Cambodia helped Angelina Jolie become a film superstar and start a family. To tell the stories of people in the country that touched her heart, she is directing a Netflix film on location based on a memoir of the country’s 1970s holocaust under the communist Khmer Rouge, blamed for the deaths of 1.7 million people. And her Cambodian-born son Maddox will help with research and preparation for the film, Jolie said Tuesday.
Jolie’s 2001 hit, “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” was filmed partly at Cambodia’s Angkor Wat temple complex, and in 2002 she adopted 7-month-old Maddox from an orphanage in western Cambodia. Determined to give something back, she launched the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation in Cambodia 12 years ago to promote community development alongside conservation.
She’s slated to begin filming in November on the Netflix project, an adaptation of “First they Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers,” author Loung Ung’s memoir of her childhood during the Khmer Rouge regime.
Something new from Dr. Seuss
Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” isn’t the only book out this summer that reveals another look at beloved characters. Released Tuesday, “What Pet Should I Get?” by Dr. Seuss features the same siblings as “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.” They ponder what kind of animal to acquire, but the end leaves readers guessing. A Seussian expert at the author Theodor Geisel’s alma mater, Dartmouth College, believes the new book inspired “One Fish Two Fish,” which is full of fanciful animals.
Helping: Miranda Lambert wants more women to have the kind of success she’s had, so she founded a new scholarship at Belmont University. The six-time Academy of Country Music female vocalist of the year is performing an acoustic show in Nashville on Tuesday to raise funds for the Miranda Lambert Women Creators Fund. Lambert, who announced her divorce from country star Blake Shelton last week, will have an all-female lineup, including songwriters Natalie Hemby and Jessi Alexander, and artists Raelynn, Clare Dunn and Courtney Cole. The scholarship will provide $40,000 to a female student in the university’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business.