Jan. 26, 2014 | 9:22 p.m.
Songstress Lana Del Rey croons a haunting rendition of the classic Disney track “Once Upon a Dream” in a new TV spot for “Maleficent” that debuted during the Grammy Awards telecast Sunday. The song, taken from the 1959 animated telling of “Sleeping Beauty,” lends an eerie vibe to some new scenes from the film, which retells the fairy tale from the perspective of the sorceress Maleficent and purports to focus on the events that led the character to the path of evil. In this version, it’s revenge and a desire to protect her kingdom that prompt Maleficent to curse the infant princess. Due in theaters May 30, the film stars Jolie in the title role and sees the actress don the cape and horns of the character, a childhood favorite. “Since I was a little girl, Maleficent was always my […]
Jan. 20, 2014 | 11:51 a.m.
Angelina Jolie is the model of cool vengeance in the new teaser for “Maleficent,” the live-action retelling of Disney’s animated classic “Sleeping Beauty” from the point of view of the striking sorceress. Due in theaters May 30, the film stars Jolie in the title role and sees the actress don the cape and horns of the character, a childhood favorite. “Since I was a little girl, Maleficent was always my favorite,” Jolie said at an appearance at the studio’s D23 convention in Anaheim last year. “I was terrified of her, but I was also drawn to her. I wanted to know more about her. She had this elegance and grace, yet she was wonderfully, deliciously cruel.” The promotional spot for the film — which debuted over the weekend on the Disney Channel — plays up the connection to the 1959 […]
Nov. 13, 2013 | 7:04 a.m.
The first teaser trailer for Angelina Jolie’s “Maleficent” has arrived, showcasing just how great the actress looks wearing the signature horns of the Disney sorceress. Due in theaters May 30, 2014, “Maleficent” is a live-action retelling of the 1959 animated classic “Sleeping Beauty,” but with a focus on the events that turned the character to the path of evil. The new clip mostly centers on a conversation between Maleficent and the Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning), but concludes with what appears to be one of the haunting climatic moments from the animated tale — the wicked conjuror raising a forest of thorns from the ground. Earlier this summer, footage from the film, including a scene in which Maleficent cursed the baby Aurora, was revealed for the first time at Disney’s D23 convention. “Since I was a little girl, Maleficent was always […]
Nov. 12, 2013 | 11:06 a.m.
A new poster for Disney’s “Maleficent” shows the film’s star Angelina Jolie clad in witchy garb, horns and all. The poster was released Tuesday to promote the film’s first trailer, set to be unveiled Wednesday morning. “Maleficent,” due in theaters on May 30, 2014, is a live-action retelling of the 1959 animated classic “Sleeping Beauty,” but with a focus on the events that turned the sinister sorceress to the path of evil. “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,” reads the film’s official description. “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.” The new trailer, to be revealed Wednesday at 6 a.m. […]
Aug. 10, 2013 | 1:30 p.m.
“Maleficent” star Angelina Jolie arrived at D23 on Saturday morning, and like the evil sorceress she’s playing in the live-action retelling of the 1959 animated classic “Sleeping Beauty,” she knows how to make an entrance. Clad in a black sweater and black pants, the actress received a standing ovation from the audience, and she described her elation at starring in the film, saying that as a child she had an affinity for Maleficent. “Since I was a little girl, Maleficent was always my favorite,” Jolie said. “I was terrified of her, but I was also drawn to her. I wanted to know more about her. She had this elegance and grace, yet she was wonderfully, deliciously cruel.” Unfolding at the Anaheim Convention Center, the weekend-long D23 kicked off Friday with programming focused around Disney’s upcoming animated ventures. Saturday’s presentation emphasized news […]
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 […]