‘Maleficent’ 24 New Hi-Res Stills Feature Young Maleficent, Creature Concept Art

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Walt Disney Studios has provided us with approximately 24 newly released high-res stills from Maleficent, in theaters May 30, 2014. In addition, we have been provided with several concept art for creatures found in the film. Both the new stills and concept art have been added to the beginning of their respective galleries embedded below.

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‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Cast Officially Announced

April 29th, Pinewood Studios, UK ? Writer/Director/Producer J.J. Abrams (top center right) at the cast read-through of Star Wars: Episode VII at Pinewood Studios with (clockwise from right) Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Producer Bryan Burk, Lucasfilm President and Producer Kathleen Kennedy, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Andy Serkis, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Adam Driver and Writer Lawrence Kasdan. Ph: David James © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights ReservedVia the official StarWars.com website, the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII has been announced. The news comes just ahead of Star Wars Day (May 4) on which most anticipated the news to be revealed.

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker in the new film.

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Jamie Chung Next to Not Be Announced for ‘Big Hero 6′

Jamie Chung via NBCPrior to its removal, ‘Believe’ actress Jamie Chung’s bio on the NBC website was the latest to betray the envelope of secrecy surrounding the voice talent for Disney’s upcoming animated film, Big Hero 6 (November 7, 2014). Now removed from the live bio (but still available via Google Cache), her biography read, in part: ‘Going forward, future projects include Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller; Rudderless, directed by William H. Macy; indie comedy Flock of Dudes and Disney’s animated film Big Hero 6.’ It is being assumed that Chung will tackle the role of Leiko Tanaka /aka/ GoGo Tomago. According to Marvel, Tanaka  is ‘young and highly agressive, with little patience for others, but a very strong will, someone who does not give up easily.’ Tanaka has ties to to the underworld, but opted to join BH6 rather than face jail time (for convictions unknown). By uttering her own name, she can transform her body into an explosive ball of energy which is able to be projected at vast speeds.

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‘Maleficent’ Concept Art Released

'Maleficent' Concept Art © Disney

Disney has launched a new fashion-oriented blog in support of Maleficent at disneymaleficent.tumblr.com which is teased with the tagline ‘Evil is the New Black’ (evilisthenewblack.com also forwards to the blog). Although aside from a couple of obligatory GIFs designed to go viral, the site is primarily offering news and images related to fashion lines inspired by the new film. In addition, to the pro-fashion slant, however, are several images which appear to be concept art for the film, featuring both the Maleficent and Aurora characters (as well as the Moors and its inhabitants). For your convenience, we have gathered these images together into a gallery which you will find embedded below.

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FIRST LOOK: Disney’s ‘Feast’ Short to Play in Front of ‘Big Hero 6′

'Feast' ShortWalt Disney Animation Studios today announced that a brand-new short titled Feast will be playing in front of Big Hero 6 when it opens in theaters on November 7, 2014. They have provided us with this title treatment as well as a high resolution first look teaser at the short which you can find below.

The short, which is being directed by Patrick Osborne, relays the story of one man’s love life is seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share. It will make its world premiere at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival on June 10, 2014.

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‘Maleficent’ Fun Facts and Official Character Descriptions (Minor Spoilers)

'Maleficent' Teaser PosterWalt Disney Studios has provided us with official character bios and ‘fun facts’ for its upcoming film Maleficent (May 30, 2014), which you can find  below.

Maleficent 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.

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WATCH: ‘Million Dollar Arm’ Clip, ‘Lefty with Juice’

'Million Dollar Arm' PosterWalt Disney Studios has just released a new clip from its upcoming sports film, Million Dollar Arm (May 16, 2014), titled ‘Lefty with Juice.’ In the clip, which you can find embedded below, Rinku demonstrates his unique pitching stance.

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PHOTO: Elle Fanning Visits Disneyland

Elle Fanning © DisneyTo support her upcoming film, Maleficent (May 30, 2014), in which she takes on the role of Aurora, Elle Fanning recently visited the Disneyland Resort, where she posed in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Maleficent 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.

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WATCH: ‘Million Dollar Arm’ Clip, ‘Taj Mahal’

'Million Dollar Arm' PosterWalt Disney Studios has just released a new clip from its upcoming sports film, Million Dollar Arm (May 16, 2014), titled ‘Taj Mahal.’ In the clip, which you can find embedded below, JB returns from India with a gift for Brenda (Lake Bell).

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‘Bears’ Fun Facts, Hi-Res Stills, Behind-the-Scenes and Character Descriptions

Character: Sky, Scout & Amber

Walt Disney Studios and Disneynature have supplied us with a ton of newly released high resolution stills and behind-the-scenes photos from their upcoming film, Bears (April 18, 2014), along with fun facts and additional information. You can find the new stills added to the beginning of their respective galleries below.

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