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Angelina on having a happy family life (conclusion)

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ACTRESS-director is happy when she’s useful. photo by ruben nepales

When asked what she does for “me time,” Angelina Jolie chuckled and said, “People ask me that so often, that I’m starting to think I have a problem and I should be doing something about it. I don’t rest well. I like being in the middle of the set and trying to solve the puzzle or this film. I’m happy when I’m useful. I’m really bad when I’m just sitting around (laughs).”

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Clint Eastwood still busy at 84

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EASTWOOD. Helms screen version of bestselling book, “American Sniper.” 
photo by ruben v. nepales

Bradley Cooper does a very good imitation of his “American Sniper” director, Clint Eastwood. In answering my question about the veteran actor-director during a recent New York interview, Bradley stood up and did a full-on impersonation—raspy, whispering voice and all—of Clint giving him directions in two scenes.

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Angelina on having a happy family life

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She and Brad are able  “to explore the darker side of marriage” in their new film because, she says, “We’re in such a good place.”  Photo by Ruben V. Nepales

In our first interview with Angelina Jolie since she got married to some guy named Brad Pitt, she wore a white dress, looking every inch like a modern bride. Make that a modern, accomplished woman. Angelina’s “Unbroken” is quite an achievement, especially since it’s only her second directing job. “It does feel differently when you say, ‘My husband,’” said Angelina about being able to call Brad that. “It warms you in a different way and you look at that person a little differently.”

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ director on working with Alice Cooper

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DARICK Pead (left) and Hilary Maiberger as the Beast and Belle

Rob Roth, who directs the “Beauty and the Beast” production that’s coming to Manila, not only directed the original Tony-nominated Broadway version but also collaborated with Elton John and Tim Rice (“Aida”) and rock legend Alice Cooper (four world tours) and wrote a coffee table book featuring his collection of rock and roll graphics (the largest in the world), “The Art of Classic Rock.”

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Chris Pine’s singing is one of ‘Into the Woods’’ surprises

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PINE. Portrays Cinderella’s vain Prince.  Photo by Ruben V. Nepales

One of the nice surprises of Rob Marshall’s “Into the Woods” is not that Chris Pine sings, but he sings rather well. Playing Cinderella’s vain Prince, Chris shows he’s got real singing talent, especially in “Agony,” a funny, intentionally over-the-top duet with Billy Magnussen, Rapunzel’s Prince.

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