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…)
Angelina Jolie has looked the part even before we saw yesterday’s official poster. Now, hear her sound the part. It’s eerie! (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.
One of the remaining casting holes in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For was filled when MTV caught up with Robert Rodriquez at Sundance. Rodriquez confirms that Bruce Willis will be back to reprise his role as John Hartigan. The other big Sin City role that is still waiting for a final casting decision is the role of Ava Lord.
We have some choices in mind [for Ava Lord but] we haven’t finalized the casting. She doesn’t shoot for a couple weeks.
Rodriquez also talked about the shooting already completed:
[Juno Temple] just shot, she was fantastic. Her and Ray Liotta played together, they were amazing. Jeremy Piven shot just last night… we were shooting last night, all night. There are some characters from the book. It might surprise people who they play and the turns that they do… Bruce [Willis] is back, so you’ll be seeing him…
He also spoke about shooting the film in 3D and it’s effect on the film style:
We shot this in 3D. We didn’t shoot Sin City in 3D. I wouldn’t want to convert that one probably. The difference in shooting it is just… you can’t even compare.
Because this is a very two dimensional world it’s very stylised. To see that kind of stylisation in 3D will blow people’s mind.
You can check out the whole chat in the video below. Are you excited to see this movie really moving forward?
Word is that Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller‘s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For has added Ray Liotta (Goodfellas), Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises), and Jeremy Piven (Entourage). What characters the three will play is anyone’s guess at the moment.
The movie will follow the original movie and comics form of multiple short stories set in the same world. The stories and a short idea of each plot:
A Dame to Kill For:
Dwight McCarthy is called by his former lover, Ava Lord, who wants his help to escape her abusive husband, billionaire Damien Lord. However, Dwight soon learns that Ava’s true intentions are much sinister than they appear.
Just Another Saturday Night:
On the night John Hartigan met back up with Nancy in That Yellow Bastard, Marv regains consciousness on a highway overlooking the Projects, surrounded by dead young guys, unable to remember how he got there.
The Long Bad Night (Original Story):
Set after Hartigan’s suicide at the end of That Yellow Bastard, Nancy tries to survive the remainder of the night with Roark Junior/Yellow Bastard’s men on her trail.
Untitled Original Story:
Johnny, a cocky gambler, disguises a darker mission to destroy his most foul enemy at his best game.
The movie is set to hit theater screens on October 4th.
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.
Even though these photos are not much of a shocker, when it comes to the details on what Bane and Batman look like, it is still a nerdgasm for the senses. This issue of EMPIRE is a definite must-have for anyone interested in the upcoming film. If you have been living under a rock and haven’t seen the different official photos that have been floating around the internet, then these company-official images will be a feast for your nerdy eyes, if not than you’re still in luck my friends because you’ll get to see the new gadgets assisting the Dark Knight and his fight to keep the streets of Gotham safe.
Hit the jump for an enlarged view of EMPIRE magazine’s cover story!
The Nerd Bastards is crew slowly returning from the 3 day labor day weekend break. Will be back in full force tomorrow. However, there is news to be had. We got two brief Dark Knight Rises bits. Juno Temple’s role revealed and images of Catwoman kicking ass… with an apple.
Starting with the lovely Miss Temple. The Dark Knight Rises is just about finished principle photography, however Juno’s role has yet to be revealed, or has it? When her casting was first announced the role was described as “a street-smart Gotham girl.” With Catwoman having major prominence in the film, it was speculated that Miss Temple would play Catwoman’s sidekick Holly Robinson. The character of Holly made her first appearance in Miller’s Batman: Year One. She lives with her friend and mentor Selina Kyle, and has even took over the Catwoman role for a brief period.
Now a recent magazine article has surfaced that seems to confirm this belief.
In the latest issue of Total Film Magazine the young actress speaks briefly about joining the cast of Christopher Nolan’s threequel, and the mag seems fairly certain of the part she will be playing..
Then there’s the big one-The Dark Knight Rises, where Temple plays “street smart Gotham gal” Holly Robinson. Speculation has it that her Holly is the young prostitute first seen in Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One, and that she may be the sidekick to Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman.
Temple, for her part, says:
I can’t talk about that. But I think it’s going to be [frick]ing unbelievable. [Nolan] is awesome! There’s something really gentlemanly about him. He’s got an insane, incredible vision going on. Just getting the opportunity to work with him is awesome.
Sooo… Total Film talked to Temple in a Holly Robinson sense and while the actress didn’t elaborate, she didn’t correct them either. Basically, us bloggers are reading in between the lines. It’s what she didn’t say that confirmed the belief. That’s the theory anyway. Bah, this article was a big time waster. It doesn’t remotely prove or even suggest anything we didn’t already know. Temple more or less fits the way Holly’s been drawn and described, and since we already know that Catwoman will have a prominent role in the film, it makes sense that Holly would appear as well.
Moving on to something more substantial. We’ve got some new set photos (courtesy of JustJared) from the Los Angeles set of the film featuring Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle kicking thug ass with a half eaten apple in hand.
The movie is set to be release July 20th 2012, check out the pics and tell us if your Dark Knight just rose (Giggitty).
Here we go with another influx of super hero movie news! Thor star, Chris Hemsworth chats about that other super hero movie he’s involved with, The Avengers; our first glimpse of Rhys Ifans as the Lizard, sorta; more rumors about Juno Temple starring as Catwoman‘s sidekick in The Dark Knight Rises, plus how you could be an extra!
While Thor opens this week, May 6th, it is not going to be the last time we see Chris Hemsworth swinging his hammer. (Psst! Have you read our review of Thor? Well why the hell not?) If you haven’t heard, he’s already signed on for the massive, super hero team-up flick from Joss Whedon, The Avengers. Hemsworth spoke with The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy about the future of the thunder god,
Because “Avengers” was already in the works and sequels to “Thor” are an imminent possibility, how much have you had to think about what’s next for this character?
During filming, I didn’t think about it at all. The film I was doing was my focus. But I certainly now take away from that experience and say, okay, I’ve got to bring that back now and keep it consistent to some degree. As far as the character goes, I hope for some sort of evolution, that he has new challenges and conflicts and whatnot, and that also is the director and the writer’s decision. But having read the script, there certainly is it is that next step for Thor, and I feel like it is he has matured in a sense, and I couldn’t be happier with what I got to work with in this.
Was there any era or saga in the Thor comics that you found particularly inspiring or that you thought might be interesting to explore in a future film?
I read the Avengers comics first, oddly – that was what was given to me by Drew Goddard, who shot “Cabin in the Woods.” And I just remembered sort of seeing Thor in the comic books meet, I think it was Iron Man or somebody for the first time, and them saying, oh, he’s not really a god, and then him just kind of chuckling to himself and all of a sudden making it rain and a storm starts to come (laughs). I remember thinking, oh, that’s pretty cool. I really remember enjoying watching them attempt to form an alliance and all of their sort of egos clashing – all of these sort of strong-footed attitudes.
It must be difficult for Tony Stark knowing he’s not the god of the team, but we’ll have to wait for Whedon’s Avengers before we can see those egos clash. Personally, I’d be putting my money on the one controlling the elements, not the one with the fancy suit. To read the rest of Hemsworth interview head on over to Speakeasy.
But wait! There’s more after the jump!
Just when we thought there couldn’t be any more spunk added to The Dark Knight Rises, Juno Temple (Atonement) gets thrown into the mix. I mean, that name alone screams spunk! Along with a cast consisting of Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway and Joseph Gordon-Levitt the upcoming Christopher Nolan Batman flick is bursting at the seams with members of young Hollywood. And Temple is no exception.
The up and coming British actress is confirmed for the film, and will reportedly play “a street-smart Gotham girl. Word around the bat cooler is that she may play Holly Robinson from Frank Miller’sBatman: Year One series. The description of the character is,
“’a juvenile prostitute who lives with Selina Kyle,’ and in various incarnations has actually been trained to replace Selina Kyle as Catwoman.” (What’d I tell ya about that spunk?!)
All in all, this is a pretty badass addition to the cast and could definitely add some fun elements to the film. The film is feeling a bit bloated, but “In Nolan We Trust”, right?