It's just over a couple of weeks until 'Maleficent' finally comes out. Find out all the reasons why we can hardly sleep until it does!
You may have noticed we’re slightly excited about Disney's Maleficent finally coming out on May 30. OK, OK, we’ve hardly been able to sleep we’re THAT excited! Everywhere we look there’s reminders of how freaking fantastic it’s going to be (Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning’s shoes they’ve been rocking at the premieres, anyone?), but it’s these ten reasons that are keeping us up at night.
Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning at a premiere for Maleficent
1. Disney like we’ve never seen it before
Continue reading: 10 Reasons We Can't Sleep Until Disney's 'Maleficent' Comes Out
Disney's dark new fairytale will surprise those who think they know the story...
Ready to check out the brand new behind-the-scenes featurette for Disney's new live action fairytale, Maleficent? Stars Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning talk about their thrilling new movie in this access-all-areas look at the making of the film, which exclusive scenes that haven't yet been featured in trailers.
'Maleficent' Takes Us Deep Into The Past Of Maleficent To A Time Of War.
The movie revisits the tale of Sleeping Beauty, the somnolent princess who was memorably immortalised by Disney in the hit 1959 musical fantasy animation. Maleficent focusses on the titular dark fairy who's played by Jolie and whose vengeful curse brings about the princess' death-like sleep. However, instead of painting Jolie's character as an out-and-out villainess, Maleficent looks at the character's turbulent past.
The Boxtrolls are odd underground creatures that wear cardboard boxes as if they were shells. Shy and wary of the unforgiving world around them, they take to the streets at night to recycle rubbish from dustbins and store it in their homes below the streets of Cheesebridge; a town fixated with money and smelly cheese and who are less than welcoming to their sewer dwelling neighbours, who they believe to be enormous insidious menaces. That couldn't be further than the truth when it comes to the Boxtrolls; there is simply nothing menacing about them, so when they find themselves being pursued by a ruthless exterminator by the name of Archibald Snatcher, all they want to do is make sure they are well hidden. They have a protector, however, named Eggs - a young boy who the Boxtrolls adopted as a baby - and he's about to show them just how brave they can be in the face of danger.
Continue: The Boxtrolls Trailer
Maleficent is a cruel sorceress who will stop at nothing to destroy those who have stolen her wings and ruined her world. As a child, she lived happily in the forest kingdom with a powerful force inside her that she was mostly unaware of. However, it wasn't long before it spun out of control at the arrival of the human kingdom's brutal army, who were intent on taking over. She fought bravely as the guardian of her land, but her valour soon turned to viciousness when she is callously deceived. A new person now filled with a dark desire for vengeance, she takes it upon herself to curse the daughter of her betrayer's successor, forcing her to die when she reaches her sixteenth birthday. Can Princess Aurora persuade Maleficent to turn her curse around, or is the wicked fairy truly a lost cause?
Adapted from the 1959 animated Disney movie 'Sleeping Beauty', 'Maleficent' is the untold story of the film's embittered villain. It marks the directorial debut of double Oscar winning visual effects designer Robert Stromberg with a screenplay by Linda Woolverton ('Beauty and the Beast', 'The Lion King'), Paul Dini ('Superman' animated TV series) and John Lee Hancock ('The Blind Side', 'Snow White and the Huntsman'). It is due to hit the UK on May 30th 2014.
With the 'Maleficent' release only just around the corner, it's time to take a closer look at Angelina Jolie's new movie.
It's just over two months until Disney's Maleficent is released and we get to experience the story of Angelina Jolie's wicked villainess told in a compelling new way. Ever since the movie was first announced, the big tease has been Jolie's costume and director Robert Stromberg and his team haven't disappointed. Black horns, fiery eyes, chilling cheekbones and blood red lips all give Jolie's dark fairy maximum impact on screen.
Angelina Jolie Is An Image Of Pure & Unbridled Evil In 'Maleficent.'
In a new promotional banner, we see Maleficent with her mighty pair of black raven-esque wings unfurled as she glowers menacingly. Having watched the trailer, we have already learned that Jolie will be using an English accent in the upcoming fantasy film and that the movie will at least in part follow the traditional Sleeping Beauty tale that Disney first adapted in 1959.
Continue reading: Angelina Jolie Embodies Evil In New 'Maleficent' Poster [Trailer]
'Maleficent''s new trailer shows Angelina Jolie in all her Disney baddie glory.
Angelina Jolie has taken a break from the gun-toting, badass temptresses she's used to playing, to become Disney's greatest villain, Maleficent, and the new trailer shows exactly how scary she can be.
Angelina Jolie in her super-scary Maleficent costume
The Hollywood superstar hasn't appeared onscreen in a movie since 2011's The Tourist, but she's making sure she returns to cinema with something a bit different - and what could be more uncharacteristic of Ang than a good old-fashioned Disney baddie?
Eggs is a young orphaned boy who had possibly the most unusual upbringing one could ever think of; he was raised by a group of inhuman trash collectors called the Boxtrolls who live in a dingy by cosy underground cave. However, The Boxtrolls, named so because of the large cardboard boxes they wear on their torsos, find their rubbish filled paradise under huge threat when a ruthless exterminator by the name of Archibald Snatcher decides to wipe out these unusual creatures for good. Eggs must do everything within his power to stop him and save his friends (and family) from certain death.
Continue: The Boxtrolls - Teaser Trailer
Watch Jolie be all scary in the 'Maleficent' trailer below.
Remember when Angelina Jolie was filming Maleficent and all the kids on set were scared of her? Well now we can kind of see why; the mum of six looks positively terrifying as the Disney witch, as you can see in the new trailer. Jolie plays the titular Maleficent; the witch from Sleeping Beauty in a film billed as ‘the unknown story’.
Angelina Jolie looks magnificent as Maleficent
Starring Elle Fanning as the young princess Aurora and Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville, the film is set for 2014.
Maleficent is a merciless sorceress who dubs herself the 'Mistress of All Evil'. But she hasn't always had a heart of stone. As a beautiful young girl she was happy and contented with her life in the forested kingdom, but deep down she held within her a powerful strength; a strength that would surface when she became the guardian of the entire land as a brutal army take siege. However, through all her great feats of bravery, she is faced with a callous deception that transforms her completely. In a fit of rage she places a curse on baby Princess Aurora; the daughter of the usurping King's successor; that would see her prick her finger on a spindle and die on her sixteenth birthday. However, on meeting a much older Aurora, Maleficent starts to wonder if she could actually help to bring happiness back to the land, and to Maleficent herself.
Continue: Maleficent - Teaser Trailer
Angelina Jolie discusses her affinity with Maleficent at the Disney Expo in Anaheim, California. The film, due to be released next year, stars Jolie as the sorceress and also features her daughter Vivienne.
Maleficent may leave the audience perplexed at Disney's stance on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. It may have been some time since the 1959 Disney animation and times certainly seem to have change: instead of a fearful and malevolent Maleficent, we may be faced with a "deliciously cruel" villain we want to see beat the charming prince.
Angelina Jolie at the UK premiere of World War Z.
Angelina Jolie surprised fans at the D23 fan expo with a guest appearance. She discussed the film and how she had long dreamed of playing Maleficent. On the subject, she said: "since I was a little girl, Maleficent was always my favourite. I was terrified of her, but I was also drawn to her. I wanted to know more about her. She had this elegance and grace, yet she was wonderfully, deliciously cruel."
Angelina Jolie wrote a detailed piece in the New York Times entitled 'My Medical Choice.'
The Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie has undergone a double mastectomy to reduce her chances of getting breast cancer. The 37-year-old partner of Brad Pitt and mother of six children explained her reasons for having the surgery in the New York Times, saying her doctors estimated she had an 87% risk of breast cancer and a 50% risk of ovarian cancer. "I decided to be proactive and to minimise the risk as much I could," she wrote.
Jolie - one of the world's biggest movie stars - began the process in February and completed it in April. In a piece entitled My Medical Choice, the actress recalled how her mother fought cancer for nearly a decade before dying at the age of 56. "The truth is I carry a 'faulty' gene, BRCA1, which sharply increases my risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer," she said.
Following the double mastectomy, Jolie says her chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87% to under 5% and she praised her partner Brad Pitt for his love and support throughout the procedure. "For any woman reading this, I hope it helps you to know you have options," Ms Jolie went on to say "I want to encourage every woman, especially if you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, to seek out the information and medical experts who can help you through this aspect of your life, and to make your own informed choices."
Ginger and Rosa are teenage girls in the '60s and have vowed to always be the very best of friends. Together they skip school, do each other's hair and talk about everything from politics to the latest teen magazine articles. Both of them lead difficult home lives, with Rosa struggling without a father figure in her life and Ginger's mother tied to the four walls of their home while her activist father fights against the Cold War. Both are wishing to rebel against their dull lives in search of adventure and fulfilling their dreams. However, as the threat of a nuclear apocalypse draws near, the girls are divided by the paths they choose to take; Ginger wants to follow in her father's footsteps and protest against the bomb threat, determined to stay alive, while Rosa just wants to spend time with boys and live the life she has now rather than worry about the furture. Unfortunately, it's Ginger's father Roland that she takes an interest in which only looks to cause more problems. As Ginger seeks the help and guidance from two gay men (both named Mark) and an American poet named Bella, plenty of relationships look set to fall apart and the conflict closest to home becomes the biggest threat in their lives.
'Ginger and Rosa' is a coming-of-age drama about the opportunity ridden world of the sixties directed and written by Sally Potter ('The Man Who Cried', 'The Tango Lesson', 'Orlando').
Starring: Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks, Alice Englert, Annette Bening, Timothy Spall, Oliver Platt, Alessandro Nivola, Jodhi May, Oliver Milburn, Greg Bennett, Andrew Hawley, Richard Strange, Matt Hookings, Marcus Shakesheff,
Director: Sally Potter
In a shake-up of the classic fairytale and Disney movie Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent will focus on Angelina Jolie as she plays the arch-nemesis of the golden haired beauty, and now it's revealed three of her and Brad Pitt's children will join the cast.
Following in the shoes of the Smiths (Will, Jaden and Willow, that is), as was revealed in August, Angelina Jolie will be starring in her newest film Maleficent with her daughter, Vivienne, and also, to make it a real family affair: son Pax and daughter Zahara will also appear in the movie, although both their roles will be minor.
Vivienne, aged just four, is set to play the younger version of Sleeping Beauty in the film, the older played by Elle Fanning, sister of Dakota fanning. Shiloh, aged 6, was also invited to be included in the film but as reported by the Huffington Post, "she was bored and not in the mood during the day her part was supposed to happen, so she ended up not being in the film." Other parent/children collaborations have included Charlie Sheen and Martin Sheen in Wallstreet, Miley Cyrus and Father Billy Ray Cyrus, who both star in Hannah Montana, and Kiefer and Donald Sutherland who starred in A Time To Kill.
An extraordinary cast lifts this grim British drama into something watchable, even if the script ultimately gives up trying to make any sense. The main problem is that the story is very badly fragmented, but it still captures a vivid sense of how it felt to grow up in 1962 Britain. And the actors give performances that bring the characters to life even in scenes that are somewhat melodramatic.
Ginger and Rosa (Fanning and Englert) are inseparable 16-year-olds who were born in the same hospital on the same day. As they both ponder the horrific possibilities of the Cold War, their reactions begin to diverge, perhaps their first disagreement ever. Ginger's parents (Hendricks and Nivola) are liberal-minded and about to separate yet again, so she takes a militant approach to stopping nuclear annihilation. Rosa lives with her deeply religious single mother (May) and believes that the only thing to do is pray about it. But the thing that drives a real wedge between the girls is Ginger's suspicion that her dad might be having an affair with Rosa.
In the early scenes, Potter establishes the girls as imaginative friends with free spirits who do everything together. Then the plot begins to take increasingly dark twists and turns, leading to a series of awkward or downright horrible confrontations that are freaky and emotional but also thoroughly mawkish. There's a lot of glowering and weeping on display from everyone on-screen. Fortunately Fanning and newcomer Englert maintain a loose honesty in their performances that helps carry us through the difficult moments. And the starry supporting cast is terrific.
Continue reading: Ginger And Rosa Review
After his wife dies, Benjamin (Damon) is struggling to keep his kids - 14-year-old Dylan (Ford) and 7-year-old Rosie(Jones) - happy, mainly because he has lost the daredevil storyteller within himself. So against the advice of his goofy-but-sensible brother (Church), Benjamin buys a run-down zoo and moves there with his children to get it up and running again. Zookeeper Kelly (Johansson) and her team (including Macfadyen and Fugit) don't think he'll stick it out. And indeed, it's more of a challenge than he ever imagined.
Continue reading: We Bought A Zoo Review
In 1979 Ohio, Joe (Courtney) is struggling with the fact that his mother has died in an accident. But it's summertime, so he and his pal Charles (Griffiths) decide to make a zombie movie with their friends (Lee, Basso and Mills).
Enlisting the help of their hot schoolmate Alice (Fanning), they are shooting a scene when they witness a train crash and some suspicious ensuing military mayhem. Suddenly the town is under the control of a harsh general (Emmerich), while Joe and his friends know a lot more than he thinks.
Continue reading: Super 8 Review
In Babel, directed and co-written by Alejandro González Iñárritu (21 Grams, Amores Perros), a clutch of characters from a range of cultures and walks of life attempt to build a towering film of meaning from coincidence and portent; unfortunately, in the end it is the viewer who is punished for the filmmaker's hubris.
Continue reading: Babel Review
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