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Angelina Jolie Films ‘Maleficent 2,’ Her First Movie Since Nasty Brad Pitt Divorce

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Angelina Jolie is a smart woman — do not underestimate her.

When she filed for divorce from Brad Pitt in September 2016 and seemingly alleged that the actor was a bad parent to their six children, people were absolutely stunned by her revelation to make such controversial claims.

Jolie would go on to fight for full custodial rights of all children, which not only hurt Brad but also painted her out to be quite the monster seeing that she wasn’t even willing to let her estranged husband have any sort of visitation rights.

So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the first role Angelina Jolie chose to play is none other than Maleficent.

Disney has greenlit a sequel to the first, which did tremendously well at the box office, but there’s no doubt that Angelina Jolie wanting this to be her first project made the studio want to hurry up and start filming the project sooner rather than later.

Some believe that Angelina Jolie will want to use this film as her way to get the public to love her again for the alleged tactics she played to try and win custodial rights of all six children.

What better way to do that than to kick off her return to acting with a family film?

And it’s a win-win for Jolie and Disney because they know they’ll have a hit movie on their hands given that this is Angelina’s first project since divorcing Brad, and she will consequently receive praise for another excellent performance as a villain in a children’s motion picture.

It’s almost as if she’s a natural at being evil.

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Whitney Houston’s family “horrified” over sexual claims

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Whitney Houston’s family are shocked by sexual allegations documented in the new Whitney film.

Director Kevin Macdonald interviewed close family and friends to the late singer, exposing both Whitney Houston and her half brother, Gary Garland, were allegedly molested by their cousin, Dee Dee Warwick, during their childhood.

Whitney Houston’s mother, Cissy Houston, released a joint statement with niece Dionne Warwick to People, highlighting that the family first heard of such claims two days prior to the film’s release back in May at the Cannes Film Festival.

The statement revealed: “We cannot overstate the shock and horror we feel and the difficulty we have believing that my niece Dee Dee Warwick… molested two of my three children”.

“… The idea that [Dee Dee] would have molested my children is overwhelming and for us unfathomable… Neither I, Dionne, nor my son Michael… has ever heard these allegations; we have never heard anything remotely connected to the crimes charged against Dee Dee in the film. How can that be fair to my daughter, to Dee Dee, or to our family?”

Despite having to live most of her life in the public eye, Cissy Houston defends her daughter stating the public has no right to “know every intimate detail of her life beyond what she herself revealed during her lifetime… if she was molested I do not believe she would have wanted it to be revealed for the first time to thousands, maybe millions of people in a film.”

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Cissy Houston with daughter Whitney Houston

Whitney director Macdonald, 50, revealed to Vanity Fair in May that he “managed to persuade Mary Jones, who was Whitney’s longtime assistant and probably knew her in her last years more than anybody,” to open up about the molestation claims, as featured in the documentary.

“She talks about what Whitney felt and what effect it had on her. So we changed the whole cut at the very last minute. It was kind of a detective story to get that piece of information, which changed how I felt about Whitney and how I felt about the story”.

People magazine reported revealing the information was a difficult decision for Mary Jones, “she confided in me and I struggled tremendously deciding whether to share this secret or keep to myself”.

Jones goes on further to say, “I deeply love and respect Dionne, Cissy and their entire families, and my intention was never to embarrass anyone in the family, but rather to bring to light that Whitney was subjected to something painful and troubling as a child. And it’s something that happens to other innocent kids and goes unspoken too much… I decided to share the story so that people might understand that throughout her entire life Whitney carried this with her, and the weight of it was immense. Whitney was a wonderful woman, an angel, and she did not drag herself down all alone — there was a cause.”

Before the film debut, director Macdonald revealed on Good Morning America that Gary Houston “was molested when he was a kid by a woman in the family and he thought also Whitney had been as well.”

In Whitney, Gary Houston, 60, alleges Dee Dee Warwick molested him when he was 7 to 9 years old. He had no prior knowledge of Whitney’s alleged abuse leading up to the film’s release.

Gary further revealed in an interview on Good Morning America, “I was 8 [or] 9 years old and I was being fondled with from time to time. It was a situation I didn’t understand. I knew it was abnormal.”

Cissy Houston and Dionne Warwick concluded their joint statement: “After people have seen the film they will draw their own conclusions and we are not trying to change that. We just want people to know there is another side. While the filmmakers certainly had the legal right to make this film, I wonder at the moral right.”

No charges were ever filed against Dee Dee Warwick.

Dee Dee Warwick passed away in 2008. The Grammy-nominated soul singer sang backup vocals for stars including Aretha Franklin. Dee Dee Warwick is the sister of Dionne Warwick, and both are nieces of Cissy Houston, Whitney’s mother.

Whitney Houston, who was 18 years younger than Dee Dee Warwick, died in February 2012 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel from drowning and the effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use.

Whitney is now out in theatres.

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Why Does Tom Cruise Do His Own Stunts?

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It’s a fair question. Why does Tom Cruise do his own stunts?

In the trailer below there are some sneak peeks of the action in the upcoming Mission: Impossible – Fallout and what is supposed to amaze us is that the star is putting his own life and limb at risk by actually being in the shots.

“Look!” (we’re supposed to think) “That’s really him jumping off a skyscraper and latching on to the the rotors of a Huey! Wow. That’s just dumb…”

Doesn’t he know that there are hundreds of stuntmen who would literally die for the job?

And plenty who already have…

That’s the point. A-List stars don’t even have to lift a cup of coffee on camera. There’s always a “stunt hand” crew member hanging around looking for work. Let’s not even get started on the butt doubles…

So, there has to be an angle to the strategy of conditioning an audience to expect to see Tom Cruise in the same kind of danger his character is facing.

Only, he kinda isn’t.

The people involved in setting up these, admittedly, eye-popping and nerve pulsing action sequences have made it all as “safe” as possible. But, one can only assume they’re even more elaborate and idiot-proof (hmmm…) because THE STAR OF THE MOVIE IS IN THEM!!!

Truth be told, although we can see it really is Tom, there’s no real chance to make this an acting chop. He’s always wearing the same face: “Outside I’m calm. Inside, I’m like, “Oh, Shhhhhhiii…!)”

The more likely reason behind this insane tactic is to make up for Tom Cruise’s legendary lack of, shall we say, dramatic skills?

He’s not known for a particularly wide range…

And, he’s getting a bit jowly, let’s face it.

It’s hard to criticize one of the biggest and most popular movie stars in history, but…

Hey! Tom Cruise!

Time to get a stuntman…

 

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“BraDiCaprio” Release IG Photo of New Film

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“BraDiCaprio” are finally going public.

Wait. What?

The new conjunction, coined here for the first time (you’re welcome) denotes the First Look image release on Instagram from the set of Quentin Tarantino’s new movie, “Once Upon A Time In America” and gives some insight into this exciting, new project.

Rumors are that the story revolves around the insane murders of Sharon Tate and friends at a Hollywood mansion in the “Summer of Love” 1969.

While all the Hippies were handing out daisies, Charles Manson was orchestrating the foment of civil war by directing his tribe to murder random rich people in exclusive LA enclaves.

The truth ended up being he wanted revenge for having been denied a recording contract by a producer who once lived in the house then rented by Roman Polanski’s pregnant wife.

The real life story has been rendered in a number of TV shows, films and documentaries. But it’s more than likely that Quentin Tarantino will spin it in his own inimitable fashion.

The power trio have all worked together before. But this is the first time BraDiCaprio will appear on-screen together.

And, it’s probable that Tarantino will get some face time somewhere in the movie, as he’s got a reputation for stinking things up in front of the camera instead of quietly toiling behind it.

In the end what truly counts is the script, and, by all reports, this is just the latest masterpiece from the mind of, arguably, the greatest screenwriter in the history of cinema.

By the looks of it, they seem to be getting it right already. The film is set for release in August, 2019.

That makes it some kind of gruesome 50th anniversary memorial for one of the most horrific crimes perpetrated against innocent people ever enacted, reported or portrayed.

In other words, it’s right up Quentin Tarantino’s alley…

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