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Angelina Jolie to focus on directing side of business

Friday, May 09, 2014 - 01:45

May 09 - Actress Angelina Jolie tells reporters that her acting career is going to take ''more of a backseat'' to concentrate on directing and her humanitarian work. Rough cut - no narration

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: She is one of Hollywood's most celebrated actresses, but Angelina Jolie says she is planning to move away from acting and instead concentrate on other sides of the business in future. The 38-year-old actress, who is currently promoting new Disney picture "Maleficent", due to hit theatres at the end of May, spoke at a news conference in London on Friday (May 9). She said she hopes to be able to direct more films in future as well as continue with her humanitarian work. Jolie has already directed 2007's documentary "A Place in Time" and "In the Land of Blood and Honey" (2011), her first feature film. Her latest directorial work is "Unbroken" about the life of Olympic runner and World War II hero Louis Zamperini. The actress is also recognized for her commitment to humanitarian causes and currently serves as a United Nations special envoy for refugees. Her work with the organisation has seen her conduct more than 40 field missions to date, where she met refugees displaced by conflict in their countries such as the war in Syria. Jolie is co-founder of the Prevent Sexual Violence Initiative along with British Foreign Secretary William Hague, which aims to highlight the problem of sexual violence in conflict. The pair are due to host a global summit in London this June to discuss the issue.

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Angelina Jolie to focus on directing side of business

Friday, May 09, 2014 - 01:45