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Most people know that Transformers: Age of Extinction is the current box office champ of 2014, but do you know which film is second? It's Disney's Maleficent! Yup. This plucky film has grossed more at the worldwide box office than 20th Century Fox's X-Men: Days of Future Past, Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Yet, I don't hear many people talking about that very fact. Seems like kind of a big deal. Guess that is a another feather in the cap for female-driven films. Concept Art by Kimberley Pope Click Here- More Maleficent Concept Art “Maleficent” is 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 »
One should never assume that anyone is actually dead on ABC's “Once Upon a Time.” Case in point: Kristin Bauer van Straten will reprise the role of Maleficent on the show's upcoming fourth season, a show representative told TheWrap. She's booked for a recurring role with a large story arc. See photo: First Look at ‘Frozen’ Princess Anna on ‘Once Upon a Time’ Based on the Wicked Fairy from the fairytale, “Sleeping Beauty,” Maleficent was apparently killed by Emma (Jennifer Morrison) on the Season 1 finale. Van Straten most recently wrapped seven seasons on HBO's “True Blood” as tough as nails vampiress, »
- Jethro Nededog
Walt Disney Home Entertainment has been dropping catalog titles on Blu-ray for a while now. Once every few months we’ll get a higher end title like The Little Mermaid or the upcoming Sleeping Beauty that gets their own time in the limelight. In between those, they’ve been delivering smaller films and collections in groups of four or five at a time. This time around they’ve mixed it up a little by giving us two newer top-shelf releases with three timeless tales.
Hercules Special Edition brings the story of the Greek hero to Blu-ray for the first time. The Academy Award-nominated movie is filled with great songs and plenty of laughs thanks to Danny DeVito and company. Bonus material includes “From Zero to Hero” Sing-Along, “No Importa La Distancia” Music Video with Ricky Martin, and “The Making of Hercules” featurette.
Edgar Rice Burroughs’ swinging ape man comes to »
- email@example.com (Eric Shirey)
Marvel soared while Adam Sandler floundered. Simon takes a closer look at the winners and losers of 2014's summer blockbuster season...
As another summer blockbuster season comes to an end, here's our annual reflection on what worked, what didn't, and who was left with egg on their face.
It's been a surprisingly strong summer season, in truth. Sure, there've been a few misses here and there, but we've found much to enjoy in many of the season's big releases, both in terms of widescreen spectacle and thought-provoking ideas.
So as the summer of 2014 winds to a close, here's what we took out of it...
Taking its usual place in the 'winners' section of articles like these is Marvel Studios, which opened and closed summer blockbuster movie season this year with considerable style.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier garnered strong reviews, and comfortably outperformed its predecessor at the box office. »
Maleficent managed to take the world by storm, and the Disney effort is hitting on Blu-Ray November 4th with a lot of bonus features for fans.
Despite the fact that the movie eventually started catching varying degrees of backlash, it still won over audiences everywhere, and most critics, and fans are getting the treat they deserve with the release. Check the full release info below for the full list of extras.
Disney’S Greatest Villain Comes To Life
In The Wickedly Fun, Fantasy Adventure Starring
Arrives On Disney Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere,
DVD & On-Demand Nov. 4, 2014!
Disney’s most iconic villain “Maleficent” comes to life for all to own, November 4, 2014. Starring Academy Award®-winning actress Angelina Jolie (Best Supporting Actress, “Girl, Interrupted,” 2000) as Maleficent, this wickedly fun twist on the classic “Sleeping Beauty” will be made available on Disney Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, »
- Marc Eastman
A slew of classic Disney movies are hitting for the first time on Blu-Ray, including one double-pack release, and you’re going to want to make sure to pick these up. You haven’t paid attention to some of these titles for a while, and it’s about time you got the chance to catch them on Blu-Ray. The best part is that there’s a great mix of releases hitting. Bedknobs and Broomsticks is all but lost in the cultural consciousness, and it deserves a return. The Academy Award-winning movie from the year I was born is filled with a lot of fun and adventure, and like most Disney films, holds up well for a whole new generation.
The rest of the group covers a great spectrum, including two animated “big” titles, and a 10th Anniversary release. There’s a lot to expose your family to here, so check out all the info below, »
- Marc Eastman
Between January and August of 2014, local cinemas worldwide entertained moviegoers with themes of sci-fi, documentaries, animation, fairy tales, horror and thrillers.
Glowing up on the big screen were images of clicking colorful bricks, racing trains, mysterious creatures, superheroes – both shielded and guarded, coming-of-age tales and a fond farewell to the best Movie Geek ever.
Small and original storylines or epic stories with big stars, it’s been a good time at the movies this year and a lot for ticket buyers to choose from.
With so many to great films in the first half of 2014, including Snowpiercer, Under The Skin, Enemy, Lone Survivor, Edge Of Tomorrow, and Noah, whittling it down to a list of our “10 Favorite Movies of 2014… So Far” was a challenge.
Check out our lineup and let us know in our comments section below what your favorite movies have been this year. Some of these films are »
- Movie Geeks
Disney's most iconic villain Maleficent comes to life for all to own, November 4, 2014. Starring Academy Award-winning actress Angelina Jolie (Best Supporting Actress, Girl, Interrupted, 2000) as Maleficent, this wickedly fun twist on the classic Sleeping Beauty will be made available on Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand platforms.
After enchanting audiences around the world and grossing more than $700 million in worldwide box office, this live-action, fantasy adventure casts a wondrous new spell on Blu-ray and Digital HD, featuring stunning high definition picture and sound, plus spellbinding, all-new bonus features, including several deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes featurettes that take viewers deeper behind the scenes of the filmmaking magic.
Join the cast and crew as they explore how Disney's animated classic Sleeping Beauty was re-imagined as an innovative, live-action epic in "From Fairy Tale to Feature Film." Discover how King Henry and Maleficent's opening battle scene »
The artist who made this, Sarah White, goes by the name Shira-chan on Deviant Art. She seems pretty twisted. We love her. Her take on Sleeping Beauty is darker and more fun than Maleficent was. This is why you don’t go around kissing random sleeping princesses, Prince. Serves you right. Let this be a lesson to all you guys out there creeping on sleeping ladies. One day you’ll pay the price.
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- Mily Dunbar
Disney has announced the Maleficent Blu-ray release date as November 4, a little over five full months after the Angelina Jolie-starrer began its impressive worldwide box office run. Chalk up that success as the reason Disney is taking their time delivering Maleficent to home video.
Maleficent features Jolie as the iconic witch from Sleeping Beauty, and also stars Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Juno Temple, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Lesley Manville and Brenton Thwaites. To date the film has earned just over $716 million at the global box office and by far and away has been the most commercially successful film of Angelina Jolie's career.
The Blu-ray edition of Maleficent will come packed with the film on DVD and Digital HD, both of which will also make their debuts on November 4 so Disney is not employing an early digital window. The film will be presented in 2.4:1 1080p video and 7.1 DTS-hd Master Audio. »
The Angelina Jolie-headlined fairy tale fantasy is currently sitting on $715,019,000 worldwide, making it the third biggest earner of the year behind Transformers: Age of Extinction ($966.4 million) and X-Men: Days of Future Past ($739.5 million). In all, it’s the fifth film to reach the $700 million mark this year, with fellow Disney release Captain America: The Winter Soldier earning $713 million and Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 sitting on $706.3 million.
Directed by Robert Stromberg, Maleficent stars Angelina Jolie (The Tourist), Elle Fanning (Super 8), Sharlto Copley (Elysium), Imelda Staunton (The Pirates! Band of Misfits), Miranda Richardson (The Hours), Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises), and Lesley Manville (Romeo and Juliet). Read our reviews here, here and here.
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- Gary Collinson
As you may have noticed, here at GeekTyrant we are big Disney Princess fans. Disney Princess art, Disney Princess parodies, Disney Princesses dressed up as better, cooler characters… we love it all. But if we’re going to be honest, some of the Princesses are kind of wimpy, poorly characterized, or totally lacking in agency. Like, what was Aurora’s defining characteristic in the original Sleeping Beauty? I don’t know. It was a cool story, but like some of the other princesses, she was a little bit boring.
Enter Rejected Princesses, a website devoted to “women too awesome, awful, or offbeat to get their own animated movies.” The brainchild of former Dreamworks animator Jason Porath, Rejected Princesses gives somewhat forgotten women their due. Each post features a fantastic Disney Princess-style illustration, plus a write up of why the woman is so interesting/unlikely to make the Disney vault. Like, »
- Mily Dunbar
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
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
As Penny Dreadful's superb first season reaches its close, Becky traces the literary origins of its monsters...
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. »
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…
Captain America: The Winter Soldier isn’t a great movie, but it »
- David Klein
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
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
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
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.”
Kruger, who co-wrote the previous »
- Marc Graser
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