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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 threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom—and perhaps »
- Gary Collinson
Disney’s retelling of their popular animated film Sleeping Beauty from the villain’s perspective is almost upon us. Maleficent sees Angelina Jolie as the titular villain, who may be a bit more sympathetic than her animated cohort would suggest. Darker retellings of popular stories is in at the moment, with Snow White And The Huntsman, Oz The Great And Powerful, and Alice In Wonderland, having really hit the box-office hard, and with Jolie’s star power, Maleficent could be set to do the same.
These latest posters show Jolie in all her glory, with the first being a simple character poster, while the second adds a spot of magic which echoes the animated film. Both are quite striking, but the second one even more so as it pairs Jolie’s beauty with a bit more colour and whimsy.
- Luke Ryan Baldock
"A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, 'Maleficent' has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom...
"...until one day an invading army threatens the harmony of the land.
"Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone.
"Bent on revenge, she faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant 'Aurora'.
"As the child grows, »
- Michael Stevens
With the success of Alice in Wonderland in 2010, Disney is looking to their past animated film for inspiration for new material. The idea of remaking Disney animated films into live-action renditions is absolutely brilliant. Disney can now make money two ways, from movie ticket sales from the live-action film and the home video sales of the animated classic. In this case, “Maleficent” is the dark and gritty, live-action version of “Sleeping Beauty.” Disney released a new poster featuring Angelina Jolie as Maleficent. “Maleficent explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure [ Read More ]
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- Rudie Obias
Here are new stills for "Maleficent" starring Angelina Jolie. Directed by production designer Robert Stromberg ("Avatar", "Alice In Wonderland"), in his directorial debut, and produced by Joe Roth, "Maleficent" is written by Linda Woolverton ("The Lion King", "Beauty And The Beast") and executive produced by Angelina Jolie, Don Hahn, Matt Smith and Palak Patel. Co-starring in the film are Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley , Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville. This is the untold story of Disney's most beloved villain, Maleficent, from the 1959 classic "Sleeping Beauty". The film reveals the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora. Behind-the-scenes talent includes cinematographer Dean Semler, »
Though the teaser trailer that used Disney's classic Sleeping Beauty to show off the villainous side of the tale in Maleficent didn't work all that well, the more recent teaser using Lana Del Rey's haunting rendition of "Once Upon a Dream" was much better. Now we have a tease of a different sort with a couple new posters, both featuring Angelina Jolie. However, the domestic poster is boring and uninspired, relying on only Jolie's presence to sell the movie. Meanwhile the French poster is much more beautiful, using a gorgeous image of Elle Fanning as Sleeping Beauty. Seems like the Us marketing team needs to try harder. Look! Here's the new Us poster for Robert Stromberg's Maleficent from Imp Awards: And here's the much better French poster for the Disney film from Stitch Kingdom: Robert Stromberg (a production designer on Alice in Wonderland and Avatar) is making his »
- Ethan Anderton
Getting people psyched up for the new 24 series, 24: Live Another Day, may strike many people as something along the lines of Coke commercials. At this point, are you really selling to anyone? We all know whether or not we’re interested in Coke.
Still, despite the idea that pulling in the completely uninitiated may be a questionable pursuit, Fox is pretty clear on the idea that it wants to make sure it doesn’t miss anyone. The new teaser doesn’t exactly give you a lot to go on, perhaps in a way similar to the idea that Coke commercials don’t exactly explain the product. But, it does at least give you the impression that it may pull off the difficult and dangerous attempt of standing next to the previous entries. I’m not absolutely convinced that this is a game we can keep playing, but the trailer looks good. »
- Marc Eastman
A new trailer has been released for the upcoming drama Tracks.
Directed by John Curran, Tracks stars Mia Wasikowska as Robyn Davidson, who leaves her city life when she decides to go on a solo trek through 1,700 miles of Australian desert with only her dog and four camels for company.
The biographical drama opens in UK cinemas on April 25. No Us dates have been announced. »
If you enjoyed The Walking Dead: The Board Game from Z-Man Games, you’ll be happy to hear that a stand-alone sequel is in the early stages of development. This project has been taken to Kickstarter and while we don’t usually cover crowd funding projects, this is being developed by the creators of The Walking Dead board game and has the support of the Skybound team:
About the project: “The Walking Dead The Prison – Board Game focuses on the events of issues 13 through 24: the discovery of, fight to clean out, and struggle to control…The Prison.
The Walking Dead The Prison – Board Game will have an Msrp of $49.99. Backers of The Walking Dead The Prison – Board Game will not only be first to receive the game before it is in stores, but also will have the opportunity to purchase the game at a lower price and have »
- Jonathan James
Director John Curran’s Tracks had solid showings at both Telluride and Venice film festivals, and with The Weinstein Company having snagged the epic Aussie adventure for Us distribution rights, a theatrical drop date should be forthcoming. For now, we at least get our first look in a new trailer. The movie is adapted from Robyn Davidson’s autobiography of the same name, telling the story of her solo trek through almost two thousand miles of Australian desert, from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean. With only the companionship of four camels and her dog, Diggity, during her adventure she met the unique folk you’d only find making a home of the desert and also, eventually, National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan, who documented her journey. Screenwriter Marion Nelson handled screen adaptation duties. Tracks has had a strangely long gestation period, as talks of now 47-year-old Julia Roberts portraying Davidson, who »
- Dustin Hucks
The Weinstein Company has today debuted, via Yahoo! Movies , the domestic trailer to John Curran's Tracks . Check it out in the player below! Starring Mia Wasikowska ( Alice in Wonderland ) and Adam Driver (from both "Girls" and, it's looking very likely, the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII ), Tracks tells the true story of Robyn Davidson, who in 1977 trekked the 1,700 miles across the Western Australia desert accompanied only by four camels and her dog. It's adapted by Marion Nelson from Davidson's memoir with Driver playing the National Geographic photographer who documented Davidson's journey. »
We’re always blown away by the pieces the Mondo studio releases, and today is no different. Friday will see the Mondo Gallery, located in Texas, open its doors to their Disney exhibition, with an array of prints celebrating some of the biggest films in animation history as part of South By Southwest or SXSW 2104 as most of us know it now!
I’ve been a Disney fan (particularly Pixar) since I was tiny, so to see these in stunning, high-quality detail is spine-tingling. My favourites include Wall-e and Up by Kevin Tong, and Alice In Wonderland by Ken Taylor. As with most of Mondo’s work, these will probably be up for sale at some point, so if you’re lucky enough to purchase one consider yourself a very lucky film fan.
Winnie The Pooh by Dave Perillo
The Incredibles by Tom Whalen »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Disney Interactive is eliminating 700 jobs, about 26% of its total workforce, as the Mouse House’s games and Internet division struggles to achieve profitability.
The cuts were expected, and were anticipated to mostly affect Disney’s Playdom group, which produces games for social-media platforms. A Disney rep said the layoffs will occur across the board in the business unit.
With the restructuring, Disney Interactive will develop “significantly fewer” mobile and social games in-house, and other games will be licensed from development partners, according to a rep.
“Disney Interactive has consolidated several lines of business as part of an effort to focus the division on a streamlined suite of high-quality digital products,” the company said in a statement. “As a result of this restructuring, we have undergone a reduction in workforce. These actions were difficult but necessary given our long-term strategy focused on sustainable profitability and innovation.”
The layoffs come amid the success of “Disney Infinity, »
- Todd Spangler
Following a whirlwind celebration of Paolo Sorrentino's win for The Great Beauty as Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' award ceremony on Sunday, I met up with Valeria Golino to discuss her debut feature Honey (Miele). We spoke about breaking boundaries, the meaning of rabbits, the Virgin Mary, Frank Sinatra and Alice In Wonderland.
Honey is played with subtle layers of emotion by Jasmine Trinca who gives the character a searching physicality and the strength of appetite to move forward. We get to glimpse into the life of a young woman who created a world of rituals for herself. Her job is to provide aid to the terminally ill to end their life with dignity. Her personality »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
There's always some kind of amazing piece of artwork coming from Mondo, but this week is something special. On Friday, March 7th, the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas will be opening their official Disney exhibition featuring tons of artwork honoring a variety of films from The House of Mouse's rich history. There's pieces honoring the more recent work of Pixar like The Incredibles, the 2D animated classics like Sleeping Beauty, and even the more obscure films like The Cat from Outer Space. A big chunk of pieces have been revealed, but there's more coming later this week leading up to the gallery opening. Look! The Incredibles by Tom Whalen Winnie the Pooh by Dave Perillo Wall-e by Kevin Tong The Rescuers by David Petersen Up by Kevin Tong The Cat from Outer Space by Jay Shaw Sleeping Beauty by Billy Baumann The Black Hole by Killian Eng Fantasia by »
- Ethan Anderton
Airplane action thriller takes $30m and the No 1 slot, while Diogo Morgado as Jesus doesn't quite turn water into box-office wine
• More Us box office analysis here
Non-Stop leads independent surge
It's always good to see the independents rule the box-office charts, so hats off to StudioCanal. The company fully financed the action thriller Non-Stop, starring Liam Neeson, and the big guy did not disappoint, scoring an estimated $30m (£18m) No 1 debut through domestic distributor Universal, which as you will by now have gathered did not produce this but acted as a distributor for a fee. The debut was even bigger than Jesus. See below.
Son of God opens in second place
There will always be a big market for Christian-themed movies in the Us and so it was little surprise to see Lightworkers Media's Son of God score a solid, if unspectacular, No 2 launch on $26.5m through Fox. »
- Jeremy Kay
The other night Disney’s Frozen was one of the deserved winners of two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Song. It isn’t often the Academy gets things right these days, but Frozen was a magical return to form for Disney after the over-hyped and rather bland The Princess & The Frog and Tangled. Frozen has now become the 15th highest grossing film of all time and joins the $1 billion club, alongside other Disney films such as Alice In Wonderland, Iron Man 3, The Avengers, and Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’S Chest. It’s also the second highest grossing animated film of all time behind Toy Story 3.
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Frozen has followed its Oscar success by crossing the $1 billion-mark (£598m) at the worldwide box office.
The Disney animation, which won Best Animated Feature and Original Song at Sunday's Academy Awards, has made an estimated $388.8 million in the Us and $611.5 million internationally since its release last November.
The movie is also the second highest-grossing animated film of all time globally and the most profitable non-sequel animated picture ever. It is also yet to release in Japan, where it arrives on March 14.
At the Oscars, it became the studio's first Best Animated Feature win in history.
“Frozen” had several reasons to celebrate last night (excluding the flubbed introduction of star Idina Menzel). Aside from nabbing two Oscars, including Disney’s first best animated feature win in history, the toon also crossed the $1 billion-mark at the worldwide box office.
The movie is the studio’s seventh release to reach the milestone, joining “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Toy Story 3,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and the second and fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” films.
Having earned an estimated $388.8 million Stateside and $611.5 million internationally since its late November release, “Frozen” is the second highest-grossing animated film of all time globally and the most profitable non-sequel animated pic ever.
Even more impressive is the fact that the film joined the billion-dollar B.O. club before debuting in Japan. It will bow in theaters there on March 14 and will be released on DVD in the U.S. four days later. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
On the same day it won two Academy Awards including Best Animated Feature, Frozen, Walt Disney Animation Studios' 53rd feature film, crossed $1 billion at the worldwide box office. The biggest non-sequel animated film ever released and the second biggest animated film of all time globally, Frozen has earned an estimated $388.8 million at the domestic box office and $611.5 million internationally for a global total of $1,000.3 million. It is The Walt Disney Studios' seventh release to reach the $1 billion mark, joining Marvel's The Avengers and Iron Man 3, Disney's second and fourth Pirates of the Caribbean films, Disney•Pixar's Toy Story 3, and Disney's Alice in Wonderland.
Here's what The Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn had to say about Frozen's box office milestone in a statement.
"With Frozen, we knew we had something truly special on our hands, and it has connected with fans and filmgoers around the world in »
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