Maleficent

March 20, 2014 | 6:35 a.m.

‘Star Wars,’ ‘Maleficent,’ ‘Winter Soldier’ set to open in IMAX

“Star Wars: Episode VII,” “Maleficent” and the next three films from comic book movie giant Marvel all will receive the very-big-screen treatment. Disney announced its plans to release a slate of six movies via IMAX on Thursday — the complete roster includes the upcoming “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” due to arrive April 4, as well as Angelina Jolie’s dark fairy tale, “Maleficent,” set to open May 30. Also on the roster are Marvel’s Aug. 1 release “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and a pair of very highly anticipated sequels in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and J.J. Abrams’ upcoming “Star Wars” film. Rounding out the list is “Tomorrowland,” director Brad Bird’s mysterious live-action project starring George Clooney. It’s not the first big announcement regarding the “Star Wars” film. Earlier this week, Disney via StarWars.com confirmed that the space adventure, due in […]
March 18, 2014 | 11:55 a.m.

‘Maleficent’ trailer: Angelina Jolie takes wing, dragon makes debut

The new trailer for “Maleficent” has arrived — and it seems to finally reveal a glimpse of the creature “Sleeping Beauty” fans had been hoping to see — a massive fire-breathing dragon that could be the sorceress transformed. Due in theaters May 30, the Disney film retells the story of the 1959 animated classic “Sleeping Beauty” from the perspective of the character who famously curses the infant Princess Aurora at her christening, Maleficent, played by Angelina Jolie. The new trailer begins with the film’s take on that integral scene from the animated movie (interestingly, in this version, she makes a point of saying that Aurora will fall into a death-like sleep — in the earlier movie, of course, Maleficent says the infant girl will die after she pricks her finger on the spindle of the spinning wheel). The clip features […]
March 17, 2014 | 11:36 a.m.

‘Maleficent’: Angelina Jolie spreads her wings in new clip, poster

Angelina Jolie in the new poster for "Maleficent." (Disney)
Angelina Jolie is ready to take flight in a new poster released for the upcoming film “Maleficent.” The image showcases Jolie all in black with the trademark horns of the sorceress — or dark fairy — and wide wings stretching out from her back. The story of those wings is explored further in a short new clip from the movie, with Maleficent explaining to Elle Fanning’s inquisitive Aurora that her wings were stolen from her. In flashback, though, Maleficent is seen soaring and diving through the air, before landing and striking a regal pose. Due in theaters May 30, the Disney film retells the story of the 1959 animated classic “Sleeping Beauty” from the perspective of the character who famously curses the infant Princess Aurora at her christening. The new film purports to focus on the events that led Maleficent toward […]
March 10, 2014 | 11:04 a.m.

‘Maleficent’: Angelina Jolie showcases her wicked side in new poster

Maleficent (featured image)
Angelina Jolie and her amazingly wicked cheekbones dazzle in a new poster released for the upcoming film “Maleficent.” Due in theaters May 30, the Disney film stars Jolie in the title role as the villain from the 1959 animated classic “Sleeping Beauty.” The upcoming movie retells the fairy tale from the perspective of the sorceress who curses the infant princess Aurora at her christening and purports to focus on the events that led the character toward a path of evil. Maleficent stands as one of the best-remembered Disney villains, and for Jolie, donning the cape and horns of the character, a childhood favorite, marked a significant career milestone. “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 […]
Jan. 26, 2014 | 9:22 p.m.

‘Maleficent’: Lana Del Rey croons ‘Once Upon a Dream’ in Grammys spot

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 conjures dark magic in new ‘Maleficent’ teaser

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 […]
Jan. 03, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.

‘Divergent,’ ‘Captain America,’ ‘Spider-Man 2′: Must-see movies of 2014

Click through the gallery for a glimpse of some films to look forward to in 2014.
2013 might have been a superb year for fans of genre entertainment, but 2014 doesn’t look too shabby when it comes to interesting fare arriving at the multiplex. Filmmakers are tackling original, high concept sci-fi tales in major studio releases, and a myriad of fan-favorite characters — including Kermit the Frog and Katniss Everdeen — are returning to the screen for new adventures. Following are the Hero Complex picks for some of the most anticipated new films of the year. Let us know which movies you’re most excited to see in the comments section below. RoboCop: Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 satire about a police man remade as law enforcement machine gets a sleek update from Brazilian filmmaker Jose Padilha with actor Joel Kinnaman starring as Alex Murphy, a futuristic Detroit cop who finds himself encased in metal after being critically injured […]
Nov. 13, 2013 | 7:04 a.m.

‘Maleficent’ trailer: Angelina Jolie transforms into Disney sorceress

"Maleficent" (featured image)
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.

‘Maleficent’: Angelina Jolie poster unveiled, trailer out Wednesday

'Maleficent' (featured image)
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.

Angelina Jolie arrives in Anaheim to unveil ‘Maleficent’ at D23

Angelina Jolie is "Maleficent." (AP Photo / Disney Enterprises, Inc.)
“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 […]
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