Feb. 12, 2013 | 12:25 p.m.
Vivienne Jolie-Pitt’s role in 2014′s hotly anticipated “Maleficent” makes her one of Hollywood’s newest — and youngest — starlets as she follows in the footsteps of her famous parents: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. So why are the media going gaga over the fact that Vivienne will be paid to do so? Maybe it’s because her pay day is $3,000 a week, quite a tidy sum for a 4-year-old. Directed by Robert Stromberg, “Maleficent” is a live-action fairy tale retelling of Sleeping Beauty. Disney has billed it as the untold story of the villain from the Oscar-winning 1959 Disney classic, “Sleeping Beauty.” In a delicious bit of casting, Angelina Jolie plays the role of the evil fairy Maleficent, who casts a spell on a beautiful young princess that causes her to fall into a 100-year-sleep, a curse that can only be broken […]
May 28, 2011 | 6:31 a.m.
The impressive voice cast of “Kung Fu Panda 2″ — one which includes Jack Black as Po, Angelina Jolie as Tigress, Dustin Hoffman as Shifu, Jackie Chan as Monkey, Seth Rogen as Mantis, Lucy Liu as Viper and David Cross as Crane — is equalled by the film’s visual accomplishments, according to Times’ film critic Betsy Sharkey: There is much less of the comic book sketching-voice-over combo that was used liberally in the first “Panda” to fill in the blanks. And that is a good thing. For “Panda 2″ is not just wall-to-wall animation, it is artistry of the highest order. I don’t know whether it’s the technology that’s changed, or that the artists, most of whom worked on the first, have grown, but there is a striking new level of emotion in the characters themselves, particularly their eyes, that […]