Angelina Jolie makes her directorial debut with the heavy In the Land of Blood and Honey, an emotional love story set against the backdrop of the Bosnian War, but the A-lister was in light holiday spirits this week when she went toy shopping with Brad Pitt and their tots at New York's FAO Schwartz!
"They're really good," Angelina tells our Nancy O'Dell about her brood. "They just got something to play with on the plane. It just looks a lot because there's so many kids."
In the Land of Blood and Honey portrays the different sides of the brutal ethnic conflict, and features such homegrown actors as Rade Serbedzija, Zana Marjanovic, Nikola Djuricko, Goran Kostic, Branko Djuric and Fedja Stukan.
"After traveling ten years around the world and visiting post-conflict situations and meeting with people and victims of war, I sat down one day and just wanted to try to write as a mediation, to think about these things that weigh on my mind -- intervention, violence against women, man's inhumanity to man," explains Angelina. "I wrote it thinking that nobody was going to ever see it, and I was going to hide it, and then one day somebody saw the script and said it's not that bad, you should send it out."
With six children, a busy movie career and her responsibilities traveling abroad as a UNHCR goodwill ambassador, how did she find time to write such a serious film?
"I wrote some scenes … in Shiloh's art class, which is so weird," laughs Angelina.
In the Land of Blood and Honey arrives in theaters December 23.