Following on from yesterday's newly revealed 'Maleficent' poster comes a first look at an official trailer for the Disney feature. The dark fairytale focuses on the life of the nefarious 'Maleficient' who featured in the 1959 animated feature 'Sleeping Beauty'. Angelia Jolie ('Salt') playes the title role and features amongst a trio of new stills that have been released to accompany the trailer. Co-star Elle Fanning ('Super 8') also pops up as Princess Aurora in the stills one of which features what appears to be the young star high-fiving a sparkly fairy. Sharlto Copley ('District 9'), Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple ('The Dark Knight Rises') and Lesley Manville also star. Check out the new trailer and stills below. »
Ahead of the first trailer tomorrow, Walt Disney Pictures has released a new poster for Maleficent, the upcoming live-action film starring Angelina Jolie as the iconic villain from Disney's 1959 animated 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 to Maleficent’s true happiness as well."
- Gary Collinson
Maleficent gets a new movie poster featuring the evil, but gorgeous Angelina Jolie as the Disney horned villainess. The poster is a precursor to the teaser trailer set for debut Wednesday, November 13. Watch Trailer
The Sleeping Beauty tale is re-imagined with Maleficent as the center of the new movie. The live-action film also features Sharlto Copley (District 9, A-Team), Elle Fanning (Super 8), Sam Riley (On the Road), Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake), Miranda Richardson (The Hours), Juno Temple (Atonement) and Lesley Manville (Secrets & Lies). Directed by two-time Oscar®-winning 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. Behind-the-scenes talent includes Academy Award®-winning cinematographer Dean
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We haven't talked much about Disney's Maleficent lately, but with the film's gorgeous new Us and UK teaser posters hitting the Net, we thought the least we could do is share them with you!
Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie in her first on-screen role in three and a half years, opens May 30, 2014. Check out the artwork below from EW for the Us version and The Imp Awards for the UK variant.
Co-starring in the film are Sharlto Copley (District 9), Elle Fanning (Super 8), Sam Riley (On the Road), Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake), Miranda Richardson (The Hours), Juno Temple (Atonement), and Lesley Manville (Secrets & Lies).
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.
- Debi Moore
The film also co-stars Sharlto Copley (“District 9”), Elle Fanning (“Super 8”), Sam Riley (“On the Road”), Imelda Staunton (“Vera Drake”), Miranda Richardson (“The Hours”), Juno Temple (“Atonement”) and Lesley Manville (“Secrets & Lies”).
This is the untold story of Disney’s most beloved villain, Maleficent, 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 »
- Kellvin Chavez
Angelina Jolie ('Salt') takes the lead in Walt Disney's new dark fairytale 'Maleficent' and Miss Jolie has popped up on the early UK teaser one-sheet from the production currently in post-production. Directed by visual effects artist Robert Stromberg, whom makes his directorial debut with the project, the tale tells of the villainous 'Maleficient' from Disney's 1959 animated movie 'Sleeping Beauty'. Sharlto Copley ('District 9'), Elle Fanning ('Super 8'), Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple ('The Dark Knight Rises') and Lesley Manville also star. 'Maleficent' will arrive in UK theatres in May 2014. Check out the poster below. »
Want to be in the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VII,” but can’t make it to one of the casting calls? No problem.
Disney has posted an open casting notice calling for video submissions to cast characters dubbed Rachel and Thomas to be in an upcoming film. The notice doesn’t say it’s for “Star Wars,” but as with the recent U.K. casting call, it’s widely interpreted as such.
The notice calls for a “beautiful, smart and athletic” young woman to play Rachel, a 17-to 18-year-old, and a “handsome, smart and athletic” man to play Thomas, 19-23 years old.
Video submissions can be entered through the casting website. In addition to the U.K. open auditions, auditions are being held in cities including Chicago; Nashville; Austin, Texas; and Troy, Mich.
The notice provides bios for both characters, but they may not be completely accurate. Abrams pulled a »
- Alex Stedman
The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today that acclaimed filmmaker Peter Jackson, visual effects artist Joe Letteri and Weta Digital will receive the Producers Guild’s 2014 Vanguard Award. The award will be presented to Jackson, Letteri and Weta Digital at the 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Sunday, January 19th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
Jackson and Letteri‘s Academy Award-winning visual effects powerhouse Weta Digital is a world leader in all areas of digital visual effects production, having created some of the most astounding effects ever seen onscreen. Their motion picture credits include such hits as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, Avatar and King Kong, among many others.
The Producers Guild’s Vanguard Award recognizes achievements in new media and technology. Previous recipients include James Cameron, Stan Lee, George Lucas, John Lasseter, YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, »
- Michelle McCue
Want a chance to be in Star Wars: Episode VII? Well, J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm have opened up online video casting submissions for the film for two characters named Rachel and Thomas, which are most likely code names for the actual characters.
The actual casting call for the film was going to be held in the UK and a few U.S. cities, but the studio is extending their reach to the entire world by taking video submissions for the roles.
For those of you who are interested, you can find out more details about the online casting submission by clicking here.
Here are the casting descriptions for the characters:
Seeking: Young woman to play 17-18 Years old. Must be beautiful, smart and athletic. Open to all ethnicities (including bi- and multi-racial).Rachel - Was quite young when she lost her parents. With no other family, she was forced to »
- Joey Paur
Last week, we reported on a Star Wars: Episode VII casting call that revealed details about two young characters named Rachel and Thomas, which are most likely code names.
The production is holding casting calls in various U.S. and U.K. cities, but now it has been revealed that prospective young actors can submit their video auditions online at OpenCastingCall2013.com, which also has information about "meet & greet" opportunities with casting director Maryellen Aviano. Take a look at the detailed character descriptions below.
Seeking Young Woman To Play 17-18 Year Old. Must Be Beautiful, Smart And Athletic. Open To All Ethnicities (Including Bi And Multi Racial). Must Be Over 16.
Was quite young when she lost her parents. With no other family, she was forced to make her way in a tough, dangerous town. Now 17, she has become street smart and strong. She is able to take care of »
Stewart Alexander is a Canadian actor and writer based in London, England. He was born and raised in Lachine, Quebec, and moved to the UK shortly after graduating from McGill University. Having made a number of short films on Super-8 in college, he embarked on a self-appointed apprenticeship assisting in the lighting, sound and editorial departments for a number of production companies in the UK. He also wrote and directed a short film called, “The Leather Jacket,” which was shot on 16mm, and edited, in a pre-digital age, on a Steenbeck. After meeting Kerry Skinner while studying to be an actor, he wrote the stage-play “Body Checks,” which they co-produced to considerable critical acclaim, and then adapted into a screenplay.
Now Alexander and Skinner have co-directed their first feature, the comedy-drama Common People. The film weaves together six stories and over thirty characters to present a dramatic, humorous and sometimes magical tale of romance, »
- Tom Stockman
Someone tell George Michael Bluth!
Disney and LucasFilm want you to be in the new Star Wars movie. Disney has posted an open casting notice for anyone with a video camera. A rep for LucasFilm confirmed to EW that the casting notice is legit and is for Star Wars.
Here are the official casting descriptions:
“Seeking: Young woman to play 17-18 Years old. Must be beautiful, smart and athletic. Open to all ethnicities (including bi- and multi-racial).
Rachel — Was quite young when she lost her parents. With no other family, she was forced to maker her way alone in a tough, »
- Erin Strecker
Update! Tim Burton Jp (Facebook Page/Tumblr Page), has posted an image of a Superman maquette that they believed was from Nicolas Cage and Tim Burton's Superman Lives, but based on past images posted on Superman Homage, we can see producer, Jon Peters, posing with the maquette and it is identified as being from the Superman: Flyby production. As for the maquette itself, it is a model (usually made from clay) that is sculpted by a member of the art department, to give producers a 3D representation of a character from the film. For those of you that aren't familiar with Superman: Flyby. It was a Superman film that was written by J.J. Abrams ("Super 8") in the early 2000's. Originally Brett Ratner ("Rush Hour") was attached to direct, but he was later replaced with music video savant, McG ("We Are Marshall"). You can read a brief breakdown the script below, »
The Doctor's personal special effects designer tells how his boyhood dream became a reality
A cardboard Tardis, made four decades ago from discarded cereal boxes by a young Doctor Who fan in Wales, is to go on display this month at Bradford's National Museum of Media. Lovingly stored in the loft of the boy's mother, the mini-Tardis has been lent for an exhibition celebrating the impact of the programme on the imagination of viewers. The story takes on a remarkablenew dimension when it is revealed that little Mike Tucker, the boy who made the cardboard police phone box, went on to do this for a living – creating many of the most terrifying,behind-the-sofa moments on Doctor Who.
"As a child I was always one of those less interested in football than in making things," Tucker, 49, told the Observer. . "I wanted to play with Lego, Airfix and Meccano. I loved Gerry Anderson »
- Vanessa Thorpe
Last week it was reported that Disney had rejected a request from Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy to push the release date for J.J. Abrams Star Wars: Episode VII back to 2016, and now it's been confirmed that the eagerly-anticipated first chapter of Disney's Sequel Trilogy will arrive in 2015, with StarWars.com site revealing a December 18th, 2015 date. Here's the official press release....
"We're very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture," said Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.
- Gary Collinson
The Revelation Perth International Film Festival is currently looking for participants for next year’s Revel-8 film competition, in which filmmakers must make an “in-camera” edited film on a single roll of Super 8 film stock.
Competition is open only to filmmakers living in Australia and the theme for next year’s Revel-8 is “Fantasy.”
One Super 8 cartridge and processing will be included in the entry fee for those filmmakers chosen to participate. However, if filmmakers want to use their own film stocks, that can be arranged with the festival.
Completed films will be scored by music composition students at the Wa Academy of Performing Arts and projected during the Revelation Perth International Film Festival, which will screen on July 3-13, 2014. The specific time and date for the Revel-8 show will be announced at a later date.
Entry forms need to be submitted to Revel-8 by April 4, 2014. Films will »
- Mike Everleth
"Shake It Up's" Kenton Duty joins his Contest co-star Katherine McNamara (both pictured) along with Joel Courtney from Super 8 to review Thor: The Dark World. Here's what KidsPickFlicks three Movie Star Movie Critics have to say about Thor and Jane Foster's latest adventure:
"Don't be left in the dark, Marvel has made another must see film. They've created another thunderous hit with Thor: The Dark World. This film is truly beautiful with breathtaking moments of cinematography created both in live action and with CGI. Worlds literally collide in this film as Thor and his band of heroes, some very unlikely and unwilling to be so, attempt to prevent all nine realms from being plunged into total darkness. Marvel stays true to its style and includes its signature bits of wit and humor separated by plot twists, sweet moments of romance, and epic battles of pure heart pounding action. »
- email@example.com (Joel Courtney, Kat McNamara & Kenton Duty)
The Pixar film process is highly iterative – what could fiction writers learn from its collaborative and experimental approach?
Being an author can be a lonely business. As a very reluctant reader in my own adolescence, I wanted to write stories that would inspire kids to crack open a book instead of load up a video game. But I didn't quite expect the isolation that comes with a writer's life.
Alone in my home office or surrounded by strangers in the coffee shop, my only colleagues are my characters. And while I do talk to them (yes, aloud, and yes, in the café), they don't make for great water cooler moments.
As I was wrestling with my self-imposed solitary confinement, I had a chance to meet Mary Coleman, the development executive at Pixar at the writer-centric Austin Film Festival (I had a little zombie film showing). The encounter changed my entire approach to creativity. »
Update: Disney has just announced a final release date for Star Wars: Episode VII: December 18, 2015. Start planning your entire year accordingly. Here's the official press release: With preproduction in full swing, a confirmed release date of December 18, 2015 has been set for Lucasfilm's highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII. "We're very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture," said Alan Horn, chairman of the Walt Disney Studios. Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star...
- Peter Hall
Ever since Disney acquired Lucasfilm for an astonishing $5 billion dollars late last year and set the internet on fire with the announcement of a new Star Wars film, the rumour mill has not stopped churning with potential information about the upcoming sequel. Since the shocking announcement confirming the continuation of the lucrative Star Wars franchise created by George Lucas, there has been constant speculation about both casting and release dates.
As of late the most recent Star Wars: Episode VII rumours have concerned the release date for the film with some claiming it may be delayed from 2015 to 2016. Well fear not as Disney and Lucasfilm have finally confirmed when we will next take a trip to a galaxy far, far away with an official announcement declaring the release date for…….December 18th 2015!, you can see the official press release below:
‘With pre-production in full-swing, a confirmed release date of December »
- Ben Read
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