Screen Junkies » Search Results » maleficent http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:16:30 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Why ‘Maleficent’ Failed http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/why-maleficent-failed/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/why-maleficent-failed/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:47:47 +0000 Philip Harris http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=262130 WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD! Not that it matters. “Yet I know it’s true that visions are seldom all they seem.” Nobody, and I mean nobody, was more excited than me when...

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WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD!

Not that it matters.

“Yet I know it’s true that visions are seldom all they seem.”

Nobody, and I mean nobody, was more excited than me when I read Angelina Jolie was cast as the titular character in Maleficent. I know I’m not the first weird gay kid to fall in love with Maleficent, the greatest of all Disney villains. I know I’m not the only one who funneled my insecurities and revenge fantasies into the badassery of her diva fits and the self-indulgent joy she took pride in as The Mistress of All Evil. Hundreds, maybe thousands, claim ownership over her fandom, which is exactly why I’m writing this. I was the weird kid who didn’t play sports because I was studying Sleeping Beauty. I was the chubby gay boy who made my mother buy a Queen-size bed sheet to use as a cape when I pretended to be Maleficent. I was the outcast who ritualistically called out her spells, swinging a plastic “staff” (it was a toy microphone stand) atop the gray ottoman in our living room, making damn sure Prince Phillip would not get to King Stefan’s castle. In many ways, I’m both exactly for whom this film was made and the worst person for whom this film was made. One could say I was merely expecting too much. Sorry, Disney’s not getting off that easily.

Let me tell you what Maleficent means to me, to us. She is the self-possessed, loner goddess with the greatest magical powers in the realm. She is feared by all and loves it, for she is a conduit for evil. And by “evil,” I mean the antagonist forces that oppose the heteronormative bullshit that fairytales laud as the light of god. She is the woman content to live in a crumbling castle, her only companions being the bumbling trolls who don’t know babies age and the crow she’s chosen as her familiar. She’s confident, powerful, and knows how to make an entrance—everything a persecuted gay boy wants. And the real-life embodiment of all that power is undoubtedly Angelina Jolie. So, when this bullied gay kid, who is now a melodramatic adult, first heard rumor of the Jolie casting, I sang its possibilities from the mountain tops and offered thanks and hope to the universe. Okay, I just posted it on Facebook, but isn’t that really the same thing? Beyond Maleficent’s inert force and character schema and looking past the perfection of Jolie’s casting, the triumph of Maleficent’s presence in the Disney classic Sleeping Beauty can be summed up by Tim Brayton, the genius movie critic who runs his own blog entitled “Antagony and Ecstasy.” He writes:

Maleficent combines the three things that go into making all of the best Disney villains:
-She is a woman
-She uses magic
-She is defined by the color black.
Black as the pitch of night, that’s what she is: sleek, flowing black lines, edged with royal purple, against a sickly green background, with cadaver-pale skin and yellow eyes, Maleficent is pretty much the least-subtle evil being possible, but she is also the most commanding visual element in every frame that she occupies because of it.

That’s what she means to the legion of fans who’ve seen Sleeping Beauty hundreds of times. And honestly, for Disney to shit on our good will with the embarrassment of Maleficent is disgraceful, especially after an overwhelming promotional campaign that made me so excited  I Instagram’d this on May 19:

Let’s go in, shall we?

First, someone needs to tell writer Linda Woolverton what a moor is. A moor is not a land  of hills and forest filled with magical creatures that look like rejects from the world of Harry Potter. This is not a moor:

This is a moor:

A flat, windswept land, most likely in the English countryside, upon which tragic lovers named Heathcliff and Katharine can find love and solitude.

Second, why does child Maleficent live in a tree? I mean, she has wings, but I see no nest. In fact, I don’t see anything else that looks like her in the forest. She is supposed to be a fairy, but all the other fairies are these annoying sprites who are clueless to everything.

Third, are we just supposed to accept the mystery of Maleficent’s parents’ death? She empathizes with the young Stefan, who will later roofie her (we’ll get to that in a second), when he says his parents are dead. I think both sets of parents died of boredom.

Fourth, there’s a war in the first half of this movie that is completely glossed over, which brings me to pacing. This movie is choppier than the vomit-inducing whale watching trip I took in the fourth grade. Maleficent, much like the catastrophes of the 2010 Alice in Wonderland and the 2011 Oz, the Great and Powerful, is the perfect storm of irresponsible storytelling: a mega-star name to sell, the latest CGI technology at the film maker’s disposal, and the brand of a beloved classic to fuck over with a series of strung-together scenes that ultimately tell no single story but instead almost taunt the very notion of cohesion. Let me tell you what this movie should have been. It should have been an epic, three-part fantasy extravaganza. It should have been an adult trilogy in which one of the greatest of Disney characters is given the tragic life story she, and we, deserve. Instead, we got a children’s movie filled with haphazard moments. How awesome would the story of Maleficent had been had it been given the Game of Thrones treatment? The first movie could have been about her painful youth, why she’s different, how she deals with it, culminating in the burdensome realization that she’s been chosen as the protector of the moors (which aren’t moors) and must defend her land in an epic war. The second movie could have been about her relationship with Stefan, the kind peasant boy who becomes her only friend only to betray her, convincing her that true love doesn’t exist. I imagine that in the last moment of that second movie a vile minion tells Maleficent, whose heart is finally pure stone, that Stefan, now king, has had a daughter and there’s to be a christening. And then the third movie could be the serious, R-rated retelling of the Sleeping Beauty myth. It’s got all the elements of a fantasy-driven epic : royalty, magic. There’s even a dragon! Except, of course, that dragon is not Maleficent herself (the climax of her story arch in Sleeping Beauty) but instead her crow, which shape shifts in Maleficent at his mistress’ behest. Incidentally, the elocution of this magical command is really a triumph of language artistry on the writer’s part. Maleficent says, “Into a dragon.” So creative, right?

What pains me the most is the missed opportunity. No one in this generation will ever be more suited to this part than Angelina Jolie. With her Born This Way cheek prosthetics, her leather-bound horns, and her disaffected gaze, she perfectly embodies Maleficent. You can’t take your eyes off her. She is perfect for this role and does everything she can to try to save Maleficent from becoming incoherent twaddle. She does not succeed. It’s a jumble of CGI and missed moments that culminate in a “plot” twist that was done better in Frozen. Aurora is not awoken by Prince Phillip. Hell, by the time Aurora’s sleeping in the castle’s topmost tower, Phil’s only been in one other scene. He doesn’t even know her. No, it is Maleficent who kisses her awake. True love’s kiss did not come via the lips of a wandering prince but via the guilt of the curser. How did Maleficent, the most reviled enemy in the land, merely walk into King Stefan’s castle? Your guess is as good as mine.

And now we come to the roofie scene. Among the myriad of arbitrary moments is a scene in which Stefan, seizing his chance at becoming king, drugs Maleficent and cuts off her wings. How in any way is this scene fit for a children’s movie, for any movie? A power-thirsty man literally clips the wings of the most powerful woman in the land after he’s taken advantage of her love and vulnerability by poisoning her. Yes, young humans for whom this film was made, let’s make one thing very clear. While it’s great to be an empowered woman with all the powers of magic literally at your fingertips, do remember that a man with a power complex (or iron) can take all that away in one date. Don’t ever be vulnerable, young people, for that may be the moment you lose your ability to soar, the moment you are violently stripped of your freedom.

The near date rape of Maleficent aside, there was no need to give Maleficent a back-story. Just as Jim Carrey’s The Grinch was ridiculous, just as Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was ridiculous, so was Maleficent. These are characters born of the wind, pure in form and unjustifiably singular. The Grinch hates Christmas not because of something that happened to him in his childhood but because he is the trickster inhabiting the hills around Whoville. Willy Wonka is not a candy-making recluse because his father was an overbearing dentist; he makes candy because he’s the magician spun together of the scent of peanuts and the warmth of hot chocolate. Maleficent is not evil because she was a lonely fairy whose wings were clipped by a boy she thought loved her. Maleficent is evil because the darkness gifted her to us. She is the dark flame of conflict in a world in which nuclear families treat the disassociated like monsters. Before Lady Gaga was Mother Monster, Maleficent was the queen of the monsters. To turn her into an emo vamp who doesn’t turn into a dragon as a last ditch effort to keep the archetypal straight man and woman from copulating is, as Maleficent herself would say, a disgrace to the forces of evil. Shame on you, Disney, for making millions of dollars by reducing one of your greatest characters to the common denominator. Shame on you, Disney, for tempting us with the possibility of a biopic of one of your classic villains only to drug her. And shame on you for disappointing the millions of us who know who Maleficent is and what she truly stands for. Money is not magic, Disney, and maybe  you should look at your own shit show of a movie to see what happens when the lust for power and riches consumes the minds of those in charge.

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Brad Pitt’s Face Touched Without Permission http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/brad-pitts-face-touched-without-permission/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/brad-pitts-face-touched-without-permission/#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 18:13:20 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=261872 NO TOUCHING.

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Vitalii Sediuk, the gross asshole who kissed Will Smith and tried to see what America Ferrera has been hiding beneath her traveling pants, has struck again. The Ukrainian “journalist” hopped the barricade at the Maleficent premiere and broke the ninth rule of Fight Club: no touching Brad Pitt.

Pitt was signing autographs for fans when he was reportedly punched in the face by Sediuk, who was then wrestled to the ground. The actor was unfazed and returned to his fans while probably assuming this was just another hilarious prank by George Clooney.

It’s interesting timing that this would happen in a week where Hollywood has been accused of being a complicit party to the violence at UCSB, and a reminder that we’re never safe from the actions of twisted individuals when in the public space. Sediuk has a history of disrespecting the privacy of celebrity genitals and if his actions incite copy cats, things could easily get out of control. You are in some way to blame for this, Soy Bomb. (CNN)

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Honest Trailers – Alice in Wonderland (2010) http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/honest-trailers-alice-in-wonderland-2010/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/honest-trailers-alice-in-wonderland-2010/#comments Tue, 27 May 2014 17:58:02 +0000 Lyndsey Saul http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=261822 "Maleficent" is just the latest live-action fairy tale Disney reboot. Fall down the rabbit hole once again with "Alice in Wonderland," visionary Tim Burton's not-so-visionary take on the classic story.

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Maleficent” is just the latest live-action fairytale Disney reboot. Fall down the rabbit hole once again with “Alice in Wonderland,” visionary Tim Burton’s not-so-visionary take on the classic story.

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The Live-Action ‘Cinderella’ Teaser Trailer…Just For You http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-live-action-cinderella-teaser-trailer-just-for-you/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-live-action-cinderella-teaser-trailer-just-for-you/#comments Fri, 16 May 2014 15:57:54 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=261713 I would put some witty 'Cinderella' reference here, but I fear I'll confuse it with 'Snow White'.

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Not to stop at Maleficent, the Disney cash cow just keeps getting milked, this time with a live-action Cinderella, directed by Thor helmer Kenneth Branagh. He’s taken a weird, successful path from Shakespearean actor to summer blockbuster director. I’m not sure which I like more.

Anyway, the trailer doesn’t give away much of the plot, but anyone who isn’t familiar with the plot of Cinderella doesn’t deserve any cues anyway. The teaser consists of a spinning show that pans back to reveal the glossy, lustrous object is a glass slipper.

It doesn’t appear that the sole of the slipper is red, which represents a HUGE missed marketing opportunity for Christian Louboutin.

And there’s a butterfly. Cute.

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The Film Cult Presents: The Witches http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/the-film-cult-presents-the-witches/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/the-film-cult-presents-the-witches/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:07:31 +0000 Philip Harris http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=261029 Based on books by master storyteller Roald Dahl, The Witches is one of those children’s movies that’s downright frightening.

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WARNING! SPOILER ALERT!
Poor Luke can’t catch a break. His American parents die in a car crash during a family trip to Norway. His grandmother collapses on his birthday in a diabetic coma after she gives him two mice. A literal witch tries to lure him out of a tree house with a poisonous snake. And, oh yeah, he spends the majority of this brilliant film as a mouse.

One of the many movies based on books by master storyteller Roald Dahl, The Witches is, much like Return to Oz which I reviewed last month, one of those children’s movies that’s downright frightening. I don’t know what it is about children’s movies, but since the beginning of children’s cinema—from when Snow White‘s Queen hires a man to cut out Snow’s heart up until Elsa an Anna’s parents die in a shipwreck—young protagonists are thrown into parentless, dire situations. I’d love to see a classic children’s movie in which the parents are fine, in which the children aren’t in real danger. Of course, there’d be no movie if that were the case.

Well, young Luke is in definite danger. But, even before we get to Luke’s storyline, one of the most frightening moments in The Witches happens at the very beginning, when Luke’s grandmother tells the story of her young, schoolgirl friend Erica who disappears from the streets of Norway at the hands of the Grand High Witch. Eventually, the girl reappears, but only (and disturbingly) in her parents’ oil painting. Trapped in the painting, we see the child age: first a young girl, then a woman,  and finally a hunched-over hag who one day literally fades out of the picture.

From there, after his parents die, Luke, his grandmother, and his mice go to the English seaside for a holiday. There, woefully, a convention of witches is convening to discuss how to better kill the children of England. And in the first time I was ever introduced to her as an actress, Angelica Houston herself plays the Grand High Witch. She is the diva of all divas, only being out-eviled possibly by Maleficent. Angelica’s performance is dramatic and over-the-top, all things befitting a grand high witch who wants to turn British kids into mice so she can step on them. Adding to the magic, after Angelica takes off her face and scalp (yup, you read that right) the Grand High Witch is portrayed by a Jim Henson Creature Shop creation that is straight out of a child’s nightmare. It’s great, and I never thought a molded piece of polyurethane could out act Angelica Houston.

In a delightful cameo, Rowan Atkinson plays the befuddled hotel manager, wondering where and why all the women convening are itching their scalps, as he tries to rid the building of all the new mice scattering about. His facial expressions and physical performance are on perfect display. Also making a pre-fame appearance is Jane Horrocks who you’ll remember as the ever-idiotic Bubble from Britain’s greatest television program ever, Absolutely Fabulous.

Through the phenomenal storytelling of Roald Dahl, whose imaginative plots and premises are among my favorite in the whole world (I mean, come on, James and the Giant Peach?) The Witches moves pretty fast through a compelling narrative. While still maintaining its classic children’s movie edge, the journey Luke must go on to no longer be a mouse and save the children of England from a murderous witch is harrowing. He must overcome kitchens filled with knives and boiling pots of soup as well as the witches themselves who love nothing more then to stomp on the mouses, splattering their guts all over the floor. Those moments are just this side of wince-inducing, which makes them actually fun.

There are  definitely some strange cuts in this movie. We move from Norway, to England, to the seaside pretty fast, but the delicious evilness and wicked witchery more than makes up for those awkward cuts. And I’m not the only one who feels this way either. In a very unprecedented score, The Witches is one of the few movies on Rotten Tomatoes to have a full 100% backing. I couldn’t agree more.

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This Week In Movie News (You Actually Care About) http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/this-week-in-movie-news-you-actually-care-about/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/this-week-in-movie-news-you-actually-care-about/#comments Sat, 29 Mar 2014 16:44:04 +0000 Jason Epstein http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=260715 Prometheus 2, Cheech and Chong and everything else that happened this week in the movie biz, besides Gwyneth Paltrow's latest example of pretentious bullsh*t...

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Gwyneth Paltrow split with Chris Martin this week. Okay, now that we’re done re-reporting what so many other media outlets have for the sheer sake of once again calling out ol’ GOOP on what a pretentious jerk she is, let’s get to the good stuff we actually care about. Star Wars, Alien and Avengers, here we come!

Star Wars 7 May Feature a Return to Hoth
Metro UK reports on rumors that the Star Wars 7 crew (but no actors) will be headed over to Scandinavia for what will most likely be landscape shots. Could this be a return to Hoth? If so, could this be a reason for PETA to go all PETA in anticipation of possible Tauntaun abuse?

Prometheus 2 Goes Pre-Production
The Wrap reports that Ridley Scott’s Prometheus 2 will begin production this fall for a March 2016 release. The sequel is rumored to be a whole lot more “alien-y”, which we assumes means it’ll be less whatever-the-hell-the-first-one-was-y.

Cheech and Chong Return to the Big Screen
According to Rolling Stone, our favorite (and only) old, ethnic, pot-smoking duo will be teaming up with Super Troopers director Jay Chandrasekhar for a new film. No doubt it’ll be released in Colorado first – just to pay tribute.

Maleficent’s New International Trailer
Not sure what’s more frightening; witchy magic, fire-breathing dragons or those evil-as-hell cheek-bones.

Avenger 2’s Quicksilver Gets Ripped On by i09
i09 doesn’t like Quicksilver’s new look in the upcoming Avengers film – and neither do we frankly – but we’ll just have to put our faith in Whedon and all the technical wizardry that can be mustered to make a surf suit and sneaker-wearing dude who forgot to lose the chinstrap after Y2K look like a passable superhero.

Scarface Remake Locks Down Director Pablo Larrain
Technically, this is a remake of a remake; you see, the 1932 original was about an Italian immigrant, the 1983 film was about a Cuban immigrant and this iteration will be about a Mexican immigrant. Add Chilean director, Larrain, into the mix and we’ve got ourselves an awfully delicious potluck situation.

TMNT Goes Gritty
Hold the anchovies, cuz the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer is live! Now, if we can just figure out the tone of this movie…gritty urban crime drama or goofy, cartoonish action flick? Eh, who cares; we’d never turn our back on childhood.

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‘Maleficent’ Trailer Will Have Little Kids Saying ‘Maleficent’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/maleficent-trailer-will-have-little-kids-saying-maleficent/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/maleficent-trailer-will-have-little-kids-saying-maleficent/#comments Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:20:49 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=258840 It's 'Sleeping Beauty' from the bad guy's POV.

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Kids love fairy tales. And they lovelovelove Angelina Jolie. Okay, I don’t know that second one to be true, but I think that they might after seeing her turn as an evil sorceress or which in Maleficent. Maleficent is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, but from the less nice woman’s point of view.

The film comes from Disney and has the heavy visual effects we’ve come to expect from the studio. Also it’s got Dakota Fanning, who we haven’t come to expect from the studio, so she’s just a pleasant surprise.

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The Jolie-Pitt Kids Cast Alongside Angelina In ‘Maleficent’ Somehow http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-jolie-pitt-kids-cast-alongside-angelina-in-maleficent-somehow/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-jolie-pitt-kids-cast-alongside-angelina-in-maleficent-somehow/#comments Tue, 23 Oct 2012 17:16:15 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=251626 BREAKING: Hollywood might not be a meritocracy.

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Though you’d think she be sensitive about putting young children from third world countries to work, Angelina Jolie has secured roles for her adopted children Pax and Zahara in Maleficent. They’ll join their sister, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt in the villian-centric take on the tale of Sleeping Beauty in small, non-speaking roles. Shiloh also had an opportunity to appear in the film but reportedly was ”bored and not in the mood during the day her part was supposed to happen.”

Looks like there’s a Lohan in every family. (Us)

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Angelina Jolie Will Co-Star With One Of Her Many, Many Children In ‘Maleficent’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/angelina-jolie-will-co-star-with-one-of-her-many-many-children-in-maleficent/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/angelina-jolie-will-co-star-with-one-of-her-many-many-children-in-maleficent/#comments Thu, 23 Aug 2012 21:28:35 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=250510 Ohhhhhhh, the other 472 brothers and sisters are going to be soooo jealous.

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Why go to the public to search for a co-star when she’s got a large stable of multi-ethnic children living under her roof? So Angelina Jolie landed on her daughter Vivienne, (the white girl, for those scoring at home).

Before we get any further, I would like to demonstrate that I can rattle off all the Jolie-Pitt kids from memory.

  • Knox
  • Vivienne
  • Pax
  • Zahara
  • Shiloh
  • Maddox
Anyway, the film that Vivienne and Angelina will be starring in Maleficent, the story of a mom who can’t afford babysitters for all her children so starts taking them to work with her to star in movies. Actually, the film is about the villainous queen from Sleeping Beauty who will be played by the elder Jolie, with Vivienne taking on a role that just requires her to stay quiet for two goddamn seconds, probably.

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FOX ‘Narrows Down’ Potential ‘Wolverine’ Directors To 8 http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/fox-narrows-down-potential-wolverine-directors-to-8/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/fox-narrows-down-potential-wolverine-directors-to-8/#comments Thu, 26 May 2011 16:57:53 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213721 Does it even count as 'narrowing down' if there are still 8 names left?

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Ever since Darren Aronofsky ditched The Wolverine, it’s only been a question of who will step up to take his place. And now, in a truly newsworthy development, we know exactly who it will be – one of these eight guys: Jose Padilha, Doug Liman (Mr. and Mrs. Smith), Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go), Justin Lin (Fast Five), Gavin O’Connor, James Mangold (Knight and Day) and Gary Shore.

It’s possible that all these names aren’t familiar to you. For one, Gary Shore is mostly a commercial director. The rest are directors of a blend of relatively anonymous action movies like Knight and Day, and art films like Never Let Me Go. It remains to be seen which direction FOX will go in – but no matter which way they go, it’ll probably be better than the first Wolverine movie. (Variety)

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Aronofsky Wanted For Un-Aronofsky Projects: ‘Maleficent’, ‘Moses’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/aronofsky-wanted-for-un-aronofsky-projects-maleficent-moses/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/aronofsky-wanted-for-un-aronofsky-projects-maleficent-moses/#comments Fri, 20 May 2011 22:34:04 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213101 Warner Bros and Disney vie for Darren Aronofsky's attention, while Wolverine heals his broken, mutant heart.

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I’ve got to pull myself together. It’s been how many weeks – months? – since director Darren Aronofsky turned down The Wolverine? I haven’t shaved, I’ve been drinking… a lot. Then smashing the bottles against the floor and screaming “why?” Needless to say, I haven’ taken the news well.

However, Aronofsky has moved on, and is looking at proposals from Warner Bros and Disney. The Mouse House wants the Black Swan helmer for Maleficent, now that Tim Burton has dropped out. It’s Sleeping Beauty from the villain’s perspective, with Angelina Jolie set to star, so if you love Wicked, you are morally obliged to buy a ticket.

That glass slipper doesn’t sound like a perfect fit for Aronofsky, and neither does Warner’s Moses project, about the biblical hero leading the Jews through the desert. It’s one of two being developed in Hollywood, because there always has to be a competing movie, with Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes) set to produce. I think if he directed either of these, I’d bring a few X-Men action figures and start sobbing half way through.

But really though, I’m fine. (Badass News)

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Slow News Day: Tim Burton Bows Out Of Disney’s ‘Maleficent’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/slow-news-day-tim-burton-bows-out-of-disneys-maleficent/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/slow-news-day-tim-burton-bows-out-of-disneys-maleficent/#comments Tue, 17 May 2011 00:57:17 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=212385 The film will star Angelina Jolie, but I guess if Johnny Depp isn't involved in some way, Burton loses interest.

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With over 2 billion similar fairy tale movie projects in the works, there has to be room for one more, right? For money’s sake?

That was the question propelling the development of Maleficent, a live-action Disney feature a la Alice In Wonderland, which will tell the story of Sleeping Beauty from the evil witch’s point of view. Tim Burton was attached to direct and Angelina Jolie to star. It was to be a magnificent celebration of green screens and Hot Topic friendly character designs.

Then a Disney executive accidentally touched a spinning wheel or something and Tim Burton dropped out. Now the studio is scrambling for a new director to helm the project, written by Alice In Wonderland scribe Linda Woolverton. Jolie is still attached, but I guess if Johnny Depp isn’t involved in some way, Burton loses interest. (Hollywood Reporter)

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Of Course There’s Another ‘Sleeping Beauty’ In The Works http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/of-course-theres-another-sleeping-beauty-in-the-works/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/of-course-theres-another-sleeping-beauty-in-the-works/#comments Tue, 29 Mar 2011 21:18:53 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=204327 We're now at three and counting.

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If Snow White and the Huntsman, Th Brothers Grimm: Snow White, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, and Michael Bay’s Hansel & Gretel have taught me anything, it’s that it’s foolish to not milk the teat of half an idea for all its creamy goodness. That’s why it comes as no surprise that deceptively mature-looking True Grit actress Hailee Steinfeld is attached to a re-imagining of Sleeping Beauty.

The spec script gives Sleeping Beauty a lot more to do than just lay there like Sammi from”Jersey Shore.” This version is told from Beauty’s point of view as she navigates the dream world searching for a way out. What will set this apart from Maleficent, Tim Burton‘s take on the same classic fairy tale? Or the erotic thriller version starring Emily Browning? This one will have less groping and probably won’t feature Helena Bonham Carter. (Deadline)

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