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Date: Sep 01 2010

Themes: Pop Culture

Grammar: Past Perfect Tense


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If there is a celebrity with more star power than Tom Cruise, it’s Angelina Jolie. Between her high-profile relationship with Brad Pitt, her good looks and her acting chops, she draws huge crowds to whatever movie she makes. So when Tom decided not to star in the new film Salt, the producers got someone even better, Angelina.

It’s pretty impressive that Angelina took over a role originally written for a man in this fast-paced action movie. And it’s even more impressive that she did all her own stunts for the film. Could Tom Cruise do better than that?

Salt is about a CIA agent who may or may not have betrayed her country. But as you’re about to hear, Beren and Marni don’t really care what the movie’s about. They just want to see it because Angie’s in it.



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Marni:  So Beren, have you seen the new Angelina Jolie movie, Salt?

Beren:  I have not. It looks awesome, though.

Marni:  I agree. And I’m very intrigued by it, because, I don’t know if you know this, but the title role was actually written for Tom Cruise.

Beren:  I actually heard that, yeah. I read that he opted not to do it because he thought it was too close to Mission Impossible. He thought it was a rip-off of his franchise he already had created.

Marni:  Sure. And so yeah, I think it’s interesting that they kinda recreated the role for a female, and so I’m very curious to see it. I know she did all her own stunts in the movie, which I think is really impressive.

Beren:  That is very impressive.

Marni:  Yeah. And I’m a total sucker for the whole spy, are you a double agent, you know, the sort of intrigue of that. So I think it’ll be an interesting film.

Beren:  It looks a little like the Bourne series, like the Jason Bourne movies, where she’s on the run from her own agency ‘cause they think she’s a traitor. I don’t know, I don’t really know what the plot is, but I’ll watch pretty much any Angelina Jolie movie, I think she’s a great actress.

Marni:  I agree, I think she’s a great actress, so let’s make a date to go see it.

Beren:  Alright.


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Sometimes movies are written with specific actors in mind. The writers of Salt wanted Tom Cruise to play the main character. But Tom decided that Salt was too similar to his Mission Impossible movies, since both movies are about spies. When Tom didn’t take the role, it went to Angelina Jolie instead.

Beren and Marni both think Angelina Jolie is a great actress. They want to see Salt because they like to see anything that has her in it. Beren thinks the movie sounds similar to another movie about a spy, The Bourne Identity. Maybe Salt will become a three-film series like the Mission Impossible and Bourne movies.

Do you think Angelina Jolie is a good actress? Do you think Salt will be as popular as Mission Impossible or the Bourne movies?



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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

This movie is awesome with angie’s exciting acts.I really liked it.And I was surprised when I noticed she did her stunts on her own.

11:32 AM Jul 15 2014 |


Viet Nam

thanks much about SALT.I like angelina actions.Though I've never been seen Salt.


04:24 AM Feb 25 2011 |





07:55 PM Feb 24 2011 |

Vinni Lima

Vinni Lima


She is simply perfect ! I love her and think, of course, that movie will be a great sucess like mission impossible and others! 

11:14 PM Sep 07 2010 |



she is great. But looks like very frail. She shall put up weight.

03:47 PM Sep 07 2010 |



United States

I heard that she even learnt some russian for this movie :) great job, Angie !

09:59 AM Sep 07 2010 |




I'm gonna watch it tonight. Actually i gotthe movie on my pc like a couple weeks ago but hesitated if it's worth watching…now i think it is and I promise to leave my comment  and share my thoughts about the movie afterward.

PS Angie is a very classy babe just iThink she needs gain a little weight as she looks skinny andhas a sickly look now.

07:50 AM Sep 07 2010 |

Snazz De

Snazz De

United Kingdom

Angie is indeed great n salt is also 1 of a kind.

02:12 PM Sep 05 2010 |

Difficult Girl

United Arab Emirates

ANGELINA JOLIE is the best actress 4 sure…

07:15 AM Sep 05 2010 |




Humm she is really very beautiful and a good action actress movie :)

I don't know if this film will be as good as the others of the same genre,I have not seen it yet…

09:30 PM Sep 03 2010 |



i saw the film salt and i think Angelina played the role as good as it must be, yes realy she is a good star

06:39 PM Sep 03 2010 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I should confess that her role in some movies like Changeling, Girl Interrupted and Gia was fabulous but on the other hand I think that I am not able to say anything about her upcoming movie, 'Salt' before watching it. I hope that it is a great movie!

06:33 PM Sep 03 2010 |



Russian Federation

I haven't seen the flick yet but I made my mind to see it.

05:49 PM Sep 03 2010 |

Tariq Awwad


Yes , Angelina Jolie is a good actress

04:05 PM Sep 03 2010 |


United Arab Emirates

Angie is AWSOME

11:11 PM Sep 02 2010 |




i like angie !!!!

05:06 PM Sep 02 2010 |



United States

I believe Angelina is an excellent actress and I also believe Salt movie will be as popular as Mission Impossible.


02:49 AM Sep 02 2010 |




yes it will be

coz angelina is like dimond

what ever she touch it will be dimond

11:55 PM Sep 01 2010 |



Saudi Arabia

Angelina Jolie is a good actress she's really amazing and her acting is my cup of tea. I've not seen the film yet but I've watched the trailer and I loved it. I'm gonna watch the movie soon it's in my plans lolz.I'm quite sure that the film will be as high- profile as Mission Impossible.

10:25 PM Sep 01 2010 |




I like Angelina Jolie she is a very good actress. She done a good job in movie Salt and I know it will be same as popular as Mission Impossible and Bourne  movies.. Go and watch the movie. Love it!!

06:49 PM Sep 01 2010 |

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