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2014 CinemaCon Day 2: Angelina Jolie, ‘Unbroken,’ ‘Maleficent’ and ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’


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Angelina Jolie and Sidney Poitier walk onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theater on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles.


It was an emotional morning with Angelina Jolie for the 5,000 delegates at 2014 CinemaCon at Caesars Palace on Tuesday.

The Oscar-winning actress and producer/director previewed her Universal Pictures film “Unbroken,” the remarkable life story of Olympic runner Louis Zamperini, who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during Word War II.

Jolie, who was here with her five kids with fellow Oscar winner Brad Pitt, also is promoting her new film “Maleficent,” the villain from Disney’s 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.”

Dressed in a chic white pantsuit, Jolie told attendees: “I wanted to make this film because its message is one that we all need now more than ever. It’s the journey of man finding his way through the darkness and into the light.”

Universal’s Donna Langley said, “This film never quite came together after a number of false starts until it caught the attention of Angelina, who is a force of nature.”

Universal also unveiled a sneak peek of “Fifty Shades of Grey” starring Jamie Dornan (Christian Grey) and Dakota Johnson (Anastasia Steele).

Today, director Christopher Nolan (“Memento,” “Batman” trilogy) made a keynote luncheon speech and premiered the Sprite Films up-and-coming student finalists. Christopher, who has produced eight films that have grossed more than $3.5 billion worldwide, is here with wife and business partner Emma Thomas.

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