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Angelina Jolie feels court failed by not letting kids testify

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Angelina Jolie feels the California court system has failed her by not letting her children testify in her custody battle with ex-husband Brad Pitt, sources tell Page Six.

The judge’s tentative decision to give Pitt joint custody of the kids came after nearly five years of legal wrangling — and Jolie has vowed to fight on.

While she’s not upset at sharing custody, as we revealed on Wednesday, she had recently submitted alleged evidence of domestic abuse by Pitt to the court that remains under seal.

“The custody schedule was always determined by the court,” a source familiar with the situation told us. “It’s sad that Brad’s people are gloating about a potential win when beating a system that exists to protect families and children from issues that harm their well-being is not something to brag about.

“The heart of this dispute has not been about keeping the children apart from their father, it’s been Angelina asking for care for her family,” the source added. “Her motivations have never been to deny the children a relationship with their father.”

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Angelina Jolie feels the court failed her in her custody battle with Brad Pitt.
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We’re told Jolie is primarily upset that Judge John Ouderkirk declined to let her and Pitt’s six kids testify in court.

The actress, 45, last year made a legal bid to have the judge — who officiated her marriage to Pitt in 2014 — thrown off the case.

She’s currently awaiting a decision from the appellate court, which could mean Judge Ouderkirk’s decision could be voided.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive at the 84th Academy Awards held at the Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2012 in Hollywood.
Pitt and Jolie were legally married from 2014 to 2019.
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The source insisted that Jolie never wants other families to go through what she did, adding: “This system is at fault, and Angelina is focused on fighting a system that does not take into account the full set of issues that affect her family and other families in this situation. She’s working hard to ensure that other families don’t go through her experience.”

However, other sources pointed out that Judge Ouderkirk made his decision last week following hours of testimony from child services staffers, therapists and other professionals, all of whom had spoken to the Jolie-Pitt children.

An insider familiar with the divorce told Page Six that Pitt’s ultimate aim was always “just to spend more time with his children, to make sure they’re healthy, happy and cared for,” adding that the actor, 57, is being careful not to celebrate as it’s still a tentative ruling.

“The process isn’t over, and every step of the way Angie has resorted to extreme tactics to misrepresent her story [to the media] and to destroy anyone who goes against her — therapists, experts and even the judge,” the insider claimed. “And at the end of the day, Angie was found not to be credible by all of these people.

“She thought there would be charges brought against Brad after the plane incident, she dropped her lawyer Laura Wasser and claimed that Brad owed her millions in support, which was untrue.”

Angelina Jolie poses with kids Vivienne, Zahara, Shiloh and Knox at the 2019 "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" premiere.
Jolie with kids Vivienne, Zahara, Shiloh and Knox at the 2019 “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” premiere.
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Jolie has frequently taken her kids on the red carpet and out in the full glare of the cameras.

They were seen all posing with her — sans Maddox, who was studying at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea — during the premiere and press tour for “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” in 2019.

She then included them in a glossy cover story and photo shoot for British Vogue in February, entitled “At Home With Angelina Jolie,” which captured her and the kids at the estate formerly owned by Hollywood legend Cecil B. DeMille’s house in Los Feliz, Calif. Jolie bought the property for $24.5 million in 2017.

The source alleged that the “Tomb Raider” star had used the kids as “tools through the [court] process,” adding, “Brad has never referenced his kids — apart from thanking them in his Oscar speech.”

Reps for both Jolie and Pitt declined to comment.

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Resident Evil 4 HD Project has a February release date for version 1.0

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Seven years later, this mod aims to be the ‘definitive graphical experience’ for RE4

For years, Resident Evil fans have been putting everything they’ve got into creating an amazing-looking HD mod for Resident Evil 4 on PC, and we’re just a few months away from its full release. I nearly missed it during the holiday break, but last week, the team behind the RE4 HD Project announced a date for the mod’s 1.0 launch: February 2, 2022.

If you’ve followed along with any of the progress updates, it’s been a long, long road.

To back up a bit, yes, there already is an “HD version” of Resident Evil 4 — Capcom released it on Steam in 2014, and it’s also on consoles. But that version isn’t perfect, and its visuals can be pushed even further. This fan effort, led by Albert and Cris, aims to be the “definitive graphical experience for the game.” It’s living up to that lofty goal.

Aside from the painstakingly remade textures, which draw from the “original source materials” as much as possible to be faithful to the artistic intent, I’m also stoked about having consistently good-looking cutscenes and more reasonable QTE sequences when playing at 60 frames per second. If you’ve played Resident Evil 4 recently, you’ll remember how jarring those blurry Separate Ways cutscenes are compared to everything else, and you might’ve failed super-fast QTE challenges you thought you had mastered by now.

I’m curious to see the full list of changes when the 1.0 build goes public, as I’m sure there are countless little issues and imperfections in Capcom’s PC version of Resident Evil 4 that I wasn’t consciously aware of. It’s easy to be blown away by a side-by-side comparison of the reworked visuals, but beyond that, I think this project is going to have a really nice across-the-board effect on the mood and atmosphere. And even though an eventual remake of RE4 is expected, this classic action-horror gameplay will always have a place.

Resident Evil 4 HD Project texture comparisonThis is an older screenshot, but it gets the point across.

The mod will be free (does that still go without saying?) and multilanguage — “no matter which language you select on Steam, everything is remastered, including the texts.”

1.0 isn’t the end of the road, but it’ll be a huge milestone. Whenever a high-profile mod like this nears the end, you can’t help but feel excited even if it’s not “your game.” But for a lot of us, Resident Evil 4 is special, and that makes it all the sweeter. I’m pumped!

I know that some of you have been revisiting the game with the recent Oculus Quest 2-exclusive VR version, but the HD Project is going to be worth playing, too.

[Thanks, Kerrik52]

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Administration tells some agencies they can delay firings of unvaccinated federal employees until after the holidays

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An OMB spokesman said that period is the first step in their enforcement of the vaccine mandate implemented by President Joe Biden.

“Nothing has changed with respect to our deadline or our approach to the federal employee vaccination requirement,” the spokesman told CNN in a statement. “The deadline was November 22, and we already have 96.5% compliance across a diverse workforce that is the largest in the United States. This is incredible progress and should serve as an example to employers across the board that vaccination requirements work.”

“We’ve also said the deadline is not a cliff and that our goal is to protect workers, not penalize anyone. That’s why we’ve encouraged agencies to continue the education and counseling period in December for the small number of employees not already in compliance, and delay most suspensions and removals until the new year. We’re seeing strong increase in compliance and believe this is the best approach to vaccinate more employees,” the spokesman added.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Monday afternoon reiterated that “nothing has changed” about the deadline or approach to implementing federal workers’ vaccine compliance. She added that it’s “inaccurate to suggest … that we’ve delayed anything or changed (anything). The deadline that has already passed. We’re working to implement (it).”

The guidance to permit delaying termination for federal employees who refuse to get vaccinated until after the winter holidays comes as the US implements travel restrictions on South Africa and seven other countries in an effort to mitigate the emerging Omicron Covid-19 variant.
ABC News first reported the move by OMB.

Biden signed an executive order on September 9 requiring all government employees be vaccinated against Covid-19.

The levels of federal employees’ vaccine compliance have exceeded the Biden administration’s expectations, but different agencies have had varying levels of actual Covid-19 vaccination.

A detailed breakdown of agencies’ vaccine compliance released by OMB last week showed that the federal government has achieved 96.5% compliance — meaning employees who have had at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine or have a pending or accepted exception request. Some 92% of employees, OMB said, have received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose.

The Department of Transportation has the highest level of compliance with the mandate at 99.6%, though 90.6% of its workforce has had at least one vaccine shot. The agency with the highest level of vaccination is the US Agency for International Development, with 97.8% of its workforce having at least one shot.

The agency with the lowest level of vaccination is the US Department of Agriculture, where 86.1% of employees have had at least one Covid-19 shot.

Earlier this year, Biden imposed the stringent new vaccine rules on federal workers, large employers and health care staff in an attempt to contain the latest surge of Covid-19, particularly after the emergency of the highly transmissible Delta variant at the time.

Biden also directed the Labor Department to require all businesses with 100 or more employees ensure their workers are either vaccinated or tested once a week. Eighty-four million workers would be covered by the rules, which are scheduled to fully take effect on January 4.

Immediately after being announced, the mandate came under challenge from Republican-led states and some private employers, who say the administration overstepped its authority in issuing such a rule.

Most recently, on Monday a federal judge in Missouri issued an order partially blocking the administration from implementing a vaccine mandate for certain health care workers.

This story has been updated with additional background information.

CNN’s Betsy Klein and Tierney Sneed contributed to this report.

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