‘Maleficent’ is a Sword in the Heart of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Fans Everywhere

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Maleficent did mighty well at the box office, resulting in Angelina Jolie’s biggest opening weekend that trumped Tomb Raider and Wanted by millions, but many fans of Disney’s original Sleeping Beauty are calling it disappointing and a little anti-feminist.

The discussion on where Maleficent went wrong seems to always begin with the villain not being nearly as evil as we remember: from her strange, distant interactions with Princess Aurora, the botched story of how she lost her wings and turned evil goth solely because of a man, and the fact that she never f*cking turns into a dragon.

Via i09’s “How Could Disney Do This To Maleficent“:

She doesn’t really build any sort of personality; instead all we see is a woman who is reacting to a slew of terrible things her former lover inflicts on her. It just seems like she’s running around, coming up with all of these ideas as they hit her. Her go-to move is to zap people into unconscious human balloons, which she then manipulates around in the air.

The article’s author, Meredith Woerner says the film spends way too much time on Aurora and not her wicked fairy godmother, and that the retelling of the story depicts Maleficent as a mentally weak woman who makes rash decisions because Aurora’s father, King Stefan, “drugged and violated her.” Continue reading “‘Maleficent’ is a Sword in the Heart of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Fans Everywhere”

‘Star Trek Into The Darkness’ Teaser Has Fire and Brimstone, and Khan?

Kirk and Khan Into The DarknessChris Pine, Zoe Saldaña, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, John Cho and Anton Yelchin face a new villain in Star Trek Into The Darknessone who may or may not be superhuman Kirk nemesis Khan.

2009’s Star Trek reboot starred Eric Bana as the Spock-obsessed Romulan Captain Nero, while 2013’s focuses on a new terror played by Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, War Horse).

In this 66 second teaser, we hear the anonymous evil-doer (please let it be Khan) threaten Starfleet and eternal-sci-fi-damsel-in-distress earth with the words “You think your world is safe? It is an illusion” and “Enjoy your final moments of peace.” Continue reading “‘Star Trek Into The Darkness’ Teaser Has Fire and Brimstone, and Khan?”

Disney Gave Ursula An Eating Disorder

In a new collection of figurines and beauty products Disney has made Ursula look older and skinnier than she was in the 1989 classic The Little Mermaid. In fact, she looks very much like Yzma, the witch from The Emperor’s New Groove.

The keeper of souls and stealer of voices isn’t the only one to undergo a shocking transformation. They’ve made the Queen Of Hearts look like Snow White’s innocent older sister.  Continue reading “Disney Gave Ursula An Eating Disorder”

Angelina Jolie As Maleficent, ‘Mistress Of All Evil’

Here’s a first look at Angelina Jolie in the role she was born for, as Sleeping Beauty‘s Maleficent. A classic Disney tale with a twist – it’s from the viewpoint of the villain.

In 2010, Jolie called the chance to work with Tim Burton “extraordinary.” Too bad that’s not happening anymore, as he has been replaced by first-time director, visual/special effects specialist Robert Stromberg.

I already have more faith in the quality of Maleficent (due 2014) now that Burton isn’t involved. He forgot how to make movies as soon as the countdown for the year 2000 began.

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Spock Enjoying A Latte In ‘Star Trek 2’ Set Pics

Leaked set photos from J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek sequel that is set for 2013 have appeared to possibly spoil plot fragments and more! Not only are there speculations that the movie will be in 3D (note the word “MAX” on the camera)

The villain, played by Benedict Cumberbatch is shown in a fight with Spock (Zachary Quinto) who looks to be Vulcan death-gripping him, and later with Zoe Saldana in her super short Starfleet skirt.

This is significant to nerds because Cumberbatch (every time I hear that name I think of Hubert Cumberdale from Salad Fingers) is human in the movie. The round ears and lack of special makeup seem to indicate this.  Continue reading “Spock Enjoying A Latte In ‘Star Trek 2’ Set Pics”