Angelina is… Maleficent!

Behold Angelina Jolie in character as the Big Bad herself, Sleeping Beauty’s evil queen, Maleficent! The new movie Maleficent, which just started shooting and won’t be in theaters until March 2014, promises to retell the Sleeping Beauty tale from the point of view of the “villainess.” The press release promises, “The film reveals the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse the baby Aurora.”

The movie also stars Elle Fanning as the young Princess Aurora, and India Eisley as the young Maleficent. Also featured: Imelda StauntonMiranda RichardsonSharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.

The dark fairy tale is directed by Robert Stromberg, a visual-effects designer making his directorial debut. The project will have tons of SFX, hence the long production time.

Behind the Scenes With Judge Dredd

This is shaping up to be a big week for Dredd, the forthcoming adaptation of legendary British comic strip Judge Dredd, from the long-running weekly anthology 2000 AD. We have new behind-the-scenes photos from the set, and we’ve been told to expect the first trailer Thursday. (It’s likely to be just a teaser, but I’ll take it.)

Today’s offerings show Karl Urban as Judge Dredd and Olivia Thirlby as Judge Anderson shooting a couple of scenes. That could be Deobia Oparei, who plays Judge Alvarez, next to Anderson, but I’m not sure. We can’t really tell what’s going on, but the uniforms look cool.
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