Scoop: Angelina Jolie, solo, has lots of works in progress

There's word out that Angelina Jolie will reprise her role as Maleficent. (Courtesy Disney)

There's word out that Angelina Jolie will reprise her role as Maleficent. (Courtesy Disney)

Angelina Jolie is making headlines these days, but not for domestic discord.

The Hollywood Reporter indicates the A-lister may come back to play the title role in “Maleficent 2” and that she has multiple projects in the works amid her messy divorce from Brad Pitt.

Last week, she screened her latest directorial effort “First They Killed My Father” in Cambodia, and she and her kids Maddox, 15 (who was born in Cambodia), Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8, met Cambodian royalty and tasted test local cuisine (including spiders), Us Weekly reports.

Slated for release later this year, the movie is an adaptation of a memoir by Canadian author and human rights activist Loung Ung, a survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime, and Angelina’s longtime friend.

Other possible Jolie projects in the works closer to home include adaptations of Simon Sebag Montefiore’s “Catherine the Great and Potemkin: The Imperial Love Affair” and Clare Mulley’s 2012 book “The Spy Who Loved,” a World War II espionage drama.

Us reports that she also has been approached to appear in a remake of “The Bride of Frankenstein” and in “Shoot Like a Girl,” based on the true story of a U.S. Air Force helicopter pilot Mary Jennings Hegar.

She’s due for a hit: Her last film “By the Sea,” which she wrote, directed, and costarred in with Pitt, bombed at the box office.

Answering reporters questions in Cambodia about her highly publicized breakup, she called it a “difficult time” and added that her focus remains on her children and family.

Meanwhile, a few gossip sites have her linking up with Jared Leto.

CHATTIN’ WITH COATES

British film editor Anne V. Coates, 91, wowed the audience at the Mostly British Film Festival Tuesday at the Vogue Theatre during a talk with film historian David Thomson about her six-decade career. She had anecdotes about her Oscar-winning work with David Lean on “Lawrence of Arabia,” as well as the comment that “What About Bob?” was one of her toughest jobs because the difficult (and funny!) Bill Murray kept ad-libbing, leaving her with inappropriate reaction shots from his cast mates.

QUICK TAKES

In honor of Clam Chowder Day on Saturday (not sure who declared that one!) Boudin — San Francisco’s famed sourdough bakery — has a “buy one, get one free” offer on its “legendary clam chowder in a bread bowl on Friday and Saturday.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Actress Dakota Fanning is 23. … Actor Aziz Ansari is 34. … Actress Emily Blunt is 34. … Actor Josh Gad is 36. … Entrepreneur Daymond John is 48. … Actress Kristin Davis is 52. … Actor-director Peter Fonda is 77.

— Staff, wire reports Angelina JolieAnne V. CoatesCambodiaFirst They Killer My Father

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