Disney is putting a lot of muscle behind its upcoming release Million Dollar Arm, but another Mouse House effort is also arriving soon, too. Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie as the evil sorceress from Sleeping Beauty, opens at the end of May. And despite the fact that we’ve seen many posters and a few trailers, it feels like this one is slipping into theaters more quietly than you’d expect from a Disney movie based on one of the company’s most popular films.
We’ve got some new materials regardless, and they mostly focus on the same image that was always going to be the core of the push for this movie: Angelina Jolie in makeup and headdress, flashing those cheekbones. Granted, if I was able to promote a movie with that imagery I’d use it to death, too. Check out a Maleficent IMAX poster, and several character posters, below. Read More »
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Briefly: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have only made one movie together: the 2005 action/caper film Mr. and Mrs. Smith (above), which was produced before they were a couple. Since then, Pitt has kept his acting career going as he moved more deeply into producing, and Jolie has become a director. Her second film, Unbroken, is set for a Christmas Day release this year.
Now she has written a new script, and it will be the first project the two develop together. Deadline has the details. Those are essentially all the details there are at this point — there’s no studio, and no released storyline. Not even a title at this point. We don’t know if Jolie might direct. Variety cautiously reports that there’s no word on casting, while Deadline says that Jolie is in early talks to star with Pitt.
This weekend WonderCon took place in Anaheim California. Despite the fact that the Anaheim Convention Center is a few steps away from Disneyland, Disney decided not to have a presentation at the convention. Instead they launched a 20 minute preview of Maleficent in their theme park across the street. The preview is being shown in the Bugs Life Theater in Disney California Adventure theme park until June so all park visitor will have a chance to experience the magic complete with 4D effects. Germain Lussier and I are both card carrying members of the Disneyland annual passholder club, so after walking the show floor at WonderCon on Friday, we visited the park to take in the sneak preview. After the jump you can watch a video blog where we give our reaction to the Maleficent Preview footage, along with a brief written description of the footage screened.
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Posted on Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by Angie Han
From some angles, the fact that Maleficent retraces a familiar path is the whole point. The Sleeping Beauty villainness has remained popular over the decades, and Disney’s counting on that to turn her movie into a hit. At the same time, though, the studio would like to stress that Maleficent isn’t just more of the same-old same-old.
A new Maleficent featurette plays up what’s fresh about this take on the tale. It’s not a retelling but a “reinvention” of the story, according to screenwriter Linda Woolverton — but one that “respect[s] the classic,” star Angelina Jolie reassures us. Basically, as star Elle Fanning puts it, it’s “the classic story of Sleeping Beauty plus so much more. Watch the video and check out some new photos after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 by Angie Han
The movie may be called Maleficent, but it’s really a spin on the classic Sleeping Beauty fable. And the new Maleficent Japanese trailer is all about Sleeping Beauty — both the character and the 1959 Disney movie about her.
The promo establishes its connection to the earlier film right away, showing us clips of the animated film. Then, with the help of some new footage, it emphasizes the weird bond that develops between Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) and the child she’s doomed (played by Elle Fanning as a teen). Watch it after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 by Angie Han
It was only yesterday that we got our first look at Angelina Jolie‘s glorious wings, but if the new Maleficent trailer is any indication they play a key role in the movie. She’s doing all sorts of things with them in the promo — flying, fending off enemies, unfurling them for dramatic effect, and, most intriguingly, mourning their loss.
Not that she’s any less intimidating without them. The video also shows Maleficent at her most vengeful, putting a curse on a cute little baby and shoving the well-meaning fairies into a box. Watch the latest Maleficent trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, March 17th, 2014 by Angie Han
As if her massive horns and cut-glass cheekbones weren’t intimidating enough, Angelina Jolie‘s Maleficent has revealed yet another bizarre feature: wings. Her big, dramatic flappers have just been unveiled for the first time in a new image, banner, and trailer for Maleficent.
As cool as the wings look, though, they don’t necessarily sound that fun to wear. In the accompanying interview, Jolie compared the experience of flying around on set with the wings to that of being “a puppet.” Hit the jump to watch Jolie take flight in her magnificent Maleficent wings.
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Posted on Monday, March 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
With about two and a half months to go until the release, Disney has released two more Maleficent posters — one for the U.S. and one for the overseas market. Both feature Angelina Jolie‘s fairy tale villainess and her piercing gaze, but only one takes pains to point out that this is also a Sleeping Beauty movie. Compare and contrast the two after the jump.
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