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Angelina Jolie had her ovaries removed

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Angelina Jolie has been outspoken about her experience in trying to remain cancer-free, first undergoing a double mastectomy after discovering she was the carrier of a gene which would make developing the illness all but certain. Now she has taken the next step in the process by having her ovaries removed after experiencing yet another cancer scare, and she feels good about her decision to take control of her health.

In a piece written for the New York Times, Angelina explained:

I had been planning this for some time. It is a less complex surgery than the mastectomy, but its effects are more severe. It puts a woman into forced menopause. So I was readying myself physically and emotionally, discussing options with doctors, researching alternative medicine, and mapping my hormones for estrogen or progesterone replacement. But I felt I still had months to make the date.

Then two weeks ago I got a call from my doctor with blood-test results. “Your CA-125 is normal,” he said. I breathed a sigh of relief. That test measures the amount of the protein CA-125 in the blood, and is used to monitor ovarian cancer. I have it every year because of my family history.

But that wasn’t all. He went on. “There are a number of inflammatory markers that are elevated, and taken together they could be a sign of early cancer.” I took a pause. “CA-125 has a 50 to 75 percent chance of missing ovarian cancer at early stages,” he said. He wanted me to see the surgeon immediately to check my ovaries.

I went through what I imagine thousands of other women have felt. I told myself to stay calm, to be strong, and that I had no reason to think I wouldn’t live to see my children grow up and to meet my grandchildren.

I called my husband in France, who was on a plane within hours. The beautiful thing about such moments in life is that there is so much clarity. You know what you live for and what matters. It is polarizing, and it is peaceful.

After seeing the surgeon, Angelina underwent a series of tests, from ultrasounds to PET/CT scans and they all came back normal. She was relieved, but still not convinced that she was out of the woods. There was still a chance that she had early stage ovarian cancer that these tests couldn’t determine, but it meant it was early enough that she could still undergo the surgery to remove the ovaries, which she decided to do.

Last week, I had the procedure: a laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy. There was a small benign tumor on one ovary, but no signs of cancer in any of the tissues.

I have a little clear patch that contains bio-identical estrogen. A progesterone IUD was inserted in my uterus. It will help me maintain a hormonal balance, but more important it will help prevent uterine cancer. I chose to keep my uterus because cancer in that location is not part of my family history.

It is not possible to remove all risk, and the fact is I remain prone to cancer. I will look for natural ways to strengthen my immune system. I feel feminine, and grounded in the choices I am making for myself and my family. I know my children will never have to say, “Mom died of ovarian cancer.”

Of course, the piece is much longer than this and is well worth the read, but good for Angelina for making this difficult choice and for encouraging other women to take control of their own health. Ovarian cancer can be symptomless for years until it’s too late and needlessly kills so many women. I seriously hope one day we discover a cure for cancers of all types, but for now, early detection and treatment is the best chance we have in combatting it.

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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt may have adopted their seventh child

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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have a massive family, with a whopping six kids. It works for them and that’s great, but six kids is a LOT, right? Well, how about seven? Word on the street is that Brangelina adopted a 2-year-old boy named Moussa, whom she met during a trip to Turkey. Moussa was abandoned at a Syrian refugee camp in Turkey, but he’ll soon be living it up in LA.

From Women’s Day:

“Angelina heard about him from a translator and she was obviously upset, but Moussa was just beaming from ear to ear and when he saw she was wiping tears from her eyes he toddled up to her and gave her a hug and it was a very emotional moment and everyone was suddenly laughing and smiling,” says a charity worker.

“She kissed him on the top of his head and then they were basically inseparable for the rest of the visit.”

After an extensive check confirmed he was an orphan, Ange began the process of filing for adoption.

Moussa will join Cambodian-born Maddox, 13, Vietnamese Pax, 11, and nine-year-old Ethiopian Zahara, as the adopted members of the chaotic “Brangie bunch”, which also includes biological children Shiloh, 8, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 5.

Whether or not this is actually true remains to be seen, but if so, that makes Team Brangelina 9 members strong. Seven kids is seven too many, in my eyes, but they’re filthy rich and love being parents, so I suppose it’s really lovely that they can give these kids homes and love. If only they could adopt every last kid in an orphanage – no sarcasm there, of course.

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Angelina Jolie is “speechless” over conditions in Iraq

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Angelina Jolie does a lot of international aid work as part of her position as U.N. High Commissioner of Refugees, and recently she went over to Iraq to survey the conditions in the refugee camps there. What she saw left her “speechless” and she shared her thoughts on the trip in a new op-ed for The New York Times.

I have visited Iraq five times since 2007, and I have seen nothing like the suffering I’m witnessing now.

I came to visit the camps and informal settlements where displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees are desperately seeking shelter from the fighting that has convulsed their region.

In almost four years of war, nearly half of Syria’s population of 23 million people has been uprooted. Within Iraq itself, more than two million people have fled conflict and the terror unleashed by extremist groups. These refugees and displaced people have witnessed unspeakable brutality. Their children are out of school, they are struggling to survive, and they are surrounded on all sides by violence.

For many years I have visited camps, and every time, I sit in a tent and hear stories. I try my best to give support. To say something that will show solidarity and give some kind of thoughtful guidance. On this trip I was speechless.

What do you say to a mother with tears streaming down her face who says her daughter is in the hands of the Islamic State, or ISIS, and that she wishes she were there, too? Even if she had to be raped and tortured, she says, it would be better than not being with her daughter.

It goes on from there, and the whole thing is really worth a read. I think sometimes it’s easy to forget about the very real effects of war not just on our own soldiers, but on regular citizens around the world who have not just lost their entire families but their homes and even their cities and everything they’ve known. It’s really heartbreaking, but I think it’s wonderful that Angelina isn’t just turning a blind eye to the difficult stuff and actually gets out there.

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Jennifer Aniston is sick of talking about Angelina Jolie

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When Jennifer Aniston isn’t being harangued about when she’s going to just have some babies already, she’s reminded that she should totally hate Angelina Jolie for tearing apart her marriage to Brad Pitt. The thing is, Jennifer has – like any normal person would – moved on with her life and has no negative feelings towards Angelina whatsoever, so everyone else needs to follow suit. In fact, she has nothing but nice things to say about Angie and her new movie, Unbroken.

From Entertainment Tonight:

“I think that’s slowly coming to an end. I really do,” she said about talk of their reported rivalry. “I mean, that movie is so beautiful and wonderful and she did such a gorgeous job. I think that it’s time people stop with that petty B.S. and just start celebrating great work and stop with the petty kind of silliness.”

“It’s just tiresome and old,” she added. “It’s like an old leather shoe. Let’s buy a new pair of shiny shoes.”

Well, who doesn’t like shiny new shoes?

Seriously, I can’t even believe she’s still being asked about something that’s a decade old. I mean, I’m sure Jennifer Aniston would rather talk about “The Rachel” haircut more than she wants to talk about Brangelina. Get on with it, people.

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Angelina Jolie Has Chicken Pox, Makes YouTube Video About It


Dearest Angelina Jolie has come down with a case of the chicken pox, and she wants everybody to know it. So she posted a video on YouTube about it, which seems kind of odd, but since she’s missing a few events, I guess she didn’t want anyone to get alarmed about why she might be absent, so she made it clear in the video.

You can sort of make out some spots on her neck and chest area, and aside from that and looking a little tired, she still looks utterly gorgeous. I mean, of course she does, she’s Angelina Jolie. She can’t not look gorgeous, even if she does act like a “spoiled brat.” If she ever looks un-gorgeous, that’s a sign that the world is ending. Mark my damn words.

Of having the pox, “I just can’t believe it,” she laughs. “But such is life, there it is. And send everyone my love.”

You can see the whole short vid here:

Comments are disabled for the video, so whatever snarky comment you wanted to make, leave it here instead. Cheers!

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Angelina Jolie is a spoiled brat, according to Scott Rudin

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Alright, this is long and complicated (and fascinating to read in whole so if this interests you, go have a look), but the Sony hack has done more than leaking a few movies early. It’s also leaked private emails between industry big-wigs and shed some light on just how they carry on behind-the-scenes with each other.

Let me set this one up: Producer Scott Rudin, often reported to be an absolute dick, proves himself to be just that in conversation with Sony Picture co-chairman Amy Pascal. Basically, Rudin was going to produce Jobs, a Steve Jobs biopic, and he really wanted David Fincher to direct it. However, Angelina Jolie is good friends with Fincher and had him attached to her Cleopatra, despite the fact that the script for that film hadn’t yet been written. Also, she just really didn’t want Fincher on Jobs, for some reason. Rudin had an absolute meltdown over it and things got nasty.

Here are some of the exchanges (via E! Online)

“YOU BETTER SHUT ANGIE DOWN BEFORE SHE MAKES IT VERY HARD FOR DAVID TO DO JOBS,” Rudin wrote in an email in Feb. 2014. Pascal, apparently sensing a threat, didn’t respond lightly, which caused the fight to completely explode.

“Do not f–king threaten me,” she wrote. “I have been asking you to engage with me on this for weeks.”

After that, Rudin loses it completely, attacking both Pascal and Jolie.

“What the hell are you talking about? Who’s threatening you? Let me remind you I brought this material to you and I can off her from it in a phone call. Don’t for one second even think about trying this s–t with me. There is no movie of Cleopatra to be made (and how that is a bad thing given the insanity and rampaging spoiled ego of this woman and the cost of the movie is beyond me) and if you won’t tell her that you do not like the script—which, let me remind you, SHE DOESN’T EITHER—this will just spin even further out into Crazyland but let me tell you I have zero appetite for the indulgence of spoiled brats and I will tell her this myself if you don’t.”

The two Hollywood honchos go back and forth, with Pascal throwing some serious shade herself, writing, “I have asked you to talk to [Jolie] with me and you don’t want to deal with it,” among other insults, but Rudin almost ends it with his fire.

Here is an excerpt from Rudin’s lengthy email in which he refers to Jolie as a “spoiled brat”:

“I’ve told you exactly how I want to do this material. It’s the ONLY way I want to do this material. I’m not remotely interested in presiding over a $180m ego bath that we both know will be the career-defining debacle for us both. I’m not destroying my career over a minimally talented spoiled brat who thought nothing of shoving this off her plate for eighteen months so she could go direct a movie. I have no desire to be making a movie with her, or anybody, that she runs and that we don’t. She’s a camp event and a celebrity and that’s all and the last thing anybody needs is to make a giant bomb with her that any fool could see coming. We will end up being the laughing stock of our industry and we will deserve it, which is so clearly where this is headed that I cannot believe we are still wasting our time with it.”

This all ended with Rudin threatening to make sure Pascal is ruined in Hollywood (and claiming that she had already destroyed herself over this very insignificant matter). Jobs is not off the ground even now and I don’t think Sony wants anything to do with it anymore. It’s all a mess.

Obviously the big takeaway people have been getting here is that Angelina got called a “spoiled brat” and basically had major shit talked on her. Is she a spoiled brat? To be honest, it sounds like that’s more like Rudin’s role. I do love the juicy drama, though – Gawker has a great round up of it all in more detail. Juicy!

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Angelina Jolie’s kids drew on her wedding dress

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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have always insisted that their decision to get married – and the wedding itself – was all about their kids, who were really into the idea. It seems that’s actually the case, as Angelina donned a pretty interesting dress when she tied the knot with Brad last weekend.

Here’s the scoop from US Weekly:

In the first photos, on the new cover of the UK’s HELLO! magazine, the happy bride affectionately kisses her now-husband Pitt.

“It was important to us that the day was relaxed and full of laughter. It was such a special day to share with our children and a very happy time for our family,” Brad and Angelina told the mag.

As previously reported by Us Weekly, the couple wed in a small intimate ceremony in a chapel in Chateau Miraval in France. “It was a non-denominational civil ceremony,” a spokesperson for the couple told Us in a statement. “It was very much a family affair.”

A family affair indeed. Not only did Jolie’s dress feature artwork drawn by kids Maddox, 13, Pax, 10, Zahara, 9, Shiloh, 8, and six-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox, the children were also active in the nuptials.

Jolie walked down the aisle with Maddox and Pax, while Zahara and Vivienne “threw petals, gathered from the garden,” the spokesperson previously told Us. “Shiloh and Knox were the ring bearers.”

Aw, well that’s sweet. I think it’s extra sweet that they really did do this for the kids and would have been perfectly fine not ever getting married if it wasn’t for them. I do think they will be together for a long ass time – like, think Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins time (they were the best couple EVER). I dunno, I just think they work!

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