Hardly a week goes by without Disney announcing a live-action adaptation of something. Some of them make a sort of sense, and the others are complete lunacy. As we have done before, it’s time to figure out just how many of these things are on the way—and how doomed we are.
As not a single week seems to go by without an announcement like this, I’m envisioning a future where Disney creates an interlocked live-action movie universe of re-imaginings of their animated tales.
Sometimes you can learn more from a bad movie than a good one. And certain atrocious films have become cultural touchstones, influencing generations of creators and spawning endless memes. So here are 10 really awful science fiction and fantasy movies that everybody should watch at least once.
This was a weird year for movies. The box office was weak, but also, most films didn't deserve love or hate. They were just... okay. But the genre movies that did stand out were either brilliant experiments, or horrible misfires. Here are the 10 best and 10 worst science fiction and fantasy movies of 2014.
Disney is releasing a new Blu-Ray version of the classic 1959 animated movie Sleeping Beauty—and with it a collection of recreated animatic sketches that show the many different versions of Disney's biggest and baddest villain, Maleficent.
The parts of Maleficent we actually enjoyed were when Angelina Jolie went full villain. The rest, not to much. Specifically, we weren't fans of the odd, slapstick pixies whose backstory has been fleshed out in these recently released Maleficent deleted scenes.
In addition to this glimpse of Maleficent as a warrior princess, concept artist Kimberly Pope's work allows us to get deep into the detail of Maleficent's props, environments, and characters.
Pop culture is a never-ending source of wonder and amazement. We're seeing some really top-notch, innovative writing across every medium right now. But there's also a lot of tired, warmed-over stuff, that feels copy-pasted from script to script. Here are 20 screenwriting moves we'd be happy never to see again.
It's the middle of summer movie season. These days, that means tons of movies, designed to bring in the broadest audience to justify their $100 million-plus budget. And sometimes, you can tell these films, deep down, want to be "B" movies. Here are 10 huge-budget movies that would have been more fun with less money.
Angelina Jolie has gotten her turn as Sleeping Beauty's nemesis Maleficent; now it's Kristin Chenoweth's time to shine as the dark fairy in Disney TV movie Descendants. And she gets a witchy wardrobe for her less than statuesque figure.
The final version of Maleficent revealed that the classic villain had a full head of hair beneath her headdress. But early concept designs show a little girl Maleficent who was a bit more otherworldly—and covered in feathers.
Personally, I thought Rick Baker killed it on the Maleficent makeup. The exaggerated cheek bones and twisty horns were choice. But check out the other ideas for Angelina Jolie's villain origin story — she could have looked like a Sith! Badass.
Long before Angelina Jolie was starring in Maleficent — even before Hackers — she played a killer cyborg in the movie Cyborg 2. And she recently told an interviewer that watching this scene, in which her cyborg character had her head removed, made her feel "really ill" and puke.
These days, every supervillain has a convoluted backstory. But are the most frightening movie villains those who show up already fully-formed, seemingly without motives or explanation?
This weekend Maleficent made a boatload of cash, and that bums me out — because this wasn't the Maleficent I wanted. And it certainly wasn't the Maleficent we all deserved. Here's why I'm pissed at what Disney did to the biggest and baddest villain around. Warning, spoilers.
There are plenty of problems with Disney's Maleficence. The pacing. The tone. The CG overload. The weak humor. The tortured backstory. The lack of any real connection to Sleeping Beauty. But you know what? I love this movie. I'm going to buy the DVD and watch it over and over.
One thing Disney's Maleficent has going for it is a vast fantasy land constructed in a whole new Disney-verse called the Moors. And they got the world building expert, Robert Stromberg (Avatar, Life of Pi) to create it. Take a look into the creation of Maleficent's kingdom in our exclusive interview with the director.
Harrison Ford really could play Deckard in Blade Runner 2. Jason Momoa pokes fun at those Aquaman casting rumors. Story of Your Life gets major distribution. Doctor Who snags the director of Tank Girl. Plus tons of new footage from Extant, the supernatural medical show Proof, The Flash and Maleficent. Spoilers right…
Fantastic Four casts Sue and Johnny's father. More details about Interstellar trickle out. And so much video from Maleficent. Plus, tons of info on the Agents of SHIELD and Once Upon a Time finales. Spoilers now!
Check out tons of X-Men character artwork! Fede Alvarez talks Evil Dead 2. There won't be any smooth sailing for Cosima and Delphine on Orphan Black. The Walking Dead adds a new regular, but it's not clear who he's playing. Plus, finale news from Agents of SHIELD, Arrow, and Supernatural. Spoilers now!