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MERRIN DUNGEY, HENRY CZERNY

There was once an idea about fairy tale characters making a life for themselves in the real world, struggling to get by in a strange and terrifying world that’s far, far different then the one they came from, and that idea was Fables. Kidding aside, it is also the idea behind Once Upon a Time, the weekly adventures of a bunch of fairy tale characters trying to make a life for themselves in a small Maine town called Storybrooke. Granted, the show is a great deal more Disney-oriented than Fables (see the current Frozen story arc), which is understandable given that Disney itself produces the show, so naturally one should expect more Disney characters with every new storyline. To wit, prepare to welcome a certain duplicitous half sea witch, half octopus to town. (more…)

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The recent string of live-action fairy tales – usually twists on classic stories in an attempt to provide extra depth – hasn’t been all that critically successful. Films like Alice in Wonderland and Oz the Great and Powerful earned Disney piles of cash, but neither surpassed or even equaled the quality of their source material or the more well-known adaptations. In theatres this weekend is Maleficent, Disney’s twist on Sleeping Beauty in where focus is put on the tale’s dark villainess instead of the young, cursed princess. (more…)

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Films and books that re-imagine classic fairy tales in a format that paints “bad” characters in a more sympathetic–or at least morally complex manner a la Wicked seem to be the order of the day.

And Disney‘s Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie and scheduled for release in the U.S. at the end of this month, looks like one of the most ambitious entries in this genre. Take a look at the trailer after the jump for a glimpse at the dark fairy’s past:  (more…)

New ‘Maleficent’ Posters and Featurette Revealed

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I don’t know about you guys, but I was a little freaked out the first time I say the trailer for Maleficent in the movie theater, because Angelina Jolie looks like she walked out of the damn animated movie Sleeping Beauty with her portrayal. The awesomeness of Angelina Jolie is foremost on the mind of the cast and crew of Maleficent in a new featurette for the film. Along with that, Disney’s released five new character posters, which paints kind of a dark picture of the pending events in the film, which I guess is apropos when the villain is the main character. (more…)

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Disney took the perfect musical opportunity of the 56th Annual Grammy Awards to introduce Lana Del Rey‘s update of the Disney Sleeping Beauty classic “Once Upon A Dream“. There’s also incredible looks at some of the huge effects in the movie, and Angelina Jolie makes an appearance or two . . . or three . . . I mean the whole damn thing. (more…)

On the heals of the first offical production still of Angelia Jolie as Maleficent (Pictured above) come the first on-set pictures of Jolie in full costume in the British countryside surrounded by cattle. You can check out the full gallery of photos below!

Maleficent hits 3D and 2D theaters on March 14th. Directed by Robert Stromberg, the new look at a classic fantasy tale stars Angelia Jolie, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.

This is the untold story of one 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.

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First Look at Angelina Jolie as ‘Maleficent’

Shooting is now underway on the long-in-the-works live-action fairy tale film Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie as the villain from Sleeping Beauty. Today, we get our first look at what Jolie looks like as Maleficent, right down to the horned head wear. Check it out:

Also, Disney has released some character details and other slight reveals about what’s involved with the film.The plot will chronicle how Maleficent became so badass and the “human/faerie conflict”(?). Joining Jolie are Elle Fanning as the young Princess Aurora (AKA: Sleeping Beauty), Juno Temple, Imelda Staunton, and Lesley Manville as the fairies that will later protect the teenage Aurora from Malificent’s curse, and Sharlto Copley as Aurora’s father King Stefan.

Here are some more details from the Disney press release:

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.

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.

Behind-the-scenes talent includes Academy Award®–winning cinematographer Dean Semler (“Dances with Wolves,” “In the Land of Blood and Honey”), production designer Gary Freeman (“Saving Private Ryan,” “The Bourne Supremacy”), two-time Oscar® nominated costume designer Anna B. Sheppard (“Schindler’s List,” “The Pianist”) and seven-time Academy Award–winning makeup artist Rick Baker (“Planet of the Apes,” “Men in Black”).

“Maleficent” is scheduled for a March 14, 2014 release in 3D.

Source: /Film