Angelina Jolie’s movie fairytale Malificent has become the year’s most successful non-sequel as it rockets towards a global $600 million (£353 million) box office gross. In North America alone, Malificent has earned over $205 million (£120 million).
The live-action movie, which is expected to cross the $600 million mark on Wednesday (July 02), five weeks after its release, has quietly become fourth biggest film of the year behind X-Men Days of Future Past, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Angelina Jolie insists she has no plans to retire ‘completely.’ The Oscar-winning actress – who previously hinted she is preparing to step away from her career in front of the camera to focus on her other passions, including her humanitarian work – plans to be much more selective, but will continue to take on roles that challenge her. The 38-year-old star told reporters at a press conference in Japan ahead of the Tokyo premiere of Maleficent: “I’m not retiring completely, but I’m going to focus more on my writing, directing and my humanitarian work, so I will do less films and hopefully that will also make it possible to be very selective and do a few I feel really compelled to do. But I will be doing much less.”
Earlier this month, the brunette beauty, who is engaged to Brad Pitt, suggested her role in an upcoming movie about Cleopatra could be her last. She confessed: “That’s where you finish, in a great way. You kind of go, ‘What could you do beyond that one?’ Put it all into that one.”
Angelina also opened up about her close relationship with co-star Elle Fanning, 16, and admitted she hopes her daughters, Zahara, nine, Shiloh, eight, and Vivienne, five, grow up to be like her. She said: “She is so extremely talented, but she has also somehow, and it’s a credit to her parents, maintained her kindness and humanity, and in no way feels affected by this very difficult business, so she is really a great example for women, both as an artist and as a young woman.” She added: “I hope my daughters are like her when they grow up.”
Angelina Jolie claims working with survivors of rape was an ‘honour’. The Maleficent actress, who is a special envoy for the UN Refugee Agency, is determined to help end sexual violence as an act of war. She said: “Working on the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative [PSVI] and with survivors of rape is an honour in itself. I know that succeeding in our goals will take a lifetime and I am dedicated to it for all of mine. “We all know how hard it is to secure convictions for rape, even in stable democratic countries. So we have to work even harder to make justice possible in fragile countries. And that is the purpose of this protocol. “It is an essential document and I am so grateful to the hundreds of experts and survivors who have played their part in drafting it.”
Angelina also claims her humanitarian work has helped her in her own life. She told HELLO! Magazine: “It was my work with the UN that made me feel ready to have a family. But as a mother I do often think of how I would feel when I see children and other women in those terrible situations.”
Angelina Jolie raised awareness for World Refugee Day on Friday (June 20) by visiting a camp in Thailand. The Tomb Raider star jetted into the country with her children on Friday to fulfil her commitments as a special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Unhcr). She headed to the Ban Mai Nai Soi camp to talk with those living there, including many who had fled neighbouring country Burma.
Beginning today, April 18, guests at Disney Parks on both coasts will be able to enjoy an exclusive sneak peek at Walt Disney Studios’ Maleficent. This special extended sneak peek will play daily in RealD 3D at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the ABC Sound Studio and at Disney California Adventure park.
Also, Walt Disney Pictures has released a new featurette on the May 30 release which you can watch below! The action adventure stars Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.
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Elle Fanning “loves” Angelina Jolie. The 16-year-old actress stars opposite the brunette beauty in Maleficent and she says they were “drawn” to one another from the minute they met.
She said: “That first time [we met], I didn’t know I was gonna see her that day. It was a surprise and they were like, ‘Angelina’s here – she’s in the studio.’ “I turned the corner and there she was, we were drawn to each other! We gave each other the biggest hug ever and she shook my shoulders and she said, ‘We’re gonna have the best time working together!’ and that was the first thing, and our relationship got even better from our first time. I love her!”
Elle – who plays Princess Aurora, AKA Sleeping Beauty in the re-imagining of the fairytale – thinks audiences will love the “super” costumes in the movie, and says Angelina’s outfits as the titular villain are particularly dramatic and impressive.
She told ‘Access Hollywood’: “Angelina has so many all these capes and a lot of leather things – it’s very fun, For mine, I wore a lot of little peasant dresses because I live in the cottage. So a lot of pastel pinks and blues. “I do have a very fancy princess dress I wear at the end, which is very good.”