The film centres on human rights activist Loung Ung’s story of survival during the brutal Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s and the 41-year-old hopes the Cambodian people will be proud of what they see onscreen. “I hope this doesn’t bring up hatred. I hope this doesn’t bring up blame,” she told the BBC in a special about the genocide and film, which aired on Sunday (05Mar17). “I hope the people of this country are proud when they see it, because they see what they’ve survived.”
Angelina Jolie wanted to take on directing the film because she wanted the public to see what went on during the tragic time. “I thought, ‘What story do I feel is really important to tell?’” she added. “I felt this war that happened 40 years ago and what happened to these people was not properly understood. And not just for the world, but for the people of the country. I wanted them to be able to reflect on it in a way that they could absorb.” “I hope the people of this country are proud when they see it, because they see what they survived,” she added. “And I hope it sheds light on what it is to be Cambodian, and the beauty and love of the family.”
Angelina shares another connection with the country because it is where she adopted her first son Maddox from. “This country means a great deal to me; this country has been through so much,” she explained on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America last month (Feb17). “This war affected every single individual here, and I wanted to understand myself. “I don’t know much of (Maddox’s) birth parents, but I believe they would have gone through this war. I wanted to understand his culture in a deeper way, and bring this story to this country in their language. I wanted to tell the story of Loung Ung, who’s a dear friend of mine.”
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Singer Katy Perry has slammed gossip mongers for suggesting she and ex-boyfriend Orlando Bloom have split on bad terms. Representatives for the Roar hitmaker and the Lord of the Rings actor have confirmed the former couple has called time on the romance, noting in a statement the stars have decided to take “respectful, loving space” from each other. Addressing the matter in public for the first time, Katy, 32, took to Twitter on Thursday (02Mar17) to tell fans she and Orlando, 40, remain good friends, despite rumours to the contrary.
The singer tweeted: “HOW BOUT A NEW WAY OF THINKING FOR 2017!? U can still b friends & love ur former partners! No one’s a victim or a villain, get a life y’all!” She signed off the message with an emoji of a smiley face blowing a kiss. The superstars definitely appear to be pals after the break-up – they were spotted socializing at the Vanity Fair post-Oscars party on Sunday night (26Feb17). While they were together, both Katy and Orlando had nothing but good things to say about each other, with the singer noting he had helped her tremendously with her charity efforts. “He’s been a UNICEF ambassador for over 10 years and I’ve only been (for) a few years, so he’s kind of shown me some of the ropes,” smiled Katy at UNICEF’s 70th Anniversary Event in December (16). “Everyone is a teacher in a relationship, that’s how I see it now, (and) we’ve taught each other a lot.”
Orlando also waxed lyrical about her at the bash, telling Entertainment Tonight: “She’s amazing, you know, I’m super proud of the work that she does. She’s a voice that speaks to so many and it’s remarkable to see her champion this cause, (and) it’s amazing that we happen to do this together.” Katy and Orlando began dating after hitting it off at a Golden Globe Awards party in January, 2016.
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The Problem hitmaker has been a fan of the Material Girl singer since she was young, but she explains her adoration for her goes beyond music. “I have the utmost respect for that woman,” she tells Cosmopolitan magazine. “I love her with every ounce of my being, and not just because I’m obsessed with her entire discography. I’m so inspired by her bravery and her strength. I can look at her and not be scared to be strong.” And being a strong woman is important to Ariana Grande because she wants to show women can be powerful and respectful. “A lot of times, women are labelled as a b**ch or a diva for having a vision and being strong and using their voice, and it’s just not the case,” she says.”You can be strong and be friendly.
(We) don’t have to be just one In Januarything.” In January (17), the 23-year-old paid tribute to the strong women in her life by joining the Women’s March with her mother and grandmother. “I’m so excited to march with these two incredible ladies tomorrow!” the Bang Bang hitmaker captioned a sweet snap of the three of them together. “I can’t wait to share this #womensmarch with the strongest women in my life and with all of the other strong, beautiful, unique, empowered, brilliant, amazing women out there who are marching as well!” The Women’s March on Washington raised awareness to support women, minorities and the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer) community throughout U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration.
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Lady Gaga is in secret talks to replace headliner Beyonce at the Coachella festival, according to reports. The Single Ladies star’s pregnancy forced her to pull out of the two-weekend California event last month (Feb17), and music fans were quick to suggest Gaga would be the perfect stand-in, putting her at the top of a Billboard wish list poll, ahead of Rihanna, Adele, Lana Del Rey, and Nicki Minaj. Now it seems Coachella bosses were listening and, according to Billboard sources, they are finalising plans to bring the singer’s stage production to the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio in April (17), when the Poker Face singer will headline both Saturdays of the festival.
Promoters at Goldenvoice and AEG Live will announce the news in the coming days, according to Billboard. Formation singer Beyonce revealed doctors’ orders were keeping her from performing at this year’s Coachella, but she has plans to headline the festival in 2018. Meanwhile, Lady Gaga kicked off 2017 by headlining the Half Time Show at the Super Bowl and then teamed up with Metallica for a show-stopping Grammy Awards performance a week later.
She’s also gearing up for a world tour, which kicks off in Vancouver, Canada on 1 August (17). If the Coachella news is true, Lady Gaga will become the first female to headline Coachella since Bjork in 2007. Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar will also headline the festival, while Bon Iver, Future, Lorde, New Order, Justice, Martin Garrix, and DJ Snake are also on the bill.
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