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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.

Sharlto Copley & Michael Nyqvist To Lead Sebastian Cordero's Sci-Fi Adventure Pic 'Europa'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 8, 2011 1:35 AM
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Best known for the festival hopping trio of "Ratas, Ratones, Rateros," "Crónicas" and "Rabia," Ecuadorian director Sebastian Cordero isn't exactly a household name but with his latest project, the up-and-comer finds himself at the helm of a promising sci-fi flick boasting a cast which reads like a who's who of international talent.

Diego Luna Latest To Circle Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium' With Matt Damon And Jodie Foster

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 9, 2011 12:20 PM
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Since the moment we walked out of "District 9," buzzing with the energy and invention of the picture, we, like you, have been keenly awaiting more work from South African director Neill Blomkamp. And after a heap of speculation -- the Blomkamp directing "The Hobbit" rumor must have raised its head a good half-dozen times -- the helmer's follow-up was finally announced at the end of last year as the mysterious sci-fi project "Elysium."

Jodie Foster Joins Matt Damon & Sharlto Copley In Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2011 7:57 AM
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Things are heating up for Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium," the followup to his blockbuster smash "District 9." Deadline reports that Jodie Foster has signed on, joining the previously announced Matt Damon and Sharlto Copley in what is shaping up to be a very exciting cast.

Neill Blomkamp Will Reteam With Sharlto Copley For 'Elysium,' Seeking Cast & Distribution

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 6, 2010 5:38 AM
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It's been pretty common knowledge since the beginning of the year that Neill Blomkamp was planning to follow the massive success of "District 9" not with a sequel or as was erroneously rumored at one time, "The Hobbit," but with a project of his own creation called "Elysium."

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