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Linda Woolverton

  1. Maleficent Screenwriter Comments On Frozen Comparisons, Writing Female Characters

    Curiouser and curiouser!

    Disney's Maleficent made over $170 million worldwide in its first weekend (check out our review!) but it's domestic take beat their animated powerhouse, Frozen by a few million. Though Maleficent has a way to go if it's trying to beat Frozen's current worldwide gross of just over $1 billion. Putting numbers aside, what most people are talking about in the wake of Maleficent's release is the interesting female character stories Disney has been giving us lately. Find out what screenwriter Linda Woolverton thinks about that.

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  2. Maleficent: Once Upon a Feminist’s Dream?


    This certainly isn't the Maleficent you know and love, but that's a very good thing. 

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  3. New Maleficent Trailer: Angelina Jolie and Linda Woolverton on Why Maleficent Is So Cool

    She Turned Me Into a Newt!

    Star Angelina Jolie and screenwriter Linda Woolverton talk about the task of bringing a character like Maleficent to screen, and how it was something of a dream job for both of them. Previously in Maleficent

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  4. Disney is Making a Sequel to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland for Some Reason

    Oh Hollywood

    And that reason, I suspect, rhymes with honey, sunny, and funny. Variety is reporting that Linda Woolverton, who wrote the script for the original, is writing a sequel. In retrospect it's not hard to see why—Alice made a billion dollars worldwide—but still... a sequel to Alice in Wonderland? Really? Did anyone ask for this?

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  5. Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent Gets Two Tiny New Cast Members

    Things to Do With Your Kids

    From the start, Maleficent is a Disney movie we've been looking forward to, after all, how many Disney villains can boast a move to live action and in an entire movie about themselves? Then, Angelina Jolie got involved, and Paul Dini and Linda Woolverton (both veteran animation writers) signed on to write, and we decided to treat our hopes as more than unfounded. Jolie won't be the only member of the Jolie-Pitt family to appear in the film, however. We found out this summer that four-year-old Vivienne Jolie-Pitt would be playing a young princess Aurora (the full grown role will go to Elle Fanning). But like most families with young kids, if you give one of them a treat, you better be prepared to treat the rest, too. Fair's fair!

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  6. Angelina Jolie’s Daughter Is Ready For Her Close-Up, Lands Role In Maleficent

    And So It Begins

    Vivienne Jolie-Pitt. Learn her name. Love it. She's a future Oscar winner. Or so hopes her parents, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. The 4-year-old has herself a role in momma's upcoming Sleeping Beauty film, Maleficent. Read on for who she'll be playing and to find out which comic book professional wrote the script.

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  7. Maleficent Might Cast Elle Fanning As Aurora, Starts Shooting in June

    Good News Everyone!

    Along with the announcement that Disney's live-action retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story will begin shooting in June, it was also mentioned that Maleficent might have found its innocent, comatose princess. Elle Fanning is in talks to star as Aurora, opposite the eponymous villain, who will be played by Angelina Jolie. So, it's happening? Yes, it's happening.

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  8. Disney Hires First-Time Directors for Maleficent and Matterhorn

    May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

    Disney is banking on two directors with zero full-length film experience to helm their upcoming films Maleficent, about the Sleeping Beauty villain, and a mountain-climbing adventure movie that is said to be inspired by Disneyland's Matterhorn ride. Robert Stromberg will direct Maleficent (which might star Angelina Jolie), Brian Beletic will take the mountain-climbing movie, and both will be making their respective feature film directorial debuts. In other news: Disney is making a movie that might be inspired by the Matterhorn!

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  9. Twilight Made Melissa Rosenberg the Highest-Grossing Female Screenwriter of All Time

    Not all that glitters is gold

    Melissa Rosenberg has beaten screenwriter Linda Woolverton for the title of highest-grossing woman screenwriter of all time. While Woolverton's credits include Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and Homeward Bound, Rosenberg has likely edged out her competition with her one film series: Twilight. But it's not just Twilight, although that's got the lion's share of the credit ($2.56 billion worth of credit, according to The Hollywood Reporter). Rosenberg also has significant TV credits under her belt.

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