Elle Fanning and ''Mom'' Angelina Jolie Reunite on Set of Maleficent 2. Not so villainous after all? Angelina Jolie makes for one adorably dorky Maleficent while behind-the-scenes with co-star Elle Fanning! Four years after Jolie's chilling portrayal of the iconic Disney villain made Maleficent an instant blockbuster hit, production on the sequel has officially started in London. Fanning, who stars as Princess Aurora in the live-action adaptation, took to Instagram on Tuesday with a photo that proves Jolie really is Hollywood's coolest "mom." "It's bring your mom to work day on the #Maleficent2 set!!!!!" the 20-year-old actress captioned the selfie, which features Angelina in her character's horns and red lipstick. Maleficent 2, which does not yet have a release date, marks the Oscar winner's first role in three years. Jolie last acted alongside her now ex-husband, Brad Pitt, in 2015's By the Sea. She stepped behind the camera to direct First They Killed My Father, and joked in a Sep. 2017 interview with Deadline that divorce forced her back into acting. "I am now the breadwinner for the family, so it's time," she reflected. So what can fans expect from the highly-anticipated sequel? Maleficent 2 picks up as the horned fairy navigates a new alliance with Princess Aurora, who she cursed into a slumber as a baby. Michelle Pfeiffer will also star, as well as Lesley Manville, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ed Skrein and Harris Dickinson. It's reported that Jolie and Pitt's six children, Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara 13, Shiloh, 12, and 9-year-old twins Knox and Vivenne, have joined their mom overseas while she films. Fingers crossed for more on-set antics from Angelina and Elle! (Eonline)

'Incredibles 2' Lands Lucrative Late June China Release Date. China's box office has grown by a factor of 50 since the original 'The Incredibles' was released in 2004. Disney and Pixar's Incredibles 2 has locked down its release date in the world's second-biggest box-office territory. The long-awaited Brad Bird-directed sequel is set to debut in China on June 22. Coming 14 years after the original The Incredibles hit the big screen and became an instant classic, the sequel will enter a very different Chinese exhibition landscape. Back in 2004, when the Chinese economic miracle was just beginning to rev up, total box office in the world's most populous nation was $180 million. Last year, ticket sales in the Middle Kingdom totaled $8.6 billion. The difference in earnings between The Incredibles and its sequel will undoubtedly reflect this growth. Animation previously underperformed in China, but in recent years top titles have been widely embraced by audiences of all ages. The Incredibles earned approximately $2.4 million in 2004. In 2016, Disney Animation's Zootopia ($235.6 million) was the highest earning Hollywood film of the year in China, and Pixar's Coco earned a massive $189 million there last year. Much of The Incredibles original voice cast reprise their roles in the sequel, such as Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Samuel L. Jackson and John Ratzenberger. New additions include Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Sophia Bush and Isabella Rossellini. The story follows the Parr brood as they try to balance having a normal life with their superhero powers. Bob Parr (also known as Mr. Incredible and voiced by Nelson) is a house husband who must deal with son Dash's (Huck Milner) sarcastic remarks, daughter Violet's (Vowell) teenage rebellion and baby Jack-Jack's burgeoning superpowers while his wife, Helen/Elastigirl (Hunter), heads off to save the world. Soon, the whole family must suit up to battle a new villain, Screenslaver. The film is set to open on June 15 in North America. It's currently tracking for a huge box-office debut of $140 million-plus stateside. (Hollywood Reporter)

'DC Lego Super-Villains' Video Game Teams Up Harley Quinn and Lex Luthor. The title puts players in the Legion of Doom this October. It's good to be bad. After three installments of the Lego Batman video game series, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The Lego Group and DC Entertainment have switched allegiances for the newly announced Lego DC Super-Villains. The game, which will be released this fall, allows players to create their own bad guy and play alongside such iconic characters as Lex Luthor and the Joker -- but all isn't as it seems. The game takes place following the mysterious disappearance of the Justice League, and the arrival of a group of seeming replacements -- the Justice Syndicate, heroes from a parallel universe. When the new heroes turn out to have a surprising agenda (as if "syndicate" wasn't enough of a tip-off), it's up to the Justice League's enemies to somehow save the day. "The original story in Lego DC Super-Villains flips the DC universe upside down as players embark on an unforgettable adventure starring memorable villains set across notable DC locations," Ames Kirshen, vp interactive and animation at DC Entertainment, said in a statement. "DC's roster of iconic Super-Villains is unmatched and fans will love teaming up with The Joker, Harley Quinn, Lex Luthor and a host of others to save Earth from a greater evil." A deluxe edition of the game, which includes the main game, season pass content and early access to DC Super-Villains: TV Series Character Pack DLC, is currently available for preorder, with physical editions coming with an exclusive Lex Luthor Lego minifigure. (Preordered digital editions come with the Justice League Dark Character Pack DLC.) (Hollywood Reporter)

Russian Culture Minister Shrugs Off Exhibitors' Push for Hollywood Fare. Vladimir Medinsky says their complaints about rescheduling foreign releases are "improper" and he is "totally indifferent" to the performance of Hollywood films in the country. Russia's culture minister Vladimir Medinsky has shrugged off local cinema chains' concerns about his agency's practice of rescheduling Hollywood releases to avoid release conflicts with homegrown titles, saying their complaints were "improper." Earlier this week, several top Russian cinema chains came up with a list of foreign, mostly Hollywood, titles that they said were vital for the exhibition industry and should not be rescheduled, including Disney's Incredibles 2 (scheduled for release June 14), Paramount's Mission: Impossible 6 (July 26) and Fox's The Predator (Sept. 13). Medinsky didn't specifically comment on any of those titles, but his statements implied that his agency wouldn't take any advice from the exhibitors. "All performance indicators of the last five to six years show sustainable growth in exhibition of not just local movies, but the entire industry," he was quoted as saying by Russian news agency TASS. "And we see it as a direct outcome of our agency's efficient work." He added: "I should point out that one half of the box office gross goes to cinema chains' owners, so their complaints about the culture ministry are just improper." Medinsky, recently reappointed, is known as an ardent proponent of protectionism for the local film industry. He was behind regulation that allows the culture ministry to reschedule foreign releases to avoid collisions with major Russian movies. So far, about a half dozen releases have been rescheduled, most recently the animated film Charming. It was originally scheduled to hit Russian cinemas on May 24 but has now been postponed indefinitely. Still, Medinsky claimed he is taking the interests of the exhibition industry into account. "I'm totally indifferent about the performance of Hollywood movies in Russia," he said. "But our agency cares about the success of the exhibition industry in general." (Hollywood Reporter)


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