Coen brothers write for Angelina Jolie, plus more movie buzz
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WHO Angelina Jolie
THE MOVIE "Unbroken"
THE DEAL Joel and Ethan Coen, the filmmaking brothers behind "Fargo" and "No Country for Old Men," rarely work on other people's movies, but they're making an exception for director Angelina Jolie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Coens -- who are five-time Oscar nominees for screenwriting -- have signed on to rewrite Jolie's latest, "Unbroken," an adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand's 2010 book. It's based on the true story of Lou Zamperini, a World War II veteran who survived a plane crash, 47 days at sea and two years in Japan as a prisoner of war. (He turned 96 last month.) The film would mark Jolie's second directorial effort, following her 2011 Bosnian war drama "In the Land of Blood and Honey."
THE EVENT The Long Island Short Film Concert Tour
THE DEAL This touring edition of the Asbury Shorts showcase, founded in 1980, returns with a dozen live-action and animated movies. Among the highlights are this year's Oscar-nominated "Asad," about a Somali boy coming of age in his war-torn country, and last year's animated Oscar-winner "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore," created using computers, miniatures and drawings. The program will be preceded by live music from blues-rockers Ellen Kaye and The Moscow 57 Band; Donna Drake, of the WLNY 10/55 show "Live It Up!" will be the evening's host.
THE MOVIE "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God"
THE DEAL Alex Gibney's documentary (which aired earlier this month on HBO) about one of the first public cases of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church follows four deaf men who attempt to expose their childhood tormentor. A screening next week, with producers Jedd and Todd Wider as guest speakers, marks the opening of this season's Port Jefferson Documentary Series.