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MALEFICENT's Elle Fanning Always Wanted to Be Sleeping Beauty

Written by Tara the Mom    Thursday, 22 May 2014 11:41   

Elle Fanning plays Princess Aurora in MALEFICENTMany girls would love to grow up and be a princess, especially a Disney princess! For Elle Fanning, this unlikely dream has come true. She plays Princess Aurora in Maleficent and she tells me playing a Disney princess was not only her "biggest goal" as a young actress, but that Aurora was always the princess she wanted to portray. "Sleeping Beauty was my favorite because I looked like her. When you're a little girl, you gravitate toward that," Elle says. "I felt like she was my princess."

Elle wasn't given the top-secret script until after she accepted the role. "I read the script in the car on the way home from Disney studios and I was getting motion sickness reading! But I kept reading because I love the movie!" she says, admitting she did have one concern. "I felt like, 'are we breaking weird Disney rules?' because Maleficent and Aurora aren't supposed to interact."

While Aurora spends most of her time living in the woods with the fairies unaware of her royal lineage, Elle got to jump right into the princess action right away. "The first scene I got to film was the coronation scene," she says, loving that she got to put on the crown right away. But that's not all she loved. "That dress [the coronation gown] was my favorite dress, the one at the end."

Princess Aurora is Cursed to Prick Her Finger on a Spindle in MALEFICENTThe scene she was most looking forward to, though, they didn't film until her very last day of filming. "I loved when I got to prick my finger on the spindle, I was waiting for that! It was my last day on set," she says. "That scene really scared me in the [1959 Disney animated] movie...I wanted to make sure in our film we had that trance and the lights, and wanted to be particular about that."

Because of her childhood love of Sleeping Beauty, Elle wanted to pull part of her performance from the iconic Disney film. "I watched it again before filming to see if I could find something else in that. She's a tad one-dimensional in that film. What I tried to bring out her was more of her physicality, her hand gestures and how she walks, so I wanted to bring that in to my portrayal," Elle says, but adds, "We wanted to spice her up, though!"

MALEFICENT Scene with True Love's KissNow, Elle Fanning will be the Sleeping Beauty children know and love. "A little girl came up to me and said, "Are you Aurora?" It's the first time that happened!" she says, thinking of how many times she'll share a warm princess smile with kids in the future. "I'm glad we made a character that's a little bit stronger."

See the Sleeping Beauty story you don't know when Maleficent hits theaters May 30.


JJ Abrams is Offering One Lucky STAR WARS Fan a Role in EPISODE VII for a Great Cause

Written by Dave B.    Wednesday, 21 May 2014 11:56   

Can we just say that all of this Star Wars: Episode VII news has been kind of overwhelming lately? Actors and the beginning of filming, it's all happening so quickly!

Star Wars JJ AbramsWell we didn't expect to see a video from the set of Episode VII so soon, nor were we expecting the news that director JJ Abrams was about to drop.

The brand new Force For Change initiative kicks off with a collaboration with UNICEF's Innovation Labs. United, these two organizations will strive to provide long-lasting solutions to some of the biggest issues facing children in some key areas of struggle.

In the video down below, watch as JJ Abrams gives us a first look at the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, as well as telling us even more about the Force For Change, and how you, yes YOU, could even win a walk-on role to Star Wars: Episode VII where you'll meet the cast and get the full Star Wars experience!

Don't forget, Episode VII debuts on December 18, 2015. We hope to see you in a galaxy far, far away!


BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE is Heading to Theaters in 2016

Written by Dave B.    Wednesday, 21 May 2014 11:38   

Batman v Superman Dawn of JusticWhile The Avengers have had their team assembled for quite some time now, it appears that they'll be getting some competition sooner than we thought!

Warner Brothers has been slowly leaking news about an upcoming movie featuring DC's trademark team, The Justice League. Before it, however, a little setup has to take place in the form of Batman vs Superman.

Good news superhero fans! Because this morning, a brand new title for the upcoming superhero clash was revealed. It looks like we'll be preparing ourselves for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016!

The title is an obvious hint at what's to come in the future with The Justice League, and now we're wondering if we'll be seeing even more heroes than the ones that have been already announced!

Only time will tell when it comes to who else will be starring in the movie. Let us know who you'd love to see in the comments down below.


GODZILLA: Joel Courtney & Kat McNamara's Movie Star Movie Crix Movie Review

Written by Katherine McNamara    Tuesday, 20 May 2014 22:32   

Joel Courtney and Katherine McNamara review GODZILLAWho didn't see Godzilla last weekend? The film opened to a whopping $94 million dollars making it the biggest opening of the summer, past Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But, is it worth your money? Well, it depends on what you want out of a movie according to KPF's Movie Star Movie Crix Joel Courtney (Super 8) and Katherine McNamara (Contest), who point out the film's highlights:

Godzilla Movie poster"In the 2014 version of Godzilla, the monster fights to right the forces of nature, and there's little the human race can do with gigantic adversaries such as the MUTO and Godzilla stomping all over their cities. The action sequences and special effects in the film are fantastic. Also, the music and sound effects flowed with the movie flawlessly, helping to pull the audience into the story and the action even more. Standout performances include Bryan Cranston as Joe Brody and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Ford Brody. Godzilla is a fun, intense movie for the whole family. 2 stars."

After you see Godzilla, Crix It yourself by adding your own review - just click HERE and then click on User Reviews.

You'll be seeing more of Joel and Kat in the fall: Kat's series "Happyland" will air on MTV and Joel's series "The Messengers" will air on the CW. You can get all your info on Joel and Kat here at KidsPickFlicks and you can also follow them on Twitter @Kat_McNamara and @Joel_Courtney. Follow us, too: @KidsPickFlicks !


#TransformationTuesday: Jennifer Lawrence's 'Dos are Do's

Written by Nicole P.    Tuesday, 20 May 2014 18:05   

Jennifer Lawrence at the Hunger Games PremiereSome may say the books are better than the films, and while others will claim the movies were better. But there is one thing about The Hunger Games that we can all agree on, and that is Jennifer Lawrence makes the perfect Katniss. In 2012, Jennifer brought the character to life, and has taken us on a wild adventure every year since then.

There may only some changes made from book to film, but there is one major transformation we cannot dispute. That is the evolution of Jennifer and her hair style! Over the years, Jennifer has walked two red carpets of The Hunger Game movies premieres and photocalls and has never failed to bring us a new look. On this #TransformationTuesday, we wanted to take a walk down memory lane of Jennifer's Hunger Game looks in honor of Mockingjay Part 1's press tour that kicked off this week.

In 2012, Jennifer walked the red carpet for The Hunger Games, and looked like the girl on fire! We were in the presents of a star, and we could see parts of Katniss in her look.

Jennifer Lawrence at the Catching Fire premiereThe following year, at the premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Jennifer shocked us all with a new do. Her shorter hair was the furthest from Katniss, but we loved how bold of a statement it made.

Jennifer Lawrence Hair THE HUNGER GAMES MOCKING JAY PART 1 at CannesThis past weekend, the cast of the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 attended the Cannes Film Festival to talk about the next installment. Jennifer was once again rocking a new hair style that made her look more like the Jennifer we first met.

It just goes to show us all that Jennifer can rock any hair style she so chooses; and no matter what she decides she will always be our Katniss. Are you excited to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 when it hits theaters later this year? How much do you love Jennifer as Katniss? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the answers below.


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