New Movie Posters on Parade

I see a couple of really great film posters were just released — along with another that is… well, curious.

The Godzilla poster clearly rules them all. This beauty is a limited edition available only to lucky attendees at SXSW.

Disney is going all-out with two posters for Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent — one version makes it look like a standalone (non-Disney) production centered on Angelina, while the other goes the total “Disney animated fairy princess” route and includes co-star Elle Fanning. (No, this is not an Angie solo project.)

Finally, I included The Raid 2 only for the blurb, “One of the greatest action movies ever made!” Because if anything screams action, it’s a dude pointing a baseball bat and woman with a claw hammer!

Creepy New Maleficent Trailer Boasts Witchy Angelina

Check out this terrific trailer for the forthcoming Maleficent, a Disney movie that explains why the Evil Queen in the classic Disney animated feature Sleeping Beauty seemed to be so evil.

The movie stars Angelina Jolie as the misunderstood Maleficent, Elle Fanning as Aurora, Sharlto Copley as the King, and Jolie’s daughter, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, as Young Aurora.

I know, your first question is: “What’s that music?” It’s Lana Del Rey singing a new arrangement of “Once Upon a Dream,” the love theme from the animated Sleeping Beauty. This trailer (and the shorter teaser) has really turned me around on this movie; now I’m looking forward to it.
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First Trailer for Maleficent: Pretty Magnificent

Remember last year, when Angelina Jolie started working on that movie about Sleeping Beauty as told from the point of view of the “Big Bad,” the Evil Queen? Well, now we get a taste of that work in the first trailer for Maleficent.

Angelina really looks the part, and although she doesn’t get to do much here, Maleficent does come across as very creepy. I’m not sold on about Elle Fanning‘s pseudo-British accent as Princess Aurora, the soon-to-be Sleeping Beauty, but the rest of the production looks quite good.

Maleficent opens May 30, 2014.

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.

Soap Opera Weekly: 8/04/10

I usually try to avoid any and all spoilers before seeing a thriller, so I went into Angelina Jolie‘s spy flick, Salt, with blinders on. (And, never fear, I won’t spoil anything here.) I knew the plot concerned a CIA operative accused of being a Russian sleeper agent, and I was determined not to ruin any surprises.

Well, imagine my surprise to see that the film’s president of the United States was played by none other than Hunt Block! Block was my favorite incarnation of AS THE WORLD TURNS’ Craig (Sorry, Jon Lindstrom), and I was delighted to see that he portrayed fictional President Lewis with the same laconic charm that he brought to the shady Mr. Montgomery. But Block also lent Lewis a real sense of gravitas. I was surprised at what a great commander-in-chief Block made.

Another veteran of ATWT, former Faith Cassidy Hinkle, has a featured role in several flashback sequences. In addition, a couple of other soap stars have blink-and-you’ll-miss-’em roles: Victor Slezak goes from dead sleazeball politician Silas on ATWT to a one-star general in the movie; ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Tika Sumpter (Layla) runs the front desk at Langley, while castmate Kamar de Los Reyes (Antonio) plays a Secret Service agent; and Michelle Ray Smith (ex-Ava, GUIDING LIGHT) can be seen in a key bunker scene.

And, by the way, I really enjoyed Salt. Jolie is a charismatic lead, and the story went in a direction that I didn’t quite expect. The action sequences were a bit outlandish, but the story was so entertaining that I was willing to take it all with a grain of…salt.

Originally published on SoapOperaWeekly.com