Angelina Jolie speaks out against rape in war
TOKYO — Movie star and director Angelina Jolie urged a Japanese audience Monday to join her fight to stop sexual violence in war zones.
Jolie said she hoped “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” her first film as writer and director, would inspire viewers to think about rape in war.
In April, the Group of Eight leaders agreed to work to end rape and sexual violence in conflict and the United Nations Security Council adopted text urging sanctions against perpetrators of sexual violence during armed conflict.
“This is just a beginning,” she said. “Our aim must be to shatter impunity, so that rape can no longer be used as a weapon of war anywhere in the world as it was in Bosnia, and as it is today from Congo to Syria.”
Jolie, who serves as special envoy for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, was speaking at a special screening event Monday at the U.N. University in Tokyo, as part of her campaign launched with British Foreign Secretary William Hague.
‘Parenthood’ cast addresses NBC support
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — It got a little awkward during NBC’s “Parenthood” panel at the Television Critics Association summer press tour when Craig T. Nelson was asked about whether he regrets making recent comments about the network not supporting the show.
Last March, Nelson was quoted as saying NBC was “out of it” and didn’t do enough to promote the series.
Over the weekend, Nelson said, “You get associated with a show that you love and a show that you believe in and a cast that’s just extraordinary and you get frustrated with the fact that it doesn’t seem to be honored the way that you feel it should be ... I’ve been doing like 18 years of series television and I haven’t been associated with a show ... this wonderful.”
Executive Producer Jason Katims countered the comments saying, “The fact that we’re sitting here on a panel going into a fifth season is indicative of the passion the network does feel for the show.”
The network has picked up “Parenthood” for 22 episodes for its fifth season.
The last time it had a full order was the show’s second season.
It will air on Thursdays with “The Michael J. Fox Show” and “Sean Saves the World” starring Sean Hayes.
It premieres at 10 p.m. Sept. 26.
Underwood back on TV starring in ‘Ironside’
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Blair Underwood is returning to series television in a remake of “Ironside,” which shares few similarities with the original series that starred Raymond Burr.
The character’s name and job as a detective is the same, and he uses a wheelchair after being paralyzed from the waist down.
The original series, set in San Francisco, ran on NBC from 1967-75. The reboot is based in New York City and filmed in Los Angeles. NBC has ordered 13 episodes of the show that debuts Oct. 2.
Underwood said he got used to the wheelchair by using one at home while learning his lines.
The role is especially meaningful to him because his mother, Marilyn, is in a wheelchair as the result of multiple sclerosis.
Aniston says she, fiance ‘already feel married’
NEW YORK — Jennifer Aniston is dismissing rumors surrounding her upcoming wedding to Justin Theroux and setting the record straight.
“We just want to do it when it’s perfect, and we’re not rushed, and no one is rushing from a job or rushing to a job,” the 44-year-old actress told The Associated Press on Saturday while promoting her new film, “We’re the Millers.”
“And, you know, we already feel married,” she added.
Aniston and Theroux, 41, began dating more than two years ago and got engaged on his birthday last August. Since then, their indefinite plans have led to speculation ranging from a broken engagement to Theroux getting cold feet.
Not true, says Aniston.
While things are going great, the former “Friends” star said she sees no urgency to tie the knot.
Her new film, “We’re the Millers,” opens Aug. 7. It co-stars Jason Sudeikis.