While production ramps up for Steven Spielberg‘s adaptation of Ernest Cline‘s Ready Player One, casting is narrowing down. Nick Robinson is reported to be the first choice for the lead character Wade Watts, but who might play Art3mis, the VR avatar who is also after that elusive Easter Egg that will win that multi-billion-dollar OASIS fortune? Word is that Elle Fanning, Olivia Cooke, and Lola Kirke are at the top of the list. (more…)
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…)
Hitting theaters May 30th, starring Angelina Jolie, Disney‘s Maleficent takes us behind the curtain to shine some light on Sleeping Beauty‘s dark and foreboding villainess. This cut is mixed with scenes from the classic animated tale and shows how far special effects have come. (more…)
With Disney‘s D23 expo somehow avoiding any significant Star Wars wars news, people have found other things to get excited for. With so many projects announced, fans have been crowding around Maleficent – the film centered around Sleeping Beauty’s villain. Releasing first ever footage from the movie, the expo has released a few new details, many of which we have for you.
Putting a spin on the classic Disney tale, viewers will be treated to Maleficent, played by Angelina Jolie, as a teenage fairy. Odds a younger actress will take over the teenage role, but as it goes on will feature Jolie at intersecting points to the Disney animation; including the battle between the prince and the dragon.
The clip released at the expo is just one of those intersecting points, the christening of Princess Aurora, played by Elle Fanning as a younger Princess. While we can’t show you the footage, since it hasn’t been leaked yet, we can however give you the cliff notes revealing the castle and the fairies, played by Juno Temple, Imelda Staunton, and Lesley Manville, granting baby Aurora wishes until things get dark and stormy.
Everything begins to shake, Maleficent’s horns appear, and then her shadow as she sweeps into the room in a giant gown. “Well well,” she laughs. “I must say I felt quite distressed not receiving an invitation. What an awkward situation.” King Stefan, played by Sharlto Copley, declares “You’re not welcome here,” but the command falls on deaf ears as green energy and smoke surround Maleficent as she casts her curse. Intercut with this scene is footage of an older Aurora running around happily, ending the clip with the audience’s knowledge of what’s to come.
It sound’s like a great way to kick off promoting a movie, and according to Slash Film’s Peter Sciretta, is a “really look[ing] like a Disney fairy tale come to life.”
Maleficent arrives July 2, 2014. Check out the newer, updated synopsis below:
“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 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.
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.
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.
That picture up there? That’s the new face of Prince Phillip in the upcoming fairy tale movie, Maleficent.
The Aussie actor is Brenton Thwaites and he’ll be playing opposite Elle Fanning, who’s bound to give a spectacular performance if acting chops run in her family. If you’re wondering who he is, don’t ask me ’cause I haven’t a clue either.
The film isn’t out til 2014 so we’re still fuzzy on the details (like, oh, what’s the deal?). We’ll just have to see what the deal is with this Sleeping Beauty story and how this stands up above the 25871 other fairy tale films and TV shows out there as we get closer to its release.
We’ll be seeing some big names in the Robert Stromberg film, including Angelina Jolie, Imelda Staunton and Miranda Richardson (the last two of whom were both in the Harry Potter films!). Do you think the hype will hold for the next two years?
Angelina Jolie really got the ball rolling when she spoke publicly about wanting to play the evil queen in Maleficient. The project had been in development for quite a while. Directed by Robert Stromberg, who’s had effects experience with a number of films, including Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and Alice in Wonderland. His experiences with Disney probably helped land him in the hot seat. It’s all about connections, obviously.
At this moment, Elle Fanning, the younger sister of Dakota Fanning, is in talks with the studio with regards to playing the role of Princess Aurora – or, better known as Sleeping Beauty.
I think she’d be a great choice. It’s also interesting that there’s a fairy tale theme emerging with upcoming TV shows and movies… Are we finally past the vampire phase?
When you’re watching Super 8 this weekend you’ll feel transported to when as a child going to the movies was the hit of your week. Summertime didn’t just bring a break from school but the best movies you and your friends would be talking about for weeks. If Super 8 feels achingly familiar it’s because it is. You’ve seen this movies before, and I mean that in the best of ways.
J.J. Abrams‘ love letter to monster movies, coming of age tales from the 70s and 80s and Spielbergian, adventure-dramas is pitch-perfect at being just that, an homage to movies we’ve loved before. It’s not a film without faults and because it tries so hard to be like classics, E.T., The Goonies, Close Encoutners, it might just miss being considered one itself. But it sure does recall the nostalgia we have for those movies and those periods in our lives.
Because so much of what makes this film work is the unknown I will do my best to keep this review mostly spoiler free. But to be safe, it continues below the cut.