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9 items from 2014


Witness For the Prosecution | Blu-ray Review

22 July 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

As far as pulpy vintage courtroom dramas go, Billy Wilder’s 1957 adaptation of Agatha Christie’s famed play, Witness for the Prosecution, is hard to beat. By today’s standards, the twists and turns of its once inventive surprise ending has the potential for quaintness, perhaps because it’s something we’ve come to expect from the genre. However, one can’t deny the power of its superb screenplay and a pair of electric performances that make everything wholly unrealistic yet oh-so-watchable. In the pantheon of Wilder’s legacy, it’s not his strongest title, but it stands out, though perhaps for reasons not apparent upon its initial release.

When a wealthy widow (Eleanor Audley) is found murdered, the married man that had been wooing her, Leonard Vole (Tyrone Power) is arrested for the crime considering he had recently been named benefactor in a revised will. Vole’s solicitor seeks »

- Nicholas Bell

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Maleficent | Review

2 June 2014 10:15 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Moralificent: Stromberg’s Debut Gets a Dastard Disney Straitjacket

Anticipation has been extremely high for Disney’s live action dedication to one of their most enjoyably memorable cartoon villains, Maleficent, particularly for the inspired casting of Angelina Jolie as the evil fairy queen. To many, it will comes as no surprise that the end result is a highly ‘Disneyfied’ treatment, calibrated specifically for the enjoyment of children and family friendly crowds demanding neutered entertainment. Not only are we treated to grandiloquent moralizing, but an overtly insistent redemption of a villain that, at least in cartoon form, was thankfully absent.

We begin in a land where two opposing forces reside side by side. There is a kingdom, ruled by a greedy king, whose denizens are generally unhappy, and the magical lands known as the moors, where everything fantastical lives in peace, governed by themselves. One such creature is a kind, young fairy named Maleficent, »

- Nicholas Bell

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'Maleficent' Review: 10 Things You Should Know About the New 'Sleeping Beauty' Story

29 May 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Something wicked this way comes... And that something wicked is Angelina Jolie, essaying the title role in "Maleficent."

If your animation history is spotty (or if you don't have a very young child in your life), Maleficent was the iconic sorceress from Walt Disney's very amazing 1959 animated feature "Sleeping Beauty" (in the original, she was sinisterly voiced by Eleanor Audley). Following the success of Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" (and other fairy tale blockbusters from other studios), it was time to give "Sleeping Beauty" the "Wicked" treatment, with a story from the witch's point of view.

Of course, Sleeping Beauty is there, too. Elle Fanning plays Princess Aurora, in a performance that gets a little lost (if you don't know the story of Sleeping Beauty, we pity you) and there are supporting performances from Juno Temple, Imelda Staunton, Leslie Manville, Sam Riley, and Sharlto Copley. Quite frankly, when you're standing in Angelina's shadow, »

- Drew Taylor

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See the Real-Life Inspiration for the Disney Villain Maleficent

28 May 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Angelina Jolie plays Sleeping Beauty’s nemesis, the wicked Maleficent, in a new movie out this weekend that presents the classic tale from the villain’s perspective.  However, Jolie isn’t the first live performer to play the role on the screen – voice actress Eleanor Audley donned the dark robes and black horns for Disney animators as they worked on their version of the iconic tale. Audley provided the voice for the wicked character in the film (as well as the voice of the evil stepmother in Cinderella), but also pulled double duty by modeling for the artists bringing the film’s visuals to life. According to a cool piece at the Fw, Disney animators often studied voice actors as a reference point for how to animate the character properly...

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- Mike Bracken

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Enter the Magical World of 'Maleficent' with Angelina Jolie

28 May 2014 9:28 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Angelina Jolie has tackled several diverse characters throughout her career, including an iconic video game character (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider), a covert assassin (Mr. and Mrs. Smith) and a kung-fu fighting tiger (Kung Fu Panda), but rarely has she played a villain. She gets to take on one of the most iconic evil characters in Disney's Maleficent, which hits theaters on May 30. The actress recently participated in a roundtable interview session, where she spoke about how the costume helped her get into character.

Maleficent originated with Eleanor Audley's voice performance in Sleeping Beauty, but this live-action revisionist version of the 1959 animated classic is a much different take on the character, giving Maleficent an origin story that shows how her heart was turned to stone. Angelina Jolie revealed that the costume helped her get into character, and that she practiced the voice with her children.

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See the Real-Life Inspiration for the Disney Villain Maleficent

28 May 2014 9:07 AM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Angelina Jolie plays Sleeping Beauty’s nemesis, the wicked Maleficent, in a new movie out this weekend that presents the classic tale from the villain’s perspective.  However, Jolie isn’t the first live performer to play the role on the screen – voice actress Eleanor Audley donned the dark robes and black horns for Disney animators as they worked on their version of the iconic tale. Audley provided the voice for the wicked character in the film (as well as the voice of the evil stepmother in Cinderella), but also pulled double duty by modeling for the artists bringing the film’s visuals to life. According to a cool piece at the Fw, Disney animators often studied voice actors as a reference point for how to animate the character properly...

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Review: Disney's 'Maleficent' Starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning And Sharlto Copley

28 May 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Walt Disney's original 1959 classic "Sleeping Beauty" is notable for several reasons, but most remember it for two things: its outrageously intricate design style, medieval-inspired artwork combined with an angularly modern sensibility and Maleficent, the self-described "Mistress of All Evil." Voiced with velvety viciousness by Eleanor Audley, Maleficent was the wicked sorceress who curses the Princess Aurora with an eternal slumber. Between her now iconic look and the fact that she turned into a frickin’ dragon in the movie's last act, Maleficent was a character that inspired both awe and loathing. Antagonist movies aside (never easy to pull off), it's easy to see why Disney would want to devote an entire movie to the perspective of this embittered and potentially complex character. But the resulting film, entitled "Maleficent," doesn't seem worthy of the immortal villainess. It is, in fact, a largely flavorless snooze. Things start off wobbly for "Maleficent." Instead of "Sleeping. »

- Drew Taylor

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Angelina Jolie Q&A: Bringing malevolent 'Maleficent' to life, doing some good in the world -- and those '50 Shades' rumors

14 March 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Beware the unloved.

If there is a lesson to be learned about the cruelest among us, it might be that one. Most villains, when you find them in real life, are born from pain, and pour it back on the world to keep from drowning in it. A few are heartless sociopaths who derive their power from persecution, and care about nothing else in the world but their own force of will.

And some are just mad they didn’t get a party invitation.

Consider Disney’s Maleficent in this latter category. Unhinged, and irrational. Or at least, she was. »

- Anthony Breznican

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'Sleeping Beauty': 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Disney Classic

27 January 2014 7:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

With anticipation building for Angelina Jolie's "Maleficent," due May 30, it's worth noting that the source of her live-action remake, Disney's animated "Sleeping Beauty," marks its 55th anniversary this week. Released on January 29, 1959, the movie was only a modest hit at the time, but over the years, it earned acclaim for its gorgeous wide-screen visuals, its memorable music, and its unforgettable villainess.

It's a movie you probably watched many times as a child, and yet there are still some things you probably don't know about "Sleeping Beauty," including its connections to Bugs Bunny, "The Andy Griffith Show," and the British royal family.

Here's a list of 25 such items you can stack on your spindle -- but be careful to shield your fingertip.

1. "Sleeping Beauty" is adapted from both the Charles Perrault and Brothers Grimm versions of the classic fairy tale. In Perrault, the princess's name is Aurora; in Grimm, it's Briar Rose. »

- Gary Susman

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