From Disney comes Maleficent — the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom—and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well.
The film stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville. It is scheduled for release in the U.S. and Canada on May 20, 2014.
Angelina Jolie has signed with UTA for representation in acting, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.
The move expands Jolie’s ties to the agency, which has been repping her on the directing front since March 2011. Jolie was previously at IFA but was in play when her agent, IFA’s founder Ilene Feldman, decided to shutter her shop and become a manager earlier this month. When Jolie joined IFA in November 2011, it was the first time she had acting representation since 2006, when she left CAA. At UTA, Jolie will be repped by a team led by partner Richard Klubeck. She continues to repped by Media Talent Group and Sloane Offer.
Jolie is currently directing the World War II drama Unbroken for Universal, and next year stars as the title witch in Disney’s Maleficent.
Disney has released the first poster for Maleficent, featuring Angelina Jolie in all her wicked glory. The film stars Jolie as Maleficent, the most iconic villain from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty. Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville also star. The first trailer is expected to hit the Internet on Wednesday.
Maleficent is produced by Joe Roth, directed by Robert Stromberg, and written by Linda Woolverton. Jolie, Don Hahn, Matt Smith, Palak Patel and Sarah Bradshaw serve as executive producers. Maleficent opens in theaters on May 30, 2014.
Angelina Jolie is set to sign a book deal worth over £30 million. The 38-year-old star is reportedly the subject of a bidding war for the rights to her autobiography, and the battle has already hit around £31 million. A source at one US publisher told the Daily Star Sunday newspaper: “Whoever gets her will be sitting on a gold mine. “Her book is guaranteed to top the bestseller lists in virtually every country on the planet and even an advance of that size would be recouped within weeks.”
A friend of the actress revealed Angelina thinks “the time is now right” to pen her book, and she won’t be holding back. The insider said: “She has always wanted to do this and believes the time is now right… She has never known such peace and fulfilment in her life. “There are demons in her past but she is in a place mentally and spiritually where she feels comfortable enough to write about them honestly and put them in context. “No issues – apart from those that might damage her children’s privacy – will be taboo.”
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have signed a pre-nuptial agreement worth £200 million. The couple – who raise six children together – are planning to marry over Christmas and the actor has had his lawyers draw up a 101-page document which states that, in the event of a split, he will keep his pre-marital £110 million fortune and his partner’s £90 million assets will also be protected. And the agreement also states the couple would share equal joint custody of their kids if they ever go their separate ways.
A source told Grazia UK magazine: “Angelina has always been a bit reluctant about having a pre-nup but Brad persuaded her it’s for the best. “He’s a romantic guy, but also very practical, and given they’re worth £200 million between them, with six children and a lot of property across the globe, it definitely makes sense. “Both Brad and Angelina have been married before so they know how messy a divorce can get. It’s even more important this time because there are children involved and Brad wants them to cover all eventualities.”
The couple can’t legally marry in France as they are not residents of the country, but are planning a wedding blessing at their French home following a ceremony in Hawaii, Angelina’s late mother Marcheline Bertrand’s favourite place. The source said: “Hawaii means that her mother can be a part of a small ceremony on her favourite beach. Then the main event will be a wintery-themed bash in France with all of their closest friends and family. Everyone, especially the children, is very excited. “They love the idea of a Christmas wedding at their French home, Chateau Miraval, with a big roaring fire and lots of festive decorations.”
With plans to make a film about the life of Louis ‘Louie’ Zamperini floating around Hollywood for nearly half a century, the war hero’s story will at last be told
Louis ‘Louie’ Zamperini has led an extraordinary life and it comes as little surprise to learn that Hollywood has been trying to immortalise him for some time now. With the news that Angelina Jolie has signed on to work on the project, the great man’s wonderful life will finally make the leap to the big screen after a long, long wait.
In as early as 1957, Universal Pictures had planned to make a movie about the former Olympiad and surviving prisoner of war, with Kirk Douglas supposedly following up his starring role in Spartacus with a Zamperini turn. Some 56 years later and Universal have finally gotten around to making the film they had always wanted to make, but not without the help of Angelina Jolie and author Laura Hillenbrand.
Unbroken is based on Hillenbrand’s 2010 best-seller Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, with Universal buying the rights to the film the same year. The second lady to bring Zamperini’s story to the big screen was Jolie, who will be serving as director of the film. The pair, who are Hollywood neighbours, have developed a strong relationship over the years and it was really through Jolie’s insistance and pressuring that the film was picked up and put into production. Continue…
Studio bosses behind Angelina Jolie’s turn as Disney villainess Maleficent have hired a new director to re-work the beginning of the movie. The Oscar winner transforms into Sleeping Beauty’s evil nemesis in the upcoming project, which marks the directorial debut of Robert Stromberg.
Now executives at Disney have asked for the opening few scenes to be redone and have brought The Blind Side filmmaker John Lee Hancock to oversee the shoot. Producer Joe Roth tells The Hollywood Reporter, “We asked (Hancock) to be on set. He’s not directing. He wrote pages and I hired a first-time director and it’s good to have him on set. “The movie is gorgeous to look at and the last 75 minutes are really entertaining.”
Luckily for Jolie, none of the new scenes will feature the star.