Angelina Jolie

‘Unbroken’: Maybe Not All Great Stories Are Meant to Be Movies

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by Mike Ryan December 2, 2014 @ 12:34 PM
Universal
Maybe not every story about the sheer determination of the human spirit over impossible odds needs to be a movie. This was my thought while watching Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken,’ the true story of Louis Zamperini (played by rising star Jack O’Connell), a World War II hero who is brutally beaten to within an inch of his life in a Japanese prisoner of war camp so many times that I lost count. The real life story is inspiring—and it truly is remarkable that he survived—but to watch it play out in front of your eyes over and over and over again almost feels sadistic. It gets to the point that every time we see O’Connell on screen, we automatically think, “I bet this poor man is going to get beaten again, isn’t he?” And we are always right.

Oscar Nominees Who Gave Terrible Performances During Their "Best" Year

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by Kate Erbland November 11, 2014 @ 9:08 AM
Sony Pictures Classics/Walt Disney Pictures
Even lauded talents star in terrible films, but sometimes—as is the case with these ten thespians—they happen to star in the worst of the bunch during the exact same calendar year that they turned in those Oscar-worthy works. Oops.

'Unbroken' Trailer: Louis Zamperini Is the Champion Who Became a Survivor

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by Nick Romano July 10, 2014 @ 8:34 AM
Universal Pictures
'Unbroken' is director Angelina Jolie's tribute to Louis Zamperini, a former Olympic runner and veteran who endured the unfathomable experience of becoming imprisoned at a POW camp during WWII. His story is one for the ages, made ever more emotional due to the man's recent death at the age of 97, and the latest 'Unbroken' trailer previews his harrowing journey from rebel to champion to survivor.

How Long Does Sleeping Beauty Actually Sleep in 'Maleficent'? (And 24 Other Urgent Questions)

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by Mike Ryan May 28, 2014 @ 1:21 PM
‘Maleficent,’ starring Angelina Jolie (‘The Bone Collector’), brings us the story of Sleeping Beauty, only from the villain’s point of view. At it turns out, maybe she’s just misunderstood? Have we misjudged Maleficent for putting that curse on poor Sleeping Beauty? Will it feel like there’s been a curse put on us after watching ‘Maleficent’? As a service to you, we answer every question that you could possibly have about ‘Maleficent.’

'Maleficent' Director Robert Stromberg Explains Those Reshoot Rumors

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by Mike Ryan May 27, 2014 @ 11:30 AM
With a budget of upwards of a reported $180 million, it may have seemed like a surprise choice to tap Robert Stromberg to direct Disney's tent-pole summer offering, 'Maleficent,' starring Angelina Jolie as the title character made famous as the villain in 'Sleeping Beauty.' John Lee Hancock had been brought onto the project for reshoots, a notion that today Stromberg bristles at hearing -- claiming that Hancock was only there to help make cuts to the first act and any reshoots were still shot by Stromberg. Ahead, Stromberg addresses the reshoot stories in depth.

'Maleficent' Sneak Peek: Sleeping Beauty Gets Pricked in New Clip and Featuette

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by Damon Houx May 14, 2014 @ 6:34 PM
Walt Disney
http://youtu.be/mVLMrvrJqJE
In the latest clip and featurette for 'Maleficent,' Angelina Jolie suggests the film is faithful to the original story, and that her character loves being evil. We always figured that this film was a more modern take that cast Maleficent as the possible hero of the story, though this clip doesn't answer that question entirely. Which makes us curious how it plays out.

'Maleficent' Sneak Peek: Angelina Makes Her Grand Entrance in New Clip, Photo Gallery and Concept Art

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by Nick Romano May 8, 2014 @ 11:00 AM
Disney
http://youtu.be/Z08CiQ9_Xuk
"Well, well..." Maleficent has indeed arrived. Before Disney's 'Maleficent' makes its grand entrance in theaters on May 30, a new clip and a massive gallery of movie stills and concept art have been released to both preview Angelina Jolie's turn as the iconic 'Sleeping Beauty' character and to dive into her world of magic, fairies and fantastical creatures.

New 'Maleficent' Trailer Reveals the Truth Behind 'Sleeping Beauty'

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by Jacob Hall March 18, 2014 @ 1:25 PM
Disney
http://youtu.be/w-XO4XiRop0
If nothing else, 'Maleficent' looks like a grand showcase for Angelina Jolie's ability to vamp it up on screen. The new trailer for Disney's revisionist take on 'Sleeping Beauty' is as gorgeous and mysterious as the rest, giving Jolie plenty of time to shine and ham it up as the title anti-hero.