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Saving Mr. Banks helmer John Lee Hancock is going to help rescue another iconic Disney character. Hancock has been brought in to assist first-time director Robert Stromberg in shooting new scenes for Maleficent, intended to strengthen the opening of the film.

While it’s not uncommon for big-budget studio productions like this one to go in for reshoots, it is a bit unusual for a studio to bring in another director to help film new material. Hit the jump for the latest updates on the project.

Update: The header image is now the new logo for Malificent which was found via a Spanish blog.

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THE GOOD DINOSAUR

There will be no new Pixar movie in 2014. The highly decorated computer animation company, which is owned by Disney, has pushed the release of The Good Dinosaur from June 2014 to November 25, 2015. But wait, wasn’t Finding Dory scheduled for that date? It was, but now the underwater sequel will open June 17, 2016.

Disney also moved the Angelina Jolie film Maleficent up from July 2, 2014 to May 30, 2014, the space vacated by The Good Dinosaur. Read More »

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Saturday at the D23 Expo, Disney held a huge panel presenting information and footage from the company’s next few years of live-action film projects. You can read about most of the news breaks elsewhere on the site. After the presentation, I got together with Germain Lussier to record a video blog giving our reactions to the main footage presentations: scenes from the Marvel Sequels Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Thor: The Dark World, as well as first looks from Maleficent, Tomorrowland, Saving Mr. Banks. Watch that video blog embedded after the jump.

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D23 Expo

At Saturday’s live-action film presentation at D23 Expo, Walt Disney Pictures revealed the official logos for a handful of their upcoming films: Maleficent, Muppets Most Wanted, Into The Woods, Cinderella, Tomorrowland AND MORE. Check them out now after the jump.

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Maleficent

The basic premise of Disney’s Maleficent has been clear from the get-go: It is, as Disney’s fond of saying, the “untold story” of the famous Sleeping Beauty villain. But thanks to D23, we now have a clearer idea of what exactly that entails.

New plot details were disclosed at the event, along with the very first bit of footage from the fairy tale film. Hit the jump to find out what we learned.

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Disney woke up and decided to make some news today. In addition to officially announcing two Marvel movies for 3D, they’ve dated a bunch of other high profile films,

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Music links the four pieces of news found after the jump in this article. There you’ll read about:

  • Philip Glass will contribute music to Park Chan-wook’s Stoker.
  • James Newton Howard is doing the scores for Maleficent and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
  • Hans Zimmer‘s Inception score is remixed to show the scope of the universe.

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Walt Disney Studios has confirmed that Angelina Jolie’s daughter Vivienne Jolie-Pitt will make her feature film debut alongside her mom in Disney’s live-action Sleeping Beauty spin-off Maleficent. Vivienne will play a minor role as the child version of Princess Aurora, who later becomes cursed to an eternal sleep which can only be awakened by a true love’s kiss (yeah, yeah, we know that story…). Four-year-old Vivienne will play a younger version of the princess, while Elle Fanning (14) is set to play the older version of Aurora.

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