Oct. 14, 2014 | 2:15 p.m.
Angelina Jolie says that when thinking about playing a live-action incarnation of Maleficent, the wicked sorceress from Disney’s animated classic, “Sleeping Beauty,” it was chiefly important to preserve at least one facet of the grand villain. “I wanted to make sure we didn’t lose her sense of wicked fun,” the actress says in a new behind-the-scenes featurette included in the Blu-ray and DVD editions of “Maleficent,” due for release Nov. 4. Hero Complex readers can check out an exclusive clip from the special features in the video below. Disney’s lavish retelling of the “Sleeping Beauty” story from the point of view of the dark sorceress became one of the breakout hits of the summer — earning upwards of $69 million in its opening weekend and going on to bring in more than $240 domestically. (Its worldwide total stands at $757 […]
May 21, 2014 | 4:28 p.m.
Two new clips from Disney’s “Maleficent” have been released — and they deepen the story of Angelina Jolie’s fairy-gone-bad. Due in theaters May 30, the Disney film retells the story of the 1959 animated classic “Sleeping Beauty” from the perspective of Maleficent, a wicked sorceress who was once a fairy with wings that were stolen from her. That theft appears to have set Maleficent on the path to evil. In the new clip, we see how much fun Maleficent used to have. She soars through the air with her beautiful feathered span, gliding close to the water before soaring into the clouds and basking in the sun. The classic tale that “Maleficent” is based on starts with the fallen fairy famously cursing the infant Princess Aurora (played by Elle Fanning) at her christening. In another newly released scene, Aurora, now an inquisitive girl, is seen […]
May 14, 2014 | 4:14 p.m.
A new clip from “Maleficent” has arrived, showcasing the climactic moment when Princess Aurora (played by Elle Fanning) pricks her finger and falls into a “sleep-like death,” the culmination of the curse the dark fairy placed on the girl at her christening. Angelina Jolie, wearing the cape and horns of the title character, is seen galloping across an expansive landscape at sunset, goading her horse to go faster — which poses an interesting question: Is she attempting to save the girl from such a fate? Due in theaters May 30, the Disney film retells the story of the 1959 animated classic “Sleeping Beauty” from the perspective of Maleficent, a wicked sorceress who once had wings but they were stolen from her. That theft appears to set Maleficent on the path to evil. Jolie said in a new featurette for the […]
March 20, 2014 | 6:35 a.m.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
Jan. 03, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
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 […]