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'Maleficent' Bewitches Friday Box Office, Shows Power of Jolie (and Female Stars)

With "Maleficent," Angelina Jolie now joins Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock, Cameron Diaz, Melissa McCarthy and Rooney Mara as an actress who has recently opened a movie to strong initial returns better, in many cases, than some male stars considered safe bets for franchise efforts.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 31, 2014 1:59 PM
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This Weekend, Why 'Die in the West' When You Can Head to 'Night Moves' and 'Maleficent'? (TRAILERS)

Though critics are pooh-poohing the tawdry, toilet-humor antics of Seth MacFarlane's "Million Ways to Die in the West," Angelina Jolie in "Maleficent" promises to be a fun family time-suck, while the weekend's indies offer something more to chew on.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 30, 2014 8:09 PM
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Director Robert Stromberg Talks 'Maleficent': Cutting Edge Virtual Cinema and Age-Old Emotional Storytelling

The path to directing from VFX and production design has certainly been a natural one for two-time Oscar winner Robert Stromberg ("Avatar," "Alice in Wonderland"). And after re-imagining Disney's iconic "Sleeping Beauty" with "Maleficent," he not only wants to continue directing but also explore new tech frontiers. In fact, Stromberg has formed his own virtual company, Hydra (in partnership with The Third Floor previs boutique and "Maleficent" production designer Dylan Cole), so he can be on the cutting edge of total cinematic immersion.so he can be on the cutting edge of total cinematic immersion.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 30, 2014 2:26 PM
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Critics on 'Maleficent': Jolie Is Fierce and Film Looks Great, But Fairytale Wears Thin

First reviews have swooped in for "Maleficent," Disney's take on the "Sleeping Beauty" classic arch villain here played by a wickedly gorgeous Angelina Jolie, a ringer for the iconic character. Per critics, the news is good and bad. The film, helmed by Oscar-winning VFX artist Robert Stromberg making his directorial debut, is a suitably sumptuous visual feast. And Jolie kicks ass, clearly reveling in the role. But the message and story seem to have gotten muddled along the way, making reviewers wonder whether this fairytale is more regressive than revisionist.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 28, 2014 1:38 PM
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Angelina Jolie Says Acting Is "Going to Take More of a Backseat" (VIDEOS)

Angelina Jolie's got a lot on her plate these days. With Disney's dark fairytale "Maleficent" coming out May 30 and her next directorial effort "Unbroken" currently in post, save a voiceover or two, she hasn't had much time for new screen roles of late. Jolie plans to put acting on the back burner while she commits to her aid work, and to directing. Here's what she had to say at a recent press conference promoting "Maleficent."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 9, 2014 1:29 PM
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WATCH: More Beautiful Wickedness from Angelina Jolie in New 'Maleficent' Trailer

A new, extended trailer is here for Disney's "Maleficent." Unlike the first trailer, which hid Angelina Jolie's wicked villain until revealing her in the final moments, this one is all Jolie -- which is what will draw most people to see the lavish "Sleeping Beauty" reboot, anyway.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 18, 2014 2:08 PM
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WATCH: Angelina Jolie Takes Flight with Maleficent's Wings

Turns out, Angelina Jolie's Maleficent is even scarier than we thought. Disney has released a new promo spot wherein we see a young Maleficent take flight with gigantic, Angel-of-Death-style dark wings. She tells princess Aurora: "My wings were stolen from me." This must be another reason she's so pissed (aside from not being on the guest list for Aurora's christening). Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 17, 2014 2:16 PM
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WATCH: New Trailer for Disney's 'Maleficent,' Featuring Lana Del Rey's 'Once Upon a Dream'

A new trailer has arrived for Disney's "Maleficent," featuring Lana Del Rey's slinky rendition of the "Sleeping Beauty" classic "Once Upon a Dream."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 27, 2014 11:32 AM
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'Maleficent' Calls for New Opening by Disney Fave John Lee Hancock

Director John Lee Hancock ("Saving Mr. Banks," "The Blind Side") has been brought in for re-shoots on Disney's "Maleficent," starring Angelina Jolie. Hancock, who penned "Snow White and the Hunstman," has written several new opening scenes for the reboot featuring the Sleeping Beauty villain. The film's director, Robert Stromberg, making his directorial debut (!) with this $200 million tentpole, will oversee the revisions.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 10, 2013 2:47 PM
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