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REVIEW: Maleficent Is a Deeply Feminist Fairy Tale – and Perhaps Too Ambitious

No Rest for the Wicked: PEOPLE's Critic on the Grandly Ambitious Maleficent

Originally posted 05/30/2014 10:25AM

At its simplest, Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie, is the live-action retelling of Sleeping Beauty from the sorceress's perspective. What it wants to be, however, is something much more ambitious.

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See These Disney Princesses Become the Women of Game of Thrones | Disney Vintage, Disney Channel, Game of Thrones, Game of Thrones, Game of Thrones, Game of Thrones, Walt Disney Company

UpdatePosted 04/07/2014 11:25AM

See These Disney Princesses Become the Women of Game of Thrones

Originally posted 04/07/2014 11:00AM

The Disney universe wouldn't seem to have much in common with the violent, depraved world of Game of Thrones. Sure, both have princes, castles and (occasionally) dragons, but in the seven kingdoms of Westeros, a knight in shining armor is more likely to push a kid out a window than rescue a fair maiden.

But DeviantART user DjeDjehuti noticed another core similarity: Both Disney and Game of Thrones offer a wide range of unique female characters. The prospect of a mashup was just too tempting to pass up.

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Angelina Jolie: My Daughter Was the Only 4-Year-Old Who Didn't Scream at Maleficent | Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie: Daughter Vivienne Was the Only 4-Year-Old Who Didn't Scream at Maleficent

Originally posted 08/10/2013 06:00PM

Maybe it was the horns.

Angelina Jolie – who got a standing ovation at Saturday's D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif., while presenting a clip from her upcoming film Maleficent – revealed that she didn't exactly get the same rapturous response when she was in costume as Sleeping Beauty's nemesis.

"These little kids would visit the set, and I would think, 'Oh, I am a Disney character,' so I would go over to them, and say, 'Hi there,' " Jolie told the packed crowd. "They would just scream."

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FIRST LOOK: What Do You Think of Angelina Jolie As Evil Sorceress Maleficent? | Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie Is Maleficent: First Look

Originally posted 06/19/2012 10:00AM

Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne must be seeing their mom in a different light these days.

Donning horns, yellowed eyes and blood red lipstick, Angelina Jolie looks every bit the evil sorceress depicted in Disney's 1959 animated feature Sleeping Beauty.

In this updated version, the focus switches to the events that hardened Maleficent's heart, leading her to curse the baby Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), played by Elle Fanning.

Miranda Richardson, Juno Temple, Imelda Staunton and Sam Riley also star in this Wicked-like take on the classic fairy tale, which began filming in London on June 13 and is expected to run through the summer.

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Angelina Jolie Will Have Horns for Maleficent

Angelina Jolie Will Have Horns for Maleficent

Originally posted 04/10/2012 10:15AM

It's a bad, bad, bad, bad, world.

Angelina Jolie will star as Maleficent, the evil queen of Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty, in a live-action update of the 1959 animated-feature version, this time told from the perspective of the original mean girl. It is set to be released March 14, 2014, it was announced Monday.

"It's not anti-princess," Jolie told Entertainment Weekly about the film, Maleficent. "But it's the first time they're looking at this epic woman ... I hope in the end you see a woman who is capable of being many things, and just because she protects herself and is aggressive, it doesn't mean she can't have other [warmer] qualities."

She added, "It's a really great script. I'm having a lot of fun. I've already got my horns fitted. My kids are very happy."

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