Hot Trailer: Disney’s ‘Maleficent’

By | Tuesday March 18, 2014 @ 10:52am PDT

Disney is ramping up its fairy tale pic Maleficent with the latest trailer for the Angelina Jolie-starrer, which provides more of a look at the interaction between the evil sorceress and the object of her scorn Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning). The pic’s last trailer debuted during Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Disney’s ‘Maleficent’

By | Sunday January 26, 2014 @ 7:00pm PST

Disney scored during tonight Grammys with a new trailer for Maleficent that featured a haunting cover of the Sleeping Beauty classic ditty “Once Upon A Dream,” crooned with a touch of menace by Lana Del Rey. The fairytale twister opens May 30 and stars … Read More »

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Hot Teaser: Disney’s ‘Maleficent’

By | Monday January 20, 2014 @ 2:47pm PST

Here’s a longer look at Angelina Jolie and those wicked cheekbones in Disney‘s Maleficent, which tells the classic Sleeping Beauty tale from the evil sorceress’ POV. Elle Fanning stars as the snoozing princess opposite Jolie in the VFX-heavy live-actioner helmed by production … Read More »

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CAA Signs ‘Maleficent’ Helmer Robert Stromberg

By | Friday January 10, 2014 @ 6:58pm PST
Mike Fleming

imagesEXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, CAA has signed Robert Stromberg, who graduated from production designer and VFX  artist to make his feature directorial debut on the Angelina Jolie-starrer Maleficent. Disney releases the Linda Woolverton-scripted film … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Maleficent’

By | Wednesday November 13, 2013 @ 6:28am PST

Angelina Jolie stars as the eponymous Maleficent in Disney‘s 3D backstory of the wicked fairy from Sleeping Beauty. Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville also star. Robert Stromberg directs and Linda Woolverton wrote the screenplay. Disney will … Read More »

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Disney Shifts ‘Maleficent’, ‘Good Dinosaur’ & ‘Finding Dory’ Release Dates

By | Wednesday September 18, 2013 @ 11:15am PDT

The film of the backstory of the villain from the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale starring Angelina Jolie’s is coming out earlier now while the release date of Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur has been moved back a year and … Read More »

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Disney Production VP LouAnne Brickhouse Exits Company

By | Monday September 9, 2013 @ 6:35pm PDT

The veteran Disney exec was let go on September 6, I have learned. A VP of Production, LouAnne Brickhouse joined Disney back in 2001.  Brickhouse was one of Disney’s execs on the studio’s Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie and out on July 2, 2014. She also worked on … Read More »

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D23: Alan Horn Jeered For Keeping Mum On ‘Star Wars’, ‘Maleficent’s Angelina Jolie Makes Surprise Appearance, Marvel Teases ‘Avengers 2′

By | Saturday August 10, 2013 @ 12:31pm PDT

Anthony D’Alessandro contributes to Deadline’s D23 coverage.

Disney’s live action panel today at D23 started off with Alan Horn being heckled by disappointed Star Wars fans and pretty much turned into a clipfest afterwards. Only a surprise appearance by Maleficent  star Angelina Jolie at the Anaheim event raised the temperature anywhere near Friday’s news filled Animation panel. The newest jewel in Disney’s crown, Star Wars was dealt with by the studio boss with a list of old announcements of approximate release dates, JJ Abrams being on board and spinoff films. “I really wish I could tell you more. It will come soon,” Horn told the crowd as a big “awww” and boos emanated from around the convention center from fans expecting a bone to be thrown their way today.

Related: D23: Disney Announces New Animated Movies and Big Voice Castings, Offers Details On ‘Finding Nemo’ & ‘Planes’ Sequels

That was in sharp contrast to Jolie’s sudden walk-on later in the two-hour panel. Then it was cheers not jeers. “Since I was a little girl, I was drawn to her. But I was also terrified by her, but she had this elegance and grace,” said Jolie about playing in the upcoming backstory to the Sleeping Beauty character. “When I heard Disney was making the film, my brother encouraged me to take the role.” Jolie’s appearance in front of the audience of 7,500, came after Walt Disney live action production head Sean Bailey spoke about casting her for Maleficent. “You can pencil out a list of all the amazing actresses in the world and for us this list only had one name for the role, Angelina Jolie,” exclaimed Bailey over as sketches from the film played on the big screen. After Jolie’s brief turn on stage, Bailey showed the audience exclusive footage from Maleficent. In the clip, Jolie’s British-accented wicked Queen appeared amidst CGI fairies and green steam rising to curse the baby Sleeping Beauty. “Without a doubt, Maleficent will be a powerful movie experience when it comes to theaters next summer,” Bailey told the crowd. Maleficent is set to be release on July 2, 2014.

Related: Comic-Con: Marvel Announces ‘Avengers 2’ Villain & Title: ‘Age Of Ultron’
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Sam Riley Set For ‘Suite Française’ With Michelle Williams

By | Friday June 14, 2013 @ 2:28pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Sam Riley has joined the cast of the World War II drama. Suite Française also features Michelle Williams, Matthias Schoenaerts and Kristin Scott Thomas with Saul Dibb directing. Riley will play the role of French … Read More »

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Disney Release Date Moves: Slots For ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean 5′, ‘Muppets 2′, ’1952′; 3D for ‘Captain America’ And ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’

By | Monday January 14, 2013 @ 12:20pm PST

The studio announced a slew of release schedule additions and alterations today. Among the films getting new wide dates are Pirates Of The Caribbean 5, which is set for July 10, 2015; The Muppets 2, which will bow March 21, … Read More »

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Pinewood Shepperton Studios See Increased Film Revenues, Operating Profit

Studios operator Pinewood Shepperton’s unaudited six month results for the year ended September 30 show a marked improvement over the last comparable period. Before-tax profits are at £3M largely reversing a £5.4M loss in 2011. Revenues were £27.1M, up from £24.6M and operating profit jumped from £3.7M to £6.1M. Specifically, revenues from film were £18.8M, up from £16.4M. During the period, the UK facilities hosted Disney’s Maleficent; Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World; Working Title and Universal’s Les Misérables; Paramount’s latest Jack Ryan pic, Maryland; Universal’s Fast And Furious 6, Marv Films/Kick Ass 2 Productions’ Kick Ass 2 and Eon, MGM and Sony’s Skyfall. Pinewood Shepperton CEO Ivan Dunleavy said “The number of film productions contracted so far for next year is encouraging and the Board looks forward to the future with confidence.” TV revenues, however, were down to £2.5M from £3.6M in the earlier period. That was due to the increased film activity that saw those productions spill over to the TV studios. Read More »

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Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt’s Offspring Join Mom In Disney’s ‘Maleficent’

By | Tuesday October 23, 2012 @ 12:35pm PDT

Pax and Zahara Jolie-Pitt will be appearing in Maleficent with their mother Angelina Jolie, Deadline has learned. This makes four members of the family to join in the live-action Disney film, which is due out March 14, … Read More »

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Get An Eyeful Of Angelina Jolie As ‘Maleficent’ As Disney Film Gets Underway

By | Tuesday June 19, 2012 @ 8:06am PDT
Mike Fleming

Disney has started production on Maleficent, a revisionist take on the villainness from the 1958 animated film Sleeping Beauty. Robert Stromberg is directing.. Here’s a look at Angelina Jolie in the title role: Read More »

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Disney Crowns Young Prince In ‘Maleficent’

By | Wednesday May 30, 2012 @ 3:52pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Brenton Thwaites MaleficientEXCLUSIVE: Brenton Thwaites has been set as the prince in Maleficent, the Robert Stromberg-directed Disney film that stars Angelina Jolie as the title character and Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora. Who is Thwaites? He’s here … Read More »

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Sharlto Copley In Talks To Join Angelina Jolie in Disney’s ‘Maleficent’

By | Thursday May 3, 2012 @ 2:42pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Sharlto Copley is in negotiations to play the male lead opposite Angelina Jolie in Disney’s Maleficent. He will play King Stefan in the live-action film, which tells the backstory of Sleeping Beauty and why the … Read More »

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Disney Dates Angelina Jolie Starrer ‘Maleficent’ For March 14, 2014

By | Monday April 9, 2012 @ 1:26pm PDT
Mike Fleming

The Walt Disney Studios has set March 14, 2014 for the U.S. release of Maleficent, the film that stars Angelina Jolie in the title role as Disney’s ultimate villain. The live-action film explores the origins of the evil fairy Maleficent … Read More »

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Oscar Winning Actresses Roberts, Theron, Jolie, Weisz Turn Evil To Boost Boxoffice Fortunes

Pete Hammond

Mirror Mirror may not have burned up the box office in its opening weekend. Its estimated $19 million made the family film a distant and weak third, but that won’t stop a trend among Oscar winning actresses from going evil. Not since … Read More »

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Elle Fanning To Join Angelina Jolie In ‘Maleficent’

By | Thursday March 8, 2012 @ 3:29pm PST
Mike Fleming

Elle Fanning, MaleficentAfter Angelina Jolie told the world while promoting In The Land of Blood And Honey that she wanted to next star in Maleficent, things are happening quickly for the Disney film that will be directed by Read More »

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Disney Sets Robert Stromberg To Helm ‘Maleficent’

By | Friday January 6, 2012 @ 2:05pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Disney has tapped Robert Stromberg to make his feature directorial debut on Maleficent, the Linda Woolverton-scripted revisionist take on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale that is being constructed as a star vehicle for Angelina Jolie to play the villainess. … Read More »

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