Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Angelina Jolie serves as writer, director and star of the upcoming film, By the Sea. It also marks the first time she’s worked with new hubby Brad Pitt since the two tied the knot in August, and she reveals in this month’s issue of DuJour magazine that it presented some challenges for the newlyweds.

“The tricky thing is directing myself and directing Brad,” the 39-year-old actress confesses. “It’s hard, dramatic material, and we’re balancing.”

Jolie adds, “It’s a heavy film, and it’s not easy for us. But even as you struggle through it, you’re in the trenches together and you don’t expect it to be easy.”

“We’re challenging each other,” she tells the magazine, “and that’s a really good thing.”

Although Jolie has hinted in the past that she may retire from acting and focus her attention on directing full time, she sounded less certain when she spoke to Variety recently.

“I’ll do a few more,” she revealed, before noting, “I’m happier when I get to put a camera on another actor and watch them do great work.”

Jolie and Pitt play a troubled married couple who travel the country together in By the Sea, which is set for a 2015 release.

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Jill Greenberg for Netflix(NEW YORK) — Orange Is the New Black actress Taryn Manning will not face charges following her arrest in New York Tuesday for criminal contempt.

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reports a judge determined Manning, who plays inmate Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett on the hit Netflix series, violated a restraining order by threatening to kill a former friend through social media and by text message.

However, ABC News subsequently confirmed that the district attorney’s office declined to prosecute her.

Manning, 36, appeared to dispute on Twitter at least some of the information in the TMZ report. She tweeted, “Oh! That’s what happened huh? Id say get the ALL the facts correct before any posting @TMZ or tell the whole story. Let’s get it right!”

She continued, “There are no charges against me. This is just further harassment. It is troubling that the system can be used to abuse the actual victim.”

Manning later wrote, “I could go on any media outlet and tell the real story but I’d rather save my time and energy for things that really matter. All will unfold.”

TMZ notes the friend, Jeanine Heller, was arrested in September after, authorities said, she violated a protection order by attempting to contact Manning.

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Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Angelina Jolie serves as writer, director and star of the upcoming film, By the Sea. It also marks the first time she’s worked with new hubby Brad Pitt since the two tied the knot in August, and she reveals in this month’s issue of DuJour magazine that it presented some challenges for the newlyweds.

“The tricky thing is directing myself and directing Brad,” the 39-year-old actress confesses. “It’s hard, dramatic material, and we’re balancing.”

Jolie adds, “It’s a heavy film, and it’s not easy for us. But even as you struggle through it, you’re in the trenches together and you don’t expect it to be easy.”

“We’re challenging each other,” she tells the magazine, “and that’s a really good thing.”

Although Jolie has hinted in the past that she may retire from acting and focus her attention on directing full time, she sounded less certain when she spoke to Variety recently.

“I’ll do a few more,” she revealed, before noting, “I’m happier when I get to put a camera on another actor and watch them do great work.”

Jolie and Pitt play a troubled married couple who travel the country together in By the Sea, which is set for a 2015 release.

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Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Angelina Jolie serves as writer, director and star of the upcoming film, By the Sea. It also marks the first time she’s worked with new hubby Brad Pitt since the two tied the knot in August, and she reveals in this month’s issue of DuJour magazine that it presented some challenges for the newlyweds.

“The tricky thing is directing myself and directing Brad,” the 39-year-old actress confesses. “It’s hard, dramatic material, and we’re balancing.”

Jolie adds, “It’s a heavy film, and it’s not easy for us. But even as you struggle through it, you’re in the trenches together and you don’t expect it to be easy.”

“We’re challenging each other,” she tells the magazine, “and that’s a really good thing.”

Although Jolie has hinted in the past that she may retire from acting and focus her attention on directing full time, she sounded less certain when she spoke to Variety recently.

“I’ll do a few more,” she revealed, before noting, “I’m happier when I get to put a camera on another actor and watch them do great work.”

Jolie and Pitt play a troubled married couple who travel the country together in By the Sea, which is set for a 2015 release.

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Colleen Hayes/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — The midseason finale of the NBC drama Parenthood airs Thursday night at 10 p.m. Eastern time.

Craig T. Nelson, who plays the rough-around-the-edges patriarch of the Braverman family, Zeek, says the episode is a real tearjerker. When asked by ABC News Radio how many tissue boxes viewers will need when watching it, on a scale of one to five, he replied, “I think this is a niner.”

Nelson typically sheds a tear or two while watching his show with his wife. He says, “I’m crying. I’m crying at this. I don’t even remember doing it half the time.”

Nelson says he won’t live tweet the midseason finale, joking, “I don’t tweet. And I don’t tweak and I’m not a twerterer.”

Parenthood will return in January for its final few episodes to end its six-season run.

Also on Thursday night, ABC will air the midseason finales of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder.

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ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) — First it was Brad Pitt. Now, his wife, Angelina Jolie, is vowing to give up acting.

Despite being Hollywood’s highest paid actress, Jolie, 39, makes it clear in two new interviews that directing is her first love.

“I’m happier when I get to put a camera on another actor and watch them do great work,” Jolie, who recently directed her second film, Unbroken, told Variety.

Earlier, she told DuJour magazine, that she “absolutely” plans to give up acting.

“I’ve never been comfortable as an actor; I’ve never loved being in front of the camera,” she told DuJour.

Fortunately for fans, she doesn’t plan to quit right away. “I’ll do a few more,” she coyly told Variety. “I’m about to direct something with Brad and myself, in fact.”

The film, By the Sea, which she’s shooting in Malta, features Jolie and Pitt playing a married couple on a trip to France.

“Compared to Unbroken, this film is a walk in the park,” Jolie told DuJour. “The tricky thing is directing myself and directing Brad. It’s hard, dramatic material, and we’re balancing.”

It will be the couple’s first film together since 2005′s Mr. & Mrs. Smith, where they met and fell in love. It could also be their last.

Long before Jolie talked about retiring from acting, Pitt said he was nearing the end. Three years ago, he told Australia’s 60 Minutes that he’d planned to transition to roles behind the lens by age 50.

“I wasn’t actually putting an exact deadline on my expiration date, but I see it coming,” he clarified in a news conference days later. “I just have other interests and I do quite enjoy the production side.”

Pitt turned 50 last December.

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Steve Granitz/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt and his wife actress, Anna Faris, are finally opening up about their ordeal when their first child was born back in August 2012. Jack was born premature.

“He was born at three pounds,” Faris told GQ for the Men of the Year Issue. “And we were told, ‘Okay, you need to be prepared for raising a special-needs child.'”

Faris said that though it was a shock, they took it in stride and focused on being the best parents they could be to their son.

“And we felt like it was devastating, but it also felt like, you know, ‘We can do this,'” she said.

Pratt added, “He’s alive.”

The couple added that now, Jack is doing well and only needs to wear glasses. He’s also adjusting to pre-school.

“I don’t know what the f**k they do. Basically you just go there to get a cold,” Pratt quipped.

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Universal(NEW YORK) — Pitch Perfect 2 is getting even closer.

The trailer for the sequel to the 2012 film about a capella groups, starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, hit the Internet on Thursday.

This time around, the Barden Bellas are competing on the world stage. Familiar faces, including director Elizabeth Banks, are back, as are the gang’s crazy antics.

“It’s a big responsibility, but I was really excited to take it on and try to do it confidently,” Banks told ABC News of directing the movie. “[The original] was lightning in a bottle and it was such a surprise to see how the movie was received.”

“The whole ‘Cups’ phenomenon was a surprise to all of us. It came from the authenticity of the movie, and this time around we were really aiming to do that again and be pure in our intention to tell more of the story of these characters that people have fallen in love with,” she continued.

Pitch Perfect 2 will hit theaters on May 15, 2015.

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Universal(NEW YORK) — Pitch Perfect 2 is getting even closer.

The trailer for the sequel to the 2012 film about a capella groups, starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, hit the Internet on Thursday.

This time around, the Barden Bellas are competing on the world stage. Familiar faces, including director Elizabeth Banks, are back, as are the gang’s crazy antics.

“It’s a big responsibility, but I was really excited to take it on and try to do it confidently,” Banks told ABC News of directing the movie. “[The original] was lightning in a bottle and it was such a surprise to see how the movie was received.”

“The whole ‘Cups’ phenomenon was a surprise to all of us. It came from the authenticity of the movie, and this time around we were really aiming to do that again and be pure in our intention to tell more of the story of these characters that people have fallen in love with,” she continued.

Pitch Perfect 2 will hit theaters on May 15, 2015.

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ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) — First it was Brad Pitt. Now, his wife, Angelina Jolie, is vowing to give up acting.

Despite being Hollywood’s highest paid actress, Jolie, 39, makes it clear in two new interviews that directing is her first love.

“I’m happier when I get to put a camera on another actor and watch them do great work,” Jolie, who recently directed her second film, Unbroken, told Variety.

Earlier, she told DuJour magazine, that she “absolutely” plans to give up acting.

“I’ve never been comfortable as an actor; I’ve never loved being in front of the camera,” she told DuJour.

Fortunately for fans, she doesn’t plan to quit right away. “I’ll do a few more,” she coyly told Variety. “I’m about to direct something with Brad and myself, in fact.”

The film, By the Sea, which she’s shooting in Malta, features Jolie and Pitt playing a married couple on a trip to France.

“Compared to Unbroken, this film is a walk in the park,” Jolie told DuJour. “The tricky thing is directing myself and directing Brad. It’s hard, dramatic material, and we’re balancing.”

It will be the couple’s first film together since 2005′s Mr. & Mrs. Smith, where they met and fell in love. It could also be their last.

Long before Jolie talked about retiring from acting, Pitt said he was nearing the end. Three years ago, he told Australia’s 60 Minutes that he’d planned to transition to roles behind the lens by age 50.

“I wasn’t actually putting an exact deadline on my expiration date, but I see it coming,” he clarified in a news conference days later. “I just have other interests and I do quite enjoy the production side.”

Pitt turned 50 last December.

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