“Legacy” Trailer For Angelina Jolie’s ‘Maleficent’ – Also Starring Elle Fanning, Sam Riley & Sharlto Copley
Disney has revealed this new “Legacy” trailer 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).
‘Testament Of Youth’ Adaptation Begins Filming; Synopsis & Cast Revealed (Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Hayley Atwell…)
Principal photography has commenced today (March 16th) on the Heyday Films and BBC Films adaptation of Vera Brittain’s iconic and powerful WW1 memoir, ‘Testament Of Youth.’ The stellar cast includes Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Joanna Scanlan, Hayley Atwell, Jonathan Bailey, Alexandra Roach, and Anna Chancellor. The film is financed by BBC Films, Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund, BFI, Ingenious, Nordisk Film Production and LipSync.
Alicia Vikander plays the iconic writer, feminist and pacifist, Vera Brittain, and Kit Harington plays Roland Leighton, Brittain’s fiancé. Vikander recently completed Alex Garland’s ‘Ex Machina’ and Guy Ritchie’s ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ ‘Testament Of Youth’ is directed by James Kent (The Thirteenth Tale, The White Queen) and produced by David Heyman (Gravity, the Harry Potter movies, Paddington) and Rosie Alison (Paddington, The Thirteenth Tale) for Heyday Films.
Speaking recently to Arise Entertainment 360, acclaimed writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie opened up about her work, her novels (which you should check out, they’re fantastic!), and her “We should all be feminists” TEDxEuston talk that had such an impact, and ended up on Beyonce’s album. On the movie side of things, while Adichie’s award-winning novel ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ has been adapted into a feature starring Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor, among others, it looks like there’s something in the pipeline with regards to her latest novel, ‘Americanah.’
Regarding the banner year for black actors, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie says (source ShadowAndAct), “I attribute that to the world finally realizing the immense talent that all of these black actors and actresses have… I think the problem with that though, is that it shouldn’t be remarkable… I celebrate it, but it’s a shame that we have to.” And then Adichie shared, or hinted at, an upcoming collaboration with Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, “I’m going to do the mysterious thing and say that Lupita might be making an announcement very soon. I don’t know. That announcement might be about Americanah.”
Dwayne Johnson has took to his Instagram to release this first look at him in ‘San Andreas,’ Brad Peyton’s earthquake disaster movie that arrives in cinemas on June 5th, 2015. Johnson co-stars with Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario and Art Parkinson in the film, which takes place when a massive earthquake strikes California and a special ops firefighter (Johnson) and his ex-wife (Gugino) must make the treacherous journey from Los Angeles to San Francisco to rescue his daughter (Daddario). ‘The Conjuring’ writers Carey Hayes and Chad Hayes penned the most recent draft of the script. A previous draft was written by Carlton Cuse.
“Puttin’ in a lot of hard ass work and proud to play my next role… Los Angeles Fire Department Air Squadron Rescue. Shooting starts in 4 weeks. Biggest earthquake of all time hits… SAN ANDREAS. #FirstInLastOut,” Dwayne Johnson said on Instagram.
Marc Webb Reveals That He Won’t Direct ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 4′; Talks Electro, Rhino & Harry Osborn
While ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ and ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ director Marc Webb is already pegged to helm ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 3,’ which is set for a June 10th, 2016 bow, he recently revealed to The Daily Beast that the third installment of The Amazing Spider-Man franchise will be his last Spider-Man movie. “I’d like to be involved as a consultant, and I’ve already talked to these guys about it, but in terms of directing it, that will close out my tenure. I’ve had so much fun doing it, but after the third movie, it’ll be the time to find something else.” ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 4′ is penciled in for a May 4th, 2018 release.
With Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ set for home release on April 8th, WETA Digital has unveiled this behind-the-scenes video detailing the companies Oscar-nominated work to create Smaug and meld it with the performance of Benedict Cumberbatch. WETA describe the video as follows: “Middle-earth is a fantastical world of imagined landscapes and many incredible digital creatures. We completed almost 2000 VFX shots for the film, encompassing hero digital performance work, large scale water and fire simulations, complex digital environments, digital doubles of a large cast, and extensive creature work. Take a glimpse at the invention, artistry and innovation that the artists at Weta Digital used to make it all come together in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”