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Hot on the heels of the film’s latest trailer, Disney has set loose this new TV spot for ‘Maleficent,’ the live action re-telling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. Lead by Angelina Jolie as Disney’s notorious evil queen, ‘Maleficent’ co-stars Elle Fanning as Aurora, and Sharlto Copley as Stefan, the half-human, half-fairy bastard son of the human king. In the film, Miranda Richardson plays Queen Ulla, a fairy queen who is Maleficent’s aunt – and dislikes her niece. Kenneth Cranham plays the human king who plots to conquer the fairy kingdom. Sam Riley takes the role of Diaval, a raven who changes into human form and is Maleficent’s right hand. Juno Temple, Imelda Staunton and Lesley Manville play the three pixie fairies in the tale.
Set for release on May 30th, the film explores the origins of the evil fairy Maleficent and what led her to curse Princess Aurora in Disney’s animated classic ‘Sleeping Beauty.’ Academy Award-winning production designer Robert Stromberg (Avatar, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland and Oz The Great and Powerful) directs from a script by Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and Alice in Wonderland).
Anthony Mackie Set For John Hillcoat’s ‘Triple Nine’; Also Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck, Kate Winslet…
This cast just gets better and better. According to Variety, Anthony Mackie is in negotiations to join John Hillcoat’s crime thriller ‘Triple Nine.’ Mackie would work opposite Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul, Gal Gadot, Woody Harrelson and Teresa Palmer. Mackie has a busy year ahead of him. Not only is he in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ (sidenote: he’s absolutely fantastic as Sam Wilson/The Falcon), but he also stars with Jennifer Connelly in the Paul Bettany-helmed ‘Shelter.’
The ‘Triple Nine’ story follows a group of thieves who plan to kill a young LAPD officer to divert the police away from a daring heist they’re perpetrating across town. The title refers to police code indicating that an officer needs immediate assistance. Casey Affleck will play the targeted officer, while Chiwetel Ejiofor will play a career criminal who masterminds the heist. John Hillcoat (The Road, Lawless, The Proposition) is directing from a script by Matt Cook.
‘Divergent’ is the first installment of the futuristic action-adventure trilogy based on Veronica Roth’s The New York Times bestselling novels. Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Maggie Q, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ben Lamb, Christian Madsen, Ray Stevenson, Mekhi Phifer and Amy Newbold, ‘Divergent’ is set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is warned she is “Divergent” and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy by a faction leader (Kate Winslet) to destroy all Divergents, Tris must learn to trust in the mysterious Four (Theo James) and together they must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late. ’Divergent’ is directed by Neil Burger (Limitless, The Illusionist) and is set for a March 21st release in the US and a April 4th bow in the UK.
Was there a particular element about Four’s journey in this movie that resonated with you?
Theo James: At first we don’t really know what his motivations are, where he stands really. There’s a clear attraction between him and Tris, but you’re not sure if this guy is batting for good or bad. Through the course of the movie you realize he’s actually motivated by something beyond him, a greater good. And I love that Four is a person who thinks before he speaks. He’s a watchful person and he’s listening all the time, but he doesn’t feel like he needs to speak necessarily or make a point of throwing his weight around. He’s also very efficient and strong, but he’s not someone who would show off. Secondly, I connected to Four because he felt like an older style of movie character, he had that element of a Steve McQueen or a Paul Newman, they don’t need to push anything. They’re just themselves, with their own sense of masculinity.
Following last month’s news that David Fincher is in early talks to direct the untitled Steve Jobs film based on Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography, The Wrap are reporting that Oscar winner Christian Bale is Fincher’s choice to play the entrepreneur, marketer, and inventor. The outlet add: “Fincher recently met with Sony’s Amy Pascal to discuss the possibility of directing the film, and told her, in no uncertain terms, that he’d only take the reins of the project if Bale plays Jobs…. Bale has not been approached to play Jobs yet, as the actor is taking a brief break from the business to spend time with his family since wrapping the role of Moses in Ridley Scott’s “Exodus.” The Biblical epic is expected to have Bale back in the awards conversation.”
If David Fincher does take on this project, the film would reunite the director with Oscar-winning ‘The Social Network’ writer Aaron Sorkin, who recently finished the adaptation, and ‘The Social Network’ producer Scott Rudin. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is participating in the film as a consultant. Fincher recently finished shooting the mystery thriller ‘Gone Girl,’ which is based on Gillian Flynn’s best-seller. Lead by Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, ‘Gone Girl’ opens on October 3rd.
Universal Pictures has just unveiled, via the film’s “Dumblr” account, these two teaser posters for Bobby and Peter Farrelly’s ‘Dumb and Dumber To.’ Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their roles as Lloyd and Harry in the film, while Rachel Melvin, Rob Riggle, Kathleen Turner, Brady Bluhm, Laurie Holden and Steve Tom co-star. Set twenty years after their last adventure, good-hearted yet dimwitted best friends, Harry and Lloyd, head out in search for one of their long lost children in the hope of gaining a new kidney. ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ opens on November 14th.
The official logline for the film is as follows: “Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their signature roles as Lloyd and Harry in the sequel to the smash hit that took the physical comedy and kicked it in the nuts: Dumb and Dumber To. The original film’s directors, Peter and Bobby Farrelly, take Lloyd and Harry on a road trip to find a child Harry never knew he had and the responsibility neither should ever, ever be given.”
The good people over at Digital Spy have set loose this latest behind-the-scenes featurette for Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah.’ Scheduled for a March 28th release in the US and a April 4th bow in the UK, Ray Winstone will play the role of Tubal Cain, the nemesis to Russell Crowe’s titular hero. Emma Watson plays Ila, a young woman who develops a close relationship with Noah’s son, Shem. That role will be played by Douglas Booth, with Logan Lerman playing Noah’s other son, Ham. Jennifer Connelly plays Noah’s wife, Naameh. Anthony Hopkins is playing Methuselah, while Kevin Durand is playing a giant who helps Noah and his family. The likes of Dakota Goyo, Nick Nolte and Madison Davenport co-star.