We Told You So: Disney's Greatest Villain Maleficent to Get Her Own Film! 


So this morning, I was reading Ain't It Cool News, and Harry posted:

Hey folks, Harry here with the coolest whisper I've heard in a while. I was chatting to a fella I know tonight, and this person heard that Tim Burton is developing another classic Disney fairy tale in a quasi Live Actiony kinda way. It seems that Tim has a hankering for SLEEPING BEAUTY... but not really... You see, he's going to tell the story from Maleficent's point of view. In fact, it'll be called MALEFICENT.


But back in May of last year, we said Angelina Jolie was being mentioned for the Maleficent role by Disney/Pixar Brad Bird. Back then, it was still a Bird project, but apparently, with Dick Cook leaving Disney, it's now under Burton.

Either or, this is a really great movie idea, and I'm looking forward to hearing more news as the project advances.

Here's my exclusive report I broke about the story:

My super-reliable source, someone very, very close to Walt Disney Pictures, revealed to me that Brad Bird, the fantastic writer/director ("The Iron Giant," "The Incredibles," "Ratatouille") is planning to make a live-action adventure based on Disney's worst, most vicious villain yet, Maleficent from "Sleeping Beauty."

And Bird wants Angelina Jolie to play the sorceress, the self-proclaimed "mistress of all evil."

This got me excited in so many levels! First, it's Bird! He's a writing and directing god who puts characters first above all else! Second, I think Jolie is a perfect casting choice! And third, it's interesting to see "Sleeping Beauty" told from the perspective of the villain.

Much like "Wicked" where "The Wizard of Oz" is retold from the point of view of the Wicked witch, Bird's project will add layers and textures to a story we all know, loved, and grew up with.

Right now, this is still in its planning stages, but I'm just sharing this with y'all, 'cause I can't quite contain my excitement!

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Yuk! "Saw VI" Director for "Paranormal Activity 2" 


The Hollywood Reporter told us that Paramount has hired screenwriter Michael R. Perry and director Kevin Greutert to create the sequel to 2009’s biggest surprise hit, “Paranormal Activity,” which scared up $151 million in worldwide grosses in the fall on a shoestring $15,000 budget and a shrewd, opt-in Web marketing campaign.

And Paramount revealed that the sequel will be released on Oct. 22 just in time for Halloween!

Sure, Jason Blum and Oren Peli, the team behind the original "Paranormal Activity," are producing the second, but...um...this is horrible news! Paramount is just cashing in on the popularity of the first film, but has the studio stopped and pondered about the fate of "The Blair Witch Project?"

Like "Paranormal," 1999's "Blair Witch" was considered a pop culture phenomenon. Shot on a shoe-string budget, the film made gazillion of dollars, just like "Paranormal."

And then, of course, the inevitable sequel followed, the horrendous "Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2." Like "Paranormal," the original creative team was attached to the sequel, but it didn't help.

The magic was gone.

So note to Paramount, if you're thinking of building a formidable franchise surrounding "Paranormal Activity," put time and effort behind it. Don't just release a sequel for the purpose of releasing a film on Halloween!

Stop, take a breath, and then see if the people you hired are qualified to create the sequel. If not, go back to the drawing board.

Or better yet? Stop thinking of making part 2!

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"Twilight Saga: New Moon" Arrives on DVD, Blu-Ray March 20!  


The sequel to one of the most popular franchises will arrive on DVD March 20th. "The Twilight Saga" New Moon" will have a Two-Disc Special Edition DVD and Special Edition Blu-Ray Featuring a Six-Part Behind the Scenes Documentary,

The Saturday DVD release day of the film was decided so fans across the nation can celebrate with midnight release parties before taking home the film at 12:01 a.m.

Here's more from Summit:

The Twilight Saga: New Moon Two-Disc Special Edition DVD has a suggested retail price of $32.99, while the Special Edition Blu-ray is set at $34.99. Both are packed with bonus features that are sure to please even the most-hard core fans, including a revealing Audio Commentary with Director Chris Weitz and editor Peter Lambert; a riveting 6-part documentary that takes you behind the scenes; exclusive band rehearsal footage with Muse; and music videos from Death Cab for Cutie, Anya Marina and Mute Math.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Dakota Fanning, Michael Sheen and Anna Kendrick. Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone and Kellan Lutz return to their roles in the Cullen family.

Here's more info on the "Twilight: New Moon" DVD,Blu-Ray:

SPECIAL FEATURES

· Audio Commentary by director Chris Weitz and editor Peter Lambert

· Six-Part Documentary takes you behind the scenes of the film

· Rehearsal Footage with Muse, who is featured on the hit soundtrack

· Three Music Videos from Death Cab for Cutie, Anya Marina and Mute Math

· And more!

Street Date: March 20, 2010

Order Due Date: January 19, 2010

Pre-sell Date: January 26, 2010

Feature Run Time:
130 minutes

MPAA Rating (USA): PG-13

Genre: Vampire/Romance

DVD SRP: $32.99

DVD Cat # / UPC: 66113353 / 025192058158

Blu-Ray SRP: $34.99

Blu-Ray Cat # / UPC: 66113354 / 025192058165

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1; English Dolby Surround 2.0; Español Dolby Digital 5.1

Blu-Ray Audio: English DTS -HD Master Audio / English Dolby Surround 2.0 / Español Dolby Digital 5

DVD/BD Subtitles: English SDH & Español Subtitles

DVD/BD Aspect Ratio: 16x9 (2:40) Letterbox

About Summit Entertainment, LLC

Summit Entertainment, LLC is a worldwide theatrical motion picture development, financing, production and distribution studio. The studio handles all

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Walt Disney Pictures' "John Carter of Mars" Begins Principal Photography in London 


Principal photography is currently underway in London for "John Carter of Mars" from Walt Disney Pictures. Writer/director Andrew Stanton ("Finding Nemo," "Wall-E") will bring the captivating hero to the big screen.

Based on the first of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Barsoom Series,” the film chronicles the journey of Civil-War veteran John Carter, who finds himself battling a new and mysterious war amidst a host of strange Martian inhabitants.

The stellar ensemble cast is led by Taylor Kitsch (NBC’S “Friday Night Lights”, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) in the title role, Lynn Collins (“50 First Dates,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) as the warrior princess Dejah Thoris and Oscar® nominee Willem Dafoe (“Spider-Man 3,” “Shadow of a Vampire”) as Martian inhabitant Tars Tarkas.

The cast also includes Thomas Haden Church (“Sideways,” Spider-Man 3), Polly Walker (upcoming “Clash of the Titans,” “Patriot Games”), Samantha Morton (“Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” “In America”), Mark Strong (“Sherlock Holmes,” “Body of Lies”), Ciaran Hinds (“Munich,” “There Will Be Blood”), British actor Dominic West (“300,” “Chicago”), James Purefoy (“Vanity Fair,” “Resident Evil”) and Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”). Daryl Sabara (“Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” “Spy Kids”) takes the role of John Carter’s teenaged nephew, Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Here are some fun notes from Disney:

· Edgar Rice Burroughs was born in Chicago and is best known for writing and creating Tarzan – still one of the most successful and iconic fictional creations of all time. JOHN CARTER OF MARS is based on Burroughs’ first novel, “A Princess of Mars.”

· Academy Award®-winning director/writer Andrew Stanton directed and co-wrote the screenplay for “WALL•E,” which earned the Academy Award® and Golden Globe Award® for Best Animated Feature of 2008. He was Oscar® nominated for the screenplay. He made his directorial debut with “Finding Nemo,” garnering an Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Screenplay and winning the Oscar® for Best Animated Feature Film of 2003. He was one of the four screenwriters to receive an Oscar® nomination in 1996 for his contribution to “Toy Story,” and went on to receive credit as a screenwriter on subsequent Pixar films “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Finding Nemo” and “WALL•E.” He served as co-director on “A Bug’s Life,” and was the executive producer of “Monsters, Inc.,” the 2006 Academy Award-winning “Ratatouille” and the 2009 smash hit “Up.”

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Winners of the 21st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival 

The 21st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival has announced this year’s award winners. From January 5th to the 18th, the festival has screened 189 films from 70 countries, 40 of the 65 foreign language entries for this year's Academy Awards.

And the winners are:

Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Runner Up: The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner

Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature: The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
Runner Up: Inside Hana's Suitcase

FIPRESCI Award for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year: Involuntary
FIPRESCI Award for Best Actor: Tedo Bekhauri, The Other Bank
FIPRESCI Award for Best Actress: Anne Dorval, I Killed My Mother
Bridging the Borders Award: Letters to Father Jacob

New Voices/New Visions Award: A Brand New Life
Honorable Mention: Devil's Town

John Schlesinger Award for Outstanding First Feature:
Haim Tabakman, Eyes Wide Open
Special Mentions: Caroline Bottaro, Queen to Play
Warwick Thornton, Samson & Delilah

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