Walt Disney Pictures has just revealed two new one-sheet art (domestic and international) for its fantasy adventure “Maleficent” starring Angelina Jolie. The domestic poster shows Jolie hypnotically staring into the viewer as the title character's iconic horns beautifully cut the solid white background. Meanwhile, the international version features an image of Sleeping Beauty in addition to Maleficent. The film explores the untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty" and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king's newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever. “Maleficent” stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.
For decades, cars have been a vital part of global culture. There is a strong association between drivers and their vehicles and they are often seen as an extension of ourselves, representing who a person is and what they stand for. DreamWorks Pictures tries to make a film that honors the heritage of the world's passion for cars with “Need for Speed”. In “Need for Speed” the stars of the movie are the cars themselves, so it was important that the filmmakers found cars that would deliver the right look, attitude and performance on screen. In the end, a variety of classic ‘70s muscle cars and pricey European super cars were chosen.
The Mustang that Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots drive is slated as the "hero's car". Once Ford Motors heard about the film, they were eager to get involved. The company worked with production to design a special “Need for Speed” Mustang based on the 2013 Shelby GT500. Some of the alterations made to the “Need for Speed” Mustang include: a wider body, 20-inch alloy wheels (to help facilitate easier stunts for the stunt drivers), a V8 engine topping out at 190 miles per hour, heavier compression rates on the springs, high-charged Bilstein shocks and thicker sway bars. The interior console was adapted to accommodate an iPad for Tobey to use when communicating with his crew and the futuristic side-view mirrors were turned into cameras. Eventually, seven different Mustangs were made for the film.
One of the focal points in both the crucial race between Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper and Harrison Gilbertson and the climactic show-down at De Leon are the European super cars. Truly marvelous, the list includes: a Swedish Koenigsegg Agera R, a Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, a Spano GTA, a Bugatti Veyron, a rare McLaren F-1, and a Saleen S-7.
The production also required multiples of each super car rigged for camera platforms on set for a variety of shooting needs, but due to their exorbitant price tags ($2 - $3 million each) and the fact that they could not be placed in situations where damage was possible, they would have to be built. Luckily the manufacturers were enthusiastic to get involved and shared confidential CAD specs with Reel Industries in Los Angeles who then created 15 chassis and fiberglass shells for each make and model which could then be swapped out.
Opening across the Philippines on March 12, 2014, “Need for Speed” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.
"12 Years a Slave" presents slavery in a different light. Yes, there is pain and suffering and unwarranted prosecution of Blacks. But what makes this something else is that it takes you to the possible psyche on the act of slavery - the White owners who try to justify their immoral actions through logical and illogical means and the Black salves who are forced to make extremely hard and harsh decisions own their own friends and families or death is the only other option. Brutally authentic, this is what defines and differentiates "12 Years a Slave".
It is 1842 and Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is a free man living in New York. He is a highly-skilled fiddle player which attracts two white men who offer him a high-paying two week job in Washington. But the two men trick Solomon by drugging him. Northup wakes to find himself in chains, sold to slavery and on his way to New Orleans and is renamed as Platt who is a runaway slave from Georgia. No one wants to acknowledge that he is actually a free man and soon, he must accept his unfortunate fate or else.
It is scary to think that men can do such harsh things to other men and "12 Years a Slave" is one those films that does not hold back when it comes to showing reality in the big screen. We found ourselves gasping as our protagonist Solomon Northup, and the other slaves whom he meets, endure so much just to survive. And if you thought things will be better, in some aspects it won't and in fact, it wants you to feel this is no fairy tale story because it isn't. The films wants to be authentic and it does come out shockingly and sadly authentic. With superb acting from Chiwetel Ejiofor, you feel every forced labor and every suffering. We also think that what makes "12 Years a Slave" stand out is that it also gave us a view on the mind of these slave owners and how they justify their willingness to conduct on such immoral grounds. It will make you think if all slave owners were bad or in fact, some would be victims of their own upbringing and environment. In the end, "12 Years a Slave" is a slow drama that will tug your heart and mind and soul.
Rating: 5 reels
Why you should watch it:
- very deep narrative that shows both sides of the coin
- superb acting from the cast especially Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup
Why you shouldn't watch it:
- some of its elements seem out of place like Brad Pitt
"Her" is scary. Scary in a way because it seems to be an accurate look into what could happen to society in a few decades - maybe even a few years from now. It is also a surprise in fact because what seems to be a plot on human-AI relationships turns out to be more than that - it is a look into a deeper human psyche. One that strikes a cord to everyone who has had there heart torn into pieces. And that is the true majesty of "Her", it is able to convey its message even with a scifi twist and a twist that clearly has its own character.
In 2025, Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) is a lonely, introverted man who works for a business that has professional writers compose heartfelt letters for people who are unwilling or unable to write letters themselves. At night, he has phone sex with random women he meets on the internet. Unhappy because of his impending divorce from childhood sweetheart Catherine (Rooney Mara), Theodore purchases a talking operating system with artificial intelligence. The A.I. introduces herself as Samantha and soon, Theodore finds himself enthralled and contemplating a relationship with a non-human being.
"Her" makes you feel uneasy as man and "machine" make intimate love. Yes, they do. But more than that, "Her" is nothing without Joaquin Phoenix. A spectacular performance from the man, every idiosyncrasies of Theodore is beautifully acted and captured on the big screen. We feel every awkward moment, every sadness and every happiness that Theodore goes through. We can honestly say that we experienced what Theodore experienced and this in fact is something rare. It is really a plus that the film's unique orange glow give some added oomph to its visuals and cinematogrpahy. Sadly, the narrative isn't perfect. Overall though, this misstep is forgivable considering your given a deep psychological and technical look on what love and relationships are.
Rating: 4 and a half reels
Why you should watch it:
- Joaquin Phoenix is a perfect fit as the peculiar Theodore Twombly
- cinematography is uniquely spectacular
Why you shouldn't watch it:
- narrative is a step down
Director Bryan Singer has tweeted the latest "X-Men: Days of Future Past" teaser video featuring selected X-Men characters that are going to star in the film. A montage of sorts, the teaser last for a few seconds only. You can catch the trailer via this link: http://instagram.com/p/k2XZgiDo_c/#
Additionally, here are some additional character posters to look at before the film's release on May 22, 2014.