An exclusive new report from The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Angelina Jolie has finally signed with one of the big 4 agencies, which marks the first time since the mid-2000s that Jolie’s been with a ‘traditional’ agent. Although Angelina’s always had a manager, the reportedly controlling Geyer Kosinski, she had most recently signed with IFA agent Irene Feldman, who also represented other A-list stars like Ryan Gosling. Alas, Feldman ended up closing up shop and become a manager earlier this month, which left Jolie in search of a new agent.
Obviously, this caused a feeding frenzy among the top four agencies in Hollywood, CAA, WME, UTA, and ICM. Landing Jolie would be one of the biggest coups of the year, especially since she’s pretty much guaranteed to bring in the dough. UTA ended up winning out, but Page Six also reports that Jolie will be replacing her manager.
For years, Kosinski controlled Jolie’s every career move, but it looks like she’s finally axing him from her team. Sources say that Kosinski often alienated people with his behavior, and always used Angelina to demand higher fees and producing credits. However, his biggest mistake was passing on the Gravity role, which ended up going to Sandra Bullock. Of course, Gravity has earned a fortune at the box office, is being hailed as a strong contender for the Best Picture at next year’s Oscars, and Bullock is a sure-fire Best Actress nominee. When was the last time that Jolie had that kind of critical and commercial success with a movie? Oh, that’s right, pretty much never.
Apparently, now that Jolie has gotten herself a strong team at UTA, Kosinski had reportedly been ‘marginalized’. A source explains, “He gets nothing, unless it’s a project he brings to her.”
It’s about freaking time Angelina took control of her career. She’s been coasting on her fame for the past few years, and although directing ventures are good and well, Maleficent is pretty much the only high-profile role she’s booked in years. Part of that is calculated, sure, because she wants to spend time with her family. But turning down Gravity was a stupid move, and I think she realizes that. If she had agents, they would have prevented her from making that kind of mistake, and that’s probably one of the reasons she decided to expand her team.
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