire to a dynasty of Oklahoma billionaires. "What I wanted to do was to bring subcultures together from both sides of the Atlantic," Ritchie tells EW. "An American comes to England to be clever and get a job in the conventional fashion, but then takes his smarts through his connections at Oxford and realizes there's more money to be made in the marijuana game, and capitalizes on the entrepreneurial New World spirit with the comfortable and exciting juxtaposition of British aristocracy. So, what I wanted was British aristocracy, New World American drive, and all of the fun to be had with bringing those two worlds together. Marijuana's kind of fun, but nevertheless serious and there's money involved." "It does feel like i'm on familiar territory here," Ritchie continues. "I loved making Aladdin, but this is obviously a very different world. We did them both in the same year. It was great to do both and sort of oscillate to the other polarity. That, I think we have done." The Gentlemen is set to hit theaters on Jan. 24, 2020. (Entertainment Weekly)

Actor Joaquin Phoenix says it's a good thing that people are being forced to confront evil in "Joker" -- a film that's raised fears of a mass shooting threat at its screenings. "I didn't imagine that it would be smooth sailing," Phoenix, 44, told Vanity Fair magazine of the response to the film that will see NYPD officers converging on some screenings when it opens this week. "It's a difficult film. In some ways, it's good that people are having a strong reaction to it," the star insisted in the interview published online Tuesday, almost two weeks after the fears "Joker" might insight into mass shootings. The star told Vanity Fair that he felt driven to portray Joker in a way "where you sympathize or empathize with this villain." "It's so easy for us to -- we want the simple answers, we want to vilify people. It allows us to feel good if we can identify that as evil," he said. "But that's not healthy because we're not really examining our inherent racism that most white people have, certainly. Or whatever it may be. Whatever issues you may have," he said. "It's too easy for us and I felt like, yeah, we should explore this villain. This malevolent person. "There's no real communication, and to me that's the value of this. I think that we are capable as an audience to see both of those things simultaneously and experience them and value them." Director Todd Phillips, meanwhile, insisted that it was not their movie's fault that the world was so troubled. "We're making a movie about a fictional character in a fictional world, ultimately, and your hope is that people take it for what it is," he told the magazine. "You can't blame movies for a world that is so f--ked up that anything can trigger it. "That's kind of what the movie is about. It's not a call to action. If anything it's a call to self-reflection to society." (NY Post)

Billie Piper's directing debut is truthful take on millennial dating and mental health. And for me, it was life changing... It seems apt that Billie Piper has been omnipresent at two key turning points of my life. 1. When I bought my first album at 9 years old, which was her banger filled debut album, Honey To The B. 2. When I sat down in a small screening room to watch her directorial film debut, Rare Beasts, which Billie stars in and wrote. Watching it, I couldn't believe how much my daily thought processes and the muddied lives of the friends who surround me were powerfully reflected back. But most importantly, it was the very first time I felt that it's actually ok to be so damn conflicted about our personal lives in this crazy world in which we find ourselves. Rare Beasts, an anti-romantic comedy, is the most accurate portrayal of the internal crisis many of us millennials face I have ever seen and centres around the story of Mandy, a nihilistic single mother trying to hold down a job, a relationship and, most crucially, her mind. Speaking at the intimate screening Billie personally hosted, she told the audience that she started writing the film when she was 30 years old a time where, "the world was telling us that we could have it all, but all I could see around me was female crisis." As a gay man, many of you may read this and think, how can you relate to a single mother or female crisis? Well, actually, in many ways. Just as if you are a single mother yourself with a slight confliction over being a mother would. Or, a single woman - or man - trying to solider on in the bid to be a soloist because you think society demands it but secretly you want a partner to help support you (or just pay a bill or two). Or, a man who is struggling with his identity in our new feminist age. Or, as Billie powerfully articulates, if you are a feminist who is battling to reconcile their voice or views with the pressures around you. Something which is brilliantly shown by Lily James' cameo as a bride who labels herself as, "a post-post-post-feminist. That's our gift as women we can see through all that arrogance and rage!" Whichever of the above category you fall into, Rare Beasts will humorously and, at times savagely, make you question yourself; and for that reason it's not always comfortable viewing. In the opening scene, Billie finds herself on a date which is seemingly going south and fast. Her date, Pete (Leo Bill) remarks that she is probably terrible at blowjobs because, 'You've got too many teeth.' This shockingly provides the catalyst for a somewhat questionable relationship. And who can't relate to putting up with a relationship, 'just because,' when you know deep down it isn't right for you? I'll raise my hand to that one! In one of the most profound scenes, Billie's Mandy is sat digesting the verbal vomit of her three friends as they reveal their innermost feelings during a heavy 'session.' In a conversation that is not too dissimilar to a dinner party I attended last week, the chatter is filled with spiraling mental health and boyfriends who weren't quite cutting it. I defy you not to relate to one of the characters gathered in that scene. For all the jazzy blockbusters out there and the binge-worthy serial dramas on Netflix, take the time to go to the cinema and support this wonderful if in fact terrifyingly truthful film. The only special effects needed here are Billie's gut-wrenching performance, perceptive direction and brutally honest story telling. And what did I learn about myself? After years of priding myself as an independent person of Destiny's Child proportions and building my self-esteem on strong ambition, it's ok to admit life is a little easier with someone by your side sometimes... (British Glamour)

Document Reveals Cash Link to 'Wolf of Wall Street' Producers. The Malaysian High Court was presented with a document that showed $9 million was sent from fugitive businessman Jho Low to producers of the Oscar-nominated film, prosecutors claimed. Prosecutors in the 1 Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) trial have produced a document they claim reveals a $9 million advance to the producers of the Oscar-nominated The Wolf of Wall Street from a company owned by fugitive businessman Jho Low. The High Court in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur got a document that showed that the transaction, made in September 2012, involved the "Red Granite Productions, Inc" account at City National Bank Los Angeles and was paid as "advances for Wolf of Wall Street Movie for ACHL," according to multiple local media reports. The money apparently came from Low's Good Star Ltd. Red Granite Productions Inc. was the Los Angeles-based film-making outfit responsible for the Martin Scorsese-directed The Wolf of Wall Street, along with Scott Cooper's Out of the Furnace and Alexandre Aja's Horns. It was founded by Riza Aziz, stepson of disgraced former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak whose case is at the heart of the 1MDB scandal. Aziz founded Red Granite in 2010 alongside Joey McFarland. Aziz faces five charges of laundering around $250 million out of the 1MDB fund. He faces up to 25 years in prison if found guilty of the charges and is currently out on bail. Now into its fifth week, the current 1MDB trial is focused on Razak, who faces 42 charges linked to theft of around $4.5 billion from the sovereign wealth fund. Malaysian media reported the surprise document was produced last Thursday during lead prosecutor Gopal Sri Ram's examination of prosecution witness and former 1MDB CEO Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi. Halmi said he was aware of what Red Granite Pictures was and that he had read that "Red Granite was using money that was allegedly siphoned from 1MDB," according to media reports. But Halmi denied having any knowledge of or even having seen a number of documents produced by the prosecution team. Prosecutors are continuing to lay out their case against Razak, while dates for the trial of Aziz have been tentatively set for Jan. 6-Jan. 9 and Jan. 13-Jan. 16. Razak's trial continues to add chapters to the ongoing 1MDB saga, which has captured the attention of the world as its reach has spread from Malaysia all the way to Hollywood. Red Granite have already paid out $60 million to settle a claim that financing for The Wolf of Wall Street had come from cash lifted from the sovereign wealth fund. In July 2016 the Department of Justice filed the largest forfeiture complaint in U.S. history, citing $1 billion of assets alleged to have been funded by the 1MDB theft. Assets seized included Aziz's mansion in Beverly Hills and Park Laurel condominium in New York; Low's Hollywood Hills mansion and Time Warner Center apartment in Manhattan; plus all future profits from The Wolf of Wall Street. The film made $392 million on release in 2013 and it picked up five Oscar nominations, including one for best actor for its lead Leonardo DiCaprio. The actor found himself embroiled in the scandal when it was revealed Low had lavished a trove of gifts on him, including a Pablo Picasso painting bought for $3.28 million, a Basquiat collage ($9,191,040), and the best actor Oscar won by Marlon Brando for his performance in On the Waterfront. DiCaprio voluntarily surrendered the items listed to the government. (Hollywood Reporter)


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