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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
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The documentary For No Good Reason explores the life of British cartoon-artist Ralph Steadman, who is best known for caricatures he created alongside the work of longtime friend, journalist Hunter S. Thompson of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas fame (or infamy).
For No Good Reason was mainly shot on Steadman’s country estate with the artist’s pal Johnny Depp (The Tourist) serving as tour guide and narrator. The film, which incorporates archival footage, personal photographs, selections of the artist’s provocative and entertaining work and animated “updates” of said work, also features contributions from Terry Gilliam (Monty Python), Richard E. Grant (The Iron Lady), Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption) and Jann Wenner (co-founder and publisher of Rolling Stone), and features music from Slash, All-American Rejects, »
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.
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
With Ant-Man now suddenly looking like a much shakier prospect sans Edgar Wright, there's now an element of added pressure for the similarly untested Doctor Strange standalone, which is likely to feature in Phase Three sometime after Ant-Man's 2015 release.
The character of Stephen Strange has been likened to Tony Stark - he's an arrogant neurosurgeon who's forced to find new purpose after his hands are mangled in an accident - with some reports suggesting that Strange is being pitched as the Marvel Universe's next "hub" character after Iron Man.
To sum up, they need one hell of an actor to fill this surgeon-turned-sorceror's shoes. We've rounded up five of the strongest contenders below, some of them genuinely in the mix, others just wishful thinking. Take a look through our list, »
To celebrate Jolie's big day, no doubt spent with partner Brad Pitt and their brood of six, we take a look back at the beautiful star's style evolution in pictures. From a sombre gothic through to androgynous cool and glamorous gowns - view her fashion transition below:
Angelina's first Oscars
At the Wallace premiere in 1997
A forlorn-looking Angelina Jolie wears dark smoky make-up with a matching hair band and a camel-coloured strapless dress, which looks as sombre as her mood, as she arrives at the George Wallace premiere in '97.
The Gia screening in '98
Angelina Jolie goes for gothic-style dark eye make-up and a plunging black dress with »
Despite the mediocre reviews, Disney’s Maleficent took an impressive $170.6 million over its opening weekend in all almost all of its global markets (the film opens in China and Japan in the coming weeks). Not only is this the biggest opening for an Angelina Jolie live-action movie, it also means that Disney has crossed the $2 billion mark in just five months.
Breaking it down, Maleficent took $70 million in the States and $100.6 million overseas.
Read our reviews here, here and here.
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. »
- Luke Owen
Maleficent topped this weekend’s box office chart in the Us, raking in a spectacular $70 million. That’s $10 million more than projections suggested, and $14 million more than a similarly themed Snow White And The Huntsman managed to bring in on the same weekend 2 years ago. The mixture of darker twists on family favourites is proving to be a real box office winner, with Oz The Great And Powerful also another successful film in that bracket. This also proved that Angelina Jolie is still a strong box office draw despite not having appeared in a major role since 2010′s The Tourist. Maleficent may experience a sharp drop off next week with the arrival of How To Train Your Dragon 2, which looks set to draw in parents and kiddies alike.
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Another May weekend, another big number one debut. For the fifth weekend in a row, a new release has taken the number one spot at the box office. Two weeks ago, it was Godzilla and last weekend, X-Men: Days of Future Past. This weekend, it was the Walt Disney live-action fantasy Maleficent's time to shine. Angelina Jolie's first starring role in four years conjured up big numbers in its debut, easily beating the Seth MacFarlane comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West while knocking the wind out Marvel's money-making mutants.
Alice in Wonderland opened to $116 million four years ago and wound up earning $332 million domestically and one billion dollars worldwide. Suffice to say, Disney began to see dollar signs all over the possibilities of live-action variations of classic children's tales, such as The Wizard of Oz and Sleeping Beauty (Cinderella arrives in 2015). 2013's The Wizard of Oz prequel, »
We’re kicking off a new regular Sunday quiz feature here at Flickering Myth, and with Angelina Jolie returning to the screen this weekend as the Mistress of All Evil in Maleficent, we thought we’d get things underway by putting your knowledge of Disney villains to the test. So, if you think you know your Scar from your Shere Khan and your Hades from your Jafar, then take the quiz below and see if you can match all 20 Disney villains to their respective films…
Question 4 Hercules Aladdin The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Pinocchio
Question 5 Lady and the Tramp 101 Dalmations The Aristocats Frozen
- Gary Collinson
“Maleficent” cast a spell at the Friday box office to nab $24.2 million Stateside.
Disney’s Angelina Jolie-starrer looks to make magic this weekend to open to a stellar $68 million. If the estimate pans out, “Maleficent” will mark the highest-grossing live-action debut for Jolie — miles ahead of “Wanted,” which bowed to $50.9 million in 2008.
“Maleficent,” a live-action retelling of “Sleeping Beauty,” comes on the heels of several other Disney reimaginings: last year’s “Oz the Great and Powerful” bowed to $79.1 million and 2010’s “Alice in Wonderland” premiered to $116 million. The fantasy adventure won’t match those debuts as the pics launched »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Friday Am Update: Playing at over 3,000 locations, Maleficent earned a very strong $4.2 million on Thursday night. That's ahead of early shows for Alice in Wonderland ($3.9 million) and Oz The Great and Powerful ($2 million). It's worth noting that Alice and Oz were March releases that opened at midnight and 9 p.m., respectively, while Maleficent is a Summer release opening at 7 p.m. Among 2014 releases, that late Thursday debut is less than half of Captain America, Spider-Man and Godzilla, and is a bit lower than Divergent ($4.9 million). For the weekend, Maleficent should easily earn over $50 million.Forecast: On the final weekend of May, Maleficent faces off against Seth McFarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West. The Disney fantasy, starring Angelina Jolie, will likely wind up in first place ahead of strong holdover X-Men: Days of Future Past.Maleficent is the latest CGI-heavy live-action fantasy from Disney. The company struck gold in 2010 with Alice in Wonderland, »
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The Walt Disney Studios release is on pace to hit $60 million when it opens domestically in 3,948 theaters on Friday, the majority of them offering 3D screenings. If tracking holds, it will mark the highest-grossing debut in Jolie’s live-action career, topping the $50.9 million earned by “Wanted” when it launched in 2008.
The $180 million-budgeted fantasy represents a big bet on Jolie’s star power. The film’s advertising features the actress front-and-center, and the movie gives her a juicy part, along with the opportunity to humanize the villain from “Sleeping Beauty.”
- Brent Lang
Ahead of its release this Friday, Walt Disney Pictures have dropped two new clips from Maleficent, the studio’s live-action retelling of the classic Sleeping Beauty, which sees Angelina Jolie returning to the screen for the first time since 2010 as she takes on the role of the Mistress of All Evil; check them out below via Stitch Kingdom….
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, »
- Gary Collinson
The live-action “Sleeping Beauty” reboot is on track to open to north of $60 million on May 30, according to early estimates. The $175 million-plus production needs to do strong business overseas to see a profit.
“Maleficent” comes on the heels of “Frozen’s” mega-success and thereby revived interest in Disney princess movies. It also follows several other Disney reimaginings: 2010′s “Alice in Wonderland” and last year’s “Oz The Great and Powerful.” Both of those movies were box office hits, although “Oz” underperformed overseas. “Maleficent” would need to match “Oz’s” $493 million worldwide cume to make an impact.
Meanwhile, “Alice in Wonderland” bowed to a record-breaking $116 million and went on to haul over $1 billion worldwide. But that vfx-heavy Disney fantasy pic was bolstered by the brand value of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp.
Although Jolie has star power, »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Warner Bros., the studio behind “Edge of Tomorrow,” is mobilizing for an ambitious overseas debut even as initial tracking suggests that the Tom Cruise film faces fierce headwinds at the domestic box office. True movie stars, those actors and actresses who can ensure big opening weekends on their name alone, may be a diminishing breed, but the studio believes Cruise is still enough of a draw to pack in foreign audiences.
“He has a very strong track record with international audiences and it’s a terrific film that’s getting a great reaction,” said Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, president of international distribution at Warner Bros. “We’re in it for the long haul and we think it’s going to play very well in a congested marketplace. »
- Brent Lang
London, May 10: Angelina Jolie has revealed that she will take a break from acting in order to focus on directing films and humanitarian work.
Speaking at a press conference for her new movie 'Maleficent', the Academy Award winner said that she had a wonderful career and she was sure that there will be few more films, the Mirror reported.
'The Tourist' star said that she was happy with the opportunities she got and was glad that she was able to be a bit more selective now.
The 38-year-old actress said that she would like to focus more on writing and directing and above all, she would like to focus more on her. »
- Smith Cox
The Academy Award winner said in Elle's June 2014 issue that she asked her daughter about being Aurora and she laughed on her face and said that she should be a horned creature instead, Us Magazine reported.
'The Tourist' star asserted that for young Aurora, they needed a child who wouldn't be fazed when the Mistress of All Evil hisses, 'I don't like children' on their face. (Ani) »
- Diksha Singh
We might have seen the final trailer this week, but Disney’s promotional campaign for Maleficent shows little sign of slowing down, with a huge new batch of stills arriving online today; check them out via Stitch Kingdom…
And thanks to Cbm, here’s the first clip…
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, »
- Gary Collinson
Johnny Depp was once labeled the greatest actor of his generation and, like many greatest actors of their generations, he’s gone through a bit of a rough patch, role-wise. Where he was once known for his versatility and indie choices, he’s now become a caricature of his former self, appearing in too many Disney movies and blase thrillers where he basically plays the same quirky character over and over again. Maybe this will all change with the upcoming comic thriller Mortdecai, in which Depp plays a charming international spy/terrorist/art dealer/all around rogue who also sports one remarkable mustache.
The plot of Mortdecai seems like a good one: Depp is Charlie Mortdecai, the aforementioned rogue, who races to recover a stolen painting that supposedly contains a code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. The film is based on the book trilogy by Kyril Bonfiglioli, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Angelina Jolie returns to the screen this month for the first time since The Tourist, starring as the Mistress of All Evil in the live-action Sleeping Beauty reimagining Maleficent, and Disney is making sure we know all about it. Over the past few days we’ve had five character posters, an IMAX one-sheet and a featurette, and now thanks to Cbm we’ve got a final trailer, as well as another featurette that explores the fantastic creatures set to appear in the fairy tale fantasy. Check them out after the official synopsis….
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 »
- Gary Collinson
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