‘Maleficent’: A Modern Fairytale

BY Jo Ann Madarang

"Maleficent" shattered Philippine box office records with a P179.9M 5-day gross. (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International)

“Maleficent” shattered Philippine box office records with a P179.9M 5-day gross. (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International)

Maleficent follows the story of well-known fairytale Sleeping Beauty told from the point of view of its “villain” Maleficent. It tells us why and how a protective fairy was viewed as a villain in the eyes of the humans.

The story, which was predictable at times, is not as laudable as the visual effects but it was coherent enough to be considered decent. As expected, Angelina Jolie’s strong performance as Maleficent carried the rest of the film. As did her enhanced cheekbones and fiery eyes.

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Memorable lines from the 2014 Oscars, Golden Globes, SAG and Critics’ Choice Awards

BY Jen T. Tuazon

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2014 Oscar Host Ellen DeGeneres takes a selfie with Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Merryl Streep, Channing Tatum, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’o, Angelina Jolie, Peter Nyong’o and Bradley Cooper

Awards shows are always fun to watch, mostly for the red carpet arrivals and occasionally for the great speeches from the winners and spiels from the hosts and presenters. Here we’ve compiled lines we found quotable from the recent award shows  – some funny, some touching, some  inspiring – all memorable.

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Angelina Jolie is deliciously wicked in first ‘Maleficent’ trailer!

BY Joanna Mendoza

Angelina Jolie as "Maleficent" (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Angelina Jolie as “Maleficent” (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)


“I know who you are, you’ve been watching over me my whole life,” says Aurora (Elle Fanning)  as she’s walking in the woods. “Don’t be afraid.”

“I am not afraid,” answers a shadow.

“Then come out,” coaxes Aurora.

“Then you’ll be afraid,” counters Maleficent, in a menacing and deliciously evil manner that only Angelina Jolie can pull off. (Okay, maybe not.)

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First trailer for Angelina Jolie’s ‘Maleficent’ to debut in a few hours

BY Joanna Mendoza

Angelina Jolie as "Maleficent" (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Angelina Jolie as “Maleficent” (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

I’ve never been a fan of Angelina Jolie. When she rose to international prominence in the late ’90s, I thought her being “dark” was too gimmicky. It could’ve been just an expression of her art, creativity, and individuality, but for me, if the art is good, the artist doesn’t need to be too loud or too out-there. If the art is good, it should speak for itself.

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