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‘Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil’: Angelina Jolie Talks Redefining The Power Of Women
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Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil #5

Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil is the sequel to the 2014 alternative fantasy which gave audiences a new perspective on everyone’s favorite sorceress. Set five years after the first film, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) finds herself having to give Aurora (Elle Fanning), her besty and queen of the moors, away to Prince Phillip (Harrison Dickinson), who has just proposed to her. Although the two are deeply in love, Maleficent isn’t so convinced given her past history with humans. Her disdain only deepens when she is invited to meet Prince Phillip’s parents at a cordial dinner, where Queen Ingrith (Michelle Pfeiffer), his mother, subtly disrespects the all-powerful sorceress and plans to use the wedding as a means for the humans to go to war against the fairies.

Geeks Of Doom was invited so sit down with their fellow journalists at the official Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil press conference, where Jolie, Pfeiffer, and Fanning all talked about their characters, making a fairy tale feel modern, and more.

Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil will depict three women of power in very different ways. There is a protective mother who has to learn how to let her child go that is represented in Maleficent. Then there is the flip side of that in Queen Ingrith, who will use her power and manipulation to start a war between the fairies and humans. And, finally, there’s Aurora, who symbolizes the good and the kindness in the world, and how she uses those two things as a strength.

“I think that is one of the interesting things about this film. Yes, it is a fairy tale, but at the same time, it is a very unusual fairy tale,” Pfeiffer said about coming onto the sequel. “What I loved about it was that I played in this gray area, and it talked about good versus evil and that all of us have a little bit of everything in us. And in terms of strength, and how that manifests itself differently in everyone. One of the things we loved about Aurora’s character, in many ways, is ultimately she is the strongest and wisest of all of us. My character is really brilliant and diabolical, but I wouldn’t consider her terribly wise.”

While there may be a vulnerability to wisdom, it is something that you probably wouldn’t see in something like Queen Ingrith. Without getting too cerebral about it, Pfeiffer described Ingrith as “damaged.” She said:

“Nobody behaves that way unless they are incredibly damaged on some level. She doesn’t wear it on her sleeve, I guess. But, in some ways, what she resorts to is really truly out of a very deep fear.”

For Fanning, she sees Aurora as a person who lives in between both worlds as a human who is also the queen of the moors. But there is this natural progression as a character that she goes through from the first film to the second, where she is stronger and has more conviction in herself than she had in Maleficent. “She’s learning how to gain her independence,” Fanning said.

“I love the family theme in the movie because it is very realistic to the real life of growing up, separating, leaving the nest, making your own choices in life,” Fanning said. “But we know that Aurora stands up to Maleficent, which is a very strong moment in the film, too. I think it might be shocking for fans to see that, but Aurora is taking charge of her own life, but with kindness, which is the most powerful of all.”

The tone thing that Fanning appreciated about showing off Aurora’s strength through kindness was not to have her character in armor and wielding a sword. “A lot of films they put in her armor, and she has a sword, and she’s fighting, and that makes her strong, and that is not Aurora’s true nature,” Fanning said. “I love that she symbolizes that for young girls. I was that young girl. I was always soft, and wanted to be a mom, and wanted to get married and be very feminine, and there is nothing wrong with that. So we get to show the strength in accepting your femininity, and Aurora does it a pink dress. Very badass.”

While Jolie agrees that the sequel is about family, she believes that it is also about more than just that concept. “Aurora and Maleficent were first brought together and became a family,” Jolie said. “They weren’t really expecting it, but we are different. We’re different creatures and so there are metaphors in the film. There are metaphors in the film and, not to be heavy about it, but I think a good film for young people has these messages.”

Jolie also sees how the sequel may parallel her real life. “There’s a real question in the film – we get pulled apart, and people tell us because you are not the same, you are not family,” she said. “Because you are not exactly like her, you are not her mother. That certainly strikes a chord with me. I think Maleficent questions whether or not she is good enough to be a mother and whether she is her mother.”

The actress then took that a step further with how people identify themselves as and now focusing on differences may be more toxic than it is beneficial. “There’s a real push to say this is not how it should be and this is not how to live,” she said. “Diversity makes us stronger, and there must be a better way forward and we have to come together.”

And the film’s strong and beautiful message tells its audience that they should be their true selves and accept others who may be slightly different for who they are and not ask them to change. “To be your true self, this is who we are,” Jolie said. “We are the pretty pink beautiful soft princess, and we also are the slightly manic creature that maybe has a very bad temper. And yet, I see her exactly as she is, and I don’t want her to be any different than she is. And she sees me as I am, and she accepts me as I am. It is to say, to everybody, be yourself. Be your true self. You don’t live forever. Say to children: ‘No matter how people see you or say how you should be, you will suffocate, be your true nature. Whatever that may be, and you will find a home for it, and you will find acceptance.'”

When it comes to the concept of love and self-sacrifice, Jolie firmly believes that people are not here “just to simply exist.” She said, “You have to know what you stand for, what you are willing to fight for, and what you are willing to die for.” She then expanded on those adding, that if a person knows what they are willing to fight for, that they must be able to embrace the pain that comes with sacrifice, and if they do, it actually fills that person with purpose.

And though Jolie has been through some difficult moments in her life, she saw reprising her role as Maleficent as a chance to be “happy to feel strong again and to have some fun.” She added:

“I adore being her. There’s just something about her. I’m very proud to be associated with her.”

Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil opens in theaters on October 18, 2019.

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Movie Review: Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil
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Angelina Jolie is Maleficent in Disney’s MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL.

Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil
Director: Joachim Rønning
Writer: Linda Woolverton, Noah Harpster, Micah Fitzerman-Blue
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ed Skrein, Michelle Pfeiffer
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios
Rated PG | Minutes: 118
Release Date: October 18, 2019

You never know what to expect from Disney’s live-action adaptations of their animated classics. At times, they can be just as wonderful as their animated counterparts. Other times, they are just hollow, lacking any sort of distinguishing features. But for Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil, starring Angelina Jolie, it is the first sequel of its kind for the studio. This means, there are new stories to see and hear, new worlds to explore, new characters to meet, and more reasons to love the antihero fairy whose cold heart was warmed by Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning).

Sure, the first film was merely a CGI-saturated feature that could not match Jolie’s performance, but with the sequel has a much better cast, a fantastic story, and more epic action sequences. Check out the full review below.

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‘Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil’ Trailer: A Villainess Comes Home
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Angelina Jolie is Maleficent in Disney’s MALEFICENT:  MISTRESS OF EVIL

Although it wasn’t the most well-received of the Disney live-action adaptations of their animated classics, Maleficent went on to be one of the biggest blockbuster films of 2014. As such, it deserved to get a sequel. Flash-forward five years later, we are getting that with Angelina Jolie returning to reprise the role that she was born to play in Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil. However, the title character’s happiness won’t be continuing, as Aurora (Elle Fanning) has a new fiance, whose family promises to care for her the way that Maleficent never could. But are their intentions true or are they hiding something? And what other surprises are in store for the audience. Check out the trailer and more here below.

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‘Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil’ Gets A Teaser Poster and New Release Date
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Disney Maleficent Angelina Jolie

It’s been a while since we’ve seen any news from Maleficent 2, the sequel to the very popular reimagining of Sleeping Beauty. Starring Angelina Jolie, the film pictured the title character as a protagonist who was wronged by a scheming king who took her wings away thereby taking her powers away. She would eventually get them back, and like most fairy tale endings, they all lived happily ever after.

But there was no way that a huge success like that wouldn’t be followed up with a sequel. And that’s what we are getting. The sequel has a brand new title and now will go by Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. Not only that, but there is a new release date and a teaser poster. Check them all out below.

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4K Review: Ant-Man and The Wasp
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Ant-Man and The Wasp

Ant-Man and the Wasp
4K | Blu-ray | DVD | Digital
Director: Peyton Reed
Writers: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Andrew Barrer, Gabriel Ferrari, Paul Rudd
Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Douglas
Studio: Marvel Studios
Rated PG-13 | 118 Minutes
Release Date: October 16, 2018

Ant-Man And The Wasp is Marvel Studios’ 20th film. Based on the heroes of the same name, director Peyton Reed’s hilarious sequel finds Scott Lang, who is under house arrest after colluding with Captain America in Captain America: Civil War, in a position where he has to balance out his life as a superhero with his life as a father.

As with the previous Ant-Man film, the sequel takes place within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but is a film with contained story that only concerns itself with its own characters and their relationships. The only links to the MCU is that it acknowledges what Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) did in Germany and how he and everyone associated with him, including Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) are paying the price.

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9 Things We Learned From The ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ Press Conference
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Ant-Man and The Wasp

Scott Lang’s (Paul Rudd) life will never be the same after the events of Captain America: Civil War. In Ant-Man and the Wasp, our title hero finds himself in familiar territory, an ex-convict who is trying to live on the straightened arrow. Well, an ex-convict who helped Captain America commit treason. But who remembers those things. Now with a few days of house arrest left, Scott feels like he can live on the straightened arrow. That is, until, he is pulled out of his house by Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas). The two bring him a new mission that could potentially rescue Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) from the Quantum Realm. But it won’t be easy, especially when you got the Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) and Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins) going after Hank’s tech.

We were fortunate enough to sit down with our fellow journalists to talk to director Peyton Reed and Marvel Studios’ president Kevin Feige, along with Rudd, Lilly, John-Kamen, Douglas, and Laurence Fishburne about the film, its place within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, villainy, and more. Check out what they had to say below.

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Movie Review: Ant-Man and The Wasp
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Evangeline Lilly as The Wasp in Ant-Man And The Wasp

Ant-Man and the Wasp
Director: Peyton Reed
Writers: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Andrew Barrer, Gabriel Ferrari, Paul Rudd
Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Douglas
Studio: Marvel Studios
Rated PG-13 | 118 Minutes

Release Date: July 7, 2018

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is in a very interesting place right now. There is no doubt the fallout of the Avengers: Infinity War left some very deep emotional scars for fans and non-fans alike. That film took some pretty bold risks. And it paid off. Now the studio who placed their success on B-list heroes and relative unknowns can afford to make a few more gambles. Most of which will pay off anyway given the studio’s history. So it should come as no surprise that Ant-Man and the Wasp is yet another solid Marvel Studios film.

The sequel doubles down on the shrinking and growing abilities and integrates those elements into the innovative action sequences to deliver a visual feast that is big on excitement. Check out my full review below.

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‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ Featurettes On ‘Avengers 4’ Connections
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Marvel Studios ANT-MAN AND THE WASP

We are just mere weeks away from the release of the highly anticipated Ant-Man and The Wasp. We will be releasing some posts from the press junket in the next few weeks leading up to the film’s release. But in the meantime, we’ve got some featurettes for your viewing pleasure. The first takes a look at the two title heroes that make up Ant-Man and The Wasp. The second focuses on Hope Van Dyne/The Wasp, played by Evangeline Lilly. Check both featurettes out here below.

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‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ Posters Reveal First Look At Michelle Pfeiffer’s Character
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Ant-Man and the Wasp

It is going to be interesting to see where the Marvel Cinematic Universe goes from here after the fallout of Avengers: Infinity War. But one thing is for sure, Ant-Man and the Wasp will be the kind of uplifting comedy we need to see after Infinity War‘s incredibly sad ending.

Disney has released a set of new character posters for the film, which reveals our first look at Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet Van Dyne. Check out all of them, below.

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Disney Announces Start Of Production On ‘Maleficent II’; Michelle Pfeiffer and More Join Cast
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Maleficent

The live-action adaptation of Maleficent, the Angelina Jolie-starring vehicle, was one of the first of many films to go from animation to live-action. And since its release, the studio has been working on getting a sequel off the ground.

Now that is happening. Production for Maleficent II has started, and there are a couple of new casting announcements. The first is that Michelle Pfeiffer will be joining Jolie and Elle Fanning, both of whom are reprising their respective roles. More on the story below.

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