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Angelina Jolie Writes Impassioned New York Times Op-Ed About Iraq Trip, Syrian Refugees: "I Was Speechless"

Angelina Jolie Writes Impassioned New York Times Op-Ed About Iraq Trip, Syrian Refugees: "I Was Speechless"

Angelina Jolie wrote an op-ed about her visit to Iraq for the New York Times, calling on the international community to take action to assist the millions of Syrian refugeesThis article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Angelina Jolie Writes Impassioned New York Times Op-Ed About Iraq Trip, Syrian Refugees: “I Was Speechless”

Nick Offerman Shaves Off His Mustache for First Time in Years, Looks Totally Different: Photos

Nick Offerman Shaves Off His Mustache for First Time in Years, Looks Totally Different: Photos

After completing filming on Parks and Recreation, Nick Offerman shaved off his trademark mustache and stepped out with a new look at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival this week — see photos of his transformation!This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Nick Offerman Shaves Off His Mustache for First Time in Years, Looks Totally Different: Photos

SAG Awards: Julianne Moore Named Best Actress

SAG Awards: Julianne Moore Named Best Actress

Julianne Moore won the Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role for her performance in Still Alice.With her win, the actress adds to her trophies for her work as a woman struggling with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Moore, who’s nominated for a best actress Oscar and similar honors at the BAFTA and Independent Spirit Awards, has already taken home Golden Globe, Critics Choice, Gotham and Hollywood Film Awards this season.Read More SAG Awards: Complete List of WinnersShe’s also won her second SAG award, taking home her first trophy from the acting union in 2012 for her work as Sarah Palin in Game Change.
Moore began her remarks by talking about her soap opera past, saying “When I was on As the World Turns…” The audience cheered and she said, “Yeah!” before explaining how she was excited when the show wrote both good and evil twin roles for her but then discovered it was “super boring to act by myself.” (Birdman’s Zach Galifianakis later referenced her remark when he and his co-stars in the Fox Searchlight film accepted the SAG award for best cast, stepping to the microphone and repeating, “When I was on As the World Turns…”)”What I really loved, what I really craved was being with another actor, and feeling that intimacy and that excitement and that thrill of getting to know somebody in that way. And that’s what keeps me coming back to acting, again and again and again.” With that, she thanked her “partners” in the Still Alice cast, her co-stars Hunter Parrish, Kate Bosworth, Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart.Read More SAG Awards: Hollywood Reporter’s Live BlogShe also thanked her “professional partners: The people who have supported every weird choice I’ve ever made.” That group included her CAA agents Josh Lieberman and Kevin Huvane and his brother, her publicist Stephen Huvane (“I just heard now the ‘h’ is silent”) and “my longtime manager and friend of 25 years, Evelyn O’Neill, [at Management 360].”She concluded by saying, “When I was 17 and decided I wanted to be an actor, it didn’t seem possible because I’d never met a real actor, so I want to say to all the kids in the drama club, ‘You guys are the real actors.'”See more SAG Awards 2015: Red-Carpet ArrivalsMoore beat fellow nominees Jennifer Aniston (Cake), Reese Witherspoon (Wild), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) and Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything).Cate Blanchett won best actress at the SAG Awards last year, on her way to winning an Oscar for her role in Blue Jasmine.

Angelina Jolie Visits Iraq, Meets ISIS Victims in Refugee Camp: Pictures

Angelina Jolie Visits Iraq, Meets ISIS Victims in Refugee Camp: Pictures

Angelina Jolie visited northern Iraq and met with ISIS victims at a refugee camp, gives a speech — see the photosThis article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Angelina Jolie Visits Iraq, Meets ISIS Victims in Refugee Camp: Pictures

Jennifer Lopez: ‘I Would Love to Have More Kids’

Jennifer Lopez: ‘I Would Love to Have More Kids’

Ask Jennifer Lopez what role she most cherishes and the answer’s a no-brainer: being a mom.

“Kids make you believe in all kinds of things, like how anything is possible,” The Boy Next Door star – and mother to 6-year-old twinsMax and Emme — tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story.

Which is why she’d be thrilled to add to her brood, even at age 45. “I don’t know if it’s in the cards for me because of my age, but I would love to have another baby, to be blessed one more time,” says Lopez, who is currently single.

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Better yet, why stop at one? “I’d love to have twins again,” she says. “I was thinking about that last night when I was laying in bed with Emme. I was just loving the moment. I don’t know that it’s in the cards, but you never know!”

No matter what, Lopez, a refreshingly hands-on mom, already feels “blessed” with Max and Emme.

“It’s unconditional love,” she says. “I know everybody feels this way about their kids, but I just feel like they’re super special. I can’t wait to see what they do, and I feel like my job is to not mess them up too much.”

So far, so good.

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For more of our exclusive interview, and to see inside Lopez’s amazing L.A. home, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.

– Elizabeth Leonard

Ryan Reynolds Jokes He’s ‘Even Tried Breastfeeding’

Ryan Reynolds Jokes He’s ‘Even Tried Breastfeeding’

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It’s no surprise Ryan Reynolds is more than willing to share baby duties with wife Blake Lively, but we weren’t expecting him to be so involved.

“I gotta jump in and do all those sorts of things,” Reynolds, 38, told PEOPLE Saturday at the party for his new film, Mississippi Grind, at the Chase Sapphire on Main during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

He jokes, “I mean, I’ve even tried breastfeeding.”

So how did that go for all involved?

“It’s frustrating for the baby and frankly disturbing for me … not well is the answer,” quips the actor, who plays a charismatic nomad in the movie.

In all seriousness, since welcoming a daughter with Lively, 27, in December, life at home has been “great.”

“It’s amazing that you can be that exhausted and that happy at the same time,” says Reynolds.

– Melody Chiu

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Meghan Trainor: 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me

Meghan Trainor: 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me

Meghan Trainor tells Us 25 things you may not have known about her.This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Meghan Trainor: 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me

Bria Murphy: 25 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

Bria Murphy: 25 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

Actress Bria Murphy gives Us the inside scoop on 25 things we may not have knownThis article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Bria Murphy: 25 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

Jack Ma on Alibaba’s Hollywood Ambitions, Growth Outlook

Jack Ma on Alibaba’s Hollywood Ambitions, Growth Outlook

Alibaba Group executive chairman Jack Ma on Friday discussed his Hollywood ambitions and said his company was still in its early stages of growth.Speaking in a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, he also discussed the Chinese e-commerce giant’s relationship with the country’s government and why so many women work for the company.Charlie Rose interviewed Ma in the session, entitled “An Insight, An Idea with Jack Ma,” which was webcast.Read more China’s Alibaba Pictures’ First Movie to Team Wong Kar-Wai and Tony LeungAsked about his interest in Hollywood, Ma said: “Hollywood gives me a lot of inspiration.” He also said: “I like the Hollywood innovation. I learn so much [through] the Hollywood movies, especially Forrest Gump.”He has previously called the movie with Tom Hanks his favorite, explaining on Friday: “I love Forrest Gump.” Asked why, he said the main character was “simple” and had an attention he loves: “never give up.” Ma said that when he saw the film, he drew a lesson for his business. “This is the guy we should learn from,” he explained. “We don’t have a rich father, powerful uncle. We don’t have $1 from a bank, 1 cent from the government. Just work as a team.”The company has started first project at its Alibaba Pictures film unit. Rose also mentioned Ma’s recent trip to Hollywood and said that was clearly a sign in Alibaba’s business interest in the entertainment industry.May responded that movies were indeed interesting to him “business-wise,” explaining: “We are an e-commerce company. We have a lot of products that need logistics, but movie, TV don’t need a logistics system. And [a] movie probably is the best product that can help Chinese young people.”Read more China 2014 in Review: Hollywood Strikes Deals, Alibaba Goes PublicMa explained that for Alibaba would be, at least in part, about changing how people in China define and see heroes. “In American movies, all the heroes at the beginning look like a bad guy,” he said. “A terrible thing is coming, they become a hero, and they all survive. In China, if you are the hero, all the heroes die…so nobody wants to be the hero. Today we have so many heroes who live in this world.”He didn’t provide further details on the company’s film strategy.Ma also said he reads kung-fu stories, “and I started to write something.” he didn’t provide further details.Asked about Alibaba’s size and growth outlook, he told Rose: “Compared to 15 years ago, we are big. But compared to 15 years [from now], we are still a baby,”He also discussed how Alibaba employs a lot of women. “One of secret sauces of Alibaba is we have a lot of women,” he said, saying that 47 percent of the overall staff and 33 percent of people in senior roles were women. Argued Ma: “Women think about others more than themselves,” which is key for Alibaba and its ability to serve users.Read more Meet Alibaba’s Woman of Mystery in Los AngelesAsked about criticism about Alibaba’s relationship with the Chinese government and suggestions that it has helped shield it from competition, Ma said the relationship was “interesting.” He added that he told his team to love or respect the government, but “don’t marry them.”He mentioned that Alibaba helped with ticket sales for an annual spring festival after the official system crashed. “I told my team to do it,” he said. “It’s not for the money or the government. It’s for the millions and millions of people.”

Sundance Film Festival kicks off with record number of Canadian films

Sundance Film Festival kicks off with record number of Canadian films

Sundance opens today with a record-breaking number of Canadian films crashing the cozy ski resort town in Park City, Utah.Over the next 10 days, the influential showcase for independent cinema—founded 31 years ago by actor Robert Redford—will screen 10 Canadian feature films, including:Chorus – a heart-felt Quebec drama, directed by François Delisle, which tells the story of a woman seeking solace in music after the death of her young son.
The Amina Profile – a documentary exploring the mystery around a lesbian Syrian blogger who goes missing, directed by Sophie Deraspe.
​The Forbidden Room – an experimental ode to silent movies, directed by Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson.
Hellions – a horror film about real demons disguised as trick-or-treaters on Hallowe’en night, screening in the Park City at Midnight program, directed by Bruce McDonald
At the indie forefrontCarolle Brabant, executive director of Telefilm Canada, attributes the record turnout of Canadian films at the festival to the nation’s distinct voice and style.Greenpeace co-founder and Canadian activist, Bob Hunter, is profiled in the documentary How to Change the World. (Met FIlm Production/Sundance Institute)”The Canadian selection includes narrative features, documentaries, genre films and children’s films,” Brabant said in a statement.”[The line-up] stands out for its abundance, quality and diversity, confirming that our country is at the forefront of indie filmmaking.”A Canadian documentary has even been selected as one of the opening night films.​How to Change the World looks back at the rag-tag group of Vancouver neighbours who would go on to found the environmental activism group Greenpeace.Thrilling premiereThe world premiere of Bruce McDonald’s new horror movie Hellions marks the Ontario-born director’s first return to the festival since his second feature, Highway 61, screened there in 1992.The 55-year-old industry veteran says he’s still surprised by the reaction he gets when he tells colleagues he’s screening at Sundance.”It’s very impressive to all my friends and industry people,” McDonald told CBC News. “I can’t tell you how many emails and [messages I get, saying] ‘Oh my god, you’re in Sundance? That’s awesome.'”Sundance 2015: Bruce McDonald on Canada’s creative voice2:00On mobile? Watch the clip here
McDonald, who helmed such films as the mockumentary Hard Core Logo and the Ontario-set thriller Pontypool, argues that Canada’s cinematic originality is partly a reaction to the Hollywood movie machine.”There is an inventiveness to how we make films,” ​said McDonald.”There is a tendency among Canadian films not to compete on the star or budget power level but in a more inventive, fresh, hopefully original kind of storytelling.”Seeds planted at SundanceRichard Linklater’s Oscar-nominated film Boyhood generated big buzz after its premiere at Sundance last year. (IFC Films/Associated Press)​With the multiple Oscar nominations for Boyhood and Whiplash, both of which bowed at last year’s Sundance, this year’s awards season is feeding the festival’s reputation as a place to discover smart indie films with big box office potential.More than 12,000 submissions from around the globe were culled to the 118 feature-length documentary and narrative films featured during the festival.Actor James Franco, seen here with The Interview co-star Seth Rogen, has three offerings at Sundance. (Kevin Winter/Getty )Among the highlights: James Franco, in his first appearances since The Interview-Sony hack scandal, has three films in Park City — two at Sundance and one at the concurrent, even-more-indie festival, Slamdance. Funny folks Jack Black and Sarah Silverman take dramatic turns in feature films; Bobcat Goldthwait premieres a documentary about comic Barry Crimmins; and comedian Tig Notaro stars in her own documentary, Tig.Other starry offerings include: Z for Zachariah, in which Margot Robbie believes she’s the last woman on Earth, until she discovers Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor; Sleeping With Other People, starring Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie; the gambling drama Mississippi Grind, starring Vancouver-born actor Ryan Reynolds, Alison Brie and Alfre Woodard; Lila & Eve with Jennifer Lopez and Viola Davis; Slow West with Michael Fassbender; and the closing-night film, Grandma, starring Lily Tomlin.The Sundance Film Festival continues through Feb. 1.

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