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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to star in Jolie's 'By the Sea'

Nearly a decade after Mr. and Mrs. Smith hit theaters, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are co-starring in another movie. But this time, Jolie’s also writing and directing it.

Universal Pictures announced that it has acquired the worldwide rights to Jolie’s next project, By the Sea. Described as an “intimate, character-driven drama,” the film will also be produced by the power couple. READ FULL STORY

Video: A champion becomes a survivor in new 'Unbroken' trailer

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This is almost three biopics in one: the story of a racing champion, the story of a man lost at sea, and the story of a survivor in an internment camp.

But while it might seem incredible, Unbroken‘s all based on the story of one man: Louis “Louie” Zamperini, who survived it all until he died last week at 97. Played by Jack O’Connell, and as directed by Angelina Jolie, Zamperini’s story is the subject of Unbroken, which hits theaters on Christmas Day.

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'Maleficent' is Angelina Jolie's top-earning film

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Over the weekend, Maleficent hit over $520 million at the worldwide box office, making it Angelina Jolie’s highest-grossing film of her career, besting previous record holder Mr. and Mrs. Smith, which took in $478.2 million in 2005.

Maleficent has been in theaters for four weeks in the United States, and it hauled in an additional $13 million this weekend domestically; Maleficent also passed Disney’s similarly styled Oz the Great and Powerful, which grossed $493.3 million worldwide back in 2013.

The film’s overall gross will likely get substantially higher; Maleficent has yet to open in Japan.

Critical Mass: Are the critics under Angelina Jolie's spell in 'Maleficent'?

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In nearly 80 years of delicious Disney animated villains threatening princesses, nobody’s ever been as truly frightening as Maleficent, the horn-headed sorceress who could transform into a dragon and cursed baby Aurora in 1959′s Sleeping Beauty. But much as Wicked did for the evil witch of The Wizard of Oz, Maleficent digs deeper into the backstory of the sharp-cheeked villainess, with Angelina Jolie bringing her to vivid life.

Of course, such revisionist fairy tales have become increasingly common. As EW’s Keith Staskiewicz notes in his review, “The first line of Maleficent [''Let us tell an old story anew and see how well you know it"] could be emblazoned on a sticker and slapped onto the back-bumper of Hollywood, an industry that has at this point become more interested in recycling than Ed Begley, Jr.”

But with a story credited to Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast) and directed by Avatar production designer Robert Stromberg, Maleficent creates a different beast altogether, all the while staying true to the Disney brand. Elle Fanning plays the princess who really shouldn’t spin thread before turning 16 — but it’s Jolie, of course, that you’re aching to see at the baby’s christening. I’m sure she has her reasons for cursing a child, but I just want to hear that maniacal, echoing laugh.

Read more from Staskiewicz’s review, as well as a round-up of other notable critics, below. READ FULL STORY

'Maleficent': Five new character posters released

Less than a month before Angelina Jolie casts her spell on us as Maleficent, Disney has released five magical new character posters. Along with stars Jolie and Elle Fanning, the posters showcase Sam Riley as Diaval (Maleficient’s right hand man), Sharlto Copley as Aurora’s father King Stefan, and Juno Temple, Imelda Staunton, and Lesley Manville as the tale’s three fairies (along with some other fantastical-looking forest creatures).

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Casting Net: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt may share the screen again; Plus, Lauren Graham, more

They sizzled in Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and now Hollywood’s most famous couple may share the silver screen once more. Angelina Jolie is reportedly in early talks to star with Brad Pitt in a film that she wrote. According to Deadline, the film doesn’t have distribution yet. Very few details are currently available, but let’s take the opportunity to remember the time they did THIS. [Deadline]

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Angelina Jolie debuts 'Unbroken' footage at CinemaCon

When prestige is what you’re going for, it certainly doesn’t hurt to have one of the most famous women in the world as your centerpiece. And so onto the stage strode Angelina Jolie, stunning in white, to introduce her second directorial effort, the adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken, to an audience of theater owners at Tuesday’s CinemaCon.

According to Universal Pictures chairwoman Donna Langley, it was Jolie’s chase of Olympian and POW Louis Zamperini’s story that pushed this project — originally developed by the studio in 1957 as a starring vehicle for Tony Curtis — to the big screen. Called “a force of nature” by Langley, Jolie took center stage to tell the story of Zamperini, a running star in the 1936 Olympics, who was shot down in a B-24 over a Japanese island and taken prisoner along with his survivors.

Jack O’Connell is playing Zamperini in a film shot by Oscar-nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins and scored by Oscar-nominated composer Alexandre Desplat.

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'Maleficent': Angelina Jolie fires up her dragon in new trailer -- VIDEO

In Disney's animated Sleeping Beauty, the villainess transforms herself into a fire-breathing dragon to do battle with the prince trying to rescue his slumbering love.

In the latest trailer, we get a first look at what this monster looks like in Maleficent, the live-action take on the folk tale that retells it from the perspective of the wicked fairy.

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Angelina Jolie's 'Maleficent': 'I had wings ... once' -- VIDEO

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She’s not a witch. She’s not a queen. She’s not strictly a sorceress.

Those who know the background of the character Maleficent from 1959′s Sleeping Beauty know that the pale-skinned, black-horned villainess is actually a dark fairy. But the question has never been answered (or really asked): why doesn’t she have wings like the animated  Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather, the three bumbling good fairies who look after Princess Aurora in the Disney film?

It turns out, she does.

Or did.
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Angelina Jolie Q&A: Bringing malevolent 'Maleficent' to life, doing some good in the world -- and those '50 Shades' rumors

Beware the unloved.

If there is a lesson to be learned about the cruelest among us, it might be that one. Most villains, when you find them in real life, are born from pain, and pour it back on the world to keep from drowning in it. A few are heartless sociopaths who derive their power from persecution, and care about nothing else in the world but their own force of will.

And some are just mad they didn’t get a party invitation.

Consider Disney’s Maleficent in this latter category. Unhinged, and irrational. Or at least, she was.

For all her sophisticated grace and simmering seductiveness, for all the bombastic magic she wields at her razor fingertips, the thing that really grinds her horns, both in the Brothers Grimm folk tale and in 1959’s animated Sleeping Beauty, is not being welcome at the christening of the king’s newborn daughter, Princess Aurora. But she shows up anyway, pet crow in tow, mad enough to curse a baby. READ FULL STORY

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