Angelina Jolie to Next Direct Richard Leakey Biopic AFRICA; Roger Deakins Will Act as Cinematographer

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Angelina Jolie is showing no signs of slowing down as a filmmaker.  After making her debut with 2011’s In the Land of Blood and Honey, Jolie won the highly coveted director’s job of the World War II drama Unbroken.  She put together a top-notch team including screenwriters Joel and Ethan Coen and cinematographer Roger Deakins, and while that highly anticipated film is slated to hit theaters in December, Jolie is already hard at work on her next directorial effort, the small-scale drama By the Sea starring herself and Brad Pitt.  But now, in the midst of shooting one film and readying another for release, Jolie is already lining up her next next film as a director: Africa.  Jolie has signed on to direct the biopic of paleo-archeologist Richard Leakey, who devoted his life to combating elephant and rhino poaching.

Hit the jump for more on the project, including the news that Deakins will be putting his genius to work in capturing the African landscape.

First BY THE SEA Images Reveal Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt as a Married Couple

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Newlyweds Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are revealed as a not-so-happily-married couple onscreen in the very first By the Sea images from their new film.  Jolie wrote, produces, and is directing the feature, which takes place in 1970s France and revolves around a marriage that’s collapsing on itself.  Jolie plays a former dancer and Pitt plays an American writer, and the story finds the disenchanted couple growing closer together in a quiet seaside town as they meet its inhabitants and begin sharing stories.  Cinematographer Christian Berger (The White Ribbon) is shooting the film using mostly natural light, and the supporting cast includes Niels Arestrup (War Horse) and Richard Bohringer (The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover).

Check out the first By the Sea images after the jump, along with an explanation from Jolie as to why she chose to set the film in the 1970s.  The pic is currently in production in Malta and will be released by Universal Pictures sometime next year.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s BY THE SEA Starts Filming in Malta This Week

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Angelina Jolie looks poised to be in this year’s Oscar race as a director with the World War II POW story Unbroken, opening Christmas Day, but it looks like she’s going to shoot a whole other movie before that film hits theaters.  It was announced last month that Jolie would write, direct, and star in By the Sea alongside partner Brad Pitt for Universal, and now word comes that production on the pic actually gets underway today in Malta.  By the Sea is commandeering a beach in Malta for shooting purposes until November 10th, meaning Jolie will have wrapped the pic by the time the press tour for Unbroken begins in December.  More after the jump.

Universal Pictures Takes Angelina Jolie’s BY THE SEA; Jolie Set to Direct and Star Alongside Brad Pitt

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Now that her second directorial effort, Unbroken, is in post-production and making its way towards a Christmas Day 2014 debut, Angelina Jolie is revving up to direct a brand new project, a film called By The Sea.  Jolie wrote the script and also has plans to produce and star in it alongside Brad Pitt, so it’s likely that this is that Jolie/Pitt on-screen reunion project we covered back in May.

We’ve got zero story details on By The Sea at the moment, but it’s being described as a “character-driven drama” and apparently, it’s already in pre-production.  Universal Pictures just snatched up the worldwide rights so perhaps Chairman Donna Langley and her team are pleased with what Jolie is doing at Universal with Unbroken.  Hit the jump for more.

TOP 5: MALEFICENT, ANT-MAN Director Search, New SNOWPIERCER Trailer, A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST, LEFT BEHIND Trailer Starring Nicolas Cage

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I’m a week late to the game on this one but I’m going to share my thoughts on X-Men: Days of Future Past today nevertheless. While not on par with the excellent X-Men: First Class, I found DOFP to be a worthy follow-up that does an admirable job of bringing continuity to the movie tapestry while mercifully retconning X-Men: The Last Stand out of the discussion almost entirely. Also, for all of the cynicism I threw the film’s way over Quicksilver’s costume design, Evan Peters steals the show during his all too brief screen time. Without giving away too much to those who still haven’t caught the movie, his primary scene is the best that DOFP has to offer and tops Nightcrawler’s attack on the White House in X2 which is not praise that I heap lightly. While not without its flaws (the scenes set in the future are far less compelling than the story playing out in the past), DOFP is still a solid entry in the series that has me looking forward to X-Men: Apocalypse.

All DOFP reflections aside, this week’s Top 5 features our Maleficent interviews and review, Marvel’s ongoing search to find someone/anyone to direct Ant-Man following Edgar Wright‘s departure, the new trailer for Snowpiercer, Matt’s review of A Million Ways to Die in the West and an interview with Seth Macfarlane and Charlize Theron, and Nicolas Cage starring in the first trailer for the new Left Behind film because he can. Keep reading for brief recaps and links for all of the above.

MALEFICENT Review

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In our current age of blockbusters suffused with CGI, I imagine we’ll keep coming back to this line from a recent editorial by Drew McWeeny at Hitfix: “We are living in an age of casual magic.”  Maleficent doesn’t just exemplify this sentiment; it’s a movie where the main character literally does magic in a casual fashion.  Director Robert Stromberg has created an animated movie that happens to have flesh-and-blood humans in it.  And yet for all his efforts in creating a lush, colorful world, the movie is a hollow, cursory adaptation of Sleeping Beauty where the only life comes from star Angelina Jolie, whose performance is more vibrant than all the digital creations surrounding her.

MALEFICENT: Watch 4 Clips, 6 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage, and a Music Featurette from Disney’s Villain Origin Story

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Disney has released a slew of material from its upcoming villain origin tale Maleficent.  Directed by Robert Stromberg, the film tells the story of how the titular Sleeping Beauty villain turned antagonist, as Angelina Jolie plays a woman whose betrayal sets off a drive of revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides.  In anticipation of the film’s release next weekend, Disney has unveiled a batch of clips, six minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, and a four-minute clip of the recording of James Newton Howard’s score.  For those itching to see this new spin on the classic tale, these supplements should tide you over for the next seven days.

Hit the jump to watch the Maleficent clips, behind-the-scenes footage, and music clip.  The film also stars Elle Fanning, Sharlto CopleySam RileyImelda StauntonJuno Temple, and Lesley Manville.  Maleficent opens in 2D and 3D on May 30th.

Angelina Jolie Talks MALEFICENT, Getting into Character, Wearing the Costume and Horns, Directing UNBROKEN, Balacing Work and Family, and More

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Every villain is the hero of their own story, which can certainly be said for the title character in Maleficent.  Played to wickedly delightful perfection by Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie, Maleficent is so much more than just a villain.  Once you learn about the elements of the betrayal that ultimately turned her pure heart to stone and led her to place an irrevocable curse upon the infant Aurora, you will begin to understand how she got her reputation.  Directed by Robert Stromberg and written by Linda Woolverton, the film also stars Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Brenton Thwaites.

At the press day, Collider was invited to participate in a small roundtable with the film’s star, Angelina Jolie, who talked about realizing that there was no half-way, once she put on the full costume and horns, what ultimately sold her on her daughter, Vivienne, being in the film and what she was like on set, how big of a role motherhood played in her accepting this project, the process of getting into character, each day, whether she’d consider returning to this character, and how she feels about this film being watched, for generations to come.  She also talked about the experience of directing her second film, Unbroken, why it was so much more daunting than her first, why its subject, Louis Zamperini, is so important to her, and how she manages to balance her big family with her hectic career.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

New Clip and Featurette from MALEFICENT Featuring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning

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Disney has released a new clip and featurette from director Robert Stromberg’s fantasy adventure Maleficent.  The film tells the story of how the titular Sleeping Beauty villain turned antagonist, as Angelina Jolie plays a woman whose betrayal sets off a drive of revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides.  This new clip shows the “finger prick” scene with Elle Fanning’s Aurora, and while the film continues to look stylistically impressive, I’m curious to see if we’ll finally get a compelling fairy tale adventure film or if this one will join the ranks of snoozers like Alice in Wonderland and Snow White and the Huntsman.  As for the behind-the-scenes featurette, Stromberg and Jolie discuss balancing the light and dark aspects of the film.

Hit the jump to watch the Maleficent clip and featurette.  The film also stars Sharlto CopleySam RileyImelda StauntonJuno Temple, and Lesley Manville.  Maleficent opens in 2D and 3D on May 30th.

Things Get Awkward in First Clip from MALEFICENT Starring Angelina Jolie and Sharlto Copley

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Disney has released the first clip from Robert Stromberg‘s Maleficent.  The film tells the story of Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of the titular villain (Angelina Jolie), and how a betrayal sets off a drive for revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides.  Even though this is the first clip, we’ve already seen a good portion of it in the previous marketing materials, so it seems like Disney is still keeping the film closely under (horn) wraps.  But the one constant is how much fun Jolie is having with the role, and that comes through loud and clear in this scene.

Hit the jump to check out the Maleficent clip.  The film opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 30th, and also stars Elle Fanning, Sharlto CopleySam RileyImelda StauntonJuno Temple, and Lesley Manville.

New Featurette and IMAX Poster for MALEFICENT Starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, and Sharlto Copley

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Disney has released a new Maleficent featurette along with the IMAX poster.  The film tells the story of Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of the titular villain (Angelina Jolie), and how a betrayal sets off a drive for revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides.  This featurette features interviews with Jolie, Elle Fanning (who plays the Princess Aurora), screenwriter Linda Woolverton (The Lion King), and director Robert Stromberg (the two-time Oscar winning art director of Avatar and Alice in Wonderland).  Although this featurette contains new footage, I’m starting to become a little bewildered at how little we’ve seen from this movie.  I’m not complaining—I’m usually in favor of less marketing, more surprises—but it’s less than a month away, and although Disney has another family film this month (Million Dollar Arm), this is a big, fantasy spectacle.  Thankfully, what we’ve seen so far looks pretty good.

Hit the jump to check out the featurette and IMAX poster.  The film also stars Sharlto CopleySam RileyImelda StauntonJuno Temple, and Lesley Manville.  Maleficent opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 30th.

New Character Posters for MALEFICENT Starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, and Sharlto Copley

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Disney has released new character posters for Maleficent.  The film tells the story of Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of the titular villain (Angelina Jolie), and how a betrayal sets off a drive for revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides.  While those familiar with the tale of Sleeping Beauty know Maleficent and Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning), these character posters also shine a spotlight on previously minor characters such as the nefarious King Stefan (Sharlto Copley) and Maleficent’s right-hand, Dival (Sam Riley), who can transform into a raven.

Hit the jump to check out the Maleficent character posters.  The film also stars  Imelda StauntonJuno Temple, and Lesley Manville.  Maleficent opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 30th.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Looking to Star Together in Project Jolie Wrote

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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt kicked off their run as Hollywood’s premier power couple about a decade ago after filming Mr. and Mrs. Smith.  They have not appeared in a feature together since 2005, but that could change soon.  Deadline reports Jolie and Pitt are in early talks to star in an untitled project based on an original script by Jolie.  That is all we know about the project as of this writing.  I expect the couple will try to leverage their massive joint marketing appeal to finance an otherwise difficult project as opposed to, say, Mr. and Mrs. Smith 2.

Independently, Pitt will next be seen in the World War II drama Fury (November 14).  Jolie directed her own WWII drama, Unbroken (December 25), and stars in the Disney fairy tale re-imagining Maleficent (May 30).

First Featurette for Robert Stromberg’s MALEFICENT Starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning

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Disney has released the first Maleficent featurette.  The film tells the story of Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of the titular villain (Angelina Jolie), and how a betrayal sets off a drive for revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides.  This featurette features interviews with Jolie, Elle Fanning (who plays the Princess Aurora), screenwriter Linda Woolverton (The Lion King), and director Robert Stromberg (the two-time Oscar winning art director of Avatar and Alice in Wonderland).  Their interviews help provide a few more details about the story, and the featurette also has some bits of new footage.

Hit the jump to check out the featurette.  The film also stars Sharlto CopleySam RileyImelda StauntonJuno Temple, and Lesley Manville.  Maleficent opens in 2D and 3D on May 30th.

15 New High-Resolution MALEFICENT Images Featuring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Fairies, and a Giant Dragon

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Disney has released a batch of new high-resolution Maleficent images from director Robert Stromberg’s upcoming fantasy-adventure film.  The pic tells the story of how the titular Sleeping Beauty villain turned antagonist, as Angelina Jolie plays a woman whose betrayal sets off a drive of revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides.  As we get closer to the pic’s release date, more and more visual effects shots are being completed.  Thus far this looks to be a very VFX-heavy outing, and these new Maleficent images give us a look at some of the CGI creatures—both big and small—that populate the fantasy tentpole.

Hit the jump to check out the new Maleficent images.  The film also stars Elle FanningSharlto CopleySam RileyImelda StauntonJuno Temple, and Lesley Manville.  Maleficent opens in 2D and 3D on May 30th.

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