Maleficent wasn’t Disney’s first live-action reimagining in recent years, but thanks to its huge box office success, the film spawned a new directive at the studio, which has a whole roster of live-action updates on its classic properties in the works. And now the film that’s mostly responsible for Disney’s latest trend is getting its very own sequel.
It was rumored not long ago that Angelina Jolie was eyeing the Captain Marvel directing gig over at Marvel Studios, but that rumor is now more of a reality as new reports confirm that Jolie is definitely being considered for the job. Not only that, but now that Michelle MacLaren is off Wonder Woman, it looks like Warner Bros. is also interested in having Jolie direct that film. Two female-driven superhero movies enter; only one can leave with Angelina Jolie.
ScreenCrush’s Comic Strip is a weekly roundup of the hottest superhero movie/TV news items. From Marvel to DC and points in between, if it pertains to costumed comic book heroes, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, Marvel (supposedly) eyes a few new directors, Ryan Reynolds talks up ‘Deadpool,’ and ‘Daredevil’ reveals its first trailer.
Angelina Jolie and husband Brad Pitt are set to reunite on the big screen in the upcoming film ‘By the Sea,’ but apparently the actress/director has so much fun working with her husband (why not, right?) that she wants to cast him in her next directorial project. Jolie has set her sights on her fourth film, ‘Africa,’ and she wants Pitt to take the lead.
The other day we brought you the not-so-shocking revelation that Adam Sandler is the most overpaid actor in Hollywood (for the second year in a row!), but what about the actors who made 2014 a great time at the movies? We’re talking about the leading men and women who aren’t necessarily the highest-paid, but who have brought in the most money at the box office—proving their successful ability to draw millions of people to see their films, sometimes more than once. It probably won’t surprise you to learn that your imaginary BFFs Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are at the top of the list of the highest-grossing actors of 2014.
'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.
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.
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.
Few movie villains carry the cultural cache of Maleficent, so it's hugely disappointing that the new film that bears her name as a title goes out of its way to strip away everything that anyone has ever loved (and loved to hate) about her. 'Maleficent
‘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.’