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Judge: Angelina Jolie Didn't Plagiarize 'In The Land Of Blood And Honey'

March 30th, 2013 8:33am EDT
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A Croation journalist has lost a lawsuit against Angelina Jolie after claiming the actress plagiarized his work for her film "In The Land of Blood and Honey."

James Braddock published his book "Salamanje Duse" in 2007 with a shorter version in English titled "The Soul Shattering." The journalist claims one of the film's producers, Edin Sarkic, read the book which heavily influenced the plot of "In the Land of Blood and Honey."

U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee ruled that no breach of copyright had occurred. Even though both the book and film include rape and escape sequences, Braddock can't h...
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Angelina Jolie Seeks To Dismiss Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

September 6th, 2012 8:03am EDT
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Angelina Jolie has moved to dismiss a lawsuit from a Croatian journalist who alleges the storyline for her directorial debut In The Land Of Blood And Honey is lifted from his book about the Bosnian Civil War.

The actress wrote, produced and directed the 2011 movie, which chronicles a romance between a rape and kidnap victim and one of her captors during the 1990s war.

Reporter James J. Braddock filed suit for copyright infringement, alleging the film's plot is based on his 2007 book The Soul Shattering. He claimed he showed his tome to the film's co-producer Edin Sarkic during a 2008 me...
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Angelina Jolie Receives Honorary Citizen Of Sarajevo Award

July 8th, 2012 8:49am EDT
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On Saturday, Angelina Jolie was honored at the 18th Sarajevo Film Festival in Bosnia and given the Honorary Citizen of Sarajevo award.

The actress wrote and directed the film "In the Land of Blood and Honey," about a erbian man and a Bosnian woman who fall in love, but when the Bosnian War begins to tear apart the region in a wave of violence and ethnic strife, their chance at happiness together quickly dissipates.

Jolie received the award for her depiction of the film's victims and inclusion of a largely Eastern Europe-based cast.

In her acceptance speech, she said: "The time I spent ...
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Angelina Jolie Is 'Deeply Grateful' For Bosnian Honorary Citizenship

May 6th, 2012 1:00pm EDT
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Angelina Jolie has thanked the people of Bosnia for making her an honorary citizen of Sarajevo.

The actress-turned-director stepped behind the camera last year to make "In the Land of Blood and Honey," about a romance between a Serbian soldier and a Bosnian woman during the 1990s war in the troubled region.

Her efforts were praised by government officials at the Assembly of Sarajevo Canton Parliament for drawing attention to the area and they decided to award her with a special citizenship prize.

A ceremony was held on Thursday at Sarajevo's National Theatre, where a pre-recorded video m...
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Angelina Jolie To Be Honored With Bosnian Citizenship

April 23rd, 2012 10:47pm EDT
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Newly engaged Angelina Jolie is being made an honorary citizen of Sarajevo, Bosnia, for bringing attention to the troubled region via her 2011 directorial debut In the Land of Blood and Honey.

The actress shot the Golden Globe-nominated film - which centers on the love story between a Bosnian woman and a Serbian soldier during wartime in the 1990s - in the war-torn nation in 2010.

Us Weekly reports that government officials in Sarajevo voted on Monday to honor Angelina for helping raise awareness of the plight of the region and for "her contribution to the preservation of truth about the ...
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Check Out 'In The Land Of Blood And Honey' On Blu-ray & DVD March 27

March 25th, 2012 7:25am EDT
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Angelina Jolie stepped behind the camera to write, co-produce and direct "In The Land Of Blood And Honey" about a romance between a Serb soldier and a Bosnian Muslim woman during the Bosnian Civil War in the 1990s.

The film won the Producers Guild of America's 2012 Stanley Kramer prize, which is given to films that successfully highlight "provocative social issues." Jolie was also honored at the Cinema For Peace Gala in Berlin, Germany, and was given a special film accolade for her work.

Jolie said about the movie, "I wanted to make a film that would express, in an artistic way, my frus...
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Angelina Jolie Hosts Dinner Party For Film Crew

February 19th, 2012 1:39pm EST
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Angelina Jolie hosted a lavish dinner for the cast and crew of her movie In The Land Of Blood And Honey during her trip to Bosnia this week.

The Hollywood actress directed and co-wrote the film, which tells the story of a romance between a Serbian soldier and a Bosnian woman during the 1990s war in the region, and she premiered the picture in the Bosnian city of Sarajevo on Tuesday.

Following the screening and subsequent reception, Jolie, who was accompanied by her partner Brad Pitt, threw a private dinner party for 30 people who worked on the project at the Zetra Sports Hall.

Guests wer...
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'The Help' Dominated NAACP Awards While Stars Honored Whitney Houston

February 18th, 2012 9:55am EST
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Critically-acclaimed drama "The Help" was the toast of the 2012 NAACP Image Awards on Friday after landing three top honors.

The movie adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's bestselling book of the same name was crowned Outstanding Motion Picture, seeing off competition from "Pariah," "Tower Heist," "Jumping the Broom" and "The First Grader."

Viola Davis scooped the Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture prize, while her co-star Octavia Spencer was presented with the Outstanding Supporting Actress award at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) ceremony in Los A...
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Angelina Jolie Makes A Fashion Misstep With Giant Rose On Her Shoulder

February 17th, 2012 10:00am EST
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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attended the french premiere of In The Land Of Blood And Honey in Paris, France, yesterday.

We found the giant fabric rose on the actress's gown to be very distracting. We want to look at Angie's face, not a giant appendage jutting out of her shoulder!

Jolie, who directed the film, and several of her Serbian cast members have been targeted since the film's premiere in Sarajevo last week.

The film centers on a romance between a Serbian soldier and a Bosnian woman during the 1990s war.
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Angelina Jolie Receives Threats After 'Land Of Blood And Honey' Premiere

February 16th, 2012 8:38am EST
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Angelina Jolie has received intimidating threats since the premiere of her directorial debut In The Land Of Blood And Honey.

The actress reveals she and several of her Serbian cast members have been targeted since the film's premiere in the Bosnian city of Sarajevo on Tuesday.

She tells Britain's The Guardian, "There were things sent to me, there were things posted online. The cast... have never complained to me about these threats but I've heard through other people it was happening... one of them did have their windows smashed in on their cars and someone else had an issue when their ...
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Angelina Jolie Honored At The Berlin International Film Festival's Cinema For Peace Gala

February 14th, 2012 10:49pm EST
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Angelina Jolie has been honored for raising awareness of human rights issues with her directorial debut In the Land of Blood and Honey.

The actress stepped behind the camera for the harrowing movie, about a forbidden romance between a Bosnian woman and a Serbian soldier during the Bosnian War.

Jolie was the guest of honor at the Cinema For Peace Gala in Berlin, Germany and she was handed the special film accolade as partner Brad Pitt looked on.

The movie will premiere in Sarajevo, Bosnia on Tuesday, and Jolie admits she's feeling apprehensive about the showing.

She told reporters, "I'm ...
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Billy Bob Thornton 'Hoping' To Run Into Ex Angelina Jolie In Germany

February 6th, 2012 9:15am EST
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Billy Bob Thornton is looking forward to meeting his ex-wife Angelina Jolie at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival in Germany, insisting he's more than happy to be the guy she was once married to.

The movie star insists there will be no awkward moments if the two former lovers come face to face as they promote their directorial efforts "In the Land of Blood & Honey" and Jayne Mansfield's Car at the festival, which opens on Thursday.

He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I'm hoping we get to see each other. The uproar will be that she's there. I'll be the guy in the corner having a smoke (cigare...
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Angelina Jolie Honored With Stanley Kramer Award At Producers Guild Awards

January 22nd, 2012 6:00pm EST
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Angelina Jolie was given the Stanley Kramer Award for her feature directorial debut In the Land of Blood and Honey at the 23rd Annual Producers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Saturday night.

The Stanley Kramer Award has been given out each year since 2002 "to honor a motion picture, producer or other individual, whose achievement or contribution illuminates provocative social issues in an accessible and elevating fashion."

In her acceptance speech, she said, "The cast is from all sides of the conflict, and they crossed the religious and cultural divid...
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Angelina Jolie To Host First-Ever Live Online Chat With Fans

January 9th, 2012 11:39pm EST
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Actress/filmmaker Angelina Jolie is set to host her first online video chat with fans this Thursday, January 12th at 8pm EST (5pm PST).

The star recently made her directorial debut with the critically acclaimed In the Land of Blood and Honey (nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at this year's Golden Globes), and the 45-minute video chat will give fans the opportunity to speak with her about the writing & directing process on Blood and Honey as well as her own career as an actress.

Jolie has partnered up with Hearst Magazines, who are sponsoring and broadcasing the chat across their w...
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Angelina Jolie To Donate 'Land Of Blood And Honey' Soundtrack Proceeds To Charity

December 28th, 2011 11:23am EST
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Angelina Jolie is donating a portion of the proceeds from the soundtrack of her latest film In The Land Of Blood And Honey to charity.

The actress has stepped behind the camera to make her directorial debut for the movie, which she wrote about a romance between a Serbian soldier and a Bosnian woman.

And Jolie, who is an eager philanthropist, has vowed to hand over some of the profits from the soundtrack to the SOS Children's Villages program in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The charity helps youths in the region who are still suffering from the impact of the Balkans war in the 1990s.

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Angelina Jolie Working On Script About Afghanistan

December 23rd, 2011 5:10pm EST
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Angelina Jolie has been working on a script for a movie about Afghanistan but she doesn't yet have the "confidence" to put it into production.

The actress has stepped behind the camera to make her directorial debut with In The Land Of Blood And Honey, a film she wrote herself about a romance between a Serbian soldier and a Bosnian woman.

The movie has already been nominated for a Golden Globe and won a Producer's Guild award, but despite the film's success, Jolie is reluctant to start work on her next behind-the-scenes project.

She reveals she "half-wrote" a script about Afghanistan, but...
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Angelina Jolie Worried Rape Scene Would Cause Tension Between Bosnian And Serbian Castmembers

December 20th, 2011 10:09pm EST
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Angelina Jolie was "very nervous" as she shot a harrowing rape scene for her directorial debut In the Land of Blood and Honey, because she feared the controversy between a Serbian soldier and a Bosnian woman would stir tensions between local actors on set.

The actress and first-time director hand-picked the stars of her Bosnian War love story and many of the castmembers, including Zana Marjanovic, Goran Kostic and Rade Serbedzija, witnessed first-hand the atrocities of the 1990s conflict growing up in the region.

However, Jolie feared one of the earliest scenes in the movie, involving act...
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Q&A: Angelina Jolie Talks Brad, Her Kids And Her Directorial Debut With 'In The Land Of Blood And Honey'

December 19th, 2011 3:00pm EST
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Angelina Jolie doesn’t usually have time for a lot of interviews, with her busy schedule as a U.N. ambassador and working mother as well. Her latest film is a passion project that combines many of her interests. She wrote and directed In the Land of Blood and Honey, a drama set during the Bosnian war in the 1990s.

It’s a subject close to her heart, as Jolie has adopted children from and worked hands-on in post-conflict regions around the world. Speaking about the film gave Jolie an opportunity to get personal in a way that can educate the public about these worlds we may not even hear abou...
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Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,' 'Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol' & More

December 19th, 2011 11:00am EST
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I’m disappointed to report that I didn’t love Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes sequel “A Game of Shadows.” The first half hour is pretty boring, and although the action picks up pretty heavily toward the middle, Ritchie seems to care more about style than substance in the film. He continues to use Sherlock’s own bullet-time type slow-mo combined with crazy forced perspectives of bullets and shells being shot from guns, which admittedly is pretty darn exciting at times.

What the movie lacks though is the same great banter between Watson and Holmes that was present in the first film. Holmes...
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'In The Land Of Blood And Honey' Wins Producer's Guild Award

December 14th, 2011 8:33am EST
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Angelina Jolie has won her first award as a director with her filmmaking debut In The Land Of Blood And Honey.

The Hollywood actress has stepped behind the camera to write, co-produce and direct the movie about a romance between a Serb soldier and a Bosnian Muslim woman during the Bosnian Civil War in the 1990s.

The film has now won its first accolade, being named as the recipient of the Producers Guild of America's 2012 Stanley Kramer prize.

The award is given to films which successfully highlight "provocative social issues" and has previously been given to movies including I Am Sam,...
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Angelina Jolie 'Could End Up Pregnant'

December 10th, 2011 12:00pm EST
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Angelina Jolie hasn't ruled out having more children in the near future with partner Brad Pitt, and she almost makes it sound like she may already have a baby-on-board!

"Nothing planned at the moment," she tells the January 2012 issue of Marie Claire magazine, "but we just don't know. I could end up pregnant."

Angie's been spending a lot of time promoting her directorial debut In the Land of Blood and Honey, but that doesn't mean she's giving up on acting. She tells the magazine that just because she's breaking into directing now doesn't mean she won't be stepping in front of the cameras ...
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Angelina Jolie Felt 'Strange' Directing Sex Scene In 'Blood And Honey'

December 9th, 2011 9:43am EST
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Angelina Jolie struggled to direct a naked love scene in her new movie "In The Land Of Blood & Honey" because she felt awkward asking her stars to strip off and pretend to be intimate.

The actress and first-time director admits her stars Zana Marjanovic and Goran Kostic helped her with the sex scene because they were willing to go further for the sake of the film.

She tells USA Today newspaper, "I believe it was Zana's first love scene and Goran is a family man with a wife and kids. You kind of suddenly feel this strange thing of asking people to participate in anything like that because ...
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Angelina Jolie Dazzles In Asymmetrical Dress, Swept Back Hair At 'Blood And Honey' Premiere

December 9th, 2011 8:25am EST
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Angelina Jolie looked lovely at the "In the Land of Blood and Honey" Los Angeles premiere last night. She attended the affair with partner Brad Pitt, who looked a little scruffy around the edges.

Her directorial debut focuses on a romance between a rape and kidnap victim and one of her captors during the 1990s Bosnian civil war. A Croatian journalist is suing the actress, saying she stole material from his book.

Angelina isn't very concerned about the lawsuit. She told the Los Angeles Times' film blog 24 Frames, "There are many books and documentaries that I did pull from. It's a combin...
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Angelina Jolie Slams Croatian's Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

December 7th, 2011 2:26pm EST
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Angelina Jolie has hit back at a Croatian journalist who alleges the storyline for her directorial debut is lifted from his book about the Bosnian Civil War, insisting she has "never seen" his work.

The Hollywood beauty wrote, produced and directed In the Land of Blood and Honey, which chronicles a romance between a rape and kidnap victim and one of her captors during the 1990s war.

The movie is set to hit cinemas later this month, but reporter James Braddock is seeking a court injunction against its release after filing suit for copyright infringement.

He alleges the film's plot is b...
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Angelina Jolie's Fascination With Bosnian Civil War Led To Film

December 7th, 2011 8:44am EST
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Angelina Jolie never intended to make her directorial debut with a controversial film about the Bosnian Civil War, but she became fascinated by the conflict while studying up on the region for her own interests.

Her new movie, "In the Land of Blood and Honey," chronicles the romance between a rape and kidnap victim and one of her captors and is set against the backdrop of the 1990s war, and Jolie reveals the project only came about after she developed a "passion" for the country as she pursued her desire to learn all about the war-torn region.

She says, "My passion was to get a great educ...
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Angelina Jolie Sued Over Directorial Debut, 'In The Land Of Blood And Honey'

December 5th, 2011 11:11pm EST
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Angelina Jolie is facing legal action over her upcoming directorial debut following allegations of copyright infringement from a Croatian journalist.

The Tomb Raider star wrote and directed In the Land of Blood and Honey, which chronicles the romance between a rape and kidnap victim and one of her captors and is set against the backdrop of the 1990s Bosnian Civil War.

Jolie and the producers of the film, which is set to be released on December 23, have been hit with a lawsuit from reporter James Braddock, who claims the movie violates copyright of his 2007 book "The Soul Shattering."

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Bosnian Rape Victims Call For Angelina Jolie To Be Stripped Of Goodwill Ambassador Role

November 29th, 2010 2:37pm EST
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Angelina Jolie's directorial debut has sparked fresh controversy among a group of Bosnian War rape victims who are calling for the "ignorant" actress to be stripped of her role as a United Nations goodwill ambassador.

The Hollywood star has stepped behind the camera for the first time for the as-yet-untitled wartime love story, which is set in the region and was shot in Hungary and Bosnia in October and November. The project encountered problems early on in its production when Bosnian government officials revoked her film permit following confusion over the plot, which was said to focus o...
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Angelina Jolie Defends Her Bosnian Film

October 15th, 2010 9:45am EDT
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Angelina Jolie has defended her controversial movie project after she was banned from filming in Bosnia - urging critics to "hold judgment until they have seen" the picture.

The Oscar-winning actress has stepped behind the camera for the first time to make her directorial debut with the currently-untitled film, which is set in the Eastern European state. However, confusion over the plot has led to the Bosnian government revoking the actress' production permit.

Campaign groups in the country expressed their anger over rumors the film will tell the story of a Bosnian woman who falls in lo...
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Angelina Jolie's Directorial Debut Held Up By Bosnian Film Permit

October 14th, 2010 10:15pm EDT
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Producers working on Angelina Jolie's directorial debut have submitted the script of the wartime love story to Bosnian officials in a bid to win back permission to shoot in the country.

Jolie recently began filming the as-yet-untitled drama in Hungary and had planned to shoot scenes in Sarajevo and Zenica in Bosnia, where the story is set.

But the Hollywood star's plans were thrown into jeopardy earlier this week when Bosnian government representatives revoked the actress' production permit following a mix-up over the movie's plot.

Trade publication Variety initially reported the film wo...
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Angelina Jolie Casts Bosnian Actress For Directorial Debut

September 23rd, 2010 8:52pm EDT
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Angelina Jolie has cast a little-known Bosnian actress as the lead in her directorial debut.

"Snow" star Zana Marjanovic, 27, will front the untitled wartime love story.

The actress tells the Associated Press she's very excited about the prospect of working with a "great actress and humanist" like Jolie.

The Oscar winner hopes to start shooting the film later this year in Hungary and Bosnia.

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