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Box-Office: ‘22 Jump Street’ Is The 2nd Highest R-Rated Comedy Opening Ever With $60 Million

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • June 15, 2014 1:35 PM
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22 Jump Street
There’s been talk of a slow box-office this year. Indeed as of early June, despite big grosses for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “Godzilla” and “X-Men: Days Of Future Past,” the box-office was down 12% from 2013. And it has been relatively soft: Tom Cruise’s “Edge Of Tomorrow” vehicle failed to open higher than $30 million and all of the aforementioned summer blockbusters are expected to not pass the $225 million mark at home (a relatively low performance considering the average tentpole). Could it be blockbuster fatigue has already set in? Evidence in favor of that post it this weekend’s box-office as two non-traditionally loud and epic films took off massively to make for $110 million total.

Box-Office: Angelina Jolie Has The Biggest Opening Weekend Of Her Career With ‘Maleficent’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • June 1, 2014 12:11 PM
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Maleficent
Angelina Jolie is one of those curious global superstars. To this day, the highest grossing live-action film she’s ever been in was $186 million for 2005’s “Mr. & Mrs. Smith.” And her top five all-time domestic grosses include three animated movies that she never physically appeared in (two of them being “Kung-Fu Panda” films). This phenomenon— worldwide A-lister actor with disproportionate box-office signal to noise ratio— isn’t uncommon. Before the first “Pirates of the Caribbean” film (which did finally throw him into the realm of true global superstar), Johnny Depp was still on the cover of People Magazine , US Weekly, etc., but his highest grossing domestic release was 1999’s $101-million-grossing “Sleepy Hollow.” Jolie’s partner Brad Pitt has the same deal.

Review: Disney's 'Maleficent' Starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning And Sharlto Copley

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 28, 2014 12:00 PM
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Maleficent
Walt Disney's original 1959 classic "Sleeping Beauty" is notable for several reasons, but most remember it for two things: its outrageously intricate design style, medieval-inspired artwork combined with an angularly modern sensibility and Maleficent, the self-described "Mistress of All Evil." Voiced with velvety viciousness by Eleanor Audley, Maleficent was the wicked sorceress who curses the Princess Aurora with an eternal slumber. Between her now iconic look and the fact that she turned into a frickin’ dragon in the movie's last act, Maleficent was a character that inspired both awe and loathing. Antagonist movies aside (never easy to pull off), it's easy to see why Disney would want to devote an entire movie to the perspective of this embittered and potentially complex character. But the resulting film, entitled "Maleficent," doesn't seem worthy of the immortal villainess. It is, in fact, a largely flavorless snooze.

Watch: Bow Down To Angelina Jolie With 3 Clips From 'Maleficent'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 14, 2014 4:49 PM
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Malefiecent
The month we're getting monsters, mutants and "Maleficent." Disney's summer blockbuster is resting on the exaggerated cheekbones of Angelina Jolie and nostalgia for "Sleeping Beauty" and three clips from the film are here showing off both in spades.

Watch: New 'Maleficent' Trailers, Featurettes, Posters & Photos Revisit Disney's Classic Villain

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 7, 2014 4:25 PM
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Maleficent
Good lord, Disney, we get it. With a few weeks to go until "Maleficent" arrives in theatres, the mouse house is cranking on the promotional machine hard, as they really try to avoid a "John Carter"-type situation from happening. While "Maleficent" is tied into their classic animated film "Sleeping Beauty," it's still got a weird name, and outside of Angelina Jolie, the kind of cast that doesn't generally move units, but they're hoping history and nostalgia can do some of the heavy lifting.

Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt Teaming For Mystery Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 5, 2014 9:31 AM
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Mr. And Mrs. Smith Brad Pitt Angelina Jolie
It was three years ago when Angelina Jolie arrived with her writing and directing feature debut, with the ambitious Bosnian War drama/love story "In The Land Of Blood And Honey." It wasn't quite so well received, but she got the bug, and this winter she'll be in the Oscar mix as the helmer of the WWII drama "Unbroken." That film has a script from more experienced hands Richard LaGravanese and the Coen Brothers, but Jolie hasn't given up on writing her own material. And in fact, she has something that could see her reteam with Brad Pitt for their first onscreen project since "Mr. And Mrs. Smith" nearly ten years ago.

Watch: New Trailer For Angelina Jolie's 'Maleficent' Bestows A Curse

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2014 1:45 PM
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Maleficent
Yeah, we know. It feels like there's been about fifteen trailers for "Maleficent" already, and Disney has dropped yet another, but instead of essentially playing like an extended TV spot, this is a legit full length spot with lots of new footage, magical stuff and bellowing. So let's take a gander, shall we?

Watch: Angelina Jolie Explains Why She Has No Wings In New ‘Maleficent’ Teaser Trailer; Plus New Poster & Photos

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 17, 2014 4:18 PM
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Maleficent
"I had wings once, they were strong, they were stolen from me." It’s like “Maleficent” promo day from Disney or something. The studio has released a new teaser trailer, a poster, and Angelina Jolie talked to USA Today about the scenes where her character once had wings and could fly.

Angelina Jolie’s ‘Maleficent’ Makes The Cover Of EW, Plus Check Out New Photos

Maleficent, EW cover
“The exercise wasn’t how can we have fun with a villain?”Angelina Jolie told Entertainment Weekly this week about her live-action re-imagining of the 1959 Walt Disney animated film “Sleeping Beauty” that focuses on the main villain. “It was: What turns people evil and vile and aggressive and cruel? What could have possibly happened to her?” Read More »

Watch: Alfonso Cuaron Explains Why Robert Downey Jr. & Angelina Jolie Weren't Cast In 'Gravity'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 19, 2014 12:52 PM
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Gravity, Angelina Jolie, Robert Downey Jr.
The long, long journey for Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" wasn't solely dedicated to the effects-heavy technical production. Before cameras even rolled, the filmmaker went through an arduous process to nail down his leading actors. Way back in the spring of 2010, Robert Downey Jr. and Angelina Jolie were tentatively slated to lead the sci-fi thriller, but by the fall, the actress had pulled out setting off an arms race for the vacant role. Natalie Portman, Marion Cotillard, Carey Mulligan, Abbie Cornish, Rebecca Hall, Olivia Wilde and Blake Lively were all mentioned/considered for the part before Sandra Bullock signed on, and by the end of 2010, George Clooney joined the project replacing RDJ who had also exited. And the rest is history. But what happened to the original duo?

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