We Told You So -- "Maleficent" Will Be Angelina Jolie's Next Film! 


Back in May of 2009, we broke the story that Angelina Jolie was being courted by Disney to star as the wicked witch "Maleficent" in the planned retelling of "Sleeping Beauty" tale. (See EXCLUSIVE: Angelina Jolie to Star as Disney's Greatest Villain Maleficent!)

Back then, my super-reliable source revealed to me that Brad Bird was attached to write and direct the project. Well, so many incarnations of the story later (Tim Burton was supposed to direct, then David O. Russell), now, the project is getting traction with the hiring of Robert Stromberg. Coming from the production designer ranks (he helped shape the look of "Avatar" and "Alice in Wonderland", are you impress yet?), "Maleficent" will be Stromberg's first full-feature film, so be cautious. He may rock it, for all we know!

But Jolie seems to be excited. Talking at a press conference at the Berlin International Film Festival, the actress said "I haven't acted in two years, and I haven't done anything else since this [Land of Blood and Honey]. The next thing I am looking at is a Disney movie." So yay! (SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter)

The actress seemed to be making this "Maleficent" decision at the urging of her kids who even called her "mom-elicent."

I said it before and I'll say it again -- Jolie, in a "Wicked" kind of storytelling, is perfect for the role of "Maleficent." The wicked witch may just be as under-appreciated and misunderstood as Elphaba.

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Are You Excited for 'Transformers 4?" 


You better be, because director Michael Bay has announced that his giant robots will invade theaters on June 29, 2014. Bay just signed a two-picture deal with Paramount, and one of those films will be the fourth installment of the mega-hit "Transformers" franchise. The other movie will be a bodybuilding flick starring Mark Wahlberg called "Pain and Gain" which will hit theaters before "Transformers 4."

What's exciting about the new "Transformers" is that it's going to be a reboot. Since Shia LaBeouf swore to never utter the name Bumblebee again, at least on the big screen, Bay, along with his returning producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Don Murphy, Tom DeSanto, and Ian Bryce, alluded that the fourth "Transformers" will be a reboot but will also be a continuation of the story we saw in the first three movies. Story? Was there any story in those movies? HA!

Steven Spielberg, Brian Goldner, and Mark Vahradian will be back to executive produce. Now, Bay and company have 2 1/2 years to make the new "Transformers" the best of the series. We know the formula by now -- the robots have more human-like qualities, the actors become cartoons, put explosions here, then make them travel through various cities, states, and countries, then put more explosions, the end. That's the sad formula of any "Transformers" movie, so the first edict should be to create a captivating story worthy of the iconic robots!

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Who Will Be Hosting Oscars Red Carpet Live? 


"Oscars Red Carpet Live" for the 84th Academy Awards will be hosted by Robin Roberts, Tim Gunn, Louise Roe, Jess Cagle and Nina Garcia according to pre-show executive producers Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare. And just to make sure y'all watch, "Oscars Red Carpet Live" will be the only broadcast from the red carpet one hour before the ceremony.

Here's the rest of the press release I received from the Academy:

This will be Roe and Garcia's first time hosting the Oscars red carpet show and the third stints for Roberts, Gunn and Cagle. "We couldn't be more excited to be working with this red carpet team," said Haykel and Hare. "Each brings something unique and different that will contribute to the show's overall dynamic and creative direction."

Roberts is co-anchor of ABC's "Good Morning America" and has traveled the globe extensively, covering breaking news events and conducting countless headline-making interviews. Prior to joining "Good Morning America," she was a commentator and contributor to ESPN, where she hosted "Sports Center" and covered the LPGA, NCAA women's basketball and the WNBA. The news anchor and journalist will be conducting interviews with celebrities from the main pre-show stage on Oscar Night ® .

Gunn is chief creative officer at Liz Claiborne Inc. and currently stars in the ABC Network's new daytime talk show "The Revolution." He is the author of the New York Times bestselling Gunn's Golden Rules and is well known for his participation on the Emmy ® -nominated program "Project Runway." Gunn will interview celebrities and share red carpet fashion commentary with fellow "Runway" castmate Garcia.

Garcia, who is also well known for her role on "Project Runway," is the fashion director for Marie Claire . Prior to her work at Marie Claire , Garcia was fashion director at Elle . She is also the author of four books on style: The Little Black Book of Style , The One Hundred , The Style Strategy and Nina Garcia's Look Book .

Roe is the fashion editor-at-large for Glamour and hosts her own makeover show, "Plain Jane," on MTV International. She hosted E!'s live coverage of the Royal Wedding in 2011 and has hosted red carpet shows for the Video Music Awards and European Music Awards. Roe will interview celebrity guests as they arrive on the red carpet for the evening's festivities.

Cagle is editor of Entertainment Weekly . In his 25-year career covering Hollywood for People , Time and EW , he has interviewed some of the world's most famous celebrities, including Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor. He is also a frequent commentator on television and has appeared on "Good Morning America," "Today," "20/20," E! and CNN. On Oscar Sunday, he will be stationed backstage where he will conduct exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews as the 84th Academy Awards unfolds.

Oscar telecast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer also serve as executive producers for "Oscars Red Carpet Live," which will air on the ABC Television Network at 4 p.m. PT/ 7 p.m. ET.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.


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Watch New "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" Official Trailer! 


I can't wait for this movie! I enjoyed reading the book by Seth Grahame-Smith, and I enjoyed "Wanted" by Timur Bekmambetov who is also directing "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter."

And just watching the trailer brings back memories of the book, so that's a really good sign! For me at least! Produced by Tim Burton, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" tells the tale of our beloved President, and how his problems with the Civil War mirror the drama surrounding the increasing number of dangerous vampires!

Benjamin Walker plays Lincoln, Dominic Cooper is Henry Sturgess, Mary Elizabeth Winstead is Mary Todd Lincoln, Rufus Sewell is Adam, and Anthony Mackie is William Johnson. The script is co-written by Grahame-Smith (another good sign) and Simon Kinberg (2009's "Sherlock Holmes" and the upcoming "This Means War").

Twentieth Century Fox is releasing "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" in 3D on June 22nd. I can't wait but I can skip the 3D part!



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"The Artist" Wins Big at British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA)! Check Out Complete List of Winners! 


Michel Hazanavicius' "The Artist" dominated the Orange British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) taking home 7 trophies including Best Film, Best Director (Hazanavicius), Best Actor (Jean Dujardin), Best Original Screenplay, Best Costume Design, Best Cinematography, and Best Original Music. "The Artist" won 7 out of its 12 nominations.

Tomas Alfredson's "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" was also a big BAFTA winner taking home the Best British Film and Best Adapted Screenplay awards.

In the acting categories, Meryl Streep won the Best Actress award for her Margaret Thatcher performance in "The Iron Lady," Christopher Plummer was given the Best Supporting Actor award for "Beginners," and Octavia Spencer won the Best Supporting Actress award for "The Help."

Here's the full list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 2012 Orange British Academy Film Awards (to check out winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, visit our Awards Avenue coverage right here):

BEST FILM
*** THE ARTIST Thomas Langmann
THE DESCENDANTS Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor
DRIVE Marc Platt, Adam Siegel
THE HELP Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Slovo

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
MY WEEK WITH MARILYN Simon Curtis, David Parfitt, Harvey Weinstein, Adrian Hodges
SENNA Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Manish Pandey
SHAME Steve McQueen, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Abi Morgan
*** TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Tomas Alfredson, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Slovo,
Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN Lynne Ramsay, Luc Roeg, Jennifer Fox, Robert Salerno,
Rory Stewart Kinnear

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
ATTACK THE BLOCK Joe Cornish (Director/Writer)
BLACK POND Will Sharpe (Director/Writer), Tom Kingsley (Director), Sarah Brocklehurst (Producer)
CORIOLANUS Ralph Fiennes (Director)
SUBMARINE Richard Ayoade (Director/Writer)
*** TYRANNOSAUR Paddy Considine (Director), Diarmid Scrimshaw (Producer)

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
INCENDIES Denis Villeneuve, Luc Déry, Kim McGraw
PINA Wim Wenders, Gian-Piero Ringel
POTICHE François Ozon, Eric Altmayer, Nicolas Altmayer
A SEPARATION Asghar Farhadi
*** THE SKIN I LIVE IN Pedro Almodóvar, Agustin Almodóvar

DOCUMENTARY
GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD Martin Scorsese
PROJECT NIM James Marsh, Simon Chinn
*** SENNA Asif Kapadia

ANIMATED FILM
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN Steven Spielberg
ARTHUR CHRISTMAS Sarah Smith
*** RANGO Gore Verbinski

DIRECTOR
*** THE ARTIST Michel Hazanavicius
DRIVE Nicolas Winding Refn
HUGO Martin Scorsese
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Tomas Alfredson
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN Lynne Ramsay

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
*** THE ARTIST Michel Hazanavicius
BRIDESMAIDS Annie Mumolo, Kristen Wiig
THE GUARD John Michael McDonagh
THE IRON LADY Abi Morgan
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS Woody Allen

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
THE DESCENDANTS Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
THE HELP Tate Taylor
THE IDES OF MARCH George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon
MONEYBALL Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin
*** TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan

LEADING ACTOR
BRAD PITT Moneyball
GARY OLDMAN Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
GEORGE CLOONEY The Descendants
*** JEAN DUJARDIN The Artist
MICHAEL FASSBENDER Shame

LEADING ACTRESS
BÉRÉNICE BEJO The Artist
*** MERYL STREEP The Iron Lady
MICHELLE WILLIAMS My Week with Marilyn
TILDA SWINTON We Need to Talk About Kevin
VIOLA DAVIS The Help

SUPPORTING ACTOR
*** CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER Beginners
JIM BROADBENT The Iron Lady
JONAH HILL Moneyball
KENNETH BRANAGH My Week with Marilyn
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN The Ides of March

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
CAREY MULLIGAN Drive
JESSICA CHASTAIN The Help
JUDI DENCH My Week with Marilyn
MELISSA MCCARTHY Bridesmaids
*** OCTAVIA SPENCER The Help

ORIGINAL MUSIC
*** THE ARTIST Ludovic Bource
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
HUGO Howard Shore
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Alberto Iglesias
WAR HORSE John Williams

CINEMATOGRAPHY
*** THE ARTIST Guillaume Schiffman
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Jeff Cronenweth
HUGO Robert Richardson
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Hoyte van Hoytema
WAR HORSE Janusz Kaminski

EDITING
THE ARTIST Anne-Sophie Bion, Michel Hazanavicius
DRIVE Mat Newman
HUGO Thelma Schoonmaker
*** SENNA Gregers Sall, Chris King
TINKER TAILOR SOLIDER SPY Dino Jonsater

PRODUCTION DESIGN
THE ARTIST Laurence Bennett, Robert Gould
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2 Stuart Craig, Stephenie McMillan
*** HUGO Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana MacDonald
WAR HORSE Rick Carter, Lee Sandales

COSTUME DESIGN
*** THE ARTIST Mark Bridges
HUGO Sandy Powell
JANE EYRE Michael O'Connor
MY WEEK WITH MARILYN Jill Taylor
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Jacqueline Durran

MAKE UP & HAIR
THE ARTIST Julie Hewett, Cydney Cornell
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2 Amanda Knight, Lisa Tomblin
HUGO Morag Ross, Jan Archibald
*** THE IRON LADY Marese Langan
MY WEEK WITH MARILYN Jenny Shircore

SOUND
THE ARTIST Nadine Muse, Gérard Lamps, Michael Krikorian
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2 James Mather, Stuart Wilson, Stuart Hilliker, Mike Dowson, Adam Scrivener
*** HUGO Philip Stockton, Eugene Gearty, Tom Fleischman, John Midgley
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY John Casali, Howard Bargroff, Doug Cooper, Stephen Griffiths, Andy Shelley
WAR HORSE Stuart Wilson, Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson, Richard Hymns

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN Joe Letteri
*** HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2 Tim Burke, John Richardson, Greg Butler, David Vickery
HUGO Rob Legato, Ben Grossman, Joss Williams
RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White
WAR HORSE Ben Morris, Neil Corbould

SHORT ANIMATION
ABUELAS Afarin Eghbal, Kasia Malipan, Francesca Gardiner
BOBBY YEAH Robert Morgan
*** A MORNING STROLL Grant Orchard, Sue Goffe

SHORT FILM
CHALK Martina Amati, Gavin Emerson, James Bolton, Ilaria Bernardini
MWANSA THE GREAT Rungano Nyoni, Gabriel Gauchet
ONLY SOUND REMAINS Arash Ashtiani, Anshu Poddar
*** PITCH BLACK HEIST John Maclean, Gerardine O'Flynn
TWO AND TWO Babak Anvari, Kit Fraser, Gavin Cullen

THE ORANGE WEDNESDAYS RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)
*** ADAM DEACON
CHRIS HEMSWORTH
CHRIS O’DOWD
EDDIE REDMAYNE
TOM HIDDLESTON

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