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'Maleficent' Crosses $700 Million Worldwide, Shining Jewel in Lackluster Summer

22 July 2014 11:49 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Disney had the sense to back its Sleeping Beauty spin-off starring Angelina Jolie, "Maleficent," knowing that the Disney brand could sell the film worldwide. After all, the studio has done well with fairy tale princesses for its entire history, from "Snow White" to "Frozen." Now "Maleficent," which opened May 30, has topped $700 million worldwide, marking Jolie’s highest-grossing live action film of all time domestically, internationally and globally, as well as the highest grossing original film of 2014 worldwide. "Maleficent" is a shining jewel in a dull summer box office that has dipped 20 % so far. The year to date is down by 6 %. The other Hollywood studios are paying the price for sticking to lookalike formulas, chasing sequels and the fickle male demo. Many of the disappointing films aimed at men didn't pull enough women, and several films aimed at women have done well even with mixed reviews, from spring hit »

- Anne Thompson

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19 TV Shows (And 1 Film) Set In The Same Universe As Lost

19 July 2014 2:54 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like if characters from your favourite TV shows met each other? What about New York, a city so jam packed with TV shows that characters would run into each other at every street corner. Richard Castle and Kate Beckett would regularly be dallying with the links of Neil Caffrey from White Collar, who would probably be involved in a con with Mike Ross from Suits, while his boss Harvey Specter would have gone head to head with Patty Hewes from Damages.

But what if many our favourite TV shows (and the occasional film) did take place in the same universe? Take Lost for example. At first glance it was a show with a self-contained mystery that was resolved at the end of its sixth season. There are many out there disgruntled with the finale, so resolution might be a strong word for some. »

- Baz Greenland

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The monstrous concerns of Penny Dreadful

10 July 2014 3:20 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

As Penny Dreadful's superb first season reaches its close, Becky traces the literary origins of its monsters...

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In the final episode of John Logan’s exceptional Penny Dreadful, Frankenstein’s Creature, here named Caliban, declares that ‘the monster is not in my face, but in my soul’. The concept of the monster is a key theme across the show’s narrative as each character not only wrestles with vampiric monstrosities, but also their own personal demons. In doing so, the show skilfully combines the concerns of the nineteenth century literature from which it draws its inspiration, but also the fascination with monsters of its twenty-first century audience.

One of the most interesting aspects of Penny Dreadful is how it has used various themes from the literature on which it is based to plumb the depths of its characters, both those from the novels and those invented for the show. »

- louisamellor

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The 6 Best Film Scores of 2014 (So Far)

9 July 2014 2:36 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Far be it from me to make any grand sweeping statements on the year in film this early, but as of July 2014, I would argue it’s already been a fascinating year for scores. Just look at blockbusters. We’ve heard both the invigoratingly new and the depressingly dull. Ambitious combinations have even produced a commendable failure here and there. Hollywood studios almost always take the safe road in their big-budget franchises, but the music attached to those tentpoles feels less restrained and not nearly as beholden to manageable cliches.

Thus far we’ve had a tremendous grab bag in film music (and I say this as someone who hasn’t yet seen Under the Skin), but what’s been the best to come out of it? Without further ado…

6. Captain America: The Winter SoldierHenry Jackman (Intrada)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier isn’t a great movie, but it »

- David Klein

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'Dumbo' Is Getting The Live-Action Treatment

9 July 2014 7:55 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Disney is bringing Dumbo back to the big screen. The studio is developing a, you guessed it, live-action take on its 1941 animated classic. Ehren Kruger, who wrote the Transformers franchise, has been hired to pen the script.

Dumbo is one of the shortest, but also most moving animated features in Disney's movie repertoire. The film (you know, just in case you forgot) tells the story of a young circus elephant who is ridiculed because of his enormous ears. According to THR, the new take will tell the original story but also include "a unique family story that parallels Dumbo's story."

Lately, Disney has been in the game of turning old animated classics into live action movies, and it has worked out for them thus far. Most recently, the studio released Maleficent, which is a re-imagining of the 1959 movie Sleeping Beauty. The pic grossed more than $630 million worldwide. And before that, »

- Laura Frances

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Transformers: Age of Extinction scribe hired to write live-action Dumbo movie

9 July 2014 2:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Having written the scripts for one of the biggest money making franchises in cinemas at the moment, Transformers: Age of Extinction scribe Ehren Kruger has been hired by Disney to pen a live-action adaptation of the classic 1941 animated Dumbo.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kruger will write the script and serve as a producer alongside Justin Springer (Tron: Legacy). No release date has been set, but one would assume it would be part of Disney’s 2016 tentpole line-up. This new version will apparently take the original tale and add a “unique family story that parallels Dumbo’s story”. The studio believes that the latest CGI technology means we can see a live-action flying elephant.

Dumbo will join an ever-growing list of live-action Disney adaptations. This year’s Maleficent starring Angela Jolie, a re-imagining of Sleeping Beauty, grossed over $630 million and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland took over $1 billion at the global box office, »

- Luke Owen

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Live Action 'Dumbo' In The Works Because Disney Wants To Make Sure All Your Childhood Memories Are Covered

8 July 2014 12:14 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Disney wants your nostalgia dollars, and they will tramp through their catalog of classic animation to get it. They already gave us the "Sleeping Beauty" prequel we didn't need with "Maleficent," a new version of "Cinderella" is coming next year, Jon Favreau has "The Jungle Book" cooking and yes, even the beloved "Beauty & The Beast" is getting a live action redo with Bill Condon directing. But that's not all. Now another beloved classic is getting dragged out and slapped with new paint because they can. THR reports that "Dumbo" will now go CG, with pixels to recreate the charming pachyderm and the story—with a script by "Transformers" franchise writer Ehren Kruger (good lord)—to feature a human family to match Dumbo's journey. Bleh. No word on a director but development is ongoing we reckon, and now the big question is, what animated property will Disney touch next? I don't know what their plans are, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Disney Developing Live Action ‘Dumbo’ Movie

8 July 2014 11:28 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney is developing a live action “Dumbo,” based on the animated classic of 1941.

Transformers: Age of Extinction” scribe Ehren Kruger is writing the script that will build a family tale around the circus elephant who is ridiculed for his enormous ears and learns to fly through the help of his only true friend, a mouse.

The toon was Disney’s fourth animated film after “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Pinocchio” and “Fantasia.” It’s also one of Disney’s shortest animated film at 64 minutes.

“Dumbo” becomes the latest animated film that Disney is looking to bring to the big screen in live action form, after scoring with “Alice in Wonderland.” “Maleficent” is a spinoff of “Sleeping Beauty.”

Disney releases Kenneth Branagh’s “Cinderella” in March, while Jon Favreau is helming “The Jungle Book” and Bill Condon has “Beauty and the Beast” in the works.

Kruger, who co-wrote the previous »

- Marc Graser

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Watch Coronation Street and Emmerdale's fairytale-themed promo video

4 July 2014 12:41 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

ITV has released a new promotional trailer teasing Coronation Street and Emmerdale's summer storylines.

Titled 'Once Upon A Weatherfield... Happy Emmerdale After', the video features characters from each soap in twisted fairytale guises that reference their current situations.

Weatherfield pairs appearing in the clip include Carla Barlow as Red Riding Hood with her brother Rob Donovan as the Big Bad Wolf (following his secret murder of Tina McIntyre) and Leanne Tilsley with boyfriend Kal Nazir's daughter Alya as Rapunzel.

Tony Stewart (Terence Maynard) also appears in the video, and can be seen standing in front of a magic mirror with Liz McDonald (Beverley Callard) before it reveals his wicked side and dealings with Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford).

Ongoing Emmerdale sagas depicted in the trailer include Moira and Cain Dingle's marriage problems (using the allegory of Sleeping Beauty) and Charity Macey's ongoing deception of husband Declan, which sees her cradling a poisoned apple. »

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Frozen Makes Elsa the New Hot Baby Name, But Were Other Disney Princess Names as Successful?

3 July 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

In case you're thinking of naming your baby girl Elsa, know that she may not be the only one in her class. According to the British website BabyCentre, Frozen has popularized the name Elsa, and it has leapt onto the list of the 100 most popular baby names so far in 2014 - at No. 88. While we have yet to see how the name catches on in the States, Frozen's popularity or Elsa's status as a strong, powerful female character who also happens to look great in sparkly dresses - a win for progressive parents and princess-obsessed little girls alike - can't hurt. »

- Drew Mackie

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Frozen Makes Elsa the New Hot Baby Name, But Were Other Disney Princess Names as Successful?

3 July 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

In case you're thinking of naming your baby girl Elsa, know that she may not be the only one in her class. According to the British website BabyCentre, Frozen has popularized the name Elsa, and it has leapt onto the list of the 100 most popular baby names so far in 2014 - at No. 88. While we have yet to see how the name catches on in the States, Frozen's popularity or Elsa's status as a strong, powerful female character who also happens to look great in sparkly dresses - a win for progressive parents and princess-obsessed little girls alike - can't hurt. »

- Drew Mackie

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Disney’s Maleficent crosses $600 million worldwide

3 July 2014 1:25 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Good news for Disney this morning as Maleficent has crossed the $600 million mark, becoming the fourth movie in 2014 – and the first non-comic book movie – to do so.

Now in its fifth week of release, Maleficent has taken $205 million domestically and around $400 million in worldwide markets, which also makes this the biggest live-action success of Angelina Jolie’s career. The movie is now out in the majority of the major markets having taken roughly $40 million in China. It opens in Japan this weekend.

The other movies to cross the $600 million mark this year are Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past.

From Disney comes Maleficent—the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty. A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army »

- Luke Owen

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Angelina Jolie-Starrer ‘Maleficent’ Casting $600M Worldwide Spell

2 July 2014 12:04 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

After five weeks in release, and just before it hits its last overseas market, Disney’s Sleeping Beauty spinoff Maleficent is poised to cross $600M worldwide today. The studio notes this is its 2nd release of the year to pass the threshold, and its 20th ever. Directed by Robert Stromberg and starring Angelina Jolie, the film started rolling out internationally on May 28 and opened in North America on May 30. It bowed there at No. 1 with $69.4M and has remained in the Top Five since. It crossed $200M domestically this weekend, and through July 1 is at $205M. At […] »

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Box-Office Milestone: Angelina Jolie's 'Maleficent' Crosses $600 Million Worldwide

2 July 2014 11:53 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Disney's famous sorceress has exacted her revenge. Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie as the iconic character from Sleeping Beauty, will cross the $600 million mark at the global box office on Wednesday after five weeks in release, an impressive feat considering it is a female-fueled property. It's the No. 4 title of the year so far behind X-Men: Days of Future Past, which has earned $713.9 million to date, Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($711.2 million) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($702.7 million). To boot, Maleficent is the year's top-grossing original title. List Hollywood's

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- Pamela McClintock

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‘Maleficent’ Passes $600 Million at Worldwide Box Office

2 July 2014 11:42 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Maleficent” will cross $600 million at the global box office Wednesday, becoming the fourth film of the year to hit that mark.

The Walt Disney Studios release is now in its fifth week of release, and has made $205 million domestically and $400 million internationally, making it the biggest live-action hit of Angelina Jolie’s career.

Other films that have crossed the $600 million barrier in 2014 include “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ and “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” “Maleficent” is the 20th Disney film to pass $600 million globally.

The re-imagining of “Sleeping Beauty” is out in most major foreign markets, including China where it has grossed roughly $40 million. It opens this weekend in Japan, which marks its final international engagement.

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Defending Maleficent: The Importance Of Visuals In Film

2 July 2014 9:52 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When people are asked why they watch films, the answers are all fairly predictable: To see different worlds, to learn something new, to relate to something, to widen their perspectives, to escape… But whether moviegoers are after the cerebral experience, or are simply out for easy entertainment, there is one basic thing that connects all these reasons together. This is that what we essentially get from a film is something to look at. A cinema screen is big and optical because we watch it (and because if it was small and acoustic it’d be a radio). The visual element of a movie –of a motion picture – is literally essential.

But as painfully obvious as all this sounds, it is surprising how often the overall role of a movie’s visuals can be overlooked.

As part of Disney’s growing trend in bringing classic animations to live action form (Cinderella, »

- Rachel North

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Here's What's New on Netflix This July

30 June 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

With the dog days of summer finally upon us, it's good to find an excuse (any excuse) to dip out of the heat and into a coolly air-conditioned living room. And what better way to spend your time than by watching things on Netflix? Behold, a list of things that are new to Netflix in July.

There are a bunch of new Christmas movies on the streaming service, part of the company's "Christmas in July" program (things like "Bad Santa" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas"), as well as a handful of Disney classics (like "Tarzan" and "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids"). There are also, as always, newer films that you might have missed, but don't have to anymore -- everything from Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" (starring the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman) to this year's "Wolf Creek 2," a high-octane Australian thriller that seriously doesn't disappoint.

There are also »

- Drew Taylor

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Plan Your Summer Now with the 2014 Summer Movie Calendar

29 June 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

Summer is four months long now, at least in the movie world. Here are the dates and films to look forward to seeing:

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May 2. The Amazing Spider-Man 2  (PG-13):  Peter Parker returns, facing a triple challenge with The Rhino, Electro, and the Green Goblin all posing a major threat.

May 9. Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (PG): An animated Dorothy goes back to Oz, this time to save the Emerald City.

May 16. Million Dollar Arm (PG): A struggling sports agent is determined to turn two Indian cricket players into baseball legends in less than a year.

May 16.  Godzilla (PG-13): The gigantic kaiju is back, and this time he's taking out his fury on the citizens of New York.

May 23. X-Men: Days of Future Past (PG-13): Wolverine must go back in time and convince a young Charles Xavier that only he can prevent a war on mutants. »

- dbethke@fanlala.com (Dave B.)

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Disney Princesses Kiss Their Dads in Artist's Effort to Combat Sexual Assault (Photos)

28 June 2014 11:33 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Disney princesses become victims in a series of new illustrations from an artist hoping to raise awareness for sexual abuse from family members. The images (below) from a collection titled “Princest Diaries” depict Ariel (“The Little Mermaid”), Jasmine (“Aladdin”), and Princess Aurora (“Sleeping Beauty”) uncomfortably kissing their fathers. Also read: Former NBC Exec Garth Ancier Sues Michael Egan, His Attorneys Over Sex-Abuse Claims Each is tagged with an alarming statistic: “46 percent of minors who are raped are victims of family members. It's never too late to report your attack.” “The aim of the poster series is to encourage victims to report their cases. »

- Greg Gilman

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‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ Has Year’s Biggest Opening Day, Set for $104 Million Weekend

28 June 2014 8:31 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Transformers: Age of Extinction” has obliterated the box office, hauling in a higher-than-expected $41.6 million Stateside on Friday, the biggest opening day of the year.

The robots look to do more damage en route to a whopping $104 million-plus debut this weekend. Paramount estimates a slightly more modest $100 million.

If that estimate pans out, the fourth installment of Paramount’s ever-growing franchise would overtake “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” as the best debut of the year. Disney-Marvel’s sequel earned $95 million when it opened the summer box office early, hitting theaters in the first weekend of April.

This would mark the second best opening for director Michael Bay’s $2.6 billion movie series. “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” debuted to $109 million in 2009.

The $210 million tentpole could also become the first pic since “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and the first movie of the year to hit the $100 million mark in its launch (as »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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