D23, the official Disney fan club, has announced that its summer 2014 issue of Disney twenty-three magazine — available exclusively to gold level members — will celebrate the upcoming release of the eagerly anticipated Maleficent (May 30, 2014). In the issue, Angelina Jolie and the creative team pull back the curtain on the surprising tale behind one of Disney’s most iconic villains. ‘I was afraid of her, and I loved her,’ Jolie confesses in the cover story. Accompanying the piece is an in-depth look by animation historian Charles Solomon at the development of Walt Disney’s 1959 creative masterpiece, Sleeping Beauty, with rarely seen concept art and drawings.
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In 2014, JAKKS Pacific will introduce new toys into several of its already existing, successful line of Disney products. In addition, the company (as well as Halloween costume subsidiary Disguise) will introduce a new line of dolls and role-play products based on Disney’s Maleficent (May 30, 2014).
For Maleficent, JAKKS will offer several dolls including the 11.5″ Fashion Dolls consisting of Maleficent, her raven/man servant Diaval and Aurora, each retailing for $19.99. In addition, JAKKS will offer a Collector Doll edition of Aurora, retailing for $39.99. Role play items include Aurora’s Golden Wig with floral clip ($14.99), Aurora’s Floral Tiara ($7.99), Maleficent’s Signature Horns cowl ($19.99) and the light-up Maleficent’s Horns headband ($9.99).
As part of its preview for its upcoming 2014 slate of films, Walt Disney Studios has provided us with newly released high-resolution stills and first looks at several of its projects, including the official synopsis for McFarland, starring Kevin Costner. Details and images follow:
Muppets Most Wanted (March 21, 2014)
Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling our grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid, Dublin and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine — the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit — and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The film stars Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon.
The spring issue of Disney twenty-three, the flagship magazine of D23: The Official Disney FanClub, hits stands February 12, loaded with articles to delight both Disney fans and the general public. The cover story, ‘A Great and Powerful Odyssey,’ gives readers an exclusive tour of the land at the end of the road of yellow bricks in Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful releasing in theaters this March. The article features interviews with stars Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams and Zach Braff. In addition, there’s a sneak peek of 2014’s Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie, which offers a new take on the legendary Sleeping Beauty story.
Walt Disney Studios today released an updated schedule of several of its upcoming films, as listed below:
Muppets 2 (rumored to be under the working title of Muppets… Again) is produced by Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman and directed by James Bobin. The screenplay is by Bobin and Nick Stoller, who will also serve as executive producer. The cast includes Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell – and of course, the whole Muppets gang. In theaters March 21, 2014.
Walt Disney Studios has released this first image of Angelina Jolie in title role of Maleficent, which will open in theaters on March 14, 2014. The film will chronicle the Maleficent from childhood and the events that hardened Maleficent’s heart, leading her to curse the baby Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), played by Elle Fanning.
Also starring in the film are Miranda Richardson, Juno Temple, Imelda Staunton and Sam Riley. Maleficent will be directed by Academy Award®-winning production designer Robert Stromberg and is written by Linda Woolverton. Maleficent is produced by Joe Roth (Disney’s Alice in Wonderland and Oz The Great and Powerful).